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

Hey, did you read:

• That the pension bill passed by the General Assembly yesterday was “a bipartisan victory for the people of Illinois,” according to Governor Pat Quinn, and “theft” according to organized labor? Steve Bogira

• That the pension fix was “a desperate move to be reserved for dire circumstances,” but a big step forward for Illinois, according to Mark Brown? Steve Bogira

• Or listened to Robert Reich talk about our nation’s economic inequality on this week’s Commonweath Club? —Jennifer McLaughlin

• About how the phrasing of a questionnaire from the federal government leads local police and prosecutors to keep the drug war going? Mick Dumke

• Joel Brenner’s thoughts on the current state and future of the NSA? —John Dunlevy

• About the casino Alderman Brendan Reilly wants to build in the South Loop? Tal Rosenberg

• About how the NPR staff got sick of year-end lists and decided to make an app instead? Aimee Levitt

• That the Croat community in France has asked that charges be brought against Bob Dylan for comparing them to Nazis? Tony Adler

• About how well Cosmo‘s weirdest sex tips go over in real life? Aimee Levitt

• That 75 percent of the films made in America during the silent era are gone forever? Gwynedd Stuart

• About the forthcoming documentary on a group of kids who illegally ride dirt bikes in the streets of Baltimore? Leor Galil

• Slate’s catalog of R. Kelly’s sexual metaphors? Kevin Warwick

• About Jennifer Grout, an American oud player and singer who’s become a hit on Arabs Got Talent? Kate Schmidt

• That someone has finally made bars of soap to look exactly like old-school Nintendo game cartridges? Kevin Warwick

• That, hard on the heels of his winning the Texas Rangers’ Good Guy Award, former White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski is going to the world champion Boston Red Sox? Kate Schmidt