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|Morning Trivia: He was born in Scotland but moved to Australia at the age of 14 with his family. In 1978, he met Ron Strykert and the men began playing acoustic music as a duo. They later formed the band with which they'd become famous. The group released their debut album Business as Usual in 1981. Who is he?
Nelson Cruz rocked Safeco Field with a crushing homer, his 20th, as the Mariners improved to 9-and-2 in interleague play with a 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates last night. Seattle is over .500 again at 39-and-38. The Ms pounded out 12 hits and had a solid start from Hisashi Iwakuma to win the opener of the two-game series. Game two is tonight at 7:10.
Birthdays: Actor Gary Busey is 72; comedian Richard Lewis is 69; actor, congressman, radio host, and Gopher on The Love Boat, Fred Grandy 68; singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Dokken, Don Dokken is 63; actress Maria Conchita Alonso is 59; she was Sylvia on NYPD Blue, actress Sharon Lawrence is 55; and comedian, actor, musician and producer, best known for being half of Flight of the Conchords, Bret McKenzie is 40.
Today is Remote Control Day, a favorite observance of couch potatoes everywhere. Today is National Almond Butter Crunch Day. Today is Camera Day, there's no better day to snap some photos during your lunch hour, on your commute to work, or whenever a moment of inspiration strikes. Today is International Mud Day. 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 Colonel 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, actress Katherine Hepburn died at age 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.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin has agreed to a four-year contract extension with the team. NFL.com reports that Baldwin will be making $11.5 million a season -- $4 million a year guaranteed. Baldwin caught 14 touchdown passes last season -- the most by any NFL receiver.
On the heels of the #Brexit vote, Last week,UK citizens voted to leave the European Union. It appears cooler heads have prevailed -- at least for now. After finishing up 269 points yesterday, today the Dow Jones Industrial Average finished up 284 points.
A new study ranks Washington as one of the worst states for drivers. Sixty-seven percent of roads are considered "poor or mediocre." Twenty-six percent of bridges in Washington are "structurally deficient." And the estimated percentage of uninsured motorists on the road is 16.1 percent. Carinsurance.com rates Washington in 42nd place for drivers' cost and convenience. Utah is No. 1, followed by Minnesota, New Hampshire, Virginia, and Vermont. The data is from public and private agencies, including the US Department of Transportation and the Insurance Information Institute. At the bottom of the list below Washington were California, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Wisconsin, and Mississippi. Other Washington statistics that added to is ranking included the estimated extra cost of car repair due to bad roads: $272 vs. $197 in Utah, and the average cost of a gallon of gas: $2.29, the fourth highest of all 50 states behind California, Hawaii, and Nevada.
Conventional wisdom says it takes five to seven attempts for most smokers to quit. It turns out those estimates may be very low. Based on data (University of Toronto) for more than 1,200 adult smokers in Canada, the real average number of quit attempts before succeeding may be closer to 30.
Trivia Answer: Colin Hay who turns 63 today. He was the lead vocalist for Men at Work. In February of 2009, former Men at Work band member, Ron Strykert, was arrested for allegedly making death threats against Hay. Strykert, who co-wrote many of the band's biggest hits, including Down Under, left the group in the mid-'80s but always claimed that Hay screwed him over on royalties. In 2009, Colin Hay's former group, Men at Work, was named in a lawsuit alleging copyright infringement by Larrikin Music, who owns the rights to the Kookaburra song. Larrikin Music claims that part of a flute riff from the band's 1981 single Down Under was copied from Kookaburra originally written by music teacher, Marion Sinclair, who died in 1988. In February 2010, a court ruled in favor of Larrikin Music. Although the petition from Larrikin Music requested 40 to 60% of royalties dating back to 1981 and future royalties, in July 2010 a judge awarded the plaintiff only 5% of royalties dating back to 2002 and the same amount of future royalties.
|Morning Trivia: On this date in 1997, Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield met in a rematch. Tyson was disqualified in the 3rd round. Why?
After an off day yesterday, the Mariners welcome Pittsburgh to Safeco tonight. The Ms host the Pirates for a two-game series tonight and tomorrow night. First pitch tonight at 7:10.
Birthdays: Showbiz legend Mel Brooks is 90; former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is 79; actor and comedian John Byner is also 79; actress Kathy Bates is 68; football's John Elway is 56; actor John Cusack is 50; actress Mary Stuart Masterson is also 50; and former American Idol contestant, singer Kellie Pickler is 30.
Today is National Try to Find A Pear Sherbet Recipe Day. It's Insurance Awareness Day. Not exactly sure sure what you should do to enjoy and appreciate this day. It's Paul Bunyan Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1969, Neil Diamond released Sweet Caroline. In 1971, the Supreme Court overturned the draft evasion conviction of Muhammad Ali. In 1975, Cher married Gregg Allman. They separated nine days later. Also in 1975, David Bowie released Fame, which became his first American number one song. In 1985, a survey by the US Transportation Department indicated that 42 percent of drivers polled said that they drove faster than the legal 55 miles an hour speed limit. In 1995, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police signed a 5-year contract with the Walt Disney company to produce official Mountie souvenirs. In 1996, the Citadel voted to admit women, ending a 153-year-old men-only policy at the South Carolina military school. In 1999, 52-year-old Worth Delton shot a hole-in-one on the 125-yard par-3 seventh hole at Tipoli Country Club in Milwaukee. He was participating in a charity outing for the Foundation for Fighting Blindness. Delton had been blind since 1980.
Last week,UK citizens voted to leave the European Union, but before that can happen there's a long legal process that has to be completed. Not to mention the packing. It appears, however, that the bulk of the global financial panic has chilled at least a little bit. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished today up 269 points.
Influential NFL coach and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan died today. Ryan coached in the NFL for 35 seasons winning the Super Bowl twice as an assistant with the New York Jets (1968) and the Chicago Bears (1986). NFL.com heralded Ryan as "the architect of perhaps the greatest defense in NFL history." NFL.com writing that "Ryan, who created the 46 defense which propelled the Chicago Bears to a dominating victory in Super Bowl XX, was more than just a one hit wonder. His innovation as a blitz-crazed defensive line coach for the New York Jets lifted the team to its only Super Bowl victory in franchise history back in 1969 on the heels of such gems as the Cheeseburger Blitz and Taco Bell Blitz." He was also one of the creative forces behind Minnesota's Purple People Eaters defenses back in the mid-1970s. Ryan also served as head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles between 1986 to 1990 where he led the team to three playoff berths and an NFC East title. He ended his career as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals in 1995. His NFL record was 55-55-1. Ryan is also the father of current NFL coaches Rob Ryan and Rex Ryan. Buddy Ryan was 82.
A judge has approved a settlement that will put Happy Birthday to You in the public domain. US District Judge George King approved the agreement yesterday -- the birthday of Mildred J. Hill who was born on that date in 1859. She was a songwriter and musicologist, who composed the melody for Good Morning to All, later used as the melody for Happy Birthday to You. The settlement ends the ownership claims of Warner/Chappell Music, the music publishing company that has been collecting royalties on the song for years. the company has agreed to pay back $14 million to those who have paid licensing fees to use the song. Last year, the judge ruled that the company didn't own the lyrics to the ditty, one of the best-known and most beloved songs in the world. He said the company had no right to charge for the song's use. Warner/Chappell has said it didn't try to collect royalties from just anyone singing the song but from those who used it in a commercial enterprise.
Trivia Answer: Tyson bit a piece from Holyfield's ear. The fight was originally billed as Holyfield-Tyson II: The Sound and the Fury and was a follow-up rematch of the first Tyson-Holyfield fight. In the previous Tyson-Holyfield fight, seven months earlier, Holyfield, who opened as a 25-to-1 underdog (eventually pulling to 15-to-2), floored Tyson for the second time in Tyson's career in the sixth round, and scored a TKO over Tyson in round 11. Holyfield dominated Tyson throughout the fight, winning almost every round. In the rematch, the fight began with Holyfield dominating Tyson. In round two, Holyfield ducked under a wild right hand from Tyson; with Holyfield coming forward with his head, their heads clashed opening a large cut over Tyson's right eye. Tyson had repeatedly complained about head-butting in the first bout between the two. Holyfield won the first and second rounds. As the third round was about to begin, Tyson came out of his corner without his mouthpiece. The referee ordered Tyson back to his corner to insert it. Tyson inserted his mouthpiece, got back into position and the match resumed. Tyson began the third round with a furious attack. With forty seconds remaining in the round Holyfield got Tyson in a clinch, and Tyson rolled his head above Holyfield's shoulder and bit Holyfield on his right ear, avulsing a one-inch piece of cartilage from the top of the ear, and spitting out the piece of ear on the ring floor. Holyfield pushed Tyson away at which the ref called for a time-out. Holyfield turned to walk to his corner, and Tyson ran up to Holyfield and shoved him from behind. the referee sent Tyson to a neutral corner as an enraged Holyfield gestured for the ref to look at his bitten ear. The fight was delayed for several minutes as the ref, a gentleman named Mills Lane debated what to do. Lane's original inclination was to immediately disqualify Tyson, but after the ringside doctor determined that Holyfield was able to continue despite the bite, Lane announced he would be deducting two points from Tyson and the fight would continue. As Lane explained the decision to Tyson and his cornermen, Tyson asserted that the injury to Holyfield's ear was the result of a punch. "Bullshit", retorted Lane. The fight was resumed. During another clinch, Tyson bit Holyfield's left ear. Holyfield threw his hands around to get out of the clinch and jumped back. Lane did not stop the fight this time, so the two men continued fighting until time expired. The men walked back to their respective corners when the fight was then stopped. After the fight was stopped, Tyson went on rampage at Holyfield and Holyfield's trainer while they were still in their corner. Tyson took swings at the people in his way, but was taken to his corner by security. Announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. read the decision: "Referee Mills Lane has disqualified Mike Tyson for biting Evander Holyfield on both of his ears." Later, Tyson was walking back to his locker room when a fan tossed a bottle of water in his direction. Tyson climbed over a temporary railing and up into the stands, made obscene gestures to the crowd, and made his way up the side of a stairway. Tyson was suspended and his license withheld. As a result of biting Holyfield on both ears and other behavior, Tyson's boxing license was revoked by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and he was fined $3 million plus legal costs. The revocation was not permanent; a little more than a year later on October 18th of 1998, the commission voted 4–1 to restore Tyson's boxing license.
|Morning Trivia: He's a businessman who founded Electronic Data Systems in 1962. He sold the company to General Motors in 1984, and founded another company in 1988. The new company was bought by Dell for $3.9 billion in 2009. This gentleman, however, is best known for running for President of the United States in 1992 and 1996. He has an estimated net worth of about $3.7 billion this year. Who is he?
Not a great weekend for the Mariners ... but it could have been worse. Matt Carpenter and Tommy Pham each homered twice as the St. Louis Cardinals went deep six times yesterday in an 11-6 victory over the Mariners. That was the down note. On the upside, the Ms won -- over St. Louis -- on Friday and Saturday. With that loss, the Ms are a .500 ball club again with a 38-and 38 mark. They are 11 games behind the Texas Rangers in the AL West and 2.5 games out of the second Wild Card slot. An off day for Seattle today. They host the Pittsburgh Pirates for two-game series tomorrow night and Wednesday.
Birthdays: From The Beach Boys, singer Bruce Johnston is 74; from Designing Women, actress Julia Duffy is 65; writer-director J.J. Abrams is 50; he was Spider-Man/Peter Parker in the Spider-Man films, actor Tobey Maguire is 41; from Sixpence None the Richer, Leigh Nash is 40; and Khloe Kardashian is 32.
It's Sunglasses Day. It's Decide to Be Married Day, a day to focus attention on the joy of couples deciding to get married. It's Happy Birthday To You Day in honor of Mildred J. Hill who was born on this date in 1859. She was a songwriter and musicologist, who composed the melody for Good Morning to All, later used as the melody for Happy Birthday to You. Today is National Orange Blossom Day. Today is National HIV Testing Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1950, an 8-pound bear cub that had been seriously burned three weeks earlier in a New Mexico forest fire left for the National Zoo in Washington where he lived to the ripe old bear age of 26. Originally named Hot Foot Teddy by the firemen who saved his life, he became better known as Smokey the Bear. In 1967, the world's first cash dispenser was installed at Barclays Bank in Enfield, England. The device was invented by John Sheppard-Barron. The machine operated on a voucher system and the maximum withdrawal was $28. In 1970, the English band Smile decided to change their name to Queen. In 1977, in a 5-4 decision, the US Supreme Court ruled that lawyers could advertise. In 1985, Route 66 was officially removed from the United States Highway System. In 1988, at the age of 35, Cyndi Lauper received her high school diploma from Richmond High in New York City. In 1993, Lyle Lovett married Julia Roberts. They were divorced in 1995. In 2002, The Who bassist John Entwhistle died of a heart attack in his Las Vegas hotel room on the eve of a new American tour. In 2005, who is the oldest baseball player to hit a grand slam home run in the major leagues? Julio Franco of the Atlanta Braves hit his eighth grand slam on this date to help the Braves knock off the Florida Marlins. He was 46 years old, already the oldest player in major league history to have a two-homer game, and the oldest in the last 96 years to steal a base. In 2007, Tony Blair resigned as British Prime Minister, a position he had held since 1997.
