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ReadThisThing (Oct 30th, 2016)

Sharon, a middle-aged cancer patient, was told in 2001 that she may only have weeks to live. Her main goal was to stay alive long enough to see her son graduate from high school. At the time, that was one month away. Fifteen years later, the cancer that was once her soon-to-be executioner is gone. Jim Allison is the scientist responsible for the treatment that allowed Sharon to see much more than just her son’s high school graduation. In this Texas Monthly piece, Eric Benson profiles the medical pioneer who helped facilitate a breakthrough in cancer treatments.

The Iconoclast

Vulture has compiled an extensive and informative list of the most compelling, most interesting, and weirdest conspiracy theories in pop-culture history.

The Greatest Pop-Culture Conspiracy Theories

When Hillary Clinton condemned WikiLeaks’ 2010 release of classified documents, James Ball was watching the announcement with Julian Assange in the living room of a home in Norfolk, England. Ball is now a special correspondent for BuzzFeed, and in this piece he offers a glimpse inside the world of the WikiLeaks founder.

Inside the Strange, Paranoid World of Julian Assange

Peyton Pruitt, an autistic 18-year-old, was arrested last year for allegedly sending bomb-making instructions to an individual whom he thought was a member of ISIS. Now, after spending nearly a year in jail, Peyton has been released into his father’s custody.

The FBI Accused Him of Terrorism. He Couldn't Tie His Shoes
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