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Thursday 4.30.15
Today's Trivia: On this date in 1927, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford became the first celebrities to leave their footprints in concrete here. Where are we talking about?

The Seattle Mariners knocked off the Texas Rangers last night 5-2 to complete their first sweep of the year and their first sweep in Arlington since 2002. Nelson Cruz stuck one in the upper deck -- some 483 feet away -- marking the longest hit ball in baseball this year. And Felix gets the win and also becomes the franchise all time leader in innings pitched -- passing Jamie Moyer -- and he's only 29 years old. The Mariners are staying in Texas, just moving over to Houston for four with the Astros. Game one tonight at 5:10.

The game was notable for this announcement at Camden Yards: "Today's official paid attendance is zero." In what was believed to be the first major league game played without fans in attendance, the Baltimore Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox, 8-2, yesterday. The gates at Camden Yards were locked because of concern for fan safety following recent rioting in Baltimore. Both teams lined up for the national anthem, music played in between innings and the seventh-inning stretch was noted with the traditional John Denver song. The Orioles and White Sox played their game in two hours and three minutes.

Pacific Northwest golf fans get a chance to see Tiger Woods in the flesh this June at the US Open at Chambers Bay. The always-intriguing golf superstar announced yesterday that he's playing in this year's US Open, the first major tournament to come to Washington state since 1998. Chambers Bay is hosting its first major since the public course in University Place opened in 2007.

Danica Patrick is losing GoDaddy as her primary car sponsor. The internet domain giant has decided to pull its NASCAR sponsorship of Patrick's No. 10 Chevrolet, which is fielded by Stewart-Haas Racing. The 33-year-old Patrick is in the final year of her contract at SHR and landing a primary sponsor could be key to her stock car future. Patrick told the AP yesterday, "I'm sad. I'm a little surprised and I'm sad. But to say I didn't imagine this was not a scenario would be a lie. It's bittersweet. It's going to be really weird to think I won't drive the bright green, can't-miss-it car next year." Phil Bienert is the the chief marketing officer at GoDaddy. He told the AP it was strictly a business decision as data showed the company "we are past brand marketing in the US" He added that GoDaddy is working on a personal services contract with Patrick, who is considered one of the most of recognizable drivers in the world.

Birthdays: Phyllis on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and former Dancing with the Stars contestant Cloris Leachman is 89; cartoon character Bugs Bunny is 77; basketball's Isiah Thomas is 54; NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip is 52; from The Big Bang Theory, actor Johnny Galecki is 40. and actress Kirsten Dunst is 33.

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. It's National Raisin Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1789, George Washington took office as the first elected US president. 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. A side note: Mel Blanc, who did Bugs' voice, was allergic to carrots. In 1939, Lou Gehrig played his last game with the New York Yankees. In 1952, the first toy was advertised on television -- Mr. Potato Head. In 1987, The Beatles' Help!, Rubber Soul, and Revolver were released on compact disc. In 1988, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon fell out of the Billboard 200 album chart for the first time in 725 weeks. 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.

The paltry snowpack at Stevens Pass this winter is now officially melted out. While there is still a dusting of snow around some parts of the pass area, the measuring station there measured less than 2 inches of snow water equivalent on the ground earlier this week -- the official definition of when the snowpack is considered melted out, according to University of Washington research meteorologist Mark Albright. Albright says April 28th is the earliest date for this to happen since the statistic began being tracked in 1981. The previous earliest meltout was May 1st in 2005. The news was no better for Snoqualmie Pass, which just obliterated its record for least amount of snow in a single season. WSDOT says the pass had 104 total inches of snow this past winter, nearly half of the previous record low of 191 inches in the winter of 1976-77 and less snow than Boston had this winter. Snoqualmie Pass averages 433 inches of seasonal snow.

Seinfeld is heading to to Hulu with every single episode from all nine seasons. The streaming video on-demand deal was worked out by show creators Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, and reportedly fetched a purchase price of $130 million for the rights to stream the series, which ran from 1989 to 1998.

Trivia Answer: Today it is TCL Chinese Theatre on the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood. It was formerly Grauman's Chinese Theatre, and Mann's Chinese Theatre. It was Grauman's Chinese Theatre when Douglas and Mary left their prints. The theater was renamed when the TCL Corporation, a Chinese electronics company, purchased the naming rights for over $5 million. Among the theater's most distinctive features are the concrete blocks set in the forecourt, which bear the signatures, footprints, and handprints of popular motion picture personalities from the 1920s to the present day. There are nearly 200 Hollywood celebrity handprints, footprints, and autographs in the concrete of the theater's forecourt. Variations of the tradition are imprints of the eyeglasses of Harold Lloyd, the cigar of Groucho Marx, the magic wands of Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, the facial profile of John Barrymore, the legs of Betty Grable, the fist of John Wayne, the knees of Al Jolson, and the noses of Jimmy Durante and Bob Hope. There are many stories regarding the origins of the footprints. The theater's official account in its books and souvenir programs credit Norma Talmadge as having inspired the tradition when she accidentally stepped into the wet concrete. However, in a short interview during the September 13, 1937, Lux Radio Theatre broadcast of a radio adaptation of A Star Is Born, Grauman related another version of how he got the idea to put hand and foot prints in the concrete. He said it was "pure accident. I walked right into it. While we were building the theatre, I accidentally happened to step in some soft concrete. And there it was. So, I went to Mary Pickford immediately. Mary put her foot into it." Still another account by the construction foreman at the time, Jean Klossner, recounts that Klossner autographed his work next to the right-hand poster kiosk and that he and Grauman developed the idea then and there. His autograph and handprint, dated 1927, remain today.

Wednesday 4.29.15
Today's Trivia: On this date in 1986, he became the first pitcher in history to strike out 20 batters in a nine-inning major league baseball game. As luck would have it, he was pitching against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park. This pitcher actually accomplished the 20-strikeout feat twice. The second performance came more than 10 years later, on September 18th of 1996 against the Detroit Tigers at Tiger Stadium. He is the only person to ever do it twice. Who is he?

JA Happ doubled his season strikeout total with nine in 6.2 innings, Rickie Weeks homered and the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 2-1 last night. Nelson Cruz had three hits for Seattle, including a triple and double in the same game for the second time in his career. Coming up tonight, Felix Hernandez makes his 44th career start against Texas, the right-hander's most against any team. He struck out 12 in seven innings to beat the Rangers at home April 18th, but is 13-and-21 against them. The series finale is tonight at 5:10. Happy Felix Day!

After a pair of postponements caused by rioting in Baltimore, the Orioles and Chicago White Sox are playing today at Camden Yards in what is believed to be the first game without fans in major league baseball's 145-season history. Because of the unsettled environment in Baltimore, officials moved the game up five hours from its original 7:05 starting time to 2:05 and closed it to the public. In addition, Baltimore's Friday-to-Sunday series against Tampa Bay was shifted from Camden Yards to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, with the Orioles remaining the home team and batting last.

Birthdays: The red-headed stranger, Willie Nelson is 82; singer Tommy James is 68; actress and comedian, from Saturday Night Live, Nora Dunn is 63; former Texas Ranger manager Ron Washington is 63; comedian and actor Jerry Seinfeld is 61; actress Kate Mulgrew is 60; actor Daniel Day-Lewis is 58; actress Michelle Pfeiffer is 57; Jan on The Brady Bunch, actress Eve Plumb is 57; from Wilson Phillips and the daughter of Beach Boy Brian Wilson, singer Carnie Wilson is 47; actress Uma Thurman is 45; and retired tennis star Andre Agassi is also 45.

Suzanne Crough, who played Tracy on The Partridge Family, has died. Crough played the youngest Partridge daughter from 1970 to 1974. She died suddenly in her Nevada home. Suzanne Crough was 52.

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 it's abundance. Today is National Shrimp Scampi Day. The zipper was patented on this date in 1913.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1945, in a bunker in Berlin, Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun were married. In 1953, the first US experimental 3D-TV broadcast showed an episode of Space Patrol on Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV. In 1961, ABC's Wide World of Sports premiered. 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 was 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 1976, Bruce Springsteen climbed the wall of Graceland to meet Elvis Presley. Elvis wasn't home. In 1986, Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox set a major-league baseball record by striking out 20 Seattle Mariner batters. In 1988, Eric Clapton and Patti Boyd, about whom he wrote Layla and Wonderful Tonight, filed for divorce. In 1990, the destruction of the Berlin Wall began. In 1992, Paula Abdul married Emilio Estevez in Santa Monica, California. They divorced in 1995. In 1992, rioting began after a jury decision to acquit four Los Angeles policemen in the Rodney King beating trial. Fifty-four people were killed in three days. In 2011, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge married Kate Middleton.

The National Football League yesterday agreed to relinquish its tax-exempt status and eliminate what its finance committee chairman described as a distraction and misunderstanding. The decision came in the face of growing bipartisan pressure, with Senator Maria Cantwell and others sponsoring legislation to strip the NFL of its status. The League will begin filing returns for the 2015 fiscal year. The NFL has enjoyed tax exempt status as a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) business league organization.

Ann Wilson of Heart has married. She and Dean Wetter said their vows Saturday in Topagna, California, in the backyard of her manager Carol Petters, according to People. Ann says, "Dean and I first met in the '80s and went on a date where we both got smashed and I tried to seduce him. Like the gentleman he is, he declined. Years passed, we got back in touch after we had both grown up, and pow -- it worked! Did it ever! He is my friend, my angel, my husband. I am truly happy." The bride and groom are both 64.

Conflicting information about Joni Mitchell's health came out yesterday, with a longtime friend stating in a court filing that the singer was unconscious and unable to care for herself while a statement on Joni's website stated she is alert and expected to make a full recovery. Then TMZ was reporting that Joni was unconscious in a hospital and incapable of responding to anyone. The news comes nearly a month after the legendary singer-songwriter was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital. At the time, her website informed concerned fans that "Joni is currently in intensive care in an LA area hospital but is awake and in good spirits." The last official update on her site before yesterdy was dated April 3rd, reads, "Joni remains under observation in the hospital and is resting comfortably. We are encouraged by her progress and she continues to improve and get stronger each day." That prognosis has seemingly changed, with Mitchell reportedly in a coma, according to TMZ. Indeed, multiple sources have suggested that Mitchell's condition was far worse than the public was led to believe. Prior to her recent hospitalization, Mitchell spoke publicly about suffering from Morgellons Disease, a rare skin condition which she described as "this weird, incurable disease that seems like it's from outer space." Morgellons is controversial in the medical community, with many doctors denying it even exists.

Toya Graham, the mom who was seen angrily reprimanding her son for throwing rocks at the police, said she smacked her son in a video that went viral for one simple reason: He's her only son and she doesn't "want him to be a Freddie Gray."

A bride in England was left devastated on her big day after cutting into her wedding cake to find it had gone moldy. Staff at the venue where the wedding reception was taking place saved the day by going out and buying three replacement cakes.

Trivia Answer: Roger Clemens then of the Boston Red Sox. Clemens attributed his switch from what he calls a "thrower" to a "pitcher" to the partial season Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver spent with the Red Sox in 1986. The Mariners, by the way, finished that year with 67 wins and 95 losses. Mark Langston was on that team as were Dave Valle, Alvin Davis, and Dave Henderson. On May 6th of 1998 Kerry Wood of the Chicago Cubs struck out 20 Houston Astros in 9 innings, the only other player to do so.

Tuesday 4.28.15
Today's Trivia: During the 1970s, he appeared in minor roles in several television series and films, first in an episode of Good Times. He had an uncredited appearance in the 1977 film Fun with Dick and Jane. He played more prominent parts in 1978 in American Hot Wax and Silver Bears. Other films and television series appearances for him from that period include One Day at a Time, Alice, and Laverne & Shirley. Starting in 1987, he was a regular substitute host for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. He hosted the last episode of the program for which he is best known on February 6th of 2014. That same year, he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. Who is he?

Taijuan Walker pitched a gem last night, allowing one unearned run over seven innings while striking out five with one walk as the Mariners snapped a two-game losing streak and defeated the Rangers 3-1 in the first game of a three-game series on a 10-game road trip. The Mariners won despite collecting only five hits, all singles. After going 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position Sunday, the Mariners went 2-for-7 last night. The start of the game was delayed an hour due to a thunderstorm in the area. J.A. Happ starts for the Ms tonight at 5:05.

By the way, Josh Hamilton is back with the Texas Rangers. After two troublesome years with the Los Angeles Angels and less than halfway through a $125 million, five-year contract, Hamilton was traded to AL West rival Texas with cash yesterday for a player to be named or cash.

Birthdays: Author Harper Lee -- widely known for her book To Kill a Mockingbird, and now a second book. The book is Go Set a Watchman which is set to be published on July 14th -- is 89; actress and singer Ann-Margret is 74; Jay Leno is 65; actress Penelope Cruz is 41; and actress Jessica Alba is 34.

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 the need for a holiday to kiss your mate? Others feel that 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 are set adrift and the rebel crew returned to Tahiti briefly and then set sail for Pitcairn Island. In 1930, the first night game in organized baseball history took place in Independence, Kansas. In 1967, Muhammad Ali refused induction into the US Army and was stripped of boxing title. He cited religious grounds for his refusal. In 1969, Charles de Gaulle resigned as President of France. In 1987, on a plane that was returning to Boston from Miami Ozzy Osbourne bought three rounds of drinks and sang Crazy Train over the PA system. In 2001, millionaire Dennis Tito became the world's first space tourist.

What a morning yesterday turned out to be. A student pulled out a gun and fired two shots from a fully-loaded revolver at North Thurston High School before being tackled by a teacher. No one was hurt by the gunfire. A teacher then tackled the gunman and with help from the principal, held the student down until the school resource officer could place the boy in handcuffs. The boy was found with a fully loaded revolver, minus the two fired shots, according to commander Jim Mack of the Lacey Police Department. Classes have resumed today with counselors on hand. The suspect is due to make his first court appearance this afternoon.

A funeral service has been set for a Salt Lake City couple who died within a few hours of each other after being married for 74 years. Madelyn Yensen died April 7th after suffering a seizure. Her husband, Marcus, died of heart failure about five hours later the same day. She was 94, and he was 95. The two married on October 17th of 1940, only a month after they met when he took a dance lesson from her at a studio. Daughter Carol Bradford said she went to see her father just after her mother's death. She said, "I leaned over and whispered in his ear, 'Mom has passed, and she's waiting for you in heaven.' I think after that, he knew he had accomplished what he needed, and he felt that he could let go."

Brad Pitt was looking noticeably banged-up when he appeared at the 3rd annual Light Up the Blues Concert in Hollywood on Saturday. However, the actor's new look was no cause for alarm. Pitt said, "This is what happens when you try to run up steps in the dark, with your arms full, wearing flip flops. Turns out if you then try to stop your forward momentum with your face, the result is road rash."

A 21-year-old Texas man was arrested for trying to cash a $360 billion check. Tellers at the Fort Worth bank were immediately suspicious. The man said his girlfriend's mother gave him the check to start a record business. Turns out the girlfriend's mom had no idea he took one of her checks.

Trivia Answer: James Douglas Muir Leno -- Jay Leno -- who turns 65 today. Leno has been married since 1980 to Mavis Leno; they have no children, by mutual agreement. He is known for his prominent jaw, which has been described as mandibular prognathism. In the book Leading with My Chin he stated that he is aware of surgery that could reset his mandible, but does not wish to endure a prolonged healing period with his jaws wired shut. Leno is dyslexic He claims to only need four to five hours of sleep each night. He does not drink, smoke, or gamble. He spends most of his free time visiting car collections or working in his private garage. Leno owns approximately 286 vehicles (169 automobiles and 117 motorcycles). He also has a website called Jay Leno's Garage, which contains video clips and photos of his automobiles in detail, as well as other vehicles of interest to him. He has a regular column in Popular Mechanics which showcases his car collection and gives advice about various automotive topics, including restoration and unique models, such as his jet-powered motorcycle and solar-powered hybrid.

Monday 4.27.15
Today's Trivia: The Odd Couple is a play by Neil Simon. The plot concerns two mismatched roommates: the neat, uptight Felix Ungar and the slovenly, easygoing Oscar Madison. It premiered on Broadway in 1965, and the characters were revived in a successful 1968 film. The success of the film was the basis for the 1970 to 1975 ABC television sitcom. Now, CBS is airing a remake. Can you name the actors who were Oscar and Felix in the ABC series?

Just an awful weekend in Nepal, Yesterday they were cremating the dead and digging through rubble for the missing, a day after a massive Himalayan earthquake killed more than 4,o00 people. Aftershocks tormented them, making buildings sway and sending panicked Kathmandu residents running into the streets. Saturday's magnitude 7.8 earthquake spread horror from Kathmandu to small villages and to the slopes of Mount Everest, triggering an avalanche that buried part of the base camp packed with foreign climbers preparing to make their summit attempts. At least 17 people died there and 61 were injured. The earthquake centered outside Kathmandu, the capital, was the worst to hit the South Asian nation in over 80 years. See the Roxy Community Events page for some of the humanitarian efforts under way in Nepal and how you can donate online.

