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  • Devin Hester is set to race a cheetah

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

Hey, did you read:

• That Willie Louis, who in 1955 braved intimidation and testified against Emmett Till’s killers, died last week in Oak Lawn at age 76? (Despite Louis’s testimony, an all-white Mississippi jury acquitted the two defendants; in a magazine article four months later, they admitted murdering Till, a 14-year-old who was visiting from Chicago.) Steve Bogira

• That Marv Rotblatt, a short pitcher who had a short career with the White Sox, died earlier this month in Evanston at age 85? (He’ll live on in the annual marathon Carleton College softball game started 46 years ago and named in his honor.) Steve Bogira

• That, its revenue up by 54 percent in the second quarter, Facebook is alive and well despite shit like asking us all to be friends with Shell Oil? Kate Schmidt

• That Bears kick returner Devin Hester is preparing for a foot race against a cheetah? Mick Dumke

• This history of book blurbs? Aimee Levitt

• That City Council approved the tacky, creepy $500 million renovation of Wrigley Field and the surrounding neighborhood? Tal Rosenberg

• About lobster cannibalism? Drew Hunt

• About the local teen who keeps getting arrested for posing as a cop? Leor Galil