Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 11:28 am
We have a default template for the way we process mass shootings. We scour through every available scrap of the perpetrators' interior lives – Facebook postings, YouTube videos, interviews with former roommates — to try to find out what drove them to kill. The sites of the massacres become a kind of shorthand: Columbine, Sandy Hook, Fort Hood. We conduct protracted, unsatisfying conversations about gun rights, and about mental illness, and about how we have to make sure that they never happen again.
At least 145 people have been killed and more than 1,000 wounded since Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip began five days ago, according to Palestinian officials. The offensive has come amid a barrage of Hamas rocket fire directed at Israel. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports that Israeli tanks and reserve troops are poised for a possible ground invasion.
For the amount of money that's expected to be spent in the Kentucky race for U.S. Senate this year, you could buy a bottle of the state's own Maker's Mark whiskey for nearly every man, woman and child in the state.
Some observers say the election could end up as the most expensive Senate race in history, with spending topping $100 million. And why wouldn't it be? It's at the heart of the battle for control of the U.S. Senate.
This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Tamara Keith in for Scott Simon. The conflict continues between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip. Israeli air strikes have killed more than 120 Palestinians since Tuesday morning. In Israel, nearly a dozen Israelis have been seriously injured by rocket fire from Gaza. There is no cease-fire in sight, but there may be some indications of a slowdown. NPR's Emily Harris joins us from Gaza City. Hi, Emily.
The World Cup is down to four teams: Argentina, Germany, Brazil and the Netherlands. We've seen how these nations perform on the soccer field. But how do they perform in the fields of health and development?
The violence between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip has taken on a grisly repetition: This is the third time in five years that Israel has bombed Gaza in response to Hamas rocket fire.
And as Israel considers what would surely be a bloody ground invasion, it's unclear what such an operation would hope to achieve — or how much things would change.
In New York City's East Village, there are a number of hole-in-the-wall spots that advertise sushi at 50 percent off. But I can never bring myself to sample the goods. We're talking about a delicacy flown in from around the world. Marking it down drastically just doesn't sit right. Something — either the price, or the fish — has to be a little off.