Scary here in the South Sound this morning. A student pulled out a gun and fired two shots at North Thurston High School before being tackled by a teacher, according to school district officials. No one was hurt by the gunfire. Police raced to the school on Sleater-Kinney Road just before 7:30 this morning after getting reports of an active shooter on campus. A 16-year-old student had fired one shot into the ceiling in a second-floor hallway, and then went into a common area and fired a second shot into the ceiling, according to Cmdr. Jim Mack with Lacey Police. A teacher then tackled the gunman and with help from the principal, held the student down until the school resource officer could place the boy in handcuffs. Classes were canceled for the day and students were ushered into the football stadium to be picked up by parents. Mack said the student had just transferred to the school last month, but they didn't release any other details about his identity. The FBI has now joined the investigation and is searching the student's home, investigators said. Meanwhile, the District's Courtney Schreve expressed relief that no one was hurt. She said, "The safety system worked, the lockdown procedure worked, police were on the scene, fire people were on the scene. Everybody's safe and that's the most important thing." The school has canceled all after-school activities and Schrieve says they haven't decided yet whether classes will resume Tuesday.

Joe Mauer hit a two-run triple with two outs in the 11th inning, lifting the Minnesota Twins over the Seattle Mariners 4-2 yesterday. Mauer got three hits and drove in three runs. In addition to his first triple of the season, he had an RBI double as the Twins won for the third time in four games. The Ms wrapped up their nine-game homestand with a 4-and-5 record. For Seattle, Seth Smith hit his first home run of the year and also doubled. Seattle went 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position. The Mariners stranded runners on third in the fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth innings. Mariners starter Roenis Elias was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to make his first start of the season. He took the rotation spot of Hisashi Iwakuma, who was put on the DL Friday with a strained muscle under his right arm. Iwakuma will be out two to four weeks. Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon was ejected in the top of the fourth by plate umpire Sean Barber. McClendon had come to the mound to talk to Elias, and as he walked back to the dugout he exchanged words with Barber and was thrown out for his first ejection of the season. Up next, the Mariners are off on a 10-game road trip starting tonight in Texas against the Rangers. Taiijuan Walker gets his first career start against the Rangers.

The Sounders' beat their biggest rival, the Portland Timbers last night 1-0.

Birthdays: From the group The Main Ingredient, lead singer Cuba Gooding Sr. is 71; from the B-52s, singer Kate Pierson is 67; former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley is 64; singer Sheena Easton is 56; from Fall Out Boy, singer and guitarist Patrick Stump is 31; and from Breaking Bad, Emily Rios is 26.

This date in 1947 was Babe Ruth Day in every ballpark in the US and Japan. Mortally ill with throat cancer, Ruth appeared at Yankee Stadium to thank fans for the honor. It was to be the second last time he was at the stadium. It's National Prime Rib Day, of course there's only one way to celebrate Prime Rib Day. It's Tell a Story Day which celebrates story-telling of all kinds. It doesn't matter if its fiction or non-fiction, a tall tale, or folk lore. Today is a day to tell 'em all.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1956, at the age of 32, heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano retired undefeated, the only heavyweight champ with a perfect record. Unbeaten in 49 pro fights. In 1965, RC Duncan patented a revolutionary disposable diaper he called Pampers. In 1968, Simon & Garfunkel's Mrs. Robinson was released. In 1982, the trial of John W. Hinckley Jr. began in the other Washington. Hinckley was later acquitted by reason of insanity for the shooting of President Reagan and three others. In 1989, Jon Bon Jovi and Dorothea Hurley were married. They had been high school sweethearts. In 1989, student protestors took over Tiananmen Square in Beijing. In 1993, California revoked Dr. Jack Kevorkian's license to practice medicine. In 2006, in New York, NY, construction began on the 1,776-foot Freedom Tower on the site of the former World Trade Center.

Nothing, it seems, can get Furious 7 to slam on the brakes. The mega-grossing sequel again took the top spot at the weekend box office with $18.2 million, becoming the first film to come in first for four consecutive weekends since The Hunger Games in March of 2012. Furious 7 is one of only 29 films to pull off the feat. Its winning streak is almost certainly drawing to a close this coming weekend as Avengers: Age of Ultron enjoys what most analysts project will be an opening of more than $200 million. Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 placed second for the weekend. Although it couldn't elbow Furious 7 from the top spot, Age of Adaline scored a respectable third-place finish. Home finished at No. 4. Unfriended rounded out the top five.

McDonald's is testing Create Your Taste kiosks, where you can place customized orders on a large flat screen at a few stores. One mad genius Chicago man decided to see what would happen if he ordered the maximum amount of ingredients that the touch screens allow for one burger. The result? A burger with two quarter pounder patties, an artisan bun and 10X every single other ingredient from onions to bacon.

A visitor to Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park says she asked God, "Are you going to bless me and let me find a diamond today?" The answer, apparently, was a resounding yes. And a short time later Susie Clark spotted a teardrop-shaped 3.69-carat gem that she's dubbed the Hallelujah Diamond. Clark says she's keeping her diamond, but a year ago, a teen sold a 3.85-carat diamond she found at Crater of Diamonds for $20,000.

Trivia Answer: The Odd Couple on ABC TV starred Jack Klugman as Oscar and Tony Randall as Felix. Jack Klugman was born on this date in 1922. He died at the age of 90 from prostate cancer in 2012. Tony Randall died in his sleep in May of 2004. The new CBS remake has Matthew Perry is starring, co-writing, and executive-producing. and playing Oscar Madison. Felix Unger is portrayed by Thomas Lennon.

Friday 4.24.15
Today's Trivia: He's a comedian, actor, writer, and producer. He's widely known for his role on the show The King of Queens. He's also known for his lead roles in numerous comedy films. Who is he?

Happy Felix Day! The Mariners wrap up their nine-game homestand with a three-game set with the Minnesota Twins this weekend -- some say the 'lowly' Twins but both Minnesota and Seattle are sporting 6-and-9 records at this point. Game one is tonight at 7:10 with Felix Hernandez getting the start. The same teams meet tomorrow night at 6:10 and Sunday afternoon at 1:10. Monday the Ms are down in Texas to face the Rangers again.

Birthdays: Warren Beatty's older sister, actress Shirley MacLaine is 81; author Sue Grafton -- best known for the Alphabet series -- A is for Alibi, B is for Burglar, and so on -- is 75; she sang in her high school choir with Neil Diamond, singer and actress Barbra Streisand is 73; Night Ranger singer and bassist Jack Blades is 61; Cedric the Entertainer is 51; Little O, former Mariner, baseball great Omar Vizquel is 48; and the first American Idol winner, singer Kelly Clarkson is 33.

Happy Birthday Hubble! Twenty-five years ago today the space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral carrying the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope. It was deployed the following day.

Today is Spring Cat Cleaning Day, a day to give your cat a bath. Be careful. National Scoop the Poop Week is underway. Shouldn't every week be Scoop the Poop Week? It's Plumber's Day -- take a plumber to lunch. It's Pig in a Blanket Day – a day to eat a sausage wrapped in a pancake. Why? Because that's what a 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? Today is Teach Children to Save Day, a national event developed by the American Bankers Association Education Foundation. It's Ambivalence Day, time for you to deal with all the paradoxical situations. Celebrate or not.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1962, MIT sent a TV signal by satellite for the first time. 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, singer 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 1996, it was announced that Scott Weiland was in a drug rehab and could not perform causing the cancellation of several Stone Temple Pilot shows. In 2002, singer Jewel broke her collarbone and a rib when she was thrown from a horse.

Fifty Shades of Grey stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are reprising their roles in the sequels Fifty Shades Darker on Valentine's weekend in 2017 and Fifty Shades Freed on Valentine's weekend in 2018. Universal Pictures made that announcement yesterday.

Meanwhile, in theaters this weekend: the PG-13 rated The Age of Adaline, and the PG-rated Little Boy. The R-rated Water Diviner comes out in limited release, and the R-rated Ex Machina sees expanded release.

In London, an ambulance was called out to help an injured woman. When they arrived the ambulance crew saw three men and a woman standing around a pigeon. The ambulance crew asked if they had called an ambulance for the pigeon and they said they had. A member of the crew said: "They were surprised to learn that the ambulance service is for humans not animals."

Closer to home, firefighters in Boise, Idaho, responding to a house fire thought they heard the screams of people inside. The voices were screaming, "Help! Fire!" But when firefighters investigated they found parrots that had been trained to cry for help. There was actually nobody in the house. Crews removed the birds and gave them oxygen.

New proof that in fact we are all about that bass. Big butts are huge: More than 13,000 people in the United States paid a plastic surgeon to enhance their posteriors last year, according to a new report released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Butt-boosting surgeries were among the fastest growing cosmetic surgeries in 2014.

Trivia Answer: Kevin George Knipfing better known by his stage name Kevin James He turns 50 on Sunday. He plays Doug Heffernan on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens. He is also known for his lead roles in the comedy films I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Grown Ups, Zookeeper, Here Comes the Boom, Hitch, and can be seen currently in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.

Thursday 4.23.15
Today's Trivia: He wrote the 1977 best-selling book The Complete Book of Running. He's credited with helping start America's fitness revolution, popularizing the sport of running, and demonstrating the health benefits of regular jogging. Who was he?

The Mariners avoided a sweep and survived another shaky performance from the bullpen to end the Astros' four-game winning streak by way of a 3-2 victory last night at the Safe. Reliever Yoervis Medina was far from a hero, but he did get the most important out in the eighth when he fanned Houston slugger Chris Carter on three pitches with the bases loaded. That Medina was the guy who loaded the bases by walking three of the first four batters he faced was significant. But he weaseled his way out. J.A. Happ turned in another solid performance and continues to be the only Seattle starter not named Felix who is consistently giving the team a chance to win. Offensively, the Mariners did just enough to support Happ's solid start. Nelson Cruz and Brad Miller both had RBI singles, but the big hit was Mike Zunino's solo homer in the third inning -- his second homer in five days. The Mariners' third off-day of the season today seems to come at a good time for a team that needs to gather itself. They're back at it tomorrow night when they welcome in the Minnesota Twins. Felix gets the start for the Ms.

Birthdays: Colonel Steve Austin on Six Million Dollar Man, actor Lee Majors is 76; Janet from Three's Company, actress Joyce DeWitt is 66; director Michael Moore is 61; the former Mrs. Eddie Van Halen, actress Valerie Bertinelli is 55; actor and comedian George Lopez is 54; and writer, producer, actor, and host of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, John Oliver is 38.

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 or The Day of Lovers in Spain. Today is National Zucchini Bread Day. Today is World Laboratory Day, a day that celebrates the place where great discoveries, inventions, and medical cures are born. Of course, it's also where mad scientists dwell. Can you say Frankenstein? And if you're a gambler, you'll love this: Today is Take a Chance Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1954, Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit his first major-league home run. In 1964, Ken Johnson of the Houston Colts threw the first no-hit game for a loss in baseball history. The Cincinnati Reds beat Johnson's no hitter by a score of 1-0 by capitalizing on two costly Houston errors. In 1971, The Rolling Stones album Sticky Fingers was released. It was the band's first release on the band's newly-formed label, Rolling Stones Records. In 1985, Coca-Cola announced it was changing its 99-year-old secret formula Coke. Negative public reaction forced the resumption of selling the original version. In 1988, a federal law took effect that banned smoking on flights that were under two hours. 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 -- his last regular season game in the NBA. In 1997, an infertility doctor in California announced that a 63-year-old woman had given birth in late 1996. The child was from a donor egg. The woman is the oldest known woman to give birth. In 2005, the first video was uploaded to It was a slip titled Me At The Zoo.

With mounting speculation surrounding his expiring contract, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson told HBO's Real Sports this week that he isn't thinking about his contract, and that he would like to spend his whole career in Seattle, if possible. On Tuesday evening's episode of Real Sports, host Bryant Gumbel mentioned the going rate for elite NFL quarterbacks is close to $20 million, while Wilson earned just over $650,000 last season on his rookie contract. Wilson, who is entering his fourth year in the NFL, chuckled when Gumbel asked if he was the best bargain in sports. "It's a big difference," Wilson said with a smile. "But, you know, I'm hoping that it works out for me." Gumbel brought up the $20 million figure again. "I hear ya," Wilson said, then after a long pause added: "Sounds good." However, Wilson did not say whether he is seeking that much money from the Seahawks, who are expected to lock up Wilson this offseason with a long-term contract.

By the way, Russell is hosting the Kids' Choice Sports awards on July 16th. He takes over from Hall of Famer Michael Strahan who hosted the inaugural show last year -- a show that gathers top athletes and celebrities in a celebration of kids' love of sports. The show is Nickelodeon.

A year after Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announced their decision to "consciously uncouple," the Oscar-winning actress has now filed divorce papers in a Los Angeles court. Paltrow's filing cited "irreconcilable differences" for the divorce from the Coldplay frontman. They married in December of 2003. They have two children, Apple and Moses, and the filing requests joint custody. In March of 2014, the couple announced their separation on Paltrow's lifestyle website, saying they would "consciously uncouple and coparent" their children.

People magazine has named Sandra Bullock as the World's Most Beautiful Woman for 2015. The 50-year-old actress tops the magazine's list announced yesterday. Bullock beat several competitors, including Vanessa Hudgens, Ariana Grande, and Gabrielle Union, to top this year's annual poll. Commenting on being selected for this year's cover, Bullock says she just laughed when she heard about the honor. "No, really. I just said, 'That's ridiculous,'" she tells the magazine.

Actor John Stamos and his Full House castmates have confirmed reports the sitcom is coming back. It was recently revealed that show creator Jeff Franklin was close to securing a deal for a 13-episode run, which would feature original series stars Candace Cameron Bure, Andrea Barber, Jodie Sweetin and Stamos, who would also serve as producer. An agreement has since been made and this week Stamos appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to make the big Netflix announcement. He said, "It's a labor of love and we've been literally trying for so many years to do it right and I think we've finally got it perfect." However, co-star Lori Loughlin tells Access Hollywood Live she and castmates Bob Saget and Dave Coulier are still in negotiations to return, revealing, "They made deals with half the cast but not the other half... We're all in negotiations. I think we would all like to come back if the powers that be are fair to all of us... They're trying... It's up to them." Full House, which ran for eight seasons before wrapping up in 1995, also launched the careers of child stars Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and Loughlin admits she's not sure if the twins will be part of the new show, titled Fuller House. She says, "I honestly don't know if they wanna do it... I'm sure they're (producers) talking to them."

Seattle's favorite true crime writer Ann Rule filled volumes writing about women and men hurt by the ones they loved. Now, at 83, Ann may have joined their ranks. King County prosecutors claim two of Rule's sons stole thousands from her. Filing theft charges last week, prosecutors claim Michael and Andrew Rule separately raided their mother's accounts in a string of thefts last year. Rule , a onetime Seattle police officer who turned to crime writing in the late 1960s, broke through with The Stranger Beside Me, a chilling account of her friendship with serial killer Ted Bundy. She has since authored two dozen books, and until recently could often be found at Washington courtrooms researching future works. Rule has seen her health decline since late 2013. Rule had for years paid salaries to four of her children. The payments amounted to $25,000 a month between the four, who were paid to support Rule's business and provide for her care. According to charging papers, Rule has been largely confined to a wheelchair since a fall in October 2013. The thefts are alleged to have begun shortly thereafter. In January, Mike Rule and one of Rule's daughters obtained a court order meant to protect their mother from Andy Rule. It came too late, according to charging papers, as Andy Rule had already drawn $9,585 from his mother's accounts. Court papers say Andy Rule admitted to spending his mother's money gambling and at strip clubs. He claimed to have drug and gambling addictions. Now, investigators contend Mike Rule's thefts surpassed his older brother's. Like Andy, 51-year-old Mike had been living well off of his mother's fortune. According to charging papers, he and his wife were paid $9,000 a month to handle Rule's correspondence and run errands. As his mother's health declined, though, Mike Rule pushed for control of her finances and demanded to know how much he would receive in inheritance. Investigators claim Mike Rule spent freely from his mother's bank accounts, overdrawing them. According to charging papers, Mike Rule forged his mother's signature on dozens of checks. Investigators did not offer a specific amount in charging papers – it was not immediately clear what portion of the checks went to legitimate expenses – though Mike Rule is suspected of stealing more than $50,000.Mike Rule has been charged with first-degree theft as well as forgery. Andy Rule has been charged with first-degree theft. Neither is currently jailed.

