Milestones Jul. 2, 2001

RETIRING. CAL RIPKEN, 40, Baltimore Orioles infielder who chased down Lou Gehrig's "unbreakable" record of 2,130 consecutive games played, setting a new record of 2,632 before voluntarily ending his streak on Sept. 20, 1998; in Baltimore, Md. After 20 years of modest and steady service, Ripken, now batting .209, will bow out at the end of the season.

RELEASED. ROBERT THOMPSON and JON VENABLES, both 18, having served eight years in a children's unit for torturing and killing two-year-old James Bulger in 1993; in London. Their shocking crime--at age 10, the two youths lured James from a shopping center and laid...

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