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  • Now sanctioning exorcisms

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

Hey, did you read:

• July 4th weekend stats for Chicago: 11 Dead, at least 60 wounded (via Sun-Times)? Deanna Isaacs

• Which the Trib is counting as 14 dead and 82 wounded? Mick Dumke

• About the latest investigation showing that the e-mails of “ordinary Americans” are intercepted by national security officials far more often than foreign targets? Mick Dumke

• That the Vatican has officially sanctioned exorcisms? Tony Adler

• That the supercool new pay-by-smartphone-app parking meter system is already not working? Gwynedd Stuart

• That Village Voice staffers are getting a raise? Drew Hunt

• About the birth of fashion as a form of self-expression? Aimee Levitt

• About the best and worst possible outcomes for the Bulls in this summer’s wacky free-agent season? Tal Rosenberg

• That Jim Brosnan—a pitcher for, among several other teams, the Cubs and Sox and who also wrote The Long Season, the first nonfiction account of baseball from a player’s perspective—has died? Aimee Levitt