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|Today's Trivia: This lawyer was best known for his leadership
role in the defense and criminal acquittal of O.J. Simpson for the alleged
murder of his former wife Nicole Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
However, he also represented Sean Combs, Michael Jackson, rapper Tupac
Shakur, actor Todd Bridges, football player Jim Brown, rapper Snoop Dogg,
and former heavyweight Champion Riddick Bowe. Who is he?
Yesterday's game marked the end of a 17-year stay by the Chicago Cubs at HoHoKam Stadium in Mesa, Arizona as their spring training home. The club moves into a new facility about four miles away next year. The fans turned out to say goodbye, 11,635 were in attendance as the Cubs los to the Seattle Mariners, 6-4. Seattle's Michael Morse set the Mariners' record for spring training home runs when he hit his ninth, to lead off the second inning. Mariner skipper Erik Wedge said the team won't make its final roster decision between outfielders Jason Bay and Casper Wells until Sunday. The Mariners are off today. They play Colorado in Salt Lake City tomorrow before heading to Oakland for Monday's season opener.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson thinks, after all the had work he has done to organize an ownership group and push a last-minute arena-financing plan through the City Council, there is a 90 percent chance the NBA's Kings will stay where they are. But it's up to the NBA's Board of Governors to decide where the team should reside. A committee of owners is considering the matter next week, and the Board of Governors is voting at their meeting April 18th and 19th.
You may soon be able to get Seahawks and Sounders FC commemorative license plates for your car. A Washington state senate bill for approval of the new team plates passed the House transportation committee last week and took its next step Tuesday. If the bill passes the full Legislature this year, the new plates could be available by the beginning of 2014. Special license plates are already available to show support for the Mariners and several universities, including UW, WSU, Western, Evergreen, and Gonzaga. According to the draft senate bill, the Seahawks and Sounders plates would simply display the teams' respective logos.
Sweet 16 coverage of the NCAA Tournament continues tonight on CBS and TBS.
Today at sundown, the National Day of Unplugging begins. Don't use computers, cell phones, tablets or TVs for 24 hours beginning at sundown today. Embrace the ancient beauty of a day of rest. Re-connect with your family and friends face-to-face. Today is Coca-Cola Day. Atlanta pharmacist John Pemberton concocted Coca-Cola on March 29th and introduced it to the public on May 8th, 1886. Today is Mule Day in Columbia, Tennessee, the "Mule Capital" of the world. Borrowed Days begin today. According to calendar legend, March originally had only 28 days, while April had 33. Today is National Mom & Pop Business Owners Day. Today is National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day.
On this date in 1985, Madonna made her movie debut in Desperately Seeking Susan. In In 1989, Crowded House played a gig in Calgary, performing for eight people in the basement of Grant Harvey's house. Harvey won the concert when his homemade video was judged the best entered in a contest. The four-minute-long video answered the question: "What would your house look like if Crowded House came over?" In 1991, city officials in Encinitas, California, warned that children had begun a dangerous activity by venturing into sewers searching for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In 1994, Dallas Cowboy head coach Jimmy Johnson resigned after leading the team to two consecutive Super Bowls. In 1995, M&M's announced that voters had chosen blue as the new color to be added to their candy. Over 10-million voters chose blue over pink and purple during the two-month campaign.
If you're trying to find love online, wear red. That's according to a new book, Drunk Tank Pink, which highlights a study that discovered men chose women wearing red in their profile pictures more than any other color. Men were also more likely to spend more money on a date with a woman a red. Women who were hitchhiking and wearing red were picked up by men more than those in other colors. If you're dating though, you might wanaa rethink the hitchhiking thing.
When Prince Harry returns to the US in May, don't expect to see a repeat of his last trip when nude pictures of the royal were taken at a Las Vegas party. In fact, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says when Harry comes to his state, he'll be with him the whole time, making sure things run smoothly. According to People magazine, The Guv said on his radio talk show, Ask The Governor, "Queen Elizabeth II knows she can trust her grandson with me." While Prince Harry visits New Jersey, he'll tour some of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy last year.
Best idea of the year? Buy someone else's wedding. A new business called Bridal Brokerage takes broken dreams and resells them at bargain prices. Founder Lauren Byrne connects brides-to-be with brides that were forced, for whatever reason, to cancel their wedding. Cancelling a wedding means losing a lot of money from reservations and contracts. Bridal Brokerage supplies an avenue to take over those contracts for a fraction of the cost.
Valerie Harper, who received a devastating terminal cancer diagnosis on January 15th continues to inspire her countless fans. The 73-year- old actress, known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern, is reunitomg with several of her former castmates from the legendary ‘70s sitcom, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, for a special episode of Hot in Cleveland. Harper joins Moore, Cloris Leachman, Georgia Engel and Hot in Cleveland star Betty White in an episode that marks the first time the five ladies have acted together since The Mary Tyler Moore Show's iconic finale back in 1977.
After recently getting a reminder of his earlier life by reuniting with Tim Allen for a guest spot on ABC's Last Man Standing, former kid actor Jonathan Taylor Thomas, of TV's Home Improvement, admitted that leaving Hollywood at the peak of his career is a decision he's never second-guessed. During his decade away from stardom, JTT attended Harvard, Columbia and St. Andrew's University in Scotland, enjoying his time as a student. Now back in Los Angeles from the long break, the 31-year-old actor is focused on directing, writing scripts and taking advantage of his free time.
Trivia Answer: Johnnie Cochran who died on this date in 2005. One of his most famous quotes: "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit." Johnnie Cochran's well-honed rhetoric and flamboyance in the courtroom has been described as theatrical. His practice as a lawyer earned him great wealth. He was said to have earned $40 million ($1 million a year) in trying cases. With his earnings, he bought and drove cars such as a Jaguar and a Rolls-Royce, and he wore expensive suits. Cochran owned homes in Los Angeles, two apartments in West Hollywood, and a condo in Manhattan. Cochran often liked to say that he worked "not only for the OJs, but also the No Js". Johnnie Cochran died at his home in Los Angeles on Tuesday, March 29th of 2005 from a brain tumor.
|Today's Trivia: He's a former gymnast who, as a member of the
gold medal-winning men's gymnastics team at the 1984 Summer Olympic Games,
won an individual gold on the parallel bars. He was also the 1979 World
Champion on the parallel bars. He married fellow gymnast Romanian gold
medalist Nadia Comaneci in 1996. Who is he?
Felix Hernandez allowed three runs in six innings in his last start of spring training, helping the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-7 yesterday. The Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, also tuning up for opening day, pitched three innings and gave up three runs and five hits. He faced only 15 batters for the Dodgers. Kershaw gave up a two-run home run to Seattle's Michael Morse, who has eight this spring. Kendrys Morales, Dustin Ackley, Jesus Montero and Robert Andino each had two hits for the Mariners. Mariners manager Eric Wedge was ejected in the sixth inning for arguing balls and strikes. The Ms face the Cubs at HoHoKam Park today.
The Mariners, meanwhile, have settled on rookie Brandon Maurer and righty Blake Beavan to round out their five-man pitching rotation. The team made the announcement yesterday. They join Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, and Joe Saunders in the rotation as the Mariners prepare to open the regular season Monday against the Athletics in Oakland. The M's first home game is April 8th against the Houston Astros.
The Miami Heat's 27-game winning streak was snapped last night by the Chicago Bulls, 101-97, when a furious comeback by LeBron James and his teammates fell short. The Heat finished six shy of the 33-game record held by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.
The NCAA Tournament continues tonight on CBS and TBS.
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 In 1995, Lyle Lovett and Julia Roberts announced that they were legally separating. Their marriage lasted 21 months.
In Germany a man called police to report that someone broke into his home, cleaned the inside of the fridge, washed his dishes, vacuumed, and left fresh-baked cookies on his kitchen table. You suppose he or she would want my address?
Also in Germany -- in the eastern part of the country, Volker Kraft is retired, so he had lots of time to decorate for Easter this year. Volker and his family have decorated an apple tree with 10,000 plastic Easter eggs.
If Peeps and Cadbury Creme Eggs are too low rent for your Easter-candy-loving-tastebuds, get them -- and your wallet -- to New York's Upper West Side and the bakery called Sugar & Plumm. It's created a $1,000 chocolate egg with dark, milk, and white chocolates along with marzipan flowers, ladybugs, and what look like Angry Birds. The egg weighs 22-pounds and stands 3-feet-tall.
Thinking of blowing off that dinner reservation? Think again, because the restaurant just might shame you on Twitter. Red Medicine restaurant in Los Angeles is doing it. It's using its Twitter account to call out people who make reservations but don't have the courtesy to show up or call to cancel.
If you want your kid to live into their triple digits, start having them early. A new study found that kids have a better shot at living past 100 if you have them before turning 25.
Sometimes your child's love can hurt...badly. A 50-year old Kalamazoo, Michigan, woman was on the receiving end of a 5-year-old's hug that landed both her and the child in the hospital. The woman was standing by a second floor window at when a 5-year old ran straight at her for a hug. The weight and momentum of the child threw the lady off balance and out the window. Both were rushed to the hospital.
Anderson Cooper might one day replace Matt Lauer on the Today show. Rumors had surfaced saying that Matt made a call to Cooper to express his approval. Lauer is reportedly on board with the idea of the CNN anchor replacing him and was actually scheduled to meet Anderson to discuss the eventual transition. However, the meeting was put on hold because of all the negative publicity surrounding the Today show host and NBC's mishandling of the firing of Matt's former co-host, Ann Curry. On the heals of those reports that Anderson Cooper has been approached about replacing Matt Lauer, NBC yesterday debunked the rumor that Matt's on his way out. A spokesman for NBC said, "Matt Lauer is the best in the business. We want him in the Today show anchor chair for many years to come."
Trivia Answer: Bart Conner who is 55 today. Conner was also part of the 1976 and 1980 USA Olympic gymnastics teams. He won the World Cup in 1979, and the American Cup in 1976, 1980, and 1981. He has been inducted into several Halls of Fame, including those of the US Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics, International Gymnastics, and Oklahoma Sports. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2012. He currently owns and operates the Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy in Norman, Oklahoma along with his wife, Nadia Comaneci. He is also a commentator for televised gymnastics events and an editor of International Gymnast Magazine. Conner and Nadia were engaged on November 12th of 1994 (Nadia's 33rd birthday), and married on April 27th of 1996 in Bucharest, Romania. The couple first met at the 1976 American Cup, where Conner won the men's, and Comaneci the women's title. They reconnected in 1991, when Comaneci fled Romania. Conner became a father when Comaneci gave birth to their first child, a boy named Dylan Paul Conner, on the morning of June 3, 2006 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Dylan was born three weeks early, weighing in at just 4 lbs. However, Dylan left the hospital after a short stay and immediately thrived.
|Today's Trivia: This actor, comedian, and musician first came to
prominence as one of the four writer-performers in Beyond the Fringe in
the early 1960s and became famous as half of the popular television
double-act he formed with Peter Cook. His fame as a comedic actor was
later heightened by his success in Hollywood movies -- particularly in the
late 70s and early 80s. Who is he?
With the clock clicking down, the Sacramento City Council took its last shot at keeping the NBA Kings in California's capital by approving a public-private deal yesterday to build a new 18,500-seat arena and retail center downtown. Approval of the arena was the last step in what has been a full court press by Mayor Kevin Johnson to keep the city's only major league sports team from bolting to Seattle, where a new ownership group and arena deal awaits. He now must convince NBA owners to block the Maloof family from initiating the move, a deal made public in January. Tick … tock … tick … tock.
The Kansas City Royals set a team record for spring training wins with their 23rd victory, beating the Seattle Mariners 9-6 yesterday. Mariners starter Jeremy Bonderman gave up seven runs and 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings. Franklin Gutierrez and Michael Morse homered for Seattle. Kansas City at 23-and-6 is atop the standings in Cactus League play. The Mariners are second at 19-and-11. Today the Mariners host the Dodgers in Peoria at noon. The regular season opens Monday with Seattle at Oakland to face the Athletics.
The Seattle Seahawks have the strongest roster in the National Football League. That according to new rankings from NFL.com. Writer Chris Wesseling, who contributes to NFL.com's Around the League column, ranked the Seahawks not just among the league's best five rosters, but atop the league's best five rosters. The others were the Denver Broncos at No. 2, the San Francisco 49ers at No. 3, the Atlanta Falcons at No. 4 and the New England Patriots at No. 5.
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 on this date 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 on this date 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 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 if he'd let himself get nervous.
A follow-up on the single winner of Powerball over the weekend. A New Jersey man say he feels "pure joy" at winning the $338 million jackpot but has no idea what he'll do with the money -- except buy a car, to replace his feet as his primary mode of transportation. Dominican immigrant 45-year-old Pedro Quezada and his wife, Ines, appeared at New Jersey lottery headquarters yesterday to officially claim the prize. Both came in jeans, accompanied by four of his eight siblings and two nephews. Pedro came to the United States 26 years ago. He said his mind is not clear enough yet to figure out how he will use the money or where he might live. He did say he could use a good car. Asked what kind of car he has now, he said, "My feet." Lottery officials said Quezada had decided to accept the winnings in the form of a lump-sum payment worth $221 million, or about $152 million after taxes. It's the fourth-largest jackpot in Powerball history.
Ryan Seacrest just broke up with his girlfriend, Julianne Hough, and now there are reports he might be getting dumped by his main employer, American Idol. According to Perez Hilton, insiders say producers and TV executives are concerned about how low Idol's ratings have been and they're considering what changes to make. Among the possibilities, different judges and even finding a young host that isn't a household name yet to save the show on the massive amounts of money they pay Ryan to emcee the series.
