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  • Living room, dining room, kitchen ... brew room?

    The first time a batch of beer boiled over in his kitchen, Steve Clemens started thinking about creating a dedicated brewing space somewhere else in his home.
  • Christmas trees and their decorations have evolved

    In the story of St. Boniface, a Thunder Oak decorated with lit candles and gilded apples was glowing in the dark forest one Christmas day in 8th century Germany. The pagan god Thor was to be appeased with a human sacrifice. But Wynfred, an English Christian missionary later to be known as St. Boniface, split the giant oak into four parts with one stroke of an axe, revealing a small fir tree nearby ... the first Christmas tree, perhaps.
  • Recalls this week: chain saws, crayons, pottery wheels

    More than a million chain saws are being recalled because they have a faulty power switch that could fail to shut off the tool. Other recalled consumer products include pottery wheels and playground slides.
  • Car lovers' Newport: 2 museums highlight design on wheels

    NEWPORT, R.I. - Car enthusiasts now have their pick of destinations to get their fix while visiting Newport, with two car museums featuring classic and rare cars, the newest having opened just this month. The Audrain Automobile Museum and the Newport Car Museum both place a strong emphasis on design and display the cars as works of art.
  • Recalls this week: spill-proof cups, water heaters

    More than 3 million spill-proof cups for children are being recalled because of mould development risk, with more than 3,000 reported cases already. Other recalled consumer products include faulty water heaters and mattress pads.
  • Dirty deck, driveway or house? What to know about power washing

    It's not just national monuments like Mount Rushmore than could benefit from a good power wash every now and then.
  • Backyard living: Homeowners building cottages for parents, guests or just more space

    Something small is afoot. Backyard cottages — from 800-square-foot bungalows to Lilliputian studio cabins — are springing up behind houses in many cities, some of which have changed zoning laws to accommodate them.

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