Weekly Wrap 10.6.17: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

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By the Web Editors 10-06-2017

1. How the Elderly Lose Their Rights

A heartbreaking report on how guardians can sell the assets and control the lives of senior citizens without their consent — and reap a profit from it.

2. FEMA Buried Updates on Puerto Rico. Here They Are.

“At some point this week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency removed information from its website documenting how much of the island of Puerto Rico still lacked power or access to drinking water. Instead, our Jenna Johnson reported, the federal agency was relaying only positive information, documenting how many federal workers were on the ground and the extent to which roads had been cleared.”

3. Why the Harvey Weinstein Sexual Harassment Allegations Didn’t Come Out Until Now

“Such was the power of Harvey Weinstein in 2000 that despite the dozens of camera flashes that went off on that sidewalk that night, capturing the sight of an enormously famous film executive trying to pound in the head of a young newspaper reporter, I have never once seen a photo.” Rebecca Traister writes on allegations of Weinstein’s sexual harassment, and her own encounters with the exec over the years.

4. Here's How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled Nazi and White Nationalist Ideas Into The Mainstream

“Steve Bannon’s actions are often analyzed through the lens of his professed ideology… It is less often we think about Bannon simply as a media executive in charge of a private company. Any successful media executive produces content to expand audience size. The Breitbart alt-right machine, embodied by Milo Yiannopoulos, may read most clearly in this context. It was a brilliant audience expansion machine.” 

5. ‘Blade Runner’ Paints an All-White Future. Again.

“Blade Runner 2049 is a gorgeous, evocative film that contains plenty of ideas about the way we interact with technology and the nature of the soul. It also contains strong elements of a liberation narrative that would feel empowering but for one aspect: none of its participants are people of color.”

6. The African Refugees Waiting for Rescue on Italy’s Mediterranean Coast

Waiting wasn't a misery the Africans expected on Europe's shore. At least a hundred of the migrants felt so desperate that they tried to swim to France.

7. The Nature Cure

“Don’t be surprised if your doctor prescribes a park.” How ecotherapy, the fledgling profession that focuses on spending time outdoors, is gaining steam.

8. A History of American Protest Music: This Is the Hammer That Killed John Henry

How a folk hero inspired one of the most covered songs in American history.

9. Colbert Asked Ta-Nehisi Coates If He Has Hope for America. Coates Said No.

“Coates is one of the most important writers on race in America today, but that also makes him one of the only writers on race whose work many white Americans have read — and correspondingly, for many white readers, there’s a sense that by reading Coates, you are absolving yourself of complicity in America’s racism.”

10. Mass Shootings Occur Every 9 Out of 10 Days, Data Shows

The Gun Violence Archive defines "mass shooting" as four or more people shot in one scene, excluding the shooter.

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