2014 NBA Playoffs

by Harmony Takhar

Spring is here once again and all basketball fans know what that means: the NBA playoffs. The following teams made the 2014 playoffs: Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Bobcats, Washington Wizards, Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Memphis Grizzlies.

Game 1 matches are: Spurs vs. Mavericks, Pacers vs. Hawks, Rockets vs. Trail Blazers, Nets vs. Raptors, Heat vs. Bobcats, Clippers vs. Warriors, and Thunder vs. Grizzles.

The Miami Heat won the NBA playoffs for the past 2 years, but will they win a third championship? The team has MVP Lebron James to lead them, as well as Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen, and Chris Anderson. So far, the Heat has won both of their game 1 matches, but other teams such as the Nets, Trail Blazers and Wizards had a very good pre-season games. The Spurs, who lost the championship to the Heat last year, is also in the playoffs once again, and they may be seeking vengeance.

Opinion: Forty Days Without Twitter

by Shelby Powers

Ever since the parental takeover of Facebook in 2010, Twitter has become the social network of choice for my generation. I am no exception to this mass of young tweeters, using the website almost daily to keep up with my peers and to project my own thoughts of less than 160 characters into the great unknown of the Internet. With my Twitter use, however, came some unfortunate results: procrastination and the dreaded condition of FOMO (fear of missing out). It got to the point that I could not do homework without checking tweets every five minutes.

Looking for an excuse to ditch my problem and perform a social experiment of sorts, I looked to the Christian tradition of sacrificing vices for the 40 day period before Easter, known as Lent, to drop my Twitter habit. During a past Lent I successfully made it through 40 days without meat, so I was up for the challenge.

The day after Mardi Gras, I deleted the Twitter app from my precious iPhone, replacing it with an NPR News app and a Bible app, hoping to better myself with knowledge and strengthen my faith, as opposed to wasting time reading the aimless thoughts of my peers.

The most difficult times of my hiatus were March Madness and Spring Break. I missed out on everyone’s reactions to the crazy upset games and the pictures of their sunburnt faces on some Floridian beach! Of course, the everyday struggle of missing gossip, jokes, and news was also present, especially at first. As the weeks went on, however, I began to realize how irrelevant and unimportant Twitter really was. Without it distracting me constantly, I actually would finish my homework at a decent hour, despite the emergence of a hefty case of senioritis as I spend my last semester in high school.

Although I had these great revelations, they did not prevent me from hopping back to Twitter on Easter morning. Catching up on my favorite comedians, politicians, and friends’ thoughts from the past 40 days would have been time-consuming, so I simply let their tweets go unread. My pre-Twitter-break self would have never possessed such self-control, thirsting for information and things to read no matter what. I kept my Bible and NPR News apps, and find myself reading through those more than Twitter, even though I no longer restrict my use of it. Over the course of my Twitter time-out, I even had time to read real-life paper books, a rarity for many of my tech-saavy generation.

While social media is convenient, fun, and kind of addictive, it is also a waste of time. Everything is best in moderation, and Twitter is no exception. While a 40 day hiatus is not for everyone, take a few hours every day and do something other than living vicariously through the 160 character soliloquies of those you follow, craving retweets and favorites and followers like a pregnant woman craves pickles and ice cream. Read a book, read the news, write letters, or better yet, talk to people face to face, maybe even go outside. Listen to the tweeting of some real birds every once in a while. Following the birds is optional; just don’t expect them to follow you back.

Mailman Fails to Deliver 44,900 Postages

by Allison Petkoff

It was announced Tuesday that a Kentucky mailman, William Morse, hid 44,900 pieces of mail in order to make his job a little easier. The mailman hid the mail at a storage place and at his deceased mother’s home. According to USA Today, “He [William Morse] wanted to speed up his route,” reported Capt. Craig Patterson an officer. Morse wanted to speed up his route because he had to pick up his children.

