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August 25, 2014

Darren Wilson’s first job was on a troubled police force disbanded by authorities 

This morning, The New York Times published a piece declaring Ferguson shooting victim Mike Brown to be “no angel.”

Keep that in mind when you’re reading this Washington Post piece, which points out that Darren Wilson, who shot Brown, had been on a police force so tarnished by racism allegations—not unlike the ones already facing Ferguson’s police force—that it had to disband.

The small city of Jennings, Mo., had a police department so troubled, and with so much tension between white officers and black residents, that the city council finally decided to disband it. Everyone in the Jennings police department was fired. New officers were brought in to create a credible department from scratch.

That was three years ago. One of the officers who worked in that department, and lost his job along with everyone else, was a young man named Darren Wilson.

12:05 // 1 month ago
March 8, 2014
Shake off your hangover, sweetheart, and start writing.

Scott Patton, a former Washington Post editor, to a young reporter who needed a nudge to meet deadline. (via washingtonpoststyle)

This is journalism in a nutshell.

(via sanjosemercurynews)

16:15 // 7 months ago
January 21, 2014

Politico: Why The Washington Post passed on Ezra Klein 

Politico has collected a few behind-the-scenes details on Ezra Klein’s surprise departure from The Washington Post, and what the well-known columnist has planned for his (and a few dozen others’) immediate future.

15:17 // 9 months ago
January 7, 2014
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December 19, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: December 19, 2013

For those keeping track at home, the massive breach of Target’s payment-processing system could affect as many as 40 million people, or approximately 12 percent of the U.S. population. Awesome.

Speaking of hacking incidents, The Washington Post appears to be a common target: The Jeff Bezos-owned newspaper reported its third major data breach in the past three years. Ouch.

What would Brian Boitano do? Announce that he’s gay weeks before the Sochi Olympics, putting fresh pressure on Russia. Boitano is part of the U.S. delegation to the country.

The nanny caught in the middle of the whole diplomatic drama between the U.S. and India is considered a victim of human trafficking by the U.S. government.

Mark Zuckerberg did a bunch of stuff with his money today.

20:25 // 10 months ago
December 17, 2013

The Washington Post has published a collection of what they believe to be the most eye-catching photographs captured during 2013. We’ve posted a couple of our favorites above, from a collection that includes 86 photos in all, and you can find the full set here.

19:45 // 10 months ago
October 11, 2013
16:22 // 1 year ago
September 3, 2013
We’ve had three big ideas at Amazon that we’ve stuck with for 18 years, and they’re the reason we’re successful: Put the customer first. Invent. And be patient. If you replace ‘customer’ with ‘reader,’ that approach, that point of view, can be successful at The Post, too.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos • On his long game for The Washington Post, which he bought last month. Bezos says he’ll offer advice from time to time, but won’t be an active participant in the paper’s success, other than to provide the organization “runway” to do its thing.
0:25 // 1 year ago
August 29, 2013
The Washington Post just outdid itself with this defense-spending graphic. Click to see.

The Washington Post just outdid itself with this defense-spending graphic. Click to see.

15:14 // 1 year ago
August 18, 2013
Look. As long as [Jeff] Bezos was doing nothing but running Amazon, there wasn’t much reason for people to care about his politics. I certainly didn’t care about them. But when you’re about to become a major force in the political life of Washington by buying a diminished but still immensely powerful outlet like The Post, that’s a different story.
Retired Washington Post employee and Fortune senior editor at large Allan Sloan • In a column-long plea to learn more about the new boss’ political views, which have been shrouded in secrecy, but are expected to lean libertarian. It may seem like a silly thing to worry about, but then Sloan makes a perfectly fair point here: “I can’t forget what happened after Rupert Murdoch bought the then-upscale New York Post from its liberal owner, Dorothy Schiff, in 1976. Murdoch assured the paper’s staff that he’d retain the Post’s essential character as a serious newspaper. And we all know how that turned out.”
14:37 // 1 year ago