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Lawrence is appointed Vanderbilt visiting scholar


Retired Vice Adm. William P. Lawrence of Annapolis has been appointed a visiting professional scholar from September to May 1995 at the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee.

He and Frank Aukofer, a veteran military writer for the Milwaukee Journal, will research and write a report on the relationship between the military and the news media.

The Freedom Forum is a nonpartisan, international organization dedicated to free press and free speech.

Admiral Lawrence was a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War from 1967 to 1973 and superintendent of the Naval Academy from 1978 to 1981.

He has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the 1979 National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Gold Medal and the 1984 NCAA Theodore Roosevelt Award. His daughter, Lt. Cmdr. Wendy Lawrence, is an astronaut and is scheduled for a space shuttle mission in January.

Admiral Lawrence lives with his wife, Diane, a physical therapist who owns a physical rehabilitation agency in Alexandria, Va.

13-year-old charged after shooting

A 13-year-old Annapolis youth has been charged with assault and battery after another city boy was shot in the chest with a pellet gun.

The victim, who lives in the 700 block Newtowne Road, told police that at about 9:30 p.m. on Monday he was with a 13-year-old boy who began to shoot the pellet gun in their neighborhood.

The victim told the other boy to stop, but he refused and the two began to argue, police said.

The youth then shot the victim in the chest and continued firing after the victim fell to the ground, police said. No other shots hit the victim.

Police charged the youth with assault and battery and discharging a weapon in the city. He was released into his mother's custody.

The youth was not identified because of his age.

The victim was treated at Anne Arundel Medical Center and released.

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