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

Hey, did you read:

• That blue northern cities and red southern states share something in common: income inequality? Mick Dumke

• About the need for pre-pre-K programs that will help poor kids from the start? Steve Bogira

• That John Kerry has discouraged Benjamin Netanyahu from building another settlement in the West Bank? Ben Sachs

• An account of a recent visit to eastern Ukraine—and about people on both sides of the conflict? John Dunlevy

• About what might be behind Mayor Rahm’s support of a Comcast-Time Warner merger? (Money. It’s money.) Gwynedd Stuart

• About the fire hydrants that draw the most tickets in Chicago? Leor Galil

• About artist Enrique Gomez de Molina, who uses taxidermy to create bizarre hybrid creatures and ended up on the wrong side of the law? Tony Adler

• This philosophical explanation of how Hello Kitty can not be a cat even though she totally looks like one? Aimee Levitt