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Martha Coakley -- and One Nagging, Unsolved Case

Posted January 18, 2010 | 12:19:32 (EST)

This post is co-written by author and magazine journalist Sheila Weller and attorney, author and television commentator Wendy Murphy.

WELLER:
Blog posts are a good way for investigative journalists to share with the public shocking and important stories that we couldn't tell in the traditional media...

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Army Archerd, In Memoriam

Posted September 9, 2009 | 14:30:39 (EST)

Last summer I was fortunate enough to be able to contribute a profile of Army Archerd to American Express's exquisite 50th Anniversary book Extraordinary Lives: Members Since 1958, which AmEx created and sent, during the 2008-9 holiday season, to its 50-year-long members. The coffee-table sized volume, with a foreword by...

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Interviewing Jimi Hendrix

Posted August 13, 2009 | 17:00:03 (EST)

He was a lithe, light-skinned African American who grew up in a Pacific Rim state, had briefly served in one of the nation's most elite patriotic institutions, and had, in a couple of years' time, become the most charismatic man in America, so wildly adored by upscale young whites he...

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Rest In Peace -- Not, William Zantzinger

Posted January 11, 2009 | 21:05:17 (EST)

The headline on last night's news story -- BOB DYLAN VILLIAN: WILLIAM ZANTZINGER DIES -- got me.

Reading those words, I was transported back to my teenage bedroom in West L.A., where, in the mid-'60s, my sister Lizzie and I struggled to out-do each other in climbing...

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Time To Have a Little Talk About Those "Women's Magazines?"

Posted December 30, 2008 | 11:06:44 (EST)

I admire Caroline Kennedy. Her dignity and her character are striking. So when she made the remark to the New York Times' David Halbfinger the other day, "Have you guys ever thought of writing for a woman's magazine or something? ...You're supposed to be crack political journalists," I was...
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Mad Hopes for the Mad Men Women

Posted July 28, 2008 | 23:07:45 (EST)

Having spent much of the last six years re-conjuring what it was like to have come of age during the second half of the 1960s -- when girls were newly, defiantly sexual while America was still numbly, dumbly sexist -- DVD-ing the whole first season of Mad Men (which...

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Forty Years of Groovy Single Gals

Posted May 29, 2008 | 17:24:45 (EST)

I don't think of any of us who, in 1968, felt like rare kayakers pushing off from the known continent called You Had To Get Married Right After College could imagine that 40 years later there'd be a stiletto stampede to see the film poised to exponentially phenomenize the already-branded...

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Why the Sixties Never Went Away

Posted February 10, 2008 | 22:05:41 (EST)

The Sixties are back. Patronized for the last quarter-century as "crunchy," then shown up as pathetically irony-challenged by the bebop-hatted members of the Gawker generation, we are suddenly invited to be in their thrall again. This weekend, The New York Times Book Review is featuring five books about the radical...

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Note to NYT: If You're Going to Selectively Gush Over White-Gown-and-Bouquet Weddings, Keep Cold-Blooded Murderer Grooms Out

Posted August 19, 2007 | 15:00:32 (EST)

Are you allowed to blog on HuffPost if your politics are a patchwork, rather than a straight-up-and-down liberal party line? (For the record, I am not a classic liberal -- maybe not a liberal at all -- when it comes to violent crime and real -- as opposed to...

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A Mother Imprisoned

Posted May 14, 2007 | 16:10:26 (EST)

This month did not bring the happy Mother's Day that Haleh Bakhash, 40, of Washington, D.C., had once anticipated--not with her mother Haleh Esfandiari, languishing unjustly in an Iranian jail.

The last time Bakhash saw her mom was in December, just before Esfandiari flew off to Iran for what was...

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Life-Lessons From My Mother, The National Enquirer Scoop Artist

Posted April 23, 2007 | 17:18:35 (EST)

In September 1993, from her hospital bed, plugged into oxygen, my elderly mother motioned for her yellow legal pad. In a squiggly hand she slowly scratched out a lede on Heidi Fleiss's new pajama line, another on Liz Taylor's husband's eye job. "Call these in," she told my sister. Those...

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My Judith Giuliani Problem -- and Yours?

Posted March 23, 2007 | 17:59:31 (EST)

Having written my first two Huffington Postings on earnest investigative subjects involving young people who got sick and died because of corruption in powerful places, I figure I can now scoot from the highest to the lowest form of posting: the unadulterated, will-I-respect-myself-in-the-morning-for-pressing-SEND? id-dump. Here goes:

This morning, upon...

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Beverly High, Oil Wells, Power Plants, Cancer: Disproven? Not So Fast

Posted March 19, 2007 | 21:31:47 (EST)

Four years ago this month I started writing the first nationally published article on the unusual preponderance of three types of cancers among alumni and teachers at my alma mater, Beverly Hills High. Toxins emitted by the 17 oil wells adjacent to and under the school were suspected to...

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In This Case, A Soldier Was Treated Beautifully at Walter Reed

Posted February 20, 2007 | 17:26:25 (EST)

So there's a website kerfuffle between National Review Online's Jonah Goldberg and Salon' s Glenn Greenwald about Dana Priest's Washington Post investigative reports which revealed conditions of dire neglect for injured and inform U.S. soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital. Goldberg said he doesn't particularly trust Priest's...

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