1. Who Killed Lois Duncan’s Daughter? — BuzzFeed
Lois Arquette penned successful teen thrillers like I Know What You Did Last Summer under the name Lois Duncan until 1989, when her daughter was murdered. What followed was a twisted tale, with a potential police cover-up, a seedy criminal network, uncanny coincidences, and psychics — and a mother still trying to find answers. Read it at BuzzFeed.
2. Everybody Wants a Piece of Pelé — Sports Illustrated
Even decades after his retirement from the game, Pelé is still one of the biggest names in soccer. “But the coming of the world’s two biggest sporting events also provides a once-in-a-lifetime chance for Brazilians to profit,” S.L. Price writes, “and Pelé and his team intend to make the most of it. Read it at Sports Illustrated.
3. The Other Side of Deportation — Washington Post
A moving story by Eli Saslow about a Kansas woman counting down the minutes until her husband — who overstayed a visa years before — is forced to leave the United States. Read it at the Washington Post.
4. The Birdman’s Vengeful Ghost — Newsweek
Chris “Birdman” Andersen is one of the most eccentric players in the NBA. But then he got caught in an internet scam — a complex form of catfishing — and found his name in the news for all the wrong reasons. Read it at Newsweek.
5. 50 Cent Is My Life Coach — GQ
Zach Baron spends a month getting advice from the rapper and businessman, whose recommendations include vision boarding. Read it at GQ.
6. Angelina Jolie’s Perfect Game — BuzzFeed
Angelina Jolie has the best publicity game in Hollywood. Anne Helen Petersen on how she does it. Read it at BuzzFeed.
7. Can Andrew Sullivan Re-Conquer Washington? — Washingtonian
Andrew Sullivan’s the Dish is midway through its second year as an independent site. Sophie Gilbert writes: “What the Dish hasn’t done is drive the conversation, as Washingtonians like to say, the way it used to.” So what’s next for the pioneering blogger? Read it at Washingtonian.
8. For Hire: Dedicated Young Man with Down Syndrome — Al Jazeera America
Michael Bérubé reflects on his 21-year-old son’s chances of ever being employed in this thoughtful essay. Read it at Al Jazeera America.