President Barack Obama yesterday named Secret Service chief of staff Julia Pierson as the first female director of the agency. Pierson's appointment follows disorder at the Secret Service following a 2012 prostitution scandal that occurred during the tenure of director Mark Sullivan, who retired in February.
Phil is off the hook. A winter-weary Ohio prosecutor who filed a tongue-in-cheek criminal indictment against the famous Pennsylvania groundhog over his prediction of an early spring dropped the charge yesterday. Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser said Punxsutawney Phil has a "defense with teeth in it" since the animal's handler is taking the blame. The Groundhog Day celebration in Punxsutawney, about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, attracts worldwide attention each year. But when Gmoser filed his indictment last week after snow was forecast to fall after the official start of spring, renewed attention made it feel like February 2nd all over again. Bill Deeley, president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club's Inner Circle, said Monday the furry prognosticator had actually predicted six more weeks of winter, but he mistakenly announced an early spring because he failed to correctly interpret Phil's "groundhog-ese." Now it turns out, "Punxsutawney Phil is little more than a scapegoat," Gmoser wrote in the dismissal. That's a sharp contrast to last week, when Gmoser had written: "Punxsutawney Phil did purposely, and with prior calculation and design, cause the people to believe that spring would come early." Deeley said yesterday that going after the groundhog probably gave prosecutors some relief from the challenges they normally face bringing murderers, drug dealers, and other criminals to justice. Meanwhile, Phil seemed unfazed by the charge. "No, he's not worried," Deeley said. "He's getting three square meals a day, and a lot of rest." He also said the community appreciated all the extra publicity, which he said "you couldn't put a dollar figure on." Gmoser's office said he had also received hundreds of calls. Deeley wanted to be sure yesterday he wouldn't be the prosecutor's next target, but Gmoser said it was time to move on. "Truly, I have really serious work to do in Butler County," he said from his office in Hamilton, some 25 miles north of Cincinnati, even as snowflakes dropped from the skies. "Let's end it on a high note." He assured Ohio's lesser-known fuzzy forecaster, Buckeye Chuck, he won't face prosecution for his own erroneous prediction. Chuck, it turned out, was granted immunity after agreeing to cooperate with the state. "I'm kind of done with animal cases," Gmoser said. "Maybe another prosecutor can go after the Easter Bunny."
Did ya ever wonder what the best thing was before sliced bread?
How do you waste time at work? Salary.com has just released a survey. In it, they asked workers how they waste time at work. The answers:
Trivia Answer: He was often known as "Cuddly Dudley" or "The Sex Thimble" -- a reference to his short stature and popularity with women. Dudley Stuart John Moore who passed away on this date in 2002. He was notably short at 5-feet 2½ inches. He was born with a club foot that required extensive hospital treatment. It was in the late 1970s that he moved to Hollywood, where he appeared in Foul Play in 1978 with Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase. The following year saw his breakout role in Blake Edwards's 10 with Bo Derek, which he followed up with the movie Wholly Moses. Soon thereafter came Arthur, an even bigger hit than 10, which also starred Liza Minnelli and Sir John Gielgud. Sir John, by the way, won an Oscar for his role as Arthur's stern but loving man servant. Moore was married and divorced four times: to actresses Suzy Kendall and Tuesday Weld; Brogan Lane and Nicole Rothschild. He maintained good relationships with Kendall particularly, and also Weld and Lane. However, he expressly forbade Rothschild to attend his funeral. Moore dated and was a favourite of some of Hollywood's most attractive women, including the statuesque Susan Anton. On September 30th of 1999, Moore announced that he was suffering from the terminal degenerative brain disorder progressive supranuclear palsy, and the illness had been diagnosed earlier in the year. He died on March 27th of 2002, as a result of pneumonia, secondary to immobility caused by the palsy.
|Today's Trivia: This former professional basketball player is
regarded as one of the best point guards of all time, holding the NBA
records for most career assists and steals by considerable margins. A
ten-time NBA All-Star, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial
Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009. He was born in Spokane, went to high
school at Gonzaga Prep, graduating in 1980. He then played college
basketball for Gonzaga University in his hometown where he averaged 20.9
points per game while shooting 57% from the field in his senior year. Who
Cincinnati pitcher Homer Bailey thought the numbers looked a lot worse than he pitched. Jesus Montero hit a grand slam, Michael Saunders homered among his three hits and the Seattle Mariners hammered Bailey in a 16-0 rout of the Cincinnati Reds yesterday. Bailey was scheduled to pitch five innings but lasted only 3 1-3, allowing nine runs on nine hits and two walks. He struck out five. Saunders' homer was his third of the spring. Montero has two grand slams this spring. Mariners and Royals meet at Peoria today at noon.
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. National Kite Month begins today.
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, Thee 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 Kingdome was imploded to make way for a new football arena.
Spring has arrived. As temperatures rise across the region, the Washington State Department of Transportation reminds drivers to remove their studded tires by midnight Sunday. Studded tires are legal in Washington from Nov. 1st to March 31st, unless WSDOT grants an extension. Multiple forecasts indicate temperatures will be well above 50 degrees in many parts of the state and WSDOT is not planning on extending the deadline. This year, Oregon and Washington are coordinating studded-tire removal dates to make travel rules consistent.
In what is actually a news story, Lindsay Lohan showed up for work on time. According to TMZ, the actress, who is known for making people wait hours for her, arrived on the set of Anger Management at 9:15 yesterday morning, which is actually 45 minutes before she had to be there. Even more impressive is that she was spotted out clubbing the night before. No word yet on when the episode of Anger Management featuring LiLol airs, but the Charlie Sheen-led FX series is on Thursday nights.
Prince Harry is coming back to America, but Las Vegas isn't on the schedule this time around. According to Us Weekly, what is on the agenda are areas of New Jersey affected by Hurricane Sandy, the Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C., a charity event in New York City, the 2013 Warrior Games in Colorado, and the Sentebale Polo Cup in Greenwich, Connecticut. Last time Prince Harry came to the US, he made headlines after nude photos of the royal in Sin City leaked.
Phillip Phillips's is still in the middle of promoting his debut album, The World From the Side of the Moon, but that doesn't mean he's not looking towards the future as well. The singer tells Billboard that he's always writing for his next effort, even though he feels no rush to put out a new album. It was just announced that Phillip is opening for John Mayer on his upcoming summer tour.
NBC's Today show almost lost Matt Lauer to ABC last year. According to New York magazine, Lauer had learned that Ryan Seacrest was reportedly in talks to replace him as the host of the morning talk show while at the same time Bob Iger, the CEO of Disney, ABC's parent company, floated the idea of the Emmy-winning host jumping over to ABC and reuniting with former Today co-host Katie Couric for a daytime talk show. Lauer briefly entertained the offer before supposedly using it to as leverage during his contract negotiations with NBC to squeeze a four-hour-a-day work week and a 25-million dollar a year pay package out of the peacock network. So far it appears that NBC might not get its money's worth out of the deal as the Today show's ratings continue to sag and it continues to trail behind ABC's Good Morning America, a development that most in the industry attribute to the negative reaction Matt has received for his perceived role in forcing former co-host Ann Curry from the morning program.
Heard of the term 'showrooming'? That's what you're doing when you go to a store to check out an item before ordering it online. It's a problem for brick-and-mortar stores because, well, you're sucking up valuable employee time, handling the merchandise, then walking away without buying anything. Now a specialty food store in Brisbane, Australia, is putting its foot down and charging $5 to browse. You get the money back if you buy something.
Trivia Answer: John Stockton who is 51 today. He was selected by the Utah Jazz with the 16th overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft and then spent his entire career as a point guard for the Jazz through 2003. John's son David plays for the Gonzaga Bulldogs today. Dad, of course, was on hand to watch his son over the weekend which is why we kept getting those shot of John Stockton on TV during the NCAA tournament.
|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?
How's your bracket holding up? I am so outta here. Harvard is in and Gonzaga is out. Whooda thunk? Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker scored 16 points apiece and Wichita State hit seven straight 3-pointers late to knock the top-ranked and No. 1 seeded Bulldogs out of the NCAA tournament 76-70 on Saturday. Gonzaga became the first top seed to be eliminated, giving all the Zags doubters an I-told-you-so moment. It was another sudden end to an amazing ride for Gonzaga. The Bulldogs were playing in their 15th straight NCAA tournament but have not advanced past the Round of 16 since 1999.
The Arizona Diamondbacks were 8-4 winner over the Seattle Mariners yesterday. Franklin Gutierrez homered leading off the game, and Kendrys Morales put Seattle ahead 4-1 with a three-run homer in the third. The Mariners have hit a major league-high 50 homers in spring training. The Mariners face the Reds at Goodyear Ballpark today as spring training is winding down. One week from today, it's the regular season opener as the Ms are in Oaklsnd to face the As.
Former Mariner John Olerud has his No. 18 retired by his alma mater, Washington State, on March 30th when the Cougars play Stanford.
Can you name the the only nut tree native to North America? The Pecan Tree. Today, by the way, is Pecan Day. It's National Sleep Day. It's International Waffle Day, a holiday which originated in Sweden. There it's 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.
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 the 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 hold their first Bed-In for Peace at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel. In 2006, the Capitol Hill massacre occured in Seattle. A gunman killed six people before taking his own life at a party in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. It was the worst mass killing in Seattle since the 1983 Wah Mee massacre in which 13 died.
Caveman comedy The Croods left an indelible mark on the wall, opening at No. 1 with an estimated $44.7 million over the weekend. The 3-D adventure features a voice cast including Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone. and Catherine Keener. Opening strongly in second place with $30.5 million was Olympus Has Fallen, an action thriller in which North Korean terrorists take over the White House. No. 1 for the past couple of weeks, Oz the Great and Powerful fell to No. 3. The Call came in at No. 4 and Admission rounded out the top five.
Easter week is upon us, let us take a moment to learn more about the lowly chicken, for without him we would have no Easter Eggs or Easter Egg hunts.
Somebody had a very good weekend. A single ticket sold in New Jersey matched all six numbers in Saturday night's drawing for the $338.3 million Powerball jackpot according to lottery officials. The New Jersey Lottery said yesterday that details about the winning ticket would be released today, declining to reveal where it had been purchased and whether anyone had immediately come forward. It was the sixth largest jackpot in history.
As rumors fly about whether or not NBC will soon be giving longtime Tonight Show host Jay Leno the boot in favor of Jimmy Fallon, the higher-ups over at Fox television have taken notice and are ready to pounce on Leno if he's jettisoned from the peacock network. In a recent interview in the New York Post with Fox executive Steve Pruett, the man in charge of over 200 of Fox TV's most powerful affiliates, expressed interest in hiring Leno, saying, "If Fox were to present the right business plan, the affiliate board would be interested." It's rumored that the Emmy-winning late night talk show host will hand over the reins of the Tonight Show to Fallon show in 2014 when his contract with NBC expires.
The season premiere of The Voice is tonight. New coaches Shakira and Usher join the show this season, as Adam Levine and Blake Shelton return.
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.
|Today's Trivia: Today is Laser Day, marking the first laser
patent, issued to Arthur Schawlow and Charles Townes on this day in 1960.
What does LASER stand for?
Whew. Entering the NCAA tournament top-seeded and top-ranked for the first time in program history, the Zags nearly made another kind of history yesterday -- coming only a few minutes and a rimmed-out shot or two from becoming the first number 1 to lose to a number 16. In the end, though, Gonzaga prevailed 64-58 over Southern University in a game that wasn't safely in hand until the final buzzer sounded. No. 1 seeds improved to 113-and-0 since the field was expanded to 64 teams in 1985. The Bulldogs now play No. 9 Wichita State tomorrow.
The Cubs' came up with a 7-4 win over the Mariners last night. The Ms take on the Padres tonight at Peoria. Opening day starter Felix Hernandez is scheduled to pitch tonight.
International soccer is heading for the Northwest. The United States National Men's Team faces Panama at Centurylink Field in a World Cup qualifying match on June 11th. Seattle, along with Salt Lake City, Columbus, and Kansas City were named yesterday as the four remaining home 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying matches. The June 11th match against Panama at CenturyLink is only the second World Cup Qualifying game in Seattle. The first was more than 35 years ago when the US defeated Canada on October 20th of 1976 at the Kingdome.
Today is International Goof-Off Day. Funny how it comes on a Friday during the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Today is Roller Coaster Day. It's National Badminton Day. Today is As Young As You Feel Day. Today is Regional Shopping Mall Day. On this day in 1954, the first regional shopping mall in the US opened in Southfield, Michigan. Today is National Letting Go of Stuff Day, a day to free up subconscious space.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1894, the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association beat the Ottawa Capitals 3-1 to win the first Stanley Cup. The cup was named for Lord Stanley of Preston because he paid for it: all $44.67. In 1972, the US Congress sent a proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution to the states for ratification. Only 35 states ratified it; three short of the number needed for approval. In 1978, The Police signed with A&M Records. In 1986, Heart enjoyed their first -- and only -- chart-topper with These Dreams. In 1990, George Bush -- the first President Bush -- shocked the world when he announced, "I do not like broccoli and I haven't liked it since I was a kid and my mother made me eat it, and I'm the President of the United States and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli." In 1997, Tara Lipinski became the youngest women's world figure skating champion at age 14 years 10 months. In 2005, American Idol was forced to have a re-vote when they displayed the incorrect phone numbers for each of the 11 contestants during the voting stage of the show.
I-90 was closed for a bit yesterday because of snow and the National Weather Service office in Portland confirmed a weak tornado packing winds of 65 to 85 mph ripped apart a barn in Hockinson near Vancouver, USA. Perhaps because of incidents like that, America's favorite Groundhog now has a few other things to worry about besides his shadow. Punxsutawney Phil has been indicted by a prosecutor in Butler County, Ohio for a "mispresentation of spring" and the "death penalty" is being sought as a punishment.
