Capital, The (Newspaper) - February 25, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland
More trouble In store for Clinton IT'S A STEEL Annapolis home holdover from post-WWII days tyL Arundel girls win championship over S.P. Cl MQWELL TODAY' SOME SUN DETAILS PAGE All EFIJ E'QX LAUREL P07Q7 FEBRUARY 25. MD HOME 25C 33C Court clears path for workplace smo I. r JL -r an The Court of Appeals cleared the way yesterday for enforcement of a statewide smoking ban that would apply almost everywhere Marylanders work indoors. The court dissolved an injunction issued last August by Talbot County Circuit Court Judge William Home prohibiting the state from enforcing the ban while it is being challenged by tobacco companies and several busi nesses in Talbot County. The appeals court sent a strong signal that the regulations are. valid and the challenge will fail. being virtually no likelihood of success for the appellees in this we conclude that the granting of an interlocutory injunction constituted an improper exercise of judicial discretion by the trial the appeals court said in a unanimous opinion. The court said the regulations can take effect after 30 days. The next step is up to Gov. Parris Glendening Dianna his press secre- said the governor's staff will review the regulations during the next 30 days and recommend what he should do. a matter of the governor a big win. As I said initially when the smoke we were going to Attorney General J. Joseph Curran believes in the smoking ban. He be- lieves that smoking is a public hazard and a general Ms. Rosbor- ough said. is about the impact that the ban could have on small businesses. This group of advis- ers willspecifically take a look at she said. The smoking among the strong- est in the was proposed March 8 under state occupational health and safety regulations The ban would permit smoking only in special rooms ventilated directly outdoors. It would apply to all indoor workplaces except tobacco shops and laboratories investigating the health effects of tobacco smoke After the ban was the suit was filed in Talbot County claiming that the state did not have enough evidence that secondhand smoke is a hazard to justify issuing such sweeping regulations. Judge Home granted an injunction after a two-day hearing in ruling there was a likelihood the tobac- co companies and Talbot County busi- nesses would win the suit But the Court of Appeals considered the .objections raised in the lawsuit and' ruled in each case that the state commissioner of labor and industry was justified in issuing the regulations. a big Attorney General J. Joseph Curran said. I said initially when the smoke we were going to George a Baltimore lawyer who helped argue the case for the tobacco said he was' surprised and by the court ruling. folks out there who are going to be affected are going to be astonished. They are going to wake up and realize this is about to come on he said. Mr. Nilson said the would devastate businesses such as Page 65 mph bill zips House A bill allowing the speed limit to be increased to 65 mph on some highways ap- _ proved yesterday over the pro- tests of opponents who said it wjJl increase traffic deaths. you increase the speed the death rate will said Del George D-Chesapeake Beach. _ Mr. Owings and Del John were the only local delegates to oppose the measure Gerald said the death rate will not increase because the bill would apply only roads have been built to handle 65 miles per The bill was approved on a vote of 88 to 48 It authorizes the State Highway Administration to increase the speed limit on controlled access highways in sparsely settled areas Most of the eligible roads are interstate highways in western Maryland Bnt the speed also could be increased on Interstate 97 in Anne Arundel portions of Route 50 in Anne Arundel and Queen Anne's counties. Interstate 83 and In terstate 95 north of and the Route S 13 bypass around Salisbury The bill now goes to the where a similar bill is awaiting action The higher speed limit is expected to get a favorable reception in the Sen and Gov. Pams Glendening has said he will sign it Two former police officers were among those opposing the bill in the House Del. Thomas E a former state police- said motorists usually drive six to eight miles an hour over the speed limit and will continue to do so if the limit is increased average if we raise me mini to win oe in he said He appealed to the House to wait a year and give the issue more thought Page MAKING FRIENDS By Sob Gilbert The Caprtal At Tytor Heights Elementary pre-kkKtergartnera gather around the mastiff Kalman to pet her as teacher Suzanne on. The county Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals brought Kalman and a cat to present a program on caring for animals and to receive donations of food and related pet Items the students collected for the shelter. Glendening nominees get panel nod ByTODDSPANGLER Staff Writer A contrite Michael J Knapp apologized yesterday for mistakes he made in creating a lucrative Prince George's County pension securing a Senate panel's recommen- dation to name him the state's new personnel