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The Most Engrossing Stories You Can't Miss This Week

This week for BuzzFeed News, Sarah Weinman uncovers an all-too-relevant piece of lost history. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.

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1. How a Forgotten 1903 Murder Spree Became America’s First Modern Mass Shooting — BuzzFeed News

Cowley County Historical Society Museum

On August 13, 1903, Gilbert Twigg opened fire during a concert in Winfield, Kansas, killing nine and injuring dozens. There was no motive, and no one had ever seen anything like it before, or for decades after. Yet it’s the archetype for the kind of tragedy we see so frequently now. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

2. What Does It Mean When a Homeless Man's Death Goes Viral? — BuzzFeed News

Flavio Melgarejo for BuzzFeed News

Erasmo Francisco de Lima saved a woman held hostage at São Paulo’s largest cathedral, only to be gunned down seconds later. Viral video of the homeless man’s death became a rallying cry for compassion — but, as Ryan Broderick questions, could internet fame provide closure for de Lima’s family or lasting change for Brazil’s urban poor? Read it at BuzzFeed News.

3. Addicts For Sale — BuzzFeed News

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Cat Ferguson reveals how, in the rehab capital of America, addicts are bought, sold, and stolen for their insurance policies, and many women are coerced into sex. “It’s really easy to get people who are vulnerable and in need of money to say yes.” Read it at BuzzFeed News.

4. ‘Shuffle Along’ and the Lost History of Black Performance in AmericaThe New York Times Magazine

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As Broadway prepares for the revival of one of the first successful all-black musicals, John Jeremiah Sullivan unpacks the complex — and uncomfortable — history that originally made it a hit. "A strange story, but this is a strange country." Read it at The New York Times Magazine.


6. Imaginary SpacesThe New Yorker

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Andrew O'Hagan delves into the psychology of the work of Es Devlin, who has designed sets for everyone from Miley Cyrus to Kanye West. "What I’m really designing are mental structures, as opposed to physical ones. Memories are solid, and that’s what I’m trying to build.” Read it at The New Yorker.

7. Rob Ford: The Honest Liar — BuzzFeed News

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Rob Ford's scandals and erratic, destructive behaviour turned Toronto inside out. Yet, as Ivor Tossell notes, he also forced the city's cognoscenti to recognize some of the people they had been overlooking. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

8. A Simple, 50-Step Guide to Your First Unimaginable Tragedy — BuzzFeed

Matt Huynh for BuzzFeed New

Ian Carlos Crawford's roommate — a friend and ex-boyfriend he'd known for 12 years — died in his sleep. A year later, he reflects on how he made it through that day one awful, essential step at a time. "You wait. You are waiting." Read it at BuzzFeed.