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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - April 5, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               P.G. throws FIGHT FLAB money at e.. 5KIRS A4 Lunchtime sandwiches made with fat B1 Chickpea burgers made from garbanzo beans. O's hope to boost roster Cl City tax suit still alive Dl f Olamtal TOMORROW SUNNY DETAILS PAGE A15 EL APRIL 5. MD 35C Making city accessible for all Disabled getting downtown 'Awareness Day' set for Saturday By JEFF NELSON Staff Writer Dan who knows the meaning of the word better than wants to make the definition a reality in Annapolis. Two years after falling over on Main Street in Annapolis while attempting to negotiate a handicapped ramp on the electric scooter he must Mr. Kober is getting support from city officials. At Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins's Annapolis will host Awareness Saturday at City Dock. The day will feature 20 agencies for the physically disabled plus businesses that cater to those with disabilities And two days the mayor plans to spend the day at work in a attempting to leam more about the problems the handicapped face. He's invited all aldermen to also spend the day in a wheelchair. of us who do not face the daily challenges of individuals with disabilities are sometimes oblivious to their Mr. Hopkins said. Annapolis' often bumpy and narrow brick streets and sidewalks are difficult for people using wheelchairs. To begin improving Mr. Kober worked with the city to make more accessible ramps for Main Street once the current reconstruction is over The city is also making renovations to bathrooms downtown so the wheelchair-bound do not get stuck in them. Mr. who has Multiple got involved in local access issues when he was invited to chair the first meeting of Anne Arundel County's Accessibility Committee. By Marti A. OOell The DM Kober makM way around the CRy Dock area wlnf a wheelthalr and an exlrtlnf ramp. Mr. ona af tha araa'a moat active of batter access for people wrth Is working with AnnapoHs officiate on tha Issue. The day began on a decidedly down note when Mr. Kober went to the men's room just before the meeting was to begin. The electric scooter he must use to get around stopped the door from opening and he was locked in the restroom for 20 minutes before a guard found him. Advocating access for the handicapped has been an uphill battle for him ever since. he said support from city officials and some businesses is growing. Handicapped organisations currently list Annapolis as inaccessible in their fliers and a fact that Kober would like to see changed. His plan is form a committee of handicapped people in the city who will visit businesses and government buildings. biggest thing is awareness. Business owners don't know that some of the things they can do to their stores to make them accessible are simple and Mr. Kober said He recognizes the city is filled with historic buildings that may never be accessible to many but others can make some common sense changes that go a long way. The return on the investment can be good too with more than handicapped in Anne Arundel County alone. Page Drunken driving bill has muscle ByTODDSPANGLER Staff Writer Senators gave preliminary approval yesterday to a ure that would make it easier for prosecutors to win convictions in drunken-driving cases By a one-vote the Senate stripped from the legislation changes that some believed would have weakened the bill to the point where it would have no effect. The Senate could pass the legislation today or tomorrow. The measure makes a 010 percent blood-alcohol level absolute proof in drunken-driving cases. Currently if a breath-testing machine measures a driver's alcohol content at 0.10 the driver can still argue in court that he was not drunk. The bill would take that argument away. many people are still dying in drunk-driving crashes and too many years have passed without this important said Jacqueline Gillan. vice president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. Maryland is one of only four states in the nation that does not have the law. The House of Delegates already has passed the bill. In the a committee amended the measure to allow defend ants in drunken driving cases to request maintenance and testing records on the machine used to test their breath. But the full Senate voted 24-23 to strip that amendment ofl the bill. Some lawmakers said it would give drunken drivers too big a loophole to challenge test results. Only one of the county's John C. voted to strip the amendment. think it was an attempt to gut the he said. Mr. Astle also explained he has a niece who was injured by a drunken driver and thinks the laws could be greatly improved. Page Rock-throwing suspects still family 'devastated' By P.J. SHDEY Staff Writer As police continue to search for suspects in a fatal rock-throwing inci- dent in south friends and family yesterday remembered the vic- a 38-year-old father of three from Deale. just said Tim whose brother Kevin was killed Monday night after a rock thrown from an oncoming car crashed through the windshield of his Dodge pickup truck near Tracys Landing. was a caring Tim INSIDE With high rhetoric and a bit of Republicans maneuvered to muscle the final provision of the With a billion tax cut over five years through the House today. comes the time to House Speaker Newt R-Ga told reporters on the eve of the vote culn -dting lOCklay Reoubli- revolution eignt days anet of schedule. A2 KENT Kent Island residents who shudder at the new Kmart should brace themselves for more develop- ment Two more a conveni- ence