Annapolis Sunday Capital (Newspaper) - August 4, 2013, Annapolis, Maryland
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Baltimore Rayens coach John Harbaugh will bring the team to Annapolis for a training camp session at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium starting at 5 p.m. Sunday.
By BILL WAGNER bwagner(if^capgaznews.com
Since training camp opened on July 25, the Baltimore Ravens have practiced at their sparkling 200,000-square-foot facility in Owings Mills, considered one of the finest in the National Football League.
But after 10 days of training camp sessions, coaches and players alike are ready for a change of scenpry.
That will happen Sunday afternoon when the Ravens make the roughly one-hour trip down the Baltimore Beltway and Interstate 97 to Annapolis to conduct a training camp session at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Practice begins at 5 p.m. and is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
“Everyone involved with our organization really enjoyed practicing at Navy last year and are excited to be going back,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said in an interview with The Capital on Friday. “Fm expecting a full stadium down there in Annapolis, so the atmosphere should be outstanding.”
This is the second straight summer the Ravens have practiced in Annapolis. Last year’s visit attracted 20,335 fans to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Defensive lineman Arthur Jones said he loved last year’s trip to Annapolis and that the players were looking forward to returning.
“It was an unbelievable experience down there. The turnout was great and the fans were really into it,” Jones said.
(See RAVENS, Page A9)
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WHAT: Baltimore Ravens public workout session. WHEN: Sunday, 5 p.m. (gates open at 3:30 p.m.). WHERE: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. ADMISSION: Free
PARKINQ; Lots (^en at 1 p.m. and are available for tailgating. $10 for cars and $25 for buses. Parking may be purdiased via www.navysports. com- If Navy tots become full, nearby off-site locations are available with stadium shuttles. 01HER DETAILS: Ravens Team Store will be on-site and concession stands will be open. Player autographs will be available following practice for children ages 6-14.‘Big spending’ or meeting needs?Neuman’s budget priorities have political fallout
By ALLISON BOURG abourg(^capgaznews.com Is County Executive Laura Neuman ready to break out the taxpayer checkbook?
Two months after her first budget as Anne Arundel ex ecutWe was passed, the Annapolis Republican has some big ticket items in mind. Her spending plan was about $89 million more than that for fiscal 2013. It included a prop erty tax increase, which drew criticism from one of her opponents in next.year’s Republican primary.
While an improving economy allowed the county to spend more for the current fiscal year, it could also have been a reason to cut. not raise, taxes, said Del Steve Schuh. The Gibson Island Republican sought the county’s top spot when former County Executive John R Leopold resigned in February.
Neuman’s fiscal 2014 plan “was a big spending budget,” Schuh said. “There was no need to max out the property tax. Just because you have a tax cap, it does not mean you have to max it out. Leave well enough alone.”
Spikes in revenue and anticipated property tax funds al lowed Neuman to restore funding to departments and per sonnel that took cuts during the recession.
(See NEUMAN, Page AlO)
‘Out of the shadows’
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By JACK LAMBERT jlambert(§capgaznews.com
Twenty years in a place and you grow attached, even if it is 2,500 miles from your hometown.
Gustavo Ramos, 52, arrived in Glen Burnie from Mexico City in 1980 on a student visa and has made Anne Arundel County his permanent home since 1993. He opened a gro eery store in Brooklyn Park in 2007, selling the business in 2012.
Student visas have a short lifespan, though, and Ramos is no longer here legally.
Proposals to change the country’s immigration laws, now before Congress, offer Ramos a chance at citizenship, one he would like to take.
But Ramos would be well into old age by the time he became a U.S. citizen, and this angers him. He doesn’t want to wait another decade or more to be recognized as part of the country he loves.
“When you spend 20 years of your life in any country, you are a part of that country," he said. “That’s enough time to get citizenship.”
Out of Anne Arundel County’s total Hispanic popula tion of close to 33,000, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that 11.132 one-third — are not U.S. citizens. These residents will closely follow the battle over immigration laws in Washington, D C., over the next few months.
(See IMMIGRANTS, Page A9)
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