Milestones Dec. 25, 2000

CHARGED. ROBERT DOWNEY JR., 35, actor; with two felony counts of drug possession and a misdemeanor connected to his arrest last month; in Los Angeles. If convicted, Downey, who will plead innocent, faces up to seven years in prison.

RETIRING. THE OLDSMOBILE, 103, the first mass-produced American car and a longtime staple of upper-middle-class garages everywhere. After years of efforts at retooling the long-sputtering brand, General Motors announced it would pull the Olds off the road in 2003.

DIED. WILLARD NIXON, 72, 1950s Boston Red Sox pitcher who never won more than 12 games in a season but who routinely trounced...

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