Let's just give Spike Lee a break until Chi-Raq is actually released, OK? Credit: Agência Brasil

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

Hey, did you read:  

• That black players at the University of Missouri are warning, “No justice, no football”? Steve Bogira

• About Obama’s social media team? Brianna Wellen

• About the evolution of the New Jersey Italian accent (or why “capicola” is pronounced “gabagool”)? Aimee Levitt

• How poetry is doing better on the Internet?Sue Kwong

• That we’ve reached “peak pointlessness” with criticisms of Spike Lee’s unreleased film, Chi-Raq?Leor Galil

• About what it’s like to drive Alaska’s desolate and lonely 400-mile-long Dalton Highway? Kevin Warwick

• How Norwegians are able to enjoy long wintersSue Kwong

• That a Christian evangelist is fighting the “War on Christmas” by whipping up an anti-Starbucks campaign for taking “Merry Christmas” off their red cups? Ryan Smith