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

Hey, did you read:

• About the report and recommendations of the President’s Review Group and Intelligence and Communications Technologies? —John Dunlevy

• That for a gang member in Chicago, even riding the el means you might be shot? Tal Rosenberg

• That TBS’s Just for Laughs comedy festival won’t be coming to Chicago next summer? Tony Adler

• The obituary for Janet D. Rowley, 88, the U. of C. doctor and geneticist who, by pinpointing the chromosomal rearrangement behind chronic myeloid leukemia, really did help find a cure for cancer? (She also raised four kids and rode her bike to work everyday.) Kate Schmidt

• About early agriculture and the domestication of cats? —John Dunlevy

• About Linda Taylor, the original “welfare queen”? Aimee Levitt

• That researchers have confirmed what we suspected all along: in the presence of females, males try to make an impression by doing risky, dumb things? Mick Dumke

• This essay from 1995, on why the Internet might not lead to a perfect world? Tony Adler

• Or see this interactive map that shows when every building in the city (or a lot of them, anyway) was built? Aimee Levitt