Cross country teams travel to Regionals – The Daily Eastern News


The season will continue for the Eastern men’s and women’s cross country teams as they compete in the NCAA Midwest Regional on Friday. 

The men’s team is coming off their second-straight OVC Championship on Oct. 30. 

Eastern had the top two individual finishers in OVC Championship with Dustin Hatfield winning and Jaime Marcos finishing second. 

Hatfield was also given OVC Runner of the Year honors after a season in which he shattered the Eastern record in the 8K with a time of 23:28.2 and also posted the fourth best time in school history later in the season.

Hatfield and Marcos were named first team All-OVC while Trevor Murphy, Franky Romano, Richie Jacobo and Adam Swanson were given second team honors.

The women’s team finished third at the OVC Championships, but like the men, had the top two individual finishers. 

Lindsey Carlson placed first, capping of a season that earned her OVC Runner of the Year honors. 

Kate Bushue placed second and earned first team All-OVC honors with Carlson while Avani Flanagan, who finished 14th, picked up second team honors. 

The men’s team will be one of 31 teams in the Regional while the women’s team will be one of 34. 

The top two teams automatically qualify for NCAA National Championships while the top 25 individual finishers on each side will get All-Region honors. 

The women will run a 6K starting at 11 a.m. 

Carlson set an Eastern record in the 6K at the Bradley “Pink” Classic Oct. 15, posting a time of 21:03.5. 

The men will follow at noon with a 10K. 

 

Adam Tumino can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected] 



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Michigan State Schedule Updates: Football versus Ohio State, basketball versus Eastern Michigan


The Michigan State Spartans travel to Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, Nov. 20 to take on the Buckeyes. On Monday, the kickoff time was announced for noon Eastern Time. The game will broadcast on ABC.

If Michigan State is able to beat Maryland Terrapins at home this Saturday, the game a week later against Ohio State is going to have massive implications on the Big Ten East race, as MSU still controls its own destiny despite last week’s loss to the Purdue Boilermakers. The Buckeyes are currently the only undefeated team in Big Ten Conference play (6-0) and if Ohio State wins the remainder of its games — starting this Saturday with the same Purdue team that just upset Michigan State — will win the Big Ten East. MSU’s only path to the Big Ten Championship game is to win its last three games.

Both Michigan State and Ohio State are 8-1 overall this season, as the Buckeyes suffered a non-conference loss to the Oregon Ducks on Sept. 11. The Buckeyes have the all-time series lead over the Spartans 34-15. MSU’s last victory over OSU was in 2015 — and the Spartans advanced to the College Football Playoff that year.

Before Michigan State can focus on Ohio State, the Spartans must defeat Maryland, and bounce back from last week’s road loss to Purdue. That game kicks off at 4 p.m. in East Lansing on Saturday and can be watched on FOX.

Michigan State Men’s Basketball schedule update:

In addition to the football game in Columbus on the same day, the Michigan State men’s basketball program also announced a schedule update. The Spartans will take on the Eastern Michigan Eagles at 5 p.m. on Nov. 20 — a strategically placed tip-off time for when the football game will likely be over. The game can be viewed on Big Ten+, which requires a subscription.



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Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary is the Spookiest Party


The building is terrifying on its own. An iron gate guards the entry to Eastern State Penitentiary, which sits on 11 acres dropped right in the middle of Philadelphia. Hulking 30-foot walls surround the Gothic Revival fortress.

Inside, paint peels in nuclear green layers. Some crumbling cells have not been touched for over 30 years; in one sits an old barber’s chair, a pop of ominous red amid rubble. Rusted iron bed frames lean against walls. Some clothing still hangs, as though their owners vanished into thin air.

There are ghosts, of course—the disgruntled spirits of hardened criminals who were lost to madness, suicide, torture, and disease over the prison’s 142 years. Eastern State Penitentiary has been called one of the most haunted places in America, with reports of shadowy figures in Cellblock 6, cackling voices in Cellblock 12, a ghostly guard that patrols the dilapidated hallways, and spectres of victims reportedly haunting Al Capone himself, who was locked away here for eight months.

