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Story Lab: March 7, 2010 - March 13, 2010

Pick of the Day: Rotisserie baseball--America's other pastime or one more time suck?

Most baseball fans love his time of year because spring training tends to tickle your optimism bone (unless, of course, you're a Pirates or Royals fan). But for fantasy baseball players, this is a truly special season because, well ......

By J. Freedom du Lac  | March 12, 2010; 7:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Finding Sgt. Owen

A few weeks ago, one of our Richmond political reporters shot my editor an AP story, no more than a few paragraphs, a brief, about a soldier from Winchester, Va., who'd been killed in action on D-Day in World War...

By Brigid Schulte  | March 11, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  How I got that story, The Blowback  
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Pick of the Day: Peter Chang, in stereo

Today's special: Superlative stories on Peter Chang, a mysterious Chinese chef whose spicy Szechuan cuisine tends to make gourmands weak in the knees (and sweaty on the brow) -- but whose wandering ways tend to drive everybody crazy. Chang became...

By J. Freedom du Lac  | March 11, 2010; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Teleporting to reality: Reporting in Second Life

In Michael Rosenwald's Page One story about people who have found a steady stream of real-money income from the virtual world of Second Life , there were a couple of moments that were nothing short of surreal, as the...

By Michael Rosenwald  | March 10, 2010; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Do Millennials have a lousy work ethic?

The Pew Research Center's huge new study of Millennials may have generated buzz for its viral "How Millennial Are You?" quiz, but the report itself contains a few intriguing nuggets about this generation's work ethic. Such as: Of the four...

By Ian Shapira  | March 10, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pick of the Day: Inside the real hurt locker

"The Hurt Locker," which won best picture at the Oscars on Sunday, tells the story of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team working in Iraq. The film's accuracy has been a hot topic of debate among U.S. veterans, as my colleague...

By J. Freedom du Lac  | March 10, 2010; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pick of the Day: Star-gazing with Style

In a previous life, when I was The Post's pop music critic, I sat within earshot of the Style editor's office. One day, a couple years back, I heard her laughing so hard and so loudly that I thought she...

By J. Freedom du Lac  | March 9, 2010; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Getting the Pentagon shooter's brother to talk

Around 6 a.m. Saturday morning, I woke up in my motel room in Hollister, Calif. and sprang to my laptop to do what any modern reporter does these days: prowl Facebook. In the aftermath of John Patrick Bedell's shooting...

By Ian Shapira  | March 8, 2010; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Pick of the Day: Kathryn Bigelow's 'Action!'

Things almost everybody knows about "Hurt Locker" director Kathryn Bigelow at this point: She's James Cameron's ex-wife and she beat her "Avatar"-making ex to win best director at last night's Academy Awards -- and, in doing so, she became...

By J. Freedom du Lac  | March 8, 2010; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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