Milestones Aug. 12, 1996

RECOVERING. EMERSON FITTIPALDI, 49, two-time Indy 500 winner, after surgery to correct a broken bone in his neck suffered when he crashed into a wall at the Marlboro 500 in Michigan. Doctors say he can resume racing, but Fittipaldi thinks otherwise: "I had a message from the Lord...It looks like I'm not going to race again."

DEFECTED. RAED AHMED, 29, Iraqi Olympic weight lifter who carried his nation's flag into the opening ceremony. Ahmed exclaimed, "I'm escaping from the hell of Iraq."

ACQUITTED. HERBY BRANSCUM JR. and ROBERT M. HILL, owners of Perry County Bank, of four felony counts, including conspiracy...

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