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Capital, The (Newspaper) - October 2, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Eroding morale the price of defense cuts A2 'SKINS SOAR Arch rival Cowboys fall to Was 3 27-23 B2 Courts pushed to get a handle on juvenile crime Bl PAGE All MONDAY OCTOBER IMP County economy teeters on edge By BRIAN STEINBERG Business Writer Long insulated from economic downturns by a high number of government workers and large private Anne Arundel County could face some shaky economic times. Early in the academic 'studies announced the threat of federal layoffs could mean the loss of jobs statewide over the next five years. little over two weeks Gov. Parris N. Glendening pre- Police investgate elusive dogfights ByP.J.SHUEY StaffWriter The witness starting with a stray dog being picked up bri Arwell Court in Pioneer startlingly cold-blooded. The mixed-breed stray Was found on the street and taken io'a nearby where it was pUced before a pit bun. call it a 'workout dog' it gives the pit bull practice at a county police detec- jfve said. The stray had no chance its spine was almost immediately snapped by its attacker. After the the owner of the pit bull Jtilled the stray and threw it in the woods. The account is one of dozens of reports on dogfighting under in- vestigation by county police. is basically rou- said the who because of ongoing investigations asked not to be identified. Police said there doesn't seem to be a schedule to the which are bet on by owners and spectators. And rather than being organized by as has been reported in other the fights are considered to be run by amateurs on a pickup basis. The spur-of-the-moment nature of the fights makes them tough to Investigate. hard to get a handle the detective said. pretty no suspects con- nected to the dogfights have been charged. But even if the dogfighting is a punishable only by fines. The number of fights held and ijomber dogs involved are also but Grange of reports is brought regularly to the attention of police and Animal Control. a continuing problem that seems to be more frequent over the summer the detec- Page INSIDE Thousands of jobs endangered by federal cuts Broadneck Calendar Classified Comics... Crossword Editorials Lottery A7 Monday's Child.. AS A9 Movies A9 B6 Obituaries All A6 Police Beat All 812 Sports B2-5 A10 Television A9 A4 Tides All Portions of The are printed each day on paper. The newspaper also is recyclable. CteMtfted 268-7000 2684800 From Kent 327-1683 Aft other 268-5000 dieted large-scale state firings could follow because of cuts in federal funds. About 10 days ago. Westing- house Electronic Systems Group announced it will lay off more employees. And last Baltimore Gas Electric Co. and Potomac Electric Power Co. announced they will slash 10 percent of their work force when the two power giants merge in 1997. officials and experts suggest that with lost jobs come a reduction in population. People will move to where the jobs they and with them go customers for area businesses as well as a base of highly intelligent technical workers. is a pool of very talented people who work in the area our the Joint Spectrum Center the Naval Surface War- fare the National Security Westinghouse and a number of other compa- said John of the Annapolis-based National Tele- communications and Information Association. companies and agencies have attracted a very high-caliber professional talent pool I see that talent pool going Federal layoffs have long been discussed as President Clinton's administration pursues its fining initiative. Downsizing of the military has already resulted in the planned closure of the Naval Surface War- fare Center at the Annapolis Nav- al Station. The threat of civilian federal job losses in Maryland has been known since a June report in which Mahlon R. the chair of the University of Mary- land's economic pre- dicted a swift slump among Mary- land's once booming federal in- dustries. Local economic development of- ficials have hoped private indus- try would be on hand to absorb Page far as my being the first black fine. there will be more to and so on. By David W. Trozzo The Capital Julian the flrat black captain In the county Flm Department's worked his way up through the ranks over a 10-year career. 