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HEY, NO HARM INTENDED

About 10,000 have been sold so far, but Michael Cartier is adamant: "I don't want one" ... even as a gift. One what? Well, a commemorative medallion of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, made of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center. Cartier is cofounder of Give Your Voice, an advocacy group for victims' families, some of whom find the $29.95 medallions "inappropriate" even though they each may have one free for the asking. Now wait a minute, protests the president of International Agile Manufacturing, the Statesboro, Ga., foundry that makes them. They were meant as a "tasteful" way to help Americans "feel a part of the event."

I'll sell you fries with that

He lives in Billings, Mont., his name is Sam McDonald, and he owns 18 fast-food franchises in three states that are part of an internationally famous chain. Guess which one? If you said, "Duh, McDonald's, of course," you're wrong. Burger King? Wrong again. Pizza Hut? Nope, but his son and vice president, Greg, used to work there. No, this entrepreneur is strictly a Wendy's Old-Fashioned Hamburgers kinda guy.

Poll of TV viewers finds everybody loves ... Drew

Drew Carey is the US's favorite TV personality, according to an annual online survey by pollster Harris Interactive. The pudgy, bespectacled sitcom star jumped from third place in 2000, trading with talk show diva Oprah Winfrey, who remained No. 1 with women viewers. Game show and morning host Regis Philbin was tops for the over-40 set. The 10 most popular TV personalities and their networks, according to Harris Interactive:

1. Drew Carey, ABC

2. Regis Philbin, ABC

3. Oprah Winfrey, ABC

4. David Letterman, CBS

5. Ray Romano, CBS

6. Jay Leno, NBC

7. Bill O'Reilly, Fox

8. Kelsey Grammar, NBC

9. Katie Couric, NBC

10. Rosie O'Donnell, ABC

- PR Newswire

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