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In Anne Arundel County, Pittman pushes to get 2020 Census right

      The big 10-year census does not happen automatically.       The census is a hugely complicated enterprise, and the 2020 count promises to be more difficult than ever because of several factors, including lack of funds and the shift to a mainly online count.      In addition, the Trump administration’s plan to require that people declare if they’re U.S. citizens has triggered worries from former census directors and many others...

Join Alliance for the Bay’s Project Clean Stream

     Saturday’s forecast calls for sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s.       One way to get out and enjoy the warm weather is to join in the annual watershed cleanup.     Volunteers are needed to help Alliance for the Bay’s Project Clean Stream team collect trash.     Project Clean Stream is an annual event for the Bay watershed and communities. The project supports all six states the Bay touches, as well as Washington, D.C...

Should snappers be saved?

      The common snapping turtle is not so attractive or charming as its terrapin cousin, but it has its own fan base. The nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity has petitioned Maryland Department of Natural Resources to end commercial collection of these wild freshwater turtles.      Under current Maryland law, trappers can collect unlimited numbers of common snappers to sell domestically or to Asian markets. More than 70,000 wild snapping turtles were trapped...
City Dock flooding portends worse to come
     Analysts looking at the effects of changing climate usually talk about threats to property and health. But a new study billed as the first of its kind breaks down costs to businesses.      The research article in Science Advances https://bit.ly/2UWpkIm focusing on Annapolis City Dock uses a host of metrics — including inability for customers to park — to conclude that businesses lost on average 22 percent of their revenue due to high tide flooding...

Like baseball rivals, these birds are regular springtime competitors

     Most Chesapeake eagles winter along the Bay and its tributaries. Osprey, on the other hand, spend the winter in South America. In the middle of March, osprey start returning to our area only to find that many of their roosting, fishing and nesting spots have been taken over by eagles. Osprey are able to reclaim territory because they are more agile in the air than eagles. They chase and hound eagles away from nesting areas.        The tables are turned...
It’s not a sport if you always win
      I’m having trouble staying asleep through the night. That happens this time of year. Probably because of the pollen starting to pour off the surrounding trees, my sinuses are seizing up and threatening to suffocate me in the wee hours. But I know it’s not so simple. The growing warmth and lengthening days make a subconscious call to action. Spring is here and trophy rockfish season will soon be here.       Non-anglers may not understand.  ...

12 months of patience will yield 20 years of harvests

     Slender green asparagus is a spring treat. It is a true perennial vegetable in that — once you plant it — it produces for many years. Plant now, and you’ll wait about three years to get to good production. But it is worth the wait. Home-grown asparagus is delicious and nutritious. High in fiber and low in sodium and calories, it surpasses most vegetables in supplying folic acid and is a significant source of potassium, thiamine, vitamin B6 and rutin....
Maybe elephants shouldn’t fly if this is the best they can do
    After having lost an arm fighting in World War I Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell), returns home to find his hopes dashed. His wife has died from influenza, and his war injury has ruined his chances at reclaiming his job at the Medici Brothers Circus.       Holt is reduced to caring for the elephants.       Ringmaster Max Medici (Danny DeVito) has pinned his hopes for reviving business on the birth of a new elephant calf. Those hopes, too, are...

Teens did Broadway-quality show

           Victor Hugo penned Notre-Dame de Paris in 1831 and created some of literature’s most enduring characters: the courageous Gypsy girl Esmerelda, the dashing Captain Pheobus, the dour Archdeacon Frollo and the partially deaf, physically deformed bell-ringer Quasimodo. Hugo’s captivating story continues to thrill audiences in film and stage productions, most notably for moderns the 1996 Disney animated film with its award-winning...

Little Mermaid’s sea creatures sing and sign

       Disney’s The Little Mermaid features a unique element when it opens this weekend at Annapolis High School: American Sign Language.          A complete, complex language all its own, American Sign Language uses signs — made by moving the hands — along with facial expressions and body posture.          Playgoers will notice something different right away: Each sea character...