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1. How Kicking a Trash Can Became Criminal for a 6th Grader

Susan Ferriss | Center for Public Integrity | April 10, 2015 | 16 minutes (4,050 words)

An investigation by the Center for Public Integrity: In Virginia, students are being referred to law enforcement for behavioral issues that should be sorted out at school. Black and special needs students are disproportionately referred to the court system at a national level.

2. What Does Gun Violence Really Cost?

Staff | Mother Jones | April 15, 2015 | 15 minutes (3949 words)

A Mother Jones investigation reveals the total cost of gun violence in America: $229 billion per year.

3. Being Ringo: A Beatle’s All-Starr Life

Stephen Rodrick | Rolling Stone | April 15, 2015 | 22 minutes (5,700 words)

After five decades, Richard Starkey is finally getting his solo moment in the sun.

4. What Is It Like to Be Poor at an Ivy League School?

Brooke Lea Foster | Boston Globe Magazine | April 9, 2015 | 20 minutes (5,000 words)

High-achieving, low-income students often struggle to feel like they belong on elite campuses. What can be done to aid their transition?

5. Fish Out of Water

Beth Hawkins | MinnPost | April 13, 2015 | 20 minutes (5,000 words)

How a gay former academic who grew up in Puerto Rico became the most talked-about political operative in the Twin Cities.