CHICAGO — Sleeping on the job has long been frowned upon, but office napping may finally be climbing out from under the desk.
AURORA, Ill. — Matt Ward will be the first to admit — and with a broad grin on his bearded face — he was “a good guy but a bad kid” who put his family through hell during a few rebellious years at West Aurora High School that eventually got him sent to “reform school.”
PHILADELPHIA — Feliciano Pagan stood at his front door when the MANNA food truck pulled up to his two-story brick row home.
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. — Buddy Sparrow is trying to save the turtles — and he’s using about 32,000 paper straws to do it.
ORLANDO — All Katie Donzanti and the yoga class at her Curry Ford Road studio wanted to do was downward dog. Instead, they got a face full of dog slobber and ear nibbles.
A chance to glimpse one of only two active B-29 bombers in the world will come with a high-flying performance this Father’s Day weekend as the Blue Angels return to Eau Claire.
Following is a list of community festivals scheduled this spring, summer and fall in west-central Wisconsin. Telephone numbers and websites, if available, are listed for additional information.
DALLAS — Breast cancer survivor Mary Dunklin went through the tests, the waiting and a haze of doctor visits.
NEW ORLEANS — Brandi Wagner thought she had survived Hurricane Katrina. She hung tough while the storm’s 170-mph winds pummeled her home and powered through two months of sleeping in a sweltering camper outside the city with her boyfriend’s mother.
BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. — While Bay-Waveland Middle School teacher Logan Pullin says writing is not his strong suit, his personalized, handwritten and hand-delivered letters are making Bay High School seniors feel special.
LOS ANGELES — Roberto Rocha has been yelled at and called names. Men have threatened to shoot him. He’s visited jails, knocked on doors and approached strangers across Los Angeles County — all in search of syphilis.
LOS ANGELES — After years of growing doubt about the value of screening men for prostate cancer, a new analysis of existing clinical trial evidence has found when men between 55 and 70 get the prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, test, lives are saved.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Retiree Leslie Robinson-Stone and her husband enjoyed a weeklong, all-expenses-paid trip to a luxury resort — all thanks to the county she worked for.
People who used e-cigarettes were more likely to kick the habit than those who didn’t, a new study found.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Blind for more than 30 years, Paul Mimms — who lost sight in his left eye as a 23-year-old serving in Vietnam and years later lost sight in his right to glaucoma — has long relied on helpful technologies.
ST. LOUIS — Pat McGee noticed her daughter had not returned to the oral surgeon’s waiting room shortly before her surgery was supposed to start.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Joel Strain had only recently turned 16 when, on a May day in 2004, the car he was in with his father, mother and younger brother veered over a centerline outside Wichita, Kan. His dad had nodded off.
CHICAGO — Jim Watkins lives with pain so intense it can snatch his breath away. He has osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease, and the best way he has found to control the anguish is with daily doses of tramadol, an opioid medication.
CHICAGO — Chicagoan Tamar Manasseh is a real live superhero.
As Ellen Gutenstein lay in her bed at home, dying from lung cancer that had metastasized in her brain, a heart-wrenching Mother’s Day card arrived from her granddaughter. Neither Ellen’s daughter — nor her husband — felt they could read it to her without breaking down.
CHICAGO — The Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s trauma bay was packed, and trauma surgeon Mamta Swaroop desperately needed a private room with a door.
INDIANAPOLIS — When Logan Snyder got hooked on pills after a prescription to treat pain from a kidney stone, she joined the millions already swept up in the nation’s grim wave of addiction to opioid painkillers.
WAUSAU — Right now Pearl the puppy has limited skills. She’s pretty good at not peeing in the house. She sits upon command — most of the time. And she’s terrific at flopping over to expose her pudgy belly for petting.
“One two three four, two two three four, three two three four” — the voice rang out through a sunlit room, the rhythmic counting in tandem with three rows of adults moving through strength training exercises.
APEX, N.C. — Eliana Deane is 4 years old. She was adopted from China and has several special needs.
PLANTATION, Fla. — The stack of papers spread across the kitchen table of Nancy Blitz’s home in Plantation chronicles her decades-long struggle to buy health insurance before the Affordable Care Act made it illegal for insurers to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.
LADUE, Mo. — It’s a recreation room with a presidential touch.
DAYTON, Ohio — Abigail Martin is grateful for the lifesaving drugs her 22-month-old son, Aston, takes for his epileptic seizures, but the listed price — $180,000 for an eight-week treatment — leaves the Miami Township, Ohio, mother shaking her head.
FAIRLAWN, Ohio — At AMF Riviera Lanes in Fairlawn, bowling pins fell to the floor with a thud as the Skrew Ballz racked up a hefty number of strikes and spares.
CHICAGO — For more than three decades, fast-food chains have relied on the chemical industry to keep grease and oil from soaking through burger wrappers, french fry cartons and pizza boxes.
When Monica Zanetti and Jeremy Reed first noticed each other at a furniture store, it was love at first sight.
It happens every year.
A digital detox can be healthy for everybody.
WITCHITA, Kan. — For as long as she lives now, Mike Baird will be Christine Blaine’s brother, soul mate and sorrow.
WICHITA, Kan. — The Union Rescue Mission in Wichita two years ago began asking for more effort from the homeless men it feeds and shelters every day.
It turned out that the ceiling was made not of glass, but reinforced concrete.
NEW YORK — Of all the celebrity chefs out there, there’s one you’d least expect to sing the praises of spinach, kale and Brussels sprouts. That would be Guy Fieri.
LOS ANGELES — It’s one of those coping skills that come with living in earthquake country: Putting the risk out of your mind until that moment you feel the shaking.
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 painkiller epidemic.
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 Wikipedia, what she got was a whole lot of gobbledygook.
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 until he used a psychedelic drug.
BOSTON — This summer, Melvin Matos did something that he never thought he would do: graduate from high school.
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.
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.
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 dementia, sits rigidly in her recliner, barely moving her lips.
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 nestled among the pine trees in the Dunn County town of Rock Creek.
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 degree.