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Dec 28, 2015

"No more martyrs. No more hashtags," reads a note from one Cleveland resident, rendered especially poignant after today's announcement that police officer Timothy Loehmann will not face charges in Tamir Rice's shooting death (at 6,000+ shares and mounting ever higher). "I just can't ANYMORE!!!" reacts Charles M. Blow with the New York Times. "Grand jury declines to charge cops who shot Tamar Rice. Cos nothing says reasonable force like killing kids," similarly notes Gary Younge with The Nation and The Guardian. "This one stings. Like everyone has their one that really stings. This one really, really stings personally," confides The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates. "Second verse, same as the first," comes the resigned tweet from Jamil Smith at The New Republic. Prosecutors called these video stills six of the most critical pieces of evidence in the case, while experts testified that the shooting was "reasonable," while the prosecutor boiled it down to a "perfect storm of human error."  "This is an outrage. How can human error that leads to the death of a 12-year-old NOT be a crime?" demands The Verge's Kwame Opam. The only thing we know with any certainty is that tomorrow's takes promise to be swift and vicious.

"Sweet Georgia Brown! Meadowlark Lemon, clown Prince of the Harlem Globetrotters, passes," announces Philadelphia Inquirer's Carrie Rickey, sharing the New York Times obituary for Lemon. We're also mourning the death of Ellsworth Kelly, the artist who mixed abstract with simplicity. And then there's the man in Germany who died after blowing up a condom machine. Brian Feldman teasingly tweets BuzzFeed's Ryan Broderick, "sorry to hear that you died. rest in peace, bro." Also submitted for your perusal: the many strategies and snags at Theranos. "Woah, a very serious accusation (that Holmes tampered with the data.) Medical experts, any opinions on this?" wonders Fast Company's Christina Farr. Meanwhile, Iraqi forces have retaken the center of Ramadi from the Islamic State. "If they hold it, would be biggest blow to ISIS which occupied it for 7 months," assesses NYT's Shreeya Sinha. Still, Americans are more likely to say that terrorists are winning the war than at any point since Sept. 11. "More proof that rise of terrorism in voters' minds of voters, not Trump, is likely most durable new trend of 2016," Politico's Glenn Thrush offers a takeaway.

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