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How the NYPD Evicts Poor People and More in MuckReads Weekly

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The NYPD is Kicking People Out of Their Homes, Even If They Haven't Committed a Crime, ProPublica/New York Daily News

You've probably heard of stop-and-frisk, but what about nuisance abatement? This investigation found nine ways, from secret hearings to telling people they can't go home, that nuisance abatement actions are being used to strip New York's most vulnerable residents—poor minorities—of their rights and protections.

The House Always Wins, Texas Observer

Legislators in Texas who want to keep affordable housing out of their districts have a powerful tool at their disposal: a 2001 law that makes blocking affordable housing as easy as writing a letter and saying, "No."

Fake Online Locksmiths May Be Out to Pick Your Pocket, Too, The New York Times

If you've ever searched online for a locksmith, chances are you've gotten results for call centers masked as "local" stores. These lead-generators, as they're called, often offer lower quotes — but when a subcontractor shows up, your lock might not be the only thing that gets picked.

Right-Wing Extremists Are a Bigger Threat to America Than ISIS, Newsweek

Newsweek examines the rise — and threat — of right-wing extremist groups in the U.S., which are responsible for more murders since 2002 than radical Islamists, according to one estimate, and have mushroomed from 47 groups in 2008 to 276 today.

The Walter White of Wichita, Fusion

Walter White "has nothing on the real deal." This is an in-depth look at George Marquardt, a self-taught chemist who manufactured a deadly drug, fentanyl, and helped spawn an epidemic that left hundreds dead.

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