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The 1999 Teen Choice Awards, a special that celebrates the hottest stars in film, television, music, sports and fashion _ as chosen by teenagers _ airs Thursday at 8 p.m. on WTVT-Ch. 13. Fox Television teamed with Seventeen magazine to create an "alterna-awards" show that intends to banish boring parts, such as long celebrity entrances and dull acceptance speeches. Performers include Genie in a Bottle gal Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Blink 182 and 'N Sync.

Put on some PlayStation pants

Sony Computer Entertainment's online store at has added new PlayStation branded and game-specific apparel. You can order all kinds of stuff, such as a PlayStation baseball cap or a "Spyro the Dragon" T-shirt. Those without Internet access can request a free catalog by writing to: PlayStation Merchandise Program, P.O. Box 469093, Escondido, CA 92046.

Rapper wants to take the high road

Foxy Brown doesn't want to be known as a bad girl anymore. The 19-year-old rapper, best known for her raunchy lyrics and revealing clothes, told Essence magazine that she plans to clean up her image. "I have teenage girls who come up to me all the time reciting my lyrics, and I'm like, "Whoa _ you know what? I need to stop using so much cursing,' " said Brown. "I want women to be proud of me as a whole, and I want to change the way I'm perceived."

Tell us: Is TV good or bad for you?

According to a recent report by the American Academy of Pediatrics, television viewing can affect the mental, social and physical health of young people. The Academy suggests older children not have television sets in their bedrooms but instead in "common rooms, where parents can monitor and participate in children's use of them."

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