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Dec 29, 2013 - The Washington Post

I'd been at the Post only a few months in 1988 when the managing editor, Robert Kaiser, walked into my office, closed the door and tossed onto my desk the section from that day's paper containing the list of recent home sales in the District. One sale was circled - mine.

Bob's message that afternoon was that I'd broken an unwritten rule by buying an $830,000 house in an upscale neighborhood of Northwest Washington. Post journalists were not supposed to call attention to themselves in that...