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

Hey, did you read:

• Unionized employees are locked in intense negotiations with Sun-Times management over a new contract? Mick Dumke

• That a Beijing blogger has been arrested for making a joke on Twitter about the Communist Party congress? Ben Sachs

• This look at what Obama might learn from Harold Washington? Tony Adler

• That lots of memorable congressional quirks are departing from Capitol Hill? Asher Klein

• This New York Times piece about the unique world of the Amtrak Quiet Car? Drew Hunt

• This profile of erratic Memphis Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph? (“There was the time Randolph came late to a practice, Quick said, after he had forgotten the security code to his own house.”) —Tal Rosenberg