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The Yankee Silver Shield Foundation has announced that they will pay for the education for the sons of one of the officers murdered this weekend in Brooklyn. Officer Rafael Ramos, who was murdered with his partner in a brutal attack, has one son who is currently in college and another who is 13-years-old. Ramos’ partner had no children. The organization, founded by late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, is dedicated to helping the children of New York City firefighters and police officers, as well as other members of the local law enforcement community ... Discuss

The man who executed two police officers in Brooklyn this weekend, bragged about “what I'm going to do" on Instagram before walking up to a squad car and murdering two uniformed police officers. In social media posts leading up to the shooting, Ismaaiyl Brinsley also insinuated that his actions were vengeance for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michal Brown. Brinsley shot himself moments after the murder. The 28-year-old had an extensive criminal record, and before the tragic murder of the officers, he shot and wounded an ex-girlfriend. According to a report from the AP, Brinsley has also showed signs of mental instability, and had once attempted to hang himself.

At an appearance following the shooting, Eric Garner’s mother said, "I'm standing here in sorrow about losing those two police officers … These two police officers lost their lives senselessly and our condolence to the family and we stand with the families." Across New York City, residents participated in a candle light vigil for Officer Wenjian Liu and Officer Rafael Ramos. In a statement, President Obama said, “Two brave men won’t be going home to their loved ones tonight, and for that, there is no justification. The officers who serve and protect our communities risk their own safety for ours every single day—and they deserve our respect and gratitude every single day” ... Discuss

SNL continues this season's unusually strong run with this spot-on parody of Sarah Koenig's runaway podcast hit, Serial. Cecily Strong delivers a truly uncanny impersonation of Koenig, and their subject—a mysterious deliverer of Christmas presents—is ripe for Serial's investigative reporting ... Discuss

Researchers in the West Bank have unearthed a massive, multi-level corridor that served as an entry to the Herodian Hilltop Palace 2,000 years ago. From The National Post:

Three Hebrew University archaeologists concluded that Herod — best remembered for ordering the murder of the baby boys of Bethlehem in the Bible’s Nativity account — had the corridor filled in as part of his plan to turn Herodium into a volcano-shaped hill that was to commemorate him after his death.

Along with the hidden palace entrance, according to NBC News the team found a series of “hidden tunnels that were used by Jewish guerrillas during a second-century revolt against the Romans.” As with many activities in the region, the dig has proved somewhat controversial, as Palestinian leaders have contested the rights of Israeli teams to excavate areas in the West Bank ... Discuss

Musical theater legend Andrew Lloyd Webber is bringing the Jack Black hit School of Rock to Broadway. Though it will presumably have a similar plot as the Richard Linklater comedy—about a struggling musician who becomes a teacher, harnessing the life-changing power of rock and roll—according to AV Club, the new play will feature a bunch of original songs. No casting has been announced, but as anyone who has seen the movie knows, they’ll have big shoes to fill ... Discuss

In case you missed last night’s final episode of The Colbert Report, here’s the last, epic ten minutes featuring dozens of the most famous people in the world taking part in a musical send-off befitting a legend. After 1,446 episodes, its been a wild ride, but now Colbert is off to bigger and better things: CBS’s Late Show ... Discuss