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2008-07-31 06:00:00

By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun Jul. 31--WASHINGTON -- Calling the Chesapeake Bay a national treasure, lawmakers in Washington expressed dismay yesterday that 2010 cleanup goals for the country's largest estuary would not be met. "We have been paddling backwards," said Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, a District of Columbia Democrat. "One can only express profound disappointment that whatever plans we have, have benefited the bay so little." Representatives of the U.S. Environmental...

2006-09-03 08:39:07

CHESAPEAKE CITY, Md. -- It's a gravelly, trash-strewn path along the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal in Cecil County, but plans are in the works to spend $18 million turning this waterside road into a biking and hiking path to draw tourists looking to enjoy nature. No longer is tourism on the Eastern Shore just a matter of beachgoers in the summer. Cycling, kayaking, bird watching and other outdoors pursuits have become an important slice of the industry in the last decade. Across the shore,...

2006-01-26 08:20:00

By Alan Elsner WASHINGTON -- Across the United States, an unprecedented acceleration in suburban sprawl is prompting concerns about the environment, traffic, health and damage to rural communities, but opponents appear powerless to stop the process because of the economic development and profits it generates. Sprawl, defined as the unplanned, uncontrolled expansion of urban areas beyond their fringes, has greatly accelerated over the past 25 years, spurred by low mortgage interest rates and...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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