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Dec 29,2006
If you're anything like me, I'm sure that during the recent holiday season someone accused you of being a difficult person to buy presents for. Whether it's birthdays, Father's Days or holidays, no one seems to know what to get me. So, like many of you, I ring in the new year with a fist full of gift cards to my favorite sporting goods stores -- each entitling me to my own little shopping spree. ... [full story]
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Dec 22,2006
Can't wait to get out of the house and party with your friends to celebrate the new year? Then it's time to dress up and toast a shining new you. Party pick: Metallics "New Year's Eve is a great time to dress up," says Laura McDowell, spokeswoman for TJMaxx. "Dresses are back in a big way this season, so if you're heading to a fancy party to ring in the new year, wear something metallic ... [full story]
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Dec 29,2006
A pack rat is any of various rodents that collect in their nests a diversity of objects. Pack rats have soft brown fur and resemble squirrels with large ears. They have been found as far south as Nicaragua but, more problematically, living as wife in my home!  Let’s investigate, shall we. My wife Yahaira just purchased her fifth computer. We still have the first four, stacked in an otherwise useful closet. Yahaira goes through so many computers ... [full story]
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Dec 15,2006
Game: "Gears of War" Publisher: Microsoft System: Microsoft Xbox 360 Cost: $59.99 ESRB Rating: M Review rating: 4 stars The wait is finally over. Renowned "Unreal Tournament" designer "CliffyB" Bleszinski has unleashed the ultimate shoot-'em-up, "Gears of War," for the Xbox 360. Featuring a unique system that lets players take cover behind almost any surface, an intriguing story line, and intense combat that stresses strategic maneuvers, this game is sure to make the wait for ... [full story]
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Dec 29,2006
How is it that some managers are able to inspire top performances from their employees while others can barely extract an honest day’s work from the people who report to them? The secret is out. According to a new survey by leading staffing company Kelly Services, an overwhelming majority of American employees want to work hard because their bosses are nice to them. As part of the Kelly Global Workforce Index, 4,000 Americans were asked ... [full story]
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Dec 15,2006
Many older women routinely travel alone today. Some travel for fun, others do it to visit family or friends. That's a far cry from the way things were when many of our older citizens were growing up. They grew into adulthood believing that solo for travel for women was unheard of. Their mothers never traveled on their own. For many widows and divorcees, solo travel became possible, or necessary, when their children grew. It's surprising ... [full story]
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Dec 29,2006
'FAFSA' - Free Application for Federal Student Aid - May Be Submitted Beginning Jan. 1 According to the College Board, more than $152 billion in college financial aid was awarded last academic year. And this year the stakes are even higher, with hundreds of millions in new Federal grant dollars up for grabs. For students planning to attend college in the fall of 2007, January marks the start of the process to get money to ... [full story]
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Dec 08,2006
About 3 1/2 years ago, the Department of Defense rang John Miguelez in Redondo Beach, Calif., to ask if he'd evaluate five upper-limb amputees at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. A plane awaited him at Los Angeles International Airport. Miguelez was used to traveling worldwide to see amputees.   ADVANCED ARM - John Miguelez, owner of Advanced Arm Dynamics, evaluates a prosthesis for Phong Tran, who lost his right arm while working as ... [full story]
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Dec 01,2006
The words "grandfather clock" probably bring to mind a heavy piece of furniture housing complicated gear work, an ornate face done in Roman numerals and a loud gong that wakes the neighborhood. While that archetype has its place, many of the newer floor clocks from industry leader Howard Miller are fashioned with simplicity in mind to better blend with popular Zen-inspired styles or European themes. Chimes can be turned off during nighttime hours, if desired. ... [full story]
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Dec 15,2006
John Stamos arrived at "ER" in the nick of time. Depressed, sad, frustrated and physically exhausted, he checked in during the 2005-06 season to recover from a broken heart as his five-year marriage to actress-model Rebecca Romijn ended in a painful divorce and his promising sitcom, "Jake in Progress," failed miserably. "'ER' came at a time when I was craving stability in my life, along with good acting, writing and directing," said Stamos, still a ... [full story]
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