The Atlanta Constitution from Atlanta, Georgia on October 25, 1994 · 1
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Triplla-lteafa Maddux wins third straight Cy Young G! Partly cloudy Today's high, 73 Tonight's low, 46 Weather report, B3 News index, A2 THE ATLANTA GONSTITUTION TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1 994 50 CENTS 7 Kids, homework, computers Can having a home computer help your kid's grades? Teachers say yes, but at least one study indicates otherwise. SCHOOLWATCH, D5 Legal status for chimps? A GSU scientist raises the question of "semi-human" status for chimps because of their human-like qualities. NEWS, A4 Raul Julia remembered The versatile star of stage , and film fame died Monday at 54 after suffering a stroke last week. ; LIVING, Dl The business ; of success I The success motivation business is booming-17,000 will pack the Omni this week 1 to hear Peter Lowe and j others on the topic. Who attends and why? i BUSINESS, El BUI VOL 127, NO. 90 64 PAGES, 6 SECTIONS ' Copyright 1994 The Atlanta Constitution , ' BAXTER AIO JUMBLE D2 BRIDGE DIO MOVIES D6,9 CLASSIFIEDS DM OBITUARIES C3.6-7 COMICS DIO STOCKS E4-7 CROSSWORD D2 TELEVISION D8 TO SUBSCRIBE, CALL 522-4141 iHEISE "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" sparks a tourist , rm'niboom in Savannah. Getaway In LIVING This newspaper Is printed in part on recycled paper and is recyclable. For the recycling station nearest you, please phone 222-2010. '220ir00Q02""1 Israel's big Efep Clsmtosrs Terrorist danger: Islamic militants opposed to peace are threatening violence. By Charles W. Holmes STAFF CORRESPONDENT Jerusalem Amid deadly attacks by Islamic militants and promises of more to come, Israel is mounting the most extensive security operation in its history to protect President Clinton when he visits this week. Up to 40,000 Israeli police and soldiers, in addition to the president's Secret Service detail, will be mobilized for Clinton, who arrives in Egypt today (7 p.m. EDT). On Wednesday, the president will attend a ceremony in the Arava Desert along the Israeli-Jordanian border, where Israel and Jordan will sign a peace treaty ending 46 years of hostility. ABC, NBC, CBS and CNN will air live coverage of the ceremony at 7 a.m. EDT. Billy Graham has met with Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell and former President Jimmy Carter. Graham doesn't expect full house Billy Graham says "it's in God's hands" whether his five-day crusade this week at the Georgia Dome will mark his last Atlanta visit. "I may come here during the Olympics if I can get a ticket," the 75-year-old evangelist said at a news conference Monday. "I may come here after the Olympics, to thank God for how well things went." He says he doesn't expect overflow crowds at the 71,000-seat Georgia Dome this week. "Maybe 30,000 to 40,000 a night," he predicted. Presenting a plaque declaring Graham an honorary citizen of Atlanta, Campbell said, "We , give these too often to athletes who don't deserve them and en-, tertainers who don't need them. It's a great pleasure to give it to someone as deserving Billy Graham." Emphasis on diversity CI Questions from readers C2 I ii i il li ha Third Democrat reports credit break-in State legislator says his Equifax file was accessed without authorization By Mark Sherman STAFF WRITER A third Georgia Democrat, state Rep. Jim Martin of Atlanta, reported Monday an unauthorized, election-year review of his Equifax credit file. The circumstances in Martin's case were similar to those in the break-in of a Gwinnett candidate's record. Equifax officials were unavailable for comment Monday, but the security breaches have prompted the company, the nation's largest keeper of credit information, to check the files of all Georgia statewide and legislative candidates. Martin, who is seeking re-election in the 47th District, said Equifax told him his file showed an Oct. 11 inquiry from Georgia Recovery Inc., a repossessions company. The same Smyrna company was the source of a September breach of the credit record of Curt B. Thompson II, who is running against state Rep. Ron Crews in Gwinnett's 78th House District. And, like Thompson, Martin is opposed Airspace over the ceremony site will be closed, and traffic, along the main highway will be barred. Guests will be warned not to stray into minefields laid during the decades of hostility. After a ground-breaking trip to Syria, still listed by the United States as a terrorist natioh, Clinton will arrive in Israel on Thursday. To confuse would-be assassins, imitation presidential motorcades will run to coincide with Clinton's movements. The president's visit to religious sites in Jerusalem's Old City will come late at night, when the narrow streets are easier to guard. Government officials were briefed on the security' plans by police officials during a closed session Monday. It will be the tightest security Israel has seen since 1977, when Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab head of state to visit. This week's preparations come as Hamas, an extremist Muslim group, has been threatening more violence in response to Israel's crackdown on Hamas 'Teleldnetic' mom averts trial Tina Boyer pleads guilty in daughter's death ByBillTorpy STAFF WRITER Tina Boyer, who 10 years ago was at the center of a media circus over her alleged teleki-netic abilities to make objects fly, sat sobbing in the Carroll County courthouse Monday and pleaded guilty in the beating death of her 3-year-old daughter, Amber. Set to go to trial Oct. 31, and possibly facing the death penalty, Boyer chose not to put her faith in the hands of 12 strangers. She pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to life in prison. "We couldn't have beat these," said Boyer's attorney, Jimmy Berry, holding a packet of horrific photos