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Story Lab: April 11, 2010 - April 17, 2010

Principal did what few would: He bought a murder house

When I learned this morning of the death of Shaw Middle School principal Brian Betts, I immediately recalled the times I'd interviewed him -- his extraordinary energy, his eagerness to smash through the barriers to achievement among his inner-city...

By Marc Fisher  | April 16, 2010; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  More on the story  | Tags:  Brian Betts, Erika Smith, Marc Fisher, Murder, Shaw Middle School, murder house  
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Story pick: Christopher Walken in his old Astoria 'hood

For Friday, let's walk with Walken. "In Home Again," the New Yorker's Peter Stevenson accompanies actor/dancer Christopher Walken on a casual visit to his boyhood neighborhood, Astoria, in Queens. It's a light feature of little consequence but it achieves something...

By Steve Hendrix  | April 16, 2010; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Story pick: The great Weingarten's Great Zucchini

Now that the great Gene Weingarten has bagged his second well-deserved Pulitzer for a feature in The Post's Sunday Magazine -- one for a harrowing portrait of parents who accidentally kill their babies by leaving them in overheated cars, and...

By Steve Hendrix  | April 15, 2010; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Story Picks  | Tags:  Gene Weingarten, Great Zucchini, Pulitzer Prize, Washington Post  
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Does 'doing more with less' mean more work for you?

Workers on a flywheel assembly line at the Ford Motor Company's Highland Park, Mich., plant in 1913. AP Photo/Ford Motor Company. Sorry to bother you. I know you’re busy. Busier than normal. Definitely busier than you were a few...

By Theresa Vargas  | April 14, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Build-A-Story  
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Interviewing a church sex abuse victim

My questions to Bob Starbody of Campbell, Calif. were not easy to answer. But they felt even more strenuous -- perhaps politically incorrect -- for me to ask: How come you didn't alert anyone that you were being molested by...

By Ian Shapira  | April 14, 2010; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Hard choices  
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Pick of the day: Can animals be gay?

A couple of decades ago, I reported a story for a wildlife magazine about handedness in animals. Could chimps and other critters be left- or right-handed, the way people are? Among humans, right-handedness is the norm, by a whopping...

By Steve Hendrix  | April 14, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pick of the day: On patrol with a border-zone sheriff

The best thing about Melissa del Bosque's account of the long day she spent in the Chihuahuan desert with a Texas sheriff was the surprising humanity she found among the good old boys in charge of keeping order in that...

By Steve Hendrix  | April 13, 2010; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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David Simon on getting it right--and wrong

"The Hurt Locker" had been getting a lot of flak in military circles about providing an inaccurate depiction of combat, and so as I began researching a story about the role reality should play in war films, I reached...

By Christian Davenport  | April 13, 2010; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  More on the story  | Tags:  david simon, hurt locker, new orleans, treme  
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Alexandria publisher reveals more about J.D. Salinger

In January, the day after author J.D. Salinger died at age 91, Roger Lathbury, gave me his first interview tracing his unlikely relationship with the reclusive author. Lathbury, who operates an independent publishing company called Orchises Press, explained how he...

By Ian Shapira  | April 12, 2010; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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