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Capital, The (Newspaper) - January 20, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Main Street plan OK'd by Sex charge leads to felony resorts work to ct first-time skiers Sit INTIRTAINMENT SECTION AL may take Hockey returns tonight DCTp ARCHIVES 312 LAUREL AVE LAUREL MD 20707 BREEZY PAGE A9 FRIDAY JANUARY MD HOME 25C 33C flew off the couch' Flrtflghtsrs spray water-on houM that txphxM and caught lira In Westminster ywterday after a cable telavMon contractor apparently cut Into a natural gn plpalbia. r v V Gas explosion rips apart Westminster community ASSOCIATED PRESS WESTMINSTER A powerful explosion day about 90 minutes after a contractor pierced a gas main reduced a vacant home to a smoldering pile of steel girders and timbers and damaged up to 50 other homes nearby. The explosion tore out the sides of other houses in the bedroom blew out windows and toppled said Bob deputy chief state fire marshal One person who suffered a seizure was treated and released at the scene. No other injuries were reported. At least 50 homes were and about 300 people sought shelter in an armory. Twenty of the houses were condemned. A contractor with a cable television company ruptured a natural gas line about 100 feet from the destroyed Deputy Fire Marshal Thomas said. All that remained of the two-story home was a pile of timbers and siding. Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. shut off the gas main and service to several houses about a half hour after learning that the 4-inch plastic pipe had been spokesman Art Slusark said. Officials checked houses in the area for leaks but couldn't get into the vacant house. The explosion occurred about 90 minutes later. gas can travel underground away from where it was Mr. Slusark said. wul seek any entry point as it moves through the ground so there have been incidents in the past where it has entered into the basement of the When the gas Clifton Keller was three doors away with his and 8-month-oId Brittany. The force of the which could be heard several miles blew out their bedroom window and damaged the roof. flew off the he said. that thing went off I could see parts of the house fly up the Francis said he was working in the basement of his home two doors away when the entire house shook. heard this explosion and thought an airplane had he said. When Mr. Carrigo went upstairs he found his back door blown the front door off its hinges and broken glass everywhere. A Maryland ttate trooper neighbors Nell ami Shelley SanfleU moments after the explosion. Thunderous alarm wakes up residents Morning storm dumps rain By THERESA WINSLOW Staff Writer A thunderstorm in look at it this at least it's not ice and snow. A fast-moving storm early this morn- ing dumped just under 1 inch of rain in about an hour at BWI Airport. How- no major flooding or accidents were reported in the county. Four-tenths of an inch of rain fell in Annapolis. on we're not having a problem this said state po- lice Sgi Steven who works out of the Glen Burnie barrack. About Baltimore Gas Electric Co. customers lost power including in Anne Arundel mostly from Annapolis to the south. As of all but custom- ers systemwide and 100 in the county were without power. -Everyone was expected to be back ia service by company spokesman Peggy Mulloy said. The brunt of the storm hit between and a.m. The caused by a low pressure system moving up the signaled the beginning of the end of the warm temperatures that have been lingering in the area. By the high temperatures will be in the upper which is colder than recent nighttime said Dick a forecaster for the National Weather Service at Batlimore- Washington International Airport. County police reported three acci- dents in a three-minute period from to but it was unclear if those were storm-related. The rain caused no problems on the Bay Bridge and only a slight bit of flooding at City Dock. Assistant Harbor- master Paul Coleman said he didnt expect any further flooding since the storm has passed. Although standing water was re- ported on some area none had to be closed flooding and no trees were said Lisa spokesman for the county Department Page Navy computers struck by ByDAVIDPEDREIRA Staff Writer The Naval Academy had to shut down the school's mammoth computer network last week after an apparent saboteur broke into the system and contaminated officials and sources said. The which links all academy buildings and midshipmen to a high- tech information was sealed off from regular use Jan. 13 after a user reported problems signing onto the academy officials said. Academy officials could not confirm that the problems were caused by a but two academy sources who asked not to be identified said Navy investigators believe a dis- gruntled employee broke into the sys- tem. Investigators found that four or five major pieces of the Naval Academy Data Network may have been damaged by said Doug Af- speculation that we were