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Capital, The (Newspaper) - July 30, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Anti-terrorism measure hits DEVO Sox scorch Bonilla O-for-4 In debut Cl On BMm 130p.m. onHTS. Powerboat race attracts thousands Dl QCTO ARCHIVES 312 LAUREL AvE LAUREL MD 20707 JULY It's time to heal in terwn torn by Smith trial SUSAN SMITH AP photo ASSOCIATED PRESS S.C. The curtain fell on Susan Smith's tragedy when her voting on slips of paper -dropped in a coffee refused to sentence her to death for drowning her two little boys. The TV satellite trucks decamped from Main Street yesterday. The out-of-town gawkers were gone from the courthouse steps. At John D. Long where Smith rolled her car into the water on Oct 25 with 3-year- old Michael and 14-month-old Alex strapped teddy bears and other memo- rials after a soaking rain. And this mill town of people looked back on nine months of considered 6We grieved We were mad' Friday's sentence of life in prison for the 23-year-old and said it was time to heal. grieved. We were said Fred who heads a downtown revitahzation group. Union County Sheriff Howard Wells a day goes by I haven't seen these children in my mind and my case will never leave this community. Susan Smith's name will be known he said. The jury unanimously rejected prosecutor Tommy Pope's call for a death concluding it was not appropriate for a disturbed like Ms. juror De- borah Benvenuti said. Even as they sympathize with what brought Smith to the water's edge last residents and the jurors who judged her said they still are confounded by a single question. Why did she drown the two youjjg sons everyone agrees she the great mystery we are left said Sheriff to whom Smith confessed after a prayer last Nov. 3. don't know what the final straw was and I don't think Susan does Juror Michael a said it's a question his colleagues on the panel' never resolved. drove her to do don't know if anyone will ever j Robbie Christian said he entered the jury.' room believing execution fit the crime. cussion with others on the panel changed his vote. lot bad happened in her he said. Page Jurors hope Susan Smith gets pay- chlatrlc help. A2 Student boom to peak If you think classrooms are full take a peek at 1999 By LESLIE GROSS Staff Writer whothinktheir full effect of the current student population boom hasn't peaked yet. In the year enrollment in county schools will rise almost students to according to Board of Education projections. Four years almost 50 county schools will exceed state capacity with many of them overflowing the limits by more than 115 percent School officials say the redistricting plan approved last spring will help prepare for the but parents and others fear that the plan is not aggressive enough. Where parents and school planning officials is that the surge converges with a political climate that does not bode well for schools getting more money. not going to be able to hold said Brenda a Pasadena parent and member of the Ceunty Council of PTAs. there's more homes and no money for new where would they place these If funding continues down the same path as it has in recent classes will have 40 to 50 schools will have to hold doable sessions and some like Advanced Placement will have to be said John R. Kurpjuweit president of the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County But symptoms of the overcrowding By Mak M. Odefl TtM Capttal ntocatrtto clauroom to handle overcrowded classrooms at the school. When school starts In August fourttvgrader Casey and third-grader Erin will be hi the same class wtth one teacher to save space. These two Tracey's Bern iry School students play on the field where two of In order to save space next Susan Barber's third- and fourth- grade daughters will be taught in the same classroom at Tracey's by the same teacher And in order to feed everyone at George Fox Middle where there are six lunches begin at a.m That leads some children to skip breakfast because lunch is so early The same will happen to Mrs Barber's daughter next year when she heads to Southern Middle really watering down the quality of said Mrs a Rosehaven resident don't know where they think these kids are going to go It's going to get Student population ready to peak A baby boom Is hitting the Anne Arundel County parting in 1999 NmbvTot tfUdatj Overall public school enrollment In Anne Aiundal County 1990 1992 1994 ------------actual------ 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 sir tote Source Anne Arundel County PiOfc Schools planning office Capital graphic county When school starts in county schools will have 128 relocatable according to school officials. In several relocatables are used just for bathrooms and lunchrooms One-third of the county's elementary schools are over capacity and of the 17 middle four are overcrowded Shifting schools Under the five-year countywide redistnctmg roughly students will go to new sehoojs to spread out the burden of overcrowding. Students win be shifted from the overcrowded schools to schools where there are free seats Along with busing the plan calls for five new schools and the addition of several wings to existing schools. It also tries to keep as many neighborhoods together as Mr Hatch said. 'It's a very active approach to minimiTP said Ralph A acting assistant to the superintendent for support services on the other have said the redistricting lacks teeth to significantly reduce overcrowding It cannot take the county through five years because homes and students are continually added to the they say. The county's system of granting waivers so developers don't have to provide adequate school facilities only exacerbates the overcrowding problem Page opponents place bets Fear passage is a done deal ByTODDSPANGLER Staff Writer Public sentiment may be on their but opponents of casino gambling say its passage may be a done deal and are worried that Gov Parris N Glend- enmg and key lawmakers support the controversial proposal Few officials have made public any outright support of expanded and the governor specifically has said he is not sure such a move is nght for Maryland But with a commission holding a series of public hearings on the some objectors fear that state leaders are leaning toward its approval they why appoint a group to look into it' the commission's going to have any credibility it's got to be based on public said Sen John A. R-Severna a gambling opponent I was nervous about a commis- sion even being lock and as far as I can added Steve with the Severn River which is also posing the proposal. think essen- tially this is blowing smoke Regardless of the sentiment at public opponents are convinced that well-heeled Annapolis work- ing behind the will try to give legislators a political excuse to approve casinos One some will be the obvious desire for tax breaks To make their pitch for additional gambling proponents may be Page Memories of murder still linger By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer A year it's still painful for June Barrett to talk about her husband's death After she stood just feet away from him when an anti-abortion pro- tester opened fire with a 12-gauge shotgun outside a Florida abortion can talk about it. but 1 still get Mrs Barrett said by phone from her Florida home this week 'I still feel my loss greatly Retired Air Force Lt Col James H a longtime Annapolis resi was killed as he stepped from the driver's seat The stopping only to kept shooting until the who sat in the front passenger also was dead The murders the second abortion BARRETT related killing in a year focused at- tention on safety at abortion clinics nationwide and sent Paul a defrocked minis- to where he is await- ing execution. Lt Cot Bar rett's relatives it also enacted a heavy personal toll that hasn't diminished While no local events are scheduled to mark the anniversary of his death this several memorial ser- vices are being held in where he moved in 1992 For Reginald the retired officer's brother who still works in the downtown printing shop that theft Page WEATHER 9570 LOW Mostly sunny today and tomorrow D2 Raymer hurt Cory Raymer's holdout may have lasted longer than his season The Redskins' second-round draft who signed a million contract earlier trws week to end a five-day hokJouL fractured his left ankle d As banks fees grow U BO AND Trends push aging workers out of jobs Bl COMPUTAUb Packard Bell settles consumer suit M MTBO TO BfTERMETt Rx those of you just tuning in BS LIFESTYLE ADULTS QBT WMUh You're never too old for braces U MONEY Greenbacks keeping back yards green d Vietnam story heads local book list El Visit beautiful Santa Fe. N M ES Arundel Report Dl Etftortts flO-11 Business Books Classified Comics Bl Lottery M 13 E7 Fl 16 OMubrfes 02 Gl Beat 02 ..................28S-7000 ;