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• The scheduled appearance this month by recently pardoned Joe Arpaio – “America’s toughest sheriff” – at a Fresno County Republican Party fundraiser is too toxic for some local GOPers.
• Get up to speed about the Railroad and Mission fires.
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• Here’s the latest on Hurricane Irma, which has killed at least eight in the Caribbean and is thundering toward Florida.
• The daughter of Freddy Centeno, a mentally ill man fatally shot by Fresno officers two years ago, can move forward with her lawsuit against the police department, a judge ruled.
• A 19-year-old driver faces a vehicular manslaughter charge after a crash Sunday north of Clovis that killed his 18-year-old passenger.
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• A wet winter and spring in the West spawned predictions that this wildfire season would be mild. It has been anything but.
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• Fresno State quarterback Chason Virgil and his coaches know he threw several off-target passes last weekend. Can he raise his game against Alabama’s voracious defense?
• There’s a new No. 1 high school football team in the Central Section.
• When in doubt, President Trump has a favorite two-word response. And he uses it a lot.
• Video captures a guy laying waste to a 7-Eleven store in Santa Ana because he couldn’t buy beer. Which, in hindsight, was a good thing.
• A swimming pool in a New York basement was odd ... but not nearly as odd as what was swimming in it.
• Five nurses in Denver reportedly opened a body bag to admire the deceased’s genitals. The nurses were, um, suspended.