A something-for-everyone weekend at movie theaters delivered mixed results. Finding Dory turned out families in droves, and The Shallows, a well-reviewed thriller, was a hit with horror fans and young women. But the big-budget Independence Day: Resurgence, aimed at the presumed undiscriminating audience, sputtered badly, and the drama Free State of Jones, hoping to appeal to older adults, was a dud. The No. 1 movie in North America was again Finding Dory, which took in about $73.2 million, for a two-week domestic total of $286.6 million. Independence Day: Resurgence, which cost at least $300 million to make and market worldwide, was a distant second, arriving to estimated ticket sales of $41.6 million. Central Intelligence finished third. Among other new arrivals in the United States, The Shallows, starring Blake Lively, took in $16.7 million, more than double what most analysts had expected before its release, and good enough for a fourth place finish. Less successful was Free State of Jones, which received mostly weak reviews. The Civil War drama earned $7.8 million, and finished fifth.
An Olympia shelter will remain open after outpouring of donations. An overnight shelter for homeless young adults in Olympia will stay open over the summer after raising more than $50,000 in one week. The Olympian reports that Community Youth Services' 10-bed shelter was set to close Friday through September 1st due to a lack of funds. The shelter, which has been full since opening in 2013, started an online fundraising campaign last week in hopes of keeping its doors open. In addition to the online campaign, the charity Help Us Move In Inc. provided a $20,000 matching grant. Other donors include the Chehalis Tribe, First United Methodist Church of Olympia, and the South Sound Community Foundation. Community Youth Services provides food and shelter to about 120 individuals between the ages of 18 and 24 each year.
Recently, music fans were excited to redeem free ticket vouchers that were part of a class action lawsuit settled by Ticketmaster. Now, many are outraged to find out that the vouchers are only good for a limited list of concerts. Ticketmaster settled a lawsuit with customers who purchased tickets through the service between October 21st of 1999, and February, 27th of 2013. Five plaintiffs filed suit alleging "excessive and deceptive" ticket fees and other charges. Music fans who purchased tickets during that time recently received discounts toward future Ticketmaster purchases or vouchers for free tickets to certain events. Ticketmaster may have hoped the offer would hit the right note with fans, but it quickly backfired. Over 750 shows that concertgoers could have used the vouchers for have sold out, and a lot of those performances did not include some of the summer's hottest acts. Instead of being eligible to see Beyonce's tour for free, the vouchers can be used for many tribute bands or cover bands. Even with the B-list acts, music fans in 24 states can't see concerts because there are no shows in their states that allow the free ticket vouchers. A statement from Ticketmaster said, "Over $10 million worth of ticket vouchers have been redeemed and the eligible events have been closed." The good news is, Ticketmaster said they would make additional seats available this summer with more information to come this week.
Trivia Answer: Henry Ross Perot who turns 86 today. In 1974 Perot gained some press attention for being "the biggest individual loser ever on the New York Stock Exchange" when his EDS shares dropped $450 million in value in a single day in April 1970. He sold EDS to GM in 1984. In 1988, he founded Perot Systems Corporation, Inc. in Plano, Texas. His son, Ross Perot, Jr., eventually succeeded him as CEO. In September 2009, Perot Systems was acquired by Dell for $3.9 billion.
|Morning Trivia: He was a basketball player, and shoe salesman. He's best known for his association with the All-Stars sneaker, the most successful selling basketball shoe in history. Who is he?
Despite four solo home runs in the series finale at Comerica Park yesterday, a string of misplays in the 10th inning gave the Tigers a 5-4 triumph over the Mariners, including a walk-off wild pitch by closer Steve Cishek that brought in the decider. Swept in a four-game series for the first time this season, the Mariners are 36-and-37 and below .500 for the first time since April 23rd. As if three injuries in the starting rotation weren’t enough, emergency starter Adrian Sampson, set to make his second MLB appearance, didn’t get to the first pitch. During his final warm-up throws, Sampson felt right elbow discomfort, forcing manager Scott Servais to call Vidal Nuno from the bullpen to start the game. The six losses in a row are a season high. Seattle now begins a nine-game home stand with a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Game one tonight at 7:10.
Birthdays: She was Karen MacKenzie on Knots Landing, actress Michele Lee is 74; guitarist Jeff Beck is 72; Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood is 69; UB40 singer Astro is 59; from Tears for Fears, Curt Smith is 55; and singer Glenn Medeiros is 46.
Today is Swim a Lap Day. A day good for your health, and fun, too. Summer has arrived. It's Museum Comes To Life Day. This being the Friday after Father's Day, today is Take Your Dog to Work Day. Of course, this assumes that your boss will allow it. The day is sponsored by Pet Sitters International. The objective is to recognize the importance of dogs in our lives as both companions and protectors. The organization also encourages you to help homeless dogs. One way to do so, is to adopt a dog today.
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. In 1974, Lynyrd Skynyrd's Sweet Home Alabama was released. In 1981, Diana Ross and Lionel Richie released Endless Love. In 1986, the Empire State Building was designated a National Historic Landmark. 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.
Well, the Brits surprised everybody. Britain voted to leave the European Union, forcing the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron and dealing the biggest blow since World War Two to the European project of forging greater unity. Global financial markets plunged today as results from a referendum defied bookmakers' odds to show a 52-48 percent victory for the campaign to leave a bloc Britain joined more than 40 years ago. The United Kingdom itself could now break apart, with the leader of Scotland -- where nearly two-thirds of voters wanted to stay in the EU -- saying a new referendum on independence from the rest of Britain was highly likely. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is meeting French, German and Italian leaders in Berlin on Monday to discuss future steps, and foreign ministers of the bloc's six founders -- Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg -- are meeting tomorrow morning. The pound fell as much as 10 percent against the dollar to touch levels last seen in 1985, on fears the decision could hit investment in the world's fifth-largest economy, threaten London's role as a global financial capital and usher in months of political uncertainty. The euro slid 3 percent. World stocks saw more than $2 trillion wiped off their value although Britain's FTSE 100 stock index recovered much of its early losses. US stocks fell sharply, with the Dow Jones industrial average closing down over 611 points.
A Los Angeles jury has found Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page did not steal the opening of their classic, Stairway to Heaven, from the 1968 song Taurus, by the rock band Spirit. Attorneys representing the estate of late Spirit frontman Randy California had sought to prove that Led Zeppelin's members had plagiarized a guitar riff featured in Taurus and used it as the basis for the opening of Stairway to Heaven, but the jury decided that there was no extrinsic similarity between the two songs. The jury returned their verdict yesterday, after less than a full day of deliberation, including a partial day Wednesday. Page and Plant issued a joint statement following the ruling that said, "We are grateful for the jury's conscientious service and pleased that it has ruled in our favor, putting to rest questions about the origins of Stairway to Heaven and confirming what we have known for 45 years. We appreciate our fans' support, and look forward to putting this legal matter behind us."
A suburban Chicago man with the last name Gambles has won the lottery for the second time, using the same numbers. Larry Gambles -- that's his real last name -- won a $1,050,000 Lucky Day Lotto jackpot prize when his ticket matched all five numbers in the June 7th drawing. Nine years ago he won $50,000 playing the same numbers.
The weekend is upon us new in theaters, Independence Day: Resurgence (PG-13); Free State of Jones (R); The Shallows (PG-13); and The Neon Demon (R).
President Obama is heading back to the Northwest. He's flying in to Seattle for a couple of fundraisers this evening. If you're heading that direction, drivers are warned that they should expect delays both today and tomorrow on city streets, especially downtown. Rolling slowdowns and traffic delays on area highways are anticipated this afternoon through tomorrow morning.
Bad news for Northwest fans that were hoping for an NBA/NHL combination to come to our corner of the world. The NHL gave its approval Wednesday for a franchise to begin play in Las Vegas in 2017-18 at the currently-under-construction T-Mobile Center. This marks the first NHL expansion since 2000 (Minnesota and Columbus).
Trivia Answer: Chuck Taylor who was born on this date in 1901. The Converse All-Star was introduced in 1917, one of the first shoes specifically designed to be worn when playing basketball. Taylor started wearing them in 1917 as a high school basketball player. A.G. Spalding had already been making a basketball-model shoe for nearly two decades. In 1921 Taylor went to the sales offices of Converse Shoes in Chicago searching for a job. Bob Pletz, an avid sportsman, then hired him. Within a year, Taylor's suggestions of changing the design of the shoe to provide enhanced flexibility and support, and also including patch to protect the ankle, were adopted. The All-Star star logo was then immediately included on the patch. By 1932 Chuck Taylor's name was added to the patch, and the shoe became the Chuck Taylor All-Stars. Taylor received a salary from Converse, but received no commission for any of the 600 million pairs of Chuck Taylor shoes that have been sold. For years, he drove a white Cadillac across the United States with a trunk full of shoes, living in motels, and with only a locker in the company's Chicago warehouse as a permanent residence. Author Abraham Aamidor, however, points out that Taylor was not sparing in use of the Converse expense account. In 1968, Taylor retired. Then, just one day short of his 68th birthday, in June of 1969 Taylor died of a heart attack. He was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame earlier that year.
|Morning Trivia: He's a bassist, singer, record producer, music manager, A&R executive and television personality. From 1986 to 1987 he was a member of the rock group Journey. He joined Journey for their 1986 album Raised on Radio. Who is he?
Detroit Tiger rookie Steven Moya, who entered last night's game with one career home run, hit two off Hisashi Iwakuma, solo shots in the fourth and fifth innings, to lead the Tigers over the Mariners 5-1, handing Seattle its fourth consecutive loss. The Mariners not only fell 10.5 games behind Texas in the AL West, they dropped to third in the division with Houston’s win over the Angels. The Ms are now at .500 (36-and-36) for the year. The Mariners are an abysmal 2-and-7 on their current 10-game road trip. The series and road trip concludes this morning. The Ms return to Safeco Field tomorrow to start a three-game set with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Birthdays: He was Gary Ewing on Knots Landing and Dallas, actor Ted Shackelford is 70; Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is 68; she was Marge Gunderson in Fargo, actress Frances McDormand is 59; singer KT Tunstall is 41; and singer Jason Mraz is 39.
Today is National Pink Day -- a day when organizers say everything should be basking in pink splendor.
Calendar notes: 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. 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. In 1926, the College Board administers the first SAT exam. In 1969, Warren Burger was sworn in as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court by retiring Chief Justice Earl Warren. In 1969, IBM announced that effective January 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 was 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. In 2015, Verizon announced it had completed its $4.4 billion purchase of AOL, Inc. Also in 2015, NASA's Mars Odyssey completed its 60,000th orbit around Mars. The spacecraft entered orbit on October 23rd of 2001.
A jury has found that the intro to Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven was not stolen from another band. The Los Angeles jurors decided Robert Plant and Jimmy Page were not guilty of copyright infringement. A lawsuit accused the pair of stealing the licks from a song by the band Spirit. That song, Taurus, is an instrumental ballad that was released four years prior to Stairway to Heaven.
The word "food" lost some of its meaning yesterday as Burger King announced it was introducing mac and cheese-stuffed Cheetos to a horrified world. The Mac 'n Cheetos are deep-fried sticks of macaroni and cheese coated in Cheetos breading. An order of five sticks costs $2.49, which does not include the price of your triple bypass. Burger King says Mac 'n Cheetos is being tested in Southern California for eight weeks or until supplies run out.
A summertime sports tradition in the land of the midnight sun was foiled early this morning by an unlikely foe: darkness. The 111th annual Midnight Sun Baseball Game in Fairbanks, Alaska, was called at 1:30 this morning because players had trouble seeing after sunset. Storm clouds added to the darkness. The annual game is played on the solstice, when there is more light than any other day. In Fairbanks, that means 21 hours and 49 minutes of sunlight. The sun sets at 12:48 a.m. and rises at 2:59 a.m. Storm clouds that brought rain before the game started last evening made it even darker than normal. First pitch for the midnight sun game was 10:30 last night. The umpires decided to delay the game for 30 minutes to let the sun come back up despite the crowd of just under 2,000 people chanting "Let's play ball! Let's play ball!" Soon after, the crowd began pouring out of the exits. At about 1:30, umpires called the game. This isn't the first time darkness had caused a hitch in a midnight sun game. About 30 years ago, a team walked off the field and refused to play because it was so dark. Despite the glitch, don't expect the Fairbanks team to ever install artificial lights for the Midnight Sun Baseball Game. Organizers say, "We're never going to do that. That's the whole meaning of the game, is to play it without lights."
