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See How Cities Across the U.S. Reacted to the Ferguson Decision

Protests erupted from New York to Los Angeles

Ferguson was not the only place protesting Monday’s grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the officer who shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown in August. In New York, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, among others, outraged protesters shouted, “No justice, no peace” and “Hands up, don’t shoot,” late into Monday night. Watch the above footage of protests in those three cities.

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5 Ways to Make Thanksgiving Travel More Tolerable

A light-hearted guide to making holiday travel more bearable

Traveling with 41 million people around Thanksgiving is tough, but there’s plenty you can do ahead of time to avoid losing your mind. Below are five steps to take before you even leave for the airport — some of them practical advice about beating the lines and avoiding a mess at the airport, and some of them just involve watching old YouTube videos.

Listen to George Clooney. George Clooney’s frequent-flyer character in Up in the Air delivers a memorable and practical lesson to Anna Kendrick in this Oscar-nominated film. “Never get behind people traveling with infants,” he said. “I’ve never seen a stroller collapse in less than 20 minutes.” Look for people who pack light and won’t hold up the line. If you can, avoid checking your bags — Clooney’s character says that travelers waste 35 minutes per flight waiting for luggage.

Don’t have children. Children require attention and energy. They also cost you extra money and, while they may be tiny humans, they unfortunately cannot be stored in the overhead bins. If you already had children, play the Quiet Game with them. If they’re too old to fall for the Quiet Game, ask them what Taylor Swift would do. Taylor Swift would probably want them to behave. If your children do not care about Taylor Swift, perhaps you should spend Thanksgiving thinking about the job you’re doing as a parent.

Figure out what Thanksgiving foods you can carry on a plane. The TSA wants you to know that they’ve “seen just about everything” when it comes to security checkpoints, so the agency has put together a helpful list of items that can’t go in a carry-on bag. Cranberry sauce, jellies, jams, dips and spreads can’t come through security. Pies can, however, even if they’re gooey inside, though they could be subject to additional screening. (If your pie isn’t gooey inside, make better pie.) Turkeys can also come through the checkpoint either cooked or raw, as long as they’re packed with no more than five pounds of dry ice and aren’t dripping, KSDK reports.

Prepare your entertainment. If you’re looking for movies to a watch as you travel, 22 Jump Street, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and A Most Wanted Man (Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last leading role) recently came out on DVD and Blu-ray. A number of notable movies hit Netflix earlier this month, too, including Snowpiercer, Chelsea Peretti’s delightfully weird comedy special, and the seasonally appropriate Happy Christmas (starring Anna Kendrick). Perceptive travelers may point out that the Wi-Fi on planes, trains and buses doesn’t always support Netflix streaming, but that’s okay — you’ll need something to keep busy after you storm away from the dinner table and lock yourself in your childhood bedroom.

Take some love advice from SNL. Speaking of childhood bedrooms: last year the ladies of Saturday Night Live (plus Jimmy Fallon) delivered an important message — when you bring your significant other home for the holidays, there’s a good chance you may have to “do it on [your] twin bed.” Before traveling, you may be interested in revisiting Lil’ Baby Aidy’s crash course in how to get it on without the weirdness.

TIME Crime

All the Ways Darren Wilson Described Being Afraid of Michael Brown

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Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson is seen during his medical examination after the shooting of Michael Brown St. Louis County

Wilson described Brown as a ‘demon’ and ‘Hulk Hogan’-like in grand jury testimony

Police officers in Missouri, as in most of the United States, have wide latitude to use deadly force if they believe it’s necessary to prevent injury or death. Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson apparently feared for his life multiple times before he killed Michael Brown, according to Wilson’s newly released grand jury testimony.

Wilson’s remarks were made public on Nov. 24, after the grand jury declined to charge the officer for killing Brown on Aug. 9. Below are the portions of testimony in which Wilson described his fear of the unarmed 18-year-old:

Wilson first noticed Brown and another man, Dorian Johnson, walking in the middle of the street on the double yellow line near the Canfield apartment complex. After Wilson attempted to get the two men to walk along the sidewalk, Brown eventually replied with “f— what you have to say.” Wilson testified that he attempted to get out of his vehicle, but Brown slammed his door shut.

“He was just staring at me, almost like to intimidate me or to overpower me,” Wilson said. It was then when Brown, according to Wilson, reached into his police SUV and punched him.

“When I grabbed him, the only way I can describe it is I felt like a five-year-old holding onto Hulk Hogan,” Wilson, who is 6′ 4″ and 210 lbs., said of Brown, who was 6′ 4″ and 292 lbs. at the time of his death.

Wilson said that Brown went for the officer’s gun, saying: “You are too much of a p—- to shoot me.” He said Brown tried to get his fingers inside the trigger. “And then after he did that, he looked up at me and had the most intense aggressive face. The only way I can describe it, it looks like a demon, that’s how angry he looked.”

Wilson testified that his gun went off twice inside the vehicle. Brown then began to flee and Wilson followed. But Brown turned around.

“He turns, and when he looked at me, he made like a grunting, like aggravated sound and he starts, he turns and he’s coming back toward me. His first step is coming towards me, he kind of does like a stutter step to start running,” Wilson said.

“At this point,” Wilson said, “it looked like he was almost bulking up to run through the shots, like it was making him mad that I’m shooting at him. And the face he had was looking straight through me, like I wasn’t even there, I wasn’t even anything in his way.”

