| Sep 7, 2013
| 7:18 PM
HOPE MILLS, N.C. — Alberta Currie, the great-granddaughter of slaves, was born in a farmhouse surrounded by tobacco and cotton fields. Her mother, Willie Pearl, gave birth with the assistance of a midwife.
No birth certificate was issued; a...
| Jul 8, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Versatile character actor James Cromwell has always looked askance at authority.
"There used to be a bumper sticker that said 'resist authority,'" said Cromwell, best known for his Oscar-nominated supporting turn in 1995's "Babe" as the taciturn...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 2:53 PM
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his latest health initiative this week: He’s banning elevators! OK, not really. But he did say he was planning to introduce legislation that would inspire New Yorkers to take the stairs by making staircases...
| Aug 10, 2013
Re "Poor memory? Forget it," Opinion, Aug. 8
I appreciate that a younger person like Max Perry can relate to the fears of us oldsters that any little memory lapse might mean the onset of Alzheimer's disease. But he should also be taking this issue...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 3:10 PM
Older chocoholics may have a new excuse to indulge their cravings: The dark stuff not only soothes the soul, but might also sharpen the mind.
In a study published Wednesday in the journal Neurology, researchers reported that chocolate may help...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 2:16 PM
After reading 27-year-old Max Perry's Op-Ed article "Poor Memory? Forget it" in my old-fashioned print newspaper, I laughed both at his irony and his naivete.
He is right that we older folk say, "Shoot me when my memory loss gets too bad." But, then...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 5:06 PM
Former NFL great Harry Carson has a message for parents: Don't let your kid play football until you see what we've learned about head injuries.
Carson, a Hall of Fame linebacker for the New York Giants, is the star witness for "League of Denial: The...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 1:27 PM
SACRAMENTO -- California already has begun to comply with a federal court order to reduce its prison count by 9,600 by the end of December.
State contracts with Corrections Corp. of America to continue to house 9,000 inmates in out-of-state prisons were...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 4:40 PM
Low levels of red blood cells can increase the risk of dementia for older people, scientists found in a study published Wednesday.
Anemia occurs in up to 23% of people 65 and older, and has been linked in other studies to an increased risk of early...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 2:19 PM
The “senior moments” of unreliable memory may be a scientifically valid way to predict Alzheimer’s disease, after all.
Alzheimer’s disease experts gathered at an international conference in Boston this week have a fancy name...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 8:16 PM
Emile Griffith, a former world welterweight and middleweight boxing champion who spent decades haunted by his fatal beating of then-champion Benny Paret in the ring and bothered by the public's interest in his sexuality, died Tuesday. He was 75....