Mark Zuckerberg posted a photo celebrating Instagram's 500 million user milestone, but what's in the background is also getting some attention. Eagle-eyed viewers noticed the Facebook CEO has a thin layer of masking tape over his laptop camera and microphone. While the move may strike some as paranoid, the practice is recommended by security experts as another defense against hackers. Online security expert Robert Siciliano says, "It is not paranoia. This is basic security awareness and security appreciation. Unfortunately there are many remote access Trojan viruses that can activate and enable a users webcam without their knowledge. That same webcam can also pick up room ambient sounds." He recommends everyone -- even a billionaire CEO -- mask their webcam and also go to their recording devices settings to mute their webcam audio.
Wonder Woman, meet Supergirl. Lynda Carter, who played the super-powered Amazonian princess in the 1970s TV series, is playing the president of the United States in a recurring role on CW's Supergirl. Carter starred in Wonder Woman from 1975 to 1979, in what was then the first female superhero ever on American television -- paving the way for Xena: Warrior Princess, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and now, Melissa Benoist as Superman's super-powered Kryptonian cousin, Kara Zor-El. After spending its freshman season on CBS, Supergirl season two premieres on the CW October 10th.
Trivia Answer: Randall Darius Jackson -- Randy Jackson -- who turns 60 today. He's best known as a judge on American Idol. Jackson was the bass guitarist on the 1991 self-titled Divinyls album (which features the song I Touch Myself) as well as featured bassist on several tracks of Tracy Chapman's 1992 release, Matters of the Heart. He performed on the single Open Arms. That same year, he also played bass on Bruce Springsteen's Human Touch. Jackson has recorded, produced, or toured with many well-known artists and bands, ranging from Mariah Carey (he has worked with her throughout her career, been her musical director for a number of her tours; he has formed part of her band during numerous performances) to 'NSYNC, Whitney Houston, Dionne Farris, Céline Dion, Fergie, Whitesnake, and Madonna. Jackson has won a Grammy Award as a producer. His credits as a session musician range from playing with Aldo Nova, Blue Öyster Cult, Bon Jovi, Michael Bolton, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel, Journey, Richard Marx, George Michael, Stevie Nicks, Bruce Springsteen and Roger Waters to playing at the Grand Ole Opry with The Charlie Daniels Band.
|Morning Trivia: He was a journalist, best known for 26 years of award-winning work on the CBS News program 60 Minutes. During his earlier career he also covered the fall of Saigon and was the first black television correspondent to cover the White House. Over the years, he received several awards for his work including the Peabody, the National Association of Black Journalists Lifetime Achievement Award, and 19 Emmy Awards. Who was he?
Detroit pushed across two eighth-inning runs off James Paxton on an infield hit and a sacrifice fly to break a 2-2 tie and held on to defeat the Mariners 4-2 last night at Comerica Park. Seattle has lost three in a row and four of six. Two consolations for the Mariners: Texas lost to Cincinnati, leaving Seattle 9.5 games back in the AL West, and Kansas City fell to the Mets, keeping the Mariners within 2.5 of the second wild card spot. The Mariners and Tigers play the third of four games this afternoon with a first pitch scheduled for 4:10. The Ms begin a three-game series at Safeco Field Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Birthdays: Actor, singer, songwriter Kris Kristofferson is 80; TV journalist Brit Hume is 73; guitarist, singer, manager and record producer Peter Asher is 72; singer Todd Runndgren is 68; actress Meryl Streep is 67; actress Lindsay Wagner is also 67; in the news lately, academic and politician, Elizabeth Ann Warren is 67; singer Cyndi Lauper is 63; from INXS, Garry Gary Beers is 59; basketball’s Clyde Drexler is 54; actress Amy Brenneman is 52; The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown is also 52; TV host Carson Daly is 43; and this year's US Open winner, golfer Dustin Johnson is 32.
Today is Stupid Guy Thing Day, a day to make lists of stupid guy things and pass them on. Today is National Chocolate Eclair Day.
Calendar notes: On this day 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 across America. In 1990, Checkpoint Charlie was dismantled in Berlin. In 1990, Billy Joel became the first rock artist to perform at Yankee Stadium. In 2009, the Eastman Kodak Company announced that it would discontinue sales of the Kodachrome Color Film.
The Thurston County Sherrifs Office was on the scene this morning of a quadruple shooting. Three were reportedly killed. It was in the 500 block of Dutterow Road.
It always pay to check references. A hike in the Austrian Alps went way off course for a group of tourists when their guide allegedly got drunk and wandered off, leaving them lost in the mountains. The 60-person group was forced to call mountain rescue services to help them find their way back to civilization.
Don’t hold your breath waiting for Amazon to start delivering Prime orders by drone. New rules for commercial use of drones under 55 pounds were finalized by the Federal Aviation Administration yesterday, and things don’t look good for Amazon's planned drone deliveries. Under the new regulations, drones have to stay within unaided sight (read: no binoculars or the like) of the pilot or an observer, even if the drone has cameras. That’s unfortunate for the e-commerce giant, particularly after Amazon spent more than $600,000 over the last three years lobbying for the ability to use drones for delivery, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced plans in 2013 for drone delivery, planned to start in 2017 or 2018. The subsidiary company, Amazon Prime Air, has since been building and testing drones meant to do the deliveries. The FAA’s new rules put the brakes on those plans, but maybe not forever. In the announcement of the new regulations, the FAA noted that there will be an option to seek a waiver from “some restrictions,” if the operator can prove the flight would be safe. It’s hard to say if that would stretch to an allowance for Amazon to operate outside one of the main tenets of the new regulations. Beyond the need for a line of sight to the drone at all times, the new rules also require that drones not fly over people who aren’t involved in their operation, and only in daylight (or twilight with anti-collision lighting). The small commercial drones can’t fly faster than 100 mph or higher than 400 feet above ground.
There are only seven weeks until the Olympics, and yet they are still rushing to finish the expansion to the Rio subway. This can not end well. I’m thinking it's going to work out about as smoothly as bath time on a cat farm.
Trivia Answer: Ed Bradley who was born on this date in 1941. Over the course of Bradley's 26 years on 60 Minutes, he did over 500 stories, covering nearly every possible type of news, from heavy segments on war, politics, poverty, and corruption, to lighter biographical pieces, or stories on sports, music, and cuisine. Among others, he interviewed Laurence Olivier, Timothy McVeigh, Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, Bill Bradley, the 92-year-old George Burns, and Michael Jordan, as well as conducting the first television interview of Bob Dylan in 20 years. Some of his quirkier moments included playing blackjack with the blind Ray Charles, interviewing a Soviet general in a Russian sauna, and having a practical joke played on him by Muhammad Ali. Sadly, Bradley died on November 9th of 2006 of complications from lymphocytic leukemia. He was 65.
|Morning Trivia: She was the mom and he was the dad on Family Ties from 1982 to 1989. Ironically, they were born on the same day -- June 21st of 1947 -- and are both celebrating their 69th birthday today. Can you name them? |
Justin Upton hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning, then a walk-off version served up by Vidal Nuno in the 12th, giving Detroit an 8-7 victory over the fast-fading Mariners last night at Comerica Park. Coupled with Texas' 4-3 win over Baltimore, Seattle fell 9½ games behind the Rangers in the AL West. The Mariners have dropped 16 of their last 24, including three in a row. The second of the Detroit series’ four games starts at 4:10 this afternoon.
Birthdays: Dr. Bricker on The Love Boat, actor Bernie Kopell is 83; comedian and actor Joe Flaherty -- best known for his work on SCTV -- is 75; from The Kinks, frontman Ray Davies is 72; Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer is 66; E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren is 65; from Winger, singer Kip Winger is 55; Seattle Mariner Dae-ho Lee is 34; The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William is also 34; former CIA employee Edward Snowden is 33; former American Idol Kris Allen is 31; and that Friday girl, Rebecca Black is 19.
It's Go Skateboarding Day -- a nationally recognized day for skateboarding. It's a day to hop onto your skateboard and have some fun. It's Baby Boomer's Recognition Day, although some sources have it on August 17th. It's regarded as a holiday devoted to remembering not just the accomplishments of celebrity Baby Boomers, it also celebrates those who are being successful in business, education, medicine and many other fields and the contributions they make to society. It's National Peaches and Cream Day. Today is National Daylight Appreciation Day. Perhaps related, the annual Midnight Sun Baseball Game starts in Fairbanks, Alaska tonight, and is being played without artificial lights. Because the sun is out for almost 24 hours a day, the game starts at about 10:30 at night and completes around 1:30 the next morning. Famous players who have appeared in the game include Tom Seaver, Dave Winfield, Terry Francona, Harold Reynolds, and Jason Giambi.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1977, an article in the Wall Street Journal revealed that Kellogg had reduced the iron content of its Frosted Rice after consumers discovered they could move flakes of the cereal around with magnets. In 1982, a jury in Washington, DC, found John Hinckley Jr. innocent by reason of insanity in the shootings of President Reagan and three other men. In 1989, Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith remarried. In 1989, the Supreme Court ruled that burning the US flag as a form of political protest is protected by the First Amendment. In 2003, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth book in JK Rowling's blockbuster series about a young wizard, hit book stores and sold 5 million copies the first day.
As the mercury soared, records were falling. A severe heatwave ushered in the first day of summer yesterday in the broiling Southwest, where extreme temperatures were blamed for at least five deaths over the weekend. Towns along the Arizona-California border were getting the brunt of the extreme temperatures yesterday. In Palm Springs, the thermometer hit 121 degrees in the early afternoon. The temperature in Phoenix broke a record and hit 116. A cool off was expected in the coming days. The National Weather Service reported 17 daily heat records were broken in Southern California on Sunday — because of a high pressure ridge over the Four Corners region of the Southwest. The forecast for today is still brutal. They anticipate 107 in Yuma, 110 in Phoenix, and 113 in Palm Springs.
Now you can own a piece of David Bowie. A lock of hair from the late rocker is going on the auction block this weekend. The hair was obtained by a woman who worked as a wig mistress at Madame Tussauds in London. She snipped the strands so that she could duplicate the hair color for a wax figure of Bowie but ended up keeping it as a souvenir.
Apparently we're getting closer to that long-rumored new Beverly Hills Cop movie. Paramount Pictures has hired writer-directors to direct the long-awaited fourth installment of the series. Deadline reports that the duo behind Black, winner of last year’s Discovery Award at the Toronto Film Festival, are joining producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Eddie Murphy. Bruckheimer and Murphy have been working with Paramount to get their ducks in a row for the sequel. The script is rumored to put Murphy’s wisecracking detective Axel Foley back in Detroit where he started. It's said to be gritty and feature the trademark humor that generated over $735 million worldwide over three films. Paramount hopes to get the movie started later this year or early next year. No other cast members have been announced so far.
Trivia Answer: She is Meredith Baxter and he is Michael Gross. She was Elyse Keaton and he was Steven Keaton on Family Ties. Other cast members included Michael J. Fox, Justine Bateman, and Tina Yothers.
|Morning Trivia: He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He signed with the Seattle Seahawks in 2012 to compete with Tarvaris Jackson and Russell Wilson for the starting quarterback job. Seattle traded him to the Oakllnd Raiders. Who is he?
Crazy weekend weather around the Northwest. Thunderstorms, downpours, hail, and even reports of funnel clouds from Longbeach to Marysville to North Seattle. We seemed to be spared most of it. Meanwhile, Yuma got up to 120 degrees yesterday. Wow.
LeBron James and his relentless, never-count-them-out Cavaliers pulled off an improbable NBA Finals comeback, and Cleveland is title town again at long last. James delivered on a promise from two years ago to bring a championship to his native northeast Ohio, and he and the Cavs became the first team to rally from a 3-1 finals deficit by beating the defending champion Golden State Warriors 93-89 last night to end a 52-year major sports championship drought in Cleveland. James almost single-handedly carried the Cavs back into this series and finished with 27 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds as the Cavs captured their first championship in franchise history and gave their city its first major sports winner since the Browns won the NFL title in 1964.
