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  • Washington D.C. Is Sinking Into the Ocean

    08/01/2015 12:48:19 PM PDT · by VinL · 90 replies
    Time ^ | 7/30/15 | Tessa Berensen
    All the political gridlock in Congress and name-calling during election season may not matter as much when Washington, D.C. sinks into the ocean. According to new research conducted by geologists at the University of Vermont and the U.S. Geological Survey, the land in the Chesapeake Bay region, including the nation’s capital, is sinking rapidly. The sea level in the Chesapeake is rising at twice the global average and faster than anywhere else on the East Coast, the researchers say, which means D.C. will sink 6 or more inches in the next 100 years. The sinking is caused by melting ice...
  • When Did Humans Come to the Americas?

    01/27/2013 9:08:44 PM PST · by Theoria · 35 replies
    Smithsonian Mag ^ | Feb 2013 | Guy Gugliotta
    Recent scientific findings date their arrival earlier than ever thought, sparking hot debate among archaeologists For much of its length, the slow-moving Aucilla River in northern Florida flows underground, tunneling through bedrock limestone. But here and there it surfaces, and preserved in those inky ponds lie secrets of the first Americans.For years adventurous divers had hunted fossils and artifacts in the sinkholes of the Aucilla about an hour east of Tallahassee. They found stone arrowheads and the bones of extinct mammals such as mammoth, mastodon and the American ice age horse.Then, in the 1980s, archaeologists from the Florida Museum of...
  • Maryland Governor Taxes Rain

    04/10/2013 8:20:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 10. 2013 | Matthew Boyle
    Maryland Democratic Governor Martin O’Malley has instituted a tax on citizens for the amount of rain that falls on their property. The tax, officially known as a "storm water management fee," will be enforced in nine of the state's counties. The state legislature passed it in 2012 purportedly to "raise revenue to cleanup [sic] the Chesapeake Bay," according to Former 2012 GOP U.S. Senate candidate Dan Bongino bashes the tax in a Wednesday afternoon press release. The law "requires individuals, businesses, and even charitable organizations and houses of worship to pay a tax based on the amount of rain...
  • Tax Increases For Some Marylanders Go Into Effect This Week

    07/05/2012 7:00:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies ^ | July 3, 2012 | Dawn White
    FREDERICK, MD - Some people in Maryland will get a surprise when they look at their tax bill. In a special session the Maryland General Assembly approved increasing taxes for people who make more than $100,000 a year and couples who make more than $150,000 a year. Those changes take effect this week. "They will go up for most people anywhere from five to 15-percent, and what they'll also see is that they'll be retroactive. I think Maryland families are suffering under the current economy and really don't need to be sending more and more to the government," said Sen....
  • Video from Space Shows Army Creating an Island Off the Coast of the US

    07/03/2012 9:11:49 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies ^ | July 3, 2012 | Jesus Diaz
    The Army has been creating an island since 1998 on the Northeast coast of the United States. Slowly, the US Army Corps of Engineers built concrete dikes to establish its perimeter and then have spent more than decade filling them with mud. Its name: Poplar island. Fortunately, no weird stuff is going on there (that we know of, anyway). Poplar Island, which is being rebuilt in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, is 30 miles south of Baltimore Harbor, where all the mud is coming from.
  • What did pass the Maryland General Assembly

    04/11/2012 5:15:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 10, 2012 | Greg Masters
    Although negotiations over a package of tax increases and a proposed casino collapsed Monday night, the Maryland General Assembly passed a lot of bills this session — 791, to be exact. Of those, 96 percent were passed in the last week, including hundreds in the hours and minutes before midnight on Monday. Here are some highlights from the 90-day session’s last day: STORMWATER FEE The Senate spent much of the session’s waning hours fiercely debating a stormwater fee bill that was on few people’s radar earlier in the session. The bill requires localities to fund projects to reduce polluted runoff...
  • Washington's big dig aims to clean up "nation's river" (Potomac River and the ailing Chesapeake Bay)

