Annapolis Capital Gazette, November 27, 2010

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November 27, 2010

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Annapolis Capital Gazette (Newspaper) - November 27, 2010, Annapolis, Maryland ll6^lDAV^' free slice of cheese pizza from Three Brothers COUPON A3 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2010 A Capital-Gazette Newspaper — Annapolis, MD 75 CENTS THINGS TO DO • HIT THE ICE — The long holiday weekend is a good time to get some fresh air and a little exercise, and what better way to get both than to go ice skating. The ice skating rink at Quiet Waters Park is now open for the season. The rink will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and tomorrow. All sessions last two hours and start every hour on the hour. Admission is $5-$6, plus $6 for each vehicle. Skate rentals are $3. For more information, call 410-222-1711. Also, the Glen Burnie Town Center Ice Rink at 103 N. Grain Highway will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow. Admission is $6.50 for adults and $5.50 for seniors and children under age 12 Skate rentals are $3. For more information, call 410-590-5990. And the Piney Orchard Ice Arena at 8781 Piney Orchard Parkway in Odenton will be open from 8 to 10 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 p.m. tomorrow. Admission is $7 for adults and $6 for children age 12 and under. Skate rentals are $3. For more information, call 410-672-7013. • ELVES WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS — The Children's Theatre of Annapolis will stage 'The Elves Who Saved Christmas" at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. today at 1661 Bay Head Road, Bay Head Park, Annapolis. Admission is $12-$15. For more information, call 410-757-2281, ext. 5. • TOO MUCH LIGHT — The St. John's College King William Players will present 'Too fy/luch Light," a production that embraces audience participation, at 7 p.m. today and tomorrow at McDowell Hall's Great Hall, 60 College Ave., Annapolis. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.stjohnscollege.edu/events. MORE TO DO: See more weekend calendar items at www.HometownAnnapolis.com. mm. Two sections, 28 pages Automotive..........................B14 Calendar.............................All Classified..........................83-13 Comics................................ B8 Editorial...............................A12 Homes.................................B1 Lottety ............................... A4 Obituaries............................A13 Puzzles...............................B11 Region ................................ A4 Religion..............................All Sports.................................A5-B Television............................ B7 Tides ................................. A4 www.HometownAnnapoiis.com General ................................................ 410-268-5000 Classified ............................................. 410-268-7000 Circulation ............................................ 410-268-4800 From Kent Island ............................... 800-327-1583 0State added 5,900 jobs last month Unemployment rate falls, in first decline since June By STEPHANIE GLEASON Capital News Service The number of unemployed in Maryland decreased by 1,500 in October, bringing the unemployment rate to 7.4 percent, the first decrease since June. Maryland added 5,900 jobs last month, and has added 28,400 since October 2009. This is the sixth-largest increase of any state. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also revised earlier estimates of Maryland's September unemployment numbers to show that about 800 fewer people were unemployed in that month, changing the unemployment rate from 7.5 percent to 7.4 percent for September. All of these numbers are seasonally adjusted. November saw the 1,000th unemployed person hired using Maryland's job creation and recovery tax credit, according to the governor's office. The tax credit expires next month. "These are moms and dads with families to feed that are now beginning to get back on their feet as Maryland emerges from this national recession stronger and more quickly than other states," Gov. Martin O'Malley said in a written statement about the jobs tax credit. (See JOBS, Page A14) Transportation Safety Board warns about corrosion Response to '08 Bay Bridge crash could olTer lessons to other stales, kHte By Joshua McKerrow The CapiUil From left, David Hägen and his parents Joe and Barbara Hägen finally wind their way through the iine at Best Buy in Annapolis to pick up four laptop computers on sale, using vouchers they received before the doors opened. The Hägens, who live in Cape St. Claire, were the first customers in iine before the store opened at 4:43 a.m. yesterday. They had been waiting at the store since 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Turkeys to-go for some committed shoppers Does Black Friday threaten to trump Thanksgiving meal tradition? By ELISHA SAUERS Staff Writer They're the sort who feel right at home sleeping in a tent on a concrete sidewalk. Joe and Barbara Hägen, a retired couple from Cape St. Claire, and David Hägen, their adult son from Elkridge, treat Black Friday shopping like an extreme sport. Sure, it has become commonplace for families to line up to grab discounted merchandise when store doors are flung open after the holiday. But the Hägens stalk the deals, rather than merely snagging them. To prepare for a "doorbuster" sale, the three seized their place first in line at the Annapolis Best Buy at 6 a.m. No, not yesterday morning - Thursday morning. Thanksgiving dinner was takeout. "I cooked it and put it on a big tray with a cover and ran it down to them," Barbara said, "then ran it back home to do the dishes." She rejoined them later to sit and wait. How does a family idle away 22 hours in an empty shopping strip's parking lot? (See SHOPPERS, Page A14) • Shoppers weigh in on relevance of customer service Page A14 By SHANTEE WOODARDS Staff Writer The National Transportation Safety Board wants other states to know how Maryland handled corrosion problems after an August 2008 crash resulted in the death of a driver whose truck crashed through a Bay Bridge barrier. This week, the agency sent a recommendation letter the Federal Highway Administration regarding the accident that killed 57-year-old John Short. Short s tractor-traüer swerved to avoid hitting a car, then hit a concrete barrier and fell 30 feet into the Chesapeake Bay. After the crash, an investigation revealed corroded supports in the bridge's barriers, resulting in $3 million worth of repairs by the Maryland Transportation Authority. In the letter to FHA administrator Victor M. Mendez, NTSB chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman said that other state departments of transportation should be aware of the risks of corrosion, and how the MdTA identified these problems. NTSB officials also want to develop bridge inspection methods that enhance visual inspections and ofi"er reliable measurements. According to the letter, the NTSB conducted a limited investigation of the bridge's barrier failure to review parts of the railing that could not be monitored by visual inspection. This investigation revealed corrosion-related safety issues that called for further research. The letter noted that the Bay Bridge barrier was not designed to withstand the weight or speed of Short's 80,000-pound trac-tor-trailer. The latest criteria for crash-testing barriers — which will be implemented in January — use a truck weighing 22,000 pounds, traveling 56 mph at an impact angle of 25 degrees. (See BRIDGE, Page A13)Holiday meal leads to stuffed bellies - and plumbing Feast clogs pipes, keeps plumbers busy By JOSHUA STEWART Staff Writer Thanksgiving feasts wreaked havoc on our plumbing. "Potato peels, scorched peelings — all that stuff is real fibrous and it can't get dovm the drain," said Bob Clendening, owner of Capitol City Plumbing. He spent yesterday morning unclogging a pumpkin pie slurry from an industrial sink at a homeless shelter. "It seemed like a couple of gallons. They must have had a bimch of pumpkin pies. They had a commercial disposal and you think it would take care of it," he said. Clendening and other plumbers are backed up around the Thanksgiving holiday. When people prepare their bounty, they often overwhehn garbage disposals and (See PLUMBING, Page A13) AVOID THE MESS Area plumbers said clogged drains account for the bulk of their Thanksgiving-time house calls. Here's how to avoid the a messy stoppage: •Dispose of grease in a trash can, not a drain. •Throw out fibrous, stringy or starchy waste, including celery, potato skins, fruit peels, rice and pasta. Don't put these things in the disposal. •Don't put bones and egg shells into garbage disposals. They can ruin the blades. •Don't dispose of animal fats in the sink. They can coat pipes, making it tougher for liquids to drain. 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