Presidential Candidates

To Have Three Debates

* Imagine having the chance to argue with your biggest rival in front of the whole school, and then letting the kids in the audience decide which of you is right.

That's pretty much what President George W. Bush and Sen. John F. Kerry are going to do three times between now and Election Day, Nov. 2. The two presidential candidates have agreed to three debates.

The first one will be Sept. 30, when the two men will answer questions about foreign matters such as the war in Iraq. In the next debate, they will take questions from voters. The third debate will focus on what's called domestic matters, such as health care and education.

The televised debates could help decide the election because millions of people will watch as they try to decide for whom to vote. Bush leads in some polls.

Golden Girl

* Maryland swimmer Jessica Long is golden.

Jessica, 12, won the gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle at the Paralympics in Athens, Greece, yesterday. Jessica, who doesn't have lower legs, set a Paralympic record of 1 minute 9.67 seconds in her division.

Asked how it felt to win gold, Jessica said, "I'm just trying to catch my breath."

Face-off: President Bush and John F. Kerry will debate three times.