• AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Joan Marcus
  • Alec Baldwin in Orphans

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

Hey, did you read:

• That for the first time in U.S. history, African-Americans went to the polls last fall at a higher rate than whites? Mick Dumke

• About the Columbia College theater student who was shot dead on his way to the 47th Street Green Line station? Tony Adler

• That former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling (brother of meteorologist Tom Skilling) has cut a deal to leave prison early? Tal Rosenberg

• That former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s conviction on tax fraud has been upheld by an appeals court? (“The ruling, which comes just days before prosecutors wrap up closing arguments in his sex trial, raises the question of whether Berlusconi’s days as a political force are numbered,” says the Guardian mildly.) Kate Schmidt

• That sleep deprivation makes you happy? —Paul John Higgins

• About this giant . . . thing . . . that washed up onshore in New Zealand? Luca Cimarusti

• The NYT‘s front-page tribute to the teardrop shot of Nate Robinson and other NBA midgets? (Though it didn’t help the Bulls last night.) Steve Bogira

• About the project to show how historical figures would look today? (Marie Antoinette is particularly awesome.) Aimee Levitt

• That the Broadway production of Orphans is closing early, and Alec Baldwin blames the media-especially New York Times critic Ben Brantley? Tony Adler

• About the wedding at Lakeview’s Gramaphone Records? Leor Galil

• That someone (an eight-year-old) finally solved the reading-a-book-in-the-bathtub conundrum? Gwynedd Stuart