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Monday 3.31.14
Today's Trivia: He was born in Compton, California, where he attended Dominguez High School, starring in football, and track & field. As a senior in 2005 he accounted for 1,030 all-purpose yards, including 870 yards on 28 catches and three punt returns for touchdowns. He also recorded 45 tackles, eight pass breakups and one interception as a defensive back, and helped Dominguez to a California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Division III title with a 41-14 victory over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame High School in the championship game. He earned All-American honors in the triple jump and was the 7th ranked triple jumper in California in 2005. He began his career at Stanford as wide receiver and led the Cardinal in receiving as a freshman in 2006 while being named a Freshman All-American. He caught 47 passes over the next two years before suffering a season-ending knee injury after playing in the first four games in 2008. He switched to cornerback after his injury due to team need and made 112 tackles over his final two years, which also included 6 interceptions. He was part of the 2010 Stanford Cardinal football team which finished 12-and-1, a school record. He graduated in 2010 from Stanford with a degree in communications and returned for his final year of eligibility in order to begin a Masters degree. He was also a track star at Stanford, where he specialized in long jump and triple jump, and also ran the 110 meter hurdles, posting a personal best of 13.99 seconds. He was named a USA Today All-American in track and field after winning the California state title in the triple jump, with a mark of 15.44 meters. Who is he?

One week after the baseball season technically began with a couple of games in Australia, the 2014 season officially began stateside last night when the Padres downed the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-to-1 in San Diego. Opening Day festivities are being held around the league today. It's the first season to feature expanded use of instant replay. The Mariners get their campaign going tonight. They face the Angels in Anaheim tonight. Felix Hernandez faces Jered Weaver. The game also marks the Mariners debuts of $240 million second baseman Robinson Cano and new manager Lloyd McClendon. Game time is tonight at 7:00.

Kentucky defeated Michigan yesterday to clinch the last spot in the men's Final Four. So the Final Four matchups are set. The two games are being played Saturday with the Florida Gators taking on the Connecticut Huskies, and the Wisconsin Badgers taking on the Kentucky Wildcats.

A belated happy birthday to Seahawk Richard Sherman who turned 26 yesterday. Birthdays today include the mom on The Partridge Family, actress Shirley Jones, who turns 80. She's celebrating by taking her first skydive; actor Richard Chamberlain is 80; musician Herb Alpert is 79; actor Christopher Walken is 71; Mr. Kotter, actor and comedian Gabe Kaplan is 69; Carla on Cheers, actress Rhea Perlman is 66; former Vice President Al Gore is 66; AC/DC guitarist Angus Young is 59; Ewan McGregor is 43; and Paul Pfeiffer on The Wonder Years, actor Josh Saviano is 38.

The Washington State Department of Transportation reminds you to remove your studded tires by midnight tonight. Studded tires are only legal in Washington from November 1st to March 31st. Today is World Backup Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1918, Daylight Saving Time went into effect in the United States for the first time. In 1931, TWA Flight 599 crashed near Bazaar, Kansas, killing eight, including University of Notre Dame head football coach Knute Rockne. In 1985, the first WrestleMania, the biggest wrestling event from the WWE (then the WWF), took place in Madison Square Garden. In 1992, the USS Missouri, the last active United States Navy battleship, was decommissioned in Long Beach, California.

The official death toll from the Oso landslide has risen to at least 21, according to Jason Biermann from the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management. Another four bodies have been located but not yet recovered. The number of people missing remains at 30,

After a dry start to the winter, rain came back to Western Washington in February and made a big splash in March. It's been the wettest March on record at Sea-Tac Airport. The National Weather Service says monthly rainfall at the airport broke the 1950 record of 8.40 inches on Friday and hit 9.44 inches on Saturday. Typical rainfall for March at Sea-Tac Airport is 3.72 inches.

After weathering a sea of controversy, Noah arrived in first place at the weekend box office. Paramount's biblical epic starring Russell Crowe opened with $44 million. The imaginative take on the tale of Noah's Ark from Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky led some religious groups to claim the story had been inaccurately portrayed and prompted Paramount to add a disclaimer to marketing materials noting that "artistic license has been taken" in telling the story. The polarizing attention apparently paid off for Noah, which features such additions to the well-known Bible story as angelic rock creatures and chic wardrobes for Noah and his family. Elsewhere at the box office, Lionsgate's teen science-fiction thriller Divergent finished second in its second weekend. Muppets Most Wanted, the globe-trotting Muppet sequel from Disney featuring Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais, came in third place. Mr. Peabody and Sherman landed in the Nol. 4 spot. God's Not Dead rounded out the Top Five. In theaters Friday: Captain America: Winter Soldier.

Disney's Frozen has become the top-grossing animated film in box office history, the studio said yesterday as the musical topped $1 billion in global sales. The film has sold $398.4 million worth of tickets at domestic (U.S. and Canadian) theaters since opening on November 27 on the eve of the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. Foreign box offices have added another $674 million, for a global total of $1.072 billion, Disney said. Frozen, inspired by The Snow Queen fairytale, is the story of a Scandinavian princess who must reconnect with her sister, the Queen, who has the power of freezing anything into ice with her hands and accidentally sets off a long winter that is destroying their kingdom. The previous animated-film box office champion was 2010's Toy Story 3, which racked up $1.063 billion in sales. Both films were distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.

The latest installment in the Hunger Games franchise and the band One Direction cleaned up at the 27th annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Saturday. Hunger Games: Catching Fire earned three blimps, including one for best movie. One Direction captured top music group and favorite song honors. Awards show host Mark Wahlberg, meanwhile, got slimed.

The Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday decided to win a game for a change, and in doing so halted their 26-game losing streak one game shy of setting a new record for futility in pro American sports. The 76ers beat the Detroit Pistons 123-98 in Philadelphia, leaving them tied with the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers for the longest losing streak in NBA history. The NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in the 1970s, also lost 26 straight games, the only other team to ever do so.

Trivia Answer: Seattle Seahawks' cornerback Richard Kevin Sherman who turned 26 yesterday. He was selected by the Hawks in the fifth round (154th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. Sherman and the other current Seahawks defensive backs have dubbed themselves the Legion of Boom.

Friday 3.28.14
Today's Trivia: She was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta but that's not what we know her as. What do we know her as?

One of the lingering questions surrounding the Seattle Mariners' pitching staff appears to have been resolved -- at least temporarily. Erasmo Ramirez has been named the Mariners' No. 2 starter for the start of the regular season. The spot had been vacant in the wake of a finger injury to incumbent No. 2 Hisashi Iwakuma, which is expected to keep him sidelined until the end of April. The Mariners made another move to shore up their staff yesterday, signing veteran right-hander Chris Young. A 2007 All-Star for the San Diego Padres, Young has a 53-43 record, a 3.79 ERA and 755 strikeouts through his nine-year career. The Ms meet Colorado tonight and tomorrow in a couple of exhibition games. They're off on Sunday and open the regular season on Monday night in Anaheim against the Angels.

Birthdays: Actor Ken Howard is 70; singer and actress Reba McEntire is 59; actor Vince Vaughn is 44; and reality TV personality Kate Gosselin is 38.

Today is National Something on a Stick Day. We are to celebrate by eating a food -- anything -- on a stick. Today is Hair Day. The controversial rock musical moved to Broadway on this date in 1968. Many felt the songs Aquarius, Hair, and Let the Sunshine In defined those who opposed the Establishment and the Vietnam War. Today is Weed Appreciation Day. Find a weed you think you could like. Think of it as a wildflower and see if that helps.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1881, P.T. Barnum and James Bailey merged their circuses to form The Greatest Show on Earth. In 1964, Madame Tussaud's Museum unveiled their wax versions of The Beatles. The dummies later appeared on the cover of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. In 1973, Pink Floyd went to number one on the album chart with Dark Side of the Moon. In 1979, America's worst commercial nuclear accident occurred inside at the Three Mile Island plant near Middletown, Pennsylvania. In 1984, in the middle of the night Robert Irsay moved the Baltimore Colts football team to Indianapolis. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush posthumously awarded Jesse Owens the Congressional Gold Medal. In 1995, Lyle Lovett and Julia Roberts announced that they were legally separating. Their marriage lasted 21 months.

Authorities put off updating the death toll from the Oso mudslide today after previously saying they would announce a substantial spike in the number of fatalities. Snohomish County District 21 Fire Chief Travis Hots said this morning the official death toll stood at 17, though searchers have located additional bodies that are not part of that tally. Officials previously braced the small communities 55 miles northeast of Seattle that they would announce a significant jump in the number of deaths this morning. Hots now says the new numbers are being released this evening. He says the information must come from the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office after they go through the process of identifying the bodies that are recovered.

The clues keep piling up: more and more mysterious objects spotted bobbing in the southern Indian Ocean, perhaps part of the missing Malaysian airliner, perhaps not. But just as the night sky depicts the universe as it once was, the satellite images that reveal these items are also a glance backward in time. Strong winds and fast currents make it difficult to pinpoint where they are right now, and stormy weather yesterday again halted the hunt by air and sea for evidence of debris fields. The search for the plane that disappeared March 8th has yet to produce a single piece of debris -- not to mention the black boxes, which could solve the mystery of why the jet flew so far off-course. For relatives of the 239 people aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, it was yet another agonizing day of waiting. Steve Wang's 57-year-old mother was aboard the flight. He says. "Until something is picked up and analyzed to make sure it's from MH370, we can't believe it. Without that, it's useless." Today, planes are searching a new area of the Indian Ocean after a new analysis of radar data suggests the plane flew faster than thought and used up more fuel, which may have reduced the distance it traveled. Based on the new information, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said it had shifted the search area for the jet that disappeared nearly three weeks ago to a region 680 miles to the northeast of where planes and ships had been trying to find any sign of it.

Jeremiah Denton, the Vietnam POW who blinked 'torture' in Morse code during a television interview has died. He was a former Alabama senator. He survived 7½ years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam and alerted the US military to conditions there when he blinked during a television interview. Jeremiah Denton was 89.

Payment service Square calculated which states' restaurant transactions have the largest proportion that include tips, and also the average tip percentage by state. If you want to wait tables for a living, Alaska is the best state, with the average tip at 17%. Residents of Delaware tipped the lowest, 14%.

A pepper eating contest featuring the World's Hottest Pepper is happening at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo this Sunday. Two big names in the fiery foods world, Ted Barrus 'The Fire Breathing Idiot' and Steve 'The Machine' Smallwood, are participating.

New in theaters this weekend: Sabotage (R), Noah (PG-13), and Cesar Chavez (PG-13).

In November of 1998, Bill Clinton used a Toshiba Satellite Pro laptop computer to send the first official email from a sitting president of the United States -- and now you can buy it. The inaugural email correspondence between Clinton and astronaut John Glenn is included with the computer.

Trivia Answer: Lady Gaga who was born in New York City 28 years ago today. How did Stefani become Gaga? One story has it that music producer Rob Fusari, who helped her write some of her earlier songs, compared some of her vocal harmonies to that of Freddie Mercury. Fusari helped create the Lady Gaga name after Queen song Radio Ga Ga. Fusari explained that every day when Stef came to the studio, instead of saying hello,heI would start singing Radio Ga Ga. That was her entrance song. He says, "Lady Gaga was actually a glitch. I typed Radio Ga Ga in a text and it did an autocorrect so somehow 'Radio' got changed to 'Lady'."  He says she texted back, "That's it." After that day, she was Lady Gaga. The New York Post, however, has reported that this story is incorrect, and that the name resulted from a marketing meeting. Ga-ga, by the way, is a sport in Israel, where Lady Gaga performed in 2009.

Thursday 3.27.14
Today's Trivia: He's a film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. His films have been characterized by nonlinear storylines, satirical subject matter, and a glorification of violence. He grew up an avid film fan and worked in a video rental store while training to act. His career began in the late 1980s, when he wrote and directed My Best Friend's Birthday, the screenplay of which formed the basis for True Romance. In the early 1990s, he began his career as an independent filmmaker with the release of Reservoir Dogs in 1992. Who is he?

Snohomish County District 21 Fire Chief Travis Hots said today that the death toll is expected to rise considerably within the next two days as the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office catches up with the recovery effort. Sixteen bodies have been recovered, but officials say at least nine more had been found as of last night. The medical examiner's office so far has identified one victim, 45-year-old Christina Jefferds. Hots said, "In the next 24 to 48 hours, as the medical examiner catches up with their work, you're going to see these numbers increase substantially." There are 90 people confirmed missing, with another 35 who authorities are unsure were in the area when a hillside collapsed Saturday morning 55 miles northeast of Seattle. Hope of a miracle discovery of a survivor has faded as the search entered its sixth day today but Hots said crews are going to exhaust all options in the effort to find somebody alive in the devastation

Colby Lewis threw five scoreless innings for the Texas Rangers in a 5-3 win over the Seattle Mariners yesterday. Lewis was the 2012 Rangers' opening-day starter. He's coming back from hip and elbow surgery. He has not pitched in the majors since July of 2012, and Texas plans to start him in the minors as he builds up strength. Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez held Texas to one run and three hits, walking none and striking out six in five-plus innings The Rangers scored four times in the sixth after Ramirez was replaced by Charlie Furbush. The Ms play the Colorado Rockies tomorrow night and Saturday in exhibition games before the regular seazon opener on Monday in Anaheim against the Angels.

