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Tuesday 3.31.15
Morning Trivia: He's a Canadian; a former professional ice hockey player. From 1946 to 1980, he played twenty-six seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) and six seasons in the World Hockey Association (WHA). His first twenty-five seasons were spent with the Detroit Red Wings. Nicknamed Mr. Hockey, he's considered one of the greatest hockey players of all time. A twenty-three time NHL All-Star, he held many of the sport's scoring records until they were broken in the 1990s by Wayne Gretzky. However, this guy continues to hold NHL records for most games and seasons played. Who is he?

Less than a week to go before the regular season begins. In the meantime, in Cactus League play yesterday, Mike Zunino homered and doubled, Taijuan Walker pitched seven impressive innings, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-3. Robinson Cano added his first spring homer for the Mariners. The Angels and Mariners fielded lineups consisting mainly of the players who are likely to start on opening day next Monday when Los Angeles visits Seattle. Walker's scoreless streak ended at 19 innings when Matt Joyce homered in the second. That was the only run off Walker, who retired his final 17 batters. Walker gave up three hits, walked none and struck out five. Felix Hernandez gets his final work in before his opening day start. He faces the Cleveland Indians this afternoon.

Birthdays: The mom on The Partridge Family, Actress Shirley Jones is 81; actor Richard Chamberlain is also 81; musician Herb Alpert is 80; politician Barney Frank is 75; actor Christopher Walken is 72; Mr. Kotter, actor and comedian Gabe Kaplan is 70; Carla on Cheers, actress Rhea Perlman is 67; former Vice President Al Gore is also 67; AC/DC guitarist Angus Young is 60; actor Ewan McGregor is 44; and Paul Pfeiffer on The Wonder Years, actor Josh Saviano is 39.

It's Bunsen Burner Day celebrating the birthday of its creator. German chemist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen was born on March 31st of 1811. Today is Clam on the Half Shell Day. Hope you like clams. The objective of the day is to enjoy clams on the half shell. Today is World Backup Day. Don't be an April Fool. Be prepared. Back up your files on March 31st.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1889, in Paris, the Eiffel Tower officially opened. In 1906, the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States was founded to set rules in amateur sports. The organization became the National Collegiate Athletic Association -- the NCAA -- in 1910. In 1918, for the first time in the US, Daylight Saving Time went into effect. In 1931, TWA Flight 599 crashed near Bazaar, Kansas, killing eight, including University of Notre Dame head football coach Knute Rockne. In 1932, the Ford Motor Co. debuted its V-8 engine. In 1967, Jimi Hendrix began his first British tour. He was on the road with Cat Stevens. In 1985, the first WrestleMania, the biggest wrestling event from the WWE (then the WWF), took place in Madison Square Garden. Also in 1985, ABC-TV aired the 200th episode of The Love Boat. In 1989, Guns N' Roses released their single Patience. In 1992, the USS Missouri, the last active United States Navy battleship, was decommissioned in Long Beach, California. In 1999, Fabio was hit in the face by a bird during a promotional ride of a new roller coaster at the Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg, VA. He got a one-inch cut across his nose. In 2004, Google Inc. announced that it would be introducing a free e-mail service called Gmail.

An apple a day doesn't necessarily keep the doctor away. That's according to proverb-busting research that found daily apple eaters had just as many doctor visits as those who ate fewer or no apples. The findings don't mean apples aren't good for you but they do underscore that it takes more than just one kind of food to make a healthy diet and avoid illness. About one-third of the adults studied said they had no more than one doctor visit in the previous year; the remainder reported at least two visits. A preliminary analysis found apple eaters had slightly fewer visits than apple avoiders -- those who ate less than one daily or no apples. But that difference disappeared when the researchers considered weight, race, education, health insurance and other factors that can influence frequency of medical visits.

A McMuffin for dinner? It could happen. McDonald's plans to test an all-day breakfast at some locations in the San Diego area starting next month. The company said in a statement that the test is in response to customers who have said they'd like to eat breakfast foods outside the typical morning hours that they are served. The world's largest restaurant chain said the test will include a partial menu and feature some of McDonald's breakfast sandwiches and hash browns. The company didn't say which sandwiches would make the cut. Fans of McDonald's breakfast menu have long wanted the option to get breakfast at McDonald's after 10:30 a.m. But offering both the breakfast and lunch menu had been considered logistically impossible, given the tight kitchen spaces of the restaurants.

On TV tonight, after 6 seasons, Cougar Town says farewell. The series finale is on TBS tonight.

Trivia Answer: Gordie Howe who is 87 today. Howe retired in 1971 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame the next year. However, he came back two years later to join his sons Mark and Marty on the Houston Aeros of the WHA. Although in his mid-40s, Howe scored over 100 points twice in six years. He made a brief return to the NHL in 1979-80, playing one season with the Hartford Whalers, then retired at the age of 52. Howe is most famous for his scoring prowess, physical strength, and career longevity. He is the only player to have competed in the NHL in five different decades (the 1940s through the 1980s). Although he only achieved the feat twice in his own career, Howe became the namesake of the Gordie Howe Hat Trick: a goal, an assist, and a fight in the same game.

Monday 3.30.15
Morning Trivia: This guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist, and twice as a group member. He ranked fourth in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time and fourth in Gibson's Top 50 Guitarists of All Time. Who is he?

The Zags came up just a bit short. The Duke Blue Devils are going to their 16th Final Four after a 66-52 win yesterday over Gonzaga. Gonzaga had taken a 38-34 lead less than 4 minutes into the second half, putting the Blue Devils in their largest deficit of this tournament. However, Duke responded with nine straight points and never trailed again. Gonzaga, in its 17th consecutive NCAA Tournament, was trying to get to the Final Four for the first time. This was only Gonzaga's second regional final, and its first since 1999. Duke is now going to Indianapolis to play Michigan State in the Final Four. The other national semifinal game Saturday matches undefeated Kentucky and Wisconsin.

Matt Kemp and Wil Myers homered, leading the San Diego Padres to an 8-5 exhibition win against the Seattle Mariners yesterday. Dustin Ackley hit a two-run homer for Seattle. More Cactus League play for the Ms today as they take on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim this afternoon at 1:00. The regular season starts one week from today against the same Los Angeles Angels. Felix Hernandez set to open for Seattle next Monday at Safeco.

Birthdays: The original host of The Hollywood Squares, Peter Marshall is 89; actor Richard Dysart is 86; Gomez Addams on The Addams Family, actor John Astin is 85; actor Warren Beatty is 78; a pretty good guitar picker, Eric Clapton is 70; Hagrid in Harry Potter, actor Robbie Coltrane is 65; actor Paul Reiser is 58; Can’t Touch This, MC Hammer is 53; singer and songwriter Tracy Chapman is 51; TV host Piers Morgan is 50; singer Celine Dion is 47; singer Norah Jones is 36; singer-songwriter Anna Nalick is 31; and Seahawk Richard Sherman is 27.

Norman Greenbaum, best known for the hit song Spirit in the Sky, was critically injured in a car crash north of San Francisco that killed a motorcyclist. That word from California police yesterday. The 72-year-old Greenbaum was transported to a Santa Rosa area hospital with critical injuries after the car he was riding in made a left turn without seeing an oncoming motorcycle and the vehicles collided. The California Highway Patrol says the motorcyclist was "evidently unable to slow or stop in time to avoid a collision." The driver of the motorcycle, a 20-year old Santa Rosa resident, was pronounced dead at the scene. CHP says Bonita Kay Perea, who was driving the vehicle Greenbaum was riding in, said she did not see the oncoming motorcycle and was unable to stop in time.

Today is Check For Change in Every Coin Return You Pass Day. Today is Grass Is Always Browner on the Other Side of the Fence Day, a time to honor those who didn’t jump ship, didn’t quit, didn’t leave because things appeared to look better somewhere else. It's National Doctor's Day was created to show appreciation to your doctors. Today is Jeopardy Day. The thinking person's game show premiered on this day in 1964. Art Fleming hosted 2,500 consecutive daytime shows. The later syndicated version has been hosted since 1984 by Alex Trebeck. Today is Take A Walk in the Park Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1858, Hyman L. Lipman of Philadelphia patented the pencil. In 1867, US Secretary of State William Seward reached agreement with Russia to purchase the territory of Alaska for $7.2 million, a deal widely ridiculed as Seward's Folly. In 1909, the Queensboro bridge in New York opened linking Manhattan and Queens. It was the first double decker bridge. In 1939, the comic book Detective Comics #27 appeared on newstands. This is the comic that introduced Batman. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot and seriously injured outside a Washington, DC, hotel by John W. Hinckley Jr. White House press secretary James Brady, a Secret Service agent, and a District of Columbia police officer were also wounded. In 1990, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opened in movie theaters throughout the US. In 1993, in Peanuts, Charlie Brown hit his first home run.

Jeffrey Katzenberg is breathing a huge sigh of relief after the embattled DreamWorks Animation chief scored a much needed box office win with Home. The family film was the weekend’s top ticket seller, pulling in $54 million, easily eclipsing projections that had it bowing to between $30 million and $35 million. Get Hard, the R-rated prison comedy with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart, captured second place. Last weekend’s champ, Insurgent, fell to third place. Cinderella came in fourth, and It Follows was in fifth place. Next week brings the debut of Furious 7, which is hurtling towards a record $100 million-plus opening.

Saying he wanted to create "a tribute to my dad and Spock," Adam Nimoy told Variety on Friday that he plans to produce and direct a documentary about the iconic Star Trek character played by his father, Leonard Nimoy. The elder Nimoy died in February at the age of 83 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Zachary Quinto, who has played Spock in two recent film takes on the franchise, will narrate, and William Shatner, who played James T. Kirk in the original series, plans to appear in the documentary.

On TV tonight, The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber.

Trivia Answer: Eric Clapton who turns 70 today. He's a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member as a solo artit and also as a member of The Yardbirds and as a member of Cream. Rolling Stone and Gibson both place him 4th on their lists so I wondered who were the Top Three. Rolling Stone had B.B. King in third, Duane Allman in second, and Jimi Hendrix at the top. Gibson had Keith Richards third, Jimmy Page second, and Jimi Hendrix at number one. Eric Clapton is also a 19-time Grammy Award winner.

Friday 3.27.15
Morning Trivia: He's a professional baseball catcher and first baseman for the San Francisco Giants. He attended Florida State University, where he began playing the catcher position. He won the Golden Spikes Award in 2008 and was selected by the Giants with the fifth overall pick in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his major league debut on September 11th of 2009. After beginning the 2010 season in the minor leagues, he was called back up to the major leagues in May. He played first base when he came up, but became the Giants' regular catcher at the end of June. He was named the National League Rookie of the Year. He caught every inning of the playoffs as the Giants won the 2010 World Series. In 2011, he missed most of the year after he was severely injured in a collision at home plate. Who is he?

Coach Mark Few has steered the Gonzaga Bulldogs into the NCAA tourney all 16 years he’s been head coach. But he has never made it past the Sweet 16. The Zags, whose lone Elite Eight appearance came in 1999, can return to the Elite Eight with a win over UCLA this afternoon in Houston. KIRO 7 is televising the game at 4:15.

Felix Hernandez pitched two-hit ball for six innings in his longest outing of the spring yesterday as a split squad of Seattle Mariners lost to the Kansas City Royals 3-0. Felix is in line for one more start before he takes the ball on opening day, April 6th. Meanwhile, it was ugly for the other split squad Mariners as the Milwaukee Brewers had another big offensive day in a 15-1 win over Seattle. Mariners and Kansas City Royals meet up tonight in Surprise, Arizona. Game time is 6:05.

Birthdays: Actor Michael York is 73; from Genesis, keyboardist Tony Banks is 65; INXS keyborardist Andrew Farriss is 56; director Quentin Tarantino is 52; singer Mariah Carey is 45; from the Black Eyed Peas, Fergie is 40; singer Jessie J. is 27; and singer Kimbra is 25.

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

Calendar notes: On this date in 1912, the first cherry blossom trees were planted in Washington, DC. The trees were a gift from Japan. In 1917, the Seattle Metropolitans became the first US team to win hockey's Stanley Cup by defeating the Montreal Canadiens. In 1971, UCLA became the first team ever to win five consecutive NCAA basketball titles. In 1979, after a much-publicized love tussle with his friend George Harrison, Eric Clapton finally married Harrison’s ex-wife Patti Boyd in Arizona. Two of Clapton’s biggest hits -- Layla and Wonderful Tonight -- were written about her. In 1981, AC/DC released Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap in the US. It had been released in Australia in 1976. In 1986, Sammy Hagar played his first show as lead singer of Van Halen. 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 1998, the FDA approved the prescription drug Viagra. It was the first pill for male impotence. In 1998, construction began on Alice Cooper's new Coopers'town Restaurant in Phoenix. In 2001, 12 days before his 88th birthday, Berry Thomas became the oldest bowler in America to roll a perfect 300 game. Thomas said he wasn't nervous, that he probably couldn't have done it if he'd let himself get nervous. In 2007, NFL owners voted to make instant replay a permanent officiating tool.

Ed Sheeran surprised a pair of newlyweds at their wedding reception by singing for their first dance. He took time out from his tour in Australia to help a couple of radio DJs surprise newly married couple Kya and Matt Debono after their nuptials. As the bride and groom prepared for their first dance, the DJs arrived and said, "It is time for our first dance and that is a very memorable moment at a wedding, so wanted to make your first dance a little bit more special today so we’re going to leave you with a little wedding singer that we organized and we hope you enjoy." Online footage shows the crowd screaming as Sheeran entered the venue and headed onstage. He told the guests, "Happy wedding day… shall we?" before grabbing a guitar and singing Thinking Out Loud. After the wedding, Sheeran wrote on Instagram, "Just surprised this lovely couple’s first dance. Available for weddings, birthdays and bar mitzvah’s (sic), contact your local supermarket for details."

This afternoon, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is strapping into a Russian rocket and kissing Earth goodbye for an entire year to live on the International Space Station. Meanwhile, his identical twin Mark, a retired NASA astronaut himself, is staying here on Earth. Both men are being tested during and after Scott's year-long stay in space and their info will be compared.

Hope Solo, the US women's national team goalkeeper, says she used her 30-day suspension from the squad to reassess her life and career and has entered therapy. Solo launched a personal blog this week to share thoughts about herself and the national team as it prepares for the 2015 World Cup in Canada. Solo was suspended by US Soccer in January after her husband, Jerramy Stevens, was arrested on drunken driving charges while driving a federation van. The incident came shortly after domestic violence charges against Solo had been dismissed. In her first post, Solo also said she is seeing an Eastern medicine healer. She recounted apologizing to her teammates and her return to help the US win the Algarve Cup title in Portugal. Solo met with the team before leaving training camp to serve the suspension. She wrote, "For the first time, I'd opened up to my teammates about everything I'd been going through. I talked about how hard it had been going through the court case with my family, and explained why I hadn't been that approachable at camp. I'd been trying to focus while I was on the field, but I'd been a mess emotionally and mentally. After I was done speaking with everyone, one of my teammates gave me the biggest hug and said, 'Hope, apology accepted.' That meant so much."

Police in Sandwich, Massachusetts, are looking for a thief with really, really white teeth. Police say a man entered a CVS Pharmacy and went directly to the aisle containing teeth whitening strips. He left without paying for $295.95 worth of dental products.

A new study has discovered 30 new species of flies in the smog of Los Angeles. I'm thinking that should certainly boost tourism.

