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Skype A Vital Bridge For Palestinians In West Bank, Gaza

Jul 23, 2014 (Morning Edition) — By most accounts, the war between Israel and Hamas is getting worse. As the casualties mount, so does the frustration of Palestinian families living apart who rarely if ever get to see each other.

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Don't Make Me Come Back There: Toyota's New Parent-Friendly Options

Jul 23, 2014 (Morning Edition) — The new Sienna minivan has an optional pull-down mirror to allow better surveillance of the backseat, and a "Driver Easy Speak" feature that lets you speak to the kids without shouting.

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$500,000 Gets You A 170-Foot-Tall Ketchup Bottle In Illinois

Jul 23, 2014 (Morning Edition) — The condiment container towers above the former Brooks Old Original and Tangy Ketchup factory. The company moved out decades ago; now the space is for sale. It doesn't come with a giant side of fries.

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In spite of mounting pressure to change the Washington Redskins' name, team owner Daniel Snyder seems to remain unmoved. (AP)

The Washington Football Team That Must Not Be Named

Jul 23, 2014 (Morning Edition)

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Anybody who possesses a scintilla of good taste (and/or decency) is against the Washington football team using its longtime nickname. I don't have to scrounge for Brownie points by getting all indignant about it.

The one person who is most adamant about keeping the name is Daniel Snyder, who owns the Washington football franchise, and who appears to be either especially stubborn, or insensitive or both.

The obscene nickname is, of course, Redskins, and increasingly it's been suggested that we in the media should stop saying or writing it.

It's certainly an original proposition. We would, however, get tired of just hearing "Washington" all the time. Nicknames are such a useful alternative in sports. However, maybe we could say the "D.C.-ers" or the "Columbias" or, even the "Snyderers." After all, the Cleveland team was named Browns after its coach, and even "Snyderers" is a nicer name than "Redskins." Well, barely.

Or, even better, we could all — not just the media, but everybody — take a lesson from the Bible. If you remember, the people wanted to build a tall tower up to heaven, but this displeased the Lord, so he made everybody talk in different languages. They couldn't communicate, so they had to stop building the tower, which was in a place called Babel — or, as some people now call it, the House of Representatives.

Anyway, I think rather than not calling the Redskins anything, we should all call them whatever we want. You might call them the "Federals" or the "Presidents" or the "Lobbyists" or whatever. You could call them the "Muskrats" or the "Skunks" or the "Nincompoops." You could call them the "Who" or the "Whatzits." You could call Mr. Snyder's team whatever your heart desires, except what Mr. Snyder wants. The team and the franchise would get lost in the chaos ... just like that tower.

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In spite of mounting pressure to change the Washington Redskins' name, team owner Daniel Snyder seems to remain unmoved. (AP)

Airlines Cancel Service To Israel Amid Heightened Aviation Safety Concerns

Jul 23, 2014 (Morning Edition) — A number of major airlines have suspended service to and from Tel Aviv as the fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza intensifies. That's leaving passengers to find other arrangements.

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