SIMPSON TRIAL KEEPS ITS SPOT IN LIMELIGHT

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The trial goes on, new revelations surface, and the Cover Story points keep coming. For the 10th time in 11 months, the O.J. Simpson murder case made the biggest splash in April magazines, grabbing 10 points. All but one came from the tabloid's continuing infatuation with Kato, Marcia, Judge Ito and the rest of the courtroom gang. Judge Ito also made an appearance on Newsweek as the legal doings grew ever more tangled.

Cover Story is Advertising Age's monthly ranking of celebrities' popularity as reflected by their appearances on the covers of more than 30 of the nation's leading publications.

"Speed" queen Sandra Bullock popped up on Vanity Fair and Movieline, earning 6 points and second place for the promising actress. Late night funny guy David Letterman logged in at No. 3, racking up 5 points on three covers thanks to his Oscar hosting duties.

The competition heated up for fourth place, with baseball hero Hank Aaron, resurrected TV star Cybill Shepherd, Princess Diana and "Pulp Fiction" gal Uma Thurman all scoring 4 points.

Tying for eighth place were diva Whitney Houston, with 3.5 points from appearances in the National Enquirer and Star, and divorcing duo Julia Roberts and Lyle Lovett. The pair also popped up in the tabloids and People on the news of their unlikely romance's dissolution.

But the big rush was on to tie for 10th, with a horde of celebrities scoring 3 points for one cover each: Oscar repeater Tom Hanks; hunks George Clooney, Johnny Depp and Keanu Reeves; Hollywood studio executive Sherry Lansing; perky actress Meg Ryan; Nine Inch Nails-man Trent Reznor; "Lion King" composer Elton John; and basketball hero Grant Hill. The late Kurt Cobain of Nirvana also earned 3 points with Spin's homage to him one year after his suicide.

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