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Wednesday 4.30.14
Today's Trivia: He was a character actor best known for his role as Grandpa on the television series The Munsters,and its subsequent film versions. Who is he?

Robinson Cano drove in a run and scored another in a most unwelcome return to Yankee Stadium, helping the Seattle Mariners beat New York 6-3 last night for their fourth win in five games. Amid lusty boos from a modest crowd on a rainy, 46-degree night, Cano began his first game in the Bronx since joining Seattle this winter for $240 million with a wink at Yankees starter CC Sabathia. Cano got a mock cheer when he struck out to end the inning, then was met with chants of "You sold out!" from the Bleacher Creatures when he took his spot at second base. When Cano grounded out to first base in the fourth, first baseman Mark Teixeira gave him a smile after the close play. The five-time All-Star was even booed when he cleanly handled a grounder. Ms and Yankees again this afternoon -- weather permitting -- in the Bronx.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver delivered the swiftest, strongest penalty he could, then called on NBA owners to force Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling to sell the team for making racist comments that hurt the league. Almost unanimously, owners supported the commissioner yesterday, as he handed down one of the harshest penalties in the history of US sports. The 80-year-old Sterling is banned for life from any association with the league or the Clippers, and fined $2.5 million -- the maximum allowable under the NBA constitution. If three-fourths of the other 29 owners agree to Silver's recommendation, Sterling will be forced to sell the team he has owned since 1981. Players and others cheered Silver's quick action, with union officials saying that if the league's punishment hadn't included a mandate for Sterling to sell the team, players were considering boycotting playoff games.

Birthdays: Phyllis on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and former Dancing with the Stars contestant Cloris Leachman is 88; singer and songwriter Willie Nelson is 81; basketball's Isiah Thomas is 53; NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip is 51; 3 Doors Down guitarist Chris Henderson is 43; and actress Kirsten Dunst is 32.

Oscar-nominated British actor Bob Hoskins, best known for his roles in Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Mermaids, died yesterday at the age of 71.  The cause of death wasn't immediately released. His passing comes nearly two years after he retired from acting following his diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.

We're also getting word from an area funeral home that former Mad magazine editor Al Feldstein has died at his Montana home. He was 88.

Today is National Honesty Day, a day to celebrate honesty and honor those who are honest in their dealings with others. Say thanks to your hairstylist. Today is Hairstylist Appreciation Day. It's National Oatmeal cookie day. Perhaps rekated, it's also Raisin Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1900, legendary railroad engineer Casey Jones was killed in the wreck of the Cannonball Express near Vaughan, Mississippi. He stayed at the controls, trying to save the passengers. No one else died in the wreck. In 1938, that wascally wabbit Bugs Bunny first appeared on screen in the cartoon Porky's Hare Hunt, directed by Bugs Hardaway for Warner Brothers. Mel Blanc, who did Bugs' voice, was allergic to carrots. In 1952, the first toy was advertised on television -- Mr. Potato Head. In 1993, a man who claimed to be a fan of Steffi Graf, stabbed tennis star Monica Seles in the back during a match in Hamburg, Germany. The attacker was convicted and given a suspended sentence.

Harrison Ford leads returning and rising stars, including Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Andy Serkis and Oscar Isaac, for the anticipated new Star Wars: Episode VII. Ford, Fisher and Hamill, who were rumored to be returning to director J.J. Abrams' reboot of the franchise, are being joined by the series' original stars Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and Kenny Baker (R2-D2). Ford played Han Solo, Fisher played Princess Leia and Hamill was Luke Skywalker in the original films. The plot picks up three decades after the story in Return of the Jedi. The movie is scheduled for world release in December of 2015. Hollywood insiders think Star Wars: Episode VII has a good shot at joining Avatar and Titanic in hitting $2 billion at the worldwide box office. The romantic sea disaster epic brought in $2.1 billion in 1997, a record that stood until the futuristic 3D sci-fi saga rolled up a staggering $2.7 billion in 2009.

If you find your home is in need of a few more USB ports -- and in this day and age, who doesn't? -- perhaps you need the TowlHub in your kitchen. TowlHub is a 4-port USB charger combined with a paper towel holder. It's $49.99.

The International Olympic Committee is getting worried about Rio de Janeiro's readiness for the 2016 Summer Olympics, committee vice president John Coates said yesterday. He called preparations in the Brazilian city -- the first in South America to host the games -- the worst he has experienced. Construction has just begun on a sports complex that will house 11 events. Still, he said, "There can be no Plan B; we are going to Rio."

Lawmakers in Hawaii made their state the latest to raise its minimum wage, voting late Tuesday to hike the rate to $10.10 an hour from the federal minimum of $7.25 by January 2018. That would bring Hawaii in line with a target wage set by President Obama, whose push for a higher federal minimum wage has stalled in Congress. California, Maryland, Connecticut, and Washington, D.C., have already approved hikes to $10 or more an hour.

The Dow Jones industrial average closed at an all-time high of 16,580 today. It erased a loss for the year.

Trivia Answer: Al Lewis who may have been born on this date in 1923. He was born Albert Meister. Few other facts about Lewis are known with any certainty; most of the information comes from interviews he gave, but there are inconsistencies in his statements. Sometimes he gave his birth year as 1910, other times as 1923. Ted Lewis, his son, said his father was born in 1923. Dan Barry of the New York Times writes: "Actors who lie about their age usually subtract, not add, years, and few would have the nerve to fudge those years by more than a decade." Al may have been born under the name Albert Meister or Alexander Meister to a Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York. Other sources place his birth in Wolcott, New York, but no official record of his birth has been published to date, and officials in Wolcott say they have no record of any Meister. The Times wrote: "Lewis was born Albert Meister, probably in 1923, although he insisted that he was born in 1910. This, and Lewis's many other questionable stories, means that much of the actors life is a broth of conjecture that his fans will no doubt squabble over for years to come." On his application for a Social Security number, completed sometime between 1936 and 1950, Lewis gave a date of birth of 30 April 1923. The date of birth must be verified by a birth certificate for the enrollee to receive age-related benefits. As to why Lewis might have lied about his age, the most common theory is that in 1964 he might have been concerned about being a year younger than Yvonne De Carlo, who was cast to play his daughter, Lily, on the Munsters. In 2003, Lewis was hospitalized for an angioplasty, and complications from the surgery led to an emergency bypass and the amputation of his right leg below the knee and all the toes on his left foot. He died on February 3rd of 2006 of natural causes in a hospital.

Tuesday 4.29.14
Today's Trivia: This automaker was founded in 1897. In its 107-year history, it produced 35.2 million cars, including at least 14 million built at its Lansing, Michigan factory. The final production day for this automaker was on this date in 2004. The final auto was signed by all of the assembly line workers and was put on display at the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum in Lansing until GM cut funding to the museum forcing them to sell the car to raise funds. Name the car brand.

Robinson Cano knows it will be awkward from the moment he walks into Yankee Stadium and has to figure out the route to the visitors' clubhouse for the first time in his career. And that's before he takes the field in the Bronx wearing something other than pinstripes. After signing his $240 million, 10-year contract with Seattle in the offseason, the All-Star second baseman returns to New York for the first time as a member of the Mariners tonight as they open a three-game series against the Yankees. Cano figures the reaction will be mixed. He was supposed to be the next great Yankees player to spend his career in New York, following the lead of Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, and the soon-to-be retiring Derek Jeter. Players simply don't' give up the limelight of New York to go be isolated in the Pacific Northwest. But Cano did, with contract security and millions of dollars behind making that decision. The flip side is now facing what he left behind. Cano facew the first-place Yankees putting up numbers thus far that were expected and with a team that has settled down after an eight-game losing streak. He is Seattle's top hitter with a .301 average. It's the only trip for Seattle to New York this season.

Earl Thomas is the latest member of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks to be locked up for the future. The best free safety in the NFL is getting rewarded quite well. Thomas and the Seahawks reached agreement yesterday on a $40 million, four-year contract extension with just over $27.7 million guaranteed, according to two people with knowledge of the agreement. They spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because there had been no announcement from the team. The agreement was first reported by Thomas, a two-time first-team All-Pro, could have gone into the 2014 season with free agency on the horizon. Instead, Seattle made sure to keep the most important cog of its defense through the 2018 season.

At least 33 people have been killed in a two-day outbreak of twisters and other violent weather that has pulverized homes in half a dozen states from Iowa to Tennessee.

Meanwhile, a National Weather Service Seattle storm survey team visited Eatonville yesterday and determined the event late Sunday was in fact a brief tornado. It's the first tornado reported in the state thus far this year.

Birthdays: Singer Tommy James is 67; comedian and actor Jerry Seinfeld is 60; actress Kate Mulgrew is 59; actor Daniel Day-Lewis is 57; actress Michelle Pfeiffer is 56; Jan on The Brady Bunch, actress Eve Plumb is 56; from Wilson Phillips and the daughter of Beach Boy Brian Wilson, singer Carnie Wilson is 46; actress Uma Thurman is 44; and retired tennis star Andre Agassi is 44;

Jack Ramsay, a Hall of Fame coach who led the Portland Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA championship before he became one of the NBA's most respected broadcasters, has died following a long battle with cancer. His family announced his death, saying he "led the greatest life that one could lead." Ramsay coached in the NBA for parts of 21 seasons before embarking on a second career as an NBA analyst for ESPN. He was diagnosed with melanoma in 2004 and later battled growths and tumors that spread to his legs, lungs and brain, as well as prostate cancer and most recently a marrow syndrome. Jack Ramsay was 89.

Today is Greenery Day. Japanese Greenery Day celebrates the birthday of Japanese Emperor Hirohito. In Japanese culture, Greenery day is a time to commune with nature and to be thankful and appreciative of its abundance. Today is National Shrimp Scampi Day The zipper was patented on this date in 1913.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1953, the first U.S. experimental 3D-TV broadcast showed an episode of Space Patrol on Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV. In 1967, Aretha Franklin released her interpretation of the Otis Redding song Respect. In 1967, after refusing induction into the United States Army the day before (citing religious reasons), Muhammad Ali is stripped of his boxing title. In 1968, the controversial musical Hair opened on Broadway. In 1970, as he announced the upcoming release of his first solo album All Things Must Pass, George Harrison said he expected The Beatles would one day re-form. They never did. In 1988, Eric Clapton and Patti Boyd, about whom he wrote Layla and Wonderful Tonight, filed for divorce. In 1992, Paula Abdul married Emilio Estevez in Santa Monica, California. They divorced in 1995. In 1992, riots broke out in in Los Angeles following the acquittal of police officers charged with excessive force in the beating of Rodney King. Over the next three days 53 people were killed and hundreds of buildings were destroyed. In 2011, the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Kate Middleton.

Move over, Beacon Plumbing -- the latest Seahawks star to endorse a Northwest company is Richard Sherman, who is starring in a new TV ad for the Swedish Cancer Institute.

Paul Simon and his wife, Edie Brickell, were arrested on disorderly conduct charges by officers investigating a family dispute, but the couple held hands in court yesterday and said they did not feel threatened by the other. Simon told a Superior Court judge that he had a rare argument with his wife Saturday night at their home in New Canaan. The arrest struck a discordant note for the couple. A caller from the home dialed 911 Saturday night and hung up, police chief Leon Krolikowski said at a news conference yesterday. Officers who responded found minor injuries and believed it was a case of domestic violence, he said. Simon and Brickell, who have been married for more than two decades, were each given a misdemeanor summons and one of them agreed to leave and go to another location. An attorney representing the couple said the incident was very minor, though there was a slight shove. He didn't say who did the shoving. At yesterday's hearing, Simon and Brickell each said the other was not a threat. The judge said he did not see a need for a protective order. Simon said, "We're going to go back home today. We're going to watch our son play baseball." Seventy-two-year-old Simon and 47-year-old Brickell were asked to return to court on May 16th. Simon and Brickell married in 1992 and they have three children together.

A few weeks after David Letterman announced he'd be retiring from the CBS late-night television lineup, Craig Ferguson did the same on last night. Ferguson, host of "The Late Late Show" since 2005, told his studio audience during yesterday's taping that he will step down at the end of the year. Ferguson's show airs after Letterman's. The move was no surprise after CBS announced that Stephen Colbert is replacing Letterman sometime next year. There was a time that Ferguson, whose show won a Peabody Award in 2009, was considered a strong contender for that job. But "The Late Late Show" has faded in the ratings, particularly with the arrival of Seth Meyers in February as competition in the same time slot. Ferguson said, "CBS and I are not getting divorced, we are 'consciously uncoupling, But we will still spend holidays together and share custody of the fake horse and robot skeleton, both of whom we love very much." The Scottish-born Ferguson became a US citizen during his tenure on the show. He already has a new job lined up, as host of "Celebrity Name Game," a syndicated game show set to debut later this year.

A 15-year-old boy from a small town outside of Ottawa, Ontario, set the world record for solving Rubik's Cubes using only one hand. Antoine Cantin averaged 12.56 seconds at the competition. Cantin solved five Rubik's Cubes, and the average was calculated after eliminating the fastest and slowest times. He's planning on going to the world's largest Rubik's Cube competition in New Jersey this summer.

George Clooney may no longer be Hollywood's most eligible bachelor. The movie star is reportedly engaged to his girlfriend and human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin, according to People and US Weekly. Clooney was married once before, from 1989 to 1993, but has remained notably unwed ever since.

Released last week, the latest drought monitor map from the National Climactic Data Center shows the entire state of California is experiencing some level of drought. Nearly 25 percent of the state is suffering from "exceptional" conditions, or the most intense level of drought. The rest of California is under "moderate" to "extreme" conditions. By comparison, at this time last year, only 30 percent of the state experienced "severe" drought conditions. This is the first time a state-wide drought has occurred in 15 years, and California is on high alert to conserve water accordingly.

A sheriff's office in Montgomery County, Texas, has lost the ShadowHawk drone they've had since 2011, when the quarter-million dollar machine decided to take a plunge into a lake late last week. According to the Houston Chronicle, the emergency-only device has a "camera and an infrared scanning device" but can also carry a grenade launcher or 12 gauge shotgun, according to its designers.

Trivia Answer: Oldsmobile. The division's last car built was an Alero GLS 4-door sedan. Oldsmobile was a brand of American automobile produced for most of its existence by General Motors. It was founded by Ransom E. Olds in 1897. When it was phased out in 2004, Oldsmobile was the oldest surviving American automobile marque, and one of the oldest in the world. The closing of the Oldsmobile division presaged a larger consolidation of GM brands and discontinuation of models during the company's 2009 bankruptcy reorganization.

Monday 4.28.14
Today's Trivia: On this date in 2001, millionaire Dennis Tito became the world's first what?

Kyle Seager got his groove back. Kyle has five home runs in four games, a power surge that started with a two-homer game against the Astros on Wednesday. He's also had at least two hits in all four games, tying a career-best streak. Yesterday, hit a pair of home runs, including a three-run shot in the eighth, to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 6-5 win over the Texas Rangers. The Mariners now travel to New York for a three-game series against the Yankees starting tomorrow. It's a homecoming for Cano, who spent the first nine years of his career with the Yankees. In fact, Robinson is on with Jimmy Fallon tonight.