Birthdays: Actor Michael York is 71; from Genesis, keyboardist Tony Banks is 63; INXS keyboardist Andrew Farriss is 54; singer Mariah Carey is 43; and from the Black Eyed Peas, Fergie is 38.

Today is National Joe Day, honoring anyone named Joe. Today is Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day, a day to remember your favorite titles, like I'm Gonna Hire a Wino to Decorate Our Home or Drop Kick Me, Jesus, Through the Goalpost Of Life or You're the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly, and I Used to Kiss Her Sweet Lips but it's All Over Now. Of course, you can create some of your own. Today, March 27th, is a big day for inventions. The shoelace was invented today in 1790. In 1860 M.L. Byrn patented the "covered gimlet screw with a 'T' handle," better known as the corkscrew. And Andrew Rankin received a patent for the urinal today in 1866.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1917, the Seattle Metropolitans became the first US team to win hockey's Stanley Cup by defeating the Montreal Canadiens. In 1971, UCLA became the first team ever to win five consecutive NCAA basketball titles. In 1979, after a much-publicized love tussle with his friend George Harrison, Eric Clapton finally married Harrison's ex-wife Patti Boyd in Arizona. Two of Clapton's biggest hits -- Layla and Wonderful Tonight -- were written about her. In 1981, AC/DC released Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. In 1995, Elton John and Tim Rice took home the Oscar for Best Original Song for Can You Feel the Love Tonight from The Lion King. In 2001, 12 days before his 88th birthday, Berry Thomas became the oldest bowler in America to roll a perfect 300 game. Thomas said he wasn't nervous, that he probably couldn't have done it if he'd let himself get nervous.

In a stunning ruling that could revolutionize a college sports industry worth billions of dollars and have dramatic repercussion at schools coast to coast, a federal agency yesterday said that football players at Northwestern University can create the nation's first union of college athletes. The decision by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board answered the question at the heart of the debate over the unionization bid: Do football players who receive full scholarships to the Big Ten school qualify as employees under federal law and therefore can legally unionize? The NLRB regional director, Peter Sung Ohr, said in a 24-page decision that the players "fall squarely" within the broad definition of employee. Ohr concluded.that an employee is regarded by law as someone who, among other things, receives compensation for a service and is under the strict, direct control of managers. In the case of the Northwestern players, coaches are the managers and scholarships are a form of compensation. The university argued that college athletes, as students, do not fit in the same category as factory workers, truck drivers, and other unionized workers. The school announced plans to appeal to labor authorities in Washington, DC.

A French satellite scanning the Indian Ocean for remnants of a missing jetliner found a possible plane debris field containing 122 objects. A top Malaysian official said yesterday that it is "the most credible lead that we have." Nineteen days into the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, the latest satellite images are the first to suggest that a debris field from the plane -- rather than just a few objects -- may be floating in the southern Indian Ocean, though no wreckage has been confirmed. Previously, an Australian satellite detected two large objects and a Chinese satellite detected one. All three finds were made in roughly the same area, far southwest of Australia, where a desperate, multinational hunt has been going on for days.

The NFL has officially announced that dunking the ball over the goal post as a touchdown celebration will be called a penalty next season, much to the dismay of many fans and players who will surely see the move as an instance of the "No Fun League" regulating something that doesn't need to be regulated. Players, fans and sports personalities have already taken to Twitter to voice their thoughts on the ban, with responses ranging all over the spectrum of approval. Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith, who performed a crossbar dunk after returning an interception for a touchdown in the Super Bowl, pointed out that his dunk will be the last time the feat is legally performed in an NFL game -- assuming the ban is never lifted.

Two CNN producers, trying to do an inside story on how easy it is to slip past security at the World Trade Center, were caught and arrested. Apparently they're now doing an inside story on the importance of knowing a good bail bondsman.

Trivia Answer: Quentin Tarantino who is 51 today. Reservoir Dogs is regarded as a classic and cult hit, it was called the "Greatest Independent Film of All Time" by Empire magazine. The popularity of Reservoir Dogs was boosted by the release of his second film, 1994's Pulp Fiction, a major critical and commercial success, widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time. Tarantino's films have garnered both critical and commercial success. He has received numerous industry awards, including two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and two BAFTA Awards. He was been named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine in 2005. Filmmaker and historian Peter Bogdanovich has called him "the single most influential director of his generation."

Wednesday 3.26.14
Today's Trivia: He is regarded as one of America's preeminent investigative reporters and non-fiction authors. He has worked for The Washington Post since 1971 as a reporter, and is now an associate editor of the Post. While a young reporter for The Post in 1972, he was teamed with another reporter and the two did much -- but not all -- of the original reporting on the Watergate scandal. Who is he?

Felix Hernandez pitched five innings and rookie Stefen Romero homered, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 9-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals last night. Hernandez allowed three runs and five hits in his final spring outing before he pitches on opening day on March 31 against the Angels. He struck out six and walked none. Romero hit a two-run homer in the Mariners' six-run third, and singled home another run in the fourth. Brad Miller collected three more hits, including two doubles, to raise his average to .436. Mike Zunino also homered for the Mariners. The Ms meet the Texas Rangers today at 12:05.

Jared Allen won't be coming to the Seahawks after all. The Chicago Bears agreed to terms today with Allen on a four-year contract. A person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press that Allen is getting $15.5 million guaranteed on a deal that could be worth as much as $32 million. The person requested anonymity because the terms have not been announced. Allen's deal can be voided down to three years and $24 million, but the first two years of his salary and a roster bonus next March are fully guaranteed.

Rescuers slogging through muck and rain yesterday in an increasingly desperate search for survivors of that massive mudslide instead recovered two bodies and believe they have located another eight. The official death toll rose to 16, with the possibility of 24 dead once the other bodies are confirmed. The official death toll rose to 16, with the possibility of 24 dead once the other bodies are confirmed. With little hope to cling to, family members of the missing are beginning to confront a grim reality: Their loved ones might never be found, remaining entombed forever inside that mountain of mud. Search crews using dogs, bulldozers and their bare hands kept at it today, looking for more bodies or anyone who might still be alive nearly five days after the wall of fast-moving earth destroyed a small rural community. But authorities have acknowledged they might have to leave some victims buried. Trying to recover every corpse would be impractical and dangerous.

Birthdays: Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is 84; Leonard Nimoy is 83; actor Alan Arkin is 80; actor James Caan is 74; singer Diana Ross is 70; Steven Tyler of Aerosmith is 66; singer-actress-comedian Vicki Lawrence is 65; actor and comedian Martin Short is 64; TV personality Leeza Gibbons is 57; Jennifer Grey is 54; and Keira Knightley is 29.

Today is Make Up Your Own Holiday Day, a day to name for whatever you wish. Today is National Nougat Day and Legal Assistants Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1937, spinach growers in Crystal City, Texas, unveiled a statue of their hero, Popeye the Sailor, on the town square. It's still there. In 1951, during an exhibition game between the New York Yankees and the USC Trojans, 19-year-old rookie Mickey Mantle hit a 660-foot home run out of USC's Bovard Stadium. In 1975, The Who's film Tommy opened in London. In 1982, a groundbreaking ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was held in Washington, DC. In 1986, Geffen signed a Los Angeles band by the name of Guns N' Roses. In 1999, Dr. Jack Kevorkian was convicted in Pontiac, Michigan, of second-degree murder for giving a patient with Lou Gehrig's disease a lethal injection, an action videotaped and broadcast on television. In 2000, the Seattle Kingdome was imploded to make way for a new football arena.

Malaysia received new satellite images that showed 122 potential objects in one area of the ocean, an official says. Some appeared bright, possibly indicating solid material. The Malaysian acting minister of transportation said, "This is another new lead that will help direct the search operation."

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin are separating after 11 years of marriage. A message posted on the actress's blog yesterday says the couple have "come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much, we will remain separate." They married in 2003. They have two children: 9-year-old daughter Apple and 7-year-old son Moses. A spokeswoman for the Coldplay frontman confirmed the split.

Last year was a record year for the marathon, according to Running USA's Annual Marathon Report. Approximately 541,000 runners completed one of 1,100 26.2-mile events across the United States in 2013. That's up from 487,000 finishers in 2012. Keep in mind, however, that one runner can count for more than one finish.

If you're an Apple fan, or a Steve Jobs fan, or both you'll be happy to hear another movie based on the late tech genius' life is on the way. And if the director has his way it will be Christian Bale putting on the trademark round eyeglasses.

Checked in on Facebook? Then you're among the many being blamed for $260 million a day in lost productivity, according to a study of 3,500 UK companies. The study concludes that 233 million hours a month are squandered because employees are "wasting time" on social networking sites.

Trivia Answer: Robert Upshur Woodward -- Bob Woodward -- who turns 71 today. Carl Bernstein was the reporter he teamed with during the Watergate era. The scandal led to numerous government investigations and the eventual resignation of President Richard Nixon. Gene Roberts, the former executive editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer and former managing editor of The New York Times, has called the work of Woodward and Bernstein "maybe the single greatest reporting effort of all time." All the President's Men is a 1974 non-fiction book by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward. A film adaptation, starring Robert Redford as Woodward and Dustin Hoffman as Bernstein, respectively, was released in 1976. That same year, a sequel to the book, The Final Days, was published, which chronicled the last months of Nixon's Presidency, starting around the time that their previous book ended. Woodward still maintains a listed number in the Washington, D.C. phone directory. He says it's because he wants any potential news source to be able to reach him.

Tuesday 3.25.14
Today's Trivia: This singer-songwriter's mother co-wrote the classic Heartbreak Hotel, which became the first major hit for Elvis Presley. His own songwriting efforts became well known throughout the world, as well. In fact he wrote Joy to the World -- which many know better by its opening lyric, Jeremiah was a bullfrog. Who is he?

President Barack Obama asked Americans to send their thoughts and prayers to Washington state today as search operations continue following last weekend's devastating mudslide. Meanwhile, the death toll of 14 is expected to increase as crews continue to search through the soupy, debris-laden field and rainy conditions complicate matters for searchers on the ground and in the air. Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots said, "We're expecting that number to go up throughout the day." Dozens of people remain unaccounted for. Authorities are working off a list of 176 potentially missing people, though many of those names likely are duplicates and they think that number will decrease.

Paul Konerko and Marcus Semien homered for the Chicago White Sox, who overcame Robinson Cano's four RBIs in a 7-6 win over the Seattle Mariners yesterday. Semien hit a three-run drive as part of a five-run second inning. Konerko added a two-run shot. Cano went 2 for 4 with a three-run double in the seventh. Cano is batting .465 this spring. Seattle trailed 7-3 in the seventh, but Mike Zunino's single and back-to-back walks issued by Chicago reliever Donnie Veal brought up Cano with the bases loaded. Cano doubled before Veal retired the next three hitters. Today, Felix Hernandez makes his fourth and final start before the season opener. He faces Kansas City in Surprise.

Birthdays: Movie critic Gene Shalit is 88; former astronaut James Lovell, part of the Apollo 13 mission and played by Tom Hanks in the movie, is 86; the Queen of Soul, singer Aretha Franklin is 72; David Starsky on Starsky & Hutch, actor Paul Michael Glaser is 71; he was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight but we know him as Elton John and he's 67; former Saturday Night Live cast member, actress and comedian Mary Gross is 61; actress Sarah Jessica Parker is 49; former WNBA player Sheryl Swoopes, in fact the first player to be signed in the WNBA, is 43; race car driver Danica Patrick is 32; and Ryan Lewis of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis is 26

Today is Appreciate Toilet Paper Day. Global toilet paper production consumes 27,000 trees daily. Name the only nut tree native to North America. Pecan trees. Today is Pecan Day. It's National Sleep Day. It's also International Waffle Day. This holiday originated in Sweden. It is called Våffeldagen. This day was also considered the start of spring in Sweden and Europe. It became a custom for Swedish families to celebrate the two events by making waffles on this day. First Pancakes (Made in 1882 in New York City)

Calendar notes: On this date in 1954, Radio Corporation of America (RCA) began commercial production of TV sets that were equipped to receive programs in living color. To buy one of those huge sets, television buyers spent $1,000 -- and more. In 1968, the last episode of The Monkees aired. In 1969, during their honeymoon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono held their first Bed-In for Peace at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel. In 2006, the Capitol Hill massacre: A gunman killed six people before taking his own life at a party in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. It was the worst mass killing in Seattle since the 1983 Wah Mee massacre in which 13 died.

One month in, NBC's generational trade of Jay Leno for Jimmy Fallon at the Tonight show is succeeding beyond the hopes of executives who engineered it. Fallon's fast start is clear in television ratings and even more stark in social media metrics. While too early to declare a new king of late-night TV, the transition is a marked change from how badly NBC fumbled the short-lived switch from Leno to Conan O'Brien in 2009. When Fallon premiered on Tonight during the Olympics, the franchise hit numbers unseen since Johnny Carson's last week in 1992. Things have settled down but Fallon is still comfortably on top. During the week of March 10-14, Fallon averaged 4.26 million viewers to Jimmy Kimmel's 2.83 million on ABC and David Letterman's 2.78 million on CBS, according to the Nielsen company. Fallon has consistently topped the 4.1 million viewers that Leno averaged this season before leaving. Fallon's lead over his rivals is more pronounced among viewers aged 18-to-49, the demographic NBC bases its advertising sales upon.

An Oklahoma City girl, Katie Francis, has broken the record for Girl Scout cookie sales. Francis sold 18,107 boxes in the seven-week fundraiser, which ended Sunday night, beating the old high mark of 18,000, set in the 1980s. Francis sold 12,428 boxes last year. Her trick, she says, is devoting a lot of time to the project, and making a sales pitch to every person she meets.

