• Always worthwhile

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

Hey, did you read:

This account of how plutocrat-financed lawyers and lobbyists have continuously assaulted Dodd-Frank and anything else Obama tries to accomplish? Tal Rosenberg

This map of the spread of what’s being called Weed Spring? Mick Dumke

• That surgeons are using 3-D printers to construct personalized replicas of organs to guide surgery? Ben Sachs

• That bean leaves can trap and kill bedbugs? Aimee Levitt

Chicago magazine’s 2013 list of the area’s 18 best new restaurants (including Earth + Ocean, reviewed by Gwynedd Stuart in this week’s Reader)? Kate Schmidt

This tribute to Roger Ebert by Alan Zweibel, the man responsible for North (about which Ebert wrote “I hated this movie. Hated, hated, hated, hated, hated this movie”)? Aimee Levitt

• About Erick Lyle hitchhiking from Brooklyn to Taylor, Texas, to meet Greg Ginn and prove he should be the bass player in the new version of Black Flag? Kevin Warwick