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Capital, The (Newspaper) - December 14, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland I More police requested for Clay St. Bl UM REBOUND Maryland gets back on track by beating 83-67 Dl Knows tie up ClMlM Smith. The perfect holiday TOMORROW MILDER DETAILS. PAGE A13 THURSDAY DECEMBER MD 6 An industry of misery' QOV. PARRIS N. GLENDENING .vowt veto of gambling legislation. ASSOCIATED PRESS BALTIMORE Calling casinos industry of Gov. Par- ris N Glendening said he'll veto any casino gambling legislation that reaches his desk and announced his opposition to slot machines at Maryland racetracks. Mr. Glendening said yesterday that his announcement before a coalition of ministers at the Baptist Missionary Convention headquar- ters was the first tune he had taken an official stance on gambling as Glendening promises veto of casino bills even though he had pub- licly said several times that he opposes casinos. j must not let the bright lights of casino gambling blind Mr. Glendening told a roomful of minis- gambling state dele- gates and Baltimore County Execu- tive Dutch Ruppersberger. that glitters is not The state should concentrate on improving education and creating new jobs instead of trying to lure casinos to the governor said. The examples of Atlantic and New Orleans show that legalizing gambling Increases crime and actually causes a loss of he said. as gambling is not the Escaping dental work's reality Virtual reality glasses offer relief to many patients' fears s By THERESA WINSLOW Staff Writer tanleigh Higgs got two crowns at the dentist recently along with a tour of national parks. The side trip was courtesy of virtual reality a new high- tech device at the Crofton office of Dr. Arnold J Slutskin like being in the Mrs. of said as Dr. Slutskin worked on her teeth. very entertaining Very While sitting in the dentist's the patient wears a 'Visor-like device similar to a pair eyeglasses. The place a simulation of an screen in front of the viewer j Movies are played on a standard -videocassette recorder and video games are run from a Nintendo system Buttons on the side of the glasses control the stereo and a hand-held controller is used for video or interactive virtual reality programming. Dr. who practices with Drs. Norman D Slovis and Tracy L. bought two pairs of the glasses more than a month ago. He saw them in a catalog and thought they might go a long alleviating the fear of some patients Each pair costs between and Dr. Slutskin considers it a good although it took a while to adjust to working around the glasses. He said some patients don't want to leave when his work is done because their tapes haven't runout. it seems to do is make the visit go he said. today is virtually but if By David W Trozzo The Capital Stanlelgh Higgs of Gambrllls watches a video on national parks through virtual reality glasses as Dr. Arnold J. puts In two crowns and dental assistant Marshall helps out. Dr. whose office Is In said the glasses are a good way of relieving patients' fears about dental work. the patient is it's going to make the experience more difficult maybe a patient is able to get themselves out of the dental situation and immerse themselves in a totally different Dental assistant Denise Marshall said the glasses seem to have equal appeal for children and adults She's tried a pair herself and said she was surprised by the large image of the screen. Dr. Slutskin opened his practice 23 years ago with Dr. Slovis They knew of no other dentists in the county who are using the and neither did officials at the Anne Arundel County Dental Society or a local dental supplier. At least 300 dentists practice In the according to the Maryland State Dental Association. Drs Neil J. Sullivan and Scott W president and immediate past president of the dental believe the glasses have limited applications. But they echoed Dr. Slutskin's belief about swaying reluctant people to make an appointment with the dentist. are different new techniques out there that can enhance the quality of There are others that aren't gimmicksT but will encourage patients who otherwise wouldn't be going the Dr. Finlay said. The current movie lineup at Dr. Slutskin's office includes hits like and Lion He also has music videos and Nintendo games like Mario But if those don't patients are welcome to bring in their own pop them into the and recline in the dentist's chair with the glasses on. Virtual reality programs tailored to the glasses have just come on the and Dr. Slutskin plans to buy some of them. One feature he'particukrly likes is that the stereo sound is isolated to the wearer of the but not so loud that he can't talk with a patient. Mrs. who has been going to Dr. Slutskin's office for more than 20 said she was- amazed at the new devices on the market. She also believes the Nintendo will be a big hit with her teen-age son. The glasses are made by a Seattle Virtual 1-0 Inc. and were introduced in the spring. P.G. council members got campaign cash from Cooke INSIDE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON At least five Prince George's County Council members received campaign contri- butions from people or groups who work for Washington Redskins own- er Jack Kent according to a report today. Residents opposed to Mr Cooke's plan to build a new stadium in Landover say those council mem- bers Should be prohibited from vot- ing on whether to approve the stadium. A state ethics law forbids council members from voting on land-use issues that affect contributors to their the residents' at- torney