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9 Big Stories You Can't Miss This Week: Farming, Fist Pumps, And Forgiveness

This week for BuzzFeed News, Stephanie Lee discovers one man's quest to create the perfect apple. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.

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1. Say Hello to the Apple That Never Browns — BuzzFeed News

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On his tiny family farm, Neal Carter invented an apple he thinks can help improve global health, minimize food waste, and change the agricultural landscape forever. But will anyone actually eat it? Read it at BuzzFeed News.

2. Living and Dying on AirbnbMatter

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Zak Stone examines the circumstances that led to his father's tragic death at an Airbnb and the company's current standards of safety. "As Airbnb rises into a global hospitality behemoth — reinventing not just how we travel but how we value private space — what responsibility does the company have to those who have given it their dollars and trust?" Read it at Matter.

3. How Do You Forgive a Murder?Time

Photograph by Deana Lawson for Time

David von Drehle, Jay Newton-Small, and Maya Rhodan discover how survivors and families of this summer's church shooting in Charleston are wrestling with the question of forgiveness. "Who benefits from forgiveness—the sinner or the survivor? And why do we forgive at all? Is it a way of remembering, or of forgetting?" Read it at Time.

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4. Did The Jian Ghomeshi Allegations Teach Us Anything? — BuzzFeed News

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A year after allegations against the former Canadian radio host were made public, Scaachi Koul wonders whether the scandal has really made a difference in addressing violence against women. "Was this tipping point really a tipping point? Or is it another example of women being abused, the world paying attention momentarily, and turning its back again because some things are too hard to look directly in the eye." Read it at BuzzFeed News.

5. The Most Ambitious Effort Yet to Abolish the Death Penalty Is Already Happening — BuzzFeed News

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Derided this spring as “guerrilla warfare” by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, the death penalty abolition movement is coming out into the open. The 8th Amendment Project’s leaders tell Chris Geidner why — and how — they plan to win. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

6. The #Blessed Life of Kaskade, EDM’s Voice of Reason — BuzzFeed News

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Reggie Ugwu discovers how $500,000-a-night DJ Ryan Raddon — AKA Kaskade — became electronic dance music’s most unassailable superstar. "In an era when EDM stars can achieve levels of debauchery not seen since the ’80s, Raddon is a devout Mormon and teetotaler who says he’s never had a drink or touched a drug in his life." Read it at BuzzFeed News.

7. The Strange, True Story of How a Chairman at McKinsey Made Millions of Dollars off His MaidThe Nation

Nilita Vachani

Nilita Vachani unravels the events that led a hedge fund billionaire's maid to become the center of an elaborate money laundering and tax evasion scheme. "From roughly 2003 till 2009, hundreds of thousands of dollars were deposited each year in her name. Quite possibly, Manju Das was once the richest housemaid in the world." Read it at The Nation.

8. Are Republicans Failing Their Black College Faithful? — BuzzFeed News

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Republicans who went to black colleges are an invaluable resource to the party. But, as Darren Sands reports, College Republican National Committee rules make it extremely difficult for students at HBCUs to maintain official membership just when the GOP needs them most. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

9. Eli Horowitz Wants to Teach You How to Read — BuzzFeed News

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Anne Helen Petersen visits Eli Horowitz — once a central force behind the indie literary darling McSweeney’s — at his retreat by the Russian River. Armed with an app-based novel that aspires to be the most bonkers book ever written, can he change literary world again? Read it at BuzzFeed News.

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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