Below, our favorite stories of the week. Kindle users, you can also get them as a Readlist.
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Grayson Schaffer | Outside Magazine | May 10, 2016 | 18 minutes (4,587 words)
Lhakpa Sherpa has climbed Everest more than any other woman, but few people know her name. Part of the reason has been the media’s legacy of diminishing the accomplishments of Sherpa climbers, but also: “since 2004, she has been too frightened to speak to reporters.” That’s the year she says she was assaulted by her ex-husband, Everest summiter George Dijmarescu.
Matthew Shaer | The Atlantic | May 17, 2016 | 25 minutes (6,401 words)
DNA typing has long been used as irrefutable proof of guilt or innocence in the criminal-justice system, but errors made in crime labs have many questioning its effectiveness.
Sonia Faleiro | Harper’s | May 16, 2016 | 28 minutes (7,223 words)
A father goes to Nepal in search of his missing children, who have been kidnapped and forced into slave labor.
Tracie White | Stanford Medicine | May 17, 2016 | 15 minutes (3,931 words)
The story of one man’s severe chronic fatigue syndrome and his father’s quest to decode the disease.
Katherine Laidlaw | The Walrus | May 17, 2016 | 13 minutes (3,250 words)
Now, after the fire, all that’s left of the Frigons’ dream house is the foundation blocks it once stood on, a pile of rubble, and the blue trampoline their kids used to jump on out back. From above, the damage left by the Beast—the nickname Fort McMurray fire chief Darby Allen has given to wildfire M-009—looks like a Rorschach test, with its blots and streaks of black. Officials say it’s burned more than 250,000 hectares now—three times the size of Calgary.