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In Alleged Extortion Plot, Cops Uncover Jay Z Recordings at Storage Facility

By John Egan   April 22, 2014

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In their investigation of an alleged extortion plot, cops have unearthed a treasure trove of original recordings by rap superstar Jay Z (pictured above) at a Southern California storage facility.

TMZ pegged the value of the Jay Z tapes–known in the music biz as “master” recordings–at $15 million to $20 million. Police snatched the tapes April 18 at a storage facility in Northridge, a Los Angeles neighborhood.

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America’s 6 Fastest-Growing On-the-Rise Startup Hubs

By John Egan   

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In the startup world, places like Silicon Valley and New York City are sharks in a pond full of smaller fish. Yet despite being dwarfed by the sharks, many of the smaller fish are swimming along just fine.

“From Silicon Valley in California to Silicon Alley in New York, it may seem that those areas have cornered the market on tech genius, but don’t be fooled,” Entrepreneur.com reported in 2012. “The Internet is decentralizing business, allowing entrepreneurs to build smart, lean businesses in far-flung places.”

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Professional Organizer Nicole Anzia: ‘All Progress Is Good Progress’ When Decluttering

By Jay MacDonald   April 21, 2014

Nicole Anzia

Nicole Anzia’s mission is to organize Washington, DC—one brownstone at a time. Anzia’s popularity has grown strictly by word of mouth among Capitol Hill’s movers and shakers, with a touch of help from her popular Washington Post organizing columns and her impeccable Neatnik.org website.

In an interview with The SpareFoot Blog, Anzia offered insights into the world of organizing in our nation’s capital, and served up advice about how to approach moving and storage.

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Habitat Debate: Should You Buy or Rent a Home?

By Liz Wolf   April 18, 2014

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After 14 years of renting, Rami Sabanegh became frustrated with paying high rents and began weighing the purchase of a home.

“I felt like I was throwing my money away,” said Sabanegh, 33. “Also, when you rent, you don’t have privacy.”

When Sabanegh and his wife found out they were expecting a baby, that further prompted them to pursue homeownership. “I wanted to have a home for him to grow up in,” Sabanegh said.

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The 7 Top Tech Hubs Among America’s Small College Towns

By John Egan   April 16, 2014

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In the HBO comedy “Silicon Valley,” one of the characters refers to the famed tech hub as “the cradle of innovation.” To be sure, Silicon Valley has given us the home computer, the iPhone and many other tech innovations.

Yet even some small college towns in the U.S. can lay claim to being cradles of innovation, although on a much smaller scale than Silicon Valley. Without a doubt, the built-in brainpower and resources of a university can be a catalyst for tech startups in small college towns. Not every college town graduates to the level of a mini-Silicon Valley, though.

“College towns are no longer just sleepy hamlets where learning, sports, conversation and partying prevail,” social and economic theorist Richard Florida wrote in 2011 on The Atlantic Cities website. “The rise of the idea-driven, human capital-powered knowledge economy has transformed many of them into economic powerhouses.”

So, which small college towns in the U.S. make the grade as standout tech hubs?

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Bathroom Trends for 2014: Serenity, Safety and Style

By Rhonda Owen   April 15, 2014

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Bathrooms always have been the place where we prepare to face the day in the morning, but they’ve increasingly evolved into restorative spaces where we retreat to unwind and recharge.

In 2014, homeowners want to steam, soak and wash their cares away in open, spa-like spaces with clean, minimalist lines, according to the 2014 National Kitchen and Bath Association trend report. This year, they’ll spend $5,000 to more than $30,000 to upgrade and update fixtures and color schemes.

While bold, bright colors are trending for other rooms, homeowners are asking for sleek, contemporary bathroom designs that sport sensory-soothing gray and white color schemes. Consumers also are attracted to Asian-inspired designs featuring warm neutrals like beige and stone with light finished wood and bamboo, according to Houzz.com, a home design website. What follows is a look at several 2014 bathroom trends.

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New York vs. LA vs. Chicago: Which One Is America’s Best Big City? [Infographic]

By John Egan   April 10, 2014

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The Big Apple seems to have everything you’d ever want, from bagels to Broadway to the Bronx Zoo. In the City of Angels, you’ll find beaches and sunshine and stars. The Windy City offers deep dish pizza and Michigan Avenue and Wrigley Field.

Of course, the best qualities of each city go beyond these. But if you were considering a move to either New York City, Los Angeles or Chicago, how would you choose which of America’s three biggest cities to call home? This infographic may help answer that question.

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Cellphone Storage Thriving Near New York City Schools

By John Egan   

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You can store furniture. You can store business records. You can store wine. You can store cars. Now, there’s a new high-tech wrinkle in the business of stashing stuff: cellphone storage.

A recent New York Times story points out that several shops near public schools in New York City’s borough of Queens are ringing up extra money by charging students to store their cellphones during the school day. In New York City, students aren’t allowed to carry cellphones in public schools.

These stores aren’t the only ones taking advantage of the cellphone ban, which took effect in 2005. The Associated Press reported in 2012 that thousands of New York City students are paying a $1 a day to leave their cellphones at gadget-storage trucks parked near schools—namely those campuses equipped with metal detectors, which can be set off by cellphones.

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How to Avoid 10 Common Decluttering Mistakes

By John Egan   April 8, 2014

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Here’s a startling statistic: The U.S. has an estimated 40 million clutterers, according to Beverly Keyes Taylor, author of “Clutter to Clarity: The Easy Key to Organizing.”

Can’t wrap your brain around that figure? Then consider this: That’s about the same number of people who live in the New York City, Los Angeles and Dallas-Fort Worth metro areas—combined.

While cluttering may not be an epidemic in the U.S., it certainly qualifies as a major headache. Of course, decluttering is the remedy, but it’s obvious that a lot of us aren’t taking the medicine.

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Professional Organizer Bekka Fink: Clearing Space and Clearing Minds

By Jay MacDonald   April 7, 2014

Bekka Fink

Globetrotting actress, singer, composer, teacher and spiritual seeker Bekka Fink brings a world of experience to her growing San Francisco Bay enterprise, Rockstar Organizer. Clutter is only half the challenge for Fink, who embraces ancient “space clearing” techniques and “green” coaching to help clients overcome internal barriers and make peace with their surroundings.

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