• AP Photo/ Evan Vucci
  • A rare occasion

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

Hey, did you read:

• That the press has been allowed to photograph Obama in the Oval Office only twice since he was elected? (Recent presidents granted far more access; Obama’s staff instead sends out “official” photos.) Steve Bogira

• The Rolling Stone report on Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden—their respective backgrounds, how they met, and what they might be doing now? Tal Rosenberg

• That gun-control advocates keep losing politically to the push for looser gun laws? Mick Dumke

• How residents of the Austin neighborhood have responded to hundreds of killings there in the last few years? Mick Dumke

• That women in Michigan have to start planning ahead in case they get raped? Gwynedd Stuart

• The best hate-reads of 2013, at least according to Mother Jones? Aimee Levitt

• About former interns for $130-a-ticket New York immersive-theater phenomenon Sleep No More, who charge they were exploited in violation of labor rules? Tony Adler

• About Tuesday night’s “Thanks Chris” tribute in lights on the side of Blue Cross-Blue Shield Tower? —John Dunlevy

• About the Festivus pole made of empty PBR cans that was erected in Florida’s capitol building? Gwynedd Stuart

• About the 2013 Hater’s Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog? Mike Sula