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Capital, The (Newspaper) - March 27, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Alan Keyes seeks GOP presidential nomination A4 FOUR TO Go Okla. State completes Final Four slate B2 UVA's Junior Burrough bowls over Elmer Martin of Arkansas Another leaper from Bay Bridge SEE ARUNDEL REPORT TOMORROW. COOLER PAGE All MONDAY MARCH MD Attacks on city women By CHRISTOPHER MUNSEY Staff Writer Using psychological profiles and a comparison of city detectives hope to determine whether they're looking for the same assailant in two vicious attacks on Annapolis women in the past five months. City police are working wjth the Annapolis FBI office to find out what type of person committed the attacks. Armed with the police hope to narrow their list of suspects. give the FBI all the facts as you know and they try to establish what patterns the person might his said Sgt. John the detective overseeing the investiga- tion. The first of the unsolved attacks took place early on Nov. when a woman in her 40s was severely sexu- ally assaulted and robbed by a man who broke into her residence in the Shearwater condominiums in Eastport. On Feb. a 33-year-old woman was brutally beaten with an unknown ob- ject by a man who forced his way into her residence in the Severn House condominiums in Eastport. A resident reported hearing a scream around 1 a.m. that but officers didn't find anything when they looked around the complex. The victim was discovered late in the after an officer found her stolen Volkswagen Cabriolet parked in a commercial area off Admir- al Drive. The victim was hospitalized for more than a week. Police won't say whether she was sexually assaulted. The suspect profiles haven't been and the FBI needs more information from city investigators to develop said Dan se- nior agent in charge of the Annapolis FBI office. still insufficient informa- tion at this point to come up with a real Page SUNKEN hi turbulant watar off Sandy Point State vokmtaars onjantaad by i Susan aaarch for Karns of historical Importanaa. Ona ship's Unbar with By Gilbert The Capital i found tfuflnf Saatoatdoy't LMjpafjf 4MlaWtd W9 tetoh ofwi fpf hobbyMt hi of nodsni cohw 1' HOME 35C Two killed in accidents on t county roads By P.J. SHUEY Staff Writer A Potomac woman was killed early yesterday and her husband and an- other man were critically injured in a fiery two-car crash on Route 258 in county police said. The accident was among three seri- ous wrecks in the county yesterday that claimed two lives and seriously injured three people. The Lothian crash occurred at a.m. when the driver of an eastbound Ford Thunderbird lost control of his car and it went into a crossed the center line and was hit by a westbound Mercedes about a half-mile west of Route 794. The wreck cut the Thunderbird in rupturing its gas tank and ignit- ing a fire that burned both cars. Passers-by were able to free the Mercedes driver. Steven Kisley. of but the flames prevented them from getting to his wife. Jerri Lyn who died in the crash. The Thunderbird Tony R. of 2201 Shore Drive in Edge was ejected in the saving him from the police The Thunderbird had just rounded a curve and the rear of the car had Cipltil gimphte swung across the center line and into the Mercedes' according to Offi- cer Alfred Barce. Mr. Kisley was flown to the Medstar trauma unit at Washing- ton Hospital where he was in serious but stable condition this morn- ing. Mr. Conner was flown to the trauma unit at Prince George's Hospital Center in where he was in critical Page Fiscal frenzy spares congressional pensions KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS WASHINGTON Congressional fervor to slash spending so far has spared its own silk-lined safety net a lucrative pension plan that most Amer- icans would covet. Even though more than half of work- ers will never see a law- makers who earn annually have voted themselves the best features of both private and public retirement plans. Members of Congress often can start collecting full pensions at a younger age and after working fewer years than most Americans. Their benefits are calculated under more generous formulas than most others are afforded including regu- lar federal workers. And they get automatic cost-of-living increases for the rest of their even if they're convicted felons. Sweetening their taxpayer-financed retirements .even the govern- ment kicks in a maximum of yearly into lawmakers' tax-deferred savings plans that give them a retire- ment nest egg beyond their pensions. This has long been an untouchable but last year's election of law- makers calling for congressional re- form has put new energy into efforts to cut back this most treasured of Capitol Hill perks. But movement has been given entrenched old-guard resis- tance. This may be because the retirement plan gives many departing members of Congress a unique brand of double- Not only can former law- makers collect their but they also can land lucrative jobs from pri- vate employers attracted by their con- tacts within the government. Former House Speaker Tom Foley. who got a lucrative partner- ship at a Washington law firm after being defeated last collects a pension estimated at a year. On the Senate retiring Majority Leader George Mitchell. also joined a Washington law firm while getting his estimated pension yearly. New York City's representatives and despite being far from the senior members of are on their way to hefty government retire- ment rewards. If the 13 lawmakers now- qualified for pensions were to leave office they would collect an average of yearly. Rep. Charles leads the delegation with an estimated pension awaiting hm today for. his 30'.