Archive for Wednesday, July 13, 2011

40 years ago: Ninety-six of 111 people dropped from local welfare rolls

July 13, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 13, 1971:

  • Ninety-six people had been dropped from the welfare rolls at the Douglas County Welfare Dept. There were only 15 people remaining on the list after a new directive had gone into effect preventing anyone between 18 and 40 from receiving assistance when they were physically able to work. County welfare director John L. Derrick said that the directive had been put into effect to reduce welfare costs as well as to reduce “abuse of the general assistance program.”
  • In Pennsylvania, the premiere performance of the concert tour for “Jesus Christ Superstar” had played to a capacity crowd of 13,640. The play, which was to go on to Broadway in October, was described as a “sometimes irreverent, sometimes raucous dramatization of the last days of Jesus Christ.”

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