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Honoring Austin. Free ice cream. President Kamala Harris? Your Morning Scoop

Sen. Kamala Harris and her possible presidential aspirations, and a memorial service for Highway 168 truck crash victim Austin William Wagenleitner, are in today’s Morning Scoop.
Sen. Kamala Harris and her possible presidential aspirations, and a memorial service for Highway 168 truck crash victim Austin William Wagenleitner, are in today’s Morning Scoop.

Hi, ho. It’s Tuesday, May 9, 2017 and here’s your Morning Scoop of news and other stuff. Subscribe to add the Scoop to your email inbox.

Word for Word

“He was a proud big brother who often boasted about his siblings,” mother Candice Wagenleitner posted on her Facebook wall. “He worked for his grandfather farming raisins and was just hired by Walmart to work as an associate in their hardware department.

 

 

“He was a proud big brother who often boasted about his siblings.” Austin William Wagenleitner’s mom, Candice Wagenleitner, in a Facebook post. Wagenleitner, one of two young men killed in a truck crash off Highway 168 in the foothills, will be remembered at a funeral service this morning.

What You Need to Know

• Until recently, 765 batches of DNA from women who said they had been sexually assaulted sat, untested, in a Fresno Police Department freezer. Why? No one really knows.

• How does “President Kamala Harris” sound? She seems to be making all the right moves toward a White House run in 2020.

• The Big Fresno Fair picked a group to run this December’s Hmong New Year Festival at the fairgrounds. Then things went sideways, then back to square one.

• There’s a Tioga Road under all that snow. Somewhere ...

This video posted in early May 2017 by Caltrans shows Tioga Pass in a flyover. Crews were working to clear Highway 120, which was closed from Crane Flat to Tioga Pass due to heavy snow. The pass is set to open Thursday, June 29, 2017.

United Airlines is expanding service between Fresno and San Francisco, plugging a big ol' 737 into the mix.

• In California, you can be canned from your government job if your bosses find out you’re a communist. A bill in the Legislature would change that. Is it chilly in here?

What You Want to Know

• There are more homemade “Can’t Stop the Feeling” lip-synch videos than mosquitoes in a Valley summer night (truly; we counted). But the effort by Valley Children’s Hospital is so smart and inspiring that it earned props from the Justinverse.

• Free Häagen-Dazs ice cream? Today? Yes, please.

• RIP, Pepe the Frog. Your sad, misdirected alt-right life won’t be missed.

• Why the next command to your Echo or Alexa should be “initiate self-destruct protocol.”

What You Don’t Want to Know

• A high schooler who aspires to be a funeral director arrived for her prom in a hearse and coffin. “Tasteless!” they said. Drop-dead awesome, we say.

• That awkward moment when the man an officer said was exposing himself in a park turns out to be a county sheriff.

Jody Murray: 559-441-6367, @jmurray59

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