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2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 22, 2003


State steps
in to turn
lie support
back on
Fla. governor orders
feeding tube to be
reinserted into woman
Invoking a law rushed through the
Legislature only an hour earlier, Gov.
Jeb Bush ordered a feeding tube rein-
serted yesterday into a brain-damaged
woman at the center of one of the
nation's longest and most bitter right-
to-die battles.
The bill was designed to save the life
of Terri Schiavo, whose parents have
fought for several years to keep her
alive. Her husband, Michael Schiavo,
says she would rather die.
Schiavo's feeding tube was removed
by court order at her husband's insis-
tence last Wednesday, and doctors have
said the 39-year-old woman will die
within a week to 10 days without food
and water.
The Senate voted 23-15 for the leg-
islation, and the House passed the final
version 73-24 only minutes later. Bush
signed it into law and issued the order
just more than an hour later.
After the Senate's vote, a cheer
went up among about 80 protesters
outside Terri Schiavo's hospice in
Pinellas Park.
"We are just ecstatic," Bob
Schindler said after Bush told him he
would issue the order. "It's restored my
belief in God."
Suzanne Carr, Terri Schiavo's sis-
ter, called the development "a mira-
cle, an absolute miracle." Terri's
mother broke down crying when she
heard the news.
George Felos, a lawyer for
Michael Schiavo, took steps to stop
Bush even before the governor
received the bill. He filed a request
for an injunction if Bush issued an
order. Pinellas Circuit Court Judge
George Greer denied it on technical
grounds, but said Felos could refile
the request.
The family's lawyer, Pat Anderson,
said Schiavo would have to be placed
on an IV to rehydrate her before the
feeding tube is reinserted.
"It ain't over until its over. "Until I
see that IV running she is not out of the
woods," Anderson said.
In the Senate, even some supporters
of the legislation expressed concern
abtout their actions. -)
"I keep on thinking 'What if Terri
didn't really want this done at all?'
May God have mercy on all of us,"
said Senate President Jim King, a
Lawmakers were already called to
the Capitol for a special session on
economic development when they
decided to intervene in the case.
Bush said he did not think lawmak-
ers were motivated by politics.

Casualties of missile strike debated


The Israeli military and Palestinian witnesses offered conflicting versions yes-
terday of an airstrike in Gaza, as thousands of mourners called for revenge for the
deaths of seven Palestinians purportedly killed in the attack.
Palestinians said the seven dead were civilians killed by an Israeli missile fired
into a crowd at the Nusseirat refugee camp. The army said the majority of those
killed were militants, releasing part of a video indicating there was no one on the
street near the vehicle when it was hit by two missiles. The Palestinians say a third
missile caused the deaths.
The airstrikes revived debate inside Israel over targeted killings in populated
areas, and the Palestinian prime minister, in a rare criticism of Washington, com-
plained that the United States was doing nothing to stop what he said are Israel's
"ugly crimes."
In Nusseirat, the flag-wrapped bodies of the seven Palestinians were carried on
stretchers through the shantytown yesterday.
"Sharon, wait, wait, you have opened hell's gate," the crowd chanted in a threat
of revenge. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Monday that Israel's war on
terror would not let up.

BELFAST, Northern Ireland
Catholics, Protestants fail to agree on terms

In a protest against what they see as Iran giving ground on the nuclear issue, Iranian hard-line students
chant slogans yesterday outside the Saadabad Palaces in Tehran, Iran.
Iran bows to international
p ressure on nuclear issue

A day billed as a breakthrough for Northern Ireland peacemaking descended
into a diplomatic shambles yesterday as Protestant leaders rejected the Irish
Republican Army's biggest-ever disarmament move as too secretive.
The prime ministers of Britain and Ireland, Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern, came to
Northern Ireland to launch a Nov.26 election for the province's empty legislature, the
intended bedrock of a Catholic-Protestant administration for this British territory.
Their mission was supposed to have been bolstered by the IRA's first act of dis-
armament in 18 months. But it ended late at night with their acknowledgment that
an agreement between the two key parties - the IRA-linked Sinn Fein and the
Ulster Unionists, a major British Protestant party - had slipped away.
"Yes. the election's going ahead, but we want it in a positive atmosphere," Blair
said at the end of what he called a deeply frustrating day.
John de Chastelain, the retired Canadian general trying to coax the IRA and other
outlawed groups to disarm, confirmed the IRA had let him inventory and "decom-
mission" a cache of automatic rifles, explosives and other weapons yesterday.

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Nation agrees to stop
uranium processing, let
inspectors view plants
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran agreed
yesterday to suspend uranium enrich-
ment and give inspectors unrestricted
access to its nuclear facilities as
demanded by the U.N. watchdog
agency, a step that could ease the
standoff over fears Iran is seeking to
build nuclear weapons.
The announcement came after
weeks of pressure on Iran to meet an
Oct. 31 deadline to come clean on its
nuclear program, which Washington
believes aims to build a nuclear arse-
nal. The United States - which has
led the charge for the U.N. Security
Council to take action against Tehran
- gave a cautious welcome.
If Iran follows through with its prom-
ises, it "would be a positive step in the
right direction," White House press sec-
retary Scott McClellan said. "Full com-
pliance by Iran will now be essential."
Iran, which says its nuclear pro-
grams aims only for electricity produc-
tion, made the commitments after the
foreign ministers of Britain, France
and Germany came to Iran to press the
demands by the U.N. International
Atomic Energy Agency. Tehran did not
say when it would take the steps,
though a British official said it would
likely be before the deadline.
Iran also agreed to hand over other
information long sought by the IAEA,
said diplomats in Vienna, where the

