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Thursday 10.8.15
Today's Trivia: She is known especially for her role of Ellen Ripley in the four Alien films: Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, and Alien Resurrection. Other notable roles include Dana Barrett in Ghostbusters and its sequel Ghostbusters II, Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey, Working Girl, and Grace Augustine in Avatar. Her 1986 Academy Award nomination for Aliens is considered a landmark in the recognition of science fiction, action, and horror genres. Who is she?

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Mariners' famous win over the Yankees. The game that Edgar Mariniez hit The Double. The team piled up at home plate with Ken Griffey, Jr. smiling out from the bottom of the pile.

The Chicago Cubs won the National League wild card last night when they shut out the Pirates in Pittsburgh, 4-0. The Cubbies now advance to take on the Cardinals in St. Louis in one National League Divisional Series. The New York Mets and LA Dodgers meet in the other Divisional Series. Both series start tomorrow.

On the American League side, the Houston Astros face the Kansas City Royals in a best of 5 series starting tonight. The Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays are meeting in the other ALDS which also starts today.

Tonight, the Washington Huskies are in LA to face USC. The Huskies' visit to No. 17 USC is a reunion with Steve Sarkisian. It's tonight at 6 on ESPN,

Also tonight, the Indianapolis Colts land in Houston to face the Texans. Start time at 5:25.

Saturday afternoon, the WSU Cougars are down in Eugene to face the Oregon Ducks.

The Seahawks travel to Cincinnati to face the 4-0 Bengals at 10 Sunday morning on Fox. The Seahawks return to CenturyLink Field October 18th to host the Carolina Panthers.

Birthdays: Rona Barret is 79; Crocodile Dundee in the Crocodile Dundee films, actor Paul Hogan is 76; the Rev. Jesse Jackson is 74; actor and comedian Chevy Chase is 72; the author of the Goosebumps books, R.L. Stine is also 72 (On October 16 the Goosebumps film comes out.); actress Sigourney Weaver is 66; politician Dennis Kucinich is 69; from Kool & The Gang, singer Robert Kool Bell is 65; singer CeCe Winans is 51; The Martian actor, screenwrite Matt Damon is 45; and singer-songwriter Peter Gene Hernandez better known by his stage name, Bruno Mars is 30;

Kevin Corcoran, who starred as a child actor in the classic movie Old Yeller has died. After Old Yeller, he switched to behind-the-camera work as a producer on The Shield and other TV series. In 1957's Old Yeller, about a post-Civil War family and the brave dog that defends them, Corcoran played Arliss Coates. Corcoran died Tuesday at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California. Kevin Corcoran was was 66.

Today is Fire Prevention Day, the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, when legend says Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicked over a lantern. Over 98,000 people were left homeless by the fire. Today is National Fluffernutter Day -- a fluffernutter is a yummy sandwich made with bread, peanut butter, and marshmallow fluff. It is now a classic American treat enjoyed in school cafeterias, college dorms, and local diners nationwide. Today is American Touch Tag Day, a a day to play Touch Tag -- the child's game of Tag. Not sure why it was titled "American." Tag has been played by children for thousands of years, going back as far as Ancient Egypt. World Tag Day would be more appropriate.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1957, the Brooklyn Baseball Club announced that it had accepted a deal to move the Dodgers to Los Angeles. In 1966, the US government declared that LSD was illegal. In 1971, John Lennon recorded Imagine. In 1988, the Columbia University football team broke a 5-year, 44-game losing streak by defeating Princeton 16-13. Also in 1988, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon dropped out of the Billboard Top 200 album chart, 741 weeks after it first debuted there. In 1997, Frito-Lay announced it had purchased the 104-year-old Cracker Jack brand from Borden Foods. In 2001, President George W. Bush announced the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security. In 2003, some $19 billion in peach-colored, redesigned $20 bills made their official debut throughout the US. In 2004, at Alderson Federal Prison Camp in West Virginia, Martha Stewart began serving a five-month prison sentence, imposed for lying about a stock sale.

This year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees include some familiar faces and one star who has just returned to the scene. Janet Jackson, NWA, Nine Inch Nails, Chicago, The Smiths, and Cheap Trick are just a few of the acts vying to enter the Class of 2016. They're joined by Chic, Deep Purple, Chaka Khan, Yes, The J.B.'s, Los Lobos, Steve Miller, The Spinners and The Cars. A few have been nominated before, including Chic, which has now been tapped 10 times without yet having been inducted. But it's the first time for Janet Jackson, who recently released her first album in seven years and launched a tour. Other first-timers to the list include Chicago, Steve Miller, Chaka Khan, Cheap Trick, The Cars, The J.B.'s, and Los Lobos. To be eligible for the current ballot, artists or bands must have released their first single or album in 1990 or earlier. Once again this year, fans have the opportunity to vote on who they wish to see inducted by visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website or and casting their ballot. The Class of 2016 is being announced in December and inducted in April 2016 at a ceremony in New York City.

