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

Hey, did you read:

• That state lawmakers across the country—almost all of them male—are steadily chipping away at abortion rights? Mick Dumke

• That “City Hall’s pioneering ‘Percent for Art’ program has slowed dramatically since Mayor Rahm Emanuel took office”? Mara Shalhoup

• About the regulation and safety of shipping crude oil by train? John Dunlevy

• That according to a think piece in Foreign Affairs, Marx may be back, with the potential growing for a revolt of middle-class workers of the world against global uber elites? Kate Schmidt

• About what makes a story go viral? Tal Rosenberg

• That two doves, released from a Vatican balcony as symbols of peace, were set upon by the seagull and the crow of the apocalypse? Tony Adler

That one of the Marlboro men, a smoker since age 14, has died from respiratory failure? Brianna Wellen

Thomas Mallon on the “slightly stoned, goofball” fiction that was popular when he was in college? Steve Bogira

• That Steppenwolf ensemble member Frank Galati had to overhaul the production of Philadelphia, Here I Come he directed for a Florida theater after playwright Brian Friel complained of liberties Galati took with the script? Tony Adler

• That Chicago jazz writer (and longtime Reader contributor) Neil Tesser won a Grammy for composing album liner notes? (Skip past all that Daft Punk stuff to the penultimate paragraph in the story.) Tony Adler

• About Macklemore’s awkward text to Kendrick Lamar after he “robbed” Lamar of the Grammy for best rap album? Leor Galil

• About the time Madonna played a Pantera riff on her Sticky & Sweet Tour? Luca Cimarusti