Welcome to the Morning Scoop for August 15, 2018. We’ve got the latest on yesterday’s primary results, a sad and shocking report on the Catholic Church, and the Italy bridge collapse.
We’re fighting against the collapse of journalism by training the next generation of writers, editors and storytellers. You can keep our project going strong by making a small donation or spreading the word about our courses.
Transgender Candidate from Vermont Makes History
Christine Hallquist became the first transgender person nominated for governor by a major party with her win of the Vermont primary race Tuesday.
“Tonight we made history, and I’m so honored to be … part of this historical moment,” Hallquist said to her supporters at the election-night party in Burlington. “I’m so proud to be the face of the Democrats tonight.”
Hallquist will face Gov. Phil Scott in November, with CNN projecting Scott as the winner of the GOP primary. CMN’s Erin Whitten has more in her report.
Report: 300 Catholic Priests Abused More Than 1,000 Children in Pennsylvania
A stunning report released by a grand jury yesterday concluded that Catholic clergy sexual abuse dating back to 1947 was widespread in six dioceses in Pennsylvania, and that senior officials ignored, covered up and dismissed evidence of the abuse.
From the report: “Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all. For decades. Monsignors, auxiliary bishops, bishops, archbishops, cardinals have mostly been protected; many, including some named in this report, have been promoted.”
Searching for Survivors, Answers in Italy Bridge Collapse
Rescue teams pulled bodies out of the twisted wreckage after a highway bridge collapsed in Genoa, Italy, yesterday. The death toll stands at least 39 people, and officials are searching for survivors who may be trapped.
35 cars and three trucks had been crossing the bridge at the time of the collapse, the cause of which is unclear. Government officials have called for safety checks of all major infrastructure across the country, while bridge experts have already begun examining possible causes for the failure of the structure.
Today in a Tweet
Last But Not Least: In ‘BlacKkKlansman,’ Legendary Director Spike Lee Wakes up America
Director Spike Lee is back with his latest movie, which hit theaters almost one year after the Charlottesville Riots, and it has touched a nerve on race in America. “BlacKkKlansman” tells a true story about how Colorado Springs Police Department’s first African American police officer took down a local Ku Klux Klan group in the 1970s. It is based on the 2014 book “Black Klansman” by the officer himself, Ron Stallworth.
Wednesday’s Morning Scoop was made possible by Duane Paul Murphy,
Are you looking for digital journalism training and experience? Are you a journalism major who wants to take your career to the next level? CMN’s Digital Journalism course gives you real-time experience, intense feedback on your writing, exposure to journalism influencers and mentors, and a great place to display your work. You can get academic credit too. Check out the Digital Journalism Course here.
Sign up for the Morning Scoop
Bernie Sanders Literally Saved Someone from a Possible Car Accident in Washington, D.C.
Bernie Sanders helps a young musician and law student from a possible car accident.
Amy Schumer and Emily Ratajkowski Amongst Many Arrested at Capitol Hill ‘No Kavanaugh’ Protest
The final vote on Kavanaugh could come as early as this weekend, and these women are not backing down.
The Catholic University of America Suspends a Dean Over a Tweet
The university's administration suspended a dean that tweeted out a controversial comment about one Kavanaugh's alleged accusers.
FBI Reports Body of Missing Six Year Old Boy With Autism has Been Found
Maddox was last seen at Rankin Lake Park on Saturday with his father.