Need a haircut? Seems to be in working order. | Zack Frank/Shutterstock

These days, you can take it all in on a daytime tour. And right now though November 13th, these eerie halls are hosting one of the most chilling—and entertaining—Halloween festivals there is. Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary not only lets you explore these famous grounds at night, but entertains with spooky attractions, tours, performances, food, and even a creepy cocktail or two.

This annual event turns 30 this year and they’re going all out. Ticket prices vary (tip: they’re cheaper online) but for $60 or less, you can wander through four disorienting haunted houses—where terrifying beings make sport of jump scares and neon monsters are given added dimension (if you opt-in for the 3D glasses, that is).

Make your way through a skeleton-filled bus to The Crypt where vampires roam, or stop by the Bloodline Lounge for a blood-themed cocktail and a selfie with the undead. You can also see the cell where Al Capone actually stayed; now it’s a speakeasy where ghostly flappers perform throwback tunes.

Sure she’s a ghost, but she puts on a great show. | Photo courtesy of Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

A historical audio tour is narrated by Steve Buscemi, and a flashlight tour allows visitors to venture into the prison’s old hospital block at night for the first time. The award-winning Prisons Today exhibit dives into the current state of mass incarceration, and the Big Graph charts incarceration rates in the US by race, and in comparison to the world.

At the Fair Chance Beer Garden, brews are provided by Triple Bottom Brewing, which employs people who have experienced homelessness or incarceration. Pizza is courtesy of Down North, which also hires the formerly incarcerated; they’ve topped restaurant lists from Bon Appetit to the New York Times (and was recently named the best square slice in Philly).

See some dancing zombies at the Gargoyle Gardens or a misfit band at the Junkyard Jams scrap heap. Wind down at the S’mores and Lore, which pairs ghost stories with melty marshmallows. Then do it all again, if you dare.

Sometimes the theme from “Halloween” just wafts out of it. True story. | Photo courtesy of Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

Opened in 1829 in a then-rural area of Cherry Hill (now Fairmount), Eastern State Penitentiary was a marvel of its time. When it was completed in 1836 for $780,000, it was one of the most expensive buildings of the day, boasting heat, plumbing, and running water before even the White House.

The space, initially intended for 250 inmates in the first solitary confinement “penitence” model, eventually held 1,700. With squalid conditions and frequent riots, the whole thing shut down in 1971—but not before it was designated a National Historic Landmark. “We think because Eastern State was open as an active prison from 1829 up until 1971, a lot of the United States’ history of incarceration took place at that one site,” says Brett Bertolino, Director of Operations at the penitentiary.

The site sat abandoned until the mid-1980s, when the City of Philadelphia formed the Eastern State Task Force: a group of architects, preservationists, and historians with an eye towards restoration and cementing its place in history.

Obviously they’re using candles because it’s energy-efficient. | Photo courtesy of Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

In 1991, Eastern State began hosting candle-lit ghost tours on Halloween nights to help raise funds. Eventually, they rebranded as the prison-themed Terror Behind the Walls (tagline: A haunted adventure in a real prison).

“We started adding ways for visitors to customize the experience,” says Bertolino, who is also a member of the Haunted Attraction Association. If you wore a special glowing necklace or a “bloody” X on your forehead, the actors might take you away on a gurney, or send you down a secret passageway.

With this 30th anniversary iteration of Halloween Nights, the experience has been fully overhauled. Visitors can roam and choose their own adventure, take in a performance, or just immerse themselves in the space. “You have Kaleidoscope Hall, where the 30-foot vaulted ceiling is projection-mapped, and there’s projections and moving lights and sometimes there are performers that move through those spaces,” says Bertolino. “It’s not scary. It could be creepy, but it could be beautiful.”

The new format also allowed them to re-think the theme. With its castle-like exterior, future Halloween Nights might get even more fanciful. “We were kind of in the mindset that it had to be prison-themed. Well, after 20 years that gets a little bit old,” says Bertolino. “When we went to a different model, our creative team was like, ‘You mean we can finally talk about dragons??’”

