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

Hey, did you read:

• About Watch Dogs, the upcoming video game that allows you to hack Chicago’s Central Operating System, the supercomputer that controls “the most surveilled city in the world”? —Mike Sula

• And this suggestion to confound government surveillance if the Chicago Central Operating System turns on you? Aimee Levitt

• That Elmore Leonard has died? Drew Hunt

• That Senator Mark Kirk of “elitist suburban white boy” fame has assembled a crack all-white antigang advisory team composed of Garry McCarthy and a squad of suburban law-enforcement officials? Kate Schmidt

• Jonathan Franzen on the slaughter of songbirds migrating across the Mediterranean? Tal Rosenberg

• About how pharmaceutical companies are fighting efforts to limit meth production? Mick Dumke

• Also, Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s remembrance of Bayard Rustin, the chief organizer for the 1963 march on Washington? Mick Dumke

• How Australia’s topography caused sea levels to drop despite global warming? Tony Adler

• “An Open Letter to Kanye West From the Association of French Bakers”? Sam Worley

• About the really great (and, on first glance, offensive) two-part tweets Patton Oswalt posted over the weekend? Gwynedd Stuart

• That President Obama today will salute the Miami Dolphins, who just won the Super Bowl in 1972? (The Dolphins went undefeated that year, but it was before a White House visit became SOP for sports champions.) Steve Bogira

• About the horrifying Wizard of Oz theme park in North Carolina? Gwynedd Stuart