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BlogPost: September 26, 2010 - October 2, 2010

D.C. rain, all things Facebook and dearly departed celebrities: This week's top news tweets

We take a look back at a few of the most popular news stories you shared.

By Katie Rogers  | October 1, 2010; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Rick Sanchez leaves CNN after anchor calls Jon Stewart a 'bigot'

CNN anchor Rick Sanchez calls Jon Stewart a bigot.

By Melissa Bell  | October 1, 2010; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
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Gay suicide: Dan Savage, Ellen DeGeneres and what to do about bullying

Tyler Clementi killed himself shortly after footage of himself streamed online. (AFP/Getty Images) When columnist Dan Savage read about the suicide of 15-year-old Billy Lucas, he had the same reaction he has whenever he reads about the death of a...

By Melissa Bell  | October 1, 2010; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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TV ads to lower their volume; ears rejoice nationwide

The Senate approved a bill that will turn down the volume on TV commercials.

By Melissa Bell  | October 1, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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McDonald's may get its way with health-care law

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the fast food restaurant sent a memo to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services saying that if a new requirement of the law is enforced, it might have to drop 30,000 restaurant workers from the company's health-insurance plan. Now, the DHHS seems to be agreeing to its demand.

By Melissa Bell  | October 1, 2010; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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D.C. is America's smartest city. (We won't lord it over you.)

According to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, 47.3 percent of people 25 years or older have bachelor's, master's, professional school or doctorate degrees in the District. The national average is 25 percent.

By Melissa Bell  | October 1, 2010; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning music: Youssou N'dour sings everywhere

The Senegalese singer Youssou N'dour turns 51 today.

By Melissa Bell  | October 1, 2010; 7:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Suicides of gay teenagers: Four dead in three weeks

Four gay teenagers have committed suicide in the last three weeks, drawing attention to bullying at school.

By Melissa Bell  | September 30, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Bookmark this online game and go to war with Web sites

A new online game allows users to blow apart Web sites piece by piece.

By Melissa Bell  | September 30, 2010; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Meet Gliese 581G: Readers react to our friendly neighborhood habitable-zone planet

A new planet, Gilese 581G, has been discovered by NASA.

By Katie Rogers  | September 30, 2010; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Google Street View goes global

Google Street View adds Brazil, Ireland and Antartica to now reach all seven continents.

By Melissa Bell  | September 30, 2010; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Stiller and Meara take to the Internet

Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara start an online series.

By Melissa Bell  | September 30, 2010; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Flintstones, meet the Google Flintstones

Google doodle salutes the Flintstones' 50th anniversary.

By Melissa Bell  | September 30, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ayodhya verdict: The history of the Babri Masjid site

The verdict on the Ayodhya site of the Babri Masjid mosque has been decided by a three judge panel on the high court of India.

By Melissa Bell  | September 30, 2010; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Music morning: Phish jams out

Trey Anastasio, lead singer of the band Phish, turns 46 today.

By Melissa Bell  | September 30, 2010; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The media gets meta with tweets-to-TV programming

Time will tell if these Twitter-based shows will have staying power, but regardless, it's always fun to guess who'll be plucked from the ether next. In the meantime, I have a few suggestions:

By Katie Rogers  | September 29, 2010; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bob Woodward's 'Obama's Wars' gets the Taiwanese animated treatment

Tawainese animation company New Media Animation took Bob Woodward's "Obama's Wars" to a new animated high.

By Melissa Bell  | September 29, 2010; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lost in New York and San Francisco (Video)

Less expensive cameras and better video hosting sites have allowed for a profusion of short emotionally charged documentaries online. Here's one that remakes San Francisco as a tiny toyland. The other lovingly scans New York City.

By Melissa Bell  | September 29, 2010; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tropical Storm Nicole or TD 16: How to name hurricanes

Tropical Depression 16 (TD 16), the pesky rainmaker currently drenching the area, just reached Tropical Storm status.

