Capital, The (Newspaper) - May 28, 1986, Annapolis, Maryland Retail Ads Business Classified Circulation Newsroom 268-5000 268-5000 268-5000 ital Tomorrow's A few For see page 11. GOOD PONT FORGET THE ANNAPOLIS Holistic Health Center will sponsor a free lecture on to the at to- night in the board room of the Board of Education 2644 Riva Road. CITYSCAPE THE DROUGHT has a good side for those tired of mowing the lawn. Page 33. KENT ISLAND SOME QUEEN Anne's Coun- ty officials and developers think state legislation to pro- tect the bay probably won't work. Page 29. DR. GOTT LOW BLOOD sugar can cause fatigue. Page 7. CHEF'S CHOICE IT'S NEVER too late for good nutrition. Page 13. ENTERTAINMENT THE ITALIAN Festival is coming. Page 26. IN WASHINGTON LIFE UNDER the sea is the of this exhibit. Page 27. STATE RONALD W. PELTON tele- phoned Soviet officials to ar- range a nighttime meeting to sell them secrets. Page 4. NATION REAGAN be will disregard limits set by a 1979 treaty on U.S. and Soviet nuclear weapons unless Soviet cheating stops. Page 2. CONSUMERS may be spared millions of dollars in higher monthly telephone bills by a Supreme Court ruling. Page 3. BOATING THREE COMPETITORS in the Great Ocean Race plucked a 68-year-old man from wfeck- age in the Atlantic Saturday. Page 21. SPORTS STEFFI GRAF continued her winning streak beat- ing American Gretchen Rush to advance to the third round of the French Open. Page 21. PEOPLE Tatam who gained fame as a child and John known as a bad boy of now have a child. Miss O'Neal gave birth to 8- 11- ounce Kevin John McEn- I roe on Fri- and j mother and went I home Mon- day in good I health. Miss and who have traveled together on the tennis at first denied rumors she was pregnant has been ab- sent from competition since January He said be decided to Uke that off because be was men- UUy and physically exhausted tod wanted J0 spend tune with Mitt For look at other people tn the oers see psfe 3 LOTTERY Numbers drawn jesterdaj Three-digit 2SJ pick 4 INDEX 4 44 pages Citendsr CUffiffed Ads Crossword Pottee Beat TeterMoB ttstiags 6 34-40 31 11 11 27 MAY 1986 25 Cents 5-cent tax cut eyed Council rejects big reductions By CHRISTINE NEUBERGER Staff Writer The county auditor yesterday urged the County Council to slash nearly million or 16 cents on the tax rate from next year's budget. The council retained many of the major items targeted by county Aud- itor Joseph H. Novotny. But Novotny predicted the panel still could slice 3 cents off the property tax rate when it adopts the fiscal 1987 budget tomorrow. guarantee we'll take another 3 off but I doubt if there will be County Council worn an Maureen T. said. County Executive 0. James Lighthizer's budget pro- poses a 3-cent cut in the tax to per of assessed property value. The spending plan and new rate will go into effect July 1. Many of the cutbacks recommend- ed by Novotny were savings in employee adjusted utility costs and cuts in supplies and equip- ment. In straw the council reject- ed many of the large preserv- ing plans to keep urban renewal staff members and to hire 10 teach- ers for gifted a park super- intendent and receptionists for two county agencies. of fact Ba tetfephone three civilian jobs for the fire department and a public affairs officer for the county Board of Edu- cation. The council may reject or reduce spending in Lighthizer's budget but cannot add to it except in education. But the council may restore up to the Board of Education's request. The operating budget comple- ments a million The Capital con- struction budget that Novotny characterized as overly ambitious. He urged the council to scale back the program. But council members rescued nu- merous many of them park and storm drain projects that will benefit their own districts. Following the daylong budget- on Page Col. Lawsuit prompts a delay In transfer of TV franchise. Page 33. photo LIGHTNING can be deadly If you are caught out on the water. f Md. not hotbeds for thunderstorm activity By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON Playing golf or boating or just walking by farm machinery can expose people to the threat of weather experts warn. But there are ways to reduce the danger. The powerful electrical phe- nomenon most common in warm summer weather poses an added threat -as more people head outdoors to work or enjoy recreational pursuits. July is the most dangerous followed by August and according to records kept by the National Climatic Data Center. Their files record lightning fatalities between 1959 and an annual average of 98 The toll was down somewhat last with 73 fatalities re- including a New York farm hand killed by a second strike while being rushed to a hospital after his first lightning injury. Other incidents in 1985 in- volved a ball of lightning that demolished a home and a bolt that set off explosives within a coal federal records Continued on Page Col. Boat death cause eyed Police await results of Coppola autopsy By JEFF DAVIS Staff Writer Investigators are trying to deter- mine why a boat carrying the sons of movie director Francis Ford Cop- pola and actor Ryan O'Neal ran into a tow rope connecting two boats on the South River Monday. Gian Carlo was killed when his rented boat ran into the knocking him down in the boat and causing severe injuries to the