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FEDS OKAY ABC PEEP SHOW

The Federal Communications Commission has rejected viewer complaints about the content of “The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show,” a ratings blockbuster for ABC last November.

The show — which featured super models such as Tyra Banks, Gisele Bundchen, Heidi Klum and Daniela Pestova strutting in the briefest possible lingerie fashions from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. — attracted more than 12 million viewers, several hundred of whom complained to the FCC that the show was indecent.

FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Charles Kelley notified the complainants by letter last week that there is nothing the commission can do about the skin show.

“While we understand that you are offended by the programming described,” said Kelley, “it does not appear that we have any basis for action at this time.”

GARY CONDIT’S GRAND JURY SUBPOENA

Gary Condit — who argued during his failed congressional reelection campaign this year that voters should return him to Congress because it would keep pressure on police to find out what happened to Chandra Levy — is still a focal point of the investigation,Eddie Goldman Jersey even though he lost the election.

Citing law enforcement sources, the Washington Post reports that a Washington D.C. Superior Court grand jury investigating Levy’s disappearance has subpoenaed Condit to testify early next month. The grand jury’s investigation into the disappearance of the 24-year-old intern includes an examination of allegations that Condit may have been involved in obstructing justice.

The sources told the paper the grand jury plans to call other witnesses, including friends and acquaintances of Levy and members of Condit’s staff.

Levy has not been seen since last May 1, when she was preparing to travel to Los Angeles for her graduate school commencement ceremony. She had just completed an internship at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons in Washington. Police say they still have no idea what happened to her.

The Post said the grand jury is looking into allegations that Condit and others may have intentionally deceived investigators.Bobby Massie Jersey

FOUR THE HARD WAY

Verek Muy of Sacramento brought home an 11 million-to-one shot Monday, giving birth to identical quadruplets — all girls.

Preana, Audriani, Natalie and Melody were born six weeks premature and weighed between 2 pounds, 5 ounces and 2 pounds, 8 ounces. Officials at Sutter Memorial told the San Francisco Chronicle that one of the newborns was having a minor breathing problem, but otherwise the sisters were doing very well at the hospital’s special-care nursery.

“They came out pink and breathing and crying, and that’s what we want,” said hospital spokeswoman Linda Pinkham. “Mom is trying to get her strength back and her rest, which she hasn’t been able to get very much of.”

The paper reported that about 500 sets of quadruplets are born in the United States every year,Cameron Meredith Jersey but hospital officials estimate that identical quads only occur once in 11 million deliveries. Jennifer Cassidy, who maintains a Web site devoted to multiple births, told the paper she only knows of 26 sets of identical quads born since 1930 — and 17 of them female.

The Sacramento blessed event is even more remarkable because Muy and her husband, Ornsee Khamsa, conceived naturally without the help of fertility drugs, according to the Chronicle.

INVESTIGATING RUSSELL YATES

According to a report in the Dallas Morning News, prosecutors are looking at evidence in the drowning deaths of Russell and Andrea Yates’ five children to determine whether Russell Yates bears any responsibility for the crime.

Andrea Yates has begun serving a life sentence, following her conviction earlier this month on capital murder charges. She called police on June 20, 2001 and confessed when they arrived that she had drowned her children in the bathtub.

Rusty Yates — a 37-year-old NASA engineer — has made the rounds on TV interview shows following his wife’s conviction,Gale Sayers Jersey but he has been criticized for those appearances.

Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal told the paper his office had received letters, phone calls and e-mails urging him to look into the matter. Rosenthal said his office is proceeding with caution as it considers the question of Rusty Yates’ culpability — if any.

“We are looking. We don’t know if there is evidence or not,” said Rosenthal. “Am I looking at trying to charge Russell Yates with anything? Not in (the middle of]) this lynch-mob mentality.”

Rosenthal told the paper that even if investigators find evidence implicating Rusty Yates, “nothing is going to happen anytime soon.”

Yates’ lawyer, Ed Mallett, had no comment.

“This is a case where the news media is chasing its own tail,Kyle Long Jersey” he said. “I would rather not contribute to this.”