Milestones Apr. 8, 1996

RESIGNED. WILLIAM BRATTON, 48, New York City police commissioner; in Manhattan. Bratton is credited by many for a remarkable 27% drop in crime. But Gotham gossip long suggested that his boss, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, resented the commissioner's media profile (including a TIME cover) and independent nature. Bratton's successor, fire commissioner Howard Safir, is a Giuliani loyalist.

SENTENCED. YIGAL AMIR, 25; to life imprisonment; for the assassination of Israeli Premier Yitzhak Rabin; in Tel Aviv. The Jewish ultra-rightist brought new depths of meaning to the word unrepentant, grinning and yawning through a trial in which he freely admitted he shot Rabin to...

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