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Tipton County Tribune (Newspaper) - May 5, 1990, Tipton, Indiana weather Cloudy and much coolar today with a 40 parcant chanca of light showars. Highs in tha middia 50s. Mostly cloudy and cooiar tonight Lows naar 45. Partly cloudy and cool Sunday. Highs naar 60. Monday through Wadnasday. Fair and coot on Monday. Lows Monday morning from 35 to 45; highs in tha 60s. Partty doudy and warmar Tuasday with a chanca of thundarstorms in tha northwast lata in tha day. Lows Tuasday morning in tha 50s; highs in tha uppar 70s. Partly doudy and a littia ooolar Wadnasday with a ^anca of tfxjndarstorms statawida. Lows Wadnasday morning in tha 50s; highs from 65 to 75. Latvia declares independence RIGA, U.S.S.R. (AP) - Latvian lawmakars votad for in^pandanca Friday but plottad a mora cautious braak from tha Soviat Union than naighboring Lithuania. Latvians graatad tha daclaration of indepandenca with taars, a chorus of tha republic’s traditional anthem and dancing in tha streets. Tha 138-0 parliamentary vote, 50 years after Moscow seized the three Baltic states on the Soviet’s western border, put Latvia on a similar secessionist path with Lithuania and Estonia. However, unlike Lithuania’s independence declaration of March 11, the vote by Latvia’s Supreme Soviet called for a gradual break with the Soviet Union. Latvian President Anatoly Gorbunov said he was already thinking about the next step: negotiations with Moscow. "Everything is ahead,” he said. "This is only the very, very beginning.’’ Gorbunov later was asked at a news conference what reaction he expected from the Kremlin. He said he could not predict what Moscow would say, but he added that the Latvian government had tried to make it'clear in the declaration that there is "no cause to close the door on dialogue and start setting ultimatums." Fifty-seven anti-independence lawmakers refused to cast ballots. Even so, the measure had no problem achieving the two-thirds majority needed for approval. After the vote was announced, Latvians inside and outside the hall broke into a chorus of "God Bless Latvia,’’ the republic’s traditional anthem. A cheering crowd showered emerging lawmakers with roses, pansies and daffodils. The deputies also voted to drop the words "Soviet Socialist" from the republic’s name, making it simply ‘The Republic of Latvia.” "I waited my whole life for this,” said lima Kaminska, 65, who said she remembered when Latvia was forcibly annexed by Joseph Stalin in 1940. "I believed, I always believed," she said tearfully.    'i The bill, proposed b)f the pro-independence Latvian People’s Front that dominates the parliament, proclaimed the start of an unspecified period of transition to full independence. In the interim, it calls for negotiations with Moscow. The neighboring republic of Estonia took a similar step March 30. Lithuania, which declared full independence seven weeks ago, is now suffering a Kremlin-imposed economic blockade of oil, natural gas and other raw materials. Friday evening, tens of thousands of people gathered on the banks of Riga's Daugava River, long a national symbol for Latvians. With the setting sun glinting on the river,^ red and white Latvian flags fluttered above the singing crowd. "My pMple, you are free! Live and act like a people who deserve to be free,” said Dainis Ivans, chairman of the Latvian Popular Front. Hours later, scores of people danced in the streets of central Riga. Scattered fireworks exploded in the night sky. Two dept^ies walked out of the session during the vote, including Alfreds Rubiks, Latvia’s Communist Party chief, who earlier in the day warned that ethnic, Russians and other non-Latvians living in the republic opposed the measure. "They will express themselves ip mass demonstrations and pólitical strikes in all the cities," he said. -f- tD AMA STATE L 15RART 141) .i. SENATE AVE hd:a?iapol:s :ü 46204 Tipton County Tribune Jm VOLUME 94 NO 107 ISSN 0746-0619 SATURDAY, MAY 5, 1990 TIPTON, INDIANA 46072 .!.»( KNTS, State challenged on school formula KENTLAND, Ind. (AP) — A legal battle between Lake Central School Corp. and the state may determine the constitutionality of Indiana’s school funding formula. The northwest Indiana school corporation contends it suffers disproportionately under the existing system, which is based largely on local property vajues. Wealthy districts gain an unfair advantage, the school claims. The state, however, insists it would be "disastrous” to require equal expenditures for all pupils. The two sides will trade arguments in Newton Circuit Court on Monday before Judge George Vann, who will consider motions for a summary judgment. He also will consider a motion to let 47 other school corporations join the lawsuit that Lake Central filed three years ago. Regardless of Vann’s decision, the dispute is destined to drag on for years as the case moves through the state’s appellate courts. Since 1973, when the U.S. Supreme Court determined school financing was not a federal matter, more than 25 states have addressed the issue. So far, state