Countdown’s Top Five

  1. The return of "The Sopranos" and the return of the question, who`s going to get whacked this time
  2. How many people have been clipped during the series' run?  Forty.  Forty people sleeping with the fishes as of last night`s episode. 
  3. A new family life for Delimar Cuevas and new details about her previous life as Aliyah.  The Philadelphia 6-year-old had a talent agent and appeared in "Blue`s Clues" and ads for "Play School" and "Target."
  4. A history-making new constitution in Iraq and the new badges of the Kerry campaign labeling members of the current administration the asses of evil
  5. Ashcroft went into the hospital last Thursday.
  6. Neil Bush got married on Saturday night to Maria Andrews, a former first volunteer for first lady Barbara Bush.
  7. The Reverend Al Sharpton has ambitious new plans.  The former child preacher and tour manager for soul legend James Brown has signed with the William Morris talent agency and says he wants to host cable news and radio programs, write books and act in movies.  He also says he started talks with the Fox Network about his own reality TV show.
  8. Top three titles for the Reverend Al`s new reality show:
  9. "Hair Factor"
  10. "Who Ya Callin' Big Brother?"
  11. "My Big Fat Obnoxious Candidate."
  12. As investigators raid a New Jersey fan`s collection of Jackson memorabilia for possible evidence, Janet Jackson goes on the offensive accusing police of roughing up fans at her brother`s arraignment.  
  13. Martha Stewart thanks her supporters as her company decides the best damage control
  14. The top five billionaires who`ve spent time behind bars:
  15. The junk bond king, Michael Milken, after 22 months in the slammer, now a celebrated philanthropist. 
  16. Everyone`s favorite billionaire to hate, Leona Helmsley.
  17. Yasua Takei, worth a hefty $6 billion, but away he was put for wiretapping journalists who just didn't like his company.
  18. The owner of Russia`s biggest oil firm and easily the country's wealthiest man, Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
  19. Platon Lebedev, Russia`s second richest man now in jail on theft charges. 

Today’s Top Three Newsmakers

Let's Play 'Oddball'!

  1. The mystery of Bigfoot may have been solved
  2. An embalmer at the UCLA medical school is under arrest on charges that he and another man sold donated cadavers and body parts for profit.  

Keeping Tabs

  1. The most recent guidelines for the MI5 say field agents must be no taller than 5`11.
  2. Two deaths in the news today that seem untimely and mildly ironic"
  3. John Henry Williams, the son of Hall of Famer Ted Williams, died after a long bout with leukemia.  
  4. Spalding Gray was not secretly preparing for another dramatic monologue when he disappeared two months ago, but had indeed committed suicide, possibly by jumping off the Staten Island Ferry.

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