Milestones Oct. 23, 2006

PLEADED GUILTY. Bob Ney, 52, Republican Congressman from Ohio and the first lawmaker to admit guilt in the influence-peddling scandal surrounding lobbyist Jack Abramoff; to accepting money and gifts on the lobbyist's behalf in exchange for official favors; in Washington. Ney was previously known for his successful push to rename French fries "freedom fries" in House cafeterias--a 2003 protest against France's opposition to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

DIED. Howard (Butch) Kerzner, 42, South African--born casino and resort developer--and son of international leisure tycoon Sol Kerzner--who acquired and dramatically expanded the Bahamas' renowned...

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