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Capital, The (Newspaper) - February 9, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Keeping water course Panel wants meter rates to stay For the need for naps will lessen SEE FAMILY LIVING Cl Congress wants Jo stay on bench Dl Mlds rout Holy Cross 78-52 HDWELL MICROFILMS PO BOX 1558 LAUREL MD 20707 THURSDAY Students at times standing on buses Schools oppose required sitting ByTODDSPANGLER Staff Writer A parent whose child rides a school bus might take it for granted that there will be enough but as many as 10 county buses have standing room only at the beginning of each school year. While acknowledging that allowing students to stand on buses' might be county and state school officials yesterday opposed a measure that would require every student to sit. The cost of buying more buses or radios needed to alert other vehicles to pick up students is too they said. is the same old bureaucratic said Sen. John C. who sponsored the proposal and testified before Judicial Committee. Testifying for the Annapolis Demo- crat was Susan an Arnold mother whose sixth-grade daughter rode a bus for the first four weeks of school last fall with children standing in the aisle. Complaints to school board officials brought only assurances that they would take care of the problem but she said it took weeks to resolve. She and other concerned parents in her Whisperiiig Woods neighborhood were told that despite the safety con- some children had to stand on buses filled to particularly at the beginning of the school year. could do nothing as parents except prepare this Ms. Ueberroth said. Winship supervisor of transportation for the said chil- dren standing on buses is a fact of life and that school officials are more concerned about leaving children be- hind at bus stops. He said the county has rules against students standing on buses a require- ment if can get a child suspended from the vehicle but that if there's no room on a a student may have to s_tand. The problems of overcrowding most often occur at the beginning of the school when students might go to the wrong bus stop. Mr. Wheatley said it can take some time before the situa- tion is resolved. The county provides some bus trips a moving about stu- dents to and from school. might with the opening of 10 problems like he adding that of us intentionally overloads a Donald the state Department of Education's chief of pupil said the cost of requiring a seat for each student is too high. To comply with such a he Page FLURRIES DETAILS- PAGE A13 FEBRUARY 1995. MD fought for a and then he came back and played in the NHL He gave it all he had. If s the same with Will. He will not give By Capital Will Thompson of Oavldwnvllle taklnf a break from playing on the St. Mary's High School hockey town this year as he treatment for Hodgkin's disease. He still attends where his teammates wear helmet stickers sporting Ms Initial and a red Will's nickname. Will power rallies St. Mary's In school plays and in Wfll Thompson Jr. doesn't demand center stage. But the 17-year-old Davidsonville resident has earned say friends and teachers at St. Mary's High School in Annapolis. Leading the school on the hockey in class or through bis fight against the high school junfort tenacity shines they say. In hockey team captain Eric 9 said Will's attitude prompted the team to sport jersey patches that proclaim and helmet stickers with a blue W and a red rocket. is Will's thanks to his red 5-fbot-l 1-inch frame and good friend Ted who coined the name. Bat the Red who plays has been off the ice this season because of Hodgkin's disease and a demanding schedule that includes daily radiation treatments at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. made it known he hopes to comeback and play his senior said coach Todd who manages the ice rink at the Naval Academy's Dahlgren Hall. sort of been an inspiration to the he helps the team Page HOME 25C 33C Blue crabs sink survey says Overharvesting may be cause ASSOCIATED PRESS BALTIMORE A six-year survey of .Chesapeake Bay blue crabs shows a 62 percent population decline through last winter. And early returns this winter show a continued drop for the bay's most valuable catch. Maryland and Virginia scientists de- veloping the survey at about locations say it's just the latest warning that the bay population is in jeopardy because of overharvesting. all very concerned right said Romauld a crab researcher at the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences in Va. doesn't appear that the population has quite but it is at a very low Since the winter of experts at the University of Maryland's Chesa- peake Biological the Virgi- nia and the Maryland Depart- ment of Natural Resources have made annual surveys of the number of blue crabs resting on the hay bottom. Crabs tend to settle in the mud during the winter making them easier to count. With the same type of iron dredge used by Virginia watermen during their winter harvest of slumbering researchers randomly sample sites around the bay The university lab in Solomons then compiles an index of crab which is used to esti- mate the total population. The survey was developed with million in federal funds we can track this gives managers the -ability to tighten up before crabs are said M. Elizabeth director of the Na- tional Oceanic and Atmospheric Ad- ministration's Chesapeake Bay office in Annapolis. The survey's abundance index trans- lated into a population estimate of billion crabs in the winter of 