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How giant sharks’ teeth became ‘ultimate cutting tools’
      A new study based on sharks’ teeth found in Calvert County concludes that the teeth of megalodon, the largest shark in history, evolved over millions of years to a knife-like shape perfect for killing and eating whales and dolphins.

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.       March begins a four-month pilot of no late fees for checked-out materials. That means materials checked out at Calvert Library branches incur no fees if kept beyond their due date. Automatic renewal will continue for four circulation cycles if no one is waiting for the item.

Group provides scholarships, college mentoring 

     Improving the Calvert County community one student at a time has earned Concerned Black Women of Calvert County the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award.        The annual award honors individuals and organizations in each Maryland county and Baltimore City exemplifying the former mayor, governor and comptroller’s lifelong commitment to service.

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.­
Young Maryland voter maps women’s campaign to vote
       SUFFRAGE — In representative government, the right to vote in electing public officials and adopting or rejecting proposed legislation.           In the year 2019, presidential hopefuls — including five women so far — are lining up like beauty pageant contestants to win our attention and perhaps our vote.

New sunscreen rules on the way

      There’s a ray of good news from Washington, D.C., and it’s about time with so many new cases of skin cancer: The Food and Drug Administration last week released the outline of new rules governing over-the-counter sunscreen.          The rules would force changes in labeling requirements on sunscreens, such as the SPF (sun protection factor). But the big deal zeroes in on what ingredients are both safe and do the job.

Apply now for David Glaser Educational Fund

       For Annapolis musicians, gigging is only part of the job. Another big part is looking out for one another.          “It’s a capricious business,” says Matt McConville, the singer-guitarist-songwriter who founded Annapolis Musicians Fund for Musicians to fill the gaps. Last year, the self-funded nonprofit donated $60,000 to sustaining and supporting a new generation of musicians.

Polystyrene ban passes in Anne Arundel

        Say your goodbyes to Styrofoam.               Anne Arundel County passed a bill to ban polystyrene products from any food service establishment by January of 2020.          The success comes eight months after former County Executive Steve Schuh vetoed similar legislation.
Annapolis Rotary Club Scholarships For: Up to four graduating seniors in Annapolis area high schools and homeschoolers (zip codes: 21401, 21403, 21409, 21144) planning to attend a college or university and with a demonstrated commitment to community service; awards of $1,000 each. Deadline: Apply by April 1; www.annapolisrotary.org/scholarships.  

End of an Antarctic Quest

       It’s been more than 100 years since Ernest Shackleton’s ice-crushed ship Endurance sank in Antarctica’s Weddell Sea, sending survivors on a famous trek for survival across ice floes and near-frozen seas.