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Story Lab: October 3, 2010 - October 9, 2010

Story pick: A close-up of Lenny "Nails" Dykstra

Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post. I don’t like baseball. Never really have. But I’ve always been a little envious of people who do. I’ve always wondered what it would feel like to care so much about a team...

By Theresa Vargas  | October 8, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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A tribute to a fallen street character--but was he really dead?

My colleague Steve Hendrix's story today about the popular burrito street vendor Carlos Guardado is a sweet and sad tale, but when I read it, I shuddered with frightening flashbacks to a similar piece I wrote in 2004. In Hendrix's...

By Ian Shapira  | October 7, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Story pick: The undocumented

Photo by Mary Beth Meehan At first, it looks like a simple photograph of a gray suitcase on a rug. And then you look closer and see a blond-haired doll in a pink dress peeking out. Then what appears...

By Theresa Vargas  | October 7, 2010; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Story pick: Satan (sometimes) wears a flag pin

From the title, the Jon Stewart-esque tone of the article is set: “White America Has Lost Its Mind.” We know early on that we are in for a mix of sarcasm and exaggeration that will point at some truths in...

By Theresa Vargas  | October 6, 2010; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Story pick: 90 is the new 70

The one interview I regret never having done was of my grandfather, who was born in 1910 and immigrated to this country at the age of 8, alone and unable to speak the language. When he died, I knew little...

By Theresa Vargas  | October 5, 2010; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Story pick: An often-invisible, life-altering wound

On Sunday, Story Lab’s own Chris Davenport delivered a haunting and masterful story about an outcome of war that would be easier to ignore: traumatic brain injuries. The power of the piece is in the subtle details, in taking us...

By Theresa Vargas  | October 4, 2010; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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How brain injury and war became a story

The question last year, from a long-time source, was seemed simple enough: Did I want to meet some patients from Bethesda with TBI? Unlike so many military acronyms beyond my ken, I knew what TBI stood for: Traumatic Brain Injury. But until that night, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, where I met several wounded warriors who were the guest of the governor of Maryland, I realized I didn't really know what TBI was.

By Christian Davenport  | October 4, 2010; 9:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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