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  • RIP Bernard L. Stone

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

Hey, did you read:

• That long-serving former alderman Bernard Stone—fond of characterizing political reform efforts as “bullshit”—has died? Mick Dumke

• That Instagram purged millions of spam accounts, and that it might cost some people money? Tal Rosenberg

• That Cristina de Borbon, sister to the King of Spain, will stand trial for tax fraud? Ben Sachs

• About the tailor-made cancer treatment that’s currently a hit on Wall Street? Tal Rosenberg

• About Colorado’s Abbey of Saint Walburga, where Benedictine nuns raise grass-fed beef, llamas, and water buffalo? Aimee Levitt

• That house singer Kevin Irving has died? Leor Galil

• That Samuel Beckett’s favorite actress, Billie Whitelaw, has died? Tony Adler

• About how to raise girls to be better at negotiating? Sue Kwong

• About New York’s campaign against “manspreading”? Deanna Isaacs