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Western Michigan University coronavirus case total nearly at 600

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KALAMAZOO — Sindecuse Health Center at Western Michigan University reported 87 new coronavirus cases Friday, Oct. 10, pushing the total number of coronavirus cases since students returned in August to 598.

Across four residence halls, there are currently 23 cases, university spokesperson Paula Davis told MLive on Friday. The university has not provided a breakdown of the amount of cases in each dorm, and it remains unclear exactly how many students living on-campus have been infected.

The cases reported Tuesday stem from positive test results from Oct. 2 through Oct. 7, as the school has been updating its COVID-19 dashboard with data each Tuesday and Friday evening.

Sindecuse reports results from Thursday and Friday of the week prior on Tuesday, and reports results from Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the following Friday. The health center is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

So far, about 12% of the 23,363 students enrolled at WMU have been tested for coronavirus.

For now, the amount of testing is trending up, as 372 more tests were performed over the last five days than in the previous five-day stretch leading up to Oct. 1.

Vice President of Student Affairs Diane Anderson sent students an email Wednesday, Oct. 7, reminding them to remain vigilant in their mitigation strategies like hand washing, wearing a mask and properly socially distancing.

“Largely, we are seeing strong compliance across the campus community,” Anderson said. “In-person classes continue to be safe, and we thank those who have been following the rules. But, in recent days, we also have had instances in four residence halls where not all of our community members have been compliant and thus experienced the consequences.”

In the email, Anderson said the university has employed disciplinary sanctions when students have not complied with safety measures. The university said it would

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Chiefs’ Mike Pennel: Posts career-high tackle total

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Pennel collected a career-best 10 tackles (five solo) Monday versus the Patriots.

Pennel saw a significant bump toa 61 percent snap percentage share on defense Monday with Chris Jones (groin) sidelined and took advantage of the opportunity with a massive tackle total. While he’s not the pass-rushing threat that Jones is, Pennel could be in line for a hefty snap count again next week if Jones remains unavailable.

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Jaguars’ Laviska Shenault: Career-best receiving total in loss

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Shenault caught five of six targets for 86 yards and rushed once for five yards in Sunday’s 33-25 loss to Cincinnati.

A large chunk of Shenault’s production came in the two-minute drill at the end of the first half, as he recorded three catches for 59 yards to set up a 20-yard field goal. He finished nine receiving yards shy of DJ Chark’s team-leading total, but Chark found the end zone twice while Shenault has now gone three weeks without a touchdown after scoring in his NFL debut. Shenault more than doubled his previous career high of 37 receiving yards, and he’ll look to build off this performance in Week 5 against the win-less Texans.

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Astrophysicists figure out the total amount of matter in the universe

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The stuff that makes up our universe is tricky to measure, to put it mildly. We know that most of the universe’s matter-energy density consists of dark energy, the mysterious unknown force that’s driving the universe’s expansion. And we know that the rest is matter, both normal and dark.

Accurately figuring out the proportions of these three is a challenge, but researchers now say they’ve performed one of the most precise measurements yet to determine the proportion of matter.

According to their calculations, normal matter and dark matter combined make up 31.5 percent of the matter-energy density of the universe. The remaining 68.5 percent is dark energy.

“To put that amount of matter in context, if all the matter in the universe were spread out evenly across space, it would correspond to an average mass density equal to only about six hydrogen atoms per cubic meter,” said astronomer Mohamed Abdullah of the University of California, Riverside and the National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics in Egypt.

“However, since we know 80 percent of matter is actually dark matter, in reality, most of this matter consists not of hydrogen atoms but rather of a type of matter which cosmologists don’t yet understand.”

Understanding dark energy is actually crucial to our understanding of the Universe. We don’t know what it is, exactly – the ‘dark’ in the name refers to that mystery – but it appears to be the force that drives the expansion of the Universe, the velocity of which has proven incredibly difficult to narrow down past a certain point.

Once we have a better understanding of the expansion rate, that will improve our grasp of the evolution of the Universe as a whole. Hence, constraining the properties of dark energy is a pretty important undertaking for cosmology in

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Who are the top 10 players in total points and career points average in the Finals?

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Total career points is all about volume numbers.

So, naturally, players with multiple (minimum six Finals) appearances dominate the charts for the most career points in the Finals.

Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest player of all-time, is the only player in the top 10 to have appeared in less than eight Finals and in less than 44 Finals games. 

Here are the top 10 players for career points in the Finals:

 
Player Finals appearance Finals’ games Career points
#1 Jerry West 9 55 1679
#2 LeBron James 10 49 1383
#3 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 10 56 1317
#4 Michael Jordan 6 35 1176
#5 Elgin Baylor 8 44 1161
#6 Bill Russell 12 70 1151
#7 Sam Jones 11 64 1143
#8 Tom Heinsohn 9 52 1037
#9 John Havlicek 8 47 1018
#10 Magic Johnson 9 50 971

Only three players crossing over from the Finals career points to highest Finals’ scoring average clearly signifies the difference between volume and averages.

Following are the top 10 players for highest career scoring average in the NBA Finals (min. 10 games): 

 
Players Finals appearances Finals game Finals’ scoring average
#1 Rick Barry 2 10 36.30
#2 Michael Jordan 6 35 33.60
#3 Kevin Durant 3 14 31.71
#4 Jerry West 9 55 30.53
#5 Shaquille O’Neal 6 30 28.83
#6 Bob Petit 4 25 28.36
#7 LeBron James 10 49 28.22
#8 Kyrie Irving 3 13 27.69
#9 Hakeem Olajuwon 3 17 27.47
#10 Elgin Baylor 8 44 26.39

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