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updated 3/18/2005 8:54:56 PM ET 2005-03-19T01:54:56
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Schiavo: the politics — It's a life and death struggle, usually a private family matter that has become increasingly public.  Terri Schiavo has lived in a permanent vegetative state for 15 years with a feeding tube as her lifeline.  Today that tube was removed , but only after an extraordinary fight between her husband and her parents, between judges and politicians.  The fight is still far from over.  What Would Terri Want?  That's the real question at the center of this 15-year family drama, but Terri Schiavo can't answer it.  Her husband says she wouldn’t want to be kept alive like this.  Her parents say she can get better.  But today it seemed everyone, all the way to Capitol Hill, had the answer for Terri.  After years of court battles, today was the day a judge set for removal of the tube.  Earlier this week, the Florida legislature tried to intervene, politicians on Capitol Hill tried to intervene, but no new laws could get passed.  So this morning, the country woke up to the news that a committee in the House of Representatives subpoenaed the comatose woman and her husband to testify in a move to force doctors to keep her feeding tube inserted.  The move turned an already painful day into a dramatic day of twists and turns in the case: a judge rejected the GOP bid and ordered the removal of her feeding tube, ultimately starting the dying process.

Schiavo: the ethics — Continuing our coverage of the Terri Schiavo case, we turn to the medical decisions in the process of dying.  Every year, more than 1.5 million American families make the agonizing decision whether to stop medical treatment for a loved one.  Her medical condition and ethics surrounding the case have remained a heated issue throughout the years.

Confession in Jessica Lunsford case — Jessica Lunsford, a nine-year-old girl, has been missing from her Florida home for 23 days — all of which have been agonizing for her family.  There was a huge break in the case today and the mystery of what happened to Jessica Lunsford has come to an end.  The “person of interest” in the case has confessed.  Police say registered sex offender John Couey confessed to kidnapping the girl and subsequently killing her more than three weeks ago.  Couey, who has a criminal history, has been investigated in this crime.  After failing lie-detector test, he told Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy, "I don’t need you to tell me the results; I already know what they are.”  Authorities are now searching for Jessica's body in an area where Couey indicated he had buried it.

Jackson — In laying out this day's docket, Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville said, "A break is in order for everybody."  Now you know why that guys a judge.  It’s your entertainment and tax dollars in action: Day 487 of the Michael Jackson investigations.  Neither the defendant nor the jury were in the Santa Maria courtroom today — the judge instead hearing arguments on whether or not to hold another hearing.  This would affect the admissibility of past molestation allegations against Jackson, specifically from the 1993 case settled out of court.  The defense today requested a mistrial after yesterday's testimony from a former Jackson housekeeper who mentioned the name of the boy from the '93 case, prior to the judge's ruling.  Judge Melville denied the request.  He will, however, hear arguments on whether or not to allow the past allegations a week from Monday…. Another item on the court's agenda? Michael Jackson's finances, or perhaps more accurately, lack thereof.  Judge Melville ruled that prosecutors could subpoena the pop star's financial records but that they will not be permitted at trial unless testimony warrants.  The prosecution contends Jackson's is on the brink of bankruptcy…Michael Jackson did a “rebuttal” video to the now infamous Martin Bashir documentary, "Living with Michael Jackson."  And now the producer of that video is adding not only to Jackson's monetary woes, but his legal ones as well.

Da Vinci diss — Last night on this broadcast, we told you about the Vatican's sudden awakening to the book, "The Da Vinci Code," which has sold 25-million copies since it hit bookstores back in May of 2003.  Top religious expert Father Guido Sarducci weighs in on the big " Da Vinci Diss ."  A Vatican official spoke to a packed auditorium in Genoa, with the backdrop of a painting of the last supper.  He rebutted the "Da Vinci Code's" premise, including the idea that Jesus married, and had children with Mary Magdalene.  One day earlier, the Cardinal had called on Catholics to snub the book saying, "Don't buy it, don't read it, it's rotten food." 

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