• RIP Shirley Temple

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

Hey, did you read:

• About why this miserable freezing weather is actually a sign of global warming? (Yes, we’re totally screwed.) Aimee Levitt

• About how conservatives in Arkansas skirted Obamacare—by using federal expansion funds to buy private insurance for the poor instead of adding them to traditional Medicaid? (And how, by reversing course on their earlier decision, the Republican-controlled state legislature may be leaving 83,000 citizens without insurance?) Tal Rosenberg

• That a suicide-bomb instructor accidentally blew himself up, along with many of his students? Tony Adler

• That Getty is leading a charge to change how women are depicted in stock photos? Brianna Wellen

• That an increasing percentage of Americans—led by those under 25—believe in astrology? Mick Dumke

• That the Cubs’ proposed outdoor plaza might host upward of 25 events a year—concerts very much included—and they will take place during nongame days? Kevin Warwick

• About a study ranking Chicago as the city with the most heartbreak? Brianna Wellen

• About the relationship between the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the CIA? Ben Sachs

• About the last days of Yeats? (“The winter of 1938 to 1939 was exceptionally cold, even on the French Riviera, and the freezing temperatures aggravated Yeats’s heart condition . . . “) Kate Schmidt

• That legendary child star Shirley Temple died Monday night? Keshia Bardney

• That Bob Costas’s worsening conjunctivitis has gotten him pulled by NBC from prime-time Olympics coverage? Kevin Warwick

• That Samuel L. Jackson went all Samuel L. Jackson on some dimwit entertainment reporter? Drew Hunt