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Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

From Staff and Wire Reports
Friday, April 26, 2013, 8:57 p.m.
 

“Vanilla Ice Goes Amish” will debut on the DIY television network this year. Network executive Burton Jablin says the former rap star will live with an Amish community in Ohio to learn how they do construction. Vanilla Ice already has a renovation series on the network that will return for its fourth season this fall.

Reverend Run of Run DMC will have a series next year starring with his wife and three children as they renovate their home.

Keeping with the music theme, DIY will also feature Daryl Hall next year as he renovates a farmhouse in Connecticut.

Smash that trash

The TK10 Trash Krusher lets you compact your kitchen trash right in the can.

The TK10 is a kitchen waste receptacle with a compacting plate attached to the lid. You push the plate to compact the trash cleanly, so you can fit more trash into a single plastic bag. The plate is held to the lid with magnets and can be cleaned in a sink.

The 10.5-gallon can is made of brushed stainless steel and has a foot pedal and slow-closing lid. It works with standard 10- or 13-gallon trash bags.

The can is available for $199.99 plus $24.99 shipping and handling at www.trashkrusher.com.

Little gardens, big fun

Just because you don't have much space, doesn't mean you can't cultivate a garden.

Jane Getsey will teach Fairy Gardening 101 at four separate classes starting in May at LMS Greenhouse and Nursery in Allison Park.

A fairy garden is a miniature garden complete with structures, such as gazebos and trellises, and live plants. They originated from miniature Japanese gardens and debuted at the 1893 Chicago world's far.

The classes are open to all ages. The cost is $40 per session, which includes a container for planting, soil and three fairy flowers. Junior fairy gardeners are encouraged to wear fairy wings and wizard hats.

The classes will be at 6:30 p.m. May 9, 10:30 a.m. May 11; 6:30 p.m. June 4 and 10:30 a.m. June 8. Please make reservations at least three days before each class.

Details: 412-767-7020 or email jgetsey@lmsgreenhouse.com

Recycling event for Quaker Valley

The Quaker Valley Council of Governments is sponsoring a recycling day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 4.

The event will be at the parking lot of the Avalon public-works garage at Frederick Street and New Brighton Road. Only residents of the member municipalities — Aleppo, Avalon, Bell Acres, Bellevue, Ben Avon, Edgeworth, Emsworth, Glen Osborne, Glenfield, Haysville, Kilbuck, Leet, Leetsdale and Sewickley — can participate, and an ID will be required.

Items being recycled include oil, car batteries, passenger and light-truck tires off-rim (for $2), latex or oil-based paints ($1 to $3.50), computer and electronic equipment, Freon appliances ($15) and reusable building materials. Documents also will be accepted for shredding for $5 per box.

Details: 412-766-7458

Send Homework items to Features in care of Sue Jones, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, D.L. Clark Building, 503 Martindale St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212; fax 412-320-7966; or email sjones@tribweb.com

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