| May 27, 2013
Neli Vazquez-Rowland believes that the best way to honor fallen soldiers is by supporting veterans who are struggling to make the transition back to civilian life.
Vazquez-Rowland is the co-founder and president of A Safe Haven Foundation, a nonprofit...
| May 25, 2013
| 7:30 AM
Jewel may have come from the Lilith Fair generation of female singers and songwriters, but her latest move pays homage to a much earlier era of guitar-playing troubadours.
The 39-year-old is taking on the role of June Carter Cash in "Ring of Fire," a...
| May 19, 2013
| 9:52 AM
I tried your steps
And stumbled down your stairs
My only problem with drugs
Is that they always run out
These lyrics are from "The Problem With Drugs" by The Popular Mechanics, a Replacements-meets-Steve-Earle quartet. But the band does not...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 5:15 AM
I serve on the board of directors for United Ministries/Earl's Place and I am also an elementary school teacher. One activity that I do with my students, centered around number sense, is called "Big or Small?" Students are given a number and need to...
| Jun 11, 2013
| 8:27 AM
On a sunny afternoon last week, a family could be seen walking inside Hope House Laurel, while two groups of people of varying ages sat in chairs in the shade on the side of the building talking amicably.
This private substance abuse treatment center in...
| Jun 12, 2013
| 5:18 PM
I like to run. Apparently, this gets me high.
Last year, researchers at the University of Arizona published a study in the Journal of Experimental Biology examining the "neurobiological rewards" of treadmill running in 10 humans, eight dogs and eight...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 4:21 PM
"For me I feel like it's drugs for breakfast, drugs for lunch, drugs for dinner, drugs drugs drugs," Orange County Superior Court Judge John Adams said. "That's been my diet for 11 years on the bench."
Adams, who hears felony arraignments at the...
| Apr 21, 2013
| 8:38 PM
Kyle Crossland walked out of the Leesburg detox center in shorts and a shirt and found himself standing by the side of the road with a brown paper bag containing his only worldly goods — some cigarettes and a lighter.
He was 23.
| Apr 26, 2013
| 7:27 PM
Linda Fletcher lives in fear of reliving a nightmare: a son dying from a heroin overdose.
Her son Kris Klipner succumbed to the drug in 2007. He was 28.
Klipner's half-brother battles the same kind of depression as Kris. He suffers the same heroin...
| Nov 11, 2012
Terry Smith collapsed face-down in a pool of his own vomit.
Lynn Blunt snored loudly as her lungs slowly filled with fluid.
Summer Ann Burdette was midway through a pear when she stopped breathing.
Larry Carmichael knocked over a lamp as he fell...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 4:27 AM
Once a week for the last several years, I've driven to skid row to visit a friend. I get depressed about the area at times because it's such a depository of the unfortunate and the forgotten. But then I'll catch a warm greeting, or see a sign of hope in...