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Story Lab: June 20, 2010 - June 26, 2010

Story Pick: The Secrets of Alcoholics Anonymous

Brendan I. Koerner, a contributing editor at Wired magazine, opens his intriguing piece on Alcoholics Anonymous with a darkly comic scene. The church will be closed tomorrow, and the drunks are freaking out. An elderly lady in a prim white...

By Ian Shapira  | June 24, 2010; 6:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Story Pick: Roger Federer's Imperfect Perfection

So many tennis journalists tend to gush over Roger Federer, but occasionally some reporters balance their admiration with cutting observations. In the latest issue of The New Yorker, tennis buff Calvin Tomkins zeroes in on Federer's brilliant backhand and his...

By Ian Shapira  | June 24, 2010; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Story Pick: More McChrystal bad press

The Rolling Stone story on Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal features all kinds of brutally candid and sarcastic remarks made by him and his staff that have given a new reason for Washington politicians to get enraged. The devastating article, "The...

By Ian Shapira  | June 23, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Story Pick: Grannies playing soccer in S. Africa

In South Africa, host of this year's World Cup soccer tournament, the national men's soccer team is called Bafana Bafana, which means "boys boys" in Zulu. Elsewhere in South Africa, in a rural, conservative township, a slightly different soccer team...

By Ian Shapira  | June 22, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Story Pick: GQ on Gulf's rigworkers

While many in the cable television chattering class fixate on BP's public relations gaffes, some reporters are crafting narratives reconstructing the days and hours leading up to the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Sean Flynn, a GQ...

By Ian Shapira  | June 21, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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