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Exposure to VOCs is linked to numerous health problems very serious problems like cancer, to headaches and irritations to the ears, nose and throat. One specific VOC, benzene, is known to cause cancer. They can also cause things like kidney, liver, and nervous system damage. How you react to VOCs depends upon your exposure and differs from person to person. However, pregnant and nursing women and small children can be at a more significant risk. I should stop here to say that when my husband noticed all my research he was skeptical. how much exposure does it take to really make this something to worry about? Is the average person really exposed to enough VOCs to worry? Unfortunately, I couldn answer his question specifically. Each person reaction is different and I don know how much exposure it takes to make one sick. But after all this reading, I do tend to believe that if there are other options available and they not completely cost prohibitive, why not be better safe than sorry? VOCs also effect the environment. One company who makes zero VOC paint, YOLO Colorhouse, talks about how VOCs effect the environment. They say on their website that everyone in the United States used zero VOC paint instead of a 'low VOC' or traditional paints, we would eliminate between 150 million to 1 billion pounds of chemical solvent from being released into the atmosphere. So have I completely overwhelmed and freaked you out? I hope not. Because while all this information can be overwhelming, many paint companies carry low VOC and no VOC paints that are easily available. But again, do your research my friend Courtney pointed out on her blog, some companies will claim to be low VOC on their label, but this only refers to the base paint. When color tint is added to the paint, more VOCs are added, as well. What should I buy? All this research is completely new to me. While there are about ten rooms in my house that could use a good re painting, I have yet to purchase any low or zero VOC paints since realizing how important it is to choose these materials. So while I can speak to the quality of the paints, much of the research I done online reveals that these paints, though slightly more expensive in some cases, are high quality paints that go on smoothly with great coverage. I rounded up a few sources for low and zero VOC paints, as well as some other natural options. So what do you think? Is this something you consider when making paint purchases for your home? Have you tried any of these paints? 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I make a completely amateur attempt at trimming the roster down to that all important 53rd spot, and I welcome your feedback as to how you see the roster shaking out as Pre season unfolds I didn't analyze the QBs as much in practice as the other positions because I feel like I know what to expect out of Matt Schaub and Sage Rosenfels. Both QBs look to be very in tune with the top four WRs. Schaub looks just slightly more fluid and more consistently accurate, though it seems like he was skittish in the red zone (like last season). Rosenfels looks to have markedly better arm strength, but that may be what leads him to try to squeeze throws into tight spaces so often. When it works it looks good, but I think it'll always cause Sage to toss too many picks for my liking. Of course it boils down to staying on the field for Matt, but the Texans are in good hands with Sage too. 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Kevin Walter also looks primed for a big season. He's just as steady and solid as you ever wanted to see out there. Runs smooth, pinpoint routes, catches everything, and always seems to have some breathing room on the guy trying to check him. He's as good a 2 WR as there is in the AFC South as far as I'm concerned. Andre' Davis and Jacoby Jones give the Texans a solid 3/4 combo that adds speed and versatility to the group. Jones appears ready to take another step as a receiver in his second year and performed well in practices after returning from foot irritation. I think Jacoby's biggest issues are with focus and concentration. He shows ability to make great plays, and then he'll let you know just how far he still needs to go. With Davis, I'm just hoping we'll see that same desire we saw when he was playing with his career on the line. If that's the case, we can expect another solid season from Andre. Both of these guys are capable of the big play and give the Texans a lot of potential for production with multiple WR sets. I also really like David Anderson as the fifth wideout to round out the group. Yeah, he's a smallish guy, but he's gritty and has shown what he can bring to the table if his number is called. Anderson reminds me a little of Wes Welker, though he has a long way to go to really be that kind of receiving option. Other WRs that caught my eye in camp are 17 LeRon McCoy and 84 Darnell Jenkins. McCoy made several nice grabs in the sessions I saw, both in the position drills and in team action. I don't expect the 3rd year man to make the final roster, but he'd be my 6. Jenkins has shown excellent speed, and while he needs polishing, the UDFA from Miami looks like a good P squad candidate. Making the cut: (5) A. Johnson, Walter, Davis, Jones, Anderson The offensive line has looked decent so far, particularly in pass protection. 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Ephraim Salaam is on the shelf after routine knee surgery, so he won't have a real shot to win the LT job back in pre season. Although I think it'd be Brown's gig anyway, Ephraim will be a good mentor/insurance policy for the rook once he returns from the knee scope. I also expect Rashad Butler to be a factor, as a guy who fits Gibbs' system and is still young with some upside. He doesn't look as strong as any of the other OTs and maybe could use an extra 10 lbs, but he's definitely quality depth.
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"That just tells you how important baseball is to the state of Florida." The results are a two thirds increase since the state last looked at the impact of spring training in 2000. There were 20 teams training in Florida then, with the economic impact pegged at $450 million an average of $22.5 million per team. "It really points to the loyalty of Major League Baseball fans," Florida Sports Foundation spokesman Nick Gandy said. The Foundation is overseen by the state Office of Tourism Trade and Economic Development. It commissions the study, which used the so called IMPLAN system to apply multipliers to more than 200 different types of spending to determine direct and indirect economic impact. The study, done during and specifically for spring training 2009, measured worker income at just over $284 million. Spring training supported or created 9,205 jobs. How statewide results translate locally is unknown. 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The average fan was traveling in a group of three, and the group was spending $313.65 a day. Commissisoner Tammy Hall said the results back up the county investment. "We do need to justify it," she said. "I'm not here to hoodwink the public." Hall said she remembers the wailing that took place when the Kansas City Royals left Lee County in 1987. She heard it again from Sarasota before the team landed the Orioles.
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