courts have been almost evenly divided on the issue. Funding formulas have been affirmed in Michigan, Arizona, Idaho, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Georgia, New York, Maryland, Colorado, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. They have been rejected in New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming, Arkansas, Kentucky, Texas and Montana. Kentucky and Texas were hit particularly hard. Last June, the Kentucky Supreme Court dismantled that state’s entire educational system, forcing the Kentucky General Assembly to start from scratch. In October, the Texas Supreme Court found "glaring disparities” between that state's rich and poor school districts. Per-pupil spending varied by as much as $17,000. Lawsuits are pending in Alaska, Connecticut, Minnesota, North Dakota, ‘ Oregon and Tennessee. Lake Central's lawyers said they are encouraged by the judicial activism displayed in states such as Texas and Kentucky. "Courts have been more willing to listen to arguments and declare funding mechanisms unconstitutional,” said Munster attorney Jeffrey S. Sturm. "Hopefully, it’s a trend." Deputy Attorney General Mike Wallman downplayed the potential domino effect. "Everyone’s constitution is different, arid everyone’s funding mechanism is different,” he said. "We think the case law and the fads are on our side.” Lake Central's lawyers maintain the current system is an arbitrary and unreasonable arrangement that fails to provide for a "general and uniform system of common schools," as required by the state constitution. They also insist education is a fundamental right in Indiana and therefore worthy of certain constitutional protedions. The state’s lawyers said they agree the Indiana Constitution requires a "general and uniform system of common schools." Lincoln fourth-grader Charla Clouser experienced blindness for a few hours on Wednesday during Handicap Awareness Day. Each student In Mary Everidge’s class was assigned a disability to more fully understand the plight of handicapped people. Charla and her classmates gained understanding about handicaps by listening to speakers on physical and occupational therapy from the Tipton County Memorial Hospital: Jane Watson and Chris Stinson respectively. (Photo by Beth Hirtzel) Katrina Henry, a fourth-grader In Mary Everidge's room at Lincoln School, learns first hand what it feels like to be in a wheelchair. Katrina along with five other children in wheelchairs assumed roles of disability that included cerebral palsey, spina bifida, quadrapleglcs, and paraplegics. Other disabilities found In the classroom this day were hearing Impaired, ones undergoing chemotherapy, and children on crutches. (Photo by Beth Hirtzel) British Labor party wins local elections LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Labor Party rejoicad Friday in swaaping local alaction victorias, but Prima Ministar Margarat Thatchar took comfort that tha rasults wara not as davastating to har Consarvativas as axpactad. And soma analysts pradictad Mrs. Thatchar was now mora, sacura against possibla challangas' to har laadarship of tha Consarvativa Party. Millions of votars protasting soaring homa loan ratas and an unpopular naw. local tax dasartad tha Consarvativas in tha nationwida local vota Thursday. But whila pra-alaction polls showad Mrs. Thatchar with a 20-point daficit, tha actual swing against tha govammant was only 11 parcant. Shara pricas roaa on tha London stock axchanga, raflacting raUaf by big businass. In tha most important trand for Labor, tha party postad signHicant gains in tha prosperous and haavily populated south for tha first time since Mrs. Thatcher ousted a Labor government in 1979. "That is tha spread of support that we need which makes me forecast that wa are certain to win tha next election,” said Labor Party leader Nail Kinnock. But in London, tha Conservatives performed well. In a particularly sore loss for Kinnock, tha Tories wrested from Labor the west London borough of Ealing, where Kinnock lives. "I am sura Nail’s residence in Ealing is extremely welcome to his immediate neighbors,” sr>apped Bryan Gould, a Labor campaign manager, "'but I don’t think it is a big factor in terms of people’s voting prafarancas.” And tha Tories held with increased majorities two other key boroughs, Wandsworth and Westminster. Bush says nuclear arms still needed STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -Praskfant Bush said Friday that nuclear weapons must continue to play a key role in safeguarding Europe from war, declaring, 'There are few lessons so clear in history as this.