The loss of a son

Veteran federal prosecutor tackles heroin scourge

HARRISBURG, Pa. The phone at Bruce Brandler’s home rang at 3:37 a.m. It was the local hospital. His 16-year-old son was there, and he was in really bad shape. A suspected heroin overdose, the nurse said. Brandler didn’t believe it. More...

French town offers hope of new life for family

GRAY, France Gray is a dying town, its residents lament. Big businesses have moved away, taking jobs with them. More...

Disability & desperation

Tangled in fraud probe, hundreds of people face the loss of checks

MINNIE, Ky. Donna Dye saw the coal truck come barreling over the horizon and her head started spinning with that familiar, desperate urge to end it all. More...

Age-Friendly Communities

Network helps enrich the lives of older residents

DALLAS Hundreds of communities around the world — both big and small — are working to make sure people can live there from birth to old age. More...

MUSEUM OF BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS

Mundane artifacts ooze love, and loss

LOS ANGELES   After her husband asked for a divorce, Amber Clisura gave back her engagement ring, kicked him out of the house and tossed everything that reminded her of the ruined marriage. More...

INSIDE THE DEA

A chemist’s quest to identify mystery drugs

WASHINGTON No one knew what was in the baggie. It was just a few tablespoons of crystalline powder seized back in April, clumped like snow that had partially melted and frozen again. More...

Making strides

University of Kansas conducts dementia research

LAWRENCE, KAN. Ann Poehler’s strides quicken on the treadmill. Her feet pound. Her heart races from 150 to 160 beats per minute and more. More...

1946 Atlanta hotel fire echoed in Oakland warehouse disaster

The cries of trapped hotel guests screaming in agony are still seared into Richard Hamil’s memory, seven decades after the Winecoff Hotel fire in Atlanta. More...

birds & brews

A different kind of tour ... loons and lager, ducks on draft

SABATTUS In the worlds of birders and craft beer lovers, there’s a new paradigm, and it involves searching for ales along with the eagles, pairing stouts with swans and enjoying some bocks in tandem with buntings. More...

Despite science ...

Texas still rejects fracking link to earthquakes

DALLAS A white Chevy Suburban with “Railroad Commission of Texas” emblazoned on its side rolled north on Interstate 35. Behind the wheel sat Milton Rister, the commission’s director. More...

VESSEL OF HISTORY

Volunteers help restore Santa Maria shrimp boat

GALVESTON, Texas Each morning, after a cup of coffee, Joe and Edna Grillo venture out to Pier 19. More...

Researcher at war with mosquitoes

NORMAL, Ill. In the war against disease-carrying mosquitoes, Steven Juliano considers himself part of the intelligence brigade. More...

‘Hi, I’m here for my new heart’

Ohio parents recount daughter’s ordeal in mold outbreak

PITTSBURGH Shelby Slagle sauntered into UPMC Presbyterian hospital and heartily greeted the security guard perched behind the revolving doors: “Hi, I’m Shelby, and I’m here for my new heart.” More...

Beyond the Bullet

Teenager faces a life he hadn’t dreamed of

CHICAGO He suddenly felt as if a hot wire had torn through his chest. It hurt to breathe. Jonathan Annicks wasn’t sure he’d been shot. More...

Options shrinking, white men ask why

Divided America:

DALLAS The voices cascade into the studio, denouncing political hypocrisy and media bias and disappearing values. Hillary Clinton is a liar and a crook, they say; Donald Trump is presidential and successful. More...

EUREKA!

A new generation of gold miners heads for the hills

PLYMOUTH, Vermont Al Davis Jr. cracks a smile as he spots a speck of gold glittering in a plastic pan full of muck pulled from a Vermont brook, revealing a gold tooth made from some earlier finds. More...

Divided America:

The evolving face of immigration in our country

RALEIGH, N.C.   When Manasi Gopala immigrated to America, she finally got the chance to row crew.  As a child in India, she had dreamed of the sport from watching Olympic telecasts. More...

Divided America:

Gender equality in 2016? It’s complicated

For weeks after the vote, the abuse kept coming: Venomous, sexist phone calls and emails, venting rage at the five women on Seattle’s City Council who outvoted four men to derail a sports arena project. More...

Divided America:

Minorities are hopeful, while whites are sour on their future

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Consider two women in their 70s, both residents of the Kansas City area. One is white and affluent; the other is black and working class. More...

Museum has uniform so rare, Smithsonian is interested

GAUTIER, Miss. More...