2A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 24, 2005
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Decision comes after
federal courts refuse to
reinsert feeding tube
PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (AP) -
Their legal options nearly exhausted,
Terri Schiavo's parents made a desperate
appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court yes-
terday, asking justices to order resump-
tion of nourishment for their severely
The late-night appeal followed
rapid-fire developments in the case,
with a federal appeals court refusing
to order the reinsertion of Schiavo's
feeding tube and the Florida Legisla-
ture deciding not to intervene in the
epic struggle. Refusing to give up,
Gov. Jeb Bush also sought court per-
mission to take custody of Schiavo,
who was on her sixth day without food
The desperate flurry of activity came
as President Bush suggested that Con-
gress and the White House had done
all they could to keep the woman alive.
Her husband, Michael Schiavo, says his
wife would not want to be kept alive
artificially and has fought for years with
her parents over whether she should be
allowed to die.
In the emergency Supreme Court fil-
ing, Bob and Mary Schindler say their
41-year-old daughter faces an unjust
and imminent death based on a deci-
sion by her husband to remove a feed-
ing tube without strong proof of her
consent. They alleged constitutional
violations of due process and religious
The filing also argues Congress
intended for Schiavo's tube to be rein-
serted, at least temporarily, when it
passed an extraordinary, bill last week-
end that gave federal courts authority to
fully review her case.
Time is of the essence. Schiavo's
feeding tube was removed last Fri-
day and doctors have said she likely
would die within a week or two at a
The Schindlers' attorney, David
Gibbs III, declined immediate comment
on the brief to The Associated Press.
Supporters of Schiavo's parents grew
increasingly dismayed yesterday, and 10
protesters were arrested outside her hos-
pice for trying to bring her water.
"When I close my eyes at night,
all I can see is Terri's face in front of
me, dying, starving to death," Mary
Schindler said outside the Pinellas Park
hospice. "Please, someone out there,
stop this cruelty. Stop the insanity.
Please let my daughter live."
Schiavo's tube was pulled Friday
afternoon with a Florida judge's approv-
al. By late Tuesday, her eyes were sunk-
en and her skin, lips and tongue were
parched, said Barbara Weller, an attor-
ney for the Schindlers.
Schiavo suffered brain damage in
1990 when her heart stopped briefly
from a chemical imbalance believed to
have been brought on by an eating dis-
order. Court-appointed doctors say she
is in a persistent vegetative state with no
hope of recovery.
Her parentsvargue that she could get
better and that she would never have
wanted to be cut off from food and
water. Schiavo's husband, Michael Schi-
avo, has argued that his wife told him
she would not want to be kept alive arti-
ficially, and a state judge has repeatedly
ruled in his favor.
The battle played out on several fronts
A three-judge panel from the Atlanta-
based 1lth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
ruled against the family early yesterday,
and hours later the full court refused to
reconsider; the vote breakdown was not
U.S.-Iraqi forces kill 85 insurgents
U.S. and Iraqi forces raided a suspected guerrilla training camp and killed 85
fighters, the single biggest one-day death toll for militants in months and the latest
in a series of blows to the insurgency, Iraqi officials said yesterday.
Poiiticians helping shape a postelection government expected within days said
negotiators are considering a Sunni Arab as defense minister in a move aimed
at bringing them into the political process - and perhaps deflate the insurgency
The U.S. military announced late Tuesday that its air and ground forces backed
Iraqi commandos during a noontime raid on the suspected training camp near
Lake Tharthar in central Iraq. Seven commandos died in fighting, the U.S. mili-
tary said. It did not give a death toll for the militants.
U.S., Canada, Mexico strengthen ties
President Bush and leaders of Mexico and Canada promised new cooperation
yesterday, yet dustups over defense, immigration and trade - burrs under the
saddle, in local slang - continued to strain North American relations.
To demonstrate unity, Bush, Mexican President Vicente Fox and Canadian
Prime Minister Paul Martin appeared together at Baylor University to announce
their neighborhood pact. It is designed to make trade more efficient and borders
more secure without obstructing business and traffic.
