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

Story pick: A mother's Facebook story

Facebook brings us together. Facebook ruins relationships. Facebook fosters bullying. Facebook is a fun distraction. All these statements are true. And it may seem that at this point in our somewhat tortured relationship with the social network site that there...

By Annys Shin  | December 10, 2010; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Telling a mother's story through her Facebook status updates

Several weeks ago, my wife Caroline and I were stuck inside Chicago’s O’Hare airport, waiting for a flight home, and, to burn some time, she logged onto Facebook. She tapped my arm and pointed at her screen. There on the...

By Ian Shapira  | December 9, 2010; 10:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Story Pick: Project Empowerment

For months, the jobless rate has hovered just below 10 percent. The nation has set new records for the number of people out of work for 6 months or longer. And even though the recession technically ended in June 2009,...

By Annys Shin  | December 9, 2010; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Profiling Elizabeth Edwards

When a famous person dies, I'm always reminded of the differences between a tribute, an obituary, and a profile. Regardless of the format, the best writers are able to sum up a person's life without veering into hagiography or skipping...

By Annys Shin  | December 8, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Saying goodbye to Cabrini-Green

The last two families living in Chicago's infamous Cabrini-Green housing project are expected to move out today so the last of the complex can be razed to make way for a mixed-income community. The cluster of high-rise buildings became a...

By Annys Shin  | December 7, 2010; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Capturing what it's like to be a kid

Trying to write through the eyes of a child is typically the domain of fiction writers, not journalists. We are supposed to be sober, evenhanded, and informative. In other words, we are supposed to be adults. But trying to capture...

By Annys Shin  | December 6, 2010; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Inside the priests story: Searching for the abusers

The story started the way some of the best ones do, with a basic sort of question, the kind of question someone tosses out casually at the dinner table: What ever happened to the Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse...

By Michelle Boorstein  | December 6, 2010; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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