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Capital, The (Newspaper) - February 21, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Slowing economy has some crying BA .TTE O's rookie pitching coach starts work In Rorida Dl Townsend touts justice reform SEC ARUNMEL REPORT OCTO ARCHIVES 312 LAUREL AVE LAUREL MD 20707 CLOUDY PAGE AB TUESDAY FEBRUARY MD HOME 25C 330 barrier S.P. couple's firm to interpret area's By MARK DAVENPORT Staff Writer Andrew and Jovanna Crownover know'a deaf man who was but wasn't given a certified r sign-language translator. Park each of whom hear think they make a difference in what they see as dismal treatment of the deaf in Anne Arundel County. is the worst we've Mr. Crownover said. really incredible how many places don't provide The Crownovers have spent six years setting up a nonprofit company to help the deaf communicate with others. Mr. Grownover has worked as a systems analyst to pay the but now is working full time for no pay to set up the company. He hopes eventually to draw a salary. Mrs. Crownover has been providing interpreting services money Jovanna and Andrew Crownover teach sign language to a group of area The couple has formed a corporation to give even and promote other needa of the deaf. Through the they will begin to make money charging for use'of They also will seek grant money and private donations. DEAF International is now ready to expand tremendously in the next few the couple said. They recently formed a board of directors of local deaf advocates and are ready to move the operation from thelrSmith Road home into an office. They are establishing offices across the state and have one in their home city of St manned by Mr. Crowhover's mother. In this they offer sign language counseling and rights and services. They also are giving presentations to police and government among about how to best accommodate deaf people.. The inability of many people to recognize that deafness is a significant barrier is the biggest problem facing the the couple said. Because deafness is an many people underestimate the strain it takes to get by. Many deaf people have learned to communicate in specialized ways- that only vaguely resemblespoken English. like if a foreigner came in and spoke broken you would do your best to accommodate Mr. Crownover not looking for just some DEAF International has 80 sign- language interpreters on call. There are 256 registered interpreters in a state with deaf residents. The whose six-year marriage has produced four became involved in deaf issues independently. Mrs. Crownover'siparenlts run a successful interpreter service in Her who both hear became involved when her a started a church group for deaf people that quickly grew to more than 50 members. They knew then that there Was a tremendous need for the service. Mr. Crownover grew up with a hearing-impaired mother and deaf grandfather. The two fell in then discovered their mutual interest in Page Proposal would create more V options for By MICHAEL Staff writer The Chesapeake Bay Trust and the state's chief financial officer are hop- ing that state legislation extending tax return checkoff donations .to prison construction and political cam- paigns don't succeed. experience has been that it can dilute the said Thorn executive director of the -Annapolis- based trust. residents have given about million annually since the 'Chesapeake Checkoff1 was begun in 1989. The money is split equally by the trust and Department of Natural Re- sources' programs protecting endan- gered species. But several bills are bringing the potential for competition. Taxpayers could give money to local school boards under a bill sponsored by Del. Carolyn D-Prince Or they could donate to prison construction statewide under a measure offered by Del. Joseph Getty. R-Howard County. Mr. Getty's bill would expire if less than was collected in a but Ms. Howard's bill lacks a similar clause. Both are scheduled for hearings March 7 before the House Ways and Means Committee. Also. Del. Robert Flanagan. R-Montgomery. is sponsor of a bill allowing voluntary lax adrl-ons of up to S500 for political campaigns. It will be heard Feb. 28 hv the Commerce and Capital graphic Government Matters Commitee. A companion bill sponsored by Sen. John A. R-Severna is to be heard Thursday by the Senate Econom- ic and Environmental Affairs Commit- tee. Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein sup- ports none of the according to spokesman Marvin Bond. CHECKOFF. Page Academy cyberspace crowded by computer conversations By DAVID PEDREIRA Staff Writer When Jeb Kucik came to the Naval Academy as a his computer knowledge was based more on Ninten- do than the Internet But like the- roughly 4.000 other midshipmen at computers quickly became a part of his life never even thought about any thing like this before I came said the sophomore mid from Opelika. Ala.. as he punched up his electronic mail on a personal computer. '.'And now I can't live without it Since the academy went on-line with a rudimentary time-sharing system in the late midshipmen have be- come more immersed in computer technology'. megabytes and hard drives are more than just learning tools at the 150-year-old school. They have become a part of the Naval Academy's distinct culture In one of the only colleges in the United States where students don't have direct access to a people have learned to communicate through cyberspace. Midshipmen use electronic mail to talk to each set up study ses- learn about class schedules and even set up an appointment with the academy barber couldn't function without this said Midshipman 3rd Class Clay Doherty. of Alameda. California. 