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• A law to ban chronic camping by homeless people on public property or on private property without the owner’s OK was passed by the Fresno City Council. Expect a battle with the ACLU.
• Who knew it was this easy to drop prices at Whole Foods? All that was required was Amazon’s $1.37 billion takeover of the grocery chain. The new price points arrive next week.
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• Yosemite loves its visitors. The tons of garbage they leave behind? Not so much. The video above shows how we can keep National Treasure Up the Road clean.
• California voters last fall approved $9 billion in state spending for school construction and remodeling. The state hasn’t sold a single authorized bond. What’s holding things up?
• Fresno Unified board president Brooke Ashjian raised more than a few eyebrows when he compared the LGBT community’s response to his remarks about sexual identity and sex education to Ottoman Turks who carried out the Armenian Genocide.
• A rally against hate, scheduled for Saturday in the Tower District, is designed to be peaceful, but Fresno police say they’re ready to deal with counter-protesters.
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• A two-alarm fire destroyed several cars Thursday night in a Tower District lot.
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• “Madden NFL 18” drops today. Here’s Rory Appleton’s review of the football video game.
• Chris Stapleton, Greek Fest and the (sigh) Mayweather-McGregor fight are on our list of fine distractions soon to come.
• You can finally shake it off: Taylor Swift has released her new single.
• The current Fresno State football team is not the 1-11 windshield splatter of 2016, columnist Marek Warszawski tells us. “Let’s opt for some optimism,” Warsz says, and offers six reasons to do so.
• An iconic store known for retro clothes and general funkiness is closing after 33 years in the Tower District.
• Happiness is a good book. Or two. Fortunately, there are 270,000 of them for sale, right now, at Sierra Vista Mall. Even better: It’s a fundraiser for Fresno County’s library system.
• Heads up, fellow travelers: Harris Ranch restaurant, just off Interstate 5, has added a barbecue stand for those who crave a tri-tip to go.
• The Texas theater that got people in a huff for promoting a women-only screening of “Wonder Woman” is doubling down with a clowns-only screening for “IT.”