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  • The U.S. women’s soccer team began their World Cup campaign with a victory.

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

Hey, did you read:

• About the Lakeview woman who while walking a pit-bull puppy was accosted in broad daylight by a man who demanded, “Bitch, give me the dog“? Kate Schmidt

• That Amazon has decided to stop selling ISIS’s propaganda magazine? Mick Dumke

• About how swimming pools in private communities contribute to racial tension? Steve Bogira

• About learning to accept a child who doesn’t conform to gender norms? Aimee Levitt

• That the city of Portland is working to make sustainable living more affordable? Drew Hunt

• About how the “myopic arrogance” of FIFA officials consigned Women’s World Cup games to artificial turf? (The U.S. won its opener yesterday, 3-1 over Australia.) Steve Bogira

• That Bailiwick Chicago’s The Wild Party did especially well at last night’s non-Equity Jeff Awards ceremony? Tony Adler

• The Guardian on the “amazing imploding Chicago Fire“? Kate Schmidt

• Or see these photographs of people lying in a week’s worth of their own trash? Andrea Bauer

• This helpful overview of the venerable Cannon Films? Drew Hunt

• How smoke from forest fires in Canada is affecting today’s sunshine? Sue Kwong