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Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 02/14/2011

Story pick: Late, but early

By Christian Davenport

After Metro announced it was considering closing rail service early on weekends, four intrepid Story Lab reporters set out on the trains this weekend to get a sense of what that would mean. Their story, published today in the Metro section, and in personal dispatches from the scene (see earlier posts and tweets below), captures not only the reaction of riders ("If they cut the service, I might jump on the third rail," one said) but the scene: boozy 20-somethings falling down, cars empty but for "one half-eaten rib, an empty bottle of Tabasco, a crumpled Coke can," and the smell: "part distillery, part dirty ashtray and part Victoria's secret body lotion, with a box of Krispy Kremes and something else, something putrid, mixed in."

Yes, what IS that smell?

By Christian Davenport  | February 14, 2011; 10:31 AM ET
Categories:  Story Picks  | Tags:  storylab; storylab experiment; metro closing early on weekends  
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