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Our 9 Favorite Feature Stories This Week: A Fallen Reformer And Bandit Brothers

In the latest BuzzFeed feature story, Chris Faraone spends a season with the Boston Bandits, the semi-pro football team that Odin Lloyd — allegedly slain by Aaron Hernandez — played for. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.

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1. Bandit Brothers — BuzzFeed News

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The Boston Bandits were unknown in their own sports-crazed city until one of their players was allegedly murdered by ex-Patriots star Aaron Hernandez. Ever since, Odin Lloyd’s teammates have been using this tragedy — the team’s fourth death in the past few years — as motivation to band together and win a ring in his memory, all while shining a light on a gritty, pay-to-play semi-pro league that has existed for decades on the outer fringes of organized sports. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

2. How Miriam Carey's U-Turn at the White House Led To Her DeathThe Washington Post

Photograph by Linda Davidson for the Washington Post

On Oct. 3, 2013, a single mother than Miriam Carey led authorities on a brief car chase from the White House to the Capitol, where she was fatally shot by police — and her 13 month old daughter, in the backseat, survived. Was she mentally ill? Or simply scared? David Montgomery investigates. Read it at the Washington Post.

4. In Conversation with Chris RockNew York

Photograph by Martin Schoeller for New York

An illuminating, provocative interview between the comedian and Frank Rich: "It’s a weird year for comedy. We lost Robin, we lost Joan, and we kind of lost Cosby." Read it at New York.

5. Everything MattersDenver Post

Photograph by AAron Ontiveroz and Hyoung Chang for the Denver Post

Colorado's Adams City High School entered this season with a 58-game losing streak. But an unlikely bunch of players and a first-year coach snapped that streak — and defied the odds. Nick Kosmider and Benjamin Hochman spent the season inside one team's surprising turnaround. Read it at the Denver Post.

6. Austin Thinks It Can Save Poor Kids By Separating Boys And Girls — BuzzFeed News

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Single-sex schooling isn’t better for kids, according to major studies and critics who say the practice enforces hurtful stereotypes. Katie J.M. Baker asks: why are administrators so attached to the idea? Read it at BuzzFeed News.

7. The WanderersToronto Star

Photograph by Richard Lautens for the Toronto Star

Amy Dempsey reports on a quiet crisis: "Wandering is an unsuitably whimsical word for what has been described as the most high-risk behavior associated with dementia. Clinicians and researchers have expressed a desire to abandon the term and call it what it is: getting lost. Though the majority of wanderers are found alive, the danger they face is serious." Read it at the Toronto Star.

8. My Great-Great Aunt Discovered Francium. And It Killed Her.New York Times Magazine

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Veronique Greenwood on a tragedy her family remembers — but most have forgotten: "Like her mentor, she had discovered an element, which she named francium, in honor of her country. But the story of Marguerite Perey — which I have known in some detail since childhood, because she was my great-great-aunt — ends very differently." Read it at the New York Times Magazine.

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