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Capital, The (Newspaper) - September 21, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Mids geared up for home opener SEE SPORTS Dl FAMILY LOVE Do moms and dads give different kinds of Cl 2 killed in stolen car crash Bl PAGE A13 THI H 3 F' SEPTEMBER MD Crowd vows fight over bar hours By JEFF NELSON Staff Writer Delivering a potent preview of things to 80 downtown residents packed a small room last night vowing to fight two bills that would allow more late-night bars in Annapolis. The purpose of the Ward One Residents Association gathering at Anne Arundel Medical Center was Plot strategy for public hearings on the bills scheduled for tonight and Monday. Stung by a scathing anonymous flier distributed in the Historic the residents toned down their rhetoric ahd instead focused on the substance of the issue. The group opposes two similar bills that would allow bars and restaurants that currently close at midnight to remain open until 2 a.m. The legislation overturns a moratorium on new late-night licenses that has been in effect for a year. is bizarre to take the part of town that is most delicate and totally deregulate said Gilbert president of the association. Residents fear that enactment of the bills will add to noise and crime problems downtown by increasing the number of drunken revelers leaving restaurants at 2 a.m. Lee Aube said bar patrons have dumped sandbags on his flower caused more than in vandalism damage to his and forced him to call police to a late-night all in the two years he has lived in his Prince George Street home. not doing this the for political reasons. We're doing this for safety reasons and for completely legitimate hrsaid.-------------------------- The group vowed not to compromise on the downtown bar but disavowed a retaliatory measure several members appeared to support at a meeting Monday. Mr. Renaut and Alderman Louise D-Ward said there will be no effort to push a bill that would impose a midnight closing for all downtown no matter what happens with the two bills now before City Council. Page 7 sidewalk cafes get liquor permits By JEFF NELSON Staff Writer You can have a beer with your crab cake on the sidewalks of old-town Annapolis beginning tonight. The city Alcoholic Beverage Control Board yesterday ntedjiquor permits for seven sidewalk includ- hornets1 nest of said Leonard a member and past chairman of the board. The City Council voted last week to allow cafes on a trial basis while it works on permanent legislation. Aldermen will hold a public hearing on the legislation at 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall. three that have popped up downtown in the past week. It almost didn't happen. Board members wrangled for an hour over whether they had the authority to issue the temporary permits. 100 percent in favor of food service at sidewalk cafes anywhere in this city. But service of alcoholic beverages without legislation opens a Mr. Berman said the council's vote for a trial period wasn't adequate to allow for liquor permits. In the a majority on the board agreed to allow the permits by considering cafes special events a category usually reserved for picnics and week-long boat shows. The liquor board did add a new restriction on cafes. Page Too high of a Casino plans not toss of the dice for this daughter of a gambler K ERIN COLOMB Staff Writer imberly S. Roman remembers sitting for hours outside a Las Vegas casino as an 8-year-old waiting for her father to take her When they got her father often would pour milk over a bowl of leftover popcorn and call it breakfast or dinner. The family's lifestyle was dictated by her father's gambling. thought it was my fault and if I was good he would stop gambling Mrs Roman said Mrs Roman. 36 is doing everything she can to make sure casinos aren't legalized in Maryland. She said many of her childhood memories flooded back in early August when she read an announcement about the Governor's State Gambling Task Force hearing. my they're trying to bring gambling in here.' It struck me like a bolt of Mrs. Roman said. Soon after the hearing where she told her Mrs. Roman joined the Anne Arundel County Coalition Against Casino Gambling. The group was established in February to fight the move toward legalized gambling in the state. Based at Glen Bumie United Methodist the organization is working with otter churches and groups. They're educating the public about how casinos and riverboat gambling might affect their daily lives. Tltt most recent meeting was the _ NOcasuNO Rally on Sept. 14. It was an opportunity for residents to gather information to fight the said Barbara executive secretary of the coalition. By John GHIIs The Capital Khnberiy S. of Glen Myt haunted her upbringing. She Joined ttw Anm AruixM County CoaNtton Against Casino Gambling to fight a prapoMl to totalize casinos In Maryland. Mrs. Roman said she wants people to realize what it's like to live with a gambling addict child should have to go through what I went she said At age she was already a big baseball fan. Her father would try to make money off wagering that she could name any Yankee by Mrs. Roman said. story is not an isolated one. If casinos