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Our 9 Favorite Feature Stories This Week: Flashdance's Origins, Snowden, And The Front Lines In Ferguson

This week for BuzzFeed, Soraya Roberts tells the true story behind Flashdance — and asks whether those who inspired it deserve more. Read that and these other great stories from around BuzzFeed and the web.

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3. The Most Wanted Man in the WorldWired


In an unprecedented profile, James Bamford spends three days with Snowden in a Moscow hotel room: "But in all my work, I've never run across anyone quite like Snowden. He is a uniquely postmodern breed of whistle-blower." Read it at Wired.


4. The Rise of Beefcake Yoga — The New York Times Magazine

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Yoga and professional wrestling weren't the likeliest combination — until wrestling legend Diamond Dallas Page got involved: "From 2001 to 2011, more than 2,000 trademark applications containing the word 'yoga' were filed, including ones for Metal Yoga, Broga and Hillbilly Yoga. But Page’s yoga was unique in its W.W.E.-like blend of manliness and goofiness. " Read it at the New York Times Magazine.

5. The Civil Rights Movement Is Going In Reverse In Alabama — The New Republic

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Jason Zengerle travels to Alabama to profile state senator Hank Sanders and the rapid changes happening to that state's legislature: "In recent years, however, the trajectory of Sanders’s story has been abruptly—and just as inexorably—reversed. In 2010, Republicans took over the Alabama Senate and Sanders lost his chairmanship; in the four years since, he’s watched as the new GOP majority has systematically dismantled much of his life’s work." Read it at the New Republic.

6. How A Small-Time Handicapper Concocted A Wild MLB Game-Fixing TaleThe Center For Investigative Reporting

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In 2012, Major League Baseball investigators started hearing rumors that Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke was conspiring to fix baseball games. But the truth was far more complicated than that. Read it at The Center For Investigative Reporting.