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Achenblog: August 17, 2008 - August 23, 2008

Arugula Madness

[My story in today's Style section.] It lurks in the Produce Department, sneaky-silent, all tied up in a bunch, seemingly minding its own business even as it threatens to change the course of the 2008 presidential election. It is...

By Joel Achenbach  |  August 23, 2008; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (288)
 
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Best Sports Names

Obviously, Usain Bolt belongs on the All-Name Team. His name is a twofer: Not only is it fun to say, it's athletically appropriate. In fact it's so perfect that there should be a rule that headline writers can't use...

By Joel Achenbach  |  August 21, 2008; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (281)
 
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Those Subjective Sports

[My story in today's Style section.] Consternation over Olympic judging quirkiness began intensifying a few days ago after a Chinese gymnast, Cheng Fei, won the bronze medal in women's vault despite crash-landing. She landed on her shins -- a...

By Joel Achenbach  |  August 21, 2008; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
 
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Zogby, and President Dukakis

There's a new poll showing McCain beating Obama by 5 points. Sharp reversal from a month ago. We should ask President Dukakis what he thinks about it. I spotted him recently in Maine: He was strolling through the fishing...

By Joel Achenbach  |  August 20, 2008; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (139)
 
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Biden for Veep?

Much speculation in Blogworld that Obama will pick Joe Biden. This may simply be the buzz of the moment. Biden would be a pretty safe choice, though he does tend to talk and talk and talk and talk and...

By Joel Achenbach  |  August 19, 2008; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (133)
 
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Gourmet Dirt

Here's my story on how dirt isn't dirt cheap anymore. Please also read Janet Marinelli's take on this: " It's virtually impossible these days to find a bag of potting soil that isn't loaded with synthetic fertilizer. Chemical fertilizer,...

By Joel Achenbach  |  August 18, 2008; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (192)
 
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Georgia Is In Europe?

The op-ed today by Sarkozy twice refers to Georgia as part of Europe (for example: "Europe put itself on the front lines from the outset of hostilities to resolve this conflict -- the third on European soil since the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  August 18, 2008; 7:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
 
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