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Achenblog: March 12, 2006 - March 18, 2006

Mad Science

We're entering the science fair season, when schools teach children about science by making their parents conduct experiments. Across America, grown men and women will be watching crystals grow, grapes shrivel, pennies corrode and scuzz form in petri dishes --...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 18, 2006; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Ivory-billed Woodpecker Goes Extinct Again

You may recall that nearly a year ago we were quite excited (if horribly irreverent and giggly and hillbillyish) about the sighting of an Ivory-billed Woodpecker, long believed to be extinct. "It is kind of like finding Elvis," an...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 16, 2006; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (219)
 
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How To Make An Entrance

If you dipped into the Boodle late yesterday you saw newsman Curmudgeon's smackdown of snobby Posties: ...we "locals" invariably hated the WaPo reporters. There might be as many as six or eight of us covering the same event or...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 16, 2006; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Grab Bag

[1] I just took the virtual tour of the new ballpark, and I kid you not, the batter has pine tar too far up the bat. Totally illegal. Also you can tell he juiced. As for the stadium itself,...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 14, 2006; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Believing in Politics

I associate driving in rural America with listening to NPR. The NPR stations often have strong signals even in the backwoods. Scariest drive of my life, the Ozarks, an ice storm, five hours in a rental car crawling on...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 14, 2006; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Sopranos a Dangerous Gig

I keep hoping that some character in "The Sopranos" will suddenly look up from his linguini and acknowledge the obvious: "This is really dangerous, being on this TV show." Tony's little mob needs to hire an actuary just to...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 13, 2006; 6:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Aaron Burr and Those Peculiar Vice Presidents

"Made of indestructible stuff, the vice president of the United States was not one to be tormented by guilt or unduly disturbed by some bloodshed." -- Ron Chernow, in his book Alexander Hamilton, on Aaron Burr. It is not true,...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 12, 2006; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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