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On Philanthropy: 2018 is ideal time to focus on strategic corporate philanthropy


Businesses must play a more strategic and integral role in efforts to solve the most pressing problems of our local, national and global communities. So believes Larry Fink, chairman and CEO of international asset management and investment giant ...

Caution: Cleaning this way is like smoking a pack a day, study says


Just in case you needed a legitimate excuse to be messy, there's a new study that says cleaning may actually be bad for your health. Researchers at the University of Bergen in Norway found that regular use of cleaning sprays contributed to a ...

Susan Tompor: Taxes: What you need to know to deduct medical expenses


Some retirees are grumbling that young families are getting a better deal under tax reform. But seniors could be overlooking some good news for deductions for medical expenses. At one point, the heated debate on tax reform called for eliminating ...

Hot Property: Actress' auction is a no-go: Elsewhere, a former Ford desert property is for sale


LOS ANGELES--After shopping her Palm Springs compound for more than a decade, Suzanne Somers appeared on the cusp of selling her longtime desert retreat at auction last month. She must have had a change of heart. The actress-entrepreneur and her ...

Seattle not amused by green-pigs stunt by real-estate company


SEATTLE -- An out-of-town real-estate company hoped to make a big splash ahead of its launch in Seattle on Wednesday, so it put cutouts of little green pigs all over the region. The plan was to create buzz and online searches that would lead ...

Buying a Bay Area home now a struggle even for Apple, Google engineers


SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Bay Area home prices are out of reach for many middle-income families, but surely if you're a highly prized engineer at Apple or Google you can afford a house here, right? Not so fast. These days even high-paid tech workers -...

For residents, appeal of downtown Minneapolis is still sky-high


MINNEAPOLIS -- Downtown Minneapolis' population has exploded over the past decade, propelled by millennials and empty nesters who are embracing the urban lifestyle. More people moved downtown last year than any other in the past decade, expanding...

Clean it up: Top kitchen trends for 2018


The biggest trend in kitchen remodels is tidiness, according to Houzz's survey of more than 1,700 homeowners who use the site nationwide and are either planning a remodel, are in the middle of one or have just completed an update. The 2018 Houzz ...

On the House: Philadelphia's ultra-luxury condo market is in full swing, but convincing high-end buyers still takes work


In Philadelphia in the 1980s -- the decade in which the Phillies won the World Series, city police dropped a bomb on a West Philadelphia neighborhood, and the Frankford Slasher killed at least a half-dozen women -- the City of Brotherly Love also ...

Real estate Q&A: Do rental tenants have to obey HOA rules?


Q: Our community has an association that is not a "paid" HOA; there is no board and no meetings. There are written HOA covenants that I believe should still be part of the property transaction on any home purchase. Many residents are completely ...