Week of March 31, 2002

Rule the Jungle

It's a Consumer Jungle out there, and no site can prepare you better than www.consumerjungle.com. The Student Camp offers advice about credit cards, buying a car and living on your own. Trek through the Credit Cave and sharpen your credit vocabulary with flash cards. Surviving Solo is not always easy, but the Temple Test can give you great money-managing tips. Once you get your driver's license, you'll be ready to jump on the Car-fari and navigate the curves of the Great Car Hunt.

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What is a deductible?

coverage if a hit-and-run driver or an uninsured driver injures you
amount of money the insured must pay before the insurance company will pay for the balance of the loss
amount of money you pay up front for a vehicle


What is Chuck Berry's full name?

Charles Edward Anderson Berry
Edward James Bemuth
Edward Christopher Anderson


Who started the Kidsnewsroom organization?
Fox News Network
Walter Cronkite
Marc and Julie Matthews




Heart and Soul to Rock 'N' Roll

Put your Heart and Soul into this Celebration of African American Music at www.worldbookonline.com/
. You can listen to the evolution of American music from early Spirituals to modern-day Rap. African Americans have had a huge impact on American music, as heard in the many forms of Jazz. Music legends Charlie Parker and Duke Ellington planted the roots of the Blues in America. Be sure to hear how Chuck Berry revolutionized rock 'n' roll with his electric guitar. (This site is no longer available.)

Get Your Nose in the News

This just in: A great Web site offers weekly news, games and contests at www.kidsnewsroom.com. Kidsnewsroom helps you stay informed about current events and news around the world. Head to the Sports Zone for the top sports story of the week. All the glitz and glamour of Hollywood is covered in Music and Entertainment news. You'll find the top stories from the White House in U.S. Government news. After getting the facts, add your opinion to the Readers' Responses or take the Current Events Quiz. All the news that's fit for kids is at the Kidsnewsroom. (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)

Should college athletes be paid?


Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: How do you write a speech? -- Laurel, Clayton, N.C.

Dear Laurel: Speeches may seem difficult to prepare. But if you know what you want to say, the task becomes rather simple. You can find some helpful info about writing a speech at www.geocities.com/Area51/Lair/8462/speechmain.html. You should consider what main points you want to make during your speech. Also, get the audience's attention with something exciting or funny when you begin your speech, and end with a bang so that the audience will remember what you said. Using a visual aid can also help the audience remember your speech long after you've finished speaking. Good luck! (This site is no longer available.)

Dear Amy: What is quinine? -- Marcus, Atlanta

Dear Marcus: Quinine is a chemical that was first found in the bark of cinchona trees in the Andes. Quinine is used to make tonic water, according to www.chem.ox.ac.uk/mom/quinine/Quinine.htm. It is also used for medicinal purposes. Quinine is used to decrease the frequency of muscle cramps, and it is an effective combatant of malaria. Today, scientists make synthetic quinine from coal tar.

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