January 11, 2011 |
Ryan Lamantia and Walter Wetzel were two very ill young boys -- one with brain cancer, the other with leukemia. One made it, one didn't. And that's where this story starts. The boys met in a hospital during their respective treatments. This Chicago Tribune story tells what happened: "He inspired me to survive my cancer," Walter, now 17, in remission and quite the football player and snowboarder, says in the story. "Seeing him happy all the time made me happy. How could I be upset if he had it so much worse than me?"
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August 23, 1993 |
My father rarely talked about the war. Occasionally, he mentioned something funny a soldier had said in battle, or recalled the bottles of pink champagne his platoon discovered in an abandoned German hotel or described a good luck scarf his lieutenant wore. On rare occasions he briefly recounted more dramatic wartime tales. The one that always intrigued me was the story about Frank, his best friend during the war, and how he had saved my father's life. It was during the Battle of the Bulge.
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February 10, 2010 |
They met when they were 7 years old, their houses 10 minutes apart if they ran the whole way -- both precocious and charismatic, both baseball fanatics, one a shortstop, the other a pitcher. Their friendship should have been simple. But as much as they might have seemed it, they knew from the start that they were not the same: Ronald "Looney" Barron and Tommie "T-Top" Rivers were from different "neighborhoods": two pockets of the city, one in Mid-Wilshire, one in West Adams, claimed by different gangs.
June 7, 2012 |
In her prologue to Tony Abatemarco's new play, “Beautified,” by the Katselas Theatre Company at Skylight Theatre, the character Candy points out that platonic friendships between women and men aren't traditionally the stuff of great drama. But as at least half of the population didn't need this tenderly nostalgic play to tell us, a woman's bond with her hairdresser can transcend sex, politics and social class, outlasting foreign regimes, fashions, illnesses and marriages -- even death.
October 4, 2012 |
Chris Brown has confronted wide speculation about the status of his relationship with Rihanna by dumping girlfriend Karrueche Tran. That's one way to, uh, clarify what's been happening with Brown and RiRi, as months and months of increased time spent together - and finally a reported makeout session in New York on Monday - have had fans and the industry buzzing. "I have decided to be single to focus on my career," Brown said in a statement via his publicist (CNN noted his thoughts came unsolicited)
April 29, 2012 |
CHESTERFIELD, MO. -- Early in his climb up the hockey coaching ladder John Stevens formed a friendship he values to this day. His sentiments haven't changed even though Stevens, now an assistant coach of the Kings, is trying to beat his old friend, St. Louis Blues Coach Ken Hitchcock, in the teams' second-round playoff series. "He was awesome," Stevens said Sunday after the Kings practiced at a rink outside St. Louis. "He was a great mentor. " Stevens' Kings won the series opener, 3-1, on Saturday.