Milestones Mar. 18, 2002

RETIRING. FRED THOMPSON, 59, G.O.P. Senator from Tennessee who has acted in numerous films, including Cape Fear and In the Line of Fire; in Washington. "I simply do not have the heart for another six-year term," Thompson said.

DENIED. RUDOLPH GIULIANI, 57, ex-mayor of New York City; his request for joint custody of his children Andrew, 15, and Caroline, 12; in New York City. A state judge who will determine permanent custody in June said Giuliani had not spent sufficient time with his children.

CONVICTED. H. RAP BROWN, 58, 1960s radical, of killing a sheriff's deputy and wounding another in...

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