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Capital, The (Newspaper) - July 23, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Hillary debuts in BIRDS SUDE Kansas City gets rough on 5-3 Cl 8p.m. Oil ESPN. Burglars snagged at OCTO 312 LAUREL-flD JULY Brady In a torn photo taken two years ago In Is asking for a new trial to overturn his conviction In the near-fatal beating of Francis Denvlr at Armadillo's In downtown Annapolis. g guy may Even officials question brutal assault trial sought Photo courtesy of Glendora for The By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer Brady Spicer doesn't remember what he did the morning of Feb. 1990. Then he probably slept in or watched soaps at his home in Eastport he said. Across town that a popular restaurant owner was mercilessly at- beaten with liquor bottles until every bone in his face was broken Francis '-'Bones1' Denvir but just barely. Two years Spicer's and Mr. Denvir's paths crossed in an Annapolis where a Spicer guilty of the murderous assault. But Spicer says he'had nothing to do with the attack. False a defense attorney's a lying jailhouse informant all of he got him convicted wrongly. three years after his some of those who worked to put Spicer in prison in the first place are wondering if he's right. were a lot of inadequacies about 'the evidence convicted Steven albrmer city police detective who investigated the beating for three was conflicting have kind of an unsettled feeling about the said Steven M. Francis Denvlr saw a bat- tery of doctors after he was as- saulted in his City Dock Feb. the prosecutor who persuaded a to convict I can't place it on anything that came put at Those reservations come as serving a 30-year prison is asking a local judge to grant him a new He insists and hoperto prove in'S hearing two months from now that he is innocent. think the'state knows they made an the 39-year-old talking by phone from a Hagerstown prison. they won't own Up to Remembers little Mr. Denvir remembered little about what happened to him that day. One he was signing paychecks in his second-floor office at his City Dock access for all Disabilities Act has county taking all the right steps By BRIAN STEINBERG Business Writer If a concerned resident of Crofton yearned to attend a civic association meeting not too long he would have to trudge up four front enter a split-level then cross another half-flight of stairs. While the path to meeting rooms at Crofton Town Hall easily could be negotiated by those who have full use of their the steps are an instant obstacle course for anyone requiring the use of a wheelchair. So meetings are no longer held in the Town Hall. association officials gather in area real estate elementary schools and country clubs that are accessible to the physically disabled. And they make an effort to accommo- date the needs of disabled residents. anybody wanted to talk to me or the police -all they have to da is call Town Manager Barbara Swann said. meet somewhere with access or go to their The reason behind the change is the Americans with Disabilities signed five years ago Wednesday and now entering its third year of enforce- ment. The U.S. Department of Justice lists a wide variety of benefits the law has had for people challenged by various disabilities across the country. Employers and advocates for the disabled in places such as Crofton and say the law's im- pact is much more altered and changes in day tp-day- decisions Nationwide Insurance spent approxi- mately in renovations to make its Riva Road facility comply with regulations in 1992. personnel director Bruce Petersen said. Braille counterparts to signs were put stairwells were outfitted with new treads and the company installed an automatic front door you look at the big it Page For tiie rowing Salvadoran community in Alien lis offers p Photos' by David W. Tnjzzo ftte Capital Children In the Allen Apartments are the reason many of their made a dangerous Journey out of B Salvador. Living here means the children live In an area without war and crushing poverty. By JEFF NELSON Staff Writer On children dressed in little more than diapers or shorts squealed and called to each other from tiny bicycles in a language foreign to many Annapolis-area residents who don't tive on their They are the children of Salvadoran Braulio Cruz-Flores said in waving his arm across the whole block of two-story buildings that make up the Allen Apartments off Forest Drive. They are. the reason he and others in the small neighborhood of immigrants left El Salvador on expensive and dangerous journeys. They came here to where their children are not threatened with starvation or military executions. like it Mr. Cruz-Flores said. is there is Those necessities are the only way to measure whether a place is compared to their home neighborhood residents said. to there Is Those are the needs of refugee Braulio who escaped B Salvador. aalvadorans make up one of the largest blocks of Latino immigrants in both Anne Arundel County and Maryland. Nearly one out of five residents of Hispanic origin lists the small Central American country as their homeland Not all of them are legal according to the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The INS nabbed nine Salvadorans among the 23 arrested in NEW Page Deliberately drowned her 2 jury rules KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS S.C. Susan Smith deliberately drowned her children last October and tried to cover the crime with a lie as murky as the lake where their bodies lay hidden for nine long a Union County jury decided last night. The jury found guilty of rejecting an option to forgive her sin completely or find her guilty of a far less serious crime. In a move that stunned the courtroom Circuit Judge William Howard offered an option of involuntary man- slaughter. Had the jury taken that it would have meant they believed Michael and Alex Smith died by acci- dent after their mother changed her mind about committing sui- cide and taking them with her. Smith jet her car roll into John D. Long Lake with the children still strapped in their car seats. They were found nine days after she drowned in the .up- turned Mazda dangling in the restraints that were meant to keep them safe. The jury took hours to As the decision was read at p.m.. Smith dropped her chin to her chest and appeared to weep softly when the verdict was announced. Defense Attorney David Bmck put an arm around her shoulder. He told the media that she was not surprised and tried tn cnmfnrt hpr SUSAN SMITH were never hoping this verdict would be anything but said Mr trying to downplay the decision to argue for an involuntary manslaughter verdict is a verdict Susan has been willing to plead guilty to since Jan. Smith's mother. Linda showed emotion in open court for the first time. She dabbed her eyes with a as did a number of Smith's friends and family Judge Howard had warned those who could not contain their emotions to leave the courtroom. Smith's Page Trial Jurors don't face an easy decision. A2 9274 LOW PARTLY Chance of rain today. Sunny tomorrow. D2 Get physical The pads popped and the defensive line celebrated as the Redskins' Terry AHen was wrestled down by a linebacker for a 1-yard gain. thought two-time rusher was going to be one physical camp. Cl STUDENT Cost of federal loans could climb. Bl Ad lobs bricks at Main Street. Bl Latest Internet hype takes narrow view. 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