Good morning, today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year, but click me for your Christmas reality check. It is Homemade Cookie Day.
Weather: Mostly cloudy with highs in the lower 60s, lows near 50.
The project to build “smart highway” devices from Lakewood to Lacey will require crews to reduce Interstate 5 to one lane over two nights. Drivers also will encounter ramp closures as crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation continue work for the I-5 - SR 510 to SR 512 Congestion Management and I-5, SR 510 to SR 512 ITS & Ramp Revisions projects. The work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled in the event of rain.
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The Center Drive on-ramp to southbound I-5 and the southbound I-5 exit to Mounts Road will close at 10 p.m. Both will reopen at 4 a.m. the following day.
At 11 p.m., southbound I-5 in Lakewood will be reduced to one lane, and that one lane will be redirected through the I-5/Thorne Lane interchange. All lanes will reopen at 4 a.m., Friday, Oct. 3.
At 11 p.m., northbound I-5 in Lakewood will be reduced to one lane, and that one lane will be redirected through the I-5/Thorne Lane interchange. All lanes will reopen at 6 a.m. Saturday.
Beginning at 8 p.m. each weeknight next week, drivers will also encounter single-lane closures in both directions between Lacey and Lakewood. All lanes will reopen at 5 a.m. each following day.
North Thurston Schools: Early release today; High school HIV/AIDS parent meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday, at the administrative center; Lacey ACT night, 7 p.m. Friday, at Nisqually Middle School.
Olympia Schools: Site Council Meeting, 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, at Reeves Middle School libary.
Tumwater Schools: ACT Day, 75 minute early release, Friday.
Yelm Schools: Disability History Month begins; Late Start, today: Buses will pick up students one hour later than their regular pick up time. Schools will start one hour later than their regular start time.
Rainier: 8:30 a.m. Friday, Kids photo make-up day.
What’s Happening: See A2 of today’s paper for a more extensive list of events.
Centro’s Cajun Throw-down: Competitors Rodney O’Neill and Joe Hyer will show off their barbecue and Cajun cooking skills at Olympia’s Arts Walk with a showdown beginning at 7 p.m. at Centro, 408 Olympia Ave. NE. Each will have one hour to create, from scratch, three tasty dishes for the panel of five judges. The theme is “Northwest Cajun & Creole.” The winner will be announced shortly after 8 p.m.
Fall Arts Walk: Mark your calendar for Arts Walk XLIX. From 5-10 p.m. Friday and from noon-5 p.m. Saturday, 96 downtown businesses will open their doors to showcase the rich and diverse visual and performing arts of South Sound. Enjoy drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, photography, fibers and other visual art. Performing arts including family theater and a variety of musical styles and dance. Maps are available at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, and Olympia City Hall, 601 Fourth Ave. E. A digital map can be found at olympiawa.gov/artswalk.
Fall Military Collectibles Event : The Olympic Flight Museum will host a military collectibles show and sale on from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., at 7637 Old Highway 99 SE, Tumwater. The event features collectors and dealers who display or sell an assortment of unusual or historic examples of field gear, uniforms, insignia, vintage vehicle parts and other military accessories. A special display of flight attendant uniforms of the 50’s - 70’s will also be featured. Vendor tables are available for $25 each. Reservations are required for tables. General admission is $5 per person, museum members and children 6 and under are free. For more information, go to www.olympicflightmuseum.com, or call 360-705-3925.
Olympia Arab Festival Shuruq II: Celebrate and experience Arab culture, food, music, speakers, children’s activities, art and traditions from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW. Enjoy music and dance performances from noon-6:30 p.m., and speakers from noon-6 p.m. This is a free event.
St. John’s Concert Series: “The Steve Korn Group” has released three jazz CDs and will perform at 3 p.m., at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 114 20th Ave. SE, Olympia. There is an artist reception following the concert, and free child care is available. Free, with donation gratefully accepted.
