Conrad Black believed Richard Nixon when he said he wasn't a crook. Credit: SUN-TIMES PRINT COLLECTION

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

Hey, did you read

• About New York Public Library Labs, which is not only undertaking the digitization of the library’s collections but developing things like the NYC Space-Time Directory, a “searchable atlas of New York City’s past stitched together from the pages of old maps”? Kate Schmidt

• About this $1.7 billion proposal to build a ridiculously posh NFL stadium in the Los Angeles area that features a premium lounge with a 175-foot retractable glass wall, 22,500 square feet of exterior video boards, and valet parking inside the stadium? Ryan Smith

• About the Ohio production of Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop, in which a white actor played Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at half the performances? Tony Adler

Conrad Black defending Richard Nixon against Bob Woodward over Watergate? Michael Miner

• An interview with Eric Weisbard about a book he coedited, The Spin Alternative Record Guide, which is one of the best music-writing books ever? Tal Rosenberg

• About the woman who got thrown out of a performance of the musical The Bodyguard for singing along—”loudly and badly”? Tony Adler