By Poynter.org, Times files and wires
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 3, 2003
Take us prom shopping
Okay, maybe that doesn't sound too thrilling, especially since we WON'T pick up the tab. But if you let us tag along when you pick out your drop-dead gorgeous gown or James Bond-style tux (or whatever else you are wearing to your high school prom), you might get to see yourself in Xpress! In 25 words or less, let us know why YOU should be featured in a story and photos in Xpress. Include your name, e-mail address and phone number in case we choose you, and an explanation of where you'll be shopping: Will it be a highbrow shop or thrift store chic? Send to Prom, c/o Xpress, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731 or e-mail, with PROM Xpress in the subject line, to firstname.lastname@example.org . Replies must be received by Feb. 21.
Speaking of the prom
So, maybe Xpress won't pay for your gown, but you can win one. Go to seventeen.com to find several contests to enter to win prom gowns. David's Bridal is giving away a prom dress a week (you can also enter that contest at ym.com or at DavidsBridal.com). JCPenney wants to "Rock Your Prom" by offering a free gown and a live concert by the group Lifehouse. And as if that isn't enough, seventeen is giving away an all-expense paid trip to New York to be fitted for a custom prom gown.
Eat your vegetables
The Des Moines Register recently reported that "one in four teenagers now considers vegetarianism 'cool,"' according to Teenage Research Unlimited, a market research group. Two percent of teens ate no meat, poultry or fish in 2000, and 6 percent of teen girls ate no beef or pork, according to a poll sponsored by the Baltimore-based Vegetarian Resource Group. That's a bit of bad news for states such as Iowa, a major pork and beef producer.
Sometimes wishes do come true
When the Xpress team members were asked in December what they wished for during the holidays, Jacob Ludin said he wanted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to make it to the Super Bowl. Not only did they make it, but they won the big game. Way to go Bucs!
"There's no truth to it. They didn't apply. And Britney Spears isn't coming either."
-- University of Dayton, Ohio, spokeswoman Teri Rizvi, on a fake Web site report that teen gazillionaires Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen had applied for admission to colleges and universities in Ohio. The 16-year-old twins have a year of high school left.
-- Source: Poynter.org, Times files and wires
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