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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - November 2, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               Gay naval officer can be dismissed A4 DOLLED UP American Girl craze hits Anne Arundel County Cl American Girt of Today dolls ire very popular. O's close door on Jones Dl Holtz fires up Navy squad THURSDAY NOVEMBER MD Driver's license expands jury pool By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer Jury duty isn't just for registered voters anymore. Beginning Jan. county residents with driver's licenses will be called to sit on Circuit Court court officials said yesterday. The which advocates have touted as a way of boosting the public's confidence in the already has produced a less- expected The number of potential county jurors has ballooned from to nearly numbers really surprised every- Court Administrator Robert G. Wai- New method of picking county jurors begins soon lace said. Starting next the Circuit Court will use state Motor Vehicle Administration as well as voter to select jurors. The first jurors chosen by the new method will serve in January. Anne Arundel County is one the first in the state and the first of Maryland's five largest jurisdictions to draw its jury pool from driver's licenses. The move initially was discussed about a year ago. Officials approved the idea last winter but didn't have enough time to put it in place for Mr. Wallace said. They held off until now so they can choose the entire 1996 crop of grand and petit jurors using the new approach. Not everyone in the criminal justice system endorses the however. The county's top prosecutor criticized the saying the county hasn't shown a pressing need to expand its juror pool. no good reason to do this in Anne Arundel State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee said. the idea to get more people who don't want to be jurors to Are you going to get better jurors that I doubt the new method means that residents who register to vote stand less chance of being called for jury duty. Perhaps more observers will be its impact on the makeup of juries. certainly assures that the jury pool is as representative of the community as it can said Alan R. the county's public who suggested the proposal last year. will encourage the community to accept the verdicts of juries as being a fair reflection of the Court officials haven't tracked local ju- ries' racial or gender but some defendants have complained that their juries lacked minority representation. they question whether or not this is a jury of their Circuit Court Judge Robert'H. Heller Jr. said. Unlike which has considered expanding its pool because of a numbers Anne Arundel County is drawing from motor vehicle records out of luxury more than necessity. Page School bus gets man dead ASSOCIATED PRESS MIAMI Fla. A hi- jacker commandeered a school bus this morning with five disabled children on board and took them on a wild ride before he was shot and killed by police. Police fired several shots at the stormed the bus and drag- ged the man onto the sidewalk in front of Joe's Stone a popular restaurant at the tip of Miami a witness said. The the bus driver and an aide on board escaped serious Dade County school official said. today we were lucky nobody was school spokesman Henry Fraind said. The hijacker was dragged into an put on a stretcher and covered with a blanket. Jesse administrator of the South Pointe Manor nursing home across the street from said he and 10 staffers watched the drama. was up on the roof and I heard As soon as we heard the gunshots we all pulled Mr. Dunwoody said. don't know if he had a weapon. I don't understand why they shot Another who wasn't identified by told a radio station that he heard four or five shots. 15 cops jumped on top of the witness said. was bleeding from the upper right shoul- and it looked like from the stomach area. They dragged him onto the sidewalk and just dropped Page DRESSED FOR By Bradley Peniston The Capital On the first day of the new voluntary uniform policy at Windsor Farms Elementary School In third-grade teacher Jeanne Pettebone reads to her class In the school's library. Most of the students are wearing the new which consists of a red top and khaki pants or a green Jumper. An alternate uniform Is a whtte top and blue pants. Kids give school uniforms a try By BRADLEY PENISTON Staff Writer On the first day of Windsor Farms Elementary School's voluntary uniform about three- fifths of the students showed up yesterday in the prescribed red-and- khaki or white-and-blue outfits. Supporters of the policy had anticipated at the Arnold school for waiting to see whether a critical mass of students would wear the uniforms. Principal Lewis Frey declared himself pleased with the first day's turnout. is Mr. Frey said as he greeted students at the school's front door. think we did pretty well for a voluntary He reckoned that compliance was about 50 percent among ahd higher in the younger grades. Support for a school uniform was kindled earlier this year amid media reports that some public schools with uniforms saw improvements in student grades and self-esteem. For several parents who dropped off their kids at school the uniforms were a welcome experiment. not try it and It mates the school look nice. They say it might improve academic and I don't see how it could said Ronita Page MTAbus routes face cuts By THERESA WINSLOW Staff Writer While Maryland moves forward with plans to expand light budget constraints may force cuts in'a third of the state's 66 bus routes in the Baltimore metropoli- tan mass transit officials said yesterday. ridership in Anne Arundel County has been a less-than-satisfying experience the Mass Transit Administrator John Agro Jr. told county officials and legislators in Annapolis. Transit officials said at least four Anne Arundel County routes will be Reducing the number of trips on the No. 14 line between Jumpers Hole Road and Annapolis. Discontinuing service on the No. 18 line in the which runs from Cromwell light-rail station to Old Mill. Consolidating the Nos. 12 and 17 with elimination of service to Green Haven and Lake Shore. The No. 12 line currently runs from the North Linthicum light-rail station to Parkway Center in Glen Burnie. No. 17 runs from the Patapsco light-rail stop to the Cromwell station. Consolidating the Nos. 63 and 64 lines between Anne Arundel County and downtown Baltimore. The No. 63 line runs from the North Linthicum light-rail station to Riviera while No. 64 serves Baltimore city. Mr. Agro spoke at an annual briefing by state officials about all transportation projects in the works throughout the county. The 2W-hour meeting was held in County Council chambers at the Arundel Center. Besides bus everything from BWI Airport service and Bay Bridge maintenance to a of highway projects in the county was discussed. Mr. Agro said the changes in the 22 bus routes will save about million. State Sen. Phillip Jimeno C. D-Brooklyn was concerned by the announcement. worked so hard so long for bus service in the county. I don't want to see it he said after the meeting. Mr. Jimeno said he'll meet with MTA officials about the situation. Mr. Agro also discussed a proposed fare increase for commuter buses and light rail. Fares Page Bat Please give flying mammals a chance By MICHAEL CODY Staff Writer Bats have been blud- geoned and buried simply because of irrational fears. But they don't deserve such In may be the salvation of modem the founder of Bat Conservation Merlin said yesterday in Annapolis. not telling anybody that if we're kind to we'll never have to use pesticides said Mr. who was the guest of former state senator Gerald Wlne- grad at a two-hour roundtable discussion With state and federal biologists. But with research showing that bats from a single colony can consume hundreds of tons of crop pests and mosquitoes every it's time for farmers and other landowners to give the flying mammals a he said. Mr. Tuttle told of an organic fanner in Oregon who after attracting thousands of little brown bats to houses he installed beat an infestation of ear-worms in his corn. The farmer doesn't need pesticides any more. In a study of high-flying freetailed bats is getting under way. Air traffic controllers have noted that boll-weevil and bat flight patterns and scien- tists are intrigued. The public's fear of bat bites and rabies is Mr. Tuttle said. A rabies outbreak in Mary- now linked to raccoons from originally was blamed on bats. are the whipping he recalling years public health experts assumed that most bats were infected with ra- bies. They aren't. If farmers can be convinced of their value manmade bat apartments could be constructed Pace By MtohMl Cody The Capital In TtfttWf TMMMsH of Bin Con explains the Unes of Reuses Hying i OenM Wlnegns' of Lynn DcvUssn of the Oeeeitment of Natural HIIIUTCM' natural heritage prejsjn. INSIDE SOUTH Experts ponder ways to enhance London Town. M MVmfU Teen assault may revitalize night patrols. M Arundel Report..... Bl Calendar............. A8 Classified............ C6 Comics................ 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