"We've got a lot of trade with each other," Bush said. "We intend to keep it that
way. We've got a lot of crossings of the border. I intend to make our borders more
secure and facilitate legal traffic."
U.S. relations with Mexico and Canada chilled early in Bush's first term when
neither nation backed his decision to invade Iraq. Bilateral disputes festered as the
United States focused on events in the Middle East and elsewhere.
RED LAKE, Minn.
High school remains closed after shooting
Teachers met yesterday to work out ways of helping young survivors of the
nation's worst school shooting in six years, as outsiders streamed in to help the
tight-knit community cope with the tragedy.
"Kids, if you're out there listening, please, we'll be there for you. Come back to
school and we'll get through this together," Red Lake High School Principal Chris
Dunshee told KSTP-TV in Minneapolis-St. Paul. "Please, let us help you."
The school remained closed yesterday, as Dunshee and others assessed what
kind of counseling the students in this tight-knit community would need. Teachers
and staff were called to a morning meeting at the nearby elementary school on the
Red Lake Reservation.
Reporters were not able to approach the school, which is set back from the main
road, because the Red Lake Band of Chippewa sharply restricted their access,
warning that venturing off the main road through town would be trespassing and
Army anticipates missing recruiting goals
The Army expects to miss its recruiting goals this month and next and is work-
ing on a revised sales pitch appealing to the patriotism of parents, Army Secretary
Francis J. Harvey said yesterday.
Whether that boosts enlistment numbers or not, Harvey said he sees no chancp
of a military draft.
"The 'D' word is the farthest thing from my mind," the former defense compa-
ny executive told a Pentagon news conference, his first since becoming the Army's
top civilian official last November.
Because of the military manpower strains caused by simultaneous wars in Iraq
and Afghanistan, some in Congress have raised the possibility of re-instituting
the draft, although there is a strong consensus against it among Defense Secretary
Donald H. Rumsfeld and the military chiefs.
This is the first time the United States has been in a sustained period of combat
since the all-volunteer force was introduced in 1973.
--Compiled from Daily wirereports
WASHINGTON (AP) - Social Security will begin paying out more in ben-
efits than it receives in taxes in 2017, 12 years from now and a year earlier than
previously estimated, trustees said yesterday in a forecast adding fuel to the
debate over changesPresident Bush wants.
The trustees estimated that the program, which is about to be inundated
with baby boom retirees, would go broke in 2041, also a year earlier than in
their prior annual report.
The Bush administration said both findings underscored the urgency of
its effort to overhaul Social Security this year, in part by creating retire-
ment investment accounts for younger workers. Democrats said the trustees'
report undercuts the president's efforts to portray the program as in immedi-
That label would appear to apply to Medicare, the health care program for
the elderly and disabled. The trustees, who also oversee that New Deal pro-
gram, noted that Medicare began paying out more in benefits than it received
in taxes as of last year. They also predicted it would go broke in 2020, one
year later than they estimated in 2004, but more than two decades before
"The numbers leave nothing to doubt about the financial condition of the Social
Security system," Treasury Secretary John Snow, chairman of the six-member trust-
ees' board, said during a news conference. "The report underscores the fact that we
need to do something."
Mike Leavitt, the new Health and Human Services secretary and another trustee,
said that Medicare and Medicaid - the health insurance program for the elderly at
the state level - face daunting financial problems.
Leavitt said the administration had begun to address Medicare in 2003 with
new performance standards for doctors, as well as programs that encourage better
health through things as simple as an annual physical.
Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, the top Democrat in the Senate, disagreed with
Snow, declaring, "Today's report confirms that the so-called Social Security crisis
exists in only one place: the minds of Republicans."
Reid also argued that enacting the key feature of the president's proposal -
allowing younger workers to invest up to 4 percent of their payroll taxes currently
flowing into the Social Security trust fund - would make the fund insolvent in
2030, some 11 years earlier than the trustees projected.
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