secretary. _. The vote was a victory for Coy Parris N. Glendening whe was stung just two weeks into his first term with revelations about the pension plan that has added to a huge deficit in Murder trial jury chosen in secret Rare closed session requested by Scotland Williams' attorneys Mr Mr Knapp and two other top administra- tion aides benefited from the county's Supplemental Pen- sion Plan Throughout nearly three hours of testimony before the Executive Nominations Mr of expertly handled probing questions about his role in shaping the pension plan as a member of its board of trustees was never any attempt to hide or disguise what we were he said did not ever envision my benefit ting by A second Frank who also served as a trustee for the won the recommendation of the committee as well for an appointment as secretary of the Department of Licensing and Regulation Mr Stegman did not per sonally benefit from the pen sion plan The full Senate is expected to take up their confirmation was never any attempt to hide or disguise what we were doing. I did not ever envision my benefitting by Michael nominee By BART JANSEN and BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writers In a rare secret session attorneys yesterday started selecting a jury that will decide whether Scotland Eugene Williams killed two Washington lawyers in their Winchester home Circuit Court Judge Eugene M Lemer closed the daylong hearing to the public at the behest of defense his law clerk said Because prosecutors didn't the judge allowed the request said it's facilitating the selection of the jury and makuip it fire efficient said Karen Hilhort his rlprk ____ were then brought back for another round The final group of 12 jurors and two alternates should be chosen Monday morning Both sides agreed to the long session in hopes that they would be able to present opening statements Monday in a case that has drawn attention statewide Williams 31 is charged with the first degree murder of prominent Washington law yersJoseE Trias and Julie N Gilbert in their weekend home outside Annapolis The mar ned couple were found last May with fatal gunshots in the back of their heads If convicted the Arnold resident faces the death penalty using a bank card that belonged to Mr. Trias Police also said he stole Mrs Gilbert's Acura which was found abandoned in Baltimore Attorneys for both sides have disclosed little about their cases and have clashed over several pieces of evidence statements from Williams to police and DNA test results Judge Lemer ruled Wednesday that DNA results taken from a drinking glass in the lawyers' home will be allowed The results place Williams of 808 Bradford in the couple's home with about 999 percent cer prosecutors said Attorneys for both sides prepared a list of 76 questions that potential jurors answered be- fore they appeared yesterday Most of the questions concerned principles nf lam and snmp sur.h as mrnrs would Judge Lerner declined to comment further on his decision In yesterdays marathon session which stretched from 10 a m until 9.30 p m about 100 potential jurors were questioned individ ually The 58 who made a preliminary cut Bay break ins Williams was convicted last March of fetonv theft as part of plea bargain that was widely criticized because it allowed him to walk free Police arrested him days after the murders after he was apparently captured on videotape weign evidence of developmental disability child abuse or mental retardation alluded to potential strategies in the case Attorneys have declined to say though what arguments they will make next week The trial is expected to last two to three weeks on Tuesday when a fight ______________________ may be provoked bv law makers questioning the propriety of the pension system Key to their winning the committee's 11-6 vote last was Mr Knapp's acknowledgment that it was a mistake for he and Mr Stegman to award enhanced benefits to anyone from county govern- ment after at least IS years of service The benefits were intended to protect longtime employees from he said But they have helped high-level employees like himself and elected officials like Mr the former county executive Mr Knapp the county's former personnel said the plan was developed in a fiscal crisis during negotiations with labor unions plan was to trade pension benefits for wage concessions he said But the nominee personally received an after tax check for as a lump sum payment for his benefits after leaving the county last year His involuntary separation from county government eamg m the fatm a tHter fef Mt Olenaemnr who Mhed all of his top aides to resign to leave the income executive a chance to pick his own people Mr Knapp along with the governor and other Glendening administration aides gave back the pension funds under public pressure Page INSIDE MWUHMIMI Calendar Classified Comes CrossMorti Deafti Notices Editorials AS Movies C8 D7 OMuahes C7 PoteeBeat 017 Reflgion D17 Sports MO Stocks 01-6 Television AS All All B6 Cl-6 B2-I Ad Mayor's son would benefit from city contract Stiff Writer Mayor Alfred A. 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