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Monday 2.29.16
Morning Trivia: He was an English singer-songwriter, musician, actor and businessman best known as one of a four-man pop rock group and co-star of a TV series named for the group. His acting credits include a Tony-nominated role as the Artful Dodger in the original London and Broadway productions of Oliver! as well as a starring cameo role in a hallmark episode of The Brady Bunch television show; Love, American Style; and My Two Dads. He is considered one of the great teen idols. Who is he?

Mariners left-hander James Paxton begins his bid to win the fifth spot in the rotation when he starts the Cactus-League opener Wednesday against the San Diego Padres at Peoria Stadium. Right-hander Nate Karns, his main competition, starts Thursday against the Padres, then Taijuan Walker follows Friday against the Brewers in Maryvale before left-hander Wade Miley gets the nod Saturday against the Angels in Peoria. Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma is expected to close out the week when the Mariners face the Rangers. Pitchers are expected to throw two innings and stay between 30-35 pitches, according to manager Scott Servais, who announced the rotation yesterday. Ace Felix Hernandez's first start has yet to be determined.

Birthdays: A person who is born on February 29th may be called a "leapling" or a "leap-year baby". In non-leap years, some leaplings celebrate their birthday on either February 28th or March 1st, while others only observe birthdays on the authentic date of February 29th. The effective legal date of a leapling's birthday in non-leap years varies between jurisdictions. Meanwhile, Rapper and actor Ja Rule is 40; From Foster The People, singer Mark Foster is 32.

This is a Leap Year and today is Leap Day which occurs every four years ... almost. It's every four years except years ending with "00" that are not divisible by 400. Leap Year Day is added to the calendar every four years -- more or less -- to bring it line with the earth’s orbit. The planet’s actual orbit takes 365.2422 days. Today is Bachelor's Day, a day of supposed immunity for unmarried men during Leap Year. The rest of the year bachelors traditionally are "fair game" for dates and marriage proposals. In Ireland, on the other hand, Bachelor's Day is a tradition whereby on Leap Day women are allowed to initiate dances and propose marriage.

In fact, in 1288. a law in Scotland made it illegal for a man to refuse to marry a woman who proposed on Leap Year Day, the only day women could propose marriage. On this date in 1968, at the Grammy Awards, the Fifth Dimension's Up, Up and Away won record of the year for 1967. The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was album of the year. In 2000, Barbara Stoner celebrated her 28th, or seventh birthday, in a delivery room at Lakeside Renaissance Women's Hospital in Oklahoma City. She hadn't planned to have a leaper baby. Her due date was set for March 7, but John Maxwell Morgan Stoner decided to arrive early so he and mom could share the same birthday -- every four years.

Lionsgate once hoped to turn Gods of Egypt into its next major film franchise. But those dreams were dashed this weekend, after the $140 million fantasy epic opened to a feeble $14 million. The film is shaping up to be one of the year’s biggest flops, all but guaranteeing there won’t be a part two. Its failure demonstrates the difficulty that the studio behind The Hunger Games and Divergent series faces as it struggles to find new projects to replace its retiring franchises. With Gods of Egypt clattering to earth, Deadpool continued to soar, adding $31.5 million to its $285.6 million domestic haul for a first place finish. After three weeks of release, it ranks as the third highest-grossing R-rated film on a domestic basis behind only American Sniper The Passion of the Christ. Misery loved company this weekend. Sports comedy Eddie the Eagle and heist thriller Triple 9 both failed to connect in their debuts. TheTop Five: number five, Eddie the Eagle. Number four Risen. Kung Fu Panda 3 finished third. Gods of Egypt was a distant number two. And on top of the box office again, Deadpool.

Spotlight is basking in the golden glow of Oscar. Mad Max: Fury Road may have won more honors at the 88th Academy Awards, leading all films with six. The Revenant won some major prizes, including the first Oscar for actor Leonardo DiCaprio. But when the last award of the evening was read, it was the little film about Boston Globe investigative reporters digging into a sex abuse scandal involving Catholic priests that was left standing winning the best picture Oscar.

Holding up cash in their hands, celebrities bought boxes of Girl Scout cookies from their seats at The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. While hosting the Oscars, Chris Rock brought his two daughters out on stage with their fellow Girl Scouts to sell the popular treats to the Hollywood heavyweights. "Make that money," Rock said to the girls as they walked through the crowd. He joked, "Leo, you made $30 million, come on." People watching the show tweeted videos of the stars passing around the boxes, sharing the treats. The Girl Scouts twitter account retweeted a number of social media posts supporting the move by Rock. After a few commercial breaks, Rock stated they had raised $65,243 during the short time they sold the cookies to people in the audience. Last year, he said they sold $600.

The Thurston County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting death of a pet dog owned by actress Salma Hayek. Hayek announced on Instagram that she was mourning the death of her pet dog, found shot dead on her ranch near Yelm on February 19th. According to the Sheriff's Office, a groundskeeper was on horseback when she took Hayek's two dogs out for run that day. A German Shepherd named Mozart ran off, which the groundskeeper xaid isn't unusual on a ranch that size. It is unclear whether Mozart ran onto someone else's property, but it's believed the dog may have, and was shot with a pellet gun by the property owner. A pellet nicked an artery, and as Mozart ran back onto Hayek's property, the dog collapsed and died. He was found by the groundskeeper who went to look for him. Authorities are calling the fatal shot "a fluke" that wouldn't have normally killed a dog. It's thought that whomever fired the pellet gun was most likely just trying to scare Mozart away. Hayek was in Los Angeles at the time of the shooting, but Mozart lived on the ranch.

If you were here, you remember it. Yesterday marked 15 years since the Nisqually earthquake shook the Puget Sound. The 6.8 magnitude quake was centered about 11 miles northeast of Olympia, and felt from Seattle to Grays Harbor. It was 10:54 in the morning when the Earth moved, and the 45-second quake seemed to go on forever.

Quick Fun Facts about Leap Year:

  1. The Egyptians were the first to figure out that the solar year and the calendar year didn’t always match up. The Romans were first to add February 29th to the calendar.
  2. The extra day was created as a solution for hours accumulated, since the Earth takes 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds to travel around the sun, not just 365 days.
  3. In Greece, it is considered unlucky for couples to get married during a leap year. 1 in 5 Greek couples will avoid getting married during one.
  4. This leap year, 56 countries will observe "Rare Disease Day" on February 29th, calling for more research to ailments which have no cure yet.
  5. Astrologers believe those born under Pisces on February 29th have unusual talents and personalities reflecting their special status.
  6. In Scotland, Queen Margaret declared that on February 29th, a woman may propose to any man she liked, and those who refused had to pay a fine in the form of a kiss, dress, or pair of gloves.
  7. Facebook does not recognize Leap Day birthdays during non leap years.
  8. The probability of a Leap Day birthday would be around 1 /1,461, or 0.068 percent.
  9. People born on February 29th are all invited to join The Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies.
  10. Both the Summer Olympic Games and the US Presidential Election are held every four years during leap years.

Trivia Answer: David Thomas Jones -- Davy Jones -- who died on this date four years ago. The group and TV show was The Monkees. In fact, to avoid confusion with Davy Jones of The Monkees, David Bowie -- who was born David Jones -- renamed himself after the 19th-century American frontiersman Jim Bowie and the knife he had popularised. It was from 1966 to 1971, that Davey Jones was a member of The Monkees, a pop-rock group formed expressly for a television show of the same name. On the morning of February 29th of 2012, Jones went to tend his fourteen horses at a farm in Indiantown, Florida. After riding one of his favourite horses around the track, he complained of chest pains and difficulty breathing and was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead of a severe heart attack due to coronary artery disease.

Friday 2.26.16
Morning 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?

The Mariners began their first full-squad workout at Peoria Sports Complex yesterday, marking the first time manager Scott Servais had his entire roster together since being hired this offseason to replace Lloyd McClendon. It was a moment Servais had prepared for by practicing a speech in front of the mirror. Then he had a realization: He could barely recollect any pre-spring training pep talks from his playing career. So he trashed the prepared speech. Servais has already met with team leaders to preach his vision. Among the group? Robinson Cano, Felix Hernandez, Kyle Seager and Nelson Cruz. At daily team meetings, players are forced to stand up and reveal something about themselves. Others have more defined roles. Left-hander Danny Hultzen, for instance, provides updates on current events, according to Servais. The goal is to promote communication between players and coaches. In a style that has shades of Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, players are encouraged to speak freely. A week into his first season, Servais seemed pleased with the reception. Cactus League play starts Wednesday when the Ms meet the San Diego Padres.

Birthdays: Singer Fats Domino is 88; singer Mitch Ryder is 71; keyboard player with Journey, The Babys, and Bad English, Jonathan Cain is 66; singer Michael Bolton is 63; singer Erykah Badu is 45; and Nate Ruess from fun. is 34.

It's National Pistachio Day. Today is 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. Today is Carnival Day, a day that celebrates a popular entertainment venue.

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 the 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. In 1985, this was the night for the seventh highest-rated TV music show of the 1980s. 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 Cyndi 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.

There are countless movie lines we might feel are memorable, depending on our favorite films. But which do the people who bring them to us feel are the best? The Hollywood Reporter asked more than 16 hundred professionals in the entertainment biz -- from actors to directors to agents -- for their favorite movie lines, and created a top-100 list. The top pick is from a film over 75 years old. It's pretty easy to guess which quote it is: "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn," Clark Gable's famous line from Gone with the Wind. The runner-up is nearly as old: "Here's looking at you, kid," uttered by Humphrey Bogart in 1943's Casablanca. The third most-memorable line is more contemporary, but not by a whole lot. It's Roy Scheider's line, "You're gonna need a bigger boat," from 1975's Jaws. What's even more impressive is that the late actor is said to have improvised the line while they shot the scene.

How's this for an opening act? When Lady Gaga performs at the Academy Awards this Sunday, she'll be introduced by a very special VIP: Vice President Joe Biden. Gaga is scheduled to perform Til It Happens to You, the Oscar-nominated song she co-wrote with Diane Warren from the documentary The Hunting Ground, which is about sexual assault on college campuses. Domestic and sexual abuse and assault against women is an important issue for Biden, who as a senator authored the landmark 1994 Violence Against Women Act, which established both funding to address the issue, and new legal remedies for women. The White House says the vice president will use the opportunity at the Oscars to call on everyone in the audience and watching at home to visit to take the pledge to stand up, speak out and help change the culture around sexual assault. The 88th Academy Awards are Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. Chris Rockis hosting. It airs live from coast to coast on ABC

In theaters this weekend, Eddie the Eagle (PG-13). Gods of Egypt (PG-13). and Triple 9 (R).

Finding comfortable shoes can be a challenge even for those with average-shaped feet. But it's virtually impossible for the Venezuelan man who holds the record for the world's largest. Jeison Rodriguez wears size 26 shoes. This week he received a donation of four pairs of custom made shoes from Georg Wessels -- a German shoemaker who specializes in making irregular-sized shoes, boots, sneakers, clogs and sandals. Wessels has been making shoes for the world's tallest people for almost 40 years -- and he does it for free.

The hit sitcom Full House is back with an update. The entire cast is back, except for the Olsen twins. All 13 episodes are available for streaming today.

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.

Thursday 2.25.16
Morning Trivia: She's a former talk show host known for her television program which she hosted for two decades, and for the bright red oversized eyeglasses she wears in all of her public appearances. Who is she?

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency last evening in response to the state's severe weather. Three people in the town of Waverly died as a result of the weather. They were killed when their mobile home was destroyed in the storm. Virginia State Police added that there are at least 4 other structures damaged within the town limits as a result of the storm. The severe weather was part of a massive storm system moving from the South up the East Coast. There have been at least 31 reported tornadoes in the past 24 hours across five states: Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. The storm system is expected to leave the East Coast this morning bringing in cooler and drier weather.

