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Dessert Decision 2008

by Diana Beechener
In the midst of decrying taxes, circumscribing windmills and regulating recycling, Maryland state government took time out for cake. They weren’t on a break, however. The delegates and state senators cut their forks through layers of chocolate-frosted yellow cake to determine whether Smith Island Cake deserves the title of State Dessert. This frosted piece of legislation may seem like a debate more suited to after-dinner conversation. But for all who spoke at the hearings for House Bill 315 and Senate Bill 287, Smith Island Cake is serious business.
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The Would-Be Contenders
Smith Island Cake is now Maryland’s state-sanctioned dessert, but three local favorites deserve a taste. continue reading...

Alphabet Soup
We pay our lawmakers to vote on bills that tax us, make us safe, bring us justice and keep us in line. But that’s not all Maryland lawmakers ponder during the 90 days they assemble in Annapolis. Before adjourning April 7, the 2008 General Assembly waded through some 2,600 bills ranging from from A to Z.
by Carrie Madren
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On Exhibit
reviewed by Carrie Madren
Out of Arundel Lodge’s studios come works colorful and textured.
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Way Downstream
Bits and bytes from the broader Chesapeake world.

What's Inside:

Bill Burton
The message of the chimpanzees: Jane Goodall returned from Lake Tanganyika with more than stories.

The Bay Gardener
by Dr. Frank Gouin
Trim your home with the right plants in the right hanging baskets.

Sporting Life
by Dennis Doyle
Trophy rockfish season coming soon: Five ways to try for your big one.

Sky Watch
by J. Alex Knoll
The buzz in the sky: With no stingers, you won’t want to miss these bees.


Where We Live
by Steve Carr
Stalked by a rabid raccoon.

Letters to the Editor

Overall, A Strong Session for the Bayl

Bay Reflection
by Pat Piper
Maryland’s official state titles take the cake. Why stop now?

Earth Talk
Overfishing and pollution make fish harder to swallow in a green diet.

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Movie Reviews
Jonathan Parker on Leatherheads: Swell looks and deft football sequences can only take this one so far.

News of the Weird
by Chuck Shepherd

Free Will Astrology
by Rob Brezsny

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