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Calexit tries again. J.K. Rowling apologizes for Trump tweets. Big honor for Derek Carr

“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling has apologized for tweets alleging that President Donald Trump refused to shake the hand of a disabled boy.
“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling has apologized for tweets alleging that President Donald Trump refused to shake the hand of a disabled boy. AP

It’s Tuesday, Aug. 1, 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.

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• A Fresno woman is missing; police say a phone call she made to a friend ended abruptly.

Fresno Unified students return to school Aug. 14. District trustees hope to pick their new superintendent by then.

President Trump personally dictated a misleading statement for son Donald Trump Jr. after the latter’s meeting with a Russian lawyer, an action that leaves the president vulnerable to allegations of a coverup, the Washington Post reported.

J.K. Rowling has apologized for tweets alleging Donald Trump refused to shake the hand of a disabled boy. The “Harry Potter” author deleted the tweets, which were up for several days.

• Volunteers say they couldn’t keep the LGBT Community Center in Fresno open. “It’s a heavy commitment,” said Chris Jarvis, president of Gay Central Valley.

• The body of a woman who had been hiking the Pacific Crest Trail was found in Yosemite National Park.

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• Please ensure my next airline trip has a little dude like him. Even if it means replacing a flight attendant or two. Thanks.

A little guy on a recent Southwest Airlines flight from Kansas City to Raleigh, N.C., greeted his fellow passengers while boarding, one fist bump at a time. Alya J - @mamaj1822 Instagram

Good Stuff to Know

Calexit wants us all to know: “I’m not dead yet.”

• No other Fresno State Bulldog will wear No. 4 on a football field. Derek Carr will become the seventh ’Dog to have his jersey retired. Here’s fans’ last view of Carr in that jersey, back in 2013:

Derek Carr waves goodbye to fans after the quarterback's final game as a Fresno State Bulldog - a loss to USC in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 21, 2013.

• It your power bill too high? (Sorry, is that a rhetorical question?) PG&E and SoCal Edison have discount programs that might ease the pain.

• The Olympics come to Los Angeles in 2028. Yes, L.A. wanted 2024; Paris will likely get that slot. But the Southland still did what New York (2012) and Chicago (2016) and Boston couldn’t: Bring the torch back to the U.S.

Steve Bartman will get a World Series ring from the Cubs. Now that is forgiveness.

• Here’s the tale of a Cal Poly-SLO grad who’s hit it big with rodeo-inspired clothing line.

Outrè Scoops

• Who needs tied-together bedsheets or a skeleton key or even a weapon for a jailbreak when peanut butter works soooo well?

Millennials are being blamed for ... well, just about everything that’s wrong in the U.S. Here’s a handy list.

Jody Murray: 559-441-6367, @jmurray59

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