penetrated by an computer services executive director of computer services at the academy. Afdahl said the apparent in- truder could not have accessed any classified Navy or government tion through the or any files that manage business and finances at the school. The service was brought back on line in increments this week. Academy offi- cials said the full network was up again yesterday. Page Nuclear waste could pass through county INSIDE By MARY ELLEN LLOYD Staff Writer Nuclear waste headed for disposal in Nevada could pass by BWI Airport and cross the headwaters of the Severn River under a plan assailed by local groups this week. Under a bill proposed by Sen J Bennett radioactive waste from the'Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Plant in Lusby could be carried by rail through western Anne Arundel County to Baltimore on its way to Nevada as early as said members of Mary- land Public Interest Group and the Maryland Safe Energy Coalition Mr. Johnson's bill would require the government to build an interim storage facility at Yucca for the disposal of waste from about 100 nuclear power including the Southern Maryland plant owned by Baltimore Gas and Electric. The waste is now being stored at those plants. Johnston said his measure is meant as a stopgap until a permanent waste facility can be completed. The senator said the permanent facility authorized in a 1982 law may not be ready until 2010. Consolidation of the waste is neces- sary because some of the large tanks holding defense waste have already begun and. some civilian stor- age facilities are filling he said. A report released by the State of Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects predicted possible transport routes by truck and rail through 43 states to the Nevada site. Carl field organizer for Mary- said the maps show the most likely route would include trucking waste to Upper where it would be loaded onto trains for a trip through western Anne Arundel on the way to Pennsylvania. The rail line runs along the south- eastern edge of Fort George G. crosses Severn Run and passes along the western side of Baltimore- A I Former Annapolis High School art teacher Harry Slaughter was always ready to take on someone's whether It was a case of racial Inequity or helping to plan a car wash fund-raiser. When the Cape St Claire man died last week of cancer at age rite last battle trying to eradicate. the school violence he had been victi- mized by was still being waged. Cl Health regulations may be hot ticket for General Assembly 4 Annapolis Arundel Report Calendar Campus News In Capital Classified. Beat Club Notes... Crossword..... Death Notices Portions of The Capital are printed each day M recycled paper. The ntwipaper alto recyclable. Classified 268-7000 Circulation 268-4800 By MARY ELLEN LLOYD Staff Writer John Lamb of Annapolis thought the health insurance plan for state workers finally had some teeth in it. This year it covered cleanings and other dental said Mr. who works in the Annapolis office of the Department of Social Services. But then he found out his family dentist couldn't get on a list of dentists authorized to treat workers through his Bethesda-based health maintenance organization. Now Mr. Lamb faces trying one of four authorized dentists in Annapolis not much of a he thinks or paying for the services himself. Large doctors and other health care providers expect Mr Lamb's dilemma to be a major battle for the second year in Maryland's General Assembly. Del. Michael E. chairman of the House Economic Mat- ters Committee which reviewed many we doing it because there's a or are we doing it because we regulate barbershops and beauty Thomas D-Baltlmore County bills concerning the issue last said he'll search for a balance between allowing HMOs to manage costs and ensuring that good medical practices aren't unfairly forced out of business. Although taxes and crime could re- ceive significant attention this he and others believe several measures will be considered that could affect health care and patients' pocketbooks. Lawmakers could be looking at regu- lations with November's elections fresh in their minds. message coming from Washing- ton is 'Get government off our said Senate Finance Committee Chair- man Thomas D-Baltimore County. He spoke during a committee hearing Tuesday on a statewide task force's recommendation that Maryland begin licensing centers for outpatient sur- mammography and dialysis we doing it because there's a or are we doing it because we regulate barbershops and beauty he asked. The same task force Is recommend- ing that lawmakers and regulators require HMOs to have written stan dards for accepting care to provide reasonable notice and oppor- tunity for providers to apply and to establish methods for appealing. Many chiro- practors and other caragivers argue HMOs arbitrarily restrict patient choice to increase corporate profits. But Page j t i i
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