1988-89 and 664 million last a 62 percent drop. The survey showed the crab popula- tion hit an even lower 440 mil- in the winterof 1991-92. Prom 1988 to the most recent year for which figures are the combined commercial harvest for Maryland and Virginia averaged 87 million with a low of 54 million in 1992 and a high of 113 million in 1993. But scientists warn that harvests don't always reflect how many crabs Page 3 babies9 supplies not contaminated By MARY ELLEN LLOYD Staff Writer As Anne Arundel Medical Center officials try to close in on how three babies received narcotics there last a New York malpractice lawyer arrives today to direct the investiga- tion. The arrival of attorney Warren Sanger at the Annapolis hospital fol- lows test results yesterday that elimi- nated contamination of medicine or supplies as a possible source of the opiates. Mr. Sanger is a partner in the Manhattan law firm of Sanger and which specializes in medical malpractice law. Although refusing to rule out any source for the drugs that caused breath- ing problems in the newboms on Jan. hospital officials have said the narcotics were not transferred to the babies from their mothers and that no equipment appears to have malfunc- tioned. still don't know what caused the respiratory distress in these hospital spokesman Carolyn Shenk said. just can't rule anything still don't know what caused the respiratory distress in these incidents. I just can't rule anything Carolyn AAMC spokesman Outside laboratory tests of medicine and solutions used in the critical care unit which is designed to treat premature and sick babies found no evidence of opiates in the Ms. Shenk said. The who haven't been identi- were temporarily placed on venti- lators after the incident They pave since recovered and aren't expected to suffer any lasting Ms. Shenk has said. One was discharged earlier this the other two remain in the unit for treatment of conditions that put them there. Hospital officials announced Friday Page INSIDE After two years on the the man accused of masterminding the World trade Center bombing and slip- ping away before the smoke cleared has been captured In Pakistan and returned to New York. A2 SOUTH Once mere props for the the boys of the South River High School Dance Company have graduated to the status of peers. Richard a 170-pound senior from Is a perfect example. He doesn't run track or play football anymore. After taking a for class as a sopho- he came back last year for a lifting part and stayed on as a serious dancer. B4 SlVUtNA A fire station pro- posed several years ago to serve Mlllersvllle and western Sevema Park Is low on the Fire Department's construc- tion priority list and may not be built for 20 years. U 4 49 M Student service requirement again disputed Arundel Report.... Baby Face............. Calendar.. Bl Lottery A4 B5 C7 A6 Obituaries A13 Classified.............. C9 Police Beat A13 Comics C6 Sevema B5 C13 South County....... B4 Death C7 C4 ImTttb----------All Family Living.......Cl-3 A9 FoftheReeonJ..... B2 Weddings---------- C4 Portions of The Capital tit printed each day on recycled paper. The newspaper also Is recyclable Classified.......................268-7000 Circulation.....................268-4800 From Kent ByTODDSPANGLER Staff Writer Charging that the state has politi- cized a Crofton delegate yesterday renewed the battle against the requirement that student's perform community service to graduate. In a packed hearing the House Ways and Means Committee heard both sides of the including testimony from a half-dozen South River High School students who support the pro- gram. Vivian M. a 17-year-old se- told the committee that the 75-hour service learning requirement is not a but gives students a chance to learn basic leadership skills acts of service... is not community mandatory volun- teerism or involuntary she said. state doesn't need to manufacture a sense of community among students. It Is time government got out of the business of Del. Janet R-Crofton A proposal by Del. Janet would strip away the state- wide requirement but allow local boards to enact It if they choose. She argued that state Board of Edu- cation officials are trying to force a certain kind of morality on students. state Doesn't need to manufac- ture a sense of community among she said. time govern- ment got out of the business of parent- The 75-hour community service re- quirement began in with the class of students attending ninth grade that year. It was imposed by the state Department of but legisla- tion that would have eliminated the requirement was killed by the General Assembly the past two years Mrs. Greenip also complained that federal money for the program will soon run out and the state will be left to find future funding for it Education Secretary Nancy Gras- mick said that's riot true. say that there is no funding Is simply a she said. have departed from rote learn- Ms GrasmlduaJd. ----------------------pt_------------------------------ service an authentic expres- sion of applying knowledge to real-life Opponents to the program included Joann Lanham of who said her son Jason performed work with a church that had been approved at but was later denied. And Thomas A. a lawyer who lives in Severna complained that the requirement is a sort of Mr. Bowden has challenged similar requirements in school districts in where students filed a lawsuit arguing that such programs violate the 13th Amendment prohibit- ing slavery. He described the requirement as a test for graduating from high Page r1 ;