Leading Off (12/18/15)

A popular science-fiction film opened, you might have heard.

Storm Troopers Line Dance. Remember this week, when the Force awoke. We’re in for about 20 straight years of more Star Wars sequels, prequels, and spinoffs. Burnout is bound to set in before we’re watching a flick that finally details how it is Han Solo managed to make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs. But for now we remain young and innocent, willing to forget the disappointments of the past to instead embrace the still-unsullied promise of what is to come. Imperial clones, Sith lords, Rebel soldiers, and Jedi knights — for this one shining moment — celebrate together, bringing (however briefly) peace to the galaxy.

Arlington Student Arrested For Bomb Joke. The incident occurred last week. Twelve-year-old Armaan Singh is wearing an ankle monitor while under house arrest for telling classmates he was planning to blow up his school. Police officers didn’t find his gag funny.

U.S. Marshals Join Search For “Affluenza” Teen Ethan Couch. Cue Tommy Lee Jones:

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