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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - September 24, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               MORE NATIONAL COUPONS INSIDE TODAY AND EVERY SUNDAY MIDS FALL Navy loses to W. Forest in home opener Cl HMM crowd cneeied on tiM Midi list night TERPS 4-0 Cummings leads UM over 41-28 Cl 32-page fall real estate guide Inside BAY BRIDGE MAKING TALL PROFIT I Olno and Lolut Wachter tighten on a cable and caulk In the Moprene covering of the Bay Bridge. The bridge Is of the most profitable toll facilities In Maryland. But much of that money Is diverted to structures that don't COIIM CkMt tobreaWng By Bob GUbtrt jr Hefty toll helps keep other spans afloat By JOHN KEILMAN Staff Writer Drivers who cross the Bay Bridge are being taken for a ride Over the past 10 the toll facility has been one of Maryland's most productive money turning a million profit But much of that cash was used to prop up other toll structures that didn't come close to earning their keep An analysis by The Capital shows that three structures the Susquehanna River the Potomac River Bridge and the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel together lost million in the past decade If you factor in money owed for construction that figure grows and the Francis Scott Key Bridge near Baltimore also becomes a loser. The quartet was in for million. But Transportation Authority officials say drivers should consider the big picture long as the toll together make I'm not said Executive Secretary Steve Reich The state looks at its seven toll bridges and tunnels as a unit If the unit is in the black it netted million last year there's no reason to grumble about individual structures But this means strong performers like the Bay Bridge along Route 50 continually subsidise the weaklings And it means the bridge's toll currently round with discount fares available probably never will decrease or disappear. get used to paying the and Page Bay The motorWa Ifs unlikely the toll wlH ever decrease. Hans Is a look at the structures' profits losses for the last decade- Bay Bridge I FortMcHenry Interstate 05 tollway I profits 6ver the last decade m millions of dollars Bountr Ti Reporter finds happy and sometimes drunk bar patrons ByBARTJANSEN Staff Writer At least one guy threw up on a sidewalk Friday night in downtown Annapolis A few others urinated on buildings or car tires after leaving bars in the wee hours But thousands of bar patrons visited and left the historic The Capital producing no more than laughter and friendly greetings beneath the fluorescent glow of street lights. Nobody got arrested. The late-night doings are at the heart of a dispute over whether ban should stay open until midnight or 2 a m The City Council is weighing two one that would grant the later hours to existing and one that would hand the privilege to future establishments as well Residents complain that drunken bar patrons wake them up and brazenly vandalize their property problems around City Dock and Main Street from p.m. Friday to 230 a.m yesterday occurred in front of a reporter Jotting them down in a notebook. Many patrons were too busy or Page On The battle of all battles over bar hours By JEFF NELSON Staff Writer One side supports economic expansion. The other demands that residents and downtown buildings be protected. the two determined camps are girding for what may be the final battle in a protracted war over Annapolis' Historic District Once the issue is whether the colonial town should welcome more late-night nightclubs or restaurants. Each side will go into the City Council chamber on Duke of Gloucester Street tomorrow night to stag it out over two bills that would allow bars to stay open until 2'a m. One bill extends late closings to existing the other would encompass new bars and restaurants as well. A third contentious bill up for hearing tomorrow would allow the businesses to set up sidewalk cafes. The fight has engendered new levels of perso- nal attack. Anonymous crude bumper rough letters to the and cartoon sketches are flying around the district like confetti. The fights downtown have become almost ritual A business owner files an application for permission to do something in the Historic Page Complex may add traffic to Riva Rd. By DAVE GULLIVER Business Writer To homeowners and businesses along Riva the math is simple' 400 new housing units equal more cars than already-clogged roads can handle For that opponents are dreading a final plan expected to be filed soon for Jefferson at Gingerville Creek The proposed community of 370 apartments and 26 townhouses would sit on 22 acres on the east side of Riva between the Riva 400 office park and Admiral Cochrane Drive The county gave the project preliminary approval in June primary concern is infrastructure. We're talking said Jim a resident of Riva Trace. He lives about a half-mile from the site. His views are shared by others among the residents and businesses in the new Riva Road Corridor Alliance. not against development at he said we're against is arbitrary approval of the community without anything being done for the By he primarily means Riva an artery that county planners have singled out for its congestion The Jefferson project would put another 850 to cars onto Riva according to a group of opponents that includes Mr. Johnson. For decades the road meandered quietly from Annapolis to Davidsonville. But over the past 25 it has been home to some of the area's biggest commercial and residential projects. NEW Page Adui. Larson keeps turning Navy around By BRADLEY PEN1STON Staff Writer A year even superintendent Adm. Charles R. Larson was a bit nervous about the state of the Naval Academy. No more Now the architect of the academy's renaissance is laying plans to make his reforms permanent. When he arrived in August a series of scandals had midshipman morale lower than a submarine's bilges. Con- gress was zeroing in on the intimating that taxpayers were getting far less out of the academy than the 1250 million a year they poured in. But Adm the first four-star officer to hold the academy's top post and the first man to hold it has steered the which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this to calmer seas and renewed prestige. His stern military focus and a new character development program have met with enthusiastic response from the midshipmen. This week's issue of the base's The features a giddy mid-on-the-street type survey about the place's newly buoyant morale. Even the admiral himself is impressed with his success have come farther in this year than I would have Adm. Larson said in a recent interview with The Capital. When came the member of the Class of 1958 opted for a distinctly military panacea for sagging He revoked several of the privileges that midshipmen had been granted since Ms last tour as superintendent In the mid- 1910s. car privileges and civilian clothing rights were Page t today and tomor- row wttvatftfeJMef drizzle. M Gus bus Quarterback Gus Frerotte and the Redskins travel to Florida today to face Trent Differ and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Cl ONTO Skins at 1 p.m. on Rw -stir NO Merchants find sign law can hurt business. ON im Virtual real challenges. MIHO TO From PC basica to the Unabomber. M Nicknames often outlast our childhoods. U Yet another tree-mendous trip to Idaho. U MALlNi Bacteria gets the Mama for ulcers. 17 IKAVmj Setoct a crulae ship to your budget. M Aiundel Report Dl EdftorfaM Bl Lottery ClMtffled F115 Movies Croiswofd.....E6 OMuwwt F16 PoHctBMt A10-11 A4 E2 .......02 ........02   

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