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‘Musician’ Derek Carr turns heads. Elvis is dead – and pricey. Make an easy eclipse viewer

A billboard sign sprang up Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 on Clovis Avenue, giving notice of an musical performance by former Fresno State quarterback and current NFL star Derek Carr. It’s actually a promotion for a new commercial for Educational Employees Credit Union.
A billboard sign sprang up Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 on Clovis Avenue, giving notice of an musical performance by former Fresno State quarterback and current NFL star Derek Carr. It’s actually a promotion for a new commercial for Educational Employees Credit Union. ckohlruss@fresnobee.com

It’s Wednesday, Aug. 16, 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.

Top Scoops

• Can Fresno get a better handle on homeless people taking shelter in private and public places by outlawing illegal camping? That’s the tactic sponsored by City Councilman Steve Brandau, who will bring a proposed ordinance to the full council Thursday.

• Fallout continues today from Tuesday’s combative news conference at Trump Tower that centered on Donald Trump’s reactions to the violence in Charlotteville, Virginia. Here’s a full transcript of the give and take, and some of the president’s more interesting comments.

• Meanwhile, Arnold Schwarzenegger dropped a $100,000 donation on an anti-hate organization named after a Holocaust survivor and Nazi hunter.

• This is not in dispute: A Fresno County man’s wife was having an affair with his friend, so he killed them both. A jury has been asked to decide whether it was murder or the lesser charge of manslaughter.

• “He went right through the red light,” a witness said of a bicyclist struck and killed in a northeast Fresno intersection.

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• Speaking of the solar eclipse, here’s a neat little how-to for a pinhole viewer. Set aside a cereal box today!

Good Stuff to Know

• You’ve seen, or heard about, the billboards and memes: Derek Carr as the next rhinestone cowboy. Well played, EECU. Well played.

• Billionaire Tom Steyer promised to support a fund to provide safe and affordable drinking water for impoverished Valley communities.

• It turns not all of the Valley’s astronomy experts and superfans are blowing town to see Monday’s total eclipse of the sun. A few will hang back at the Discovery Center, and we can hang with them.

Gavin Newsom, the front-runner to succeed Jerry Brown as California governor, talked about water politics, high-speed rail and Donald Trump during a Fresno appearance Tuesday night.

Outrè Scoops

Elvis Presley died 40 years ago today. It is costing fans $28.75 to walk through Graceland and pay their respects.

• Think you could survive a month lost in the woods, eating little more than berries and wild mushrooms? I sure couldn’t. But she did.

Jody Murray: 559-441-6367, @jmurray59

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