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Catch-up Wednesday: 3 midweek longreads
Get up to speed with the latest news, opinions and insights with our hand-picked in-depth reads.

IT’S MIDWAY THROUGH the week and you want to get up to speed on the latest news topics and catch up on opinions and insights.

We’re here to help you do just that, with our three midweek longreads:

1. Muay Thai prison

Matthew Shair visits the notorious Klong Prem prison in Thailand, where fighting muay Thai style can bring freedom and money

(Men’s Journal, approx 16 minutes reading time, 3241 words)Like many inmates,

Hong-Mo grew up practicing muay Thai; for a time, he even fought semiprofessionally. He eagerly agreed to participate, as did one of his cell mates, a drug trafficker named Wuttipong Korsanthiet, 27, who goes by the nickname Moo, or “pig.” “In prison you can lose something of yourself if you’re not careful,” Hong-Mo says. “For me, the fight is about proving to myself that I’m still a person. That I still have pride.”

2. An education

Dale Russakoff takes on the story of the Newark school system, and how three men – Cory Booker, Chris Christie and Mark Zuckerberg – wanted to reform it. They got schooled.

(New Yorker, approx 60 minutes reading time, 12073 words)

Booker, now a US senator, said in a recent interview that he understood families’ fear and anger: “My mom—she would’ve been fit to be tied with some of what happened.” But he characterized the rancor as “a sort of nadir,” and predicted that in two or three years Newark could be a national model of urban education. “That’s pretty monumental in terms of the accomplishment that will be.”

3. Gluten free for life

It’s Coeliac Awareness Week, but what does being gluten free really mean? Dr Edel Keaveney, who has coeliac disease, explains more.

(, approx 6 minutes reading time, 1022 words)

This can be tricky for businesses to get right. Waiting staff are puzzled when their suggestions to remedy mistakes by picking the croutons off a salad, or pulling out the wafer stuck in otherwise gluten-free ice-cream aren’t adequate. But, as even a crumb of gluten can make a coeliac ill, dishes accidentally containing gluten have to be re-prepared.

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