9 Feature Stories We’re Reading This Week

This week for BuzzReads, Joel Oliphint unpacks the story of a 22-year-old, who, after killing another man while driving drunk, confessed his crime in a video that was viewed by millions. Read that and these other stories from around BuzzFeed and the web.

1. “I Killed a Man”: What Happens When a Homicide Confession Goes Viral — BuzzFeed

Last summer Matthew Cordle drove drunk the wrong way on a highway in Ohio, killing another driver. With the help of a charismatic, entrepreneurial do-gooder, Cordle admitted his guilt in a YouTube video that 2.6 million people watched — but where is the line between personal contrition and public spectacle? Read it at BuzzFeed.

2. How the Truth is Made at Russia Today — BuzzFeed

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Rosie Gray looks inside the Kremlin-funded media outlet Russia Today in the wake of two high-profile departures, including an anchor who resigned on-air. “The public shake-up and skewed coverage of Ukraine has pulled aside RT’s curtain, exposing the network’s propaganda apparatus, which relies on a number of Western reporters and producers.” Read it at BuzzFeed.

3. The ReckoningNew Yorker

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Andrew Solomon interviews Adam Lanza’s father, Peter. “Since the shootings, Peter has avoided the press, but in September, as the first anniversary of his son’s rampage approached, he contacted me to say that he was ready to tell his story.” Read it at the New Yorker.

4. The ‘Boys’ in the BunkhouseNew York Times Magazine

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A must-read investigation by Dan Barry into a group of disabled men who for decades suffered abuse and underpay while working at an Iowan turkey processing plant — and how they finally got justice. “The verdict conveyed the communal outrage felt about a case that, in courtrooms and the halls of government, has become shorthand for the segregation and exploitation of people with disabilities.” Read it at The New York Times.

5. The Very Bright Future of Elizabeth MossNew York

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Willa Paskin profiles the actress, who plays Peggy Olson on Mad Men, which is approaching its final season. “TV has many ambitious women, but Peggy stands out among them for navigating a working world — with glass ceilings, boys’ clubs, and take-me-seriously work clothes — that feels, despite its period detail, remarkably contemporary.” Read it at New York.

6. Two Years After KONY 2012, has Invisible Children Grown Up? — BuzzFeed

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In March 2012, a human rights organization’s documentary about a central African despot became the most viral video of all time, and the ensuing furor resulted in its leader’s bizarre public meltdown. On the second anniversary of the phenomenon, Jessica Testa explains, everyone involved is still figuring out what it all means. Read it at BuzzFeed.

7. Missed Alarms and 40 Million Stolen Credit Card Numbers: How Target Blew ItBloomberg Businessweek

Last December, hackers broke into Target’s database and made off millions’ of customers data, including credit card numbers. “The biggest retail hack in U.S. history wasn’t particularly inventive, nor did it appear destined for success.” Read it at Bloomberg Businessweek.

8. Gold in the MudSB Nation

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Brin-Jonathan Butler and Kurt Emhoff bring the story of James Scott, who despite being behind bars, had a shot at boxing glory. “No matter what Scott’s ranking was in the world of boxing, he was still inmate No. 57735.” Read it at SB Nation.

9. Matthew Power (1974 – 2014)

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The very talented, brave and prolific writer passed away this week while on assignment in Uganda. Read tributes to his life and work, and collections of his stories, at Men’s Journal, GQ, Harper’s.

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