Toyota has spoken with US officials about the prominent use of its vehicles by militants in Syria, Iraq and Libya. Toyota trucks are conspicuous in extremist propaganda and often carry Islamic State group fighters to war, some with large caliber weapons affixed to truck beds. The company says it prohibits sales to anyone who might modify them for paramilitary or terrorist activities. There are procedures in place to prevent vehicles from being diverted for unauthorized military use, but Toyota says it's impossible to control channels through which vehicles may be misappropriated or resold by third parties. The Treasury Department's Terrorism and Financial Intelligence wing monitors monetary transfers and the flow of goods that could aid militants, but the department declined to comment on any ongoing inquiry yesterday.

Actor Randy Quaid has reportedly been arrested in Montreal for a second time this year. He's expected to appear before the Immigration and Refugee Board today. The star's Canadian wife posted an expressive tweet that, among other things, informed the world that she was arrested by "an actual tall midget." Quaid and his wife fled to Canada in 2010 after claiming they were being hunted by "Hollywood star-whackers." The move north hasn't been an easy one for the Quaids, with the star's petition for permanent residency in Canada being denied in 2012.

Trivia Answer: Susan Alexandra Weaver who is 66 today. She began using the name Sigourney Weaver in 1963, at the age of 14, after a minor character (Sigourney Howard) in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby. A seven-time Golden Globe Award nominee, she won both Best Actress in Drama and Best Supporting Actress for her work in the 1988 films Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl, becoming the first to have won two acting Golden Globes in the same year. For her role in the 1997 film The Ice Storm, she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Additionally, she has received three Academy Award nominations, three Emmy Award nominations, and two Saturn Awards.

Wednesday 10.7.15
Today's Trivia: Today is Cats Day, marking the Broadway premier of Cats on this date in 1982. After 7,485 performances, the second longest-running production in Broadway history closed on September 10th of 2000. Cats was the second longest-running production. What is the longest?

The Houston Astros won the American League wild card, ending the New York Yankees season. Last night, the 'Stros shut out the Yankees, 3-0. Houston advances to the American League Division Series round where they face the Kansas City Royals in a best of 5 series starting tomorrow night. The Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays are meeting in the other ALDS.

Meanwhile, the National League wild card gets decided tonight with the Chicago Cubs in Pittsburgh to play the Pirates at 5:08. The winner advances to take on Cardinals in St. Louis in one National League Divisional Series. The New York Mets and LA Dodgers meet in the other Divisional Series.

Tomorrow night, the Washington Huskies are in LA to face USC. It's tomorrow night at 6 on ESPN,

Saturday afternoon, the WSU Cougars are down in Eugene to face the Oregon Ducks.

The Seahawks travel to Cincinnati to face the 4-0 Bengals at 10 Sunday morning on Fox. The Seahawks return to CenturyLink Field October 18th to host the Carolina Panthers.

Birthdays: South Africa's archbishop Desmond Tutu 84; from The View, Joy Behar is 73; Oliver North is 72; Rock & Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp is 64; Russia's Vladimir Putin 63; Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres is 62; cellist Yo-Yo Ma is 60; TVís Simon Cowell is 56; singer Toni Braxton is 48; and the fifth season winner of American Idol, Taylor Hicks is 39.

Today is Try To Start An Argument Over Which Is the Best Muppet Day. Today is If At First You Donít Succeed Day, honoring Frank Sinatra, whose CBS-TV musical variety show debuted on this date in 1950. The first year, Frank couldnít compete with Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows. The second season he couldnít compete with Milton Berle's Texaco Star Theater. In 1957 Frank tried TV again with a variety-drama show, but it lasted less than a year. Today is Cats Day, marking the Broadway premier of Cats on this date in 1982. After 7,485 performances, the second longest-running production in Broadway history closed on September 10th of 2000. And today is Bald and Free Day, a day that honors those among us with a beautiful, shiny top. You don't' have to be bald to celebrate this day. But, it helps.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1918, in history's worst football game, Georgia Tech defeated Cumberland College 222 to 0. Georgia Tech carried the ball 978 yards and never threw a pass. In 1968, the Motion Picture Association of America adopted a film-rating system that ranged from G for general audiences to X for adults over 17. In 1970, Janis Joplin's body was cremated in Los Angeles. Her ashes were later scattered along the Californian coastline from a plane. In 1996, the Fox News Channel began broadcasting. In 2003, Californians voted to recall Democratic Gov. Gray Davis and elected actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, as governor. In 2003, the FCC declared that U2 singer Bono's use of an obscenity during the Golden Globe Awards did not violate broadcast indecency rules. In 2004, Melissa Etheridge revealed that she had breast cancer. She was forced to cancel her autumn tour in order to undergo treatment.

