450 by Barbara Quinn. MOVED
The following moved Monday on the MCT Food budget:
^What to eat after long, winter runs<
NTR-MARATHON:PG _ If you're training for a spring marathon, no doubt you're putting in some pretty long training runs by now. You're probably also becoming slightly obsessed not just with getting in the required mileage _ it's only a two-digit number of days until race day, people! _ but also with what you're putting in your body to fuel those exhausting, extended workouts.
Eat poorly in the weeks leading up to an endurance event such as a marathon, experts say, and your performance surely will suffer.
2950 by Gretchen McKay in Pittsburgh. MOVED
^What to eat to stay warm<
Like everyone else, I'm trying to stay warm.
When I was growing up, there was a commercial on television for Cream of Wheat that showed a bowl of the hot cereal floating behind a child all day. I've tried to find it online with no luck, or I would have posted a link.
The commercial showed the boy playing in the snow with the cereal bowl hovering close behind. The point of the ad was that the cereal would follow and protect your child all day long, like the guardian angel of grain (although the image was certainly more UFO than heavenly).
But thinking about it got me wondering whether there's something I should be eating that would help to keep me warm all day. Some foods are considered thermogenic _ ones that will help our bodies generate heat. But will they keep us warm?
900 by Lisa Abraham. MOVED
EDITORS: The following stories moved Thursday on the MCT Business budget:
^Owners again borrowing against homes as market recovers<
REAL-EQUITY:LA _ Retired aerospace engineer Owen Klasen was rejected last year when he sought a second mortgage to paint and re-roof his house.
Home prices hadn't risen enough, the loan officer told him.
But last month, the same loan officer offered him more than double the credit he needed.
"I told him I needed $25,000" on a home equity line of credit, said Klasen, who lives in Fillmore, Calif. "He said we were qualified to go up to $60,000."
Klasen is among a wave of homeowners nationally who are again putting their homes in hock _ despite the costly lessons of the housing meltdown.
800 by E. Scott Reckard and Andrew Khouri. MOVED
^'Boomerang' buyers get another chance at homeownership<
REAL-BOOMERANG:FL _ Just 10 days before Christmas 2009, Ganel Appolon found an envelope taped to his front door. He and his family were being evicted from their Tamarac, Fla., home. Appolon had fallen behind on his mortgage payments, and the lender repossessed the property under terms of his bankruptcy filing.
Despite the financial setback, Appolon vowed to own again.
He spent the next four years saving money and rebuilding his credit. Last fall, he qualified for another mortgage and in December bought a three-bedroom home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for $177,500.
"I feel free," said Appolon, a 46-year-old electrician.
Appolon's experience may give hope to tens of thousands of people snared in the housing collapse. Many of those people thought they'd never own again _ or at least have to wait a decade or longer to even think about it. Instead, lenders and real estate agents say many former homeowners are recapturing the American Dream, as "boomerang buyers."
1100 (with trims) by Paul Owers. MOVED
^Mortgage companies regroup as refinancing boom fizzles<
REAL-MORTGAGE-LENDERS:SL _ Just as Jane Fraser was named CEO of CitiMortgage nine months ago, the mortgage industry was undergoing a seismic shift as refinancing activity began its free fall.
The O'Fallon, Mo.-based unit of Citigroup, the country's third-largest bank by assets, relied on mortgage refinancings to account for a bulk of its business for several years. But as interest rates began to rise last year, refinancings fell, prompting changes in business models and layoffs for many companies, including CitiMortgage.
The change has been dramatic. Refinancings accounted for 78 percent of all mortgage applications a year ago, and that's since dropped to 61 percent last week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association, a Washington-based trade organization.
1050 (with trims) by Lisa Brown. MOVED
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