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Colleen Kane

Colleen Kane
Special to CNBC.com

Colleen Kane is a writer for CNBC.com covering luxury and unusual real estate as well as travel and other topics. Her essays and articles have appeared in The Oxford American, Bust, Spin, the anthology Madonna and Me, and in many other publications. She created the urban exploration website Abandoned Baton Rouge and more recently set her camera sights on the ruins of Borscht Belt resorts.

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  • Best Educational Family Trips Tuesday, 15 Feb 2011 | 3:26 PM ET
    For parents in search of excursions that provide a little more mental stimulation than the beach, the choices abound. It’s just a matter of picking from the wealth of options. To narrow it down, we’ve picked suggestions for eight types of kids, from budding chef to history buff, to drama queen, to animal lover. Here, assembled with input from Eileen Ogintz, creator of the travel resource and the writers at are plenty of ideas for educational family fun.

    For parents in search of excursions that provide a little more mental stimulation than the beach, the choices abound. It’s just a matter of picking from the wealth of options.

  • The 10 Cleanest Cities Monday, 14 Feb 2011 | 9:27 PM ET
    Cities are not exactly synonymous with cleanliness; so how to determine which are the closest to that ideal? Ireland and Australia have their annual Tidy Town competitions, but it takes more than an attractive square and an effective anti-litter campaign for large metropolitan areas to be considered tidy.Each year, the consulting, outsourcing and investment firm Mercer ranks cities worldwide in its . The 2010 survey crunched data from 221 cities. Drawing from this data, Mercer also compiles an e

    Each year, the consulting, outsourcing and investment firm Mercer ranks cities worldwide in its Quality of Living Survey. Here are the 10 cleanest cities.

  • The Cheapest Cities to Own a Car Thursday, 10 Feb 2011 | 4:49 PM ET
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    Which cities are the least expensive per year for car owners? Sperling’s Best Places compiled a top-ten list. Click to see which cities fared the best.