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|Today's Trivia: On this date in 1927, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary
Pickford became the first celebrities to leave their footprints in
The NBA says its relocation committee has voted unanimously to recommend that a proposal to move the Sacramento Kings to Seattle be denied. The committee comprised of 12 NBA owners held their meeting via teleconference yesterday. The NBA Board of Governors, consisting of all 30 team owners, will meet the week of May 13 to issue a final vote on whether the team should be moved. A simply majority vote of the Board of Governors is required to approve the relocation of an NBA team, but a three-quarters vote is needed to approve a change in ownership, making the 12 "no" votes from the relocation committee members enough to scuttle a sale to Hansen. The vote against relocation also leaves plans for a new basketball arena in Seattle in limbo. The city had indicated that certain permits and work already done for the proposed new arena would be viable for five years. It's unclear what the next step is for the Maloof family, which is not bound to sell the team to the Sacramento group. In a letter sent to the relocation and finance committees, the Maloofs said they preferred to sell to the Seattle group and expressed discontent with Sacramento's latest bid.
After two tough starts on the road, Joe Saunders was back home where he is nearly invincible. Saunders allowed his first earned run in three home starts this season but pitched his eighth career complete game to lead the Seattle Mariners over the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 last night before the smallest crowd in Safeco Field history. Saunders gave up four hits, walked one and struck out two while improving to 8-0 at The Safe. His latest victory came in front of 9,818 fans. It was the Mariners third straight victory for their longest winning streak of the season. Ms and Os again tonight at 7:10.
Tim Tebow was waived by the Jets yesterday, the end of an unsuccessful one-season experiment in New York that had been expected for months. Coach Rex Ryan, in a statement, said "Unfortunately, things did not work out the way we all had hoped." The Heisman Trophy winner attempted just eight passes after his ballyhooed arrival in a surprising trade from the Denver Broncos in March 2012. He threw for 39 yards and rushed 32 times for 102 yards -- and stunningly had no touchdowns as a member of the Jets.
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. Today's National Oatmeal cookie day. It's Raisin Day. Screen-Free Week (formerly TV Turnoff Week and Digital Detox Week) is an annual event where children, families, schools and communities are encouraged to turn off screens and "turn on life." Instead of relying on television programming for entertainment, participants read, daydream, explore, enjoy nature, and spend time with family and friends. This year, it started yesterday and runs through Sunday.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1900, legendary railroad engineer Casey Jones was killed in the wreck of the Cannonball Express near Vaughan, Mississippi. He stayed at the controls, trying to save the passengers. No one else died in the wreck. In 1938, that wascally wabbit Bugs Bunny first appeared on screen in the cartoon, Porky's Hare Hunt. In 1952, the first toy was advertised on television -- Mr. Potato Head. In 1993, a man who claimed to be a fan of Steffi Graf, stabbed tennis star Monica Seles in the back during a match in Hamburg, Germany. The attacker was convicted and given a suspended sentence.
If you've got a kid going to the prom, you've already figured out it costs a pretty penny. A new survey from Visa says the average prom night now costs around $1,139 after clothes, tickets and other expenses. That's a 40 percent increase over the past two years. Proms in the Northeast cost slightly more than those in the West or Midwest. The survey also reveals low-income families and single parents are spending more on prom than other families.
If ladies on this side of the big pond are like ladies on the other side of the pond, they've got underwear drawers filled with bras and panties that they can't fit into or don't even wear. One in 10 British women are hanging on to bras and panties that are between six and 20 years old.
Rocky, the classic story from Sylvester Stallone, is heading to Broadway. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a musical adaptation of the 1976 film premiered in Hamburg, Germany last year to "rave reviews," and now it's coming to the US. Stallone says, "I couldn't be more proud or more excited about this production and how my original story of ‘Rocky Balboa' has been brought to spectacular life onstage." Rocky officially opens in March 2014 at the Winter Garden theater.
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 in January of this year when the TCL Corporation, a Chinese electronics company, purchased the naming rights for over $5 million. After the new ownership was announced, TLC released plans to add an IMAX Theater. Per reports, the IMAX theater will be the largest IMAX screen in the United States and will be used for scheduling world premiers. Construction is set to begin coming up in September. 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 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.
|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's the only
person to ever do it twice. Who is he?
Jason Bay and Michael Morse hit solo home runs, leading the Seattle Mariners over the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 yesterday. It was the Mariners' third win out of four games with the Angels over the weekend and marked the Ms first series victory of the year. It was the first home series win against the Angels in 10 years. Bay tied it up in the seventh with his second homer, and Morse put Seattle ahead in the eighth, hitting his seventh home run. Mariner starter Hisashi Iwakuma struck out eight over six innings, allowing only an unearned run. Iwakuma lowered his ERA to 1.67 for the season. Carter Capps got the win and Tom Wilhelmsen got his ninth save. The Mariners Michael Saunders could rejoin the team tonight following a Triple-A rehab stint. The Ms open a three-game set with the Orioles tonight.
The countdown is on as decision day looms over the fate of the Sacramento Kings and whether or not NBA basketball will return to Seattle. Today, the NBA relocation committee gives their recommendation -- then it's all down to one last vote. Today, a committee of 12 NBA owners are holding a teleconference about the sale of the Sacramento Kings. They're expected to issue a recommendation and then the other owners have seven business days to decide. For the deal to be done, it will need the approval of three-quarters of the NBA's team owners.
Today is Greenery Day. The Japanese Greenery Day celebrates the birthday of Japanese Emperor Hirohito. In Japanese culture, Greenery day is a time to commune with nature and to be thankful and appreciative of its abundance. Today is National Shrimp Scampi Day The zipper was patented on this date in 1913.
On this date in 1953, the first U.S. experimental 3D-TV broadcast showed an episode of Space Patrol on Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV. In 1967, Aretha Franklin released her interpretation of the Otis Redding song Respect. In 1967, after refusing induction into the United States Army the day before (citing religious reasons), Muhammad Ali is stripped of his boxing title. In 1968, the controversial musical Hair opens 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. In 1988, Eric Clapton and Patti Boyd, about whom he wrote Layla and Wonderful Tonight, filed for divorce. In 1992, Paula Abdul married Emilio Estevez in Santa Monica, California. They divorced in 1995. In 1992, there were riots in Los Angeles following the acquittal of police officers charged with excessive force in the beating of Rodney King. Over the next three days 53 people are killed and hundreds of buildings are destroyed. In 2011, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Kate Middleton were married.
Mark Wahlberg's dark comedy Pain & Gain brought enough box office muscle to knock Tom Cruise out of the No. 1 spot on movie charts over the weekend. Another box office heavyweight, Robert Downey Jr., scored big overseas with the international debut of Marvel superhero sequel Iron Man 3. Pain & Gain took in $20 million at US and Canadian theaters over its first three days to take the top spot. Cruise's sci-fi thriller, Oblivion, slipped to second place. Baseball drama 42, about Jackie Robinson, finished in third place. In fourth place was new romantic comedy The Big Wedding which despite a big-name cast including Robert DeNiro, Susan Sarandon and Katherine Heigl was ravaged by critics. Animated Stone Age comedy The Croods rounded out the Top Five. Iron Man 3 hauled in $195.3 million in 42 international markets, a total that surpassed the international opening of The Avengers. The movie arrives in the United States and Canada on Friday to kick off Hollywood's lucrative summer blockbuster season. The release of Iron Man 3 next weekend is expected to jump-start domestic sales. Boxoffice.com is projecting $151 million in North American receipts over the film's first three days, which would rank as the biggest opening so far this year.
According to Variety, Johnny Depp is in talks with Disney to join its big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical, Into the Woods. Meryl Streep is also in discussions to join the production to play the evil witch. Rob Marshall, who was behind the camera for the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film, will direct. The musical tells the story of a childless baker and his wife who attempt to lift a family curse by journeying into the woods to confront the witch who put the spell on them. Along the way, they encounter classic fairy tale characters like Rapunzel, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and more.
Cheech & Chong's comedy bits have been making people laugh for decades and now, the duo has found a new way to bring smiles to fans' faces. The guys have released Cheech & Chong's Animated Movie, a film featuring some of their greatest routines set to animation. It's out now on DVD and Blu-ray with special features and will even have a limited theatrical run soon.
NBC is bringing back Revolution, Parenthood, Grimm, Law & Order: SVU and Chicago Fire for another season. According to E! News, the peacock network announced Friday that the dramas would continue for 22 episodes each. More renewals are expected to be announced in the coming weeks
CBS says it's bringing Two and a Half Men back next season. The network announced the decision Friday on Twitter.
Emeli Sande scored a new chart record yesterday with her debut album after a stellar year in Britain. Sande smashed a record held for nearly 50 years by The Beatles when her debut album, Our Version of Events, hit its 63rd week in the top 10 of the UK album charts, according to the Official Charts Company. The Beatles previously held the record for the debut album spending the most consecutive weeks in the top 10 with Please Please Me racking up 62 weeks in 1963 and 1964. The release of Our Version Of Events in February 2012 kicked off a year of successes for Sande who sang at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics and won best British female artist and best album at the BRIT Awards. Sande is the first to admit that the past year has been extraordinary but she is aware that she needs to keep building from her debut album that was Britain's best-seller last year. So does the success mean that she has abandoned her plan to go back and finish her medicine degree that she shelved in its fourth year? "Would I go back? I'd like to and every time I see programs on medicine I'm tempted to go back to it because I do miss it a lot and I miss science and learning but in the near future, no. I think I'd miss music too much."
Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto were married Saturday afternoon in Palm Beach, Florida. Around 500 guests were at the wedding, then joined another 1,500 at the reception. The specially-built reception 'tent' was 40,000 square feet.
A 22-year-old British university student won a six-month contract to travel around the world as a water-slide tester for a vacation company. Sebastian Smith bested 2,000 applicants for the chance to rate at 20 of First Choice's SplashWorld resorts.
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.
|Today's Trivia: In both the Broadway musical and the film,
Grease, the high school was named after him. Who is he?
Just called up from Tacoma, Carlos Peguero's mammoth third-inning home run left a lasting impression on his teammates. The 451-foot shot -- third longest in Safeco Field history -- jump-started the moribund Mariners offense as they went on to a 6-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels last night. It was only the third time in the past 15 games that Seattle has scored more than three runs in a game. Ms and Angels again tonight.
The NBA's joint finance and relocation committee meets Monday to make a recommendation on the proposed sale and relocation of the Sacramento Kings to Seattle, delaying the league's full Board of Governors vote until May 8th at the earliest. That's according to NBA.com. It's not a huge delay. Last week, after the board met in New York City, NBA Commissioner David Stern said the league's decision would likely come the week of May 6th. That's still true, but the expected date of the vote keeps getting pushed back. The committee is reportedly meeting via conference call on Monday. Once the committee makes its recommendation, the league is required to give the Board of Governors seven business days to digest all of the information and contemplate a vote. May 8th is the earliest we'll have a final decision on whether the Kings become the Seattle SuperSonics for the next NBA season. Commissioner Stern said late yesterday that a decision is likely to come on or around May 13th.
The Kansas City Chiefs selected offensive tackle Eric Fisher from Central Michigan with the first pick in the NFL draft. A quarterback was taken at No. 1 in each of the four previous drafts and in 10 of the last 12. Former Huskies cornerback Desmond Trufant became the third brother from his family to join the NFL when the Atlanta Falcons selected him 22nd overall.
Today is Hug An Australian Day. It's National Static Cling Day Today is Richter Scale Day, marking the birth of seismologist Charles F. Richter, who developed the earthquake magnitude scale. Today is Remember Your First Kiss Day. Today is National Pretzel Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1964, The Beatles attended the 28th birthday party for singer Roy Orbison. In 1975, B.J. Thomas scored with the longest song title to hit #1 on Billboard's pop music chart: (Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song. It stayed #1 for one week. In 1977, the famed Studio 54 opened in New York. In 1986, the number one album in America was Van Halen's 5150, their first with new vocalist Sammy Hagar. In 1989, at New York City's Four Seasons restaurant, wine merchant William Sokolin accidentally bumped a table with a bottle of wine and broke it. It was a bottle of 1787 Chateau Margaux which once belonged to Thomas Jefferson and was valued at $519,750. In 1990, the 24-carat diamond that Marilyn Monroe wore in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes sold for $297,000 at a Christie's auction in New York City.
Country music legend George Jones died today in Nashville, Tennessee, more than a week after being hospitalized with a fever and irregular blood pressure. Jones had a long list of country hits including He Stopped Loving Her Today and She Thinks I Still Care. Jones was also known for his tumultuous marriage to country singer Tammy Wynette and his bouts with alcoholism. George Jones was 81.
Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora is still sitting out shows under rumors that he and singer Jon Bon Jovi are feuding. Jon was on Ellen this week and when host Ellen DeGeneres asked about Richie, he responded, "Okay, well, all I can say is that, honest to God, it's a personal matter, but we love him very much and he's absolutely still a member of the band."
Officials in the British city of Swindon say contractors who painted yellow lines down the center of a 4-foot-wide alley must have forgotten how big cars actually are. Residents were shocked to see the lines had been painted down the center of a 60-foot-long alleyway, even though the 4-foot width of the alley makes it impossible for cars to use.
The Avengers made over 1.5-billion dollars at the box office and in the process secured the number three spot on the list of the highest grossing films of all time, and apparently a blockbuster of that size comes with a blockbuster sized paycheck too. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Robert Downey Jr. is said to have negotiated a monster deal with Marvel Studios after the success of the first Iron Man movie in which he would receive a percentage of profits from all future films in which he appears as Iron Man. The deal supposedly netted Downey Jr. over 50-million dollars just from The Avengers film alone. The tidy sum was confirmed by the actor himself during an interview in GQ in which he was asked if the ludicrous sum was correct. His response? "About right, yeah," he went on to add, "Isn't that crazy? They're so pissed. I can't believe it. I'm what's known as 'a strategic cost'." His admission leaves one wondering what kind of dough Downey Jr. is going to take away from his latest film, Iron Man 3, which opens in theaters next Friday.
Trivia Answer: Bobby Rydell who turns 71 today. The high school in Grease was Rydell High. In the early 1960s, Rydell was considered a so-called teen idol. During the 1960s, Rydell had numerous hit records on the Billboard Hot 100 record chart. His recording career earned him 34 Top 40 hits, placing him in the Top 5 artists of his era. Rydell continued to perform as a solo act, and has toured as part of The Golden Boys successful stage production since 1985 (with Frankie Avalon and Fabian). However, Rydell cancelled his 2012 Australia tour because his health had deteriorated significantly, and he was in need of urgent major surgery. In July of 2012, Rydell underwent a double organ transplant to replace his liver and kidneys at Thomas Jefferson University in his hometown of Philadelphia.
|Today's Trivia: She was an actress, comedienne, and singer whose
career spanned seven decades. She achieved fame as the character Maude on
the 1970s sitcoms All in the Family and Maude, and as Dorothy on the 1980s
sitcom The Golden Girls, winning Emmy Awards for both roles. A stage
actress both before and after her television success, she won the Tony
Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Vera
Charles in the original cast of Mame back in 1966. Who was she?
The Houston Astros spanked the Seattle Mariners 10-3 yesterday to wrap up the series in Houston. It was another series loss for the Ms. Seattle and Miami are the only teams without a series win this season. The Mariners closed out a 1-and-5 road trip. They were outscored 36-to-8 in the five losses. Seattle manager Eric Wedge said before yesterday's game that Robert Andino is replacing Brendan Ryan as the starting shortstop for now. Ryan is a solid defender, but has struggled on offense with a .143 average and is just 1 for his last 25. Today, by the way, is Andino's 29th birthday. Wedge held a team meeting following the latest setback, but wouldn't divulge what was discussed. The Mariners return home tonight to open a four-game series against the Angels.
The Seahawks yesterday announced signing quarterback Jerrod Johnson, who hasn't taken a snap in the NFL, ostensibly as a third-string or practice-squad QB. With the signing of Johnson, the Seahawks now have four passers on their roster: Russell Wilson, Brady Quinn, Josh Portis and Johnson. With so many QBs, it's looking like Seattle won't be searching for a quarterback in this week's draft. The Philadelphia Eagles signed Johnson in 2011 before waiving him during the preseason, and he got a shot with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012 before they cut him in August. Johnson has also played in the past two years for the AFL's Arizona Rattlers and the UFL's Sacramento Mountain Lions.
