LIFE STORIES: Retired Air Force medic gets second start in life
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LIFE STORIES: Retired Air Force medic gets second start in life

The best way to face life knowing a lung transplant is looming in your future is to stay in the moment. Betsy Powell backs that advice with first-hand experience.

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LIFE STORIES: Chicago kid becomes Quincy school resource officer
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LIFE STORIES: Chicago kid becomes Quincy school resource officer

An afternoon with Baldwin Intermediate School resource officer Bill Calkins is unpredictable, interesting and slightly chaotic. When there isn't a crisis, his pace slows and he greets students - they all know him as "Officer C" - as he makes his way through the halls in full uniform.

LIFE STORIES: Crossing guard bonds with family of nine
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LIFE STORIES: Crossing guard bonds with family of nine

A familiar face for anyone who attended Madison School over the past two decades, crossing guard George Caspermeyer is hanging up his stop sign at the end of the school year.

LIFE STORIES: Hannibal native managed Hollywood elite
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LIFE STORIES: Hannibal native managed Hollywood elite

Kicked back and sipping an iced coffee outside Java Jive on a quiet Monday afternoon, a half-dozen or so passersby greeted Mike Marx over the course of an hour and a half. He jokingly referred to himself as a local celebrity.

LIFE STORIES: Shared loss sparks friendship
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LIFE STORIES: Shared loss sparks friendship

The year Joyce Job's husband, Homer died, the woman two doors down, Sharon Zehnle, became a widow as well. They had always been neighborly. Out of the common bond of loneliness, Job began inviting Zehnle to dinner, and the two forged an extremely close friendship.

LIFE STORIES: Mom resilient through daughter's surgery, house fire
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LIFE STORIES: Mom resilient through daughter's surgery, house fire

Jenny Peebles has a knack for seeing the silver lining in the darkest periods of her life. It was a series of coincidences involving her daughter, Jade, that tested Peebles' endurance.

LIFE STORIES: Nursing teacher leaves legacy of passion after 45 years
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LIFE STORIES: Nursing teacher leaves legacy of passion after 45 years

Ann O'Sullivan traces her almost half-century career that has combined a passion for nursing and a love of teaching to a summer job she got by chance.

LIFE STORIES: Music leads choir director back to church
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LIFE STORIES: Music leads choir director back to church

QUINCY -- Music led Mary Ellen Stiegemeier back to the church and helped her find herself after 30 years away. A native Iowan, Stiegemeier went to Parsons College, a small Presbyterian school in Fairfield, Iowa, in the 1960s, receiving her bachelor's degre

LIFE STORIES: Quincy man sacrifices as wife, sons battle Huntington's disease
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LIFE STORIES: Quincy man sacrifices as wife, sons battle Huntington's disease

Rich Bliven has endured immeasurable heartache over the past few decades watching his wife slowly fade away before his eyes. But if he had to do it over, he says he would choose the same life. Bliven's wife, Jennifer, has Huntington's disease. Both of their sons also have been diagnosed with the disease, a fatal degenerative condition that breaks down nerve cells in the brain.

LIFE STORIES: Artist learns forgiveness after life in foster system
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LIFE STORIES: Artist learns forgiveness after life in foster system

To save herself, Cathy Hayden first had to forgive her foster mother. Waitressing and working in a factory, Hayden was struggling to cope with life on her own, with the turbulence of her past - growing up in an orphanage and then the foster system.