The Baltimore Sun from Baltimore, Maryland on September 2, 1990 · 25
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Sunday, September 2, 1990
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THE SUN SECTICK T&P- Weather Obituaries Classified 61' SUNDAY, m SEPTEMBER 2, 199$. is charged wtthli BWI's radar fails, slows flight traffic Passengers stranded by 4-hour shutdown By David Michael Ettlin A radar malfunction disrupted operations yesterday at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport, causing delays and cancellations of flights and complicating plans for thousands of holiday weekend travelers. Airport spokeswoman Linda Greene said that the primary and secondary radar systems shut down about 10 a.m. for an unknown reason and that flight controllers and pilots had to rely on a slower backup system. "The planes were moving, but there's more separation between aircraft so there have been delays, and some airlines chose to cancel flights or divert to another airport," Ms. Greene said. . Four hours later, the secondary system and additional backup equipment were operating, and airlines began catching up with passengers' problems. Ms. Greene said that by 6 p.m., flight operations were "back to normal." In the complex world of Interwoven airline schedules, the travel complications rippled far beyond BWI as passengers missed connecting flights at other airports and had to make hasty decisions in booking alternatives. "I feel annoyed and frustrated," said Frances Kleso of Hyattsville, waiting at BWI with her husband, Edward, a retired firefighter, after their 12:05 p.m. flight to Myrtle Beach, S.C., was canceled. ; The Klesos declined an offer of ground transportation to Washington's National Airport because of the lack of assurance of seats on an alternative flight there. Instead, they held out hope that the radar problems would be resolved so that they could depart on a 6:45 p.m. USAlr flight "It Is disgusting," said Betty Boniface of Stevensvllle, waiting with her husband, Richard, for their son to arrive on an Eastern Airlines flight from Atlanta. "We came In here at 3:30, and now it's going to be 5 o'clock," she said. "I've got a car I'm paying to park here at $ 1 per half hour." "There's not much you can do about it," said Mary Dzurgot of Abingdon, sitting in an airport bar with her husband, Pat, sipping soft drinks and waiting for their daughter to ar- ; See BWI, 4B, Col. 5 P.G.'s Ryan, By CFraser Smith Sun Staff Correspondent : '- BOWIE He had a campaign treasury of more than $100,000. He had direct control over the state's $1 1 billion budget, which Included a $200 million highway construction program aimed at his county. He was a man counted upon by Gov. William Donald Schaefer. : - And he was running scared. Delegate Charles J. "Buzz Ryan, D-Prlnce George's, Is chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and a man who is regarded In Annapolis as a potential House speaker, perhaps even a lieutenant governor candidate. But voters seemed to be nursing grudges against incumbents. And there was the abortion issue. Mr. Ryan has always been against abortion. But now he was MARYLAND 51 Summer at the beach has been much the same as always: children on the sand, cotton candy and crowds. 33 Labor unions in Baltimore plan Labor Day observances. 23 Labor Day schedules for area services and attractions. 23 Index Bus routes Obituaries 103 7-83 Road repairs 7B Weather 103 . i ... " 1 ,1 - .. in - - . - . 4. T7! .T. A i. ... j 1 .1 -, - - 3 - r.yi -i-; S- x - - V v .- t THESUKARLUFERRON THE JOHNSON-BUTLER-DORSEY REUNION Robert Graham of Owings Mills greets great-great grandmother Lillian Dorsey, 84, then kisses her sister, 88-year-old Ruth Dorsey, another great-great grandmother. - .- . Jjjf THE SUNKENNETH K .UM THE HAIRSTON REUNION TV actor Jester Halrston, 87, dresses for reunion activities that put 83-year-old Francis Halrston to sleep. Reunions pay tribute to black heritage By Rafael Alvarez There's something about growing up in the South, said James Brown, that makes people do these things. Things like holding an annual, nationwide family reunion that attracts 1 .000 to 1 .500 people all of them related, somehow, to the descendants of slaves and slaveholders from nine plantations. They are the Halrston clan, with American roots originating in Virgin-la, North Carolina, and Mississippi and Mr. Brown, a New Jersey Yankee, married into the family. "The Southern families tend to be larger and closer," said Mr. Brown as he watched his granddaughter Ty- running scared, gets Schaefer boost running for re-election in a district where abortion was thought to be a galvanizing Issue strong enough to topple the most powerful legislator. So Buzz Ryan has been knocking on doors 1,200 a week. For the first time, dipping Into his ample campaign funds, he ran a phone bank operation In which volunteers canvassed virtually the entire district, which covers 26 precincts largely In Bowie, Greenbelt, Lanham and Glenn Dale in the northeast quadrant of the county. All of this personal campaigning and phoning have sought to identify Mr. Ryan as a man who can produce for his constituents, a power In Annapolis who can