Today is Malaria Awareness Day and World Malaria Day. Today is Old-Time Baseball Day. Acccording to some old newspaper articles, baseball was being played as early as this date in 1823 in what is now the Greenwich Village area of New York City. Today is Duck Appreciation Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1901, New York became the first US state to require auto license plates. They were inscribed with the owner's initials. The fee was $1.00. In 1968, The Beatles refused to perform for the Queen of England at a British Olympic Appeal Fund show. Their explanation, "We don't do benefits." In 1981, Wings broke up after Denny Laine left the band. Paul McCartney said he planned to carry on as a solo artist. In 1990, drummer Mitch Mitchell sold the late Jimi Hendrix' Fender Stratocaster guitar to an undisclosed buyer in London for $338,580. It's the guitar Jimi used to play the Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock. In 2003, Southwest Airlines fired two pilots for inappropriate conduct after they removed all or most of their clothes mid-flight in the cockpit of a Boeing 737. The pilots claimed they spilled coffee on their clothes, but the airline ruled the prank went too far. The US Federal Aviation Administration said though rules forbid behavior that distracts crew members, there was no specific ban on flying naked.
Three Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell sprung himself from jail yesterday after he posted his 100-thousand dollars bail. Harrell was arrested last Friday after the vehicle he was driving clipped a truck, sending it careening down an embankment and ejecting the driver, who later died at an area hospital. Law enforcement officers found Harrell to be intoxicated and the musician confessed to drinking hard cider and taking Xanax before the incident. Police later found a plastic bag hidden in his sock that was full of Xanax, Oxycodone and Oxymorphone pills. Harrell was due in court today, where he was expected to be charged with vehicular manslaughter. His lawyer, however, says Harrell has checked into rehab to conquer his drink and drug problems.
It's been a rough ride for American Idol this season with TV ratings slipping every week. According to TMZ, the producers are panicking and hatched a plan to switch judges, bringing back Jennifer Lopez to replace Mariah Carey. Although these speculations have been denied, Idol has a lot of catching up to do with The Voice who has been putting up key solid ratings among ages 18 to 49. TMZ reports that J-Lo will be on Idol on the May 16th show debuting new music.
The 2013 edition of People magazine's World's Most Beautiful Women issue is coming out and this year, they've put Gwyneth Paltrow at the top of their list. According to the Associated Press, the actress commented on her selection, saying, "Around the house, I'm in jeans and a t-shirt. I don't really wear makeup." She credits her workout routine for keeping her looking young.
Jennifer Aniston and fiancé Justin Theroux have pushed back their wedding until the summer. A source told England's Daily Mail that Aniston is hoping for a bigger event than originally planned, even though her groom wants a smaller affair. Originally, reports were that a spring wedding was happening sooner than later. Don't worry, though, everything is fine between Jen and her man. They're "madly in love" but are looking for a little more time to plan things out. Extra reports the bride hasn't even picked out her dress yet. Aniston admits she's "last minute" and likes to be "very spontaneous."
Here's your number for the day: 4.5 million. That's how many pizzas are eaten in America every hour.
Trivia Answer: Beatrice Arthur -- Bea Arthur. She has received the second most nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series with nine. Only Mary Tyler Moore, with 10 nominations, has more. She received the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series twice, once in 1977 for Maude and again in 1988 for The Golden Girls. Bea died four years ago today. She died at her home in the Greater Los Angeles Area in the early morning hours. She had been ill with cancer. Her body was cremated after her death. While we know her from her television work, the Broadway community considered her one of their own. Broadway paid tribute to Arthur with the traditional dimming of the marquees of New York City's Broadway theater district for one minute in her memory.
|Today's Trivia: He was a comedian and satirist who was born in
South Bend, Washington. He was noted for his roles on several comedy TV
shows, and for his campaigns for President of the United States in 1968,
1972, 1980, 1988, 1992, and 1996. Who is he?
The Houston Astros snapped a three-game losing skid with a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners last night. Hisashi Iwakuma struck out a season-high 11, but the six hits he gave up were also the most he's allowed this year. It's his first loss since September 14th, and breaks a career-best five game winning streak. Kyle Seager extended his career-long hitting streak to 12 games. The series wraps up today.
The Mariners have placed outfielder Franklin Gutierrez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Gutierrez was injured on Monday night trying to make a diving catch in the fourth inning against the Astros. He has struggled with injuries in his career, and this is the fifth time he's been on the disabled list since the beginning of the 2011 season. Outfielder Carlos Peguero was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to take his spot on the roster.
Allan Arbus, who played Maj. Sidney Freedman on M*A*S*H, passed away on Friday at his home in Los Angeles. According to People magazine, he also appeared on other TV shows, including Curb Your Enthusiasm. He was married to famed photographer Diane Arbus since 1941 until her death in 1971. Allan Arbus was 95.
Today is Executive Administrators Day, also known as Administrative Professionals Day, also known as Secretary's Day. You get the gist. 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 very week should be Scoop the Poop Week? It's Pig in a Blanket Day -- a day to eat a sausage wrapped in a pancake. Why? Because that's what 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?
Calendar notes: On this date in 1968, The Beatles' Apple Records decided not to sign a young artist called David Bowie. In 1969, Paul McCartney announced that there was no truth to the widespread rumor he was dead. In 1981, the IBM Personal Computer was introduced. In 1994, Madonna visited the San Antonio Spurs locker room to congratulate David Robinson on his 71-point game. As usual, Robinson was gracious. In 2002, Jewel broke her collarbone and a rib when she was thrown from a horse.
A fake tweet from the account of the Associated Press sent stocks tumbling more than 140 points within minutes yesterday, before bouncing back just as rapidly. The erroneous tweet (see above) was posted around 1:07 yesterday afternoon. You can see the Dow's reaction above. The tweet was up for a few minutes before AP's account was suspended. It was presumably seen by many of AP's nearly 2 million followers. The tweet was also retweeted by almost 1,500 other Twitter users.
Khloe Kardashian won't be hosting the X-Factor again and we're now learning more about why she didn't get re-hired. While there were reports that Khloe didn't get along with co-host Mario Lopez, according to PerezHilton.com, the real reason Kardashian wasn't asked back was because of her mom and manager, Kris Jenner. A source explained that "Kris would go to the producers and say Mario was being pushy and insensitive and she'd often confront Mario directly." Kris even suggested that producers dump Mario and put another Kardashian in his place.
With the passing of Roger Ebert earlier this month, Hollywood has started to reexamine its love-hate relationship with movie critic and have come to love and respect the man who could make or break a movie with his review. According to an article in The Hollywood Reporter, Ben Stiller was a frequent target Ebert's ire for his over-the-top slapstick comedies like his cult classic, Zoolander. The Chicago Times columnist ripped the film to shreds when it was released with perhaps one of his harshest reviews ever in which he wrote, "There have been articles lately asking why the United States is so hated in some parts of the world. As this week's Exhibit A from Hollywood, I offer Zoolander, a comedy about a plot to assassinate the prime minister of Malaysia because of his opposition to child labor. You might want to read that sentence twice." Those words really hit Stiller hard. At the Tribeca Film Festival, Stiller revealed he ran into Ebert backstage at the Tonight Show some years later where he told Ben, "Hey, I just want to apologize to you. I wrote that about Zoolander, and I [now] think it's really funny. Everything was a little crazy [back then]. It was September 11th and I went overboard." Stiller is currently working on a sequel to Zoolander.
Olivia Newton-John's sister Rona has been diagnosed with brain cancer. Olivia, who successfully fought breast cancer in the 90's, will now have to help her sister fight the disease. The 64-year-old Grease actress thanked everyone in advance for respecting their privacy during their fight.
Another good love gone bad. Well, maybe it wasn't good love to begin with. The old ball and chain was cut loose after only two days for a newlywed couple in China, but it was not a mutual decision. After "an elaborate Chinese wedding banquet," the bride was tired of her husband but still in love with her 72-thousand dollars' worth of wedding gifts. MSN reports that the woman "went home to her parents' house for a night, returned only to snag more loot, and then dumped him." The husband is now suing her, planning to return the gifts to their "well-wishers," but the bride doesn't plan on parting with her two-carat engagement ring, diamond necklaces or "mountain of cash."
Saying "I'm sorry" was hard to do sometimes as a kid, and as an adult, it's still not easy. In fact, a study suggests not apologizing may actually make you happier in the long run. One researcher told NPR, "It makes you feel more empowered" to not say "sorry," adding, "That power and control seems to translate into greater feelings of self-worth." He even says those that refuse to apologize have "boosted feelings of integrity."
Trivia Answer: Patrick Layton Paulsen -- Pat Paulsen -- who died 16 years ago today. His presidential campaigns had primarily comedic rather than political objectives, although his campaigns generated some protest votes for him. In 1967, Paulsen was hired by The Smothers Brothers and made numerous appearances on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. The comedian was approached by the Smothers Brothers with the idea of running for President in 1968. His reply was: "Why not? I can't dance — besides, the job has a good pension plan and I'll get a lot of money when I retire." Paulsen's campaign that year, and in succeeding years, was grounded in comedy, while not bereft of serious commentary. He ran the supposed campaigns using obvious lies, double talk, and tongue-in-cheek attacks on the major candidates, and responded to all criticism with his catch phrase "Picky, picky, picky". His campaign slogan was "Just a common, ordinary, simple savior of America's destiny." Paulsen's name appeared on the ballot in New Hampshire for the Democratic Primary several times. In 1996 he received 921 votes (1%) to finish second to President Bill Clinton; which was actually ahead of some real politicians. In 1992 he came in second to George Bush in the North Dakota Republican Primary. In the 1992 Republican Party primaries he received 10,984 votes total. Pat Paulsen died of complications from colon and brain cancer and pneumonia in Tijuana, Mexico in 1997.
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|Today's Trivia: She is most famous for her role as Janet Wood on
a television sit-com. After the series which made her famous left the air,
she became almost as famous for her disappearance as she did for her role
on the show. She didn't appear as a regular player on any television
series, which led to a number of "Whatever Happened to...?"
retrospectives in newspaper entertainment columns and television gossip
shows. Who is she?
Apparently the fourth time is a charm. Felix Hernandez pitched six scoreless innings and earned his 100th career win. Seattle homered three times and the Ms beat the Houston Astros 7-1 last night. Hernandez reached the milestone to join Jamie Moyer and Randy Johnson as the only pitchers to reach 100 wins with the Mariners. Kyle Seager, Jesus Montero and Kendrys Morales all homered for the Mariners, who snapped a three-game losing streak (don't too excited though as they were playing Houston). The series continues tonight with Hisashi Iwakuma on the mound.
Kam Chancellor got the full treatment, from the use of the Seahawks' giant auditorium to standing on stage flanked by his head coach and general manager holding up a jersey with his name stitched across the back. It was meaningful because Chancellor never got that opportunity when he was drafted in the fifth round out of Virginia Tech. "Obviously, this is a big deal and we're trying to make a big deal out of this day for Kam," Seattle general manager John Schneider said. "This is Kam's day. Kam was a fifth-round draft pick. He hasn't been able to experience something like this and hopefully he's here for the rest of his career." Chancellor became the first member of Seattle's standout secondary to be locked up for the long term when he signed a four-year extension with the Seahawks yesterday that will keep the young safety under contract with the only organization he's ever played for through the 2017 season.
Richie Havens, who opened the historic 1969 Woodstock musical festival and energized the crowd with his version of Motherless Child/Freedom, died of a heart attack yesterday. Havens, who emerged from the New York folk scene in the 1960s and went on to sing for the Dalai Lama and President Bill Clinton, died at his home in Jersey City, New Jersey. Richie Havens was 72.
Today is Baywatch Day. The TV series debuted on this date in 1989. The last episode was produced in 2001. Syndicated in 142 countries with an audience of 1.1 billion, it was the most widely viewed TV series in the world. Today is World Book and Copyright Day. Today is Lover's Day in Spain, a day for men and mice alike to give their true loves roses.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1964, Ken Johnson of the Houston Colts threw the first no-hit game for a loss in baseball history. Cincinnati's Reds beat Johnson's no hitter by a score of 1-0 by capitalizing on two costly Houston errors. In 1985, Coca-Cola announced it was changing the secret flavor formula for Coke. Negative public reaction forced the company to resume selling a version similar to the original. In 1989, with the first pick in the NFL draft, the Dallas Cowboys chose UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman. Also in 1989, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played his last game with the Los Angeles Lakers.
This isn't good news anytime but especially with vacation season coming up. Flight delays piled up across the country yesterday as thousands of air traffic controllers began taking unpaid days off because of federal budget cuts, providing the most visible impact yet of Congress and the White House's failure to agree on a long-term deficit-reduction plan. The Federal Aviation Administration kept planes on the ground because there weren't enough controllers to monitor busy air corridors. Cascading delays held up flights at some of nation's busiest airports, including New York, Baltimore and Washington. Many operations were more than two hours behind schedule. At one point, the delays were so bad that passengers on several Washington DC-to-New York shuttle flights could have reached their destination faster by taking the train. Nearly a third of flights at New York's LaGuardia airport scheduled to take off before 3 yesterday afternoon were delayed 15 minutes or more, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware. Last Monday, just 6 percent of LaGuardia's flights were delayed.
Meanwhile, the US government is delaying the implementation of a rule that would again permit passengers to carry small knives on commercial flights. Three days before the rule was to have taken effect, the Transportation Security Administration said it would consider additional input from a group that includes aviation-related interests and law enforcement experts.
The members of 3 Doors Down have decided to cancel their April and May performances out of respect to Paul Howard Shoulders, Jr. and his family. Shoulders was killed early Friday morning when bassist Todd Harrell's car clipped his truck, forcing it down an embankment and ejecting the man from the vehicle. Harrell is currently in police custody and is set to be arraigned on Thursday for vehicular manslaughter after he was found to be over the legal alcohol limit, in addition to being under the influence of Xanax and a powerful prescription pain killer at the time of the accident.
Counting Crows and The Wallflowers have announced their US summer tour. The 21-stop tour makes its way through cities such as Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco. The bands kick off their tour June 14th in Farmingville, New York at the Pennysaver Amphitheater and wraps on July 21st in Costa Mesa, California. They play the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville on July 15th. Tickets for the Winery concerts go on sale Saturday mornng at 10:00.
The danger in a game of beer pong may not only lie in the amount of beer you drink, but in those little bouncy balls! A new study by Clemson University showed that beer pong balls can be covered in bacteria like salmonella, listeria, E. coli and staph. When the balls land in a glass of beer, all those bacteria are unknowingly chugged by a beer pong player. Researchers tell Chron.com, "90 percent of the bacteria" is "probably harmless," but you do run the risk of getting what some call "pong flu."
Here's your number for the day: 25,000. That's how many children are injured each year by shopping carts.
A woman in Russia has set some sort of birth record, probably. Without planning it, she's given birth to her third child in a car. Now, in case you think she's just driving around in circles near her due date, please note that her latest child came a full three weeks sooner than expected.
Trivia Answer: Joyce Anne DeWitt who turns 64 today. She was Janet Wood on Three's Company. Years later, DeWitt would reveal that she turned her back on Hollywood and show business because of the disrespectful treatment she received from the producers of Three's Company. She also co-produced and hosted the television film Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Three's Company in 2003 with actress Melanie Deanne Moore portraying her during her time on the Three's Company series. DeWitt and her former Three's Company co-star Suzanne Somers have had an acrimonious relationship -- caused by Somers' mid-season salary negotiation. In 2012, DeWitt appeared on Suzanne Somers' talk show, Suzanne Somers: Breaking Through, during which she and Somers reminisced about their time on Three's Company together, Somers apologized for the conflict that arose between them, and they exchanged anecdotes about the last time they each spoke to John Ritter.
|Today's Trivia: He's a musician, singer, producer, and
multi-instrumentalist. He was previously associated with the bands The
Herd and Humble Pie, among others. His international breakthrough album
was a live release. The album sold over 6 million copies in the United
States alone. Who is he?
It was a long and ugly weekend for the Mariners. Nelson Cruz hit his fifth career grand slam, one of four home runs by the Texas Rangers in an 11-3 victory yesterday to complete a three-game sweep over the Seattle Mariners. Seattle's most lopsided loss of the season followed back-to-back 7-0 and 5-0 losses. Felix Hernandez, whose only win this season came on opening day, is set to start tonight when the Mariners play at Houston for the first time since 2007. Game time is 4:30 this afternoon.
On a day when the city of Boston went to Fenway Park for its collective exhale, honoring the governor and mayor and law enforcement officials who served with such distinction last week, it was the one indelible moment. The crowd roared louder than it had all afternoon. People on the Internet are already making T-shirts. It was, in five words, the encapsulation of a city's defiance -- bowed, but never broken. Not even close. It was the declaration by legendary Red Sox slugger David Ortiz in pregame ceremonies Saturday, which were broadcast nationwide. Said Ortiz, "This is our f------ city, and nobody's going to dictate our freedom." On Saturday, no one beeped Ortiz -- known to Bostonians as Big Papi -- and within the hour, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski had taken to Twitter to say that was just fine. The tweet: "David Ortiz spoke from the heart at today's Red Sox game. I stand with Big Papi and the people of Boston - Julius."
Meanwhile, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was charged in federal court today with use of a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property resulting in death. The statutory charges authorize a penalty, upon conviction, of death or imprisonment for life or any term of years, according to a statement from the Department of Justice. Tsarnaev had his initial court appearance today from his hospital room.
