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Friday 5.29.15
Today's Trivia: On this date in 1917, the 35th US president, John F. Kennedy, was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. The question today is which US president was the first to be born in a hospital?

The Mariners needed to be almost perfect to beat reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber. They didn't come close in a 5-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians last night at Safeco Field. An already difficult task grew harder when Mariner starter James Paxton had to leave the game with two outs in the fifth inning with what was later announced as discomfort in his left middle finger. Paxton and McClendon weren’t sure whether the injury was serious. He’ll be evaluated by team doctors today. Meanwhile, Kluber allowed three runs over seven innings and struck out 13. Mike Zunino lifted a solo homer into the left-field bullpen to tie at 1 in the third inning. In the sixth, Dustin Ackley lined an opposite-field, two-run shot to cut the lead to 5-3. That was all the Mariners could muster. Robinson Cano was out of the lineup last night for the first time this season after developing flu-like symptoms on the flight back to Seattle Wednesday night. Ms and Indians again tonight at 7:10.

Birthdays: Luke on General Hospital, actor Tony Geary is 68; he was the lead singer and songwriter for Oingo Boingo, composer Danny Elfman -- he wrote The Simpsons theme -- is 62; he attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, John Hinckley, Jr. is 60; singer LaToya Jackson is 59; actress Annette Bening is 57; singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge is 54; Blair on The Facts of Life, actress Lisa Whelchel is 52; Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher is 48; and the singer better known as Scary Spice, Melanie Brown is 40.

U2's longtime tour manager, Dennis Sheehan, was found dead Wednesday morning in his hotel room in West Hollywood. Bono said on, "We've lost a family member, we're still taking it in. He wasn't just a legend in the music business, he was a legend in our band. He is irreplaceable," Paramedics were reportedly called to his room after he was found unresponsive in the early hours of the morning; shortly thereafter, he was pronounced dead at the scene. Born in 1946, Sheehan grew up in Ireland and played in a band from age 13 to 19. During his late teens, Sheehan moved into the behind-the-scenes music world, putting in time at Arista in London and working with everyone from Led Zeppelin to Patti Smith. Prior to the release of U2's War album in 1983, Sheehan joined forces with the band and worked with them ever since.

It's Learn About Composting Day, a great opportunity to Go Green and help the environment. Composting is easy. It makes you feel good, knowing you are doing your part to keep our environment a little bit cleaner. You may be surprised at how easy it is to compost, and everyone can compost. As you learn about composting, you will be surprised at all the things you can compost. It is common knowledge, that you can compost garden and yard vegetation but, you can also compost many other things, including papers, untreated wood, and cardboard. Today is Squoosh an Ice Cream Sandwich Day. Don't squish it, squoosh it. Today is Presidential Flag Day. The official flag of the President of the US was adopted on this date in 1916. Today is National Lovey Dovey Day. Decide how to celebrate it with someone special.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1856, during a speech in Bloomington, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln said, "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time." In 1971, The Rolling Stones' single Brown Sugar hits #1 in the US. In 1973, record executive Clive Davis was fired from Columbia for misappropriating around 100-thousand dollars. He later founded Arista Records. in 1982, Survivor released the single Eye of the Tiger. In 1980, Larry Bird edged out Magic Johnson to be named the NBA's Rookie of the Year. In 1987, Michael Jackson bid $50,000 for the body of John Merrick, The Elephant Man. It wasn't enough.

There may or may not be a $1 million Powerball ticket floating around the South Sound. The prize is still unclaimed since the Powerball drawing on December 24th. The winning ticket was purchased in Tumwater and its numbers are 11-12-46-47-50. The winner can claim their prize until it expires on June 22nd. In no one steps forward, 1/3 of the would-be winnings will go to the Economic Strategic Reserve Account for promoting economic development, and the remaining 2/3 will go back into the pool for future lottery prizes.