deliver services In a big way. Last Friday, the candidate brought In the big gun, Mr. Schaefer. In recent days, the governor has Politician Jesse Jackson journalist as he heads to Jesse Jackson is not unused to criticism. There is virtually nothing he can do that doesn't tick off somebody. When he flew to Syria In 1984 to help free a downed U.S. flier, some thought he was interfering in foreign policy. When he went to a superpower summit to shake Mikhail Gorbachev's hand, some thought he was showboating. But now, with America facing its most serious crisis in years In the Middle East, Jackson has tried to find a way to avoid criticism: He has decided to become a Journalist Which is a pretty nifty idea. Except for criticism from other Journalists (which doesn't count), nobody really gets to criticize journalists or even ask them tough questions. When Jackson was a presidential candidate, Journalists would ask him where he got r A 4 y - : -.Tern 1. ,3"" ' . YV shea swim at the Marriott Hotel near Baltimore-Washington International Airport, one of two headquarters this year for a reunion that started in Stokes County. N.C.. In 1931. "At one time for black Americans, the family was the biggest protection we had." Mr. Brown said he makes a point of bringing his grandchildren to the reunion not Just because kids make old people happy, but also to guarantee a future for the event and a sense of the past for the youngsters. "It grows on them," he said. Mr. Brown sits on the Halrston Clan scholarship committee, one of several committees that keep the reunion running along with special WASHINGTON SUBURBS campaigned in the districts of legislators who are currently responsive to his programs or who, in the face of gubernatorial campaign support, might become friendly. At the state railroad passenger ElECTIOH his money and how he spent his money and if he smoked pot as a youth and whether he had ever fooled around. But when Is the last time you heard a Journalist asked those questions? When is the last time anyone asked Sam Donaldson how much money he makes or spends or whether he smokes dope or cheats on his wife? You can't ask a Jour ROGER nalist those questions. We are protected by the First Amendment. To question us is to interfere with our sacred duty of informing the public. Which is why Jesse Jackson is starting his own talk show In a few weeks. This makes him a Journalist. True, he is a candidate for public office in Washington, D.C., See SIMON, 2B, Col. 1 ,. r T "''iv;'; v groups for membership, banquets, souvenirs, entertainment, registration, finance, books, and memorial services. "When I was growing up, a black had to be exceptional to make it; the mediocre people suffered," said Mr. Brown, who holds a doctorate degree In education and works in the New Jersey public school system. "Greater opportunity has allowed today's kids to be a C student an do well. They don't have to push the way we did." As a result, he said, the Halrston scholarship committee which distributes college tuition funds for fam- See REUNION, 4B, Col. 1 station that lies west of the city center, Governor Schaefer, Mr. Ryan and the Ryan team Delegates Joan B. Pitkin, Mary A. Conroy and state Sen. Leo E. Green met the morning commuters at a sparkling new depot for which, In effect, they took credit. After the rush hour, the politicians walked across two parking tots to the sparkling campus of Bowie State University, where they inspected the Martin Luther King Building, which recently was taken out of service when serious structural failures were discovered. With classes about to begin and the university population growing rapidly, the loss of space was a serious blow and some classes were moved Into a county elementary school. See CAMPAIGN, 5B, Col. 1 turns Iraq The telephone rings at 20 minutes till 11 on Wednesday night, with an aide to Representative Roy Dyson on the line. "The congressman won't be able to see you tonight," says the aide. "He was supposed to be here at 5:30." I say. "Yes," says the aide. "And then he called and said he'd be here at 6:30." "Yes." says the aide. "And now, near 11 o'clock, you're saying he can't make It?" "Yes," says the aide. "Can I tell him what you wanted to talk to him about?" She must be Joking. The congressman knows what I want to talk about I want to talk to him about the thing everybody else wants to talk to him about his sense of selective morality, his aversion to military action when it might have hurt him physically and his subsequent embracing of military action By Gelareh Asayesh After 10 years of guarding inmates at the Allegany County Detention Center, Sandra Kay Beeman yesterday was charged with helping two of the most dangerous of them escape. Officer Beeman, for three days considered a hostage, was officially dubbed a fugitive yesterday after she telephoned her 21 -year-old daughter In Frostburg to tell her: "I'm fine. I'm with him." Sheriffs deputies are not sure who "he" Is convicted rapist James Vernon Barnes or Barnes' fellow fugitive, Edgar Eugene Kerns Jr. The two men escaped from their maximum-security cells at the Cumberland Jail at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, and