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New effort to protect Chincoteague ponies

      Those wild ponies roaming Assateague Island have been around since the 17th century after surviving a shipwreck, as the story goes. They’ve withstood wars, hurricanes, drunk drivers and tourists trying to feed them potato chips.

      But four centuries after their arrival, the Chincoteague ponies may be falling victim to another scourge: climate change.

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Dedicated as osprey parents are, their chicks need luck — and good weather — to survive

      I am waiting. Every spring, I wait for my two osprey to return to their nest along Maryland Route 4 near Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. I call them my osprey because I watch their progress on my commute home, and each year I note whether they are able to raise young. It is an interesting show with daily installments.
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Archaeology and photography combine to ­dramatic effect

     Archaeologists throughout the Chesapeake are in a race against time to record sites threatened by the effects of climate change.
    Rising sea levels, eroding coasts and intense storms have washed away countless resources, some dating back thousands of years. Sinking land and rampant development have exacerbated the problem.­
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Street stickers latest effort to help downtown Annapolis cyclists
      In another effort to make downtown bike-friendly, Annapolis is turning to sharrows, painted bike lane indicators.
      “It’s a great visual cue,” said Jon Korin, chairman of Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.
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Borrow for four months fine-free 

      Looking to “better serve the modern library,” the Calvert Library’s Board of Trustees is testing out dropping an age-old policy.

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Retired professor follows Maryland hero from Port Tobacco to Canada

        Uncle Tom lived many lives.  

         To the thousands of mid-19th-century readers of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s best-selling novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, he was a heroic slave, his cabin home was heralded as a symbol of self-sacrifice. Yet to 20th century black Americans, his name lived as a symbol of subservience.

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Fred Tutman, the only African ­American ­Riverkeeper on the job

       Waterkeeping has become a regular part of environmental conservation in Chesapeake Country, where 18 riverkeepers protect their local waters from the Atlantic at Assateague to the Shenandoah in the Appalachians, from the James at the mouth of the Bay to the Middle Susquehanna at its source.
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Community service group asks your help

      The Deale Elks Lodge has been a cornerstone in Southern Anne Arundel County for 44 years. Known for its support, generosity and general do-goodery, the fraternal organization makes regular donations to Shady Side Elementary, Deale Elementary and the South County Youth Association....

Statues of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass to stand in Maryland State House

      The intersection of public art and politics is a hard one to negotiate. Lots of traffic — history, symbolism, myth, ideals, politics and budgets — is moving in different directions.
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