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Our 9 Favorite Feature Stories This Week: Miracle Cures, The Ebola Epidemic, And Tales From The Garbageman

This week for BuzzFeed News, Keegan Hamilton introduces the researchers who are coming close to discovering a cure for cocaine addiction. Read that and these other stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.

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4. The Kitchen NetworkNew Yorker

Photograph by Annie Ling for the New Yorker

Lauren Hilgers profiles a 29-year-old Chinese man who, like so many others, toils in the back of American Chinese restaurants. "The restaurants, connected by Chinese-run bus companies to New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, make up an underground network — supported by employment agencies, immigrant hostels, and expensive asylum lawyers — that reaches back to villages and cities in China, which are being abandoned for an ideal of American life that is not quite real." Read it at the New Yorker.


5. Last Breath — BuzzFeed News

Courtesy of the Day Family, F. Brian Ferguson/Center for Public Integrity

When a coal miner’s lungs finally gave out, his autopsy proved a top doctor was wrong — giving hope to thousands of other miners. Chris Hamby tells the story of Steve Day and his final vindication. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

6. When the Snows FailNational Geographic

Photograph by Peter Essick for National Geographic

Michelle Nijhuis on California's drought: "The story of water in the American West hasn’t changed: It’s still a tale of ambition and optimism, both in dangerous amounts. But the California drought, and the droughts to come, could force the start of a new chapter." Read it at National Geographic.

8. Tales of the TrashNew Yorker

Photograph by Rena Effendi / Institute / Via

Peter Hessler brings contemporary Cairo to life through this fascinating look at the life of his garbageman: "Since we moved into the apartment, the country has cycled through three constitutions, three Presidents, four Prime Ministers, and more than seven hundred members of parliament. But there hasn’t been a single day when the trash wasn’t cleared outside my kitchen door." Read it at the New Yorker.

9. On Deciding What CountsThe Toast

In the wake of two recent accusations of sexual misconduct by writers in the alt lit scene, a writer named Elizabeth Ellen wrote an "Open Letter to the Internet." This is Mallory Ortberg's pointed and extremely smart response to Ellen's beliefs about active versus passive consent. Read it at The Toast.