| Jul 23, 2014
| 7:38 PM
Richard Alarcon, a prominent figure in Los Angeles politics for more than two decades and a vocal advocate for his San Fernando Valley constituents, was convicted Wednesday of felony perjury and voter fraud for lying about where he lived to advance his...
| Jul 26, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Today's Birthday (07/26/14). Today's celebration heats up with Mars in Scorpio. Illuminate passionate causes this year (with Jupiter in your sign until 8/2015). Home and professional improvement comes with October eclipses (10/8, 23). Family duties take...
| Jul 18, 2014
| 12:00 PM
As hard as it may be to imagine, there was a time not so long ago when few Americans had ever heard the expression "man cave."
In 1994, PBS' trusty "This Old House" was the best known of a handful of home-improvement programs on the airwaves. The idea...
| Jun 1, 2014
If the real estate industry already is wringing its hands about a dearth of houses on the market, this isn't going to help the situation much: Homeowners who recently remodeled or are planning a renovation say they did it for themselves, not with an eye...
| May 27, 2014
| 11:13 AM
If you’ve got the decorating bug, or a hankering for house upgrades, then the Fort Lauderdale Home Design and Remodeling Show this Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 1 is a must.
Before heading out to the Broward County Convention Center, here...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 6:21 AM
With little fanfare, the Aberdeen City Council passed its $14.08 million budget for the next fiscal year that calls for spending less than in this fiscal year and does not include a property tax rate or water and sewer rate increase.
As it passed the...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 1:10 PM
Senior citizens in the northwest suburbs can now get low-cost handyman services through a new pilot program.
The Northwest Suburban Housing Collaborative launched the Senior Handyman Program at the end of May. Residents who are 65 years old and older...
| Jun 1, 2014
More than half of 190,000 registered Houzz users recently surveyed said they plan to tackle a remodeling project to increase the resale value of their homes, although most don't plan to move for at least five years.
A series of lawsuits recently filed...
| Jun 7, 2014
| 8:28 AM
Kimberly Smith believed she was "in good hands" when she rented an East Baltimore rowhouse nearly 20 years ago that was part of a Kennedy Krieger Institute study of lead paint remediation techniques.
Kennedy Krieger takes care of children, Smith thought...
| Jun 21, 2014
Once you sign a contract, there's no clean way out — unless that contract is covered by a state or federal "cooling off" rule that allows consumers to cancel within three days.
What's covered by the cooling-off rule follows no apparent logic or...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 10:00 AM
Home improvement projects can easily cost tens of thousands of dollars, which means the stakes are high if something goes wrong.
And things do. Maryland regulators received more than 4,400 complaints about home improvement contractors in the last...