Trivia Answer: Gerrald Dempsey Posey III -- we know him as Buster Posey -- who turns 28 today. Posey returned from his injury in 2012 and posted a .336 batting average to win the 2012 NL batting title. He became the second San Francisco Giant to win the batting title and was named the NL Most Valuable Player for 2012. He won his second World Series that year as the Giants swept the Detroit Tigers in four games. On March 29th of 2013, Posey signed a 9-year contract extension worth $167 million, a record in sum and in length for a player with his level of experience. He won his third World Series last year as the Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals.

Thursday 3.26.15
Morning Trivia: He was an American actor, film director, photographer, author, poet, singer and songwriter. He began his career in his early twenties, teaching acting classes in Hollywood and making minor film and television appearances through the 1950s, as well as playing the title role in Kid Monk Baroni. Foreshadowing his fame as a semi-alien, he played Narab, one of three Martian invaders in the 1952 movie serial Zombies of the Stratosphere. Later, beyond the role he's most famous for, he starred in Mission: Impossible for two seasons, hosted the documentary series In Search of..., narrated Civilization IV, and made several well-received stage appearances. He also had a recurring role in the science fiction series Fringe. Who are we talking about?

Taijuan Walker extended his flawless spring to 18 scoreless innings, and Mike Zunino homered for the Seattle Mariners in a 3-2 victory last night over the Chicago Cubs. Walker, looking to lock up a spot in the starting pitching rotation, struck out six and walked one in six more shutout innings. He gave up two hits. Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon stopped short of putting Walker in the regular-season rotation ...yet. Split squad today as the Ms meet the Kansas City Royals and the Milwaukee Brewers this afternoon.

Former Seattle fan favorite Joey Cora, who played second base for the Mariners from 1995 to 1998, will throw out the first pitch of the M’s season-opener April 6th against the Los Angeles Angels. In his nearly four years in Seattle, Cora endeared himself to the Mariners faithful with his hustle, energy and great glove on the infield. After signing with the team as a free agent at the beginning of the 1995 season, Cora played 120 games that year, helping lead the M’s to their first playoff appearance.

Birthdays: Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is 85; actor Alan Arkin is 81; actor James Caan is 75; politician Nancy Pelosi is 75; journalist and author Bob Woodward is 72; singer Diana Ross is 71; Steven Tyler of Aerosmith is 67; singer-actress-comedian Vicki Lawrence is 66; actor and comedian Martin Short is 65; TV personality Leeza Gibbons is 58; actress Jennifer Grey is 55; and actress Keira Knightley is 30.

Today is Make Up Your Own Holiday Day, a chance to throw away the rule book and celebrate however you like. Today is National Nougat Day. It's National Spinach Day. Popeye the Sailor touted the value of spinach. Nutritionists agree that Popeye is 100% correct. Today is also National Legal Assistants Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1937, spinach growers in Crystal City, Texas, unveiled a statue of their hero, Popeye the Sailor, on the town square. 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 1973, women were allowed on the floor of the London Stock Exchange for the first time. In 1975, The Who’s film Tommy opened in London. In 1982, a groundbreaking ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was held in Washington, DC. In 1986, Geffen signed a Los Angeles band by the name of Guns N’ Roses. In 1999, Dr. Jack Kevorkian was convicted in Pontiac, Michigan, of second-degree murder for giving a patient with Lou Gehrig's disease a lethal injection, an action videotaped and broadcast on television. In 2000, the Seattle Kingdome was imploded to make way for a new football arena. In 2013, the single Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams was released.

A Pennsylvania man recovering from surgery has won $7 million off a lottery ticket tucked into his get-well card. Joseph Amorese got the ticket from his father. Amorese had just undergone hernia surgery. A few scratches later on the $7 million Golden Ticket and he was feeling great. He said, "I scratched the ticket and it was a good thing I was already sitting down because I was shocked. I was -- and still am -- in complete disbelief. I had surgery so I didn't jump up and down, but in my mind I was jumping up and down." The new multimillionaire and his wife plan to keep their jobs.

And then there were four: Chart-topping boy band One Direction announced yesterday that Zayn Malik has left the group. In a statement, the band said, "We're really sad to see Zayn go, but we totally respect his decision and send him all our love for the future." Malik said that his time with One Direction, quote, "has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band. I'd like to apologize to the fans if I've let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right." One Direction -- currently on a world tour, they're at Century Link in July -- said it would continue with four members and would record a new album later this year.

Troubled Creed frontman Scott Stapp has reportedly completed a 90-day rehab stint following a breakdown, during which he insisted he was the target of a US government conspiracy and suggested his bank account had been compromised. During a crazy end to 2014, the rocker filed a criminal complaint against his estranged wife Jaclyn, accusing her of transferring $26,000 out of his personal bank account without permission, prompting her to go public with claims her husband was suffering from paranoia amid a series of alleged mental health issues and drug problems. A Florida judge gave her sole legal and physical custody of the couple’s three children, and ruled the Creed singer had no right to stay in the family home. Stapp’s estranged wife also attempted to put the singer in a 60-day psychiatric hold after he allegedly threatened to kill himself, and she called Florida police in November begging them to detain the star following his erratic behavior. Now, his bandmate Mark Tremonti has confirmed the singer is on the road to recovery after an extensive rehab stint. He tells Loudwire, "Thank God he got through it all and his family got him into treatment. I think he went through a 90-day program. I know he went to get help and now he’s out of the treatment, so hopefully he stays sober. Family is the most important thing. You’ve just got to stay sober and clean and provide for your family and be there for your kids. For me, that’s what would always keep me out of trouble."

Trivia Answer: Leonard Nimoy -- known for his role as Mr. Spock of the Star Trek franchise -- who was born on this date in 1931. In 1965, he made his first appearance in the rejected Star Trek pilot The Cage, and went on to play the character of Spock until 1969, followed by eight feature films and guest slots in the various spin-off series. The character has had a significant cultural impact and garnered Nimoy three Emmy Award nominations. TV Guide named Spock one of the 50 greatest TV characters. Nimoy's fame as Spock was such that both of his autobiographies, I Am Not Spock (1975) and I Am Spock (1995), were written from the viewpoint of sharing his existence with the character. In February of last year, (2014), Nimoy revealed publicly that he had been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a condition he attributed to a smoking habit he had given up about 30 years earlier. Nimoy died of complications of COPD on the 27th last month at the age of 83.

Wednesday 3.25.15
Morning Trivia: He was a Canadian jazz and blues-rock vocalist and guitarist. When he was eight months old, he lost his sight to retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the eyes. He began playing guitar when he was three, developing his unique style of playing the instrument flat on his lap. Who is he?

Baseball is nearing, and, with it, eyes are beginning to turn toward Seattle. The Mariners have been one of baseball's hottest stories this offseason after adding Nelson Cruz, and the media -- Sports Illustrated in particular -- have taken notice, as the Mariners are one of four teams featured on regional SI covers this week. Two Mariners -- starting pitcher Felix Hernandez and second baseman Robinson Cano -- are pictured on the cover, with Hernandez letting out a yell and Cano whooping beside him. It's one of four covers printed by the magazine for its MLB preview this week.

Matt Kemp legged out a triple two pitches before Justin Upton hit his third home run of the spring, and the San Diego Padres showed off their new power outfield in a 6-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners yesterday. Kemp's liner to the gap off Mariners starter J.A. Happ was followed by Upton's drive to left-center in the third inning. Upton doubled and scored an inning earlier. Kemp later singled and stole second. The third offseason outfield acquisition, Wil Myers, went 1 for 4 and looked shaky on a play by the wall that turned into a double for Dustin Ackley. Seth Smith, traded to the Mariners after San Diego remade its outfield, had a solo homer, RBI double and stole second against former teammate Andrew Cashner. Hisashi Iwakuma was scheduled to pitch yesterday ... and he did for the Tacoma Rainiers. Lloyd McClendon didn't want the Angels to get a look at Kuma yet as he's scheduled to throw in the regular season opening series against the Angels. The Mariners' Taijuan Walker, contending for the final rotation spot, makes his fifth start tonight at 7:05 against the Chicago Cubs.

Birthdays: Movie critic Gene Shalit is 89; former astronaut James Lovell (Apollo 13 mission, played by Tom Hanks in the movie) is 87; the Queen of Soul, singer Aretha Franklin is 73; David Starsky on Starsky & Hutch, actor Paul Michael Glaser is 72; feminist Gloria Steinem is 71; he was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight but we know him as Elton John and he's 68; former Saturday Night Live cast member, actress and comedian Mary Gross is 62; actress Sarah Jessica Parker is 50; former WNBA player Sheryl Swoopes (first player to be signed in the WNBA) is 44; race car driver Danica Patrick is 33; and Ryan Lewis of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis is 27.

Today is Appreciate Toilet Paper Day -- not to be confused with Toilet Paper Day which is August 26th. Global toilet paper production consumes 27,000 trees daily. It's International Waffle Day. The holiday originated in Sweden. It is called Våffeldagen. This day was also considered the start of spring in Sweden and Europe. It became a custom for Swedish families to celebrate the two events by making waffles on this day. By the way,the first pancakes were made in 1882 in New York City. It's Pecan Day. Pecan Day is a rather nutty day. Its a day to celebrate and enjoy popular, tasty pecans. Apparently, someone thought that it was such a great nut, that they created two days to celebrate Pecans. One in March, and the other in April. Name the only nut tree native to North America. You guessed it, Pecan trees.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1954, the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) began commercial production of TV sets that were equipped to receive programs in living color. To buy one of those huge sets, television buyers spent $1,000 -- and more. In 1968, the 58th and final episode of The Monkees TV show was aired. In 1969, during their honeymoon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono hold their first Bed-In for Peace at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel. In 1970, the Concorde made its first supersonic flight. In 1971, the Boston Patriots became the New England Patriots. In 1985, Prince won an Oscar for Best Original Score for the soundtrack for the movie Purple Rain. In 1996, the US issued a newly redesigned $100 bill for circulation. In 1998, a cancer patient was the first known to die under Oregon's doctor-assisted suicide law. In 2006, the Capitol Hill massacre: A gunman killed six people before taking his own life at a party in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. It was the worst mass killing in Seattle since the 1983 Wah Mee massacre in which 13 died.

Search crews found the first of two black box recorders of an airliner run by Lufthansa's low-fare subsidiary, Germanwings, on a mountainside in the French Alps where the plane crashed yesterday. All 144 passengers and six crew members are believed to have been killed. Investigators do not yet have a theory on why the Airbus A320 jet crashed with no distress call en route from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, but expect information from the cockpit voice recorder within hours.

The newest weapon in the breakfast wars is a biscuit shaped like a taco. Taco Bell is launching a biscuit taco this week and ditching its waffle taco, which got widespread attention last year when it was included in the rollout of the chain's breakfast menu. The swap comes as the chain tries to build on its year-old breakfast business by once again going after the dominant player in the mornings: McDonald's. In a new ad campaign, Taco Bell plans to paint Egg McMuffins as boring, routine food for the brainwashed. In New York and Los Angeles, it is putting up propaganda-like posters for a place called Routine Republic, with one featuring a demonic clown holding what looks like an Egg McMuffin with the words Routine Rules.

Kraft Foods Group Inc. and ketchup giant H.J. Heinz have announced that they've agreed to merge, creating the third largest food and beverage company in North America and the fifth largest in the world. The new company, Kraft Heinz Co., will boast many of America's most iconic brands, including Heinz, Kraft, Oscar Mayer, Ore-Ida, and Philadelphia.

Agents Mulder and Scully are making their television return. Fox announced yesterday that it's airing a six-episode run of new episodes of The X-Files, set to begin this summer. Stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are reprising their roles as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. The show's creator, Chris Carter, said that he considers the show's absence like a "13-year commercial break." Carter said that "the good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger."

A Pennsylvania man who skipped out on jury duty 11 times in the last two years has been arrested inside a courthouse while seeking relief from a child support ruling. A judge told told 32-year-old Owen Fazenbaker III that he found it "ironic" that Fazenbaker could find his way to court for that but not for jury duty. Fazenbaker promised to serve on future juries if the judge would not impose a $500 fine and 10 days in jail for each time he has missed jury duty. The judge told a local paper that the man could avoid a seven-day jail term if he pays a $500 fine.

Italy's highest court today began hearing the appeal of Amanda Knox's conviction in the 2007 murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, in the town of Perugia, where both were studying. Knox and her then-boyfriend, Raffaelle Sollecito, were found guilty, then innocent, then guilty again in the polarizing trial. The court now can confirm the 28.5-year sentence for Knox and 25-year sentence for Sollecito, throw them out, or order a third appeal trial. An attorney said Knox, who is awaiting the ruling in her hometown of Seattle, is "very worried."

Fifty Shades of Grey is arriving soon on DVD and Blu-Ray. You'll be able to watch Christian and Ana do what they do in the comfort of your very own home on May 8th, and from the looks of it, there's going to be a lot more to watch than just the movie. The trailer was released yesterday and teases some spicier, never-seen scenes.

Trivia Answer: Jeff Healey who was born on this date in 1966. Healey was discovered by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Albert Collins while playing clubs in and around Toronto. He signed with Arista Records in 1988, and his group, The Jeff Healey Band, released the album See the Light. While the band was recording See the Light, they were also filming (and recording for the soundtrack of) the Patrick Swayze film Road House. Healey had numerous acting scenes in the movie with Swayze, as his band was the house cover band for the bar featured in the movie. The album featured the hit "Angel Eyes." North of the border, Healey had 10 charting singles in Canada between 1990 and 1994, including a cover of The Beatles' While My Guitar Gently Weeps which featured George Harrison and Jeff Lynne on backing vocals and acoustic guitar. Healey was an avid record collector and amassed a collection of well over 30,000 78 rpm records. He had, from time to time, hosted a CBC Radio program entitled My Kind of Jazz, in which he played records from his vast vintage jazz collection. He hosted a program with a similar name on Toronto jazz station CJRT-FM. Over the years, Healey toured and sat-in with many legendary performers, including, Dire Straits, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, BB King, ZZ Top, Steve Lukather, Eric Clapton and many more. Healey died of cancer on March 2nd two years ago. His death came a month before the release of his album, Mess of Blues, which was his first rock/blues album in eight years. He is survived by his wife, Cristie, and two children. A tribute concert was held on May 3rd of 2008 to benefit Daisy's Eye Cancer Fund, which, according to Cristie Healey, had helped make major strides in research and future advances for people born with the same genetically inherited retinoblastoma which had plagued her husband. Cristie and Jeff's son was born with the same affliction.

Tuesday 3.24.15
Morning Trivia: She was born in Adrian, Michigan, but was raised up in Auburn, graduating from Auburn Senior High School. She then attended the University of Washington in Seattle. After graduating from U-Dub, she attended law school at Gonzaga University in Spokane. After graduating from there, she went to work in state government. Who is she?

Athletes rarely engage in the prediction business, leaving that to oddsmakers, sports writers and broadcasters, and anyone else who cares to opine. But Felix Hernandez this week joined an expanding chorus of professional pundits who believe that the Mariners are the chic pick to win a wide-open American League.Felix told Yahoo Sports, "Close is not good enough anymore. Our goal is to make the playoffs and win the whole thing. We've got the pieces now." The pieces to which Hernandez specifically referred are leadoff hitter Austin Jackson, acquired last July from Detroit; Seth Smith, brought over in a trade with San Diego during the off-season as a gap hitter in front of Robinson Cano; and Nelson Cruz, hired as a free agent to provide power between Cano and Kyle Seager. Skipper Lloyd McClendon said, "Listen, we're good and barring injuries, we're going to be very competitive. Where that's going to take us, I don't know. We're like everybody else: We know what we hope to be, and if all goes well, we have a good chance to get there."

