Last headlines to heed for 2014

"Last January 1, I was like, I wonder if you could celebrate midnight in every time zone. Here is the answer," tweets The Fix's Philip Bump. And we're grateful for his stroke of genius before the stroke of midnight. "To party at midnight in as many time zones as possible, study this illustration," Bump continues. Washington Post colleague Abigail Ohlheiser reacts, "bump has weird new year's plans." BuzzFeed created a brilliant little Vine that will "predict" who you'll kiss when the ball drops, too.

And since we're all cramming in our final look-backs before the 2014 clock runs out, here's how many times the Associated Press freaked out language geeks this year and White House photographer Pete Souza's year in photos. Check out today's Watercooler section for even more round-ups worth your time.

But now for the heavier headlines. The New York Times editorial team is on a raging roll this week, with another scalding condemnation of the NYPD titled "When New York City Police Walk Off the Job" (6,000+ shares). As the rift widens between New York Mayor de Blasio and the force, officers appear to be engaging in a "virtual work stoppage," possibly in protest. Michael Calderone with the Huffington Post breaks it down, "NYT edit board's advice for NYPD: 1. Don’t violate the Constitution. 2. Don’t kill unarmed people. 3. Do your jobs." James Greiff with Bloomberg View wonders, "If NYPD was private sector, would there be mass discipline actions/firings for nonperformance and insubordination?"

The much-anticipated Part 2 of The Intercept's Q&A with Jay Wilds is out, too, under the headline, "Hae was dead before she got to my house. Anything that makes Adnan innocent doesn’t involve me" (nearly 7,000 shares). People seemed less enthused about this installment. "This second part of the Jay interview is a waste. It's all about his feelings, very little about facts in the case," criticizes NYT's Farhad Manjoo. "I'm pretty uncomfortable with the fact that The Intercept used this interview to go after Sarah Koenig," admits freelance journalist Justin Ling.

If that was indeed The Intercept's aim, it doesn't appear very successful. "Reading Koenig's email to Jay makes me respect her even more than the whole podcast did," announces AP's Nicholas Riccardi, while others retweeted him. "Honestly, if I were doing an innocence case, I probably would have moved heaven and earth to try to reach Jay, too," agrees LA TimesMatt Pearce. But Omar Gallaga with Austin American-Statesman offers a totally different take: "I don’t know if Jay’s telling the truth, but I do know that somebody should get arrested for that Photoshop filter." Okay, noted!

Next up in news we wish never happened, a woman at Walmart was accidentally shot dead by her 2-year-old son. "It's pretty sad that this is a classic American news story," opines Cosmopolitan's Jill Filipovic. In Canada, nine are dead (including two children) at three separate but linked crime scenes in Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan. In Baltimore, the Ravens head of security Darren Sanders has been charged with a fourth-degree sex offense. At the Wall Street JournalDanny YadronErich Schwartzel and Ben Fritz go behind the scenes at Sony as the hacking crisis unfolded. "Best PR for #bbry out there! but leave it to #blackberry not to leverage this. See 2nd Paragraph," advises colleague Margaret Coker. And after yesterday's arrest of Oleg Navalny in Russia, BuzzFeed's Miriam Elder feels prompted to explore the cruelty of the Kremlin. "This @MiriamElder story explains why Russia is inching to return to Soviet hell," concludes New Jersey Star-Ledger's Mike Vorkunov.
 
In happier news, Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows would like to congratulation Michigan Football on the purchase of your new Harbaugh!

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