- years of federal service. Sen. Daniel Moynihan. D-N.Y.. right now could get an estimated yearly on leaving the Senate. To find but how much the members of New York's congressional delegation have coming to them on The Daily News mailed questionnaires to the representatives asking for detailed information about expected benefits. The survey also asked whether they PENSIONS. Page Legal experts debate effects of measure to limit lawsuits By BRIAN STEINBERG Business Writer When a Crofton girl apparently choked to death in 1991 on the toy pompon of her teddy- her parents sued the California toy maker for million. After two days of testimony last the company settled for mil- lion. It had offered a much lower settlement before the but the family refused it. Would they have said no to the lower settlement had Republican-sponsored tort re- form to reduce the number of lawsuits in federal courts been in Even though the Crofton couple went to court in the lawsuit involving an out-of-state defendant could easily have been moved to federal court and been subject to a proposed would have been indeed obli- to advise that if they lose the case or if a verdict was returned in a lesser amount than what was they would be responsible for attorney said Gary I. Strausberg of their lawyer. As reform measures passed by the House of Representatives this month work their way through the local legal experts are debating what effect they might have on courts in Maryland and Anne Arundel County. idea is to bring down litigation costs in the state of Maryland. It can affect everyone in a positive Del. Phillip Bissett Business lobbyists believe the reforms would keep needless litigation from clogging the courts. idea is to bring down litigation costs in the state of said Del. Phillip D. R-Mayo. can affect everyone in a positive But consumer advocates and'trial lawyers see it as a way to keep the average citizen from obtaining his legal due. gut reaction is it's letting corporate America said Del. Marsha G. Perry. D'Crofton. average Joe. the little guy who doesn't have a lawyer and a thousand-dollar is not going to be able to get the The three measures being considered in Congress Encourage litigants in federal court to settle a lawsuit before it goes to trial. In many plaintiffs who go to trial and are awarded less than an out-of-court settlement offer would be responsible for both sides' attorney fees. Pre-empt state laws and create a federal limit on punitive damages on most civil law- suits. Make it more difficult for shareholders to sue publicly held companies by claiming fraud. Maryland has already passed some of its own tort limiting damage and imposing caps on pain-and-suffering damages already in state courts. This the General Assembly is consider- ing a bill that would set up a commission to examine alternate methods of resolving court Page CHECKING WATER QUALITY By Bob Gilbert The Capital Sava Our Mraama wrtuntaar hw up the watar In Towaafa Branch naar Crofton yaatarday aa Jason Toft corrals aquatic bwaet In a Tha two CJgswatar man want part of tha poup's Maryland residents cope with influx of unwelcome ladybugs ASSOCIATED PRESS HANCOCK In Asian lady- bugs spend the winter on craggy cliffs. In Western they apparently decided that Eve Higman's house on Green Ridge Mountain was the next best thing. Hundreds of the black spotted bee- tles have moved in and have over- stayed their welcome a real pain. They are in my windows. They're in my coffee pot. They won't said Ms. Higman. who has experienced one of the worst ladybug incursions in the state. But complaints about the bugs aren't exclusive to the mountains. This Maryland extension agents have re ceived calls from across the including Anne St. Mary's. a real pain. They are in my windows. They're in my coffee pot. They won't Eve Green Ridge Mountain Calverl. Baltimore. Garrett. Allegany and Washington said fharKk an entomologist with the state Department of Agriculture Anne Arundel residents shouldn't worry too however. Only a few of the calls have been from the Mr. Staines said Those driven most buggy are in the three western counties Garrett. Alle- and Washington. not aware of it being a really bad problem in Anne Arundel Mr Staines said The Edgewater resident admitted to a few of the bugs in his own but said it was nothing But Ms Hitfdon has a bigger prob- lem. The bugs spent the winter in the walls of her farmhouse near Flintstone. and with wanner weather they re literally out of the woodwork neiRhbors and all have been vacuuming them Ms Higman said. in our clothes and in our Tired of living with she re Page INSIDE In a move that could lead players to end their the National Labor Relations Board goes to federal court today to seek an injunction against baseball owners. B2. 2 ae Arundel Report A8 Broadneck A4 Calendar A9 A 1 1 All B2-6 A9 AH Portions o' are pf-nten oav also is ;