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|Today's Trivia: He's best known for playing
sales manager Herb Tarlek on WKRP in Cincinnati. Who is he?
It turns out Marshawn Lynch isn't a fan of his upcoming biopic. According to a report from TMZ Sports, the Seahawks running back is demanding wholesale changes to Family First: The Marshawn Lynch Story before it's released to the public. Earlier this week, a strange promotional trailer for the movie was released, to mixed reviews. Lynch, according to TMZ, was upset with the sound, editing, lighting and that it didn't look like a "big budget Hollywood affair." His representatives met Wednesday with the film's director, Mario Bobino, and asked him to take down the almost five-minute clip until the movie is improved. As of yesterday afternoon, it was no longer available. Bobino didn't seem pleased, saying that Lynch, the film's star, is hurting his fellow actors, some of which are Lynch's family members. "I've known Marshawn his whole life," he told TMZ. "All of the sudden, he's mad at me and now doesn't want the film to see the light of day. I'm upset by this because he fully committed to see the project through and now he wants out." The director said he's going to release the film "no matter what." They've yet to set a date.
Birthdays: She was married to Paul Newman until his death in 2008, actress Joanne Woodward is 85; political activist, author, lecturer, and attorney Ralph Nader is 81;.Dr. Johnny Fever on WKRP in Cincinnatti, actor Howard Hesseman is 75; Journey guitarist Neal Schon is 61; the current lead vocalist of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny Van Zant is 56; one of the Baldwin boys, actor Adam Baldwin is 53; from TLC, singer Chilli is 44; Bill and Hillary's daughter, Chelsea Clinton is 35; and singer Josh Groban is 34.
Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut Star Trek, died this morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nimoy announced last year that he had the disease, which he attributed to years of smoking, a habit he had given up three decades earlier. He had been hospitalized earlier in the week. His artistic pursuits -- poetry, photography, and music in addition to acting -- ranged far beyond the United Federation of Planets, but it was as Mr. Spock that Mr. Nimoy became a folk hero, bringing to life one of the most indelible characters of the last half century: a cerebral, unflappable, pointy-eared Vulcan with a signature salute and blessing: Live long and prosper. Leonard Nimoy was 83.
Today is Read Five Pages in the Dictionary Day. Today is International Polar Bear Day. It's No Brainer Day - this day is for me. By definition, a No brainer is dong something that is simple, easy, obvious, and/or totally logical. Therefore, today is the day for you to do all those no brainer tasks and activities. If a project requires thinking, study, or analysis of any kind, then its not the chore to do today.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1879, the artificial sweetener Saccharin was discovered at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. In 1963, Mickey Mantle agreed to play another year for the New York Yankees for $100,000, making him the highest-paid player in baseball history to that time. In 1949 he played for $1,100. In 1970, Jefferson Airplane was fined $1,000 for using profanity during a concert in Oklahoma City. In 1973, the American Indian Movement occupied Wounded Knee in South Dakota. In 1996, Kurt Wait became the first man ever to win the Pillsbury Bake-Off with his Macadamia Fudge Torte. First prize awarded in Dallas: One million dollars. One slice: 460 calories. In 1997, in Ireland, divorce became legal. In 1997, God received an American Family Publisher's Sweepstakes entry mailed to Florida's Bushnell Assembly of God Church which began, "God, you may already be a winner."
Bill Cosby has issued a new statement as women continue to add their names to the list of sexual abuse and inappropriate behavior accusers speaking out about alleged trysts with the funnyman, insisting the scandal will not bring his ongoing stand-up tour to a premature end. As the comic's lawyers reportedly prepare to file dismissal papers to end three defamation cases against Cosby from women who were called liars when they came forward with their decades-old accusations, Cosby, who has never been charged with any crime in relation to the claims, has reached out to his supporters. In a new statement, the 77-year-old writes, "Dear Fans: For 53 years you have given me your love, support, respect and trust. Thank you! I can't wait to see your smiling faces and warm your hearts with a wonderful gift - LAUGHTER. I'm ready!" Cosby also thanked fans in Louisiana and the staff at the Performing Arts Center in Lafayette, Louisiana for refusing to postpone his show, amid a series of gig cancellations linked to to the scandal.
How much would you pay for a pair of pants with a 25-year guarantee? A solid pair of jeans or khakis from a name brand store will set you back $75 or more. Now a Kickstarter is selling The Quarter Century Pant a khaki pant with a 25 year guaraantee for $85. The Kickstarter says The QCP uses "the highest quality 3-Ply 100% cotton twill fabric an extremely rare fabric. It's 280 grams and designed to have an amazing soft feel but withstand the toughest wear." The pants also have a reinforced crotch and military-grade hardware. The pants are made in the US and by selling them on Kickstarter they're able to be sold with a 25 year guarantee for under $100. Talking with Kris Marshall about this and he's impressed that apparently there are people that actually think they'll wear the same pant size 25 years from now.
As of midnight last night, the third season of House of Cards is streaming on Netflix.
The weekend is here. New in theaters: the R-rated Focus and The Lazarus Effect, rated PG-13.
How much food are we wasting? Are you sitting down? According to a new report from the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, every year nearly 1.3 billion tons of food ends up in landfills. That's close to $1 trillion worth of food.
Trivia Answer: Frank Bonner who is 73 tomorrow. He reprised Tarlek in the 1991 spinoff The New WKRP in Cincinnati, and in a 2004 rock video for Canadian indie rock band Rheostatics for their song The Tarleks.
|Today's Trivia: He was born in Bavaria,
Germany. At the age of 18, he sailed for the United States to join his
brothers Jonas, Daniel, and Louis, who had begun a dry goods business in
New York City. His mother and two sisters came with him. In 1853, he
became an American citizen. He moved to San Francisco, where many of the
California Gold Rush miners lived out of Conestoga wagons. On May 20,
1873, he received United States patent #139121 for using copper rivets
to strengthen the pockets of denim work pants. Who is he?
Nelson Cruz joined the Seattle Mariners this offseason because he wants to win, and he got a step closer to that goal this week as the team's position players joined the pitchers and catchers for spring training workouts in Peoria, Arizona. Yesterday, Cruz -- the M's new slugger -- walked out to the fields with Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano -- according to Cruz, the two main leaders of the ballclub, and he said he was excited by what he saw during the first day of full-team workouts. "Everything, top to bottom," Cruz told reporters. "The chemistry that I saw last year, it's amazing, and what I can see this year is awesome. Everybody's on the same page, everybody's pulling for the same goal, and that's to go to the playoffs." Cruz led the majors with 40 home runs last season, and was one of the hottest free agents this winter after spending the past year with the Baltimore Orioles. He signed with the M's in December, and is now slated to bolster a lineup featuring two other All-Star hitters -- Cano and Kyle Seager -- as Seattle's designated hitter. The Mariners, who missed a wild-card postseason berth by one game last year, are a favorite to win the A.L. West this year and make their first playoff appearance since the 116-win season in 2001. Cactus League play starts Wednesday as the Ms take on the San Diego Padres.
Birthdays: Singer Fats Domino is 87; singer Mitch Ryder is 70; keyboard player with Journey, The Babys, and Bad English, Jonathan Cain is 65; singer Michael Bolton is 62; singer Erykah Badu is 44; and Nate Ruess of fun. is 33.
It's National Pistachio Day. It's Tell a Fairy Tale Day, a day that's all about exploring myths and stories, old and new. From grim(m) tales to urban legends, tap the dark corners of your subconscious and see what you find. And it's For Pete's Sake Day which celebrates one example of a ‘minced oath', where an offensive word or phrase is substituted by something more acceptable in society. Other examples include ‘For crying out loud!', and ‘Sugar!'. Such euphemisms have been used for centuries whenever people hit thumbs with hammers, burn hands on hot plates, or sit on sharp things while in polite company.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1907, members of the US Congress raised their own pay to $7500 each. Both House and Senate members got the same bucks. In 1919, in Arizona, the Grand Canyon was established as a National Park with an act of the US Congress. In 1955, Billboard reported that the 45rpm single format was outselling 78s for the first time. In 1977, The Eagles' Hotel California was released. In 1983, Michael Jackson's Thriller hit #1 in the US. The album spent a total of 37 weeks at number one. The tracks: Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', Baby Be Mine, The Girl is Mine (w/ Paul McCartney), Thriller, Beat It, Billie Jean, Human Nature, P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing), and The Lady in My Life. In 1985, the seventh highest-rated TV music show of the 1980s was broadcast. A 23.8 share of the TV audience watched The Grammy Awards. The award for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Male was presented to Phil Collins for his Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now); Best New Artist for the year 1984 was Cindi Lauper and the Best Album of the year award, for Can't Slow Down, was presented to Lionel Richie. Tina Turner was a big winner at the 27th annual prize parade, copping Best Song, Best Record, and Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Female for What's Love Got to Do with It. In 1998, in Amarillo, Texas, a jury rejected a lawsuit by Texas cattlemen who claimed Oprah Winfrey's televised comments about mad-cow disease caused the beef market to plummet and cost them millions of dollars. In 2013, the single Just Give Me a Reason by Pink featuring Nate Ruess was released.
A Massachusetts man has found a way to profit from the several feet of snow in his yard: He's shipping it to people in warmer climates for the bargain price of $89 for six pounds. Kyle Waring, of Manchester-by-the-Sea, got the idea while shoveling snow earlier this winter and launched ShipSnowYo.com. At first he shipped 16.9-ounce snow-filled bottles for $19.99, but he found the snow melted by the time it arrived at its destination. So he came up with a new plan, selling six pounds at a time. He tells Boston.com even if the snow melts a little by the time it arrives, the package can still make 10 to 15 snowballs. He's also started offering 10-pound packages for $119. He says he'll keep selling until people stop ordering.
If you've noticed other drivers cutting you off or acting rudely toward you on the road, it may be time to take a close look at your bumper stickers. A new poll conducted by PEMCO Insurance found that about one in five motorists in the Northwest admit they are less courteous to drivers sporting bumper stickers with messages they oppose. The same poll also found that about the same proportion of motorists also are more polite to drivers displaying stickers they agree with. The poll found that men are equally as likely as women to be at least slightly more courteous when they see messages they agree with, but they're more discourteous when they see messages they oppose -- 23 percent of men vs. 13 percent of women. The PEMCO poll found.Northwest drivers under age 35 also are significantly more likely than their older counterparts to change their driving behavior based on their reaction to bumper stickers or personalized plates. In addition, the poll found that about 25 percent of drivers in Washington and Oregon say they adorn their vehicles with bumper stickers or car magnets. And of those, men and women under 55 are almost twice as likely as their older counterparts to have bumper stickers -- 30 percent vs. 16 percent. The independent poll of 1,200 drivers in Washington and Oregon is considered accurate to within 4 percentage points.
Apparently the newborn son of Seattle Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley couldn't wait for Spring Training. Ackley and his wife Justine weren't anticipating the arrival of their first-born child until early April, so they went ahead and started their yearly trek from Lapeer, Michigan, to Arizona for the open of spring training early last week. However, two days into their four-day journey, the unexpected happened. Justine went into labor, forcing them to detour to the closest hospital. Fortunately, the couple was able to race to a hospital in Oklahoma City, which worked out very well considering they easily could have been in the middle of nowhere as opposed to near a major city. It's also somewhat ironic given the sports connection between Seattle and Oklahoma City and a certain NBA franchise that moved. But regardless of that, Parson Bennett Ackley was born last Thursday without any complications. Once it was certain Mom and baby were okay, Dad continued on to Peoria.
The edible coffee cup concept is not new, but KFC is the first chain restaurant to develop and manufacture an edible cup. The cookie cup is available in the UK — no word on whether the coffee cups will land in the US.
Ryan Gosling is headed to Madame Tussaud's wax museum in Orlando, Florida. Gosling‘s new wax figure took 800 hours to make, 140 of which were spent on just the hair.
Trivia Answer: Levi Strauss who was born on this date in 1829. He founded the first company to manufacture blue jeans. Levi Strauss & Company, began in 1853 in San Jose, California. His parents named him Löb, but when he entered Ellis Island they couldn't understand his name, therefore, they changed it to Levi after he came to the United States. A Levi Strauss museum is maintained in Buttenheim, Germany, located in the 1687 house where Strauss was born. There is also a Levi Strauss museum in San Francisco.
|Today's Trivia: He was a radio, television, and film
character actor, and voice actor. Among his most famous roles: the voice
of Mr. Magoo, and Thurston Howell, III on Gilligan's Island. Who is he?
The Seahawks' Earl Thomas underwent surgery yesterday to repair the torn labrum in his left shoulder that limited his play in the Super Bowl and may keep him out of the first part of the regular season. Recovery from such surgery is typically six to eight months, which means he is likely to miss all of training camp and the preseason before the September 10th start of the regular season. Thomas was injured in the NFC Championship when he tackled Green Bay's Randall Cobb. He finished the game wearing a harness, which he also wore in the Super Bowl.
Meanwhile, the gang's all here. All of the Mariners have now reported to camp in Peoria. The full squad has their first work outs today. Cactus Leage play starts next Wednesday as the Ms face the San Diego Padres.
Birthdays: Talk show host Sally Jessy Raphael is 80; newsman Bob Schieffer is 78; the guy behind Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey, Jack Handey is 66; the host of The NFL Today on CBS, James Brown is 64; comedian Carrot Top is 50; actress Téa Leoni is 49; singer Daniel Powter is 44; comedian and talk show host Chelsea Handler is 40; actress Rashida Jones is 39; Fred and George Weasley in Harry Potter, actors James and Oliver Phelps are 29.
It's National Chocolate-Covered Peanuts Day. Ironically, it's also Let's All Eat Right Day. Today is Pistol Patent Day Samuel Colt invented the pistol. He received Patent # 138 for it on this day in 1836. The patent was for the Colt Revolver with a rotating chamber containing six bullets.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1919, Oregon placed a 1 cent per gallon tax on gasoline, becoming the first US state to levy a gasoline tax. In 1928, Charles Jenkins Laboratories of Washington, DC became the first holder of a television license from the Federal Radio Commission. In 1943, this day was commonly thought to be George Harrison's birthday. In 1992, Harrison was reported to have said, "I only learned recently after all these years that the date and time of my own birth have always been off by one calendar day and about a half hour on the clock." His birthday is actually February 24th. In 1964, Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston, Ali took the title. In 1986, the president of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos, fled the nation after 20 years of rule; Corazon Aquino became the Philippines' first woman president. In 1991, in the Gulf War, an Iraqi scud missile hit an American military barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia killing 28 US Army Reservists from Pennsylvania.
Ocean Shores has a pretty good sense of humor when it comes to great white sharks. There's a tourist shop where you pass through the jaws of one. But now word is that a great white is operating in those waters. Last Thursday a freshly killed harbor seal was found on the beach. Wildlife folks knew it had been bitten by something really big. The seal was sent to California for a necropsy and word came back confirming it was a great white. Ocean Shores police say they just got word that it was a great white, but so far there are no plans to do anything at the beach. But people are keeping an eye out.
The average length of a Major League Baseball game was 35 minutes longer in 2014 than it was in 1981. MLB is trying to rectify the problem. The days of readjusting batting gloves a dozen times, stepping out of the batter's box to take practice swings between every pitch and lollygagging between innings might be coming to an end. In an effort shorten the length of games, Major League Baseball last week announced a series of rule changes that go into effect during the 2015 regular season. Among them: Players must keep a foot in the batter's box between called balls and strikes, managers no longer have to leave the dugout to invoke an instant-replay challenge, and shortening breaks between innings and pitching changes. The changes are being phased in during spring training and the first month of the regular season. By May, repeat perpetrators face fines of up to $500. However, players get the benefit of receiving a warning before receiving a penalty.
