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Story Lab: October 17, 2010 - October 23, 2010

Story Pick: On searing steak

Apparently everything I know about food is wrong. First, Jose Andres, the famed chef at Cafe Atlantico in Penn Quarter, tells Anderson Cooper on 60 Minutes that meat is "overrated" and "slightly boring." The real star ingredients of the meal...

By Christian Davenport  | October 22, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
Categories:  Story Picks  | Tags:  anderson cooper, cafe atlantico, jose andres, searing steak, wylie dufresne  
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Story pick: The rhythm of the day

The dog doesn't get nearly as much attention now that we have twins. But he waits patiently while the babies take their bottles until, finally, it's his turn for breakfast. So much has changed in his world--and ours. Still, the...

By Christian Davenport  | October 21, 2010; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
Categories:  Story Picks  | Tags:  verylyn klinkenborg; twins; new york times; story pick  
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Story pick: History, journalism and the importance of being thorough

Washington Post education writer Kevin Sieff's story this morning about a textbook being distributed to Virginia students that claims that thousands of African-Americans fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War is fascinating and a great read. But above everything...

By Christian Davenport  | October 20, 2010; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
Categories:  Story Picks  | Tags:  arfrican-american soldiers, civil war history, confederacy, joy masoff, kevin sieff  
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Story pick: Concussions, football and the brain

The brain is made up of a soft gelatin-like tissue that is surprisingly soft--and easily damaged. The U.S. military is coming to terms with this, as blast waves from bombs ripple through soldiers' skulls. So too is the National Football...

By Christian Davenport  | October 19, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
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Not voting this year? Let's talk!

The voter turnout rate in the 2008 presidential election was the highest it had been in 40 years. A whopping 131 million people cast ballots. So what was the rate? Ninety percent? Nope. Eighty? Not even close. It was just...

By Christian Davenport  | October 18, 2010; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
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Story pick: Afghanistan's first responders

Nearly 5,000 Americans have died in Iraq. That's more than 2,000 more in Afghanistan. Grievous losses indeed. But still nothing like the number from Vietnam, which stands at more than 58,000. Service members in Iraq and Afghanistan are surviving wounds...

By Christian Davenport  | October 18, 2010; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
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