Can we get a Beyonce emoji please?
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  • Can we get a Beyonce emoji please?

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

Hey, did you read:

• That New York mayor Bill de Blasio, who calls charter schools a “destructive force,” is trying to reverse the course taken by former mayor Michael Bloomberg, under whom they thrived? Kate Schmidt

Baltimore City Paper senior editor Baynard Woods’s NYT op-ed questioning whether alt-weeklies are over? Tal Rosenberg

• About one Indian man’s quest to supply remote areas of the world with sanitary pads? Julia Thiel

• About the Beastmasters, the people at BuzzFeed who compile lists of cute animals? Aimee Levitt

• About the rise of zombie studies in universities? Aimee Levitt

• That an unofficial emoji-based video for Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love” dropped yesterday, and that it’s so clever even B cosigns its brilliance? Jessica Cohn