Scotch tape selfies are a thing on the Internet. These involve the act of wrapping one's face with tape, taking a self-portrait, and sharing the image online. This new 'selfie trend' was started by 21-year-old Brighton University (UK) student Lizzie Durley, who was inspired by the movie Yes Man, which starred Jim Carrey. She's also created a Sellotape Selfie Facebook page, of course.

Reading, sending text messages and talking on the phone are among the things we do most when using the bathroom. With the exception of the intended uses, reading is the most popular toilet activity with 39 percent of us taking books, magazines, or newspapers into the littlest room in the house. Twenty-one percent of those quizzed for the survey owned up to both sending text messages and chatting on their phone, while 18 percent ponder their next meal, and six percent say they 'meditate'.

Trivia Answer: Hoyt Axton who was born on this date in 1938. His most lasting contributions were songs made famous by others: Joy to the World and Never Been to Spain (Three Dog Night), Greenback Dollar (Kingston Trio), The Pusher and Snowblind Friend (Steppenwolf), No-No Song (Ringo Starr), and an array of others, covered by singers such as Joan Baez, John Denver, Waylon Jennings, and Anne Murray. His most popular and signature song, Joy to the World, as performed by Three Dog Night, was number 1 on the charts for six straight weeks in 1971, making it the top hit of the year. In 1995, Axton suffered a stroke. He never fully recovered and had to use a wheelchair much of the time. Hoyt Axton died of a heart attack in October of 1999 at the age of 61.

Monday 3.24.14
Today's Trivia: From January of 2000 until last month, he was the chief executive officer of Microsoft Corporation. As of 2013, he had a personal wealth estimated at $18 billion. He's ranked number at #21 on the Forbes list of billionaires. Who is he?

Searchers found more bodies yesterday in the tangled sludge of a massive landslide in rural Washington state, bringing the death toll to at least eight from the wall of debris that swept through a small riverside neighborhood, A number of people remain missing, Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots said last evening that crews were able to get out to the muddy, tree-strewn area after geologists flew over in a helicopter and determined it was safe enough for emergency responders and technical rescue personnel to search for possible survivors. The 1-square-mile mudslide that struck Saturday morning also critically injured several people and destroyed about 30 homes. Officials described the mudslide as "a big wall of mud and debris." It blocked about a mile of State Route 530 near the town of Oso, about 55 miles north of Seattle. It was reported about 60 feet deep in some areas. Authorities believe the slide was caused by ground made unstable by recent heavy rainfall. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for Snohomish County through this afternoon. At a press conference late this morning authorities said there are 108 names on list of missing or unaccounted for in that mudslide.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 likely crashed in the Indian Ocean, Malaysia's Prime Minister said today. Prime Minister Najib Razak said British investigators' conclusion that the plane's flight ended in the southern Indian Ocean was based on new analysis of Inmarsat satellite data. The mystery of what happened to 227 passengers and 12 crew members had set off a frenzy of speculation and conspiracy-theory hatching. But the Prime Minister said the Boeing 777's last known position was far from any landing area. "All lives are lost," family members of those aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 were told today. Relatives met the news today with anguish, wailing and crying at the Beijing hotel where they had met with Malaysia Airlines officials.

Arizona looked every bit the No. 1 seed in the West while blowing out Gonzaga 84-61 yesterday. After four days of upsets and buzzer beaters, Arizona closed out the NCAA tournament's first weekend with a display of domination. The Wildcats harassed the eighth-seeded Bulldogs into 21 turnovers -- 15 on steals -- that led to 26 points. Arizona led by 21 in the first half and continued to work over Gonzaga to earn its third trip to the Sweet 16 in four years.

The University of Dayton is still dancing. On Saturday, the No. 11 seed Flyers upset No. 3 Syracuse 55-53 to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in 30 years. Syracuse had a chance to win the game in the closing seconds, but point guard Tyler Ennis' shot from the top of the key clanged off the rim. As a result of the shocking win, there are no longer any perfect brackets — and we're only halfway through the Round of 32.

In fact, the $1 billion prize for a perfect NCAA bracket that Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway was backing will go unclaimed. None of the fans who signed up for the perfect bracket challenge sponsored by Quicken Loans and Yahoo Sports made it out of the first round of 32 games played without at least one mistake. The two firms would not say how many fans entered the free contest. Buffett sold an insurance policy to Quicken Loans and Yahoo which would have compensated them if they had to pay out the 10-figure sum. One estimate puts the odds of picking a perfect bracket at 9.2 quintillion to one -- an awkward, rarely-used number that can also be thought of as 9.2 billion-billion. Those odds are longer than the likelihood of winning Powerball and Mega Millions in the same weekend. But the 9.2 quintillion estimate assumes each team has a 50% chance of winning every game, which is probably not the case. Others have put the odds at a marginally better 7.4 billion to 1. That's 42 times worse than your chance of winning Powerball.

If you watched the second half of the Stanford-Kansas game, you undoubtedly saw him: a little Kansas fan so distraught over his team's imminent demise. CBS went to the crying kid multiple times, and Twitter users who were following the game came down hard on the network for showing Kansas Crying Kid over and over and over again.

Birthdays: The 22nd governor of our great state, Christine Gregoire is 67; singer Nick Lowe is 65; the bassist with Supertamp, Dougie Thomson is 63; designer Tommy Hilfiger is 63; comedian Louie Anderson is 61; the chief executive officer of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer is 58; TV personality Star Jones is 52.NFL quarterback Peyton Manning is 38

Divergent -- the story of a society that divides people based on personality traits -- dominated weekend movie charts with $56 million in US and Canadian ticket sales, kicking off a new franchise for Hunger Games producer Lions Gate Entertainment. Walt Disney's family comedy Muppets Most Wanted finished in second place. The animated Mr. Peabody & Sherman, took the No. 3 slot. Rounding out the domestic charts, Greek warrior sequel 300: Rise of an Empire landed in fourth place, while the independent faith-based new release God's Not Dead claimed the No. 5 spot.

Playing on a converted cricket pitch in Sydney, Australia, the Los Angeles Dodgers trumped the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 on Saturday in the opening game of the 2014 baseball season. Clayton Kershaw got the win in the first regular season game ever played Down Under. The rest of MLB's teams kick off their seasons stateside in one week.

Meanwhile, the Seattle Mariners rallied for four runs in the ninth inning to beat a split-squad of Athletics on yesterday. Stefan Romero's three-run homer gave Seattle a walk-off victory. Romero -- who has never played above Triple-A -- said, "I was just looking for something up to drive to get the sac fly. Luckily, it went out." The Ms host the Chicago White Sox in Peoria this afternoon.

Trivia Answer: Steve Ballmer who turns 58 today. In 1977, he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a BA in mathematics and economics. Ballmer joined Microsoft on June 11th of 1980, He was Microsoft's 30th employee.

Friday 3.21.14
Today's Trivia: Although primarily known for singing, he's also a rock guitarist, saxophonist, and songwriter who found success in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of Top 40 hits and platinum albums. Originally, he planned to follow his father's footsteps and become a police officer. That was in the late 1960s. As his interest in music intensified, he eventually ended his pursuit of a law enforcement career in favor of becoming a full time musician. He moved to Berkeley, California and became a regular at area clubs, where he eventually got enough attention to secure a recording contract with Columbia Records. He made his first appearance on the Top 40 chart when his tune Baby Hold on reached #11 in 1978. Who is he?

Robinson Cano had two more hits and Erasmo Ramirez pitched four-hit ball for six innings, enhancing his chances of earning a spot in the Mariners' rotation and helping Seattle beat the Chicago Cubs 3-0 yesterday. Cano was 2 for 3 to raise his batting average to .567. Dustin Ackley went 3 for 4, lifting his average to .457. Another Cactus League attendance record was set at Cubs Park with an overflow crowd of 15,191. The new stadium has drawn the eight biggest crowds in Cactus League history since the opener on Feb. 27. The Ms host San Diego in Peoria tonight at 7:05.

Birthdays: Actor Timothy Dalton is 68; from Supertramp, singer and guitarist Roger Hodgson is 64; Sirius Black in Harry Potter, actor Gary Oldman is 56; actress and comedian Rosie O'Donnell is 52; actor Matthew Broderick is 52; he was formerly married to Britney Spears, reality star Kevin Federline is 36. Twitter turns 8 today.

Today is Fragrance Day. Memory Day. Agriculture Day. National Dance Day. Children's Poetry Day. National Teenager Day. International Astrology Day. National Single Parents Day. National Teacher Appreciation Day. National Flower Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1963, Alcatraz, a federal penitentiary on an island in San Francisco Bay, closed.In 1970, The Faces, with new singer Rod Stewart, released their debut album First Step. Before Stewart joined the group, they were known as The Small Faces. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter announced a United States boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow to protest the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan. In 1998, the FDA approved Viagra. In 1989, Sports Illustrated reported allegations tying baseball player Pete Rose to baseball gambling. Also in 1989, Dick Clark announced that he would no longer host American Bandstand.

In anticipation of the coming 20th anniversary of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's death, the Seattle Police Department is reviewing the case and has developed a previously unexamined roll of film. However, the photos do not show anything new that might change the ruling of Cobain's death as a suicide, Seattle Det. Renee Witt said. Media reports initially indicated yesterday that police were reopening the case, but the police department has since quelled those rumors. "Not even close," Witt said. However, a cold case detective is reviewing the details in order to field renewed media interest as the anniversary approaches. Cobain was found dead in his Seattle home o April 8th of 1994, but investigators believe he died days earlier, about April 5th. Conspiracy theories have called Cobain's suicide into question, but investigators have not reopened the case since the time of his death. Nonetheless, Cobain's death continues to receive attention from fans who don't believe Cobain killed himself.

The owners of that cat that went on a rampage after being kicked by the owner's boyfriend for scratching the baby brought the cat home from the county animal shelter yesterday. The owners of the 22-pound Himalayan, named Lux, told the Multnomah County Animal Shelter that they decided they wanted him back. Officials determined Lux is healthy and shows no evidence of abuse. A spokesman for the Animal Shelter said. "As we do with any owners who surrender their pet to the shelter and then change their mind, we work with them to find the best outcome for the animal and do everything possible to support keeping the pet with its family." . Earlier this month, the owners called 911 after Lux became so crazed that they had to hide in the bedroom and wait for help from police to arrive. Lux's owners are scheduled to do a shoot for the Animal Planet show, My Cat from Hell, next week.

That sound you're hearing is people tearing up and wadding up their March Madness brackets.

Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give their vacuum one more chance?

Trivia Answer: He was born Edward Joseph Mahoney but we know him as Eddie Money. He's 65 today. It was in the 1970s, that he charted with singles such as Baby Hold On and Two Tickets to Paradise. His career began to fail him after several unsuccessful releases in the mid-1980s, accompanied by his struggles with drug addiction. However, he made a comeback two years later in 1986 and returned to the mainstream rock spotlight with the album Can't Hold Back, which featured the Ronnie Spector duet Take Me Home Tonight, which reached the Top 10, along with the hit I Wanna Go Back. Money followed the album with another Top 10 hit, late 1988's Walk on Water. Money is married to his wife Laurie, and has five children. Money's daughter Jesse Money toured with Eddie in 2008 and 2009 -- including a stop at the Emerald Queen in Tacoma. She performed as his opening act, as well as singing backing vocals throughout his show, including the Ronnie Spector part on Take Me Home Tonight.

Thursday 3.20.14
Today's Trivia: She starred in The Piano for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She has also been nominated for Oscars for her roles in Broadcast News, The Firm, and Thirteen. She also won two Emmy Awards with seven nominations and won a Golden Globe Award with another six nominations. Who is she?

From the NFL free-agent world: To me, this is staggering. In the first six days of free-agent signing, NFL teams handed out $665 million in guaranteed deals and $1.52 billion in face-value contracts to 128 players. Wow!

The offseason is in full swing for the Seattle Seahawks and the rest of the NFL following last week's free-agent signing frenzy, and you now what that means: time for power rankings. Now the power rankings, with no games on the horizon for months, rankings and grades will provide fans and analysts with talking points from now until the preseason in August. NFL.com's Elliot Harrison released his inaugural list for the 2014 league year, and it should come as no surprise that the Super-Bowl champion Seahawks top the first edition. Here's his take: Seattle lost key components from its pass-rush rotation (Red Bryant, Chris Clemons) and a solid nickel corner (Walter Thurmond). Throw in the departure of the fiery Golden Tate -- who made many big plays for this franchise -- and even the most ardent Seahawks fan will agree it's clear the team is weaker. That said, Seattle cleaned up in Super Bowl 48 for a reason. Retaining Michael Bennett? Huge. Harrison's opinion echoes that of most observers: the Hawks lost more than their share of players in the league's bidding wars, but should still have enough talent on the roster to compete among the NFL's elite. And though most of the big-ticket names have signed with other teams, the second-and third-tier free agents often turn out to be the difference makers for elite franchises (see Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril last season). Unsurprisingly, the NFC West features three teams in the top third of the league with Seattle at No.1, the San Francisco 49ers at No. 3 and the Arizona Cardinals coming in at No. 11. The St. Louis Rams bring up the rear at No. 23. The next batch of rankings should come out after the draft, which takes place May 8th through the 10th in New York

Mark Reynolds homered for the second straight day, one of five Milwaukee Brewers to go yard in a 9-7 victory yesterday over the Seattle Mariners, who got Robinson Cano back after a five-day absence. Cano left the team late last week to attend to personal business in the Dominican Republic, and went 1 for 4 with two RBIs. Cano has a hit in nine of 10 spring training games and is batting .556. The Mariners face the Chicago Cubs this afternoon at 1:05.

