Did you read about Mark Sanford, Michael Pollan, and Paul Kahan? | Bleader

Did you read about Mark Sanford, Michael Pollan, and Paul Kahan?

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Former South Carolina Governor, now congressman, Mark Sanford
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  • Former South Carolina Governor, now Congressman, Mark Sanford
Reader staffers share stories that fascinate, amuse, or inspire us.

Hey, did you read:

• That gun violence has plunged nationwide over the past 20 years, but African-Americans are almost eight times as likely as whites to be murder victims? Mick Dumke

• About the Baltimore detention-center scandal straight out of The Wire? Kate Schmidt

• That Mark Sanford's comeback win in South Carolina last night was largely due to the support of the lying community? (Exit polling showed Sanford with a pronounced advantage among liars, cheaters, and sleazebags, Andy Borowitz writes.) Steve Bogira

• That Paul Kahan (Blackbird, Avec, Big Star) tied for the James Beard award for Best Chef? (The other winner? David Chang of New York's Momofuku.) Tal Rosenberg

• That for sustainability reasons Michael Pollan suggests reconsidering the kosher ban on pork? Tony Adler

Butter poetry? Julia Thiel

• That Disney has forgone its attempt to trademark the Day of the Dead? Ben Sachs

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