JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Leland R. Speed, a prominent Mississippi businessman who twice served as the state's economic development director, died Wednesday at the University of Mississippi Medical...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman and radio broadcaster Tunch Ilkin has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mari Winsor, a celebrity trainer for Hollywood’s elite who became known as a Pilates guru, has died. She was 70.
Winsor’s family rep Alison Graham said in a statement that...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former NFL player Steve Gleason has received the Congressional Gold Medal — the highest civilan honor bestowed by Congress — for his work as an advocate for people with...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason, who became a leading advocate for people struggling with Lou Gehrig's disease after he was diagnosed with the paralyzing...
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Thirty-four people took advantage of Vermont's aid-in-dying law in the most recent two-year period studied by the state, according to a report released by the Vermont...
BOSTON (AP) — To honor Peter Frates — the former Boston College baseball player whose public battle with ALS helped make the ice bucket challenge a phenomenon — do as he did, the priest who...
BOSTON (AP) — Pete Frates, a former college baseball player whose battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease helped inspire the ALS ice bucket challenge that has raised more than $200 million worldwide,...
Man with Lou Gehrig’s disease who helped popularize ice bucket challenge, raising millions for ALS research, dies at 34
BOSTON (AP) — Man with Lou Gehrig’s disease who helped popularize ice bucket challenge, raising millions for ALS research, dies at 34.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Former Syracuse All-America defensive lineman Tim Green had his No. 72 jersey retired at halftime of the Orange's game against No. 1 Clemson.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse is honoring former All-America Tim Green during the Orange's game against No. 1 Clemson.
Green's No. 72 jersey will be retired at halftime of the home opener...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Architect Phil Freelon, who designed buildings ranging from local libraries to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, died Tuesday in North...
ATLANTA (AP) — A man with Lou Gehrig's disease who dreamed of going to the Super Bowl secured tickets from a charity, but was killed when the minivan he was traveling in caught fire on the way to Atlanta.
News outlets report that 39-year-old Ed Cushman of Shelby, North Carolina, got tickets through ALS-dedicated charity Team Gleason in New Orleans.
He's the New Orleans Saints' biggest fan, not to mention the perfect beacon for a city that knows a thing or two about emerging from darkness.
As the Big Easy goes for another NFL championship, Steve Gleason is along for the ride.
Sure, his body failed him, perhaps because of the game he loved so much.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed legislation awarding former New Orleans Saints and Washington State football player Steve Gleason the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor awarded by Congress.
The 41-year-old Gleason has ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, and Congress sought to honor him for his work as an advocate for people with the paralyzing neuromuscular disease.
Gleason is the first NFL player to receive a Congressional Gold Medal.
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — About 100 people took an icy plunge into the ocean over the weekend to raise about $25,000 for the Massachusetts man who helped inspire the ice bucket challenge.
The Gloucester Daily Times reports that people gathered in costumes and bathing suits at Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester on Saturday for the seventh annual Plunge for Pete.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal lawmakers have passed legislation to award former New Orleans Saints and Washington State football player Steve Gleason the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor awarded by Congress.
The legislation, which now awaits a signature from President Donald Trump, seeks to honor the 41-year-old Gleason's work as an advocate for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen Hillenburg, who used his dual loves of drawing and marine biology to spawn the absurd undersea world of "SpongeBob SquarePants," has died, Nickelodeon announced Tuesday.
Hillenburg died Monday of Lou Gehrig's disease, also known as ALS, the cable network said in a statement. He was 57.
He had announced he had the disease in March 2017. His death comes just weeks after the passing of another cartoon hero in Marvel creator Stan Lee.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Former Syracuse and NFL defensive lineman Tim Green has revealed he has Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Green wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday night that for the past five years he's been coping with "neurological problems" in his hands. He says doctors first thought the damage his elbows had received during his playing days in the 1980s and 1990s was the culprit. But the problems didn't go away after surgery and his voice also began to get weak before he was diagnosed with ALS.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University is offering a clinic for patients with ALS, more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease.
The once-a-month clinic at the university's Speech and Hearing Center will have a team including a neurologist, physical therapist, speech therapist, dietitian, respiratory therapist and social worker.
