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MARYLAND NEWSWATCH

May 04, 1992

MARYLAND STATE — Ocean City youth hit by car

Wednesday's drawing will be worth an estimated $4 million.

Baltimore CITY

National Aquarium officials are worried that business will fall off at the city's top tourist attraction when its central tank is closed next year for repairs.

In September 1993, the aquarium will close and empty the central tanks. The complete renovation is expected to take at least nine months and cost $10.3 million. Taxpayers are being asked to foot $8.75 million of the bill.

Frank A. Gunther Jr., chairman of the aquarium foundation's board of trustees, said the shutdown is unavoidable.

"The nature of the beast is a short life span," Mr. Gunther said. "Sure, nobody is happy to have a ring tank last only 12 years."

The closure of one of the facility's top attractions comes at a bad time. In February, a critically acclaimed aquarium in Camden, N.J., opened, and there is concern here the Camden facility could assume the mantle of the East Coast's best aquarium.

Anne Arundel

People living near the troubled Millersville landfill are seeking $130 million in damages and a lifetime supply of bottled drinking water from the county, according to court records.

Residents filed an amendment Friday to their Anne Arundel County Circuit Court lawsuit Friday that also calls for the removal of Utilities Director Tom Neel. They recently learned Mr. Neel's department has dumped 70 tons of grease a month at the site since 1985.

Although Mr. Neel obtained a special exception to dump the grease, the county's landfill permit does not ordinarily allow the material in its sanitary landfills.

The drinking wells for four families living near the dump ar contaminated, but county officials have not been able to determine whether the landfill is the source.

Baltimore County

Facing certain defeat at tonight's County Council meeting, Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden has temporarily withdrawn a bill that would have imposed a three-year building moratorium on Honeygo, a 3,000-acre section of Perry Hall threatened by overdevelopment.

In its place, the executive plans to submit a new bill tonight -- with virtually the same provisions as the first bill, except that the effective date of the ban would be July 6 instead of May 1.

Administrative Officer Merreen E. Kelly says the idea is to give officials time to negotiate with builders and business people adamantly opposed to a complete building moratorium in the area.

The bill that was withdrawn needed five of the seven counci members' votes because it was to take effect immediately if passed tonight. But only two council members have expressed support for the moratorium, and the other five say they were generally opposed at a work session last week.

The new bill would need only four votes to pass when it is voted May 18 because it is not an emergency bill and would take effect 45 days after passage, like all non-emergency legislation.

Administration officials say that if they don't impose a moratorium now, builders will file plans for new housing on the largely vacant land before a comprehensive plan for adequate public services in the area is developed.

Carroll:

Linda S. Stromberg, 39, became Carroll County's first and only caseworker for patients with acquired immune deficiency syndrome last August. Each week, she tests as many as 20 people who are worried that past behavior has put them at risk for the fatal disease.

It takes a full week to get results from the free, confidential test for HIV and AIDS.

"That is often the longest week in a person's life," she said.

At first, Ms. Stromberg knows her patients only by a four-digit number, affixed to both a questionnaire and a blood sample. Patients answer blunt questions about sexual behavior and drug use. The blood is forwarded to a lab in Baltimore, where it is tested for human immunodeficiency virus antibodies.

If the test is positive, the patient becomes a name, no longer an anonymous number, and she makes a follow-up appointment.

"As calmly as I can, I help them understand what a positive test means," she said. "It's not an immediate death sentence. There is no cure, but we have weapons in our arsenal that will prolong people's [lives]."

Harford

Fired state Trooper Jerry M. Scarborough has dropped an appeal of his dismissal after receiving an early retirement from the state.

A hearing on the appeal was scheduled for Thursday in county Circuit Court, but attorneys agreed to dismiss the case.

The state Retirement and Pension Systems Board of Trustees granted Mr. Scarborough's request for "ordinary disability retirement" in March. The former trooper will receive a monthly salary and health benefits.

Mr. Scarborough, a 38-year-old Darlington resident, was on sick leave, complaining of "stress," while he awaited the outcome of his appeal.

He was fired last April after he refused to answer questions during a police internal affairs interrogation regarding a confrontation he had with friends of a neighbor.

In court papers, Mr. Scarborough argued that the interrogation violated his constitutional rights to avoid self-incrimination.

The 15-year police veteran was named state police Trooper of the Year in 1989 after making dozens of arrests for drunken driving.

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