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updated 12/12/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/12/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

21 SCOOP
Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn relax at a resort...
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes tour China...
George Clooney helps free a prisoner...
Simon Cowell signs for another five seasons of American Idol

58 COVER Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey
Friends and family tell what's behind the split and what's next for the former Newlyweds

66 After Katrina, the people of New Orleans are still struggling

75 Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie lend help in Pakistan

79 Happy Days' Pat Morita dies of alcoholism

82 Life on the road hasn't been idle for Kelly Clarkson and opening act Graham Colton

84 And the winner is....
A 157 lbs. thinner Matt Hoover bests the other Losers to take home $250,000

87 Nip/Tuck's unplastic Joely Richardson

90 "Run It" singer Chris Brown has all the right moves

93 Bones heartthrob David Boreanaz savors success and downtime as Dad

99 Stanley "Tookie" Williams, cofounder of the notorious Crips, faces a Dec. 13 execution for murder

103 After being widowed on 9/11, Broadway's LaChanze returns to the stage in Oprah Winfrey's The Color Purple

107 Hairstylist Ted Gibson is the mane man to the stars

113 Neil Diamond looks back at a gem of a career

118 Sissy Lusk, who shared her 222-lb. weight loss with PEOPLE, returns to share healthy eating tips

121 Suzan Hughes wants son Alex, 13, to enjoy more of his vast inheritance now

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE

MAILBAG 8
PEOPLE.COM 11
STAR TRACKS 12
SCOOP 21
PICKS & PANS 33
INSIDER 57
CRIME WATCH 110
PASSAGES 124
PUZZLER 146
STYLE WATCH 157
ROYAL WATCH 171
CHATTER 174

126 Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban celebrate Thanksgiving together in Nashville with their parents in tow

128 Designer Kenneth Cole rallies celebs for World AIDS Day

130 The Chronicles of Narnia leads the way as multiplexes brace for the holiday season

137 A new photo book looks back on the charmed and tragic life of John F. Kennedy Jr.

145 Barbra Streisand dishes on married life and her early TV specials

151 Losing mother Judi to cancer when he was 12, NFL quarterback Brian Griese helps other grieving children pick up the pieces

167 Romanian refugee Cornelia Zicu turns her day spa into a celebrity favorite

173 Thousands are flocking to see Nepalese teenager Ram Bomjon, who some believe is the next Buddha

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