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Annapolis Sunday Capital (Newspaper) - June 6, 2010, Annapolis, Maryland Suspect sought in tot’s death; Boat breaks swimmer’s legs/Bl SUNDAY, JUNE 6,2010     WWW.HOMETOWNANNAPOLIS.COM — Annapolis, MD    $1.50 City ponders massive downtown makeover Underground garage, no cars on City Dock part of sweeping plan By JOSHUA STEWART Staff Writer For nearly a decade, city officials have been quietly planning a massive renovation of Annapolis’ downtown waterfront that would change the way the scenic area looks and how local businesses would compete with major shopping centers outside the city’s limits. If complete, Dock Street, which runs parallel to and fronts Ego Alley, would be closed to vehicular traffic and turned into a pedestrian pavilion complete with bistros and shops. A new underground parking ga rage would be built along Compromise Street and there would be a new park and acres of green space. Some versions of the plan even call for a second Market House just feet away from the one built before the Civil War. “What this attempts to do is get the automobiles off the waterfront and return it back to pedestrians,” said Don Reithlingshoefer, a partner with Reithlingshoefer Smith and As sociates, an Eastport architecture firm working on the project. It’s an ambitious and complex transforma tion of downtown Annapolis that will require cooperation among the city, the county school system and several private organizations — as well as a massive budget and years to complete. If it happens, Annapolis’ (See PLAN, Page AIQ) 4 Phase 2 Traffic and parking on Dock Street would end. The area would be turned into a pedestrian pavilion, allowing for outdoor dining, new vendors and bistros right on the water's edge. The National Sailing Hall of Fame, boat slips and other attractions nearby would be used to bring attention to the street. The cars J that used to park here could park ■MR at the new garage. Photos by Paul W Gillespie — The Capital Annapolis officials have been planning a massive downtown redevelopment project that would revolutionize the city’s image. While the plan has been discussed, evaluated and prodded for decades, it currently exists only as a series of maps, a digital fly-by and seedlings in architects’ and visionaries’ minds. However, plans call for two major changes to downtown — a new garage and a pedestrian-only City Dock. ( Phase I The city would partner with the county school system, the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel and others to build a new garage off Compromise Street that dips several stories underground. It would be large enough to hold hundreds of cars. The land is owned by county schools and its support is needed for the project to be built. The Marriott would provide funds for the garage in return for controlling the city’s old recreation center on St. Mary’s Street. The garage’s top deck would be covered with grass and a playground, creating a new park. How friendly is Maryland to business? State’s ‘competitiveness’ topic of economic conference this week By LIAM FARRELL Staff Writer Politicians try to woo voters by taking appealing, yet often relative notions — freedom, equality, prosperity — and turning them into the results of policies and • Q&A with promises.    Robert They say, “I have made    Hannon, you safer,” or, “I have made    p«g« B4 it easier to create jobs,” and frequently point to rankings from think tanks or magazines showing an area moving up or down in terms of taxes, schools and crime. Amid high unemployment and an unforgiving financial climate, Maryland Republicans and Democrats have been battling for years over whether Gov. Martin O'Malley and the General Assembly have done enough to keep the state’s economy strong. (See BUSINESS, Page A13) INDEX Arnold parents of victim open up about his dedication to country By ADAM GOLDMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON, D C. — A last photograph shows Darren James LaBonte on an all-terrain vehicle in Khost, Afghanistan, days before his death. He’s smiling. Athlete, soldier, husband, father — and determined CIA officer. LaBonte’s family had promised him they wouldn’t talk about his work. They kept that pledge as they mourned in private after he died along with six other CIA employees and a Jordanian intelligence officer in the suicide bomb ing at a U.S. base in Afghanistan in late December. Even now, months after his burial, they won’t detail the dangerous work he did for the agency. “We made that promise to him,” said LaBonte’s parents, David and Camille, who live in Arnold. But his family did decide over Memorial Day to acknowledge that he was among the bombing victims — and they decided to tell the world a bit about the man behind the name. All but two of the CIA employees killed in the blast had previously been identified publicly. The seventh victim, the agency’s chief of base, a 45-year-old mother of three and an al-Qaida expert, (See CIA, Page A13) WEATHER 89 61 HIGH LOW THUNDERSTORMS: Sun tomorrow. B2 FREE eyebrow design from Alexander’s of Annapolis COUPON/B3 SEVERN SCHOOL, BROADNECK HIGH GRADUATIONS By Shannon Lee Zirkle — The Capital Both the Severn School in Severna Park and Broadneck High School in Arnold held their graduation ceremonies yesterday. At left, Severn School students line up before their graduation begins at the school, and above, Natasha Rathlev, president of Broadneck's senior class, addresses her peers during the ceremony at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro. Four section*, 44 pages Calendar......A5    Puzzles C9 Crossword    ... D5    Editorial A12 MyTime......C14    Lottery    A4 Obituaries    . B2 3    Television ... C6 Classified............410-268-7000 Circulation 410-2684800 From Kent Island .. 800-327-1583 ONLINE EXTRA • See graduation slideshows at HometownAnnapolis.com. Darren James LaBonte, shown in County schools add alternative sports program Veil of secrecy shrouding dead CIA officer lifted HOME & GARDEN: Local gardeners show off their impressive rose displays. INSIDE TODAY’S PAPER By Joshua McKerrow — The Capital By ELISABETH HULETTE Staff Writer Students with disabilities in county schools soon will be able to play in a new after school sports program designed to allow athletes with most types of disabilities to compete. The program will start in spring 2011, when each of the county’s 12 high schools and the three special schools will offer a modified version of floor hockey, school officials said. Next up will be track and field in fall 2011, followed by bowling that winter. lf all goes as planned, students with dis abilities ranging from autism to paraplegia will be able to participate, organizers said. “I’m thrilled that this is occurring,” said (See SPORTS, Page A6) Afghanistan In 2007, was one of seven CIA employees and a Jordanian officer killed In a suicide bomber's blast In that war-torn country last December. LaBonte's parents, who live in Arnold, recently decided to talk about his career. AP photo Floor hockey, bow ling, track will be offered to students with disabilities