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9 Feature Stories We’re Reading This Week: Inside Frats And Wall Street, And The Fall Of Intrade

This week for BuzzReads, Andrew Rice examines the rise and demise of a website that allowed you to gamble on current events. Read that and these other great stories from around BuzzFeed and the web.

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1. The Fall Of Intrade And The Business Of Betting On Real Life — BuzzReads

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There’s always been a thin line between investing and gambling, and one firm turned the concept into a multimillion-dollar industry until the government shut it down. How does Intrade’s fate predict the future of how we process the world? Read it at BuzzReads.

2. Sexual Assault At God's HarvardThe New Republic

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Patrick Henry College's evangelical background gave it a reputation as a safe place for students. But some women on campus say the school was anything but. Kiera Feldman went to Purcellville, Va., to find answers. Read it at The New Republic.

4. The Dark Power of FraternitiesThe Atlantic

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Caitlin Flanagan spent a year studying American fraternities and the assaults, injuries, deaths — lawsuits — that plague them. How do they remain? "Indeed, in many substantive ways, fraternities are now mightier than the colleges and universities that host them." Read it at The Atlantic.


6. Think You Could Be A Professional Gambler? Here’s What It’s Actually Like — BuzzFeed

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On the day of the Super Bowl, Bill Krackomberger spent a lot of time driving around, a lot of time looking at his phone, and a lot of time thinking about bets gone wrong. Matthew Chaprales writes about how being a gambler in Vegas isn't all it's cracked up to be. Read it at BuzzFeed.

8. Inside The Final Days Of "The Best Show" On WFMU — A.V. Club

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Matthew Callan goes behind the scenes as the cult radio show ends: "When Tom Scharpling announced The Best Show would air its last episode on December 17, 2013, seven shows remained, 21 hours of radio time. This was a drop in the bucket compared to the 1,700-plus he’d already logged on the air. It was work that left little time to ponder the future." Read it at the A.V. Club.

9. This Old Man: Life In The NinetiesThe New Yorker

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A beautifully written, moving meditation by Roger Angell on aging, mortality, and love. "I know how lucky I am, and secretly tap wood, greet the day, and grab a sneaky pleasure from my survival at long odds." Read it at The New Yorker.