said In a letter to the council. Councilman Walter H. a stadium said Tuesday that he would refrain from voting because he had a contribution last year from his Timothy F. who was hired by Mr. Cooke as a consultant on negotiations with state and local officials Besides Mr. The Wash- ington Post reported that five other council members received cam paign contributions from at least one Redskins official since the ethics law took effect July Anne T. Ronald V. Marvin F Audrey E. Scon and M.H. Jim Estepp. Most of the contributions were in the range. law definitely said attorney Stan Derwin the lawyer who represents Landover residents who sued the county in September to stop the stadium plan they fail to recuse they are subject to civil and crimi nal penalties and the site plan would be null and void Council members have asked state ethics officials to review the matter Mr Cooke already enjoyed the support of a majority of the and that of County Executive Wayne K. Curry. But the nine-member council must have at least five members to constitute a quorum. If a majority were the Pott there could be no vote. SOUTH Governor Bridge set for renovation. 14 SCVEltaA GSPC votes against plan for Benfield M Arundel Capital C6 Death Dr Family For the Classified...................268-7000 Circulation..................268-4800 answer to individuals without neither is the answer to states with money Mr. Glendening said. He said he didn't think prohibit- ing slot machines at Maryland race- tracks would hurt the racing indus- even though neighboring Dela- ware plans to open two casinos at racetracks this month. who want real racing are going to the Maryland tracks. Peo- ple who want slot machines will go to he said. John president of the Baptist Missionary said church groups will be in Anna- polis monitoring which lawmakers support gambling bills and counter- ing the influence of gambling lobby- ists. it is a war they it is a war they will Mr. Wright said. South county schools face more growth By LESLIE GROSS Staff Writer Crowded south county schools could become even more bloated under a county proposal to allow waivers for development near crowded school board members warned last night. all building projects that would feed children into South- ern Middle School which already has more than 100 extra students and four movable classrooms are being denied But a panel's recommendation that county officials want to adopt would allow approval of small sub- divisions despite such overcrowd- ing have had a very big impact on south county and South- ern Middle and you're thinking about granting board member Michael J. McNelly said at a workshop with county officials at the Board of Education. south have been hit the most.. and their quality of education is said Mr. who represents south county on the board. But based on a formula that calls for four-tenths of a student per several subdivisions already in the pipeline would yield approximately 20 students The each with one to three were held up because of the overcrowding at Southern Middle. have had a very big impact on south county and Southern Middle and you're thinking about granting MichaelJ. school board member unfair to hold them up be- cause the impact is so said Steven director of planning and code enforcement. That proposal and a few others are sticking points in recommenda- tions by the Committee to Study the Adequacy School Facilities Re- quirements that school board and county staff members are currently negotiating County officials want to legalize the recommendations and submit a bill to the County Council by spring. School board approval isn't re- quired. The committee reported that waivers have added fewer than 600 students in a total school population and are not to blame overcrowding. board members argued that certain areas of the county have felt Page Brunt of ice storm stays west of county By MARK DAVENPORT Staff Writer Being near the Chesapeake Bay may have spared the county from the brunt of an ice storm that wreaked havoc on mdtorists in the Washington metropolitan area this morning Although area police reported few Anne Arundel and Queen Anne's counties delayed opening schools by two hours because of the threat of icy roads. Slightly warmer temperatures here kept most main roads from becoming as dangerous as they did in many areas to the west. a little warmer closer to the said National Weather Service forecaster Amet Figueroa precipitation that fell wasn't quite as.cold as areas to the west Mr Figueroa said one-tenth of an inch of snow mixed with some freezing rain fell at Baltimore- Washington International Airport and across much of the state. In Anne Arundel police and hospital officials said they had a relatively quiet morning. is said Offi- cer Randy county police spokesman. drove In at and the main roads were no prob- lem at County police responded to 18 accidents from midnight to 8 slightly more than an average Officer Bell said. No injuries were reported in any of them Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis reported two cases in which someone slipped on but the hospital treated no traffic acci- dent victims. North Arundel Hospital's emer- gency room didn't treat a single weather-related case spokesman Kevin Murnane said warned of the dangers of venturing out onto the thin layer of ice that formed on many county waterways. Rescuers were sent to the duck pond In Crofton Meadows this morning to rescue two girls who had fallen through the Ice The students at Crofton Meadows Elementary had wandered onto the ice and fallen ICE. Page ;