Hail, hail. 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: Newsman Bob Schieffer is 79; Karen Grassle (Caroline Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie) is 74; the guy behind Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey, Jack Handey is 67; the host of The NFL Today on CBS, James Brown is 65; the coach of the now Los Angeles Rams -- previously the St. Louis Rams -- Jeff Fisher is 59; comedian Carrot Top is 51; actress Téa Leoni is 50; singer Daniel Powter is 45; comedian and talk show host Chelsea Handler is 41; actress Rashida Jones is 39; and Fred & George Weasley in Harry Potter, actors James & Oliver Phelps are 30.

It's National Chocolate-Covered Peanuts Day. Ironically, it’s also Let's All Eat Right Day, a day to honor Adelle Davis, one of the country's best-known nutritionists, who was born on this date in 1904. 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. This date in 1943 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, 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. In 2010, Apple announced that it had surpassed 10 billion song downloads from the iTunes Store.

Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider said that tight end Jimmy Graham's rehab is going well, but he didn't have a timetable for the former All-Pro's return. Speaking at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis yesterday, Schneider didn't have any specific updates on Graham's recovery from a torn patellar tendon suffered against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 12, but said that Graham had a "great attitude" about his rehab.

On TV tonight, The Big Bang Theory celebrates its 200th episode, as the gang surprises Sheldon with a birthday party, including special guest star Adam West (Batman). Tonight on CBS.

Your number for the day: 745. That's how many red carpet fan bleacher seats there are at the Oscars. The little statues get handed out Sunday night.

British singer Adele stole the show last evening at the 2016 BRIT Awards in London, making a triumphant return to the star-studded ceremony as she picked up four trophies, including the coveted Album of the Year award. The BRIT Awards, held in London's O2 arena, are the mainstream British music industry's most prestigious awards ceremony, having been held every year since 1982. On the bill at this year's bash were international stars Rihanna and Justin Bieber, as well as home-grown artists James Bay and Coldplay. Adele's 25 album missed out on a Grammy nomination because its November release date made it ineligible for this year's awards, so the BRITs gave her her first major award show recognition for her third studio album, which became the best-selling album of 2015. The London-born singer also scooped awards for best British female, best British single, and the BRITs Global Success award. She was the only artist or group to receive more than one award at the ceremony.

Trivia Answer: Sally Lowenthal, better known as Sally Jessy Raphael, who is 81 today. Following her graduation from Columbia University, she became a news correspondent, covering Central America for the Associated Press and United Press International, thanks in large part to her ability to speak both English and Spanish fluently. She also got considerable experience in the media in Puerto Rico, where she worked in both radio and television—one of her jobs was doing a TV cooking show. By her own admission, Raphael's broadcasting career was not an immediate success. She told numerous reporters over the years that she bounced around from station to station in both Puerto Rico and the United States, working as a disc jockey, news reporter, and the host of a show where she interviewed celebrities. She refused to give up, even though at one point, she had worked at 24 stations, and was fired from 18 of them. She's most famous for hosting the television talk show, The Sally Jessy Raphael Show (later shortened to simply Sally), which ran in first-run syndication from October 17, 1983 to 2002. Raphael became known to television viewers for her oversized red-framed glasses, a trademark that began entirely by accident. In 1983, she began having trouble seeing the Teleprompter clearly, and she went to buy some reading glasses at a nearby store. All they had was a pair with red frames, and being in a hurry, she bought them. While her bosses disliked them, the audience seemed to think they looked good, so she kept wearing that style from then on. In 1989, Raphael won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show. During the 1990s, as competition in the talk show arena intensified, her show moved toward more sensationalistic topics, as did many of the other talk show hosts who were her competition, including Jerry Springer and Maury Povich. By 2000, both Raphael and Springer were in decline. As one media critic observed, Springer's ratings were the lowest they had been in 3 years, but Raphael's ratings were now the lowest they had been in 12 years. Raphael was already having problems with her syndicator: she believed that USA Networks Inc. was more interested in doing promotion for Springer, whose show was more popular than hers, and Povich, who had recently left Paramount Television to join USA's syndication arm, than they ever were for her show. She celebrated her 3,500th episode in early 1998, but after that, as her ratings began to decrease and her dissatisfaction with her syndicator persisted, it seemed only a matter of time before her relationship with USA Networks would come to an end. By March 2002, it was announced that after an 18-year run, her show was being canceled. In 2002 Raphael was named by Talkers Magazine to both their 25 Greatest Radio Talk Show Hosts of all time (she was #5), and the 25 Greatest Television Talk Show Hosts of all time (she was #11). She was one of only three personalities to make both the radio and the TV lists. From approximately 2005 to 2008, she hosted a daily radio show. She abruptly ended the show July 7, 2008.

Wednesday 2.24.16
Morning Trivia: He was a movie and television actor who appeared in dramas, including The Godfather, and in comedies such as Barney Miller, Joe Versus The Volcano, and Good Burger. After mistaken reports of his death in 1982 and 1987, he was the subject of running gags as to whether he was dead or alive. Good naturedly, he made regular appearances on television shows to make fun of the error. In February 2010, he appeared with fellow octogenarian Betty White in a widely seen and well-liked Super Bowl ad for Snickers candy bars. Who was he?

A deadly storm system that spawned tornadoes in Gulf Coast states last night is expected to bring severe weather to the Carolinas by this afternoon. The Tuesday storms mangled trailers at an RV park, ripped roofs from buildings and killed at least three people in Louisiana and Mississippi. Today's forecast for the Carolinas calls for possible flash flooding and severe thunderstorms, including damaging winds, hail and isolated tornadoes. Forecasters said straight-line wind gusts may be particularly strong, reaching 70 mph or greater. Much calmer than that around here.

As a first-year manager, Scott Servais will likely be second-guessed plenty during the 2016 season, but there won't be many complaints about his first big decision as the Mariner's leader. Servais all but confirmed over the weekend that ace right-hander Felix Hernandez will start the regular-season opener April 4th in Texas. Servais told reporters Saturday, "There's a good shot. You can run with that if you want." Felix turns 30 in April. He's been untouchable on opening day, going 6-and-0 with a 1.49 ERA in his past eight starts. This season will mark his ninth opening-day start overall.

Birthdays: Nike founder Phil Knight is 79; former US Senator from Connecticut Joe Lieberman is 74; actor Barry Bostwick is 71; singer Rupert Holmes is 69; actor Edward James Olmos is also 69; George Thorogood is 66; the mom on That '70s Show, actress Debra Jo Rupp is 65; and journalist/newscaster Paula Zahn is 60.

It's National Tortilla Chip Day. Today is Sesame Street's Gordon's Birthday. And the birthday of the nylon toothbrush. It made it 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 country. 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 occured.

Then there's this 33-year-old in London that was once known as Simon Smith. He's legally changed his name to Bacon Double Cheeseburger and proudly signs his name 'B D Cheeseburger.' Apparently after a night at the pub, Mr. Cheeseburger's friends got him to go in on a stunt to change his name to the Burger King favorite which, he says, was the first thing that popped into his mind. He said, "It was largely the most ridiculous thing we could think of. My friends were quite supportive of anything that makes me look silly, as good friends are." He followed through, sending his name change application to the UK Deed Poll Service. When the forms to sign making the name change official showed up in the mail a few weeks later, he was once again drinking with his friends. And the rest is history.

Lip Sync Battle is Spike's most-watched original series in its history with over 4 million viewers a week. Now Spike and Nickelodeon are teaming up for Lip Sync Battle Jr., which will replicate the concept except with kids.

He plays the "most interesting man in the world" in commercials and now Jonathan Goldsmith -- the face of Dos Equis Beer -- is locked in a most interesting legal battle. Goldsmith's former talent agency is suing him for breach of contract, claiming they're owed 10 percent of what Goldsmith will have earned from late 2014 through 2016, which it says is some two million dollars. Goldsmith is now counter-suing, claiming his manager disclosed the terms of a 2012 confidential agreement and "jeopardized his future as the spokesman for Dos Equis beer." In court documents filed last October in California, the talent agency, Gold Levin Talent, claims Goldsmith stopped making payments in November of 2014, alleging that Goldsmith deemed they had earned "enough." The court documents say, "Apparently Goldsmith's preference for Dos Equis intoxicated him into believing that he could ignore his promises and obligations. As it now turns out, had Goldsmith landed a role that more accurately portrayed his true character; he would have landed the role of 'The Least Honorable Man' in the Entertainment Business." In his own complaint, filed earlier this month, Goldsmith calls his manager, "a failed "C" list actor who appears in ‘D' movies, and now a failed personal manager." Goldsmith is seeking actual damages, interest and attorneys' fees. The agency is seeking 10 percent of Goldsmith's pay during the period of lapsed payment. And so it goes.

Jimmy Kimmel is in very early talks to host the 2016 Emmys.

Trivia Answer: Abraham Charles Vigoda -- Abe Vigoda -- who would have been 95 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 sitcom television series Barney Miller from 1975 to 1977 and on its spinoff show Fish that aired from February 1977 to June 1978. In 1982, People magazine mistakenly referred to Vigoda as dead. At the time, Vigoda was performing in a stage play in Calgary. He took the mistake with good humor, posing for a photograph published in Variety in which he was sitting up in a coffin, holding the erroneous issue of People. The same mistake was made in 1987 when a reporter for television station WWOR in Secaucus, New Jersey, mistakenly referred to him as "the late Abe Vigoda." She realized and corrected her mistake the next day. Vigoda has been the subject of many running gags pertaining to the mistaken reports of his death. In 1997, Vigoda appeared in the film Good Burger as the character Otis, a restaurant's French fry man. Several jokes were made about his advanced age, including Otis saying "I should've died years ago." A Late Night with David Letterman skit showed Letterman trying to summon Vigoda's ghost, but Vigoda walked in and declared, "I'm not dead yet, you pinhead!" In May of 2001, a website was mounted with only one purpose: to report whether Vigoda was dead or alive. In 2005, a "tongue-in-cheek" Firefox browser extension was released with the sole purpose of telling the browser user Vigoda's status. Continuing with the gag, Vigoda appeared frequently to make fun of his status on the television show Late Night with Conan O'Brien, including a guest appearance on the show's final episode. If you log on to today, it reports that Abe Vigoda is dead. Vigoda died in his sleep last month -- on January 26th -- at his daughter's home in New Jersey.

Tuesday 2.23.16
Morning Trivia: He was born in Beaumont, Texas, and -- along with his his musician brother -- was 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 he?

The Seattle Mariner pitchers and catchers are in camp in Peoria. Position players report tomorrow. The Ms take on the San Diego Padres in Cactus League play a week from tomorrow.

Birthdays: The son of Henry Fonda, brother of Jane Fonda and father of Bridget Fonda, actor and director Peter Fonda is 76; football great and Hall of Famer. Oakland Raider Fred Biletnikoff is 73; Jill Taylor on Home Improvement, actress Patricia Richardson is 65; football's Ed "Too Tall" Jones is also 65; Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford is 64; singer Howard Jones is 61; he'll leave the light on for ya, author/voice actor/spokesman Tom Bodett is also 61; the Dell in Dell computers, Michael Dell is 51; from Sex and the City, actress Kristin Davis is also 51; Skippy on Family Ties, actor Marc Price is 48; actress Emily Blunt is 33; and actress Dakota Fanning is 22.

