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Capital, The (Newspaper) - May 26, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Senate panel OKs Foster A2 BEN vs. JR. O's hope to keep Griffey sleepless in Seattle Dl On Birds vs. p.m. on City cabbie claims 'harassment' Cl Students brighten life at shelter TOMORROW CLOUDY DETAILS PAGE A16 FRIDAY MAY MD 350 Rain or travelers race to reach the beach By P.J. SHUEY Staff Writer Despite surging gasoline prices and a threat of rain in the officials are predicting heavy beach-bound traffic on Route 50 this weekend The annual mass trek to Ocean City and other beaches begins around noon today and continues through 10 p.m. The return trip normally peaks late Mon- day when motorists generally head for home in a span of a few hours. wants to come home Monday at the same said Tom spokes- man for the Maryland Transportation Author- which operates the Bay Bridge. Last vehicles crossed the bridge on Friday and just over traversed the eastbound span on Monday. An an increase is expected this weekend because Bay Bridge traffic is up about 6.6 percent so far this Mr. Freberger said. Those who travel will be paying more for gasoline than during previous said Sharon AAA Maryland spokesman. The auto club's state survey showed prices jumping about 6 cents from April to with an average gallon of self-serve regular un- leaded costing The price is up 15 cents from May 1994. prices are up but people haven't curtailed their road Sharon AAA Maryland prices are up but people haven't curtailed their road Ms. Perry said. Chuck State Highway Administra- tion said construction will be cleared from major highways starting at noon today. Variable message signs will be running to direct beach and SHA emergency patrols will be on highways to help with disabled vehicles. As the agency advises motorists to leave early and return late to avoid peak travel times. this will be the busiest Memori- al Day weekend American Automobile Association officials predicted. On state the number of troopers on patrol will be boosted through the week- end. going to be focusing on the aggres- sive drivers the ones who change lanes quickly and follow too said 1st Sgt. Kevin Lambert at state police barrack in Annapolis. The barrack ordinarily runs one trooper on a but two will be riding today and three on Sunday and four on Monday. troopers have been taken off administrative duties to handle patrol Sgt. Lambert said. County police will have a full complement of officers on duty but no special patrols are Page Grads brave rainfall granted diplomas at short AACC ceremony By LESLIE GROSS Staff Writer Rain last night stopped most of the more than Anne Arundel Community College graduates from walking across the stage to receive their not 35-year- old Melanie Bolden. She danced across. Ms. who was diagnosed with cancer during her second semester at the persevered through chemotherapy and radiation treatments to graduate last night after five years. was really rough on said. Ms. Bolden of Arnold. knew I was fighting to get that degree.... I knew it would pay She and other members of the Class of '95 the largest class to in the many sheltered under for a quick half-hour commencement ceremony at Siegert Field. College President Martha A. Smith granted associate degrees and certificates to the students as a instead of calling graduates one by one to receive their diplomas on the stage. It was the first time in at least 14 years that it rained during graduation college spokesman Debbie Shaughney said. College officials this morning said they are planning a smaller ceremony sometime hi June to compensate for the rainy commencement. Graduates will be notified about the event by mail next week. A commencement committee decided at yesterday to go ahead with outdoor plaflsbased on a forecast predicting a 30 percent chance of showers. Because the graduates were already in line to march when the rain began it was too late to set up the contingency which was limited seating in the Ms. Shaughney said. Mid pregnancy policy rejected By BRADLEY PENISTON Staff Writer A controversial policy that would have allowed pregnant female midshipmen to remain at the Naval Academy if they terminated the pregnancy within 30 days was rejected by the academy superintendent three weeks ago. Adm. Charles R. academy re- jected the proposal of when he received it from a panel of academy officials who are working to review the policy on Capt. Tom academy said this morning. The proposal came to light when a copy was obtained by the National Right to Life a Washington-based anti-abortion group. option that was leaked is not being Capt. Jurkowsky said. on Wednesday and yesterday acad- emy officials denied that any decision had been made on the policy that both anti-abortion groups and supporters of abortion rights said would have encouraged abortion. Karen a spokesman for the National Abortion Rights Action said the group is pleased that the proposal is no longer an option. proposal was misguided and had elements of Ms. Schneider said. In Adm. Larson suspended the old pregnancy policy that required midshipmen to resign if they became Page INSIDE AftUNDEL The weather forecast for Memorial Day weekend doesn't bode well for two performances of the Blue Angels precision flight but a myriad of other activities should go on as scheduled. Bl A complete list of Commissioning Week activities plus the Blue Angels' schedule. INSIDE 4 40 pafM Entertainment Annapolis............ Cl Edrtonals............A14 Arundel Report..... Bl Honor roll..... C5 Calendar............. A8 Lottery................ A4 Campus News B2. C2 Military News....... C3 Capital Camera.... C4 Obttuanes...........A15 Classified........... C9 Poke Beat..........A15 Club Notes.......... A9 Sports.............. Dl-4 Comics................ Cfe Television........... C7 C16 Tides................. A15 Death Notices...... C8 Weddings........... B3 Portions of The Capital are printed each day on recycled paper. The newspaper also is recyclable Speed limit up to 65 But not all gov. signs other bills By TODD SPANGLER Staff Writer Officially ending the 1995 lawmaking Gov. Parris N. Glendenirig yesterday signed bills raising the state's speed forcing kids to wear bicycle helmets and increasing the chances of convicting drunken drivers. In the third and last bill-signing ceremony of the Mr. Glendening approved some of the biggest issues confronted by this year's including welfare health care and ethics. Perhaps most the governor broke Mary' land's long-standing tradition and raised the speed limit on some roads to 65 mph. The proposal a favorite of the General Assembly had no chance of passage during the last since former governor William Donald Schaefer had promised to veto it. But Mr. Glendening embraced the idea Parts of Route 50 in Anne Arundel County and on Kent Island could see the speed limit along with sections of Interstate 97. Federal highway officials are reviewing the state's proposal to increase the limit on certain roads. The change will occur shortly after the law becomes effective on July 1. may take us a little while to get the signs said Chuck a State Highway Administration spokesman. the governor also approved legislation pro- viding that a driver who has a blood alcohol level of .10 Page Local mids recall burdens I By M.Odell-The Capital Sheltered under Ame Arundel Community College latt night braved the ram lor their hafMwur graduation cerambny. Cheryl Apple of Bowie and Shannon of Davldsonvllle share an umbrella while they flip tassels on Siegert FMd with more than other graduates. really are so sorry it happened to the graduates because it is their special she said. there's no way to predict the Edith one of two class said graduates were upset that they couldn't walk across the stage. was she said. were certain people I really wanted to thank in messages I wanted to give Everyone really did want to see it go off as But the quick ceremony didn't bother Ms. who said she has waited for graduation through years of fighting cancer. Doctors told her to stop school when they diagnosed her breast but she continued pursuing her psychology Page Classified....................268-7000 Circulation..................268-4800 From Kent 327-1583 All other departments..268-5000 By BRADLEY PENISTON Staff Writer For Midshipman 1st Class Jesko having his parents stationed at the Naval Academy only made Plebe Summer tougher. knew that home was 10 feet away and that I couldn't go he said. One of 13 local mids who will graduate with the academy's Class of 1995 on he recalls what it was like during the boot-camp- style summer before his freshman year. could see my car from the the 1991 Annapolis High School graduate said i K 1-9-9-5 Young men and wom- _______________ en come from thou- sands of miles away to attend the Naval but those who grew up in the shadow of the academy share a special mix of burdens and benefits. For the Navy requires sentries to be posted in the huge Bancroft Hall dormitory even during precious vacation time. When there aren't enough mids serving detentions By David w Trozzo The Caprtai Thirteen midshipmen from the area will graduate Wednesday wrth the Clasa of 1995. from are midshipmen Matthew Long of Brendan Duffy of William Qarrett of Karl Wick of Richard VIHareal of Jesko Hagee of Polgeorge Mljares of T. Chris Smith of and Elizabeth Scoonover of Arnold. to man the local mids get the call. end up with holiday watch all the said Midshipman 1st Class Brendan who graduated from Annapolis High in 1989. Local mids said growing up near the campus helped to ease the transition from high school to the academy.' They usually' knew their way around the academy's and many through or even mids their family had Page