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When North Side Lakeview neighborhood youths Ariana Handelman and Marc Luban have their bat and bar mitzvahs this fall and turn 13, they won't celebrate with an extravagant party at a hotel or country club.

What word grows smaller when you add two letters to it?

In Greek mythology, Zeus is the king of gods and the ruler of Mount Olympus, home of the gods. Zeus is also the god of sky and thunder. Zeus became the supreme god by overthrowing his father. He then drew straws with his brothers Poseidon and Hades, to see who would rule the world. Zeus won.

It was a beautiful day in Flushing, New York, for Arthur Ashe Kids' Day on August 23. The event is the annual kickoff of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, which is held at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The sun was shining, as were the stars, on courts and on stage.

We've had plenty of block-breaking, bouncing ball games over the years, from "Breakout" to "Arkanoid" to "Ricochet." The structure is so simple that any new game in the genre needs to seriously consider theming and polish to grab attention. "Siesta Fiesta," new to download for Nintendo 3DS, clearly accomplishes that.

1. Go back to the olden days and watch Little House on the Prairie, which premiered 40 years ago (yikes!). Stream episodes at tv.com. Bonnets not required.

I always suspected that regular physical fitness plays a role in the health of the brain. And now, a new study published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience strongly suggests that kids who are more active and physically fit do better in school.

Mo'Ne Davis, 13, is the first American girl to play in the Little League World Series since 2004

What kind of person loves cocoa?

The Internet is a very complex system that connects millions of computers to one another. In 1989, a British scientist named Tim Berners-Lee invented hypertext transfer protocol or http, a series of linked words that allows users to navigate the Internet. In short, Berners-Lee invented the first Web browser.

If a University of Illinois engineering student and a recent graduate are successful, girls soon will be accessorizing their dolls with science safety goggles and lab coats instead of hair bows and purses.

ORLANDO - Liliana Perez was a happy, healthy 13-year-old girl with one problem: She needed to get straightened out. Literally. The Kissimmee, Florida, teen's right leg was one inch longer than her left.



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