Birthdays: Author Harper Lee -- her only book was To Kill a Mockingbird -- is 88; actress and singer Ann-Margret is 73; Jay Leno is 64; actress Penelope Cruz is 40; actress Jessica Alba is 33.

Today is International Astronomy Day -- a day to look up to the stars. It was established to promote astronomy to the general public. Astronomy clubs and groups use this day to help teach the people about the stars, and other celestial bodies in the universe. Today is Great Poetry Reading Day. There's lots of poetry out there. Some is good, and some is not so good. Today is intended to read the world's greatest poetry. Today is Kiss Your Mate Day -- a perfect chance to smooch with your partner, as if you need an opportunity to share a kiss or two with the one you love. With spring in the air, April is an appropriate time for Kiss Your Mate Day. Some people may ask "why do you need a holiday to kiss your mate?" Others say "every day should be Kiss Your Mate Day." Unfortunately, researchers tell us that kissing, an important part of romance and intimacy, is the first thing to go in a relationship. If you don't currently kiss your mate everyday, use today to re-establish kissing in your life.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1789, the Mutiny on the Bounty occurred. Lieutenant William Bligh and 18 sailors were set adrift and the rebel crew returned to Tahiti briefly and then set sail for Pitcairn Island. In 1930, te first night game in organized baseball history took place in Independence, Kansas. In 1969, Charles de Gaulle resigned as President of France.

Keep those shades and that sunscreen handy. We're supposed to get lots of sunshine and temps in the 80s by the end of the week.

Two tornadoes from a powerful storm system killed at least 15 people in Arkansas and Oklahoma on Sunday. Authorities in Arkansas said the twister there killed 14. It touched down about 10 miles west of Little Rock, and stretched a half-mile wide. It obliterated buildings, including a $14 million intermediate school due to open in the fall. "There's just really nothing there anymore," Vilonia Schools Superintendent Frank Mitchell said. In Eatonville, there were reports of a funnell cloud. The National Weather Service is investigating.

Under fire for his government's response to the ferry disaster that left hundreds dead or missing, South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won resigned yesterday. The government has been accused of moving too slowly in its rescue efforts since the ferry sank two weeks ago, killing nearly 200 and leaving another 115 missing. "As I saw grieving families suffering with the pain of losing their loved ones and the sadness and resentment of the public," Chung said in a news conference, "I thought it was only natural for me to step down."

Thirty years ago Olympia made history -- women's history -- by hosting the Women's Olympic Marathon Trials. In honor of this event, the State Capital Museum is hosting a panel discussion at noon next Monday, May 5th.

In his first meet since the 2012 London Olympics, swimmer Michael Phelps wrapped up competition with a 42nd-place finish out of 89 swimmers in the 50-meter freestyle. Competing at the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa, Phelps stuck to his plan of practicing his butterfly stroke in the Friday event. However, the 22-time Olympic medallist looked more like himself in a second-place finish to winner Ryan Lochte on Thursday night. Phelps clocked 52.13 seconds in the 100-meter butterfly, good for the fifth-fastest time in the world for 2014 so far. Lochte said after the race, "I'm glad he's back. His leaving kind of broke my heart a little. Now that he's back, I've got a big old smile."

The Other Woman -- a female-centered comedy about marital infidelity -- elbowed aside three-time box office champion Captain America: The Winter Soldier to win the race at theaters this weekend. The Other Woman had ticket sales of $24.7 million, while Captain America ttook in $16 million. The PG-rated faith-based drama Heaven Is for Real came in third. The animated film Rio 2 was fourth. Brick Mansions, an action film starring the late Paul Walker, rounded out the top five.

Tired of washing your car? Engineers at Nissan are using a new paint finish called Ultra-Ever Dry on the new Nissan Note supermini that can repel water and oils, as well as dirt, dust, mud and grit. The paint uses nanotechnology to create a thin air shield above the surface of the car that makes rain, road spray, frost, sleet and standing water roll off the car without tainting its surface at all. Nissan is currently attempting to determine if the material is durable for long-term use on vehicles -- and if it will hold up in different weather conditions around the globe.

And the lawyers get richer ... Broadway playwright Matthew Lombardo is suing actress Valerie Harper for $2 million, accusing her of hiding her terminal cancer diagnosis after she had signed on to star in his play, Looped. Harper dropped out of last year's national tour of the show after she revealed that her lung cancer had spread to her brain. The suit was filed to counter one by Harper, demanding that she still be paid because she dropped out due to her health.

Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard C. Parks is drafting a resolution to condemn racist remarks attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. The National Basketball Players Association demanded that the league bar Sterling from playoff games. Clippers players wore their warmups inside out, hiding the team logo, in a silent protest ahead of Sunday's Game 4 of their first-round series against the Golden State Warriors.

Some less-than-appealing news from Britain: There's a decent chance the guy sitting next to you is wearing 7-year-old underwear. That's the average length of time men hang on to their undies before buying new ones.

A one-year-old child in Utah is safe after crawling across a busy four-lane highway. To make matters even scarier, he was texting the whole time.

Trivia Answer: He became the the world's first space tourist to pay for his own ticket. In mid-2001 he spent nearly eight days in orbit on Soyuz TM-32, the International Space Station, and Soyuz TM-31. Tito met criticism from NASA before the launch, primarily from Daniel Goldin, at that time the Administrator of NASA, who considered it inappropriate for a tourist to take a ride into space. When Tito arrived at the Johnson Space Center for additional training, Robert D. Cabana, NASA manager, sent Tito and his two fellow cosmonauts home, stating "...We will not be able to begin training, because we are not willing to train with Dennis Tito." Later, through an arrangement with space tourism company Space Adventures, Ltd., Tito joined Soyuz TM-32 on April 28, 2001, spending 7 days, 22 hours, 4 minutes in space and orbiting Earth 128 times. tito performed several scientific experiments in orbit that he said would be useful for his company and business. Tito paid a reported $20 million for his trip. Tito has a Bachelor of Science in Astronautics from New York University, and a Master of Science in Engineering Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute satellite campus in Hartford, Connecticut. He is a former scientist of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Friday 4.25.14
Today's Trivia: She was an actress, comedienne, and singer whose career spanned seven decades. She achieved fame as the character Maude on the 1970s sitcoms All in the Family and Maude, and as Dorothy on the 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls, winning Emmy Awards for both roles. A stage actress both before and after her television success, she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Vera Charles in the original cast of Mame back in 1966. Who is she?

The Mariners yesterday called up 29-year-old outfielder Cole Gillespie from AAA Tacoma and sent Nick Franklin and pitcher Erasmo Ramirez back to the minor leagues, Franklin to Tacoma and Ramirez to A High Desert. Gillespie is available for the Texas series, which starts tonight at Safeco Field. Gillespie is 29 and is a Portland native. He was batting .362 with five doubles, one triple, five home runs, and 14 RBIs in 16 games with the Rainiers. The Ms were off yesterday. Tonight they open a three-game weekend set with the Texas Rangers at Safeco.

Birthdays: Former Harlem Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon is 82; actor Al Pacino is 74; in 1995, he formed the band Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s original bass player Stu Cook is 69; he does many voices of characters on The Simpsons, actor Hank Azaria is 50; actress Renee Zellweger is 45; and sportscaster Joe Buck is 45.

Today is Old-Time Baseball Day. Acccording to some old newspaper articles, baseball was being played as early as this date in 1823 in what is now the Greenwich Village area of New York City. Today is Hair Stylist Appreciation Day. Today is Duck Appreciation Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1901, New York became the first US state to require auto license plates. They were inscribed with the owner’s initials. The fee was $1.00. In 1968, The Beatles refused to perform for the Queen of England at a British Olympic Appeal Fund show. Their explanation, "We don't do benefits." In 1981, Wings broke up after Denny Laine left the band. Paul McCartney said he planned to carry on as a solo artist. In 1990, drummer Mitch Mitchell sold the late Jimi Hendricks’ Fender Stratocaster guitar to an undisclosed buyer in London for $338,580. It’s the guitar Jimi used to play the Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock. In 2003, Southwest Airlines fired two pilots for "inappropriate conduct" after they removed all or most of their clothes mid-flight in the cockpit of a Boeing 737. The pilots claimed they spilled coffee on their clothes, but the airline ruled the prank went too far. The US Federal Aviation Administration said though rules forbid behavior that distracts crew members, there was no specific ban on flying naked.

When it was clear Marcus Trufant's time with the Seattle Seahawks was over following the 2012 season, he was given a message by general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll on his way out. They said if it became apparent that Trufant was ready to retire from the NFL, they wanted him to do it as a member of the Seahawks. Trufant got that opportunity yesterday, officially retiring from football after signing a one-day contract with Seattle. Trufant said, ""It (the offer) says a lot about them, it says a lot about their character, it says a lot about the organization itself because they didn't have to do it. They chose to do it and I'm very grateful for that. They just extended the hand and that just shows what kind of people they are, and I appreciate it." Trufant spent his entire NFL career with the Seahawks, with the exception of the 2013 training camp when he was with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Trufant was released at the end of August and remained out of football during the 2013 season.

Outspoken Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2014. The magazine’s annual list hits newsstands today, but hit the Internet late Wednesday. Included among Time’s list of influential "pioneers" is Sherman, who burst into the national consciousness Jan. 19 with his impassioned postgame interview after his tipped pass sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl. Here’s what Time’s Sean Gregory wrote about Sherman: "Sherman’s rant solidified his reputation as one of the brashest and most candid players in the buttoned-up NFL. More important, it sparked a national conversation about race, stereotyping and sportsmanship. When critics labeled the dreadlocked defensive star a "thug," Sherman, a Compton, Calif.–raised Stanford graduate, engaged the debate, asking if the term was today’s way of calling him the N word? In a heartbeat, Sherman altered the discourse and emerged as the smartest voice in the room. At a time when most pro athletes flee social questions, Sherman tackles them head on. And he backs it up on the field too, leading the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl win. So keep talking, Sherm. We have much more to learn." Sherman is not the only Northwest notable on Time’s 100 list this year. Also included is Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, whose company continues to revolutionize the retail sector.

The number of measles cases in the US has jumped to a 19-year high this year, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control. Measles was officially declared eradicated in the US in 2000, but the CDC says 129 cases have been reported so far this year. Most involved unvaccinated people who were infected abroad. Among those unvaccinated, 68 percent had "personal belief" exemptions from school vaccination requirements.

The company that manages the Buffalo Bills' cheerleading squad -- the Buffalo Jills -- has halted operations through next season, after five cheerleaders filed a lawsuit claiming they had to work hundreds of hours without pay and endured groping. The suit also says the company president made them take a "jiggle test." The company prez is hiring lawyers and declined to comment.

Former Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens said yesterday that the federal government should legalize marijuana. He says, the "distinction between marijuana and alcoholic beverages is really not much of a distinction." He says, the general consensus is that prohibition against alcohol nearly a century "was not worth the cost" and most Americans will eventually reach the same conclusion about pot. More than half already favor legalization.

Trivia Answer: Bea (short for Beatrice) Arthur. Arthur has received the second most nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series with nine. Only Mary Tyler Moore, with 10 nominations, has more. She received the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series twice, once in 1977 for Maude and again in 1988 for The Golden Girls. Bea Arthur died five years ago today. Arthur died at her home in the Greater Los Angeles Area in the early morning hours. She had been ill with cancer.

Thursday 4.24.14
Today's Trivia: She is best known as the author of the 'alphabet series' featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone in the fictional city of Santa Teresa, California. Who is she?

It's embarrassing enough to lose eight in a row, but to get swept -- at home -- by the lowly Houston Astros? Apparently, enough was enought, Kyle Seager hit a three-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth and the Seattle Mariners rallied for a 5-3 win over Houston yesterday. Seager homered for his second straight at-bat after being mired in a slump for most of the season. Seager hit a two-run homer in the seventh, then added the winning shot on the first pitch he saw in the ninth. The five RBIs were a career high for Seager. It was the third multi-homer game of Seager's career. An off day for the Mariners today then they open a three-game weekend set with the Texas Rangers tomorrow night at Safeco.

Birthdays: Warren Beatty’s older sister, actress Shirley MacLaine is 80; she sang in her high school choir with Neil Diamond, singer and actress Barbra Streisand is 72; Night Ranger singer and bassist Jack Blades is 60; and the first American Idol winner, singer Kelly Clarkson is 32.

Today is Spring Cat Cleaning Day, a day to give your cat a bath. Be careful. National Scoop the Poop Week is underway . (Maybe every week should be Scoop the Poop Week.) It’s Pig in a Blanket Day – a day to eat a sausage wrapped in a pancake. Why? Because that's what "Pig in a Blanket" is. Somebody, somewhere decided that this was a very special treat to them. So, they created a special day to celebrate this culinary delight. Aren't you glad that they did?

Calendar notes: On this date in 1968, The Beatles’ Apple Records decided not to sign a young artist called David Bowie. In 1969, Paul McCartney announced that there was no truth to the widespread rumor he was dead. In 1981, the IBM Personal Computer was introduced. In 1992, David Bowie and fashion model Iman were married in a secret ceremony in Switzerland. The wedding wasn’t announced until more than a week later. In 1994, Madonna visited the San Antonio Spurs locker room to congratulate David Robinson on his 71-point game. As usual, Robinson was gracious. In 2002, Jewel broke her collarbone and a rib when she was thrown from a horse.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has filed for divorce from his wife, Ashton. They were married January of 2012 and moved together to Seattle, where they were a tandem in many public appearances. Wilson released a statement yesterday afternoon through the team. He said, "I have made the difficult decision to file for divorce. Clearly, decisions like these don’t come easy. Ashton and I respectfully ask for prayers, understanding, and privacy during this difficult time. Moving forward, I will have no further comment on this personal matter."

Former Washington State and Seattle Seahawks star Marcus Trufant has signed with the Seahawks in order to retire as a member of the team tomorrow, according to a release from the organization. After a stellar career in Pullman, Trufant was the Hawks’ first-round pick in the 2003 draft and was a mainstay on the Seattle defense for a decade. The Tacoma native was a member of the Seahawks’ first NFC championship squad in 2006 and was voted first-team All-Pro the following season. He compiled 21 career interceptions in his 10-year career.

The NFL released the regular season schedule last night. The Hawks open with the Green Bay Packers and Thanksgiving is being spent with the San Francisco 49ers.

The Federal Communications Commission officially gave up on its bid to ensure all internet content is treated equally, and announced yesterday that it was proposing rules to let companies such as Disney and Netflix pay internet service providers for faster lanes for their streaming content. The FCC's decision to give up on what's known as net neutrality came three months after an appeals court struck down rules that tried to guarantee an open internet.

