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Marianne Ophardt

Garden Tips: Spring weather brings fire blight to area roses

In our region, it seems like abnormal weather has been the norm in recent years. This is so frustrating for gardeners like me and you. My tomatoes are just sitting in the garden and hardly growing. At the beginning of the month, it seemed like the weather was turning hot, so I removed the protective water-wall cylinders that were providing extra heat to the plants. A week later, the weather has turned cooler and unsettled.

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Slicing for success

Three years ago, a group of researchers at Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab had a hunch. They knew that many of apples being served to kids as part of the National School Lunch Program were ending up in the trash, virtually untouched. But unlike others, they wondered if the reason was more complicated than simply that the kids didn’t want the fruit.

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Amid growing tension, Muslim convention aims to dispel 'destructive myths' about Islam

Amid a presidential campaign season that has seen increased anti-Muslim rhetoric, and in the wake of Islamic State-inspired attacks in California and abroad, a national Muslim-American organization is bringing its annual convention to Baltimore this weekend. It expects to draw tens of thousands for programs aimed at "dispelling destructive myths about the Islamic faith and about Muslim Americans."

Food & Wine

7 ways to save money, waste less food

I just found a handy resource to help me save money in the kitchen: Waste Free Kitchen Handbook: A Guide to Eating Well and Saving Money by Wasting Less Food, by Dana Gunders, a staff scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Last-minute ways to make money this summer

Finding a summer job this late in the school year can be extremely challenging and sometimes even impossible. If you're in need of some cash flow stuck seeing "we are no longer hiring" in every storefront, here are quick ways to get some money in your wallet over the summer.

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Canadian couple weds at Cat House on the Kings in California 01:17

Canadian couple weds at Cat House on the Kings in California

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Microchipped cat reunited with North Carolina family 2 years after disappearance

Marble was lost for two years but then reunited with her family after good samaritans Pat and John Rodgers had the cat scanned and they discovered it was microchipped.
Davie Hinshaw Charlotte Observer
Microchipped cat reunited with North Carolina family 2 years after disappearance 01:38

Microchipped cat reunited with North Carolina family 2 years after disappearance

Canadian couple weds at Cat House on the Kings in California 01:17

Canadian couple weds at Cat House on the Kings in California

Hope's Story: Saving the Survivors 03:11

Hope's Story: Saving the Survivors

Feathered family: raising chickens and ducks in Belleville residential area 01:07

Feathered family: raising chickens and ducks in Belleville residential area