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Story Lab: April 4, 2010 - April 10, 2010

Parents with kids: "Undesirable" at happy hour?

Last week, DCist scribe Kriston Capps riled up the stroller set with a diatribe about a long-running baby happy hour at the Wonderland Ballroom in Columbia Heights. The place, he lamented, was "overrun with undesirables: mothers. Mothers, with children." The...

By Annys Shin  | April 9, 2010; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Build-A-Story  
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An index for 9-11

It's hard to know what to say about today's story of the day, except that it is strangely brilliant. Let's start six years ago: The government's 9-11 Commission Report receives wide praise for being written in novelistic fashion. The...

By Michael S. Rosenwald  | April 9, 2010; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The man behind Wikileaks

Like anyone in Washington, I love a good leak. And as a technofile, I especially love a good leak made possible by technology, particularly the anonymity created by the Internet. For the last few months, I've been very much...

By Michael S. Rosenwald  | April 8, 2010; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Vanished jobs: Remember the pinsetter?

In journalism, we spend very little time looking back. Our culture -- blame the 24-hour news cycle, the Internet, attention deficit disorder, whatever -- covets the new. As journalists, we help perpetuate this malady by, among other things, including...

By Michael S. Rosenwald  | April 7, 2010; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Story Picks  | Tags:  extinct jobs, jobs that don't exist anymore, vanished jobs  
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It's baseball season and Roger Angell must be happy

The Nationals may have been pounded yesterday by the Phillies, and the Redskins may have picked up a new QB, but let's not let any of that diminish our excitement about the new baseball season. For me, baseball has...

By Michael S. Rosenwald  | April 6, 2010; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Story Picks  | Tags:  baseball; Redskins; Roger Angell; The New Yorker  
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A failed bank and a failed story

I spent my Monday morning in Germantown, outside the last local branch of Waterfield Bank, trying not to look too pitiful. The bank was taken over by federal regulators in early March and on Monday, the branch was closing...

By Annys Shin  | April 6, 2010; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Assignment Editor, The inside story  
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Despite the iPad, Steve Jobs will die someday

Having procured an iPad this weekend, I spent a lot of time thinking about Steve Jobs, the chief executive of Apple computers. I spent time thinking about Jobs on my couch, in my reclining chair, in bed, and even...

By Michael S. Rosenwald  | April 5, 2010; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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When a travel offer is too good to be true

We decided at the last minute to take the kids to New York City for Spring Break this year. For two nights after putting the kids to bed, I spent hour upon bleary-eyed hour in front of the computer, searching...

By Brigid Schulte  | April 5, 2010; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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