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Our 9 Favorite Feature Stories This Week: Flashdance’s Origins, Snowden, And The Front Lines In Ferguson

This week for BuzzFeed, Soraya Roberts tells the true story behind Flashdance — and asks whether those who inspired it deserve more. Read that and these other great stories from around BuzzFeed and the web.

1. What Hurt Feelings: The Untold Story Of The 31-Year Battle Over “Flashdance” — BuzzFeed

Since 1983, a photographer and two dancers have been quietly fighting to get credit for the blockbuster they say they directly inspired. Now they’re getting louder. Read it at BuzzFeed.

2. You’re 16. You’re a Pedophile. So What Do You Do Now?Matter

Illustration by Simon Prades for Matter

A haunting and important story by Luke Malone that confronts an uncomfortable reality: pedophiles, especially young ones, are given no resources, no help. Could that change? Read it at Matter.

3. The Most Wanted Man in the WorldWired

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In an unprecedented profile, James Bamford spends three days with Snowden in a Moscow hotel room: “But in all my work, I’ve never run across anyone quite like Snowden. He is a uniquely postmodern breed of whistle-blower.” Read it at Wired.

4. The Rise of Beefcake Yoga — The New York Times Magazine

Amy Lombard for The New York Times

Yoga and professional wrestling weren’t the likeliest combination — until wrestling legend Diamond Dallas Page got involved: “From 2001 to 2011, more than 2,000 trademark applications containing the word ‘yoga’ were filed, including ones for Metal Yoga, Broga and Hillbilly Yoga. But Page’s yoga was unique in its W.W.E.-like blend of manliness and goofiness. ” Read it at the New York Times Magazine.

5. The Civil Rights Movement Is Going In Reverse In Alabama — The New Republic

AP Photo/Dave Martin

Jason Zengerle travels to Alabama to profile state senator Hank Sanders and the rapid changes happening to that state’s legislature: “In recent years, however, the trajectory of Sanders’s story has been abruptly—and just as inexorably—reversed. In 2010, Republicans took over the Alabama Senate and Sanders lost his chairmanship; in the four years since, he’s watched as the new GOP majority has systematically dismantled much of his life’s work.” Read it at the New Republic.

6. How A Small-Time Handicapper Concocted A Wild MLB Game-Fixing TaleThe Center For Investigative Reporting

David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald / MCT

In 2012, Major League Baseball investigators started hearing rumors that Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke was conspiring to fix baseball games. But the truth was far more complicated than that. Read it at The Center For Investigative Reporting.

7. We Don’t Need No EducationOutside

Penny Hewitt for Outside

What happens when two boys grow up with no formal schooling whatsoever — not even homeschooling? Ben Hewitt and his wife, Penny, are finding out firsthand. Read it at Outside.

8. The Front Lines of FergusonGrantland

The death of Michael Brown and 48 hours at the center of an American crisis in Ferguson, Missouri. Read it at Grantland.

9. How Wiz Khalifa Became Rap’s Most Unlikely Inspirational Figure — BuzzFeed

David Camerena

Between stoner cackles, Wiz Khalifa has become one of this generation’s most influential rappers. Eight years into his career, can he maintain that success? Read it at BuzzFeed

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