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earns -page 8 LITTLE HEROS SWAC Pee Wees headed for championship game -page 18 YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD NEWSPAPER SINCE 1923 Natasha, her Services. By Adam Worcester EDITOR Bruce Savadow/staff lO-month-old daughter, before class begins at 6 epperoni or Canadian . bacon'?" asks Alison Sil- verberg. As class begins, the teacher takes lunch orders from her students. In a few moments she will lead them through fraction equations, much like any other high school class. These, however, are not ordinary high school students. While they study ABCs and 123s, their children cavort in an upstairs playroom at Southwest Youth and Family Services, 4555 Delridge Way S.W. Parents slip in and out to check on the toddlers as Silverberg talks. "YOU HAVE to be preuy flexible," Silver- berg says. "They're parents first. That comes before everything else." "Everything" includes thrice-weekly classes for high school general equivalency diplomas, or GEDs. The 15 students in Silverberg's class will spend between two months and a year earning their GEDs. The course also includes two days a week of parenting classes, as well as mandatory duty in the day-care play room. "We really try to focus on family, so the roles of students and parents are not separate," says Nanette Westerman, SWYFS Family Center coordinator. "We recognize that you -- See SCHOOL, page 3 decades almost 400 baptisms and Pera retired tor of Hope says it is the of growth ed for now needs to "It's p, new Sense of direc- Change and decades at eady hand, into most active the Missouri District. bible-study Min- program aimed !ch members raised the ng and :s, lncl.uding to Hope lnual budget $1 million, goes to the P, the page 2 The Rev. Clemens Pera says it will be hard to leave Hope Lutheran. "You in the community and the lives of people, finally you're in too deep." Bruce Savadow/staff get entrenched so deeply By Don Goldman STAFF WRIER Tempers flared briefly in the cold air as more than 200 people waited in White Center Sunday night tO be first in line to apply for low-cost housing. King County Police dispersed the crowd jostling for places in line around 10 p.m. At one point, arrests were threatened, but people moved around the corner, where they slept in their cars as temperatures dipped. In the morning a boisterous crowd estimated at 1,000 lined up in front of the Boys and Girls Club at Park Lake Homes, on Eighth Avenue Southwest just south of Southwest Roxbury Street, under the eyes of at least 40 police offi- cers. This was the first time in three years that King County has taken applications for federally subsi- dized Seetiou-8 housing, said Jim Dion, director of management for King County Housing Authority. "A lot of people are desperate to get low-income housing," Dion said. "We expected 5,000 this week, but did not expect this many at 5 a.m. on a cold Monday. We will not shut down today until we have processed everyone in line." THE OFFICE will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through Fri- day. The reason for the fierce compe- tition for the front of the line becomes clear when one realizes the first 100 to 150 people could get help in 30 to 60 days, while those at the end might wait three years, Dion explained. Persons who lost their places when police dispersed the line expressed frustration. "There wasn't a fight," said a 35- -SeeWAl page 3