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BlogPost: October 3, 2010 - October 9, 2010

Pot law in California gets animated

Next Media Animation has released a video explaining the legalization of marijuana in California today.

By Melissa Bell  | October 8, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Karen Owen's Duke thesis may land her in a heap of trouble -- and a lucrative book deal

Duke student Karen Owen released a highly detailed report on her sexual adventures in college. Now, publishers may be interested in turning it into a book.

By Melissa Bell  | October 8, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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President Obama's approval rating, Gilbert Arenas through the years and that CBS reporter: This week's top news tweets

Take a look at this week's top news tweets.

By Katie Rogers  | October 8, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sharron Angle, David Vitter's illegal aliens not quite illegal, photographer says

Sharron Angle uses an image of illegal aliens that are neither illegal nor aliens. Discuss.

By Melissa Bell  | October 8, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Imagine John Lennon as a Google doodle

Google celebrates the 70th birthday of John Lennon with an interactive doodle tribute.

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Music morning: John Lennon is gonna get you

October 9 would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday.

By Melissa Bell  | October 8, 2010; 7:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Subway workout: Get your groove on the Metro

Jenny Hein and Brigette Polmar, the Northern Virginia moms started Squeezeitin.com, a site with the motto "Let life be your workout."

By Melissa Bell  | October 7, 2010; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Facebook groups: The good, the bad and the lots of e-mails

Facebook groups have some people grumbling.

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Jonas Brothers streamed straight to your iPhone

The Jonas Brothers launched a new mobile application for Cambio Mobile.

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Shocking study results: Drunk people are paranoid

The test was given to 92 male participants, half fed juice and the other half alcohol. A few hours later, all of the guys were given statements of action that could be interpreted as accidental or intentional. The "drunk" participants thought an action was deliberate far more often.

By Elizabeth Flock  | October 7, 2010; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Fake Twitter accounts and the American politician: A love story

As politicians struggle to harness the power of social media, mischievous Internet denizens are taking advantage what might be one of the medium's most alluring qualities -- tongue-in-cheek mimicry.

By Katie Rogers  | October 7, 2010; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Burrito man mourned at 'Carlos's corner'

Carlos Guardado died last week. For years, he ruled over the burrito cart at Farragut Square.

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MSNBC.com mulls over a name change amid 'brand insanity'

MSNBC.com considers a name change to move away from the liberal leaning news channel of the same name.

By Melissa Bell  | October 7, 2010; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Michelle Obama: The most powerful woman in the Forbes universe

Michelle Obama tops the Forbes Most Powerful Women list.

By Melissa Bell  | October 7, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Mario Vargas Llosa: A Nobel Prize primer

Mario Vargas Llosa won the Nobel Prize in literature in 2010.

By Melissa Bell  | October 7, 2010; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Music Morning: John Mellencamp sings stories

John Mellencamp, the denim-wearing, flouncy haired singer, turns 59 today.

By Melissa Bell  | October 7, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rick Sanchez's apology transcript for 'inartful comments'

Fired CNN host Rick Sanchez has apologized to Jon Stewart and anyone else he offended with what he calls "inartful comments" he made during a radio interview.

By Melissa Bell  | October 6, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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VB.ly, Bit.ly and Mitt.ly in danger? Oh real.ly? Trouble in .ly domain land.

The VB.ly site has been shut down after running afoul of Sharia law.

By Melissa Bell  | October 6, 2010; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Aurora Borealis webcam provides peek at Northern Lights

Aurora Borealis webcam AuroraMax gives a peek at the Northern Lights.

By Melissa Bell  | October 6, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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SunChips snackers want their silence

Sun Chips drops its biodegradable

By Melissa Bell  | October 6, 2010; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Kimchi shortage: Cabbage crisis of national concern to South Korea

A cabbage shortage in South Korea has created a national crisis over the lack of kimchi.