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Eastern Florida State Men’s Basketball Team Set to Tip-Off Regular Season Nov. 3


Titans head into the season No. 14 in the NJCAA Division I preseason poll

The Eastern Florida State College men’s basketball team has released the 2021-22 schedule. (EFSC image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Eastern Florida State College men’s basketball team has released the 2021-22 schedule.

The men’s basketball team heads into the season No. 14 in the NJCAA Division I preseason poll and will be tested early, playing four teams that are ranked in the preseason poll before the start of the conference season.

The Titans will open the regular season on Nov. 3 against TAAG Academy at 7 p.m. and then travels to ASA College on Nov. 6 before hosting the Florida JUCO Shootout on Nov. 12 and 13.

The Titans will play No. 13 Chipola College at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 and then the State College of Florida-Manatee on Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

After that, the Titans will play in two big tournaments in November beginning at Florida Southwestern State College on Nov. 19 and 20.

The Titans will play Spartanburg Methodist on Nov. 19 and then Snow College on Nov. 20. Then the team will travel to Bradenton to play games from Nov. 25 to 27.

Eastern Florida State College will play three games in Bradenton, facing Albany Tech on Nov. 25, South Georgia Tech on Nov. 26, and No. 23-ranked Georgia Highlands on Nov. 27.

The Titans will return home on Dec. 1 to host ASA College at 7 p.m. and plays Miami Dade at Titan Field House on Dec. 4 before hitting the road for a matchup with No. 20 Harcum College on Nov. 10.

The Titans will once again host the Jim Grimes Classic on Nov. 30-31, playing Southern Union at 6 p.m. on Nov. 30 and No. 8 Shelton State on New Year’s Eve at 4 p.m.

Eastern Florida State College will open the Central Conference season on Jan. 5 on the road, traveling to the Florida State College at Jacksonville for a 7:30 p.m. game.

The defending conference champions will host Polk State College on Jan. 8 in the conference home opener at 4 p.m.

They will also play Daytona State College, Santa Fe College, and will wrap up the regular season at Titan Field House on Feb. 22 against St. Petersburg College.

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Three eastern European countries deemed ‘very high’ risk for travel, but Spain now less risky


By Marnie Hunter, CNN

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania and Belarus were deemed “very high” risk travel destinations on Tuesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean also moved into the “Level 4: Very high level of Covid-19” category on the agency’s regularly updated list of travel advisories.

People should avoid traveling to locations designated with a “Level 4” notice, the CDC recommends. Anyone who must travel should be fully vaccinated first, the agency advises. Nearly 90 destinations are now listed as Level 4.

All the destinations that moved to Level 4 this week were previously listed as “Level 3: Covid-19 High.” The Level 3 category applies to destinations that have had between 100 and 500 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days.

These are the destinations added to Level 4 on October 12:

• Belarus
• Bosnia and Herzegovina
• Romania
• Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

New Level 3 locations

Six destinations moved to Level 3 on October 12:

• Gabon
• South Korea
• Spain
• Czech Republic
• Faroe Islands
• Uganda

Spain’s situation improved, according to CDC criteria, moving down from Level 4. The other five locations — Gabon, South Korea, Czech Republic, the Faroe Islands and Uganda — moved up from Level 2.

Destinations carrying the “Level 2: Covid-19 Moderate” designation have seen 50 to 99 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days.

In “Level 1: Covid-19 Low” destinations, fewer than 50 new cases per 100,000 residents have been logged over the past 28 days.

You can view the CDC’s risk levels for global destinations on its travel recommendations page.

In its broader travel guidance, the CDC has recommended avoiding all international travel until you are fully vaccinated.

“Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread Covid-19. However, international travel poses additional risks, and even fully vaccinated travelers might be at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading some Covid-19 variants,” the agency said.

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Top image: The deserted “Old Bridge” of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina is seen from an empty restaurant terrace on May 8, 2020. (Photo by Elvis Barukcic/AFP via Getty Images)



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Three eastern European countries deemed ‘very high’ risk for travel, but Spain now less risky


By Marnie Hunter, CNN

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania and Belarus were deemed “very high” risk travel destinations on Tuesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean also moved into the “Level 4: Very high level of Covid-19” category on the agency’s regularly updated list of travel advisories.

