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Wendy Filip, center, with daughter Kristin and husband Joe, had to pick up the pieces after Joe Filip's mother killed herself rather than comply with her doctor's ultimatum to quit smoking. She thinks smoking should be illegal.<br>Mike Mantucca, Chicago Tribune/TNS

Ex-smokers now outnumber smokers, but cessation efforts still face uphill battle

“Her death was senseless. If I could have videotaped her last moments, traveled back in time and showed her how horrible her death would be, I think she would’ve quit,” Joe Konrath said of his mother, Laura.



Can you make a movie about eating disorders without glamorizing them?

Before “To the Bone” came out July 14 on Netflix, a trailer for the film — about a young woman’s struggle with anorexia nervosa — has already been getting mixed reviews.


Mermaids making a fitness splash in North Texas

For professional mermaid Moira Dobbs, her lifelong fascination with mermaids began the way it did for many millennials her age — with the release of Disney’s 1989 animated version of the Hans Christian Andersen classic, “The Little Mermaid.”

In rare move, foster family adopts 18-year-old Fresno man, finally giving him ‘home’

Tears of joy fill Tex Petersen’s eyes as he waits outside a courtroom in Fresno County Superior Court on a recent summer day.


Tech trouble? Some schools are training students to help

When Crane Middle School decided to turn over minor IT repairs and troubleshooting duties to students, even the program coordinator was skeptical.


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Great puzzle of parenthood

Some of the most popular modern fairy tales are played rather than told. Ustwo’s “Monument Valley” spun a story about a quiet princess — Ida — who worked, often alone, to restore a colorful, geometric habitat, one inspired equally by the meticulously designed illustrated architecture of M.C. Escher as well as the joy of optical illusions.




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Every dog has its day when I'm pet sitting

When you’re a military family stationed in Timbuktu, you can’t rely on relatives to watch your pets when you’re on vacation. Our military family has learned that trading pet care favors with friends isn’t always the best alternative.