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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - July 25, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               Redskins still are waiting for IN CHARGE Bar association picks youngest president A6 Later closing time for Harbour House gets support Bl HOWELL MICROFILMS PO BOX 1558 LAUREL MD S0707 DETAILS PAGE All TUESDAY JULY MD 35C ByTODDSPANGLER Staff Writer EASTON Harping on economic crude and gaming opponents yesterday pleaded with members of a state commission to reject casino gambling in Maryland Near the end of a packed members of the task force to study commercial gaming activities in Maryland were asking the crowd in f albot County to simplify their com ments to arsimple rather tttari continue to hammer away at the same concerns is only so much that can be casino pro Cite increase in crime suffered by Atlantic City said for or against casino said state Sen Walter a panel Practically all of what was said at the Historical Society of Talbot County came from who noted re- peatedly the problems created in New Jersey when JAtlantic City allowed casinos. Ocean City Roland Powell said the New Jersey resort watched its pef-capita crime rate rise from-50th in the nation to first in a space of three years don't want to be an Atlantic he said. He brought with him a busload of people from Maryland's seaside practically all of whonropposed the proposal to allow casino gambling in Maryland One Ocean City a supporter of the criticized the city government for paying to bus opponents to Easton we supplied a Mr Powell said need we'd furnish all the buses we As about 200 people sat in the hall and listened many of them Annapo- lis lobbyists for gaming concerns from acrosrthe-nation some 40 opponents addressed the commission complaining that there's no need for more gambling in Maryland Among those complaining were horse racing industry tnclud mg Roger Omwake of an official with Cloverleaf Standardised Owners which recently bought Rosecroft Raceway and Delmar- va Downs. Even though the association re- ceived financing through casino owner Sally's of it opposes any move to casino gambling it is your decision to legalize casino we must do it in a way such as not to destroy horse Mr.Omwake said Association members say that if casino gambling is created in Mary- it should be done only at the existing so it won't draw gam- bling money away from their establish- ments. Only about a dozen proponents spoke before the which was holding the first of four-public hearings on the question of casino gambling Richard the legislative direc- tor for argued that with Page Going quest Experimental hydrofoil boat builtforNayy By BRADLEY PENISTON Staff Writer As the Quest picked up its hull levitated atop a broad center- board until tfie 27-foot boat seemed to fly above the waves. the boat was sup- ported by stubby hydrofoil wings mounted on a torpedo-shaped pod Although seas were running 8 feet the Navy's latest experimental boat cruised at 30 knots and a mug of coffee in the boat's tiny cabin barely even rippled. At that's the way it goes in the computer simulations Right Quest is perched on a dock at the Naval Surface Warfare Center outside as the Laurel-based Maritime Ap- plied Physics finish installing its electrical systems Once they're the four-man boat will begin eight weeks of testing in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime employee Guy Berry will pilot the odd-looking boat after it is launched later this week expects this It's the Severn resident glancing up at the craft At the Naval which efficiency tests on ar J By Bob Gilbert Capital Surface Warfare Center across the Severn River from Maritime Applied Physics Corp. employees tipmny and Guy Berry put the finishing touches on the experimental hydrofoil Quest. The uses computer guidance systems to keep tt stable In the promises much better fuel range than conventional hydrofoils. After launching this the crew will run eight weeks of Qudsttn the Chesapeake Bay. While the Navy is staying mum on its plans for the its design is no secret Painted white and it looks like a futuristic powerboat mounted atop a Popsicle with fins Quest's radical design promises much better fuel efficiency and range than conventional hydrofoil which have been around for two decades AH hydrofoils use underwater wingsa to lift their hulls above the reducing drag and allowing smooth rides In typical gas- guzzling turbojet engines and fuel tanks are contained in the hull On an 825-horsepower diesel engine and fuel tanks are mounted in the 4-foot-diameter underwater greatly reducing the amount of fuel required to lift the said Mark Mantime's president The boat is designed to carry a load 800 miles at 20 he said The craft's top speed is 37 knots To make it Mantime's engi neers had to solve a host of technical including the biggie how do you keep it from tipping over when the hull is 5 feet in the air9 sort of like a a big balancing said Danny a Maritime engineer from Bowie who is responsible for most of the electro- nic guts of the craft Like modern jet Quest relies on computers to keep an inner ently unstable design under control Ten motion sensors relay informa tion to a custom built which makes up to 100 minute adjust Page Delegate wants legal opinion on pension By TODD SPANGLER Staff Writer A state legislator has asked the attorney general to intervene in a county pension dispute after the county attorney refused an auditor's request to seek an outside legal nion Del John R Leopold wants Attorney General J Joseph Curran to decide whether a 71-day contract given to