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The NRA's top lawyer was convicted of murder, then freed over bad police work. What really happened?

The NRA's top lawyer was convicted of murder, then freed over bad police work. What really happened? | Excellent Long Form | Scoop.it
A buried gun. A case never closed. The dark past of Robert J. Dowlut.
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The Girl Who Survived The Brain-Eating Amoeba

The Girl Who Survived The Brain-Eating Amoeba | Excellent Long Form | Scoop.it
One year ago, Kali Hardig went swimming at an Arkansas water park and the next day was rushed to the hospital where doctors diagnosed her with a rare, 99% fatal condition: a brain-eating amoeba. Th...
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Women preying on men: Sexual tourism in Gambia

Women preying on men: Sexual tourism in Gambia | Excellent Long Form | Scoop.it

SexFor tourists in the Gambia, even the beach is no refuge from hustlers, known as “bumsters”, who sell horseback rides—or themselves.

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If everyone’s an idiot, guess who’s a jerk?

If everyone’s an idiot, guess who’s a jerk? | Excellent Long Form | Scoop.it
Are you surrounded by fools? Are you the only reasonable person around? Then maybe you’re the one with the jerkitude
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"the jerk culpably fails to appreciate the perspectives of others around him, treating them as tools to be manipulated or idiots to be dealt with rather than as moral and epistemic peers."

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MLB: Umpires flock to Pastor Dean for baptisms

MLB: Umpires flock to Pastor Dean for baptisms | Excellent Long Form | Scoop.it
Pastor Dean has baptized 66 professional umpires, calling them safe in the only way that matters.
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Chameleon: The Many Lives of a Serial Impostor

Chameleon: The Many Lives of a Serial Impostor | Excellent Long Form | Scoop.it
Online version of the weekly magazine, with current articles, cartoons, blogs, audio, video, slide shows, an archive of articles and abstracts back to 1925
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Really fascinating, a man who impersonated a child for years in France

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How General Motors Silenced a Whistle-Blower

How General Motors Silenced a Whistle-Blower | Excellent Long Form | Scoop.it
GM lifer Courtland Kelley spent years trying to warn the company about safety problems
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Although GM is currently facing scrutiny for putting its customers in danger with faulty car parts, there's a pervasive culture of silence that must also be reckoned with.

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Motherhood and Depression: An Evolution

Motherhood and Depression: An Evolution | Excellent Long Form | Scoop.it
Studies are revealing a more complex view of maternal mental illness, including that what is known as postpartum depression often begins during pregnancy.
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As more light is being shed on postpartum depression, this series underscores both the science of mental illness and the personal toll it can take.

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Life as a Nonviolent Psychopath

Life as a Nonviolent Psychopath | Excellent Long Form | Scoop.it
Neuroscientist James Fallon discovered through his work that he has the brain of a psychopath, and subsequently learned a lot about the role of genes in personality and how his brain affects his life.
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“I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family”

“I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family” | Excellent Long Form | Scoop.it
Scott Catt was a single dad who held up banks to make ends meet. As his greed intensified, he knew just whom to enlist as accomplices: his kids.
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A fascinating story about what we do for family.

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The Day I Started Lying to Ruth

The Day I Started Lying to Ruth | Excellent Long Form | Scoop.it

A cancer doctor on losing his wife to cancer.

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This one might make you cry.

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Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas

Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas | Excellent Long Form | Scoop.it
A savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
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An oldie but goodie, always worth a re-read.

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The Rise of the DIY Abortion in Texas

The Rise of the DIY Abortion in Texas | Excellent Long Form | Scoop.it
A pill that revolutionized reproductive rights in Latin America is now gaining ground on the black market in South Texas.
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A Desperate Town Hands Over Its DNA

A Desperate Town Hands Over Its DNA | Excellent Long Form | Scoop.it
The new American economy in three tablespoons of blood, a Walmart gift card, and a former mill town's DNA.
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(exerpt) The Big Book of Female Killers, Chapter 2: The Marquise de Brinvilliers

(exerpt) The Big Book of Female Killers, Chapter 2: The Marquise de Brinvilliers | Excellent Long Form | Scoop.it
This is the second installment of "Lady Killers," a new series. Read Chapter 1 here.

Poison fits easily into the home. It's subtle, secretive, tidy. It doesn't leave blood on the floor or holes in the wall. Dropping a bit of colorless liquid into food or drink is a total breeze. And who, historically, stirs the batter, serves the wine, and is exceptionally invested in keeping the floor clean? Women, of course.

Paris in the second half of the 17th century oozed with poison and the fear of poison and, by extension, the fear of women: divineresses who dabbled in…
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Ireland's dark silence on child abuse

Ireland's dark silence on child abuse | Excellent Long Form | Scoop.it
Sinéad O'Shea on the Tuam babies case, secret abortions, and child abuse by church and state in Ireland
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excellent historical and modern look

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The surge of child migrants from Central America

The surge of child migrants from Central America | Excellent Long Form | Scoop.it
A record number of children from Central America are crossing the Mexico-U.S. border unaccompanied by a parent. Many of them are fleeing drug violence at home, but here in the United States, they’re faced with a new set of challenges … Continue reading →
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A really interesting, and troubling, look at what happens when running away from home means illegally crossing the border.

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The Man Who Was Immune to AIDS

The Man Who Was Immune to AIDS | Excellent Long Form | Scoop.it
But not what came after.
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Amazing profile about AIDS, suicide and survival

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A Wearable That Tracks Your Financial Health

A Wearable That Tracks Your Financial Health | Excellent Long Form | Scoop.it
Design firm Artefact has developed Token, a watch that reports your checking account balance and alerts you when your spending exceeds it
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This could either be brilliant or anxiety inducing

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Should Two Children Be Imprisoned For Plotting To Kill Their Classmates?

Should Two Children Be Imprisoned For Plotting To Kill Their Classmates? | Excellent Long Form | Scoop.it
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 i...
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America's mental health care crisis: families left to fill the void of a broken system

America's mental health care crisis: families left to fill the void of a broken system | Excellent Long Form | Scoop.it
The first instalment in a series on the state of mental health care in the US finds a system grossly insufficient to handle demand, leaving many patients, and their caregivers, to fend for themselves
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This is one family's struggle that reflects a national problem with stigma, underfunded programs, poor policy and a dirth of infrastructure 

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Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds | Excellent Long Form | Scoop.it
Nerdy guys aren’t guaranteed to get laid by the hot chick as long as we work hard. There isn’t a team of writers or a studio audience pulling for us to triumph by getting the girl.
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Excellent, lucid commentary about how 'nerd culture' and the media that has shaped it often promotes misogyny.

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Arise, Tenderloin

Arise, Tenderloin | Excellent Long Form | Scoop.it
It is San Francisco’s most glaring contradiction, an island of need in a sea of prosperity. Can it be helped? Does it even want to be?
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Death From Above: How American Drone Strikes Are Devastating Yemen

Death From Above: How American Drone Strikes Are Devastating Yemen | Excellent Long Form | Scoop.it
On the ground in a country where unmanned missile attacks are a terrifyingly regular occurrence
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