Feature writer Sheila McClear leaves the ‘New York Post’

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The New York Post has lost another one of its features writers: Sheila McClear resigned from the paper this week, Capital has learned.

McClear, a Gawker alumna and former freelancer-about-town, joined the Post in April 2010.

The move created some buzz at the time as McClear had also recently inked a deal with Soft Skull Press for a memoir about her days working the old Times Square peep shows. The book, Last of the Live Nude Girls, was excerpted in the Post in July of 2011.

The Post's features desk has seen something of an exodus in recent months. Mandy Stadtmiller left the paper in February to write an exposé about her experiences working for News Corp. (She later took a job with Jane Pratt's new website, xojane.com.) In May, Stefanie Cohen made a rare move to sister News Corp. paper The Wall Street Journal, rankling Post brass in the process. Longtime music critic Dan Aquilante resigned in March.

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The Post is facing heightened competition from the Daily News, which has been staffing up its features department this year and bringing back coverage of beats it had abandoned such as restaurants and fashion.