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LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

Albert Gore III, son of Vice President Al Gore, has won over his classmates at Washington, D.C.'s Sidwell Friends school. They elected the eighth-grader president of the middle school's student council.

Young Al does just transferred to Sidwell, which is also Chelsea Clinton's school, in September.

BACK FOR MORE

She's in the Basketball Hall of Fame, but Nancy Lieberman-Cline still has that itch. She'll scratch it by playing with Athletes in Action in a 16-game tour, as a way to earn a spot in the WNBA when the women's pro league plays next summer. "I can still shoot the ball," said Nancy, 38. "I can still pass the ball as well as anybody."

PUFF IT UP

The Family Channel is going the way of Nickelodeon and showing classic kids series on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The cable channel is giving you shows from producers Sid & Marty Krofft (they're the ones behind "Land of the Lost"). So now you get to see such weird stuff as "H.R. Pufnstuf," "Lidsville," "Sigmund & the Sea Monsters" and "Far Out Space Nuts," most of which feature actors fooling around while inside big, goofy costumes.

A RINGING CHEER:

Good news, graduating seniors: The Federal Trade Commission has modified a planned merger of class-ring makers, citing a risk of higher prices to the 1.6 million high school and college graduates who buy rings every year. The agency said class rings now range in price from $60 to more than $400.

KISS AND TELL

Another boy has been punished for smooching a classmate. De'Andre Dearinge, 7, of New York, kissed a classmate and ripped a button off her skirt. He was suspended for five days for sexual harassment. De'Andre said he ripped off the button as an idea he got from the book "Corduroy," about a bear with a missing button.

Meanwhile, Johnathan Prevette, 6, of Lexington, N.C., who was suspended earlier for kissing a classmate, has made global headlines. His folks were offered $100,000 for movie rights to the story.
-- Knight-Ridder

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