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Jesse Eisinger, the Pulitzer-winning financial reporter for ProPublica, told me that he “constantly, relentlessly” reminds himself of why sources are sharing information with him: “It’s not because I’m good looking or a nice person. They’re all talking to push an agenda.” That doesn’t mean their facts are wrong, he noted, only that they have to be scrutinized.
When Coziness With Sources Is a Conflict -

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Brooklyn’s political power derives from its size. At 2.6 million residents, it’s the largest borough, holding almost a third of the 8.3 million who inhabit the most populous U.S. metropolis. Brooklyn’s 3.5 percent population growth between 2010 and 2013 made it the city’s fastest-growing area, and its 16-member delegation is the largest in the 51-seat city council.

Signs of Brooklyn’s allure include the international visitors buying postcards inside the P.S. Bookshop in Dumbo — an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. The former industrial warehouse district has become a rezoned enclave of million-dollar loft apartments and boutiques. Gourmet food shops sell the locally produced Blue Marble ice cream for $7.49 a pint.

Brooklyn’s Hipster Economy Challenges Manhattan Supremacy - Bloomberg

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Check out the steep grade on this downtown LA mini railroad. (at Angels Flight Railway)

Check out the steep grade on this downtown LA mini railroad. (at Angels Flight Railway)

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If Americans consider themselves connoisseurs of coffee, with a caffeine fix seemingly available on every corner, a journey across Seoul shows that South Korea has more than caught up. One of the world’s biggest retail markets is now perhaps its most competitive coffee turf.

At least 100 academies across the country train baristas — and the unemployed can get the government to subsidize their training. Coffee shops offer valet parking, and some will even deliver cups of coffee to nearby homes.

Behind much of this Asian coffee boom, and uniquely positioned to benefit from it, is the company known stateside for the slogan “America runs on Dunkin’.”

“It’s more than just coffee’s a big deal, or people are into coffee. It is a phenomenon… . It’s a freaking phenomenon,” said Stan Frankenthaler, Dunkin’s executive chef and vice president of production innovation. “It’s more intense than New York by far — the competitiveness, the saturation. You think you’re going to see a lot of coffee shops on one block, and there’s four times more than you even think. It’s incredible.”

From Massachusetts to Seoul, Dunkin’ Donuts finds new markets as coffee craze sweeps Asia - World - The Boston Globe

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