Milestones May 12, 1997

EXPECTING. CYNDI LAUPER, 42, squeaky-voiced songstress, and her actor husband DAVID THORNTON, 42; their first child.

CONVICTED. DELMAR SIMPSON, 32, Army drill sergeant whose controversial trial for raping six trainees exposed the combustive interplay of sex and power in the Army's ranks; of 18 counts of rape; in Aberdeen, Md. Rejecting Simpson's defense that the sex was consensual, the six-person military jury sent an unequivocal message that any sexual relations between superiors and subordinates constitute rape. Simpson faces up to life in prison.

DIED. MIKE ROYKO, 64, caustic Pulitzer-prizewinning columnist who ruled the Windy City from his Page 3 pulpit; after...

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