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What You Need to Know (the Comey Edition)
• For political wonks, news junkies and people who can’t look away from car wrecks, Festivus has arrived. James Comey, ousted as FBI director a month ago by President Trump, testifies this morning before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
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• Here are some the key events of the past year that led to this moment.
• Comey and the committee Wednesday released his prepared remarks, presumably so the senators and their prized visitor can whiz past the preamble and dive into the questions.
• Trump’s lawyers say the president feels vindicated by the released testimony. Some legal experts say it shows the president’s encounters with Comey were clumsy and inappropriate at best, and potentially far worse.
What Else You Need to Know
• California has an official state bird, flower, motto, blah blah whatever. What we need is a state dinosaur. More specifically, this Fresno County-native dinosaur.
• The litigious food fight led by Fresno restaurateur David Fansler just keeps getting more bizarre.
• He had already fired up to 100 rounds, and as Salvadro Lopez approached Fresno police officers it was a kill-or-be-killed moment, Chief Jerry Dyer said.
• “He took over,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said of Kevin Durant, whose stunning 7-0 fourth-quarter burst against the Cavaliers put the Warriors a game away from an NBA championship.
What You Want to Know
• He’s a fun guy who worked behind the bar at several Fresno locales. Now friends can only wait and hope after he fell into the Merced River in Yosemite.
• “Ridiculously stunning.” “Exuberant and caring.” “You wanted to be around her all the time.” A fond farewell to Fresno’s Marianne Collins.
• Near two dozen horses made a daring (and brief) escape from their stable at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. They remain tight-muzzled about their intentions.
What You Don’t Want to Know
• How in the wide world did cocaine end up in this innocent-looking toy vending machine in Southern California?