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9 Feature Stories We’re Reading This Week: Online Malpractice And Cheerleaders’ Rights

This week for BuzzReads, Jake Rossen explores why doctors are especially vulnerable to online reputation attacks. Read that and these other great stories from around BuzzFeed and the web.

1. Insult and Injury: How Doctors Are Losing the War Against Trolls — BuzzFeed

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In the untamed world of online comment sections, no one is more vulnerable to criticism than doctors, who are restricted by confidentiality laws from defending themselves against even the most outlandish of claims. With patients increasingly dependent on internet marketplaces to find care — and increasingly prone to frustration — it’s the caregivers who get hurt. Read it at BuzzFeed.

2. Tales From the Millennials’ Sexual Revolution — Rolling Stone

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For some twentysomethings — and even those in their early 30s — a new type of relationship has begun to form. Alex Morris explains this form of polyamory: “They see themselves as part of a growing trend of folks who do not view monogamy as any type of ideal.” Read it at Rolling Stone.

3. U.S. Secretly Created ‘Cuban Twitter’ To Stir Unrest — Associated Press

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In 2009, a social network called ZunZuneo launched in Cuba — and quickly drew more than 40,000 subscribers. But there was a catch: “Its subscribers were never aware it was created by the U.S. government, or that American contractors were gathering their private data in the hope that it might be used for political purposes.” Read it at The Associated Press.

4. Is There Hope for the Survivors of the Drug Wars?The American Prospect

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For the men who’ve been released from prison after a drug charge, the issue often isn’t finding a job. Monica Potts writes: “The problem is more profound: How do you give these survivors of the drug wars, men who are criminalized and discarded by society, who are at the bottom of every statistic, hope?” Read it at The American Prospect.

5. Silicon Shore: How Newcastle Quietly Became A Tech Hub — BuzzFeed UK

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Twenty years ago Newcastle was run down and destitute. Now it’s home to the U.K.’s second most vibrant tech sector behind Silicon Roundabout. And those involved see no reason it can’t be one of Europe’s brightest lights too. Read it at BuzzFeed UK.

6. Sins of the PreacherSports on Earth

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Greg Hanlon discusses how former MLB player Chad Curtis became convicted of molesting three girls: “he’s an innocent man in his own mind, so he couldn’t bring himself to swear on the Bible — which he quotes frequently and encyclopedically during our two-hour interview at the Harrison Correctional Facility — and admit to a crime he didn’t commit.” Read it at Sports On Earth.

7. The Dead Zoo GangThe Atavist

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When nearly 100 rhino horns were stolen from museums and collections around the world, curators and investigators alike were puzzled. “The thefts, in the world of natural-history museums,” Charles Homans writes, “were all but unprecedented.” An Irish group nicknamed the Rathkeale Rovers was believed to be behind it all — but what did they want with those horns? Read it at The Atavist.

8. Just Cheer, BabyESPN The Magazine

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A year ago, a 28-year-old named Lacy made the Oakland Raiders cheerleading team. But when they offered her a contract that paid below minimum wage for entire season of work, she balked. Amanda Hess writes: “Like hundreds of women who have cheered for the Raiders since 1961, Lacy signed the contract. Unlike the rest of them, she also showed it to a lawyer.” Read it at ESPN The Magazine.

9. Do-it-all UConn Star Breanna Stewart Is The Kevin Durant Of The Women’s GameSports Illustrated

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She’s just a sophomore, but Connecticut’s Breanna Stewart is already one of the biggest stars of women’s college basketball. With the Final Four this weekend, can the 6’4” Stewart lead her team to a second-straight national championship? Read it at Sports Illustrated.

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