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Gaston Gazette (Newspaper) - March 14, 1995, Gastonia, North Carolina Washington Bullets shoot down Hornets, Page 1C ^^ The Gaston ji ijäZCttC TUESDAY. MARCH 14, 1995 25 CENTS Senate offers options GOP proposal affects Medicare, welfare programs WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans out to erase the federal deficit unveiled options Monday for saving money by braking Medicare's growth, giving states more power over Medicaid and welfare, and trimming other benefits. Included is a plan for altering the way the government calculates inflation, a change that would shrink cost-of-living increases to beneficiaries of many programs, including Social Security. The suggestions, compiled by a Senate GOP task force seeking savings in the mammoth programs, would cut projected spending by nearly $500 billion over five years. They would affect tens of millions of Americans and, if pursued, ignite a bitter political struggle with Democrats, advocates for seniors and others who have long defended the targeted programs. "Hopefully, these proposals will not cause a buckling of political knees, but iqartlier help pave the way to better pi^iaigrams, smaller and more efficient government, and a balanced budget," said the draft report of the task force headed by Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H. The immediate response offered by Martin Corry, chief lobbyist for the American Association of Retired Persons: "You can expect to see strenuous objections." The plans, being studied by Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., and other party leaders, inject the Senate into the GOP deficit-reduction Please see 0PTI0NS/2A F.Lee Bailey launched a rapid^re barrage of challenges and insinuations against a key police officer Monday, promising he would show jurors L.A. Det. Mark Fuhrman planted a bloody glove at O.J. Simpson's estate out of racial hatred and a lust for personal glory. BaHey lobbed explosive suggestions at Fuhrman, asking whether he had seen "a couple s^ of gloves" at the murder scene before removing one. See Page 6A Fuhrman INDEX Abby/ 5A Bulletin Board/5A Business/4-6B Classified/ 5-8D Comics/2-3D Crossword/ 3D Health/ 4-5A • • • • 4 sections/ 28 pages Call us Gastonia/864-3291 Llncolnton/735-4616 Charlotte/825-5158 Fax/867-6988 Hometown/1B Horoscope/ 2D Movies/5C Opinion/2B Obituaries/ 78 Sports/1-60 Telev!sion/2D The Gazette is a recyclable product. Sunny I High 70 Low 47 • Details/ 2A A sweet thank you Couple rewards people who helped them get home By Bo Petersen Gazette Staff Reporter GASTONIA - A couple of angels came by Monday for a sour cream coconut cake. George and Peggy Hall helped Louise and Roy Brown get home Kermit Hull/The Gazette a few weeks back after the The Halls and the Browns with cake Browns got confused in stormy weather near Fort Mill, S.C. and couldn't find their way home. On Monday, the Browns thanked the Belmont couple with one of Mrs. Brown's famous cakes. It was much different than their first meeting - in a hamburger restaurant, as Mrs. Brown cried and Brown went up to a police officer for help getting back to Gastonia. Overhearing Brown's plea for help, Hall stood up and told the officer, "Never mind. I'm taking these people home." Hall drove the Browns' car as Mrs. Hall followed him. Only after the Halls pulled out of the drive- Please see CAKE/2A ^ ' ........ . _______ '^iS". Hi'm-ii » TODAY Mostly sunny HIQHi 70 LOWt 47 WEDNESOAY Fair and dry HiaHi68 LOWt 45 THURSDAY AND FRIDAY Partly cloudy t)oth days HiOHSs upi>6r60s L0wtimid'40s ' starting Monday, this week's temperatures are above average for this time of year. The average highs are In the low 60s; the average tows are In the high 30s. Kermit Hull/The Gazette Lisa Noma and her daughter, Brittany, enjoy the warm, sunny weather Monday. Maybe, but officials caution cold weather could return By Bo Petersen Gazette Staff Reporter Plum trees are in early bloom. Red maples are flowering and buds are swelling on the oak. Daffodils and yellow forsythia are out. Is it spring yet? That depends on who you talk to. Yes, say the rain-weary Gaston residents who dried out Sunday at garden stores and golf courses. But weather forecasters and veterans of late Gaston frosts are crossing their fingers. About this time two years ago, the Storm of the Century blew high winds and snow through Gaston. "The upper atmosphere is real busy right now. You can get anything in this turbulent transition period," said meteorologist Gary Wicklund with the National Weather Service in Charlotte on Monday. Spring doesn't get here officially until Monday at 9:14 p.m., when the sun crosses the Equator headed toward the Please see SPRING/2A Forecasters: Warm winter could bring spring floods Scrlpps Howard News Service An unusually warm, wet winter probably will cause spring floods in California and five nearby states and in the Southeast, federal hydrologists warned Monday. California, which currently is being drenched by a series of El Nino-caused storms, is the leading candidate for severe spring flooding, said Frank Richards, director of the Please see FLOODS/2A ■ CALIFORNIA FLOODING: A new round of storms hit Northern California on Monday, keeping thousands from their homes. / 3A Police: 61-year-old woman raped Neighbor charged in alleged assault By Leslie Weaver Gazette Staff Reporter CROUSE - A 61-year-old Crouse woman was allegedly beaten, stabbed, raped and robbed by her next-door neighbor who then tried to set her house on fire, police said. Two Crouse residents taking a walk through the neighborhood Monday morning found her outside her home screaming for help. Johnny Ray Allen, 24, of Crouse was charged with first-degree rape and assault with a deadly weapon. He is in the Lincoln County Jail under $75,000 bond. His first court appearance is scheduled for today. "The woman is in stable condition at Lincoln County Hospital. The Rev. Ted Goins, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, and a friend were taking a morning walk about 7 a.m., when they heard the woman screaming for help, said Bill Beam, chief deputy for the Lincoln County Sheriffs Department. Goins ran to a neighbor's home to call for help. Beam said. The minister told police that he had seen the woman the night before at the church's Lenten service. The woman was found outside her home about three hours after she was allegedly attacked. "The guy apparently went into her home around 4 a.m.," Beam said. "The woman had been stabbed more than once with a knife and had been beaten with an iron," Beam said. "He also took some money from her and attempted to set the house on fire before he left in a car." Allen was arrested about noon at a friend's house in Boger City. "She was able to tell the pastor who her abductor was. She was also interviewed at the hospital," Beam said. Willie Mae Murphy, a neighbor and close friend of the woman, said she's angry that something so horrible could happen to such a nice lady. Leslie Weaver/The Gazette Johnny Ray Allen Is led away. Coming Wednesday: Try our quick St. Patrick's Day dinner
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