Birthdays: Rob Reiner's dad, actor and comedian Carl Reiner is 92; coach Pat Riley 69; Barney Miller, actor Hal Linden is 83; the Palmer from Emerson, Lake & Palmer, percussionist Carl Palmer is 64; actor William Hurt is 64; from The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Stevie Ray's brother guitarist Jimmie Vaughan is 63; film director Spike Lee is 57; Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom is 53; model Kathy Ireland is 51; singer and songwriter Tracy Chapman is 50; and from Linkin Park, frontman Chester Bennington is 38.

Today is Won't You Be My Neighbor Day, a day to wear a favorite sweater and be a good neighbor, in memory of Fred Rogers -- Mister Rogers -- born on this date in 1928. Today is Kiss Your Fiancée Day (What day isn't?).

Calendar notes: On this date in 1969, John Lennon married Yoko Ono in Gibraltar. In 1990, the Colorado legislature made it legal to tear the Do Not Remove tags off of mattresses. In 1990, singer Gloria Estefan suffered a broken back when a speeding truck plowed into the back of her tour bus on a snowy Pennsylvania highway. In 1991, Michael Jackson signed the biggest deal in recording history: a $1 billion contract with Sony. Also In 1991, Eric Clapton's four-year-old son Conor died after falling out of an apartment window. Clapton later paid tribute to his child with the song Tears in Heaven.

I find it ironic that Disney chose the week in which Spring begins to release Frozen. It came out Tuesday and Disney says it sold 3.2 million copies on Blu-ray and DVD on the first day of sales.

Speaking of Spring, while many parts of the country will disagree, winter's officially over. Spring began this morning at 9:57 our time.

And you thought buying a purebred lab was expensive. In what might be the most expensive dog sale ever, a Chinese property developer paid $1.9 million for a Tibetan mastiff puppy yesterday. He acquired the one-year-old golden-haired mastiff at a luxury pet fair. Tibetan mastiffs are a prized status symbol among China's elite, causing prices to skyrocket. The animal sold yesterday is 31 inches tall and weighs nearly 200 pounds.

Here's your number for the day: 1055.6. That's how many hours of sleep a new parent loses in the first year of their child's life.

Trivia Answer: Holly Hunter who turns 56 today. Hunter made her screen debut in the 1981 horror movie The Burning. After moving to Los Angeles in 1982, Hunter appeared in TV movies before being cast in a supporting role in 1984's Swing Shift. That year, she had her first collaboration with the writing-directing-producing team of brothers Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, in Blood Simple, making an uncredited appearance as a voice on an answering-machine recording. More film and television work followed until 1987, when thanks to a starring role in the Coens' Raising Arizona and her Academy Award-nominated turn in Broadcast News, Hunter became a critically acclaimed star. Holly is deaf in one ear, which sometimes leads to complications at work and some scenes have to be altered from the script for her to use her healthy ear.

Wednesday 3.19.14
Today's Trivia: On this date in 1954, he set a world record by running 526 consecutive balls without a miss during a straight pool exhibition at East High Billiard Club in Springfield, Ohio. The record still stands today. Who is he?

Bill Moos saw the losses piling up at the same rate as the apathy was growing among Washington State's fans. It was clear that Ken Bone's time as the men's basketball coach was at an end. Moos, the Cougars athletic director, said, "I felt all along that Ken was a good coach and certainly a great guy but it just wasn't working. The record reflects that, the attendance at home games reflects that." Bone was fired yesterday morning after five seasons during which he was unable to sustain the success of his predecessor, Tony Bennett. Bone was 80-and-86 in five seasons at Washington State and just 29-61 in the Pac-12. He failed to reach the NCAA tournament during his tenure on the Palouse, which began when Bennett left after the 2009 season to take the top job at Virginia. Bone had taken Portland State to the NCAA tournament the two previous seasons, a goal he was never able to achieve with the Cougars.

Randy Wolf pitched four scoreless innings as the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres played to a 5-5 tie last night. I'm soo looking forward to the regular season and no more ties. Wolf did not play last season after having Tommy John surgery in 2012. He scattered two hits and two walks, while striking out three on 73 pitches. The 37-year-old Wolf is vying for a spot in the rotation. The Mariners hosted Milwaukee today.

Today is Swallows Day at San Juan Capistrano, California. Traditionally, the swallows return each year on St. Joseph's Day. National Wildlife Week begins today. Today is Pet Passport Day. On this day in 2000, a Shetland sheepdog named Lucy became the first dog to fly into Great Britain under a new pet passport law. The dog flew from Amsterdam to Heathrow Airport outside London. The new passport law allowed cats and dogs from selected European countries to enter into Britain without having to spend six months in quarantine provided they meet certain criteria. Today is Let's Laugh Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1931, Nevada legalizes gambling. Perhaps not coincidentally, also on this date in 1931, Alka-Seltzer went on sale for the first time. In 1957, Elvis Presley bought Graceland. In 1974, Jefferson Airplane renamed themselves Jefferson Starship. In 1988, Michael Jackson bought a ranch in California, and built his own personal zoo and amusement park. He named it Neverland. In 2004, the US Army dropped all charges against Captain James Yee, a military chaplain at Cuba's Guantanamo Bay, who had been accused of mishandling classified information.

Birthdays: Actress Ursula Andress is 78; Pointer Sister Ruth Pointer is is 68; actress Glenn Close is 67; and actor Bruce Willis is 59.

Mick Jagger honored his late girlfriend, fashion designer L'Wren Scott, yesterday as The Rolling Stones canceled a seven-day tour of Australia and New Zealand after her death. Mick wrote "I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way." Jagger praised Scott for her "great presence" and talent, and said, "I will never forget her."

Tomorrow is the first day of Spring 2014. On the first day of spring -- the vernal equinox -- day and night are each approximately 12 hours long (with the actual time of equal day and night, in the Northern Hemisphere, occurring a few days before the vernal equinox). The Sun crosses the celestial equator going northward; it rises exactly due east and sets exactly due west. The word equinox is derived from the Latin words meaning equal night.

Your kids' kids are going to have some earthy names. At least, so say the baby-naming experts at Nameberry.com. We're talking names like Everest, Nile, and Beach. Though vintage-style names are currently popular -- Beatrice, Clementine, and Sophia for example -- place names and ethnic-sounding names, say the experts, will be on the rise in the near future.

A recent survey on jeans reveals that men take longer to find the perfect pair than women. One-third of women polled try on up to 10 pairs in a row, while some of the men in the survey admit to trying on as many as 20 pair before finding the perfect-fitting jeans.

Remember that huge house cat that forced an Oregon family to take cover in their bathroom? Well, they've been forced by the cat's continuing bad behavior to turn it over to the Multonomah County Animal Services shelter.

Trivia Answer: Willie Mosconi, a professional pool player from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Between the years of 1941 and 1957, he won the World Straight Pool Championship an unmatched fifteen times. For most of the 20th century, his name was essentially synonymous with pool in North America and he was among the first Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame inductees. Mosconi pioneered and regularly employed numerous trick shots, set many records, and helped to popularize pool as a national recreation activity. Willie's father Joseph Mosconi owned a pool hall that the family lived above. Joseph was strongly opposed to Willie playing pocket billiards, preferring he become a Vaudeville performer. He tried to keep his young son away from the game by hiding the billiard balls, but Willie improvised by practicing with small potatoes from his mother's kitchen and an old broomstick. The young Mosconi was a prodigy and his father soon realized that his son's talent could help earn money for their growing family. His father began advertising challenge matches, and though Willie had to stand on a box in order to reach the table, he beat experienced players many years his senior. In 1919, an exhibition match was arranged between six-year-old Mosconi and the reigning World Champion, Ralph Greenleaf. The hall was packed, and though Greenleaf won the match, Mosconi played well enough to draw considerable attention and launch his professional career. Mosconi set the world record by running 526 consecutive balls without a miss during a straight pool exhibition in Springfield, Ohio on March 19th and 20th of 1954. To this day the record has not been toppled and many speculate it may never be bested. A handwritten and notarized affidavit with the signatures of more than 35 eyewitnesses exists as proof of this feat.In 1982, Mosconi appeared in the music video for George Thorogood's Bad to the Bone. Willie Mosconi died of a heart attack on September 17th of 1993 at his home in New Jersey.

Tuesday 3.18.14
Today's Trivia: She's a singer and actress. She won an Academy Award for a song she co-wrote with Giorgio Moroder and Keith Forsey. She and Forsey wrote the lyrics while riding in a car in New York heading to the studio to record it; Moroder wrote the music. She later admitted that she was initially reluctant to work with Moroder because she didn't want to invite further comparisons with Moroder's most famous client, Donna Summer, but it paid off, as the result was a record which topped the charts around the world. She won the 1983 Academy Award for Best Song; 1984 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, 1984 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, and American Music Awards for Best R&B Female Artist and Best Pop Single of the Year. Who is she?

An awful event in Seattle this morning. Two people were killed and one was critically injured when the KOMO News helicopter crashed and burst into flames only yards away from the Space Needle. Emergency personnel immediately rushed to the scene as thick smoke poured over the city at the height of the morning commute. Two cars and a pickup truck on Broad Street were struck in the crash. Occupants of two vehicles were able to escape without injury, but the driver of a third vehicle was badly burned. The helicopter exploded into a fireball on impact. Huge flames and thick plumes of black smoke poured from the blazing wreckage, about 50 yards from the base of the Space Needle. The two victims have been identified as former longtime KOMO News photographer Bill Strothman and pilot Gary Pfitzner. Strothman worked for many years at KOMO News and was well-known to many of the employees. After retiring from KOMO, he worked as a free-lancer and also as an employee of Helicopters Inc., the company that operates the chopper leased by both KOMO and KING-TV. The pilot, Gary Pfitzner, was also employed by Helicopters Inc. but was a familiar sight to KOMO News employees, as well. The helicopter that crashed was not the regular KOMO helicopter but a temporary replacement for one that's in the shop for an upgrade.

An off day for the Mariners yesterday but they're back in action tonight. They host San Diego in Peoria tonight at 7:05. Root Sports has the game tonight.

Birthdays: Country singer Charley Pride is 76; Mack on Knots Landing, actor Kevin Dobson is 71; singer Vanessa Williams is 51; Olympic speed skater Bonnie Blair is 50; rapper and actress Queen Latifah is 44; comedian Dane Cook is 42; and from Maroon 5, singer Adam Levine is 35

L'Wren Scott, who left her small-town Utah home as a teenager to become a model in Paris, then a top Hollywood stylist and finally a high-end fashion designer best known as the longtime girlfriend of Mick Jagger, has died in what was being investigated as an apparent suicide. Scott was found dead in her Manhattan apartment about 10 yesterday morning; no note was found and there was no sign of foul play, police said. The designer had texted her assistant 90 minutes earlier and asked her to come to her apartment but didn't say why. She was found kneeling with a scarf wrapped around her neck that had been tied to the handle of a French door. Her spokesperson requested privacy for her family and friends. Just last month Scott, who was believed to be 49 but had not disclosed her precise age, canceled her London Fashion Week show, due to reported production delays. Jagger's representative said the singer was "completely shocked and devastated by the news" of her death.

Today is Goddess of Fertility Day. It's Forgive Mom & Dad Day It's also Supreme Sacrifice Day -- which recognizes the ultimate sacrifice made by some for the good of others. Today is a day to reflect and offer thanks and appreciation to those who made the supreme sacrifice. It's Awkward Moments Day. Today is National Biodiesel Day and National Quilting Day. It's Oatmeal Cookie Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1850, American Express was founded by Henry Wells and William Fargo. In 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill into law allowing for Hawaiian statehood, which would become official on August 21st. In 1972, Neil Young topped the charts with Heart of Gold. It was his only solo single to break the top 30. In 1990, in the largest art theft in US history, 12 paintings, collectively worth around $300 million, were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1992, white South Africans voted overwhelmingly in favor, in a national referendum, to end the racist policy of Apartheid. In 1994, Courtney Love phoned Seattle police to tell them she was worried Kurt Cobain was going to commit suicide. The cops confiscated four guns and 25 boxes of ammunition. Kurt killed himself the next month.

Officials revealed a new timeline yesterday suggesting the final voice transmission from the cockpit of the missing Malaysian plane may have occurred before any of its communications systems were disabled, adding more uncertainty about who aboard might have been to blame. The search for Flight 370, which vanished early March 8th with 239 people on board, has now been expanded deep into the northern and southern hemispheres. Australian vessels scoured the southern Indian Ocean and China offered 21 of its satellites to help Malaysia in the unprecedented hunt. With no wreckage found in one of the most puzzling aviation mysteries of all time, passengers' relatives have been left in an agonizing limbo. Investigators say the Boeing 777 was deliberately diverted during its overnight flight and flew off-course for hours. They haven't ruled out hijacking, sabotage, or pilot suicide, and are checking the backgrounds of the 227 passengers and 12 crew members - as well as the ground crew - for personal problems, psychological issues or links to terrorists.

How polluted is China's air? It's so polluted that  Japanese electronics company Panasonic announced that its employees there will now receive hazard pay.

