| Feb 8, 2014
After 54 years of marriage, Barbara Heidecker and her husband, Paul, have experienced just about everything in unison.
They raised their two daughters together, traveled in their RV to hike in national parks and held each other's hands through every one...
| Feb 13, 2014
MOUNT DORA — A 7-year-old's cancer diagnosis has sparked a huge outpouring of support from local community members and people across the country.
Thousands of people are pitching in to raise money and send encouraging messages to Jay Ryon, son...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 8:50 PM
Terry Ryan's cancer surgery was a success Tuesday, the first step toward getting him back in Rob Antony's car.
Antony is Ryan's assistant, and usually his driver, too, when the Minnesota Twins' front office hits I-75 for road games during spring...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 1:05 PM
BLOOMFIELD — Stephanie Dunshee of Torrington was 29 years old with a 4-month-old baby when she was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer.
Dunshee, now 34, is still battling the aggressive cancer, which has spread throughout her body – to her...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 8:16 PM
"Dallas Buyers Club" co-writer Craig Borten first met Ron Woodroof, the real-life Texas electrician-turned-AIDS-activist, in 1992, a few months before Woodroof succumbed to the disease. But Borten had seen Woodroof's never-say-die attitude before: It...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 1:58 PM
"Judith: A Parting from the Body"
If you missed the Art Institute's display of Artemisia Gentileschi's 17th-century painting "Judith Slaying Holofernes," which left town this month, fear not: Trap Door offers you another perspective on the biblical...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 2:38 PM
David Mutnick said when he crossed the finish line at a marathon last month, he ran into his father's arms and both men cried.
"I just said, 'This is for you, Dad,'" said Mutnick, 37, of Deerfield.
Never a long-distance runner, Mutnick laced up his...
| Feb 1, 2014
| 1:33 PM
I’m supposed to write a column right now, but as I type these words my brother Len is fighting for his life at home battling AIDS. It’s tough for me to think of a whole lot else. So please indulge me.
Len has never set foot in Burbank or...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 1:49 PM
After the death Tuesday of L.A. film czar Tom Sherak, his deputy, Rajiv Dalal, the last executive to work with him, shared his thoughts on his passing:
We grew very close in his waning months, and I feel that there is one story still to be told -- how...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 8:51 PM
Tom Sherak had a long career as a studio executive and was involved in hundreds of films, including "Black Hawk Down," "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace." But Sherak is best known for the jobs he did for free or...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 9:33 PM
Scientists have identified a simple, inexpensive compound that made cancer drugs more effective in mice and helped human patients weather the toxic side effects of chemotherapy.
But even as they touted their experimental results, they acknowledged...