Mookie Betts broke a seventh-inning tie with a solo homer in support of David Price and slow-poke David Ortiz. The 230-pound 40-year-old slowpoke, who averages one stolen base per eon, added insult to the napping Mariners by swiping second as the Boston Red Sox defeated Seattle 2-1 yesterday at Fenway Park. The Mariners lost their third consecutive series and also may have lost starter Taijuan Walker. Walker exited with a 1-0 lead after five innings, ailing from an apparent tendon strain in his right foot. Manager Scott Servais said after the game that he didn’t know whether Walker could make his next scheduled start, and Walker added that he didn’t know, either. The Mariners are already down two starting pitchers, Felix Hernandez and Wade Miley, both on the DL. Meanwhile, since May 27th (Hernandez’s last start), when it held a 1.5-game lead over Texas in the AL West standings, Seattle is 8-and-14. The Rangers won yesterday, to sweep St. Louis, so the Mariners are now 8.5 games in arrears in the division race, a tough hurdle even with 93 to play. The Mariners have dropped 15 of their past 23 and are 2-and-4 on the current 10-game road trip. The Mariners and Detroit Tigers begin a four-game series at Comerica Park this afternoon with a first pitch at 4:10.
Birthdays: Actor Martin Landau is 88; actress Olympia Dukakis is 85; actor Danny Aiello is 83; NFL Hall of Famer Len Dawson is 81; he was Martin on Frasier, actor John Mahoney is 76; Beach Boy Brian Wilson is 74; singer Anne Murray is 71; former host of This Old House, Bob Vila is 70; singer Lionel Richie is 67; actor John Goodman is 64; former bassist and founding member of Van Halen, Michael Anthony is 62; Duran Duran bassist John Taylor is 56; and actress Nicole Kidman is 49.
The summer solstice heralds the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. This year, the solstice for us happens at 3:34 this afternoon. Welcome to the longest day of the year. Sunrise at 5:16 and sundown at 9:10. 15 hours 54 minutes and 12 seconds of sunlight. Tomorrow will be a second shorter and the days will continue to get shorter for the next six months. When a full moon also coincides with the Summer Solstice, it’s called a Strawberry Moon, named for when Algonquin tribes used the solstice as a signal for when fruits were ready for picking.
Today is Jaws Day, marking release of the film on this date in 1975. It became the highest-grossing film of that time and started the trend of films known as summer blockbusters. It's National Vanilla Milkshake Day. Today is Woman Runs the House Day, marking this date in 1921 when Alice Robertson of Oklahoma became the first woman to preside over the US House of Representatives. She presided for 30 minutes.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1893, Lizzie Borden was acquitted of the murders of her father and stepmother. In 1963, the so-called red telephone was established between the Soviet Union and the United States following the Cuban Missile Crisis. In 1967, boxer Muhammad Ali was convicted in Houston of violating Selective Service laws by refusing to be drafted. Later, the Supreme Court overturned the conviction. In 1969, Jimi Hendrix played the Newport Jazz Festival for a whopping 125-thousand dollars. At the time, it was the largest fee ever for a concert appearance. In 1972, the old Tallahatchie Bridge, made famous in Bobbie Gentry's 1967 blockbuster Ode to Billy Joe, collapsed in Mississippi. In 1973, American Bandstand celebrated its 20th anniversary with a 90-minute television special featuring Little Richard, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Cheech and Chong, Three Dog Night and, of course, Dick Clark. In 1980, It's Still Rock & Roll became Billy Joel's first #1 hit. In 1993, the Chicago Bulls won their third straight NBA championship, the first team to three-peat since the 1966 Boston Celtics. In 1994, A downcast OJ Simpson pleaded not guilty to the slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and waiter Ronald Goldman.
Family audiences turned out in droves over the weekend, propelling Finding Dory to a massive $136.2 million debut and establishing a new record for an animated film opening. The sequel to 2003's Finding Nemo was bolstered by strong reviews and residual affection for the Oscar-winning first film. It's a return to form for Pixar after the animation studio behind Toy Story and The Incredibles suffered its first box office failure last year with The Good Dinosaur. Finding Dory centers on a blue tang fish with short term memory loss (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) and her quest to be reunited with her long-lost parents. Its opening weekend results sailed past the previous high-water mark for an animated film -- Shrek the Third's $121.6 million launch in 2007 -- and ranks as the second-best June debut, behind Jurassic World's $208.8 million bow. The weekend's other major newcomer, Central Intelligence, starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, also resonated with moviegoers, racking up a healthy $34.5 million. Last weekend's box office champ, The Conjuring 2, slipped to third place. Now You See Me 2 and Warcraft rounded out the top five.
A record-sized crowd turned out for this year's Capital City Pride parade in downtown Olympia yesterday. Organizers say an estimated 20,000 people attended the parade -- several thousand more than last year. An update: 18 Orlando shooting victims are still hospitalized, four are critical, 14 stable, and three are set to have surgery today.
Now, a representative for Meat Loaf has revealed that he was suffering from severe dehydration when he collapsed onstage during a gig on Thursday. The singer was performing in Edmonton, Canada when he fell over and initially failed to respond as crew members rushed to revive him. He was subsequently taken to a local hospital following what medics have described as a "fainting episode." His representative said he was in "stable and in good condition." It has now been revealed doctors have determined he was suffering from severe dehydration and is recovering well.
Trivia Answer: Matt Flynn who turns 31 today. Flynn was drafted by the Green Bay Packers and was signed to a four-year rookie contract through the 2011 season. In 2008, he won the competition for the back-up role to Aaron Rodgers. In March of 2012, Flynn signed a three-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks worth $19.5 million, with $10 million guaranteed. When Wilson was named the starter it made Flynn and his contract expendable. Flynn has also played for the Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, and New Orleans Saints. He is a free agent today.
|Morning Trivia: He became nationally known after being beaten by Los Angeles Police Department officers following a high-speed car chase while drunk on March 3rd of 1991. A witness videotaped much of the beating from his balcony and sent the footage to a local TV station. The footage shows four officers surrounding this guy, several of them striking him repeatedly, while other officers stood by. Parts of the footage were aired around the world, and raised public concern about police treatment of minorities in the United States. Four officers were charged with assault with a deadly weapon and use of excessive force. Three were acquitted of all charges. The acquittals are generally considered to have triggered the 1992 Los Angeles riots, in which 55 people were killed and over 2,000 were injured, ending only when the California national guard was called in. Can you name the guy?
James Paxton and three relievers extricated the Mariners from their dither, Dae-Ho Lee drove in three runs, and Seattle ended a four-game losing streak with a 6-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays yesterday at Tropicana Field. The Mariners survived two late scares, avoided getting swept and remain 6.5 games behind Texas in the AL West. The Mariners begin a three-game series at Fenway Park in Boston this afternoon at 4:10. Hisashi Iwakuma is throwing for Seattle against former Mariner pitcher Roenis Elias. After three in Boston, the Mariners play four in Detroit before returning to Safeco Field June 24th to face the St. Louis Cardinals.
Birthdays: Politician Newt Gingrich is 73; singer Barry Manilow is also 73; singer and keyboardist -- he was with Santana, Journey, and The Storm -- he was born in Seattle, by the way -- Gregg Rolie is 69; comedian Joe Piscopo is 65; Larry on Perfect Strangers, actor Mark Linn-Baker is 62; actor and television personality Greg Kinnear is 53; retired American speed skater Dan Jansen is 51; from No Doubt, keyboardist Eric Stefani is 49; The Last Man on Earth, Will Forte is 46; and tennis great Venus Williams is 36.
Today is Work At Home Father's Day, always the Friday before Father's Day. Today is also Eat Your Vegetables Day. Strategically created in the middle of National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month. This day is the perfect opportunity to re-introduce a healthy portion of vegetables into your diet.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1955, Disneyland opened for guests in Anaheim, California. 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 Waterfate 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 was 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 Simpson's flight from justice. As we just mentioned, Simpson had led police on a 60-mile low-speed chase in his Ford Bronco.
Grammy-winning singer Meat Loaf collapsed on stage during a concert in Edmonton, Canada, according to news reports. He was performing at the Northern Jubilee Auditorium when he collapsed. CBC News said via Twitter the 68-year-old artist's condition is unknown. Meat Loaf is touring in Canada. He was scheduled to perform at the Jubilee Monday, but the show was postponed "due to illness," according to the singer's Facebook page. One witness told CBC News Meat Loaf was performing "I Would Do Anything For Love" from the 1993 album as an encore when he collapsed. In 2003, Meat Loaf collapsed during a performance in London. He was treated for exhaustion stemming from a virus, hospital officials later said.
Amber Heard has withdrawn a request for temporary spousal support from Johnny Depp in her domestic violence case against her estranged husband. The actress said in court documents filed this week and obtained by People magazine that the request is being "used against me to distract and divert the public away from the very serious real issue of domestic violence." She claims the media has misrepresented the request. Heard had asked for 50 thousand dollars per month in spousal support from Depp when she requested a temporary restraining order last month due to allegations that he abused her. The request would have been addressed at a hearing regarding the restraining order scheduled for today. That hearing has been cancelled.
The weekend and the makers of Central Intelligence (rated PG-13) actually released their movie the same weekend that the PG-rated Finding Dory is out.
Trivia Answer: Rodney King who died on this date in 2012. The acquittals also led to the federal government's obtaining grand jury indictments for violations of King's civil rights. The trial of the four in a federal district court ended on April 16th of 1993, with two of the officers being found guilty and subsequently imprisoned. The other two were acquitted again. As previously mentioned, those earlier acquittals are considered to have triggered the Los Angeles riots of 1992. By the time the police, the U.S. Army, Marines and National Guard restored order, the riots had caused 53 deaths, 2,383 injuries, more than 7,000 fires, damage to 3,100 businesses, and nearly $1 billion in financial losses. Smaller riots occurred in other cities such as San Francisco, Las Vegas in neighboring Nevada, and as far east as Atlanta, Georgia. During the riots, King made a television appearance in which he said "Can we all get along?" The widely quoted line has been often misquoted as, "Can we all just get along?" or "Can't we all just get along?" On the morning of June 17th of 2012, King's fiancée found him lying at the bottom of his swimming pool. Responding officers found King at the bottom of the pool, removed him, and attempted to revive him. He was transferred by ambulance to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, California and was pronounced dead at the hospital. The police department stated there did not appear to be any foul play. When King's autopsy results were released, they indicated that he died of accidental drowning.
|Morning 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?
Reliever Mike Montgomery ended a 13-inning marathon in which Seattle and Tampa Bay combined to strike out 35 times. Montgomery ended it by issuing a walk-off walk to former Mariner Logan Morrison, giving the Rays a 3-2 victory at Tropicana Field last night. The rapidly fading Mariners have dropped four in a row and fell 6.5 games behind Texas in the AL West. Six Seattle pitchers collaborated to strike out 19 Rays and held Tampa Bay to 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position, but Montgomery couldn’t find the plate when he faced Morrison, walking him on a 3-and-2 pitch with the bases loaded to end a game that lasted four hours, 38 minutes. The Mariners and Rays play the third and final game of their series this morning at 10:10. The Mariners then move to Fenway Park in Boston tomorrow to begin a three-game series with the Red Sox.
UPDATE: The Ms managed to come up with at least one win before departing Florida. They knocked off the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 today.
Birthdays: Part of the Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting team, Lamont Dozier is 75; she was Val on Knots Landing, actress Joan Van Ark is 73; boxer Roberto Duran is 65; singer Gino Vanelli is 64; she was Jackie on Roseanne, actress Laurie Metcalf is 61; and golfer Phil Mickelson is 46.
Ann Morgan Guilbert, beloved as the next-door neighbor on The Dick Van Dyke Show and seen recently on CBS' comedy Life in Pieces, has died. In the early 1960s, she played Millie Helper, Laura Petrie's perky pal, on the acclaimed Van Dyke series. Guilbert died of cancer in Los Angeles Tuesday. She was 87.
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 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 body of the 2-year-old Nebraska boy who was attacked and dragged into a lake by an alligator at a Walt Disney World resort in Orlando has been recovered. According to Orange County Florida Sheriff Jerry Demings, the body of the toddler was "completely intact" when it was found about 10 to 15 feet from shore. Five alligators have been taken from the lake and euthanized according to the executive director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He said there is a "good chance" one of these alligators attacked the boy. Investigators will analyze teeth marks to make a determination. The family was "distraught but somewhat relieved" that authorities were able to locate their son with his body intact according to Demings. Rescue teams were initially hopeful that they would find the boy alive. The search for the boy's body in the Seven Seas Lagoon, an artificial lake on Disney property, lasted more than 16 hours. The boy was playing along of the shore of the water when the alligator snatched him and dragged him into the lake according to officials. The family was sitting near the water and enjoying the evening after watching a movie on the beach. The attack occurred around 9:15. Eyewitnesses saw the alligator grab the child, Demings said. No one else was in the water at the time. Demings said ,"The father entered the water and tried to grab the child from the gator but was not successful."
Governor Jay Inslee and members of the LGBT community raised the rainbow flag at the state Capitol yesterday afternoon, then lowered it to half-staff. After Orlando, this pride month is a time of sadness and high anxiety. Olympia is holding the Northwest's first pride parade since the Orlando massacre. Olympia's acting police chief said he expects people will be more likely to alert officers to anything suspicious. Olympia police will be easy to reach during the festival. Officers march in the parade, and the department is adding more to patrol the events. Capital City Pride President Anna Schlecht says the Orlando massacre will be on everyone's mind. In addition to moments of silence and calls to action, Schlecht said she expects the tragedy to be referenced in speeches and performances.
