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Our 9 Favorite Feature Stories This Week: Heaven's Gate, Donuts, And A Girl Who Never Grew Up

This week for BuzzFeed Features, Katie J.M. Baker tells the strange story of a Texas woman who for 20 years tricked families, employers and high schools into thinking she was a helpless teenager. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.

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1. Forever Young — BuzzFeed

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Charity Johnson, a 34-year-old woman from Texas, didn’t want to steal money or hurt anyone. So why did she trick people all over the country into believing she was still in high school? Read it at BuzzFeed.

2. Whoever Saves a LifeMatter

Photographs by Sebastiano Tomada

Matthieu Aikins spends a brutal seven days with Syria's intrepid first responders. "There wasn’t even water to wash the blood from their hands. The bathroom had been destroyed in the blast the night before." Read it at Matter.


5. The Secret World of the Dunkin Donuts Franchise KingsThe Boston Globe Magazine

Photograph by Ken Richardson for The Boston Globe

The New England chain has slowly spread down the East Coast and across North America. And as it spreads, Neil Swidey has the story of one family quickly getting rich off coffee and donuts. Read it at The Boston Globe Magazine.

8. Baby's First Photo — BuzzFeed


Ruth Graham unpacks the booming ultrasound photo industry: "Some expectant parents visit spa-like 'keepsake ultrasound studios' several times over the course of their pregnancy, to capture images at various stages." Read it at BuzzFeed.