Meanwhile, it was backatcha day for the Ms. They blanked the Texas Rangers 8-0 on Sunday then turned around and got blanked themselves by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5-0 yesterday. Matt Shoemaker combined with three relievers on a two-hitter, and the Los Angeles Angels shut out the Seattle Mariners. Shoemaker retired his first 13 batters before Mike Zunino's fifth-inning double. Logan Morrison singled Zunino to third, but he was stranded when Shoemaker retired Willie Bloomquist on a flyout and Dustin Ackley on a popout. Mariners starter Erasmo Ramirez gave up four runs -- two earned -- and four hits over 1.2 innings in his fourth spring start. The Mariners take on San Diego this afternoon down in Peoria.

Birthdays: Fashion designer Bob Mackie is 75; the 22nd governor of our great state, Christine Gregoire is 68; singer Nick Lowe is 66; fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger is 64; the bassist with Supertamp, Dougie Thomson is 64; comedian Louie Anderson is 62; the former chief executive officer of Microsoft, now the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, Steve Ballmer is 59; singer Nena (99 Luftballons) is 55; TV personality Star Jones is 53; actor Jim Parsons from The Big Bang Theory is 42; and quarterback Peyton Manning is 39.

Today is National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day -- a day to enjoy this tasty combination of chocolate and fruit. Are you watching your waistline? National Chocolate Raisin Day probably won't help you but go with me on this: chocolate is made from cocoa beans (a vegetable) and raisins are from grapes (a fruit). And we all know that vegetables and fruit are good for you. Therefore, aren't chocolate covered raisins good for you?

Calendar notes: On this date in 1960, a US appeals court ruled that the novel, Lady Chatterly's Lover, was not obscene and could be sent through the mail. In 1981, Nightline with Ted Koppel premiered. In 1991, The Black Crowes were dropped as the opening act on ZZ Top's tour for repeatedly criticizing Miller Beer. Miller Beer was sponsoring the tour. In 1992, a Chicago judge ruled in the Milli-Vanilli class-action suit that $3.00 cash rebates would be given to anyone that could prove that they bought the group's music before November 27th of 1990 -- the date the lip synching scandal broke. In 1998, in Jonesboro, Arkansas, two young boys opened fire at students from woods near a school. Four students and a teacher were killed and 10 others were injured. The two boys were 11- and 13-year-old cousins. In 1998, a former FBI agent said papers found in James Earl Ray's car supported a conspiracy theory in the assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.

Ground is expected to be broken next month on Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle, more than three years after it was initially due to open. The city has accepted a bid from a developer to transform an open green space near the Northwest African American Museum into a park to honor Hendrix, with the blessing of the Hendrix family. The first phase will include a timeline of Hendrix's career, a butterfly garden, and a gathering space for performances. The second phase will include a shelter house and a "shadow wave wall" featuring silhouettes of Hendrix. Plans to build a permanent memorial to the rock legend were announced in 2011, and it had been hoped that the Jimi Hendrix Park would open the following year. But the project was hit with numerous delays before finally getting the official green light. The park is scheduled to open this fall.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said yesterday that he wasn't over Seattle's 28-24 loss to the Patriots in the Super Bowl. Are any of us? Pete says in particular he isn't over the controversial final play call that clinched the game for New England. Carroll told NFL Network that he doesn't think he'll ever quite move past the decision to pass the ball facing second-and-goal from the 1-yard line with less than a minute remaining in the game, a decision that resulted in a game-deciding interception by New England cornerback Malcolm Butler. Carroll said, "Those kinds of occurrences? They don't go away. They don't go away. You just put them somewhere so you can manage them properly. It's back there."

Singer-songwriter David Crosby hit a jogger with his car Sunday evening. The accident happened in Santa Ynez, California, near where Crosby lives. Crosby was driving at about 50 miles an hour when he struck the jogger, according to the California Highway Patrol. The posted speed limit was 55. The jogger suffered multiple fractures, and was airlifted to a hospital in Santa Barbara. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening. A Highway Patrol spokesman said, "Mr. Crosby was cooperative with authorities and he was not impaired or intoxicated in any way. Mr. Crosby did not see the jogger because of the sun." According to the spokesman, the jogger and Crosby were on the same side of the road. Pedestrians are supposed to be on the left side of the road walking toward traffic, Joggers are considered pedestrians. Crosby belongs to the celebrated group Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Quick, what is Washington state in a word? Green, apples, airplanes? Nope. The word that was chosen seems appropriate in some parts of the state and downright wrong in, say, the sage brush country. Or anywhere where water will be sparse and fires frequent this summer. That word is "rain." This comes from an informal survey on the Internet forum Reddit measured the perceptions of U.S. states or perhaps even more informally, the most common words used to describe each state. Oregon got "hippies," which may be true for Portland and Eugene but the rest of the state? Idaho got "potatoes." The state should be thankful that "crazed and armed white supremacists" didn't fit.

People with ears that stick out may feel self-conscious about how others perceive them. But according to a new study, while strangers do notice the ears they don't make negative personality judgments based on them.

Bob Barnard's ears are a little too cozy. The Washington DC reporter was doing a piece on Museum Week when an African Moon Moth decided to land on Barnard's ear. The moth eventually left but not without leaving two souvenirs: moth eggs.

On this date in 2005, when Diane Viza got into an argument with her son over whether she was sober or not, she drove to the Albion, New York, police station asked to take a sobriety test. Well, not a good idea. The 45-year-old woman was charged with driving while intoxicated after she showed up at the police station.

Trivia Answer: The 22nd governor of the great state of Washington, Christine Gregoire who turns 68 today. She is the second female governor of Washington. After graduating, she started her career in Eastern Washington, working as a Law Clerk in the Spokane branch of the Attorney General's office. She went on to work as assistant attorney general under Republican Slade Gordon and then deputy attorney general under Republican Ken Eikenberry. She would serve as the first female attorney general in state history from 1992 until 2004. She assumed the office of governor in January 2005. After she left the governorship, some sources reported that she was being considered for a position in Barack Obama's cabinet in his second term, possibly in the State Department, or as United States Secretary of the Interior. Neither happened.

Monday 3.23.15
Morning Trivia: He is best known as the first man in history to run the mile in less than 4 minutes. Who is he?

The Gonzaga Bulldogs advanced to their first Sweet 16 appearance since 2009 by defeating the Iowa Hawkeyes 87-68 in front of a rowdy crowd at Seattle's KeyArena yesterday. The No. 2-seeded Zags led throughout, using a monster efforts from junior forward Kyle Wiltjer (24 points, 7 rebounds) and freshman forward Domantas Sabonis (18 points, 9 rebounds) to fly by the Big Ten's Hawkeyes. The Bulldogs move on to play 11th-seeded UCLA in Houston on Friday. The Zags were up 46-29 at the half. The Hawkeyes made it interesting after the break, starting the second half with a 20-14 run to draw within 11, but the Bulldogs never let them get any closer, pulling away late for the unexpectedly one-sided victory.

Yovani Gallardo allowed three-run homers to Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 8-0 yesterday. Seager took Saturday off because of tightness in his side. Sunday. He connected in the first. Cruz, a former Ranger who entered the game with two regular-season home runs off Gallardo in his career, hit a drive off the center field batter's eye in the third. He had two hits. Gallardo allowed eight runs on seven hits in 4 2-3 innings, the second time he's yielded four runs or more runs in a spring training outing. He struck out two and walked four. James Paxton made his spring training debut for the Ms after being slowed by forearm stiffness. The Mariners left-hander, slated for the starting rotation, worked 3 1-3 innings. He gave up five hits with two strikeouts, a walk and a wild pitch. Logan Morrison and Dustin Ackley had run-scoring doubles for the Mariners in the fifth. Erasmo Ramirez is a longshot to make the starting rotation for opening day, but his numbers have been solid this spring: 2.00 ERA, 9 IP, eight hits, four Ks, one walk. He'll get another chance to make his case this afternoon against the Los Angeles Angels in Tempe. The Angels, by the way, are who the Ms open the regular season against on April 6th.

Birthdays: From The Cars, Ric Ocasek is 66; former quarterback now an ESPN NFL analyst, Ron Jaworski is 64; singer Chaka Khan is 62; actress Amanda Plummer is 55; and blogger Perez Hilton is 37.

AJ Pero, the drummer for Twisted Sister, died on Friday of an apparent heart attack, the band said. Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French said Pero was on tour with the band Adrenaline Mob, but that when members of the group tried to rouse him on Friday morning, they were unable to do so, and he was taken to a hospital in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he died. With Twisted Sister, Anthony Jude Pero played on such hits as 1984's We're Not Gonna Take It. He was 55.

Today is National Chip and Dip Day. Today is National Puppy Day. In one day, sponsors hope to save 10,000 homeless puppies across the nation ( Today is Near Miss Day, marking this date in 1989 when a mountain-sized asteroid passed within 500,000 miles of earth, a close-call, according to NASA.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1775, American revolutionary Patrick Henry declared, "give me liberty, or give me death!" In 1806, explorers Lewis and Clark, reached the Pacific coast, and began their return journey to the east. In 1912, the Dixie Cup was invented. In 1963, The Beach Boys released Surfin' USA. In 1972, Evel Knievel broke 93 bones after successfully jumping 35 cars. In 1973, Yoko Ono was granted permission to live in the US permanently. In 1978, The Police signed with A&M Records. In 1984, the first Police Academy film opened at movie theaters throughout the US Five sequels followed. In 1985, singer Billy Joel married uptown model Christie Brinkley. The marriage lasted ten years. In 1998, the movie Titanic won 11 Oscars, tying Ben Hur for most Academy Awards won by a single film. In 2004, Lord Of The Rings, The Return Of The King also took home 11 Oscars.

Sean Penn's The Gunman was no match for the rebel kids of Insurgent. The second installment in the Divergent series easily topped the weekend box office with $54 million. Both The Hunger Games and the Twilight films boasted opening weekend gains with their second films, but Insurgent's opening nearly matched that of its predecessor, Divergent. Cinderella, meanwhile, fell to take second place. Run All Night placed third, while The Gunman, the Sean Penn-led geopolitical thriller opened in fourth place. Kingsman: The Secret Service rounded out the top five.

A new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation released last week found that only about half of Americans are aware that they need to declare whether they have health insurance on their tax returns. This is the first year that Americans are subject to a tax penalty if they do not have some kind of health coverage, as required by the Affordable Care Act. The continued confusion prompted the federal government and a number of states to instigate an enrollment grace period which allows Americans to sign up for ObamaCare insurance plans before April 15th.

Republican Senator Ted Cruz from Texas made his presidential candidacy official today, announcing with a Twitter post and video that he's running for the Republican nomination in 2016. Other big-name candidates are openly considering running, but Cruz, a Tea Party favorite, is the first major candidate from any party to jump into the race officially.

Starbucks Coffee is pulling the plug on its controversial "Race Together" campaign after social media backlash. The bottom line for most Starbucks customers who weighed in on the controversy was that they just wanted their coffee without a side of awkward diversity dialogue.

On TV tonight, on The Late Late Show, nw host James Corden takes over hosting duties from Craig Ferguson. Tom Hanks and Mila Kunis are his first guests.

A Los Angeles comedian is two months into what he claims will be a seven-year project: To tell a new bad joke every single day. Griffin Lewis' YouTube channel, The Daily Haha, has published jokes now for 57 days straight, starting on January 25th.

Trivia Answer: Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister, who turns 86 today. History was made on May 6th of 1954 during a meet between the British Amateur Athletic Association and Oxford University in Oxford. It was watched by about 3,000 spectators. With winds up to 25 miles per hour prior to the event, Bannister had said twice that he favored not running, To conserve his energy and efforts to break the 4-minute barrier; he would try again at another meet. However, the winds dropped just before the race was scheduled to begin, and Bannister did run. The race was broadcast live by BBC Radio and commented on by Harold Abrahams, of Chariots of Fire fame. At the conclusion of the race, the announcer said, "Ladies and gentlemen, here is the result of event 9, the one mile: 1st, No. 41, R.G. Bannister, Amateur Athletic Association and formerly of Exeter and Merton Colleges, Oxford, with a time which is a new meeting and track record, and which -- subject to ratification =- will be a new English Native, British National, All-Comers, European, British Empire and World Record. The time was 3..." The roar of the crowd drowned out the rest of the announcement. Bannister's time was 3 min 59.4 sec. Sir Roger was the inaugural recipient of the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year award in January 1955 (1954 Sportsman of the Year). Bannister became a distinguished neurologist and Master of Pembroke College, Oxford, before retiring in 2001.

Friday 3.20.15
Morning Trivia: Widely regarded as one of the greatest NBA coaches of all time, he has served as the head coach of five championship teams and an assistant coach to another. He was named NBA Coach of the Year three times. He was head coach of an NBA All-Star Game team nine times: eight times with the Western Conference team and once with the Eastern team. In 1996 he was named one of the 10 Greatest Coaches in the NBA history. He most recently won the 2012 and 2013 NBA championships with the Miami Heat as their team president. He is the first North American sports figure to win a championship as a player, coach (both assistant and head), and executive. Who is he?

Why do they call it March Madness? The 2015 NCAA tournament kicked off at 9:15 yesterday morning with millions of perfect brackets. By 2:20 yesterday afternoon, just 2,643 remained in Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick'em game. It all started with UAB, the 14 seed in the South Region, stunning No. 3 seeded Iowa St. That wiped out 96 percent of Yahoo Sports brackets. About an hour later, 14th-seeded Georgia St. sent third-seeded Baylor packing. With that just 10,637 perfect brackets remained. Then came UCLA, an 11 seed going up against sixth-seeded SMU. The Bruins eked out a 1-point win. Another 8,000 bit the dust, whittling the number of perfect brackets down to 2,643. And the evening sessions hadn't even begun. Once the evening games got going, it was one and done for Eastern Washington. Georgetown rolled by the Eagles. The Hoyas won 84-74. Gonzaga opens against No. 15 seed North Dakota State tonight about 7:00 at Seattle's KeyArena.

Dustin Ackley made some fine catches and was one of three to rap multiple hits, and Taijuan Walker's scoreless streak is at 12 frames. The Mariners beat the Cleveland Indians 5-2 last night. Ms meet the Texas Rangers this afternoon down in Surprise, Arizona at 1:05.

Birthdays: Rob Reiner's dad, actor and comedian Carl Reiner is 93; he was Barney Miller, actor Hal Linden is 84; coach Pat Riley 70; actor William Hurt is 65; the Palmer from Emerson, Lake & Palmer, percussionist Carl Palmer is 65; from The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Stevie Ray's brother guitarist Jimmie Vaughan is 64; film director Spike Lee is 58; actress Holly Hunter is 57; model Kathy Ireland is 52; and from Linkin Park, frontman Chester Bennington is 39.

Today is Won't You Be My Neighbor Day, a day to wear a favorite sweater and be a good neighbor, in memory of Fred Rogers -- Mister Rogers -- born on this date in 1928. Today is Kiss Your Fiancée Day -- but then, what day isn't? Perhaps related, today is Proposal Day. For those in love, this could very well be the big day that will change your lives. Do note that it's Proposal Day -- not necessarily Wedding Proposal Day. Today is Extraterrestrial Abductions Day. Keep one eye on the sky, and be ready to duck, dodge, and to hide.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe's book Uncle Tom's Cabin was first published. In 1899, at Sing Sing prison, Martha M. Place became the first woman to be executed in the electric chair. She was put to death for the murder of her stepdaughter. In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered 4,000 troops to protect the Selma-Montgomery civil rights marchers. In 1969, John Lennon married Yoko Ono in Gibraltar. In 1984, the US Senate rejected an amendment to permit spoken prayer in public schools. In 1989, it was announced that Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose was under investigation. In 1990, the Colorado legislature made it legal to tear the "Do Not Remove" tags off mattresses. In 1990, singer Gloria Estefan suffered a broken back when a speeding truck plowed into the back of her tour bus on a snowy Pennsylvania highway. In 1991, Michael Jackson signed the biggest deal in recording history: a $1 billion contract with Sony. 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. In 1996, in Los Angeles, Erik and Lyle Menendez were found guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of their parents.

