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Gaston Gazette (Newspaper) - March 1, 1995, Gastonia, North Carolina Wake Forest upsets Tar Heels, Page 1B The Gaston a a Gazette WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 1995 25 CENTS Senate delays amendment vote State big on plan By Stephen Harris Gazette Staff Reporter RALEIGH - North Carolina will waste no time if the balanced-budget amendment passes the U.S. Senate. A bill to ratify the amendment in North Carolina was filed Tuesday in the state House, hours before the U.S. Senate delayed its vote. The North Carolina bill is expected to be formally introduced today, and a vote could come as early as next week. "I would hope North Carolina would be the Please see STATE/3A GOP struggling to win passage WASHINGTON (AP) - In an atmosphere of excruciating tension, Senate Republicans forced an overnight delay Tuesday for a final vote on a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution. One vote shy, GOP leaders struggled to salvage the centerpiece of their drive to shrink government. Both sides wooed one wavering Democrat, Kent Conrad of North Dakota. After feverish negotiations, Majority Leader Bob Dole decided to postpone the vote rather than risk defeat. Senators said the discussions focused on a Republican offer to place Social Security trust funds off-limits to deficit cutters gradually over several years. "This is a sad spectacle," said the amendment's principal foe, Democrat Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia. "This has every appearance of a sleazy, tawdry effort to win a victory at the cost of amending the Constitution." But Dole said the vote was the most important in the careers of many mem- Please see BUDGET/2A A time to reflect, worship It's Ash Wednesday, beginning of Lent and Easter worship By Bo Petersen Gazette Staff Reporter GASTONIA - Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of XiOat. The cross of ashes on the foreheads of some Christians today is a symbol of death and resurrection. It grew from an early church practice of public penance — complete with weepers and kneelers — and a Jewish tradition of rubbing ashes as a sign of cleansing. Once considered mostly a Catholic rite, the practice is a gesture of piety that more Christians are accepting. "It marks a time of reflection for people on their life of faith, how seriously or not seriously they are living it. It's a new beginning for living the faith," said Rev. Placid Solari, a Belmont Abbey monk. "It's something to keep us closer to God," said Scott Frady of Gas-tonia, who converted to Catholicism after a Protestant upbringing. "God brought me here. My body's going to go away, and my soul's going to go to heaven." Among Christian denominations, the 40-day Lent period is a preparation for Easter, the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus that is the heart of the faith. Rubbing a cross of ashes on the forehead - with the invocation, "Remember, man, that you are dust, and to dust you shall return" - is practiced by the Catholic churches, Lutherans and Episcopalians. The ashes are the burnt remains of palms from Palm Sunday cere- Please see ASH/2A Fa i tli in Gaston Teacher arrested for sex crimes against student Crimes allegedly took place in 70s Kermit Hull/The Gazette Rev. Placid Solari of Belmont Abbey prepares for Ash Wednesday. lenten services Interdenominational services will be held each Wednesday at noon through Lent, at one of five Gastonia churches. Today Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 805 S. York St., Gastonia. March 8 First Presbyterian Church, 1621 E. Garrison Blvd. March 15 St. Michael's Catholic Church, 708 St. Michael Lane. March 22 First Presbyterian Church, 1621 E. Garrison Blvd. March 29 First United Methodist Church, 190 E. Franklin Blvd. April 5 St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 258 W. Franklin Blvd. April 12 First Baptist Church, 201 W. Franklin Blvd. Jana Love/The Gazette By Shana Hefner and Laura Williams-Tracy Gazette Staff Reporters GASTONIA - A 22-year teacher left York Chester Junior High School in handcuffs Tuesday, the third Gaston educator in February to be arrested for sexual crimes involving children. Andrea Huffstetler Beason, 42, of 1217 N. Piedmont Ave., Kings Mountain, was charged Tuesday with 30 counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor and 21 counts of crimes against nature. She is being held under a $150,000 bond for the charges — all of them felonies. Ms. Beason is athletic director at York Chester. She coached girls' basketball and Softball before her arrest and suspension Tuesday. Gastonia Police Youth Bureau Sgt. Tim Adams said the alleged crimes took place from Jan. 7, 1976, to April 27, 1977 - most of them on the grounds of Ashley Junior High School. "Most of the incidents happened in Please see TEACHER/8A Jamey Reynolds/The Gazette Andrea Huffstetler Beason Teacher's accuser talks about her claims, 7 A I School board reaction, 7A I Student reaction, 8A Teen charged with calling patients, falsely telling them they have AIDS JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The 13-year-old daughter of a hospital clerk was arrested for allegedly calling former emergency room patients and telling them they had tested positive for the AIDS virus. A teen-ager tried to get her father's gun and kill herself after receiving one of the calls, a newspaper reported. Tammy Lynn Esckilsen was arrested Monday on charges of assault, aggravated assault and making threats after police tracked her down with phone numbers captured on a victim's Caller ID, said Sgt. Malcolm Adams, a police spokesman. She is accused of calling seven patients who were treated at University Medical Center over the weekend and telling them they were infected with HIV. Adams said the girl had visited her mother at work over the weekend and used a computer to print out a two-page list of patients and phone numbers. The girl told police she made the calls as a prank, Adams said. She was being held in a juvenile center. GMH tentatively OKs office building INDEX Group of developers opposes new project By Lynn Wooten Gazette Staff Reporter GASTONIA - Gaston Memorial Hospital has tentatively approved a $9.6 million doctors' office building that a group of developers and Realtors fear will drive doctors out of their properties. The group also questions building an office to house private doctors' practices on public land - in essence, putting the hospital in competition with landlords. Trustees will seek approval from Gaston commissioners March 21 to begin construction on county land GMH leases. Please see PROJECT/2A proposed medical office building Abby/5C Horoscope/6C Bulletin Board/4C Hometown/1D Business/6-8B Classified/3-8D Comics/6-7C Crossword/7C Food/1-5C • • • < 4 sections/ 32 pages Call us Gastonia/864-3291 Uncolnton/735-4616 Charlotte/825-5158 Fax/867-6988 Movies/4B Opinion/6A Obituaries/2D Sports/1-5B Television/6C » • i. r w The Gazette is a recyclable product. Rain High 58 Low 38* Details/ 2A ® O.J.S ■ An Investigator "coached" Rosa Lopez through an interview and testimony, prosecutor Marcia Clark contends. ■ Ms. Clark Lopez demanded that Ms. Lopez's testimony be halted. ■ The Judge denied that, but gave prosecutors until Thursday before cross examination. Seeetory, Page 4 A Coming Thursday: Shake your groove thing, because 70s radio is back