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@MitchKSmith — 5,054 followers, 4,753 tweets

A Missouri legislator was robbed days before taking office. At sentencing, that legislator spoke on the robber’s behalf and offered to help rehabilitate him.  https://twitter.com/stltoday/status/954564643967721472 
Chicago police officers won't face criminal charges for the fatal 2016 shooting of Paul O'Neal, prosecutors said today. O'Neal, 18, was unarmed and shot in the back after a car chase. A body camera didn't record the shooting. Our story from '16:  https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/02/us/body-camera-failed-to-record-chicago-police-shooting-of-black-teenager.html 
RT @StarTribune: 'Coats, hats and gloves:' Minneapolis kids rap tips for Super Bowl guests  http://strib.mn/2rnwlaV  https://t.co/z5XqNv9bby
The @USCG icebreaker we were riding on has freed 47 boats from the ice already this winter — sometimes four or five in a single day. Its crew managed to get a thousand-foot freighter moving with just a few passes.  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/18/us/great-lakes-ships.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fus&action=click&contentCollection=us&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=6&pgtype=sectionfront 
Here’s what it looked like from the deck of the Coast Guard’s Mackinaw. https://t.co/PoHPwpY0gN
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