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Gaston Gazette (Newspaper) - March 13, 1995, Gastonia, North Carolina Jeff Gordon dominates at Atlanta, claims second win, Page 1C The Gaston MORDAY, MARCH 13, 1995 25 CENI S Democrats defecting to GOP ranks State senator says conservatives abandoned by Democratic party By Nancy Moore Gazette Staff Reporter STANLEY - State Sen. Jim Forrester is a member of a rapidly growing club - former Democrats olTiceiiolclers who switch parties. "A lot of people still ask me why I left, the Democratic party," Forrester said. "I say the party left me and other conservative Democrats," Forrester switched in 1989, in the middle of his second term as a Gaston County commissioner. Please see PARTY/6A Parties disagree over meaning of crossovers Scripps Howard News Service Republicans believe they are in the midst of a wave of party switching that will rival the catch of Democrats they won during the Reagan era. The evidence so far: • Two U.S. senators, Richard Shelby of Alabama and Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado, have switched from Democrat to Republican since the election last November. • Three U.S. House members openly discuss the possibility of switching parties. • In Texas, 23 local officials changed parties last month, showcasing the switch in a news conference with GOP Gov. George Bush. • In both South Carolina and Pennsylvania, Republicans narrowly failed to win .control of the House of Representatives last November. Since then, however, enough members have switched to give the GOP a majority in both states. "Overall, I think there will be greater numbers of party switchers in the '90s than there were in the '80s," said Republican National Chairman Haley Barbour. Please see G0P/6A Wake Forest tops Heels in overtime, clinches ACC title By Arthur O. Murray Gazette Sports Editor GREENSBORO - A record-breaking performance by Randolph Childress propelled Wake Forest to its first Atlantic Coast Conference championship in 32 years Sunday. The senior guard's basket with four seconds left in overtime put the Demon Deacons ahead of North Carolina for good. It also shattered the record for most points scored in the tournament. Childress' rccord-breaking basket gave Wake Forest an 82-80 lead. The Deacons then withstood two North Carolina shots to sew up the win. In three games, Childress scored a tournament record 107 points — one better than UNC's Lenny Rosenbluth in 1957. The tournament moved back to Greensboro this year for the first time since 1988. The return was crowned by one of the tournament's greatest championship games. The final produced nine lead changes and six ties. The teams kept trading late-game heroics until only Wake Forest was left standing. Wake Forest coach Dave Odom gave much of the credit to Childress. "For anyone else to score nine points in overtime and hit the winning shot would've taken away from this win," Odom said. "There has never been a more fitting way to finish a career in the ACC Tournament than what Randolph did today," Childress also said he was thinking of his career, "I didn't want to leave and not Please see DEAC0NS/6A Wake Forest's Randolph Childress was named the ACC Tournament's Most Valuable Player. Associated Press PRELUDE TO MARCH MAD THE A€€ ► Coverage of Woke Foresfs overtlnrte win and ACC Tournament notebook Pages 1C3C. Conference tournaments roundup, Page 4C. THE NCAA ► Wake Forest, UNQ Maryland, Virginia and UNC Chadotte receive bids to tfie NCAA Tournament, Page K. ► Tournament pairings, Page2C THE CONTEST ►The Gazette is looking for basketball fans who can Tick the Winners'in the NCAA Tournament, Page2C Ethics panel 9 wrongv Papers allegedly reveal oversights in Gingrich probe WASHINGTON (AP) - The House ethics committee, in giving Rep. Newt Gingrich approval in 1993 to teach his college course, acted on an incomplete description of how the course would be financed and promoted, documents indicate. The documents are important because the speaker plans to go on the offensive this week, releasing the ethics committee letter that conditionally approved the tax-deductible financing and teaching of the course, ''Renewing American Civilization." The Aug. 3, 1993, committee letter, obtained by The Associated Press, was carefully and narrowly crafted to approve only the tax- deductible educational activity committee by Gingrich, who was then Republican whip. Information on Gingrich's contacts with the ethics committee came from congressional sources who declined to be identified publicly. Gingrich described the course in letters he sent the committee May 12 and July 21, 1993, also obtained by the AP. Those letters did not mention the central role in promoting and financing the course by Gingrich's political committee — GOPAC. In the letters Gingrich promised there would be no mass mailings, although documents show GOPAC did such mailings. Gingrich wrote that the course would be non-partisan and not attack President Clinton. Yet Please see ETHICS/6A Gingricti described to the INDEX Abby/ 2D Bulletin Board/ 2D Classified/ 4-8D Comics/ 8-9C Crossword/ 90 Hometown/1B Mini Page/ 9-1 OA • • • 4 sections/36 pages Call us Gastonia/864-3291 Lincolnton/735-4616 Charlotte/825-5158 Fax/867-6988 Movies/ 38 NIE/78 Opinion/ 28 Obituaries/ 48 Sports/1-1 OC Television/8C Working/ 1-2D • • r The Gazette Is a recyclable product. Mostly sunny High 73 Low 43 • Details/2A Twist of fate led to war medal Army captain lost track of commander but led tank assault By Bo Petersen Gazette Staff Reporter GASTONIA - Because his colonel got lost, Johnnie Hendrix won a Silver Star. That quirk of chance highlighted a war that for Hendrix was part horror and part theater. "If it hadn't been so dangerous, I'd have enjoyed the war," said Hendrix, Looktackat Worid War II Page 2A now 76, of Gastonia. Hendrix was an Army infantry lieutenant and then a captain with a battalion "married" to a tank battalion as the Americans drove through France and Germany. Through Brest and Reims, France, the Hürtgen Forest in Belgium, into Germany, his company suffered more than 100 percent casualties during the war. Hendrix remembers crawling over dead soldiers down a roadside ditch between two towns in Germany. "I had a little angel on my shoulders," Hendrix said. Hendrix was among a group of soldiers at the German surrender after a grueling six-week siege on Brest. He remembers the German general snobbishly demanding an American lieutenant's credentials, not wanting to surrender to a junior officer. "Damn you, up there's my credentials," the colonel replied, gesturing Please see MEDAL/6A John ClarV/The Gazette Johnnie Hendrix with medal Coming Tuesday: Lots of exercise animals are easing up on their workouts
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