Well, hi there! It’s Monday, May 8, 2017 and here’s your Morning Scoop of news and other stuff. Subscribe to add the Scoop to your email inbox.
Word for Word
“‘Likes’ are ambiguous in that they could be saying, ‘This is funny,’ ‘I agree with it,’ or ‘I don’t agree, but I want to stand up for your right to say it’.” – Law professor Eugene Volokh on the often-blurry intentions behind Facebook’s reaction buttons.
What You Need to Know
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• Clovis Kiwanis: The Freedom Fest fireworks show on the Fourth of July is gone, kaput, outta here. Clovis veterans: Hold my beer.
• We see you seeing us, Tosh.0.
• The trial of former Fresno deputy police chief Keith Foster on federal drug charges starts this week. A decision Foster made years ago, in which he put his badge ahead of his family, will affect what happens in the courtroom.
• This driver-training ride went sickeningly sideways. And now it’s a lawsuit filed by a Fresno family against the Sheriff’s Office.
• Fresno State’s ag school is in line for a seven-figure donation from the former CEO of a food transporter. That’s a lot of sweet corn.
• The four-day Spring Fair had a rough go of it last weekend, with law enforcement shutting down the Fresno Fairgrounds event Saturday night because of “out of control” fights (the fair was returned to action Sunday).
What You Want to Know
• It’s a Pavlovian thing. Someone says “Cracker Barrel in Fresno” and the salivation begins.
• If Fresno State football is capable to rising, phoenix-like, from the ashes of a 1-11 season, here are five players who could help make it happen.
What You Don’t Want to Know
• People are using disabled-parking placards of dead people so they can get a cozy spot near the store. Not cool. DMV has a message for y’all.