    12/28/2011 2:16:58 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/28/11 | Ian Simpson - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington is starting to dig deep in a $2.6 billion underground solution aimed at helping clean up the polluted Potomac River and the ailing Chesapeake Bay, the biggest U.S. estuary. In the U.S. capital's biggest public works project in more than 40 years, work started this fall to cut about 16 miles of tunnels to keep overflow sewage and stormwater from running into the Potomac. The project, designed to be finished in 2025, is seen by environmentalists as part of resolving the next great water pollution challenge facing the United States -- keeping fouled runoff out of...
  • Geochemical Evidence for a Comet Shower in the Late Eocene

    03/26/2009 5:34:37 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies · 306+ views
    Science ^ | May 22, 1998 | K. A. Farley, A. Montanari, E. M. Shoemaker, C. S. Shoemaker
    Analyses of pelagic limestones indicate that the flux of extraterrestrial helium-3 to Earth was increased for a 2.5-million year (My) period in the late Eocene. The enhancement began ~1 My before and ended ~1.5 My after the major impact events that produced the large Popigai and Chesapeake Bay craters ~36 million years ago. The correlation between increased concentrations of helium-3, a tracer of fine-grained interplanetary dust, and large impacts indicates that the abundance of Earth-crossing objects and dustiness in the inner solar system were simultaneously but only briefly enhanced. These observations provide evidence for a comet shower triggered by an...
  • EPA Launches Online Map Tracking Enforcement Actions in Chesapeake Bay Watershed

    04/28/2010 5:26:07 PM PDT · by chambley1 · 4 replies · 308+ views
    EPA ^ | 4/28/10
    Contact Information: Dave Ryan (News Media Only) 202-564-7827 202-564-4355 WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched an online map that shows the locations of federal air and water enforcement actions in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The map is part of EPA’s increased focus on enforcement of federal pollution laws in the Chesapeake Bay region, including a new strategy of targeting geographic areas and pollution sources contributing the greatest amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment to streams, creeks, rivers and the bay. Improving water quality is one of EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson’s top priorities. “Transparency and accountability...
  • The Patuxent's Hidden Treasure-Archaeologists Hope to Excavate Shipwreck That Dates to War of 1812

    09/14/2009 7:43:29 AM PDT · by BGHater · 6 replies · 785+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 14 Sep 2009 | Steve Vogel
    Aboard a pontoon boat chugging past the marshland of Maryland's upper Patuxent River on a recent Saturday, Ralph Eshelman pointed to the spot where the muddy brown water hides a shipwreck nearly two centuries old, part of the American flotilla that defended the Chesapeake Bay when the British burned Washington during the War of 1812. Nearly 30 years ago, Eshelman helped direct a team of marine researchers who discovered the wreck, one of the war's most significant artifacts. After a limited, month-long excavation of the site east of Upper Marlboro in 1980, the wreck was reburied under four feet of...
  • Terrorism expert says LNG project lacks safeguards

    05/29/2009 1:41:02 PM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 363+ views
    "Terrorism expert says LNG project lacks safeguards Opponents of Sparrows Point terminal enlist former CIA official" SNIPPET: "Opponents of a liquefied natural gas terminal in eastern Baltimore County stepped up their attacks Tuesday, hosting an appearance by a former CIA officer who said the $400 million project lacks critical safeguards and raises the specter of terrorism and piracy." SNIPPET: ""AES wants to build this facility without putting in meaningful safeguards to stand up to terrorist threats," Faddis said. In his talk yesterday, Faddis raised the issue of piracy, tying recent incidents on the Indian Ocean to what could happen on...

    05/13/2009 6:01:49 PM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies · 557+ views ^ | May12, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: THE BRIEFING ROOM THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ______________________________________________ For Immediate Release May 12, 2009 EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - - CHESAPEAKE BAY PROTECTION AND RESTORATION By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America and in furtherance of the purposes of the Clean Water Act of 1972, as amended (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.), and other laws, and to protect and restore the health, heritage, natural resources, and social and economic value of the Nation's...
  • Broken [EPA] Promises on the [Chesapeake] Bay

    12/31/2008 6:55:55 PM PST · by Lorianne · 17 replies · 880+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 27, 2008 | David A. Fahrenthold
    Government administrators in charge of an almost $6 billion cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay tried to conceal for years that their effort was failing -- even issuing reports overstating their progress -- to preserve the flow of federal and state money to the project, former officials say. The cleanup, which had its 25th anniversary this month, seems doomed to miss its second official deadline for achieving major reductions in pollution by 2010. The goal of rescuing North America's largest estuary was formally entrusted in 1983 to a group of federal, state and local authorities under the loose guidance of the...
  • Life Survived Catastrophic Space Rock Impact [Chesapeake Bay area]

