News from Yahoo! Sports:
The Philadelphia 76ers get closer to missing the playoffs altogether the more they lose. Although Sixers fans like myself know that the remaining regular season schedule is manageable – despite taking place entirely on the road – we still feared a down-to-the-wire battle for the No. 8 seed. Instead, the events of April 18 might have given the Sixers a gift route to the playoffs after all.
The first present came when Philadelphia merely had to visit the Cleveland Cavaliers on April 18 – just 24 hours after the Cavaliers lost by 116-77 to the lowly Detroit Pistons. While the Sixers haven’t always beaten poor teams lately, they still had their way with this one en route to a 103-87 victory.
The second gift came in Washington, as the Milwaukee Bucks merely had to beat the poor Washington Wizards to keep pace with Philadelphia. Inst……….. continues on Yahoo! Sports.
News from Asbury Park Press:
Students at hundreds of New Jersey schools today will let their silence voice their opposition to the bullying of gay, lesbian and transgendered youths.
The silent protest is part of a national movement by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network to create safer schools for children regardless of sexual orientation.
For Shawn Harris, an 18-year-old Brick Township senior, the Day of Silence is about helping “the kids who don’t think that there’s any escape.”
“It kills me inside that kids have to go through this and think there’s no way out but hurting themselves,” he said, adding: “We just need acceptance. That’s all we want.”
Harris said he’s committed to the Day of Silence because of the gay and lesbian youths who have committed suicide as a result of bullying. To underscore the importance of that acceptance, a member of Brick Township High School’s gay-straight alliance will wear a Grim Reaper outfit and distribute T-shirts to participating students when the high school holds its Day of Silence next month.
The national Day of Silence, launched in 1996 at the University of Virginia, has become the largest single student-led awareness day, according to the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. By 2008, the day……….. continues on Asbury Park Press.