The average US adult scores about 50% on personal finance questions related to US federal income tax returns. Most American adults get an F in understanding income tax basics, according to a NerdWallet survey. Respondents scored on average 51% in a 10-question quiz on tax basics related to such personal finance issues as retirement, college savings, and health care.
On TV tonight, a couple of season premiers. Survivor and Amazing Race are back. Survivor begins its 30th season; Amazing Race features 11 teams of all dating duos. They're both on CBS tonight.
Netflix has confirmed that the network will air the new Pee-wee Herman movie. For me, the story here is that Pee Wee has a new movie. Really?
Trivia Answer: James Gilmore Backus who was born in this date in 1913. Among his other roles was that of James Dean's father in Rebel Without a Cause. As Mr. Magoo, he helped advertise the GE line of products over the years. He was also spokesperson for La-Z-Boy furniture during the 1970s. In the late 1980s, he was reunited with former co-star Natalie Schafer -- Lovie from Gilligan's Island -- in an advertisement for Orville Redenbacher's Popcorn. They reprised their roles from Gilligan's Island, but instead of still being shipwrecked, the setting was a luxurious study or den. Both performers were rather frail and this would be the last television appearance either one would be in before their deaths. Backus died in Los Angeles on July 3rd of 1989 from complications of pneumonia, after suffering from Parkinson's disease for many years.
|Today's Trivia: He's a movie and television actor who was
born in New York City. Having played "old man" roles since the
early 1970s, followed by a low profile acting career, he has since been
frequently assumed to be dead. In 1982, People magazine erroneously
declared him dead. He took the error with good humor, posing for a
photograph in which he was sitting up in a coffin, holding the magazine
in question. Who is he?
The Mariners are doing their best to temper expectations for left-handed pitcher Danny Hultzen going into the 2015 season. They made it clear he won't break camp on the big-league roster. Nor do they know how many innings he can throw. Regardless, Hultzen's first bullpen of spring training was the latest reminder that he is apparently past the left shoulder issues that wiped out almost all of his past two seasons. After throwing Sunday, a happy Hultzen said his left shoulder feels "completely normal." A former No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 MLB draft, Hultzen had major left shoulder surgery October 1st of 2013. After an arduous rehab process -- a year ago in spring, he struggled to play catch from 60 feet -- he made gains in the Instructional League with a 25-pitch outing. There doesn't appear to be an immediate opening at the back of Seattle's rotation. Right-hander Taijuan Walker and left-hander Roenis Elias are reportedly set to compete for the No. 5 spot. That means Hultzen will likely start the year in Triple-A Tacoma. As part of ESPN's spring training tour that features all 30 MLB clubs, SportsCenter and Baseball Tonight analysts will profile the Mariners on Friday. Position players report to Peoria today. Cactus League play starts a week from tomorrow.
Birthdays: Nike founder Phil Knight is 76; former U.S. Senator from Connecticut Joseph Lieberman is 73; actor Barry Bostwick is 70; singer Rupert Holmes is 68; actor Edward James Olmos is 68; George Thorogood is 65; the mom on That '70s Show, actress Debra Jo Rupp is 64; and journalist/newscaster Paula Zahn is 59.
Ben Woolf, an actor on American Horror Story, has died. The 4-foot-4 actor was hospitalized in critical condition after he was hit by the side mirror of a passing vehicle on an LA area street. The motorist stopped at the scene last Thursday night and was not cited or arrested. Ben Woolf died yesterday afternoon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
It's National Tortilla Chip Day. Today is Sesame Street's Gordon's Birthday. And the birthday of the nylon toothbrush. It made its debut on this date in 1938. It was the first time that nylon yarn had been used commercially.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1956, the city of Cleveland invoked a 1931 law that barred people under the age of 18 from dancing in public without an adult guardian. In 1976, The Eagles' Greatest Hits album became the first album in the US to be certified platinum by the RIAA. In 1980, the United States Olympic Hockey team completed their Miracle on Ice by defeating Finland 4-2 to win the gold medal. In 1981, Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Britain's Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer. In 1989, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini offered a $3 million bounty for the death of The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie. In 1992, Wayne's World opened in theaters across the county. Also in 1992 - Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love were married in Hawaii. In 1993, Eric Clapton won six Grammy Awards for the song Tears In Heaven. In 2008, Fidel Castro retired as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years. In 2011, the final launch of Space Shuttle Discovery happened.
Just what NFL opponents wanted to hear -- more seats in the Clink. Perhaps the least efficient part of the Seahawks' home stadium, the south end upper concourse that features the ritual of the 12th Man flag, is getting an extra 1,000 padded seats and a party deck. The best part about the expansion of the state-owned CenturyLink Field is the Seahawks are funding it. The makeover, already underway and scheduled to be ready for the 2015 season, is called the Toyota Fan Deck and will have two sections of seating around a partly covered open-air viewing and gathering area. Ticketholders in the new seating sections will have exclusive access to the deck, which features a club-like atmosphere with multiple televisions, an eight-foot-long fireplace, views of the playing field, as well as food and beverage stands. The Seahawks have sold out 105 consecutive games since 2003. According to Forbes, the average ticket price last season was $111.
An estimated 36.6 million people watched the Academy Awards telecast on ABC. That's a drop of 16 percent from last year. The Nielsen company said yesterday that the Oscars viewership was its lowest since 2009, when Slumdog Millionaire was named best picture and 36.3 million people watched. Last year's Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, reached 43.7 million and had the biggest audience for the annual awards show since 2000.
it was Lady Gaga's Sound of Music spectacular that sparked the most chatter on social media at the Oscars Sunday night. Twenty-one million people logged 58 million interactions about the awards ceremony on Facebook according to figures from the site yesterday. Lady Gaga performed a medley of hits from The Sound of Music and then was joined by Julie Andrews on stage for the 50th anniversary of the musical, which was talked about by 214,000 people per minute globally on Facebook. According to Nielsen Social, which monitors comments on Twitter, some 60,000 tweets were posted in the minute following Lady Gaga's tribute performance as she was joined by Andrews, making it the most-tweeted moment of the night. With 129,000 mentions, Lady Gaga garnered the most chatter on Twitter.
Police in Marion County, Florida, are searching for a suspect who stole 75 panties worth $1,188 from a Victoria's Secret store.
Trivia Answer: Abraham Charles Vigoda -- Abe Vigoda -- who turns 94 today. Vigoda is well known for his portrayal of Sal Tessio in The Godfather, and for his portrayal of Detective Sgt. Phil Fish on the television series Barney Miller from 1975–1977 and on its spinoff show Fish that aired from February 1977 to June 1978 on ABC. Vigoda was still appearing on Barney Miller at the same time as he was on Fish during the 1976–1977 TV season; at the start of the 1977–1978 season, his character retired from the police force and left Barney Miller to focus full time on the spinoff. Erroneous reports of Vigoda's death as well as questions of whether he is alive or dead have become a running joke. In fact, you can log on anytime to http://www.abevigoda.com/ to see if he's dead or alive.
|Today's Trivia: He was born in Beaumont, Texas, and along
with his musician brother were nurtured at an early age by their parents
in musical pursuits. He and his brother, both of whom were born with
albinism, began performing at an early age. When he was ten years old,
he appeared on a local children's show, playing ukulele and singing
Everly Brothers songs with his brother. He grew up and established
himself as a blues guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and
producer. Best known for his high-energy blues-rock albums and live
performances in the late 1960s and 1970s, he also produced three Grammy
Award-winning albums for blues singer and guitarist Muddy Waters. Who is
The Seattle Seahawks and Marshawn Lynch have not yet reached an agreement on a contract extension, that word from Lynch's agent over the weekend. Saturday, CBS Sports tweeted that Lynch had a "new deal in place" with the Seahawks that would pay him $21 million over the next two seasons. But minutes afterward, Lynch's agent Doug Hendrickson, tweeted that no such agreement had been reached. After Hendrickson responded, the CBS report backtracked slightly, saying that the Seahawks had an offer on the table that was expected to be accepted by Beast Mode.
Meanwhile, the Seattle Mariner pitchers and catcher are in camp in Peoria. Position players report tomorrow. The Ms take on the San Diego Padres in Cactus League play a week from Wednesday.
Goalkeeper Hope Solo is back from suspension, and teammates are welcoming her return as they prepare for the Women's World Cup. Solo was reinstated by US Soccer on Saturday after a 30-day suspension and was placed on the travel roster for next month's Algarve Cup in Portugal. Solo was suspended last month by the US Soccer Federation after her husband, Jerramy Stevens, was arrested in Southern California on suspicion of driving under the influence in a US team van. Solo, in training camp at the time, was with Stevens when he pulled over.
Joey Logano, the driver who has spent seven years trying to live up to impossible expectations, raced to his first career Daytona 500 victory yesterday as he continued to reward Roger Penske for catapulting him into one of NASCAR's top stars. Nicknamed Sliced Bread when he broke into the Sprint Cup Series at 18 because so many predicted him to be the next big thing, Logano found himself searching for a new job after four underwhelming seasons. He was snatched up by Penske for the 2013 season after being dropped by Joe Gibbs Racing, a move that jumpstarted his career. His victory in The Great American Race yesterday gave The Captain his second Daytona 500 title. Penske, one of the most respected team owners in motorsports, also has a record 15 Indianapolis 500 wins. The 24-year-old from Connecticut was quiet for most of the race, which was dominated by four-time champion Jeff Gordon. Making the final Daytona 500 start of his career, Gordon won the pole and led the field to green in the first race of his last Sprint Cup season. Gordon kept his Chevrolet out front for 77 of the first 100 laps, and led a race-high 87 laps. But when the slicing and dicing for the win began, Gordon was mired in traffic and Logano suddenly found himself in contention. It was the first Daytona 500 in 15 years without one of the Busch brothers in the field. Kurt Busch was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR as he faces accusations of domestic assault against his ex-girlfriend last fall. Kyle Busch broke his right leg and his left foot in a Saturday crash in the Xfinity Series race.
Birthdays: The son of Henry Fonda, brother of Jane Fonda and father of Bridget Fonda, actor and director Peter Fonda is 75; Jill Taylor on Home Improvement, actress Patricia Richardson is 64; football's Ed 'Too Tall' Jones is 64; Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford is 63; singer Howard Jones is 60; he'll leave the light on for ya, author/voice actor/spokesman Tom Bodett is 60; the Dell in Dell computers, Michael Dell is 50; from Sex and the City, actress Kristin Davis is 50; Skippy on Family Ties, actor Marc Price is 47; and actress Emily Blunt is 32.
Today is Curling is Cool Day. Today is Pebbles' Day, marking the birth of a cartoon daughter to Fred and Wilma Flintstone on this date in 10-thousand BC Today is International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day. Today is National Chili Day. Today is Inconvenience Yourself Day, a day to focus on ways to show respect for others, the environment, and the world around you. Today is National Banana Bread Day. And today is Play Tennis Day, a great day to play tennis. After all, it's the objective of the day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1822, Boston was incorporated as a city. In 1896, the Tootsie Roll was introduced by Leo Hirshfield. In 1927, the Federal Radio Commission began assigning frequencies, hours of operation, and power allocations for radio broadcasters. On July 1st of 1934, the name was changed to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In 1939, at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, Walt Disney received eight Academy Awards for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: one regular-size Oscar and seven miniature ones. In 1940, Walt Disney's animated movie Pinocchio was released. In 1965, comedian Stan Laurel died in Santa Monica, California. He was 74. In 1974, the Symbionese Liberation Army demanded $4 million more for the release of Patty Hearst. Hearst had been kidnapped on February 4th. In 2000, Carlos Santana won eight Grammy awards for his album Supernatural, tying the record set in 1983 by Michael Jackson. In 2005, the New York City medical examiner's office annouced that it had exhausted all efforts to identify the remains of the people killed at the World Trade Center on September 11th of 2001, due to the limits of DNA technology. About 1,600 people had been identified leaving more than 1,100 unidentified.
Fifty Shades of Grey raked in another $23.2 million in ticket sales for a second week. The film again outpaced the No. 2 release, Kingsman: The Secret Service. Third place on Oscar again went to the family-friendly The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. The three films replicated their standings from a week ago, and also outperformed a trio of new films that opened this week. Fourth place went to McFarland, USA, which stars Kevin Costner as a track coach in a small California town. Rounding out the top five, high school comedy The DUFF. Another new release, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, settled for the No. 7 spot.
Then there was the theater in Colorado that was supposed to show SpongeBob to a theater full of kids but accidentally showed Fifty Shades. Oops.
The season premier of The Voice coming up tonight. Season 8 begins with the blind auditions. Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, and Pharrell Williams are this seasons coaches. Carson Daly again hosts. It's tonight on NBC.
The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office says a man struck and killed by a train south of Kalama was posing for a photograph at the time. The Longview Daily News reports that the man had been driving from Tacoma to Portland on Saturday morning when he and his female traveling companion stopped to smoke a cigarette and take pictures along the Columbia River. The man was posing between two railroad tracks while a northbound BNSF freight train was approaching. Investigators say he apparently did not see an approaching Amtrak passenger train coming from the other direction. The victim's identity has not been released. His companion was not injured.
Trivia Answer: John Dawson Winter III -- known as Johnny Winter -- who was born on this date in 1944. His brother is Edgar Winter. After his time with Waters, Winter recorded several Grammy-nominated blues albums. In 1988, he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and in 2003, he was ranked 63rd in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Johnny was professionally active until the time of his death near Zurich, Switzerland, on July 16th of 2014. He was found dead in his hotel room two days after his last performance, at the age of 70. The cause of Winter's death was not officially released. According to his friend and record producer Paul Nelson, Winter died of emphysema combined with pneumonia.
|Today's Trivia: This film director, screenwriter, and
producer is a five time nominee of the Academy Award for Best Director.
He was considered a "maverick" in making films that were
highly naturalistic, but with a stylized perspective unlike most
Hollywood films. He is consistently ranked as one of the greatest and
most influential filmmakers in history. In 2006, the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences recognized his body of work with an Academy
Honorary Award. He never won a competitive Oscar despite the five
nominations. His films MASH, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, and Nashville
have been selected for preservation in the United States National Film
Registry. Who is he?
And so it begins. Mariner pitchers and catchers officially report to spring training today but plenty of players showed up earlier and have been working out in the sun. Position players report on Tuesday.
Seahawks General Manager John Schneider said yesterday that the team still doesn't know if Marshawn Lynch will be back next season but added "he's going to let us know soon." Schneider was peppered with questions about Beast Mode at the NFL's annual scouting combine in Indianapolis. Schneider described Lynch as "phenomenal" during a news conference at the scouting combine. He said, "When you have a guy like that you let him go to work." He then added: "Everybody needs time away especially at that position, a little time to hit the reset button." But Schneider made it clear that the Seahawks hope Lynch will stick around saying, "He's awesome with everyone in the building, he would be missed. He hasn't given us any indication that he would leave."
Birthdays: Actor Sidney Poitier is 88; retired racer Bobby Unser is 81; jazz singer Nancy Wilson is 78; singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie is 74; actress Sandy Duncan is 69; J. Geils Band guitarist J. Geils is 69; co-founder of Steely Dan, singer and guitarist Walter Becker is 65; Patty Hearst is 61; retired NBA player-turned-broadcaster Charles Barkley is 52; Harry on 3rd Rock From the Sun, actor French Stewart is 51; model Cindy Crawford is 49; and all the way from Barbados, singer Rihanna is 27.
