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C.J. is a columnist in the Star Tribune's Twin Cities section. Her column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.


C.J.: Actor, Pepitos owner Joe Minjares reflects on life and love as lung disease advances

Joe Minjares seems mostly happy despite pulmonary fibrosis, which has advanced from the diagnosis six years ago to the point that he needs a portable oxygen tank.


Alan Gorrie says stamina, great tunes help Average White Band beat averages

The Average White Band is the headliner at the Lowertown Blues & Funk Festival in St. Paul’s Mears Park on Friday and Saturday. After a…


C.J.: Lou Nanne suppressed many an urge to slap a sports reporter

The hockey great was looking great after recent hip surgery.


CBS' Jeff Pegues writes about the gulf between blacks and police

The KMSP-TV alum clearly enjoys tackling books as heavy as his average 14-hour workday.


C.J.: Back in Minnesota, Louie Anderson should be safe from Galifianakis pranks

Comedian's new show mines his Fitbit, family and more.


C.J.: Floor director Tim Niccum leaves Fox 9 for better hours

He is leaving Fox 9 to work for BlueEarth Innovation, a Web development firm in St. Paul.


C.J.: 'The Q,' a humble talk show host who wants to earn an appearance on "Wendy"

“The Q’s” mom lived to see her son achieve the career goal he has harbored since age 12. “I wanted a talk show,” said


C.J.: Nekima Levy-Pounds enjoys campaigning with baby on board

Minneapolis mayoral candidate Nekima Levy-Pounds has felt energized as she hits the campaign trail — while expecting. She and her entrepreneur husband,


C.J.: 'Chocolate Rain' and its many memes bring sweet success to Tay Zonday

“Chocolate Rain” singer Tay Zonday was in the metro recently working on a Best Buy project. “A small project with Best Buy’s internal production…


C.J.: Broadcaster Marcia Fluer talks love, marriage, depression

Pavek Museum Hall of Fame broadcaster Marcia Fluer, who also had a career teaching U personnel how to handle the media, should be in…