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  • Frogs in space

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

Hey, did you read:

• That Bill Daley no longer wants to be governor of Illinois? (Think it’s got anything to do with Larry Summers dropping his bid to lead the Fed?) Tony Adler

• That while only five scheduled legislative days stand between the House and a government shutdown, the House is in disarray? (“You really can’t have 536 independent players and get anything done,” says Republican congressman John Campbell of California.) Steve Bogira

• That Milwaukee is planning to coat its roads with cheese brine this winter? Julia Thiel

• About the history of sending frogs into space? Tal Rosenberg

• About the Chicago warehouse that stores guns seized by CPD? Tal Rosenberg

• That the crowning of the first Miss America of Indian descent has brought out the usual parade of bigots? Mick Dumke

• About how two Russians waiting in line for beer at an outdoor event got into a debate over the philosophy of Immanuel Kant that escalated into a fight and, finally, one shooting the other in the head with an air gun? Aimee Levitt

• That Jerry “Svengoolie” Bishop is dead at 77? Tony Adler