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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-- Dick Weiss

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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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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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The Best Stories You've nEver Read #93

Killer Blue

Poignant reading for the upcoming July 4th holiday. In a multi-media presentation, the Associated Press presents Killer Blue, the story of 30 members of an Army unit on a 15 month tour of duty in Mosul, Iraq. Two died, 13 earned Purple Hearts, many returned suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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The Best Stories You've nEver Read #92

Fish Story

New York Times columnist Dan Barry reflects on the imminent demise of his daughter's fish and the passing of his family members. 

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The Best Stories You've nEver Read #91

Boxcar Romance

They were two lost souls, ages 18 and 22, who met while riding boxcars across the country. They married and continued their lives more or less happily as vagabonds, until the dangers of train-hopping caught up with them. 

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The Best Stories You've nEver Read #90

Heart of the Game

Nine minor leaguers and more than a hundred amateur players have died as a result of beanings. In a new book, Sports Illustrated reporter S. L. Price looks at what happens when death visits the diamond.  Click the link above to read an excerpt from the book.

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The Best Stories You've nEver Read #89

The monster inside my son  -- salon.com

Ann Bauer, who has an autistic son, once wrote about how autism can be a beautiful thing. Now she tells a different story as her son has turned into a violent young man. Thanks to the Nieman Narrative Digest for suggesting this story.

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