It’s Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. Welcome to your Morning Scoop of intriguing tales, fresh news and things that make you go “hmm.” Sign up to get the Scoop in your email inbox.
It’s happening this morning. Which means, just one more time, this warning (in Yoda-speak):
Never miss a local story.
OK? Here’s the lowdown:
• Here in the Valley, conditions look good for eclipse viewing. It will cover a bit more than 70% of the sun in our neck of the woods.
• From Oregon to South Carolina, millions are amassed in the (relatively) narrow path of totality. Jump into this story for updates and watch a live video from NASA.
• We’ll join seventh- and eighth-graders at Edison Computech as they watch the eclipse. Watch for live video on Facebook.
• Fresno’s Discovery Center will have its solar telescope set up for free viewings. Drop on by.
• Fresno’s new ordinance that aims to handle homelessness by banning urban camping is a bad idea, columnist Marek Warszawski says, because living on the margins of society is not a crime.
• The Sierra community of Wawona likely will be empty for days because of evacuations forced by the South Fork Fire in Yosemite National Park.
• The owner of a small cafe has struggled to remain open amid the maze of fences and noise of machines as Fulton Mall transforms into Fulton Street.
• In a closely watched civil trial, a former Kaiser Permanente Fresno nurse is claiming wrongful termination because she advocated aggressively about nurses’ workloads and patient safety.
• President Trump will address the nation tonight about military plans for Afghanistan. He is expected to announce 4,000 more U.S. troops will be sent to support the Afghan Army.
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• Scattered around the Valley are memorials to Confederate soldiers and Civil War heroes. Is that a problem?
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• Jump into our Wayback Machine for a benefit performance in Fresno by Jerry Lewis nearly six decades ago. The comedy titan died Sunday at age 91.
• One day they were innocuous bamboo beacons used at family barbecues and poolside cabanas. The next they were lighting the way for racists. It’s been a rough couple of weeks for tiki torch manufacturers.
• He was mistaken for a neo-Nazi and stabbed. And he thinks it was because of his haircut.