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Checklist for a happy summer

Accidents happen on the water. Boats sink, unsinkable boats capsize, people fall overboard, vessels collide. The Chesapeake can become violent in an instant. During our hot summers, storm cells can form and travel down the Bay at high speed, sometimes giving little or no warning of their approach, especially near or after dark. They can have winds in excess of 70 knots.
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Are you guilty?

Looking out from the window of my room at Heritage Harbor Rehabilitation Center, I see mountains of mulch suffocating the trees. The sight is enough to undo my promising rehab after falling off a ladder while cleaning gutters on May 13.
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Are stunning visuals enough to conceal the plot holes in this animated tale of good vs. evil?

Teenager M.K. (Amanda Seyfried: The Big Wedding) is forced to move back in with her father (Jason Sudeikis: Movie 43) after the death of her mother. A veritable stranger to her, Dad is far more interested in tiny people who he believes live in the forest than in his mourning child.
    Dear old dad might not be as crazy as M.K. believes.
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Time to gather our rosebuds

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed …

    –Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18

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Sci-Fi writers needed to prevent space-time meltdown 

A top team at Los Alamos recently went public with findings that have shaken the scientific community to its core. Using heretofore-classified wormhole technology, the team has managed to observe an alternate reality, largely the same as our own, but with one difference — three Maryland science fiction fans are about to become prize-winning writers.
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Dress in your royal best for a baby shower

You’re invited to Kate Middleton’s baby shower. Instead of gifts for the Duchess of Cambridge, bring gifts to help local mothers and babies facing poverty and homelessness.
    Reynolds Tavern in Annapolis has teamed with the Gabriel Network, headquartered in Bowie, to throw a baby shower, with a champagne brunch and British-themed trivia.
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The Chesapeake’s new reality TV stars

Tom and Audrey have become the Chesapeake’s newest and most popular reality TV stars.
    This charismatic duo, living on the Eastern Shore, is popular with more than locals. The Chesapeake Conservancy’s Osprey Cam has been watched in 48 different countries since its launch at the end of March.
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The City of Annapolis is CPR-certified. Are you?

Politics aside, Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen is someone you want around. At least if you go into cardiac arrest. Cohen is so good in administering CPR that he bests paramedics.
    Along with Cohen, city spokeswoman Rhonda Wardlaw and 100 other city employees were CPR-certified through the City of Annapolis Fire Department for National CPR Week.
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Don’t let road work spoil your trip

Memorial Day is the official start of summer and the unofficial start to traffic madness as everyone bolts to the beach.
    The summer weather is also prime time for road work, making for a congested combination.
    Beat the summer traffic with the Maryland State Highway Administration’s e-Road Ready brochure, which lists all the work zones by county, and their expected finish date: www.roads.maryland.gov/oc/RoadReady2013.pdf.

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Paying Tribute

On Memorial Day we pay a debt that binds us in perpetuity

The blood shed in our Civil War was barely dry when we paid the first installment on this great debt of remembrance. But the losses were fresh and sharp, like amputations that cut away limbs, that would have been sent into the future by families, neighborhoods, communities, counties, states and our divided government. New estimates suggest 720,000 died fighting that war.
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