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Mike's Your Cybersleuth
From the newspaper offices of the Daily Rap at www.mikerofone.com comes Mike Rofone, a reporter who's sure to get the scoop before the competition. Born and raised on the Internet and a self-proclaimed soda freak, Rofone is a cybersleuth like no other. When he isn't chasing down leads, Rofone finds himself on a mission: to catch Viper Virus. You can join Rofone on his digital escapades, as he wanders around the world, stopping by computers from Dublin to Miami to get the latest tidbits from his loyal net-friends. From the Vipers Dungeon to the Dangerous Playground, your adventures with Rofone will be sure to serve up all the mystery, suspense and laughter that a young journalist could ask for. (This site is no longer available.)

Get In touch with your Creative Side
What can you make with just salt, flour, water and alum? Almost anything you want. In the right amounts and mixed together, these four items make a clay that you can shape or cut into almost anything. At Arts & Crafts you can get a whole bunch of great recipes and directions to make tons of cool stuff. Most of the crafts use items that can easily be found around the house and there's a new project featured each month. Use the ideas on this Web site at www.earlychildhood.com/art.html to create gifts and decorations or just to pass the time on a rainy day. Now is the time to explore your artistic talents, and this place can really get you started. So log on and let your creativity start flowing. (This site is no longer available.)

Mummy found in Eastchester
It's always cool to see what's going on at other schools around the globe, and the World Wide Web makes it easy to become a "virtual" exchange student without ever packing a suitcase. One school that's definitely worth checking out is the Eastchester Middle School. At www.eastchester.k12.ny.us/schools/ms/index.htm you can tour the school or take a historic look at the town of Eastchester, N.Y. Then you can check out "My Greatest Adventure," where kids describe some of the places that they have visited and post some photos they took. You'll also want to check out "Sun Flowers," an animated art gallery where students have combined their talents in art and computer animation. If you like mummies, then you have to check out the 6th grade social studies class project: a reenactment of an Egyptian mummification. Don't skip this site because there are lots of neat things to see and do at this Cool School.

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When you know the answers to the questions below, enter your answers. If you are correct, you will become a "4Kids Detective of the Week." If a question is not answered it is considered wrong. Good luck.

1. Who created the Eastchester Middle School home page? When?

Erik Philipp and Mr. Rick Donahue in May 1995
Jason Ohlm and Mr. Justin Sparks in March 1995
Bob Dill and Mrs. Valorie Paprika in January 1995
2. According to Arts and Crafts, who is believed to have originated the dreamcatcher?
The Oneida
The Kickapoo
The Hopi
3. According to the FactsFile, what is Mike Rofone's distinguishing characteristic?
He was born on the net
He is a reporter
He is a real microphone
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Dear Amy: What is a Web home page, and how do I make one? Do you need special equipment, if so, how much does it cost? --Stacy, White Bear Lake, MN

The first page of a Web site is often called the home page because it is the starting place for more pages. When you enter a URL into your browser, a Web page is sent to you from a server computer. You can make your own home page with any wordprocessing software, but you have to code the words, pictures and links using HTML (HyperText Markup Language). The Beginner's Guide to HTML, located at www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/ General/ Internet/ WWW/ HTMLPrimer.html is a great place to start. You'll also need access to a WWW server to store your home page file. Often, your Internet service provider can take care of that and tell you what it will cost. Let me know when you put it up. (This site is no longer available.)

Dear Amy: Is there a place on the internet that can help me with 7th grade pre-algebra? I do not understand it at all! --Alyssa, Woodbury, NJ

Dear Alyssa: You are not alone. We all can use some help with our homework now and then; even our parents! Fortunately, one of the more popular sites on the Web is B.J. Pinchbeck's Homework Helper at www.bjpinchbeck.com. I checked it out and found a link for you called Ask Dr. Math at http://mathforum.org/dr.math. Hang in there.

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