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History Lessons

Brush up on your American history before the Fourth of July by reading America: The Story of Us written by Kevin Baker for the History channel. The book is a comprehensive look at our shared history and is told through short essays, eye-catching graphics, vivid pictures, and charted statistics.

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Energy Efficient Cooling

Home energy costs rise along with the temperature. Lower your summertime energy bills by learning how to cool your home more efficiently:

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Discovering Treasure

You visit a garage sale and spot a lamp or piece of furniture with a unique motif. You think you might have found a hidden treasure but you can't be sure. You suddenly wonder how those people on TV always seem to know the value of an item the moment they see it. Wondering how they do it?

Learn how people in the business find, price, sell, and repurpose their thrift store treasures:

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Real World Forensics

TV shows like CSI, NCIS, Bones, and Criminal Minds dramatize forensics and criminal investigations, but how do the script writers figure out how to accurately portray different scenes? They ask the experts. 

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The Cinderella Horse

The Eighty-Dollar Horse: Snowman, the Horse that Inspired a Nation by Elizabeth LettsThe afternoon auction ended. The leftovers, old horses, were packed tightly into a trailer for the final trip of their lives. These horses were the ones no one wanted. The ones destined for the glue factory.

Harry de Leyer, a stable instructor, planned to attend the auction. He wanted to buy a strong, sturdy horse but a flat tire dashed his plans. He arrived late and the only horses left were the rejects sandwiched together in the trailer.

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