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

Hey, did you read:

• That criminal justice activists are meeting with White House officials today, urging President Obama to do more to help ex-offenders? Steve Bogira

• This useful primer on the “seemingly arcane” but “politically explosive and ideologically charged” debate over how to determine poverty levels? Kate Schmidt

• About various attempts to revive dying languages? Aimee Levitt

• Whet Moser on “Why Bicycle Licensing (Almost) Never Works“? John Dunlevy

Louis Menand on the “x that changed the world” books? Steve Bogira

• About an insane case of road rage that took place in Rogers Park? Tal Rosenberg

• Some ideas for “Making Twitter Images Accessible” from 18F (part of the U.S. government’s General Services Administration)? John Dunlevy

• About how much Koreans love watching strangers binge eat? Julia Thiel

• That presidential candidate Ted Cruz switched from rock to country music after 9/11? Mick Dumke

• About how many Icelanders still believe elves will bring bad luck to humans who disrupt their homes for construction projects? Aimee Levitt