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By United Press International   |   Oct. 1, 2004 at 6:30 AM   |   Comments

Terri Schiavo's family attorney quits

CLEARWATER, Fla., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- The lead attorney for the parents of a Tampa woman judged to be in a permanent vegetative state has dropped out of the case after three years.

Pat Anderson said it was "just time to leave. I've done by part shoving that rock up the hill. Maybe I'll be able to finally sleep through the night without waking up at 3 a.m. remembering some detail."

She will be replaced by David Gibbs III, who has been working on the case with Anderson, The St. Petersburg Times reported.

Anderson represented Terri Schiavo's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, who are trying to prevent her husband from removing the 40-year-old woman's feeding tube allowing her to die.

Courts have ruled she is in a permanent vegetative state, but the parents oppose that contention.

Michael Schiavo said his wife would not want to live by artificial means.

The Florida Supreme Court struck down the law allowing Gov. Jeb Bush to order Schiavo's feeding tube reinserted after it had been removed.

The Schindlers have until Sunday to ask for a rehearing.


Keira Knightley named sexiest film star

LONDON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- "Pirates of the Caribbean" star Keira Knightley has been tapped the sexiest film star of all time, beating out the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Halle Berry.

The Empire magazine survey ranked the 19-year-old British actress ahead of Angelina Jolie, who came in second, and Berry, in fourth place, Britain's Sun reported Thursday.

"Pirates" co-stars Orlando Bloom and Johnny Depp came in third and fifth in the poll, respectively.

Monroe placed sixth, Jennifer Connelly ranked seventh, Hugh Jackson was voted eighth, Scarlett Johansson was ninth and Uma Thurman was voted the 10th sexiest film star.

Empire last conducted the poll six years ago when "Titanic" star Kate Winslet topped the list. Winslet was No. 35 in this year's survey.


Visa facilities to boost Iran tourism

TEHRAN, Iran, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Iran decided to grant tourists automatic entry visas valid for seven days at its various airports in a bid to boost tourism, officials said Thursday.

The Iranian News Agency, IRNA, quoted Deputy President Reza Aref as saying on the occasion of International Tourism Day, Iran is determined to beef up the tourist sector.

He said an estimated 700,000 foreign tourists visited Iran during the last Persian year that ended on March 19, 2003, and some 2.9 million Iranians visited foreign countries in the same period.

"That means Iran's share in world tourism was 0.1 percent," Aref said, adding Iran aspires to increase that share to 1.5 percent in the next 20 years.


Judge's 'no-more-kids' sentence overturned

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- The Ohio Supreme Court says a judge went too far when he ordered a man not to father any more children while on five-year probation.

Sean Talty, 33, who has seven children by five women, went before Common Pleas Judge James Kimbler on charges of failing to pay $38,000 in child support for three of the kids.

Kimbler imposed the "no-more children" edict rather than jail time, the Cleveland Plain Dealer said.

An appeals court upheld the sentence but the supreme court, in a 5-2 decision, said the judge's order was too broad. The high court majority recognized procreation as a fundamental right, but did not consider the constitutionality of Talty's sentence.

The case now goes back to Kimbler for sentencing.

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