Interesting to note that with Spring beginning on Thursday, Frozen is out on DVD today.

What effect does daylight saving time have on Facebook users? According to a study of user data from the social network, from 5 AM to noon on the Monday after Daylight Saving Time took effect, inclusion of the words "feeling tired" in status updates was up 86 percent when compared with a typical Monday.

Trivia Answer: Irene Cara who turns 55 today. The song was Flashdance … What a Feeling. She also had a bit of success with the song Fame. In fact, it was the 1980 box office smash Fame catapulted Irene to stardom. As Coco Hernandez, she sang both the title song Fame and the film's second hit single Out Here on My Own. These songs helped make the movie soundtrack a chart-topping, multi-platinum album. Further history was made when at the Academy Awards that year; for the first time two songs from one film were nominated in the same category: Fame and Out Here on My Own. Cara had the opportunity to be one of the few singers to perform more than one song at the Oscar ceremony. Asked by the Fame TV series' producers to reprise her role as Coco Hernandez, she declined so she she could focus her attention on her recording career. In 1983, Irene reached the apex of her music career with the title song for the movie Flashdance, Flashdance...What A Feeling. The song ranks at #26 on Billboard's All Time Top 100.

Monday 3.17.14
Today's Trivia: She was the inspiration for love songs written by George Harrison -- the songs Something and For You Blue -- and by Eric Clapton -- the tunes Layla, Wonderful Tonight, and Bell Bottom Blues. Who is she?

Walter Thurmond who started in the Super Bowl as the Seahawks' third cornerback, played in 12 games and sat out four others for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, agreed yesterday to a one-year contract with the New York Giants worth $3.5 million. Thurmond, 26, who finished with 26 tackles, one interception, one sack and one forced fumble, becomes the ninth Seahawk to exit the team since the Super Bowl, and the seventh member of the NFL's top-ranked defense to do so.

Meanwhile, kicker Steven Hauschka is coming back. He and the ream have agreed to terms on a new multi-year contract after the best season of his career. The team confirmed the agreement on today. Terms of the contract were not released, but NFL.com reported it's a three-year deal worth up to $9 million.

The NCAA men's basketball tournament bracket was revealed yesterday. The Gonzaga men's basketball team meets Oklahoma State in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Friday at Viejas Arena in San Diego. The Bulldogs are an 8-seed in the West region, while the Cowboys are the 9-seed. Tip-off time is still to be determined. The winner of that game advances to face either Arizona or Weber State in the third round on Sunday. The Wildcats are the top-seed in the region. Gonzaga is playing in its 16th straight NCAA tournament.

C.J. Wilson pitched into the sixth inning, but the Los Angeles Angels fell to the Seattle Mariners 5-3 yesterday. Wilson got off to a slow start. Michael Saunders and Dustin Ackley each had an RBI single for Seattle in the first. An off day for the Ms today. They host San Diego at Peoria tomorrow night.

Birthdays: From Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, guitarist Paul Kantner is 73; Lovin' Spoonful founder John Sebastian is 70; actor Patrick Duffy is 65; actor Kurt Russell is 63; actor Gary Sinise is 59; actor Rob Lowe is 50; from the Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan is 47; she's married to baseball's Nomar Garciapara, soccer star Mia Hamm is 42; and from The Corrs, drummer Caroline Corr is 41.

Today is St. Patrick's Day. They celebrate nicely in Shamrock Lakes, Indiana; Shamrock, Oklahoma; and in Shamrock, Texas. Then there's the old Irish saying, “There are only two kinds of people in the world. The Irish and those who wish they were.” Another saying.  "if you're lucky enough to be Irish, you're lucky enough." Saint Patrick's day is in honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland, who brought Christianity to the Emerald Isles, as Ireland is known. It is truly a day of celebrating Irish history, ancestry, traditions and customs. Saint Patrick's day is held in honor of Saint Patrick, the missionary who brought Christianity to the Irish people in the 400's AD. Over 34 million Americans are of Irish descent. That's almost nine times the population of Ireland.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1780, during the American Revolution, George Washington granted the Continental Army a holiday "as an act of solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence". In 1969, Golda Meir became the first female Prime Minister of Israel. In 1970, regarding the My Lai Massacre, the United States Army charged 14 officers with suppressing information related to the incident. In 1992, a referendum to end apartheid in South Africa passed 68.7% to 31.2%.

David Brenner, the stand-up comedian who appeared regularly on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, died over the weekend. Brenner had been battling cancer and performed most recently on New Year's Eve. He passed away at his home in New York Saturday surrounded by his family. Brenner appeared on The Tonight Show more than 150 times and was known for poking fun at the commonplace aspects of life. He said his last wish was that $100 in small bills be placed in his left sock "just in case tipping is recommended where I'm going." Brenner's final resting spot will carry the epitaph: "If this is supposed to be a joke - then I don't get it!" David Brenner was 78.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman won the weekend box office derby with $21.2 million in ticket sales, outpacing both last week's winner 300: Rise of An Empire and video game turned car racing movie Need for Speed. The animated Mr. Peabody & Sherman opened last week in the No. 2 spot. It overtook last week's winner, the Greek-era action film 300: Rise of an Empire this weekend. Need for Speed settled for third place on its opening weekend. Non-Stop, the Liam Neeson airliner thriller placed fourth. Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club, the weekend's other new movie, rounded out the top five.

Wayne Knight, known to Seinfeld fans as Newman, emphatically denied yesterday that he had died, after several outlets reported Saturday that the actor was killed in a tractor-trailer accident near the Pennsylvania-New York state border. He tweeted, "Some of you will be glad to hear this, others strangely disappointed, but -- I am alive and well!"

Dancing with the Stars is back for its 18th season. The season premiere is coming up tonight on ABC.

Trivia Answer: Patricia Anne Boyd -- Pattie Boyd -- who turns 70 today. She's an English model and photographer, and the former wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton. Boyd, who was nineteen in 1964, met Harrison during the filming of the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night, in which she was cast as a schoolgirl fan. Boyd was semi-engaged to boyfriend Eric Swayne, whom she had dated for about a year, and out of loyalty declined Harrison's first invitation for a date, but said that Harrison was the most beautiful man she had ever seen. One of the first things Harrison said to her was "Will you marry me?" Boyd laughed, so Harrison said, "Well, if you won't marry me, will you have dinner with me tonight?" Several days later, when Boyd was recalled for another day's work on the film, Harrison asked her out again and she accepted, having ended the relationship with Swayne. Their first date was spent at the Garrick Club (a private gentlemen's club) in Covent Garden, in the company of The Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein. Harrison and Boyd were driving through London in December of 1965 when he proposed marriage to her, but said he would have to talk to Epstein first; to make sure no Beatles' tours had been planned. Boyd married Harrison on January 21st of 1966. Boyd had a brief affair with future Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood in 1973, as her marriage to Harrison was failing. Pattie and George split in June 1974 and she flew to Los Angeles to stay with her sister Jenny. In the late 1960s, Clapton and Harrison became close friends, and began writing and recording music together. It was reported at this time that Clapton fell in love with Boyd. Clapton also fell in love with Boyd's 17-year-old sister, Paula, who moved in with him. Paula left Clapton when she heard Layla, because the song confirmed that Clapton had been using her as a substitute for her sister. Boyd claims that when she rebuffed Clapton's advances in late 1970, he descended into heroin addiction and self-imposed exile for three years. Meanwhile, during Clapton's tenure in Derek and the Dominos, their only studio album, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, was written to state his love for Boyd. It included the track Layla, which became a hit in three different decades and in two different versions. The outward image of the perfect couple masked struggles within their marriage, which began in 1979. Although Boyd drank and admits to past drug use, unlike Clapton she never became an alcoholic or a drug addict. Boyd says she left Clapton at one point due to his refusal to seek treatment for his alcoholism, and she began seeing a photographer, Will Christie. In 1984, Clapton began a year-long relationship with Yvonne Kelly; they had a daughter, Ruth, born in January of 1985. Clapton and Kelly did not make any public announcement about the birth of their daughter, and Ruth was not revealed as his child until 1991, at the funeral of his son Conor. Boyd says that she did not know of Ruth's existence until 1991: "What cut deepest was that Eric had known about the child all along. While declaring undying love to me and pleading with me to go back to him, he had been paying Yvonne maintenance for the past six years." Boyd states that she divorced Clapton after years of alcoholism as well as numerous affairs on his part, which began before their marriage. Clapton and Boyd divorced in 1989, following his affair with Italian model Lori Del Santo, who had given birth to a son, Conor, in August of 1986.

Friday 3.14.14
Today's Trivia: He was a film and television actor -- best known for his role in the television series Mission: Impossible from 1967 to 1973. His older brother was actor James Arness. Who was he?

Robinson Cano got two more hits and drove in two runs yesterday to help the Seattle Mariners top the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-3. Cano is 14 for 23 with six RBIs in nine spring training games. The Mariners newcomer has a six-game hitting streak. The Ms meet Colorado tonight.

A day after being cut by the Seattle Seahawks, defensive end Chris Clemons has reportedly landed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. NFL.com's Albert Breer reported the nine-year veteran has agreed to a four-year deal with the club. In Jacksonville, he will join a team head-coached by former Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, who has also brought in former Seattle players like Red Bryant. On Twitter, many fans have begun calling the Jaguars the Sea-guars.

Unrestricted free-agent cornerback Walter Thurmond hasn't made a decision about where he's going to play football in 2014, but he caused quite a stir among Seattle Seahawks fans Thursday afternoon when he tweeted his plans to at least visit with the San Francisco 49ers. He tweeted: 

Great visit with Gus and the Jaguars Organization, some good people. They're headed in the right direction. Now off to San Fran.

The tweet brought immediate blow-back from Hawks fans who couldn't stomach the idea of one of their beloved Seahawks playing for Jim Harbaugh and Seattle's arch-rivals down the coast. The backlash obviously resonated with Thurmond, who tweeted his response minutes later.

It's never personal its business, just how the Hawks let red and everyone else walk. Obviously there is a reason I haven't signed back yet.

Thirteen minutes later came another tweet.

People need to chill, I haven't made a decision. It's a visit. You know like college recruiting, same thing smh.

Birthdays: The other Phil Phillips -- not the American Idol but rather the guy that wrote Sea of Love -- is 83; musician and producer Quincy Jones is 81; actor Michael Caine is 81; Chicago saxophone player Walt Parazaider is 69; actor and comedian Billy Crystal is 66; co-founder of Ben & Jerry's, businessman Jerry Greenfield is 63; from the American Pie movies, actor Chris Klein is 35; and from Hanson, singer Taylor Hanson is 31.

Today is National Potato Chip Day. Today is Bare Burt Day, marking publication on this date in 1972 of the April issue of Cosmopolitan revealing Burt Reynolds as the magazine's first nude centerfold. Today is Pi Day, a day to celebrate pi, the ratio of a circle's circumference to it's diameter. Why today? Because today is 3.14, the value of Pi. Remember, I before E especially after P. Mmmm pie. Today is Ten Most Wanted Day. On this day in 1950 the FBI began its Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List as a way to get the public's help in finding the nation's most dangerous criminals.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1964: Billboard magazine reported that Beatles recordings were claiming 60% of the singles sales in the US. Also in 1964, a jury in Dallas found Jack Ruby guilty of murdering Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John Kennedy. In 1972, California governor Ronald Reagan pardoned convicted burglar Merle Haggard as "fully rehabilitated." Haggard had served two-and-a-half years at San Quentin. In 2003, actor Robert Blake was released from jail on $1.5 million bail, 11 months after he was arrested on charges of murdering his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley. He was later acquitted at trial. In n 2005, U2, The Pretenders, Buddy Guy, The O'Jays and Percy Sledge were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The US Postal Service released a new stamp yesterday honoring Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix is depicted on the latest Forever stamp, the stamps bought at the current price but are effective if used after any future price hikes. The latest price increase for stamps happened Jan. 26, when stamps went from 46 cents to 49 cents. Joseph Corbett, is the chief financial officer and executive vice president of the US Postal Service. In a statement released yesterday, he said, “Combining influences from rock, modern jazz, soul and the blues with his own innovations, Jimi Hendrix helped found three new genres of music -- heavy metal, jazz fusion and funk --- and in doing so, left behind an indelible mark on pop music and popular culture generally.” You can order the Jimi Hendrix stamps online at the USPS website.

A new study of more than a billion Facebook status updates suggests that if you're smiling, it's because your friends were smiling first. And if you're unhappy, it's likely to be because one of your friends is unhappy. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have found that good moods -- and bad moods -- can spread like wildfire over the Internet.

In Flint, Michigan, a vehicle was reported stolen at a hospital. A security guard got a description of the vehicle to police. The vehicle was spotted just down the street at a gas station where a man was apparently putting gas into the vehicle. The suspect got enough gas to lead police on chase ... which lasted just 5 miles.

Because an Entourage movie wouldn't be complete without a bunch of celebrity cameos, outgoing CNN host Piers Morgan is taking part in the film adaptation of the HBO series. Morgan tweeted photos from his visit to the Entourage film set yesterday.

In theaters this weekend: Need for Speed (PG-13); The Single Moms Club (PG-13); and Veronica Mars (PG-13.

