| May 3, 2013
The four Stone kids always were a competitive bunch, especially the three youngest siblings who were separated by three school grades while being home-schooled together.
"They worked very hard to keep up with each other — and beat each other,"...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 3:54 PM
Wendell Morris stopped recently at a Rite Aid drugstore in Santa Monica to get a flu shot.
A worker at the pharmacy said Morris' insurer, Anthem Blue Cross, didn't cover flu shots. So Morris paid about $30 out of pocket for the vaccination.
| Nov 2, 2013
| 12:13 PM
The military veterans, gathered to celebrate the nation's bicentennial, had made it through World War I, World War II, Korea or Vietnam, only to be struck down by the mist from a hotel's air-conditioning system.
It was the first time the world would...
| Nov 2, 2013
| 8:07 PM
On Colleen Smith's right shoulder, just about the level of her collarbone, is tattoo of Roman numerals, VI• IV• MMXII. They signify a date, June 4, 2012, one of several over the last 27 months that Smith either wants to remember or knows she...
| May 15, 2013
If you've got your health, the cliche goes, you've got just about everything. If you've got public health duties, you're responsible for just about everything from mosquitoes (West Nile carriers) to hygiene (wash your hands for as long as it takes to sing...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 4:34 PM
You really should get a flu shot.
But if you get one at a drugstore, you might find yourself wondering whether they're playing fast and loose with people's insurance coverage so the company can score some extra cash.
Paul Rubenstein, 39, has faced...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 7:10 AM
Ten years ago, Chicago lost one of its most prolific, inventive, genre-defying creative spirits.
In the 1960s alone, William Russo created the Chicago Jazz Ensemble and conducted the London Jazz Orchestra; joined Paul Sills and Rev. James Shiflett in...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 9:36 PM
— On the day Stan Bowman arrived at Notre Dame as a freshman in 1991, he had walking pneumonia and a broken ankle from crashing his golf cart.
A feeble Bowman needed crutches to hobble from his Keenan Hall dorm to the infirmary, a place he visited...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Just outside President Goodluck Jonathan's office sat 17 ambulances, just in case he or one of his aides fell ill. They were seldom if ever used.
No actual health-care facility nationwide had as many, and in fact a few still have none at all. But as soon...
| Mar 31, 2013
"Do you think we're related to Jessica Brown Findlay?" one of my cousins asked the other day.
We were standing in the kitchen of our Aunt Gayle's house in Georgia.
"We can always hope," I chirped, even though when I look in the mirror I see absolutely...
| Jul 6, 2013
| 3:03 PM
Now that you've performed your patriotic duty by consuming hot dogs and hamburgers (vegetarians are excused) for America's birthday, you may resume your normal diet. And I have good news for hoagie lovers. Two new Primo Hoagies are now serving "old-...