We've all heard of wedding crashers. Joey DiJulio is a bachelor party crasher, sort of. For weeks, the man from Burien found himself getting emails from people he didn't know about a bachelor party and a groom he's never met. He saw names of Philadelphia landmarks thrown around in the emails but couldn't put his finger on where they were located until he searched the names online. He said he's never been to the Northeast. It turns out DiJulio, an information technology worker and a married father of one had been mistaken for a friend of the groom with a similar last name. He broke the news earlier this week after the groom's brother wanted a headcount of people attending the party. But it didn't end there. The groom, 34-year-old Jeff Minetti figured: Why not still invite him? The Philadelphia real estate agent asked him to attend both the bachelor party March 28th and his wedding May 2nd in New Jersey. The groom said, "This is the city of brotherly love." DiJulio went online to tell his story and raise money to cover his travel. In less than a week, he's already hit his goal of a little more than $1,200 and is putting any more money raised toward Minetti's honeymoon. The groom promises the bachelor party will be a low-key affair at some bars, maybe a casino, to watch March Madness unfold. DiJulio has his plane ticket ready to go for next weekend to see a city he's never been to and hang out with a group of guys he's never met.

Little League pitching sensation Mo'ne Davis is set to be the subject of a Disney Channel movie. The network says development is underway on the biographical film, titled Throw Like Mo. It will tell the story of the 13-year-old who last summer made history as the first girl to pitch a shutout in the Little League World Series. Davis then became the first Little Leaguer to make the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine. She's servng as a consultant on the movie, which she hopes will encourage viewers to believe that dreams can really come true.

Adam Levine was left apologizing to a fan at a Maroon 5 concert in Canada on Monday when a microphone he hurled in a rage over sound issues bounced off the stage and into her face. During the gig at Toronto's Air Canada Centre, Levine became frustrated after a short power outage and in video obtained by, the singer throws the mic to the ground and watched as it hit fan Stephanie Green, who was seated in the front row. Levine immediate ran over to check on Green and apologized for causing injury to her forehead. He told the crowd, "In my flustered state, I might have thrown my microphone on the ground and then it might have bounced off of the ground, into poor, sweet Stephanie's face. I felt so utterly terribly that I had perhaps wounded this young fan." However, Green, who is now sporting a large bump where she was hit by the mic, is surprisingly upbeat after the incident, calling it "the best day." In an interview with Toronto's CityNews, Green says, "My dream come true. I never thought in a million years this would happen to me. I was on stage, back and forth, freaking out," Green said. "He (Levine) hugged me… grabbed my face, held my hands! He kept apologizing. I said, ‘I love you, I'm happy, I'm OK!'"

Paramount Pictures has announced an encore presentation of the Oscar-nominated historical drama Selma. Paramount has Selma back in theaters starting today. Alos, new in theaters this weekend The Divergent Series: Insurgent, rated PG-13, and the R-rated The Gunman.

Trivia Answer: Pat Riley who turns 70 today. Outside of basketball, Riley has developed into a pop-culture figure. This is born out of Riley's signature look, a slicked-back hairstyle, which is often described as gangster- or mafioso-like, and his immaculate tan. Riley has coached in three American cities well known for popular nightlife and celebrity culture. Riley is known for his friendship with Giorgio Armani, preferring to wear Armani suits during basketball games, and even modeling once at an Armani show. Riley is also a motivational speaker during the off-season. He earns in excess of $50,000 for each speaking engagement.

Thursday 3.19.15
Morning 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?

Erasmo Ramirez, making a bid for a spot at the back end of the Seattle pitching rotation, pitched four shutout innings and the Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 4-0 yesterday. Ramirez gave up one hit, walked one and struck out one. Justin Ruggiano drove in Kyle Seager with a two-out single in the fourth inning, and the Mariners tacked on three insurance runs in the eighth. James Jones and Stefen Romero had RBI singles. Rickie Weeks led off for the Mariners, which isn't typical. But manager Lloyd McClendon said there was good reason to put the veteran at the top spot in the order. Weeks had a dentist appointment scheduled for 4:30 and McClendon wanted him to get three at-bats. Austin Jackson, who batted second yesterday, is in no danger of losing his leadoff spot, McClendon made clear. The Mariners' Taijuan Walker, unscored upon in eight innings and three starts this spring, opens against the Cleveland Indians tonight at 7:05 in Peoria.

March Madness: Eastern and Georgetown square off tonight about 7:00 at Portland's Moda Center. Gonzaga opens against No. 15 seed North Dakota State tomorrow night about 7:00 at Seattle's KeyArena.

Even if you don't have tickets to this weekend's NCAA Tournament games in Seattle, you can still see every team on the floor at KeyArena. All eight schools that are playing in Seattle have a free, open-to-the-public shootaround today. There are afternoon and evening practice sessions at KeyArena. Here's the full schedule:

12-12:40 p.m. – Wyoming
12:45-1:25 p.m. – UC Irvine
1:30-2:10 p.m. – Northern Iowa
2:15-2:55 p.m. – Louisville
4:25-5:05 p.m. – Iowa
5:10-5:50 p.m. – Gonzaga
5:55-6:35 p.m. – Davidson
6:40-7:20 p.m. – North Dakota State

All eight teams play games at KeyArena tomorrow. Practices are closed to the public and the media on Saturday. The remaining four teams play again on Sunday. So, if you don't have tickets, today is your only chance to see these schools in action in Seattle. The winners of NCAA Tournament games in Seattle advance to the Sweet 16 elsewhere around the country.

Birthdays: Actress Ursula Andress is 79; Sirhan Sirhan convicted of the 1968 assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy is 71 (currently serving a life sentence in San Diego County, California); Pointer Sister Ruth Pointer is is 69; actress Glenn Close is 68; and actor Bruce Willis is 60.

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, celebrated annually, around the world on March 19th. We've all heard the saying, Laughter is the best medicine so today's the day to take your medicine.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1918, th US Congress approved Daylight Saving Time. In 1931, Nevada legalized gambling, In 1931, Alka-Seltzer went on sale for the first time. In 1957, Elvis Presley bought Graceland. In 1977, the last episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show aired. 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 1994, the largest omelet in history was made with 160,000 eggs in Yokohama, Japan. 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 2015. 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." Spring springs at 3:45 tomorrow afternoon.

Real estate developer and TV star Donald Trump yesterday said he has formed an exploratory committee to consider a run for president in 2016. He said in a statement: "I am the only one who can make America truly great again!"

Singer Robin Thicke's marriage to actress Paula Patton will be officially declared over next month after the estranged couple reached a split settlement. Patton separated from Thicke in early 2014 after almost nine years as husband and wife, and despite Thicke's public efforts to win Patton back, she filed legal papers to formally end their relationship in October, citing irreconcilable differences. Patton filed new documents in a Los Angeles court on Tuesday, revealing the high school sweethearts had signed off on deals regarding the ownership of shared property, custody of their 4-year-old son Julian and spousal and child support. Details of the settlement are private, but the divorce will be finalized on April 14th, according to The news of the divorce development is the latest blow for Thicke -- he is also fighting a copyright infringement ruling over his Blurred Lines after he and Pharrell Williams were ordered to pay $7.3 million to Marvin Gaye's kids following a recent two week trial, which concluded with a judge ruling the two had illegally sampled Gaye's 1977 song Got To Give It Up.

After decades of debate it seems we may finally have a definitive winner in the "over vs. under" toilet paper draping debate. Writer Owen Williams pointed out on Twitter that Seth Wheeler's original patent for his perforated toilet paper invention in 1891 shows the paper in an "over" position, indicating that that is how it's meant to be used.

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 relatively small 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.

Wednesday 3.18.15
Morning Trivia: He's a Dominican who's a professional Major League Baseball pitcher. He throws a fastball between 94 and 98 miles an hour -- topping out at 100 -- and a palmball in the low 80s. He was signed by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent in 1997. He has since played for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Tampa Bay Rays. Today he's a Seattle Mariner. Who is he?

Hisashi Iwakuma threw four scoreless innings and the Seattle Mariners played to a 5-5 tie with the Chicago White Sox yesterday. Kuma allowed five hits while striking out two. The White Sox, trailing 5-2 in the eighth, scored three to tie it. The Mariners and the Oakland As meet up this afternoon in Peoria.

This year's Mariner's commercials made their debut at 10:00 this morning.

The Seattle Seahawks are denying a report that defensive end Michael Bennett is seeking a trade to the Atlanta Falcons. Yesterday, Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram tweeted that Bennett was attempting to force a trade to the Falcons, citing multiple sources. Hill also said Bennett was seeking a new contract after signing a four-year, $32 million deal with Seattle last offseason. But the Seahawks have denied any knowledge of a trade request from Bennett.

Birthdays: Country singer Charley Pride is 77; Mack on Knots Landing, actor Kevin Dobson is 72; The Ben of Ben & Jerry's, Ben Cohen is 64; singer and actress Irene Cara is 56; television host -- best known for the Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs -- Mike Rowe is 53; singer, actress, former fashion model.Vanessa Williams is 52; retired Olympic speed skater Bonnie Blair is 51; rapper and actress Queen Latifah is 45; the Seattle Mariner closer, Fernando Rodney is 38; and from Maroon 5, singer Adam Levine is 36;.

Andy Fraser, the bass player who co-wrote and played on All Right Now by the band Free, has died in California The coroner's report said Fraser died Monday and listed the cause of death as unknown, pending investigation. Fraser, however, had written in a biography on his website that he had been diagnosed with cancer and AIDS. Born in London in 1952, Fraser trained first as a classical pianist but switched to rock guitar in his early teens. He briefly played as a bassist at the age of 15 with John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers. But a year later helped found Free, a trio made up of vocalist Paul Rodgers, drummer Simon Kirke and guitarist Paul Kossoff. All Right Now reached No. 2 in the British singles charts and No. 4 in the United States. It has had a second life as classic rock, with millions of air plays, and as a sports anthem in stadiums. Free broke up in 1973, but Rodgers, co-writer of All Right Now, is often ranked among the top rock vocalists of all time. Andy Fraser was 62.

Today is Goddess of Fertility Day, a day that celebrates Aphrodite and other gods and goddesses of fertility. Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation. Her Roman equivalent is the goddess Venus. Goddess of Fertility Day is a chance to celebrate life, fertility, and rebirth. It's Forgive Mom & Dad Day. Parenting is an enormously challenging task and although some parents are better than others, none are perfect. Forgive Mom & Dad Day presents a perfect opportunity to let go of past hurts and frustrations, to let well-meaning but disappointing parents off the hook. It's 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. For anyone who's ever wished the ground would open up and swallow them, today is Awkward Moments Day. It's a celebration of all awkward moments. It's National Biodiesel Day. A day to celebrate the birth of Rudolph Diesel and his vision of using vegetable oil as fuel.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1850, American Express was founded by Henry Wells and William Fargo. In 1931, Schick Inc. displayed the first electric shaver. In 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill into law allowing for Hawaiian statehood, which would become official on August 21st. In 1963, the US Supreme Court handed down the Miranda decision concerning legal council for defendants. In 1972, Neil Young topped the charts with Heart of Gold. It was his only solo single to break the top 30. In 1990, in the largest art theft in US history, 12 paintings, collectively worth around $300 million, were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1986, Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Prince Andrew to Sarah Ferguson. 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.

Japan is hoping to boost tourism by using one of the most famous figures from its history -- the ninja. A "ninja council" has been set up by mayors and governors from around the country. Officials are hoping that global interest in the mysterious figures will encourage people to visit Japan.

On the topic of travel, Ryanair is promising to sell one-way trans-Atlantic flights for just $15. The flights won't happen for awhile, and there are some catches. Travelers can expect to pay fees for just about everything on the flight.

Heather Mills has upset fans of her ex-husband Paul McCartney by suggesting he's an irrelevant has-been who has to work with Rihanna and Kanye West to have hits. Paul's former wife was a guest on Ireland's The Late Late Show on Saturday when she took aim at Paul after the show's host took issue as she attempted to avoid talking about her ex. After Mills insisted people were not interested in McCartney, the host said, "I think people are more interested than you allow for," prompting Heather to attempt to correct him. She explained, "When I go down the street, I get kids coming up to me… (and) half of them don't even know who he (McCartney) is. That's why he has to do songs with Rihanna and Kanye West, so people remember. When I go down the street, it's, ‘Oh my God! You're a ski-racer,' or, ‘You help the animals'… I own the biggest vegan company in the world." Her comments led to a flurry of activity on social media as McCartney fans offered up support for the Beatle. One user wrote, "While I'm sure plenty of teens don't know or care much about Paul McCartney, I'd be shocked if any of them know Heather Mills helps animals," and another tweeted, "Heather Mills really is the worst. In other news, all of my cousins, who range in age from 15 to 23, know who Paul McCartney and The Beatles are. Most younger kids I know would at least recognize some of their songs. The idea that they would know who Heather Mills is over Paul or The Beatles is just laughable."

Tonight on Fox TV. the season finale of Empire. Snoop Dog, Jennifer Hudson, Juicy J, and Patti Labelle guest star in the 2-hour finale. The show will return for a second season.

Alex Winter, the Bill in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, says another Bill & Ted movie is "really close." The former actor, who's now a director and is promoting a film at SXSW, told an audience this week: "We're really close [to doing another film]. We're just about there. In Hollywood parlance, [that] means we'll either be shooting soon, or it's never going to happen."

Trivia Answer: Fernando Rodney who is 38 today. On February 6th of 2014, Rodney signed a 2 year, $14 million contract with the Seattle Mariners. After leading the American League in saves in the first half of the season, Rodney was named as a late addition to the AL All-Star team, taking the spot of David Price who had pitched the Sunday before the game and thus could not pitch in the actual All-Star Game. Rodney is known for celebrating a save by pretending to shoot a bow and arrow toward the sky. He started the routine after an April 2012 save for the Tampa Bay Rays. In a July 20th of 2014 game against his former team, the Los Angeles Angels, Rodney did the routine after making the third out to end the eighth inning. However, this time he mimicked shooting the arrow at the Angels dugout. In the ninth inning after walking Mike Trout on five pitches, Angels player Albert Pujols hit a double, scoring Trout, and mimicked shooting a bow and arrow from second base towards Trout. Trout then "shot an arrow" back at Pujols. The Angels went on to win 6-5.

Tuesday 3.17.15
Morning Trivia: His first roles were as a child in television series. In the 1970s, he signed a ten-year contract with The Walt Disney Company where he reportedly became the studio's top star of the decade. In 1984, for his performance in Silkwood, he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. During the 1980s, he was cast in several films by director John Carpenter. In 1994, he had a starring role in the military science fiction film Stargate. In the mid-2000s, his portrayal of US Olympic hockey coach Herb Brooks in Miracle won the praise of critics. Who is he?

