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Capital, The (Newspaper) - September 29, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Middlebrooks filing for bankruptcy Bl Georgia Tech blitz ruins perfect start for 31-3 Dl Bar hours battle doesn't extend to Eastport Cl DETAILS. PAGE All FRIDAY SEPTEMBER MD 35C Fingers crossed for foliage Only time will tell if rain helps fall show By MARK DAVENPORT Staff Writer Recent rain and cool evening temperatures have brightened the autumn weather but it's still unclear whether county residents can expect any colorful foliage. The wet may have come in time to allow some smiles to be carved on fall jack-o'-lanterns. Tree watchers predicted earlier this month that leaves would be less glamorous due to a lack of rainfall. m Even though a significant I In I n K amount of rain the COlorS hasfallenin Will Still be but timewmteii they won't DC as had bright. ra ins. Dave but tnpy've Hitchcock awful an agent with the University of Maryland cooperative extension. think the colors will still be but they won't be as A lack of rain for six weeks caused significant stress in reducing sugar production in the leaves. The water shortage also caused some leaves to shrivel and fall from trees the near-average rainfall for the month could strengthen trees. This month's rain might also still be enough to rescue some parched said Carroll Homann of the Maryland Agricultural Statistics Service. But it's too late for those already harvested. Agricultural experts earlier this month said the summer dry spell took a heavy toll on the pumpkin cutting down the yield and reducing individual size. But Mr. Homann said this morning that rain could help Heather Krelner of Davldsonvlrie cleans some small before putting them out for sale at Mike's Produce on Route 214 In Davldsonvllto. The summer dry spell hampered the pumpkin but hasn't wiped out another fall favorite colorful foliage. This rainfall Is Just slightly below normal at 3.29 said Carroll Honwrm of the Maryland Agricultural Statistics Service. The typical total of rain at Baltimore- Washington International Airport for September to 3.41 Inches. The area remains 6.94 Inches behind the By David W. Trozzo The Capital which can grow up until Halloween if left on the vine. The National Weather Service at Baltimore-Washington International Airport has recorded 3.29 inches of rain so far this just shy of the average of 3.41 inches. lawn is I can speak to said forecaster Amet Figueroa. The area remains 6.94 inches behind the cumulative average for the year despite this month's total. Another factor in the fall color display is the see-saw of temperatures between day and night Moderate daytime temperatures allow trees to produce and cold nighttime temperatures allow the leaves to change colors. Mr Figueroa said temperatures through the weekend should remain Page federal disaster declaration hi 13 counties. Bl Bill to cut pensions criticized ByBARTJANSEN StaffWriter A watchdog panel last night blasted a pension reform bill sponsored by County Executive John G. Gary Jr. and unani- mously urged the County Council to reject it. Pension Oversight Commission members criticized any effort to reduce benefits promised to top officials as immoral and unfair. was done in 1989 was but I haven't heard anyone say it was Com- missioner Edward J. Donahue III said. But Personnel Director E. Hil- ton Wade defended Mr. Gary's reform saying it will save the county million in benefits that officials don't deserve. taxpayers are the ones at Mr. Wade said. A council hearing on the meas- ure is scheduled for Oct. 16. De- spite the commission's Chairman Deborah G. Turner said the council is expected to approve the bill. Mr. Gary's proposal is to repeal expensive changes made in 1989 to the Retirement Plan for Ap- pointed and Elected Officials-. Changes during the 1980s led to a million deficit in the plan for about 100 officials whose pensions taxpayers are bailing out. Mr. Gary's bill would return the value for each year of service from 2.5 percent of salary to the pre-1989 level of 2 percent and raise the retirement age from 50 years old back to 60. The changes would save the county about million by reduc- ing benefits to 58 workers. But the legislation wouldn't touch a third factor in the 1989 which raised the county's minimum annual payments to 15 short-term workers from to Commission who re- view pension legislation and an- Page Ruling sparks lawsuit threat ByBARTJANSEN Staff Writer A state lawmaker last night threatened to take the county to court over a pen- sion policy contradicted by the