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Monday 9.15.14
Today's Trivia: This Canadian-American actress is considered by many to be the first "scream queen" beginning with her appearance in the 1932 film Doctor X. She's best known for her role in the 1933 film King Kong. Who is she?

The San Diego Chargers used an old, familiar combo -- Philip Rivers to Antonio Gates -- to upset the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. Gates had three touchdown catches, including a spectacular, one-handed grab, and the Chargers controlled the tempo to keep Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch off the field to beat the Seahawks 30-21 yester The San Diego Chargers used an old, familiar combo - Philip Rivers to Antonio Gates - to upset the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. Seattle was efficient when it had the ball, but it just didn't have it enough as the Chargers dominated time of possession on a steamy afternoon down at Qualcomm Stadium. Meantime, coming up Sunday afternoon at Century Link, it's a rematch of the Super Bowl contenders. The Hawks host the Denver Broncos Sunday afternoon at 1:00.

Shaq Thompson saw daylight, with an open field and no one between him and the end zone. Just as he was breaking clear, Thompson's foot was clipped and he tumbled to the turf after a 13-yard run. Washington's star linebacker had to settle for two defensive touchdowns on Saturday. Thompson returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown, picked up a fumble and rumbled 52 yards for another score, and Washington routed Illinois 44-19, improving to 3-0 under Chris Petersen.Thompson became the first Washington player since at least 1978 to score via fumble and interception in the same game, according to school records. And when Thompson finally got his allotted series on offense, he nearly busted another long touchdown, only to get tripped as he broke into the open field. The Dawgs are home again this upcoming weekend, hosting the Georgia State Panthers Saturday afternoon at 3:00.

After Washington State lost its first two games of the season, Saturday's contest against Portland State suddenly loomed very large. Connor Halliday, the nation's leading passer, threw for 544 yards and six touchdowns as the Cougars beat the Portland State Vikings 59-21. Coming up Saturday night, they host the Oregon Ducks.

Jon Lester couldn't find his command. There was no one pitch he could lean on or one side of the plate he could hit with any consistency. And still the Oakland lefty managed to throw six shutout innings yesterday and helped the Athletics extend their lead in the AL wild-card race. Sam Fuld and Brandon Moss hit solo home runs, Lester combined with three relievers on a seven-hitter and Oakland beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0. Seattle was 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position against Lester. Seattle finished 0 for 13 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on base. The Mariners now beginss a rugged 11-game road trip starting tonight night against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Hiashi Iwakuma is pitching the opener of the four-game series. After four with the Angels, the Mariners go to Houston for three games and close the trip with four in Toronto.

Birthdays: Actor Tommy Lee Jones is 68; movie director Oliver Stone is 68; Seahawks head coach Pete Carrol is 63; former Miami Dolphin quarterback Dan Marino is 53; McGruff, the crime-fighter dog is 34; son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana; Prince Harry (Prince of Wales) is 30; and from The Hills, Heidi Montag is 28.

National Hispanic Heritage Month begins today. Today is Make a Hat Day. And apparently it’s our choice, it can be either Make a Serious Hat Day or Make a Goofy Hat Day. Today is USA Today Day, marking the first issue of the Nation's Newspaper on this date in 1982.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1954, during night filming for The Seven Year Itch in New York City, a gust of wind from a subway grating lifted Marilyn Monroe’s skirt. Though husband Joe DiMaggio objected, the scene made it to the world’s movie screens. In 1965, Lost in Space and Green Acres premiered on CBS TV. In 1978, Muhammad Ali outpointed Leon Spinks in a rematch to become the first boxer to win the world heavyweight title 3 times at the Superdome in New Orleans. In 1998, it was announced that 5.9 million people read The Starr Report on the Internet. 606,000 people read the White House defense of President Clinton.

The thriller No Good Deed, the story of an escaped convict who terrorizes a woman and her children inside their home, seized the top spot on US and Canadian box office charts over the weekend, beating family friendly sequel Dolphin Tale 2. No Good Deed collected $24.5 million in domestic ticket sales from Friday through Sunday. Dolphin Tale 2, the sequel to a 2011 hit about a plucky marine mammal, finished second with $16.6 million. Last weekend's winner, Marvel's hit space adventure Guardians of the Galaxy, came in third. In fourth place was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, based on the series that began with 1980s comic books. The comedy Let's Be Cops rounded out the Top Five.

A ballot initiative to split California into six separate states failed to attract enough signatures to appear on the ballot in November, according to the secretary of state. However, the bid's backers claimed they did indeed have enough signatures -- they said in July they'd accumulated 1.3 million of them -- and would contest the ruling. The campaign seeks to splinter California into six new entities, including Silicon Valley and West California.

Golf legend Greg Norman nearly severed his left hand in a chainsaw accident over the weekend. Norman says he was cutting brush in his yard when the chainsaw slipped and sliced into him. "I was one lucky man today," he wrote on Instagram, adding, "Still have left hand."

Trivia Answer: Fay Wray who was born on this date in 1907. She was born near Cardston, Alberta. Her family moved to Salt Lake City in 1912. She became a naturalized United States citizen in 1935. She's best remembered for her role as Ann Darrow, the blonde captive of the gigantic gorilla in the classic horror/adventure film King Kong in 1933. She wore a blonde wig over her naturally dark hair for the role. She continued in films but by the early 1940s her appearances grew sporadic. Wray was approached to appear in a small cameo for the 2005 remake of King Kong. She met with Naomi Watts who was to play the Ann Darrow role. Before filming commenced, however, Wray died in her sleep on August 8th of 2004 in her Manhattan apartment of natural causes -- 38 days shy of her 97th birthday.

Friday 9.12.14
Today's Trivia: On this date in 1966, The Monkees invaded television. There were four of them. Can you name The Monkees?

After being tortured by the Oakland Athletics in their own division for more than a decade, the Mariners can take a big step toward the postseason this weekend. Even with payrolls far below those of Seattle’s, the Oakland Athletics have spent more than a decade embarrassing the Mariners with smarter front-office management, more effective player acquisitions, and better teams. Since 2003, the last year Seattle had a playoff opportunity, the low-rent A’s have won four division titles versus none for the Mariners, and finished ahead of Seattle in the standings 10 times in 11 years. Finally, the Mariners can deliver a punch to the snout of the pesky A’s. This weekend, the Mariners engage the Athletics in a three-game series at Safeco Field that will go a long way toward deciding American League wild card slots. Game one is at the Safe tonight at 7:10.

The Seahawks have won more regular season games against the Chargers than any other NFL team. They've won 26, and go for 27 Sunday afternoon. Hawks and Charger in San Diego Sunday afternoon at 1:00.

The Baltimore Ravens knocked off the Pittsburgh Steelers last night 26-6.

Former Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, now an ESPN analyst, is joining ABC's Good Morning America as a contributor effective this coming Monday.

The Washington Huskies are home again this weekend hosting the Illinois Fighting Illini tomorrow afternoon at 1:00.

The Washington State Cougars are back in action when they host the Portland State Vikings tomorrow afternoon at 5:00.

Birthdays: Sue Ellen Ewing on Dallas, actress Linda Gray is 74; Rush drummer Neil Peart is 62; from America, singer Gerry Beckley is 62; Ed on Northern Exposure, actor Darren E. Burrows is 48; singer Ben Folds is 48; comedian Louis CK is 47; from Oasis, Liam Gallagher is 42; winner of the second season of American Idol, Ruben Studdard is 36; and singer Jennifer Hudson is 33.

Today is Lassie Day, marking the debut of the TV show on this date in 1954. Through the years, the cast included six different Lassies, Tommy Rettig, Cloris Leachman, and June Lockhart. Today is Josie and the Pussycats Day, marking their debut on this date in 1970. The popular cartoon was spawned from Archie comics. Today is National Chocolate Milkshake Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1910, Alice Wells became the first Los Angeles policewoman with full arrest powers. Even in uniform, Alice was accused of misusing her husband’s badge to ride the streetcar free, until LA finally issued her "Policewoman’s Badge #1." In 1953, Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in Newport, Rhode Island. In 1966, The Monkees invaded television. The hand-picked-for-TV group lasted until 1969 and continued in re-runs for many years as something of a cult favorite. In 1984, Michael Jordan signed a seven-year contract to play basketball with the Chicago Bulls. In 1992, Eric Clapton's Unplugged album entered the charts. The acoustic album boasted the hit Tears in Heaven, and went on to sell seven-million copies. In 1995, the Harlem Globetrotters’ 8,829-game, 24-year winning streak ended when they lost 91-85 in Zurich, Switzerland, to a team led by retired pro Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. It was the Trotters first loss since the New Jersey Generals won 100-99 on January 15th of 1971. In In 2003, The Beatles sued Apple computers and alleged their iTunes store infringed copyrights on the logo of their Apple Corps record label. Also in 2003, country legend Johnny Cash died in Nashville. The Man in Black was 71.