Today, the Food and Drug Administration is unveiling a proposal to start regulating electronic cigarettes the way it does conventional cigarettes. The new rules would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, and require health-warning labels. The regulations would also apply to cigars and pipe tobacco, which long avoided the tight control placed on cigarettes.

Facebook reported quarterly earnings yesterday that shattered analysts' expectations. The social network's advertising revenue for the first three months of the year reached $2.27 billion, 82 percent more than the first quarter last year. The company also continued to make progress on boosting income from mobile users, CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg said, with mobile now accounting for 59 percent of Facebook's ad revenue.

Apple shares shot eight percent higher in overnight trading after the company announced that strong iPhone sales had more than made up for a dip in demand for iPads in the first three months of 2014. Profits were up over a year ago, with revenue of $45.6 billion, $2 billion more than analysts expected. Apple also announced that it was boosting a stock buyback plan from $60 billion to $90 billion, and making a seven-to-one stock split.

Trivia Answer: Sue Grafton who turns 74 today. She's the daughter of detective novelist C.W. Grafton. Prior to her success with the alphabet series, she wrote screenplays for television movies. Her experience as a screenwriter taught her the basics of structuring a story, writing dialogue, and creating action sequences. Grafton then felt ready to return to writing fiction. While going through a "bitter divorce and custody battle that lasted 6 long years," Grafton imagined ways to kill or maim her ex-husband. Her fantasies were so vivid that she decided to write them down. Grafton's first book of this series is A Is for Alibi, written and set in 1982. The series continues with B Is for Burglar, C Is for Corpse, and so on through the alphabet. After the publication of G Is for Gumshoe, Grafton was able to quit her screenwriting job and focus on her novels. Last year, she completed W is for Wasted. X, Y and Z are still missing. Grafton has publicly stated that the final novel in the series will be titled Z Is for Zero.

Wednesday 4.23.14
Today's Trivia: He's a British comedian, political satirist, and actor. He's best known in America for his work on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Who is he?

Erasmo Ramirez couldn't come up with the big pitch when he needed it. Twice in the early innings last night he had an 0-2 count on a batter before giving up a home run. Those pitches were enough to do in the Seattle Mariners in a 5-2 loss to the Houston Astros, extending Seattle's losing streak to eight games. The Ms and Astros wrap up their series with a matinee today.

Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols hit his 500th home run last night, an accomplishment only 26 of the 18,000 major league baseball players since 1876 have achieved. Pujols also pulled off a first by becoming the first hitter ever to whack his 499th and 500th homers in the same game. At the age of 34, he is also the third youngest player ever to reach the milestone. Only Alex Rodriquez and Jimmie Foxx got there quicker.

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman already calls himself the best cornerback in the game, and soon he may have the contract to back that up. According to a report by CBS Sports', the Seahawks and Sherman are closing in on a multi-year contract extension that will make the All-Pro cornerback the highest-paid player at his position. The report also states that while nothing is imminent, Sherman could sign the deal before next month's NFL draft but then late yesterday afternoon, more reports came out saying the deal might not be quite as close as CBS had made it seem. Word was the contract talks are "nowhere near what has been reported" and dollar amounts have not been agreed upon. And so it goes.

Birthdays: Colonel Steve Austin on Six Million Dollar Man, actor Lee Majors is 75; Janet from Three's Company, actress Joyce DeWitt is 65; director Michael Moore is 60; the former Mrs. Eddie Van Halen, actress Valerie Bertinelli is 54; and actor and comedian George Lopez is 53.

Today is Baywatch Day. The TV series debuted on this date in 1989. The last episode was produced in 2001. Syndicated in 142 countries with an audience of 1.1 billion, it was the most widely viewed TV series in the world. Today is World Book and Copyright Day. Today is Lover's Day in Spain, a day for men and mice alike to give their true loves roses.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1964, Ken Johnson of the Houston Colts threw the first no-hit game for a loss in baseball history. Cincinnati's Reds beat Johnson's no hitter by a score of 1-0 by capitalizing on two costly Houston errors. In 1985, Coca-Cola announced it was changing the secret flavor formula for Coke. Negative public reaction forced the company to resume selling a version similar to the original. In 1989, with the first pick in the NFL draft, the Dallas Cowboys chose UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman. In 1989, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played his last game with the Los Angeles Lakers.

A government investigator says the Internal Revenue Service paid $1 million in bonuses to employees who owed back taxes. An additional 1,700 workers got bonuses even though they had been disciplined for some kind of misconduct within the previous year. Overall, the IRS's inspector general said the agency paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses from 2010 to 2012 to employees who had conduct issues. In a report issued yesterday, the inspector general said the bonus program complied with federal regulations. But, the report said, paying bonuses to workers who owe back taxes conflicts with the IRS mission to enforce tax laws. The IRS said it has stopped issuing awards to executives with disciplinary problems.

People magazine has named Lupita Nyong'o as the World's Most Beautiful for 2014. The 31-year-old actress, who won a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in 12 Years a Slave, tops the magazine's list, announced today.

Trivia Answer: John Oliver who turns 37 today. Oliver joined The Daily Show with Jon Stewart as its Senior British Correspondent in July of 2006. He says he got interviewed for the show on the recommendation of Ricky Gervais, who had never met Oliver but was familiar with his work. It was his first time in the United States. Two weeks after the interview, he got the job, arriving on a Sunday and appearing on camera the very next day. As a writer for the show, Oliver has received Emmys for outstanding writing in 2009, 2011 and 2012. During the summer of 2013, Oliver guest-hosted The Daily Show for a total of eight weeks while Stewart directed his movie Rosewater. Oliver's performance received positive reviews, with some critics suggesting that he should eventually succeed Stewart as host of The Daily Show or receive his own show. Three months after his Daily Show hosting, HBO announced it was giving Oliver his own late night show. At the end of 2013, Oliver left The Daily Show. He is hosting Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO beginning on April 27th -- Sunday night. Oliver is a permanent resident of the United States and lives in New York City.

Tuesday 4.22.14
Today's Trivia: He was an actor, gardener, humanitarian, activist, and decorated World War II veteran. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1954 for his performance in Roman Holiday, and in 1973 for The Heartbreak Kid. His other well-known roles include playing Oliver Wendell Douglas in the 1960s television situation comedy Green Acres, and Frank MacBride in the 1970s crime drama Switch. He also had a recurring role as Carlton Travis on Falcon Crest, opposite Jane Wyman. Who is he?

Returning home from a six-game losing skid, the Seattle Mariners thought they had the perfect antidote. They had their ace, Felix Hernandez, going against the worst offense in the American League. The Houston Astros entered with a team batting average of .197. No other team in the AL including the Mariners had an average under .230. Unfortunately for Seattle, the game was a rout -- the wrong way. Behind a four-run sixth inning, Houston clubbed Hernandez into his worst outing this season, a 7-2 loss, the Mariners' seventh consecutive -- the longest active streak in the majors.. They'll try it again tonight at the Safe.

The Seattle Seahawks have re-signed receiver Sidney Rice for a steal, retaining him for one year on a contract with up to $1.4 million, according to multiple reports. Sure, it's a big number for those of us who don't play football for a living. But Rice's reported contract with the Hawks, after being released by the team in February, could turn out to be quite the deal for Seattle. Especially since the 27-year-old was due to make $9.7 million in 2014 under his previous five-year agreement with the Seahawks. Instead, Rice will make a base salary of $1 million this season with a split salary of $500,000 in case of injury, according to reports yesterday. Rice also gets a $150,000 signing bonus and a potential total of $250,000 in weekly roster bonuses ($15,625 for each week he is on Seattle's 46-man roster).

Birthdays: Mrs. Garrett on The Facts of Life, actress Charlotte Rae is 88; singer Glen Campbell is 78; actor Jack Nicholson is 77; director John Waters is 68; Peter Frampton came alive 64 years ago today; he sang with the bands Ace, Squeeze, and Mike + The Mechhanics, singer Paul Carrack is 63; comedian Byron Allen is 53; and it's a Beast Mode  Birthday, Marshawn Lynch turns 28.

Today is Earth Day -- an annual day on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. The April 22nd date was designated as International Mother Earth Day by a consensus resolution adopted by the United Nations in 2009. Earth Days was first celebrated here in the US on April 22nd of 1972. Earth Day is now celebrated in more than 192 countries every year Today is Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day. April Showers Day. National Jelly Bean Day, a time to enjoy gobs and gobs of jelly beans. Anyone who loves jelly beans, knows they are not just for Easter. Jelly beans date back to at least the 1860's. Advertisements promoted sending jelly beans to Union troops fighting in the Civil War.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1966, The Troggs released Wild Thing. In 1977, optical fiber was first used to carry live telephone traffic. In 1978, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd debuted their characters The Blues Brothers on Saturday Night Live, performing the song Hey Bartender. In 1983, the German magazine Der Stern claimed that the Hitler Diaries had been found in wreckage in East Germany; the diaries were later revealed to be forgeries. In 1990, Sammy Hagar opened his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Mexico. In 1998, Disney's Animal Kingdom opened at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida. In 2003, American Idol-winner Kelly Clarkson topped the charts with her debut album Thankful.

The Voice may be welcoming another new face this fall. Gwen Stefani has reportedly signed on as a coach for the show's seventh season, that word from Stefani would replace Christina Aguilera, who announced her pregnancy in February. NBC declined to comment on the report.

Forty years of practice has made songwriting harder, not easier, for Tom Petty. He says, "As life goes by, you get a little more carefree or distracted by other things and you have to really police yourself -- I do -- into sitting down and doing something that pleases me." The 63-year-old rocker added, "Plus, I'm trying to do things that I haven't done before and not go over the same ground." Tom is set to accept the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' Founders Award tomorrow in Los Angeles. Previous honorees include Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Billy Joel.

If you're aiming to live in the present, you'll want to restrict yourself to the last 15 seconds -- that's how long we perceive the current moment. A group of US researchers say it's not just a split second: Instead, our minds seem to blur together what's happening right now with what's happened over that brief period.

Trivia Answer: Edward Albert Heimberger -- known professionally as Eddie Albert -- who was born on this date in 1906. In 1965, Albert was approached by producer Paul Henning to star in a new sitcom for CBS called Green Acres. His character, Oliver Wendell Douglas, was a lawyer who left the city to enjoy a simple life as a farmer. Co-starring on the show was Eva Gabor. Also starring on the show were familiar actors such as Frank Cady, who played the role of storekeeper Sam Drucker (also a recurring role on the parent show, Petticoat Junction); Sid Melton, who had a recurring role as the incompetent carpenter Alf Monroe; and Mary Grace Canfield, in the recurring role of Alf's sister, Ralph Monroe. Tom Lester was cast as Oliver's and Lisa's farmhand, Eb Dawson, who referred to them as his parents. The show was an immediate hit, achieving fifth place in the ratings in its first season. By 1971, Green Acres was still reasonably popular but was canceled when CBS decided to discontinue their lineup of rural-themed programs due to changing tastes and because they were sensitive to the fact that they had been disparagingly referred to in the press as the "Country Broadcasting System". Eddie Albert died of pneumonia in 2005 at the age of 99 at his home in Pacific Palisades.

Monday 4.21.14
Today's Trivia: This NFL quarterback played college football for Eastern Illinois University. At Eastern Illinois, he won the Walter Payton Award in 2002, and led the Panthers football team to an Ohio Valley Conference championship in 2001. Not selected in the 2003 NFL Draft, he signed as a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys. After two seasons as a holder, he replaced the Cowboys' previous starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe during a game against the New York Giants in the 2006 season. Who is he?

The Miami Marlins rallied against reliever Tom Wilhelmsen in a nightmarish eighth inning for two runs on one hit, two walks, a fielder's choice, an overturned call at the plate, and a sacrifice fly to defeat the Mariners 3-2 yesterday -- and to extend Seattle's losing streak to a season-high six games. The Mariners are now 7-and-11. They sunk six games behind the Oakland A's in the AL West, concluded a seven-game road trip 1-and-6, including two walk-off losses and two blankings. The Mariners have scored 10 runs in their past 80 innings, have lost eight of 10, and are 4-and-11 since opening the season 3-and-0. The Mariners return to Safeco Field tonight to starts a three-game series with the Houston Astros. After a day off Thursday, the Ms host the Texas Rangers for three. Felix Hernandez -- our starting pitching rotation of one -- throws for Seattle tonight.

San Francisco is soon getting new trains for the region's Bay Area Rapid Transit system, but some 49ers fans are not pleased that the trains' interiors are decked out in Seattle Seahawks colors. The seats inside the new trains are green and blue. While the majority of San Franciscans probably don't care about the color scheme, the Seahawks semblance hasn't gone unnoticed. Someone even started a petition for the BART authority to change the seats to different colors:

"The Seattle Seahawks are the chief rivals of the San Francisco 49ers. To outfit BART car seats in the team colors of the Seattle Seahawks (i.e. neon green and blue) is an outrage and a slap in the face of every San Francisco 49ers fan who rides BART. I call upon BART General Manager Grace Crunican (who oddly enough worked as Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation prior to joining BART) to scrap plans to adorn BART car seats in neon green and blue and instead choose other colors." 

The new trains are not yet in service and aren't scheduled to be in use until after testing in 2017. In the meantime, Bay Area residents will have plenty of chances to complain about the Seahawks colors at a series of public viewings.

Birthdays: She ascended to throne in February of 1952 following her father's death, Elizabeth II, the Queen of the United Kingdom is 88; singer Iggy Pop is 67; actor Tony Danza is 63; actress Andie MacDowell is 56; and from The Cure, singer Robert Smith is 55.

Rubin Hurricane Carter, the champion boxer who was wrongly convicted of a triple murder in New Jersey in the 1960s, has died in Toronto. Carter died of complications from prostate cancer. Carter was profiled in a Bob Dylan song and a major Hollywood film. Ruben Carter was 76.

Today is Dyngus Day, also spelled Dingus Day. It's a fun Polish Holiday. It's very popular in Poland, and in Polish communities across America. After the long Lenten holiday, Dyngus Day is a day of fun. And, perhaps a little romantic fun. It'is always celebrated on the Monday after Easter. It's Kindergarten Day. Kindergarten Day is celebrated in honor of Friedrich Froebel. He was born on this day in 1782. In 1837, he started the first Kindergarten in Germany. It became popular quickly. Kindergartens were originally a 1/2 day to get children acclimated into learning, social interaction, and school, in a fun, yet educational manner. Kindergarten has evolved in most areas into a full time program. This is partly the result of increasing pressures on education. And today being the third Monday in April, it's Patriot's Day. Some people know little or nothing about Patriot's Day. To New Englander's, it is a big, big day. In the states in New England, it's a holiday with a day off of work. Banks, schools, post offices, and businesses have the day off. Patriot's Day commemorates the Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19th of 1775. This is the battle that began the American Revolutionary War. It also honors the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, that evening when Paul Revere rode through town warning the colonists that the Red Coats were coming.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1952, Secretary's Day (now Administrative Professionals' Day) was first celebrated. In 1962, the Seattle World's Fair (Century 21 Exposition) opened. It was the first World's Fair in the United States since World War II. In 1982, baseball's Rollie Fingers of the Milwaukee Brewers became the first pitcher to record 300 saves. In 1989, the Tiananmen Square Protests happened. Around 100,000 students gathered in Tiananmen Square.

