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Dick has 30 years experience as an award winning reporter, editor and writing coach, most of them at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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The Best Stories You've nEver Read #100

After the fall -- St. Loujis Post-Dispatch

The hometown paper scores with a brilliant and poignant story about the fan who took a header a month ago when he tried to grab a foul ball for his son.

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-- Dick Weiss

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What did Dave Duncan expect?

Cards coach miffed with media

Catcalls and boos come with the territory when a player fails to perform. The fact that those boos rained down on Dave Duncan's son while he was dealing with injuries is unfortunate, but Duncan shouldn't blame the media, Dick Weiss tells McGraw Milhaven on the McGraw Show on KTRS-AM (550).

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The Best Stories You've nEver Read #99

Fat rage -- Newsweek

Bias aganst fat people is spiking at a time when more than two-thirds of Americans over 20 are either overweight or obese. It's a form of self loathing. 

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-- Dick Weiss

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Taxman wants half a million from Milhaven

When the IRS comes a calling

McGraw Milhaven has decided to take his dispute with the IRS to the public. The matter raises many interesting issues concerning taxes, journalism and ethics.Dick Weiss discusses them with the talk show host on the McGraw Show on KTRS-AM (550).

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The Best Stories You've nEver Read #98

Squeaking by on $300,000 a year -- Washington Post

The recession has taken its toll on one of the richest counties in the country in unexpected ways, Anne Hull of the Washington Post reports.  It's tough to keep a nanny on at $40,000 and pay $35,000 in real estate taxes, but it's a price you have to pay to maintain a career and a home.The $200 hair stylings, however, are a thing of the past. 

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The Best Stories You've nEver Read #97

Schools need teachers like me. I just can't stay -- Washington Post

A teacher with four  years at an inner city school, just can't take it anymore.

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The Best Stories You've nEver Read #96

Jerise's Slam Dunk -- Wichita Eagle

Read this opening paragraph from Roy Wenzl of the Wichita Eagle and you won't be able to stop:

Before we tell you the story about Jerise Freeman flying through a plate glass window at Heights High School, before we tell you about her landing BOOM unconscious in a heap of limp girl and broken glass and blood one floor down, before we tell you about the two state basketball championships, and the grade point average, and the airplanes, and what her trigonometry teacher said about her, we must first take a breath, and repeat the mantra her mother has repeated to her since middle school.

"C's are not acceptable."

You got that?

Good. 

 

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The Best Stories You've nEver Read #95

Let's call the whole thing off -- The Atlantic

What if Mark Sanford had said that he had no apologies for his affair with that woman in Argentina and that marriage is, in fact, a crock. That's what a writer in The Atlantic says. But in this case it's a woman who had the affair and she's unapologetic. At least she doesn't hold public office.

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-- Dick Weiss

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What was she trying to tell us?

Sarah Palin takes a powder

Sarah Palin resigns but is she leaving politics or preparing to run for president? Hard to tell, Dick Weiss tells McGraw Milhaven on the McGraw Show on KTRS-AM (550).

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The Best Stories You've nEver Read #94

Purdum on Palin

Vanity Fair writer Todd S. Purdum profiles Sarah Palin. And the portrait isn't pretty. Shortly thereafter, Palin announces she's no longer interested in serving as Alaska's governor.

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