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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - March 20, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               911 incident shows need for more police Bl TAR ET Poor shooting day mars Jordan's NBA return B2 Jordan missed 21 shots as Pacers topped Bulls In overtime Nerve gas kills 6 on Tokyo subway SEE PAGE A2 Olamtal TOMORROW SHOWERS DETAILS PAGE A9 MONDAY MARCH 1995. MD HOME 25C 350 New life planned for West Street By JEFF NELSON Staff Writer After a 10-year the renovation of -inner West Street is back on track. To kick off a hoped-for boom between Church Circle and Taylor Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins plans to use much of a million citywide beautification fund to put brick-lined sidewalks and crosswalks through the neighborhood over the next two years. At the same city and state agencies are reviewing plans to build a traffic circle at the intersection of West Street and Taylor Avenue in hopes of unsnarling traffic at the Physical improvements would be joined by zoning and tax incentives aimed at luring to the under a plan devel- oped city business owners and city needs to make the improvements. That's key it's the first step then the developers will take some said Annapolis architect Bill who has on a new redevelopment This is the second an effort has been By 1. Hanson The Capital Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins wants to see mw sidewalks and other beautHlcatton efforts on West Street before ha leaves office In two years. The ctty project Is planned In hopes of attracting new residential and office development to the street. made to remake the inner West Street corri- dor. The last time was in just before the economy in land development bottomed out. West Street was not immune to real estate and development and nothing much happened. But some improvements have been made on the street since that failed beginning 10 years ago. Just off Church Ram's Head Tavern is expanding its restaurant and adding a brewery to its site. Up the at the center of the improve- ment stands Loews Annapolis among the city's busiest. Loews Hotel Corp. bought the site after two previous hoteliers failed. a popular restaurant from Bethany is scheduled to open in the near future. West Garrett Place and other office build- WEST Page Panel OKs bill to expand HMO choices A House of Delegates committee has breathed life into a bill that would give patients more doctors to choose from but health maintenance organizations are trying to pull the plug on the measure. The approved overwhelmingly by the House Economic Matters Committee would require HMOs to offer patients a chance to see doctors who aren't on the HMO's list of affiliated doctors for an additional fee. The issue pits some doctors against the organiza- tions they work for or want to work The full House and Senate haven't voted on the bill. Committee Chairman Michael E. D-Annapolis. called the measure a very significant in the General Assembly's health-care reform efforts The sponsored by .Montgomery County Democrat Kumar P. Barve. also urges HMOs to take the ethnic makeup of areas into account when hiring doctors. The clause was included after black doctors complained that they were having difficulty obtaining HMO positions. The measure supports doctors by barring HMOs from withholding fees and firing doctors merely for trying to get services approved for their patients. Doctors say bureaucrats discour- age more costly specialty treatments by refus- ing to pay part or all of the fee. Some critics say the measure doesn't go far enough. Attorney Joseph A. Schwartz a lobbyist for the state medical said amendments approved by the committee could still make it practically impossible for patients to see doc- tors outside the HMO network because the HMO sets the cost for such visits. Other critics called the bill too sweeping. The Maryland HMO Association warned that the measure could drive up rates for those who buy HMO policies Some former said the com- mittee managed to strike a reasonable balance. Raymond J. vice president of bene- fits at Black Decker Corp. in is a member of a coalition of business groups that had organized against the measure. But he said he's now urging coalition members to accept it because employers can pass any added costs to workers Gov. outlines welfare reform ByTODDSPANGLER Staff Writer Gov. Parris N. Glendening this morning outlined a welfare reform plan that would cost up to Anne Arundel County families their benefits after three months if they fail to find work. Mr. Glendening proposed that the period during which recipients receive benefits with- out working be reduced from 18 months to three months. many welfare has become a way of instead of a second Mr. Glendening said at a news conference also attended by legislative leaders in the State House. The governor's staff presented the changes in his welfare plan to a House Appropriations subcommittee over the weekend. The subcom- mittee accepted the and it appears likely to win legislative approval. think we're all in agreement about House Speaker Casper R. Taylor said this morning. is all more or less cut and dried. We're all going to be on Under.the pilot project which would affect up to families each in Baltimore city and Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties recipients