Milestones Dec. 21, 1998

APOLOGIZED. DON HEWITT, 76, executive producer of 60 Minutes; for a June 1997 segment, made by Carlton Communications for the British network ITV (and also aired by Time Warner's Cinemax), which falsely claimed the Cali cartel had started a new heroin-smuggling route to London.

CONVICTED. DARLENE GILLESPIE, 57, former Mouseketeer; of securities fraud; in Los Angeles. Gillespie was accused of writing bad checks in a scheme to help a boyfriend buy $827,000 worth of stock. She faces up to 90 years in prison.

AILING. BILL BLASS, 76, fashion designer; following a mild stroke; in Houston.

DIED. MICHAEL ZASLOW, 54, Emmy award-winning...

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