Week In Review

October 16, 2005

Anne Arundel

Ex-dairy farm picked for horse site

The Maryland Stadium Authority on Monday chose a former dairy farm owned by the Naval Academy as its first choice for a lavish Maryland Horse Park.

The 857-acre property in Gambrills, which produced fresh milk for the Navy's midshipmen for almost a century until 1998, was picked as the best site for a feasibility study by state officials keen on building a first-class equestrian venue that would be modeled after the Kentucky Horse Park.

The state's plans include a museum, a 5,000-seat indoor arena, a visitors center as well as space and facilities for steeplechase, rodeos, jousting, dressage and other equine show competitions.

The Stadium Authority board unanimously chose the Anne Arundel County site over the other finalist, Fair Hill in Cecil County.

The proposal was put forward by Annapolis Mayor Ellen O. Moyer without support from either the Navy or County Executive Janet S. Owens.

The study phase for the Maryland park will take about two months. If the Navy and county are ready to sign on to the project, the authority plans to submit enabling legislation in the next General Assembly session. The Stadium Authority's timetable calls for completion in May 2009.

Maryland section, Tuesday

Man, estranged wife are hospitalized

A man and his estranged wife were hospitalized after the man stabbed the woman and himself repeatedly in Annapolis on Oct. 9, city police said.

According to police, the man stopped at the home the couple used to share at the 100 block of Rosecrest Drive at 9:30 p.m. to get water for his overheating car. He saw his wife on the front porch and attacked her with a pocketknife, stabbing her in the torso, shoulder and neck, police said.

He also stabbed himself, police said.

The man's 11-year old son intervened during the fight but was not hurt, police said.

Maryland section, Tuesday

Snakehead fish are proliferating

Three years after Maryland biologists poisoned a Crofton pond in an effort to eradicate northern snakehead fish, Virginia officials found more than 200 in a Potomac River tributary last week.

Experts say the sharp-toothed fish - nicknamed "Frankenfish" for its ability to breath air and slither on land - might be prevalent in the 14-mile stretch of the Potomac that extends south from the Woodrow Wilson Bridge to Dogue Creek near Fort Belvoir, Va.

"The water is black from these schools of fish," said John Odenkirk, a biologist with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, after visiting the creek Tuesday and Wednesday.

He said that removing these fish would have practically zero effect on the population. Before last weekend's torrential rains, officials had seen a total of 70 snakeheads all season, he said. Officials visited the creek after fishermen reportedly captured about 80 snakeheads there last weekend.

Maryland section, Thursday

Academy rejects author's event

The U.S. Naval Academy has refused to permit a professor who has been critical of its admissions policy to hold a book-signing at the campus bookstore - a practice regularly allowed for other faculty - citing a seldom-applied conflict of interest rule that governs federal employees.

Bruce Fleming, an English professor and author of Annapolis Autumn, said he believes the decision is unfair.

The book, published last month by the New Press, a nonprofit publishing house, includes several jabs at academy tradition, including a sharp critique of its admissions process.

Fleming, who served on the Academy's admissions board, criticizes in the book the school's practice of accepting set-asides - minorities, athletes and enlisted men and women - who are less qualified academically than other students.

When he made a similar argument in a magazine article earlier this year, he received an unusual private rebuke from the academy's superintendent, Vice Admiral Rodney Rempt.

Cmdr. Rod Gibbons, spokesman for the academy, said the decision had nothing to do with the content of Fleming's book or any past controversies.

Maryland section, Friday

Driver sought in hit-and-run

A female SUV driver struck a 10-year-old boy on a bicycle Wednesday night, got out to check on him in the roadway and then drove away, Anne Arundel County police said.

Patrick Anthony Montgomery of Pasadena was riding his bike with friends on Knollwood Road in Severna Park when he was hit by the sport utility vehicle at an intersection about 6:40 p.m., police said. The boy's mother, Kimberly A. Montgomery, flew with her son to Johns Hopkins Children's Center. He was released Thursday morning.

Maryland section, Friday

Market House recommendation

A committee of Annapolis city officials has recommended that the operator of Washington's Eastern Market be awarded a contract to manage the historic Market House.

Silver Spring-based Site Realty Group was picked over six other bidders to run the 146-year-old city facility near City Dock. A retired judge, Eugene Lerner, oversaw the process.

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