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Post Mortem: September 9, 2007 - September 15, 2007

Bad News in Obits

After writing an obituary for Washington jurist John Garrett Penn, I received vastly different reviews from readers for how the story handled an unpleasant aspect of the judge's career. And it speaks to a larger issue of how obituary writers handle unflattering facts on such a sensitive matter as an...

By Adam Bernstein  | September 14, 2007; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Anecdotes

As we go "live" with our obit blog, we hope to encourage readers to offer vivid anecdotes and remembrances about fascinating lives. Here's one from the e-mail bag, about a renowned scientist and mushroom hunter: Because you wrote the long obituary on Betty Hay, I thought you might be interested...

By Adam Bernstein  | September 12, 2007; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A New Season

It's almost autumn, when work traditionally speeds up on the obits desk after a quiet summer. Except the quiet summer never happened -- we've been stretched to the hilt since May. Unlike a lot of major metropolitan newspapers, we write about the regular people of the region as well as...

By Patricia Sullivan  | September 11, 2007; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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