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Capital, The (Newspaper) - August 1, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Hurricane heading for Florida A2 BIRDS SLIDE Blue Jays beat Brown on hill tonight B2 On O'svs. Blue p.m. on SO. Market closes after 55 years in business AS A''rEi E L ML. C v.' HUMID PAGE A13 AUGUST MD 35C Medal of Honor scam cracked By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer The county State's Attorney's Office is pre- paring to file criminal charges against a man who allegedly scammed at least a dozen Medal of Honor recipients out of their a spokesman said this morning. After a three-week local prose- cutors said they will charge the unidentified man for stealing medals after he offered to'frame them for the veterans Authorities said the whose names1 appear to have been culled from a Naval Academy alumni were befriended by the who neither works nor lives in Anne Arundel County. Man offering to frame medals would return fakes Instead of framing the medals as he would return fakes. Although local prosecutors were alerted to the scam it apparently stretches through- out and beyond the said Kristin A a spokesman for the State's Attorney's Office has mushroomed beyond Anne Arun- del which is why we have contacted federal she said The local office has contacted the FBI and the U.S Attorney's she said The investigation began last month when a local war hero reported to the office that his medal was swiped. Rear Adm. Eugene B a 1935 Naval Academy graduate and Annapolis said this morning that he was scammed and filed a complaint with the State's Attorney's Office He declined to say anything else about his situation The admiral won the medal as commander of the ttSS Barb m World War H. During three separate his submarine crew sank so many Japanese ships that even the Navy Department couldn't total the enemy losses. The known as recounted the exploits of his crew in his Below Congress has awarded the Medal of the nation's highest military since 1863. Only 180 medal recipients are still said Edward F. Murphy of president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Historical Society A total of 432 were given out during World War II the highest military honor this nation can and it means a great deal to the people who are recipients and to the nation that they Mr Murphy said Though federal law has barred the sale of the medals since antique dealers and collec- tors say the market for them is similar to that for other types of artifacts and collectibles. an organized just like stamps or said Jack of a retired professor of naval and military history at the Naval Academy and a member of the Orders and Medals Society of a medal collecting group Page OLD WEATHER MARK TO TAKE A TUMBLE By J Henson The Capital Mary Regan of Annapolis urges her daughter to tuck and tumble off the diving board at the Naval Academy pool. Area pools have been popular places as a 21-day heat wave continues. Weather forecasters predict the 1988 record will fall tomorrow. New heat record on the burner By BRIAN STEINBERG Business Writer The phone at Air Conditioning and Heating Service in Annapolis hasn't rung so much at the store since the ice storms of January 1994 would say we're averaging 30 calls a comptroller Jennifer Queen said yesterday All purveyors of cool air conditioner repair ice cream air-conditioned movie theaters can probably expect increased patronage today as the heat wave ties the record for number of days above 90 degrees One more day will break the 1988 record of 21 consecutive days over 90 degrees. Forecasters predict the record will be broken tomorrow extending an extreme heat wave that's already leaving its mark nothing on the horizon to change that said Jose a National Weather Service meteorologist at Baltimore Washington International Airport One affect of the hot streak is increased air conditioner and rising calls for help when they break area merchants and repairmen said weather is more or less putting the last little dagger in the of cooling systems on their last said Glen of Baltimore Gas and Electnc's Home Products and Services subsidiary The division was maintaining although it could not guarantee it would be able to honor calls on the same day they were unless a health problem demanded he said Mr Miller said 100 service Page Disney steals thunder from Westinghouse ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK Westing who' In one fell Walt Disney Co and Capital Inc have sto- len the spotlight from the most publi cued unmerger in recent Westmghouse Electric Corp's any-day now purchase of CBS Inc Disney's stunning disclosure yester- day that it would buy Capital Cities in a billion deal focused attention on how the company that for years has delighted kids with its Magic Kingdom and playful animated characters had become the nation's biggest entertain ment company overnight It has prompted media watchers to reconsider whether