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Volume 15, Issue 13 ~ March 29 - April 4, 2007

This Week's Features:

The Puzzler Laid Bare

by Ben Tausig

Here is the dirty secret of crosswords: They are made by human beings. We stash our friends’ names in grids, allude to our lives and pull theme ideas from drunken conversations at the bar. The last has actually happened numerous times; I keep a black pen in my pocket and write reminders on my hand. Once, I thought of a puzzle about being underemployed while biking home from my then-job as a barista at a kitschy dessert café in Hell’s Kitchen, New York.

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George Washington Ate Here

Three-hour tour through Annapolis highlights culinary history

by Carrie Madren, Bay Weekly staff writer continue reading...

Got a Nose for a Bargain?

Sniff around SPOT thrift shop in St. Leonard
by Margaret Tearman

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Happy Hours Knot Working

So what do you call your water escape?

by Alice Snively

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Big Rockfish Will Be Scarce

Fish are there; but rules say you’ve got to put them back

Back in the early 1940s when I was sophomore in high school, the subject I hated most was ancient history, taught by Gordon Fairbrother, who later switched to journalism and who nearly 60 years ago I competed with to write the news.

Spare Your Tree the Crewcut

Topping trees distorts their shape and reduces their ability to withstand wind

It’s a fable that shearing the tops of trees stops them from growing tall. Topping trees not only distorts their growth into an ugly form; it also makes them less wind resistant. If you need a tree that doesn’t grow tall, select a short species.

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Keeping Promises to the Earth

Staving off global warming through emissions reductions

What countries that signed onto the Kyoto Protocol are fulfilling or surpassing their commitments? Which are falling short and why?

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A Full Moon by Any Other Name

Whatever you call it, Aril’s moon smells of spring

Thursday night the waxing moon appears high in the east at sunset with bright twinkling Regulus less than one-half degree below. A first-magnitude blue-white star, Regulus is the heart of Leo the lion, one of the oldest constellations and a harbinger of spring. Armed with a telescope or a pair of binoculars, look for Regulus’ yellow companion star, R. Leo. continue reading...


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Chasing Silver

White perch are back and biting

Like Pavlov’s dog I began to salivate as soon as I saw the bobber dip. I set the hook, my rod bending nicely as the first silvery perch of the year tore across the shallows in front of me. My bright yellow float trailed a swath of noisy bubbles as the fish pulled it out toward the middle of the creek. The perch run was on. continue reading...

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Where We Live by Steve Carr

The Florida Follies

Playing next in Chesapeake Country

I just got home from a vacation on the Gulf Coast of Florida, where I witnessed development on an almost unimaginable scale. The folks who complain about growth around here ought to head south to the Sunshine State for a crash course in what seriously cranked-up development looks like.

Way Downstream

Green funding for the Bay passes the House and moves into the Senate … Buy Beaulieu wine by the case to benefit the Bay … Spring fever at the gas pump: prices rise to $2.54 a gallon … Navy sonar accused in deaths of gray whales and sea turtles … and last but not least, this week’s Creature Feature: Richmond, Virginia’s beloved pair of peregrine falcons live up to their name.

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Early Primaries: Good Reason for Buyer’s Remorse

If you think presidential election seasons are long and boring, you haven’t seen anything yet.

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Letters to the Editor

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  • Cold Water Shock a Threat in Any Air Temperature
  • Department of Corrections

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Bay Reflections

The Return of Pine Lake’s Party

The Chairman’s 3rd Annual Report on Community Catastrophe

by Allen Delaney, Party Chairman continue reading...

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Curtain Call

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Dining Guide 2007

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News of the Weird

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Free Will Astrology

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