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Story Lab: January 31, 2010 - February 6, 2010

Snowmanzilla: The finishing touches

The builders of Snowmanzilla ended up using a traffic cone hat, green hockey sticks for arms and wooden buttons, pipe and carrot from another neighbor's "Build Your Own Snowman" kit. The name they settled on? G-Dub, a "hipper" George...

By Brigid Schulte  | February 6, 2010; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local Life  
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Snowmanzilla!!!!

It all started Friday night around 8:00. Kory Hoppes, Damon Varble and Ken Varnes decided to make a regular old snowman. They began by rolling snow down Dewitt Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. But the snow...

By Brigid Schulte  | February 6, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Local Life  
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Snow stories: What you want to know

Washington Post readers are consuming enormous amounts of snow news, even if distributors are having a very tough time getting the print edition out to subscribers this morning. And the hundreds of you who have responded to Story Lab's...

By Marc Fisher  | February 6, 2010; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Assignment Editor, Build-A-Story  
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The world capital of snow wusses?

Washington Post columnist John Kelly and Enterprise Editor Marc Fisher trade tales of Washington's special aversion to snow.... Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames....

By Marc Fisher  | February 5, 2010; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The inside story  
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Twitter: Not exactly useful for #snowmageddon

Twitter has been hailed as a vital information-sharing tool in times of crisis, from the Iranian protests last year to the recent Haitian earthquake. Journalists, too, love Twitter because, aside from pushing their stories out into the ether, it...

By Ian Shapira  | February 5, 2010; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Journalism  
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The snow stories you assigned us--and what's next

Yesterday here on the Lab, we asked you to suggest stories you'd like to see Post reporters jump into during the snow event, and dozens of you made really interesting recommendations. We've already assigned some, including: --Covering a wedding...

By Marc Fisher  | February 5, 2010; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Assignment Editor, Build-A-Story  
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Why didn't Consumer Reports know about bad Toyotas?

Consumer Reports recently suspended its recommendations for a slew of Toyota models following the automaker's recent recall. The respected magazine is urging consumers not to buy Toyotas until the problem with accelerators is resolved. I know every time I have...

By Marc Fisher  | February 5, 2010; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Build-A-Story  
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Pick of the Day: Kinky sex in Bethesda

Every day here at The Washington Post, editors from each section meet to pitch their best stories for the front page. The daily battle for that coveted front-page real estate can be intense, and the top contenders are eventually...

By Christian Davenport  | February 5, 2010; 7:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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You Be The Editor: Assign Snowpocalypse stories

There are two kinds of reporters: Those who love a great weather story and those who should have gone into accounting. We're having a ball dispatching reporters all over the place to capture the frenzy of buying at local...

By Marc Fisher  | February 4, 2010; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
Categories:  Assignment Editor, Build-A-Story  
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Children of CIA officers, still searching

Over the last year, I grew curious about a particular stream of obituaries in the back of the Metro section of The Washington Post. At least once a week, seemingly, an obituary marking the life and career of some...

By Ian Shapira  | February 4, 2010; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  How I got that story, More on the story, The Blowback  | Tags:  CIA; OSS; children of intelligence officers; intelligence agents; intelligence officers; CIA agents; families of CIA agents; Ian Shapira  
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Shelling out big bucks to find good day care

When I found out in December that I would have a daughter this coming May, there was precious little time to celebrate. My partner and I both work. We needed to start applying for daycare. But hold on: Does this...

By Justin Moyer  | February 4, 2010; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Build-A-Story  | Tags:  day care; day care centers; application fees; daycare; D.C. day care  
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Pick of the Day: The best weather story ever

Yet another snow storm is coming, which means—yes, you guessed it—another round of weather stories we’ll be preparing for you here at The Post. We’ll chronicle the precipitation accumulation, the traffic, the road plows, the power outages. If the...

By Christian Davenport  | February 4, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Story Picks  | Tags:  snow; snow storm; Washington; snowpocalypse; weather story; best weather story; d.c. snow; d.c. snowstorm  
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Pick of the day: The iPad and the future of journalism

Like my colleague, Mike Rosenwald, I’m totally psyched for the iPad (though I’m not quite as gaga as he is). I think it’s going to change our behavior—how we watch movies, read books, magazines and newspapers. And it’s going...

By Christian Davenport  | February 3, 2010; 7:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Pick of the day: Alt-weekly's take on debt collection

Today's pick of the day, like yesterday's, was something I came across on Twitter, which in addition to being a complete waste of time has also become a great reading room--a sort of on-line library where everyone has a...

By Christian Davenport  | February 2, 2010; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In search of mission-driven shops

Downtown, there's a quirky but serious book store called The InfoShop, a business operated by the World Bank that sells books that are unabashedly wonky and earnest. Inside the store, next to signs that say "Bestsellers," visitors will find works...

By Ian Shapira  | February 2, 2010; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Build-A-Story  | Tags:  Carlos Rossel; InfoShop; World Bank and InfoShop  
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Did The Post kill Salinger's "Hapworth" book?

When Roger Lathbury, a George Mason University professor who runs his own publishing house, Orchises Press, brokered a deal in 1996 to publish J.D. Salinger's short story, "Hapworth 16, 1924," he was thrilled. Here was a guy from Alexandria, miles...

By Ian Shapira  | February 1, 2010; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pick of the day: Twitter's revolution by recommendation

Everyone loves to hate Twitter. They say it’s a vapid waste of time. Not intellectually serious. How, in 140 characters, can one have a real discourse, let alone convey a single, coherent thought, or emotion? I, too, was skeptical....

By Christian Davenport  | February 1, 2010; 7:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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