Beginning and Ending with a Hero

The hero quest is perhaps outrivaled only by the quest for heroes. Among the many stories that resonated on the Web in 2009, heroes ranged from the first black president to tea party patriots, from the jockey who rode in two historic horse races to...


Two Tweet-Stories for the Holidays

Thank you to the many who summed up their year in a 140 characters or less with #myyearyahoo. Some were so compelling—and reflected so much of what all of us were undergoing in 2009—that we had to dig behind the scenes a bit more in a post. So...


A Year at the Movies: Screening Race

Did the country wake up on the morning of Nov. 5, 2008, to a post-racial America? The ascendence of the first black U.S. president, Barack Obama, had pundits talking up a supposedly color-blind electorate. Of course, that might have been optimistic,...


Tiger Woods, Most Searched Athlete

He may be Athlete of the Decade, but Tiger Woods’ off-course prowess is what has landed him the title of Most Searched Athlete of 2009 on Yahoo!. Before Thanksgiving, Woods barely made the top 20 list, which is about the same position he had...


Weatherbeaten? Beware: El Niño’s Back

Sweating in a T-shirt one day, then hibernating due to record snowfall the next. Blame it on the kid. The historic nor’easter snowstorm, wicked Southern cold, are all part of the weather pattern deemed El Niño (AKA the little boy or...


Host Hostilities: ’09 Media Feuds Countdown

As if the media industry didn’t have enough problems already in 2009, many media hosts found their anchor seats a little heated these days. Some feuds did start with an innocent jibe, others were deliberately set, and a couple were of the...

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