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It was an important news week, both in the world and in sports. Anyone familiar with the boxer Floyd Mayweather, the highest paid athlete in the world, is familiar with his dark history of domestic abuse. As such, the two sides of Floyd Mayweather — “the boxer and the batterer” — make him a difficult character to reconcile; this feature piece from Grantland juxtaposes his boxing skill with his domestic violence cases in an attempt to paint a more complete picture of the fighter.

On the subject of controversial sports figures, Grantland also asks the question, “Did the Greedy Yankees Really Just Manage to Make Alex Rodriguez a Sympathetic Figure?” by refusing to pay him his $6 million dollar bonus for hitting his 660th home run.

In law-enforcement news, Ross Douthat’s New York Times op ed outlines the contradiction between having police unions and finding a clear path towards police reform. Also tied to this need for law enforcement reform, FiveThirtyEight presents data showing that police killings that result in murder charges, as in the case of Freddie Gray, occur infrequently.

Another NYT opinion article looks at the inequality in our country and argues that this inequality isn’t a “natural disaster imposed on us.” Kristof investigates how we, as a nation, are exacerbating our inequality, and examines some ways to move forward.

Curious about how The Onion and ClickHole make money? Check out The Atlantic’s profile of Onion Labs, the advertising branch of Onion Media Inc., future media conglomerate.

Still looking for classes for next semester but are too busy using how-old.net to see how old you looked in your eighth grade profile picture? Transfer to UPenn and merge your two interests by taking the seminar called “Wasting Time on the Internet.” Want to learn more about it? Check out this Slate article on Professor Kenneth Goldsmith’s controversial course.

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