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  • Send in the clowns, because the elephants are done.

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

Hey, did you read:

• What the Attorney General has to say about the racial bias of the Ferguson Police Department? Cassidy Ryan

• That to reduce the prison population significantly, we have to change our stance on violent offenders, too? Steve Bogira

• That the Ringling Brothers circus will stop using elephants? Brianna Wellen

• About the great McDonald’s takeover of South by Southwest? Kevin Warwick

• That deaths from overdosing on heroin have tripled since 2010? Mick Dumke

• That the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan affair is getting its own museum? (“Part of the museum team’s research has been the realization that everyone is either a Tonya or a Nancy.”) Drew Hunt

• About the world’s oldest person, 117-year-old Mikao Osawa of Osaka, Japan, who was born in the Victorian age but says life seems “rather short”? Kate Schmidt

• That descendants of Holocaust survivors have altered stress hormones? Gwynedd Stuart