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Capital, The (Newspaper) - January 22, 1986, Annapolis, Maryland HOWELL MICPOr iLhS P 0 BOX 1558 LAUREL Circulation News Busmpss 268-5000 MD 20707 Jie Tomorrow's cold For see 11. VOL. Cl NO. 18 JANUARY 25 Cents GOOD PONT FORGET Auditions are being held at Anne Arundel Community Col- lege at 7 in the Ca- reers Lecture Hall for the Arundel Vocal Arts and at in the Center for Performing Arts for the Moon- light Troupers production of AREA Liquor stores ask to be able to sue minors who use false identification. Page 33. ARCHIVES Did Mark Twain really get arrested for smoking at the Naval Page 5. POLICE A chase ends with a wreck on West Street. Page 11. CHEFS CHOICE A good time to begin a fit- ness diet is during the Super Bowl. Page 13. BUSINESS A cut in long-distance rates is in the making. Page 32. ENTERTAINMENT The U.S. Naval Academy Band gives aa eclectic concert. Page 28. IN WASHINGTON in the Grand Tradi- at the Library of Con- gress. Page 29. STATE Old Court owner Jeffrey Lev- itt will remain free another week. Page 4. A judge today convicted a Sikh bodyguard of assassinat- ing Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Page 2. The U.S. economy grew a sluggish 2.3 percent last year. PageS. SPORTS The Washington Capitals got greedy last night and it almost cost them the game. Page 21. PEOPLE Restaurant manager Barb Forbes forgot to wear her glasses to so she was unable to read a note shoved under her nose by a would-be robber. Mrs. was sum- moned by a woman sitting in a booth in a Royal restaurant yesterday police said. The woman produced the holdup but Mrs. Forbes said she only saw a futxy piece of paper. couldn't read it because she kept shoving it in my face and I can't see things clearly when they are so said Mrs. who thought the woman wanted to apply for a Job. toe woman struck Mrs. Forbes on tbe bead with a bag containing a sawed-otf shotfan sad Tbe woman and moaapttrf were ar- retted two mflM away. Mrs. Forbes said. dWt work that hard to build a boatDeat to have somebody take Ute money. They have to Ute aw befcre they say money becaose I LOTTERY Nam ban drawn Three-digit Pick 4- INDCX 4 40 pages. Basnets Calendar It. I Photo by Bob Qllbcrt ELSIE CLARK near her Bloomsbury Square we moved in in was so nice you wouldn't believe EVICTED 11 public housing families must move. By KEVIN DRAWBAUGH Staff Writer Eleven families still living in Bloomsbury Square on St. John's Street were told last week that they must move out. The Annapolis Housing which is the has agreed to sell 21 of the public bousing project's 52 units to tbe state for million. Proceeds from the sale are to be used to construct 21 new units nearby. Arthur G. Strissel executive director of the housing said a contract with the state was signed last month. have about six months to work this out... We really want to work with Strissel told the tenants. they're our not yours We own them. You he added. The state wants to build a parking lot and new offices on the land occupied by the 21 old which are to be demolished. The units are adjactent to St. John's College. who live the 21-unit section will have to find a new place to Strissel In the 30-unit section that will be preserved is to be renovated under it separate program. Residents living there must he said. The residents of Bloomsbury Square have waited since 1966 for the day when the state government's bulldozers will plow through their homes. But for 20 an amazing history of government indecision has postponed that day some of the tenants believe indefi- nitely. is trying to make it seem like it's all final and see if he can't push us said Elsie who has lived in Bloomsbury since 1950. HouJinTauthority officials haye used sim- ilar scare tactics in the past- many on Page Col. as long-threatened complex faces end By KEVIN DRAWBAUGH Staff Writer Elsie Clark and her George a commercial waterman World War II moved into Blooms- bury Square in 1950. Back Mrs. Clark was so nice you wouldn't believe The apartment complex was built in the 1940s to house U.S. Navy personnel. After tbe the Annapolis Housing Authority bought it and converted it into 51 low-rent residences. For 20 the little group of 2-story garden apartment buildings was home to scores of families. Then a steady decline aggravated by an amazing history of gov- ernment indecision began. In Gov. Spiro Agnew told the housing authority that Bloomsbury Square stood in the way of a proposed parking lot and office building. In the state offered to buy the apartment planning to demolish it. In the housing authority agreed to sell for Five years none of the Bloomsbury Square tenants had moved out. The state threatened to condemn the property and seize it. Arthur G. Strissel housing authority executive protested. The state backed down and negotiations began anew. In a second sale contract was approved at a price of Still nothing happened. The new contract was subject to approval by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Federal agents ques- tioned the purchase price and withheld approval. By this the housing authority had stopped regular maintenance. The apart- ments began to fall apart and as they on Page CoL Major flu bug stings county More than 1 out of 5 workers are bedridden By SCOTT LAUTENSCHLAGER Staff Writer If Johnny woke up this morning and said he was there's a good chance he wasn't faking it to avoid an Algebra test. WKb several Anne Arundel schools having reported absentee rates of 20 percent or tbe flu apparently is making its first major assault of tbe winter on the according to health officials. Tbe scbools most affected are in north and west-central said Charles spokesman for tbe county Health DepartmebL. would expect that it would eventually appear in tbe southern schools as be said. Reports of absenteeism rates ranging from 10 to 24 percent began coming in on Jan. Yost