*^”^ Whila offering an advanced timetable for negotiating with Moscow on reducing short-range nuclear arms. Bush dadarad, 'The United States is not going to allow Europe to become 'safe for conventional war.’" Bush, discussing tha changing face of Europe during a commancamant speech at Oklahoma State University, hailed tha sweep of democracy through Warsaw Pact nations. However, ha cautioned, "Our enemy today is uncertainty and instability.” Bush said, "H will be crucial to sea ... whether Moscow chooses coercion or peaceful dialogue in responding to tha aspirations of tha Lithuanian people and nationalities within the Soviet Union.” Bush’s remarks were intended to offer the outlines of a new military and political mission for NATO as Europe is transformed by the reunification of, Germany and the collapse of communist governments. Leaders of the 16 NATO nations will meet in London in late June or early July to chart a revised strategy for the 41-year-old alliance. Bush said the allies should accelerate work to determine 'Ihe minimum number and types of weapons that will be needed to deter war, credibly and effectively.” He said Moscow and Washington should open negotiations to reduce short-range nudear missiles in Europe once a treaty is signed — perhaps later this year — to curb troops and conventional arms. Originally, Bush had insisted that a conventional arms treaty not only be signed but also implemented before talks could begin on short-range nuclear forces. However, Bush said that as the Soviet Union pulls back troops from Warsaw Pact nations, 'Ihere is less need for nuclear systems of the shortest range.” Acting on Bush’s suggestion, NATO scrapped plans Thursday to GEORGE BUSH deploy more powerful short-range Lance nuclear missiles and artillery shells in Europe. Even so, the United States and Soviet Union will still maintain sizeable short-range nuclear arsenals in Europe. "We're prepared to negotiate the reduction of these forces as well,” the president. Yet, Bush said he did not want to leave Europe vulnerable to conventional warfare. "There are few lessons so clear in history as this: Only the combination of conventional forces and nuclear forces have ensured this long peace in Europe,” Bush said. A senior administration ufficial, briefing reporters on Air Force One under condition of anonymity, said, "We think there needs to be some nuclear weapons in Europi^. Deterrence has to have a nuclear component.” In his speech. Bush said the United States "should remain a European power in the broadest sense — politically, militarily and economically" and that "militarily significant" U.S. forces would be stationed in Europe. As the military threat in Europe fades. Bush said, NATO's political role will become more prominent. He said NATO leaders, at their summer summit, "should look for ways to help our German friends sustain freedom and achieve unity — something which we and our allies have supported for over 40 years. 6 county teachers up for Shining Star Six Tipton County teachers have been nominated for the first-ever Shining Star awards for excellence in teaching. The awards are sponsored by WTHR-TV, Channel 13, and the Associated Group. Five of the area nominees teach at Tri-Central. They are Rick Grimme, who was announced in an earlier article; Pat Reese; Janice Legg; Vicki McCorkle; and ReJene Vogus. The other nominee is Fred Calhoun, a teacher at Tipton High School. Don Smith of Arcadia, teacher at Hamilton Heights, also was nominated. WTHR-TV received 287 nominations from students, parents, principals and superintendents all over central Indiana. Grimme, Reese, Legg, McCorkle, Vogus and Calhoun are among 269 teachers nominated for the awards. In their honor, WTHR-TV will host a reception on Sunday in the studios at (lOOO N. Meridian St., Indianapolis. Judging will be performed by a panel of experts in the education field, including WTHR's The More You Know’ advisory board. They will select five outstanding educators to receive the Shining Star awards and the names of the five teachers will be announced during News Center 13 PrimeTime at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 8. The Associated Group will award a computer and software to each recipient, a twddy' to work with the teacher, and a pizz^ party for their classroom. Recipients will be profiled on PrimeTime at 6 p.m. from May 28 through June 1 and in public service announcements airing during the month of June. There will be a special recognition dinner at the Indianapolis Marott on June 14 to honor the recipients. Here’s how... Inatructlons on how to operate the Microvote electronic voting compotera, thoae that will be uaed at the polle In Tipton County May 8, will be available at the polla. Tipton County Clerk Bonita Guffey prepared the Hat of -five elmple etepa for voting on the new machlnea. The Hat Inckidee: 1. The black box talla the name of the office and how many to vote for. 2. Puah gray button beakfe the name of candidate of your choice. If you change your mind, pueh the gray button again and It will cancel the firat vote. You may then make the proper selection. 3. To advance to the second page of the ballot, puah the large green button at the bottom. Push the gray button beside the candidates of your choice. 4. To review the first page of the ballot, push the blue button at the bottom. To review the second page of the ballot, push the green advance ballot button. 5. When you are ready to cast your vote, push the red button at the bottom

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