Deanna Walters stayed with her ex-husband for close to nine years, despite his constant abuse. After she left him, he kidnapped her, beat her and nearly killed her. 

In a big picture of domestic violence assaults, Walters is just one of many statistics. One in four women will at some point in their life be beaten or abused by someone in their home. About 4,000 of them die each year, with 75% of them getting killed when they try to leave or after they’ve left the abuser. 

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There is a toxic question that surrounds abused women: “why didn’t she just leave him?”

The answer, too often, is that many women that do leave get killed.

“The thing that I did not know that was so revealing to me was that anywhere between 50% and 75% of domestic violence homicides happen at the point of separation or after [the victim] has already left [her abuser],” says Cynthia Hill, director of HBO’s Private Violence.

“When I met Kit Gruelle, she would always point out: ‘Estranged husband. Ex-husband. Ex-boyfriend. Estranged boyfriend.’ It was always that she had tried to leave. She had done exactly what we think they’re supposed to do and she dies. And her children die.”

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Swiss photographer René Burri has died at the age of 81. Burri became an associate of Magnum in 1955 and travelled almost incessantly for the next two decades.

Here are two of his most famous photographs, which feature Che Guevara and Pablo Picasso.

Architecture aficionados: this one’s for you. We asked four award-winning, firm-founding architects to sketch and describe their unofficial visions for a possible Obama Presidential Library. See what they’ve dreamed up.

Images: Alfonso Medina of T38 Studio, Richard Dattner of Dattner Architects, Paul Preissner of Paul Preissner Architects

Courtney Moore works at Walmart. She makes $230 every two weeks. Her monthly rent is $420. 

"I am on government assistance. I am on food stamps and I have to get government housing. I should not need that if I am a Walmart employee."

Demanding higher wages and better benefits, Walmart workers protested outside Alice Walton’s home resulting in 26 arrests.

What does this look like? 
Would you believe it’s a drill bit designed for fracking and the bring pink color is for breast cancer?
Full story: How breast cancer research benefits from fracking and other abominations
Photo: Baker Hughes

What does this look like?

Would you believe it’s a drill bit designed for fracking and the bring pink color is for breast cancer?

Full story: How breast cancer research benefits from fracking and other abominations

Photo: Baker Hughes

Some companies, like Apple, Converse and Coke, keep churning out the same designs all the time — and people love it.

David Willis found himself locked in a branch of Waterstones bookshop for two hours last night. He posted to Instagram: 

This is me locked inside a Waterstones bookstore in London. I was upstairs for 15 minutes and came down to all the lights out and door locked. Been here over an hour now. Supposedly someone is on their way.

One Guardian reader, loosemore, replied: “Sounds like heaven”. 

Photo: davwillis/Instagram