In Brief: Oct. 18, 1999

DISCOUNT SHEEPSKINS College costs this year increased at the lowest rate in 12 years, according to a report last week by the College Board. The average cost of a four-year public school went up only 3.4%, to $3,356 a year, while that of a private school rose 4.6%, to $15,380. But saving for college is getting easier, as more major brokerages offer tax-advantaged college savings plans.

RISING MORE SLOWLY Rate of increase

'96-'97 5.5% '97-'98 4.6% '98-'99 4.2% '99-'00 3.4%

BE HOME BY 10 While a national debate rages over the effect of media depictions of violence on America's children, a...

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