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Dan Rather (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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Meanwhile, today's Style section is brimming with tales of workplace woe. First up: Dan Rather's $70 million breach-of-contract suit against his former employer, CBS Corp., was thrown out by a New York judge yesterday. (He vows to appeal.) Locally, Paul Farhi talks to Brian Nutting, a senior Congressional Quarterly editor who was axed on Monday after questioning, via memo, his company's decision to lay off 44 employees:

Nutting's apparent mistake -- at least in the eyes of his company's top brass -- was sending a copy of his e-mail to the publication's newsroom. Someone promptly leaked the memo to FishbowlDC, a Web site that tracks local media news, which published it in full.
Nutting said Mills told him he was "insubordinate" and that his e-mail had embarrassed the company. Mills, he said, gave him a choice of resigning or being fired. Nutting chose the latter.

And Jackie Trescott has details on the Smithsonian's buyout package, offered yesterday to all of the institution's 6,000 employees.

Elsewhere in Style: Hank Stuever's must-read skewer of Kelsey Grammer's new show, "Hank" (Stuever is "clinically fascinated by the show's lameness"). Peter Marks reviews "A Steady Rain," playing in New York and starring Daniel Craig (fares well) and Hugh Jackman ("entirely out of his element"). And Dan Brown enthusiasts can indulge in an interactive map of D.C. locations in "The Lost Symbol."

By The Reliable Source  |  September 30, 2009; 12:07 PM ET
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I don't care if Hugh Jackman is "entirely out of his element" . . . I only want to know if he's entirely out of any of his clothing??

Posted by: 7900rmc | September 30, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

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