The Seattle Sounders scored a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday. Seattle beat Colorado for the seventh straight time. With their first win of the year, the Sounders are now 1-3-and-2 this season. The Sounders have scored just three goals while being shut out three times.
Today is Earth Day -- an annual day on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. The April 22nd date was designated as International Mother Earth Day by a consensus resolution adopted by the United Nations in 2009. Earth Day is now celebrated in more than 192 countries every year Today is Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day. It's April Showers Day. Today is also 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 nots: On this date in 1966, The Troggs released Wild Thing. In 1977, optical fiber was first used to carry live telephone traffic. In 1978, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd debuted their characters The Blues Brothers on Saturday Night Live, performing the song Hey Bartender. In 1983, the German magazine Der Stern claimed that the Hitler Diaries had been found in wreckage in East Germany; the diaries were later revealed to be forgeries. In 1990, Sammy Hagar opened his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Mexico. In 1998, Disney's Animal Kingdom opened at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida. In 2003, American Idol-winner Kelly Clarkson topped the charts with her debut album Thankful.
The bassist with 3 Doors Down, Todd Harrell, has been charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication after he was involved in a crash that killed another driver. According to Nashville police, Harrell was driving west on Interstatate 40 at high speed late on Friday when he clipped a pickup truck. The truck went out of control, traveled down an embankment and overturned. Harrell was charged early on Saturday. Police identified the man killed in the crash as 47-year-old Paul Howard Shoulders Jr. The band's website said in a statement that the members were "deeply saddened" by Shoulders' death. "Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this difficult time." Harrell showed signs of impairment while performing field sobriety tasks and appeared under the influence of an intoxicant, according to police. Harrell is also accused of bringing controlled substances into the jail. A search at the booking room by Davidson County Sheriff's deputies uncovered a plastic bag hidden in his sock with eight Xanax pills, 24 Oxycodone pills. and four Oxymorphone pills.
Al Michaels was arrested and charged with driving under the influence after he was stopped at a DUI checkpoint in Santa Monica, California Friday night, according to CNN. Michaels was booked and charged with misdemeanor DUI around 10 o'clock Friday night. He spent five hours in jail before being released on his own recognizance early Saturday morning. Michaels is the play-by-play announcer for NBC's Sunday Night Football. He's scheduled to appear in court on June 26th.
Actress Reese Witherspoon was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge after a state trooper said she wouldn't stay in the car while her husband was given a field sobriety test in Atlanta. Witherspoon was released from jail after the Friday morning arrest and was in New York last night for the premiere of her new film Mud. She posed for cameras on the red carpet but did not stop to talk to reporters.
Tom Cruise's post-apocalyptic thriller Oblivion wiped out the box office competition over the weekend, racking up $38.2 million in weekend ticket sales during its US and Canadian debut. The debut of Oblivion knocked baseball movie 42 into second place. In third place was the animated Stone Age comedy The Croods. The weekend's 4th place finisher was horror spoof Scary Movie 5. And rounding out the top five was action sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
Fans of the Showtime series Dexter received some disappointing news this week when the higher-ups at the cable channel confirmed that the upcoming eighth season of the popular program will indeed be its last. The network broke the news on the official Dexter Facebook page with the following statement, "To thank you for your love and support over the last seven years, we wanted our Facebook fans to be the first to know that the upcoming season will be the final season of Dexter." Fans can catch a sneak peek of the upcoming season over at Showtime's official YouTube channel. Season eight of Dexter premieres on June 30th on Showtime
Glee fans will be happy to know that there will be more singing and drama for at least two years. According to Variety, FOX has extended the musical show for two more seasons. It will now go through the 2015 season.
Katy Perry has been busy working on the follow-up to her 2010 album, Teenage Dream. She told Billboard that she's halfway through what she described as a "schizophrenic" album. Perry is once again working with the team that helped her score five number one songs off her last album. Katy took to Twitter on Thursday to give fans a little insight to the record, writing, "You know the 90's are back when you're voluntarily putting record scratches in your songs."
Jay-Z worked relentlessly to bring the New Jersey Nets to Brooklyn and after one year in his hometown, the mogul has sold his ownership stake in the sports team. According to a letter posted on LifeandTimes.com, Jay says it was "never about an investment, it was about the Nets and Brooklyn." He added, "My job as an owner is over but as a fan it has just begun." Jay was forced to sell his stake in the Nets due to NBA rules -- he can't own part of a team if he wants to pursue his latest venture in sports management, Roc Nation Sports. Jay concluded, "It was a tough decision but ... it's not about ownership. Congratulations to the Nets on a great season and making the playoffs! I will always be a Brooklyn Net."
Time magazine has released its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People, including artists, leaders, pioneers and titans from around the world. Silver Linings Playbook actress Jennifer Lawrence makes this year's list and appears on the cover of the new issue. Late night comedians Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel landed on the "Artists" list, while Jay-Z and Beyonce find themselves on the "Titans" and "Icons" lists, respectively. Get a closer look at all of the "Most Influential" this year at Time100.Time.com.
Trivia Answer: Peter Kenneth Frampton who came alive 63 years ago today. In 1966, he became a member of The Herd. He was the lead guitarist and singer, scoring a handful of British teenybopper hits. Frampton was named "The Face of 1968" by the UK press. In early 1969, when Frampton was 18 years old, he joined with Steve Marriott of The Small Faces to form Humble Pie. While playing with Humble Pie, Frampton also did session recording with other artists, including: Harry Nilsson, Jim Price, Jerry Lee Lewis, as well as George Harrison's solo All Things Must Pass, in 1971, and John Entwistle's Whistle Rymes, in 1972. During the Harrison session he as introduced to the 'talk box' that has become his trademark guitar sound. After five albums with Humble Pie, Frampton left the band and went solo in 1971. Frampton had minimal commercial success with his early albums. That all changed with Frampton's breakthrough best-selling live album, Frampton Comes Alive!, in 1976. Baby, I Love Your Way and Show Me the Way were singles. Do You Feel Like We Do, despite its length, was also popular. The latter two tracks also featured his use of the talk box guitar effect. The album stayed at the top of the charts, at number one, for 10 weeks, in the Billboard's Top 40 album chart for 55 weeks, and stayed on the Billboard 200 charts in total for 97 Weeks. It was the top selling album of 1976, beating Fleetwood Mac's Fleetwood Mac for the top spot, and was the 14th best seller of 1977. The album became the biggest selling live album at the time of its release and sold over 6 million copies in the US, 16 million worldwide. Frampton Comes Alive! is 6 times platinum.
|Today's Trivia: He's known for starring on the TV series Taxi and
Who's the Boss?, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award and four
Golden Globe Awards. Who is he?
A crazy overnight in the Boston area. The two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing killed an MIT police officer, injured a transit officer in a firefight and threw explosive devices at police during their getaway attempt in a long night of violence that left one of them dead and another still at large Friday, authorities said as the manhunt intensified for a young man described as a dangerous terrorist. The suspects were identified to The Associated Press as coming from the Russian region near Chechnya, which has been plagued by an Islamic insurgency stemming from separatist wars. A law enforcement intelligence bulletin obtained by the AP identified the surviving bomb suspect as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, a 19-year-old who had been living in Cambridge, Mass. SWAT teams in armored vehicles took command of the tense and locked-down streets of Boston and its suburbs today in an all-out hunt for the surviving suspect. Law enforcement officials and family members identified the dead suspect as 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev. As the manhunt dragged on, the suspects' uncle in Maryland, Ruslan Tsarni, pleaded on television: "Dzhokhar, if you are alive, turn yourself in and ask for forgiveness." The search by thousands of law enforcement officers all but paralyzed the Boston area. Officials shut down all mass transit, including Amtrak trains to New York, advised businesses not to open, and warned close to one million people in the entire city and some of its suburbs to stay inside and unlock their doors only for uniformed police.
Kyle Seager made the most of his chance against Justin Verlander. Seager hit a pinch-hit, two-out RBI double in the seventh inning to break a scoreless tie and help give the Mariners a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers yesterday. Seattle is now off to Texas for the weekend. They're got three with the Rangers starting tonight and then three with the Astros before they come back home next week.
The Seattle Seahawks play at least four prime-time games next season and open September 8th at Carolina. After opening at Carolina, the Seahawks return home to host San Francisco in the first of Seattle's four prime-time games. Seattle travels to Arizona in Week 7 for a Thursday night game, and play at St. Louis (Week 8) and host New Orleans (Week 13) in Monday night games. Seattle will have its bye in Week 12.
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It's National Garlic Day. Today is National Hanging Out Day, time to save energy by using a clothesline. Today is Horseless Carriage Day, marking this day in 1892 when Charles Duryea (and his brother Frank) turned the final screw in the first automobile in America. He then took it out for a drive around Springfield, Massachusetts. Duryea called his vehicle a "buggyaut."
Calendar notes: On this date in 1927, actress Mae West was convicted of "indecent behavior" in her Broadway production of Sex. She was sentenced to 10 days in jail and fined $500. In In 1978, Patti Smith released her biggest hit, Because the Night. It was co-written by Bruce Springsteen. In 1987, The Simpsons premiered as a short cartoon on The Tracey Ullman Show. In 1988, Sonny Bono was sworn in as mayor of Palm Springs, California. In 1990, fearing his staff of eight lawyers and seven Ph.D.s was too brainy, Vice President Dan Quayle told them to start reading People magazine to get in touch with the real world. In 1994, a California court ordered the city of Los Angeles to pay Rodney King $3.8-million in damages for a 1991 beating by police. In 1995, the Oklahoma City bombing: The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City is bombed, killing 168. In 2011, Fidel Castro resigned from the Communist Party of Cuba's central committee after 45.
A judge in Michigan slapped himself with a 25 dollar fine after his phone went off during a hearing. Judge Raymond Voet apparently wanted to show how serious he is about the rule he made banning electronic devices from interrupting his sessions. Voet was in the middle of a hearing when his smartphone started requesting voice commands, which happened when he says he bumped his phone. He told MLive.com, "I set the bar high, because cellphones are a distraction and there is very serious business going on." He added that "judges are humans" and he "broke the rule and [he] has to live by it."
After Disney bought Lucasfilm last year, they announced plans to reboot the Star Wars franchise, and it now turns out they're hoping to get a film out every year starting in 2015. According to the Associated Press, every summer will have a Star Wars film, starting in 2015 with Star Wars: Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams. From there, the studio plans to alternate films in the new Star Wars trilogies with spin-off movies drawn from the same universe.
Aussie actor Paul Hogan, who's best known for his role as Crocodile Dundee from the series of films back in the ‘80s, has just been ripped off to the tune of 34-million dollars. Hogan, who had money problems a few years back when his home country of Australia sued him for 150-million in unpaid taxes (he eventually settled for an undisclosed amount last year), is now suing his tax adviser, Phillip Egglishaw, for ripping him off for over 34-million. The actor had reportedly hidden the cash in a secret Swiss bank account. Who knew the 73-year-old actor had so much moola? Apparently the first Crocodile Dundee film generated over 325-million bucks on a budget of only 10-million and the former Subaru spokesman pocketed a large chunk of the movie's gross.
If you landed this job, would you tell your family? A Chinese company is looking for a "chief pornography-identification officer" to search the web for smut and report about it. The job pays $30,000 a year, decent in China's job market.
ABC is about to announce a bloopers special. Hosted by Chris Harrison, the one-hour special called The Bachelor's Funniest Moments (airing May 21) features goofs, gaffes and general hilarity spanning all 17 seasons of The Bachelor and 8 seasons of The Bachelorette.
Tomorrow is Record Store Day. Independently owned music stores will act as one with the purpose of celebrating the unique purpose that they occupy in the country. Participating record stores usually hold special events.
Trivia Answer: Tony Danza who turns 62 on Sunday. In 1975, as a joke, Danza's friends entered him in the New York City Golden Gloves. After knocking out his first 6 opponents, Danza was knocked out in the finals. Danza later was a professional boxer with a 9-and-3 record, with all of his fights, wins and losses, ending by knockout.
|Today's Trivia: This actress, writer, television director,
television producer, singer, and businesswoman is best known for her title
roles in the television series Clarissa Explains It All from 1991 to 1994,
the live action version of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch from 1996 to 2003,
and Melissa & Joey from 2010 to now. Who is she?
The Detroit Tigers outlasted the Mariners 2-1 in 14 innings last night. The conclusion came long after starters Felix Hernandez and Max Scherzer pitched gems in a game that included a whopping 40 strikeouts. Hernandez and Scherzer almost became afterthoughts thanks to the long night, but their performances will be tough to top the rest of the season. Both pitchers finished with 12 strikeouts. Each threw eight strong innings. And neither could get help from their respective offenses to get the victory. How good were Scherzer and Hernandez? Scherzer threw 105 pitches with 75 strikes; Hernandez threw 106 with 76 strikes. The Mariners wrap up the series and the homestand with a day game today.
In Tacoma, shortstop Carlos Triunfel entered his name in the franchise's records book by hitting for the cycle – all before the fifth inning closed. Carlos opened the first inning with a triple. In the third, he laced a double. An inning later, he parked one for his first home run of the season. Then in the fifth inning, he crushed a line drive over first base. He took a wide turn at first base and appeared intent on getting to second. But about 25 feet into it, Triunfel stopped, gathered himself and retreated back to first base to complete the team's first cycle since Raul Ibañez did it against Albuquerque in August of 1997. The Rainiers buzzed right through Fresno, 8-0. Rainiers and Grizzlies again tonight.
It's International Juggler's Day. The day can also apply to multi tasking office workers. It's Newspaper Columnists Day, National Animal Cracker Day, Paul Revere Day, and Smile Big and Say Hi for No Particular Reason Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1923, Yankee Stadium opened in the Bronx, New York. It was baseball's first three-tiered stadium. The Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-1. In 1966, Bill Russell was named player-coach of the Boston Celtics, the first African-American coach in the NBA. In 1984, Michael Jackson had surgery performed on his scalp to repair damage caused after his hair caught fire during a shoot for a Pepsi television commercial. In 2002, actor Robert Blake was arrested in the shooting death of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley. Blake, who played Little Beaver as a child in 20 movies and later was TV's Baretta, was acquitted of murder but found liable in a civil case. In 2003, Scott Peterson was arrested in San Diego in the death of his wife, Laci, who was eight months pregnant when she vanished on Christmas Eve.
As Iron Man fans get ready for the third sequel's debut next month, the film's star, Robert Downey, Jr., is contemplating life after the iron suit. Downey, Jr. opened up about his post-superhero plans in the latest issue of GQ, in which he talks about how an on-set injury got him thinking about his legacy as an actor as well how he wants to do something other than a sequel to a sequel. The 48-year-old star also revealed that his obligations to the franchise have been fulfilled and that he's now looking for roles that have more depth or an opportunity to direct a horror film in the same vein as John Carpenter's Halloween. Iron Man 3 is set to hit theaters on May 3rd.
The movie going experience gets more interactive with the release of Iron Man 3 in Japan. It's debuting there in 4DX. 4DX adds tilting seats, bubble makers on the ceiling, fog, wind, strobe lighting, and odors.
In a sure sign that their marriage is doomed, Nickelback's Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne have gotten matching tattoos. Lavigne revealed the bad idea on a late night talk show, where she said that she was surprised that Kroger had absolutely no ink on his entire body. She went on to say that the two got matching tattoos on each other's arms that read "live in the present moment." There's no set wedding date for the two Canadians who have been engaged since last August.
American Idol Live! is back again this summer and once again you can see the top 10 American Idol finalists live. The first show is on June 29th in St. Louis, Missouri and the tour wraps August 31st in Nashville, Tennessee. The show is in Kent at the ShoWare Center on July 19th. Tickets go on sale at 10 the morning of Friday, May 3rd.
If you're anticipating the return of Ross and Rachel, you are probably going to be disappointed. Despite rumors that the hit TV show Friends is returning to NBC for an 11th season, the show's co-creator, Marta Kauffman, says "it's not happening." Kauffman heard the rumor from the ‘90s sitcom's costume designer and decided to clear the air with E! News. She explained, "Friends was about that time in your life when your friends are your family and once you have a family, there's no need anymore." There won't be a movie, either, but don't let that get you down. They'll always "be there for you" on DVD!
What do women do before a first date, aside from checking their makeup and clothes? Many are checking out their suitors on Facebook. A match.com survey found that nearly half of women polled look up guys on Facebook.
