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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - March 28, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               Airline discounts flying by A5 i Pro approach helps loan OK OSCARS 'Gump' best Hanks top actor A3 Governor signs Camden ban B2 Update from the diamond CLOUDY PAGE A13 TUESDAY MARCH MD HOME 250 35C Smoking ban spares eateries MAIN PROVISIONS OF NEW WORKPLACE SMOKING BAN Here are the mam provisions of Maryland's workplace smoking lodging private organizations with liquor tobacco shops and laboratories that do tobacco research are exempt. Private homes used as offices also are exempt as long as they are not open to the public. Company if occupied by two would be covered. Businesses covered by the ban could build smoking rooms for employees. Those rooms would need a separate ventilation system to the outside. Restaurants with bars could allow smoking in up to 40 percent of the seating area. If the bar takes up less than 40 percent of the seats next to the bar could be included in the smoking area. No separate smoking room would be required. Restaurants without a liquor license must have a enclosed room if they wish to allow smoking. The room could take up no more than 40 percent of the seating area. No separate ventilation system would be required. At least 60 percent of the rooms in a hotel or motel would have to be smoke- free. At least 60 percent of a patriotic or charitable organization or fire during a public would be smoke-free. Counties and municipalities may pass stronger restrictions. No employee would be allowed to work in a smoke area except for those in bars and restaurants. Custodial workers still would have to clean hotel rooms in which smoking is allowed. But it's illegal to smoke in most workplaces By TODD SPANGLER Staff Writer The strictest workplace smoking ban in the nation went into effect in Mary- land yesterday afternoon. By last however. Gov. Parris N. Glendening had agreed to excep- tions for bars and restaurants and delayed enforcement for at least three months. The ban outlaws smoking in almost all including prisons even com- pany vehicles occupied by two or more people. But it allows smoking in all taverns and although restaurants without bars must have en- closed smoking areas. the governor had prom- ised to veto any exemptions for the hospitality industry. Faced with a cer- tain override on the he reached an llth-hour compromise with law- makers. where we started out Mr. Glendening said. your eye on the big The big picture in Maryland is Smoking is illegal In just about every business place in the Mr. Glendening said the occupation- al health regulations cover 95 percent of the state's workers. waitresses and won't be covered. Last just a few hours after the statewide ban went into effect at about the governor approved a compro- mise reached with legislative leaders. By 7 the immediate exceptions for hotel rooms and restaurants were in place. House Speaker Casper R. Taylor called it Page Clean State to push ear pooling By BRIAN STEINBERG Business Writer The state is moving forward with Clean Air Act regulations designed to encourage car telecommuting and compressed work weeks by June 15. The part of a state Department of the Environment plan to reduce auto traffic and the resulting ozone would affect compa- nies with 100 workers or more. By Nov. 1. all affected companies will have to register with the state. the Environment Department will sur- vey each business' employee commut- ing patterns and recommend how car traffic can be reduced. Leslie Sipes. operations chief in the department's air management estimated that businesses and about employees would be af- fected statewide. She told a group of local employers in Annapolis yesterday that after the Environment Department makes its they must submit plans to increase vehicle occupancy and decrease rush hour traffic by June 15. The employers will either have to achieve a higher vehicle occupancy standard by June 1998. she or Page LIVING LESSON George N. Lundskow The Capital Jean a docwrt it London Town HOUM and Garden In yesterday Annapolis EJementary School students Tynaeka and Takyra both one of the steps necessary to make yam from wool. About a dozen elementary schools are sending more than 400 students to the sKe for history programs through May. Crabbers are singing the blues ASSOCIATED PRESS The exquisite pleasures of sitting at a table covered in brown paper and hammering apart a steamed blue crab fragrant with a salty crust are more expensive at East Coast restaurants these days. It's been a bad winter and a terrible March for Louisiana crab and nobody's quite sure why. been a a month and a half when we weren't able to get said Steve owner of the Crab Happy restaurant in White Md. Virginia and North Carolina har- vest nearly 80 percent of the nation's blue crabs. But when winter cold sends the crabs burrowing under the Chesa- peake Louisiana provides nearly all of the crustaceans. Crabs are always scarce in the winter and scarcest in even in the South. But this March has been the worst in some time. Mike owner of Mike's Restaurant and Crab House on the South River outside said scarce crabs last year postponed his special from May 15 to July 20. He said he can't predict what will happen this but is