RESIGNING. TOM RIDGE , 59, as the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security; TOMMY THOMPSON , 63, as Secretary of Health and Human Services; and JOHN DANFORTH , 68, as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Ridge's nominated replacement is BERNARD KERIK , 49, the plainspoken former New York City police commissioner who helped guide the city during the Sept. 11 attacks and was a vocal supporter of George W. Bush's re-election.

RETIRED. TOM BROKAW , 64, anchor of NBC's Nightly News ; after 21 years; in New York City. Brokaw, who was promoted from the morning Today show in 1982, helped propel NBC...

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