12/12/2012 10:15 am ET Updated Feb 11, 2013

Morning Links: D.C. Murder Rate Plummets, Mandatory Minimums, Big Brother Takes The Bus

--The latest from the creepy surveillance state: Cities installing microphones on public buses to record your conversations. We can thank DHS for at least some of them. More here.

-- Letters from Johnny to June.

-- The balloon boy now fronts a heavy metal band.

-- Three years after the Heller decision overturning the city's gun ban, D.C.'s murder rate has hit a 50-year low. (Note: I'm not making a "more guns, less crime" causation argument here. Only pointing out that it seems clear the gun ban wasn't helping.)

-- Wrenching NY TImes piece on the personal devastation wrought by mandatory minimum sentencing laws.

-- Photos from a Paris apartment left untouched for 70 years.