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Tree keepers gird to battle Maryland’s biggest ever gypsy moth outbreak (access required)

<br /><br />As the insects sleep, snug in their egg masses, forest managers are marshaling forces to battle what is expected to be Maryland’s biggest infestation of gypsy moth caterpillars in at least six years.<br /><br />They are begging money and charting a strategy for spraying pesticides this spring on 50,000 acres, mainly in western Maryland from Garrett County to the forests around Camp David.<table width="200" align="right" border="5" cellspacing="5" cellpadding="0"><tr><td bgcolor="blue"><b><center><font color="ffffff">GYPSY MOTHS</center></b></td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="cccc99"><b><font size="-1">

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ON THE MONEY: Lesson from history (access required)

<TAB>Lewis and Clark did not become rich as a result of their exploration efforts. Neither did Carson, Bridger or Jed Smith. <@SM><@SM><TAB>But the men who came later with the capital and the entrepreneurial know-how

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Zap and learn: Digital assistants latest gadget to hit schools (access required)

<TAB>Katie Hadac and Nicole Sorensen squint through goggles at the instructions for their latest chemistry experiment.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Beaker with distilled water? Check.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Probe? Check.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Palm Pilot? Check.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Palm Pilot?!?!

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Amtrak seeks $1.5 billion a year to close ‘rail investment gap’ (access required)

<br /><br />America suffers a “rail investment gap” that can be closed with $30 billion in federal money to modernize equipment, improve service and establish 11 high-speed rail corridors, Amtrak says in a new business plan.<br /><br />The federal government now dedicates less than 1 percent of all transportation spending to intercity passenger rail, Amtrak officials say. Under their plan, that would grow over two decades to 2.5 percent.

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Electricity shortage boosts solar products company’s sales 20% (access required)

<br /><br />California’s electricity shortage has given the solar energy industry a jolt of demand.<br /><br />“We have had to triple the number of staff we had prior to this energy crisis just to handle the number of calls,” Ray Boggs, president of Solatron Technologies Inc. in Bloomington, Calif., said Friday.

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All swept up in sweeps week (access required)

<TAB>WBAL-TV Channel 11 beat rival WJZ-TV Channel 13 in a relatively close race for viewers, according to the Nielsen Ratings sweep that ended Jan. 31. But industry watchers said ratings, especially in a close race, don

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O’Malley, prosecutor hold firm on dropped charges (access required)

Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley and city prosecutors met with state lawmakers on Friday, with neither giving an inch in their battle over whether charges should have been dropped against an officer accused of fabricating drug charges.<br /><br />State’s Attorney Patricia Jessamy, who decided to drop the charges, was not present. However, Deputy State’s Attorney Haven Kodeck vigorously defended her handling of the case against Officer Brian L. Sewell, who is accused of falsely charging a man with drug possession three months ago.

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Blue crab crisis on watermen’s agenda (access required)

<br /><br />A year ago, Maryland watermen were saying the Chesapeake Bay’s blue crab population looked plentiful and healthy. Their chief concern was their own economic health.<br /><br />That has all changed after a scarce crab catch this summer — perhaps the lowest for Maryland watermen since the state started keeping records a decade ago. The September blue crab catch in Maryland was about 2.2 million pounds, about a third of the usual take.

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A.G. accuses cemetery owner of fraud (access required)

<TAB>The owners of a 128-year-old cemetery in Wilmington, Del., were charged with consumer fraud following an investigation sparked by dozens of consumer complaints about upkeep of the burial ground.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Attorney General Jane Brady asked a Chancery Court judge on Wednesday to place the Riverview Cemetery, with its toppled headstones and weedy lots, in receivership. That would prevent the owners from continuing to operate the cemetery unless they address the maintenance concerns.

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