Embrace the NOPE | Wednesday, December 17

Officials missed two opportunities this summer to jail Donte Jones, accused of shooting police officer Andrew Groman on Sunday. Jones was arrested in June on a weapons charge, while on probation for earlier drug and weapon offenses, but was released.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake thinks that Police Commissioner Anthony Batts’ emotions got the best of him when he complained about recent police brutality protests in a briefing following the Groman shooting. Batts hasn’t spoken publicly since his comments Sunday night.

Johns Hopkins University sent congratulatory emails (subject: Embrace the YES!) to hundreds of rejected applicants for the Class of 2015.

With the decriminalization of marijuana in Maryland this fall, drug arrests are way down in Baltimore. It’s too early to see if the trend will stick, but it will be interesting to track.

After years of headaches caused by touchscreen voting machines, Maryland will start buying a paper-based voting system.

Today’s announcement of renewed US relations with Cuba also paved the way for the release of Alan Gross, a Maryland resident imprisoned in Cuba for the last five years.

Chris Davis can now have all the Adderall he wants.

One of the Navy Leap Frogs that parachuted into M&T Bank Stadium before the Army-Navy game wore a helmet cam. Here’s the video.

The last episode of Serial drops tomorrow – Funny or Die has it all figured out.