Trivia Answer: Peter Arness, known professionally as Peter Graves, who passed away on this date in 2010, four days shy of his 84th birthday. Peter used the name Graves to honor his mother's family, and also so as to not be confused with his older brother, James Arness, who was a famous actor in his own right, as the star of the television series Gunsmoke. In 1967, Graves was recruited by Desilu Studios to replace Steven Hill as the lead actor on Mission: Impossible. Graves played Jim Phelps, the sometimes gruff leader of the Impossible Missions Force or IMF, for the remaining six seasons of the series. In the 1996 film update of Mission: Impossible, the character of Phelps (played by Jon Voight) was re-imagined as a traitor who murders three fellow IMF agents only to be killed himself at the end of the film, a decision that disappointed Graves. After returning from a brunch on March 14th of 2010, Graves collapsed and died of a heart attack at the age of 83.

Thursday 3.13.14
Today's Trivia: He is a music conductor, record producer, musical arranger, film composer, and trumpeter. During five decades in the entertainment industry, he has earned a record 79 Grammy Award nominations, 27 Grammys, including a Grammy Legend Award in 1991. He is best known as the producer of the album Thriller, by Michael Jackson, and as the producer and conductor of the charity song We Are the World. Who is he?

Golden Tate said all the right things about wanting to remain with the Seahawks, even offering a hometown discount in the first few days after the Super Bowl. But the fourth-year wide receiver out of Notre Dame was seduced by Detroit's cash and five-year commitment yesterday and signed with the Lions. Tate told ESPN that the deal was for $31 million with $13.25 million guaranteed. The Seahawks had hoped to retain Tate, their leading receiver last season, with a salary in the $5 million per year range, but Tate signed with the first team he visited in free agency, a genuine blow to the Seahawks. Tate wound up doing exactly the opposite of what he said he wanted to do. A few days after the Super Bowl, in an interview, Tate made it sound as if his heart was in Seattle. He said, "I probably shouldn't even say this right now, but I'm going to say it anyway just because I love Seattle. Honestly, I would rather take a little less to be happy and win ballgames than to take way more and go to a crappy city where the fans don't give a crap about the team ... you win a game once a month -- something like that. I would much rather stay in the situation that I have now for a little less than to go and try to break the bank somewhere else." So Tate winds up in Detroit, which filed for bankruptcy in July, with a team that finished 7-9 and out of the playoffs last season. The Lions are one of 4 current NFL teams to have never played in a Super Bowl.

Unsurprisingly, the Super Bowl champ Seahawks are proving popular in the NFL's free agent bazaar. Right tackle Breno Giacomini, who started nine regular-season games and the three playoff games, signed last evening with the New York Jets.

Robinson Cano doubled twice and drove in a run, and the Seattle Mariners rallied from three runs down in the ninth inning for an 8-7, 10-inning win over the Chicago Cubs last night. Cano is 12-for-19 this spring. The Ms met up with the Arizona Diamondbacks this afternoon.

Birthdays: Singer Neil Sedaka is 75; actor William H. Macy is 64; actress Dana Delany is 58; and U2 bassist Adam Clayton is 54.

Today is National Open An Umbrella Indoors Day, a day to open an umbrella indoors and see if anything bad happens. Today is Good Samaritan Involvement Day, a time to be unselfish and get involved to help others. Today is Uncle Sam Day. On March 13th of 1852, the New York Lantern first featured the Uncle Sam character. Uncle Sam came to be a symbol of American patriotism. The nickname of Uncle Sam was first used in the September 7th of 1813, issue of New York's Troy Post.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1983, The Larry King Live show premiered on CNN. In 1987: Bryan Adams' Heat of the Night became the first commercially released cassette single in the US. In 2002, on Fox's Celebrity Boxing, Tonya Harding beat Paula Jones, Danny Banaduce whipped Barry Williams, and Todd Bridges defeated Vanilla Ice. In 2006, Blondie, The Sex Pistols, Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Miles Davis were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

You probably heard that the World Wide Web turned 25 this week. Well it was 22 years ago this week that Nathaniel Borenstein sent his colleagues the world's first email attachment: a picture of his barbershop quartet, The Telephone Chords. Borenstein, along with another researcher named Ned Freed, wrote the code for attachments because one day he hoped to get pictures of his grandchildren over email. To the delight of grandparents everywhere, his technology became commonplace.

Arthur Chu, the 11-time Jeopardy champion who has made headlines around the world with his unique strategy, has finally lost. He collected $298,200 during his reign. Chu lost in Final Jeopardy when he couldn't correctly answer "He was the last male monarch who had previously been the Prince of Wales." The answer was George VI but Chu guessed George II.

CBS has renewed The Big Bang Theory for three more seasons.

Trivia Answer: Q -- full name Quincy Delight Jones -- who turns 81 tomorrow. Quincy was born in Chicago. When he was 10, his family moved to Bremerton. He attended Seattle's Garfield High School. Jones has never learned to drive, citing an accident in which he was a passenger at the age of 14 as the reason.

Wednesday 3.12.14
Today's Trivia: This character actress works mostly in the theatre but is primarily known for her roles on television. Her most prominent role was that of Agent 99 on the popular 1960s sitcom, Get Smart. Who is she?

Mike Trout and Albert Pujols each had RBI doubles for the Los Angeles Angels, but Robinson Cano continued his torrid spring training in the Seattle Mariners' 10-6 win yesterday. Cano is hitting.588 this spring. The Mariners host the Chicago Cubs in Peoria tonight at 7:05. By the way, the new Mariners commercials came out this morning. See whatcha think:

The Seattle Seahawks lost a couple of rotational players on defense as the NFL's free-agency period started yesterday afternoon at 1:00. Defensive tackle Clinton McDonald is headed to Tampa Bay after reaching an agreement with the Buccaneers. The Hawks also lost outside linebacker/defensive end O'Brien Schofield, who signed a two-year deal with the New York Giants. The team may be on the verge of losing a major member of their offense. Unrestricted free-agent Golden Tate flew to Detroit last night to talk with the Lions. Cornerback Walter Thurmond is expected to visit the Jacksonville Jaguars in the next 24 hours.

Birthdays: Singer Al Jarreau is 74; Judy Garland's daughter, friend of Ellen Degeneres, singer and actress Liza Minnelli is 68; former presidential candidate Mitt Romney is 67; singer James Taylor is 66; Timmy on Lassie, actor Jon Provost is 64; and baseball's Daryl Strawberry is 51.

Today is Girl Scout Day. Juliette Gordon Low founded the organization in Savannah, Georgia, on this date in 1912. At first, the groups were called Girl Guides. Today is the Hell's Angels' Birthday. The motorcycle group was created on this date in 1948. Today once was National Donkey Appreciation Day. But, apparently, donkey appreciation is waning. Brain Awareness Week begins today.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1969, Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman in London. In 1971, Mick Jagger married Bianca Perez Morena de Macias. In 1974, Wonder Woman premiered on television, starring Lynda Carter. Wonder Woman's secret identity was Diana Prince. The original comic book character was created by Charles Moulton, the same guy that invented the lie detector. In 1992, Tammy Faye Bakker announced she was divorcing her evangelist husband, Jim, who was in prison for swindling. The couple had been married 31 years. In 1993, Janet Reno was sworn in as the nation's first female attorney general. In 2003, China ordered the Rolling Stones to eliminate four songs from their planned performances in Shanghai and Beijing. The banned songs were Brown Sugar, Honky Tonk Women, Beast of Burden, and Let's Spend the Night Together. In 2009, financier Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty in New York to scamming $18 billion, the largest scam in Wall Street history.

Fifty Shades of Grey has built-in franchise potential, since E.L. James' book is the first in a trilogy. However, producers say they're taking the story one movie at a time for now: "We just want to get this one wrapped and get it cut. We'll see the cut, see how it goes, and once it's released, we'll start discussing what happens next."

Fast & Furious 7 is shifting back into production later this month. The studio said production, delayed since star Paul Walker's death in a car crash last November, resumes March 31st.

If you're worried that someone might be snooping on your phone when you leave it unattended, Catchr is an app (iOS) that allows you to see what apps were opened and closed when you left your phone sitting around. Catchr records which apps you open and close and whether or not your phone's been moved. So, if you leave your phone unattended on a table and your friend decides to poke into your text messages, you'll see that they opened it and how long they had the app open for.

How does a clothing brand get 7 million YouTube views in one day? By getting 20 strangers to kiss each other. The video, titled First Kiss, features strangers - all wearing L.A. fashion label Wren's fall 2014 clothing collection - meeting for the first time and kissing on camera. Yeah, that's it, but there's so much more. First the people meet, realize they have to kiss each other and cope with those feelings. There's lots of awkward banter, nervous laughter and hesitant movements. Finally, the couples start kissing, and the game changes. Some kisses are hesitant, some are quick, some are intimate.

Trivia Answer: Barbara Feldon who turns 81 today. In 1957, she won the grand prize on The $64,000 Question in the category of William Shakespeare. Following some work as a model, Feldon's break came in the form of a popular and much parodied television commercial for Top Brass, a hair pomade for men. Lounging languidly on an animal print rug, she purred at the camera, addressing the male viewers as Tiger. This led to small roles in television series. In the 1960s, she made appearances in shows such as Twelve O'Clock High, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Flipper, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Then she was cast as Agent 99 in the spy comedy series Get Smart opposite Don Adams. She played the role for the duration of the show's production from 1965 until 1970, and was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 1968 and 1969. In 2003, ahe wrote a book called Living Alone and Loving It. Barbara Feldon lives in New York City today and will still occasionally act in off-Broadway plays, but she is "no longer interested in performing". She says she is now an avid writer, although she has not published since Living Alone and Loving It in 2003.

Tuesday 3.11.14
Today's Trivia: He is a vocalist and conductor. He is best known for a 1988 hit song. In 1984, his album The Voice was the first solo vocal jazz album recorded with no accompaniment or overdubbing. He is a ten-time Grammy Award winner. Who is he?

Michael Bennett gambled last offseason that playing on a one-year deal in Seattle would pay off in the future with the long-term contract he always wanted. He was proven to be correct. Bennett now has a Super Bowl title and a new four-year contract that will keep him with the Seahawks. Bennett was considered one of the top free agents in the NFL after a breakout season with the Seahawks where he led the team in sacks and proved a versatile option as a defensive end and defensive tackle. But he never made it all the way to the start of free agency today after the Seahawks came up with a satisfactory deal. Terms were not announced by the team. Pro Football Talk reported Bennett's deal was worth about $28.5 million with $16 guaranteed. Bennett said there were other teams offering more money, but the guaranteed amount was most important. Seattle seemed to understand what it would take to retain Bennett. The Seahawks parted with defensive end Red Bryant and wide receiver Sidney Rice to create additional salary cap space. Coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have been steadfast that their top priorities in free agency were retaining their own players and not making big splashes by signing others. Bennett was at the top of the list with wide receiver Golden Tate not far behind.

Robinson Cano returned from a four-game absence after a root canal procedure and went 3 for 3 as a split squad of Seattle Mariners lost to the Kansas City Royals 8-2 yesterday. Cano missed four games following the dental work. He singled twice off James Shields, already picked to start on opening day. The Royals ace later picked off Cano at third base. In the other game, the Ms and D'Backs tied at 3 in the nightcap. The Ms match up with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim this afternoon.

Birthdays: Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is 83; news correspondent Sam Donaldson is 80; Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is 78; movie director Jerry Zucker is 64; Susan Bradford on Eight Is Enough, actress Susan Richardson is 62; voice actior – he was Raphael on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles -- Rob Paulsen is 58; Barbie's main man, Ken is 52; singer Lisa Loeb is 46; actor Terrence Howard is 45; and actor Johnny Knoxville is 43.

It's Johnny Appleseed Day. It's a day that honors one of America's great legends. Johnny Appleseed was a real person. John Chapman was among the American settlers who were captivated by the movement west across the continent. As Johnny Appleseed travelled west, he planted apple trees along the way. Worship of Tools Day. It's Genealogy Day, Camp Fire Girls Day and Frankenstein's Birthday, Frank making his debut on this date in 1818.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1927, in New York City, Samuel Roxy Rothafel opened the Roxy Theatre. In 1992, Eric Clapton recorded an episode of MTV Unplugged. The subsequent record became one of his best-selling albums. In 1993, Janet Reno was confirmed by the United States Senate and sworn in the next day, becoming the first female Attorney General of the United States. In 1997, Paul McCartney became Sir Paul McCartney after he was knighted by the Queen of England. In 2011, An earthquake measuring 9.0 in magnitude struck 81 miles east of Sendai, Japan, and triggered a tsunami that killed thousands of people. This event also triggered the second largest nuclear accident in history, and one of only two events to be classified as a Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale.

This is how the end of the human race will begin. The Los Angeles Times reports a 30,000-year-old giant virus has been revived from the frozen Siberian tundra, sparking concern that increased mining and oil drilling in rapidly warming northern latitudes could disturb dormant microbial life that could one day prove harmful to man.

Imagine: It's 9 o'clock at night. You still have an hour of primetime TV, the local news, and a late night talk show or two but you've run out of Oreos. What will you do? Someday you may print your own Oreos. A 3D printer that shoots out flavored Oreos based on Twitter trends has become a hit at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. The name of the exhibit is Oreo Trending Vending Lounge.

A new beer index shows how many hours of minimum wage work it takes to earn a beer in different states and countries around the world. It was tabulated by dividing the average price locals pay for a beer by the hourly minimum wage of a standard 40-hour work week. The country of Georgia is at the bottom, where it takes more than half a day just to earn a pint.

