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Scots are hot: TV's 'Outlander' sparks local lore, kilt following

Akron-based Scottish-American Society member Alex Murray, left, wears a modern dress kilt. Julie Kennedy wears a traditional Scottish dress, and her husband Bill Kennedy, wears a modern Scottish kilt. Karen Schiely / Akron Beacon Journal

Women on both sides of the Atlantic share a secret: Scots are hot. If a Scotsman wears a kilt and speaks in a heavy Scottish brogue, more's the better. More

Visiting Stockholm need not cost a lot

The Skogskyrkogarden is a woodland cemetery on the southern edge of Stockholm. It was created between 1917 and 1920 and became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994. Jessica Gow / AP

There's no shortage of ways to spend your money in Stockholm, one of Europe's most expensive cities. Luckily, the Swedish capital is an outdoorsy place, meaning there's also a lot of stuff you can do for free. More

Sept. 11 sites in N.Y. attract more visitors than Statue of Liberty

One World Trade Center, which won't open until 2015, towers over the lower Manhattan skyline and can be seen from all over New York. Mark Lennihan / AP

Out-of-towners and locals alike have shown enormous interest in sites connected to the Sept. 11th attacks. More than 700,000 people from all 50 states and 131 countries have been to the National Sept. 11 Museum since it opened May 21. More

Shared finances are ties that bind son, mom

Dear Abby: I'm a 22-year-old college student. My boyfriend of seven years and I are engaged. Because we were high school sweethearts, we have watched each other grow into the people we are today. More

Fibrosis treatment not ready for FDA's OK

Dear Dr. Roach: I recently was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. I am an otherwise healthy 73-year-old male who underwent bypass surgery seven years ago. I work out to keep in shape, not to look like a teenager. I had 12 weeks of pulmonary rehabilitation, which was very helpful. More

Homearama design team spotlights luxury, fun, fantasy

An eat-in dining area at Greystone Manor, one of six luxury homes on this year's Ultimate Homearama tour, spills into the family room. Clarence Tabb Jr. / The Detroit News

For those who visit the return of Homerama, — a spectacle of six brand new multimillion-dollar luxury homes — memory points abound. It's like the Disneyland of luxury homes. More

Now's the time to seed your lawn, fix damage

Consistent watering will help your grass seed take hold and grow. Lack of water for six hours will kill germinating grass seed and new seedlings. PhotoDisc

Any bare spot in the lawn larger than 4 inches in diameter should be reseeded before weeds have a chance to sprout. The good news is now is the best time do the job. And this is also the perfect time to aerate the lawn. More

Ice Bucket Challenge has us put up or shut up

I guess it was only a matter of time before the chain reaction of a do-good movement came under attack by naysayers. The otherwise heart-warming Ice Bucket Challenge is under siege. More

Trendy yarn craft replaces knitting needles with arms

Lynette Halalay with her arm-knitted items. Photos by David Coates / The Detroit News

Earlier this year, Lynette Halalay reached beyond the art of hand-knitting when she embraced what's probably the hottest trend among knitters today: arm-knitting. More

Shrimp cakes won't make budget crabby

Almonds add the perfect crunchy crust to tender shrimp cakes. Kate Lawson / The Detroit News

I love crab cakes, but the price of crab causes me to cringe and my wallet shrink. So instead I make shrimp cakes, blending the ingredients, in the processor. More

Remember Netscape browser? Class of '18 doesn't

Dolly the Sheep, the world's first cloned mammal. Cloning has always been a fact, not science fiction, to today's college freshmen, born mostly in 1996. Getty Images

Milwaukee — If you want to feel old, this might do it: Madonna's daughter, Lourdes Ciccone Leon, has enrolled as a freshman at the University of Michigan. More

Photos may show 'Detroit's Downton Abbey'

Janice Anschuetz of Ypsilanti with book of photos of the Whitney mansion. David Coates / The Detroit News

'Was this the Downton Abbey of Grosse Pointe?' Janice Anschuetz of Ypsilanti asked Libby Nolan at a recent Trash or Treasure appraisal session held at downtown's DuMouchelle Art Gallery and Auction House. More

Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study

Tobacco plants are grown in a controlled environment at the Kentucky BioProcessing facility in Owensboro, Ky. The company is using tobacco plants grown at this facility to help manufacture an experimental drug to treat patients infected with Ebola. Kentucky BioProcessing

An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa — once more of it can be made. More

Michigan colleges screen students with Ebola in mind, U.S. colleges screen some students

Dr. Robert Palinkas, director of the McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois, in an exam room in Urbana, Ill. Michael Conroy / AP

