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Rockfish, oysters and menhaden face a bleak future

Action is needed to rescue our iconic species

Performers make the magic happen

His friend made it a book

Electric cars take over City Dock

Decisions — and life — put to music

 

     Jason Robert Brown is a Tony Award-winning composer, lyricist and playwright best known for his work on Parade, The Bridges of Madison County, and The Last Five Years. Prior to those successes, Brown in 1995 debuted the self-penned Songs for a New World, a musical revue now playing at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre through July 20.      “This stream of songs weaves together stories of passion and struggle that speak to the moment of choice —...

The companionship of fishing endures even when the fish don’t 

 

      One of the rod tips in the stern holders bounced a bit, then again, then bent down deeply. The severe deflection was caused by a hefty rockfish attempting to flee the area with a 7/0 circle hook in a corner of its jaw. Since the sound of the line out clicker was just under the threshold of our damaged hearing, the striper got a good head start on its escape before anyone noticed.       Years ago, the three of us were honorary members of the Wild Bunch....

On summer vacation, Peter Parker finds his place in the world

 

WARNING: This review contains spoilers for Infinity War, which you should have seen by now.        Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is having trouble getting back to normal. He and half the world were snapped from existence by baddie Thanos. Though the Avengers were able to bring the disappeared back, the world altered irrevocably in the five years that all were gone.       The world has moved on, but Peter is right back where he was. He is still a high...

How to ace summer’s BBQ competition

 

     Step outside on any warm Maryland evening, and there is a very good chance you will find the aroma of food cooking on a neighbor’s grill. We have a love affair with grilling and barbecuing. Almost six percent of us grill more than once a week.     George Stephen Sr. of the Weber Brothers Metal Works created the first barbecue kettle grill in 1952. Today grill and barbecue sales total almost $1.5 billion per year, according to the Statista Research Department...

Selling magic for the Fourth

 

    For up to 12 hours, even on the hottest and rainiest days, Mary Larichiuta drifts around TNT Fireworks’ shady tent off Mayo Road in Edgewater. Customers trickle in, leaving her with lots of free time to manage the fireworks under the tent.      She doesn’t get paid commission, just an hourly wage, but the “low-stress” job fills in time between summer and teaching at her middle school.      “I was never a person who bought...

Thunderstorms on the Bay

 

      Our Chesapeake Bay is not among the world’s most dangerous places to sail. It is not the Somali coast or Cape Horn. But in an instant, a peaceful outing can confirm the old saying that sailing is often hours of boredom punctuated by moments of terror.      Spring and summer thunderstorms are as common in our region as steamed crabs and backyard barbecues. They form most often along the boundary between a cold front and a warm front as well as in the...

Carnivorous plants latest Maryland transplant

     Nearly 150 years ago, Charles Darwin wrote a book about carnivorous plants that included sketches of the tentacles they use to trap insects.       That evolution has taken a while to reach us. Now, climate change is the likely culprit. The first insect-eating plant has been discovered on the Eastern Shore near Nassawango Creek in Worcester County.      A local botanical enthusiast, Chase Howard, identified the dwarf sundew in wet, sandy soil and...
Connect History to Life Racial justice essay contest        Exploring the Civil Rights Movement and racial justice to find personal connections could win Anne Arundel teens $5,000. Their challenge: Write a 700- to 1000-word essay exploring the connection between a past event and a present-day issue of race and class, reflecting how history informs our times and their lives.       The competition is part of The Equal Justice Initiative’s Community...

Maryland testing digital license plates

      Will the Maryland Department of Transportation unscrew license-plate tradition? Digital plates that resemble electronic tablets are now in a two-year trial run on 20 test vehicles.      Maryland is one of the first states on the East Coast to enter the pilot program. Arizona, California and Michigan already allow the technology.      Reviver, a private company, makes the digital Rplate. The plates update instantaneously with new tags. They can...

We’re meeting our reduction goals, Bay Foundation says

     Of the six Bay states, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia produce roughly 90 percent of the pollution.     To control Bay pollution, the EPA Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint of 2010 sets limits for nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment. By 2025, all Bay jurisdictions must have in place the practices and policies necessary to meet the Bay’s pollution limits.      As the blueprint moves into its final phase, no state is completely on track, says the...