Despite evidence showing we gain less weight and save an average of $9 per meal when we cook for ourselves at home, Americans are eating less at home. The latest data shows Americans are spending more at bars and restaurants (almost $55 billion) than they are on groceries ($52.5 billion). It’s the first time it’s happened.
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. The film spawned two sequels, a prequel, a remake, and a television movie spin-off.
|Morning Trivia: Nicknamed The Freak, he's now a pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He pitched for the San Francisco Giants from 2007 to 2015. After attending Liberty Senior High School in Renton, he played college baseball at the University of Washington. Pitching for the Huskies, he won the 2006 Golden Spikes Award. That year, he became the first Washington Husky to be selected in the first round of an MLB Draft, when the San Francisco Giants selected him tenth overall. Who is he?
The Mariners took a 7-4 lead into the bottom of the seventh after an effective, but injury-marred, start by Taijuan Walker. But Nick Vincent and Mike Montgomery gagged it away in an 8-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays last night. Manager Scott Servais pulled Walker after 3.1 innings when the righthander had what was initially described as an aggravated Achilles injury. Servais later clarified that Walker had a tendon injury in his lower left leg, but added that Walker was not expected to miss his next scheduled start. Walker departed with a 5-3 lead. The Mariners increased it to 7-4, but Vincent and Montgomery donned dunce camps in a 30-minute seventh when they collaborated to allow four runs, aided by three walks. The Mariners play the second of three against the Rays this afternoon at 4:10.
Birthdays: Coach Mike Holmgren is 68; from Air Supply, singer Russell Hitchcock is 67; baseball's Dusty Baker is also 67; from Kansas, singer Steve Walsh is 66; actor Jim Belushi is 62; baseball's Wade Boggs 58; actress Helen Hunt is 53; actress Courteney Cox is 52; rapper and actor Ice Cube is 47; baseball's Andy Pettitte is 44; Doogie on Doogie Howser, MD, actor Neil Patrick Harris is 43; and celebrity toddler -- the daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West -- North West is 3.
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 te 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.
This afternoon at 3:15 Governor Inslee raises the Rainbow Flag at the Capitol. This weekend's pride celebration in Olympia is set to honor the Orlando victims.
Orange County Florida Sheriff Jerry Demings says some 50 people are now "working on recovering the body" of a 2-year-old boy snatched by an alligator at Walt Disney World. The sheriff says that after 15 hours of searching, the attack is "certainly not survivable at this point." Officials say the little boy was wading at the edge of the Seven Seas Lagoon around nightfall last night when an alligator estimated to be between 4 feet and 7 feet long dragged him under. Demings says the boy's father tried to rescue him but was not able to. Experienced alligator trappers, sheriff's department divers and sonar equipment are being used to search a network of man-made canals, ponds and lakes near the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa where the gator may have taken the boy. Demings says they are trying to "bring some closure to this family." Disney is closing all beach areas in its Lake Buena Vista resorts in "an abundance of caution." Demings said Walt Disney World has been providing "amazing" support. Demings said the family of four from Nebraska had just arrived in Orlando on Sunday.
It's something Apple didn't mention during the jam-packed Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco earlier this week. Starting with iOS 10, set to be released this fall, iPhone and iPad users will be able to delete some of the pre-loaded apps on their device, according to a support document posted on Apple's website. For people who appreciate a tidy screen or are sick of looking at apps they don't use, getting rid of unused Apple apps, such as Calculator, Compass, Stocks or the Apple Watch app may be welcome news. Another feature coming to iOS 10. The phone will automatically remember where you parked your car and show the car's location on Apple maps.
The NHL is apparently ready to roll the dice on Las Vegas. Hockey fans here in the Northwest can only sit and watch. A person with direct knowledge of the NHL's decision has told The AP that the league has settled on Las Vegas as its choice for expansion, provided organizers can come up with a $500 million fee. The person spoke yesterday on condition of anonymity because details have not been released by the league ahead of its Board of Governors meeting on June 22nd in Las Vegas. A second person who had been briefed on the decision said Las Vegas was a "done deal" following the recommendation of the NHL's executive committee.
Trivia Answer: Tim Lincecum who is 32 today. Lincecum is one of only two pitchers in Major League history to win multiple World Series championships, multiple Cy Young Awards, throw multiple no-hitters, and be elected to multiple All-Star Games, the other being Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax.
|Morning Trivia: She's regarded by some to be the greatest female tennis player of all time. Martina Navratilova included her on her list of great players. In 1999 Billie Jean King said she "is definitely the greatest women's tennis player of all time." In December of 1999, she was named the greatest female tennis player of the 20th century by a panel of experts assembled by the Associated Press. Tennis writer Steve Flink, in his book The Greatest Tennis Matches of the Twentieth Century, named her as the best female player of the 20th century. In March of 2012, Tennis Channel picked her as the greatest female tennis player ever in their list of 100 greatest tennis players of all time. She retired in 1999 while she was ranked No. 3 in the World. She married former World No. 1 men's tennis player Andre Agassi in October of 2001. Who is she?
No Mariners yesterday. They're off on a 10-game road trip. It gets started this afternoon at 4:10 at Tropicana Field as they face the Tampa Bay Rays.
Birthdays: From The Zombies and then Argent, singer Rod Argent is 71; The Donald, Donald Trump is 70; Carmine -- the Big Ragoo on Laverne and Shirley, actor Eddie Mekka is 64; skater Eric Heiden 58; from Culture Club, and singer Boy George is 55.
Janet Waldo. You may not know the name but you know the voice. She provided the voice for Judy Jetson and many other cartoon characters. She died Sunday. Her daughter told The Associated Press yesterday that Waldo had been battling a brain tumor. A native of Yakima, Waldo was featured in the futuristic series The Jetsons, which initially aired in the 1960s. Her other credits included Josie in Josie and the Pussycats and Fred Flintstone's mother-in-law in The Flintstones. Before The Jetsons, Waldo had been an actress for decades, appearing on such sitcoms as I Love Lucy and The Andy Griffith Show, plus dozens of movies and radio programs. Janet Waldo was 96.
Today is the Army's Birthday, marking the creation of the US Army, the first military service, by the Continental Congress on June 14th, 1775. Today is Flag Day, a part of Flag Week in the US, marking adoption of the Stars & Stripes on June 14th, 1777. Today is National Strawberry Shortcake Day. Put aside your troubles and worries. Throw off the shackles of stress on every day living, lock up your inhibitions in a safe or a drawer. Today is hereby declared Monkey Around Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower signed an order adding the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance. In 1965, Paul McCartney recorded Yesterday, a song whose working title was Scrambled Eggs. In 1965, in New York's Columbia studios, Bob Dylan recorded Like a Rolling Stone. In 1970, Gand Funk Railroad spent 100-thousand dollars on a block-long billboard in New York to advertise their single Closer to Home. In 1971, the world’s first Hard Rock Café opened in London. In 1976, The Gong Show debuted on NBC. Host Chuck Barris introduced amateur acts, the worst of which were gonged by a panel of judges. In 1995, the Columbus, Ohio, police received 20 complaints that a Ted Nugent concert there was too loud. Nevertheless, Ted refused to turn down the volume, as he was within the legal noise limits. In 1997, a 1939 comic book that featured the debut of Batman was auctioned in New York for $68,500.
Organizers of the Capital City Pride parade and festival say this week's activities will go ahead as planned. It's the first such event in our region to occur in the wake of the Orlando shootings. Security will be tight and organizers say the celebration is more important now than ever. For 25 years, participants have been marching down the parade displaying their pride. On this 26th year, organizers say they'll be displaying their defiance of terrorism. The three-day festival starts Friday and culminates with a parade from the Capitol dome through downtown and ending up at Heritage Park. The state patrol and Olympia police provide the protection. Organizers know there'll be extra security in place, but don't believe it'll dampen the festive mood. Downtown Olympia is already decked out in rainbow flags getting ready for the weekend's festivities. Tomorrow the Governor will raise the rainbow flag at the Capitol, which yesterday saw the lowering of the flags to half-staff in honor of those killed and wounded in Orlando. Instead of people staying away in fear, organizers believe they'll have the biggest crowds ever with folks from the community wanting to show their support and share in their sadness with what happened in Florida.
Bill Murray has been chosen to receive the 19th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The star of such movies as Groundhog Day and Rushmore, Murray is being awarded the prize on October 23rd. The 65-year-old Murray is among the best-known stars to emerge from Saturday Night Live. He performed on the groundbreaking television comedy show from 1977 to 1980 and honed his skills portraying insincere and lovably smarmy characters. He portrayed a dim-witted groundskeeper in Caddyshack, was a paranormal investigator in Ghostbusters and stood out as a mobster in Mad Dog and Glory. In a statement, Murray said he was honored to receive the award, adding "I believe Mark Twain has rolled over in his grave so much for so long, that this news won’t disturb his peace.” Previous Mark Twain Prize honorees include Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Lily Tomlin, Neil Simon, Carol Burnett, Jay Leno and Eddie Murphy.
LinkedIn has a new status update: The business social network has been acquired by Microsoft for $26.2 billion in a cash deal announced yesterday. Microsoft will pay $196 a share to purchase LinkedIn, a professional social network with more than 400 million members around the world, according to terms of the deal announced by both companies. The transaction is expected to be complete by the end of this year. Microsoft's statement said the social network will continue to operate as an independent brand.
Really? To Tell the Truth returns to television tonight. Black-ish star Anthony Anderson hosts the six-episode reboot of this classic game show, with Betty White as a panelist. In the game, a panel of four celebs question three contestants to determine which one is revealing the truth about their identity. NeNe Leakes and NBA star Jalen Rose are the other panelists. Guest Tracee Ellis Ross joins the panel in the premiere. It's tonight on ABC.
Trivia Answer: Steffi Graf who turns 47 today. Graf won 22 Grand Slam singles titles. Her 22 singles titles marks the record for most Major wins by a tennis player (male or female) since the introduction of the Open Era in 1968. In 1988, she became the first and only tennis player (male or female) to achieve the Golden Slam by winning all four Grand Slam singles titles and the Olympic gold medal in the same calendar year, furthermore, she is the only tennis player to have won each Grand Slam event at least 4 times. Graf was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 2004.
|Morning Trivia: He is known for his role as Tim Taylor on ABC through the 1990s, as well as for his starring roles in several popular films, including Disney's The Santa Clause trilogy and Disney/Pixar's Toy Story trilogy as the voice of Buzz Lightyear. Since 2011, he has starred as Mike Baxter in the TV series Last Man Standing, Who is he?
A gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub early yesterday, killing dozens before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers. Today, the FBI says there were 49 victims. They say they don't count the shooter as a victim. It was the deadliest mass shooting in US history. Authorities are investigating the attack on the Florida dance club as an act of terrorism. Multiple news outlets reported that the shooter had called 9-1-1 shortly before the attack and pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. Those reports cited unnamed law enforcement officials. At least 53 people were hospitalized, most in critical condition, according to officials. A surgeon at Orlando Regional Medical Center said the death toll was likely to climb. Our thoughts and prayers this morning are with the people of Orlando and the LGBTQ community.
Pitcher Cole Hamels became the seventh active pitcher to reach 2,000 strikeouts and Mitch Moreland homered to lead the Texas Rangers to a 6-4 win over the Seattle Mariners yesterday. The AL West-leading Rangers took two out of three games in the series against second-place Seattle to open up a season-high five-game division lead. The Rangers have won seven straight series and 12 of their last 15 games. Hamels picked up strikeout No. 2,000 in the third inning when he got Leonys Martin swinging. A travel day for the Ms today as they get set for a 10-game road trip. They start it off tomorrow night at Tropicana Field against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Birthdays: The artist Christo is 81; the Siegfried half of Siegfried and Roy is 77; guitarist Howard Leese -- he spent 22 years with Heart -- is 65; actor -- he was John-Boy Walton -- Richard Thomas is also 65; actress Ally Sheedy is 54; TV journalist Hannah Storm is also 54; singer David Gray is 48; Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo is 46; and those Tanner girls -- though not for the reboot -- Ashley & Mary-Kate Olsen are 30.