Trivia Answer: Melissa Joan Hart who turns 37 today. She was named after the Allman Brothers song Melissa. Her acting career began at age four when she made a television commercial for a bathtub doll called Splashy. From then on, she appeared regularly in commercials, making 25 of them before the age of five. She's been married to musician Mark Wilkerson since July 19th of 2003. They three children. Mark Wilkerson is the lead singer and guitarist for the band Course of Nature. Wilkerson co-wrote the song It's Not Over which was released as a single and as the opening track on the album by Daughtry. Last June, St. Martin's Press announced that it had made a deal with Hart to publish her memoir Melissa Explains It All: Tales from My Abnormally Normal Life. In the memoir, Hart is to write about growing up, being a child actor, and her rise to fame, her rebellious teen years, and her efforts to balance a career as an adult with motherhood and family life. It's due out in the fall.
|Today's Trivia: This composer, pianist, and keyboardist was
enlisted in the fall of 1984 to commence the rigorous weekly schedule of
scoring the series Miami Vice. The popular success of his music on the
series was evident after just one season when, on November 2nd of 1985,
the Miami Vice Soundtrack hit number one on the Billboard Top Pop album
charts. The album achieved quadruple-platinum status with US sales of more
than four million copies. At the Grammy awards in February of 1986, the
Miami Vice Theme earned this guy two awards; one for Best Pop Instrumental
Performance and one for Best Instrumental Composition. He also earned Emmy
award nominations in 1985 and 1986, for Outstanding Achievement in Musical
Composition. In 1988, he bowed out of full-time musical chores for Miami
Vice. Who is he?
A Chinese citizen was killed in the Boston Marathon bombings, the Chinese consulate in New York said. The press release did not identify the woman. Boston University earlier confirmed that the person was a graduate student at the school. The other two people killed in the attack were previously identified as 29-year-old Krystle Campbell and 8-year-old Martin Richard. Eleven Boston-area hospitals treated 183 injured patients. Thirteen of them had limbs amputated. At least 89 had gone home as of late yesterday afternoon. Lots of rumors flying around late thie morning. Police and reporters converged on the federal courthouse in Boston amid conflicting reports of whether a suspect was in custody in the marathon bombings. Several media outlets -- including CNN and the Associated Press -- reported earlier in the day that a suspect had been identified from surveillance video taken at a Lord & Taylor store between the sites of the two bomb blasts. A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told the AP that a suspect was in custody. The official, who was not authorized to divulge details of the investigation, said the suspect was expected in federal court. The FBI and US attorney's office in Boston, however, said no arrests had been made. The new Sports Illustrated cover, by the way, shows four Boston police officers converging over 78-year-old marathoner Bill Iffrig, who was knocked down by one of the blasts as he approached the finish line.
Aaron Harang's debut in Seattle and return to the American League would have gone just fine if not for Miguel Cabrera's ability to hit with two strikes. Cabrera hit a two-run homer and drove in Detroit's first four runs, former Mariner Doug Fister threw seven strong innings against his old team, and the Tigers beat the Mariners 6-2 last night. Same two teams tonight at 7.
The Tacoma Rainiers fell to the Fresno Grizzlies 3-2. They do it again tonight at Cheney Stadium at 7.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn says NBA Commissioner David Stern told him during a phone call that the league is not likely to make a decision this week on the future of the Sacramento Kings -- on whether they'll move to Seattle or stay put. The NBA was expected to make an announcement at a news conference Friday after the Board of Governors' meetings Thursday and Friday in New York City. Up for vote is whether to approve investor Chris Hansen's plan to purchase the Sacramento Kings and move them to Seattle, or reject the deal and allow a Sacramento ownership group to bid on the team. Late yesterday, the NBA confirmed that the vote has been postponed and could even occur via email, according to numerous reports
Pat Summerall was the calm alongside John Madden's storm. Over four decades, Summerall described some of the biggest games in America in his deep, resonant voice. Simple, spare, he delivered the details on 16 Super Bowls, the Masters and the U.S. Open tennis tournament with a simple, understated style that was the perfect complement for the "booms!" and "bangs!" of Madden, his football partner for the last half of the NFL player-turned-broadcaster's career. Summerall died yesterday of cardiac arrest at the age 82. In a statement, Madden said, "Pat was my broadcasting partner for a long time, but more than that he was my friend for all of these years. Pat Summerall is the voice of football and always will be."
The actor best known for his role as Lumpy on the TV classic Leave It To Beaver has died. According to the Los Angeles Times, Frank Bank had been hospitalized recently from an unknown illness. His former Leave It To Beaver co-star, Jerry Mathers, called him a "very, very kind and gentle person." In the ‘70s, Bank left acting to pursue a career as a stock broker. He was 71 years old when he passed away on Saturday.
It's Blah, Blah, Blah Day -- it just might be the blah-est day of the year. The intent of this day is to do all of the projects and things that people have been nagging you to do. This may include quitting a habit, losing weight, or working on home projects. It's National Cheeseball Day Today is Pet Owners Independence Day, a day for your pets to go to work while you stay home and play.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1947, Jackie Robinson got his first hit for the Brooklyn Dodgers when he beat out a bunt. In 1962, Tony Bennett recorded his first song, Boulevard of Broken Dreams. 1964, at the New York World's Fair, the Ford Motor Company introduced the Mustang. Base price was $2,368 Also in 1964: the FBI lab reported that it could not determine the lyrics on the Kingmen's recording of Louie Louie. In 1970, Paul McCartney released his first solo album, McCartney. It included a self-interview that confirmed the Beatles had broken up. Also in 1970, Johnny Cash performed for President Richard Nixon at the White House. Nixon wanted him to perform A Boy Named Sue, but Cash refused. In 1985, the US Postal Service unveiled its new 22-cent Love stamp. Showing the set of TV's The Love Boat as a backdrop, the stamp became one of the postal service's biggest sellers. In 1998, Paul McCartney's wife, Linda McCartney, died after a fight with breast cancer.
Maybe it's time to break off that long-distance relationship ... with your work commute. New studies have shown an increased risk in high blood pressure, stress and heart disease if you have to travel more than 30 miles to work every day. According to England's Daily Mail, "Long-distance commuters also take more sick leave and tend to gain more weight." The Pacific Standard has also reported that women "tend to die sooner" if they live more than 31 miles from work. Another report from Grist suggests that long-distance commuters may also create greater distances in their marriage, as they are "40 percent more likely to separate or divorce."
If you or someone you know has spent a lot of time worrying about choosing a college major, worry no more. A new survey by the Association of American Colleges and Universities shows 93 percent of employers don't think a recent graduate's college major is that important. According to the Wall Street Journal, it's critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills that make a difference when hiring someone. One of the big reasons for focus shifting away from majors is the broader responsibilities that new hires are taking on. It may be time to brush up your resume, as well. The survey also revealed the demand for electronic portfolios is up over the past five years with 83 percent of employers saying digital resumes with examples of your work are helpful.
Boys are easier to raise than girls, right? That's what over half of us start out thinking, at least. A new survey discovered more than half of American couples want their first child to be a boy because they are (quote) "less hard work." Only 21% have their heart set on a daughter. 32% have no preference.
In addition to some sweet musical releases coming out Saturday in honor of Record Store Day, you can also look forward to Coldplay's long awaited comic book series, Mylo Xyloto. The band has announced that in addition to a limited-edition seven-inch vinyl picture disc containing the track Hurts Like Heaven, as well as a live version of Us Against The Word, they're be releasing the first book in their graphic novel series, which is based on their 2011 album, Mylo Xyloto.
Heard of the Hoopnotica hula hoop? Well you probably soon will. Your favorite health club may even drop one of its Pump classes for Hoopnotica classes. Why? Because Kelly Osbourne lost 70 pounds and claims a Hoopnotica hula hoop helped her do it.
Trivia Answer: Jan Hammer who turns 65 today. He was born in Prague, then Czechoslovakia, today the Czech Republic. When the Warsaw Pact invaded Czechoslovakia in 1968, Hammer moved to the United States and resolved to become a citizen after receiving a scholarship at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He first gained his most visible audience while playing keyboards with the Mahavishnu Orchestra in the early 1970s. Hammer has collaborated with some of the era's most influential jazz and rock musicians such as Jeff Beck, Al Di Meola, Mick Jagger, Carlos Santana, Stanley Clarke, Tommy Bolin, Neal Schon, Steve Lukather, and Elvin Jones among many others. He has composed and produced at least 14 original motion picture soundtracks, the music for 90 episodes of Miami Vice and 20 episodes of the popular British television series Chancer.
|Today's Trivia: He is widely considered one of the greatest NBA
players of all time. During his 20 years in the NBA from 1969 to 1989, 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?
Boston is still reeling from those deadly bombings yesterday. The search is underway for clues after twin blasts killed three, including a child, and injured over 140 at the Boston Marathon. It's being treated as an act of terrorism. Top administration officials were at the White House to discuss the bombings with President Obama. Officials also announced a twist in the probe: Suspicious packages that were detonated out of precaution were not explosive devices after all. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced today that there were only two bombs -- the two that exploded at the marathon. A doctor who treated some of the wounded said the wounds were caused by shrapnel that included pellets and nails. Seventeen of the injured remain in critical condition. Authorities including bomb experts searched an apartment in Revere, Massachusetts, and removed items late yesterday. But officials cautioned that there are currently no clear suspects -- and the motive remains unknown.
Right-handed relief pitcher Stephen Pryor has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Seattle Mariners after he suffered a tear in a muscle in his back. Seattle made the move yesterday, the Mariners' first off day of the season. Seattle said a corresponding roster move would be made today prior to the opening of their series against Detroit tonight. Pryor left Sunday's game against Texas with two outs in the eighth inning. It's another injury hit for the Mariners who already have put starting outfielder Michael Saunders on the disabled list and had injuries problems with Michael Morse and Franklin Gutierrez.
After the Tacoma Rainiers dropped the first three games of a season-opening eight-game homestand, the longball helped them reverse their fortunes: Homers from Alex Liddi, Carlos Peguero, and Joseph Dunigan lifted the Rainiers over Salt Lake, 7-3, last night. The Rainiers welcome in Fresno to begin a four-game series tonight at 6.
Today is National Fast Food Day and, interestingly, it's National Eggs Benedict Day. Today is National Librarian Day, and it's National Stress Awareness Day. Is work or school putting on the pressure? Are the kids on your nerves? Is there enough money to pay all of those the bills? There are literally thousands of reasons for you to get stressed out. RELAX!!! Today is your opportunity to recognize that there is plenty of stress in your life -- as if you didn't already know. More importantly, today is an opportunity to learn, and to do something about the stress -- before it drives you batty or worse. There was a method behind the madness. April 16th was designated as Stress Awareness Day because it's the day after taxes are due.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1940, President Franklin Roosevelt threw the first pitch of the new baseball season. It was a wild pitch and broke the camera of Washington Post photographer Irving Schlossenberg. In 1956, on I Love Lucy, in an episode called Lucy's Italian Movie, Lucy engages in what became TV's classic comedy grape-stomping scene. In 1977, Fleetwood Mac released Dreams, which would become their first number-one single. In 1998, criminal charges were filed against George Michael after he was arrested for engaging in a lewd act in a Beverly Hills restroom. In 1999, Wayne Gretzky announced his retirement from hockey. In 2003, Michael Jordan played his last NBA game with the Washington Wizards, who lost to the Philadelphia 76ers, 107-87.
In case you missed it, Chris Hansen on Friday upped his offer to purchase a controlling stake of the Sacramento Kings, increasing the total valuation of the NBA team from $525 million to $550 million. It was just one recent development in the saga that appears to have given momentum back to Seattle in the battle over the Kings. The move came on the day Sacramento missed a deadline set by the Maloofs, the majority owners of the Kings, to submit a formal counteroffer for the franchise. The Maloofs wanted a written, "back-up" offer in place in case the NBA this week rejects their sale of the Kings to Hansen's Seattle group. The Sacramento group discounted Hansen's increased bid as an act of desperation according to The Sacramento Bee. The NBA Board of Governors is expected to take up the issue during extended meetings tomorrow through Friday in New York City. KING/5 reported the league has opted to add meetings tomorrow and has scheduled a news conference on the Kings deal for Friday.
Faith Hill is passing the NFL torch to someone else, as she has announced that she will not be performing for Sunday Night Football anymore. The singer broke the news through Facebook on Monday that she will no longer sing Waiting All Day for Sunday Night. Faith felt it was "amazing to have been part of Sunday Night Football" and also "an honor." She thinks "it's time to let someone else rock the open," and even though it was a "difficult decision," she'll still be watching. No word on who will replace Faith at this time.
Since Regis Philbin left Live over a year ago, co-host Kelly Ripa says the two haven't kept in touch. She told The Hollywood Reporter, "I haven't seen him." Ripa did say, though, that her new co-host, Michael Strahan, and Philbin have a lot in common, calling them both "incredible storytellers... fiercely competitive," and jokingly says they're "both incredible football players" too. Meanwhile, Regis is planning to host a daily sports talk show on Fox, set to launch this fall.
Here's a comforting thought with vacation season coming up. A Minneapolis-St. Paul airport baggage handler was busted last week after prosecutors say he was caught on tape stealing valuables from the bags of passengers. David Vang allegedly walked away with $84,000 worth of passengers' belongings over an eight month period. Guns, jewelry and watches were among the items prosecutors say he stuffed into his backpack.
Runners in Miami Beach, Florida better be headed in the right direction. After running backwards for six years around the area and becoming a tourists' viral sensation, Alex Mesa was ticketed for his exercise routine. According to WTVJ, four officers responded to a 911 call, where they fined Alex for "obstructing traffic" The excessive jogger, who says he completes his two-hour workout routine "three times a week," believes "police singled him out because they learned of a past drug charge." In any case, his runs seem to get him in shape, as he was able to complete an entire 5k in reverse.
It seems that anything from any of The Beatles' lives sells for a lot of money these days. The latest item to go for big bucks is the front door from Paul McCartney's childhood home in Liverpool. It went up for bids on Wednesday and sold for about 77-hundred dollars. Paul used the door when he lived at the home from 1955 to 1964. According to Scotsman.com, he learned to play guitar, piano, drums and the trumpet while living there.
Even sugar daddies are feeling the effects of a sour economy. The website SeekingArrangement.com reports discretionary spending by their users is down and so are their incomes. Between 2007 and now, sugar daddy income dropped from $321,482 per year to $273,301. A survey shows the amount these guys are willing to spend on their wallet-loving gals is down too from $74,772 to $61,200. Atlanta tops the list this year as the "best city in America to find a sugar daddy."
What happens to your online stuff when you die? Google has come up with Inactive Account Manager. It allows users to essentially push a self-destruct button should your account remain inactive for 3, 6, 9 or 12 months.
Trivia Answer: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who turns 65 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. 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".
|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?
Right at the end of the show today came word of two explosions at the finish of the Boston Marathon, sending authorities out on the course to carry away the injured while stragglers in the 26.2-mile race were rerouted away from the smoking site. The marathon itself, on its Facebook page, referred to the blasts as bombs. Authorities did not say immediately what caused the explosions. Boston police report two people were killed and 23 were hurt. Competitors and race volunteers were crying as they fled the chaos. Bloody spectators were being carried to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners. About three hours after the winners crossed the line, there was a loud explosion on the north side of Boylston Street, just before the photo bridge that marks the finish line. Another explosion could be heard a few seconds later. Smoke rose from the blasts, fluttering through the national flags lining the route of the world's oldest and most prestigious marathon. TV helicopter footage showed blood staining the pavement in the popular shopping and tourist area known as the Back Bay.
Dustin Ackley snapped a sixth-inning tie with his first RBI of the season and rookie Brandon Maurer rebounded from a poor start to throw six strong innings for his first career victory as the Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 4-3 yesterday. Raul Ibanez added a solo homer as Seattle salvaged a split of the four-game series. Seattle is off today, the last team in baseball to get a day off. The Mariners' reward is 16 straight games after the day off. Those games begin tomorrow when the Detroit Tigers arrive in the Northwest to begin a three-game set at Safeco.
A tough weekend for the Tacoma Rainiers. They arrived back in the Northwest for their home opener on Friday night only to have the game suspended because of rain. They picked it up Saturday afternoon at 5 and went on to lose to the Salt Lake Bees, 8-4. Tacoma also dropped Saturday's game to the Bees, 4-3. They wrapped up the weekend with a 3-1 loss yesterday. They wrap up the series with Salt Lake tonight at 6 at Cheney Stadium.
Today is Tax Day. Perhaps related, Today is Rubber Eraser Day. It's Go Fly a Kite Day. Today is Take a Wild Guess Day. It's Husband Appreciation Day. It's National Auctioneers Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1865, Abraham Lincoln died after being shot the previous evening by actor John Wilkes Booth. In 1912, the British passenger liner RMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic at 2:20 in the morning, two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,227 passengers and crew on board survived. In 1947, Jackie Robinson debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking baseball's color line. In 1955, McDonald's restaurant dates its founding to the opening of a franchised restaurant by Ray Kroc, in Des Plaines, Illinois. In 1971, The Beatles won an Oscar for Best Film Music (Original Song Score) for Let It Be. In In 2004, Courtney Love was ordered by a Los Angeles judge to stand trial for two counts of drug possession.
A wild weather weekend here in the Northwest. Avalanches in the Cascades. Snow and hail around the Puget Sound as flakes were reported all the way from Ballard to Bellingham. Now tomorrow is supposed to be mostly sunny and right around 60 here in Olympia.