said. Schools do not report absentee rates to tbe health department until they hit 10 percent Absenteeism seems to have moderated this week with only Lake Shore Elementary School reporting a rate above 20 percent. Twenty-five of tbe county's 101 scbools report- ed rates above 10 percent Students are missing school because of a illness with symptoms such as cougbs and Yost said There are indications that many of those children are being joined at borne by parents who are missing work with a similar illness At Manpower Temporary Services in An- service representative Melissa Wine- berg said her agency is feeling effects from all directions. lot of our customers are calling in because their secretaries have the she said. But at the same nearly 35 percent of tbeir are unavailable be- cause of tbe flu. There also has been an upswing of flu patients at Anne Arundel General Hospital's emergency according to spokeswoman Lisa Hillmtn. People of all ages ire complaining of sore weakness and she said M Page Col. Boater classes rapped Bill mandates safety training By PAT RIVIERE Staff Writer Boaters and maritime industry representa- tives are hoping to sink a bill that would require Maryland boat operators to complete a safety course. For the second consecutive opponents of mandatory boating safety education outnum- bered supporters yesterday in a hearing before the Senate Economic and Environmental Af- fairs Committee. Only representatives of the Department of Natural Resources and the Baltimore County marine police turned up to support the bill. Sen. Raymond R-Carroll de- fended his proposal with statistics from DNR claiming that Maryland has three times more fatalities on the water per boats than other states. is incumbent on the Maryland General Assembly to put an end to death and de- said. on the Maryland Beck's bill would General Assembly bered boat on Mary- death and course approved by Maryland waters. DNR. Boaters would _ Ray receive a certifi- D which they R-CarroH County must be able to produce for marine police upon request. But Hide executive director of the Marine Trades Association of said he believes the bill is unenforceable. is still inconceivable to us how DNR can monitor and watch over to people on the Blacklstone said. Sgt. Louis a DNR boating safety said that marine police would spot- check boaters to determine those who had failed to pass the safety course. He estimated the program would cost about a year. In first the program would be funded with an anticipated in fees for the boating safety certificates. Under Beck's warnings would be issued to violators beginning July 1987. But a year boat owners who could not show a certificate would be' subject to a fine for the first offense. Subsequent offenses within two years would carry a fine up to three months imprison- ment or both. The bill exempts anyone operating a boat for commercial out-of-state boaters visit- ing the state for up to 00 days and beaters from other countries who visit up to 90 days. Only one person on a sailboat would be required to have a safety certificate. DNR would be allowed to issue certificates to people who completed a boating safety course after Jan. 1981 the date when major changes in channel markings and navigation aids became effective. Last similar proposals in the House and Senate were shippped off for summer legislative study. Del. George D- Glen chaired the boating safety com- mittee that recommended against mandatory boating safety courses. Schmincke last year sponsored legislation requiring boating safety but this year be is going along with his committee's recom- mendations. Beck also has introduced anoth- er measure that would require anyone under 16 years of age to complete a boating safety course. It further requires anyone con- victed of a boating violation to complete such a course. sponsored this with great Beck told the committee. simply better than M Get 75 want posh center to 'check out' By JUDI PERLMAN Soata Cotaty Staff Writer Fearing a proposed executive con- fereace center near tbe Sootb River could become nothing more than a UvtsB resMenU of a nearby comisiinity voted overwhelmingly this week to oppose tbe facility Atari 75 residents of Harbor a fashtoaaMe Jit-borne tasjfcaaity adjseeat to proposed aff tight after they H VMM sdmK traatlavt Rouse 4 a Columbia- based real estate finance is purchasing 710 acres of farmland sjear tbe South River to build a plusb gotf coarse and waterfront confer eace center for business executives Ninety-seven percent of tbe land wottd remain open space. Tbe company needs a commercial- reemtfoaal special exception to the aVA seeing tor the property. Comae- laptaaaaUtlias will present their at Feb. I. The nearby ATM Civic bas aajfelW SBIBB as the Aaajapoaa Center. Project manager Mike who attended tbe Harbor HiBs that the facfflty is a adseapBrabeBsiaa. One it sftaste a hotel at tbe end of a dead-end with nothing other than s small sign on a stone gate. That's not bow you create a Power said created this especially to attract conference He that although more than percent of tbe facility would be geared toward conference K weald accept other tao. cannot practically exclude people who come for short visits. Tbey will be affloeat who can afford tbe Nakber from a practical Bar an standpoint can they be Power said. Plans for tbe center include a four-story building with a 7J.foot high slanted-glass atrium. It also wooM bare a ball banquet and maettnf a t2D-space parking and S2S em- ployees. Tbe golf course would resemble tbe plush public course in Pebble Beacb. Calif. Local residents could ate tbe golf course for a Power said. About 100 acres wffl be left as a baflar between Harbor Hills and tftjt Bow Power said. One of the bfcgect surprises to the residents is tbe Harbor Hflss raHiuU Tom WQaoa said. people wffl be at M aa Paaa Cat
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