Today is Call An Old Friend Day, a day to phone someone you haven't talked to in a very long time. Today is Toothpick Day. The toothpick was patented on this date in 1872. Today is Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day. At high noon (local time) we're asked to go outside and yell "Hoodie-Hoo" to chase winter and make ready for spring, one month from now. It's Cherry Pie Day. Cherry pie is America's second most popular pie, behind only apple pie in popularity.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1792, President George Washington signed the Postal Service Act thereby creating the US Post Office. In 1962, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth, aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule. In 1974, Cher filed for separation from husband Sonny Bono. She filed for divorce not long afterwards. They had been married for 10 years. In 1982, singer Pat Benatar married musician-producer Neil Giraldo in Hawaii. It was Benatar's second marriage. In 1997, the Trinity Broadcasting network announced it had dropped singer Pat Boone's Gospel America show after he recorded a heavy metal album and appeared on the American Music Awards in black leather and a studded dog collar. In 1998, American Tara Lipinski became the youngest gold medal winner in winter Olympics history when she won the ladies' figure skating title at Nagano, Japan. Tara was 15. In 2003, during a Great White concert in West Warwick, Rhode Island, a pyrotechnics display sets the Station nightclub ablaze, killing 100 and injuring over 200 others. In 2006, the Danish newspaper that published controversial cartoons of Muslim Prophet Mohammed and triggered widespread, angry and often deadly protests, ran a full-page apology in Saudi papers.
Hope Solo is likely be reinstated to the US Women's National Team tomorrow after serving a 30-day suspension, according to ESPN. The 33-year-old goalkeeper, who grew up in Richland and played for the University of Washington, was suspended last month after an incident on January 19th in Manhattan Beach, California, in which her husband, Jerramy Stevens, was pulled over in a US Women's National Team vehicle for alleged DUI. Solo was in the passenger seat, and reportedly caused a scene during Stevens' arrest. US Soccer immediately released Solo from national team training camp and suspended her for 30 days. Thirty days will be up tomorrow, and ESPN reported yesterday -- citing anonymous sources -- that Solo has so far met all the conditions for reinstatement.
You gotta figure 50 Shades of Grey won;t be the box office monster this weekend it was last weekend. We'll find out come Monday. In the meantime, new in theaters this weekend, the PG-13 rated The Duff, the R-rated Hot Tub Time Machine 2, and the PG-rated McFarland.
Alaska has been named the happiest and healthiest state in the nation. In 2013, Alaska held the eighth position on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. One year later, the state climbed to the top of the list for the first time since 2008. To compile the list, researchers interviewed 176,000 United States residents. Each participant was asked to rate their happiness and health on a scale of 0 to 100. The categories include social life, financial stability, physical well-being, community involvement, and purpose in life.
If a Mercedes or Range Rover SUV are a bit too low-rent for your lifestyle, Rolls Royce has the family hauler for you. The Rolls Royce Cullinan named after the famed 33,000 carat diamond is coming in 2018. The SUV will have a sticker of $340,000.
Trivia Answer: Robert Altman who was born on this date in 1925. Altman died on November 20th of 2006 at the age of 81 due to complications from leukemia.
|Today's Trivia: This sportscaster was born in Princeton,
Indiana. He graduated from Indiana University in 1957, entered the
military, and began his broadcasting career with Armed Forces Radio. He
became a partner of Dick Enberg on the broadcast team of the California
Angels in 1969. He also broadcast the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL and
UCLA Bruins football and basketball during this period. He was the lead
play-by-play announcer for another major league ballclub from the team's
inaugural season until his death following the 2010 season. Who is he?
Seattle Mariners pitching prospect Victor Sanchez, who was seriously injured last week when he was struck by a boat while swimming, has reportedly shown small but significant signs of recovery, yet will likely need more surgery. It was reported yesterday that the 20-year-old Sanchez was still unconscious but showed movement in his hands and feet. Sanchez, who has pitched three years in Seattle's farm system, suffered a fractured skull and other injuries while swimming Saturday at a beach in Venezuela. He was struck by the propeller of a boat, causing a hematoma that in turn caused a stroke. Doctors performed a craniectomy to remove the hematoma and reduce swelling in Sanchez's head, and he remains in critical conduction in intensive care. Sanchez signed a $2.5 million minor-league contract with the Mariners in 2011 and played last year for the Double-A Jackson Generals. The youngster has a no-hitter under his belt, tossing one in 2013 for the High-A Clinton Lumberkings. Sanchez did not have an invitation to major-league spring training -- to which pitchers and catchers report tomorrow -- but was prepping for minor-league camp in Peoria, Arizona.
Birthdays: Singer Smokey Robinson is 75; singer Lou Christie is 72; Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi is 67; actor Jeff Daniels is 60; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is 56; Prince Andrew is 55; singer Seal is 52; and actress Justine Bateman is 49.
Jerome Kersey, the versatile small forward who helped the Portland Trail Blazers reach two NBA Finals and won a title with the San Antonio Spurs in 1999, died yesterday. The cause of death wasn't immediately known. Kersey averaged 10.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in 17 seasons in the NBA with Portland, Golden State, the Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle, San Antonio and Milwaukee. He helped the Blazers reach the NBA Finals in 1990 and 1992, playing alongside Terry Porter, Clyde Drexler, Kevin Duckworth and Buck Williams. Kersey retired from basketball in 2001. He was an assistant coach with Milwaukee in 2004-05. Jerome Kersey was 52.
Today is Double Lunch Day. The lunch break is one of the best parts of the day, so today take two -- and early lunch and a late lunch. Today is National Chocolate Mint Day – a day that celebrates anything and everything that is chocolate mint flavored. Today is Iwo Jima Day. Thirty thousand US troops landed there on this date in 1945. Over 21,000 Japanese troops were waiting underground in massive forts and tunnels on the 12-square-mile island. Today is Straw Wrapper Appreciation Day, a day to remember how much fun it was to blow the wrapper off a straw. It still is.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1964, a thousand pounds of Beatles wigs arrived from England in New York City, where they sold out immediately. Also in 1964, Simon & Garfunkel completed the original version of Sounds of Silence using only acoustic guitars. In 1970, Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart guest starred onn ABC-TV's Bewitched. In 1980, Bon Scott, the lead singer of AC/DC, died in London at the age of 33. He died as a result of choking on his own vomit after drinking heavily. In 1984, on the final day of the Winter Olympics at Sarajevo, American brothers Phil and Steve Mahre won the gold and silver medals in the men's slalom. By the way, they were born in Yakima. In 1985, Cherry Coke was introduced by the Coca-Cola Company. In 1987, a controversial, anti-smoking publice service announcement aired for the first time on television. Yul Brynner filmed the ad shortly before dying of lung cancer. Brynner made it clear in the ad that he would have died from cigarette smoking before ad aired. In 1996, two days before her 121st birthday, Jeanne Clement of France became the world's oldest pop star by releasing her first CD entitled Mistress of Time, on which she spoke over funk-rap, techno, and dance music. She said she made the recording to earn money for a minibus for the retirement home where she lived. In 1998, a piece of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor's 60-year-old wedding cake sold for $29,900 at an auction in New York City.
Vanilla Ice has been charged with breaking into and stealing from an abandoned home that is in foreclosure in Florida. Police in the Palm Beach County town of Lantana say the recording artist and home-improvement-show host had been renovating a home next to the victim's house. They said in a news release that some of the items were found at his property. His real name is Robert Van Winkle. He rose to fame following the 1990 release of the hit song Ice Ice Baby. In recent years, he has hosted The Vanilla Ice Project on DIY Network. The 47-year-old Vanilla Ice was charged yesterday with burglary of residence and grand theft and taken into custody. Authorities say furniture, a pool heater, bicycles and other items were removed from the home sometime during December and February.
Grateful Dead songwriting duo Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter, country music star Toby Keith, and Time After Time singer Cyndi Lauper are being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame later this year. The organization made the announcement yesterday. They're being joined by Hoochie Coochie Man blues songwriter Willie Dixon, and Bobby Braddock, a co-writer of George Jones' country classic He Stopped Loving Her Today. Also being inducted is Linda Perry, who transitioned from off-beat rock 'n' roll singer with early 1990s band 4 Non Blondes to penning hits for Christina Aguilera and Pink. Dixon and Garcia are being inducted posthumously. Last year's Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees included Scottish 1960s singer and guitarist Donovan and The Kinks' Ray Davies. The Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony is June 18th in New York.
A New York tourism office's suggestion that potential visitors should go to the Florida Keys instead has ended up crashing its website. Bruce Stoff of the Ithaca-Tompkins County Convention and Visitors Bureau told The Associated Press yesterday that the office's overwhelmed server crashed Tuesday afternoon, not long after the AP reported on his agency's stunt. On Sunday, Visitithaca.com posted images of Key West and provided links to Florida Keys websites. The Ithaca site said, "We surrender" and "Winter, you win" and suggested that a visit to Key West was a better option than frozen central New York. Stoff says his office removed the Florida link because the nearly 150,000 views crashed the website. The upside: Stoff says his office fielded numerous inquiries about tourism in upstate New York.
Bacon lovers, listen up: Little Caesars is introducing a new crust that will blend chewy, cheese pizza and crispy bacon. The company announced Wednesday it is introducing Bacon Wrapped Crust Deep Deep Dish pizza on February 23.
The food industry has long known that three daily meals are out, and a procession of snacks from midday to midnight is in. And now the pet food industry is getting onboard. And why not. Snacking for Americans is a $1.2 trillion business that has historically grown about 6% a year. So it only makes sense to create snacks for pets and then market them like crazy to pet owners.
The beloved children's book author Theodor Seuss Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss, died in 1991, but he's got a new book coming out in July. What Pet Should I Get? is believed to have been written between 1958 and 1962, and features the same brother and sister from the 1960 book One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.
Trivia Answer: Hall of Famer Dave Niehaus -- the voice of the Mariners -- who was born on this date in 1935. In 1977, Danny Kaye, part-owner of the expansion Seattle Mariners, recruited Niehaus to become the franchise's radio voice. Niehaus was twice been named Washington Sportscaster of the Year. The team chose him to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the opening Safeco Field, on July 15, 1999. In 2000, he was the second figure to be inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame. In 2008, Niehaus was named the winner of the Ford C. Frick Award, which recognizes career excellence in baseball broadcasting and is considered the highest baseball broadcasting honor. Niehaus had broadcast 5,284 of the 5,385 Mariners games, and he intended to broadcast the complete 2011 season. On November 10th of 2010, Niehaus suffered a heart attack at his home in Issaquah and died at age 75.
|Today's Trivia: He first became known in the 1970s, after
appearing on the television series Welcome Back, Kotter and starring in
the box office successes Saturday Night Fever and Grease. His acting
career, however, declined through the 1980s. He then enjoyed a
resurgence in the 1990s with his role in Pulp Fiction, and he has since
continued starring in more recent films such as Face/Off, Swordfish, and
Wild Hogs. He is John Travolta who turns 61 today. Can you name his
characters in Welcome Back, Kotter; Saturday Night Fever; and Grease?
During their 13-year playoff drought, whenever the Seattle Mariners entered a season with expectations, they managed to fall short. Whatever the season -- 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010 -- if there was a public belief that Seattle was playoff worthy, the Mariners underachieved. That will make how the Mariners handle this season a study on whether they've finally created a roster capable of handling lofty praise. Seattle starts spring training on Friday when pitchers and catchers report with many baseball observers believing the Mariners are among the favorites in the American League. Before getting to the regular season, the Mariners have questions to answer during the spring. A few: Last year all the attention was on the arrival of Robinson Cano. Now it's the addition of Nelson Cruz and whether the league leader in home runs a year ago can duplicate that effort while playing for the Mariners. Center fielder Austin Jackson was a disappointment after being acquired from Detroit before the trade deadline last summer. He struggled in making the midseason transition from the Tigers to the Mariners and didn't have the impact at the top of the batting order that McClendon had hoped for. The biggest position battle during the spring will be at shortstop with Chris Taylor and Brad Miller competing for the full-time role. Barring a change of plans because of injury, the Mariners' pitching rotation is mostly set before spring begins. Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma and James Paxton are set. Newly acquired J.A. Happ will be the fourth arm in the rotation, giving Seattle a second left-handed option. The debate comes with the No. 5 spot. Roenis Elias, Taijuan Walker, Erasmo Ramirez? Time will tell.
Birthdays: Yoko Ono is 82; from Styx, singer Dennis DeYoung is 68; the Green River Killer, Gary Ridgway is 66; actress Cybil Shepherd is 65; actress and singer Juice Newton is 63; from Bachman-Turner Overdrive, drummer Robbie Bachman is 62; actor John Travolta is 61; professional letter-turner Vanna White is 58; actor Matt Dillon is 51; rapper, producer, headphone mogul, Dr. Dre is 50; actress Molly Ringwald is 47; and personal trainer Jillian Michaels is 41.
Today is Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. Today is a Cold Day in Hell Day, marking this date in 1979 when snow fell for the first time in recorded history in the Sahara Desert. Today is National Battery Day -- be they As, AAs, Cs or Ds or something else. Today is is Pluto Day. The ninth planet, no longer accepted as a planet by some, was discovered on this date in 1930. It was named for the Roman god of the underworld, which of course was named for Mickey Mouse's dog.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1885, Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published. In 1974, KISS released their first album. In 1992, Vince Neil quit as lead singer of Motley Crue. After 11 years with the group he said he wanted to spend more time on his career as a race car driver. The band reunited on the American Music Awards 5 years later. In 1997, Kimberly and Joel Frisby of Okarche, Oklahoma, became proud parents of a son. A big son. Hunter Joel Samuel Frisby weighed 13 pounds, 9 ounces. Mom said her doctor told her, "Congratulations, you've just given birth to a toddler." In 1997, Christian TV network,Trinity Broadcasting, cancelled Pat Boone's weekly gospel music show after he appeared in black leather and fake tattoos on the American Music Awards show. In 2001, auto racer Dale Earnhardt Sr. died at age 49 from injuries suffered in a crash at the Daytona 500. In 2003, a Romanian teenager who won the $1.2 million lottery jackpot could not collect his winnings for two weeks because he couldn't afford the $32 train fare to Bucharest. The unemployed 17-year-old, from had to wait for his benefit money to arrive. Neighbors refused to loan him or his father the money.
The museum that houses the National Toy Hall of Fame has announced the creation of the World Video Game Hall of Fame to recognize the impact games like Pong and Grand Theft Auto have on culture and society. The toy hall of fame is providing the model for the video version, which is dedicated to arcade, console, computer, hand-held, and mobile games. Anyone is able to nominate a game and an internal advisory committee chooses finalists. An annual class of inductees is being chosen by an international selection committee of journalists, scholars and other video game experts based on four criteria: icon-status, longevity, geographical reach and the influence it has had on the design of other games, entertainment, popular culture and society in general. Nominations for the inaugural class are being accepted through the end of March.
The mayor of Boston is urging cabin fever-crazed residents to stop hurling themselves from their windows into snowbanks. Mayor Marty Walsh's plea is in response to a rash of Bostonians filming themselves jumping out of windows or off of second-story decks into huge piles of snow and posting the videos online.
The list of nominees for a trip to Mars has been whittled down to 100. They hope to become the first to walk on the surface of the red planet. One of the finalists is from Bellevue.
Podcaster Jesse Carey is listening to Nickelback for seven straight days in order to raise money for charity. Jesse began listening to Nickelback's entire catalog on repeat Monday, and he will continue until February 22, for a total of 168 hours. For his efforts, Carey has raised more than $17,000 for Charity:Water to help dig wells in developing areas.
The cast is coming together for Inferno, the third installment in the adaption of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code series. Inferno follows Robert Langdon on a quest throughout Italy, as he tries to solve the most intricate riddle he has ever faced, while being hunted down. The movie begins filming in April.
