Capital, The (Newspaper) - March 18, 1986, Annapolis, Maryland
r seek that Colonial spirit By EFFIE COTTMAN Writer midshipmen probably can relate to the dilemmas of dating in Colonial Annapolis. Back isolated estates and unreliable transportation were just as trying on rela- tionships as the raids' restrictions on leave and cars In Colonial parents dictated mar- riage just as the military bans wedded bliss during school. And male mids today certainly can relate to the Colonial who found women in incredibly short supply in Annapolis Those are some of the observations of John W. an academy history pro- fessor and Colonial history buff He and other local historians are trying to spark new interest in the Colonial spirit of Annapolis through a series of lectures at St John's College town is sort of Huston explained after lecturing on the quirks and scandals of courtship and marriage in Colonial days The lecture sponsored by the county committee of the Maryland Historic Trust and the Friends of St John's provides colorful glimpses of many differ- ent aspects of Colonial he said Five lectures are presented each year In the speakers have revealed insight into the the cooking and even the scoundrels of early Maryland At the next lecture April academy Glee Club Director J Barry Talley will speak on the music of Colonial days think there is a lot to be done in this town in terms of Huston said The lecture of Early is designed to preserve the state's early culture and foster new interest in he said Much of the information for the now m its fifth was culled from old letters and newspapers. Some of it is quite Huston said For marriage and birth records reveal that about a third of the women who married in Colonial days were he said And research shows that widows and widowers hardly let the flowers dry on their spouses' graves before they he said Men needed new wives to care for the children Women couldn't own so on Page Col. PROF. JOHN W. HUSTON preserving culture. 5T1 Tomorrow's Showers For see page 9. VOL. Cl NO. 65 MARCH 25 Cents i GOOD DONT FORGET THE REV. William Calla- co-director of the Quixote Center in Mount will discuss for in Nicaragua at tonight at the First Presbyterian Duke of Gloucester and Con- duit streets. AREA JUNKED CARS are expect- ed to be less of a headache following the passage of a bill by the County Council. Page 29. TALK OF THE TOWN THE CITY'S NEW BUSES are great Page 29. BUSINESS RESEARCH and develop- ment ventures are taking off in toe county. Page 11. DANCE FRt children and adults try to un- lock natural energies. Page 27. STATE MARYLAND STATE Police are giving recruits drug tests. Page 4. BOTH SIDES are predicting victory in the Contra aid de- bate. SPORTS A TRUCE has been struck between Indianapolis and Bal- timore. Page 19. PEOPLE DAY O' THE GREEN The and those who wish they celebrated St. Patrick's Day the county yesterday. At 'a Dick r traditional song on the bagpipm to sfart the With from are District Court Judge Thomas J. MldoTeton's owner Jerry Annapolis Mayor Dennis Callahan and the Rev. Kevin Milton of St. Mary's Church. At Marykae and Lisa both of toast Ireland's patron saint at McGarvey's Saloon. Photo by J Photo by The Capital County tjb alter tactics Investment plan eyed for savings By CHRISTINE NEUBERGER Staff Writer The county may Invest up to one-third of its million employee pension fund in but has dropped disputed plans to reinvest police and fire retirement assets. The decision to use only a third of the pension pool deals a blow to the county's plans to stabilize the annual contribution taxpayers pay for public employ- ees' retirement. The annual pension contribution cost taxpayers million this fiscal year about 19 cents on the current tax rate of per assessed value. Hoping to curb soaring pension county officials said at a news conference yesterday that they will proceed with their plan to invest more of the classified-worker pension fund estimated at -million in higher-yield such M stocks and real estate. But the county will not implement that'strategy with the million in fire and police retirement said who cited police and fire objections. The new investment strategy recommends the county diversify its investments in order to generate higher earnings. Larger investments in the stock market and the hiring of investment managers are among the more controversial methods proposed. now in the 20th said County Executive 0. James announcing the county's