Good morning, today is Wednesday, Sept. 24, the 267th day of 2014. There are 98 days left in the year. The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, begins at sunset. It is National Punctuation Day.
Weather: Rain at times in the morning, then mostly cloudy with a chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs in the mid to upper 60s. Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers Tuesday night, with lows in the lower to mid 50s.
Martin Way at College Street
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A sewer main installation project is scheduled to begin this week on Martin Way between College Street and I-5, and in an easement behind the LaQuinta Inn in Lacey. No interruptions to sewer service are anticipated during the estimated five week work period. The project was awarded to Northwest Cascade Inc. of Puyallup and includes the installation of approximately 565 feet of sewer main across Martin Way. It also includes connections to existing sewer systems, sewer main abandonments, and pavement and lawn restorations. The portion of new sewer line to be installed across Martin Way will begin on or around Tuesday, September 23, and will last approximately three days. Pavement repair to the area across Martin Way is anticipated to start on October 1, and will last approximately two days. Pavement repair work is weather-dependent. Work will take place between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., with traffic limited to one lane in each direction during these time periods. Updated traffic advisories will be posted on Lacey’s official website at www.ci.lacey.wa.us.
Boulevard Road and 22nd Avenue
Boulevard Road between 18th Avenue and Holly Lane, and 22nd Avenue east of Wilkins Place will be closed to through traffic from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, for final paving of the roadway. If poor weather conditions prevent paving on Saturday, work will be done on the next available good weather day.
North Thurston School District: Elementary and middle school HIV/AIDS parent meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, administrative center.
Tumwater School District: Board meeting, 8:30 a.m. Michael T. Simmons Elementary, 1205 S. Second Ave.; Tumwater Youth Program – Grade School Activity Night, Sports-themed event includes: Green Screen photos, Football Toss and Field Goal Kicker activity, Pizza, and more! For Thurston County Youth in grades 3 - 6, 7-9:30 p.m., Friday, September 26, at Tumwater Middle School. Cost is $7.
What’s Happening: See A2 of today’s paper for a more extensive list of events.
Tumwater Riverwalk Tour: Stroll through Tumwater’s pioneer and industrial history on a guided walking tour along the Deschutes River in Tumwater Falls Park beginning at 10:30 a.m. each Wednesday and Friday through September. Meet at 10:15 a.m. at the Olympia Tumwater Foundation office at Tumwater Falls Park, 110 Deschutes Way SW. Recommended parking is the west parking lot closest to Deschutes Way. The tour is approximately one hour, and admission is free.
Community Youth Services “Colorful 5K run”: Kicks off at 8 a.m. with registration for the 2nd Annual Brighter Futures Run, featuring a new course near the Olympia Tumwater Regional Airport. This run helps at-risk youth right here in Thurston, Mason, Lewis and Grays Harbor counties. Runners begin the race in all white and proceed through six “color zones,” where an environmentally safe mix of cornstarch and tempera paint is tossed in the air, covering them with a rainbow of colors. All ages and all fitness levels are welcome. Kids 10 and under are FREE with a registered adult, but are asked to register for safety reasons. Got friends? Get a group rate discount! And come up with a silly theme for your running gear, if you like. Early bird rates of $35 are only available through Aug. 31. For information and registration forms, go to www.BrighterFuturesRun.com.
International Day of Peace at Heritage Park: The public is invited to participate in events and activities from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. 10am to 4pm, at Heritage Park, in downtown Olympia. Activities include kite making and other peaceful crafts, a meditation walk around the lake, a display of dove puppets from Jane Goodall, musical performances by The Artesian Rumble Arkestra, Taiko Drummers from River Ridge High School, Cool Water Hula dancers, the choir of the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation. International Day of Peace was established by the United Nations in 1983. For additional information, call Fred Silsby, 360-791-3242.
Spaghetti Feed fundraiser: Sponsored by the South Puget Sound Mobile Search and Rescue, the event will run from 5-8 p.m. at Columbian Hall, 6794 Martin Way E., Lacey. Enjoy live music, raffles, dessert and silent auctions. Tickets are $10 for 12 and older, $5 for ages age 6-11, free for 5 and younger. There is a $2 fee if tickets are purchased at the door. Ticket purchase information can be found at spsmsar.org/spaghettifeed2014.
Sapphire Ordonez: Turns 3 on Sept. 20
Dayten Skye Allen: Turns 7 on Sept. 28
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Today in History
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Sept. 24, 1789, President George Washington signed a Judiciary Act establishing America’s federal court system and creating the post of attorney general.
On this date:
In 1869, thousands of businessmen were ruined in a Wall Street panic known as “Black Friday” after financiers Jay Gould and James Fisk attempted to corner the gold market.
