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    Condominium living

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    Jamie Warosh understands the advantages of condominium living.

    “We had the time to do other things in life versus spending our whole weekend at home doing yard work,” recalled Warosh, who owned a two-bedroom condo in Kenosha County with her husband, John, before moving to a single-family home.

    But, said Warosh, a Kenosha real estate agent and property manager, she knew the trade-offs of such a maintenance-free lifestyle, including monthly fees, strict rules and regulations for common areas, and what the age of a complex can mean for maintenance, potential assessments and resale value — all things she’s found many new condo owners haven’t necessarily considered.

Health

Back on their feet

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Josephine Mata, 74, doesn’t travel all the way from the north side of Racine to Kenosha lightly, but she’s happy to make the trip to receive an innovative diabetic neuropathy treatment at Dr. Cynthia Cernak’s office.

“My feet were bothering me. They were puffy and numb. Now they’re feeling good again. I can get up off the chair now,” Mata said.

For the past five years, Cernak has been using a combination of electric current and local anesthetic to help diabetics overcome painful stabbing, tingling and numbness in their feet. She and her team at Kenosha’s Midwest Foot and Ankle Institute, 10105 74th St., have treated 560 patients so far, a majority of whom, she said, have seen their symptoms dramatically reduced or eliminated. Most of these patients were on their last legs when they came in, she said.

Your Home

    Restful retreat

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    We spend about 10 hours a day on average in the bedroom. That’s a good part of the day, so why not make this retreat one of the best rooms in the house?

    To do the job well, it’s important to understand that bedrooms aren’t just for sleeping. They serve many purposes. Televisions and Internet connections make this room well-suited for a secondary TV monitor and maybe a home office.

    With just a few adjustments you can turn a drab bedroom into a haven. A new furniture arrangement could give you extra space for a small desk or comfortable reading chair.

Faith

    Vatican mystery: Where did gay welcome originate?

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    VATICAN CITY — It’s one of the great mysteries of the meeting on family life taking place behind closed doors at the Vatican this week: Just where did the authors of a draft report come up with such ground-breaking language that gays had gifts to offer the church and that even homosexual partnerships had merit?

    Officially speaking, the draft report was a synthesis of the interventions from more than 200 bishops, a starting point for small working groups to propose amendments, elaborations, additions and subtractions to the drafting committee preparing a final report that will be released today.

    But conservative cardinals have said their views were not reflected in the draft, they blasted the report as “unacceptable” and said it was in sore need of an overhaul.

Life

    Big break leads to big weight loss

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    How did he do it?

    How did Bob Brenner lose 253 pounds to become the record-breaking winner of the 2013 season of the reality show “Extreme Weight Loss”?

    To get to the answer to this question is to know what didn’t work for the 43-year-old Paddock Lake native.

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Travel

    Game still on at Atlantic City

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    My bet is that Atlantic City isn’t on the radar of football fans heading east to watch Wisconsin play Rutgers on Nov. 1.

    Atlantic City, 100 miles south of New Jersey’s largest university, is quickly losing its reputation as a gaming mecca. Four of the city’s 12 casinos closed this year, and a fifth (Trump Taj Mahal) is expected to go down before November ends.

    The Washington Post reports that Atlantic City’s casino revenue is one-half of what it was in 2006. The Baltimore Sun attributes the spiral to the opening of 40 casinos in neighboring states, a big change from when New Jersey legalized gambling in 1978.




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