Jay Leno says it's been easy to lure Francis Ford Coppola, Laurence Fishburne, and other famous folks to his new car-centric TV show. All he has to do is assure them that Jay Leno's Garage, debuting tonight on CNBC, won't veer off the road. Leno says he tells potential guests, "'We're not gonna talk about show business or your career, we're just going to talk about cars." He says the usual response is "Great!" The Detroit-born Coppola, for example, is a car enthusiast, with his 1988 movie about an independent automaker, "Tucker: The Man and His Dream," just one indication of that. And there's this fun fact: Coppola's musician-father, Carmine, worked on The Ford Sunday Evening Hour, a radio series sponsored by automaker Ford. In an "old Italian custom of the day, you named your son after your employer," Leno said, hence the filmmaker's middle name. Another guest, Keanu Reeves, is a known gearhead with a start-up motorcycle company, giving Leno a chance to test the bike and hear about the actor's business plans. Despite the celebrities sprinkled into each episode, Leno said, the show isn't designed as a star vehicle. He says, "It's mostly about interesting people and their relationship with automobiles, be it a love story or one about the first female drag racer." The series also looks at the past and future of automobiles and showcases Leno's famed and extensive car collection. Jay Leno's Garage tonight on CNBC.

California is banning advertisers from targeting ads using information collected from high-tech TVs that can eavesdrop on their owners. The state's governor signed a new law yesterday that bans companies from "using or selling" recordings made by SmartTVs in order to customize commercials. Some modern televisions equipped with voice recognition allow viewers to control the TV with audible commands. Samsung issued an unsettling warning in February when it told customers that SmartTVs are constantly listening and transmitting recordings back to the company, whether or not the feature is turned on. Samsung said the information is only used to help improve the voice command feature, but it was unsettling for people who thought their living room conversations were private. It also tipped the public off to a potential for abuse. The new law also requires companies to notify TV owners that they may be recorded.

October's here. It's officially time to begin thinking about your Halloween costume. According to new data from Pinterest, the National Retail Federation and Halloween costume retailer Spirit Halloween, this year's hottest costume trends: With the seventh film being released in December, Star Wars characters are some of the most-popular costume options for this Halloween. The Star Wars franchise made the list for adult, kids and pet costumes this year. Superheroes also landed in the Top 10 costume category for adults, children and animals this year. Minions are among the top Halloween trends with one million people planning to be a minion for Halloween. Pinterest noted that 90s-themed costumes are among the most-pinned Halloween costumes this year. People are throwing it back to 90s favorites from TV shows like Rugrats, The Magic School Bus, and The Powerpuff Girls, to celebs such as the Spice Girls, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. Princesses will once again be ruling the streets this Halloween. Still a popular choice two years after it's release are Frozen princesses Elsa and Anna. According to the National Retail Federation, two million people are planning to dress as their favorite Frozen character this year. Classic Disney princesses such as Cinderella, Snow White, Jasmine and Ariel are also in hot demand.

Despite Instagramís reputation for censoring certain images involving nudity, the company has apparently thought about allowing more sensitive content on the platform. Instagram cofounder Kevin Systrom said yesterday the company has talked about creating an R-rated version of the service. The problem, says Systrom, is "who decides whatís R-rated."

On TV tonight, the season premiere of American Horror Story: Hotel, Lady Gaga headlines a cast this season. This cycle is set in Los Angeles in an old hotel that attracts the weird and dangerous. It's tonight on FX.

Trivia Answer: The Phantom of the Opera, the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The Phantom of the Opera opened in the West End in London in 1986, and then on Broadway in 1988. It became the longest-running musical in Broadway history after overtaking Cats in 2006. The Broadway production continues to play at the Majestic theater, where it marked its 25th year on Broadway in January of 2013. With total worldwide box office receipts of over $5.6 billion, Phantom is the highest-grossing entertainment event of all time. The New York production alone has grossed $800 million, making it the most financially successful Broadway show in history.

Tuesday 10.6.15
Today's Trivia: He was a gangster who led a Prohibition-era crime syndicate. The Chicago Outfit was dedicated to smuggling and bootlegging liquor, and other illegal activities such as prostitution, in Chicago from the early 1920s to 1931. Despite his illegitimate occupation, he became a highly visible public figure. He made various charitable endeavors using the money he made from his activities, and was viewed by many to be a "modern-day Robin Hood". He was publicly criticized for his supposed involvement in the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre, when seven rival gang members were executed. Despite all that, what eventually put him behind bars was tax evasion. Who is he?

With one big punch, Kam Chancellor showed his importance to the Seattle Seahawks. And once again, the Seahawks may have received another Monday night break from the officials in the same end zone where the infamous Fail Mary took place. Art Thiel wrote this morning that us mere Muggles can never fully understand what goes on there in Hogwarts Stadium. Chancellor knocked the ball free from Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson at the 1-yard line when it appeared the Lions were going to take the lead, and Seattle held on for a 13-10 win. With Detroit on the verge of capping a 91-yard drive with the go-ahead touchdown with less than 2 minutes remaining, Chancellor came from the side and punched the ball from Johnson's arm as he was being tackled by Earl Thomas. It bounded into the end zone where it was guided over the back line by KJ Wright for a touchback and Seattle's ball at the 20. Wright should have been called for an illegal bat for hitting the ball out of the end zone, NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandino told NFL Network. The penalty would have given the ball back to Detroit at the Seattle 1. But alas, there were no flags. Ugly as it was, a W is a W.

