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July 31, 2010
Summer is snake season. There are 25 native species of snakes sidewinding through Maryland. According to Glenn D. Therres, associate director of Wildlife and Heritage Service for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, these snakes are active from springtime until October. I was vividly reminded that snakes were on the move by a recent encounter with an Eastern hognose. It happened on a warm Saturday afternoon on the Eastern Shore. My older son and I were walking through the grass, headed to our car en route to a lunch spot in Chincoteague, Va. Suddenly, a large mottled "stick" came to life in the grass in front of us. The snake rose up, puffed up its head and began hissing.
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By Will Fesperman, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
Laurel officials say a 62-year-old resident was arrested for violating a city ordinance Sunday when he shot a snake in the woods behind his house. Police were called to the 15000 block of Laurel Oaks Lane in Laurel around 12:25 p.m. after callers reported hearing gunshots. Police found the man in his yard holding a shotgun, and he acknowledged killing a snake, according to a press release from the Laurel police department. James Matthews Jr. was charged with violating a city ordinance that prohibits "the discharging of any firearm, air rifle, slingshot, or other weapon that discharges a projectile," that can hurt someone" unless in personal self-defense or in defense of property, the release said.
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By Cal Thomas | August 30, 2013
"Oh, when will they ever learn? Oh, when will they ever learn?" -- Peter, Paul and Mary By the time you read this, U.S. missiles and bombs may be falling on Syria. Why? Syria hasn't attacked us. It does not pose a security threat to the United States. These were arguments made against the Bush administration's intervention in Iraq by some who now urge us to make war on Syria. Secretary of State John Kerry, who as a senator was for the funding of U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, before he was against it, says the United States is certain that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons on his own people, thus crossing a "red line" established by President Barack Obama.
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By Will Fesperman, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
Laurel officials say a 62-year-old resident was arrested for violating a city ordinance Sunday when he shot a snake in the woods behind his house. Police were called to the 15000 block of Laurel Oaks Lane in Laurel around 12:25 p.m. after callers reported hearing gunshots. Police found the man in his yard holding a shotgun, and he acknowledged killing a snake, according to a press release from the Laurel police department. James Matthews Jr. was charged with violating a city ordinance that prohibits "the discharging of any firearm, air rifle, slingshot, or other weapon that discharges a projectile," that can hurt someone" unless in personal self-defense or in defense of property, the release said.
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By STEFAN CZERNECKI AND TIMOTHY RHODES | July 28, 1999
Editor's note: This retelling of an Australian folktale focuses on a singing contest among the animals.Long ago, on a great island in the middle of the ocean, there lived a collection of creatures found nowhere else in the world. They all chattered at once, and their voices were harsh and loud. The island was the noisiest place you could imagine.Tired of the raucous sounds, Old Man said he would make a musical instrument in honor of the creature who developed the most beautiful singing voice.
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By DAVE BARRY | December 3, 1995
It's a chilling question that all of us -- even veteran airline passengers -- ask ourselves every time we get on an airplane: "Is this going to be the one? Is this the flight where I get eaten by a python?"This question takes on an even greater urgency than usual in light of a recent lawsuit filed by a Texas couple against Continental Airlines. According to an Associated Press article sent in by many alert readers, the suit alleges that the couple and their 5-year-old daughter boarded a Continental flight from Houston, Texas, to New York's La Guardia airport last October, unaware that "the passenger seated in front of them had brought a python aboard in a gym bag, tucked under the seat."
NEWS
January 26, 2011
In the topsy-turvy, Alice-in-Wonderland alternative universe of the tea party and its Republican toadies, small-government and free-market economic policy will save the nation from disaster. In fact, as thinking Americans know full well, the current economic crisis is largely due to the unmitigated greed of Wall Street banks and American homeowners, abetted for years by the "free market" nonsense that Reps. Paul Ryan and Michelle Bachmann continue to foist on the public. When the history of this era is written, it will be clear that the Obama administration's aggressive action saved the nation from a fate far worse than the current recession.
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By Melody Simmons and Melody Simmons,Staff Writer | December 1, 1992
Turkey, the 4-foot, non-venomous snake that kept the Fitzgerald family in South Baltimore on edge since Thanksgiving, was caught yesterday.The family was relieved, to say the least."
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By HELEN CHAPPELL | July 13, 1991
It was the bottom of the ninth and things were not looking good for the Blue Crab Jimmies.Snake Wingate, so named for his resemblance to a reptile, star pitcher for the Lounge Lizards, was on the mound. So far, Snake had struck out both the Redmond Brothers and Earl Don Grinch.Desiree Grinch had been hugging second so long that her blue infield chatter was causing Lizards baseman Born Again Brumbalow to lose the razor blade he had concealed in his pocket-sized New Testament. Snake, sure he had the game tied down, was grinning his beady eyed grin.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2013
- The volunteers of the Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas project leave no log unrolled, no stone unturned in their quest to document the state's dirt dwellers. When the earth is moist after a soaking rain and the temperatures whisper spring, the herp patrol - short for herpetology - spreads out in search of slithering, hopping, plodding critters along the fringes of farm fields, sunning themselves on pond rocks and making new burrows at the edges of vernal pools. These amateur census takers aren't picky.
