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

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• That Bernie Sanders made only $1,867.42 in speaking fees last year? (Hillary Clinton? $11 million in 15 months.) Ryan Smith

• About Ken Dornstein, the brother of a victim of the Lockerbie bombing who has spent three decades investigating the attack? Tal Rosenberg

• About the difficulties of trying to live one’s life altruistically? Tal Rosenberg

• How the use of smartphones in conversations can affect the ways in which we convey empathy? Sue Kwong

• About Hugh Mangum’s candid and revealing portraits of southerners from 100 years ago? Aimee Levitt

• About the pernicious endurance of the awful Red Delicious apple? Mike Sula

• About the man who makes the Star Wars toys? Sue Kwong

• That Waylon Smithers Jr., Mr. Burns’s personal assistant on The Simpsons, is going to come out of the closet this season? Kate Schmidt