To help you figure things out, there is a Scoop Admin Guide which can hopefully answer most of your questions.
Most of the layout is changed in "Blocks", found in the admin tools menu
Features can be turned on and off, and configured, in "Site Controls" in the admin tools menu
Stories have an "edit" link right beside the "Full Story" link on an index page, and right beside the "Post a Comment" link on the full story page. They can also be edited by clicking the story title in the "Story List" admin tool
Boxes are what allow you to write new features for Scoop; they require a knowledge of the perl programming language to work with effectively, although you can often make small changes without knowing much perl. If you would like a feature added but cannot program it yourself, ScoopHost does custom Scoop programming as one of its services.
If you aren't sure where to look for a particular feature or piece of display, try the "Search Admin Tools" link in the admin tools menu.
Generally the front page won't see too much of the national news that has no Michigan ties.
However, Judge Jeanine Pirro in this clip puts the most appropriate perspective on the Benghazi affair that I have seen. There are a lot of questions that need to be answered, and I'll stop short of total agreement with, or assigning motives to the administrations lack of action and its subsequent cover ups, but I recognize incompetence when I see it. Only the most shallow butt kissing sycophant could not recognize this administration is in way over its head.
There are a lot of elections today across the state, and many are flying below the radar.
In parts of Livingston County, we have three elections today.
Howell, Howell Township, Cohoctah Township - County Commissioner District 5 Special Primary - We need a good turnout today. Don Parker needs our support. A good turnout today gains momentum for August. Today and August are special elections, so all the conventional wisdom can be thrown out. We can not take this election for granted. Parker is a solid conservative, and has shown that in his previous time as a county commissioner.
Dexter Schools - Millage renewal. Part of Hamburg Township is in Dexter Schools.
Our Michigan tax dollars at work obstructing our 2nd Amendment Rights while criminals roam freely.
Seeking to make a point about firearms, a Michigan man decided to open carry his .45-cal. handgun at his daughter's school and later uploaded the footage to YouTube. The father says he made sure to first notify the school, the Michigan State Police, the county sheriff and other local law enforcement officials that he would be exercising his right to carry a gun.
The rest of the man's trip to the school was seemingly incident free. He later had a conversation with the deputy about Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder recently vetoing a bill that would have permitted citizens with extra training to carry concealed weapons.
"To be honest with you, that would be better," the woman identified as a deputy says, talking about concealed carry.
"I can deal with a world that has same-sex marriage."
- GOP former Attorney General Mike COX, a self-described social conservative who helped lead the charge for Michigan's same-sex marriage ban, acknowledging his shift on the issue.
Cox: I'm Not Against Gay Marriage
"Mike COX, the former Republican Attorney General who led the legal charge to uphold the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage, told MIRS today he's had a change of heart and could support legislative same-sex marriage if Prop 2 of 2004 were not in place."
Congratulations, Mike. You're lucky to have someone in your life as dense as Laura, who will still accept you as having any credibility.