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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - April 28, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               I McVeigh's bombing trail A2 O's WOES Bullpen lets Orioles down again Dl On Birds vs. 8 p.m. on Stars Stripes' win hoists sailing to new level Dl HDWELL MICROFILMS PO BOX 1553 LAUREL MD 20707 FRIDAY TOMORROW- SUNNY DETAILS PAGEA9 APRIL MD 35C 'Largest coverup in U.S. history' Kimmel family and others blast Pearl Harbor attack blame ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON The family of RearAdm Husband E Kimmel yester- day tried to set the record straight about the man who took the blame for the terrible American defeat at Pearl Harbor on Dec One after the sons and grandsons of Adm. Kimmel told senior Pentagon officials and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Strom that Washington made Kimmel the scapegoat for the debacle to hide its own failure to anticipate the Japanese surprise at- tack sick and tired of hearing that the people of Pearl Harbor were not said retired Capt Thomas K the late admiral's son and an Annapolis resident The backed by historians and numerous retired Navy is demanding that Adm then commander in chief of the U S Pacific and Lt Gen Walter C then commanding general of the Army in both be restored to their full ranks A presidentially appointed commis sion headed by Justice Owen J Ro- berts in 1942 concluded that the two were guilty of dereliction of duty and forced their retirements A Navy Board of Inquiry in 1944 and a congressional commission in 1946 reversed that but still main- tained that Adm Kimmel must be held accountable for mistakes Adm Kimmel is blamed for not carrying out reconnaissance flights that might have detected the ap proaching Japanese and for tak- ing almost his entire fleet into the where it was vulnerable to despite warnings that war was imminent. Page Daughters' day at work Mids get the white glove others question event for girls By BRIAN STEINBERG Business Writer Kortnee subjected some midshipmen in the Naval Academy's 34th Company to a white glove inspection yesterday morning. She failed three of them. Kristina Small of Kent also got up at a.m. to help her plumber Steve install a customized shower. Kortnee and her company officer Lt. Doug and the Smalls were among area parents and children taking part in the third Take Our Daughters to Work Day. But in Anne Arundel and Queen Anne's more companies and schools are questioning the original idea behind the which is sponsored by the New York- based Ms. Foundation. only go to school 10 months out of the said Ken assistant to the assistant superintendent for instruction. are any number of times we're closed that people are working We just don't the wisdom of promoting something that pulls kids out of school when you don't have Last several county schools had a delayed opening to make taking daughters to work in the morning easier. not the same case this said Diane Rey of the county library system we really hadn't had a lot of expressed Although Anne Arundel County schools did not sanction the parents were allowed to take their By Oavld W Trozzo The Capital Kortnee looks on as her Lt. Doug examines a midshipman's room for dust hi Bancroft Hall at the Naval Academy. The room Inspection was part of Take Our Daughters To Work Day. children out as long as the absence was Mr Nichols said. Even in Queen Anne's where the schools system allowed the day off for it was for both girls and boys contradicting the organizers who urge that'girls need the special attention sending a message to girls that they don't merit their own said Jill a spokesman for Ms. Foundation in New York City. day was created to show girls they're important to Co-ed days don't she because boys take over and dominate the day. is precisely what happens to girls in schools and youth service Ms. Savitt said. Sen. Barbara praised the idea of inspiring young but urged that the day be changed to include boys. and girls both need to learn about the she said. To be some of the area's largest employers did plan programs. Westinghouse Electric Co. had 500 girls at morning programs in its Baltimore-area including 50 at its Oceanic Division outside spokesman Jack Martin said. But Nationwide which sponsored an event at this tune last will have a Your Child to Work in said Sheree the human resources division manager for this area. The company was reluctant to take good students out of she said. As for bringing boys into the she said the gender- neutral day would encourage everyone to see women as managers and agents. The company is trying to increase the number of women in its overall she said. those we really have to influence and change everyone's way of looking at the Ms. Page 4th-graders rank 2 7th in reading No Maryland made strong showing on test ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON Maryland fourth- graders ranked 27th out of 39 states in reading skills in a national study released yesterday only about one third of seniors were rated proficient readers according to test results a significant decrease from the same test two years earlier And fourth-graders and eighth- graders were even less likely than the seniors to qualify as although thek scores held steady over two years Maryland school officials said they were concerned about reading levels in the state and but dismissed the state's position behind other Mid- Atlantic states as statistically insignifi- cant. fully expect our students to perform on a much higher achieve- ment said Mark an assistant state schools superintendent. Only 4 percent of Maryland fourth- graders reached or exceeded the score considered advanced. Some 48 percent failed to meet even basic reading stan- dards. The results are like whack on the said William T. crjglr- man of the National Assessment Gov- erning Board and Colorado education commissioner. tells us what we already intui- tively Mr. Randall said. reading is The test was given in early 1994.