The story of Jackie Robinson becoming the first black player in the major leagues more than 60 years ago, 42 took home a win at the movie box office after scoring $27.3 million from weekend ticket sales in the United States and Canada. The movie about the Hall of Fame player topped new horror spoof Scary Movie 5 which finished second. Animated Stone Age adventure film The Croods took the No. 3 slot. In fourth place was action movie sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Last week's box office winner Evil Dead fell to to fifth place this week.
A campaign by opponents of late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to get the song Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead to the top of the British pop charts to celebrate her death failed yesterday although it did manage to reach second place. Thatcher died last Monday at the age of 87. Thatcher deeply divided Britons and while some have paid warm tributes to the achievements of her right-wing Conservative governments, others said her privatization of swathes of industry had destroyed communities. That opposition was manifested in a Facebook campaign to propel the witch song, from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, to number one in the charts, provoking anger from politicians of all parties, right-leaning media, and members of the public. The Official Charts Company said 52,605 copies of the song had been sold, but that was about 6,000 shy of the chart-topping track Need U by British DJ Duke Dumont and singer A*M*E. The top 40 best-selling singles are played weekly on BBC Radio but the broadcaster said on Friday it would only play a five-second clip of the song as part of a news item, leading to accusations it had caved into political pressure.
The Black Keys have always credited hard work and non-stop touring for their success. But according to drummer Patrick Carney, luck was a big contributor as well. The Black Keys are currently in the studio with Danger Mouse, working on their follow up to El Camino.
Former POTUS George W. Bush and his wife Laura became first-time grandparents Saturday when their daughter, Jenna Hager, gave birth to a baby girl named Mila.
It's Income Tax Pay Day. Taxes are due by midnight tonight. However, if you're not going to be done on time, you can file an automatic six-month extension with the IRS and receive no late penalties. You need to fill out form 4868 and submit it to the IRS at some point today -- before midnight.
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, writing in 1967, said: "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."
|Today's Trivia: This actress, producer, author, and
television director, is known for her work on Little House on the Prairie,
Heathers, Our House, Beverly Hills, 90210, and Charmed. Who is she?
Interesting to note that last night's promotion at Safeco advertised free t-shirts to the first 25,000 through the gate. Only 22,000 showed up. That's kind of where this season is so far. Regardless, from the yellow shirts to the K-cards handed out to fans in attendance, last night was all set to be a party in honor of Felix Hernandez. It nearly turned into a nightmare for the Seattle Mariners. Hernandez allowed three earned runs, was knocked around for 10 hits by Texas' potent lineup and the Mariners lost their third straight 4-3 to the Rangers. Felix didn't get his 100th win but he did get his 1,500th strike out. What was already a disappointing night for Seattle got a bit worse when slugger Michael Morse was forced to leave the game in the seventh inning after getting hit with a pitch on his right hand as he attempted to check his swing. In the only bit of good news the Mariners received, Morse's injury is not serious. He has a small fracture in his right little finger and manager Eric Wedge expects him to miss a week or less. Japanese pitchers Yu Darvish and Hisashi Iwakuma match up tonight. After the pitching meltdown for the Mariners during the Houston series, the Ms have made some moves. They've acquired right-handed pitcher Aaron Harang from the Colorado Rockies. To make roster room Seattle designated for assignment right-handed reliever Kameron Loe,
The Tacoma Rainiers fell to the Rivercats in Sacramento, 5-4. No sweep but a series win is nice. The Rainiers went 5-3 on the trip. The home opener at Cheney Stadium tonight. The Rainiers host the Salt Lake Bees at 7:00.
Today is Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day. Today is Walk on Your Wild Side Day, a day to do something unpredictable. Today is Eat All Your Snacks Before the Movie Even Starts Day. Today is National Licorice Day. Today is National D.E.A.R. Day, National Drop Everything and Read Day, a special celebration to remind families to make reading together a daily priority. Today is also Support Teen Literature Day, a part of National Library Week.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1969, Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman. In 1971, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's live album Four Way Street was certified gold before it even appeared on the LP chart. In 1979, Mickey Thomas joined Jefferson Starship, replacing founding member Marty Balin. In 1993, actress Lisa Bonet filed for divorce from Lenny Kravitz. In 1995, On Late Night with David Letterman, actress Drew Barrymore jumped on Dave's desk, did a bump and grind, opened her blouse, and flashed the host. In 1998, a federal appeals court in San Francisco awarded the rights to the record Louie Louie to the Kingsmen, the group that recorded it in 1963. The court agreed that the group had missed out on decades of royalties on the top-selling record. In 1999, a 75-year-old German war veteran apologized to an 87-year-old French woman for stealing her ham during the war in 1944. Hans Kupperfahrenberg said he was retreating in Normandy and was starving, but he never felt right about stealing Louise Marie's ham. So 55 years later, he returned to Normandy, found her, and bought her a ham. In 2004, Barry Bonds hit his 660th home run to tie Willie Mays for third on baseball's career homer list
Word came late this morning that Jonathan Winters, the wildly inventive actor and comedian who appeared in such films as It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and The Loved One, and played Robin Williams' son on the TV show Mork & Mindy, has died. Winters apparently died last evening of natural causes at his home in Montecito, California. Jonathan Winters was 87.
Adele has topped the list of richest UK musicians under 30. She has an estimated fortune of over 46-million dollars, while Leona Lewis took third with over 18-million dollars and Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine made over 13-million dollars, enough for the five-spot. Emeli Sande and Ed Sheeran also made the list this year, both for the first time and both with an estimated wealth of over seven-million dollars.
The BBC is in a bind after opponents of Margaret Thatcher pushed the song Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead to the top of the British charts in a posthumous protest over her divisive policies. The online campaign to drive the Wizard of Oz song to the No. 1 spot on the UK singles chart was launched by Thatcher critics shortly after the former prime minister died Monday of a stroke at age 87. As of today, the song was No. 1 on British iTunes. Still, many people say the campaign -- which aims to see the song played this weekend on the BBC's Official Chart Show -- is in bad taste. Some have called on the BBC to promise it won't broadcast the song. John Whittingdale, a lawmaker from Thatcher's Conservative party, told the Daily Mail tabloid that many would find the ditty "deeply insensitive." "This is an attempt to manipulate the charts by people trying to make a political point," he said. In a statement, the BBC said it had not yet decided on whether it would feature the song on its show -- which normally plays all the week's best-selling hits. The taxpayer-funded BBC said. "The Official Chart Show on Sunday is a historical and factual account of what the British public has been buying and we will make a decision about playing it when the final chart positions are clear."
Kate Upton and Diddy are not dating despite reports linking the two. Kate tweeted Wednesday: "Really??? Not at all true." Diddy also tweeted: "Attention all Media. I don't even know Kate Upton personally! I'm not dating her! What's being reported is not true. END of story!"
It's been 30 years since Huey Lewis and The News released their iconic 1983 album, Sports, and the band plan to mark the occasion with a remastered deluxe edition and a tour. The re-issue boasts the original nine album cuts plus a second disc of live versions, many of which have never been released. It's due out on May 14th and just before then, on May 10th, the group embarks on their Sports 30th Anniversary Tour, where they're playing the album live in its entirety. No Seattle show but they're in Portland on July 6th. Sports spawned four top ten singles including If This Is It, I Want a New Drug, Heart and Soul, and The Heart of Rock & Roll. It's approaching Diamond status with sales nearing ten-million copies.
The Talk co-host Sara Gilbert announced on the show that she is now engaged to her girlfriend, singer-songwriter Linda Perry. Sara revealed it happened a week ago as they were eating in a park and listening to a nearby musician. Then, Gilbert explained the people picnicking next to them broke out string instruments from under their blanket and started to play The Cure's Love Song, the tune she said was "her song" with Linda. Perry then started taking T-shirts out of her backpack, each with a word on it starting with "will" going on to "you," "marry," "me" and finally a question mark. She obviously said yes.
Worried you won't get your taxes done in time? You can file an automatic six-month extension with the IRS and receive no late penalties. Fill out form 4868 and submit it to the IRS on or before Monday, April 15.
The Ford Focus has once again been named the world's best selling car.
You're settling in for some Netflix when your phone vibrates. The next time you look up, the two hours you set aside for a movie have become one. Blame FOMO -- the fear of missing out. FOMO is the reason we find Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so hard to put down.
Trivia Answer: Shannen Maria Doherty who turns 42 today. She had had guest spots on TV series including Voyagers! and Father Murphy. When a casting notice was released in Hollywood for a regular role on Little House on the Prairie, she jumped at the opportunity and eventually won the role of Jenny Wilder at the age of 11, thanks in part to actor/producer Michael Landon seeing her guest spot on Father Murphy. Doherty stayed in the series until the show's cancellation in 1983. Doherty's first major motion picture role was in Heathers, released in 1989. Doherty garnered worldwide attention and fame for her breakout role as Brenda Walsh in the Aaron Spelling-produced TV series Beverly Hills, 90210 in 1990. In 1991 and 1992 her portrayal of Brenda earned her a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series. In 2004, E! placed the character at number ten on their list of the 50 Most Wicked Women of Prime Time. Doherty was removed after the fourth season in 1994 due to reported tension with costars. Her character was written off the show as moving to London to attend school at the Royal Academy for Dramatic Arts. In 1998, Spelling again cast her in another of his TV series, Charmed, in which she played lead character Prue Halliwell, the oldest of three sisters who discover they are witches. Doherty also directed a few episodes for the series during the second and third seasons. Doherty left the show in 2001, at the end of the third season. The reported reason for her departure was because of again on/off set tensions between Doherty and co-star Alyssa Milano.
|Today's Trivia: This was released on this date in 1976. It was designed and hand-built
by Steve Wozniak. Wozniak's friend Steve Jobs had the idea of selling it.
This was the company's first product, and to finance its creation, Jobs
sold his only means of transportation, a VW Microbus and Wozniak sold his
HP-65 calculator for $500. What are we talking about?
How embarrassing. The Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 8-3 last night before a crowd of 10,493, the smallest at Safeco Field since the ballpark opened 13½ years ago. Outfielder Michael Saunders sprained his right shoulder crashing into the outfield wall to make a catch in the first inning. He's being re-examined today. Manager Eric Wedge said. "He's going to have to miss some time. It's just a matter of how much time. It could be a DL situation. We're working through everything right now." The Texas Rangers are in the Northwest for a 4-game set starting tonight at 7.
The Tacoma Rainiers beat the Sacramento RiverCats 7-4 for their third straight win last night. They're going for the road sweep tonight. Their home opener is coming up tomorrow night at Cheney Stadium.
The majority owners of the NBA's Sacramento Kings have set a deadline of 5 o'clock Friday afternoon for the Sacramento group to submit a written counteroffer to the Seattle group's bid for the team, according to The Sacramento Bee. The binding "back-up" offer must match the deal the Maloof family currently has with Chris Hansen's group, the Bee reported yesterday, citing "a close source" to the situation. Hansen's Seattle group, which includes Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and two members of the Nordstrom family, reached a deal in January to buy the Maloofs' 65 percent of the Kings for $341 million, pending NBA approval. If the Sacramento group cannot match the Seattle bid or does not submit an offer, "any talks are off with the Sacramento group," according to The Bee. The NBA's Board of Governors is expected to vote on Seattle's plan during its April 18 and 19 meetings or shortly thereafter.
Most football fans probably know about the Madden Curse -- the idea that a player will bomb the year he is selected for the cover of EA Sports' Madden NFL football video game. Many folks weren't happy when Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander was on the cover of the 2006 release. The curse continued when Alexander broke his foot during Week 3 and missed six starts, finishing the season far off his record-breaking numbers from 2005. Well, how about Russell Wilson for the cover of this year's Madden game? The Seahawks quarterback is just two steps away from being selected for Madden NFL 25. In an online fan vote, modeled after the NCAA basketball tournament, Wilson has advanced into the elite eight. Yet Wilson is more involved with the Madden cover than just the cover vote. He's starring alongside Troy Aikman and Wally Casper (actually an actor playing the 1932 all-star) in online advertisements for the video game.
Today is Barbershop Quartet Day. Today is National Dandelion Day. Today is International Louie Louie Day, celebrating what some call the greatest party song of all time. Composer Richard Berry was born on this date in 1935. Today is M&Ms Crisis Day, marking the day in 1996 when American astronaut Shannon Lucid reported from the Russian space station Mir she was "absolutely, totally out" of M&Ms. Lucid spent 188 days aboard the Mir and asked only for regular re-supplies of M&Ms. Today is National Cheese Fondue Day. Today is 8-Track Tape Day. Originally called the Stereo 8, it was created in 1964 by a consortium led by Bill Lear of Lear Jet Corporation, along with Ampex, Ford, Motorola and RCA Victor Records, and was made popular by the inclusion of 8-track players in Ford automobiles in 1965.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1961, Bob Dylan made his professional singing debut in New York City's Greenwich Village. He sang Blowin' in the Wind. In 1981, Eddie Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli were married in Los Angeles. In 1986, Kellogg's of Battle Creek, Michigan, stopped an 80-year tradition of tours of its breakfast-food plant, believing that spies from other companies were taking the tours to steal company secrets. In 1990, astronomers at Lowell Observatory in Arizona named four asteroids after John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. In 2002, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic filed a motion for Courtney Love to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. The two parties were locked in a legal battle over the rights to the Nirvana back catalog.
Turns out Alec Baldwin won't be jumping into NBC's late-night lineup after all. At least not anytime soon. A source says Alec and the network are no longer exploring the possibility of him joining the NBC late night roster. The source says Alec "was mentioned as a possibility, but there were never any negotiations."
Paul McCartney is working on new music, but some of his classic material is hitting shelves again in the coming months. First up on May 27th, the singer's iconic 1976 live album with Wings, Wings over America, comes out with bonus material like further live footage, a rarely seen TV special, photos and more. Then, on June 10th, the DVD of the live concert film Rockshow is being re-released. The film documents the group's 1975 and 1976 Wings over the World tour across America. Paul McCartney plays a first-ever major concert at Seattle's Safeco Field on July 19th. Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00
Scotty McCreery is going back to where it all started as he debuts his new single, See You Tonight, on the American Idol stage. See You Tonight is the lead single from Scotty's upcoming sophomore album, and it's one of the many songs he co-wrote on the project. Kelly Clarkson is also taking the Idol stage, as she performs her new single, People Like Us, from her Greatest Hits collection. Catch their performances and the results of American Idol tonight.
Wesley Snipes is a free man. The actor has been released from prison and is now under house arrest until July 19th. He checked in to the McKean Federal Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania in December of 2010 after being convicted for failing to pay his taxes. No word on if or when he plans on resuming his acting career.
Police in Peachtree City, Georgia are cracking down on drunken golf cart drivers. The town is known as the "Golf Cart Capital of the World" and has 10-thousand registered golf carts and about 100 miles of golf cart paths. In 2012, more than 15 percent of drunken driving charges involved golf carts. A Peachtree City police officer says it's "unfortunately" a common "public perception" that drinking while driving a golf cart isn't a "big deal." Going by the numbers, the town has one golf cart per every three citizens.
A Texas burglary turned awkward when the two men who allegedly broke in, returned to the scene of the crime to ask for their gun back. When they originally broke into the apartment, they were wrestled to the ground by the three residents inside, who were able to pry their weapon away from their hands. A few hours after the men ran away and police had been called, the two alleged thieves came back to the scene to ask for their gun back. Cops were called again and one of the suspects was caught
Fat o'clock is the time when we ditch our diet and start eating comfort food, and, according to new research, that time is 7 on Sunday nights. Almost half in the study fell for comfort food between 7 and 10 on Sunday nights
Trivia Answer: The original Apple Computer, also known retroactively as the Apple I, or Apple-1. It was a personal computer released by the Apple Computer Company (now Apple Inc.) in 1976. The Apple I went on sale in July of 1976 at a price of $666.66, because Wozniak "liked repeating digits" and because they originally sold it to a local shop for $500 plus a one-third markup. About 200 units were produced. Unlike other hobbyist computers of its day, which were sold as kits, the Apple I was a fully assembled circuit board containing about 60+ chips. However, to make a working computer, users still had to add a case, power supply transformers, power switch, ASCII keyboard, and composite video display. An optional board providing a cassette interface for storage was later released at a cost of $72. In April of 1977, the price was dropped to $475. It continued to be sold through August of 1977, despite the introduction of the Apple II in April of 1977, which began shipping in June of that year. Apple dropped the Apple I from its price list by October of 1977, officially discontinuing it. As Wozniak was the only person who could answer most customer support questions about the computer, the company offered Apple I owners discounts and trade-ins for Apple IIs to persuade them to return their computers, contributing to their scarcity.
|Today's Trivia: This NASCAR driver was born in Enumclaw. He
started racing open wheel sprint cars at Deming Speedway at the age of 17.
