Unabomber News History

Copyright 1995 The Atlanta Constitution

The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

April 30, 1995, Sunday, ALL EDITIONS


LENGTH: 728 words


BYLINE: From staff and news services


A week that began with a moving memorial service for victims of the Oklahoma City federal building bombing ended with authorities still searching for a second suspect known as "John Doe No. 2" and for an Arizona license plate that had been on captured suspect Timothy McVeigh's car. McVeigh is being held for trial without bail.

Searchers continued recovering bodies, with the death toll expected to top 200.

The nation's attention turned also to right-wing extremist and armed militia groups, and their anger and hatred of the federal government and preoccupation with the fatal Branch Davidian siege near Waco, Texas, two years ago. A debate raged over the role and responsibility of radio talk shows.

President Clinton prodded Congress to move swiftly on his anti- terrorism legislation and avoid endless political quibbling over details. Coming up: Hunt for bombing perpetrators, search for victims, and anti- terrorism efforts are ongoing tasks. WORLD

KOREAN TRAGEDY: An underground gas explosion in Taegu, South Korea - a sister city of Atlanta - trapped dozens of schoolchildren in a tower of flame. The death toll was put at 98 - including 60 students in their early teens - and about 200 people were injured.

JAPANESE CULT: A top official of the Aum Shinri Kyo sect suspected in the Tokyo poison gas attack was stabbed to death by a South Korean resident who described himself as a rightist.

Two key suspects in the gassing were caught hiding in an underground room below the sect's headquarters.

Twenty people were sickened by an unidentified gas released outside a restaurant near Tokyo.

BOSNIAN TRIBUNAL: The first international war crimes trial since the end of World War II began in The Hague, Netherlands, for a Bosnian Serb former cafe owner. Coming up: So-called Contact Group - United States, Russia, France, Britain, Germany - to hold more low-level talks this week.

RWANDA MASSACRE: About 2,000 ethnic Hutus were killed by Rwandan soldiers or trampled to death in ensuing stampedes at the Kibeho refugee camp. The Tutsi government began opening mass graves to quell the controversy, but stopped after 338 bodies were dug up. NATION

SERIAL BOMBER: The elusive "Unabomber" struck again, killing a lumber industry lobbyist with a mail bomb in Sacramento, Calif. In a letter, the bomber claimed to belong to an anarchist group.

SHABAZZ CASE: A federal magistrate in Minneapolis denied a defense motion to dismiss the murder-for-hire charges against Malcolm X's daughter, Qubilah Shabazz, but ruled her confession can't be used against her because FBI agents entered her home without a warrant. Coming up: Betty Shabazz, Malcolm's widow, agreed to meet publicly with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, whom she accuses of involvement in plotting her husband's assassination, at Harlem's Apollo Theater on Saturday, May 6. WASHINGTON

GUN LAW KILLED: The Supreme Court threw out a federal law that bans possession of a gun within 1,000 feet of a school, saying Congress lacked the authority to enact it.

High court also cleared the way for Michigan to try Dr. Jack Kevorkian for aiding the suicides of terminally ill people.

TAX OVERHAUL: Senate Budget Committee Chairman Pete Domenici (R- N.M.) and Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.) introduce a bill that would promote savings and investment as part of the movement toward tax reform. LOCAL

NEW AREA CODE: Most area residents and businesses outside the Perimeter will have their area code changed from 404 to 770, the state Public Service Commission decided Thursday. The ruling will take effect in December. SOUTH

GUILTY PLEA: Larry Martin Demery, 19, entered a surprise guilty plea in Lumberton, N.C., in the 1993 slaying of Michael Jordan's father, James, and agreed to testify against co-defendant Daniel Andre Green, 20. Demery will be sentenced after testifying against Green. PASSAGES

Ginger Rogers, 83, the glamorous movie star who made dance magic with Fred Astaire in a string of beloved musicals, died in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

John Stennis, 93, former Democratic senator from Mississippi who exercised vast influence on America's military over four decades, died in Jackson, Miss.

Howard Cosell, 77, the caustic "tell it like it is" sports commentator and early ally of boxer Muhammad Ali, died in New York City.