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Sex Assault Trials Scheduled for 2 Athletes

Court-martial dates have been set for a pair of U.S. Naval Academy football players charged by the military with sexual assault.

A trial will begin July 10 for Lamar S. Owens Jr., a senior and last season's starting quarterback for the Navy football team, who is accused of raping a junior classmate in her dorm in January. The general court-martial is expected to last several days, academy officials said yesterday.

A second football player, senior linebacker Kenny Ray Morrison, will face a special court-martial July 24 on indecent assault and other charges, officials said. He is accused of taking advantage of a drunken female midshipman and exposing himself to other midshipmen and civilians during a Feb. 4 incident at the Embassy Suites hotel in the District.

-- Ray Rivera

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8 Candidates Apply to Lead County Agency

The decision by Derick P. Berlage, Montgomery County Planning Board chairman, to step aside has opened the job to heavy competition. Before Berlage's decision, some council members complained that few were applying; now eight are.

In recent days, three candidates with lengthy credentials have applied to head the five-member Planning Board and oversee the $100 million Department of Park and Planning. The agency handles major land-use decisions and oversees county parks.


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