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He’ll always remind me of when …

      When I heard that my old friend Mike Busch passed away the day before the General Assembly ended, I thought of my mother, who died when she was 94. She and Mike were close — they used to meet and chat in Graul’s most Sundays — and they could both smell BS a mile away. Mom used to say that Mike and my godfather, former Republican governor Ted McKeldin, were the only two politicians she ever trusted. My mother was a very good judge of character.

Have your say on amenities and activities

      A new Calvert County park will be designed by local outdoor enthusiasts.       The existing 79-acre Cove Point Park includes a water park, baseball and multi-purpose sports fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, walking and jogging paths and a picnic area.

Jim Weaver’s pink support wins chic new duds

      What do 13 men in Anne Arundel County have in common?          They all competed in the American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink campaign last October, which raised funds for women’s breast cancer. Jim Weaver of Weaver Boatworks in Deale raised $16,289 of $30,040 raised overall by the Anne Arundel chapter.          For his success, Weaver was fitted this month with a custom-tailored suit from Tom James.

Inside a dispensary, there’s a dizzying array of medical ­marijuana selections to help you feel better. Here’s how to see for yourself.

     Step inside a Maryland medical cannabis dispensary and you feel like Alice in Wonderland. Eat me, drink me, smoke me, say the amazing controlled substances here, all Maryland-grown and produced to painstaking standards — though their clever packaging and branding does not reveal what will happen when you do. All this in a deli-style setting (yes, that’s what they call it) that more closely resembles a boutique wine bar than a display of products for pain or other afflictions.
Historic town founded 125 years ago
    Rarely do you hear it said, “My home town hasn’t changed a bit since I was a kid.”      Much more common is regret for the good old days. This town isn’t what it was, you might hear. It used to be so much better when we were young …

In Anne Arundel County, Pittman pushes to get 2020 Census right

      The big 10-year census does not happen automatically.       The census is a hugely complicated enterprise, and the 2020 count promises to be more difficult than ever because of several factors, including lack of funds and the shift to a mainly online count.

Join Alliance for the Bay’s Project Clean Stream

     Saturday’s forecast calls for sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s.       One way to get out and enjoy the warm weather is to join in the annual watershed cleanup.     Volunteers are needed to help Alliance for the Bay’s Project Clean Stream team collect trash.     Project Clean Stream is an annual event for the Bay watershed and communities. The project supports all six states the Bay touches, as well as Washington, D.C., with stream and woodland cleanups.

Should snappers be saved?

      The common snapping turtle is not so attractive or charming as its terrapin cousin, but it has its own fan base. The nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity has petitioned Maryland Department of Natural Resources to end commercial collection of these wild freshwater turtles.
City Dock flooding portends worse to come
     Analysts looking at the effects of changing climate usually talk about threats to property and health. But a new study billed as the first of its kind breaks down costs to businesses.
Historic St. Mary’s City