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The editors of The NEWS have something to say... and we want to hear back from you! Here's our take on the news of the day. What's yours?

Powell's Ponderings: Snow Woes

March 2, 2009
I think I know something about mechanical ice making. But I apparently don’t know much about mechanical snow making. Did you know it can get too cold to make snow artificially?
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Murphy's Law: NEWS in Fort Worth, Part 2

February 27, 2009
Upon arriving at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport, expecting partly cloudy skies and 74°F weather, contractors attending the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) 41st Annual Convention and Indoor Air Expo were not too disappointed.
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Murphy's Law: The NEWS in Ft. Worth

February 24, 2009
Where does The NEWS go in the wintertime? Someplace warm, and as often as possible. I love the four seasons of the great white North, but there comes a time when a little warmth and sunshine does a body good.
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Powell's Ponderings: Reclaim Input Needed

February 23, 2009
A proposed rule by the EPA that would create about a 20 percent shortfall in supplies of R-22 as early as next year is stirring up even more calls for reclaim. So here’s the deal: I’m looking for feedback from you about your feelings on this whole reclaim issue.
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Five Tactics Your Competitors Are Using to Survive the 'New Normal'

February 23, 2009
I live and work in the rather sickly Detroit metropolitan market. Every time I drive by a flooring store, granite shop, plumbing showroom or contractor’s truck, I wonder how they are doing. What steps have they taken to cut costs? How long can they keep going if conditions don’t improve?
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Skaer-Tactics: In Praise of Geothermal Heat Pumps

February 18, 2009
More times than not this scenario occurs while attempting to relax on a plane. There’s always an inquisitive person sitting to the left (or right) who, after some small talk, wants to know what I do for a living.

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Murphy's Law: Unemployment Silver Lining

February 16, 2009
Yes, we all have heard that times are tough. For anyone who has lost a job, or who has had to lay people off, I know how you feel. Been there, done both.
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Skaer-Tactics: Yes, Chocolate Furnaces Exist

February 12, 2009
If you want to send a memorable gift for your special customers on Valentine’s Day, The NEWS was recently given an idea.
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Powell's Ponderings: Too Detached For My Own Good

February 9, 2009
I do crossword puzzles to keep my brain functioning beyond work hours and learn a bit more about matters beyond HVACR. But a recent puzzle had one word that really bogged me down - and it is embarrassing what that word was.
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Murphy's Law: World's Funniest HVAC Video

February 9, 2009
There is a lot of misinformation floating around about the R-22 transition. Go to www.achrnews.com/countdownto2010 to watch a funny video. It may not be ready for prime time TV on “The World’s Funniest Videos” but what you hear might shock you.
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