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CNET: Best home audio products of 2016

If you're an audiophile, you know what a big difference it can make to your listening experience to have good components. And they don't necessarily have to cost more than your house payment. These home audio products offer the best value for the money, and some pretty amazing sound, too.

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Yardsmart: Crimes against horticulture

There's a Facebook page titled "Crimes Against Horticulture" that gathers photos of horrendously mutilated trees and shrubs. It's what people do when they feel compelled to prune plants, but they don't know why. The extent of human creativity can be viewed on their posts, which defy both logic and nature. It is a valuable, visual cautionary tale about what power tools have done to landscape plants everywhere.

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Hobbies: Beach Blanket Roll Up makes beach lounging better

Summer is here, and what better way to relax than a day spent lounging at the beach on a colorful Beach Blanket Roll Up? With a pillow and two pockets for your sunscreen, book or sunglasses, this DIY is going to be your new favorite summer accessory. Plus, it rolls up and has handles so you can grab and go!

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This modern fiber art will fulfill your boho fantasies

Somewhere between macrame and traditional tapestries is a form of textural artwork that is popping up on walls in growing numbers. Even the makers creating the textile pieces have a hard time agreeing on what to call them: woven wall hangings, yarn art, weaves, tapestries. There are as many labels for the handmade pieces as there are styles.

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VIDEO: Teamwork and trust are musts for sheepdog competition

Using both high-pitched whistles and voice commands, Paul Murray along with his wife Kelly Gann and son Kylo Murray-Gann give a May 26 sheep herding demonstration at their Roy-area home while working with their dogs Lexi, Briar and Mike.
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