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Spring break revelry not so fun for Florida property owners

Residents in Panama City Beach, Florida, a town of 12,000, remain on edge about the spike in crime during spring break. Despite the surge for businesses, they say, rowdy revelers are lowering their property values and keeping the more lucrative family demographic at bay.

In this photo provided by M. Design Interiors, framed art is displayed both in and on a built-in bookcase. The effect is open and airy, while still providing ample storage space for the homeowner's book collection. The interior and bookcase design is by Molly Luetkemeyer. (AP Photo/M. Design Interiors, Justin Officer)

Declutter, then create style by editing collections

Designers often surprise their clients by sharing a secret: You can dramatically change the look of a room simply by changing or rearranging the items on your bookshelves and tabletops.

Some design solutions may involve moving walls, as was done for this family kitchen. (Photograph courtesy of Case Design/Remodeling)

Bigger not always better in remodeling, DIY

- Deseret News

Smart redesign that stays within the footprint of your house can be less expensive than a large, big box addition and can have a big impact on your lifestyle.

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New in D.C.: North View

- The Washington Times

Arthur Tsiamis is building nine condominiums at North View in Glover Park, just north of Georgetown at 4004 Edmunds St. NW. Residents can walk to multiple restaurants, bars, shops and grocery stores in Glover Park as well as to Georgetown for dining, shopping and entertainment.

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The Hillary Files

May 19, 2015: Join us at the Capitol Hill Club for a private dinner with Congressman Dan Burton, President and CEO Larry Beasley, Editor John Solomon, and Opinion Editor David Keene for a rare opportunity to hear Congressman Burton's account of "The Hillary Files." Seating is limited.

Ed Goaes from the Tarrance Group

The Calculation Behind Deciding to Run for President

The Washington Times

May 13, 2015 Ed Goeas, President and CEO of the Tarrance Group joins us on a telephone briefing. The Tarrance Group, in partnership with Lake Research Partners, has produced a series of "Battleground" surveys for George Washington University since 1991. These surveys are looked to by political, journalistic, and campaign professionals for unbiased information as they have accurately portrayed the political climate through five Presidential and four mid-term election cycles.

Rebecca Hagelin and her daughter, Kristin Carey.

Family meals nourish body, spirit and relationships

The "center" of a home — the place with the most traffic — tends to be wherever food is found, which makes the kitchen or, more specifically, the table, the most important spot in every home. It's important for a simple reason: Everyone needs to eat. But its significance reaches far beyond the filling of stomachs. The table has the potential to be the place where schedules line up, where work and entertainment get put aside in favor of the conversation that nourishes relationships.

Office supply market leader Staples confirmed Wednesday that it would acquire No. 2-ranked rival Office Depot in a cash and stock deal to create a combined company with more than 4,000 locations and annual sales of nearly $39 billion. (Associated Press)

Staples, Office Depot plan merger to compete in changing market

- The Washington Times

Faced with rising competition from rivals such as and falling demand for staplers, desk calendars and personal computers in the age of smartphones, the nation's two biggest office supply chains announced Wednesday a $6.3 billion merger in a bid to make themselves more competitive.

Chef Duff Goldman of "Ace of Cakes" is taking away financial incentives that he says have made competitive cooking programs "TV-ified." "Cake decorators care about their art. It's more about the art than it is about winning a big check," he said. (Associated Press)

Duff Goldman of 'Ace of Cakes' bakes up 2 fresh Food Network shows, 1 with Valerie Bertinelli

- The Washington Times

Baltimore native Duff Goldman has taken a rather circuitous route to celebrity chef status. He initially studied history and philosophy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, before heading west to the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, California. But it was back home in his native city where fame found him thanks to Charm City Cakes, which was a prominent feature on Food Network's "Ace of Cakes."

Mimi Chacin helps her son Diego, 9, place home made pizzas onto a tray while cooking dinner at her home in Miami Shores, Fla., Monday, Dec. 1, 2008. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) **FILE**

Burden or blessing? Survey slams women's 'utopian' joy of cooking

- The Washington Times

As millions of American households prepare to enjoy the delectable smells of Thanksgiving turkey and pumpkin pie, some social scientists say it's time to loosen belts and lower expectations. Women, who prepare the overwhelming majority of Thanksgiving repasts, need a break from expectations about "utopian" family meals.

Photo provided by Andersen Windows

A Craftsman-style home typically has special feature windows, such as a picture window.

Cover story: Right details on additions fit existing home style

The Washington area may be home to Democrats, Republicans, independents and Libertarians, but no matter what their political persuasion, local residents more than likely live in a conservative home.

Cover story: Streetcar fans see development following tracks

Back in your great-grandfather's day, streetcars cranked their way around Greater Washington with fairly predictable regularity. In the early 20th century, family weekends might include "riding the lines" out to amusement parks in Glen Echo, Bethesda or far Northeast, lines locals used daily to get to work, school or shopping.