    06/26/2008 8:04:37 PM PDT · by ETL · 41 replies · 507+ views ^ | June 26, 2008 | Jeanna Bryner
    The true impact of an asteroid or comet crashing near the Chesapeake Bay 35 million years ago has been examined in detail for the first time. The analysis reveals the resilience of life in the aftermath of disaster. The impact crater, which is buried under 400 to 1,200 feet (120 to 365 meters) of sand, silt and clay, spans twice the length of Manhattan. The sprawling depression helped create what would eventually become Chesapeake Bay. About 10,000 years ago, ice sheets began to melt and once-dry river valleys filled with water. The rivers of the Chesapeake region converged directly over...
  • O'Malley likely to delay dish soap limit

    05/08/2008 11:06:32 AM PDT · by JZelle · 9 replies · 120+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5-8-08 | Metro
    ANNAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Martin O'Malley said yesterday he likely will delay the start of a law that allows only low-phosphorus dishwashing detergent in Maryland — a measure intended to reduce Chesapeake Bay pollution and the first such statewide ban in the country. The General Assembly approved the bill a year ago, requiring companies that make the detergent to use low amounts of phosphorous by the end of 2009. But detergent maker Procter & Gamble Co. said it took effect too soon to make production changes and pushed to delay implementation until July 2010, a change approved by lawmakers in...
  • Bush supports fish, fowl

    10/21/2007 10:15:51 AM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 10 replies · 99+ views ^ | October 21, 2007 | By David Nitkin | sun reporter
    <p>At the national Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, the president promoted policies he said would protect habitat for 800 bird species that need resting places as they fly south for the winter and return when warm weather returns.</p> <p>After a helicopter ride to St. Michaels, Bush unveiled an initiative to make red drum and striped bass, known locally as rockfish, more available to sport fishermen but less accessible as a commercial catch. Chesapeake watermen, who rely on the fish for income, are cool to the proposal.</p>
  • O’Malley: Global warming a threat

    09/28/2007 9:20:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 1,311+ views
    Baltimore Examiner ^ | September 27, 2007 | Kathleen Miller
    BALTIMORE - Gov. Martin O’Malley and Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine called on Congress Wednesday to pass legislation to control greenhouse gas emissions, arguing the health of the Chesapeake Bay is at stake. “We now know with certainty that human activities — including coastal development, the burning of fossil fuels and increasing greenhouse gas emissions — are contributing to both the causes and consequences of climate change,” O’Malley told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. But his testimony did not go over well with critics of the Intercounty Connector — an 18-mile toll road that would connect Montgomery and...
  • Giving the green light to earth-friendly bills (Land of Peasant Living alert!)

    04/15/2007 1:08:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 449+ views
    Washington Times ^ | April 15, 2007 | Kristen Wyatt (Associated Press)
    ANNAPOLIS -- From the soap used to wash dishes to the cars driven to work, Marylanders will feel large and small effects from the recent legislative session some have called the most environmental in years. Democrats this year celebrated their stronger grip on state government and their return to the governor's mansion with a spate of earth-friendly bills that became the dominant theme of the session. Lawmakers tightened emissions standards on new cars. They slashed the amount of water-polluting phosphorus allowed in dishwashing detergent. They ended the commercial harvest of diamondback terrapins and set new goals for solar energy. Oysters...
  • Prosecutor: Nurse had flesh on shoes, Defense to have expert review sample in murder case

    03/11/2007 9:43:59 PM PDT · by Coleus · 9 replies · 700+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 02.28.07 | JIM O'NEILL
    After killing and dismembering her husband, a fertility clinic nurse walked through bits of flesh that were picked up by her shoes and left behind in the victim's car when she abandoned it in Atlantic City, a prosecuting attorney charged yesterday. Assistant Attorney General Patricia Prezioso called the discovery of the human tissue a critical piece of evidence and said it directly links the nurse, Melanie McGuire, to the slaying of her husband, William McGuire, in their Woodbridge apartment on April 28, 2004. While the prosecution contends it has substantial amounts of circumstantial evidence implicating the 34-year-old nurse in the...
  • Program helps wounded warriors heal through sports

