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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Did you read about the New Regal Theater, Ichiro Suzuki, and the word "asswipe"?

Posted By on 08.22.13 at 11:32 AM

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

Hey, did you read:

• First, that Jay-Z and Beyonce are buying Chicago's New Regal Theater, and, then, that they aren't after all. Tony Adler

• That a Chinese zoo tried to pass a dog off as a lion? (And, no, the source for this isn't the Onion.) Tony Adler

• That the word "asswipe" originated in Chicago? (Also: "razzmatazz," "southpaw," "skyscraper," and "yuppie," among others.) Julia Thiel

• That Ichiro Suzuki has become the first nice person in history to reach 4,000 major-league hits? Kate Schmidt

• Anthony Lane's eulogy for recently deceased author Elmore Leonard? ("As for their conversation, swatted back and forth like Ping-Pong, the phrasing as dry as a scoreline: if you wanted that brand of comic beat, with all the frills torn off, where did you go before Leonard came along? Early Evelyn Waugh.") Tal Rosenberg

• This investigation into why Chicago has so few independent doughnut shops—and why Dunkin' Donuts isn't solely to blame? Mick Dumke

• That the French are making a serious (misguided?) effort to be nicer to tourists? Aimee Levitt

• About the woman who successfully disputed $100,000 in parking-ticket fines? Tal Rosenberg

• About what happened to Da Capo Press's Best Music Writing book series? Leor Galil

• This investigative report on DONDA, Kanye West's mysterious design agency/technology company/architecture firm/secret clubhouse? Drew Hunt

• Or see this really cool video about why we're so lonely? Gwynedd Stuart

• That the world's gone mad? Andrea Bauer

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