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Achenblog: May 1, 2005 - May 7, 2005

On the road again

We've got to shut down the blog today while I fly to the left side of North America. Gotta talk to some scientists, spend the day using words like "vector" and "seismicity." Also "elastic rebound." Not sure when the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 5, 2005; 5:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Another Runaway Bride Item!

Howie's column this morning takes the media to task for going crazy over the Runaway Bride story, and he's right: that whole foofaraw was as embarrassing for the media as for the Wilbanks family. Jennifer Wilbanks was shoved into...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 4, 2005; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Readable Blog Items

Have to write a column and am procrastinating, and also sort of hating today's blog entries, so here, in case anyone cares, are some blog items I liked: The Mysterious Key. Do Newspapers Have a Future? An Appreciation of...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 4, 2005; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Paula Abdul Victim of Discrimination?

Tonight's the big night for Paula Abdul, the target of an allegedly explosive ABC "Primetime" report on her alleged relationship with an alleged singer named Corey Clark. My own suspicion is that ABC is picking on her because she's...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 4, 2005; 6:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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The Birds

Early May, 5 in the morning, they're going full blast -- the birds, raucous and full of life, singing their little lungs out. [Um, they have lungs, right?] This would be an excellent morning and an excellent moment --...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 4, 2005; 6:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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The Mad Scramble

This is the time of year when you can make your yard look pretty great for a few illusory weeks. You clear the weeds out of the beds, put down mulch, mow, edge, trim, and begin to imagine that...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 3, 2005; 9:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Tom Rethinks 1492

My editor, Tom, has another dumb question, and since he bought me lunch I'm going to post it and then take a weak stab at answering it: "Imagine that it is the late 15th Century, and all is as...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 2, 2005; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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My Funeral

The latest Rough Draft column. Read it and weep....

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 2, 2005; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Parents of Runaway Bride to be Charged?

You probably have heard that police may file charges against the runaway bride in Georgia. But clearly they should file charges instead against her parents for allowing that wedding to get so absurdly out of control. According to reports,...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 2, 2005; 7:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
 
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New Achenblog Comment Policy

For a couple of weeks we've allowed comments on this blog, and most of the comments have been entertaining and informative. But occasionally readers post comments that I know they regret later. They unintentionally come off as humorless, snippety...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 1, 2005; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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