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Capital, The (Newspaper) - March 14, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Governor facing war on abortion funding Cl American takes a ride in Russian rocket A2 American Norman bheaded for Mir. Labor board decision key to baseball Dl TOMORROW CLOUDS Dl TAILS PAGE A7 QCTO nn------- 31E LAUREL AVE LAUREL MD 20707 MARCH MD HOME 25C 35C uuge gives Williams death penalty By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer Scotland Eugene convicted of murdering two Washington lawyers in their weekend home last asked for and received two death sentences yesterday from a Circuit Court judge. The death sentences imposed by Judge Eugene M. Lerner were the first handed down for an Anne Arundel County defendant since 1982. No county resident has been executed since 1946. Judge Lerner told who looked on that his crimes Parking rates to rise and fall By JEFF NELSON Staff Writer Parking meter rates will go up but fines and garage rates wiD go down in Annapolis under a plan adopted by the City Council last night. The council voted to raise meter rates from 50 cents per hour to 75 cents starting on New Year's Day in 1996. Rates at Hillman Garage downtown will drop to 50 cents for the first hour for anyone parking less than four hours. All other times will remain at the standard per hour rate. A special weekend maximum charge of was instituted for the Gotts Court Garage only. All changes in garage rates would go into effect July 1. Aldermen made the changes after hearing similar recommendations from a downtown committee that has studied parking and transportation for 18 months. appears to me to be a reasonable committee member Mike Langrehr told aldermen. Not everyone on the council liked the changes. Alderman Wayne .R-Ward said the city again is moving too fast to raise rates. did this before and thought we were doing the right thing. Then two Weeks later the business community came out he said. Last meter rates rose to per but were rolled back to 50 cents after a public outcry. The council also voted last night to reduce fines for staying too long at the meters. Last aldermen doubled the fine to but it never went into effect because ticket forms did not come in. The council set the rate for fines at last night. The remainder of a package of park- ing recommendations will be handled administratively through the mayor's Planning and Zoning Director Eileen Fogarty said. The package includes A valet parking service down- town. Companies will be invited to bid on the business of parking shoppers' cars in the Hillman Garage for them Tokens that businesses could buy and give to customers. Shoppers could use the tokens like quarters in the meters. A Hat fee for do workers to park in city garages on Sunday through Thursday evenings A public relations plan to get the word out about shuttles from Navy- Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The plan also would detail downtown park- ing options and rates. It includes spending up to on an electronic message sign to capture visitors at the stadium lot. The total budget is ex- pected to be about Two downtown business owners gave the council an early taste of what may again be a campaign to fight higher meter rates. Robert owner of a bicycle shop and organizer of a postcard drive against rate increases last and Ron owner of a jewelry said higher rates chase away custom- St. John's Ml ringers may be were inexcusable and the worst he had seen in his on the bench '1 Imd this the most vicious crime that could have ever possibly been Judge Lerner said In handing down the death sentences and an additional 114 years in Judge Lemer capped a grueling WILLJAMS day in which Wil- liams' sister and a court- ordered psychologist testified that the Army veteran was a victim of a person- ality disorder and had never acted violently. But the emotional testimony was blunted in the judge's eyes by the severity of the murders. The bodies of Jose E. Trias and Julie N Gilbert both prominent lawyers were found at their Winchester Road home on May 16 Each had been shot in the head. can't think of a more horrible set of circumstances than the circum- stances that occurred in this Judge Lerner said. are two people who use a as a haven from the toils of their week method of execution is just unbelievable As in death penalty Wil- liams' sentence was sent immediately to the Court of the state's highest court. His attorneys did not say whether they will appeal the convic- tion. While it could take several years before Williams exhausts he surprised Judge Lerner's packed Anna- polis courtroom by asking for The Capital punishment. In a rambling and sometimes contra- dictory Williams. of Ar nold. said he preferred death to life in prison was just in the wrong place at the wrong he said of his arrest. didn't hurt but in light of the evidence that was found and the jury and the state's it I hurt anyone in mv family. 