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Capital, The (Newspaper) - December 6, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland New seafood safety rules imposed A3 GET BAKING Christmas baked goods are in season Bl HoftHyt CUMIN to fit itwed Navy rolls over St. 8448 Su PAGE All DECEMBER MD 300 Suit challenges county pension By BART JANSEN Staff Writer Del. John R Leopold and a former Jnember of the Pension Oversight Commis- sion filed a lawsuit this morning challeng- ing a county decision to award a larger pension to a top official Mr. and lawyer Charles Brown asked a Circuit Court judge to reverse County Attorney Phillip F. Scheibe's ruling in April concerning the pension of former public information offl- Louise L. Hayman. The dispute concerns the technical defi- nition of a in between Dispute concerns definition of 'break in which would disrupt the accumula- tion of pension benefits. Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. has said Mr. Scheibe decided the case incorrectly. Mr. Leopold and Mr Brown argue in the lawsuit that state rather than county law should prevail in pension mat- ters. right of a former state employee to burden a local government pension plan with a credit for service to the state is governed by state not by executive flat by the county executive for Anne Arundel said the lawsuit prepared by attorney Frederick R Franke Jr County officials and Ms. Hayman de- clined comment this morning because they hadn't seen the lawsuit. Potential savings to taxpayers in the case are uncertain because Ms. Hayman's pen- sion was already sharply reduced by re- form legislation approved in November. At issue is a gap in 1991 between the time Ms. Hayman served as spokesman for the governor and public information officer for the county executive. She worked under contract for 71 days for former executive Robert R. Neall before taking the position permanently. In what Mr. Leopold called ugly Mr. Scheibe changed his mind in Ms. Hayman's case. On March Mr. Scheibe said the contract constituted a break in service that would prevent her from transferring three years and 10 months of state service to her ..county pension. But on April he reversed himself and said that because her duties and salary were the the contract should not count as a break in service. At the county Auditor Teresa 0. Sutherland challenged Mr. Scheibe's opi- nion and was rebuffed. Mr. Curran ruled Sept. 21 that the contract was clearly a break in service because Ms. Hayman didn't participate in any pension program while under contract. Mr. Leopold charged county officials with playing favorites in pension reform. Page GIFT GIVING St. Msry's Cemontary School CortM ol Josh torttMlr SttjeantsMve EfCfl Of 'Hie school's 24 nOHMMOOIW IS OM name with size a volunteer homo room fltOtflOr hOlpS the students shop for their By Mwk M. Odeff His feprtll Rt. 50 speed staying at 55 for now Spaghetti pizza fight cancer ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON Good Researchers have found that pizza tad spaghetti sauce can protect ftffinst prostate cancer. Really. Harvard study of the eating Bkbits of men over six years found that those who had at least 10 a week of tomato-based Cods were up to 45 percent less likely to develop prostate cancer. Most of the protection came from eating spaghetti said Dr. Edward Giovannucci of the Har- vard School of Public but pizza that includes layers of tomato sauce also helped. found that more was Dr. Giovannucci said. Men who typically took only four to seven servings of the tomato- based food had a 20 percent reduc- tion in the rate of prostate he said. A report on the study is published in the Journal of the National Can- cer Institute. Dr. Giovannucci said researchers checked the consumption of 46 fruits and and only tomato-based foods and strawber- ries seemed to have a protective effect against prostate cancer. The benefits of tomatoes came from several and even cooked into he said. Spaghetti sauce was the most common tomato-based food eaten by the men in the study group. Page By THERESA WINSLOW Staff Writer The State Highway Administra- tion for now has decided against raising the speed limit on a stretch of Route 60 from Annapolis to Bo- wie. the agency unttf a study of speeds on all 56-mph highways In-Maryland Is completed around spring before determining whether the 8.6-mile span will be increased to 65 mph. we do raise the we want to do it all of Route all at not SHA spokes- man Chuck Brown said The study is being conducted following the recent repeal of the federal 55-mph speed At the direction of the governor and the General the SHA received federal approval this sum- mer to increase speed limits on more than 250 miles of rural high- ways