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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are at least 23,000 deaths every year from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) — but that figure is, at best, a guess. In reality, due to patchwork reporting of MRSA related deaths, there is no way of knowing the toll of these "superbugs." (Reuters)

Millions of children, in schools across the country, are suffering from mental health issues, and schools are not equipped to handle them. This series takes a closer look at the factors at play. (NPR)

The Emerald Triangle of California is rife with marijuana farms — and apparently sexual abuse. This investigation unearthed several cases of sexual violence at marijuana farms in Northern California and the issue grows with every harvest. (Reveal)

School closings and mass layoffs caused several major cities to have dearth of black teachers, and it's causing problems. Looking at the issue through a shuttered high school in Philadelphia, this deep dive explains why. (Mother Jones)

Louisiana's public defense system is rife with issues, from real estate and tax lawyers functioning as public defenders to areas with only one public defender. (Marshall Project/Guardian)