P!nk stopped in the middle of a song during her hometown show in Philadelphia to console a crying child. She was in the middle of an acoustic performance of Who Knew when she stopped to find out why the child was crying. She addressed the child and found out that two women in the crowd were fighting, which upset the girl. P!nk told the woman to stop fighting and offered the girl a Rice Krispy Treat and a toy frog. She told the girl, "First of all, you, you look beautiful. Rice Krispy Treats make everything better." P!nk plays Key Arena in October. Tickets go on sale next weekend.
It's not enough that a 56-year-old British man named Bart Simpson shares a name with the popular animated character – the story goes one step further. Simpson appeared in court this week and received the news his trial would be presided over by a judge named ... Mr. Burns. A rep from the Warwickshire court system says it's pure coincidence that the two were matched and the trial will move ahead as normal. Simpson faces charges of possessing an illegal firearm in an area airport.
The US government yesterday warned computer users to beware of fake emails they may receive from hackers claiming to be from the Department of Homeland Security and demanding money to reinstate use of their computer. Homeland Security's US Computer Emergency Readiness Team, or US-CERT, published an alert on its website warning it had received reports of the "ransomware."
The US Library of Congress yesterday added 25 recordings to its national registry, including dance-craze inspirations such as Chubby Checker's The Twist and the Saturday Night Fever movie soundtrack, and pianist Van Cliburn's landmark Cold War Tchaikovsky performance. The recordings, ranging from 1918's After You've Gone by cabaret star Marion Harris to jazz legend Betty Carter's 1980 album The Audience with Betty Carter, were selected for preservation by the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural, artistic and historic importance. This year's inductees represent a wealth of musical styles, from Broadway show tunes (Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific) to iconic 1970s rock and punk (The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd and The Ramones' Ramones). The inclusion of Cliburn's 1958 recording of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 comes less than a month after the US pianist died in February at age 78. The National Recording Registry, created by Congress, began selecting and preserving recordings in 2002 to celebrate the richness and variety of the audio heritage of the United States. Twenty-five recordings at least 10 years old are selected annually by an expert committee and suggestions from the public.
A New York family is pocketing some serious dough after a garage sale bowl turned into a jackpot. The bowl was purchased in 2007 by the family for three bucks and they displayed it on their mantle for a few years before having it appraised. Turns out, the simple-looking white bowl is actually a thousand years old and from the Chinese Northern Song Dynasty. Originally, it was appraised at around 300-grand, but Newser reports someone bought the bowl at auction for 2.2-million dollars.
You've heard various studies about what's good and bad about coffee, but there's a new one out there that says a certain kind of coffee may extend your life. The residents of Ikaria, a Greek island, are known for living for a long time. In fact, according to Science Daily, over one percent live to be 90 – that's 10-times the European average. Researchers say the secret could be in the Greek coffee that 87 percent of them drink daily. If you can't get your hands on Greek coffee, a study by the AARP says those who drink two to three cups of coffee a day are more likely to live longer.
Trivia Answer: A laser is a device that emits light through a process of optical amplification based on the stimulated emission of electromagnetic radiation. The term "laser" originated as an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation
|Today's Trivia: He's a writer, actor, and director probably best
known for his work on Saturday Night Live. He is also the creator of the
TV series The Single Guy and Watching Ellie. He has appeared in various
motion pictures, most notably the 1986 cult classic Troll and as Nancy
Allen's boyfriend in 1990's Limit Up. He is married to actress Julia
Louis-Dreyfus from Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live and The New Adventures of
Old Christine. The two met while both were attending Northwestern
University. They both performed on SNL from 1982 to 1984. Who is he?
Top-ranked Gonzaga has earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. The Bulldogs were the top seed in the West Region when the brackets for the tournament were released Sunday. The Bulldogs open the tournament in Salt Lake City against No. 16 seed Southern University -- champions of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The teams squared off in the season opener two years ago with Gonzaga rolling to a 117-72 victory. The winner in this matchup faces the winner of Pittsburgh and Wichita State in the third round. The Zags are playing this afternoon. Everyone is trying to get to Atlanta for the Final Four, which begins April 6th at the Georgia Dome.
A day off for the Mariners yesterday. Cactus League play continues tonight as the Ms host the Cubs in Peoria. Root sports has the game tonight at 7:00.
Add one more to the Manning family as Eli Manning's wife Abby is expecting their second child. The New York Giants quarterback told Us Weekly that Abby is due in June and they're "very excited." The couple already has one daughter, who turns two-years-old today.
Look ma, no snow. I gotta say, it's awkward having snow in the forecast when you can look out the window and see cherry blossoms. Nonetheless, snow -- or at least a chance of snow showers -- stays in the forecast through Saturday.
On that topic, here's the number of the day today: 4,615. That's how many people, on average, go to the emergency room for snow blower injuries each year.
Today is Fragrance Day and, coincidentally, National Flower Day. Today is Memory Day, Agriculture Day, National Dance Day, Children's Poetry Day, National Teenager Day, International Astrology Day, National Single Parents Day, and National Teacher Appreciation Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1963, Alcatraz, the federal penitentiary on an island in San Francisco Bay, closed. In 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 announces a United States boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow to protest the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan. In In 1998, the FDA approves 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.
Scientists told a US Senate panel yesterday that, without "a few years" warning, humans currently have no capacity to stop an asteroid on a collision course with the planet. Scientists are calling for continued funding and support for NASA satellites and observation programs that look for "near Earth objects."
Samsung has announced a price for its new 85-inch 4K HDTV, now dubbed the S9. Samsung says it'll cost $39,999 and plans to begin accepting pre-orders at the end of this month.
Just in time for the round-of-64's start today, we've learned which teams have the most Facebook buzz. Duke comes out on top, with a Final Four also including Notre Dame, Michigan and Indiana.
The New York Times says the Tonight Show is expected to return to New York with Jimmy Fallon at the helm. Although a deal isn't done, NBC has apparently struck a deal with Fallon to replace Jay Leno as host of the late-night program, probably in the fall of 2014.
The LA County Department of Welfare Fraud Prevention and Investigation is looking into complaints that Octomom Nadya Suleman committed welfare fraud. According to TMZ, Suleman can only legally collect welfare for herself and her 14 kids if she makes 119-thousand dollars or less in a calendar year, but there are reports that she still collected welfare and food stamps even though she made nearly 200-grand in 2012. Witnesses are already being questioned and if investigators deem Nadya did commit the fraud, she could be prosecuted and face more than three years in prison if found guilty.
Trivia Answer: Brad Hall who turns 55 today. He and Julia have two sons: Henry and Charles.
|Today's Trivia: In 1975, he landed his best known role as the
main character in an ABC television police comedy series. The role earned
him seven Primetime Emmy Award and three Golden Globe Award nominations.
During the series' run, he also hosted two educational series, Animals,
Animals, Animals and FYI. He won two special Daytime Emmy Awards for the
latter series and won a third Daytime Emmy Award for a guest starring role
on CBS Schoolbreak Special in 1995. Who is he?
Barry Zito knew it was time to test the curveball. Zito struck out five in a row in the first and second innings, but Brandon Mauer shut down the Giants and led the Seattle Mariners to a 6-3 victory over San Francisco last night. Kendrys Morales homered in his third straight game. Seattle has won six straight games. Tomorrow night, the Mariners host the Cubs at Peoria.
That didn't take long. Just yesterday we noted that Matt Hasselbeck had been released by the Tennessee Titans. Less than 24 hours later, the 37-year-old quarterback signed with division rival Indianapolis. Terms of the deal were not immediately available. Matt started his career as a backup to Brett Favre and now he could end it being the backup to Andrew Luck. It looks like a smart move for the Colts, who lost last year's backup, free agent Drew Stanton, to Arizona last week. Indy wanted a veteran backup to help mentor its two young quarterbacks -- Luck and Chandler Harnish, the first and last picks in the 2012 draft.
It's difficult to tell whether a Seattle team is really as good as we think it is, living up here in our bubble -- what some call southern Alaska -- and being largely ignored by the national sports media. Not this time. The Seahawks are ranked No. 1 in the NFL, according to ESPN's latest Power Rankings, just edging the 49ers and Broncos in the TV network's first rankings of the 2013 offseason. ESPN says Seattle's recent aggressive moves made the difference. Those aggressive moves last week were Seattle's trading for wide receiver Percy Harvin, and signing free agent defensive ends Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett. General manager John Schneider has been working hard to fill the Seahawks' few weak spots, particularly the pass-rush, and the general consensus is that Seattle's offseason has so far been a wild success.
Many parts of the country -- including here in our neighborhood -- will disagree, but winter's over. Spring began this morning at 4:02 this morning. With that said, we still have that Wind Advisory in effect until 11 tonight. Additionally, a Flood Watch is underway for the Skokomish River in Mason County through this evening. As if that's not enough, the possibility of snow is still in the forecast.
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 this date in 1928. Today is National Jump Out! Day, a day to grab your jump rope and jump-start a more active lifestyle. Great for adults and children. 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 mattresses. Also 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 one billion dollar contract with Sony. Also in 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.
The source of action star Chuck Norris' incredible superpowers has been wiped from the face of the earth, or from the actor's face to be more exact. TMZ has published pictures of the actor without his trademark beard. Norris has built up a cult following around his perceived superpowers and those of his beard and there's even a website called ChuckNorrisFacts.com that's dedicated to the duo's awesomeness. Yet, the action star appears to have shaved off one of the most iconic symbols of male masculinity while on vacation in Hawaii. The martial artist hasn't been seen in public without some sort of facial hair in decades. It now appears that a whole host of Chuck Norris Facts such as "Chuck Norris doesn't breathe, his beard absorbs oxygen" and, "Chuck Norris trims his beard by kicking himself in the face because the only thing that can cut Chuck Norris IS Chuck Norris" will all have to be rewritten.
Lindsay Lohan accepted a plea deal on Monday in a misdemeanor car crash case that includes 90 days in a locked-down rehabilitation facility.
The Statue of Liberty, which took a beating from Superstorm Sandy, reopens to the public by Independence Day. The statue itself wasn't damaged but its surrounding island was.
McDonald's China is now serving Sausage Double Beef Burgers. It's two beef patties and two plump sausages drizzled with mustard.
Used to be if someone said they didn't have a TV you just had to look at them funny. No cable? No satellite TV? No rabbit ears picking up free over-the-air TV? Weirdo. Today, however, today "zero TVers" are becoming more commonplace. In 2007 the number of US households with no TV was just over 2 million. Today it's five million. More and more of us are streaming.
A rep for Jennifer Aniston has shut down reports the actress is planning a secret wedding in Hawaii with fiancé Justin Theroux.
Katy Perry and John Mayer have reportedly split for a second time. Perry and Mayer began dating last summer, briefly broke up, but had reconciled by September.
Kids in middle school who date are apparently twice as likely to use drugs, tobacco and alcohol. The news comes from to a study by the University of Georgia, which monitored over 600 students from grades six through 12 and found a link between the number of people they dated and the amount of drugs or alcohol they tried. The study also found that those who date in middle school are four-times more likely to drop out of high school. Not so surprisingly, kids who didn't date in middle school had better grades and study skills.
If your husband doesn't help with household chores much, get a few more. Husbands, that is. In a small village in northern India five brothers are married to a 21-year-old woman. Rajo Verma says, "I get a lot more attention and love than most wives. I sleep with them in turn."
Trivia Answer: Hal Linden who is 82 today. He began his career as a big band musician and singer in the 1950s. After a stint in the Army, he began an acting career where he first worked in summer stock and off-Broadway productions. He eventually found success on Broadway even winning a Best Actor Tony Award in 1971 for his portrayal of Mayer Rothschild in the musical The Rothschilds. In 1975, he landed the starring role in Barney Miller. Linden portrayed the captain of the beleaguered 12th Precinct in Greenwich Village. He earned seven Emmy Award nominations for his work on the series, one for each season. Linden also earned four Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy. The series aired from 1975 to 1982. Linden has since continued his career on the stage, in films and guest starring roles on television. He released his first album of pop and jazz standards, It's Never Too Late, in 2011. Linden met dancer Fran Martin while doing summer stock in 1955. They married in 1958 and had four children. She died in 2010.
|Today's Trivia: On this date in 1979, the United States House of
Representatives began broadcasting its day-to-day business via the cable
television network C-SPAN. What does C-SPAN stand for?
Michael Morse broke a sixth-inning tie with his sixth home run of spring training, and the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics 6-5 yesterday. Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, one of the candidates to become the Mariners' No. 2 starter behind Felix Hernandez, gave up three runs and six hits in five innings, including a two-run homer. Oakland's Coco Crisp leaped and reached over the center-field fence to rob Jesus Montero of what appeared would be a two-run homer in the second. The Ms host the Giants tonight at Peoria.
The Tennessee Titans have released veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck after they couldn't work out an agreement to trim his $5.5 million salary for 2013. The 37-year-old Hasselbeck spent the past two seasons with Tennessee, leading the Titans to a 9-7 record and just missing the playoffs on a tiebreaker in 2011. Hasselbeck threw for 3,571 yards, the fourth-best passing season in the team's history and the third highest of his career.
Sports has a new power couple: Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn have confirmed they're dating. Two months after rumors began circulating in Europe, Woods and Vonn posted separate items on their Facebook pages yesterday afternoon to announce their relationship. The posts include photos of golf's 14-time major winner and the Olympic and World Cup downhill ski champion.