1st black fire captain M. promoted in county ByP.J.SHUEY StaffWriter Sitting at a conference table at headquarters in the county Fire Department's most recently promoted cap- began an interview with feigned surprise. said Capt. Julian laughing. The joke was that although the department regards his pro- motion as momentous he is the first black captain in the department's 30-year history Capt. Jones got there the same way every other captain did. He took the tests. He got on the lists He got promoted. No and no consent de- crees. feel good that it was clear that there were no concessions he said feel good that it was this Even when Fire Chief Ste- phen Halford announced the promotion last he repeat- edly emphasized its character. met all the high stan- dards of the department we shouldn't even have- to say Chief Halford said. He called Capt Jones' promo- tion very pleasant conse- of efforts to diversify the department while maintain- ing the integrity of the promo- tional system. While diversifying upper ranks is an objective at the there is a consider- able distance to go. Capt. Jones' promotion leaves the department with zero black lieutenants. Of a total of 606 paid person- nel in the Fire only Page Critics attack plan to slash landfill fees ByBARTJANSEN StaffWriter County plans to slash dumping fees at the Millersville Landfill to entice more garbage Dullness is a short-sighted grab for critics say. By discounting space in the the county will be selling off a valuable rather than saving it for the said Wayne S. a Crownsville environmentalist who has studied the landfill. But county officials contend that the lower rates will still cover costs of operating the land- while recouping a million shortfall from trash heading else- where. The County Council and admin- istration have agreed to drop the per ton dumping fee to or less for the year ending June 30. In a large hauler prom- ised to deliver tons to help the county pay its bills. But Mr. Thayer said the county's Solid Waste Manage- ment Plan estimated the costs of operating the landfill at per ton in February 1994. County officials replied that the cost pro- jections have fallen to per ton since that study was completed. Administration officials budg- eted for tons of commercial garbage from businesses and apartment complexes. But demand in the year that began July 1 fell to a projected as haulers headed elsewhere in Maryland and neigh- boring states. To remedy the County Executive John G. Gary and the County Council agreed to accept lower rates in exchange for a promised volume of trash. The alternative was raising res- idential garbage rates per from per year. Browning Ferns Industries won the bidding The rate starts at per ton for the first tons and drops per ton for each additional tons. The council has permitted the contract County oQJcials expect to award it within aijveek. But critics have complained that the fee was kept high inten- tionally to conserve space. Mr. Thayer questioned Council- man Bert L. about the study because his dis- trict includes the landfill. it the administration's in- tention to win re-election by avoiding raising using county assets to pay the Mr. Thayer asked. Mr. Rice denied that the county cut its price below its costs. wouldn't make he said. want to make sure we raise what the cost In the time since the study was officials recalculated the portions of fees that go toward recycling and the land- fill. Disposal came out at per ton. of the dynamic nature of the they change even as we turn said Lisa a county spokesman. Public Works Director John Brusnighan and Finance Officer John R. Hammond each have said that the cost of accepting extra trash is small once the staff is hired and equipment purchased. repairs and labor costs are estimated at for the extra officials said. But the county auditor's which ad- vises the council on financial warned about the long- term impact of the deal. W. Robins an assis- tant warned that using up landfill space a rate greater than necessary not only fails to conserve a valuable but also accelerates the associated landfill closure and post-closure At oldest living Navy grad does what he wants Retired Rear Adm. Frank Ri- ley Dodge went to the Naval Academy for a free figuring he'd get out of the ser- vice quickly and get a job. But the plans of the academy's oldest living graduate went awry. With World-War I the Class of 1918 graduated a year eariy. He pulled convoy and patrol duty in both the North and South Atlantic as a signal and commu- nications officer. During World War Rear Adm. Dodge com- manded the cruiser USS Brook- lyn. He retired in 1949. More than 45 years Rear Adm. Dodge has no desire to sit on the dais at the academy's 150th anniversary celebration later this month. takes the position 'I'm 100 years old and I don't have to do anything if I don't want said Helen his grand- daughter. So when friends tried to throw him a big birthday bash two weeks ago to celebrate his cen- Rear Adm. Dodge would hear none of it. they still trooped down to his first-floor apartment at the retirement home where he has lived since Page ;