certain the local supply is less than when he started in when he would net two bushels of crabs in a couple of hours. With prices hovering around per dozen for jumbo he said he-cut his price to just to get people into the restaurant. more expensive than ever he said. Jerry Hardesty. owner of Middleton Tavern and O'Brien'6 Oyster Bar and Restaurant in blames the middlemen who ship quality seafood to Asia and send to Maryland. a he said. packagers should be railroaded and put out of Page Naval base closing arguments heard By BRADLEY PENISTON Staff Writer The Pentagon's plan to close the Annapolis Naval Surface Warfare Center to save money not only a fraud but Larry a former research director at the thundered yesterday. Mr. Argiro spoke before several hundred people including many whose jobs are threatened who had jammed into a base social hall to show support for the facility. But his remarks were directed at one a member of the Base Closure and Realignment Commis- sion who had come to tour the base she and fellow commissioners might vote to close. At the lunchtime base closing Commissioner Rebecca Cox sat on the dais with congress- men and base officials. She ac- knowledged praise for her service on the 1993 commission and took no notes as she listened to Mr. Argiro argue against closing the warfare center. of the Annapolis labora- tory is based on two claims of excess capacity and that it saves haven't heard a valid argument to close the base Vince engineer he said. Both of these claims are Mr. Argiro said. staff and facilities are being utilize of the time and because of the nature of the long-range program the facilities and staff will be used fully in the he said. The cost saving.' from closure are as Mr. Argiro said. The military would realize no land cost would lose unique research and would lose the working relationships with Naval Academy he said. he some of the warfare center's operating costs would resurface in Naval Station Annapolis' budget. Page INSIDE ARUNDEL The cost Of winning elections keeps going but in Anne Arundel County at a sizeable campaign war chest is no guarantee of victory. A study released yesterday by Common a political watchdog showed the county witnessed some of the most expensive legislative races in the state last year. With words once again fail- ing Brian Kaelin turned to his first love acting and gave the audition of his playing O.J. Simpson as an irked ex-husband. A3 2 2S Arundel Report. Business.. Calendar.. Classified........... Club Notes......... Comics............... Crofton............... Crossword......... Death Notices..... Bl A5-6 A7 88 All A10 A9 812 B6 Editorials Lottery.......... Movies........... Obituaries...... Police Beat..... Sevema Park Sports........... Television...... Tides............. A12 A4 B6 A13 A13 A8 B2-5 B7 A13 Portions of The Capital are printed each day on recycled paper The newspaper also is recyclable Classified 268-7000 Circulation..................268-4800 From Kent 327-1583 All other departments..268-5000 TCI plans cable fee increase But installation cost being slashed By DAVE GULLIVER Business Writer In TCI Cablevision of Annapo- lis will raise the price of its most common services and its equipment rentals while it cuts the cost of installa- tion in half. Most of TCI's Annapolis-area customers get ser- which will cost a month 88 cents or 4.2 percent more than it does now. customers who need a converter box or a remote control also will see other price which can add from another 10 cents to a month to a bill At the same the company is cutting its installation cost from to a 55 percent decrease. The rate changes appear to be aimed at luring new customers at the expense of existing ones But the company said the changes stem from the Federal Communications which Less to more for service In TCI Cablevision of Annapolis will increase the price of Us most common service by 4.2 but installation costs will be halved. Here is a look at the previous and the future TCI rates and Expanded basic Basle Installation Basic converter Premium converter Remote control Feb.'92 Feb.'93 3.00 3.00 Sept'93 9.22 .13 1.01 .08 May'96 9.29 2.03 .18 TCI Cablevision of Annapolis for two years has regulated rates close- ly. that's the net that's the net effect proposed by the said William J. general manager of TCI in Annapolis. A spokesman for the FCC was un- available for comment. The city and TCI say the federal agency limits the power they have over rates. City Attorney Paul Goetzke said that under FCC regulations Annapolis can determine only which cable company gets the local franchise and for how long. The city's ongoing talks about its franchise agreement with TCI also have no bearing Mr Goetzke said the city considers TCI to have a valid Capital graphic contract while the sides negotiate terms. Mr Forest said the not his sets its prices by putting information his company supplies into a standard formula. The result is TCI is increasing the rate for its 21-channel service from a month to about 1 percent increase The rate for thf next 26 channels is rising about 7 2 percent Price increases for expanded basic service have flattened in recent years From 1986 to early the price charged by TCI and predecessor I'nited Cable Television soared 7fi from 08 to Page 1 J   

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