April 25, 2014

By Kirstie Yu

Staff Writer 

Here are some fun and oh so true facts about our everyday lives.

Google unveiled a new feature in Google Maps that allows you to travel back in time to see how a place has changed since 2007.

Time Magazine has just released its list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The Brazilian Congress recently passed an Internet Constitution, the first of its kind.

Indian election officials go to extraordinary lengths to preserve democracy.

United Nations representatives criticized Australia’s policies on migrants, especially its boat tow-back policy.

In Japan, President Barack Obama plays soccer with a humanoid robot, while Justin Bieber offends his Chinese fans by accidentally visiting a controversial Japanese war shrine.

The New York Police Department’s social media outreach attempt backfired when Twitter users posted pictures of police brutality for its #myNYPD campaign.

The 2014 edition of the NBA Playoffs are officially underway, and as of the morning of April 25,

In the Western Conference:

  • The Dallas Mavericks (8) even the series at 1-1 and snap a 10-game losing streak over the past three seasons against the San Antonio Spurs (1);
  • The Oklahoma City Thunder (2) are down 1-2 to the Memphis Grizzlies (7), who knocked the Thunder out of the playoffs last season;
  • The Los Angeles Clippers (3) regain home-court advantage and take a 2-1 lead after dropping the first game in the series at home to the Golden State Warriors (6); and
  • The Portland Trail Blazers (4), led by two sensational performances by LaMarcus Aldridge, won the first two games on the road against the Houston Rockets (5) to take a 2-0 series lead as they head back to Rip City tonight.

In the Eastern Conference:

  • The struggling Indiana Pacers (1) are down 1-2 to a young Atlanta Hawks (8) squad;
  • The defending champions Miami Heat (2) defended home court and have a 2-0 series lead over the Charlotte Bobcats (7), who have now lost 18 straight games against the Heat;
  • The Toronto Raptors (3) have evened the series at one apiece with the Brooklyn Nets (4) after a Toronto newspaper trolled the Nets with a Raptors vs. Dinosaurs headline before the series began (bonus: Canadian rapper Drake lint-rolling his pants during Game 2); and
  • The Washington Wizards (5) have surprised the Chicago Bulls (4) by taking a 2-0 series lead while on the road at Chicago’s United Center.

Image by Sancho McCann

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