Weekend Edition Saturday http://ripr.org en Barrel Bomb Attacks Devastate Iraqi Families http://ripr.org/post/barrel-bomb-attacks-devastate-iraqi-families Human rights groups are accusing the Iraqi government of indiscriminate bombing. Baghdad officials deny that and note they're fighting a Sunni insurgency that commits mass executions and suicide bombings.<p>Yet rights workers say civilians are being killed by government attacks with so-called barrel bombs — the crude weapons made famous in Syria's current conflict. Barrel bombs are illegal and indiscriminate explosives, packed in things like oil drums or gas cylinders.<p>Hospitals haven't been spared. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 17:14:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 37339 at http://ripr.org Barrel Bomb Attacks Devastate Iraqi Families NFL Faces Criticism Over Ray Rice Suspension From Ravens http://ripr.org/post/nfl-faces-criticism-over-ray-rice-suspension-ravens <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=NFL+Faces+Criticism+Over+Ray+Rice+Suspension+From+Ravens&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5MTYwMDQ1MDEzMzE1ODcyMjRmY2FlMA004)"/></div><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:33:00 +0000 editor 37331 at http://ripr.org Bel Kaufman Took Us 'Up The Down Staircase' http://ripr.org/post/bel-kaufman-took-us-down-staircase <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Bel+Kaufman+Took+Us+%27Up+The+Down+Staircase%27&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAzODUzMjE5MDEyNDk2NjQ3NDc0MTczOA004)"/></div><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:33:00 +0000 Scott Simon 37332 at http://ripr.org Dressing Up As A T-Rex Is All Part Of The Job http://ripr.org/post/dressing-t-rex-all-part-job <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Dressing+Up+As+A+T-Rex+Is+All+Part+Of+The+Job&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAwODM4NDIzMDEzMjM4NzEyMDkwNThkNQ004)"/></div><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:15:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 37330 at http://ripr.org Bobby Patterson's 'Got More Soul,' Heart And Spirit http://ripr.org/post/bobby-pattersons-got-more-soul-heart-and-spirit <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Bobby+Patterson%27s+%27Got+More+Soul%2C%27+Heart+And+Spirit&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwMjk1OTc3MDEzNTA2NzQ1NjE4NjJmYQ004)"/></div><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:35:00 +0000 editor 37324 at http://ripr.org 'Back Channel' Turns Up White House Intrigue http://ripr.org/post/back-channel-turns-white-house-intrigue <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=%27Back+Channel%27+Turns+Up+White+House+Intrigue&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODg3MTg0MDEyMTg2NTY3OTI5YTI3ZA004)"/></div><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:35:00 +0000 editor 37325 at http://ripr.org If All The Ice Melts, What Happens To Hockey? http://ripr.org/post/if-all-ice-melts-what-happens-hockey <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=If+All+The+Ice+Melts%2C+What+Happens+To+Hockey%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODc1ODA5MDEyMjg1MDYxNTFiZTgwZg004)"/></div><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:35:00 +0000 editor 37326 at http://ripr.org Extremists Leave A Violent Message In A Small Iraqi Town http://ripr.org/post/extremists-leave-violent-message-small-iraqi-town A small Sunni Arab town north of Baghdad put up a fight when Sunni Muslim extremists from the so-called Islamic State tried to impose their rule on the town.<p>The residents lost, and now the town, Zowiya, just outside of Tikrit, is destroyed. More than 200 of its homes have been blown up, and the residents have fled.<p>The Islamic State leveled the town as a warning to anybody else that dares to fight them.<p>"My town is gone," says Abu Saad, a businessman in his sixties. "They bombed all our houses. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:12:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 36986 at http://ripr.org Extremists Leave A Violent Message In A Small Iraqi Town Inspectors Struggle To Collect Evidence At MH17 Crash Site http://ripr.org/post/inspectors-struggle-collect-evidence-mh17-crash-site At the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed in eastern Ukraine, inspector Michael Bociurkiw says rebels have allowed some access, but the inspectors are hampered by a lack of equipment. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:45:00 +0000 editor 36984 at http://ripr.org As New York Embraces HIV-Preventing Pill, Some Voice Doubts http://ripr.org/post/new-york-embraces-hiv-preventing-pill-some-voice-doubts AIDS researchers and policymakers from around the globe are gathering in Melbourne, Australia, for a major international conference that starts this Monday. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:30:00 +0000 Joel Rose 36983 at http://ripr.org As New York Embraces HIV-Preventing Pill, Some Voice Doubts