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Today in History
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Oct. 1, 1964, the Free Speech Movement began at the University of California, Berkeley, as students spontaneously protested the arrest of Berkeley alumnus Jack Weinberg, who’d refused to identify himself to campus police as he sat behind a table promoting the Congress of Racial Equality.
On this date:
In 1885, special delivery mail service began in the United States.
In 1908, Henry Ford introduced his Model T automobile to the market.
In 1932, Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees made his supposed called shot, hitting a home run against Chicago’s Charlie Root in the fifth inning of Game 3 of the World Series, won by the New York Yankees 7-5 at Wrigley Field.
In 1939, Winston Churchill described Russia as “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma” during a radio address on the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.
In 1949, Mao Zedong proclaimed the People’s Republic of China during a ceremony in Beijing. A 42-day strike by the United Steelworkers of America began over the issue of retirement benefits.
In 1957, the motto “In God We Trust” began appearing on U.S. paper currency.
In 1961, Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hit his 61st home run during a 162-game season, compared to Babe Ruth’s 60 home runs during a 154-game season. (Tracy Stallard of the Boston Red Sox gave up the round-tripper; the Yankees won 1-0.)
In 1964, Japan’s first high-speed “bullet train,” the Tokaido Shinkansen, went into operation between Tokyo and Osaka.
In 1968, the cult horror movie “Night of the Living Dead” had its world premiere in Pittsburgh.
In 1974, the cult horror movie “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” was first released.
In 1987, eight people were killed when an earthquake measuring magnitude 5.9 struck the Los Angeles area.
In 1994, National Hockey League team owners began a 103-day lockout of their players.
Ten years ago: Mount St. Helens in Washington state erupted for the first time in 18 years, but without nearly the force of the 1980 disaster. Police found the body of Lori Hacking in a landfill after picking through the trash for weeks in a search for the young Utah woman murdered by her husband, Mark. Fashion photographer Richard Avedon died in San Antonio, Texas, at age 81.
Five years ago: The U.S. and five other world powers held high-stakes talks with Iran in Geneva to demand a freeze of its nuclear activities; President Barack Obama, in Washington, called the discussions “a constructive beginning.” David Letterman publicly acknowledged having had sexual relationships with some female staffers as “48 Hours Mystery” producer Joe Halderman was charged in a blackmail plot against the CBS “Late Show” host. (Halderman later pleaded guilty to attempted grand larceny and served four months in jail.)
One year ago: The federal government partially shut down because of a budget impasse in Congress, the same day Americans got their first chance to shop for health insurance using the online marketplaces that were at the heart of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul (however, government websites designed to sell the policies struggled to handle the traffic, with many frustrated users reporting trouble setting up accounts). Novelist Tom Clancy, 66, died in Baltimore.
Today’s Birthdays: Former President Jimmy Carter is 90. Actress-singer Julie Andrews is 79. Actress Stella Stevens is 76. Rock musician Jerry Martini (Sly and the Family Stone) is 71. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Rod Carew is 69. Jazz musician Dave Holland is 68. Actor Stephen Collins is 67. Actress Yvette Freeman is 64. Actor Randy Quaid is 64. Rhythm-and-blues singer Howard Hewett is 59. Alt-country-rock musician Tim O'Reagan (The Jayhawks) is 56. Singer Youssou N'Dour is 55. Actor Esai Morales is 52. Retired MLB All-Star Mark McGwire is 51. Actor Christopher Titus is 50. Actress-model Cindy Margolis is 49. Rock singer-musician Kevin Griffin (Better Than Ezra) is 46. Actor Zach Galifianakis (ga-lih-fih-NA'-kihs) is 45. Singer Keith Duffy is 40. Actress Sarah Drew is 34. Actor-comedian Beck Bennett (TV: “Saturday Night Live”) is 30. Actress Jurnee Smollett is 28. Actress Brie Larson is 25.
Thought for Today: “It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.” – Agnes Repplier (REHP'-leer), American essayist (1858-1950).