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Great visuals get KO’ed by an insulting, incoherent script

The world has been hard on 20-year-old Babydoll (Emily Browning: The Uninvited). After being assaulted by her stepfather and accidentally killing her sister, Babydoll is committed to an asylum. In five days, she’s scheduled for a lobotomy.     Horrified by her predicament, and presumably her name, Babydoll retreats to a fantasy world. In this fantasy — which I remind you is of her creation — Babydoll dreams that she’s been sold to a brothel/cabaret. In...
Dear Bay Weekly:     I just wanted to thank you for Diana Beechener’s incredible article on VetDogs [March 24: Working Like a Dog] and on the run April 3. The article, the pictures and everything about it was great, and I’ve already gotten quite a response from it. I appreciate all of your help. –A.D. Schiff, MIDN USN
Dear Bay Weekly:     SUPERB! Both your editorial and the article on libraries were absolutely great.     [March 10: http://bayweekly.com/articles/news/article/magician and http://bayweekly.com/articles/letter-editor/article/libraries-are-chesapeake-countrys-town-squares]     Many thanks. –Valerie T. Ahrens, retired librarian; by email

Often bad dogs make the better stories; this week, good dogs have their day

Who can resist a dog story?     My favorites star villainous dogs, like Muggs, the hero of James Thurber’s story The Dog that Bit People.*     Nipper, Bay Weekly’s collections manager, would like to bite people and sometimes sneaks in a nibble. He’s a Jack Russell terrorist — as proofreader Dick Wilson calls him — and most anybody who has had a dog of that breed has a collection of bad dog stories.     For better and...

Nancy Patterson’s canine companion Mahler is her arms, her legs and her independence

“I’ve had an engine fail on my plane,” says Nancy Patterson, of Davidsonville, a retired airline pilot. “I’ve had brain surgery. But this has been the most life-changing thing I’ve ever gone through.”     Patterson is talking about her experience with Mahler, her service dog from Canine Companions.     “Help is a four-legged word,” according to Canine Companions for Independence. As the largest non-profit...

Midshipman Ari Schiff raises funds so wounded veterans can benefit from a warm heart and a cold nose

Twenty-one-year-old Ari Schiff knows the value of a dollar. In high school he earned 60,000 of them. Not for a new car or an expensive spring vacation.     Schiff earned this small fortune so that America’s VetDogs could offer two assistance dogs to help disabled veterans acclimate to life at home.     “I’ve grown up with dogs, and I’ve had this affinity for the military,” Schiff says. “So I thought it was a great way to bring...

To catch them, fish fresh shallows of tribs

The spring equinox has kicked this year’s white perch run into overdrive. An increasing amount of daylight in early spring is one of the prime stimulants to the white perch spawn. The equinox, coupled with our recent record rainfalls, has gotten this best loved denizen of the Tidewater moving early.     White perch are semi-anadromous, which means that they prefer salty, brackish water, but each spring they migrate to freshwater tributaries to spawn. They are a slow-...

Ten percent of dogs in America are homeless

America loves dogs. In a country with more than 300 million people, there are 77-plus million owned dogs. Well over a third of all households in America have a pet dog, with many having two or more.     Sometimes that love goes to extremes, as in Anne Arundel County where Animal Control officers found 51 dogs in a Pasadena home.     The dogs, though numerous, were not abused.     “They were flea bitten and had ear mites,” said...

After 100 years in New York, a storied mahogany bar finds a new home in Mayo

Prost! will make room for salute when you next click glasses at the bar at the new Old Stein. That’s because owner Mike Selinger has imported the bar of a famous Manhattan Italian eatery to keep the old in the Old Stein, which he hopes to reopen at its Mayo location in August after December 31’s fire.     For over a century, the mahogany bar and bar back was the centerpiece of Carmine’s, a rustic Italian gathering spot in New York City’s South Street...

Monthly dunkings will keep them moist all the way through

A reader called to ask if she could visit me with a large houseplant she purchased last summer. It was dropping most of its leaves, and the margins of the remaining leaves were turning brown.     After questioning her on how she was caring for the plant — watering practices, fertilizer and quantity used, proximity to windows and room temperatures — I invited her to the farm. Soon after I hung up, I saw the car coming down the farm lane. Her husband was driving while...