The repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” is a historic step. It affirms American ideals of equal opportunity and underscores the importance of the right to military service as a fundamental dimension of citizenship. It was no accident that Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation not only guaranteed freedom to black Americans, but at the same time opened the Union Army to their participation. Because of today’s action by the Senate, gay and lesbian Americans will now also have the right to pursue this honorable calling, and we as a nation will have the benefit of their service.I look forward to pursuing discussions with military officials and others to achieve Harvard’s full and formal recognition of ROTC. I am very pleased that more students will now have the opportunity to serve their country. I am grateful to the Massachusetts congressional delegation for its unified support for repeal.— Drew Faust
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has rejected international criticism of its crackdown on protests by students opposing the appointment of a government loyalist to head Istanbul’s top university. The Turkish Foreign Ministry on Thursday warned countries to stay out of its domestic issues. Students and faculty members of Bogazici University have been protesting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s appointment as rector of an academic who once ran for parliament as a candidate for the ruling party, and have been calling for his resignation. Some of the protests have erupted into clashes between police and demonstrators and hundreds of people have been detained.
A memorabilia shop in Chicago announced on social media today that Bears cornerback Bryce Callahan has a broken foot and his season now could be over.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 11, 2018The memorabilia shop in Chicago unintentionally broke the news by announcing Callahan no longer would be available for a Tuesday autograph session.****IMPORTANT SIGNING UPDATE****Bryce Callahan broke his foot last game and will be unable to attend tonight’s signing. We are working hard to get a rescheduled date for Bryce.We will be issuing a $20 cash… https://t.co/L2HEuBmfkT— Elite Icons (@EliteIcons) December 11, 2018NFL Media reported the break is to Callahan’s fifth metatarsal. A timeline for his return has yet to be determined, though it’s unlikely the Bears will push him with just three games remaining in the regular season. Bryce Callahan could soon be shut down.The Bears cornerback is expected to miss the rest of the season after suffering a broken left foot in Sunday’s win over the Rams, ESPN reported, noting that Elite Icons was the first to report the injury update. Rams coach Sean McVay humbled by Bears: ‘This loss is on me’ Related News Three takeaways from the Bears’ win over the Rams Callahan, 27, signed with the Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2015. He has been one of Chicago’s top all-around defenders and was in the midst of a breakout season before getting hurt.However, he is scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency this offseason.The Bears (9-4) will look to clinch the NFC North when they face the rival Packers (5-7) at 1 p.m. ET Sunday. If Chicago fails to claim its division, the team can clinch a playoff berth if the Redskins lose to the Jaguars.
On Sunday morning, the teenage Hor Halutie qualified for the final of the women’s 100m at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.For her, the dash lasted just 11.46 seconds, and it is very likely she has no idea what kind of buzz she’s created within her circles at the Games. In Ghana, the news is spreading, fast.For a country that’s not used to athletics success in the last many international tournaments, the excitement is understandable. But it’s important to contextualize her semifinal finish, in order to keep expectations for the budding talent at an appreciable level.First, the 19-year old qualified as one of two fastest losers. Halutie was in semifinal 3, in a field of eight athletes (see main photo). Her start was shaky, but once she gained her rhythm, the sprinter flew past a Ugandan, a Cypriot, an English, and then a Nigerian opposition.The alum of T.I Ahmaddiya Secondary finished third, behind Reyare Thomas (Trinidad and Tobago, second place in 11.36) and Christiana Williams (Jamaica, first in 11.22). Halutie, therefore, had to wait for the fourth semifinal to be sure she made it to the final. Once she realised she had made it, she was ecstatic, because she had barely made it. “I’ve been very, very lucky because I just got in as the last of the eight qualifiers, but I will take it!” she said.In context, of all the eight finalists, she had the eighth best time. However, that does not mean she won’t do well in the final, and she knows it, for the time she ran is not even the fastest she’s ever done. Her best was a second faster, 11.45, during Heat 1 of the same event in Australia.”Anything can happen in the final, and I just have to be focused. Some of the ladies here are also really good with excellent starts, but never say never,” she said after the race.The women’s 100m final is on Monday at 11.50am, and Halutie will be the only African in the field of eight. All the races are live in Ghana on SuperSport 11.