Gonzaga and Eastern Washington, the Evergreen State's two entries in the NCAA men's basketball tournament are receiving plenty of love in print and on the air from around the country. Myron Metcalf of predicts Gonzaga will reach the championship game in Indianapolis before losing to Kentucky. The Wildcats, 34-0 and ranked No. 1 all season, are overwhelming favorites to win the title. Raphelle Johnson of ranks Gonzaga last among eight teams he believes have a shot at the title. Chip Patterson of says the Bulldogs have the toughest draw of any No. 2 seed, with fourth-ranked Duke looming as a potential Elite Eight opponent. Eastern Washington, a 13 seed, is a popular upset pick against No. 4 seed Georgetown. Sam Vecenie of lists the Eagles as the third-most likely team to score an upset in the second round -- the "play-in" first-round games are held tolday and tomorrow in Dayton, Ohio. Rob Dauster of said the Eagles are "certainly capable" of beating Georgetown, and Scott Van Pelt of said Eastern represents a "scary" opening opponent for the Hoyas.

Eastern and Georgetown square off Thursday night about 7:00 at Portland's Moda Center. Gonzaga opens against No. 15 seed North Dakota State Friday night about 7:00 at Seattle's KeyArena.

The NCAA Tournament is on TV tonight: In the first round of the tournament, Manhattan and Hampton tip off in Dayton, Ohio, before BYU and Ole Miss take the court.

An off day for the Mariners yesterday. They're back at Cactus League play today at they face the Chicago White Sox. Hisahi Iwakuma gets the start for Seattle this afternoon in Glendale, Arizona.

Birthdays: From Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, guitarist Paul Kantner is 74; Lovin' Spoonful founder John Sebastian is 71; she was the inspiration for George Harrison's Something and Eric Clapton's Layla and Wonderful Tonight, Pattie Boyd is 71; actor Patrick Duffy is 66; actor Kurt Russell is 64; actor Gary Sinise is 60; actor Rob Lowe is 51; from the Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan is 48; she's married to baseball's Nomar Garciapara, soccer star Mia Hamm is 43; and singer Hozier -- he's Irish -- is 25.

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

Calendar notes: On this date in 1756, St. Patrick's Day was celebrated in New York City for the first time. The event took place at the Crown and Thistle Tavern. In 1780, during the American Revolution, George Washington granted the Continental Army a holiday "as an act of solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence." In 1967, Snoopy and Charlie Brown of Peanuts were on the cover of LIFE magazine. In 1969, Golda Meir became the first female Prime Minister of Israel. In 1970, the US Army charged 14 officers with suppression of facts in the My Lai massacre case. In 1992, a referendum to end apartheid in South Africa is passed 68.7% to 31.2%. In 1997, the RIAA announced that the Eagles' Greatest Hits album had tied Michael Jackson's Thriller as the all-time best-selling album in the US. In 1999, a panel of medical experts concluded that marijuana had medical benefits for people suffering from cancer and AIDS.

River Ridge gradute and former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens has apparently done it again. He's been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. A Los Angeles County district attorney's spokesman says prosecutors yesterday charged Stevens with driving with a .08 percent blood-alcohol content and driving under the influence of alcohol within 10 years of a previous DUI. Both are misdemeanors. Stevens, the husband of women's soccer star Hope Solo, is scheduled for a court appearance Thursday. Stevens was arrested in January in Manhattan Beach while driving a US women's national soccer team van. Solo, who was with Stevens, was suspended from the national team for 30 days. Solo has since been reinstated.

Thurston County Sheriff's deputies went to the rescue of a barred owl that was struck by a bus Sunday night near The Evergreen State College campus. The Intercity Transit bus was traveling near Driftwood Road and Overhulse Road at about 11:10 Sunday night when it hit the owl, which then fell into the roadway. The injured bird managed to fly a short ways then returned. A Thurston County deputy responded to the scene and saw that the owl was no longer able to fly. He contacted For Heaven's Sake Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Center and explained what happened. The animal shelter sent out a team, which was able to safely capture the owl and take it to their facility on Case Road for treatment and rehabilitation.

Back in October director David Lynch said that Twin Peaks would once again return to television. The announcement had fans of the cult 90s television show celebrating over slices of cherry pie, but it might not be happening after all. Lynch reportedly told a group of fans that there were "complications" with the contract with Showtime and that he was "not sure" if the new series will actually happen. Fan site Welcome to Twin Peaks, reports that Lynch told the audience the scripts were finished but that contract talks are at issue. The site says that Lynch may be at odds with the network over potential DVD and streaming revenue. A day after the comments, Lynch told ABC news in Australia, "I haven't returned yet and we're still working on the contract, but I love the world of Twin Peaks and I love those characters and I think it will be very special to go back into that world." Whether this is just classically cryptic Lynch, the director looking for public support as leverage in negotiations, or something else remains to be seen.

Betty White is being honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards on April 26th.

In a study done by the creators of the smartphone app Bartender (it's like Yelp for beer), 40% of Americans can't spell Budweiser.

Trivia Answer: Kurt Russell who is 64 today. Russell married actress Season Hubley, whom he had met in 1979; they had a son, Boston Russell, in 1980. In 1983, in the middle of his divorce from Hubley, Russell re-connected with Goldie Hawn on the set of the film Swing Shift, and they have been in a relationship ever since. They own a home in Palm Desert, California. They had a son, Wyatt, in 1986. One year later, in 1987, the couple starred in the film Overboard. Hawn's son and daughter with Bill Hudson, actors Oliver and Kate Hudson, consider Russell to be their father. In February 2003, Russell and Hawn moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, so that their son could play hockey.

Monday 3.16.15
Morning Trivia: It was on this date in 1995 that Mississippi formally ratified the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. What did the amendment do?

It's like winter barged through the front door and shouted: "Honey, I'm home!" A potent storm rolled through the Puget Sound region this weekend, bringing heavy rains, some welcome mountain snow, and just for old times' sake, some gusty winds as well. Wind gusts had reached 43 miles an hour here in Olympia, 41 in Tacoma and 39 in Seattle and Gig Harbor as of 8 o'clock last night. In addition, the National Weather Service says we received 2.08 inches of rain here in Oly yesterday.

The Mariners made their first significant roster moves of the spring yesterday, optioning LHPs Danny Hultzen and Mike Kickham and OF Julio Morban to the AAA Tacoma Rainiers. The Mariners also re-assigned seven players to their minor league camp, leaving the club with 51 players, including 37 roster players and 14 non-roster invitees. Considered one of the prime prospects in the Seattle organization, Hultzen has battled injuries the last two years. The Mariners selected him in the first round (second overall) of the 2011 free agent draft, but he never was going to play at the major league level this season. The Mariners hope that Hultzen can compete for a rotation spot in 2016.

Meanwhile, starting pitcher Roenis Elias was touched for six hits and two runs in 3.2 innings yesterday as the Mariners dropped a 5-2 Cactus League decision to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Peoria. The Mariners will enjoy an off day today before taking on the Chicago White Sox tomorrow. Hisashi Iwakuma starts for Seattle.

Another note: Seattle Mariners infielder Chris Taylor is expected to miss four to six weeks because of a broken right wrist. The Mariners made the announcement Saturday. Taylor was hurt Friday. Taylor had been competing with Brad Miller for the starting shortstop job.

March Madness: Kentucky, Villanova, Duke and Wisconsin are the No. 1 seeds in the 2015 NCAA men's basketball tournament.

We hear it every year March Madness costs employers over $1 billion in lost productivity. But is this true? Probably not. Most time management experts agree the average worker wastes roughly the same time every day on non-work activities. So if March Madness games weren't going on, we'd be wasting that time on Facebook, or watching cat videos, or taking longer lunches.

Birthdays: Comedian Jerry Lewis is 89; game show host Chuck Woolery is 74; Ponch on CHIPs, actor Erik Estrada is 66; from Heart, Nancy Wilson is 55; and Eddie & Valerie's boy, Wolfgang Van Halen is 24.

Mike Porcaro, the longtime bassist for Grammy Award-winning band Toto, died yesterday morning. The band said in February 2010 that Porcaro had been diagnosed with ALS and that it planned to tour to generate funds to support his care and to raise awareness about the disease. Toto keyboardist Steve Porcaro wrote on Facebook, "Our brother Mike passed away peacefully in his sleep at 12:04 a.m. last night at home surrounded by his family. Rest in peace, my brother." He provided no additional information. Toto, formed in California in the late 1970s, is best known for such hits as "Hold the Line," "Rosanna" and "Africa." Mike Porcaro was 59.

The Internet will have no new selfies uploaded today because it's No Selfies Day. Yeah, right. Today is Lips Appreciation Day. Where would all those lovely teeth we paid a bundle for be without a lovely frame? Do something nice for your lips today. Today is Freedom of Information Day, when the nation's libraries celebrate the people's right to know (on President James Madison's birthday). Today is Circus Day. The Barnum & Bailey Circus was formed on this date in 1881. It joined with the Ringling Brothers Circus in 1907. And today is Everything You Do is Right Day. It just might be a perfect day. Life is filled with ups and downs. Some days are good days. Some days are bad days. Most often, there's both good and bad in any given day. Every once in a while, a day comes along where everything you do goes well, the perfect day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1963, Peter, Paul, & Mary released Puff, the Magic Dragon. The song reached #2 even though some radio stations banned it, fearing it was about smoking marijuana. Composer Peter Yarrow always contended it was "about a magic dragon named Puff." In 1979, Twisted Sister became the first band to sell out New York City's Palladium without ever releasing a record. The band did not sign a record deal until three years later. In 1988, indictments were issued for Lt. Colonel Oliver North, Vice Admiral John Poindexter of the National Security Council, and two others for their involvement in the Iran-Contra affair. In 1994, figure skater Tonya Harding pleaded guilty down in Portland to conspiracy for covering up the attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan. She was fined $100,000. In 1999, the Nebraska Cornhuskers beat Chicago State 50-3 in an NCAA baseball game.

Disney's recent streak continued over the weekend with the $70.1 million North American debut of its traditional, sumptuously costumed fairy tale adaptation Cinderella. Interest in the film was boosted by a Frozen short, Frozen Fever, that played before the feature. Disney's box-office surge has been propelled partly by the so-called halo effect of Frozen, but it's also been driven by the appeal of seeing Disney cartoon classics turned into live-action fantasies. While Disney was flexing its might, the powers of another box-office force, Liam Neeson, were checked. Neeson's latest thriller, Run All Night, a New York crime saga co-starring Ed Harris, opened at No, 2 with $11 million. Kingsman: The Secret Service, finished third. Focus placed fourth. Last week's top film, the sci-fi thriller Chappie, slid to fifth.

Boston's made history by having the snowiest, and probably most miserable, season since 1872. The official measurement of 108.6 inches at Logan International Airport last night topped a season record of 107.9 inches set in 1995-96, according to the National Weather Service. Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh tweeted. "Superbowls, World Series, Stanley Cups, and snowfall records, We are truly a title city. There will be no parade."

On TV tonight, the season premiere of Dancing with the Stars. Dancing is celebrating its 10th anniversary season. Celebs dancing this season include Suzanne Somers, Rumer Willis, Bachelor Chris Soules, Patti LaBelle, Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin and former NFL draft pick Michael Sam. It's tonight on ABC.

Trivia Answer: It officially abolished and continues to prohibit slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime. It was passed by the Senate on April 8th of 1864, passed by the House on January 31st of 1865, and adopted on December 6th of 1865. It was the first of the Reconstruction Amendments. The amendment completed the abolition of slavery, which had begun with the Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. When Mississippi formally ratified the amendment, it become the last state to do so. While Mississippi ratified the amendment in 1995, because the state never officially notified the US Archivist, the ratification is not official. It should be noted that Washington didn't become a state until November of 1889 so the amendment was already the law of the land by the time we joined the party.

Friday 3.13.15
Morning 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 the spill?

It's Friday the 13th -- again. This is the second of three Friday the 13ths in 2015. The third comes in November.

Will Ferrell had an uneventful second inning with the Mariners yesterday on the second stop of his 10-position, 10-team tour of the Cactus League. After beginning the day as the starting shortstop for the Oakland A's, Ferrell moved to second base for the Mariners. No balls came Ferrell's way, but he participated in some around-the-horn action following a putout. Following his single inning at second, Ferrell joined the Mariners in their dugout for a few minutes before departing Hohokam Stadium in Mesa for Tempe's Diablo Stadium, where the Angels and Cubs were playing.

Ferrell was long gone by the time the Athletics rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth and defeated Seattle 4-3. The Mariners led 3-1 when reliever Mark Lowe allowed a pair of runs before Oakland's Kent Matthes delivered a walk-off single off LHP Paul Fry. The Mariners play the Milwaukee Brewers today at Peoria Stadium. 

No one knows how the 2015 major league season will play out, but that hasn't stopped the analysts at Baseball Prospectus and FanGraphs from issuing projections. Both have determined the Mariners will become a playoff team and both predict the same number of wins: 87. That's the total Seattle won last year when they barely missed a postseason berth.

Birthdays: Singer Neil Sedaka is 76; actor William H. Macy is 65; actress Dana Delany is 59; and U2 bassist Adam Clayton is 55.

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. Today is Ear Muff Day, a day to celebrate a warm invention, the ear muff. Big-eared Chester Greenwood is the father of the Earmuff. Greenwood patented the Champion Ear Protector on March 13th of 1877. It later became known as ear mufflers, and was eventually shortened to earmuffs.

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 1991, Exxon paid $1 billion in fines and for the clean-up of the Alaskan oil spill. 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. In 2012, after 244 years of publication, Encyclopedia Britannica announced it would discontinue its print edition.

Let it go -- again. The Walt Disney Co. yesterday announced plans to make a sequel to the animated mega-hit Frozen. Bob Iger, Walt Disney Co. chief executive, and John Lasseter, head of Walt Disney Animation Studios, joined in officially announcing Frozen 2 at the company's annual shareholders meeting in San Francisco. The sequel had been widely expected for a film that has become a juggernaut for Disney. Since its release in November of 2013, Frozen has made nearly $1.3 billion globally at the box office, generated a massive merchandising revenue stream, and won the Academy Award for best animated feature. Disney didn't announce any details on the sequel's plot or a release date, but said directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck are returning.

Archaeologists have unearthed a 250-year-old pretzel in Germany (Bavaria) possibly the oldest example off the knotted dough ever found in Europe. Carbon dating showed the pretzel was made between 1700 and 1800.

After a bad break-up, who's the first person most people call. Can you guess? Man or woman, the person who got dumped most often -- 27% of the time -- calls a good female friend. Mom comes in second at 17%.

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.

Thursday 3.12.15
Morning Trivia: He is 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 is he?

Troy Tulowitzki homered for his first hit in a game since last July and looked strong in the field in the Colorado Rockies' 4-1 win over the Seattle Mariners yesterday. Tulowitzki, back from left hip surgery that cut short his 2014 season, leaped far to his right to take away a hit from the Mariners' Kyle Seager in the bottom of the first inning. Seager hit his first home run of the spring in the third, a solo shot to tie the score at 1. Mariners left-hander Danny Hultzen, a top prospect out all of last season after left shoulder surgery, pitched in his first game since September 1st of 2013, in the minors. The former first-round draft pick walked one and followed with a three-up, three-down inning of work. Colorado scored three runs in the top of the ninth.

The Seattle Mariners will have a new player on the field today: comedian and actor Will Ferrell. No, really. Ferrell is playing for both the Mariners and the Oakland Athletics in their exhibition game today in Mesa, Arizona, as he embarks on a daylong journey across the Phoenix area to play every position for 10 different teams. It's part of Ferrell's new project with Funny Or Die, HBO and the MLB to honor baseball legend Bert 'Campy' Campaneris and raise funds for organizations fighting cancer. Campaneris, who famously played all nine positions for the Kansas City Athletics on September 8th of 1965, is joining Ferrell on his spring training tour. Ferrell's first stop today is the Ms-As game, which the teams moved from 1:00 to noon for Will's tour. The day's events are being broadcast on the MLB Network,, and across social media. The day will also be part of an HBO special airing later this year.

