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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - October 3, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               CLOUDY PAGE All OCTO ARCHIVES TUI 312 LAUREL AVE LAUREL MD 20707 OCTOBER MD 350 Simpson acquitted of murdering two 0 J. Simpson appeared surprised when tt was announced that verdk Simpson ami RoraM Goldman. AP photo tod w aoon. Today ha was found not of the murdon of Ntooto Brown ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES O.J. Simpson was acquitted today of murdering his ex-wife and her a suspense-filled climax to the courtroom saga that obsessed the nation. With two the jury freed the fallen sports legend to try to rebuild a life thrown into disgrace. Sobs could be heard in the courtroom as the acquit- ting Mr. Simpson of both first- and second-degree were read. Mr Simpson hugged his attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr. Mr Simpson's ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald were slain June The curious throngs and an army of media began arriving at the courthouse early while police went on tactical alert to brace for possible trouble in the streets. News helicopters roared out- side. Barricades blocked the street. In the courthouse hundreds of people vied for the few precious public satfe in the courtroom. As their lottery num- were the lucky few 'Cheered. They came to take their place in to experience the verdict of the century. It came yesterday without warning. As the judge brought in the two-thirds of the hottest seats in town were two of the leading attorneys in the case weren't even and most of the media not expecting such a swift verdict were upstairs in the press room. that cor- Superior Court Judge' Lance Ito asked the a black woman In her early 508 who was chosen by her col- leagues last week after just three minutes. she said. Jaws dropped. There were gasps in the courtroom. Mr. Simpson ap- peared as did his attor- Carl Dou- a second- SIMPSON stringer on the legal team assigned the mundane task of sitting next to Mr. Simp- son during testimony readbacks. doesnt begin ttr scribe my Mr. Douglas said afterward. Prosecutor Christopher Darden was but Marcia Clark wasn't. Mr. asked if he could believe the rapid end to delibera- think I have to Page Casino nights for nonprofit groups approved by council By BART JANSEN Staff Writer Let the games begin. vThe County Council last night imanimously approved charity casinos as fund-raisers for non- profit despite questions about children gambling and casi- qos popping up anywhere Volunteer Ore fra- ternal organizations and com- Itounity groups lobbied the Gener- al Assembly this year for permis- sion to hold casino nights to raise money. The county's House dele- gation sponsored a successful bill. I County Executive John G. Gary Jr. proposed the bill authorizing local events once per year per in their meeting with only members run- jiing the games. blackjack and a dice game are allowed under the county bill. Roulette was also sanctioned under state but not included in the county bill. Bets are limited to A group may hold its one casino event per year for either one or two consecutive days. The license costs per day. But the lack of an age limit on gamblers and potential locations of the events raised questions among council members. State lottery players must be 18 years county commercial bin- go players must be 18 and the people operating games at charity casinos must be 21. But state and county law are silent about ages of people betting on the casino said Anne who oversees licensing for the Department of Planning and Code Enforcement Deputy County Attorney David A. Plymyer confirmed that groups could hold the events wherever they meet regularly. Ownership of the premises isn't required. But the casinos couldn't operate on a boat because the county can't regulate the officials said Council Chairman Diane R. also asked whether alleged organized crime links to Prince George's County casinos would migrate The companies that supply casino equipment have been reputed to to crime but there have been no convictions. Administration officials said the infrequency of the events and the requirement that members operate the games would discour- age criminal participation. Tower regs send bad d to opposition INSIDE By BART JANSEN Staff Writer The County Council last night linanimously adopted its first reg- 'itfatfens for communications tow- despite opposition ftttn rest Jfents and the industry. Civic groups and neighbors of proposed cellular-phone towers lulled the bill carrot and no for vendors. Towers should shorter and farther from residents argued. j But cellular phone-company said the bill sponsored by Councilman John J. Klocko would wreck a grid system of antennas 10 years in the -making. think the pattern is Nobody is Mr. Klocko said after the hearing that at- tracted about 50 people. His bill was intended to set local zoning regulations governing where towers are allowed. The current lack of standards leaves an administrative hearing officer to make his own decision. If a company follows the rules in Mr. Klocko's it won't have to go through time-consuming hearings to build a tower. Under the all towers in residential areas must be single poles. The pole could be 100 feet tall to serve one company or 140 feet for two to encour- age cooperative construction. Towers could go an extra 30 feet high if located on county property Page GrtxJer con- cerns Improve at academy. M Baseball playoffs set .to begin tonight. 12 2i Business............A5-6 Catondar............. B7 Capital 86 B8 Ckib BB Cofflics.......... B5 Crofton............... A9 Crossword...........B13 Death Notices. B14 Editorials Lottery OWtuaAs Potto Tides........... AID M B7 All All A8 .824 B7 All Portions of The Capflaf we printed each day on recycled paper. The newspaper also Is recycHMe .................268-7000 From Kont 327-1583 SIDEWALK CAFE IN OPERATION -TtwCapiur Won and Josaloa Harvoy and thole son Jayson have dmnor wfOi tho famfly dog at otrootoMo at Bmtty'o Crabs and Ritas on Main Stroet. Alderman toutsa Ward catfod UM cafe OM of tte more or six that have appoarod downtown to Regulations on cafes9 By JEFF NELSON Staff Writer I It public hearings are an everybody loves sidewalk cafes in Annapolis They must simply agree on how much they love them. Only 20 people turned out for a subdued hearing last night on roadside dining in the Historic District. Every speaker professed support for the but differed slightly on the question of regulations. Aldermen will vote on the issue at a meeting Oct. 23. Restaurant who made up nearly half of the 15 speakers at the City Council want the city to adopt a relatively hands-off approach to the cafes with a reliance on laws that are already to place to preserve the peace down town. pretty astute businessmen.... If we break the close us said Harvey owner of Buddy's Crabs and Ribs on Main Street Residents and preservationists said the city's historic charm should be preserved by having the Historic District Commission review furniture types and to have the City Council evaluate each cafe on a case-by-case basis. are talking about public space. The public has a right to your regulating its said Ann' executive director of the Historic Annapolis Foundation. Alderman Louise D-Ward strife a' slide show of all the sidewalk cafes that haw appeared downtown since the council approved them on a trial basis three weeks ago. She said the City Council should consider regulating the size and decor of the cate in the   

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