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New Times' Biogenesis Story: Extraordinary Attention and Denials

A story broken yesterday in New Times Broward-Palm Beach and Miami New Times has received astounding national and international attention.

The piece, which employed hundreds of pages of handwritten notes to show that major sports stars had received performance-enhancing drugs from a Coral Gables clinic called Biogenesis, was featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, the Drudge Report, Yahoo! News, and elsewhere.

By midday yesterday, it had received more than 250,000 page views -- and the writer, Miami New Times managing editor Tim Elfrink -- appeared on CNN and ESPN to discuss the report. Keith Olbermann, Longform.org, and dozens of other big names highlighted the story.

Though none of the baseball players or others responded to requests for comments that were sent out four days before publication, denials also started flooding in. Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez was the first to deny association with Biogenesis, even though his name appeared more than a dozen times in records. So did the Washington Nationals' Gio Gonzalez. Tennis pro Wayne Odesnik also said he had nothing to do with Biogenesis, as did University of Miami strength and conditioning coach Jimmy Goins.

Major League Baseball has announced an investigation into the disclosures as Miami New Times continues to post documents from the investigations.

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Chuck Strouse is the former editor in chief of Miami New Times. He has shared two Pulitzer Prizes and won dozens of other awards. He is an honors graduate of Brown University and has worked at newspapers including the Miami Herald and Los Angeles Times.
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