Xpress, the Coolest Section of the St. Petersburg Times, is the home for features, news and views of interest to young readers. Most of the work in Xpress, which appears on Mondays in Floridian, is produced by the Times' X-Team. The team of journalists ages 9-17 from around the Tampa Bay area is selected every year at the end of the school year to serve during the following school term. The current team of 12 was chosen out of 150 applicants. Watch for X-Team application forms in Xpress during the month of May.

Read the reviews by Xpress Film Critic Billy Norris

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Surely, you joust
rally round the maypole
Even if dueling is not their thing, there are plenty of other roles for teenage minstrels, maidens and fools at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival. Story

Be patient about Potter
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix isn't coming out until June, but bay area libraries have already started waiting lists for book borrowers.

X-Files: Cast your vote
So you're younger than 18 and think you can't vote? Think again. Your opinions can be heard for Nickelodeon's 16th Annual Kids' Choice Awards. There are the usual categories, such as favorite actor, actress and movie, but kids can also vote for their favorite video game, favorite book and the Xpress top picks: favorite male and female butt-kickers. Kids can vote both on and off air in 20 categories. Surprise awards will be announced during the show and you never know if actor Tom Cruise will show up again. Voting kicks off today online on www.Nick.com. Winners will be announced during a live broadcast from 8 to 9:30 p.m. April 12.

IT: My friend's desk is empty
Editor's note: This column was first published in 1999. The author suggested rerunning it after a car accident in St. Petersburg last week took the lives of three teenagers.

How to Xpress yourself
Xpressions, our monthly showcase for the art, writing and photography of students through the 12th grade, is looking for your work! Xpressions appears the last Monday of each month inside Floridian. Please read these instructions before submitting your work, which must be based on the designated theme:

Xpressions, is a monthly showcase for the art, writing and photography of students through the 12th grade. Xpressions appears the last Monday of each month.

Wonders of Florida This year's St. Petersburg Times Newspaper in Education series will be a journey exploring the awe-inspiring, marvelous state we call home. In this space each week you'll learn about some of the wonders of Florida. What makes this state and its people unique? What are some of the challenges of life in the Land of Flowers? You even may be surprised to find some of these wonders right outside your back door. Introduction, previous chapters and Web Links

Money Stuff: Get it! Spend it! Keep it!
The 2000-2001 series is about something we all love and wish we had more of: money.

Anne Frank: Lessons in human rights and dignity The 1999- 2000
Newspaper in Education series
Introduction, previous chapters and Web Links

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