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García-Palencia twins provide double impact for EKU track and field program as freshmen

Two of the most impressive Eastern Kentucky University competitors at the 2020 Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships were freshmen from Spain. They share a last name. And were born two minutes apart. Emma and Pedro García-Palencia are fraternal twins – mellizos, in Spain. They were born prematurely, at seven months. Pedro had an issue with the umbilical cord, so a Cesarean...

Former EKU softball player Stacye Toups now on front lines of COVID-19 battle in Spain

It’s only been two weeks, but Stacye Toups has already seen 15 people die from coronavirus complications. She had to call the families of five of those patients. Toups is exhausted, both physically and mentally. Supplies are running low. And she knows there are many more weeks like this to come. Welcome to the life of a basic needs doctor at a nursing home in Madrid, Spain — the hardest-hit...