a former county employee should block her from transferring her years of service with the state into the more generous county retirement plan Jack an assistant attorney said it's likely that an opinion will be issued Such a response can take as long as 10 weeks to complete The members of the county's Pen sion Oversight Commission voted last week to get an outside legal opinion on County Attorney Phillip F Scheibe's decision that awarded a better pension to Louise L who served as spokesman for former county execu live Robert R Neall That reversed an opinion he had issued earlier Mr Scheibe had refused a request from the county auditor that the attor ney general be asked his opinion on the transfer The commission is concerned that the decision could cost the county millions of dollars allowing hundreds of workers to transfer untold years of service into their pension plans The commission over time has played a role in all this said Mr Leopold R Pasadena commis sion to its credit is more interested in performing its watchdog role Mr Leopold who has long been a don't want to give any benefits that aren't but we want to honor the ones were Deborah pension panel chairman- critic of the county pension plan that awarded huge benefits to elected and appointed said the attorney general should be consulted because the issue is one of state law The law says service as a state employee cannot be transferred to an- other plan if there is a break between leaving the state and joining another government pension plan Ms Hayman worked under contract for the county after leaving the state and before becoming a permanent em ployee for Mr Neall In a decision that reversed his pre- vious Mr Scheibe ruled that because she was performing the same Ms Hayman should be allowed to transfer the years to the county plan That could open up a huge loophole in county pension plans County Auditor Teresa 0 Suther land challenged Mr Scheibe's noting the state provision that years shouldn't be transferred after a break She asked the county attorney who advises County Executive John G Gary on legal matters to contact Mr Page Lightning hits power downed by storm By LIAM MCGRATH and THERESA WINSLOW Staff Writers A lightning strike last night burned the roof off a Pasadena townhouse during a thunderstorm that left more than 11000 county residents without a of rain in less than 90 minutes The 6pm blaze was limited to one three-story unit at 1199 Annis Squam Harbour in the Elizabeth s Landing development Vo one was hurt It was pouring down rain and I heard this real loud boom said Eddie Schupbach 14 who lives a block from the townhouse Twenty five firefighters responded to the fire which caused an unknown amount of damage The thunderstorm could be the first of many this week as the troublesome mix of heat and humidity from a Bermuda high continues to hang over the area It s your typical Baltimore thunder storm time said Peggy Mulloy a spokesman for Baltimore Gas and Elec tncCo BGE rpporterf 24 700 outages system wide and recorded S21 lightning strikes Anne Arundel County was the hardest hit with all but 100 of which WPTP north of Annapolis I 1 By David W Trozzo The Caortal Taking a plunge Into Glebe Creek yesterday to beat the heat from Ml. Edgewater residents Brandy John Seth and Amanda 6 Yesterday's high temperature was 96 degrees 1 degree short of tying a record Ms Mulloysaid Only a handful of customers were still without service early this mom ing. said From 23 to 6 44 p m 44 inches of ram fell at Baltimore-Washington In ternational Airport and winds reached 23 mph National Weather Service fore- caster Joe Lachacz said Heat wave's smog ASSOCIATED PRESS BALTIMORE Mary-landers en during the sweltering temperatures of the midsummer heat wave have also been battling another hazard heavy smog At the peak of the heat on July ground-level ozone in Baltimore reached 179 parts per well over the 120 parts per billion the Environmental Protection Agency ton the level hit 174 parts per billion And it isn't just an urban prob- lem State monitoring stations showed levels above the EPA health standard in Anne Arundel too Sue days before the 100-degree heat wave of July University of Maryland meteorologist Bill Ryan predicted the sweltering tempera- tures and alerted researchers work ing on an international smog study The early warning allowed Uni vprsity of Maryland scientists working in cooperation with fed- eral and state governments to mon- itor the region's worst smog levels since 1988 The study on how to reduce high smog levels isn't due for two years but the numbers already show one dirty University working with the international North Amer ican Research Strategy for Tropo- sphenc say the study will help Maryland craft a plan to com- bat snog. inc experiment and some com- puter models that well be working on over the next few years win give Page INSIDE AHUNDEL Dolphins and sea turtles make visrts to the bay HI SEVERNA Alcohol is becom ing a problem at the high school AS Residents join together to get limits on growth B5 Bosnian Serb troops capture A deficiency in fohc acid could trigger heart attacks A3 Rumors are running wild about late season help for the 0 s B2 ArunrJel Report Business Calendar Classified Club Notes Comics Crofton Crossword Bl A6-7 AS B7 A8 B6 85 612 B12 Editorials Lottery Movies Obituaries Beat Sevema Parv Soots Television Tides A10 M AS All All A5 B2 A9 All Portions of The taoflal are printed each day on recycled paper newspaper also is recyclable CtewHted 268-7000 Circulation 268-4800 Prom Kant 327-1683 All other 268-5000   

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