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By SHARMINA MANANDHAR Capital News Service Friday, November 13, 2009

WASHINGTON - Norma Hooks described laying her sister, Leona Miller, to rest in the Chesapeake Bay as a "wonderful experience."

Miller's cremated remains, combined with an environmentally safe cement mixture, were cast as an artificial "memorial" reef and personalized with Miller's "jewelry and knickknacks," said Hooks, 64, a Finksburg resident.


By ALEKSANDRA ROBINSON Capital News Service Friday, October 23, 2009

BALTIMORE - By 9:30 a.m., Jeff Everhart has already swept the harbor once, searching for floating detritus washed into the harbor from the surrounding area.

"It's a pretty slow day," he says. He turns slightly off course so the boat can gulp up a floating white plastic bag. "On an average day it's like this here ... If it rains, then you fill this boat up two or three times."