Originally created 12/02/99

In the know



MOUTHING OFF:

So what if you don't have a jewel of a smile. So says folk-rock star Jewel, who tells Glamour magazine that she has made peace with her crooked grin. "As a kid I desperately wanted my teeth done, but we just never had the money. Then you grow up and get used to it. And the idea of wearing braces now is absurd. I don't care if my teeth are fixed or straight or what."

TV TONIGHT:

On Nightline (11:30, ABC) Ted Koppel moderates a debate among Republican presidential candidates in Manchester, N.H., with all candidates expected to participate (WJBF-TV, Channel 6).

GUESTS FROM THE GRAVE:

The Sci-Fi Channel has a new idea for talk show guests -- dead people. The cable channel has hired "medium" John Edward, who says he can see the dearly departed, as host for the series, with guests who want to contact a deceased someone. A pilot will be shot next month. Author of the book One Last Time, Mr. Edward has been a frequent talk show guest, showing up on The Roseanne Show, The Maury Povich Show and Larry King Live.

PINPOINTING THE PROBLEM:

More and more of you are on pins and needles these days. More than 12 million Americans receive acupuncture each year, says the American Association of Oriental Medicine. Men's Fitness magazine reports that in a survey conducted by the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, Md., 91.5 percent of 575 acupuncture recipients cited a disappearance or improvement of symptoms.

DEERLY BELOVED:

Despite thousands of accidents involving cars and deer -- many of them fatal to the deer or motorists or both -- we just can't get the image of Bambi out of our minds. In an effort to prevent such accidents, the New York State Thruway Authority has put up an 8-foot sign near Rochester that says: "Be Alert -- Attack Deer -- Next 10 miles." Officials have received several calls complaining that the sign is disparaging to deer.