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Monday Scoop: News Doesn’t Take the Weekend Off

Plus, Demi sends a message to her fans



Welcome to the Morning Scoop for August 6, 2018. We’ve got the news you might have missed this weekend and a story about crowdfunding helping one incoming freshman.

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We Watched the News This Weekend

Up rolls the riot van. (Image: WJHL video) 



  1. President Trump says he didn’t know about the infamous Trump Tower meeting between his son and a Russian lawyer, but admits the goal was to get info on Hillary Clinton. It happened in a Sunday tweetstorm. 
  2. Five people are dead after a small plane crashed into a California parking lot. Miraculously, no one on the ground was hurt when the plane smashed into the ground, killing everyone on board.  
  3. Police and protestors clashed at an right-wing rally in Portland, and counter-demonstrators are saying law enforcement went too far by using rubber bullets and stun grenades. Meanwhile, 20 people were arrested at protests in Berkeley, Calif. 
  4. At least 90 people are dead and more than 200 injured after an earthquake hit the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok last night. 
  5. Starting around midnight Saturday, over 40 people were shot, including four who died, in Chicago. It was one of the most violent weekends in a what has become a very violent city. 

Demi Speaks: ‘I Will Keep Fighting’

In her first statement since a suspected drug overdose put her in the hospital more than two weeks ago, Demi Lovato says she’s focused on her recovery and knows the road ahead could be long.

“I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction,” Lovato wrote in a letter posted to Instagram yesterday. “What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet.”

Gay Valedictorian Kicked Out by Parents is Now Going to Georgetown, Thanks to GoFundMe

After being rejected by his parents due to his sexuality, openly gay 18-year-old Seth Owen was left with a 4.16 GPA, an acceptance to Georgetown University, and the realization that he couldn’t afford to go to college on his own.

Having found out about Owen’s sexuality during his sophomore year of high school, Owen’s parents responded by sending him to a Christian counselor, attempting “conversion therapy.”

CMN’s Hailey Nagma details what happened next in her report. 

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Last But Not Least: The Growlers new ‘Casual Acquaintances’ Covers Alt-Pop in Grit

In my circle of musically inclined friends, The Growlers are often met with mixed reviews: you either love ‘em, or you think they’re mediocre.

Some think that they try too hard to fit within the confines of a Twin Peaks-esque sound, while some purely love them for their catchy, self-described “beach goth” genre. On 2016’s “City Club,” the band found themselves under the direction of Ultimate-Cool-Dude Julian Casablancas, their hazy beach vibes scrubbed clean with New York disco and thrust into a leather jacket for good measure.

See where CMN’s Nicole Kitchens stands in her review of The Growlers new record. 

Wednesday’s Morning Scoop was made possible by Hailey NagmaNicole Kitchens, and the CMN Staff. Don’t look now, but summer’s almost gone. Here’s a song to cry along to. 

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