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May 28, 2014 by Talo Thomson

For many, it’s been all too easy to write off video-gamers as wasting their time. How could the successful retrieval of the Sword of a Thousand Truths land a guy a job? Why would countless hours of Diablo II make for a promising new hire?

Yet hand-eye coordination skills stand to benefit from gaming in moderation. Back in 2007,...

May 12, 2014 by Talo Thomson

This March, Associated General Contractors of America (AGCA) announced plans to release a new domain specific to the construction industry: .Build. Touted as a new top-level domain name, .Build has been available to the public for pre-registration since late April. For $99 per year, building industry websites can convert to .Build.

The release comes...

May 12, 2014 by Talo Thomson

Since filing for bankruptcy last July, Detroit has struggled to ameliorate its housing crisis. A grand total of more than $18 billion of debt made Detroit’s default the largest municipal bankruptcy in United States history. This financial failure, compounded by the mortgage mess, has left thousands of homes vacant.

Currently, the city owns 16,000 vacant, foreclosed homes, and Detroit...

May 8, 2014 by Molly Shaw

Report cards are no longer just for students, a new program is holding builders to higher standards as well. The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) is the first green building rating program in the U.S. to target schools in the K-12 range and progressively more states are adopting the new program.

According to CHPS...

May 1, 2014 by Molly Shaw

Hurricane Sandy, unofficially dubbed “Superstorm Sandy,” was the deadliest and most destructive category-three hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, as well as the second most costly hurricane in U.S. history, just behind Hurricane Katrina. While most hurricanes go out to sea upon reaching the Mid-Atlantic, Sandy, however, set a course for devastation.

From Oct. 22, 2012,...

April 23, 2014 by Dale Rappaneau

Just when it seemed like things were getting better, the Commerce Department said Wednesday that “sales of new homes declined 14.5 percent” in March 2014. This brings home sales down to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000.

Worse still, the Commerce Department announced that March “was the second straight monthly decline and the lowest rate since July 2013.” Clearly, the spring...