People should avoid traveling to locations designated with a “Level 4” notice, the CDC recommends. Anyone who must travel should be fully vaccinated first, the agency advises. Nearly 90 destinations are now listed as Level 4.

All the destinations that moved to Level 4 this week were previously listed as “Level 3: Covid-19 High.” The Level 3 category applies to destinations that have had between 100 and 500 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days.

These are the destinations added to Level 4 on October 12:

• Belarus
• Bosnia and Herzegovina
• Romania
• Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

New Level 3 locations

Six destinations moved to Level 3 on October 12:

• Gabon
• South Korea
• Spain
• Czech Republic
• Faroe Islands
• Uganda

Spain’s situation improved, according to CDC criteria, moving down from Level 4. The other five locations — Gabon, South Korea, Czech Republic, the Faroe Islands and Uganda — moved up from Level 2.

Destinations carrying the “Level 2: Covid-19 Moderate” designation have seen 50 to 99 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days.

In “Level 1: Covid-19 Low” destinations, fewer than 50 new cases per 100,000 residents have been logged over the past 28 days.

You can view the CDC’s risk levels for global destinations on its travel recommendations page.

In its broader travel guidance, the CDC has recommended avoiding all international travel until you are fully vaccinated.

“Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread Covid-19. However, international travel poses additional risks, and even fully vaccinated travelers might be at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading some Covid-19 variants,” the agency said.

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Top image: The abandoned Imperial Baths at Baile Herculane, southwestern Romania, in 2018. (Daniel Mihailescu/AFP via Getty Images)



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Travel Advisory Update for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean


The Department of State has increased the Travel Advisory Level for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to Level 4 – Do not travel to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines due to COVID-19.

 

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country.

 

Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

 

Read the country information page.

 

If you decide to travel to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines:

 

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Plans for new tip in Long Sutton to cater for eastern half of South Holland


Plans are in place to provide a new tip for people in the eastern half of South Holland – and it’s hoped this might help in the fight against fly tipping.

Many quiet countryside spots are becoming a magnet for people to dump items – prompting concerns about blights on the countryside and fears watercourses could become blocked.

One councillor feels fines for offenders should be tougher – and that culprits need to be named and shamed – but says part of the solution could be to provide a site to make it easier for people to dispose of their rubbish.

Rubbish fly-tipped in Swindlers Drove, near Weston (44741962)
Rubbish fly-tipped in Swindlers Drove, near Weston (44741962)

Long Sutton councillor Jack Tyrrell revealed he has made progress with plans to establish a tip in the town.

He has been able to arrange to get hold of skips, for people to man the site and for the waste to be taken away.

Now all he needs is a site – and is looking for an acre of land somewhere in the town.

A councillor wants to open a new tip in Long Sutton.
A councillor wants to open a new tip in Long Sutton.

Coin Tyrrell said: “It will be something similar to Spalding, but just not on a bigger scale.

“I will do the rest – I just need a piece of land, everything else I could get.

“It has to be in Long Sutton because then it would pull in everyone from Sutton Bridge to Holbeach

“People have said they would volunteer – there’s lots of people who are retired who would help. I think we will get there with it in the end.”

The idea would be to run the facility for a few hours every Saturday morning – or maybe for longer if there are enough volunteers.

It would prevent people having to travel to Spalding Household Waste Recycling Centre, where visits currently have to be booked in advance.

The West Marsh Road facility is, however, now offering more appointments for residents – and is calling for people to make use of the time slots they have reserved, with one in six failing to show up.

Coun Tyrrell, who already offers a regular free garden waste collection for people in the area, is growing increasingly concerned about the number of reports he’s receiving of people dumping their rubbish in the district.

He added: “Fly tipping is a big one at the moment – it just seems to be everywhere

“It is costing the taxpayer lots of money. Unless the fines are £1,000, there’s no deterrent.”





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Kansas Jayhawk Notebook: Getting to Know Eastern Washington


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