Today is Curling is Cool Day, a day not dedicated to those with naturally or otherwise endowed with glistening spiralling locks of hair. Oh, no. This is the day George Clooney and Bruce Springsteen get to play their all-time favourite sport and call it cool. Curling is a Scottish game developed in the 1500s. 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 Banana Bread Day. And today is Play Tennis Day, a great day to play tennis. After all, it's the objective of the day.

Caalendar 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 announced 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.

Sometimes the headline speaks volumes: Yankees want players to be like Russell Wilson, not Cam Newton. According to ESPN, the Yankees used Wilson as an example of how to behave following defeat, contrasting Wilson's press conference following Seattle's heartbreaking last-second loss in Super Bowl 49 to Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who stormed out of his press conference early following his team's loss in Super Bowl 50 earlier this month. 'Nuff said

The American Kennel Club has revealed the top five dog breeds in the nation. Gina DiNardo is the vice president of the American Kennel Club. She introduced the top breeds of 2015 yesterday beginning with No. 5: the happy-go-lucky Beagle. The No. 4 spot went to the Bulldog and holding down the No. 3 spot was the devoted Golden Retriever. Second place went to the extremely loyal German Shepherd and the "Most Popular Pup" trophy was awarded to the Labrador Retriever. Labs are the No. 1 dog breed for the 25th consecutive year.

After a two-week vacation from the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Adele's 25 is back on top for a ninth non-consecutive week. .

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, Johnny 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.

Monday 2.22.16
Morning Trivia: He was a radio and television announcer whose career spanned more than seven decades. in fact he was noted for his 70-year tenure with NBC, working as the announcer for early incarnations of such notable shows as The Price Is Right, Jackpot, Jeopardy!, Three on a Match, Winning Streak and NBC Nightly News. His longest, and best-known, announcing job was for NBC's Saturday Night Live, a job he held for 39 seasons, from the show's debut in 1975 until his death in 2014. Who was he?

Denny Hamlin held off Martin Truex Jr. by just 0.011 seconds to win the 2016 Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway yesterday. It was the closest finish in the race's history. Hamlin ended Joe Gibbs' 23-year drought at the Daytona 500.

Birthdays: Basketball legend Dr. J, Julius Erving is 66; Mrs. Weasley in Harry Potter, actress Julie Walters is also 66; actor Kyle MacLachlan is 57; singer James Blunt is 42; and actress Drew Barrymore is 41.

Today is Margarita Day. It's Be Humble Day. Today is World Thinking Day, a day of friendship, advocacy and fundraising for 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world. The father of this country and namesake of our state, George Washington was born on February 22nd of 1732. Today is Walking the Dog Day, a special day that your dog looks forward to all year long. But, wait a minute. Don't you walk your dog just about every day? Sure you do. And, weather permitting, its enjoyable for you and your pooch. Speaking of pets, so you can plan ahead, tomorrow is World Spay Day, highlighting the importance of spaying or neutering.

Calendar nores: On this date in 1879, Frank Winfield Woolworth opened the nation's first five-and-dime store in Utica, New York. In 1980, The Miracle on Ice: In Lake Placid, New York. The United States hockey team defeated the Soviet Union hockey team 4-3, in what is considered to be one of the greatest upsets in sports history. In 1989, Milli Vanilli won a Grammy for Best New Artist. It was admitted later that they were not the vocalists on the album. In 1992, Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love were married. In 1997, in Roslin, Scotland, scientists announced that an adult sheep named Dolly had been successfully cloned. In 2004, consumer advocate Ralph Nader entered the US presidential race as an independent.

Deadpool dominated the box office for a second consecutive weekend, racking up another $55 million. That's roughly what Fox, the studio behind the $58 million comic-book adaptation, had predicted that the film would open to a week ago. Of course, it shattered those projections, destroying February records with a $152.2 million President's Weekend launch. After two weeks, Deadpool has now earned $235.4 million domestically, re-established Ryan Reynolds as a major Hollywood star, and created a new superhero franchise to rival the likes of Iron Man and the X-Men. Holdover Kung Fu Panda 3 captured second place. Risen settled for a No. 3 finish. The Witch, a critically acclaimed look at a Puritan family torn apart by supernatural terrors, debuted in fourth place. And romantic comedy How to Be Single rounded out the top five.

It's getting easier to keep track of who's running for president. We lost another one over the weekend. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush suspending his presidential campaign. The move follows a disappointing finish in the South Carolina primary.

Trivia Answer: Dominick George Pardo -- Don Pardo -- who was born on this date in 1918. Pardo was hired for his first radio position at NBC affiliate WJAR in Providence in 1938. He joined NBC full-time as an in-house announcer in 1944, remaining on the network staff for over 60 years. During World War II, Pardo worked as a war reporter for NBC Radio. Pardo was the on-duty live booth announcer for WNBC-TV in New York and the NBC network on November 22nd of 1963, and he was the first to announce to NBC viewers that President John F. Kennedy had been shot in Dallas, Texas. Pardo nominally retired from NBC in 2004. However, he continued to announce for Saturday Night Live at the behest of executive producer Lorne Michaels, initially under the assumption that a permanent replacement would be found quickly. In 2006, he began prerecording his announcements from a studio in his Arizona home. That arrangement lasted only a few episodes before producers insisted that they needed him in Studio 8H, and he resumed weekly flights to New York. On Saturday, February 23rd of 2008, Pardo appeared at the closing of Saturday Night Live to blow out the candles of his 90th birthday cake. During this period, Pardo missed approximately five episodes due to illness. In 2010, Pardo was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. Pardo died in his sleep on August 18th of 2014 in Tucson, Arizona at the age of 96.

Friday 2.19.16
Morning Trivia: He was an Austrian musician. His name is Johann Hölzel but we know him by his stage name. He had a handful of international hits but finally hit number one on the Billboard charts here in the states in 1986 making him the only artist whose principal language was German to score a vocal number-one hit in the United States. The song with which he accomplished this feat was inspired in part by the Oscar-winning film Amadeus. What's this guy's stage name and what was the song?

Newly elected baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. is set to serve as honorary starter for the Daytona 500. Griffey is waving the green flag for The Great American Race coming up Sunday. The 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup season opens with the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Junior drops the green at 10 Sunday morning on Fox. Griffey is being inducted into the Hall of Fame in late July.

Birthdays: Singer Smokey Robinson is 76; singer Lou Christie is 73; Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi is 68; actor Jeff Daniels is 61; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is 57; Prince Andrew is 56; singer Seal is 53; and actress Justine Bateman is 50.

Today is National Chocolate Mint Day – a day to celebrate 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. In 2003, in West Warwick, Rhode Island, 99 people were killed when fire destroyed the nightclub The Station. The fire started with sparks from a pyrotechnic display being used by Great White. In 2008, Fidel Castro resigned the Cuban presidency. His brother Raul was later named as his successor.

Whether or not recent stories are true that claim Oscar nominees are getting a 200-thousand-dollar gift bag full of sex toys, a vaporizer, and even the vampire breast lift, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences wants everyone to know they're not happy about it. The Academy is now suing, saying they have nothing to do with the swag bag and the company behind it, Distinctive Assets. Further, they claim the company is guilty of trademark infringement and false advertising by making it seem as if there's a connection. The Academy is seeks an injunction, plus damages. By the way, receiving a gift bag filled with expensive toys isn't quite the deal it may seem. Celebs who accept the swag have to pay tax on the dollar value.

How much sleep do you get on a regular basis? The Centers for Disease Control reports only about 65% of adults get seven-plus hours of sleep -- the minimum amount recommended. South Dakotans get the most sleep -- almost 72% of them get 7+ hours. Hawaiians get the least.

Trivia Answer: He was Falco. The tune was Rock Me Amadeus. Falco was born on this date in 1957. He actually did the original version of Der Kommissar which was a number-one success in many countries but failed to break big in the US. The song, however, would prove to have a life of its own. British rock band After the Fire recorded an English cover version. This time, the song shot to number five in the United States. Falco recorded Rock Me Amadeus, and the song became a worldwide hit in 1986. This time, his record reached No. 1 in the US and UK, bringing him the success that had eluded him in that major market a few years earlier. The song remained in the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks. Falco died of severe injuries received on February 6th of 1998, 13 days before his 41st birthday, when his car collided with a bus on a road in the Dominican Republic. It was determined that Falco was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine.

Thursday 2.18.16
Morning 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. He is John Joseph Travolta who is 62 today. Name his characters in Welcome Back, Kotter, Saturday Night Fever, and Grease.

Since his hiring in September, Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto has made abundantly clear that his predecessor, Jack Zduriencik, didn't know what he was doing. Since Zduriencik departed, leaving not a wet eye in the house, Dipoto has executed a John Schneider/Pete Carroll-caliber remake of Seattle's roster with 11 trades and five significant free-agent signings. In addition, Dipoto has inked a dozen others with major league experience to minor league deals. None of Dipoto's individual transactions stamped him the king of the deal, but collectively, he believes, they have made the Mariners much more competitive than last year when, as a World Series aspirant, they executed a stunning face-plant. Dipoto told reporters last month that he has high expectations for his first year with the franchise. He's expecting around 85 wins. A win total of 85-86 would slightly exceed the 83-win total projected by Baseball Prospectus. Atlantis Race and Sports Book in Reno also projects 83 wins. Fangraphs projects 84 wins. USA Today is the most dismissive of the Mariners, predicting 77 wins and a fourth-place finish in the AL West. If USA Today is correct, Dipoto's 11 trades and five free-agent signings will ultimately add up to one more win than last year's total of 76, a major downer after all the World Series talk. If Dipoto's projection of 85-86 wins is more accurate, the Mariners will be on the edge of a playoff spot. Mariner pitchers and catchers report to Peoria for Spring Training tomorrow. Position players on Wednesday.

Birthdays: Yoko Ono is 83; from Styx, singer Dennis DeYoung is 69; the Green River Killer, Gary Ridgway is 67; actress Cybil Shepherd is 66; singer Juice Newton is 64; from Bachman-Turner Overdrive, drummer Robbie Bachman is 63; actor John Travolta is 62; professional letter-turner Vanna White is 59; actor Matt Dillon is 52; rapper, producer, headphone mogul, Dr. Dre is 51; actress Molly Ringwald is 48; and personal trainer Jillian Michaels is 42.

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, AAAs, 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 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 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 Baia village in Suceava county, had to wait for his benefit money to arrive. Neighbors refused to loan him or his father the money.

If and when Marshawn Lynch officially retires from the NFL, the Seahawks reportedly won't try to squeeze every last penny out of their former back.'s Ian Rapoport tweeted yesterday that the team isn't expected to go after the $5 million signing bonus that was part of the three-year, $31 million contract extension Lynch signed with Seattle in March of 2015. Rapoport wrote, "Don't expect Seahawks to ask for Marshawn Lynch's $5M in signing bonus back. Both sides seem pleased with outcome." By walking away from football with two years remaining on his contract, Lynch opened himself up to the possibility the team might try and recoup the bonus money. But this isn't exactly a surprising move from Seahawks GM John Schneider, who said in two different interviews on Jan. 22 that the team wanted to treat the 29-year-old running back with as much respect as possible given Lynch's contributions to the team over the years. Schneider said, "We just have to handle it the right way in terms of showing him as much respect as we possibly can for everything he's done for this organization." The fact that Lynch's retirement will save Seattle $16.5 million against the cap over the next two seasons also likely played into the team's decision.

No time for coffee in the morning? Don't want to stain your teeth but still want a pick-me-up? Power Toothpaste calls itself "the world's first caffeine-infused toothpaste that gives you a rush while you brush." A tube comes with enough toothpaste for up to 90 brushes. Unlike coffee, which takes 30-45 minutes to fully absorb into your system, they say Power Toothpaste takes effect almost immediately.

