The Associated Press reported that the Florida legislature is considering measures which would “prevent the removal of Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube on Friday.” Schiavo, diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state, has been the subject of a long-running court and legislative battle between her husband who wants to let her die, and her parents who cling to the hope that she can recover. Her husband refused a reported $1 million offer to relinquish guardianship to her parents. Right-wing Christians have taken up the parents’ cause, giving “each Florida legislator a rose and a DVD on Terri Schiavo’s condition.”
The Associated Press is reporting that a state judge has ruled California’s ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional. “‘The state’s protracted denial of equal protection cannot be justified simply because such constitutional violation has become traditional,’ [San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Richard] Kramer wrote.”
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At a well-attended meeting of the Lupin Camera Club yesterday, Lupin Naturist Club CEO and General Manager Ed Dennis announced he was shutting down the Camera Club due to complaints.
It was not possible to independently verify the complaints. Dennis has previously been heard threatening to shut down the Camera Club following election of the present president and secretary-treasurer, but said yesterday that the problems at the Camera Club ran deeper than the personnel at the top. Dennis promised to create a new camera club with new bylaws.
Reuters has reported that Swedish police raided “the Stockholm offices of Bahnhof, Sweden’s oldest and largest ISP…. ‘This was a very big raid,’ said John Malcolm, worldwide anti-piracy operations director at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which represents Hollywood’s major studios. ‘The material that was seized contained not only evidence of a piracy organization operating in Sweden but of online piracy organizations operating throughout all of Europe,’ he told Reuters.”
I’ll have more on this soon, but for now, from Salon.com’s War Room, there’s this: “In a new essay, the leaders of the centrist Democratic Leadership Council argue that Democrats must show voters that ‘any American who believes in security, opportunity, and responsibility has a home in the Democratic Party.'”
According to an Associated Press story, people are finding it a lot harder to obtain records under the Freedom of Information Act. “Shifting from the Clinton administration’s standard that experts say emphasized ‘maximum responsible disclosure,’ Ashcroft encouraged staff to consider ‘institutional, commercial, and personal privacy interests’ and said the Justice Department would defend any rejections unless they lacked a ‘sound legal basis.'” The interest that isn’t considered here is the public interest.