Headlines to heed and read

"A painful reminder that for all their faults NYPD is out there risking life and limb -- for real -- every day," tweets Politico's Glenn Thrush, after two police officers were shot and killed in their patrol car in Brooklyn (88,000 shares and climbing). Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were approached by gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley and shot several times in their heads and upper bodies. Brinsley, who committed suicide after the murders, also reportedly had a long criminal record and possible history of mental illness. "NYC seems to be going backwards," reflects CNBC's Jim Pavia (although to be fair, Brinsley seems to have been traveling from Baltimore--possibly motivated by an explicit plan to kill New York police officers). At the New York Times, Gardiner Harris calls it "Dangers of demonising cops."

The tragedy has left a divided city mourning the deaths of two officers and widened the rift between Mayor de Blasio and the police. NYT's Adam Nagourney elaborates, "de Blasio's NYPD problem: a nuanced look by @mattfleg on how he got here (goes back to campaign) & how high stakes [are]." Esquire's Joe Keohane asks, "Union's argument is that to denounce police violence is to denounce police--ergo cops and violence are inextricable?" But Nicholas Thompson with The New Yorker focuses on something else: "Amazing NY detail: after shooting officers, Brinsley was chased by two Con Ed workers." Another moving detail: hundreds of police officers gathered to salute the ambulances carrying Liu and Ramos's bodies.

The one glimmer of good we can hold on to: the Yankees will pay for education of children of Ramos (55,000 shares). National Journal's Ben Pershing concludes, "This is the exceedingly rare moment where I praise the Yankees (and George Steinbrenner)."

In other ongoing sagas, now we hear tell Sony plans to release ‘The Interview’ on Crackle for free (40,000+ shares). Some journalists were excited by this possibility, while others stayed skeptical: "Sony marketing: >Dump film >Announce no release at all >Get govt to talk about film >Make film available online," summarizes The Next Web's Owen Williams. Back at the Times, David Carr says the hacking reveals Hollywood’s failings, too.

Also trending high in our newsroom, The New Republic's new editor just jotted a note to readers while the Pope has issued a blistering critique of Vatican bureaucracy.

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