Getting Noticed by People

A Washington man has been named one of People's "Guys on the Rise," part of the magazine's "50 Hottest Bachelors" issue. Winston Bao Lord, the 37-year-old executive director of the Washington Baseball Club, one of the leading consortia trying to buy the Nationals, told The Post yesterday that the distinction is "another way of saying no one knows who I am."

According to Lord, a close friend secretly submitted his information for consideration. The easy-on-the-eyes executive was selected along with "Hitch" screenplay writer Kevin Bisch and actors Bradley Cooper ("Jack & Bobby," "Alias") and Michael Copon ("One Tree Hill"), a Chesapeake, Va., native. "I didn't believe it," recalls Lord. He insisted his friend "have someone from the magazine e-mail me directly."

Lord says his family and friends are giving him a "good ripping" about his newfound fame, but he isn't sure if his appearance in the national magazine will result in more dates. "We'll see if that's the outcome," he says. "I'm telling friends to make up fake fan e-mails to make me feel good about myself."

Steps in the Right Direction

Members of Congress are looking pretty good these days, says fitness guru Denise Austin. The 48-year-old "Get Fit Fast" star led lawmakers and their staffs on a mile walk in Washington yesterday as part of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield WalkingWorks Capitol Hill Challenge.

The walking competition, which began in May, pits members of the House against the Senate to see who can tackle the most miles. "The ones that came out today were fit and energetic," Austin said.

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.), an avid user of Austin's workout tapes, walked yesterday to meet the exercise expert and gain another mile for her team. "Of course we're going to win," she told The Post, then joked: "The Senate walkers are slouchers."

With two weeks left in the competition, the Senate team is 570 miles behind the House. Austin's advice: "Just get out there."

Bollywood Goes Smoke-Free

More than 2,000 schoolchildren took to the streets of Bombay yesterday to support their government's ban on smoking in films, saying it encourages cigarette use among young people. Several Bollywood stars are up in arms about the ban, enacted Oct. 2, saying it snuffs their creativity.

Actor Aamir Khan said the law will make it difficult to portray villains: "Sometimes smoking reflects the personality of the character, and if a ban comes into effect it will be difficult to create negativity." Fellow actor John Abraham agrees: "If one makes a film on gangsters . . . you don't expect them not to smoke in the film."

But A-lister Shah Rukh Khan is a vocal supporter of the ban. The Indian government reports 800,000 of its citizens die each year from smoking-related illnesses.

End Notes

* Las Vegas illusionist Roy Horn, 60, has checked into a rehab facility in Bad Hellibrun, Germany, 20 months after a tiger mauling left him partially paralyzed. "Siegfried [Fischbacher, his partner] and I are thrilled to return to our home country and excited with the programs set forth by the great doctors and staff at the world-class Leonardis Clinic," Horn said in a statement yesterday. No details of Horn's condition were released.

* Oprah rules! At least, according to Forbes magazine's annual list of the world's 100 most famous celebrities, released yesterday. Ranking behind the 51-year-old talk show host are Tiger Woods, Mel Gibson, George Lucas, Shaquille O'Neal, Steven Spielberg, Johnny Depp, Madonna, Elton John and Tom Cruise.

-- Compiled by Korin Miller

from staff and wire reports

Denise Austin, right, led lawmakers including Rep. Loretta Sanchez on a mile walk yesterday.