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Story Lab: April 25, 2010 - May 1, 2010

Racing or racist: Does Facebook reveal Va. driver's true colors?

The saga of the Virginia license plate that is either a white supremacist message or a tribute to NASCAR continues ... After I wrote a story last Thursday about local motorists and a Muslim group complaining about a license...

By Brigid Schulte  | April 30, 2010; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Journalism , More on the story  | Tags:  14 CV 88, Dale Earnhardt Jr, David Lane, Douglas Story, Ibrahim Hooper, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Tony Stewart, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, White supremacy, World Trade Center, license plate  
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Story pick: Do you speak Icelandic?

A front page story in The Wall Street Journal today offers a bit of hope for those struggling with unemployment: Get fluent in Icelandic. Charles Forelle, the story's author, has a great top to his story. Even the headline --...

By Ian Shapira  | April 30, 2010; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Story Picks  | Tags:  Iceland, Icelandic, University of Minnesota, Wall Street Journal, foreign language study, languages, unemployment  
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Story pick: The weird science of dog sniffers

Texas Monthly, the award-winning magazine based in Austin, has published a story that upends our rosy perception of crime-fighting dogs. Dogs that sniff crime scenes -- and match the scents to the suspects -- might have cute names like Quincy...

By Ian Shapira  | April 29, 2010; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Story pick: Speedo Man on Venice boardwalk

Amir Edwards hates it when he waltzes up and down the Venice Beach boardwalk in California and guys -- not women -- slap his behind. He also doesn't like people who approach him in bank lines and make loud remarks...

By Ian Shapira  | April 28, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Cabbies who live in two countries

I took a taxi from National Airport a few years ago with a guy who fascinated me with the tale of his split life. A little more than half of each year, he drove a cab around Washington, lived...

By Steve Hendrix  | April 27, 2010; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Build-A-Story  | Tags:  d.c. cab drivers, d.c. taxi drivers, immigrant taxi drivers, immigrants who go home every year, split lives  
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Is it ever ok to unpublish a story?

A few years ago, I wrote a column about a couple of guys who got into hot water at work because their employer found out about a dumb prank the gents had pulled at a bar one night. The...

By Marc Fisher  | April 27, 2010; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Hard choices, More on the story  | Tags:  news ethics, newspaper standards, unpublishing stories, web reputations  
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Story Pick: Sarah Palin Inc.

Sarah Palin's ascendancy in politics and media is well established, but Gabriel Sherman, in a New York magazine cover story, shows that her journey has been accompanied by startling amounts of money. According to Sherman's "The Revolution Will Be Commercialized,"...

By Ian Shapira  | April 27, 2010; 7:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Story Pick: Mike Allen and the future of journalism

In Washington journalism circles, the latest New York Times Magazine cover story has been the subject of much chatter about the meaning of the news business in the age of the Internet. The story, penned by former Washington Post feature...

By Ian Shapira  | April 26, 2010; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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