Milestones Mar. 25, 2002

SENTENCED. ANDREA YATES, 37, mentally ill mother convicted of drowning her five children last June; to life in prison, with eligibility for parole after 40 years; in Houston. The jury took 35 minutes to decide to spare Yates the alternative sentence, death by lethal injection.

SEPARATING. JAMES GANDOLFINI, 40, TV mobster, from his wife of three years, Marcy, a former public relations executive; in New York City. The Sopranos star's publicist said he had initiated divorce proceedings. The couple have a son, Michael, 2.

DIED. JEAN-PAUL RIOPELLE, 78, abstract expressionist whose works hang in New York City's Museum of Modern Art...

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