NewsBank Hot Topics is provided as part of our NewsBank subscription to alert librarians, patrons, teachers, and students to hot topics found in NewsBank products. Topics include issues and events from througout the world relative to social studies, science, health, sports, the arts and people. Hot Topics for August 2007 include:
HEALTH – FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE
TOPIC: There has been an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Great Britain. What is foot-and-mouth disease? What is its source? What action has been taken by the government?
SEARCH TERMS: foot-and-mouth disease AND Great Britain
CRIME AND LAW – GANG LAWSUITS
TOPIC: Some cities are trying a novel approach to the problem of gang violence – suing them. What are some of the gang activities that are spurring lawsuits? What cities have led the way in this trend?
SEARCH TERMS: gangs AND lawsuits
ECONOMICS – RUPERT MURDOCH WINS BID FOR DOW JONES
TOPIC: After months of negotiation, Rupert Murdoch and the Bancroft family have finally settled the deal for News Corp. to buy Dow Jones and Company Inc. What were some difficulties in the negotiation? What are some concerns of the newspaper industry regarding this buyout?
SEARCH TERMS: Dow Jones AND News Corp.
EDUCATION – BILL PROMOTES MATH AND SCIENCE PROGRAMS
TOPIC: Congress has approved a new bill designed to promote math and science skills so students can compete effectively in a global economy. What amount of money is the bill asking for? What are some of the specific changes in education that are being outlined in the bill?
SEARCH TERMS: laws AND mathematics education
FINE ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE – VAN GOGH PAINTING FAKE
TOPIC: A famous Van Gogh painting has been revealed to be a fake. How was this revealed? Who do the investigators say probably painted it?
SEARCH TERMS: Vincent Van Gogh
PEOPLE – MICHAEL VICK
TOPIC: Michael Vick, a star football player for the Atlanta Falcons, has been arrested for running an illegal dog-fighting ring. What are some of the descriptions that have angered animal rights groups? How vast is this dog-fighting ring? How will this affect Vick’s career?
SEARCH TERMS: Michael Vick