Good morning, today is Friday, Oct. 3, the 276th day of 2014. There are 89 days left in the year. The Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, begins at sunset. Today is World Smile Day.
FYI: The idea of World Smile Day was coined and initiated by Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts. Harvey Ball is known to have created the smiley face in 1963. The World's first World Smile Day was held in the year 1999 and has been held annually since. ~ Information taken from Wikipedia.
Weather: Patchy fog in the morning, turning to mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 60s. Mostly cloudy Friday night with a chance of rain, with lows in the low to mid 50s.
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Tumwater: Expect temporary lane closures on Old Highway 99 SE, at River Drive SE, through Oct. 9. A private contractor for CenturyLink, South Bay Excavating, will be installing fiber optic and conduit to a private business. Work will take place primarily on the east shoulder of the roadway, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., weekdays. Equipment will be off the roadway each evening. Call the City of Tumwater Public Works Department at (360) 754-4140 with construction questions or concerns.
Lacey: 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.
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: Lacey ACT night, 7 p.m. tonight, at Nisqually Middle School.
Tumwater Schools: ACT Day, 75 minute early release, today.
Rainier: 8:30 a.m. today, Kids photo make-up day.
What’s Happening: See A2 of today’s paper for a more extensive list of events.
Today, Saturday and Sunday
Relay for Life garage sale: Team “Fit to Fight will kick off its 2014 season with a garage sale from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, at 5027 Tri Lake Drive SE, in Olympia. All proceeds go to our team goal of $30,000. For more information about Relay for Life, For more information about Relay for Life, or to make a donation, go to www.relayforlifeofthurston.org and search for our team "Fit to Fight."
Children's Day: Free family fun from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Huntamer Park, 618 Woodland Square Loop, in Lacey. The theme this year is Wild West and activities include pony rides, a petting zoo, horse drawn carriage rides, and games and activities provided by community businesses and groups. Kids are encouraged to come dressed up as cowboys and cowgirls. Call Lacey Parks and Recreation, 360-491-0857, for additional information.
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.
October South Sound Birthdays
Tyson Christopherson: Turns 17 on Oct. 8
Rebecca Schatzer: Turns 16 on Oct. 10
To be listed in the Birthdays, send your name, the age you will be (18 and younger), your birth date, address and phone number to The Birthday Box, The Olympian, 111 Bethel St. NE, Olympia, WA 98506 or send an email to tmcgee@ theolympian.com.
Today in History
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Oct. 3, 1944, during World War II, U.S. Army troops cracked the Siegfried Line north of Aachen, Germany.
On this date:
In 1789, President George Washington declared Nov. 26, 1789, a day of Thanksgiving to express gratitude for the creation of the United States of America.
In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day.
In 1922, Rebecca L. Felton, D-Ga., became the first woman to be appointed to the U.S. Senate (however, she ended up serving only a day).
In 1932, Iraq became independent of British administration.
In 1951, the New York Giants captured the National League pennant by a score of 5-4 as Bobby Thomson hit a three-run homer off the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Ralph Branca in the “shot heard ‘round the world.”
In 1954, the family comedy “Father Knows Best,” formerly an NBC radio show, premiered on CBS-TV with Robert Young reprising his role of Jim Anderson.
In 1962, astronaut Wally Schirra became the fifth American to fly in space as he blasted off from Cape Canaveral aboard the Sigma 7 on a 9-hour flight.
In 1974, Frank Robinson was named major league baseball’s first black manager as he was placed in charge of the Cleveland Indians.
In 1981, Irish nationalists at the Maze Prison near Belfast, Northern Ireland, ended seven months of hunger strikes that had claimed 10 lives.
In 1990, West Germany and East Germany ended 45 years of postwar division, declaring the creation of a reunified country.
In 1995, the jury in the O.J. Simpson murder trial found the former football star not guilty of the 1994 slayings of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman (however, Simpson was later found liable in a civil trial).
In 2008, O.J. Simpson was found guilty of robbing two sports-memorabilia dealers at gunpoint in a Las Vegas hotel room. (Simpson was later sentenced to nine to 33 years in prison.)
Ten years ago: National security adviser Condoleezza Rice, interviewed on ABC’s “This Week” program, defended her characterization of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear capabilities in the months before the Iraq invasion. Actress Janet Leigh died at age 77. The comedy-drama series “Desperate Housewives” premiered on ABC.
Five years ago: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (ah-muh-DEE'-neh-zhahd) hit back at President Barack Obama’s accusation that his country had sought to hide its construction of a new nuclear site, arguing that Tehran reported the facility to the U.N. even earlier than required. Eight U.S. soldiers were killed, 22 wounded, when their outpost in Afghanistan’s Nuristan province was attacked by hundreds of militants.
One year ago: A Connecticut woman driving a black Infiniti with her 1-year-old daughter inside tried to ram a White House barricade, then led police on a chase toward the U.S. Capitol, where police shot and killed her. (The unarmed woman, 34-year-old Miriam Carey, had been diagnosed with postpartum depression and psychosis; her child was unharmed.) President Barack Obama canceled a trip to Asia to stay in Washington and push for an elusive funding agreement that would end a partial government shutdown. A smugglers’ ship packed with African migrants sank off the coast of a southern Italian island, killing more than 365 people.
Today’s Birthdays: Basketball Hall of Famer Marques O. Haynes is 88. Composer Steve Reich is 78. Rock and roll star Chubby Checker is 73. Actor Alan Rachins is 72. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., is 71. Magician Roy Horn is 70. Singer Lindsey Buckingham is 65. Jazz musician Ronnie Laws is 64. Blues singer Keb' Mo' is 63. Former astronaut Kathryn Sullivan is 63. Baseball Hall of Famer Dave Winfield is 63. Baseball Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley is 60. Civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton is 60. Actor Hart Bochner is 58. Actor Peter Frechette is 58. World Golf Hall of Famer Fred Couples is 55. Actor-comedian Greg Proops is 55. Actor Jack Wagner is 55. Rock musician Tommy Lee is 52. Actor Clive Owen is 50. Actress Janel Moloney is 45. Singer Gwen Stefani (steh-FAH'-nee) (No Doubt) is 45. Pop singer Kevin Richardson is 43. Rock singer G. Love is 42. Actress Keiko Agena (KAY'-koh ah-GAYN'-ah) is 41. Actress Neve Campbell is 41. Singer India.Arie (ah-REE') is 39. Rapper Talib Kweli (tuh-LIB' kwah-LEE') is 39. Actress Alanna Ubach is 39. Actor Seann (cq) William Scott is 38. Actress Shannyn Sossamon is 36. Rock musician Josh Klinghoffer (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 35. Actor Seth Gabel is 33. Rock musician Mark King (Hinder) is 32. Actor Erik Von Detten is 32. Singer-musician Cherrill Green (Edens Edge) is 31. Actress Tessa Thompson is 31. Actress-singer Ashlee Simpson is 30.
Thought for Today: “No one can build his security upon the nobleness of another person.” – Willa Cather, American author (1873-1947).