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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — The pressure on trustees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to grant tenure to investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones continued to mount Friday as a major funding partner joined the call to change her status and a sought-after chemistry professor decided not to join the faculty over the dispute.

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The average gasoline price jumped six cents to $2.96 over the past week, and it's expected to continue climbing because of the pipeline closur…

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Cleaning dirty grout is one job most of us hate doing, but @nowitsclean offers up three ways to get grout that looks like new. You can even make a grout cleaner at home using baking soda, dish soap, and hydrogen peroxide, then scrub with a toothbrush.

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Don’t worry about blowing up this pool or getting out your tools — just bring it out and fill it. The bottom is made of vinyl, while the sides are made of heavy-duty PVC. Available at Amazon, $37.99

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The most powerful flea-killers are often sold as “bug bombs” that saturate exposed surfaces with a strong insecticide, killing fleas in all forms.

Q: Help me, Tim! I’m so darned frustrated! The paint on the outside of my home and shed keeps peeling. Both have wood siding. Every few years I’m out there scraping and starting over. What am I doing wrong? I follow the directions on the label of the paint can to the letter. Is it the paint? Is it something I’m doing wrong? Is it just the weather where I live? I’m beginning to think an evil hex was cast upon my house by an enemy of a former owner. Please help me because I don’t want to put up vinyl siding to eliminate the paint issue. —Debbie S., Waterloo, Iowa

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If you find yourself constantly untangling cords from hot tools, this surprisingly simple bathroom storage hack from popular DIY duo The Sorry Girls will solve your storage issues for good. Using wood pieces, wood glue, some white spray paint, and hardware to match the existing bathroom cabinetry, @thesorrygirls show you how to build a pull-out storage cabinet that keeps hair dryers, curling irons, and straighteners organized.

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If you still want that 70s aesthetic but you’re not willing to sacrifice your weekend to get it, try this easy circle mural from artist and designer @dazey_la. Using a string, a nail, a pencil, and a hammer, she creates a perfect circle. From there, you just need a roller for the center, a hand paint brush for the edges, and your favorite color of paint.

No matter how you look at it, removing varnish from wood is not a pleasant job, but the feel-good feeling when it’ s over makes the job worth it. Whether you’ re removing an old finish from a door, woodwork or a piece of furniture, you’ ll be pleased with the end result. If the removal work is on molding or window and door casing the work can be done in place, but if its movable, like...

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