Milestones Jul. 12, 2004

STEPPING DOWN. WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY JR., 78, after a round (and orotund) half-century as guiding intellect and controlling shareholder of the immensely influential conservative magazine, the National Review. Buckley used the publication as one of several mechanisms for the life support and eventual triumphant revival of an ailing political position, characterized in the first issue as standing "athwart history, yelling 'Stop!'" Citing concerns about his inevitable mortality, he passed control to a board that includes his son Christopher, the humorist.

INJURED. MANUTE BOL, 41, 7-ft. 7-in. former NBA center who in 1984 left his Sudanese tribe to play ball in the...

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