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August 13, 2013 | By David Horsey
During a quick trip to Maryland for a weekend wedding, I was in the nation's capital long enough to discover who it is that has caught the town's attention. It is not President Obama off on his golf vacation or any of the members of Congress scattered back to their home districts. No, the person of great interest is a Seattle billionaire named Jeff Bezos. Bezos, the founder and master of the online retail empire, has just agreed to purchase the Washington Post, and everyone from loyal subscribers to journalists with national reputations is speculating about what this surprising sale may mean for the city, for inside-the-beltway politics and for the future of traditional journalism.
April 11, 2014 | Doyle McManus
Reading is such an improbable idea -- a miracle, really. Yet simple squiggles on a page, arranged just so, can convey ideas that change the way we think or introduce to us characters we love for a lifetime. In celebration of reading -- and of this weekend's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books -- we asked four readers (who also happen to be writers) to celebrate books that mattered in their lives. If you want a friend in Washington, the saying goes, get a dog. But if you're looking to understand Washington, I'd recommend fiction.
February 1, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
The Washington Post Co. is looking at selling off its historic headquarters located downtown in the nation's capital. The site, which has been home for the paper since 1950, got worldwide attention with the 1976 film "All the President's Men. " The film depicted Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein breaking the Watergate story, which ultimately led to President Nixon's resignation. Washington Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth told staff of the potential sale Friday morning, according to a story on the paper's website.
March 25, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
WASHINGTON - Greetings from the nation's capital, where winter seems to be firmly entrenched even though spring officially began last week. It's snowing here, and accumulations of two to four inches are expected to build until the snow tapers off Tuesday evening. The snow isn't sticking on roads and streets but it is slowing traffic locally. The Kings arrived early Tuesday morning from Philadelphia, boarding a train after their 3-2 victory over the Flyers. Because of their arrival in the wee hours, they canceled their morning skate.
August 15, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
A hacker group briefly took control of portions of the Washington Post, Time and CNN websites on Thursday after breaking into an article recommendation service used by the news outlets. The Syrian Electronic Army took credit for the breach, with one member telling the Daily Beast that its ongoing assault on news websites is part of a campaign to call out Twitter for repeatedly shutting down the army's account. The member said the group has opened up its 16th Twitter account . The SEA posted screen shots showing that it had entered an administration portal for Outbrain, an article recommendation service that sends visitors to websites by recommending their content at the bottom of online articles of big publishers such as the Post.
August 5, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
Jeff Bezos is about to enter the newspaper business, as the new owner of the Washington Post. For about two decades now, the chief executive and founder of Amazon has loomed large over the book business, earning him the wrath of many a brick-and-mortar bookseller in the process.  Amazon has branched out to sell just about anything that can be shipped in a package. Books helped make Bezos rich -- and then one day , they just became a stepping stone to bigger things. He founded Amazon in Seattle in 1994, and in just five years the company had grown so big, so quickly (especially after going public in 1997)
July 3, 2009 | Peter Nicholas
The Washington Post's publisher abruptly canceled a series of policy dinners Thursday that were to have been underwritten by lobbyists or corporations willing to pay thousands of dollars to be in the same room as journalists and lawmakers, saying the marketing department had misrepresented the newspaper's intent. Lawmakers who had been invited said they were not told the events would make money for the newspaper.
August 6, 2013 | Michael Hiltzik
The definitive line about a newspaper's public mission came, as it happens, from Hollywood. In Orson Welles' classic "Citizen Kane," the title character, his newspaper empire in tatters, is asked by Walter Thatcher, the film's stand-in for J.P. Morgan, what he would like to have been. Kane answers: "Everything you hate. " Jeff Bezos' dealings with the moneymen of Wall Street have always been rather friendlier than those between Kane and Thatcher. But what he may share with Kane is the feeling that these unappreciated - indeed, financially despised - enterprises known as newspapers have some value that other investors have been overlooking.
August 8, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
In Thursday's paper, we looked at how Silicon Valley is reacting to the news that Jeff Bezos has acquired the Washington Post.  As the news industry has floundered, Silicon Valley has taken note. It's been interesting in recent years to see how various companies and personalities have turned their attention to the woes of the news business.  Last year, Bill Campbell, chair of Intuit and a director at Apple, played a key role in establishing the joint news innovation program between Stanford and Columbia universities.
August 23, 1990 | From Associated Press
Washington Post Co. said Wednesday that it has joined with American Personal Communications Inc. to develop a new pocket-sized, wireless telephone service for the Washington area. Maryland-based AMC is the general partner in the limited partnership, which expects to begin testing an experimental phone system by year-end and be fully operational by the end of 1991, the companies said.