Trivia Answer: Robert McFerrin, Jr. -- Bobby McFerrin -- who turns 64 today. That hit song was Don't Worry, Be Happy. The song was a No. 1 U.S. pop hit in 1988 and won Song of the Year and Record of the Year honors. As a vocalist, McFerrin often switches rapidly between modal and falsetto registers to create polyphonic effects, performing both the main melody and the accompanying parts of songs. He makes use of percussive effects created both with his mouth and by tapping on his chest. McFerrin has also worked in collaboration with instrumental performers including pianists Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Monday 3.10.14
Bobby was out of the office for the day ... and he doesn't want to talk about it.
Friday 3.7.14
Today's Trivia: This actor is best known for his starring role as a police captain in a 1980s television drama -- a role for which he won a couple of Emmys. Who is he?

New Seattle closer Fernando Rodney gave up a run and two hits in his debut with the Mariners but Jesus Montero (really?) had two singles and an RBI to help the Ms beat a Chicago White Sox split-squad 7-4 yesterday. The Mariners take on the Cincinnati Reds today.

Today is Read Aloud Day. It's National Frozen Food Day. Today is Michalangelo's Birthday. Today is Discover What Your Name Means Day. Today is Get Grandma to Write Down Her Meatloaf Recipe Day. If you don't, you'll always be sorry.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone. He envisioned it as a device that could make it possible to communicate with deaf people. In 1897, the world's first corn flakes were served to Dr. John Kellogg's patients at a Battle Creek, Michigan, mental hospital. In 1973, a new group, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, performed at Max's Kansas City club in New York City. Columbia talent scout John Hammond was in the audience. In 1994, the US Supreme Court ruled that parodies poking fun at an original work can be considered "fair use" and do not require permission from the copyright holder. In 2007, a British movie theater allowed a man to propose to his girlfriend with a three-minute home film inserted among the trailers before the main feature. Tina Kilford of Weymouth, England, was sitting there with two friends and a tub of ice cream, watching the trailers, when she suddenly saw Tom Lane on the screen, holding a card saying, "Hi Tina!" As a finale, Lane appeared, kneeling by Kilford's seat with a ring. The audience cheered when she yelled "Yes!"

Birthdays: TV weather guy Willard Scott is 80; from The J. Geils Band, singer Peter Wolf is 68; Hal on Malcolm in the Middle, actor Bryan Cranston is 58; singer Taylor Dayne is 52; comedian Wanda Sykes is 50; and actress Jenna Fischer is 40.

Some business notes today. Albertsons and Safeway, two of the largest grocery store chains in the US are merging. The move creates a network of 2,400 stores, 27 distribution facilities and 20 manufacturing plants with more than 250,000 employees. The companies say no stores will close because of the merger, which is expected to be finalized later this year. The combined company will still be slightly smaller than Kroger, the largest grocery retailer in the US, which has 2,600 stores. Albertsons is acquiring all Safeway shares. Meanwhile, Staples has become the second major chain to announce the mass closing of stores this week, providing the latest evidence of how the retail landscape is being remade by shifts in American shopping habits. The nation's largest office-supply company said yesterday that nearly half of its sales are now generated online, and it is working aggressively to cut costs and become more efficient. It aims to close more than 10 percent of its North American stores by the end of next year, up to 225 stores, as part of a plan to save about $500 million. Two days ago, RadioShack, which is fighting to update its image, announced plans to close up to 1,100 stores, about a fifth of its US locations, after its losses widened during a dismal holiday season.

In theaters this weekend: 300: Rise of an Empire (R), and Mr. Peabody & Sherman (PG).

Christened the Jeopardy Villain by show purists, 30-year-old Arthur Chu used his unconventional but effective tactics to take a ninth-straight victory last Friday. The insurance compliance worker and voice-over actor has caused a stir with his game-theory tactics -- not to mention his prolific tweets as each episode airs. "There were two choices -- retreat behind a rock and wait for the trolling to blow over, or consciously engage the trolls and own my image as a nerdy, rumpled 'Jeopardy! jerk,'" Chu told "Jeopardy!" legend Ken Jennings. "The latter has turned out to be a lot of fun." Chu is back on Jeopardy! Monday night.

Conan O'Brien is set to serve up buckets of golden popcorn. O'Brien announced on his TBS talk show that he's hosting this year's MTV Movie Awards. The annual movie celebration that honors winners with popcorn-shaped trophies is scheduled for April 13th at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. It marks the first time O'Brien has hosted the MTV Movie Awards. He previously hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2002 and 2006. Past hosts of the MTV Movie Awards have included Jimmy Fallon, Russell Brand, and Rebel Wilson.

Isaiah Washington, who parted ways with Grey's Anatomy after making homophobic remarks about co-star T.R. Knight, is coming back to the series. Washington is reprising his role as Dr. Preston Burke for an episode in May, which is also serving as Sandra Oh's final episode on the ABC medical drama.

Two hundred thousand people applied to participate in a project called Mars One. It's a private enterprise to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars and film a reality show along the way. The thing is, right now the technology can only get them there. Now there's an 11 minute video where we get too meet the future Martians. Mars One Way documents the thoughts and theories of five hopeful Mars One astronauts as they contemplate the reality of leaving planet Earth forever, for a new home on Mars.

Florida deputies say Keith Lukas called sheriff's dispatchers too many times over the course of a year-and-a-half, each time harassing and belittling them. This week Lukas was convicted of making "repeated harassing phone calls." Over 19 months Lukas called sheriff's dispatchers nearly 3,000 times, using vulgar language and belittling the dispatchers.

Also in Florida -- specifically in Fort Pierce -- a man was arrested for misuse of the city's emergency services phone system after he called 911 to complain to police that, despite it being his birthday, his neighbors wouldn't drink with him.

Trivia Answer: Daniel J. Travanti -- who turns 74 today. Travanti earned five nominations and two Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Hill Street Station Captain Frank Furillo. Although the organization maintains a policy of anonymity among its members, Travanti publicly acknowledged his past as a chronic alcoholic who found sobriety through Alcoholics Anonymous, calling the affliction a "disease of loneliness and secrecy." In 1981, he made such a confession to Rona Barrett in an interview on NBC and even recited, from memory, all of the organization's Twelve Steps on camera. Capt. Furillo, his best-known character, was also a recovering alcoholic.

Thursday 3.6.14
Today's Trivia: He came to national prominence as mayor of Washington, DC. His celebrity transformed into international notoriety in January of 1990, when he was videotaped smoking crack cocaine and was arrested by FBI officials on drug charges. The arrest and subsequent trial precluded him seeking re-election, and he served six months in a federal prison. After his release, however, he was elected to the DC city council in 1992 and ultimately returned to the mayor's office in 1994. Who is he?

Forecast models suggest we'll dry out tonight and remain dry tomorrow. A new storm will push through during Saturday afternoon into Sunday but it looks like a fairly routine event. After the weekend, a much more calmer weather pattern is in the offing.

James Paxton allowed two hits in three scoreless innings and Nick Franklin drove in two runs yesterday but it wasn't enough as the Seattle Mariners' fell to the Cleveland Indians, 8-5. Seattle started position players who all could be on its opening-day roster. Robinson Cano singled and scored, and Kyle Seager doubled and scored. Today the Ms meet up with the Chicago White Sox.

For the first time in team history, the Seahawks rank first in NFL merchandising sales, with fans reportedly buying Seattle gear more than that of any other team. Russell Wilson has the NFL's top-selling jersey, the league told The Seattle Times this week. Marshawn Lynch and Richard Sherman are also in the top 10 for jersey sales.

Birthdays: From The Supremes, singer Mary Wilson is 70; Pink Floyd singer and guitarist David Gilmour is 68; actor and director Rob Reiner is 67; her most famous song is a duet with Elton John called Don't Go Breaking My Heart, singer Kiki Dee is 67; Roseanne Barr's ex-, actor Tom Arnold is 55; actor and comedian DL. Hughley is 51; and former NBA center Shaquille O'Neal 42.

Today is Headache Relief Day, marking the patenting of aspirin on this date in 1899. On the same day, the Bayer Company trademarked the name aspirin for the medicine developed by German chemist Friedrich Hoffman. Aspirin is also known as acetylsalicylic acid. Today is National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day

Calendar notes: On this date in 1955, a new comedienne made her San Francisco debut at the Purple Onion club. Phyllis Diller was 37 years old. In 1960, the US announced that it would send 3,500 troops to Vietnam. In 1981, after 19 years of presenting the CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite signed off for the last time. In 1982, the most points scored by two teams in the National Basketball Association made history. San Antonio beat Milwaukee 171-166 in three overtime periods to set the mark. In 1992, the last episode of The Cosby Show aired after eight seasons. In 1997, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II launched the first official royal Web site: royal.gov.uk.

Target Corp.'s executive ranks have suffered their first casualty since hackers stole credit card numbers and other personal data of millions of the retailer's shoppers last year. The nation's second largest discounter told The Associated Press that Beth Jacob, who has overseen everything from Target's web site to its internal computer systems as chief information officer since 2008, has resigned. The company said it will search for an interim CIO. The departure comes as Target works to overhaul some of its divisions that handle security and technology following the massive data breach. Target said the resignation was Jacob's idea, but some analysts speculate that the executive has faced intense scrutiny as the company has tried to restore its reputation among investors and shoppers.

A 95-year-old WWII veteran just wanted to cheer on the runners who were passing by his house in San Jose, California. But to his surprise, they were more interested in cheering for him - with many of the runners veering off-course to shake his hand and thank him for his service. The runners were competing in an 8K to benefit the Pat Tillman Foundation.

So if a bar over-serves an obviously-drunk customer, and that customer goes out and gets in a car wreck, there are laws in which the bar could be liable for damages. So, what about casinos? Mark Johnston visited a Vegas casino during Super Bowl weekend, got drunk, and lost $500,000. He's now suing the casino for letting him bet while drunk.

Trivia Answer: Marion Shepilov Barry, Jr. -- Marion Berry -- who turns 78 today. He's currently serving as a member of the Council of the District of Columbia, representing DC's Ward 8. He served as the second elected mayor of the District of Columbia from 1979 to 1991, and again as the fourth mayor from 1995 to 1999. In addition to his current term, he also served two other tenures on the D.C. Council, as an At-Large member from 1975–79, and as Ward 8 representative from 1992–95. In the 1960s he was involved in the Civil Rights Movement, serving as the first president of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Despite his history of political and legal controversies, Barry remains a figure of enormous popularity and influence on the local political scene of Washington DC The alternative weekly Washington City Paper nicknamed him Mayor-for-Life, a designation that remained long after Barry left the mayor's office. The Washington Post has stated that "To understand the District of Columbia, one must understand Marion Barry."

Wednesday 3.5.14
Today's Trivia: He's a professional basketball player, rapper, actor, reserve police officer, and a US Deputy Marshal. Oh, and he stands 7 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 325 pounds. Who is he?

Felix Hernandez gave up two hits and struck out one over two scoreless innings in his first spring-training start as the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 yesterday. The Ms match up with Cleveland in Peoria today at 12:05.

Borthdays: Actor Dean Stockwell is 78; football player turned actor Fred Williamson is 76; singer Eddy Grant is 66; Dire Straits keyboardist Alan Clark is 62; Roz on Night Court, actress and comedian Marsha Warfield is 60; the Penn half of Penn & Teller, comedian and magician Penn Jillette is 59; Charlie and Craig Reid -- twins that are The Proclaimers -- are 52; and model Niki Taylor is 38.

Today is National Cheese Doodle Day. Today is Act Goofy Day, a day to do silly things just for the fun of it. Today is Fun Facts about Names Day, Today is Temperance Day. On March 5th of 1623, America's first temperance law was passed. In a proclamation signed by Governor Sir Francis Wyatt and thirty-two members of the Virginia colonial legislature, Virginia prohibited public intoxication under penalty of a fine. Virginia was later joined by other colonies in taking measures to prohibit the use of alcohol.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1912, the Oreo cookie was born at the National Biscuit Company in New York. Since then, we have eaten more thatn 62 billion of them -- enough to stack and reach the moon and back at least five times. In1977, Jimmy Carter became the first president to host a radio talk show when he took questions from 42 listeners in 26 states on Ask President Carter. Walter Cronkite co-hosted the program. In 1982,  John Belushi died of a drug overdose at age 33. In 2005, Martha Stewart was convicted in New York of obstructing justice and lying to the government about why she'd unloaded her Imclone stock just before the price plummeted. She served a five-month prison sentence.

Former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner tweeted he has been reinstated by the NFL following his suspension in December for violating the league's policy on substance abuse. Browner announced the news via his Twitter feed yesterday afternoon. Browner was suspended indefinitely without pay by the league on December 18th. The reinstatement will make Browner a free agent as his contract with the Seahawks ended after this season. In his statement, Browner said he realizes playing in the NFL is a privilege, not a right. He adds, "I am grateful that Commissioner Goodell and my agent were able to resolve this issue in a positive, productive manner so I can continue my career, provide for my family, and help my team win a Super Bowl."

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll yesterday said "maybe we have a chance" to bring back defensive end Red Bryant and wide receiver Sidney Rice after the Seahawks cut them Friday. Maybe we have a chance to get them back. Maybe we don't," Carroll said, according to The Seattle Times. "We'll have to wait and see." Bryant, who had been with the Hawks since they drafted him in 2008, reportedly was set to earn $4.5 million plus a $3 million bonus on his 2014 contract. Rice, who was Carroll and GM John Schneider's first big free-agent signee in 2011 and was injured for much of 2013, was due to earn $8.5 million in base salary. By releasing them, the Seahawks cleared up cap room to go after defensive end Michael Bennett, who is now on the open market after one impressive year with Seattle. The 28-year-old led the Super Bowl-champion Seahawks with 8.5 sacks and is now one of the more sought-after free agents. Like Bennett, Bryant, and Rice are now free to sign with any team once free agency begins Saturday. It's possible that they could re-sign with the Seahawks if they are unable to find a better offer on the open market.

