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August 28, 2015

Making Iconic Journeys Before Modern Transportation Made Them Easy

Iconic-travel-ledeHave you ever considered taking a road trip on iconic Route 66 from start to finish? This 2451-mile journey from Chicago to Los Angeles takes about eight days in a high-horsepower muscle car now, but "once upon a time," took a little more than three months -- if you were traveling by low-horsepower horse and buggy.

Today's tourist can easily and comfortably see some of the world's great countries and sites thanks to the wonders of convenient modern transportation. Commercial airlines and modern vehicles make hopping from city to city or even country to country accessible to all. Looking back at the not-so-distant past however, it's easy to see how the time and effort required to make these same journeys meant that the world must have seemed like a far larger place.

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August 27, 2015

Lexus Verses and Flow College Scholarship offers $100,000 in Awards

Lexus_Verses_and_flow-HBCU_ScholarshipHere's some good news for college students heading back to school! Hitting the books, listening to professors, acing classes, and being a community leader can earn you a $5,000 scholarship. You must apply quickly, though, as the application period ends on Friday, September 4, 2015.

Last year, 19 students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) earned nearly $100,000 through the Lexus Verses and Flow Scholarship  and this year 20 students will have their chance to earn $100,000. The scholarship was established in conjunction with the television show Lexus Verses and Flow, featuring poetry and R&B performances, now airing in its fifth season on TV ONE through September 17.

Lexus_Verses_and_flow-HBCU_Scholarship2Presented in partnership with ten of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities, two students at each of the following institution will each be awarded a $5,000 scholarship in recognition of their community leadership and academic excellence. Winners will be selected through an essay process, with students describing how they drive positive change and play a leadership role in their community.

The second annual Lexus Verses and Flow Scholarship is open to students at these distinguished HBCU schools:

Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, Ga.)
LeMoyne-Owen College (Memphis, Tenn.)
Florida A&M University (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Morehouse College (Atlanta, Ga.)
Grambling State University (Grambling, La.)
North Carolina A&T University (Greensboro, N.C.)
Hampton University (Hampton, Va.)
Spelman College (Atlanta, Ga.)
Howard University (Washington, D.C.)
Xavier University (New Orleans, La.)

LEXUS_VF_HBCU-Scholarship_Application_20151To be considered for a $5,000 scholarship, students must complete an application, available at these campuses, or by downloading it here,  and submit it along with a written or video essay detailing how they are taking a leadership role in their communities, the importance of community, and the benefits of attending an HBCU. Qualifying students must be a sophomore, junior, or senior at the start of the scholarship application period and provide a letter of recommendation from a member of their school’s faculty as well as a leader in their community.

“The Lexus Verses and Flow Scholarship is part of our pledge to support and improve young lives, and rewarding students for academic excellence and leadership does just that,” said Brian Smith, Lexus vice president of marketing. “These accomplished HBCU students have a solid education and enormous potential to influence their communities. Higher education is the foundation for many great beginnings, especially when students are equipped with initiative and leadership skills.”

Lexus_Verses_and_flow-HBCU_Scholarship3The scholarship coincides with the return of the NAACP Image Award-nominated variety show, “Lexus Verses and Flow” in its fifth season, airing on TV One through September 17, 2015. Blending electrifying musical and soul-stirring spoken word performances, the variety show has featured mega-watt stars that include Jill Scott, Maxwell, K. Michelle, Estelle, Gary Clark Jr., Leela James, Anthony Hamilton, and Mali Music alongside the best up-and-coming poets including Rudy Francisco, Prentice Powell, Georgia Me, and M’Reld Green.



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August 26, 2015

In Honor Of National Dog Day, Autotrader Names Best Cars For Dog Lovers

AP_Pet_Travel_Tips-6-GettyImages_179046481 AskPatty is a pet-friendly site, so we were very pleased to receive the following news sent to us from the folks at Autotrader. Once again, the expert editorial team at Autotrader is celebrating National Dog Day, August 26, by naming the Best Cars for Dog Lovers.

According to American Pet Products Association, more than 54 million American households own a dog, so it's no surprise that 56 percent of dog owners actively seek out cars and trucks that are great for traveling with their four-legged friends. In fact, a recent survey conducted by Autotrader revealed that 22 percent of Autotrader visitors have taken their pet, or would consider taking their pet, on a test drive.

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Waze Joins With Furious 7 For Another Fun Summer Mobile Promotion

Furious7-extended-editionIf you're a fan of the Fast & Furious movies (and maybe Vin Diesel), you might enjoy this Waze promotion that's scheduled to hit your mobile device this week.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is joining with Waze to promote the home release of global blockbuster Furious 7. “Get your Furious 7 Fix Fast” is a first-of-its-kind promotion that will allow Waze users in seven cities to find Prizing Pit Stops giving away free Furious 7 merchandise. Universal has released Furious 7 on Digital HD this week and will release it on and on Blu-ray™, DVD, and On Demand on September 15.

From this week through September 17, Waze, the real-time crowd-sourced navigation app, will display scheduled messages announcing the release of Furious 7 in seven participating markets. Want some F&F7 swag? On one day in each market, Waze users can find directions to pop-up venues where street teams will be distributing free Furious 7-branded T-shirts, hats, license-plate frames, and a limited number of digital codes to download the film on Digital HD (among other items). Each Prizing Pit Stop will operate while supplies last for up to 90 minutes and then move on to two other spots throughout the day.

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August 25, 2015

How to Test-Drive a Car the Right Way

How_to_Test_Drive_a_Car_the_Right_Way-iStock_000061362852_SmallTest-driving a car before buying one is crucial, even if it is new. After all, no article, review or guide in the world can accurately convey what it feels like to interact with a vehicle in person. As such, your best bet is to visit a dealership and test-drive each potential purchase yourself. You can also use this opportunity to collect price quotes.

Keep in mind that a test-drive is one of the last steps in the car buying process, which means that you should already have a good idea of the kind of vehicle you want to buy and how much you can afford to spend on it. You should also have a list of vehicles that you may consider buying.

If you have all that, then here is what you need to do in order to test-drive a car properly.

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August 24, 2015

AskPatty's Back-to-School Tips 10: Make -- and Keep -- a Budget


Using credit and debit cards can make it easy to lose track of what you spend. Be careful about weekend splurges.

Make a monthly budget and divide your spending into categories -- like food, clothing, and entertainment, etc. -- and set limits on the amount you spend on each. It will prevent you from going overboard. Before you indulge, think about how many hours would you have to spend at your work-study or part-time job to pay for your expenses. It will help you keep things in perspective.

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August 21, 2015

AskPatty's Back-to-School Tips 9: Do it Yourself


Don’t waste money on things you can do yourself: Small savings here and there can really add up.

Instead of stopping into the SUB or local coffee shop for a caffeine fix, try brewing coffee in the dorm with one of those single-serving coffee makers. Keep a compact refrigerator and countertop microwave in your room to heat up frozen snacks instead of making frequent fast food runs. Every little bit counts when you're a student on a limited budget.

Speaking of which…

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August 20, 2015

Nissan Creates "World's Cleanest Car" Thanks to Self-Cleaning Paint

Nissan_Leaf-self_cleaning_car-MG_7715When we first heard of a self-cleaning car, we assumed it was an April Fools' Day prank. But then we saw it in action and were duly impressed. Not only is the Nissan Leaf a clean vehicle because of its all-electric zero-emission drivetrain, but Nissan is using it to debut innovative paint technology that actually repels mud, rain, and everyday dirt to keep its outside clean, too.

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