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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan discusses fatherhood, politics and compromise

How much — or how little — do we know about the man behind the role?

Goddard Space Center backs up Fowler’s test of Patuxent health

Swimming the Bay is an endurance act of charity

This year, the winged swimmers are protected

Black squirrels once were common in America before European migration

Peering out the front window with my first cup of coffee this morning, I was rewarded with the sight of at least a half dozen squirrels cavorting on my snow-covered lawn, running up and down the trees, chasing each other and creating a maelstrom of snow powder and furry activity.     One of the frisking rascals, I noticed with surprise, was melanistic, a black phase of our common gray squirrel. Though fairly rare (one in 10,000) these days, the jet-black variety is a handsome...

Anne Arundel County offers just the right raw ingredients

Anne Arundel County has more horses than any other county in the nation. It follows that we also have more horse manure. Some of that horse manure occupies precious landfill space or is dumped near streams, thus contributing to Bay pollution.     Anne Arundel County landfills also have too much of another organic waste, nitrogen-rich food waste produced by an abundance of restaurants. Like yard debris, neither of these organic wastes should be occupying landfill space. Landfills...

We hope (with compliments to Yogi Berra) it’s better than déjà vu

The Maryland General Assembly isn’t the only big thing beginning anew this month.     (Does beginning anew agree with you? Strictly speaking, anew is a tautology in the phrase as beginning is beginning. Still, in the spiral of life, renewal is a great force, giving us second, third and more chances, if we’re lucky. There! I’ve reasoned myself into beginning anew. How about you?)     I’ve tried not to bore you in writing about the General...

Ben Affleck writes a love letter to pulp filmmaking in this epic drama

Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck: Suicide Squad) is an outlaw. A veteran of The Great War, Coughlin returns home to Boston swearing to never follow orders again. He turns to armed robbery, vexes his police chief father and gets the interest of the city’s warring Italian and Irish mobs.     Coughlin isn’t interested in joining a gang, but he is interested in the head Irish mobster’s girl, Emma (Sienna Miller: The Lost City of Z). Joe gets out with a smashed face and a...

Expert tips for the new year and beyond

Continue Your Fitness Journey at Poston’s Fitness for Life Fitness trainer Bob Poston, right, with one of his regulars. People come through our doors seeking our professional and personalized guidance in learning how to exercise more effectively and efficiently. In our facility they find more than a trainer. They find a coach, an accountability partner and a friend who works with them in their fitness journey. Poston’s Fitness for Life: 10735 Town Center Blvd., Suite 4,...

That’s our hope for you in 2017

Self-Care 101 was not in my college curriculum. I graduated knowing more about forms of poetry — I especially liked terza rima — than how to live healthy, let alone wealthy or wise. (Though the latter was supposed to be the road to which my liberal arts education led.)     Not in high school or elementary school either did I learn when a cold was contagious, how to survive nausea or how to enjoy exercise and make it part of my life. Even motherhood left me clueless,...

The amazing story of three unknown stars of the space program

Katherine Goble (Taraji P. Henson: Empire) is a mathematical genius. But she is a woman, and she is black. In 1960s Virginia, Goble can’t even sit at the front of a bus, let alone gain independence as a mathematician.     She works at NASA as a computer, a mathematician who performs calculations and checks the numbers generated by engineers.     While fighting racial stereotyping, sexism and paranoia about Soviet spies, Goble is also helping to invent the...

Your pot must runneth over

By now your houseplants are adjusting to winter life inside. Or not. Many potted houseplants fail to grow properly because they are never watered properly. Here’s the right way.     Every watering should be so ample that an excess of water drips from the bottom of the pot. Of course the pot should have drainage holes in its bottom and sit in a saucer to protect the furniture or windowsill.      If a plant’s soil is all the way to the top of the...

A triumph of hope over experience

The 18th century English writer Samuel Johnson got it as right about New Year’s resolutions as about his original subject, marriage. That thought struck me as I attempted to set personal goals for the New Year, hoping these meet with more success than usual.     I’m going to have to exercise to increase my energy and endurance throughout the winter if I am to mount the kind of fishing campaign I intend to begin in just four short months.     ...
Southern High School students representing the Interact Club of the Rotary Club of South Anne Arundel County created care packages for the children in the Backpack Food program at Shady Side Elementary School. Recognized for their work with the Rotary-sponsored high school service club are (from left) students Courtney Harris, Chardonnay Lee, Carly Wood, Katie Burgee and Melinda Blansett. Presenting the recognition awards to the students was Rotary Governor Anna-Mae Kobbe, Rotary District 7620...