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9 Feature Stories You Can't Miss This Week: Faeries, Fighters, And 'Friday'

This week for BuzzFeed News, Reggie Ugwu kicks it in the front seat with Rebecca Black. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed News and around the web.

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1. The Unbreakable Rebecca Black — BuzzFeed News

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Four years ago, she introduced the world to the most hated (and maddeningly unforgettable) song in a generation, was passed over by the music industry, and turned into a punchline — all before she was old enough for a learner’s permit. Now 18, Rebecca Black is too famous to be normal and too normal to be famous. So what does she have to smile about? Read it at BuzzFeed News.

2. Born in Between — BuzzFeed News

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Azeen Ghorayshi tells the story of M.C., a 10-year-old boy who was born with ambiguous genitalia, a rare condition that doctors addressed with surgery. Now, in a landmark lawsuit, M.C.’s parents are challenging the medical mainstream by asking: Why does a surgeon decide what sex a child should be? Read it at BuzzFeed News.

3. Learning to Speak LingerieThe New Yorker

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Peter Hessler explores the burgeoning industries — most peculiarly, that of intimate apparel — run by Chinese merchants in Egypt. "Without a clear strategy, China has turned to a basic instinct...When in doubt, build factories." Read it at The New Yorker.

4. Living in the Disneyland Version of Startup Life — BuzzFeed News

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Nitasha Tiku explains how the Silicon Valley phenomenon of co-living is the logical next step in the race to monetize the "wantrepreneur" lifestyle. "It’s a simple and intoxicating proposition...When acting in service of a Big Idea, your time is too valuable to waste." Read it at BuzzFeed News.

5. Should Prison Sentences Be Based on Crimes That Haven't Been Committed Yet?FiveThirtyEight / The Marshall Project

Illustration by Wesley Allsbrook

For decades, risk assessments have been used in the criminal justice system to determine an inmate's bail or whether they'll be eligible for parole, based on factors such as their age, employment history, and prior criminal record. Now, Anna Maria Barry-Jester, Ben Casselman and Dana Goldstein discover how the assessments may eventually be used for something much more controversial: To decide a person's sentence. Read it at FiveThirtyEight or The Marshall Project.

6. Out of the WoodsThe New York Times Magazine

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At a time when nonconforming identities are being more and more accepted in the mainstream, Alex Halberstadt visits a longstanding L.G.B.T.Q. faeri commune tucked away in rural Tennessee. "What does a sanctuary signify once people are free to leave it?" Read it at The New York Times Magazine.

7. The Bad Boys of Indian YouTube — BuzzFeed News

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YouTube is exploding in India right now, and four comedians from Mumbai who go by the name "All India Bakchod" are leading the pack. But after causing a national scandal by organizing India’s first comedy roast, Ryan Broderick finds that the group is discovering their country might not be quite ready to laugh at itself yet. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

8. Why a Former Boy-Bander Is Bankrolling This Hated Pot Legalization Proposal — BuzzFeed News

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This fall, a potential marijuana legalization initiative in Ohio would give control of all commercial pot farms to the group of investors who are bankrolling the campaign, including former 98 Degrees heartthrob Nick Lachey. Amanda Chicago Lewis finds out why the plan, which many call a monopoly, has infuriated local officials and weed activists nationwide. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

9. The Bat Doctor Is InSB Nation

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Rick Paulas meets the men who are putting their necks on the line to make and sell illegally modified softball bats. Yes, really. "This is the extremely paranoid world of 'bat doctoring,' the dark and ridiculous subsection of one of our nation’s most tame neighborhood sports, where some players spend upwards of four figures and literally risk lives to hit a ball kinda far and maybe, just maybe … win a cheap plastic trophy or nearly-unwearable T-shirt at the end of the season." Read it at SB Nation.

Anita Badejo is an associate features editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Anita Badejo at anita.badejo@buzzfeed.com.

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