Milestones Nov. 15, 1999

SENTENCED. AARON MCKINNEY, 22, high school dropout; to two consecutive life sentences without parole; for the 1998 murder, kidnapping and robbery of gay college student Matthew Shepard; in Laramie, Wyo. Matthew's parents--who interceded as the jury began to deliberate--spared him the death penalty in exchange for his promise never to appeal.

AILING. TOM LANDRY, 75, longtime Dallas Cowboys coach; with acute myelogenous leukemia; in Dallas. Landry has been undergoing treatment since May.

DIED. WALTER PAYTON, 45, Hall of Fame Chicago Bears running back who gained 16,726 rushing yds.--more than anyone else in NFL history; of bile-duct cancer; in Barrington, Ill....

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