While plenty of imitations are already available on mobile phones, Mattel has announced it will release an official Magic 8 Ball app for iPhone and Apple Watch devices. Once players have asked the Magic 8 Ball a question, they can shake their iPhone to shake the ball, or tap their Apple Watch to reveal the answer.

Trivia Answer: Jim Fixx who was born on this date in 1932. He died of a heart attack while jogging at 52 years of age. His genetic predisposition for heart problems and other previous lifestyle factors may have caused his heart attack. Fixx started running at the age of 35. He weighed 240 pounds and smoked two packs of cigarettes per day. Ten years later, when his book, The Complete Book of Running -- which spent 11 weeks at No. 1 on the best-seller list -- was published, he was 60 pounds lighter and smoke-free. In his books and on television talk shows, he extolled the benefits of physical exercise and how it considerably increased the average life expectancy. On July 20th of 1984, Fixx died at the age of 52 of a fulminant heart attack. His autopsy revealed that atherosclerosis had blocked one coronary artery 95%, a second 85%, and a third 70%. Still, medical opinion continued to uphold the link between exercise and longevity. In 1986. exercise physiologist Kenneth Cooper, after being granted access to Fixx's medical records and autopsy, and after interviewing his friends and family, concluded that Fixx was genetically predisposed (his father had a heart attack at 35 and died of another at 43, and Fixx himself had a congenitally enlarged heart), and had several lifestyle issues -- he was a heavy smoker prior to beginning running, he had a stressful occupation, he had undergone a second divorce. and his weight before he took up running had ballooned to 220 pounds.

Wednesday 4.22.15
Today's Trivia: He's an actor, film director, producer, and writer. Throughout his career, he has portrayed unique and challenging roles, many of which include dark portrayals of excitable, neurotic and psychopathic characters. His 12 Academy Award nominations make him the most nominated male actor in the Academy's history. Who is he?

A leaky bullpen and more defensive gaffes continued to haunt the Mariners last night in a 6-3 come-from-ahead loss to the Houston Astros. For the second night in a row, the bullpen couldn't hold to a lead. Ahead 3-1 in the eighth inning, Charlie Furbush and Danny Farquhar came undone after Robinson Cano began the frame bobbling a grounder for an error. The Ms and Astros wrap the series tonight at 7:10.

Birthdays: Mrs. Garrett on The Facts of Life, actress Charlotte Rae is 89; singer Glen Campbell is 79; actor Jack Nicholson is 78; author Janet Evanovich is 72; director John Waters is 69; Peter Frampton came alive 65 years ago today; he sang with the bands Ace, Squeeze, and Mike + The Mechanics, singer Paul Carrack is 64; comedian Byron Allen is 54; and Beastmode -- Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch -- is 29.

It's 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 Day is now celebrated in more than 192 countries every year. Today is Administrative Professionals Day or Secretary's Day. The name of this special day has changed and evolved over the past few decades. But, the importance of recognizing these vital individuals remains. The two new terms in use today are: "Administrative Professionals" and "Executive Admins". The two names sometimes mean different roles and responsibilities in different companies and organizations. Both are broader terms, that encompass more positions than the original "Secretary" role. It's Girl Scout Leader Appreciation 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 1914, Babe Ruth made his pitching debut with the Baltimore Orioles. In 1966, The Troggs released Wild Thing. In 1970, the first Earth Day was observed by millions of Americans. In 1976, Barbara Walters became the first female nightly network news anchor. 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. In 1981, Eric Clapton was hospitalized after he suffered bruised ribs and a lacerated chin in a car accident in Seattle. 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 1989, Guns N' Roses released Patience. 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. In 2010, Bret Michaels was rushed to the hospital. It was discovered that he had suffered from a brain hemmorage. Two weeks earlier Michaels had been taken to the hospital and underwent an emergency appendectomy.

Jon Stewart says August 6th will be his last night hosting Comedy Central's The Daily Show. Stewart set the date in the closing moments of Monday's edition of the show. With tongue in cheek, he promised to wear a suit for that finale, and to shower beforehand. Then he recanted, saying he would be clad in overalls and skip the shower. The network said The Daily Show will then go on hiatus for the rest of the summer. Stewart's finale ends a 16-year reign of sharp satire and ample silliness. He first broke the news of his planned departure in February. His successor is South African comedian Trevor Noah, a recent addition to the stable of Daily Show correspondents. No start date for Noah has been announced.

It's Earth Day today. NASA suggests we mark the occasion by posting pictures of our favorite places on Earth and tagging them with #noplacelikehome on social media.

For the first time since 2011, the Seattle Seahawks open the regular season with back-to-back games on the road. The NFL released the team's schedule yesterday afternoon. The Hawks kick off their 2015 campaign on Sunday, September 13th at the home of the NFC West rival St. Louis Rams. A week later, it's a nationally-televised Sunday night road game against the Green Bay Packers. In fact, a franchise-record five games are being broadcast in primetime, two of which will be played before the 12s at CenturyLink Field. They get three on Sunday Night Football (Packers, 49ers, and Ravens), one on Monday Night Football (the Lions) and a Thursday Night game at San Francisco. The Seahawks own a 13-and-1 record in primetime games under coach Pete Carroll and have won nine Monday Night Football games in a row. The team's .724 winning percentage on Monday night is the best in the NFL.

The Seahawks' full 2015 schedule including preseason


Friday Aug. 14 Denver Broncos 7:00

Friday Aug. 21 at Kansas City Chiefs 5:00

Saturday Aug. 29 at San Diego Chargers 5:00

Thursday Sept. 3 Oakland Raiders 7:00

Regular Season

Sunday Sept. 13 at St. Louis Rams 10:00

Sunday Sept. 20 at Green Bay Packers 5:30

Sunday Sept. 27 Chicago Bears 1:25

Monday Oct. 5 Detroit Lions 5:30

Sunday Oct. 11 at Cincinnati Bengals 10:00

Sunday Oct. 18 Carolina Panthers 1:05

Thursday Oct. 22 at San Francisco 49ers 5:25

Sunday Nov. 1 at Dallas Cowboys 1:25

Sunday Nov. 8 Bye Week

Sunday Nov. 15 Arizona Cardinals 5:30

Sunday Nov. 22 San Francisco 49ers 1:25

Sunday Nov. 29 Pittsburgh Steelers 1:25

Sunday Dec. 6 at Minnesota Vikings 10:00

Sunday Dec. 13 at Baltimore Ravens 5:30

Sunday Dec. 20 Cleveland Browns 1:05

Sunday Dec. 27 St. Louis Rams 1:25

Sunday Jan. 3, 2016 at Arizona Cardinals 1:25

A 10-ton lump of wet wipes and fat has been removed from a sewer in west London. The toxic lump of congealed fat and household waste -- known as a fatberg -- was 132 feet long.

The House's budget chair said yesterday Washington lawmakers will not finish their work by Sunday's deadline and will need a special session to work out the details on the state budget and adequately paying for public education. Governor. Jay Inslee agreed with that assessment. But he said special session plans haven't been talked about yet.

NBC says that it's still waiting for Brian Williams to make a public apology.

Maickel Melamed, a college professor from Venezuela, crossed the finish line for the Boston Marathon early yesterday morning, 20 hours after the starting gun went off Monday. The 39-year-old suffers from muscular dystrophy but has competed in races around the world.

Trivia Answer: John Joseph Nicholson -- Jack Nicholson -- who is 78 today. Nicholson has won the Academy Award for Best Actor twice, one for the drama One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and the other for the romantic comedy As Good as It Gets (1997). He also won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the comedy-drama Terms of Endearment (1983). Nicholson is tied with Walter Brennan and Sir Daniel Day-Lewis as one of three male actors to win three Academy Awards. Nicholson is one of only two actors to be nominated for an Academy Award for acting in every decade from the 1960s to the 2000s; the other was Michael Caine. Nicholson was brought up believing that his maternal grandparents, John Joseph Nicholson (a department store window dresser in Manasquan, New Jersey) and Ethel May (née Rhoads, a hairdresser, beautician and amateur artist in Manasquan), were his parents. Nicholson discovered that his "parents" were actually his grandparents and his "sister" was his mother only in 1974, after a journalist for TIME magazine who was doing a feature on Nicholson informed him of the fact. By this time, both his mother and grandmother had died (in 1963 and 1970, respectively). A legendary fan of the Los Angeles Lakers professional basketball team, he's been a Laker season ticket holder since 1970. Nicholson has more than once been threatened with ejection from his courtside seats because he argued with or shouted at the game's referees.

Tuesday 4.21.15
Today's Trivia: She was born in South Carolina. She was initially spotted by a rep from Wilhelmina Models while on a trip to Los Angeles before she would later sign with Elite Model Management in New York City. In the early 1980s, she modeled for Vogue magazine and appeared in ad campaigns for for a number of top designers. A series of billboards in Time Square and national television commercials for Calvin Klein drew attention to her and led to her 1984 film debut in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes. Who is she?

The Ms came up short last night falling to the Houston Astros 7-5. Maybe it's going to take more than just a rebuilt offense to turn the Mariners into a legitimate contender. Last night's loss served as another example of the bats doing enough, but not getting the pitching. How things have changed. It wasn't that long ago that giving up five hits and four runs would be considered a disaster for Hisashi Iwakuma but so far it's becoming the norm in this young season. Taijuan Walker is off to a rough start. He goes tonight in game two of the series with the Astros.

Yesterday, Nelson Cruz was named the American League Player of the Week for April 13th to the 19th. It's the fourth Player of the Week honor of his career. For the week, Cruz had 12 hits in 24 at-bats with 6 home runs and 10 RBIs in six games against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers. He recorded a hit in each of the Mariners' games during the week, and had an eight-game hitting streak heading into play last night ... he picked up a couple more hits last night.

Birthdays: She ascended to throne in February of 1952 following her father's death, Elizabeth II, the Queen of the United Kingdom is 89; actor and comedian Charles Grodin is 80; singer and musician Iggy Pop is 68; actor Tony Danza is 64; actress Andie MacDowell is 57; from The Cure, singer Robert Smith is 56. actor James McAvoy is 36; and Dallas Cowboy quarterback Tony Romo is 35.

It's Kindergarten Day, 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.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1952, Secretary's Day (now Administrative Professionals' Day) was first celebrated. In 1960, Dick Clark testified before a congressional committee investigating payola. He admitted that he had a financial interest in 27 percent of the records he played on his show in a period of 28 months. 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 1977, Annie opened on Broadway. In 1982, baseball's Rollie Fingers of the Milwaukee Brewers became the first pitcher to record 300 saves. In 1986, Geraldo Rivera opened a vault that belonged to Al Capone at the Lexington Hotel in Chicago. Nothing of interest was found inside. In 1989, the Tiananmen Square Protests. Around 100,000 students gathered in Tiananmen Square. In 2000, the 1998 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act went into effect.

Entering the final year of his rookie contract in 2015, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is set to earn his first big-money NFL deal this offseason. But the three-year veteran is already among the league's most marketable stars. Wilson was named the 2015 sales leader in officially licensed NFL merchandise yesterday, topping the NFL Players Inc. Top 50 Players Sales List for the second-straight year. The list is based on total sales of "officially licensed products from online and traditional retail outlets as reported by more than 80 NFLPI licensees," according to release from the NFLPA, with product categories including game jerseys, t-shirts, figurines, photos and more. Wilson was joined on the list by Seahawks teammates Richard Sherman (seventh) and Marshawn Lynch (ninth), who are just two of four non-quarterbacks in the top 10. Sherman ranked 12th on last year's list, while Lynch actually dropped two positions from No. 7 in 2014. While they came up a yard short of their second-straight Super Bowl victory, the Seahawks ranked atop the league with five players on this year's list.

The woman who came up with a neon sign that has welcomed countless visitors to "fabulous Las Vegas" since 1959 has died. Betty Willis, credited with designing the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign, died at 91 in her Overton, Nevada, home on Sunday. The artist's often-copied sign sits in a median in the middle of Las Vegas Boulevard south of the Strip. Danielle Kelly is the executive director of The Neon Museum in Las Vegas, where the signs of Sin City's past are retired and on display. She says, "It's the most recognizable icon in the world."

The Australian-born drummer from AC/DC, Phil Rudd has pleaded guilty in a New Zealand court to charges of threatening to kill and possession of drugs. Rudd has been out on bail since his arrest last November. He reversed an earlier not guilty plea and admitted to one charge of threatening to kill, as well as possession of cannabis and methamphetamine. A second charge of threatening to kill, which carries a maximum sentence of seven years in jail, was withdrawn. It came out in court that the matter arose from Rudd's anger about the launch of his solo album, which had not gone well. Rudd's lawyer told reporters outside the court, "This matter essentially revolved around an angry phone call, that was it," An original charge of trying to procure murder was withdrawn because of a lack of evidence. Rudd was silent in court apart from entering his guilty plea. He'll be sentenced in late June. Rudd is not taking part in AC/DC's world tour, which starts next month.

Kraft says it's removing artificial colors and flavors from its original recipe Macaroni & Cheese dinners as US customers increasingly demand quality ingredients. The new and improved Mac & Cheese hits stores starting in January.

Going slower than the speed limit in a highway's fast lane could earn Washington drivers a speeding ticket under a bill pending in the state Senate. The bill would create a series of fines for driving any slower than the speed limit in the left lane, with the amount of the fine going up depending on how much slower than the limit a car is going. The bill calls driving slow in the left lane "obnoxious, inconsiderate and dangerous behavior." Combined with existing maximum speed limit law, the slow-driving bill would mean any driver in normal traffic who is not precisely driving the speed limit in the left lane could be ticketed. It's unclear whether the bill will get a hearing before the legislative session is scheduled to end Sunday.

Today in 2005, an Australian undertaker began offering a beer-as-you-bury service to take some of the sting out of bereavement. The company, in Melbourne, introduced a minibus -- complete with a mini-bar, coffee and a DVD player -- in which up to 122 mourners could ride with the coffin to the cemetery.

Trivia Answer: Andie (short for Anderson) MacDowell who turns 57 today. In Greystoke, by the way, her lines were recorded by another actress because her southern accent was too pronounced for her to play the role of an Englishwoman. That other actress was Glenn Close.

Monday 4.20.15
Today's Trivia: He's a seasoned character actor with numerous brief appearances on television and movies, usually noted for his awkward and homely appearance. He has played many bit parts in movies directed by his brother. As a young child, he was sometimes seen on The Andy Griffith Show as Leon -- a toddler in a cowboy outfit who wandered freely around Mayberry silently offering people a bite of his sandwich. They would respond to him "No thank you." Who is he?

It was a rock 'em sock 'em back and forth game for the Ms yesterday. In the end, Austin Jackson singled in the tying run in the ninth inning, Nelson Cruz followed with a two-out single for his fifth RBI of the game, and the Seattle Mariners overcame a pair of five-run deficits to beat the Texas Rangers 11-10. Cruz homered twice in the first three innings, raising his major league-leading total to eight, and Jackson hit the 11th leadoff homer of his career. The big drama came in the ninth. Brad Miller led off with a single off Neftali Feliz and advanced on Seth Smith's one-out walk. Jackson lined a single to right that fell in front of Shin-Soo Choo. After Rickie Weeks' popout and an intentional walk to Robinson Cano, Cruz lined a 96 mph pitch into left field to score Smith. Feliz had not blown a save chance since August 3rd and allowed earned runs to Seattle for the first time in 23 career appearances against the Mariners. Seattle, which took two of three from the Rangers, trailed 7-2 and 10-5, then closed with one run in the seventh and three in the eighth. The Mariners Hisashi Iwakuma gets the start tonight when Seattle opens a three-game series against Houston.

Birthdays: Sulu on Star Trek, actor George Takei is 78; actor Ryan O'Neal is 74; Grand Funk Railroad keyboardist and current member of Bob Seger's Silver Bullet Band, Craig Frost is 67; actress Jessica Lange is 66; Ron Howard's little brother actor Clint Howard is 56; baseball's Don Mattingly is 54; actor Crispin Glover is 51; actress Carmen Electra is 43; and actor Joey Lawrence is 39.

Today is Go Around Humming You Light Up My Life Until Everybody Screams Day. Today is National Goal Buddies Day, a day to celebrate the people who support you as you reach for your goals. Today is National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day. Today is Look Alike Day -- a day to find someone you really look up to, and try to look like them. Today is Volunteer Recognition Day -- a day that honors the legions of volunteers who dedicate themselves to causes and helping others. Celebrate this Volunteer Recognition Day by thanking volunteers for their work, getting involved yourself in a volunteer activity, and donating to a volunteer group. Today is the Anniversary of Something That Happened So Long Ago Everyone Has Forgotten What It Was Day.

