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Our 9 Favorite Feature Stories This Week: A Leprechaun, Jerry Jones, And Rowdy Retirees

This week for BuzzReads, Alex French spends a week at one of the fastest growing cities in America: an 100,000 person retirement community in Florida called The Villages. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.

1. Seven Days And Nights In The World’s Largest, Rowdiest Retirement Community — BuzzFeed

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Boasting 100,000 residents over the age of 55, The Villages may be the fastest growing city in America. It’s a notorious boomtown for boomers who want to spend their golden years with access to 11 a.m. happy hours, thousands of activities, and no-strings-attached sex, all lorded over by one elusive billionaire. Read it at BuzzFeed.

2. The Right Thing to Do vs. The State of FloridaSB Nation

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Thirteen years ago, 18-year-old Devaughn Darling died after a workout in a hot Florida State University gym. Michael Kruse asks why the school has refused to pay the $1.8 million courts say his family is owed. Read it at SB Nation.

3. The Rise of the Post-Clinic AbortionNew York Times Magazine

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Emily Bazelon profiles an activist named Rebecca Gomperts who is fighting to deliver abortion pills to women in countries where it is illegal. The crisis she’s combating is real and largely unreported: “The World Health Organization estimated in 2008 that 21.6 million unsafe abortions took place that year worldwide, leading to about 47,000 deaths.” Read it at the New York Times Magazine.

4. Eighty Years of Fergusons — BuzzFeed

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The story of violent black protest in the U.S. is an old one, Adam Serwer writes — it’s self-destructive but it sometimes gets results. Read it at BuzzFeed.

5. Jerry FootballESPN The Magazine

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Don Van Natta Jr. on Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones: “After the 2010 death of New York Yankees boss George Steinbrenner, Jones assumed the mantle of America’s mercurial team owner, hell-bent on doing it his way and constrained only by a salary cap.” Read it at ESPN The Magazine.

6. The GlueGrantland

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Phil Hartman is one of the most beloved actors in Saturday Night Live history. Bryan Curtis takes a look at his life and legacy as revealed by an upcoming biography. Read it at Grantland.

7. Schlocky CharmsEntertainment Weekly

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Clark Collis traces the unlikely story of how Leprechuan spawned five sequels, a new reboot, and launched Jennifer Aniston’s career. Read it at Entertainment Weekly.

8. I Grew Up in a John Hughes Movie — BuzzFeed

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Five years after the beloved — and perhaps underrated — teen-movie maestro’s death, a look by Jason Diamond at what it was like to come of age in the suburbs that inspired his fictional Shermer, Ill., but never quite seeing yourself on the screen. Read it at BuzzFeed.

9. Notes On An Eating Disorder — BuzzFeed

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Larissa Pham with a beautiful, powerful essay: “I still tell my friends I am in recovery so they will hold me accountable.” Read it at BuzzFeed.

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