Harrowing headlines

Over at the NY Times, coverage on the emerging heroin epidemic continues with a moving installment by Deborah Sontag on the toll it's taken on a small town and a mother's grief. Guardian's Stuart Millar called it a "[h]eartbreaking, powerful Deborah Sontag report on heroin's toll on families in a small Wisconsin town." Jim Roberts with Mashable pointed out, "Heroin, cheaper than prescription painkillers, takes toll on small town." 

The quandary isn't exclusive to Midwestern towns, either: Laura Dimon with PolicyMic details how Vermont is grappling with its own opiate crisis.

In Iraq, a suicide bomb instructor mistakenly detonated a belt packed with explosives during a demonstration, killing his pupils. "Poetic justice?" wondered Paula Middlehurst at Sky News. "Job where you don't get a second chance when you screw up: suicide bomb instructor," Dan Sewell astutely observed at the Associated PressNYT's David D. Kirkpatrick noted that this piece of news encouraged "dark humor indeed."

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