Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and other miscellany) on the Internet, here are your can’t-miss must-reads of the past week:

House of cads — The psycho-sexual ordeal of reporting in Washington

Salt, sugar, fat — The extraordinary science of addictive junk food

The future of local journalism — Life after Patch.com: A newspaper editor returns to newsprint

The hanging — The body of William Sparkman Jr., a 51-year-old census worker, was found hanging naked from a tree, hands bound, the word FED scrawled in black marker across his chest. Here is the story of what really happened to a complex man whom few people truly knew

Getting the story — A roundtable discussion on how fiction techniques can help the creative nonfiction writer

‘No bagels for you!’ — Everything in this column is a gem, including the email address of its author

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