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Capital, The (Newspaper) - February 22, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Baseball's labor talks resume Cl O's won't force spring play Comfort your soul with homo cooking SEE CHEF'S CHOICE Bl AACC tuition fee unchanged Support for juvenile crime bill OCTO ARCHIVES 312 LAUREL AVE LAUREL MD 20707 MILD PAGE A13 WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 1995. MD HOME 25C 33C denied r- touncil blasts estimates 'ByBARTJANSEN StaffWriter After a blistering attack on and construc- tion the County Council last night refused to transfer money for renovations of seven elementary school libraries. The 6-1 vote prevented Board of Education officials from shifting to cover renovations at the schools that turned out to be costlier than predicted. With only offi- could ..workman. JSIO.QI. three library projects this summer. Benfield Elementary School in Sev- ema Park tops the priority list. The other not ranked by are North Tracey's and Tyler Heights. About 40 parents from Tracey's Ele- some wearing blue sweat- shirts with the school lobbied for the money to finish the work that has The school's library is already boxed up and construction trailer sits outside. Parents said they've spent three years selling candy bars and holding fund-raisers to fill the proposed computer lab in the renovated library. The Parent-Teacher Association raised for software and the National Security Agency donated 53 residents said. weeks ago they drop a bomb .on us and tell 'You're not going to get the said Brett Reeves of Dunkirk. not Councilman John J. Klocko who represents south was the only supporter of the transfer. But the Crofton Republican also criticized the '.school system's cost estimates. Estimates of per library were least six years old when included in the budget last year. Council members frustration and disappoint- ment that the prices weren't increased as renovation costs grew to to in the past four years am personally appalled at the cost estimates that have been sent to the said Councilman William C Mulford II. R-Annapolis. need to put a stop to these inaccurate esti- Page tossed .river AP photos Donna Ftominf to taken by pollca from St. Maty Medical Center In Long ywterday. MB. Fleming allegedly threw her two small In a family portrait at Into the Los Angeles then Jumped In after thaw. One of the died. Mother jumps moments boy dies after rescue KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS No one knew just how troubled Donna Jean Flemming was as she walked slowly onto the Ocean Boulevard bridge over the Los Angeles River yesterday pushing her baby in a stroller and holding the hand of her 3-yearrold toddler. It was her abusive hnsbmd's 37th birthday. She had recently confided to a friend that she was pregnant again. in .the ntiMe of-thfe she picked up the baby and all. and tossed it over the side into about SO feet below. Shelhen threw the older boy Into the chilly water. perhaps as an she jumped in herself. A few horrified witnesses notified and an SOS went out almost immediately over public safety channels. It was a.m. Police Officer Michael Erdelji heard the call and was nearby. He looked into the river and saw three heads bobbing in the which is about 7 feet deep. Without a secbnd he stripped off his belt and shirt and dived in. was just trying to save the kids' he said. was my main About the same Officer Robert Gonzales drove onto the bridge and saw Mrs. Flemming screaming hysterically in the water My stripped off his heaviest clothing and dived in. The two swimming from opposite reached the people in the water just as a lifeguard rescue boat arrived. Page Battle over DNA in Williams case By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer Countv prosecutors are virtually cer tain they can place Scotland Eugene in ihp WinrhpMpr hprnp. nf Washington lawyers murderfri in May Charlotte a scientist for a DNA lab hired by county testi- fied yesterdav that the chance it was not Williams who touched a glass found in the couple's house is some- where between 1 in B90 and 1 in 1 .400 That based on DNA ana lysis of genetic material found on the glass and blood taken from is the most precise established so far It could be a key to prosecutors first The Arnold resident could face the death which begins next week The Arnold resident could face the death penalty if convicted of fatally- shooting Jose E Trias and Julie N Gilbert Defense attorneys were to continue fighting today to have the DNA evi- dence thrown out They contend that it may be the result of faulty testing. John Gentes. a defense expert who runs a DNA lab in said the fatally shooting Jose E. Trias and Julie N. Gilbert. polymerase chain reaction used by the prosecution experts is easily skewed because it relies on an extraordinarily- small sample as few as 50 human cells 'That introduces a tremendous pos- sibility of having the wrong DNA innorturfd ttig gawpfe he said problem ex- tends out of thp laboratory into the where the evidence is being collected PCR takes a small sample of genetic material and copies if until there's enough to test Unlike genetic which can identify individuals with near Page cancer ASSOCIATED PRESS BALTIMORE Getting Mary- landers to stop smoking may be more effective in the .state's battle against cancer than combatting other possible environmental state officials said yesterday. Tobacco use is tied to the largest chunk of cancer deaths between 1987 and 1991 41 percent even though prostate cancer is more frequently and breast cancer is almost as common. .State officials said the first reliable statistics on Maryland's cancer rates show that efforts to educate landers about cancer prevention have paid tiff in some areas.................. But the state still has the fourth- highest cancer death rate in the behind the District of Dela- ware and Louisiana. Despite repeated questions about the effect of pollution in the Chesapeake Bay and other possible causes of can- lifestyle choices such as smoking and diet seem to have more influence on cancer said Dr. Martin state health secretary. Lung which made up nearly 15 percent of cancers diagnosed in is the most deadly form of the accounting for 28 percent of Mary- land's cancer deaths. Prostate cancer made up nearly 20 percent of new cancer cases in 1992 a frequency officials attributed largely to increased testing but accounted for only 6 percent of cancer deaths be- tween 1987 and 1991. Similarly. 8.5 percent of cancer deaths were due to breast which made up nearly 15 percent of cancers diagnosed State health officials want to combat tobacco use. which is also implicated in MD. CANCER FACTS facts and recommendations to combat the most common types of cancer. In Maryland In the latest year statistics are total cancer JO-trttr Prostate 20 percent of all cancer cases. Men over age 50 should consult physicians on benefits of early detection test.'Men with prostate cancer should seek a second opinion before treatment. Lung 15 percent. Continue efforts to prevent tobacco 15 percent. Women over age 50 should have annual mamrnograms.' Colon-rectum 12 percent. Men over age 50 should consult physician about a screening test. A WlgnertiBfer Olfctihat r Includes five servings of fruits and vegetables a day should be encouraged. By the Associated Press. Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. cancers of the esophagus and other by supporting the stalled work- place smoking ban and restricting mi- nors' access to cigarette vending ma- chines. Dr. Wasserman said. He said his department would also continue to fight to get businesses and insurers to pay for programs to help smokers quit and to keep juveniles away from tobacco. Page Lawmakers' meals spur debate By TODD SPANGLER Staff Writer Considering the political it's nearly certain that a lobbying reform bill will make it to the floor of the House of Delegates. The question is how far lawmakers are willing to go Regardless of the limits placed on lobbyists by the House Commerce and Government Matters the fight on the floor will be over whether gifts and meals given to lawmakers should be the chairman of the panel said. The mood the is to do something and to do something that makes said Del. Gerald J Curran. D Baltimore Although many legislators are loath to enact a ban on such perks. Mr Curran said public distrust of the value. A third would keep legislators from accepting tickets to professional sporting events. A fourth bill would require any lawmaker who accepts a meal from a lobbyist to forgo his food allowance from the state for that day. matter what we do there will be an amendment on the floor for a total Mr Curran said. The importance of reforming lobby- ing in Maryland became paramount last year An angry electorate let it be known that they trusted few people in anrl one of the most power- ful local lobbyists. Bruce C Bereano. was convicted on mail fraud That mood convinced some leaders in the General including Mr. Curran and House Speaker Casper R. Taylor D-Allegany. to propose rhang- lobbyists must still be addressed The committee yesterday began its deliberations on the issues surround- ing that taking testimony on a series of bills that would put both parties under strict scrutiny One bill prohibits gifts altogether Another requires lawmakers and lob bvists to disclose all regardless of Helping to fuel those proposals is Common Cause Maryland a watchdog group that has kepr a rlosp eye on lobbyists spending on legislators At the hearing yesterday. Common Cause Executive Director Deborah Po- virh said lobbyists reported in Page INSIDE Anjndel Report Ask a Calendar ClassrfxM Comes C5 Oearn Dog's Dl MO 88 Bl-3 D2 DR 87 10 MJ Entertainment Kent island lottwy Beat Sports Tries County Ml M3 CH All A13 From Kmt 327-1883 All other 268-5000 01 The Capital on recyclabte also
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