Just a reminder that this is Administrative Professionals Week.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1912, the Boston Red Sox edged the New York Yankees 7-6. It was the Sox first game in their elegant new stadium, Fenway Park. In 1961, FM stereo broadcasting was approved by the FCC. In 1988, the US Air Forces' Stealth -- the B-2 bomber -- was officially unveiled. In 1989, scientists announced the successful testing of high-definition TV. In 1992, in London, a memorial concert was held for Freedie Mercury of Queen. Elton John, Guns N' Roses, Roger Daltrey, Liza Minnelli, David Bowie, George Michael, Def Leppard, and Spinal Tap performed. In 1993, President Clinton accepted responsibility for the decision to try and end the 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound in Texas, but he said David Koresh bore ultimate responsibility for the deaths that resulted. In 2008, Danica Patrick became the first female winner in Indy Car history, capturing the Indy Japan 300 in her 50th career start. In 2010, the Deep Water Horizon oil rig run by British Petroleum exploded in the Gulf of Mexico some 50 miles off the Louisiana coast, killing 11 workers and injuring 17 others. The resulting oil spill was the largest offshore spill in US history.

Furious 7 ran laps around the competition over the weekend, picking up another $29.1 million and topping the box office in its third weekend out. Despite Furious 7's continued dominance, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 did better than expected, pulling in a solid $24 million -- it had been projected to fall short of the $20 million barrier. Unfriended finished in third place. The top five was rounded out by Home at number four and The Longest Ride at number five.

US airfares are expected to dip this summer after years of trending up, according to a report released today from the Airlines Reporting Corp., which processes ticket purchases for airlines and travel sites. Domestic tickets are expected to drop by $2.01, less than 1 percent, to an average of $454 per round trip. Fares to Europe will fall more, dropping by $50, but ticket prices will rise for those going to many popular destinations, including London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Budapest, and Lisbon.

The scenes have almost felt like they're out of Hollywood imagination -- brilliant red sunrises and sunsets the last couple of days around Western Washington. Why so red? It's a byproduct of the massive wildfires that recently burned a large area in Siberia. The atmospheric winds are aligned this week to carry the smoke across the Pacific Ocean and into the Pacific Northwest. Now it's getting carried back offshore a bit then pushed back east into Southern Oregon: Why does it make the skies red? The smoke particles in the atmosphere help filter out the shorter wavelength colors of sunlight -- the greens, blues, yellows and purples, while the longer wavelength reds and oranges have a better chance of getting through the air unfiltered. You notice it at sunrise and sunset because when the sun is lower on the horizon, its light has more of Earth's atmosphere to travel through to get to your eye, so the filtering process is more complete. The intense effect on our sunsets despite the wildfires being 3,500-4,000 miles away gives you some idea how bad the fires were in Siberia, where 15 people have died and hundreds are injured. In addition, over 1,000 homes have been destroyed or damaged. Air quality around here should improve in the days ahead and the sunsets should return to more traditional shades of color.

Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist on Saturday -- the last of the four bandmates to earn the honor in a ceremony in Cleveland celebrating some of the biggest stars of rock music. Among the 2015 honorees joining Starr, were singer Bill Withers, the band Green Day and Lou Reed. Pioneering female rock musician Patti Smith paid an emotional tribute to her friend Lou Reed, who died in 2013 of liver disease. Also inducted was Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, by Miley Cyrus. Blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, who died in 1990, was honored by guitarist and singer John Mayer. The event is due on HBO on May 30th.

Target's website nearly crashed yesterday as its new Lilly Pulitzer collection made its debut. Frustrated customers claimed that the website had gone down altogether. Target said it was merely slowed down by the rush, which was "on par with Black Friday." Many items sold out in many stores within minutes. Lilly Pulitzer is known for shift dresses and other garments with colorful floral prints. The brand has long been a key element of Palm Beach style.

On TV tonight, StarTalk debuts on National Geographic. Hosted by astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, the first episode features Star Trek's George Takei, who turns 78 today.

Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan were among the big winners at last night's Country Music Awards. Lambert won female vocalist of the year, song of the year for Automatic, and album of the year for Platinum. Bryan, however, took the coveted fan-voted entertainer of the year award, beating out Lambert, Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean, and Florida Georgia Line. Taylor Swift won a 50th Anniversary Milestone Award, as did Lambert, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn, Reba McEntire, and Kenny Chesney.

The Philadelphia Eagles reportedly are signing quarterback Tim Tebow to a one-year contract today, bringing him back to the NFL after his brief first shot at a pro football career was cut short. Tebow won two national championships and a Heisman Trophy at Florida, then spent just two seasons for the Denver Broncos and one for the Jets before playing his last regular season game in 2012. Since then he has been working out with a passing coach and working as a commentator.

Trivia Answer: Clint Howard who turns 56 today. His brother, of course, is actor-turned-director Ron Howard. As a child actor, Clint starred on Gentle Ben. Howard has appeared in many films that were directed by his brother, often playing unpleasant characters.

Friday 4.17.15
Today's Trivia: He was known as The Man With the Golden Ear. He was a music publisher, rock music producer, talent manager, and songwriter. He was best known for managing songwriting talent as well as successful pop groups, such as The Monkees, Kansas, and The Archies. At one point he served as executive producer and creative consultant for ABC's In Concert television series. Who was he?

No Mariners last night. It was an off day but now they embark on a nine-game 10-day homestand. Three with the Texas Rangers, then three with the Houston Astros, a day off, and then three with the Minnesota Twins. It all starts tonight at Safeco at 7:10.

Seahawks GM John Schneider hinted this week that he won't jeopardize the long-term future of the Seahawks by signing quarterback Russell Wilson to a contract extension that harms the team's ability to retain other key contributors. He said, "We have a track record of rewarding our players that we recognize as core players. Every negotiation is unique in and of itself, and this is no different. He's our quarterback. We'd love him to be our quarterback. But the thing is we need to keep as many of these guys together as we possibly can." Schneider said Russell was just one of the players they were looking to secure beyond the 2015 season. He said, "We have had talks with Russell obviously. We'd like to move forward now with a number of our guys who going to be unrestricted next year: Russell, obviously being our quarterback, (linebacker) Bobby Wagner, (guard J.R.) Sweezy, (wide receiver) Jermaine Kearse -- we have a number of unrestricted guys." Schneider did say he thought it would be difficult for Wilson to pursue a professional baseball career, something Russell said he hasn't given up on during an appearance on HBO's Real Sports over the weekend. Schneider said, "I think one of the primary things that really attracted Russell to us -- I know me in particular -- was the confidence he has in himself and the goals, dreams, aspirations. He's off the charts in terms of his confidence level and the way he views himself, so it doesn't surprise me that he would think that way. Quite frankly, I haven't thought much about the baseball aspect of it. Based on the position that he plays in football, I think it would be difficult. But the way he attacks everything, I don't think you could put anything past him." Schneider wouldn't discuss whether or not the Seahawks would prohibit Wilson from playing baseball as part of the new contract.

Birthdays: Composer, pianist and keyboardist Jan Hammer is 67; actress Olivia Hussey is 64; actor Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones) is 56; quarterback turned sportscaster Boomer Esiason is 54; singer Liz Phair is 48; actress Jennifer Garner is 43; singer Victoria Beckham -- Posh Spice -- is 41; and The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo, actress Rooney Mara is 30.

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. It's also Bat Appreciation Day-- counter to what horror movies lead us to believe, these night flyers won't bother you, if you don't bother them.

Tomorrow is Record Store Day, celebrated worldwide. Find a participating record store near you.

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 1969, in Los Angeles, Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of assassinating Senator Robert F. Kennedy. In 1970, Paul McCartney released his first solo album. It included a self-interview that confirmed the Beatles had broken up. 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. 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 1993, a federal jury in Los Angeles convicted two former police officers of violating the civil rights of beaten motorist Rodney King. Two other officers were acquitted. In 1998, Paul McCartney's wife, Linda McCartney, died after a fight with breast cancer.

Millions of bees were swarming Interstate 5 in Lynnwood this morning after a semi truck carrying a load of honeybee hives tipped over and crashed as it came off the I-405 interchange in Lynnwood. The truck had just merged onto Interstate 5 around this morning about 3:30 when it tipped on its side, dumping its load of 448 hives. Washington State Patrol Trooper Travis Shearer said about 13.7 million bees were unleashed in the crash. The driver wasn't hurt. The company that owns the insects sent beekeepers to recover as many as possible. The bees, however, became more active and angry as the sun rose and the weather warmed, and firefighters sprayed a layer of foam on some of the boxes, killing the bees for safety. Shearer said he heard that some of the firefighters had been stung. There's actually an electronic reading "Bees on roadway. Use caution." Shearer said, "We can't even start to recover and roll that semi back over until the bees are all cleaned up."

The weekend has arrived. New in theaters this weekend: the PG-rated Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, the R-rated Unfriended, and narrated by Tina Fey, the G-rated Monkey Kingdom.

An Apple iPad which belonged to Pope Francis fetched $30,500 at auction this week, with proceeds going to a school for the poor in Uruguay. Last year, a Harley-Davidson he had received as a gift fetched $257,681.

A man in China was recently detained for stealing instant lottery tickets worth $6,500. The suspect was caught with more than 3,000 scratch-off tickets in his possession. Only half the tickets had been scratched.

Trivia Answer: Don Kirshner who was born on this date in 1934. Kirshner was hired by the producers of The Monkees to provide hit-worthy songs to accompany the television program, within a demanding schedule. Kirshner quickly corralled songwriting talent from his stable of writers and musicians to create catchy, engaging tracks which the band could pretend to perform on the show. This move was not because of any lack of The Monkees' talent but required in order to keep up with the demanding schedule to churn out ready-to-go recordings to give each week's episode its own song. While Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork were already experienced musicians -- and Davy Jones was an established musical performer -- as a working band, they had little experience; and Micky Dolenz was completely new to drums. Each Monkee was retained for vocal duties but they did not actually play instruments on the records. In the fall of 1972, Kirshner was asked by ABC Television to serve as executive producer and creative consultant for their new In Concert series, which aired every other week. The following September, Kirshner left In Concert to produce and host his own syndicated weekly rock-concert program called Don Kirshner's Rock Concert. With its long-form live performances, as compared to rehearsed, often lip-synced performances that were the staple of earlier television shows, it was a new direction for pop music presentation. The last show aired in 1981, the year that MTV was launched. Don Kirshner died of heart failure on January 17th of 2011 at the age of 76. In April of the next year -- 2012 -- he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Thursday 4.16.15
Today's Trivia: He's widely considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time. During his 20 years in the NBA, he scored 38,387 points, the highest total of any player in league history, in addition to winning a record six Most Valuable Player Awards. His success, however, began well before his professional career. In college, he played on three championship teams, and his high school team won 71 consecutive games. Who is he?

A baffling mental error from Robinson Cano and another poor performance from Taijuan Walker and the Mariners fell to the Dodgers 5-2 last night in Los Angeles. The loss gave LA a three-game sweep. Trailing 5-2 in the top of the sixth, the Mariners had runners on second and third when Logan Morrison drew a walk. It should have loaded the bases. Apparently forgetting there was no runner on first, Cano jogged from third base toward home plate. Cano realized the mistake and tried to break back to third but was tagged out at the bag. Legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully said he's never seen such a baserunning gaffe during his 66-year career. Nelson Cruz showed no signs of stopping his power surge. He hit a solo home run. It marked the fifth consecutive game in which Cruz homered -- his sixth in the past five games. The Mariners are off today before they begin a three-game series tomorrow night 7:10 against the Rangers at Safeco, the start of a nine-game homestand.

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is being reinstated effective Friday, at which point he's able to fully participate in all team activities. That word from the NFL today.

Michael Phelps is aiming to compete in a fifth Olympics next year in Rio, although the 18-time Olympic champion won't swim in the world championships this summer. Phelps confirmed his intention to make one last run at the Olympics yesterday.

Birthdays: Pope Benedict the 16th (Joseph Alois Ratzinger) is 88; singer Bobby Vinton is 80; NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is 68; New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is 63; actress Ellen Barkin is 61; singer Jimmy Osmond is 52; from Soul Asylum, frontman David Pirner is 51; from Two and a Half Men, actor Jon Cryer is 50; comedian Martin Lawrence is 50; Ralphie in The Christmas Story, actor Peter Billingsley is 44; and singer Akon is 42.

Today is National Eggs Benedict Day. It's National Librarian Day. Today is also 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 1922, Annie Oakley shot 100 clay targets in a row, to set a women's record. In 1940, President Franklin Roosevelt threw the first pitch of the new baseball season, 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 engaged in what would become TV's classic comedy grape-stomping scene. In 1962, Walter Cronkite began anchoring The CBS Evening News. In 1966, Percy Sledge's When A Man Loves A Woman was released. In 1977, Fleetwood Mac released Dreams, which became their first number-one single. In 1987, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sternly warned US radio stations to watch the use of indecent language on the airwaves. In 1998, criminal 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. Also in 1999, Shania Twain became the first woman to be named as songwriter/artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International. In 2003, Michael Jordan played his last NBA game with the Washington Wizards, who lost to the Philadelphia 76ers, 107-87.

Police arrested a Florida Postal Service worker who steered his tiny aircraft onto the West Lawn of the US Capitol after flying through restricted airspace around the National Mall yesterday.The pilot was Douglas Mark Hughes of Ruskin, Florida, who remained in custody last evening, according to Capitol Police. On his website, Hughes took responsibility for the stunt and said he was delivering letters to all 535 members of Congress to draw attention to campaign finance corruption. He wrote. "As I have informed the authorities, I have no violent inclinations or intent. An ultralight aircraft poses no major physical threat -- it may present a political threat to graft. I hope so. There's no need to worry -- I'm just delivering the mail." Capitol Police said Hughes could face charges of violating federal aviation laws. Airspace security rules that cover the Capitol and the District of Columbia prohibit private aircraft flights without prior coordination and permission, and violators can face civil and criminal penalties.

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley, the elected official tasked with rooting out government fraud and waste, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of filing false tax returns, attempted obstruction of a civil lawsuit and possession of stolen property. The 41-page indictment was unsealed today alleging various misdeeds by Kelley in connection with mortgage title services companies he previously ran. Federal prosecutors say he kept more than $1 million that should have been refunded to customers of the companies he worked with, and that he unlawfully avoided paying taxes by claiming personal or campaign expenses were business-related. Last month, 11 days after federal investigators searched his house, Kelley wrote the IRS a check for more than $447,000, the indictment said. He also transferred $908,000 into a Seattle trust account. Kelley is scheduled to appear at US District Court in Tacoma this afternoon, where one of his attorneys, Mark Bartlett, told The Associated Press he will plead not guilty.

A Kuwaiti author has accused Disney bosses of copyright infringement, insisting they stole one of her stories for the hit film Frozen. Muneefa Abdullah filed documents in US District Court in Michigan earlier this week accusing studio executives and screenwriter Jennifer Lee of lifting the plot of the animated movie from her own story, The Snow Princess, which is featured in her 2007 book New Fairy Tales. In court documents Abdullah claims "the key plot elements, characters, themes, events, setting, mood, pace and dialogue in Frozen demonstrate substantial similarities to The Snow Princess' and that such similarities are of a sort that indicate copying rather than independent creation or coincidence." Just like Frozen features a princess who has the ability to freeze things, Abdullah says her story also features "a princess who possesses magical ice powers that give her the ability to turn people and objects into ice." The author also cites a number of other similarities. Abdullah insists she never gave Disney bosses license to use her story. She has hit executives with four counts of copyright infringement and is seeking unspecified damages. Frozen has grossed over $1.2 billion at the worldwide box office.

Trivia Answer: NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who turns 68 today. He was born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr. -- known as Lew Alcindor. At birth, he weighed 12 pounds, 10 ounces, and was twenty-two-and-a-half inches long. From an early age he began his record-breaking basketball accomplishments. In high school, he led Power Memorial Academy to three straight New York City Catholic championships, a 71-game winning streak, and a 79–2 overall record. He played in the NBA from 1969 to 1989. Abdul-Jabbar was well known for his trademark "sky-hook", a hook shot in which he bent his entire body (rather than just the arm) like a straw in one fluid motion to raise the ball and then release it at the highest point of his arm's arching motion. Combined with his long arms and great height -- 7 feet 2 inches -- the sky hook was difficult for a defender to block without goaltending. It was a reliable and feared offensive weapon and contributed to his high lifetime field goal percentage of .559. As a twist, he was adept at shooting the skyhook with either hand, which made him even more difficult to defend against. According to Abdul-Jabbar, he learned the move in fifth grade after practicing it, as it was "the only shot I could use that didn't get smashed back in my face".

Wednesday 4.15.15
Today's Trivia: He was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived. He was and is renowned primarily as a painter. He is revered for his technological ingenuity. He conceptualized a helicopter, a tank, concentrated solar power, a calculator, and the double hull. Relatively few of his designs were constructed or even feasible during his lifetime. Who is he?

