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Your ultimate summer TV guide

The 2015-2016 school year is over. Without nine periods of school work and loads of extracurriculars cramping your schedule, you will have sinful amounts of time on your hands. What will you spend your precious summer months doing? The possibilities are endless! Trips to the beach, hours laying out at the pool, bonfires, ice cream dates... and some quality summer TV.

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Book review: 'A Bitter Pill to Swallow' is engaging and important

Tiffany Gholar's new novel "A Bitter Pill to Swallow" starts off with a young guy named Devante. His parents aren't on good terms with their marriage. Devante is feeling depressed after the death of his friend and he attempts to commit suicide, which lands him in a mental institution. Male individuals can relate to Devante by seeing how he blocks out his personal issues and doesn't cope with them.

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On Gardening: Abuse-free crape myrtles

A 300-foot long crape myrtle allee is a sight to behold especially when it is in full bloom as it happens to be right now. While the visitors are shocked, if not mesmerized by the amount of blooming color, they are equally stunned to know we don't prune. You see, most gardeners think that pruning gives you more flower canopy, but it simply isn't so.

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Parents @ Play: Puzzles, with a twist

There's something incredibly engaging and fascinating about Rubik's Cube and other similar puzzles, which explains why they're so popular. This week, we had a lot of fun trying to solve five really unique cube-type puzzles (none of which is a Rubik's). But because kids are often better at these things than adults, we got some assistance - and insights - from Jonathan Amir, a true puzzle-solving master.

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Living Smart: Who to hire to repair or install a garage door?

When it's time to buy and install a new garage door or if your door needs a few repairs, it's important to hire an established, dependable company for the task. A shoddy installation or incomplete repairs can lead to an unsafe environment. To make sure you work with the best, review these tips to hiring a garage door professional.

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Talking dogs: Keeping your dog safe during summer months

Summer is here, and that means longer days, warmer temperatures and - hopefully - more time available to spend with your dog. It also means looking at your pet's daily routine with fresh eyes, and ensuring that the "dog days of summer" are both safe and enjoyable.

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Animal Island: The best caged pets for families

Q: We promised our 10-year-old daughter that if she got good grades this year we would allow her to get some kind of pet. She is one of those kids who only watches "Nat Geo Wild" and she is crazy for animals. Well, she is finishing out the year now and it looks like she will have very good averages, so now we have to keep our part of the bargain. Our landlord will not allow dogs or cats but said we could get any pet that stays in a cage. We were thinking of a bird or rodent and wondered what you suggest. My wife and I both work so it would have to be something with low maintenance but we want her to be able to assume most of the burden so that it teaches her some responsibility and time-management skills.

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