January 29, 1994 – Northridge Earthquake: The Gift That Kept On Giving – Plea Bargains In Harding-Kerrigan Case – Capitol Hill And Whitewater
January 29, 1994 – And if you lived in Los Angeles, the earth continued to be loaded with surprises. During the night, Southern California was greeted with three strong aftershocks from the earthquake that hit over a week earlier. Reports of a jolt, followed by rolling triggered widespread damage, on top of the damage already inflicted on January 17th in a widespread area of L.A. and surrounding communities, with Northridge, the epicenter of the January 17th earthquake reporting the worst of the damage on this day. Twelve days later, things were still far from normal, nerves were still raw, buildings were still collapsing.
In other news – figure skater Tonya Harding’s ex-husband Jeff Gillooly was expected to admit guilt when he appeared in court later on in the week over the clubbing attack on Harding skating rival Nancy Kerrigan. One lawyer who asked not to be identified said Gillooly was scheduled to plea guilty to one charge of racketeering, which carried a maximum sentence of two years in prison as part of a plea bargain in which he would promise to testify against others who conspired against Nancy Kerrigan – speculation was that the testimony would also name Harding as one of the conspirators. Harding, for her part was still part of the Olympic team.
And from Capitol Hill – The 8 Republican members of the Senate Banking Committee were asking for a special meeting of the panel on the matter of the Whitewater Real Estate deal involving President and Mrs. Clinton. Not satisfied with an independent counsel’s probe into the possible criminal wrongdoing, Senate Banking Committee Republicans were pushing Chairman Don Regal again for an investigation warning that Whitewater wheeling and dealing cost the taxpayers “a lot” and that was something Congress simply coudn’t ignore. Senior Republican on the Banking panel, Alphonse D’Amato was concerned that the legal would run before a check into the financial irregularities relating to Whitewater could be done effectively. So far, Senate House and Senate Democratic leaders flatly rejected a Congressional probe, warning it could hamper the work of the Special Counsel, just as what happened in the Iran-Contra Affair.
And that’s just a little of what happened, this January 29, 1994 as presented by The CBS World News Roundup.