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

Hey, did you read:

• That Blackstone is buying Willis Tower for a reported $1.3 billion? Tal Rosenberg

• John Greenfield’s Newcity interview with Jesus “Chuy” Garcia about transportation issues? John Dunlevy

• How Whole Foods has fared in Detroit? Mick Dumke

• That unlike most people, politicians don’t change their minds—their views just “evolve”? (When President Obama finally decided he was OK with same-sex marriage, Mark Leibovich writes, the White House arranged a TV interview so “the evolution would be televised.”) Steve Bogira

• About the finale of HBO’s The Jinx and the arrest of Robert Durst? Gwynedd Stuart

• That all of Chicago’s worst people gathered on Clark Street for some sort of strange drunken ritual and crime spree? Drew Hunt

• How to survive college admissions madness? Sue Kwong

• About the computer-aggregated “optimal U.S. roadtrip” that visits all 50 states but somehow skips Chicago? (Bastards!) Aimee Levitt

• That the best sound system in New York City is at the the amusement park in Coney Island? Tal Rosenberg

• About why Dick Vitale kissing Ashley Judd should make you uncomfortable? Cassidy Ryan

• An interview with Bill Simmons about the current state as well as the future of his website, Grantland? Tal Rosenberg

• That Kendrick Lamar dropped his sophomore album, To Pimp a Butterfly, last night, more than a week before it was meant to be released? Leor Galil