Below, our favorite stories of the week. Kindle users, you can also get them as a Readlist.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates | The Atlantic | March 5, 2015 | 9 minutes (2,364 words)
Ta-Nehisi Coates on what the Justice Department’s investigation revealed about Ferguson police. “The ‘focus on revenue’ was almost wholly a focus on black people as revenue. Black people in Ferguson were twice as likely to be searched during a stop, twice as likely to receive a citation when stopped, and twice as likely to be arrested during the stop, and yet were 26 percent less likely to be found with contraband.”
Jesse Katz | The California Sunday Magazine | March 1, 2015 | 25 minutes (6,330 words)
How the producer of the ‘Hangover’ movies became one of the most effective advocates for prison reform in California.
Maia Szalavitz | Pacific Standard | March 2, 2015 | 27 minutes (6,900 words)
Matt Bowden (a New Zealander at the forefront of the chemically engineered legal highs arms race) helped create one of the most viral outbreaks of new drugs in history. He might also have the antidote.
Howard Berkes & Michael Grabell | NPR & ProPublica | March 4, 2015 | 25 minutes (6,282 words)
A co-investigation by NPR and ProPublica: Workers’ compensation benefits have been decimated over the last few decades, leaving severely injured workers vulnerable at a time when they need the most help.
Mary Norris | The New Yorker | Feb. 23, 2015 | 26 minutes (6,711 words)
The New Yorker’s longtime copy editor reflects on a life in grammar.