Today is Kitchen Klutzes of America Day, honoring those who are dangerous in the kitchen, those who would like to cook and be in the kitchen, but it just doesn’t seem to work well for them.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1920, the US Post Office Department ruled that children could not be sent by parcel post. In 1966, in a case involving 23-year-old Ernesto Miranda, the US Supreme Court granted criminal suspects the right to remain silent and to have an attorney present during questioning. Miranda was retried, convicted, sent back to prison, paroled, and stabbed to death during a 1976 card game in Phoenix. In 1970, The Long and Winding Road became the Beatles' last US Number 1 song. In 1991, an Atlanta firm paid $2.4-million for an original copy of the US Declaration of Independence in New York. A flea market buff had found the document stuffed in the frame of a $4.00 painting. In 1995, Alanis Morissette released Jagged Little Pill. In 1994, a jury in Anchorage, Alaska, blamed recklessness by Exxon and Captain Joseph Hazelwood for the Exxon Valdez disaster, allowing victims of the oil spill to seek $15 billion in damages. In 1997, Michael Jordan scored 39 points as the Chicago Bulls beat the Utah Jazz 90-86 to win their fifth NBA championship in seven years. In 2005, Michael Jackson was acquitted of all charges in his child molestation trial.
Proving to be about as popular as the first film, the supernatural sequel The Conjuring 2 opened at number one with an impressive gross of an estimated $40.4 million. Both Conjuring films have opened north of $40 million which is an astonishing feat for the horror genre. Conjuring 2 enjoyed the best opening weekend for any horror film since the first pic opened three summers ago to $41.9 million. The pricey video-game-inspired adventure film Warcraft opened in second place with an estimated $24.4 million which normally would be a disappointing performance, but with the film's massive success in China, the US numbers will not be so important. Another new release followed in third place. The magic sequel Now You See Me 2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows placed fourth. X-Men: Apocalypse rounded out the top five.
After Mariners ace Felix Hernandez was placed on the 15-day disabled list June 1st with a right calf strain, optimistic projections had Hernandez missing two starts, then returning to the rotation. Not so much. According to ESPN, Hernandez is expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks, putting him in line to return just before the All-Star break. The new timetable came after the right-hander received a second MRI on Friday on an injury that's been slower to heal than initially expected. Felix is not on the Mariners current 10-game road trip through Tampa Bay, Boston, and Detroit. Hernandez has recently been seen wearing a walking boot. Mariners manager Scott Servais maintains there's no timetable for Hernandez's return. He said, "Don't have it yet. We'll just have to wait and see until he can start running and doing some other stuff on that leg. Don't have a definite timeframe."
The Seattle Mariners have themselves another Griffey who makes fantastic catches. This one, though, does it on the gridiron instead of the outfield. Trey Griffey, the son of Hall of Fame outfielder Ken Griffey Jr., was selected Saturday in the Major League Baseball draft by the Mariners in the 24th round fittingly, his father's old team and jersey number. It appears the pick on the draft's final day was simply the Mariners paying homage to their former star. The younger Griffey is a wide receiver at the University of Arizona, but hasn't played baseball competitively since before high school. The Mariners went back to the well of nepotism 13 rounds later, when they selected Garfield High School catcher Eli Wilson with the 1,107th overall pick. Wilson is the son of former Mariners catching star Dan Wilson.
Apple's Siri made a big splash when the wisecracking digital assistant debuted on the iPhone five years ago. But as other tech giants jockey to build intelligent "chat bots" and voice-controlled home systems capable of more challenging artificial-intelligence feats, Siri at times no longer seems cutting edge. Today, Apple is expected to demonstrate an upgrade to Siri's smarts as it kicks off its annual software conference. It's a potentially momentous time for the company; sales of its flagship iPhone are slowing, and AI is emerging as a key tech battleground. Apple, Google, Facebook and others are racing to create digital services that consumers will find indispensable for shopping, chatting, controlling other appliances, and simply getting through their daily lives. And while Siri has gained new abilities over the years, some experts believe Apple still lags in the AI race, hindered in part by its unwillingness to pry too deeply into your personal information. Along with new Siri features, Apple is expected to unveil other software improvements for its iPhones, iPads and Mac computers. Analysts are also predicting an overhaul of Apple's music service. And after Apple's dust-up with the FBI earlier this year over its iPhone security, some believe Apple might announce new security measures to protect users' data.
Hamilton, the hip-hop stage biography of Alexander Hamilton, won the 2016 Tony Award for best new musical, capping an emotional night in which many in the Broadway community rallied to embrace the LGBT community after the shooting in Florida. Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical biography about the first US treasury secretary won 11 Tonys, just short of breaking the 12-Tony record held by The Producers. Hamilton went into the night with 16 nominations and, in addition to taking the musical award, won best score, best book, direction, orchestration, choreography and best featured actor and actress statuettes for Renee Elise Goldsberry and Daveed Diggs.
Trivia Answer: Tim Allen who is 63 today. He was Tim "The Toolman" Taylor on Home Improvement. Allen started his career as a comedian in 1975. On a dare from one of his friends, he participated in a comedy night at a comedy club in a suburb of Detroit. While in Detroit he began to get recognition appearing in local television commercials and appearing on cable comedy shows. He moved to Los Angeles and became a regular performer at The Comedy Store. He began to do stand-up appearances on late-night talk shows and specials on record and film. Allen rose to fame in acting with the ABC sitcom Home Improvement. In November of 1994, he simultaneously starred in the highest grossing film (Disney's The Santa Clause), topped the New York Times best-seller list with his book Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man, and appeared in the top rated television series (Home Improvement) within the span of one week.
|Morning 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, 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 is she?
Robinson Cano became the third Mariner in as many nights to turn in a multi-homer game, but he couldn't quite come through when it really mattered as Seattle fell 5-3 to the Indians last night at Safeco. Cano hit a pair of solo homers, while a third solo shot -- from first baseman Adam Lind -- was all the offense the Mariners had as as they settled for a series split with the Central Division leaders. With two outs and two on in the bottom of the ninth, Cano struck out swinging at a bad pitch. The Mariners get another three shots at the division-leading Rangers this weekend, and are hoping this one looks a lot different than last weekend's series in Texas. That three-game sweep left Seattle three games back in the AL West standings. Seattle and Texas at the Safe tonight at 7:10.
Birthdays: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (husband of Queen Elizabeth) is 95; retired quarterback Dan Fouts is 65; former US Senator and former presidential candidate John Edwards is 63; comic Rich Hall is 62; former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is 57; singer-songwriter Maxi Priest is 55; from The Smashing Pumpkins, former drummer Jimmy Chamberlin is 52; model and actress Elizabeth Hurley is 51; former governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal is 45; singer Faith Evans is 43; retired figure skater, Olympic Gold Medalist Tara Lipinski is 34; model Kate Upton is 24; and Presidential daughter, Sasha Obama is 15.
With the official start of summer just days away -- it's coming up Monday the 20th -- the timing is perfect for National Iced Tea Day today.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1944, In baseball, 15-year-old -- he was 15 years, 10 months, 11 days old -- Joe Nuxhall of the Cincinnati Reds became the youngest player ever in a major-league 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.
Weekend TV features the 70th annual Tony Awards. James Corden hosts as Hamilton has been nominated for a record-breaking 16 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Presenters include Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Neil Patrick Harris, Claire Danes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sean Hayes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Marlee Matlin, Barbra Streisand, Oprah Winfrey, Cate Blanchett, Carole King, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, and many more. It's Sunday night on CBS.
How long does it take to finish a complete season of a show on Netflix? Well, Netflix studied binge-watching. The company says subscribers who finish the first season of a TV show generally wrap it up in a week. They'll watch about two hours a day. Netflix's findings show that some shows are consumed quickly, while others are viewed at a slightly slower clip. The stuff viewers lap up? Horror and thrillers. The shows that take them slightly longer? Political dramas and sophisticated comedies.
In theaters this weekend, the R-rated The Conjuring 2, and Now You See Me 2 and Warcraft, both rated PG-13.
Then there's the story from Spain. Some 1,300 sheep wandered into the streets and clogged traffic after their shepherd fell asleep. Let's see YOU try to count 1,300 sheep without nodding off.
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.ont>
|Morning Trivia: With the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in the books this year, the Belmont Stakes takes centerstage this weekend on Saturday. There will be no Triple Crown winner this year. It was in 1973, that this thoroughbred racehorse became the first US Triple Crown champion in twenty-five years. Can you name that horse?
Catcher Chris Iannetta hit two home runs and added an RBI double, and starter Taijuan Walker threw eight scoreless innings while tying his career high with 11 strikeouts as the Mariners shut down Cleveland again, 5-0, last night. The four-game series closes tonight at 7:10 at Safeco.
Birthdays: Comedian Jackie Mason is 85; Donald Duck is 82; sportcaster Dick Vitale is 77; actor Michael J. Fox is 55; Captain Jack Sparrow, actor Johnny Depp is 53; Hootie and the Blowfish bass player Dean Felber is 48; Toad the Wet Sprocket's bass player, Dean Dinning is 48; and actress Natalie Portman is 35.
Today is National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day. It's also Donald Duck Day. Happy Birthday, Donald. We hope that Daisy Duck bakes you your favorite cake. Donald Duck Day is in honor of Donald Duck's cartoon debut. Donald first appeared in The Wise Hen on June 9th of 1934. While Donald is now over 80 years old, he doesn't act a day over 20. Did you Know? Donald has a middle name. Donald F. Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1943, the withholding tax on payrolls was authorized by the US Congress. In 1946, Mel Ott (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.
Axl Rose is demanding Google take down several unflattering images of him that have been used as part of an internet meme mocking his physical appearance. Harvard University's Lumen Database lists at least 11 requests made on behalf of the Guns n' Roses frontman citing copyright violations since May 31st. The requests center on the "Fat Axl Rose" meme. One of the images Rose wants taken down includes the message, "Remember the 80s? He ate them." Google says it sends all such requests to the Lumen Database for publication. The database shows Rose used a British company, Web Sheriff, to make the requests. Neither Rose nor Web Sheriff have responded to a request for comment.
Hope Solo, who led the US soccer team to the Women's World Cup title last year, has lost her latest bid to have domestic violence charges against her thrown out and her trial canceled. The charges were reinstated last October after a state appeals court reversed a lower court's dismissal of the 2014 case, in which she allegedly beat up her nephew and half-sister. Solo initially was charged with two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence after the June 2014 incident at the home of her half-sister. Solo told responding officers that she was the victim, but after interviews with all parties, charges were filed against her. As the case was nearing trial in January, a Kirkland Municipal Court judge dismissed the charges on procedural grounds. City prosecutors, in a rare move, immediately appealed the decision and their request was granted by the higher court. No trial date has been set, and it was not immediately clear if Solo intends to appeal the latest decision to the state Supreme Court. Solo has won two Olympic gold medals for the US women's national soccer team and plays with the Seattle Reign of the National Women's Soccer League.
President Barack Obama today formally endorsed Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee for president. The endorsement was made in a video posted to Clinton's official Facebook page. The announcement came just hours after the president spoke with Clinton's challenger Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Sanders emerged from the meeting with Obama and appeared to inch closer to stepping asided. Although he stopped short of endorsing Clinton, the senator told reporters he planned to press for his agenda at the party's July convention and would work with Clinton to defeat Trump.
On behalf of dads everywhere, just a reminder that Father's Day is a week from Sunday.
Trivia Answer: Secretariat, who won the Triple Crown on this date in 1973. When he won the third jewel in the Triple Crown -- the Belmont Stakes -- betters holding 5,617 winning parimutuel tickets on Secretariat never redeemed them, presumably keeping them as souvenirs. They only paid $2.20 on a $2 bet. Secretariat was the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and the 9th in history. In recent years, winning a Triple Crown has become a very rare achievement, with most horses specializing on a limited range of distances. American Pharoah won the Triple Crown last year, becoming the 12th winner. Prior to that, no horse had won the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978. Seattle Slew won it in 1977.
|Morning Trivia: This model, singer, and dancer was born in New York. He was adopted by a German family and raised in Munich. He worked as a model and break dancer, before teaming with a friend in 1988 to form a duo. The duo was noticed by a music producer who signed them to be part of a musical act. Shortly after a trip to Turkey, where the duo was reputed to have gotten their band name from a local advertising slogan, the group was born, with this guy and his partner serving as the public faces. Their first album was a worldwide hit. The album produced five hit singles including three number ones. The group won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist on February 21st of 1990. Despite the enormous success, the duo was a frequent target of rumours and allegations of onstage lip-synching and not having sung on the album. On April 2nd of 1998, this guy was found dead of a suspected alcohol and prescription pill overdose in a Frankfurt hotel room. His death was ruled accidental. Who is he?
Wade Miley's new look -- he shaved the beard -- provided some new results for the slumping Mariners, who snapped a four-game slide with a 7-1 win over Cleveland last night at Safeco. Miley tossed seven shutout innings, Nelson Cruz hit a pair of home runs and the offense exploded for 11 hits as Seattle handed the Indians their first loss in seven games. Game three of four with Cleveland is tonight at 7:10.
Felix Hernandez with that strained calf muscle is eligible to come off the disabled list as early as next week, but it's looking less and less likely that will happen. Hernandez was in a walking boot before the game last night. There was no estimate for his return. Hernandez has missed his last two starts.
Birthdays: Former first lady Barbara Bush is 91; Frank Costanza on Seinfeld, actor Jerry Stiller is 89; Frank’s daughter, singer Nancy Sinatra is 76; one of the three in Three Dog Night, singer Chuck Negron is 74; singer and guitarist Boz Scaggs is 72; actress Kathy Baker is 66; singer Bonnie Tyler is 65; the creator of the cartoon Dilbert, Scott Adams is 59; actor and director Keenen Ivory Wayans is 58; from Simply Red, singer Mick Hucknall is 56; Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes is 54; Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (shooting victim in early 2011) is 46; rapper and producer Kanye West is 38; guitarist Derek Trucks is 37; and singer Alex Band is 35.
Today is National Best Friends Day. It's 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 1926, Babe Ruth blasted a home run over the right-field roof of Tiger Stadium in Detroit. The ball landed on Plum Street and rolled on the pavement, stopping 850 feet from home plate. No home run ball ever traveled farther. 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 to honor Mantle. In 1988, Nippon Airways announced that bird collisions had decreased by 20% since it painted eyeballs on its jetliners. In 1998, the National Rifle Association elected actor Charlton Heston as its president.
To see NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on the daily list of Twitter trending topics generally comes as no surprise. But the reason why Goodell was trending yesterday was different than the others during his polarizing reign as the NFL's czar. The NFL's official verified Twitter account was hacked yesterday morning, with the following announcement: "We regret to inform our fans that our commissioner, Roger Goodell, has passed away. He was 57. #RIP." The tweet, and a couple follow-ups by the apparent hacker were quickly deleted. One of the follow-up tweets read, "Oi, I said Roger Goodell has died. Don't delete that tweet," while the other said "OK, OK, you amateur detectives win. Good job." NFL public relations honcho Brian McCarthy then took to Twitter to clarify Goodell's status writing "The @nfl Twitter account was hacked. @nflcommish is alive and well."
Hillary Clinton won the Democratic presidential primary in California capping off a historic victory in her year long battle for the heart of the Democratic party. She's now tasked with fusing a fractured party to confront Donald Trump in November. Clinton cruised to easy victories in three of the six state contests yesterday including delegate-rich New Jersey. With each win she further cemented Senator Bernie Sanders' defeat and dashed his already slim chances of using the last night of state contests to refuel his flagging bid. Clinton had already secured the delegates needed for the nomination before yesterday's contests, according to an Associated Press tally. Still, Sanders had hoped to use a victory in California to persuade party insiders to switch their allegiances. Sanders picked up wins in Montana and North Dakota. But Clinton's substantial lead in California made it clear his effort was faltering. Sanders vowed to continue to his campaign to the very last contest in the District of Columbia on Tuesday.
Trivia Answer: He was Rob Pilatus who was born on this date in 1965. He and Fabrice Morvan were the faces of Milli Vanilli. That first Milli Vanilli album was Girl You Know It's True. The three number one singles were Girl I'm Gonna Miss You, Baby Don't Forget My Number, and Blame It On The Rain. When Pilatus and Morvan demanded to sing on the next album, the producer revealed the truth to reporters on November 15th of 1990, The truth being that Pilatus and Morvan did not actually sing on the records and their voices were dubbed. Milli Vanilli's Grammy Award was withdrawn four days later, and Arista Records dropped the act from its roster and deleted their album and songs from their catalog, making Girl You Know It's True the largest-selling album to ever be taken out of print. A court ruling in the United States allowed anyone who had bought the album to get a refund. In 1993, the guys signed with a new label and released Rob & Fab, an album featuring their real voices, but the album sold an embarrassing 2,000 copies; to make matters worse, the label went bankrupt shortly thereafter. In the years following the demise of Milli Vanilli, Pilatus struggled with substance abuse and suicide attempts. After the duo's unsuccessful comeback attempt, they stopped speaking to each other. In 1996, Pilatus served three months in jail for assault, vandalism, and attempted robbery. He also spent six months in drug rehabilitation, before returning to Germany from the United States. On April 2nd of 1998, Pilatus was found dead.
|Morning Trivia: Contrary to urban legend, this actor -- following a successful run as a teenage television star -- did not grow up to become porn star John Holmes or rock star Alice Cooper, or die in the Vietnam War. After his child acting career, he served 18 years as an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, joining in 1970. During his time on the force, he worked in vice, in narcotics, and as a motorcycle officer. He grew a mustache to help secure his anonymity. He was placed on disability and eventually retired after being hit by three bullets while in a foot chase with a suspected car thief. He was saved by his bulletproof vest and belt buckle. He still receives a medical disability pension from the LAPD. Who is he?
Seattle pitcher James Paxton was a lot better this time around, but it wasn’t enough on a night when Cleveland pitcher Trevor Bauer was even better against Seattle bats. The Mariners managed five hits in a 3-1 loss to Central Division-leading Cleveland last night, Seattle’s fourth loss in a row and the Indians’ sixth consecutive win. The Mariners fell four games behind Texas in the AL West standings. Game two of the four-game set with Cleveland is tonight at 7:10.
Birthdays: Singer Tom Jones is 76; talk show host Jenny Jones is 70; actor Liam Neeson is 64; actor William Forsythe is 61; record producer LA Reid is 60; singer, songwriter, and guitarist Dave Navarro is 49; former NBA MVP Allen Iverson is 41; tennis player Anna Kournikova is 35; rapper Fetty Wap is 26; and singer Iggy Azalea is also 26.
Today is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, a great day to eat America's favorite flavor of ice cream. Today is Betamax Day, marking Sony’s introduction of the first videocassette recorder on this date in 1975. It sold for $995 and eventually disappeared as consumers preferred VHS-format VCRs, introduced later. Today is Plymouth Day, the day the first Plymouth rolled off the assembly line in 1928.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1924, the ruthless criminal Joey Chill shot and killed millionaire Thomas Wayne while Wayne's wife Martha watched in horror, then died of a heart attack. The couple's son, Bruce Wayne, dedicated himself to fighting crime as the caped crusader Batman. In 1972, the musical Grease opened on Broadway. The '50s style musical lasted through April 13th of 1980 for 3,388 performances. In 1993, Sam Phillips, Chuck Berry, Billy Joel, and Pete Townshend were all on hand as the ground was broken for Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1993, the artist once upon a time known as Prince changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol. By the way, it's his birthday today. He would've been 58. In 2004, the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Calgary Flames 2-1 in playoff game seven to win their first Stanley Cup.
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has declared today to be Prince Day in the state to mark what would have been the singer's 58th birthday. Prince died April 21st from an accidental overdose of the narcotic painkiller fentanyl.
Marshawn Lynch is putting to rest any lingering speculation about a possible return to the NFL in an interview with 60 Minutes Sports. In the interview set to air tonight, Lynch says, "I'm retired. Is that good enough? Which camera do you want me to look into? This one? I'm done. I'm not playing football anymore." There's been speculation throughout the offseason that Lynch was having second thoughts about his decision to retire, which he announced in a post on social media during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. The Seahawks placed Lynch on the reserve/retired list in May, meaning the team would retain his rights if Lynch decided to return. The move by Seattle was a procedural step, but it was necessary to make Lynch's retirement official. Yet the whispers lingered that Lynch wasn't ready to end his playing career, especially with his hometown team, the Oakland Raiders, in need of a veteran running back. Lynch was asked directly about the Raiders in the interview. He said, "No, I'm done. I'm done. I enjoyed my time playing and now it's time to watch my cousins do their thing."
Striding into history, Hillary Clinton will become the first woman to top the presidential ticket of a major US political party, capturing commitments yesterday from the number of delegates needed to become the Democrats' presumptive nominee. The victory arrived nearly eight years to the day after she conceded her first White House campaign to Barack Obama. Clinton held off a surprisingly strong challenge from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. He mobilized millions with a fervently liberal message and his insurgent candidacy revealed a deep level of national frustration with politics-as-usual, even among Democrats who have controlled the White House since 2009. Clinton reached the 2,383 delegates needed to become the presumptive Democratic nominee yesterday with a decisive weekend victory in Puerto Rico and a burst of last-minute support from superdelegates. Those are party officials and officeholders, many of them eager to wrap up the primary amid preference polls showing her in a tightening race with presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, immediately pounced on the news. In a statement saying, "It is unfortunate that the media, in a rush to judgement, are ignoring the Democratic National Committee's clear statement that it is wrong to count the votes of superdelegates before they actually vote at the convention this summer. Secretary Clinton does not have and will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to secure the nomination. She will be dependent on superdelegates who do not vote until July 25th and who can change their minds between now and then." Meanwhile, there are another half dozen state primaries today.
Trivia Answer: Ken Osmond who turns 73 today. He's best known for his role as Eddie Haskell on the original Leave It to Beaver television show which ran on CBS in 1957 and 1958, and then on ABC from 1958 to 1963. In the early 1970s, a story was widely reported that Osmond had become Alice Cooper. According to Cooper, the rumor began when a college newspaper editor asked him what kind of kid he was, to which Cooper replied "I was obnoxious, disgusting, a real Eddie Haskell." The story ended up reporting that Cooper was the real Eddie Haskell. Cooper would later tell the New Times, "It was the biggest rumor that ever came out about me. Finally, I got a T-shirt that said 'No, I am not Eddie Haskell.' But people still believed it." Another widely reported urban legend of the 1970s was that Osmond had grown up to become adult film star John Holmes. The story apparently began when fan magazines falsely reported that Osmond had embarked on such a career. The rumor was dispelled when a Los Angeles movie theater lit up its marquee advertising Eddie Haskell of TV in Behind the Green Door - X-rated, prompting Osmond himself, then an LAPD officer, to go to the theater to request that the manager of the theater pull the plug on the marquee. Osmond is the co-author, along with Christopher J. Lynch, of the book Eddie: The Life and Times of America's Preeminent Bad Boy, which was published in September of 2014. The foreword was written by Jerry Mathers.
|Morning Trivia: He was born in Mississippi but raised in Harrison Township, Michigan. In 1987, with his brother Mike, he visited a nightclub in Clawson, Michigan where a turntables competition was occurring. His older brother was competing against a then-unknown musician named Kid Rock. This guy ended up spending a lot of time with Kid Rock, and they became friends. In 1994, Kid Rock asked this guy to play turntables for his band called Twisted Brown Trucker. He knew nothing of using turntables, but since his brother was an experienced DJ, he agreed. He only performed at live shows at the time, until he began recording for one of Rock's albums. He was even a featured vocalist on some of the tracks. He then began working on a solo album, but he continued being the DJ for Kid Rock. Upon the release of Rock's multi-platinum album, Devil Without a Cause, this guy decided that it was time to release his own solo album. He was born Matthew Shafer but that's not what we know him as. Who is he?
Here in Olympia, made it to 86 on Saturday. Yesterday was a record-breaker hitting 97. Elsewhere around the Northwest, Portland hit 99, Vancouver USA saw 98, Shelton hit 97, Tacoma saw 95, a record-breaker in Seattle at 93; Gig Harbor was 90, Hoquiam hit 81.
Well, this didn't play out like we were hoping. The Mariners entered their weekend series with Texas tied for the AL West lead, but now find themselves three games back in the division race after the Rangers completed a sweep with a 3-2 victory yesterday -- the first series loss on the road for the Ms this year. Hishashi Iwakuma delivered the rotation's first quality start in a week, but the offense was unable to put it together. Shortstop Ketel Marte completed his rehab assignment with the AAA Tacoma Rainiers Saturday and rejoins the Mariners tonight when they launch a four-game set with the Cleveland Indians. First pitch at Safeco is tonight at 7:10.
Birthdays: Singer-songwriter Gary US Bonds is 77; Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street, actor Robert Englund is 69; a former world No. 1 tennis player from Sweden widely considered to be one of the greatest in tennis history, Björn Borg is 60; actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein is 62; actress and comedian Sandra Bernhard is 61; guitarist Steve Vai is 56; Vinnie on Doogie Howser MD, actor Max Casella is 49; actor Paul Giamatti -- he of the Century Link commercials -- is also 49.
