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A lot is going on in the fast-changing world of used plastic and paper

$215,000-worth of beauty in the works

African cat making its way north

Project Opportunity helps entrepreneurs get started

      Ideas may have the power to change the world, but they don’t become reality through wishful thinking. They take hard work.          Joe Giordano knows just how much work.          He’s the founder of Project Opportunity, a program to help veterans turn their ideas into reality. Giordano isn’t just an idea veteran; he’s a military veteran, too.     ...

Out with the Old, In with the New

     The Dove sailed with the Ark to land English on New World soil in 1634. The original Dove was lost at sea during a return voyage to the motherland. The Maryland Dove most of us have seen at Historic St. Mary’s City’s is a popular reimagining. Built in 1977, it has hosted some 500,000 visitors, allowing them to better envision how the first English settlers lived at sea.          This Maryland Dove is not a replica but a...

Beyond swallowing goldfish

     In the days before iPhones and Netflix, swallowing goldfish was a time-honored, if ridiculous, activity for inebriated young fellows. A guy in Holland carried the game too far.          The current issue of Acta-Oto-Laryngologica Case Reports (we at Bay Weekly love obscure journals) tells about a group of young drunks in the town of Rotterdam who apparently had emptied the aquarium of small species.      ...

They try to avoid us, but their riverbank-busting helps save marshes

      Many times, I have walked along a riverbank and have been startled by both a large animal splashing at my feet and a collapsing shore edge. Muskrats are marsh-dwelling rodents that resemble large, thin gerbils and weigh up to four pounds. When they swim, their long tails swing back and forth in the water like a snake’s. They live in marshes, lakes and streams from Mexico to Northern Canada and are very common in the brackish marshes of the Chesapeake Bay.  ...

A story too ridiculous to miss — once it streams

     Baker Dill (Matthew McConaughey) has carved out a sun-soaked life on the idyllic island of Plymouth. When not hunting a fish he’s named Justice, he runs charter-fishing trips for rich clients.       The sudden appearance of his ex, Karen (Anne Hathaway), throws him for a loop. The love of his life and mother of his child left him and took their son, hoping to find a man who could give her the life she wanted.       With Frank Zariakas (...

The ice is thick and the fish are ­biting at Deep Creek Lake 

    Got a mid-winter hankerin’ to tangle with a five-plus-pound walleye? How about a citation-sized yellow perch, crappie or bluegill? If that doesn’t tempt you, how about some big smallmouth and largemouth bass, trout or a fat winter pickerel?       If so, you’re in luck because the best time to go after these trophies, both for sport and for the table, is right now. Better still, all these species are available in the same spot. Plus, believe it or...

There’s nothing funny about the health benefits of eating fungi

      A bowl of creamy mushroom soup is a great soother in winter’s cold. Mushrooms are good for your immune system as well as for flavor. They help to strengthen your body against colds, flu and more.      Mushroom phytochemicals are thought to inhibit tumor growth and viral infection by stimulating the immune system. Commonly eaten mushrooms such as white, cremini and Portobello also contain a special protein that can recognize cancer cells. Mushroom...

Making all the right moves

         With music by former ABBA band-mates Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus and lyrics by Tim Rice of Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita fame, Chess made a hit with its 1984 concept album. Not only was the music exciting and unique, the story of two chess grandmasters playing for their countries was perfectly timed as an allegory to the then-current Cold War tensions between Russia and the U.S. Then came the actual stage productions, first in London’s West End,...

Separated from Earth by four billion miles, the ­New ­Horizons spacecraft explores the outer limits

     Stakes were high and tension palpable New Year’s Day at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, as Sarah Hamilton and her colleagues waited for a long-distance radio transmission confirming either a successful mission or a failure.       About 10 hours earlier, the New Horizons spacecraft — launched 13 years ago on a mission to Pluto and beyond — had flown past a 20-mile-long object called Ultima Thule (pronounced Ultima too-...
Every Bay Weekly story is a little like the New Horizons spacecraft
      Bob Melamud likes to be the man behind the story, his hand revealed only by a reliably regular byline in Bay Weekly. Now, I’ll tell you a secret about him. He spent most of his career as an aerospace engineer. So when the NASA press release popped up in my email inbox early last November, I reckoned that Bob’s perfect story had come along.       “NASA Announces Media Activities for New Horizons’ New Year’s Kuiper Belt Flyby,...