Originally created 08/31/99

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ITTY BITTY BOARDS:

What's the newest toy craze for kids? Miniature skateboards. They have real wheels, real grip tape and even tiny tools for making adjustments. Kids use them to simulate real skateboard tricks with their fingers. The undersides have "rad" designs that make them colorful collectibles. The Tech Deck brand offers more than 200 pro-model graphic styles licensed from manufacturers of full-size skateboards. Nearly 5 million have been sold since 1998. They were invented by Steven Asher, a Southern California sixth-grader who fashioned a mini skateboard when a rainy day kept him from practicing tricks on his real skateboard outside. Tech Decks sell for $4.99 at Augusta-area toy stores. Generic brands are $2.99.

POWER BRA:

Forget the Click bra. A battery-powered bra can enlarge breasts without surgery, implants or adverse risks to a woman's health, says an American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery study reported in Allure magazine. Available at the end of this year, the device consists of two plastic domes connected by tiny tubes to a small power pack, all held in place under a sports-type bra. When switched on, the air is vacuumed out of the domes and the breasts are sucked forward, actually causing the breast tissue to expand. The 15 women who tested the device wore it 10 hours a day for 10 weeks and averaged a 55 percent increase in breast volume -- one full cup size. "It's amazing," one plastic surgeon exclaimed.

TV TONIGHT:

Chart-toppers 'N Sync, Britney Spears, 98 Degrees, Tyrese and Christina Aguilera strut their stuff at a San Diego amphitheater during Summer Music Mania '99. Bill Bellamy plays host to the two-hour songfest at 8 p.m. on UPN (WBEK, Channel 67).

Chris Cuomo reports on the renewed debate over school prayer on Fox Files (9 p.m. Fox, WFXG, Channel 54).

-- From Wire Reports