Good reads from around the country you may have missed.
1) How police unions and arbitrators keep abusive cops on the street. It's something we've seen many times in Philadelphia. Conor Friedersdorf writes for theatlantic.com about how cops deemed unqualified by their own bosses are put back on the streets. Their colleagues get the message that police all but impervious to termination.
3) How restaurants cut corners: Embalmed shrimp and a little sleight of hand. Olive Garden's unsalted pasta water is just the beginning of the chamber of horrors that is the modern restaurant's kitchen. Bonus: Philadelphia's Best New Bars as chosen by Thrillist.
4) One nation divided by wealth. #phillyfive favorite David Cay Johnston explains how government policy is the wedge dividing the very richest from everyone else in America and warns the chasm will become ever wider unless we change current government rules.
5a) How do you solve a problem like Scalia? Set his Supreme Court dissents to music, have him duet with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, or build a puppet show around him, of course. Like no justice before him, the 78-year-old jurist is being portrayed in works that draw on his words and legacy as one of the court's most polarizing figures.
5b) AP Photos of the Year, a glorious gallery. h/t Jim MacMillan.