April 15: Huskers hire new basketball coach

Want to sound smarter to friends, professors and parents?  We harvested the cream of the crop of the past week’s news and handpicked what to keep an eye on next week.

UNL recruits Husker alum Amy Williams as new women’s basketball coach to replace Yori

New Husker women’s basketball coach Amy Williams with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst. (Photo by Nati Harnik/The Associated Press)

New Husker women’s basketball coach Amy Williams with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst. (Photo by Nati Harnik/The Associated Press)

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletic Department introduced the new women’s basketball coach on Tuesday after Connie Yori’s recent resignation. Amy Williams, a former Husker women’s basketball player and University of South Dakota women’s basketball coach, will be UNL’s fourth women’s basketball coach in 30 years.  (Omaha World-Herald)


WHAT’S POPPIN’ 

THIS WEEK

Brussels airport bombing suspect arrested

Surveillance cameras show Paris bombing suspect Mohamed Abrini outside the Brussels airport on March 22. (Photo by CCTV/Belgian Federal Police/via Reuters)

Surveillance cameras show Paris bombing suspect Mohamed Abrini outside the Brussels airport on March 22. (Photo by CCTV/Belgian Federal Police/via Reuters)

On April 8, Belgian authorities arrested  Mohamed Abrini, who allegedly played a role in the March 22 bombings at a Brussels airport. Surveillance footage puts Abrini at the scene of the bombing. He is also allegedly involved in the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, and an investigation suggests he assisted terrorist in travel across the French-Belgian border. (Washington Post)

Judge rules against same-sex marriage in China

In China’s first court case regarding same-sex marriage, Sun Wenlin and Hu Mingliang sued a southern Chinese civil affairs bureau for refusing to allow them to marry. Although the couple was unsuccessful, and required to pay a litigation fee, they plan to appeal. (New York Times)

Goldman Sachs pays billions in settlement

To settle allegations of selling investors bad mortgage packages, Goldman Sachs will pay $5.06 billion. However, no single  bank employee will be held accountable for the investment bank’s behavior in the time leading up to the financial crisis. This deal is similar to other settlements reached by The Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group, a group that was organized by President Obama in 2012. (Washington Post)

Paul Ryan sets the record straight: “I do not want, nor will I accept, the nomination of our party”

On Tuesday, Speaker Paul Ryan put the rumors to rest that he may be joining the presidential race. Ryan said in a press conference that he would not be running for the Republican nominination, after months of speculation about whether he would be joining in hopes of beating the two leading candidates, Donald J. Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz. (New York Times)

Bernie Sanders builds momentum, wins Wyoming

Bernie Sanders picked up another win Saturday in Wyoming, helping boost the morale of his struggling presidential campaign. Sanders’ recent win gives his supporters confidence going into next week’s New York primary, which is his native state and his opponent, Hillary Clinton’s, home state. (CNN)

Cruz wins big in Colorado, narrowing gap with Trump

As Ted Cruz’s delegate win in Colorado increases the gap between the Republican candidates, Donald Trump threatens to contest the results at the Republican National Convention. Trump cited Colorado’s complex voting system and lack of either a primary or caucus as the problem. (CNN)

New research finds geography affects the life expectancy of poor Americans

The difference in life spans between rich and poor Americans increased from from 2001 to 2014. Males in the top 1 percent in income live an average of 15 years longer than those in the bottom 1 percent. However, this new study shows some places have increased the lifespan of their poor residents. This suggests public health can be improved at the local level. (New York Times)

Danny Willett wins the Masters, after Spieth stumbles

Danny Willett celebrates winning the 80th Masters on April 10. (Photo by Andrew Gombert/European Pressphoto Agency)

Danny Willett celebrates winning the 80th Masters on April 10. (Photo by Andrew Gombert/European Pressphoto Agency)

British golfer Danny Willett shocked even himself with a win at the Masters Sunday. The outcome surprised many fans as they watched Jordan Spieth, the favored winner, fall apart in the last round. (New York Times)

Kansas fires lower Lincoln air quality all week

A mixture of wind and prairie fires in Kansas caused a smoky fog to roll into Lincoln during the week. The smoke affected the air quality, which presented risks to those with respiratory issues like asthma and heart disease. The risks led Lincoln Public Schools to cancel outdoor athletic events and recess until the air quality improved Thursday afternoon. (Lincoln Journal Star)

Kobe Bryant hangs up jersey after 20 NBA seasons

Kobe Bryant waves to fans as he completes his final game of his professional basketball career. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Kobe Bryant waves to fans as he completes his final game of his professional basketball career. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Kobe Bryant played his last game as a professional basketball player on Wednesday after 20 years of playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant went out with a bang, scoring 60 points in Wednesday’s game. With Bryant’s help, the Lakers went on to beat the Utah Jazz 101-96. (NPR)

Democratic candidates face off at Brooklyn debate

Bernie Sanders questioned Hillary Clinton’s judgment and pushed her on transparency. Clinton criticized Sanders on policy, especially gun regulation. In a debate leading up to the New York primary, both candidates admitted their support of strong crime fighting tactics in the 1990s may have negatively affected African Americans. (CNN)

The Huskers Red-White Spring game draws large crowd

The annual Husker football scrimmage on April 16, sold more than 60,000 reserved tickets. The day’s events include a recognition of youth who took a drug-free pledge, an autograph signing by the Husker volleyball team and a recognition of UNL’s newest chancellor Ronnie D. Green. (UNL)


POPPIN’ UP

 NEXT WEEK

Primary election heats up as New York primary races approach (New York Times)

T-Pain to perform at UNL spring concert on April 22 (UNL)

Annual UNL student and faculty dance concerts begin April 21 (UNL)

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