Trivia Answer: He was Vinny Barbarino on Wecome Back, Kotter; Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever; and Danny Zuko in Grease.
|Today's Trivia: On February 10th of 1996, it became the
first machine to win a chess game against a reigning world champion when
it defeated Garry Kasparov under regular time controls. However,
Kasparov won three and drew two of the following five games, beating the
machine by a score of 4–to-2 (wins count 1 point, draws count ½
point). The match concluded on this date -- February 17th -- 1996. Can
you name the machine?
One of the Seattle Mariners' top minor-league pitching prospects, Victor Sanchez, reportedly is "fighting for his life" after getting struck by a boat Friday while swimming. The 20-year-old Sanchez was swimming at a beach in his home country of Venezuela when the watercraft hit him. Sanchez was reportedly unconscious for some time after the incident and underwent surgery Saturday on a fractured skull. Dr. Rolando Cobis performed the surgery. He says, "He is in critical condition. At the moment he is critical but stable. He is still fighting for his life. He is in vital danger." Sanchez signed a $2.5 million minor-league contract with the Mariners in 2011 and has pitched three years in Seattle's farm system, playing last year for the Double-A Jackson Generals. Last year, MLB.com ranked Sanchez the 11th-best prospect in the Mariners system. Sanchez did not have an invitation to major-league spring training -- to which pitchers and catchers report Friday -- but was prepping for minor-league camp in Peoria, Arizona.
Birthdays: Actor Hal Holbrook is 90; actress Rene Russo is 61; Al Borland on Home Improvement, he was born in Seattle, actor Richard Karn is 59; actor Lou Diamond Phillips is 53; NBA great – in fact, regarded by many as the greatest basketball player of all-time -- Michael Jordan is 52; comedian Larry the Cable Guy is 52; Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is 43; Tommy on 3rd Rock from the Sun, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is 34, socialite Paris Hilton is 34; Mariner pitcher Danny Farquhar is 28; and singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is 24.
Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in 1963 at age 16 with her epic song of teenage angst, It's My Party, and followed it up with the hits Judy's Turn to Cry, and the feminist anthem You Don't Own Me, died yesterday. A nonsmoker, Gore died of lung cancer according to her partner of 33 years, Lois Sasson. Brooklyn-born and New Jersey-raised, Gore was discovered by Quincy Jones as a teenager and signed to Mercury Records. Leslie Gore was 68.
Today is My Way Day, a day to determine our own identities all by ourselves. Today is World Human Spirit Day. Today is National PTA Founders Day. Phoebe Hearst and Alice Birney founded the PTA on this date in 1897. Today is Snow Ice Cream Day (A little milk, sugar, vanilla, and a lot of snow). Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day. And, you know what to do. Caution: What comes around, goes around. Random Acts of Kindness are highly contagious.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1878, in San Francisco, the first large city telephone exchange opened. It had only 18 phones. In 1933, Newsweek was first published. In 1965, Joan Rivers made her first guest appearances on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. In 1966, Brian Wilson began recording the Beach Boys' Good Vibrations. In 1972, Pink Floyd began a 4-night stand in London. During the stand, they premiered The Dark Side of the Moon a full year before it was released. In 1989, David Coverdale of Whitesnake and Tawny Kitaen were married. In 1999, a cleaning products survey proclaimed Britons had the smelliest homes in Europe. Britain won because more homes had pets and smokers, 98% had carpeted floors to retain odor, and only 46% ever did a spring cleaning. In 2008, police in Midland, Michigan arrested a 32-year-old man for stealing 217 cases of Pepperidge Farm stuffing: street value $8,749. Police said the suspect worked for a distributor and had access to a trailer where the stuffing was stored. Police recovered 157 cases of stuffing at the man's home.
The numbers have been ugly ... and they're getting uglier by the hour. The National Weather Service has put out its twice-monthly report on the mountain snowpack and the numbers for February 15th, well, not pretty. Hurricane Ridge: Current snowpack is…4 inches. It's supposed to have 87". The worst ever before since 1979 was 17" in 2005. You know it's saying something when 2005 had 4 times as much snow as this year. How about Mt. Baker? Just 22 inches up there -- 2 inches less than the current record-warm winter of 1977 had at this point in the winter. Mt. Baker is supposed to have 138 inches there now. In 1999, there was 244 inches of snow up there on Feb. 15. Snoqualmie Pass? Just 21" of snow. That's just 25 percent of the normal 85" that's supposed to be there. Two spots are down to single digits -- Mission Ridge (5,170' level) at 9" and Crystal Mountain (4,370' level) at 8". White Pass roadway? Zero. Nada. Zilch. They're supposed to have 54 inches of snow up there now, but instead, they're tied with Phoenix for current official snow cover. White Pass ski resort does have enough snow on their slopes higher up to be up and running. It's just no snow worries on the drive there.
Sure, the NFL Combine is this coming weekend and Seattle GM John Schneider is prepping for May's draft, but Richard Sherman may have the busiest offseason ahead of him among all the Seahawks. Why? He's got a newborn son. Rayden Sherman was born on February 5th -- 2-5 -- just four days after the Super Bowl. In the two weeks since, it sounds like he has been doing a lot of regular baby stuff. And it sounds like Richard Sherman and his girlfriend, Ashley Moss, have been doing a lot of regular new-parent stuff. Richard says, "I haven't gotten much sleep but, it's been a fun ride, man. He's a good kid. At this point, he'll just sleep, eat, look at you, poop and then repeat."
There apparentlhy is now going to be a Father Monster. Lady Gaga got engaged to longtime boyfriend Taylor Kinney on Valentine's Day and displayed her heart-shaped ring on Instagram on yesterday. Gaga and Kinney met in 2011 on the set of Gaga's You & I music video. Kinney appears on the NBC drama Chicago Fire.
A new report says that after 130 years the Washington Monument is nearly 10 inches shorter than it was in its younger days.
Why can't we legislate common sense? An Ohio school bus driver (Princeton School District) lost her job over a selfie. The now ex-employee appeared to be sipping a bottle of beer in the driver's seat. At the time the selfie was taken, the driver was at the end of her route, with no children aboard the vehicle. But that didn't do much to help her case: Both her employer and educational authorities have launched investigations.
Trivia Answer: Deep Blue. It was a chess-playing computer developed by IBM. As I mentioned, Kasparov had beaten a previous version of Deep Blue in 1996. A little over a year later -- on May 11th of 1997 -- the machine won a six-game match by two wins to one with three draws against world champion Kasparov. Kasparov accused IBM of cheating and demanded a rematch, but IBM refused and dismantled Deep Blue. After the loss, Kasparov said that he sometimes saw deep intelligence and creativity in the machine's moves, suggesting that during the second game, human chess players had intervened on behalf of the machine, which would be a violation of the rules. IBM denied that it cheated, saying the only human intervention occurred between games. The rules provided for the developers to modify the program between games, an opportunity they said they used to shore up weaknesses in the computer's play that were revealed during the course of the match. This allowed the computer to avoid a trap in the final game that it had fallen for twice before. Kasparov requested printouts of the machine's log files but IBM refused, although the company later published the logs on the Internet. In 2003 a documentary film was made that explored these claims. Entitled Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine, the film implied that Deep Blue's heavily promoted victory was a plot by IBM to boost its stock value.
|Today's Trivia: This actor first came to prominence
portraying Kunta Kinte in the 1977 award-winning ABC television
miniseries Roots, based on the novel by Alex Haley. Who is he?
Former Seahawk fullback Michael Robinson, who served as Marshawn Lynch's unofficial spokesperson in Seattle, said he believes that his former teammate will return to the Seahawks next year. Robinson now works as an analyst for NFL Network after winning the Super Bowl with the Hawks last year. He said he expected the five-time Pro Bowler to come back to Seattle, but that he knew Lynch was seriously contemplating retirement after eight NFL seasons. He said last week, "I think Pete Carroll, John Schneider, they'll find a way to get it done."
Seattle Mariners baseball officially starts this week. It's the ballclub's most-anticipated season in more than a decade. Pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Thursday. In fact, the team's equipment has already arrived in Peoria, Arizona, where the M's share a spring facility with the San Diego Padres.
Birthdays: Singer James Ingram is 63; rapper and actor Ice-T is 57; tennis player John McEnroe is 56; Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor is 54; and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins is 43.
Radio, TV. and voiceover performer Gary Owens died last week at his home in the Encino neighborhood of Los Angeles. Owens was probably best known as the announcer on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, with his trademark hand-over-the-ear announcing style. On the show, John Wayne once imitated Owens announcing. The phrase Owens created on his KMPC radio show, "Beautiful downtown Burbank," later became a nightly catchphrase on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. Owens also lent his voice to more than 3,000 cartoons, providing the voice of Space Ghost as well as Blue Falcon, Roger Ramjet, Powdered Toast Man and even Batman. He was animated as himself in Garfield and Friends, The Fantastic Four, Eek the Cat, and Bobby's World. For 30 years, Owens hosted a national radio show on the Music of Your Life Network. He was a longtime radio personality in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Owens' daily radio show aired on KMPC Los Angeles for 20 years. Owens started as a radio newscaster in Mitchell, South Dakota. When he arrived in Hollywood in 1961, he also began his TV career, doing four television specials a year for the Chris-Craft Corp. and their television station. Since its inception in 1969, he was an announcer on Sesame Street; he was also one of the original contributors to PBS series The Electric Company. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Arleta, and sons Scott Owens, a producer, and Chris Dane Owens, a musician and producer. Owens, a diabetic since the age of 8, was 80.
Today is National Do A Grouch A Favor Day. Everyone has been a grouch at one time or another. Some people are seemingly grouches all of the time. It's in their nature. Others are occasional grouches but, they still need cheering up. Today is Coming Out Day, marking this date in 1923, when the burial chamber of King Tutankhamen's recently unearthed tomb was unsealed in Egypt. And today is President's Day, since 1968, observed on the third Monday in February.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1968, the first 911 emergency telephone system in the US was operational in Haleyville, Alabama. In 1972, Los Angeles Lakers great Wilt Chamberlain topped the 30,000-point mark in his career during a game against the Phoenix Suns. In 1980, at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, American speed skater Eric Heiden captured the second of five gold medals, while the US hockey team defeated Norway 5-1. In 1994, reporter Dianne Sawyer signed a contract with ABC News that would pay her $7 million a year.
No big surprise here. Audiences were more than curious to check out the big-screen adaptation of the racy phenomenon Fifty Shades of Grey this weekend. The erotic R-rated drama sizzled in its debut, earning an estimated $81.7 million. In addition to destroying Valentine's and President's Day weekend records, Fifty Shades has also become the second-highest February debut ever, behind Passion of the Christ and its' opening in 2004. Director Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service also exceeded expectations, landing in second place with an estimated $35.6 million over the weekend. Animated children's film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water came in third. Rounding out the top five were holdovers American Sniper, and Jupiter Ascending.
On TV tonight, Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life. A superstar cast of 19 artists salutes Stevie Wonder by performing his songs in this 2-hour special tonight at 9 on CBS.
Jeff Gordon yesterday won the pole position in next week's Daytona 500. Six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champ Jimmy Johnson won the second position. Gordon last month announced that this is his last full season, so next Sunday could be his last start in The Great American Race. For the first time in decades, drivers had to qualify in knockout rounds, in which they ran their qualifying lap together instead of one at a time. The controversial format resulted in wrecks and complaints.
The fourth major snowstorm in less than a month slammed into the Northeast yesterday, with blizzard warnings in effect along the coast from Rhode Island to Maine through today. Airlines canceled hundreds of flights, and crews struggled to keep major thoroughfares cleared even though some areas still had more than six feet of snow from the other storms. Attorney Frank Libby said on a deserted Boston street, "It's historic. It's biblical."
Five percent of doctors have done this. They've dated a patient.
Trivia Answer: Levardis Robert Martyn Burton, Jr.-- professionally known as LeVar Burton -- who turns 58 today. Burton's audition for the role of Kinte was the first audition of his professional career. As a result of his performance in the program, he was nominated for the Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama Series. He is also well known for his role as Lt. Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation as well as the host of the PBS children's program Reading Rainbow. Burton and his wife currently live in Sherman Oaks, California.
|Today's Trivia: He is a record-setting test pilot. He was
the first pilot confirmed to have traveled faster than sound. Who is he?
After making additions throughout the offseason, the Seattle Mariners had one more move before the start of spring training. Former All-Star Rickie Weeks and the Ms have agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. The person spoke to The Associated Press yesterday on condition of anonymity because the deal is pending a physical. Weeks can earn another $2 million in performance bonuses plus additional award bonuses. Weeks gives the Mariners additional versatility in the infield. In 121 games last season with Milwaukee, he hit .274 with eight home runs and 29 RBIs. He became a free agent after the Brewers voided his $11.5 million salary for 2015, a right the team had because Weeks failed to have at least 1,200 plate appearances in 2013-14, including 600 or more last year. The addition of Weeks gives Seattle another potential right-handed bat for the lineup. But where he plays in the field, and how often, will be the question. Throughout his career with Milwaukee, Weeks has only played second base in the field and been a designated hitter a handful of times. Pitchers and catchers report to Peoria one week from today.
Today the first of three Friday the 13ths this year -- two in a row, this month and next, then in November. Each year has at least one Friday the 13th, but there can be as many as three. 2012 was the last year with three Friday the 13ths; the next will be 2026. In one survey, 1 in 20 adults said they don't leave the house on Friday the 13th.
Birthdays: Actress Kim Novak is 82; actor George Segal is 81; actor Bo Svenson is 74; from The Monkees, Peter Tork is 73; talk show host Jerry Springer is 71; actress Stockard Channing is 71; musician Peter Gabriel is 65; and retired NFL receiver Randy Moss is 38.
Today is Get A Different Name Day. Whether you're having a bit of an identity crisis, or simply fancy confusing your friends, Get A Different name today -- but just for today. Today is Guys Don't Forget Tomorrow Is Valentine's Day Day. Also called Dream of Your Sweetheart Day. Today is Employee Legal Awareness Day, a day established by an Australian lawyer whose main aim was to emphasize the importance of legal education for employees and small businesses and reduce their risk of legal problems. And today is Blame Someone Else Day which is held on the first Friday the 13th of the year. On the downside, this day comes as a double edged sword. While you're busy putting the blame elsewhere, someone might just be putting the blame on you.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1795, the University of North Carolina became the first US state university to admit students. Hinton James was the only student on campus the first two weeks. In 1935, in Flemington, New Jersey, a jury found Bruno Richard Hauptmann guilty of the kidnapping and death of the infant son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. Hauptmann was later executed for the crimes. In 1937, the NFL Boston Redskins moved to Washington, DC. In 1967, The Beatles released Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever in the US. In 1970, Black Sabbath's self-titled first LP was released. In 2000, Charles M. Schulz's last original Sunday Peanuts comic strip appeared in newspapers. Schulz had died the day before. In 2002, a man in New Jersey who allegedly stole dozens of lottery tickets was arrested trying to cash a winning $12.50 ticket. Stolen ticket serial numbers had been circulated, and a store's alert cashier had the suspect fill out a claim form with his name and address. Police arrested the 39-year-old suspect at his home. In 2005, Ray Charles' final album, Genius Loves Company, won eight Grammy awards.
The weekend is here. New in theaters this weekend, Kingsmen: The Secret Service, and the much-hyped, much-talked about Fifty Shades of Grey. Both movies are rated R.
A story in one of the UK newspapers claims that London's fire houses are "bracing for a spike in calls over bondage mishaps." Yes, because of 50 Shades of Grey.
