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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - February 4, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               SIMPSON TEARS Nicole's sister describes breaks down A2 TD LAUREL MD A. Denlse Brown wipes her eye while testifying. Shot at buzzer makes Anindel a A couple's home budding SNOW DETAILS. PAGE A7 SATURDAY FEBRUARY 4. 1995. MD HOME 25C NEWSSTAND. 33C Capital graphic City parks receive present Staff Writer On the day they left former governor William Donald Schaefer and transportation secretary 0. James Lighthizer made a gift to the city worth toward completing the Annapo- lis Pathways project. In a letter to Mayor Alfred A. Hop- kins dated Jan. 18 the day Parris N. Glendening tookroer astfie new gover- nor Mr. also a former county announced the award of federal funding for pathway and bridge construction in areas around old Wiley H. Bates High School and behind the Maryland Hall for Performing Arts. is the middle said Alder- man Ellen 0. D-Ward who has been an advocate for finishing the 38-mile pathway project through the city. is a major While the funding will not complete the system of walkways and bike it will allow the city to finish more than a mile of paving work and bridge construction along paths already used by many city residents. Among the sections awarding the funding for a Truxtun Park including replacement of an existing wooden bridge crossing Page Area braces for snowstorm 16 By David W. Capital v at the Giant Food store at the Festival at Rtva chopping center Shannon of and Usa Creamer of Rtva Joined a threnf of In anticipation of the weekend snowstorm. At outside the HecMnger store In Amos Mos of Sevema Park readies to dig out from the forecasted accumulation. Warnings of 4 to 8 Inches of snow starting after midnight packed area stores. ay J. Capital Residents scurry for shovels By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer Martin Meyerhoff heard the weath- er forecast yesterday morning and didn't want to stick around his Wash office to see if it would come true. By 3 he had made a quick stop at the Giant Food store in Parole to pick up some juice and ice and he was on his way home. not taking my he still wearing a jacket and tie heading starting a Fire and I'm not leaving the house until Sun- While not everyone was taking such the Annapolis area col- lectively braced itself yesterday for what forecasters said would be the first major snow storm of this winter From long supermarket lines to Stores that were out of shovels and the signs of the area's prepara- tions were everywhere. Stores were crews were set to plow local and forecasters were preparing to work overtime. All of it came in anticipation of a storm that was supposed to drop between 4 and 8 inches of snow around starting at mid- night The which is expected to blanket states from the Midwest to was expected to drop snow on the area until around noon today. To forecasters said that once the snow the area will.still be plagued today by stiff winds and some of the winter's chilliest dipping into the teens. going to be a miserable said Amet a National Weather Service forecaster. Page state income tax cut tops GOP proposals Republicans in the House of Dele- gates threw down the gauntlet on the tax issue proposing a 6 percent cut in the state income tax. The tax bill is part of a legislative package introduced in the House that would implement the state GOP con- tract with voters proposed last fall by elected officials and candidates for of- fice. Also included are bills to ban gifts from lobbyists to limit the growth of the budget and require a three-fifths vote of the legislature to increase the sales or income taxes. Similar bills are being introduced in the Senate. House Minority Leader Robert Kittle- said he thinks chances are very good that some sort of tax cut bill wiH pass the House. a lot less chance it will pass the and even less it would be signed by the he said. Gov. Parris Glendening has promised an income tax cut during his four-year but opposes a reduction this year because he does not know how state finances will be affected by possible federal tax cuts and budget reductions. Mr. Glendening has proposed putting any surplus into a rainy day fund to guard against future budget problems. House Speaker Casper favors cutting taxes this year and has proposed a 3 percent income tax cut. Mr. Taylor does not want to let Republicans get the jump on the tax cut but also does not want to openly oppose Glendening at the beginning of his administration on a major issue. Sen. Vernon R-Baltimore said he could not predict what the Senate will do. But the Republican deputy minority leader said since the legislature will be considering some business tax cuts to improve the eco- nomic development might not be that wise to push The House Republican tax bill would eliminate the 2 percent tax on the first of taxable income and would increase the standard deduction from to That would reduce income tax revenues by more than million a Kittleman said. Mr. Taylor's plan would also elimi- nate the first tax bracket and would increase the personal exemption by a 3 percent cut costing the state about million. Kittleman said the Republican ethics bill would prohibit lobbyists from buying drinks and gifts for legislators. He had hoped to include some but said the bill was put in as a total ban.because Republi- cans ran into problems trying to figure out which exemptions to include. Several other including some by Democratic have been intro- duced to ban'or restrict gifts. Mr. Kittleman believes a lobbyist bill will pass this and said it probably will be put together by the House Commerce and Government Matters Committee. INSIDE AMJMDEL Danene Jones and her 11-year-old Michael like to watch the television Rescue which periodically features children rescuing parents In distress. The Annapolis woman found out her children can do as well as the kids on TV after she suffered an epHeptlc seizure recently. U Cost for overnight stay at AAMC drops Anindel Report.... Bl Lottery... Calendar_______ AS 06 A4 B4 A7 B8 ______D17 Sports................Cl-6 Dtatti NottcM-... D17 A6 Tetovtolon............. BS A7 TkJtf-.. Classified.......................268-7000 By MARY ELLEN LLOYD Staff Writer The price tag for overnight stays at Anne Anindel Medical Center dropped slightly last but it increased at North Arundel a state report released this week said. Both of the area's general hospitals continued to see more empty as the miracles of modern medicine and the pressures from insurance compa- nies paying the bills combined to get patients out the doors sooner. hospital prices increased 2.8 slightly lower than the national increase of about 3 according to the Health Services Cost Review Commission's annual report on hospital flnantet. The which sets hospital was surprised last year when rates increased at a faster rate than national increases for the first time in the group's 20-year history. The regula- tory system had some built-in measures that helped get rates back on the commission said AAMC's average charge per admis- sion dropped to from in fiscal year which ended June 30. North Arundel's average charge in- creased to from a 4 percent jump Both hospitals made hefty profits. Tax laws for nonprofit groups require any excess revenues over expenses to be put back into the health however. Page Annual hospital checkup Charges dropped slightly at Anne Arundel Medical Center last but increased at North Arundel Hospital. both hospitals have seen more empty beds as patients' stays have shortened. Nat annual profit or Flguru mundtd. Chargaa par admission to Anne Arundej Medical Center Ndrm'Alruridei'HoepltaT 1993 1994 million million 1993 1994 Occupancy rate iew 1991 1M2 IBM 1994 Anne Medical Center Health MrvfbM Con flmfew Commfcatan Capital graphic 3 babies show signs of drug poisoning By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer Anne Arundel Medical Center is investigating why three newborns in an intensive care unit showed signs of narcotics poisoning this week. Officials at the downtown Anna- polis hospital closed the children's critical care unit for 24 hours Wed- nesday after all three babies experi- enced breathing irregularities -a rarity for the unit After routine tests showed drugs in the children's urine hospital officials launched an Inves- which was continuing yes- terday. are not doing anything ex- cept to gather information in an objective said Beth the hospital's director for administra- tion and customer relations. Ms. Evins said she had no idea how the which has not been specifically could have'made their way into the three and did not rule out foul play. She said the hospital's investi- gation is being conducted Inter- nally. Police have not been con tacted. including respiratory de- are kept under lock and key hi the nursery unit. Hospital spokesman Carolyn Shenk said the drugs are inventoried between Pate   

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