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Add to America’s record of natural history; win a Smithsonian spot

Your photographs could hang in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, home to the world’s largest diamond, a triceratops and mummies.
    Fifty inspired images will join that rare collection through the Wilderness Forever 50 photography competition, which celebrates Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing the Wilderness Act 50 years ago.
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Annapolis Mall is getting Tanked

Westfield Annapolis Mall is the next target for Animal Planet’s show Tanked, where brother-in-law duo Wayde King and Brett Raymer create one-of-a-kind, over-the-top fish tanks.
    The pair of fish tanks are the centerpiece for a new dining café near featuring four new eateries: Dumpling Dojo, YoLavie Frozen Yogurt, SMAK Café and Squisitos Pizza and Pasta.
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… So Relay For Lifers don’t, either

… So Relay For Lifers don’t, either, bringing overnight teams to tracks round the nation to walk, relay-style, to raise money and support for cancer survivors, caregivers and families.
    Each track is lighted with luminaries bearing the names of loved ones who have battled cancer.
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Life is wired to birth new life

When I started to clear my herb garden to make room for a couple of sage plants, I almost jumped out of my skin: A clutch of eggs lay in a bird-made bowl under the overhang of rosemary and chickweed.
    But no mama, in this case, a mallard. I found her absence odd, but she always returned.
    When she went broody and was no longer leaving, I offered her some food. She hissed.
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Who today knows what an undisturbed forest looks like? How many of us get to breathe the healing air in such places?

England has Stonehenge. France has cave paintings. We have national parks.    
    The parks were a cutting-edge idea when they were born in 1872, with the founding of Yellowstone. With some 2.7 million visitors a year, our 59 national parks are still a big deal.
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Hard Bargain Farm going light years ahead of just green

A living building sounds like something out of a futuristic, sci-fi movie, but it’s closer than you think — 2015 to be exact. The Alice Ferguson Foundation just broke ground for a living building at Hard Bargain Farm in Accokeek.
    The Foundation is the first in the region to build a living building and will be fourth in the world to earn the title.
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Which woodpecker is Woody?

I share my backyard with woodpeckers — lots of them. I’ve got downy, hairy and red-bellied woodpeckers perpetually pecking at my peanut suet. And every morning and evening, a pair of northern flickers drill away at the suet feeders in sync.
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Out of anguish, a seed grows to produce beauty

In times of trial, the brave step forward.
    Unrest caught hold at Calvert High School a year ago. It divided students into Us and Them.
    Into this turmoil stepped a handful of the brave.
    At a June assembly to bring the students together, senior E.J. LaGoy spoke up. “Words hurt,” she said. “Stop it! Just stop it!”
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A Kansas City Barbeque Judge gives Bay Weekly the deets

Is each piece of meat evenly cut? Does it look appetizing? Are the pieces neatly arranged? What kind of garnish did the chef use?
    All these questions are answered in the first 30 seconds by Kansas City Barbeque Society judge Jorge Alday, who is judging the Parole Rotary Club’s Naptown barBAYq contest this weekend.
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Milestones in words and pictures

1993: Volume I

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