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It’s that time of year when you might be thinking of starting your first indoor fire — if you haven't already gotten your fireplace or wood-burning stove going. I happen to have two wood-burning fireplaces in my own home. Both are see-through, so four rooms in my house get the benefit of a roaring fire.

A few weeks ago a visitor to my AsktheBuilder.com wanted to know about brick foundations. Karen has an ambitious desire to build a small 900-square-foot house by herself. She is well aware of her physical limitations and asked me if it was possible for her to construct the foundation using standard brick. She had tried to lift an 8x8x16-inch concrete block and discovered those were too heavy. She feels she could handle brick. Karen asked me what she needs to know to build a strong brick foundation.

Moneta resident Steve Van Buren has an eye for antique ceramic tiles. So much so, he's turned his passion into a parttime, post-retirement business.

On Nov. 23, 1936, Life, the photojournalism magazine created by Henry R. Luce, was first published.

Shimon Peres, an Israeli statesman who helped build his country into a nuclear-armed regional military power and shared a Nobel Peace Prize fo…

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The congressman is in a unique position to construct a fair system for online sales collections.

There’s something about fixing something your great-grandfather made to make you think about history.

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RoundTable reader Mike sees value in both traditional and online education models. He weighed in yesterday, in part:

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Dear Jim: I am concerned about the security and efficiency of some of my old single-pane first-floor windows. Are glass block windows efficien…

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Mortar shells are dropping into Baghdad's Green Zone with regularity, threatening the $1 billion investment the U.S. is making in a new embass…

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For Tuesday: Mortar shells are dropping into Baghdad's Green Zone with regularity, threatening the $1 billion investment the U.S. is making in…

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Got an old home in Roanoke that needs repairs, but don't know where to start? Here's an option.

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. - With the precision of falling dominos, the boots of the 3rd Battalion beat a path to the sweltering parade ground here Satu…

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