Milestones Apr. 29, 2002

RETURNED. MOHAMMED ZAHIR SHAH, 87, former King of Afghanistan; to his country, for the first time since being deposed 29 years ago; to open a national council that will choose a new transitional government in June. In his emotional homecoming, during which he visited his assassinated father's war-torn grave, Zahir Shah said, "I want to serve the people of Afghanistan."

DIED. LAYNE STALEY, 34, tortured front man of the grunge metal band Alice in Chains; of undetermined causes; in Seattle. Staley's brooding lyrics often invoked his heroin addiction. "When I tried drugs, they were [expletive] great," Staley told Rolling Stone magazine...

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