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South Sound Morning: Monday update

Good morning, today is Monday, September 15, the 258th day of 2014. There are 107 days left in the year. Today is National ‘Thank You’ Day.

Weather: Sunny with highs in the upper 80s. Mostly clear Monday night with lows in the mid 50s.

Traffic: During the weekend of 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. For more extensive information regarding this project and its impact on your commute, go to: WSDOT's project website.

School news:

North Thurston School District: Early release Wednesday; Lacey ACT night, 7 p.m. Friday at Komachin Middle School.

Tumwater School District: Community Roundtable, Community Roundtable, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, at the district office. Description: Sound Grading Practices - Progress updates from elementary, middle and high school levels.

Free Back-to-School Immunization Clinic for all kids pre-school through 18 years, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 20, at Group Health Cooperative, Olympia Medical Center, 700 Lilly Road NE, Olympia.

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

2014 POW/MIA Remembrance Week events:

Today

Motorcycle ride departs Memorial Grove, JBLM McChord Field at 11:30 a.m., and ends at the Washington State Soldiers Home, in Orting.

Wednesday-Thursday

A 24-hour Memorial Run beginning at 8 a.m., at McChord Field Track.

Friday

POW/MIA Remembrance Week concludes with National POW/MIA Recognition Day luncheon (RSVP required). For details, go to http://www.lewis-mcchord.army.mil/calendar.html.

Other happenings this week:

Wednesday

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.

Thursday

AAA Driver Improvement Program: A refresher course on defensive driving skills gives practical guidance for traffic accident prevention, and enhances driver safety and confidence. The course also qualifies drivers 55 and older for automobile insurance premium discounts. The course is from 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m., at Griffin Fire Dept. 13-1, 3707 Steamboat Loop NW, Olympia. Cost is $18 per person. Pre-registration is required, and can be done by calling 800-462-3728.

Birthday Box

September

Sapphire Ordonez: Turns 3 on Sept. 20

Dayten Skye Allen: Turns 7 on Sept. 28

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.

Local Bestsellers

Orca Books

509 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, 360-352-0123

1. “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage” by Haruki Murakami

2. “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green

3. “Days of Destruction Days of Revolt” by Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco

4. “Amulet Book Six: Escape from Lucien” by Kazu Kibuishi

5. “The Long Way Home” by Louise Penny

Sage book store

116 Railroad Ave., Shelton, 360-426-6011

1. “If I Stay” by Gayle Forman

2. “The Valley of Amazement” by Amy Tan

3. “The Good Lord Bird” by James McBride

4. “The Snow Hunters” by Paul Yoon

5. “The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson

Today in History

Today’s Highlights in History:

On September 15, 1789, the U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs was renamed the Department of State. Author James Fenimore Cooper was born in Burlington, New Jersey.

On this date:

In 1776, British forces occupied New York City during the American Revolution.

In 1857, William Howard Taft – who served as President of the United States and as U.S. chief justice – was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In 1887, the city of Philadelphia launched a three-day celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Constitution of the United States.

In 1935, the Nuremberg Laws deprived German Jews of their citizenship.

In 1949, “The Lone Ranger” premiered on ABC-TV with Clayton Moore as the masked hero and Jay Silverheels as Tonto.

In 1950, during the Korean conflict, United Nations forces landed at Incheon in the south and began their drive toward Seoul (sohl).

In 1954, as raucous fans looked on, Marilyn Monroe filmed the famous billowing-skirt scene for “The Seven Year Itch” over a Lexington Ave. subway grate in Manhattan (however, little, if any, of the footage ended up in the movie; the scene was later reshot on a Hollywood set).

In 1963, four black girls were killed when a bomb went off during Sunday services at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. (Three Ku Klux Klansmen were eventually convicted for their roles in the blast.)

In 1964, the prime-time soap opera “Peyton Place” premiered on ABC-TV.

In 1972, a federal grand jury in Washington indicted seven men in connection with the Watergate break-in.

In 1989, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Penn Warren, the first poet laureate of the United States, died in Stratton, Vermont, at age 84.

In 1994, a tape recording of John Lennon singing with his teen-age band, The Quarrymen, in a Liverpool club on July 6, 1957, was sold at Sotheby’s for $122,500 (it was at this gig that Lennon first met Paul McCartney).

Ten years ago: Three Americans were found guilty in Kabul, Afghanistan, of torturing Afghans in a private jail and were sentenced to prison. (Edward Caraballo, a freelance cameraman, was released in May 2006; Brent Bennett was freed in September 2006; Jack Idema, a former Green Beret, was pardoned in June 2007.) National Hockey League owners agreed to lock out the players. Johnny Ramone, guitarist and co-founder of the seminal punk band The Ramones, died in Los Angeles at age 55.

Five years ago: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the worst recession since the 1930s was “very likely over,” although he cautioned that pain – especially for nearly 15 million unemployed Americans – would persist. An unrepentant Muntadhar al-Zeidi (MOON'-tuh-dahr ahl-zay-EE'-dee), the Iraqi reporter who’d thrown his shoes at President George W. Bush in December 2008, was freed from prison.

One year ago: Hundreds of people, black and white, many holding hands, filled the Alabama church that was bombed by the Ku Klux Klan 50 years earlier to mark the anniversary of the blast that killed four little girls and became a landmark moment in the civil rights struggle. Norway’s Suzann Pettersen beat teen star Lydia Ko of New Zealand by two shots to win the Evian Championship and clinch the second major title of her career. Miss New York Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America at the pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Jackie Lomax, 69, a singer-songwriter who’d worked with the Beatles and had a long solo career, died in Wirral, England.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Forrest Compton is 89. Comedian Norm Crosby is 87. Actor Henry Darrow is 81. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Gaylord Perry is 76. Actress Carmen Maura is 69. Opera singer Jessye Norman is 69. Writer-director Ron Shelton is 69. Actor Tommy Lee Jones is 68. Movie director Oliver Stone is 68. Rock musician Kelly Keagy (KAY'-gee) (Night Ranger) is 62. Rock musician Mitch Dorge (Crash Test Dummies) is 54. Football Hall-of-Famer Dan Marino is 53. Actor Danny Nucci is 46. Rap DJ Kay Gee is 45. Actor Josh Charles is 43. Singer Ivette (EE'-veht) Sosa (Eden’s Crush) is 38. Actor Tom Hardy is 37. Pop-rock musician Zach Filkins (OneRepublic) is 36. Actor Dave Annable is 35. Actress Amy Davidson is 35. Britain’s Prince Harry is 30. TV personality Heidi Montag is 28. Actress Kate Mansi (TV: “Days of Our Lives”) is 27.

Thought for Today: “The lack of a sense of history is the damnation of the modern world.” – Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989).

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