A new survey reveals civility in America continues to disintegrate and rude behavior is becoming the "new normal." Today 70% of Americans believe that incivility has reached crisis proportions. Americans say they encounter incivility more than twice a day, on average.

The second Powerball winning ticket from the record jackpot has surfaced in Florida. Powerball winners David Kaltschmidt and Maureen Smith kept everyone in the dark about their life altering win, even their children. The couple, who married in 1980, is originally from Long Island, New York. Smith bought the golden ticket at a Publix supermarket in Melbourne, Florida, using numbers she'd "played for years." They decided to take the $327 million lump sum before taxes. Kaltschmidt is retiring from his mechanical engineer job and buying a new truck because his is falling apart. Smith still hasn't worked out her first splurge, though she does want a massage.

Trivia Answer: Travolta's characters were Vinny Barbarino on Wecome Back, Kotter; Tony Manero in Saturday Night Feverl; and Danny Zuko in Grease.

Wednesday 2.17.16
Morning Trivia: This weekly news magazine was founded in 1933. Its print edition is available in English in the United States, Pakistan, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. It's also available in Japanese in Japan, in Serbian in Serbia, in Polish in Poland, in Korean in Korea, in Turkish in Turkey, and in Spanish in all Spanish speaking countries. It is the second-largest news weekly magazine in the US, What is the magazine?

The headline made me grin: Revamped Mariners Head Into Spring Training With Optimism. Don't they always head into spring with optism? Isn't that sort of the point? Everybody's tied for first place right at the beginning. The Mariners' pitchers and catchers report to Peoria for Spring Training on Friday. Position players report next Wednesday. Spring play with other teams begins when the Ms meet the San Diego Padres on March 2nd. The Ms open the regular season on April 4th in Texas against the Rangers.

Birthdays: He was in town with his Mark Twain act at the Washington Center not too long ago. Actor Hal Holbrook is 91; football legend Jim Brown is 80; actress Rene Russo is 62; Al Borland on Home Improvement, he was born in Seattle, actor Richard Karn is 60; actor Lou Diamond Phillips is 54; comedian Larry the Cable Guy is 53; NBA great – in fact, regarded by many as the best basketball player of all-time -- Michael Jordan is 53; Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is 44; Tommy on 3rd Rock from the Sun, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is 35, socialite Paris Hilton is 35; and singer, songwriter, and Grammy winner, Ed Sheeran is 25.

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 Random Acts of Kindness Day. and, you know what to do ... perform a few random acts of kindness. Almost any kind deed will do. Perform kind acts on as many people as you can.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1953, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz signed a contract worth $8,000,000 to continue the I Love Lucy TV show through 1955. 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 five years later. In 1996, world chess champion Garry Kasparov beat IBM supercomputer Deep Blue, to win a six-game match in Philadelphia. 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 2001, NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Sr., was killed in a crash during the Daytona 500 race. 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 Florida winners of the historic $1.58 billion Powerball jackpot that sparked a frenzy last month have claimed their prize according to the Florida Lottery. One of three winning tickets was purchased from a Publix supermarket in Melbourne. A press conference is set to take place at the Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee today to present the winners. The first winning ticket was claimed two days after the winning numbers were drawn on January 13th. It belonged to a couple who bought it at a Food Mart in small-town Munford, Tennessee. They decided to take the $328 million lump cash payout. The other winning ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven in Chino Hills, California, and has yet to be brought forward.

Apple has acknowledged on its website that it's working on a fix for a peculiar bug that prevents some users' iOS devices from restarting after they've changed the date to 1970. Why anyone would want to change the date on their phone to 1970, we're not sure. Apple wasn't founded until 1976. The iPhone wasn't even released until 2007. Not to mention the fact we're living in 2016. Against their better judgment, some users have manually changed the date on their iOS devices, creating a glitch that prevents some devices from restarting, according to Apple's website. Users who have decided to travel back in time via their iPhones are currently advised to contact Apple Support in order to get them running again. While it's unclear what may be causing the glitch, it's worth noting the December 31st of 1969 as a date is significant in computer science because the following day, January 1st of 1970 is when the Unix operating system began tracking time. A Facebook glitch on New Year's Eve told some users they've been friends since December 31st of 1969, long before the social network's founder Mark Zuckerberg was even born.

Sue Bird never had any doubt she'd finish her career in Seattle. She just isn't letting on when that will be. The veteran point guard signed a multi-year deal with the Storm yesterday. In a phone interview, she said, "I think what I wanted was a contract that wasn't going to put an end date. The contract says I will finish my career in Seattle. It takes away that question of letting the amount of years dictate anything." The 35-year-old Bird was the top free agent in the WNBA this season, although she was always expected to stick with the team she has spent her entire career with since being drafted No. 1 in 2002. Before Bird starts her 14th season in the WNBA, she will take part in training camp for the US women's national team this weekend in Connecticut. Bird has helped the Americans win the last three Olympic titles. The US is trying for a sixth straight gold medal in Rio de Janeiro this summer.

Trivia Answer: Newsweek which first published on this date in 1933. It's the second largest news weekly magazine in the US having trailed Time magazine in circulation and advertising revenue for most of its existence. Since 2008, Newsweek has undergone a series of internal and external contractions designed to shift the magazine's focus and audience while shoring up the title's finances. In October 2012, it was announced that Newsweek would cease print publication with the December 31st of 2012 issue and transition to an all-digital format, to be called Newsweek Global. On August 3rd of 2013, IBT Media announced it had acquired Newsweek. IBT Media re-launched a print edition of Newsweek on March 7th of 2014.

Tuesday 2.16.16
Morning Trivia: She was a fashion model and actress. She experienced success as a 'supermodel' in the mid-1970s appearing on the covers of Cosmopolitan, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, and TIME. She signed a million-dollar contract for Fabergé as the spokesmodel for Babe perfume. At the age of 42, she was found dead in her Santa Monica studio apartment due to a drug overdose. Her grandfather was a famous author. Who was she?

Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson will become a free agent rather than immediately re-sign with the Seattle Seahawks, according to a report over the weekend. Jackson turns 33 in April. He has spent the past three seasons as a backup to Russell Wilson. Jackson was the Seahawks starter in 2011, throwing for 3,091 yards, 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 15 games. In August 2012, the Seahawks traded him to the Buffalo Bills for a late-round pick in the NFL draft. He re-signed with the Seahawks the following June. Per the report, Jackson turned down more money from other teams last season so he could re-sign with Seattle. He ended up agreeing to a one-year deal worth $1.5 million. The 10-year NFL veteran has had scarce playing time the past three seasons while attempting a combined eight passes. Though he could end up re-signing with the Seahawks, Jackson is an unrestricted free agent, so he'll be free to negotiate with the 31 other NFL teams.

Birthdays: Singer James Ingram is 64; actor Lavar Burton is 59; rapper and actor Ice-T is 58; tennis player John McEnroe is 57; Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor is 55; and Abęl Makkonen Tesfaye -- known professionally as The Weeknd -- is 26.

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 unearthed tomb was unsealed in Egypt.

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. In 2007, Britney Spears shaved her head.

And then there's the man who worked as the head of a waste treatment facility in Spain. He hasn't shown up to his job in six years, and investigators now say it could have been up to 14 years. However, he continued to get paid during his time away from work. His co-workers didn't realize he was gone until his boss tried to give him an award for his service. The man has been fined $30,000, but he's fighting the fine, saying he didn't show up to work because there was no work for him to do there.

Just over half of those that got engaged over the weekend will make it to the altar. According to research data, of the thousands of people who just got engaged across the US on Valentine's Day, 54% will actually make it to the altar.

Of the 184 new emojis that Apple released to devices back in October of 2015, the most popular is not the taco. It's the face with rolling eyes.

So working on getting preggers? Want a baby girl? Eat ice cream. A study, which looked at the births of 32 couples, found that eating ice cream or foods low in potassium and sodium but high in calcium and magnesium,like ice cream led women to have more girls.

Trivia Answer: Margaux Hemingway who was born on this date in 1954. She was born down in Portland, Oregon. She was the older sister of actress Mariel Hemingway and the granddaughter of writer Ernest Hemingway. On July 1st of 1996, one day before the anniversary of her grandfather's own suicide, Margaux was found dead in her studio apartment in Santa Monica. She had taken an overdose of phenobarbital, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's findings one month later. Though her family had difficultly accepting the fact of her suicide. In a December 2005 episode of Larry King Live, however, Mariel said she now accepted Margaux's death as a suicide.

Monday 2.15.16
Morning Trivia: She was a prominent civil rights leader who played a pivotal role in the women's rights movement. She was co-founder of the first Women's Temperance Movement. She also co-founded the women's rights journal, The Revolution. She traveled the United States and Europe, and averaged 75 to 100 speeches per year. She was one of the important advocates in leading the way for women's rights to be acknowledged and instituted in the American government. Who is she?

For the second year in a row, the West toppled the East in the NBA All-Star Game, 196-173. The game was the highest scoring All-Star Game ever and the first one to take place outside of the U.S. -- they played in Toronto.

Birthdays: Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, actress Jane Seymour is 65; singer Melissa Manchester is 65; Simpsons creator and former Evergreen student, Matt Groening is 62; former frontman for UB40, singer Ali Campbell is 57; and the lead vocalist of Incubus. Brandon Boyd is 40.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the leading conservative voice on the high court, has died. Scalia died in his sleep during a visit to Texas. A government official said Scalia went to bed Friday night and told friends he wasn't feeling well. He didn't get up for breakfast on Saturday morning, and the group he was with for a hunting trip left without him. Someone at the ranch went in to check on him and found him unresponsive. President Obama called Scalia's son, Eugene, to offer his condolences to the entire Scalia family. Antonin Scalia was 79.

Today is President's Day, a day set aside to honor all of the US presidents. We often think of two great presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, when we celebrate this holiday, as it falls by design right around their birthdays. Today is Thanks for a Great Valentine's Day Day. Today is Singles Awareness Day. It's for those who are unattached, and without a significant other. It is celebrated the day after Valentine's Day. Today is Maple Leaf Day, marking adoption of the new Canadian flag on this date in 1965. Today is National Gumdrop Day. National Engineers Week begins today.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1764, in Missouri, the city of St. Louis was established. In 1946, the Philadelphia Phillies signed 33-year-old Edith Houghton to a baseball scouting contract, the first female scout in the major leagues. In 1951, the movie Bedtime for Bonzo premiered in Indianapolis. It starred Ronald Reagan as a monkey's father. In 1969, Vickie Jones was arrested in Florida for impersonating Aretha Franklin during a paid concert. She was so convincing, no one asked for a refund. In 1999, Governor Jesse Ventura proclaimed Rolling Stones Day in Minnesota, and congratulated 55-year-old Keith Richards for being "still alive." Ventura once worked as a Rolling Stones bodyguard. In 2001, a drummer in Kagel, Germany, was practicing so loudly in his bedroom that he did not notice burglars smash a downstairs window, empty the house of valuables, and drive off in his car.

Time to crack open the celebratory cheap wine for Deadpool, which soared to a head-turning, historic opening weekend at the box office with $135 million. The R-rated superhero movie set a slew of new records: the biggest R-rated opening (beating 2003's The Matrix Reloaded, which opened with $91.8 million), the biggest February weekend and biggest President's Day four-day weekend (beating 2015's Fifty Shades of Grey,with $85.2 million for the former and $93 million for the latter). Deadpool is expected to take an overwhelming $150 million over the full four-day holiday weekend. Last weekend's No. 1, Kung Fu Panda 3, slid into second place. How to Be Single was third. Zoolander 2 opened at number four. And The Revenant rounded out the Top Five.