He then moved up to Skagit Speedway, and then to USAC, the United States
Auto Club. In 2001, he made a trip to Pennsylvania where he won the season
opener at the historic Williams Grove Speedway. He was hired by Steve
Lewis, who had also employed future NASCAR drivers Jeff Gordon, Jason
Leffler, Tony Stewart, and Kenny Irwin, Jr. In his first year on the
circuit, he was named Rookie of the Year, as well as winning the national
midget championship. Who is he?
What an embarrassing night for the Mariners. After seeing one of their promising young prospects and a key veteran reliever get knocked around by the worst hitting team in the American League, the Ms may be facing decisions about a spot in their rotation and the positions in the bullpen. Seattle rookie starter Brandon Maurer failed to make it out of the first inning and Kameron Loe was battered just as bad in relief and the Houston Astros rolled to a 16-9 win over the Mariners last night. Last night's crowd was 10,745, the smallest ever at Safeco. Ms and Astros wrap up the series tonight at 7. It doesn't get any easier as the Texas Rangers are in the Northwest starting tomorrow night.
Last evening, the Seahawks announced they have agreed to terms with quarterback Brady Quinn. The announcement followed a day of rumors that Quinn would be Seattle's new backup to Russell Wilson. Quinn was one of four quarterbacks who worked out the the Seahawks this week. Quinn was Cleveland's first-round pick in the 2007 draft. The former Notre Dame star didn't see a lot of action until his third and final year with the Browns, when he started nine games for a record of 2-7. He spent 2011 in Denver then got the nod from Kansas City last season, starting the Chief's final eight games when starter Matt Cassel went down with an injury. A free agent this offseason, Quinn went 1-7 with 1,141 passing yards as Kansas City's starter and threw just two touchdowns to eight interceptions. Over his five-year NFL career, he has 12 TDs and 17 picks in 24 games, with a completion percentage of 53.8.
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 10th of 1829 was the birthday of William Booth, who in 1865 established mission stations in London to feed and house the poor. In 1878 he named the organization The Salvation Army. Today is National Library Workers Day. Today is International Be Kind to Lawyers Day. Can we do it?
Calendar notes: On this date in 1912, the RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England, on its ill-fated maiden voyage. In 1956, Leo Fender patented the Stratocaster guitar. In 1962, one of the original Beatles, Stu Sutcliffe, died of a brain tumor at age 22. He played bass, but left the group to study art. He created the group's shaggy, brushed-forward hairstyles. In 1976, Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive! topped the album chart, where it would remain for the next 10 weeks. In 1994, in Seattle, 10-thousand people gathered for a vigil for Kurt Cobain. Courtney Love thanked them for their support and tearfully read from Cobain's suicide note. In 1999, women serving in the Danish army were furious when a male supply officer purchased brassieres, all the same size, for 500 women soldiers. The officer said the manufacturer claimed 34-C would fit 90% of Danish women. The women vehemently disagreed. In 2000, Ken Griffey Jr. became the youngest player in baseball history to hit 400 home runs. He was 30 years, 141 days old
It's official. There will be no Blue Angels in the Northwest this summer. The annual summer Blue Angels show over Seattle has fallen victim to federal budget cuts. The festival received official word from the Navy yesterday morning that the fighter jet demonstration team would not be making the trip to Seattle for 2013. Sequestration has prompted the Department of Defense to prohibit military aerial demonstrations along with other cost savings measures. Several other Blue Angels shows around the country have already been canceled, including a planned appearance at a July air show in Hillsboro, Oregon, and all shows for the Angels for the rest of 2013 have been cancelled.
The US Postal Service said today it will delay its plan to cut mail delivery to five days, saying "restrictive language" in Congress' temporary government funding resolution prohibits the new schedule. The plan was to start August 5th. The Postal Service said it will hold off on the plan "until legislation is passed that provides the Postal Service with the authority to implement a financially appropriate and responsible delivery schedule."
Andrew Lloyd Webber has just announced that he's planning on turning Jack Black's film, School Of Rock, into a full-fledged musical. In a recent interview with CBS, the famed composer said that he recently acquired the rights to the 2003 comedy about a washed up musician who recruits a team of students to enter a talent competition. He added that he's excited about seeing it performed live on stage. So far, Webber is keeping pretty mum on when we can expect to see the production or whether or not Black will reprise his role in the project.
The FX cable channel has just announced plans for a TV show based on the Academy Award-winning film Fargo. The project is being executive produced by the Coen Brothers and starts with a 10-episode run. The original movie told the story of a small town cop from Fargo, North Dakota who stumbles upon a botched kidnapping and murder. Fans can expect to see the project hit televisions in the spring of 2014.
NBC is reportedly in talks with Alec Baldwin to join the late-night lineup, likely a 30 minute program.
Facebook users in the UK can now pay to message their favorite celebrities' Facebook inboxes. Since December, Facebook has charged many users in the US a buck to message strangers' inboxes directly. It was expanded to the UK this week, with some celebs signing on.
Nine colleges are testing technology that lets professors know whether students are reading their textbooks. CourseSmart allows them to track their students' progress with digital textbooks.
Email, Facebook, Angry Birds and Instagram are all wonderful apps, but it's time someone turn our smartphones into life-savers. The technology's being developed in Switzerland. A small implant would monitor the compounds in your blood in real time. If the implant notices something's not right with your blood -- say a cholesterol, protein or sugar level that's off -- it would notify your smartphone. Your doctor would also receive a message from your phone about the troubled monitor reading.
Maroon 5's Adam Levine is being honored at the 61st Annual BMI Pop Awards on May 14th. The 34-year-old frontman is being honored with the President's Award in recognition of his utstanding achievements in songwriting and the impact he's had on pop culture. Taylor Swift, Pitbull, and Willie Nelson are among the artists who have received the BMI President's Award in previous years.
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry are really going to be racking up the accolades in June. First, they're being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York and now, it's just been announced that the Toxic Twins are being inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame that month as well. The honor recognizes artists whose achievements embody the spirit of the Bowl The induction takes place at the venue on opening night of their 2013 season on June 22nd. After their induction, the pair is performing with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
Trivia Answer: Kasey Kenneth Kahne -- Kasey Kahne -- who turns 33 today. He drives the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Group/Quaker State Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports in the Sprint Cup Series and drives a limited schedule for JR Motorsports in the Nationwide Series, driving their No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet Camaro. Kahne has had a slow start to the season this year, finishing 36th and 19th at Daytona and Phoenix. However, at Las Vegas, he led 114 laps (which was almost twice the number of laps he had led in all of his previous Vegas starts) and finished second to Matt Kenseth, who won on his birthday. Kahne followed that up with his first career win at Bristol. On November 27th of 2006, Kahne was honored by being invited to raise the traditional 12th Man flag prior to the Seattle Seahawks Monday Night Football game against the Green Bay Packers at Qwest Field in Seattle. The Seahawks beat the Packers 34–24. Off the track, Kahne is active in charitable work and is a member of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. He also owns his own race team, Kasey Kahne Racing, that competes in the World of Outlaws series. Kahne is a two-time Skagit Speedway winner of the Annual Jim Raper memorial Dirt Cup (2002 and 2003), and holds the current record for the fastest lap at Skagit.
|Today's Trivia: He previously served as an Executive in
Residence at Columbia Business School and was 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 this year. Who is he?
Rick Pitino capped the greatest week of his life with the prize he wanted most of all. Pitino became the first coach to win national titles at two schools when relentless Louisville rallied from another 12-point deficit to beat Michigan 82-76 in the NCAA championship game last night. Pitino led the University of Kentucky to the NCAA championship in 1996. This year's title came on the same day Pitino was announced as a member of the latest Hall of Fame class, a couple of days after his horse won a big race on the way to the Kentucky Derby, and a few more days after his son got the head coaching job at Minnesota.
Kendrys Morales drove in two runs in his Seattle home debut, Joe Saunders rebounded from a rough first start to throw 6 1-3 shutout innings, and the Mariners debuted the new look of Safeco Field with a 3-0 win over the Houston Astros last night. It was the first look at Seattle's redesigned field dimensions and its new giant video screen. After being one of the most unfriendly hitters' parks, the Mariners made changes to the outfield in an effort to make the park fair to both hitters and pitchers. The fences were brought in between 4 and 17 feet depending on the area of the outfield. They were barely threatened by either team. Ms and Astros again tonight at 7.
The Tacoma Rainiers were 9-4 winners over the Rivercats in Sacramento last night. They've got three more games in Sacramento then the Rainiers have their home opener this Friday night as they host the Salt Lake Bees at Cheney Stadium.
Today is National Chinese Almond Cookie Day. It's Baby Massage Day, promoting a practice that is beneficial to infants. It's National Cherish an Antique Day, celebrating when things were made with loving hands and not machines. Today is Name Yourself Day. It's your chance to give yourself whatever name you'd like...for a day. Change your first, or middle, or last name. Or, change them all. Give yourself a cool and catchy nickname.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1965, Major League Baseball's first indoor game was played at the opening of the Houston Astrodome. President Lyndon Johnson was there, but Texas governor John Connally threw out the first ball. In an exhibition game, the Houston Colt-45s beat the New York Yankees 2-1. In 1973, Carly Simon received a gold record for the single, You're So Vain. In 1974, Bruce Springsteen was introduced to Jon Landau, a rock critic who would later become his manager and help produce Born to Run. In 1992, President George Bush fell suddenly ill at a state dinner in Japan. He became pale, slumped in his chair, and threw up on the Japanese Prime Minister. In In 1997, A&M Records released a statement saying that Seattle's Soundgarden disbanded. In 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.
Original Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer and star of many 1960's beach party films, Annette Funicello, has passed away. The Disney legend succumbed to complications from multiple sclerosis at a California hospital yesterday. Annette Funicello was 70 years old.
After three decades with the department, Seattle Police Chief John Diaz announced his retirement yesterday as Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn voiced his support for the embattled chief. Diaz is a 33-year veteran of the Police Department. He made the announcement at a City Hall news conference. Mayor McGinn appeared with him. Diaz said the time had come for others to move the department forward, and said he is satisfied with planned reforms forced on the Police Department following a critical Justice Department review.
Another change at the top. The Ron Johnson era is over at J.C. Penney. The troubled department-store chain announced late yesterday that Johnson is stepping down and leaving the company after just a year and a half. He is being replaced by his predecessor, Mike Ullman, who led the company for seven years prior to Johnson's arrival. J.C. Penney shares have plunged more than 50% over the past year as Johnson, a former Apple executive, struggled to lead a turnaround effort. Johnson announced a series of new initiatives -- including overhauled prices, redesigned store layouts, and even free haircuts for kids -- in an effort to revitalize the company. He ditched older brands and announced plans to eliminate checkout counters in favor of mobile and self-checkout. The results, however, were dismal. The company has been suffering steep losses, bleeding $427 million in the fourth quarter as sales fell 28% versus a year prior.
Sir Paul McCartney is playing the first concert at Safeco Field later this year. The concert is on Friday, July 19th. Tickets go on sale at 10 Friday morning. They range in price from $39.50 to $250. Tickets for Paul's July 9th show at Fenway Park in Boston sold out in about 15 minutes. By the way, as part of The Beatles, Paul was one of the first to play a sold-out concert at what's now KeyArena on April 21st of 1964.
Country singer Blake Shelton will officiate Kelly Clarkson's wedding. Kelly has also confirmed that Blake is performing at her wedding to Brandon Blackstock. Blackstock happens to Blake's manager. He's also Reba McEntire's son. No word yet on when the wedding is. Kelly said she knows the month it will be in but the exact date keeps shifting because of conflicting schedules.
A new study reveals many men think they're leaner than they are. The study showed a quarter of overweight guys guessed their weight range was at least one category less than it was in reality.
It sounds (or smells) too good to be true, but a new study says the aroma of olive oil could help you control your weight. Researchers tell the New York Times that adding the scent of olive oil to food influenced those consuming it to take smaller bites, meaning fewer calories. Olive oil is a healthy alternative to other cooking oils.
If you've ever wanted to see what ends up in a cruise ship's comment-card box, now's your chance. UK travel agency Bon Voyage has released some of their most interesting cruise complaints, which the agency told Australia's Courier Mail, they can't really do much about. Here are a few:
A new survey reveals that US consumers are undergoing a dramatic transition in how, when and where they engage with content, devices and each other. One in four of us are digital omnivores -- we own a laptop, a smartphone and a tablet.
The American tradition of posing for family photos at department stores is about done. CPI Corp, the portrait provider behind studios in Sears and some Walmart stores has closed. A statement on its website says all its U.S. locations have shut down.
Trivia Answer: Jeff Zucker who turns 48 today. Zucker was promoted on February 6th of 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 starting on January 1st of this year.
|Today's Trivia: This Major League Baseball pitcher
represented his native Venezuela in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, he
didn't participate in the WBC this year. He throws a fastball between 92
and 95 miles an hour although it has been clocked as high as 100 mph, but
he doesn't rely entirely on overpowering velocity. Instead he often uses a
two-seam fastball, which comes in just a bit slower but with more movement
and sink as it approaches the batter. His repertoire of pitches also
includes a hard curve, a changeup, and a slider, all of which he can throw
extremely well. When at his best, he can induce a steady procession of
groundball outs and strikeouts, with very few balls being hit in the air.
On August 25th of 2010, he struck out David Ortiz to record his 1,000th
career strikeout. His next win will be his 100th and he's approaching
1,500 strikeouts. He should reach those marks when he works again
Thursday night. Who is he?
The Mariners lost two of three in Chicago against the White Sox over the weekend, including yesterday's game in which Dayan Viciedo hit a solo home run with one out in the 10th inning lifting the Sox to a 4-3 win. The White Sox improved to 26-5 against Seattle since 2010. Seattle hasn't won a series at U.S. Cellular Field since August 2007. Michael Morse hit his fifth home run for Seattle. Kendrys Morales hit his first for the Mariners. Seattle plays its home opener tonight against their new AL West foes, the Houston Astros. Jamie Moyer is throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Game time is 7 o'clock tonight.
The Tacoma Rainiers split their series with Fresno. Winning two and losing two, including yesterday's 5-4 loss. Now the Rainiers have a four-game series in Sacramento starting tonight at 7. They return to the Northwest for their home opener at Cheney Stadium this Friday night as the host Salt Lake City.
March Madness extends into April but the Final Four became the Top Two over the weekend. The Louisville Cardinals meet the Michigan Wolverines in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta tonight at 6:23.
Britain's only female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, Maggie Thatcher, The Iron Lady served from 1979 to 1990 as leader of the Conservative Party. She was called the Iron Lady for her personal and political toughness. She has died following a stroke today. Margaret Thatcher was 87.
Then late word came this morning that actress Annette Funicello, longtime Disney and Beach Party star, has toay at age 70 in Bakersfield, California. She reportedly died from complications of multiple sclerosis.
Today is All is Ours Day. It's bound to be a spectacular day for...... us. It's Tutor Appreciation Day, Zoo Lovers Day, Trading Cards for Grown-ups Day, and Draw a Picture of a Bird Day.
Calendar notes: On this date iin 1893, the first recorded college basketball game occurred at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. In 1969, Neil Diamond set a record at the Los Angeles Forum when he sold out nine shows in a row. In 1974, at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Hank Aaron hit his 715th career home run to surpass Babe Ruth's 39-year-old record. In In 1975, Aerosmith released Toys in the Attic. In 1979, Van Halen began their first world tour. In 1992, retired tennis great Arthur Ashe announced that he had AIDS, acquired from blood transfusions during one of his two heart surgeries. In 2005, over four million people attended the funeral of Pope John Paul II.
Evil Dead -- the blood-drenched remake of the 1981 horror classic, The Evil Dead -- scared up $26 million in its first weekend to win the box office race. The supernatural story of five twenty-something friends who battle demons in a remote cabin, Evil Dead far surpassed industry projections. Last weekend's box office leader, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, fought its way into a virtual tie with animated Stone Age comedy The Croods, now in its third week in theaters, with each taking in $21.1 million. The 3-D Jurassic Park re-release was fourth, and Olympus Has Fallen rounded out the top five.
Here's your number for the day: 31,260. That's the number of messages posted to Twitter by the late Roger Ebert.
After the Game of Thrones Season 3 premiere gave HBO its highest viewership for the series yet, it should come as no surprise that it's been renewed for a fourth season.
The Walking Dead ratings for the Season 3 finale were the show's best yet: 12.4 million viewers tuned in.
Set phasers to sell -- and sell big. Captain Kirk's Star Trek phaser gun from the second pilot of the 1960s television series sold for a hefty $231,000 on Saturday in Los Angeles, according to Julien's Auctions. The phaser was created at the request of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry for use by William Shatner, who played Kirk. It had been estimated to sell for about $50,000, but achieved more than four times that including commission
Bismark Mensah has been awarded the Integrity in Action Award by his employer, Walmart. Last October he was collecting carts outside a Federal Way Walmart and found a white envelope stuffed with $20,000. He turned it in to his manager and the owner got it all back. Bismark could have used the money. He'd arrived in the U.S. from Ghana just eight months before.
