BALTIMORE — Gordon McGlothlin, who took his first puff at age 12 behind his family’s garage, tried to quit smoking for years, but no cessation technique worked
BOSTON — This summer, Melvin Matos did something that he never thought he would do: graduate from high school.
In 1931, Congress passed a bill to make “The Star-Spangled Banner” the official national anthem of the United States. But the decision was far from simple.
Doctors describe 16-year-old Sebastian DeLeon as a walking miracle — he is only the fourth person in the U.S. to survive an infection from the so-called brain-eating amoeba.
NEW YORK — You meet in a nondescript reception room in a midtown Manhattan skyscraper. You’re handed a form on a clipboard. Then the receptionist slips away, the doors lock —
BLACKSBURG, Va. — As a caretaker strums his guitar and other seniors start to sing at an adult day center on the campus of Virginia Tech, 72-year-old Joan, who has
Since 1969, the Rock Falls Raceway has brought all manner of speedsters to burn rubber on the Dunn County Track. The raceway is a quarter-mile drag strip in a rural setting
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Carol Gee loves her sprawling four-bedroom white ranch house in this Kansas City suburb; she sees herself living in it forever.
HOUSTON, Minn. — Kevin Lindh was just looking for another way to connect with kids after graduating in 2014 from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a teaching
CORNELIUS, N.C. — Brett Epps, 28, and Alix Cirigliano, 27, had been dating only one month when Epps was rushed to the emergency room in 2014, unknowingly in the midst
MINNEAPOLIS — Do you love your job?
LOS ANGELES — Lee Wesley Gibson, believed to have been the oldest living Pullman porter, died as he lived — calm, quiet and in control — sitting in a chair
WASHINGTON — Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook does it. So does FBI Director James Comey. Should you?
LOS ANGELES — Attention parents: If you’d like to see your kids do better in school, have them close their books, set down their pencils and go outside to
LUCAS, Texas — It started with a tweet: “Gay marriage is flat-out wrong.”
For many people pets are a part of the family. Owning a pet is a rewarding experience, but also an important responsibility. Fortunately, there are preventative measures that
Kitchens are moving outside. And they’re doing it in a big way. According to a recent study from the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), outdoor kitchens are
CHICAGO — After graduating from college in 2014, Dean Pearce, 24, weighed why he should or shouldn’t continue to live with his parents. His conclusion: “The
OSSEO — Officials for the annual Lake Martha Days celebration in Osseo traditionally have little trouble filling the hundreds of volunteer positions needed to
Following is a list of community festivals scheduled this spring, summer and early fall in west-central Wisconsin. Telephone numbers and websites, if available, are listed.
Athletic styling continues to increase its influence on casual clothing – often referred to as “athleisure” apparel – with innovative fabric
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Liam Johns wears a scraggly beard and a mustache, a jeans vest and boots, and big black tattoos on his arms. He’s not burly or tall, but he
BALTIMORE — Donnie Missouri, 58, doesn’t have medical training. He started his health career in the linens department in Johns Hopkins Hospital. Now, he works on
For Julie Hadduck, a smartphone app that could diagnose cancer seemed like a miracle.
WASHINGTON — They work for the government, and even their closest relatives have no idea what they do. It’s not because they’re spies or nuclear scientists,
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Want an easy A? Steer clear of R. Lee Lyman’s “Fundamentals of Archaeology.” He’s flunked students at the University of Missouri
MINNEAPOLIS — Juji isn’t really as big as he looks on Instagram, where he has become larger than life.
What’s more harmful to patients being treated for drug or alcohol abuse: risking their health by keeping other medical providers in the dark about their substance abuse
CHICAGO — Two years after emerging from prison on drug-related charges, Tim Ryan has become a beacon for families scarred by Chicago’s heroin crisis.
TRENTON, N.J. — A growing number of states are weighing whether to legalize marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. But for many veterans, the debate is
CLOVIS, Calif. — Bryan and Tamera Wong once had a very different plan for their life together.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Four years ago, after 2½ months of hospitalization and more than 20 procedures had proven futile, Tamara Atwell took her son Jabbar home.
CHICAGO — Ramar the gorilla is on Celebrex. Hiss Majesty the caiman lizard has been fitted with a prosthesis, and Heidi the reindeer eats hay soaked in water.
KEENE, N.Y. — Don Mellor has been scaling Adirondack ice for 38 winters, and he’s still wary. Climbers can slip on the glistening walls. Ice can crack and give
SEATTLE — On most days during his commute from Green Lake to his Georgetown office, Alejandro Peña is looking at his phone. Like any 24-year-old, he’s
SEATTLE — When he dropped out of high school in ninth grade, Timothy Woodiwiss’s biggest ambition was to manage the Ritzville, Wash., McDonald’s.
Lynne Weister happily will pack a swimsuit for her upcoming Mexican vacation.
AKRON, Ohio — When singer Justin Bieber was photographed wearing a man bun to a fundraising gala earlier this month, the Twittersphere lit up.
MENOMONIE — If Sarah Schumacher gets homesick for her native Wisconsin, all she has to do is go for a walk through her neighborhood in Brooklyn, N.Y.
NEW YORK — Are you ready for some footballs?
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — When the end comes, LaVerne Bugna, 96, will reunite with her beloved husband in a single plot at Pacific View Memorial Park. She’s
MINNEAPOLIS — The docent didn’t point out the brush strokes in the oil painting hanging in the Minneapolis Institute of Art. She didn’t talk about the
BLOOMER — When Mike Hable was closing in on 50 years old, he figured it was “now or never” if he was going to start his own business.
KANSAS CITY — The nation is fast approaching a cultural milestone that says as much about life as death.
Leader-Telegram staff photographers Steve Kinderman, Dan Reiland and Marisa Wojcik shared some of their favorite shots of 2015 and explained what drew them to these pictures.
Sometimes we are accused — believe it or not — of being overly negative in our annual Year in Review. Critics say we ignore the many positive events in a given
Kids in America would love to open up a shoe box and find an expensive pair of Nike tennis shoes inside.
A couple of weeks before Christmas, the doorbell rang. I went to look, but I did not see anything.
As my mom likes to say, “When one door closes, another opens.”
The afternoon on Christmas Day last year was very special. My mom brought my great-grandma over in the afternoon to spend some time with us.