The Top 10 Stories Of 1990

December 30, 1990

From one of the most portentous elections in county history to landmark legislation aimed at preventing trees from becoming an endangered species, 1990 should prove to have left quite a mark on the people and places of Anne Arundel County.

In Annapolis, lawmakers dueled over a proposed landfill expansion that city officials say is essential to the capital city's economic health. In Crofton, residents feared for their safety after a woman was murdered in the woods near the library. And in Shady Side, residents pulled together to help an Ohio town ravaged by floodwaters -- even though the only bond they shared was a similar name.

As with any list, the Anne Arundel County Sun's roster of the year's 10 most important news stories won't satisfy everyone, and for some may be more notable for its omissions than its inclusions. Among those stories that didn't quite make the cut: * A daring jewelry store robbery in Glen Burnie, which ended with an innocent woman staring down the barrel of a loaded pistol.

* Talk of budget deficits that, as the year closes, have left programs throughout the county with uncertain futures.

* The final days of the United Council of Civic Associations, once one of the county's most effective umbrella organizations.

* Passage of a law in Annapolis allowing the city to withhold liquor licenses from groups that base membership on race or sex.

* Tens of thousands of troops heading through Fort Meade on their way to the Persian Gulf.

* Road construction (seemingly always a big story in Arundel): the final leg of Route 10, scheduled to open early next year; completion of the I-97 interchange with the Baltimore Beltway; road work along U.S. 50, including that perennial headache for commuters, the Severn River Bridge.

The face of Anne Arundel County changed dramatically in 1990. What sort of legacy those changes leave behind may be for future generations to decide.

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