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Story Lab: July 11, 2010 - July 17, 2010

Bonus pick: Surviving an even bigger quake

Okay, so that wasn't quite the Big One that shook the Washington area awake this morning (I rolled over and asked my wife to put two more quarters in the Vibro-Bed). But it sure does have us talking about...

By Steve Hendrix  | July 16, 2010; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Do you know who your online game partners really are?

One of the great thrills of being a reporter is exposing secrets. Today is even more thrilling: I get to expose my editor's secret. At different times of the day -- possibly while he is editing stories, possibly while...

By Michael S. Rosenwald  | July 16, 2010; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Story pick: Funniest vacation story ever (that didn't appear in National Lampoon)

My neighbor and his family are leaving today for a cruise and my thoughts turned instantly, as they always do when I hear the words "cruise ship," to one of the most delightful pieces of travel writing ever, David Foster...

By Steve Hendrix  | July 16, 2010; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Story pick: Jousting enjoys a renaissance, natch

Oh great, there may be another full-contact death-match ultimate fighting spectacle heading toward a pay-per-view screen near you. According to Dashka Slater, writing in the current New York Times Magazine, the big tattooed guys who like to hit and be...

By Steve Hendrix  | July 15, 2010; 8:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Why do police hate getting their picture taken?

Not long ago, I wrote a story about Anthony Graber, a Maryland resident who was arrested after videotaping a traffic stop by Maryland State Police. It is just one in a string of cases across the country of police arresting...

By Annys Shin  | July 14, 2010; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Story pick: Big wheels keep on turning

The SUV era is coming to a close, right? Isn't that a given, following the Great Recession, the near-death experience of General Motors, that brush with $4 gas and, most recently, the petroleum-discrediting artesian well of pollution that continues to...

By Steve Hendrix  | July 14, 2010; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Story pick: I am woman, hear me leave you in the dust

Not that human society is a contest or anything, but women are winning. What was for years characterized as a struggle for equality is quickly and quietly turning into a rout as women assume a position of economic dominance in...

By Steve Hendrix  | July 13, 2010; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Story pick: Shut up, already!

A thought for the beach-bound: There’s more to disconnecting than stashing the BlackBerry in your sock drawer for a day. In this age of e-addiction (e-diction? Is that taken?), we’ve recently seen a spate of self-denial exercises as writers try...

By Steve Hendrix  | July 12, 2010; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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