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Capital, The (Newspaper) - August 22, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Mariners shut out O's for win B2 O's at on 50 24 SURVIVE Passengers credit with saving their lives A2 The plane's wwduge let In a Geoga flew. Plan to hire retired officers is rejected Bl ARCH I 31 c LAUFEL MD DETAILS PAGE All TUESDAY AUGUST MD County owes paramedics 1111 illioii By MARY ELLEN LLOYD Staff Writer Taxpayers could owe county para- medics as much as million after a federal judge ruled yesterday that offi- cials violated labor laws by refusing to pay them overtime Senior U.S. District Judge Walter E. Black's decision resolved separate law- suits that paramedics in Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties filed in 1990 seeking time-and-a-half pay for all Work Over 40 hours a week. The judge's ruling will affect about 300 including about 140 Court vacancy draws 11 hopefuls By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer Despite concerns that too few candi- dates would the number of aspirants seeking the first of two va- cant Circuit Court judgeships has hit double digits. Eleven people including two Dis- trict Court a Juvenile Court master and an assistant state's attor- ney threw their names into the ring as of the last day to file for a seat on the county's high bench. Although some observers have speculated that Oov. Parris N. Glenden- ing is likely to name the court's first woman or black the crop of candidates already has made county history. No women or blacks have even applied for a Circuit Court judgeship in at least 16 court officials said. Two of the applicants announced this niqming are and one is black. 'The candidates Philip T. a Juvenile Court master since 1991 and former assistant state's attorney. District Court Judge Clayton Greene the court's administrative judge and the first black jurist in county history He was named to the bench in 1988 Megan B. an assistant state's attorney and former chief of the office's Domestic Relations Division. Glenn L. a Severna Park lawyer. District Court Judge Michael E who has been with the court since 1990 and worked as a Juvenile Court master and an examiner for the county Circuit Court for 14 years. Roger A. an Annapolis former assistant city attorney and president of Anne Arundel County Bar Association in 1984. Ronald A. a Glen Bur- nie lawyer. A. an Annapolis Page Judge rules for medical workers in overtime suit from the Anne Arundel County Fire Department Paramedics at the Annapolis Fire Department were not part of the law- suit. The emergency medical workers claimed they do not fall under an exemption to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act requiring firefighters to work 53 hours a week before receiving overtime pay. Paramedics said they do not fall under the labor law's definition of a firefighter. Emergency medical workers wel- comed a decision in the in which paramedics have been seeking back pay since 1986. risk our lives every day and it's a long said Firefighter Paramedic Kathleen Grote out of Brooklyn station. The county fire administrator's of- fice kept track of running costs until last year and had put the figure at million. Some individual workers could be due up to said John D. an 18-year paramedic from south county and the original plaintiff. been a drawn-out proc- he said. But a Baltimore attorney represent- ing the paramedics said those esti- mates may have included punitive damages for the delay in pay. Revised damage estimates are due Oct. said the F J Collins. A spokesman for County Executive John G. Gary Jr. confirmed the over- time estimate from last year but said county officials have not determined if it is still accurate in light of the ruling. know it will go into the mil- but at this point we haven't made any county spokesmai Larry Telford said would imagine i would be less than that Mr Telford also said the county is considering an appeal. Baltimore County officials had no seen the opinion and could not com ment. Paramedics estimated the cost that county would be about million. Mr West said local paramedics am ambulance workers will also meet ir the next few days define exactlj what kind of relief we want from the work while the details of monet Page PRETTY AS A PICTURE By Bob Gilbert The Capital WIUi tfw Naval Acadsniy BfMfKS to ttw AntoU artist AbljaH McBfkto paints a porbalt of M.E. Warren who was atttfcig on a pWnc on a Sown Rhw pier. Daytime Mgto wHntum to tho through wtth no rain. Yesterday's WNs rtM wtth mtifM In tilt 90s MM UnMvtny wvM9 of WHV foptaoQQ by 8 cocw today. County policy on vacations may be costly ByBARTJANSEN StaffWriter A change in county vacation policy to accommodate a department head five years ago could result in rank-and- file workers qualifying for massive amount of worth hundreds of thousands of county officials and sources say. Robert J. the county's cur- rent chief administrative is the most prominent beneficiary of the 1990 policy that allowed county workers who have left the government and were rehired to count all their years of service toward vacation time. In his Mr. Dvorak qualifies for five weeks off per year rather than two after officials ignored a six-year gap in his county He is the highest-salaried county earn- ing per so each of those weeks is worth nearly The generous policy apparently was intended exclusively for upper-echelon officials because personnel officials have resisted granting the extra time off to lower-level workers. But a recent county attorney's lega opinion ruled that the benefit must bt made available to the entire wort force. Personnel Director E. Hilton Wade warned about the costs in an exchange of obtained by The with County Attorney Phillip F. Scheibe. office is faced with the pro- spect of granting for some em- is a massive amount of Mr. Wade said. No official estimates are available for how many workers are affected or how much vacation time is