March 15, 2018: What to Know 

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  • March Madness returns today to the Taco Bell Arena, and Boise is already swarming with players, fans, marching bands and more from colleges and universities across the country. According to the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau, the week-long event is expected to have a $15 million economic impact on the city. Airbnb has released information on bookings for the weekend, revealing that approximately 1,220 people headed to the City of Trees will use the vacation rental service between Monday, March 12, and Sunday, March 18, racking up approximately $120,000 for hosts in the area.

  • - Stephen Hawking was announced dead Wednesday. The theoretical physicist was 76 years old. -  - NASA/PUBLIC DOMAIN
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    • Stephen Hawking was announced dead Wednesday. The theoretical physicist was 76 years old.
    The City of Boise has announced it will begin conducting a survey of citizens' satisfaction with local government. The survey, which will begin March 15, will poll a random sample of 15,000 Boise households on access to public services, safety, budget priorities, the accessibility of city leadership, access to "natural amenities" like the Boise Foothills and the Greenbelt, and transportation.

  • Stephen Hawking, one of the most visible scientists in the world, died March 14. He was 76 years old. The theoretical physicist was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University, the bestselling author of A Brief History of Time and one of the most well-known ambassadors of physics and cosmology in the 20th and 21st centuries. His notable scientific achievements include the discovery of Hawking radiation—a phenomenon by which black holes emit energy, eventually causing them to dissipate—and his "theory of everything," which explains that the universe develops according to powerful laws and was the subject of a 2014 film.

  • The Trump administration has imposed new sanctions on Russia over meddling in the 2016 election and cyber attacks, The New York Times reports. The sanctions target five organizations and 19 individuals by freezing assets, restricting travel to the United States and barring business activity with American companies. The move comes at a time when Russia is increasingly in the news: A former Russian double agent, Sergei Skripal and his daughter were discovered poisoned in the United Kingdom last week, and the poisoning has since been blamed on Russia by the U.S., Britain, France and Germany.

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