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

Hey, did you read:

• That Anish Kapoor is pissed off at Mayor Emanuel for defending the Chinese knockoff of his Cloud Gate, aka the Bean? Deanna Isaacs

• About the flag-raising at the U.S. Embassy in Havana this morning? John Dunlevy

• About the softer side of Compton? Drew Hunt

• That the time of the Maurice Lenell pinwheel cookie is coming to an end? Tony Adler

• About Corduroy, the world’s oldest catDrew Hunt

• Eater editor Helen Rosner’s evisceration of Harper‘s attempt at restaurant criticism? Mike Sula

• That Sesame Street will now debut its new episodes on HBO? J.R. Jones

• That Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio are teaming up again to make Devil in the White City? Sue Kwong