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Stewart/Colbert seek sanity, Adrian Fenty's ouster, unemployment woes: This week's top news tweets


As we wrap up the week, we thought we'd try a new way to round up the last five days of news: What stories had you sharing up a storm?

The week was a churning whirlwind of tornadoes and hurricanes, housewives and elections. On social networks, we watched readers snatch up and share everything from the shockers from Tuesday's primary elections to the failed promises of hand sanitizer (really).

There's a staggering, BlackBerry-crashing amount of news out there, so it's always interesting to see what readers find worth a Facebook share or Tweet. This week's most social stories reminded us of a slightly nutritionally-unbalanced meal:

Lean, mean proteins:

  • Adrian Fenty: D.C.'s Democratic mayor is ousted by Vincent Gray in Tuesday's primary (though he managed to get 822 GOP write-in votes).

  • Ines Sainz: The Mexican reporter's treatment in the Jets locker room became the story that launched a thousand sports blog posts.


  • Unemployment's lingering effects: Ezra Klein's post on two unemployment graphs that should really scare you, well, really scared you.

  • Obama vs. Forbes: The White House's response to a Forbes cover story on President Obama was swift -- and popular on Twitter.

Sugar, sugar, sugar:

  • Stewart, Colbert Seeking Sanity: The comedy duo announced their plans to bring a hefty dose of sanity to our nation's fair capital.

  • The Cost of Love: A new study about how falling in love can cost friendships pulled on your heartstrings.

Now that you're fed, here's the next step: Because social media allows for such nonsense, I enjoy asking our followers on Twitter to sum up the week's news in one tweet on Fridays. I like to call it #wpweek. The answers range from hilarious to poetic to downright genius, and it warms my heart to receive each one.

Here's one from clever Wapo reader @theotypes, whose weekly news mashups are second to none:

Fake Tweet Mash: "Florida pastor harasses Christine O'Donnell in Jets' locker room, stirring global outcry." #wpweek cc: @washingtonpostless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone

Can you do better? Call it mindless entertainment or a needed Friday diversion, but I'll be waiting for your best submissions. Send your week-in-a-tweets to @washingtonpost or me (@katierogers). I'll plug the best into this blog post.

By Katie Rogers  | September 17, 2010; 2:59 PM ET
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