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Introducing Philly Weekly's 2015 "Hipster Hunks"new

For years now, we’ve been watching with a potent mélange of curiosity, nerd-scorn and reluctant arousal as our friends at the Philadelphia Daily News have celebrated each summer by publishing their annual photo spread of the city’s so-called Sexy Singles. And so, this week, we’re embracing irony the most ironic way we can: by introducing you to Philly Weekly’s inaugural showcase of “Hipster Hunks.”
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Timaree Schmit and Stephen Segal  |  08-06-2015  |  Features

No End in Sight for California Capital Punishment Fightnew

For now, capital punishment in California resembles an M. C. Escher drawing—a Möbius strip going endlessly nowhere.
Metro Silicon Valley  |  Tom Gogola  |  08-05-2015  |  Crime & Justice

"No More! No More!"new

Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo battered his wife for 28 years. She shot him the day he turned on their son.
L.A. Weekly  |  Hillel Aron  |  07-30-2015  |  Features

Family Spokesman: Rexdale Henry's Fines Shouldn't Have Led to Deathnew

John Steele, a spokesman for the family of Rexdale Henry, who was found dead inside the Neshoba County Jail on July 14, said the family is awaiting the results of two autopsies to know more about how the 53-year-old Choctaw man died.
Jackson Free Press  |  R.L. Nave  |  07-30-2015  |  Crime & Justice

‘Hand-in-hand’: Poverty + Education Keep State in Last Placenew

Dr. Margaret Hagerman, a sociology professor at Mississippi State University, has researched how children perceive and understand wealth and inequality, and the results are insightful. The largest outcome of her study? Kids are aware that race, class and inequality exist.
Jackson Free Press  |  Arielle Dreher  |  07-30-2015  |  Poverty

Overdue Foster Care Reform Coming Soonnew

Gov. Phil Bryant has started advocating for a Children’s Cabinet to help run the state’s foster-care system since his administration was forced to act on a seven-year lawsuit.
Jackson Free Press  |  Arielle Dreher  |  07-30-2015  |  Children & Families

Full-Court Press for Mississippi Third Graders in Summer School Has Disappointing Resultsnew

Ever since Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed legislation two years ago declaring that third-graders could not be promoted without passing a test to prove they are adequate readers, parents, educators and advocates have debated the appropriateness of high stakes testing for eight and nine-year-olds.
Jackson Free Press  |  Nick Chiles and The Hechinger Report  |  07-30-2015  |  Education

About Those Racist Friendsnew

You can't help but notice the unbelievably high number of comments on social media concerning the issue of what we should do about our "friends" who are racists.
Jackson Free Press  |  Deirdre Jackson  |  07-30-2015  |  Race & Class

Club Dreadnew

The feuds, money, and violence behind D.C.'s most notorious megaclub.
Washington City Paper  |  Will Sommer  |  07-30-2015  |  Features

The Corvette Thiefnew

78-year-old Dan Ott has stolen more than 1,000 cars in his life. And left plenty of damage along the way
Cleveland Scene  |  Vince Grzegorek  |  07-30-2015  |  Features

Medical Marijuana in Louisiana: When?new

The state approves medical marijuana for some illnesses — but prescriptions are years away.
Gambit  |  Alex Woodward  |  07-27-2015  |  Drugs

Rankin Schools Paying for Religion Violationnew

Magdalene Bedi, a junior at Northwest Rankin High School in 2013, didn't subscribe to an institutional religion, but considered herself spiritual—and not an atheist.
Jackson Free Press  |  Arielle Dreher  |  07-24-2015  |  Education

The Walls Come Tumbling Downnew

When marriage equality became the law of the land the morning of June 26, I kissed my husband and went right back to work.
Jackson Free Press  |  Eddie Outlaw  |  07-24-2015  |  LGBT

Bad Nudes Bared: Lupin Lodge’s Idyllic Clothing-Free Lifestyle Unravels in Alarming Fashionnew

Natural disasters. Kinky sex. Meth abuse. Worker exploitation. A dead motorcyclist. A con man. Can it get any worse for the once idyllic Lupin Lodge?
Metro Silicon Valley  |  Jennifer Wadsworth  |  07-24-2015  |  Features

Will Prison Reform Make Bail Bond Agents Obsolete?new

Vermont's bail bond agents are eager to talk about their trade — and the threats it faces. Their challenges signal major changes brewing in the correctional system.
Seven Days  |  Alicia Freese  |  07-23-2015  |  Policy Issues

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