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Explaining the national anthem, letters to the editor and deadly hickeys – your Morning Scoop

In this March 15, 1996 file photo, Denver Nuggets guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf stands with his teammates and prays during the national anthem before an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Chicago. This was Abdul-Rauf’s first game back since he was suspended by the NBA on March 12, 1996, for refusing to participate in the national anthem pre-game ceremony. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision this week to refuse to stand during the playing of the national anthem as a way of protesting police killings of unarmed black men has drawn support and scorn far beyond sports. Through the years, “The Star-Spangled Banner” has become a symbol of both patriotism and politics.
In this March 15, 1996 file photo, Denver Nuggets guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf stands with his teammates and prays during the national anthem before an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Chicago. This was Abdul-Rauf’s first game back since he was suspended by the NBA on March 12, 1996, for refusing to participate in the national anthem pre-game ceremony. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision this week to refuse to stand during the playing of the national anthem as a way of protesting police killings of unarmed black men has drawn support and scorn far beyond sports. Through the years, “The Star-Spangled Banner” has become a symbol of both patriotism and politics. AP file

Hey there. It’s Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, and I’m here with your helping of the Morning Scoop. (Subscribe right here to get the Scoop in your inbox because it’s Thursday and you feel good about life.)

What You Need to Know

• The Republican candidate for president traveled to Mexico and things went about as well as expected.

• Northwest Fresno residents are not cool with sex offenders living in their neighborhood.

• There’s a federal ban on gun sales to medical marijuana users – arguably the chillest people around – because laws are weird.

• In an effort to educate the public (haha, remember education?), the AP has broken down “The Star Spangled Banner” and Colin Kaepernick’s protest of it.

• The California Assembly doesn’t want you to make more money if you work Thanksgiving.

• Whenever I read about the Clovis bathroom group Stop the Madness, I can’t help but think of infomercial star Susan Powter and then I miss the ’90s.

What You Want to Know

• Sierra Vista Cinemas in Clovis is installing “fat seats.” They call them “fat seats.” That’s their phrase, not mine. “Fat seats.”

• The Beehive is giving away theater tickets and all you have to do is reveal which word you often mispell.

• If you haven’t read any Letters to the Editor lately, you should. They’re a great tool for determining which of your neighbors are earnest.

What You Wish You Didn’t Know

• Don’t worry, there are no roaches in your taquitos. I said don’t worry!

• There’s a criminal, I guess, throwing apples onto people’s rooftops in Washington, which just sounds like grocery delivery to me.

• And finally, hickeys will not only kill you from embarrassment, they will simply kill you. Happy Thursday!

Heather McLane: heatherannmclane@gmail.com, @heather_mclane

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