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

Hey, did you read:

• That Pete Seeger has died? Tony Adler

• That Chicago undercover cops trolling for “anarchists” before the NATO summit in 2012 infiltrated the Heartland Cafe, Permanent Records, and DIY show space Rancho Huevos? Philip Montoro

• About the deal allowing internet companies “to disclose more information on customer data they are compelled to share with the government”? John Dunlevy

• About Prince supposedly suing 22 Internet users (believed to be fans) for sharing bootlegs of his concerts? Keshia Bardney

• This Guardian report about James Grant, a junior doctor from New Zealand who “fended off a shark attack and stitched up his own wound on the beach before enjoying a pint of beer at a nearby pub”? Ben Sachs

• About the man who offered a burglar a cup of coffee after an attempted break-in? Keshia Bardney

• About the drug called molly (code for MDMA) and its occasionally fatal effects? Tal Rosenberg

• This 2004 profile of Pete Seeger? Aimee Levitt

• Mexican authorities have captured another major cartel leader—and have decided to use anti-cartel vigilantes as “rural police”? Mick Dumke

• That football players at Northwestern University have moved to join a union, the first time this has ever happened in college sports? Mick Dumke

• That President Obama will issue an executive order to raise federal minimum wage to $10.10 for new contract workers? Lisa Schulz

• This Chicago-centric collection of Pete Seeger memories, including a few from Studs Terkel? Aimee Levitt