UC Berkeley Was Warned About Its Star Professor Years Before Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
Documents obtained by BuzzFeed News show that multiple students complained to the University of California, Berkeley, about professor John R. Searle — years before he was accused of sexually harassing a former student and employee in a March 2017 lawsuit.
Smoking Pot Can Get You Kicked Off Transplant Lists — Even In States Where It’s Legal
More than half the states in the country have legalized medical marijuana, but some hospitals still bar users from life-saving organ transplants. The policy delayed the late Riley Hancey's lung transplant for months.
Racist Vandalism In Oregon Is Pulling Residents Into A Free Speech Fight
Oregon's constitution banned black residents until 1926. A century later, swastikas and other racist vandalism are on the rise statewide, but police are struggling with a surprisingly complicated question: What makes a hate crime?
The Ballerina Who Accused Her Instructor Of Sexual Assault
After going public with allegations against her instructor, ballerina Lissa Curtis was unwittingly —and uncomfortably — thrust into the role of a spokesperson for sexual assault survivors. What her struggles offstage reveal about coming forward in 2016.
How “Star Trek” Created, Lost, And Won Back Pop Culture’s Most Devoted Fandom
As science fiction's most venerable franchise marks its 50th anniversary with a new movie and its first new TV series in over a decade, the chance to unify and mobilize its famously devoted — and demanding — fanbase may be the true final frontier.
Meet The Matriarch Of The Arm-Everyone Movement
Best known for her support of an Oregon militia's armed standoff against the federal government, Michele Fiore is now trying to become part of that government. Even if she loses her bid for Congress, this literal calendar girl for the guns-for-everyone movement is the face of a political fringe that is slowly pushing itself towards the mainstream.
The True Story Of The Fake Zombies, The Strangest Con In Rock History
In 1969, the Zombies had a huge hit single, despite having broken up two years earlier. To meet the unexpected demand, one promoter did the only sensible thing: hire four kids from Texas to tour America pretending to be a defunct British psych-rock band.
Deonte Hoard Was The 53rd Of 489 Homicide Victims In Chicago Last Year
Shot and killed just shy of his 18th birthday, he was one of 489 homicide victims in Chicago last year. How this happened — and how it keeps happening — is both one person's story and the story of how a community has been forced to adjust to murder as an everyday fact of life.
Lights! Camera! Suction! How A Plastic Surgeon Became A Snapchat Sensation
After almost a decade chasing fame, plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer has struck gold Snapchatting boob jobs and butt lifts as Dr. Miami. But can this Orthodox Jewish father of five take his gimmick mainstream and still preserve his identity?
The Hunt For Poland's Buried Nazi Gold Trains
Last summer, explorers in Poland claimed to have discovered tunnels built for trains carrying plundered Nazi gold, only to be debunked a few months later. But for the true believers who've been hunting for this treasure for decades, this merely proved what they've thought all along: Inside these mountains are secrets and stories that some would rather stay buried.
Why Call Centers Might Be The Most Radical Workplaces In The Philippines
You may not realize it, but the person on the other side of your customer service phone call might be transgender. On calls, Filipino workers can safely adopt women's voices, names, and clothing, all while earning a decent wage. But their success at work doesn't protect them from the discrimination they face outside of it.
Is Empty Nose Syndrome Real? And If Not, Why Are People Killing Themselves Over It?
This medical mystery — a byproduct of common nasal surgery — has stumped many doctors and scientists, some of whom suspect the suffocating condition may just be imaginary. But that isn't making the people who feel suicidal over its horrific symptoms feel any better.
How The Rest Of The World Caught Up To Tegan And Sara
In 2016, the mainstream looks and sounds like this boundary-pushing Canadian sister act. Now that the former outsiders have survived misogynist critics, a fickle industry, and each other, the stars are aligned for them to become two of the biggest names in pop.
An Escort Killed Her Client In Self-Defense — Then Came The Aftermath
Last summer, Neal Falls tried to murder Heather Saul — and police suspect she wasn’t the first escort he targeted. After killing him in self-defense, she was hailed as a vigilante hero, flooded with support, and turned into a symbol of the perils of sex work, but she wasn't ready for any of it.
How A Forgotten 1903 Killing Spree Became America's First Modern Mass Shooting
On August 13, 1903, Gilbert Twigg opened fire during a concert in Winfield, Kansas, killing nine and injuring dozens. There was no motive, and no one had ever seen anything like it before, or for decades after. Yet it's the archetype for the kind of tragedy we see so frequently now.
Who Owns Chinatown? One Immigrant Family’s Gentrification Fight
Boston’s Chinatown has been a safe haven for Chinese immigrants for generations, but it's being uprooted by urban development — like so many other close-knit neighborhoods across the country. BuzzFeed News follows one Chinese-American family's struggle to hang on to their home.
How A Remote Idaho School Defends Itself
During the winter, it can take 45 minutes for police to arrive at Garden Valley High School — one of several reasons the district trains teachers to use rifles stored around the school. To some outsiders, it’s foolish. But to the residents of Garden Valley, it’s a solution that matches the challenges that distinguish their home.
2/26: How Two Llamas And A Dress Gave Us The Internet's Greatest Day
From two llamas escaping an Arizona retirement community to fashion's most notorious optical illusion, February 26, 2015, was the day that everyone — everyone — came together online to cheer, then argue. One year later, the people who accidentally created a phenomenon remember the internet's perfect storm and what it wrought.