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  • Say it ain’t so, Jackie Robinson West, say it ain’t so.

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

Hey, did you read:

• That Jackie Robinson West is being accused of pulling kids from the suburbs to assemble a superteam? (“They’re an extremely talented group, best Little League team I’ve ever seen. They just shouldn’t have been able to play together.”) Gwynedd Stuart

• How seeing the color red affects your perceptions of sexuality and physical prowess? Mick Dumke

• That false claims about Ebola have earned Politifact’s Lie of the Year? Steve Bogira

• About the vicious competition that is the National Spelling Bee? Megan Thielking

• About “hipster Stalinism” in Moscow? Ben Sachs

• About the Harry Potter Alliance, which encourages young people to channel the “unironic enthusiasm” they had for Hogwarts into social activism? Aimee Levitt