1. Jill Lepore looks at the historical artifacts from American legal history that have vanished into thin air -- or flames.

The papers of Supreme Court Justices are not public records; they’re private property. The decision whether to make these documents available is entirely at the discretion of the Justices and their heirs and executors. They can shred them; they can burn them; they can use them as placemats. Texts vanish; e-mails are deleted. The Court has no policies or guidelines for secretaries and clerks about what to keep and what to throw away. Some Justices have destroyed virtually their entire documentary trail; others have made a point of tossing their conference notes. “Operation Frustrate the Historians,” Hugo Black’s children called it, as the sky filled with ashes the day they made their bonfire.

2. Kimberly Kindy explains how the soon-to-be announced grand jury decision in Ferguson came to be.

3. And Joel Anderson writes about Michael Brown's neighborhood for Buzzfeed.

They wanted out — and they were not alone. Brown’s death has caused Canfield Green, long troubled by drugs, crime, and aggressive policing, to hemorrhage tenants. About a dozen residents interviewed over the past week were unanimous: Anyone who can leave is doing so.

4. Sheryl Gay Stolberg at the New York Times profiles Representative-elect Debbie Dingell.

5. David Carr on the life and career of Marion Barry: "He was, as it turned out, not a very good mayor, yet again. But he was a very good politician. Among the best." Kriston Capps rounds up some of the best pieces on Barry at CityLab.

6. Quote of the Day: "The Onion once ran this headline: 'Court rules Meryl Streep unable to be tried by jury, as she has no peers. And I’ve said it publicly: I love Meryl Streep. I love her. Her husband knows I love her. Michelle knows I love her. There’s nothing either of them can do about it."