University of Vermont axes North Carolina game over LGBT law

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) – The University of Vermont has canceled its women’s basketball team’s upcoming game in North Carolina over a state law that governs transgender bathroom access.

The Catamounts were scheduled to face the Tar Heels on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus on Dec. 28, but announced the cancellation on their athletic website Wednesday night.

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NBA chooses New Orleans for 2017 All-Star Game

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Friday because the decision hasn’t been announced. An announcement was expected within the day, the person said.

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Marist, not subject to NY’s state ban on travel to North Carolina, will play Duke in November

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke has filled the hole in its men’s basketball schedule.

Officials said Aug. 16 that the Blue Devils will play host to Marist on Nov. 11 and Grand Canyon the following night as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off.

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CBS entertainment chief vows more primetime diversity

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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) – CBS is committed to increasing the diversity of its prime-time series, the network’s new programming chief said, offering himself as evidence.

“I’m just a gay guy from Indiana who doesn’t play basketball, but now I’m the entertainment president of CBS,” said Glenn Geller, who was promoted to the job last fall.

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Lesbian boxer looks to become female heavyweight champion

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Orlando – By night one way, by day another. So is the life of Laura Ramsey.

When she’s not teaching middle school kids how to solve math problems, Ramsey spends her time training for upcoming boxing matches, the most important of which takes place on Nov. 7.

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Olympic freestyle skier comes out

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DENVER (AP) — When Gus Kenworthy would let his mind wander into how his perfect Olympics might play out, he pictured a certain scene.

He’d land his best tricks on his final run, win a medal and then – the capper – jump into the stands, ski boots and all, to share a big hug and kiss with the man who meant so much to him.

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Viewpoint: The Other Side of Life, Property Axes

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I’ve discovered a patch of invasive, non-indigenous flowering weeds on my little patch of American soil. While I wait for the herbicide to kick in, I’m going break out a hatchet to keep it from spreading to my neighbors’ lawns. I’m going to do my duty as a good citizen, destroy an otherwise pretty bed on my own property and protect the fragile native ecosystem. This process may look self-destructive, but it must be done. Stand back, friends, Election Day is coming.

The 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution declares, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” Many conservative arguments for states’ rights are rooted in this simple yet powerful clause. Strict constructionists have used this to justify local control over such important institutions as education; it’s invoked in arguments about abortion and gay marriage. Let’s not forget that little squabble about local hegemony in the 1860s.

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Bryant University men’s basketball coach comes out

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SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — Division I men’s basketball has its first openly gay coach.

Bryant University assistant coach Chris Burns came out publicly in a personal essay posted Oct. 7 on Outsports.com.

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Former coaches file lawsuit saying they were fired for being gay and female

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three former University of Minnesota Duluth coaches, including women’s hockey coach Shannon Miller, filed a discrimination lawsuit against the university Sept. 28, saying they lost their jobs because they’re female and gay.

Miller led the Bulldogs to five NCAA national championships, but UMD officials cited a budget deficit when they told her last December that they would not renew her contract. The others plaintiffs include former women’s softball coach Jen Banford, who was also director of operations for UMD women’s hockey under Miller, and former women’s basketball coach Annette Wiles.

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Princeton offensive lineman tells website he is gay

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PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) – One of college football’s oldest programs has its first openly gay player.

Princeton offensive lineman Mason Darrow told Outsports.com in a story posted Sept. 15 that he is gay. Darrow, of Lake Barrington, Illinois, said everything has gone well at home and school since he came out to his teammates and coaches.

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Transgender teen from Connecticut looks to the future

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GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) – In ninth grade, Evan Connors was taken to the hospital three times. He was reclusive. He was mute. He hated himself.

“Ninth grade was like getting sucked into a black hole,” he says. “I’d just … do things to myself that weren’t good. It was horrible, it was scary, I didn’t know who I was.”

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Wedding Bells at Watermark: Bob Poe and Kenneth Brown

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“As I said to him in a text a few days after we met, the one thing that I was really drawn to about him was his spirit,”Bob Poe, 60, says about his husband Ken Brown, 59.

Bob has been involved for years in Florida politics, helped start local radio station 98.9 WMMO and brought the Magic basketball team to Orlando. He met Ken while he was away one summer for business out in California.

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