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Combs on their way to relocation. They were placed in the shade of a tree across the yard, and after about three days, the angry bees dispersed.

    Fairchild’s tropical garden column

    The honeybees in the house had to be evicted — humanely

    We’ve been hearing a lot about honeybees dying en masse, about Colony Collapse Disorder, even predictions that the honeybee is headed for extinction. There is no doubt that beekeepers as well as farmers who require bees to pollinate their crops are losing lots of bees — entire hives in fact. Some beekeepers have reported that 30 to 90 percent of their bees have died.

  • Condo Line

    When do repairs need a vote of unit owners?

    Q: If the board of a condominium decides to do renovations and does not conduct a vote for approval by the owners, are the owners by law obligated to pay the assessment?

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A traditional design aesthetic, such as this Hayneedle's York Low Profile Sleigh Bed Set (starts at $680) with a cherry wood finish, blends both feminine and masculine sensibilities.

    Interior Design

    Suite dreams: How to make your bedroom restful

    Put to bed any angst you may have about your bedroom by paying attention to your sleeping space.

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 <span class="cutline_leadin">ON THE BEACH:</span> The Venice home of late songwriter Jerry Leiber has come on the market at $10.85 million.

    Hot Property: Los Angeles

    Hot Property: Heidi Klum makes short work of selling her Brentwood mansion

    Supermodel and television producer Heidi Klum sold her gated estate in Los Angeles’ Brentwood neighborhood for $24million in an all-cash deal that closed in 29 days.

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KENNETH HARNEY

    Washington Report

    Credit lines are fashionable again

    There’s been a resurgence of borrowing on home equity over the past 12 months, researchers and credit watchers have found.

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A lamp the author bought at Home Goods is made over with a shade and a new cord.

    Decor

    A new lamp needs just the right shade

    The other day I was lamp-shopping at one of my favorite bargain stores when I spotted a pair of antique-bronze-finished metal-based lamps. A quick flip of the price tag proved they were a score — only $29.99 each — especially because they were dead-ringers for ones I had seen days before in a fancy decorator showroom. The problem was their shades. Poorly constructed with a lumpy trim tacked around the top and bottom edges, the shades cheapened the bases the same way poor quality shoes do an expensive outfit.

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 <span class="cutline_leadin">‘Wow effect’: </span>If you’re looking for a dramatic effect, freestanding or “island’ tubs like the Kohler Vintage Freestanding Bath can be a nice choice.

    Ask a plumber

    Freestanding tub can be bathroom’s masterpiece

    Q: My wife and I want to turn an unused bedroom into a full master bathroom. Since we have extra space, we would like a beautiful bathtub installed in the middle of the bathroom area away from the walls. What basic bathing options do we have to explore to plan for our bathtub centerpiece?

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