Milestones Dec. 20, 2004

RETIRED. MIA HAMM, 32, after 17 years on the U.S. women's national soccer team, during which time she scored 158 goals--a record for men and women--as her team won two World Cup championships, two Olympic gold medals and legions of young fans; along with teammates Julie Foudy and Joy Fawcett.

APPOINTED. WILTON D. GREGORY, 57, head of the Belleville, Ill., diocese and the first black president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; as the new Archbishop of Atlanta, signaling his continued favor with the Vatican; by Pope John Paul II. Gregory's leadership during the church's sex-abuse crisis included establishing a...

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