March 14, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- Scott Brown finally took the plunge. And this time he kept his shirt on. The former senator from Massachusetts, after keeping politicos in Washington and his newly adopted home state of New Hampshire guessing for months, announced Friday that he had formed an exploratory committee to run for U.S. Senate in the Granite State this year. The step -- he called it the start of a "Main Streets & Living Rooms Tour" -- is short of a full commitment to run for the seat held by first-term Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.
March 10, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Washington Mayor Vincent Gray knew about an illegal election-cash scheme that helped fund his 2010 campaign and personally requested funds from the man running it, federal prosecutors said in court Monday. Gray, who has not been charged with a crime, strongly denied the claims, which arise from a federal probe that has resulted in multiple convictions and which have dogged the first-term mayor's aspirations to win reelection in November. "This is absolutely untrue, period," Gray told a local media outlet in his office Monday.
February 25, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
After eight years at the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke might have been ready for a vacation. But it's been less than a month since he stepped down as chair, and he's announced he's been planning a memoir. He expects to meet with publishers in the next several weeks, the Associated Press reports . Bernanke joined the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors in 2002 and in 2006 was appointed chairman by President George W. Bush. He followed the long tenure of Alan Greenspan, the chair who put the position in the spotlight.
February 21, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
IPod. IPad. IStamp? Steve Jobs, the late cofounder and chief executive of Apple, is among several pop culture figures who will be featured on U.S. postage stamps over the next few years. The stamp for Jobs, who led Apple during its creation and then again during its resurgence in the late 1990s and early 2000s, will be available in 2015, according to documents obtained by the Washington Post. Jobs' stamp is currently being designed. VIDEO: Pebble's latest Steel smartwatch is functional and stylish Besides Jobs, others to be honored on stamps in the next few years include Beatle John Lennon, NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain, gay rights activist Harvey Milk and musician Jimi Hendrix.
February 19, 2014 | By David Ng
In a surprise announcement, the financially troubled Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington has entered into an agreement to be taken over by the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University. The deal, announced on Wednesday, would mark the largest takeover of an arts institution in the nation's capital in recent memory. The Corcoran, which is a private, nonprofit organization, has experienced financial difficulties for years and had recently explored a potential partnership with the University of Maryland.
January 13, 2014 | By David Ng
A small Pierre-Auguste Renoir painting that a woman said she purchased for just $7 at a flea market will return to a Maryland museum that argued that the painting was stolen from its premises in 1951. A federal judge in Virginia ruled on Friday that Renoir's "Paysage Bords de Seine," which was painted in 1879, is the rightful property of the Baltimore Museum of Art. The decision brought to an ostensible end a bizarre case that pitted a driving teacher against the museum in a battle over an Impressionist work estimated to be worth $22,000.
June 24, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Washington Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr. announced his retirement after 17 years in that role, making way for a new editor to lead the newspaper's transition into the digital age. Downie, 66, worked up the ranks as an investigative reporter and editor, London correspondent and national editor. He said that after his Sept. 8 departure he would stay on as a vice president at large at Washington Post Co., the same title held by his predecessor, Ben Bradlee. The Washington Post won many accolades during Downie's tenure, including 25 Pulitzer Prizes.
December 22, 2004 | From Associated Press
Microsoft Corp. sold its popular Slate online magazine Tuesday to Washington Post Co., a move that makes Slate's political commentary and quirky feature articles more broadly available across the Internet. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though Slate editor Jacob Weisberg said the amount was "a very respectable, impressive price." Microsoft has said Slate, with about 6 million readers monthly, breaks even financially but isn't consistently profitable.
January 12, 2014 | By Sarah Chayes
In a dozen years of war, Americans have grown used to improvised explosive devices. The detonations have rocked the streets of Kabul and Baghdad - and also of Washington. Only, in Washington, the bombshells appear in print. The latest domestic blast, a diatribe called "Duty" by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, seems to have startled even the dean of White House correspondents. "It is rare for a former Cabinet member," wrote Bob Woodward in the Washington Post, "let alone a Defense secretary ... to publish such an antagonistic portrait of a sitting president.
December 24, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Fugitive NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who had been keeping a low profile in Moscow since being granted asylum there in August, has broken out of his seclusion with a lengthy interview with the Washington Post and a recorded television address to be aired in Britain on Christmas Day. Snowden used his first significant direct media contacts since arriving in Russia in June to portray his disclosure of secret intelligence gathering programs as a...
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