One family member dead, five others injured in house explosion in Garland

GARLAND, Texas — One family member is dead and five others are injured after a Sunday morning house explosion in Garland, Texas. Investigators are continuing to investigate what caused the explosion but say just before 11 a.m. on Sunday, August 14, 2022, the Garland Police Department and Garland Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 600 block of East Ridgewood Drive.
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Five Ways to Pamper Your Cat

(BPT) - If you have a cat, you know that they are the kings and queens of their domains. As their owner, it's your job to not only take care of them but also spoil them like royalty. You don't have to break the bank to show your feline a good time. Check out these five tips below to help you treat your cat and build trust in your relationship with them.
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Must-Have Tech Amenities Apartment Hunters Want

- Today’s Millennial and Gen Z apartment hunters are tech-savvy, smart and safety-conscious. That means they are seeking the best in high-tech features that make their lives easier, safer and more fun, and they are willing to pay more for it. Parks Associates’ research on multifamily property owners shows that a third of residents are willing to pay an additional 15% per month in rent for smart amenities.

Amazon's innovative career and technical training program supports employee education in field of their choice

(BPT) - Looking for work or thinking of switching jobs? Imagine getting hired for an entry-level job — or any other position — in a company that will then pay for your tuition, in advance, for any educational program you want to pursue, regardless of whether the field is related to your position at the company. Not only that, but the company will also provide you with free one-on-one coaching to help you make the most of the program as you set and work through your career goals.

Top 5 ways to reduce your home energy costs this fall

(BPT) - As temperatures begin dropping this fall, you may be worrying about rising energy costs. Fortunately, there are a number of simple, proactive steps you can take that will save on energy and expenses for your home — while also increasing comfort — today and well into the future. On top of that, you will also be helping to increase the value of your home with these effective energy-saving measures.

Living with myelofibrosis? What you need to know

(BPT) - Myelofibrosis is a rare blood cancer that develops when a disruption occurs in blood stem cells, resulting in excessive scar tissue formation (fibrosis) in the bone marrow, where most blood cells are produced. To help compensate for abnormal blood counts, splenomegaly (enlargement of the spleen) occurs in most patients, which can cause pain below left side of the ribs and fullness.[1] Other symptoms experienced by patients with myelofibrosis includes feeling tired or weak, bruising or bleeding easily and severe anemia, which is a lack of healthy red blood cells.[2] If you are one of the thousands of people living with myelofibrosis in the U.S. today, you may be experiencing first-hand how these symptoms can be debilitating and greatly impact your quality of life.[3] Myelofibrosis can occur in both men and women and is more likely to be diagnosed in people over age 50.[4]

5 tips for getting your brain in better shape for back-to-school season

(BPT) - Fall is always a busy time, with kids of all ages — and their parents — getting ready for going back to school. Schedules are hectic, there’s a million things on your to-do list, and everyone’s juggling multiple demands. No matter your age, you rely on your brain every day, and need its power to keep you focused, sharp and attentive as you face the challenges this busy season throws at you.

What You Need to Know About Heel Pain

(StatePoint) Very common in adults and on the rise in children, heel pain continues to be the number one reason patients seek care from foot and ankle surgeons. While experts say there are many reasons for heel pain, including bursitis, Achilles tendonitis, bone bruises, fractures, growth spurts and nerve pain, the most common cause is plantar fasciitis, a condition that one in 10 people will suffer from in their lifetime.

Embracing life after an aggressive brain cancer diagnosis

(BPT) - Gill Doyle is a self-proclaimed numbers guy. He loves statistics, research, and anything that can be quantified with a number. When he was diagnosed with a fast-growing and aggressive brain tumor called glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), it was devastating. Not only would his life change, but the way he preferred to think and process the world around him would also shift.

Celebrate National Lemonade Day with Tasty Treats

(BPT) - Aug. 20 is National Lemonade Day, and with temperatures reaching record highs, it’s the perfect time to indulge in a thirst-quenching lemonade treat. It’s no wonder that lemonade has been an American fan favorite since the 1870s, especially during the summer months when you just can’t seem to hydrate enough. It’s scientifically proven that lemonade is a thirst quencher: tart, sour beverages stimulate salivation, and acidic drinks give the impression of hydration even after you’ve had the last drop. But that doesn’t mean you have to stick to drinks.

From beginner to buyer: 4 tips for navigating the homebuying process

(BPT) - Buying a home is a life-long dream for many people, but it can also be a stressful and anxiety-inducing experience, especially in today’s highly competitive housing market. It can be even more overwhelming if you’ve never bought a home. According to the National Association of Realtors, first-time homebuyers represented 34% of all homebuyers in the U.S. in 2021.

Must-Know Cleaning Tips for College Students

- Back to school season is a flurry of activity for college students and their families. From gathering and packing school supplies and dorm essentials to seeing friends and family one last time before heading to campus, it can be a hectic time. For many students, the last thing on their radar is learning what might be a new, and as you’ll see, a critical responsibility – cleaning.

Closing your pool for the winter? Follow these steps for the best results

(BPT) - As the temperatures start to drop, you know it’s getting to be that time again — pool closing time. If you live in an area that sees snow and freezing temperatures, it’s especially important to properly clean and prepare your pool for closing each year. Not only will it help protect your pool and equipment against damage during freezing weather, but it also ensures your opening next spring will be as effortless as possible.

Design your best year yet: 5 ways to make your classroom and lessons pop

(BPT) - As a new school year approaches, teachers are finalizing lesson plans and preparing classrooms for their students. Teaching is not as simple as imparting knowledge to future generations. At its core, teaching requires educators to find visually creative ways for students to interact with and retain knowledge while building essential skills.

How to Support a Loved One With COPD

(StatePoint) It can be scary when a loved one is diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD affects more than 15 million Americans and is responsible for one death every 4 minutes nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, experts say that with a solid understanding of the disease, you’ll be equipped to help your loved one control symptoms and breathe better.

Want to become financially healthy? Learn how tech tools can help

(BPT) - Could your finances use a checkup? If so, you’re not alone. According to the Financial Health Network, "Financial Health Pulse: 2021 U.S. Trends Report," nearly two-thirds of Americans struggle with financial health. But what does that mean? The study considered factors such as people’s ability to pay bills, their amount of short-term savings and their credit scores. If you’re not sure how healthy your finances are, here’s one starting point — do you have enough savings to cover at least three months’ worth of expenses in an emergency? If you answered no — or if you’re not even sure what three months of expenses would be — chances are you could benefit from recent tech innovations to help manage your finances smarter.