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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - February 18, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               Replacements turn off O's Cl Earnhardt wins IROC IT'S TEA TIME Pasadena home features antique collection Dl Investigations plague Clinton and PO SUNNY PAGE All SATURDAY FEBRUARY 18. MD HOME 25C NEWSSTAND 3 5c Six4ane proposal would save Crofibii's Drought-iron gates C7 For the first members a. Route 3 task force are saying they like a plan to run a six-lane freeway that would carry vehicles daily past Croftoh's main gate. The resident-group's informal conditional 4- support at a meeting Wednesday night end -a dispute goes back to the when residents blocked a proposed Interstate 97 spur. you're showing us is highly Crofton Civic Association President Edwin F. a task force told state highway planners after a two-hour meeting at Bowie's City Hall. But Mr. Dosek said he isn't con- vinced that an expressway that runs along the current Route 3 path beats a bypass to the west. Jfance to although it would be in th6 shadow of a new over- The cost of compensating businesses for reduced access will he factored into SHA staff members said. The plan was presented to about 20 -task that's going to weigh heav- he said. The draft freeway plan would pre- serve the brick-and-wrought iron en- Grofton by Norlne Walkk Jihd of the Greinet engi- neering firm in Tunonium. It includes a partially elevated segment through Crofton. The road is projected to carry vehicles a day by the year 2010 about double the current traffic load. a tot -of people- showed here's something concrete to look said Tom Calla-' who represents the.Crofton Cham- ber of Commerce on the task force. I can understand how I will have to change the way I go to the grocery .The.c.urxentnp.rthbo.undJanesjiYould become a service road north of Craw- ford Boulevard. At Crawford a traffic roundabout would be constructed for SHA. Graham Landscape Architecture This traffic overpass Mid service road at .Crofton's main gate are part of one plan under consideration for expansion of Route 3. local traffic. bicyclists and pedestrians bound from Crofton to businesses on the west side of the freeway would go beneath an overpass to Cronson Boulevard. Crofton residents wanting to head south on Route 3 would cross beneath the overpass and turn left onto an entrance ramp. Those going north would take the service road past Route 424 to another ramp. An Exxon station and the Crofton Post Office would not be affected by the plan. BuMt appears that a Citizens NatibriirBahk oranch would Have to be demolished. aim is not to close down during construction or as a result of the Ms. Walker said. One was to avoid mixing local and through traffic. __T_qJhat ..the. E.L. Gardner concrete plant west of Cron- son Boulevard would take a new Professional north to a ramp for southbound Route 3. Northbound trucks bound for the concrete plant bear east and south on a ramp just past the McDo- nald's cross a new bridge carry. ville Road over Route and head south on Professional Boulevard. ROUTE Page in prison By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer Despite contentions that he was a vic- tim of a Shady Side man who raped and murdered'an Annapolis woman was sentenced to life in prison without parole yesterday. Alvin W. was sentenced for killing Margaret Courson in the early morning hours of Dec. Circott Coiut Judge Bruce C. Williams handed down the sentence after rejecting Gross' motion for a new trial on the grounds that the 12-person jury in his case had only one black member. Gross is and Ms. Courson was white. After his father and others lit into the local justice Judge Wil- liams defended the December verdicts and said the former high school basketball star had shown no uuiiipaHskin for Ms. COUP' son. you're In a position of judging another human you don't let race get involved especially m the judge said. destroyed a life and hi doing did terrible things to this victim. And there was no reason for Judge Williams said later. think he deserves to lose his life jnst as she of 4856 AtweD was con- victed of first-degree kid- napping and a handgun violation. Prosecutors said the Annapolis JiMh WkwhrW OMB tvtf into thv county CMNBIUQM in SMiteftctd to Hit wNJiMit for tfM rapt and miraot of Marfarat' By Sob OHbwt Capita Common. who witnesses testified bad been drinking was picked op by Gross in the City Dock area of Annapolis around 3 a.m. She was raped and shot four times before being dumped next to a south county cornfield. partially clad body was discovered about 7 a.m. the same day. While Gross was tied to Ms. Courson's death through DNA fibers from her clothing found to Ids truck and a friend's he denied involvement. At the weeklong his parents and brother testified he was home the morning of the murder and that he had sex with Ms. Courson in his truck Dec. an explanation for why her belongings were there. In a sometimes Wtter