Maryland Digest

MARYLAND DIGEST

August 13, 2006

Region

Wrestler Graham to miss Fanfest

Former professional wrestling champion Superstar Billy Graham will not be appearing at the Capitol Wrestling Legends Fanfest in Rockville this weekend due travel problems, according to wrestlingobserver.com.

Graham, whose real name is Wayne Coleman, was to appear along with 29 other former pro wrestlers at the three-day event that concludes today. Because of increased airport security, Coleman was not allowed to bring his prescription medication on the plane because his real name was on the medicine while his tickets were issued to "Billy Graham," the Web site said.

Coleman, 63, had a liver transplant nearly four years ago and takes anti-rejection medication.

Sun reporter

Maryland

Corn, soybean crops expected to be robust

A soggy June and a hot July apparently did little harm to Maryland's corn and soybean crops, which are expected to increase this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday.

Soybeans could use more rain, but "corn for grain is pretty much made, and I think that's going to be fine," said Norman W. Bennett, director of agricultural statistics at the Maryland Agricultural Statistics Service.

Maryland corn production will increase 5 percent, to 56.8 million bushels from 54 million last year, the USDA forecast. Maryland soybean production will climb 13 percent, to 18 million bushels from 16 million in 2005, the report said.

Bennett said crop damage from the heavy rain that flooded parts of Maryland in late June was limited to vegetables and parts of corn and soybeans fields on the Eastern Shore, mostly in Dorchester and Caroline counties.

Associated Press

Hagerstown

Museum seeks funds to buy 1945 plane

The Hagerstown Aviation Museum is seeking donations to help it buy a Fairchild C-82 built in the city in 1945.

The plane would become the centerpiece of a planned exhibit hall commemorating Fairchild Aircraft Manufacturing Corp.'s 55-year history in the area.

Museum President Kurtis Meyers said organizers hope to raise $200,000 by Friday. The plane is to be auctioned Aug. 23 in Wyoming.

Associated Press

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