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

Hey, did you read:

• About the perils of pinning a cause on a case such as the one in Ferguson? Steve Bogira

• About the coming olive oil shortage? Mike Sula

• That the Western-Belmont bridge might collapse before it’s demolished? Tal Rosenberg

• About the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention draft report saying that the benefits of circumcision outweigh the dangers? (Intact America is already getting snippy about it.) Tony Adler

• That professional theater critics are disappearing in the UK—and the artists are actually sorry to see them go? Tony Adler

• That Some Dead Genius, a “Chicago noir” novel by former Reader theater critic Lenny Kleinfeld (aka Bury St. Edmund), has turned up on NPR’s list of the best books of 2014? Tony Adler