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   Gaston Gazette (Newspaper) - March 2, 1995, Gastonia, North Carolina                                 Maryland holds off Blue Devils, Page 6A  T  THURSDAY, MARCH 2. 1995  "Let's see what happens when we get near the election and the American people are a little agitated at Congress, as they should be.  J5'CENTS  tf  Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan.  On balanced-budget vote  GOP sets budget showdown  Issue may be revived in '96 if it fails today  Senate leader Bob Dole  WASHINGTON (AP) - Facing likely defeat, Senate Republicans set a showdown vote for Thursday on the balanced-budget amendment and vowed to revive the issue at the height of the 1996 election season if it fails.  Majority Leader Bob Dole sharply attacked several Democrat opponents Wednesday for what he called a "stunning flipflop" on a measure similar to one they supported a year ago. Other GOP senators criticized President Clinton's opposition.  Five Democrats — more than  enough to secure passage — rebutted with a letter pledging to vote for the amendment if Republicans agree to keep Social Security trust funds off limits to budget cutters.  "Republicans are indeed counting on the use of Social Security trust fund dollars to buy down the debt over the next 10 years," «aid a sixth lawmaker, Democratic leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota.  Public opinion polls show support for the amendment at 70 percent or  tt would not  ■Dictate specific ways Congress should balance the budget.  Please see BUDGET/2A SOURCES: Congressional Budget Office, "Contract wtth America"  Students accused of pot use  Honor club members allegedly got caught at state convention  By Leslie Weaver  Gazette Staff Reporter  LINCOLNTON - Seven Lincolnton High School honor students, accused of smoking marijuana at a convention in Greensboro, were suspended from school for three days.  The students, members of the Beta Club, allegedly were discovered by a security guard who worked at the hotel where the convention was held.  No charges were filed.  The state convention was held at the Four Seasons Holiday Inn. The BETA Club is an honor club for academically gifted students. Beta Club members from across the state attend the convention to participate in workshops, competitions and hold elections for state club officers, school officials said.  Students must have a certain grade point average to be eligible to be in the club.  School officials would not comment on the incident.  But Lincoln Schools Superintendent Martin Eaddy said the schools policy on drugs requires a suspension.  "This is a student disciplinary matter," Eaddy said. "Students make mistakes and that's part of growing up. We don't release information concerning student disciplinary actions."  One of the students involved, who did not want to be identified, said the students who were suspended were the ones who admitted smoking the marijuana.  "We were not caught smoking pot,"  Please see P0T/2A  Eaddy  Video shocks board  AIDS VIDEO  Here are excerpts from a video that a health advisory committee recommended for Gaston County fifth-graders:  NARRATOR:  M This thing they call sex, it's a good >thing. No - it's a great thing. But it's also a powerful .thing.}}  ACTOR PLAYING DRUG USER:  ^ You fix with the same stick and sooner or later you're going to draw bad blodd. Don't use drugs. And if you shoot, clean your needle, even if it's in some bleach for five or 10 minutes.}}  THE RAP SONG:  MI didn't think I'd catch no HIV, Just doing what you do so naturally. So I played around town Played them tall, short, round and svelte, Kept on adding notches to my victory belt. I never ever used what you call protection, And I never even thought about abstention.. I had to be spontaneous, turned on like a light, Because I was the king of loving through the night.}}  Officials worried production's tone may be too casual  By Laura Williams-Tracy  Gazette Staff Reporter  GASTONIA - An AIDS education video recommended for fifth-graders has shocked some school board I members who object to sex being j heralded as "a good thing. No, a great ! thing!"  I Actors in the MTV-styled video called "Playing it Safe" also advise i students to clean needles re-used for i drugs. A rapper sings about contracting AIDS by "doing what you do so naturally."  The video got a chilly reception from the Gaston school board last month when a health advisory com-i mittee recommended that it be shown | to fifth-graders.  i The committee is made up of par-; ents, counselors and representatives | from health care organizations such I as the Red Cross, Gaston Heart Soci-; ety and the Gaston Medical Society Alliance. The committee looks at i health issues and makes recom-! mendations to the school board. | The AIDS Council of Gaston County I sponsored the video. It was produced I locally by The Sumner Group. ! School board members have called I the video "flip," and say it sends a I casual message about a serious disease.  "I just thought it was absurd," said ' board member Brenda Hamilton. "I've shown it to liberals and conservatives, Christians and non-Christians and none of them liked it. A lot of kids have laughed at it."  Michael Sumner, president of The Sumner Group and a member of the i AIDS Council, said the video might j not meet the approval of adults be-I cause it was targeted toward high ! school students, who got involved in i writing the script.  "If you want to maintain credibility with the kids you've got to talk the talk," Sumner said. "I'm glad the song  Please see VIDEO/2A  Alabama plans return of prison chain gangs  INDEX  MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama is bringing back the chain gang, a sight most Americans haven't seen since the Paul Newman movie "Cool Hand Luke."  This spring, inmates will be put in leg irons and made to pick up litter along well-traveled roads.  Alabama will be the first state in the nation to reinstitute chain gangs, according to several national corrections organizations.  Prison work crews shuffling along in leg irons were a common sight in many states until public opinion was stirred by the 1932 movie "I Am a  Fugitive From a Chain Gang," about an innocent man brutalized by a Southern chain gang.  "I find it fascinating the corrections system is turning back j ones  the hands of time  when the rest of the world is moving forward," said  Please see GANGS/2A  Abby/9C Breakaway/1-9C Bulletin Board/7C Business/4-6B Classified/1 -8D Comlcs/10-11C  Crossword/11C  • • •  4 sections/ 40 pages  Call us  Gastonia/864-3291 Lincolnton/735-4616 Charlotte/825-5158 Fax/867-6988  Horoscope/1 OC Hometown/1B Movies/4C Opinion/2B Obltuaries/7B Sports/6-1 OA  Televlslon/10C • •  JIT  r  The Gazette is a recyclable product.  Cloudy  High 48 Low 32« Details/ 2A  Physician, shock thyself  Doctor uses his own defibrillator after accident  BOSTON (AP) - A doctor who felt his heart racing dangerously zapped Himself with his office defibrillator to jolt it back to normal.  The defibrillator uses a powerful burst of electricity to restore the heart to a normal beat after cardiac arrest or other rhythm abnormalities.  The machines were hardly designed for self-use. But according to today's New England Journal of Medicine, one worried doctor did.  The 45-year-old plastic surgeon, Dr. Jean Cuirier, accidentally shocked himself while trying to fix a lamp in his office. He grew dizzy and felt his heart beat rapidly. So, with the help  of an assistant, he went into his operating room and hooked himself up to a heart monitor.  There he discovered his heart was racing at 160 beats per minute. Worried he was about to pass out, he smeared himself with conducting jelly, placed the defibrillator paddles on his chest and turned the thing on.  The first jolt threw him off the table. He climbed back and tried it again. This time it worked.  Dr. Amin H. Karim of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, who eventually treated the doctor, said he probably would have been better off dialing 911 for an ambulance.  Coming Friday: A heroic German shepherd snatches his owner from the jaws of death   

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