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

Hey, did you read

• That ISIS has destroyed another historic site in the Syrian city of Palmyra, this time a set of triumphal arches erected by the Romans in the second century? Kate Schmidt

• The Tribune‘s analysis of the state’s EDGE program (“Economic Development for a Growing Economy”), which it says has “mushroomed into a billion-dollar giveaway rife with failure”? (That would be a corporate giveaway, natch; EDGE is what Governor Bruce Rauner just used to lure ConAgra to the Merchandise Mart.) Kate Schmidt

• That American Apparel has filed for bankruptcy? Philip Montoro

• About 18th-century medical laws that declared rape was “impossible”? Aimee Levitt

• About the booming mermaid economy? Sue Kwong

• About Ina Garten, the queen of America’s cookbooks? Tal Rosenberg

• . . . Or see this view of Chicago and the aurora borealis from space? Julia Thiel

• Or see the inside of one of the Harry Weese River Cottages? Gwynedd Stuart