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South Sound Morning: Tuesday update

Good morning, today is Tuesday, September 16, the 259th day of 2014. There are 106 days left in the year. Today is National Trail of Tears Commemoration Day.

What is Trail of Tears?

The Trail of Tears (also called the Cherokee removal) refers to the forced relocation of the Cherokee Nation from their lands in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and North Carolina to the Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) in the Western United States between 1836 to 1839. More than 4,000 Cherokee died along the trail during this relocation. ~Information from History.com.

Weather: Mostly cloudy turning to mostly sunny, with highs in the low 70s, Tuesday night should be partly cloudy 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.

Controlled Burn: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will be conducting a controlled burn at Scatter Creek Wildlife Area south of Olympia today. The purpose of the fire is for wildlife habitat improvement in native grassland. Burns will be conducted between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Smoke may be visible from Interstate 5.

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.

Saturday

4th Annual Beer for a Cure: Sponsored by Dick’s Brewing Co., this year’s Relay for Life fundraiser will feature raffle prizes, live music, and a silent auction, from 2-8 p.m., at the brewery, 3516 Galvin Road, Centralia. Entries must be submitted by Sept. 13. Additional details can be found at www.dicksbeer.com.

Discover Lake Sylvia Fall Festival: The 5th annual festival will feature mountain bike races, with an expert and a novice course, $40 entry fee in advance, $50 on race day. Registration at 7:30 a.m. Go to www.fosls.org. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, art walk in the woods, trail races, lots of fun for the kids with vintage games and food booths. The festival runs from 7 a.m.-4 p.m., at Lake Sylvia State Park, 1812 Lake Sylvia Road N, Montesano. Call Trina, 360-482-2551 or log on to http://fosls.org .

Discover Lake Sylvia Fall Festival: The 5th annual festival will feature mountain bike races, with an expert and a novice course, $40 entry fee in advance, $50 on race day. Registration at 7:30 a.m. Go to www.fosls.org. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, art walk in the woods, trail races, lots of fun for the kids with vintage games and food booths. The festival runs from 7 a.m.-4 p.m., at Lake Sylvia State Park, 1812 Lake Sylvia Road N, Montesano. Call Trina, 360-482-2551 or log on to http://fosls.org.

13th Annual Summer’s End at Lacey Car Show: 9 a.m. -3 p.m., at Huntamer Park, 618 Woodland Square Loop SE. The show is open to all years, makes, and models. The car show will host an array of vehicles from every era. In addition to the many cars on display, enjoy vendor booths, have lunch in the park, and have fun with games and activities for the family. Lacey Sunrise Lions will provide the car-themed games including the piston toss, lug nut challenge, and fan belt toss. Live music will be provided by “Backlash” from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Admission is free to the public. The first 200 entries will receive a “goody bag” with a commemorative dash plaque and all entries will receive a photo of their car taken at the entrance. In addition, entries contend for 50 different awards! The cost to enter a vehicle is $20 at the gate.

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.

Today in History

Today’s Highlight in History:

On September 16, 1974, President Gerald R. Ford announced a conditional amnesty program for Vietnam war deserters and draft-evaders.

On this date:

In 1498, Tomas de Torquemada, notorious for his role in the Spanish Inquisition, died in Avila, Spain.

In 1810, Mexicans were inspired to begin their successful revolt against Spanish rule by Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla and his “Grito de Dolores (Cry of Dolores).”

In 1893, more than 100,000 settlers swarmed onto a section of land in Oklahoma known as the “Cherokee Strip.”

In 1908, General Motors was founded in Flint, Michigan, by William C. Durant.

In 1914, “Candid Camera” creator Allen Funt was born in New York.

In 1919, the American Legion received a national charter from Congress.

In 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Selective Training and Service Act. Samuel T. Rayburn of Texas was elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

In 1953, “The Robe,” the first movie presented in the widescreen process CinemaScope, had its world premiere at the Roxy Theater in New York.

In 1964, the rock-and-roll show “Shindig!” premiered on ABC-TV.

In 1982, the massacre of between 1,200 and 1,400 Palestinian men, women and children at the hands of Israeli-allied Christian Phalange militiamen began in west Beirut’s Sabra and Shatila refugee camps.

In 1994, a federal jury in Anchorage, Alaska, ordered Exxon Corp. to pay $5 billion in punitive damages for the 1989 Exxon Valdez (val-DEEZ') oil spill (the U.S. Supreme Court later reduced that amount to $507.5 million). Two astronauts from the space shuttle Discovery went on the first untethered spacewalk in ten years.

In 2007, O.J. Simpson was arrested in the alleged armed robbery of sports memorabilia collectors in Las Vegas. (Simpson was later convicted of kidnapping and armed robbery and sentenced to nine to 33 years in prison.)

Ten years ago: Hurricane Ivan plowed into the Gulf Coast with 130-mile-per-hour wind and a major storm surge; Ivan was blamed for 92 deaths, 25 of them in the U.S. The number of foreigners kidnapped during the Iraq insurgency reached at least 100. The National Hockey League lockout went into effect.

Five years ago: Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mt., chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, unveiled sweeping legislation to remake the nation’s costly health care system. Mary Travers, 72, one part of the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, died in Danbury, Connecticut. NCAA President Myles Brand, 67, died in Indianapolis.

One year ago: Aaron Alexis, a former U.S. Navy reservist, went on a shooting rampage inside the Washington Navy Yard, killing 12 victims before being shot dead by police.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Janis Paige is 92. Blues singer B.B. King is 89. Clergyman-author Rev. Robert H. Schuller is 88. Actor George Chakiris is 82. Bluesman Billy Boy Arnold is 79. Movie director Jim McBride is 73. Actress Linda Miller is 72. Rhythm-and-blues singer Betty Kelly (Martha & the Vandellas) is 70. Musician Kenney Jones (Small Faces; Faces; The Who) is 66. Actress Susan Ruttan is 66. Rock musician Ron Blair (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers; Mudcrutch) is 66. Actor Ed Begley Jr. is 65. Country singer David Bellamy (The Bellamy Brothers) is 64. Country singer-songwriter Phil Lee is 63. Actor-comedian Lenny Clarke is 61. Actor Kurt Fuller is 61. Jazz musician Earl Klugh is 61. Actor Christopher Rich is 61. Singer Frank Reed (The Chi-Lites) is 60. TV personality Mark McEwen is 60. Baseball Hall of Famer Robin Yount is 59. Actor Mickey Rourke is 58. Magician David Copperfield is 58. Country singer-songwriter Terry McBride is 56. Actress Jennifer Tilly is 56. Retired MLB All-Star pitcher Orel Hershiser is 56. Retired MLB All-Star Tim Raines is 55. Actress Jayne Brook is 54. Singer Richard Marx is 51. Comedian Molly Shannon is 50. Singer Marc Anthony is 46. Comedian-actress Amy Poehler is 43. Country singer Matt Stillwell is 39. Singer Musiq (MYOO'-sihk) is 37. Actor Michael Mosley is 36. Rapper Flo Rida is 35. Actress Alexis Bledel is 33. Actress Sabrina Bryan is 30. Actress Madeline Zima is 29. Actor Ian Harding (TV: “Pretty Little Liars”) is 28. Actress Kyla Pratt is 28. Actor Daren Kagasoff is 27. Rock singer Teddy Geiger is 26. Actress-dancer Bailey Buntain is 25. Rock singer-musician Nick Jonas (The Jonas Brothers) is 22.

Thought for Today: “You can love a person deeply and sincerely whom you do not like. You can like a person passionately whom you do not love.” – Robert Hugh Benson, English author and clergyman (1871-1914).

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