The Mariners led the Dodgers the entire way last night at Dodger Stadium until the last pitch, when alleged closer Fernando Rodney served up a fatty to Mariners nemesis Howie Kendrick. He smoked a two-run, bases-loaded single to right that scored Carl Crawford from second base to give LA a 6-5 win -- the second one-run loss in a row to LA. Robinson Cano hit his first homer of the season in the first. The next man up, Nelson Cruz, also homered -- for the fifth time in four games, tying his career-best of four games in a row. The series concludes with a 7:10 game tonight when Taijuan Walker gets the start start for Seattle.

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has been found guilty of first-degree murder. A Massachusetts jury today found Hernandez killed Odin Lloyd in June of 2013. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée. He was found shot six times in an industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez's home. At the time, Hernandez had a $40 million contract with the Patriots. Hernandez's lawyer acknowledged during closing arguments that he was there when Lloyd was killed. But he pinned the shooting on Hernandez's two friends, saying his client was a 23-year-old kid who didn't know what to do. Prosecutors said Hernandez planned the killing and then helped cover it up. The conviction carries a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Birthdays: Actor and musician Roy Clark is 82; singer and guitarist Dave Edmunds is 71; actress Amy Wright is 65; actress Emma Thompson is 56; the voice of Yoda, voice actor Tom Kane is 53; singer-songwriter, and record producer Linda Perry is 50; singer Samantha Fox is 49; Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien is 47; actor Seth Rogen is 33; and Hermione in the Harry Potter series, actress Emma Watson is 25.

Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic When a Man Loves a Woman died yesterday in Louisiana. A coroner confirmed that Sledge died early Tuesday morning of natural causes while in hospice care. A No. 1 hit in 1966, When a Man Loves a Woman was Sledge's debut single, an almost unbearably heartfelt ballad with a resonance he never approached again. When a Man Loves a Woman was for many the definitive soul ballad, a testament of blinding, all-consuming love haunted by fear and graced by overwhelming emotion. It was the first No. 1 hit from Alabama's burgeoning Muscle Shoals music scene, where Aretha Franklin and The Rolling Stones among others would record, and it was the first gold record for Atlantic Records. Sledge had surgery for liver cancer in January of 2014 but soon resumed touring. Percy Sledge was 74.

Taxes are due today. It's Income Tax Pay Day. Perhaps related, Today is Rubber Eraser Day. It's also Banana Day -- probably because doing our taxes drives us bananas. Also perhaps related, it's Take a Wild Guess Day. The aim here is to turn the spotlight on hunches, brilliant leaps of deduction, and outright guesswork. Today is Titanic Remembrance Day, a day dedicated to the memory of the Titanic, and over 1500 people who died. On this day in 1912, the Titanic sank in the icy waters of the north Atlantic ocean. The Titanic was called "unsinkable" and the "safest ship afloat" by her builder and designer. However, on her maiden voyage from England to New York City, the ship hit an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean. This occurred at 11:40 the evening of April 14th of 1912. Two hours later, with a gaping gash in her side, the ship quickly sank in icy waters. 1522 passengers and crew died.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1865, Abraham Lincoln died after being shot the previous evening by actor John Wilkes Booth. In 1871, Wild Bill Hickok became the marshal of Abilene, Kansas. In 1947, Jackie Robinson played his first major league baseball game for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking baseball's color line. Previously he had only appeared in exhibition games. 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 1982, Billy Joel was seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident on Long Island, New York. He went to the hospital and stayed for over a month undergoing therapy on his injured hand. In 1996, in San Francisco, Jerry Garcia's remaining ashes were scattered near the Golden Gate Bridge. A small portion of his ashes had been scattered in the Ganges River in India on April 4th. In 2004, Courtney Love was ordered by a Los Angeles judge to stand trial for two counts of drug possession.

A representative for Billy Joel has confirmed reports that the singer-songwriter is going to be a dad again ... at 65. He and his 33-year-old girlfriend, Alexis Roderick, are welcoming a baby this summer, according to the spokesman. Joel already has a grown-up daughter, singer/songwriter Alexa Ray Joel, from his marriage to model Christie Brinkley. This is financial adviser Roderick's first child. The couple has been together since 2009. According to Joel's rep, the singer and his girlfriend plan to keep any further details of the pregnancy "under wraps" until "their new addition makes an official debut."

A rare multiple birth has graced Houston with the birth yesterday of the first US set of all-girl quintuplets. Mom Danielle Busby delivered Olivia Marie, Ava Lane, Hazel Grace, Parker Kate, and Riley Paige by C-section. It took just four minutes for the birth of all five. In addition to being the first female quintuplets in the United States, the Busby babies are the first all-girl set in the world since 1969, according to Texas Woman's Hospital.

We, as Americans, are spending more to dine out than we spend on groceries. In a first for Americans, a new study says we're spending more as a country eating away from home than we are on groceries. According to Commerce Department data released yesterday, restaurants and bars raked in more in sales in March than grocery stores, which is a first.

Trivia Answer: Leonardo da Vinci who was born on this date in 1452. Among his works, the Mona Lisa is the most famous and most parodied portrait and The Last Supper the most reproduced religious painting of all time. The interest in Leonardo's genius has continued unabated; experts study and translate his writings, analyze his paintings using scientific techniques, argue over attributions and search for works which have been recorded but never found. Liana Bortolon once wrote: "Because of the multiplicity of interests that spurred him to pursue every field of knowledge ... Leonardo can be considered, quite rightly, to have been the universal genius par excellence, Five centuries have passed, yet we still view Leonardo with awe."

Tuesday 4.14.15
Today's Trivia: This former Major League Baseball player was also known by his nickname Charlie Hustle. He played from 1963 to 1986, and managed from 1984 to 1989. Who is he?

The Mariners had four home runs but ended up losing last night. The Ms jumped out to a 4-0 lead but couldn't hold on and fell 6-5 to the Dodgers in 10 innings in Los Angeles. Alex Guerrero delivered the walk-off RBI single. Nelson Cruz continued his power tear with a two-run homer in the first and a solo shot in the fourth. It marked the third consecutive game in which he homered. Kyle Seager and Dustin Ackley also each homored. Cruz's homers were the 200th and 201st of his career. He homered in four consecutive games in April of 2011, his longest such streak . The game was the Mariners first regular season game at Dodger Stadium since 2009. The Ms try to even the series tonight as Hisashi Iwakuma tries to bounce back from his last start.

Before last night's game, Mariners reliever Tom Wilhelmsen was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Saturday. This after he suffered a hyperextended elbow during pregame warmups this past weekend. Wilhelmsen is eligible to return on the 26th.

Bo Jackson. Deion Sanders. Brian Jordan. Russell Wilson? The Seattle Seahawk quarterback just won't let the rumors die: He may well want to play two sports -- football and baseball -- at the professional level. Wilson recently told HBO's Real Sports he hasn't given up on a dream to play pro baseball, a path he once took before choosing the gridiron over the diamond. In an episode airing next Tuesday, the 26-year-old signal-caller said he could see himself becoming the next two-sport star. Wilson telling host Bryant Gumbel, "You never want to kill the dream of playing two sports. I would honestly play two sports." One can only wonder what Pete Carroll, John Schneider, and Paul Allen think.

Birthdays: Country singer -- the Coal Miner's Daughter -- Loretta Lynn turns 83; retired policeman Frank Serpico -- Al Pacino played him in the movie -- is 79; former baseball player/coach Pete Rose is 74; Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore is 70; Robert on Everybody Loves Raymond, actor Brad Garrett is 55; Brian Johnson in The Breakfast Club, actor Anthony Michael Hall is 47; and actress Sarah Michelle Gellar is 38.

Today is Ex Spouse Day -- in recognition of your Ex. Someone must have been kidding when they created this day, right? Could anyone actually want to recognize their Ex? Ex Spouse Day has indeed arrived. Once again, a reminder that we don't create these days, we merely report them. Today is International Moment of Laughter Day. The objective of this day is to get people to laugh, and to laugh more often. After all, "laughter is the best medicine". It's Look Up at the Sky Day. You never know what might be going on up there. Take a few minutes out from your busy day to look up at the sky today. If nothing else, the break from the routine will be relaxing. Perhaps related. Maybe not. It's Reach as High as You Can Day. Expand your horizons. It will truly be an uplifting experience.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot in the head at Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC. The assassin, actor John Wilkes Booth, shouted, "Sic semper tyrannis! (Ever thus to tyrants!) The South is avenged" as he jumped onto the stage and fled on horseback. In 1912, the Atlantic passenger liner Titanic, on its maiden voyage hit an iceberg and began to sink. 1,517 people lost their lives. More than 700 survived. In 1939, the John Steinbeck novel The Grapes of Wrath was first published. In 1984, the Texas Board of Education began requiring that the state's public school textbooks describe the evolution of human beings as "theory rather than fact." In 1980, a New Jersey state assemblyman introduced a resolution to make Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run the official state song. Also in 1980, Gary Numan released The Touring Principle, a 45-minute concert video. It was the first commercially available home rock videocassette. In 1989, Tom Petty released his first solo album Full Moon Fever. In 2002, President George W. Bush sent a letter of congratulations to JCPenny's associates for being in business for 100 years. James Cash (JC) Penney had opened his first retail store on April 14th of 1902.

David Letterman is going out in style with the help of some of the biggest names in Hollywood. CBS has announced the star-studded guest list for his final broadcasts. Beginning with Sarah Jessica Parker and newly crowned Masters champion Jordan Spieth, Letterman is also hosting George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Jack Hanna, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Keaton, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Julia Roberts, John Travolta, Jerry Seinfeld and Oprah Winfrey, among others, over the coming weeks. After 33 years, Letterman's final show airs on May 20th.

A sleepy Sea-Tac Airport worker who used the cargo hold of an Alaska Airlines 737 for a nap was awakened in a panic when the flight took off for Los Angeles yesterday. According to Alaska Airlines, Flight 448 was on its way to Los Angeles but immediately after takeoff, the pilot reported hearing banging from someone underneath the plane. The captain declared an emergency and returned to the airport, where a Menzies Aviation ramp agent was found inside the front cargo hold. The ramp agent appeared to be OK but was taken to Highline Hospital to be checked out. The employee later told officials he had fallen asleep in the plane, according to a blog post by Alaska Airlines. Menzies contracts with Alaska to provide luggage services. The flight was in the air for 14 minutes.

Sometimes you just go "hunh?" Police say an Oregon woman struck her boyfriend of about two years in the head with a baseball bat last Wednesday. Why? She didn't want to date him anymore. Haley Fox met Samuel Campbell over the internet in 2011 and the two started dating. She's 24 and he's 26. Police said Campbell agreed last week to move to Oregon from Alabama to live with Fox. The two met for the first time in person last Wednesday at Fox's home in Marion County. While Campbell was outside the house drinking wine that night, Fox told him to close his eyes and that's when she grabbed a baseball bat and struck him in the head with it, according to police. She told investigators she didn't want to be his girlfriend anymore, and that's why she decided to hurt him. Campbell suffered cuts to the head that required staples and a fractured skull. Fox is facing assault charges and has been released on bond.

The performance of US airlines declined in 2014 after four straight years of improvement, according to an annual quality report to be released yesterday. Most of the dozen airlines tracked in the Airline Quality Report saw their marks fall in all four key areas, including baggage handling, consumer complaints, denied boardings, and on-time arrivals. "It's unfortunate, and we hope it's not the beginning of a downward trend," said report co-author Brent Bowen of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Arizona.

File your taxes yet? Tomorrow is tax deadline day.

University of Wisconsin-Madison students said Sunday that they've completed a Rice Krispies cereal treat weighing more than 5½ tons they hope will be entered into Guinness World Records. The current record holding Rice Krispies treat weighs a little over 5 tons.

Trivia Answer: Peter Edward Rose -- Pete Rose -- who is 74 today. Rose, a switch hitter, is the all-time Major League leader in hits (4,256), games played (3,562), at-bats (14,053), singles (3,215), and outs (10,328). He won three World Series rings, three batting titles, one Most Valuable Player Award, two Gold Gloves, the Rookie of the Year Award, and also made 17 All-Star appearances at an unequaled five different positions (2B, LF, RF, 3B, & 1B). In August of 1989, three years after he retired as an active player, Rose agreed to permanent ineligibility from baseball amidst accusations that he gambled on baseball games while playing for and managing the Reds, including claims that he bet on his own team. In 1991, the Baseball Hall of Fame formally voted to ban those on the permanently ineligible list from induction, after previously excluding such players by informal agreement among voters. In 2004, after years of public denial, Rose admitted to betting on baseball and on, but not against, the Reds. The issue of Rose's possible reinstatement and election to the Hall of Fame remains a contentious one throughout baseball.

Monday 4.13.15
Today's Trivia: He was an actor, comedian, game show panelist, and director. He spent five decades on television. In those five decades. he was best known as Agent 86 -- Maxwell Smart. Who is he?

Staked to a 7-3 lead entering the bottom of the ninth, an ineffective Fernando Rodney squandered it, costing Felix Hernandez a win. But Nelson Cruz saved the day with a solo homer in the 10th, giving the Mariners an 8-7 victory over the A's in Oakland for their first series win of the season. No-hit through five innings by Jesse Hahn and with Felix out after straining a quad muscle, the Mariners erupted for four runs in the sixth inning and three in the seventh. But Rodney had nothing and the A's tied it. Cruz, who had a three-run homer Saturday, salvaged matters with his shot. The Ms are now 3-and-3 and of their wins have been comebacks. They've won all their day games this season and dropped all their night games. Although Rodney allowed four earned runs in 25 pitches, he earned the win, one of the least-deserving victories in franchise history. Yoervis Medina, who pitched a scoreless 10th, recorded his first save. It's the first time since September of 1984 that Seattle has won back-to-back, extra-inning games on the road. Hernandez hurt his ankle early in the game and strained his right quad covering first on a ground ball, but is expected to make his next start when the Mariners return to Safeco later this week. The Mariners open a three-game series at Los Angeles against the Dodgers tonight at 7:10. After three at Dodgers Stadium, the Mariners return to Safeco Friday for a three-game set with the Texas Rangers.

Jordan Spieth won the Masters golf tournament yesterday. The 21-year-old tying Tiger Woods' four-round record of 270, 18 under par. Spieth, in his first major victory, was the second youngest player ever to take the Masters green jacket, after Woods. The Texan also shot a tournament record 28 birdies, and became the first person since 1976 to finish every round at the top of the leader board. Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose finished tied for second, four strokes behind Spieth.

Birthdays: Actor Paul Sorvino is 76; Wally Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver, actor Tony Dow is 70; singer and reverend Al Green is 69; actor Ron Perlman is 65; singer-songwriter Peabo Bryson is 64; E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg is 64; Russian chess Grandmaster, former World Chess Champion, Garry Kasparov is 52; actor Ricky Schroder is 45; and Mister Mambo Number Five, singer Lou Bega is 40.

Richard Dysart, the award-winning stage actor who gained fame playing law firm leader Leland McKenzie on L.A. Law died Friday. He died of cancer at his home in Santa Monica, California. For decades, Dysart was a noted TV and film character actor, and stage star, winning a Drama Desk award for playing coach in Jason Miller's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, That Championship Season. But it was as McKenzie, the occasionally crusty patriarch on L.A. Law, that he's likely best remembered. Dysart appeared in every episode of the show, which ran from 1986 to 1994. Richard Dysart was 86.

Today is International Plant Appreciation Day. Today is National Peach Cobbler Day. Today is Butch Cassidy's Birthday. The outlaw leader of The Wild Bunch was born on this day in 1866. And today is Scrabble Day -- a day that celebrates the popular board game. It's sold by Hasbro. It's very easy to celebrate Scrabble Day. Just get out the old board game, dust it off, and play a few rounds with family or friends.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1899, Alfred Butts was born. While unemployed during the Depression, he invented a crossword-puzzle game called Scrabble. Twenty years later, in 1952, Macy's became interested and a manufacturer offered Butts three cents a game for the rights to mass produce Scrabble. He took it. In 1963, Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds got his first hit in the major leagues. In 1964, Sidney Poitier became the first black performer in a leading role to win an Academy Award for his work in Lillies of the Field. In 1965, King of the Road Roger Miller won five Grammies, a record that stood until 1984 when Michael Jackson took eight. In 1999 Carlos Santana also won eight. In 1980, the Broadway musical Grease closed after 3,883 performances. In 1985, the single We Are the World hit #1 in the US. In 1994, Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley announced that they were separating. In 1997, Tiger Woods became the youngest person to win the Masters Tournament at the age of 21. He also set a record when he finished at 18 under par. In 2001, awoman in Stalybridge, England, decided she'd had enough. After the 5th repairman in 15 months could not repair her dishwasher, she locked the doors and refused to let him leave her house. The repairman phoned his boss and the company agreed to give her a new machine.

