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Mother and daughter walk down this aisle together

Each graduation is an epic, bursting with stories of human aspiration, frustration, perseverance and sweat. Here are two, intertwined.
    Dawn Rasmussen and her daughter Courtney Stewart shared the Anne Arundel Community College stage on May 24. At 19 and just two years out of high school, Courtney had the easier journey to commencement, with her mother and grandmother pushing and cheering her all the way.
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Buying a Bay license plate or checking line 35 of your state tax form helps the Chesapeake

What’s removed more than 1,000 tons of trash from the Bay, engaged 800,000 students and teachers and planted 500,000 trees and plants along the shoreline?
    Your Bay license plates and income tax check-offs.
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26 ways to get your old stuff into the right hands

Is your house growing tight around the middle? Consider this alphabet soup as your diet to lean down.

Antiques and Art
    These have potential value. Search online, include collector clubs.
    Ebay may be a sales route and offers research leads.
    Antique stores. Call ahead.

Building Materials
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Baby warthogs, prairie dog pups, small-clawed otters and zebra foals

Yes, panda infertility is a problem. But while we’re waiting for the experts to solve it, plenty of other babies are looking adorable in our regional zoos.
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It takes heart to run the MRE 0.05K, but the cause is good

It needn’t have been this way.    
    But when the overlords of Annapolis rendered the Eastport Bridge useless in 1998, the good people of Eastport were in a quandary. That was the occasion for the cannon shot heard ’round the upper reaches of Spa Creek. Revolution was at hand.
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As their forebears did 100 years earlier, these parsons come by boat

Methodist ministers used to be called circuit riders, for their calling — and their horse — took them to preach to a circuit of congregations.
    On Solomons Island a century ago, the preacher came by boat, traveling to neighboring watermen’s communities.
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History wouldn’t let Charlie Heller forget; Meet the author May 19

Charlie Heller flipped on the television to unwind after a long day.
    The Tonight Show Host Jay Leno was luring University of Michigan students into showing their ignorance. When was World War II? Who was President during the war? When Leno asked, “Who were the Allies?” one student answered that the U.S. and the Germans teamed up against the Russians.
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Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race takes the sailors 5,000 miles from Brazil to Miami

When we last checked on The Volvo Ocean Race, the racers had taken a wild ride from New Zealand across the South Pacific and around South America to Brazil.

On a stormy Saturday in Itajaí, Brazil, French team Groupama won its first in-port race. Telefónica led all the way — until rounding the wrong mark near the end.
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Over the years, it’s where, when and how mothers work that have changed

Mothers have always worked. Over the eons of human history, before this century, 99 percent of mothers had no choice over the terms of their work: They did as survival dictated for their time and place. It’s where, when and how mothers work that have changed.
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Avenue Q’s puppet actors are ready to steal the show

The human actors who’ll bring Avenue Q to the stage of Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre from July 5 to 29 are already hard at work. They’ll invest over 100 hours in the production before the high intensity of tech week begins June 28, according to Theatre president Carolyn Kirby. But, she says, you’ll hardly have eyes for them.
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