The Ticker
By Stephanie D. Smith

(MONEY Magazine) – --DUMB LUCK, a website that provides free term papers, is offering a $200 scholarship to the high school student with a B or C average who submits the best 500-word essay on "Why Cheating Is Wrong."

--FOURTH AND GO Using a "dynamic programming analysis" of every 1998, 1999 and 2000 pro football regular season game, a UC-Berkeley economist found that, on fourth down, teams would almost always be better off going for the first down or touchdown than punting.

--SURREALITY TV A popular new game show in economically troubled Argentina doesn't give winners refrigerators, cars or cash. Instead, contestants vie for jobs. --STEPHANIE D. SMITH