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Capital, The (Newspaper) - February 16, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Gary considers hiring Neall Bl Exec seeking budget advice TEKPSFAUL Wake Forest scores hot Navy beats Army The fight for 'Some real horror stories' MI' R'-h Fu LG ib AUhc MD Olapttal CLOUDY DETAILS. PAGE A1B THURSDAY FEBRUARY 1995. MD HOME 25C 33C books top board's list S432.9 MILLION SCHOOL SPENDING PLAN The million school boacd spending plan million for class materials and up 67 percent from this year's million to run the central office a million reduction would come trom cutting 21 admlnlsfrattve positions. mllHon to hire 71 teachers and eight administrative trainees. minion to add computer labs In each of the 12 high schools. to hire 25 special education teachers. to hire 10 guidance Instead of six recommended by SuperirrtertdentCarol S. Parnam. The board also cut the following Items from Mrs. Parham's for two new buses. mHHon from healthcare due to ICKWHnaMxpected claims. Employee polities would not be affected. In retirement benefits due to tower-tnatvantlclpated costs. Spending plan battle with council expected By DENNIS SULLIVAN Staff Writer After three hours of the county school board early this morning approved a budget that would dramati cally increase spending on textbooks tand teachers in the face of rising enrollment. But the million spending plan is still million more than county officials say they can setting the stage for a battle between the board and the County Council. The council has the final say on the education budget. Under the board's the schools would keep a popular water safety course for fifth-graders and evening classes for adults seeking a high school diploma. Superintendent Carol S. Par- ham had cut both from her budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins Julyl To offset the increased the eight-member Board of Education cut a million computer plan in half and approved only 36 more computer sta- tions instead of 146 for each of the county's 12 high schools The board also unanimously ap- proved a million construction budget without discussion The pro- jects include adding 20 more portable building a new million Meade-area middle school and spend- ing million to begin the two- to three-year renovation and expansion of Broadneck High School. The details of how Broadneck would be renovated weren't discussed last night. School officials said they're still considering options The operating budget proved to be the biggest headache for board mem- bers It was finally approved at 12.30 Governor supports limited home aid By TODDSP ANGLER Staff Writer Pams N Glendenmg will not support moves this year to exempt first-tune home buyers from the state transfer even though it would likely attract more people to Maryland. In a speech yesterday to the Mary- land Association of the gover nor said he would consider the meas- ure in next year's legislative session if he can address concerns that the exemption would sap money for a popular environmental program funded by the tax Mr Glendenmg said he would support moves to reduce closing costs this year by pushing a measure that would force counties to collect only half of the year's property taxes on settlement for a new home has a major problem with closing he said at the Loews Annapolis Hotel But Realtors were unhappy with the governor's decision not to support a transfer tax exemption for first-tune home buyers Realtors are backing a bill that would exempt from the tax the first of a first home's cost still going to go ahead and push said J Nicholas D'Ambrosia association president Although Mr Glendenmg has made it clear in several speeches that he intends to reduce closing he said an exemption would save buyers only a few hundred dollars on the cost of a house such a move would be blasted by environmental groups be- cause the state's open land preserve tion program is funded by money collected through the transfer tax The state transfer tax now is set at 0 5 percent of the cost of a house with the first exempted. That means the tax on a home would be A transfer tax also is paid to the county Realtors also are backing a measure WEATHERLY BLAZE SPARES ANIMALS An unidentified i By David W The Capital rrty firefighter yesterday carries a cat to the watting of rU owner from a burning house on the Magottiy River In Arnold. The In the Weaiherty community off Shore Acres apparently' was caused by a faulty chimney. For see Page Bl. am. after several long philosophical discussions over whether board mem- bers should create a budget based on what the county says it can afford or on what the school system needs Although the board cut million from Mrs. Parham's million the budget is million more than allocated this year and well above the million county officials say they can afford. SCHOOLS. Page Teachers urge school board to make amends with them. Bl AAMC Flu giving residents a welcome break me ewmpnon 10 WJjjuu for all buyers Any reduction in the transfer tax Page By MARY ELLEN LLOYD Staff Writer The flu is losing its grip on Anne Arundel County and the rest of Mary giving residents a break from head and muscle aches fevers and coughs