Tonight, it's the American League Wild Card Game. The Houston Astros are in New York to face the Yankees tonight at 5:08. The winner advances to face the Royals in Kansas City in one American League Divisional Series. The Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays meet in the other Divisional Series.

Tomorrow night,it's the National League Wild Card Game. The Chicago Cubs are in Pittsburgh to play the Pirates at 5:08. The winner advances to take on Cardinals in St. Louis in one National League Divisional Series. The New York Mets and LA Dodgers meet in the other Divisional Series.

Birthdays: Actress Britt Ekland is 73; REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin is 64; Los Lobos guitarist David Hidalgo is 61; former NFL coach Tony Dungy is 60; and actress Elisabeth Shue is 52.

Today is Come and Take It Day. This day is here for the taking. Grab it. Take it and run with it. We're sure it's going to be a great day. There is a slight difference between the terms "come and get it" and "come and take it." The first suggests an offer by someone, and therefore, approval to have whatever "it" is. Today is Mad Hatter Day, a great day to be silly and celebrate silliness. Despite being a silly day, the selection of the date was actually quite logical. The Mad Hatter wears a top hat. On the front of the hat is a slip of paper with 10/6 written on it. The paper is believed to be an order to make the hat, and that it costs ten shillings sixpence. Today is National Physician's Assistant Day, celebrating and recognizing the importance and skills of this career. The highly trained Physician's Assistant is an invaluable aide to physicians and general practitioners. And today is National Noodle Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1961, President John F. Kennedy advised American families to build or buy bomb shelters to protect them in the event of a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union. In 1979, Pope John Paul II became the first pontiff to visit the White House. In 1979, Heartache Tonight by the Eagles was released. Also in 1979, Fleetwood Mac's Tusk was released. In 1991, Elizabeth Taylor married Larry Fortensky. The ceremony was held at Michael Jackson's estate near Los Angeles. It was Taylor's 8th marriage and Fortensky's 3rd. In 1992, Ross Perot appeared in his first paid broadcast on CBS-TV after entering the presidential race.

New Zealand mother Emma Taylor had a crazy idea: ask the public for a million dollars and see if it works. The only thing she asked was for individuals to contribute a maximum of one dollar. She's given herself a deadline of six months. Last check she was at $438.91.

Before you post your profile on, have someone check your grammar. According to the Wall Street Journal, many singles are picky about the grammar gaffes theyíre seeing on dating sites.

Trivia Answer: Alphonse Gabriel Capone -- Al Capone. Tomorrow is the anniversary -- it was October 7th of 1931 -- of his conviction for income tax evasion. Following that conviction, he was sentenced to federal prison. His incarceration included a term at the then-new Alcatraz federal prison. In the final years of Capone's life, he suffered mental and physical deterioration due to late-stage neurosyphilis, which he had contracted as a youth. On January 25th of 1947, he died from cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke.

Monday 10.5.15
Today's Trivia: As the new CEO of the company at the time, he oversaw the development of the iMac, iTunes, iPod, iPhone, and iPad, and on the services side, the iTunes Store and the App Store. The success of these products and services propelled this company to become the world's most valuable publicly traded company in 2011. The reinvigoration of the company is regarded by many commentators as one of the greatest turnarounds in business history. Who are we talking about?

The Seahawks yesterday ruled out Marshawn Lynch and Brandon Mebane for tonight's game with the Detroit Lions at the CLink. Lynch is nursing a hamstring injury and Mebane did not practice all week after a groin injury against the Chicago Bears. The Seahawks also downgraded Bruce Irvin to questionable with an ankle injury following a Saturday walk-through. Thomas Rawls gets an opportunity to build on the 104-yard rushing performance he produced in his first career start last weekend. Jordan Hill is expected to fill in for Mebane. Tonight's game marks only the second time Lynch will sit since he joined the Seahawks in 2010, and the first time since 2011. Hawks-Lions tonight on ESPN and KONG 6. Kick-off tonight at 5:30.

A botched fake punt that went for a touchdown the other way. A missed field goal and giving up the ball on a surprise onside kick. Throw in seven sacks and four turnovers and it became far too much for Washington State to overcome against a ranked opponent. No. 24 California Washington State 34-28 on Saturday.

Lloyd McClendon waved to the fans showing their appreciation behind the Seattle Mariners dugout then tossed his blue cap into the crowd. Time will only tell if that's the final time the Seattle manager takes off a Mariners cap. Seattle closed a disappointing season yesterday beating the Oakland Athletics 3-2. The win had the Mariners to finish at 76-86, 11 games worse than McClendon's first season, when Seattle was in playoff contention until the final day of the regular season. And therein is the biggest question with Seattle moving forward from an underachieving year when they were expected by many to be a playoff team. With new general manager Jerry Dipoto in charge, will McClendon return in 2016? The off season should be a busy one.

