SOMETHING DOES NOT ADD UP

When Michael Burnside was found dead in his Dallas home four years ago, Detective Dwayne Thompson decided that the victim's girlfriend, Olivia Lord, had pulled the trigger. But as the case made its way through the courts, she maintained her innocence — and claimed Thompson was the one who should go to prison.

R.I.P.

Thomas Michael Menino, who insisted a mayor doesn’t need a grand vision to lead, then went on to shepherd Boston’s economy and shape the skyline and the very identity of the city he loved through an unprecedented five consecutive terms in City Hall, died Thursday. He was 71 and was diagnosed with advanced cancer not long after leaving office at the beginning of this year.

HILLBILLY HEROIN IS ACTUALLY HEROIN

Ten years ago, prescription painkiller dependence swept rural America. As the government cracked down on doctors and drug companies, people went searching for a cheaper, more accessible high. Now, many areas are struggling with an unprecedented heroin crisis.

CHOICE OF A TURD OR A SHIT

There are, on occasion, electoral races in which both candidates are of high quality and high integrity and conduct a tough but fair campaign about the issues. Fair-minded voters have a difficult choice, but they can know that, no matter who is elected, they'll be well represented by someone who won't embarrass their community. The election for the House of Representatives seat in the 11th New York Congressional District is nothing like that.

TEACH FOR AMERICA; LEARN FROM NO ONE

Last year, Wendy Heller Chovnick, a former Teach For America manager, spoke out against her former organization in The Washington Post, decrying its "inability and unwillingness to honestly address valid criticism." An internal media strategy memo, obtained by The Nation, confirms Chovnick's concerns.