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This week for BuzzFeed News, Marisa Carroll meets the enthusiasts behind gloving, America's lightest and brightest new sport. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.

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1. A Hands-On Day at the Super Bowl of Gloving, America's Trippiest New Sport — BuzzFeed News

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How did dancing with LED-lined gloves become a Shark Tank-approved, multimillion-dollar industry? And where does it go from there? A day with the champs, the challengers, and the chiefs of America’s trippiest new sport. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

2. The 13 Women Who Accused a Cop of Sexual Assault, in Their Own Words — BuzzFeed News

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Jessica Testa breaks the harrowing testimonies of the alleged victims of Daniel Holtzclaw, the Oklahoma City cop who was recently convicted for multiple counts of raping and assaulting women in the low-income neighborhood he patrolled. "Who are they going to believe? It’s my word against his because I’m a woman and, you know, like I said, he’s a police officer." Read it at BuzzFeed News.

3. A Survivor's LifeThe Washington Post

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Eli Saslow discovers how, for the youngest survivor of October's shooting at a community college in Oregon, life remains at a standstill long after everyone else has moved on. "The fact was it felt good to be angry, to yell and curse, because if she wasn’t angry then she was mostly afraid." Read it at The Washington Post.

4. The "Witch Hunt" Barring Same-Sex Families From Adopting Children in Kansas — BuzzFeed News

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David Mack tells the devastating story of how a lesbian couple in Kansas lost their foster daughter due to alleged discrimination, only to find that she was placed in an allegedly abusive home with 14 other children. “Every step of the way it defied logic.” Read it at BuzzFeed News.

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5. The CEO Paying Everyone $70,000 Salaries Has Something to HideBloomberg Businessweek

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Dan Price became one of the year's most feel-good stories when he pledged to pay all of his employees $70,000. But, as Karen Weise reveals, a troubling history belies his seemingly selfless gesture. "He's become the only credit card processing executive to be feted by Esquire, courted by literary agents, and swooned at by women on social media who declared him 'yum.' But how it all happened is a little more complicated." Read it at Bloomberg Businessweek.

6. There Will Be BloodMinnPost

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The crew of Scene Clean Inc., a Minnesota biohazard cleaning company, deals with everything from human remains to severe hoarding. Andy Mannix learns how they cope with the gruesome nature of their work. “All it is is ketchup on the floor, with maybe some macaroni.” Read it at MinnPost.

7. What I Learned About Friendship on Pro-Anorexia Sites — BuzzFeed Ideas

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Maggy van Eijk revisits her teenage pro-ana LiveJournal account, and the relationships she formed through it. "Forcing small talk with an old friend is one thing. Small talk with someone who was only friends with a part of you – a part you kept hidden from everyone else – is more complicated." Read it at BuzzFeed Ideas.