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Capital, The (Newspaper) - June 15, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland 'John Doe 2' off the hook as Houston sweeps the repeats as NBA champ Dl Rockets Robert Horry with the trophy. Area kids get early start in A E M D 1.0 0 THURSDAY REPLAY PAGE A19 JUNE MD report modest income By JANSEN Staff Writer The four congressmen Anne Arundel County reported modest holdings compared to the bumper crop of millionaire freshmen elected last according to annual financial reports released The exception was five-term Rep. Benjamin L. who listed assets worth millions of dollars. But the disclosure filed an- nually with the clerk of the House of described a county delegation with little income outside congressional salaries. Three-term T.' reported only his in- come from the House. He has three bank accounts worth between and each. Earn- ings from the accounts ranged from to s Mr. who represents Anna- most of central Anne Arundel and the Eastern didn't accept any honoraria.. Rep. -Steny H.- whose Southern Maryland district in- cludes ..the southwest third of Anne received honoraria from two sources that he.donated to charity. Legg Mason gave the eight-term congressman and the National Cable Television Association gave him In addition to his congressional sal- Mr. Hoyer holds a Keough account valued between and and a state retirement fund between and Freshman Rep. Robert L. Ehrlieh earned last half from the law firm Grimes and Shriver and the rest from being a state delegate. His district includes the northeast corner of Anne Arundel plus Baltimore County. His wife earned working for the state. His major assets included a half- dozen investment funds in the along with a re- tirement -plan and trust with Ober. Kaler valued between and He received between and from dividends and The Capital gains from his Kaler accounts. The wealth of local officials stood in contrast to a freshman class of 73 representatives that included at least 15 millionaires. Joining them was Mr. Cardin. who reported bonds and other in- vestments totaling between million and million. His district includes a northwestern slice of Anne Arundel along with parts of Howard and Balti- more counties. Mr. Cardin's such as mortgages and ranged from'Sl.6 Page IN HONOR OF FLAG DAY By J. Henson Capital During Rag Day ceremonies Jennifer daughter of Buffy and Louis Hopkins of Severna salutes as she hands her old flags to American Legion 1st Vice Commander Robert Reed Sr. of Pasadena for proper disposal by flre at Annapolis Post 7. Post members also participated In the for the Pledge of at 7 p.m. At Annapolis Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins tells of his love of the flag during the 19th annual Flag Day ceremony sponsored by the Delaware and D.C. Elks Association at noon yesterday at Lawyers Mall. By Maifc M. Odell The Capital ARUNDEl County tightens controls after theft discovery. Bl Government forces attack rebel Serbs. A2 SOUTH Barrier for Edge- water playground. B4 SEVERNA Growth No big new construction in near future. B5 Cleveland Indians complete sweep of Orioles. Dl FAMILY Parents brace them- 4 48 pafM Arundel Report Baby Face Calendar Capital Camera.. Classffied Bl C5 A13 C6 C9 Movies Obituaries Police Beat Sailing Sevema A4 08 A15 A15 D6 85 Crossword Death CIS County Sports 84 Di-6 Editorials A15 Famity Living For trie Record nniMKii Arnold man cleared of murder charges. AS State investigating SI mil- lion Preakness Celebration deficit. A4 Estrogen use is linked to cancer. A3 on recycled paper. The newspaper also is recyclable Classified....................268-7000 Circulation..................268-4800 From Kant 327-1583 Afl other departmental..268-5000 ASSOCIATED PRESS The Chesapeake Bay's barometer of health underwater grasses that used to blanket the bottom of the bay is taking a beating from a natural enemy. For two years the grasses have been buffeted by huge amounts of fresh water flushed into the bay during spring flooding. The result is a 10 percent decrease in the grass which once covered up to 600.000 acres of the bay. Grass beds covered acres last down from acres in but still far more than the low point a decade earlier of acres Some areas of the bay held their own last year or showed an but some grass beds died out said Bob an associate professor with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science at Gloucester which conducts an annual aerial survey of the bay's submerged aquatic of SAV. approves lavish pensions ByTODDSPANGLER Staff Writer A state commission that quietly awards generous