Sparks are reportedly flying once again between Russell Brand, and his ex-wife, Katy Perry, as he comforted her through her painful break up with John Mayer. RadarOnline.com revealed in their exclusive story that "Katy reached out to Russell after the big break." Apparently, Katy's comparisons between John and Russell created a tension between them that threatened to boil over at any moment. Furthermore, John's flirtatious affiliations with other women did not make anything easier either. An insider explained, "The relationship between John and Katy is similar to a volcano just about to go off." Jealousy was the major factor to their split, which slowly but surely erupted into resentment between the two.
A busy night on the talk show circuit tonight. Conan O'Brien has Adam Sandler on the show. Jay Leno visits with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Jimmy Kimmel sits down with Kid Rock. Debbie Reynolds is on with Craig Ferguson. Jimmy Fallon gets a visit from Keith Richards
So maybe you or somebody you know has done this. You really, REALLY need a couple of days off, but you've got no vacation time left. You're not sick. You end up pulling the old "my great aunt died" scam. A British social worker lied her way to 66 days of bereavement leave, concocting death stories about five people in her life. She said her ex-husband had hanged himself, her mother died in surgery, and her brother, aunt and uncle had died within a week of one another..
Trivia Answer: Félix Abraham Hernández who turns 27 today. King Felix. Like some other pitchers, he wears a long-sleeved undershirt beneath his uniform jersey. While typically this is done to keep the pitcher's arm from getting chilled, he wears it even in the hottest weather. For him it serves to keep perspiration from running down his arms and interfering with his hand's grip on the baseball. On August 15th last year, he threw the 23rd perfect game in Major League Baseball history against the Tampa Bay Rays in a 1-0 victory at Safeco Field. On February 13th of this year Hernández signed a seven-year extension with the Mariners worth $175 million, voiding the final two years of his previous deal and including a team option for 2020. The contract made him the highest paid pitcher in Major League history … until he was surpassed by the $180 million extension signed by Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers last month.
|Today's Trivia: He played heroic roles: Moses in The Ten
Commandments, Taylor in Planet of the Apes, twice as Andrew Jackson in The
President's Lady and The Buccaneer; the characters of El Cid and Judah;
and Ben Hur in Ben-Hur, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor.
He was also known for his political activism. In the 1950s and 1960s he
was one of a handful of Hollywood actors to speak openly against racism
and was an active supporter of the Civil Rights Movement. Initially a
moderate Democrat, he later supported conservative Republican policies and
was president of the National Rifle Association from 1998 to 2003. Who is
Oakland gave Brandon Maurer a rude welcome to the big leagues. Oakland's Josh Reddick homered in his first at-bat and drove in four runs, Yoenis Cespedes also homered, and John Jaso drove in a run against his former team as the Athletics downed the Ms 8-2 yesterday. Oakland won back-to-back games to earn a split of the season-opening series. On the plus side, Seattle's Michael Morse homered for the third straight day and joined Ken Griffey Jr. in 1997 as the only Mariners to homer four times in the first four games. Maurer made the jump from Double-A to the majors based on a strong spring training, becoming the first Mariners pitcher to make the opening-day rotation without pitching in Triple-A in 20 years. He was Seattle's minor league pitcher of the year last season and is being counted on to perform in the majors this season. The Mariners open a three-game series in Chicago against the White Sox tonight.
The Tacoma Rainiers won their season opener last night beating the Grizzlies at Fresno, 9-1. Same two teams tonight. In fact, the Rainiers are in Fresno through Sunday then they have a four-game set in Sacramento. They're home opener is on Friday the 12th at Cheney Stadium when they host the Salt Lake Bees.
For NCAA men's college basketball fans, there are just two days of games left: Tomorrow's Final Four and Monday's championship. Tomorrow afternoon at 3:09, Louisville plays Wichita State and at 5:49 Michigan plays Syracuse.
Seattle Sonics legend Gary Payton is set to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday as a unanimous choice, according to The Seattle Times. The Hall of Fame is announcing this year's inductees Monday before the NCAA men's championship in Atlanta, and Payton is among 12 finalists. The inductees are being enshrined September 8th at the hall in Springfield, Massachusetts. The Glove was a nine-time NBA All-Star during his 13 seasons in Seattle. For the better part of the 1990s and early 2000s, the point guard was the nucleus of a Sonics squad that also included local stars Shawn Kemp, Detlef Schrempf, Nate McMillan, Sam Perkins, Hersey Hawkins and others.
Brian Banks wore the uniform of a prison inmate for more than five years, serving time for a rape he didn't commit. This week, he learned he'll be wearing an Atlanta Falcons jersey. Ten months after a California judge tossed out his conviction, the 27-year-old former high school football standout signed a deal Wednesday to play for the NFL team. Banks is 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds, and is a linebacker. Since his exoneration, Banks has spent months in intensive training, attending San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks minicamps last year. He said, "It's been a long road. It's been a lot of hard work. It is 10 years missing in my football career but there has been a lot of work put in to making up for it."
We won't get the full 2013 NFL schedule until later this month, but the Seahawks yesterday announced their preseason schedule for the upcoming season. One of the games is a nationally televised primetime game against Green Bay. Aside from the Packers game, the exact dates and times haven't been announced yet. We do, however, know the opponents and the game locations. Week 1, August 8th through the 12th, the Hawks are at San Diego to meet the Chargers. Week 2, August 15th through the 19th, has Seattle hosting the Denver Broncos. Week 3 features that Green Bay game. It's in Wisconsin at 5:00 on August 23rd on CBS. Week 4, August 29th or 30th, Seattle hosts Oakland. The Green Bay game likely got the primetime slot because it will be the teams' first meeting since the Seahawks beat the Packers 14-12 on that highly Hail Mary touchdown September 24th in Seattle. Also of note, the Oakland game pits Seattle against recently traded quarterback Matt Flynn, who backed up for Seahawks starter Russell Wilson in 2012. Last year, the Seahawks went 4-0 in the preseason en route to their surprising and exciting run to the playoffs. This time around, Seattle is No. 1 in ESPN's offseason power rankings and are expected to make a deep run toward the Super Bowl.
Yesterday, legendary film critic Roger Ebert assed away at the age of 70 from cancer. Just this week, Ebert announced that he was taking a "leave of presence," during which he wouldn't work as much due to a recurrence of his cancer. He had planned to continue to review films and to assist with work on a documentary on his life being co-created by Martin Scorsese. Ebert spent 46 years writing reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times and still reviewed 200 movies a year for the paper even after thyroid and salivary gland cancer took part of his lower jaw and his ability to speak. He became a national name in the ‘80s when his TV show with fellow critic Gene Siskel, Siskel & Ebert & The Movies (that was the original name which was later changed to At The Movie), and their thumbs up/thumbs down rating system, went national. Ebert began working as the Sun-Times film critic 46 years ago this week. He leaves behind his wife, a step-daughter and two stepgrandchildren.
Today is Make Your Children Laugh Day. Do something really goofy they'll still remember next year. Today is National D.A.R.E. Day. Today is Go for Broke Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1980, in the final first-run episode of Hawaii Five-0, McGarrett captured his arch-enemy Wo-Fat. The series, starring Jack Lord and James MacArthur, lasted 12 years. In 1984, Los Angeles Laker Kareem Abdul Jabbar skyhooked his 31,420th point to pass Wilt Chamberlain at the top of the NBA's all-time scoring list. In 1985, 5,000 radio stations around the world played We Are the World all at once. in 1987, Married ... With Children debuted Fox TV. In 1993, Sherry Davis became the first female public-address-system announcer at a major league baseball park. She won the San Francisco Giant's job over 499 others who auditioned. In 1993, construction began on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. In 1994, Kurt Cobain killed himself in the garage apartment of his Seattle home. He was 27. In 2005, the city of Aberdeen added the phrase "Come As You Are" to their "Welcome to Aberdeen" sign on the 11th anniversary of Cobain's death.
This week, Richie Sambora revealed he would not be taking part in this leg of Bon Jovi's Because We Can Tour due to "personal issues," and now, TMZ claims they know what the issues are. A source close to the band told the site that tensions between singer Jon Bon Jovi and the guitarist have been running high for years but have finally erupted in what they called a "classic Jagger/Richards blow-up." The insider says Jon belittles Richie and they are fighting over money. Richie's camp hopes the two work things out before April 19th, when the band plays in Sambora's hometown of LA.
Elton John and his longtime co-writer, Bernie Taupin, are being honored at this year's Songwriters Hall of Fame induction. While the pair was inducted into the institution over 20 years ago, they are now being recognized with the Johnny Mercer Award, the highest honor the hall bestows. It's reserved for songwriters who have already been inducted but whose body of work is of such high quality and impact, it upholds the standard set by legendary lyricist Johnny Mercer. The pair receives the award on June 13th in New York. This year's inductees include Foreigner's Mick Jones and Lou Gramm and Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Steven Tyler.
Trivia Answer: Charlton Heston -- although throughout Heston's life he was known by friends as Chuck and his wife always called him Charlie. He was born John Charles Carter. His stage name Charlton Heston is drawn from his mother's maiden surname (Charlton) and his stepfather's surname (Heston), and was used for his first film, Peer Gynt. Following the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963, Heston and actors Gregory Peck, Kirk Douglas and James Stewart issued a statement calling for support of President Johnson's Gun Control Act of 1968. He opposed the Vietnam War and in 1969 was approached by the Democratic Party to run for the U.S. Senate. He agonized over the decision and ultimately determined he could never give up acting. He reportedly voted for Richard Nixon in 1972, though Nixon is unmentioned in his autobiography. By the 1980s, Heston opposed affirmative action, supported gun rights and changed his political affiliation from Democratic to Republican. When asked why he changed political alliances, Heston replied "I didn't change. The Democratic party changed." He campaigned for Republicans and Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush. Charlton Heston died of natural causes on this date in 2008 at his home in Beverly Hills, his wife of 64 years Lydia by his side.
|Today's Trivia: He's an illusionist and endurance artist.
He's best known for his high-profile feats of endurance, and has made his
name as a performer of street and close-up magic. He has set and broken
several world records. His first television special aired on ABC in May of
1997. Time magazine commented, "his deceptively low-key, ultracool
manner leaves spectators more amazed than if he'd razzle-dazzled."
The concept of focusing on spectator reactions changed the way that magic
has been shown on TV. The New York Times wrote, "He's taken a craft that's
been around for hundreds of years and done something unique and fresh with
it." Who is he?
The Seattle Mariners have not started a season 3-and-0 since 1995 ... and that will continue to be the case. Franklin Gutierrez and Michael Morse homered in the first, and that was it for the Mariners' scoring as the A's knocked off the Ms 6-2 last night. Ms and As wrap up their series with a day game today. Brendan Maurer takes the mound and makes his major league debut for Seattle.
The Tacoma Rainiers get their season started tonight. They're at Fresno.
The future home of the Kings may not be settled this month after all. With owners facing a difficult choice between a move to Seattle or the team staying put in Sacramento, NBA Commissioner David Stern said yesterday the expected vote in two weeks may be delayed. He said, "We've never had a situation like this and the seriousness of purpose to me is really incredible, because (owners) know that there's a lot at stake here for two communities and the NBA." The Seattle group led by investor Chris Hansen and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has a pending agreement with the Maloof family to buy 65 percent of the team and move it back to the city the SuperSonics left in 2008. Sacramento has put together its own group to make a competing bid. Both sides made presentations to a committee of owners yesterday that left enough questions that Stern says he doesn't know when a decision will be made. A vote was expected during the April 18th an d 19th board of governors meeting, but Stern said questions remain about real estate and arena construction timelines, and owners may need more time to sort through them. It couldn't go much past April 18th or 19th because a 2013-14 schedule has to be made and tickets have to be sold.
Today is Vitamin-C Day, marking this date in 1932 when C.C. King first isolated the vitamin at the University of Pittsburgh. Today is National Day of Hope, a time to pray for victims of child abuse and neglect. Hate Week begins today, according to George Orwell's once futuristic novel 1984.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1964, 12 of the Billboard Hot 100 songs were by the Beatles, including the top five in order: Can't Buy Me Love, Twist and Shout, She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand, and Please Please Me. Billboard magazine wrote, "Just about everyone is tired of The Beatles. Disc jockeys are tired of playing the hit group, the writers of trade and consumer publications are tired of writing about them and the manufacturers of products other than Beatles records are tired of hearing about them. Everyone's tired of The Beatles -- except the listening and buying public." In 1968, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. James Brown appeared on TV and made an appeal for calm and peace. In New York, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King ,and Buddy Guy played an all-night tribute to the slain leader. In 1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves tied Babe Ruth's home-run record by hitting his 714th homer in Cincinnati. In 1975, Microsoft was founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1996, Larry LaPrise died at age 83 in Wendell, Idaho. In the late 1940s, he wrote The Hokey Pokey, still played, danced, and skated by children throughout the world.
Film critic Roger Ebert has been reviewing movies for the Chicago Sun-Times for 46 years now, but in a blog this week, he revealed he will be taking a "leave of presence." Ebert made the decision to scale back after learning that the "painful fracture" he recently suffered, which has impaired his ability to walk, is the result of cancer. His radiation treatments made attending screenings difficult and he's had to cut down on the number of movies he is able to review. However, Ebert plans to still be around and hopes to relaunch his site, RogerEbert.com, on Tuesday.
UPDATE: Mid-day today, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Roger Ebert has died.
Jay Leno has announced that he is wrapping up his 22 years on the Tonight Show in the spring of 2014 and that Jimmy Fallon is stepping in as the new host. As part of the transition, the late night program is returning to its original home at 30 Rock in New York and is being executive-produced by Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno has consistently ranked number one in the coveted 18 to 49 demographic since Jay took over the show from Johnny Carson back in 1992. Fallon is set to become the host of the Tonight Show at the same time that NBC's coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games start.
Bon Jovi is out on their Because We Can Tour but without guitarist Richie Sambora. The rocker is not performing during the current leg of the trek. According to the group's website, he bowed out due to "personal issues." The shows are going on as scheduled. There's no further info on Richie's condition.
Nearly half of adults in a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll wished they would have made more of an effort in college. 40% wish they would have done more networking. 45% of parents said that if their child was offered a dream job while in college, they'd advise finishing school first.
A survey conducted by tire company Continental shows one in three women don't know how to change a flat tire. And 4% of women don't know where the spare tire is located.
If you've ever wondered how some banks can offer lots of freebies, this may be a clue. Last year consumers paid a whopping $32 billion in overdraft fees, a $400 million jump from 2011.
Since it's creation, guys have claimed they only read playboy "for the articles". Now they can say it without lying. Playboy's new iPhone app is all articles, no nudity. Kris Marshall pointed out that it's a success. Since it's release they've had nearly seven downloads.
Trivia Answer: David Blaine who is 40 today. That first special was David Blaine: Street Magic. A later special. Magic Man, features Blaine traveling across the country, entertaining unsuspecting pedestrians. USA Today called David "The hottest name in magic". On April 5th of 1999, Blaine was entombed in an underground plastic box underneath a 3-ton water-filled tank for seven days. On November 27th of 2000, Blaine began a stunt called Frozen in Time, which was covered on a TV special. Blaine stood encased in a massive block of ice located in Times Square. He was encased in the box of ice for 63 hours, 42 minutes and 15 seconds before being removed with chain saws. Afterwards, he said it took a month before he was able to walk again and that he had no plans to ever again attempt a stunt of this difficulty. Most recently, On October 5th of 2012, Blaine began performing a 72-hour endurance stunt called Electrified: One Million Volts Always On atop a 22-foot high pillar on Pier 54 in New York City. ArcAttack built a system of seven Tesla coils producing an electric discharge of at least one million volts continuously for the duration. These seven Tesla coils were directed at Blaine for the entirety of the endurance stunt, during which he neither ate food nor slept. He wore 34 lbs of gear, including a chainmail Faraday suit. John Belcher, a physics professor from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, reportedly said "He has a conducting suit, all the current is going through the suit, nothing through his body. There is no danger in this that I see. I would do it, and I am 69 years old and risk-averse." However, the electric discharge from a Tesla Coil came into contact with a tube supplying water and violently shocked Blaine, forcing him to stop hydrating for the remainder. At night, Blaine was visibly shivering uncontrollably from the inclement weather. The Science Times of The New York Times published an article describing the science behind Blaine's stunt and featured it on page one of nytimes.com. At the conclusion of the event on October 8th of 2012, Blaine was weary, but was able to walk with assistance. An ambulance transported him to a hospital where an EKG showed that the electrical shock had caused an irregularity in his heartbeat.
|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?
