What is the Fa-word, you ask? It's a six-letter, two-syllable term that starts with the letters fa and rhymes with maggot. It's not to be confused with the F-word.
In April, basketball superstar Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers was fined $100,000 by the NBA for calling a referee the Fa-word. In May, Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls was fined $50,000 by the league for hurling the anti-gay slur at a fan.
These are just recent incidents in a tumultuous timeline that includes:
When you think archeology, you think shovels, brushes, brooms and other time-honored tools used to uncover archeological treasures. Now a new way to peer beneath the Earth's surface may have made an exciting find: more pyramids, buried deep under an ancient Egyptian city.
The views on the Pakistani streets are very different from those being expressed through diplomatic channels. That from Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep, who talks with guest host Rachel Martin from a market area in Lahore, Pakistan.
Since American troops killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan almost a month ago, the U.S. has had to reassess its relationship with Pakistan. And just over the border in eastern Afghanistan, Maj. Gen. John Campbell has been the top U.S. commander for the last year. Campbell tells guest host Rachel Martin the toughest foe in that part of the country isn't the Taliban or even al-Qaida; it's a tribal insurgent group called the Haqqani network.