A South African judge has found double-amputee Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, or manslaughter, for killing his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, last year. The conviction carries up to 15 years in prison. Judge Thokozile Masipa had cleared Pistorius of murder charges a day earlier. Masipa accepted Pistorius' assertion that he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder when he fired four shots through a locked bathroom door, but said he "acted too hastily and used excessive force."

The federal government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day in 2008 to get it to hand over user data for National Security Agency surveillance programs, Yahoo said yesterday. The internet firm's general counsel, Ron Bell, announced the news after the company won a fight to release 1,500 pages related to the case, in which a secret surveillance court sided with the government but found the broad data request to be unconstitutional. Bell said the documents show how Yahoo "had to fight every step" to protect user information.

Spinosauraus, a massive meat-eating predator, might have been the first dinosaur to live entirely in water, researchers reported yesterday in the journal Science. The 50-foot-long beast swam in the rivers of North Africa 97 million years ago. The researchers based their conclusion on new fossils found in the Moroccan Sahara, which included a crocodilian snout, paddle-like feet, and dense bones for buoyancy. It also had a small nostril located far back on the head, which would have limited water intake.

A new study from the Institute of the Painfully Obvious. The study shows that if you place germs on a office building's door handle, the germs will spread to people scattered throughout a large scale structure in only hours.

Trivia Answer: The musical acting quartet was Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Davy Jones. The band's music was initially supervised by producer Don Kirshner. Described by band member Micky Dolenz as initially being "a TV show about an imaginary band that wanted to be The Beatles, but that was never successful", the actor-musicians soon became a real band. As Dolenz would later describe it, "The Monkees really becoming a band was like the equivalent of Leonard Nimoy really becoming a Vulcan." The Monkees had a number of international hits, including Last Train to Clarksville, I'm a Believer, Pleasant Valley Sunday, and Daydream Believer. At their peak in 1967, the band outsold both the Beatles and Rolling Stones. As of 2012, their albums and singles had sold over 65 million copies worldwide. On the morning of February 29th of 2012, Davey Jones went to tend his 14 horses at a farm in Indiantown, Florida. After riding one of his favorite horses around the track, he complained of chest pains and difficulty breathing and was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead of a severe heart attack.

Thursday 9.11.14
Today's Trivia: She's an actress best known for her roles as Leticia "Buddy" Lawrence on the television series Family and as Barbara Weston on the sitcom Empty Nest. Her brother was also a former child actor. Who is she?

Jose Altuve had two hits and an RBI and the Houston Astros damaged the Seattle Mariners post-season hopes with a 5-2 victory last night. The Mariners lost two of three in the series and remain a half-game behind Detroit for the American League's second wild-card spot. An off day for the Ms today. They host the Oakland As for the weekend starting tomorrow night as we begin the final 17 games of the season.

Many Seattle Seahawks fans were feeling uneasy about depth on the Legion of Boom after last Thursday’s season opener, in which free safety Earl Thomas muffed a punt return and nickel cornerback Jeremy Lane went down with a groin injury. Head coach Pete Carroll addressed both topics in his news conference yesterday, announcing that Thomas will no longer be returning punts. That job will fall to wide receiver Bryan Walters, who returned punts for most of the preseason yet barely made the final 53-man roster. Walters is in his third year as a backup receiver in Seattle. A native of Kirkland and an alumnus of Juanita High School, Walters was waived Aug. 30 in the Seahawks’ final roster cuts but re-signed with Seattle two days later. Also yesterday, the Seahawks terminated the contract of Lemuel Jeanpierre after reaching an injury settlement with the veteran offensive lineman. Jeanpierre, who’d been with the club since 2010, was placed on injured reserve last week after suffering a neck injury in the preseason. Hawks and Charger in San Diego Sunday afternoon at 1:00.

The NFL pops up on CBS Thursday nights. James Brown hosts the pregame show, along with analysts Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher. Tonight features the Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore to face the Ravens.

Saw a post yesterday that said the Ray Rice video scandal is now officially no longer about Ray Rice. Yup.

The NFL last night appointed former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III to investigate its handling of the Rice case. The move came after The Associated Press published an account contradicting the league's claim that no NFL official had previously seen the video that surfaced this week showing the former Baltimore Ravens running back punching his wife. A law enforcement official told AP that he had sent the video to an NFL executive shortly after the April incident.

The Washington Huskies are home again this weekend hosting the Illinois Fighting Illini Saturday afternoon at 1:00.

The Washington State Cougars are back in action when they host the Portland State Vikings Saturday afternoon at 5:00.

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for King, Pierce, Lewis, Thurston, Kitsap, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Clallam & Mason Counties through 5 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. A Red Flag Warning means critical fire weather conditions are occurring or will shortly. Strong winds, low humidity, and warm temps are expected.

Birthdays: Actor Earl Holliman is 86; director Brian De Palma is 74; Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart is 71; Styx guitarist Tommy Shaw is 61;musician Moby is 49; singer and American Idol judge Harry Connick, Jr. is 47; guitarist and founding member of Coldplay, Jon Buckland is 37; rapper Ludacris is 37

Today is Patriot Day. It was on this date in 2001, coordinated attacks resulted in the collapse of the World Trade Center in New York City, destruction of the western portion of The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and a passenger airliner crash in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. In total, 2,974 people were killed in the September 11th, 2001 attacks.

In 1965, The Rolling Stones’ (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction went to number one on the English singles chart. This was two months after it became a chart-topper in America. In 1974, Little House on the Prairie premiered on NBC-TV, starring Michael Landon, Karen Grassle, Melissa Gilbert, Melissa Sue Anderson, and twins Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush. In 1977, it was announced that David Bowie would duet with Bing Crosby for a Christmas special. The two later performed a version of Little Drummer Boy. In 1981, First Lady Nancy Reagan spent $200-thousand on new china for the White House. She said they really needed it. In 1987, when a tennis tournament ran overtime, anchor Dan Rather walked off the set of the CBS Evening News and didn’t return. When the tennis coverage ended, CBS went black for six minutes. In 1987, at the MTV Video Music Awards, Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer won Video of the Year. In 2003, actor John Ritter died in Los Angeles at age 54. In 2003, two men handed the clerk in a Mishawaka, Indiana, 7-11 store a note that said, "Put it in the bag." The clerk said she didn't understand the note. The two began to argue over how the note was worded, then left the store empty-handed.

Crowds gathered in New York City this morning to mark the 13th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks with what has become a ritual -- moments of silence, and the reading of the names of the 2,753 people who died when hijackers crashed two planes into the World Trade Center's twin towers. For the first time, visitors are able to see the museum at the site, which opened in May. Ceremonies are also being held to remember those killed when hijackers crashed planes at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

As Netflix, Kickstarter, Tumblr and a host of other websites yesterday urged users to chime in on the need for robust net neutrality rules, the FCC said that total public comments on the issue reached close to 1.5 million. That figure is greater than the previous record, the 1.4 million comments that flooded into the FCC following Janet Jackson's infamous "wardrobe malfunction" at the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show.

Richard Kiel, the 7-foot-2 actor who played the villain "Jaws" in James Bond movies, died Wednesday in a California hospital. He was 74. Kiel broke his leg last week, although it was not immediately clear whether the injury played a role in his death. Kiel once noted that he had been working for 17 years when he landed the role as the steel-toothed Bond villain. "I suddenly became an overnight success," he said.

The fragile ozone layer, which protects Earth from cancer-causing ultraviolet rays, is beginning to show signs of recovery. That according to a United Nations report released yesterday. The scientists behind the study attributed the first increase in stratospheric ozone in 35 years to the effort since the 1980s to phase out man-made chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, from use in refrigerants and aerosol cans. World Meteorological Organization Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said the success signaled hope for a concerted fight against climate change.