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards are coming up tonight. LL Cool J hosts, with performers including Taylor Swift, Adele (performing for the first time since 2012), Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Carrie Underwood, Selena Gomez, Ellie Goulding, Kendrick Lamar, Little Big Town, and The Weeknd. It's tonight on CBS.

The 2016 Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Edition cover is actually three covers: Ronda Rousey, Ashley Graham, and Hailey Clauson. It's on newsstands today.

Newly elected baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. is set to serve as honorary starter for the Daytona 500. Griffey is waving the green flag for The Great American Race aoming up Sunday. Griffey is being inducted into the Hall of Fame in late July.

Trivia Answer: Susan B. (as in Brownell) Anthony who was born on this date in 1820. It was the 19th century women's rights movement to introduce women's suffrage into the United States in which she played a pivotal role. On November 18th of 1872, Anthony was arrested by a US Deputy Marshal for voting in the 1872 Presidential Election two weeks earlier. She was tried and convicted seven months later, despite the stirring and eloquent presentation of her arguments that the recently adopted Fourteenth Amendment, which guaranteed to "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." The privileges of citizenship, which contained no gender qualification, gave women the constitutional right to vote in federal elections. Her trial took place in New York, before Supreme Court Associate Justice Ward Hunt. Justice Hunt refused to allow Anthony to testify on her own behalf, allowed statements given by her at the time of her arrest to be allowed as "testimony," explicitly ordered the jury to return a guilty verdict, refused to poll the jury afterwards, and read an opinion he had written before the trial even started. The sentence was a $100 fine, but not imprisonment. True to her word in court ("I shall never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty"), she never paid the fine for the rest of her life, and an embarrassed US Government took no collection action against her. Susan B. Anthony died 14 years before passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. She was honored as the first real American woman on circulating US coinage with her appearance on the Susan B. Anthony dollar. The coin, approximately the size of a US quarter, was minted for only four years: 1979, 1980, 1981, and 1999.

Friday 2.12.16
Morning Trivia: He's a musician, best known as the primary songwriter and lead singer of a band but also records and performs as a solo artist. He earned three Grammy Awards for co-writing and singing on the Santana triple-platinum hit Smooth, on the album Supernatural in 1999. He has also lent his songwriting talents to such artists as Willie Nelson, Mick Jagger, Marc Anthony, Pat Green, Taylor Hicks, Travis Tritt and Daughtry. In 2004, the Songwriters Hall of Fame awarded him its first Starlight Award, recognizing young songwriters who have already had a lasting influence in the music industry. Who is he?

An early projection from a Nevada bookmaker sees the 2016 Seattle Mariners improving on last season's 76-and-86 record. Atlantis Reno has released its over/under futures lines for all 30 MLB teams in 2016. Following an offseason of personnel turnover, they set the Mariners' over/under win total at 83. That was ahead of the division-rival Oakland Athletics (75.5 wins) and Los Angeles Angels (82.5 wins), but trailed the Houston Astros (85.5 wins) and the Texas Rangers (86 wins), who are coming off an American League West title. Over/under futures bets aren't an exact science, but they provide a glimpse into how the outside world views your team's worth. For instance, the Mariners had high expectations entering the 2015 season after acquiring slugger Nelson Cruz the previous offseason, with the over/under set at 85 wins. It didn't work out so well for those who bet the over. In 2016, expectations are lower. In January, the Mariners were given a 30-to-1 shot to win the World Series and a 15-to-1 shot to win the A.L. pennant, while the Chicago Cubs were labeled a consensus World Series favorite among Las Vegas bookmakers. Mariner pitchers and catchers report to Peoria for Spring Training one week from today.

Birthdays: Sportscaster and former player Joe Garagiola is 90; retired basketballer -- he lives up here on Mercer Island -- Bill Russell is 82; actor Joe Don Baker is 80; the author of Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, Judy Blume is 78; from Genesis, guitarist Steve Hackett is 66; former Doobie Brother Michael McDonald is 64; Maggie Seaver on Growing Pains, actress Joanna Kerns is 63; actor and talk-show host Arsenio Hall is 60; from Wilson-Phillips, singer Chynna Phillips is 48; actor Josh Brolin is 48; and RG3 -- quarterback Robert Griffin III is 26.

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, "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.

A study shows while Valentine's Day is a time for romance, it's also when married couples seek divorce lawyers and information on calling it quits. Legal web site, which offers ratings and profiles for lawyers, says the number of Americans seeking divorce lawyers and divorce-related information skyrockets around Valentine's Day.

British health authorities announced yesterday that they have issued criminal charges against the producers of Star Wars: The Force Awakens over an on-set accident in which Harrison Ford broke his leg. The actor was struck by a hydraulic door on the set of the Millennium Falcon, his character Han Solo's spaceship at Pinewood Studios near London in June of 2014. He was airlifted to a hospital where he underwent surgery. Production on the film was suspended for two weeks after the injury to Ford, who was 71 at the time. The Health and Safety Executive said yesterday it had charged Foodles Production -- a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Co. with four breaches of workplace health and safety laws. It said "by law, employers must take reasonable steps to protect workers this is as true on a film set as a factory floor." Foodles Production said the safety of cast and crew was "a top priority" and it was disappointed by the decision to prosecute. The first court hearing is scheduled for May. The Force Awakens is the seventh instalment in the space saga. Filming is underway on episode eight due for release late next year.

New in theaters this weekend: the R-rated Deadpool; Zoolander 2 rated PG-13; and the R-rated How To Be Single.

Ciara is opening up about the next step in her and Russell Wilson's relationship. In an interview with E! News, Ciara stayed tight-lipped about her Valentine's Day plans with the Seahawks quarterback, laughing off questions about a possible engagement occurring on the romantic holiday. When the idea of Wilson proposing to her on Valentine's Day was brought up, Ciara said, "You have to ask the guy that. Let me tell you, no pressure. One day at a time."

You could argue Bruce Springsteen has already written his autobiography, in the form of the dozens of deeply personal, confessional songs he's shared with fans over the decades. But now the legendary rock musician is putting the story of his life in one place, in an autobiography to be released this fall. The book, which will be titled -- of course -- Born to Run, will be available from Simon & Schuster September 27th. Springsteen spilled the news in a tweet yesterday morning that directs fans to his official website for details. Springsteen began working on the autobiography in 2009, right after his Super Bowl 43 halftime performance with the E Street Band in Tampa, FL. Springsteen notes in the book, according to a statement on his website, "Writing about yourself is a funny business, But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I've tried to do this." The book will cover Springsteen's life and career, from his early days growing up in Freehold, New Jersey, through the rise of the E Street Band, and to the present day.

Trivia Answer: Robert Kelly Thomas -- Rob Thomas -- who turns 44 on Sunday. His group, of couse, is matchbox twenty.

Thursday 2.11.16
Morning Trivia: This Canadian actor and comedian appeared in more than 100 films and 150 television programs, portraying more than 220 characters. Although his notable performances in the films Forbidden Planet and The Poseidon Adventure gave him standing as a serious actor, he later gained enduring recognition for his deadpan comedy roles during the 1980s and the early 1990s, Who is he?

Birthdays: Ginger on Gilligan's Island, actress Tina Louise is 82; actor Burt Reynolds is 80; the 43rd governor of Florida currently running for President, Jeb Bush is 63; singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow is 54; Sarah Palin is 52; Rachel on Friends, actress Jennifer Aniston is 47; and singer and actress Brandy is 37.

Many sports personalities are well known for their prowess on the sporting fields, but what about the spouses standing behind these celebrities? Today is Pro Sport Wives Day, a national day where nearly 500,000 sports wives, both active and retired, are graciously given recognition throughout the country. 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. This day serves as a reminder that we don't need to stress over all our little mistakes. 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. 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. In 1990, Georges de Mestral died in Switzerland at age 82. He invented Velcro and the asparagus peeler. 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.

With the loss of so many prominent musicians in the past few months, there are bound to be plenty of tributes at this Monday night's Grammy awards. We already know about a tribute planned for David Bowie, and now Billboard reports one has been lined up for Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey, who died January 18th. Billboard reports Eagles founding members Don Henley and Bernie Leadon are performing, along with Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh and bass player Timothy B. Schmit. In addition, the band's close friend Jackson Browne, who co-wrote Take It Easy, is joining the tribute. In their pre-fame years, Browne and Frey were roommates, and Billboard notes that Frey has said he learned how to write songs by observing Browne. Frey died after several months of illness. His last performance with The Eagles took place in Louisiana on July 29th of last year. The Grammy Awards air on CBS Monday night.

Burger King hot dogs are coming. Burger King hot dogs are soon to be a reality. Two different grilled hot dogs are being added to the permanent Burger King menu at approximately 7,100 US locations by the end of the month.

The Grammy Awards, hosted by LL Cool J, air on CBS Monday night. Performers include Adele, Taylor Swift, Bonnie Raitt, Ellie Goulding, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, and Rihanna.

Trivia Answer: Leslie Nielsen who was born on this date in 1926. He made his acting debut in 1948, he made more than 50 television appearances two years later. He later made his film debut in 1956, with supporting roles in several drama, western, and romance films produced between the 1950s and the 1970s, with Nielsen crossing genres in both television and films. He later gained enduring recognition for his deadpan comedy after being cast against type for the Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker comedy film Airplane!. Nielsen specialized in his portrayal of characters oblivious to and complicit in their absurd surroundings, which gave him a reputation as a comedian. Airplane! marked Nielsen's turning point, which made him "the Olivier of spoofs" according to film critic Roger Ebert. His work on the film also led to further success in the genre with The Naked Gun film series, which were based on their earlier short-lived television series Police Squad!, in which he also starred. In November 2010, Nielsen was admitted to a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, hospital with pneumonia. On November 28th, Nielsen's nephew said the 84-year-old Nielsen had died in his sleep. As a final bit of humor, Nielsen chose as his epitaph, "Let 'er rip."

Wednesday 2.10.16
Morning 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?

Now that we've -- more or less -- 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 19th. Position players report the 24th. Spring play with other teams begins when the Ms meet the San Diego Padres on March 2nd. The Ms open the regular season on April 4th in Texas against the Rangers.

Birthdays: Actor Robert Wagner is 86; singer Roberta Flack is 77; drummer Nigel Olsson best known for his long-time affiliation with Elton John, is 67; multi-gold medal winning swimmer Mark Spitz is 66; golfer Greg Norman is 61; journalist George Stephanopolous 55; conservative political commentator Glenn Beck is 52; actress Laura Dern is 49; and Julia Roberts' niece, actress Emma Roberts is 25.

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Christian season of Lent. During Lent, Christians must fast and give up things they like. The Lenten season lasts for 46 days. On Ash Wednesday, Christians go to mass and receive ashes on their foreheads in the sign of the cross. It is a reminder of "Ashes to Ashes and Dust to Dust". It means that we came from dust and we shall return to dust, referring to our earthly bodies, not our souls. 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 25th of 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 was released. In 1978, Van Halen's debut album was released. In 2005, Prince Charles announced he would marry his divorced lover, Camilla Parker Bowles, in April. In 2009, aAmazon announced the Kindle 2.

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders swept to victory in yesterday's New Hampshire primaries, adding crucial credibility to their upstart candidacies and underscoring the insistence of voters in both parties on shaking up American politics. While New Hampshire is known for its political surprises, Trump and Sanders led in the state for months. Still, both needed to deliver on expectations after second-place finishes in last week's leadoff Iowa caucuses, where Ted Cruz topped the Republican field and Hillary Clinton narrowly edged Sanders in the Democratic race.

