• AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green
  • George Zimmerman yesterday

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

Hey, did you read:

• About a bigger threat to democracy “than the N.S.A., the C.I.A., and the I.R.S. put together”? Steve Bogira

• That not only has government surveillance expanded, but taxpayers are footing the bill while communications companies make more money? Mick Dumke

• Jelani Cobb’s latest dispatch from the George Zimmerman trial? Sam Worley

• Or Jacob Sullum on why Zimmerman should be acquitted? Steve Bogira

• About how you can earn a whopping $70 a story (and no insurance) reporting from the front lines in Syria? Aimee Levitt

• That a federal judge has found Apple guilty of price-fixing e-books? (This New Yorker piece by Ken Auletta laid out the background to the case—and Amazon’s role in it—last year.) Kate Schmidt

• About the retreat of the New York Mets from the Native American Heritage Day they’d scheduled for a game with the tomahawk-chopping Atlanta Braves? Steve Bogira

• Lee Bey on an urban palimpsest? Tony Adler

• Geoffrey O’Brien on John Ford’s The Searchers and the real-life story that inspired it? Tal Rosenberg

• About Camp Jane Austen? Aimee Levitt

Righteous Jim DeRogatis on that crappy interview with “Chicago’s music-loving mayor”? Sam Worley