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6—The Daily Collegian Monday, April 9, 1984
:ell companies dial up trouble with new investments
By NORMAN BLACK
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON Pacific Telesis and Bell
Atlantic are interested in building cable TV
systems. US West wants to provide real estate
management services. Nynex is exploring bill
collection services. And Ameritech has ac
quired an interest in a firm developing equip
ment for transmitting pictures via phone
The regional Bell companies created by the
breakup of the American Telephone & Tele
graph Co. don't see themselves as just local
telephone companies anymore. And that's
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creating a legal controversy that will soon
come to a head.
Later this week, the jurist who turned the
communications industry upside down by
approving the split of AT&T will hold a
hearing that could produce an equally land
mark ruling. The question before U.S. Dis
trict Judge Harold H. Greene: To,what extent
may the seven new Bell companies venture
into new businesses?
The answer will have wide ramifications
not only for the Bell companies and the
industry but also for consumers.
Although the new Bell companies are re
quired to isolate competitive ventures from
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their regulated phone operations, unsuccess
ful outside ventures could clearly weaken a
Alternatively, state regulators and others
say, phone revenues generated by consumers
could be used to subsidize competitive ven
tures unless proper safeguards are erected.
The Bell companies claim the current dis
pute is much ado about nothing.
They contend they would never do anything
to jeopardize the health of the local operating
companies, that the Justice Department is
trying to impose restrictions that were never
contained in the antitrust pact that broke up
AT&T and thit their outside ventures will
make them stronger financially.
Diversification, they say, is going to be
"Communications technology is experienc
ing an explosive development that is radically
altering the way in which customers . . .
receive telecommunications services," Bell-
South argued. "The (Bell) companies must be
permitted to react to these changes if they are
to be viable participants."
Regardless of how Greene rules, one thing
is already clear: The antitrust settlement
that was supposed to stabilize the telephone
industry is showing signs of wear just four
months after'the breakup.
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Under the antitrust agreement, AT&T was
to keep its long-distance and equipment buSi
nesses and gain the freedom to enter aby
unregulated field it wished. The Bell compa
nies could market but not manufacture
telephone equipment, and otherwise wOe
restricted to providing local regulated phone
But the settlement also contains a waiver
provision that Greene must now begin :to
interpret: A Bell company may enter unregu
lated businesses if it can convince the court
"there is no substantial possibility that: it
could use its monopoly power to impede
competition . . . ."
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Pennsylvania man convicted in scam
PITTSBURGH (AP) A federal, court jury deliberated three
hours before convicting a Beaver County man of cheating 118
people out of $71,000 in a gun-selling scheme.
Evidence during the trial showed that in March 1982, Lewis
Bedillioti Jr., 33, of Aliquippa, advertised collector guns in a
national magazine under the fictitious name Sportsmen's Buyers
Club. Testimony revealed he pocketed the money he received and
never mailed the guns.
Bedillion first came to public attention in December 1982 when he
went to police claiming a Pennsylvania Lotto ticket worth $5.5
million was stolen from a safe in his house.
The rightful holder of the ticket' later surfaced and Bedillion
finally, admitted nine months later his tale had been a hoax.
In addition to admitting he filed a false report over the lottery
ticket, Bedillion pleaded guilty to charges of theft by deception for
writing bad checks through his now defunct sporting goods busi
ness. He was sentenced then to one month in jail, fined $1,500 and
placed on five years' probation.
'Joker's Wild' winner to quit his job
GRANTVILLE, Pa. (AP) A 59-year-old Schuylkill County man
said he.will quit his job and retire after winning $l,OOO a week for
life in the Pennsylvania Lottery's "Joker's Wild" game yesterday.
"I didn't expect to get any money out of that deal, except $5,000,"
Basil Goida paid in a telephone interview from his home in
Andreas. "As far as spending the money, I guess I'll just put it on
the side to see what I'll do with it."
The game's winner was determined by the third race at the Penn
National Race Track yesterday. Each of the game's ten finalists
drew numbers corresponding to horses in the race. Goida's nephew
drew the number four horse, "Flying L," which won.
"He wasn't that . excited. He really wasn't," said Michael Goida,
who represented his uncle at the track. "He just told me that when I
was coming home I should drive carefully."
