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Resources: Guide to beneficial garden insects

By Mary Beth Breckenridge

Most people want insects out of their gardens and yards. Jessica Walliser invites them in. Walliser, an organic gardening advocate, makes the case for natural pest management in Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden. (Akron Beacon Journal/MCT) In her new book, "Attracting Beneficial Bugs to ...

PETA proposes vegan restaurant in Dahmer's childhood home

By Mary Beth Breckenridge

PETA proposes vegan restaurant in Dahmer's childhood home - San Jose Mercury News PETA proposes vegan restaurant in Dahmer's childhood home - San Jose Mercury News PETA proposes vegan restaurant in Dahmer's childhood home - San Jose Mercury News PETA proposes vegan restaurant in ...

Orchids star in designer-created room vignettes

By Mary Beth Breckenridge

Orchids star in designer-created room vignettes - San Jose Mercury News Orchids star in designer-created room vignettes - San Jose Mercury News For an orchid show at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, designers have created room vignettes that spotlight these exotic-looking flowers. Here, they ...

Home tips: How to remove carpet dents

By Mary Beth Breckenridge

After moving your furniture, have you ever wondered how to get rid of those carpet dents where heavy pieces had been sitting? That job is tricky because the pad gets compressed as well as the carpet. Some dents may never spring back fully, but try these methods: Let one or two ice cubes melt in ...

Know your lumens from your kelvins when picking new light bulbs

By Mary Beth Breckenridge

Most single-wattage incandescent light bulbs are no longer being made. (AP) Say goodbye to the old-style light bulb. Starting Jan. 1, the last of the federal government's new lighting standards take effect. That means the sort of general-service light bulb we've used for more than a century can ...

A guide to latest generations of light bulbs

By Mary Beth Breckenridge

Switch75 light LED bulbs are available in clear and frosted. LEDs use 70 percent to 80 percent less power than incandescent light bulbs. According to the Energy Department, widespread use of LED bulbs could save the output of the equivalent of 44 large power plants by 2027. (AP) Buying a light ...

Many popular light bulbs will disappear in 2014

By Mary Beth Breckenridge

Say goodbye to the old-style light bulb. Today, it will become illegal to manufacture or import 60- and 40-watt incandescent bulbs because of federally mandated efficiency standards signed into law in 2007 by then-President George W. Bush. The 75- and 100-watt incandescent bulbs were phased out ...

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