July 27, 2009 12:00 PM

21 SCOOP

Vanessa Hudgens dons the stylish “pantless” look … Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal are happily unmarried … Rumors about Britney Spears are cleared up

58 COVER

Less than three weeks after his split from wife Kate was announced, Jon Gosselin steps out in the South of France with a new lady

54 Three weeks after Michael Jackson’s death, his children Prince, Paris and Blanket are still grieving as they adjust to their new life with their grandmother, who will fight to retain custody. Plus: the reported conspiracies and mysteries surrounding the King of Pop’s final days

65 HEROES IN HARD TIMES

Cassandra Toroian and Jackie Blue rescued single mother Jen Burke and her daughter Phoebe from homelessness—and gave them a fresh start

66 It was an unhappy birthday for Jessica Simpson: quarterback Tony Romo dumped the singer on the eve of her 29th birthday, leaving her “heartbroken”

70 After losing his hands to a Strep A infection in 1999, Jeff Kepner becomes the first double hand transplant recipient in the U.S.

74 The brutal murder of Melanie and Byrd Billings, beloved parents who adopted and were raising 12 special-needs children, stuns the residents of Pensacola, Fla.

79 Hayden Panettiere dishes on what makes her happy (pickles and Scattergories) and proves she might just be Hollywood’s hottest homebody

100 The Jolie-Pitt clan celebrates twins Knox and Vivienne’s first birthday, complete with a pair of cakes baked by their older siblings and a visit from Grandma and Grandpa

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE

MAILBAG 6

PEOPLE.COM 9

STAR TRACKS 10

SCOOP 21

INSIDER 28

REVIEWS 31

PASSAGES 76

GREAT IDEAS 83

BODY WATCH 88

STYLE WATCH 91

PUZZLER 96

SECOND LOOK 98

CHATTER 102

ON THE COVER

Photograph by X 17; Inset: Brian Flannery/Flynet; Top Insets (from left): Exclusive by Getty Images; Janet Mayer/Splash News; Mark J. Terrill/AFP/Getty Images

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