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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - May 17, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               Attacker's bail lowered by judge Dl BIRDS FALL Frustrated Jones slip up in the 9-8 Cl p.m. on NTS. Berry picking time Bl DCTD ARCHIVES 312 LAUREL AVE LAUFEL MD QIamtal WARM DETAILS- PAGE A1S MAY MD 35C McVeigh admits bombing ASSOCIATED PRESS OKLAHOMA CITY Timothy McVeigh says he bombed the federal building because it housed several government but that he didn't know a day-care center was The New York Times reported today. Mr. McVeigh admitted responsibility to two unidentified sources who said they talked to the suspect in jail after his arrest 75 minutes after the the newspaper said The suspect's Stephen doubted any such jailhouse confession had been made. Mr. Jones said inmates often come forward with purported confessions to settle a gain or cut a better deal for themselves. guess I look at it a little differently than Says Okla. building selected for its vulnerability the media because I have practiced law nearly 30 and I was trying to remember if there had ever been a The Capital case where the death penalty is being sought and somebody didn't come forward and 'John Doe confessed in jail and this is what he told Jones said yesterday. He said 41 mostly have met with Mr. McVeigh since he was arrested on traffic and weapons violations in about 60 miles from the federal building. He was jailed there for two days before being transferred to a federal prison in El Reno. Mr. McVeigh and his friend Terry Nichols are the only people charged so far in the April 19 attack that killed 168 in- cluding 19 children Both face the death penalty if convicted. Mr. McVeigh he was surprised to learn that MCVEIGH children had died when the truck bomb tore the face off the Alfred P. Murrah Federal the Times said. Although Mr. McVeigh accepted responsibil- he didn't think he had committed a the paper said. The who spoke on condition of said Mr. McVeigh told them that planning for the bombing began at least nine months and Oklahoma City was one of several midwestern cities that had been consid- ered. According to the Mr. McVeigh also said he -used 250 miles of back roads to avoid scrutiny. when he drove the Ryder truck carrying the bomb from Kansas to Oklahoma City. Mr. McVeigh had been in Oklahoma City at least once before the bombing but hadn't gone inside the federal the sources said. He reportedly said the building's design made it more vulnerable than any other federal building. Federal officials have described the building as uniquely vulnerable to damage because of its large glass windows and the' absence of any courtyard separating it from the where a truck carrying a bomb could be parked. The sources said Mr. McVeigh was moti- by anger at the government's 1993 raid on the Branch Davidian compound in the 1992 killing of the wife and son of white supremacist Randy and general Page Tariffs target luxury autos ASSOCIATED PRESS DETROIT The U.S. government's move to punish Japan with tariffs that would double the price of Mini- ti and other Japanese luxury cars could stimulate sales to buyers trying to beat the increase. But Japanese automakers and their thousands of'dealers and employees across the United States say the effects will be devastating if the sanctions imposed yesterday by the Clinton ad- ministration aren't lifted. it stays like it it will eliminate the luxury Japanese car market in the United said Max pres- ident of Pearson Automotive which includes Infiniti and Acura deal- erships in Virginia and Florida. His outlets in Jackson- ville and Gainesville represent an in- vestment of more than have about 90 employees and will go out of business if 100 percent. tariffs are Mr. Pearson said. isn't any way Lexus can survive a 100 percent said Susan an analyst who tracks the luxury car market for her own Jacobs Associates in Ruther- N.J. can't survive a 100 percent tariff. The luxury marKet is too compet- The which would affect 13 Japanese luxury would take effect on cars entering the U.S. after a.m. but could be re- scinded if the United States and Japan reach an agreement by June 28. The action is intended to force Japan and its auto companies to relax busi- ness practices and government regula- tions that U.S. automakers say make it extremely difficult to sell their prod- ucts there. Japanese Trade Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto and U.S. Ambassador Walter Mondale each predicted victory before the World Trade where both governments say they plan to file complaints that the other is violating free-trade agreements. Japanese imports make up about 15 Page RARE DISCOVERY DOWN ON MAIN STREET Photos by Bob Gilbert The Capital Kathy Child sifts dirt on Main Street hi looking for from what may have been a tavern 300 yean ago. Merffl kneeling picks up dirt from the prt. Both are archaeologists with R. Christopher Goodwin Associates Inc. of Frederick. Dig finds trash pit of early city tavern ByJEFFNELSOtT StaffWriter In the middle of celebrating its 300th anniversary and the reconstruction of its central Annapolis has discovered another window into its origins.. yesterday called a small garbage-pit found tinder on Main. Street a rare discovery. The sfiiafl hand-dug tentatively dated to the could yield solid information about the people and businesses at the time the state The Capital was moved to Annapolis from St. Mary's. all from 300 years ago. Maybe they were celebrating moving the The Capital county archaeologist Al Luckenbach said. was done just as Main Street was laid out. While they were building that over he