NEWS
October 7, 2012
Two of the more memorable observations to come out of Mitt Romney during the first presidential debate had to do with fibs and Big Bird. The candidate said that as the father of sons, he knows that repeating a lie doesn't make it true. As to the latter? Look out, "Sesame Street," your days as a "victim" on the federal dole are numbered. The two seemingly unrelated remarks are worth mentioning because they intersect in Mr. Romney's tax and budget plans which, even by the most generous of interpretations, don't add up. If President Barack Obama failed in the debate, it was in not making that point strongly enough.
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By Arda Ocal | August 8, 2012
In an #AftermathRadio interview conducted by Arda Ocal (@arda_ocal) and Jimmy Korderas (@jimmykorderas), former WWE Superstar Jake "The Snake" Roberts talks about the DDT, mistakes he has made, wanting another chance in the WWE and apologizing to Vince McMahon.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2012
A python estimated to be about 7 feet long was located along a roadway in Towson on Sunday night, according to Baltimore County police. Shortly after 9:30 p.m., police received a call from a local resident who said he had seen the snake on the roadway in the 1300 block of Taylor Avenue. By the time police responded, the snake had moved into a nearby bush, a police dispatcher said. Animal control was then called to remove the snake from the neighborhood, the dispatcher said.
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By Ellen Nibali, Special to The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2012
Can I grow veggies in a fully screened-in garden? I want to eat tomatoes without stink bug spots. Growing vegetables in a screened garden may reduce light, but the biggest problem is the exclusion of pollinators and beneficial insects. Vegetable plants that require insects for cross-pollination, such as cucumber, muskmelon, squash, pumpkin and watermelon, will not produce crops without them. Of course, you could hand-pollinate the flowers if you have the time. An organic method of excluding insect pests in the veggie garden is the floating row cover, which you drape directly on the plants.
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By Matt Vensel | May 26, 2011
First soccer. Then professional bull riding. And now snake wrangling. Yes, it’s been a busy and bizarre offseason for your favorite Bengals wide receiver, Chad Ochocinco, who has decided to turn the recent criticism from Cincinnati owner Mike Brown into inspiration for his excellent adventure of the month. On Tuesday, Brown sarcastically criticized the outspoken wide receiver for his forays into other sports during the lockout.  "He's going to do the things he does. Next maybe he'll be a snake wrangler and we'll watch to see if he gets bit," Brown said.
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By DAVE BARRY | April 21, 1996
A question that more and more Americans are asking, as they become increasingly fed up with crime, is: What, exactly, are the legal rights of accused snakes?Consider the case of a snake that recently ran afoul of the law in Virginia. According to a story in the Fredericksburg, Va., Free Lance-Star, written by Keith Epps and sent in by alert reader Venetia Sims, this particular snake, a 4-foot Burmese python identified only as "a Spotsylvania County snake," was apprehended by an Alcoholic Beverage Control agent and the Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office in connection with a liquor-store robbery.
NEWS
January 18, 1994
A Hampstead apartment building sustained $10,000 of fire damage Saturday evening because of a snake, said Bob Thomas, Maryland deputy chief fire marshal.Mr. Thomas said Gerald Allen of Hampstead left his apartment for a weekend visit to Buffalo, N.Y. Before leaving, the man turned up the heat in his apartment and turned on a broiler-oven to keep a pet snake warm while he was away.Extreme heat from the oven apparently ignited wood paneling near the kitchen stove of the apartment in the 4000 block of Gill Ave., the spokesman said.
NEWS
January 26, 2011
In the topsy-turvy, Alice-in-Wonderland alternative universe of the tea party and its Republican toadies, small-government and free-market economic policy will save the nation from disaster. In fact, as thinking Americans know full well, the current economic crisis is largely due to the unmitigated greed of Wall Street banks and American homeowners, abetted for years by the "free market" nonsense that Reps. Paul Ryan and Michelle Bachmann continue to foist on the public. When the history of this era is written, it will be clear that the Obama administration's aggressive action saved the nation from a fate far worse than the current recession.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Peter Krause, The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2010
Ever wonder which animals get the most love at the annual Mid-Atlantic Reptile Show? Poison dart frogs, corn snakes and lizards are typically the most popular, according to Tom Hoen, the event's founder. These particular creatures are sought after because they're in vogue at the moment — such as the poison dart frog — or they come in a wide variety of colors, such as the corn snake or leopard gecko. Despite the name, poison dart frogs aren't poisonous, so long as they're fed the proper diet, Hoen said.
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