showing Amber's battered and swollen . face. "I'm not guilty of beating, her. I'm guilty of not taking her to the hospital," said Boyer, wearing a floral dress and a crucifix. The twice-divorced Boyer will testify against her boyfriend, David Herrin, who is also charged with murder in the case. by a Republican who said a Marietta man contacted his campaign offering to provide credit information about his rival. Republican candidate Scott Schoenberg said Monday the man, Ted Viator, called him several times. Schoenberg said he asked his then-campaign manager, Chris Hagin, to ta,lk to viator, who has worked for ,the state Republican Party. : ' Hagin said Viator called him four times. Twice, Viator said he could access Martin's credit file, Hagin said. ; In the third and fourth conversations, Hagin said Viator told him he already had checked Martin's credit. "I told the guy 'no' 1 X 1 - V-'rl?x-" Israeli soldiers prepare seating Monday near the border town of Eilat in southern Israel for Wednesday's treaty-signing between Israel and Jordan, an event President Clinton will wit-: ness. Under intense security, airspace over the site will be closed and traffic barred. members. Hamas claimed responsibility for the suicide bus bombing in which 23 people were killed last week in Tel Aviv. Israel has arrested two people. Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin has ordered the arrest The case against the two was never clear cut. "Each one said the other must have done it," said District Attorney Peter Skandalakis, who doesn't know who delivered the blows. The brutal April 1992, death of the blond-haired, blue-eyed, 35-pound girl stirred Carrollton residents, who set up donation drives for burial costs and crowded the funeral service. - " ' ' m... 1 , ;X v j v " v i" 4 i I ' State Rep. Jim Martin of Atlanta is seeking re-election in the 47th District. Full page of i i i 5. ,V v in ca ; . to-'" of dozens of Hamas activists, and Israel has sealed off the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Officials denied reports of specific threats against Clinton. They noted that Hamas has never targeted foreigners. Four years ago: Tina Boyer, shown here in a December 1 990 photo with her slain daughter, Amber, once claimed to have the power to move objects with her mind. Special . That notoriety, as well as the national publicity from 10 years ago, has drawn to Boyer an eclectic group of supporters, including a college professor, a renowned parapsycholo-gist, a retired newsman and a retired TV repairman who saw her on TV, left his Texas home and now lives in an Airstream trailer near Carrollton. Were "powers" real? C3 from the beginning," Hagin said. Schoenberg said his campaign never hired Viator, unlike Crews, who said he paid him $450 to check his opponent's residency. Viator referred questions to his attorney, H, Darrell Greene, who was unavailable for comment. ' Meanwhile, the owner of Georgia Recovery, Tim Walters, said he was baffled by his company's links to the break-ins. Like many other Equifax customers, his firm uses a secret code since deactivated by Equifax to retrieve files. If someone else learned the code, they could use it at any location with access to Equifax records. Earlier this month, Equifax reported two unauthorized looks at the credit file of Shirley Miller, the wife of Gov. Zell Miller. Martin's wife, Joan, said the repossessions company would have no reason to look at their credit. "We don't even have a car with a note on it," she said. political coverage C4 -1 ' v Associated Press "But we are certainly aware that just one week ago we had a terrible terrorist act," said Israel's Police Minister Moshe Sha-hal, referring to the bus attack. ' More on the Middle East AI2 Eateries pledge no price hikes during Olympics By Melissa Turner STAFF WRITER It's difficult to find anyone who doesn't want to spoon a little off the Olympic gravy train, but local restaurants and caterers are pledging not to serve up inflated prices during the 1996 Games. Nearly 50 restaurants from La Grotta to the Dunk'n Dine chain and most Atlanta caterers have signed on to a plan introduced by the Georgia Hospitality and Travel Association to prevent Olympic price gouging. They're being asked to guarantee that they'll stick to pre-Olympic prices during the Games, when as many as 2 million visitors will be in town. Unlike the hotels, where Olympic room rates are set by state law at 1994 prices plus inflation, there's no mandated index for restaurants. Michael Touhy, proprietor of the Ocean Club, Chefs Cafe and Chefs Grill, said it's in the restaurateurs' long-term interest to abide by the agreement. "If we put forth a bad showing, that can have a direct impact on attracting visitors in the future," said Touhy, who headed an Olympic task force for the hospitality association. . And to make sure local people are treated right, the plan asks -restaurants not to reserve all their bookings for corporate " sponsors on expense accounts. They're also being asked to extend serving hours, i The Norwegian government froze prices of food, drink and lodging in the Lillehammer region during its Winter Games, and violators were fined. However, there's no such enforcement planned in the Atlanta pricing plan, which was an- ' nounced today at an industry trade show. Patrick Cuccarro, proprietor of Atlanta's Affairs to Remember caterers and head of a catering industry organization, said he hopes public scrutiny and per haps public scorn will be in- . centive enough. "This isn't about three weeks in profit-taking," Cuccarro said. "If we can present a good face to the world during the Olympics, it will benefit all of us for a long time to come." Replacing the Spring Street via duct in time for the Gomes C I A 1 -. UL.. .. 11

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