Milestones Jan. 30, 1995

STEPPING DOWN. NORMAN PODHORETZ, 65, editor and writer; as the editor in chief of Commentary; in New York City. During his 35-year stewardship, Podhoretz transformed the Jewish monthly from a voice of liberal social concern to a promoter of hard-line anti-Sovietism abroad and a basher of all things leftish and countercultural at home. The changes mirrored Podhoretz's own political evolution as one of the most influential-and certainly the most inescapable-of neoconservatives.

DIED. RON LUCIANO, 57, former umpire; from suicide by carbon-monoxide poisoning; in Endicott, New York. Luciano's 11 Astroturf-chewing years of calls and confrontations paved the way for a second career...

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