Milestones Jul. 5, 1999

RECOVERING. STEPHEN KING, 51, horror novelist; from injuries sustained after he was hit by a van near his Lovell, Me., summer home; at a hospital in Lewiston. King underwent surgeries for leg and hip fractures and a collapsed lung.

MARRIED. RUPERT MURDOCH, 68, billionaire media magnate, to former employee WENDI DENG, 32; aboard his yacht in New York Harbor. It is Murdoch's third marriage.

SENTENCE BEGUN. CAPTAIN JOSEPH HAZELWOOD, 53, former skipper of the Exxon Valdez; after nine years of appeals; in Anchorage. In 1990 a jury convicted Hazelwood of negligently spilling 11 million gal. of oil into Prince William Sound....

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