All of the Major League Baseball playoff match-ups were set yesterday on the final day of the regular season which was mostly devoid of drama. The Texas Rangers helped lock in the pairings by routing the Los Angeles Angels to win the AL West. The real intrigue begins tomorrow night at Yankee Stadium. That's when the postseason opens with the Astros taking on New York in the AL wild-card game. On Wednesday night, the Chicago Cubs -- still trying for their first World Series championship since 1908 -- visit the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL wild-card match-up. The Astros-Yankees winner plays at Kansas City in the best-of-five Division Series on Thursday. The same day, Texas visits AL East champion Toronto. The NL Division Series begins Friday with the New York Mets at the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cubs-Pirates winner at St. Louis.

Birthdays: Singer and guitarist Steve Miller is 72; from AC/DC, Brian Johnson is 68; Live Aid organizer Bob Geldof is 64; guitarist and founding member of The Counting Crows, David Bryson is 54; hockey great Mario Lemieux is 50; actress Kate Winslet is 40; Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine is 37; Good Charlotte bassist Paul Thomas is 35; Paris' sister, socialite Nicky Hilton is 32.

Today is National Noisy Munching Day, a day to annoy others by eating ice, pickles, chips, anything crunchy and loud. It's World Teachers' Day as sponsored by the UN. Today is Long Walk Day. David Kunst walked around the world, beginning June 20th of 1970 and ending October 5th in 1974. It took him 4 years and 21 pairs of shoes, but he accomplished what he set out to do. Go out for a walk today, maybe walk around the park.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1969, Monty Python's Flying Circus debuted on BBC television. In 1975, Harry Chapin released Cats in the Cradle. In 1979, the movie 10 starring Dudley Moore, Julie Andrews, and Bo Derek opened. In 1989, evangelist Jim Bakker was convicted of using his TV show to defraud followers of over $150-million. In 1997, when the First United Methodist Church women's group in Tulsa lit all 95 candles on Mabel McCullough's birthday cake, it set off the fire alarm. It did not trigger the sprinkler system, but five engines and two ladder companies of firefighters showed up for the party. In 2003, a Brazilian mother and daughter who hadn't seen each other for 17 years met up when they were put in the same prison cell in Sao Paulo's Pinheiros prison. The daughter, arrested for robbery, had run away from home at age eight. Mom was doing time for drug dealing.

Opening just days after NASA announced findings showing water on Mars, The Martian soaked up moviegoers at the box office. Ridley Scott's 3-D space epic touched down in theaters with a robust $55 million over the weekend. The results again proved moviegoers' abiding thirst for space adventures, particularly ones that rely more on mathematics than monsters. The movie starring Matt Damon as an astronaut left for dead on Mars, exceeded expectations to nearly rank as the top October debut ever. It's Scott's second best opening behind 2001's Hannibal and Damon's second best after 2007's Bourne Ultimatum. Last week's box-office champ, Hotel Transylvania 2, slid to second. The drug war thriller Sicario starring Emily Blunt shot up to third. Rounding out the top five: The Intern at number four, and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials at number five. Of course, with The Martian being a box office success, we're now in for The Martian Identity, The Martian Supremacy, and The Martian Ultimatum.

Hundreds were rescued from fast-moving floodwaters yesterday in South Carolina as days of driving rain hit a dangerous crescendo that buckled buildings and roads, closed a major East Coast interstate route and threatened the drinking water supply for the capital city. The powerful rainstorm dumped more than a foot of rain overnight on Columbia, swamping hundreds of businesses and homes. Emergency workers waded into waist-deep water to help people trapped in cars, dozens of boats fanned out to rescue people in flooded neighborhoods and some were plucked from rooftops by helicopters. Officials said it could take weeks or even months to assess every road and bridge that's been closed around the state. Several interstates around Columbia were closed, and so was a 75-mile stretch of Interstate 95 that is a key route connecting Miami to Washington, DC and New York. At least seven weather-related deaths have been reported since rains began spreading over the Eastern Seaboard, which appeared to dodge the full brunt of Hurricane Joaquin as it veers out to sea.