Keith Partridge has filed bankruptcy. Former teen idol David Cassidy has filed for bankruptcy after racking up hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. The singer/actor lodged papers for bankruptcy protection in court this week, revealing he is seriously struggling to cover a $39,102 credit card bill, a $292,598 mortgage payment, and a series of attorney's fees, among other invoices, according to TMZ.com. His financial situation was given a boost just last month, when he won his long-running legal battle with TV company bosses over merchandise profits from his hit 1970s sitcom The Partridge Family. Cassidy was awarded $160,000 and requested an additional $58,000 for legal fees and $36,000 in interest. The bankruptcy filing comes after a tough 2014 for Cassidy – the 64 year old recently completed a court-ordered alcohol treatment program following an arrest for drunk-driving last summer, while he is also serving probation for the driving while intoxicated charge.
Governor Jay Inslee said yesterday that he wants the Legislature to regulate electronic cigarettes like tobacco products through taxes, sales requirements, and advertising restrictions. Inslee said survey results about Washington teens' use of e-cigarettes -- vaping -- support the need to pass legislation now pending in the state Senate and House that would impose new restrictions on the products He cited a 2014 survey of Washington students that showed 8.5 percent of eighth-graders had tried e-cigarettes, with the number rising for higher grades. Nearly a quarter of the high school seniors surveyed said they had tried vaping, Inslee said at a news conference. State poison control calls related to the fluid used to load e-cigarettes shot from two in 2010 to 182 in 2014. Although the long-term risks of electronic cigarette usage are still not definitively known, Inslee said the survey indicates teenagers are still using tobacco products at a rate consistent with figures from before vaping become common, which suggests the new products aren't substituting for cigarette use and its litany of known health risks. The products are, however, cultivating a regular nicotine habit in young people, Inslee and health experts said. Inslee's requested e-cigarette legislation in the House and Senate would forbid Internet sales, impose tobacco taxes, require child-resistant packaging of vaping products, and outlaw flavored e-cigarettes. Both bills were introduced in January, but neither has been set for a committee hearing.
Senator John Patrick represents the 18th District of Maine, where the good people are fed up with bars trying to pass off 14-ounce glasses as a proper ‘pint' of beer. The Senator has proposed a bill to be titled "An Act To Standardize Pints of Beer Sold in Maine", and though it hasn't been drafted yet Senator Patrick is seeking to standardize pints for the good of the people.
Trivia Answer: Chuck Yeager who is 92 today. He's a retired brigadier general in the United States Air Force. As the first human to break the sound barrier, on October 14th of 1947, he flew the experimental Bell X-1 at Mach 1 at an altitude of 45,000 feet. In the 1980s, he was prominently featured in Tom Wolfe's book The Right Stuff and in its 1983 film adaptation, in which he had a cameo role as bartender Fred. His own role in the movie was played by Sam Shepard. Flying Magazine ranked Yeager number 5 on its 2013 list of The 51 Heroes of Aviation. He was the highest-ranked living person on the list.
|Today's Trivia: This actress and director is best known
for her role as Maggie Seaver on Growing Pains. Who is she?
The Seahawks play the fourth-toughest schedule in the NFL next season, according to data released yesterday by the NFL. Seattle's 2015 opponents, with a combined 142-112-2 record last season, had a .559 winning percentage. Only Pittsburgh at .579, St. Louis at .576, and Cincinnati at .563 face tougher slates than the Seahawks. In addition to playing their usual six home-and-away games against the NFC West (Arizona, St. Louis, San Francisco), the Seahawks play teams from the NFC North and AFC North. At home, Seattle faces Arizona, San Francisco, St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Carolina. On the road, Seattle plays Arizona, San Francisco, St. Louis, Green Bay, Minnesota, Baltimore, Cincinnati and Dallas. Former Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn picked a good year to take over as head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. Based on 2014 records, the Falcons have the NFL's easiest schedule. Dates and times of the Seahawks' 2015 schedule won't be released until spring.
Birthdays; Sportscaster and former player Joe Garagiola is 89; retired basketballer -- he lives up here on Mercer Island -- Bill Russell is 81; actor Joe Don Baker is 79; the author of Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, Judy Blume is 77; from Genesis, guitarist Steve Hackett is 65; former Doobie Brother Michael McDonald is 63; actor and talk-show host Arsenio Hall is 59; from Wilson-Phillips, singer Chynna Phillips is 47; actor Josh Brolin is 47; and RG3 -- quarterback Robert Griffin III -- is 25.
60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon died last night in a car accident in New York City. Simon's career in news spanned some 50 years and earned him countless awards. Simon joined CBS in 1967 as a reporter and editor based in New York. He went on to report from all over the world. He covered the war in Vietnam and was on one of the last helicopters out of Saigon, according to his CBS News biography. In 1991, Simon was captured by Iraqi forces at the start of the Gulf War. He and three colleagues spent 40 days in prison, an experience he later wrote about in his book Forty Days. Among his many awards are four Peabodys, and 27 Emmys. Bob Simon was 73.
Today is Abraham Lincoln's birthday. He was born on February 12th of 1809. Today is also National Lost Penny Day. So today, we celebrate two things – although they are directly connected. According to giftypdia.com, "The first US penny was minted in 1787 and was made of pure copper and was designed by Benjamin Franklin. On February 12th of 1909, marking the 100th anniversary of Lincoln's birth, the first Lincoln penny was issued. It was the first regular issue US coin to honor an actual person. On Lost Penny Day, we are to gather all those pennies we've been collecting and cash them in." Today is Darwin Day. Darwin Day is a celebration to commemorate the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin on the same day Lincoln was born: February 12th of 1809. The day is used to highlight Darwin's contribution to science and to promote science in general. It's Oglethorpe Day. General James Edward Oglethorpe with some 100 other Englishmen, landed at what is now Savannah, Georgia on this date in 1733. Naming the new colony Georgia for England's King George II, Oglethorpe was organizer and first governor of the colony and founder of the city of Savannah. Oglethorpe Day and Georgia Day are observed on this date. It's National Plum Pudding Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1914, in Washington, DC, the first stone of the Lincoln Memorial was put into place. In 1959, the first Barbie doll went on sale. In 1963, construction began on the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. In 1968, Jimi Hendrix returned home to Seattle where he received a key to the city and an honorary high school diploma. He also played for the students of Garfield High School from which he had dropped out. In 1974, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970, was exiled from the Soviet Union. In 1998, a federal judge declared that the presidential line-item veto was unconstitutional. In 1999, President Bill Clinton was acquitted by the United States Senate in his impeachment trial. In 2001, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered Napster to stop its users from trading copyrighted material without charge. In 2004, Mattel announced that Barbie and Ken were breaking up. The dolls had met on the set of their first television commercial together in 1961.
Despite valiant efforts to battle Mother Nature, the record-warm winter season has forced the Summit at Snoqualmie ski resort to close -- at least for the time being. The ski resort posted a note on their web site yesterday temporarily waving the white flag. They posted "We've put up a solid fight and while it's not over yet, we have to call it for the time being. The main run down to the base area at Alpental continues to deteriorate and the temperatures at night are making it impossible to climb the slope in our groomers to continue repair work. Since we don't see Sessel continuing to provide a route down, we can't keep Alpental open through the weekend. Right now it looks like after today (Wednesday) Alpental will close until suitable conditions allow big repair work or significant snow falls. Hopefully we see a change soon." Alpental is their highest slope. It was the only run currently open of the four at the resort, which is struggling to keep any kind of snow base. Alpental reported 37 inches of snow on the ground as of yesterday afternoon at the 4,350-foot level and hasn't seen temperatures drop below freezing for a week -- even at night.
A Little League team that captured the attention of the nation and the hearts of its hometown was stripped of its national title yesterday after an investigation revealed that team officials had falsified boundaries so they could add ineligible players to the roster. Only last summer, the all-black Jackie Robinson West team was the toast of Chicago and was honored with trips to San Francisco and to the White House. But the sport's governing body announced that team officials had engaged in a Little League version of political gerrymandering. Instead of politicians redrawing district maps to pick up votes, it was local league officials who changed the boundaries that determined where players must live. And after learning that their scheme had been exposed, they scrambled to convince surrounding leagues to go along with what they had done. Stephen D. Keener is the president and CEO of Little League International. He said, "This is so heartbreaking. It's a sad day for a bunch of kids who we have come to really like ... who did nothing wrong." But "we cannot tolerate the actions of some of the adults involved here." The organization suspended the manager and suspended the team from Little League tournament play until the local league's president and treasurer have been replaced. A district official who is believed to have helped change the boundaries was also removed. All of the team's victories were thrown out, meaning that the wins are being awarded to other teams. Mountain Ridge Little League, the team from Las Vegas that lost to Jackie Robinson West in the national championship game, is being awarded the title.
Saturday Night Live, which has never shied from self-congratulation with countless best-of, holiday, and anniversary shindigs, is doing it again, big-time. The SNL 40th Anniversary Special, three hours of it, airs live on Sunday night at 8 on NBC. Everyone who has ever been an SNL regular, guest host, musical guest, or behind-the-scenes creative force has been invited. Attendees announced so far range from Dan Aykroyd, Alec Baldwin and Robert De Niro to Kanye West, Betty White and Kristen Wiig.
Taylor Swift walked away empty-handed from the Grammys last weekend, but her consolation prize was yet another week with the best-selling album in America. 1989 notched its 11th week atop the weekly Billboard 200 album chart, tying her record for weeks at No. 1 from her second studio album Fearless.
You know that not getting enough sleep is harmful to your health, but now you can repair some of the damage done to your body by nappng. A new study suggests that the way to reverse the damaging health effects of a poor night's sleep are brief daytime naps. Researchers at Universite Paris Descartes-Sorbonne Paris Cite found that naps seemed to restore hormones and proteins involved in stress and immune function to normal levels.
It turns out that I didn't win. Tickets in North Carolina, Puerto Rico, and Texas have matched all six numbers to win that Powerball jackpot that had been estimated at $500 million. If the jackpot stands at the $500 million estimated Wednesday, it would be the fifth-largest lottery prize in US history.
Trivia Answer: Joanna Kerns who is 62 today. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Kerns turned heads and started making a name for herself in guest spots on many television shows that included: Emergency!, The A-Team, Starsky & Hutch, Street Hawk, Laverne and Shirley, Three's Company, Hill Street Blues, The Love Boat, Hunter, and Magnum, P.I., as well as many commercials. During an interview, Kerns said, "I kind of was always looking for the next thing; I auditioned for anything, hoping to get a big break." Then, Kerns got her first steady acting job in 1983, starring in a new CBS series called The Four Seasons, which lasted only one season. Soon after the cancellation of The Four Seasons, Kerns was looking for another job when she auditioned for a new series in late 1984, called Growing Pains. She auditioned with Alan Thicke, who was just coming off of the failure of his TV talk show Thicke of the Night. Kerns joked in many interviews that she and Alan had immediate chemistry, especially when she kissed him on his nose by accident during their audition together. Kerns and Thicke's chemistry won them both the parts, and the two became great friends off the show. After Growing Pains ended, Kerns turned to directing. She loved directing and decided to change the focus of her career from acting to directing, while continuing to make rare appearances in front of the camera when the right part comes along. She has directed episodes of television shows including Dawson's Creek, Titans, Scrubs, Private Practice, Psych, Grey's Anatomy, Privileged, ER, Ghost Whisperer, Army Wives, Pretty Little Liars, and Switched at Birth.
|Today's Trivia: He was born just north of Boston. His
father was a theater manager, and as a 9-year-old, this guy watched
numerous horror films. He would later incorporate impressions of them in
his Hollywood nightclub act in 1959. He co-wrote a song in May of 1962
that was a spoof on the dance crazes popular at the time, including The
Twist and the Mashed Potato. The song featured this guy's impersonations
of veteran horror stars like Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. Among the
musicians that played on the recording was pianist Leon Russell. The
single became a million seller reaching number one on the Billboard Hot
100 chart for two weeks in October of 1962. The track re-entered the US
charts twice. In August of 1970 and again in May of 1973. Who is the guy
and what is the song?
Seahawks General Manager John Schneider yesterday identified Marshawn Lynch as one of the team's most important players moving forward, but acknowledged he wasn't sure if Beast Mode would be back with the Hawks -- or any team -- next season. Schneider reiterated the team's desire to bring Lynch back but also said that Lynch wouldn't play at the $8.5 million salary cap number he's scheduled to be at for 2015, and hinted that the eight-year veteran may be contemplating retirement. Schneider said he thought Lynch would take some time to decide his next move after the Hawks' disappointing loss to New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. The sooner Lynch makes up his mind about returning, the better, Schneider said, as far as the team is concerned. Schneider said he hoped to have an answer from Lynch soon regarding his plans for the future, but understood that the 28-year-old running back may need some time to make up his mind and that a decision "may not happen overnight."
Birthdays: Ginger on Gilligan's Island, actress Tina Louise is 81; actor Burt Reynolds is 79; brother Jeb Bush -- the 43rd Governor of Florida -- is 62; singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow is 53; Sarah Palin is 51; Rachel on Friends, actress Jennifer Aniston is 46; and singer and actress Brandy is 36.
Today is Pro Sports-Wives Day. Today is Satisfied Staying Single Day -- with Valentine's Day coming up, some singles wish to let the rest of us know that single is fine and that it's okay. Today is National Shut-In Visitation Day. Today is Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day. Today is National Hospital Day. America's first hospital, the Pennsylvania Hospital, opened in Philadelphia on February 11th of 1751. Today is Make a New Friend Day. Today is Be Electrific Day, the birthdate in 1847 of Thomas Alva Edison, inventor of the light bulb.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1812, the term "gerrymandering" had its beginning when the governor of Massachusetts, Elbridge Gerry, signed a redistricting law that favored his party. In 1905, James Blackstone of Seattle set a world record by bowling 299½. On the last roll, one pin broke in half and half of it remained standing. Honest. In 1942, the Archie comic book debuted, featuring Riverdale High's Archie Andrews, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, and the rich, conniving Reggie. In 1966, Willie Mays became the highest-paid baseball player, signing a two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants for about $130,000 a year. In 1990, Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in captivity. Also in 1990, in a stunning upset, heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was knocked out in the tenth round of his fight with Buster Douglas in Tokyo. Douglas went into the fight a 35-1 underdog. Also in 1990, Georges de Mestral died in Switzerland at the age of 82. He invented Velcro and the asparagus peeler. In 1993, President Bill Clinton announced his choice of Miami prosecutor Janet Reno to be the nation's first female attorney general. In 1994, former Arkansas state clerical worker Paula Jones accused Bill Clinton of making improper sexual advances three years earlier in a Little Rock hotel room. The President said it never happened. In 2001, Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh was demolished to make way for new baseball and football stadiums. In 2004, cable TV giant Comcast Corporation launched a hostile bid to buy The Walt Disney Company for more than $54 billion. Comcast later withdrew the bid. In 2006, in Texas, Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a companion during a quail hunt.
The television landscape just keeps shifting. NBC says it is suspending Brian Williams as Nightly News anchor and managing editor for six months without pay for misleading the public about his experiences covering the Iraq War. NBC chief executive Steve Burke said yesterday that Williams' actions were inexcusable and jeopardized the trust he has built up with viewers during his decade as the network's lead anchor. But he said Williams deserved a second chance. Williams apologized last week for saying he was in a helicopter that was hit by a grenade while covering the Iraq War in 2003. Instead, he was in a group of helicopters and another was hit, and some veterans involved in the mission called him out on it. And Comedy Central says that Jon Stewart is leaving The Daily Show as host later this year. His departure was announced by Comedy Central President Michele Ganeless after Stewart broke the news to the audience at last night's taping in New York. Stewart took over the show in 1999. He took a several months-long hiatus in 2013 to direct Rosewater, a film about an Iranian-born journalist who was imprisoned for 118 days in Tehran and accused of being a spy. The network lost another major host last year when Stephen Colbert left to take over David Letterman's late night show on CBS. CBS says Colbert's Late Show premiere is happening September 8th.
