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Six tips to liven up your laundry room
(BPT) - With the average American family doing more than 400 loads of laundry each year, it’s no wonder that the laundry room has become one of the most popular remodeling projects in the house.  Often out of sight and out of mind, most laundry rooms are designed like closets rather than efficient utility rooms. But acco...
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Incarceration in the U.S.: Dissecting the world's largest prison population [Infographic]
The United States has the largest prison population in the world. No nation incarcerates more of its citizens than America, with a full 1 percent of the population behind bars at any given time and more than 10 million crimes committed annually. Taking a closer look at the crimes committed, it is evident that property crimes outweigh violent crime. With that being said, over 1 million violent crimes are committed in the United States each year. How can we fix this? Boston University's Online ...
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What's the finishing touch on a low maintenance home? The trim
(BPT) - These days, free time is an increasingly endangered phenomenon. That’s why today’s homeowners are all in favor of spending less weekend time maintaining their homes. Vinyl siding and windows have long been common home features for just that reason. Today, the latest trend is maintenance-free trim. Now consumers c...
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How to keep a speeding ticket out of your summer
(BPT) - Want to know how to avoid a speeding ticket? Easy – don’t speed. But even the most law-abiding drivers with flawless records can make mistakes and find themselves pulled over. In fact, 34 million people in the United States receive speeding tickets each year, according to the National Motorists Association. A tic...
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Bright and nonconventional colors bring adventure to home decor
(BPT) - When it comes to trends in interior design, the forecast through 2014 is looking bolder, brighter and more adventurously colorful than has been seen in a while. Up-and-coming palettes are earning descriptions including “youthful,” “vibrant” and “positive,” heralding the rebounding market’s ready return to color. ...
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A bond mystery [Infographic]
A Charles Schwab survey of 514 individual investors discovered consumers are less likely to shop around for financial products than for household products. The disparity is striking when it comes to buying bonds. Among the 61 percent self-described bargain hunters, confusion and inertia overcame the desire to get the best deal when buying bonds. While 51 percent shop around for the best price on a gas grill, only 17 percent do the same for bonds. Why? Fifty-three percent say they don’t know h...
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Nearly 1.5 million baby boomers may suffer from chronic Hepatitis C without even knowing it
(BPT) - Did you know that Hepatitis C is a leading cause of liver cancer and the number one reason for liver transplants in America? Between 1999 and 2007, more people died from Hepatitis C related complications than HIV. Despite this, many people live with the Hepatitis C virus for years, without experiencing any sympto...
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Protecting yourself from the 'invisible' crime of identity theft
(BPT) - Identity theft: It’s the subject of articles everywhere you turn. That’s because the problem has exploded in recent years, as new methods for collecting, storing, sharing - and stealing - your personal information have developed. “Identity theft is an increasingly pervasive problem, particularly in today’s digita...
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Better options needed to treat traumatic brain injury [Infographic]
More Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year (3.5 million) than those diagnosed with breast cancer, HIV and multiple sclerosis combined (1.6 million), according to the latest estimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers have worked diligently for decades to develop a successful acute treatment for this devastating, life-altering condition. But after scores of failed clinical trials, we still don’t have an FDA-approved treatment for TBI. Fai...
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Make over your home and contribute to sustainability
Home makeover TV shows are all the rage, inspiring many Americans to transform the appearances of their kitchens, living rooms, patios and even playrooms. If you’re like many eco-conscious consumers, you may wonder how to make over a room with the environment in mind. Fortunately, that’s becoming easier thanks in part to...
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Summer: The season of barbeques, baseball and burglaries
(BPT) - School is out and summer vacations are in full swing. But while many of us are relaxing, thieves are working overtime. Summer is theft season, at least according to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) statistics that show more home thefts occur in June, July and August than any other month of the year. What fam...
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Make your own masterpieces - freshly painted focal points for any room
(BPT) - Still love the overall design scheme of a space, but feeling a little bored? The best way to breathe new life into it – without revamping the entire area – is by creating a new focal wall. Instead of a decal, stencil or pricey artwork, make a statement that’s one-of-a-kind with a little creativity and painter’s t...
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