Gross1 father testified that the convictions must have resulted from racism on the jury's part. know what my son did. You just didn't believe said the Seville referring to his trial testimony. thought racism was far from this but dealing now with I don't see how no one can see Alvin Gross echoed his father's corn- denying responsibility for the mur- der and refusing to apologize. was sorry that justice has not been Page Panel gives 65mph limit a green light By TODD SPANGLER Staff Writer A House committee yesterday approved a bill raising the speed limit on rural Maryland to 65 mph. but it stripped provisions increasing Tines and banning radar detectors. The Commerce and Government Matters Committee voted 17-3 for Gov. Parris N. Glendening's with local Del. Virginia P. D-West against the bill. The panel refused to go along with Mr. Glendening's radar-detector ban and his proposal to raise the Tine for driving 10 mph orjnore above the speed limit from S500 to Lawmakers also eliminated a provision that would have cost speeders three points on their licenses for driving from 66 mph to 75 mph. The measure keeps the penalty at one with a gradual increase as the violation gets higher. Although Mr. Glendening put the stricter penalties and the detector ban in his legislation in order to calm fears that a 65 mph limit would make highways more he has said he does not intend to veto the bill if those measures have been eliminated. For eight former governor William Donald Schae- fer stonewalled the 65 mph promising it if it reached his desk. But Mr. Glendening made clear his'intent to pass the believing that people already are driving faster than 55 mph on particularly those in rural parts of designed for higher speeds. The measure now heads to the full House of Delegates for a then to the Senate. Highway Safety advocates vowed to fight the bill on the House floor and in the Senate State Highway Administration officials report that Inter- state 97 from Route 50 to the Route 3 Business split in Glen Bumie would be designated a 65 mph zone much of .Route 50 between Annapolis and the Washington Beltway would have the higher speed limit Yesterday's defeat of the radar detector han represented a legislative victory for lobbyist Bruce C. Bereano. who works for detector interests in Maryland. INSIDE AMIINDB. The struggle to ban billboards that advertise smoking could come to Anne Arundel County if a County Council member has his way. U. Anjndei Report Calendar Classified Comics CrosswotJ Editorials Bl A7 D7 Obrtuanes Beat C8 Peltgtoo 016 Sports........ AlO Stocks...... Lottery fides AS All All B6 Cl-7 .85. All .268-7000 CtanHtod....................................... drcutotton...................................... From M ottwr Lll Cost may delay state scholarship reform ByTODD SPANGLER Staff Writer Expected reform of a million schol- arship program controlled by lawmakers is in doubt this year because higher education officials say it would cost too much for the state to administer it. Senate leaders said this week that the Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. said that 1995 could be the year to get rid of the controversial scholarship the only one of its kind in the natkm. Reform of the program seemed to be moving ahead this but Ms. Aery said Tuesday that senators receive the bulk of the million to disburse reaches the same middle-class sta- tfjfcnts BOW served and is split equally the state's 47 legislative districts. 6ot Higher Education Secretary Snaila ft. Aervsaid scbotarshipa out of the hands of leftihrton and putting them of kwl omndMes in each oMtattaastfl Giving OK money to same sort of often based on merit as well as need. Dividing the money equally among the itote'i 47 districts Keeping the tool coomHteei that bwtschoieihJpOBndidatet. would coat about who w0 bt want it by committee. That meant I have to hand-do them and that means I need more people to do like to .serve that same popula- that's noted Mr. D-Prtnce George's. Gov. Parris N. Glendening said the idea of spending II million to administer a tlnM that amount lacked ouuuuuu they really sbonld do to rtd of it he said. The only other option would be to dump funding tor the legislative program mto ulC fltttt f pEMTeU fluMlaVSUp ftaML Bttft all of money it doted out baaed solely Jan. who 'w laaW Mi at fcVrftd a But the clock Is ticking on the 1995 legislature. The halfway point on the 90-day session is little more than a week sway. Many including those trying to craft a said the attempt at reform will die in the Senate unless guarantees can be made to disburse the money as the members desire alternative could include senators of- fering administrative help to committees handing out the scholarship In each dis- trict Senators would have role in selecting some members of the commit- hot the reat the wwM be fiOed perhaps by educators. we can't coaai up wtth a piufiaui tttt Fm tafldm I don't think ttythlng't frtaj Mr. Cafe   

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