Everything is sunny at Apple. The company added to its trophy case yesterday when its value surpassed $700 billion. That wasn't just a record for Apple, it was a new record for any US company. Apple briefly touched the valuation in November, but yesterday marked the first time it closed at that level, a far more significant achievement. Apple is in a league of its own. The next largest company, Exxon Mobil, is worth $382 billion.
Gamblers betting on the multi-state Powerball lottery today could win one of the biggest jackpots in the game's history, as the total climbed to $500 million today. The jackpot comes after nearly three months of no jackpot winners.
Alex Rodriguez. Remember him? He met with top New York Yankees officials yesterday and apologized to the team as he prepares to report to spring training following his season-long suspension for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract. Rodriguez was accompanied by lawyer Jim Sharp. A person familiar with the meeting, speaking on condition of anonymity because the release of additional details was not authorized, said the meeting lasted about 90 minutes. The person said the Yankees said they accepted the apology but maintained that doesn't mean the team has forgotten about Rodriguez's actions over recent years. Team officials also said Rodriguez has to make up many things to many people. New York opens spring training on February 20th at Tampa and Rodriguez is due to report with position players and start workouts on February 26th. Yankees officials told him he will be treated like any other player at spring training.
TSA officials are trying to figure out how 63-year-old serial plane hopper Marilyn Hartmann got aboard another commercial airliner without a ticket, this time going from Minnesota to Florida.
Trivia Answer: He was Robert George Pickett -- better known as Bobby "Boris" Pickett. The song was Monster Mash. Pickett died in April of 2007 at the age of 69 due to complications from leukemia.
|Today's Trivia: She was a film and television actress,
singer, dancer and public servant. She was most famous, when as a child,
she was Hollywood's number one box-office star from 1935 through 1938.
As an adult, she entered politics and became a diplomat, serving as
United States Ambassador to Ghana and later to Czechoslovakia, and as
Chief of Protocol of the United States. Who was she?
There was some good news for the Legion of Boom yesterday. Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo reported that cornerback Richard Sherman won't need surgery to repair an injured elbow. Sherman sustained a hyperextended elbow with possible nerve damage in the Hawks' improbable 28-22 win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game, and played all of Super Bowl XLIX wearing a protective sleeve. The three-time All Pro was one of three member of the Hawks' vaunted secondary to play every defensive snap of Seattle's 28-24 loss to the New England Patriots on February 1st with a serious injury, joining safeties Kam Chancellor, who has a torn MCL and bone bruise, and Earl Thomas who has a separated shoulder and torn labrum. Thomas will undergo surgery, while there's been no definite word on Chancellor yet.
Meanwhile, the Hawks made official what had been widely speculated for some time, naming defensive backs coach Kris Richard the team's new defensive coordinator yesterday. The team also announced hiring Michael Barrow as linebackers coach, former Seahawk linebacker Lofa Tatupu as assistant linebackers coach, and Pete Carroll's son Brennan Carroll as assistant offensive line coach. Carroll will join his younger brother Nate, who has served on Pete's staff for the past five seasons -- the last two as the team's assistant wide receivers coach.
Another Seahawks note: General Manager John Schneider mid-day today identified Marshawn Lynch as one of the team's most important players moving forward, but acknowledged he wasn't sure if Beast Mode would be back with the Hawks -- or any team -- next season. Schneider reiterated the team's desire to bring Lynch back but also said that Lynch wouldn't play at the $8.5 million salary cap number he's scheduled to be at for 2015, and hinted that the eight-year veteran may be contemplating retirement.
Birthdays: Actor Robert Wagner is 85; singer Roberta Flack is 78; multi-gold medal winning swimmer Mark Spitz is 65; golfer Greg Norman is 60; journalist George Stephanopolous 54; actress Laura Dern is 48; and Julia Roberts niece, actress Emma Roberts is 24.
Ed Sabol, the NFL Films founder who revolutionized sports broadcasting and reimagined pro football from an up-and-coming league to must-watch theater, has died. Sabol died yesterday at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. Sabol was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011. During his tenure at NFL Films from 1964-1995, the organization won 52 Emmy Awards. Working with his son, Steve, Sabol introduced a series of innovations taken for granted today: super slow-motion replays, blooper reels, reverse angle shots. They stuck microphones on coaches and players, set highlights to pop music and recorded pregame locker room speeches. And one of their most important decisions was hiring John Facenda to narrate all this. He became known as the Voice of God, reading lyrical descriptions in solemn tones. When Sabol founded NFL Films, his son was there working beside him as a cinematographer right from the start. The two were honored with the Lifetime Achievement Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2003. Steve Sabol, who succeeded his father as NFL Films' president in 1985, died in 2012 at age 69 of brain cancer. Ed Sabol is survived by his wife of 74 years, Audrey, his daughter, Blair, and grandson, Casey. Ed Sabol was 98.
Today is Umbrella Day, a day to honor one of the world's most invaluable inventions. Celebrate Umbrella Day in a couple of ways. First, make sure your umbrella is handy. Second, use it, or walk around with it. If you don't have an umbrella, isn't it time to get one? Today is National Cream Cheese Brownie Day. Today is Try to Invent A New Jell-O Flavor Day. Go ahead; it could make you rich.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1870, the YWCA was founded in New York City. In 1897, the phrase "All the news that's fit to print" first appeared on the front page of the New York Times. It had first appeared on the editorial page on October 25, 1896. In 1933, the Postal Telegraph Company of New York City delivered history's first singing telegram. In 1957, the Styrofoam cooler was invented. In 1971, Carole King's Tapestry album was released. In 2005, Prince Charles announced he would marry his divorced lover, Camilla Parker Bowles, in April. In 2009, Amazon announced the Kindle 2.
Here's a strange notion: Snoqualmie Pass has as much snow this winter season as Boston -- perhaps even less ... and neither one is happy about it.
The AAA auto club reports gasoline prices in Washington are rising. The average price yesterday was $2.23 a gallon. That's up 10 cents in a week, but still 17 cents less than a month ago. It's also 5 cents higher than the national average, which has been climbing for two weeks. Yesterday, Seattle was at $2.35, Tacoma $2.31, and here in Olympia $2.31. Meanwhile, the International Energy Agency said yesterday that oil prices would stop plummeting but remain around $55 a barrel for several years. With global demand falling as China's export boom simmers down, they say it could take about five years for oil prices to climb back to $73 a barrel. Keep in mind, though, the price predictions came a year after the IEA said it expected prices to be around $100 a barrel this year and next.
For many users around the world, Facebook might as well be the entire Internet. Some new info suggests that a number of Web-goers the world over report that they use Facebook, but they don't use the Internet. For example, 11 percent of survey participants in Indonesia reported that while they do use Facebook, they do not use the Internet.
Imagine that every day for 365 days you get an almost-free hamburger and an order of fries. The Philadelphia-based burger joint PYT is behind the deal, priced at $144. According to PYT's Groupon page, the deal is valued at $4,380, meaning buyers get a 97% discount on 365 orders of a burger and fries. Buyers have until midnight Wednesday to snag the deal. If you took advantage of the deal and actually picked up a burger and fries every day for 365 days, each meal would come out to a grand total of 40-cents.
Thomas Edison taught his second wife Morse code to tap out messages on his arm so they could communicate in secret in front of her parents.
Trivia Answer: Shirley Temple -- later known as Shirley Temple Black -- who died on this date last year. She began her film career in 1932 at the age of three. In 1934, she found international fame in Bright Eyes, a feature film designed specifically for her talents. Her box office popularity waned as she reached adolescence. She appeared in a few films of varying quality in her mid-to-late teens, and retired completely from films in 1950 at the age of 22. She began her diplomatic career in 1969, with an appointment to represent the United States at a session of the United Nations General Assembly. In 1988, she published her autobiography, Child Star. Temple was the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Kennedy Center Honors and a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. She ranks 18th on the American Film Institute's list of the greatest female American screen legends of all time. Shirley Temple died on February 10, 2014, at the age of 85. She was at her home in Woodside, California, surrounded by family and caregivers. A lifelong smoker, she avoided revealing her habit in public to avoid setting a bad example for her fans.
|Today's Trivia: This two-time Tony Award winner's
breakthrough role was in the ABC daytime soap opera One Life to Live
from 1977 to 1983. There she played the role of Karen Wolek. For the
role, she won two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a
Drama Series. She later starred as Angela Bower in the long-running ABC
sitcom Who's the Boss? from 1984 to 1992. Who is she?
That Seattle Police Department bicycle made famous after the Seahawks' victorious NFC Championship game now has a new owner. The Seattle Police Department bicycle ridden by Seahawks' player Michael Bennett was auctioned off during a benefit for the Seattle Police Foundation Saturday evening.The bike sold for $10,000. Half of the money goes to Bennett's work with childhood obesity, and the other half goes toward the Seattle Police Department Foundation's efforts to fight domestic violence and child exploitation. Bennett jumped on the SPD bike and took a victory lap around CenturyLink Stadium just moments after winning the NFC Championship. Tony Baily, the SPD sergeant who gave up his now legendary bicycle said it was an amazing moment. "He was about 10 yards away, I was about 10 yards away, and it was right in the middle, and he got to it before I did," Sergeant Baily said. "I just said, 'I'm gonna need that back when you're done with it.'"
Now that we've wrapped up the football season and put it in the closet until next year, it's time for the boys of summer. The Mariners' pitchers and catchers report to Peoria for Spring Training on the 20th. Position players report the 24th. Spring play with other teams begins when the Ms meet the San Diego Padres on March 4th. The Ms open the regular season on April 6th hosting the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Birthdays: Journalist Roger Mudd is 87; singer Carole King is 73; actor Joe Pesci is 72; actress Mia Farrow is 70; and baseball's Vladimir Guerrero 40.
Today is National Toothache Day and St. Apollonia's Day, honoring the patron saint of dentists and people with toothaches. Today is Read in the Bathtub Day. Read a novel a year in the bathtub. Try not to drop the book .. I'm thinking we may re-think this one with the advent of e-books. Today is Fish Protection Day. The U.S. Fish Protection Office, the forerunner of the Fish & Wildlife Service, was established on February 9, 1871. Today is National Bagels and Lox Day. Today is Clean Out Your Computer Day. It's a day to logically review, and delete old files and programs. Most of us add programs and files to our computer with reckless abandon. After all there's huge storage capacity. Somewhere along the way, a (most likely) computer geek, service person, someone from IT, created this day as an opportunity for us to remember to cleanup and delete old and unused files. Be Kind. This is Random Acts of Kindness Week. Just a reminder, Saturday is Valentine's Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1825, the US House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate won a majority of electoral votes. In 1870, the United States Weather Bureau was authorized by Congress. The bureau is officially known as the National Weather Service. In 1964, in their first live American TV appearance, The Beatles drew 73.7-million viewers to The Ed Sullivan Show. They were paid $2,400 to sing All My Loving, Till There Was You, She Loves You, I Saw Her Standing There, and I Want To Hold Your Hand. In 1969, the Boeing 747 flew its inaugural flight. In 1987, twenty years after the first woman was admitted to the New York Stock Exchange, the Exchange Luncheon Club decided to install a ladies rest room. For 20 years the ladies had to walk downstairs to find a ladies room. In 1989, witnesses at a New Jersey hearing on the deregulation of professional wrestling testified that the sport was a fake. In 1997, The Simpsons became the longest-running prime-time animated TV series, besting the six-season record previously held by The Flintstones.
A talking animated sponge knocked a Navy Seal sharpshooter from the top of the box office chart as The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water earned $56 million in ticket sales, deposing American Sniper after a three-week run at number 1. The Oscar-nominated war film starring Bradley Cooper and directed by Clint Eastwood finished in second place with $24.2 million. Another new release, the special effects-laden space saga Jupiter Ascending, claimed the No. 3 spot. Rounding out the top five, another sci-fi film, Seventh Son starring Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore, finished fourth, while the hit Paddington, based on the children's book, finished at number five.
A slow-moving winter storm could dump as much as two feet of snow on parts of New England over the next two days. The region is already reeling from two massive storms that left behind record snow totals. In Boston, 49 inches of snow fell over a 14-day period, smashing the previous two-week record of 40.2 inches.
Brian Williams is stepping aside from his NBC Nightly News chair amid mounting questions about the accuracy of a story he told about an Iraq War mission in 2003. In a memo Saturday, Williams wrote, "I have decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days." Lester Holt is filling in for Williams. The memo continued, "Upon my return, I will continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us." NBC News executives were mum about Williams' leave of absence. But one, speaking privately, insisted that Williams chose to bench himself without being pushed to do so. NBC has struggled to respond to a scandal that broke wide open on Wednesday when Williams apologized for claiming he was aboard a helicopter in 2003 that was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade. He was actually aboard a different helicopter. NBC has not addressed any of the questions directly. But on Friday NBC News president Deborah Turness issued a statement that confirmed an internal investigation had begun. It involves fact-checking both the Iraq and Katrina information. Additionally, according to an NBC News source yesterday, Brian Williams has canceled a planned appearance with David Letterman this week.
High school students in a city that David Letterman lampooned as an awful place to live are plotting some tongue-in-cheek revenge, more than 15 years later. Dave piled on in 1999 after Places Rated Almanac called Kankakee and its surrounding area in northern Illinois the worst metropolitan area to live in the US and Canada. One of his famous Top 10 lists suggested area slogans, including "We put the 'Ill' in Illinois," and "You'll come for our payphone — you'll stay because your car's been stolen." To spruce things up, Letterman sent Kankakee two gazebos, which the students plan to turn into a rocking chair to commemorate Letterman's upcoming retirement. A spokeswoman for the Late Show with David Letterman" said crews plan to film the project next month and to air the footage on the show. Removing the gazebos has become a two-semester project. Students have demolished one gazebo next to an old train depot and hope to do the same with the other in a nearby park. Much of the wood has rotted, though students saved wood for building the chair. Although residents were irked by Kankakee's lowly ranking and the buzz it got, many grew to appreciate the gazebos. Couples got married in the white, wooden structures, and some residents are unhappy with their removal. While working on the project, the students are also raising money for new gazebos, hoping it'll help show how their community about 50 miles south of Chicago turned a national embarrassment into a positive message.The project's organizers admit that part of their motivation was to bring renewed attention to the improvements the city has made since Letterman's gag.
Powerball's jackpot climbed on Sunday to $450 million, one of the biggest ever offered by the multi-state lottery, after Saturday night's drawing failed to produce any grand prize winners.
The British accent is the most attractive in the world, according to an international survey. Britain came out ahead of American, Irish and Australian accents by a generous margin. The French accent came in fifth.
Trivia Answer: Judith Light who turns 66 today. She made her professional stage debut in 1970, before making her Broadway debut in the 1975 revival of A Doll's House. Her breakthrough role was on One Life to Live from 1977 to 1983. She later was on Who's the Boss? After that, she starred in many television films and short-lived series. he received her first nomination for a Tony Award in 2011, for her performance in the original Broadway play Lombardi. In 2012 and 2013, Light won two consecutive Tony Awards for Best Featured Actress in a Play, for her performances in Other Desert Cities and The Assembled Parties.
|Today's Trivia: He was a Jamaican reggae
singer-songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international
fame and acclaim. Starting out in 1963 with the group The Wailers, he
forged a distinctive songwriting and vocal style that would later
resonate with audiences worldwide. After The Wailers disbanded in
1974,he pursued a solo career which culminated in the release of the
album Exodus in 1977 which established his worldwide reputation and
produced his status as one of the world's best-selling artists of all
time, with sales of more than 75 million records. Who is he?
