April 14, 2016 RSS feed / Living

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...

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...

‘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...

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...

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...

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

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

W. Virginia pride sparks clothing line by 2 women

LEWISBURG, W.Va. More...

The mystery of a family’s deaths finally solved

YORK, Pa. Connie Radziewicz received a heart-breaking diagnosis in 2013: stage four ovarian cancer. More...

Open bar in Idaho county

Securing a liquor license is really hard in some cities

NAMPA, Idaho Securing a liquor license for a new bar or restaurant in Boise could mean waiting years or paying tens of thousands of dollars on top of applications. More...

Dumping of lake hurting businesses

ESTERO, Fla. In the tourism-driven economy of Southwest Florida, outdoors and recreational activities are big business. More...

A solitary story

New York woman struggles to carry on

NEW YORK Six weeks after her arrival at Rikers Island, an argument over who should clean a jailhouse shower sent Candie Hailey to solitary confinement — known as “the bing.” It was the first time, but it would not be the last. More...

Try Grand Bahama for a quiet island getaway

GRAND BAHAMA, The Bahamas Looking for a low-key winter getaway or quiet spring break destination? Grand Bahama may be your place. More...