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April 10, 2015
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Proper snow blower storage minimizes risks
Snow blower owners should do some maintenance before storage to protect the machine over the summer months. Experts recommend removing the fuel by draining it or running it out. Those who wish to keep fuel in the blower should add a fuel stabilizer and run it for a few minutes to ensure the stabilizer enters the fuel lines and carburetor. WWLP-TV (Springfield, Mass.) (4/9)
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Pat Croce Reveals His Insights for Acting on Your Passion
If you're ready to "get your butt off the couch and get into the game of life," it's time to get inspired by this successful entrepreneur and leadership expert. Read the featured article.

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3 tips for proper mowing
Proper mowing technique requires a sharp blade and knowledge of the optimal height for the type of lawn being cut. For example, cool-season grasses should be mowed to about 3 inches, while Zoysiagrass and Bermudagrass should be mowed to 2 inches. It's also best to follow the one-third rule and only cut up to one-third of the blade at each mowing. The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Va.) (4/10)
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Simple steps for water-wise landscaping
Landscapers facing drought conditions in California can take simple steps to create water-wise landscapes, said David Brown, executive director of Descanso Gardens. This includes underground irrigation, generous use of mulch on the surface and plants native to a Californian or Mediterranean climate. Cautious homeowners may want to change up lawns one portion at a time, he says. KABC-TV (Los Angeles) (4/9)
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5 steps to an eco-friendly, healthy lawn
Key steps for a healthy, environmentally friendly lawn include fertilizing less frequently, mowing less often and xeriscaping. Homeowners and landscapers "should let [grass] grow at least 3 inches. It's less stress on the lawn," says Tim Elkner, a horticulture educator for the Penn State Extension, who offers two other suggestions in this article. LancasterOnline (Pa.) (4/9)
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Economic Indicators
4-week average of U.S. jobless claims at 15-year low
The four-week rolling average of first-time unemployment claims has reached the lowest level since 2000, according to the Department of Labor. Initial claims have held below 300,000 for five consecutive weeks, suggesting the labor market is strengthening. Bloomberg (4/9), Reuters (4/9)
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Investors expect continued low interest rates
Investors see weak job gains in March as a prod for the Federal Reserve to continue its near-zero interest rates. High-yield bonds gained 0.5% and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index advanced following the U.S. Labor Department's report Friday that employers added the fewest workers since December 2013. Bloomberg (4/8)
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Inside & Out
Communication lessons from female bosses
Men and women communicate in different ways, and male leaders can benefit from understanding and emulating the communication styles of their female counterparts, writes Cindy Wahler. "Women ask for input, women ask great questions, and women encourage being challenged not for the art of debate but rather to advance thinking," she notes. The Huffington Post (4/3)
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Get to know your people, says Glamour editor
Cindi Leive
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Investing in relationship-building makes it easier to have tough conversations down the line, says Cindi Leive, editor-in-chief of Glamour magazine. "So when you're in a situation where you need to deliver a message that maybe isn't so easy to hear, it will land on this mattress of good karma," she says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (4/2)
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Policy Update
Banking lobbyists blocking Dodd-Frank reform
Wall Street lobbyists are successfully persuading regulators to obstruct reform mandated by Congress when it passed the Dodd-Frank Act to prevent another global financial crisis. In some cases, regulators are longtime corporate lawyers who lobbied against reform before working for the government. Reuters (4/9)
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Gamblers seek tax jackpot with lotto-tickets scam
Gambling winnings can legally be offset by losses, and some people will acquire losing lottery tickets to reduce their tax bill. The illegal maneuver has led to a booming gray market in scratched-off tickets, which can sell for hundreds of dollars per bundle. The Daily Beast (4/6)
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Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered; it is something molded."
-- Antoine de Saint-Exupery,
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