Skimm for December 21st

Skimm'd while doing some last minute holiday shopping

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Colder than Mars" - A Twitter account that posts Mars weather updates, referring to recent temps in Chicago. Bundle up, Kevin McCallister.

MANHUNT

THE STORY

After 12 people died and more than 40 were injured in this week's attack in Berlin, police arrested the wrong guy.

REMIND ME WHAT HAPPENED.

Earlier this week, a truck drove into a Christmas market in Germany's capital. It was one of the worst terror attacks in Germany in decades. Police arrested a Pakistani refugee who came to Germany last year. But then yesterday, officials said 'oops' and released him because there wasn't enough evidence. Also yesterday, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. Cue police relaunching a manhunt.

ANYTHING ELSE?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in hot water over the possibility that a refugee could be involved. In recent years, Merkel's opened Germany's doors to nearly a million migrants and refugees fleeing conflicts in their home countries. And a lot of Germans have been worried about security. This all comes as Merkel's running for reelection next year. A populist party -- similar to the ones gaining power in other European countries -- has been trying to move in on Merkel's job. Nein good for her. 

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The fallout of this week's Berlin attack could rock the world's political boat, since Germany is the largest economy in Europe. Meanwhile, the international community is still biting its nails over other recent terror attacks (see: assassination of Russia's ambassador to Turkey earlier this week).

REPEAT AFTER ME...

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOUR CO-WORKER ASKS IF YOU'LL DRESS AS BUDDY THE ELF FOR THE OFFICE HOLIDAY PARTY…

How 'bout no. That's what President Obama said yesterday when he announced a permanent ban on offshore oil and gas drilling in some federally-owned parts of the Arctic and Atlantic. Obama, who's currently in 'cement environmental legacy' mode, used a 1950s law that gives him the authority to enact this type of ban. His supporters are sending clapping hands emojis, saying this will help the US kick its fossil fuel habit. His opponents are sending thumbs down emojis, saying that he's abusing his power and getting rid of lots of jobs. This all comes a month before President-elect Trump takes office. And in case you missed it, Trump is a fan of oil and gas drilling. So the chances that this permanent ban gets challenged in court are strong to very strong.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE WATCHING...

Mexico. Yesterday, a massive explosion at one of the country's largest fireworks markets killed at least 27 people and injured more than 70. In Mexico, it's popular to set off fireworks to celebrate Christmas and New Year's, so the market was crowded with holiday shoppers at the time of the explosion. Authorities aren't saying yet what caused the explosion, but right now terrorism hasn't been mentioned. The blast demolished the open-air market that's just outside Mexico City. This is the third time this market has had an explosion since 2005.

WHAT TO SAY WHEN THE SAME SONG KEEPS COMING ON YOUR SPOTIFY DISCOVER PLAYLIST...

This again. Yesterday, four former gov officials were charged in connection with the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Flint's been dealing with this drama since 2014 when the city started taking water from a local river. Surprise: it didn't end well. People started noticing their water looked and smelled bad. And then children's blood tests started showing higher levels of lead, which can cause health and developmental problems. Two years later, and a lot of government officials are still in deep sh*t for how everything was handled. All four of the people charged yesterday were allegedly part of a scheme to use Flint's water treatment plant even though they knew it wasn't safe. 13 people total have now been charged in connection with the crisis. The legal drama is definitely not over yet, but yesterday's charges mean more people are being held responsible. Flintastic.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT...

New Orleans. Earlier this week, the city said it's paying $13.3 million to settle three civil cases over police brutality that happened directly before and after Hurricane Katrina. Back in 2005, there were multiple alleged incidents of police brutality during the chaos after the hurricane devastated the city. One of the most high-profile cases involved a developmentally disabled man being shot and killed by police officers. Another involved a man being shot by an officer near a strip mall. And another, which happened shortly before Katrina, involved a handyman being beaten to death by officers. All of these cases took years to go through criminal court. And it wasn't until Monday that New Orleans finally opened its wallet to pay for civil settlements in all three cases. The alleged police brutality in New Orleans led the Justice Department to investigate the city's police force in 2010. That led to a reform plan that's still in place in the city. This week, the mayor there apologized to the victims' families on behalf of New Orleans.

WHAT TO SAY WHEN THE NEWS IS DEPRESSING YOU…

Benson and Stabler got the band back together. These are their (reunion) stories.

SKIMM HACK

Off-lining: Off-lining's for when you want to unplug over vacay, but you're also kind of a big deal. Office 365 has your back, even if you're on the beach or in the ski lodge with a hot chocolate. Access all your docs saved to the cloud on OneDrive, edit them in your Word app, and share them with Outlook. Boom.

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SKIMM LIFE

Skimm A has been sleeping on the same mattress that she used in college. Time for an upgrade. This one's cushy enough for binge watching…and supportive enough for lots of late-night edits. And it comes with pillows and sheets to match. Hello, right side of the bed. Psst…theSkimm got you a little discount on the mattress.

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