Milestones Apr. 27, 1998

RELEASED. WANG DAN, 29, Chinese dissident who helped lead the ill-fated 1989 democracy rallies in Beijing; on "medical parole" from an 11-year sentence for subversion. He flew to the U.S. for treatment.

RETIRING. ROBERT CRANDALL, 62, rough and tough president of American Airlines for 18 years, who pioneered such innovations as frequent-flyer miles and supersaver fares; in Fort Worth, Texas.

NEW TRIAL GRANTED. To SHAREEF COUSIN, a 19-year-old on death row and the subject of a Jan. 19, 1998, TIME investigation; by the Louisiana Supreme Court; in New Orleans. Citing the prosecutor's "flagrant misuse" of key evidence, the justices reversed Cousin's...

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