UPDATE: The Ms dropped the game with Oakland today giving up three runs in the bottom of the 9th to lose 4-3.

Birthdays: Agent 99 on Get Smart, actress Barbara Feldon is 82; singer Al Jarreau is 75; Judy Garland's daughter, friend of Ellen Degeneres, singer and actress Liza Minnelli is 69; former presidential candidate Mitt Romney is 68; singer James Taylor is 66; Timmy on Lassie, actor Jon Provost is 65; journalist, columnist, and novelist Carl Hiaasen is 62; and baseball's Daryl Strawberry is 53.

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. Today is Plant a Flower Day, a day to get a little dirt under your fingernails. Take a few minutes to plant a flower today.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1789, the US Post Office was established. In 1894, Coca-Cola was sold in bottles for the first time. In 1969, Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman in London. Two years later, 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 2002, US homeland security chief Tom Ridge unveiled a color-coded system for terror warnings. In 2003, China ordered the Rolling Stones to eliminate four songs from their planned performances in Shanghai and Beijing. The banned songs were Brown Sugar, Honky Tonk Women, Beast of Burden, and Let's Spend the Night Together. In 2009, financier Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty in New York to scamming $18 billion, the largest in Wall Street history. In 2010, in the US, Apple began taking pre-orders for the iPad.

Pharrell Williams has expressed his disappointment after losing a copyright infringement trial against Marvin Gaye's children over the similarities between Blurred Lines and Marvin's Got to Give It Up, insisting the verdict "sets a horrible precedent for music and creativity." A spokesperson for Williams released a statement about the verdict. It says, "While we respect the judicial process, we are extremely disappointed in the ruling, which sets a horrible precedent for music and creativity going forward. Pharrell created Blurred Lines from his heart, mind, and soul and the song was not taken from anyone or anywhere else. We are reviewing the decision, considering our options, and you will hear more from us soon about this matter." Robin Thicke, who was celebrating his 38th birthday as the verdict was announced Tuesday, has since added his name to Williams' statement.

Johnny Depp has been forced to leave the Pirates of the Caribbean set in Australia in order to undergo surgery for a hand injury sustained over the weekend. Depp was Down Under filming the latest installment of the franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, but he is on his way home for medical attention. An insider says Depp was not on set or filming at the time of the incident, and production on the movie is expected to be minimally impacted. A Disney spokesperson confirmed Depp's injury, but did not give any further details. The release date of the movie is not expected to change.

Sad news for you, Gary. You're probably the last of a long line of men named Gary. The name is going extinct. It's been plummeting in popularity since the early 1950s when America saw nearly 39,000 baby Garys. This is compared to 2013 with only 442, the lowest since 1928. The name is now ranked number 578 in America.

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.

Wednesday 3.11.15
Morning Trivia: It was on this date that she was confirmed by the United States Senate and then the next day sworn-in, becoming the first female Attorney General of the United States. Who is she?

The Seahawks shocked the world again. Ever the unpredictable swaggermen in the personnel bazaar, the Seahawks dropped a blockbuster on the NFL at the commencement of the new league year: Jimmy Graham was acquired from the cap-strapped New Orleans Saints for Max Unger and Seattle's first-round draft choice in April. The Seahawks also received the Saints' fourth-round pick in the draft. The three-time Pro Bowl selection, at 6-7 and 260 pounds, is the large, agile, proven target the Seahawks have lacked in QB Russell Wilson's first three years. He has the most receiving yards in a tight end's first five years in NFL history. Last year, Graham caught 85 passes for 889 yards and 10 touchdowns. Unger was the anchor of the Seahawks' offensive line that helped lead the NFL in rushing. But he played only six regular-season games after an ankle injury as well as a concussion.

Malcolm Smith, the Most Valuable Player in the Seahawks' Super Bowl win over Denver but unable to crack the starting lineup in Seattle, left in free agency for Oakland, where he was reunited with Ken Norton Jr., the Seahawks' former linebackers coach who is now the Raiders' defensive coordinator.

In non-Seahawks news, former Washington Huskies QB Jake Locker announced his retirement from football after four injury-pickled season in Tennessee, which picked him eighth overall in the 2011 draft.

The New York Jets released wide receiver Percy Harvin. San Francisco's Frank Gore was expected to sign with Philadelphia but apparently got cold feet and has signed with the Indianapolis Colts.

A huge nine-run outburst across the fourth and fifth innings, including two home runs, helped pace the Colorado Rockies to a 9-3 win over the Mariners yesterday. The Mariners got what they've come to expect from Felix Hernandez in his Cactus League debut, as the former American League Cy Young winner turned in two hitless innings, walking just one. Felix said, "Not bad. A little bit off, but I was fine. My changeup was not there, but I had a pretty good fastball. I walked somebody and that's not good, but after that I was fine." Seattle's Dominic Leone was charged with seven runs (five earned) on five hits and one walk while registering only a third of an inning. Dustin Ackley went 3-for-3 with three singles. Erasmo Ramirez makes his second Cactus League start this afternoon against the Rockies again.

Birthdays: Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is 84; news correspondent Sam Donaldson is 81; Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is 79; singer Bobby McFerrin is 65; movie director Jerry Zucker is 65; Susan Bradford on Eight Is Enough, actress Susan Richardson is 63; entrepreneur, record producer, film producer.Jimmy Iovine is 62; voice actior – he was Raphael on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles -- Rob Paulsen is 59; Barbie's main man, Ken Carson is 54; singer Lisa Loeb is 47; stunt performer, comedian, actor, screenwriter and film producer Johnny Knoxville is 44; and from Good Charlotte, Benji and Joel Madden are 36.

Johnny Appleseed Day is celebrated on either March 11th or September 26th. The September date is Appleseed's acknowledged birthdate. whereas the March date is sometimes preferred because it's during planting season. Johnny Appleseed Day honors one of America's great legends. Johnny Appleseed was a real person. John Chapman was among the American settlers who were captivated by the movement west across the continent. As Johnny Appleseed traveled west, he planted apple trees along the way. It's Worship of Tools Day, a chance to celebrate tools by working with them or buying one. It's Genealogy Day, It's Camp Fire Girls Day and Frankenstein's Birthday, Frank making his debut on this date in 1818.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1302, the characters Romeo and Juliet were married this day according to William Shakespeare. In 1927, in New York City, Samuel Roxy Rothafel opened the Roxy Theatre. In 1968, Otis Redding posthumously received a gold record for his single, (Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay. In 1969, Levi-Strauss started selling bell-bottomed jeans. 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 2002, two columns of light were pointed skyward from ground zero in New York as a temporary memorial to the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11th of 2001. In 2011, an earthquake measuring 9.0 in magnitude strikes 81 miles east of Sendai, 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.

A jury awarded Marvin Gaye's children nearly $7.4 million yesterday after determining Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied their father's music to create Blurred Lines, the biggest hit song of 2013. Marvin Gaye's daughter Nona Gaye wept as the verdict was being read and was hugged by her attorney, Richard Busch. The verdict could tarnish the legacy of Williams, a reliable hit-maker who has won Grammy Awards and appears on The Voice. An attorney for Thicke and Williams has said a decision in favor of Gaye's heirs could have a chilling effect on musicians who try to emulate an era or another artist's sound. The Gayes' lawyer branded Williams and Thicke liars who went beyond trying to emulate the sound of Gaye's late-1970s music and copied the R&B legend's hit Got to Give It Up outright. The verdict may face years of appeals.

Facebook pulled the feeling fat emoji from its list of status updates yesterday, after an online petition called for its removal. Grad student and playwright Catherine Weingarten, alongside the advocacy group Endangered Bodies, had launched a petition on calling for the status's removal last month. Weingarten said: "When people see [feeling fat] on Facebook, I want them to realize that it's not just a light, cute sort of thing for everyone."

David Hasselhoff has been added to the cast of Sharknado 3. The Hoff will play Gilbert Shepard, the father of Ian Ziering's Fin Shepard.

Trivia Answer: Janet Reno. In 1978, Reno was appointed State Attorney for Dade County (now called Miami-Dade County). She was elected to the Office of State Attorney in November 1978 and was returned to office by the voters four more times. In 1993, under Bill Clinton, Reno was nominated and confirmed as the first female Attorney General. Reno remained Attorney General for the rest of Clinton's presidency, making her the longest-serving Attorney General since William Wirt in 1829. Reno ran for Governor of Florida in 2002, but lost in the Democratic primary. She has since retired from public life but frequently makes guest appearances for Democratic and other political causes. Reno tours the country giving speeches on topics relating to the criminal justice system. In 2001, Reno appeared alongside Will Ferrell on Saturday Night Live in the final installment of the recurring sketch Janet Reno's Dance Party. In another television appearance, on a 2007 Super Bowl TV commercial, Janet Reno was among the guests at Chad Ochocinco's Super Bowl party.

Tuesday 3.10.15
Morning Trivia: He was a Canadian actor, known for a 1980s Hollywood career as a teen idol. He starred in a number of films, such as Lucas, Silver Bullet, Murphy's Romance, License to Drive, and Dream a Little Dream. His best-known role was alongside Corey Feldman in The Lost Boys, which made this guy a household name. Who is he?

Five Mariners pitchers, including starter Taijuan Walker, struck out 15 Indians batters, shortstop Brad Miller hit his first two homers of the spring, and Mike Zunino added his first as the Mariners beat Cleveland 4-3 yesterday to improve their Cactus League record to 4-3. Danny Hultzen, continuing his comeback from two years of injuries and rehabs, gets a turn today against Colorado after Felix Hernandez opens the game.

Robinson Cano is expected back at Mariners camp Friday after attending funeral services for his grandfather in the Dominican Republic. Cano flew to the Dominican Sunday after learning of his grandfather's death. Manager Lloyd McClendon told reporters that the six-time American League All-Star likely won't play until Saturday, Cano played five games for Estrellas De Oriente in the Dominican Winter League over the offseason so he could play in front of his ill grandfather, who was able to come watch him in their hometown of San Pedro de Macoris.

NFL free agency begins this afternoon and with it comes the annual sweepstakes for the hottest players available to sign with any team. For football fans, it's Christmas in March … until the draft, when it's Christmas in May.

Birthdays: The Dean half of Jan & Dean, singer Dean Torrence is 75; Walker Texas Ranger, actor Chuck Norris is also 75; the guitarist for Boston, Tom Scholz is 68; Gene Simmons' companion, actress Shannon Tweed is 58; actress Sharon Stone is 57; sportscaster Pam Oliver is 54; called "the most important producer of the last 20 years" by MTV, producer Rick Rubin is 52; Paul Simon's wife, singer Edie Brickell is 49; rapper and producer Timbaland is 43; NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth is 43; Robin Thicke is 38; singer Carrie Underwood is 32; and singer Emeli Sandé, whose first name is actually Adele, is 28.

A co-creator of The Simpsons and an ardent philanthropist for animals, Sam Simon has died after a battle with colon cancer. Simon won nine Emmy awards for his work as a writer and executive producer of The Simpsons.  Simpsons co-creator Matt Groening, who worked with Simon to develop the show for Fox's broadcast channel, said in a statement, "We will miss Sam's phenomenal talents, sharp intelligence, and sly sense of humor." Doctors first gave Simon three to six months to live when he was diagnosed with incurable colon cancer in 2012. Simon, who had founded the Sam Simon Foundation in 2002, decided to give away his fortune, estimated by media at $100 million. In August Simon said, "I have a desire to help animals. The question of whether it makes financial sense, it's my money and I get to do what I want with it. It's an expensive hobby I picked up at the end of my life." Growing up in Beverly Hills, Simon embraced art and was selling cartoons to San Francisco newspapers while still a student at Stanford University. In 1988, he joined cartoonist Groening and producer James L. Brooks in creating The Simpsons prime-time series. Sam Simon was 59.

Today is National Pack Your Lunch Day. Today is also Middle Name Pride Day, a day that honors the seldom used middle name that often sets you apart from others.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell made the first successful call with the telephone. He spoke the words "Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you." In 1893, New Mexico State University canceled its first graduation ceremony. The only graduate was robbed and killed the night before. In 1941, the Brooklyn Dodgers announced that their players would begin wearing batting helmets during the upcoming 1941 season. In 1969, James Earl Ray pled guilty in Memphis, to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Ray later repudiated the guilty plea and maintained his innocence until his death in April of 1998. In 1979, James Brown played at the Grand Ole Opry. In 1986, the Wrigley Company, of Chicago, raised the price of its seven-stick pack of Wrigley's chewing gum from a quarter to 30 cents. In 2000, Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders and two other people were arrested in New York City after slashing leather goods at Gap store as part of a protest organized by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

Make calls, read email, control music, manage Instagram photos, keep up with your workout, pay for groceries, open your hotel room door. CEO Tim Cook says you can do it all from your wrist with Apple Watch -- for 18 hours a day. That's how long the battery will last on an average day. Pre-orders start April 10th. The device costs $349 for a base model, while a luxury gold version will start at $10,000. Industry watchers are eager to see if Apple's version will be the tipping point for the sluggish smartwatch market. There was similar skepticism when Apple released the iPad in 2010, yet the company has successfully sold millions and its popularity has shaken up the PC market. The stakes are high for a company that just dislodged AT&T as one of the 30 stocks comprising the venerable Dow Jones industrial average. The watch is the first brand-new device Apple has launched without Steve Jobs. Apple is entering a market in which numerous tech companies are already selling smartwatches, from the Samsung Gear and Motorola's Moto 360 to the Pebble Steel and other models made by smaller startups. Many run on Android Wear, the software platform from Google. They range in price from $100 to $500 or more, but most don't have as many features as the Apple Watch, and they have not been big hits with consumers.

Despite rumors that Jamie Dornan would be dropping out of the sequel for Fifty Shades of Grey, it looks like he's not only going to be back, but he's also getting quite the pay raise. The 32-year-old reportedly made just over a hundred grand playing Christian Grey the first time around. But sources say Jamie will make $12 million for the second film.

What was your worst date of all time? This story may top them all. The date took place in New Jersey, where a woman went to a sports bar to meet a man she connected with on OKCupid. The date went well and they agreed to travel back to the woman's house, but the man instead got hold of the woman's keys and made off with her 2007 Toyota. He stole her car!

Trivia Answer: Corey Haim who died on this date in 2010. Known as The Two Coreys, Corey Haim and Cory Feldman became 1980s icons and appeared together in seven movies, later starring in the A&E reality show The Two Coreys. Haim's early success led to money and fame, and he began using drugs by age fifteen. He had difficulties breaking away from his experience as a teen actor, and was troubled by drug addiction throughout his later career. He died at the age of 38. Los Angeles police stated that his death appeared to be an accidental overdose and that four bottles containing Valium, Vicodin, Soma, and Haloperidol were retrieved, later confirmed as prescribed by a specialist, but that no illegal drugs were found at the scene. It emerged that Haim had used aliases to procure 553 prescription pills in the 32 days prior to his death, having doctor-shopped seven different physicians and used seven pharmacies to obtain the supply, which included 195 Valium, 149 Vicodin, 194 Soma and 15 Xanax. The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office ruled that Haim's death was due to pneumonia.

Monday 3.9.15
Morning Trivia: He's an actor and former football player. He was a linebacker in the NCAA and the NFL. Known for his then radical hairstyles and criticism of the NCAA as much as his play on the field for the University of Oklahoma, he was never one to shy from publicity or controversy. On more than one occasion he referred to the NCAA as the National Communists Against Athletes. He wore a shirt bearing that slogan during the 1987 Orange Bowl following the 1986 season. Banned from the game because of steroid use, he unveiled the shirt while standing on the sidelines to the shock and outrage of many, including his own coach, Barry Switzer. While Switzer was known for running a loose ship, this incident was too much even for him, and he threw this guy off the team. Who is he?