at least for now Area hospitals yesterday reported fewer people being treated in emer gency rooms for influenza and other winter respiratory illnesses than in early and mid-January when health two weeks ago we bad another rise in flu symptoms when that snowstorm hit... but now it's declined Kevin North Arundel Hospital care providers were reduced significantly since the post-Chnstmas said Kevin Mur spokesman for North Arundel Hospital two weeks ago we had another rise in flu symptoms when that snowstorm hit but now it's declined significantly The Glen Burme emer gency room is treating perhaps 20 patients a day for flu like illnesses or complications of compared to 70 a day in early he said seeing the same thing here said Carol Dreyfuss a spokesman for Anne Arundel Medical Center in Anna polis is obviously a decline in third fourth weeks of the year the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene received reports of flu like outbreaks at about six nursing homes said Dr Diane Dwyer a state epidemiologist The number of reported outbreaks has fallen to two or three in the last two weeks she said None has been in Anne Arundel County 'From our data it's probably slowed down a little in the last couple weeks Dr Dwyer said Allegany and Mon tgomery counties are the only schools that have reported an increase in year_____ _ Based on the last three years local school officials should have but haven t received reports of increased FLU. Page fired for error By MARY ELLEN LLOYD Staff Writer A pharmacist at Anne Arundel Medi cal Center has been fired because of a medication error that caused breathing problems in three a hospital official said this morning essentially an error in our pharmacy and disciplinary action has taken AAMC spokesman Carolyn Shenk said A news conference to announce the findings of the investigation was sched uled for late this afternoon Ms Shenk refused to name the pharmacist pending the outcome of a investigation by the county State's Attorney's Office The pharmacist was fired after she apparently mixed a respiratory de- pressant with some other kind of prep- aration being used on the Ms Shenk said the technical aspects 1 can't but was in a prepara she said It wasn't clear this morning whether State's Attorney Frank R who joined the investigation a week ago plans to take additional action 'We know what and we need to say Ms Shenk said Investigators created a timeline for events that occurred surrounding the Jan 31 in which three babies experienced breathing problems with in 14 hours of each other The children who haven't been iden tified were placed on ventilators One has since been the other two remain in the unit receiving treatment for other unrelated conditions Laboratory tests on urine samples from the infants returned yesterday from Maryland Medical Labs identified the narcotic which Ms Shenk refused to identify Officials said the drug was com monly used in hospitals but not in the rhilrtrcn c rnliral rafp npit_________ The identity of the opiate-derivative drug was the missing information in vestigaiors needed to close the case Ms Shenk said INSIDE One of 0 J Simpson s most important alibi witnesses has fled the country The defense toW the judge yesterday that a maid who lived next door to Mr Simpson apparently has none to ELSaJvador.. perhaps for good to escape harassment from the media and others A3 SOUTH A resident s study of five paths tfiat trucks can take to a Sands Road rubble randfill ranks a Route 2-Bayard Road route as the safest option M Arundei Artist AnnM Report Baby Face Cdendar .News... C8 Famrty Living Bl For the Record C5 Lottery AS Movies Or Gott Edtntals C7 PMV CIS Sootti County C6 Sports CS Television AH Tides C8 Vignettes Cl-4 823 C9 I.. A15 MS 84 B6 Dl-8 C9 A15 A10 Portions of The Copfttfm printed tach day rt focyctad pflpcr The mvipflpBr rtso is ..2M-7000 Headache sufferers could get Rx to relax ASSOCIATED PRESS serves by relaxing their neck muactes. in Mtam The tissue in turn pulls on the highly BALTIMORE A new discovery may help get at the problem Pain relievers are the hottest- sensitive dura a thin mem- by three University of Maryland re- either with different pharmaceutical selling over-the-counter taking brane that covers the brain and counter drug industry an Enmli in headache Research by a nearotnrgeon and two dentists suggests that tension headaches start with previously un- dooBBMnted that Unk the bntfn wttfa upper neck onsdes the researchers are pnscripttan to rein could affect the ceotkal treatment re- laxation therapy or an ice Dr. Walker L a at the University-of Maryland Medi- cal ssid yesterday Dr. Robinson was on of three doctors who cuuhKted the study and named the time they fend the capittu poster The tissue wss Dr. for cold remedies Some pain reusing reduce hot inmost cases dngjs such as fbupro- HO and arBhnnlnophen don't actually stop whaf t earning the They BK tt easier to ignore. In a icport delivered to a cuufei- nsBnsBijBons dura mater appear to cause the head- they said. In other a tight neck yanks on an area of the head that's fall of this the said unfits OB Dr. Robmson said that when he has several the tissue during k tmmtwi nj aaar. Bat doaanl i iscsJacttoeana PBSJI ;