Good morning! Today is Wednesday, Oct. 8, the 281st day of 2014. There are 84 days left in the year. It is National Walk to School Day.
Weather: Partly sunny with patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 60s. Partly cloudy Wednesday night, with lows in the mid 50s.
Tumwater: Expect temporary lane closures on Old Highway 99 SE, at River Drive SE, through Thursday. 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.
North Thurston Professional Day, no school Friday.
Olympia School District: Teacher In-Service Day, no school Friday.
Rainier School District: Late Start, 10:25 a.m. today; All week is “Spirit Week at Rainier High School.
Tumwater School District: School Board meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday, District Office, 621 Linwood Ave SW; ACT Day Friday, 75-minute early release.
Yelm School District: Late Start today; School Board meeting w/Study Session, 5 p.m. Thursday, Yelm Community Schools Board Room, 107 First Street N.
What’s Happening: See A2 of today’s paper for a more extensive list of events.
Adventure at senior center: Adventure traveler Allen Mote will present “Unexpected Baja: Discoveries, People and Life Along the Roads Less Traveled,” a multimedia program, from 10:15-11:30 a.m. at the Olympia Senior Center, 222 Columbia St. NW. The event will be hosted by the Senior Center’s Community Awareness Program.
Candidate Forum: The True Grassroots Action Committee will host a forum for District 2 and District 20 candidates, and the candidates for Thurston County commissioner and assessor. The event starts at 7 p.m. at the Yelm Moose Lodge, 1117 Yelm Ave. W.
Salmon bake and potluck in Elma: Members of Friends of Schafer & Lake Sylvia Parks will provide salmon and beverages for a potluck that starts at 1 p.m. at Schafer State Park, 1365 W. Schafer Park Road, Elma. Bring potluck dishes to share; donations of $7 will be sought to offset expenses. A Washington State Discover Pass will be required to enter the park and will be available at the park. Call Stet Palmer, 360-789-9953, or go to TheSchaferStateParkTeam.org for additional information.
Rampage at the RAC: Crawl through a mud pit, scale a cargo net, run up a hill of sand and jump over fire. Fee is $35 per person, and registration is required. The Regional Athletic Complex is at 8345 Steilacoom Road SE, Lacey. Call Lacey Parks and Recreation, 360-491-0857, for times, or go to http://www.ci.lacey.wa.us/living-in-lacey/the-community/arts-and-events/rampage-at-the-rac, for information. While no individual timing will be kept, a race clock will be at the finish line.
October South Sound birthdays
Tyson Christopherson: Turns 17 on Oct. 8
Rebecca Schatzer: Turns 16 on Oct. 10
Ethan Hanson: Turned 10 on Oct. 11
Madison Rardin: Turns 10 on Oct. 16
Delayne Hanson: Turns 10 on Oct. 22
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. 8, 1914, the World War I song “Keep the Home Fires Burning,” by Ivor Novello and Lena Guilbert Ford, was first published in London under the title “Till the Boys Come Home.”
On this date:
In 1869, the 14th president of the United States, Franklin Pierce (puhrs), died in Concord, New Hampshire.
In 1871, the Great Chicago Fire erupted; fires also broke out in Peshtigo, Wisconsin, and in several communities in Michigan.
In 1918, U.S. Army Cpl. Alvin C. York led an attack that killed 25 German soldiers and captured 132 others in the Argonne Forest in France.
In 1934, Bruno Hauptmann was indicted by a grand jury in New Jersey for murder in the death of the kidnapped son of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
In 1944, “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” starring Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, made its debut on CBS Radio. Former Republican presidential nominee Wendell Willkie, 52, died in New York.
In 1945, President Harry S. Truman announced that the secret of the atomic bomb would be shared only with Britain and Canada.
In 1956, Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in a World Series to date as the New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5, 2-0.
In 1957, the Brooklyn Baseball Club announced it was accepting an offer to move the Dodgers from New York to Los Angeles.
In 1967, former British Prime Minister Clement Attlee died in London at age 84.
In 1970, Soviet author Alexander Solzhenitsyn was named winner of the Nobel Prize for literature.
In 1982, all labor organizations in Poland, including Solidarity, were banned.
In 1992, former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt died in Unkel, Germany, at age 78.
Ten years ago: In a testy debate rematch, President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry quarreled over the war in Iraq, jobs, education, health care, abortion, the environment, cheaper drugs and tort reform at a town-hall session in St. Louis. Thirty-four people, most of them Israelis, were killed when suicide bombers blew up the Taba Hilton Hotel in Egypt. A videotape surfaced showing militants beheading British hostage Kenneth Bigley in Iraq. Martha Stewart reported to the Alderson Federal Prison Camp in West Virginia to begin serving five months behind bars for lying about a stock sale. Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai (wan-GAH'-ree mah-DY') won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Five years ago: An Arizona sweat lodge ceremony turned deadly as some participants became ill and collapsed inside the 415-square-foot structure; three died. (Motivational speaker James Arthur Ray, who’d led the ceremony, was convicted in 2011 of three counts of negligent homicide and served 20 months in prison.) A powerful car bomb exploded outside the Indian Embassy in Kabul, killing 17 people. Romanian-born German writer Herta Mueller won the Nobel Prize in literature.
One year ago: The White House said President Barack Obama would nominate Federal Reserve vice chair Janet Yellen to succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman of the nation’s central bank. Britain’s Peter Higgs and Belgian colleague Francois Englert won the Nobel Prize in physics for helping to explain how matter formed after the Big Bang. Phil Chevron, 56, the guitarist for the boisterous Anglo-Irish band the Pogues, died in Dublin.
Today’s Birthdays: Entertainment reporter Rona Barrett is 78. Actor Paul Hogan is 75. Rhythm-and-blues singer Fred Cash (The Impressions) is 74. Civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson is 73. Comedian Chevy Chase is 71. Author R.L. Stine is 71. Actor Dale Dye is 70. Country singer Susan Raye is 70. TV personality Sarah Purcell is 66. Actress Sigourney Weaver is 65. Rhythm-and-blues singer Robert “Kool” Bell (Kool & the Gang) is 64. Producer-director Edward Zwick is 62. Country singer-musician Ricky Lee Phelps is 61. Actor Michael Dudikoff is 60. Comedian Darrell Hammond is 59. Actress Stephanie Zimbalist is 58. Rock musician Mitch Marine is 53. Actress Kim Wayans is 53. Rock singer Steve Perry (Cherry Poppin' Daddies) is 51. Actor Ian Hart is 50. Gospel and rhythm-and-blues singer CeCe Winans is 50. Rock musician C.J. Ramone (The Ramones) is 49. Actress-producer Karyn Parsons is 48. Singer-producer Teddy Riley is 48. Actress Emily Procter is 46. Actor Dylan Neal is 45. Actor-screenwriter Matt Damon is 44. Actress Kristanna Loken is 35. Rhythm-and-blues singer Byron Reeder (Mista) is 35. Rock-soul singer-musician Noelle Scaggs (Fitz and the Tantrums) is 35. Actor Nick Cannon is 34. Actor Max Crumm is 29. Singer-songwriter-producer Bruno Mars is 29. Actor Angus T. Jones is 21. Actress Molly Quinn is 21.
Thought for Today: “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” – Carl Gustav Jung, Swiss psychiatrist (1875-1961).