9 Feature Stories You Can't Miss This Week: Revenge, Rescues, And Revelations

This week for BuzzFeed News, Peter Andrey Smith dives deep into the murky rumors surrounding a murder in a tiny, Nova Scotian fishing village. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed News and around the web.

1. The Real Story Behind Canada's Murder for Lobster — BuzzFeed News

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Two years ago, in a small Nova Scotian village, a local troublemaker and lobster thief went missing, and three lobstermen eventually confessed to his vicious murder. Had this trickster finally gotten what was coming to him, or was what really happened — and what it said about its community — something much more tragic? Read it at BuzzFeed News.

2. "I'm No Longer Afraid"New York Magazine

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An astonishing and stark presentation of personal testimonies by 35 of the 46 women who've come forward publicly to accuse Bill Cosby of rape by writer Noreen Malone and photographer Amanda Demme. "The group of women Cosby allegedly assaulted functions almost as a longitudinal study — both for how an individual woman, on her own, deals with such trauma over the decades and for how the culture at large has grappled with rape over the same time period." Read it at New York Magazine.

3. How a Small-Time Drug Dealer Rescued Dozens During Katrina — BuzzFeed News

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Joel Anderson tells the story of Jabbar Gibson, a low-level drug pusher who rescued the residents of his housing complex from Hurricane Katrina when no one else would. "It ain't the police who was helping us." Read it at BuzzFeed News.

4. This Woman Gets Students Accused of Rape Back Into School — for a Price — BuzzFeed News

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Katie J.M. Baker meets Hanna Stotland, an admissions consultant with the unusual job of helping students who are punished for sexual misconduct land safely at other universities. “God forbid, if one of my clients committed rape, who needs a liberal arts education more than that person?” Read it at BuzzFeed News.

5. Jennifer Pan’s RevengeToronto Life

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What drove a highly achieving teenager to plot to kill her parents? Karen K. Ho chronicles the tumultuous, tragic life of Jennifer Pan. “I tried looking at myself in the third person, and I didn’t like who I saw...but rationalizations in my head said I had to keep going—otherwise I would lose everything that ever meant anything to me.” Read it at Toronto Life.

6. Can GeekyCon's Founder Change Fandom for the Better? — BuzzFeed News

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At a time when geeks are ruling pop culture, misogyny and discrimination at widely attended events like Comic-Con are still all too common. Danielle Henderson asks: Could Melissa Anelli, a Harry Potter superfan turned entrepreneur, usher in a newer — nicer — type of fan convention? Read it at BuzzFeed News.

7. Sex, Lies, and Interest Rates — BuzzFeed News

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Detectives bugging the phone of a businessman suspected of laundering millions for organized crime gangs heard him romancing the wife of a Bank of England insider to glean highly sensitive information. Michael Gillard lifts the lid on "The Suit" and the scandal that the police and the British Security Service tried to keep secret. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

8. Inside the Underground Trade to Sell off Syria's History — BuzzFeed News

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The trade in stolen antiquities from Syria funds all sides of the civil war that has engulfed the country. Mike Giglio traveled along its porous border with Turkey to meet the people involved in this black market, from grave robbers and excavators to middlemen and dealers. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

9. How Smosh Plans To Build A YouTube Fame That’ll Last — BuzzFeed News

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Comedy duo Smosh prides themselves on producing videos like the ones they made in high school. But they’ve also created a digital empire that ensures their future in the industry, even as they approach their thirties. Anne Helen Petersen finds that the secret of their success is simple — but shouldn’t be ignored. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

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