Control table cell height in IE8 + FF

We use Dreamweaver to develop. Our website www.newsknife.com has for years had some pages containing tables. The height of the cells would appear as no greater than the contents. Now, in IE8 and FireFox we find that the cells appear with a much greater height than the contents. For example, a cell containing MONTH\PAGE was no higher than that 12pt wording. Now it is three times that height.

Presumably the change is the result of browsers now having better compliance with web standards. The question is how do we now control the cell height to return to being defined by its contents height or something similar? I've tried specifying a pixel height for the table but the cells still grow too high.

You can see this at our site page http://www.newsknife.com/online_news_site_profile.html. And also at http://www.newsknife.com/online_news_site_profile_tabletest.html WITHOUT <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=EmulateIE7" />, (which I think I should probably remove site-wide). Refer to the first table that has a yellow background. The top left cell says MONTH\PAGE.

This table is defined by this code:
<table bgcolor="#FFCC00" border="1" bordercolor="#dddddd" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="700">
        <td>
NEILPHAsked:
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David S.Commented:
There's a <p> in every table-cell?

Anyway, that's an odd IE7 bug. Making other browsers display it the same way is easy. Simply add margin:0 to the "p" style rule.
		p
		{
			font-family: Verdana, arial, hevetica, sans-serif;
			font-size: 12px;
			line-height: 115%;
			padding-left: 5px;
			margin: 0;
		}

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NEILPHAuthor Commented:
That certainly worked; see my revised http://www.newsknife.com/online_news_site_profile_tabletest.html.

I thought I was going to have to resort to putting a  around it.

As I recall, I put the  in every cell to format the text in it. I don't recall doing it manually so maybe Dreamweaver did it automatically for me that way when I required all the content in the table to be formatted.

Thanks.
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