Week of August 29, 2004


Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Get the news you want when you create your own newspaper with CRAYON at www.crayon.net. You will decide what kinds of articles make it to your newspaper, and you can get your news from local and national sources. Let your creativity shine when you create the title and slogan for your newspaper. As editor in chief, you can modify your paper at any time, and you can share it with your friends. Just give them the URL to your paper. Have fun and enjoy your up-to-date personal newspaper.

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In what year was the Great Peace treaty of Canada signed?



After Eisenhower, who was the next president to serve two complete terms?



Saving History

Warp through a time tunnel to Canada’s past with S.O.S. History at www.memoireenperil.net/
. In this interactive game, you’re on a mission to save the collective memory of key events, such as the aftermath of a fire and the signing of a peace treaty. If you get lost, check your Objectives and the wise guide Mnemius will get you back on track. You’ll meet soldiers, bakers, chiefs and other people who made history by being at the right place at the right time.

The Living Room Candidate

The Living Room Candidate exhibits 52 years of presidential campaign commercials at www.livingroomcandidate. org. Sorted by election year, the ads from Ike to Dubya demonstrate the persuasiveness of television. You’ll learn about types of commercials used, including backfire, biographical and documentary. Read about issues of war, corruption, taxes and welfare, and learn how candidates’ positions fit with media publicity. Television changed the way the election battle was fought, and the Internet is set to do the same. Check out the Desktop Candidate for more insight.

What historical figure would you like to meet? Why?


Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: Where can I find some different cursor icons?
— Kumar, Newark, Ohio

Dear Kumar: Wow! I don’t think anyone has ever asked me about cursor icons. You get two points for asking a new question. Ha ha. Two places to find some cool icons are Comet Zone at http://cometzone.cometsystems.com/az/a1.asp and Cursor and Icon software at http://slvrdragon.tripod.com/other.html. And of course, you can search for more sites using http://kids.yahoo.com. (The first site is no longer available.)

Dear Amy: How do virus blockers protect your computer?
— Harold, Cherry Hill, N.J.

Dear Harold: Anti-virus software periodically checks your computer for known viruses. As new viruses arise, the programmers at anti-virus software companies write virus definitions to protect against new viruses. Usually the definitions are online for people to download. If you have anti-virus software on your computer, it’s a good idea to check for new virus definitions daily to ensure that you have peak security. Symantec’s FAQ page at www.symantec.com/
has information about anti-virus software’s abilities. It will give you a general idea about what most anti-virus software can do.

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