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1. Inside the Snitch Tank

Edward Humes | The Orange County Register | Jan. 1, 2016 | 77 minutes (19,430 words)

Edward Humes painstakingly reconstructs the events surrounding the worst mass shooting in Orange County history, and then examines how prosecutorial misconduct and the misuse of jailhouse informants have delayed justice in this masterful, multi-part investigation.

2. The Story Behind The Deadliest Prison Bus Crash In Texas History

Albert Samaha | BuzzFeed | Jan. 13, 2016 | 21 minutes (5,397 words)

A gruesome recounting of one of the bloodiest days in the history of Texas prisons.

3. My Right to Die

Kevin Drum | Mother Jones | Jan. 11, 2016 | 17 minutes (4,346 words)

More Americans are supporting the right of the terminally ill to end their own lives on their own terms, and more states are considering legalizing physician-assisted suicide. For Kevin Drum, this is personal.

4. United’s Quest to Be Less Awful

Drake Bennett | Bloomberg Businessweek | Jan. 14, 2016 | 14 minutes (3,658 words)

Since 2012, United has performed worst among its airline competitors when it comes to delays, cancellations, mishandled bags, and more. Can a new CEO and a steady stream of changes save the company?

5. How One Man’s Fight for His Detroit Neighborhood Went Viral

Michael Jackman | Detroit Metro Times | Jan. 13, 2016 | 17 minutes (4,409 words)

Armed with nothing more than a video camera and a YouTube channel, Jonathan Pommerville has become a one-man neighborhood patrol—fighting to protect his blighted Detroit neighborhood from dumpers, drugs and prostitution.