In Brief: Sep. 25, 2000

OLYM-POKE GOLD A heated exhibition of skill, reflex and endurance will begin in Sydney next week. No, not the Olympics. It's the first Pokemon World Championship. In case you're clueless--or past age 14--here's how it works: players "train" six creatures on their Nintendo Game Boys, upload them to virtual stadiums and they bludgeon one another into comas. U.S. hopes rest on national champ Ian Garvey, 13, from New Hope, Pa.

VIDEO BABY SITTER Ever notice how quickly children get bored, yet how intently they'll watch the same video over and over? Apparently Sony has. Its MovieTime VCR for kids repeats tapes...

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