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Our 9 Favorite Feature Stories This Week: Paula Deen, The Zimmermans, And A Miscarriage Of Justice

This week for BuzzFeed, Alex Campbell investigates laws that imprison battered women whose partners have killed their children. Read that and these other stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.

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1. How The Law Turns Battered Women Into Criminals — BuzzFeed

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Arlena Lindley’s boyfriend Alonzo Turner beat her for months and murdered her child — so why was she sent to prison for 45 years? A BuzzFeed News Investigation. Read it at BuzzFeed.

2. Before the LawNew Yorker

Photograph by Zach Gross for the New Yorker

In 2010, a Bronx teenager named Kalief Browder was accused of stealing a backpack and then spent three years awaiting a trial, much of it in solitary confinement. Jennifer Gonnerman tells his story, illuminating a how easily a young man's whole life and sanity can be robbed by our broken penal system. Read it at the New Yorker.

3. Zimmerman Family ValuesGQ

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Amanda Robb finds out what it's like to be related to arguably the most loathed man in America: "They were eager for the world to see them as they see themselves: ignored, unmourned victims." Read it at GQ.


4. Prison Bankers Cash In On Captive Customers — The Center for Public Integrity

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Daniel Wagner reports on prison bankers like Jpay, which charge high fees just so families can send money to the incarcerated. The result: "Taken together, the costs imposed by JPay, phone companies, prison store operators and corrections agencies make it far more difficult for poor families to escape poverty so long as they have a loved one in the system." Read it at the Center for Public Integrity.

6. A Giant FriendshipESPN

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A fantastic and heartbreaking story by Steve Fainaru about San Francisco Giants broadcasters Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper. "In recent years, they've become as beloved in San Francisco as the crooked street and are recognized, by many, as the best local broadcasting team in baseball." Read it at ESPN.

7. The Forgotten Story Of Classic Hollywood’s First Asian-American Star — BuzzFeed

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Chinese-American actress Anna May Wong was a trailblazer despite the openly racist industry in which she worked. Anne Helen Petersen remembers Wong's story and contemplates how much things have changed in this bonus chapter from her new book, Scandals of Classic Hollywood. Read it at BuzzFeed. You can also listen to her on this week's Longform podcast!

8. The LeftoversMatter

Jamie, Paula, and Bobby Deen (Carlo Allegri / AP) / Via

Taffy Brodesser-Akner delivers a brilliant take on Paula Deen and her fallen empire. "An investment in Paula Deen conveys a deep understanding of America’s political temperature and where we’re headed: that Paula’s comeback isn’t about forgiveness —  it’s about standing her ground." Read it at Matter.

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