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This week for BuzzFeed News, Meredith Talusan explores the complex aftermath of of a transgender sex worker's death in the Philippines. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.

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1. The Aftermath of a U.S. Marine's Conviction in the Death of a Philippine Trans Woman — BuzzFeed News

Meredith Talusan / BuzzFeed News

Trans sex workers in Olongapo, Philippines still don’t disclose their trans status to clients, even though a U.S. Marine was recently convicted of killing a Filipina sex worker upon discovering she was trans. Since the conviction, locals are eager to reestablish normal relations with U.S. troops. But, Meredith Talusan asks, will sex workers remain vulnerable? Read it at BuzzFeed News.

2. Raped by a Cop, Then Forced to Relive It — BuzzFeed News

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After she was raped by a sheriff's deputy, Lindsay F. sued the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. Yet, as Katie J.M. Baker reveals, the department did everything it could to evade responsibility — even after Lindsay's attacker was convicted. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

3. What Kind of Man Would Drop His Daughter off a Bridge?Tampa Bay Times

Photograph by Cherie Diez for The Tampa Bay Times

One year ago, John Nicholas Jonchuck, Jr. intentionally dropped his daughter, Phoebe, off a bridge and sent shockwaves through the Tampa community. Now, Lane DeGregory uncovers the devastating, systemic failures that led to his unthinkable act. Read it at The Tampa Bay Times.

4. The Wall DancerThe New Yorker

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Ashima Shiraishi is 14-years-old. She is also likely the most talented rock climber in the world. Nick Paumgarten chronicles her ascent to the top. "Ashima is stronger than, let’s say, all but twenty dudes in the world." Read it at The New Yorker.


5. The New and Improved Eva Longoria — BuzzFeed News

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A decade after Desperate Housewives put her on the map, Eva Longoria tells Jarett Wieselman about her new TV show, renewed mission in life, and her wisdom to know how they can work in tandem. "I always want to be the smartest and the best person at whatever I’m doing." Read it at BuzzFeed News.

6. A Father, a Dying Son, and the Quest to Make the Most Profound Videogame EverWired

Photograph by Elinor Carucci for Wired

Jason Tanz follows Ryan Green's heartbreaking journey to create a video game about his young son's battle with cancer. "He’s trying to create a game in which meaning is ambiguous and accomplishments are fleeting. He is making a game that is as broken—as confounding, unresolved, and tragically beautiful—as the world itself." Read it at Wired.

7. No Accident: Inside GM's Deadly Ignition Switch ScandalAtlanta Magazine

Photograph by Josh Meister for Atlanta Magazine

Max Blau details how the persistence of one Atlanta attorney exposed widespread flaws in millions of General Motors vehicles, prompting one of the largest scandals in the company's history. “At some point in time, GM’s conduct became reckless, and then it almost became intentional because they weren’t doing anything about what they knew." Read it at Atlanta Magazine.

8. How the Daily Fantasy Sports Industry Turns Fans Into SuckersThe New York Times Magazine

Illustration by Other Means. Hoop and basketball: Getty Images.

Jay Caspian Kang set out to document the chummy culture of daily fantasy sports sites. Instead, he found a duplicitous ecosystem in which the winners are few and far between. "The idea that these sites exist so that regular guys can make a lot of money playing daily fantasy sports is a lie." Read it at The New York Times Magazine.

9. The Rise, Fall, and Almost Rise of the Caviar of Canteloupe — BuzzFeed News

Illustration by Lisel Jane Ashlock for BuzzFeed News.

During the early 20th century, the Montreal melon was a culinary delicacy and an agricultural moneymaker. But as industrial farming took hold, the hard-to-grow fruit went the way of the dodo bird. Tori Marlan discovers what one farmer’s attempt to revive it says about taste and technology. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

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

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