A giant solar flare that launched yesterday is heading toward Earth, and could interfere with satellites in orbit as well as communications and power systems on the ground. Such a blast hasn't occurred in years, but scientists say not to panic. New calculations from satellite data show that the "worst of the energetic particles" will most likely go above the Earth.

Trivia Answer: Christina Ann McNichol -- Kristy McNichol -- who turns 52 today. Her brother is Jimmy McNichol. Kristy retired from acting when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1992. In March 1999, McNichol was the subject of an episodes of E! True Hollywood Story, in which she spoke candidly about her career, alleged drug problems, and her mental health problems. In June 2001 she stated: "A lot of people have wondered what I've been up to. I retired from my career after 24 years. My feeling was that it was time to play my biggest part – MYSELF! I must say that it has been the best thing that ever happened to me. So many fans are disappointed that I'm not currently acting, however some may not realize that the process I'm in at this time is necessary and vital for my personal happiness and well-being." McNichol resides in Los Angeles, California. Since retiring from the screen, she has taught acting at a private school in Los Angeles and devoted much of her time to charity work. On January 6th of 2012, McNichol came out as a lesbian, and announced she was living with her partner Martie Allen and had been for 20 years. She said she chose to come out now, some 20 years after leaving acting, to help young LGBT people dealing with bullying.

Wednesday 9.10.14
Today's Trivia: He's a former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher. During a 22-year career, he pitched for six different teams. He stands 6-feet-10-inches tall and was celebrated for having one of the most dominant fastballs in the game. He regularly approached, and occasionally exceeded, 100 miles an hour during his prime. He also threw a hard, biting slider. He won the Cy Young Award five times, second only to Roger Clemens' seven. Who is he?

Logan Morrison and the Seattle Mariners have played well enough all season to stay confident even after a tough loss. Jonathan Villar hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning last night to lift the Houston Astros to a 2-1 victory. Morrison homered in the eighth to tie it, but Houston countered in the 9th and dropped the Mariners a half-game out in the race for the second AL wild card. Mariners and Astros wrap up their series tonight at 7:10. An off day for the Ms tomorrow then they host the Oakland As for the weekend. We're down to the final 18 games.

The Seattle Seahawks didn't need a Fail Mary to beat the Green Bay Packers in Week 1. They sure didn't do anything to lose their spot atop the AP Pro32 rankings. The Seahawks ran roughshod over the Packers in a 36-16 rout Thursday night to open the season, showcasing the same dominant defense that led them to the Super Bowl a year ago while also opening up an offense that could leave a lot of teams wondering what hit them. The beat-down persuaded everybody in the 12-member media panel that regularly covers the league to put Seattle on top. Denver had received one first-place vote in the preseason poll. The Seahawks held Aaron Rodgers to just 189 yards with a touchdown and an interception, while Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson threw for two scores without a pick. The Seahawks finished with nearly 400 yards of offense, putting the game away with 19 straight points. The Broncos were the clear-cut second choice, garnering all but one second-place vote. The San Francisco 49ers were third, followed by the Cincinnati Bengals -- a big mover after their win at Baltimore -- and the Philadelphia Eagles. The Seahawks are in San Diego to face the Chargers at 1:00 Sunday afternoon.

The fallout continues for star running back Ray Rice following the release of a security video showing him appearing to knock out his then-fiancée, now-wife, Janay, in a casino elevator this summer. After the Baltimore Ravens fired Rice and the league suspended him indefinitely -- costing him a $4 million salary -- Rice also lost endorsement deals from several companies, including Nike and Electronic Arts, which is erasing his image from the Madden 15 video game.

A 27-year-old former exotic dancer has filed a lawsuit accusing Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones of sexually assaulting her in a local hotel room in June 2009. The woman, Jana Weckerly, says that the 71-year-old Jones fondled her and forced her to fondle him. Weckerly also says Jones made her watch as he received oral sex from one of two other women in the room. Jones' lawyer said the allegations are "completely false," calling the lawsuit a "shakedown." Weckerly is asking for $1 million in punitive damages.

Birthdays: Golfer Arnold Palmer is 85; from Three Dog Night, one of the dogs, singer Danny Hutton is 72; singer Jose Feliciano is 69; TV talker and author Bill O'Reilly is 65; Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is 64; actress Amy Irving is 61; director Chris Columbus is 56; and the former Mr. Madonna, director Guy Ritchie is 46.

Today is Gunsmoke Day, marking the TV debut of Marshall Matt Dillon on this date in 1955 on CBS. James Arness starred for 20 years. Today is National Swap Ideas Day. Today is Gentle Ben Day, marking the premier of a TV show on this date in 1967 about a boy and his bear. Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1953, the Swanson company sold its first frozen TV dinner. In 1966, The Beatles’ Revolver went to number one in the American album chart, and stayed there for six weeks. In 1989, Deion Sanders intercepted a pass and scored a touchdown for the Atlanta Falcons. Four days earlier he hit a home run for the New York Yankees. In 1990, the Quincy Jones-produced Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, starring Will Smith, debuted. In 1998, three Miami drug dealers traded a half-million dollars worth of cocaine and heroin for 12-thousand pairs of name-brand blue jeans. It was a good laundering deal except for the fact that the jeans dealers were undercover police. In 2000, NBC's The West Wing won a record-setting nine Emmy awards, including best drama series. NBC's Will and Grace won best comedy. In 2003, scientists announced that they had recorded the deepest musical note ever generated in space at the edge of a black hole. It was a B flat 57 octaves below the middle keys of a piano and one million billion times deeper than can be heard by humans.

Apple unveiled two new iPhones yesterday, along with its long-rumored Apple Watch. The new incarnations of the company's popular smartphone -- the iPhone 6 and the bigger iPhone 6 Plus -- include a mobile payment system called Apple Pay that aims to replace physical credit and debit cards. Analysts will be watching the performance of the Apple Watch. It's the first product developed entirely since Tim Cook took over as CEO in 2011.

Trump Entertainment Resorts filed for bankruptcy yesterday and threatened to shut down the Taj Mahal Casino Resort, which would make it the fifth Atlantic City casino to close this year. The company owns Trump Plaza, which is closing in a week, and the Taj Mahal, which has been experiencing cash-flow problems and had been trying to stave off a default with its lenders. The company said the Taj Mahal could close November 13th if it doesn't win salary concessions from union workers. It's the fourth such filing for the struggling casino company or its corporate predecessors. The company filed in US Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware, saying it has liabilities of between $100 million and $500 million, and assets of no more than $50,000. It missed its quarterly tax payment due last month, and says it doesn't have the cash to make an interest payment to lenders due at the end of the month.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the publication of Roald Dahl's classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Guardian recently for the first time printed a lost chapter from the book. The passage was "deemed too wild, subversive and insufficiently moral for the tender minds of British children," the paper wrote. For instance, the chapter alludes to a Pounding and Cutting Room, into which several wicked characters disappear.

Trivia Answer: Randall David Johnson -- Randy Johnson -- nicknamed The Big Unit, who turns 51 today. Johnson finished his career first in strikeouts per nine innings pitched among starting pitchers (10.67), second all-time in total strikeouts (4,875; first among left-handed pitchers), third in hit batsmen (188), tenth in fewest hits allowed per nine innings pitched (7.24), 22nd in wins (303), and 57th in shutouts (37). He pitched two no-hitters, the second of which was the 17th perfect game in baseball history. He was with the Montreal Expos in 1988 and 1989; the Seattle Mariners from 1989 to 1998; the Houston Astros in 1998; the Arizona Diamondbacks from 1999 to 2004; the New York Yankees in 2005 and 2006; the Arizona Diamondbacks (again) in 2007 and 2008; and the San Francisco Giants in 2009. Johnson has four children with his wife Lisa, and has a daughter from a previous relationship. He is a resident of Paradise Valley, Arizona.

