WORTH NOTING ON TV

FRIDAY US Open Tennis (CBS, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., ET): The women's semifinals are covered live from Flushing Meadows, N.Y., in one of the sport's international ``Grand Slam'' events.

SATURDAY US Open Tennis (CBS, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., ET): Women's finals and men's semifinals, live.

SUNDAY US Open Tennis (CBS, 4-7 p.m., ET): Men's finals, live.

MONDAY Firing Line Special Debate (PBS, 9-11 p.m.): Quite a mix this time: members of Congress, two actors, the redoutable Jeane Kirkpatrick, and host William F. Buckley Jr. They tackle the resolution: ``Government is not the solution, it is the problem.'' Great rhetorical fun.

TUESDAY Olmstead and the Public Park in America (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): The revolutionary 19th-century landscape artist, who all but invented the form, thought parks should be enjoyed by people of all classes. This special combines old photos with modern clips of his superb work to tell a dramatic story.

WEDNESDAY National Test on Crime Prevention (CBS, 8-9 p.m.): Not a scare tactic but a practical effort to bolster your personal defenses, ``Are You Safe'' lets five top crime-prevention experts explain how to deal with a range of not-so-hypothetical circumstances through dramatization, statistics, and other helpful devices.

Please check local listings for programs, especially on PBS.

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