First, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office cancelled the Washington Redskins' trademark registration. Then, the University of Minnesota, whose stadium will host Minnesota Vikings football games until the NFL team's new stadium is completed, decided "to keep the Washington Redskins’ name from being used when the two teams play on campus in November." (No word on whether the Vikings' name, which like "Redskins" has ethnic overtones, will be permitted.) Now, The Washington Post editorial board has decided not to use the name "Redskins", "except when it is essential for clarity or effect". The paper's news-gathering operation, which is separate from the editorial board, will continue to use the name.
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