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

Hey, did you read:

• That the pope is retiring because he’s old and infirm? —Gwynedd Stuart

• That President Obama will be in Chicago Friday and will talk about the city’s rampant shootings? Steve Bogira

• That the Navy SEAL who shot bin Laden has broken his silence? Mara Shalhoup

• About Botswana’s heavy metal scene? Ben Sachs

• That a man who carried out 62 executions for the state of Virginia is now an activist against the death penalty? Mick Dumke

• That Nike co-founder Phil Knight rescinded his opinion of Joe Paterno’s involvement in the Jerry Sandusky scandal upon reading the Paterno family’s own investigation into the case? Drew Hunt

• The New York Times piece sampling barista slang from across coffee shops across the country, including some local spots? (I don’t think you want to hear “fresh pot” at the Wormhole or order a “regular coffee” at Caffe Streets.) Kate Schmidt