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updated 02/02/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/02/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

44 UP FRONT
Michael Jackson's bizarre antics mystify fans (and irk the judge) as he pleads not guilty to molestation charges

46 When it comes to parties, we'll always have Paris—plus Ashton, Demi and other celebs who made the scene at the annual Sundance Film Festival

48 An ingredient found in over-the-counter cough medicines, DXM becomes a popular—and potentially lethal—drug among young people

52 A rejuvenated Oprah Winfrey welcomes turning 50 without any regrets, while friends plan a birthday celebration fit for the mother of all moguls

59 Trouble
Teenage heartthrob Aaron Carter's bickering parents finally seem to make peace with each other—that is, until his mother allegedly attacks his father's younger girlfriend

65 Tragedy
Olivia Goldsmith, author of The First Wives Club and nine other successful novels, dies after going under anesthesia in preparation for routine chin tuck surgery at a Manhattan hospital

69 Update
As her trial starts, domestic diva Martha Stewart remains calm, cool, collected and—what else?—in control

74 COVER
They got their 15 minutes of fame (and more than a little humiliation) appearing on reality TV's hottest dating shows. But after the camera is turned off and the instant fame fades, can these lovelorn overnight stars find lasting romance?

86 Mystery
After actor Spalding Gray vanishes from his Manhattan apartment, investigators and friends fear the troubled celeb may have committed suicide

88 Screen
Iranian actress Shohreh Aghdashloo finds all-American success in House of Sand and Fog

98 Family
California mother Anne Belles always dreamed of raising a large family. Now she and her husband have 25 boys

102 Tube
Posing as My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé, actor Steven Bailey mortifies his unsuspecting reality show partner

MAILBAG 4
PEOPLE.COM 7
STAR TRACKS 8
SCOOP 19
PICKS & PANS 27
INSIDER 43
PASSAGES 73
PUZZLER 91
STYLE WATCH 93
CHATTER 104

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