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Reader staffers share stories that fascinate, amuse, or inspire us.
Hey, did you read:
• About our former mayor taking a break from making money to note that China doesn't have our gun problems, though it's repeating our 19th-century habits with deadly pollution? —Mick Dumke
• And that he's also giving half a million bucks in campaign funds to charity? —Mick Dumke
• About why the killing of 15-year-old "Cornbread" is a test for Chicago? —Steve Bogira
• About today's retail- and fast-food-workers strike? —John Dunlevy
• About the Justice Department threats to New York's Westchester County in the long-running desegregation dispute? (The feds say the county is failing to implement a deseg agreement reached four years ago; the county executive blasts the "outrageous" demands of "Washington bureaucrats" who "want the power to determine who will live where and how each neighborhood will look.") —Steve Bogira
• That Illinois River flood levels are the highest in 70 years (though you might need to look at the UK's Guardian to learn this)? —Kate Schmidt
• That Allan Arbus, aka Major Sidney Freedman—the psychiatrist on M*A*S*H—has died? —Steve Bogira
• About the guy who ate at 6,297 Chinese restaurants, and documented each one? —Mike Sula
• About cross-dressing black singer Jackie Shane, who scored a surprise radio hit in 1963, only to disappear a few years later? —Tal Rosenberg
• About how Victorian walkers pimped their canes? —Aimee Levitt
• Graham Greene's 1937 review of Wee Willie Winkie, which caused lawsuits, bankrupted a magazine, and forced Greene to flee to Mexico? (Today is Shirley Temple's 85th birthday.) —Gwynedd Stuart
• That Daymon Patterson, aka Daym Drops, aka the "oh my goodness, oh my damn" Auto-Tuned Five Guys review viral video star, got his own show on the Travel Channel? —Luca Cimarusti