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Gaston Gazette (Newspaper) - March 8, 1995, Gastonia, North Carolina Panthers sign two more players, Page 1B WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 1995 Carolina blues? Clemson council won't seek to lift blue laws on alcohol for games By Steve Reed Gazette Sports Reporter CLEMSON, S.C. - Carolina Panthers fans may have to bring their own alcoholic beverages to tailgate parties for next year's home games at Clemson's Memorial Stadium. Clemson City Council has decided not to ask the state to change blue laws so merchants could open early on Sundays to sell alcoholic beverages when the Panthers begin play. The Panthers don't move into their permanent home at Carolinas Stadium in Charlotte until 1996. South Carolina laws ban the sale of 'dry goods" until after 1 p.m. on Sunday, meaning fans wishing to drink alcoholic beverages before games would have to bring their own. Fan? will still be able to purchase beer inside the stadium before and during the game, according to Panthers officials. Other fans who buy into the Panthers Caravan, a bus tour package, will also be able to purchase alcoholic beverages at the pre-game party. Clemson merchants wanted to tap the 80,000-plus fans expected in town for each of the Panthers' 10 home games — eight regular season and two preseason — in 1995. However, four council members opposed changing the law. Only Mayor Larry Abernathy favored it. Of Please see ALCOHOL/7A Don't like those collard greens? Try veggie pills NEW YORK (AP) - Good news for anyone who ever choked down a pile of Brussels sprouts to earn a piece of cake: Dessert could soon be just a pill away. Vitamin companies are hoping to cash in on the nutritional value of vegetables by introducing what could be the next rage in diet supplements-vegetable pills. No one claims the products will prevent cancer. Such claims could only be made for drugs, which undergo years of human tests. But Leiner Health Products Inc. and Pharmavite, both California vitamin makers, plan to market the pills. Next month, Leiner will introduce three varieties under its Your Life label: broccoli, spinach and mixed vegetables (carrot, tomato, broccoli and spinach). The products are tied to recent Please see PILLS/7 A O N ! ^ Public perception, law reform may spell trouble CAPmXHtU. CHANGING THE IMAGE Bar tells lawyers to be teddy bears Associated Press Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich ■ Bill to limit lawsuits passes WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans muscled to House passage Tuesday a business-backed measure designed to pressure combatants in lawsuits to settle their differences short of costly trials. The bill was strongly opposed by trial lawyers. House Speaker Newt Gingrich said lawyers were behind much of the opposition to the bill. The measure, approved, 232-193 in a near-party-line vote, was the first of three bills expected to clear the House this week in a Republican effort to cut down on what they consider frivolous lawsuits clogging the nation's courts. Supporting the measure were 216 Republicans and 16 Democrats. Voting against were 181 Democrats and 11 Republicans, a political cleavage that contrasted sharply with the bipartisan support for most elements of the "Contract With America" that had cleared the House earlier. In a bid to dramatize a need for more changes in the legal system, Rep. Rob- Please see LAWSUITS/2A Associated Press Jill Eikenberry and Harry Hamlin portrayed lawyers on 'L.A. Law.' ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -Forked tongues, sharp suits, slippery qthics. That image of lawyers is presented on primetime television, talked about in marathon media trials and ingrained in the nation's psyche. Lawyers are looked upon as shysters, sharpies, greedheads and cut-throats. What's a poor lawyer to do? In New York state and across the country, bar associations are trying to deflate the shark image by asking lawyers to act more like teddy bears — smile, listen, tell the truth and say "thank you." At the same time, they're waging media campaigns to fight what they consider to be a bum rap. "They're coming to grips with the fact that maybe there's a public relations problem," said Douglas O'Brien of the New York State Bar Association Task Force on the Profession. "We have a lousy reputation because consumers believe we are treating them shabbily." It's nothing new. Lawyers have been bashed at least since the invention of the billable hour. Curses against them were found with the remains of King Herod's palace. Shakespeare, in "Henry IV," penned the enduring applause line "the first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." ~ But their image has lately gone even farther south. One recent survey commissioned by the American Bar Association found respondents felt Please see LAWYERS/2A GREATER GASTON Gaston official says lawyers in public perception slump Kermit HullAhe Gazette Richard Abernethy and Max Childers chat outside courtroom. By Nancy Moore Gazette Staff Reporter GASTON LA - Gaston County Bar Association President Nancy Foltz says lawyers are in a public perception slump. "Lawyers are always concerned about their public image," Ms. Foltz said. But so far the local bar hasn't sponsored any "teddy bear lessons" on how to improve their image. Ms. Foltz said high-profile trials — like O.J. Simpson — always raise issues about lawyers' integrity and the entire legal system. "The system has worked well for hundreds of years," Ms. Foltz said. "But it's not designed for speed and efficiency." When that's combined with sensationalism of a high-profile crime, Ms. Foltz said, it creates suspicion of the entire system. Please see GASTON/2A INDEX ■If you «vein a mobile or pi*». Randy Erwin Jr. / The Gazette Abby/8E Bulletin Board/ 8E Business/5-7B Classified/2C-8D Comics/6-7E Crossword/7E Food/1-8E • • • 5 sections/ 40 pages Call us Gastonia/864-3291 Lincolnton/735-4616 Charlotte/825-5158 Fax/867-6988 Horoscope/6E Hometown/1C Movies/8B Opinion/6A Obituaries/2C Sports/1-4B Television/6E • • Mm lir W m The Gazette is a recyclable product. Rain High 65 Low 38* Details/ 2A Gaston could be first in N.C. to mandate moment of silence infer Coming Thursday: Learn which TV, shows are about to get the ax By Laura Williams-Tracy Gazette Staff Reporter GASTONIA - Gaston schools could become the first in the state to require that students spend a minute of class time in silence. School board member Duane Har-rell, who ran for election as a conservative Christian, wants the school board to take its policy on moments of silence a step further than any other North Carolina public school system. Gaston's unwritten policy is that schools may observe a moment of silence to recognize a death or other is somber issue. The observance usually called by the principal. Harrell wants to require that every Please see SILENCE/7A
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