John Boehner
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  • Speaker of the House John Boehner

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

Hey, did you read:

• That former Black Panther Herman Wallace, who’s close to dying, was freed after 41 years in solitary confinement? Mick Dumke

• That John Boehner caves to the right because he’ll do pretty much anything to remain speaker “and enjoy it while it lasts”? Mick Dumke

• About Reichsbräuteschule, the school that trained perfect Nazi brides? Aimee Levitt

• That the New York City Opera, formerly the Lincoln Center-based home of Beverly Sills, Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming, et al, is shutting down and filing for bankruptcy? Kate Schmidt

• This look at what the federal shutdown will mean for the arts? Tony Adler

• That the traffic light at Belmont and Lake Shore Drive has the most tickets for red-light violations so far this year? (Total number: 9,749) Tal Rosenberg

• That Stereogum put together a list of fourth-wave emo bands for music fans who don’t typically listen to emo? Leor Galil

• That Tom Clancy has died? —Drew Hunt