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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.HOMETOWNANNAPOUS.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  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.  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  4 Phase 1  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.  Photos by Paul W. Gillespie — The Capital  sociates, an Eastport architecture firm working on the project.  It's an ambitious and complex transformation 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 AlO)  i 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 that used to park here could park at the new garage.  SEVERN SCHOOL, BROADNECK HIGH GRADUATIONS  By Joshua McKerrow — The Capital  By Shannon Lee Zirkle — The Capital  Both the Severn School in Severna Park and Broadneck High Schooi in Arnoid heid 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.  ONLINE EXTRA  • See graduation slideshows at HometownAnnapolis.com.  Veil of secrecy shrouding dead CIA officer lifted  Arnold parents of victim open up about his dedication to country  By ADAM GOLDMAN Associated Press  WASfflNGTON, 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)  Darren James LaBonte, shown in A^hanistan in 2007, was one of seven CIA employees and a Jordanian offlcer 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  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&Awith promises. Robert  They say, "I have made Hannon. you safer," or, "I have made Page 84 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)  County schools add alternative sports program  Floor hockey, bowling, track will be offered to students with disabilities  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.  If all goes as planned, students with disabilities ranging from autism to paraplegia will be able to participate, organizers said.  "I'm thrilled that this is occurring," said (See SPORTS, Page A6)  dëâÎF^  WEATHER  89 61  HIGH  LOW  THUNDERSTORMS:  Sun tomorrow. B2  FREE eyebrow design from Alexander's of Annapolis  C0UP0N/B3  HOME & GARDEN:  Local gardeners show off their impressive rose displays.  INSIDE TODAY'S PAPER  INDEX  Four sections, 44 pages  Calendar......A5 Puzzles.........C9  Crossword ... D5 Editorial.;... A12  MyTime......C14 Lottery .......... A4  Obituaries . B2-3 Television .... C6  Classlfled............410-268-7000  Circulation..........410-26»4800  From Kent Island .. 800^27-1583   

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