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Tuesday, September 7, 2004; Page C03

Tony Would've Whacked Back

Actor James Gandolfini emerged unscathed Saturday after a suspected drunk driver broadsided his vehicle in New Brunswick, N.J.

The Chevrolet Avalanche driven by the "Sopranos" star got -- ahem -- whacked when Charles Collins, 72, of New Brunswick, drove his Lincoln Town Car through a red light, according to police. Collins was not hurt, but was issued a summons for drunken driving and released.


Ken Jennings will try to extend his winning streak on the new season of "Jeopardy!" (AP)

Gandolfini, a Rutgers alum, was in New Brunswick for Saturday's Rutgers-Michigan State football game.

After the crash, Gandolfini and three friends stopped for dinner at a local restaurant, perhaps to celebrate Rutgers' 19-14 victory as well as the preciousness of human life.

How High Will He Go?

Here's the clue:

This 30-year-old software engineer from Salt Lake City won 38 consecutive games on the quiz show "Jeopardy!" for a total of $1,321,660, before the show went on hiatus in late July.

If you answered "Who is Ken Jennings?" you'd be absolutely correct.

And don't wager too much on Jennings breaking his streak anytime soon. He won his 39th game on a new episode of "Jeopardy!" last night, increasing his take by $10,001.

The quiz show used to limit its champions to five appearances before changing the rules last year. Now a winner can keep competing until he or she is beaten.

Show spokesman Jeff Ritter said there's been no discussion of a cutoff point, or another change in the rules, if Jennings's streak continues.

"Jeopardy!" will air two more weeks of original episodes, which began taping in August, before another hiatus for a special tournament.

Noted . . .

According to a London auction house, Heidi Klum's legs are worth $1.96 million. Phillips, de Pury and Co. made the assessment based on length, shape, rarity and commercial value. The German company Braun plans to insure the supermodel's legs as it features her in an ad campaign for a new electric shaver . . . Thought your back-to-school throwback jersey was expensive? An original 1963 New York Yankees uniform worn by Mickey Mantle is predicted to bring $100,000 or more in a public auction this weekend, according to Heritage Galleries of Dallas. The sale will be conducted Friday and Saturday in Long Beach, Calif.

. . . And Quoted

"As an actor, there are plenty of opportunities to con people once you develop the talent . . . I've always resisted the impulse to take advantage of people."

-- Actor John C. Reilly in the San Francisco Chronicle. Reilly plays a con man in the upcoming film "Criminal."

-- Compiled by Chris Richards from staff and wire reports

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