By Katie Rogers  | September 29, 2010; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moon landing: long lost footage surfaces in Australia

New footage has been found of Neil Armstrong descending the ladder of the Apollo 11 lunar module in 1965. It will be screened in public for the first time in Sydney next week.

By Melissa Bell  | September 29, 2010; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Happy National Coffee Day! And National Attend Your Grandchild's Birth Day! And ...

It's National Coffee Day, go have an extra latte. Where do all these awareness days come from?

By Melissa Bell  | September 29, 2010; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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'Australia's Next Top Model' mayhem as announcer crowns wrong winner (Video)

Australia's Next Top Model host Sarah Murdoch announced the wrong winner on the show's finale.

By Melissa Bell  | September 29, 2010; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Music: Jerry Lee Lewis shakes my nerves

His wild flopping hair, his leopard-print smoking jacket, his infectious anthem pounded out on a piano: It's hard not to love Jerry Lee Lewis. The singer turns 75 today, and he's still on the road promoting his latest album, "Mean...

By Melissa Bell  | September 29, 2010; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New York tornado Part Two? Extereme weather on the rise

A tornado watch has been issued for New York City and the U.S. northeast today. If one is to form, it will be the fourth tornado to hit New York City this summer. It's been a strange weather year and it likely won't be the only one.

By Melissa Bell  | September 28, 2010; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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TechCrunch bought by AOL

AOL purchased TechCrunch blogs today for an undisclosed amount.

By Melissa Bell  | September 28, 2010; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The war is over! World War I officially ends Sunday.

The German Federal Budget for 2010 shows that the final outstanding reparations for World War I owed to the Alliance will be paid by Sunday. The country still owes almost $95 million of an almost $35 billion debt imposed by the Treaty of Versailles for starting the Great War.

By Melissa Bell  | September 28, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hells Angels ride again: Never-before-published photographs from Life.com

Life magazine just released a series of images from a never-before-seen 1965 gallery of Hells Angels.

By Melissa Bell  | September 28, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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President Obama's iPod needs an update

President Obama told Rolling Stone what music is on his iPod. We decided to suggest modern spins for his musical consideration.

By Melissa Bell  | September 28, 2010; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Tiny hats war: Did 'Saturday Night Live' steal a sketch from the 'Tim & Eric Awesome Show'?

Fans of the Tim & Eric Awesome Show accused Saturday Night Live of stealing a Tiny Hats skit.

By Melissa Bell  | September 28, 2010; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Music: Miles Davis plays the trumpet

Miles Davis died today in 1991.

By Melissa Bell  | September 28, 2010; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Procrastinate with this procrastination video

An Australian sound design studios, Ism Studios, created this stop motion video to show a day in the life of a creative person.

By Melissa Bell  | September 27, 2010; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Twitter marketing: how much is too much for a tweet?

Lindsay Lohan tweets advertisements. Companies spend $100,000 on promoted tweets. But is it worth it?

By Melissa Bell  | September 27, 2010; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wayne Thiebaud: Google, cakes and 49 years of art

Wayne Theibaud painted Google's 12th birthday Google logo.

By Melissa Bell  | September 27, 2010; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Alien ambassador appointed by United Nations?

When the little green men show up on their space shuttle, they might have trouble finding a leader to talk to. Despite some of the most promising science fiction reports out there, the United Nations will not be appointing...

By Melissa Bell  | September 27, 2010; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Malcolm Gladwell does not care if you tweet; Gene Weingarten hates Facebook

There's never enough time to catch up on all the reading on a Sunday, but here are a few stories you shouldn't miss. First, The Post's favorite curmudgeon, Gene Weingarten, wades into Facebook, the "ocean of banalities shared among persons...

By Melissa Bell  | September 27, 2010; 9:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Emergency plane landing captured on video

Last night a plane from Atlanta made an emergency landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York without part of its landing gear. The plane sent off a spray of sparks, and it was all captured on a...

By Melissa Bell  | September 27, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Morning music: Lil Wayne celebrates his birthday with an album (and we celebrate it with a lollipop)

Lil Wayne celebrates his 28th birthday.

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