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Outdoor Lighting: Art vs. Material

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Outdoor lighting becomes a work of art in your landscape when properly designed and installed. (Photo courtesy of NightScenes)
Outdoor lighting becomes a work of art in your landscape when properly designed and installed. (Photo courtesy of NightScenes)

Hiring a professional to install outdoor lighting is a smart choice and worth the cost. Learn how to get the most value out of your landscape lighting project.

Illinois Housing Market Gets Boost From State Unemployment Figures

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The Chicago housing market is showing signs of improvement thanks to a brighter employment outlook.  (Photo by Steven Jack)
The Chicago housing market is showing signs of improvement thanks to a brighter employment outlook. (Photo by Steven Jack)

Chicago and the rest of the state still lag behind national averages in several key housing statistics, but more people working leads to an improved outlook.

Most Chicago Hospitals Receive Highest Safety Grade in Survey

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Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, Illinois was given a top score in a recent patient safety survey. (Photo courtesy of Rush-Copley Medical Center)
Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, Illinois was given a top score in a recent patient safety survey. (Photo courtesy of Rush-Copley Medical Center)

Of the 65 Chicago-area hospitals in a recent patient-safety survey, more than half were given top marks for medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

Like to Pamper Your Pet? Check Out These Spa Services

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This pup's dressed for success with a blue tail and necktie. (Photo courtesy of Misty Gieczys)
This pup's dressed for success with a blue tail and necktie. (Photo courtesy of Misty Gieczys)

Pets need pampering, too. Dog spas across the country offer mud baths, blueberry facials, hair dye, massages and more. Read this to see what's popular.

Is a Quarter-inch Crack in My Foundation a Major Concern?

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If you notice a crack on your foundation, call a professional to inspect it. As the crack grows larger, the potential for water intrusion into your home increases. (Photo courtesy of Dale W., of Boones Mill, Va.)
If you notice a crack on your foundation, call a professional to inspect it. As the crack grows larger, the potential for water intrusion into your home increases. (Photo courtesy of Dale W., of Boones Mill, Va.)

Home inspectors say the width of a crack on your home's foundation determines what action should be taken. This is what pros consider a large crack.

A Charlotte Guide to the Airbag Recall

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Millions of vehicles are affected by a recent recall on airbags. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)
Millions of vehicles are affected by a recent recall on airbags. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Many dealers are awaiting parts to help drivers whose cars need replacement airbags

Which is better: Self-Storage Units or Portable Storage Containers?

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Learn how to decide between renting a storage facility or having a storage container delivered to your home. (Photo courtesy of member Mark R. of Sparks, Nevada)

Whether you have too much stuff or you need a temporary holding place for your things during a move, here's which storage type works best for your situation.

Get a Kick Out of Workouts with Cardio Kickboxing Classes

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Boxing helps to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, health professionals say. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
Boxing helps to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, health professionals say. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

Cardio kickboxing is an intense way to get — and stay — in shape. Here's what to expect from the fitness classes, from costs to the health benefits.

Fort Benjamin Harrison: Where History Marches on

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Banners line the streets of Lawrence with names of active-duty soldiers. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)
Banners line the streets of Lawrence with names of active-duty soldiers. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)

In the heard of Lawrence, Indiana, Fort Benjamin Harrison salutes its military heritage and thrives as a neighborhood after the base closure.

5 Tips to Pay for Expensive Cancer Treatment

Many struggle to afford expensive, but potentially lifesaving cancer care like chemotherapy drugs and surgery. Get the treatment you need without going broke.

Combi-Boilers Offer Water, Home Heating Options

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Many newer combi units are tankless, and take up less space. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Carol Civetta, Norwood, Massachusetts)
Many newer combi units are tankless, and take up less space. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Carol Civetta, Norwood, Massachusetts)

Combination boilers burn natural gas to heat water for bathing and home heating. They save energy costs with a 93.5 AFUE rating, and work well in small homes.

Things to Do in Indy - November 2014

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The Pork & Beans Brass Band plays at last year’s Tonic Ball. (Photo courtesy of Lora Olive)
The Pork & Beans Brass Band plays at last year’s Tonic Ball. (Photo courtesy of Lora Olive)

Angie's List compiled some activities around Indianapolis for November, including the Tonic Ball, VonnegutFest and the Spirit & Place Festival.

Cats and Dogs Save Lives Through Blood Donation

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Blood bank manager Amy McKamey calls the pet blood donors heroes. (Photo courtesy of IndyVet)
Blood bank manager Amy McKamey calls the pet blood donors heroes. (Photo courtesy of IndyVet)

Dogs and cats that meet certain requirements can help save pets’ lives by donating blood at IndyVet's blood bank. Donors receive free annual vet exams and more.

Chicago Bulls Sell Bathroom Sponsorship to National Plumbing Company

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The United Center is lit up with corporate sponsorships during Chicago Bulls games. The team's latest sponsor, Roto-Rooter, will take up space in the arena's bathrooms. (Photo courtesy of the City of Chicago)
The United Center is lit up with corporate sponsorships during Chicago Bulls games. The team's latest sponsor, Roto-Rooter, will take up space in the arena's bathrooms. (Photo courtesy of the City of Chicago)

For the first time in United Center history, Chicago Bulls fans won't have anywhere to hide from stadium advertising — even when making a trip to the bathroom.

U.S. Capitol Dome Repairs Alter D.C. Skyline

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D.C. capitol dome (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Scaffolding goes up around the U.S. Capitol Dome as repairs are made to the iron structure. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Two years of renovations will keep scaffolding around the U.S. Capitol Dome. Work delays, however, could see D.C.'s dome under construction for much longer.

D.C. City Council Gives Uber a Lift Around Washington

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D.C. cab (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Taxi drivers in Washington, D.C., are upset with the City Council's decision to allow and regulate ridesharing companies. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

D.C. officials approved regulations for ridesharing companies, such as Uber, but allowed them to continue operating. The move angered many local taxi drivers.

5 Simple Tips to Stop Clutter in Its Tracks

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Clutter is defined as anything you don't need, use or love. Why are you keeping your clutter? (Photo by Simplified Living Solutions )
Clutter is defined as anything you don't need, use or love. Why are you keeping your clutter? (Photo by Simplified Living Solutions )

Clutter creeps into our lives every day. These organization tips can help you ask tough questions, get your stuff organized and gain control of your home.

8 Clutter-Free Christmas Gift Ideas

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Think outside the box this Christmas and give practical, clutter-free gifts. (Photo by Elizabeth McQuern)
Think outside the box this Christmas and give practical, clutter-free gifts. (Photo by Elizabeth McQuern)

With the Christmas holidays come gifts ... and clutter. These clutter-free gift ideas range from candy and pampering to concert tickets and charity donations.

Vinyl Car Wraps Offer Chance to Advertise on, Personalize Vehicle

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More companies are installing vinyl car wraps, as they grow in popularity. Vinyl car wraps are an alternative to auto paint. (Photo courtesy of Green Valley Tint)

From advertising to personalization, car wrapping has grown in popularity in recent years. Learn more about the process for installing these vinyl auto decals.

5 Moving Expenses You May Not Have Considered

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If you’re supposed to have an item boxed or crated and it is not, you will be charged for the movers to box the item, says Chila. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kathya D. of Miramar, Florida)
If you’re supposed to have an item boxed or crated and it is not, you will be charged for the movers to box the item, says Chila. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kathya D. of Miramar, Florida)

Before you get a quote from a moving company for your upcoming move, one highly rated provider shares five expenses you may not have considered.

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