Furious 7 roared to the top of the box office chart for the second weekend in a row, picking up $60.6 million and driving its stateside total to a massive $252.5 million. That puts Furious 7 on track to be the highest-grossing film in the history of the Fast and Furious franchise. Meanwhile Home continued to rope in family audiences, scoring a second place finish. Newcomer The Longest Ride debuted in third place. Prison comedy Get Hard -- in its third weekend -- nabbed fourth place. Cinderella rounded out the top five.

After one of the warmest winters on record left the Cascades without their usual thick blanket of snow, Mother Nature pulled a springtime surprise from her sleeve over the weekend. A cold weather system sent volumes of white flakes billowing in the higher passes on Saturday -- weeks after the resorts closed at Stevens and Snoqualmie passes due to lack of snow.

It's official. As expected, Hillary Rodham Clinton jumped back into presidential politics yesterday, announcing her much-awaited second campaign for the White House. As she did in 2007, Clinton began her campaign for the 2016 Democratic nomination with a video. But rather than follow it with a splashy rally, she instead plans to head to the early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire, looking to connect with voters directly at coffee shops, day care centers and some private homes. The former secretary of state, senator, and first lady enters the race in a strong position to succeed her rival from the 2008 campaign, President Barack Obama.

Meanwhile, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is expected to formally announce today that he is running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, will launch his campaign in an evening rally at Miami's Freedom Tower, where the government once processed immigrants fleeing Cuba's Castro regime. Rubio, whose rise was nearly blocked by GOP leaders five years ago, is expected to argue the nation needs fresh leaders. He joins an official Republican field that already includes Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz.

Police in Ohio say a middle school student took $25,000 from his grandfather and later started handing out $100 bills to his classmates. Authorities say the 13-year-old gave out thousands of dollars this week before schools officials discovered what was happening. Investigators in the northeastern Ohio city of Medina have recovered about $7,000 so far. Police tell The Medina Gazette they're still trying to figure out how the boy got the money from his 83-year-old grandfather. They say it's too early to know if charges will be filed. School officials heard about the cash giveaway on Wednesday. But by that time, police say some of the money already had been spent.

Trivia Answer: Don Adams who was born on this date in 1923. Regarding Get Smart, creators Mel Brooks and Buck Henry wrote the show as the comedic answer to the successful 1960s spy television dramas such as The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Avengers, I Spy and It Takes a Thief. They were asked to write a spoof that combined elements from two of the most popular film series at the time: the James Bond and Pink Panther movies. Get Smart had been written for Tom Poston, to be piloted on CBS; when CBS turned it down, the show was picked up by NBC, which cast Adams in the role because he was already under contract. When Get Smart debuted in 1965, it was an immediate hit. Barbara Feldon co-starred as Max's young/attractive partner, Agent 99. Adams gave the character a clipped, unique speaking style. Adams created many popular catch-phrases (some of which were in his act prior to the show), including "Sorry about that, Chief," "Would you believe...?" and "Missed it by that much." Get Smart ran from 1965 to 1970. Adams won three consecutive Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Smart. He also provided the voices for the animated series Tennessee Tuxedo from 1963 to 1966 and Inspector Gadget from 1983 to 1986 as their title characters. Don Adams died on September 25th of 2005 in Los Angeles from a lung infection and lymphoma. He was 82 years old.

Friday 4.10.15
Today's Trivia: He was a quarterback, sports commentator and actor. He spent all nine seasons of his professional playing career with the Dallas Cowboys. He was named to the Pro Bowl in each of his last three years as a player. He subsequently became a color analyst for NFL telecasts from 1970 to 1984. As an original member of the Monday Night Football broadcast team on ABC, he famously played the role of Howard Cosell's comic foil. In blowout games he would break out in song singing, Turn out the lights, the party's over. Who is he?

Monday's season-opener for the Mariners sure was a good start: Seattle put up 10 hits in their 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels, with Felix Hernandez striking out 10 in front of a sold-out Safeco Field crowd. But the M's faltered in their next two games, finishing off the opening homestand with two losses to the Halos, falling 2-0 Tuesday and 5-3 Wednesday. To some Seattle fans, the club looked a little too much like its old self: unable to string together enough offense, even with runners in scoring position, to fight back from just a modest deficit. Now, after a rest day yesterday, the M's are off to Oakland for a three-game series against the Athletics starting tonight at 7:05. They're in Oakland tomorrow and Sunday before traveling to LA for a three-game stand versus the Dodgers.

The Seattle Seahawks will have a familiar set of opponents in the 2015 preseason, meeting three of the four teams they played in last year's exhibition games. The new matchup for this year is the Kansas City Chiefs. All four of the preseason games are against former AFC West rivals. Here's the Seahawks' 2015 preseason schedule as announced yesterday by the team: Staring the second week of August -- between the 13th and 17th. the Hawks host the Denver Broncos, a week later the Hawks are at Kansas City, the following week they're at San Diego facing the Chargers, and they wrap up the preseason hosting the Raiders.

Birthdays: Actress Liz Sheridan -- she was Jerry Seinfeld's mom on Seinfeld -- is 86; actor Omar Sharif is 83; former coach and NFL commentator John Madden is 79; Junior's dad, Ken Griffey, Sr. is 65; actor Steven Seagal is 63; singer and producer Kenneth Babyface Edmonds is 56; from The Stray Cats, Brian Setzer is 56; NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne is 35; and singer/actress Mandy Moore is 31.

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 Golfer's Day -- although some avid golfers might suggest any and every day is Golfer's Day. On this day, though, it's official. The only question is, does this day honor the golfer, the sport, or the weather? Turns out it's a little of each. There's only one proper way to enjoy this day. Out on the course.

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 age 22. He played bass, but left the group to study art. He created the group's shaggy, brushed-forward hairstyles. In 1972, Isaac Hayes won an Oscar for the Best Music, Original Song award for the song Shaft. In 1976, Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive! topped the album chart, where it would remain for the next 10 weeks. In 1992, outside of Needles, California, comedian Sam Kinison was killed when a pickup truck slammed into his car on a desert road between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. 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 Cobain's suicide note. In 1999, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers were the musical guests on Saturday Night Live. 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.

Severe thunderstorms and a large tornado battered northern Illinois last night, killing at least one person. The victim, described by a local television station as a woman in her 60s, died in the unincorporated community of Fairdale, where police were going door-to-door looking for survivors in destroyed buildings. At least seven people were injured, and a dozen people were rescued from a collapsed restaurant after the storm. DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott said the community "was pretty well destroyed."

Around here, the National Weather Service says nearly a foot of snow could fall in the Cascades this weekend and that several inches could fall at Snoqualmie Pass. A cold front is expected to move into Western Washington today dropping snow levels to 2,000 to 2,500 feet by tomorrow morning.Six to 11 inches of snow could fall above 3,000 feet in the Cascades today and tomorrow. Snoqualmie Pass could get 3 to 5 inches. Expect blustery winds tonight here in the lowlands and heavy rain at times tomorrow. They say there could also be some hail.

Everyone has long expected former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president again in 2016, but nobody knew when she was going to make it official. According to the New York Daily News and The Guardian, Sunday's the day. Multiple Clinton sources wouldn't confirm the Sunday launch with other news outlets, but they did say the big announcement is coming very soon. Clinton would be the first Democrat in the race, and the strong favorite to win her party's nomination. Formally declaring her candidacy this early will let her start raising money, among other perks.

Churchill Downs has banned selfie sticks and drones from the Kentucky Derby. Selfie sticks have been banned from a number of institutions and events including the Smithsonian, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Lollapalooza and Coachella music festivals.

Taylor Swift's mother has been diagnosed with cancer. Taylor revealed she and her brother Austin urged their mom to go for a routine health scan in December that led to doctors finding the disease.Taylor urged everybody to make sure their parents are scanned and says that she wants her mother's health battle to be fought privately. In a post on her Tumblr account she writes, "I asked my mom that one of her gifts to me be her going to the doctor to get screened for any health issues, just to ease some worries of mine. She agreed, and went in to get checked… The results came in, and I'm saddened to tell you that my mom has been diagnosed with cancer. I'd like to keep the details of her condition and treatment plans private, but she wanted you to know."

Trivia Answer: Joseph Don Meredith -- Dandy Don -- born on this date in 1938. He played for the Dallas Cowboys from 1960 to 1968. He's considered by some to be the original Dallas Cowboy because he had come to the team even before the franchise had adopted a nickname, hired a head coach, or participated in either the 1960 NFL Expansion Draft or its first NFL Draft in 1961. Following his football career, Meredith became a color commentator for ABC's Monday Night Football beginning in 1970. He left for three seasons (1974 to 1976) to work with Curt Gowdy at NBC, then returned to MNF partners Frank Gifford and Howard Cosell. His approach to color commentary was light-hearted and folksy, in contrast to Cosell's detailed and intellectual analysis and Gifford's rather ponderous play-by-play technique. He was known for singing Turn out the lights, the party's over (a line from a Willie Nelson song, The Party's Over the time the game was apparently decided. Meredith's broadcasting career was also not without a few incidents of minor controversy; including referring to then-President Richard Nixon as "Tricky Dick", announcing that he was "mile-high" before a game in Denver, and turning the name of Cleveland Browns receiver Fair Hooker into a double entendre, saying "Fair Hooker...well, I haven't met one yet" He retired from sportscasting after the 1984 season, a year after Cosell's retirement. Meredith died on December 5th of 2010 after suffering a brain hemorrhage. He was 72.

Thursday 4.9.15
Today's Trivia: He is the current president of CNN Worldwide. He previously served as an Executive in Residence at Columbia Business School and he's the former CEO of NBC. In fact, he was NBC's top guy during the Jay Leno/Conan O'Brien debacle. In November of 2012, he was picked to take over as the President of CNN Worldwide starting in January of 2013. Who is he?

The first inning of Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma's 2015 season was a four-run disaster as the Angels took the game 5-3 last night at Safeco Field and also took the opening series of the season 2-games-to-1. After giving up five runs, four earned, in the first two innings, including a two-run homer to Albert Pujols, Iwakuma settled down, finishing six innings giving up nine hits with 92 pitches, 61 for strikes. The Mariners had a solo homer from Brad Miller in the third and a two-run shot from Kyle Seager in the sixth, but Angels starter Matt Shoemaker and four relievers held off further rallies. After a day off today, the Ms begin the season's first road trip in Oakland tomorrow night at 7:00. Taijuan Walker gets the start for Seattle.

Birthdays: The founder of Playboy magazine, magazine mogul Hugh Hefner is 89; Marty Krofft -- who with his brother Sid were television producers influential in children's television and variety show programs in the 1970s and early 1980s -- is 78; actress Michael Learned is 76; sports writer Peter Gammons is 70; actor Dennis Quaid is 61; actress and model Paulina Porizkova is 50; from Candlebox, singer Kevin Martin is 46; from My Chemical Romance, singer Gerard Way is 38; Rudy on The Cosby Show, actress Keshia Knight Pulliam is 36; singer and actor Jesse McCartney is 28; and Bella Swan in Twilight, actress Kristen Stewart is 25.

Today is National Chinese Almond Cookie Day. 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 1865, at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate Army to Union General Ulysses S. Grant. Grant allowed Rebel officers to keep their sidearms and permitted soldiers to keep their horses and mules. Though there were still Confederate armies in the field, the war was officially over. The four years of fighting had killed 360,000 Union troops and 260,000 Confederate troops. In 1912, the first exhibition baseball game was held at Fenway Park in Boston. The game was between the Red Sox and Harvard. In 1945, National Football League officials decreed that it was mandatory for football players to wear socks in all league games. 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 1967, the first Boeing 737 was rolled out for use. 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 1990, Billy Idol released the single Cradle of Love. 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 grunge hit-makers Soundgarden 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.

Mary K. Letourneau, the Seattle-area teacher who made headlines around the world with her affair with her young student, is about to be back on on television. She and her husband are being interviewed tomorrow night by Barbara Walters on ABC's 20/20. Tomorrow is the eve of their 10th wedding anniversary. Letourneau was a sixth-grade teacher in the Highline School District. Villi Fualaau was her student, and the two had an affair -- she was 34, he was 12. She was convicted of rape because of the affair and spent seven years in prison. The two now have two children together. They married less than a year after she got out prison. ABC says she tells Walters how the two make their marriage work. She also says she wanted to teach again and have her status as a sex offender lifted. The interview is scheduled to be broadcast tomorrow night at 10.

Eleven senior citizens taking a bus for a nice jaunt to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival yesterday morning had their day cut short when their driver was arrested for impaired driving. The driver had picked up 11 passengers in their 16 passenger van and began their trip about 11:30 but things went wrong right from the start, according to Trooper Mark Francis. He said, "Immediately as he started driving he was doing things like driving over curbs, driving over roundabout curbs, he ran at least two stop signs and (had) really bad lane travel." As they headed onto Highway 2, passengers noticed that just ahead of them was a motorcycle trooper that had just finished a traffic stop on another driver. One of the senior citizens pointed out the trooper to the driver and demanded: "All right, you're stopping right here!" The driver slammed on the brakes and pulled over to the shoulder, nearly hitting the motorcycle trooper and another jersey barrier. The trooper looked over to see four senior women come off the bus who began immediately complaining to him how bad the driving had been. The trooper investigated the driver and found he was showing signs of impairment for medication, so he was placed under arrest for investigation of driving under the influence of prescription medication and 11 counts of investigation of reckless endangerment. Another bus came to pick up the seniors to take them back to the senior center. Trooper Francis said, "They were pretty happy (the driver) stopped; they were pretty ticked they didn't get to go to the Tulip Festival."

As the new documentary on Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's life is released in more theaters, Cobain's only child, Frances Bean Cobain, gave an interview to Rolling Stone to discuss her father's legacy. The 22-year-old served as one of the executive producers for Cobain: Montage of Heck, which chronicles Kurt Cobain's childhood in Aberdeen as well as his breakneck rise to grunge stardom. Frances Bean calls Montage of Heck the closest thing to having Kurt tell his own story in his own words. She explained that she didn't want the film to indulge in her father's icon status and romanticized story, but detail his own struggles to become a successful musician and then grapple with the power thrust upon him once he achieved fame. She said in the Rolling Stone interview: "My dad was exceptionally ambitious. But he had a lot thrown on him, exceeding his ambition. He wanted his band to be successful. But he didn't want to be the ****ing voice of a generation." Montage of Heck has garnered acclaim on the film festival circuit and premieres in Seattle for a week-long stint at The Egyptian starting April 23rd. The film is also scheduled to debut on HBO May 4th and be released on DVD in November.

Twisted Sister has hired drummer Mike Portnoy to replace A.J. Pero, who died last month, and announced the heavy metal group is disbanding next year. The group said yesterday, it chose Portnoy to perform at its remaining seven shows this year. Two of those shows are tribute concerts to Pero, on May 30th in Las Vegas, and June 13th in Sayreville, New Jersey. The band also plans an undetermined number of concerts in 2016 to mark the end of its performing career on the 40th anniversary of its core lineup.

Trivia Answer: Jeffrey Zucker who turns 50 today. In 2000, he was named NBC Entertainment's president. A 2004 Businessweek Profile stated that "During that time he oversaw NBC's entire entertainment schedule. He kept the network ahead of the pack by airing the gross out show Fear Factor, negotiating for the cast of the hit series Friends to take the series up to a tenth season, and signing Donald Trump for the reality show The Apprentice. The Zucker era produced a spike in operating earnings for NBC, from $532 million the year he took over to $870 million in 2003." In December 2003, he was promoted to president of NBC's Entertainment, News & Cable Group as well. During Zucker's tenure, NBC slid from first place to fourth place in the ratings. Shows that Zucker championed such as Father of the Pride and the Friends spinoff Joey were considered failures. On December 15th of 2005, Zucker was again promoted by NBC, to Chief Executive Officer of NBC Universal Television Group. Zucker was responsible for all programming across the company's television properties, including network, news, cable, and Sports and Olympics. His responsibilities also included the company's studio operations and global distribution efforts. Zucker was promoted on February 6, 2007, to the position of president & CEO of NBC Universal, replacing Bob Wright, who held the position at NBC Universal, and before that, at NBC, for 21 years. In 2010, in response to a public controversy over the network's reported rescheduling of late-night hosts Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien, Los Angeles Times reporters Meg James and Matea Gold declared that Zucker's tenure had led to "a spectacular fall by the country's premier television network" and dubbed the intra-network feud and subsequent public relations fallout "one of the biggest debacles in television history". Under Zucker NBC fell from being the number one rated network to the lowest rated of the four broadcast networks and was occasionally being beaten in the ratings by programming on some of the more popular cable channels. Days later, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote that in Hollywood "there has been a single topic of discussion: How does Jeff Zucker keep rising and rising while the fortunes of NBC keep falling and falling? ...many in the Hollywood community have always regarded him as ...a network Napoleon who never bothered to learn about developing shows and managing talent." She explained that Zucker "is a master at managing up with bosses and calculating cost-per-hour benefits, but even though he made money on cable shows, he could not program the network to save his life." Dowd also reported that an unnamed "honcho at another network" stated that "Zucker is a case study in the most destructive media executive ever to exist... You'd have to tell me who else has taken a once-great network and literally destroyed it." On November 29th of 2012, CNN announced the appointment of Zucker as president of CNN Worldwide effective January 1st of 2013.