In 1890, the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Wilford Woodruff, wrote a manifesto renouncing the practice of polygamy.
In 1929, Lt. James H. Doolittle guided a Consolidated NY-2 Biplane over Mitchel Field in New York in the first all-instrument flight.
In 1934, Babe Ruth made his farewell appearance as a player with the New York Yankees in a game against the Boston Red Sox. (The Sox won, 5-0.)
In 1948, Mildred Gillars, accused of being Nazi wartime radio propagandist “Axis Sally,” pleaded not guilty in Washington, D.C. to charges of treason. (Gillars, later convicted, ended up serving 12 years in prison.)
In 1955, President Dwight D. Eisenhower suffered a heart attack while on vacation in Denver.
In 1957, the Los Angeles-bound Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets Field, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0.
In 1960, the USS Enterprise, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was launched at Newport News, Virginia. “The Howdy Doody Show” ended a nearly 13-year run with its final telecast on NBC.
In 1964, the situation comedy “The Munsters” premiered on CBS television. The adventures series “Daniel Boone,” starring Fess Parker, debuted on NBC.
In 1976, former hostage Patricia Hearst was sentenced to seven years in prison for her part in a 1974 bank robbery in San Francisco carried out by the Symbionese Liberation Army. (Hearst was released after 22 months after receiving clemency from President Jimmy Carter.)
In 1988, Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson won the men’s 100-meter dash at the Seoul (sohl) Summer Olympics – but he was disqualified three days later for using anabolic steroids. Members of the eastern Massachusetts Episcopal diocese elected Barbara C. Harris the first female bishop in the church’s history.
In 1991, kidnappers in Lebanon freed British hostage Jack Mann after holding him captive for more than two years. Children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel (GY'-zul), better known as “Dr. Seuss,” died in La Jolla, California, at age 87.
Ten years ago: Iraq’s interim prime minister, Ayad Allawi (EE'-yahd ah-LAH'-wee), appealed to world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly to unite behind his country’s effort to rein in spiraling violence, lighten the foreign debt and improve security ahead of the January elections. Author Francoise Sagan died in Honfleur, France, at age 69.
Five years ago: With President Barack Obama presiding, the U.N. Security Council unanimously endorsed a sweeping strategy aimed at halting the spread of nuclear weapons and ultimately eliminating them. The heads of the Group of 20 nations began a two-day meeting in Pittsburgh aimed at making sure a fledgling global recovery remained on track. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick tapped former Democratic National Chairman Paul G. Kirk Jr. to temporarily fill the Senate seat held by the late Edward M. Kennedy. Susan Atkins, 61, a member of the Charles Manson “family” who admitted stabbing actress Sharon Tate to death in the cult’s 1969 murder rampage, died in prison at Chowchilla, California.
One year ago: President Barack Obama and new Iranian President Hasan Rouhani appeared separately before the U.N. General Assembly, with both leaders speaking up for improved relations and a resumption of stalled nuclear talks, but giving no ground on long-held positions that had scuttled previous attempts to break the impasse. Kenya’s president proclaimed victory over the terrorists who’d stormed a Nairobi mall following a bloody four-day siege in which dozens of civilians were killed. A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake rocked southwest Pakistan, killing at least 376 people. Tea party conservative Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, began an old-style filibuster lasting nearly 22 hours over President Barack Obama’s health care law.
Today’s Birthdays: Rhythm-and-blues singer Sonny Turner (The Platters) is 75. Singer Barbara Allbut Brown (The Angels) is 74. Singer Phyllis “Jiggs” Allbut Sirico (The Angels) is 72. Singer Gerry Marsden (Gerry and the Pacemakers) is 72. News anchor Lou Dobbs is 69. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Joe Greene is 68. Actor Gordon Clapp is 66. Songwriter Holly Knight is 58. Former U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy II, D-Mass., is 62. Actor Kevin Sorbo is 56. Christian/jazz singer Cedric Dent (Take 6) is 52. Actress-writer Nia Vardalos is 52. Rock musician Shawn Crahan (AKA Clown) (Slipknot) is 45. Country musician Marty Mitchell is 45. Actress Megan Ward is 45. Singer-musician Marty Cintron (No Mercy) is 43. Contemporary Christian musician Juan DeVevo (Casting Crowns) is 39. Actor Ian Bohen (TV: “Teen Wolf”) is 38. Actor Justin Bruening is 35. Olympic gold medal gymnast Paul Hamm (hahm) is 32. Actor Erik Stocklin is 32. Actor Kyle Sullivan is 26.
Thought for Today: “There was never a nation great until it came to the knowledge that it had nowhere in the world to go for help.” – Charles Dudley Warner, American author and editor (1829-1900).