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Tuesday 5.3.16
Morning Trivia: This singer and actor was born in Tacoma. Three years later, his family moved to Spokane. When this guy was was 10, his father built the family a house in Spokane -- a house that now sits on the campus of this singer's alma mater, Gonzaga University, and formerly housed the Alumni Association. This singer's trademark bass-baritone voice made him one of the best-selling recording artists of the 20th century, with over half a billion records in circulation. Who is he?

Robinson Cano had three hits and scored twice, Kyle Seager hit a tiebreaking double in the sixth inning and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 4-3 last night. Nelson Cruz added three hits, and Chris Iannetta and Adam Lind drove in runs for the Mariners, who have won five straight at the Oakland Coliseum. Cano's double in the fourth put him in elite company. He became the fifth second baseman in major league history to have at least 2,000 hits, 450 doubles, 200 home runs and 1,000 RBIs. The other four are Rogers Hornsby, Roberto Alomar, Jeff Kent and Craig Biggio. Hisashi Iwakuma starts against Oakland tonight at 7:00 seeking his third consecutive win over the A's.

Birthdays: Singer Frankie Valli is 82; inventor Ron Popeil is 81; sports announcer Greg Gumbel is 70; singer Mary Hopkin is 66; Grammy winner, singer Christopher Cross is 65; and the current bass player REO Speedwagon, Bruce Hall is 63.

One of the less well-known days celebrated is today's Lumpy Rug Day, where we dedicate time to appreciating our rugs. No rug should ever become lumpy or ragged, and so every year people are encouraged to smooth their rugs out and revel in the beauty of a perfectly flat rug. Today is Garden Meditation Day. Today is National Two Different Colored Shoes Day, a day to take a risk and step outside your daily routine. Today is Paranormal Day. A day for those who believe in paranormal activity to share experiences all around the world. At the very least, it’s a great excuse to catch up with friends and watch a scary movie. Today is World Press Freedom Day. The day to recognize the value of freedom of expression, and the sacrifices journalists have made to attain this freedom. This being Tuesday of the first full week of May, it's National Teacher Appreciation Day. A day that honors those hard working, patient, and understanding people whom we entrust our children to.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1654, America's first toll bridge was competed over the Newbury River at Rowley, Massachusetts. The authorizing legislation set the toll at two shillings per cow, ox, or horse, and a half shilling per hog, sheep, or goat. No toll was permitted on people crossing the bridge. In 1921, West Virginia imposed the first state sales tax in the US. In 1937, Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for Gone With The Wind. In 1976, Wings kicked off their Wings Over America tour in Fort Worth, Texas. It was Paul McCartney's first American live show in 10 years. In 1991, the final episode of Dallas aired on CBS. Lasting 13 seasons in prime-time, it was second in longevity only to Gunsmoke. In 1992, five days of rioting and looting ended in Los Angeles. The riots, that killed 53 people, began after the acquittal of police officers in the beating of Rodney King. In 2003, President Bush told a news conference in Crawford, Texas, it was a matter of when, not if, weapons of mass destruction would be found in Iraq.

Seattle's City Council yesterday voted not vacate a stretch of road where an investor aiming to bring an NBA team to the Northwest hopes to eventually build an arena that could house it. By a 5-4 vote the council chose not to sell a small section of Occidental Avenue South in the SoDo District, throwing a wrench in Chris Hansen's arena project. The vacating of the street was viewed as the last major step toward Hansen getting a master-use permit and making the $490 million arena shovel ready to lure an NBA team before a memorandum of understanding allowing $200 million in public financing for the project with the city and King County expires in late 2017.

Sunday was the final performance of elephants in the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus. They are forever leaving the circus. Turns out Kelly Ripa is upset because no one told her.

According to a survey , 33% of Americans have dated someone who turned out to be a 'creep,' while 35% have dated someone they ended up calling a 'jerk' — and 18% have even dated someone who turned out to be a 'witch.' Overall, according' to the survey, 21% describe being involved in a dating experience that turned out to be just plain 'toxic.'

Trivia Answer: Bing Crosby who was born on this date in 1903. The Crosby House in Tumwater was Bing Crosby's grandfather's house. A multimedia star, from 1934 to 1954 Bing Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses. The biggest hit of Crosby's career was his recording of Irving Berlin's White Christmas, which he introduced through a radio broadcast during the 1942 Christmas season, and the movie Holiday Inn. Crosby's recording hit the charts on October 3, 1942, and rose to #1 on October 31, where it stayed for 11 weeks. A holiday perennial, the song was repeatedly re-released by Decca, charting another 16 times. It topped the charts again in 1945, and for a third time in January 1947. The song remains the best-selling single of all time. According to Guinness World Records, Crosby's recording of White Christmas has sold over 100 million copies around the world, with at least 50 million sales as singles. Crosby's recording was so popular that he was obliged to re-record it in 1947 using the same musicians and backup singers; the original 1942 master had become damaged due to its frequent use in pressing additional singles. Though the two versions are very similar, it is the 1947 recording which is most familiar today.

Monday 5.2.16
Morning Trivia: He's a guitarist, songwriter, producer, and recording artist. He's a Detroit native. In the mid-1970s he was a sideman in Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra before creating an R&B group called Raydio in 1977. Raydio scored a series of chart hits and then broke up in 1981. This guy is primarily known for the theme song to a mid-80s motion picture. Who is he?

