Milestones Dec. 9, 1996

APPOINTED. PETE HAMILL, 61, tabloid columnist's tabloid columnist and best-selling author; as editor in chief of the New York Daily News, the sixth largest U.S. daily; in New York City.

DIED. JOHN SALVI, 24, convicted of killing two people in an attack at two Boston-area abortion clinics in 1994; an apparent suicide; in his prison cell in Walpole, Massachusetts.

DIED. MOHAMED AMIN, 53, acclaimed Kenyan photographer whose images of the 1984 famine in Ethiopia shocked the world into providing help; in the crash of hijacked Ethiopian Airlines flight 961; off the Comoro Islands. Among the others killed: Brian Tetley, 61, a...

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