Milestones Nov. 23, 1998

HOSPITALIZED. STEPHEN AMBROSE, 62, American historian; in fair condition from an as yet undetermined illness; in Madison, Wis. Two days after receiving a National Humanities Medal at the White House, the best-selling author, based in Helena, Mont., collapsed during an evening out.

HOSPITALIZED. RICK JAMES, 50, funk master; from a stroke; in Los Angeles. After popping a blood vessel in his neck during a performance, the "Super Freak" singer felt numb on his right side. Doctors expect a full recovery from the ailment, brought on, said James' spokesman, by "rock-'n'-roll neck--the rhythmic whiplash motion of the head and neck."


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