Today is Swallows Day at San Juan Capistrano, California. Traditionally, the swallows return each year on St. Joseph's Day. 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 day in 1931, Nevada legalized gambling. Perhaps it's a coincidence but 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.
Tomorrow is the first day of Spring 2013. 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." Even with it being the first day of spring, those knuckleheads at the National Weather Service have stuck the s-word in the forecast. The forecast for tomorrow night is breezy with rain showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms. Then after midnight, rain and snow showers likely with the snow level dropping to 500 feet.
Danny Devito and Rhea Perlman are getting back together after announcing their separation in October. The comedy couple has been married for 30 years. The pair starred in 1996's Matilda, which Devito directed, and also appeared onscreen together in the TV comedy Taxi.
Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment and YouTube unveiled details about the March 20th launch of The You Generation, a global online audition channel. The channel is launching in 26 countries with a year-long competition that contains 26 two-week rounds. Contestants are able to upload their auditions in categories ranging from makeup and style to cooking to singing. The winner of each round gets announced on the 2nd Friday of every two-week cycle. The winner receives a cash prize and becomes a finalist for the grand prize awarded at the end of the year-long contest.
This comes as a shock to nobody -- especially moms: women worry more than men. A study discovered that women were more likely than men to feel nervous, anxious and worried -- 22% to 16%. Younger and middle aged men and women seemed to be the most stressed. The good news: the older you get, the happier and less stressed.
Broadway's biggest night is on the move. For the past two years, the Tony Awards have been held in uptown New York at the Beacon Theatre because of booking conflicts…but not this year. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Tony Awards will return to the Radio City Music Hall on June 9th and be broadcast live on CBS. Although Neil Patrick Harris has hosted the show three times, it is still unknown who will host this year. The nominations for the 67th Annual Tony Awards will be announced April 30th.
After more than 30 years the Missile Command record has fallen. In 1982, a man named Victor Ali hit a score of 80,364,995 points. Over the weekend Victor Sandberg put up a total of 81,796,035 points. With allowed breaks, it took him more than 56 hours.
A power company in China cut off a woman's power supply over a debt and refused to reconnect her until she paid up. Instead she stripped off in front of staff at the power company's offices. Staff called police, who persuaded the woman to get dressed. As soon as police left, however, she took her clothes off for a second time and exasperated officials then agreed to reconnect her supply without payment.
A company near Fort Worth, Texas, is offering drug-sniffing dogs to parents who want to know if their kids are using illegal substances. The RK Agency will bring a K9 to a home for about $350. The trained dogs can detect heroin, meth, marijuana, and cocaine.
Twitter, which now has more than 200 million users, turns 7 years old on Thursday (March 21). When Twitter began, everyone's first tweet was automated. It published, "Just setting up my twttr." One of the co-founders sent the first tweet on March 21st of 2006.
Trivia Answer: C-SPAN is an acronym for Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network. It's a private, non-profit cable television network, created in 1979 by the cable television industry as a public service that offers television broadcasting of federal government proceedings and other public affairs programming by its three television channels (C-SPAN, C-SPAN2 and C-SPAN3), one radio station and a group of websites that provide streaming media and archives of C-SPAN programs. C-SPAN's television channels are available to more than 100 million cable and satellite households within the United States. The network televises US political events, particularly live and gavel-to-gavel coverage of the US Congress as well as occasional proceedings of the Canadian and British Parliaments and major events worldwide. Its coverage of political and policy events is unedited, thereby providing viewers with unfiltered information about politics and government. Non-political coverage includes: historical programming, programs dedicated to non-fiction books and interview programs with noteworthy individuals associated with public policy. C-SPAN is a nonprofit organization, funded by a 6-cent per subscriber affiliate fee paid by its cable and satellite affiliates, and does not have advertisements on any of its networks, nor does it ever solicit donations or pledges. The network operates independently, and neither the cable industry nor Congress has control of the content of its programming.
|Today's Trivia: He's a media personality best known as the host
of a Discovery Channel series . He can also be heard as narrator on a
variety of series and has appeared in recurring commercials for Ford Motor
Company. Who is he?
Top-ranked Gonzaga has earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. The Bulldogs were the top seed in the West Region when the brackets for the tournament were released yesterday. The Bulldogs will open the tournament on Thursday in Salt Lake City against No. 16 seed Southern in the second round. Earning a No. 1 seed adds another first in a season of new accomplishments for Gonzaga. They enter the tournament with 31 wins, the most in school history. The No. 1 ranking in the AP poll was another first for the Bulldogs and they now have a paved path to the Final Four where they don't have to leave the West Coast. Louisville earned the top overall seed in the NCAA tournament, while Kansas and Indiana also received No. 1s after a topsy-turvy regular season and another round of weekend upsets. The tournament begins tomorrow with a pair of games in Dayton. Everyone is trying to get to Atlanta for the Final Four, which begins April 6th at the Georgia Dome.
Blake Beavan turned in his best performance of the spring yesterday, allowing one run and three hits in six solid innings to help the Seattle Mariners beat a Texas Rangers split squad 4-3. Mariners centerfielder Franklin Gutierrez – playing in his first game since March 9th – hit leadoff and went 0 for 2 with a walk. Seattle left fielder Raul Ibanez hit a two-run home run off Texas closer Joe Nathan in the fourth inning. Designated hitter Kendrys Morales added a two-run shot in the eighth. Cactus League play continues today as the Mariners face the Athletics in Phoenix at noon.
Congrats to Kasey Kahne who won his first career Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway over the weekend.
Booth Gardner was a two-term governor . The millionaire heir to the Weyerhaeuser timber fortune led the state from 1985 to 1993. His biggest political effort came long after he left the Washington state Capitol. Gardner, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease two years after he ended his final term as the state's 19th governor, spearheaded a campaign that made Washington the second state in the country to legalize assisted suicide for the terminally ill. While Gardner knew he wouldn't qualify to use the law -- Parkinson's disease itself, while incurable, is not fatal -- he said at the time that his worsening condition made him an advocate for those who want control over how they die. Gardner died Friday at his Tacoma home of complications related to the disease, according to a family spokesman. He is survived by his son, Doug, his daughter, Gail Gant, and eight grandchildren. Booth Gardner was 76.
Today is Sun-Earth Day, a celebration established in 2000 by NASA to popularize the knowledge about the Sun, and the way it influences life on the Earth. Goddess of Fertility Day. Forgive Mom & Dad Day 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. Awkward Moments Day National Biodiesel Day 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, are stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1992, white South Africans vote overwhelmingly in favour, 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.
Oz the Great and Powerful worked more box office magic in its second weekend, following up its strong debut a week earlier with $42.2 million in US and Canadian ticket sales. The Wizard of Oz prequel starring James Franco topped a stronger-than-expected performance from The Call, a new thriller about a 911 operator played by Halle Berry who tries to save a kidnapped teenager. The Call finished second. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, a new comedy featuring Steve Carrell and Jim Carrey finished the weekend in third place. Rounding out the top of the charts, the big-budget film Jack the Giant Slayer took fourth place. In fifth place was Identity Thief.
Actress Julianne Hough and her TV host boyfriend Ryan Seacrest have reportedly split. Hough and the American Idol host reportedly have ended their romance after two years of dating and are no longer living together. A source tells UsMagazine.com the relationship suffered due to their grueling work schedules. The insider explains, "Honestly, their schedules were too hectic. It just got to be too much. I think they both just sort of knew they couldn't do it anymore. The travel and lifestyle got to be too much. Who knows if this is just for now, but I think this is for good." Neither star has commented on the rumors, but on Friday Hough tweeted a photo of the inspirational motto "It gets better!" The break-up caps off a rough few days for Hough – the blonde beauty was the victim of thieves last Friday when $100,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from her car. She was then left with swollen "chipmunk cheeks and Botox looking lips" after root canal surgery.
Today show host Matt Lauer is being eyed by Sony Pictures Television executives as a possible replacement for Alex Trebek on the iconic game show, Jeopardy! An ultimate decision on the switch will take about a year-and-a-half but sources say Lauer is one of the few prospects on top of the list. The 55-year-old TV personality, whose contract expires in 2015, is expected to not re-sign with Today due to a decline in ratings and a beating to his image. The 73-year-old Trebek plans to retire when his contract ends in 2016.
Prince William and wife Kate say they're on opposite sides of the crib when it comes to the gender of their unborn child. Kate said over the weekend, "I'd like to have a boy and William would like a girl."
McDonald's is rolling out its Egg White Delight McMuffin in certain locations on April 22nd. It's like the Egg McMuffin, but without the yolk. About 50 fewer calories.
Police have increased patrols at a suburban Chicago shopping center, hoping to halt a series of altercations at a Chuck E. Cheese. A local official said the extra police will park in front of the restaurant or other highly visible "strategic locations."
A woman in Canada got revenge on her allegedly cheating husband by advertising a Lying Cheating Sale on Craigslist. The ad reads, "Husband left us for a piece of trash. Selling everything while he is gone this weekend with his floozie." According to the listing, up for sale is everything from "sports stuff" to "tools which he didn't have a clue how to use." None of his clothes are for sale though, as the woman says she's burning them in the driveway. Yes, the house is for sale too. The couple had been married for 10 years. Movin' on and movin' out.
Trivia Answer: Michael Gregory Rowe -- Mike Rowe -- who turns 51 today. He's originally from Baltimore, Maryland. He has said in commercials for his current show -- Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel -- that the inspiration for doing it was as a tribute to his father and grandfather. In the early 1990s he hosted a time slot for QVC selling various items. He says about getting the job: "I was in the opera at the time. I walked across the street with a buddy of mine (during a performance) -- we're dressed as Vikings and we have a drink. The TV is turned to QVC. ... My buddy bets me $100 I can't get a call back. So ... I crashed the audition and got a job on the spot. I basically turned the whole thing into my own stupid David Letterman show -- I made fun of the callers and made fun of the products." He claims that QVC fired him three times. From 2001 to 2005 Rowe hosted Evening Magazine in San Francisco. During this time, he appeared in a news segment called "Somebody's Gotta Do It," profiling a number of unpleasant professions; this concept later grew into Dirty Jobs. He currently appears in advertising for Ford on television and radio and resides in San Francisco.
|Today's Trivia: He is an Italian fashion model, spokesperson,
author, actor, who appeared on the cover of hundreds of romance novels
throughout the 1980s and 1990s. One of his most memorable advertising
campaigns was for I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!. Who is he?
Michael Morse homered twice and drove in five runs to lead the Seattle Mariners back from a six-run deficit for an 8-7 win over the Cincinnati Reds yesterday. Morse doubled and scored in the second inning, hit his first two-run shot in the fourth and connected for his second two-run shot in the fifth. Morse is 11-for-31 in spring training and leads the team in home runs with five. Kendrys Morales and Justin Smoak added two hits and an RBI each for Seattle, which snapped a four-game losing streak. Split squad action for the Ms today. One squad is meeting the Angels this afternoon. Then this evening, the other squad meets the WBC team from the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The Seahawks continue to make free-agency moves, yesterday reportedly agreeing to a one-year deal with defensive end Michael Bennett. The reported agreement came the same day Seattle signed defensive end Cliff Avril, the Detroit Lions' franchise-designated player in 2012, to a two-year contract reportedly worth $15 million.
Today is True Confessions Day, a day to confess to everyone. Or, at least, to your mirror. Today is Absolutely Incredible Kid Day, a day to honor the nation's youth, Write a letter of love and encouragement to the absolutely incredible kid in your life. Today is Camp Fire Day. Camp Fire USA was founded on this date in 1910. Today is International Boss's Day Off. On the anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar, emperor of Rome, all leaders should stay home today. Beware of assassins! And, of course, if the boss takes the day off, so can you. Today is also called The Ides of March.
Calendar notes: On this date in 44 BC, Julius Caesar was assassinated. In 1869, the Cincinnati Red Stockings became the first all-pro baseball team. In 1968, Life magazine proclaimed Jimi Hendrix the most "spectacular" guitarist in the world. In 1985, the first Internet domain name was registered. It was symbolics.com. In 1990, 13.7 million households signed up to see a pay-per-view special by New Kids on the Block, breaking previous pay-per-view records. In 2004, Whitney Houston entered a drug rehab facility. Also in 2004, Martha Stewart resigned from the board of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia after being convicted in a stock scandal. In 2006, after a dump truck backed into Curtis Gokey's car, he sued the city of Lodi, California, for $3,600. The city denied the claim since Gokey, a city employee, was himself driving the dump truck, bumping his own car. So Gokey's wife sued the city. But a judge ruled she could not sue her own husband as a city employee.
Smartphone users -- especially kids, teens, and twenty-somethings -- have taken a liking to SnapChap. The app provides "real time picture chatting" that's supposedly super-private, since the sender of the photos and messages chooses an expiration time, say 10 minutes. Once the time elapses the chat session and photo vanish forever. Sounds private, right? Not so. The guys at the tech website Mashable remind us the recipient can take a screenshot or can simply use another smartphone or camera to capture a screenshot of the image.
Facebook is working on incorporating the hashtag, a symbol long-associated with Twitter.
The Marvel comic book superheroes like Spider-Man, The Hulk, Thor and The X-Men do pretty well when they are in movies, but would you pay to see them live? Feld Entertainment, which produces the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Disney on Ice, is hoping you will. According to the Associated Press, they've teamed up with Marvel to produce a live arena show featuring the Marvel universe of characters. There's no word yet on what the show will entail but expect it to tour starting in July of 2014.
