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   Today's Papers via Email / More Cancer Resources
Howdy, y'all, and greetings once again from the beautiful city of
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, capitol of Bulgaria!  :P
In each TOURBUS post I try to write about one of two types of sites:
     1. Sites that are really cool (like or ) or
     2. Sites that are so cool that they kick serious monkey hiney
        (like or ).
Today's stop falls into the serious monkey-hiney-kicking category.
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On with the show ...
Today's Papers via Email
For the past couple of years, I have been a HUGE fan on Scott Shuger's
daily "Today's Papers" column at .
Each night, Shuger scans the early, online editions of the five major
US newspapers (the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the
Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today)  and then
condenses the major stories from all of those newspapers into a
thousand word summary.  This sounds a little confusing, but check out
that URL I just gave you and you'll understand.
Today's Papers is a great way to stay on top of the major news stories
without having to read squillion newspapers, visit a squillion news
Web sites, or watch a brain-dead local TV news broadcast ("tonight, we
have news that just might save your life ... but first, let's pay a
live visit to a local root cellar where a giant tuber in the shape of
Elvis was recently found.")  I especially appreciate Shuger's dry wit
and sharp editorial eye.  If there is a mistake in the way one of the
newspapers reports a story, Shuger's going to catch it.
I am not the only one who is a fan of Today's Papers.  It's also quite
popular with the media.  According to a Brill's Content article a
couple of years ago, Today's Papers column is read by 'high-powered
pundits' like William F. Buckley, Jr., New York Times assistant
managing editor Allan Siegal, and Los Angeles Times managing editor
Leo Wolinsky.  In other words, Today's Papers is the media summary
the media reads.
Now we've talked about all of this before.  What we haven't talked
about, however, is the problem I have with Web sites that update once
a day: I am so lazy and/or busy that I don't have the time to visit
Today's Papers *AND* Slashdot *AND* MyYahoo *AND* MacInTouch *AND* ...
yadda yadda yadda ... every day.  Unless those sites' content comes to
me, unless it is delivered to my computer every day without me having
to fire up my Web browser and jump to each particular site, I probably
won't read it that often.
Well, I have some good news for you.  MSN's Slate, the site that
publishes Today's Papers, will now send Today's Papers to your email
inbox every morning ... for FREE!  Here is how to sign up.
Point your Web browser to .
For some unknown reason this is actually the address of a JavaScript
pop-up window.  Go figure.  (If you are using software that blocks
pop-ups, turn it off for a few minutes so you can sign up.)
In the silly pop-up window, key in your email address and click on the
"Sign In" button.
On the next JavaScript pop-up screen (GRRR!), choose the format in
which you want to receive Today's Papers: HTML or Text.  If you choose
HTML, you will receive Today's Papers like an emailed Web page,
complete with pictures and text.  Only the most recent email programs
(Outlook, Eudora, AOL 6) can handle HTML emails.  If you aren't sure
if your email program can handle HTML emails, or if you are a purist
like me and prefer to receive emails in plain text format, chose Text.
(By the way, the TOURBUS post you are currently reading is in plain
text format.)
Once you have chosen your mail format, click on the Today's Papers
checkbox, scroll down to the bottom of the pop-up screen, and click on
the "Save" button.  You can also sign up for other Slate content in
this pop-up window, but Today's Papers really is the best of the
That's it.  Early next morning your first issue of Today's Papers will
arrive via email.  If you ever want to change your subscription, just
hop on back to
I have been such a big fan of Today's Papers that I was actually a
paying, premium subscriber to the Slate site ... just so I could
receive Today's Papers via email.  Now that Slate has done away with
its subscription program and has made its email delivery service free
to everyone, I knew I *had* to share this simian-posterior-punting
resource with you.  :)
Some More Cancer Resources
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of my being diagnosed with and
eventually beating cancer, I am ending each of my TOURBUS posts
between October 16 (the anniversary of my diagnosis) and December 24
(the anniversary of my last dose of chemotherapy) with pointers to
some of the Net's best cancer sites.
Both Charles and Kris wanted me to point out that
     The hungersite ( ) is now linked to
     several other sites each of which gives small benefits when
          -rainforest site
          -kids AIDS site
          -child survival site (donates Vitamin A)
          -breast cancer site
     Each requires its own click and each only works once a day.
The links to each of these sites can be found across the top of the
Hunger Site's homepage.  Clicks on the Breast Cancer site
( ) help pay for the costs of 11
mammograms a day.
Rosmarie writes that
     My husband was diagnosed with testicular cancer six months ago.
     Luckily, thanks to a quick thinking doctor and urologist, he was
     having surgery less than a week after finding the tumor. Five
     weeks of radiation later, the doctors feel confident that he's
     cured. We still have a ways to go in feeling that we've "beat"
     it, but one place that gave us TONS and TONS of helpful advice
     and support after diagnosis and during treatment was the
     Testicular Cancer Resource Center
     Their TC Primer was a huge help in understanding the disease and
     calming me down when I thought I would totally flip out. I would
     really recommend them for one of your Thursday-ish posts.
Denise adds that
     My husband is currently going through cancer treatment (gastric,
     stage IV). This Caring Bridge  site
     ( made it easy for us to make a web
     page that keeps everyone informed of how he's doing. It took
     about 5 minutes for me to set up our site and we've had 2500
     visitors in 4 weeks. They can leave guestbook entries and half of
     them say encouraging things to Dan and half of them say how great
     it is to have the web page! (Our page is )
Sue writes that
     Another excellent site for oncology information, drugs, and links
     to other oncology sites is:
Luis recently lost his sister to leukemia.  In her memory he recommends
     It's a great site with lots on information about this disease,
     its different types, treatments, etc. It was very valuable while
     we were going through those hard times.
Kathy and Larry mention that
     is the site address for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition -
     lots of information and support. While everyone focuses on breast
     cancer, much more needs to be shared about the truly hidden
     cancer for women. Because there are no surefire diagnostic tests
     for ovarian cancer such as currently exist for breast and uterine
     cancer, this cancer is rarely detected in women until the odds of
     surviving are minimal..
Finally, your fearless bus driver has a site to add:  This is the staff Web
page for Dr. Marshall Schreeder, the doctor who saved my life back in
1990.  I have an appointment with him on the 22nd, so I'll make sure
to tell him that you say hi.  :)
That's it for this week.  Have a safe and happy weekend and we'll talk
again soon.
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