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Scoop Today - Weekend Top 20

The top 20 rating items over the weekend were...

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: Scoop Images: First Light In Timor

Images courtesy of the New Zealand Defence force….

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


3: 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


4: Police May Appeal Billionaire's Drug Sentence

The police say they plan to review the case of the billionaire caught importing drugs into the country next week to see whether they can mount a legal appeal to the sentence.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00035.htm


5: 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


6: 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


7: 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


8: 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


9: West Coast Nurse Receives Confidential Payout

On the same day Social Services Minister, Steve Maharey, is scathing of the out-of-court settlement made to a sacked staff member by WINZ, it has been revealed that Coast Health Care Ltd also made a substantial out-of-court cash settlement to a staff member ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00034.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: 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


12: 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


13: New Zealand Herald

Drugs Billionaire - Name Suppression – Cannabis – Meningitis – Global Warming – Alan Gibbs In Accident – Young Kauri Award – Give Way Rule Changes – Waitangi – Parihaka – Lifesaving – ACT Review

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/NM0001/S00015.htm


14: Scoop Images: A Hobbit Summer House?

Scoop is proud to present another image of Hobbitton… this time of what appears to be a fairly grand Hobbit summer house …enjoy.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9911/S00099.htm


15: Scoop Images: And Not A Hobbit Was Stirring

The following pictures show the inside of the set for the town of Bree from the Lord of The Rings Trilogy which began shooting in New Zealand yesterday under the direction of Peter Jackson.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9910/S00053.htm


16: NZ Laboratory Dates Stone-Age British Bread

A New Zealand radiocarbon laboratory has helped establish the age of the earliest known bread found in Britain.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0001/S00006.htm


17: 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


18: 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


19: Stoat Invasion - Major Blow for NZ Wildlife

The recent finding of stoat footprints on Stewart Island is a major blow for New Zealand wildlife, according to the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0001/S00005.htm


20: Scoop Today - Rounding Off Your News Week

And that's the end of the first real news week of 2000... or is it? On second thoughts maybe silly season will end next week.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00036.htm

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