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Volume 15, Issue 16 ~ April 19 - April 25, 2007

This Week's Features:

A World of Difference

Can one person — or an entire village — slow global warming?

by Carrie Madren, Bay Weekly staff writer

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14 Candles on Bay Weekly’s Birthday Cake

It takes more than a little to put out a free paper like this.

by Sandra Olivetti Martin

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Maryland Policewomen at the Top: Lanier confirmed; Chambers fights on — against the odds. by Margaret Tearman • Beating the Emerald Ash Borer to the Prize. by Sandra Olivetti Martin

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Springtime Trouble at the Grumpy-Grandpop Pumpkin Farm

We’re like the early worm, best off when tardy

The early bird gets the worm.

Maybe in the galaxy of ornithology the above six words can’t be questioned; the first bird to find a worm gets it. My skeptical son Joel, who bites a coin to be sure it’s real after checking both sides to ensure there is a head and tail, asks:

When to Divide and Conquer

Some perennials should wait until fall

Spring fever means many home gardeners get the urge to dig in the garden and divide their perennials. Some herbaceous perennials, however, perform better when divided in late summer and early fall. These late-bloomers include hostas and daylilies.

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Warming’s Toll on Wildlife

Animals are feeling the heat from climate change, too

BMost researchers agree that even small changes in temperature are enough to send hundreds if not thousands of already struggling species into extinction unless we can stem the tide of global warming. Time may be of the essence: A 2003 study published in the journal Nature concluded that 80 percent of some 1,500 wildlife species sampled are already showing signs of stress from climate change.

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Wish Upon a Shooting Star

With an early-setting moon, all we have to hope for is clear skies

The waxing moon returns to our evening skies this week. Look for Luna hovering low in the east after sunset, at 7:48, the 19th between Venus and the Pleiades star cluster at near Taurus the bull. By the next night, the moon has left Venus and is near the bull’s northern horn.

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Previewing Trophy Rock Season

The fish were cooperative and incredibly powerful

It began with a light tap on my Bass Assassin, then a solid pull. I set the hook, and my line started to pay out, slowly at first. I could feel a headshake, then another as the fish became alarmed and began to run.

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Where We Live by Steve Carr

Our Deadly Double Bind

Greenhouse gases and toxic remissions are locked in a global tug of war

It was 1961, and America had just elected its youngest president, John F. Kennedy. As the former senator from Massachusetts addressed the public for the first time as commander in chief, he announced that within a decade, Americans would walk upon the moon.

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Way Downstream

Buy a Starbucks for the Bay Foundation … Maryland Department of the Environment digs into its violation backlog … Maryland motorists say no more gas taxes … and not quite last, this week’s Creature Feature: Animal rights activists tell Pope Benedict it’s a sin to wear ermine on his red dress hat … plus a Special Anniversary Creature Feature, guess what zoos saved landfill fees by recycling, way back in 1994.

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On Earth Day, Bay Weekly’s Birthday,

We Take Stock of a Changing World

Birthdays are the time for taking stock, for looking at our changing selves and our changing world.

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Letters to the Editor

We welcome your opinions and letters – with name and address. We will edit when necessary. Include your name, address and phone number for verification. Mail them to Bay Weekly, P.O. Box 358, Deale, MD 20751 • E-mail them to or submit your letters on line, click here

  • What We Won; Update
  • Florida Schoolgirl Seeks Maryland Postcards
  • Department of Corrections

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Bay Reflections

On Earth Day, Remember Rachel Carson

This year is the centennial of the mother of the environmental movement

by M.L. Faunce

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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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