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On Leg 4, the Volvo Ocean Racers leave China and head to New Zealand

When we last checked on The Volvo Ocean Race, 13 days from Abu Dhabi to China had ended with a tacking duel that pushed the exhausted crews to their limits. Leg 4 begins in Sanya Bay, homeport last-place boat, and ends in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Bowie Community Theater earns three Washington area awards

Is it worth your while to invest $20 plus a couple of hours of your time in community theater?    
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Actress Mary Ann Jung breathes life into women’s history

It’s business as usual at the Pasadena Senior Center, until Mary Ann Jung walks in waving a knife.
    “Julia Child presents the chicken sisters,” Jung trills in Child’s unmistakable accent. Whipping the coverlet off a table, she reveals raw chickens of several sizes.
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Here’s how to get early indoor flowering

Can’t wait for spring?    
    Bring spring indoors, and you can enjoy early flowers.
    Pussy willow can be cut and brought indoors for forcing any time after the middle of January.
    Force forsythia into flowering next, starting as early as February.
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Cove Point Lighthouse to open for overnight accommodations

Flappers and molls, zoot-suiters and swells resurrected the Roaring ’20s at Calvert Marine Museum’s Bugeye Ball. Over 200 museum supporters styled and gambled, drank, danced and devoured the cuisine of Ken Upton’s Creative Kitchen Annapolis.
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Tundra swans prepare for their annual flight north

Chesapeake Country waterways are swan lakes from November to March, as migratory tundra swans weighing as much as 20 pounds move in.
    Some 18,000 of the big birds make Maryland their home. Dabblers, they tip bottom-up to feed on Bay grasses and small clams. They like winter wheat, barley and rye, too, and some of the swans will feed in fields.
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Davina Grace Hill

Journeys to familiar lands have a comforting appeal because you know what to expect. A different kind of interest comes from visiting new locations and experiencing new outlooks. This is true for vacations, as well as theater. In Dignity Players’ current superb offering of Almost, Maine, you get to experience a magical new place in theater and discover a new site on the map of the human heart.
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Sometimes life won’t let you make good decisions

Nader (Peyman Moadi: About Elly) and Simin (Leila Hatami: Aseman-e mahboob) are in the middle of a bitter divorce and custody battle, made more bitter by the fact that neither wants to end the marriage.
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Venus and Jupiter are at their best, and the moon isn’t too shabby, either

As the sun dips toward the horizon, Venus and Jupiter appear high in the west. Venus, the brighter of the two, shines roughly five degrees below Jupiter at week’s end, but that gap is closing fast. They reach their nearest on Tuesday, shining side by side a mere three degrees apart. Visible for almost four hours after sunset, this is the best conjunction of Venus and Jupiter for years to come....

If you love Maryland wildlife, thank a hunter

I expected rancor, high emotion and fireworks. Who wouldn’t complain, years into a recession, at being targeted for a substantial hike in fees?
    What happened at last Saturday’s hunters’ roundtable was nothing of the kind.
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