What do you do when you lose your dad to a devastating illness while also undergoing a divorce? You sing a country song, of course, which is how local singer Jennifer Markey coped with a rough year she endured a decade ago. The country music stuck -- she and her band The Tennessee Snowpants are now ... More >>
Although 18-year-old songwriting phenom Zach Sobiech left us too soon, his song lives on in more people's lives than ever before. On Monday, his family announced that he had died, and ended several years of battling a rare strain of bone cancer called osteosarcoma. As the news spread, so did his ins ... More >>
SoulPancake released a short documentary Friday on Zach Sobiech, the terminally ill, ever-optimistic Stillwater teenager whose song "Clouds" has been viewed by millions on Youtube. Sobiech was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, more than three years ago. After learning his co ... More >>
When the Rainbow Health Initiative surveyed 1,144 LGBTQ Minnesotans about their health care, one respondent wrote, "Doctors are so confused by me and afraid at urgent care that sometimes they won't touch me."Another, a transgender man, described an experience when he started experiencing pain, but h ... More >>
Valentines Day week has arrived! Whether you plan on celebrating Valentines Day with a special someone, alone, or with your multiple cats, be sure to check out Lucy Michelle & The Velvet Lapelles' Greatest Valentines Mixtape show at the Cedar Cultural Center. On Friday synth-pop band Usonia rele ... More >>
Minneapolis punks Brain Tumors are the launch band for a new web series, Light Up Playlist, combining exclusive music and light painting, and presented by MRI Lightpainting in New York. The series strives to pair elements of light painting photography and animation along with music unique to the sit ... More >>
Tonight at the Cedar Cultural Center, Big Cats! (aka Spencer Wirth-Davis) is having a record release party for his highly inventive, and deeply personal, new album, For My Mother. There's a great feature on Wirth-Davis in this week's City Pages, documenting the desperate struggle and ultimate succes ... More >>
It's been almost four years since the Twin Cities lost its grandfather of all things metal, Earl Root. He died of lymphoma, which he had battled like a true metal warrior for 10 years. Since then his legacy lives on in myriad forms each year with tributes, his wife Nancy's continued work with the Le ... More >>
An honest look at dying in America
Canned cranberries: They're worse than you thinkIf your Thanksgiving dinner shopping list includes Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce and Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup, you might want to give the can opener a rest and start re-thinking your menu. A new report reveals the presence of the toxi ... More >>
Jonh Kline has a perfect attendance record. Total nerd, right?Congressman John Kline sure has a funny way of being a U.S. Representative. Kline has taken a bizarre approach to his job, as unveiled yesterday by the New York Times. It seems that Kline and several other members of congress have repe ... More >>
Michele Bachmann: Wait, come back! I'm going to win!Michele Bachmann's paid campaign staffers in New Hampshire just quit. And boom, as they say, goes the dynamite.The bad, bad news of exodus was broken first by New Hampshire political reporter James Pindell, and has since exploded on Politico. Ge ... More >>
Michele Bachmann has a new word on her mind, and a fake plant over her shoulder.Michele Bachmann finally figured out the public's problem with her opposition to the HPV vaccine: Not enough branding!So, in the tradition of "Obamacare," her favorite word for Barack Obama's health care overhaul, Mic ... More >>
Steven Miles, Art Caplan: Skeptical experts.Michele Bachmann made famous the story of an unknown woman who approached Bachmann after the Tea Party debate and said her daughter was made mentally retarded by the HPV vaccine. Now, that same story might make someone rich. Two University of Minnesota ... More >>
Do you want your boyfriend wearing this T-shirt?Popular Minneapolis poster designer Adam Turman's "Save Second Base" T-shirts are supposed to be all about fighting breast cancer. But this week, they sparked a Twitter war over whether they demean the very people the t-shirt purports to help. ... More >>
Longtime local music supporter Jazzy J (born Phil Henricks) lost his battle with cancer on Friday at the age of 60. Known for his work with the independent music portal Twin Cities Radio, Jazzy J was a friend to many in the community -- his Facebook wall has already been flooded with messages fro ... More >>
Gerard Smith, the bass player for TV on the Radio, passed away this morning, just a month after the band revealed that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer. Smith was not performing with the band on the most recent leg of their tour, which brought them to Toronto last night.
Pneumonia likely took the a 10-year-old German shepherd mix, researchers say.
The R&B singer of "Love TKO" fame died yesterday after a battle with colon cancer.
How close is Allen Quist to Michele Bachmann? Pretty close, according to Til Walz.
Speaking to a nearly packed Target Center, he gave a more folksy version of his health care reform speech given to the joint session of Congress earlier this week.
A judge denied their request to seal the medical records of Daniel Hauser, 13, who made national headlines when he fled the state with his mother to avoid chemo for his Hodgkin's lymphoma.
The lead guitarist for the seminal surf band died over the weekend of lymphoma.
Daniel Hauser, the 13-year-old Sleepy Eye teen who is resisting chemotherapy treatment, didn't show up for his court appearance Tuesday. His mother was also not in attendence and the judge immediately issued an arrest warrant for her.
Donate to a worthy cause and enjoy lots of Cannon River wine while you're at it.
Sad news of the day: Como Zoo's 47-year-old flamingo was euthanized after a long battle with cancer.
Following a recent cancer diagnosis, friends and musicians are rallying tonight for ubiquitous local music scene participant Brian Leighton, lead singer of G.B. Leighton.
Sen. Norm Coleman's latest ad features Wyatt Rech, the adorable 6-year-old cancer survivor from Montgomery, Minn. who inspired his childho ... More >>
Coming soon: The microwavable road?
A British scientist says breast implants will one day be able to hold mp3 players and thousands of songs. "If a woman has something implanted permanently, it might as well do something useful," says Ian Pearson. Oh, and the same technology might alert women to heart murmurs and breast cancer. But le ... More >>
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Mark Kennedy's at it again. And this time he's "saving the environment!" For two weeks in a row now, Rep. Mark Kennedy takes the top spot as the biggest hypocrite in Minnesota politics. As we reported last week, Kennedy urged Minnesotans to support breast-cancer research and funding while he voted a ... More >>
Armed with new evidence linking power lines and cancer, activists appeal to the courts
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