Welcome to the Morning Scoop for August 7, 2018. The growing wildfires in California tops the Scoop today, while yesterday, we published the second installment of our new series Young, Black, and Professional.

Speaking of becoming professional, if you know someone who has a passion for music and journalism, we have created something you need to tell them about: CMN's Music Journalism course is perfect for anyone who has always dreamed of being a music critic. Get all the details here.

Mendocino Complex Fire Officially Largest in California’s History

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Fires continue to burn through California, with one nearly doubling in size over the last three days, combining to make the largest blaze in the state’s history.

CNN reports, “No one has been injured in the Mendocino Complex Fire, which consists of two fires — the Ranch Fire and the River Fire — burning around Clear Lake, in several counties in Northern California.”

So far the Mendocino Complex Fire has burned 283,800 acres, having grown 80 percent since Friday. As of Monday night it was 30 percent contained and ruined 75 residents. In addition, firefighters across the state are battling 16 major fires and dry, windy conditions.

Farmer Refuses to Take Lie Detector Test in Mollie Tibbetts Case


The FBI yesterday asked farmer Wayne Chesney to take a polygraph test in connection with the disappearance of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts, who was last seen on July 18. The farmer refused the test.

"I don't need to," he said, according to the Des Moines Register. "It's stupid." The paper reported that Chesney said he has "nothing to hide," and allowed investigators to search his home and his 70-acre farm.

Reports surfaced that in January 2014, Chesney was charged with felony stalking of his ex-girlfriend, but officials stress that he is not an official subject at the moment.

Album Review: Travis Scott’s ‘Astroworld’ Is a Thrill Ride

AstroWorld was torn down in 2005, and Travis Scott never quite got over it. After all, the closing of Houston’s infamous Six Flags theme park was what prompted him to start making music in the first place.

CMN's Nicole Kitchens breaks down Scott's 17-track album, which she calls "truly impressive." She thinks, however, that "it’s safe to predict that the first five tracks will be (mark my words) the main singles that get the most streams and radio play."

Dig into her entire review here.

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Last But Not Least: Harvard’s Co-Ed Social Club Policy Damages Individuality on Campus

In a viewpoint piece published yesterday, CMN's Tom Spurling takes a look at changes to social clubs at that most famous of all Ivy League schools, Harvard.

After multiple allegations of sexual harassment by male dominant organizations, Harvard decided to put their foot down on social clubs and create co-educational student groups. The idea behind this is for groups to integrate, or risk losing their charter and funding with the school.

Spurling argues that "the sanctions put on by Harvard should not be labeled anything more than what they are, an attack on social clubs using the current sexual harassment movement as a front."

Read the rest of his argument here.
Wednesday's Morning Scoop was made possible by Tom Spurling, Nicole Kitchens, Natalia Kolenko, and the CMN Staff. It's apparently the Dog Days of Summer right now, which has to do with stars, not how hot it is. Either way, here's a dog emoji.
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