Marvel's superhero in Captain America: The Winter Soldier claimed a third straight box office win, collecting $26.6 million at the domestic box office to beat the colorful birds of the animated film Rio 2, which generated $22.5 million in ticket sales. Heaven Is for Real, based on a best-selling Christian book about a boy who claims to have witnessed heaven during surgery, was a strong third over the Easter holiday weekend. Transcendence, the science fiction thriller starring Johnny Depp as an artificial intelligence researcher, was a disappointing fourth. A Haunted House 2, a horror comedy starring Marlon Wayans, rounded out the top five.

Eddie Murphy's ready, and soon the script will be, too. Beverly Hills Cop 4 should begin filming at the end of summer or the beginning of fall. A source says Eddie's character heads back to Detroit.

The Malaysian government said yesterday it would soon issue death certificates for those who went missing aboard Flight 370 and extend financial assistance to their families. Government officials announced weeks ago they had concluded the plane crashed with no survivors in the Indian Ocean, though they've yet to find signs of the wreckage beyond a few pings possibly emitted by the plane's flight recorder. The news came as a submersible drone searching for the plane returned from its seventh mission with no leads.

Delighting tween girls everywhere, the White House says it will not comment on an online petition to send Justin Bieber back to his native Canada. A White House petition with the cheeky goal of "immigration reform" obtained 274,000 signatures, almost three times the 100,000 needed to trigger an automatic administration review. Yet the White House said that to "avoid the appearance of improper influence" it would not comment on the effort, adding, "Sorry to disappoint."

It appears the Easter Bunny can leap into orbit. Yesterday, astronauts aboard the International Space Station snared a shipment containing more than two tons of food, equipment, and personal care packages, all delivered via the SpaceX Dragon. Apparently, even NASA doesn't know what the astronauts receive from their families.

Trivia Answer: Antonio Ramiro Romo -- Tony Romo -- who turns 34 today. He was a Pro Bowl selection for the 2006, 2007, and 2009 seasons, all seasons in which the Dallas Cowboys made the playoffs. Additionally, Romo has broken Dallas Cowboys team records including most games with at least 300 passing yards and games with three or more touchdown passes. Since 2006, Romo has a higher passer rating than any other NFL quarterback in the 4th quarter of a game.

Friday 4.18.14
Today's Trivia: This retired comedian, actor, and musician came to prominence in the 1980s on Second City Television, before moving on to appearances in several Hollywood films, including Strange Brew; Ghostbusters; Spaceballs; Little Shop of Horrors; Honey, I Shrunk the Kids; Little Giants; Parenthood; The Flintstones, and My Blue Heaven. Who is he?

Less than three weeks into the season, the Seattle Mariners' starting rotation is pretty banged up. After falling behind by four runs early, the Mariners used a six-run third to spurt ahead only to give back the lead. They ended up losing yesterday to the Texas Rangers, 8-6, which extended Seattle's losing streak to three -- they've lost five of their last six. Mariners starter Erasmo Ramirez allowed five runs and six hits in two-plus innings. He hasn't made it past the fifth in his last three starts, allowing 13 earned runs and 18 hits in 11 innings during that span. Seattle pitcher Blake Beavan was placed on the disabled list after leaving Tuesday night's start in the fourth inning with tendonitis in his right shoulder. James Paxton was put on the DL last week with a muscle strain. Hisashi Iwakuma, a 14-game winner last season, has been sidelined since the start of the season with a torn extensor tendon in his right middle finger. The Mariners' top pitching prospect, Taijuan Walker at Triple-A Tacoma, was told Wednesday not to throw for two weeks because of right-shoulder impingement. And so it goes. The Mariners now move on to Florida to battle the Miami Marlins for the weekend.

The Tacoma Rainiers were rained out last night.

It's International Juggler's Day. The day can also apply to multi tasking office workers. It's Newspaper Columnists Day, National Animal Cracker Day. Paul Revere Day Today is Smile Big and Say Hi for No Particular Reason Day. Support your local record store. Tomorrow is Record Store Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1923, Yankee Stadium opened in the Bronx, New York. It was baseball's first three-tiered stadium. The Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-1. In 1966, Bill Russell was named player-coach of the Boston Celtics, the first African-American coach in the NBA. In 1984, Michael Jackson had surgery performed on his scalp to repair damage caused after his hair caught fire during a shoot for a Pepsi television commercial. In 2002, actor Robert Blake was arrested in the shooting death of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley. Blake, who played Little Beaver as a child in 20 movies and later was TV's Baretta, was acquitted of murder but found liable in a civil case. In 2003, Scott Peterson was arrested in San Diego in the death of his wife, Laci, who was eight months pregnant when she vanished on Christmas Eve.

Birthdays: Actress Hayley Mills is 68; actor James Woods is 67; Daphne on Frasier, actress Jane Leeves is 53; talk show host Conan O'Brien is 51; Will on Will & Grace, actor Eric McCormack is 51; Melissa Joan Hart who turns 38; reality star Kourtney Kardashian is 35; Betty on Ugly Betty, actress America Ferrera is 30; and famous daughter Suri Cruise is 8.

Here's one to make you feel old. Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are expecting their first child later this year. The 34-year-old daughter of former President Bill Clinton and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made the announcement yesterday at the end of a Clinton Foundation event in New York on empowering girls. Joined on stage by her mother, Chelsea said she feels "all the better whether it's a girl or a boy that she or he will grow up in a world with so many strong female leaders. I just hope I will be as good a mom to my child and hopefully children as my mom was to me." The former first lady, secretary of state and New York senator, who is considering another presidential campaign in 2016, said she was "really excited" about becoming a grandmother.

Lorde has finally come face-to-face with baseball star George Brett, who inspired her hit song Royals. The 17-year-old's Grammy-winning song was not influenced by kings or queens, but rather a photograph of an athlete she had seen in a magazine. She told VH1, "I had this image from the National Geographic of this dude just signing baseballs. He was a baseball player and his shirt said, ‘Royals.'" The picture featured former Kansas City Royals player Brett surrounded by fans holding up baseballs for him to autograph. During her visit to Las Vegas, where Lorde performed on Tuesday, she met the sportsman who helped launch her international career. The get together was captured on camera and the snapshot was posted on the official Major League Baseball Twitter account on Wednesday, alongside the caption, "And now you're Royal. @lordemusic meets @Royals icon George Brett." Now Brett is a big fan of the singer, telling, "Lorde is such a sweet little girl. She's only 17 years old and she's very talented. … I actually downloaded her music off iTunes and listened to it on the plane ride to Vegas. I knew all the songs when she sang them."

Trivia Answer: Canadian Rick Moranis who is 61 today. In 1996-1997, Moranis announced that he would retire from acting due to family commitments. He has not appeared in a film since 1997 although he has provided voice-over work for a few animated films. Moranis was born in Toronto, Ontario, and went elementary school with Geddy Lee, frontman of the band Rush. His career as an entertainer began as a radio disc jockey in the mid-1970s, using the on-air name of "Rick Allen" at three Toronto radio stations. He followed that with his work at SCTV. Moranis enjoyed particular success portraying "Bob" of the fictional Great White North hosts Bob and Doug McKenzie. Doug was played by fellow Canadian actor Dave Thomas, a friend and writing partner of Moranis who was instrumental in bringing him to SCTV. After his SCTV work, Moranis had a busy film career that lasted over a decade. In a 2004 interview, Moranis talked about the kinds of films he enjoyed the most: He said, "On the last couple of movies I made — big-budget Hollywood movies — I really missed being able to create my own material. In the early movies I did, I was brought in to basically rewrite my stuff, whether it was Ghostbusters or Spaceballs. By the time I got to the point where I was "starring" in movies, and I had executives telling me what lines to say, that wasn't for me. I'm really not an actor. I'm a guy who comes out of comedy, and my impetus was always to rewrite the line to make it funnier, not to try to make somebody's precious words work." He left the film industry in 1997, six years after the 1991 loss of his wife, Anne, to liver cancer. He later explained that he "pulled out of making movies in about '96 or '97. "I'm a single parent and I just found that it was too difficult to manage raising my kids and doing the traveling involved in making movies. So I took a little bit of a break. And the little bit of a break turned into a longer break, and then I found that I really didn't miss it".

Thursday 4.17.14
Today's Trivia: This Academy Award nominated film and television actress is the great-granddaughter of both New York Giants founder Tim Mara and Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney, Sr. Who is she?

Felix Hernandez couldn't have done much more last night. But several of his teammates couldn't have done worse. And once again, in the great Mariners tradition, another gem from King Felix was squandered. Handed a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth, closer Fernando Rodney managed the first two outs before giving up a single and a walk. An egregious error by SS Brad Miller on a third-out grounder loaded the bases. Then Rodney's wild pitch brought home the tying run, and CF Leonys Martin singled in the game-winner for a 3-2 triumph that was a soul-crusher in Texas. The Mariners dropped to 7-and-7and fell to third place in the AL West. They wrap up the series in Texas today.

GM Jack Zduriencik says RHP Taijuan Walker has a "right shoulder impingement" and is being shut down for two weeks.

Wide receiver Sidney Rice is returning to the Seattle Seahawks. The two sides reached agreement on a one-year deal. Rice took to Twitter last night to confirm his return. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson also took to Twitter last night to express his excitement: Rice spent yesterday in New Jersey visiting with the New York Jets, but in the end decided to return to the team he played for the last three seasons.

It's Blah, Blah, Blah Day – it just might be the blah-est day of the year. The intent of this day is to do all of the projects and things that people have been nagging you to do. This may include quitting a habit, losing weight, or working on home projects. It's National Cheeseball Day. Today is Pet Owners Independence Day, a day for your pets to go to work while you stay home and play.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1947, Jackie Robinson got his first hit for the Brooklyn Dodgers when he beat out a bunt. In 1962, Tony Bennett recorded his first song, Boulevard of Broken Dreams. In 1964, at the New York World's Fair, the Ford Motor Company introduced the Mustang. Base price was $2,368. Also in 1964, the FBI lab reported that it could not determine the lyrics on the Kingmen's recording of Louie Louie. In 1970. Paul McCartney released his first solo album, McCartney. It included a self-interview that confirmed the Beatles had broken up. Also in 1970, Johnny Cash performed for President Richard Nixon at the White House. Nixon wouldn't let him leave until he performed A Boy Named Sue, but Cash refused. In 1985, the US Postal Service unveiled its new 22-cent "Love" stamp. Showing the set of TV's The Love Boat as a backdrop, the stamp became one of the postal service's biggest sellers. In 1998, Paul McCartney's wife, Linda McCartney, died after a fight with breast cancer.

After 27 years as KOMO 4's primary anchor, Dan Lewis is stepping down. During an emotional speech in the newsroom yesterday, Lewis told his co-workers it's time for him to walk away from the daily grind. Lewis came to Seattle from Washington DC in the summer of 1987. He was originally paired on the anchor desk with Jim Harriott and Kerry Brock. One year later, Kathi Goertzen took the seat next to him and the rest is history. Lewis and Goertzen became one of the longest running anchor teams in the country, delivering the evening news at KOMO for nearly 25 years.

Birthdays: Actress Olivia Hussey is 63; quarterback turned sportscaster Boomer Esiason is 53; singer Liz Phair is 47; actress Jennifer Garner is 42; and singer Victoria Beckham is 40.

Authorities say that they are now dealing with a rash of teenagers tweeting fake bomb threats to airlines.

Back in 2010 it was hard to escape news of the KFC Double Down. Major media covered it like CNN covers a disaster. Consumers were force-fed endless stories about the bacon 'n' cheese sandwich that used two fried chicken filets instead of a bun. For those who didn't get to sample the meaty menu item, KFC is offering one more chance: Starting April 21st, the Double Down will returns.

Model-actress-TV host Jenny McCarthy announced her engagement to boyfriend Donnie Wahlberg on The View yesterday. Donnie stars on CBS' Blue Bloods and is a member of New Kids on the Block.

Trivia Answer: Patricia Rooney Mara who turns 29 today. She made her acting debut in 2005 and has gone on to star in films including A Nightmare on Elm Street, the remake of the 1984 horror film, and The Social Network. Mara portrayed Lisbeth Salander, the title character in the American version of the film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. She received critical acclaim and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. She's the daughter of Timothy Christopher Mara, the vice president of player evaluation for the New York Giants, and Kathleen McNulty (née Rooney), a part-time real estate agent. Mara moved to Los Angeles in early 2007, and lived with her sister temporarily. Although they do not live together anymore, Mara felt that the experience brought them closer together, and they still regularly discuss the film business and movie scripts. As of January of 2012, Mara lives in Los Angeles. To the New York Post, she described football as "....the glue that holds our family together."

Wednesday 4.16.14
Today's Trivia: He's a football head coach in the National Football League. Coaching continuously in various roles in the NFL since 1975, he earned his first head coaching job with the Cleveland Browns in 1991. Following his firing in 1995, he didn't serve as a head coach again until 2000. He's been with the same team since then, having coached the team to five Super Bowl appearances: three wins and two losses. He was named the AP NFL Coach of the Year for the 2003, 2007 and 2010 seasons. He is the NFL's longest tenured active head coach and currently is sixth in all-time coaching wins in the NFL at 199. Who is he?

Prince Fielder and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit back-to-back homers, Robbie Ross limited Seattle to five singles in seven-plus innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Mariners 5-0 last night. The Ms were shut out for the third time in six games. Fielder ended a 13-game homerless streak to start the season with a line drive to right-center field off Blake Beavan to lead off the second inning. Two pitches later, Kouzmanoff went deep to left. Beavan was called up from Triple-A Tacoma to fill in for rookie left-hander James Paxton, who is out with a strained muscle in his back. It's a battle of aces tonight when Felix Hernandez faces Yu Darvish. Game time 5:00.

Despite much buildup, Mariners' top prospect Taijuan Walker did not make his scheduled start for the Tacoma Rainiers last night at Cheney Stadium. Walker was expected to make his third minor league rehab start as he works his way back to the big leagues. According to general manager Jack Zduriencik, Walker felt some stiffness prior to warming up for Tuesday's start and told the training staff. After a five-inning, zero-run, 10-strikeout performance in AA Jackson last Wednesday, it appeared Walker was one solid, setback-free start from returning to Seattle.The staff is waiting to see how he feels today.

The 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs get underway tonight with 16 teams vying for the National Hockey League's crown. The Boston Bruins, who won in 2011 but lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in last year's finsls, are considered a favorite. Nine different teams have won the Stanley Cup in the last 10 seasons, but odds are strong for a repeat winner in 2014, with six champions from the past seven years in contention.