come to there would be hundreds of thousands of stories like she saicf. When she was her mother kicked her husband out of the house. That left the girl and her mother destitute. were a burden on the state. We were on food because my mother was sick. We lost our home. It was repossessed with left on the Mrs. Roman recalled. casino owners were great at taking the but where were the casino owners always talking about what they're going to do for the but they don't mention what they do to the Even when Mrs. Roman was sifi couldn't find a job in Las casino's claims that they lot of she said. Virtually every job in the area was geared toward adult entertainment That meant she couldn't even get a cashier's job at local groceries because they sold she said. To bring some order to her Mrs. Roman joined the Air Force at age 18. was stability 1 had never she said. the first time in my life I didn't have to worry if there was going to be a paycheck or if there was going to be Her first assignment was in where she met her Timothy County's hospitals among the costliest By MARY ELLEN LLOYD Staff Writer Patients at the county's two community hospitals contin- ue to see climbing costs and shorter according to a new state report. In North Arundel Hospital is the sixth most expensive among SO hospitals in the state and must take action to lower its charges for Medicare patients to avoid lower state-imposed rates. Anne Arundel Medical Center has moved from among the least expensive in 1992 to 13th most expensive last the report by the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission said. With rates 10 percent above the state Kent Queen Anne's Hospital in Chestertown topped the list as the most expensive Maryland hospital. McCready Memorial Hospital in Crisfield and Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick were listed as least expensive. The Annapolis hospital's charges had been nearly 6 percent below the state average in 1992. Now its rates are almost 3 percent above other Maryland hospitals. they are doing on controlling said Jerry the commission's chief of hospital regula- tion. there are many other doing He and hospital officials said the climb in rankings may be partially due to other facilities catching up with AAMC's efficiency. Rate increases approved for construction pro- such as the recently completed Clatanoff also drove charges up. Officials with the hospital rate-setting agency the only one of its kind in the nation boast that the regulatory system has kept hospital rate increases below national increases in 19 of the past 20 years. The average adjusted charge for a hospital stay at AAMC Is up about 3 percent from last year. At North Arundel Hospital in Glen rates are almost 5 percent above the state The average adjusted charge is a 4 percent increase over last year. Page Bay oysters hit by fatal diseases again INSIDE ASSOCIATED PRESS BALTIMORE Diseases have killed more than half the oysters in the lower Chesapeake less than a year after scientists believed the diseases were wiped out The summer's drought has made the bay's water saltier than allowing the parasitic diseases MSX and Dermo to thrive with a said George E. an oyster researcher at the state-federal biological labora- tory in Oxford. The state's oyster season begins Oct. 2. a not a pretty Mr Krante said. The micro-organisms MSX and Dermo do not harm people who may eat infected but they kill young shellfish before they can grow to harvestable size. which can kill oysters within months of infecting has struck the resurgent oyster populations in the lower bay. hi Tinder were Mr. Kranta the high salinities we've had this we should expect some more Steven Jordan the oysters that are not dead yet are in very bad he said. Most of the oysters elsewhere in the bay are infected by a slower-acting parasite that may take two to three years to kill its host. Sampling has detected Dermo in 80-100 percent of the oysters in the Chester and Choptank Mr. Krantz said. The parasites were first detected in the bay during the 1950s and 1980s. They devastated oysters during a prolonged dry spell that began in the late 1980s. Heavy precipitation in 1998 and 19M flushed ool the parasites with ricord-hlfh river gtvtag bepe to watennan who Jott slxvontht ago recorded their biggest oyster harvest in three years. Watermen harvested bushels dur- ing the 1994-1995 season. Watermen had hoped to double last year's harvest on the strength of rebounding shellfish populations in the lower bay before the discovery of the parasites. the bay's salinity climbed to levels rarely seen in the past 60 yean following a moderate drought. been fearful of said Larry W. president of the Maryland Watermen's Association. Scientists say the worst isn't over. the high salinities we've had this we should expect some more said Steven director of the Oxford which is run jointly by Maryland's Department of Natural Resources and the National Marine Fisheries Service. Mr. Krantz said watermen still would be able to harvest even though most are already in the Chester in mid-Shore riven and in the Wtcomko River. Lawsuit million In fatal police n Redskins play juggling game with line. 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