state's attorney general. LEOPOLD Del. John R-Pasa- said he and a lawyer serving on the Pen- sion Over- sight Com- mission are plan- ning a law- suit against County Attor- ney Phillip F. Scheibe. The case involves Mr. Scheibe's controversial de- cision to allow former pub- lic information officer Lou- ise L. Hayman to transfer four years of state service into her county pension. Reversing his position from a week Mr. Scheibe ruled April 5 that her 71-day county contract between the permanent state and county jobs didn't prevent the transfer. Adding the state years Page Tuition hike in store at University of Maryland By JAYSON T. BLAIR Capital News Service BALTIMORE The University of Maryland Board of Regents yesterday voted unanimously to approve a billion budget re- which included tuition in- creases at nine of the system's 13 institutions. The budget request for the 1996-97 school year must be ap- proved by the General Assembly and the governor during the legis- lative session beginning in Janu- ary. Rate increase to average 7 percent for in-state students Tuition for the average under- graduate in-state student will rise nearly 7 for out-of-state it will rise 10 percent. University administrators say tuition increases will bridge the gap between the state's contribu- tion to the system and what the state says must be spent on such items as cost-of-living and health insurance increases In state money made up 40 of the Uni- versity of Maryland System's budget. In this year's it will make up around 31 said Donald N. sys- tem chancellor. state of Maryland is a large shareholder in our enter- but it is not the major Mr. Langenberg said. Of the billion budget a 2.6 percent increase over last year billion will pay salaries and according to documents supplied by the system. College administrators said the 3 percent increase in state fund- ing that Gov. Parris N. Glenden- ing has promised the university system is earmarked for certain chosen by the gover- nor and the regents. These in- clude new debt service for the Center for the Performing Arts planned at College information technology initia- tives and inducement to bring AIDS researcher Robert Gallo to the Baltimore campus. Mr. Langenberg said students he consulted did not react well to the idea of tuition increases. would prefer not to see some of the tuition increases we have he said. But Ann chairman of the Regents' Finance said the increase was unavoidable. we are reluctant to put students into more debt... we had to do Hull said. Ms. Hull noted that the gover- nor has said he will not pay for million in state mandated Page INSIDE Aiunttt BebyFsw Notes Comics Cl Bl B2 All 84 C4 A7 C2 C12 Death Notices... HesKMfitnesr. Lottwy............. OMuanes...... Ponce Beat..... Sports.......... Tetevtoton........ Tides............ C12 AID A6 M All All .01-4 C3 All emulation. .268-7000 .2684800 Casinos may mean but could hurt racing ASSOCIATED PRESS COLLEGE PARK Casinos would bring tens of millions of dollars in tax revenues and thou- sands of new jobs to according to the first state as- sessment on the subject Tourists would come from other states and Marylanders would stay home rather than go to Atlantic City. NJ. if they find oaatoot th. state Department of Fiscal Ser- vices said The document was presented yesterday to the state's Rambling task at the University of Maryland College Park. The General Assembly is expected to decide next year whether to al- low casinos in Maryland. Echoing a concern of casino a state fiscal analyst said SOOM of the money might come from state residents who would otherwise spend their money elsewhere in Maryland A lone rasmo in Western Maryland rould draw 825.000 new tourists create jobs and bring million to the area the report found. And a single rasino in Baltimore's Inner Harbor could create jobs and bring in million in tax revenues and million to the local according to the report a Baltimore casino could cost the state's racing in- dustry and related businesses million and reduce state lottery revenues by the study found. The report cited estimates that the social costs associated with one compulsive gambler would be at least But it did not predict how many there would be. The 140-page report to the com- mission did not estimate regula- tory costs in Maryland. In New Jersey spent million regulating Atlantic City casinos. Illinois spent about million to regulate 10 riverboat casinos during the same the re- port said Other Maryland agencies are scheduled to give their assess- ments to the task force in Octo- ber. Hfc-
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