The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, associated with Syracuse University, displays everything you wanted to know and more about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. The Web site supplies graphs and charts on BATF enforcement trends, prosecutions and convictions, laws enforced, and other information, broken down by time period and area. Staffing information and institutional history for BATF are also included.

"Many cities in the West and South are confronted with rapid growth and urbanization. Portland, Oregon, is responding to growth with an increasingly popular planning concept called New Urbanism….Portland's planners have good intentions, but they are trying to impose a utopian vision on people who would rather find their own answers."–Analysis and alternatives are provided in the Spring 1996 issue of Different Drummer magazine, one of the best primers on dynamic approaches to urban issues. Available from The Thoreau Institute, 14417 S.E. Laurie, Oak Grove, OR 97267, (503) 652-7049, or on the institute's Web site.

"A closer look at the implications of the [information technology] revolution for productivity, jobs, trade, inflation and the organisation of firms and markets suggests that much of this fashionable thinking is simply wrong. IT may well be heralding another industrial revolution, but understanding and coping with this revolution does not require a revolution in economics."--"The Hitchhiker's Guide to Cybernomics," a special Economist survey, provides an intelligent guide to issues usually presented in clichés, reviewing academic literature and gobs of interesting statistics. Available for $3.75, plus 10 percent postage, from The Economist Newspaper Group, Reprints Department, 111 W. 57th Street, New York, NY 10019, (212) 541-5730.