ALS is a degenerative disease of the nervous system that leads to loss of muscle control and eventually the ability to speak, eat, move and breathe.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A Vietnam War veteran from western Indiana had his last wish fulfilled by his reunited Army comrades, who flew in the Terre Haute Air Show.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The next Omaha Science Cafe will discuss issues involving Lou Gehrig's disease.
Amy Nordness, director of speech-language pathology at the Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Shannon Todd, a care services specialist with The ALS Association Mid-America Chapter, will lead the discussion. The title: "The Eyes Have It — How the Eyes Keep People with ALS Connected to the World."
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — The man credited with helping to "get the lights back on in 11 days" as Mississippi's Gulf Coast recovered from Hurricane Katrina has died at the age of 68.
News outlets report former Mississippi Power Co. President Anthony Topazi died Friday from complications from ALS, known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The Alabama native was at the utility's helm in when Katrina hit on Aug. 29, 2005. By Sept. 10, power was restored in southern Mississippi.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has reached an agreement to continue in-home health care for an Oregon veteran with Lou Gehrig's disease, it was announced Friday.
Michael Williamson of Springfield sued the federal agency on Jan. 23 in U.S. District Court in Eugene after a VA contract company notified him that his home health care of nearly 20 years would soon end because it couldn't find caregivers for his round-the-clock assistance.
BOSTON (AP) — Oakland Athletics outfielder Stephen Piscotty homered in his first at-bat on Tuesday night after returning from the bereavement list and saluted his late mother when he crossed home plate.
Piscotty patted his heart with his right hand in tribute to Gretchen Piscotty , who died May 6 after battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Wherever he went on the field, Stephen Piscotty felt his mother's presence.
Two days after Gretchen Piscotty died from Lou Gehrig's disease, her son was back at work for the Oakland Athletics. Full of sadness, but enveloped in love.
"All day, I didn't feel alone. I felt like someone was with me," he said a day later, on Wednesday. "I had a round in batting practice where I hit five homers out of five and I've never done that. That's not me."
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The mother of Athletics outfielder Stephen Piscotty has died, less than a year after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Gretchen Piscotty died Sunday night from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the A's said Monday.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University's brain science institute has been given $100 million to advance the understanding of the brain and what causes Lou Gehrig's Disease, Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases.
The Ivy League university in Providence, Rhode Island, announced the donation from alumnus Robert Carney and his wife, Nancy, on Wednesday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal lawmakers from Louisiana and Washington have submitted legislation to award former New Orleans Saints and Washington State football player Steve Gleason the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor awarded by Congress.
Sen. Bill Cassidy, a Louisiana Republican and doctor who helped sponsor the legislation, seeks to honor Gleason for his work as an advocate for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Facing a federal lawsuit, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced Friday that it had reached an agreement to extend in-home health care through April for a Springfield veteran with Lou Gehrig's disease who needs around-the-clock care.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Former Arizona Wildcats offensive lineman Warner Smith has died after a more than three-year battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 44.
The university said Smith died Tuesday.
Smith was a four-year starter and senior team captain for Arizona and a two-time All-Pac-10 honoree as a guard.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A longtime local television news anchor in Buffalo, New York, known for his "rapid-fire delivery and famous alliteration" has died. Irv Weinstein was 87.
WKBW-TV, where Weinstein had worked for 34 years, says he died Tuesday in Costa Mesa, California, after a long battle with Lou Gehrig's disease, also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.
NEW YORK (AP) — A novel Sam Shepard completed shortly before his death is coming out in December.
In an announcement Wednesday, Alfred A. Knopf says that "Spy of the First Person" will be released Dec. 5. In the novel, an unnamed narrator looks back on his life and the illness which afflicts him in old age.
BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) — Pete Frates was mistakenly written off as dead this summer. Turns out, the man who helped spark the ice bucket challenge that raised millions of dollars for research on Lou Gehrig's disease hasn't gone anywhere yet.
BOSTON (AP) — The man who inspired the ice bucket challenge was honored on Tuesday for helping to raise millions of dollars for Lou Gehrig's disease research.
Sept. 5 was declared Pete Frates Day, Mayor Martin Walsh said, as the former Boston College baseball star was feted by more than 100 people outside City Hall.
DANVERS, Mass. (AP) — The man who inspired the ice bucket challenge has been honored by the Roman Catholic prep school he attended in Massachusetts.
St. Johns Prep on Wednesday announced Pete Frates (FRAY'-tees) as its 2018 Distinguished Alumnus.
