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By Ellen Nibali, For The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2013
Some very slow-moving gray bugs I call "skinny" stink bugs (not aggressive or biting) are getting inside from the floor or fireplace. Are they breeding in walls? My kids are scared of bugs, and I would love a safe solution. These docile insects may provide you with a good teachable moment for bug-shy kids. The leaf-footed pine seed bug looks similar to a slender stink bug but their interesting back legs resemble pointed oak leaves. They feed harmlessly on pine seeds and buds.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
About 200 Maryland Department of the Environment employees on one floor out of the four the agency occupies at its Baltimore headquarters were granted administrative leave Monday as officials dealt with an infestation problem. State officials found bed bugs in the office, located in the Montgomery Park Business Center in southwest Baltimore, in late August. The agency hired an exterminator who performed an inspection of the infested floor Monday. Other parts of the agency remain open, officials said.
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January 15, 1998
An excerpt of an Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal editorial FridayDROP this name at a party: VW Bug. Anyone who ever owned one will immediately launch into an animated retelling of the Volkswagen Beetle's legendary idiosyncrasies. For starters, you didn't need an ignition key so long as you had a slight incline nearby -- say, the ramp of a driveway. Get it rolling, hop in, pop the clutch and you were gone.The cars ran forever on only a few dollars' gasoline. There was rarely a parking space so tiny you couldn't squeeeeze your Bug into it. And, oh, those heaters.
SPORTS
By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
Today is going to be crazy, with Ray Rice on the podium, but yesterday was kind of wild too. Here's what happened, courtesy of the Coffee Companion, where we recap the previous day's sports headlines. - Ravens' defensive linemen Timmy Jernigan and Brent Urban went down on the same play yesterday, with Urban's knee injury expected to be serious. Defensive line was thought to be a position of strength , and still could be. - Ray Rice on Thursday will speak publicly for the first time since his two-game suspension.
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By CHARLOTTE LATVALA | July 7, 1991
DO YOU HAVE A BUG PROBLEM? DO YOU A) SHAKE YOUR SHOES UPSIDE DOWN before you put them on? b) feel the only sure way to dispose of a bug is to wrap it in 40 tissues and flush it down the toilet? c) avoid certain areas of your house at night because you're afraid of what you might find?Are you a woman? I thought so. I'm convinced that the true difference between the sexes lies in our gut reaction to creepy crawly things. Women are repulsed; men see a challenge to their manhood.For the most part, we bug-fearing women are independent and intelligent.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2013
The Orioles have lost four straight after winning four of five to start this three-city road trip. They are now 5-8 in the first 13 games of this crucial 20-game stint against American League East teams to end the season. The Orioles had a legitimate chance to seize a playoff spot when they came to Tampa Bay on Friday just two games behind the Rays in the AL Wild card race. Now they are five back of the Rays with seven to play. They are 4 ½ behind the Cleveland Indians, who hold the second Wild Card spot.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2012
When C.J. Brown and Perry Hills were lost for the season, it continued a run of bad luck for Maryland quarterbacks. Hills, Brown, Danny O'Brien, Jordan Steffy - that's a partial list of quarterback starters from recent years who suffered knockout punches. It's been years since Maryland had a starting quarterback go wire-to-wire. “Hopefully this bug will get out of Maryland,” said Brown, who has endured season-ending injuries twice in his career.  He said the second one - the torn ACL from August - is more difficult.
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By Rob Kasper | September 21, 1997
I STUBBED MY TOE on a garden cucumber and found myself in a lather. Part of my excitation was that I was startled. Cucumbers sneak up on you. They are stealth vegetables, seemingly coming to fruition under cover of dark green leaves.Yet for me this cucumber was more than a mere surprise. It was an exclusive. It was a one-and-only. This 7 inches of cellulose represented a victory, of sorts, of man over bug, in this case the wily cucumber beetle. And this cucumber was the only one I had been able to get past the beetle in the past two years.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer | August 30, 1992
Among the boxes of food, water and clothing heading out of Fort Meade today for hurricane-ravaged South Florida is a much-requested commodity -- insect repellent."
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February 22, 1998
We have hundreds of strange-looking insects that just appeared inside and outside our home. They are brown in color, nearly an inch long and have back legs like a grasshopper. What are they and should we be concerned?You are describing the adult leaf-footed bug. It feeds on some vegetable-garden plants but otherwise is harmless. The bugs over-winter in sheltered locations and emerge in the spring. This winter they have been stimulated by mild weather to move about with their other insect brethren.
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Susan Reimer | July 27, 2014
I was prepping the garden for my daughter's engagement party when it hit me. (We really like the guy, thanks for asking.) I was inviting these strangers into the garden, but I was about to kick all the residents out. The bugs, I mean. I was all set to open up a pair of industrial-size foggers containing insect repellent and blast to death everything that flew or crawled. And all for the comfort of my human guests. But I couldn't do it. I couldn't pull the trigger. Let everybody scratch, I decided.
