Milestones Dec. 13, 2004

RESIGNING. TOM RIDGE, 59, as the country's first Secretary of Homeland Security; TOMMY THOMPSON, 63, as Secretary of Health and Human Services; and JOHN DANFORTH, 68, as U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Ridge's nominated replacement is BERNARD KERIK, 49, the brusque and blunt former New York City police commissioner who won praise for his calm crisis management in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.

INJURED. DICK EBERSOL, 57, chairman of NBC Sports; after a chartered plane carrying him and two of his sons, Teddy, 14, and Charlie, 21, crashed on takeoff; in Montrose, Colo. Teddy, Ebersol's youngest son with his...

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