IAEA is based. Most importantly, said
the diplomats, who spoke on condition
of anonymity, Iran promised to account
for the origin of traces of weapons-
grade uranium IAEA inspectors dis-
covered at two facilities, raising alarm
bells in Vienna and Washington.
IAEA head Mohamed ElBaradei has
called those traces, found in environ-
mental samples, the most troubling
aspect of Iran's nuclear activities. Iran
says the contamination was on equip-
ment it imported for peaceful nuclear
purposes, but it resisted IAEA requests
that it name the country of origin.
Once the agency knows where the
equipment comes from, it can test the
truth of Iran's claims.
The direct intervention by the three
European ministers - who flew to
Tehran for talks yesterday, after which
Iranian officials announced their
promises - highlighted the differing
strategies Europe and Washington have
toward Iran's Islamic government.
The United States characterized Iran
as part of an "axis of evil" - along-
side Iraq, whose regime U.S. troops
later ousted: Washington has pushed
fellow members of the IAEA board to
declare Tehran in breach of the Nuclear
Nonproliferation Treaty. That would
likely prompt the U.N. Security Coun-
cil to impose sanctions on Iran.
The head of Israel's military intelli-
gence warned yesterday that if Iran
completes its program for enriching
uranium, it would be able to produce
its own nuclear weapons without out-
side help by the summer of 2004.

Iranian President Mohammad
Khatami shakes hands
yesterday with French Foreign
Minister Dominique De Villepin,
as British Foreign Minister Jack
Straw looks on.
The Europeans have tried to engage
the Tehran government. Yesterday, the
three ministers promised that if Iran
does meet its commitments, their
countries will help it get peaceful
nuclear technology.
Volker Perthes, a German foreign
policy analyst, said Europe wanted to
show it "can wield influence in a dif-
ferent way than the Americans did in
Iraq. ... It was a signal: We also don't
want Iran to develop their nuclear pro-
gram ... but we have something else on
offer - cooperation, stronger econom-
ic integration."

States shift insurance
costs to employees
State employee and single mother
Sandra Miller makes $19 an hour.
There is not going to be much money
left over if she has to start paying for
health insurance for herself and her
teenage son. "Even $50 a month is a lot
to me," says Miller.
Around the country, Rhode Island
and other states struggling with yawn-
ing deficits and rising health care
expenses are asking their employees to
help pay for their medical insurance or
assume a larger share of the burden.
At the beginning of this year, 16
states paid the full cost of health insur-
ance for individual workers, down from
22 in 1998, according to Workplace
Economics Inc., a Washington consult-
ing firm. And the number of states
offering fully paid family coverage has
dropped from nine to six: New Hamp-
shire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ore-
gon, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island,
the firm says.
Anti-war movement
will renew protests
Anti-war groups are planning their
largest demonstrations since after the
start of the war in Iraq, with thousands
expected at rallies Saturday in Wash-
ington and San Francisco.
Protesters are expected from 140

cities in the United States and Canada,
organizers said yesterday. They hope to
foment public pressure that will force
the withdrawal of U.S. troops.
With Congress poised to authorize
$87 billion for Iraq's reconstruction,
"Now more than ever it is critical that we
stand united in our effort to turn this all
around," said Leslie Cagan, an organizer
for United for Peace and Justice.
The protests are being organized by
Cagan's group and also International
ANSWER, or Act Now to Stop War and
End Racism, which led earlier protests.
'Late Show' takes aim
at easy target: Arnold
In contrast to the "Tonight" show -
Arnold Schwarzenegger's unofficial
late-night venue - David Letterman is
airing material that would make most
politicians consider a career change.
Over the past week, Letterman's
"Meet the Governor" segment has
rolled old footage of the incoming Cali-
fornia governor grasping-a woman's
buttocks, smoking marijuana and grin-
ning goofily dressed in an Indian outfit.
There's no political motivation; Let-
terman just wants to be funny, said Rob
Burnett, executive producer of Letter-
man's "Late Show."
"For us, it's an easy decision - what
is on the mind of the country and can it
be made funny?" he said. "Arnold as
governor of California satisfies both
objectives. As a bonus, it's pretty easy
to make funny."


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WASHINGTON (AP) - American
authorities investigating the killing of
Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel
Pearl in Pakistan now believe that he
was slain by the hand of Khalid Shaikh
Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of
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condition of anonymity. The official
declined to detail the evidence.
Pearl, the Journal's South Asia
bureau chief, was abducted on Jan. 23,
2002, while working on a story on
Islamic militants in Karachi.
Four days later, the Journal and
other media outlets received pictures of
Pearl with a gun to his head. A group
calling itself the National Movement
for the Restoration of Pakistani Sover-
eignty claimed responsibility for the
Investigators obtained videotapes
apparently showing Pearl being killed
as his throat was cut. It was unclear
from the pictures who killed him. His
body was found in May.
Mohammed was captured in
Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on March 1. The
CIA is interrogating him at an undis-
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