The Mariners wrapped up a successful homestand with a forgettable performance, losing 4-1 to the Kansas City Royals yesterday. Seattle went 4-and-2 on the homestand, falling in the series finale as starter Taijuan Walker lost his first game of the season. Walker struggled through his first rough outing of 2015, although he pitched well enough to keep the Mariners within striking distance. He allowed just five runs over his first four starts, but gave up three runs off seven hits in his five innings of work yesterday. Seattle’s 13-and-10 mark last month marked the first time the Mariners have finished April with a record above .500 since 2009. The Mariners have won five consecutive series. The Mariners will try to follow up a successful homestand -- been a while since those words were put together -- with a seven-game road trip that begins tonight in Oakland.

Birthdays: Engelbert Humperdinck is 80; Mick Jagger’s ex, Bianca Jagger is 71; the original lead singer for Foreigner, Lou Gramm is 66; The Rock, wrestler and actor Dwayne Johnson is 44; soccer celebrity David Beckham is 41; singer-songwriter Lily Allen is 31; and race car driver Kyle Busch is also 31.

Smiley, squishy, faces are perfect reasons to put Baby Day on the map. Today is National Babies Day, a day to celebrate babies. Babies Day is observed on the birth date of Dr. Benjamin Spock.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1939, not hitting well, Ironman Lou Gehrig approached his manager and said, "I'm benching myself, Joe for the good of the team." That after playing 2,130 consecutive games. The Yankees destroyed Detroit 22-2, and Gehrig never played baseball again. In 1974, the filming of the movie Jaws began in Martha's Vineyard. In 1975, The Beatles closed down Apple Records. In 1977, Eric Clapton recorded Wonderful Tonight. In 1988, Melissa Etheridge released her self-titled debut album. In 1997, 44-year-old Tony Blair became Britains youngest prime minister in 185 years. In 2007, Iowa spent $6,000 to change the locks at one of its state prisons after someone paid $12 on e-Bay for a set of keys belonging to a guard who retired in the 1970s. The warden said he did not know if any of the old keys actually opened any of the locks in the 135-year-old prison -- but he was not sure they didn't. The prison housed a number of violent criminals.

The Jungle Book pulverized a trio of box office lightweights, racking up $42.4 million to lead ticket sales for the third consecutive weekend. Disney's live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's Mowgli stories has made $252.1 million since opening last month. It should have no trouble becoming the fourth film this year to cross $300 million domestically, joining the likes of Deadpool, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Zootopia. A holdover: In its second weekend, The Huntsman: Winter's War dropped 52% to $9.4 million for a second place finish. Keanu, an action-comedy sendup from Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key, nabbed third place with $9.3 million. The weak result is alleviated somewhat by the fact that the release cost a meager $15 million to produce. The film finds the stars of Comedy Central's Key & Peele trying to rescue a kidnapped kitten. Reviews were strong, which could help the picture in the coming weeks when the competition gets fiercer. Mother's Day, an ensemble romantic comedy with Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston, collapsed at the multiplexes, eking out $8.3 million to finish in fourth. Barbershop: The Next Cut rounded out the top five, earning $6.1 million. Of course, the whole weekend was really just a throat clearing for Captain America: Civil War, which barrels into theaters on Friday. The superhero sequel could pull in as much as $200 million to score one of the biggest openings in history. It already made more than $200 million overseas this weekend after debuting in a select number of foreign territories.

Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider says the team has not received retirement paperwork for Marshawn Lynch. After the conclusion of the draft Saturday, Schneider said the paperwork has not been filed with the league, but the Seahawks are prepared from a salary cap standpoint whether Lynch's retirement becomes official before or after June 1st. Asked if he knew when those papers would be filed, Schneider said, "Your guess is as good as mine." Coach Pete Carroll reiterated that Lynch is retired and not planning to play this year. Lynch announced his intentions to retire during the second half of the Super Bowl, posting a picture on social media. He's spent some of the offseason in Egypt at a football camp and in Haiti on a relief mission.

Cowabunga, dudes! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are New York City's official family ambassadors for 2016. The city's tourism agency announced that the sewer-dwelling reptiles will star in ads to encourage families to explore New York. The agency says the turtles are the perfect guides to help families discover the vibrancy and excitement throughout the five boroughs. The crime-fighting ninja turtles Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael started out in comic books in the 1980s before branching out to TV and film. The latest movie came out in 2014 and a sequel is set for release in June. They succeed Dora the Explorer, who served as last year's ambassador.

Trivia Answer: Ray Parker, Jr. who turned 62 yesterday. The band Raydio was spelled R-A-Y-D-I-O. The song Ray is most famous for was the theme from Ghostbusters. The song was #1 for three weeks on Billboard's Hot 100 chart and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1984 but lost to Stevie Wonder's I Just Called to Say I Love You from The Woman in Red. Parker was accused of plagiarizing the melody from the 1984 Huey Lewis and the News song I Want a New Drug. The Ghostbusters theme was released only six months after Lewis' hit reached #6 in the Billboard Hot 100. The accusation ended with Lewis suing Parker, and the pair settled out of court in 1985. They returned to court once again in 2001, as Parker sued Lewis for breaching a confidentiality agreement forming part of their original out of court settlement which prohibited either side from speaking about it publicly. Lewis had implied in a VH1 Behind The Music special that Parker had paid a financial settlement as part of the original agreement.