Milestones Jul. 15, 1996

PLEADED GUILTY. WILSON PICKETT, 55, rhythm-and-blues singer; to being under the influence of cocaine; in Hackensack, New Jersey. Police arrested Pickett in April after a yelling, bleeding woman ran from his home.

SENTENCED. LYLE MENENDEZ, 28, and ERIK MENENDEZ, 26, to life in prison without parole; for the 1989 murder of their wealthy parents; in Los Angeles.

HOSPITALIZED. CARL SAGAN, 61, Cornell University astronomer of Cosmos TV fame; for possible myelodysplasia, which can lead to leukemia; in Seattle.

HOSPITALIZED. JOHN CHANCELLOR, 68, veteran TV journalist and former NBC News anchor; for undisclosed reasons; in Princeton, New Jersey.

DIED. STEVE TESICH, 53,...

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