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By Jim Gerland and Mark Winer

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The Internet in the Classroom
February 6, 1998

What's the buzz? What's happening? What's going on? Whether we want to admit it or not, we're all "news junkies". We all want to know the latest news, the latest sports scores, the weather for tomorrow or the upcoming weekend. Many of us find this information in the Buffalo News once a day or by watching the major news networks on TV. Nowadays, many of us are turning to the Internet to fulfill our "news habit".

The best place to being your quest to stay on top of current events is Yahoo! Full Coverage (headlines.yahoo.com/Full_Coverage/). Yahoo! does a wonderful job of keeping the updated news on that site with categories such as "TopStories", "US","World", "Science and Technology", "Business", "Sports", and "Entertainment". If you can't find something that interests you there then we'll give you a few other good sites to visit.

The major TV networks have good web sites. ABC News (abcnews.com) has a running ticker of "Your news summary" and invites you to comment through their "what do you think" vote area. CBS News (www.cbs.com/navbar/news.html) presents today's headlines and offer you the opportunity to visit specific areas of their web site such as "Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel", "CBS News Sunday Morning", and "Untold stories". NBC News (nbcnews.com) takes you to the MSNBC site they co-operate with Microsoft. MSNBC (msnbc.com) provides both a "Quick News" and a more detailed "News" area. It also allows you to personalize their page to fit your particular news wants and needs.

In addition to the major broadcast networks, the major news networks have information-packed web sites where you can keep abreast of national and world news.At CNN (cnn.com) you can get the latest news and also access CNNSI (cnnsi.com) for the latest sports information and CNNfn (cnnfn.com) for the latest financial news. FOX News (foxnews.com) has a unique offering. Here you can click on Fox News Sunday and find an opportunity to "Join the DEBATE" on various topics including the "White House Scandal", "FOX Talks with Rush Limbaugh", and "Spotlight on Hollywood". These discussion areas allow you to add your thoughts to the running debate in an easy to follow, threaded discussion group fashion.

Of course, we would be remiss if we didn't mention our local TV stations' news coverage. WKBW Eyewitness News Features (206.184.128.8/Eynpage.html) provides the top stories of the day and a list of web sites mentioned in today's news. Their sports site was rather slow in loading (even with our high speed connection) - too many graphics. John Murphy's "Murph-links" was a nice touch except for the fact that the Bills Schedule actually points to last year's results. At WIVB News4 (wivb.com/news.asp) we found a nice feature. They provided us with a search option that helped us find just the news we were looking for. The one thing we didn't care for though was that the text was all in UPPERCASE. A definite no-no in the online world. In sports, WIVB had not only the latest stories and scores but also pointers to the web sites for our local teams.

Speaking of sports, you should definitely check out the ESPN Sportszone (espn.com) for the most up-to-the-minute scores and coverage we found on the 'net. Yahoo! Sports (sports.yahoo.com) is another great place to find scores and stories updated almost as quickly as a Alexei Zhitnik's slapshot. Their Net Events area is a great place to participate in chat sessions with sports personalities or listen to RealAudio broadcasts of games and press conferences.

If all you really want to know is "what's the weather going to be like this weekend?" then click on over to the Weather Station (weather.com) for current U.S. and worldwide weather. Go directly to the forecast for Buffalo and WNY (www.weather.com/weather/us/cities/NY_Buffalo.html) and set a bookmark in your web browser so you can find the weather with just one click of the mouse. Let's see how good they do forecasting the weather. As I write this column they are predicting a high of 36 and a low of 34 with snow showers for today (Tuesday). We visited USA.com and clicked on the "Weather report for your area" and entered Buffalo, NY and they forecast a high of 37, a low of 23, and overcast with rain. We liked that one better! USA Today (usatoday.com) didn't forecast as far as Tuesday but they say Monday would be rainy and in the 40s.

Finally, we want to continue to help you utilize the Internet in your life. Let us know what you're interested in and we'll check it out. You can email us, info@internet-guys.com , or fax us, (716) 853-1350 and let us know what's happening on the Internet in WNY or any computing related activities you're involved with.