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Capital, The (Newspaper) - March 17, 1986, Annapolis, Maryland Classified 268-7000 Circulation 268-4800 News Business 268-5000 Tomorrow's Sunny For see page 7. VOL Cl NO. 64 MARCH 1986 25 Cents PONT FORGET THE STATE Administrative Board of Election Laws will hold the first of a series of voter registration volunteer training sessions at p.m tomorrow in the C-l lobby conference room at the De- partment of Natural Re- Tawes State Office Rowe Boulevard and Taylor Avenue. AREA MAYOR Dennis Callahan has backed off his demand for the resignations of city House Authority board members. Page 25. ACTION LINE A READER worried that a refund was not properly credit- ed gets help from The Capital. Page 25. YOUTH TEENS BACK 'C' average for athletes. Page 9. AWAY WE GO THIS YEAR'S Show on tops all its past productions. Page 15. ENTERTAINMENT A to the Big Pops Concert will be performed Saturday by the An- napolis Symphony Orchestra. Page 14. STATE LIABILITY INSURANCE dominates House and Senate committee sessions. Page 4. PRESIDENT REAGAN presses for the votes he needs to resume rearming Nicara- guan guerrillas. Page 2. NASA is releasing details on about 900 parts that are consid- ered vital to the safe operation of the space shuttle. Page 3. SPORTS THREE COUNTY girls high school teams and one boys team won state basketball championships Saturday. Page 17. PEOPLE SHIRLEY visit- ing Peru to film a television mini-series based on her auto- landed in hot water she suggested the coun- Jtry's giant desert draw- lings were I made by vis- from space. The 51- i year-old ac- tress was on location in the Andes for on a a five-hour ABC mini-series based on her 1983 autobiogra- when she was reported as suggesting the drawings were done by extra-terrestrials rath- er than ancient Peruvians. People magazine re- Mia MacLaine tried to make amends by profoundly believe that Peru is the repository of a splendifer- ous culture. If there were ex- traterrestrial beings that had visited the Peru would be the place they would For a look at other people in the lews ptge 3. LOTTERY Numbers drawn yesterday Three-digit SM Lotto -17 Mil 12 IS It INDEX 4 J2 pages. Calendar Classified Ads Crossword MitartaU OMturiet Youth 16 23 Zl 6 1445 7 7 .17-22 ....15 .....I Doctors blame lawyers insurance 6crisis' a reality A NIGHTMARE' By SCOTT LAUTENSCHLAGER Staff Writer A local medical malpractice case brings every patient's nightmare to life. A Hillsmere Shores man claims that a surgical team at Anne Arundel General Hospital forgot to remove a sponge from his abdomen during a 1981 op- eration. Russell R. Hall of 110 Groh allegedly suffered extensive health problems and was mistakenly told he might have cancer before the sponge was detected and removed 29 months later. Hall's claim was one of 43 filed against Anne Arundel County health care providers for medical malpractice in ac- cording to records at the Mary- land Health Claims Arbitration Office. Claims have been on the rise throughout Maryland. Statewide last 702 medical malprac- tice cases were up from 618 in 1984 and from 83 in 1978. In October Hall was ad- mitted to AAGH for surgery by Dr. Gary M. whose office is at 104 Forbes St. in according to docu- ments filed with the state by on Page Col. Editor's note Staff Writer Scott Lautenschlager today starts a three- part look at the medical malpractice crisis facing the nation. THE CRISIS IN MEDICAL By SCOTT LAUTENSCHLAGER Staff Writer With malpractice claims on the Dr. Karl Holschuh's attitude about practicing medicine is a lot different than when he graduated from medical school. think we start out with a very idealistic view of healing the pub- said Dr. who is in his ninth year of practice. But then run into the realities of business added the former chief of surgery at Anne Arundel General Hospital. The threat of malpractice suits alf of us in our daily prac- tice. We spend a lot of time looking over our Dr Holschuh said. Doctors say that by MALPRACTICE filing an increasing number of un- warranted are causing the malpractice insurance lawyers are just making a fortune off of all Dr Holschuh said. on the other con- tend that the specter of malpractice claims serves as a safeguard in a system lacking in checks and bal- ances. 2 DO 2 TO GO Mids welcome NCAA spoilers Military demeanor was put aside last night as about 600 excited midshipmen and fans greeted the No. 17 Navy team that demolished No. 9 Syracuse in the second round of the NCAA East regional basketball tournament But a 14-member brass band greeting the team stepped into a traditional mode with a serenade of and closed the quickly organ- ized pep rally with the school Navy Blue and The anthem was the rally's only sedate mo- as the midshipmen turned as one to sing the lyrics with white caps held across their dress blues. were really pumped center David Robinson told the crowd that had gathered in Tecumseh Court to greet the team after its return flight from Syracuse. we're playing as well as any team in the and all I've got to say Two two to Navy raced passed Tulsa Friday night and shocked Syracuse on its home court yesterday. Two more wins would put the Mids in the tournament's final four a scored 35 points in the 97-85 upset of Syracuse. Navy meets little-known Cleveland State Fri- day at the Meadowlands in East N.J in the semi-final round Cleveland State upset both Indiana and St. Joseph's over the weekend The NCAA had not announced Friday's game time as of