Any storm in a port: Clerks' strike...


Any storm in a port: Clerks' strike as other locals settle 0) angers state

The never-ending troubles of the Port of Baltimore took another turn when clerical dockworkers struck for two days after the port's other four locals had ratified new contracts. Brendan W. O'Malley, director of the Maryland Port Administration, complained that the strike "put another blotch on the image of the port," and said the contract granted too many new jobs to the clerks, who handle paperwork for loading and unloading cargo. Maurice C. Byan, head of the Steamship Trade Association of Baltimore Inc., which negotiates for management, said the contract granted the clerks' local about one new job for each ship calling on the port, but won work rules permitting terminals to stay open as much as 18 hours a day, much longer than Baltimore's competitors. "That's a radical departure from the traditional ILA work hours," Mr. Byan said. And Richard P. Hughes Jr., leader of the clerks' local, who blamed the strike on state interference with the bargaining, said the final agreement should improve labor relations in the port for years to come, since many jurisdictional issues have been resolved. "It alleviates great fears the ILA had about the intrusions of management and the state," he said. The contract also adds about $1 an hour to the cost of employing a longshoreman, since contributions to the guaranteed-annual-income fund were increased.

Schaefer ask 1,800 layoffs as deficit rises

Speaking of never-ending troubles, the state's budget deficit is now $423 million, according to the Board of Revenue Estimates. The figures -- the product of an economic crisis so sudden and severe that Treasurer Lucille Maurer called it a "toboggan slide" -- reflect mostly a sharp, across-the-board drop in almost all forms of state tax revenue, which in turn reflects the abrupt slowdown of the state and national economies. To deal with the problem without raising taxes, which he said the voters had made clear they didn't want, Gov. William Donald Schaefer recommended laying off at least 1,800 state employees, cutting spending on higher education and local government aid programs and tapping the state's "rainy day fund" for the first time. "We feel the governor is pressing the panic button with this," complained William Bolander, executive director of Council of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, representing about 10,000 state employees. But the governor and legislative leaders alike seemed to agree there were few options left.

Frostburg's embattled president steps down

Charging that he had been subjected to a "witch hunt and an attempt at character assassination," Herb F. Reinhard Jr. announced he would resign as president of Frostburg State University under the weight of public criticism about his handling of campus foundation funds. Dr. Reinhard said he would be vindicated by auditors of the University of Maryland System, but that he was resigning after 4 1/2 years in office because he and his family were tired of the "garbage." His resignation came seven weeks after the Cumberland Times-News first reported that he used funds from a non-profit campus account to buy tickets to political events. Political contributions by tax-exempt, non-profit groups are barred by federal law. Thereafter, the president asked auditors to inspect the books of the non-profit foundation, while other universities admitted making such contributions, and several state lawmakers called for a more detailed public accounting of foundation spending. University of Maryland Chancellor Donald N. Langenberg said he accepted Dr. Reinhard's resignation "with regret."

Bones of Calverts may have been found

In what experts called one of the most significant archaeological finds in Maryland's history, workers unearthed a family crypt at St. Mary's City containing at least three lead coffins, which may hold the remains of Philip Calvert, half-brother of the second Lord Baltimore and colonial governor in 1660-61, and other members of the family that founded Maryland. Ground-penetrating radar revealed last year that a lead coffin might be buried under the remains of the 1667 Great Brick Chapel, the cradle of Roman Catholicism in English-speaking North America, but it was only in recent days that archaeologists found three coffins in the crypt as well as an unexplained skull and a few bones. Only a man of Philip Calvert's wealth and influence could have afforded a lead coffin and been accorded a privileged spot near the altar in the church's north transept, historians say.

Bias family hit by horror again

"I'm asking everybody to come, and mothers bring your children, bring your teen-agers," James "Butch" Bias said, pouring out bitterness against judges, politicians, gun merchants, callous youth and others he believes are contributing to America's epidemic of "murder, murder, murder, murder. . . . I want everybody to come out and see the results of a gun and an attitude," he said. For the second time, Mr. Bias had to bury a son, and he was inviting the crowd to the funeral. Len Bias, a

basketball star at the University of Maryland, died of a cocaine overdose in 1986 two days after being drafted by the Boston Celtics. He was 22. And James Stanley "Jay" Bias III, 20, who wanted to play in the National Basketball Association, was shot in what police called an unprovoked attack by a man who did not know him. Authorities said Jay Bias had gone to a shop to make a payment on a ring he was buying when the sales clerk's husband walked in and began to quarrel with her. Police said the man accused Jay Bias of flirting with his wife, tried to provoke him into fighting and eventually shot him while he was driving out of the shopping center with friends. Jerry Samuel Tyler, 24, was charged with first-degree murder after turning himself in to police. Another suspect was still at large.

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