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A fire broke out during the church’s renovation project. (image: Wikipedia)

The big story…

France to Rebuild Notre Dame Following Major Fire

President Emmanuel Macron ensured the people of France that they would rebuild after a major fire struck the historic Notre Dame, burning a large portion of the cathedral. CNN reports, “Speaking from the scene of the fire in the French capital Paris, Macron described the fire at the 850-year-old Gothic masterpiece as a ‘terrible tragedy,’ but added the ‘worst had been avoided.’” The fire, which started Monday evening, took 400 firefighters and several hours to put out. Most of the roof is destroyed and the spire was lost as well, but the iconic towers and façade were saved, as well as numerous artifacts inside including the Holy Crown. Newspapers around the world paid tribute to the iconic building after the inferno.

In global news…

Finnish Social Democrats and Euroskeptic Populists Make Gains in Elections

On Sunday, April 14 voters in the Nordic country of Finland went to the polls for their national parliamentary elections, which resulted in the progressive social democrats and the eurosceptic populists gaining the most seats. The center-left Social Democratic Party of Finland (SDP) came in first place by receiving about 17% of the vote or 40 seats while the right-wing populist Finns Party came in second place by receiving about 17% of the vote or 39 seats. Read more in Duane Paul Murphy’s report for CMN.


In politics…

Redacted Mueller Report to be Released Thursday

A redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report is set to be released on Thursday and nobody is happy about it. President Trump is tweeting defensively and the Democrats are saying that the redactions made by U.S. Attorney General William Barr may be unnecessarily censored. Although we’ve seen Barr’s summary of the report, the Dems in Congress are expecting that there’s more to the story that won’t be revealed until Mueller himself testifies before Congress.


In higher education…

Students at Georgetown University Vote to Raise Tuition for Slave Descendent Reparations

Two thirds of Georgetown students who participated in a recent referendum voted to begin a fund for the descendants of enslaved people sold by the university in the 19th century. Although the referendum vote was technically not binding, the success of the vote organized by student activists certainly sends a message to the school’s administration. The measure proposes adding $27.20 to each student’s tuition, which would raise about $400,000 per semester.


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Last but not least…

Celebrating Jackie Robinson Day

72 years ago at the historic Ebbets Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, a 28-year-old man ran to first base. In front of an audience of 26,623, which included over 14,000 African-American spectators, that man, Jackie Robinson, crashed through the MLB’s racial barrier, becoming the first African-American to play in the league. It was a monumental moment in American history. Read more in Adam Shay’s report for CMN.


Today’s Morning Scoop was made possible by Natalia KolenkoDuane Paul MurphyAdam Shay, and the CMN Staff. Lyft is now offering not just car rides but also bike rides. Just make sure you check the brakes firstP.S. Was this newsletter forwarded by a friend? Subscribe here to get the Morning Scoop straight to your inbox every day.

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Grace Cooper is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she studied Nonfiction Writing and Psychology. When she's not obsessively reading or writing about the news, you can probably find her eating too much pizza and watching When Harry Met Sally for the hundredth time.

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