This week for BuzzReads, Steve Knopper tells the forgotten story of a New Orleans boxer who fought for civil rights. Read that and these other stories from around BuzzFeed and the web.
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In 1955, an African-American boxer in New Orleans named Joe Dorsey sued the state of Louisiana for the right to fight against white opponents. What started out as a chance to advance his career wound up changing sports and culture in the state forever. Read it at BuzzFeed.
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A powerful series by Pam Belluck unpacking new findings to do with postpartum depression and related mental health issues. Read part one and part two at the New York Times.
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A sobering investigation into the for-profit hospice industry, which is booming, as are accusations of abuse and fraud. Ben Hallman reports. Read it at the Huffington Post.
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Marin Cogan profiles former Montana governor and 2016 Democratic hopeful Brian Schweitzer. “Now here comes a cowboy-politician who has wildly heterodox policy positions — hard-left on some issues, to the right on others — and a wild personality to match.” Read it at the National Journal.
Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux discusses the Becket Fund, which has backed Christian-owned Hobby Lobby as it seeks to be exempt from covering its employees’ birth control. “A ruling in Hobby Lobby’s favor would give believers wide latitude. Religious scruples could be invoked to duck all manner of laws — even anti-discrimination statutes.” Read it at the American Prospect.
A fun look by Nick Paumgarten at the creators of Comedy Central’s Broad City, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. “They are a funny kind of Millennial duo, a Comden and Green for the Instagram age.” Read it with a New Yorker subscription.
Tasneem Raja asserts that coding is arguably as important as literacy in today’s world, a reality for which America is not well prepared: “even as the Department of Labor predicts the nation will add 1.2 million new computer-science-related jobs by 2022, we’re graduating proportionately fewer computer science majors than we did in the 1980s, and the number of students signing up for Advanced Placement computer science has flatlined.” Read it at Mother Jones.
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With movies like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The LEGO Movie, 21 Jump Street and its self-aware sequel, directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have charted the most creative and unlikely career path in Hollywood. As Adam B. Vary writes, it’s all because they have each other. Read it at BuzzFeed.
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A hilarious journey into deep nerdom, in which David Hill enters an international Diplomacy competition. “Settlers of Catan, eat your goddamn heart out.” Read it at Grantland.
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This week, we profile four women who are fighting for feminist change within their conservative religions: Orthodox Judaism, Mormonism, Catholicism, and Islam. Read that series and these other great stories from around BuzzFeed and the web.
“Why bother? Why fight? If you’re an educated feminist who was born into such a religion, why not convert to another that doesn’t relegate women to a second-class status? For each of these women, the answer relates to not only her devotion to her own faith, but to her community.” Read it at BuzzFeed.
A collaboration with This American Life, this stunning piece by Susan Zalkind examines a gristly triple homicide in Waltham, Mass. Two years later, two suspects were dead: Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and a friend the FBI say was about to confess — when agents shot him in the head. Zalkind asks the big question: Could the Boston Marathon bombing have been stopped? Read it at Boston Magazine.
An ambitious piece by Raffi Khatchadourian about an extremely ambitious project: The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, which is being built with investment from 35 countries and is the most expensive scientific instrument ever. “But if it is truly possible to bottle up a star, and to do so economically, the technology could solve the world’s energy problems for the next thirty million years, and help save the planet from environmental catastrophe.” Read it at the New Yorker.
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Todd Balf examines new College Board president David Coleman, who saw a clear need for change: “Teachers, students, parents, university presidents, college-admissions officers, high-school counselors. They all were unhappy with the test, and they all had valid reasons.” Read it at The New York Times Magazine.
Zach Baron delivers a funny and surprisingly introspective profile of our colleagues, the Beastmasters. “They are the sommeliers of endearing animals. Ask them the difference between a household pet and an Internet star and they can tell you, precisely, the characteristics that make the latter.” Read it at GQ.
Josh Sanburn discusses the Freedom Tower’s laborious construction, and its significance: “While 1 WTC may not be all things to all people, its completion signals that America’s brawny, soaring ambition — the drive that sent pioneers west, launched rockets to the moon and led us to build steel-and-glass towers that pierced the clouds — is intact. Reaching 1,776 ft. has ensured it.” Read it at Time.
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A moving reflection about the beloved, longtime North Carolina coach Dean Smith, who’s now succumbing to dementia. If sports, at their heart, connect us, Tommy Tomlinson writes, “Here is the special cruelty of it: The connector has become disconnected.” Read it at ESPN The Magazine.
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Nathan Schneider explores the grave challenges that transgendered Catholics face, and one woman who’s determined to do something about it. “Call this nun Sister Monica, though that’s not her real name. At the request of her congregation, her name can’t be used here.” Read it at Al Jazeera America.
A witty literary essay by Matt Siegel about the performance that is courtship “It was an acquaintance and former editor of one of those gay lifestyle magazines who advised twenty-year-old me to tone it down if I ever wanted to find a boyfriend.” Read it at The Awl.
