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Portobello: A Novel by Ruth Rendell

If you enjoy character-driven novels, you will like Ruth Rendell’s Portobello. Fifty-year-old bachelor Eugene Wren finds an envelope with a large amount of cash in it in London’s Notting Hill area. Instead of keeping it or turning it over to the police, he decides to find the owner himself. This decision puts Wren and his long-time girl friend, Ella Cotswold, on a collision course with a cast of characters each with their own problems and obsessions.

There is Lance who is attempting to start a life of crime by getting information from his Uncle Gilbert, a reformed criminal, and Joel who has a dark secret that has caused him to be estranged from his father for years. Wren, dealing with his own obsessions and fears, must make decisions about his own life and his relationship with Ella. All of these characters come together in a fascinating novel that will keep you turning the pages.

Live Homework Help: Not Just for Kids

Have you heard about the service we offer called Live Homework Help? It sounds like it might be just for kids but it is not! 

Tutors are available from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week in English and Spanish. Students from elementary school through college can connect with a tutor. No longer in school? There is help for you too!
 
Students through high school select the Student Center tab, College Students select the College Center tab and adults select the Adult Education and Career Center tab.
 
Students, need help in math? There is a tutor for you! You will get a one on one session with a math tutor. There are also tutors in English and Social Studies.
 
Having trouble getting that essay written? Login to Live Homework Help, select Proof Point and get help from an English tutor with your papers, essays and reports.
 
There is help for adults too! Writing a resume? Log in to Live Homework, click on the Career Help tab and have a tutor review your resume and make it one that will stand out! Thinking about going back to school? Ask a tutor for help.
 

In The Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time by Peter Lovenheim

This title of this book, In The Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time intrigued me because I have very little contact with my neighbors and have often wondered if other neighborhoods are the same. Peter Lovenheim, the author, is prompted to better understand his neighbors and his neighborhood after one of his neighbors, Dr. Wills, murders his wife and then kills himself. Their two children, who were home at the time, ran to a neighbor’s house for assistance. Although they did not know their neighbors, the children’s mother had the foresight to tell the children if anything bad happened to run to the home across the street for help.

On the day of the murder, Wills’ wife was afraid of her husband and tried to contact her best friend who lived across town, but she was not home. Lovenheim was troubled by the fact that the woman had no one to turn to in her neighborhood for help. He also wants to understand how such a tragic event could have virtually no impact on the neighborhood.

Top Law Sites

1. Google Scholar
Google Scholar is a great place to start your legal research. You can search all legal opinions and journal articles or limit your search to either specific federal opinions or specific state opinions.

2. LexisOne
Lexisone is a free legal database but you must register to use it. Once you have registered, the database is very accessible. You can search case law, statutes and more.

3. Cornell Law School

Locating Government Information from the Government Printing Office

The Government Printing Office (GPO) publishes and distributes official and authentic government publications to Congress, Federal Agencies, Federal Depository Libraries and the American public. The GPO is currently migrating their information from GPO Access to a new system called Federal Digital System or FDsys. FDsys is an advanced digital system that will allow the GPO to manage Government information from all three branches of government. Advantages to the new system include the ability for Congress and Federal Agencies to submit files and orders electronically to the GPO, Government information will reach a wider audience through the internet based system, preservation of information will be ensured even as technology changes, and the GPO will have greater control of the format of the information they receive. Movement from GPO Access to FDsys will be completed on a step by step basis, finishing in 2010.

There are several ways to conduct a search using FDsys. From the homepage in the left menu click on GPO Access - FDsys. On this page you can type a keyword in the text box and conduct a simple search. There is also an advance search option which allows you to select the publication and limit dates. You can also limit your search to full text, branch of government, category or citation. Selecting the help link provides you with information on conducting searches.

Locating Government Information With THOMAS (Library of Congress)

Launched in 1995, THOMAS has expanded to include information on bills and resolutions, activity in Congress, an index to the Congressional Record, schedules and calendars, Presidential Nominations, treaties, and government resources. At this site you can also learn how your government works. A link to information for teachers including classroom activities, lesson plans and more is available on the homepage. 

Free Legal Forms

 Need a form for business or legal work? We do not have fill in the blank forms, but we have resources available for you. Our resources include both online and print resources. When you are looking for legal forms, Virginia Forms and the Virginia Practice Series are good places to start. The Virginia Forms multi-volume set is available at the Headquarters Branch, Porter Branch, Salem Church Branch and Snow Branch. The Virginia Practice Series is available in the Law Library at the Headquarters Branch. It is also available online through the Westlaw database available in the Law Library. In the Law Library you will also find CLE (Continuing Legal Education) books. These are the three ring binders located on the spinner in the Law Library. These notebooks contain information and examples of forms as provided for continuing education classes for attorneys. In the Quiet Reading Room at the Headquarters Branch, browse the Nolo Press books located on the wall under the window. If you need help finding forms, sign-up for Training on Demand with the Law Librarian!

Finding Legal Opinions on the Web Using Google Scholar and Lexis One

A wealth of free legal information is available on the Internet. When searching for legal opinions or law journal articles, there are two sites that I would like to recommend: Google Scholar and LexisOne.

Resources For Guarding Against Identity Theft

Questions and concerns about identity theft? Check out these web sites:

Onguard On Line
Find tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you guard against internet fraud, help you secure your computer and protect your personal information.

Identity Theft Center
Nonprofit group that provides information to help you understand identity and prevent identity theft. It includes a section for teens.

Identity Theft 911
Provides research, newsletters, and alerts about scams.

Dealing with Foreclosure

INTERNET RESOURCES

HUD Guide to Avoiding Foreclosure
The Department of Housing and Urban Development provides information on avoiding foreclosures, as well as information on the forclosure process. It includes links to other web sites, including state-specific foreclosure information.

Avoiding Foreclosure -- Virginia
Information provided by HUD specific to Virginia.