It was then that Wilson fired multiple rounds at Brown, from roughly 8 to 10 feet away. Wilson said that he witnessed one of those shots hitting Brown.

“And then when it went into him, the demeanor on his face went blank, the aggression was gone, it was gone, I mean, I knew he stopped, the threat was stopped,” he testified.

Read next: Darren Wilson Evidence Photos: What He Looked Like After Killing Michael Brown

TIME Crime

4 Theories for Why the Ferguson Announcement Was Delayed

Questions asked after another violent night

Correction appended, Nov. 25

A grand jury had decided by early Monday afternoon not to indict a white police officer in the August shooting death of an unarmed black teen that sparked weeks of violent protests in Ferugson, Mo. But hours passed before a St. Louis County prosecutor announced the decision not to indict Darren Wilson. By the time Robert McCulloch delivered the news after 8 p.m. local time, tension had built for eight hours and the city was once again gripped by violent clashes.

Even before then, observers were asking skeptically why there had been such a long delay between the decision and the announcement, with critics blaming it for fueling the fire.

And when questions about the timing of the announcement reached Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, his response was terse: Ask McCulloch.

In the absence of any elaboration from public officials, critics lashed out at McCullough and speculation abounded to explain the delay. Here are some of the theories, none of them confirmed or substantiated in any way.

To thin out the crowds

Falling temperatures may have winnowed down the crowds gathered in Ferguson to a committed few, though Vox reports that pundits warned such a tactic had the potential to make the situation only more combustible. The decision had “deliberately almost left themselves with the people most committed to despair,” said MSNBC’s Joy Reid.

To get publicity

One theory is that McCulloch, who issued a long critique of the news media before making the announcement, just wanted his 15 minutes of fame on primetime TV.

To beef up patrols

Nixon had previously said police would have 48 hours advanced notice before the decision was revealed to the public. That window of opportunity was shaved down to less than a day, raising questions about police preparedness, and more time might have been needed to get ready for the unrest that followed.


Among the harshest critic was CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin, who penned an op-ed calling the delay “devastating”

“Here’s the thing about that time of night: it’s dark,” Toobin wrote. “The ultimate verdict on the grand jury’s decision is up to history at this point. But the verdict on McCulloch opting to announce the decision at night is clear—and devastating.”

Correction: The original version of this story misstated the name of MSNBC host Joy Reid.

TIME Crime

Michael Brown Family Criticizes Ferguson Grand Jury, Prosecutor

Lesley McSpadden Michael Brown's mother and other protestors demonstrate amidst tear gas and smoke in Ferguson, Mo. on Nov. 24, 2014
Michael Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, covers her face while standing alongside other demonstrators in Ferguson, Mo. on Nov. 24, 2014 Barrett Emke for TIME

"We could see what the outcome was going to be"

ST. LOUIS — Attorneys for Michael Brown’s family say the process that led to a white officer not being indicted in the fatal shooting of the unarmed, black 18-year-old was unfair and broken.

Attorney Benjamin Crump said Tuesday that the family’s attorneys objected to St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCullough’s decision to call a grand jury in the case and not appoint a special prosecutor.

Crump also said, “We could see what the outcome was going to be, and that is what occurred last night.”

Attorney Anthony Gray said the decision was a “direct reflection of the presentation of the evidence,” and criticized what he called “cynicism” in the questions found in the grand jury documents, which were released Monday night.

Brown’s father, Michael Brown Sr., and the Rev. Al Sharpton were onhand.

TIME Ferguson

See the Nation React to the Ferguson Decision

Citizens from L.A. to New York City staged protests following the announcement that a grand jury would not indict Officer Darren Wilson

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Watch Live: Family of Michael Brown Addresses Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

The family of the unarmed teenager who was shot dead by Ferguson police offer Darren Wilson is speaking at a news conference Tuesday afternoon after a grand jury decided not to indict Wilson.

Watch the news conference live above.

TIME Crime

Darren Wilson Evidence Photos: What He Looked Like After Killing Michael Brown

These four images offer the clearest view of Wilson's wounds

The images below show Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson shortly after he fatally shot Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014. In grand jury testimony, Wilson described Brown as a violent aggressor who made the officer fear for his life. “When I grabbed him,” Wilson said in testimony, “the only way I can describe it is I felt like a five-year-old holding onto Hulk Hogan.”

On Monday, the St. Louis County prosecuting attorney released 38 pictures of Wilson taken after the deadly encounter. The four below offer the clearest view of his injuries.


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Watch How People Reacted to the Ferguson Decision on Twitter

3.5 million tweets about Ferguson decision were sent Monday night

Conversation about Ferguson, Missouri dominated social media Monday night. Above, you can see how Twitter erupted right after 8 p.m. Central, when St. Louis Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch made his lengthy announcement of the grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

Social media users continued to tweet about events in Ferguson well into the night, as protests, clashes with police and chaos raged on.

Twitter said there were more than 3.5 million tweets total about the Ferguson decision Monday night. “#FergusonDecision” remained the top trending topic in the United States Tuesday morning.


Here Are the American Counties That Struggle Most With Hunger

One in seven Americans face food insecurity. This map shows where people are hurting

While millions of Americans prepare Thanksgiving feasts, 23 million households will get by with the assistance of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps, which provide financial help to low and no-income individuals.

To make better sense of these numbers, TIME mapped every household receiving SNAP in 2012, the latest year for which Census data was available across all counties. Use the search bar to see how many are battling hunger by county.



Data comes from the Census Bureau’s 5-year estimates for 2012.

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