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Spring = Softball!

by Emily Bunsold

Spring has finally sprung in Bellbrook, and for the girls’ softball team, this officially means that it’s game on!

The girls have been hard at work, putting in 110%  in their practices to do their best in games. So far, their record is 5-7, and with the tough competition they’ve been put up against, they’re doing awesome so far! For Bellbrook sophomore, Nicole Licher, this is her eighth season playing softball. She’s been playing second base and doing some pitching this year. “I feel that as the season goes on, we will be definitely getting better. The rest of the team is pulling their weight and everyone’s doing what their supposed to. I think we’ll go through this season getting better every game, and all this hard work will pay off.”

Come out and support the girls’ softball team when they take on Kenton Ridge this coming Saturday, April 26. It’s a double header- so it’s a game you won’t want to miss!

Teen Stowaway Survives Flight Inside Wheel Well

by Maria Gerbic

Yahi Abdi, a 15 year old from California, survived a 5 hour flight Sunday by hiding inside the plane’s wheel well. The boy reportedly  ran away from his home in California to see his mother in Somalia. He jumped the fence early in the morning Sunday and picked a plane at random, unsure about his plan. The boy was not discovered until after the plane landed later that day.

At 1 am Easter morning, Yahi Abdi climbed over the barbed wire fence in San Jose, California, and hopped on to the first plane he saw. He spent the next 6 hours on the airport grounds before the plane took off at 7:55 am. The boy spent almost 5 hours inside the plane’s wheel well, where he survived oxygen-depleted heights as high as 38,000 feet. The boy emerged from the plane about an hour after landing in Maui, appearing dazed and asking for water. Airport employees fed the boy and transferred him to the hospital for treatment. His appearance has many wondering how he survived the trip.

One hundred and five people have attempted to fly inside wheel wells since 1947, and only 25 have come out alive. The Federal Aviation Administration’s Civil Aerospace Medical Institute says that at such high altitudes the body enters a “hibernative” state, while hypothermia also sets in. It is possible that the boy suffered permanent brain damage or kidney injuries due to the trauma that his body experienced. The boy is currently in the custody of Hawaii Child Welfare Services workers, where he will be taken care of until he can return home. Law enforcement officials are investigating the security breach at San Jose International Airport to figure out how the entered the grounds and why he was not caught.

Abdi lives with his father and step-mother in San Jose, and only 5 weeks ago transferred to Santa Clara High School. The teen is described as extremely quiet and shy by classmates at his new high school. Yahi Abdi’s father, Abdilahi Yusaf Abdi, says that the boy most likely left his home in San Jose, California, because he was struggling at school. The teen did not go to school in Africa and spoke English as a second language, making learning difficult for him. He says that the boy also wanted to return to Somalia to see his family. His father stated that, “He [Yahi] was always talking about going back to Africa, where his grandparents still live. We want to go back, but due to the current living conditions we can’t go back” (NPR). The teen is not facing criminal charges and is being treated for injuries at a hospital in Honolulu.

Ferry Sinks and Death Toll Rises to Hundreds

by Allison Petkoff

Over 100 people have been declared dead due to a ferry sinking off the coast of South Korea on Wednesday, April 16. Onboard the ferry contained 475 people, and most were high school students on their way to a school event. Many are still missing.

Trouble began when the ferry hit an object and survivors report hearing a loud bang at that time. The passengers were told to stay where they were at this first sign of trouble. By the time they were told to leave the ship, the ship was too tilted for many to escape. The boat had turned over in the water within a period of two hours. There is evidence of mistakes in guidance made by the captain of the ship. According to NPR, “The 69-year-old captain, Lee Jun-Seok, faces five counts including negligence of duty and violation of maritime law,” South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reports.

The death toll is expected to rise as more bodies are found. However, 179 people have been rescued from the site.  According to Reuters, the area of the disaster is “relatively shallow” so evaluating the situation may be less difficult.  Yet, the situation is still an extremely emotional one.