Milestones Jul. 18, 2005

ACKNOWLEDGED. BY PRINCE ALBERT II, 47, unmarried only son and successor to the late Prince Rainier III of Monaco; a son, ALEXANDRE, now 22 months, from his relationship with former Air France flight attendant Nicole Coste; in a statement released by the Prince's Paris-based lawyer. Though the boy will inherit a substantial chunk of the billionaire Prince's fortune--half if he is sole heir--he is not in line for the throne, which under Monaco's law requires "direct and legitimate" descendants.

DIED. EVAN HUNTER, 78, author who, under the pen name Ed McBain, defined the genre of the gritty, graphic police procedural novel;...

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