Lady Gaga has emerged as the front-runner to headline next year's Super Bowl half-time show in a new online poll. Just days after wowing sports fans at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara and hundreds of millions around the world with her theatrical rendition of the National Anthem, Gaga is leeading the charge to front the big game's entertainment in 2017. She was photographed cheering on Sunday's headliners Coldplay and their special guests Beyonce and Bruno Mars, and now it seems she's the fans' favorite to take the stage next year. Gaga tops the wish list with over 33 percent of the vote. Taylor Swift has almost 12 percent for second place. Rihanna also scores double figures in the online poll, while Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj round out the top five.

A Florida branch of Goodwill is offering the broken-hearted a chance to start fresh and do a good deed for Valentine's Day. Goodwill stores in the Sarasota, Florida, area are hosting what they categorize as an anti-Valentine's Day campaign called "Donate Your Ex's Stuff." The idea is single folks can get rid of the physical baggage of a past relationship by donating their ex's belongings to Goodwill instead of throwing them away. Kelly Davis is the marketing and public relations coordinator. She says, "We're telling people they can turn the hate into donate and they'll feel great in the process."

Here's your number for the day: 4,144. That's how many breweries there are in the United States. According to historians, the previous high of 4,131 was set in 1873.

Trivia Answer: Shirley Temple -- later known as Shirley Temple Black -- who died on this date two years ago. 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 10th of 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.

Tuesday 2.9.16
Morning Trivia: It was on this date in 1997 that The Simpsons became the longest-running prime-time animated TV series. It broke the previous record for a prime-time animated TV series of six seasons which was held by what program?

When Marshawn Lynch was brought to Seattle early in the 2010 season, he was acquired because the Seahawks desperately needed a running back. What he ended up providing was an attitude and style that became the foundation for bringing the first Super Bowl title to the Pacific Northwest. And for that, Lynch will forever hold a special place with the Seahawks. He may have been more of a headache off the field than anyone let on during his time in Seattle, but he'll ultimately be lauded as the running back that got the Seahawks to a place they had never been before. Without saying a word -- big surprise there -- Lynch drew a lot of attention during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl on Sunday night with a single post on social media. Just a picture, green cleats hanging from a power or telephone line, and a peace sign emoji. It was his way of saying goodbye from football, a decision that his agent Doug Hendrickson confirmed to The Associated Press yesterday saying Lynch intends to retire. The mercurial running back who enjoyed avoiding media attention away from the field as much as he thrived under the spotlight with the ball in his hands is stepping away just before his 30th birthday. Lynch steps aside after nine seasons in the league. Six of those in Seattle, where he played in the postseason five times. He's second all-time in Seattle history in rushing touchdowns and fourth in yards rushing. He tied for the NFL lead in rushing touchdowns in 2013 and 2014 and is No. 8 all-time in total yards rushing during the postseason. He was an All-Pro, a Pro Bowl selection and perhaps the most revered Seahawks player in the opinion of their fans. Along with what Lynch provided on the field came his peculiarities when he wasn't carrying the ball. His contract disputes. His avoidance of the media. His memorable performances during two Super Bowl weeks that became as much of a topic as the game itself. And this season, ruling himself out of Seattle's NFC wild-card game at Minnesota just minutes before the team left for the airport. There was almost certainly going to be a separation between Lynch and the Seahawks after the 2015 season because of financial and evolutionary reasons. Seattle was always going to become Russell Wilson's team moving forward -- the nature of a quarterback with a long-term contract agreement -- and Wilson's performance this season showed the evolution was in process. But Lynch's final season should not diminish his meaning to what Seattle has become. Said Wilson at the end of the season, "He's a guy that's been a great leader in terms of his physical nature on the football field and his approach to the game. He has a cool, calming presence out there. He's one of the greatest running backs to play."

Birthdays: Journalist Roger Mudd is 88; singer/songwriter Carole King is 74; actor Joe Pesci is 73; actress Mia Farrow is 71; actress Judith Light is 67; singer Travis Tritt -- he played the Washington Center a couple of weeks ago -- he's 53; and baseball's Vladimir Guerrero 41.

It's Mardi Gras -- Fat Tuesday. Fat Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday. It is also known as Mardi Gras Day or Shrove Day. It is a day when people eat all they want of everything and anything they want as tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of a long fasting period for Christians. In addition to fasting, Christians also give up something special that they enjoy. So, Fat Tuesday is a celebration and the opportunity to enjoy that favorite food or snack that you give up for the long Lenten season. 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, 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 Random Acts of Kindness Week. Just a reminder, Sunday 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 (NWS). 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, wtnesses at a New Jersey hearing on the deregulation of professional wrestling testified that the sport was a fake.

Setting television viewership records with the Super Bowl has become almost routine, but this year's average of 111.9 million viewers for Denver's victory over Carolina is down from the past two years. That makes Sunday's game the third most-watched event in US television history, according to the Nielsen company. Last year's down-to-the-wire contest between New England and Seattle keeps the record with 114.4 million viewers. The Super Bowl had seemed to know no ceiling in popularity, setting viewership records in six of seven years until this one. CBS, the nation's most-watched network, had pushed the event hard the past few months, playing up the historical nature of the 50th Super Bowl game. But Denver's 24-10 victory wasn't a sizzler, with defenses dominating the marquee quarterback matchup between Peyton Manning and reigning NFL MVP Cam Newton. Even more than television, social media reflected far less engagement in the game than there was last year, when the result was decided on a last-minute, goal-line interception. Twitter said that there were 16.9 million tweets about the game, sharply down from last year's 25.1 million. Facebook reported that there were 200 million posts, comments or "likes," down from 265 million last year. This year, 60 million people took to Facebook to converse about the game, while last year it was 65 million.

President Obama is set to make a special in-studio appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday. The announcement was sent out through Ellen's Twitter account. The taped appearance will be the first time a sitting president appears in studio on the show. Obama was last interviewed in 2014 by Ellen DeGeneres in a two-way camera interview from the White House, where he promoted enrollment in the Affordable Care Act and joked about how DeGeneres broke his retweet record. But his 2007 appearance on the show as he was campaigning for president was arguably the most playful -- as he entered the studio dancing to Beyonce's Crazy in Love. His wife, first lady Michelle Obama, followed up with a dance-filled performance of Bruno Mars' Uptown Funk in March of last year to highlight her Let's Move fitness campaign.

Here's your number for the day: 23.5. That's how many gallons of coffee that's consumed annually by the average person.

Trivia Answer: The Flintstones. It was an animated, prime-time television sitcom that aired from September 30th of 1960 to April 1st of 1966, on ABC. The show was produced by Hanna-Barbera and fancifully depicted the lives of a working-class Stone Age man, his family, and his next-door neighbor and best friend. The Flintstones was the most financially successful network animated franchise for three decades, until The Simpsons debuted. In 2013, TV Guide ranked The Flintstones the second Greatest TV Cartoon of All Time -- second to The Simpsons).

Monday 2.8.16
Morning Trivia: This actor, voice artist, and comedian, was best known for his role as Arnold Jackson on Diff'rent Strokes. He was also noted for his small stature as an adult. He was described in the 1980s as "one of television's most promising stars." Who was he?

If this was Peyton Manning's final ride into the sunset, it was a bumpy one. The quarterback fell off the Broncos a couple of times and settled for field goals on three drives. Lucky for him, great things happened when he walked to the sideline, as the Denver defense scored a touchdown and largely shut down Carolina's Cam Newton in a 24-10 win at Super Bowl 50 last night at Levi's Stadium. Manning got his second Super Bowl win, the first quarterback in NFL history to win two with different teams. And though the future Hall of Famer, who is expected to retire, can't do at 39 what he once could, he did enough just not getting in his defense's way. Denver linebacker Von Miller, the game's Most Valuable Player, had 2½ sacks, and was responsible for both of their touchdowns. His last sack, in the fourth quarter, came when he knocked the ball out of Newton's hand and iced the game. Three plays later, Cal alum C.J. Anderson plowed into the end zone from 2 yards out. The Orange Rush, led by Miller and DeMarcus Ware, got pressure on Newton early and often, and finished with seven sacks. Midway through the first quarter, the league's Most Valuable Player didn't see Miller coming, and was sacked and stripped of the ball at the 4-yard line. The ball rolled into the end zone and was recovered by Denver defensive end Malik Jackson for a touchdown and 10-0 lead. Later, in the closing minutes, Newton got up screaming at the officials after he was hit by Derek Wolfe. He looked just like Tom Brady in the AFC Championship Game, his confidence and swagger ripped away by the league's top defense.

The Beast Mode era appears to be coming to an end. Citing sources, ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted yesterday morning that Marshawn Lynch plans to retire. Then during the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl, Lynch tweeted a picture of his cleats hanging on a power line indicating that he's hanging it up. Lynch has been a crucial piece of the Seahawks' recent success that included a championship amid back-to-back Super Bowl appearances in the 2013 and 2014 seasons. His nickname Beast Mode came from his ferocious style of play where it always seemed to take more than one person to bring him down. According to ProFootball Focus, Lynch lead the league in both number of runs gaining 10+ yards after initial contact and number of runs getting at least 3 yards after contact. But perhaps his most memorable run that epitomized was Lynch was all about was against the New Orleans Saints in the 2009 NFC Wild Card game. This touchdown run made the 12s at (then) Qwest Field go so crazy the cheering and stadium shaking registered on local seismographs, thus anointing the run as Beast Quake. But Lynch missed nine regular season games in an injury-marred 2015 campaign. After undergoing abdominal surgery November 25th and missing the final seven games of the regular season, he returned in time to play in the Seahawks' season-ending NFC divisional round loss to the Carolina Panthers. He ended the season with just 417 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the season, by far the lowest totals in his tenure with the team. And last month, Seahawks general manager John Schnieder told local sports radio stations he believed Lynch was going to retire. The 29-year-old running back is signed through 2017 and due $11.5 million next season. But Seattle would save $6.5 million against next year's salary cap if Lynch retires.

Birthdays: He wrote the music for Star Wars amongst other things, composer John Williams is 84; former ABC News anchor Ted Koppel is 76; actor Nick Nolte is 75; comedian Robert Klein is 74; actress Mary Steenburgen is 63; author John Grisham is 61; from Motley Crue, singer Vince Neil is 55; and actor Seth Green is 42.

Dan Hicks, an American singer and songwriter whose offbeat mix of folk, jazz, pop, country and blues earned him critical acclaim over a 40-year career, has died. In the 1960s, Hicks founded a band, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks. The band earned praise for its eclectic sound drawn from several musical genres. The band's final album, Last Train to Hicksville, landed Hicks on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in 1973, though the group broke up right at the peak of its popularity. Hicks would go on to a long solo career. Dan Hicks was 74.

Today is Laugh and Get Rich Day, a day to recognize laughter's power to help workers be more effective, remember things better, and not change jobs as often. It's National Potato Lover's Day. It's National Kite Flying Day -- still trying to figure out how it landed in the middle of winter. The Boy Scouts were founded on this date in 1910. And today being the second Monday in February is Clean Out Your Computer Day. A day to logically review, and delete old files and programs. Somewhere along the way, a (most likely) computer geek or service person, created this day as an opportunity for us to remember to cleanup and delete old and unused files.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1922, President Warren Harding had the first radio installed in the White House. In 1960, Congress opened an investigation into widespread charges of payola that disc jockeys were being paid to play certain records. The accused included deejays Alan Freed and Dick Clark. Clark came through the scandal unscathed, but Freed never worked in radio again. In 1968, the film Planet of the Apes, starring Charleton Heston, Roddy McDowell, and Kim Hunter, opened throughout the US. In 1985, The Dukes of Hazzard ended its 6-1/2 year run on CBS television. In 2000, a man allegedly tricked Little Rock police into immediately searching for his stolen car by telling them that his daughter was asleep in the back seat. Police found the car in less than two hours. But the 30-year-old man was charged with a felony for filing a false police report. Police said he had no daughter. In 2006, Kelly Clarkson won two Grammys. The awards were for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for Since U Been Gone and Best Pop Vocal Album for Breakaway. She was the first American Idol participant to win a grammy. She also performed Because of You at the show. In 2010, MTV dropped the Music Television moniker from its logo.

