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Redskins Stripped Of Trademarks

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has canceled six federal trademarks of the Washington Redskins' team name, calling the symbol "disparaging" to Native Americans. While the ruling doesn't prohibit the team from using its name, it allows anyone to make and sell Redskins merchandise, putting pressure on team owner Dan Snyder to change the name. Kojo explores the fallout from this historic ruling and looks at what legal options are left for Washington's NFL team.

Officials Voice Concern Over Redskins' Name

A number of guests on the Friday Politics Hour have discussed the issue of a name change for Washington's football team, many of them supporting such a move.

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker said on the April 25 show that if it were up to him, he would change the name of the Redskins football team.

"I've made it no secret we agree to disagree," Baker told WAMU reporter Matt Bush.

He did note the team, which plays in Baker's county, had been good corporate citizens.

He made similar comments as far back as his appearance on the show on Oct. 18, 2013.

Jack Evans
D.C. Council member Jack Evans also said he supported a name change for the team during his Jan. 24 appearance on the show.

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No Longer Omar: Actor Michael K. Williams On Lucky Breaks And Letting Go

Over the course of his career, Williams says he's learned to separate himself from his characters (like The Wire's Omar). In HBO's The Night Of, he plays a powerful prison inmate named Freddy.
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#FoodPorn, Circa 1600s: Then And Now, It Was More About Status Than Appetite

A new study of old masters finds that capturing and showing off decadent and expensive meals is a decidedly old-fashioned practice. Like today's Instagrammers, it was all about projecting an image.
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The Legality Of Restoring Virginia Voting Rights

Virginia's governor is bypassing the commonwealth's Supreme Court ruling and restoring felon voting rights individually. Kojo examines Terry McAuliffe's move with a legal expert.

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The Big Internet Brands Of The '90s — Where Are They Now?

Verizon's purchase of Yahoo will close the book on one of the oldest Internet companies. What happened to the other famous '90s brands, like GeoCities, Netscape and CompuServe? A nerdy remembrance.

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