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Capital, The (Newspaper) - February 27, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Sarbanes fighting to save naval warfare center A4 ALL-STATE MUSICIANS best to take part In-eoncert B2-3 Orioles'foes may scrap games Su PAOJE Dl WARMER PAGE AT MONDAY FEBRUARY 27. MD HOME 25C 33c Child abuse allegations worry innocent parents By BRIAN Staff Writer Tamela Savidge doesn't know why it but for a few harrowing days in she waited anxiously as a social worker checked to see if she was neglecting her The worker met for more than a half-hour with her two older daugh- ages 7 and 4. She couldn't be there. The Arnold her hus- band and the neighbors sub- mitted to questions. the worker determined that the suspicion was unfounded. And because of complaints from exon- erated the state's Child Pro- tective Services offices have changed some policies. But four months later it still both- Mrs. Savidge to think about the incident. Most of she wants to know which neighbor if it was a neighbor gave her name to social workers. 'Tin almost afraid to go out my front door because I don't know what they're going to say about the mother of three says. in a system wherb supposedly you're inno- cent until proven guilty. But with Protective you're guilty un- til proven Like Mrs. several parents 'who were cleared of wrongdoing feel similar frustrations with the agency whose job it is to investigate aU reports of child abuse and neglect in the state more than in Mary land last year. The complaints vary. Some say Protective Services workers don't al- ways identify themselves. Others say the social workers don't have to tell parents why they're being investi- gated. Their common Protective Ser- vices shows too little respect for parents being investigated. expecting your life to be completely open to regardless of what the charges said Joseph a Glen Burnie parent who was investigated and exonerated last year. In response to Mr. Beckman's com- Del John R. recently proposed legisla- tion that would force the state Depart- ment of Human Resources to require local Protective Services workers to provide parents with a list of charges against them. The delegate withdrew his bill two weeks ago after receiving assurances that the department would voluntarily write the proposals into regulations. But that hasn't stemmed the flow of complaints that Mr. Leopold has re- ceived are a number of people that are in the same boat as the Beck-- he said. Whether the promised new regula- tions will change the way local Protec- tive Services offices operate is doubt- ful State officials say local workers already are supposed to identify them- selves when conducting Investiga- tions. And parents are almost always informed of the charges against them. Many critics are taking aim at policies that workers say they can't Page State enters balanced budget debate ASSOCIATED PRESS State legislators could soon be deal- ing with what -one veteran senator describes as a revolution The U S Senate has scheduled a final vote tomorrow on a proposed constitu- tional amendment requiring a bal- anced federal budget The proposal has passed the and if the Senate also approves Maryland could become one of the first battlegrounds in the campaign to win ratification from the required 38 states Supporters in the General led by Sen John A R Severna have served notice that they intend to push for ratification this session you never get started you never get Mr Cade said Democratic leaders in the House of meanwhile are just as ada mant about postponing a ratification vote until next year They introduced a resolution last week that would form a commission to study the effects of a balanced federal budget on state government and the Maryland economy The commission would report to the General Assembly in January want a thoughtful rational not a mindless said Del Peter Franchot D Montgomery According to a survey of state legis lators conducted last there ap- pears to be solid support in the Senate for while the House is deeply divided and largely undecided Of the 47 27 say they support ratification or are leaning that way and 13 are opposed Seven say they re still undecided Of the 109 delegates questioned in the 141 member 39 percent say they probably would vote for ratifica 25 percent are opposed and 36 percent say they haven't made up their minds The balanced budget _ DarLof Jhe ca draws near unanimous support from the General Assembly's Repubh cans but it's generaDy opposed by liberals and those representing inner city districts Sen Larry Young Page 'REACHING OUT TO EVERYONE' Ed Tbnperiataa of Eaatport and Joy Carol of ttw U.S. Forum on Cambodia and receive flowam from a croup of VletnameM school children hi the Quang Trl Province. The two Americans are part of an effort to rebuild the decimated Vietnamese school system. Veterans build Vietnam school By MARK DAVENPORT StaffWriter The last time Ed Timperlake flew over Southeast he was at the controls of an Phantom D bombing Khmer Rouge mortar positions in Cambodia. In the Eastport resident flew over once tills time in a jetliner to Hanoi His mlstlon Was to complete plans to build a privately financed school near the former border between North and Sooth Vietnam Twenty-two years had passed