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January 29, 2016

AskPatty's Guide To Great Winter Family Escapes 11: Take a Warm Weather Vacation

Consider the beaches of Florida to Puerto Rico to Hawaii -- not to mention tropical islands that stay warm all year.

Want something to keep you warm this winter? The Travel Channel has found some great places to warm up during winter. Check them out here.

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January 28, 2016

Cute Kids Review Cars at the 2016 North American International Auto Show

CarsKids_NAIAS_video_reviews-3Check out this new online video series called "Car Kids," featuring two adorable 10-year-old kids interviewing representatives from automotive manufacturers at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

The pair of young reporters, with help from's experienced editorial team, reviewed new cars and asked experts tough questions about some of the top vehicles at the show. The video series provides more than just a peek into NAIAS, cool car specs, and hilarious moments; it also reveals genuine excitement and whole-hearted wonder about one of life's biggest purchases.

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January 27, 2016

AskPatty's Guide To Great Winter Family Escapes 10: Take a Winter Cruise

Whether you want to travel to warm or cold weather, you can find a cruise line to take you there.

Once the temperature starts dropping, some people want to escape to sun and sand in popular destinations such as the Caribbean and Bahamas. Others sail on exotic adventures to the Southern Hemisphere (including Australia, New Zealand, southern parts of Africa, and most of South America), where our winter is their summer. Find your warm weather cruise destination here at USAToday.

On the other hand, if you want to trade sand for snow, these cold-weather cruises suggested by Conde Nast Traveler can take you to places like Antarctica and Alaska, and will have you seeking out penguins, fjords, and even the Northern Lights.

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January 26, 2016

Courtney Force-Designed 2016 COPO Camaro No. 1 Auction to Benefit United Way

Courtney_Force_COPO_camaro_Auction-frontChevrolet will auction off the first, sixth-generation 2016 COPO Camaro race car to raise money for United Way. The COPO Camaro, serial number 2016COPO001, was designed by NHRA Funny Car driver Courtney Force, and will be sold on Friday, Jan. 29, at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction.  All proceeds of the winning bid will benefit United Way.

“I was extremely honored to work with Chevrolet and help design the 2016 COPO Camaro,” said Courtney Force. “The bright red color and the signature slash marks towards the back on the car bring a part of my Traxxas Chevrolet Camaro Funny Car to the COPO Camaro, which I think is really cool. The proceeds from this car go to a great cause and benefit the United Way, so it's an awesome project all around."

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January 25, 2016

AskPatty's Guide To Great Winter Family Escapes 9: Enjoy the Fireplace And A Warm Drink

Kids and grown-ups alike love a warm beverage in front of a crackling fire.

From traditional favorites like eggnog, cocoa, cider, and spicy chai tea to adult beverages like zesty mulled wine or yummy hot toddies, there's a broad assortment of delicious drinks that will also warm your heart.

Cozy up with these delicious cold-weather beverage recipes from,

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January 22, 2016

Women in Automotive Seeks Top Speakers for 2016 Conference

WIAlogoThe 2016 Women in Automotive Conference has announced a nationwide search for great speakers looking to reach a unique audience. The focus of the 2016 conference is educating and empowering the automotive community on leadership and trends that positively impact employment and sales growth within the female market.  

Organizers expect more than 600 professionals to attend the conference – doubling the attendance from last year’s inaugural event. The conference, scheduled for June 26-28 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate in Orlando, Florida, brings together representatives from dealerships, auto manufacturers, vendors, suppliers, academia and the automotive industry at large.

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AskPatty's Guide To Great Winter Family Escapes 8: Go Ice skating

You can go winter ice skating outdoors, even if it's 90 degrees outside!

Outdoor ice skating rinks are the perfect place to hang out with friends and family, enjoy a first date, or sign up for skate lessons. Many even have private cabanas where you can hold a special event. Maybe you're lucky enough to live near a frozen lake for ice skating, but if you don't, just do a google search for outdoor ice skating rinks to find one near you.

How do outdoor ice skating rinks stay frozen in the warm weather?

It has to do with a substance called propylene glycol, says Willy Bietak, president of Bietak Productions. His company has installed outdoor rinks at Pershing Square in Los Angeles, California, and by the Queen Mary in Long Beach.

According to an interview at, the propylene glycol is chilled to anywhere from 5 to 15 degrees below freezing using a large refrigeration system. Then, Bietak says, it's run through pipes housed in aluminum panels that sit directly under the ice itself. The glycol cools these panels to very cold temperatures and the panels in turn cool the ice above them. Bietak says these warmer daytime temperatures create a "soft, smooth, soapy surface where you have a good edge."

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January 21, 2016

#YourLifeIsWorthTheWait: Don't Try To Beat That Train

Your_life_is_worth_the_wait-joggerIt sounds simple. It's tempting to ignore the flashing lights and gate arms, but when railroad crossing arms are down or the warning lights are flashing, drivers and pedestrians must wait for the passing train. Unfortunately, Federal Railroad Administration statistics reveal more than 900 people nationwide were killed or injured trespassing on railroad property last year.

Union Pacific Railroad recently launched a social media campaign urging drivers and pedestrians to think about their personal safety first and wait at grade crossings. The series of videos depict different scenarios in which a jogger, a young couple, and father and son are stopped, waiting for a train to pass. When the arms lift, each proceeds safely toward a spectacular future.

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Ladies Auto Know: Keep Calm, Drive On

1__istock_road_rage__by_mandy_godbehearIt will come as no surprise that speeding is as prevalent as it is dangerous. Over a period of several months, I observed speeders on Interstates, as well as in residential neighborhoods.

Women, it turns out, hit the accelerator just as hard as men and wear the same tense and determined look when speeding. But who is most likely to speed, and what can be done about the behavior?

I recall reading an article on the gender and age profiles of road rage offenders in Psychiatry MMC, a peered review journal, which reported that a number of studies have examined the characteristics of individuals who perpetrate road rage. It revealed that individuals are predominantly young (33 years of age on average) and male (96.6 percent). Investigators also found that road rage behavior may extend across all age groups with the exception of seniors. And while the behaviors are predominantly male, women are not exempt.

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January 20, 2016

Ford Joins With 'Girls Who Code' To Help Close STEM Gender Gap

Girls-who-code-logoAs part of Ford’s expanding community commitment in Northern California, the Ford Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto is joining with Girls Who Code to help close the gender gap in technology and engineering fields.

As part of the collaboration, Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford, will support the education and professional growth of Girls Who Code club members in Northern California, serving more than 180 young women in grades six to 12 in the Bay Area.

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