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Last minute preparations are underway in the Big Apple as New York City braces for the Republican National Convention (search). We’ll get the latest from FOX News’ James Rosen.

Plus, just days before the RNC, the latest FOX News poll numbers show President Bush and Sen. John Kerry in a virtual dead heat. Who will have the edge come November?

Peace Deal: After weeks of intense fighting and intense negotiations, a deal is reached between a radical anti-American cleric and the Iraqi government. Will the peace remain permanent? We’ll get a read from the front lines from FOX News’ Caroline Shively.

Terror to Blame? Investigators looking into the twin plane crashes in Russia say there's evidence that terrorism was behind at least one of the tragedies. We’ll get the latest from FOX News’ Steve Harrigan.

Reading, Writing and…: Hooters is known for its hot wings, hotter waitresses and… its commitment to our nation's schools? FOX News’ Jeff Goldblatt explains how the restaurant chain is serving up some controversy after offering a helping hand at a high school fundraiser.

Plus, a school system in Texas is giving out some expensive prizes -- not to raise funds, but for "attendance.” The school system says the rewards are working, but what kind of lessons are these kids really learning? We’ll ask Nancy Ricker, executive director for School and Community Partnerships for the Ft. Worth, Texas Independent School District.

Kobe’s Case: Jury selection begins today in the Kobe Bryant case as the defense and prosecution teams are expected to sift through hundreds of potential jurors and whittle the pool down to just twelve.

Customer vs. Clerk: We’ll have the latest on a lottery ticket lawsuit that you have to hear to believe.

Plus, we’ll get a preview of next week’s U.S. Open tennis championship from the youngest player to ever win the U.S. Open, Tracy Austin.

Those stories and the latest editions of Only on Fox and Stupid Criminals on today's edition of "DaySide with Linda Vester."

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