• They’re not smiling now.

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

Hey, did you read:

• That a bipartisan trio of senators has introduced a bill to legalize medical marijuana nationwide? Mick Dumke

• About a group of radical Catholics who repeatedly expose the vulnerability of America’s nuclear-weapons facilities? Tal Rosenberg

• About human chimeras? Aimee Levitt

• About the development of Steyn City, a large-scale “lifestyle resort” in South Africa that’s inspired criticism for “reinforcing an ‘us and them’ mentality in what is already one of the world’s most unequal societies”? Ben Sachs

• About why the “Blurred Lines” verdict is bad for pop music? Leor Galil

• Former Reader music editor Keith Harris on how the “Blurred Lines” verdict tells us what we already know about the American legal system? (Short answer: it always comes down to the jury.) Tal Rosenberg

• About whether Howard Stern will re-up his contract with SiriusXM and the future of the satellite radio service? Tal Rosenberg

• These Craigslist “Casual Encounters” ads made into animated art? (NSFW!) Sue Kwong