It’s Monday, June 19, 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.
• How do you beat the heat and have a fun Father’s Day outing? Hit Fresno’s Inspiration Park.
• The good news: You survived the weekend heat. Though, some residents in northwest Fresno and Clovis lost power, there was that unusual rainstorm in Clovis and nearly 300 have been evacuated from a Kings River resort because of flooding. The bad news: There’s an excessive heat warning through Thursday night, with temperatures expected to hit 110. At least we’re not in Phoenix.
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• Fellow soldiers laughed when he said he planned to go to Harvard University one day. They couldn’t imagine a soldier also being a scholar. Richard Martinez III proved them wrong. Think he ever says “I told you so”?
• London Mayor Sadiq Mayor Khan, the first Muslim to serve in that position, urged the public to focus on shared values and urged the city to stand together in an unprecedented period in the city’s history. There have been four attacks in recent months – stretching the capacity of authorities in Britain.
• The USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine-flagged container ship four times its size off the Japanese coast. Seven sailors died. There are some harrowing stories, like this one about a 19-year-old sailor who tried to save his shipmates.
• The U.S. military on Sunday shot down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet, an action that appeared to mark a new escalation of the conflict.
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• Kids are getting lazier, at least that’s what this study finds. Does it have something to do with Common Core standards, which appear to have inspired more cuts in school recess?
• There’s a new leader at the box office. Which movie was mighty enough to knock “Wonder Woman” out of the top spot?
• Beyoncé and Jay Z welcome twins. Can’t wait to see the baby pictures!
• This one will get you a little teary this morning. It’s the story of when an ordinary day shows you the extraordinary in human kindness.
• Is Paul George coming home? FIngers crossed.
• Paso Robles beer giant Firestone Walker Brewing Co. has more in store. It just finished its $15 million visitors center and brewery and is already moving on to a new project. Cheers!