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Story Lab: September 5, 2010 - September 11, 2010

Story pick: Beyond 9/11

The news, blogosphere, Google Trends and Twitter are all aswirl with alternating rants and calls for reason about the small Florida church that threatened to burn Korans on 9/11 (and then backed down). That bit of hysteria comes close on...

By Brigid Schulte  | September 10, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Going without the web, Story Lab-style

In the continuing backlash against social media and the tyranny of being connected 24/7, The Post's Jenna Johnson reports that an entire university is blocking access to social media as an experiment very similar to the one we did...

By Marc Fisher  | September 9, 2010; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Story pick: Kochtopus

Amid lots of news about the Tea Party movement and the upcoming mid-term elections, readers would do well to read Jane Mayer's recent piece in The New Yorker about oil conglomerate billionaires David and Charles Koch. In a fascinating, troubling...

By Brigid Schulte  | September 9, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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An Alaska souvenir: Bruises

It was after midnight when fisherman John Renner, shown in the distance, dropped us off on the boat of John Platt, shown in the foreground. Photo by Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post I was in the next room but I...

By Theresa Vargas  | September 8, 2010; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  How I got that story, Journalism  | Tags:  Alaska oil spill, BP and Alaska, BP and Exxon, BP and Exxon Valdez, BP oil spill, Exxon Valdez, Gulf oil spill, Louisiana and Alaska, Nikki Khan, Theresa Vargas  
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Story pick: How not to be boring

I re-read Tim O'Brien's Vietnam War-era "The Things They Carried" once U.S. soldiers again began dying in hard-to-pronounce cities in distant countries. I had already read his views on "story truth" - that sometimes fiction gets closer to the heart...

By Brigid Schulte  | September 8, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pick of the day: Lessons from oil spills past

Our Story Lab colleague Theresa Vargas traveled to Alaska -- where in 1989, the Exxon Valdez dumped 11 million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound -- with a group from Louisiana, hoping to learn what their future may...

By Brigid Schulte  | September 7, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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