1 think I should get A jury convicted Williams of both counts of first-degree murder and 12 related charges Thursday He imme- diately surprised his attorneys by ask- ing to be sentenced by Judge Lerner known as one of the county's toughest judges- instead of by the jury Williams said he sympathized wi county prosecutors' decision to set The Capital punishment anybody in my family was kille I'd want that person to get the deal no matter he said I'd try to get that person It was the mention of his family appeared to draw the most emotic yesterday from who sat qu etly through his trial and has smilt and laughed when confronted wit reporters' questions His Rpsezelma William testified that while she sometime struggled to make ends her thre Page BRING ON THE SUN By Mark M Odell The Capital Michael Dunn and Richard Hlxon of Annapolis soak In the sun at the entrance to at City Dock. Sun worahlppara will have plenty to cheer about again temperatures cHmb Into the middle 70s. The high at BWI Airport yesterday was 72 degrees. Temperatures wfll gradually cool off the met of the wtth the highs dropping Into the 60s by the weekend. this is Houston9 Shuttle crew speaks via satellite with group at academy By BRADLEY PENISTON Staff Writer The satellite study room at the Naval Academy looks and sounds like a miniature Mission Control in with dial-studded rows of television and speakers growling out scratchy conversation. On the floor of the cramped a half-dozen midshipmen waited with their admiral. A voice burst from a this is Houston. Five minutes until A a group of 'dsmpmen and academy brass began a 15-minute via two satellites and a phone link to with three of the seven astronauts aboard the space shuttle Endeavour. Organized as part of the academy's 150th anniversary the hookup included audio and video links. The academy group included six midshipmen chosen for their interest in the space Superintendent Adm. Charles L. and Deputy Commandant Col. Charles a former astronaut. Aboard the three astronauts squeezed in front of a camera. Lt. Cmdr. Wendy B. a 1961 academy graduate and a Crownsville Capt. Stephen S. mission commander and a 1973 academy and payioad specialist Ronald A. of the Goddard Space Flight Center In GreenbelL Adm. Larson opened the conversation by NASA. 2no Class Merle took part NV the By. W. Trezzo Capital of RockvWe talks to space shuttle astronauts A a hali ml QM nmwm ACMMiiy. A IMNrvQmi chat via two sateMtes and a phone to noting that the academy has produced 36 more than any other undergraduate institution. He praised the shuttle comparing them to the explorers of old. Seated below a Naval Academy Capt Oswald wore a rugby and Lt. Cmdr. Lawrence had donned a dark sweat shirt. They could have been in a terrestrial living room except instead of handing the microphone they floated It back and forth. After some warm words from Col. the midshipmen stepped to the microphone. Midshipman 1st Class William Burns of sought advice for mids who want to join the shuttle program. After a three-second delay u the signal sped around the world from above the South Lt Cmdr. Lawrence responded that scientific expertise could pave the a technical math or and then become very good at it. There are many ways to enter the astronaut she said. Midshipman 1st Class John Pienkowski of Oak Forwt wanted to know how the shuttle's ultraviolet telescopes were working. Smoking ban exemptions go before legislators Glendening may veto bill freeing hospitality industry By TODDSP ANGLER Staff Writer Legislators in both houses today were expected to give preliminary approval to a measure protecting much of the hospitality industry from a workplace smoking ban pushed by Gov. Parris Glendening. Mr. Glendening last night renewed his threat to veto legislation exempting restaurants and bars from the prohibition. He said he expects the measure to be sent to referendum if lawmakers override his veto hoped we would reach some compromise on the governor reiterating his initial intention to exempt smaller bars and restaurants from the ban. That fell on deaf ears in the General Assembly. The House Environmental Matters Committee voted 16-5 yesterday to approve legislation that would pro- tect much of the hospitality Industry from the prohibi- tion The bill mirrored one passed by the Senate Fi- nance Committee Friday. Both houses were ex- pected to take up the legislation for a preliminary vote this and with widespread support among delegates and it was almost assured of passage. angry over Mr Glendening's unilateral move two weeks ago to put the workplace smoking ban into effect on March want to get the measure to the governor expecting him to live up to his veto Then they could override the veto before the April 10 end of the General Assembly session have about seven days left to get this to the governor's said Del Ronald D who chairs the Environmental Matters Committee Although there are almost four weeks until the end of the 90-day lawmakers are working against the clock. The governor can hold onto a bill passed before the end of the session for six days without signing it. After the lack of a signature is considered a veto. A two-thirds vote of both houses is needed to override a veto Mr Glendening said last night he could not support sweeping exemptions for the hospitality industry contem- plated in the explaining that they undo the reasoning behind the measure. The regulations he wants to implement would ban smoking in nearly every workplace in Maryland with the exception of tobacco shops and laboratories where tobacco Page INSIDE H a WOUld reach Compromise OH this 4 Arundel Report Business Calendar Classified Club Notes Comics Crofton Crossword Death Notices Cl Editorials 81 3 Lottery B4 Movies C4 Obituaries AS Police Beat D6 Sevema ParX C3 Sports B6 Television A8 Tides A6 M B5 A7 A7 C2 015 B5 A7 Classified..............................268-7000 Circulation..................................268-4800 From Kent Island 327-1583 All other departments..........................268-6000 ;