Here’s what’s happening today:
1. All charges dropped against officers in Freddie Gray case
“How could a man who posed no threat to the police have been killed while in police custody? To many observers, the case seemed like a clear-cut example of police brutality that called out for criminal prosecution, and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby quickly brought a strong slate of charges against six officers.
“Yet it now appears that no officers will be convicted in Gray’s death. After the first trial ended in a hung jury and the next three produced acquittals, prosecutors in Baltimore abruptly dropped charges against three remaining officers in Gray’s death on Wednesday morning. The trial of Officer Garrett Miller was supposed to begin Wednesday.”
2. Trump calls on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton
“Mr. Trump’s call was an extraordinary moment at a time when Russia is being accused of meddling in the United States’ presidential election. His comments came amid questions about the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s computer servers, which American intelligence agencies have told the White House they have ‘high confidence’ was the work of the Russian government.”
+1: What we know and what we don’t know about the DNC email hack.
3. Ontario’s considering BC-style foreign real estate tax
“Ontario’s Finance Minister ‘will be looking very closely’ at a move by his B.C. counterpart to tax foreign real estate investors in the Vancouver region, as market watchers predict the push to curb speculation in Vancouver’s housing market will shift more demand to Toronto.”
4. Facebook’s big virtual reality play
“Talking about the future, even Zuckerberg can get stumped and slide into the mystical. Some of the problems don’t even have names yet. VR, at true fidelity, entails creating another reality, the presence and automation of everything that exists.” Bloomberg sat down with Mark Zuckerberg to talk about the coming virtual reality boom, and things got, um, weird.
5. How exhaustion became a status symbol
“From sloth to burnout, each age remakes exhaustion in its own image.”