back of his head. Griffin Patrick who apparently ducked to avoid the suffered cuts and a sprained shoul- der but refused treatment. Sgt. Millard investigator for the Department of Natural Re- sources said yesterday he is awaiting results of toxicology tests taken during an autopsy. At this there is no evidence of alcohol or drug Waddell said. Police are still interviewing he said. Asked why they ran into the tow Waddell can't an- swer So the investigation has showed of Apple was driving the 1980 14-foot McKee Craft runabout powered by a 50-horsepower Mercury engine. sort of theorize at this point that the smaller vessel struck the tow line and that in turn tore the Jbow ran striking Mr. GIAN CARLO COPPOLA tow line threw him to deck. ing his head on a portion of the Waddell said. Coppola's head apparently struck the top of the outboard engine which was uncovered. The rope apparently caught a rail on the boat's bow and snapped in the direction of Coppola and O'Neal. believe they saw the rope but it was too late to take evasive Waddell said. Waddell declined to release infor- mation from a statement O'Neal gave but said the young actor gave a that the rope linking the two boats was 150 feet long. The occupants of the two tow vessels have not been identified Asked if it would be safe to dnve between two boats 150 feet Waddell said probably would not be a good practice Waddell said he did not know if either man had boating experience GRIFFIN PATRICK O'NEAL suffered slight shoulder injury. Waddell said that O'Neal estimat- ed his boat was going about 15 or 20 knots when It hit the tow rope. Asked if that was excessive Waddell that particular Matt a witness .who arrived at the scene minutes after the acci- said he heard O'Neal say Coppola was driving and they tried to it between the two boats Jayne said O'Neal indicated they thought there was a chance they'd on Page Col. Sinking of Pride linked to 'microburst' By EFFffi COTTMAN Staff Writer BALTIMORE Weather forecast- ers had no way to predict the sudden gust of wind that toppled the Pride of according to testimony yesterday at a federal inquiry on the accident The Pride probably was hit by a a brief blast of cold air that drops vertically from a cloud at speeds up to 200 according to forecaster Raymond E. Biedinger of the National Weather Service in Coral Fla. These gusts of which also have been blamed for plane crashes could have sent a blinding spray of water onto the he said Crew members have testified that the wind suddenly swelled to about 80 knots as they were hit starboard by a wall of water that sank the Pride at noon May 14 The ship sank in one minute and the storm subsided 10 minutes later was entirely possible for some thing like that to as a result of a Biedinger said There is no warning of these fierce gusts of which can strike an area a few yards to a few miles he said They rarely last longer than 15 he said They may occur Bie dmger said of them go un- noticed but the few that unfortunately cause loss of life are the ones you hear about Satellite photographs and maps recording pressure systems can't pinpoint such small and brief phe nomenon that far off be said Forecasters also rely on reports from ocean-going ships But those reports are infrequent and don't cover large he said No ships near the Pride had report ed humcane-force he said Weather forecasted at am May 14 predicted 15 knot although the Pride crew said they were sailing that morning in 30 knot winds By 11'30 a m forecasters had received reports of stronger winds Their broadcast around warned of more severe condi- with gusty high seas and thunderstorms the captain never re- ceived that Biedinger said Biedinger's testimony is designed to help the U S Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board determine why the Pride sank and whether the accident could have on Page Col. On patrol College students fill gap for police at City Dock By KEVIN D1AWBAUGH Staff Writer Chances are Robyn Black will never have to tell crtmuul m- pert to my But tike 20-year-otd AroDdel Community College law-enforce- meat uft sbe'i ready to viA beat Md enforce the taw on Ctty Dock tun ftm row- After two years of ruling about rt in Ms BUck viO toon eiperfeace police wort firttfeand as ooeof group of students hired by the Annspotts Department under a new internship program AS OMBflMMty fCfVpQt the students won't lure goai or nightsticks tod they won't br lowed to arrest anyone But they wtti be empowered direct traffic aod issue parking littering otfcer municipal violations They students will earn acadr- crsitt and per at well city PoUct Chief Joint C AACC President Thornat F resUno They will also add an mexpenv boost to police visibility and nontfufiy discourage when tfee bar scene into h fear ttti said Mayor IV- nfsCftJUbn The mayor swore to Ms Bb'i AT JME CITY DOCK Mayor in community service from Robyn Black. Crawford Brunori of yesterday morning along trttfe Carlo If. of Annapolis. Roger Crawford. of and Jeffery Harttove. II. of Unthtem They art all aopbo- mores A fifth student Mana D 19. of sworn in this morning After training at police headquar- the students will receive tpe- cial gray badges aod radios Their assignments could range from clerical duty in the station house to foot patrol on the dock internship is going to give M 12.