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<P ALIGN=CENTER><B>Course News Items</B></P><P>A special forum called "News" appears in the "weekly" and "topics" course formats. It's a good place to post notices for all students to see. (By default, all students are subscribed to this forum, and will receive your notices by email.)<P>This setting determines how many recent items appear on your course home page, in a news box down the right-hand side.<P>If you set it to "0 news items" then the news box won't even appear.