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Story Lab: November 29, 2009 - December 5, 2009

Build-A-Story: Will you cut back on Xmas spending?

The holiday shopping season is upon us. Over the past year, I’ve reported about the steady rise in the unemployment rate and the steady decline in consumer confidence. Even though experts say the economy is rebounding, it’s pretty clear this...

By Dion Haynes  | December 4, 2009; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Newsroom of yore: Old cheese and a pile of leaves

Above is the photo taken in April 2008 in the newsroom when The Post won six Pulitzer prizes. A personal point of pride: You can see this blog post author's father, Harry Shapira, his face all lit up, beneath...

By Ian Shapira  | December 4, 2009; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Pick of the day: Is this journalism?

Stumbled across a video yesterday produced by our friends over at Slate. It's a sort of mashup called "Tiger Woods search history" and it features the ubiquitous Google screen that people use billions of times every day and someone,...

By Michael S. Rosenwald  | December 4, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Build-A-Story: The rise and fall of AOL email

Next week, capping a disastrous merger with Time Warner, AOL will spin itself off and become independent again. AOL was an innovator online in so many ways -- from instant messaging to email to chat boards. But ultimately, other...

By Michael S. Rosenwald  | December 3, 2009; 10:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Build-A-Story update: Show us your tatts

Story Lab readers, you’re already on the way toward building a very interesting story. Through your comments since our original query and many messages sent by email and Twitter, a tale of Washington’s tattoo tolerance is taking shape. Let’s just...

By Steve Hendrix  | December 3, 2009; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Build-A-Story: Lost my job--what do I do all day?

(AP photo) I spent a few hours yesterday at an unemployment center in Northern Virginia, mostly taking in the scene. It’s what you’d expect. People slumped in plastic chairs, waiting for their names to be called. Lines formed in front...

By Theresa Vargas  | December 3, 2009; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Help us hear how Washingtonians talk

New York has an accent. So does Boston and Philly. But does Washington, DC?

By Christian Davenport  | December 3, 2009; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Blowback: Pregnant and smoking--fair image?

After I wrote about the phenomenon of healthy young people dying of H1N1 and the death of Sara Wilson's six-year-old daughter, Heaven -- the only H1N1 death in the state of Virginia so far of a healthy individual with...

By Brigid Schulte  | December 3, 2009; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Pick of the day: 40 years of Washington Monthly

Some of the best journalism to come out of Washington in the last four decades did not originate in The Washington Post's newsroom, or in the New York Times' Washington bureau, or over at NPR, or at any of...

By Michael S. Rosenwald  | December 3, 2009; 8:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Behind the Quantico series: Covering the Corps

(Photo by Lance Cpl. John T. Kennicutt) I’ve had the privilege of embedding twice with Army units, but I have to say that the Marine Corps is my favorite branch of the services to write about. Not just because...

By Christian Davenport  | December 2, 2009; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Inside Story: The Salahis, way before the dinner

Whenever I've interviewed Tareq Salahi, it's always been for a story about something gone awry among the upper crust in the Washington region's horse country. In my first at-bat with Tareq in 2003, he was eager to be included in...

By Ian Shapira  | December 2, 2009; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pick of the day: Can a scribe go carbon neutral?

I'm a sucker for a good first-person piece, so long as the story is about something more than just the writer. The writer has to be doing something interesting that connects the reader in an intimate way to an important...

By Michael S. Rosenwald  | December 2, 2009; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Story update: Your take on tattoos

(Photo by Jonathan Newton, The Washington Post) Our query about tattoos in the workplace has sparked a fascinating conversation, and laid open a generational and cultural divide. To some who have posted comments or emailed, a tattoo is an extremely...

By Steve Hendrix  | December 1, 2009; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Build-A-Story: Rich kids, poor kids in youth sports

(Photo by Peggy Peattie) Do rich kids really have an advantage over poor kids when it comes to playing sports? That’s the question I want to answer in a story about economic inequity in youth sports. But this concept...

By Annie Gowen  | December 1, 2009; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Reporting on pot: Dude, where's my source?

Record-shop owner Joe Lee was happy to talk THC. Others, not so much. (Bill O'leary/TWP) Trying to get pot smokers to return a call from a newspaper reporter is enough to confirm certain slacker stereotypes. A call, brokered by an...

By Steve Hendrix  | December 1, 2009; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Pick of the day: What caused Tiger to hibernate?

Tiger, in more peaceful times: January at the AT&T National. (Jonathan Newton/TWP) By now, thanks to our 24/7 multi-platform news cycle, there have probably been two billion words of TV commentator/Twitter/TMZ.com speculation offered about Tiger Woods' bizarre car accident in...

By Michael S. Rosenwald  | December 1, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Build-A-Story: Do you talk tattoos at work?

(AP file photo) Is there a dragon dipping below the hemline of your dress-for-court Anne Taylor suit? A string of barbed wire visible above the collar of your Brooks Brothers button-down? What does your boss think of that Che Guevara...

By Steve Hendrix  | November 30, 2009; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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