No links there, really, but in Mobtown Beat, Ryan Grim goes fishing with various groups, both environmental and sporting, trying to save the Chesapeake Bay's menhaden population, including but not limited to the Maryland Saltwater Sportsfishermen's Association, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Environmental Defense, and the Coastal Conservation Association, many of which have formed the umbrella group Menhaden Matter. The biggest threat to menhaden? That would be Houston-based Omega Protein Corp., which fishes for menhaden in the Virginia portion of the bay. Who governs fishing in the bay? Among others, that would be the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' Fisheries Service. Elsewhere in MB, Edward Ericson Jr. gets temperatures rising with a story about how the state of Maryland declined to join a suit trying to get the Environmental Protection Agency to enforce power-plant mercury emissions laws. For more on that suit, and further links, click here.
In Arts & Entertainment, J. Bowers howls along with local singer/songwriter Jessie Hughes. I can't find a web site for Hughes, but here's her label, Boston-based Lifted and Gifted. And Wendy Ward just wants to be able to get a bagel at Red Emma's without being glared at. Is that so much to ask?