South Sound Morning: Tuesday update

Good morning, today is Tuesday, September 9, the 252nd day of 2014. There are 113 days left in the year. It is ‘National Teddy Bear Day.


Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers Tuesday, and mostly cloudy turning to partly cloudy Tuesday night. Highs in the mid to upper 60s, and lows in the mid to upper 50s.


During the weekends of Sept. 12 and Sept. 19, drivers can expect major traffic impacts while construction crews repair a bridge expansion joint on Interstate 5 in Olympia. The work involves numerous day and night lane and ramp closures on I-5 and State Route 101 over both weekends, as well as creating extensive traffic congestion on northbound and southbound I-5 and on State Route 101 approaching I-5.

City crews will be sealing cracks in pavement this week on roads throughout Olympia. Areas targeted for repair include sections of Martin Way, Pacific Avenue, Harrison Avenue, Fourth Avenue, Cooper Point Road, Lilly Road, Fifth Avenue, Ninth Avenue and Capital Mall Drive, according to the city. The work will take place 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday (Sept. 12), and work is dependent on weather. Drivers can expect minor delays in these areas. The project will protect the pavement from water damage and extend the life of the pavement, according to the city.

School news:

North Thurston School Board meeting, 7 p.m. tonight, at the Administration Center; Tumwater School Board meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday, at the district office.

New from overnight: Apple temporarily shuts down its stores leading up to product announcement today; Trump Entertainment Resorts has filed for bankruptcy.

What’s Happening: See A2 of today’s paper for a more extensive list of events.


Tumwater Riverwalk Tour: Stroll through Tumwater’s pioneer and industrial history on a guided walking tour along the Deschutes River, in Tumwater Falls Park beginning at 10:30 a.m., each Wednesday and Friday, now through September. Meet at 10:15 a.m. at the Olympia Tumwater Foundation office, at Tumwater Falls Park, 110 Deschutes Way SW. Recommended parking is the west parking lot closest to Deschutes Way. The tour is approximately one hour, and admission is free.


Hawks Prairie Rotary Military Family Day: 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., at Cabela’s, 1600 Gateway Blvd. NE, Lacey. Food, music, activities for the whole family. Free.

Nordic Heritage Day in Olympia: Learn about Nordic heritage from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., at Columbian Hall, 6794 Martin Way, Olympia. Explore genealogy search and presentation tips. See live demos of rosemaling painting, hardanger needlework, woodcarving, cooking lefse, krumkate and aebelskiver. Kids activities and Viking duck races. The event is free.

Feast at the Reach: Fundraiser for the Nisqually Reach Nature Center, at Luhr Beach. Seatings will be at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Great food and libation, silent auction, raffle items, music. Cost is $50 for nonmembers; $40 for members. For tickets and information go to www.nisquallyestuary.org.

September Birthday Box

Sapphire Ordonez: Turns 3 on Sept. 20

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Today in History

Today’s Highlight in History:

On September 9, 1776, the second Continental Congress made the term “United States” official, replacing “United Colonies.”

On this date:

In 1543, Mary Stuart was crowned Queen of Scots at Stirling Castle, nine months after she was born.

In 1850, California became the 31st state of the union.

In 1893, Frances Cleveland, wife of President Grover Cleveland, gave birth to a daughter, Esther, in the White House; it was the first time a president’s child was born in the executive mansion.

In 1919, some 1,100 members of Boston’s 1,500-man police force went on strike. (The strike was broken by Massachusetts Gov. Calvin Coolidge with replacement officers.)

In 1926, the National Broadcasting Co. (NBC) was incorporated by the Radio Corp. of America.

In 1932, the steamboat Observation exploded in New York’s East River, killing 72 people.

In 1948, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) was declared.

In 1956, Elvis Presley made the first of three appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

In 1971, prisoners seized control of the maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility near Buffalo, New York, beginning a siege that ended up claiming 43 lives.

In 1976, Communist Chinese leader Mao Zedong died in Beijing at age 82.

In 1986, Frank Reed, director of a private school in Lebanon, was taken hostage; he was released 44 months later.

In 1997, Sinn Fein (shin fayn), the IRA’s political ally, formally renounced violence as it took its place in talks on Northern Ireland’s future. Actor Burgess Meredith died in Malibu, California, at age 89.

Ten years ago: Secretary of State Colin Powell told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that abuses by government-supported Arab militias in Sudan qualified as genocide against the black African population in the Darfur region. A powerful car bomb exploded outside the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, killing at least 9 people, including the bomber.

Five years ago: In a speech to a joint session of Congress, President Barack Obama summoned lawmakers to enact sweeping health care legislation, declaring the “time for bickering is over.” (In an extraordinary breach of congressional decorum, Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., shouted “You lie!” when the president said illegal immigrants would not benefit from his proposals; Wilson ended up apologizing.) British commandos in Afghanistan freed New York Times reporter Stephen Farrell from Taliban captors, but one commando and a Times translator were killed. Fox announced that Ellen DeGeneres would be the fourth judge on “American Idol,” replacing Paula Abdul. (DeGeneres was on “Idol” for one season; she was succeeded by Jennifer Lopez.)

One year ago: Four days of vehicular gridlock began near the George Washington Bridge when two of three approach lanes from Fort Lee, New Jersey, were blocked off; the traffic jam was later blamed on loyalists to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie over the refusal of Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich to endorse Christie for re-election. (Christie has denied any prior knowledge of the lane closures.) Rafael Nadal won his 13th Grand Slam title and second at the U.S. Open by withstanding Novak Djokovic with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory.

Today’s Celebrity Birthdays: Actress Sylvia Miles is 80. Actor Topol is 79. Rhythm-and-blues singer Luther Simmons is 72. Singer Inez Foxx is 72. Singer Dee Dee Sharp is 69. Rock singer-musician Doug Ingle is 68. Country singer Freddy Weller is 67. College Football Hall of Famer and former NFL player Joe Theismann is 65. Rock musician John McFee (The Doobie Brothers) is 64. Actor Tom Wopat is 63. Actress Angela Cartwright is 62. Musician-producer Dave Stewart is 62. Actor Hugh Grant is 54. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., is 51. Actor-comedian Charles Esten (formerly Chip) is 49. Actress Constance Marie is 49. Actor David Bennent is 48. Actor Adam Sandler is 48. Rock singer Paul Durham (Black Lab) is 46. Actress Julia Sawalha (TV: “Absolutely Fabulous”) is 46. Model Rachel Hunter is 45. Actor Eric Stonestreet is 43. Actor Henry Thomas is 43. Actor Goran Visnjic (VEEZ'-nihch) is 42. Pop-jazz singer Michael Buble' (boo-BLAY') is 39. Country singer Joey Martin (Joey + Rory) is 39. Latin singer Maria Rita is 37. Actress Michelle Williams is 34. Actress Julie Gonzalo is 33. Country singer-songwriter Hunter Hayes is 23.

Thought for Today: “To be happy with a man you must understand him a lot and love him a little. To be happy with a woman you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all.” – Helen Rowland, American writer, journalist and humorist (1876-1950).

Photo credit: Holy Family School’s 40th birthday photo was taken by Steve Bloom, a staff photographer at The Olympian. Have a photo you would like to see run with South Sound Morning? Include your name, city of residence, and a brief description, and send it as a jpg. to tmcgee@theolympian.com.