Pete Carroll said that the controversial play call that ended up costing the Hawks back-to-back Super Bowl titles won't define him as a coach -- or the team he leads. In an interview with NBC's Matt Lauer aired on yesterday's Today show, Carroll said that Russell Wilson's end zone interception with 20 seconds left in the game may be the moment most people remember about Seattle's Super Bowl XLIX defeat, but it won't be what he and the team carry forward.Carroll said, "We did so many beautiful things to get to that point and so many positive things that happened and so many players have played so well and coaches coached so well and on and on and on that, that one moment -- that moment isn't going to define this team and who we are. This is a championship team, it's a great team that plays great football and plays as a team in a wonderful way. So that moment is what people might want to define us by, but it won't because we know the truth." Carroll said that the aggressive decision to throw from the 1-yard line on second-and-goal with less than 30 seconds on the clock wasn't a bad call in the moment, and that it came out of the way the Seahawks prepare for each and every game they play. Carroll said, "It was the worst result of a call ever. The call would have been a great one if we catch it. That would have been just fine and nobody would have thought twice about it."
Former Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is off and running as the new head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, and according to a Thursday report, he nearly took one of his top Seattle aides with him. Citing league sources, Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio wrote that Quinn reached out to Seahawks defensive backs coach Kris Richard in hopes of getting him to Atlanta. But Richard, a longtime assistant under Pete Carroll, chose to stay in Seattle instead. Florio wrote that the 35-year-old Richard is a frontrunner to replace Quinn as defensive coordinator, and the report that he turned down a possible chance for a promotion with the Falcons should lend credence to that claim.
Meanwhile, the Oakland Raiders have hired Seattle linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. as their new defensive coordinator. Coach Jack Del Rio announced todayn that his former teammate with the Dallas Cowboys is joining his staff to run the defense in Oakland. Del Rio and Norton were teammates in Dallas for two seasons. Norton also played with the San Francisco 49ers before beginning his coaching career at his alma mater Southern California in 2004. Norton spent six years with the Trojans before following Pete Carroll to Seattle. Norton has been linebackers coach for the Seahawks for five seasons, helping them win the Super Bowl last season and make it back this year.
Washington state has filed criminal charges against former Seahawk Sam Adams, saying he failed to pay taxes and stole wages from workers at fitness clubs he ran in Seattle and Tacoma. Attorney General Bob Ferguson says Adams and his business partner engaged in fraud and theft totaling more than $500,000. Adams told The Associated Press today that he didn't know about the charges and couldn't immediately comment. The 41-year-old was a two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle during his 14-year professional career. He won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens and played six seasons with the Seahawks. Investigators say he withheld more than $7,000 in pay to 11 employees, and failed to pay the state hundreds of thousands of dollars of sales taxes he collected from customers.
Birthdays: Zsa Zsa Gabor is 98; actor Rip Torn is 84; Capt. B.J. Hunnicut on M*A*S*H, actor Mike Farrell is 76; former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw is 75; singer Fabian is 73; Stuart Markowitz on L.A. Law, actor Michael Tucker is 70; singer Natalie Cole is 65; frontman for Guns N' Roses Axl Rose is 53; and singer Rick Astley is 49.
Today is Federal No Smoking Day. In 1987, no smoking became the rule for 6,800 federal buildings across the US. Today is National Frozen Yogurt Day. It's Babe Ruth's Birthday, he was born on this date in 1895. And today is Lame Duck Day. It's everything it's quacked up to be. Lame Duck Day is set aside to give recognition to people whose tenure in a position is running out.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1918, Great Britain granted women 30 or older the right to vote. In 1935, the board game Monopoly went on sale. In 1971, astronaut Alan Shepard used a six-iron that he had taken inside his spacecraft and swung at three golf balls on the surface of the moon. In 1996, floods in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, caused over $500 million in property damage throughout the Pacific Northwest. In 1998, President Clinton signed a bill changing the name of Washington National Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. In 2000, then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton formally announced she was a candidate for the US Senate from New York.
You knew Richard Sherman's baby would be born on 2/5, right? It's been entertaining following the Twitterverse since the birth. Of course, Russell Wilson chimed in with congrats and offered his services as a babysitter whenever Richard needed it. There were a couple of other random tweets that made me smile. One simply said, Baby Boom. The other that I liked was: U Dad Bro?
Aging electronics chain Radio Shack filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection yesterday after struggling for years to reinvent itself in the digital age. The company said it would sell some 2,400 stores as part of an effort to turn itself around. The 94-year-old company tried to rebrand, most notably with a self-deprecating 2014 Super Bowl commercial that poked fun at the company's dated image, but its losses continued growing, making bankruptcy the only option.
The Minnesota Department of Revenue is no longer accepting tax returns filed through TurboTax due to concerns about fraud, the department announced yesterday. Two residents told the state that they logged into TurboTax and saw that a return had already been filed in their name. Investigators examined other returns filed using TurboTax, and found "potentially fraudulent activity." The department is checking 2,000 returns already filed using TurboTax, one of the most commonly used programs for individual income tax filing.
Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal has resigned in the wake of a hacking attack that exposed embarrassing internal emails. Pascal has been with Sony since 1996, and was often cited as the top female executive in the film industry. President Obama blamed the hacking scandal on North Korea, and Pascal was the one who green-lighted The Interview, a comedy about a plot to kill Kim Jong Un that angered Pyongyang. Pascal was also the force behind such critical and commercial hits as The Social Network and American Hustle. She's reportedly launching a major new production venture at the studio focused on movies, television and theater.
Trivia Answer: Bob Marley who was born on this date in 1945. He was a committed Rastafarian who infused his music with a sense of spirituality. In July of 1977, Marley was found to have a type of malignant melanoma under the nail of a toe. Contrary to urban legend, the lesion was not primarily caused by an injury during a football match that year, but rather was a symptom of the already-existing cancer. Marley turned down his doctors' advice to have his toe amputated, citing his religious beliefs, and instead the nail and nail bed were removed and a skin graft taken from his thigh to cover the area. Despite his illness, he continued touring and was in the process of scheduling a world tour in 1980. Bob Marley appeared at the Stanley Theater (now called The Benedum Center For The Performing Arts) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on September 23rd of 1980. It would be his last concert. Shortly afterwards, Marley's health deteriorated as the cancer had spread throughout his body. The rest of the tour was cancelled and Marley sought treatment. After fighting the cancer without success for eight months Marley boarded a plane for his home in Jamaica. While he was flying home, his vital functions worsened. After landing in Miami, he was taken to the hospital for immediate medical attention. Bob Marley died on May 11th of 1981 in Miami at the age of 36.
|Today's Trivia: He's a three-time NASCAR Winston Cup
champion, the 1989 Daytona 500 winner, current television race
commentator with Fox Broadcasting Company, and columnist at
Foxsports.com. He has a younger brother who is a current NASCAR driver.
Who is he?
Marshawn Lynch fulfilled all his media obligations during Super Bowl week and will not be fined. NFL spokesman Michael Signora said in a statement that Lynch fulfilled the obligation to attend all media sessions prior to Seattle's game with New England. Lynch never appeared for more than five minutes at any of the three availabilities, saying at media day, "I'm just here so I won't get fined." In addition, Signora said Lynch will not be fined for the hat he wore all three days. Lynch wore a hat for his Beast Mode clothing brand. The hat was made by and given to him by an NFL licensee, New Era, and was in team colors, according to Signora.
Meanwhile, Richard Sherman tweeted overnight. He said, "My son sure does know how to make an entrance! 2/5/15... Is it a coincidence or is he just that clever?! Either way I'm ecstatic." We now know, they've named the child Rayden.
There's now a new report out that claims the royal couple, William and Kate, are not only having a girl but they're naming her after the late Princess Diana.
Birthdays: Hammerin' Hank, Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron is 81; football great Roger Staubach is 73; from Three Dog Night, singer Cory Wells is 73; actor-comedian-director Christopher Guest is 67; actress Jennifer Jason Leigh is 53; musician, writer, Seahawk fan, Seattleite Duff McKagan is 51; and singer Bobby Brown is 46.
Our heart goes out to Bobby. He and other members of Bobbi Kristina Brown's extended family are gathering at Atlanta, Georgia's Emory University Hospital to say farewell to Whitney Houston's daughter, according to multiple reports. The 21-year-old was found unresponsive and face down in a bathtub on Saturday and she has been hospitalized ever since. A doctor has reportedly told her father Bobby Brown and members of the Houston family there's nothing more he and his team can do for Bobbi Kristina, and a source tells People.com, "Everyone is coming to the hospital to say goodbye." This latest news comes just a week before the third anniversary of Whitney's death on February 12th of 2012.
Today is National Weatherperson's Day. It's Peter Pan Day -- the movie was released on this date in 1953. Today marks the sale of the first Wiffle Ball. The ball was invented by David N. Mullany at his home in Fairfield, Connecticut in 1953 when he designed a ball that curved easily for his 12-year-old son. It was named when his son and his friends would refer to a strikeout as a whiff.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1919, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and DW Griffith launched United Artists. In 1971, astronauts landed on the moon in the Apollo 14 mission. In 1976, the 1976 swine flu outbreak began at Fort Dix, New Jersey. In 1986, Prince released the song Kiss. In 1988, Manuel Noriega was indicted on drug smuggling and money laundering charges. In 2001, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman announced their separation.
Johnny Depp is a married man, according to new reports. He and his now-wife Amber Heard exchanged vows at their home in Los Angeles on Tuesday, according to People.com. The newlyweds are staging a wedding party on Depp's private Little Hall's Pond Cay island in the Bahamas on Saturday. The 51-year-old Depp asked the 28-year-old actress to be his wife over the Christmas holidays. The couple met on the set of 2011's The Rum Diary and started dating a year later after Depp split from his longtime partner, French actress and singer Vanessa Paradis -- the mother of his two kids, Lily-Rose and Jack.
A man who sometimes held his coat together with safety pins and had a long-time habit of foraging for firewood also had a knack for picking stocks -- a talent that became public after his death when he bequeathed $6 million to his local library and hospital. The investments made by Ronald Read, a former gas station employee and janitor who died in June at age 92, "grew substantially" over the years, according to his attorney Laurie Rowell. Read, who was known for his flannel shirt and baseball cap, gave no hint of the size of his fortune. His attorney said yesterday, "He was unbelievably frugal." She said when Read visited her office, "sometimes he parked so far away so he wouldn't have to pay the meter." The bequest of $4.8 million to the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and $1.2 million to the town's Brooks Memorial Library were the largest each institution has ever received. Stepson Phillip Brown said he visited Read every few months, more often as Read's health declined. The only indication Brown had of Read's investments was his regular reading of the Wall Street Journal. "I was tremendously surprised," Brown said of Read's hidden wealth. "He was a hard worker, but I don't think anybody had an idea that he was a multimillionaire."
A new study by cybersecurity researchers has found that 24 percent of Facebook ads selling luxury goods, like Ray-Ban sunglasses or Louis Vuitton handbags, are hocking counterfeit products.
In a new survey almost 85% of millennials consider online flirting a form of cheating.
Trivia Answer: Darrell Lee Waltrip who turns 68 today. He is married, has two daughters, and lives in Franklin, Tennessee. Waltrip currently owns Honda, Volvo, and Subaru automobile dealerships in Franklin and is the lead television analyst and race commentator with Fox Broadcasting Company, a columnist at Foxsports.com, and an author. He is the older brother of NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip.
|Today's Trivia: He was a stand-up comedian, actor, and
author. He was the most frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring
Johnny Carson in the 1970s and 1980s. He's credited with being "a
pioneer of observational comedy." He was ranked No. 53 on Comedy
Central Presents: 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time. Who is he?
A disappointed but predictably upbeat Russell Wilson met with reporters yesterday, just days after the Seattle Seahawks lost the Super Bowl in dramatic fashion. Speaking at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Wilson said he didn't second-guess the controversial play-call that clinched the game for the Patriots when, facing second-and-goal from the Patriots' 1-yard line with 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter and two time outs, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell called a slant instead of running the ball with Marshawn Lynch. Wilson threw to receiver Ricardo Lockette, but New England rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler read the play perfectly and drove hard on the ball, snatching it out of the air before Lockette could get to his spot. Wilson said he didn't see Butler on the play. Russell said, "It looked open enough to get it in there and make the play. I thought we were going to. When I threw it, I was like, ‘Touchdown, second Super Bowl ring, here we go.' And it didn't happen." Wilson said he didn't blame the embattled Bevell for the call. He said, "Ultimately, I trust the preparation. I trust the calls, I trust where we are. Think about it: My rookie year we made the playoffs with coach Bevell calling the plays. Next year we won the Super Bowl with coach Bevell calling the plays. Sunday we were in the Super Bowl and we came up short -- comes down to players making plays. Ultimately it's a players game." Wilson said he hadn't given any thought to his upcoming contract extension negotiations, which should place him among the highest-paid players in NFL history, adding that he didn't care if he was the top-paid quarterback in the league. He said, "To be honest with you, I haven't really thought anything about it. You know, I obviously want to play in Seattle forever. That's my goal, and I want to be with this organization. I love this organization. I love this city. I love these fans, and I love winning here."
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has heard the criticism of the Seattle Seahawks' play calling at the end of Super Bowl XLIX, and he believes it is "totally out of line." Belichick's team obviously benefited from the Seahawks' decision to throw on second-and-goal from the 1-yard line with 26 seconds remaining, a now hotly debated play call that resulted in Malcolm Butler's game-saving interception. Still, Belichick questioned the credentials of those panning the decision by coach Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. Belichick said, "There has been a lot of criticism that I don't think is anywhere close to being deserved or founded." Belichick was speaking this morning on his weekly appearance on sports radio WEEI in Boston. "That football team is very good, very well-coached, and Pete does a great job. Malcolm and Brandon [Browner], on that particular play, just made a great play. I think the criticism they've gotten for the game is totally out of line and by a lot of people who I don't think are anywhere near even qualified to be commenting on it." Belichick also shared empathy for the Seahawks' heartbreak. "I wouldn't be able to say enough about Seattle. They're a great football team, well-coached. They deserve so much credit for what they've done, and how well they've done it. I know they are disappointed, as we've been in that spot a couple times ourselves. So the high that we feel is probably not as high as the low that they feel. But that's a really good football team."
Birthdays: Sgt. Charles Enright on McMillan & Wife, actor John Schuck is 75; former Vice President James Danforth "Dan" Quayle is 68; he was born Vincent Damon Furnier but we know him as Alice Cooper, he's 67; former NFL star Lawernce Taylor – LT -- is 56; singer-songwriter -- he's at the Washington Center on Saturday the 21st -- Clint Black is 53; boxer Oscar De La Hoya is 42; the bassist for Jimmy Eat World, Rick Burch is 40; singer Natalie Imbruglia is 40; and singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw is 38.
Today is National Thank a Mailman Day. It's Create a Vacuum Day. My research has failed to find factual information relating to this day. What was found is that it is celebrated on February 4th. Due to the lack of information, just let your imagination lead you how you celebrate Create A Vacuum Day. Today is Gumby's Birthday.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1789, George Washington was unanimously elected as the first President of the United States by the US Electoral College. In 1932, the first Winter Olympics were held in the United States. They were held at Lake Placid, New York. In 1941, the United Service Organization (USO) was created to entertain American troops. In 1974, the Symbionese Liberation Army kidnapped Patty Hearst in Berkeley, California. In 1976, Fleetwood Mac's single Rhiannon was released. In 1983, Karen Carpenter died from heartbeat irregularities brought on by chemical imbalances associated with anorexia nervosa. In 1997, a civil jury in California found OJ Simpson liable in the death of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. Goldman's parents were awarded $8.5 million in compensatory damages. In 2004, Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg.
