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

Hey, did you read:

• That poet Seamus Heaney has died? —John Dunlevy

• About this cool bicycle-powered treehouse elevator? Luca Cimarusti

• That hecklers cut Dave Chappelle’s performance short in Hartford last night? —Brianna Wellen

Jessica Hopper on the complicated appeal of black metal? Tal Rosenberg

• That two detainees at Guantanamo Bay—one of them approved for release since 2007—have been freed? (There are 164 remaining, more than 37 of them on hunger strike.) Kate Schmidt

• This long piece from The Chiseler on 1930s Hollywood starlet Ginger Rogers? Drew Hunt

• That an Alabama legislator wants to pull Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye from high school reading lists and school libraries? (This is apparently part of his reelection platform—great work. Gwynedd Stuart

• That Detroit has finally caught a break: the fabled bronze RoboCop statue is a few “finishing touches” away from being unveiled in the city? Drew Hunt

• About the 30 worst foods in America? Aimee Levitt