Milestones Nov. 26, 2001

RETIRING. MARK MCGWIRE, 38, St. Louis Cardinals slugger who was first to hit 70 homers in a season, beating Roger Maris' 1961 record of 61. His record stood until this year, when Barry Bonds hit 73. An injured, frustrated McGwire told reporters he was no longer able to perform "at a level equal to what [the Cardinals] would be paying me."

ELECTED. MANNY DIAZ, 47, previously obscure lawyer who rose to fame by representing the relatives of temporary Cuban refugee Elian Gonzalez--a fact appreciated by many of Miami's 123,000 Cuban Americans, whose votes were decisive; as mayor of Miami.


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