Milestones Feb. 12, 1996

ARRESTED. QUEEN LATIFAH, 25, anti-violence rapper and a star of the sitcom Living Single; for alleged gun and marijuana possession; in Los Angeles.

DIED. JOSEPH BRODSKY, 55, exiled Russian poet, 1987 Nobel prizewinner and poet laureate of his adopted U.S.; of a heart attack; in New York City. Brodsky's 1964 Soviet trial for "parasitism," prompted by the underground distribution of his works, made him a cause celebre in the West and led to his expulsion in 1972. His intense verses, filled with images of loss and wandering, won him wide acclaim and America's highest honor for poetry in 1991.


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