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

Hey, did you read:

• About the program in one northern California city that pays people not to shoot each other? Mick Dumke

• That shootings over the July Fourth weekend left ten people dead and 52 others wounded, which is actually an improvement over last year’s numbers? Drew Hunt

• About the U.S. team winning the Women’s World Cup last night? John Dunlevy

• About the continued policing of women’s speech? Aimee Levitt

• About James Hammes, a fugitive who spent six years on the Appalachian Trail? Tal Rosenberg

• That someone is finally finishing the “castle” on the Kennedy? Gwynedd Stuart

• About Paris’ first new skyscraper in 40 years? Sue Kwong

• That this could be the last day of all the flailing and yelling in the Chicago trading pits after 167 years? Ryan Smith

• About the contract the Foo Fighters’ management wanted the Washington City Paper to sign to photograph a show in D.C. over the weekend? John Dunlevy

• “Letter to My Son“—an excerpt from Ta-Nehisi Coates’s forthcoming book, Between the World and Me? Tal Rosenberg

• About the sometime Disney performer who tried to launch fireworks from the top of his head? Tony Adler

• The summer issue of Gout, with stories like “My Dinner With Isis”, and a recipe for collard green ice cream? Mike Sula