County news in the daily Washington Post, Dec. 1-Dec. 7

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Equestrian Center Plan Opposed

The prospect of a state-run equestrian center in Annapolis replacing one of the state's largest organic farms is provoking passionate public opposition. Even though the park is far from becoming reality -- the Maryland Stadium Authority is studying its economic feasibility and says it would open in 2009 at the earliest -- supporters and opponents are girding for a battle over the future of farmland that once help supply fresh milk to U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen.

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Ex-Academy Superintendent Dies

William P. Lawrence, 75, a retired Navy vice admiral who was among the highest-ranking members of the armed forces held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam and who later served three years as superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, died Dec. 2 at his home in Crownsville.

Lawrence, who had a stroke a decade ago, was the first naval aviator to fly at twice the speed of sound. During the Vietnam War, he was commanding officer of Fighter Squadron 143 when he was shot down in June 1967 and held as a prisoner of war until March 1973.