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

Hey, did you read:

• That cybersecurity experts think an insider was responsible for the Sony Pictures hack? Deanna Isaacs

• Images of what it’s like to raise a family on the minimum wage? Mick Dumke

• About Lagunitas’s $25,000 contribution to Rahm’s reelection fund? Gwynedd Stuart

• That local arts publicist Eric Eatherly died in a car accident? Tal Rosenberg

• That even small, non-Equity theaters will have to pay their actors if they want to qualify for the D.C.-based Helen Hayes Awards? Tony Adler

• About the top five Chicago barge stories of 2014, ranked? John Dunlevy

• Patton Oswalt’s “By the Book”? Drew Hunt

• The tragic truth about some boyfriends that no girl should ever have to discover? Aimee Levitt

• Also, about how Jeb Bush is like Cutty from The Wire? Mick Dumke

• About how this popular two-letter word is undermining your credibility? Sue Kwong

• That, in a move sure to distract everybody from Argentina’s financial state, president Christina Fernández de Kirchner has adopted a Jewish family’s seventh son to keep him from becoming a werewolf? Tony Adler