Capital, The (Newspaper) - March 17, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland
Rubble tariff on Bl ON TV Vlllanova va. Old Dominion channel 13 Georgetown va. Xavler channels 13 THE FIRST STEP Simpkins scores 21 in Terps' 87-63 rout of Gonzaga Residents study city corner Cl TOMORROW- SUNNY DETAILS PAGEA13 FRIDAY MARCH MD HOME 350 Smoking ban compromise in works By TODD SPANGLER Staff Writer As legislation exempting the hospitality in- dustry from a workplace smoking ban moves closer to Gov. Parris N. Glendening is still talking- about negotiating a deal with lawmakers. The governor yesterday dismissed comments that the courts should decide whether hotels and restaurants should be included in the prohibition. He said he hopes to reach a compromise on the issue with legislators. sounds confrontational and I'm still in a 'bruig-people-together' Mr. Glendening said. But his call for a compromise on the smoking Hospitality exemption inching toward enactment ban would be hard-pressed to find supporters in a General Assembly that is backing a sweeping exemption to the ban for much of the hospital- ity industry. The House of Delegates yesterday voted 100-37 in favor of the exemptions to the which applies in practically every other work- place in the state. In both the House and there is enough support for the exemptions to override the veto the governor has promised for the measure if it passes. Mr. may be counting on an attorney general's opinion which says that the bill which changes the duties of the state's labor charged with im- plementing the ban does not qualify as emergency legislation Predicting that the issue of the workplace smoking ban will be finally decided at a statewide referendum in November the governor said that the attorney general's opi- nion is reason for the lawmakers to deal. If the legislation does not stand an emergency the full ban would begin March 27 and remain in effect until the results of a referendum were decided attorney general's puts the decision off until Nov. Mr. Glendening said yesterday think it's appropriate for us to reach an agreement in the But legislative leaders have shown very little inclination toward compromise after the governor threatened to vetp the measure exempting the hospitality industry. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said if the governor uses Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr.'s opinion to ignore the legislative he does so at his own political risk. attempt to thwart the majority of the duly elected representatives flies in the face of democracy in the free state of he said is a valid emergency If the governor attempts to implement the ban over the emergency a lawsuit would likely be Filed by tavern restau- rateurs and they want to take the governor to then I'd be my Mr. Miller said. Mr. Glendening has given no indication what part of the near-total ban he would be willing to compromise. In earlier talks with he said he would only be willing to exempt Page Cook to appeal teacher firing By THERESA WINSLOW Staff Writer BALTIMORE Teachers every- where must live in fear now that the county school board has ignored the findings of a criminal court and a hearing'examiner and fired Laurie S. her attorneys and union officials said yesterday think all teachers in Anne Arun- del County and elsewhere should be of being falsely said M. Christina one of Ms. Cook's attorneys John K Kurpjuweit. president of the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel said it was just another blow to already teacher morale The board and teachers are embroiled in bitter contract dispute. They spoke at a news conference held at the headquarters of the Mary- land State Teachers Association that featured a frontal assault against the board but very little comment from Ms. Cook. only thing I want to say is that I do want to fight the Catonsville woman said at the end of the half-hour presentation. The board voted 5-2 Wednesday night not to return the 34-year-old former science teacher at Northeast High School to the classroom Twice cleared of seducing a she plans on appealing to the state Board of Education. Ms. Cook will lose her job in a Galesville school lab once the board issues its formal written deci- sion within 30 days. In a prepared statement read by her younger Chris Cook of Bel Air. Ms. Cook called the decision trav- for her and other teachers. am obviously greatly disappointed with the school board's decision to fife after the hearing exam- recommendation that the charg- es of misconduct were not supported by the she said. though 1 knew from the outset of the board's hearing that it was a Page A HOLE LOT OF FUN By Mark M. OcMfl The Capital PlaytaC In a fort hi the new perk In Eastport on a sunny day from Lyto and Charies Thompson both of Rtto Eari SeHman of Glen Bumle and Carlos Lamer of AnnapoHa. Hfch expected to Me mld-70e tnto wW drop about 20 degrees over the wttfi In the mW- to upper 60s Crime still residents' top peeve By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer County residents still say crime is their top dwarfing concerns about all other according to a biannual poll conducted by Anne Arundel County Commun- ity College. Twenty pareeitt flf tbMepoUed this month by the college's Center for the Study of Local Issues named crime as the most important with taxes and education both coming in at 10 percent. was the same last year Prior to mostly the economy was the big said Marcia Marshall. Adams Park school cut from list ByBARTJANSEN Staff Writer A popular proposal to reopen Adams Park Elementary School in Annapolis to rejuve- nate the impoverished Clay Street commun- ity and reduce student busing has been dropped from a list of county construction projects. Despite its top priority among school projects last County Executive John G. Gary Jr. removed it from the The Capital projects