Good morning! It’s Monday, May 22, 2017 and here’s your Morning Scoop of news and other stuff. Subscribe to add the Scoop to your email inbox.
Word for Word
“F*%# Donald Trump!”– John Burton, outgoing chair of the California Democratic Party, to thousands of party delegates in Sacramento. The often-foul-mouthed Burton punctuated his words with a double-middle-finger salute, and asked the room to follow suit (many did).
What You Need to Know
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• Jury selection began today in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial. Lawyers will be on guard for celebrity worshippers or jurors who would want to write a book.
• President Trump touched down in Israel this morning after a weekend in Saudi Arabia. His big goal: Strike “the ultimate deal” in the dormant Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
• Hippos and crocs and otters, oh wow (and a water play area for kids). Fresno Chaffee Zoo announces a $60 million upgrade.
• Take a moment to read about the tragically brief but promisingly bright life of Neng Thao, who drowned in the San Joaquin River over the weekend.
What You Want to Know
• Send out the clowns: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus put on its last show Sunday night. “We are, forevermore, the Greatest Show on Earth,” the ringmaster boomed.
• The “backpack kid” from Instgaram joined Katy Perry for her “Swish Swish” performance on “SNL.” It was all you might hope it could be.
• Elation. Pride. Relief. All and more were on full display at Fresno State’s commencement ceremony.
• A Fresno hospital is registering patients by scanning the pattern of an eye. Here’s why that’s important.
• “Twin Peaks” has returned. Did you watch Sunday’s debut?
What You Don’t Want to Know
• A big game hunter dies after being crushed by an elephant brought down by another hunter. Welp.
• You might need to expand the garage: Elvis’ private jet is being auctioned after 30 years sitting on a runway in Roswell, New Mexico.