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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - February 8, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               Special treats for your valentine SEE CHEF'S CHOICE Bl by Booth In closing ofupwt TERPS STOMP HEELS Simpkins dunk nation's top-ranked team Glendening bent election Patron trapped in car wash MICROFILMS BOX 1558 frLAURFL MD 20707 WEDNESDAY CLOUDY PAGE A1S FEBRUARY 1995. MD HOME 25C 33C GOP plan slashes 'surplus9 HIGHLIGHTS OF REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL Tin House Republican plan for cutting from Democratic Gov. Parrls Glendening's budget to pay proposed 6 percent tax cut savings of mHHon through a reduction In the an account used to cover unforeseen financial emergencies. Glendening has proposed setting aside million. Requiring state Medlcald recipients to receive their health care through a health maintenance saving million. Eliminating one-time-only anti- crime grants to Prince George's and Montgomery counties and Baltimore saving million. A one-time-only savings of million by reducing the fund. The governor has proposed putting million Into the account used to lure new businesses to Maryland. i A yearly savings of million by ending state funding for a proposed football stadium In the Camden Yards area of Baltimore. An unspecified cut of million In the Department of Economic and Employment Development. The GOP plan would leave It up to the administration on how the cut would be although Republican leaden suggest eliminating the State Arts Council and the Maryland Tourism Board. A annual savings through general belt- tightening measures. Spending reductions would pay for state tax cut Claiming the state is in surplus House Republicans yesterday proposed cutting million in state spending next year to pay for a 6 percent tax cut. The proposed tax cut would be the first installment on a 24 percent state income tax reduction that GOP leaders promised in their Contract with Maryland last GOP leaders refused to say whether they'll seek more tax cuts. will address the tax cuts one year at a said Del. Robert R-Howard. don't know what we are going to do next The OOP's own arithmetic would seem to make additional tax cuts diffi- cult to achieve. Of the million in proposed spending million would be one-time-only leaving about million in permanent yearly reduc- tions. A 6 percent tax costs the state about million and by the fourth a 24 percent cut would cost nearly million each year. In Congress is likely to sharply reduce aid to the states in an effort to cut the federal deficit. House Republicans said there's no reason why the General Assembly can't provide taxpayers with relief in fiscal Their proposed 6 percent cut would put about into the bank account of the average family of four. is all common-sense said Del. Janet R-Crofton. is what got me Democratic Gov. Parris Glendening has said he doesn't think the state can afford a tax cut in fiscal 1996. Mindful of the threat of reductions in federal the governor wants to put million into a savings with hopes of using the money for a tax cut near the end of his first term. The Republican proposal outlined yesterday would reduce that savings account the Rainy Day Fund by leaving million to meet financial emergencies. The GOP plan also would eliminate a million grant Mr. Glendening has proposed to give Baltimore city and Montgomery and Prince George's coun- ties for anti-crime initiatives. Del. John R the vice chairman of the county delega- said if the money is left the formula for doling it out should be changed to give the funding to the areas with the highest rate of violent crime. Under that he said Balti- more and Prince George's County would still receive but Anne Arundel would be a more likely recipi- ent than Montgomery County. Mr. Glendening's plan to put million into a fund to help attract new business to Maryland also came under GOP fire yesterday. the Republican cau- cus feels this is welfare for Flanagan said. The GOP proposed cutting the ac- count to million. Mr. Glendening noted that Maryland is in a tough fight to attract hew Page Taking food from elderly By Mark M. OdeH The Capttrt ttaub and Anita Miller share lunch wtth several dozen other seniors at the AnnapoHa Senior Center. Many centers fear federally- lunches may fall victim to warfare reform. Seniors fear reform will eat up meals By MARK DAVENPORT StaffWriter Betty Wheelton thinks the new Congress is going make her go hungry when it enacts welfare reform. The Arnold widow andrrtany other county senior citizens fear that they'D lose the meals they rejy on each day for the bulk of their nutrition and social contact go to Arnold Senior Citizen Centerevery day. in a letter to The Capital. need that meal as I'm on a fixed Their fears come not only from the tough rhetoric from new Republicans on Capitol but also the complicated draft of the Personal Responsibility Act Billed as part of the with the act rewrites vast portions of the welfare turning over large portions to the states with block grants to set op their own programs. The bfD stipulates the percentage of the money that must be spent on children and infants. But there are currently no requirements to fund services to seniors. That's what worries Janette