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Letter to Meredith Viera results in dream home makeover in Chicago suburb

WAUKEGAN, Ill. - Drew Davis walked up the steps of his Waukegan home with his 9-year-old twins, Hope and Finn, to discover a new door, fresh blue paint on the siding and yellow daffodils and forsythia blooming where old, unkempt bushes once grew. Inside, he found a remodeled interior with an art studio and living room designed to give him the space he needs to paint while his children do their homework.

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On Gardening: In praise of a $5 butterfly and its mistletoe

I remember it like yesterday. I returned from a Rotary Club meeting in Mission, Tex., to see a good sized group with cameras gathered around a patch of flowers at the National Butterfly Center there. I quickly went in and asked what were they seeing? The answer was a Great Purple Hairstreak butterfly. Today when I give a presentation on butterflies I typically call that one a $5 butterfly, in other words it is so showy it's worth the price of admission.

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