CIA directing mining in Nicaragua
WASHINGTON (AP) The CIA is directing the mining of ports
in leftist-coUtrolled Nicaragua, according to newspaper and broad
CBS News on Friday night quoted an unidentified U.S. govern
ment source in Washington as saying the CIA has a freighter off
Nicaragua's coast and that boats are lowered from it to place the
It had been thought that anti-Sandinista rebels were responsible
for laying the mines, but CBS said the guerrillas are not doing any
of the mine laying.
The Washington Post, in Saturday editions, quoted unidentified
congressional and administration sources as saying that the mines
were laid by guerrillas but also by more highly trained Latin
American employees of the CIA operating from CIA-owned speed
boats. The Post quoted the sources as saying that the mining
operation was part of a CIA effort that began late last year to
redirect the guerrillas away from attempts to seize territory 'and
toward hit-and-run economic sabotage.
The New York Times in Saturday editions quoted an administra
tion official as saying that Americans had made and deployed the
mines, but that it was unclear whether Americans were overseeing
an operation carried out by Central Americans or were actually
involved in planting mines.
Deficit-cutting proposals being made
WASHINGTON (AP) After months of loud complaints about
federal budget deficits, politicians are rolling up their sleeves and
seeing what they can do to wash away some of the $2OO billion worth
of red ink.
With an eye on the jittery financial markets and an ear tuned to
worried constituents, Congress and the Reagan administration are
working with unanticipated speed to fashion a range of deficit
Even so, some analysts are pessimistic any concrete action will
be taken this year , because ,of differences over where to make the
trims. President Reagan does not want a smaller defense budget or
tax hikes unaccompanied by an equal amount of spending cuts.
Democrats believe domestic spending already has been sliced
enough and are looking at military accounts for savings.
Quadriplegic with death wish leaves
RIVERSIDE, 'Calif. (AP) A cerebral palsy victim who was
thwarted in her attempt to starve to death under hospital care has
quietly checked out of Riverside General Hospital, leaving no clues
as to where she was going.
Elizabeth Bouvia, 26, left the hospital at 6 a.m. Saturday in a van
equipped with a hydraulic wheelchair lift, hospital administrator
Neil Asay said.
He said the quadriplegic woman was helped into the van by two
unidentified friends and three hospital nurses. Her attorney,
Andrew Roth of Riverside, was present when she was discharged
but did not get into the van, May said.
Bouvia did not say where she was going or what her plans were,
nursing supervisor Ruth Anderson said.
Roth did not immediately return reporters' calls yesterday.
The departure came 217 days after Bouvia admitted herself to the
hospital, asking that the hospital staff give her painkillers and.
hygienic care but no food while she wasted away.
Bouvia, who also suffers from arthritis and has only limited use
of her right hand, said she wanted to die so she could leave her
IRA kills woman,
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) Gunmen ambushed a
R9man Catholic magistrate and his family as they walked home
from church yesterday, killing his daughter • and leaving him
critically wounded, police said
The Irish Republican Army said it carried out the attack, near St.
Bridget's Catholic Church, scene of a similar IRA shooting last
year in which a judge was killed. . .
The IRA gave no reason for Sunday's shooting.
Police detained an unidentified woman for questioning
Magistrate Tom• Travers, 56, suffered six gunshot wounds, in the
chest, back and lower body. He was under intensive care after
surgery at a Belfast hospital, a police spokesman said. •
His daughter, Mary, a 22-year-old school teacher, died in an
ambulance on the. way to the. hospital, the spokesman said.
Travers' wife, Joan, escaped injury and was reported to be at her
China buying more wheat from U.S.
WASHINGTON (AP) China has bought an additional 200,000
metric tons of wheat about 7.34 million bushels under the
terms of a four-year agreement with the United States, the
Agriculture Department said Friday.
The pact calls for China to buy a minimum of six million tons of
wheat and corn annually. However, according to USDA's latest
accounting, sales totaled only 3.83 million tons in 1983. The shortfall
was a result of a trade dispute over U.S. import restrictions on
Chinese textiles. •
So far in 1984, including the latest sales, a total of 2.26 million
tons, all wheat, have been purchased. China, however, has indi
cated to U.S. officials that it would live up to the .agreement by
making up for last year's shortfall.
A metric ton is about 2,205 pounds and is equal to 36.7 bushels of
wheat or 39.4 bushels of corn.
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