Today's Takeaways: Growing Up in Gaza, A New Cult Classic, and A Debate Around Marijuana

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

A displaced Palestinian boy from Beit Hanun in the northern Gaza Strip stands on July 23, 2014 in front of a mural painting at a UN school in the refugee camp of Jabalia. (MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty)

1. Growing Up in a Palestinian Refugee Camp | 2. Gaza: No Peace & No Way Out | 3. Sharknado: The Making of a Cult Classic | 4. Police Chief: Marijuana-Related Crimes on the Rise | 5. Is It Practical to Legalize Marijuana in America? | 6. Fela Kuti: Firebrand, Innovator, and Rebel

Growing Up in a Palestinian Refugee Camp

The violence rages on in Israel and Palestine this week. Amid the escalating humanitarian crisis, The Takeaway hears from a woman who was born and raised in a refugee camp in Gaza.

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Gaza: No Peace & No Way Out

As Operation Protective Edge continues into its fourth week, Israel stands firmly behind Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. A recent poll found that more than 90 percent of Jewish Israelis believe Operation Protective Edge is justified.

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God is Green: Evangelicals Embrace the EPA

On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency wrapped up two days of public hearings on its proposed climate rule that would curb carbon emissions from the nation's powers plants. And conservative faith leaders made a big showing in support of the Obama Administration's plan.

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Sharknado: The Making of a Cult Classic

Just when you thought it was safe to go back on Twitter, "Sharknado 2: The Second One" hit the small screen last night. The film is the sequel to the cult film and Twitter phenomenon "Sharknado." 

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Police Chief: Marijuana-Related Crimes on the Rise

While The New York Times editorial board has enthusiastically endorsed legalizing marijuana across the country, not everyone is so sure. Communities neighboring states where the drug is now legal are increasingly worried about increases in marijuana-related crimes.

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Is It Practical to Legalize Marijuana in America?

This week, The Takeaway's partner The New York Times launched "High Time: An Editorial Series on Marijuana Legalization."  Andrew Rosenthal, the editorial page editor for The New York Times, explains why the paper took this stance.

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Fela Kuti: Firebrand, Innovator, and Rebel

Political firebrand, musical innovator, Nigerian folk-hero, rebel, and global icon: Fela Kuti was a figure eminently of his time and also someone who was entirely ahead of his time. The story of Fela Kuti's journey is the subject of a new documentary.

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