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  • Big Changes in Avalon

    Updated: Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    Avalon isn't just mythical: it's also a town and popular tourist destination on Santa Catalina Island, but it's in need of an update to get visitors more interested in coming, sticking around, and enjoying all that the town has to offer. To that end, officials are starting in on a comprehensive overhaul, including construction of a museum and other attractions, relying on Los Angeles roofers and other contracting experts to get Avalon ship shape again. Visitors will keep finding more to enjoy on the island in the years to come, as the planned remodels and retrofits are quite extensive.   View original post.

  • Cooking to Health

    Updated: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    Medical school is already a whirlwind of classes, intensive training, and first-hand experience with patients and other health care providers. Yet, as our understanding of medicine grows, it's getting more and more complex. The latest innovation, coming out of Tulane University, is the addition of cooking classes to the medical school curriculum. Wondering what med students are doing in the kitchen when they should be surrounded by the tiled walls of the OR? Growing evidence strongly indicates that dietary choices can have a profound effect on human health.

  • Sidewalks are for Humans, Too!

    Updated: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    What happens when your streets are designed solely for cars? Your communities turn into ghost towns, argue urban planners and critics of urban environments. In a country where many people rely on their cars for even quick trips, pedestrians are often pushed out of the landscape. It's hard to get people out and about, which reduces physical fitness, makes it hard to revitalize business districts, and creates a sense of isolation, even in small neighborhoods. All that could change in cities like Miami as people start to consider extensive renovations to the urban landscape. Concrete firms could be looking forward to years of good business, along with their Miami landscaping colleagues, as the city transitions to a more pedestrian-fri

  • Green Building Pitfalls

    Updated: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    Thanks to growing social awareness of how much trouble the planet is in, more and more people are building green and demanding enviromentally-friendly options in their housing. An entire industry had risen around green construction, including contractors, products, new materials, and certification programs to set and enforce standards in green construction. A green home or remodel is everyone's dream these days, it seems like, but Fine Homebuilding has some cautions: it's important to know what you're getting involved in before you start, because otherwise, you could get in serious trouble. Cost. Building green will cost you more money, up front. The materials are more expensive, and often the contractors charge extra for their spe

  • Houston Channel Oil Spill Leaves Big Mess

    Updated: Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    After a major ship collision in the Houston Channel, the Gulf is once again facing a major oil spill that could have a profound effect on local wildlife, and the economy, as officials struggle to determine the extent of the spill and start cleanup efforts. Tragically, shorebirds are starting to ramp up their migration as the seasons turn, so devastation from this spill could be particularly widespread. This is a cause for grave concern among wildlife officials, who want to ensure the health and safety of humans and animals alike in the area. In addition to stressing the environment and economy, spills like this one also put pressure on the housing market as cleanup contractors and officials descend on the region to get to work.

  • 6 Fun (and Unusual) Spring Veggies to Grow

    Updated: Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    Now that spring is here (FINALLY) and the garden is ramping up, you might be thinking about getting started with easy, high-yield spring veggies. These lists usually include things like spinach, lettuce, and kale, all of which are in fact easy and tasty to grow, but who says your garden, and your plates, have to be like everyone else's? We rounded up some fun spring vegetables that don't present a huge challenge to gardeners, yet aren't necessarily grown as often, for you to check out this year. Orach, also called purple orach, is a spinach relative that has the same spicy, great flavor, but it has bright purple leaves. It looks great in the garden and you can use it in salads and all the same dishes you'd use spinach in.

  • Seamless Hardwood Floor Repairs

    Updated: Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    Old hardwood floors are enchanting. They're made with tough old growth wood, featuring a tight, even grain that modern wood just can't match, and you can tell they were installed with craft and dedication by flooring experts who knew precisely what they were doing. While they're easy to admire, they can be tricky to restore and repair for the very reasons that make them so desirable: they're not at all forgiving of mistakes, and their timeless beauty clashes jarringly with modern materials.

  • 10 Disturbing Water Scarcity Facts

    Updated: Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    Friday, 21 March marked World Water Day, a consciousness-raising global event to make people aware of ongoing water scarcity, particularly in the Global South. While many of us in places like the United States take an ample supply of hot and cold running water in our comfortable Minneapolis bathroom remodels for granted, we enjoy luxurious circumstances in comparison with many other global citizens, and the wasteful way we use water is coming with a high-long term price. In honour of World Water Day, we've rounded up some distressing facts about water scarcity and inequality worldwide: 1. A child dies of water-related illness every 21 seconds Limited access to potable water increases the risk of developing infectious diseases

  • Solving Houston's Traffic Problems

    Updated: Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    When it comes to urban sprawl, Houston has a bit of a lock; the city's outskirts are constantly spreading, mutating, and shifting as new construction consumes surrounding land. With all that spread is coming a secondary problem: the growth of ever-spreading traffic. City officials and residents are struggling with increasing snarls, poor road conditions, and confusing streets that aren't keeping pace with demand.  While Houston concrete contractors and other professionals stand at the ready to help the city modernize its streets, Houston is also looking at public transit options to reduce dependency on cars.

