Milestones Feb. 24, 1997

BORN. To MELISSA ETHERIDGE, 35, Grammy Award-winning singer, and her partner JULIE CYPHER, 32: a girl, Bailey Jean; in the Los Angeles area. Cypher is the former wife of actor-singer Lou Diamond Phillips. The couple has not disclosed the method of fertilization.

RELEASED. WEBSTER HUBBELL, 49, longtime Clinton friend and former Justice Department official; from a federal halfway house; after serving more than a year in prison for tax evasion and mail fraud. Hubbell is still linked to continuing investigations of Whitewater and Democratic fund-raising activities.

SUSPENDED. ARMY SERGEANT MAJOR GENE C. MCKINNEY, 46, the service's highest-ranking enlisted officer; amid allegations...

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