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Consider it a headhunter’s fee: Kitsap County plans to spend $15,000 to hire a trapper because a beaver persists in building a dam beneath a bridge. Three times since August crews have had to remove the beaver’s dams, one of which was 40 feet long and three feet high.

County officials don’t want the beaver killed; they want to hire him as the public works director.

Roll back the barrels: Munich’s annual 16-day Oktoberfest has concluded with about 6.5 million 1-liter mugs of beer consumed. Among items turned into the lost-and-found were 230 pairs of glasses, dentures, two wedding rings and a ball and chain.

We’ll bet a mug of hefeweizen the ball and chain are claimed before the wedding rings.

Don’t know much about history: On this day in 1927, the era of talking pictures arrived with the opening of “The Jazz Singer,” which featured Al Jolson’s voice.

Unfortunately, most never heard Jolson’s famous line — “Wait a minute. Wait a minute; you ain’t heard nothing yet!”— because the guy behind them was crinkling a candy wrapper.

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