2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Pope still suffering after surgery Nyws IN BRIEF
Chief doctor rules out
possible return to hospital
despite news reports
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope John
Paul II is vomiting, suffering strong
headaches and not responding well to
his medications, an Italian news agen-
cy reported yesterday, but the pontiff's
chief doctor dismissed speculation the
pope will be hospitalized again.
The Apcom news agency, quoting
unnamed sources, also reported that
John Paul was suffering from overall
weakness as he recovered from surgery
to ease a breathing crisis.
But the head of the pope's medical
team, Dr. Rodolfo Proietti, ruled out
media speculation that the pope's health
had deteriorated suddenly and might
require a return to the hospital he was
discharged from 10 days ago.
"No hospitalization of John Paul II is
planned," the ANSA news agency quot-
ed Proietti as saying.
The Vatican confirmed yesterday that
John Paul will not hold his traditional
audience today, although it was not
known if he would greet pilgrims from
his apartment window - a decision the
pope would make at the last minute.
John Paul has scaled back his appear-
ances since his back-to-back hospitaliza-
tions and has designated cardinals to take
his place during this week's busy Holy
Week ceremonies. The Vatican only has
confirmed one appointment for the pon-
tiff - an Easter Sunday blessing.
The pope did not name a stand-in, how-
ever, for a Way of the Cross procession at
the Colosseum on Good Friday evening,
raising the possibility he would partici-
pate in some fashion, although it appeared
doubtful he would go to the site.
Vatican Television officials said they
had installed cables and other equipment
in the pope's apartment above St. Peter's
Square for the possible transmission of
a video to be seen by the pilgrims gath-
ered at the Colosseum.
The pope has made three public
appearances since being discharged
from the hospital - his latest on Palm
Sunday when he blessed the crowd silent-
ly from his third-floor window. During
that appearance, the pontiff pressed his
hand to his head and pounded a lectern
in apparent frustration over his difficul-
ty in responding to the crowd.
It was the first time in 26 years as pope
that he was unable to preside over the Mass
ushering in Holy Week, the most impor-
tant season on the Christian calendar and
long one of his favorite appointments.
While his physical condition is "frag-
ile," John Paul is "perfectly sound men-
tally," Cardinal Camillo Ruini, who
stood in for the pope on Palm Sunday,
said in an interview with the Italian reli-
gious affairs weekly magazine Famiglia
Cristiana. Ruini said the pope "contin-
ues to carry out the acts of government
and to assume the major decisions, as he
has always done."
The 84-year-old pope has been con-
valescing at the Vatican following Feb.
24 throat surgery to insert a tube in his
windpipe and ease his second breath-
ing crisis in less than a month. He also
suffers from Parkinson's disease, which
affects muscle control and makes it dif-
ficult for him to speak clearly.
The pope's gaunt appearance the few
times he has been seen has led to specu-
lation in the Italian media that his condi-
tion has suffered a sharp setback. Vatican
officials, speaking on condition of ano-
nymity, have denied there has been any
sudden crisis but acknowledged the con-
valescence may be behind schedule.
No details on his state of health have
been released since the pope's return to
the Vatican on March 13.
The Vatican, however, says the pope
is carrying out his major duties. Yes-
terday, it reported the pope had named
new bishops in the Ivory Coast and
Spain. Under church law, only a pope
can nominate bishops.
Parents: Woman may die without tube
Warning that Terri Schiavo was "fading quickly" and might die at any moment,
her parents begged a federal appeals court yesterday to order the severely brain-
damaged woman's feeding tube reinserted.
David Gibbs III, attorney for parents Bob and Mary Schindler, told the 11th
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta that the 41-year-old woman might die
before they could get a chance to fully argue their case that her rights are being
violated. The appeal came after a federal judge in Tampa rejected the parents'
"Where, as here, death is imminent, it is hard to imagine more critical and exi-
gent circumstances," Gibbs said in the appeal filed electronically with the court.
"Terri is fading quickly and her parents reasonably fear that her death is imminent."
There was no immediate indication of when the appeals court might rule.
Late in the afternoon, the Schindlers arrived at the hospice and Terri's mother
again pleaded with state lawmakers to save her daughter's life.
"Please, senators, for the love of God, I'm begging you, don't let my daughter die
of thirst," Mary Schindler said.
Protestors aCt out against eleCtion fraud *
REDBY, Minn. (AP) - The suspect in
the worst U.S. school shooting since Colum-
bine smiled and waved as he gunned down
five students, a teacher and a guard, asking
one of his victims whether he believed in
God, witnesses said. The teen's grandfather
and his grandfather's wife also were found
dead, and the boy killed himself.