Right after prospect Adam Muema left the NFL Combine because, as he said, God told him the Seahawks would draft him if he left, the San Diego State running back went missing. Many people close to him, including his high school football coach, were worried for his safety. As it turns out, Muema spent three days alone in the baggage claim area at the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., international airport. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Muema was still wearing his NFL-issued combine gear when a friend finally picked him up. Muema's friend, Corey Nelson, says "He said he was at the airport for three days straight. He was telling me when I picked him up that God told him to stay at the airport and don't do anything. Just stay there. That's what he did for three days straight. On the fourth day, he told me he couldn't do it anymore. He decided to call me." Nelson added that Muema seemed "focused, cheerful and very wise" when he picked Muema up on Thursday.

A tire company in Finland has built a concept winter tire that has studs that can be deployed by the push of a button. The body of the stud remains in place while the moving part is the hard metal pin in the middle of the stud.

An asteroid is headed this way -- and it will zoom past Earth closer than the Moon. The newly discovered asteroid, called 2014 DX110, will hurtle between the moon and Earth tonight, passing an estimated 217,000 miles from Earth. That's approximately nine-tenths of the distance between the moon and Earth.

In Flint, Michigan, someone decided to pay for pizza with two counterfeit $20 bills. After the delivery driver returned to his store the manager called police. When cops showed up to the guy who ordered the pizza they hit the jackpot. They not only arrested the man who paid for the pie, but three other people with outstanding warrants.

Trivia Answer: Shaquille O'Neal -- Shaq -- who turns 42 tomorrow. He is one of the largest players ever to play in the NBA. He wears a size 23 shoe. O'Neal's primary weakness is his free-throw shooting. His career average is 52.7%. He once missed all 11 free throws in a game against the Seattle SuperSonics on December 8th of 2000, a record. In hope of exploiting O'Neal's poor foul shooting, opponents often commit intentional fouls against him, a tactic known as "Hack-a-Shaq". In addition to his basketball career, O'Neal has released four rap albums, with his first, Shaq Diesel, going platinum. He has also appeared in numerous films and has starred in his own reality shows, Shaq's Big Challenge and Shaq Vs. O'Neal has also maintained a high level of interest in the workings of the police department and has become personally involved in law enforcement. O'Neal went through the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Reserve Academy and became a reserve officer with the L.A. Port Police. On March 2nd of 2005, O'Neal was given an honorary US Deputy Marshal title.

Tuesday 3.4.14
Today's Trivia: It's the third most populous city in the United States, and the most populous city in the American Midwest. What is it?

The seemingly endless winter dumped a half a foot snow on the ground in parts of the South, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast, and many areas this morning saw something even more unusual in March: a blast of arctic air that sent temperatures plummeting into the single digits. Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport broke a 141-year-old record low temperature, reaching 4 degrees. Dulles International Airport -- also outside Washington -- tied a 1993 record for the month at -1 degree. Both airports broke record lows two days in a row. Schools and government offices along the East Coast were closed today or delayed opening. And Virginia State Police said slickened roads were factors in three traffic deaths. The storm had a major effect south of the Mason-Dixon line. Governors declared states of emergency in Virginia and Tennessee, where there were hundreds of traffic accidents and tens of thousands of power outages. Nearly 3,000 flights were canceled Monday.

A split squad of Seattle Mariners rallied for a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds yesterday. Meanwhile, the other half of the team was facing the Colorado. Robinson Cano had two hits and an RBI and Dustin Ackley had a three-run double, as Seattle beat the Rockies 8-1. Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager sat out for the third straight game yesterday because of a jammed index finger on his throwing hand. Seager is expected to start today against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ms ace Felix Hernandez is scheduled to make his first start of spring training today when Seattle faces the Dodgers. Felix is expected to throw two innings.

Birthdays: The bassist from Yes, Chris Squires is 66; singer Chris Rea is 63; percussionist Emilio Estefan is 61; actress Catherine O'Hara is 60; from the TV show Wings, actor Steven Weber is 53; and Chaz Bono is 45.

It's Holy Experiment Day. It's a chance to try something, or ask for something, and to measure the results. It's Hug a GI Day. Stop Bad Service Day. Courageous Follower Day. National Pound Cake Day. National Dance the Waltz Day. International Scrapbooking Industry Day. and it's Cadbury's Chocolates Birthday (debuted in 1824).

Calendar notes: On this date in 1957, the S&P 500 stock market index was introduced, replacing the S&P 90. In 1974, People magazine was published for the first time in the United States as People Weekly. In 1985, the Food and Drug Administration approved a blood test for AIDS, used since then for screening all blood donations in the United States.

New and out on DVD today: Super Bowl XLVIII Champions: Seattle Seahawks. The Amazon description: NFL Films takes you down the sidelines, on the field and into the locker room with exclusive access to all the vivid sounds and images of every game in the memorable 2013-2014 season of the Championship team coupled with exciting extra content detailing stores from the year, media day at Super Bowl XLVIII, and the thrilling Lombardi Trophy Presentation.

Also out on DVD today is 12 Years a Slave. In the wake of the Oscar picture win for the film, movie theaters are clamoring to get the film -- even though it hits home video shelves today. Last weekend 12 Years was on 411 North American movie screens. This week it expands to 1,000.

The No. 2 airliner in the world, United Continental canceled four times as many flights in the first two months of 2014 as compared to last year. The company said the higher number of cancelations was due mostly to bad weather. Other airlines have reported weather-based cancelations, too, but with hubs in Chicago and Newark, United has been particularly hard-hit this winter.

Trivia Answer: Chicago. It's number three behind New York City and Los Angeles. it is the most populous city in the state of Illinois. Its metropolitan area, sometimes called Chicagoland, is home to 9.5 million people. The city of Chicago was incorporated on this date in 1837. Its O'Hare International Airport is the second-busiest airport in the world. It also has the largest number of US highways, and railroad freight entering its region. In 2012, Chicago hosted 46.37 million international and domestic visitors, an overall visitation record. The city has many nicknames, which reflect the impressions and opinions about historical and contemporary Chicago. The best-known include the Windy City and Second City. Chicago has professional sports teams in each of the major professional leagues. In fact, Chicago was named the Best Sports City in the United States by the Sporting News in 1993, 2006, and 2010. The city is home to two Major League Baseball teams: the Chicago Cubs of the National League, who play in Wrigley Field on the North Side; and the Chicago White Sox of the American League, who play in US Cellular Field on the South Side. Chicago is the only city that has had more than one MLB franchise every year since the AL began in 1901. It also features the the Chicago Bears, one of the last two remaining charter members of the National Football League. The Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association is one of the most recognized basketball teams in the world. During the 1990s with Michael Jordan leading them, the Bulls took six NBA championships in eight seasons. The Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League began play in 1926. The Chicago Fire Soccer Club is a member of Major League Soccer.

Monday 3.3.14
Today's Trivia: He was a writer and cartoonist, most widely known for his children's books. He published over 60 of them. They were often characterized by imaginative characters, rhyme, and frequent use of trisyllabic meter. Numerous adaptations of his work have been created, including eleven television specials, three feature films, and a Broadway musical. In May of 1954, Life magazine published a report on illiteracy among school children, which concluded that children were not learning to read because their books were boring. Accordingly, this author's publisher made up a list of 348 words he felt were important and asked this author to cut the list to 250 words and write a book using only those words. Nine months later, using 236 of the words given to him, he completed one of his most memorable and successful books. Who was he?

Tourists flocked to the monuments in the nation's capital yesterday to enjoy 50-degree temperatures before yet another winter storm was expected to dump up to a foot of snow on parts of the East Coast. In the latest blast of a harsh winter, forecasters said a layer of ice and as much as 10 inches of snow was possible by the end of the day today in Washington and the Mid-Atlantic region, while up to 8 inches of snow was predicted across parts of southern Pennsylvania. Nearly a foot of snow was expected in parts of New Jersey. I received a text message from my sister-in-law, who lives and works in Virginia, was sent home mid-morning today because the sleet had started to fall. The government announced yesterday that Washington, DC-area federal offices were staying closed today because of the winter storms.

After spanking the San Diego Padres two days in a row, the Mariners played someone else on Saturday. They beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5-3 in a rain-shortened contest. Yesterday, they left Peoria and travelled to Goodyear, Arizona to face the Cleveland Indians. Perhaps they should have stayed in Peoria. Dustin Ackley went 2-for-3 but the Indians rallied to hand the Ms their first loss of the spring, 6-to-3. Split squad action today as the Mariners take on Colorado and Cincinnati.

It's March which is Irish American Month, Music in Our Schools Month, National Craft Month, National Frozen Food Month, National Nutrition Month, National Peanut Month, National Women's History Month, Red Cross Month, and Social Workers Month.

Today is National Anthem Day. The Star Spangled Banner was adopted by Congress as the national anthem in 1931. It's Peach Blossom Day. Today is I Want You To Be Happy Day. It's National Salesperson's Day. It's 33 Flavors Day (Baskin Robins Birthday). It's also Alexander Graham Bell's Birthday (1847).

Calendar notes: On this date in 1885, the American Telephone & Telegraph Company -- AT&T -- was incorporated in New York. In 1923, TIME magazine was published for the first time. In 1991, an amateur video captured the beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers. In 2005, Steve Fossett became the first person to fly an airplane non-stop around the world solo without refueling.

Birthdays: Singer Jennifer Warnes is 67 -- she was born in Seattle by the way; actor and director Tim Kazurinsky is 64; Hooters guitarist John Lilley is 60; Olympic track and field gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee is 52; former NFL star Herschel Walker, a Heisman Trophy winner, is 52; Bud on Married ... with Children, actor David Faustino is 40; and actress Jessica Biel is 32.

The Lego Movie was not number one over the weekend. That honor went to Non-Stop, a thriller starring Liam Neeson as a US air marshal trying to stop a string of murders on an international flight, It collected $30 million in ticket sales to soar into the lead. It swept the week's other new film, Son of God, into second place. The aforementioned, The Lego Movie, which led the box office for the past three weeks, was third. Rounding out the top five, the George Clooney World War Two-era film The Monuments Men took fourth, while 3 Days to Kill, starring Kevin Costner as an over-the-hill international spy, was fifth. By the way, yesterday Frozen moved past the $1 billion level. It went on to win the Oscar for best animated feature film at last night's Oscars. Let It Go from the Frozen soundtrack won the Oscar for original song. Other big winners: 12 Years a Slave won the Oscar for best picture, Cate Blanchett took home the Oscar for best actress for her role in Blue Jasmine, and the Best actor Oscar went to Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club.

The Oscars were responsible for Ellen breaking Twitter. The Associated Press recounts: During a comic bit, the Oscars host prevailed upon actor Bradley Cooper to take a picture with her and several other stars crowding around, including Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Spacey, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Long before midnight last night, the photo had been retweeted more than 2 million times, breaking a record set by President Barack Obama with the picture of him hugging First Lady Michelle Obama after his re-election in 2012. Twitter also sent out an apology because all of the retweeting disrupted service for more than 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, father-son movie duo Will and Jaden Smith won Razzies. The pair shared the screen in the colossal flop After Earth last year, and they now share another ignominious distinction: worst actors of the year. Jaden won worst actor, Will won worst supporting actor, and the two won for worst screen combo at the annual Razzie Awards on Saturday, which spotlight Hollywood's worst performances of the year

The phones were ringing off the hook at Gordy's Pizza & Pasta in Port Angeles last Wednesday, but the callers weren't looking for the eatery's signature fettuccine. They were trying to vote for their favorites on American Idol. The Peninsula Daily News reports that it's not clear why the calls were routed to Gordy's for two hours Wednesday night. The number the show advertised for voters -- 855-443-6411 – isn't similar to the number the pizzeria has had for the past 50 years. According to the show, viewers nationwide cast more than 71 million votes Wednesday night. The restaurant's owner, Randy Sexton, said his staff was inundated with calls, and answered every one as if it were a customer. He hopes the snafu gets fixed before this Wednesday's episode. A spokeswoman for American Idol said efforts were being made to fix the problem. Sexton said a mistake may have been made when voters' calls were routed through AT&T. He said most of the calls seemed to be from the East Coast, Sandy Bennett, who set up and manages the show's voting system, did not have an explanation, according to an email she sent out to address the problem.

As if this winter hasn't been draining enough, Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend -- meaning we'll lose an hour of sleep.

At the behest of the NBA, Miami Heat star LeBron James on Saturday wore a clear protective mask instead of the black carbon-fiber one he donned earlier in the week. "It's not a league rule, but it's a league request," said James, who is wearing the mask to protect his recently-broken nose. "I didn't agree with their reasons, but I'll do it."

Trivia Answer: Theodor Seuss Geisel who wrote under the pen name Dr. Seuss. He was born on yesterday's date, March 2nd, in 1904. He passed away in 1991. The story he wrote using the list of 236 words was The Cat in the Hat. Other notable titles from Dr. Seuss include One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, and Green Eggs and Ham. Green Eggs and Ham was written in response to another challenge from Geisel's publisher. The challenge? Write a story using a list of only 50 words.