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Picking the right camp for your kids
(BPT) - As the classic Gershwin song lyrics go, 'summertime and the livin' is easy' isn't always the case if you're a parent trying to determine what to do with your kids when the final school bell rings. More than 10 million kids from coast to coast attend some type of summer camp intended to occupy their days and provi...
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5 tips for fighting grime: The squeaky-clean truth about the dish pit and commercial dishwashers
(BPT) - Numerous pieces of equipment are required for busy restaurant kitchens to run smoothly, and one of the hardest-working machines in any kitchen is the commercial dishwasher. Critical to both restaurant flow and sanitation, this piece of restaurant equipment can make or break the dinner rush. Is your restaurant's dishwasher up to the daily challenge of washing away grime? Designing a commercial dishwashing area - also known as a dish pit - requires adequate forethought. Not only do you ...
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Children's health concern: Every minute poison control answers a call about young kids getting into medicine
(BPT) - Most parents and grandparents know that keeping medicine out of children's hands is important. But every minute a poison control center answers a call about a young child getting into medicine, and every 8 minutes a child goes to the emergency room for medicine poisoning. What's happening to drive these frequent ...
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What will we do for great food? The answers may surprise you [Infographic]
(BPT) - The makers of PEPCID commissioned a survey to better understand the habits and mind-set of food enthusiasts: how often they experience heartburn, how far they will travel for their next great bite, and what they will do for a great-tasting meal. The results were very telling; food enthusiasts would be willing to pay a high grocery or restaurant bill (66 percent), experience heartburn (52 percent), feel uncomfortably full (48 percent) and gain weight (36 percent) - all for a great meal.
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Stay cool by going green this summer
(BPT) - If the thought of a scorching summer without adequate cooling sounds tough, think about the strain an overworked air conditioner unit places on both your household budget and the environment. Around two-thirds of all American homes have an air conditioner unit, amounting to a cost of more than $11 billion annuall...
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New tech devices make the perfect gift for your grad
(BPT) - Years of hard work have all led to this moment; your loved one is graduating. This is a special time in his or her life. It marks an end to past successes and the doorway to new challenges and opportunities. As you celebrate this wonderful event, you may be wondering how to find the perfect gift for your grad. If...
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These tech-related gifts will help college graduates start their careers in style
(BPT) - Graduation is right around the corner. If someone in your life is graduating from college and about to embark on their first career, you're probably searching for the perfect gift to celebrate their educational accomplishments and to get them started on the right foot in the working world. Today's graduates are e...
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The places you'll go: Tips for female graduates on how to lean in to your career
(BPT) - More females are graduating from college than ever before, but does gender still play a role in career success? Does the so-called glass ceiling still exist? The truth is females face unique considerations when it comes to growing and navigating a career. Rachel Thomas, president of LeanIn.Org, still remembers he...
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Have a delicious baking recipe? Share it with the world
(BPT) - Think your family's favorite breakfast recipe is a winner? Enter it now in the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off(R) Contest for the chance to win $1 million and other prizes. In 2013, Antoinette Leal of Ridgefield, Conn., won third prize at the contest for her Cherry Almond Brunch Tart recipe. Antoinette's winning recipe p...
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Spruce up your home for spring with wood [Infographic]
(BPT) - Spring has arrived and there is no better time to refresh the look of your home. Thankfully, you don't have to remodel to create a new look for a room; you can dramatically alter decor and add value to your home working with manageable details such as wood trim and moldings. Crown molding is one of the simplest and most affordable ways to add style and definition to any room. Follow these easy instructions to install this upgrade yourself.
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Five ways to celebrate the return of the sun
(BPT) - With warm weather in sight, it's time to celebrate the return of sun, travel and outdoor parties. Whether taking a break from the workday to enjoy the park or hosting an event for friends, there are many ways to bask in the warmth. Lunch in the park The cold of winter has kept you and your coworkers eating lunch ...
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Composite or wood? Myth-busting facts to know before you decide on a deck
(BPT) - As temperatures warm across the country, many homeowners will begin thinking about home improvement. Adding a deck or replacing an old one is a popular project in spring and summer - one that provides outdoor entertaining space and enhances home value. If you're considering a deck project this season, will you ch...
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Michelle Decker, left, an employee of Connect For Health Colorado, the state's health care exchange, explains options and procedures to Virginia and Jose Sotelo, who signed up for insurance on the last day before fines are imposed, in Denver, Monday, March. 31, 2014. Colorado has already exceeded baseline federal goals for enrollment. As of last week, 106,000 Coloradans had signed up for private insurance since the exchange opened in October. Another 151,000 had enrolled in Medicaid. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)Chance for hundreds of millions in aid is set is to expire, but issue remains election-year risk.


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FILE- In this Thursday, May, 30 2013 file photo, Brig. Gen. Chris Olukolade, Nigeria's top military spokesman speaks during an interview in Abuja, Nigeria, The fate of 115 female students abducted by Islamic extremists was thrown into uncertainty Thursday, April 17, 2014 when their school principal denied the Nigerian military's report that almost all the pupils had been freed. The principal directly contradicted Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, the Defense Ministry spokesman. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)As he waited outside a hospital on Wednesday for the body of one of his friends to be released for burial, Basiru Youseff, a young toy salesman, was bitter about government claims that they crushing the insurgency. Violence in Nigeria reached new heights this week, with the biggest attack on the capital in the city’s history, gun battles in the countryside, and the abduction of at least 129 girls from their schoolhouse by militants.  It is not known who perpetrated these attacks, though Boko Haram insurgents are widely blamed. While the military may make such comments in an effort to keep up morale, it feeds public frustration with a military that seems incapable of stemming what appears to be a widening conflict. “The skepticism in the public mind is increasing, perhaps even about the government’s culpability with the security concerns that Nigerians have,” says Clement Nwankwo, who heads the Policy and Legal Advocacy Center in Abuja.


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Fender Stratocaster turns 60An original 1954 Fender Stratocaster head stock, left, is shown next to a 2014 model, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 at a studio in Scottsdale, Ariz. April 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the very first Stratocaster ever sold. (AP Photo/Matt York)
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