Six men linked to the Ferguson protests have died, some under suspicious circumstances. Coincidence? Depends who you ask.

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Illustration: Rachelle Baker

On the evening of Oct. 16, 2018, Melissa McKinnies — a prominent protester in Ferguson, Missouri — had a nightmare. Her body seemed to hurt. It felt like someone was pulling on her hands. When she woke up, McKinnies noticed a light on in the basement, where her son Danye Jones slept. Her husband, Derek Chatman, went downstairs to turn it off, didn’t see Jones, and told McKinnies, who walked down to look. There was no sign of Jones, but strangely, she noticed a brick next to his bed. She picked it up and took it into the backyard. …


1.5 million Floridians can vote again. What will it mean for the state?

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Voters in Miami, Florida on November 6, 2018. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

An estimated 6 million Americans couldn’t vote on Tuesday because they were convicted felons. About half of those people had finished their sentences and left prison. They still weren’t allowed to vote. Roughly half of those Americans — about 1.5 million — live in Florida.

Disenfranchisement in the United States has taken on many forms in recent years: voter ID laws and restrictions on early voting are just two examples. But restricting the voting rights of felons is one of the oldest practices on the books. And nowhere has it been more widespread than in Florida, possibly the one state…

Josh Sanburn

Writer, reporter, producer; formerly at TIME, ABC News, National Geographic, and Gimlet. Currently producing a documentary for Audible on policing in Brooklyn.

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