Milestones Aug. 26, 1996

SIGNED. EMMITT SMITH, 27, running back; to the Dallas Cowboys. The eight-year, $48 million contract includes a record $15 million signing bonus.

ACQUITTED. DEBRA L. MEEKS, 41, Air Force major; of sodomy; in San Antonio, Texas. Accused of having a two-year live-in relationship with civilian Pamela Dillard, Meeks refused to state her sexual orientation throughout the trial. Her lawyers argued that the case violated the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy for homosexuals.

EXONERATED. DIETRICH BONHOEFFER, influential Lutheran theologian hanged in 1945 for high treason against Germany; by a Berlin court, which ruled that a 1946 law nullifying Nazi-era judgments formally...

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