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Scoop Ratings - Today's Top 20

The top 20 rating items on Scoop today are...

1: Scoop Images: Liv Meets Some Smokin' Ringwraiths

The following pictures - supplied to Scoop anonymously - show actress Liv Tyler in action during the shooting of some scenes for the Lord Of The Rings trilogy. The pictures were taken in the South Island near Wanaka.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00027.htm


2: One Very Lucky Billionaire

Just how much did the drug importing billionaire pay for his freedom? Not a lot according to Scoop sources.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00028.htm


3: Putin Beats Drums Of Nationalism And Feminism

Russia's acting president, Vladamir Putin, is beating the drums of nationalism saying he wants to rebuild Russia's military and economic power, and he wants a woman to be the Speaker in the Duma. John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00026.htm


4: Scoop Images: First Light In Timor

Images courtesy of the New Zealand Defence force….

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00017.htm


5: Billionaire's Price of Freedom $50,000 - Police

A drug importing billionare paid around $50,000 to the Odyssey House drug rehabilitation centre as a donation, substantially more than Scoop earlier reported.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00031.htm


6: Vatican 'Inquisition' Orders Burning Of Nuns Book

In a Millennium move back to the dark ages which will likely outrage Christians, Jews and Moslems, a Vatican body formerly known as the Inquisition, has ordered copies of a book entitled Women At The Alter to be warehoused or burned.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00030.htm


7: Free'd billioniare reveals arbitrary injustice

Cannabis law reformers have mixed feelings over the recent "non-criminal" importation of marijuana and hashish by an American billioniare.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0001/S00002.htm


8: Drug Importing Billionaire Anonymous For Now

A district court judge today ruled that the Herald Newspaper has the right to challenge the name suppression of the American billionaire caught importing cannabis into the country last week - but the paper will not get an opportunity to do so till Monday.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00025.htm


9: Scoop Images: Mountaintop Celebration Of Y2k

The following images were taken on New Years Eve and New Years Day atop Mt Narawhia the highest point on Arapawa Island in the Marlborough Sounds. Mt Narawhia at 535m tall and with a clear view of the horizon over the sea is an ideal place to watch ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00002.htm


10: Bill Gates Steps Aside As Microsoft President

Accelerating the company's major strategy initiative, Microsoft Corp. today announced that its co-founder, Bill Gates, has created a new role for himself -- Chairman and Chief Software Architect -- so that he can dedicate all of his time to helping drive ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00032.htm


11: Anonymous Drug Importing Billionaire Leaves Today

An American billionaire caught importing over 100 grams of cannabis is flying home today leaving controversy in his wake.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00022.htm


12: Scoop Today - Lots Of News About Drugs

Fantasy becomes a controlled substance and controversy continuea very lucky drug importing billionaire. Plus the rest of the days news, all in Scoop Today today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00029.htm


13: Whaling Activists Dragged Up Stern Of Whaling Ship

MAJOR ESCALATION IN CAMPAIGN TO STOP ILLEGAL JAPANESE WHALING AS ACTIVISTS DRAGGED UP STERN RAMP OF WHALING SHIP AMSTERDAM/SOUTHERN OCEAN

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0001/S00021.htm


14: Plans To Convert Mir Into Spacestation Hotel

Tired of the usual holiday spots on planet Earth? Next year you could be in space because a US investor wants to turn the Russian space station Mir into the ultimate holiday resort. John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00024.htm


15: National hid WINZ settlement

Social Services Minister Steve Maharey said today that the former National Government had suppressed knowledge of an out-of-court settlement involving a former senior WINZ manager which was reached before the election.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0001/S00023.htm


16: Russia Launches New ICB Missile as Grozny Invaded

As the Russian military begins its invasion of Grozny, Russia has launched a strategic intercontinental Topol-M missile using the occasion to warn the West against criticising its Chechen campaign. John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00079.htm


17: Union Alarmed At Benefit Stand Down Proposal

“The Employers Federation is still stuck in a punitive, forced-labour mind set,” said Robert Reid, President of UNITE!, the community based union for unemployed and marginalised workers.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0001/S00009.htm


18: Massive Canal Planned For Thailand

Thailand and the Japanese Global Infrastructure Fund are embarking on a bold and ambitious plan to build a canal linking the Pacific and Indian Oceans. It will rival the Panama and Suez canals. John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00014.htm


19: Japanese whaling could have tragic consequences

Prime Minister Helen Clark said this evening that Japan’s continued whaling in the Southern Ocean could well have tragic consequences not only for the whales it was targeting but also for Greenpeace activists who are challenging Japan’s whaling programme.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0001/S00022.htm


20: Government's 'Indecent Haste' On ACC Submissions

ACT ACC Spokesman Hon Ken Shirley believes that the Government's 'indecent haste' in allowing businesses just three weeks to make submissions on its bill to return ACC to a state monopoly is denying many the right to have their say.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0001/S00017.htm


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