Mike Huckabee, friend of—and reliant on—the elderly

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

Hey, did you read:

• The latest dish from Mary Norris, the New Yorker‘s “comma queen,” who says the punctuation mark in question has proved far more controversial than the chapter in her memoir devoted to her sister’s transition from male to female? (It was Janet Malcolm who spelled “flower” flour.) Kate Schmidt

Chicago magazine’s latest look at how the Chicago Police Department is manipulating crime stats? Mick Dumke

• That Mike Huckabee is banking on the old-person vote? Drew Hunt

• That the term “middle class” is missing from the 2016 campaign trail, because “the middle has for millions of families become a precarious place to be”? John Dunlevy

• Or see this collection of photos of Palestinian and Jewish Israeli women in Haifa, taken by Kholood Eid, an American-born Palestinian photographer (and a friend and former colleague)? Aimee Levitt

• Seymour Hersh’s long, long article that claims pretty much everything we’ve been told about the killing of Osama bin Laden is untrue? Drew Hunt

• That Prince’s new protest song, “Baltimore,” features vocals from Chicagoan Eryn Allen Kane? Leor Galil