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Taking a trip into recovery

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

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States trying recovery schools to battle drugs

BOSTON — This summer, Melvin Matos did something that he never thought he would do: graduate from high school.

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QB’s stand adds to anthem lore

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.

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How to stop a killer

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.

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Escape rooms get an upgrade

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 —

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Intergenerational programs designed to improve quality of life and build kinship

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

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Track brings the summer heat

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

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Boom(er) Towns: Some suburbs make life easer for a graying population

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.

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Inflating cheer: Houston County man uses balloon art to engage kids

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

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Made for each other: He gave her a ring, and she gave him a kidney

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

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Workplace martyrs: Take your vacation

MINNEAPOLIS — Do you love your job?

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The final proud whistle blows

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

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Cover up: Web cams and mics

WASHINGTON — Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook does it. So does FBI Director James Comey. Should you?

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Play makes better kids

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

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Out for a cause: Texas high-schoolers stand up for each other

LUCAS, Texas — It started with a tweet: “Gay marriage is flat-out wrong.”

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Easy ways to keep your pet happy and healthy

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

3 months ago
Smart, stylish designs for outdoor kitchens

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

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Millennials are keeping their parents nest warm

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

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Making it work: Volunteers are the key to a successful Lake Martha Days in Osseo

OSSEO —  Officials for the annual Lake Martha Days celebration in Osseo traditionally have little trouble filling the hundreds of volunteer positions needed to

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Area Festivals, County Fairs, Dairy Breakfasts in 2016

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.

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Keeping your cool

Athletic styling continues to increase its influence on casual clothing – often referred to as “athleisure” apparel – with innovative fabric

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Becoming Liam: The journey of a transgender man

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

4 months ago
These health workers know their community

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

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Mobile health apps use growing

For Julie Hadduck, a smartphone app that could diagnose cancer seemed like a miracle.

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Center seeks Medicare reinvention

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,

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Up, up and A-OK: Grade inflation common at U.S. colleges

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

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Instagram photos bring fame to Minn. man, his dog

MINNEAPOLIS — Juji isn’t really as big as he looks on Instagram, where he has become larger than life.

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Debate pits need for treatment vs. privacy

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

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Illinois man becomes activist against heroin

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.

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Pot & PTSD: Some veterans find psychological relief with marijuana

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

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Couple creates one big happy family

CLOVIS, Calif. — Bryan and Tamera Wong once had a very different plan for their life together.

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Palliative care focued on comfort for kids

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.

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Zoos today are long in the tooth, beak and antler

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.

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The iceman climbeth: Famed Adirondack ice climber keeps others safe with his wariness

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

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Many dating apps has some working for love

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

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‘One step at a time’

SEATTLE — When he dropped out of high school in ninth grade, Timothy Woodiwiss’s biggest ambition was to manage the Ritzville, Wash., McDonald’s.

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YMCA program helps ward off diabetes

Lynne Weister happily will pack a swimsuit for her upcoming Mexican vacation.

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Love or loathe them, 'man buns' a stylish trend

AKRON, Ohio — When singer Justin Bieber was photographed wearing a man bun to a fundraising gala earlier this month, the Twittersphere lit up.

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UW-Stout Alumna turns to lumberjack style to create American Eagle garment

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.

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Fashion designers, NFL team up to create fantasy footballs

NEW YORK — Are you ready for some footballs?

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Age is just a bigger number for some seniors

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

8 months ago
As America ages, museums adapt to audiences with memory loss

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

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Ocean of opportunity: A Bloomer businessman has converted his dairy barn into a shrimp farm

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.

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Cremation's popularity changes rituals as we mourn loss of loved ones

KANSAS CITY — The nation is fast approaching a cultural milestone that says as much about life as death.

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Trio takes a look back at 2015 in pictures

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.

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Dave Barry’s Year in Review: We're ready to get off the sinking ship known as 2015

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

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Holiday Memories Contest, First Place/Grades 6-8: Shoe boxes change lives

Kids in America would love to open up a shoe box and find an expensive pair of Nike tennis shoes inside.

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Holiday Memories Contest, First place/Grades 1-3: Elf is 'magical'

A couple of weeks before Christmas, the doorbell rang. I went to look, but I did not see anything.

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Holiday Memories Contest, First Place/Grades 9-12: Opening the door to a new world

As my mom likes to say, “When one door closes, another opens.”

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Holiday Memories Contest, First Place/Grades 4-5: Doll brought joy to all

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.

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