The headmaster also announced the dedication of the school's baseball diamond in Frates' name and the retirement of his No. 3 jersey in football, hockey and baseball.
BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) — Police in the hometown of the man who inspired the ice bucket challenge plan to host one with his family.
Beverly Police Chief John LeLacheur says officers and Pete Frates' family will take the challenge Sunday. The department is challenging other officers, firefighters, emergency workers and the public to participate.
Frates inspired the ice bucket challenge that has raised more than $220 million for Lou Gehrig's disease research since 2014.
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The vice mayor of Avondale has died after battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
City officials announced Monday that Sandi Nelson died at her home last Saturday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tim Shaw warns Tennessee coach Mike Mularkey not to overuse him his story looking to inspire the Titans, seeing limits to the emotional tale of the former NFL linebacker and special teams ace fighting amytrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Mularkey, and the rest of the Titans, respectfully disagree.
BOSTON (AP) — The start of every August will kick off Ice Bucket Challenge Week in Massachusetts.
Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday signed into law a bill designating the first week of the month as a time to honor Pete Frates. Frates inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge that has raised more than $220 million for Lou Gehrig's disease research since 2014.
NEW YORK (AP) — Sam Shepard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Oscar-nominated actor and celebrated author whose plays chronicled the explosive fault lines of family and masculinity in the American West, has died. He was 73.
Family spokesman Chris Boneau said Monday that Shepard died Thursday at his home in Kentucky from complications related to Lou Gehrig's disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
BOSTON (AP) — Get ready for Ice Bucket Challenge Week.
The Massachusetts Legislature has approved a bill designating the first week of August as a time to honor Pete Frates.
The former Boston College baseball star was diagnosed in 2012 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. There is no known cure for the disease that weakens muscles and impairs physical functioning.
DEATSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Raymond Turner sometimes finds his wife Myra watching old video of their son playing football, the sport that ultimately led to his death, and often going through the video two or three times.
"I know it's killing her," he said. "But only child, what do you do?"
BOSTON (AP) — A man who inspired the ice bucket challenge to raise millions of dollars for Lou Gehrig's disease research has been released from the hospital.
Pete Frates' family posted on their Facebook page Wednesday evening that Frates is home.
Frates posted a picture on Twitter of him surrounded by his family. The post says: "good to b home."
FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — A mentally ill man acquitted of killing two nuns in Maine in 1996 and severely injuring two other nuns has died.
The Kennebec Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2uirMzu ) the state Department of Health and Human Services said in a letter that 58-year-old Mark Bechard died Sunday in Freeport.
BOSTON (AP) — The man who inspired the ice bucket challenge to raise millions of dollars for Lou Gehrig's disease research could be released from the hospital this week, his family said.
Pete Frates' brother, Andrew, told a Boston sports radio show that he has his "fingers crossed" that Pete will be released Tuesday from Massachusetts General Hospital and head home.
He told WBZ-FM that Pete Frates, who was hospitalized last week, is "doing great."
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The trial lawyer who led the effort to allow marijuana for medical uses in Florida filed a lawsuit Thursday against the state's decision to ban smokable forms of the plant.
Smoking marijuana is the best way to administer it to some patients with debilitating conditions such as Lou Gehrig's disease, or ALS, lawyer John Morgan said at a news conference outside the Leon County courthouse where he filed the suit.
BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) — The man who inspired the ice bucket challenge to raise millions of dollars for Lou Gehrig's disease research will have his own medical bills covered for a while.
The Salem News (http://bit.ly/2sphsB0 ) reports that Pete Frates (FRAY'-tees) and his family are being helped by a new program from the ALS Association that covers the uninsured cost of skilled home care for several ALS patients in Massachusetts each year.
BOSTON (AP) — The man who inspired people around the world to dump buckets of ice water over their heads to raise millions of dollars for Lou Gehrig's disease research is back in the hospital and is keeping his sense of humor.
A Facebook post from the family of 32-year-old Pete Frates said he is resting comfortably at Massachusetts General Hospital and that "doctors, medicine, prayers and love continue to help him get stronger."
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Former University of North Carolina chancellor Paul Hardin III, who led the school into its third century while increasing faculty diversity, died on Saturday. He was 86.
The university said the longtime educator and leader of several universities died at his Chapel Hill home after battling ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.