Today is National Applesauce Cake Day. Today is National Yo-Yo Day, marking the birthdate of businessman Donald F. Duncan Sr., who manufactured the popular Duncan Yo-Yo in the early 1900s. Today is the anniversary of D-Day. In 1944, before dawn, 2,727 ships of every description converged on Normandy, carrying 2-million tons of war materials, including tanks, armored cars, trucks, jeeps and half-tracks and 155,000 fighting men the first day. Today is Helicopter Day. The first helicopter was tested in Berlin on this day in 1936.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1872, Susan B. Anthony led a group of women to register and vote in a Rochester, New York, election. She was arrested, tried, and sentenced to pay a fine. She refused to pay and was released by a judge who was afraid she'd appeal to a higher court. In 1933, Richard Hollingshead opened the world's first drive-in movie on 10 acres off Wilson Boulevard in Camden, New Jersey. The screen was 40 by 30 feet. Admission was 25 cents per car plus another quarter for each passenger. In 1971, after 23 years, The Ed Sullivan Show was cancelled. Gladys Knight and the Pips were the last musical guests. In 1978, 20/20 debuted on ABC. In 1984, Tetris, one of the best-selling video games of all-time, was released. In 1992, Pete Townshend won a Tony for Best Original Score for the Broadway production of Tommy. In 2005, the United States Supreme Court ruled that federal authorities could prosecute sick people who smoke marijuana on doctor's orders. The ruling concluded that state medical marijuana laws did not protect users from the federal ban on the drug.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows debuted to a disappointing $35.3 million over the weekend, becoming the latest sequel this year to fall short of expectations. It was good enough for number one, though. The pizza-munching reptiles' opening weekend was roughly half of the $65.6 million that its predecessor, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, debuted to in 2014, illustrating that not all franchises are created equal. The return of the turtles was enough to knock X-Men: Apocalypse from the top spot. The superhero sequel finished second. In third place, the modestly budgeted Me Before You. It's the story of a caregiver who falls in love with a paralyzed millionaire . Rounding out the top five, were Alice Through the Looking Glass and The Angry Birds Movie.
The death of Muhammad Ali, the former heavyweight champion known as much for his political activism as his boxing brilliance, has triggered a worldwide outpouring of affection and admiration for one of the best-known figures of the 20th century. Ali, who had long suffered from Parkinson's syndrome which impaired his speech and made the once-graceful athlete almost a prisoner in his own body, died on Friday. The cause of death was septic shock due to unspecified natural causes, according to a family spokesman. Ali was admitted to a Phoenix-area hospital with a respiratory ailment last Monday. After initial reports indicating he was doing fine, circumstances turned worse. Despite Ali's failing health, his youthful proclamation that he was "the greatest" rang true until the end for millions of people around the world who respected him for his courage both inside and outside the ring. Along with a fearsome reputation as a fighter, Ali spoke out against racism, war, and religious intolerance, while projecting an unshakeable confidence that became a model for African-Americans at the height of the civil rights era and beyond. Stripped of his world boxing crown for refusing to join the US Army and fight in Vietnam, Ali returned in triumph by recapturing the title and starring in some of the sport's most unforgettable bouts. Muhammad Ali was 74.
George Foreman said he was saddened when he got up Saturday morning and realized he was the last one remaining from boxing's golden age. There was him, George Foreman, Joe Frazier, and Muhammad Ali.
Prince's death sent fans flocking to buy his music and set some new standards on the charts at Billboard. For the first full sales week following Prince's death on April 21, five of his albums were in Billboard's top 10, at Nos. 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7. Only Beyonce kept him from the top spots. Billboard says no artist has had that many albums in the Top 10. Prince had 19 discs in Billboard's top 200, beating a record of 14 previously set by The Beatles. Billboard said the top sellers were three hits collections, Purple Rain and 1999. The singer sold 4.4 million albums and songs the week after his death, compared to 19,000 the week before.
Trivia Answer: Matt Shafer -- also known as Uncle Kracker, a stage name adopted from his favorite snack producer, the Kraft Cracker Company of Flint, Michigan. Matt or Uncle turns 42 today. That first solo album was called Double Wide. Kid Rock and Uncle Kracker are doing the Puyallup this year. They play the Washington State Fair on Saturday, September 3rd.
|Morning 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 famously said, "dying is not a crime." Who is he?
Epic. It was absolutely epic. The Mariners could play another 40 years and not repeat the feat they pulled off last night at Petco Park in San Diego. Buried in a 12-2 hole after five innings, Seattle rallied for five runs in the fifth inning and nine more in the sixth and shocked the Padres 16-13 for the greatest comeback win in franchise history. The 10-run deficit overcome by the Mariners eclipsed the record of eight, set in April of 1996. The immediate benefit: Seattle moved into a tie with Texas for first place in the AL West. So that sets up a 3-game weekend series with the two top teams in the AL West. The Ms are in Arlington, Texas to face the Rangers tonight through Sunday. The first game tonight at 5:05.
And Game One goes to Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors downed the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-89 in the NBA Finals last night. Game Two of the best-of-seven is Sunday night.
Birthdays: Game show host -- remember The Gong Show? -- Chuck Barris is 87; Fidel's younger brother and the curent President of Cuba, Raúl Castro is 86; golfer Hale Irwin is 71; singer Suzi Quatro is 66; singer Deniece Williams is 66; the 37th Second Lady of the United States, Jill Biden is 65; known for his song Sometimes When We Touch, singer Dan Hill is 62; newsman Anderson Cooper is 49; and currently ranked number five in the world, tennis pro Rafael Nadal is 30.
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. Today is National Doughnut Day, always celebrated on the first Friday in June. National Doughnut Day honors the Salvation Army "Lassies" of WWI. 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.
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. In 2014, Led Zeppelin's first three albums were released in remastered and expanded box sets.
A spokesman for boxing great Muhammad Ali says the former heavyweight champion is being treated in a hospital for a respiratory issue. He said yesterday that Ali is being treated by doctors as a precaution. He says that the 74-year-old is in fair condition, and that a brief hospital stay is expected. He declined to say where Ali is hospitalized or when he was admitted. Ali has battled Parkinson's disease for years.
The company that produced American Idol -- 19 Entertainment -- has filed a $6 million breach of contract suit against Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips. In a claim filed in New York bankruptcy court yesterday, the production company contends that the singer is withholding as much as $1 million amid an ongoing contract dispute. Last January, Phillips filed a petition with the California Labor Commission, seeking to free himself from what he claimed was an oppressive contract that 19 Entertainment used to take advantage of his success. According to 19's latest filing, Phillips is withholding "no less than $850,000 and as much as $1,000,000" in "anticipation" that the contract will be voided. However, 19 Entertainment filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in April, and the claim says that as a result, no ruling can be reached on the contract dispute for the foreseeable future. The company also anticipates that "additional damages from continuing breaches" will exceed $5 million, which it asks that Phillips also be forced to pay.
In theaters this weekend, the PG-13 rated Me Before You, the R-rated Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, and the Turtles are back. The PG-13 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is out this weekend.
Trivia Answer: Dr. Jack Kevorkian. He was often known by the nickname Dr. Death. He himself died on this date five 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 of 2011, eight days after his 83rd birthday.
|Morning Trivia: He is the only president to wed in the White House. Who was he?
Turnabout, they say, is fair play. In a large reversal of form from the teams' previous meeting, emergency starter James Paxton was overwhelmed in the first inning, giving up six runs -- five unearned because of his own throwing error -- in the Mariners' 14-6 loss last night at Petco Park in San Diego. The Mariners missed a chance to take back the AL West lead from the Texas Rangers, who lost in Cleveland 5-4. Called up from AAA Tacoma to replace Felix Hernandez, who went on the disabled list yesterday with a strained calf, Paxton was instantly in trouble. On the bright side, the Mariners finished May with a 30-and-21 record. The last time Seattle reached 30 wins by the end of May was 2003. The final game of the series with the Padres is tonight. After that, the Mariners have three in Texas over the weekend.
Birthdays: She was Hot Lips Houlihan in the movie M*A*S*H, actress Sally Kellerman is 79; actor Stacy Keach is 75; Rock Hall of Famer drummer Charlie Watts from the Rolling Stones is 75; Beaver Cleaver, actor Jerry Mathers is 68; comedian Dana Carvey is 61; retired racecar driver Kyle Petty is 56; the original host of the TV show Don’t Forget The Lyrics, comedian Wayne Brady is 44; and he was a Mariner for 11 years, Raúl Ibañez is also 44.
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, 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.
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's 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.
LeBron James and Stephen Curry are the best basketball players on the planet. They're also so radically different they might as well belong to separate solar systems. But now, as the sport's two supreme talents face each other in the NBA Finals, it has become undeniable that Curry is one of the first basketball foils for James. Their unlikely rivalry is suddenly the most tantalizing plot in basketball. Game one of the best-of-seven is tonight. It's the Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State to face the Warriors.
In a post on his Facebook page -- one that unsurprisingly sparked yet another flurry of angry comments on the matter -- Dan Aykroyd has given a glowing review to the all-female Ghostbusters Reboot. Set for a July 15th release, the film has Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon taking over for Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Aykroyd's co-creator, the late Harold Ramis, as a quartet of professional paranormal eliminators. The first trailer for the reboot became infamous for being YouTube's most-unliked ever, and it had already riled many fans of the original thanks to its all-female cast and a plot that will feature the originals' surviving cast members only in cameos that aren't their 'busting characters. Akroyd wrote, "As originator of the original, I saw test screening of new movie. Apart from brilliant, genuine performances from the cast both female and male, it has more laughs and more scares than the first 2 films plus Bill Murray is in it!"
Taylor Swift and Scottish DJ Calvin Harris have called it quits, according to People magazine. An insider says, “There was no drama. Things just don’t work out sometimes.” In March, the pair celebrated their one-year anniversary with a tropical getaway.
Trivia Answer: Grover Cleveland. On June 2nd of 1886, he became the first and only president to marry in the White House. After the death of his law partner, he became the guardian of his partner's daughter. This relationship eventually changed into one of romance when she became older. For a time, Cleveland allowed the media to believe that his interest was actually in the widow Folsom instead of Frances Folsom the daughter. After his and the daughter's relationship became public knowledge he again toyed with the media as to the location of the upcoming marriage. They didn't decide to marry in the White House until the very end. Cleveland and his wife remained devoted to one another until his death.
|Morning Trivia: He was an actor, television producer, Southern-gospel singer, and writer. He was a Tony Award nominee for two roles, 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?
The Mariners belted five more home runs yesterday and crushed the San Diego Padres 16-4 at Safeco Field. Seattle missed setting a Safeco Field scoring record by a run. Hisashi Iwakuma had a 12-0 lead before giving up his first hit and a 16-0 advantage before the Padres touched him for three runs in the sixth. The Mariners outscored San Diego 25-7 in the two-game series. The scoring output was Seattle’s biggest since it scored 21 runs in a 21-8 win at Texas on May 30th of 2012, and tied for the most at Safeco. The Mariners, by the way have 77 home runs this season, the most in the majors. The Ms have 25 (out of 51) multi-homer games this season, also the most in the majors. The Mariners finished the eight-game home stand 4-and-4 despite getting swept by the Minnesota Twins last weekend. Seattle has won eight of their past 12. The Mariners and Padres meet for another pair of games, this time at their place. First pitch in San Diego is tonight at 7:10.
UPDATE: Felix Hernandez goes on the 15-day DL with a strained right calf. James Paxton is called back from Tacoma and gets the start tonight.
Birthdays: Singer Pat Boone is 82; actor Morgan Freeman is 79; Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood is 69; actress and singer Lisa Hartman-Black is 60; model/TV host Heidi Klum is 43; singer Alanis Morissette is 42; and stand-up comedian, writer and actress Amy Schumer is 35.
Today is a challenging day, it's Dare Day. Dare Day is 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. Today is Say Something Nice Day. Thank someone, encourage someone, compliment everyone. The purpose of this holiday 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 debuted on this date in 1980, the Cable News Network.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1926, 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 Britain. 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 the finding of 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 US industrial company to enter bankruptcy protection.
June 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.
June is 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, National Candy Month, National Iced Tea Month, Potty Training Awareness Month, National Rose Month, National Soul Food Month, and National Turkey Lovers Month.
Internet -- capital I -- and Web -- capital W -- have moved on from being proper nouns. They've been downgraded in written form to the more generic internet -- lower case i -- and web -- lower case w. The changes go into effect today with the new edition of the AP Stylebook, a manual followed by many journalists, offering a comprehensive guide to the usage of words, style, spelling and punctuation. Tom Kent is the AP Standards Editor. He says, "The argument for lowercasing Internet is that it has become wholly generic, like electricity and the telephone. It never was trademarked and is not based on any proper noun. The best reason for capitalizing it in the past may have been that the term was new. At one point, we understand, 'Phonograph' was capitalized." Don't mourn for the Internet and the Web too much, though. When the two names for the great global network get their new, lower-case stature, they'll be in good company, joining the likes of website (formerly Web site) and email (formerly e-mail). Probably won't be long before Wi-Fi joins them in the coming years. For capital letter enthusiasts, however, there's one prominent holdout: PDF, short for Portable Document Format. It will remain capitalized.
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. Andy Griffith died on July 3rd of 2012 from a heart attack at the age 86 at his coastal home in North Carolina.