    08/15/2006 5:32:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 338+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Michael E. Dukes
    KENT ISLAND, Md. (Army News Service, Aug. 14, 2006) – About a dozen wounded warriors paddled outrigger canoes with military precision Aug. 13 on the Chesapeake Bay at Kent Island, Md., as a supplement to the ongoing medical care they receive at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The outing was sponsored by the Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project and the Kent Island Outrigger Canoe Club. “Outrigger canoeing sets itself apart as a therapeutic sport because it lends itself particularly to those who are physically challenged and it’s easily adaptable,” said Julia Ray, Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project manager. Volunteers from...
  • Potential invasive crab found in Md. - Chinese mitten crab

    08/04/2006 9:18:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 957+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/3/06 | AP
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A crab species from China has been discovered in the Patapsco River, state authorities said Friday, prompting fears about the potentially invasive species' presence in the Chesapeake Bay. The crab, a mature male Chinese mitten crab, was collected at the mouth of the Patapsco several weeks ago by a commercial waterman using fishing crab pots. The species, scientific name Eriocheir sinensis, is considered a potentially invasive species, the state Department of Natural Resources said Friday. "This is the first confirmed recorded case for the Chesapeake Bay," Lynn Fegley, a DNR fisheries biologist said in a statement. "Only...
  • Md. dams to get new pathways for eels

    08/01/2006 7:03:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 396+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/1/06 | Kristen Wyatt - ap
    MILLINGTON, Md. - American eels are crafty fish, able to slither up rocks and around branches in just a tiny bit of water. But it turns out they're not the strongest swimmers — and dams throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed may be blocking their natural migration patterns and contributing to a sharp population decline. Maryland biologists are hoping to boost the fortunes of the American eel, which is found across the Atlantic coast but is most abundant in the Chesapeake and its tributaries. Even in the Chesapeake, though, eels aren't doing so great. Scientists believe they're being stymied in part...
  • Weekends with the President's men (NYT points out security camera at Rumsfeld's house)

    07/03/2006 11:38:45 AM PDT · by xjcsa · 32 replies · 1,131+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 30, 2006 | Peter T. Kilborn
    JUST an hour and a half from Washington, across the 4.3-mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge, or less than 30 minutes in a government-issue Chinook helicopter, is the Eastern Shore of Maryland and the primly groomed waterside village of St. Michaels. St. Michaels has begun to lure V.I.P.'s who, some boosters would have it, could propel it into the gilded realm of the Hamptons and Nantucket. But that will take a while. There's little for the young — just a few bars and no beaches or nightclubs — and these new householders are too circumspect and perhaps too old to be showcasing...
  • Merrill Apparently Shot Himself On the Bay

    06/21/2006 5:06:02 AM PDT · by Renfield · 188 replies · 3,669+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 6-21-06 | Eric Rich
    Philip Merrill, the prominent publisher and former diplomat whose body was found floating in the Chesapeake Bay on Monday, suffered from a heart condition and apparently took his own life, his family said last night. Merrill, 72, was found with a shotgun wound to the head and a small anchor tied around one or both ankles, according to a source familiar with the investigation. ~~~~snip~~~~ In 1996, former CIA director William E. Colby died from drowning and exposure after falling from a canoe off Charles County. ~~~~snip~~~~~ In 1978, another former high-level CIA employee, John A. Paisley, disappeared while sailing...
  • (Philip Merrill) Md. publisher missing after sailing trip

    06/11/2006 3:24:51 AM PDT · by lunarbicep · 21 replies · 792+ views
    seattlepi ^ | June 11, 2006 | BRIAN WITTE
    Rescue crews searched the Chesapeake Bay for a prominent publisher and diplomat after his sailboat was discovered empty in the water, the executive editor of The (Annapolis) Capital said Sunday. Philip Merrill's boat was found around 7 p.m. Saturday, authorities said. Merrill was still missing early Sunday, said Tom Marquardt of The Capital, which is part of Merrill's publishing company. The 72-year-old publisher had been sailing alone on a breezy day, Marquardt said in a telephone interview. He said he did not know what happened to him. "I'd have to speculate," Marquardt said. "There's just too many things that can...
  • Search for Merrill Continues - His Wallet and Lifejacket found still in the boat

