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

Hey, did you read:

• About independent bookstores trying to stay in business with crowdsourcing campaigns? Tony Adler

• That Oprah won’t seek an apology from the entire nation of Switzerland for an incident in which a store clerk allegedly denied her request to look at a $38,000 handbag? Tony Adler

• About British single mom and “austerity food” blogger Jack Monroe, whose recipes allowed her and her son get by on £10 ($15.45) per week? (“I do get infuriated by people who say, ‘Oh, just eat lentils.’ Actually if you were to buy a bag of dried lentils it would cost you a couple of quid.”) Kate Schmidt

• That drug sentencing policies have resulted in the federal prison population growing tenfold since 1980, accounting for nearly a quarter of the U.S. Justice Department budget? Mick Dumke

• That the video specialist on Northwestern’s football staff is the first woman to hold that post in any major college conference? Mick Dumke

• About the debate in the scientific community over the way in which a human being would die if he jumped into a black hole? Tal Rosenberg

• About Werner Herzog’s latest: the greatest drivers’ ed movie of all time? Deanna Isaacs

• About Aggrego, the “Journatic-like unit” of the Sun-Times newspaper group’s parent company that is creating content for the papers? —John Dunlevy

• About photojournalist Anthony S. Karen being allowed access to document the inner workings of the Ku Klux Klan? Kevin Warwick