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

Our atmosphere tints summer moons

Oh the harm it causes!

Focus on the future; forget the plot

The shells reminded me of the Star ­Spangled Banner. But these bombs were not bursting in air; they were hitting ships.

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...

Spring has us out in fellowship, purpose and celebration

March 20 was the last day of winter. March 21 was the first full day of spring.     As you’ll remember, a season divided those days. Winter threw a hissy fit on its way out. Spring warmed our chilled hearts and invited us out.     In Southern Anne Arundel County, the neighborhoods of Fairhaven and Arkhaven accepted the invitation. Close as we live, many of us hadn’t met for weeks; the weather wasn’t fit for fellowship. Mother Earth was a...

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Abandon all hope, you who enter the Divis Flats

British private Gary Hook (Jack O’Connell: Unbroken) wants a station in Germany. He wants an easy assignment and money to provide for his son, in care while he’s serving. Instead he’s sent to Belfast, where the IRA is waging a bloody war against the British Crown.     Fresh out of training and uneasy in the tense streets of Northern Ireland, Hook tries to keep his head down and collect his check. Wish again.     An inexperienced officer leads...

Help push our Maryland Day Celebration into the future

George Washington slept here. So did four signers of the Declaration of Independence. Thurgood Marshall, too.     But making history takes more than a few big names.     History is made by being there. The weight of that daily job is carried by multitudes of people whose names are forgotten.     How many of Lord Baltimore’s colonists can you name? George and Leonard Calvert? Matthias Sousa? Andrew White, Jesuit? How about James Barefoote,...

St. John’s College grad Ahmet Ertegün made good — very good

Annapolis has been the hangout of many famous people. William Paca. Charles Carroll. George Washington. Kevin Spacey. Barbara Kingsolver. Ahmet Ertegün.     Who?     Your ears, at least, know Ahmet Ertegün by the lasting impact he made on American popular music. If you like Big Joe Turner, Ruth Brown, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Bobby Darin, the Drifters, John Coltrane, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and countless...

Vote bracket by bracket for the Live ­Science champion

Which scares you more? A scorpion crawling up your leg? Being devoured by the King of the Jungle? Swimming with a killer whale?     As March Madness brings the nation’s top college basketball teams into quick-death competition, the website Live Science jumps in with a parallel competition in the Animal Kingdom. Bracket by bracket, you’re invited to advance your worst fears in its no-holds-barred Killer Animal Tournament.     Starting March 16 and for...