  • Disaster-Related Fraud Low in Colorado

    Updated: Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    After devastating floods, Colorado had to brace itself for recovery and a busy year for Denver remodeling companies, but there was a hidden menace the state had to prepare for: fraud. In the wake of natural disasters, unscrupulous individuals who prey on victims, set up false relief funds, or target assistance programs for fraudulent activity tend to run rampant, delaying legitimate claims and making things more frustrating for people who need help. However, the state is reporting a relatively low level of fraud so far, and it credits the lessons learned from other states.

  • Urban Institute asks of mortgages: 'Where have all the loans gone?”

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    Not much criticism has been leveled at the conclusions of the Urban Institute study. Bankers want to bank. Realtors want to sell real estate. People want to own homes – except for a big swath of people who got burned in the bubble-bust debacle and may avoid home ownership for good.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: Reprieve on debt forgiveness?

    Published: Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    Though there are hurdles ahead, the outlook for renewal of mortgage forgiveness debt relief — and possibly other housing benefits — looks more promising now than it has in months.

  • Improving Your Home: Sorting through confusing DIY advice

    By Paul Bianchina | Published: Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    Q: I visited a home center recently to buy a light fixture for a specific application. The first person who waited on me in the electrical department seemed very confused about my request, and admitted she usually worked in the garden department. She called their lighting expert, who got me what he thought I needed. Before I left the store, I studied what he'd given me in more detail. It just didn't seem right, so I ended up putting it back on the shelf and went elsewhere. I found out later that what he'd given me was completely the wrong item, and would in fact have been quite dangerous if I'd used it as and where this "expert" recommended.

  • At Home with Marni Jameson: Decorating with feathers can put endangered birds in peril

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    Several months ago I wrote a column about feathers that got readers squawking. I wrote about how they were trending up in fashion and decor. Bird lovers cried, “Fowl!” And rightly so. Feathers are beautiful. When they are rendered as a motif in, say, wallpaper, fabric or tableware, they can be exquisite. But when actual feathers from endangered flocks are used in home decor, that is a bird of different color. I found out. That use, my fine-feathered friends, can be at the peril of already threatened birds. Don’t do it. When I wrote that column last fall, I had not thought that through. But my dear readers raised their concerns and, as a result, my consciousness.

  • Extreme outdoor living

    BY RICHARD MIZE | Published: Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    Here’s a listing that wouldn’t surprise me: Exquisite exterior! This is a remodeled and expanded home designed for entertaining and outdoor living. The 2,317-square-foot home at 123 High Cotton Road has 4,634 square feet of living space. Oh, so traditional: The home has three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, two living rooms, two dining areas and an attached two-car garage. The living room has a fireplace. The kitchen has eating space, a breakfast bar, pantry, granite counters and double ovens. Oh, so mundane: The master bedroom has a full bath and walk-in closet. The home has window treatments, combination woodwork, wood floors in the entry and kitchen, a covered patio and security system.

  • Ray Ridlen: Detecting winter-kill of turfgrass

    By Ray Ridlen | Published: Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    Due to the cold temperatures throughout Oklahoma this past December and January, some areas have experienced more winter-kill of bermudagrasses than in most previous years. Winter-kill is a relative term, meaning that some portion of a plant or portion of a turfgrass stand has died during the winter. In this article we discuss winter-kill, what it is, how it occurs, and how to detect the amount of winter-kill so that planning can begin to effectively help the turfgrass stand recover in spring. Winter-kill or tissue death during the winter can be from dehydration, true low temperature injury, or a combination of the two. For the purposes of this article, we discuss winter-kill associated with low temperature injury.

  • Oklahoma lawmakers update state's progress on registry ban

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    State Sen. Greg Treat, R-Edmond, said the government should not block an owner’s right ‘to find the best use for their property.’

  • Super Sprowtz touring company educates, entertains children in Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Mar 19, 2014

    The Super Sprowtz performance happened Monday at Myriad Gardens in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma news briefs for March 19, 2014

    Published: Wed, Mar 19, 2014

    Oklahoma news briefs for March 19, 2014

  • Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity elects three new directors

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    Three new members have been elected to the Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity board of directors: Joshua Fahrenbruck, vice president, J.P. Morgan Private Bank; state Rep. Mark McBride, R-Moore; and Rayme Sanchez-Mantilla, pastor, Cristo mi Fortaleza Free Will Baptist Church. “All three of our newest board members embody the spirit of community and fellowship we share at Habitat for Humanity,” said Ann Felton Gilliland, president and CEO. “I appreciate Joshua, Mark and Rayme, and their willingness to bring their unique talents and expertise to our board. We are very fortunate to have them by our side as we continue our work to provide safe and secure housing to Oklahomans.” Fahrenbruck is a native Oklahoman