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  • Killing unadoptable cats is a cruel, ineffective approach

    Killing unadoptable cats is a cruel, ineffective approach
    A recent study by researchers at the Smithsonian Institution and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been all over the news recently. The study claims cats kill birds and mammals with abandon, and that trap-neuter-return — the nationally...
  • Mission: Museums

    Mission: Museums
    It started as a fleeting thought brought on by cooler temperatures and sunny skies. "It's interesting how all these museums are so close together," I muse aloud, flipping through a Calendar section. My editor's head swivels toward me. Her eyes light...
  • Ginseng, once widespread in Maryland, now dwindling

    Ginseng, once widespread in Maryland, now dwindling
    Ginseng, one of the most sought-after medicinal herbs in the world, once flourished across much of Maryland. It has nearly vanished now, though, from all but the westernmost counties, prompting officials to ponder banning commercial harvest of the...
  • Baltimore storyteller Jon Spelman makes debut performance of 'Prostate Dialogues'

    Baltimore storyteller Jon Spelman makes debut performance of 'Prostate Dialogues'
    After Jon Spelman got the bad news, he found himself thinking often and at odd moments about "Moby-Dick." Perhaps that's because the behemoth that was attacking the Baltimore storyteller was as submerged, unreasoning and unpredictable as any great white...
  • Early Southern painting explored in landmark Colonial Williamsburg exhibit

     Early Southern painting explored in landmark Colonial Williamsburg exhibit
    For as long as art historians have been writing about painting in the early South, it's been common to think of the region's artists as relatively independent and even isolated figures. Many show up in the records as episodic visitors from Europe or...
  • Commission set to decide on Bolsa Chica development

    Commission set to decide on Bolsa Chica development
    A state coastal agency could decide soon whether Huntington Beach can rezone a site in the Bolsa Chica mesa, an area that opponents say is home to Native American artifacts and remains, to allow for a housing development. The California Coastal...
  • Opponents say housing plan would destroy Native American site

    Opponents say housing plan would destroy Native American site
    The California Coastal Commission is slated to decide whether Huntington Beach can change the zoning designation of a parcel to allow housing on a site that opponents say is home to 9,000 years' worth of Native American artifacts and remains. Commission...
  • Coastal agency to rule on Bolsa Chica rezoning for housing project

    A state coastal agency could soon decide whether Huntington Beach can rezone a site in the Bolsa Chica mesa, an area that opponents say is home to Native American artifacts and remains, to allow for a housing development. The California Coastal...
  • Key's manuscript to appear with 'Banner' that inspired it

    Key's manuscript to appear with 'Banner' that inspired it
    Some things just naturally go together, like peanut butter and jelly. This summer, Francis Scott Key's original manuscript for "The Star-Spangled Banner" — America's national anthem — will be reunited for the first time with the flag that...
  • Smithsonian officials head to Fort Lauderdale in search of African-American treasure

    Smithsonian officials head to Fort Lauderdale in search of African-American treasure
    Experts at the Smithsonian's soon-to-open National Museum of African-American History and Culture are touching down in Fort Lauderdale to see your personal treasures. And they don't mean your grandfather's toothbrush. On the final leg of a national tour...
  • Tall ships, Blue Angels to return for bicentennial of national anthem

    Tall ships, Blue Angels to return for bicentennial of national anthem
    It's a mere yellowing piece of paper with a few hundred words scrawled on it, a document that once sat forgotten in a drawer for three-quarters of a century. But this summer, the original manuscript of "The Star-Spangled Banner," the poem Francis...