An Augusta, Georgia, Waffle House waitress said yesterday that Masters champion Bubba Watson left a $148 tip after he and his family ate there on Sunday.

Birthdays: Singer Bobby Vinton is 79; NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is 67; actress Ellen Barkin is 60; singer Jimmy Osmond is 51; from Soul Asylum, frontman David Pirner is 50; comedian Martin Lawrence is 49; from Two and a Half Men, actor Jon Cryer is 49; and Ralphie in The Christmas Story, actor Peter Billingsley is 43.

Today is National Fast Food Day. It's National Eggs Benedict Day, National Librarian Day, and it's National Stress Awareness Day. Is work or school putting on the pressure? Are the kids on your nerves? Is there enough money to pay all of those the bills? There are literally thousands of reasons for you to get stressed out. RELAX!!! Today is your opportunity to recognize that there is plenty of stress in your life, as if you didn't already know. More importantly, today is an opportunity to learn, and to do something about the stress before it drives you batty or worse. There was a method behind the madness. April 16th was designated as Stress Awareness Day because it is the day after taxes are due.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1940, President Franklin Roosevelt threw the first pitch of the new baseball season. It was a wild pitch and broke the camera of Washington Post photographer Irving Schlossenberg. In 1956, on I Love Lucy, in an episode called Lucy's Italian Movie, Lucy engages in what would become TV's classic comedy grape-stomping scene. In 1977, Fleetwood Mac released Dreams, which would become their first number-one single. In 1998, ciminal charges were filed against George Michael after he was arrested for engaging in a lewd act in a Beverly Hills toilet. In 1999, Wayne Gretzky announced his retirement from hockey. In 2003, Michael Jordan played his last NBA game. He was with the Washington Wizards, who lost to the Philadelphia 76ers, 107-87.

The death toll from the Oso mudslide has risen to 39. The Snohomish County medical examiner's office announced two more victims today and said it's trying to identify three of the bodies. The sheriff's office still lists seven people as missing from the March 22nd landslide. Recovery workers with dogs are probing the debris, and the state Transportation Department is making plans to clear a mile-long stretch of Highway 530 that is covered with mud and trees up to 25 feet deep. Meanwhile, flags at state offices remain at half staff, and will stay that way for another week or so, in honor of the Oso victims.

Don't trust yourself to cut your facial hair into straight lines? We can't blame you. But just like a level that lets you do a whole room on the same line, now there's a laser-guided beard trimmer that creates lines for you to follow.

Chocolate and strawberry milk are already a fake-nutritious thing, so why not Jellybean Milk? We have Prairie Farms Dairy to thank for this. Those who've tried it say it takes like, yes, candy.

Trivia Answer: William Stephen Belichick -- Bill Belichick -- who turns 62 today. He's been the head coach of the New England Patriots since 2000. Soon after hiring Belichick, owner Robert Kraft gave him near-complete control over the team's football operations, effectively making him the team's general manager as well. He is one of three NFL coaches with the title or powers of general manager, the others being the Philadelphia Eagles' Chip Kelly and Seattle Seahawks' Pete Carroll. The Patriots went 5-and-11 in the 2000 regular season and missed the playoffs. To date, this is Belichick's only losing season with the Patriots, and also the only year in which Tom Brady did not start at quarterback in any regular season games.

Tuesday 4.15.14
Today's Trivia: Once best known as the lead singer and primary songwriter of an all female band, she has since founded two record labels and has become a major songwriter and producer responsible for hit songs by a number of successful female singers such as Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, and Pink. She has also contributed heavily to albums by Courtney Love and Kelly Osbourne, as well as signing and distributing James Blunt in the United States. Who is she?

Mike Zunino homered an inning before adding an RBI single in Seattle's strange six-run outburst that included three Texas Rangers errors and a replay reversal that gave the Mariners a run in their 7-1 win over the Texas Rangers last night. Roenis Elias worked into the seventh inning with five strikeouts for his first major league victory in his third career start. Seattle's six-run sixth got started when Robinson Cano hit a leadoff single and scored on Michael Saunders' triple to left-center. Kyle Seager followed with an RBI single that chased Lewis, and then things got interesting. Dustin Ackley and Zunino had consecutive RBI singles. Mix in two fielding errors, and the bases were loaded when Brad Miller hit a comebacker. Relief pitcher Pedro Figueroa threw home, and umpire Paul Schrieber initially ruled a forceout even though the catcher bobbled the ball on a transfer without dropping it or making a throw. Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon challenged the call. After a review that took 3 minutes, 31 seconds, the umpires reversed their ruling, erasing the out and giving Seattle a run on the error by the catcher. Rangers manager Ron Washington immediately came out to argue and was ejected by crew chief Ted Barrett because managers aren't allowed to argue replay rulings. The Mariners also managed to turn four double-plays in the game. Ms and Rangers again tonight in Arlington, Texas. Game time 5:00.

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says the new replay system is working well despite a few problems during its first two weeks. While baseball began video review late in the 2008 season, it was limited to potential home runs and boundary calls. The new system that began March 30th vastly expands the types of plays that managers and umpires can ask to be reviewed at a replay center in New York. Calls by umpires on the field have been confirmed in 33 of 89 challenges through yesterday and overturned in 30. For 25 others, calls stood because of a lack of "clear and convincing" evidence. In one instance, umpires asked for a video review to check the balls-strike count. Selig called the rollout "remarkable" but wouldn't say whether MLB would make any adjustments during this initial season.

Today is Jackie Robinson day. MLB players and coaches -- even umpires -- are sporting the number 42 today. Robinson Cano, by the way, was named for Jackie Robinson.

Former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice, who missed the second half of 2013 -- including the Super Bowl -- with a knee injury, said yesterday that he has been medically cleared to play football again. Might the Seahawks, who cut him in February, want to bring him back? Despite a report last week that only the Seahawks were interested in the often-injured free agent, reports yesterday said Seattle now has competition. In addition to the Hawks, the New York Giants, New Orleans Saints, and Carolina Panthers all have "interest of some degree" in Rice. That means Rice could sign a contract within just a few days.

Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, lured back into the pool by the fun of it and the possibility of swimming at a fifth Olympics in Rio in 2016. The 22-time Olympic medalist is competing for the first time since the 2012 London Games at a meet in Mesa, Arizona the 24th, 25th, and 26th of this month. According to his coach Bob Bowman, Phelps is entered in three events -- the 50- and 100-meter freestyles, and the 100 butterfly.

Birthdays: Actor and musician Roy Clark is 81; singer and guitarist Dave Edmunds is 70; actress Emma Thompson is 55; the voice of Yoda, voice actor Tom Kane is 52; singer Samantha Fox is 48; Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien is 46; actor Seth Rogen is 32; and Hermione in the Harry Potter series, actress Emma Watson is 24.

Today is Tax Day. Perhaps related, Today is Rubber Eraser Day. It's Go Fly a Kite Day. Today is Take a Wild Guess Day. It's Husband Appreciation Day. It's National Auctioneers Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1865, Abraham Lincoln died after being shot the previous evening by actor John Wilkes Booth. In 1912, the British passenger liner RMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic at 2:20 in the morning, two hours and forty minutes after it hit an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,227 passengers and crew on board survived. In 1947, Jackie Robinson debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking baseball's color line. In 1955, McDonald's restaurant dates its founding to the opening of a franchised restaurant by Ray Kroc, in Des Plaines, Illinois. In 1971, The Beatles won an Oscar for Best Film Music (Original Song Score) for Let It Be. In 2004, Courtney Love was ordered by a Los Angeles judge to stand trial for two counts of drug possession.'

The US Navy's Bluefin 21 robotic submarine aborted its first deep dive to look for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 because the target area in the Indian Ocean was deeper than its 15,000-foot limit. The underwater drone reached its maximum depth just six hours into a 16-hour mission, and its safety mechanisms sent it back to the surface. Another dive is scheduled for later today.

Today is Income Tax Pay Day. Midnight tonight is the deadline for filing 2013 federal income tax returns. One in four Americans waited as long as possible, according to a poll released yesterday. Most who filed early were expecting a refund, according to Lee Miringoff who is the director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. Miringoff said, "Those who have to write another check for their tax bill are more likely to wait until the last minute." Ya think?

Trivia Answer: Linda Perry who turns 49 today. She was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. At the age of 21, she moved to San Francisco. Although she had been involved in music and pursued some sort of musical interest while a teenager, her arrival in San Francisco marked the actual beginning of her career in music. Waiting tables, doing coat check, and working at a pizzeria, she lived in a very small room without a window and would play her guitar and sing her own songs out on the street in the city. People started recognizing her as "that chick with the big voice." After some time spent paying dues as a solo singer at Bay Area clubs and coffeehouses, Perry composed her first professional song, called "Down On Your Face", and was recruited into the band 4 Non Blondes by its founder Christa Hillhouse in the middle of 1989. After several years of playing locally and negotiating with various record companies, the band finally signed with Interscope Records and released its debut album, Bigger, Better, Faster, More!, in late 1992. The album, featuring Perry as lead singer and dominated by her compositions, was an immediate success and spawned a hit single, the Perry-penned "What's Up?" (often erroneously called "What's Going On?", since that line is sung repeatedly in the chorus). She began a relationship with Sara Gilbert in 2011. In 2013, it was revealed that Perry and Gilbert were engaged. Then, this past March 30th, Perry and Gilbert were married.

Monday 4.14.14
Today's Trivia: This film and television actress came to prominence in the late 1990s, landing roles in 1997's horror films I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream 2. She became widely known for her role as Buffy Summers. She originated the role of Kendall Hart on the ABC daytime soap opera All My Children. Her film work includes starring roles in I Know What You Did Last Summer, Cruel Intentions; and Scooby-Doo. After Buffy ended, she starred in the films Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, The Grudge, and The Grudge 2. She currently stars in the CBS television sitcom The Crazy Ones alongside Robin Williams. Who is she?

The Seattle Mariners fell to the Oakland As yesterday, 3-0, at Safeco. With the loss, the Ms drop back further in the AL West, now trailing the first place As by a game-and-a-half. Now they're off to Texas to face the Rangers for 4. Game one tonight at 5:00.

The Mariners traded right-hander Hector Noesi to the Texas Rangers for a player to be named or cash. Noesi was designated for assignment by Seattle on April 4th after two relief appearances during the first week of the season. He was 0-and-1 while allowing three runs in one inning of work.

The Rainiers on the other hand have a little win steak going. They knocked off the Isotopes in Albuquerque yesterday, 8-3. They wrap up the series tonight at 5:35.

Bubba Watson won his second Masters in 3 years, narrowly beating out Jordan Spieth and Sweden's Jonas Blixt by 3 strokes. Watson first won the prestigious tournament in Augusta, Georgia, in 2012.

Birthdays: Country singer Loretta Lynn turns 82; former baseball player and coach Pete Rose is 73; Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore is 69; Robert on Everybody Loves Raymond, actor Brad Garrett is 54; Brian Johnson in The Breakfast Club, actor Anthony Michael Hall is 46; and actor Adrien Brody is 41.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1775, the first abolition society in North America was established. The Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage was organized in Philadelphia by Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush. In 1828, Noah Webster copyrighted the first edition of his dictionary. In 1860, the first Pony Express rider reached San Francisco. In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot in Ford's Theatre by John Wilkes Booth. Lincoln died the next day. In 1912, the British passenger liner RMS Titanic hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 23:40. It sank the morning of April 15th. In 1956, in Chicago, videotape was first demonstrated.

Tax day is tomorrow -- Americans' least favorite day of the year. Author Herman Wouk said, "Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today." Some good news for procrastinators: If you're owed a refund and you don't file your taxes by Tuesday, you won't get hit with a penalty. This has always been the case, but many people don't realize it. The IRS is chomping at the bit to get its tax revenue. It's less concerned about doling out refunds to people who haven't claimed them yet. So if you are absolutely sure you're owed a refund, you won't get in trouble if you miss the filing deadline. But if you're wrong and you actually owe money, you'll need to fork over a fine-- by both failing to file and failing to pay on time.To avoid even the chance of being hit with these penalties, it's always safer to file on time. Or you can file for a six-month extension if you're feeling pressed for time -- which simply requires filling out Form 4868. But remember, even if you get an extension, you still have to pay 90% of the tax owed by the filing deadline.

Marvel's red-white-and-blue superhero soared to a second straight box office win in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, beating out new animated movie Rio 2, the story of a family of Brazilian birds on a trip to the Amazon. Captain America, which set an April ticket sales record when it opened a week ago, pulled in another $41.4 million from Friday to Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters. The Rio sequel debuted with $39 million in ticket sales. Low-budget horror flick Oculus, a new film from the Paranormal Activity folks, finished in third place.

A little more than a week after search crews first heard encouraging pings possibly emitted by missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the batteries on the plane's black box may have died. The batteries on flight recorders are supposed to last about 30 days, an aviation official told the Associated Press. The plane has been missing for 37 days now, and searchers haven't detected a pulse signal since Tuesday. Today, they are sending in underwater drones and continuing the search.

Trivia Answer: Sarah Michelle Prinze, known professionally by her birth name of Sarah Michelle Gellar, who turns 37 today. Gellar met her future husband Freddie Prinze, Jr., during filming of I Know What You Did Last Summer, but the two did not begin dating until 2000. They were engaged in April 2001 and married in Mexico on September 1st of 2002. In 2007, Gellar legally changed her name to Sarah Michelle Prinze in honor of the couple's fifth year of marriage. Gellar and Prinze have two children together: daughter Charlotte Grace Prinze and son Rocky James Prinze. The family lives in Los Angeles.

Friday 4.11.14
Today's Trivia: He's a former American Major League Baseball catcher. After being traded as a minor league prospect by the Seattle Mariners, he played his entire major league career for the Boston Red Sox. A three-time All-Star and Gold Glove Award winner , as well as a Silver Slugger Award winner, he was part of both the 2004 World Series and 2007 World Series Championship teams, and was viewed widely as one of the team's leaders. In December 2004 he was named the captain of the Red Sox, only their fourth captain since 1923. Who is he?

After getting mowed down by Felix Hernandez last weekend, the Oakland As can't be looking forward to facing him again but they will tonight. King Feilx makes his home debut tonight and tries to win his first three starts for the first time in his career. Reign Man -- Shawn Kemp -- is throwing out the ceremonial first pitch tonight. Game time at the Safe tonight is 7:10.

Make all the fun you want but the El Paso Chihuahuas are leaving the Northwest having won more games than they lost. They got by the Tacoma Rainiers again last night 5-2. Tacoma now heads to Albuquerque to face the Isotopes tonight through Monday.