The ritual of springing forward and falling back - and spending days (or longer) catching up on adjusting every clock in the home - is being questioned by some lawmakers here in our state who would like to see it come to an end. They're considering a renewed effort to put Washington in line with Hawaii and Arizona, the only two states that have exercised their privilege to stay on standard time all year long. State Rep. Elizabeth Scott said the bill to drop daylight saving time would reduce heart attacks, car wrecks, and work accidents found to increase with the sleep-schedule disruptions. Farmers she checked with already run their combines at night using aircraft-scale headlights, and dairy cattle care about the sun, not the time on the clock face. She asks, "Wouldn't it be nice to have the Independence Day fireworks start before 10 p.m.?" Five other states have pending legislation to eliminate daylight saving time, including Oregon, where a bill would give voters a fall referendum this year on daylight time. If the Oregon voters were to decide against daylight time, it would be abandoned in 2021 - or earlier, if Washington or California also stopped changing the clocks twice a year. Globally, Asia, Australia and Africa mostly don't have daylight time, and Europe largely uses it.
It turns out To Kill a Mockingbird won't be Harper Lee's only published book after all. Publisher Harper announced yesterday that Go Set a Watchman, a novel the Pulitzer Prize-winning author completed in the 1950s and put aside, is being released July 14th. Rediscovered last fall, Go Set a Watchman is essentially a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, although it was finished earlier. Reactions ranged from euphoria (Oprah Winfrey issued a statement saying, "I couldn't be happier if my name was Scout") to skepticism about Lee's cooperation and about the quality of the new book. Biographer Charles J. Shields noted that Lee was a "beginning author" when she wrote Watchman. The 304-page book is Lee's second, and her first new work in print in more than 50 years, among the longest gaps in history for a major writer.
Most parents appreciate the artwork created by their children but that appreciatiion usually goes no further than putting their works of art on the fridge. Those typical displays of parental pride simply weren't enough for proud Canadian papa Keith Anderson, so he has been getting a tattoo of his son's doodles applied to his right arm every year for the last seven years.
A police officer in England thought he'd stumbled upon a major load of cannabis. Uhm, he was embarrassed later to discover his haul was potpourri.
Trivia Answer: David Brenner who was born on this date in 1936. Brenner was a writer, director or producer of 115 television documentaries and headed the documentary units of Westinghouse Broadcasting and Metromedia, winning nearly 30 awards including an Emmy, before moving to comedy. His first paid gig was at The Improv in June 1969, and following that he frequently performed at clubs in Greenwich Village. After making his national television debut in 1971, on The Tonight Show, he became the show's most frequent guest, with 158 appearances. He guest-hosted for Johnny Carson 75 times between 1975 and 1984, placing him fifth on the list of Carson's most frequent guest hosts. At one point, he had appeared more often on major TV talk shows than any other entertainer. Brenner released the comedy album Excuse Me, Are You Reading That Paper? on MCA Records in 1983. The title arose from a gag wherein a fellow passenger on a train asked Brenner if he was reading a newspaper on which he was sitting. The punch line was Brenner saying he was, standing up, turning a page, and sitting down again. Brenner died on March 15th of last year from cancer at the age of 78.
|Today's Trivia: He was a painter and illustrator. His
works enjoy a broad popular appeal in the United States for their
reflection of American culture. He's most famous for the cover
illustrations of everyday life scenarios he created for The Saturday
Evening Post magazine for more than four decades. Who is he?
A small group of Seahawks fans greeted the team after their plane landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport yesterday afternoon. The team went straight from the charter plane to waiting buses and did not go through the airport terminal. Some fans were there, holding flags and signs, to greet the team on the tarmac. Quarterback Russell Wilson and coach Pete Carroll walked past and acknowledged them. Another crowd of fans had gathered at the team's practice facility in Renton to greet the team. From there, the Seahawks officially began their off season where among the many decisions that have to be made include replacing defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who was hired yesterday to be the Atlanta Falcons new head coach. Contract extensions for Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner are also hot topics of discussion. Meanwhile, the Seahawks say they are not planning any rallies or celebrations in the wake of the team's 28-24 loss in the Super Bowl.
Birthdays: Comedian Shelley Berman is 90; football's Fran Tarkenton 75; Gwyneth Paltrow's mom. actress Blythe Danner is 72; football's Bob Griese 70; from The Kinks, Dave Davies is 68; and actress Morgan Fairchild is 65.
It's National Carrot Cake Day. Today is also Endangered Species Day. President Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act into law on this date in 1973.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1959, the music died as marked by Don McLean's classic song. On February 3rd of 1959, singers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. Big Bopper Richardson died in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. Holly was 22, Valens 17; and Richardson 28. In 1973, the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit was Crocodile Rock, by Elton John. The single was the Elton's first No. 1 song in the United States. In 1987, fearing possible violence, the University of California at San Diego cancelled a planned Beastie Boys concert. In 1991, Sinead O'Connor announced that she wouldn't accept any Grammy Awards or attend the ceremony because the show reflects "false and destructive materialistic values." In 1995, Air Force Lt. Colonel Eileen Collins became the first woman to pilot the space shuttle Discovery. In 2008, the New York Giants beat the heavily favored and previously undefeated 18-and-0 New England Patriots in Super Bowl 42 XLII, 17–14, in one of the greatest upsets in sports history.
It wasn't a nightmare. It really happened. But there is a bit of good news for the Seahawks: next year. Vegas oddsmakers have established the Seahawks as favorites to win the 2016 Super Bowl. RJ Bell of Pregame.com has the Hawks at 6-1, followed by the Patriots at 7-1. Pro Football Talk notes that the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has the Hawks at 5-1, followed by the Patriots at 6-1. ESPN reports that the William Hill sports book also has the Seahawks as 5-1 favorites. Keep February 7th of 2016 open, that's when the Super Bowl takes place at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Wouldn't it be sweet to win a Super Bowl on the 49ers' home field?
NBC's broadcast of Super Bowl 49 was the most-watched broadcast in television history, beating last year's big game to take the title. Hmmm. The Seahawks appear in the two most-watched television broadcasts in history.
He was scheduled to play at Key Arena last night but Sam Smith announced the postponement of his concert yesterday afternoon, indicating his voice needs rest. Smith released a statement that said, "Seattle, I'm so sad and upset to announce I've had to reschedule tonight's show. It is my second to last show for this tour and my voice has given in. We are rescheduling the show asap. I'm so sorry to anyone who has travelled to Seattle from far away and to all of you. I promise to make it up to you the minute my voice is back." Sam is is nominated for six Grammy awards this year, including best new artist, song of the year, album of the year and record of the year. This year's awards are Sunday night. Seattle Theatre Group advises ticketholders for last night's concert to keep their tickets and await the announcement of a rescheduled date.
The marriage license of mass murderer Charles Manson and a 26-year-old devotee who believes in his innocence is set to expire without a wedding taking place, prison officials say. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Jeffrey Callison said weekend visiting for inmates passed without Manson getting married. Afton Elaine Burton and the 80-year-old Manson obtained a 90-day marriage license late last year. It expires Thursday, making this past weekend the couple's final opportunity to hold a wedding inside a visiting room at the California State Prison. If a wedding is to happen, the couple must register for a new Kings County marriage license.
Hundreds of people have contributed tens of thousands of dollars to help a Detroit man who says he typically walks 21 miles to get to and from work. The Detroit Free Press reports that James Robertson rides buses part of the way to and from his factory job in suburban Rochester Hills, but because they don't cover the whole route, he ends up walking about 8 miles before his shift starts at 2 p.m. and 13 more when it's over at 10. Lately, he's been getting occasional rides from a banker who passed him walking every day and finally asked what he was doing. After the newspaper wrote about the 56-year-old's situation over the weekend, multiple people started crowdfunding efforts to help him buy a car and pay for insurance. Some have offered to drive him for free and others have offered to buy or give him cars. Robertson began making the daily trek to the factory where he molds parts after his car stopped working ten years ago and bus service was cut back. He's had perfect attendance for more than 12 years.Todd Wilson is a plant manager at Schain Mold & Engineering. He says, "I set our attendance standard by this man. I say, if this man can get here, walking all those miles through snow and rain, well I'll tell you, I have people in Pontiac 10 minutes away and they say they can't get here -- bull!" Evan Leedy is a 19-year-old student at Wayne State University. He read the story and started a GoFundMe site with the goal of raising $5,000. As of last evening, he had raised more than $90,000. Robertson said he was flattered by the attention and amazed strangers would step in to help. Asked about a federal program newly available through Detroit's bus system that might pick him up at home and drop him off at his job, Robertson said, "I'd rather they spent that money on a 24-hour bus system, not on some little bus for me. This city needs buses going 24/7. You can tell the City Council and mayor I said that."
UPDATE: The GoFundMe total skyrocketed to over $200,000 today from thousands of people after Robertson's story was picked up my media outlets around the world. Robertson told People magazine today, "I am just so stunned. Who would have thought that just a simple walk would have turned into this? I would have told you that you were crazy a few days ago ... I am taking this as a sign that it's time I start driving again. And getting more than two hours of sleep a night."
Trivia Answer: Norman Rockwell who was born on this date in 1894. Among the best-known of Rockwell's works are the Willie Gillis series, Rosie the Riveter, The Problem We All Live With, Saying Grace and the Four Freedoms series. He is also noted for his 64-year relationship with the Boy Scouts of America, producing covers for their publication Boys' Life, calendars, and other illustrations. Rockwell died November 8th of 1978 of emphysema, at the age of 84 in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Then-First Lady Rosalynn Carter attended his funeral.
Today's Trivia: She's a model and actress best known for her
three consecutive appearances on the cover of the Sports Illustrated
Swimsuit Issue in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and for her 25 years as
the face of CoverGirl, the longest ever of any model in history. Who is
Tom Brady and the Patriots made this Super Bowl all about football, not footballs. Clutch football, spiced by a sensational fourth-quarter rally and a goal-line, game-saving interception. The record-setting Brady threw for four touchdowns, including a 3-yarder to Julian Edelman with 2:02 remaining last night as New England rallied from a 10-point deficit to win its fourth Super Bowl in the Brady-Bill Belichick era, 28-24 over Seattle. But the Patriots had to survive a last-ditch drive by the Seahawks, who got to the 1, helped by a spectacular juggling catch by Jermaine Kearse. Then rookie Malcolm Butler stepped in front of Ricardo Lockette and picked off Russell Wilson's off-target pass to complete one of the wildest Super Bowl finishes. Why Russell threw it -- why the Hawks' coaching staff called it -- we may never know.
Let the second-guessing begin. Pete Carroll said, "Nobody to blame but me." Russell Wilson shouldered his share, too. Both coach and quarterback also gave lots of credit to Butler, the rookie free agent out of West Alabama who made the roster, then saved the Super Bowl. Wilson said, "The guy made a great play." But this one was hard to explain away. Seattle had two timeouts left with the clock ticking down when Wilson fired into a cluster of blue and white shirts. Butler dug inside of Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette and made his first career interception. About that play call. "Dumbest play call in the HISTORY of NFL football," tweeted former 49ers receiver Dwight Clark, who made a pretty good grab himself: The Catch. And this from NFL career rushing leader Emmitt Smith: "Worst play call I've seen in the history of football."
This year's Super Bowl scored the highest-ever overnight television ratings for a Super Bowl and also set conversation milestones for Twitter and Facebook. The Nielsen company said today the game had a 49.7 rating in the nation's largest media markets, up 4 percent over last year's game. That means nearly half of the homes in those 56 metropolitan areas were watching the game. It's an early indication that the game may be on the way to another viewership record. Last year's contest between Seattle and Denver was seen by 111.5 million people, the annual game setting a record for the most-watched TV event in US history for the fourth time in five years. Nielsen expected a viewership estimate later today. Facebook said an estimated 65 million people conversed about the game on the social media site, more than any other Super Bowl and second only to two World Cup games last year for most talked-about events. There were some 265 million individual posts, comments or likes, Facebook said. The moment drawing the most Facebook comments was just after the Patriots sealed the 28-24 victory, with the second being when Katy Perry soared through stadium for her Firework finale to the Super Bowl halftime show. Twitter estimated there were 28.4 million tweets posted between the kickoff and 30 minutes after the game's conclusion, surpassing last year's game to be the most tweeted-about Super Bowl ever. It was second only to the 35.6 million tweets sent about last year's World Cup semifinal between Brazil and Germany.
Birthdays: Smothers Brother, Tom Smothers is 78; the Nash from Crosby, Stills and, Graham Nash is 73; and singer Shakira is 38. Shakira became a mother for the second time last week. She had a little baby boy last Thursday.
Today is Groundhog Day. Legend says, if the groundhog comes out today and sees his shadow, it means six more weeks of winter. The most famous groundhog is Punxutawney Phil of Pennsylvania. Today is also Hedgehog Day, the ancient Roman tradition that inspired groundhog Day in the US and Canada. If the Roman hedgehog came out at night and saw his shadow in the moonlight, it meant six more weeks of winter. Punxutawney Phil, by the way, did see his shadow today and predicted six more weeks of winter, although around here this year, we're not quite sure what that means. Today is also National Tater Tot Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1876, the National Baseball League was formed, with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Louisville, and Hartford. In 1936, the five charter members of the new Baseball Hall of Fame were announced at Cooperstown, New York. Of 226 ballots cast, Ty Cobb received 222 votes, Babe Ruth 215, Honus Wagner 215, Christy Matthewson 205, and Walter Johnson 189. At least 170 votes were required for induction. In 1949, the first 45 RPM record was released. In 1959, Buddy Holly performed for the last time. At the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, he played drums for Ritchie Valens, the Big Bopper, and Dion. In 1971, Idi Amin assumed power in Uganda after a coup. In 1973, NBC-TV debuted Midnight Special. In 1993, then-First lady Hillary Clinton banned smoking in the White House. Also in 1993, Willie Nelson and the IRS settled their longstanding tax feud. The US government kept $3.6 million in assets it had already seized and Nelson would have to pay $5.4 million of the $13.1 million balance. In 1998, President Bill Clinton introduced the first US balanced budget in 30 years.
American Sniper held the top spot at the box office over the weekend with $31.9 million in ticket sales. The Oscar-nominated war film directed by Clint Eastwood and starring best actor nominee Bradley Cooper as a Navy Seal sharpshooter easily triumphed over several new releases. Family film Paddington, based on the series of classic children's books about a loveable bear in search of a home, finished in second with $8.5 million. In a virtual tie, estimates showed Paddington sold just $5,000 more in tickets than sci-fi time travel tale Project Almanac. Another new release, Black or White, debuted in fourth place. Rounding out the top five was the Jennifer Lopez thriller The Boy Next Door.
Romance Alert: Valentine's Day is one week from Saturday.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 dominated the 42nd annual Annie Awards held Saturday. The DreamWorks Animation flick won a total of six awards including the best animated feature at the event honoring the best in film and TV/broadcast animation for the past twelve months.
Trivia Answer: Christie Brinkley who turns 61 today. She appeared on three consecutive Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Edition covers (1979, 1980 and 1981) -- the first time that had happened -- and appeared in the publication's annual swimsuit issues and television specials for years to follow. Christie is also known for her marriage to Billy Joel. According to numerous interviews with Joel, the song Uptown Girl was initially written about his relationship with his then-girlfriend Elle Macpherson, but it ended up also becoming about -- at the time -- his soon-to-be wife Christie Brinkley. The song came out in 1983. Christie and Billy were married in 1985. The marriage ended in 1994. They have a daughter together, Alexa Ray Joel. Christie's financial holdings were estimated in 2008 to be worth some $80 million. In February 2012 she was ranked third in the Daily Mail's list of the World's 20 richest models.