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Catfished by Jacob Wohl: How a Texas oil heiress got scammed — and then seduced — by Twitter’s most inept Trump-loving troll. (by Lexi Pandell)

American Ballplayers Are Flooding the Mexican League: A recent rule change allows American-born players to go pro in Mexico—and they’re fielding a familiar backlash. (by Joseph Bien-Kahn)

Amy McGrath Staked Her Political Career on Beating Mitch McConnell. But Will She Even Get a Chance? The former fighter pilot was the favorite in Kentucky’s Democratic primary. But some feel her solidarity politics aren’t what we need now. (by Lexi Pandell)

Is It Possible to Cure the Desire for Revenge? One researcher is trying to end gun violence by flipping the script on vengeance killings (by Erin Schumaker)

The Trump 45: Meet 45 people whose lives changed, for better or worse — mostly for worse — since Donald Trump became President of the United States. (package)

Julián Castro Opens Up About His Failure to Launch: The Dems’ most progressive candidate spoke to GEN about his struggling campaign. (by David Perry)

This is Your Brain on Coronavirus Dreams: Vivid dreaming is on the rise as stressed-out brains encounter a mix of sleep, uncertainty, and survival. (by Joseph Frankel)

Inside the Philly DA’s Fight to Free the Wrongfully Convicted: Larry Krasner’s Conviction Integrity Unit, which acts as the city’s in-house Innocence Project, is trying to fix sentencing errors past. (by Maura Ewing)


Pacific Standard

Inside Ryan Zinke’s Department of Industry Influence: New documents reveal just how much the Department of the Interior favored industry over conservation. (by Jimmy Tobias)

Inside North America’s Only Legal Safe Injection Facility: Cities across the United States are considering opening supervised injection facilities, where addicts can shoot up under the watchful eye of nurses. (by Francie Diep)

Letters to Prison: In 1989 in Fairbanks, Alaska, Byran Perotti killed Johnny Jackson in cold blood. The community’s silence around the murder compounded the shock of the crime itself. (by Elisabeth Fairfield Stokes)

How Ken Layne Created a Publishing Oasis in a Desert Town of 8,000 People: Layne’s quarterly magazine, Desert Oracle, tries to give readers a sense of the profound solitude—and weirdness—of the Mojave Desert. (by Max Genecov)

The Shocking Legacy of America’s Worst Modern-Day Lynching: Twenty years after the brutal, racially motivated murder of James Byrd Jr. in Jasper, Texas, some residents are trying to scrub the crime—and the bigotry behind it—from the town’s history. (by John Savage)

Cruising Through the End of the World: What does an evolving tourism industry mean for the people of the Northwest Passage? (by Eva Holland)

California’s Looming Water Pollution Problem: In California’s Central Valley, the oil industry has been dumping wastewater into unlined—and under-regulated—ponds, threatening the state’s limited groundwater and the humans who rely on it. (by Kate Wheeling)

Hailu Mergia’s Great Re-Appearing Act: Hailu Mergia, once among the most beloved musicians in Ethiopia, spent the past two decades working as a cab driver in Washington, D.C. But he never stopped playing, and he’s back at it again with a new album. (by Jack Denton)