A surprising new survey reveals water has moved in front of soda as Americans' most popular drink. It's the first time in 20 years a refreshing glass of water has become more popular than a fizzy drink. Beverage Digest reports each American drinks an average of 58-gallons of water each year, while soda consumption equates to about 44-gallons a year per U-S citizen. Soda peaked as the number one drink in the U-S in 1998 when each American drank 54-gallons of soda each year.
Trivia Answer: Fabio Lanzoni -- widely known simply as Fabio -- who is 54 today. In 1994, Fabio released an album titled Fabio After Dark, which included soliloquies on his philosophy of love. In July of 2011, Old Spice launched a new campaign on YouTube in which Fabio challenges Isaiah Mustafa to try to replace him as the New Old Spice Guy. The online challenge was entitled Mano a Mano in el Baño (hand-to-hand in the bathroom). Mustafa emerged as the winner, though Fabio's Old Spice YouTube Channel received more than 9 million views in the week after its debut, rising to Number 4 on YouTube for the week. On March 27th of 1999, Fabio was involved in an accident in Busch Gardens Williamsburg, located in James City County, Virginia. Fabio rode in the first car of Apollo's Chariot, a roller coaster, during its maiden ride. During the rapid descent on the 210-foot drop after the lift hill, a goose collided with Fabio, leaving his nose covered in blood. He received a one-inch cut on his nose but no one else on the roller coaster was hurt. The goose was later found dead on the ground under the roller coaster with a broken neck.
|Today's Trivia: On this date in 1964, a jury in Dallas, Texas,
found him guilty of killing Lee Harvey Oswald, the assumed assassin of
John F. Kennedy. Who is he?
Yesterday was a day a lot of Mariner fans look forward to every spring -- no, not trying to figure out who is wearing jersey number 83, but the annual release of the season's Seattle Mariners commercials. This year's lot features cookie whiz Brendan Ryan chatting with a talking buffalo, Felix Hernandez pitching his new hot sauces, Dustin Ackley making sure his fans are taken care of, and one die hard fan who, if you ask his wife, might be taking his fandom a bit too far. Overall, nine players and manager Eric Wedge make appearances. Check them out on the 94.5 Roxy Facebook page.
Ervin Santana had his fastball of old. The 30-year-old right-hander struck out seven in four innings, including six of eight in one stretch, helped the Kansas City Royals beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 yesterday. Hisashi Iwakuma retired the first nine Royals, eight on groundouts, before allowing four singles in the fourth. Seattle has lost four straight and six of seven following a 10-game winning streak. Today, the Mariner host the Reds at Peoria Stadium at noon.
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. 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. 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 2005, U2, The Pretenders, Buddy Guy, The O'Jays, and Percy Sledge were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Who's more of a grumpy pants in the morning, men or women? If you answered men, you'd be wrong. Women, according to science, wake up much grumpier than men. Reason -- she's not getting enough sleep. Researchers at Duke found that women suffer more on less sleep. More depression, more anger, and more hostility. Women need 20 more minutes of sleep than men.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio, aka Pope Francis I, is the 76-year-old former archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He's the first Pope from the Americas and the 266th pontiff in the Catholic Church's 2,000-year history.
Lady Gaga recently cancelled her Born This Way Ball tour because of hip surgery. Like she always does, Gaga took to her surgery in an unusual way – by rolling around in a custom-designed 24-karat gold-plated wheel chair. The wheel chair was designed by Ken Borochov, who says he only had one week's notice to pull together a unique roller for Gaga. The wheelchair was made all over the United States with 1.5-ounces of gold on the chair having been plated at a Dallas custom car factory because Borochov wanted his creation to look like a throne. The gold alone is worth around 26-hundred dollars at today's rates.
Ed Asner was rushed to a Gary, Indiana hospital yesterday after suffering a medical emergency while performing his one-man show, FDR. Fifteen minutes into the play, Asner began to struggle with his lines so crew members escorted him off the stage and he was taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment. TMZ caught up with the actor's son, who explained Ed was taken in because he was disoriented onstage and had recently been under the weather. Ed's son added his father did not suffer a stroke and that Asner is "doing well and very grumpy, which with him is always a good thing."
Things are gonna get even dumber in 2014 as Jim Carrey tells Access Hollywood that a Dumb & Dumber sequel may be in the works for next year. Carrey says he and his Dumber co-star, Jeff Daniels, are both "excited about it," although nothing has been set in stone just yet. Currently, Carrey is promoting his new movie, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, with Steve Carell, in theaters this weekend.
Wisconsin high school senior Mac Hamlin worked hard to graduate a semester early and spend his final weeks of school in boot camp as a United States Marine. Upon returning home, Hamlin was surprised to find out that his principal won't let him wear his dress blues to graduation. He told the Hudson Patch, "[She] told me that if she started making changes [to the dress code] in my case, she'd have to do it for other stuff." Hamlin has decided if he can't wear his new uniform, he won't walk. He says, "It's that important to me." The school has responded by saying if the principal receives a written request to be an exception to the dress code, they will consider it. However, the principal has not yet received that request.
A Little League in Illinois is raising money by raffling an AR-15 assault rifle. I'm thinking bad news for umpires.
Shannon Carr is suing a Catholic Church cemetery over their refusal to allow a NASCAR-themed headstone for her late husband. The headstone is shaped like a couch and includes images of a dog, a deer and the logos of NASCAR and the Indianapolis Colts. WLKY-TV reports the St. Joseph Catholic Church won't allow the headstone because it doesn't meet "cemetery standards." The church also supposedly told Carr they wouldn't allow it before she purchased it. Carr denies that claim and has filed suit against the cemetery.
Trivia Answer: Jack Ruby. Lee Harvey Oswald was a former US Marine who defected to the Soviet Union in October of 1959 where he lived until June of 1962 at which time he returned to the US. Oswald was initially arrested for the murder of police officer J. D. Tippit who was killed on a Dallas street approximately 45 minutes after President Kennedy was shot. Oswald would later be charged with the assassination of President Kennedy as well, but denied involvement in either of the killings. Two days later, while being transferred from police headquarters to the county jail, Oswald was shot and killed by Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby in full view of television cameras broadcasting live. Ruby was originally from Chicago, Illinois; he moved to Dallas in 1947. Convicted of Oswald's murder, Ruby appealed his conviction and death sentence and was granted a new trial. As the date for his new trial was being set, he became ill and died of lung cancer. Some contend Ruby was involved with major figures in organized crime, and conspiracy theorists widely assert that Ruby killed Oswald as part of an overall plot surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy. Others have disputed this, arguing that Ruby's connection with gangsters was minimal at most, or circumstantial, and also that Ruby was not the sort to be entrusted with such an act within a high-level conspiracy.
|Today's Trivia: On this date in 1991, the United States
Department of Justice announced that Exxon had agreed to pay $1 billion
for the clean-up of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. In what body of water was
It's official. The Seahawks yesterday announced they finalized the acquisition of wide receiver Percy Harvin from the Vikings, sending three draft choices to Minnesota — first- and seventh-round picks in the 2013 draft and a third-round selection in the 2014 draft. Seattle introduced Harvin as the newest Seahawk during a news conference yesterday afternoon at the team's headquarters in Renton. Word us the Seahawks signed a new contract with Harvin for $67 million over six years, replacing the final year of his rookie contract. He'll also get a $12 million signing bonus. The 24-year-old receiver led the Vikings in 2012 with 62 receptions and 677 receiving yards -- despite missing the final seven games of the season with an ankle injury he suffered during Minnesota's loss to the Seahawks on November 4th. Harvin wore No. 12 with the Vikings, but that number is unavailable in Seattle. Harvin will wear No. 11, a number he said he wore in high school.
Felix Hernandez struck out three in three innings of his second spring training start, but the Seattle Mariners lost to an Arizona Diamondbacks split squad 5-4 in Peoria yesterday. Felix walked one and gave up one hit -- a solo home run to Eric Hinske. In two spring appearances, Hernandez allowed two runs and three hits in five innings. He has one walk and five strikeouts. The Mariners meet the Royals today in Surprise, Arizona.
The Seattle Storm will be down another All-Star after the team announced yesterday that Sue Bird will miss the 2013 season because she needs knee surgery. Bird is undergoing surgery to remove a cyst from her right knee later this spring. No specific date has been announced for the surgery and the expected recovery time is six months. Seattle will already be without former MVP Lauren Jackson, who is choosing to remain in Australia and recover from hamstring surgery.
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.
The Dow extended gains for a ninth straight day today, the longest winning streak since November of 1996. Today's close was at a record high of 14,455.
Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was elected the next pope earlier today. He has taken the name Francis He's the first South American pope. Until last year, Bergoglio was the archbishop of Buenos Aires before stepping down because of his age. He is 76. Bergoglio is considered a straight-shooter who calls things as he sees them and a follower of the church's most conservative wing.
Phillip Phillips is back on American Idol tomorrow night.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show has been renewed through 2017. According to The Associated Press, over 180 television stations have committed to airing the show for the next five years. The show is currently in its 10th season.
If you're the average adult, odds are you're still dragging this week -- thanks to the weekend time adjustment. A study from a few years ago says the average adult won't feel 'normal' again until Thursday. And many adults won't fully adjust until sometime this weekend.
Losing that extra hour for Daylight Saving Time has been painful. If you need help getting up, try the FreakyAlarm app. With this app, simply pressing "snooze" doesn't cut it: the alarm will literally not stop ringing until you solve a series of games and scan predetermined objects around your house. Check it out at FreakyAlarm.com.
A slew of celebrities and politicians had their financial information hacked and leaked on Monday. Among the famous victims are Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Mel Gibson, Ashton Kutcher, Britney Spears, Donald Trump, Beyonce and Jay-Z, along with the likes of Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, FBI director Robert Mueller and former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The information was leaked to an undisclosed website and includes social security numbers, mortgage amounts, credit card information, car loans, banking and other information. The LAPD and FBI have already launched an investigation.
Vampires are out, zombies are in... but why? According to a Clemson University professor, it's a reflection of the economy. She has tracked the zombie craze and it seems to go hand-in-hand with a down economy. Professor Sarah Lauro says, "We are more interested in the zombie at times when as a culture we feel disempowered."
Trivia Answer: The Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred in Prince William Sound, Alaska, on March 24th of 1989, when Exxon Valdez, an oil tanker bound for Long Beach, California struck Prince William Sound's Bligh Reef and spilled 260,000 to 750,000 barrels of crude oil. It is considered to be one of the most devastating human-caused environmental disasters. The Valdez spill was the largest ever in US waters until the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in terms of volume released. However, Prince William Sound's remote location, accessible only by helicopter, plane, and boat, made government and industry response efforts difficult and severely taxed existing plans for response. The region is a habitat for salmon, sea otters, seals and seabirds. The oil, originally extracted at the Prudhoe Bay oil field, eventually covered 1,300 miles of coastline, and 11,000 square miles of ocean. In the aftermath of the spill, then-Alaska governor Steve Cowper issued an executive order requiring two tugboats to escort every loaded tanker from Valdez out through Prince William Sound to Hinchinbrook Entrance. As the plan evolved in the 1990s, one of the two routine tugboats was replaced with a 210-foot Escort Response Vehicle (ERV). The majority of tankers at Valdez are no longer single-hulled, Congress has enacted legislation requiring all tankers to be double-hulled by 2015.
|Today's Trivia: He's a former stockbroker, investment advisor,
financier, and white collar criminal. He's the former non-executive
Chairman of the NASDAQ stock market, and the admitted operator of a Ponzi
scheme that is considered to be the largest financial fraud in US history.
On this date in 2009, he pleaded guilty to 11 federal felonies and
admitted to turning his wealth management business into a massive Ponzi
scheme that defrauded thousands of investors of billions of dollars. Who
Percy Harvin is headed to Seattle, and Adrian Peterson isn't happy about it. Harvin, Minnesota's moody and multi-talented young wide receiver, is joining the Seahawks for a package of draft picks that includes Seattle's first-round selection next month, No. 25 overall. Two people with knowledge of the deal confirmed the details yesterday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade won't be official until the league's new year begins today and Harvin passes a physical. The 24-year-old Harvin gives second-year quarterback Russell Wilson a dynamic playmaker not yet at his peak. His departure from Minnesota leaves an even bigger void in a group of receivers that was already one of the thinnest in the NFL -- and at least one disappointed former teammate in Peterson, the star running back and league MVP. Peterson posted on Twitter, "The best all around player I ever seen or you'll ever see! Goes to Seattle! I feel like I just got kicked in the stomach. Several times!!!"
Bringing the world closer together through baseball sure sounded like a good idea. Of course, that was before most Americans found out how much other countries actually cared about beating them at their national pastime. First, Taiwan got caught trying to smuggle a few scouts disguised as umpires into a game to spy on South Korea before the start of the World Baseball Classic, nearly touching off an international incident. Then Canada and Mexico staged a full-scale brawl in the ninth-inning of their WBC encounter Saturday in Phoenix. While the Taiwanese-South Korea tiff melted away following a diplomatic apology, not so the rumble between the neighbors on either side of the US border. Video of the brawl went viral almost immediately, and while it may not have been the kind of publicity Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig had in mind when he started the WBC in 2006, it's created more attention on these shores for this year's event than the two previous tournaments combined. Suddenly, it's game on. Mexico was eliminated in that loss and the Canadians got bumped in their next game by the United States. Fans here were suddenly scouring the TV listings to figure out when the US team plays next -- that'd be today, against Puerto Rico in Miami.
With Mexico out Mariner Oliver Perez is in Arizona with the rest of his team. Canada's dismissal means Michael Saunders is also back in the Mariner camp. An off day for the Ms yesterday. Today, Felix gets his second start of the spring as the Mariners host the Diamondbacks at Peoria at noon.
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 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 would divorce 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.