list because of a tight budget and no over- crowding in Annapolis schools Members of the Planning Advisory which reviews all county construction pro- were so surprised by the deletion yesterday that they postponed approval of that portion of Mr Gary's budget for the school board. in fact we're reneging on I have some real said board Chairman in fact we're reneging on I have some real board chairman Dallas who asked for more informa- tion from county and school officials. The panel reviewed the administration's million construction budget and made recommendations on what should change. Under the Mr. Gary must formally reply if he deviates from the board's recom- mendations when he presents his budget to the County Council The council ultimately decides in May which projects to fund or ignore The deletion of Adams Park is expected to spark outrage among Clay Street residents who fought two years ago to schedule the project. Previous county and school adminis- trations pledged to reopen the school for 4 million in September 1997. a major said Anna- polis Alderman Carl 0. Snowden. D-Ward 5. was to be the catalyst for the rejuvenation of the whole Clay Street corridor Ray Elwell. a budget analyst who prepared .the construction said the project was dropped for three reasons The six Annapolis elementary schools that Adams Park would join aren't over- crowded as a whole. The sch'ools have about slots and more than 200 openings. Reopening the school for elementary students would force the costly move of the Learning a program for troubled Page 1 concern Crime still remained the most important issue facing Anne Arundel County according to an Anne Arundel Community College poll. The conducted March asked 479 county what are the top concerns facing the county. Here's a look at the top 10 responses Percent of _____________ rtspcndtnts Crime Education Taxes the center's direc- tor. While their wor- ries about crime haven't many of the 479 residents surveyed said they were bet- ter off financially than they were this time last year. Almost 32 per- cent said their fi- nances had im- while 201 percent said they weren't doing as well. The rest said they were about the same. Behind the top concerns named by resi- dents educa- 10 10 growth and devel- 8 and drug 6 percent The con- ducted March 6-9 by more than 120 AACC was created in 1978 and serves as a yardstick for the opinions of residents Maryland's fifth-largest jurisdiction It had a 5 percent margin of error. Despite their personal well-being and kudos for the nation's economic many residents expressed reservations about how the local economy was performing by comparison. CRIME. Page Growth development overpopulation Drug abuse 5 SchMl funding Environment 10 Jobs employment Traffic Gov. Paris Glendening Survey has a plus or minus margin of error of 5 percent. AruncW Community INSIDE you can put a little spring in your step. INSIDE House Republicans say their outline for billion m budget cuts lets them .whittle away more bureau- cratic drive the deficit lower and slash taxes deeper than President Clin- ton has proposed. A2 Two bills tnat would limit the power of state bureaucrats to make regulations could come up for a final vote despite opposition from environmentalists. 93 ARUNDEL After a four-hour public the city Planning Com- mission last night tabled until autumn a bill that many say would weaken the Historic District Commission. U 4 40 patfM totertahMMiH Annapolis Arundel Report Baby Face Calendar Campus News Capital Camera Classified Club Notes Comics Crossword Cl Death Notices. Bl Editorials C2 Honor roll 64 Lottery.. C2 Military News C3 Obituaries. C6 Police Beat 85 Sports C4 Television C13 Tides...... C14 A12 C2 B2 All A13 A13 Dl-6 C5 A13 Portions of The Capital are pnnted each day on recycled paper The newspaper also is recyclable CtaMHW....................268-7000 Circulation..................2884800 From Kent 327-1583 Main St. work gets under way March 27 By JEFF NELSON Staff Writer Work crews will close portions of Main Street March 27 and the city will break ground with a celebration at noon the next day. The million Main Street recon- struction effort is expected to last until Dec. city officials said this week. The groundbreaking ceremony will feature local and enter- tainment and will be held on the lower portion of the street. The city has pledged to work close- ly with businesses and residents to make the work as painless as possi- ble Promotion and communication with the community during the pro- ject will be handled by the Greater Annapolis Chamber of Commerce. going to do everything we can to make this as educational and fun as this can said Penny executive director of the chamber. The city gave the chamber to promote business and good com- munications during the project. The chamber's Mam Street Promotion Committee is developing ways to spend the money. A draft of the promotion strategy is but the chamber and the city refused to release the informa- tion. Meetings of the promotion com- mittee are closed to the public. Ms. Chandler said details would be re- leased sometime in the next week. She said the chamber plans to use the city money to develop a Main Street logo for T-shirts and hopes to develop a promotional bro- and will send a newsletter about the project to businesses down- town. The logo will adorn signs encourag- ing shoppers to enjoy downtown and direct people to safe walkways and legal parking areas. The logo will be unveiled March 28 during the groundbreaking cere- mony. A key element of the promo- tion of downtown during the project will be the hiring of a coordinator to work with residents and businesses. Chandler said interviews for the position are under way and the part-time job should be filled soon. The coordinator and the chamber also will be developing seminars for business owners about marketing REDESIGN.