WEEK IN REVIEW: Family Bids Terri Farewell
BITTER DIVIDE: Terri Schiavo, the 41-year-old Florida woman who entered a vegetative state after a cardiac arrest 15 years ago and who became the focal point of a national right-to-life controversy that reached all the way to the White House, died Thursday, 13 days after her feeding tube was removed by a judge's order. Even Teri's death did not put to rest the warring factions of her family. Her husband, Michael Schiavo, and her parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, remain at odds over Teri's burial. Her parents what her buried in Florida where they live, while Michael plans to have her cremated and buried near Philadelphia. On Thursday at a memorial service, Bob Schindler told the crowd of some 200-strong: "You got us through a really tough time ... Thank you so, so much. And Terri thanks you, too."
MOORE RUMORS: Demi Moore, 42, and Ashton Kutcher, 27, commissioned wedding rings from celebrity jeweler Neil Lane last month, sources tell PEOPLE. Lane, as well as reps for the two, offered no comment. But says an insider: "The wedding is being planned." As for baby rumors, Moore's rep stands by his statement: "She cannot at this time say she is pregnant." Still, a source close to the couple says that Moore "is definitely pregnant. She's about two months."
OLSEN SALE: New York University students Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, 18, are selling their $7.3 million, 6,000-sq.-ft. Manhattan penthouse – even though they've never lived in it. The twins's rep, Michael Pagnotta, confirmed to PEOPLE: "It turned out to be too much space, along with the fact that the (planned) renovation was going to take far longer than anyone expected. ? It just didn't make sense anymore. Their needs changed in terms of their living situations."
BRITNEY BLASTS: Britney Spears posted a letter on her official Web this week site slamming "false tabloids" that have been publishing rumors about her marriage to Kevin Federline. As Britney, 23, writes to the editors of such publications: "I'm really concerned about the people you hire to work at your companies. I'd like them to ask themselves the question, 'What am I lying to myself about?'" (Spears does, however, add a P.S. at the end of her message, saying: "PEOPLE magazine is great in my book!")
DEFENSE RESTS: Attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr., 67, best known as a member of the legal "dream team" that successfully defended O.J. Simpson in his 1995 double-murder criminal trial, died Tuesday of a brain tumor. It was Cochran who memorably told the jury after Simpson tried on a bloody glove allegedly worn by the killer of the slain Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit." And the jury did. Defense attorney Mark Geragos, who briefly shared duties as Michael Jackson's co-counsel with Cochran, described his colleague as a gentleman.
"Practicing law in L.A. won't be the same without Johnnie. We're all going to miss him."