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Last night, when the Post newsroom was in the full throes of Super Tuesday election frenzy, word came across the wires that Maharishi Mahesh Yogi died. We didn't get it in the Post, although the LA Times, with an extra three hours, did a nice job on its obit of him.

This morning, we have a dilemma: Devote a reporter's full day to researching, reporting and writing an obit of Maharishi for tomorrow's print edition or run a wire story about him so that all of us can focus on other obits? We haven't yet decided so you be the editor -- what's your call?

By Patricia Sullivan  |  February 6, 2008; 11:34 AM ET
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Go with the wire (IMHO)! It'll be old news by tomorrows print edition, so don't waste time on duplicate efforts.

Posted by: md | February 6, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I'd get someone on the religion desk to write it. He was the founder of a religion with five million adherents; what's more, his wire service obituaries have emphasized his (somewhat irrelevant) connection to the Beatles more than anything he actually did for good or bad.

Posted by: Charlene | February 6, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Well, he was an interesting combination of religious leader (altho he said transcendental meditation was a technique, not a religion), business man (claimed his enterprises and assets were worth $3.5 billion) and cultural figure (that's where the Beatles figure in). The woman who's paid to be our editor says let's write it ourselves, so we'll have a new version posted with tomorrow's newspaper. Thanks for your thoughts!

Posted by: Pat Sullivan | February 6, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Don't waste your reporter's time. The LA Times obit should suffice.

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