Milestones Aug. 28, 1995

RECOVERING. MICHAEL STIPE, 35, singer; from a hernia operation. R.E.M.'s frontman learned of his condition just before a recent concert in Prague by the surgery-prone band (the drummer had an aneurysm fixed in March). Well, everybody hurts sometimes: Stipe warbled through the Prague show anyway, then flew to Atlanta for the procedure.

DIED. ALISON HARGREAVES, 33, Scottish mountaineer; on K2, in Pakistan. The first woman to scale Everest without using oxygen, Hargreaves was hit by an avalanche on the world's second-highest peak .

DIED. JOHN CAMERON SWAYZE, 89, newscaster turned pitchman; in Sarasota, Florida. Swayze found fame in 1949 "hopscotching the...

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