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• That a Cook County judge yesterday ended the trial of Dante Servin, the Chicago police detective who fatally shot Rekia Boyd in 2012, by dismissing all charges? —Steve Bogira
• About T.H. Tsien, who has died at 105, a U. of C. professor of East Asian languages (and refugee of the 1937 Japanese massacre in Nanjing) who risked execution by smuggling 30,000 rare books from the Chinese national library to safety in the U.S.? —Kate Schmidt
• That Heather Mack and Tommy Schaefer have been found guilty of murdering Mack's mother, an Oak Park "socialite" whose body was found stuffed into a suitcase in Bali last summer? —Tony Adler
• Oliver Sacks on Spalding Gray's brain injury? —Steve Bogira
• This takedown of the Lilly Pulitzer for Target line that inspired epic lines and near riots when it was released (and almost simultaneously sold out) on Sunday? —Aimee Levitt
• How easy it is to identify people from credit-card metadata? —Sue Kwong
• About loneliness in the age of texting and social media? —Aimee Levitt
• That Rob Kuznia, the 2015 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting, actually left journalism a year ago because he couldn't afford his rent? —Drew Hunt
• About the guy who started online music piracy (as far back as the the early-to-mid 90s)? —Tal Rosenberg
• About what Hozier's success means for the music industry? (Take that to church.) —Lucy Wang
• That Netflix has ordered 13 episodes of a Full House sequel called Fuller House? —Gwynedd Stuart
• About a controversial carpet replacement at the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem? —John Dunlevy