Milestones Dec. 13, 1999

ARRAIGNED. SHAWN CARTER (a.k.a. JAY-Z), 29, Grammy-winning rapper; on assault charges, for allegedly stabbing a record executive; in New York City.

EUTHANIZED. HSING-HSING, 28, giant panda given by China to the National Zoo to commemorate Nixon's 1972 visit; owing to kidney disease; in Washington. Hsing-Hsing, whose name means "shining star," will be preserved and displayed at the Smithsonian.

DIED. MIKE OCKRENT, 53, British director whose perky retro-musicals, Me and My Girl and Crazy for You, were hits in London and on Broadway; of leukemia; in New York City.

DIED. MADELINE KAHN, 57, devilishly ditsy singer-comedian; of ovarian cancer; in New York...

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