May 27, 2016 RSS feed / Living

Scandal-plagued Rome is becoming a ‘do-it-yourself’ city

ROME Armed with shovels and sacks of cold asphalt, Rome’s residents fill potholes. Defying rats, they yank weeds and bag trash along the Tiber’s banks and in urban parks. More...

Metalsmiths flex their steel, designs in Motor City

DETROIT When it comes to commitment to his craft, Gabriel Craig of Detroit is wedded to his work as a metalsmith. He has three hammers tattooed on his right forearm to prove it. More...

Museum reveals brief history of underwear

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

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...

Brighton Boulevard

A hipster Denver ’hood in the making

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Autism and education: Flexibility helps students thrive

HANOVER, Pa. Kaela Dutterer is a head banger. More than a year ago, her mother, Heidi Dutterer, received concerned calls from her teacher about this behavior in the classroom. More...

On trek to Everest

... a chance to push boundaries, find peace

EVEREST BASE CAMP, Nepal We reach Everest Base Camp on a sunny but chilly afternoon, after an eight-day trek that stretched our physical and mental limits. More...

City’s oldest bike shop owner rides out hard times

DETROIT Sam Awada sat at his desk, surrounded by a hurricane of bicycles stacked all around him. His walking cane leaned against the drawers. His .38 revolver was sitting in front of him. More...

Guyana’s rain forest

... waterfalls, cliffs and tiny golden frogs

GEORGETOWN, Guyana From 6,000 feet above Guyana’s rain forest, the jungle canopy below spread to the horizon in every direction, like wall-to-wall green carpeting. Winding, mud-brown tributaries of the Demerara River shimmered in the sunlight. 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...