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New on DVD Aug. 22

“Little Boy”: 2 stars. The film is guilty of trying too hard. Had it just focused on a youngster’s heartbreaking efforts to get his father home from World War II, it would have been a touching tale.

TV on DVD: ‘The Royals,’ ‘NCIS: New Orleans’

THE ROYALS: Sex, drugs and scandal vex (fictional) modern U.K. monarchy in E!’s delish new soap hit. Elizabeth Hurley steals scenes as the scheming queen-on-wheels, with Vincent Regan the king who’s had enough, William Moseley and Alexandra Park their tabloid-bait heirs. Plus: Joan Collins! (Season 2 starts in November.)

2015 cherry harvest third largest in 20 years

YAKIMA — Northwest cherry growers ended up harvesting 20.25 million boxes of cherries, just 2 percent more than what they predicted in May, according to a news release from the Northwest Cherry Growers association, which represents orchardists in five Northwest states.
 

Early learning centers start expulsion in pre-K

For most adults, the idea of preschool is characterized mainly by Tonka trucks and sing-alongs. But the pre-kindergarten years can present a thicket of dilemmas for teachers facing difficult children. What to do, for example, with an aggressive 4-year-old who screams, cries and hits other kids?

Transportation tax bill passes after delays in House and Senate

OLYMPIA — A $16 billion transportation tax and fee bill with an 11.9 cent gasoline tax increase hit a roadblock early Wednesday morning. After being parked for much of Tuesday in the House, it was sent on a detour to the Senate for final approval where it got stuck for hours in an dispute between majority Republicans and minority Democrats.