Reporters' Notebook

Church scandals and binge drinking occupied two of our journalists last week. Their thoughts:

JODIE MORSE, a staff writer, spearheaded the reporting for this week's story on women and drinking.

"The idea for this piece came to me when I was sitting in a hospital gown getting a regular checkup from my primary-care physician. She mentioned rising concerns about how aggressively some young women now drink. So when I got back to the office, I placed a call to Henry Wechsler of the Harvard School of Public Health, who has been studying the drinking patterns of college students for a...

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