Below, our favorite stories of the week. Kindle users, you can also get them as a Readlist.
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Anonymous | June 3, 2016 | 30 minutes (7,470 words)
A former Stanford swimmer who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman was sentenced to six months in jail because a longer sentence would have “a severe impact on him,” according to a judge. At his sentencing, his victim read him a letter describing the “severe impact” the assault had on her.
Nikole Hannah-Jones | The New York Times | June 9, 2016 | 12 minutes (10,129 words)
A deep dive into our nation’s entrenched problem with school segregation. Hannah-Jones explains how she and her husband decided to send their daughter to a local public school filled with mostly black and Latino students from disadvantaged backgrounds. That school, P.S. 307, has emerged as an example of the clash occurring over integration.
Ben Paynter | Wired | June 1, 2016 | 21 minutes (5,250 words)
Poisoned water, public distrust, citizen activism─Flint, Michigan is suffering an epidemic, but as one radicalized water engineer points out, when it comes to lead poisoning, the problem is nationwide.
Jon Manel | BBC News | June 7, 2016 | 13 minutes (3,474 words)
In December 2015, a man was found dead in Saddleworth Moor in Northern England. Six months later, detectives have yet to identify him. Who is he — and why did he travel 200 miles to die there?
Sonia Smith | Texas Monthly | May 2016 | 14 minutes (6,100 words)
In Texas, one respected Christian atmospheric scientist uses the Bible to make the case why other Christians—frequently political conservatives—need to treat global warming as a global moral issue. Not everyone is listening.
from Longreads Blog https://blog.longreads.com/2016/06/10/the-top-5-longreads-of-the-week-121/