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THE RADIO EQUIVALENT OF TV's Nielsen ratings, Arbitron ratings measure who listens to which radio stations at various times of the day. Paper diaries that Arbitron households fill out and mail in weekly have been criticized for years as inaccurate at best. Read more

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Fifties Love Affair Fifties Love Affair

“QUIRKY DICK VAN DYKE house with brick floors” is how architect Tom Shafer describes the pre-makeover state of this 7,500-square-foot ranch house built in the 1950s. Contemporary for its time, the original form made extensive use of glass, steel, wood, and brick. The clients especially loved its modest appearance from the front. “They're kind of ‘fly-under-the-radar' people,” Shafer says. “They're not very showy.” Read more

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Freeway Fumes

As land costs have risen in recent years, builders have turned increasingly to urban infill sites, and parcels close to major highways are particularly attractive to commuters. But a study from the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles suggests that children who grow up in neighborhoods within 500 meters (about a third of a mile) of a freeway risk impaired lung development. Read more

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Half-Billion Dollars Half-Billion Dollars

Notice to builders: If a prospective buyer lists his address as Briny Breezes, Fla., he's good for the money. On Jan. 10, the owners of the nearly 500 mobile homes in the oceanfront trailer park became instant millionaires when they voted to sell their town to a developer for $510 million. Read more

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New Mortgage Rules

THE OFFICE OF THE COMPTROLLER OF the Currency has issued new guidelines to lenders regarding non-traditional mortgages, requiring them to fully explain the loans and ensure that borrowers qualify for the life of the loan and not just for the initial rate. Read more

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