Westmghouse's widely expected billion offer for CBS will be enough to win the former Tiffany network now foundering in third place Some wondered anew whether the deal expected to be an nounced was such a good idea This changes the landscape said a media analyst at State Street Research just created an integrated behemoth with enormous amounts of free cash flow and pools of management talent The stakes have risen significantly in this particular poker game A Disney Capital combi nation the second biggest merger in U S history brings the kind of strengths that make shareholders drool and cringe Both are powerful competitors with dominant positions in their own busi nesses Both have money to invest While Disney is a widely respected changes the landscape. It just created an integrated behemoth with enormous amounts of free cash flow and pools of management Larry media analyst provider of film and television pro- gramming ABC the most watched network is a major user of program ming ABC and its affiliated stations will provide an excellent outlet for Disney s creative units which produce the hit comedy series Home Improvement already airing on ABC and animated film blockbusters 1'ke The Lion and Forced to compete with such strength other entertainment pro ducers may now feel a greater urgency to buy a major network Because NBC is owned by General Electric Co that leaves only CBS of the original Big Three standing alone What you ve done is like playing musical you ve taken one chair away Now only CBS is available said Jeffrey an entertainment ana lyst for Seidter Cos 1 think there s a better than even chance that someone Page Crofton donors pay costly tab for French immersion program INSIDE ARUNDEL Former sheriff sued for sexual harassment Bl Most stolen cars were left unlocked A4 SEVERNA Shangn La Restau rant closes doors A7 By LESLIE GROSS Staff Writer Crofton residents and other com munify members including school board member Michael A Pare donated the funds needed to start a French immersion program this fall at Crofton Woods Elementary heading off more anger about the alreadv contro- versial issue Mr Pace was the largest contributor writing a check Friday for 000 said KsrCTt Barter who topped organize fund raising for the project I m very pleased Mr Pace said I thought 1 should put my where my mouth was I m reluctant to broad cast it It was not just for publintv Seventeen other people Ifi f rofron rasidents and one other donated an other 000 toward the program which casts a total of 900 The hoard voted last month to allow the program if private donations of about 25 percent of the 900 first year cost of the program could be raised bv Fndav The program which would teach regular curriculum in French to about 30 kindergartners has been controver sial from the start Opponents say in tight budget times a program that only benefits a small group is spendthnfty Besides the fiscal issue Crofton par ent Richard Zipper said it was wrong for Mr Pare to contribute to the cause ttiinfc iTs settrrTR- trp a privatp school within a public school Mr Zipper said I think there is a conflict of interest I didn t think it was the board function to money Because Mr Pare now has a monet arv investment m the program he should no longer be able to vote issues to the program or budget ruts that affect the program Mr Zipper FRENCH. Page Brooks Skins backfield B2 2 26 4rundei Reoor Business Calendar Classified Club Notes Comics Croton a 30re spot 4He was a friend to have' Southern grad who fell from pickup laid to rest Death Notices Pofions o recycled ei 45-6 410 86 410 48 49 Bll B12 Lottery Movies Obituanes Police Beat Sevema Pan Sports Television Tides 44 All 413 413 B2S 411 413 The ffe onmed eacn day oappr also is Classified 268-7000 Circulation From Kent 327-1583 AH other departments 268-5000 By MICHAEL CODY South County Staff Writer After everv home game for more than 20 years Southern High School s football plavers gathered under the goal posts for a talk with their coaches Have a good time this weekend head roach Buck Gardner said yesterday recalling the words he often spofre But don t go out and do something you re going to regret Mike McCafferty 18 one of the boys who sat through the coach s gentle warnings died Saturday in Lothian The three year starting linebacker a Southern apparently fell from the bed of a pickup truck as it turned onto a road Vi miles from his home 'You re voung You think vou re invincible said Mr Gardner who also taught classes for new drivers So frequently that s not true Mike was to be buried todav after an 1 a m funeral service at Mt Zion Churrh in Lothian nighi the line of mourners extended out the door of Hardestv Funeral Home in as friends ard parents Dennis and Becky McCafferty remembered a Page Southern High Mike McCafferty was a motivated football player who wore rainbow-colored a mask or camouflage face paint the occasion warranted The 18-year-old Lothian man was killed Saturday