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  • Bill Cosby might not be smiling much longer.

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

Hey, did you read:

• That Mayor Emanuel’s TV ad blitz will begin today? Steve Bogira

• About how the Blackstone Group, a private equity firm, is buying up depressed homes in middle-class Chicago neighborhoods and haphazardly renting them out to tenants? Tal Rosenberg

• This report from In These Times about fracking and the poor? Tony Adler

• About the aldermanic candidate who had a “drunken breakdown” and sent a bunch of bizarre threatening e-mails to a local developer? Gwynedd Stuart

• Ta-Nehisi Coates on the rape accusations against Bill Cosby? Tal Rosenberg

• That the MTA in New York is starting a campaign to shame men who take up two or three seats on the subway because they feel they need to air out their balls? Aimee Levitt

• About the San Francisco TV journalist who put hundreds of dollars of marijuana purchases in his expense report (and was reimbursed)? Mick Dumke