Volume XVII, Issue 34 # August 20 - August 26, 2009

Bill Burton: December 15, 1926 - August 10, 2009

Hear Bill Burton and see images of his life online in a four-minute slide show, “Bill Burton Remembered."

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This Week’s Features …

Pet Tales

Life lessons learned from our furred — and feathered — friends

It’s not like learning from animals is anything new. From the snake in Genesis to the crow in Aesop, animals have spent ages teaching humans lessons about life. We grow up on animal stories, from The Very Busy Spider to The Call of the Wild. This year, we’re listening to the lessons of the animals.

The Sniff Sense

There's nothing like a dog for finding what's long gone.

In the flowerbeds that border Heather Roche’s front yard lie human bones, crematorium ashes and a vial of blood. The remains are training tools to hone the noses of her two cadaver dogs, Red and Raven.

Dock of the Bay

Log on to find lost pets: An Anne Arundel County website keeps Rover from roving too far … To see them is to love them: Homeless dogs find publicists in Calvert 4-H'ers … Our hapless neighbors: Dog rescued from the drink … This week's Creature Feature: Twittering is for the Bears.

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Earth Journal - Dogbane It!

Beetles and butterflies love it, dogs hate it.

Regular Favorites

from the Editor


The Sporting Life
by Dennis Doyle

Bay Gardener
by Dr. Frank Gouin

Sky Watch
by J. Alex Knoll


Days a Week
calendar of events

by Diana Beechener

Music Notes
by Ashley Goodman

movie reviews and

Free Will Astrology©
by Rob Brezsny

News of the Weird©
by Chuck Shepherd


Ink Well Xwords©
by Ben Tausig

last week's Xwords solution


last week's Sudoku solution

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