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The Heart of Football Beats in Aliquippa

The story of a small town just outside Pittsburgh that has suffered through a half-century of economic decline, racial tension, and endless crime. Despite that trajectory, or perhaps because of it, Aliquippa has also produced an astounding number of NFL players.

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Structured Settlements

How an entire industry built itself convincing lead-paint poisoning victims to sign over settlement payments for a fraction of what they’re worth.

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Beyond the Breach

The people who survived Katrina, ten years later.

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The Meaning of Serena Williams
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Daniel Wolfe Is Killing Himself Live on Facebook

The search for an Iraq veteran on the brink of suicide.

Zach Baron | GQ | Aug 2015
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The Last Voyage of the Vollmer Twins

The sailboat dreams of two octogenarian Brooklyn brothers.

Simone Wilson | Patch | Aug 2015
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"No Place for a Kid to Go"

The chaos of a group home in Long Beach, California.

Joaquin Sapien | ProPublica | Aug 2015
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The Big Dig

Visiting the treasures – bear skulls, footprints, an ancient emerald necklace – that surfaced with shipwrecks at Yenikapi in Turkey.

Elif Batuman | New Yorker | Aug 2015
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The Pope and the Planet

The Pope’s vision for addressing climate change.

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The Heirs

The three men vying to be the next publisher of the New York Times.

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The Long Life and Quiet Death of True Detective Magazine

The rise and fall of the “fact crime magazine.”

John Marr | io9 | Aug 2015
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Mister Lytle: An Essay

Memories of living with the writer Andrew Lytle late in his life.

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Who Won Science Fiction’s Hugo Awards, and Why It Matters

A culture war is raging between the people diversifying science fiction and the men who’d like to roll that back.

Amy Wallace | Wired | Aug 2015
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Dr. Shock

How an apartheid-era psychiatrist went from torturing gay soldiers in South Africa to sexually abusing patients in Canada.

Richard Poplak | The Walrus | Aug 2015
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A Feel-Good Katrina Story Turned Bad

Kathy Phipps was “rescued” by FEMA. Ten years later, she is so anxious she’s confined to her house.

Peter Moskowitz | Buzzfeed | Aug 2015
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Nothing Random

The most powerful man in publishing, unfiltered.

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Silence at Baylor

How a Texas university eagerly accepted a top football player as a transfer even though he had just been kicked off another school’s team for sexually assaulting a fellow student.

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John Mackey: The Conscious Capitalist

A profile of the Whole Foods CEO, who, despite a rash of problems with his company, firmly believes he’s seen the future of American business.

Beth Kowitt | Fortune | Aug 2015
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Welcome to Maternity Hotel California

On the underground economy of full-service Southern California apartment complexes marketed to Chinese birth-tourists.

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Who Is Marc Jacobs?

The 52-year-old designer finds himself at a crossroads.

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