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CALLING ALL MODELS

Chanel and Seventeen Magazine are looking for the 2000 Model of the Year. Three of last year's eight finalists, including grand prize winner Erin McQuatters (pictured here) of Martinez, Ga., are now signed with top modeling agencies. Aspiring supermodels can find an application in Seventeen's February and March issues or by visiting www.seventeen.com. Deadline is March 15. Eight finalists will win a trip to New York City, including air fare and hotel. One grand prize winner gets a five-day trip for two to Paris that includes two tickets to the Chanel fashion show and a $1,000 shopping spree.

MASKED MAN

Ever had a sinking feeling that the joke is on you? That's what happened recently to "Titanic" star Kate Winslet at a London party. Winslet was celebrating finishing up work in a new film with its cast and crew when the actress became irritated that an uninvited guest was parading around in a Dennis the Menace costume, reports Seventeen Online. When Winslet ordered bouncers to kick out the party-crasher, the mystery man pulled off his mask. Who was it? Jokester and "Titanic" co-star Leonardo DiCaprio.

SOUPED-UP SEGA

Let's talk about peripherals for the best video game console in the world -- Sega Dreamcast. Sorry, it wasn't enough to pay $200 for the latest technology. You'll need a memory card, or Visual Memory Unit, that allows you to download games and even play them away from your Dreamcast controller. Beyond that, you can buy a fishing rod that vibrates for Sega's "Bass Fishing" game. There's also a jump pack that vibrates when you hit or bump into things during games. In "Sonic Adventure," you can feel Sonic's feet as he cruises around. Tap. Tap. Tap.

If you want to surf the Internet with Dreamcast (a cool feature that can make WebTV obsolete), you'll need the Sega keyboard. It's like a computer keyboard, with a few variations. As Sega introduces its online games and connectivity, it'll be a must-have. Believe me, you won't want to use the supplied controller to type Web addresses, e-mail messages or anything else. That would be point and click madness. Our advice? Get the keyboard and the VMU. The other things are optional.

SCHOOL ZONE

Tap into www.highwired.org to get the lowdown on what's happening at more than 4,500 schools from every state and 52 other countries.

The coolest part of this site is the "Showcase Herald" from Everytown High School (get it?) -- it's an online newspaper with news and features written by high schoolers throughout the United States. You also can search for and browse online newspapers from hundreds of individual schools. While you're here, take advantage of the online guidance counselor and tutoring, and chip in your two cents in HighWired's polls.

QUOTES OF THE DAY

"We are great guys with great morals."

--Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst, 29, adding that he has never read a book in his life.

"I only want to play women I would invite to lunch."

--Actress Angelina Jolie

-- Knight Ridder

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