Rip the heart out of that bird. Credit: AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez

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

Hey, did you read

• That the alleged victim in the Patrick Kane rape case is no longer cooperating with the investigation? Aimee Levitt

• About These United States, a new book by two historians (one Yale, the other NYU), which argues that in many ways we’re back where we were at the turn of the last century—especially with regard to inequality? Kate Schmidt

• That the death rate for middle-aged white Americans is going up while rates for every other racial and ethic group are going down? Tony Adler

• About “coywolves”—part wolf, part coyote, part dog—which some researchers consider a new species? (Whatever the taxonomy, they’re now roaming the northeast in large numbers, adapted to city living as well as to the wild. They eat cats whole, which should make bird lovers happy.) Kate Schmidt

• About Google searches, lead generators, and predatory financial advertising? John Dunlevy

• That Amazon is opening its first physical book store today? Deanna Isaacs

• That Twitter replaced the star-shaped “favorites” button with a heart-shaped one three hours ago and there’s already been widespread Internet backlash and a Rex Huppke column about it? Tal Rosenberg

• About Chicago artist Theaster Gates’s latest creation, “Sanctum”—a performance series in a church in Bristol, England, that lasts 24 hours a day for 24 days? Ryan Smith