store and 200 more homes are some of the projects lurking in the county's planning pipeline B6 4 aagM said as he looked over the area of the crash in the 100 block of West Bay Front Road. was a good and he'll be sorely The of 5949 Sneed died at the scene about p.m. after losing control of his truck which hit several trees and overturned. Mr. who had his own contracting was married and had three ages 3 to 9 years old He had moved to Deale about 12 years ago. friends said. Other friends and family members stopped at the scene of Mr Gallagher's death on their way to Deale to visit the family was one of the funniest guys you'd ever said Dan a longtime friend of Mr Gallagher's was a real and had a lot of Mr. Moore said Mr. Gallagher grew up in Cheverly before moving to Deale He was a volunteer firefighter loved it down said Brian another one of his friends. County police spokesman Officer Randy Bell characterized the wide- spread reaction to the death as shock and outrage at such a senseless No similar crime has been seen in the county in recent Officer Bell said. The State's Attorney's Office would determine what charges would be brought in the which could in- clude murder Officers from the Homicide Unit as well as the Traffic Safety Section are investigating the but have made no arrests. Tire tracks off West Bay Front Road show the path taken by the truck after the softball-sized rock crashed through Mr Gallagher's windshield Five other incidents involving rocks thrown at cars were reported around the same time in the same area. Indications about where the rocks originated were however. A county medical examiner's truck was hit on Muddy Creek Road a few minutes before Mr. Gallagher's truck was hit. The windshield on a Shady Side woman's Pontiac was also shattered around the same time while she driving on Deale Road Although had five children and an adult ger with her in her van. no one wasl injured. A Deale Beach man whose station- wagon was hit while he was driving on'. West Bay Front Road said the crashed through the windshield bounced off the dashboard and steering- wheel without injuring him While more than one victim saifl- rocks were thrown from the side of the- others said the rocks had been' thrown from oncoming vehicles Pier should be ready by June Ask a Vet Baby Face Calendar.. Capital Camera Chefs Choice Classified. Comics All Editorials B7 Kent Island A8 Lottery B8-9 Movies Bl-4 Obituaries C7 D2 Police Seat C6 Sports Crossword Dll Television Death Notices D12 Tides Dog's World All West County A14 B6 A4 812 A15 A12 CIS Bll A15 BIO ClaMtftod....................268-7000 Circulation...............268-4800 Justin time for rockfish season By MARY ELLEN LLOYD Staff Writer The Severn River fishing pier being bu'lt frrp the remnants of the old drawbridge near the Naval Academy should be completed in time for rock- fish according to plans pre- sented in Annapolis yesterday Ernie a State Highway Administration said contrac- tors will finish knocking down all but 280 feet of the old install an end railing and landscape the site by June 1 Once the work is the administration will turn over the pier to the Department of Natural Re- sources as part of the adjacent Jonas Green State Park Rockfish season begins in tributaries such as the Sev- ern River at the start of June The meeting was intended to get public comment on preliminary and most of the dozen or so area residents attending had positive reac lions think it's a very simple but efficient use of what's already said Nancy Welch Almgren of the Severnside neighborhood By George N Lundskow The Capital Two hundred eighty feet of the old Severn River drawbridge wlH be convened Into a ftehlng pier by Mate officiate taM yeeterday just In time tor rockflth season. The pier will retain its concrete sides but will have a wooden railing at the Mr Hodshon said The pier will be wheelchair accessible Plans call for creating about 50 new parking spaces on a repaved section of the former approach to the old bridge The roughly 200 feet between the pier and the parking area will be a 15-foot-wide walkway lined with low flowering trees and a few based on the plans Three portable toilets will also be nearby SHA landscape Architect Wendy Wolcott said the plantings were chosen Page Free drawbridge for the right taker By JEFF NELSON Writer If you always wanted your very own now is your chance. The.state is giving away'the Weems Creek the pivoting metal sentinel that has stood over the creek on Ridgely Avenue since '1929. The only catch to the giveaway is whoever takes the bridge must maintain it as a historical struc- ture. a pretty big responsibility taking these. The idea is to preserve the said Glenn project engineer for the state De- partment of Transportation. The 96-fooMong steel span Is in pretty good Mr. Vaughan said. The state is replacing the entire bridge because the wooden pilings holding it up have deterior- ated beyond repair. When historical bridges come the state offers them free to government agencies and the pub- normally with little result. a pretty big responsibility taking these. The idea is to preserve the Glenn project engineer the entire time that I've been we've never given a bridge said Bruce Grey. Assistant Division Chief for the State High- way Administration and a 16-year depart men. veteran. haven't had any calls on it except from he said The city and county are both working on pathway but the bridge may be too bulky for their said city Chief of Com- munity Development Teresa Dowd. just can't see it happening the city would take the I'm still scratching my Page   

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