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Suddenly, sports are getting political. A long-overdue movement to change the racist name of the Washington Redskins is cresting. A growing number of black pro athletes have worn a "I Can't Breathe" shirt to protest Eric Garner’s death, or raised their arms in a "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" gesture as a nod to Ferguson.

Many people see political activism as corrupting an escapist pastime, but I’m all for players showing solidarity with social movements. Rooting for their team, on the other hand, needn’t be a political act. Sports fandom is more like religion than politics: it’s something you inherit rather than choose.

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PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The manhunt for a Marine veteran suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives amid a child custody dispute has spread to two suburban Philadelphia counties.

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