across the state. Parts of two highways in the county were slated to increase to 65 the stretch of Route 50 and a 12.5-mile span of Interstate 97 from Annapolis to Glen Bumie. Federal officials rejected a speed increase on another 12-mile stretch of Route 50 from the Bay Bridge to the split with Route 301 in Queens- town. Among the options now being considered in the SHA study is whether it could be raised to 60 mph. The 1-97 change took effect as scheduled July but the speed limit on Route 50 from Annapolis to we do raise the we want to do it all of Route all at not Chuck SHA spokesman Bowie remained at 55 because con- struction work on the highway had yet to be completed. The speed limit from Bowie to Washington also remains at 55 mph. By when the work was federal officials were already mulling the so the SHA decided to postpone the Mr. Brown said. Lt. Martin commander of the state police barrack in Annapfr said compliance with the new speed limit on 1-97 has been better than he anticipated. He also said he doesn't oppose an eventual change to 65 mph on the stretch of Route 5Q. won't make our job easier or he said. state police said the tran- sition to 65 mph in all areas was but they're a bit disap- pointed that more drivers anent adhering to the new speed said Mike police spokes- man. Page Higher speeds may be In Kent Island's future. A10 r Midnight Madness shopping tomorrow The seventh annual Midnight Madness festival will be held tomorrow night on City Main Maryland State Circle and in West Annapolis Most shops m those areas will be open until with many serving refreshments Restaurants and some businesses in Eastport and on Wast Street also plan late hours. Entertainment includes holiday music and community Z- caroling from several I and Santa Claus will be making the rounds of the shops There will be free shuttle and trolley service from Navy-Marine ft Corps Memorial Stadium and free parking m the Hillman I fiarage frpm 6 p m to midnight. Main Street will be closed to traffic In shops in West jtanapolls will be collecting canned food to donate to the 'i county Food Bank. The Annapolis Business Coalition Is sponsoring the event INSIDE CNN says O.J. Simpson will give 1st TV interview to legal analyst. A2 Minority students' poor showing blamed on racism. A4 WEST Meade High School getting help for halls. All St. Mary's girls trip Sevema Park in overtime. Cl Honor rolls........ All Lottery............ A4 Kent Island.....A10 Movies............... 88 Obituaries...........A15 Police 87 Sports ...............Cl-5 Tides......A15 Watt County...... A12 Arundel Report..... Dl Ask a Vet............ 86 Calendar B5 Chefs Choice......B14 02 Comics........ C6 D7 Death Notices......D10 Dofs 88 Editorials..........A14 Portions of The are printed each day on recycled paper. The newspaper also is recyclable Classified....................268-7000 Circulation..............2684800 From Kant 327-1683 AN other departments.. 268-BOOd It's time for the holiday postal rush By BRIAN STEINBERG Business Writer It'8 beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Annapolis area port New green Christmas wreaths are up. Postmaster Barry L Riggins1 salt- and-pepper beard resembles St. Mick's and postal officials are singing the annual refrain to mail early. Postal employees will tackle between and pieces of mail a day during the December a 1 percent increase from last Mr. Riggins said. The normal amount of daily mail Is somewhere in the neighborhood of he said Included in the holiday figure are eight letters to Santa that Annapolis area residents have he said. Postal Service employees collect the letters for a special delivery. peak is going to be around Dec. Mr. Rltftas said. at us at eaa By Bob Gilbert The espial Eager matters line up at the Esstport branch of the post office. Postal Servtct officials estimate Dec. 18 to be the peek day of the and are urging gHtfrvers and to get their missives In the mall as sarty as possible. To ease the holiday mail Christmas cards or gifts the local postal officials oflar several particularly to out-of-town UBS. Its Mr Services Supervisor George A Norberg said local mail only can be mailed on Dec 22 and still arrive the next day And Express Mail will be delivered on Christmas Day. they although it costs more than regular service But fruitcakes and the like ought to be sent out earlier to ensure on time Mr Riggins said. noted regular mail and Christmas can still arrive on time during the though a one-day delay is possible. Mr Norberf said normal delivery standards will remain during the season Mr Norberg urged Christmas card senders to use white standard blue or black and correct addresses. realise it's not as pretty when you use a white tart colored make ta Mad and must ;