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Sentencing nears for Nassar after emotional hearingFormer physician Larry Nassar, who is accused of sexually abusing more than 100 girls and women while working for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, is expected to be sentenced Wednesday at the conclusion of his seven day court hearing in Michigan. When victim impact statements are complete, over 100 women are expected to have testified. Nassar has already been sentenced to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal child pornography charges. He faces another 125 years after pleading guilty to state charges of sexually assaulting seven girls. Top leadership of USA Gymnastics board of directors resigned Monday in the wake of the scandal, and many have called for Michigan State’s president to step down, too.
Calls for stronger gun laws following deadly Ky. school shootingLaw enforcement officials will look for additional information Wednesday into what prompted the horrific school shooting in Benton, Ky. The incident marked the deadliest shooting at a high school in Kentucky since 1997 when three people were killed and five others were injured at Heath High School in West Paducah, about 30 miles away from Benton. A number of community leaders and politicians, including former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, took to social media to express their condolences and called for stronger laws to prevent gun violence in schools.
A six part miniseries airing Wednesday gives a new perspective on the 1993 Waco tragedy. Waco (Wednesday, 10 ET/PT), the first miniseries for the new Paramount Network (formerly Spike), tells the story of the Branch Davidian religious sect’s standoff with federal agents, ending with a fire that consumed the compound. Four agents and 82 Davidians, including messianic leader David Koresh, died. Lead actor Taylor Kitsch says most people think Koresh was simply “crazy,” but that’s not the case. The leader,
while “flawed and manipulative,” also had a sense of humor and was a talented guitarist. “He could make people feel like they were the only person on the planet,” Kitsch said.
In or out: Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2018 class to be announced
Will 2018 be the year that steroid era players such as Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens come close to Baseball Hall of Fame induction? Baseball fans will find out Wednesday when the 2018 balloting is revealed (6:15 ET, MLB Network). USA TODAY Sports features five Hall of Fame voters, who released their ballots on Tuesday. First time candidates Chipper Jones and Jim Thome appear to be locks for election, with holdovers Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman and Edgar Martinez may be sweating out the results.
Hippo birthday! World famous Fiona turns 1
Fiona’s life began way too soon. A year ago Wednesday, when the Cincinnati Zoo’s baby Nile hippopotamus was born six weeks early, things didn’t look so good. She was just 29 pounds 25 pounds lighter than the smallest Nile hippo ever recorded. But little by little, ounce by ounce, she grew and grew and grew. Along the way, she became a media star, with legions of fans “hearting” Facebook videos of her and buying T shirts adorned with her face. With Fiona now at a robust 632 pounds, her handlers at the zoo are recalling those scary first days, when they would lay next to their Little Spoon to keep her warm and alive. Happy birthday, Fiona!
May there be many more.