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Story Lab: May 2, 2010 - May 8, 2010

Story pick: Caught on tape

A woman walks by a New York City Police Department vehicle on April 6. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images Sometimes we chase stories. Sometimes they fall beautifully onto our laptops. For months, a Brooklyn police officer secretly recorded his...

By Theresa Vargas  | May 7, 2010; 8:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Story Picks  | Tags:  Brooklyn, Cops, New York City, New York City Police Department, Police officer, Village Voice  
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Should journalists out each other's sources?

On Wednesday morning, I read a piece on the Politico web site speculating about the identity of confidential sources who helped me break a story about negotiations to sell The Washington Times. Initially, the Politico headline -- "What's next for...

By Ian Shapira  | May 6, 2010; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Journalism  
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Story pick: A deadly text

Most text messages are harmless. Some aren't. Photo by Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post Many of us have done it: typed off a text message without much thought of how it will be received. Today, a haunting story...

By Theresa Vargas  | May 6, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Story Picks  | Tags:  LA TImes, Robert Faturechi, Text, text messages  
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Ernie Harwell and the story of baseball

Baseball, Ernie Harwell said, is a story one person tells another. I was in Detroit at old Tiger Stadium in the early autumn of '99, reporting a story about the final days of one of the country's grand old...

By Marc Fisher  | May 5, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Journalism  | Tags:  Broadcasting, Detroit Tigers, Ernie Harwell, Jon Miller, Mel Allen, Red Barber, Tiger Stadium, Vin Scully, radio  
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A Voice of the Hill is silenced

The monthly newspaper that Bruce and Adele Robey upended their lives for died Tuesday. Bruce predeceased his baby by just a few months. The Voice of the Hill was the kind of community paper that you'd normally associate with...

By Marc Fisher  | May 5, 2010; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Journalism , Local Life  | Tags:  Adele Robey, Bruce Robey, D.C. newspaper, Davis Kennedy, H Street Playhouse, Newspaper, Northwest Current, Voice of the Hill, capitol hill  
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Story pick: A joint adventure

A marijuana user rolls a joint during a celebration in Golden Gate Park, April 20, in San Francisco. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images In light of the D.C. Council's approval Tuesday of a medical marijuana program, I dug up...

By Theresa Vargas  | May 5, 2010; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Story Picks  | Tags:  Cannabis, Drugs, Los Angeles Times, Medical cannabis, Steve Lopez, marijuana, medical marijuana  
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Story pick: Turning the lens on immigration

Local filmakers Annabel Park, Eric Byler,and Jeff Man record an interview with Reverend Ronald Boykin at his church in Manassas as part of their project, "9500 Liberty." Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post I was about a block from...

By Theresa Vargas  | May 4, 2010; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Story Picks  | Tags:  Manassas, Prince William, Prince William County, Prince William County Virginia, Virginia, aliens, illegal immigrants, illegal immigration  
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Story pick: An unsympathetic subject

Sympathy is hard enough to evoke. But evoking it for those who we generally consider irredeemably unsympathetic – murderers, rapists, or in the case of a New York Times story on Sunday, mobsters – takes finesse. The story, which takes...

By Theresa Vargas  | May 3, 2010; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Story Picks  | Tags:  Alan Feuer, Donald Brew, Joe Defede, Mobster, New York Times, life of crime, mob boss  
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