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.

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© St. Petersburg Times, published March 12, 2001

It's all about Janet

MTV has chosen to feature Janet Jackson as its first icon. Janet will be honored during Tuesday's 8 p.m. broadcast of tvICON for her contributions to pop culture, music and music videos. 'N Sync will dedicate a special vocal tribute of That's the Way Love Goes to her. There will also be performances by Destiny's Child, Macy Gray, Outkast, Mya, Pink and Usher. Janet will perform during the show's finale.

Don't be chicken, get cooking

Tyson Foods is looking for a talented kid chef and hopes to find him or her through its "Now You're Cooking Smart" contest. The competition is based on Tyson's three C's of cooking chicken: Chill it to 40 degrees, Clean hands and utensils and Cook at recommended temperatures. The contest is open to students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades. You must submit a 10-minute (or shorter) video of yourself preparing an original chicken recipe using the three C's. If you don't have a video camera, also acceptable is a frame-by-frame storyboard of a proposed video containing a photo or drawing of yourself doing the cooking. Go to the Web site www.tyson.com for rules and entry forms. Entries must be received by April 6. Five finalists will be flown to New York for a cook-off and the winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship.

It's a snack attack

If the American School Food Service Association has its way, the days may be numbered for the soda and snack machines found inside your school. Last week, the group asked Congress to allow the United States Department of Agriculture to regulate their placement near school cafeterias. In a recent report, the USDA said that such easy access to junk food may keep kids from eating healthy meals.

Centro Ybor theater welcomes teens

The Muvico Centro Ybor 20 Theaters in Ybor City now offers a "Teen Night" every Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Muvico Plaza. Teen Night events include music group appearances, radio station promotions and other special events. The theaters are at 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Call (813) 242-0664 for more information.

Just a Dream? Not for this girl group

The days of non-stop boy band worship may be coming to an end with so many hip and happening girl groups to listen to instead. One of the newest entries is Dream, a quartet signed to Puffy Combs' Bad Boy label. The band opened for 'N Sync last year and is now on tour with 98 Degrees.

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