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

Hey, did you read:

• That, hard as it is to imagine, the office of Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios seems to be rife with patronage and nepotism? Steve Bogira

• An interview with Glenn Greenwald in Salon (his old home) about the Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture report? Tal Rosenberg

• That Skinny Puppy wants $666,000 from the U.S. government for using the band’s music as a torture device? Gwynedd Stuart

• That Pope Francis has said that heaven is open to all creatures—which includes animals? Aimee Levitt

• About the latest scientific explanations for the parting of the Red Sea? Mick Dumke

• This excellent story by Chicago writer Bryan Gruley, about a septuagenarian Iowa state representative accused of raping his wife on the grounds that her dementia made it impossible for her to give consent? Tony Adler

• The Playboy interview with Dan Savage? Tal Rosenberg

• This photo from the 1830s, showing a stretch of what would become downtown Chicago? Tony Adler