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  • The United States Capitol, officially out of business

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

Hey, did you read:

• That in New Ulm, Minnesota (100 miles from Minneapolis but only 14 from Sleepy Eye), a community theater production of Inherit the Wind was shut down over concerns that the 1955 play based on the Scopes “monkey trial” questions creationism? Tony Adler

• About the investigation into what caused two trains to collide on the Blue Line yesterday? —John Dunlevy

Slate‘s take on what we’d be saying about the government shutdown if it were happening in another country? Julia Thiel

• This 2008 profile of Marcella Hazan, who died yesterday, and her husband, translator, and collaborator Victor? Aimee Levitt

• Or see this chart of which government agencies are affected by the shutdown? Aimee Levitt

• About the failure of economist Jeffrey Sachs, author of the best-selling book The War on Poverty, to arrest poverty in sub-Saharan Africa? (Just another verse in the long ballad of unintended consequences.) Kate Schmidt

• Or see the New York Daily News‘s shutdown cover? Gwynedd Stuart

• Or see the Washington City Paper‘s new shutdown edition? Tal Rosenberg