Today's Takeaways: A Blame Game, An Unlikely Act of Service, and A New Approach to Music and Memories

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Monday, July 21, 2014

A woman kneels by flowers layed at a remembrance spot at Schiphol Airport, near Amsterdam, July 20, 2014. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which took off at Schiphol airport, was blown out of the sky. (VALERIE KUYPERS/AFP/Getty)

1. The Netherlands Pays the Greatest Toll in MH17 Crash | 2. Listeners Respond: The Music & Memories of Your Past | 3. Student Pallbearers Serve the Underprivileged | 4. Combating Alzheimer's With Music

Obama: What Are Russian Separatists Hiding?

Of the 298 people aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the Netherlands paid the greatest price, losing 193 of its people. Joining The Takeaway from the Netherlands to weigh in is Pieter Feith, a Dutch diplomat.

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All Eyes on Putin as Investigators Demand Access to Downed Jet

President Obama called on the Russian leader to compel Kremlin-backed separatists in Ukraine to open the crash site to investigators. Will Putin step in to defuse the crisis?

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40,000 Palestinians Now Displaced in Gaza

Tens of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza are seeking shelter since the Israeli ground invasion began on Thursday. But a larger number of Gazans are effectively trapped, unable to seek refuge across international borders.

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NYC Responds to Fatal Staten Island Arrest

Tragedy struck Staten Island last Thursday when Eric Garner died after being put into a chokehold by an NYPD officer. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he's ordered NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton to launch a "full and thorough investigation" into the death of the Staten Island man. 

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The Music & Memories of Your Past

Close your eyes and think about a song. What memories does it invoke? We asked listeners like you to share the songs that remind you of the past. We got tons of calls and text messages, so we put together this unofficial playlist that can function as the soundtrack to your memories.

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Student Pallbearers Serve the Underprivileged

More than 400 students at the all-male St. Ignatius High School volunteer in the Saint Joseph of Arimathea Ministry, a student organization that leads funerals for deceased people who were homeless, financially insecure or without family to give them a dignified burial.

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Combating Alzheimer's With Music

Who do we become when we can no longer remember our own pasts? Could something as simple as music be a saving grace for the more than 5 million Americans suffering from Alzheimer's? 

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