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Story Lab: November 14, 2010 - November 20, 2010

Story pick: A middle class life, unraveled

We’ve all thought it. I can always get another job. Worst-case scenario, my schooling and experience should be worth something, right? Wil Haygood’s story on the front page of The Washington Post today does a brilliant job of rattling that...

By Theresa Vargas  | November 19, 2010; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Story pick: Father Christmas

This is why you should be careful in a newsroom when casually reminiscing to a colleague about one of your favorite stories of past. That person might just read it, might just really enjoy it – and, despite any embarrassment...

By Theresa Vargas  | November 18, 2010; 9:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Story pick: La Violencia

Maybe because I’m from Texas – and my family is still there – I’m more interested than the average person in Mexico’s drug violence. But I find myself reading about it constantly, fascinated and horrified at how it has escalated...

By Theresa Vargas  | November 17, 2010; 9:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Story pick: Before fear and loathing, a job search

Hunter S. Thompson./Photo by Michael Ochs./Getty Images. Those of you who have been forced to write a cover letter lately, or have become frustrated within the newspaper field, or simply respect brazen, idiotic acts, enjoy. Last month, 52 years...

By Theresa Vargas  | November 16, 2010; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Story pick: On the trail of terrorists

Two years ago, I drove along the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains until I lost cell phone service, pulled into a remote compound that smelled of burnt incense and waited to hear from a man called Master Charles. Until...

By Theresa Vargas  | November 15, 2010; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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