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Story Lab: July 25, 2010 - July 31, 2010

Story pick: When bugs take over

The Acme Miniature Flea Circus in 2007. Photo by James M. Thresher/The Washington Post I remember the first flea. Or maybe it was a family of fleas. All I know is they were hungry, really really hungry. I was...

By Theresa Vargas  | July 30, 2010; 9:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Story pick: Beyond baristas

Today marks day 2 of the StoryLab team's coffeehouse newsroom experiment, in which reporters fanned out to coffee spots across the region, looking to tell your stories. In the spirit of this assignment, I dug for a piece that shows...

By Theresa Vargas  | July 29, 2010; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Coffeehouse Stories: Two decades of wisdom in Del Ray

For such a caffeinated conversation, it starts sedately enough. “Are we going to talk about the big leak?” is the opening bid, tossed out pleasantly by the Earl Grey. “Which one?” asked the Black Coffee. “Aren’t we done with...

By Steve Hendrix  | July 28, 2010; 6:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Coffeehouse Stories: An awakening in Arlington

You have to know John Michel a little while before he reveals the secret in his pocket. He carries it everywhere, day and night. He is sitting with it at the Java Shack coffee house in Arlington. Every few...

By Michael S. Rosenwald  | July 28, 2010; 6:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Coffeehouse Stories: Crossing borders in Gaithersburg

“I came to the United States to pee on the ground, and then leave,” Mike Milano says, slamming his cup on the table and nearly spilling his latte. He’s joking. Almost. Who is this guy immersed in a book...

By Kevin Sieff  | July 28, 2010; 6:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Coffeehouse Stories: Spunk and striving in College Park

Rachel Karitis wants my job. Or maybe Manuel Roig-Franzia’s, since she’s obsessed with the Alvin Greene-for-U.S. Senate story. Either gig would be good work, if she could get it. “A job at The Washington Post would be great,” she...

By J. Freedom du Lac and Rachel Karitis  | July 28, 2010; 6:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Coffeehouse Stories: A backstage spotlight in Anacostia

It wasn’t quite 11 a.m. when Mr. Entertainment walked into Big Chair Coffee.   That’s the nickname Remy Aqui’s children gave him after spending their childhood following their father from one big-name show to another. For more than 30...

By Theresa Vargas  | July 28, 2010; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Coffeehouse Stories: Being tested in Fairfax

    Daniel Zenobia, an occupational therapist, arrived around 9:30 a.m. at the Caribou Coffee in Fairfax Corner, ordered a light French roast, and seated himself to ponder a few issues: his father’s declining health, “things I wish I was doing,”...

By Ian Shapira  | July 28, 2010; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Coffeehouse Stories: A splash of reality on the Hill

The woman sitting by the window is a regular. Theresa Monroe, from northern California, works at Ebenzers Coffeehouse near Union Station not because the coffee is really good, which it is, or because the music is always somehow pleasing,...

By Christian Davenport  | July 28, 2010; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Coffeehouse Stories: Now it's your turn

Seven Washington Post reporters spent Wednesday listening to people at coffeehouses all around the region. Their mission was to find a story that told us something important about life at this time in this place. The result is stories...

By Marc Fisher  | July 28, 2010; 6:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Welcome to Coffee House Newsroom

At this hour, seven Washington Post reporters are fanning out to coffee spots throughout the D.C. area. By this evening, they will post stories here on Story Lab that they have identified, reported and written starting out in the...

By Marc Fisher  | July 28, 2010; 8:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Story pick: How the Grim Sleeper got his name

Toward the end of a recent New York Times story about a serial killer in Southern California was this single line: “Christine Pelisek, a reporter for L.A. Weekly who coined the Grim Sleeper’s nickname, wrote about the case and the...

By Theresa Vargas  | July 27, 2010; 9:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sniffing out Washington stories in a coffee house

Some stories require a reporter to go to a specific place, a crime scene, a school, a sports arena or a government office. Some stories, sadly, get reported in the worst possible place -- the newsroom, where phone calls...

By Marc Fisher  | July 26, 2010; 10:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Story pick: Finding evidence of child abuse

The reality is teachers are sometimes arrested and charged with molesting the students entrusted to them. And when these stories hit the news, they are generally very carefully written, riddled with phrases such as “allegedly” and “according to authorities.” They...

By Theresa Vargas  | July 26, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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