The winner of the Hackathlon will be determined by an online vote of Slate's readers. Readers may vote once in each of the four events. The Hackathlete who polls the greatest total will be declared the winner and will return next year to face three new challengers.
| EVENT 4--DEC. 3, 1997|
A Breaking News Story in the Washington Post
The Hackathletes were given two hours to write the first 750 words of a breaking news story in the Washington Post about a possible scandal involving Newt Gingrich. A "cheat sheet" of contrived facts and quotations was provided as background for this story.
Hackathletes, to your marks!
TODAY IN SLATE
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The science that explains the human need to find meaning in coincidences.
Happy Constitution Day!
Too bad it’s almost certainly unconstitutional.