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Gudas Wants to Help Give Panthers Strong Home-Ice Advantage in 2020-21

SUNRISE, Fla. – When opposing teams visit South Florida, they often leave with a nice tan.

But if Radko Gudas has his way this season, they’ll also be leaving a little black and blue.

Putting pen to paper on a three-year contract with the Florida Panthers not long after the NHL’s free agency period officially opened on Friday, the hard-nosed defenseman is hoping that his no-nonsense, menacing brand of hockey will help make BB&T Center one of the toughest barns to visit in the league.

“I’m really excited to get going and working hard to be in the best shape I can be to play the tough, physical role that I’m going to get,” Gudas said last week. “I’m looking forward that. I always look forward to playing a physical game and making sure that teams don’t like coming in our building.”

It’s that sort of attitude that caught the

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Did Zacj Grienke really give away pitch sign

Did Zach Greinke really give away a pitch to the Oakland A’s?

The Houston Astros pitcher caused a stir on Thursday when he held up two fingers moments before throwing a 3-2 pitch that A’s outfielder Ramón Laureano deposited into the left field stands for a two-run home run in Game 4 of the ALDS.

Did Greinke really give away pitch?

That looks … bizarre. Was Greinke atoning for the sins of the Astros sign-stealing scandal by blatantly giving away pitches to a playoff opponent?

If that seems unlikely, it’s because it is.

While it’s fun for fans to think that a six-time All-Star pitcher for baseball’s most reviled franchise would suffer such a monumental lapse of judgment, the more likely explanation is much more mundane.

Houston Astros’ Zack Greinke pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of Game 4 of a baseball American League Division Series in

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15 Gift Ideas to Give New Homeowners

Whether you’re attending a housewarming party or sending a gift to a new homeowner from a distance, finding the perfect…

Whether you’re attending a housewarming party or sending a gift to a new homeowner from a distance, finding the perfect item to welcome your loved ones into their new space may not be easy. A bottle of wine can feel cliche, or even out of line if they don’t drink alcohol. So how do you give a celebratory gift that’s memorable and useful?

The key is trying to make those final parts of moving in easier. “Anything you can choose to make a rough process easier is great,” says Julie Schechter, founder of care package startup Small Packages, based in New York City.

[See: 10 Ways to Save Energy and Lower Your Utility Bills]

To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of gift ideas to help you find

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5 fireplace ideas to give you all the cozy vibes

On the hunt for fireplace ideas to get yours looking lovely for fall and winter? Hey, it’s October now, we are definitely allowed to get excited about the change in the seasons! We love decorating our homes at this time of year, making them cozier, comfier and warmer. And nothing says cozy, comfy and warm like a fireplace, so whether you have a fireplace you want to spruce up or looking to add one to your home, here are our fave five looks to get you inspired…



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1. Build log storage under a fireplace

We love this simple, fussy free fireplace and the log storage underneath is not only a handy addition but looks really stylish too. This living room is on the traditional side, but this style of fireplace would look amazing in

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How to Know When It’s Time to Give Up and Call a Contractor

Last year, my wife and I bought our first house, a 70-year-old Cape Cod with a little rot on the porch and a few cracks in the ceiling. Of the 14 windows, not one had a screen. The color scheme was pink and mint green. In real-estate parlance, the house had “charm.” We moved in the day we signed the papers.

We made quick work of painting and patching drywall holes, but the bigger challenges were the two upstairs bathrooms. The guest bathroom—specifically the shower—required immediate attention. The plastic stall had yellowed like a used cigarette filter. It had no doors. And when we finally got around to turning on the water, we discovered it drained freely into the room downstairs.

In an act of hubris, I decided to tackle the project myself. I wouldn’t necessarily do all the work, but I’d at least corral various handymen and save myself

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Stacey Solomon shows how to give homes a budget Autumn makeover with cheap wreaths, DIY garlands and a clever sock hack

AUTUMN is well and truly here so it’s time to swap out your bright and bold colourful decor for some moody orange and brown hues instead.

Stacey Solomon has been leading the way with cheap DIY autumnal decorations which she’s been making using budget bits – and it’s just the vibe we’re after.

Stacey Solomon, 30, has been embracing autumn and giving her home a seasonal makeover

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Stacey Solomon, 30, has been embracing autumn and giving her home a seasonal makeoverCredit: Instagram

Whether you’re going full blown Halloween, or want to incorporate a subtle seasonal makeover, chances are you can do it yourself for cheap with a few of Stacey’s handy hacks.

From cheap hand-made wreaths to a fun solution to odd socks, Stacey’s ideas are endless – and even her pal Mrs Hinch is in on it too, making handy decorative garlands.

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The 30-year-old mum-of-three recently showed her 3.7 million Instagram followers how to whip up a seasonal wreath

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Give it to me straight: What do contractions really feel like?









Guys, there is so much to look forward to about pregnancy and birth: The adorable socks, that thing babies do when they grab your finger, and, you know finally getting that other living thing out of your stomach.

But wait…that requires actually pushing something the size of a watermelon out of your vagina (*cringe*). How the heck is that supposed to happen, you ask? Contractions. Here’s the lowdown on those ever-so-helpful (but ultimately painful) baby-pusher-outers.

I need a refresher: What are contractions?

“A contraction is just a squeezing of a muscle,” says Dr John Thoppil, an gynae at River Place OB/GYN and an assistant professor at Texas A&M University’s College of Medicine.

When you’re having a baby, that muscle in question is your uterus – and the harder that muscle squeezes, the more it hurts, says Dr Thoppil.

That muscle is

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Pilot, Haslam family give $5M for East TN Children’s Hospital Emergency Department renovation

Work will include dedicated behavioral health care section.

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Knoxville-based Pilot Company and members of the Haslam family are donating $5 million to renovate the Emergency Department at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Fort Sanders.

Department improvements will include dedicated trauma rooms and an expanded lobby. Also, there’ll be a behavioral health care section, “providing safe spaces for patients receiving treatment or awaiting inpatient placement. Sensory-sensitive rooms also will be available.”

It’ll be called the Pilot Emergency Care Center, recognizing those who have worked and will work as Pilot Company team members and their families.

Children’s Hospital President and CEO Matt Schaefer in a news release thanked the Haslam family for the gift.

“I am proud to be part of an organization that runs to where the need is, and humbled to have the backing of the Pilot Company and Haslam family in this effort. The children of

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Different responses in individual cells give muscles more control

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Skeletal muscle tissue. Credit: University of Michigan Medical School

Minute differences in individual muscle cell contractions allow the entire muscle to flex with greater control and accuracy. Long dismissed as “noise” or error, experts now suspect that biological systems may have evolved to include unavoidable variation as a form of information in their communication channels. A team of experts from the University of Tokyo published these findings in the scientific journal Cell Reports.


“The differences between cells’ responses to stimulation is actually another form of information,” said Professor Shinya Kuroda, leader of the research lab that performed the experiments at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Science and a co-author of the recent research publication.

Although robots might be designed to respond identically in unison, each cell in a natural system contains all manner of idiosyncrasies, such as unique patterns of gene expression. Each cell in a muscle

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