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Tipton Airport expansion plan is ­pitting aviation against wildlife

A planned runway extension at ­Tipton Airport in Laurel is encountering turbulence.     In the 15 years since the former U.S. Army airfield at Fort George C. Meade reopened as a public-use general aviation airport, Tipton has steadily grown to the point where it is fully occupied.     “We are a designated reliever airport to divert traffic away from the larger commercial airports,” said Michael Wassel, Tipton Airport’s manager. “We...

Maryland Zoo seeking humans

See the Zoo like you’ve never seen it before — on the scene and behind the scenes.     The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is seeking 200 new volunteers to help make successes of such events as ­BunnyBonanZOO, zooBOOO! and Brew at the Zoo.     January 25 is your once-a-year opportunity to learn the aardvark to zebra of volunteering at the third oldest zoo in the United States, representing nearly 200 species in natural settings replicating their native...

Gov. Larry Hogan makes a promise

Will Gov. Larry Hogan keep his first promise?     As soon as I’m governor, then-Gov.-Elect Hogan promised at the winter conference of the Maryland Economic Development Association last week, Welcome to Maryland signs will send a new message:     Welcome to Maryland — Open for Business will replace Welcome to Maryland — What’s in Your Pocket?     Keep your eyes on Welcome to Maryland highway signs to see if that promise is...

Volvo Ocean Racers hang on as one boat goes down in Leg 2

Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race, a 6,125-mile slog from South Africa to Abu Dhabi, was a treacherous sail. The fleet of seven boats left Cape Town with Table Mountain wrapped in a fog hat and 40-knot winds creating utter chaos.     “That start was some of the ­hairiest sailing we’ve seen,” wrote Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Matt Knighton.     As the first night descended, the crews strapped in and hunkered down for a wild ride as they sailed...

Friends and foes, we’ve got a lot to thank him for

The Tax Man. That’s the tag the incoming Republican establishment wants to pin on the back of the governor no more as he walks out the door.     Former Gov. Martin O’Malley did indeed oversee hikes in the sales tax, the gas tax and taxes on corporations and big earners.       But before all we remember of Martin O’Malley is the epithet of the victors, I want to summon a few other images.     O’Malley didn’t...

It’s all a matter of layers

Whether in the sporting field, bird watching, horseback riding, hiking, fishing or other outdoor sports, options in dressing for freezing temperatures have never been better — or more complicated.     Layering is the one key ingredient no matter what you’re going to do, as I’ve learned from experience. A base layer (undergarment) is followed by a covering layer (shirts and pants) and topped by the over layer (coats and overpants). The advantage of this approach...

The underground story

Did you know that your bare garden soil is losing its nutrients to winter?     That’s just what’s happening in your vegetable garden unless you planted a cover crop last fall. And in your flower garden, unless it’s planted with perennials or woody plants.     Here’s the underground story.     During the growing season, plants do not utilize all soil nutrients, whether applied as fertilizers or released from animal manures...

Can you spot the naked-eye five?

As the sun sets, look to the southwest for Venus. With a clear view of the horizon, you might spy Mercury below and to the right of Venus at week’s end, but the innermost planet’s viewing days are numbered. Roughly 15 degrees above Venus, look for the ruddy glow of Mars.     Thursday and Friday evening the thin crescent moon joins the throng, somewhat between Venus and Mars the first night and above Mars, forming a horizontal line with Venus the next. Venus sets...

A farce to be reckoned with

The Liar adapted by David Ives is a farce guaranteed to brighten lives. Iambic pentameter is the way This hilarity comes to modern day. Written long ago by Pierre Corneille Steve Tobin directs this quite funny play. There’s a fine cast of players, they all shine. And costumes and sets that all bring to mind 1600s’ France, where our play we find. Fred Fletcher-Jackson’s the liar of note The guy whose adventures are merely gloat. Jackson’s Dorante is very...

We’ve got a long way to go — but look how far we’ve come

By 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo: Interstellar) was a household name. His nonviolent protests had provoked the American government to strike down segregation laws. It would have been a victory for any other man, but even as King accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, he knew there was more to do.     While whites could no longer keep blacks out of their establishments, they were doing their best to keep them from the polls and off the ballots. Black men and women who...