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Learning Native American culture through art: Olympia school hosts cedar flute workshop

Art is woven into all of the curriculum at Olympia Waldorf School. So instead of just reading about Native American tribes and culture in a book, students...

Peter Ali, right, a flute instructor at the Northwest Indian College on the Lummi reservation, improvises a song with students on their Plains Indian-style flutes at the Olympia Waldorf School on Friday, Sept. 10, 2014.

Centennial celebration set for Olympia Timberland Library

Books, reading rooms and research materials have been around since Olympia’s earliest days. But the capital city’s first permanent community...

Ben and Heather Matthews of Olympia carry a bag of children's books Wednesday after their weekly trip to the library with their daughters Zoey, 2, and Amelie, 5 months, at the Olympia Timberland Library.

Traffic jam? What traffic jam?

Drivers heed warnings about potential problem traffic on I-5 through Olympia, allowing road crews to reopen northbound lanes 25 hours early.

With northbound road work finished for the weekend, traffic moves freely as Washington Dept. of Transportation crews carry on in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 Sunday. Motorists move steadily past the Highway 101 interchange Sunday around the noon hour.

Lester, A’s shut down Mariners, 4-0; Oakland takes series at Safeco

Sam Fuld and Brandon Moss hit solo home runs, Jon Lester combined with three relievers on a seven-hitter and the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle...

Seattle Mariners' Jesus Sucre tosses his bat after striking out to end the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Seattle.

Seahawks’ defense can’t get off field, Seattle loses at San Diego, 30-21

Philip Rivers’ passes on third down and into the end zone to tight end Antonio Gates keeps Russell Wilson and Seattle’s speedy offense on...

San Diego Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal, left, pushes off Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in San Diego.

Chargers 30, Seahawks 21: Postgame reaction on the Seahawks Insider blog

Philip Rivers picked apart the Seahawks' secondary Sunday and the Chargers upset Seattle, 30-21, in a match-up of former AFC West rivals in San Diego...

San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates celebrates his touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Business, owner finding a home in Olympia

Women’s boutique Belleza Ropa now approaching its fifth year in Olympia.

Belleza Ropa owner Jeannine Kempees has expanded her downtown Olympia store’s retail space which has allowed her to substantially increase the number of shoes on display.

Sweden shifts to left in parliamentary election

Sweden's Social Democrats were poised to return to power after a left-leaning bloc defeated the center-right government in a parliamentary election...

A man chooses among the ballot papers at a polling station in Goteborg during the Swedish general elections Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. Sweden's parliamentary election opened Sunday with polls showing the left-leaning Social Democrats poised to return to power after eight years of center-right rule. (AP Photo/Adam Ihse) SWEDEN OUT

Scottish independence could mean messy divorce

How do you divorce after a 300-year union? It's complicated, and there is a deadline.

"No Thanks" badges, wrist bands and stickers are offered to supporters as Member of Parliament and Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Jim Murphy, speaks  in support of the Union on the final day of his 100 Streets in 100 Days Better Together tour, in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, Scotland, Saturday Sept. 13, 2014. Scotland will vote in an independence referendum on September 18. (AP Photo/PA, Jane Barlow)  UNITED KINGDOM OUT  NO SALES  NO ARCHIVE

Japan: More and more, a land of centenarians

Reaching the century mark remains a relative rarity for humans, but it is increasingly less so, and perhaps nowhere more than in rapidly aging Japan...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2013 file photo, Japan's then 114-year-old Misao Okawa, right, and her then 90-year-old son Hiroshi Okawa pose with the Guinness World Records certificate of the world's oldest woman at a nursing home in Osaka, western Japan, when she received the official certificate from the Guinness World Records. The number of people who are at least 100 years old,  known as centenarians, has reached 58,820 in Japan, one of the most rapidly aging countries in the world. The government updates the estimate every September to mark Respect-for-the-Aged Day, a national holiday that falls on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Japan now has 46.21 centenarians per 100,000 people. The oldest person in the world is 116-year-old Okawa, according to Guinness World Records.

Panthers DE Hardy inactive against Lions

Panthers coach Ron Rivera had a change of heart Sunday, benching defensive end Greg Hardy before the team's 24-7 win against the Detroit Lions.

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, right, talks to back judge Tony Steratore, left, during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014.

Md. agency gives workers day off due to bedbugs

The Maryland Department of the Environment is giving some employees the day off after bedbugs were discovered in a portion of the agency's headquarters building in Baltimore.