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

Hey, did you read:

• That Lennie Merullo, the last surviving member of the 1945 Cubs, and therefore the last Cub to have played in a World Series, has died? Aimee Levitt

• That we have yet another choice in the Republican presidential field: Senator Lindsey Graham? Mick Dumke

• That our best hope against another domestic spying program isn’t Obama, it’s Rand Paul? (And he might be sacrificing his presidential run to stop it.) Ryan Smith

• How the 24/7 work culture affects families and gender equality? Sue Kwong

• About how police unions have protected their members from accountability for excessive force? Steve Bogira

• Rabble-rousing U. of C. undergrad Bernie Sanders on free love back in the day? (“If the beauty and joy which love and sex is composed of can not be totally eliminated, then it can be severely maimed by the need to ‘catch sex’ when the University isn’t looking” he wrote in the Maroon in 1963.) Sue Kwong

• About recently deceased director Manoel de Oliveira’s “new” film? Drew Hunt

• About Lata 65, a group of senior citizen street artists in Portugal? Brianna Wellen

• Anthony Lane on Lewis Carroll? Tal Rosenberg