'It would be so difficult you would Thousands of pieces of electronic mail fly through academy cyberspace couldn't function without this system. It would be so difficult you would hate Midshipman 3rd Class Clay Doherty every minute. When the cheating scan- dal was first exposed in 1992. it was done soever e-mail All those bits of information travel through the network's core in the Computer Services lo- cated in Ward Hall next to the acad- emy's giant dormitory. Bancroft Hall Lou Giannotti. director of Computer takes obvious pride in the building's central facility a whirring. buzzing room that looks a set for The of the system is the Naval Acadernv Data or NADN a computer high- way that links up roughly 10.000 com- puters at the school. As Mr Giannotti likes to put it. a computer for every pillow at the and NADN allows each mid and teacher to access information from anywhere on campus -It also allows them tojximmunicate through the Internet network ore-Mail can gn anywhere on Mr. Giannotti said. 'They can gn around the Midshipman for example. corresponds on a regular basis with his peers at the British Royal Navy's academy in England through e-Mail. He also sends his parents a good morning message before leaving for carlv muster every day Hut more importantly. Midshipman Doherty and other students at the school gel to take advantage of the system's vast academic and instruc- tional potential. Midshipman 3rd Class Sam Zager. for recentlv had to do a paper on Jewish Medieval family life in Spain not a widely studied topic The Fair Haven. native linked up with thf Jewish Theological Semi- nary in NPW York on the and via e mail with an expert on the subject for hours got feedback from a world expert in my own Midshipman Zager said When the system is taken as il was last month when a saboteur apparently penetrated the network and contaminated several server stu- dents and faculty say they feel like their arms have been cut off. was very Midshipman Ku- cik said. couldn't schedule an appointment with your barber or talk to your classmates you couldn't do At a school where every minute is and schedules aren't taken the vast .computer system has become more than an amenity a big part of our Midship- man Zager said. Teens charged willi break-in at church By P.J SHUEY Staff Writer Two teen-agers were charged with burglary last night after breaking into a church near Galesville and spraying the letters on the front carpet with a fire extinguisher. and entering at Chews Memorial Uni- ted Methodist Church at 492 Owens- vilk county police Cpl Donald Pearson tracked footprints from the church to a nearby house where one of the suspects lives. The accompanied by his went to the church and con- fessed to the breaking and entering A second suspect also arrived with his parents and confessed The intruders had entered through a basement window on the east side of the clrarch. Seftral items m the church swctoary were broken. The break-in was discovered shortly after 6 p.m by David a church trustee. The ages 15 and were taken to District where they gave statements admitting to the crime. were degree burglary even Though no items were taken The church has a predominately black congregation The two yonths. whom police are prohibited from iden- tifying because of their age. are white. The State's Attorney's Office wffl determine whether additional hate crime charges involving the racist graffiti will he pursued. The incident was not connected with other tacjdents of racist Twriattm reporter In the omnily xM m Affiwpft- police said. i i rN r- II1OILSC The growing number of eyewear stores in Anne Arundel County should have customers seeing better some practitioners fear they will blur the importance of quality ftl Arundel Report Business Calendar Ctasvftcd. Comes. Ooftoo Crossword Cl 81 3 85 04 C3 C3 C8 Death Notices Editorials Lottery Movies TWTOBWs Sevema Parv Soorrs 06 44 06 TC 66 05 288-7000 From Kent 327-1683 .268-5000 6 Generation X' represented Glen Burnie delegate part of younger General Assembly By JENNIFER CHRISTMAN Capital News Service James Rzepkowski is like many 23-year olds. Throat-deep in debt from college he still lives at home in Glen i may not hold ti tie to a he boasts an of- ficial title. Mr. Rzepkowski is a state delegate. And he's not UM only mem- ber of tton m the. General Assem- bly Sttof the to tat younger. The all members of the House of Victoria Kenneth Schisler. Dereck Da- vis. D-Prince Peter 29. D-Baltimore and Mat The legislature was once the do- main of those middle-aged and older. But it's getting younger. The 30 to 39 group holds the most members in white fast a year ago the SO to 59 group wn the largest. Mr. Rzepkowski. a said he knew in his heart that he wanted to be legislator Interned for Senate Minority Leader John A. Park. 1 MID wMta-to stt hack tp or mt my tatenfesnd Mrs. Schade also is a State House veteran of with one year of experience as an intern for the House Minority Office and three years as a legislative aide. I was working I thought were representing the people well I Bat being young did not make for an easy race. press didn't seem to like that I was running at my age and they were critical. I don't think they took me seriously They I had no chance of But Mrs. SdMfc doesn't believe Htf dMferMlp w tef ;