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  • RIP Casey Kasem.

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

Hey, did you read:

• About the big tax break Mike Madigan’s law firm won for Mesirow Financial Services, which manages millions in pension funds for Illinois? Steve Bogira

• How Hillary Clinton isn’t fond of follow-up questions about her views on gay marriage? Mick Dumke

• About how teaching college is no longer a middle-class job and why it matters? John Dunlevy

• About Japan’s “elderly crime wave”? Ben Sachs

• About the anthropologist who is responsible for designing the messages Earth sends out to extraterrestrials? Aimee Levitt

• About why we’re so obsessed with Bloomsday, even though the vast majority of us have yet to read all of Ulysses? (As Joyce himself said, “It will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that’s the only way of insuring one’s immortality.”) Aimee Levitt

• That Chicago is a great theater city—especially for theatermakers—according to the Boston Globe? Tony Adler

• That influential radio personality Casey Kasem passed away yesterday? Leor Galil

• That the U.S. may flop in the World Cup because its players are not good at flopping? Steve Bogira

• About the San Antonio Spurs’ legacy? Tal Rosenberg