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On Wednesday morning, the New York Times dropped its bombshell report on the Tallahassee Police Department’s heavily flawed investigation into rape accusations leveled against star Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. A sleek interactive layout and innovative storytelling tools add to the dramatic effect of the story, one of this year’s best pieces of long-form investigative journalism.

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The Awl, a boutique literary nonfiction and journalism outfit based in New York, used a standalone format to release Maria Bustillos’ awesome reported feature on the magic of “Adventure Time,” the hit animated TV show on Cartoon Network. With videos, sidebars with snatches of dialogue and some great photos, people of all ages can enjoy this article on the revelation that is “Adventure Time.”

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Yasiel Puig’s story sounds like it was drafted in a Hollywood writer’s room. Jesse Katz illuminates the journey of the mercurial Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder from Cuba to Mexico and then, finally, to the United States, where Puig went from being dirt-poor to becoming a multimillionaire.

Michael Rosen