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  • 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.

  • 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.’

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Refresh Your Backsplash!

    Updated: Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    We know everyone's obsessed with subway tile, and we get it. It sure is sleek, gorgeous, and classic. But it's also getting kind of...old. Sorry, but true. Everyone has it, and it seems like everyone who doesn't have it wants it. You, on the other hand, are an individual. A DIY pioneer. You're over what everyone is doing, and you've got a backsplash that needs attention with something bright, new, and interesting. We get it: subway tile can be chic, especially in a striking black and white design like this. But maybe you're not willing to settle for that... I checked out Hometalk for some backsplash inspiration, and found some amazingly cool ideas. This is a great example of a creative and easily accomplished pai

  • Spring Roof Maintenance Tips

    Updated: Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    SPRING HAS SPRUNG! My friends, I am so excited, because, honestly, I was kind of over winter. While of course snow and other delightful weather will be lingering across the country, the crocuses are out, the daffodils are going, and the birds are tweeting. While we're all rejoicing in the warmer weather and longer days, though, there's a problem: we can't keep shirking our outdoor responsibilities, because we can no longer use foul weather as an excuse for curling up on the couch with the cat and reading a book or watching some HGTV. Now is the time to start assessing your house to see how well it weathered the winter, and you should probably start with your faithful pal up top: the roof.

  • Planning for Rising Sea Levels

    Updated: Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    Coastal cities around the world, including those in states like North Carolina, are facing a tough civic planning problem as they consider how rising sea levels will affect the quality of life for residents. While they need to plan for an increase in height, they're missing a key piece of the puzzle: how high the waters will get in the future. Without this information, it's extremely difficult to make bridges, roads, buildings, and other structures ready for the predicted increase in sea levels associated with global climate change. The level of retrofitting and work involved is quite different when you're talking, for example, eight inches more water compared with almost 40, along with heavy storms and other harsh weather.

  • 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

  • Listing of the Week: 2054 Bella Sera in northeast Edmond

    Published: Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    The 2,367-square-foot home has four bedrooms, three baths, one living room, two dining areas and an attached three-car garage with storm shelter.

  • Rodd Moesel: With vegetable prices expected to rise, it's good time to grow your own

    Published: Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    If there were ever a year in recent memory to plant your own food or vegetable garden, this is probably the year. More than half of all our fresh fruits and vegetables in the U.S. come from California and it is in a terrible drought, like our farm friends in much of western Oklahoma. The federal water reservoirs are not releasing water to large areas of vegetable and orchard farms across California. Depending on who you believe, somewhere between 500,000 and 850,000 acres of vegetables will not even be planted this crop season. Because of the drought, hundreds of thousands of acres of fruits, berries and nuts will not get the water they need and will produce smaller fruit and much less fruit while under drought stress.