Top 50 News Stories (Of Last Wednesday)

An authoritative ranking inspired by...well, see No. 29

1. Senate votes to give military 4.8% pay hike

2. NBC airs interview with Clinton rape accuser; White House denies charge

3. Lauryn Hill wins five Grammys, record for a woman artist; Shania Twain wears skimpy outfit, Madonna kimono

4. Supreme Court okays deporting aliens for their political views

5. Second killer avalanche hits Austrian ski resorts; death toll hits 17

6. Observers dutifully wonder why avalanche story given much greater coverage than death of 61 in crash of Chinese airliner en route from Chengdu in Sichuan province to coastal city of Wenzhou

7. Dad asks Texas jury to spare life...

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