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

Hey, did you read:

• That without a hint of human growth hormone, the White Sox crushed A-Rod and the Yankees last night? (If memory serves, the Sox also won last month.) Steve Bogira

• That newspaper companies have become trophies for the wealthy, which is why they’re selling for nickels when they’re only worth pennies? Steve Bogira

• About the media’s reluctance to call Edward Snowden a “whistleblower”? Tal Rosenberg

• About what it’s like to be middle-class in Ivory Coast? (“If I am able to pay my food, buy my clothes it means I have something. I am not nothing.”) Kate Schmidt

New Yorker editor and former Washington Post staffer David Remnick on the sale of the Post to Jeff Bezos and the legacy of the Graham family? Tal Rosenberg

• That Harvey Weinstein, aka “Harvey Scissorhands,” is up to his old tricks? Drew Hunt

• Sydney Leathers’s tips for starting up a sexting affair with a married politician? Aimee Levitt

• That hemp, a near relation of cannabis, is growing in popularity among farmers despite a federal ban? Mick Dumke

• That legendary soul-food queen Izola White is now a ward of the court and in danger of losing her home? —Mike Sula

• About the encouraging growth of the protected bike lane in North America? (Statistics don’t lie.) Kevin Warwick

• That mosquitoes really are more attracted to some people than others? Julia Thiel

• About the mayor’s “opportunity” plan for Englewood and Bronzeville, “long on hope but short on details”? Steve Bogira