pointing to State Circle and Church were dumping their trash right The find tentatively shows that the more things the more they stay the same. It's believed to be a dump from one of Annapolis' earliest bars. looks like a We're finding a lot of wine meat bones and said archaeologist April of R. Christopher and Associates. The Frederick firm was contracted to conduct digs on Main Street. Meril Dunn carefully scraped the dark soil into then dumped it onto a hanging where Kathy Child's Page Broken day and a lead doth clasp bearing the mark of King William II of England are some of the artifacts found beneath Main Street bi Annapolis. Mother gets lesser charge in drowning By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer In a seemingly contradictory a county jury yesterday cleared a Severn woman of manslaughter in the drowning of her 19-month-old son in a bathtub but convicted her of a lesser charge. A prosecutor and a defense attorney said after the verdict that the which deliberated for four may have been confused or compromised in convicting Donna C. Davidson of reckless endangerment. they were sincere. It just seemed to me that there might have been some said Carroll an assistant public defender who represented Davidson. The jury convicted Davidson for a March accident in which her Marcus Daniel was left unattended while bathing. Davidson's older daughter found hintsubmerged in the and he was pronounced dead an hour later. Under the instructions a judge gave the a guilty finding of reckless endangerment would almost necessarily mean she was guilty of manslaughter because that reckless- ness would have led to her son's death. same standard of gross negligence was used for both Assistant State's Attorney Nancy A. Harford said. of 1716 Richfield faces as much as five years in prison when she's sentenced June 5. Under sentencing Judge Raymond Thieme Jr. could put her on probation. Ms. McCabe said she'll ask that her client be spared jail and didn't rule out appealing the verdict. The-jury's verdict followed hours of almost clinical closing arguments in which both sides disputed whether the 24-year-old hotel maid realized the consequences of leaving her son unattended before he died. Ms. Harford maintained that a single mother of left Marcus alone in a bathtub for as long as is' minutes while she chatted with a neighbor. But Ms. McCabe argued that the child who was slow to develop physically .was left alone only briefly though she conceded the child shouldn't have been left alone at that mistake doesn't mean Davidson broke the she said. may have been inattentive. She may have poor Ms. McCabe said. she's not a Both sides agreed that Marcus' death was but the prosecution contended that Davidson ignored from several pediatricians about leaving the child alone. defendant knew that he was a little boy who was Page INSIDE ARUNDEL Faced with in- creasing violence and disciplinary prob- lems in county board officials yesterday pushed the County Council to pay for four positions to help police- the schools next fall. Dl The Capitals were clob- bered by the Pittsburgh Penguins 7-1 at USAir Arena last-night Playoff finale is set for tomorrow 'in Pittsburgh. Cl I 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. 4 82 Arundel Report Dl Entertainment.... Ask a Vet............ A7 Kent Island........ Calendar............ A6 Lottery........ Chef's Choice Bl Movies........ Classified... Dl Obrtuanes Comics............... 85 Police Crossword....... D7 Sports....... Death Notices. B6 Television...... Dog's World..... A7 Tides...... Editonals.. A14 West County Computers may lose to poor planning By LESLIE GROSS Staff Writer M County Council members yesterday Bf warned school officials that they might Jjg not pay for new computer labs in all 12 d-4 county high schools because of poor B7 planning on the program's fjrst phase School officials want the council to restore to expand the Ad- vanced School Automation Project. Money for the project was cut by County Executive John G. Gary Jr. in his proposed education budget. Council members said they gave the board last year for a pilot project in four schools in the Arundel school but the computers' weren't running until February. screwed around for said Councilman John J. Klocko R-Crofton. concerns me is the time delay in implementing the pilot project We are disap- pointed with the Board of Education's planning in many areas. This exempli- fies one of The board originally asked for million for ASAP in the budget that will take effect July 1. That would have put a networked lab of 32 computers in every high school. After Mr. Gary asked the board to cut its they agreed to settle for which would put eight com- puters in every high school. Money for ASAP is part of million the board wants the council to restore to the million education budget Mr. Gary proposed Ronald associate superin- tendent of administration and support said the ASAP pilot project was delayed because the council cut funding from million to months were partly the fault of lots of people who had to figure out what we could do with Including he said. process we go through is a slow and cumber- some But the end. he has o been a success. teachers and other school officials have praised the project as making learning preparing stu- dents for a work-world based on com- puters and stopping the county from lagging farther behind others in com- puter education. School officials promised that an expanded program would be running by December. hope we can go Mr. Beckett still fighting last year's battles. Let us keep it alive. We'll move it along as quickly as we Page   

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