May 4, 2016 RSS feed / Living

Hospital Radio

Boy puts a bug in his fellow patients’ ears

AURORA, Colo. Swiveling side-to-side in his chair, 7- year-old Carter Lewis leaned toward the radio microphone and belted out some of the gory details about the spooky-sounding assassin bug. More...

Long after cemetery shutdown, families still seeking answers

BARTLETT, Tenn. Jackie Hughes longs to grieve over her sister’s death in simple ways: visit her grave, lay out flowers and pour a can of Bud Light — her sister’s favorite — on the spot. More...

Effort launched in Texas to mark early school desegregation battle

MANSFIELD, Texas Floyd Moody still vividly recalls what he was told 60 years ago. Along with two other students, Moody was trying to become part of history by being the first African-Americans to integrate Mansfield High School. More...

Transplant survivor to hike AT

CARPENTERSVILLE, Ill. Walking an average of 12 miles a day for six months along the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine is a journey few have the inclination, or the guts, to tackle. More...

Chain saw artist tackles large project

NAPLES, Fla. Michael Von Schroth tops his chain saw off with gasoline. He snaps on ear protection then scales the scaffolding surrounding an 11-foot tall chunk of cypress tree. More...

Nurse’s quest to return home to Sierra Leone coming true

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. When Alice Karpeh’s second husband was murdered in West Africa in 1992, she put her dreams on hold, again, to hide from militants who wanted her dead and to get the nine children in her charge safely to the U.S. More...

Out in East Texas, there’s a small town with big stories

KIRBYVILLE, Texas John Henry Kirby, the prototypical East Texas timber baron, made a whale of a lot of money in the dense Piney Woods that once surrounded this little East Texas town that bears his name. More...

Texas community proclaims itself tiny house-friendly

SPUR, Texas Benjamin Garcia’s house is pretty small, but hey, that’s the point. The New Hampshire native’s 96 square feet offer all the living space he needs. Plus, it beats paying a mortgage the next 30 years. More...

Recognition comes late for one of Peary’s pole explorers

PITTSBURGH When the morning of April 7, 1909, dawned, Matthew Henson checked the temperature outside. It was 29 below zero. More...

Museum reveals brief history of underwear

LONDON Think of it as Victoria’s (and Albert’s) secret. More...

Old railroad bridge and its spray paint hold iconic status

HAZELHURST, WIS. A little spray paint and an old steel railroad bridge may not sound sentimental, but their planned removal has created an uproar in the North Woods. More...

Exoskeleton, costing $78K, helps Kan. man walk again

HUTCHINSON, Kan. Joey Ralph fell 30 feet off of a balcony and was told he’d be confined to a wheelchair. But recently, three years later, he was able to do what felt like the impossible — being able to walk again. More...

Farmer defies trends at age 26

WATERLOO TOWNSHIP, Mich. Well before dawn, on a cold morning, Justin Parks is in his barn, standing in muck, coaxing cows into a penned area. More...

‘Bug man’

He’s always looking at the ground

BLACKSBURG, Va. When Paul Marek is in some of the most scenic places in America he can’t stop staring at the ground. More...

HIGH FAILURE RATE DOGS ORGANIC FARM PROGRAM

BOULDER, Colo. There’s not much happening on the northeast corner of Jay and Spine. The fields are full of weeds and strewn with the remnants of plastic sheeting. A retention pond sits empty. More...

For-profit probation

Poor offenders caught in a cycle of debt and punishment

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. Outside the $200-a-week motel room that Steven Gibbs and his family call home, the afternoon sun sparkles. Inside, though, he has the curtains pulled tight. More...

FINDING FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

Group of seniors gather at roller rink

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Joanie Clark began roller skating before she turned 2. She remembers clicking down the sidewalk on metal skates — the kind with a leather strap and a key. Her mother used to say she skated better than she walked. More...

Volunteers help experts track the bad weather

AUSTIN, Texas Tricia Clarke stood on a Lakeway hilltop, winds threatening to snatch the ball cap from her head, and pointed across miles of rolling, scrub-covered limestone countryside, past the distant blue line of Lake Travis, to a spot nearly 55 More...

Couple finds love while fighting addiction

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. If the phone rings for her husband at 3 a.m., Kathy Melba will never be upset because she knows the next night it could be for her. “We know that somebody needs us out there,” she said. More...