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Story Lab: January 10, 2010 - January 16, 2010

Build-A-Story: What happens to your digital life when you're dead?

Google owns me. Well, that's not exactly true. My editor owns me. Google just owns me digitally. It has five years worth of my email, most of my Microsoft Word documents, my calendar, my phone (I have Google Voice and...

By Michael Rosenwald  | January 15, 2010; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pick of the Day: Planet Money to unglaze the eyes

This week saw the opening hearings of the newly named (and appropriately ominous-sounding) Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission - an attempt, like the 9/11 Commission, to get the story of the meltdown in the banking, mortgage and global financial systems. Market...

By Brigid Schulte  | January 15, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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How has Martin Luther King inspired you?

As we near the day when we honor Martin Luther King and what he stood for, we want to know how King's message and life have inspired you. Tell us, in a video response, what words of his are most...

By Marc Fisher  | January 14, 2010; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Story Pick: In Haiti, Twitter now & essays then

All through the day Wednesday, I watched with amazement as the news of the devastating 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti unfolded on the web. I logged on to washingtonpost.com and saw a constant update of Twitter feeds about the latest...

By Brigid Schulte  | January 14, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Haiti: A deeper look

As news reports pour out of Haiti in our tweet-per-second news cycle, it's worth pausing to reflect on Tracy Kidder's 2003 book on Haiti, "Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World."...

By Ian Shapira  | January 13, 2010; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Build-A-Story: "I've sent out, what--80 resumes?"

Another 85,000 Americans lost their jobs in December, the Labor Department said last week. On that same day, the Obama Administration acknowledged the December figures were worse than anticipated, throwing chilly water on any hope that an economic recovery...

By Michael Leahy  | January 13, 2010; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Had enough of steroids? Try amputees or native ball

This week, with Mark McGwire and his not-so-surprising steroid confession in the news, I got to thinking about sports stories that have stuck with me long after the last page (or last mouse click.) Although it is unavailable online, (you...

By Brigid Schulte  | January 13, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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When a story doesn't become a story

We always welcome tips here at The Washington Post, so when we got one the other day about how the heat and hot water were out at some of the facilities that house wounded warriors at Walter Reed Army Medical...

By Christian Davenport  | January 12, 2010; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pick of the Day: Readable health care reform

A couple of months ago, my editor asked me to write about health care reform. Almost immediately, my eyes glazed over. My ears filled with cotton. Oh no, I thought, not another one of those Democrats vs. Republicans posturing for...

By Brigid Schulte  | January 12, 2010; 7:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bra colors & cancer: Putting the social in social networking

When we started this Story Lab blog a few weeks ago, I wasn't sure what to expect. We wanted to create a new kind of journalistic space where a community of readers -- however you define it, geographically, by interest,...

By Brigid Schulte  | January 11, 2010; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Pick of the Day: When a man becomes a woman

Lane DeGregory at the St. Petersburg Times is one of my favorite writers. I first came across her writing at a Nieman narrative writing conference in Boston several years ago. She offered Tips for Finding Compelling Narratives that included admonitions...

By Brigid Schulte  | January 11, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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