Milestones May 21, 2001

DIED. PERRY COMO, 87, honey-smoke baritone whose casually masculine, almost sleepy stylings rivaled Bing Crosby's and Frank Sinatra's at the top of pop charts in the 1940s and '50s; in Jupiter Inlet Beach Colony, Fla. The seventh son of a seventh son, Pierino Ronald Como left work as a barber in 1933 for a career of such easy-listening hits as Till the End of Time and It's Impossible. He was also host of a string of popular TV shows. He died six days short of his 88th birthday.

HOSPITALIZED. JANE SWIFT, 36, acting Republican Governor of Massachusetts, eight months into her...

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