First lady Michelle Obama turns 50 in January. It looks like she's already booked a stellar lineup for her birthday bash. Beyoncé and Adele have signed up to perform at the private party. Rumor has it, the party is being held on Michele Obama's actually birthday, January 17th.
New York City's ban on large soft drinks was shot down by a judge yesterday. It was going to be enforced starting today.
An inmate at a prison in Portugal dug an escape tunnel, but made a mistake in his calculations. The inmate emerged from the ground in a courtyard well within the prison's walls. The inmate also tried to escape a few years ago but failed that time, too.
If you're trying to score her phone number, big guy, do it on a sunny day. A French psychologist asked five attractive guys to hit on 500 total women where the goal was to get a phone number. The guys were much more likely to grab her number if the skies were clear and sunny rather than full of clouds.
Women win in this battle of the sexes. A new study by UCLA confirms that women's brains may be smaller, but they are more efficient than men's. Their research shows women perform better than men at inductive reasoning, numbers, and keeping up with changes. Scientists say that it's all in the neurons, and a woman's perform better than a man's.
Drivers in Coventry, England, could be getting their money back as lawyers fight to overturn six years worth of traffic tickets -- because the government used the wrong font on speed-limit signs. The incorrect font has taller and thinner numbers.
Two weeks after Brianna Puddy's license was stolen, the woman accused of taking it used it to prove she was over 21. Unfortunately for the alleged criminal, the waitress she showed it to was the woman she stole it from. Brianna was staring at her own license and the woman who nabbed it. She called the police, of course, and while she waited for them to show, she continued to serve the woman margaritas. Brianna told Lakewood, Colorado's 9News, "This girl hands me my ID as a fake ID." A police officer told the TV station, "Dumb criminal! That's the first [word] that comes to mind." The cop added it was the most bizarre case she had experienced in 30 years.
When paramedic Cameron Hill arrived on the scene of a stabbing, he had no idea the victim would be the future love of his life. Melissa Dohme was stabbed over 30 times, allegedly by her ex-boyfriend, and Cameron was one of the first responders on the scene. A few months later, Melissa spoke about the incident at a church and Cameron showed up to hear her tell the emotional tale. From there, they kept in touch. He attended her college graduation and eventually asked her out on a date. Dohme told the Tampa Bay Times she can now hardly think of that horrible night with bad feelings thanks to Cameron. She says, "He's the one I've been waiting for. My fairy tale."
TheKnot.com has released a survey of average wedding costs, and the numbers are pretty staggering. In its survey of 17,500 couples, TheKnot.com has found that in 2012 the average wedding cost just over $28,000.
Trivia Answer: Bernard Lawrence Madoff -- Bernie Madoff. On December 10th of 2008, Madoff's sons told authorities that their father had confessed to them that the asset management unit of his firm was a massive Ponzi scheme, and quoted him as describing it as "one big lie." The following day, FBI agents arrested Madoff and charged him with one count of securities fraud. The US Securities and Exchange Commission had previously conducted investigations into Madoff's business practices, but did not uncover the massive fraud. Madoff said he began the Ponzi scheme in the early 1990s. However, federal investigators believe the fraud began as early as the 1970s, and those charged with recovering the missing money believe the investment operation may never have been legitimate. The amount missing from client accounts, including fabricated gains, was almost $65 billion. The court-appointed trustee estimated actual losses to investors of $18 billion. On June 29th of 2009, Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison, the maximum allowed. Madoff's projected release date is November 14th of 2139, which reflects a reduction for good behavior. He would have to live to the age of 201.
|Today's Trivia: She's a singer-songwriter and actress. She
launched her career in 1994 with a song that was included in the film
Reality Bites. She was the first artist to have a number one single in the
United States while not signed to a recording contract. Her five studio
CDs include her major label debut, the gold-selling Tails and its
follow-up, the Grammy-nominated, gold-selling Firecracker. She has also
worked in film, television, voice-over work and children's recordings. Who
The M's lost to the Dodgers on Saturday 3-2 and, shockingly, failed to homer. Yesterday was another loss for Seattle. This time to a split Chicago White Sox squad. Seattle's Michael Morse did hit a home run -- his third of the spring -- but it was far from enough as the Ms fell 11-7. This is the time that we point out that it's Spring Training and doesn't really count. We, of course, would not mention such a thing in the midst of a 10-game winning streak. They don't count then, either, but seem to count less when they are losses. Today's an off day for Seattle. They resume Cactus League play tomorrow as they host the Diamondbacks at Peoria at noon. Felix Hernandez gets his second start of the spring.
Today is Johnny Appleseed Day, a day to honor 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 strikes Japan, triggering a tsunami killing 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.
There was no place like Oz at the weekend box office. Walt Disney's big-budget 3D movie Oz the Great and Powerful amassed $80.3 million in US and Canadian ticket sales, the biggest domestic debut of 2013. It was the third largest March film opening ever, after The Hunger Games and Alice in Wonderland. The prequel starring James Franco added $69.9 million in international markets, for a combined $150.2 million opening around the world. Another family film, Jack the Giant Slayer, finished a distant No. 2 with $10 million domestically during its second weekend. Melissa McCarthy comedy Identity Thief landed third with $6.3 million from Friday through Sunday. The weekend's other new release, thriller Dead Man Down, landed in fourth place. Drug drama Snitch took fifth place.
Before the film even arrived in theaters, Disney had already began planning a sequel to Oz the Great and Powerful. According to Variety, the studio has commissioned a script to be written by Mitchell Kapner, who co-wrote Oz withDavid Lindsay-Abaire. Oz the Great and Powerful stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams.
Jon Stewart is taking a hiatus from The Daily Show, starting in June, to direct and produce his first feature film. John Oliver is taking over as host for the eight weeks Stewart is out. Stewart's movie is called Rosewater.
The season finale of The Bachelor is on TV tonight. The final two women meet Sean's family and Sean chooses between Catherine and Lindsay. Oooh.
Google has unveiled sneakers that talk. The sneaker has a microcontroller on the tongue, plus an accelerometer, a gyroscope, and a few other technical goodies. It monitors all the things that are happening down below and then expresses them to you in words.
Would you have bought a Telepod? Turns out it was a name seriously considered by Apple for the iPhone. Apple thought Telepod sounded like a futuristic version of the word "telephone." Not to mention that it included the word "pod" when iPods were already hugely popular.
Trivia Answer: Lisa Loeb -- who turns 45 today. That song from Reality Bites is Stay (I Missed You). She has also appeared in two television series, Dweezil & Lisa, a weekly culinary adventure for the Food Network and Number 1 Single, a reality show on the E! Network in 2006 that focused on her quest for love, success, career, and family. Loeb married Roey Hershkovitz, the Music Production Supervisor for Late Night with Conan O'Brien, now Conan, on January 31st of 2009. They have a daughter and a son.
|Today's Trivia: This actor rose to fame during the late 1990s and
early 2000s, after starring in several Hollywood films aimed at teenage
audiences. I Know What You Did Last Summer in 1997 and its sequel, I Still
Know What You Did Last Summer in 1998. He was also in She's All That in
1999, Summer Catch in 2001, and Scooby-Doo in 2002. He's also had acting
roles in television shows, including Friends, Freddie and 24. He is
married to actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, and currently works for WWE as a
producer and director. Who is he?
Fresh off a 10-game winning streak and leading all of baseball in home runs, some might be thinking it's time to break up the Mariners. Yesterday, they did exactly that -- with scheduled split-squad games against the Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics. The game against the Royals featured Felix Hernandez' first start of spring training, and two players accounting for 11 of the M's 12 runs in their 12-2 victory. On the mound, Felix gave up a run on two hits in two innings while striking out two. Rotation partner Hisashi Iwakuma followed with three sparkling innings where he just gave up the one hit. As for the offense, it was the Casper Wells and Stefan Romero show. Romero, a second base prospect, had nearly an entire spring training's worth of offense in one game, going 4-for-5 with two home runs -- a grand slam in the fourth inning and a three-run shot in the ninth -- and a double, driving in 7 runs. Wells, fighting for a spot on the Opening Day roster, continued his hot spring with a double and home run with 4 RBIs. Justin Smoak had the only other RBI. The other half of the team didn't fare as well against the A's. Oakland won 7-3. Robert Andino hit a home run for the Mariners, leaving Dustin Ackley and the Mariner Moose as about the only members of the team yet to homer. Kendrys Morales added two hits. The Mariners full squad is hosting the Athletics in Peoria today.
Today is International Women's Day. It's also the beginning of Universal Women's Week. Today is National Agriculture Day. Today is Nametag Day, a day for every adult to wear a nametag that says, "Hello, I'm ______", with your name written in the blank. (Note: this event is NOT for children.) Today is Da Nang Day. On this date in 1965, more than 3,500 Marines landed at Da Nang in South Vietnam to become the first US combat troops in Vietnam.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1971, a new undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion was crowned, as Smokin' Joe Frazier of Philadelphia won a decision over Muhammad Ali, who was previously undefeated. In 1993, Beavis and Butthead made their series debut on MTV. In 2003, North Dakota Governor John Hoeven reported receiving three calls the first week on his new secure emergency phone installed at the request of the federal Department of Homeland Security -- one a wrong number and two from telemarketers. Hoeven said he was trying to figure out what type of disaster had occurred and it was some guy trying to sell him two pizzas for the price of one. The phone was quickly reprogrammed to block non-emergency calls.
The Dow Jones industrial average set a closing record for the third straight day yesterday, finishing at 14,329.49. according to analysts The recent rally has been driven by a series of strong economic reports, particularly related to the job market and manufacturing. The trend, by the way, continued today. The Dow closing up another 67 points
New in theaters this weekend: The PG-rated Oz the Great and Powerful; and the R-rated Dead Man Down.
Justin Timberlake returns as the host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend. JT is performing music off his new album, The 20/20 Experience, due out on March 19th.
Facebook yesterday announced changes to its News Feed. The biggest change: Facebook has completely rebuilt each story to be much more bright and colorful and highlight the content that your friends are sharing. The changes have already started rolling out to some Facebook users.
Nearly 4 in 10 women have either decreased or totally stopped. Doing what? Using social networks during the past month. Translation: Logging out of Facebook. Major reason: "Just lost interest."
The first 6,000 bottles from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's new wine sold out in five hours. A spokesman for the couple's vintner has confirmed the Miraval Rose 2012, which was produced at the couple's estate in France, was a big hit online yesterday.
How long is your drive to work? According to a new report by the US Census Bureau, Americans are experiencing longer commutes. In fact, 600-thousand of us spend more than 90 minutes each way traveling to work at an average distance of at least 50 miles. These mega-commuters are also more likely to leave for work before 6 in the morning. Areas of the country experiencing the highest commute times include New York, Maryland and New Jersey. The average commute for full-timers in the US is about 25 minutes each way.
It never seemed likely that the Rolling Stones would crank up their touring machine for fewer than half a dozen shows and, as predicted, according to multiple sources, the Stones will tour North American arenas in the first half of this year. An official announcement is anticipated later this month. At this point, it seems that fewer than 20 dates will be played in North America. Whatever they do and whenever they play, The Rolling Stones remain one of the most in-demand acts in history, and on a per-show basis will almost surely be the highest grossing tour of the year.
Jessica Simpson accidentally confirmed on Wednesday that she is expecting a baby boy. The 32-year-old mother let the news slip on live TV as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live that her daughter, 10-month-old Maxwell Drew, is getting a little brother. She spent the rest of her appearance in shock after she spilled the beans.
Don't believe everything you read. That's what a spokesperson for Elton John is telling people after reports came out that Sir Elton requested a separate hotel room just for his collection of glasses. A rep for a five-star hotel in Brazil, where Elton is playing this weekend, told England's Daily Telegraph that the singer wanted another hotel room kept at a special temperature so he could keep his glasses in good condition. He also allegedly requested vases of red and white roses, four bottles of cranberry juice, a pint of fresh skim milk and two bottles of wine.
Kate Gosselin is reportedly fuming over a tell-all book written by her ex-husband Jon Gosselin's friend, Robert Hoffman. The book, called Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled The World, was actually removed from Amazon after it was discovered the author may have illegally obtained private documents belonging to the reality TV star. Hoffman told the Huffington Post he plans to re-work parts of the book before moving ahead with the release. In the meantime, Kate reportedly hopes to file a lawsuit against Jon, but a source tells Radar Online that she may not have the evidence needed to make it happen.
According to TMZ, more than a year after the big split and nearly three months after Ashton Kutcher filed for divorce, Demi Moore finally responded Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeking to have her ex pay both spousal support and attorney fees, following the breakdown of their six-year marriage. Both sides are currently negotiating on an agreement.
Bruno Mars' Unorthodox Jukebox rises one spot to the top of the Billboard album chart, marking the singer's first number one album. The album sold over 94-thousand copies last week, thanks to a sale on Amazon.com where the album was available for $1.99.
A group of German construction workers had to be taken to the hospital for treatment after smashing their heads repeatedly against a truck window to find out who had the strongest forehead.
Don't forget to Spring Forward this weekend. We revert to Pacific Daylight Time at 2:00 Sunday morning. Yes, the weekend is an hour shorter than usual. As you head off to bed tomorrow night, set your clocks -- the ones that don't automatically reset -- ahead one hour.
