• The Sound of Music

Reader staffers share stories that fascinate, amuse, or inspire us.

Hey, did you read:

• That Chicago violence is a virus that can be tracked through small social networks? Mara Shalhoup

• That more than 500 authors (including five Nobel Prize winners) from 81 countries have signed a petition to the UN calling for civil rights protections against state surveillance? (“A person under surveillance is no longer free; a society under surveillance is no longer a democracy. To maintain any validity, our democratic rights must apply in virtual as in real space.”) Kate Schmidt

• That a newly formed union is at the center of the recent demonstrations in Chicago to lift fast-food and retail wages? Mick Dumke

• About Dmitry Kiselev, the head of Vladimir Putin’s new government news service? —John Dunlevy

• About the winter-resistant “super cockroach” that’s making a move on New York? Tony Adler

• That the Sound of Music remake killed the original baroness? (Related: This note about the cancellation of her wedding to Captain von Trapp?) Aimee Levitt

• Former New York Times theater critic Frank Rich discussing Stephen Sondheim apropos of the documentary Six by Sondheim, which Rich produced? Tony Adler

• That fans going to Super Bowl XLVIII will not be allowed to tailgate—or walk to the game? —John Dunlevy