Salutations, fellow sentients. It’s Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 and here’s your Morning Scoop of news and other stuff. Subscribe to add the Scoop to your email inbox. It’s easy.
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• Is Rep. Devin Nunes’ stance on ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn politically astute or tone-deaf? You decide.
• Fresno Unified’s school board – a telenovela filmed largely behind closed doors – wrapped another episode in the “Adios, Michael Hanson” story arc, approving an old face as interim superintendent.
• NASA says it has its poop problem ... handled. We’re not sure we want to read more about this, but if you do ...
• The Oroville Dam crisis appears to be winding down, even as the weather winds up. Let the finger-pointing begin.
What You Want to Know
• Raiders quarterback Derek Carr shows signs of an impressive bounceback from that broken leg. #BulldogStrong, No. 4.
• Remember this man? Hot Mugshot Guy is living large, walking the runway for New York Fashion Week. Wow. Crime does pay.
• Fig Garden Village grabs a boutique clothing store from Fashion Fair and attracts a source of fancy paper airplanes.
• Sorry, Oceano Dunes will be closed on Presidents Day weekend. Go be wet and cold someplace else.
• Bonnie Raitt talked to our music writer, Josh Tehee (she’s coming to Warnors Theatre next week). Please enjoy the result while we quiver with jealousy.
• “Firefall” is an incredible and fleeting trick of sunlight in Yosemite National Park. It’s happening now. Photographers have come a-runnin’.
What You Wish You Didn’t Know
• A crime lab technician in Tulare County is in hot water after stuff stolen from an evidence room forced the district attorney to drop three drug cases.