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Will there be more wolf killings in our state? That’s the question being asked in an Associated Press story by Phuong Le. The controversy continues after the lead wolf of the Wedge pack was killed after time and again attacking a rancher’s cattle. Here’s an earlier story by Seattle Times staff reporter Craig Welch: Fight over wild wolves reignited by plan to kill as many as 4.

 And speaking of wild critters, don’t feed the bears or you’ll pay for it, literally. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife reminds you not to feed bears or you’ll be fined a whopping $1,000. Not sure why they’re reminding us now, but it is a good idea not to feed ’em for a variety of reasons. The big fine went into law in June.

FC Dallas forward Blas Perez and Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Brad Evans battle to head the ball in pouring rain. The Sounders secured a 3-1 victory over Dallas, ensuring a first-round bye in the playoffs. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

At least the Sounders won. While the Seahawks lost Thursday and the Dawgs took a drubbing Saturday, our local soccer boys are now in the playoffs after beating Dallas last night in the final regular-season match at home. Brad Evans had two goals to lead Seattle in a 3-1 win.

School cafeterias clean and safe: So says The Spokesman Review in a look at some 4,500 pages of inspection records of school cafeterias in Washington. The newspaper found only 521 citations over a three year period. That’s looking at reports covering 295 school districts and some 3,000 schools. Did you know there are 500,000 lunches served in Washington every day? Neither did we.

Most-read local stories today on

  1. Marijuana initiative 502 a tough sell in Eastern Washington: The campaign is trying to woo Eastern Washington voters with conservative and libertarian messages.
  2. Truth needle: McKenna ad wrong; he’s voted for tax increases: Truth Needle: A TV ad by Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna claiming he “has always opposed property-tax increases” is mostly false.
  3. Northeastern U’s Seattle branch to open in Jan. near Amazon: Northeastern University of Boston will open up a branch campus in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood in January.
  4. Pedestrian hit by car in Seattle: A man suspected of driving under the influence was arrested after he struck and injured a pedestrian on Denny Way early Sunday, according to Seattle police.
  5. A vow to continue impartial reporting: Seattle Times Executive Editor Dave Boardman asks readers to extend the privilege of trust to the staff of The Seattle Times News Department. The column follows the news that The Seattle Times Co., is paying for political advertisements in the newspaper on behalf of Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna and in favor of Referendum 74, the ballot measure to legalize same-sex marriage.

Nick Provenza: 206-464-2142 or On Twitter @NickProvenza1