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By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
If you were hoping that this winter's freezing temperatures had sent the hated stink bugs packing, you are out of luck. Turns out, they have the good sense to come in from the cold. "I would be nice to think that winter killed them," said Stanton Gill of the University of Maryland Extension, where he specializes in integrated pest management. "But I doubt it. They are good at finding places to hunker down. " While one researcher recently found that nearly 98 percent of brown marmorated stink bugs died in the cold outside his lab, other experts expect to find no more than a 50 percent death rate over the winter.
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By Ellen Nibali, For The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2013
Some very slow-moving gray bugs I call "skinny" stink bugs (not aggressive or biting) are getting inside from the floor or fireplace. Are they breeding in walls? My kids are scared of bugs, and I would love a safe solution. These docile insects may provide you with a good teachable moment for bug-shy kids. The leaf-footed pine seed bug looks similar to a slender stink bug but their interesting back legs resemble pointed oak leaves. They feed harmlessly on pine seeds and buds.
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For The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2013
Stink bugs are starting to gather on my screens and I know they are looking to get inside and escape the cooler weather. What can I do to keep them out? University of Maryland entomologist Mike Raupp says scientists are expecting this to be a banner fall for stink bugs - the worst since they began to appear in 2010. Homeowners are likely to see them hanging on screens, curtains and lampshades inside the home in the weeks ahead. The stink bugs are searching for high energy foods to store before hibernation, but as those food sources dry up and daylight hours wane, they will search for a place to over-winter.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2013
The Orioles have lost four straight after winning four of five to start this three-city road trip. They are now 5-8 in the first 13 games of this crucial 20-game stint against American League East teams to end the season. The Orioles had a legitimate chance to seize a playoff spot when they came to Tampa Bay on Friday just two games behind the Rays in the AL Wild card race. Now they are five back of the Rays with seven to play. They are 4 ½ behind the Cleveland Indians, who hold the second Wild Card spot.
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By Ellen Nibali, For The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2013
I hear a new bug that eats kudzu is coming to Maryland. Isn't that a good thing, since kudzu is an invasive plant? Kudzu bug was found on kudzu in three Maryland counties; unfortunately it won't stay there. This dark, quarter-inch, squarish bug also feeds on soybeans or other beans, and in winter will aggregate on homes similarly to the other new invasive house pest, the brown marmorated stinkbug. It's a good incentive to rid Maryland of its kudzu patches once and for all. For more information or to report the spread of this non-native bug, go to mdkudzubug.org I transplanted some hostas, and now they have white blotches on the leaves.
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By MIKE HIMOWITZ | September 19, 2002
When Microsoft issues a major bug fix for Windows, the smart-money players usually wait a while before installing it. They assume that the bug fix, known in the trade as a "Service Pack," has its own share of bugs, and they're willing to let the eager beavers find out if it contains any disasters waiting to happen. Unfortunately, Microsoft's first major Service Pack for Windows XP, released Sept. 9, is more urgent than usual. Along with dozens of patches for published security flaws - most of of which are obscure or were discovered only in lab tests - Service Pack 1 plugs a previously undisclosed hole in Windows that's potentially devastating and easy for hackers to exploit.
NEWS
July 20, 2008
The Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, will offer classes for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. "Buggy About Sign Language," a chance for all ages to explore the insect world through American Sign Language, will be at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 1. Storyteller and signer Kathy MacMillan will lead the 60-minute class. Registration begins Friday. "Dinosaur Bugs," a chance for ages 6-10 to make their own dinosaur, will be offered at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 5. Registration begins July 29. "Bug juice and Chocolate-covered Spiders," a program for ages 6 and older on facts, stories and recipes involving insects, will be at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 6. Participants can make a treat with gummy bugs.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2013
While junior attackman Ryan Serio bounced back from a dislocated shoulder and broken wrist in 2012 to lead Frostburg State in goals (43) and rank third in points (59) this past spring, a successful return was not in the cards for junior midfielder Lucas Flaig. The Pasadena native and Chesapeake-AA graduate sat out 2012 after undergoing hip surgery, broke his arm in the winter and managed seven goals and two assists in eight contests before fracturing his ribs and sitting out the remainder of the year.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2013
Johns Hopkins' 12-4 record last season disguised a matter that troubles every coach but has few solutions: injuries. Four starters missed extended time in 2012 because of a variety of ailments. Attackman Chris Boland - who has since graduated - sat out eight starts after breaking his collarbone in the team's season-opening win against Towson, and then-junior midfielder John Greeley was sidelined for the final four contests after re-tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
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