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i-81: Fear, facts and the future

The highway that links Western Virginia evokes high emotions because of its heavy truck congestion. One in four vehicles is a big rig. In this special report, we examined the safety, impact and future prospects for I-81.

For our accident data mashup (image below, titled “Fatal crashes on I-81: 1998-2008” at, we began with 11 years’ worth of state accident data on I-81 in Virginia. We then merged that with a database we had created in-house by combing 10 years of newspaper accounts of accidents along the I-81corridor in Virginia. The final mashup allowed us to layer narrative detail on an otherwise dry official police account. The layering of the two databases allowed our audience to see how often trucks were involved in the 266 fatal crashes during that time. It’s easy to get lost in the details of individual crashes, with names and circumstances attached.

The other map on the homepage (, called “Highs and lows: Elevation and crash data,” allows users to see the road from a different angle than usual. Set against elevation data, the interactive graphic tracks crash data, injury stats, speed limits, and a handful of other factors that collectively make the road feel more treacherous than it might actually be.

Everyone who lives here knows I-81 has an unnerving record of fatal crashes and near-misses involving trucks. But we wanted to probe beyond the myths and personal fears. We aimed to do that by making the data we’d gathered as accessible and as personal as possible.

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Lost in the Woods: Navigating the chronic Lyme debate

The medical establishment recognizes acute Lyme disease as a bacterial infection transmitted to humans by bites of the brown deer tick. Doctors treat it with a short-term course of antibiotics. They say chronic Lyme disease, meanwhile, doesn’t exist, and patients who say they have it are the victims of hype and hysteria.

The “Lyme-literate” community, on the other hand, says mainstream physicians have placed incomplete science ahead of patient health by not taking seriously the complaints of patients who say they have chronic Lyme and by opposing the massive doses of antibiotics that can keep symptoms in check.

It’s a complicated debate, charged politically, emotionally, financially and professionally, with some doctors putting their licenses and their livelihoods on the line to treat patients who they believe suffer from chronic Lyme.

In our video trailer, we lay out the complex framework for the story behind the chronic Lyme debate.

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This post was submitted by megmartin.

South Brooklyn Post

South Brooklyn Post is a hyper-local news webzine dedicated to clean, crisp design, quality photojournalism and in-depth reporting on issues important to our community. South Brooklyn Post was launched by a news reporter, a photojournalist and a web designer with the belief that people are looking for something fresh and new in the online news arena. South Brooklyn Post uses white space and emphasizes quality over quantity in the selection and presentation of news to produce a magazine-style local newspaper.
Our clean design was conceived to appeal to older, non-web savvy readers as well as the young, online-all-the-time reader.
The daily webzine covers news, culture, art, design, food, restaurants, schools, crime and the environment. It was launched in November 2010.
South Brooklyn Post has broken news on a major source of local air pollution and on a spike in local robberies, among other stories.
The uploaded features were published in October, 2010, and in December, 2010.

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This post was submitted by liscol_sbp.

Chicago Tribune for iPhone, Android

While giving our readers what they expect with access to the best reporting on local breaking news, business, sports and weather, the Chicago Tribune app for iPhone and Android features a much deeper dive into the content than many of its brethren in the news app space. Up to 20 different beats and blogs feed into each section, providing access to hundred of articles at a time but all within a single tab of a button. Easy to navigate and always available—even without an internet connection. A custom built photo gallery viewer allows readers to peek into the coverage by giving an enhanced level of clarity of what is available in each section of photos. Finally, when readers find something they want to keep—its theirs, forever. Photos, blog posts, stories, etc.

In short, we feel like the Chicago Tribune for iPhone app offers a best-in-class experience to the end user by giving them features that matter and a deeper level of content than they are expecting out of a mobile app.

This post was submitted by Chris Courtney.


The StoryWall below chronicles the 2010 Bedlam football game between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State through a kaleidoscope of photos, videos and text. Click any part of the wall to expose a different story piece. The story pieces will rearrange with each page refresh.

This post was submitted by Matthew Clayton.

Rebuilding Chrissy’s face

An accidental shotgun blast blew away much of Chrissy Steltz’s face in 1999, when she was 16. Now, 11 years and nearly two dozen surgeries later, she has a new silicone “face” to match her original eyes, nose and cheeks.

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The Places Series, Cultural Awareness Know it and our series of NDepths showcase our use of multimedia in storytelling.

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Haiti Photo Essay

Reporter Kimberly Wilson and photographer Bruce Ely scrambled into Haiti just days after a magnitude 7.0 quake struck the island nation Jan. 12. They followed international relief efforts and talked to many people from the Pacific Northwest with an interest there. They returned in December to see how the country has fared nearly a year after the disaster.

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