• AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko
  • Vladimir Putin and soon-to-be-former wife, Lyudmila

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

Hey, did you read:

Glenn Greenwald’s thoughts on whistle-blowers, leak investigations, and government accountability in the wake of this week’s revelations about domestic spying by the NSA? —John Dunlevy

• And the NYT‘s profile of Greenwald, which suggests that the writer may be the target of the DOJ? Tal Rosenberg

• About the protest yesterday near the Sun-Times office in support of the paper’s fired photogs? (No story—or photos—in the Sun-Times, but you can read all about it in the Daily Herald.) Steve Bogira

• That Vladimir Putin and his wife are divorcing after nearly 30 years? (Putin’s response to rumors that a 30-year-old Olympic gold medalist in rhythmic gymnastics is his longtime mistress: “I have always disliked those who, with their infected noses and erotic fantasies, break into other people’s private affairs.”) Kate Schmidt

• About the 14-year-old who—perhaps anticipating the passage of concealed carry in Illinois—dropped his gun while walking along the Mag Mile? Tony Adler

• That the Nicaraguan government has given a Chinese company a 100-year lease to build an “alternative” to the Panama Canal? Ben Sachs

John Jeremiah Sullivan on the newly published Cotton Tenants, James Agee and Walker Evans’s precursor to Let Us Now Praise Famous Men? Sam Worley

• That John Oliver is taking over the Daily Show while Jon Stewart directs a movie? Gwynedd Stuart

• This Salon Q&A with Twitter’s most infamous joke stealer? Drew Hunt