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When enough people choose to help, large problems can be solved

The ecology of the planet is experiencing a time of rapid change and ­uncertainty. But we all have one very positive decision we can make: to try to make a difference anyway. In other words, to give a damn; it is a choice.
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As construction proceeds, both sides hold their ground

At the forefront of America’s newest energy boom — export of now-abundant natural gas — the standoff continues. Though you wouldn’t know it at first sight.
    Trucks are rolling and earth moving as Dominion Cove Point continues on its way to becoming the East Coast’s first liquid natural gas exporter.
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The shells reminded me of the Star ­Spangled Banner. But these bombs were not bursting in air; they were hitting ships.

Underway on 12 October 1944 aboard the USS Kalinin Bay, we steamed in good weather for Leyte, Philippine Islands. With us were other escort aircraft carriers: the Fanshaw Bay, White Plains and the St. Lo. The St. Lo previously had been named Midway — [until] the Navy Department built a large carrier and named it Midway. I thought it had to be a bad omen to change the ship’s name, which it proved to be.
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A firsthand account from the Volvo Ocean Racers

After sailing the earth’s five major oceans, the Volvo Ocean Race sailors have delivered their verdict when it comes to pollution. Humans are using the oceans of the world as a dumping ground for everything from plastics to chemicals to human waste.
    Every four years, when the Volvo veterans sail the world anew, it gets worse. Much worse.
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A Bay Weekly Conversation with Anson ‘Tuck’ Hines, ­Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Director

In 1962, the Smithsonian Institution of Washington, D.C., found itself the beneficiary of farmer Robert Lee Forrest’s unanticipated bequest: a 368-acre dairy farm in Edgewater pushing up against the Rhode River — plus $1.7 million.
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Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t

Time-stained pages printed and bound almost 400 years ago hold 36 plays written by William Shakespeare. That’s the Shakespeare considered “the most important writer in the English language.” So says Daniel De Simone, Eric Weinmann Librarian at Folger Shakespeare Library.
    This book is one of the 82 First Folios Folger Library owns. That’s a lot.
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The Mamas and the Papas of the bird world

No one said being a mother was easy. Being a mother bird takes this challenge to a whole new level. In February, on the Eastern Shore, a mother eagle sat in her nest covering her eggs even as a snowstorm covered her. Last summer, in my back yard, a mother cardinal laid three batches of eggs. Her first and third hatchlings fledged and survived, her second pair did not: They were eaten in the middle of the night....

Less trash for a start

What are you doing for Mother Earth this Mother’s Day?
    Like many mothers of a certain age, she’s needing less, not more, except in the way of your attention.
    One thing Mother Earth needs no more of is trash.
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Eldeane Wilson, Bookmobile Librarian

When I went away to college, my mother decided to get a job. She’d trained as a kindergarten teacher and had taught before she married my father, but now she wanted to work at the Anne Arundel County Public Library. My father thought that was a great idea: She could make back all the money she’d paid in overdue book fines.
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Top 10 Boat Names

You’re not the only Aquaholic on the water

Is your boat in the Sophia, Mason, Ethan or Ava class of popularity?
    It is, according to the The ­BoatUS 2015 list of Top Ten Boat Names, if you’ve christened it ­Serenity, Seas the Day, Andiamo (Italian for let’s go), Aquaholic, ­Second Wind, Island Time, Happy Ours, Journey, Serendipity or ­Relentless.
    Sound familiar?
    If so, your dog is likely named Max or Bella.

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