Today is Barbershop Quartet Day. Today is National Dandelion Day. Today is International Louie Louie Day, celebrating what some call the greatest party song of all time. Composer Richard Berry was born on this date in 1935. Today is M&Ms Crisis Day, marking the day in 1996 when American astronaut Shannon Lucid reported from the Russian space station Mir she was "absolutely, totally out" of M&Ms. Lucid spent 188 days aboard the Mir and asked only for regular re-supplies of M&Ms. Today is National Cheese Fondue Day. Today is 8-Track Tape Day. Originally called the Stereo 8, it was created in 1964 by a consortium led by Bill Lear of Lear Jet Corporation, along with Ampex, Ford, Motorola and RCA Victor Records, and was made popular by the inclusion of 8-track players in Ford automobiles in 1965.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1961, Bob Dylan made his professional singing debut in New York City's Greenwich Village. He sang Blowin' in the Wind. In 1981, Eddie Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli were married in Los Angeles. In 1986, Kellogg's of Battle Creek, Michigan, stopped an 80-year tradition of tours of its breakfast-food plant, believing that spies from other companies were taking the tours to steal company secrets. In 1990, astronomers at Lowell Observatory in Arizona named four asteroids after John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. In 2002, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic filed a motion for Courtney Love to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. The two parties were locked in a legal battle over the rights to the Nirvana back catalog.

Birthdays: Actor Joel Grey is 82; actress Louise Lasser -- Mary Hartman -- is 75; Anthony Bouvier on Designing Women, actor Meshach Taylor is 67; singer Lisa Stansfield 48; actress Jennifer Esposito is 41; and singer Joss Stone is 27

Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, and Hall and Oates entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night but the original Kiss quartet did not perform. Also inducted were Linda Ronstadt, who suffers from Parkinson's disease and did not attend, and Cat Stevens, the British musician known today as Yusuf Islam after converting to Islam and shunning the stage for decades. The E Street Band, the group behind Bruce Springsteen, was inducted by the rocker through the Award for Musical Excellence. Two prominent band managers -- Brian Epstein for The Beatles until his death in 1967 and the Rolling Stones' Andrew Loog Oldham -- rounded out the 2014 roster, each receiving awards for lifetime achievement. The annual ceremony airs May 31st on HBO.

Bring on the weekend. New in theaters Draft Day (PG-13), Oculus (R), and Rio 2 (G).

In a recent photo taken by the Mars Curiosity Rover, there's a light that has caused a fuss. So much fuss, in fact, that NASA actually had to come out and clarify that it wasn't, in fact, anything of consequence. One possible explanation for the bright spot in this image is a glint from a rock surface reflecting the sun.

How far would your child go to get out of going to school? A third grader in Florida allegedly stole his mother's car to avoid going to school for the day. Authorities have charged the 9-year-old with aggravated assault and grand theft auto after he threw a brick at his mother and grandmother and stole his mother's car keys. He managed to drive the car for 45 minutes before police were able to pull him over.

We've all heard of cow tipping. Now comes car tipping. Someone's been vandalizing compact Smart cars in San Francisco, flipping the tiny vehicles on their front and rear ends in the city's streets. So far five of the tiny cars have been found flipped over.

Trivia Answer: Jason Varitek -- nicknamed Tek -- who turns 42 today. He currently works for the Red Sox as a "Special Assistant to the General Manager". Varitek caught an MLB-record four no-hitters. He was a switch-hitter. Also, he is one of only two players, (the other was pitcher Ed Vosberg) to have played in the Little League World Series, College World Series, and Major League World Series. Additionally he participated in Olympic Baseball and the World Baseball Classic.

Thursday 4.10.14
Today's Trivia: This Emmy-winning television actor was was born Harry Bratsberg in Detroit, Michigan. He originally aspired to a law degree, but began acting while a junior at the University of Chicago in 1935. He made his screen debut in the 1942 movie To the Shores of Tripoli. He went on to play a number of significant roles on the big screen in such films as The Ox-Bow Incident in 1943, High Noon in 1952, The Glenn Miller Story in 1953, How the West Was Won in 1962, Frankie and Johnny in 1966, Support Your Local Sheriff! in 1969, Support Your Local Gunfighter! in 1971. Besides The Glenn Miller Story and How the West Was Won, he was in a number of films with James Stewart, and with John Wayne, with whom he shared his scenes in How the West Was Won. He became even more widely recognized when he moved to the small screen, which he did in 1967. Who is he?

An overnight outage knocked out 911 service for Washington state. CenturyLink says the service has been completely restored. Spokeswoman Kerry Zimmer says the problem began a little after 1:00 this morning in Sheridan, Oregon, and Oregon was affected for a time. It was restored earlier in Oregon, but service remained out in some parts of Washington state until about 8 this morning. CenturyLink provides the service statewide because the dispatch centers are all tied together. It was pointed out that it happened overnight which was good, although no 911 outage is ever good.

Albert Pujols homered for the second straight game and the Angels pitching staff held the Mariners to a one-hitter as Los Angeles Angels beat the Mariners 2-0 on last night. It was the first shutout of Seattle this year. The Ms are off tonight before opening a weekend set with Oakland starting tomorrow night at the Safe.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is named in a Miami police report describing allegations that he smoked marijuana with a woman and undressed her before she later wound up in the hospital with no idea how she got there. The report also says Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette and 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton were there and took part in the incident, which allegedly happened at Lockette's Miami luxury apartment. No arrests have been made in connection with the case, and it remains under investigation. The woman making the allegations is not named. According to the police report, the woman also alleges that she and Kaepernick have had a sexual relationship in the past. The incident under investigation took place April 1st.

Birthdays: Actress Liz Sheridan -- she was Jerry Seinfeld's mom on Seinfeld -- is 85; actor Omar Sharif is 82; former coach and NFL commentator John Madden is 78; actor Steven Seagal is 62; singer and producer Kenneth Babyface Edmonds is 56; from The Stray Cats, Brian Setzer is 55; and singer and actress Mandy Moore is 30.

Today is Dust the Ceiling Fan Day, a day for those who finished their spring cleaning, but forgot to dust the blades on the ceiling fan. Today is National Siblings Day. Today is Salvation Army Founders Day, April 10, 1829, the birthday of William Booth, who in 1865 established mission stations in London to feed and house the poor. In 1878 he named the organization The Salvation Army. Today is National Library Workers Day. Today is International Be Kind to Lawyers Day. Can you do it?

Calendar notes: On this date in 1912, the RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England, on its ill-fated maiden voyage. In 1956, Leo Fender patented the Stratocaster guitar. In 1962, one of the original Beatles, Stu Sutcliffe, died of a brain tumor at the age of 22. He played bass, but left the group to study art. He created the group's shaggy, brushed-forward hairstyles. In 1976, Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive! topped the album chart, where it remained for the next 10 weeks. In 1994, in Seattle, 10-thousand people gathered for a vigil for Kurt Cobain. Courtney Love thanked them for their support and tearfully read from Kurt's suicide note. In 1999, women serving in the Danish army were furious when a male supply officer purchased brassieres, all the same size, for 500 women soldiers. The officer said the manufacturer claimed 34-C would fit 90% of Danish women. The women vehemently disagreed. In 2000, Ken Griffey Jr. became the youngest player in baseball history to hit 400 home runs. He was 30 years, 141 days old

Stephen Colbert is set to succeed David Letterman as the host of The Late Show. That word today from CBS, one week after Letterman told his audience that he would retire sometime in 2015. CBS said Colbert had signed a five-year contract to host the iconic late-night broadcast.

Get that vacation time on the books, vacuum out the couch cushions and lay in a stock of 11 or so days' worth of snacks: FXX says it's planning a marathon of all 552 episodes of The Simpsons -- and it's airing them consecutively this summer. The sibling of the FX network says the marathon starts on August 21st and continue on into Labor Day, Monday, September 1st.

Tweets are limited to 140 characters so they can be consumed easily anywhere, even via mobile text messages. There's no magical length for a Tweet, but a recent report (by Buddy Media) revealed that Tweets shorter than 100 characters get a 17% higher engagement rate.

Why do we keep going back and back and back to Facebook all day? Behavioral researchers (at the University of Innsbruck, in Austria) say it's because we think we'll enjoy it. They asked test participants to guess whether spending 20 minutes on Facebook would make them feel better or worse. Contrary to the findings of an earlier experiment, in which using Facebook put people in a worse mood, participants expected that using Facebook would make them feel better.

Trivia Answer: Harry Morgan who was born on this date in 1915. He moved to television as Officer Bill Gannon, Joe Friday's partner in the revived version of Dragnet from 1967 to 1970. He, however, is perhaps best-known as Colonel Sherman T. Potter on M*A*S*H. Interesting to note that Morgan's first appearance on M*A*S*H was in the show's third season. That year he played spaced-out Major General Bartford Hamilton Steele ("That's three e's, not all in a row") in an episode which originally aired on September 10th of 1974. Steele is convinced that the 4077th needs to move closer to the front line, to be near the action. Morgan's memorable performance as Steele impressed the producers of the show enough that the following season, he joined the cast of M*A*S*H as the beloved Colonel Sherman T. Potter. Morgan replaced McLean Stevenson, who had left the show at the end of the previous season. The picture of Col. Potter's wife, on the right side of his desk, is actually Mrs. Harry Morgan. He asked if he could use the picture of his wife, and the producers had no objections. In 1980, Morgan won an Emmy award for his performance on M*A*S*H.

Wednesday 4.9.14
Today's Trivia: When he was named head coach on February 4th of 1969, he became Professional Football's youngest head coach at the age of 32. When he retired from coaching at the age of 42, he was the youngest coach ever to reach 100 career regular season victories, a record he compiled in only ten full seasons of coaching. Who is he?

If you're one to savor emotional whipsaws in sports, you would have enjoyed the time between 6:45 and 7:15 last night at Safeco. That's when coach Pete Carroll and seven Seahawks brought the sellout crowd to its feet for the ceremonial first pitch in the Mariners home opener, and the LA Angels sat them down unceremoniously with back-to-back homers and a 3-nuttin' lead in the first inning. That was just beginning of high highs and low lows in the home opener that drew 45,661. In the third inning, Mariners DH Corey Hart sent a three-run homer to left, and gave the Ms a 4-3 lead. Then came another downer. In the sixth, rookie lefty James Paxton, who retired 14 batters in a row after being rocked by Albert Pujols (two-run) and David Freese (solo), abruptly asked out of the game with what the Mariners later described as a strain of the latissimus dorsi muscle in his back. The severity won't be known until an exam today. Then came another upper in the seventh. Hart hit his second homer of the game. The Mariners bullpen picked up for Paxton with a four-inning shutdown and a 5-3 triumph over the Angels.

The Seattle Seahawks' first preseason matchup is a Super Bowl rematch -- sort of. The NFL rolled out the latest part of their 2014 schedule today, releasing every team's four-game preseason slate. The Super Bowl-champion Seahawks face three AFC West opponents, beginning with the Denver Broncos on February 2nd. Russell Wilson and Peyton Manning don't figure to spend too much time dueling it out in early August, but the tilt certainly adds a little flair to the NFL's exhibition season. While specific dates and times for the games are being released later this month, the Seahawks' preseason schedule goes as follows:

  • Week 1 (Aug. 7-10): at Denver Broncos
  • Week 2 (Aug. 14-18): vs. San Diego Chargers
  • Week 3 (Aug. 21-24): vs Chicago Bears
  • Week 4 (Aug. 28): at Oakland Raiders

Today is National Chinese Almond Cookie Day. Today is Baby Massage Day, promoting a practice that is beneficial to infants. Today is National Cherish an Antique Day, celebrating when things were made with loving hands and not machines. Today is Name Yourself Day. It's your chance to give yourself whatever name you'd like...for a day. Change your first, or middle, or last name. Or, change them all. Give yourself a cool and catchy nickname.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1965, Major League Baseball's first indoor game was played at the opening of the Houston Astrodome. President Lyndon Johnson was there, but Texas governor John Connally threw out the first ball. In an exhibition game, the Houston Colt-45s beat the New York Yankees 2-1. In 1973, Carly Simon received a gold record for the single, You're So Vain. In 1974, Bruce Springsteen was introduced to Jon Landau, a rock critic who would later become his manager and helped produce Born to Run. In 1992, President George Bush fell suddenly ill at a state dinner in Japan. He became pale, slumped in his chair, and threw up on the Japanese Prime Minister. In 1997, A&M Records released a statement saying that Seattle's Soundgarden had disbanded. In 2004, the parents of Weird Al Yankovic were found dead in their home in suburban San Diego. Officials said Nick and Mary Yankovic died from carbon monoxide poisoning. In 2005, Britain's Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles, who took the title Duchess of Cornwall.

President Obama is visiting Oso later this month to view the devastation and meet with the families affected by the disaster. White House officials said the president also plans to meet with first responders and recovery workers. The presidential visit is planned for April 22nd.

Birthdays: The founder of Playboy magazine, magazine mogul Hugh Hefner is 88; actress Michael Learned is 75; actor Dennis Quaid is 60; actress and model Paulina Porizkova is 49; from Candlebox, singer Kevin Martin is 45; from My Chemical Romance, singer Gerard Way is 37; Rudy on The Cosby Show, actress Keshia Knight Pulliam is 35; singer and actor Jesse McCartney is 27; and Bella Swan in Twilight, actress Kristen Stewart is 24.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was at a marketing conference Tuesday and revealed that she's "thinking about" running for president in 2016.

HBO has renewed Game of Thrones for a fifth and sixth season.

A new study reveals just one in six Americans can find Ukraine on a map.

A Texas woman contacted police about her dissatisfaction with a product she recently purchased. Why not take it back to the store and complain to management? Because what she bought didn't come from a store. The woman complained to police that a drug dealer sold her a bad batch of marijuana that did not pack much of a punch. She's been arrested.

Trivia Answer: John Earl Madden who turns 78 tomorrow. He was a football standout in high school, he then played college football at the University of Oregon and the College of San Mateo before transferring to California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, where he played both offense and defense while earning a BS in Education in 1959 and an MA in Education in 1961. He won all-conference honors at offensive tackle. In addition, he was a catcher on Cal Poly-SLO's baseball team. Madden was drafted in the 21st round by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1958, but a knee injury in training camp a year later ended his playing career before he ever got a chance to play. Madden broadcast with Pat Summerall in the 1980s and 1990s, on CBS and later Fox. He was also the last color commentator for ABC's Monday Night Football before it moved to ESPN in 2006. His last regular role was as a commentator for NBC Sunday Night Football. He retired from broadcasting on April 16, 2009 in order to spend more time with his family. Madden's lively and flamboyant delivery won him critical acclaim and fourteen Sports Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sports Event Analyst. Madden is well-known for his fear of flying and because of this, he never did commentary during a Pro Bowl, which was always held in Hawaii until this year. In 2006, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in recognition of his coaching career. He is also widely known for the long-running Madden NFL video game series he has endorsed and fronted since 1988.

Tuesday 4.8.14
Today's Trivia: He is the only child of his famous father and his father's first wife. The manager of his father's group was his godfather. He was the direct inspiration for three Beatles' songs: Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Hey Jude and Good Night. Who is he?

