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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?

Murphy's Law: The NEWS in Ft. Worth

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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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Powell's Ponderings: Weather Guesses

One aspect of living somewhat near the Chicago metro area is that I am sometimes asked what the weather might be when someone or some events are coming this way.
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Murphy's Law: Stimulus Packages

A proposal is drifting through Washington, D.C., that would increase the amount of tax credits for high-efficiency appliances, i.e., air conditioners and furnaces, from $500 to $1,500.
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Chris Mathis, president of Mathis Consulting Co. and vice chair of ASHRAE’s residential ad hoc committee, talks about ASHRAE’s exploration into the residential market. Posted on Oct. 17.

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