Tuesday 9.9.14
Today's Trivia: She was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and began modeling by age 17. She rose to prominence after posing as a Sports Illustrated model in 1989. She appeared on magazine covers, including Cosmopolitan and on the 1994 "Dream Team" cover of Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit issue. She posed nude for a cover-featured Playboy pictorial published in 2004. She guest starred in a 1997 episode of The Drew Carey Show as herself, the spokesmodel for fictional beer brand, Cap-beer-chino. Trying to develop a career in acting, she has taken a series of acting lessons and appeared in several independent movies. She also played a sultry, bikini-clad mother in the music video for Fountains of Wayne's 2003 song Stacy's Mom. Who is she?

Brad Miller had a tiebreaking two-run triple in the eighth inning and drove in three runs, helping the Seattle Mariners gain in the AL wild-card race with a 4-1 victory over the Houston Astros last night. The Mariners moved one game behind the Oakland As, who lost to the White Sox, for the first wild card and are one game ahead of Detroit for the second playoff spot. Game two with the 'Stros is tonight at 7:10.

One month ago today, the Ms were 11 games behind Oakland. Depending on how things play out tonight, they could end the day tied with the As.

Still in contention for an American League wild card berth this season, the Mariners yesterday announced their tentative regular-season schedule for 2015, which begins with a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels starting April 6th at the Safe. The afternoon opener -- a 1:10 start time -- marks the first season-opening day game since 2010 and the first time the Mariners have opened at home since 2008. The schedule with start times won't be finalized until January.

Monday Night Football: The Detroit Lions destroyed the NY Giants 35-14, and the San Diego Chargers were victims of a St. Louis Cardinals comeback and fell 18-17. The Seahawks meet the Chargers Sunday afternoon at 1:00 at San Diego.

Ray Rice was let go by the Baltimore Ravens yesterday and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video was released showing the running back striking his then-fiancee in February. The grainy video, released by TMZ Sports, shows Rice and Janay Palmer in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino. Each hits the other before Rice knocks Palmer off her feet and into a railing. Months ago, a TMZ video showed Rice dragging Palmer, now his wife, from the elevator at the casino. The Ravens said earlier yesterday that they never saw the new video. Hours later, they sent out a one-sentence release that said: "The Baltimore Ravens terminated the contract of RB Ray Rice this afternoon." The NFL also took action. Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that, based on the new video evidence, Rice has been suspended indefinitely from the league. The Canadian Football League released a statement that they would honor the NFL ban. He won't play in Canada either.

Birthdays: Former quarterback turned sportscaster Joe Theismann 65; Luke Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard, actor Tom Wopat is 63; perhaps best known as one of The Eurythmics, musician Dave Stewart is 62; actor and film producer Hugh Grant is 54: actor and comedian Adam Sandler is 48; and singer Michael Bublé is 39.

Today is Lost Sock Memorial Day. It's also Wonderful Weirdos Day, a day to thank the weirdos in your life. Today is California Day. On this day in 1850, California became the 31st state. Today is Fat Albert Day, marking the TV debut of Fat Albert & the Cosby Kids in 1972. Fat Albert's cartoon friends were Weird Harold, Mush Mouth, and Donald.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1926, NBC -- the National Broadcasting Company -- was formed. In 1947, the first actual case of a computer bug being found. A moth lodged in a relay of a Harvard Mark II computer at Harvard University. In 1956, Elvis Presley made his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Sullivan had Presley filmed from the waist up so that his gyrating pelvis wouldn’t corrupt the nation’s youth. The King performed Love Me Tender, Hound Dog, Don’t Be Cruel, and Ready Teddy. In1971, the four-day Attica Prison riot began, which eventually resulted in 39 dead, most killed by state troopers retaking the prison. In 1992, Van Halen took away the Video of the Year award at the 9th annual MTV Video Music Awards for their clip for Right Now. In 2008, the iTunes Music Store reached 100 million apps downloaded. One year later, on this date in 2009, the iTunes Music Store reached 1.8 billion apps downloaded.

Slash has ruled out any kind of reunion with former Guns N’ Roses band mate Axl Rose, insisting he simply cannot picture a get together. After bassist Duff McKagan rejoined Rose and his current incarnation of the band for dates in South America earlier this year, many fans were hoping for an original line-up reunion, but Slash insists that’s still unlikely. He tells GuitarWorld.com, "People have been speculating about it for years, but I really have a hard time picturing it."

Cher has rescheduled tour stops in New York and New Hampshire due to illness.A news release yesterday says the singer has been diagnosed with an acute viral infection and has rescheduled opening stops on the second leg of her Dressed to Kill Tour this week in Albany, New York, and Manchester, New Hampshire. Doctors diagnosed Cher with the infection over the weekend in Los Angeles and have ordered bed rest for several days. The release offered no further details about the 68-year-old singer's illness.

Amazon is slashing the price for its new Fire phone from $200 to 99 cents for the 32GB version with a two-year contract. That announcement coming yesterday. The 64GB version of Amazon's first smartphone will cost $100 with a two-year contract, down from $300. The drastic move, according to analysts, suggested that sales of the Fire were weak in the face of stiff competition from Samsung and Apple. By the way, Apple unveiled a new iPhone and more today.

Home Depot confirmed yesterday that hackers had breached its payment database. The home improvement retail chain said customers who paid with credit or debit cards at its US and Canadian stores might have been affected. Last week the company said it was cooperating with banks and law enforcement officials to investigate a report that it had been targeted. The breach appeared to have started in April, potentially making it larger than one that compromised 40 million cards used at Target last holiday season.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer declared a statewide emergency yesterday after parts of the state were doused with a record downpour. Torrential rains prompted flash-flood warnings in Arizona and three other Southwestern states. Two women were killed in separate tragedies in Arizona. Phoenix got a record 3.29 inches at Sky Harbor International Airport, beating a mark of 2.91 inches set in 1939. A community outside the city got 5.5 inches.

Trivia Answer: Rachel Hunter who turns 45 today. In the late 1980s Hunter lived with rock musician Kip Winger. Several Winger songs were written about her. At the age of 21 Hunter met Rod Stewart, 24 years her senior, and they were married on December 15, 1990. Together they had two children, Renee and Liam, but in January 1999 they separated. Stewart filed for divorce in 2005. The divorce took over a year to finalize, and was official on November 2nd of 2006. Having signed a pre-nuptial agreement, Hunter claimed a lump sum plus full financial support of Renee and Liam, on the condition of remaining in Los Angeles, California. It was rumored to have cost Stewart $66 million.

Monday 9.8.14
Today's Trivia: She's a singer-songwriter and musician. Originally a member of the girl group Choice, she rose to fame as an R&B artist with her debut album, Can't Take Me Home in 2000. It was certified double platinum and spawned two Billboard Hot 100 top-ten singles. Although she originally faced opposition from her record label, she took more artistic control and pursued pop rock direction for her second in 2001. It became her best-selling record with 13 million copies sold worldwide and produced three top-ten singles in the United States. Her third studio album in 2003 failed to repeat the success of her previous efforts, but earned her the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. She revived her popularity with her fourth studio album which featured more top-ten hits. In 2008, her fifth studio album, became her third multi-platinum album and contained her second number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100. She concluded the first decade of her career with the compilation album Greatest Hits... So Far!!! in 2010. She has sold over 40 million albums, including over 16 million in the United States, and 65 million singles worldwide as of this year. Who is she?

The Texas Rangers avoided the sweep at the hands of the Seattle Mariners yesterday. Derek Holland pitched seven impressive innings in his second start off the disabled list, and the Rangers beat the Mariners 1-0 to snap Seattle's 5-game winning streak. Texas gave interim manager Tim Bogar his first victory in his third game. Seattle, which had won five in a row, finished a 5-and-2 road trip. We're down to the last three weeks of the regular season. It's the Ms second-to-last home stand. They host the Houston Astros for three starting tonight. An off day Thursday, followed by a three-game series with the Oakland As at the Safe this weekend.

The Seattle Seahawks had the weekend off following the NFL opener Thursday night. The Hawks return to action Sunday afternoon at 1:00 when they meet the Chargers in San Diego.

The Giants at the Lions, and San Diego at Arizona on Monday Night Football tonight.

The University of Washington coughed up a 21-point first-quarter lead, weathered a record seven touchdown passes from Eastern Washington’s Vernon Adams, and barely held on to defeat the rambunctious Eagles 59-52 Saturday at Husky Stadium. Although new UW head coach Chris Petersen recorded his first win in the facility, his penalty-prone Huskies nearly handed him a stunning defeat. They host Illinois Saturday afternoon at 1:00.