The biggest offseason investment ever made by the Seattle Mariners is finally set to make his debut at home. Sure, Robinson Cano is locked up for the next 10 years. But that first game in a Mariners home white uniform tonight against the Los Angeles Angels is admittedly meaningful. The debut of Cano, new manager Lloyd McClendon and a handful of other new faces highlight a home opener coming on the heels of a successful opening road trip that is creating buzz around the city. For a change, it's in a good way. Seattle went 4-and-2 its opening week. The Mariners showed improvement at the plate and promising performances from young pitchers James Paxton and Roenis Elias. Aside from losing in extra innings to the A's and a strange postponement due to poor field conditions in Oakland, the first week could not have gone much better for Seattle. Game time at the Safe is 7 o'clock tonight.

Connecticut won its second NCAA title in four years, beating all those Kentucky freshmen 60-54 in the championship game last night. Three UConn seniors were part of the Huskies' 2011 title. That trio stayed after coach Jim Calhoun's retirement even when the Huskies were ineligible for the NCAA tournament last season. They came back strong in coach Kevin Ollie's second season, and the Huskies went all the way to their fourth overall title. Kentucky, with five freshmen starters, never led in the championship game Connecticut was a seventh seed and Kentucky an eighth seed.

Birthdays: Comedian Shecky Greene is 88; from the songwriting team of Gamble and Huff, Leon Huff is 72; the guitarist for Yes and Asia, Steve Howe is 67; actor and stuntman Kane Hodder is 59; Bo Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard, singer and actor John Schneider is 53; ex-Guns N Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin is 52; rapper Biz Markie is 50; actress Robin Wright is 48; actress Patricia Arquette is 46; and King Felix, Felix Hernandez is 28.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1893, the first recorded college basketball game occurred at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. In 1969, Neil Diamond set a record at the Los Angeles Forum when he sold out nine shows in a row. In 1974, at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Hank Aaron hit his 715th career home run to surpass Babe Ruth's 39-year-old record. In 1975, Aerosmith released Toys in the Attic. In 1979, Van Halen began their first world tour. In 1992, retired tennis great Arthur Ashe announces that he had AIDS, acquired from blood transfusions during one of his two heart surgeries. In 2005, over four million people attended the funeral of Pope John Paul II.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1970s rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar is being resurrected with a 54-city US summer tour. The tour of the musical is being staged in arenas rather than theaters. It kicks off in New Orleans on June 9th. The show is at Key Arena July 10th.

Here's to you sock and sandals guy. You may have won. The combination of sandals and socks has long been seen as a major footwear faux pas. Last year 1,500 adults were polled on what they felt was the most egregious of all fashion offenses -- sandals with socks ranked No. 1. But according to the LA Times, sandals with socks is now a trend embraced by celebrities and fashion industry insiders.

Trivia Answer: Julian Lennon who is 51 today. He was born in Liverpool. He's the only child of John Lennon and John's first wife Cynthia Powell. It was Brian Epstein, The Beatles' manager, who was his godfather. He has a younger half-brother, Sean Lennon. Lennon was named after his paternal grandmother, Julia Lennon. Julian inspired one of his father's most famous songs, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, whose lyrics describe a picture the boy had drawn, a watercolor painting of his friend Lucy O'Donnell from nursery school surrounded by stars. Another composition of his father inspired by him was the lullaby Good Night, the closing song of the White Album. Julian's parents divorced when he was five. Paul McCartney wrote Hey Jude to console him over the breakup. It was originally called Hey Jules but McCartney changed the name because he thought that Jude was an easier name to sing. Julian himself enjoyed immediate musical success with his debut 1984 album Valotte, produced by Phil Ramone, nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1985, spawning two top ten hits, the title track and Too Late for Goodbyes.

Monday 4.7.14
Today's Trivia: His father was the governor of California. He himself went on to serve two terms as the governor of California. Now he's back as governor again. Who is he?

The Mariners fall to the Oakland As yesterday, 6-3. Erasmo Ramirez struggled with his command after an impressive win in his season debut Tuesday at Los Angeles. He allowed seven hits and walked three in four innings. Robinson Cano's third-inning double gave him a 14-game hitting streak against the AL West. The Ms wrapped up the road trip at 4-and-2 heading to their home opener with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim tomorrow night at Safeco.

The Tacoma Rainiers fell to the Albuquerque Isotopes yesterday 9-to-3. Tonight at 6:00, Tacoma opens its first-ever series with El Paso.

The seventh-seeded UConn Huskies and the eighth-seeded Kentucky Wildcats advanced to the NCAA Tournament title game with victories Saturday night, setting up a final showdown with the highest combined seed total ever. The previous high came in 2011 when No. 3 seed UConn defeated No. 8 seed Butler. UConn bested top overall seed Florida on Saturday 63-53, while Kentucky topped No. 2 seed Wisconsin 74-73. Connecticut and Kentucky meet tonight in the NCAA men's basketball championship game. Neither was around in last year's postseason -- Connecticut because of a tournament ban over academic issues; Kentucky because it didn't make the field.

Today is Caramel Popcorn Day, an opportunity to enjoy the combination of two great treats -- Caramel and Popcorn. This tasty, chewy treat is hard to beat. It's No Housework Day , a day to do anything, except housework. Better still, have someone else do the chores for a day. Housework is a daily, seemingly endless and repetitive group of tasks. It often goes unrecognized and worst of all..... taken for granted. But, watch out! If the dishes aren't done, or there's no clean towels, somebody notices. It's World Health Day sponsored by United Nation's World Health Organization. World Health Day focuses on a different health theme each year. It is an international event to emphasize and work on important health issues or problems. Many countries around the world participate. The topic for this year is vector-borne diseases.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1906, Mount Vesuvius erupted and devastated Naples. In 1948, the World Health Organization was established by the United Nations. In 1967, film critic Roger Ebert published his very first film review in the Chicago Sun-Times. In 2003, US troops captured Baghdad; Saddam Hussein's regime fell two days later.

Mourners gathered on Saturday for the memorial services of three victims of the deadly March 22nd Washington mudslide. So far, 33 people have been confirmed dead in the colossal landslide, and more than a dozen remain missing.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the sequel to Marvel's 2011 film about the Red, White and Blue super hero, smashed its way to $96.2 million in weekend ticket sales, setting a new record for an April release and speeding past last week's winner, Noah. The film easily exceeded the April take for the racing movie Fast Five, which collected $86.2 million in ticket sales in April 2011. Noah starring Russell Crowe as the biblical figure, was second with $17 million. Divergent was third. Fourth for the weekend was the independently released Christian drama God's Not Dead, which continued its impressive run despite being panned by critics. The Grand Budapest Hotel rounded out the top five.

A sequel to the 1980s cult classic The Goonies may be on the way. Richard Donner, the producer and director of the 1985 hit, told TMZ he's making a follow-up film. Still, the remark was made somewhat extemporaneously, and Goonies sequel rumors have been floating around for years so it's uncertain whether a new film will truly ever hit theaters.

Birthdays: Actor James Garner is 86; McIntyre on M.A.S.H., Wayne Rogers is 81; director, producer and screenwriter, Francis Ford Coppola is 75; the Oates portion of Hall and, John Oates is 65; she's not at 17 anymore, Janis Ian is 63; Jackie Chan is 60; and Russell Crowe is 50.

Actor Mickey Rooney, who became the United States' biggest movie star while still a brash teenager in the 1930s and later a versatile character actor in a career that spanned 10 decades, died yesterday. Rooney, who developed a reputation as a hard-partying, off-screen brat in his heyday and married eight times, died after a long illness. Mickey Rooney was 93.

The Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson may seem like an apt replacement for David Letterman, who announced Thursday he would retire from The Late Show sometime next year. And if Ferguson doesn't get the job, he is reportedly in line to receive a payout anywhere in the range of $5 million to $12 million thanks to an "out" clause in his contract with CBS that stipulates he be given the vacant seat or cash once Letterman leaves.

Aloe Blacc claimed his first solo UK number one on Sunday when his track The Man topped the British singles chart. The track by 35-year-old Blacc, whose real name is Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III, pays homage to the chorus melody of Elton John's first UK top 10 single Your Song.

Trivia Answer: Edmund Gerald Brown, Jr. -- Jerry Brown -- who turns 76 today. He's the son of Pat Brown, who was the 32nd Governor of California and was in office from 1959 throught 1967. He himself served two terms as the 34th California governor from 1975 to 1983. Now, he's the current and 39th governor. Brown was formally inaugurated as governor on January 3rd of 2011, the 28th anniversary of the end of his last term. Both before and after his first two terms as governor, Brown was elected to a number of state, local, and party offices. He has previously served as Attorney General of California, Mayor of Oakland, chairman of the California Democratic Party, California Secretary of State, and a member of the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees. During his first term as California's Governor, he was the sixth-youngest Governor of that state. Upon his inauguration as California's 39th Governor, he became its oldest serving governor. Brown sought the Democratic nominations for President of the United States in 1976, 1980, and 1992, as well as the United States Senate in 1982 but was unsuccessful in these attempts.

Friday 4.4.14
Today's Trivia: This actor made his screen debut in 1970, at the age of five, when he appeared in his father's film Pound, and has worked consistently in film and television ever since. During the 1980s he had roles in a series of coming of age films associated with the Brat Pack. Less Than Zero in 1987 is particularly notable, for one, because it was the first time his acting would be acknowledged by critics. After Zero, he started landing roles in bigger films such as Air America in 1990, Soapdish in 1991, and Natural Born Killers in 1994. These higher-profile roles eventually led to his being cast as Charlie Chaplin in the 1992 film Chaplin, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Who is he?

Coco Crisp homered leading off the bottom of the 12th inning to lift Oakland to a 3-2 win over the Mariners last night. Crisp hit a towering home run off Seattle reliever Hector Noesi. The ball landed just above the out-of-town scoreboard in right field. Umpires met briefly to review the play before confirming Oakland's victory. Ms and As in game two of four tonight.

A rain out for the Tacoma Rainiers' season opener against Albuquerque last night. They'll try again tonight with a double-header starting at 6:00 at Cheney Stadium.

The Seattle Seahawks locked up coach Pete Carroll with a three-year contract extension today. The extension runs through the 2016 season. Carroll's original five-year deal, signed with the team in January 2010, was set to expire after next season. "This was a huge priority for us coming into the offseason," Seattle general manager John Schneider said. "We knew it was around the corner and it was quite honestly we're trying to take care of our own people and keep our young players together but where do you start? You start at the top." Carroll has proven his attitude and approach can work in the NFL during his third stint as a head coach at the pro level. He's preached competition with his players and it has shown results with the emergence of stars like quarterback Russell Wilson and cornerback Richard Sherman. Carroll is 38-26 in four regular seasons with Seattle and 5-2 in the playoffs. At age 62, Carroll is the second-oldest head coach in the NFL. He is one of just seven current coaches who have won a Super Bowl title. It was a crowning achievement for Carroll to raise the Lombardi Trophy after struggles in his two previous stints as an NFL head coach with the New York Jets and New England.

March is over, but March Madness continues tomorrow with two Final Four games. Top overall seed Florida and seven-seed Connecticut get things started tomorrow afternoon at 3:09. Then two-seed Wisconsin takes on eight-seed Kentucky on the same floor at 5:49.

Birthdays: Author and poet Maya Angelou is 86; record executive Clive Davis is 82; Hayden Fox on Coach, actor Craig T. Nelson is 70; writer and producer -- he created Ally McBeal -- David E. Kelley is 57; Jo on Facts of Life, actress Nancy McKeon is 48; and actress Jamie Lynn Spears is 23.

Today is Vitamin-C Day, marking this date in 1932 when C.C. King first isolated the vitamin at the University of Pittsburgh. Today is National Day of Hope, a time to pray for victims of child abuse and neglect. Hate Week begins today, according to George Orwell's once futuristic novel 1984.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1964, 12 of the Billboard Hot 100 songs were by the Beatles, including the top five in order: Can't Buy Me Love, Twist and Shout, She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand, and Please Please Me. Billboard magazine wrote, "Just about everyone is tired of Beatles. Disc jockeys are tired of playing the hit group, the writers of trade and consumer publications are tired of writing about them and the manufacturers of products other than Beatles records are tired of hearing about them. Everyone's tired of the Beatles -- except the listening and buying public." In 1968, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. James Brown appeared on TV and made an appeal for calm and peace. In New York, Jimi Hendrix, B. B. King and Buddy Guy played an all-night tribute to the slain leader. In 1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves tied Babe Ruth's home-run record by hitting his 714th homer in Cincinnati. In 1975, Microsoft is founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1996, Larry LaPrise died at age 83 in Wendell, Idaho. In the late 1940s, he wrote The Hokey Pokey, still played, danced, and skated by children throughout the world.

David Letterman, who brought a sardonic, offbeat wit to late-night television, along with bits such as Stupid Pet Tricks and his Top Ten list, is retiring as host of The Late Show on CBS in 2015. Letterman made the comments during the taping of his show in New York. Letterman, who is 66 and whose contract expires next year, began hosting the CBS show in August of 1993, after leaving the NBC network, where he originated his late-night TV persona and much of his program on the Late Night with David Letterman show for many years. There was no immediate word on who might succeed Letterman in the key 11:30 slot on CBS, opposite NBC's top-rated The Tonight Show. Letterman said he had spoken in the past with CBS Corp President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves, and, he said, they agreed that they would work together on this circumstance and the timing of this circumstance. Dave said, "And I phoned him just before the program, and I said, 'Leslie, it's been great, you've been great, and the network has been great, but I'm retiring, We don't have the timetable for this precisely down -- I think it will be at least a year or so, but sometime in the not-too-distant future, 2015 for the love of God," he added.

In theaters this weekend: Captain America: Winter Soldier. It's got a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

A new survey has found men would spend more than four hours having sex and barely three-and-a-half hours working during an "ideal day". Research also found 64% of men confessed to regularly using their smartphones and tablets while on the toilet -- while 26% planned a to-do list while being intimate with their partner.

Trivia Answer: Robert John Downey, Jr. who turns 49 today. After being released from the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in 2000 for drug charges, Downey joined the cast of the TV series Ally McBeal playing Calista Flockhart's love interest. His performance was praised and he received a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film. His character was written out when Downey was fired after two drug arrests in late 2000 and early 2001. After one last stay in a court-ordered drug treatment program, Downey finally achieved sobriety. Downey has starred in six movies that have each grossed over $500 million at the box office worldwide. Two of those films, The Avengers and Iron Man 3, each earned over $1 billion. Downey tops the Forbes list of Hollywood's Highest-Paid Actors with an estimated $75 million in earnings between June 2012 and June 2013.

Thursday 4.3.14
Today's Trivia: He was a bassist, best known as a member of Elton John's original rock band. Who is he?