    06/11/2006 11:19:52 AM PDT · by Mongeaux · 41 replies · 1,343+ views
    Washington Post Staff Writer ^ | Sunday, June 11, 2006; 12:27 PM | By Ernesto Londoño
    Rescuers using small boats, a helicopter and a C-130 aircraft searched a portion of the Chesapeake Bay today for missing diplomat and publisher Philip Merrill, whose sailboat was found adrift last night, Coast Guard authorities said. Officials from the Maryland Natural Resources Police and the Coast Guard began searching overnight the area between the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and the point where his boat was found, which is roughly 20 miles south of Annapolis. The search area is roughly 25 miles by 8 miles, said Coast Guard Lt. Commander Adam Mach. Rescuers using small boats, a helicopter and a C-130 aircraft...
  • The Nature Conservancy Applauds President...Virginia Wildlife Refuge(Are Pigs FLYING??)

    02/10/2006 9:05:21 AM PST · by GreenFreeper · 19 replies · 515+ views
    The Nature Conservancy ^ | 2/10/2006 | TNC
    Administration seeks $2.27 million for Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge NASSAWADOX, Va. – The Nature Conservancy today applauded President Bush’s request to fund the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge with $2.27 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund in Fiscal Year 2007. The Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge and much of the surrounding area in southern Northampton County, are widely recognized as globally important habitat for millions of migratory birds. The Nature Conservancy works with the refuge staff, state agencies and private landowners on the Eastern Shore to protect these vital natural areas...
  • What If the French Had Pulled a "Murtha" in 1781?

    11/18/2005 7:16:40 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 71 replies · 2,310+ views
    There was an appalling lack of historical perspective in the House debate Friday night on the Murtha Resolution. It called for the immediate withdrawal of American troops from Iraq (to a safe haven from which they could return). What would have happened to the United States, had France held a similar debate in 1781? Let’s set the stage. The American Revolution was then four years old. French officers and soldiers under the leadership of General Lafayette, had fought along side General Washington. The French fleet under Admiral de Grasse had recently entered the conflict, and blocking the mouth of the...
  • GAO Denounces Bay Cleanup Efforts: Fed. Office Overstates Progress, Minimizes Threats, Report Says

    11/16/2005 7:57:15 AM PST · by cogitator · 1 replies · 378+ views
    Washington Post ^ | November 16, 2005 | Elizabeth Williamson
    The government agency leading the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay has consistently overstated its progress while minimizing threats to the bay and its own failures to address them, according to a federal oversight report released yesterday. ... The criticism comes amid growing angst among policymakers and the public that an agreement reached five years ago for cleaning the bay by 2010 could fail without a big political and financial boost. In the agreement, known as Chesapeake 2000, the region's political and environmental leaders proposed cutting the amount of major pollutants that enter the bay nearly in half over a decade....
  • Chesapeake Bay Crater Offers Clues To Ancient Cataclysm

    11/16/2001 1:23:50 PM PST · by blam · 21 replies · 996+ views
    Natinal Geographic ^ | 11-13-2001 | Hillary Mayell
    Chesapeake Bay Crater Offers Clues to Ancient Cataclysm Hillary Mayell for National Geographic News November 13, 2001 About 35 million years ago—the dinosaurs are dead, but the Appalachian Mountains are still covered in tropical rain forests—a rock from space that was more than a mile wide and moving at supersonic speed crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off North America. Traveling at about 70,000 miles (113,000 kilometers) an hour, the asteroid or comet (bolide) splashed through several hundred feet of water and several thousand feet of mud and sediment. Drilling for Knowledge A trailer hauls drilling rods the U.S. Geological Survey ...
  • Beetle stalls erosion control along bay - Republicans push to overhaul Endangered Species Act

    06/28/2005 1:23:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 46 replies · 1,237+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | June 28, 2005 | Tom Pelton
    GROVE POINT - Jim Twohy's waterfront home might soon tumble into the Chesapeake Bay from atop a 60-foot cliff. He wants to build a wall to save the house, but some meddlesome neighbors are standing in the way. The neighbors are puritan tiger beetles, a threatened species half an inch long. To protect the bugs, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is trying to stop construction of a rock barrier that Twohy and his civic association say is necessary to prevent a half-dozen houses from toppling into the water. Although Twohy had never heard of the beetle until he applied...
  • Operation Oasis - Free Vacation for the Troops in a Christian Atmosphere

