The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, June 14, 2014

From the rise of privatized police forces in crime-torn Oakland to a dangerous new FDA-approved painkiller, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

06.14.14 9:45 AM ET

Justin Berton, San Francisco Magazine

Unsettled by the reality that the cops can't help them, Oakland residents are hiring private patrols. Crime is down. But is the cure worse than the disease?

Mark Rice-Oxley, The Guardian

The crisis in neighbouring Ukraine has rattled Alexander Lukashenko's authoritarian regime. But with the opposition in retreat and the media silenced, can Belarus escape his grip?

Stephen S. Hall, New York

Zohydro is the new FDA-approved painkiller that some doctors think the FDA had no business approving. And in ERs across America, they’re anxiously awaiting the fallout.

John Propper, The Jewish Daily Forward

An evangelical’s road to conversion.

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George Tzortzis, Narratively

Determined to quit his tired government job, one D.C. office drone saves $25,000 by renting his apartment nightly and secretly sleeping on the office floor.

Caitlin Dickson, The Daily Beast

As the immigration debate gets even more politicized, one church on the Arizona border is quietly taking up a long-held tradition of offering safe haven for families facing deportation.

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