MORNING BRIEFING: Bullet-deflecting glasses and a bad weekend for sports



Meet Santa Claus, 75, of Coeur d’Alene. (Cda Press)

Riverpoint campus getting a new clinic and more medical residencies funded by a federal grant. (S-R)

Idaho’s negligent boating law was struck down as too vague in state district court based on a Sandpoint boat collision case. (Daily Bee)

The WSU football team updated the definition of “Couging It” at the New Mexico Bowl on Saturday. (CougCenter)

It was a disappointing weekend for the Eagles, Zags and Seahawks, too. (ESPN)


A federal judge struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban on Friday, and marriages will continue today against the wishes of state officials. (SLC Tribune)

A Seattle teen’s bullet-deflecting glasses may have saved her life in a drive-by shooting. (KING 5)

The Colorado teen who was a victim of the Dec. 13 school shooting died after a week on life support. (Denver Post)

A PR executive learned the hard way that you shouldn’t tweet something weirdly racist and then get on a 12-hour flight to South Africa without wifi. And the Internet learned that the natural life cycle of Twitter outrage ends with a marketing campaign. (Mashable/NY Mag)

Two Pussy Riot prisoners freed in Russia in sweeping amnesty move. (CNN)

A Syrian photographer, reportedly 17 years old, was killed while working as a stringer for Reuters in Aleppo, raising questions about how news organizations hire freelancers in war zones. (dvafoto)


In the spirit of Christmas, we’ll try to end with something heartwarming or adorable every day this week. Here, a human child teaches a tiny husky pup named Belka how to howl: