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Tuesday 6.30.15
Today's Trivia: On this date in 1971, Ohio ratified the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, thereby putting the amendment into effect. What was the amendments affect?

No Mariners yesterday. It was an off day. They begin a two-game series tonight at San Diego. First pitch at 7:10.

Birthdays: The frontman for The Little River Band, singer Glenn Shorrock is 71; Steve on Married…with Children, actor David Garrison is 63; actor and comedian David Alan Grier is 59; former San Diego Padre manager Bud -- he's from Longview -- is 58; boxer Mike Tyson is 49; and Olympic swimmer -- he's won 22 medals, 18 of them gold -- Michael Phelps is 30.

Today is Leap Second Day. The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems (IERS) is adding the extra second to account for a discrepancy between Earth's rotation and the atomic clock.

Today is Meteor Watch Day, a time to look to the skies for meteor showers. With a little luck, you can see a meteor just about any night of the year. But, the best time to see meteors is during a meteor shower. There are a number of them each year. The best annual show is the Perseid Meteor shower each August.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1953, the first Chevrolet Corvette rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan. At that time, the Corvette sold for $3,250. In 1966, the National Organization for Women, the United States' largest feminist organization, was founded. In 1971, Ohio ratified the 26th Amendment to the US Constitution, reducing the voting age to 18, thereby putting the amendment into effect. In 1985, Yul Brynner left his role as the King of Siam after 4,600 performances in The King and I. In 1986, Steve Winwood released Back in the High Life. In 1994, the US Figure Skating Association stripped Tonya Harding of the 1994 national championship and banned her from the organization for life for an attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan. In 1997, the United Kingdom transfered sovereignty over Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China. In 2000, President Clinton signed the E-Signature bill to give the same legal validity to an electronic signature as a signature in pen and ink.

In Wenatchee, a wildfire destroyed two dozen homes and forced hundreds to flee. The Sleepy Hollow Fire consumed some 3,000 acres. Meantime fire destroyed the historic Civic Stadium down in Eugene last evening. Then there was the UPS that burned up on I-5 near Grand Mound overnight.

While we're dealing with the dryness and high temps -- and its results, a wet June turned worse after strong weekend storms drenched the Midwest, strengthening worries that already-serious flooding won't go away anytime soon. It seems to be unrelenting: More rain is forecast for later this week in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, a National Weather Service spokesman say "possibly a lot," Parts of Missouri saw nearly 2 inches of rain over the weekend. St. Louis has received 13.1 inches of rain this month, 9 inches above normal and setting a June record before the month has even ended.

In a pre-4th of July survey nearly all of us said we were patriotic. That's how 93 percent of the respondents described themselves. Specifically, 62 percent said they were very patriotic and 31 percent said they were somewhat patriotic.

On TV tonight, the premiere of Zoo. This new drama is based on the #1 best-selling novel by James Patterson. James Wolk (The Crazy Ones) stars as a renegade zoologist trying to figure out why all the animals in the world are suddenly attacking humans. Kristen Connolly (House of Cards), Billy Burke (the Twilight films), and Nonso Anozie (Game of Thrones) also star. It's tonight on CBS.

There apparently shall be no government shutdown here in our state. The legislature passed a new budget last night and Governor Inslee is scheduled to sign it this afternoon, ahead of the midnight deadline tonight.

Trivia Answer: The Twenty-sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution standardized the voting age to 18. It was adopted in response to student activism against the Vietnam War. Washington was one of the first states to ratify the amendment. It joined Connecticut, Delaware, Minnesota, and Tennessee in ratifying it on March 23rd of 1971. Interestingly, states that have never ratified it include Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Utah. Nonetheless, as of this date in 1971, it is the law of the land.

Monday 6.29.15
Today's Trivia: He's a graduate of Mark Morris High School in Longview. He played baseball for two years at Lower Columbia College in Longview. For his junior and senior years, he played at San Diego State. He's a former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher and until recently the manager of the San Diego Padres. Who is he?

A wacky weekend for the weather in our parts. We set a record on Saturday here in Olympia when we hit 92. Then the National Weather Service reported 84 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes from Lewis county north to Snohomish county from 7 yesterday morning until noon. We should be in the 80s here the next couple of days before going back into the 90s in the latter part of the week.

The Mariners have lost in a myriad of ways this season, but yesterday they mined new territory, falling 3-2 to the Los Angeles Angels on a walk-off wild pitch by Tom Wilhelmsen in the bottom of the 10th. Hours earlier, Houston dispatched the New York Yankees 3-1, meaning that Seattle, with a day off today, now sits nine games out of first in the AL West, its hopes for even a second wild card berth fading fast. Felix Hernandez threw another dazzler, leaving with a one-hit shutout with eight strikeouts and three walks over six innings. He threw 96 pitches, 59 for strikes, and lowered his ERA from 3.24 to 3.05. Mike Trout and Albert Pujols went a combined 0-or-6 against Felix, who, despite leg cramps in near-90 degree heat, reached the 100-strikeout plateau but lost his bid for his 11th victory when the Angels scored against Charlie Furbush in the seventh The Ms are off today and begin a two-game series at San Diego tomorrow.

Birthdays: Actor Gary Busey is 71; comedian Richard Lewis is 68; actor/congressman/radio host, and Gopher on The Love Boat, Fred Grandy 67; from Men at Work, singer Colin Hay is 62; singer-songwriter and guitarist from Dokken, Don Dokken is 62; actress Maria Conchita Alonso is 58; and Sylvia on NYPD Blue, actress Sharon Lawrence is 54.

Bassist Chris Squire, a founding member of Yes, died Saturday in Phoenix after battling leukemia. Squire had been the constant in an ever-changing lineup since 1968, the only member to appear on every single studio album made in 45 years. He was the "linchpin" that held the band together, a statement from the band said, the person responsible for some of the group's greatest hits, including Owner of a Lonely Heart, and I've Seen All Good People. It was just in late May that Squire announced he was bowing out of the group's forthcoming summer tour after he was diagnosed with leukemia. Yes is scheduled to kickoff off the tour in Connecticut in August and wrap it up in Vancouver, BC in September. There's a stop in there with Toto at Little Creek Casino Resort on September 10th. Chris Squire was 67.

Today is Remote Control Day, a favorite observance of couch potatoes everywhere. Today is National Almond Butter Crunch Day. Todays is Camera Day. It's International Mud Day. Let's get down and dirty. To celebrate, all you need is some water and some dirt. Mix them together, and you're ready to have some fun. Today is Waffle Iron Day. Waffles -- they're not just for breakfast anymore. Today is Elvis Presley Boulevard Day. The City of Memphis voted to name a 12-mile portion of Highway 51 South that passes Graceland in honor of Elvis on this date in 1971. The first signs were put up in January of 1972 . . . and disappeared immediately.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1953, the Federal Highway Act authorized the construction of 42,500 miles of freeway from coast to coast. In 1978, actor Bob Crane was murdered in a Scottsdale, Arizona, motel room. A former deejay, he starred as Col. Robert Hogan on TV's Hogan's Heroes. In 1983, a guy named Prince Mongo who claimed to be from the uncharted planet of Zambodia, was accused of tampering with an electric meter in Memphis. He was convicted and sentenced to 10 days for contempt when he appeared in court wearing green body paint, a fur loincloth, gold goggles, and carrying a skull under one arm. Later that year Prince Mongo ran for mayor of Memphis . . . and got 2,650 votes. In 2003, Katherine Hepburn died in Old Saybrook, Connecticut at the age of 96. She won a record four Oscars for best actress. In 2007, the first generation Apple iPhone went on sale. In 2011, the state of Nevada passed the first law that permitted the operation of autonomous cars on public roads. The law went into effect on March 1st of 2012 and did not permit the use of the cars to the general public. Google received the first self-driving vehicle license in the US on May 4th of 2012 in Nevada.

The party wasn't as wild the second time around. Ted 2 debuted to an underwhelming $32.9 million over the weekend, roughly $15 million less than most analysts had expected. The mellow-harshing start was largely attributable to the presence of two box office juggernauts in Jurassic World which landed another $54.2 million and Inside Out which racked up $52.1 million. With Jurassic World continuing to be a box office force and topping the chart, Inside Out took the runner-up position for the second consecutive weekend. Ted 2 took third. Max finished fourth. And Spy, the Melissa McCarthy espionage comedy, took fifth.

Tomorrow is Leap Second Adjustment Time. It's coming up tomorrow afternoon at 4:59:60.Atomic clocks are slightly too accurate. A leap second is a second which is added to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) in order to synchronize atomic clocks with astronomical time.

The governor and legislative leaders say we won't have a state government shutdown even though there is still no signed budget. The principals worked into the wee hours Saturday night/Sunday morning and reached an agreement in principle. A third special session commenced yesterday to allow lawmakers to come up with a budget the governor can sign.

NBC told Donald Trump, "You're fired!" NBC ended its relationship with the real estate developer and TV personality and his Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants todays after he made comments insulting Mexicans when he began his run for president. The pageants, which are part of a joint venture between NBCUniversal and Trump, will no longer air on NBC "due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants" the company said in a press release. Trump was already not going to take part in The Apprentice on NBC. The network says the show will continue without Trump.

Trivia Answer: Harry Ralston Black -- we know him as Bud Black -- who is 58 tomorrow. Black pitched fifteen seasons in the majors, most notably for the Kansas City Royals. Black was the starting pitcher for the Royals during the famous George Brett pine tar incident, and was the pitcher that gave up Reggie Jackson's 500th career home run. He was part of the starting rotation for the Royals team that won the 1985 World Series. He also played professionally for the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays and San Francisco Giants. It was just a couple of weeks ago, on June 15th, that Black was fired after eight-plus seasons with the Padres after the team started this year at 32–and-33 and six games behind in the National League West.

Friday 6.26.15
Today's Trivia: She first enjoyed mainstream success in 1982 as lead singer of the band Scandal and later enjoyed solo success -- even scoring a No. 2 hit with Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough. Who is she?

The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement for hot weather for our parts this weekend. Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 80s to mid 90s through Sunday. A reminder to everyone to stay out of the heat as much as possible, stay hydrated, and check on elderly neighbors. Also, do not leave children or pets in cars unattended at all. The National Weather Service also warns the combination of hot temperatures and extended period of dry weather combine to create a situation in which the fire danger is high. Adhere to the Burn Ban. With the Fourth of July holiday just around the corner, an alternative to your own fireworks is to attend a professional fireworks display instead.

Atlanta right fielder Nick Markakis saw his record streak of 398 consecutive games without an error end in the first inning of yesterday's game against the Washington Nationals. Denard Span singled to right field leading off and Markakis bobbled the ball, allowing Span to take second. Markakis, who signed with Atlanta in the offseason, established the all-time MLB record for consecutive errorless games by a non-pitcher on June 18th -- breaking the previous mark of 392, set by Darren Lewis from 1990-94. Markakis had not made an error since August 10th of 2012 when he was with the Orioles.

The Mariners are off on a three-city road trip. They have three with the Angels in Anaheim, a day off, two against the Padres in San Diego, then four with the Athletics in Oakland. They get it all started tonight at 7:05 down in California.

The Minnesota Lynx rallied past the Seattle Storm 76-73 last night.

Birthdays: From The Clash, Mick Jones is 60; singer Chris Isaak is 59; from Berlin, singer Terri Nunn is 54; football's Shannon Sharpe is 47; Jack on Will and Grace, actor Sean Hayes is 45; actor Chris O’Donnell is 45; from Parks and Recreation, Nick Offerman is 45; singer Gretchen Wilson is 42; baseball’s Derek Jeter is 41; singer-songwriter and producer, OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder is 36; from Slackers and Rushmore, Jason Schwartzman is 35. Aubrey Plaza from Parks and Recreation is 31; and Ariana Grande is 22.

Patrick Macnee, the British-born actor best known as dapper secret agent John Steed in the long-running 1960s TV series The Avengers has died. Macnee died yesterday of natural causes with his family at his bedside in Rancho Mirage. The clever spy drama, which began in 1961 in Britain, debuted in the United States in 1966. It ran for eight seasons and continued in syndication for decades afterward. Patrick Macnee was 93.

Today is Guiding Light Day, marking the show's move to television on this date in 1952, after 15 years on radio. It became the longest lasting daytime show and the longest lasting series on TV. Guiding Light finally was snuffed out on September 18th of 2009 after a 72-year run. Today is Abner Doubleday Day, marking his birth on this date in 1819. Though one study credits Doubleday as the inventor of baseball, some historians believe the game evolved from a similar one played by native Americans. Today is Bar Code Day. The first supermarket bar code was swiped on a pack of Wrigley's Doublemint Gum on June 26th of 1974, in Troy, Ohio. It’s Beautician's Day, your chance to show your appreciation to those who make you look beautiful and stunning. Today is Forgiveness Day, Global Forgiveness Day is August 27th, International Forgiveness Day is the first Sunday of August. Forgiveness Day is a time to forgive and to be forgiven. The world will be a better place for this day. It’s National Chocolate Pudding Day. I'm thinking the world will be a better place for this day. Today is Take Your Dog to Work Day -- held the Friday after Father's Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1944, in a unique 6-inning exhibition game to raise money for US War Bonds, the New York Yankees played the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants. Final score: Dodgers 5, Yankees 1, Giants zip. In 1963, President John Kennedy announced Ich bin ein Berliner at the Berlin Wall. In 1975, after 11 years of marriage, singers Sonny and Cher Bono finalized their divorce. Four days later Cher married musician Greg Allman, but the marriage lasted only nine days. In 1977, Elvis Presley closed his concert at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis with Can’t Help Falling In Love With You. It was his last concert. He died seven weeks later. In 1979, Muhammad Ali, at 37-years-old, announced that he was retiring as world heavyweight boxing champion. In 2007, a Washington State trooper arrested two men for speeding on I-5 in Snohomish County. The trooper said the 2005 BMW 330i and the 2007 Honda Accord sounded like an airplane whizzing by at 141 miles an hour. He caught up to the pair when they stopped to let a passenger switch cars. Both drivers were jailed on reckless driving charges. In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and in violation of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

And on this date this year -- today -- the US Supreme Court said same-sex couples have right to marry in all 50 states.

We're bracing for record-breaking high temperatures in arts of Washington, Oregon and Idaho. The National Weather Service yesterday issued excessive heat watches for the greater Puget Sound region, inland areas of southwest Washington and much of Oregon west of the Cascades. The warning covers many urban areas along the I-5 corridor from Seattle to Vancouver here in Washington, as well as Portland, Salem and Eugene in Oregon. Forecasters say high temperatures could hit triple digits east of the Cascades and in parts of Idaho over the weekend, and daily records are sure to fall. Ron Miller is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Spokane. He says the same ridge of strong pressure responsible for raising the mercury in the Southwest is "now building over the rest of the Western US and that's why we're going to see our hot pattern." Fire officials say continued dry, hot conditions are also raising the danger for wildfires. They're asking us to be careful to extinguish all campfires and cigarette butts. So far this year, there have been more than 300 fire starts each in Washington and Oregon. Officials also are urging people to stay hydrated, be cautious with fireworks, and be aware of signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses. Experts say heat exhaustion and heat stroke are real problems that can lead to death, so people need to take precautions to protect their health.

A note this morning from Mason PUD 3. They say apparently they had a bird or some other animal get tangled in power lines at about 7. It affected customers in an area north of Shelton on Hwy 101, Dayton Airport Road, and some surrounding areas. They say they were able to switch power feeds and get most customers back on at 7:45

Apple started removing a ton of apps and games featuring Confederate flags from its App Store yesterday. Apple says it has "removed apps from the App Store that use the Confederate flag in offensive or mean-spirited ways, which is in violation of our guidelines. We are not removing apps that display the Confederate flag for educational or historical uses."

Starting today, Jon Stewart superfans can head over to the Comedy Central website or app and watch every episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The streaming marathon kicked off this morning with his first episode.

More people moved to Washington in the past year. That helped push the state's population above 7 million, according to estimates released yesterday by the Office of Financial Management. An estimated 7,061,400 people lived in the Evergreen State as of April of 2015. The state gained about 93,200 people between 2014 and 2015. The 1.34 percent increase is the largest annual bump since 2008. More than three-fourths of the population boom was concentrated in the state's five largest counties, Clark, King, Pierce, Snohomish and Spokane, where economic opportunities continue to draw new residents. In fact, all but two counties in the state expanded. Wahkiakum and Grays Harbor Counties lost residents between 2014 and 2015. Seattle is seeing a tremendous amount of growth, accounting for more than a fourth of the state's population increase. The city topped the list of booming cities with the largest gain in numbers, with 21,900 moving into the city to boost its estimated population to about 662,400. It was followed by Vancouver, Marysville, Kent, Redmond, Tacoma, Olympia, Renton, Spokane Valley and Bremerton.

Now that school is out, teenagers are faced with a decision. Should they take the summer off, or get a job? New research suggests, no matter the task, getting a job as a teen might be worth it. Researchers at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver found when looking at the importance of getting a job as a teen, there were lessons learned. The study followed 15-year olds until they were in their early 20's. Those who worked as teens earned more than a summer paycheck. One of the researchers saying, "They actually had positive workplace outcomes later in life, like better jobs they actually liked more, higher salaries and better skills at actually finding jobs later in life, They learned a lot of things. Everything from how to deal with difficult customers, which a lot of those entry level jobs give them that experience, to how to deal with managers to even just learning the responsibility of coming to work on time and the consequences of when you don't come to work on time." A recent survey found a growing number of teenagers don't want jobs, primarily because of sports and other activities. Researchers say, that's worth reconsidering. "We would just encourage kids and their parents to have that conversation about what they're hoping to do and add part time work back to the mix of all the other activities they currently get involved in" The researchers found that it didn't even matter if teens hated their jobs saying, " Any job, even if they wound up not liking it, it worked out just fine. And what we found out was certain people found out they hated their jobs, they never wanted to do it again at all, and when that happened, it helped them earlier on in life figure out what they wanted to do so they found better things later in life, too."

New in theaters this weekend, the PG-rated Max and the R-rated Ted 2.

Trivia Answer: Patty Smyth who turns 58 today. She grew up in Brooklyn neighborhood and joined Scandal as vocalist in 1981. In 1984, they put out their album, The Warrior. The album peaked at No. 17 on the charts. The first song off the release, also titled The Warrior, was a top-ten smash. Despite their success, internal strife within the group led to their breakup shortly afterwards. Following the end of Scandal, Smyth was asked by friend Eddie Van Halen to join the band Van Halen to replace David Lee Roth as lead singer. She declined. Smyth released her first solo album, Never Enough, in 1987. It contained her version of the Tom Waits song Downtown Train, which Rod Stewart would make a hit several years later, and the title track Never Enough, which was co-written with members of the Hooters. She put out another solo effort in 1992, the self-titled Patty Smyth. Off of that effort, she secured a hit record via a duet with Don Henley. Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough peaked at number 2 in the Billboard Hot 100. In April of 1997, Smyth married former tennis star John McEnroe. They currently live in New York City and have six children between them.

Thursday 6.25.15
Today's Trivia: She's a singer-songwriter, musician, and children's author. She's the ex-wife of another notable singer-songwriter. She rose to fame in the 1970s with a string of hit records, and has since been the recipient of a Grammy Award, an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe Award for her work. She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994. We still don't know who was the topic of her biggest song. Who is she?

Another disappointing homestand came to a frustrating end as the Kansas City Royals hammered the Mariners 8-2 last night . A seven-run fourth inning took any drama out of this one, leaving Seattle with a 4-4 mark for the homestand. The good news is that the Mariners have been better on the road than they have at home as Seattle prepares for an 11-day trip. Mariners starter Roenis Elias was in a groove from the outset, retiring nine consecutive batters before a leadoff single in the fourth got the ball rolling for Kansas City and the wheels came off for Roenis. Franklin Gutierrez made a triumphant return with a third-inning single and Seattle’s first RBI of the night on a sacrifice fly in the fifth, but most of the Mariners’ offense came too late to matter. Gutierrez was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma before last night’s game. It was his first start with the Mariners since September of 2013. After an off-day today, the Mariners open a three-game series at Anaheim tomorrow.

Birthdays: Maureen Robinson on Lost in Space, actress June Lockhart is 90; actor and comedian Jimmie Walker (Good Times) -is 68; from Split Enz and Crowded House, Tim Finn is 63; Toto keyboardist David Paich is 61; Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is 61; actor Ricky Gervais is 54; singer George Michael is 52; and Nickelback bass player Mike Kroeger is 43.

Today is National Catfish Day, a day to enjoy some tasty, fried catfish. It was June 25th of 1987 when President Ronald Reagan began a presidential proclamation with the words "More and more Americans are discovering a uniquely American food delicacy -- farm-raised catfish." Today is National Fried Okra Day. There’s actually a Facebook page. Today is Please Take My Children to Work Day. Today is LEON Day (that’s NOEL spelled backwards. Six months until Christmas)

Calendar notes: On this date in 1951, in New York, the first regular commercial color TV transmissions were presented on CBS using the FCC-approved CBS Color System. The public did not own color TVs at the time. In 1969, guitarist Mick Taylor first appeared with The Rolling Stones at the Coliseum in Rome, replacing Brian Jones. Jones was found dead a week later. Also in 1969, The Hollies recorded He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother with Elton John on piano. In 1970, Hall & Oates recorded together for the first time. Also 1970, the Federal Communications Commission handed down a ruling making it illegal for radio stations to put telephone calls on the air without the permission of the person being called. In 1981, the US Supreme Court decided that male-only draft registration was constitutional. In 1984, Prince's Purple Rain sold a record-setting 1.3-million copies in 24 hours, as the soundtrack released five weeks ahead of the film. In 1998, Microsoft's Windows 98 was released to the public. In 2000, a Florida judge approved a class-action lawsuit to be filed against American Online (AOL) on behalf of hourly subscribers who were forced to view pop-up advertisements. In 2002, a five-year-old Sicilian boy tore up $1,525 in cash, his father's monthly salary, the day after his grandfather told him money was trash and couldn't buy happiness. In 2009, Michael Jackson died after suffering cardiac arrest at his Los Angeles home, which authorities later declared a homicide caused by the combination of drugs in his body. He was 50.

You just knew the way June had been so warm that the 90s were inevitable. And so, here we go. And the way the summer is shaping up, there'll be more. Tomorrow should reach the upper 80s, with low 90s likely around the Puget Sound area and Southwestern Washington on Saturday. On top of the heat, it looks like the humidity will ramp up a bit as well, especially tomorrow and Saturday, as some moist air pushes up from the south. This won't be the desert heat that we're used to, at least this time around. With that southerly flow also comes a risk of thunderstorms, especially Saturday night through early Monday morning. These would not be the typical Puget Sound "one shot wonders" of lightning storms, but could bring frequent lightning with little, if any rain. There is still a high amount of uncertainty whether we will have the atmospheric triggers in place to touch off the thunderstorms, but the ingredients will be here, so keep that in mind and if you have outdoor plans Sunday. We should cool off just a little early next week -- the air mass will remain very hot, but a bit more of an ocean breeze should keep us in the 80s instead of the 90s. However, long range models suggest a second round of heat toward the end of next week that would feature the east wind. That could push highs well into the 90s.

The National Hockey League Board of Governors has announced it's beginning the process of adding expansion franchises for the first time since 1999, and Seattle is one of the frontrunners to secure an NHL team. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement, "Over the past several years we have received numerous expressions of interest from potential markets and ownership groups that have indicated an interest in joining the National Hockey League, The board decided today to examine those expressions more formally and also to welcome any other groups or markets that may be considering pursuit of an NHL team. The fact that we are beginning this process does not necessarily mean that any expansion teams will be granted as a result of this process." In his press conference, Bettman said that no potential ownership group in Seattle had "their arena act together," which seems to confirm that securing a building for a new franchise is the biggest hurdle in bringing NHL hockey to the Pacific Northwest.

Boom! is a new game show that premiers tonight. This new quiz show features teams competing for cash. If the teams get the questions right, they could win big money; if they get it wrong or run out of time, they are showered with anything from guacamole to maple syrup. Now that's entertainment. It's tonight at 8 on Fox.

Trivia Answer: Carly Elisabeth Simon who turns 70 today. She's the ex-wife of James Taylor. They were married from 1972 to 1983. Simon and Taylor have two children together, Sarah Maria Taylor and Benjamin Simon Taylor, who are also musicians. Her father was Richard L. Simon a co-founder of the publisher Simon & Schuster. Simon scored the biggest success of her career with the classic 1972 global smash You're So Vain. It hit #1 on the charts and sold nearly two million 45 rpm vinyl records in the United States alone. It was one of the decade's biggest hits. The subject of the song itself has become one of the biggest enigmas in popular music, as this track also carries one of the most famous refrains: You're so vain / I bet you think this song is about you. Simon has never publicly admitted who the song is about. She hinted that it could be a composite of several people, and for many people the top two on the list of possible suspects have always included both Beatty and Jagger, who sings backup vocals on this recording. On August 5th of 2003, she did finally auction off the information to the winner of a charity function for a grand total of $50,000, with the condition that the winner -- television executive, Dick Ebersol -- not reveal who it is. Simon is one of the few singer/songwriters from her generation to own all of the songs that she's written.

Wednesday 6.24.15
Today's Trivia: On this date in 1922, the American Professional Football Association formally changed its name to this. What is it?

A special weather statement from the National Weather Service: Hot temperatures are forecast Friday into early next week and there's a rising fire danger. Strong high pressure aloft over the Pacific Northwest will push temps into the 90s by Saturday -- away from waterways -- and temps will reman warm through Saturday night with many areas not dropping below the mid-60s early Sunday morning. On Sunday, high temps will be just a few degrees cooler and very warm temps will remain in place through early next week, Although coastal areas and other areas near large bodies of water will be cooler, temps in those places will still be well above normal. It's important to remember to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. Avoid leaving children and pets unattended in cars. With the current dry conditions and now the expected warmest temperatures of the year thus far, fire danger will continue to rise.

Mike Montgomery isn’t just another left-hander to fill out the rotation anymore. The rookie starter turned in his finest outing last night, a complete-game shutout helped by three hits from Dustin Ackley, as the Mariners pounded Kansas City 7-0 for their most convincing shutout victory of the season. For all of Ackley’s heroics -- he was 3 for 4 with a fifth-inning homerun -- the key came when Montgomery pitched his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the first by getting a strikeout and inning-ending double play. The rookie southpaw was teetering in the early innings, but his ability to escape unscathed set the tone. It marked the fourth time in five career starts that Montgomery has held an opponent to two runs or fewer. The Ms and Royals wrap up the series tonight at 7:10.

After a 10-hour hearing, Tom Brady now must wait to find out if his appeal of a four-game suspension carried any weight with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Brady was suspended by the league for his role in Deflategate. He arrived at the NFL's Park Avenue offices yesterday morning, as did attorney Jeffrey Kessler, who is leading Brady's defense. It was growing dark when Goodell left the league headquarters after he heard Brady and representatives from the players' union during the lengthy meeting. No details of the hearing were immediately available. It's uncertain how soon Goodell will announce anything. He could decide to keep the suspension as it is, reduce it or completely wipe it clean.

Birthdays: Father Delvecchio on Happy Days, actor Al Molinaro is 96; Karen MacKenzie on Knots Landing, actress Michele Lee is 73; guitarist Jeff Beck is 71; Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood is 68; UB40 singer Astro is 58; Tears for Fears bassist Curt Smith is 54; and singer Glenn Medeiros is 45.

The creator of the pink plastic lawn flamingo has died. Donald Featherstone died Monday at an elder care facility in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, after a long battle with dementia. He was 79.

Today is Swim a Lap Day. A day good for your health, and, fun, too. Summer has arrived. It's time to enjoy all that summer has to offer, including plenty of time in and around the pool. It’s Museum Comes To Life Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1916, Mary Pickford became the first female film star to sign a million dollar contract. In 1947, Kenneth Arnold reported seeing flying saucers over Mt. Rainier. In 1949, the first television western, Hopalong Cassidy, was aired on NBC starring William Boyd. In 1957, in Roth v. United States, the US Supreme Court ruled that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment. In 1974, Lynyrd Skynyrd's Sweet Home Alabama was released. In 1981, Diana Ross and Lionel Richie released Endless Love. In 1996, Van Halen announced that Sammy Hagar had left the band, and that David Lee Roth was back as a temporary replacement. In 1997, the US Air Force released a report titled The Roswell Report, Case Closed that dismissed the claims that an alien spacecraft had crashed in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947. In 2004, in New York, capital punishment was declared unconstitutional. In 2010, the longest match in professional tennis history happened. It was longest measured both by time and number of games. The American 23rd seed John Isner defeated the French qualifier Nicolas Mahut after 11 hours, 5 minutes of play over three days, with a final score of 6–4, 3–6, 6–7, 7–9, 7–6, 7–3, and the final set 70–68 for a total of 183 games. Also in 2010 - Apple released the iPhone 4.

Thousands of state employees received notice yesterday that they may be temporarily laid off if a new state budget isn't adopted by early next week. The Office of Financial Management has estimated that more than 26,000 employees will receive the furlough notices, with the vast majority receiving notice by email yesterday. The notices state that employees may not perform any work during the furlough, and will not receive any pay for any days that they are not at work. Some letters were sent by mail last Friday to employees who are currently on leave. Officials from the governor's budget office have already released a contingency plan on what state offices may have to close completely if a two-year state operating budget isn't signed into law before midnight June 30th -- next Tuesday -- when the current two-year budget ends. A spokesman for Gov. Jay Inslee, said the governor still believes a shutdown can be avoided. The Democratic-controlled House and Republican-controlled Senate are in the midst of a second special session and have been in budget negotiations for several weeks. Washington state has never had a government shutdown. But the Legislature has taken its budget talks to the brink before, including two years ago. Inslee signed a budget that year on June 30th.

Amazon has followed other major retailers in banning sales of the Confederate flag. Walmart, eBay and Sears have also announced bans on the sale of Confederate flag merchandise, amid an intensifying national debate over the use of the controversial flag.

Americans spend $2,600 each year and 200 hours annually getting to to and from work.

Trivia Answer: The National Football League. It was formed by eleven teams in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association, with the league changing its name to the National Football League in 1922. Back in 1920, the American Professional Football Association's first game was played in Dayton, Ohio on October 3rd of 1920 with the host Dayton Triangles defeating the Columbus Panhandles, 14-0. Today, the National Football League is the highest level of professional American football. The league currently consists of thirty-two teams. The league is divided evenly into two conferences — the American Football Conference (AFC) and National Football Conference (NFC), and each conference has four divisions that have four teams each. The NFL is organized as an unincorporated association of its 32 teams. Today, the NFL has the highest average attendance (67,591) of any professional sports league in the world and is the most popular sports league in the United States.

Tuesday 6.23.15
Today's Trivia: He was best known as the original bassist for the Beatles. He left the band to pursue his career as an artist, having previously attended the Liverpool College of Art. He and John Lennon are credited with inventing the name, The Beetles, as they both liked Buddy Holly's band, The Crickets. The band used this name for a while until Lennon decided to change the name to The Beatles, from the word Beat. Who are we talking about?

Joe Blanton -- yes, that Joe Blanton -- was the latest starter the Mariners made look like Cy Young. The veteran journeyman out-dueled Felix Hernandez by silencing the Seattle bats on the way to a 4-1 Kansas City win last night at Safeco. Mariners fans have seen enough of Blanton over the years to realize that it takes quite an inept offense to make him look like Felix Hernandez. That offense was on display last night. After Robinson Cano provided a rare home run in the first inning, Blanton mowed through 16 consecutive batters. The Ms had a season-low-tying two hits and 13 strikeouts. Ms and Royals again tonight at 7:10.

The US Women's National Team beat Colombia last night 2-0 to move on to the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup. The last time the US and Colombia faced off was in the 2012 Women's World Cup, when Colombia's Lady Andrade punched Team USA's Abby Wambach in the face. The US Women’s National Team will now advance to the quarterfinals to face off against China on Friday.

Birthdays: Gary Ewing on Knots Landing and Dallas, actor Ted Shackelford is 69; Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is 67; from American Idol, Randy Jackson is 59, Marge Gunderson in Fargo, actress Frances McDormand is 58; singer KT Tunstall is 40; and singer Jason Mraz is 38.

Dick Van Patten, who starred as an amiable patriarch in the television comedy Eight is Enough, has died. The actor's representative said he died at a hospital in Santa Monica, California, of complications from diabetes. Dick Van Patten was 86.

Today is National Columnists Day -- a day that recognizes the importance and value of newspaper columnists. Today is also National Pink Day -- a day when everything should be basking in pink splendor.

Babe Ruth's most famous game occurred on June 23rd of 1917, against the Washington Senators in the first game of a doubleheader at Fenway Park. Ruth started the game, walking the first batter, Ray Morgan. As newspaper accounts of the time relate, the short-fused Ruth then engaged in a heated argument with apparently equally short-fused home plate umpire Brick Owens. Owens tossed Ruth out of the game, and the even more enraged Ruth then slugged the umpire a glancing blow before being taken off the field; the catcher, Pinch Thomas, was also ejected. Ernie Shore was brought in to pitch, and came in with very few warmup pitches. With a new pitcher and catcher, runner Morgan tried to steal but was thrown out. Shore then proceeded to retire the remaining 26 Senators without allowing a baserunner, earning a 4–0 Red Sox win. For many years the game was listed in record books as a perfect game, but officially it is scored as a no-hitter, shared by two pitchers. Following the game, Ruth paid a $100 fine, was suspended for ten games, and issued a public apology for his behavior. Some other calendar notes: On this date in 1926, the College Board administered the first SAT exam. In 1969, IBM announced that effective in January of 1970 it would price its software and services separately from hardware thus creating the modern software industry. In 1972, Title IX of the United States Civil Rights Act of 1964 is amended to prohibit sexual discrimination to any educational program receiving federal funds. In 2003, Apple unveiled the new Power Mac desktop computer. In 2013, Nik Wallenda became the first man to successfully walk across the Grand Canyon on a tight rope.

Burn bans were enacted yesterday around the Sound and on all state-protected lands in Western Washington because of increasing fire danger. Experts say the fire conditions are as bad now as they would normally be in late July, due to the unusually dry weather, a low-to-nonexistent snow pack, and little expected rainfall. Moisture levels in foliage are down to just 15 percent of normal, and that worries fire officials. A Stage 1 burn ban kicked in yesterday in Mason, King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Kitsap counties. Under a Stage 1 ban, no outdoor burning is allowed at all, except for small recreational fires in established fire pits on private property or at approved campgrounds. Fires must be at least 25 feet from buildings and combustible materials as well. In addition, the state Department of Natural Resources has announced a burn ban for all state-protected lands in Western Washington. A similar ban began in Eastern Washington last week. The ban means all outdoor burning is prohibited in state forests, state parks, and forestlands protected by the state agency.

General Mills is dropping artificial colors and flavors from its cereals, the latest company to respond to a growing desire for food made with ingredients people see as natural. The company said yesterday that Trix and Reese's Puffs will be among the first cereals to undergo the changes. As a result, the reformulated Trix cereal later this year will be made with four colors instead of six. While the company was able to come up with alternatives for red, orange, yellow, and purple Trix pieces, a spokesperson said it was too difficult to find natural alternatives for blue and green that achieved the right taste and color. The Minneapolis company says cereals like Lucky Charms that have marshmallows may take longer to reformulate. It says 90 percent of its cereals will have no artificial ingredients by the end of 2016. General Mills, which also makes Cheerios and Cinnamon Toast Crunch, says more than 60 percent of its cereals are already made without artificial colors and flavors.

Chambers Bay got a much needed watering Sunday night and in the early hours of yesterday morning after Jordan Spieth was crowned the latest US Open champion. Thanks to the shower from sprinklers on the dried out golf course, by yesterday afternoon pockets of green started to return. Now comes the real question: Did Chambers Bay put on a good enough show for the USGA and major golf to return? Chambers Bay provided spectacular scenery, a challenging layout that was adored by some and loathed by plenty of others, and brought a buzz to the US Open. The links-style golf course on the shore of Puget Sound became the story of the US Open for most of last week until the theatrics of Spieth and runner-up Dustin Johnson on the back nine Sunday let golf reclaim center stage. The immediate future for Chambers Bay, starting Friday it's returning to being a public golf course, now with the type of buzz it could only dreamed of reaching before the US Open arrived. But it was a golf course built with the intent on hosting championships and its future in that realm is a trickier question to answer. World No. 1 Rory McIlroy was asked about the US Open returning to Chambers Bay. After calculating he had about 20 years left in his career, he said, "if they come back here in about 20 years time I'd be all right with that."

Trivia Answer: Stuart Sutcliffe who was born on this date in 1940. As a member of the group when it was a five-piece band, Sutcliffe is one of several people sometimes referred to as the Fifth Beatle. While studying in Germany, Sutcliffe began experiencing severe headaches and acute sensitivity to light. In the first days of April 1962, he collapsed in the middle of an art class after complaining of head pains. Doctors performed various checks, but were unable to determine the exact cause of his headaches. On April 10th of 1962, he was taken to the hospital, but died in the ambulance on the way. The cause of death was later revealed to have been an aneurysm.

Monday 6.22.15
Today's Trivia: She is a legal clerk and environmental activist who, despite the lack of a formal law school education, was instrumental in constructing a case against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) of California in 1993. Julia Roberts played her in the movie. Who is she?

Welcome to summer. It officially began yesterday morning at 9:38. It's supposed to be summer-like later this week. Temps in the 80s for most of the week and then jumping into the 90s for the weekend.

Summer may have just arrived, but experts say the fire conditions are as bad as they would normally be in late July.Due to dry conditions, low snow pack, and little expected rainfall, Mason, King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Kitsap counties are setting a phase one outdoor burn ban in effect starting today. In phase one, small recreational fires on private property, and in established fire pits at approved campgrounds are allowed. Fires must be at least 25 feet from buildings and combustible materials as well.

A promising series ended on a down note as the Mariners managed only four hits and lost 6-2 to the AL West-leading Astros yesterday. Seattle took two of three games in the series, which is a starting point for an underachieving team that needs to make its move soon. Brad Miller had a costly error in the fifth inning, but his real damage came in the bottom of the first. The Mariners had a chance to take control when rookie Houston starter Vince Velasquez was having all sorts of problems but the Ms left the bases loaded and ended the inning with the score tied 1-1. Now, the King’s Court is set to be out tonight on a Royals night at Safeco Field. Felix Hernandez takes the hill to face the Kansas City Royals. Game time tonight is 7:10.

In a startling announcement, the Mariners Saturday named franchise icon Edgar Martinez as their batting coach, replacing Howard Johnson, who has been re-assigned to the club's minor league system.

Another major for Jordan Spieth. Another stunning loss for Dustin Johnson. Chambers Bay delivered heart-stopping drama yesterday in the US Open when Spieth birdied his final hole to become only the sixth player to win the Masters and the US Open in the same year. The real shock was not that he won, but how he won. Moments earlier, Spieth could only watch as Johnson had a 12-foot eagle putt for the victory. Johnson ran the putt just over 3 feet past the cup, and his short birdie attempt to force a playoff today rolled past the lip. Spieth now goes to St. Andrews next month in his pursuit of golf's holy grail -- the calendar Grand Slam. For all the criticism of Chambers Bay, this was theater at its finest. Here's the timeline: April 12th , Jordan Spieth wins The Masters; June 21st, Jordan Spieth wins The US Open; and July 27th, Jordan Spieth turns 22.

The Seattle Storm fell to the Phoenix Mercury last night 81-72.

Birthdays: Actor, singer, songwriter Kris Kristofferson is 79; TV journalist Brit Hume is 72; singer Todd Rundgren is 67; actress Meryl Streep is 66; actress Lindsay Wagner is 66; singer Cyndi Lauper is 62; from INXS, Garry Beers is 58; basketball’s Clyde Drexler is 53; actress Amy Brenneman is 51; The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown is 51; and TV host Carson Daly is 42.

Elson Floyd, the popular president of Washington State University whose influence in higher education and politics spread beyond the school in eastern Washington, has died from complications of colon cancer. Floyd has been the WSU president since 2007. He had gone on medical leave earlier this month. He died Saturday morning at Pullman Regional Hospital. Elson Floyd was 59.

JoAnn Dean Killingsworth, the first person to play Snow White at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, died Saturday. She was 91.

Today is Stupid Guy Thing Day, a day for women to make lists of stupid guy things and pass them on. Today is Soap Microphone Day, a day to shower while singing into the soap. Today is National Chocolate Eclair Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1909, the first transcontinental auto race ended in Seattle. In 1970, President Nixon signed a measure lowering the voting age from 21 to 18. In 1981, after exhibiting poor sportsmanship, John McEnroe became the only man in 104 years at Wimbledon to not be made an honorary member of the All England Tennis Club. He won the tournament. In 1981, Mark David Chapman pled guilty to killing John Lennon. In 1984, the movie The Karate Kid, starring Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita, opened in American theaters. In 1990, Checkpoint Charlie was dismantled in Berlin. Also in 1990, Billy Joel became the first rock artist to perform at Yankee Stadium. In 2009, Eastman Kodak Company announced that it would discontinue sales of the Kodachrome Color Film.

It's weekends like this past weekend that record-breaking summers are made of. The box office sizzled as Jurassic World and Inside Out duked it out at the multiplexes. After shattering records for domestic and international debuts, Jurassic World became only the second film in history to top $100 million in two separate weekends. The dinosaur sequel nabbed first place with a massive $102 million, pushing its domestic total to $398.2 million. Its dominance ended one of the most remarkable winning streaks in cinema history, putting a period to Pixar's run of first place finishes. Every previous film released by the studio bowed in the top spot on domestic charts. Not that Pixar is complaining. Its Inside Out scored the second best debut ever for Pixar, behind only Toy Story 3. The brainy family film picked up $91 million. In third place, was Spy. San Andreas nabbed the fourth position. Dope did not perform as well as hoped. The Sundance Film Festival favorite pulled in a disappointing $6 million, good enough for a fifth place finish.

Jason Derulo topped the British music singles chart for a fourth consecutive week on Sunday with his track Want to Want Me, according to the Official Charts Company.

Trivia Answer: Erin Brockovich -- known today as Erin Brockovich-Ellis -- who turns 55 today. Her work in bringing litigation against PG&E is the focus of the 2000 feature film, Erin Brockovich, starring Julia Roberts. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards: Roberts won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Erin. Erin herself had a cameo role as a waitress named Julia R. The name Julia R. was selected to parody the fact that Julia Roberts was playing Brockovich. Since the release of the film, Erin has hosted Challenge America with Erin Brockovich on ABC and Final Justice on Zone Reality. She is the president of Brockovich Research & Consulting, a consulting firm. She is currently working as a consultant for Girardi & Keese on the east coast, the New York law firm Weitz & Luxenberg, which has a focus on personal injury claims for asbestos exposure, and Shine Lawyers in Australia.

Friday 6.19.15
Today's Trivia: She came to fame during the 1980s, after roles in Body Heat, Romancing the Stone, and Prizzi's Honor, the latter two earning her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. In the later 1980s and early 1990s, she had roles in The Accidental Tourist, The War of the Roses, Serial Mom and Peggy Sue Got Married, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. In 1988's Who Framed Roger Rabbit, she was the speaking voice of cartoon femme fatale Jessica Rabbit, intoning the famous line, "I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way." Who is she?

The Mariners were again on the wrong end of a shutout – an all-too-familiar sight. The 7-0 loss to the Giants last night at Safeco Field marked the fourth time in eight games that Seattle has failed to score a run. An already anemic lineup didn’t get any better when the Mariners found out an hour before first pitch that Robinson Cano had back stiffness and Kyle Seager had possible food poisoning and would not be available. Runs are hard to find even when those guys are in the lineup. Seattle had a two-out hit in the first inning but needed 21 more plate appearance before getting another. Seager's 192-game consecutive playing streak, the longest active streak in the American League, officially came to an end last night . Next, the Houston Astros are in the Northwest for the weekend.

The No. 1 player in the world, Rory McIlroy, shot a 2 over 72 in the first round of the US Open at Chamber's Bay yesterday. He said it was the putting that was troublesome. McIlroy was less than complimentary of the Chambers Bay greens that are all fine fescue grass, the same as the fairways, but can get a little bumpy. He said, "They're not the best that I've ever putted on but I still feel if you make a good enough stroke and you have the right speed there is a good chance the ball will go in" McIlroy has the challenge today of playing late in the day when the course dries out and becomes even firmer than the morning. Tiger Woods meanwhile shot an 80 -- 10 over -- his worst US Open round ever. There's a tie atop the leader board after the first 18 holes. Sweden's Henrik Stenson and the US's Dustin Johnson are both 5 under.

Birthdays: Writer Salman Rushdie is 68; Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show, actress Phylicia Rashad is 67; from Heart, singer Ann Wilson is 65; singer and dancer Paula Abdul is 53; cartoon cat Garfield is 37; and Ben Haggerty -- better known as Macklemore -- is 32.

Today is Juneteenth. It commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the State of Texas. Celebrated on June 19th, the term is a combination of June and nineteenth, and is an official annual holiday in 29 of the United States. Today is Eat an Oreo Day. It's also National Martini Day. And it's World Sauntering Day -- a day to saunter here and there, wherever you go.You can spend your life walking through life, jogging through life, or being dragged through life. But, life is far more enjoyable, if you saunter through it. Sauntering is not a walk, jog, trot, or run. Sauntering is a form of strolling. Sauntering is a very casual, yet stylish, form of movement from point A to Point B.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1910, Father's Day was celebrated for the first time, in Spokane, Washington. In 1912, the US government established the 8-hour work day. In 1941, General Mills in Minneapolis created a new dry breakfast cereal called Cheerie Oats. The name was later shortened to Cheerios. In 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience released the single Purple Haze. In 1973, the stage production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show opened in London. In 1987, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia announced a new ice cream flavor: Cherry Garcia. In 1988, some 3,000 East Germans gathered at the Berlin Wall to hear Michael Jackson perform on the other side of the Wall in West Berlin. In 1998, Sinead O’Connor opened the second Lilith Fair down in Portland. In 2008, the iTunes Music Store reached 5 billion songs sold.

As far as the weather goes, the monthly 30- and 90-day outlooks were released yesterday. It's pretty much the same as June's. And May's. And April's. And so on. At least for the temperature part. In the short term, there still remains very high confidence the Northwest will have a hot summer, and overall, there is a similarly high confidence we'll have a warm and dry winter.

Ya know, sometimes, it's an embarrassment to be included in the same species as some people. There was the Iowa man that was arrested after he told police he was robbed by someone. That was after the guy himself had robbed a gas station. Then there was the man in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was pulled over for a DWI, so his wife drove to the scene to try to smooth things over. Unfortunately, she was also hammered. She was then taken to jail along with her husband.

The weekend is here. New in theaters this weekend, the PG-rated Inside Out and the R-rated Dope.

Tom Hanks is reportedly in negotiations to portray Captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger in Clint Eastwood’s take on the true-life heroism dubbed Miracle on the Hudson.

Trivia Answer: Mary Kathleen Turner -- Kathleen Turner -- who is 61 today. Turner remained an A-list film star leading lady until the early 1990s, when rheumatoid arthritis seriously restricted her activities and her movie career went into rapid decline. Also, some of Turner's choices at that time proved to be poor – she turned down lead roles in Ghost and The Bridges of Madison County, both of which became big hits. The arthritis diagnosis was made in 1992 after Turner had suffered unbearable pain for about a year. By the time she was diagnosed, she "could hardly turn her head or walk, and was told she would end up in a wheelchair." As the disease worsened and the medication greatly altered Turner's looks, along with excess alcohol consumption that Turner said she used to kill her physical pain, her once-promising film career as a leading lady took a nose dive and Turner was seen in fewer and fewer blockbusters. As a result of her altered looks and weight gain from her rheumatoid arthritis treatment, in 2005, the New York Times wrote, "Rumors began circulating that she was drinking too much. She later said in interviews that she didn't bother correcting the rumors because people in show business hire drunks all the time, but not people who are sick."

Thursday 6.18.15
Today's Trivia: She's a flute player, songwriter, occasional guitar player, and she sings. In fact, she's regarded as one of the best female vocalists in rock music history. She was born in San Diego. Her father was in the Marines. Due to her father's military career, the family moved frequently. They lived in Panama and Taiwan before settling in Seattle in the early 1960s. Shy because of a stutter, she sought fulfillment in music. In the early 1970s she joined a local band. In 1974, her younger sister joined the band and they moved the band to Canada. They recorded their first album in Vancouver, BC in 1975. Can you name the singer?

Not only did Felix Hernandez answer the call in the start that followed the worst outing of his career, but he did it against one of the best pitchers in the game. Hernandez out-dueled San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner on the way to a 2-0 win last night at Safeco. Hernandez has been one of the most consistent starters in baseball for a reason: He rarely follows one bad outing with another. After giving up eight earned runs without getting out of the first inning in his last start, Hernandez pitched eight scoreless innings. He was as good last night as he was bad the last time out. The Ms and Giants do it one final time tonight at 7:10.

Today's the day we start play at Chamber's Bay. In his pre-tourney press conference Tuesday, Tiger Woods said, "You’re going to see some different things this week than you have (with) probably any other major championship that we play, It’s certainly different for a US Open, that’s for sure." And off we go.

Birthdays: Baseball's Lou Brock is 76; Sir Paul McCartney is 73; actress Isabella Rossellini is 63; actress Carol Kane is 63; singer Alison Moyet is 54; and The Voice judge, singer Blake Shelton is 39.

Today is Wild Den Dancing Day, a day to play all your favorite old songs and dance wildly in the family room while your children roll their eyes. Perhaps related, today is also National Splurge Day, a day to have fun -- a day to treat yourself excessively, to anything you want. And, to excess if you desire. It’s National Go Fishing Day. It’s International Panic Day -- not sure what is so big, and so widespread, to create an international incident of this magnitude, but here it is on the calendar. And what’s more is that it’s not the only day to be panicked. The month of March also has a Panic Day. Interesting to note that today is also International Picnic Day. Makes one wonder if we didn’t suffer a typo incident somewhere along the way. Today is International Sushi Day, celebrating one of the original fast foods.

Through Saturday, Ice Cream Days are under way in LeMars, Iowa, the ice ceam capital of the world. From the city’s website: Here’s the scoop… Le Mars, Iowa - The Ice Cream Capital of the World". Officially designated as such in 1994, Le Mars has been the home to Wells Enterprises Inc., makers of Blue Bunny® brand ice cream, since the company’s founding by Fred H. Wells, Jr., in 1913. Today, more ice cream is produced in Le Mars, Iowa, by a single company than in any other city in the world.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1948, Columbia Records publicly unveiled its new long-playing phonograph record in New York. It played at 33 and 1/3 revolutions per minute. In 1967, the Jimi Hendrix Experience made its debut performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in California. In 1975, Fred Lynn of the Boston Red Sox hit three home runs, a triple and a single in a game as Boston massacred the Detroit Tigers 15-1. Lynn would go on to become the only player in sports history to be named Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in the same season. In 1980, The Blues Brothers starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi premiered in New York. In 1983, astronaut Sally Ride became America's first woman in space as she and four colleagues blasted off aboard the space shuttle Challenger. In 1985, Wimbledon made Chris Evert Lloyd and Martina Navratilova co-number one seeds, the first time in the tennis tournament’s 63-year history for a co-top seeding. In 2006, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger broke his jaw and nose in a motorcycle crash. He was not wearing a helmet. In 2011, E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons passed away at age 69 from complications from a stroke he suffered a few days earlier.

A man has been arrested in the slayings of nine people, including the pastor, at a prayer meeting inside a historic black church in downtown Charleston last night. Twenty-one-year-old Dylann Storm Roof stayed for nearly an hour inside the church last night before shooting six females and three males at a prayer meeting. Roof was arrested at a traffic stop this morning in North Carolina.

Ten million dollars in prize money is on the line as the 2015 US Open tees off from Chambers Bay this morning. That’s the total purse for this year’s tournament. USGA Vice President Diana Murphy made that announcement yesterday. Winnings are being distributed among all players who make the cut tomorrow. It’s unknown just how much the 2015 winner will earn, but it will likely be north of the $1.62 million 2014 winner Martin Kaymer took home last year. Not bad for four days of work, eh? Thirty-three golfers have better than 100-to-1 odds to win this year’s national championship, according to Pregame.com. That group includes Tiger Woods, who sits at 60-to-1 even though he comes into today's action ranked 179th on the PGA Tour’s money list this season.

AT&T is in trouble for cheating customers who purchased its unlimited data plan. The company was fined $100 million. The FCC says the company was fined for misleading customers about its unlimited mobile data plans. Alleging that the carrier severely slowed down the data speeds for customers with such plans.

Alexander Hamilton has been featured on the $10 bill since 1929. Now he's about to make way for a woman. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is to officially announce today that a redesign of the $10 will feature the first woman on the nation's paper money in more than a century. The plan is to decide which woman sometime this summer.

Just one day after Donald Trump announced his bid for 2016, the Donald is being accused of hiring actors to cheer him on during the press conference. The actors were reportedly paid $50. Trump's people aren't officially commenting.

Brian Williams is down, but not out. NBC and Williams have come to a tentative agreement that will keep Williams at the network after his six-month suspension ends in August. The decision, described by people with knowledge of the plan, ends months of speculation that Williams could leave NBC altogether. Williams will not be returning to the NBC Nightly News anchor chair, the people said. Instead he will have a new role; the details of it are unknown to all but a very small number of executives. But that may change very soon: NBC is likely to make an announcement about Williams' future today. The decision also means that Lester Holt, Williams' fill-in for the past 4 months, will become the permanent anchor of Nightly News.

Today is the day many of us have not been waiting for: Pizza Hut’s new hot dog-crusted pizza goes on sale to the general public. It’s called the Hot Dog Bites Pizza. Some are calling it Frankenpizza. It’s basically pizza surrounded by a halo of 28 hot dogs, baked right into the crust.

Trivia Answer: Ann Dustin Wilson who turns 65 tomorrow. That first band she joined in the early 1970s was White Heart, which changed its name to Hocus Pocus, and then in 1974, changed its name to Heart. That first album as Dreamboat Annie. It was released here in the states in 1976 with Crazy on You being the first single. Ann, by the way, got married not too long ago. She married Dean Wetter in April. The pair had dated briefly in the eighties before rekindling their relationship years later. Heart is doing the Puyallup this year. They're there on Tuesday, September 15th.

Wednesday 6.17.15
Today's Trivia: He was the original host of Talk Soup, which he did until 1995, when he left the show for NBC late-night. His first big screen role was as a talk show host in the Damon Wayans comedy Blankman. He later played the lead role in the 1996 comedy Dear God. In 1997, he was cast in James L. Brooks' comedy-drama, As Good as It Gets, for which he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He later was in You've Got Mail, where he played Meg Ryan's significant other. He has appeared in more than 20 motion pictures. Who is he?

When the Mariners embarked on their eight-game road trip through Cleveland, Houston, and San Francisco last week, they stood 8.5 games behind the Astros in the AL West. They return to Safeco Field tonight still 8.5 back after losing to San Francisco yesterday 6-2 at AT&T Park. It’s down to this: For the Mariners to win 90 games, the presumed baseline for a playoff berth, they will have to go 61-36 the rest of the way, a .628 winning percentage. Best team in the AL right now: Kansas City at .583. With the Giants leading 3-2 in the bottom eighth yesterday, reliever Tom Wilhelmsen recorded two quick outs but then, inexplicably, walked the next two, gave up an RBI single, and gave up a two-run double. With that, the Mariners bowed out quietly in the ninth and headed for the airport. The Mariners have lost 13 of their past 22. The Mariners return to Safeco tonight for the first of two against the San Francisco Giants. Felix Hernandez coming off the worst start of his career will try to turn it back around. First pitch is tonight at 7:10.

The Golden State warriors closed out the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-97 to take home the NBA championship in Game 6 of the finals last night. It is the fourth title for the Warriors, who haven’t claimed a championship title in 40 years. Andre Iguodala won series MVP after, averaging 16.3 points. Iguodala hadn't even made the starting lineup in the playoffs until the finals, according to ESPN. Warriors star Stephen Curry finished last night’s game with 25 points, and became the sixth NBA player ever to win both his first title and MVP in the same season. The Cavs' LeBron James finished up Game 6 with 32 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists.

In FIFA World Cup Soccer play, the US Women beat Nigeria 1-0 in Vancouver, BC. The victory allowed the US to win their group and advance into the elimination round, where they'll face another group's third-place team on Monday, followed by a possible matchup against Cameroon or China later next week.

Birthdays: Politician Newt Gingrich is 72; singer Barry Manilow is 72; comedian Joe Piscopo is 64; Larry on Perfect Strangers, actor Mark Linn-Baker is 61; from No Doubt, keyboardist Eric Stefani is 48, and tennis great Venus Williams is 35.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1971, President Richard Nixon declared the US War on Drugs. In 1972, five White House operatives were arrested for burgling the offices of the Democratic National Committee, in an attempt by some members of the Republican party to illegally wiretap the opposition. The birth of the Watergate Scandal. In 1989, Def Leppard's Hysteria album was in the top 40 for 96 consecutive weeks, sharing the record with Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA. In 1994, following a televised low-speed highway chase, OJ Simpson is arrested for the murders of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman. Also in 1994, David Hasselhoff gave a Pay-Per-View concert and then blamed low viewing figures on OJ's flight from justice. Simpson led police on a 60-mile low-speed chase in his Ford Bronco.

It's come to this. The FBI is investigating the St. Louis Cardinals for allegedly hacking a database belonging to the Houston Astros. Major League Baseball said in a statement the league "has been aware of and has fully cooperated with the federal investigation into the illegal breach of the Astros’ baseball operations database." The Cardinals, one of baseball’s most celebrated teams, acknowledged the federal probe, saying in a statement, "The St. Louis Cardinals are aware of the investigation into the security breach of the Houston Astros' database. The team has fully cooperated with the investigation and will continue to do so." Citing the ongoing investigation, the team declined to comment further. The database, nicknamed Ground Control according to the Houston Chronicle, was hacked last year. A law enforcement official says it contained internal information about Houston's potential trades, scouting reports, contract information, and other material that, if compromised, could be to a competing team's advantage. The commissioner's office will wait until the investigation is over to determine whether discipline is warranted.

Fore! (note the golf reference) days until Father's Day. Dad's day is coming up Sunday. According to the National Retail Federation, spending for dad is expected to reach $12.7 billion for golf lessons, home improvement tools, coffee mugs, and more for the day.

Meanwhile -- speaking of golf -- some of the world’s best golfers are complaining about the difficulty of this year's US Open course at Chamber's Bay.

With a budget deal still elusive, thousands of state employees will start receiving notice next week that they may be temporarily laid off on July 1st unless Washington lawmakers reach agreement soon. Budget negotiators and leaders have been meeting with Governor Jay Inslee, sometimes daily, since the second special session started at the end of last month. But all parties have remained silent recently about progress, or the lack thereof, on their efforts to reach a deal on a new two-year operating budget. Even as officials plan for a potential partial shutdown, Governor. Inslee does not believe that will happen, according to his spokesman. David Postman said yesterday, "The consequences are too great. History is on our side. It's never happened. We think there will be some agreement before then." Washington state has never had a government shutdown. But the Legislature has taken its budget talks to the brink before, including two years ago, when Governoir Inslee signed a budget June 30th. State officials say more than 26,000 state employees would be affected by a government shutdown. They say many notices will start going out Tuesday.

A Pennsylvania woman who just turned 100 gives credit for her longevity to drinking a can of beer every day. Nebraska’s oldest living resident, Mark Behrends, said the same thing last month saying the key to a long, fruitful life was a single can of beer a day. He wasn’t a picky drinker, but he preferred Miller beers. Sadly, Mark passed away Saturday at the age of 110.

Trivia Answer: Greg Kinnear who turns 52 today. Kinnear married British model Helen Labdon in 1999. They have three daughters, 11-year-old Lily Kathryn. 9-year-old Audrey Mae, and 5-year-old Katie Grace.

Tuesday 6.16.15
Today's Trivia: This thriller film depicts the encounter between a secretary, who is in hiding at a motel after embezzling from her employer, and the motel's owner, and the aftermath of their encounter. It was directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It initially received mixed reviews, but outstanding box office returns prompted a re-review which was overwhelmingly positive and led to four Academy Award nominations. What is the movie?

After double-digit blankings -- 10-0 and 13-0 at Houston -- twice in one series for the first time in franchise history, the Mariners rebounded last night with a 5-1 victory over San Francisco. Supported by a 12-hit bonanza from the usually feeble offense, Taijuan Walker stymied the Giants for seven innings as the Mariners improved to 29-35, but failed to gain ground on the Astros, who knocked off Colorado 6-3. Kyle Seager hit his 11th home run. Seager, Austin Jackson and Logan Morrison all delivered multi-hit games. Robinson Cano hit the ball hard four times, went 2-for-5 and is batting .240. A year ago on June 15th, Cano was hitting .331. The Mariners are playing the second of two against the Giants at AT&T Park this afternoon.

The Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup with a 2-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 last night.

Birthdays: Part of the Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting team, Lamont Dozier is 74; Val on Knots Landing, actress Joan Van Ark is 72; boxer Roberto Duran is 64; singer Gino Vanelli is 63; Jackie on Roseanne, actress Laurie Metcalf is 60; and golfer Phil Mickelson -- who is up here for the US Open at Chambers Bay -- is 45.

Today is Fresh Veggies Day. Take a vow to eat healthy today (and everyday), with fresh veggies for every meal, and for snacks, too. Ironically, today is also National Fudge Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1903, the Ford Motor Company was incorporated. In 1961, Rudolf Nureyev defected from the Soviet Union. In 1967, the Monterey Pop Festival began at the Monterey Fairgrounds in Northern California. The festival lasted three days. In 1970, Woodstock Ventures, the sponsors of the original Woodstock, announced that they lost more than $1.2 million on the festival. In 1978, the film adaptation of Grease premiered in New York City. In 1980, the movie The Blues Brothers opened in Chicago. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to Ken Taylor, Canada's former ambassador to Iran, for helping six Americans escape from Iran during the hostage crisis of 1979-81; he is the first foreign citizen bestowed the honor.

The search for those two convicted killers who escaped from a New York prison is costing $1 million a day.

Bud Black -- a Northwest boy (he's from Longview) -- a former Mariner -- he was an M in 1981 -- and most recently long-time skipper for the San Diego Padres was dismissed yesterday. After boosting opening day payroll from 37.8 million dollars in 2010, to 68.3 million a couple of years ago, to 108.4 million this year, in his ninth season, Black's time ran out. San Diego is sitting in third place in the NL West at -- a game under .500 going in yesterday. The Padres never reached the playoffs during Black's tenure which began in 2007.

A Republican lawmaker accidentally cast his party's first vote for the California budget in years because he was distracted by Facebook. Assemblyman Scott Wilk was the sole Republican to vote for California's record $117.5 billion spending plan yesterday. The Santa Clarita lawmaker later clarified he accidentally supported the bill in the Capitol while opposing it on Facebook. He posted on Twitter "My wife is right. I can't multitask!" Put your devices down. You're at work!

A winning Washington's Lottery Powerball ticket expires next week if the winner does not come forward and claim the million dollar prize by the deadline. The ticket was sold in Tumwater and matched all five numbers in the 2014 Christmas Eve drawing. The numbers were 11, 12, 46, 47, and 50. The winner must claim the prize by next Monday, Failure to redeem the ticket will result in the $1,000,000 prize going back to future lottery jackpots. A spokesperson for the lottery said she couldn't reveal the exact location of the ticket sale until the prize was claimed or the deadline passed. On average, she said $11.4 million in prizes go unclaimed every year in the state. There are dozens of outstanding prizes across Washington right now, including many worth $10,000 or more. Curious players can find information on the unclaimed prizes on the state lottery's website.

The Bellas are coming back again. Universal Pictures says another Pitch Perfect sequel is in the works. The studio said yesterday that Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson are starring in Pitch Perfect 3, set for release in July 2017. Elizabeth Banks and her husband, Max Handelman, are returning as producers. Pitch Perfect 2 has taken in more than $171 million domestically since it opened last month. The original film, released in 2012, was a sleeper hit that went onto collect more than $115 million worldwide.

Trivia Answer: The film was Psycho released on this date in 1960. The secretary was Marion Crane played by Janet Leigh, and the motel owner was Norman Bates played by Anthony Perkins. The film's pivotal scene, and one of the most famous scenes in cinema history, is the murder of Janet Leigh's character in the shower. As such, it spawned numerous myths and legends. It was shot over a period of seven days and features 77 different camera angles. The scene "runs 3 minutes and includes 50 cuts." Most of the shots are extreme close-ups. The combination of the close shots with the short duration between cuts makes the sequence feel longer. The blood in the scene is in fact chocolate syrup, which shows up better on black-and-white film, and has more realistic density than stage blood. The sound of the knife entering flesh was created by plunging a knife into a melon. Alfred Hitchcock's cameo is a signature occurrence in most of his films. In Psycho, he can be seen through a window, wearing a Stetson hat, standing outside Marion Crane's office (seven minutes into the film). Psycho is now considered one of Hitchcock's best films and is highly praised as a work of cinematic art by international critics.

Monday 6.15.15
Today's Trivia: He is a singer and songwriter and was part of the English New Romantic movement which emerged in the late 1970s and early 1980s. His music is often classified as blue-eyed soul, which is influenced by rhythm and blues and reggae. His 1990s and 2000s-era solo music has glam influences, such as David Bowie and Iggy Pop. During the 1980s, he was the lead singer of a Grammy and Brit Award winning pop band where he became known for his soulful voice and androgynous appearance. Who is he?

Houston led 11-0 before the Mariners got a hit. Another Seattle debacle, coming two days after a 10-0 shellacking, ended with a near-record 13-0 defeat at Minute Maid Park. The Astros didn’t require anywhere near 13 runs since Seattle scratched out only two hits. Houston could have won 2-0 merely on the basis of scoring twice on bases-loaded walks. The Mariners, losers of four of their past six, didn’t get their first hit until Austin Jackson opened the sixth with a double to left Kyle Seager collected Seattle’s only other hit, a single in the seventh. The 13-run defeat came within two of matching the worst loss in franchise history, 15-0 to Minnesota in 1977. Twice previously the Mariners lost 13-0 .Starting tonight, the Ms launch a four-game set with the San Francisco Giants with the first two at AT&T Park and the final two at Safeco Field.

Birthdays: Coach Mike Holmgren is 67; from Air Supply, singer Russell Hitchcock is 66; baseball's Dusty Baker is 66; from Kansas, singer Steve Walsh is 64; actor Jim Belushi is 61; baseball's Wade Boggs 57; actress Helen Hunt is 52; actress Courteney Cox is 51; rapper and actor Ice Cube is 46; baseball's Andy Pettitte is 43; Doogie on Doogie Howser, MD, actor Neil Patrick Harris is 42; from Renton, baseball's Tim Lincecum (now with the San Francisco Giants and throwing against the Ms tomorrow night) is 31.

Today is Hee Haw Day, marking the debut of the TV show on June 15th of 1969. Critics hated the show, so it lasted 20 years. Today is National Lobster Day. Today is the tenth anniversary of Nature Photography Day. Today is Native American Citizenship Day. Congress passed legislation recognizing the citizenship of Native Americans on June 15th of 1924. And today is Smile Power Day. Feel the power. Give everyone you see a big, friendly, smile.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1956, John Lennon met Paul McCartney in Woolton, England, at a church party. John was 15; Paul was 13. In 1989 - Nirvana's first album, Bleach, was released. In 1992, Vice President Dan Quayle instructed a student to spell potato with an e on the end during a spelling bee -- p-o-t-a-t-o-e. He relied on a faulty flash card that had been written by the student's teacher. In 1994, Disney’s movie The Lion King opened in American theaters. In 2001, a Houston jury convicted accounting firm Arthur Andersen of obstruction of justice, the first conviction involving the collapse of Enron.

Dinosaurs rule the earth again after Jurassic World debuted to a dominant $204.6 million at the domestic box office this weekend. It also become the highest global opener of all time with a staggering $511.8 million in its first days in theaters. Those commanding numbers -- it was the second biggest domestic opening in history -- all but ensures that those pesky geneticists will keep futzing around with Triceratops DNA for several more installments and park-goers will continue to serve as prehistoric reptile kibble. Going into the weekend, it was clear that Jurassic World was shaping up to be a box office colossus, but no one was even close to predicting the scale of the opening. Most projections were in the $125 million to $135 million range. Instead, Jurassic World scored the year's biggest bow, just ahead of Avengers: Age of Ultron and its formidable $191.3 million opening last May. It ranks behind 2012's Marvel's The Avengers and its $207.4 million debut on the all-time list of openings. From there, Jurassic World stomped across the record books, scoring the third biggest opening day ever, with $82.8 million and shattering all June high-water marks for opening weekend, biggest opening day, and all-time biggest PG-13 launch. Spy ranked a distant second, with about $16 million in its second weekend. San Andreas, in its third weekend, placed third. Insidious: Chapter 3 placed fourth. Pitch Perfect 2 rounded out the top five.

Sonya Baumstein, the 30-year-old from Port Townsend, was attempting to cross the Pacific by rowboat. That effort has ended. Her solo attempt came to an end because of expected bad weather. Sonya was rescued off the Japanese coast on Saturday after sending out a distress signal. She departed a week ago, hoping to become the first woman to row solo across the Pacific. She was headed for San Francisco but sent out the signal on Saturday when she was about 155 miles off the coast of Japan. Baumstein was hoping to finish the 6,000-mile journey by late September.

Stephen Curry scored 37 points to lead Golden State, which closed on a 19-7 run to win Game 5 of the NBA Finals despite LeBron James' triple-double. The final was 104 to 91. Game 6 is tomorrow night in Cleveland. If needed, Game 7 is Friday night back in Oakland.

The Seattle Storm struggled offensively in the first half but it was a career performance from Abby Bishop and a strong defensive showing that brought Seattle back for the 60-54 win over Los Angeles yesterday afternoon. The win snapped a two-game skid for the Storm and moved SeattLe to 2-and-3 for the season. Next up, the Storm vx. Connecticut tomorrow night.

It's history in the making. It's the 115th US open -- and the first ever held in the Pacific Northwest. It gets rolling today at Chambers Bay in University Place. Nearly 1,000 members of the media are sending information back to 20 different countries.

Not Uncle Jessie! John Stamos was arrested on Friday on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Stamos was in the car alone. He was pulled over after the Beverly Hills Police Department received several calls about a reckless driver. After he was evaluated and sent to a local hospital "due to a possible medical condition," he was issued a citation. Stamos is scheduled to appear at the LAX courthouse on Sept. 11. On Saturday morning, Stamos thanked fans for their support, but didn't directly address the incident.

Today in 1995, during his murder trial, O.J. Simpson struggled to don a pair of gloves that prosecutors said were worn by the killer of Simpson's ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

A week ago, Tim Hunt was a well-known Nobel Prize winner who was promoting science education throughout Europe and the world. Today he's widely perceived as a sexist who has been stripped of most of his positions because of inappropriate comments about women in science. Gone is his position with the European Research Council science committee, his role at the Royal Society, and his honorary post at University College London. He said Sunday he was fired from the latter, while the university has said only that his resignation was accepted. Hunt's fall followed a speech Tuesday at the World Conference of Science Journalists in South Korea in which he said that girls cause trouble in labs because "you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticize them, they cry."

Trivia Answer: George Alan O'Dowd, better known as Boy George, who turned 54 yesterday. That band he fronted? It was Culture Club. They recorded their debut album Kissing to Be Clever and it was released in 1982. The single Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?, became an international hit, reaching No. 1 in a dozen countries around the world, plus top ten in several more -- it reached No. 2 here in the states. It was followed by the Top 5 hit Time, and I'll Tumble 4 Ya which reached US No. 9. This gave Culture Club the distinction of being the first group since The Beatles to have three Top 10 hits in the US from a debut album.

Friday 6.12.15
Today's Trivia: On this date in 1978, David Berkowitz was sentenced to 365 years in prison. What else do we know David Berkowitz as?

After uncharacteristically pounding out nine runs on 10 hits Wednesday night, the Mariners reverted to their usual form yesterday, managing two hits and three base runners in a 6-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians. With starter J.A. Happ flat and ousted early, the Mariners blew their chance at a series sweep. They do, however, get an opportunity to gouge into Houston’s lead in the AL West as begin a three-game set with the Astros tonight at Minute Maid Park. Logan Morrison went 0-for-4 and saw his hitting streak snapped at 16 games, third-longest in the American League this season. Nelson Cruz missed his second consecutive start nursing a back strain. The Ms begin a three-game set with the AL West-leading Houston Astros tonight at 5:10. Felix gets the start for Seattle.

Andre Iguodala scored 22 points in a surprise start, Stephen Curry also had 22, and the Golden State Warriors slowed LeBron James in beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-82 last night to tie the NBA Finals at 2 games each. James was scoreless in the fourth quarter as Golden State pulled away. He finished with 20 points, less than half the 41 he had been averaging. Game 5 is Sunday at Oakland.

The Seattle Storm came up short falling to the Minnesota Lynx 94-70 last night.

The FIFA Women's World Cup is on Fox Sports tonight from Vancouver, BC. The US Women's National Team takes on Sweden.

Birthdays: Former President George H. W. Bush is 91; singer Vic Damone is 87; Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show, actor Jim Nabors is 85; sports announce Marv Albert is 74; Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos is 65; actor Timothy Busfield is 58; singer Meredith Brooks is 57; and blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd is 38.

This is fun news -- researchers discovered, after studying 2 million people, that you're more likely to die on your birthday than any other day of the year. The 'birthday blues' bring a rise in deaths from heart attacks, strokes, falls, suicides, and even cancer. They found people over age 60 were 14% more likely to die on their birthdays.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1839, according to legend, Abner Doubleday created the game of baseball. A hundred years later, in 1939, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated in Cooperstown, New York. In 1965, Queen Elizabeth honored The Beatles by making them members of the Order of the British Empire. Several British Army officers were so outraged, they returned their medals. In 1965, Sonny and Cher made their television debut on Dick Clark's American Bandstand. In 1967, the US Supreme Court struck down state laws prohibiting interracial marriages. In 1982, 75,000 people rallied against nuclear weapons in New York City's Central Park. Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, and Linda Ronstadt were in attendance. In 1985, David Lee Roth confirmed he was leaving Van Halen. In 1994, the bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were found in pools of blood in Los Angeles. O.J. Simpson, was charged in the stabbings, then acquitted, but held liable in a civil court action. In 1994, the Boeing 777, the world's largest twinjet, made its first flight. In 1997, interleague play began in baseball, ending a 126-year tradition of separating the major leagues until the World Series. In 2000, a construction worker at a police station in Downey, California, found a wallet in the men's room that had been stolen in 1957. The wallet, wedged between a cast-iron sink and a wall, was in good condition and contained the female owner's driver's license, Social Security card, photos of children and a check for $107. Police had moved into the building in the 1990s. In 2009, here in the US, the switch from analog TV transmission to digital was completed.

The Seattle Seahawks boast the most roster talent of any NFL team, according to Pro Football Focus. In a piece published for ESPN Insider this week, all 32 NFL teams were ranked in terms of talent, and Pete Carroll’s Seahawks squad -- gunning for its third-straight Super Bowl appearance -- tops the list. If this is all starting to sound familiar, it should. Seattle ranked No. 1 on last year’s list, too. Seattle’s offensive line is a weak spot, with three players ranked below average. But according to the piece, that won't be enough to derail an offensive unit that features explosive stars in quarterback Russell Wilson, running back Marshawn Lynch and tight end Jimmy Graham.

Trivia Answer: David Berkowitz was also known as the Son of Sam and the .44 Caliber Killer. He was convicted of a series of shooting attacks that began in the summer of 1976. Perpetrated with a .44 caliber Bulldog revolver, the shootings continued for over a year, leaving six victims dead and seven others wounded. As the toll mounted, Berkowitz eluded a massive police manhunt while leaving brazen letters which promised further murders. Highly publicized in the press, the killings terrorized New York City and achieved worldwide notoriety. After his arrest by New York City police in August 1977, Berkowitz was indicted for eight shooting incidents. Berkowitz confessed to all of them and claimed that he was commanded to kill by a demon that possessed his neighbor's dog. In the course of the police investigation, Berkowitz was also implicated in a vast number of acts of arson in the city, all previously unidentified with him. Intense coverage of the case by the media led to a kind of celebrity status to Berkowitz, and observers noted indignantly that he appeared to enjoy it. In response, the New York State legislature enacted new legal statutes, known popularly as Son of Sam laws, designed to keep criminals from profiting financially from the publicity surrounding their crimes. Despite various amendments and legal challenges, the statutes have remained law in New York, and similar laws have been enacted in several other states. Berkowitz has been imprisoned since his arrest and is serving six life sentences consecutively.

Thursday 6.11.15
Today's Trivia: Then 34-year-old director Steven Spielberg reportedly drew on his own experiences as an unusually imaginative, often-lonely child of divorce for this film released on this date in 1982. What film was it?

The historically lame streak of scoring no more than three runs in 13 consecutive games — a franchise record, heck an American League record since the advent of the designated hitter in 1973 -- vanished with Kyle Seager's third-inning grand slam, and the Mariners continued to pour it on in a 9-3 shellacking of the Cleveland Indians last night at Progressive Field. Receiving six effective innings from starter Taijuan Walker, the Mariners tallied more than three runs in a game for the first time since May 26th at Tampa Bay. Had the Mariners failed to score more than three last night, they would have tied the all-time major league record of 14 consecutive games set by the Texas Rangers in 1972. Seager's slam was his second of the season. Logan Morrison's two-run double in the fourth extended his hitting streak to 16 games, the longest active run in the American League The Mariners and Indians close out their three-game series this morning at 9:10. The Mariners then move to Houston for a three-game set with the Astros starting tomorrow.

UPDATE: The lameness returned as the Ms were blanked by Cleveland today, 6-0. Ms back at it tomorrow night in Houston.

Birthdays: Actor Gene Wilder is 82; race car driver Jackie Stewart is 76; ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard is 66 (Ironically, he's usually the only member of the band without a beard); .38 Special's Donnie Van Zant is 63; football's Joe Montana is 59; Dr. Gregory House on House, actor Hugh Laurie is 55; and Shia LaBeouf is 29.

Today is American Idol Day. The show debuted on this date in 2002. Judges were Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell. The first American Idol was Kelly Clarkson. Today is National German Chocolate Cake Day. Today is Corn on the Cob Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1919, Sir Barton became the first horse to capture the Triple Crown when he won the Belmont Stakes. In 1969, David Bowie released his single Space Oddity to cash in on that month's Apollo 11 lunar landing. In 1972, Hank Aaron tied the National League record for 14 grand-slam home runs in a career. In 1973, after a ruling by the Justice Department of the State of Pennsylvania, women were licensed to box or wrestle. In 1976, AC/DC kicked off their first headlining tour of Britain. In 1976, Wild Cherry released Play That Funky Music. In 1979, actor John Wayne died at age 72 after a 15-year battle with cancer. In 1992, Major League Baseball approved the purchase of the Seattle Mariners by a Japanese group headed by the president of Nintendo. In 1998, Amazon.com expanded its product line from books only to compact discs as well. In 2002, Paul McCartney and Heather Mills were married in a remote Irish castle.

A rift between the city of Glendale, Arizona and the Arizona Coyotes could breathe new life into Seattle’s efforts to secure the NHL franchise. The Glendale City Council voted 5-2 last night to terminate their arena deal with the NHL's Coyotes. So what does this have to do with the Northwest? Before the Glendale deal went through, the NHL -- which owned and operated the Coyotes from 2009 to 2013 after the former owner declared bankruptcy -- was rumored to be looking at selling the franchise and allowing its subsequent relocation to Seattle. The team would have played in KeyArena until a new arena was built. Now, could the Emerald City be in the mix? Seattle would figure to have competition for the Coyotes if relocation were on the table, with Las Vegas and Quebec City two other much-discussed destinations.

Round One went to Stephen Curry and the Warriors. Rounds Two and Three went to LeBron James and the Cavaliers. Round Four? We find out tonight, Cleveland is hosting Game 4 tonight at 6:00.

Trivia Answer: The classic ET: The Extra-Terrestrial, which was released on this day in 1982. From the time ET had its first showing, on closing night at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival, the film’s buzz was overwhelmingly positive. TIME magazine even included the fictional alien in its list of candidates for Man of the Year -- the first film character to receive that honor. Nominated in nine categories at the 1983 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, the film won four Oscars, for Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Original Score, and Best Sound. ET eventually raked in some $435 million. It ranks at No. 10 on the all-time domestic gross list (Avengers: Age of Ultron just bumped it down a slot).

Wednesday 6.10.15
Today's Trivia: She was a singer, actress, and vaudevillian renowned for her vocals. Her career spanned more than 40 years as an actress in musical and dramatic roles, and as a recording artist and on concert stages. In 1938, she was cast in the main role as Dorothy Gale in a film based on a book by L. Frank Baum. Who was she?

Roenis Elias allowed one run over six innings and struggling Robinson Cano had two doubles in leading the Mariners to a 3-2 win over the Indians last night in Cleveland. However, the win was overshadowed by Nelson Cruz departing the game in the fifth inning with back spasms. The Mariners finished 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left nine on base. Seattle is now the first AL team since the advent of the designated hitter in 1973 to score three runs or less in 13 consecutive games. Manager Lloyd McClendon said Cruz felt back tightness in batting practice. The injury doesn’t appear serious. Taijuan Walker takes the hill for Seattle this afternoon at 4:10 our time in Cleveland.

Round One went to Stephen Curry and the Warriors. Round Two went to LeBron James and the Cavaliers. Round Three back to James. Cleveland now has a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals. James narrowly missed another triple-double with 40 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists, as the Cavaliers got past the Warriors 96-91 in Game 3. Cleveland again hosts tomorrow for Game 4.

Meanwhile, in WNBA play, the Tulsa defense completely dominated Seattle as the Shock rolled to a 68-45 win over the Storm last night.

Tarvaris Jackson is returning to the Seahawks to back up Russell Wilson, according to Fox Sports. Jackson had been a free agent looking a chance to compete for a starting job, but finally accepted the Seahawks offer.

Birthdays: Prince Philip (husband of Queen Elizabeth) is 94; retired quarterback Dan Fouts is 63; former US Senator and presidential candidate John Edwards is 62; comic Rich Hall is 61; former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is 56; from The Smashing Pumpkins, former drummer Jimmy Chamberlin is 51; model and actress Elizabeth Hurley is 50; governor of Louisiana and potential presidential candidate Bobby Jindal is 44; singer Faith Evans is 42; former American figure skater, Olympic Gold Medalist Tara Lipinski is 33; model Kate Upton is 23; and Presidential daughter, Sasha Obama is 14.

With the official start of summer just a few days away -- it's coming up Sunday the 21st -- the timing is perfect for National Iced Tea Day today.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1944, 15-year old Joe Nuxhall of the Cincinnati Reds became the youngest player ever in a major-league baseball game. In 1966, Big Brother and The Holding Company performed for the first time with their new lead singer Janis Joplin. In 1975, The Eagles released One of These Nights. In 1976, in Seattle's Kingdome, Paul McCartney and Wings played for a crowd of 67-thousand people, setting an indoor attendance record. In 1977, James Earl Ray escaped from Brushy Mountain State Prison in Petros, Tennessee, but was recaptured on June 13th. Also in 1977, the Apple II, one of the first personal computers, went on sale. In 2003, the Spirit Rover was launched, beginning NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission. In 2004, Ray Charles died of complications resulting from liver disease. He was 73.

Sonya Baumstein working on becoming the first woman to row solo across the Pacific Ocean. She's 30-years-old and is from Port Townsend. Only three other boats have made the solo crossing, and all were rowed by men. Sonya left Japan on Sunday, taking the first strokes of a 6,000 mile journey to California. Baumstein expects to arrive in San Francisco some time in September.

Will we soon say goodbye to cables? Researchers at the University of Washington have successfully tested Wi-Fi charging. The researchers equipped a variety of devices with sensors to take Wi-Fi signals from an off-the-shelf router and turn them into DC power. Special rechargeable batteries were charged up to 28 feet away.

Trivia Answer: Judy Garland -- born Frances Ethel Gumm -- on this date in 1922. The film based on an L. Frank Baum book was The Wizard of Oz. As a child actress, she was one of many who -- to keep up with the frantic pace of making one film after another -- were constantly given amphetamines to stay awake, as well as barbiturates to take before going to bed so they could sleep. For Garland, this regular dose of drugs led to addiction. She had a long battle with drugs and alcohol, which ultimately led to her death at the age of 47. In 1997, Garland was posthumously awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Several of her recordings have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 1999, the American Film Institute placed her among the ten greatest female stars in the history of American cinema.

Tuesday 6.9.15
Today's Trivia: He was a jazz, country, and blues guitarist, songwriter, and inventor. He was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar, which made the sound of rock and roll possible. Although he was not the first to use the technique, his early experiments with overdubbing (also known as sound on sound), delay effects such as tape delay, phasing effects and multi-track recording were among the first to attract widespread attention. Who was he?

Well, the Mariners nine-game homestand -- the longest of the season -- could not have gone much worse. Now they'll try an extended run on the road. They've got three with Cleveland, three with Houston, then a couple with San Francisco before heading back to the Safe. They'll get it going against the Indians this afternoon at 4:00.

Birthdays: Comedian Jackie Mason is 84; Donald Duck is 81; sportscaster Dick Vitale is 76; actor Michael J. Fox is 54; Captain Jack Sparrow, actor Johnny Depp is 52; Hootie and the Blowfish bass player Dean Felber is 47; Toad the Wet Sprocket’s bass player, Dean Dinning is 47; and actress Natalie Portman is 34.

Today is National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1943, the withholding tax on payrolls was authorized by the US Congress. In 1946, Mel Ott, then with the New York Giants, became the first manager to be ejected from a doubleheader -- both games. In 1978, The Rolling Stones released the album Some Girls. In 1980, Richard Pryor was severely burned by a free-base mixture that exploded. He was hospitalized more than two months.

Hope Solo brought her A-game. Megan Rapinoe did too, and that was enough for the US to prevail 3-1 in its World Cup opener against Australia. The US continues Group D play on Friday against Sweden.

The 2015 NBA Finals, tied at a game each for the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, is the most-watched and highest-rated ever on ABC through the first two games. Game 3 is tonight on ABC.

A new study has revealed that on average a woman waits for three weeks, or until the fifth date, with a new man before she finally decides to have sex with him.

Trivia Answer: Les Paul who was born on this date in 1915. Les taught himself how to play guitar and while he is mainly known for rock music he had an early career in country music. His innovative talents extended into his playing style, including licks, trills, chording sequences, fretting techniques and timing, which set him apart from his contemporaries and inspired many guitarists of the present day. On August 12, 2009, Paul died of complications from pneumonia. Upon learning of his death many artists and popular musicians paid tribute by publicly expressing their sorrow. Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash called him "vibrant and full of positive energy.", while Richie Sambora, lead guitarist of Bon Jovi, referred to him as "revolutionary in the music business". U2 guitarist The Edge said, "His legacy as a musician and inventor will live on and his influence on rock and roll will never be forgotten."

Monday 6.8.15
Today's Trivia: American Pharoah, ridden by Victor Espinoza, won the Triple Crown by winning the Belmont Stakes Saturday afternoon. It's the first time a horse has won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes since 1978. American Pharoah became the 12th horse to win the Triple Crown. Can you name at least four others?

Wow, what a weekend. Made it up to 90 here in Olympia yesterday. It was 88 on Saturday. More of the same today.

Tampa Bay's Chris Archer made baseball history in what proved to be a homestand the Seattle Mariners would prefer to forget. Archer yesterday, became the first pitcher in more than 100 years to reach double-digits in strikeouts without a walk in three straight starts. Archer had 11 strikeouts and no walks yesterday leading the Rays over the Mariners 3-1. The performance by Archer left Seattle at 2-and-9 on its longest homestand of the season-- the worst homestand of 10 or more games in the club’s 38-year-plus history. After coming off the road at .500, the Mariners have dropped to a season-worst seven games under with a punchless offense and shaky bullpen unable to back its starting pitching. The Mariners failed to score more than three runs in any game of the stay at Safeco Field, scoring a total of 21 runs and just four runs in four games against the Rays. Seattle has an off day today before starting an eight-game road trip in Cleveland tomorrow afternoon at 4:10.

For the first time. the first two games of the NBA Finals went to overtime. The Golden State Warriors lost game two, surrendering their home-court advantage along with it.The Cleveland Cavaliers withstood a late Warriors rally to even the series at one game apiece. A triple-double from LeBron James helped Cleveland to a 95-93 victory. James posted 39 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists. It was an ugly game, marked by poor shooting. The series shifts back to Cleveland for game three tomorrow.

The Seattle Storm beat the Los Angeles Sparks 86-61 on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams. Jenny Boucek won in her coaching debut for the Storm. She took over in January after Brian Agler left to coach the Sparks after seven seasons in Seattle. In front of a sell-out crowd at KeyArena. Seattle opened the season with a victory for the first time since 2010 and beat the Sparks for the first time in their last six meetings. The Storm is in Oklahoma to take on the Tulsa Shock tomorrow night.

American Pharoah, ridden by Victor Espinoza, won the Triple Crown by winning the Belmont Stakes Saturday afternoon. It's the first time a horse has won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes since 1978. The last time a horse won all three races was in 1978, when Affirmed, ridden by Steve Cauthen, did so.

Birthdays: Former first lady Barbara Bush is 90; Frank Costanza on Seinfeld, actor Jerry Stiller is 88; Frank's daughter, singer Nancy Sinatra is 75; one of the three in Three Dog Night, singer Chuck Negron is 73; singer and guitarist Boz Scaggs is 71; Dr. Jill Brock on Picket Fences, actress Kathy Baker is 65; singer Bonnie Tyler is 64; the creator of the cartoon Dilbert, Scott Adams is 58; actor and director Keenen Ivory Wayans is 57; from Simply Red, singer Mick Hucknall is 55; Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes is 53; Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (shooting victim in early 2011) is 45; rapper Kanye West is 38; guitarist Derek Trucks is 36; and singer Alex Band is 34.

Today is National Best Friends Day. Today is Snidely Whiplash Imitation Day, a day to see who can do the best impression of Dudley Do-Right’s arch enemy. Today is National Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day. Today is also Name Your Poison Day, a day to make a choice. The term Name Your Poison is commonly used to suggest that you select among a number of options. The term has a negative connotation. The origin of the term is unknown but, at the time, it probably referred to some unhappy choice.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1965, Pepsi-Cola and Frito-Lay merged to form PepsiCo, Inc. In 1969, the New York Yankees retired #7 on Mickey Mantle Day. A crowd of 60,096 paid tribute to Mantle. In 1988, Nippon Airways announced that bird collisions had decreased by 20% since it painted eyeballs on its jetliners. In 1991, Bruce Springsteen married Patti Scialfa. It was Springsteen's second marriage. In 1998, the National Rifle Association elected actor Charlton Heston as its president.

Melissa McCarthy pushed Spy to a $30 million debut in an otherwise lackluster weekend at the box office as summer ticket sales continue to disappoint. That was on the lower end of projections for the espionage satire but it was enough to dislodge last week's champ, San Andreas. The disaster movie secured a second place berth. Insidious Chapter 3 placed third, Entourage was fourth, and Mad Max: Fury Road rounded out the top five. This coming weekend Jurassic World is projected to roar to more than $100 million.

Walmart has made it a top priority to motivate its 1.3 million US store workers. Last week it told employees it will end the constant loop of Celine Dion and Justin Bieber music blasted into stores from headquarters.

A new report shows that Costco is America's biggest seller of organic foods, and is the second biggest seller of automobiles.

Dunkin’ Donuts is testing home delivery. The trial run comes not long after similar plans were announced by Starbucks, McDonald’s, and Chipotle. Dunkin’s CEO says the company is developing mobile ordering and is doing a private test.

Trivia Answer: Three-year-old horses run in May and early June of each year in the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes. Only twelve horses have ever won the Triple Crown dating back to at least 1919. American Pharoah over the weekend. Before that, the last to do it was Affirmed in 1978. Prior to that:

  • Seattle Slew (1977)
  • Secretariat (1973)
  • Citation (1948)
  • Assault (1946)
  • Count Fleet (1943)
  • Whirlaway (1941)
  • War Admiral (1937)
  • Omaha (1935)
  • Gallant Fox (1930)
  • Sir Barton (1919)
Friday 6.5.15
Today's Trivia: He was a fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery fiction writer. Best known for his novel Fahrenheit 451 and for the science fiction and horror stories gathered together as The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man. Many of his works have been adapted into comic books, television shows, and films. Who was he?

Six in a row was even more painful when considering who started for the Rays. Former Seattle pitcher Erasmo Ramirez was the latest starter to keep the Mariners helpless, 2-1 last night at Safeco Field. The Mariners had Tampa Bay right where they wanted. In the ninth, a perfect sacrifice bunt from Dustin Ackley set up Robinson Cano at the plate with a runner on second. But Cano’s game-ending strikeout was just another example of what went wrong, when Seattle went 1 for 11 (six strikeouts) with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base. After the game, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon: "I believe, truly, that we’re going score a lot of runs. Tonight was just one of those nights that leaves you scratching your head." Ms and Rays again tonight.

It’s NBA finals time and the Cleveland Cavaliers have a chance to end one of the most brutal losing streaks in American sports: their home city’s 50-year major-championship drought. The New York Times combined the number of seasons since a city’s last championship, across the four major sports. Cleveland is now up to an incredible 147 title-less seasons since the Browns’ 1964 NFL championship. Not working yet. Stephen Curry had 26 points and eight assists, and the Golden State Warriors held off LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for a 108-100 overtime victory in Game 1 of the NBA Finals last night. Game 2 is Sunday night.

The NFL will be coming to more screens this fall. The league announced that it is partnering with Yahoo to live-stream the October 25 game between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s the first time the NFL will stream an Internet-only game although fans in the two teams' markets will also be abble to view the game on their usual TV stations.

Birthdays: Political commentator Bill Moyers is 81; financial guru and TV personality Suze Orman is 64; saxophonist Kenny Gorelick, known simply as Keeny G is 59; singer-songwriter Brian McKnight is 46; actor and singer Mark Wahlberg is 44; and musician Pete Wentz, the bassist for Fall Out Boy, is 36.

It’s National Gingerbread Day. Today is World Environment Day, a day that focuses attention on important environmental issues. According to the United Nations World Environment Day is commemorated each year on June 5th. It is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action. Today is the first Friday in June which is National Doughnut Day. It's a day that honors the Salvation Army Lassies of WWI. It's also used as a fund raiser for needy causes of the Salvation Army. The original Salvation Army Doughnut was first served by Salvation Army in 1917. During WWI, Salvation Army "lassies" were sent to the front lines of Europe. These brave volunteers made home cooked foods, and provided a morale boost to the troops. Often, the doughnuts were cooked in oil inside the of the metal helmet of an American soldier. The American infantrymen were commonly called doughboys. Salvation Army lassies were the only women outside of military personnel allowed to visit the front lines. Lt. Colonel Helen Purviance is considered the Salvation Army's "first doughnut girl".

Calendar notes: On this date in 1968, Senator and presidential candidate Robert Kennedy was shot and killed by Sirhan Sirhan in Los Angeles. The next day, The Rolling Stones amended their new song Sympathy for the Devil to reference the event. David Crosby was also inspired to write Long Time Gone in memory of the senator. In 1975, The Ramones released their self-titled debut. In 1977, Alice Cooper's boa constrictor was bitten by a live rat it was being fed for breakfast. The snake died. Also in 1977, the Apple II computer, with 4K of memory, went on sale for $1,298. In 1981, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that five men in Los Angeles were suffering from a rare pneumonia found in patients with weakened immune systems. They were the first recognized cases of what came to be known as AIDS. In 1982, actress Sophia Loren was released from an Italian jail after serving 17 days for tax evasion. In 1989, Toronto's Sky Dome opened, but the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Blue Jays 5-3. In 1993, a New Jersey court ruled that a father had to pay for the legal defense of his two teenage sons, who were charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill him.

Somehow the Mission: Impossible films are able to keep cranking out some pretty original plots with some amazing action. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation is in theaters soon and a second trailer was released Thursday. Meanwhile, in theaters this weekend: the R-rated Entourage, the PG-13 rated Insidious: Chapter 3, and the R-rated Spy.

Clint Eastwood has lined up his next directing project, this time a biopic of American hero pilot Captain Chelsey "Sully" Sullenberger. The film will tell the story of Sullenberger, who made national headlines in 2009 when he landed a disabled jet on the Hudson River. All 155 passengers aboard survived.

Renowned writer/director Richard Curtis has been hired to write a Bee Gees movie. The biopic will follow the lives of the Gibb brothers from their humble beginnings in Australia to their rise to the top of the charts, followed by their fall and rise again as one of the most iconic and acclaimed groups in the history of music with one of the best-selling albums of all time, Saturday Night Fever.

A 45-year-old woman is facing misdemeanor domestic assault charges after hitting her boyfriend in the back with a crowbar to get him to stop snoring. Somehow, the man managed to stumble out of the Nebraska motel room where the couple was staying and make his way to a nearby convenience store, where officers found him suffering from three large welts. The woman was arrested.

Trivia Answer: Ray Bradbury who died three years ago today at the age of 91, after a lengthy illness. Bradbury is credited with writing 27 novels and over 600 short stories. More than eight million copies of his works, published in over 36 languages, have been sold around the world.

Thursday 6.4.15
Today's Trivia: This saxophonist was born in Seattle. It was his fourth album, Duotones, that brought him breakthrough success in 1986. He is the biggest selling instrumental musician of the modern era and one of the best-selling artists of all time with global sales totaling more than 75 million records. Who is he?

Lloyd McClendon conceded yesterday that his offense is in a funk. Ya think? Ranked last in the AL in batting average, the Mariners scratched out five hits, twice came up empty with the bases loaded, and lost to the Yankees 3-1 -- got swept even -- at Safeco. Seattle has now dropped a season-high five consecutive games, is 1-and-6 on the home stand, and sinking in the AL West. They're now a season-worst nine games behind division-leading Houston. The Mariners scored six runs in the three-game series. Seattle batters fanned 13 times yesterday -- nine of them looking. Lloyd said afterwards, "We’re in a funk offensively right now. But I’m certain we’re going to come out of it. I know that sounds like a broken record." And the homestand continues. The Mariners host a four-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays starting tonight at 7:10.

Barely an hour after their home sweep at the hands of the dreaded Yankees, the Seattle Mariners acquired one-time All-Star outfielder Mark Trumbo and left-handed reliever Vidal Nuńo from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for pitcher Dominic Leone, catcher Welington Castillo and two prospects.

Then word coming this morning that Mariner manager Lloyd McClendon is joining the coaching staff for the American League's 2015 All-Star Team next month in Cincinnati, Ohio. McClendon was chosen along with the Houston Astros' A.J. Hinch by the AL All-Star Team's manager, Ned Yost of the Kansas City Royals. The 2015 All-Star Game is scheduled for July 14th at Cincinnati's Great American Ballpark.

Birthdays: Sex expert Dr. Ruth Westheimer is 87; Laura Dern’s father, actor Bruce Dern is 79; the last surviving member of the original group, from The Mamas and the Papas, singer Michelle Phillips is 71; FrankHardy on The Hardy Boys Mysteries, actor Parker Stevenson is 63; actress Angelina Jolie is 40; and Katy Perry’s ex, actor and comedian Russell Brand is also 40.

Today is Old Maid's Day. The year was 1946 (or thereabouts). WWII was over, and millions of soldiers were returning home. There was a huge increase in marriages. Somewhere during this time, it was noted that there were plenty of maidens waiting for the returning GIs. And, the ladies weren't getting any younger. The long war had disrupted and put on hold many relationships. And, many GIs did not return home. Dances and socials were held to bring together returning soldiers and the many available, unmarried ladies. It's from this occurrence that Old Maid's Day emerged. Today is also Hug Your Cat Day. Go ahead and give your cat a big, furry hug. You don't have a cat? You can correct this today. The month of June is Adopt a Cat Month.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1967, Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz, and Mike Nesmith won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series for their TV show, The Monkees. In 1974, when the Cleveland Indians rallied to a 5-5 tie in the 9th, Cleveland's 10-cent beer night promotion resulted in chaos at the ballpark. More than 30 fans were arrested after a naked fan ran onto the field and picked a fight with Ranger Jeff Boroughs. The Indians forfeited the game and most teams discontinued beer night promotions after that. In 1975, The Rolling Stones became the first Western rock group to actually collect royalties on albums sold in the Soviet Union. In 1984, Bruce Springsteen released the album Born in the USA. In 1992, the US Postal Service announced that people preferred the younger Elvis stamp design in a nationwide vote. In 2003, Martha Stewart was indicted on federal charges of using illegal insider stock information and obstructing an investigation. She immediately resigned as chairman and chief executive officer of her company. In 2003, Amazon.com announced it had received more than 1 million orders for the book Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which wouldn't even be released for two more weeks -- on June 21st.

Microsoft is rolling out the latest version of its Windows operating system at the end of July. The company said yesterday that Windows 10 is designed with mobile computing in mind, allowing users to switch seamlessly between personal computers, tablets, smartphones, and other gadgets. The operating system is intended to give apps a similar feel on all devices and comes with a new web browser integrated with Cortana, the company's voice-activated answer to Apple's Siri. Microsoft says Windows 10 will be available in 190 countries as a free upgrade on July 29th for anyone currently running Windows 8.1 or 7, the two previous versions of the software.

Trivia Answer: Kenneth Bruce Gorelick -- Kenny G. -- who is 59 tomorrow. He started playing the saxophone at the age of 10. He attended Whitworth Elementary School, Sharples Junior High School, Franklin High School, and the University of Washington, all in his home town of Seattle. When he entered high school, he failed on his first try to get into the jazz band, but tried again the following year and earned first chair. Kenny G's career started with a job as a sideman for Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra in 1973 while 17 and still in high school. In 1997, Kenny G earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for playing the longest note ever recorded on a saxophone. Using circular breathing, Kenny G held an E-flat for 45 minutes and 47 seconds. He made an appearance in the music video for Katy Perry's Last Friday Night (TGIF) as Uncle Kenny. Today, Kenny G lives in Malibu, California.

Wednesday 6.3.15
Today's Trivia: He was a pathologist, euthanasia activist, painter, author, composer, and instrumentalist. He is best known for publicly championing a terminal patient's right to die via physician-assisted suicide; he claimed to have assisted at least 130 patients to that end. He was often known by the nickname Dr. Death, and famously said, "dying is not a crime". Who is he?

Fernando Rodney’s third blown save of the season -- it feels like more, doesn't it? -- helped the Yankees extend the game last night before Garrett Jones put away the Mariners with a three-run homer in the top of the 12th. The 5-3 loss was Seattle’s fourth in a row. Mike Zunino had a career first -- he was ejected for complaining about the failure to get called third strikes on Yankees hitters who attempted to check swings. As McClendon charged out to prevent Zunino from being thrown, McClendon was tossed too -- but not before confronting each umpire with a finger-wagging denunciation. His tirade included a Piniella-esque kick of his hat -- twice -- and drew a standing ovation from the Safeco Field crowd as he headed into the clubhouse. The Mariners hope to avoid the sweep in a 1:10 game this afternoon.

