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Ice Cube brings the heat. Wine Country fires update. Is a text message a legal will?

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• The death toll rises in the devastating Wine Country wildfires in Sonoma and Napa counties. Here’s the latest.

• A owner of a dog has earned a stay of execution for his pet. The city of Visalia, which considers Armani the pit bull a dangerous animal, promised not to put the dog down until a hearing next month on a legal action brought by Armani’s owner.

• Fresno Unified trustees said they will discuss action against board president Brooke Ashjian after the district released emails in which he praises anti-LGBT advocates who support him.

• Hey, just what Fresno County needs: More places to buy booze.

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• Columnist Marek Warszawski admits to not small amount of surprise – and to a dash of trepidation – that he wrote this: Fresno State football is bowl-bound.

• Old School was in session Wednesday night as rapper Ice Cube performed at The Big Fresno Fair. Here’s a review and video.

Valley Children’s Hospital’s expansion plans mean the end of a golf center along the San Joaquin River.

• The U.S. men’s soccer team needed a win or draw to against Trinidad & Tobago to earn a World Cup berth. The stunning result triggered an epic rant by this ESPN analyst.

• In the mood to commit a crime? Beware: Your Fitbit, key fob or pacemaker could rat you out.

Outrè Scoops

• Here’s a weird case: A man commits suicide, and in a text message says he’s leaving nothing to his wife. Does that qualify as a legal will?

• Well, this is certainly one way to tell a business you aren’t satisfied with its service. A bit extreme, though.

Jody Murray: 559-441-6367, @jmurray59