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Volume 16, Issue 2 - January 10 - January 16, 2008

This Week's Features:

Back to House Work with Delegate Mary Ann Love

In the Maryland House of Delegates, which begins its 90 days of deliberation this week, Anne Arundel’s Mike Busch — speaker of the 141-member assembly — is the high man on the totem pole. But at home in Anne Arundel County, even the boss has a boss: Affable, motherly Mary Ann Love, 67, of Glen Burnie, has chaired Anne Arundel County’s delegation to the Maryland General Assembly since 1999 and expects she’ll continue into her 11th year in 2008.

a conversation with Bay Weekly Editor Sandra Olivetti Martin

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Our Culture of Cuisine

From pot roast to paper-sack fries to pot stickers to pizza to pineapples, American appetites have commonalities that unite us across our quirks. From game, corn and beans, our cuisine has survived invasions and ocean crossings, expanding to reflect our diversity and narrowing with the homogenizing force of fast food. To illustrate America’s diverse and historic food connections, The Smithsonian Institution launched Key Ingredients: America by Food, which arrives at the Calvert County Library in Prince Frederick. You’ve six weeks to drop in to ingest the history of Southern Maryland’s cuisine mixed with culinary traditions ranging from Native American to Betty Crocker.

by Diana Beechener

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Our Nighttime Planetarium

Now showing overhead

With Jupiter returning to pre-dawn skies and Mercury low in the early evening, all five naked-eye planets are visible this week, with the moon guiding you to Uranus.

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Think Small

Thinking big has been our undoing

What goes up must come down.

Conceded. Within the realm of gravity, what goes up does have to come down. But those laws don’t necessarily apply elsewhere; certainly not in the price of fuel. For more than three decades now, the cost of a tank full of gasoline and diesel has gone up, up, up.

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Entertain Your Plants

But take my word for it, music doesn’t help

Every year I receive several requests from students interested in designing a science fair experiment to see if music improves plant growth. Back in the 1980s and early ’90s, a flurry of research projects studied the effects of sound on plant growth.

Waterfowling on the Chesapeake

Continuing the tradition

The two of us were crouched motionless in an Eastern Shore pit blind. Sweeping high over our heads were a half-dozen Canada geese, their heads twisting first one way then another as they eyeballed the six dozen goose decoys we had spread out before us in the harvested cornfield. For over two frigid hours since dawn, we had been trying to entice a flock to our set. Finally there was some interest.

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Campaigning on Climate Change

Which presidential candidates make the greenest promises?

The outcome of the 2008 presidential election could very well have a big impact on a wide range of environmental issues, especially climate change.

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2007: A Year of Watching Our Bay Slip-Sliding Away

Bad news cheered by Choptank oysters and a Christmas goose

The amazing, sometimes disturbing, findings of Bay scientists drew us, in 2007, from the top to the mouth of the Chesapeake and up some of its rivers.

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In Politics and Policy, ’Tis the Season

Is January winning your competition for the dullest month? continue reading...

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Way Downstream

Six Arundel Habitat for Humanity homes get dry basements thanks to Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing … AACo’s Maritime Industry Advisory Board is a who’s who of of boating and tourism … Calvert Del. Tony O’Donnell re-elected as House of Delegates’ top Republican … Virginia commissions a wind farm on its western border … plus, this week’s creature feature: In New Hampshire, where campaigning is the state sport, three cool cats vie to be top cat at the Mount Washington Observatory.

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Spartina: My Metaphor for 2008

A latecomer puts down tidal roots

by Sandra Lee Anderson

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Letters to the Editor

  • You’re Never Too Young to Make a Difference

  • Voyager Encountered at Anchor in Cambridge

  • Extraterrestrial Forays

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Curtain Call

Children’s Theatre of Annapolis’ Beauty and the Beast: Ah! The energy of youth.

reviewed by Davina Grace Hill

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