Working miracles IMAGINE mentally and physically...

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November 03, 2001

Working miracles

IMAGINE mentally and physically disabled kids hitting balls and rounding bases on a real field - a field of their own.

That picture's not a fantasy in the Atlanta suburb of Conyers, Ga. A Rotary Club and other private donors there have pulled off a miracle. In the Miracle League, in which disabled children get their moments of sports glory on an $850,000 field made of a spongy synthetic material and painted bases that wheelchairs can traverse, everyone hits and everyone scores.

It's a wonderful athletic and social activity for children. It brings joyful tears to parents who never imagined their children would get to participate in a sports event.

Next baseball season could be a winning one in the Baltimore area. The Rotary Club of Towson wants to bring a Miracle League to this region, says its president, Linda Dieter. It's trying to secure a site and raise money to build an accessible baseball diamond.

Rotating judges

ANNE ARUNDEL Circuit Court soon will rotate judges through family court.

Like Maryland's other four largest jurisdictions, Arundel wants to prevent judges from burning out from handling emotion-charged divorce, child-custody and other domestic cases.

That makes sense.

Unfortunately, though, Arundel Judge James C. Cawood Jr. has submitted his resignation rather than go along with the change. He's a member of the rare breed that doesn't mind - in fact, relishes - working almost exclusively on domestic cases.

Anne Arundel Circuit Court Administrative Judge Clayton Greene Jr. has correctly decided, nevertheless, to move forward with change. The issue is bigger than one judge.

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