Chicago Reader: Invisible Institute launches expanded police misconduct database. “An expansive new version of the Citizens Police Data Project has been unveiled by south-side journalism production company the Invisible Institute. The database, created by independent journalist Jamie Kalven, was already the largest public repository of Chicago police misconduct records. Now it’s quadrupled in size to include more than 240,000 misconduct complaints made against more than 22,000 CPD officers going back to the late 1960s. The database has also been enhanced by the addition of Chicago Police Department use-of-force reports and officer commendation records.”
KBZK: Montana environmental group launches informational website on wildfire smoke. “The group Climate Smart Missoula has used $10,000 from the Montana Wildfire Relief Fund to put forward out educational information on impacts from wildfire smoke via a new website and direction communications.”
Via Reddit, I learned about a new database of Star Trek books. From the About page: “The purpose of this website is to provide a searchable database of Star Trek novels to make it easier for fans of written Star Trek fiction to find books to read. This unofficial database allows you to find books by keyword, author, series, captain, starship, TV show and year. I have attempted to sort all books in chronological order using the various sources listed below, but there were some contradictions and inconsistencies.”
Gizmodo: Google Releases Political Ad Database and Trump Is the Big Winner. “Google has finally opened up about political ad-spending on its platforms and published a living archive of who’s paying what for your eyeballs while you’re just trying to consume some content. As we head into the heart of the midterm elections, Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign is outspending everyone.”
FamilySearch: Expanded Ellis Island Immigrant Records 1820-1957 Online. “What do over a 100 million Americans have in common? Their ancestors immigrated through Ellis Island or one of the New York Harbor immigration stations that preceded it. FamilySearch and The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. announced today the entire collection of Ellis Island New York Passenger Arrival Lists from 1820 to 1957 are now available online on both websites giving the opportunity to the descendants of over 100 million arrivals to discover their ancestors quicker and free of charge.”
Dublin People: Minister visits Swords for website launch . “MINISTER of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Sean Kyne, visited Fingal County Council’s headquarters in Swords recently to launch a website which contains comprehensive information about Ireland’s non-profit sector.”
Smithsonian Magazine: Hundreds of Newly Found Poems Reveal the Devastation of the U.K.’s ‘Cotton Famine’. “During the first half of the 20th century, factories in Lancashire spun threads and churned out vast quantities of woven cloths using raw cotton imported from the United States. The output was such that the English county earned the moniker ‘workshop of the world.’ But after the American Civil War broke out in 1861, and the Northern army blockaded Southern ports, cotton supplies were unable to reach England. Lancashire cotton mills were forced to close, and thousands of workers were left without a source of income. After they were abruptly plunged into poverty, some workers turned to poetry to convey the devastation of the so-called ‘Lancashire Cotton Famine.'” 99% sure that’s an error in the first paragraph, and it should be first half of the 19th century.