involved. But the change could apply to scores of workers and cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars jn lost produc- a source said. 32 workers have applied for the personnel officials said. If 50 employees earning the average Page Academy updates rules for pregnant iiiids By LESLIE GROSS StaffWriter Midshipmen who get pregnant or father a child can take one year off and return to the Naval Academy if the child is put up for adoption or turned over to a legal guardian under a new policy announced yesterday. Under the policy which is consis- tent with Army and Air Force academy guidelines pregnant midshipmen can also get medical care at academy academy spokesman Capt. Tom Jurkowsky said. Pregnant mids and mids who fath- ered children were automatically kicked out in the past Once the pregnancy is completed and the child is either put up for adoption or appointed to a guardian or close the midshipman can apply to the Academic Board for read- mission. midshipman has to have no legal responsibility for the acad- emy spokesman Karen Myers said. A midshipman with a child who fails to volunteer for a leave of absence will be thrown out. As in the mids who get married have to leave. Adm. Charles academy suspended the old pregnancy policy last summer. Larson feels that the new policy is it's viable and it's a policy that allows individuals to make a thorough and well-informed personal decision should they become preg- Capt. Jurkowsky said. The new policy follows Adm. Lar- son's rejection of a proposed change that would have allowed pregnant fe- male midshipmen to remain if they terminated the pregnancy within 30 days It drew sharp criticism from both anti-abortion groups and abortion rights advocates for encouraging abor- tion. Douglas legislative direc- tor of the National Right to Life Com- praised the new policy for offering midshipmen more of a choice. think the admiral should be com- mended for this change in he said. the option to take a year off will lessen the pressure to abort the baby. We hope that any midshipman would choose life for the The academy's new policy also was applauded by Sana F. presi- dent of Planned Parenthood of Mary- land Academy officials said the new pol- icy addresses the inability to handle both raising a child and fulfilling the intense requirements at the academy. the academy's policy is the fact that parenthood and pregnancy impose significant responsibilities and demands upon Adm. Larson said in a prepared statement. demands and responsibilities are incompatible with the require- ments of midshipmen at the In Adm. Larson appointed a panel to review the policy and make recommendations after the Navy up- dated its rules on pregnancy and family planning. The admiral has been handling preg- nancy issues on a case-by-case basis since then. In the past two cases have arisea In the admiral granted a preg- nant midshipman a one-year leave of Ms. Myers said. In the other a midshipman who was responsi- ble for the pregnancy of a a midshipman volunteered to resign. All three service academies forbid students to have dependents. The Military Academy at West and the Air Force Academy in Page Economic expansion predicted for BWI area By BRIAN STEINBERG Business Writer Despite a softening state the busi- ness district around BWI Airport can expect a not economic expansion over the next few according to a report released yesterday. Prepared by the BWI Business the. mid-year economic' report said is 'reason to expect continued not a fall back to the pits of during the second BWI business district already is outper- forming the state and the said Neil M. BWI Business Partnership executive .director. He attributed the region's success to a diverse mil of and the relatively tow cost of doing business in the area. Inexpensive land and the growth of the think that they have a mini-gold mine over They I outpace the rest of the state in terms of economic and employment growth.'' Michael economist airline industry at BWI make it sought-after real said Michael an economist irith the Regional Economic Studies Program at the University ofBaWmore. think that they have a mini-gold mine over he said. I outpace the rest of the state in terms of economic and employment including General Sig- net Banking Corp. and Bell Atlantic moved into nearly 12 million square feet of vacant space from January to June. The optimistic prediction comes despite an economic slowdown hi the first half of the especially the second the report hi the report notes statewide de- clines in residential real estate passenger car and business inventory accumulation from this time last year. And the report notes a 16 percent vacancy rate in the mostly because of downsiz- ing at Westinghouse Corp. Among the report's hi the region continued to decline although some scattered labor shortages do exist for low- wage positions. The second quarter witnessed rebounded interest hi the second quarter. Rents in the District continued to firm and larger banks of contiguous office apace are virtually nonexis- the report states. Hotels in the business district have an aggregate occupancy rate of approximately 75 showing more and more business and leisure travelers are using the region. number of passengers using Baltimore-Washington International Airport will increase by more than hi from 12.8 million to 13.6 million. Another difference distinguishing the BWI district from the rest of the state Is the type of INSIDE a 24 Arundel Report. Business. Calendar Classified Club Notes Comics. Crofton Bl Death Notices... B12 A6-7 Editorials AID B5 Lottery.......... A4 B7 Movies........ AS B5 Obituaries.......... All B6 SevemaPark...... AS A9 Sports....... B2-4 Crossword.........B12 Television........... AS Portions of The Capital are printed each day on recycled paper The newspaper also Is recyclable. Classified....................268-7000 Circulation..................2684800 From Kent 327-1583 AH other departments..2684000 ;