It’s Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. Welcome to your Morning Scoop of fresh headlines and general good stuff. Sign up to get the Scoop in your email inbox.
• One of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded in Mexico struck its southern Pacific coast Thursday night. As of early this morning at least 32 were dead.
• A big cheer for Sloane Stephens, a tennis player with Fresno roots who has powered into the U.S. Open women’s final.
• What is the latest on the path of Hurricane Irma?
• Firefighters appeared to entering the endgame in their battles against the Railroad and Mission fires. Gov. Brown declared a state of emergency in three Valley counties, while fire smoke has become a health hazard in Oakhurst.
• A lawsuit accuses Fresno Unified School District of negligent supervision of a teacher’s assistant charged with kissing a female elementary school student.
• What you need to know about the gigantic security breach at Equifax. It’s a potential nightmare for people worried about ID theft.
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• A timelapse captures the angry flames of a blaze easily seen in Portland, Oregon.
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• Can Fresno State’s football team cover the 43.5-point spread it’s been given for Saturday afternoon’s game at Alabama? A better question: How did the Bulldogs find themselves playing behemoths on back-to-back weekends (Washington awaits Sept. 16)?
• Do you know what your homeowner insurance covers? Don’t wait for a disaster to strike before finding out.
• Steel yourself, because here they come: Instagram selfies of people with their Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes.
• Joshua Tehee’s runs down the cool things (Marlon Wayans!) to do (Fresno Filmworks!) in the week to come.
• A Fresno filmmaker premieres his mockumentary, “Brick Madness” – about an imaginary Lego-building tournament – Saturday at Tower Theatre.
• What’s for lunch? A Swiss supermarket chain is selling burgers seasoned with mealworm larvae. YUM.