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   Gaston Gazette (Newspaper) - March 6, 1995, Gastonia, North Carolina                                 Hornets wrap up road trip with loss  Page 1C  Virgiiiia beats Maryfand; pairings set for ACC  tournament Page ic  Terry Labonte wins Pontiac 400  Pag»iC  MONDAY, MARCH 6, 1995  'He was one of the greatest heroes of the war'  German captain on daring mission of Lincoln County's Bill Reynolds  Family members gather at a bridge in Lincoln County to be named after Bill Reynolds (pictured in inset at far rigfit).  Craig Bell/The Gazette  A Bridge to tite Past  Tank battle burns in memory  By Bo Petersen  Gazette Staff Reporter  KINGS MOUNTAIN - Lester Eaker lost his tank, his pistol and nearly his life behind German lines. He won a Bronze Star.  Eaker, now 72, was part of the huge, swift 30-mile wide American tank blitz into Germany across the industrial Rhineland.  The Americans moved quickly to seize cities and save bridges over rivers such as the wide Rhine, that the Germans were blowing up as they retreated and Americans tried to cross.  Eaker drove one of 17 tanks in the  -riii.iixi«« Kermit Hull/The Gazette  Please see TANK/4A Lester Eaker shows his bronze star.  Shy Lincoln man made daring run  By Bo Petersen  Gazette Staff Reporter  LINCOLNTON - Bill Reynolds was small and shy, laid back and easygoing. He dreaded going into combat. He didn't want to be a platoon leader.  In the words of German Capt. Karl Freeshahan,one of the enemy who was thwarted by Reynolds in an attempt to demolish the Remagen bridge, Reynolds was "one of the greatest heroes of the war."  Please see BRIDGE/4A  INDEX  Abby/ 5B Bulletin Board/ 58 Classified/ 3-6D Comics/ 6-7C Crossword/ 70 Hometown/18  Mini Page/ 7-8A  • • •  4 sections/28 pages  Call us  Gastonia/864-3291 Lincolnton/735-4616 Charlotte/825-5158 Fax/867-6988  Movies/ 50 NIE/ ID Opinion/ 28 Obituaries/ 68 Sports/1-50 Television/68 Working/ 4-58  The Gazette is a recyclable product.  Rain  High 64 Low 55  i Details/2A  Glimmer of hope  Baby given no chance for survival going home  PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Four Now they're busy preparing for crib as the Nguyens practic  final sports edition  lOrT"', til  world of '^t-of  25 CENI S  Welfare program targeted  House GOP wants $16.5 billion cut from food stamps  N.Y. Times News Service  WASHINGTON - House Republicans said Sunday that they want to cut $16.5 billion from the food stamp program over the next five years by establishing strict new work requirements for recipients and by trimming the growth in benefits.  The proposal represents a fundamental shift in the design of the program, which serves as the ultimate safety net for more than 27 million poor Americans.  It is one piece of a huge bill intended to free poor people from dependence on government while vastly increasing the power of state officials to run their own welfare programs free of federal supervision.  Democrats say the overall bill is cruel to women and children because it would, for example, scrap the national school lunch program and give the money to the states as well as bar the use of federal money to provide cash assistance to unmarried teenagers.  The food stamp proposal would cut $16.5 billion, or 11 percent, from the $149 billion that would otherwise be spent on food stamps in the next five years.  The Republican plan would require hundreds of thousands of able-bodied adults without children to find work within 90 days of getting  Please see WELFARE/3A  Name of new Russian vodka causing stir  CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A new Russian vodka is stirring controversy more for its name than its potency.  An Edisto Island businessman^ Howard Fogle, is part of a group bringing Russian Roulette vodka to the United States. But critics say the product's name and label could be a problem.  The label showed a pistol amid a deck of cards. The first shipment of the vodka is due at the port of Charleston on Thursday. Each bottle will include the disclaimer, "The name Russian Roulette is not intended to encourage the firearm game of chance Russian Roulette." The federal government last year  Please see V0DKA/3A  PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Four months after doctors told his parents they could do nothing to save him, Ryan Nguyen is going home — healthier, stronger and with a will to survive.  Born eight weeks prematurely with kidney damage, a bowel obstruction and possible brain damage, Ryan was at the center of a battle between his parents and doctors over how to treat the critically ill child.  Nghia and Darla Nguyen set aside their worst fears and held firmly to every wisp of hope.  Now they're busy preparing for their son's homecoming Monday.  "We've ordered a crib. We are overjoyed that he gets to come home. It's a day we've been waiting for for so long," said Mrs. Nguyen.  Since his birth Oct. 27, Ryan has more than doubled his weight to 14 pounds-plus, and he's quick to smile at visitors at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.  Inside the neonatal special care unit, an audiotape plays love songs at the top of Ryan's  crib as the Nguyens practice feeding him intravenously, checking his blood pressure and temperature and giving him medication.  Ryan was born by Caesarean section at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. The placenta had torn away from his mother's uterine wall, causing the baby to lose blood and suffer damage to his vital organs.  Doctors there doubted Ryan could survive and, the Nguyens  Please see H0PE/3A  The Nguyen family Is all smiles.  Associated Press  Coming Tuesday: More Americans take exercise a little easier than they used to   

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