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City Desk

Readers of the Washington Post might have had a “déjà vu all over again” feeling as they perused Wednesday’s Style section. The Post sent four reporters on a race from D.C. to New York City by plane, train, car, and bus, to see who’d arrive most quickly and most cheaply—without once mentioning that the concept had been lifted directly from an identical story that ran in the New York Times on March 13 (“Planes, Trains and a Vintage Cab”). The Post didn’t even bother to change the direction of the race. The Times, however, at least found space to acknowledge that they had lifted the idea from a Dec. 12, 2000, piece in the Boston Globe. New travel motto for Style? “Leave the driving to the Times.” —Richard Byrne