11 of Our Best Weekend Reads

Welcome to the weekend. In the past week, Paul Manafort was re-sentenced. We learned that the very last Blockbuster is in my home state of Oregon (I am not surprised) and has no plans to close. And we said a too-soon goodbye to Luke Perry. Below are some great stories you may have missed.

Nursing homes are closing across rural America, scattering residents

As financial pressures have forced scores of small-town nursing homes to shut down, their residents often must relocate far from their families to find care.

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From Opinion: Luke Perry had a stroke and died. She had one and lived.

Kara Swisher had both the privilege of more days and the awareness that those days would be limited.

[Also read: “Luke Perry Was a ’90s Heartthrob With Charisma to Burn.”]

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Genoa Bridge collapse throws harsh light on Benettons’ highway billions

Autostrade, a privatized road operator, dwarfs the Italian family’s fashion empire. It’s now facing angry questions about big profits and lax regulation.

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Drug companies and doctors battle over the future of fecal transplants

As pharmaceutical companies seek to profit from the curative wonders of human feces, doctors worry about new regulations, higher prices and patients attempting D.I.Y. cures.

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A mother and daughter both have H.I.V. The U.S. lets in only one.

A woman and her daughter flee persecution in Honduras. Despite identical circumstances, the mother is granted entry, while her daughter is deported. And there is little to be done about it.

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The Top 25 Songs That Matter Right Now

Listen to music — from the blockbuster hits, critical darlings and conversation pieces of the moment — few of which take a direct route to the usual joys of pop.

The 25 songs that matter right now

Listen to music — the blockbuster hits, critical darlings and conversation pieces of the moment — few of which take a direct route to the usual joys of pop.

[Also read: “Karen O and Danger Mouse Made an Album. It Only Took 11 Years” and “Jenna Wortham on the Exhilarating Work That Leaves Her ‘Naked and Shivering.”]

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Her husband did the unthinkable. This is a play about everything after.

When her husband was arrested on child pornography charges, Maddie Corman watched her world fall apart. Then she made a play about it.

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Tyrannosaurus rex: The once and future king

The dinosaur will always be the predator potentate. But let’s not forget all the other members of the royal family.

[Also read: “T. Rex Like You Haven’t Seen Him: With Feathers”]

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A swimmer saved by what she lost

Tormented by pain, Morgan Stickney made the agonizing decision to have her lower leg removed. The groundbreaking procedure may change the course of her life, and the future of amputations.

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Aidy Bryant found her confidence on ‘S.N.L.’ On ‘Shrill’ she found herself.

The bittersweet Hulu comedy, based on the memoir by Lindy West, has deep personal resonance for the “S.N.L.” veteran.

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The world’s last Blockbuster has no plans to close

With the closing of a Blockbuster store in Australia, the one in Bend, Ore., will be the last to survive changes in technology and shopping that reshaped the way people watch movies at home.

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