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On the Air

Nickelodeon, the cable-television station that features reruns of old situation comedies and shows for children and teenagers, was to air a program this week that includes an appearance by President Clinton.

"Clearing the Air," a special focusing on tobacco use by youths, was to air Jan. 9.

Mr. Clinton taped the show last month with 12 youngsters and Linda Ellerbee, the former television news broadcaster, who served as the show's host.

Each of the young people, who range in age from 12 to 14, are active in anti-smoking efforts in their communities.

The president used the opportunity to discuss his administration's efforts to curb tobacco use by youths.

On the Web

The House Economic and Educational Opportunities Committee has created a "home page" on the Internet's World Wide Web.

The page opens with a photo of Rep. Bill Goodling, R-Pa., the committee's chairman, and a series of text menus follows.

Established last month, the page offers press releases, schedules, the text of bills under consideration or reported by the panel, a list of its members, and GOP members' biographies.

Democrats, who are in the minority, are included in the list of members but do not rate biographies.

Republican positions on such "hot topics" as student loans and welfare reform are also available.

The page exhibited a minor technical problem last week: A reporter's effort to obtain information on the history of the committee and its former chairmen was unsuccessful.

The page can be reached at http://www.house.gov/eeo/. Committee information is also available at a gopher site, gopher://gopher.house.gov/.

Four other House committees also have home pages on the Web.


Violet Boyer is the new president of the Committee for Education Funding.

Ms. Boyer, the assistant vice president for congressional and state relations for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, will serve a one-year term.

The cef is an umbrella lobbying group that represents some 90 education associations and institutions on budget issues.

Ms. Boyer succeeds John Forkenbrock, the executive director of the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools.

--Mark Pitsch

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