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8th-grader’s plan wins statewide peace writing contest

What to do when skunks move into the neighborhood

The catching is still good if you can stick with the search

From pot to rooting medium to placement, these plants have ­special needs

Kleenex needed for this unrequited romance about the surprise of the human condition — as we all know it.

Love Letters is a simple show about a complex relationship chronicled through 50 years of letters. It needs, playwright A.R. Gurney says, “no theater, no lengthy rehearsal, no special set, no memorization of lines and no commitment from its two actors beyond the night of performance.”     If those actors happen to be a couple? All the better.     Bay Theatre’s Nigel Reed and Valerie Leonard, married five years and costarring in their fifth...

A trio of teens get the gift of a lifetime in this fun sci-fi take on superpowers

Spiderman’s beloved Uncle Ben once said With great power comes great responsibility. Sure Voltaire said it first, but the three teens at the center of Chronicle are more likely to be reading philosophy penned by Stan Lee than some old French guy.     Our heroes are three high school archetypes: Popular suave Steve (Michael B. Jordan: Red Tails), Stoner Matt (Alex Russell: Almost Kings) and bullied dweeb Andrew (Dane DeHaan: True Blood). Weird and quiet, Andrew has started...

See if you can find Scorpio’s stinger stars Shaula and Lesath

Sunset reveals the two brightest planets, Jupiter, almost overhead, and Venus, high in the southwest. Equipped with a pair of binoculars or a small telescope, you may be able to spot a third planet, distant Uranus, which appears near Venus.     The moon rises around 8pm Thursday, with ruddy Mars less than 10 degrees away. By 2am, now Wednesday morning, moon and Mars are high in the south, and with sunrise they are above the west horizon. Nearing its closest point to Earth in two...

Enjoy the last six weeks of winter with these select Hollywood pairings

Everything old is new again. In a world that has come to appreciate recycling as a life essential, is it any wonder that the film industry has adopted the reduce, recycle, reuse philosophy?     Sometimes the story needs an update, a modern lens. Other times, a movie made so much money originally that there may be more cash to come. Then again, some studios would rather remake a foreign film than chance subtitles at the box office.     This year, to brighten your...

Local author recognized for definitive Annapolis book

Jane McWilliams has won the Maryland Historical Trust’s 2012 Maryland Preservation Award for Excellence in Media and Publications for her 478-page book Annapolis, City on the Severn: A History.     “It is the first comprehensive history of Annapolis from settlement in the mid-17th century to modern-day maturity and the only one to fully reference the sources used,” according to the Trust.     McWilliams knows her subject by experience as well as...

Antiques may yield arts center — someday

Dale Thomas, proprietor of Nice & Fleazy Antiques in North Beach for 42 years, is in the early stages of planning his exit from the densely packed store that’s a must-stop on every antiquer’s list.     “I have made it quite public for a long time that I think this would make a perfect center for performing arts,” says Thomas.     “But as for anything immediate, it is not.”     Thomas gives two reasons that...

In 2011, the terrier was king of the box office

If you want to stand out in movies, never work with dogs or children. This Oscar season, however, films featuring terriers are racking up the nominations.     First popular in screwball films of the 1930s, such as The Thin Man and Bringing Up Baby, terriers dropped back to the relative obscurity of television shows such as Fraiser and Wishbone.     Now, the breed seems to be making a comeback, appearing in three of the biggest award-season films of 2011. In...

Not in natives; Mother Nature knows what she’s doing

Several readers have expressed concern that the warm winter will cause plants to flower and grow. There is no need to worry about native plants in our climate initiating growth or flowering before spring.     Mother Nature took all of these factors into consideration when selecting plants that belong here. In our climate, native plants start preparing for winter in mid-August. Growth begins to slow, scales grow to protect the vegetative buds through winter, and spring-flowering...

From the movies to your own tales

Ah, we’ve already used up one of the irreplaceable months this no-longer-quite-so-new year gives us.     Which brings us to Groundhog Day, that frivolous-seeming cross-quarter day whose significance in the forward march of time hides behind a furry hibernating mammal.     We’re great fans of the frivolous. In the words of Jeff Thompson, “It is what it is; might as well have fun along the way!” (I’ll remind you who he is in a few...

Yellow perch are here

Daylight hours have been getting longer, yet most days, temperatures keep us in winter. But the yellow perch know that their springtime is here.     Moving now into the deeper water of the tributaries, they are forming large schools and staging. Yellow perch are the earliest fish to spawn in the Tidewater, and their run is the first trumpet sounding the Bay’s piscatorial spring.     Called yellow neds, ring perch or just plain neds, they are one of the most...