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

Hey, did you read:

• That online security depends, at least in part, on a handful of volunteers? Deanna Isaacs

• About how Mayor Emanuel travels all around the country on the taxpayers’ dime, often to meet with political donors? Mick Dumke

• About the refugees being rounded up in Kenya? (Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi has been turned into a police station.) Steve Bogira

• That Hawaii lawmakers are trying to overturn a state law that permits police to have sex with prostitutes while on duty? Ben Sachs

• From 2012, Charles Simic’s screed about ignorance in America? Tony Adler

• Jelani Cobb on the failure of desegregation? (“Today, we are more likely to talk of diversity—but diversification and desegregation are not the same undertaking.”) Steve Bogira

• Bill Simmons on the surging value of the NBA? Tal Rosenberg

• That a multimillion-dollar deal is underway to “make Chicago the stage for Royal de Luxe, a French theater company featuring marionettes as tall as 50 feet, during the summer of 2016″? Ben Sachs

• Mike Powell on going outside for some fresh air when you’re in a room full of hot air? (On the surface, it’s about talking about pop music.) Tal Rosenberg

• The in-depth, bordering on absurd, statistical analysis of the work of Bob Ross? (Did you know that 44 percent of his paintings prominently feature at least one happy little cloud?) Kevin Warwick

• This interview with Dallas Swonger, the kid who allegedly peed in the Portland reservoir? (“It’s no fuckin’ joke, dude. I don’t want people thinkin’ that Dallas is dumb ass because he pissed in the fuckin’ water. In our drinking water. Yeah, that’s fucking awesome.”) Gwynedd Stuart