The Mariners have won seven consecutive Opening Day games -- but only twice during that run of success, in 2007 and 2011 -- have the Mariners followed up by winning the second game of the season. Well, we can add another now as Michael Morse hit a three-run homer and a solo shot, Hisashi Iwakuma followed up Felix Hernandez's gem with an impressive outing of his own, and Seattle beat the Oakland Athletics 7-1 last night. Also, in the past seven years, Seattle has started the season on the road five times, including this year. But only once during that span --in 2009 -- did the Mariners arrive at Safeco Field for the home opener with a winning record. The home opener is coming up Monday as they host the Astros. We'll see. Ms and As again tonight in Oakland.
Seattle and Sacramento are going head-to-head today in New York when groups from both cities make their pitch to the NBA for securing the same pro-basketball team. Members of the NBA's finance and relocation committees are hearing pitches from the Seattle and Sacramento groups today at a NY hotel. There are two questions at issue: Whether to approve a sale of the Kings to a Seattle group, and whether to approve the team's relocation to Seattle. The NBA's full Board of Governors, made up the league's majority team owners, is expected to vote during their April 18 meeting on whether to approve the sale and relocation.
Today is Tweed Day, a day to consider the cost of political corruption. Always on the birth date of William March Tweed, the New York City political boss whose Tweed Ring stole millions from the city in the mid-1800s. Today is Overcome a Handicap Day, marking this date in 1981 when Canadian high jumper Arnie Boldt cleared 6 feet 8¼ inches, nearly a foot under the world record at the time, but the best ever for a high jumper with one leg. Today is National Chocolate Mousse Day. Today is National Find a Rainbow Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1882, outlaw Jesse James was shot to death in St. Joseph, Missouri, by Robert Ford, one of his own gang. In 1959, the BBC in London banned the Coasters' recording Charlie Brown because of the word "spitball." In 1989, Pepsi let Madonna go as a spokesperson after her Like a Prayer video was called "blasphemous" by the Vatican. In 1996, the FBI raided a Montana cabin and arrested former college professor Theodore Kaczynski, accusing him of being the Unabomber whose mail bombs had killed three people and injured 23 more. 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!"
Late word this morning from NBC that Tonight Show host Jay Leno is leaving the program in the spring of 2014. He's being replaced by Jimmy Fallon, the current host of NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. As rumors were heating up that Fallon would replace Leno, Leno and Fallon turned the chatter into comedy. In a segment on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Leno finishes his show and is bombarded with questions about Fallon. Fallon, who has been looking out the window, then gets a call from Leno. According to the Hollywood Reporter's sources, the musical bit was Fallon's idea. After Leno agreed to do it, Fallon's producers flew to L.A. to film his part in the segment. the Hollywood Reporter points out that the collaboration is an important and arguably the first savvy PR step in NBC's late-night saga as it signaled that there are no hard feelings between the two hosts. The pair are singing to the melody of Tonight, Tonight from West Side Story.
Ellen DeGeneres is going fishing again with a sequel to the animated blockbuster Finding Nemo. Disney and its Pixar Animation unit announced yesterday that DeGeneres is reprising her Nemo voice role for Finding Dory. The sequel is due out November 25th of 2015, and is being directed by Andrew Stanton, who also made Finding Nemo. Ellen said, "I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time. I'm not mad it took this long. I know the people at Pixar were busy creating 'Toy Story 16.' But the time they took was worth it. The script is fantastic. And it has everything I loved about the first one: It's got a lot of heart, it's really funny, and the best part is - it's got a lot more Dory." The new film picks up about a year after the action of Finding Nemo, with DeGeneres' forgetful fish Dory on her own adventure to reunite with loved ones.
Recently dumped? New research suggests retail therapy could actually improve your mood. Participants in one study (University of Michigan) watched a sad video clip and then were given money to buy a snack afterward. Those who got money were less sad later than those who didn't get to buy a snack.
Two Philadelphia love birds turned a sad occasion into a happy one by getting married at a funeral. Reggie Wade and Monique McMillan exchanged vows at her uncle Gregory "Chops" Scott's funeral. Chops had promised to walk Monique down the aisle since her own father passed away a few years back. To honor his wishes, the two decided to make the wedding happen at his funeral, which, according to the Philly.com, involved around two-thousand people and several drill teams. Reggie and Monique have been together eight years and he finally popped the question last year in a Walmart parking lot.
That New Jersey man who won the 338-million dollar Powerball jackpot says he's giving much of it away. According to the New York Daily News, Pedro Quezada has pledged to pay rent for everyone on his block for at least one month. Quezada also paid about 30-grand in child support debt. The 45-year-old Dominican immigrant put his bodega up for sale just two days after winning Powerball's fourthbiggest jackpot in history. He opted for a lump-sum payout, which puts 152-million dollars in his pocket.
This awesome sea lion can dance to Backstreet Boys. UC Santa Cruz researchers say Ronan is the first mammal to successfully get funky.
Trivia Answer: Picabo Street who is 42 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 age 3 her mother took her to get a passport so the family could all go to Mexico and she was forced to be named 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.
|Today's Trivia: He was a construction worker who, while on
parole for robbery, became nationally known after being beaten with
excessive force by Los Angeles police officers following a high-speed car
chase on March 3rd of 1991. A resident in the area witnessed the beating
and videotaped much of it from the balcony of his nearby apartment. On
April 29th of 1992, three of the four police officers involved were
acquitted of all charges. The jury acquitted the fourth officer on the
assault with a deadly weapon charge but failed to reach a verdict on the
use of excessive force charge. The jury deadlocked at 8-4 in favor of
acquittal. The acquittals are generally considered to have triggered the
1992 Los Angeles riots, in which 53 people were killed, and over two
thousand were injured. The riots ended after soldiers from the National
Guard, along with United States Marines from nearby Camp Pendleton were
called in to assist local authorities and quell the riots. During the
riots, the beating victim appeared on television and offered what would
later be his famous plea, "Can we all get along?" Who was he?
Felix Hernandez struck out eight and the Mariners won their seventh-straight season opener beating the Oakland A's 2-0 last night. King Felix surrendered one walk while pitching 7 2-3 scoreless innings. He didn't allow a hit until former Mariner John Jaso doubled to left-center with one out in the fourth. Franklin Gutierrez hit a two-run single in the fifth to break a scoreless tie, and it held up. Ms and As again tonight at 7.
The Oakland Raiders acquired Seattle backup quarterback Matt Flynn yesterday for draft picks, bringing an end to Carson Palmer's brief tenure as starter in Oakland even before they are done paying the steep price they dealt to acquire him. Oakland is sending a fifth-round pick in 2014 and a conditional pick in 2015 to Seattle. Flynn will compete with Terrelle Pryor for the starting job with Palmer on his way out of Oakland. After showing promise as a backup with the Packers, Flynn signed a three-year, $26 million deal with the Seahawks, but failed to beat out rookie Russell Wilson for the starting job and quickly became expendable.
Today is Serious Soap Opera Day, marking the debut on this date in 1956 of As the World Turns and The Edge of Night on CBS Television. The Edge of Night was canceled in 1984; As the World Turns was cancelled in 2010. Today is Great Lovers' Day, marking the birthday on April 2, 1725, of Italy's most famous lover-philanderer, Giovanni Giacomo Casanova. Today is International Children's Book Day, marking Hans Christian Anderson's birthday. Today is National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1902, the first motion picture theatre opened in Los Angeles. The Electric Theatre charged a dime to see an hour's news reel. In 1941, in pro football's biggest trade, Bert Bell and Art Rooney traded the Philadelphia Eagles to Alexis Thompson for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Yup, they traded franchises. In 1992, in New York, Mafia boss John Gotti was convicted of murder and racketeering and was later sentenced to life in prison. In 1999, the Labor Department reported that the nation's unemployment rate fell to a 29-year low of 4.2 percent in March of 1999. In 2007, in Langley, Washington, Alden Couch went for a drive in his '81 Impala to celebrate his 101st birthday. He breezed through his driver's license test, including the dreaded parallel parking, a few days later. He limited his driving to South Whidbey Island -- "The mainland is too wild" -- and drives mostly to nearby Langley, to the grocery store, the gas station, and the senior center for lunch and a game of dominos.
Conan O'Brien's late-night talk show has been extended through November 2015. That word from TBS yesterday. Conan debuted in November 2010 following O'Brien's acrimonious split with NBC after his brief stint as host of the network's The Tonight Show. O'Brien's show gets about 900,000 viewers per episode -- well below those of rivals Jay Leno, David Letterman, and Jimmy Kimmel – but TBS noted it has a younger median audience age than the other late-night talk shows. TBS president of programming Michael Wright said in a statement, "We are proud to extend our relationship with Conan as he continues to forge the future of late night. I just wish we didn't decide to tell him on April Fools' Day."
Long-running show America's Most Wanted has been canceled from Lifetime after 25 seasons on TV. TV Guide reports the show will most likely be looking for a new home, though. FOX first canned the John Walsh-hosted show in 2011 due to a downturn in ratings. Over the show's run, America's Most Wanted has helped capture over 11-hundred fugitives around the world. Walsh was inspired to launch the show in 1988 after his son Adam was murdered.
Martin Scorsese is developing a TV series based on his 2002 10-times Oscar-nominated film Gangs of New York. The TV show will be based on the birth of organized crime in America, drawing from the history of late 1800's gangs not only in New York, but also in other cities such as Chicago and New Orleans. No word yet on when it might air or on what network.
Starting today, you can pick up The Eagles ' first six studio albums as one boxed set. The package is aptly called Eagles: The Studio Albums 1972-1979 and features Eagles, Desperado, On the Border, One of These Nights, Hotel California, and The Long Run .
The Goo Goo Dolls release their new album, Magnetic, on May 7th.
President Barack Obama played basketball with some kids at the White House yesterday during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll festivities. Unofficial stats marked his shooting performance at 2-for-22. And he missed his first 18 shots.
Hotel Finn in Helsinki, Finland, is seeking a professional sleeper to test the comfort of their rooms and blog about it. The hotel is looking for a "dynamic person to write a quality blog" about their experience living in the "best spot of summery Helsinki." Being able to doze off is not the only job requirement. You must be fluent in Finnish and English to apply. Knowledge of Russian is an advantage. About 600 people have applied for the sleeper position so far.
Want to make your vacation seem to last longer? Be sure it has plenty of variety. One of the reasons your vacations seem so short, both during the experience and in your memory after the fact, could be that your days are so similar to each other. In your memory, they blend together into one very long day rather than a weeklong vacation.
According to a new survey, almost half of women are scared to death of... poverty. It's a fear, and shared by women in all income brackets. Six in 10 women now consider themselves the family breadwinner, and 54% handle the family finances. Even women in the 200-thousand-plus bracket fear becoming a "bag lady."
Trivia Answer: Rodney Glen King who would have been 48 today. After the earlier trial, on August 4th of 1992 a Federal Grand Jury after hearing evidence from federal prosecutors, indicted the four officers on charges of violating King's civil rights. The four men were put on trial on February 25th of 1993. On April 16th of 1993 the trial ended with two of the police officers, found guilty, and subsequently imprisoned. The other two officers, were acquitted. On June 17th of 2012, King's fiancée Cynthia Kelly found him lying at the bottom of his swimming pool. Responding officers found King in pool, removed him, and attempted to revive him. He was transferred by ambulance to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and was pronounced dead at the hospital, The Rialto Police Department began a standard drowning investigation and stated that there did not appear to be any foul play. King's autopsy results were released later and stated he died of accidental drowning, and that alcohol, and cocaine were found in his blood and were contributing factors.
|Today's Trivia: She first gained attention for her role in Goodbye, Columbus in 1969,
for which she won a Golden Globe Award, followed by Love Story in 1970,
for which she received an Academy Award nomination and won a second Golden
Globe. She married Steve McQueen in 1973, after appearing with him in the
1972 film The Getaway. After that, she did not make another film for six
years and later retired altogether from show business. Who is she?
If spring training is any indication, the Seattle Mariners appear to have been successful in upgrading their offense. The Mariners beat the Colorado Rockies in their final spring tune-up, 4-3 Saturday. The Mariners, who had the AL's worst offense the past couple of years, hit two more homers to run their franchise spring training record to 58 in 33 games. The 58 homers is most in spring training since the Cubs hit 62 in 1999. With the win Saturday, the Ms posted their best spring training record ever at 22-11. Now the counters all get reset as the regular season gets underway. The Mariners open the 2013 campaign with a four-game set in Oakland. Game one is tonight at 7:00. Ace Felix Hernandez is starting on the mound and a lot of familiar faces are taking the field.
The Mariners, meantime, aren't on top of the AL West. The distinction goes to the Houston Astros who dispatched the Texas Rangers 8-2 last night in MLB's first game of the year. The Astros won't be no top for long, though.
The Seattle Sounders are still winless a month into the 2013 season. They fell to Real Salt Lake 2-1 Saturday night. The Sounders are now 0-3-and-1. Seattle is off to its worst start in franchise history.
An inspired Louisville squad vs. the surprising Shockers. A new group of Fab Wolverines vs. the stingiest zone defense in college basketball. After a weekend of blowouts and another upset, the Final Four is set. Top overall seed Louisville faces Wichita State at the Georgia Dome Saturday, while Michigan takes on Syracuse in the other national semifinal. The winners advance to the April 8th championship.
Today is 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: On this date in 1891, the Wrigley Company is founded in Chicago, Illinois. In 1970, President Richard Nixon signed the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act into law, requiring the Surgeon General's warnings on tobacco products and banning cigarette advertisements on television and radio in the United States, starting on January 1st of 1971. In 1976, Jimmy Buffett's career got a boost when he released a little ditty called Margaritaville. Also in 1976, Apple Inc. was formed by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne. In 1984, a day before his 45th birthday, Marvin Gaye was shot to death by his father in Los Angeles. Gaye's father later received probation after he pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter. In 1985, David Lee Roth left Van Halen to pursue his solo career. In 2001, same-sex marriage 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 Fools' Day. Who created it? April Fools' Day doesn't really have an origin, but it dates back to being the original day for New Years. The churches changed their calendar and made January 1st New Years. Those who still celebrated the new year in April were considered April Fools. It's not an official holiday, but plenty of people all over the world observe it as if it is, by making jokes and pulling pranks. The rule is that you can only play April Fools tricks on people during midday and after, you have to reveal yourself as being the prankster. In France, April 1st is called Poisson d'Avirl and French children fool their friends by taping a paper fish to their friends' backs. When the person discovers the trick, the prankster yells 'Poisson d'Avril.' Many websites like Google have done bizarre things on their website to confuse those that come to the site. This year was no exception as they introduced Google Nose:
Yesterday, YouTube posted a video announcing that the eight-year-old site is shutting down for ten years. Before it deletes all those millions of hours of video, YouTube has lined up 30,000 judges to select a "winning" video, which will be announced when the website goes back online in 2023:
It was a couple of years ago that Starbucks got in on the act running newspaper ads introducing new coffee cup sizes: A shot-like glass called "micra" and an enormous bucket size cup called "plenta."
G.I. Joe: Retaliation won the weekend box office battle in the United States and Canada. G.I. Joe, a sequel starring Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis, score $41.2 million in domestic ticket sales over the weekend. Last week's winner, animated prehistoric adventure The Croods, slipped to second place. Tyler Perry's Temptation landed in the No. 3. slot. In fourth place was thriller Olympus Has Fallen. Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful came in fifth.
Richard Griffiths, who is best known for playing Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter films, died at age 65 last week at University Hospital in Coventry, England from complications following heart surgery. Along with portraying Harry Potter's magic-fearing uncle, Griffiths appeared in dozens of films and TV shows, and a few years ago, won a Tony Award for his role in Broadway's The History Boys.
Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park is heading back to movie theaters on Friday, this time in 3D.
Bruce Willis might be looking to trade in his good guy image to play a villain in the near future. The action star told the UK's Daily Express that the latest Bond film, Skyfall, had rekindled his interest in playing a bad guy. He said, "I always thought it would be more fun to play bad guys. I tried it a couple of times but it really wasn't as much fun as I thought it would be so I'll stay good unless there's a James Bond villain offer. That last movie really renewed my love for 007." Willis can currently be seen as one of the purest American heroes in his new action flick, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which is in theaters now.
The Goo Goo Dolls are on with Jay Leno tonight.
It's Sliced Bread's Birthday as it first appeared on this date in 1954. Which of course begs the question, what was the best thing before sliced bread?
Trivia Answer: Alice MacGraw -- Ali MacGraw -- who turns 74 today. Love Story, of course, was her big breakthrough movie. She starred with Ryan O'Neal. She also starred in Convoy, Players, Just Tell Me What You Want, and the television miniseries China Rose and The Winds of War. In 1985, she appeared in a brief-but-well received 14-episode stint on the hit ABC prime-time soap opera Dynasty as Lady Ashley Mitchell. Since 1994, she has lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, after "fleeing Malibu". Steve McQueen wad MacGraw's third -- and as it turns out, at least so far -- final marriage. They married in 1973 and divorced in 1978. Ali has not since remarried.