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

Hey, did you read:

• About the $250,000 Bruce Rauner gave Payton Prep after he clouted his daughter into the school? (Rauner is running for the Republican nomination for governor.) Steve Bogira

• That most banks refuse to work with legal marijuana businesses out of fear of a crackdown by the federal government? Mick Dumke

• Paul Krugman on the war over poverty? Tal Rosenberg

• This essay about buying a house in Detroit for $500? Aimee Levitt

• About the Great Green Wall, a nine-mile-wide band of trees that will run the width of Africa, from Senegal to Ethiopia? (It’s an attempt to stop the progress of desertification, and it’s apparently seeing some movement in Nigeria.) Tony Adler

• About AK-47 inventor Mikhail Kalashnikov’s letter to the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church expressing “spiritual pain” over deaths caused by his invention? —John Dunlevy

• About the man who hasn’t had a bath in 60 years? Mike Sula

• About the crogel, a cross between a croissant and a bagel? Aimee Levitt

• A detailed overview of Chicago’s popular dog breeds by neighborhood? Leor Galil

• About a New Orleans artist’s replica of the Springfield house Joshua Fry Speed shared with Abraham Lincoln? Deanna Isaacs

• About Beats Music, the new music-streaming service from many of the people behind Beats by Dre headphones (including Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre, and Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor)? Tal Rosenberg