legislative pension benefits keeps close ties with law- makers even though it's supposed to be independent. And those pensions come at a high costto taxpayers. The General Assembly Compensa- tion Commission-last year apparently minuscule change in the pension rules for increas- ing the benefit by 0.5 House and Senate leaders promised that the cost would be modest. But the change will cost more than a year by 1998. It increased the minimum legislative pension by 20 percent. -Although-the commission which is in part selected by General Assembly leaders and staffed by their analysts recommends better pensions for law- .the legislature never votes.on its own compensation. State law .allows the commission's recommendations on salaries and pen- sions to go into effect without a peep from a single elected official. hypocrisy when you get down to but that's the way Glen Burnie lawyer and former ber of the commission. they're feathering their own By hot voting on the recommenda-- legislators .can continue to tout' the board's autonomy and accept no political heat for pensions worth sev- eral times more than what average state employees earn. else.'J.said Sen. William head of a retire- ment and a defender of Page Taxpayers stung for bad land deal ByTODDSPANGLER Staff Writer State officials yesterday stuck Anne Arundel County taxpayers with a bill for a 3-acre site on Forest saying the county paid far too much for the virtually undevelopable land. In refusing to reimburse the county for the the state Board of Public Works blasted county officials for spending more than per acre for the wooded property at the intersec- tion of Route 2 and Forest Drive. The three-member which in- cludes Gov. Parris N. Glendening and Comptroller Louis L. said the county was snookered into paying too much for the property when only a tiny portion would have ever been developed commercially Steep slopes and protected wetlands .consume the remainder. they are not able to build on why are we buying it for Mr. Glendening said. By the end of yesterday's meeting. the governor had told the county to forget about any reimbursement. will not be bought he said The decision forces the county to eat AHIST ALLEN BLVD Capital graphic the cost of the which was bought last year from a group that included developer Robert P. DeStefa- no. The only chance of making up the loss would be to find another project of equal value that the county intended to fund on its own and convince state officials to reimburse them for that. If county officials succeed in doing the loss would be negated. the money spent on the property would be gone for good. LAND. Page me-blamed on thaw is a concern that the primary habitat of the blue crabs in terms of survival are sea Bob associate professor are swing abso- lutely Mr. Orth said of areas where underwater grasses had showed promise Spring thaws and rains are the most likely given the areas where the beds rebounded and where they he said. The aerial survey showed that the upper Chesapeake fared well last especially grass beds in the Severn River. Other areas that did well were at the head of the bay at the Susquehanna along the bay Eastern Shore and in the lower Choptank and Chester rivers grass beds in the lower bay. where nutrients and sediment would end up during a wet suffered the Mr. Orth said. Those areas were the middle of the Potomac River. Tangier Sound. South Marsh. Island and Barren Island. is a concern that the primary habitat of blue crabs ui of survival are sea Mr Orth said. is why we have to continue to watch these In 1993. the Chesapeake Bay Pro- a consortium of federal and state agencies in Pennsylvania. Virginia and set a goal of restoring 114.000 acres of bay grasses by 2005 Now that goal may not be realized. Improved farming practices and bet- ter sewage treatment have resulted in lowering the amount of ni- trogen and phosphorus that reaches the bay a reduction that is essential if bay grasses are to thrive The excess which come from a variety of sources including farm runoff and air cause an increase in which block sunlight and prevent underwater grasses from thriving Tests showed that nitrogen levels in the Virginia portion of the bay m- iTeysBd Tast saw Peter Berg- an aquatic vegetation etpert for the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Higher nitrogen levels would be ex- pected in the lower bay following a heavy spring he said. Mr Bergstrom said that when a goal was set in 1984 to restore the bay's underwater scientists didn't know what to expect. They wondered if there were enough seeds to allow the grasses tb mate a comeback GRASSES. Page ;