The Cincinnati Reds unloaded on the Mariners yesterday 10-1. The Reds scored six runs in the eighth inning off Joe Saunders. Mariners skipper Lloyd McClendon said after Saunders gave up the cycle among the five hits he allowed, "One thing I know with veterans, it takes them a little longer in the spring, I'm not going to be quick to judge. It was not a good outing, obviously. But he'll get back out there." Up next for Mariners: Young right-hander Taijuan Walker makes his second Cactus League start when Seattle hosts the Indians this afternoon at 1:05 in Peoria. The 22-year-old threw two scoreless innings in his debut last week against the Padres and is looking for a strong spring as he competes for a spot in the back end of the rotation.

The Mariners were without the services of second baseman Robinson Cano. He left Mariners camp yesterday for personal reasons. Skipper Lloyd McClendon said, "His grandfather passed away, and I'm not sure when he's coming back."

After constant speculation as to whether he would retire, Marshawn Lynch Friday agreed to a two-year deal with the Seahawks that will pay him a reported $12 million in 2015. Beast Mode has a couple of more years remaining before its expiration. After a day of conflicting reports and speculation regarding Lynch's future, the team announced Friday afternoon that the running back has agreed to a two-year extension. The Seahawks did not disclose contract terms, but reported, via a source close to Lynch, that he will receive $12 million in 2015.

Meanwhile, his counterpart in San Francisco. running back Frank Gore has told people he will sign with Eagles this week. Former Seahawks CB Byron Maxwell also says he's signing with the Eagles.

Birthdays: Country singer Mickey Gilley is 79; actor/comedian Marty Ingels is 79; news anchor, journalist Charles Gibson is 72; guitarist Robin Trower is 70; singer Jeffrey Osborne is 67; Washington State Cougars football coach Mike Leach is 54; Webster on Webster, actor Emmanuel Lewis is 44; and Seattle Sounder Clint Dempsey is 32.

Today is Barbie Day, marking this date in 1959 when the doll went on sale in the US. Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. More than 900-million Barbies have been sold, and still sell at the rate of about 120 dolls a minute. Today is Panic Day, sponsored by the Wellness Permission League of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, a group that encourages you to run around today in a panic and tell everyone you can't take it anymore. Today is False Teeth Day. On March 9th, 1822, Charles Graham, a New York dentist, received a patent for false teeth.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1897, a patent was issued to William Spinks and William Hoskins for cue chalk. In 1964, the first Mustang rolled off of the Ford assembly line. In 1965, the first US combat troops arrived in South Vietnam. In 1969, CBS cancelled The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, indicating that though the show's irreverent comedy had high ratings, it was more trouble than it was worth. The replacement was called Hee Haw. In 1985, Gone With The Wind went on sale in video stores across the US for the first time. In 1987, Carole King was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York City. Also in 1987, U2 released the album The Joshua Tree. In 1988, singer Andy Gibb, the younger brother of the Bee Gees, died at age 30. Official cause of death was heart failure. In 2005, Dan Rather signed off for the last time as principal anchorman of The CBS Evening News.

Neither a hyper intelligent robot nor Vince Vaughn could save the box office this weekend, which was down 38.5 percent from the same weekend last year. While the R-rated Chappie might have taken the No. 1 spot, its modest $13.3 million gross is hardly anything to celebrate. The R-rated Vince Vaughn comedy Unfinished Business fared even worse, opening at No. 10 to a dismal $4.8 million. In its second weekend in theaters, Will Smith's Focus fell an estimated 46 percent to take second place. One bright spot was retiree comedy The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which opened in third place. Holdovers Kingsman: The Secret Service and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, rounded out the top five. Next weekend brings Disney's live-action version of Cinderella and with it a chance at box office redemption.

Apple is unveiling its long-awaited Apple Watch today in San Francisco. The iPhone and iPad maker's CEO, Tim Cook, said in September that the company's new wearable gadget would have features that included fitness tracking, messaging, and Apple Pay. The Apple Watch is expected to start at $349, but fans are still wondering about other details such as battery life and apps. The Apple Watch is the company's first new device since the death of the company's visionary co-founder, Steve Jobs.

The average price of a regular gallon of gas jumped 21 cents in the past two weeks to $2.54 across the country. As luck would have it, it's higher here in Olympia. I paid nearly three dollars a gallon over the weekend. Fun while it lasted though, eh?

Feeling groggy after the Daylight Saving Time switch? Scientists say you better watch out for microsleeps, tiny lapses in attention that can create problems at work and accidents on the road.

Trivia Answer: Brian Keith Bosworth, The Boz, who turns 50 today. Prior to his entry into the NFL supplemental draft, Bosworth had sent letters to various NFL teams stating that, if they drafted him, he wouldn't report to their training camp and he wouldn't play for them. As a joke, the Tacoma Stars of the Major Indoor Soccer League selected him in the 12th round in their 1987 draft, as their general manager jokingly stated, "Because we didn't receive a letter from him that he wouldn't play for us." Bosworth was drafted by the Seahawks in the 1987 NFL supplemental draft and signed what was both the biggest contract in team history and the biggest rookie contract in NFL history: 10 years for $11 million. After being drafted by the Seahawks, Bosworth sued the NFL for the right to wear #44. Bosworth lost the case and was forced to wear #55 in the pros. Before a 1987 Monday Night Football game against the Los Angeles Raiders, Bosworth insulted Los Angeles Raiders running back Bo Jackson and promised in a media event before the game that he would contain the running back. However, Jackson ended up rushing for 221 yards scoring 3 touchdowns. Jackson also made a 91-yard untouched sideline run in which he sprinted the full distance, finally slowing down as he passed through the entrance to the field tunnel to the dressing rooms. Additionally, during this game, he ran over Bosworth (knocking him to the ground), which became one of the most memorable plays in Monday Night Football History. Remembered for his lackluster professional football career, Bosworth was named the 6th worst flop on the Biggest Flops of the Last 25 Years list by ESPN and number three on NFL Network's NFL Top 10 Draft Busts.

Friday 3.6.15
Morning Trivia: He is one of the most influential athletes in the history of track and field. He revolutionized the high jump event, inventing a unique back-first technique, adopted by almost all high jumpers today. His method was to sprint diagonally towards the bar, then curve and leap backwards over the bar. Who is he or what is the back-first technique he invented?

Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer in his spring training debut with the Seattle Mariners, helping his new team to a 9-4 victory over the San Diego Padres yesterday. Cruz finished with two hits. He was the Mariners' highest-profile pickup in the offseason after being an All-Star with Baltimore last year. He curled a pitch from Ian Kennedy near the left-field foul pole in the bottom of the third to give Seattle a 4-1 lead. Umpires ruled it a fair ball, but it was close enough for Padres manager Bud Black to come out for a chat with the plate umpire. Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager both had two hits, with Cano scoring twice and Seager scoring and driving in a run. The Ms meet up with the LA Dodgers today at noon.

UPDATE: The Dodgers knock off the Ms 7-4.

Birthdays: From The Supremes, singer Mary Wilson is 71; Pink Floyd singer and guitarist David Gilmour is 69; actor and director Rob Reiner is 68; her most famous song is a duet with Elton John called Don't Go Breaking My Heart, singer Kiki Dee is 68; Roseanne Barr's ex-, actor Tom Arnold is 56; actor and comedian DL. Hughley is 52; and former NBA center Shaquille O'Neal 43.

Today is Headache Relief Day, marking the patenting of aspirin on this date in 1899. On the same day, the Bayer Company trademarked the name aspirin for the medicine developed by German chemist Friedrich Hoffman. Aspirin is also known as acetylsalicylic acid. Today is Dentist's Day, a day to display a big, toothy smile. Today is National Frozen Food Day to celebrate all those yummy foods and snacks in your freezer. Today is National Salesperson Day -- held on the first Friday of March each year -- a day established to recognize the value of the truly professional salesperson. The day also recognizes the hard work performed by professional sales people. Today also happens to be Employee Appreciation Day -- which is also held on the first Friday in March. If the boss can get a Bosses Day, then it's only fair and appropriate that the employee gets a day. It interesting to note that Employee's Day and Bosses Day are six months apart ... hmmmmmm.

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 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced his plan to establish a draft lottery. In 1981, after 19 years of presenting the CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite signed off for the last time. In 1982, the most points scored by two teams in the National Basketball Association made history. San Antonio beat Milwaukee 171-166 in three overtime periods to set the mark. In 1992, the last episode of The Cosby Show aired after eight seasons. In 1997, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II launched the first official royal Web site:

Harrison Ford crash-landed his vintage plane yesterday after losing engine power, suffering serious but not life-threatening injuries after using his extensive piloting skills to bring down the plane on a golf course and avoid nearby homes. It was the latest and most serious in a series of crashes and close calls for the 72-year-old action-adventure A-lister, who like his Star Wars alter-ego Han Solo has a taste for aerial thrills. He was helped by golfers who saw the plane come down about a quarter-mile short of the runway at Santa Monica Municipal Airport and taken to a hospital conscious and breathing. Fire officials would not confirm the pilot's identity. However, an email from interim Santa Monica city manager Elaine Polachek sent to city officials said the plane was flown by Ford. According to the email, Ford was about a half-mile west of the airport and flying at 3,000 feet when he told air traffic controllers that his engine failed. Ford's plane "apparently hit a tree on the way down," and in addition to a cut forehead Ford may have broken his leg. Ford got his pilot's license in the late 1980s and has made headlines with his flying before, though he had never been significantly injured doing it. In 2001, he rescued a missing Boy Scout with his helicopter. Nearly a year before, he rescued an ailing mountain climber in Jackson, Wyoming. In 2000 in Lincoln, Nebraska, a gust of wind sent a six-seat plane Ford was piloting off the runway. He and his passenger were not injured. He has also volunteered his services during forest-fire season, when rescue helicopters are busy fighting blazes. The actor has said his rescues "had nothing to do with heroism. It had to do with flying a helicopter. That's all."

Hall and Oates are saying "no can do" to a New York company selling granola called Haulin' Oats. The duo has sued Brooklyn-based Early Bird Foods & Co. in federal court, accusing the company of violating trademark protections with its "phonetic play" on Daryl Hall and John Oates' names. The suit called it "an effort to trade off of the fame and notoriety associated with the artists and plaintiff's well-known marks." In an email sent yesterday, Early Bird Foods owner Nekisia Davis said she had no comment, "Except 'Say it isn't so,'" -- an apparent reference to a 1983 recording by Hall and Oates. The company's website describes it as a small operation located in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn. It bills itself as the maker of "out-of-this-world delicious, wholesome and nourishing small batch granola and other foods by hand." The suit asks the court to order Early Bird Foods to stop using the Haulin' Oats name on packages of granola. It also says the company should hand over any profits made off the brand.

In theaters this weekend: the R-rated Chappie, the PG-rated The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and the R-rated Unfinished Business.

Don't forget to spring forward this weekend (for those devices of yours that don't spring themselves forward). Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday.

Trivia Answer: Richard Douglas Fosbury -- Dick Fosbury -- who turns 68 today. His innovation is known as the Fosbury Flop. Fosbury was born down in Portland. He first started experimenting with a new high jumping technique at the age of 16, while attending high school in Medford, Oregon. Fosbury had difficulty competing using the dominant high jumping techniques of the period. In his sophomore year, he failed to complete jumps of 5 feet, the qualifying height for many high school track meets. Gradually, Fosbury shifted his positioning during the jump, such that by his senior year he had begun to go over the bar backwards, head-first, curving his body over the bar and kicking his legs up in the air at the end of the jump. At the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, Fosbury took the gold medal. He continues to be involved in athletics and serves on the executive board of the World Olympians Association.

Thursday 3.5.15
Morning Trivia: He was born in Guyana and while he was still a young boy, his parents emigrated to London where he settled. He had his first number one hit in England in 1968, when he was the lead guitarist and main songwriter of the group The Equals. He openly used his songwriting for political purposes, especially against the then-current apartheid regime of South Africa. The Clash recorded a version of his song, Police On My Back. In 1982, he scored a Top Ten album with Killer on the Rampage. It spawned Electric Avenue which was both a UK and US number 2 in 1983, selling over a million copies. Who is he?

For the record, Eddie Vedder is a Chicago Cubs fan.Thus, it did not make one iota of sense when the Mariners-Padres interleague season series was dubbed The Vedder Cup by a Padres blogger a few years back. Granted, Vedder, the frontman for Seattle-based Pearl Jam, has lived in San Diego and Seattle. Yes, Vedder is a West Seattleite. Sure, you might occasionally see him taking in a Mariners game during the summer. But you're more likely to see him singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame during the 7th-inning stretch at Wrigley Field. The Vedder Cup moniker is basically a joke. But it's getting some big-time publicity. The Mariners-Padres rivalry began when former commissioner Bud Selig, in his infinite wisdom, described Seattle and San Diego as geographic rivals when he instituted interleague play in 1997. No matter that the cities are separated by 1,254.4 miles. The clubs do, however, share the Peoria Sports Complex, where they began Cactus League play yesterday in the 22nd annual charity game. The Mariners won it 4-3 in 10 innings. Taijuan Walker started and went two innings in his effort to earn the fifth spot in the M's rotation. He gave up one hit and struck out two. Manager Lloyd McClendon trotted out a lineup absent any Mariners regulars. , minus SS Chris Taylor, who is competing for the starting job with Brad Miller. Jesus Montero went 2-for-2, and D.J. Peterson hit a solo home run. Lloyd says he'll start playing regulars today. By the way, The Vedder Cup actually has some intrigue this year because the Mariners and Padres have legitimate playoff aspirations. Seattle finished last year one game behind the Oakland Athletics for the second American League wild card spot. Over the offseason, the club added reigning MLB home run champion Nelson Cruz as DH, utility man Rickie Weeks, OF Justin Ruggiano, OF Seth Smith and LHP J.A. Happ. The Padres orchestrated a series of epic moves, bringing in Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Wil Myers, plus All-Star catcher Derek Norris, via trades. They also signed pitchers James Shields, Brandon Morrow, Josh Johnson and acquired Mariners reliever Brandon Maurer in exchange for shipping Smith to the Emerald City. Ms and Padres again today at noon.

UPDATE: Ms are up 5-3 after 5 innings.

Birthdays: Actor Dean Stockwell is 79; football player turned actor Fred Williamson is 77; Dire Straits keyboardist Alan Clark is 63; Roz on Night Court, actress and comedian Marsha Warfield is 61; the Penn half of Penn & Teller, comedian and magician Penn Jillette is 60; Charlie and Craig Reid -- the twins that are The Proclaimers are 53; and model Niki Taylor is 40.

Today is National Cheese Doodle 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 1845, Congress appropriated $30,000 to ship camels to the western US. 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 2002, MTV began airing The Osbournes -- the reality television show followed the daily activities of musician Ozzy Osbourne and his family. In 2005, Martha Stewart was convicted in New York of obstructing justice and lying to the government about why she'd unloaded stock just before the price plummeted. She served a five-month prison sentence.

Hold that gold watch. Peyton Manning is taking one more shot at the silver trophy. Weeks of speculation about the five-time MVP's future ended yesterday with word that he's returning for an 18th season in the NFL and fourth in Denver. A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Manning will take a $4 million pay cut, from $19 million to $15 million, but that he can make it all back through performance incentives. Manning, who is still scheduled to make $19 million in 2016 in the final season of the five-year contract he signed in 2012, will take his physical and sign his revised contract today. Manning mulled retirement after the Broncos' playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts. But he determined he still had the health and hunger to keep playing at age 39, and he'll try to become the oldest QB to win a Super Bowl.

