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Boy With AIDS Is Lone Pupil in Cell-Sized Classroom

February 08, 1988|JAMES MARNELL

--Dwayne Mowery lives the life of a pariah in his hometown of Lake City, Tenn. Banished from the Lake City Middle School last fall because he is infected with the AIDS virus, Dwayne, 12, must get his schooling in a 5-by-7-foot room. His isolation extends even to the school bus, where he must ride alone. His teacher, Angela Gee, says he doesn't cry as much as he once did, but his stuttering has become worse. Gee, a graduate student in special education, offered to teach Dwayne after she learned of his plight. "His isolation is really pitiful," Gee said in a story published Sunday in a Knoxville newspaper. "When I first heard about it, I almost volunteered without pay. Dwayne is not dangerous. He is a normal child. He deserves a normal childhood but he is not getting it." Dwayne is a hemophiliac who contracted the virus from a blood transfusion. Health officials say his condition poses no risk to others, but that has not stopped parents of other students from making angry protests and threats on the boy's life.

--Rock guitarist Joe Walsh is waging his special brand of warfare--with music. On May 4, 1970, Walsh saw National Guardsmen fire on student demonstrators on the campus of Kent State University and kill Jeffrey Miller, Allison Krause, Sandra Scheuer and William Schroeder. He wrote a 5,000-word letter to Rolling Stone magazine soon afterward, but it was never published. Each year since then, Walsh, 40, has been staging benefit concerts to raise money for a campus memorial to the slain students. "I knew Jeffrey and I knew Allison," Walsh said. "Those of us who were there will never forget it." In Pittsburgh, Pa., over the weekend for one of his concerts, Walsh said he remains as dedicated as ever to realizing his goal "so that stupidity of that nature never happens again. And I continue to have dialogue with the survivors, some of whom are crippled, and their families."

--There's always a lot to do and see at the annual Quebec Winter Carnival, but Carnival '88 will go down as one of those gatherings that was tailor-made for star-gazers. Brooke Shields, Margot Kidder, Carrie Fisher, Woody Harrelson, Margaux Hemingway, Carol Alt, Griffin Dunne, Gregory Harrison, Eugene Levy, Robert Loggia, Mary Wilson and Fawn Hall arrived in Quebec City over the weekend on an all-expenses-paid skiing holiday and helped to kick off the festivities. As photographers swarmed around Hall, one perplexed star-gazer asked: "Who's that?" Her companion answered: "Fran Hall." "Who's Fran Hall?" The companion replied: "You know, the secretary."

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