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Clergy pledges to unite for rally for cigarette tax

A coalition of Maryland religious leaders pledged yesterday to mobilize their congregations to attend an Annapolis rally Monday in support of a proposed $1-a-pack state cigarette tax increase.

About three dozen clergy attended a Severna Park church breakfast, promising to appear at Monday's scheduled 6: 30 p.m. event.

The Rev. Larry L. Thomas Sr., president of the United Black Clergy of Anne Arundel County, which represents about 75 churches, said the anti-smoking issue is a natural for clergy, who preach that one's body is a "temple of God" to be respected.

Bill aims to keep alive theater renovation plans

Baltimore's legislative delegation has introduced a bill to borrow $1.8 million to keep Hippodrome Theater renovation plans alive.

Two weeks ago, Gov. Parris N. Glendening introduced a state budget that failed to include money needed to continue design and feasibility work on the 12 N. Eutaw St. site.

House Appropriations Chairman Howard P. Rawlings said yesterday that the bond bill would give the project a potential alternative funding source. The bill also would allow for a hearing on the project soon.

In Annapolis

Highlights in Annapolis today:

House of Delegates meets. 11 a.m. House chamber.

Senate meets. 11 a.m. Senate chamber.

House Appropriations capital subcommittee briefing on Smart Growth projects. 11: 30 a.m. Room 130, House office building.

Pub Date: 2/12/99

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