Hooray! It’s Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 and here’s the Morning Scoop, your quick peruse of the news. Subscribe to get the Scoop in your inbox.
“There's some work to be done, but I don't think it's a 2-14 roster. There's more talent than that.” – New San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch, who was formally introduced Thursday along with new head coach Kyle Shanahan.
What You Need to Know
• Weather update: The Valley and its foothills are under a flood-watch alert all day. Rain and some thunderstorms are expected this afternoon. In other words, more anti-drought stuff.
• Here’s what’s next for President Trump’s immigration travel ban after a federal appeals court upheld a stay of the executive order. And here’s what Valley folks said about the 9th Circuit’s decision.
• Someone packed up 14 felines, each in a plastic storage tub, and abandoned them at the Cat House on the Kings animal sanctuary. Which isn't just an arse thing to do, but a crime.
• A judge will rule whether former Central High School basketball coach Loren LeBeau can withdraw a no-contest plea that sent him to prison in connection with a drunken-driving crash that killed 7-year-old Donovan Maldonado in 2012.
• The federal investigation of Fresno Unified's no-bid construction contracts is "100 percent full blast," says a man who should know – district board President Brooke Ashjian.
• Kamala Harris’ first bill as one of California's U.S. senators targets President Trump's immigration travel ban.
What You Want to Know
• Weekend fun: Get an early look at a Broadway-quality show of elephantine size, “Circus 1903.” Here are Rick Bentley’s reviews of new flicks “The Lego Batman Movie” and “John Wick: Chapter 2.” And here are roundups of music and lively arts options. Set? Go!
• Nothing says "Fresno Proud" like a sweatshirt with the Security Pacific building printed in proud silhouette. Here's how to get one (and other hyperlocal clothes).
• Columnist Carmen George spent a midday at Friendship Park, a meeting place split by metal bars and wire mesh dividing Mexico and the United States. At the park is a garden that bridges the nations. She talked to the gardener.
• Multiple choice question: Is Cracker Barrel coming to Fresno? Yes or no? Correct!
• He's registered as Grand Champion Nobel’s Fierce Warrior V. Jamelle, but answers to "Joel" (whew). Root for this Fresno St. Bernard at next week's Westminster Dog Show.
• If the clouds would be so kind as to part tonight, there's one lulu of a lunar eclipse (and comet transit).
What You Wish You Didn’t Know
• The most Fresno thing you’ll read today: The city and its surrounding environs are the second-worst place in the U.S. to find a single man or woman with a college degree.