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This week for BuzzReads, Victoria Beale reports on two children who conspired to kill — and asks whether their punishments were fair. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and the web.
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In Washington state, a 10- and 11-year-old were sentenced to years in a detention facility after being caught with weapons and claiming they were going to murder other kids at their school. Where is the line between a childish game and a real threat? Read it at BuzzFeed.
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Michael Hall first met Richard LaFuente in 2006, when he was twenty years into a sentence for a murder he did not commit. After nearly three decades of refusing to feign remorse before parole boards, he has finally left prison. Here’s why it took so long. Read it at Texas Monthly.
Wright Thompson reports from Argentina, which hosted the 1978 World Cup, even as the regime imprisoned, tortured, and murdered tens of thousands of its own citizens. As another Cup begins, memories return. Read it at ESPN.
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In the eastern city of Donetsk, friends and neighbors have transformed into enemies, and people on both sides of the conflict worry that there’s no way out from a slide to civil war. Mike Giglio reports. Read it at BuzzFeed.
“Like the fictional team, The Mighty Ducks film franchise was always an underdog, one that forced its way to three movies and a fiercely devoted following through dedication, passion and, as often as not, good fortune. Few would declare it the greatest trilogy in movie history. Many more would call it their favorite.” Read it at Time.
The Notebook and the other movies based on his books are all variations on the same theme. But, Anne Helen Petersen writes, the reason you can’t stop watching them is more complex than you think. Read it at BuzzFeed.
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Taffy Brodesser-Akner heads to Vegas and explains how Britney Spears has become a feminist idol. No, really. Read it at Matter.
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A witty essay by Dan Kois about a month he spent on foot: “If you sit down more than 11 hours a day, one study suggests, you’re 40 percent more likely to die in the next three years than I am.” Read it at New York.
Next week marks the publication of The Last Magazine, the late BuzzFeed reporter’s first novel — as well as the first anniversary of his death. We’re celebrating his work and his life with these chapters, chronicling a book party that totally in no way took place in the offices of Newsweek. Read it at BuzzFeed.
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This week for BuzzFeed News, Elise Jordan goes back to her hometown Mississippi to visit the world’s most notorious Elvis shrine. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
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Paul MacLeod’s Graceland Too — a house-turned-shrine to the King of Rock ‘n Roll — ushered in decades of tourism to the small town of Holly Springs, MS and made its eccentric owner a local celebrity. But when MacLeod shot his handyman dead at the property and died himself two days later, Graceland Too came to symbolize more than an innocuous hobby. Read it at BuzzFeed News.
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An unbelievable romp of a story by Josh Eells on the rise and downfall of the Panama Unit, an elite anti-narcotics border task force — led by the son of a sheriff — that took bribes from some drug dealers and used police resources to rob others. “They were running around like that movie Training Day.” Read it at Rolling Stone.
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John H. Richardson spends a heartbreaking, yet hopeful, Thanksgiving with the Brown family, as Mike Brown, Sr. reflects on his son, goes to church, and grapples with his new life in the public eye. “At one point, he lowers his head and hides his face under his hat brim. When he lifts his head again, his face looks exhausted and stoic and agonized, like a man determined not to cry out under torture.” Read it at Esquire.
While construction work has gotten safer for every other group over the past decade, the deaths of Latino workers has been on the rise. David Noriega reports on the startling trend. Read it at BuzzFeed News.
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Green Bank, West Virginia is a town where residents are banned from using technology most of us can’t imagine living without: wi-fi, cell phones, Bluetooth. It’s become a haven for people who believe their medical problems stem from electromagnetism but, as Michael J. Gaynor explores, not all the locals are happy about it. Read it at Washingtonian.
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Taffy Brodesser-Akner hangs out with Chris Harrison, the charming host of The Bachelor, as he navigates having recently become a bachelor himself. “It is hard to believe that a man whose job is to be a human seismometer of romantic chemistry can be so oblivious, but maybe it’s the sort of thing where the cobbler’s children have no shoes, or doctors can’t operate on themselves.” Read it at GQ.
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Lacking opportunities in the UK, many black British actors, such as Selma’s David Oleyowo, have recently found success in the states, writes Kelley Carter. “There’s a black British Actor Renaissance of sorts occurring, largely because black Brits aren’t finding the type of work in the United Kingdom that allows them to explore the depth they’re seeking from their roles.” Read it at BuzzFeed News.
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Zac Crain dives into the embittered battle that has been publicly stewing for the past year between a top Dallas food critic and the city’s best chefs. “It was like watching Frankenstein and seeing the townspeople head up to the professor’s operating room with pitchforks and torches.” Read it at D Magazine.
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Margaret Talbot visits Providence, Rhode Island, where the mayor has secured millions for an innovative program aimed at closing the “word gap,” the disparity in words learned by poorer children compared to their wealthier counterparts. The program is just one complex example of national efforts to tackle educational reform. Read it at The New Yorker.
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