intention to reinvest money in the classified- worker pension plan. A dozen union representatives joined Lighthizer to affirm that the county's pension investment plan has on Page Col. Insurance solutions mired in ire ACTRESS DEBEA WINGER and Oscar-winning actor Timo- thy Button have been married in a private her publicist says. The couple were married in Big Sunday in a service attended by family Doug Taylor said without providing other de- tails. If is the first mamage lor and Miss who had been linked manticatly with Nebraska Gov Bob Kerrey. The actress starred in of and recently completed a film with Robert Redford. Button is the winner of a best supporting actor Oscar for For i look at other people in the news steptge 3 LOTTERY drawa yesterday. Three-diftt m. 11-11 5 3054 I tin t 9 IMS Last in a series By SCOTT LAUTENSCHLAGER Staff Writer The solution to the medical mal- practice crisis depends on who is pointing the finger and who is being blamed Doctors and insurance who say lawyers are increasingly filing unwarranted argue that reforms are needed in the legal system. who blame negligent doctors and greedy insurance com- say the medical cqmmumty aad insurance industry should be monitored more closely Consumer advocates tend to agree with attorneys about what consti- tutes the best solution There are two fundamental prob- lems escalating premiums for mal- practice and reduced availability of coverage because in surers have pulled out of Maryland Dr Stephen chief of or- thopedics at Anne Arundel General identified the legal system as the primary source of problems system is so designed that it's worthwhile to file a no matter how he said think that all of us eventu- THE CRISIS IN MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ally are going to be sued Even when a doctor knows that a claim has no it's often cheap er to agree to a settlement than to defend the charges in Dr Faust contended pressure is fairly intense to settle out of court for the nuisance he said Critics of the legal system fre- quently point to the size of awards and lawyers' contingency fees as driving forces behind rising insur- ance premiums. Legislation addressing those and related issues has been introduced in the Maryland General Assembly The Senate last week passed a bill that would place a limit on awards for non-economic commonly called and suffer- awards The measure had widespread sup- port m the as illustrated by the 36-9 final but is expected to face opposition in the House Judi- ciary Committee Bills were introduced in the Senate and House to limit the amount law- yers could earn on a contingency which is when they work for a percentage of the award But both measures were effectively killed when reported out of committee with unfavorable recommendations on Page Col. 4 31 OttaifiedAds Oajkict. cohuaaa OMMiffef ROCK LOBBY Zappa buttonholes lawmakers on record bill Frank a rock musician known for his offbeat and sometimes off-color is playing to packed houses in Annapolis who is in Annapolis to lobby against a bill aimed at banning the sate of so-called obscene records and tapes to jammed them in last night at a lavish reception held at Reynolds Tavern on Church Circle Even Mate lawmakers who supported the bill among the legislators and reporters clamoring for a picture with the iS-yeir old Baltimore native at the crowd- ed recepuon hotted by Annapolis lobbyist Brace whose short dark hair is flecked with lasted conservative than an aging rott sttr COM is the teagth aid feat efcanc- wtik Mb jMfc teveattM. 'Some delegates have told me they voted for it because 'In my they burn Donny and Marie Sen. Barbara Hoffman The who arrived Baltimore- Wasatnftoa International Airport vester- testified before a Senate committee bearing thh after-aeon oa the Ml that was approved H-H by the Boast tt DsJaf HJtwtta. Several legislators who admitted they had never heard of including House Speaker Benjamin D-Baltimore brought their teen-age children to the gathering at the tavern last night Sen Barbara D-Baltimore who cane with her 17-ycar-otd son. said she opposed the bill because she didn't believe in censorship or prior restraint bill has some support because of political said Ms Hoffman daaajatas have told me they voted for it becaase my district tKev hum Doaay aad Marie record Mkaaal Beffaua was among thnte rsu fytat teday afaieat measure hef Soate Jadkiary Committee heated by Sea. Thanas V Mtke Miller. a self-proclaimed faa.