Some of the victims were shot at close
range, medical officials said.
Reggie Graves, a student at Red Lake
High School, said he was watching a movie
about Shakespeare in class Monday when
he heard the gunman blast his way past
the metal detector at the school's entrance,
where an unarmed guard was killed.
Then, in a nearby classroom, he heard the
gunman say something to his friend Ryan.
"He asked Ryan if he believed in God,"
Graves said. "And then he shot him."
The death toll at the Red Lake Indian Res-
ervation in far northern Minnesota made it
the nation's worst school shooting since the
rampage at Columbine High School in Little-
ton, Colo., in April 1999 that ended with the
deaths of 12 students, a teacher and the two
The victims included the gunman's grand-
AP PHOTO father; the grandfather's wife; a school secu-
a rity guard; a teacher; and five other students.
r ser- At least 14 others were wounded, and two of
chool. them remained in critical condition yesterday
at MeritCare in Fargo, N.D., officials said.
At least three of the victims were shot
in the head at close range, said officials at
North Country Regional Hospital in nearby
Bemidji. One of those victims died and the
other two were transferred to the Fargo
hospital. Three victims remained at North
Country Regional in noncritical condition.
"I think there was an intent to kill," Tim
Hall, the hospital's emergency nursing direc-
tor, said at a morning news conference.
"There's not a soul that will go untouched
by the tragic loss that we've experienced
here," Floyd Jourdain Jr., chairman of the
Red Lake Chippewa Tribe, told WCCO-
TV of Minneapolis yesterday.
Police said the gunman killed himself
after exchanging fire with officers. Red
Lake Fire Director Roman Stately said the
gunman had two handguns and a shotgun.
"We ask Minnesotans to help comfort the
families and friends of the victims who are
suffering unimaginable pain by extending
prayers and expressions of support," Gov.
Tim Pawlenty said.
The shooter was Jeff Weise, a 17-year-old
student who had been placed in the school's
Homebound program for some violation of
policy, said school board member Kathryn
Beaulieu. Students in that program stay at
home and are tutored by a traveling teacher.
Beaulieu said she didn't know what Weise's
_ violation was, and would not be allowed
to reveal it if she did.
There was no immediate indication of
Weise's motive. Several students said he
held anti-social beliefs, and he may have
posted messages on a neo-Nazi website
expressing admiration for Adolf Hitler.
Opposition supporters and police formed joint patrols to keep order in a southern
city of Kyrgyzstan, where protesters have seized government offices, and President
Askar Akayev pledged yesterday he would not impose a state of emergency despite
demonstrations over alleged election fraud.
Akayev's statement appeared aimed at avoiding an escalation of tensions in the
country, where memories of police killing six demonstrators in 2002 are still strong.
The capital of Bishkek braced for demonstrations that did not materialize. Osh,
Kyrgyzstan's second-largest city, was peaceful, too, after the protesters allowed gov-
ernment workers back into offices the opposition had seized by force Monday in rallies
calling for Akayev to resign.
The new parliament convened for the first time following the disputed elections that
triggered the protests, and Akayev blamed the opposition for trying to destabilize Kyr-
gyzstan through violence.
"There are extremists and marginalized forces even in Western countries," Akayev
TULKAREM West Bank
Israel hands Tulkarem over to Palestinians
Israel completed the handover to the West Bank town of Tulkarem to Palestinian
control yesterday, ceremonially unlocking a gate that had blocked traffic between
the town and main points in the West Bank.
Israeli and Palestinian commanders sealed the handover with a handshake at
the gate, which was later hauled off by an Israeli truck. The transfer of control to
Palestinian forces, which began Monday night, has nudged along a conciliation
process that has proceeded fitfully since leaders announced an end to four years
The transfer could help Palestinian officials carry out a new directive restricting
weapons in the hands of militants, who insist they will comply only if Israel with-
draws from West Bank towns. Tulkarem residents welcomed the handover, but said
they did not think it signaled a big move toward broader Palestinian-Israeli peace.
Europe may reconsider weapon sales to China
Renewing a U.S. demand that allies maintain an arms embargo on China, the
Bush administration yesterday said it would welcome a European decision to
reconsider the controversial issue.
Responding to reports attributed to European diplomats that a decision to
authorize weapons sales was being reconsidered, State Department deputy
spokesman Adam Ereli said, "Certainly, if they were true, that would be good,,
that would be welcome."
He went on to say "we do not think the time is right for lifting the arms embargo
on China. It would not send the right signal" and was not justified.
Red Lake tribal member and pipe bearer, Ona Kingbird, receives
greeting.from.an unidentified woman, before speaking at a praye
vice yesterday in response to the shootings at Red Lake High S
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