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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - November 26, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               Michigan bowls over Ohio St. Cl Florida beats Florida State OT THRILLER Navy grounds Air Force in basketball opener Cl Mkte celebrate 8H7 overtime victory. Travel crush welcomed at BWI Dl GCTD ARCHIVES LAUREL _AURE'_ MD NOVEMBER help for Route 2 snarl Traffic backs up dally on Route 2 at Mayo where SHA engineers plan to add a second southbound lane In the spring. SHA may also suggest 6 lanes for Edgewater stretch By George N. Lundshow The Capital By MICHAEL CODY South County Staff Writer The men who work in the garage at Hardesty a trucking firm in Edge- no longer bother to look up when they hear the sound of cars crashing. Neither do the mechanics at Edgewater on the other side of Route 2 at Mayo south county's busiest intersec- tion. But they and others who travel in Edgewater daily know how to describe the traffic scene. It's crazy a problem is it's long term unless the big boys come up with some money Robert SHA engineer said Geoff service manager at the Sunoco. Now help is on the starting with worth of work set to begin in the spring. A left-turn lane will be added at Mayo plus an extra southbound lane from there to Pike Ridge in a project funded by the developer of 900 homes and u shopping center at South River Colony. And last the State Highway Admin- istration engineer in charge of long-term Improvements to Route 2 said he recommend its conversion to a six-lane divided highway. traffic says four lanes won't Robert Schneider said in a reference to projections of more than cars daily north of Mayo Road by the year vs. in 1992. problem is it's long he said ROUTE Page Car phones top list of school employee perks By LESLIE GROSS StaffWriter Almost twice as many school system employees enjoy the luxury of car and portable phones this year compared to two years ago. The car cars and expense accounts received by school offi- cials are among the extras some call but others describe as un- needed perks at a time the school system should be cutting costs.- Although such benefits account for a small portion of the system's million school board member Thomas R. Twombly was blasted last year for a hefty car phone bill pushing for less expensive alternatives. Others they're trying to find ways to cut use and drop it in the pay said Wta pref ittent of the County Council of PTAs. a drop in the but all these little drops in the bucket will add up. If we're in a budget then we need to corporate America is tightening their why should we go the other Thomas school board member fill that bucket up one drop at a This school officials are using 51 car and portable phones up from 27 in 1993. Mr. Twombly has pushed the Board of Education to switch to which are half the price at as little as a piece. Down-sizing companies have dropped car phones for along with doing away with take-home he said. corporate America is tightening their why should we go the other he said. appears to me that in the tight budget times we're we should cut all Mr. Twombly rang up a car phone bill of nearly for the 1993-94 school year. He got rid of the phone after a reporter asked him about the bill. Since he been paying it back by forfeiting the monthly stipend all eight school boarfl members receive. It would be just as effective for a employee to be paged and then use a phone at one of the more than 100 school buildings- across the he said. school officials maintain that the phones and other benefits improve communication and make their work more Page Our Scrapping schools' letter grades a big mistake. A14 Rto photo by Hensorv The Capital win continue to do my Job the way I hive been and those who concur wffl and those who don't wont If they want to knock they'll onty be hurting Mid Mayor Alfred A. Hopklm A may or ready for war Lame duck Hopkins yows city'sHunters 't bag him By JEFF NELSON Staff Writer Annapolis Mayor Alfred Hopkins freely admits he is a lame duck with only two .years left In his final term of office. But he vows the political hunters won't bag I Even with the loss of four top officials from his administration and his political enemies already a 'confident Mr. Hopklm said he is feadjr to bjp tested will continue to do my job way I have been Mid those who concur will and those who don't won't. If they want to knock they'll only be hurting themselves. 164 in so I must be doing something hesaid. Mr. Hopkins is entering the final years of his administration because of legally mandated term limits. In the past five he has lost many of the key advisers who helped him achieve his greatest successes in his six years Page Overnight mail service continues to get better By THERESA WINSLOW Staff Writer Overnight mail service in Anne Arundel County continues to im- prove. In the latest test by The 186 of 200 or 93 mailed locally on Nov. 17 arrived the following day. The standard with pre- paid postage of 20 were mailed in groups of 20 from 10 different locations across the county to a Cape St. Claire address. Half of the cards were the other half handwritten. is much but obviously it's not said William manager of post office operations for the Baltimore Dis- which serves much of the county. be happy when we reach 100 The first test of the U.S. Postal Service by the newspaper in July 1994 revealed a dismal 22 percent overnight rate. Postal officials then promised and a subsequent test in December raised the mark to 88 percent. Richard manager of cus- tomer service and sales for the Baltimore said he was glad overnight service is still showing improvement. is a great he said. ought to be proud of what we've done so The national overnight delivery rate was 87 percent in the latest round of tests conducted for the ight delivery almost 200 handwritten were mailed from 10 different locations in the county Jftgrbtps of 20 to a Cape St. Claire address. v results were an Improvement over a similar an 88 percent delivery first test by The Capital percent overnight return. eeH WKfnMctey Y -j Dally delivery 186 postal service by the independent accounting firm of Price Water- house. The Baltimore which serves all of Anne Arundel County from Edgewater scored an 81 The Capitol HetghtB which serves the remainder of the county finished with 82 percent t In the suminer of the Waterhouse for the Page A12K I T IJOW Mostly surmy today. Warmer tomorrow. D2 'Gang Green When they last the Redskins end Eagles had mixed early-season Struggles with glimpses of promise. Getting to .500 was the goal for both teems. Not so now. pi ON Redskins vs. 1 p.m. 5. LOOKINO FOR The search is a tough job. Bl TRAM Christmas spirit arrives downtown. Bl INTRO TO An Internet business primer. B6 Dear here's my list. BB QIFT Some holiday shoppers are already El Humans are no match for modern packaging. El Rodeo cowboys know no age limits. E4 TRAVEL Alps provide peak skiing experience. ES INDEX Arundel Report..01 Editorials Business..........Bl Lottery...............A4 Classified.....Fl-10 Movies..............Q Crossword..........E6 Comics.............Gl Police Beat........ Jtf Classified...................26S-7000 Circulation.................2684800 iL Z. JL t ._ XL   

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