Good morning! Today is Thursday, Oct. 9, the 282nd day of 2014. There are 83 days left in the year. It is National Stop Bullying Day.
Weather: Partly sunny, with highs in the low 60s. Mostly cloudy Thursday night with a chance of rain. Lows in the low to mid 50s. Traffic:
Tumwater: Expect temporary lane closures on Old Highway 99 SE, at River Drive SE, through the end of the day today. 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. 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: All week is “Spirit Week at Rainier High School.
Tumwater School District: School Board meeting, 7 p.m. tonight, District Office, 621 Linwood Ave SW; ACT Day Friday, 75-minute early release.
Yelm School District: School Board meeting w/Study Session, 5 p.m. today, 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.
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 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.
"Tunestone: Singout at the OK Chorale”: “Tunestone: Singout at the OK Chorale”: Olympia Sweet Adelines presents its annual show beginning at 2 p.m. at the Minnaert Center for the Performing Arts, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Enjoy the full sound of a cappella harmony. Tickets are $15-$20, and can be purchased through olytix.org, at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts box office or at the door.
Masterworks Choral Ensemble begins “A Season of Song”: Masterwork’s 34th concert series, kicks off at 7:30 p.m., at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. For this concert, MCE found a lot of fun music about some decidedly un-saintly characters. A couple of spirituals – “Dry Bones” and “This House Is Ha’nted,” plus Benjamin Britten’s “Old Abram Brown,” “Transylvania Mania” from Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein are just a small sample of music at this concert. Join us for a night of spooky fun. Tickets are available at http://wcpa.squarespace.com/upcoming-events/tag/masterworks. Learn more about Masterworks Choral Ensemble at www.mce.org, or call 360-491-3305.
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. 9, 1888, the public was first admitted to the Washington Monument.
On this date:
In 1514, Mary Tudor, the 18-year-old sister of Henry VIII, became Queen consort of France upon her marriage to 52-year-old King Louis XII, who died less than three months later.
In 1776, a group of Spanish missionaries settled in present-day San Francisco.
In 1813, composer Giuseppe Verdi was born in the Italian village of Le Roncole. (Some sources say Verdi was actually born on Oct. 10.)
In 1914, the Belgian city of Antwerp fell to German forces during World War I.
In 1934, King Alexander I of Yugoslavia was assassinated in Marseille, France, by a Macedonian gunman.
In 1940, rock and roll legend John Lennon was born in Liverpool, England.
In 1946, the Eugene O'Neill drama “The Iceman Cometh” opened at the Martin Beck Theater in New York.
In 1958, Pope Pius XII died at age 82, ending a 19-year papacy. (He was succeeded by Pope John XXIII.)
In 1967, Latin American guerrilla leader Che Guevara was killed by the Bolivian army a day after he was captured.
In 1974, businessman Oskar Schindler, credited with saving about 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust, died in Frankfurt, West Germany. (At his request, he was buried in Jerusalem.)
In 1985, the hijackers of the Achille Lauro (ah-KEE'-leh LOW'-roh) cruise liner surrendered two days after seizing the vessel in the Mediterranean. (Passenger Leon Klinghoffer was killed by the hijackers during the standoff.)
In 1995, a sabotaged section of track caused an Amtrak train, the Sunset Limited, to derail in Arizona; one person was killed and about 80 were injured. (The case remains unsolved.)
Ten years ago: A tour bus from the Chicago area flipped in Arkansas, killing 15 people headed to a Mississippi casino. Afghanistan’s first direct presidential election began (interim president Hamid Karzai emerged the winner). Australian Prime Minister John Howard won a historic fourth term in national elections. World-renowned French philosopher Jacques Derrida died in Paris at age 74.
Five years ago: President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for what the Norwegian Nobel Committee called “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” A suicide car bomb in a busy market area in Peshawar, Pakistan, killed 53. A surveillance plane assigned to the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti crashed into a mountain, killing all 11 peacekeepers on board. Jacques Rogge (zhahk ROH'-geh) won re-election as president of the International Olympic Committee for a final four-year term.
One year ago: The United States announced it was cutting hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Egypt in response to the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi and the crackdown by the military-backed government on his supporters. Critic, author and editor Stanley Kauffmann, 97, died in New York.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor Fyvush Finkel is 92. Retired MLB All-Star Joe Pepitone is 74. Former Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., is 73. Rhythm-and-blues singer Nona Hendryx is 70. Singer Jackson Browne is 66. Nobel Peace laureate Jody Williams is 64. Actor Gary Frank is 64. Actor Richard Chaves is 63. Actor Robert Wuhl is 63. Actress-TV personality Sharon Osbourne is 62. Actor Tony Shalhoub is 61. Actor Scott Bakula is 60. Musician James Fearnley (The Pogues) is 60. Actor John O'Hurley is 60. Writer-producer-director-actor Linwood Boomer is 59. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Mike Singletary is 56. Actor Michael Pare is 56. Jazz musician Kenny Garrett is 54. Rock singer-musician Kurt Neumann (The BoDeans) is 53. Country singer Gary Bennett is 50. Movie director Guillermo del Toro is 50. British Prime Minister David Cameron is 48. Singer P.J. Harvey is 45. Movie director Steve McQueen (Film: “12 Years a Slave”) is 45. World Golf Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam is 44. Actress Cocoa Brown is 42. Country singer Tommy Shane Steiner is 41. Actor Steve Burns is 41. Rock singer Sean Lennon is 39. Actor Randy Spelling is 36. Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae is 35. Actor Brandon Routh is 35. Actor Zachery Ty Bryan is 33. Actress Spencer Grammer is 31. Actor Tyler James Williams is 22. Country singer Scotty McCreery (TV: “American Idol” winner) is 21.
Thought for Today: “It is not good for all our wishes to be filled; through sickness we recognize the value of health; through evil, the value of good; through hunger, the value of food; through exertion, the value of rest.” – Dorothy Canfield Fisher, American author and essayist (1879-1958).