Countdown’s Top Five

  1. Killing the Bartman ball
  2. Top 5 sports memorabilia of all time
  3. No legal penalty for FBI agents who helped themselves to souvenirs at ground
    zero.
  4. Two bigger examples of looting. 
  5. Chalabi backers arrested for looting
  6. Fox technician Benjamin James Johnson lost his job after customs found he brought paintings and other artifacts home from one of Saddam Hussein`s palaces in Iraq. 
  7. Bonus link: Johnson's court papers
  8. The great missing candidate caper.  Ralph Nader moves from media spotlight to Texas
  9. The Green party is considering backing Nader.  It is also considering nominating five other potential presidential candidates, including the Iowa Green Party favorite David Cobb.
  10. " Please, Ralph, not this year" -the wildly progressive "Mother Jones"
  11. Aubrey Immelman's Nader papers for the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics
  12. Childhood denied: The roots of Ralph Nader's righteousness
  13. It isn't easy being Green with Nader
  14. D'ya want sass with that?  ( background)
  15. The defense rests in the Martha Stewart trial.
  16. But what if they`re wrong?  What if Martha will end up resting in one of the country`s top four prisons for white-collar criminals
  17. Camp Allenwood in Pennsylvania.  Most New Yorkers go there, Martha.  And they have vocational training in horticulture.  Martha Stewart, gardening behind bars?
  18. Camp Nellis, North Las Vegas, Air conditioning plus stair masters.
  19. Camp Eglin in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.  Disgraced shoe designer Steve Madden is serving his 41-month sentence, there.
  20. The fourth best white-collar prison: Morgantown, West Virginia, described by Forbes.com as one of most picturesque camps in the system.
  21. In other trial of our patience news, Kobe Bryant`s attorneys have subpoenaed his accuser .
  22. On I-95 in Baltimore.  As a police officer returns equipment to his patrol car, a pickup truck with a drunk driver inside races by and takes the officer's door with it.
  23. As Mel Gibson`s "The Passion of the Christ" premieres, a 57-year-old woman in Wichita, Kansas, collapses and dies during the depiction of the crucifixion.
  24. Bob Siemon Designs is one of the officially sanctioned producers of "The Passion of The Christ" merchandise.  Here are the company's top 5 selling items right now.
  25. The Witnessing cards
  26. The Cross Pendant
  27. The Nail pendant
  28. The Cross lapel pins
  29. The Cross pocket reminder
  30. What we don`t know about Jesus, especially relevant in this time when the visual image is everything, is what he looked like, and that never stopped us before.

Today’s Top Three Newsmakers

  1. Steven Robyor, developer of the B-Stik, a new device for paddling your child that reduces injury, but increases sting.
  2. "I never beat him. I whipped him with a switch and a belt. I never beat him. You beat someone with a stick."
  3. The Home Depot in North Olmsted, Ohio has pigeons living in the rafters. That's ok, though, because they also have a Cooper's Hawk living in the rafters, who, conveniently, eats the pigeons.
  4. Hikers in the Oakland Hills were convinced the body they saw, motionless -- one leg, contorted -- was that of a dead man. Two days, 47 officers, firefighters, rangers, and ambulance crews, and two choppers later, they found him.  He was a transient who was into advanced meditative yoga.

Let's Play Oddball!

  1. Tabitha Bracken and Dalvin Robinson at Buffalo Niagara International.  They were expecting 119 pounds of marijuana, what they picked up two boxes of human organs.  You know, for transplants. 
  2. How will Rocky escape this towering inferno of certain death
  3. U.S. Army interested in 'Icarus' wings
  4. Kiss your asteroid good-bye. 

Keeping Tabs

  1. A spokesman for Jayson Blair says he wants to donate money to charity and is looking at mental health issues.  You bet he is.
  2. Bill O'Reilly has now been accused, as it is phrased in New York's Daily News of " televised plagiarism."

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