The Mariners won their final game of 2015. But that 3-2 win over Oakland does little to ease fans' aggravation over the bigger story -- the Rangers and Astros, after terrible seasons in 2014, leaped over Seattle into the playoffs. Varied are the ways to look at the Mariners' habitual sports agony. They lost nine of their final 11 games in 2015, all to American League West foes. The Texas Rangers were the American League's worst team in 2014 at 67-95 yet they improved 21 games. The once-woebegone Astros also made the AL playoffs as the second wild card with 86 wins -- one fewer than the Mariners last year and 17 better than Houston did a year ago. And that was after three consecutive 100-loss seasons. The Rangers and Astros healed themselves in a single season. In this century, at least after 2001, the Mariners have never healed themselves. They are the open wound of the division, if not for all of MLB, given that their 14-year absence from the playoffs is the game's longest drought. Since the 2001 Seattle season of 116 wins -- with each passing year, it takes on the freakishness of a snowstorm in Panama -- the AL West title has been won six times by Anaheim, five by Oakland and three by Texas. What further galls the remaining fan base is that none of the division franchises have the ballpark, the ownership wealth, or the regional market monopoly the Mariners have. Yet all those advantages have translated into squat. The Mariners aren't terrible -- they had a club-record and major league-high 23 extra-inning games, and 27 of their defeats came in the opponents' last at-bat, also a major league high. They played almost every game close, just not necessarily well. Now comes the off season and we'll see what new General Manager Jerry Dipoto does. Starting with doed Lloyd McLendon get another shot as skipper? If McClendon feels as does Angels manager Mike Scioscia -- Dipoto's skipper in in his previous post -- that games were won and lost for many years before advanced analytics became available, then Lloyd will have to be happy joining Scioscia on a couch this fall watching the playoffs. That means another change of managers in Seattle. As CEO Howard Lincoln has said, it's too much. Then again, as this season and its 13 predecessors have proven, it's never enough.

Trivia Answer: Steve Jobs who died on this date in 2011 at the age of 56. The company, of course, was Apple. Jobs has received a number of honors and public recognition for his influence in the technology and music industries. He has widely been referred to as legendary, a futurist or simply a visionary, and has been described as the Father of the Digital Revolution, a master of innovation and a design perfectionist. Jobs envisioned Apple foreseeing and setting trends, at least in innovation and style. He said, "There's an old Wayne Gretzky quote that I love. 'I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.' And we've always tried to do that at Apple. Since the very very beginning. And we always will."

Friday 10.2.15
Today's Trivia: On this date in 2005, the National Football League played its first regular season game outside of the United States. The Arizona Cardinals beat the San Francisco 49ers 31 to 14. Where was the game played?

On Thursday Night Football, the Baltimore Ravens were at Pittsburgh to face the Steelers and the Ravens rallied for their first win of the season, taking advantage of two missed Steelers field-goal attempts late in the fourth quarter to force OT and then winning on Justin Tucker's field goal. Final: Baltimore 23 Pittsburgh 20.

Seattle Seahawks rookie Tyler Lockett was named the NFC's special teams player of the month for September yesterday. The 23-year-old recorded a touchdown on both punt and kickoff returns through the team's first three games. He registered one of each during the Seahawks' four-game preseason slate, as well. Lockett scored a touchdown in his first-ever NFL game, returning a punt 63 yards for a score in the Hawks' season-opening loss to the St. Louis Rams on September 13th. In Sunday's 26-0 Week 3 win over the Chicago Bears, he returned the second half kickoff 105 yards for touchdown. That was the longest kickoff return in Seattle franchise history. He also added six receptions for 51 yards on seven targets. Hopefully he can keep it going as the Seahawks host the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football.

Marshawn Lynch will likely be a game-time decision for Seattle's Week 4 contest. Marshawn played less than half of Sunday's victory over the Chicago Bears. Lynch couldn't get loose pre-game and came into the contest about halfway through the first quarter. He then sat out the second half after suffering a hamstring injury that required an MRI on Monday. Yesterday, Pete Carroll said he didn't know if the five-time Pro Bowler would be ready for the Monday Night Football matchup with the Lions. Carroll said the Seahawks weren't looking to hold Lynch back in an effort to preserve him for the rest of the season. Undrafted rookie running back Thomas Rawls ran for 104 yards on 16 carries against the Bears, picking up all but 6 of those yards in the second half. If Lynch can't go on Monday, the team will lean on him and veteran free-agent signing Fred Jackson, Carroll said, not that he expected either of them to replace Beast Mode.

College ball tomorrow, the Washington State Cougars are in Berkeley against the California Golden Bears. The Huskies are off until Thursday when they're in LA with USC.

The Mariners are wrapping up the 2015 campaign this weekend. They're hosting the Oakland Athletics in a 3-game series starting tonight. Hisashi Iwakuma starts for the Ms tonight in what could be his last appearance as a Mariner. He's a free agent at the end of the year.

Another baseball note: the New York Yankees got the franchise's 10,000th win last night. They're the first American League club to reach that milestone.

Birthdays: Mr. American Pie, singer and songwriter Don McLean is 70; photographer Annie Leibovitz is 66; guitarist for Genesis and Mike + The Mechanics, Mike Rutherford is 65; Gordon Sumner, better known as Sting, is 64; the first Canadian-born quarterback to start in the NFL -- he went to WSU -- Mark Rypien is 53; talk show host Kelly Ripa is 45; and singer Tiffany is 44.