    06/03/2005 12:41:13 PM PDT · by AlwaysFree · 2 replies · 381+ views
    FREE STAY For Our TROOPS WHO? Any military personnel who were deployed to the Middle East area during the most recent confrontations are welcome with their spouse and children WHAT? FREE 3-day, 2-night time of rest and relaxation WHERE? Sandy Cove Ministries and Conference Center, North East, Maryland at the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay! WHY? A THANK YOU to those who seek to secure and sustain our freedom HOW? Simply contact Carol Lee Lynch by email at or by phone at 800.287.4843 Click here for the rest of the story.
  • Bay firms depend on foreign workers (Crab Pickers)

    06/01/2005 11:26:35 AM PDT · by JZelle · 59 replies · 989+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 6-1-05 | Jeffrey Sparshott
    Jack Brooks observes the 25 or so women sitting at stainless steel tables, picking lumps of meat out of blue crabs fished from the Chesapeake Bay. There are a handful of Americans and about 18 Mexicans packing up small tubs for sale to restaurants and markets. "We have to have the Mexican workers just to sustain our business. American workers simply are not available," the co-owner of J.M. Clayton Co., a Cambridge, Md., business founded by his great-grandfather in 1890, said last month.
  • Wildlife officials mute a generation of swans

    04/26/2005 2:24:00 PM PDT · by bookworm100 · 14 replies · 730+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | April 26, 2005 | Candus Thomson
    Killing unhatched swans 'is preferable to shooting or rounding them up and gassing them' WYE ISLAND - There is nothing silent about the mute swan standing guard on the sandy spit of land across from his nesting mate. Hissing and puffing himself up, the huge white bird makes for biologist Larry Hindman's small boat at ramming speed. But the menacing swan is no match for the biologist armed with a squirt bottle filled with cooking oil. Within minutes, the embryos inside the nest's six eggs will be suffocating. Hindman is part of a state and federal effort to reduce the...
  • Virginia Man Charged With Conspiring to Assassinate President Bush

    02/22/2005 7:38:01 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 359 replies · 12,533+ views
    AP/ABC ^ | Feb 22, 2005 | MATTHEW BARAKAT
    Virginia man charged in alleged plot to assassinate Bush By MATTHEW BARAKAT Associated Press Writer ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- A former high school valedictorian in Virginia was charged Tuesday with conspiring to assassinate President Bush and conspiracy to support the al-Qaida terrorist network. Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, 23, a U.S. citizen, made an initial appearance Tuesday in U.S. District Court. He claimed that he was tortured while detained in Saudi Arabia since June of 2003 and offered through his lawyer to show the judge his scars. The indictment said that in 2002 and 2003 Abu Ali and an unidentified coconspirator...
  • The annual Polar Bear Plunge in the Chesapeake Bay

    01/29/2005 6:09:54 PM PST · by dennisw · 16 replies · 1,023+ views
    Sat Jan 29, 5:08 PM ET Patricia Archdeacon of Clarksburg, Md., reacts as the ice falls off her body while participating in the annual Polar Bear Plunge in the Chesapeake Bay, at the Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, Md., Friday, Jan. 29, 2005. (AP Photo/Chris Gardner)
  • Man Accused of Videotaping Md. Bridge(Hamas Agent)

    08/24/2004 6:06:41 PM PDT · by hope · 9 replies · 522+ views ^ | 8-24-04 | GRETCHEN PARKER
    August 24, 2004, 4:51 PM EDT BALTIMORE -- A man described as a high-ranking Hamas operative was arrested after he drove across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge while his wife videotaped close-up shots of the structure, authorities said Tuesday. Ismael Selim Elbarasse, long suspected by authorities of having financial ties to the Palestinian extremist group, was taken into custody last week and held as a material witness in an unrelated terrorism case in Chicago.
  • Arrested Chesapeake Bay Bridge Videographer On Terror Watch List

    08/24/2004 11:05:43 AM PDT · by esryle · 24 replies · 1,717+ views
    A man described by federal authorities as an assistant to a top Hamas operative was arrested by Maryland Transportation Authority police after he was seen videotaping the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, authorities said Tuesday. Ismael Selim Elbarasse of Annandale, Va., suspected by federal authorities of having financial ties to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, was arrested Friday after two off-duty Baltimore County police officers saw him taping the bridge from a sport utility vehicle, said Marcia Murphy, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in Baltimore. Elbarasse was not charged with a crime but was detained on a material witness warrant...
  • Alleged Hamas operative spotted videotaping Virginia bridge: MEAN-SPIRITED PROFILING!

