Frostburg Campus Halts Cigarette Sales

This fall, students looking for cigarettes at Frostburg State University won't be able to buy them on campus.

The school announced this week that, effective Sunday, tobacco products won't be sold on campus.

"The whole point for us was an ethical one," said university President Catherine R. Gira. The institution, she said, had in recent years made about $60,000 annually from tobacco sales at campus stores, while also sponsoring programs to help students quit smoking.

According to Gira, other public Maryland colleges that have stopped selling tobacco products include the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, Salisbury State College and Coppin State College.

Congress Seeks to Curb Floodgate Debris

Congress has ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to study ways to stop damaging debris from entering the Chesapeake Bay when floodgates are opened along the Susquehanna River.

The order comes eight months after Pennsylvania utilities opened dams on the Susquehanna, releasing tons of debris that floated onto the shorelines of Anne Arundel and Queen Anne's counties.

In January, PECO Energy Co. opened floodgates at four Pennsylvania and northern Maryland dams to combat flooding. Debris from the dams covered several beaches, created hazardous boating conditions and severely damaged a Kent Island bulkhead.

Since then, some residents have demanded that PECO do more to eliminate debris from the water. PECO officials said the company has spent more than $200,000 in recent months removing natural debris and litter that collected at the face of its Conowingo Dam. They also have pledged to support any initiatives to manage debris.

Two Join State Board of Education

Gov. Parris N. Glendening (D) appointed two new members yesterday to the State Board of Education.

Reginald Dunn, president and CEO of DDL Inc., a Landover-based communications consulting firm, will take over the seat being vacated by Morris C. Jones, of Stevensville, who is retiring after four years on the board. Dunn is a former chairman of the Prince George's County State Task Force on Educational Funding.

Edward L. Root, a former dean of the education school at Frostburg State University, will replace Adrienne L. Ottaviani, a Cumberland businesswoman who served a four-year term.

The 12-member board makes policy decisions steering the State Department of Education and affecting public schools throughout Maryland. Members serve four-year terms and can be reappointed for a second term.

Woman Dies in Charles County Crash

A 40-year-old La Plata woman died yesterday after the car she was driving veered into oncoming traffic on Route 488 in Charles County.

Mary Louise Tolson was driving east about a mile west of Route 5 just south of Waldorf at 8:47 a.m. when her 1988 Mazda 929 crossed the double yellow lines and struck a westbound dump truck driven by Damian Francis Jones, 32, of Arlington, according to the Maryland State Police in Waldorf. Tolson was flown to Prince George's Hospital Center, where she was pronounced dead. Jones was not injured.

An investigation was continuing. Police said that neither alcohol nor speed was a factor and that Tolson was wearing a seat belt when the accident occurred.

Developer Hopes to Halt Island Erosion

A developer and former Methodist minister is on a mission to prevent eroding waves from robbing Holland Island of any more land.

Stephen L. White, 69, spent $40,000 for the 75 marshy acres that are left of eroding Holland Island, about 10 miles north of Smith Island in the lower Chesapeake Bay. The island once had a population of 350 but now houses only sea birds, tombstones and a lone clapboard house. White estimates that he needs $140,000 to keep it.

White believes he can save a lot of money by doing most of the erosion-prevention work himself. Last year, he refurbished a dredge to try to control erosion on a 500-foot section of the island.


Board Fines Former Shaw ANC Member

The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics has fined a former Advisory Neighborhood Commission member from the District's Shaw neighborhood $100 for "misusing his official position to obtain financial gain for himself."

Torrence Henighan, who served on ANC2C, accepted $100 in 1996 from Norman M. Glasgow Jr., a partner at the law firm of Wilkes, Artis, Hedrick and Lane, after Glasgow had appeared before the commission representing a church pursuing approval for a construction project. The payment "could reasonably be inferred to influence him in his official capacity," the board said.

Other ANC2C members also were investigated after a D.C. auditor's report late last year on the commission's finances: Leroy J. Thorpe Jr., Doris L. Brooks, Chairman Lawrence L. Thomas and Norma Davis. All were cleared of conflict-of-interest charges. But Brooks and Thomas were admonished for their failure to provide evidence to refute they had each accepted $100 payments from the ANC treasurer in December 1995 for personal purposes.


Virginia Beach Streets Open on Labor Day

Visitors will have unfettered access to the resort strip in Virginia Beach on Labor Day weekend, city officials decided.

The city closed oceanfront streets to traffic over the Fourth of July weekend, angering some beachgoers as well as merchants who say they lost money because the restrictions kept people away.

The Fourth of July plan shuttled 75,000 people over three days to the oceanfront from satellite parking at Camp Pendleton, but city officials were bombarded with complaints.


"We're getting a lot of questions from people about why Maryland is doing one thing, Virginia is doing one thing and the District is doing something else. This is a question of fairness. We're all taking our water from the same place."

-- Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, who called for a new water authority that would set benchmarks for water restrictions that would apply to Maryland, Virginia and the District.