On TV tonight, the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals. The Chicago Blackhawks take on the Lightning in Tampa Bay in Game 1 of the championship series. NBC has the coverage.

Birthdays: Game show host -- remember The Gong Show? -- Chuck Barris is 86; Fidel's younger brother and the current President of Cuba, Raúl Castro is 84; golfer Hale Irwin is 70; singer Suzi Quatro is 65; singer Deniece Williams is 65; the 37th Second Lady of the United States, Jill Biden is 64; known for his song Sometimes When We Touch, singer Dan Hill is 61; newsman Anderson Cooper is 48; and, currently ranked number seven in the world, tennis pro Rafael Nadal is 29.

Today is National Egg Day. It’s National Itch Day. It's Casey at the Bat Day, the poem released on this date in 1888. It was published in the San Francisco Examiner. Today is Repeat Day, an opportunity to do things over and over again. Repeat Day is an opportunity to do things over and over again. Hopefully you’ll choose to repeat things you enjoy doing.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1889, the first long-distance electric power transmission line in the United States was completed, running 14 miles between a generator at Willamette Falls and downtown Portland, Oregon. In 1959, the first class graduated from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 1967, Jefferson Airplane appeared on American Bandstand and performed White Rabbit and Somebody to Love. In 1989, the government of China sent troops to force protesters out of Tiananmen Square after seven weeks of occupation. In 1990, Michael Jackson was admitted to St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica after complaining of chest pains. Tests showed that he had bruised ribs from dance practice. In 2013, the trial of United States Army private Bradley Manning (later known as Chelsea Manning) for leaking classified material to WikiLeaks began at Fort Meade, Maryland. Also in 2013, the Lorde song Royals was released in the US.

A recycling center in the Silicon Valley is looking for a woman who dropped off an old Apple computer that turned out to be a collectible item worth $200,000. The computer was inside boxes of electronics that she had cleaned out from her garage after her husband died according to the vice president of Clean Bay Area Victor Gichun. She didn't want a tax receipt or leave her contact information, and it wasn't until a few weeks later that workers opened the boxes to discover an Apple I computer inside. It was one of only about 200 first-generation desktop computers assembled by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ron Wayne in 1976. The recycling firm sold the Apple I for $200,000 to a private collection, and because the company gives 50 percent of items sold back to the original owner, Gichun said he wants to split the proceeds with the mystery donor. He said he remembers what she looks like and is asking her to come back to claim her $100,000 check.

Trivia Answer: Dr. Jack Kevorkian. He himself died on this date four years ago. In 1999, Kevorkian was arrested and tried for his direct role in a case of voluntary euthanasia. He was convicted of second-degree murder and served eight years of a 10-to-25-year prison sentence. He was released on parole on June 1st of 2007, on condition he would not offer advice nor participate or be present in the act of any type of suicide involving euthanasia, to any other person; as well as neither promote nor talk about the procedure of assisted suicide. Kevorkian had struggled with kidney problems for years. He was diagnosed with liver cancer. Kevorkian was hospitalized on May 18th of 2011 with kidney problems and pneumonia. Kevorkian's condition grew rapidly worse and he died from a thrombosis on June 3rd, 2011, eight days after his 83rd birthday.

Tuesday 6.2.15
Today's Trivia: His acting career began early. In a commercial for PET Milk, at the age of 2. He walked into a barroom wearing diapers, six guns, cowboy boots and a big cowboy hat. Vaudeville comedian Ed Wynn was behind the bar and several cowboy actors began portraying a bar fight. At this point, he walks through the fighting cowboys and one of them picks him up and they all say, "Why are you here?" He responds, "I’m the toughest hombre in these parts. You better have my brand," while he pounds on the bar. Reportedly, he got the role for which he's most famous when he told the show's producers he'd rather be at his Cub Scout meeting than auditioning for the part. The producers found his candidness appealing and perfect for the role. He played the role for six years appearing in all 234 episodes of the series. Who is he?

The overwhelming feeling from Mark Teixeira and his New York teammates was to savor what happened last night. Scoring seven runs off Seattle ace Felix Hernandez -- capped by Teixeira's ninth career grand slam -- is a rare occurrence. Teixeira's grand slam was part of the Yankees' five-run fifth inning, and Michael Pineda allowed two runs pitching into the seventh of New York's 7-2 win over the Mariners. The anticipated matchup between two of the top right-handers in the American League met expectations for three innings before Hernandez fell apart in stunning fashion. The Yankees took advantage of five walks and a wild pitch that allowed a run to score as the AL wins leader lost his rhythm following a brief rain shower that dampened Safeco Field before the retractable roof could close. Hernandez was the star for the first three innings when Hernandez rolled through the Yankees' lineup the first time, needing just 21 pitches — 18 strikes — and recording four strikeouts to set down the first nine batters in order. But it all fell apart for Seattle's ace starting in the fourth.Hernandez struggled with his footing on the wet mound and his spikes were getting clogged with dirt. A burst of rain wetted the dirt in the second and third innings before the retractable roof closed. The Ms and Yankees meet up again tonight at 7:10.

Birthdays: She was Hot Lips Houlihan in the movie M*A*S*H, actress Sally Kellerman is 78; actor Stacy Keach is 74; Rock Hall of Famer drummer Charlie Watts from the Rolling Stones is 74; comedian Dana Carvey is 60; retired racecar driver Kyle Petty is 55; the original host of the TV show Don’t Forget The Lyrics, comedian Wayne Brady is 43; and from Apple's Get a Mac commercials, actor Justin Long is 37.

June is a H-U-G-E events month. First of all, school's out. Then, there're weddings, Therefore, there's a fair share of anniversaries ... we hope. There is no shortage of graduations, from Kindergarten to High School. And, after the graduations, there're the parties. Father's Day also highlights the middle of the month. And, don't forget to honor the flag on Flag Day. By the time we get through the parties and graduations of June, the big party called summer will be in full swing.

Some other items to make June noteworthy: It's Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, Accordion Awareness Month, Bathroom Reading Month, Cancer from the Sun Month, Celibacy Awareness Month, Children's Awareness Month, Dairy Month, No-Dairy Month, Fireworks Safety Month, Great Outdoors Month, International Men's Month, Turkey Lovers' Month, National Candy Month, National Iced Tea Month, Soul Food Month, Potty Training Awareness Month, National Rose Month, National Soul Food Month, and National Turkey Lovers Month.

Today, is National Bubba Day. A day that honors anyone named or called Bubba. To qualify to be honored today, your name can be formally, or informally Bubba. You can even take on the name Bubba for just the day. That way everyone can celebrate this day. Today is also National Leave The Office Early Day. Today is also National Rocky Road Day -- a day all about eating ice cream, specifically Rocky Road ice cream.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1835, P.T. Barnum and his circus started their first tour of the United States. The main attraction was Joice Heth, reputed to be the 161-year-old nurse of George Washington. In 1896, Guglielmo Marconi applied for a patent for his newest invention, the radio. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge signed the Indian Citizenship Act into law, granting citizenship to all Native Americans born within the territorial limits of the United States. In 1935, George Herman 'Babe' Ruth announced that he was retiring from baseball. In 1953, Elizabeth was crowned queen of England at Westminster Abbey. In 1997, in Denver, Colorado, Timothy McVeigh was convicted on 15 counts of murder and conspiracy for his role in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was executed four years later. In 2004, Ken Jennings began his 74-game winning streak on the syndicated game show Jeopardy! In 2012, the former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the killing of demonstrators during the 2011 Egyptian revolution.

E L James is back for more. A fourth novel in the British author's multimillion-selling Fifty Shades of Grey series is being released June 18th. The new book is called Grey and is told from the point of view of billionaire Christian Grey, whose explicit romance with young Anastasia Steele became an international obsession. As with the Fifty Shades books, Grey is being published as an e-book and a paperback original. Begun as fan fiction inspired by the Twilight novels, the Fifty Shades trilogy has sold more than 125 million copies since coming out in 2011. The first Fifty Shades movie came out earlier this year and grossed more than $500 million worldwide.

A man in the UK is accused of slapping or threatening elderly people for sneezing in public. He’s been charged with assault.

A British woman who kept her neighbors awake by engaging in enthusiastic love-making was sentenced to two weeks in prison yesterday. Neighbors say the woman was very noisy neighbor who had men going in and out of her apartment all the time.

Trivia Answer: Gerald Patrick Mathers -- Jerry Mathers as the Beaver -- who turns 67 today. The show, of course, was Leave It to Beaver which was originally broadcast from 1957 to 1963. Beaver was the son of June and Ward Cleaver (played by Barbara Billingsley and Hugh Beaumont), and the brother of Wally Cleaver (played by Tony Dow). After the series, Mathers remained close to Billingsley for over 45 years, until her death in October of 2010. Mathers was the first child actor ever to make a deal to get a percentage of the merchandising revenue from a television show. The Leave It to Beaver show still generates merchandise revenue today, 52 years after its original production run ended. The original sitcom has been shown in over 80 countries in 40 languages. Mathers has noted that the Leave It to Beaver phenomenon is worldwide. He says he can go anywhere in the world, and people know him.

Monday 6.1.15
Today's Trivia: He was an actor, television producer, Southern-gospel singer, and writer. He was a Tony Award nominee, and gained prominence in the starring role in the film A Face in the Crowd in 1957 before he became much better known for his television roles, playing the lead character in a situation comedy from 1960 to 1968 and playing the lead in a legal drama from 1986 to 1995. Who was he?

Michael Brantley drew a bases-loaded walk in the 12th inning from reliever Dominic Leone, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Seattle Mariners 6-3 yesterday. The Indians outhit Seattle 18-5. It was the AL-leading eighth extra-inning game for Seattle. The New York Yankees are in the Northwest for three with the Ms. Game one tonight at 7:10. Felix gets the start.

Birthdays: Singer Pat Boone is 81; actor Morgan Freeman is 78; Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood is 68; actress and singer Lisa Hartman-Black is 59; model/TV host Heidi Klum is 42; singer Alanis Morissette is 41; and stand-up comedian, writer, actress Amy Schumer is 35.

He was the privileged son of a longtime US senator and two-term vice president, yet Joseph R. 'Beau' Biden III was no stranger to personal adversity. When he was only 3, just weeks after his father, Joe Biden, had been elected to the Senate, the younger Biden was seriously injured in a 1972 car crash that killed his mother and infant sister. His father was sworn into office at his hospital bedside. As a young college student, not long after his father's 1987 presidential campaign imploded among allegations of plagiarism, he was back in the hospital, holding vigil with other family members as Joe Biden underwent surgery for a life-threatening aneurysm. And after launching his own successful political career, Beau Biden was dogged by health problems. In 2010, he suffered a mild stroke at the age of 41. On Saturday, Beau Biden died of brain cancer, less than two years after he was diagnosed. He was 46.

Today is a challenging day, it's Dare Day -- a day to challenge someone, and to do a dare yourself. To dare someone to do something risky or challenging is one thing. Declaring the "double dog dare" heightens the challenge. The highest degree of challenge is to "triple dog dare" someone. It should not be used lightly, or frequently. Today is Flip a Coin Day. It's a day when making decisions is as easy as flipping a coin. This tradition dates back to Julius Caesar. Caesar would take a coin and flip it to make decisions where the right choice was unclear. Today is National Go Barefoot Day. Whether you’re at work or not, find a way to rebel against shoes, be it running barefoot through the grass and pampering your feet, or kicking off your shoes under your desk at work when your boss isn’t looking. Show support to the charity Soles4Souls, a global charity trying to put shoes on the feet of 300 million underprivileged children. Today is Say Something Nice Day. Thank someone, encourage someone, compliment everyone. The purpose of the day is to counteract bullying and the lack of civility and common courtesy that is growing among people in today’s world. Today is CNN Day. TV's first all news service, the Cable News Network debuted on this date in 1980.

Welcome to June! This is Let's Get Married Month. Or, at least, it used to be back in the 1400s and 1500s when May was the month everybody took an annual bath, and everybody smelled better in June.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1926, actress Marilyn Monroe was born in Los Angeles. On her birthday in 1995, the US Postal Service honored the actress with a 32-cent stamp. In 1938, baseball helmets were worn for the first time. In 1954, in the Peanuts comic strip, Linus' security blanket debuted. In 1967, The Beatles released the album, Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in Briatain. It was released here in the states the next day. In 1972, at Abbey Road Studios in London, Pink Floyd began recording their album Dark Side of the Moon. In 1978, the US reported finding wiretaps in the American embassy in Moscow. In 1991, some students in the Netherlands, completed the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle: 204,484 pieces. They finished the 1,036-square-foot puzzle in eight days. In 1993, Connie Chung joined Dan Rather to co-anchor The CBS Evening News. She was dropped two years later. In 2009, General Motors filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. The filing made GM the largest U.S. industrial company to enter bankruptcy protection.

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson out-muscled the competition at movie theaters as the earthquake epic San Andreas hauled in an estimated $53.2 million over the weekend. It was Johnson's biggest debut for a non-sequel as the top-billed actor. Pitch Perfect 2 was number two. Tomorrowland came in at number three. Mad Max: Fury Road was fourth. Avengers: Age of Ultron rounded out the top five. Aloha, the critically maligned romantic comedy from director Cameron Crowe, opened in sixth place with $10 million.

Secretary of State John Kerry broke his right femur in a cycling accident in France yesterday morning, The injury is near the site of a previous hip surgery, so Kerry is returning to Boston for treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital with his doctor who did the prior surgery. A spokesman said Kerry was in "great spirits and active" and has had a number of phone calls, including one with President Obama.

Enrique Iglesias was recovering yesterday after some of his fingers were sliced when he grabbed a drone during a concert in Tijuana, Mexico. A representative for the singer said in a statement that Iglesias was semi-treated after the accident at the side of the stage to stop the bleeding on Saturday night. He was advised to end the show but went on to perform for an additional 30 minutes. Concertgoers posted photos on social media of Iglesias with blood all over his white T-shirt.His website says his next show is in July in Mexico City.

Trivia Answer: Andy Griffith who was born on this date in 1926. The situation comedy was The Andy Griffith Show while the legal drama was Matlock. The was a gentleman named William Harold Fenrick in Platteville, Wisconsin. He legally changed his name to Andrew Jackson Griffith and ran unsuccessfully for sheriff of Grant County in November 2006. Subsequently, actor Griffith filed a lawsuit against him asserting that he violated trademark, copyright, and privacy laws by changing his name for the "sole purpose of taking advantage of Griffith's notoriety in an attempt to gain votes." On May 4, 2007, a US District Court Judge ruled that the gentleman from Wisconsin did not violate federal trademark law because he did not use the Griffith name in a commercial transaction but instead in order "to seek elective office, fundamental First Amendment protected speech." Andy Griffith died on July 3rd of 2012 from a heart attack at the age 86 at his coastal home in North Carolina.