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Uh, oh, SNOW:In the mountain passes, anyway. If you’re headed over the Cascades this weekend, you might see the first snow of the season, says the National Weather Service. The snow level is expected to drop to 3,000 feet tomorrow morning, and that’s a tad lower than Snoqualmie Pass. What’s more, the snow could stick on there and on Stevens and White passes. Oh my.

Apples, apples everywhere: At least in Washington state, which is expected to see a near-record harvest this year. Other apple growing regions, not so much. The Northeast and the Midwest saw a warm spring, an early budding and frost damage thatsignificantly shrank their production. In a couple of states, there could be as much as a 90 percent decline in their harvest. Ouch.

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Fake Beatles and sports memorabilia: An Oregon guy is headed for the slammer for a couple of years for trying to sell Beatles albums allegedly signed by the Fab Four and some fake sports memorabilia online. One poor soul in thePortland area shelled out $700 for Beatles albums.

Trick or treat locations go online: The My Ballad blog has an interactive map that tells you where youngsters can find sweets and such on Halloween. If you are going to hand out candy on the holiday, you can add your house to the map. Kinda cool, that.

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  1. Portable fingerprint scanners aid King County police:The King County Sheriff’s Office has started using a pocket-size piece of technology that instantly reads fingerprints.
  2. Released Boy Scout files reopen old wounds:A Seattle-area man says he is among the thousands of boys nationwide who were sexually abused after joining the Boy Scouts.
  3. Metro apologizes for asking mom to leave bus over child’s stinky diaper:King County Metro Transit apologized Thursday to a mom who was asked to leave a bus because of her child’s stinky diaper.
  4. Boeing to send some insured workers to Cleveland for cardiac care:Boeing’s deal with top-rated Cleveland Clinic means about 83,000 managers, some retirees and family members can get a big cost advantage on heart procedures, as well as free travel and lodging, while the aerospace giant will get a fixed-price menu for complex, often unpredictably pricey surgeries.
  5. Times Co. criticized for McKenna, gay-marriage ad campaigns:The Seattle Times Co. jumped into two of the state’s hottest political contests Wednesday, launching an $80,000 independent-expenditure campaign promoting Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna and announcing a similar effort in support of gay marriage

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