AURORA, Ill. — When it comes to safety, Diane Knight doesn’t clown around.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — This city, where the rate of drug overdose deaths is nearly 10 times the national average, has done more than most to fight the heroin and prescription
LOS ANGELES — The time had come to choose a major at California Institute of Technology, and Alice Michel had a notion that intrigued her. But when she looked it up on
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — She’s energetic, loves people and eager to learn on her first-ever job. Just seeing her going about her duties makes her co-workers smile.
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