Wednesday 4.8.15
Today's Trivia: As the wife of the 38th President of the United States, she was First Lady from 1974 to 1977. As First Lady, she was active in social policy and created precedents as a politically active presidential wife. She was noted for raising breast cancer awareness following her 1974 mastectomy. In addition, she was a passionate supporter of, and activist for, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). She gained fame as one of the most candid first ladies in history, commenting on every hot-button issue of the time, including feminism, equal pay, the ERA, sex, drugs, abortion, and gun control. She also raised awareness of addiction when in the 1970s, she announced her long-running battle with alcoholism. Who was she?

They sat it's a long season. A total of 162 games. They say you'll win a third, lose a third, and the other third determines postseason. With that said, the Mariners perfect season is over ... but they can still win the series tonight. C.J. Wilson allowed two hits over eight innings and David Freese provided all the offense the Angels needed with a two-run homer as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Mariners 2-0 last night Wilson was outstanding, wriggling out of a second-inning jam and then retiring the final 17 batters he faced. Nelson Cruz and Rickie Weeks each got his first hit with the Mariners, but that was the entirety of Seattle's offense against Wilson. The Ms and Angels wrap up the series at the Safe tonight. Hisashi Iwakuma gets the start for Seattle. First pitch at 7:10.

Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies are a perfect 10. The Hall of Fame coach joined some elite company in UCLA's John Wooden after tying the Wizard of Westwood with his 10th NCAA Women's Tournament title. The Uconn Huskies scored a 63-53 victory over Notre Dame. It was UConn's third straight title. The Huskies have won all 10 of their trips to the national championship game. The Connecticut-Notre Dame matchup was just the second time in the history of the tournament that the same teams played in the final in consecutive years. UConn beat Tennessee in 2003 and 2004.

Birthdays: Comedian Shecky Greene -- wouldn't the world be a better place if we had more Sheckys? -- is 89; from the songwriting team of Gamble and Huff, Leon Huff is 73; the guitarist for Yes and Asia, Steve Howe is 68; actor and stuntman Kane Hodder is 60; Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard, singer and actor John Schneider is 55; ex-Guns N Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin is 53; John and Cynthia's son, Julian Lennon is 52; rapper Biz Markie is 51; actress Robin Wright is 49; actress Patricia Arquette is 47; and King Felix, Felix Hernandez is 29.

The man who played Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on the show The Dukes of Hazzard, actor James Best has died. Best had reportedly been in a hospice facility for some time. He spent his time as Sheriff Coltrane chasing those Duke boys and generally being the most bumbling lawman in the area. James Best was 88.

Today is All is Ours Day. The creator of this day was brilliant. Let's dissect the meaning and intent of this day by examining the title word for word. It begins with the word "all". For such a little word, it's all-inclusive. From a possessive standpoint, therefore, we are talking about anything and everything we want.. The verb "is" is short, sweet and definite. It leaves no room for doubt or question. Finally, the "our" rather than the word "mine" This is a vital decision allowing us to completely enjoy today. Today is also Draw a Picture of a Bird Day. The origin of the day: On April 8 of 1943, 7-year-old Dorie Cooper visited her uncle in the hospital. He had been injured in WWII, having lost his leg to a land mine. She asked him to draw a picture of a bird. He did, and she teased him saying it wasn't a very good picture, but she would hang it in her room. This lifted his spirits. Three years later, Dorie was struck and killed by a car. At her funeral there were many bird pictures and drawings, prompting the creation of this day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1893, the first recorded college basketball game occured 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 1986, Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel, California. In 1992, retired tennis great Arthur Ashe announced that he had AIDS, acquired from blood transfusions during one of his two heart surgeries. In 1994, Kurt Cobain was found dead at the age of 27. He had committed suicide three days before. In 2005, over four million people attended the funeral of Pope John Paul II.

They're saying we'll see the lowest summer gasoline prices in about 6 years. That according to the Energy Department. The national average price is forecast to fall 32 percent from a year ago to $2.45 a gallon between this month and September, the period when Americans do most of their driving. That would mark the lowest seasonal average since 2009. For the year, the department's Energy Information Administration expects gasoline to average $2.40 a gallon, down from $3.36 a year prior. The lower prices are a result of world oil supplies growing faster than demand because of higher production in North America and elsewhere. That dynamic has been depressing the price of crude oil.

Burger King is paying the expenses and providing gifts for the wedding of an Illinois couple with an interesting connection to the fast food restaurant chain. Joel Burger and Ashley King accepted the company's proposal earlier this week. The State Journal-Register reports that the couple has been known as Burger-King since they were in the fifth grade together. The couple announced their engagement this spring with a photo next to the sign at a local Burger King restaurant. Although a woman's name usually comes first in an engagement announcement, they decided to flip their names. A Burger King spokesman says the company felt an overwhelming urge to help the happy couple celebrate their upcoming marriage. The Burger-King nuptials are being held July 17th.

Singer-songwriter Don McLean's original manuscript and notes to American Pie sold at auction yesterday for $1.2 million. McLean offered his wistful anthem that asks "Do you recall what was revealed the day the music died?" at Christie's. The auction house said two people vied for the 16-page manuscript, one in the room and one on the phone. The winning bid went to the collector in the room who wished to remain anonymous. Bidding started at $500,000 and rose to $1.2 million in just four minutes. The 16 pages include the original working manuscript and typed drafts of the song. The eight-minute-long American Pie was released in 1971 and was a No. 1 U.S. hit for four weeks in 1972. The day the music died refers to the February 3rd, 1959, deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper in a plane crash. McLean is a long-time Maine resident. According to local lore in upstate Saratoga Springs, McLean first wrote the lyrics on paper napkins in a bar where he used to drink in between gigs at Caffe Lena, a famous coffeehouse in the city known for its racetrack and mineral waters. A small plaque on the wall of the Tin & Lint bar reads: "American Pie written by Don McLean, summer 1970." McLean has denied the popular legend, telling a local newspaper in a 2011 interview that he wrote the song with the famous line "Bye, bye Miss American Pie" in Philadelphia. American Pie has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and was named a song of the century by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Trivia Answer: Elizabeth Ann Ford -- Betty Ford -- who was born on this date in 1918. Her husband, of course, was President Gerald Ford. It was in 1978, that the Ford family staged an intervention and forced Betty to confront her alcoholism and an addiction to opioid analgesics, which had been prescribed in the early 1960s for a pinched nerve. She wrote in her 1987 memoir, "I liked alcohol. It made me feel warm. And I loved pills. They took away my tension and my pain." She went into treatment for substance abuse. In 1982, after her recovery, she established the Betty Ford Center (initially called the Betty Ford Clinic) in Rancho Mirage, California, for the treatment of chemical dependency.

Tuesday 4.7.15
Today's Trivia: He starred in several television series over more than five decades, including roles such as Bret Maverick in the 1950s, and Jim Rockford in the 1970s. He also played leading roles in more than fifty theatrical films, including The Great Escape in 1963 with Steve McQueen, Paddy Chayevsky's The Americanization of Emily in 1964, Blake Edwards' Victor Victoria in 1982, Murphy's Romance in 1985 for which he received an Academy Award nomination, and Space Cowboys in 2000 with Clint Eastwood. Who was he?

So far, so good. Only 161 more games. Felix Hernandez struck out 10 and allowed only two hits over seven innings, Seth Smith had three extra-base hits and two RBIs in his Seattle debut and the Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-1 yesterday. Felix improved to 6-0 in opening day starts, only two of them at home. Taking the mound before a sellout crowd waving yellow K' towels in his honor, he lifted Seattle to its ninth straight win on opening day. Mike Trout hit a solo homer in the first inning and Erick Aybar singled leading off the fifth. That was all the Angels could do against Felix. Smith was the offensive star. Acquired in an offseason trade with San Diego, Smith doubled twice and lined a two-out RBI triple to score Austin Jackson with Seattle's first run of the season. All three hits came off Los Angeles starter Jered Weaver. Smith became the first player in Mariners history to have three extra-base hits on opening day. Dustin Ackley added a solo home run and Robinson Cano had an RBI single as Seattle's season of high expectations got off to a rousing start. Ms and Angels again tonight. James Paxton starts for Seattle. Paxton gets the call rather than Hisashi Iwakuma. Lloyd McClendon split his top two right-handers in the rotation with the hard-throwing young lefty.

The Duke Blue Devils won their fifth national championship last night with a 68-63 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers in Indianapolis. The game witnessed 13 lead changes during the first 20 minutes, but neither side could take an advantage into the half as it ended 31-31. A back-and-forth battle ensued in the second half until Duke went on a 10-0 run.

The nation's winningest programs since 2009 square off tonight in the NCAA women's title game. Connecticut and Notre Dame are right back where they were a year ago, meeting in the NCAA title game tonight. Tip-off at 5:30.

Birthdays: McIntyre on M.A.S.H., actor Wayne Rogers is 82; California governor Jerry Brown is 77; director, producer and screenwriter, Francis Ford Coppola is 76; the Oates portion of Hall and, John Oates is 67; she's not at 17 anymore, Janis Ian is 64; actor and martial artist, Jackie Chan is 61; and actor Russell Crowe is 51.

Just days after becoming the world's oldest documented person, 116-year-old Gertrude Weaver died yesterday in Arkansas. Weaver became the oldest person in the world after the death of a 117-year-old Japanese woman last week, according to records kept by the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group. Weaver was born in 1898. The Research Group was able to verify Weaver's age using census records and a marriage certificate from 1915 that listed her age as 17. Other records pointed to a possible April birthday, but since those could not be confirmed, the group used the day Weaver had always celebrated her birthday -- July 4th. The title of world's oldest person now belongs to Jeraleean Talley of Michigan. According to the Gerontology Research Group, Talley is 115 years old.

Today is Caramel Popcorn Day, an opportunity to enjoy the combination of two great treats -- two great tastes that taste great together -- Caramel and Popcorn. It's No Housework Day, a day to do anything, except housework. Better still, have someone else do the chores for a day. 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 Food Safety -- from farm to plate, make food safe.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1906, Mount Vesuvius erupted and devastated Naples. In 1933, prohibition ended in the United States. In 1948, the World Health Organization was established by the United Nations. In 1953, IBM unveiled the IBM 701 Electronic Data Processing Machine. It was IBM's first commercially available scientific computer. In 1967, film critic Roger Ebert published his very first film review in the Chicago Sun-Times. In 1970, John Wayne won his first and only Oscar for his role in True Grit. He had been in over 200 films. In 1985, Wham! became the first Western act to play in China. In 1998, George Michael was arrested in a public restroom in Beverly Hills for lewd conduct. He was sentenced to community service for the incident. In 2003, US troops captured Baghdad; Saddam Hussein's regime fell two days later.

Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star Bruce Jenner is expected to address reports that he is transgender in a special edition of ABC's 20/20 airing on April 24th. That word from ABC yesterday. The network said Bruce Jenner The Interview, a two-hour program with Diane Sawyer, would be far-ranging and exclusive but gave no further details.

David Lynch is done with Showtime's Twin Peaks reboot. Lynch, who had on board to direct the project, tweeted Sunday that money issues have led to his departure.

Richie Sambora's ex-girlfriend Nikki Lund is claiming that the Bon Jovi guitarist assaulted her and threatened to kill her, Peoplereports. Lund filed a report Wednesday after Sambora said he would make her "disappear," a source told the magazine. She also allegedly has recordings of threatening phone calls from the rocker.The musician and Lund first began a relationship 10 years ago and have been on and off ever since. According to the source, they last split two years ago, but a rep for Sambora claims the couple hasn't been together in six years. The source said the relationship between the couple, who founded the Nikki Rich clothing line together, has gone particularly sour this year, and that Sambora physically abused Lund in a meeting in January. "After this, he retweeted something about Nikki being a nobody and a drug addict, and then started calling her cell and threatening her saying, 'I will make you disappear. I have millions of dollars and I can make people disappear - you are nothing,' " the source continued. A rep for Sambora denied Lund's charges, calling them "contradictory, press-seeking, flash allegations." The rep said the pair's clothing line is failing and these claims are merely a way Lund can get money from Sambora. "This is a cluster of fabricated lies in retaliation for Mr. Sambora's decision to cease further funding of the unprofitable partnership, plain and simple," said the rep. Lt. Jennifer Seetoo confirmed that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is investigating a criminal threat report filed this week, but didn't name the parties involved.

Are you ready for Guardians of the Galaxy 2? The good news is plans are underway to begin shooting the sequel. The bad news is the filming doesn't begin until February, 2016. The movie should be in theaters in May of 2017.

Trivia Answer: James Garner who was born on this date in 1928. On November 1st of 2011, Simon & Schuster published Garner's autobiography The Garner Files: A Memoir. In addition to recounting his career, the memoir detailed the childhood abuses Garner suffered at the hands of his stepmother. It also offered frank, unflattering assessments of some of Garner's co-stars like Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson. Garner's three-time co-star Julie Andrews wrote the book's foreword. Lauren Bacall, Diahann Carroll, Doris Day, Tom Selleck and Stephen J. Cannell and many other Garner associates, friends and relatives provided their memories of the star in the book. The most explosive revelation in his autobiography was that Garner smoked marijuana for much of his adult life. He said he started smoking it in his late teens. He wrote that he drank to get drunk but ultimately didn't like the effect. Not so with grass. It had the opposite effect from alcohol. He said, "It made me more tolerant and forgiving. I did a little bit of cocaine in the Eighties, courtesy of John Belushi, but fortunately I didn't like it. But I smoked marijuana for 50 years and I don't know where I'd be without it. It opened my mind and now it eases my arthritis." On a Saturday morning -- July 19th last year --police and rescue personnel were summoned to Garner's Los Angeles-area home, where they found the actor dead at the age of 86. Ten days later, sources reported that the Los Angeles County Coroner listed acute heart attack as the official cause of Garner's death.

Monday 4.6.15
Today's Trivia:  In 1992, he became the first-ever third-generation big-leaguer in baseball history. This former Major League second baseman was a three-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove winner, and two-time Silver Slugger Award winner. His best years came as a Seattle Mariner. Who is he?

The St. Louis Cardinals knocked off the Chicago Cubs 3-0 last night to officially begin the 2015 baseball season. After six weeks of playing ball in the desert, the Mariners flew to Seattle Saturday night for a workout yesterday at Safeco Field, where they open the regular season at 1:10 this afternoon against the Los Angeles Angels. Felix Hernandez opposes Angels ace Jered Weaver.

University of Wisconsin grad Russell Wilson has to be excited. Wisconsin defeated previously unbeaten Kentucky 71-64 in the NCAA men's basketball Final Four Saturday night. The Badgers advance to tonight's final, where they meet Duke. The Blue Devils defeated Michigan State 81-61 in Saturday's earlier Final Four game in Indianapolis. The Wildcats went into the game 38-0. Five months ago Duke and Wisconsin played each other, with the Blue Devils beating the Badgers 80-70. If Wisconsin wins tonight, it'll be their first Championship victory since 1941. The NCAA men's basketball championship is tonight 6:00 on CBS.

All season it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Connecticut would play for another women's national championship. It wasn't as clear cut for Huskies nemesis Notre Dame. The nation's winningest programs since 2009 are right back where they were a year ago, meeting in the NCAA title game tomorrow night.

Birthdays: Country legend Merle Haggard is 78; actor Billy Dee Williams is also 78; race car driver, Don 'The Snake' Prudhomme, is 74; Cliff Claven on Cheers, actor John Ratzenberger is 68; Elane Nardo on Taxi, actress Marilu Henner is 63; former candidate for U.S. President Michelle Bachmann is 59; actor Paul Rudd is 46; Wayne Arnold on The Wonder Years, actor Jason Hervey is 43; and DJ Tanner on Full House, actress Candace Cameron Bure is 39.

Robert Lewis Burns Jr., the original drummer in Lynyrd Skynyrd, died in a car crash Friday. Burns' vehicle went off the road when approaching a curve shortly before midnight, according to Georgia State Police. They say Burns hit a mailbox and tree, and he wasn't wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash. Burns was a founding member of the rock band in the '60s. He left the group in 1974, only a few years before lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and singer Cassie Gaines were killed in a 1977 plane crash. He was 64.

Today is National Jump Over Things Day. Today is Plan Your Epitaph Day -- a little morbid for my liking. Today is Barney Day. Barney & Friends, Baby Bop, and B.J. premiered on PBS on this date in 1992.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1896, the first modern Olympic games formally opened in Athens, Greece. In 1924, four planes left Seattle on the first successful flight around the world. In 1931, little cream-filled sponge cakes called the Hostess Twinkies went on sale in the US. They were created in order to use shortcake baking pans when strawberries were not in season. In 1954, Swanson & Sons introduced a revolutionary American food product -- the TV dinner. In 1956, Capitol Tower, the home of Capitol Records in Hollywood was dedicated. It was the first circular office tower designed in America. It is 13 stories tall and 92 feet in diameter. In 1982, on New York City's Wall Street, 44-year-old Jim Priceman found an envelope containing $37 million in negotiable bearer bonds. He immediately returned them to the corporate owner ... and received a reward of $250. In 1987, Sugar Ray Leonard took the middleweight title from Marvin Hagler. In 1992, Microsoft introduced Windows version 3.1. In 2003, the IRS notified a homeless man in Salem, Oregon, that his $6 million tax bill was a mistake. The 30-year-old, known as the six million dollar man by his buddies at the Union Gospel Mission, was told he owed nothing. The IRS refused to comment further on the case.

The high-octane Furious 7 peeled out of the gates in its opening weekend, picking up a stunning $143.6 million to easily top the domestic box office. The expectation-shattering sum is a studio and franchise best for the homegrown car-obsessed series, which has continued to grow over the past few films. Furious 7, now the ninth-biggest opening of all time, also unseats previous April record-holder Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which opened to $95 million on the same weekend last year. While the Fast and Furious films have grown in popularity over the past three films, the mega-opening for Furious 7 was also at least partially tied to audience interest in star Paul Walker, who died in a car crash in November of 2013 before the film was completed. Holdovers populated the rest of the top spots with Home placing a distant second. Get Hard was third. Cinderella and The Divergent Series: Insurgent rounded out the top five.

The White House Easter Egg Roll takes place today.

David Lynch is done with Showtime's Twin Peaks reboot. Lynch, who had on board to direct the project, tweeted Sunday that money issues have led to his departure

An overweight mother from Scotland lost 85 pounds after a co-worker asked her when her baby was due even though she wasn't even pregnant. Marie Killpatrick was mortified when her colleague popped the ultimate embarrassing question. Marie says the comment mortified her so much that she decided to drop her diet of fast food and began a strict diet and exercise regime. We find our inspiration where we can, eh?

Trivia Answer: Bret Boone who turns 46 today. He is a member of the Boone family, one of the most recognizable families in baseball. Bret's grandfather Ray was an infielder and played from 1948 to 1960. Bret's dad, Bob, was a catcher and played from 1972 through 1990. He was later a manager with the Royals and Cincinnati Reds. Bret's brother Aaron was a third baseman and played from 1997 through 2009. Bret had his best years as a Seattle Mariner, where he's still a fan favorite. He finished his career with a .266 batting average, 252 home runs and 1,021 RBI in 1,780 games in 14 Major League seasons. On the last day of the 1998 season, the Reds helped him make baseball trivia history by starting the only infield ever composed of two sets of brothers: first baseman Stephen Larkin, second baseman Bret Boone, shortstop Barry Larkin, and third baseman Aaron Boone.

Friday 4.3.15
Today's Trivia:  She's a former World Cup alpine ski racer. She won gold medals in super G at the 1998 Winter Olympics and in downhill at the 1996 World Championships, along with three other Olympic and World Championship medals. She also won World Cup downhill season titles in 1995 and 1996, the first American woman to do so, along with a total of 9 World Cup downhill race wins. In the late 1990s, after her success at the 1998 Winter Olympics, she became a spokeswoman for a variety of products, including Mountain Dew and ChapStick. She was inducted into the National Ski Hall of Fame in 2004. Who is she?

There's been so much hype about the 2015 Seattle Mariners, perhaps it would do us all some good to realize the season hasn't even begun. Opening Day is Monday, and there will be 161 more games after that until the postseason -- possibly the M's first postseason in nearly a decade and a half. No Mariners yesterday. They're down to the final two pre-season games of the year -- both against the Colorado Rockies. Tonight at Peoria, and tomorrow afternoon at Scottsdale. Sunday's a day off then the regular season begins as the Ms host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Monday afternoon at 1:10 at Safeco.

It's Final Four Weekend. Tomorrow afternoon at 3:09, the Michigan State Spartans and Duke Blue Devils meet up. After that, at 5:49, the Kentucky Wildcats face the Wisconsin Badgers. The two winners then meet for the championship Monday night at 6:18.

Birthdays: Actress and singer Doris Day is 91 or 93 depending on who you believe; actress Marsha Mason is 73; singer Wayne Newton is 73; singer Tony Orlando is 71; actor Alec Baldwin is 57; Niles on Frasier, actor David Hyde Pierce is 56; comedian and actor Eddie Murphy is 54; frontman for Skid Row, singer Sebastian Bach is 47; skier Picabo Street is 44; Kelly on Beverly Hills 90210, actress Jennie Garth is 43; and Seattle Seahawk Kam Chancellor is 27.

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 1860, the first Pony Express riders left St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. The trip across country took about 10 days. The Pony Express only lasted about a year and a half. In 1882, outlaw Jesse James was shot to death in St. Joseph, Missouri, by Robert Ford, one of his own gang. In 1953, TV Guide was published for the first time. In 1959, in London the BBC banned the Coasters' recording Charlie Brown because of the word 'spitball.' In 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his 'mountaintop' speech just 24 hours before he was assassinated. 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!" In 2008, Apple became the number one music seller in the United States. In 2010, the first Apple iPad was released.

Police say a northern Idaho man called 9-1-1 a dozen times to report being overcharged at a bar and now faces a $1,000 fine and a year in jail. Post Falls police Capt. Pat Knight says one of his officers gave Phillip Poissonnier a ride home after he was kicked out of Club Tequila just after 1:00 Monday morning. Poissonnier, it seems, then made 12 emergency calls, the first wanting officers to come back to discuss his bar tab. A Spokane television station reports that a bartender produced Poissonnier's receipts showing he was charged $30 for the 10 beers he ordered. Police say he now faces a misdemeanor citation over misusing 9-1-1.

Vanilla Ice has accepted a plea deal to perform community service after being arrested over the break-in and theft at an abandoned home in Florida. His real name is Robert Van Winkle. He appeared in circuit court in West Palm Beach yesterday. He agreed to a fine and 100 hours of community service to avoid charges of grand theft in the February incident. Van Winkle hosts a home-improvement show, DIY Network's The Vanilla Ice Project, and was renovating a home next to the victim. He said the alleged theft was a misunderstanding. He told The Palm Beach Post, "I'm glad to have this behind me."

New in theaters this weekend. The PG-13 rated Woman in Gold is out in limited release. The biggie this weekend is the PG-13 rated Furious 7. Fans of the late Paul Walker get more than his final on-screen performance in Furious 7 as the film is presenting a video tribute to the actor before the end credits roll.

Doctors traced an Arkansas man's kidney failure to an unusual cause -- his habit of drinking a gallon of iced tea each day. The 56-year-old man said he drank about 16 8-ounce cups of iced tea every day. Black tea has a chemical known to cause kidney stones or even kidney failure in excessive amounts.

Trivia Answer: Picabo Street who is 44 today. Her parents decided to let her choose her own name when she was old enough so for the first two years of her life, she was called "baby girl" or "little girl". At the age of 3 her mother took her to get a passport so the family could all go to Mexico. At that time, she was forced to come up with a name for her passport. It was then her parents named her after the nearby village of Picabo, Idaho. Street is now retired and splits her time between homes in Alabama and Park City, Utah. She wrote an autobiography in 2001 titled Picabo: Nothing to Hide. In it, Street reveals the pressures placed on her by her sponsors to succeed and win, which she maintains contributed to her devastating 1998 crash. She also writes of how she was able to transform from a rebellious tomboy into a world-class athlete.

Thursday 4.2.15
Today's Trivia: This singer, songwriter, and musician helped shape the sound of Motown Records, first as an in-house session player in the 1960s and later as a solo artist with a string of hits. He had both solo hits and a series of duet recordings with Mary Wells, Kim Weston, and Tammi Terrell. During the 1970s, he became one of the first artists in Motown to break away from the reins of his production company. The day before his birthday in 1984, he was shot and killed. Who is he?

Avisail Garcia homered among his three hits and drove in four runs, Jose Abreu added to his sizzling spring training with two more hits and a Chicago White Sox split squad beat the Seattle Mariners 12-4 yesterday. Chicago teed off on James Paxton, who'll be in Seattle's rotation. Paxton allowed seven runs on 10 hits in 3 1-3 innings. Paxton dismissed his performance, saying "If a game like this happens in Seattle, then we've got a problem, but right now I feel good about where I am." After an off day, the Mariners play their final spring training game in Peoria tomorrow with J.A. Happ on the mound against Colorado. Saturday, the Ms meet the Rockies in Scottsdale. Sunday's a day off then they open up the regular season on Monday hosting the Los Angeles Angels.

The Seattle Seahawks have re-signed versatile fullback Will Tukuafu and defensive tackle Jesse Williams, who has spent the last two seasons on injured reserve. Tukuafu signed with the Seahawks on October 29th and played in nine games (two starts) in the regular season and in all three playoff games. He played mostly at fullback but also filled in along the defensive line. The Seahawks selected Williams in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL draft out of Alabama but he's been plagued by knee injuries and is still awaiting his NFL debut.

Birthdays: Singer Leon Russell is 73; singer Emmylou Harris is 68; from Bananarama, singer Keren Woodward is 54;' singer, songwriter, and guitarist with Smash Mouth, Greg Camp is 48; Maroon 5 keyboardist Jesse Carmichael is 36; and Season 9's American Idol winner Lee DeWyze is 29.

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. Happy PB&J Day. It's also Reconciliation Day -- a special day to patch relationships and to make amends. It's intention is to re-establish relationships between family, friends, and couples. Life's too short.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1877, the first Egg Roll was held on the grounds of the White House in Washington, DC. 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 1932, a $50,000 ransom was paid for the infant son of Charles and Anna Lindbergh. The child was not returned and was found dead the next month. 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 1972, Burt Reynolds appeared nude in Cosmopolitan magazine. 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 is convicted of murder and racketeering and is later sentenced to life in prison. In 1997, Joni Mitchell was reunited with Kilauren Gibb. Gibb was the daughter that Mitchell had given up for adoption 32 years before. In 1998, Rob Pilatus of Milli Vanilli died in a hotel room in Frankfurt, Germany. In 1999, the Labor Department reported that the nation's unemployment rate fell to a 29-year low of 4.2 percent in March 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 saying "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.

The Rolling Stones announced a new 15-city North American stadium tour, which is kicking off in San Diego on May 24th. This is the first time the Stones have played North American stadiums since their A Bigger Bang Tour in the mid-2000s. There are no Northwest dates -- no Seattle, Portland, or Vancouver, BC -- on the schedule.

NBC has officially announced The Wiz as its next live musical production. The network says it is collaborating with Cirque du Soleil on The Wiz, which is set to air Thursday, December 3rd. A cast hasn't yet been announced.

Fans of the late Paul Walker get more than his final on-screen performance in Furious 7 as the film is presenting a video tribute to the actor before the end credits roll. Franchise star Tyrese Gibson said the clip package honors Walker's "life and work". It opens this weekend.

TV toniught, it's a series premiere of ... really? ... Lip Sync Battle. Already a huge viral sensation, now Lip Sync Battle has its very own show, hosted by LL Cool J. Each episode features two A-list celebrities performing. The premiere features Jimmy Fallon and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson. Another new episode features Common and John Legend. Watch for it on Spike.

Trivia Answer: Marvin Gaye who was born on this date in 1939. His hits included How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You), I Heard It Through The Grapevine, What's Going On, Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology), Let's Get It On, and Got To Give It Up (Part 1). Following a period in Europe as a tax exile in the early 1980s, Gaye released the 1982 Grammy Award-winning hit Sexual Healing and the Midnight Love album. On April 1st of 1984, Gaye's father, Marvin Gaye Sr., fatally shot him at their house in Los Angeles. Since his dea/th, many institutions have posthumously bestowed Gaye with awards and other honors -- including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Wednesday 4.1.15
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. 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?

Lloyd McClendon is working on his regular-season mad-on. The Mariners manager was thrown out of yesterday's Cactus League game in Goodyear, AZ., after a pair of pitches from Indians starter Bruce Chen went behind batter Rickie Weeks. In the top of the fourth inning of what became an 8-6 loss by the Mariners, Chen threw two pitches behind the feet of Weeks, apparently retaliatory throws. Weeks hit a leadoff homer off Chen in the first inning. In the second, Felix Hernandez hit Michael Brantley in the leg with a pitch. Chen's pitches prompted a warning to both benches by home-plate umpire Alan Porter. McClendon yelled from the dugout after Chen's pitches. Porter wasted little time in the ejection. McClendon angrily stormed the field and argued with Porter, shouting and motioning in the pitcher's direction. Following the argument, McClendon retreated to the visitors' dugout, but there was no back way out of the dugouts at the stadium. McClendon had to make a 400-foot walk from the bench to a door in the right-field wall, giving fans the chance to cheer and heckle. The Mariners host the Chicago White Sox in Peoria this afternoon.

Birthdays: Actress Debbie Reynolds is 83; actress Ali MacGraw is 76; singer Jimmy Cliff is 67; Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is 65; director Barry Sonnenfeld is 62; singer Susan Boyle who came to international attention when she appeared on Britain's Got Talent, is 54; and from Jon & Kate Plus 8, Jon Gosselin is 38.

Andrew Getty, the grandson of J. Paul Getty and an heir to the family's oil fortune, has died, according to a statement from the Getty family. The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating. Officers went to the home after a woman called police at around 2:15 yesterday afternoon to say that someone had died. The coronoer says it appears to be natural or an accident. Andrew Getty was 47.

Meanwhile, Cynthia Lennon, the late John Lennon's wife from 1962-1968, has died from cancer. According to a rep, her sole child with the former Beatle -- Julian Lennon -- was with her at the time of her death. Here's the statement: "Cynthia Lennon passed away today at her home in Mallorca, Spain following a short but brave battle with cancer. Her son Julian Lennon was at her bedside throughout. The family are thankful for your prayers. Please respect their privacy at this difficult time." Cynthia Lennon was 75.

Joni Mitchell was in intensive care in a Los Angeles-area hospital yesterday, according to the Twitter account and website of the folk singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. A statement on the Mitchell website yesterday said "Joni was found unconscious in her home this afternoon. She is currently in intensive care undergoing tests and is awake and in good spirits." It wasn't immediately clear what illness she had. Los Angeles fire officials said paramedics answered an afternoon 911 call in Bel Air, where Mitchell lives, and took a patient to the hospital. But they could not verify her identity or give details on her condition.

It's 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 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: In 1889, the first dishwashing machine was marketed -- it was in Chicago. In 1891, the Wrigley Company was founded in Chicago. In 1938, the Baseball Hall of Fame opened in Cooperstown. 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 1998, a federal judge dismissed the Paula Jones' sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton saying that the claims fell far short of being worthy of a trial. In 2001, same-sex marriage became 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.

It's April. This month is National Humor Month, International Guitar Month, Keep America Beautiful Month, Lawn and Garden Month, National Poetry Month, National Pecan Month, National Welding Month, Records and Information Management Month, Stress Awareness Month, and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Amazon officially announced Amazon Home Services this week, a marketplace where customers can request repair work and personal lessons from service providers in their area. Services are provided by individual contractors, not Amazon, but those contractors are rated by customers and vetted by the online shopping giant. All services provided are backed by Amazon. Services include things like assembling a bed, installing a gaarbage disposal, drum lessons, setting up a wireless printer, and goat grazing.

Alanis Morissette is opening up about her experiences with addiction and detailing her personal struggles in a new self-help book. She has an as-yet-untitled memoir due out later this year. She tells Billboard, "I'm writing a book right now on everything. I'm using my own personal autobiographical stories to illustrate different wisdoms and insights, so it's part service, helping people through addiction, recovery, fame commentary, money commentary, body commentary, sex commentary. I'm just the philosopher and geeky academic… I won't talk about something I haven't experienced." Alanis has also teamed up with composer Tom Kitt, who helped Green Day create the award-winning Broadway show American Idiot, to recreate her breakthrough album Jagged Little Pill as a stage musical.

An armed robber in his 60s broke his leg while holding up a convenience store in Japan. He then used the store's phone to call an ambulance. Police are planning to arrest the suspect when he is released from hospital.

Trivia Answer: Gordon Jump who was born on this date in 1932. Most of us know him as the Big Guy -- Arthur 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 also 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.