National Geographic—now with 10 percent fewer employees! Credit: Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine / Wikimedia Commons

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

Hey, did you read

• That cybercriminals have made hundreds of millions of dollars from a type of malware called CryptoWall, which essentially holds the contents of a computer ransom until the owner pays to regain access? Julia Thiel

• That Peter Ludlow, the Northwestern University professor who was found responsible for sexually harassing two students and whose behavior prompted a pair of Title IX lawsuits, has resigned? Aimee Levitt

• That Rupert Murdoch’s National Geographic Society will lay off about 180 workers, the largest layoff in its 127-year history? Mike Sula

• That Antoni Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia Basilica, begun in 1882, is nearing completion in Barcelona? Tony Adler

• About Jon Aujay, an LA sheriff who went missing in 1998, and what his case might reveal about corruption in the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau? Tal Rosenberg

• That Yelpers are rushing in to give Andersonville’s Cantina 1910 four or five star reviews (and an occasional one star review) after Mike Sula’s scathing takedown of many of the previous reviews? Ryan Smith

• About the retirement of a gutter punk who plans to stay in Chicago this winter because he says tainted drugs are making the lifestyle riskier? Ryan Smith

• About the Four Horsemen of Gentrification? (“There are those who believe Brunch to be the most destructive of the horsemen. Once he takes hold, an underage girl will line the streets with vomit because she heard once that tomato juice cancels out vodka.”) Mike Sula