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Gaston Gazette (Newspaper) - March 4, 1995, Gastonia, North Carolina Hornets swarm over Warriors, Page 1C FINAL SPORTS EDITION The !, iti im /. m I ^('i M ( " . f I ( I) til' W( ! !( I ■ -I ■ I ' ! < SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 1995 Homes facing scrutiny Whispering Pines case has lawmaker planning tougher regulations By Stephen Harris Gazette Staff Reporter RALEIGH — Even before a controversial Cleveland County case has faded away, tougher regulations will be proposed for the state's rest homes. Besieged by pleas from constituents and angry that Whispering Pines Rest Home is still open, Rep. Debbie Clary of Cleveland County said she will propose legislation as early as this week. The reason is the state has refused to close the home where a 77-year-old woman wandered outside at night and died Jan. 30. A Sheriffs Department investigation said caretakers dressed the body inside and put her back in her bed before alerting authorities. Clary The case drew nationwide attention. Cleveland area residents are upset, said Miss Clary, a first-term Republican representative. She has received dozens of calls and letters at home and at her Raleigh office about the case, including children asking "Why can't we take care of our elderly?" Miss Clary said. The Cleveland legislator said details of the legislation are still being worked out. But she wants it to include mandatory nighttime bed checks in rest homes and tighter requirements on door alarms. She also wants better training of rest home workers. State law now says only administrators and supervisors must have a high school diploma and receive training. That is one reason rest homes are "today's Please see HOMES/2A Minister charged with strangling elderly couple SEBRING, Fla. (AP) - The Rev. John Canning delivered the eulogy after Leo and Hazel Gleese were slain, telling mourners that he had been so close to the couple that he could call them Mom and Dad. On Friday, six weeks later, Canning was led to jail in handcuffs, charged with beating and strangling the 90-year-old couple. Police say the Gleeses were killed in their home Jan. 2 after they discovered Canning had abused the power of attorney they gave him and was stealing their savings. "It's the most despicable thing I've ever heard of," said Phil Ramer, a Florida De- Please see COUPLE/2A 25 GENIS pipfppipfippi? lose or tie On the weekend Mom the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament, two key games today will help determine whether one team - Maryland - or four teama finish In first place. GAME NO. 1: Wake Forest v». N.C. Stat» What's at stake: The Demon Deacons Will try to solidify their spot id the four-way tie for first - as well as the top seed in the ACC Tournament -by defeating the Wotfpack in Winston-Salem. The Deacons also need Virginia to beat Maryland Sunday to create the four-way tie. Tipoff: 1:30 p.m. Television: WBTV ■GAME NO. 2: North Carolina vs. Duke Whafs at stake: The Tar Heels, ranked No. 2 in this week's Associated Press poll, need a win to stay in the running for the potential four-way tie. Like Wake Forest, the Heels also need Virginia to defeat Maryland. Tipoff: 7:30 p.m. Televltlon: ESPN Jane Love/The Gazette Clinton goes on air to chastise opponents, defend administration From wire reports WASHINGTON - President Clinton accused Republicans of "outright hostility" toward government programs on Friday while defending his administration against charges of scandal and asserting it would be a mistake for a Democrat to challenge him next year. In a news conference that resembled more of a political event than most, the president urged Congress to approve a "disciplined budget" that cuts the deficit, but not programs "that appear to target children in order to pay for tax cuts for upper-income Americans." Covering a wide range of topics in 45 minutes, Clinton also said he wanted in his review of affirmative action programs to discover "whether there is some other way we can reach any (antidiscrimination) objective without giving a preference by race or gender in some of these programs." He denied that he is pursuing a "Yeltsin-first" policy in Russia as alleged by Senate Republican leader Bob Dole. He added his administration is working hard to keep U.N. peacekeepers from being expelled from Croatia, to avoid a wider war and the prospect that U.S. troops don't have to be sent there. Clinton hinted that he will hold a Please see CLINTON/2A DEMOCRATIC DEFECTION Colorado Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell on Friday defected to the Republican Party, saying the successful Democratic effort to kill the balanced budget amendment convinced him he no longer fit in with the Democrats. Associated Press President Clinton used his press conference to criticize congressional Republicans. Störy» Page 5A Campbell Food police strike again Now researchers say low-calorie TV dinners don't measure up INDEX WASHINGTON (AP) - Some of those low-calorie frozen dinners are more like snacks than square meals. And, not only that - you're not getting enough veggies! So says the research group that took some of the fun out of going to the movies when it reported last fall that a medium-sized bucket of theater buttered popcorn contains 43 grams of fat. The Center for Science in the Public Interest says low-calorie, frozen dinners are not an acceptable nutritional substitute for a well-balanced meal. And some of the portions are simply too stingy, the center said. Many dieters who enroll in weight-loss programs purchase dieter-friendly frozen food entrees to ensure they're adhering to their program's daily vegetable, protein, bread and fat intake. The frozen entrees are low-fat, low-salt -and low-cal, because they're low-size, says the center. "Some of the portions are so small that they might better be described as snacks than meals or entrees." For example, the center said, Weight Watchers Nacho Grande Chicken Enchiladas, advertised as "stuffed with chicken, beans, corn and red peppers," has one tablespoon of beans, one tablespoon of peppers and one-half tablespoon of corn. The center, interested in the vegetable content, did not measure the meat content. But the company insists the frozen meals are entrees and not dinners. The company said dieters who attend Weight Watchers meetings are told by their dietitians to supplement the entrees with a salad or additional vegetables. Abby/ 3D Bulletin Board/ 30 Business/ 4-6B Classified/4D-8E Comics/ 6-7C Crossword/ 7C Faith/1-3D • • e 5 sections/ 40 pages Call us Gastonia/864-3291 Lincolnton/735-4616 Charlotte/825-5158 Fax/867-6988 Hometown/1B Horoscope/ 6C Movies/ 4C Opinion/2B Obituaries/7B Sports/1-5C Television/6C • • r The Gazette Is a recyclable product. Cloudy High 52 Low 42« Details/ 2A »-Rosa Lopez, the maid who could beOJ. Simpson's only alibi witness, said Friday during more grueling cross-exami-| nation that she doesn't remember details of her activities the day Simpson's ex-wife and her friend were murdered. ►Story, Page 4A Randy Erwin Jr/The Gazette Coming Sunday: Naricy Kerrigan prepares to record her first album
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