-No specific explanation for the drop' in. seniors' scores was but men-' bers of the test's governing board said it is clear students don't do enough reading at school or at home. A survey accompanying the 1994 test found compared to seniors who took the 1992 students were less Page Volunteers deliver early Christmas ByMARYP.FELTER Community News Editor Last Charlotte Smith of East- port watched as volunteers constructed a wheelchair ramp at her home. Their work made it possible for her to bring her daughter outside through the front door. About 50 Christmas in April volun- teers widened lowered kitchen painted walls and installed storm windows. is the best response I've ever said local builder David who worked on her home. really enjoy helping others more than volun- teers will fix up 32 homes and buildings in the county as part of this year's Christmas in April project. For the fourth year in a houses belonging to the poor and disabled will be car- pefed and improved during a one-day blitz did 12 houses our first year with 600 said Brooke of Annapolis and a- former county chapter chairman. next year we did 23 or 24 houses with 900 and then 32 houses with volun- teers. We have hit a size that's work- The local chapter is in the upper third of the national which is in 42 states. In Maryland the Christmas in April project began in November 1988 when Vincent of Edgewater and owner of Mona Electrical Service in suggested the idea to then- Prince George's county executive Par- ris Glendening Page Complete list of Christmas in April sites. INSIDE ARUNDEL Adm Charles R Larson defended the Naval Academy against charges of inefficiency in pro- ducing Navy officers Speaking during a Naval Institute panel discussion called the Officer the academy superintendent responded to media reports critical of the including one by the television news program 60 Minutes Bl Many residents of the city neighborhoods cited as frequent targets for robberies by a police survey criticized the study as misleading and detrimental to their communities Cl 4 32 Entertainment 6 honored for elevating victims rights movement Annapolis Calendar Classified Club Notes Comics Crossword Death Notices Cl Editorials B3 Lottery C2 Obituaries B2 Police Beat B5 Sports Television D6 Tides A8 A7 A9 A9 D14 D5 A9 Classified.............. 268-7000 Circulation....... 268-4800 From Kent 327-1583 All other departments 268-5000 By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Wnter One recovered from a severe Christ- mas Eve beating to counsel other teen- agers about violent relationships Another used her daughter's tragic death to close a glaring loophole in the state's drunken driving and a third wants to tell youngsters the story of her son's execution-style death. Lynn Susan Edkins and Mel- ame Thompson have a lot in common They all were crime victims And in distinctive has tried to pre- vent what happened to them from happening to others The three women and a trio of officials who have pushed for legisla- tive changes were honored yesterday by the county State's Attorney's Office for contributing to awareness of vie tims rights The six people were recognized out side Arundel Center in a ceremony that was tinged with sadness but also cele brated the gams victims have made in state courts in recent years Just last for Maryland voters overwhelmingly passed a consti tutional amendment that1 guarantees victims the right to be heard in cnmi By David W Trouo The Capital The county State's Attorney's Office yesterday honored six people who have Increased awareness of victims rights. They Del. Phillip D. Mlchaele Lynn Melanle Susan Edkins and Sen. PMflp C. Jlmeno. nal cases And the three crime victims who were honored have taken on exception ally public said Maureen C of the State's Attorney's Of fice's Victim Witness Assistance pro gram 'It s unusual for victims to take such an activist said Ms the program's director people rely on their family support systems or their friends to get through These people have pushed for Yesterday's fourth annual came in the midst of a week devoted nationally to crime victims as State's Attorney Frank R Weathersbee the week's timing this year Is particularly poignant given the April 19 bombing in Oklahoma City one fell the country saw victimization he said Those who were honored The Arnold resi- dent launched a lobbying campaign last year to change the state's drunken driving laws after her 12-year-old Annie died in an Oct. 29 car crash. Police couldn't press full charges against the driver of the car that caused the crash because he re- fused to take a blood-alcohol test which took effect Oct. changed that. Mrs Edkins since has helped produce an educational video distributed to schools She also vows to lobby the General Assembly next session to increase the penalties for drunken drivers who cause fatal crashes live with I have to keep to make it better for the next she said Del Phillip D Bissett and Sen. Philip C Jimeno The two state Page   

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