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Milestones Feb. 2, 1998

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Kathleen Adams, Maryanne Murray Buechner, Jon Goldstein, Tam Gray, Anita Hamilton, Nadya Labi, Michele Orecklin and Alain L. Sanders

INDICTED. JOHN GOTTI JR., 33, reputed successor of jailed Mob boss John Gotti; on charges that include racketeering and extortion; in White Plains, N.Y.

SENTENCED. MIR AIMAL KANSI, 33, Pakistani terrorist who in 1993 ambushed CIA headquarters, killing two of its employees; to death; in Fairfax, Va.

DIED. JAY MONAHAN, 42, NBC News legal analyst and husband of Today show host Katie Couric; of cancer; in New York City.

DIED. CARL PERKINS, 65, Big Daddy of rockabilly; after a series of strokes; in Jackson, Tenn. Blue Suede Shoes, his anthem to teenage vanity nearly became his requiem when, as he was en route to a key national-TV performance in 1956, a car crash hobbled him and his career. Drinking binges followed, but so did songs–Honey Don’t, Matchbox–that helped teach the Beatles rock ‘n’ roll.

DIED. JACK LORD, 77, clean-cut actor who played his TV tough guys straight and a little bit square; of heart failure; in Honolulu. The West and its cliches suited Lord as the rodeo-going Stoney Burke, but he left the range for Hawaii Five-O. The locale changed, but his lawman soul didn’t, as Detective (“Book ‘Em, Danno”) McGarrett on TV’s longest-running crime drama.

DIED. HARRY ASHMORE, 81, Pulitzer prizewinning editor of the Arkansas Gazette; in Santa Barbara, Calif. In 1957, Ashmore’s leery support of “the admission of only a few, carefully screened Negro students” to an all-white high school in Little Rock resounded like a call to arms against bigotry.

DIED. MARY BUNTING-SMITH, 87, visionary Radcliffe president; in Hanover, N.H. She fought what she termed the “climate of unexpectation” for girls in the ’60s by starting Radcliffe’s Institute for Independent Study, now called the Bunting Institute.

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