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MTV Books is soliciting short stories from writers ages 16 to 28 for its Write Stuff Short Story Competition, with Dec. 1 as the deadline. Stories must not exceed 25 typed pages and must be double-spaced, one side only, on 8 1/2 -by-11 inch paper. For information on the contest, call (800) 454-5358 or check out MTV Online at www.writestuff.mtv.com or on AOL using keyword MTVWriteStuff.

Sixth-graders at Kenmore Middle School invited their grandparents to school today for a special tour, music program and Thanksgiving feast for "Grandparents' and Grandpeople's Day."

St. Mary's High School in Lancaster on Thursday had its annual Hunger Benefit, with students randomly divided into three groups reflecting the diet of three economic classes within the Earth's population: 15 percent feasted on an elaborate turkey dinner, 25 percent ate a biscuit, rice and milk, and 60 percent were served only rice and water. The event was a fund-raiser for Oxfam-America, an international development agency that supports groups working to increase food production and economic self-reliance.

The Gloria J. Parks Community Center, 3242 Main St., offers free tutoring for high school students in math, science, history, English and foreign languages. Students must be community center members and attend a preliminary meeting. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. For information, call Mary at 832-1010.

Burger King is heavy into "Rugrats" movie promotion (toys, watches, even Rugrats-shaped Chicken Tenders). Part of the proceeds from sale of Rugrats watches, available for $1.99 with the purchase of Value Meals through Dec. 27, will go to hurricane relief efforts, a spokesman notes.

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