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

Hey, did you read:

• That Olympic hero Oscar Pistorius was charged with fatally shooting his girlfriend? Drew Hunt

• The New York Times piece about another front on the gun-control battlefield: suicide prevention? Kate Schmidt

• The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre frothing at the mouth over the coming gun-control apocalypse? Tony Adler

• That serious battles loom over the proposed closing of 129 Chicago schools, mostly on the south and west sides? Mick Dumke

• That housing discrimination continues in New York’s Westchester County more than three years after a landmark desegregation settlement? (ProPublica reports on an audit as part of its eye-opening series on the feds’ puny enforcement of the Fair Housing Act.) Steve Bogira

• Gawker’s Adrian Chen writing in the New Inquiry on how social media has restricted online friendships? Tal Rosenberg

• Why drivers really hate cyclists? Julia Thiel

• About Grace chef Curtis Duffy’s heartbreaking past? Mara Shalhoup

• About the Carnival Cruise ship that broke down in the Gulf of Mexico and turned into a floating postapocalyptic nightmare? But, hey, free booze. Gwynedd Stuart