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Ford does great job with redesigned Escape

Fans of the Ford Escape will enjoy hearing the news. This year's redesign, the first since 2008, has improved the Escape significantly.
Daniel J Vance

Wakefield Gets SA Chapters Running

My featured person this week, Margery Wakefield, of Lansing, Michigan, has had lifelong struggles with schizophrenia, a mental health disability.
Realtor Julie Jalone

Now with the election behind us…

Sacramento Realtor, Julie Jalone, who owns MagnumOne Realty in Roseville, writes about the tax exemption for debt forgiven as part a short sale and the 2013 Sacramento and California housing market.
Daniel J Vance

Man Copes with Retinitis Pigmentosa

The National Institutes of Health defines retinitis pigmentosa (RP) as an eye disease involving damage of the retina. The disease often runs in families. Symptoms can include
Daniel J Vance

Multiple Sclerosis Becomes Counselor’s Asset

During most of the '70s, Kathe Skinner, now a 65-year-old licensed marriage family therapist in Colorado Springs, Colorado, couldn't figure out what was wrong with her body.
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Honda Accord Hybrid offers great performance, gas mileage

If you're considering purchasing a Honda Accord, the dilemma one could face is one of its primary competitors is conceivably the Accord Hybrid.
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2013 Fiat 500 lineup includes turbo model

Did you lose track of Fiat? Join the club. Fiat had a decent U.S. run in the late 1960s and mid-70s. But the Italian automaker disappeared for more than 30 years.
Realtor Julie Jalone

5 Common Frustrations for Home Buyers

Realtor, Julie Jalone of MagnumOne Realty in Roseville, explains 5 common frustrations buyers face during the process of finding, buying and moving into their new home. If you are going to be a buyer, be prepared!
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Humor can help with disabilities

On Christmas Eve 1995, diabetic Dan Adragna checked into a Santa Cruz, California, clinic with what seemed a nasty spell of flu, except he had double pneumonia and would black out.
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Loretta Claiborne: Revisited

Roseville, CA - Last week, I began telling you about Loretta Claiborne, an African American who was born poor, partially blind, and with an intellectual disability.