    08/24/2004 9:47:02 AM PDT · by Cinnamon Girl · 14 replies · 1,184+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | Last Update: 24/08/2004 19:05 | ap
    A man described as a high-ranking operative of the Palestinian militant group Hamas was arrested last week as he videotaped the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Virginia, and he then was held as a material witness in an unrelated case, authorities said. Ismael Selim Elbarasse of Annandale, Virginia, long suspected by authorities of having financial ties to the Palestinian extremist group, was taken into custody Friday, the U.S. attorney's office in Maryland said Monday. He was held as a material witness in a Chicago terrorism case. Elbarasse made an initial appearance in Baltimore's federal courthouse Monday before U.S. District Magistrate...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Revisits The Burning of Washington (8/24/1814) - August 20th, 2004

    08/19/2004 11:00:09 PM PDT · by snippy_about_it · 136 replies · 4,397+ views
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • Chesapeake Bay needs Science, not Slogans

    07/23/2004 9:50:55 AM PDT · by Frumious Bandersnatch · 1 replies · 288+ views
    Fox News ^ | 7/23/04 | Stephen Milloy
    Progress on reducing the pollution flowing into the Chesapeake Bay, North America's largest estuary, has been "significantly overstated," The Washington Post hyperventilated in a front-page story this week
  • Shielding streams from cattle, runoff

    07/21/2004 1:20:14 AM PDT · by The Other Harry · 5 replies · 326+ views
    News Virginian (Waynesboro) ^ | July 21, 2004 | BOB STUART
    July 21, 2004 Shielding streams from cattle, runoff By BOB STUART The News Virginian A new agricultural buffer program in the Shenandoah Valley, led by two major conservation groups, hopes to succeed like Swoope farmer Charles Drumheller has with his conservation efforts. The Shenandoah Project, coordinated by both the nonprofit Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service, has a one-year goal to attract 100 Valley farmers and landowners to the program. The mission: get those farmers to install 1,100 acres of forested stream buffers. The payback: farmers can recoup 75 percent to 100 percent of their costs...
  • Drilling Finds Crater Beneath Va. Bay

    06/01/2004 4:21:15 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 86 replies · 6,205+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | Tue Jun 1 2004 | Staff
    CAPE CHARLES, Va. - Geologists drilling half a mile below Virginia's Eastern Shore say they have uncovered more signs of a space rock's impact 35 million years ago. For more than two weeks, scientists drilled around the clock alongside a parking lot across the harbor from Cape Charles. They stopped at 2,700 feet. From the depths came jumbled, mixed bits of crystalline and melted rock that can be dated, as well as marine deposits, brine and other evidence of an ancient comet or asteroid that slammed into once-shallow waters near the Delmarva Peninsula. Cape Charles is considered Ground Zero for...
  • Boater finds suitcase of body parts in the Bay

    05/17/2004 10:32:52 AM PDT · by petitfour · 49 replies · 358+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | May 17, 2004 | STEVE STONE
    VIRGINIA BEACH — For the third time this month, a suitcase holding human remains has been found, this one floating near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. The remains were sent to the State Medical Examiner’s office in Norfolk for examination and police said Sunday night that they believe they are related to those recovered earlier. Don Rimer , a police spokesman, said the latest discovery came just before noon Sunday when a recreational boater alerted police that he had found a suitcase floating off the second island of the bridge-tunnel. ..........
  • Sen. Pipkin wants opinions on third bridge over (Chesapeake) Bay

    01/27/2004 11:50:10 AM PST · by ForOurFuture · 6 replies · 190+ views
    The Easton Star Democrat | JACK SHAUM | 1-27
    An Eastern Shore legislator wants to know what voters across the state think about the need for a third bridge crossing the Chesapeake Bay. Sen. E.J. Pipkin, R-36-Upper Shore, has introduced legislation that would put the question before the voters on the November 2004 ballot. Pipkin said preliminary figures from the state indicate that such a bridge would probably cost between $1.5 and $3 billion. "The dollars need to come from statewide, because this bridge touches everyone in one way or another," the Kent Island lawmaker said. "The best way to determine that support is by a referendum question." The...
  • Upgrading 8 Virginia Treatment Plants Would Cost $520M & 70 percent rate increase (enviro news)

