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

Hey, did you read:

• That seven different proposals to regulate guns failed in the Senate yesterday, including a ban on trafficking backed by the NRA? Mick Dumke

The list showing how U.S. senators voted on the amendment to require background checks for commercial gun sales? Tony Adler

• That the testimony portion of the BP civil trial over the Deepwater Horizon disaster has ended, predictably enough, with a flurry of finger pointing? Kate Schmidt

• That we have sinkholes in Chicago now? Luca Cimarusti

• That the city wants to shut down the Congress Theater immediately? Leor Galil

• That importing hipsters (or “the creative class”) won’t save dying American cities? Aimee Levitt

• About the rhino-head theft from Ireland’s national museum? Ben Sachs

• About troubles under a new leader at the terrific (and free) Indianapolis Museum of Art? Deanna Isaacs