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It’s getting hot in here. (image: Pexels)

The big story…

2018 Was the Warmest Year on Record

Last year was recorded as the warmest year on record according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA, adding to the trend of the last five years which have been the warmest on record. 

CNN reports, “NOAA and NASA discussed 2018’s global temperature and climate in a joint news conference Wednesday; both agencies maintain independent data that goes back to 1880 to monitor temperatures around the globe. The announcement was delayed several weeks due to the government shutdown that resulted in many NOAA and NASA employees being furloughed.”

Eighteen of the 19 hottest years on record have occurred since 2001 with average global temperatures having risen by around 2 degrees Fahrenheit, or a bit over 1 degree Celsius, since the 1880s. We are now more than two-thirds of the way to the warming limit of 1.5 degrees Celsius that was set in the Paris climate agreement.

In national news…

Army to Enforce New, More Difficult Fitness Test

new Army fitness test will feature more advanced standards of strength training, including dead lifts and power throws. These grueling tasks are a far throw from the Amy’s traditional fitness tests — which include situps, pushups, and running — but are designed to make troops more combat-ready.

In fashion…

Gucci Receives Backlash Over Sweater That Resembles Blackface

Gucci has received a lot of heat from social media users over a new sweater that resembles blackface. The company has pulled the sweater off the market and apologized

In music…

Ringo Starr All-Starr Band Celebrates 30 Years This Summer

Ringo Starr will be on tour with his All-Starr band this summer, the 30th anniversary of his outfit’s start in 1989. This time out, they have the honor of playing in Roanoke, Virginia this summer at the Berglund Center. Band members include Toto guitarist/singer Steve Lukather, former Journey keyboard/singer Gregg Rolie, Men at Work singer/guitarist Colin Hay, Average White Band bassist/singer Hamish Stuart, and drummer Gregg Bissonette.  The unique and diverse band thrives on creative cooperation. Read more Josephine Evenson’s report for CMN.

Also in music…

Ariana Grande Will Not Be at the Grammys

Ariana Grande has reportedly canceled her performance at the Grammys after a disagreement with the award show’s producers. Grande will also not be attending the event, which comes as a surprise to fans as the singer has had such a blockbuster year.

Trending today…

The #Corntroversy Continues

Re: the Bud Light Super Bowl ads.

Last but not least…

Four Rappers to Watch in 2019

As 2019 begins to unfold, rappers are hitting streaming platforms with new sounds and rhymes. While some itch to cut their way through the clutter, others are utilizing hip-hop in a refreshing, feminine way. In an era of female emancipation, women in rap is beginning to become the new normal. While artists like Queen Latifah, Missy Elliot, Trina, Foxy Brown, Remy Ma, and Lil’ Kim have conquered the hip-hop/rap scene in the past, female energy is overflowing in the present. Read more in CaDarius B.’s report for CMN.

Today’s Morning Scoop was made possible by Natalia KolenkoJosephine EvensonCaDarius B., and the CMN Staff. Skype is apparently rolling out a new feature where you can blur out the background when you talk to someone. This keeps the focus of the conversation on you and not your messy room. P.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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