    01/02/2004 10:59:05 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 6 replies · 149+ views
    Upgrading 8 Virginia Treatment Plants Would Cost $520M Updated: Friday, Jan. 2, 2004 - 11:25 AM NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Meeting demands by environmental groups to dramatically reduce nitrogen and phosphorous in waste water that ends up in Chesapeake Bay would be costly, according to a sanitation district serving Hampton Roads. Upgrading eight of the area's nine big treatment plants would require an investment of approximately $520 million. That, in turn, would cause a 70 percent rate increase that would add about $100 a year to the average residential customer's sewage bill, estimates the Hampton Roads Sanitation District,...
  • Boy investigated by FBI for researching school paper on Chesapeake Bay Bridge

    10/23/2003 9:24:14 AM PDT · by demlosers · 28 replies · 416+ views
    Propaganda matrix ^ | 22 Oct 2003
    WELL, WE live in nervous times. The terrorists arrive that awful Sept. 11 morning, and the nation spends the past two years trying to cope. The government investigates shadowy places where it never previously stuck its nose, and the civil libertarians shudder. Is Big Brother getting too snoopy? A 12-year-old kid at Boys' Latin researches a paper on the Bay Bridge, and suddenly the FBI's Joint Terrorist Task Force shows up in the headmaster's office. You could laugh if you didn't know the jangled nerves that set off such a reaction. This fall, Dorsey Boyle, a middle-school teacher at Boys'...
  • Push for Delmarva Wildlands Project Heats Up

    10/02/2003 8:02:24 AM PDT · by George Frm Br00klyn Park · 8 replies · 287+ views
    ECO - LOGIC / Powerhouse ^ | 2/1/2003 | Leo Schwartz
    ECO - LOGICPowerhouse It's everywhere... Push for Delmarva Wildlands Project Heats Up By Leo Schwartz Congressman Wayne Gilchrest (R-Md.) Wants $500,000,000 for Land and Resource Protection Racket The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers are considering rule changes which could "weaken" Clean Water Act regulation of "isolated wetlands and non-navigable streams" in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Environmentalists and government officials in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware are opposing such changes while, at the same time, supporting a five-year, $500,000,000 plan for the Delmarva Conservation Corridor Initiative Program, the brainchild of Maryland Congressman Wayne Gilchrest. In the Bay Journal,...
  • Officials Introduce New Asian Oyster Breed To Chesapeake Bay

    09/30/2003 1:56:27 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 8 replies · 254+ views
    WBAL-TV 11 ^ | September 30, 2003 | The Associated Press
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use.Environmentalists Hope New Breed Will Revive Chesapeake's Shellfish Industry ACCOMAC, Va. -- One million disease-resistant Asian oysters, bred to grow plumper and faster than their native counterparts, are being introduced to the Chesapeake Bay in hopes of reviving the bay's suffering bivalve industry. Stan Allen, a geneticist at the Virginia Institute of Marine sciences, on Monday released fingerling oysters from orange nylon onion sacks into Folly Creek, a bay tributary. Allen has bred the Asian oysters, or Crassostrea ariakensis, to have three chromosomes, which renders them sterile and gives them a growing...
  • Federal Court to Hold Hearing on Whether Mute Swan Slaughter Can Go Forward

    08/29/2003 1:43:14 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 8 replies · 214+ views
    Federal Court to Hold Hearing on Whether Mute Swan Slaughter Can Go Forward; Fund for Animals Seeks to Stop MD from Killing Birds 8/29/03 4:16:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: State Desk, Environment and Legal reporters Contact: Heidi Prescott, 301-585-2591, ext. 213; or Michael Markarian, 301-523-3179 (cell), both of The Fund for Animals WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Earlier this month a federal judge in U.S. District Court issued a reprieve for the hundreds of mute swans in Maryland. Officials were set to issue permits to kill up to 525 mute swans in the state this year, when U.S. District...