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Capital, The (Newspaper) - April 12, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Say it ain't Joe Cl QB Montana is retiring Easter bring food for the faithful Bl Court rejects cigarette tax lawsuit Dl TOMORROW SOME SUN DETAILS PAGE A15 WEDNESDAY APRIL 1995. ANNAPOLIS. MD 350 Remembering Artist Elizabeth Schoumatoff was sketching the President when he was stncken The portrait remains unfinished President Franklin Delano Roosevelt sKs the steering wheel of Ms MitofnoMIs at Warm on April 1939. Roosevelt died In Warm Springs a little more than six years later on April 1945 from a stroke. 'Everybody was very hurt when he died' By BRADLEY PENISTON Staff Writer The night of April found Glorious Shenton at home in her family's Shady Side boarding finishing supper with a full table of family members and hotel guests The war in Europe was drawing to a but Ms Shenton's was still fighting in the Pacific as a ground crewman in the Army Air Corps Then a grim-faced neighbor stuck his head m the door President Roosevelt was dead stood up m my chair and 'Oh how can we do without him'' she cried It was a sentiment echoed around Anne Arundel County and around the world Fifty years ago today Franklin Delano Roosevelt died at his retreat in Warm Ga of a massive brain hemorrhage The four term president had invented a hundred different welfare programs to pull his country out of the Great had led his nation through the sacrifices of World War and was the only president a generation had known Even lifelong Republicans like Ms Shenton and her people to whom the New Deal s alphabet soup of programs seemed terribly wrong relied on Mr Roosevelt's calm wartime leadership 'We depended on him to get us through the she said He dealt well with the other kept things together I think he did well by us Ms Shenton a math teacher at Soul hern High School for 30 years recalled Mr Roosev elt s strength during years of rationing and privation 'Everybody was very hurt when he died she said For Shady Side resident Lucretia Brown Mr Roosevelt was the first president she remembered and through his job programs he provided her first employment used to work with the NYA the National Youth Administration Those were tough times Until the war you didn't stand a chance of AP photo By George N Lundskow The Capital Shady Side resident Glorious Shenton was eating dinner In her family's boarding house when she heard the news of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's SO years ago today. She holds a drawing of the located near her current home. getting a job she said Through the NYA Ms Brown worked at St John's College sorting records and shuffling papers He was the first one I ever knew I grew up w ith him You can just remember the speeches that he gave 'a day that will live m infamy she said quoting the president s speech of Dec 8 1941 in which he asked Congress to declare war on Japan But by 1944 when Mr Roosevelt was elected president for the fourth time the burdens of leadership weighed visibly on the man known for his defiant speeches and jaunty cigarette holder thought that he looked so ill that it just didn t Page Roosevelt's legacy hard to forget ASSOCIATED PRESS HYDE PARK N Y Meeting said Winston Churchill like uncorking your first bottle of champagne He thought he could charm anyone Stalin De Huey Long Fifty years in the grave he still charms us Franklin Delano Roosevelt couldn't walk unaided across his but he led his nation through its worst depression and greatest war We have never been able to forget him not as Harry Truman failed to extend his not as Lyndon Johnson failed to revive not as Ronald Reagan failed to dismantle it Even though his framed photos have even though he has no monument larger than his desk FDR has come to occupy a Mount Rushmore of the mind In death he has become all things to all pols Republicans say he never meant government to grow so and would have curbed it had he Democrats say he would have completed the New Deal with full employment and national health care Newt Gingrich had the band play Mr Roosevelt s theme song on Election Night and he reads everything about him down to news conference transcripts President Clinton promised a legislative flurry like Mr Roosevelt s first 100 quoted FDR in his inaugural speech and put his own bust of the great man on a credenza in the Oval Office We still miss him still mourn his passing To understand the durability of this appeal you must return to the moment when it first became dramatically apparent the day he died Everyone of a certain age can tell you exactly where they were and how they felt the moment they heard the news The death of FDR is one of our nation's unforgettable stones Page School cuts headed for Gary's desk By DENNIS SULLIVAN Staff Writer Class sizes in county elementary schools will grow to as many as 40 students in the next school year After school activity buses will no longer haul children home from middle essentially killing band prac tice and intramural sports for many students And at the high schools don t expect to see all those new computers the school board had planned to add All are possible under a spending plan the county Board of Education drafted last night at the request of County Executive John G Gary Jr After taking a straw-poll of its members during a meeting at the Tawes Building in the board decided to send the list of cuts to Mr Gary instead of waiting for him to cut the board's million budget proposal by 6 million The plan would reduce the county's share from million to which matches the amount Mr Gary said the county can afford in the fiscal year that begins July 1 The bottom line from the county is still more than the public schools' allotment of million for the current fiscal but school board members warn that it would only allow them to keep up with rising enroll ment The school system is expected to expand by another students to in the next school year The board's list of cuts is expected to land on Mr Gary's desk next along with million worth of items board members said they would like the County Council to restore to their budget if there's more money is just the bare bones we need to said Michael school board president 'But what we don't want to do is mislead the Countv Council into thinking this stuff on the add-back list is all gravy This million is just barely enough to keep ourselves above water' Included in the million is in Page Here are some of the changes the school board would accept if County Executive John G Gary Jr and the County Council are forced to reduce the total education budget from 9 million to 3 million Eliminate eight more positions at the central one of which Is and move nine employees in planning and construction into the The Capital saving nearly in the operating budget Cut the Advanced School Automation Protect which would have put a new high-tech computer lab in all 12 high from 5 million to The cut will only allow schools that already have a lab to tap into the information superhtfwray. Hire 40 new teachers Instead of 60 to handle rising saving Class sizes in the elementary schools would increase by 0 5 students on Some classes would see three or four more Students Hire two reading teachers instead of saving Hire one vo-tech teacher of saving Hire four administrative tralness instead of saving Hire six elementary school guidance counselors instead of saving Cut the adult basic education created to help immigrants and high school dropouts get their saving Cut money for class supplies and textbooks from 1 million to 7 which is still an 118 percent increase over the current budget Cut eight positions in bus saving Two Jobs are now filled Cut for after school activity buses at middle schools Woman pleads in fatal Mayo shooting By THERESA WINSLOW Staff Writer Vicki Lynn Flanagan bought her live-in boyfriend a 22-caliber rifle for his last birthday About a month tired of his she used it to kill him Ms was convicted yesterday of manslaughter in Joseph Lawrence Boswell Jr's death She was originally charged with first-degree murder for the May 13 shooting at their room in the Mayo Motel at 827 Mayo Road A woman in the next room heard Ms Flanagan cry out that she couldn t stand the beatings any longer just after the fatal shot rang out Assistant States Attorney Warren W Davis III said Ms Flanagan entered an Alford which allowed her to maintain her innocence while admitting the prosecu- tor had enough evidence to convict her She left the courtroom in shackles and was sobbing She faces a maximum of 10 years irj prison when she's sentenced by Judge Raymond G Thieme Jr on June 7 Despite evidence of abuse Mr Bos- well s older sister Janice Garner of Crofton said she would like Ms Flana gan to be executed I'd like to see her get the electric chair she said He may not have been the best man in the world but he was mine' The shooting occurred at about 4 am Ms Flanagan called 911 at 407 a m from a nearbv convenience store Page INSIDE ClMtMad 268-7000 Arundel AsK a Capital Chef s Classified Beat Dogs BIO Circulation 268-4800 From Kent 327-1583 ;