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Story Lab: October 31, 2010 - November 6, 2010

Pick of the day: Heartbreak in The Bronx

Any city worth its gritty salt is a breeding ground for tragedy, a required ingredient for some of journalism's best work. New York City, with its 8 million people, with its rich, poor and in between, specializes in such...

By Paul Schwartzman  | November 4, 2010; 8:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Check-out's at noon, don't let the bedbugs bite!

Have you gotten more than you bargained for during a recent stay at a Washington area hotel? An encounter with bedbugs, perhaps? If you (or somebody you know) has been attacked by hotel-dwelling bedbugs during a visit to Washington, The...

By J. Freedom du Lac  | November 3, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Build-A-Story  
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Pick of the day: Lincecum's Freak Chronicles

There are moments when professional athletes personify the character and culture of the towns in which they play. Think of Joe Namath, with his furs, babes, Johnnie Walker Red, and long hair--an Alabama boy who became the glamorous embodiment...

By Paul Schwartzman  | November 3, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pick of the day: The ballad of Jay and Conan

Even if you didn't have a dog in the epic Jay vs. Conan fight, Bill Carter's reconstruction of their late-night showdown in this month's Vanity Fair is a great read and an example of narrative journalism's power when practiced by...

By Paul Schwartzman  | November 2, 2010; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Did Stewart and Colbert measure up to Glenn Beck?

Monday UPDATE: Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert grossly underestimated the likely attendance at their rally on Saturday. Although the permit for the rally anticipated a crowd of 60,000, the best estimates put actual attendance in the neighborhood of 200,000, compared...

By Annys Shin  | November 1, 2010; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Journalism , More on the story, The inside story  
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Pot in D.C.: A reporter makes stuff up

This weekend marked a milestone in my career -- my first published work of fiction. The most amazing part: It was published in a newspaper, as news. To write about California’s vote tomorrow to legalize marijuana, my editors and I...

By Michael S. Rosenwald  | November 1, 2010; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  How I got that story  
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Pick of the day: Chatting with The New Yorker's cartoon editor

Is there anything so pleasurable as a New Yorker cartoon? For generations, the likes of Charles Addams and Saul Steinberg and Roz Chast have defined what's funny for the magazine's fans. Robert Mankoff, The New Yorker's cartoon editor, and a...

By Paul Schwartzman  | November 1, 2010; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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