Today is Peanuts Day, celebrating this day in 1950 when Charles Schulz introduced us to his pals, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Sally, and Charlie's dog, Snoopy. Today is World Farm Animals Day, celebrated on Ghandhi's birthday. Today is National Custodial Workers Day. Today is Name Your Car Day is today. Does your car have a name? And today -- being the first Friday in October -- is World Smile Day, a day that celebrates the ever popular yellow smiley face.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1958, television's Yogi Bear stole his first picnic basket in Jellystone National Park, assisted by his sidekick Boo Boo Bear. In 1959, The Twilight Zone debuted on television. They made 154 original episodes. In 1976, John Belushi went on stage and performed with Joe Cocker on Saturday Night Live. In 1985, actor Rock Hudson died at his home in Beverly Hills at age 59 after a battle with AIDS. In 1994, at the age of age 42, singer John Mellencamp confirmed he had suffered a mild heart attack, that he smoked four packs of cigarettes a day, and his cholesterol level was a dangerous 300. In 1998, Hollywood's original singing cowboy and former owner of the Anaheim Angels, Gene Autry, died at age 91.

Hurricane Joaquin unleashed heavy flooding as it roared through sparsely populated islands in the eastern Bahamas yesterday as a Category 4 storm, with forecasters warning it could grow even stronger before carving a path that would take it near the East Coast of the US. Joaquin had maximum sustained winds of 130 mph and hurricane strength winds extending 45 miles from the eye according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. The storm was predicted to turn to the north and northwest toward the United States today but forecasters were trying to determine how it might affect the East Coast, which was already suffering flooding and heavy rains from separate storms. The National Hurricane Center's long-term forecast showed the storm could near the East Coast along North Carolina and Virginia on Sunday or Monday. The NFL and MLB have both warned that Joaquin could disrupt schedules in the days to come.

Facebook is introducing five big changes to user profiles which are viewed 4 billion times per day. One is the ability to use a 7-second looping video as your profile pic.

Meanwhile, police departments around the world are reminding citizens that they should not call 911 when there's a Facebook outage. Facebook has experienced a couple of sizable outages over the last week or so. Police departments in Houston, Texas; Kingston, England; and Queensland, Australia had to post messages on Facebook that, when outages occur, there is nothing local police can do.

Have you heard of brexting? Because, you know, every activity has to combine two or more words into a new slang word. Brexting describes the practice of using a smart phone while breast-feeding or bottle-feeding. Brexting moms are being warned that it may be interfering with the bonding process.

The weekend is upon us. New in theaters, the PG-13 rated The Martian, the R-rated Sicario goes into wide release, and PG-rated The Walk opens in IMAX theaters only.

Trivia Answer: That game was played in Mexico City, Mexico. Beginning with the 2005 season, the National Football League has hosted regular season American football games held outside the United States in a series known as the International Series. Since 2007 games have been held at London's Wembley Stadium. Wembley continues to be the game site. This year's International Series features three games: the Miami Dolphins meet the New York Jets this Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Buffalo Bills on October 25th, and the Kansas City Chiefs and the Detroit Lions meet up on November. 1st.

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Today's Trivia: It was on this date in 1971 that Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, Florida. On this date in 1982, EPCOT Center opened in Florida. What does EPCOT stand for?

Marshawn Lynch is 50/50 to play Monday night against the Detroit Lions at CenturyLink because of a hamstring injury, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Lynch saw limited action in last week's 26-0 home win over the Chicago Bears. He didn't make it out of the locker room until about midway through the first quarter after struggling to get loose during pregame, then didn't play in the second half. He finished with 14 yards on five carries and one catch for nine yards, while backup rookie Thomas Rawls had a career day with 104 rushing yards on 16 attempts. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said that Lynch underwent an MRI this week, though a report from NFL insider Ian Rapoport indicated that the 29-year-old's latest injury isn't serious. Regardless, Lynch has started the 2015 season slowly, rushing 38 times for 128 yards (3.4 yards-per-carry) and no touchdowns in three games while playing behind an offensive line that has yet to distinguish itself. Monday Night Football. The Seahawks host the Detroit Lions.

Thursday Night Football tonight the Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh to face the Steelers.

College ball Saturday, the Washington State Cougars are in Berkeley against the California Golden Bears. The Huskies are off until next Thursday when they're in LA with USC.

The Mariners used an all-hands-on-deck approach on the mound and got plenty of offense, but Houston took the lead for good in the seventh-inning and beat Seattle 7-6 last night. The Astros moved back into the final slot in the American League wild-card standings, a half-game ahead of the Angels. For what it's worth, each of the first five pitchers used in the game spent the first two months of the season in the minors; all eight pitchers spent part of this season pitching in the minor leagues. The Mariners are off today before finishing the season with a three-game series against Oakland this weekend.

