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MARYLAND NEWSWATCH

September 10, 1992

CITY — Senate OK's research center

The U.S. Senate yesterday passed a bill that includes $12.5 million for the construction of the Christopher Columbus Center of Marine Research and Exploration, Sen. Barbara Mikulski said.

More than 750 permanent staff jobs will be created once the center in Baltimore is completed. It is to open in 1994.

"The center will enable Maryland to remain a world leader in biotechnology and create good jobs for Marylanders," said the Maryland Democrat. "It means construction jobs today and high-tech jobs tomorrow and will draw more private sector jobs to the area in the future."

No money is included in the House version of the bill. The senator said she will be on the House-Senate conference committee which must reconcile the two versions, and she will push to keep the money intact.

In an effort to curb rowdiness, the city plans to restrict beer sales at next month's Fells Point Fun Festival, a move organizers say would depress profits and possibly sound the death knell for the popular event.

"Some of the festivals are getting harder to control, particularly when you throw in elements of alcohol," says Aaron Stansbury, city liquor board executive secretary.

Consequently, the city is recommending that alcohol sales and consumption be restricted to a special area called a "beer garden."

This year's festival is scheduled Oct. 3 and 4 and is expected to draw as many as 200,000 people.

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A 30-year-old Waverly man remains in critical condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center after he was run over several times by a car Wednesday morning, following an exchange of words with a motorist in the 2600 block of Greenmount Ave., police said.

Police charged David Ingoglia, 31, of the 3100 block of Lyndale Ave., near Clifton Park, with attempted murder and related counts.

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A 32-year-old Towson motor--cyclist involved in what police said was a drug deal was critically wounded in the head by a gunman in the 700 block of McCabe Ave. last night.

Police found the man lying in the Pen Lucy neighborhood street following a reported shooting at 12:40 a.m. The victim was driving off when he was shot, investigators said.

Several shell casings from a large-caliber handgun were found, police said.

The victim was placed on a life-support system and was listed in critical condition at the University of Maryland Medical Center. His name was withheld pending notification of relatives.

State

The Vote kNOw Coalition, leading the fight against an abortion-rights law on the November ballot, challenged the League of Women Voters yesterday to stop campaigning for the measure, saying the league's reputation as a source of fair information is at stake.

League members said the organization, which abstains from endorsing political candidates or parties, routinely takes stands on important issues and doesn't intend to stop now.

"The league traditionally takes positions on issues it has studied," said Nancy Schneider, president of the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County. "Some issues that we feel strongly about we take positions on.

And we lobby: taxes, education, health care, child care, housing -- you name it, we testify on it. We've had a position [on abortion] since 1973."

Anne Arundel

The County Council has approved language for two charter amendments that would cap property taxes and impose term limits on council members.

Wording for both measures, which will appear on the Nov. 3 ballot, was approved unanimously by the council at its meeting Tuesday night.

Under the proposed cap, property tax increases after July 3, 1993, would be limited to 4.5% over the previous year or the Consumer Price Index of the preceding January, whichever is less.

A similar property tax cap was defeated in 1990.

The term-limitation amendment would limit council members to two four-year terms. If approved by the voters, the measure would force out of office three current council members: Maureen Lamb, D-Annapolis; Virginia P. Clagett, D-West River; and Chairman David G. Boschert, D-Crownsville.

Carroll

The Volunteer Firefighters Association invites the public to dedicate its new training facilities at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Emergency Operations Center, 1345 Washington Road, Westminster.

Harford

If you are in the market for typewriters, computer equipment, furniture and cameras, you'll have a chance to bid on them at an auction sponsored by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office at Aberdeen Proving Ground at 9 a.m. tomorrow in Building 3326. The property may be inspected before the auction from 8 to 9 a.m.

Customers must be present to participate. Information: 278-5086.

Howard

A Baltimore peace activist arrested during a December demonstration at Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory in Columbia says it's up to President Bush whether he will again protest the lab's weapons research programs.

James Patrick Reale, 33, pleaded guilty to trespassing during a hearing in Howard County District Court yesterday.

Mr. Reale was one of eight people arrested during the Dec. 5 protest at the lab, where they climbed atop a radar building and water tower to display banners criticizing the facility's research.

District Judge R. Russell Sadler gave Mr. Reale a suspended 90-day jail sentence.

The judge also ordered the defendant to complete three years of supervised probation and pay $50 in court costs.

"I just have one question: Are you going back over there? Are you going to repeat this?" the judge asked Mr. Reale. "If you go back over there . . . I'll send you down to the Howard County Detention Center for 90 days."

Mr. Reale explained that he would continue protests as long as President Bush continues to pump millions of dollars into "pork barrel" military research programs.

Mr. Reale is a member of Jonah House in the 1900 block of Park Ave., an organization that he said conducts "peace work" throughout the region.

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