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Little Coconut, Pineapple and Twix taught these middle-schoolers a big lesson

Mary Davis earns two trophies, a crown and a summer reprieve from a bodybuilder’s diet

Citizen scientists join the search for other life forms

League of Conservation Voters wants your photos

With the title comes accountability

But when half of all crabs are ­harvested each year, we’ve got to work to keep the population steady

Women fight a rabbi and their ­husbands’ prejudices

A close-knit Orthodox community in Jerusalem has gathered to celebrate a bar mitzvah. As the boy steps up to read the Torah, the congregation literally collapses around him. The women’s balcony falls.     Among the injured is the rabbi’s wife.     Faced with this tragedy, he suffers a psychotic breakdown and is incapable of visiting his wife in the hospital, let alone guiding his flock.     Seeking a spiritual leader, the men find...

Be sure to see this lovely ­production of an American classic

Love is a flower that grows in any soil, works its sweet miracles undaunted by autumn frost or winter snow, blooming fair and fragrant all the year, and blessing those who give and those who receive.             —Louisa May Alcott   A coming of age story of four New England sisters at the time of the Civil War, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women explores family, charity, duty and femininity from their perspective. But without...

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan discusses fatherhood, politics and compromise

Father’s Day 2017 is Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s first without his father, Lawrence Hogan Sr., who he calls “the man I most admire.” In honor of his father, who died on April 20, Gov. Hogan spoke with Bay Weekly about his father’s influence on him as a politician and family man.     Our governor sees himself as less “pugnacious” than his father, more focused on “the battles we can win” than on battles for their own sake....

How much — or how little — do we know about the man behind the role?

Who was this man I know as my father? His coincidence with that term is a big deal to me.     To him, fatherhood was one of a long life’s many roles.     In the 36 years before I was born, he was son, grandson, nephew, brother, student, rail-rider, card player, bartender, shore patrolman in the Navy, husband and, as I am now discovering, many things it was not my business to know.     I shared my half-century with him with people dearer and...

Goddard Space Center backs up Fowler’s test of Patuxent health

Bernie Fowler never gives up. On the sultry second Sunday in June, he waded for the 30th time into the brown waters of the Patuxent River. Linked hand in hand, the human chain walked into the rising water until the erect 93-year-old environmental champion at its center could no longer see his white sneakers. The measurement at that point gives the year’s Sneaker Index: 41.5 inches in 2017.     A tie with 1999, that’s the fourth highest clarity reading in 30 years....

Swimming the Bay is an endurance act of charity

Calm winds and sunny weather greeted the 650 swimmers who braved the sometimes-turbulent waters of the Bay Sunday, June 11, for the 26th Annual Great Chesapeake Bay Swim.     Just how long does that take?     Less than 90 minutes for the fastest swimmer, Andrew Gyenis, 22, of Herndon, Va., who crossed in 1:29:07. Katie Fallon, 21, of Warren, NJ, claimed the title of first female to finish, with a time of 1:40:11.     The country’s premier...

This year, the winged swimmers are protected

One sunny afternoon with no breeze and the air hot and sticky, fishing was becoming a drag. We were ready to pack it in when the line zinged. With a leap of excitement, I grabbed the reel and began the labor of dragging the catch in. This would be no easy feat as the line doubled over.     We were both tired when I lifted up my prize: a tiny baby cownose ray.     This majestic giant of the Chesapeake is near and dear to my heart. As a girl, I have fond memories...

Chesapeake waters are inviting

As summer draws you to the alluring shores of Chesapeake Bay, take heed to check the waters before you splash in.     The good news is that Maryland beaches were open for swimming with no health-based advisories nearly 99 percent of the time for the fifth year in a row last summer, a Maryland Department of the Environment report shows.     “Beach conditions are monitored from Western Maryland lakes to the Ocean City surf, with updated information readily...

Our battle against heavy winds, stalled tide and slack current paid off

Small-craft advisories and a forecast of 15- to 20-knot winds made canceling our planned outing a no-brainer. For those who chose to disregard the warnings, however, that day proved to be a placid beauty with five-knot winds, a slight overcast and a red-hot rockfish bite almost all day long off Hackett’s Bar.     Re-assembling the next day, this time for promises of a five-knot westerly breeze and a strong falling tide, we motored out of Sandy Point and headed south. I had...

Don’t over-handle your onions

Onions are bulbing. Disturbing the plants now will reduce the storage life of the bulbs. Keeping your onion patch free of weeds is important, but from now until harvest you’ll want to weed by hand. An onion hoe may damage bulbs.     The keeping quality of onions depends on strong and healthy plants. So you should irrigate your onions in drought. Since onions are generally shallow rooted, they should receive a minimum of one inch of water each week. I irrigate my onions...