Archive for Wednesday, April 25, 2001

National briefs

April 25, 2001



Comatose woman's food ended

A comatose woman will receive no more nutrition through a feeding tube after a court gave the action final approval on Tuesday. Acting on a 2nd District Court of Appeals ruling, the liquid nutritional supplement Terri Schiavo received Tuesday morning in Tampa was her last, said George Felos, an attorney for husband Michael Schiavo.

Terri Schiavo's parents wanted to keep the feeding tube in place, but her husband claims she would want to die. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who hears emergency matters from Florida, refused to intervene on Monday. Terri Schiavo, 37, has been in a coma for more than a decade after suffering a heart attack caused by a potassium imbalance.


McVeigh lawyer allowed to talk

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Timothy McVeigh's former lawyer is free to discuss the Oklahoma City bombing case. Lawyers for Terry Nichols had asked the judge to prohibit Stephen Jones from talking about Nichols' guilt or innocence.

But Judge Richard Matsch ruled Jones' First Amendment rights would be violated by such a ban.

Nichols, 46, faces state charges in Oklahoma for the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in which 168 people, including 19 children, were killed.

Nichols' lawyers argued that recent comments by Jones about Nichols' role in the bombing violated the order barring lawyers and court personnel from making comments that could interfere with a fair trial.

Outer space

Spacewalk hooks up robot arm

For the second time this week, two space shuttle astronauts floated outside and hooked up cables that sent power coursing through the international space station's new 58-foot robot arm.

To NASA's relief, Endeavour spacewalkers Scott Parazynski and Chris Hadfield managed to get both power lines working Tuesday, after slaving over cable connections.

Only one power routing is needed to operate the robot arm, a billion-dollar, two-handed construction crane that is needed to finish building the space station. But NASA wanted both lines up and running in case one failed.


Jesus gets a cover-up

An artist has painted a loincloth over a nude figure of the crucified Jesus in a mural at a new building at Kennedy International Airport after complaints from construction workers.

Deborah Masters, the mural's artist, willingly changed the mural. Masters created 28 sculpted reliefs for the airport's new international arrivals building. She said the Christ image "was intended to have a loincloth. (The painting) wasn't finished. This is a quarter-inch thing, and I just forgot."

The 8-by-10-foot reliefs depict city street scenes. The image of Jesus is about 18 inches high. The mural is to be unveiled when the new terminal opens May 24.

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