By Melissa Bell  | October 6, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Google goggles meet the iPhone

Google released the Google Goggles application today for the iPhone that allows users to search from an image.

By Melissa Bell  | October 6, 2010; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning music: Bodies in urban spaces

Austrian choreographer smushes bodies into public spaces.

By Melissa Bell  | October 6, 2010; 9:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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I like it on ... your Facebook status

(James M. Thresher/The Washington Post) 5:00 p.m. My friend Gen likes it on the barstool. My friend Jasmine likes it in the car. Get your mind out of the gutter. They're talking about their purses. Titillating the Facebook newsfeeds today,...

By Melissa Bell  | October 5, 2010; 8:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Chain gang redux? Prisoners should work to compensate for crime, U.K. justice secretary says

British Justice Secretary, Ken Clarke (Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images) Prisoners in England may have a new way to pass the time behind bars: a 9-5 job. At a Conservative Party conference Tuesday, U.K. Justice Secretary Ken Clarke presented a plan...

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Homemade space video: How to make your son a balloon boy and still be a good dad

For your daily diversion: Adorable dads, get your game face on: Filmmaker Luke Geissbühler might take the win for Cutest Dad Ever. In late August, he and his son Max went to space with the help of a weather...

By Melissa Bell  | October 5, 2010; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Steve Harvey: Best 'Family Feud' host ever?

Comedian Steve Harvey started hosting Family Feud last month. The result has been daytime TV bliss.

By Sam Sanders  | October 5, 2010; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Business cards and etiquette: What are your do's and don'ts?

Because D.C. is arguably home to the most adept, tireless set of networkers in the world, we ask you for Your Take: What are your business card etiquette do's and don'ts? We'd like to compile a list of your funniest suggestions, and we'll post them in this blog.

By Katie Rogers  | October 5, 2010; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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#Nobel Prize 2010 nominees: who will take the peace prize?

Who will win the 2010 Nobel Prize for literature and peace?

By Melissa Bell  | October 5, 2010; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Jon Stewart: Rick Sanchez 'has a big heart' (Video)

Jon Stewart and Pete Dominick respond to Rick Sanchez's firing from CNN.

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Music Morning: Beatles love me do

The Beatles released their first single, "Love Me Do," in England 48 years ago today.

By Melissa Bell  | October 5, 2010; 7:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Evan Williams: Twitter CEO no more

Evan Williams, Twitter CEO steps down. Dick Costolo will take his place.

By Melissa Bell  | October 4, 2010; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Toasted skin syndrome: Laptops burning skin

"Toasted skin syndrome" is caused by laptops that are left in laps too long.

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A naked cowboy president in 2012?

The Naked Cowboy will run for President in 2012.

By Sam Sanders  | October 4, 2010; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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For Americans, variety, safety and perception are key when it comes to sex

Other than our love of adventure, the National Health and Social Life Survey's main takeaway is that Americans are getting smarter about safe sex but are still not thinking about protection as much as we should.

By Katie Rogers  | October 4, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Tiririca, the newest Brazilian congressman, puts U.S. political ads to shame

Tiririca (HO/AFP/Getty Images) The gang over at the Fix just came up with their fabulous list of the best political ads of the 2010 primary season. They did a fine job, selecting a couple of the requisite Fred Davis ads...

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Niqabs and hot pants: French women protest the burqa ban

Two women protest France's burqa ban by pairing niqabs and hot pants.

By Melissa Bell  | October 4, 2010; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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The Cost of War: Traumatic Brain Injuries number 180,000, could be as many as 320,000

Readers respond to Christian Davenport's series on traumatic brain injuries in military personnel.

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Robert Edwards, father of in-vitro fertilization, wins Nobel Prize. What does IVF mean to you?

Robert G. Edwards won the Nobel prize for medicine thanks to his research in developing in-vitro fertilization.

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Morning music: Janis Joplin feels good

Janis Joplin died 40 years ago today.

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