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CLICK & CLACK’S CAR TALK

Subscriber onlyDEAR TOM AND RAY: My wife and I bought a 2013 Prius in July 2013. We were parked at a mall when we had an unusual problem: I started the car and the "check hybrid system" light came on. We called Toyota's 800 number to have our car towed to the nearest dealership. The people at the dealership "powered down" the system, then "booted it up" again, and we drove home. About a week later, the same thing happened. We had it towed to the nearest Toyota dealership, and we got our car back about a week later. I was told that the electronics in the car may have "a loose connection." When I went to start the car, the problem recurred. Another week passed and I got a call that my car was ready. The mechanic told me they replaced one defective computer cell, and the computer was "talking to itself." I went into the parking lot to start the car, and the XM radio was knocked out. After 2 1/2 hours of waiting (again) for them to repair the XM, I was told by the mechanic that the car got stuck in reverse when it came off the lift and that the rear camera was not functioning. To make a long story short, Toyota replaced our Toyota 2013 Prius with a 2014 Prius. My question is (you were wondering when I'd ask it): How complicated are the electronics in a hybrid like the Prius? Can one thing going wrong cause a whole series of problems? Continue reading...

Season, space affect choice of fragrances

Subscriber onlyWith so many home fragrance products on the market, how does one pick a medium, a scent, or even the right room for placement? Industry insiders offer advice. Continue reading...

Aromatique set trend for fragrance industry

Subscriber onlyIt has been more than three decades since Arkansan Patti Upton mixed together acorns, pine cones, hickory nuts and other natural ingredients, added fragrance, dubbed the mixture The Smell of Christmas and sold it in a friend's gift shop. Her Heber Springs-based company, Aromatique, pioneered the modern decorative-fragrance industry. Continue reading...

If fragrances irritate, it's time to leave them

Subscriber onlyHome fragrances leave a bad scent in the noses of some ... especially those with related allergic reactions. Continue reading...

Super Quiz: Anagrammed countries

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Arkansas postcard past

Subscriber onlyParagould, circa 1910 Continue reading...

IN THE GARDEN

Subscriber onlyQ I sal-vaged several asparagus crowns while tearing down raised beds at my 90-year-old aunt's yard. They have thick, healthy roots, and I am keeping them moist. But where and when should I plant them? Where can I store them until we have a spot to plant them? Continue reading...

Personal Space

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Tools and Toys

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Helpful Hints

DEAR READERS: With summer in full swing and many of us spending time outdoors, now is the perfect time to fix up the front yard and give your home curb appeal. This is especially important if you are planning on selling your home. Here are some simple, cheap and easy hints. Remember, first impressions do count: Continue reading...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Subscriber onlyHappy birthday. By organizing your world the way you want it, you'll turn the fortunes in your favor. Apply your social savvy to advance your interests in August. September improves your health and sharpens your game. October features a big event. Your practical ideas and network of connections will make impressive things happen. Continue reading...

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I work in an insurance office, and the other day one of our sales people ran across someone who told him they thought it was wrong to buy insurance. They said the reason was because they believe God will take care of them. Are they right? Continue reading...

Ask the expert

Subscriber onlyI am in the market for a new house and while I know the obvious things to look for -- size, price, number of bedrooms -- what other factors should I be considering when I attend my next open house? Continue reading...

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