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For Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race, navigators had to break the 4,500-nautical-mile run into manageable pieces

Before leaving the dock, Brunel navigator Andrew Cape christened the 4,642-mile third leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Abu Dhabi to Sanya, China, the “s••••y leg.”
    “We will encounter a lot of fishing boats,” he wrote. “Everywhere along the coast of India, Vietnam and Malaysia there are fishing nets and lines in which we can become snared.”
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The road was long and never smooth for Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman made history as an abolitionist, as the first woman to lead an armed assault during the Civil War and as a suffragist. Now, over 100 years after her death, she is making history again.
    In December 2014, Congress voted to establish the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park. It is the first national park honoring an African American woman.
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Calvert Marine Museum lures big names to Solomons

It’s getting closer. The warm nights of spring and summer are just around the corner with Calvert Marine Museum’s announcement of its first two outdoor concerts.
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These romantic dishes are like love itself — delicate, intimate, complex, daring

Valentines Day is an opportunity to luxuriate in romance and fine dining. Romantic dishes are often much like love itself — delicate, intimate, complex, daring. Both, properly nurtured, can result in sumptuous rewards.
    These recipes for Valentine Day dinner derive from French dishes that feature elegant ingredients and rich flavors. Many of the ingredients have special significance in the language of love. Preparation is for two.
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Kids draw natural gas hero Captain Mercaptan

Three methods are most likely to turn on the light bulb in the minds of elementary school youngsters: Use cartoon characters. Enlist the kids on projects. Reward their results.
    To turn the light on safe use of natural gas, Baltimore Gas and Electric — the oldest gas utility in America — is waging a trifecta.
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The Groundhog’s movie guide will get you through to spring

The seasonal turn we reckon by poking half-hibernating rodents to wakefulness has roots deeper than the groundhog’s burrow.
    In the midst of winter, February 2 marks the season’s turning point. Light is advancing at dawn and dusk.
    Life is stirring down in earth’s depths, where the groundhogs sleep.
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Andrew Irwin Leventhal and I plunged into the 37-degree Potomac River while the air temperature was 38 degrees. We dressed in matching black Washington Capitals hockey jerseys as Andrew enjoys following the team.
    Because of high tide, strong winds and recent rains, there was no beach to plunge from. The 200 or so plungers had a narrow entryway over boulders and muddy water.
    I screamed the entire time.
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Bay Weekly’s annual Dining Guide will make you hungry. Its very words melt in your mouth: Angus burgers, Bananas Foster, Barramundi Caprese, BossMan’s BBQ, bulgogi, Caramel and Coconut cake, Gambas al Ajillo, Hungarian mushroom soup, Littleneck clams and tasso ham, Munster Cheese and Crab Soup, New York-style pizza, Pad Pik Khing, Rockfish Amalfitana, Shipwreck Shrimp, Tikka Masala, Vallarta. From sharp to sweet to savory, it’s all here.
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Volvo Ocean Racers hang on as one boat goes down in Leg 2

Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race, a 6,125-mile slog from South Africa to Abu Dhabi, was a treacherous sail. The fleet of seven boats left Cape Town with Table Mountain wrapped in a fog hat and 40-knot winds creating utter chaos.
    “That start was some of the ­hairiest sailing we’ve seen,” wrote Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Matt Knighton.
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Tipton Airport expansion plan is ­pitting aviation against wildlife

A planned runway extension at ­Tipton Airport in Laurel is encountering turbulence.
    In the 15 years since the former U.S. Army airfield at Fort George C. Meade reopened as a public-use general aviation airport, Tipton has steadily grown to the point where it is fully occupied.
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