Milestones Mar. 15, 2004

RECOVERING. NEIL SIMON, 76, playwright and screenwriter, whose credits include Brighton Beach Memoirs and The Odd Couple; from a kidney transplant; in New York City. His publicist, Bill Evans, donated the kidney.

HOSPITALIZED. U.S. Attorney General JOHN ASHCROFT, 61; with severe gallstone pancreatitis; in Washington. Doctors are treating Ashcroft, who initially thought he had a stomach flu, with antibiotics.

ARRESTED. DAVID CROSBY, 62, founding member of two rock groups, the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; for the illegal possession of a .45-cal. handgun, a hunting knife and roughly an ounce of marijuana; in New York City.

OVERTURNED. Conviction of...

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