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A hometown headquarters is leading the pack in Division 1 of the KCBJ’s Coolest Office Spaces contest.

As of Thursday afternoon, Kansas City-based engineering firm Burns & McDonnell’s new headquarters expansion, which opened in 2016 and earned a Capstone Award this year, had garnered a bit more than one-third of the votes (about 35 percent) and leads the grouping of large companies. SelectQuote, a life insurance brokerage, was in second with about 24 percent of the votes.

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Sherwin Williams’ Pick for 2018’s Hottest Color

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Oceanside_Sherwin3A rich blue with jewel-toned greens is forecasted to be 2018’s hottest color of the year, according to Sherwin Williams, which unveiled its 2018 Color of the Year choice this week. Other paint companies will be announcing their paint choices over the next few weeks.

Oceanside SW 6496 is a statement color. It can add a bold, attention-getting pop to wall colors, furnishings,  accessories, and even a home’s front door.

“Green-blues in deep values, such as Oceanside, respond to changes in light, which is a quality that creates intense dimension,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. “It is a tremendously versatile color, and harmonizes with other diverse color groups.”

Oceanside is reminiscent of a marine-inspired look. But Sherwin Williams says the color can be woven into practically any design style, from mid-century modern to Mediterranean, traditional, or contemporary. Sherwin Williams says the color is versatile enough to be paired with any number of other colors, from hot pinks, yellows to navy or sky blues.

For 2017, Sherwin Williams had selected Poised Taupe (SW 6039) as the hot color. The company has been pushing the brownish-gray hue into more color schemes this year. Sherwin Williams had predicted taupe to become the next “it” color base for many homes today, edging out the popularity of gray.

But for 2018, Sherwin Williams is returning to a bolder shade for its hot-pick.

“People today have a growing sense of adventure, and it is making its way into even the coziest corners of our homes,” Wadden says. “We are craving things that remind us of bright folklore, like mermaids and expeditions across continents. Oceanside is the color of wanderlust right in our own homes.”


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Mac-O-Lantern and Cheese Bowls | Food Network

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Scare up a delicious dinner with these mac and cheese-stuffed bell peppers.

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Mac-O-Lantern and Cheese Bowls
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen
Total: 40 min
Active: 30 min
Yield: 6 servings
Level: Easy


Kosher salt
6 medium orange bell peppers
8 ounces elbow macaroni
1 1/4 cups half-and-half
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
4 ounces mild Cheddar, shredded (about 1 1/2 cups)


Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Fill a large bowl with ice water.

Cut the tops off the peppers and reserve. Remove the seeds and membranes. Put the peppers and the tops in the boiling water and cook until just tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Plunge the peppers into the ice bath. Once cool, remove them and use a sharp knife to carve a jack-o-lantern face into one side of each pepper.

Return the water to a boil, add the macaroni and cook until al dente, about 6 minutes. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water and drain (don’t rinse the pasta).

Heat the half-and-half in a large saucepan over medium heat until it just comes to a simmer. Continue simmering until reduced to about 3/4 cup, about 10 minutes. Add the cream cheese and stir until melted. Whisk in the Cheddar until all the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth.

Off the heat, add the macaroni to the saucepan and stir to combine. Stir in some of the reserved pasta water to thin the sauce if needed. Season with salt if needed. Let sit for 10 minutes, then divide the mac and cheese among the peppers and cap each with a pepper top.

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Next-generation battery developer's new Joplin facility will create 100 jobs

ZAF Energy Systems Inc. opened a new production facility in Joplin Thursday, which is expected to create more than 100 jobs.

The Montana-based company, which develops next-generation battery technology, is expanding its production capacity to meet customer demand and drive more interest in its rechargeable nickel zinc battery (NiZn) as a replacement for lead-acid batteries. The additional capacity also will help it expedite licensing and joint venture negotiations, as well as commercializing its…

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