Watching Mike Leach and his coaching staff rebuild the Washington State football program is not unlike watching a toddler learn to walk. You know: One step forward, two steps backward, one step forward, splat, The spotlight is squarely on Leach. He arrived in Pullman with unprecedented hype, but he has failed to live up to that hype. He says the Cougars lack a winning culture, but he is hardly the first coach to inherit such a malady. For $2.75 million a year, the Cougars expect a minor miracle or two. Following their 24-13 loss to Nevada, the Cougs are back in action when they host Portland State on Saturday.

Birthdays: Actor Dustin Hoffman is 77; singer Aimee Mann is 54; Courtney Cox’s ex, actor David Arquette is 43; Elliott in ET, actor Henry Thomas is 43; and Randy on Home Improvement, actor Jonathan Taylor Thomas is 33.

Today is National Nose Hair Maintenance Day. Today is Oprah Day, marking the premier of The Oprah Winfrey Show on this date in 1986. Today is Pardon Me Day, marking President Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon "for all offenses" on September 8th of 1974. Today is International Literacy Day, sponsored by the United Nations.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1892, the Pledge of Allegiance was first recited. In 1930, 3M began marketing Scotch transparent tape. In 1965, the television trade publications Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter ran an ad seeking "Folk & Roll Musicians-Singers for acting roles in new TV series." The final four choices became the stars in the television show The Monkees. In 1966, the first Star Trek series premiered on NBC. In 1973, Hank Aaron hit his 709th home run. In 1997, America Online acquired CompuServe.

Guardians of the Galaxy, already the biggest film of the year, continued its improbable assault on the box office, collecting $10.2 million to lead all films over the weekend after a month in theaters. Featuring a cast of misfit super heroes that includes a machinegun-toting raccoon, Guardians leapt from the pages of Marvel Comics to total $295 million in ticket sales in US and Canadian theaters. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was second for the weekend. If I Stay was third.

Simone Battle, member of the pop group G.R.L. and former X Factor finalist, was found dead on Friday in her West Hollywood home. She was 25. Her body was discovered in the bedroom of her apartment by her father following an apparent suicide. Although she didn't make it far on the competition, she built a following with her music videos that she issued after being eliminated. Last year she was tapped by Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin to join G.R.L., a new girl group she was launching that was reminiscent of the Nicole Sherzinger-led group. The rest of the group took to its official Twitter account to release a statement. "Words cannot express the depth of our loss. Simone's incredible talent was only surpassed by the size of her heart. We will carry her memory with us in everything we do."

Gene Simmons from Kiss has taken aim at record industry chiefs for failing to support the next generation of rockers, boldly declaring: "Rock is finally dead." The veteran bassist believes there is a serious lack of real talent in the charts, and he blames bosses at big labels for not nurturing aspiring musicians like they did in his 1970s heyday. In a candid interview for Esquire magazine, he advises young musicians and songwriters not to "quit your day job," explaining, "When I was coming up, it was not an insurmountable mountain (to become a success story). Once you had a record company on your side, they would fund you, and that also meant when you toured they would give you tour support. There was an entire industry to help the next Beatles, Stones, Prince, Hendrix, to prop them up and support them every step of the way. There are still record companies, and it does apply to pop, rap, and country to an extent. But for performers who are also songwriters -- the creators -- for rock music, for soul, for the blues -- it's finally dead. Rock is finally dead."

Prince George is not going to be an only child for long - the toddler will soon have a baby sister or brother to share his fancy digs at Kensington Palace. British royal officials said Monday that Prince William and the duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton, are expecting their second child.

Trivia Answer: Alecia Beth Moore -- her married name is Alecia Beth Hart -- better known by her stage name Pink, who turns 35 today. Her career accolades include three Grammy Awards, a Brit Award, and six MTV Video Music Awards. In 2009, Billboard recognized Pink as the Pop Songs Artist of the Decade. VH1 ranked ranked her at number 10 on their list of the 100 Greatest Women in Music, while Billboard awarded her the Woman of the Year in 2013.

Friday 9.5.14
Today's Trivia: He's a Scottish singer-songwriter and folk-rock musician. He came to stardom as part of the British folk revival in the 1960s and 1970s, and developed his own unique style of combining folk-rock songs with delicately woven tales of the great characters and events from history. He was a key figure in a fertile era in British music. He played at the first ever Glastonbury Festival in 1970, knew Yoko Ono before she met John Lennon, and shared a London apartment with a young Paul Simon. He has worked with Alan Parsons, Jimmy Page, Richard Thompson, Rick Wakeman, and Tori Amos. He's best known for his song Year of the Cat. Who is he?

Last night was a good night to be a Northwest sports fan.

First, Russell Wilson made sure everyone knew Percy Harvin was healthy. Marshawn Lynch bullied his way to another 100-yard rushing performance. And Richard Sherman? He was just bored. The Super Bowl champs started this season the same way they finished last season, with a convincing blowout win.Lynch rushed for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Harvin had 100 combined yards rushing and receiving, and the Seahawks stymied Aaron Rodgers' up-tempo offense in a 36-16 win over the Green Bay Packers to kick off the regular season. Russell Wilson finished 19 of 28 for 191 yards passing. Seattle had 207 yards rushing as a team and won for the 18th time in its last 20 regular season home games. The most action for Sherman came in the first half when he accidentally blocked Davon House into Earl Thomas on a punt return causing a fumble recovered by the Packers. The Seahawks unveiled the first Super Bowl banner in franchise history during a brief pregame ceremony and then began the process of trying to be the first team in a decade to repeat. Their effort against the Packers -- a popular pick to contend in the NFC -- will only reinforce the belief Seattle is still the favorite. The Hawks are back in action on the 14th when they meet the Chargers in San Diego.

The Seattle Aquarium’s big marketing mascot during the Seahawks’ ascent to the world championship last season has died. Hermit crab Marshawn Pinch -- teammate of Mussel Wilson, Richard Sturgeon and Golden Skate -- became a Seattle Aquarium icon last year as the 12th crustacean, complete with Twitter and Facebook pages. He also blogged several times, chronicling the Searocks’ successes.

And then Robinson Cano drove in four runs for the first time with Seattle, and the wild card-contending Mariners jumped out to a big early lead on the way to a 10-2 victory over the Texas Rangers last ight. Rookie left-hander Roenis Elias allowed one run in five innings to become the fourth Seattle starter with at least 10 wins. While long a forgone conclusion, the Rangers -- with the loss -- their 6th in a row -- became the first team in the majors eliminated from playoff contention. Game two of the 4-game set with the Rangers is this afternoon. Hisashi Iwakuma starts for the Mariners.

Speaking of the Rangers, Ron Washington -- citing a personal matter -- surprisingly resigned as manager of the Rangers today. In a statement, Washington said, "Today, I have submitted my resignation from the job I love -- managing the Rangers -- in order to devote my full attention to addressing an off-the-field personal matter. As painful as it is, stepping away from the game is what's best for me and my family." Washington had a 664-and-611 record in his eight seasons with the Rangers, guiding the franchise to its first two World Series appearances (2010 and 2011). He is the franchise's all-time leader in regular-season wins and games managed. Bench coach Tim Bogar becomes the interim manager for the remainder of the season.

The WSU Cougars are back at it at 7:30 tonight. They're in Reno to face the Nevada Wolf Pack.

The Washington Huskies home opener is tomorrow at noon against the Eastern Washington Eagles.

Birthdays: Comedian and actor Bob Newhart is 85; actor William Devane is 77; actress Raquel Welch is 74; singer Loudon Wainwright III is 68; actor Michael Keaton is 63; and TV personality, musician, and Frank’s son, Dweezil Zappa is 45.

Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died yesterday. Rivers died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, surrounded by family and close friends. She was hospitalized August 28th after going into cardiac arrest in a doctor's office following a routine procedure. The New York state health department is investigating the circumstances surrounding Rivers' cardiac arrest during an outpatient procedure. Under the immobile, plastic surgery-crafted veneer that became Joan Rivers' unapologetic trademark as she aged, her wit remained as vibrantly raw and unruly as when she first broke her way into a comedy world belonging largely to men. Regarding age, she once said, "I have never wanted to be a day less than I am. People say, 'I wish I were 30 again.' Nahhh! I'm very happy HERE. It's great. It gets better and better. And then," she quipped, "of course, we die. Rivers was a scrapper, rebuilding her career and life after a failed attempt to make it as a late-night host was followed closely by her husband's suicide. Rivers' style was hard-driving from the start and her material only got sharper. She was ready to slam anyone. A favored target was Elizabeth Taylor's weight ("her favorite food is seconds"), but the comedian kept current with verbal assaults on Miley Cyrus and other newcomers. With her raspy voice and brash New York accent, Rivers turned the red carpet of the Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes into a stalking ground for E! Entertainment. Her familiar query - "Who are you wearing?" - would quickly give way to such snarky commentary as her assessment of Adele's Grammy outfit: The singer looked like she was sitting on a teapot. The barbs could turn inward as well, with Rivers mocking everything from her proclaimed lack of sex appeal -- once quipping, "my best birth control now is just to leave the lights on" -- to her own mortality. She told the AP in 2013, just days after the death of her older sister, "The trouble with me is, I make jokes too often, I was making jokes yesterday at the funeral home. That's how I get through life. Life is SO difficult -- everybody's been through something! But you laugh at it, it becomes smaller." Joan Rivers was 81.

Today is Be Late For Something Day, sponsored by the Procrastinators' Club of America. Today is National Cheese Pizza Day. Today is Jury Rights Day, marking the day in 1670 when William Penn's jurors refused to convict him of preaching an illegal religion (Quakerism) to an unlawful assembly, his congregation. The action provided the bases for the US Constitution's first amendment rights of freedom of speech, religion, and peaceable assembly.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1914, Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run for Providence in the International League. He also pitched a one-hit shut-out against Toronto. In 1987, after 30 years on television, Dick Clark’s American Bandstand was canceled. In 1996, research reported in The London Times showed 46% of dogs began watching for their owners up to an hour before their owners returned home each day, even when the owners worked irregular hours. In 1999, La-Z-Boy introduced its new Oasis recliner in Detroit. Designed for TV football fans, the tilt-back chair was equipped with a telephone, heat, a massager, and a cooler large enough to chill a six-pack.

The biggest party in the state, the Washington State Fair, opened its doors this morning. The Fair has been a tradition for Pacific Northwest residents since 1900, and is one of the largest fairs in the country with over one million guests attending the 17-day event. The fair is open now through the 21st.

More than 450 fast-food workers were arrested across the country on yesterday while protesting for higher wages. Sit-ins and demonstrations were held in 150 cities to demand that restaurant chains hike wages to $15 an hour. Organizers said the protests were the largest yet in a series of rallies and demonstrations that have been gaining momentum since late 2012. The fast-food workers also have helped call attention to efforts to raise the federal minimum wage, which is $7.25.

Paleontologists have unveiled a newly discovered dinosaur, Dreadnoughtus, that was one of the largest land animals ever. A team from Drexel University found the fossil -- the most complete skeleton of a giant titanosaur on record -- in Argentina's Patagonia region, and calculated that the beast was 86 feet long and weighed nearly 60 tons. The scientists wrote in an article published yesterday in the journal Scientific Reports that the giant herbivore, once full-grown, would have been "nearly impervious to attack" by predators.

Down in Oregon, the 3-year-old Great Dane was miserable and retching when its owners rushed him to a northwest Portland emergency animal hospital. It turns out it was something he ate. X-rays showed a stomach full of "a large quantity of foreign material." Nearly two hours of surgery later, Dr. Ashley Magee had the answer -- the dog had consumed 43 ½ socks. DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital spokeswoman Shawna Harch said it's perhaps the strangest case in the hospital's history.

Trivia Answer: Al Stewart who is 69 today. He's best known for his 1976 hit single Year of the Cat, the title song from the platinum album of the same name. Here in the states, he also charted On the Border, and Time Passages. Stewart has released sixteen studio and three live albums since his debut album in 1967, and continues to tour extensively around the US and Canada, Europe and the UK.

Thursday 9.4.14
Today's Trivia: He was an Australian wildlife expert, television personality, and conservationist. He achieved worldwide fame from the television series The Crocodile Hunter, an internationally broadcast wildlife documentary series which he co-hosted with his wife. Who is he?

Fail Mary. OK, we got that out of the way. Well, not really, because one of the major focal points of the 2014 season opener between the Super Bowl champion Seahawks and the Packers is what happened the last time Green Bay was in Seattle. For those who don't remember (is there anybody?) -- and for all those Packers fans who have blocked it from their minds -- the Seahawks prevailed 14-12 on Russell Wilson's desperation pass that Golden Tate stole away from Green Bay's secondary on the final play. Two days later, the NFL reached a new contract with its officials, and the replacements were, uh, sent packing. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "Now, we'll all have our own debate about that whenever the time comes when we're retired and gone, That referee was standing right there, looking right there -- right down at it -- and he didn't miss what he saw. He just saw it the way that Golden Tate made the catch. So I know that he wasn't confused." As for this spicy match-up tonight to kick off the schedule, both teams are favored to win their divisions and push each other for the NFC title. Aaron Rodgers testing Seattle's superb secondary is intriguing. So is Marshawn Lynch running against what Green Bay sure hopes is a more stingy defense. The champion Seahawks, No. 1 in the AP Pro32, are 5 1/2-point favorites of No. 4 Green Bay. Kick-off is tonight at 5:30.

Pitching in a September game that meant something for the first time in his career, Felix Hernandez tagged a 2-1 defeat on the Oakland Athletics yesterday at O.Com Coliseum. Returning to form after three sub-par outings, not only did Felix win for the first time since August 11th, the victory was his first in the month of September since 2011. The Mariners moved to within a half-game of the Detroit Tigers for the American League’s second wild card spot. The Ms are also within 3 1/2 games of the Athletics and play their next two series against the two worst teams in the AL West, Texas and Houston. Hernandez allowed three hits, struck out four, walked two and lowered his ERA from 2.28 to 2.18. He improved to 19-and-7 lifetime against the Athletics, his most victories against any team. Not only did the Mariners take the series, they handed Oakland its first back-to-back home losses since May 7th. The Mariners are now in Texas for a four-game series beginning tonight at 5:05. They return to Safeco Field Monday to begin a three-game series with the Astros.

The WSU Cougars are back at it at 7:30 tomorrow night at Reno to face the Nevada Wolf Pack.

The Washington Huskies home opener is Saturday at noon against the Eastern Washington Eagles.

Birthdays: The drummer for The Pretenders, Martin Chambers is 63; actor and comedian Damon Wayans is 54; baseball’s Mike Piazza is 46; and Beyonce Knowles is 33.

Today is Edsel Day, commemorating September 4th in 1957 when the Ford Motor Company introduced its infamous $350-million disaster car, the 1958 Edsel. It was the first car with a wrap-around windshield, electric door locks, cruise control, and four headlights. Today is Another Look Unlimited Day, a day to survey your possessions and give surplus items to charity or reuse in another project. Slow the flow to landfills. Today is National Newspaper Carrier Day. Today is Beetle Bailey's birthday. He first appeared on this date in 1950. Today is National Macadamia Nut Day. Today is Help! Day, marking this date in 1965 when the Beatles' song Help reached #1 in the US.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1953, the New York Yankees became the first baseball team to win five consecutive American League championships. In 1964, Gilligan's Island premiered on CBS-TV. The cast was stranded for three full seasons and 98 episodes. In 1968, The Rolling Stones' single Street Fighting Man was banned in Chicago, where the Democratic National Convention was being held, because of its political content. In 1972, US swimmer Mark Spitz became the first athlete to win seven Olympic gold medals. In 1976, Kiss released their single Beth. Arguably the first power ballad, the song also became the rockers’ biggest hit and peaked at number seven. In 1998, Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University. In 2002, Texas cocktail waitress and aspiring pop star Kelly Clarkson was voted the first American Idol.

Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg tied the knot in Chicago over the weekend, according to family and media. McCarthy, a former co-host of the daytime talk show, The View, and Wahlberg, part of the 1980s boy band New Kids on the Block, held their ceremony in the Chicago suburb of St. Charles on Sunday.