Trivia Answer: Freddie James Prinze, Jr. who turns 37 today. His father was Freddie Prinze, an actor and comedian who committed suicide in 1977. Prinze met Sarah Michelle Gellar while filming I Know What You Did Last Summer. They started dating in 2000 and were engaged in April 2001. Prinze married Gellar on September 1st of 2002 in Puerto Vallarta in western Mexico. In 2007, for their fifth year of marriage, Gellar legally changed her name to Sarah Michelle Prinze. The couple has two children -- a daughter named Charlotte Grace Prinze and a son, Rocky James.
|Today's Trivia: This former player spent his NFL career with the
Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks. In the 1972 NFL Draft he was
chosen by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round, the 13th selection
overall. He played his first 12 years in the NFL with the Steelers; his
13th and final year, 1984, was spent with the Seattle Seahawks. He was
inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990. Who is he?
Kendrys Morales and Michael Morse added to the Mariners Spring Training homerun tally yesterday, but alas it wasn't enough as the Milwaukee Brewers ended Seattle's 10-game winning streak. Seattle's winning string had been its longest ever in spring training. The Mariners lead the majors with 26 home runs in 12 games, and have connected for multiple homers in nine straight. The Mariners send ace Felix Hernandez to the mound for his first big league start of spring training today against Kansas City in Surprise, Arizona. Hernandez is pitching in a split-squad game and is scheduled to go two innings. The other half of the team is in Phoenix to face the Oakland Athletics. Former Mariners stars Ken Griffey Jr. and Jay Buhner arrived at spring training this week to serve as advisers in minor league camp.
British blues-rock guitarist Alvin Lee -- best known for his performance with the band Ten Years After at Woodstock in 1969 -- died yesterday. In a statement on his official website, his family said, "With great sadness we have to announce that Alvin unexpectedly passed away early this morning after unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure." They did not say what sort of procedure Lee underwent or where he died. Alvin Lee was 68.
Valerie Harper, who played Rhoda Morgenstern on television's The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spinoff, Rhoda, has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. People magazine reported on its website yesterday that the 73-year-old actress received the news on January 15th. Tests revealed she has a rare condition that occurs when cancer cells spread into the fluid-filled membrane surrounding the brain. The report says Harper's doctors have said she has as little as three months to live. Harper told the magazine, "I don't think of dying. I think of being here now."
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!"
Princess Leia is set to return to the Star Wars franchise. Actress Carrie Fisher, who was forever immortalized on screen as a princess with an attitude, is on board for the upcoming seventh film, which is being helmed by J.J. Abrams. Fisher broke the news during a recent interview in which she joked about what Princess Leia would be like today, saying, "Elderly. She's in an intergalactic old folks' home. I just think she would be just like she was before, only slower and less inclined to be up for the big battle." The fiery princess has probably put on a couple of pounds or two as well. No word on whether the 56-year-old actress is wearing the barely-there bikini she made famous in Return of the Jedi.
Harrison Ford helps San Diego "stay classy" in the upcoming Anchorman: The Legend Continues. Harrison has signed on to the Will Ferrell comedy, where he's playing a veteran newscaster similar to Tom Brokaw.
Jeanette Ellis discovered a box of discarded VHS porn tapes near her South Carolina home, so the 52-year-old did what most people would do: She left them at the curb for the next garbage pickup. Well, actually, that is not what Ellis did. She actually went door-to-door in her neighborhood trying to sell the tapes to neighbors. One of them called the cops.
There's a new business booming down in Portland – chicken-sitting. Yes, there are chicken-sitters for hire, willing to house sit your hens while you're on vacation. One ad posted by Linda Walker, who says she picked up knowledge of the chicken business while working at a feed store reads, "Experience, caring and reliable." Walker told ABC News she actually quit her job at the store knowing that there was a high demand for chicken-sitters in the area, saying in her neighborhood alone there are "at least 20 households that have chickens." Her duties include feeding the chickens and tucking them in at night – or at least putting them back in their cages. Linda said, "They're beautiful and really funny and better than TV, they're fun to watch. And they have great eggs!"
A poll shows that Catholics want a young pope
A new study by (U.K.'s Durham University) questions the long-held belief that alcohol consumption makes a person drop their standards as to whom they'd drop their drawers for. The study's author says that alcohol doesn't make people look more attractive, it just increases their level of lust.
A new study says results from many studies take almost two years to be released. Which means this study on studies is two years old -- right?
Alicia Keys kicks off her Girl on Fire Tour tonight in Seattle with a show at the WaMu theater. Alicia revealed her past and opened up about her career, marriage, and motherhood on the season premier of Oprah's Master Class. She reminisced about meeting her mentor Clive Davis for the first time and falling in love with Swizz Beats. Oprah also uploaded a clip of Alicia when she made her national television debut on The Oprah Winfrey Show back in 2001. Since then she has sold more than 35 million records worldwide and won 14 Grammy Awards.
Oprah, meanwhile, is delivering the commencement speech at Harvard University on May 30th. The TV host and OWN Network pioneer was chosen by Harvard because she's "one of the world's most admired women" and is "one of the great American success stories," University President Drew Faust said. Past celebs that have given the graduation address at Harvard include Bill Gates and J.K. Rowling. This will be the Ivy League school's 362nd graduation ceremony.
What should you do if you encounter a sleepwalker? Since there's always the chance that if you wake them, bad things can happen, a recent study done by the Sleep Disorders Center at NYU advises you just help the sleepwalker sleepwalk back to their bed. Sleepwalking occurs during Stage 3 of REM sleep, which is a very deep sleep. Waking someone from this cycle can actually cause them to go into a state of cognitive impairment. This confusion may cause them to not recognize you and act aggressively, but if you let them wander, they could do something as drastic as get behind the wheel in some cases. So for your safety and theirs, just walk them back to bed.
Trivia Answer: Franco Harris who is 63 today. Franco was a key player in one of professional football's most famous plays, dubbed "The Immaculate Reception" by Pittsburgh sportscaster Myron Cope. In a 1972 playoff game, the Oakland Raiders were leading the Steelers 7-6 with 22 seconds to play when a Terry Bradshaw pass was deflected away from intended receiver John "Frenchy" Fuqua right as defender Jack Tatum arrived to tackle Fuqua. Harris snatched the ball just before it hit the ground and ran it in to win the game. The Raiders challenged the touchdown, claiming that Fuqua had handled the ball before Harris, which would invalidate the score because at that time it was against the rules for two offensive receivers to touch the ball. The Steelers maintained that the ball had touched Tatum instead. According to a recounting by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the film of the play is inconclusive. Raiders linebacker Phil Villapiano attempted to criticise Harris' achievement by stating that he was only in position to catch the ball because he was lazy, but replays show that Harris headed downfield when the Raiders forced Bradshaw out of the pocket, and can be clearly seen running before catching the deflected ball.
|Today's Trivia: He's a retired 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?
It was back on Monday that Kyle Seager belted a three-run homer and Casper Wells knocked in five runs and the Mariners clobbered the Colorado Rockies 16-6 at Peoria. Seattle ran its winning streak to 10 in a row, the club's longest in Cactus League play. Raul Ibanez also homered, a solo shot, as the Mariners increased their home run total to a majors-leading 24 in 11 games. The Mariners got their first off-day of the spring yesterday while remaining in Peoria to host the Milwaukee Brewers today.
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman may be the only American ever to have met and spent time with North Korea's reclusive leader but US Secretary of State John Kerry isn't giving him any diplomatic kudos. Kerry said yesterday that the ex-Chicago Bulls player "was a great basketball player, and as a diplomat, he was a great basketball player. That's where we'll leave it." The comments came in an interview with NBC News in Qatar, where Kerry is wrapping up a nine-nation tour of Europe and the Middle East
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 ... which is why we call it aspirin. 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, it was the most points scored by two teams in a game in National Basketball Association 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 website: royal.gov.uk/
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was a fighter. The former paratroop commander and fiery populist waged continual battle for his socialist ideals and outsmarted his rivals time and again, defeating a coup attempt, winning re-election three times, and using his country's vast oil wealth to his political advantage. He called himself a "humble soldier" and thrived on confrontation with Washington, DC and his political opponents at home, and used those conflicts to rally his followers. Almost the only adversary it seemed he couldn't beat was cancer. He died yesterday in Caracas after his prolonged illness. He was 58.
A United Nations-based drug agency yesterday urged the US government to challenge the legalization of recreational marijuana use in Colorado and Washington, saying the state laws violate international drug treaties. The International Narcotics Control Board made its appeal in an annual drug report. It called on the US government to act to "ensure full compliance with the international drug control treaties on its entire territory." US Attorney General Eric Holder said last week he was in the last stages of reviewing the Colorado and Washington state laws. He was examining policy options and international implications of the issue. The federal government could sue the states over legalization or decide not to mount a court challenge.
Fred Butler was married for 65 years, raised five children, served in the Army during World War II and worked for years for the local water department, but the fact he never earned a high school diploma always bothered him. Not anymore. The 106-year-old was awarded his honorary diploma Monday during an emotional ceremony attended by school officials, state lawmakers and Beverly, Massachusetts Mayor Bill Scanlon. Butler dropped out of school before the ninth-grade to accept a full-time job at a print shop to support his mother and five younger siblings. Daughter-in-law Cathy Butler says he regretted dropping out and always emphasized the importance of education to his children and grandchildren. A grandson said Butler gave him $5 for every A on his report card. Cathy Butler launched the effort to get her father-in-law his diploma as a way to raise his spirits following the death of his wife, Ruth, last year. Fred Butler's only concern was that he hadn't earned it. The mayor put that concern to rest. "It's a long time to wait for your diploma," Scanlon said, "but you've obviously earned it very well."
At a pharmacy, a blonde asked to use the infant scale to weigh the baby she held in her arms. The clerk explained that the device was out for repairs, but said that she could figure the infant's weight by weighing the woman and baby together on the adult scale, then weighing the mother alone and subtracting the second amount from the first. "That won't work," countered the woman. "I'm not the mother, I'm the aunt."
Just in case you were counting down the hours until you could get your hands on the Cool Ranch-flavored Doritos Locos Tacos, Taco Bell has news that might make you happy. The cool Ranch DLT, which was supposed to be released March 7th, is now available today according to Taco Bell's Facebook page.
The TSA says small pocket knives will soon be allowed on commercial flights. Travelers will also be able to take on board golf clubs, hockey sticks, and wiffle ball bats.
Pregnant? Better save up for a new pair of shoes. A study found pregnancy permanently changes the shape and size of women's feet. 70% of the soon-to-be-mommies ended up with longer feet -- close to a half inch. Their feet also became wider and flatter. And that's with just the first pregnancy. What happened with the second and third? Not much. The worst happens during baby No. 1.
It's sounds like a real life version of Rock of Ages. The famed Key Club, on the infamous Sunset Strip in West Hollywood is closing for good later this month. The operations manager of the venue released an open letter to fans explaining the club is "closing our doors at the Key Club," but the space "will welcome a new project." No word on what the new project is. The Key Club opened in 1998, but the space dates back to the 60s. The Doors, Van Halen, Alice Cooper, Tom Petty, Motley Crue, and Guns N' Roses performed there over the years. The venue closes for good on March 15th.
Trivia Answer: Shaquille O'Neal -- Shaq -- who turns 41 today. After 19 years of playing, Shaq retired in 2011. He's currently analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. He is one of the largest players ever to play in the NBA. He wears a size 23 shoe. O'Neal's primary weakness was his free-throw shooting. His career average is 52.4%. He once missed all 11 free throws in a game against the Seattle SuperSonics on December 8th of 2000, a record. In addition to his basketball career, O'Neal has released five studio albums and one compilation album. Although his rapping abilities were criticized at the outset, one critic credited him with "progressing as a rapper in small steps, not leaps and bounds".His 1993 debut album, Shaq Diesel, received platinum certification from the RIAA. 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 2, 2005, O'Neal was given an honorary U.S. Deputy Marshal title. Upon his trade to Miami, O'Neal began training to become a Miami Beach reserve officer. On December 8, 2005, he was sworn in as a reserve officer, electing for a private ceremony so not to distract from the special moment of the other officers. He assumed a $1 per year salary in this capacity.
|Today's Trivia: These two Scottish brothers have released nine
studio albums from 1987 to now, as well as two compilation albums and a
DVD. They continue to tour extensively throughout the world. In 2011, they
had a notable achievement in Scotland when two of their songs were
featured on Scotland's Greatest Album. Who are they?
Okay, this is getting stupid, right? Raul Ibanez and Kyle Seager connected for two more homers for the Seattle Mariners yesterday, and the Ms beat the Colorado Rockies 16-to-6. After losing the pre-season opener, the Mariners have now ripped off 10 wins in a row -- a spring training franchise record. On top of that, Seattle now leads all teams with 24 home runs. The Ms are off today and host the Milwaukee Brewers tomorrow at Peoria.
Kudos are in order for Gonzaga. The small Northwest school that consistently delivers big NCAA tournament wins, is on top of The Associated Press' Top 25 for the first time. Riding the best record in Division I at 29-and-2, the Bulldogs took advantage of Indiana's loss to Minnesota last week and switched places with the Hoosiers, advancing from No. 2 and moving comfortably into the No. 1 spot yesterday. The Spokane school best known for Bing Crosby's croons and John Stockton's passes received 51 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel, 44 more than Indiana.
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 over 62 billion of them -- enough to stack and reach the moon and back five times. In 1977, 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.
Famed Saturday Night Live announcer Don Pardo is recovering from a broken hip. A report from TMZ says Pardo had to sit out this weekend's SNL due to the injury. The 95-year-old has been announcing the guests on SNL since 1975 and has only missed one season in the early 80s when producers decided to drop the usual intro and "Live from New York" line. As for his condition, sources tell the website he's "doing just fine."
