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Much of the housing market made a forced pit stop during the lockdowns of March 2020, but by that summer it was on track and running red hot. This upswing ran contrary to conventional wisdom, and the pandemic-related lull in home sales that some experts expected never materialized. Researche…

If you feel like you’ve been throwing out your sponges, you may need to make some changes to how you use them. Here are some tips on how to get more mileage out of your sponges before throwing them out.

Students processing the attack in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 students and two teachers  — yet another school shooting — returned to a common theme: They are the “lockdown generation.” Although mass shootings at schools are rare, gun violence among traumatized and stressed students has risen since the start of the pandemic — and many have become numb to the violence. Since the start of 2020, researchers at the Naval Postgraduate School have recorded 504 cases of gun violence at schools — a number that eclipses the previous eight years combined. The database includes students brandishing guns or opening fire in classrooms, bathrooms, cafeterias or gyms, and counts students who have used guns to take their own lives at school.

This summer is a crucial one for Atlantic City as it tries to recover lost business during the third year of the coronavirus pandemic, and casinos and non-gambling resorts are putting millions into renovations and new attractions to compete for visitors. On Thursday, Bally's opened a new rotating bar and an outdoor beer garden. On Saturday, the Showboat hotel is opening an indoor go-kart track, and the Ocean Casino is spending $85 million this summer on new rooms, a new sportsbook and other projects. Several casinos are opening new restaurants and Resorts will open a renovated rooftop pool with a retractable roof in late June.

Carnival Cruise Line says a painting project is to blame for an odor that affected some cruise ship passengers and prompted the U.S. Coast Guard to investigate. Petty Officer Stephen Lehmann says the Coast Guard dispatched a crew to the Carnival Magic ship on Thursday. He says no one was evacuated for medical treatment. In a written statement, Carnival said some passengers were affected by the odor from an outside painting project and were aided by crew members. Carnival says all passengers have now disembarked in Norfolk as planned.

Pandemic-weary U.S. residents are confronting high gas prices as they decide whether to travel this Memorial Day weekend. AAA says the average gas price in the U.S. on Thursday was $4.60 per gallon. In California, it topped $6. But for some, more than two years of pandemic life has them hitting the road or taking to the skies despite a recent surge in cases. AAA estimates that more than 39 million people in the U.S. will travel 50 miles or more from home during the holiday weekend. A record number of almost 90% of those travelers are expected to go by car over the long weekend.

Furniture DIYer @maggiemcgaugh recently bought a house and her makeover videos just keep getting better. This bathroom makeover is dramatic and bold but really comes down to hardware, paint, and the perfect wallpaper.

TikTok creator @peonyandhoney gave her room a major makeover by swapping out furniture and accessories. Sticking to neutral colors made the space feel much more chic and clean.

A boring neutral high gloss kitchen wasn’t what @thistimeincolour was looking for, so she made it over with matte paint, bright walls, and plenty of fun accessories.

With boating season ramping up, it's a good time to talk about best practices for pet-friendly boating to ensure your little one is safe. Before hitting the lake, river or sea with your pet, it's important to plan ahead and always keep the best interests of your four-legged first mate in mind.

Misinformation in the pet food market abounds. To help determine fact from fiction, here's research on the most common misconceptions about pet food.

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