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Millennial musicians break bigger

Paddlers join together to help kids with disabilities

Why is this the state sport?

Beauty of the sky a beast in the water

Take a book, leave a book

Precious time is ticking away

Cracking crabs speaks volumes

The water was 90 degrees, murky with algae and the skies overcast. We all peered intently at the barely visible trotline gliding through the water next to our skiff. One chicken neck bait after another appeared, slid over the roller and went back down. But there was no mistaking the first blue crab to appear. That jimmie was seven inches across.     My youngest son, Rob, slipped the net into the water, captured the gorgeous devil then nonchalantly deposited it in our basket. We...

Being young and black in America is still dangerous

On New Year’s Eve, 2009, Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan: Chronicle) decided to take the BART to San Francisco to see fireworks and party with friends. By 9:15am the next morning, the 22-year-old was dead.     Stopped by BART officers who suspected Oscar and his friends were fighting on the train, he was handcuffed, restrained and eventually shot by those sworn to keep the peace. The incident was captured, in graphic detail, by dozens of passengers.     The...

Meet these award-winners at Twin Beach Players Kids Playwriting Festival

Love, not money, sparked 21 kids to seek spots in Twin Beach Players’ annual Kids Playwriting Festival.     Lots of love as each had to write a play.     The $100 prize money was a bonus, all six finalists agreed.     But competing in this festival is the highpoint of the theater life for stage-smitten elementary, middle and high schoolers in Chesapeake Country.     Comedy, tragedy or farce, it’s up to them. Likewise,...

Time to transplant azaleas and other acid-loving plants

Mid-August to early October is the time to transplant azaleas, rhododendrons, mountain laurel, andromeda, leucothoe and blueberries.     What do blueberries have to do with azaleas and these other landscaping plants?     By Aug­ust, all have stopped producing top growth and are now making root growth. Transplanting them at this time of year enables the plants to become well established before the ground freezes. Planting for Shade and Birds Q ...

Its beauty aside, Venus is no place like home

As the suns sets and the sky darkens, Venus beckons in the west at the feet of Leo and less than 10 degrees from the lion’s heart, Regulus.     Venus is called our sister planet, but that puts a hellish twist on familial relationships. Yes, ­Venus and Earth are similar in size. And Venus has a gravitational field similar to that of Earth. Like Earth, Venus has a cloud-based atmosphere. But there the similarities end.     Long ago the planet began...

Cool Tips for Hot Weather

    How hot are you?     Sweltering, sweating, suffering and swearing. That’s Chesapeake summer in the year 2013.     How do you endure it?     As the heat index rose, we had a burning need to find answers to that question. Bay Weekly reporters posed the question to neighbors who, for one reason or another, have had to learn to beat the heat.     We met some hot people and learned some cool tricks.  ...

Lose weight eating the Paleo Diet

It’s bathing suit season, and there’s no better time to fret about our waistlines than when they are hanging over our bikini bottoms. With obesity a recurring topic and increasingly dramatic health issue, the pursuit of the perfect diet continues. The Paleolithic or Paleo Diet has been buzzing around since the 1970s (while the real cavemen were munching the tundra over two million years ago) but has gained recent popularity. The premise is simple. Eat what cavemen did: grass-fed...

Aggressive as kudzu and nasty as stinkbugs

You know kudzu, that invasive vine driven by heat and humidity to devour whole communities. Now meet the kudzu bug.     The small, flying bugs are as wide as long, resembling yellowish brown or olive-green ladybugs with many small, darker brown spots and ruby-red eyes.     Vine and bug grew up together in Asia. This summer the creatures, aka brown ladybugs — are on the rise in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince Georges and St. Mary’s counties....

Help me make changes that work for you

Will you advise me?         I need your thoughts on how to make Bay Weekly work better for you.     You know how change goes: The thighbone is connected to the knee bone, and before you know it the whole skeleton is shaking.     That’s what’s happening with 8 Days a Week now that we’re seeking a new calendar editor. As we rattle old bones, we’re wondering whether old solutions are still useful — for us...

Garden in the evening cool

Gardening in the heat of the day is unhealthy. It’s one of those stresses those of us with gray or white hair in particular are told repeatedly to avoid during these hot muggy days when orange alert air pollution levels are anticipated.     But did you know that gardening in the heat of the day also promotes the germination of weed seeds and the growth of weeds? This Week in the Garden   Sheer your azaleas to control height. You have until August 1 to prune...