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Movie review: 'Ice Age: Collision Course,' fine (but not-so-fresh) fifth installment fetches some laughs

Parents need to know that "Ice Age: Collision Course" is the fifth installment in the popular prehistoric-themed "Ice Age" franchise. It's not necessary for viewers to have seen all of the former films to understand the plot line, but it does help. The violence/peril is less intense than in previous installments but does feature serious natural catastrophes - like a fiery asteroid headed for Earth (and destructive meteors) - as well as egg-stealing birds bent on destruction. You can also expect a little bit of insult language ("turd," "stupid"), as well as mildly suggestive comments about "parts retracting" and hotness. The coupled-off characters also embrace or kiss very briefly. As always, the messages revolve around teamwork and the unconditional love/acceptance of the right "herd."

Home & Garden

Yardsmart: Old roses in your new digs

Homes built before World War II often contain surprise roses in their gardens. They are often very large old plants that border on brambles, while some may be simply an overgrown rootstock or others could be true antiques. Yes, there are treasures to be found that may be the species and early crosses proving their longevity by simply being alive today. Most of the old ones bloom just once a year, very heavily, in the dawn of summer.

Home & Garden

Plumber: A leaky shower mystery

Q: Dear Ed: I am a semi-retired finish carpenter. My second floor shower stall is unusable as water leaks on to the ceiling below when used. All my friends have said it's the old tile shower pan. Before I start ripping out the entire shower stall, do you have any ideas on how I can find out what exactly is causing the leak?

Home & Garden

Design Recipes: 10 space-saving tips for kids' bedrooms

From toys to clothing, finding a home for everything a child may need is often a challenge. Preserving space is often at the top of the must-dos list in addition to proper organization. With many Americans choosing to downsize, rooms have gotten smaller, but the good news is there are perhaps more design options on the market than ever to help maximize space.

Home & Garden

12 tips for beautiful organization

When it comes to our favorite part of beautifying a home, storage and organization rarely rank high. And rightly so; we often consider cleaning a chore, brushing it aside as an annoyance or time-zapping task to deal with later. But here's the thing: Science suggests that your messy home is more than just an eyesore. Researchers from UCLA's Center on Everyday Lives and Families found that women who live in a cluttered home have higher levels of cortisol, a stress-related hormone. In other words, those strewn dirty clothes could take a serious toll on your health, as well as the look of your home. Convinced that it's time to tidy up? Follow these timeless storage hacks to update your home - and bid stress bye-bye.

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Into the Wild(woods) of New Jersey

Beach vacations, done right, have a magical way of getting you to eat, drink and do things you'd normally steer clear of on a regular weekday. Take roller coasters. I hadn't been on one in years, ever since a wild ride on the Phantom's Revenge at a Kennywood school picnic left me dizzy for weeks.

Home & Garden

Ask Angie: Best siding choice for golf course homes

Dear Angie: We live on a golf course and golf balls always hit our house. We need to replace the siding, but it doesn't make sense to do it with the same product that'll get damaged over and over again. Is there a product that won't crack or show damage when hit by a golf ball?

Home & Garden

How two dreams became one Seattle dream home

SEATTLE - You work and work, imagine and plan, launch your son into adulthood and then ... It Is Time. Time to build your very own grown-up Dream Home. Pavel Lobanov and Mila Lobanova were there: They had a divine high-up site in View Ridge (which did not earn its name accidentally). They had a highly recommended architect (design principal Rick Mohler of Mohler + Ghillino Architects). And they had a budget for building (though it was tight).

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Urban pioneers create Granite City Art and Design District

The founding president of Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts on Cherokee st in St. Louis is working on making the 1800 block of State St. into a cultural hotspot with galleries, artist lofts and venues for music, lectures and performance art known as GCADD.
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