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Salt tax, wind power, bloggers in charge--What a news day!

Lots of gnashing of teeth and rending of garments here in the Post newsroom this morning as angry Local Editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz lashed out at reporters and sub-editors for an unprecedented wave of missed stories. While we were focused on following a tragic shooting in Southeast and rapidly developing political races in the District and Maryland, we somehow completely missed the story of the new 25-cent salt tax in local restaurants, Pepco's stunning decision to scrap its use of coal and go all-solar and wind to generate energy, and Metro's admission that it is unable to manage its own transit system and is therefore turning to bloggers and--now this is embarrassing--The Post's own Dr. Gridlock to revive the struggling transit agency.

In our own defense, we did have one important exclusive today, as columnist John Kelly got the details on a nascent plan to move the Washington Monument to a more commodious location.

But the more we look around the Interwebs on this first day of a new month, the more we see that we have just had our clocks cleaned on this bright spring day. Starbucks announced its response to consumer demand, rolling out two new sizes of coffee containers, the two-ounce Micra and the 128-ounce Plenta. Google, despite years of marketing aimed at making its brand name a synonym for web search, decided to change its name to the more mellifluous Topeka. And West Virginia University canceled its spring break.

The muffed stories took place near and far: In South Carolina, a sprinter took her avocation a bit too far, running so fast that she ran afoul of the law, finding herself ticketed for breaking the local limit. In a roundup of stories we missed, this report on savage attacks by vicious butterflies was perhaps the most frightening.

And across the pond, the Brits also noticed a flurry of scoops today, including the disturbing news that the Queen, apparently desperate to save money in tough times, booked herself onto a budget easyJet flight.

We did, however, manage to get to the bottom of one story that at first appeared to be another example of our collective failure. Crack reporter Mike Rosenwald authoritatively disproved a report out of Switzerland that the crafty Swiss had managed to find a way to grow spaghetti on trees. Rosenwald turned to his biomedical research sources in the I-270 corridor and conclusively showed that the Swiss can have done no such thing. The mysterious substance growing on the Alpine trees is not spaghetti, but rather ziti.

More bulletins on missed stories as we learn of our further failures.

By Marc Fisher  | April 1, 2010; 12:17 PM ET
Categories:  Journalism , Story Picks  
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