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At stake: The location, size and scope of Anne Arundel County public libraries

Open season on these “voracious predators”

Howl at the Full Moon

No matter which county issued your card, you can use any library in Maryland

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

Truth doesn’t matter if you yell loud enough

Who do you trust? When experts debate on television an issue like climate change, do you believe that both are qualified?     Most often, the debaters are experts in speaking, not science.     It turns out that the news is just another TV show. Lively debate, doubt and fear-mongering make for great ratings. There is little incentive to seek out facts when bread and circuses bring in money and viewers.     In 2004, science historian Naomi Oreskes...

“We want Annapolis to be known as the best city for sailing in the world.”

The National Sailing Hall of Fame is finally set to launch its next phase, thanks to a $250,000 donation from the Merrill Family Foundation, run by the three children of the late Capital and Washingtonian publisher Philip Merrill.     “This comes from two things: our love of sailing and our love of Annapolis,” Cathy Merrill Williams said.     “We want Annapolis to be known as the best city for sailing in the world,” she said. “...

All you can eat plus sides of local culture at the Deale Volunteer Fire Department’s Oyster Roast

With a toothpick set in the corner of his mouth, Kenny Wilde offers up jive with fresh-shucked oysters.     “The toothpick helps to keep a cigarette out of my mouth,” says Wilde, K-MAN to his followers.     Wilde works construction most days, though he still holds a Tidal Fishing license so he can harvest oysters. “I went out a few times this fall,” he says. “Enough to remind me it’s hard work.”     ...

Sailors ­battle winter monsoons and South Pacific trade winds in Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race

When Joni Mitchell wrote the curious lyric, But clouds got in my way in her haunting melody “Both Sides Now,” she could have been talking about the Volvo Ocean Race. From Spain to Capetown … Capetown to Abu Dhabi … Abu Dhabi to Sanya … then the 5,264 nautical mile Leg 4 challenge from China to New Zealand, the race has been an endless struggle to navigate around and through the clouds.     The oceans make the weather on the planet earth, and...

Marvels lie under the sea

Right here on the ocean floor Such wonderful things surround you      –The Little Mermaid: Under the Sea Thousands of photos and videos of the seafloor, its creatures and the coastline — most areas never seen before — are now just a mouse-click away, thanks to the U.S. Geological Survey Coastal and Marine Geology Video and Photograph Portal.     The Portal is a treat for you and me and a great help for coastal managers faced with decisions...

Rotary program looks to end world conflict

Rotary International is working to make world peace a reality.     Helping work toward that goal, the Rotary Club of Annapolis is now recruiting for the Rotary Peace Fellowships, a program that helps up to 100 fellows earn professional development certificates or master’s degrees in Peace and Conflict Resolution.     Launched in 2002, Rotary’s Peace Fellowship program prepares scholars for leadership roles in solving conflicts around the world with...

$1,000 scholarship ensures that Alice ­Murray’s good deeds live on

Alice Murray was a woman of good works: Operator of the South County Emergency Baby Pantry; a voice in the Community Action Agency and the Anne Arundel County Food Bank; volunteer nurse at the flu clinic. She was all these and more.     “Alice was a dedicated community activist whose main focus in life was devoting her time to people in need of any services,” Owensville Primary Care CEO Sylvia Jennings said. “She was an outstanding human being.”  ...

The Autobiography of Alice Dunnigan

Cove Point is getting attention for more than its great views, good fishing or the controversial topic of natural gas import and export.     Thanks to Carol McCabe Booker — a Cove Point resident for three decades — the bump in the Bay in southern Calvert County is becoming a research center on black journalism pioneers.     First McCabe Booker, a lawyer and journalist, partnered with husband Simeon Booker on his autobiography Shocking the Conscience,...

Dress warm to catch ’em by the shore

Rockfish season is still four weeks away, but already a small crowd of dedicated anglers is breaking out gear. Their tackle is rather odd for the coming trophy season. They don’t favor the short, stout-as-a-broomstick trolling outfits used by Bay skippers. These specialized anglers prefer equipment more common among coastal surf fishermen.     Their rods are nine to 12 feet long with lengthy butts, and they are hung with big spinning or casting reels capable of 300 or more...

Clip right to force branches of flowers

Now is the time to force forsythia, quince, magnolia, crabapple, lilac and weigela branches into flower. Select heavily budded branches from the center of the plants so as not to distract from the natural appearance of the plant when it flowers later in the spring. Flower buds are easily distinguished this time of year because they tend to be plump as compared to vegetative buds. In many species, the ends of the flowering buds are rounded.     If the container for your...