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Countdown's Countdowns

From the Tuesday, February 17th show

Countdown’s Top Five

  1. The teenager who found .
  2. A star basketball player, paralyzed after after a winning game.
  3. A-Rod is now .
  4. It was meant to be a "good news" story, a school reopening in Iraq.  Instead, .

Today’s Top Three Newsmakers

  1. Dr. Love -- actually Wei Siang Yu, Singapore television personality who says he is starting a new reality-TV show there.  The couple that manages to conceive a child first, wins.  The title: "."
  2. Kim Riley, the farmer in Wellington, New Zealand, survived torrential rains and resultant flooding by .
  3. Deputy mayor for legal affairs of New York City

Let's Play Oddball!

  • Former pro grappler , allegedly left a small amount of cocaine at his new job as a subway fare collector in Boston, causing a bioterror scare.
  • A suspicious powder found near a phone booth in Brussels, Belgium caused similar concern but turned out to be .
  • Speaking of hazardous, along the Mana-watu River in New Zealand, residents are experiencing that country has ever seen.
  • As we've told you previously, the guy in New York with the phone number identical to that in the title of a one-hit wonder song from the '80s was auctioning it off on E-Bay.  Now Verizon to hang it up.  867-5309 belongs to Verizon and cannot be sold.

Keeping Tabs

  • Mister and Mrs. Aaron Spelling would like to announce the wedding of their daughter, Tori -of Beverly Hills 90210 fame- to actor Charlie Shanian.  The ceremony is July fourth, and the couple's registries at   and are available online.
  • You can't spell "Courtney" without "."
  • From the "where are they now" category, fans of bad eighties movies will remember William Zabka.  He played the in "The Karate Kid."  This year Zabka has been nominated for an Acadamy Award for the live action short - "", which he wrote and produced.
  • Rest in peace,