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Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 02/29/2012

10 Top Post Reads of February


A general view of the Vostock research camp in Antarctica. (REUTERS)
The Post delivers compelling, original journalism each day across a variety of interests. But with so many stories, it’s possible for some to slip past your radar.

Not to worry. We combed through the most popular stories of February — and sprinkled in a little editorial judgment of our own — to pull together the 10 Top Post Reads of February.

These terrific stories are not a definitive Top 10 of the month, but they are the Top 10 reads not to miss. Grab one now or bookmark a link using one the save function from Instapaper or Read It Later, a simple tool we’ve included to make these stories even easier to curl up with.

Note: We also want to include you in this process. Is there a story from last month worth recommending to Post readers? Drop a link in the comments and we’ll consider it for our list.

1) LIFESTYLE | The Single Life: Some people never find true love

Even today, Braitman sometimes mentally revises past conversations to find the right words to make her mom understand: She didn’t stay single on purpose. — Ellen McCarthy

2) OUTLOOK | Our unrealistic attitudes about death

Choosing to let a loved one pass away by not treating an illness feels too complicit; conversely, choosing treatment that will push a patient into further suffering somehow feels like taking care of him. — Craig Bowron

3) INVESTIGATIONS | Earmarks near lawmakers properties?

Earmarks are a fraction of the federal budget ... but the behavior by lawmakers from both parties points to a larger issue at a time when confidence in Capitol Hill is at an all-time low. — David S. Fallis, Scott Higham and Kimberly Kindy

4) WORLD | Colonialism in Africa fostered the HIV epidemic

Without “The Scramble for Africa,” it’s hard to see how HIV could have made it out of southeastern Cameroon to eventually kill tens of millions of people. Even a delay might have caused the killer strain of HIV to die a lonely death deep in the forest. — Craig Timberg and Daniel Halperin

5) HEALTH | Foods that are good and bad for your heart

In general, the research has exonerated eggs: Eating up to six a week was not associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease (i.e. heart attacks and strokes). — Robert Davis

6) WORLD | Armored SUV couldn’t protect U.S. agents in Mexico

He was driving a $160,000 armored Chevy Suburban, built to exacting government standards, designed to defeat high-velocity gunfire, fragmentation grenades and land mines. But the vehicle had a basic, fatal flaw. — Nick Miroff and William Booth

8) OPINION | President Obama as an alien

There is something especially rancid about the never-ending efforts to turn Obama into a stranger, an alien, a Manchurian Candidate with a diabolical hidden agenda. — E.J. Dionne Jr.

8) LIFESTYLE | Whitney Houston dies at age 48

With a choir-trained voice of vast power and brilliant tone, Ms. Houston, the winner of six Grammys, was widely recognized as one of the greatest pop vocalists. — Emily Langer

9) WORLD | Scotland moves toward vote for independence

As in any divorce, a break with Britain could also set up an economic scuffle — particularly over the lucrative rights to North Sea oil, seen as key to the prosperity of the Scots on their own. — Anthony Faiola

10) SCIENCE | Russians drill into untouched Lake Vostok

The Russian effort has created scientific excitement about potentially learning some of the long-held secrets of the largest subglacial lake in Antarctica, a body of water that wasn’t discovered until the mid-1990s and is the world’s third-largest lake by volume. — Marc Kaufman

Bonus) OPINION | Rick Santorum cries Nazi

We’re tossing in the most popular story in February from our iPad app, too: Dana Milbank’s Feb. 21 column.

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Once again, we ask: Is there another story from last month worth recommending to Post readers? Drop a link in the comments and we’ll consider it for our list.

By Michael Katz  |  02:29 PM ET, 02/29/2012

 
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