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Story Lab: August 22, 2010 - August 28, 2010

Pick of the day: 'Frank Cho's World'

"Frank Cho is at his first comic book signing in Paris doing something he excels at: drawing women's breasts. "This particular set is spilling out of a bikini top as the young man who requested the sketch looks on. But...

By J. Freedom du Lac  | August 27, 2010; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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From rumor to reporting: The Washington Times story

This week, a major story about The Washington Times broke, but news coverage of the change in ownership at the faltering paper began and ended in two vastly different places. Let's take a look, step by step, at how the...

By Ian Shapira  | August 26, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Pick of the day: 'Thank you for not screaming'

I'm neither a cable-news guy nor a morning-TV guy. Yet I loved this GQ piece on Joe Scarborough, the star of MSNBC's morning yakfest, "Morning Joe," because it somehow managed to make a guy whose work I find inherently uninteresting...

By J. Freedom du Lac  | August 26, 2010; 9:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Story pick: 'Inside the secret world of Trader Joe's'

"Trader Joe's is no ordinary grocery chain," Beth Kowitt writes near the top of a company profile in Fortune. "It's an offbeat, fun discovery zone that elevates food shopping from a chore to a cultural experience. It stocks its shelves...

By J. Freedom du Lac  | August 25, 2010; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Did Redskins fumble on camera policy or was it fan error?

In our continuing chronicle of the battles between amateur photographers and big institutions that somehow feel threatened by cameras, now comes Washington Redskins fan Nick Eckert, who says he has joined the ranks of local photographers who have had...

By Annys Shin  | August 24, 2010; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Pick of the day: 'Danger: Lions, tides, and barrels'

"Danger," Laura Brunow Miner writes. "Sometimes you taunt it towards you, whether through daredevil tricks, brave resolutions, or carelessness. And sometimes you get ambushed by it. "In either case, the body is flooded with chemicals and hormones rarely experienced. You...

By J. Freedom du Lac  | August 24, 2010; 8:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Pick of the day: 'The Transistor Kid'

Turns out they won't have to cancel the 2011 Major League Baseball season, after all: The incomparable Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully -- baseball's poet laureate, who'd threatened to hang up his microphone after the current campaign --...

By J. Freedom du Lac  | August 23, 2010; 8:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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