Posts Tagged: the washington post

In Virginia, a 29-year-old woman with Down syndrome is in court fighting in a "complicated guardianship case that is pitting her wishes against those of her parents and testing the rights of adults with disabilities to choose how they live." Her name is Jenny Hatch, and one of her attorneys keeps a courtroom note of hers on his desk: “I don’t need . . . gurdenship anymore,” it reads. “Yes I need help. . . . Only Jim and Kelly.”



Orrr You Could Just Not Say Anything?

Maybe you're following the This American Life retraction story and maybe you're not, that is none of our business. But if you're not, you might have missed lots of folks on the 'nets reminding us of this amazing gem. Back in 1980, a beautiful lady made up a bunch of stories about where she went to college, how many languages she spoke, and, oh yeah, also completely pulled a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper feature about an 8 year-old heroin addict and his abusive stepfather out of her ass. But that isn't even the best part: the best part is this gnarly and utterly enthralling exposé by The Washington Post's [...]



"There is a large swath of 20-something women who all appear to be afflicted with the same syndrome. It shall be called Mollyphilia. The Cult of Molly." —There is a large article in the Washington Post that appears to have been inspired by Chiara Atik's American Girl Doll piece on the Hairpin (she's interviewed in it, but they neither link to nor mention her post [Ed. -- And now they do!]), and so far these are the best comments: "In true Washington Post fashion, they just can't get it right. Kirsten did not have 'fat blond ringlets,' but as was appropriate for a farm girl of her era [...]


"Exaugural" Gowns, For Some

For the past 20 years, the designers of the Smithsonian-destined inaugural gowns — only first-term dresses receive that honor — have been little-known men and one woman who had yet to be tested on the national stage. In the aftermath of the hoopla, they were dealt some bruising blows. Hillary Rodham Clinton turned to Sarah Phillips, a 37-year-old New York designer whose company was then only about three years old. After creating Clinton’s violet mousseline gown, Phillips went out of business. Laura Bush relied on her loyal Dallas-based dressmaker Michael Faircloth for her inaugural gown. Afterward, with the attention of the entire fashion industry on him, Faircloth crafted a ready-to-wear [...]


Math: Still Irrelevant

“The math section had 60 questions. I knew the answers to none of them, but managed to guess ten out of the 60 correctly. On the reading test, I got 62%. In our system, that’s a “D”, and would get me a mandatory assignment to a double block of reading instruction… I have a wide circle of friends in various professions. Since taking the test, I’ve detailed its contents as best I can to many of them, particularly the math section, which does more than its share of shoving students in our system out of school and on to the street. Not a single one of them said that [...]


"Like a gemmy Washington Monument."

The biggest, sparkliest aquamarine — named Dom Pedro — will go on display this week at the Smithsonian. Today, The Washington Post tells its story, which began in Brazil:

When found, the Dom Pedro crystal stretched more than three feet long and weighed something close to 100 pounds. Sometime in the late 1980s a garimpero, or prospector, spied it. He and two buddies pried it loose and lugged it out of a mine in the state of Minas Gerais, famous for its gemstones.

And then, guess what? THEY DROPPED IT. But it turned out to be a blessing, or something, and a bunch of white people were still rich, including [...]


Everything About "1 Tip for a Tiny Belly" Except the Tip Itself

The Washington Post finally clicked on that cartoon woman who claims to have lost weight because of a weird old trick, and although it couldn't find her or figure out her secret, it did discover a labyrinth "of diet and weight-loss companies" that sadly turned out to be "bogus."

(I am teasing, but it's an interesting read if you've ever wondered what lay behind that woman's undulating door.)