between his and the 1909 graduate of the Naval Academy thought it was time the United States memorial is for everyone who died in Vietnam the women and children. We wanted to show we were big enough to reach out to politics be Ed Timperlake He's a member of a group of prominent Vietnam veterans constructing the school to be a living monument to the horror of the war for both not just Americans memunal to fui eigiyuiie uliu JleU Hi Vietnam the men women and he said wanted to show we were big enough to reach out to everyone politics be The school is scheduled to open with a ceremony including dignitaries from both countries at the end of to commemorate the fall of Saigon. Among the dignitaries be there is former group member Lewis B Puller who originated the idea for the school Mr whose autobiography won a Pulitzer Prize In lost both his legs and parts of his hands in the fighting He took his life last year after struggling with a recurrence of an addiction to alcohol and pain killers. The remaining members of the group will name the school in honor of the man who stood Tor many years ad the leading voice for moving' on was able to forget and move forward in a very magnanimous Mr Page Icy roads cause big pfleup nearBWI By CHRISTOPHER MUNSEY StaffWriter Motorists driving too fast for icy conditions were probably to blame for a 22-car pileup on a highway overpass near BWI Airport last night that left one man dead and 10 others state police said One man was critically injured when he jumped from an overpass to some muddy ground below to keep from being hit by one of the sliding cars The worst was over by this as area police reported only a few rush-hour accidents Schools opened on time in Anne Arundel but classes began two hours late and kindergarten was canceled in Queen Anne's County because of icy roads Yesterday's pileup occurred just before llpm on westbound Interstate west of the Baltimorp Washington said Sgt Tom Williams of the Glen Bumie barrack The road was shut down until about 2 45 this morning while the scene was cleared and dam aged vehicles dispatcher Kathy Awad said The highway is the access road to Baltimore Washington International and most of the people in the pileup had come from the airport The one Sigfus 0 of was found trapped in the wreckage of his car The man who jumped from the James 23 of plunged some 52 Sgt said Mr Greenberg didn't look before he jumped and apparently thought the other side of the barrier was even with the highway Sgt Williams said A trooper happened to look over the side when he couldn't find the driver of one of the crunched- up cars and saw Mr Greenberg lying injured below Sgt Williams said Both motorists were flown to the Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Balti- more Mr Sigfusson was pronounced dead at 3 07 a.m. at the hospital Mr Greenberg was in critical but stable condition at 9 this morning a spokesman said HIPP -The- area hospitals but their names weren I available this morning Troopers were still trying to piece together the sequence of crashes but they believe the traffic was probably moving too fast for icy conditions Page INSIDE 7 of 10 Americans are overweight L County Executive John G Gary Jr is urging the state prove expansion of a nibble landfill owned by Presley S Taytor. a contributor to his election campaign U. Cl Lottery CtawfiecJ Comes Plans to renovate libra- ries at Arnold and Belvedere elementary schools may be put on how due to a dispute UctHten school crfficals and the County CL Death Nobces EdKoriaH _ C2 D6 C7 84 Obituaries Sports frfes M w 47 Dt-6 85 A7 84 32Mitt 7_ ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK America. jou iqaj want to stick with a leafy green salad for dinner tonight And don't even dream about creamy dressing A survey released today found that a record 71 percent of Americans 25 and oMer are overweight- s np from 09 percent last 64 percent in 1990 and 58 percent mim 'It doesn't surprise Dr JoArm E Manson said yesterday is an alarming The national Harris Pod asked adults tor thetr height and weight and to describe their body frame or bone structure Louu Jtiams and Associates The ffien the answers to Metropolitan Life insurance tables for recommended weight ranges Doctors distinguish between over weight and obesity a person general- ly isn't considered obese tmten his weight is at least 20 percent higher than the Examples from Met Life's 19R3 tables Mwt-7 man shooU weigh to 152 a pounds The survey suggests that 12 percent of Americans are 20 to 30 percent overweight and another 10 percent of adults are at least 30 percent over weight Other studies have found that the average ABMTkan has gained 8 pounds in the psat aau that 80 percent of AsMrirans can be classified as arid Dr. an endo- at the Harvard School of unless you go out of your way to Dr. Mamon said She also cited the increasing preva- lence of fast although she said people generally are eating foods with less cholesterol and fat than in the past Being overweight is linked to a host of debilitating health includ- ing heart stroke and Msdidne to automated and very convenient and tt'i poasJbteto spend tittle anergy ti a typical day The telephone survey was conducted Feb 6 to and results WBK weighted by sex and other vari- The narfin of was pin or i