who runs the nutrition and community service programs for the state Department of Aging. She fears that the senior nutrition programs will be jeopardized in a highly political state grab at the money. are terribly concerned with she said. Page Stone fights for pension he feels owed ByBARTJANSEN Staff Writer A formercounly official at the center of a million pension scandal is fighting to get his pension back. Jeffrey L who served only one week in a post that initially qualified him for a lucrative argues in a Board of Appeals case to be heard this month that a county legal decision should not have removed lifetime bene- fits estimated at But former county attorney Judson P. Garrett ruled in July that 17 including Mr. did not belong in the Appointed and Elected Pension Plan because their jobs failed to qualify. When the council corrected the prob- lem for the rest of the Mr. Stone was left out. He's now appealing the former personnel director's rejec- tion of his pension. A hearing is sched- uled Feb. 28. Mr. who now lives m Kensing- has repeatedly refused to discuss his pension. His Ronald H. could not be reached for comment. Reclaiming a pension would give Mr. Stone about per plus a 3 percent annual cost-of-Iiving adjust- after he turns 50 on Oct. If he lived to be he would earn more than the regular worker's pension under the more lucrative according to calculations by The Capi- tal. Publicity about his case made Mr. Stone the poster boy for a pension scandal estimated at one point to cost taxpayers million. A 1989 bill Page Teens convicted for Meade melee By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer Four teens at the center of a brawl at Meade High School last fall were con- victed yesterday on various charges by a judge who condemned their actions. Presiding in an unusual open session of Juvenile Circuit Court Judge Eugene M. Lerner told the foursome that their participation in the Sept. 30 which hospitalized one faculty was inexcusable. schools in this county are going to remain safe safe for teachers and safe for he said. court is not going to tolerate The judge found three of the boys guilty of assault with intent to assault and battery and assault for the vicious beating of librarian Donald Gobbi. The veteran faculty member was beaten and kicked repeatedly as he tried to pull students apart. The fourth boy was found guilty of disturbing school activities for trying to hit another teacher. Judge Lerner will sentence the teen- agers March 6. At the four who are 15 to 17 years old can be kept in a juvenile facility until they're 21. Mr. who-testified Monday and watched'the proceedings de- clined to comment on the verdict. Hospitalized with neck and spinal injuries after the he still walks with a uses a cane and doesn't Page INSIDE The witness says he first heard the be- tween and p.m. on June mournful cry that punctured the darkness and continued sporadically for at least an hour. sounded Hke a Very unhappy Pabto Fenjves testified yesterday In the OJ. Simpson trial. A2 Weight guidelines too says study Arundel Report 01 AikaVet.............. A7 B8 Capital Camera... B4 02 B7 CroMwordi--------- W Death B6 World.......... A6 A14 Entertainment Kentltland...... Lottery---------- ObttuwlM....... Police Beat.... Watt County.. B4 .....A10 A4 B4 A15 A15 ....Cl-4 B5 A16 .....A12 rt 77w Capital printed each day on recycled paper The newspaper atoo ClMiHM.............-........268-7000 Circulation.....................268-4800 ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO Lenient federal weight guidelines are encouraging men and women to be too heavy for their own researchers say. A study of more than nurses found that middle-aged women should be far leaner than the standard recom- mendations to have healthy with even a 10-pound change making a significant difference in risk. a complacency about over- weight among both health professionals and the general said Dr. JoAnn E. co-director of women's health at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. a misconception that weight is a cosmetic issue rather than a health she said. truth is that overweight is very much a health Women of averap weight had about a 50 percent higher risk of having a heart attack than women who weighed 15 percent less than the U S. the study found. And women who gained just 15 to 25 pounds in early to middle adulthood had a 65 percent greater risk than women who gained fewer than 10 Dr. Manson said. don't want to be scaring people with these but we have been overly complacent about obesity and weight gain in she said. She recommended increasing physi- cal lowering the fat and calorie content of the diet and eating more vegetables and grains. Increases in body fat are linked with increases in the risk of high blood' abnormal blood cholesterol heart strokes and some including ovar- ian. and In prostate found that about 40 percent of all heart attacks that occur in middle- aged women are due to Dr. Manson said Similar results' are found in she said. The published in today's issue of The Journal of the American Medical found that a S-foot-6-inch woman had the lowest risk if she weighed less than 130 pounds. At the same a weight of 130 to 142 pbunds carried about a 20 percent Page   

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