would have to find work or perform community service to continue receiving bene- fits. The.plan would Force teen-age parents to live with adult relatives or in group unless doing so would endanger them or their children. Provide child care for working parents on welfare and eliminate limits on work hours. Continue state funding of medical cover- age for parents for an unspecified time after they begin the transition from welfare. The plan would also move to subsidize a portion of wages paid to people who take jobs that don't pay as much as they already receive in welfare benefits. Under another change proposed by the gover- nor and accepted by the only families with school-age children may take part in the pilot program in Anne Arundel and Page Bill could curtail property seizure in drug cases INSIDE By CHRISTOPHER MUNSEY Staff Writer Many people busted for drugs aren't bothered by a short jail term but taking their cars often leaves them howling with according to Trevor Kiessling of the county State's Attorney's Office. But if a bill pending before the General Assembly Mr. Kies- sling said this potent weapon in the war against illegal drugs will be taken lot of they don't care about the criminal but they go nuts over losing said head of the Asset Forfeiture Unit. The bill was introduced by Del. John D-Baltimore County. The legislation is necessary because of a Court of Special Appeals ruling that limited judicial review in forfei- ture he said. As long as prosecu- tors prove that a car was used in a drug crime and that the suspect owned judges must approve the forfeiture. According to Mr. this means that only a police agency and a State's Attorney's Office oversee the decision to take someone's automobile. The bill sets up a process where an automobile owner can challenge that decision in Mr. Amick said. A judge would have the ability to decide if the seizure meets legal criter- ia for taking the mainly that the vehicle was involved in a drug crime. just takes another toohaway from enforcement officers. I think it's a bad Sen. Philip D-Brooklyn Park just think it's a matter of fairness. You ought to have your day in Mr. Arnick said. According to Mr. the bill would give every person whose vehicle is seized the right to require the local state's attorney and the chief of police to personally justify the forfeiture in court. If the bill becomes departments would drastically curtail the number of seizures because the state's attorneys and police chiefs don't have the time to show up court every Mr. Kiessling said. savvy defense attorney in every single summons a chief of police or the state's attorney to explain the he said. Mr. Arnick denied that the police chief and state's attorney would have to appear for every case. He said a police officer who made the seizure and assistant prosecutors can appear in their place. When a state city or county Page ARUNDEL The Anne Arurv del Trade Council has picked Tom Cordts of Windsor Farm Elementary School as its Anne Arundel County Public School Teacher of the Year. Bl. A 17-year-old burglar who robbed several Cape St. Claire homes last year was sentenced Friday to a state juvenile corrections camp. AS. Legislators begin the final three weeks of the 1995 General Assembly today with some of the top issues of the session health legislative scholarships and the budget still on the agenda. A4. An investigator in the O.J. Simpson trial is expected to testify this week about how the defendant said he received an injury on his middle finger. A2. The South outgunned the North 110-105 yesterday in the seventh annual Capital-Gazette Newspapers Se- nior All-Star Classic. B2. 2 22 Broadneck.. A5 Lottery A4 Calendar.......... A6 Movies........... A7 Classified B7 Obituaries........ A9 Comics...... B6 Police Beat....... A9 Crossword B12 Sports......B2-5 Death Notices 85 Television A7 Editorials............. A8 Tides......... A9 Portions of The Capital are printed each day on recycled paper The newspaper also is recyclable. Classified....................268-7000 Circulation..................2684800 From Kent 327-1583 All other departments..268-5000 Family fights financial battle to save leukemia victim's life By LESLIE GROSS Staff Writer Roy Neff is banking on the fact that every parent thinks his or her child is the cutest in the entire world. For the former longtime Crowns- ville resident and his baby picture contest is the most recent fund-raiser they've planned to make a dent in the they must pay for a possible cure for Roy's two-year battle .against leuke- mia. Mrs. Neff said last week at her mother-in-law's Crowns- ville home. hard enough bat- tling the disease through and to put up the fight to raise money to save Roy's 'life. Everyone that knows Roy knows he's the most likable person. The thought of losing him terrifies Mr. told by doctors in June 1993 that he had less than a year to now has the chance to claim victory against his cancer through a bone marrow transplant. He'll undergo the operation in a month at Johns Hopkins but his medical assistance won't cover the procedure. In the past two Mrs. Neff and her Miriam have waged a nonstop campaign on the Eastern and Western from holding raffles at pool halls to writing letters to Donald Trump. Over the past two Mr. Neff KOj MINI and 11. to pug for a By Mwk M. Ttw from A   

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