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News Briefs: Week of Monday, Sept. 23

Local News

The seniors on the cross country team won’t participate in tradition

In past years the varsity team and seniors who have participated in cross country all four years have had the opportunity to travel to Chicago, Ill. to run in the Loyola Lakefront Invitational. However, this year the Cross country team will travel to Arkansas rather than Illinois for their annual out of state trip.

The team has been attending the Chicago competition, which takes place in the middle of the fall sports season, every year since 2002.  However, due to issues with leasing the course, there will be no competition in Chicago this year.

The team will travel to Fayetteville, Ariz.. to compete in the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival on Oct. 5. This will be the first time that the team has visited the festival and only varsity members will be attending.

“Because this is something new and we haven’t foot printed this whole trip yet and I don’t even know if it’s something that we want to attend in the future we’re only taking the varsity [team] this time,” said head coach Tricia Beaham.

The team will drive down to Arkansas on the Friday night before the festival and visit with East alumni who attend the University of Arkansas. Then on Saturday, both the boys and girls teams will compete in 5k races with other high school runners from across the country.


National News

Apple releases two new iPhones with different design elements

This year, Apple is giving customers a choice between two brand new iPhones — the 5c and the 5s. Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook announced the arrival of the phones in one of their Special Events on Sept. 10 in Cupertino Ca. where the Apple headquarters are located.

The 5c was designed with the “colorful” in mind. This version of the iPhone has the same dimensions of the iPhone 5, but where they differ is in their frames. The iPhone 5c now has a durable, plastic coating that comes in five different colors: blue, green, pink, yellow and white. They also have created new cases specifically for the 5c whose matte silicon was designed to contrast the glossy surface of the phone.

According to Apple the 5s is for the “forward thinking”. This phones has the same design as the regular iPhone 5, but is big on security. Rather than a typical type-in passcode, the phone’s home button now doubles as a fingerprint scanner ensuring that, if desired, you are the only one who has access to your phone. Like the 5c, the 5s also has a new line of specially designed leather cases that come in six different colors to complement the gold, silver or space gray frame of the phone itself.

The new iOS7 software update is currently available for download on all versions of the iPhone.


Global News

The 2020 Olympics will be hosted in Tokyo, Japan

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on Sept. 7 that Tokyo will serve as the host city for the 32 Olympiad in 2020. Tokyo was picked over two other candidate cities, Istanbul and Madrid, ending the candidate phase of the host city bidding.

In the first round of voting by the IOC Tokyo received 42 votes while Istanbul and Madrid tied with 26 votes each. The tie-breaker went to Istanbul who eventually was out voted in the second round, losing to Tokyo 60 votes to 36.

“All three cities were capable of staging excellent Games in 2020,” said IOC President Jacques Rogge at the 125th IOC session in Buenos Aires. “But in the end, it was Tokyo’s bid that resonated the most with the IOC membership, inviting us to “discover tomorrow” by delivering a well-organized and safe Games that will reinforce the Olympic values.”

While some Japanese citizens argue that the preparation and construction necessary for the event will only plunge Tokyo into a further recession, the leaders of Tokyo’s host campaign have proposed an idea that is more economically friendly than traditional proposals. The city will revamp stadiums and venues that are already in the city(some from when they hosted the games in 1964) in order to save time and money by the time the games roll around in 2020.

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