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Ash Trees Threatened By Pest In Howard County

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Emarald ash bores were recently found in Howard County, Md.
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Emarald ash bores were recently found in Howard County, Md.

Baltimore has approximately 300,000 ash trees, close to 10 percent of the Baltimore's tree canopy. And replacing them is expensive, costing between $1,000 and $2,000 a piece, so the arrival of the emerald ash borer in Howard County is not welcome news.

The pest is commonly spread when firewood is moved, so state agriculture officials are expanding a quarantine zone and banning movement of firewood out of Howard, Charles or Prince George's counties.

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'The Wake' Is An Unlikely Hit In An Imaginary Language

Paul Kingsnorth self-published The Wake, his tale of the 11th-century Norman conquest of England, written in a pastiche of Old and modern English — and was startled when it became a smash hit.
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Philly Preps Blessed Beer And Other Edible Swag To Greet Pope Francis

Enterprising businesses will mark the pope's visit to Philadelphia next month with irreverent tchotchkes — including beers brewed with holy water and toasters that etch the pontiff's face on bread.
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The Politics Hour - August 28, 2015

We chat with D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier about the city's strategy to combat the spike in violent crime taking place in the nation's capital.

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New Tesla Breaks Consumer Reports' Ratings Scale, Bolsters Company's Stock

"It kind of broke the system," says Jake Fisher, director of the magazine's auto test division. Tesla's stock rose 8 percent Thursday.

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