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This week for BuzzFeed News, Elena Carter unravels the mysterious case of the Omaha Two. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.

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1. Are These Former Black Panthers Murderers or Martyrs? — BuzzFeed News

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In 1971, Omaha Black Panther leaders Edward Poindexter and Mondo we Langa were sentenced to life in prison for a bombing that killed a local police officer. In the 45 years since, they’ve been fighting for a quieter type of liberation — their own. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

2. The Biggest Name in Women's Shoes Is Steve — BuzzFeed News

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Doree Shafrir goes inside the Long Island factory of Steve Madden, whose shoes made over $1 billion last year and are in the closet of practically every woman under 30 in America. He may not be an artiste, but that doesn’t bother him — most of the time. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

3. The Rise and Fall of Warren JeffsRolling Stone

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Jesse Hyde chronicles the FLDS leader's disturbing ascent in Short Creek, a remote polygamist enclave that straddles the Arizona and Utah border. Why hasn't his subsequent fall from grace also been a fall from power? Read it at Rolling Stone.


4. Libya Is Isis's Latest Battleground — BuzzFeed News

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Five years after the uprising that led to the downfall of Qaddafi, Libya is a failed state, torn apart by rival militias. ISIS is growing stronger by the day, and poorly armed makeshift militias are all that stand in its way. Borzou Daragahi reports from the front line against ISIS. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

5. The Truth About Women and

Providing a sweeping view of the complexities and controversies of female gun ownership, this multimedia package includes new statistics, essays from Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, and Roxane Gay, testimonies from women who've lost loved ones in mass shootings, and more. Read it at

6. Chirlane McCray and the Limits of First-LadyshipThe New York Times Magazine

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Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah examines the first lady of NYC as a symbol of black progress — and of promises still to be realized. "To to be a black first lady is to highlight how little room there has been for women of color to thrive in the political realm, not to mention in real life." Read it at The New York Times Magazine.

7. These Are the Queer Refugees Australia Has Locked up on a Remote Pacific Island — BuzzFeed News

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J. Lester Feder and Soudeh Rad speak with a 28-year-old who fled Iran following his family's efforts to kill him. He hoped Australia would protect him. Instead, the country sent him to a place that feels just as dangerous. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

8. Justin Bieber Would Like to Reintroduce HimselfGQ

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How did we go from loving to hate the 21-year-old pop star to just loving him? Caity Weaver spends two dynamic days trying to figure it out. “Everyone, when they start growing up, realizes, ‘Man, I did some dumb shit when I was younger.’ It’s not just me." Read it at GQ.

From our archives: The Brief Life and Tragic Death of Akai Gurley

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This week, New York cop Peter Liang was convicted for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in a public housing stairwell. On the eve of the trial, Akai Gurley’s family and friends told Alex Ronan the definitive story of the man they lost. 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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