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The Daily Talker


Daily Talker: How Should The US Help Iraq?

The situation in Iraq is spiraling out of control, pushing the country to the brink of civil war.

Islamic extremists have taken control of several major cities, and are threatening to move toward Baghdad. They want Iraq to be run by strict Islamic law, and seem to be better equipped and organized than ever.



Daily Talker: Should Smoking Be Banned At The Beach?

Starting next week, smoking will be banned at six beaches at Cape Cod National Seashore.

Coast Guard Beach and Nauset Light Beach in Eastham, Marconi Beach in Wellfleet, Race Point Beach and Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown, and Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro will all prohibit smoking in guarded areas.



Daily Talker: Native American Tribe Airs Anti-Redskins Ad

The debate over whether the Washington Redskins should change its name went before basketball fans Tuesday night.

The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation of Northern California purchased a 60 second ad during game 3 of the NBA finals in select cities across the country. Boston was not one of those cities.



Daily Talker: Senators Call For Criminal Investigation Into VA Scandal

A group of 21 Senators from both political parties are calling for the Attorney General to launch a criminal investigation into medical care delays at VA hospitals around the country.

“Evidence of secret waiting times, falsification of records, destruction of documents, and other potential criminal wrongdoing has appalled and angered the nation, and imperiled trust and confidence in the Veterans Health Administration,” said the letter authored by Sens. John McCain (R-Arizona) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), and signed by another 10 Democrats and 9 Republicans.



Daily Talker: Did School Go Too Far In Banning Parent Who Showed Gun License?

The father of an student at Stratton Elementary School in Arlington has been ordered to stay away from the campus for the rest of the year, after officials say he threatened the principal by showing his gun license.

“He apparently had no recourse other than to say I threatened his life, which i did not, said Robert Gordon. He says the principal was upset about some drawings his son made, claiming one looked like a male’s private body parts. Gordon says the picture was meant to be a ping pong gun shown in the movie “Despicable Me”.



Daily Talker: Flying Car Or Driverless Car?

The Boston Business Journal reports Terrafugia has been testing it’s vehicle called Transition, which can fly at speeds of up to 100 miles an hour, and can reach altitudes of 10,000 feet. It’s scheduled to be released in mid-2016.

Terrafugia CEO Carl Deitrich tells the BBJ their target customer is retired or semi-retired. “Many were promised a flying car when they were younger and now they can get one,” he said.



Daily Talker: Is Mazzaglia’s Ex-Girlfriend Getting Off Too Easy With Plea Deal?

The ex-girlfriend of a man accused of strangling a 19-year-old Massachusetts woman will be back on the witness stand on Thursday.

Kat McDonough broke down while testifying in the trial of Seth Mazzaglia in Dover, New Hampshire. He’s accused of murdering U.N.H. student Lizzie Marriott in October of 2012 after she refused his sexual advances in his apartment.



Daily Talker: What Would You Say To The Honest Track Coach?

The boys’ track coach at North Attleboro High School is teaching his players a lesson in honesty and good sportsmanship.

Derek Herber’s team won the Division 2 Eastern Mass. title on Sunday. While reviewing the official results the next day, Herber discovered a scoring error in one of the final races.



Daily Talker: Fellow Soldiers Say Bergdahl Left Them Behind

As freed Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl recovers in a hospital in Germany after being held by the Taliban for nearly five years following a prisoner swap, some of his fellow soldiers say he walked away from them.

“Once it was his turn to basically rest he just vanished and the next morning they were trying to do a roll call and they couldn’t find him,” said Nathan Bethea, who served in the same battalion as Bergdahl.



Daily Talker: Debate Over Release Of US Soldier In Prisoner Swap

The release of a U.S. soldier captured in Afghanistan almost five years ago is stirring a sharp debate over whether the U.S. should have negotiated a deal with the Taliban.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was freed yesterday after President Barack Obama agreed to release five high-level Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.