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

Hey, did you read:

• About the Peace Day tribute to those who died during the World War II invasion of Normandy? (Artists and their collaborators stenciled 9,000 full-body silhouettes into the sand beach where soldiers came ashore.) Tony Adler

Chicago mag’s list of notable (sorry—”awesome”) classical, opera, and new-music performances coming up in October? Kate Schmidt

• That Mayor Emanuel has decided to kill the Midway privatization plan for good? Mick Dumke

• Also, that a cream used to cope with athlete’s foot and jock itch may also kill off HIV? Mick Dumke

• About the sad death of the mean book review? Aimee Levitt

• About the woman in Ontario who accidentally ran a full marathon instead of a half—and won it? Julia Thiel

• That all Tribune Co. newspapers will likely reduce staff? Tal Rosenberg

• About Mariano Rivera’s last night as a relief pitcher? Tal Rosenberg

• About the theory that Queen Elizabeth I was actually a man in drag? Gwynedd Stuart

• About the horrendous working conditions for migrant laborers working on Qatar’s infrastructure projects for the 2022 World Cup? —John Dunlevy