Monday, May 28

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“Robert Victor Sullivan, whom you’ve surely never heard of, was the toughest coach of them all. He was so tough he had to have two tough nicknames, Bull and Cyclone, and his name was usually recorded this way: coach Bob “Bull” “Cyclone” Sullivan or coach Bob (Bull) (Cyclone) Sullivan. Also, at times he was known as Big Bob or Shotgun. He was the most unique of men, and yet he remains utterly representative of a time that has vanished, from the gridiron and from these United States.”

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Growing up on B-movies.

Sunday, May 27

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As Playboy magazine moves to Los Angeles, the writer considers its place in the Midwest.

No other general interest magazine tried to reach readers in the wide swathe of land between New York and California. “It was a Midwestern magazine, designed for people there. If you wanted it to be hip, edgy, go toe-to-toe with GQ, you were making a mistake,” said Chris Napolitano, a former executive editor who began at Playboy in 1988.

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On the ouster of CEO Janet Robinson and the company’s financial woes.

Saturday, May 26

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On the enduring political influence and entrenched racism of the Greek system at the University of Alabama.

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The political fight over a new football stadium in Minnesota.

Friday, May 25

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The story behind “the best brisket you’ll ever eat.”

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The anatomy of a sex abuse scandal at a Christian school in Oklahoma.

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A man living in the Boston suburbs learns he could be one of the only survivors of a 1982 massacre in Guatemala.

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The author on his mother’s deteriorating health and the “price of longevity.”

Thursday, May 24

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For 12 days she was tortured and raped by a former neighbor, who strung her up on a deer-skinning device. On the fourth day, she forgave him.