this morning. The other East Regional semi-final pairing will be Saturday's No. 1 Duke and DePaul. The midshipmen broke into cheers at every sentence Robinson spoke during last night's rally. Although study hour for the midshipmen began at 7 several hundred gathered in a brick plaza on the academy grounds to catch a look at the busload of happy players. had beard that they might do something like but we didn't think everyone would be this said Vernon who finished Sunday's game with 23 points. is really amazing that everyone would be out here in the cold on a Sunday As the charter bus several midship- men carried players on their shoulders across the court. Others shouted Want We Want a reference to the NCAA tournament Duke University. Robinson leads upset. Page 17. Photos by J. MIDSHIPMEN carry David Robinson to Bancroft Hall last night. ERICA daughter of Lt. and Mrs. Chris shows sentiments HIGH-SCORING Midshipman David Rob- inson addresses pep rally. malpractice would run if lawyers were not ag- gressive in protecting patients' said Annapolis attorney Joel Katz. are a safeguard to preclude this type of activity. know they have to deal with he said. Lawyers argue that better moni- toring of doctors is needed to weed out the bad ones. But the main focus of their criticism is the insurance industry. One indisputable fact is that mal- practice insurance premiums have shot up significantly in recent years. Just since premiums have increased by up to 250 percent for some depending on their specialties and insurance compa- nies. Obstetricians have been hit hard- with those covered by Mary- on Page Col. House delays bill. Page 4. High dry Plans off for Maritime Inn By BOB MITCHELL Staff Writer Citing a dispute with Annapolis Planning and Zoning devel- oper Bobby Leonard said he is drop- ping plans to build the Maritime Inn in Eastport. over two years of efforts I have come to the point that I do not feel it is possible to Leonard said in a prepared state- ment. Plans by Leonard called for con- struction of a three-story inn as part of a complex that would have included a maritime a stores and a marina adjacent to the Spa Creek Bridge. Estimated cost of the project was million to million. of regret my major financial but just as much I am sorry that I have failed you and myself hi what I believed to be a beautiful and worthwhile project for he said. The concept won endorsement from the City Council in when the panel voted 8-1 in favor of the project but imposed a set of 60 conditions for construction to pro- ceed. In his Leonard said that city Planning and Zoning Direc- tor Eileen Fogarty insisted that the restaurant and hotel building be relocated 22 feet from the site ap- proved by the City Council. will require a major rede- sign of the structure at a significant cost and delay in addition to the costs and delays already incurred in dealing with the Planning and Zon- ing Department on this and other Leonard said. costs have resulted in the project becoming economically mar- Leonard said. Redesigning the building would cost be said. The city has supported all of the design changes sought by Ms. Fogarty but it requires the building to be relocated in order to comply with the conditions set down by the City Council Among the conditions required by the council was operation of a work- ing she said. The reloca- OB Page Col. House for 4 bay view wanted to make sure that the light was at least available to the public to see what a lighthouse actually was In Its John Guard By EFFIE COTTMAN Staff Writer The Coast Guard is trying to choose a tenant to move into one of the most most historic prop- erties on the Chespeake Bay The TbomM Point Lighthouse will be fully automated by mid-July and DO longer will need to be manned by Coast Guird becaose of its historic signifi- the 111-year-old structure won't be left according to John Walters of the Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Division in Ports- Va. tetters have been sent to groups aal bxtiriduah that have toasfcf the tease with two a kitchen and a living room. The rent hasn't been set. but tenants are being screened to deter mine their interest in historic pres ervition and ability to live two miles from Walters said want to know the background so we don't just turn it over to Walters said want to make sure that the person who is the lessee is capable of handling all the functions xKhough required to make minor tenants won't nave to worry about flipping on the beacon or transmitting weather two functions that wffl fee aotomiti cally But will have to endure the blare of the fog which kicks on when visibility is than five And may even find them- selves stranded on since heavy ice prevents boats from reaching the station Several years the Coast Guard begin automating all its lighthouses to save money. Lighthouses st Tbomai Point tnd Cove Point in St. Mary's County ire the list two Chesapeake Bay sta- tions to be automated Cove Point Lighthouse ilso will be automated this Walters said. The Coast Guard decided to rent out the Thomas Point house because its historic design prevented H from being secured against vandals In the house was added to the National Register of Historic a designation restricting the altera- that can be made to the exteri- or The tenants also cat that the public can enjoy the Mstork nature ef the Walters said wanted to make sure that the light was at least araBabte to the puMk to to at least make k available to aee what a UghthMM actually was to its he ;