Below, our favorite stories of the week. Kindle users, you can also get them as a Readlist.
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Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone | Nov. 6, 2014 | 24 minutes (6,027 words)
Whistleblower Alayne Fleischmann wants JPMorgan Chase held accountable for massive securities fraud. She says Chase and the Justice Department have taken actions to silence her.
Daniel Miller | Los Angeles Times | Nov. 1, 2014 | 12 minutes (3,000 words)
Did Samuel B. Marlowe—Los Angeles’ first licensed black private detective—provide the inspiration for Philip Marlowe and Sam Spade, two of noir’s most iconic characters?
Brooke Jarvis | Seattle Met | Nov. 3, 2014 | 22 minutes (5,702 words)
The story of a community that formed a search and rescue crew after one of the deadliest landslides in U.S. history struck their town.
Diane Ravitch | New York Review of Books | Nov. 2, 2014 | 16 minutes (4,094 words)
Diane Ravitch on the politics of education reform and testing in America, and a review of Yong Zhao’s book on China’s history of testing: Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China Has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World.
Greg Nichols |The California Sunday Magazine | Nov. 3, 2014 | 23 minutes (5,861 words)
Ted Ngoy overcame poverty, escaped genocide and made a fortune off of doughnuts. Examining the history of doughnut shops in California, most of which are owned by Cambodian Americans.