Hes a Cub now, and it only cost $155 million.
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  • He’s a Cub now, and it only cost $155 million.

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

Hey, did you read:

• That the CIA torture report details the use of “rectal feeding,” which “is exactly what it sounds like”? Mick Dumke

• That Judy Baar Topinka has died, just short of starting her second term as state comptroller? Tony Adler

• That Amara Enyia is dropping out of the mayoral race and throwing her support behind Bob Fioretti? Gwynedd Stuart

• About the continuing decline of neighborhood high schools in Chicago and other big cities? Steve Bogira

• About the first freight train to travel directly from China to Spain? John Dunlevy

• About ketamine’s potential as an antidepressant? Aimee Levitt

• A Guardian writer’s journey to Shimer College to investigate whether or not it’s (as Washington Monthly called it) “the worst school in America”? Tal Rosenberg

• Ta-Nehisi Coates on how black lives didn’t matter to the New Republic? Tal Rosenberg

• About the real-life kidnapping case that inspired Lolita? Aimee Levitt

• Or see Sonny Tumbelaka’s great piece of photographic storytelling, depicting a brief reunion between lovers and alleged murderers Heather Mack and Tommy Schaefer? Tony Adler

• That the Cubs answered the White Sox signing of Samardzija by signing the coveted Jon Lester? Kevin Warwick

• That “Derrick Rose is no Michael Jordan,” and why that’s a good thing? Mick Dumke

• The oral history of Boogie Nights? Tal Rosenberg

• The 2014 Hater’s Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog? Mike Sula