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updated 12/01/2003 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/01/2003 01:00AM

58 UP FRONT
Police conducting a criminal investigation swarm Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch in California

62 Upbeat after a shark attack, Bethany Hamilton gets set to surf again

64 Once known as Seinfeld's hefty mailman, Wayne Knight slims down and recasts his life

66 No stranger to scandal, Paris Hilton says she regrets her role in a naughty video

68 Who woulda thunk? Hunks! Suddenly, the Average Joes vying for Melana Scantlin have new competition

178 Romance
The Bachelor's Bob Guiney makes his pick while Trista and Ryan put the finishing touches on plans for their wedding

187 Angels
Pam Koner and her New York pals send love (and groceries) by the boxful to an Illinois town in need

189 Update
Singing superstar LeAnn Rimes savors marital bliss and a new release of her greatest hits at 21

201 Song
With a second hit, "White Flag," British singer Dido surrenders to fame

203 In Court
Scott Peterson is headed for trial—and a battle for his life

206 Scene
Less was more at Victoria's Secret annual fashion show

MAILBAG 4
PEOPLE.COM 7
STAR TRACKS 10
SCOOP 21
PICKS & PANS 29
INSIDER 57
PASSAGES 177
STYLE WATCH 193
PUZZLER 198
CHATTER 208

SEXIEST MAN ALIVE

71 Introduction
Meet the guys—some you'll know, some you'll want to know more about

72 The Sexiest Man Alive
He refuses to play up his leading man looks, but that's only partly why Johnny Depp is this year's choice

80 The Top 10
Ten guys—10 reasons we love each one

95 Are They Hot!
Celebs tell us who they think is just about perfect

102 Simply the Best
You'll agree too—these men are the cream of the crop

138 Dirty Boyz
They dress down, even when their girls doll up

140 For Love or Money?
Just what do his high-profile dates see in Flavio Briatore?

144 Cable Guys
Your guide to some of the best-looking men on TV

156 Metrosexiness
Celebs admit to enjoying manicures, pedicures and facials

161 Sexy Singers
These guys let their music speak for them

174 The Short List
They're all 5'8" and under—but tall on talent

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