The Mariners have not won three in a row to start a season since 1995 and haven't swept a three-game series at the start of the year since 1985. Well, until last night. James Paxton pitched seven scoreless innings of two-hit ball, Robinson Cano drove in his first run for the Mariners, and Mike Zunino, Justin Smoak and Corey Hart all homered as the Ms completed the sweep of the Angels in Anaheim, 8-2. It's just the third time in franchise history that the Mariners have started a season 3-and-0. Now it's on to Oakland for four starting with game one tonight.

The Seattle Mariners announced yesterday that the club -- along with Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players' Association -- is donating $225,000 to help Oso mudslide recovery and relief efforts in Snohomish County. Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said in the statement, "Major League Baseball extends its deepest condolences to everyone impacted by this tragedy, We stand alongside the Seattle Mariners in offering our game's unwavering support to the Oso community during this time of need." According to the organization, the money is going directly to the American Red Cross Washington Landslide relief fund. Red cross volunteers are also set to be collecting donations at the M's home opener against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Tuesday night at the Safe.

The Tacoma Rainiers get their season off and rolling tonight -- weather permitting -- as they host the Albuquerque Isotopes at 7:00 at Cheney Stadium.

Birthdays: Actress and singer Doris Day is 90; singer Wayne Newton is 72; singer Tony Orlando is 70; actor Alec Baldwin is 56; Niles on Frasier, actor David Hyde Pierce is 55; comedian and actor Eddie Murphy is 53; frontman for Skid Row, singer Sebastian Bach is 46; skier Peekaboo Street is 43; and Kelly on Beverly Hills 90210, actress Jennie Garth is 42.

Today is Tweed Day, a day to consider the cost of political corruption. Always on the birth date of William March Tweed, the New York City political boss whose Tweed Ring stole millions from the city in the mid-1800s. Today is Overcome a Handicap Day, marking this date in 1981 when Canadian high jumper Arnie Boldt cleared 6 feet 8¼ inches, nearly a foot under the world record at the time, but the best ever for a high jumper with one leg. Today is National Chocolate Mousse Day. Today is National Find a Rainbow Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1882, outlaw Jesse James was shot to death in St. Joseph, Missouri, by Robert Ford, one of his own gang. In 1959, in London the BBC banned the Coasters' recording Charlie Brown because of the word "spitball." In 1989, Pepsi let Madonna go as a spokesperson after her Like a Prayer video was called blasphemous by the Vatican. In 1996, the FBI raided a Montana cabin and arrested former college professor Theodore Kaczynski, accusing him of being the Unabomber whose mail bombs had killed three people and injured 23 more since the 1970s. In 1996, MC Hammer filed for bankruptcy. In 2003, an Oklahoma couple finally got married after 77 years of living together. Zyness O'Haver, 95, and Sallie Warren, 94, decided to make it official in a ceremony at the Oklahoma County courthouse. When the judge asked, "Do you?" Sallie responded, "I sure do!"

At the time -- the evening of March 24th -- it seemed like the breakthrough the world was waiting for. In a hastily called speech, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that an unprecedented analysis of satellite signals concluded that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ended deep in the Indian Ocean, far from any possible refuge for the 239 souls aboard. Finally, there was a solid explanation for what happened to the aircraft. A much more focused search could begin, and so perhaps could the grieving process for families from 14 countries. Najib's announcement quieted wild speculation about desert islands and terrorists and covert operations. But four weeks after the plane disappeared, the apparent pivot in the search is proving to be not much of a pivot at all. Not a single piece of wreckage from the lost plane has been found, not even after a new analysis led investigators to change the focus of their search yet again. The latest search area is based on extremely limited satellite data combined with radar data taken some five hours before the plane is believed to have gone down. It is, as one search official said, "a very inexact science." Yesterday, Malaysian Inspector General Khalid Abu Bakar sounded the most pessimistic note yet, warning that although investigations will go on, at the end of it "we may not even know the reason" the plane veered off course. The most vital clues are trapped inside the plane's black boxes, or are hoped to be. Information from the flight data recorder will show what the jetliner was doing, but it may not explain why. The cockpit voice recorder, which only records audio from the flight's final couple of hours, could simply be silent if the pilots were incapacitated before the plane went down. Wherever those boxes are, they are pinging. Their batteries are designed to last a month. That month runs out Tuesday.

Amazon unveiled its newest gadget yesterday: Fire TV. It's a lot like Roku or Apple TV, with access to your favorite media streaming services -- including Netflix, Hulu, Watch ESPN, and, of course, Prime Instant Video -- as well as the ability to play games with a dedicated gaming controller. Fire TV also offers voice search that keeps you from dealing with on-screen keyboards.

A small dog from Killeen, Texas -- his name is Corbin -- dug a hole under a fence in his backyard and turned up four days later at an animal shelter in Hamilton, Ohio. The owner of the dog and the shelter have no idea how Corbin made it all the way to Hamilton, which according to Google Maps is more 1,100 miles away or roughly a 16-and-a-half-hour drive. However, Corbin is now back in Texas.

Trivia Answer: David Murray Oates who was born on this date in 1946. We know him as Dee Murray. Before joining Elton John as his touring sidemen, Murray and drummer Nigel Olsson were members of the Spencer Davis Group from 1968 to 1970. Murray and Olsson joined Elton in 1970, and first appeared on disc with John on the song Amoreena from the 1970 album Tumbleweed Connection, though they were first featured on the live album 17-11-70. While they were John's constant touring band mates, his record company only allowed them to play on just one track per studio album. As of the Honky Château album in 1972, however, Elton exerted some of his skyrocketing popularity at the time, and convinced his record company to allow Murray and Olsson to also become full-time recording members of John's band. Along with fellow new recruit Davey Johnstone on guitars, Murray and Olsson played on John's hit albums, including the milestone album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, singles and world tours for several years. In 1975, after recording Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, Murray and Olsson were released from the band because John wanted to achieve a different sound. He said at the time "The band always rattled along. I want it to chug." After battling skin cancer for a number of years, Murray died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville, Tennessee, after suffering a stroke in 1992. He was 45.

Wednesday 4.2.14
Today's Trivia: He was a television and film actor, best known for his role on the ABC sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, which aired from 1975 to 1979. After Welcome Back, Kotter, he appeared in supporting roles in various television series and performed the voice in various animated series such as Laverne and Shirley in the Army, Darkwing Duck, and Rubik, the Amazing Cube where he played the lead character. On an episode of Celebrity Boxing, he was soundly defeated by Dustin Diamond (who played Screech on Saved by the Bell). In 1996, he played himself in several episodes of Ellen, where he became the love interest of Ellen's friend Audrey. Who was he?

From the on-deck circle, Justin Smoak couldn't blame the Angels for walking Robinson Cano to load the bases in the third inning. When Smoak cleared those bases with a powerful double, he demonstrated why the new-look Seattle Mariners are a whole lot more than their new $240 million man. Brad Miller hit two homers, Erasmo Ramirez pitched seven innings of six-hit ball, and the Mariners beat Los Angeles 8-3 Tuesday night for their second win of the season. Abraham Almonte and Dustin Ackley also had RBI doubles as the Mariners followed up their 10-3 win on opening day with another surprising offensive barrage. They only needed a supporting role from Cano, who went 1 for 3 with two walks.Mariners. The Ms have one more with the Angels tonight at 7:00 before moving on to Oakland for four starting tomorrow.

The Seattle Mariners, Major League Baseball, and the MLB Players Association have combined to donate $225,000 to assist with recovery from the Oso mudslide. The donation was announced today. It is being made to the American Red Cross Washington Landslide Relief Fund. Volunteers are also collecting donations outside of Safeco Field before the Mariners' home opener against the Los Angeles Angels next Tuesday night.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is set for another ceremonial showing with the Texas Rangers. Russell is throwing out the first pitch tonight before the finale of a three-game series between the Rangers and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Today is Serious Soap Opera Day, marking the debut on this date in 1956 of As the World Turns and The Edge of Night on CBS Television. The Edge of Night was canceled in 1984; As the World Turns was cancelled in 2010. Today is Great Lovers' Day, marking the birthday on April 2, 1725, of Italy's most famous lover-philanderer, Giovanni Giacomo Casanova. Today is International Children's Book Day, marking Hans Christian Anderson's birthday. Today is National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1902, the first motion picture theatre opened in Los Angeles. The Electric Theatre charged a dime to see an hour's news reel. In 1941, in pro football's biggest trade, Bert Bell and Art Rooney traded the Philadelphia Eagles to Alexis Thompson for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Yep, they traded franchises. In 1978, Dallas debuted on CBS. It starred Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing, Linda Gray as Sue Ellen, Barbara Bel Geddes as Miss Ellie, Patrick Duffy as Bobby, Victoria Principal as Pam, Charlene Tilton as Lucy, and Jim Davis as Jock. In 1992, in New York, Mafia boss John Gotti was convicted of murder and racketeering and was later sentenced to life in prison. In 1999, the Labor Department reported that the nation's unemployment rate fell to a 29-year low of 4.2 percent in March of 1999. In 2007, in Langley, Washington, Alden Couch went for a drive in his '81 Impala to celebrate his 101st birthday. He would breeze through his driver's license test, including the dreaded parallel parking, a few days later. He limited his driving to South Whidbey Island -- "The mainland is too wild" -- and drives mostly to nearby Langley, to the grocery store, the gas station, and the senior center for lunch and a game of dominos.

Birthdays: Singer Leon Russell is 72; singer Emmylou Harris is 67; comedian Dana Carvey is 59; from Bananarama, singer Keren Woodward is 53; from Smash Mouth, guitarist Greg Camp is 47; Maroon 5 keyboardist Jesse Carmichael is 34; and Season 9's American Idol winner Lee DeWyze is 28

Pudding-flavored Kit Kats are now available -- in Japan. One restaurant is so in love with these things they've created a limited edition Pudding-Flavored Kit Kat Pizza.

Researchers at University College in London say that eating seven servings of fruits and vegetables is healthier than five, which is the current recommendation. No kidding?

Trivia Answer: Ron Palillo who was born on this date in 1949. On August 14th of 2012, Palillo suffered a heart attack at his home in Florida and was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. He was best known as Arnold Horshack on Welcome Back, Kotter. In 1996, Palillo played himself in several episodes of Ellen, where he became the love interest of Ellen's friend Audrey. He also played a small part on Friday the 13th part VI, Jason Lives. Outside of acting, Palillo was also an artist, having provided the art for two children's books: The Red Wings of Christmas and A Gift for the Contessa.

Tuesday 4.1.14
Today's Trivia: In 1957, he graduated with a degree in journalism from Kansas State University. He began his career working at radio and television stations in Manhattan and Topeka, Kansas. In Topeka he did the weather on WIBW-TV in 1959. In the early 1960s, he performed on the station's Saturday morning children's program as "Wib the Clown." He was a television producer and on-air personality in Dayton, Ohio, when he decided to move to Los Angeles and study acting. He began his acting career in the 1960s with minor roles in television shows such as Get Smart, Here Come the Brides, and Green Acres. He also guest-starred in a number of series during the 1970s including The Rockford Files, The Incredible Hulk, Starsky and Hutch, Kojak, The Bionic Woman, and The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries. In 1978, he landed the role that most of us know him for, that of a clueless radio station manager. Who is he?

It was a good night for the Mariners. In a game in the Big A in Anaheim that featured 11 strikeouts by Felix Hernandez, a three-run homer by Justin Smoak, a three-run triple by Dustin Ackley, and a double and single by the new leadoff guy, rookie centerfielder Abraham Almonte. The Mariners won the opener 10-3. The Mariners haven't scored 10 runs in an opener since 1992, back in the sepia-toned days of Junior, Edgar, The Big Unit, and The Bone. Ms and Angels again tonight at 7.

Today is April Fools Day. It's Sorry Charlie Day, in honor of Charlie the Tuna who is always rejected for the tuna fish can but keeps on trying. It's Check Your Batteries Day. It's the Dollar Sign's Birthday. It first appeared on this date in 1778. It's International Fun at Work Day, a day to have fun at work for once. Ideally, work should be fun. But normally, work is not intended to have fun. It's intended to get work done.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1891, the Wrigley Company was founded in Chicago, Illinois. In 1970, President Richard Nixon signed the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act into law, requiring the Surgeon General's warnings on tobacco products and banning cigarette advertisements on television and radio in the United States, starting on January 1st of 1971. In 1976, Jimmy Buffett's career got a boost when he released a little ditty called Margaritaville. In 1976, Apple Inc. was formed by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne. In 1984, Marvin Gaye was shot to death by his father in Los Angeles a day before his 45th birthday. Gaye's father later received probation after he pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter. In 1985, David Lee Roth left Van Halen to pursue his solo career. In 2001, same-sex marriage becomes legal in the Netherlands, the first country to allow it. In 2003, Vans Warped Tour organizers denied Avril Lavigne was headlining that year's punk festival after a fake press release was circulated on the Internet by April Fool's Day pranksters.

Birthdays: Actress Debbie Reynolds is 82; singer Jimmy Cliff is 66; Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is 64; director of Men in Black, director Barry Sonnenfeld is 61; and from Jon & Kate Plus 8, Jon Gosselin is 37.

Crews searching through the muck and devastation wrought by that deadly mudslide are finding more human remains. The official death toll was at 24 yesterday. Seventeen of those 24 victims had been positively identified, according to the Snohomish County medical examiner's office. Today,the official death has increased to 27, with officials saying 19 victims have been positively identified. The number of those missing has now dropped from 30 to 22. Estimated financial losses from the mudslide have now reached $10 million. That word from Governor Jay Inslee in a letter asking the federal government for a major disaster declaration.

Pharrell Williams is joining NBC's The Voice as a coach for its seventh season in the fall. Williams is joining the show's fall jury panel replacing longtime judge Cee Lo Green, who left the show for other ventures, Williams is expected to join Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera on the season seven panel. The Voice, which averages about 13.8 million viewers per episode, has outpaced its Fox rival American Idol this season by about 3 million viewers per episode.

Here's a scientifically proven way to make your home office smarter and by extension, make yourself smarter. Get a plant. Put it nearby. Keep it alive. Pretty simple, but effective. Researchers at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences say participants working in a room with plants improved their performance, while those in the room without plants did not.

Five years after the death of the King of Pop, new Micheal Jackson music is coming. Entitled Xscape, the album debuts on May 13th. The idea to create the album was conceived by LA Reid, who chose eight songs and handed them over to the lead producer of the project, Timbaland, to 'contemporize' the records for 2014 consumption. The album is available for pre-order today.

Yahoo is working on a plan to build a competitor to YouTube, which is owned by Google.

Your number for the day: 112,000. That's the average number of people per day that receive a speeding ticket here in the US.

Trivia Answer: Gordon Jump who was born on this date in 1932. Most of us know him as Arthur "Big Guy" Carlson in the series WKRP in Cincinnati. He also played the Maytag Repairman in commercials for Maytag brand appliances, from 1989 until his retirement from the role in July 2003. He appeared in the ninth and final season of Seinfeld, where he played George Costanza's boss at a playground equipment company over two episodes. Jump died in 2003 at his home near Los Angeles.