The 40-hour workweek is a distant memory. A new survey found 88% of us work more than 40 hours a week. 7 out of 10 take work home at least once a week. Over half of us would spend more time with family or exercise if we could reclaim an extra 60 minutes a day. Then again, Americans spend 5 hours a day watching TV would we really spend extra time exercising?

The Queen of England's been wearing the same shoes for 50 years. Well, different shoes but the same style. They're super-functional -- and that's all that matters. And every time she buys a new pair there's a junior member of her staff who breaks them in for her.

Shoebuy.com has confirmed in a nationwide survey that women really do love their shoes. 20% admit they're more aroused by new shoes than by their significant others.

Trivia Answer: Steve Irwin -- The Crocodile Hunter. Irwin died on this date in 2006 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming an underwater documentary film titled Ocean's Deadliest.

Wednesday 9.3.14
Today's Trivia: This actress was best known for her role as Doreen Lewis in Private Benjamin, for which she received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She reprised the role for the TV adaptation, winning both a Golden Globe and Emmy for her performance. She also received Emmy nominations for her guest starring roles on Newhart, Thirtysomething, Taxi, and Will & Grace. Who was she?

James Paxton pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning and the Seattle Mariners held off a late rally by Oakland for a 6-5 win last night, handing the Athletics their fifth loss in six games. The A's remained 4 1/2 games back of the first-place Angels, who lost at Houston. Seattle is a game and a halfe behind Detroit in the race for that second wild card spot. The rubber game today between the division rivals and playoff contenders has the makings of quite a pitcher's duel. In a matchup of 13-game winners, Seattle ace Felix Hernandez faces Jon Lester.

According to the experts, the Seattle Seahawks begin the 2014 NFL season where they ended last season -- right on top. The defending Super Bowl champs start the season at No. 1 in several Week 1 power rankings, with one notable exception. But first, the adulation: NFL.com's Elliot Harrison has the Hawks topping his list, with the Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots rounding out the top five. "Still the best team in football," Harrison wrote of Seattle. "It was true in early February, it was true after the draft and it’s true now." The 80-plus members of ESPN’s "Power Panel" of experts agreed, ranking the Hawks above the Broncos, Patriots, San Francisco 49ers and Saints in their poll, while dropping the Packers -- Seattle's opponent to kick off the season tomorrow night at CenturyLink Field -- to No. 6. CBS Sports’ Pat Kirwan also has the Seahawks No. 1 in his rankings, discounting the notion that the NFL’s new rules emphasis will hurt Seattle’s vaunted pass defense. "They have had a very impressive preseason and look as sharp as they did at the end of 2013," Kirwan wrote. "I don’t expect the new emphasis on illegal contact and pass interference to hurt the Seahawks. They were the most penalized team last year and won it all." Kirwan’s top five is very similar to his NFL.com and ESPN counterparts, with the Patriots, Broncos, Saints and Niners trailing Seattle. But Pete Prisco -- Kirwan's colleague at CBS Sports -- apparently didn’t get the memo regarding the love-fest for the defending champions, placing them all the way down at No. 3, behind Denver and Green Bay. Prisco's explanation? He’s not doing his ranking based on last year’s success, but on who he think will win it all in the 2014 season. "The Seahawks were in the top spot since they dominated Denver in the Super Bowl in February, but I moved Denver to the top and the Green Bay Packers into the second spot," he wrote. "The reason I have Green Bay over Seattle is because I think the Packers will win the NFC." By the way, the Associated Press also placed the Hawks on top of their rankings, as well. It's a 5:30 start tomorrow night at the Clink.

Meanwhile, the "experts" have chimed in and come up with their predictions for the Hawks on a game-by-game basis. The folks at ESPN came up with the list.

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Forty-five districts in Western Washington resumed classes yesterday. Olympia, Tumwater, and North Thurston joined the party today.

Today is National Grilled Cheese Day. Today is Search for Tomorrow Day, marking the soap opera’s TV debut on this date in 1951. During its 35 years, the cast included Don Knotts, Susan Sarandon, and Kevin Kline Today is Uncle Sam's birthday. Uncle Sam's image was first used on this day in 1813.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1967, Sweden switched driving from the left to the right side of the road. In 1981, David Brinkley left NBC News after 38 years to join ABC. In 1983, Eurythmics topped the singles chart with Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This). In 1989, Karen and Stan Sutton sailed back into San Francisco harbor 8½ years after leaving on their trip around the world. They made it in a 43-foot ship they built themselves, despite Karen’s chronic sea sickness. Along the way, the couple had two children. In 1999, charges were dropped against nine photographers and a motorcyclist in connection with the 1997 crash that killed Princess Diana. In 2003, in Janesville, Wisconsin, a 40-year-old man was arrested and charged with stealing a computerized tracking device. A corrections officer said the thief apparently "didn't know what he had because he would be awfully stupid to steal a tracking device." To find him, all police had to do was switch on a computer.

Birthdays: Beetle Bailey creator Mort Walker is 91; Beach Boy Al Jardine is 72; actress Valerie Perrine is 71; Grand Funk drummer Donald Brewer is 66; Charlie Sheen is 49; singer Jennifer Paige is 41; two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, snowboarder Shaun White is 28, and the Lava Lamp turns 51 today. The design of the lamp was created by British inventor Edward Craven-Walker.

One of the two elderly women who were struck by an SUV in a grocery parking lot last evening has died of her injuries, police said. A man in a mid-sized SUV pulled into the parking lot on Whitman Lane at about 7 last night and hit the two women, according to Lacey Fire Battalion Chief Tim Hulse. Witnesses reported the women -- one in her early 90s and the other in her late 80s -- had been walking through the parking lot toward a senior living facility across the street. One appeared to have fallen and was being helped by the other when they were struck, said Sgt. T. Brimmer of the Lacey police. The SUV driver didn't see the women and didn't realize he had hit anyone until he felt the vehicle driving over something, according to Hulse. Both women suffered severe trauma all over their bodies. Both were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center, where one of them later died. The case is under investigation.

Police are investigating after a body was found in the water at Percival Landing in downtown Olympia today. An Olympia parks employee spotted the body at Percival Landing about 10:15 this morning. With the help of the coroner, police pulled the body out of the water. There were no outward signs of trauma. The medical examiner will identify the victim and determine the cause of death.

Joan Rivers' family has confirmed that the comedian is on life support after going into cardiac arrest last week during a procedure at a doctor's office. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, said in a statement yesterday that her mother is on life support "at this time." The 81-year-old comic and red carpet commentator was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan last Thursday.

Trivia Answer: Eileen Brennan who would have been 82 today. Sadly, Brennan died of bladder cancer at her home in Burbank on July 28th of last year.

Tuesday 9.2.14
Today's Trivia: He was an actor known for his roles as a beatnik and then later as a castaway on a deserted island. Who is he?

An ugly 6-1 loss for the Mariners to the Athletics in Oakland yesterday. The Mariners have dropped five of seven games after sweeping the Red Sox in Fenway Park, slipping one-and-a-half games behind the Detroit Tigers in the race for the final American League playoff spot. Oakland, which had its own troubles entering the Labor Day matinee, having lost five of six, was fresh off a lengthy tongue lashing Sunday from manager Bob Melvin in a closed-door team meeting immediately following a sweep by the AL West Division-leading Angels. In response, the A’s came out fired up. Starter Chris Young lasted 2/3 of an inning and was down 4-0 before the Ms even got a chance to bat.The blowout loss overshadowed a brilliant outing by Taijuan Walker in relief. The 22-year-old was recalled from AAA Tacoma prior to the game along with six others as part of the annual roster expansion in September. In his fourth appearance with the Mariners, Walker allowed one run on six hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out five while showcasing a simplified delivery. Game two of the three game set with Oakland is tonight.

Last Sunday was the last Sunday without NFL Football until February 8th.

The Seahawks open the NFL season Thursday night. They host the Green Bay Packers at the Clink. That's also when the championship banner is being unveiled.

Sophomore Cyler Miles, penance done, is starting at quarterback in the Huskies’ home football opener Saturday against Eastern Washington. Sophomore Jeff Lindquist, who threw a stellar touchdown pass but otherwise was often shaky at the season opener in Hawaii, will be the backup. At his weekly press conference, coach Chris Petersen said, "Cyler will start and we’ll see what he can do. I think he’s got a pretty good football IQ."