Hollywood fumbled the ball during a quiet Super Bowl weekend at the multiplexes as new releases such as Hail, Caesar! and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies failed to make much noise. For the second weekend in a row, Kung Fu Panda 3 easily topped box office charts. The animated sequel added $21 million to its $69 million domestic haul. The film is playing particularly well in China. Hail, Caesar!, a sendup of the Hollywood studio system from the Coen brothers, fared best among the new entrants, though that's grading on a generous curve. It picked up a mediocre $11.4 million for a second place finish. Coming in third was The Revenant. Star Wars: The Force Awakens finished in fourth increasing its domestic haul to $905.9 million. It is the first film in history to reach that figure and also became the third movie ever to hit $2 billion globally. Rounding out the top five was the new Nicholas Sparks adaptation, The Choice.

Think a beer or a glass of wine at the CLink or Safeco is expensive? Football fans at the Super Bowl had to pay $13 for a beer, $7 for a bottle of water and $25 for wine by the glass. Food? There was $20 lobster mac and cheese, $15 popcorn, an $11 jumbo hot dog, and a slice of pizza for $10.

Trivia Answer: Gary Coleman who was born on this date in 1968. After a successful childhood acting career -- Diff'rent Strokes ran from 1978 to 1986 -- and while best known for Diff'rent Strokes, Coleman had appeared earlier on television, on The Jeffersons as Raymond, George Jefferson's nephew, and on Good Times as Penny's friend Gary. He also appeared in a 1977 pilot for a revival of The Little Rascals. Coleman struggled financially later in life. In 1989, he successfully sued his parents and business adviser over misappropriation of his assets, only to declare bankruptcy a decade later. On May 28th of 2010, Coleman died of epidural hematoma at age 42.

Friday 2.5.16
Morning Trivia: The Super Bowl is coming up this weekend, so we'll delve into Super Bowl Trivia this morning. Who are the only two players to win back-to-back Super Bowl MVP awards?

It's just about that time when football and non-football fans alike join forces to watch the most popular sporting event of the year: the Super Bowl. Nearly 189 million Americans are expected to tune into Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers Sunday. We won't argue about what's really the best part of the game -- the plays, half-time show, or commercials -- but most of us would agree that game-day grub is a key part of the experience. Stocking up on the essentials -- chips, wings, hoagies, dips, and beer -- is a game-day tradition in and of itself. Are you one of the 43.3 million Americans planning to throw a Super Bowl party? If not, you will likely be one of the 70 million attending one. Nearly 8.7 million new TVs are being bought leading up to the game. The Nielsen Company polled 2,000 Americans who were at least 21 years old about their drinking habits on Super Bowl Sunday. No shocker here: 53 percent said they'll consume beer during the game. There are some wine drinkers -- 27 percent -- and 24 percent of respondents are choosing hard liquor/spirits. A small percentage will be drinking hard cider (8 percent) while 12 percent prefer flavored malt beverages. The Super Bowl is akin to Thanksgiving -- diets are put on pause, calories are forgotten (or ignored) and few individuals will be keeping track of how many potato chips and chicken wings they're popping into their mouths.

  • 48 million Americans order takeout or have food delivered to their doorstep.
  • 12 million Americans watch the game at a bar or restaurant.
  • Domino's expects to sell 12 million slices of pizza this Sunday -- five times more than a typical Sunday.
  • We'll devour 1.3 billion chicken wings during the game -- a 3 percent increase from 2015
  • The California Avocado Commission expects 139.4 million pounds of avocados will be consumed on Sunday

Super Bowl 50 is being broadcast on CBS with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms in the booth. Coverage begins on CBS at 8 Sunday morning. Kickoff is at 3:30 Sunday afternoon. The game is also being streamed live on Lady Gaga is doing the anthem and Coldplay performs at halftime, joined by Beyoncé.

Birthdays: Hammerin' Hank, Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron is 82; football great Roger Staubach is 74; race car driver Darrell Waltrip is 69; actor-comedian-director Christopher Guest is 68; actress Jennifer Jason Leigh is 54; musician, writer, Seahawk fan, Seattleite Duff McKagan is 52; and singer Bobby Brown is 47.

Maurice White, the founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, has died in Los Angeles, according to a band spokesman. White died at his home Wednesday night from natural causes. White had been battling Parkinson's disease since 1994. Earth, Wind & Fire was founded by White, a session drummer, in 1969 after he moved from Chicago to Los Angeles. The Grammy-winning band fused together rhythm and blues, gospel, funk, soul and African sounds, and enjoyed numerous hits, including Shining Star, Boogie Wonderland, and  September. While White stopped touring with the band in 1994 due to health issues, he remained active in the songwriting and production of the group's music. Earth, Wind & Fire was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Maurice White was 74.

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.

Six degrees of separation? It apparently is a smaller number. Facebook ran the numbers and concluded that we are all much closer than the traditional six degrees of separation. The social media giant released a report yesterday announcing each person in the world is separated from every other by an average of three and a half other people.

Gmail said this week that it now has more than 1 billion monthly active users.

Trivia Answer: Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr won the MVP award at the first two Super Bowls in 1967 and 1968. Then Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw won back to back in Super Bowls 13 and 14 in 1979 and 1980. Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49ers and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots are the only players to have won three Super Bowl MVP awards. Three others -- Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw, and Eli Manning -- have won the award twice. Starr and Bradshaw are the only ones to have won it in back-to-back years.

Thursday 2.4.16
Morning Trivia: The Pittsburgh Steelers have the most Super Bowl victories, winning the big game six times. The Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers have each won five. However, there are four active NFL franchises which have not even appeared in the Super Bowl. Which teams are they?

It all began in 1967. As legend goes, Oscar Riedener, vice president and design director at Tiffany & Co., sat down for lunch with NFL Commissioner Pete Rozzelle in New York City. That day, the two men started a collaboration that would last 50 years and one that would create the most coveted trophy in sports history: the Vince Lombardi trophy. Victoria Reynolds is the group director of business sales at Tiffany. She says the process of making the Super Bowl trophy has not changed from the turn of the century. The American jeweler's silversmiths in Rhode Island hand solder heavy sheet silver, spinning, chasing, and polishing the metal to create the 22-inch, 7 pound trophy. The whole process takes four months. The trophy, which is hollow, features a regulation-size football in kicking position on top. A new trophy is made each year though the design has remained the same. After the Super Bowl winner is determined, the confetti is cleaned up and the fans go home, the trophy is returned to Tiffany to be engraved -- and scrubbed clean. Reynolds said. "We have never gotten a trophy back that does not have champagne on it." The Super Bowl winner, date of the championship game, and final score are engraved on the trophy. Some teams prefer to keep the engraving simple; others ask Tiffany to include all the players' names. The trophy was named after Vince Lombardi in 1970. Lombardi, the revered football coach for the Green Bay Packers, led his players to victories in the first two Super Bowls. Tiffany has also been commissioned to design and make Super Bowl championship rings for several teams including the Seattle Seahawks, the New Orleans Saints, and the New York Giants. Right now, football fans can get their photos taken with the Lombardi trophy at the NFL Experience in San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center. The trophy will be moved to Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on Sunday, where guards will watch over it before it's presented to its new owners. It'll be either the Carolina Panthers or the Denver Broncos.

Birthdays: Sgt. Charles Enright on McMillan & Wife, actor John Schuck is 76; former Vice President Dan Quayle is 69; he was born Vincent Damon Furnier but we know him as Alice Cooper, he's 68; former NFL star Lawernce Taylor – LT -- is 57; singer-songwriter Clint Black is 54; boxer Oscar De La Hoya is 43; the bassist for Jimmy Eat World, Rick Burch is 41; singer Natalie Imbruglia is 41; and singer Gavin DeGraw is 39.

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 on how to 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 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 1996, Rob Pilatus, formerly of Milli-Vanilli, was hospitalized when he was hit over the head with a baseball bat in Hollywood. Pilatus was attempting to steal a car. The owner was the person who hit him. 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.

Talk about bad timing. Technical difficulties have hit the Internal Revenue Service as people across the country are trying to file their 2015 taxes. The agency said yesterday it experienced a hardware failure that brought down some of its tax processing systems, including the one that enables people to file their returns electronically. The IRS said it was trying to fix the problems but warned some of the systems were likely to remain down until late today. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told a Senate panel in February last year that the IRS isn't exactly at the cutting edge of tech. Thanks to persistent budget cuts, the agency's efforts to modernize its technologies have been held up. He says they are "running applications we were running when John F. Kennedy was president." During yesterday's technology headache, the agency's website was available, but it said some services -- such as "Where's My Refund" -- were not. The IRS said it does not anticipate major tax refund disruption.

Trivia Answer: The Cleveland Browns, the Detroit Lions, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Houston Texans. Previous teams (before moves or name changes): the Houston Oilers, the Tennessee Oilers, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Phoenix Cardinals. The Lions are the only NFC team yet to play in a Super Bowl and is the only non-expansion team to have yet to appear in a Super Bowl.

Wednesday 2.3.16
Morning 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?

Not a fan of the Broncos or Panthers? You're probably already looking ahead to next season. So is ESPN which has assessed every team's odds to win Super Bowl (51) LI. The teams with the best odds are the AFC East's New England Patriots, the AFC North's Pittsburgh Steelers, and the NFC West's Seattle Seahawks -- all with 8 to 1 odds. ESPN writes that it makes sense that the Seahawks are tied for the best odds in the league. Russell Wilson is only 27 years old and coming off the best season of his career. The Seahawks return the core of their defense, a unit that led the NFL in fewest points allowed for the fourth consecutive year. They need to get some things figured out with 17 unrestricted free agents and along the offensive line, but Pete Carroll's group is in position to compete for a championship next season. Next on the list, the NFC South's Carolina Panthers with 10 to 1 odds of returning to the show, and another entry from the NFC West, the Arizona Cardinals also with 10 to 1 odds.

This weekend, the Carolina Panthers are favored by 5-and-a-half points to beat the Denver Broncos. Super Bowl 50 Sunday afternoon on CBS.

Birthdays: Comedian Shelley Berman is 91; football's Fran Tarkenton 76; Gwyneth Paltrow's mom, actress Blythe Danner is 72; football's Bob Griese 71; from The Kinks, Dave Davies is 69; and actress Morgan Fairchild is 66.

Today is National Girls & Women in Sports Day. It's National Carrot Cake Day. Today is 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 American Pie. 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 what she called "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 XLII, 17–14, in one of the greatest upsets in sports history.

Donald Trump went Twitter-silent following the Iowa caucus Monday night. He finally broke his silence yesterday afternoon, finally sharing his thoughts on the results with his more than 5 million followers. Trump wrote, "My experience in Iowa was a great one. I started out with all of the experts saying I couldn't do well there and ended up in 2nd place." Trump explained to his fans that because he was told he would not do well in the state, he "spent very little there," noting he spent a fraction of what the two men who polled nearest to him did. He continued, "The media has not covered my long-shot great finish in Iowa fairly. Brought in record voters and got second highest vote total in history." While many have reveled in Trump's loss -- most notably Ted Cruz, the man who defeated him -- he does have a point about turnout, according to one expert. Dr. Jeanne Zaino, professor of campaign management at New York University said, "He did get more votes than past caucus winners. What that tells us, " she said. "is he didn't necessarily lose."

