• Keith Allison
  • Roger Clemens was not voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

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

Hey, did you read:

Life and Death in Assisted Living, part one of a ProPublica/Frontline report on an exploding industry? Steve Bogira

• That NSA surveillance reform is actually gaining traction? Drew Hunt

• That a congressman’s much-covered claim that there are a hundred times as many immigrant drug smugglers as valedictorians appears to be pure fiction? Mick Dumke

• About this year’s sparsely-attended Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony? (Sparseness attributed to fact that all three inductees have been dead for 80 years or so, but maybe also because of the drug scandals: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Sammy Sosa were all on the ballot this year.) Aimee Levitt

• Rahm Emanuel on what the federal government is now good for: “debt service, entitlement payments, and defense,” in Tom Friedman’s New York Times column? Deanna Isaacs

• That a Pink Panther jewel thief was broken out of a Swiss prison, escaped, and is still on the lam? (And do read David Samuels’s incredible story about the Pink Panthers from 2010.) Tal Rosenberg

• That Pope Francis signaled that the Catholic priesthood should be open to gays, though women are still out? Mick Dumke