The WSU Cougars are back at it at 7:30 Friday night. They face the Nevada Wolf Pack at Reno.

Birthdays: Actress Julie Andrews is 79; former Super Bowl quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers, now a sportscaster, Terry Bradshaw is 66; actor Mark Harmon is 63; a former No. 1 tennis player in the world, Jimmy Connors is 62; actress Linda Purl is 59; actor Keanu Reeves is 50; boxer Lennox Lewis is 49; and actress Salma Hayek is 48.

Today is Pierce-Your-Ears Day and National Blueberry Popsicle Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1901, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt uttered the famous phrase, "Speak softly and carry a big stick." He was at the Minnesota State Fair at the time. In 1969, NBC-TV canceled Star Trek. The show had debuted on September 8th of 1966. In 1985, it was announced that the Titanic had been found on September 1st by a US and French expedition 560 miles off Newfoundland. The luxury liner had been missing for 73 years. In 1989, Cold Hearted became Paula Abdul’s third consecutive number one single. In 1989, The Cars’ Ric Ocasek married supermodel Paulina Porizkova. In 1992, the US and Russia agreed to a joint venture to build a space station. In 1995, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened in Cleveland, Ohio. The opening ceremonies included performances by Chuck Berry and Bruce Springsteen.

Forty-five districts around Western Washington returned to classes today. Here in the South Sound, Olympia, Tumwater, and North Thurston are back at it tomorrow.

The campaign to get fast-food workers paid at least $15 a hour resumes later this week. Union organizers say workers will walk off their jobs Thursday in 150 cities nationwide. Restaurants that they say will be affected include McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and KFC. The action would be the latest in a two-year effort to get employers to pay them a minimum wage of $15 an hour and allow them to form unions without retaliation.

Trivia Answer: Robert Osbourne Denver -- Bob Denver -- who died on this date nine years ago today. He was Maynard G. Krebs on the TV series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis from 1959 to 1963. Then, of course, he was the title character on Gilligan's Island. Denver also appeared in the 1964 beach film For Those Who Think Young with Tina Louise prior to the development of Gilligan's Island. After Dobie Gillis ended in 1963, Denver landed the title role on the sitcom Gilligan's Island, which ran for three seasons from 1964 to 1967 on CBS, and became a staple of later syndication. His role as the well-meaning, but bumbling, first mate among a small cast of shipwrecked castaways became the one for which he is most remembered. In 1998, Denver was arrested for having a box of marijuana delivered to his home. He originally said that the box had come from Dawn Wells, who had played Mary Ann on Gilligan's Island, but later refused to name her in court and testified that "some crazy fan must have sent it." The police reportedly found more of the plant and related paraphernalia in Denver's home. He pleaded no contest and received six months probation. Wells herself would be sentenced to six months' unsupervised probation after she was arrested in 2007 for having marijuana in her car. In May of 2005, Denver underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery and was subsequently diagnosed with throat cancer. He died September 2nd of 2005.

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Today's Trivia: He's a psychologist, a television personality, author, and host of his own television show. He first gained celebrity status with appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show in the late 1990s. Who is he?

Dustin Ackley homered and drove in four runs and the Seattle Mariners averted a three-game sweep, overcoming a pair of home runs by Bryce Harper to beat the Washington Nationals yesterday 5-3. The NL East-leading Nationals hit 10 home runs in the series, one short of the Safeco Field record for a three-game set established by Cleveland back in 2009. Seattle stopped its three-game losing streak. Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, who missed the previous two games to attend his daughter's wedding in Indiana, returned just before game time and assumed his duties. The Mariners are now a half-game behind Detroit in the race for that second AL Wild Card slot. Seattle opens a three-game series at Oakland beginning this afternoon.

If you're following the AL West, you're probably not surprised to hear that the Houston Astros today fired manager Bo Porter.

The Seattle Seahawks got their roster to the NFL-mandated limit of 53 players over the weekend. Among those released was quarterback Terrelle Pryor. The Seahawks acquired Pryor from the Oakland Raiders in April. Pryor came into training camp as possible competition for backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, but his performance in the preseason didn't warrant a roster spot as the team's No. 3 QB. Coming up Thursday night, it's the Green Bay Packers in the nationally televised NFL season opener at the Clink. That's also when the championship banner is being unveiled.

Interesting to note that yesterday was the last Sunday without NFL Football until February 8th.

The St. Louis Rams on Saturday cut defensive end Michael Sam, the first openly-gay player drafted into the NFL. The seventh-round pick earned his way through previous cuts, but was left off the Rams' final 53-man roster, which had to be finalized Saturday afternoon. In a series of tweets, Sam thanked the Rams for "giving me this tremendous opportunity and allowing me to show I can play at this level," adding that his "journey continues."

The debut game of the Chris Petersen era at the University of Washington was not a triumph, but rather a 17-16 non-conference win Saturday night over a Hawaii team that was 4-and-20 over the previous two seasons. But a win is a win. The No. 25 Huskies are back in action Saturday at noon as they host the Eastern Washington Eagles at Husky Stadium.

Following their 41-38 loss to Rutgers, the WSU Cougars are back at it at 7:30 Friday night. They face the Nevada Wolf Pack at Reno.

In addition to being Labor Day, today is is Emma M. Nutt Day. In Boston on this day in 1878, Ms. Nutt became history's very first telephone operator. She held the job 33 years. Today is National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day, a celebration of words that don't rhyme with any other words. (orange, purple, and silver). Today is National Cherry Popover Day. International Enthusiasm Week begins today.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1952, The Old Man and the Sea, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Ernest Hemingway, was first published. In 1967, Boz Scaggs joined the Steve Miller Band. In 1969, a coup in Libya brought Muammar Gaddafi to power. In 1972, in Reykjavík, Iceland, American Bobby Fischer beat Russian Boris Spassky to become the world chess champion. Ten years ago today, on this date in 2004, the iTunes Music Store reached 125 million songs sold.

In Latin septem means "the seventh." Originally, back when the new year started in March, September was the 7th month. September's birthstone is the sapphire. September is the busiest month for births in the US, more than 11,000 on an average day.

Birthdays: Comedian and actress Lily Tomlin is 75; from The Bee Gees, Barry Gibb is 68; from Miami Sound Machine, singer Gloria Estefan is 57; he won a reality contest to become singer for INXS, J.D Fortune is 41; and retired Seahawk Sidney Rice is 28.

September is National Chicken Month, Baby Safety Month, Children's Good Manners Month, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, National Coupon Month, Happy Cat Month, Hug a Texas Chef Month, National Honey Month, and Mold Awareness Month. September is Backpack Safety Month, International People Skills Month, Library Card Sign-up Month, National Biscuit Month, National Potato Month, National Rice Month, National Velociraptor Awareness Month, and Pleasure Your Mate Month.

The Guardians of the Galaxy misfits reached a new box office stratosphere over this Labor Day weekend, soaring past fellow Marvel hero Captain America to become the highest-grossing domestic movie of 2014. Guardians rang up $16.3 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales, topping weekend charts for the third time since its August 1st debut. For the weekend, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles took the No. 2 slot. The drama If I Stay based on a young adult novel about a girl who has an out of body experience after a catastrophic car accident, claimed third place. Low-budget horror flick As Above, So Below debuted in fourth place. The R-rated comedy Let's Be Cops rounded out the Top Five.

Trivia Answer: Phillip McGraw who turns 64 today. He's best known as Dr. Phil. His television show is also named Dr. Phil and it debuted in 2002. McGraw graduated in 1975 from Midwestern State University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. He went on to earn a Master of Arts in experimental psychology in 1976, and a Doctor of Philosophy in clinical psychology in 1979 at the University of North Texas. After obtaining his Ph.D., McGraw joined his father, Dr. Joe McGraw, in Wichita Falls, Texas, where the elder McGraw had established his private psychology practice. Appearing on the Today Show in January 2008, McGraw said that he has made it "very clear" that his current work does not involve the practice of psychology. He also said that he had "retired from psychology". According to the Today Show, the California Board of Psychology determined in 2002 that he did not require a license because his show involves "entertainment" rather than psychology. Magraw's license is currently is listed by the Texas State Board of Psychology as "retired" and he holds no other active licenses to practice in any other state.