This morning, The Donald was back on Twitter slamming Senator Cruz's Iowa caucus win, alleging voter fraud and requesting a new election. He tweeted, "Ted Cruz didn't win Iowa, he stole it. That is why all of the polls were so wrong and why he got far more votes than anticipated. Bad!" According to Trump, misinformation provided by staffers within the Cruz campaign instructed voters that fellow presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson was leaving the race, and voters should move to Cruz. Cruz has since apologized to Carson for the misinformation. Trump also called out an email the Cruz campaign sent to voters claiming they had committed a "voter violation," and to rectify it by voting for Cruz.

Meanwhile, the field is thinning. Rick Santorum and Rand Paul both ended their presidential bids today.

Okay, an interesting choice. Lady Gaga is set to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday. The NFL told The Associated Press yesterday that Gaga is singing The Star-Spangled Banner at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. Academy Award winning actress Marlee Matlin is performing in American Sign Language during the anthem. Gaga's upcoming performance during the Super Bowl is another notch in her belt: She won a Golden Globe for her role in American Horror Story: Hotel last month and she's nominated for best original song at the Academy Awards on February 28th with Til It Happens to You, the song she wrote with Diane Warren for the sexual assault documentary, The Hunting Ground. The song is also nominated for a Grammy at the February 15th awards show, where Gaga is paying tribute to David Bowie with a performance. Last year, Gaga wowed audiences at the Oscars when she paid tribute to The Sound of Music with a show-stopping performance. She won her sixth Grammy for her collaborative jazz album with Tony Bennett, and she was named woman of the year by Billboard.

On TV tonight, Madoff. Richard Dreyfuss stars in this new 2- part miniseries as Bernie Madoff and birthday girl Blythe Danner plays his wife, Ruth. It's inspired by ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross's reporting from his book The Madoff Chronicles. It's on tonight on ABC.

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.

Tuesday 2.2.16
Morning Trivia: Farrah Fawcett was born on this date in 1947. Sadly, she passed away in 2009. She achieved major stardom when she was cast in the ABC series Charlie's Angels. Can you name the three original angels and the actress who portrayed each?

It's almost time for Super Bowl Sunday, that glorious day of the year in which excessive overeating and screaming at your TV are totally socially acceptable. Sunday afternoon at 3:30 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers (15-and-1 in the regular season) take on Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos who were 12-and-4. Both teams were the top seeds in their respective conferences going into the playoffs. Super Bowl 50 is being broadcast on CBS with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms in the booth. Coverage begins on CBS at 8 Sunday morning. The game is also being streamed live on The Panthers are favored by 4.5 points with the over/under set at 45 points. Coldplay performs at halftime, joined by Beyoncé. The cost of a 30-second advertisement is $5 million. And it's estimated that we Americans will eat 1.3 billion, or 162.5 million pounds, of wings on Super Bowl Sunday.

Birthdays: Smothers Brother, Tom Smothers is 79; the Nash from Crosby, Stills and, Graham Nash is 74; model and actress Christie Brinkley is 62; and singer Shakira is 39.

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 Punxsutawney Phil of Pennsylvania. Phil's people say the furry rodent failed to see his shadow this morning meaning means he's predicted an early spring. 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. It's 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 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.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz swept to victory in Iowa's Republican caucuses last night, overcoming billionaire Donald Trump and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Among Democrats, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were deadlocked in a tight race. Meantime, Mike Huckabee announced he is suspending his campaign following Iowa. And Martin O'Malley ends 2016 campaign. And on we go.

It wasn't just you. Virtually all investors lost money during the atrocious month of January. Over 93% of investors were in the red last month, according to data by Openfolio, an app that allows people to see how their investment portfolios stack up with others. Deep fears about the crash in oil prices and turbulence in China took hold of the stock market in January. The Dow lost 5.5% of its value, the index's deepest monthly drop since the market freakout in August. But the typical investor fared even worse, losing 6.3% of his or her portfolio in January, according to Openfolio. To add insult to injury, just before lunch today, the Dow was down nearly 300 points.

The handlers of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, say the furry rodent has failed to see his shadow, meaning means he's predicted an early spring. Members of the top hat-wearing Inner Circle announced the forecast at sunrise, just before 7:30 this morning back there -- 4:30 our time. A German legend has it that if a furry rodent sees his shadow on February 2nd, winter will last another six weeks. If not, spring comes early. In reality, Phil's prediction is decided ahead of time by the group on Gobbler's Knob. The tiny hill is located just outside the town for which he's named about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Records going back to 1887 show Phil has now predicted more winter 102 times while forecasting an early spring just 18 times. There are no records for the remaining years.

On TV tonight: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. This 10-episode series is based on the book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson. Produced by Ryan Murphy (Glee and American Horror Story), Cuba Gooding Jr. stars as Simpson and the story begins as the LAPD is set to question Simpson about the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Over the 10 episodes, the show examines the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court. It's tonight on FX.

Trivia Answer: The originals were: Farrah Fawcett as Jill Munroe, Kate Jackson as Sabrina Duncan, and Jaclyn Smith as Kelly Garrett. Later additions were: Cheryl Ladd as Kris Munroe (Jill's little sister), Shelley Hack as Tiffany Welles, and Tanya Roberts as Julie Rogers. David Doyle played John Bosley, and John Forsythe provided the voice of Charlie Townsend.

Monday 2.1.16

Morning Trivia: This musician and composer was influenced by singers such as Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson. He started singing in doo-wop and R&B groups as a teenager in his hometown of Buffalo, New York. After entering the Navy to avoid being drafted, he deserted to Toronto, where he formed the rock and R&B band, The Mynah Birds. His tenure with the group was interrupted after he was discovered recording with the group in Motown in 1966. Surrendering to military authorities, he served a one-year prison term. Upon his release, he moved to California to resume his duties with The Mynah Birds, although the group eventually split. This guy began a series of rock bands in California and worked with Motown under the assumed name Ricky Matthews as a songwriter. In 1977, he signed a contract as a recording artist, releasing his debut, Come Get It!, in April 1978. The album sold over two million copies and launched his career into the mainstream as a funk and soul artist. His most popular album, 1981's Street Songs, launched him into superstardom thanks to a couple of hit singles. Who is he?

Russell Wilson threw three first-half touchdown passes to lead Team Irvin to a 49-27 victory over Team Rice in the Pro Bowl yesterday. The Seattle Seahawks star, who was the first player picked in the all-star game's draft, led scoring drives on three of Team Irvin's first four possessions at Aloha Stadium. He threw touchdown passes of 14 and 2 yards to Atlanta Falcons teammates Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman, respectively, in the opening quarter. Early in the second quarter, Wilson connected with Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley for a 10-yard score. Minnesota's Teddy Bridgewater and Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston each added two TD passes for Team Irvin. Four other Seahawks players appeared in the Pro Bowl: Richard Sherman made 2 tackles and carried the ball once for -22 yard loss, Michael Bennett made a sack and also recorded a carry for 7 yards, Bobby Wagner led Team Rice with 9 tackles, including the tackle on Sherman's lone rush attempt of the game, and Tyler Lockett returned one punt for 24 yards and caught a pass for 10 yards. Former University of Washington star Marcus Peters played for Team Rice, and registered two pass deflections, an interception, and a 36 yard return. Bothell High School product Johnny Hekker was the punter for Team Rice. He had a punt for 42 yards, and the former Cougars quarterback also completed the 10 yard pass to Lockett on a fake punt. Seahawks' Russell Wilson named offensive MVP, Michael Bennett named defensive MVP.

Now on to the Super Bowl coming up on Sunday.

Birthdays: The Don from Phil & Don, Don Everly of the Everly Brothers is 79; former Saturday Night Live cast member Garrett Morris is also 79; Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell is 66; Will Robinson on Lost in Space, actor Billy Mumy is 62; Elvis's daughter Lisa Marie Presley is 48; actor, comedian, director, writer and producer Pauly Shore is 48; Weezer drummer Patrick Wilson is 47; Dexter on Dexter, actor Michael C. Hall is 45; he's a member of OutKast, rapper Big Boi is 41; mixed martial artist and actress Ronda Rousey is 29; and from One Direction, Harry Styles is 22.

February is National Weddings Month. Most engagements take place between Christmas and Valentine's Day, and most future brides start serious planning in February for summer weddings. February birthstone: amethyst. February flower: violet or primrose. February is American Heart Month, National Black History Month, Bake for Family Fun Month, Bird Feeding Month, Care About Your Indoor Air Month, Children's Dental Health Month, Grapefruit Month, Humpback Whale Awareness Month, Creative Romance Month, National Laugh Friendly Month, Library Lovers Month, Mend a Broken Heart Month, Pet Dental Health Month, Pull Your Sofa Off the Wall Month, Spooky Old Broads Month, Youth Leadership Month, Women's Heart Month, and in Illinois, it's Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month.

Today is Tupperware Sculpting Day, a day to heat up at least one old Tupperware bowl or glass and sculpt it into something new and exciting. Today is Spunky Old Broads Day, a day for celebration for spunky ladies over 50. Today is Working Naked Day, dedicated to those who work at home. Today is National Freedom Day honoring the signing by Abraham Lincoln of a joint House and Senate resolution that later became the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery on February 1, 1865. Today is Robinson Crusoe Day, a day to be adventurous and self-reliant. The holiday memorializes the rescue of a real life Scottish sailor who was the inspiration for Daniel Defoe's classic novel. This is Solo Diners Eat Out Week. It runs through the 7th.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1920, Canada's Royal North West Mounted Police changed their name to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police -- the Mounties were created. The organization was commissioned in 1873. In 1949, RCA Victor introduced the 45, a smaller record with a larger hole than the long-play 33-and-a-third disc introduced earlier by Columbia Records. In 1964, the governor of Indiana declared the Kingsmen's hit Louie Louie was pornographic. He asked the state's radio stations not to play it. In 1982, Late Night with David Letterman premiered on NBC. In 1985, Glenn Frey appeared on an episode of Miami Vice on NBC. In 1994, Jeff Gillooly pled guilty in Portland, Oregon. for his role in the attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. Gillooly, Tonya Harding's ex-husband, struck a plea bargain under which he confessed to racketeering charges in exchange for testimony implicating Harding. In 2004, during the Super Bowl halftime show, in what was termed a wardrobe malfunction, singer Janet Jackson's breast was exposed, resulting in a $550,000 fine against CBS' parent company, Viacom.

Kung Fu Panda 3 showed plenty of power at the box office with a solid opening weekend of $41 million as the durable family franchise dominated moviegoing. The Revenant slipped to second place. The record-shattering space epic Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in its seventh weekend, placed third. Disney's Coast Guard rescue adventure, The Finest Hours, came in fourth. Ride Along 2 rounded out the top five.

Tonight's Iowa caucuses kick off the 2016 presidential nominating contests, marking a new phase in a tumultuous election that has exposed Americans' deep frustration with the other Washington and given rise to candidates few expected to challenge for their party's nomination when they first entered the race. The game is afoot.

Sunday is Popcorn Day. Eight million pounds of popcorn are consumed on Super Bowl Sunday.

Trivia Answer: Rick James who was born on this date in 1948 as James Ambrose Johnson, Jr. Those hit singles? Give It to Me Baby and Super Freak. Super Freak becoming his signature song for the rest of his life, and the basis of MC Hammer's biggest hit, U Can't Touch This. Due to his success, James was often called the king of punk funk, for his mix of funk, soul and underground-inspired rock music. James died in August of 2004 from heart failure, at the age of 56.