another prison guard watched them take Officer Beeman with them, placing a choke hold around her neck. Hours after Officer Beeman's phone call at 5:19 a.m. yesterday, the same men who had worked and socialized with her sought and obtained an arrest warrant charging her with aiding an escape a felony that carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail. Though officers suspected within hours of the escape that Officer Beeman, 46, might be implicated, the phone call still carried all the shock of betrayal. "I've known Kay," said Deputy Craig Allen Robertson, the detective in charge of the case. "She was a friend of mine. But now she's crossed a border. Now It's our duty to charge her. It makes It very hard." Authorities were still searching for the three fugitives yesterday. They believe that the two men have split up, and that Mrs. Beeman may be with Kerns. Barnes has been seen in the area of a Springfield, W.Va., trailer park where his former girlfriend lives. On Wednesday night he eluded FBI agents who traced him to Md. regents impose cag on '91 tuition increased By Patricia Meisol The habit of increasing tuition 5 percent to 10 percent annually In the past decade to make up for a shortfall of state money was so Ingrained that Maryland public university campuses tacked one on even when a flood of state dollars came their way. But an outcry in the General Assembly last spring may have broken that habit. Concerned that lawmakers might introduce laws to limit tuition, the Board of Regents of the 11 -campus University of Maryland System last week made official its own cap of 4 percent for freshmen who start school a year from now. It's the smallest tuition Increase In almost a decade, and part of what educators say may be a nationwide trend to hold the line on student costs or at least slow the Increase. The reasons range from a shrinking market and Increased competition for students to acknowledgement that a consumer backlash to price Increases In the 1980s is under way, the experts say. In the 1980s, tuition rose at twice the rate of inflation. This September, Maryland students will pay tuition and fee Increases of up to 10 percent and room-and-board rate Increases of between 3 percent and 8 percent. But next fall, campuses will in With Selective Service System,! Dyson had selective morality j MICHAEL QLESIIER i ASSCOMEDFRESJ OFFICER SANDRA BEEMAIC Now considered a fugitive - the trailer park. ; Jail administrator Lt. John-Ai Bone said Mrs. Beeman's phone con? versatlon with her daughter, Leslie; was brief. Leslie Beeman, an ac counting student at Frostburg State University, lived with her motherat a Frostburg trailer home. Allegany County Sheriff Donald R. Wade said Mrs. Beeman promised to write her daughter a letter In a couple of days "She said that she loved her several times," said Lieutenant Bone-, who had supervised Mrs. BeemaaM the past two years. "I think it was basically to let her know she was OK." : The former beautician, wholsidl1 vorced and also has a son, Erie, 2 patrolled the Jail on the midnight td 8 a.m. "cat-eye" shift. Investigators believe that sh&'dei veloped a relationship with orjCoJ both of the fugitives. See ESCAPE, 4B,Qot 3 crease their tuition only between 2 percent and 4 percent for full-Ume undergraduates. (The bill for outj state students and graduate students In some professional programs could climb by as much as 10 percent, pending on the campus.) 1 And though tuition is expected tb begin to level off a year from now, universities are expected to charge more for mandatory fees. The result after room-and-board charges are set in the spring, is that final bills ia some campuses could continue to ln crease significantly. This fact is not lost on the re? gents, who ordered the smallerjrg creases. "I hope the campuses will bear'fn mind that we are very concerned tlc$ Just about tuition but about manda tory fees," Regent Ann Hull, chairwd? man of the panel's finance commlQ tee, said last week after asking each campus to explain Its increases. The regents tried, but so far have failed, to limit the mandatory fee increases to the same 4 percent IWiff placed on tuition. The reason is that they also want campuses to balance the budgets of such self-supporting items as athletic and recreation pre grams, health centers, student activl itles and shuttle buses that are paid, for by student fees. -- See TUITION, 6B.O01 3 when it might hurt other people physically but help him politically. Z "His conscientious objector status during the war In Vietnam." I tell hlf aide. "Would lt be possible to talk to him in the morning?" "Could you tell me the specific questions you want to ask?" says thg aide. "That way, he'll he able to answer you morl quickly." - ' What Is this, a chance to formulate overnight answers by commJU tee? An all-nighter for tomorrow's news mej dia pop quizzes? He still needs time to look up answers, 20 years after the fact? Let's get this straight right away: It Is per;; fectly honorable to be a conscientious objeol tor If that's really what you believe. . ZZ And let's get this straight: It Is also honor See OLESXER, 2B, ColH

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