The only way Felix Hernandez is seeing the field for the final weekend of the regular season is if Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon suddenly decides to let his ace right-hander be a hitter. Hernandez won't be on the mound pitching. McClendon announced yesterday that Hernandez won't pitch in Seattle's final series this weekend against Oakland, saying it wasn't worth the stress on Hernandez's arm to have him make one more start in a game lacking meaning aside from personal statistics. Hisashi Iwakuma starts Friday, Roenis Elias on Saturday and Vidal Nuno will pitch the season finale Sunday. McClendon said he would have changed his thinking if the Mariners were facing a team that was in a playoff chase or Hernandez had a chance for a career-best 20th victory. Hernandez missed out on win No. 19 last Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels.

Birthdays: The 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter is 91; Dame Julie Andrews is 80; actress Stella Stevens is 77; actor Randy Quaid is 65; former baseball player Mark McGwire is 52; and actor and comedian Zach Galifianakis is 46.

"October" means the "eighth month." It has been the 10th month since New Year's Day was moved from March to January.

October is Adopt-A-Shelter Dog Month, National Bake and Decorate Month, Bat Appreciation Month, Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month, Children's Disease Awareness Month, Children's Magazine Month, Church Library Month, Class Reunion Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, National Crime Prevention Month, National Go On a Field Trip Month, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Cookie Month, Roller Skating Month, National Popcorn Poppin' Month, Photographer Appreciation Month, Positive Attitude Month, and National Chili Month.

It's Go Hog Wild-Eat Country Ham Month, National Book Month, National Chili Month, National Cookie Month, National Dental Hygiene Month, National Pajama Month, National Popcorn Poppin' Month, National Roller Skating Month, National Seafood Month, Frozen Food Month, Spinach Lovers Month, Vegetarian Awareness Month

Today is World Vegetarian Day. Squirrel Awareness Month begins today, sponsored by the Squirrel Lovers Club of Oklahoma City. Pudding Season begins today.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1903, in the first game of the first baseball World Series, the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Boston Pilgrims 7-3. Cy Young was the first losing pitcher. But Boston won the series. In 1962, Johnny Carson became host of The Tonight Show. His first guests were Tony Bennett, Joan Crawford, Rudy Vallee, Mel Brooks, and Groucho Marx. In 1970, Jimi Hendrix was buried in Seattle. He died in his London apartment two weeks earlier. In 1971, Walt Disney World opened in Orlando. In 1997, to curtail growing alcoholism, the Congress of the scorching hot Mexican state of Tabasco banned the sale of cold beer. Residents could continue to buy all the warm beer they wanted. In 2001, the US Supreme Court suspended former President Clinton from practicing before the high court. In 2002, police chasing a gang of car thieves in Colombia lost their suspects when they were stopped at a toll booth. The gang flew through the toll booth but workers flagged down the pursuing police car and wouldn't let it leave until officers paid the toll. By that time, the thieves they'd chased 25 miles from Bogata were long gone.

Another horrific morning. The numbers have been very fluid throughout the morning but now they're saying 13 people were killed in a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon earlier today. That according to the Oregon state Attorney General's Office. More than 20 other people are reported to be injured. A Douglas County official says that the shooter has been neutralized and is now in custody. A school official says shots were fired at Snyder Hall around 10:30 this morning and the campus was immediately locked down. All of the dead are in one building that houses six to eight classrooms, the official said. He said there were "multiple patients in multiple classrooms." A student who was in a building adjacent to the shootings told his family more than 30 shots were fired and that "there was no sound" -- indicating that a silencer may have been used. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has a team on the scene. Additional agents are being sent there from Portland, along with a K-9 police dog. Needless to say our hearts go out to the students, their families, and the entire Roseburg community.

The richest sports team owner in the US? Steve Ballmer with a net worth of $21.6 billion. Forbes announced the Los Angeles Clippers owner and former Microsoft CEO earned that distinction for the second straight year. He's 21st overall on the Forbes ranking of the 400 richest Americans. Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen is second with a net worth of $17.8 billion.

Carlos Santana's representative has been forced to confirm the guitar great is alive and well after reports of his death surfaced online Tuesday. The 68-year-old guitarist became the latest victim of an Internet death hoax, when rumors of his demise started swirling around online.His rep Michael Jensen turned to newspaper USA Today yesterday in a bid to assure fans Santana was fine. Jensen said, "He is alive and well and enjoying his morning!"

Here's your number for the day: 1.75 billion. That's how many minutes a day the world is playing Candy Crush.

Washington state's minimum wage will not increase next year, and the state will no longer have the highest statewide minimum wage as of January. State officials announced that the current minimum wage of $9.47 will not increase because inflation, as measured by the national Consumer Price Index, did not increase over the past year. That index decreased 0.3 percent. It's only the second time that there has not been an increase since voters approved an initiative in 1998 to adjust the minimum wage with inflation. Under that law, the minimum wage can't be decreased. The last time the minimum wage was not increased was in 2010. Even though Washington has had the highest minimum wage in the country for years, on the first of the new year, California and Massachusetts will reach $10 per hour.

Trivia Answer: The concept was planned by Walt Disney. EPCOT stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.