Bret Michaels was the only contestant on All-Star Celebrity Apprentice that had previously won a season of Celebrity Apprentice, but when the series premiered on Sunday, he became the first person fired from it. Bret selected his team and allowed model Brande Roderick be the project manager, a decision he would regret. She failed miserably but Bret still defended his decision to appoint her manager. Even though she did poorly, Brande did better than all of her teammates, including Bret, who Donald Trump gave the axe to. Trump also criticized Bret for returning and doing so poorly. Catch the next episode of All-Star Celebrity Apprentice on Sunday night on NBC.
America's Got Talent just got some more talent on their judge's panel. Joining Howard Stern, Howie Mandel and Mel B. is none other than supermodel and Project Runway host Heidi Klum. For the first time, the show is having four judges. Heidi signed on just in time for the first round of auditions, which took place yesterday in New Orleans.
A source says Samsung's next big smartphone, the Galaxy S IV, features something called "eye scrolling." It involves using your eyeballs to detect where the phone should be scrolling on its display. It will work by tracking a user's eyes. So when you get to the bottom of a page, it'll realize you need to see more and scroll down to show you more text.
Facebook shows off a new look for News Feed at an event on Thursday.
There's an app for everything these days, but could you live without those apps? A worldwide survey says some people admit they couldn't even complete the most basic tasks without those little handheld helpers. A survey by Apigee reveals 23 percent of people report they couldn't even feel happy without apps! Twenty percent say they couldn't navigate their daily commute and 13 percent say they couldn't even find a date without an app to help them make the match.
AOL users are more likely to head to a strip club for bachelor party festivities. In a survey by a company that books bachelor parties, AOL users account for 25.7% of pre-booked entries to strip clubs. Yahoo users follow with 24.6% and Hotmail after with 21.8%.
Psychology Today stumbled on something rather bizarre. They say it turns out the most popular place for people to find 'love at first sight' is ... Walmart. There's a section of Craigslist devoted to 'missed connections'. These are posts by people leaving a message for someone they met but didn't speak to in real life. For example, "If you were the girl looking at the spandex at Walmart, we need to hook up." Analyzing these posts, more people thought they saw the love of their life in Walmart than anywhere else in the United States. I'm not sure I'm buying into their analysis.
A North Carolina couple is preparing to celebrate their 80th wedding anniversary. They say their advice to young couples is to "be humble and have patience." Robert Gerald is 97, and Virginia Gerald is 95. They live in Goldsboro, North Carolina. They married when Robert was 17 and Virginia was 15 and they are now preparing for their 80th wedding anniversary April 12th.
Trivia Answer: They are identical twin brothers Charlie and Craig Reid who turn 51 today. Together, they form The Proclaimers. Their tracks included on Scotland's greatest were Sunshine on Leith and I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles). In addition, they were featured in VH1's 100 greatest one hit wonders (I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) having been their only US hit single).
Today's Trivia: He is the 47th and current Governor of Texas. He
was elected Texas' Lieutenant Governor in 1998 and assumed the
governorship in December of 2000 when then-governor George W. Bush
resigned to become President of the United States. Who is he?
How ‘bout those Mariners. They dispatched the The Texas Rangers 7-6 yesterday. Jesus Montero doubled, homered, and drove in two runs. Kendrys Morales hit his first home run of the spring for Seattle, which won its ninth straight. Home run power has been noticeably absent in the Pacific Northwest since the Mariners moved to Safeco Field from the hitter-friendly Kingdome. Seattle has finished no better than 10th in the AL in home runs since 2002 and last year the Mariners finished with 149, 11th best in the league. This spring, however, Seattle leads the majors with 22 home runs in 10 games. The Mariners have at least one homer in every game and have had multiple homers in seven straight. Michael Saunders and 3B Alex Liddi made their last start for the Mariners ahead of the WBC. Saunders is representing Canada while Liddi plays for Italy. Pitcher Oliver Perez is also leaving camp to play for Mexico. Spring training continues as the Ms face the Colorado Rockies today.
Today's a popular day at JBLM. It's Hug a GI Day. Today is Stop Bad Service Day. It's Courageous Follower Day, National Pound Cake Day, National Dance the Waltz Day, and International Scrapbooking Industry Day. Today is Cadbury's Chocolates Birthday as they made their debut on this date in 1824.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1837, the city of Chicago was incorporated. 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.
In New York state high school basketball, with 2.9 seconds left in the Section 1 Class AA playoff game, Mt. Vernon was leading New Rochelle 60-58. New Rochelle had possession and was inbounding for a last-second heave. They threw it to half-court where it was stolen by Mt. Vernon. Mt. Vernon thought the game was over and did a half-toss -- New Rochelle got the ball back and made a half-court shot with .1 second left. Check it out:
Jack the Giant Slayer, the first big-budget action film of the year, was anything but a killer at the weekend box office. Jack is a retelling of the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale. It earned the No. 1 spot on domestic box office charts with $28 million in ticket sales in US and Canadian theaters. But that was an underwhelming start for a 3D movie that cost $189 million to produce, plus tens of millions more to market. Comedy Identity Thief took in $9.7 million to capture second place. New adult comedy 21 and Over finished in third place. Low-budget horror sequel The Last Exorcism Part II took the No. 4 slot. Rounding out the top five films was Snitch.
If there were any doubts about the lingering force of fabled rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix more than four decades after his death, his latest single should put them to rest. The single Somewhere went to No.1 on the Billboard Hot Singles sales in February. That bodes well for the latest posthumous album plucked from the Hendrix musical vaults, which producers say has stood up well to the test of time. People, Hell and Angels comes out on CD tomorrow. It's billed as a collection of twelve previously unreleased studio performances by Hendrix, although some of the songs have emerged in other versions since his death at age 27 in 1970 from an accidental drug overdose. The album arrives with the simultaneous release of newly struck mono vinyl editions of early Hendrix classic albums Are You Experienced and Axis: Bold As Love. The tracks on People, Hell and Angels, were planned as a follow-up to the chart-topping 1968 album Electric Ladyland.
Down In Portland, Raleigh Reynolds was allegedly about to participate in a narcotic business transaction. Police say, however, a 911 dispatcher got to listen in on the proceedings, as Reynolds inadvertently called it in with a butt dial. With the help of GPS technology, the call was traced to a back alley just one block from the police station. Reynolds and another suspect were arrested.
A study commissioned by Zipcar, the carsharing service, says Millennials -- also known as Gen Yers -- basically those born in the late '70s through the early 2000s -- would be more devastated if they parted with their smartphone than if they had to ditch their car.
Trivia Answer: James Richard Perry -- Rick Perry -- who is 63 today. With a tenure in office to date of 12 years, 73 days, Perry is the second longest serving current US governor -- after Terry Branstad of Iowa. Perry served as Chairman of the Republican Governors Association in 2008 and again in 2011. Perry is the longest serving governor in Texas state history. As a result, he is the only governor in modern Texas history to have appointed at least one person to every eligible state office, board, or commission position (as well as to several elected offices to which the governor can appoint someone to fill an unexpired term, such as six of the nine current members of the Texas Supreme Court). On August 13th of 2011, Perry announced in South Carolina that he was running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 2012 presidential election. On January 19th of 2012, Perry announced he would be suspending his campaign for the Republican nomination, and initially endorsed Newt Gingrich but gave his support to Mitt Romney after Newt suspended his campaign. On October 15, 2012, one of Perry's aides indicated that Perry would stand for re-election to his fourth term as governor in 2014.
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The hot Spring continues for the Seattle Mariners. Jon Garland pitched for the first time in nearly 20 months, Franklin Gutierrez and Nick Franklin hit home runs and the Mariners won their sixth straight, beating the San Francisco Giants 4-3 yesterday. Garland was 1-5 with the Los Angeles Dodgers before labrum and rotator cuff surgery ended his 2011 season in July. He tried to make it back last year with Cleveland but suffered complications. Justin Smoak collected two more hits and drove in a run for the Mariners. Alex Liddi also drove in a run as Seattle matched its longest spring win streak since 2004. Smoak, by the way, is hitting .583 this spring with six RBIs. The Mariners have hit a Major League best 14 home runs. Today, the Ms host the Texas Rangers in Peoria at noon. Tomorrow, the Ms face the Los Angeles Dodgers at Peoria. Sunday, it's the Rangers again at Surprise Stadium.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson says Sacramento is back in the ballgame after announcing that two investors want to buy the NBA's Kings and build a downtown arena to stop the proposed move of city's only major league sports team to Seattle. Mark Mastrov, founder of 24 Hour Fitness, will submit a bid for the team to the NBA on Friday, Johnson said in a speech Thursday night. Mastrov was among the final bidders for the Golden State Warriors before Joe Lacob and Peter Guber bought the team for an NBA-record $450 million in 2010. The NBA Board of Governors will make a decision on the sale by mid-April.
March has arrived. To the Romans, March was Martius, named for Mars, the god of war. On the ancient calendar, March was the first month of the year until 46 BC. In England it was the first month until 1752. March's birthstone: bloodstone or aquamarine. March's flower is the daffodil. March is Women's History Month, American Red Cross Month, Caffeine Awareness Month, Eye Donor Month, Craft Month, Ethics Awareness Month, National Peanut Month, National Noodle Month, Employee Spirit Month, National Eye Donor Month, Honor Society Awareness Month, Social Work Month, Ideas Month, Irish-American Heritage Month, Listening Awareness Month, International Mirth Month, Music in Our Schools Month, Optimism Month, Humorists Are Artists Month (HAAM), National 'On Hold' Month, Sing with Your Child Month, Spiritual Wellness Month, and National Youth Art Month.
Today is Employee Appreciation Day and Peanut Butter Lover's Day. It's Be Positive, Do Something Positive Day, a great way to begin Optimism Month. Today is National Pig Day and National Horse Protection Day. Today is Beer Day in Iceland. Today is National Day of Action in Support of the Peace Corps, marking the corps's founding on this date in 1961. Today is World Compliment Day and Plan a Solo Vacation Day.. Today is Refired Not Retired Day, a time for retirees to decide this is the beginning of Life, Part II, and commit to making it an adventure.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1977, Bank of America decided to change the name of its credit cards from Bankamericard to VISA. In 1991, Victoria defeated Duncanville 38-36 in the Texas girls basketball 5A state semifinals. It was tough. None of the girls on the Duncanville team had ever lost a high school basketball game. Their win streak ended at 134 games and three state titles. In 1994, at the annual Grammy Awards, Whitney Houston won best female pop vocalist and record of the year for Dolly Parton's I Will Always Love You. In 1997, the state of Arizona approved a proposal to install divorce vending machines to cope with the high demand for divorces. In 1998, Titanic became the first film to gross over $1 billion worldwide.
Speaking of the Titanic. As if the recent 3D-movie experience wasn't enough, the world will never let go of Titanic. People Magazine reports that "an Australian billionaire plans to recreate the legendary ship, and charge one-million dollars for a first-class cabin, when his replica Titanic II re-traces the original 1912 route of the great ship that went down." The ship plans to set sail from England and hopefully make it all the way to New York this time. Furnishings such as the infamous grand staircase will be recreated and period costumes will be provided. If you can't afford the first class ticket, don't worry -- there is plenty of room in third class.
Emerald City Comicon, the annual comic book and pop culture convention, is being held in Seattle Friday through Sunday. The annual comic book and pop culture convention is at the Washington State Convention Center. http://www.emeraldcitycomicon.com/special-guests/
Gary Oldman has joined the cast for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to the successful Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
All-Star Celebrity Apprentice premieres this weekend. The season sees the return of previous Celebrity Apprentice contestants like Dee Snider, Gary Busey, La Toya Jackson, country star Trace Adkins, magician Penn Jillette and Season Nine champion Bret Michaels. Brett said he didn't have to think twice about signing on to this season of Donald Trump's series. See how Bret does this time around when All-Star Celebrity Apprentice premieres Sunday night on NBC.
Some big names are set to appear on the new Arrested Development season. Ben Stiller, Seth Rogen, Liza Minelli, Conan O'Brien, and James Lipton are all set to guest star in the Netflix revival of Arrested Development. The show that once lived on Fox returns for a one-season run exclusively on Netflix in May. David Cross plays Tobias on the show and recently told The Hollywood Reporter that there is no movie in the works, but the added fourth season does leave open the option for continuation. Arrested Development also welcomes back stars Jason Bateman and Will Arnett.
Late word this morning that Bonnie Franklin, the single mom on One Day At a Time, has died.
Erik Brown, a Tampa, Florida. resident, has been charged with assault for hitting a 16-year-old boy. The 16-year-old was reportedly arguing with his mother and that's when Brown flung a Taco Bell burrito at his face. The boy wasn't injured, but did have burrito cheese, sauce, and meat all over his face.
Florida Southern College has been taken over by feral cats! The kitties aren't taking classes or pledging fraternities, but they are moving in. The college decided to build five-foot-tall dorms for the cats, complete with a dining hall. Florida Southern even took the time to make the structures look like some of the others on campus. It's not all for fun, though. According to TheLedger.com, the school hopes to capture and neuter the cats to help control the abundant population.
Two Massachusetts state representatives have filed legislation that would make Aerosmith's Dream On the official state song. According to South Coast Today, the politicians feel that Dream On is a "classic ballad that's all about holding on to your dreams and seizing opportunity" and it's on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list. They also say, "Aerosmith is the best-selling American rock band of all time. No band is more closely associated with Massachusetts."
Trivia Answer: Yellowstone National Park. It established by the US Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1st of 1872. It's located primarily in the state of Wyoming, although it also extends into Montana and Idaho. Yellowstone National Park spans an area of 3,468.4 square miles comprising lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges. The park is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features, especially Old Faithful Geyser, one of the most popular features in the park. Since the mid-1960s, at least two million tourists have visited the park almost every year. In 2010, a record number of visitors came to the park in July: 975,000. July is the busiest month for Yellowstone National Park