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Story Lab: June 6, 2010 - June 12, 2010

Story pick: 'Junk Man' comes clean about hoarding

We don't see much of our colleague Mike Rosenwald in The Post's main newsroom, as he's something of a digital nomad, usually working at his local Panera or Starbucks, or from home. At least I thought he sometimes worked from...

By J. Freedom du Lac  | June 11, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Story pick: Strasburgmania comes into focus

The front-page centerpiece in Wednesday's dead-tree editions was devoted to pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg, Washington's newly anointed King of K Street. "On an electric night, the hype becomes reality," the headline said over Dave Sheinin's story on Strasburg's stunning...

By J. Freedom du Lac  | June 10, 2010; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Oil spill: Closed beach, open turf

Local authorities closed the beaches on Grand Isle after oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion began to wash ashore. Photo by Patrick Semansky/AP The wooden signs across Grand Isle read, “Beach closed.” We could’ve ignored them, could’ve...

By Theresa Vargas  | June 10, 2010; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Journalism  | Tags:  BP, Grand Isle, Lousiana, beach, oil spill  
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Have you ever loved a car too well?

Have you ever loved a car? Really, truly - blindly and maybe even a little pathologically - loved a car? Have you ever continued to pour money into repairing what, without blinders, may actually have been a lemon? Did you...

By Brigid Schulte  | June 9, 2010; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Build-A-Story  
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Story pick: 'The time I crash-landed'

Not long after we learned that a Washington Post reporter had just survived a plane crash at Reagan National, that colleague, Ashley Halsey III, showed up in the newsroom. "I wasn't even going to write anything," he said flatly...

By J. Freedom du Lac  | June 9, 2010; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Story pick: Burkittsville's 'Blair Witch' curse

"It's been 11 years since the makers of 'The Blair Witch Project' set their horror movie out here in the middle of nowhere and changed this little town of 180 people forever," Los Angeles Times reporter Faye Fiore wrote recently...

By J. Freedom du Lac  | June 8, 2010; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Oil spill: You write the caption

By now, many of you have seen extensive coverage of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill that has devastated the local culture, economy and wildlife. In the spirit of The New Yorker's cartoon captioning contest, we ask you to...

By Theresa Vargas  | June 8, 2010; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Story pick: How a soccer star Is made

Ever worry that your children's youth-sports coaches might be a little too intense? Well, at least they weren't enrolled in the youth academy of the famous Dutch soccer club Ajax. With the World Cup kicking off this week, Michael Sokolove...

By J. Freedom du Lac  | June 7, 2010; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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