| Dec 24, 2011
| 4:59 PM
Many parents braved the malls to find their children this year's must-have toy or the hottest gadget.
But gifts come in many forms.
My suggestion to parents is that they take steps in the months ahead to improve their finances in a way that will...
| Jan 2, 2012
| 6:01 PM
Campus sex assaults
A 14-month examination into the handling of sexual assault cases on Midwestern campuses prompted two federal investigations and sweeping changes to how universities and prosecutors respond to reports.
In November, the U.S. Department...
| Dec 22, 2011
| 1:59 PM
Medicaid enrollment in Virginia has jumped by almost 50 percent in the last 10 years — despite the state having some of the strictest eligibility criteria in the nation for the federal/state health program. Paying for it takes up a major chunk of...
| Dec 27, 2011
Gregory Jones had been at Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center less than an hour when he turned a sheet into a noose and committed suicide.
His body hung from the door of an observation room for 14 minutes before anyone cut him down.
"I don't want...
| Dec 27, 2011
| 7:43 AM
Two years ago, Connie Fettig knew that a time would come when a difficult decision would need to be made.
Fettig’s aunt, Zelda Gilman, was 98 years old and living at an assisted living center in Petoskey. But Fettig knew it wouldn’t be...
| Dec 28, 2011
| 7:34 AM
Laughter erupts from a room tucked away at Independence Village in Petoskey.
Inside — three women, all seniors — take turns stepping up to the tee as part of the assisted living center’s Wii bowling league.
In another part of the...
| Dec 28, 2011
| 12:09 PM
Finding the right medical expert can be one of the most frustrating aspects of health care. Osteopathic physicians are medical doctors (M.D.s), for example, but not all M.D.s are osteopathic physicians. Meanwhile, all dietitians are nutritionists, but not...
| Dec 29, 2011
| 8:10 AM
In July, after months of fundraising and construction, the John and Marnie Demmer Wellness Pavilion and Dialysis Center in Petoskey opened.
The center offers rehabilitation and other outpatient services all under one roof. It also helps patients...
| Dec 31, 2011
| 1:40 PM
On the Saturday morning in the early 1930s when Howard S. Kaylor was introduced to the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, he had no way of knowing the role the museum would play in his life, or the important role he would play in the museum's...
| Jan 6, 2012
Annapolis Language Bank
Volunteers who are fluent in a second language are needed to welcome area visitors who might have difficulty communicating in English. Volunteers also are called upon by Public Safety officials, health organizations, hospitals,...
| Sep 15, 2011
Melissa Clark sat wide-eyed and agitated in a visiting room at Cook County Jail's Cermak Hospital, rocking her right leg so vigorously that her entire body shook.
Why can't you bail me out? she repeatedly pleaded to her mother.
Carla Clark leaned...