Latest from Cathy Free

He saw a man in a four-second news clip — who turned out to be the brother he never knew he had

“I had to pick my jaw up off the floor,” said Randy Waites, who never knew his father.

February 11, 2022

Comic book store owner to ship ‘Maus’ free to anyone who asks in Tenn. district where it’s banned

Ryan Higgins had a hunch that sales of the graphic novel would surge, so he quickly ordered 100 copies to give away.

February 1, 2022

The world’s oldest living land animal? At age 190, it’s Jonathan the tortoise.

“He knows my voice and comes to me like a dog,” said his caretaker on St. Helena island.

January 30, 2022

You’re supposed to eat these cookies. But would you?

Ella Hawkins’s art history cookies mimic her favorite designs and period costumes.

January 27, 2022

A Texas teen raised $30,500 at a livestock show. She donated it to the hospital that treated her cancer.

It felt like the whole community raised a hand to donate and help Maddie Barber give back to St. Jude.

January 25, 2022

After a storm, school football coach told players to ‘find an elderly or disabled neighbor and shovel their driveway’

"Don’t accept any money — that’s our Monday workout," coach Brian DeLallo wrote.

January 19, 2022

Former NFL lineman now cooks at his kids’ school cafeteria: ‘Kindergartners are my toughest critics’

“It took a while to capture some trust from the kids,” said Jared Veldheer.

January 14, 2022

USPS just delivered a letter from an American soldier in Germany. It was 76 years late.

"We are uncertain where this letter has been for the past seven-plus decades," a Postal Service employee wrote to the family.

January 12, 2022

Habitat for Humanity is 3-D printing houses. The first one is in Virginia.

April Stringfield never thought the construction of her first home would resemble toothpaste being squeezed from a tube.

January 7, 2022

Tools are costly and take up space. Tool libraries are popping up so people can share.

“Our most popular items are nail guns and upholstery and carpet cleaners, but we also have some unusual stuff here,” said Chicago Tool Library co-founder Tessa Vierk.

January 5, 2022