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Throwback Thursday: Michael Phelps 10 years ago

(Karen Jackson, Special to The Sun photo, 2004)

Michael Phelps returned to the headlines this week, as the Rodgers Forge native prepares to come out of retirement and race in a Grand Prix event next week in Mesa, Ariz. (You didn’t really believe he was finished after the 2012 Olympics, did you?)

In honor of his splish-splash flip-flop, we turn back the clock 10 years to the early part of 2004, when Phelps was just an 18-year-old kid preparing for his second Olympic Games that summer in Athens. (He had competed four years prior but had yet to win an Olympic medal.)

Here’s a look back to that point when Phelps was just on the precipice of becoming an international superstar.

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This Day in History: April 17

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In 1781, French political and military figure Marquis de Lafayette and his troops camped at Elkridge Landing during the American Revolutionary War. The major general then traveled to Virginia, where he would join with George Washington to defeat Cornwallis at Yorktown. Above, historian Lou LeConte stands in front of the historical marker in Elkridge. (Susan Whitney, Baltimore Sun photo, 2001)

1492: Spain’s King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella agreed to finance Christopher Columbus’ voyage to seek out a westward ocean passage to Asia.

1964: Ford Motor Co. introduced the Mustang.

1982: Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed a new constitution for Canada, giving that nation independence from Britain.

Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.

Remembering Rachel Carson and the birth of the environmental movement

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Rachel Carson holds her book “Silent Spring,” which prompted congressional investigation into the use of pesticides. (AP file photo, 1963)

As the nation prepares to celebrate another Earth Day, it’s appropriate to recall Rachel Carson, a guiding spirit of environmentalism and transplanted Marylander whose book “Silent Spring” stirred the nation by warning against profligate use of pesticides and other toxic chemicals.

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