Do you have 27 hours to spare before Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters? If so, take a shower, take a blanket and get ready for the Ultimate Marvel Marathon: a 29 hour, 11 movie marathon that begins at 6 the evening of April 29th with Iron Man and goes until around 10 the evening of April 30th with an early screening of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Both AMC and Regal are hosting similar events.

Trivia Answer: Edmond Montague Grant -- Eddy Grant -- who turns 67 today. He has returned to the West Indies from London, choosing Barbados as a more realistic venue for a recording company. He has also produced for the likes of Sting, Mick Jagger, and Elvis Costello.

Wednesday 3.4.15
Morning Trivia: It is the third most populous city in the United States, and the most populous city in the American Midwest. What city is it?

Seattle Seahawk Russell Wilson is making an appearance at the Texas Rangers spring training for the second-straight season later this month. The 26-year-old professional quarterback and occasional second-baseman is set to work out with the team and dress for an exhibition game, as well as speak to a group of minor-league players. Texas selected Wilson in the 2013 Rule 5 Draft, and he worked out with the team last March, taking infield practice with the club and speaking to players. A two-sport star in high school and college, Wilson was originally a fourth-round draft choice of the Colorado Rockies in 2010, hitting .229 in two minor-league seasons in the Rockies' system.

Play ball. Cactus League play opens today at noon as the The Mariners face the San Diego Padres. Taijuan Walker is set to get the start for Seattle.

UPDATE: The Ms beat the Padres today, 4-3.

Birthdays: Comedy writer Robert Orben is 88; the bassist from Yes, Chris Squire is 67; former Texas governor Rick Perry is 65; singer Chris Rea is 64; percussionist Emilio Estefan is 62; actress Catherine O'Hara is 61; from the TV show Wings, actor Steven Weber is 54; former NBA player, now the mayor of Sacramento, Kevin Johnson is 49; and Chaz Bono is 46.

Adele Ferguson, a pioneering female journalist and a longtime reporter and columnist for the Bremerton Sun, has died. Her daughter told The Associated Press that Ferguson died Monday in Bremerton after a brief illness. The Kitsap Sun reported that Ferguson, who had retired from writing a column about five years ago, had a career that stretched nearly 50 years. Ferguson joined the state capitol's press corps in Olympia in 1961, the first full-time female reporter at the Legislature. Adele Ferguson was 90.

Carrie Underwood is a new mom. She gave birth to Isaiah Michael Fisher on Friday, and yesterday, she announced it to the world on Twitter. It's the first child for Underwood and her husband, Mike Fisher, who plays for the National Hockey League's Nashville Predators.

Today is Holy Experiment Day -- a golden opportunity to try something religious. A note to our friends at JBLM, today is National Hug a GI Day. It's National Pound Cake Day. It's National Dance the Waltz Day. It's International Scrapbooking Industry Day. and it's Cadbury's Chocolates Birthday (debuted 1824).

Calendar notes: On this date in 1902, the American Automobile Association was founded in Chicago. In 1908, the New York board of education banned the act of whipping students in school. In 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt gave his inauguration speech in which he said "We have nothing to fear, but fear itself." In 1950, Walt Disney's Cinderella was released across the US. In 1957, the S&P 500 stock market index was introduced, replacing the S&P 90. In 1970, Janis Joplin was fined $200 for using obscene language onstage in Tampa. In 1974, People magazine was published for the first time in the United States as People Weekly. In 1976, Hall & Oates recorded Rich Girl. 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 2012, Vladimir Putin won re-election in Russia's presidential election.

According to Redfin, Nirvana lead singer & guitarist Kurt Cobain's childhood home in Aberdeen is on the market. The four bedroom/one bathroom home is selling for $400,000 - well above the median list price for homes in Aberdeen ($100,000). It was previously listed for $500,000 in September of 2013. It was built in 1923 and is 3,600 square feet. Cobain lived in the home from when he was two-years-old to nine, when his parents separated -- and then again from 16 to 20 when he returned to live with his mom. His bedroom now looks like a converted attic, but still has Iron Maiden and Led Zeppelin logos he stenciled on the walls. There are also a couple fist-sized holes he most likely punched as a teen. The listing description describes it as "a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of rock history."

Then there are the two young men in Toronto who built a mysterious tunnel. It turns out they had no criminal intent, according to police. They just wanted a man cave. Tips from the public helped authorities identify the two men in their 20s responsible for building the underground chamber. News of the tunnel's discovery set off a social media frenzy, with theories of its purpose ranging from zombie hide outs to affordable housing. A local constible said the two men just wanted to have fun and there was never any danger to public safety. He said, "It was a place for them to hang out. They started out as a goal to make a cool place and that's what they did." Investigators checked out their explanation and the case is now closed. Authorities say the men will not be charged, though they could face a fine. The bunker, discovered in January by a conservation officer in a densely wooded area. Inside, police said they found beverage containers, plywood wall supports, a generator and a sump pump. The chamber was almost 2 yards high, 34 inches wide and 33 feet long. Police are not releasing the men's names, or any further details since the case is not a criminal investigation.

Marijuana on the menu at KFC? Not likely. A story that began circulating yesterday afternoon created a bit of a frenzy, but the fact is, there's no sign KFC will really be selling marijuana in its stores. A satirical website (Racket Report) announced that marijuana profits were hitting such high levels that KFC had decided to get in on the game. The story ain't true.

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

Tuesday 3.3.15
Morning Trivia: This program aired on ABC starting on this date in 1985 until May 14th of 1989. Starring Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis as private detectives, the show was a mixture of drama, comedy, and romance, and was considered to be one of the first successful and influential examples of comedy-drama, or dramedy, emerging as a distinct television genre. What was the show?

The Mariners' intrasquad game scheduled for yesterday was canceled due to inclement weather. Rain soaked the area in the morning and forced the team to move workouts out of the precipitation. Weather permitting, Cactus League play opens tomorrow as the Ms face the San Diego Padres. Taijuan Walker is set to get the start for Seattle. Roenis Elias is slated to start against the Padres Thursday, and Erasmo Ramirez is scheduled to start Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.Those three are vying for the number five position in the Ms pitching rotation.

Birthdays: Singer Jennifer Warnes -- born in Seattle, by the way -- is 68; actor and director Tim Kazurinsky is 65; Hooters guitarist John Lilley is 61; Olympic track and field gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee is 53; former NFL star, Heisman trophy winner Herschel Walker is 53; rapper and actor Tone Lōc is 49; Bud on Married ... with Children, actor David Faustino is 41; and Mrs. Justin Timberlake, actress Jessica Biel is 33.

Actress Sara Gilbert has welcomed a baby boy with her singer/songwriter wife Linda Perry. The former Roseanne star, gave birth to the couple's first child on Saturday. Gilbert's The Talk co-host Julie Chen announced the news to viewers at the start of the daytime show yesterday explaining Gilbert's absence, Chen said, "Sara is on maternity leave. She just delivered over the weekend." She added, "Our very own Sara and her wife Linda Perry are the proud parents of a new baby boy. Rhoads Emilio Gilbert Perry was born on Saturday and both mother and child are doing well."

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

Today is National Anthem Day. The Star Spangled Banner was adopted by Congress as the national anthem in 1931. It's Peach Blossom Day, a day to celebrate peach blossoms, and for girls to celebrate being girls. Today is I Want You To Be Happy Day, the day that was created as a day that encourages us to do something to make others happy. It's 33 Flavors Day (Baskin Robins Birthday). Alexander Graham Bell's Birthday (1847). Today is also If Pets Had Thumbs Day. Just kind of leaves you wondering.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1885, the American Telephone & Telegraph Company was incorporated in New York. In 1966, Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay formed Buffalo Springfield. In 1985, the TV show Moonlighting premiered. In 1991, an amateur video captured the beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers. In 2005, Steve Fossett became the first person to fly an airplane non-stop around the world solo without refueling.

The world's richest person got even richer this year. Forbes said yesterday that Bill Gates's net worth rose to $79.2 billion in 2015 from $76 billion last year. That put him at the top of the magazine's list of the world's billionaires for the second consecutive year. He's topped the list for 16 of the last 21 years. In second place is Mexican telecommunications mogul Carlos Slim Helu, with a net worth of $77.1 billion. He had topped the list in 2013. Next is investor Warren Buffett, who moved up one slot this year with a net worth of $72.7 billion. In fourth place was Amancio Ortega, the Spanish co-founder of clothing retail chain Zara, with a net worth of $64.5 billion. Rounding out the top five was Larry Ellison, founder of technology company Oracle Corp., with $54.3 billion. Forbes said there were 1,826 billionaires on its list this year, up from 1,645 in 2014. Added together, they were worth a combined $7.05 trillion, up from $6.4 trillion last year. Most of those on the list were men. But there were 197 women, up from 172 a year ago. The highest-ranking woman was Christy Walton, the widow of John Walton, a son of the founder of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. She has a net worth of $41.7 billion, according to Forbes. The world's youngest billionaire was 24-year-old Evan Spiegel, the CEO and co-founder of mobile messaging company Snapchat, with a net worth of $1.5 billion. Snapchat's other co-founder, 25-year-old Bobby Murphy, had the same net worth as Spiegel. Basketball legend Michael Jordan joined the list for the first time this year, thanks to his ownership in basketball's Charlotte Hornets and payouts form his Nike brand. Jordan had a net worth of $1 billion. This is the 29th year that Forbes has released its billionaires list. The magazine said it calculated each person's wealth based on stock prices and exchange rates on February 13t of 2015.

Police in West Palm Beach, Florida, say when an officer filed a police report after an arrest, the guy they arrested put down "drug dealer" for his occupation.

In Lincoln, Nebraska, a 21-year-old man was pulled over Saturday night on suspicion of drunken driving. During a search of the man's vehicle, cops found a 16-ounce sour cream container under the driver's seat. On the container: the words NOT WEED. Police found about 11 grams of weed inside. 

Trivia Answer: The program was Moonlighting. The show's theme song was performed by Al Jarreau and became a hit. The show is also credited with making Willis a star, while providing Shepherd with a critical success after a string of lackluster projects. In 1997, the episode The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice was ranked #34 on TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time. In 2007, the series was listed as one of Time magazine's 100 Best TV Shows of All-Time. The relationship between David and Maddie was included in TV Guide's list of the best TV couples of all time.

Monday 3.2.15
Morning Trivia: The Velvet Underground was a commercial failure in the late 1960s, but the group gained a considerable cult following in the years since its demise and has gone on to become one of the most widely cited and influential bands of the era. Brian Eno famously stated that, while The Velvet Underground's debut album only sold 30,000 copies, "everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band." After serving as guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of The Velvet Underground, this guy's solo career spanned several decades. Who is he?

This past weekend will be the last in a long while without baseball. Spring Training continues for the Ms down in Peoria, Arizona. The Mariners have an intra-squad game on the schedule today. Cactus League play opens Wednesday as the Ms face the San Diego Padres. Taijuan Walker is set to get the start for Seattle. Walker is competing with Roenis Elias and long-shot Erasmo Ramirez for the fifth starter spot. The Mariners are planning to take an early look at all three. Weather permitting -- rain is forecast this week in Phoenix -- Elias starts Thursday against the Padres and Ramirez is scheduled to start Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Marshawn Lynch finally opened up about the Seahawks' final offensive play in the Super Bowl, telling a Turkish sports network, "To be honest with you, I would be lying if I didn't tell you that I was expecting the ball. Yes, I was expecting the ball. But in life, these things happen. Like I told a reporter after the game, it's a team sport. I had no problem with the decision of the play calling. I mean, you know, I think it was more of a ... how do I say this? When you look at me, and you let me run that ball in, I am the face of the nation. You know, MVP of the Super Bowl, that's pretty much the face of the nation at that point of time. I don't know what went into that call. I mean, maybe it was a good thing that I didn't get the ball. I mean, you know, it cost us the Super Bowl. I mean, I have full confidence in my teammates to execute that play because we've done it so many more times. But would I love to had the ball in? Yes, I would have. But the game is over, and I am in Turkey." Lynch is in Turkey with some other players for an American Football Without Barriers camp in the country.

Today is Texas Independence Day. Texas adopted its Declaration of Independence on Sam Houston's 43rd birthday. Houston, a member of the Cherokee Indian tribe, was commander of the Texas Army. He later served as Texas governor, but was deposed when he refused to swear allegiance to the Confederacy. Today is Dr. Seuss Day. Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2nd in 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts. Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, would say. "Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted." The National Education Agency sponsors Read Across America Day on Dr. Seuss's birthday. Every child should read a book today. Today is Old Stuff Day. When asking someone "What's new?" or "What's happening?", how often do you hear "Nothing really, same old stuff". Well, today, is Old Stuff Day, in recognition of this all too common response.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1899, Mount Rainier National Park was established by the US Congress. In 1923, Time magazine published its first issue. In 1933, the film King Kong, starring Fay Wray, premiered in New York City. In 1962, the Philadelphia Warriors beat the New York Knicks 169-147. The Warriors' Wilt Chamberlain hit 36 field goals and 28 free throws for an NBA record 100 points. In 1975, Linda McCartney was arrested for personal possession of marijuana. Paul was driving the vehicle at the time of the incident but was not charged. In 1977, a young comedian named Jay Leno first appeared as a guest on The Tonight Show. In 1987, the US government reported that the median price for a new home had gone over $100,000 for the first time. In 2011 - Steve Jobs unveiled Apple's iPad 2.

Birthdays: He was Holling on Northern Exposure for six seasons, actor John Cullum is 85; author Tom Wolfe is 84; Soviet politico Mikhail Gorbachev is 84; author John Irving is 73; original Saturday Night Live cast member Laraine Newman is 63; one of those Osmond kids, singer and drummer Jay Osmond is 60; singer Jon Bon Jovi is 53; Bond, James Bond, well actually actor Daniel Craig is 47; Coldplay frontman Chris Martin is 38; Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is 33; and football's Reggie Bush 30.

Christian Welp, who starred under head coach Marv Harshman for the University of Washington men's basketball team from 1984-87, has passed away. That word in a statement released by the school, which didn't provide any other details. The 7-foot German, who played a key role in a pair of Pac-10 Championships, is Washington's all-time leading scorer. Christian Welp was 51.

Will Smith's con-man caper Focus knocked Fifty Shades of Grey out of the top spot at the box office, but the film's modest $19.1 million opening still left questions about the drawing power of the once unstoppable star. Focus easily topped all competitors on a weekend with little competition. In second place was the Colin Firth spy thriller Kingsman: The Secret Service. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, landed at No. 3. After two weeks atop the box office, Fifty Shades of Grey fell to fourth place. The weekend's only other new wide release, horror film The Lazarus Effect, opened in fifth place.

Sometimes, just the headlines tell the story. A couple I came across over the weekend: New round of snow could push Boston to season record AND Seattle sets twin records for warmest February, winter on record. That pretty much sums up the weather this year, eh?

Believe it or not but it's almost that time again. Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday.

Trivia Answer: Lewis Allan Reed -- Lou Reed -- who was born on this date in 1942. After his departure from the group, Reed began a solo career in 1972. He had a hit the following year with Walk on the Wild Side, but this level of mainstream commercial success was not to be repeated. Reed was known for his distinctive deadpan voice, poetic lyrics and for pioneering and coining the term ostrich guitar tuning. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time included two albums by Reed as a solo artist, Transformer and Berlin. In May of 2013, Reed underwent a liver transplant at the Cleveland Clinic. Afterwards, on his website, Reed wrote of feeling "bigger and stronger" than ever, but on October 27th of 2013, he died from liver disease at his home in Southampton, New York, at the age of 71.