Billionaire donors Laura and John Arnold support far more in Maryland than police surveillance


The endangered pollinators

The endangered pollinators

For those who visit the Maryland State Fair each year, the honey and wax exhibit is always a highlight. A busy hive of bees can be viewed through a plastic window, there's locally-produced honey and candles in a variety of shapes and sizes for sale, and members of the Maryland State Beekeepers Organization happily share their apiary experiences. But the outlook is not all sweetness: Increasingly, the focus of the honey bee display has been on educating visitors about the dramatic die-off of domestic colonies.

Maryland beekeepers have suffered about as much as those of any state in the nation. A recent survey by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that Free State beekeepers lost...