Jan. 25, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Former USA Gymnastics team doctor Dr. Lawrence Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison Wednesday for multiple sex crimes. More than 150 gymnasts confronted the physician during his seven-day sentencing hearing, accusing him of abuse. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said, "I just signed your death warrant," before handing down the sentence.  Meanwhile, U.S. News and Word Report says Lou Anna Simon, the president of Michigan State University where Nassar was on the faculty until 2016, abruptly resigned Wednesday in the wake of the the scandal.
  • Idaho State Police continue to investigate a fatal crash on U.S. 95 in Fruitland, which blocked lanes of the highway for a couple of hours late Wednesday. Police said a vehicle was traveling a high rate of speed when it veered off the roadway and onto a sidewalk, striking and killing two pedestrians. A suspect is in custody and police are investigating the incident as a homicide. Now word yet on identities. Meanwhile, ISP has confirmed that a Boise man succumbed to injuries he suffered in a Tuesday, Jan. 23 single-vehicle crash on Aviation Way in Caldwell. Police reported 50-year-old Paul Schoffstall was traveling westbound when his Ford Focus went off the left shoulder, then jumped back to the road, crossed over both lanes, rolled and crashed. Schoffstall was rushed to St. Al's Regional Medical Center in Boise where he died late Wednesday.
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  • The Boise State men's and women's basketball teams had a big night Wednesday. The men beat San Jose State, 94-71, at Taco Bell Arena, improving their record to 17-4 on the season.  Senior Chris Sengfelder racked up a career-high 31 points. Meanwhile, the Lady Broncos also beat San Jose State, 112-80, in San Jose. The women's team is 12-8 on the season.
  • ESPN reports that betting has already begun heating up for this year's Super Bowl, pitting the New England Patriots against the Philadelphia. But more than a few eyebrows were raised when, on Wednesday, a bettor at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas placed a "multimillion-dollar" bet on the underdog Eagles. In most Nevada betting parlors, the Patriots are 5-point favorites to win the Super Bowl which will be played Sunday, Feb. 4.

  • Burger King pranked some of its customers in a demonstration of the food chain's support of Net Neutrality, the federal policy that requires all internet traffic to be treated equally. In a video released Wednesday, dubbed "Whopper Neutrality," the Whopper is sold to a series of customers on a "tiered" basis, with some customers told to pay $4.99 while others are told to pay $12.99 for a faster Mbps (megabits per second) and still others are told to pay $25.99 for "hyperfast" Mbps. The video ends with the words, "The internet should be like the Whopper: the same for everyone."

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