Buffalo, N.Y. — College students from West Africa may be subject to extra health checks when they arrive to study in the United States as administrators try to insulate campuses from the worst Ebola outbreak in history. More

Today's garage doors come in many styles

With so many improvements in the design and functionality of today's garage doors, it has often moved to the top of the home improvement 'to do' list and can be a great way to improve your home's curb appeal. More

Welcome Mat: The latest and greatest for your home

Pottery by Thomas & Sarah Gelsanliter will be at Franklin' Art in the Village. Thomas & Sarah Gelsanliter

Franklin hosts its annual art show, 'Ypsi Roadshow' offers antiques appraisals, the latest garden photo winner and more. More

Back-to-school sales can inspire office spaces

Poppin products, available at Staples, strike a colorful note in any designated workspace. Staples

Back-to-school supplies might be geared toward a younger crowd, but grown-ups can get in the game, too. As students stock up on all the essentials, adults can gussy up a home office space with inspiration from the same type of list. More

It's not too early to dress your mantel for fall

If you want to celebrate fall in your home decor, the perfect place to start is your fireplace mantel, one of your home's most visible spots. MCT

If you want to celebrate fall in your home decor, the perfect place to start is your fireplace mantel, one of the most visible spots in your home. Here are three beautiful looks we created to inspire you. More

Some tips on the art of decorating your den

Here's where a 'soft' color such as off-white, cool gray, soft lavender or a rich taupe can provide a visual break from the wall of black screens and displays. MCT

Dens are often designed to be 'man caves,' but that doesn't mean they can't be family-friendly, too. Regardless of the size of your den, it is possible to create an appealing space that can be enjoyed by every member of the house. More

Fabric-covered walls an easy, cozy DIY project

Instead of covering the walls in wallpaper, you can opt for a watercolor print from the home decor fabric collection California Dreaming. MCT

Instead of covering the walls in wallpaper, which is such a pain to remove, opt for lovely print from a home decor fabric collection. Covering a wall in fabric is easy to do — and when the time comes, easy to undo! More

Use a room in an unexpected way

A breakfast room in this house was converted to a home office. Think about the type of work or play area that is missing in your home. You might already have space that could be reorganized and redecorated. Vicki Payne / MCT

Just think about what your house is missing. Do you need a home office, crafting room, guest bedroom or perhaps a larger gathering space? Your house might already have the space if you take another look. More

Is mother's cold intolerance part of dementia?

Dear Dr. Roach: My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2009, and she is taking Namenda and Aricept to help slow the advancement of the disease. More

Responsibility for birth control falls on both men and women

Dear Abby: I am sick to death of hearing about people who have too many kids and the hardship it imposes. More

Break out of the burger rut for the last barbecue of the summer

Rosemary Aioli adds flavor to Uultimate Burgers. Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet

But it's not just beef that makes super burgers. Other spectacular show-offs start with ground lamb, veal, pork, turkey, chicken and portobello mushrooms. More

10 ways to keep summer alive a while longer

Try the not new trend of paddle-boarding. Todd McInturf / The Detroit News

While Labor Day traditionally marks the end of summer in these pleasant peninsulas, we're here to tell you that it's not over yet. Here are a few suggestions to savor the last days of the season from The Detroit News staff. More

A different day of infamy

World War II began on a different morning for Stan Krajewski. On our side of the ocean, the day that lives in infamy is Dec. 7, 1941. If we didn't learn it in school, we've seen it in the movies. More

Make shallot burgers, pair with red wines

What a yummy summer recipe; perfect for alfresco dining, too. Summer-weight red wines would match up nicely, especially those that could take a slight chill. More

Banish blues with healthy blueberry muffins

These whole-grain, fruit-packed blueberry banana muffins have a lot less fat and sugar. Matthew Mead / AP

Happily, imported and frozen blueberries make it easy to enjoy them all the time. Even better, hand-pick berries and freeze them for later. Either way, they make for some pretty awesome muffins. More

Shades of Pigpen: We travel with our own germs

Dylan Gilbert, 7, of Naperville, Ill., demonstrating how he helped collect samples of bacteria from his foot during a 2012 study. Gilbert Family

Washington — Sorry, clean freaks. No matter how well you scrub your home, it's covered in bacteria from your own body. More

7 fun new takes on the 7-layer salad

Quinoa, edamame and orange-ginger dressing jazz up this layer salad. Brenton Gospodarek / MCT

It's the quintessential potluck food: seven-layer salad. This dish has pretty much remained the same for decades. Until now. We've decided it's about time this salad got a makeover. More

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