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Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
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Tuesday, April 13

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A week after they went up for charity auction, flip-flops worn by the Northwestern women's lacrosse team will soon go to the highest bidder. With less than twelve hours to go, some of the shoes are up to $250, ten times the opening bid; proceeds will benefit 10-year-old cancer patient Jaclyn Murphy. As this wouldn't have happened if not for the Tribune's coverage of the athletes' footwear choice, columnist Eric Zorn provides an interesting account of how the human interest story becomes news.

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