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

Hey, did you read:

• That in the seventh year of his presidency, Barack Obama is getting around to the issue of poverty? Steve Bogira

• That New York Times correspondent Carlotta Gall has essentially corroborated Seymour Hersh’s report that Pakistani officials helped hide Osama bin Laden before the U.S. raid that killed him? Mick Dumke

• About how the $179 million spent on a single Picasso painting helps tell the story of rising global inequality? Ryan Smith

• That the Humboldt Park beach is unlikely to open this summer, and neighborhood residents are not pleased? Drew Hunt

• That Chris Burden, who took a bullet for art 44 years ago, has died? Tony Adler

Jessica Hopper‘s interview with the Hairpin on the occasion of the release of her new book, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic (with a shout-out to her days at the Reader)? Aimee Levitt

• That Wesley Willis is now a DC Comics superhero? J.R. Jones

• About the tragedy of Madison Holleran, an Ivy League track athlete, who constructed a perfect-looking Instagram life before jumping off a nine-story parking garage in January 2014? Aimee Levitt

• This profile of Only One Direction, the One Direction tribute band that’s growing in popularity? (“This is the biggest tribute band in the world. They have fans of their own now. Intense fans, too.”) Drew Hunt