Dec. 7, 2017: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes

  • Things took an ugly turn early today when Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem, less than 24 hours after President Donald Trump announced the U.S. would begin recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Washington Post reports an Israeli minister said moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem would be "destiny," while the leader of the Palestinian group Hamas called the move "an unaccountable gamble." In one protest, Palestinians switched off Christmas lights at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. “The Christmas tree was switched off on the order of the mayor today in protest at Trump’s decision,” said Fady Ghattas, the Bethlehem municipal media officer. He said it was unclear whether the lights would be turned on again before the main Christmas festivities.
  • Meanwhile, Olympic gold medal-winning skier Lindsey Vonn told CNN Wednesday that when she competes in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, she'll be representing the "people of the United States, not the president."  Asked if she would accept an invitation to the White House if she were to win another gold medal next February, Vonn said, "absolutely not."
click to enlarge Bruce Marchant will spend the rest of his life in prison. - ADA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Ada County Sheriff's Office
  • Bruce Marchant will spend the rest of his life in prison.
  • At the Ada County Courthouse on Wednesday, 62-year-old Bruce Marchant was sentenced to life in prison with no parole for the murder of Boise State University student Sierra/Simon Bush in Aug. 2016. Marchant was arrested in a veterans affairs hospital in New York months after the Sept. 2016 discovery of Bush's body in a deserted section of Mores Creek near Idaho City. "My primary obligation is simply to protect the community from Mr. Marchant doing something like this in the future," said Judge Jonathan Medema before handing down the sentence. "It would be a dereliction of my duty to fashion a sentence that ever permits you to be released into society again," he told Marchant.
  • You can usually tell the level of anticipation for a football game based on the crew assigned to cover it. When Boise State University faces the University of Oregon in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16, ESPN will have an all-star team broadcasting the game. Rece Davis, host of College GameDay will handle play-by-play; color commentary will come courtesy of Kirk Herbstreit, one of ESPN's best; and top broadcaster Molly McGrath will be front and center with sideline reporting. The game will be nationally televised by ESPN beginning at 1:30 p.m. MST.
  • Entertainment Weekly reports Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, will co-star with Bradley Cooper, who is also directing, in the upcoming big-screen remake of A Star is Born. Previous versions of the film have featured brilliant performances by Janet Gaynor (1937), Judy Garland (1954) and Barbra Streisand (1976). Cooper told EW that Germanotta was insistent on all of the music in the film being recorded live, as opposed to lip-synching to a pre-recorded track, which is how most movie musicals are filmed. A Star Is Born is slated to open in theaters May 2018.

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