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This week, look for our accounting series Cracking the Books II, as well as the Briefing Room, a new markets feature.
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As our longtime readers know, we like to dig deeply into certain subjects. And we're doing that this week with a special series. On Monday, we kick off the second installment of our popular accounting series,

Cracking the Books, Part II

. What an auspicious time, as last week the markets were riveted by the

tug-of-war between

Tyco International

(TYC)

and accounting watchdog David Tice's

Behind the Numbers

newsletter over whether Tyco is using acquisitions and restructuring reserves to enhance its bottom line.

As some of you may recall, last year's series profiled the very same whistleblower, accounting sleuth

Albert Meyer, for his role in questioning why

Coca-Cola

(KO) - Get Report

was burying expenses in

Coca-Cola Enterprises

(CCE)

, and who authored the latest series of charges against Tyco International.

In last year's series we correctly identified a number of problems among companies in the investing firmament, and we're aiming to do the same again this week. For those looking to avoid the next pothole, this series is invaluable. Cracking the Books will run all week on

TSC

, and it promises to be a riveting read.

For those of you dialed in to Wall Street, it's likely you've heard about the recently released

Institutional Investor

analyst rankings. Well, at the very same time, we've gotten our own analyst ranking survey underway: TheStreet.com Analyst Awards -- Equity 2000. Our survey's being run by the folks who, until this year, managed the

II

survey:

Laurie Meisler

and

Tina Aridas

. We hired these editors to produce a new survey, which we believe will be the most compelling, spot-on analyst ranking around. Last week, as part of the process, we asked research directors at more than 100 Wall Street firms to start nominating a slate of their analysts for our upcoming vote. Soon enough, we'll get the actual voting underway.

This week on the site we will also introduce a new feature: the Briefing Room. This expanded, easier-to-use section will give you all the latest skinny on the financial markets. When you have a chance to check it out, please send your suggestions on how the Briefing Room can get even better to Markets Editor

John J. Edwards III

at

jedwards@thestreet.com.

Briefing Room is just one of the changes you'll be seeing on the site in the coming weeks. We're planning a design "facelift" that will update our look and, hopefully, make it even easier to find what you're looking for. More details will follow in the days ahead.

Finally, what would a week be without Canada? OK, maybe I've got a soft spot for our northern neighbor. This week we will have a feature on a company that has become the most important stock, by far, in the Canadian market:

Nortel

(NT)

.

Lots happening, and much more to do. From series like Cracking the Books to the Briefing Room, we're focused on making you a wiser, more-informed investor. Any questions, please send me an email at

dkansas@thestreet.com and I'll get on the case for you.

L'Etoile du Nord

Dave Kansas

Editor-in-Chief