If you thought that Americans couldn't get any fatter, think again. The most recent Gallup Obesity Rankings, which measures obesity by state and metropolitan area, has revealed that Americans are fatter than ever. According to the poll, the national obesity rate has risen from 27.1 percent in 2013 to 27.7 percent. The national rate has risen considerably since only 2008, when it was 25.5 percent. Obesity rates are highest in Southern and Midwestern states and the lowest in the Western and Northeastern regions. The poll has consistently found the same results since it started recording data. Gallup asked respondents to report their height and weight, which is used to calculate Body Mass Index (BMI). Those who have a BMI higher than 30 are considered obese. Of the 50 states, Mississippi is number 50, Washington is 13, Hawaii is number 1.

Mark Rodgers is the agent for Russell Wilson. He says that negotiations for a contract extension for his client have been "positive and encouraging," but added that there is no deadline in place to get a deal done. Wilson is reportedly seeking a multi-year extension worth at least $20 million annually. Rodgers in his first public comments about the negotiations said, "We’ve had an ongoing dialogue, not all of it being a negotiation. Some of it just being philosophical and really trying to understand each other's positions. I would characterize our talks as ongoing, fluid, robust at times, thoughtful and we've made progress. Frankly, about 95 percent of the speculation (about Wilson's potential contract) has been off-point. I would characterize (the negotiations) as positive and encouraging." Asked how he would look upon the talks if he were a fan, Rodgers said he was a fan and was thinking positively. He said, "As a Seahawks' fan, it's a no-brainer to think that Russell Wilson will be a Seahawk for life."

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner is a huge fan of the cartoon series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, going so far in the past as to publicly carry around a green shell backpack. In fact, he's such a big fan of the fictional reptiles named after four Renaissance artists, Wagner wants to play a part in the next TMNT movie. Speaking to NFL Network this week as part of its countdown of the league's top 100 players, Wagner discussed his love for the cartoon turtles, who became popular on Nickelodeon through the 1990s. He also issued a pitch to the producers of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 -- which is set for release in June 2016 -- for a part in the upcoming film. "I'm one of the biggest fans in the world. I know everything that they know probably, if not more, so I can even help them put the movie together," Wagner said with a grin. "I'll make their lives that much easier."

Trivia Answer: James Earl Carter -- Jimmy Carter -- our 39th president. He was born at the Wise Clinic in Plains, Ga. on October 1st of 1924, making him the first US president to be born in a hospital.

Thursday 5.28.15
Today's Trivia: He is best known for playing Luke Spencer on the ABC daytime drama General Hospital. He originated the role of Luke in 1978 and has since received a record eight Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Who is he?

If the Baseball Writers Association of America voted today, the Mariners would probably feature both the Cy Young winner and Most Valuable Player. Felix Hernandez tossed the 11th complete-game shutout of his career and Nelson Cruz bashed his AL-leading 18th home run, a ninth-inning jolt that broke a scoreless tie and provided the Mariners with a 3-0 victory and series sweep over the Tampa Bay Rays yesterday at Tropicana Field. The Mariners completed their nine-game road trip 6-and-3 and reached .500 for the first time since April 12th. After Hernandez engaged Tampa starter David Archer in an as-advertised battle of aces, Rays closer Brad Boxberger came out to face the Mariners in the ninth. After Boxberger fanned Mike Zunino and Austin Jackson, he walked Seth Smith and Robinson Cano. Cruz followed with a bomb that splashed into a shallow pool high above the fence in right center. Tracked at 430 feet by Statcast, the blast was just the fourth ever to reach the tank. The Mariners managed only two hits besides Cruz's game winner, Kyle Seager went 0-for-4 and saw his 12-game hitting streak snapped. The Mariners recorded their first sweep of the Rays since August of 2006 at Safeco. The sweep was Seattle's first at Tropicana Field since September of 2000. The Mariners return to Safeco Field tonight at 7:10 to begin an 11-game home stand featuring Cleveland (four games), the New York Yankees (three games) and the Tampa Bay Rays (four games).

The Golden State Warriors defeated the Houston Rockets 104-90, winning the Western Conference Finals four games to one to reach the NBA Finals. The Warriors meet the Cleveland Cavaliers in the best-of-seven championship series, starting June 4th in Oakland.

Birthdays: NBA legend Jerry West is 77; singer Gladys Knight is 71; former mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani is 71; singer Billy Vera is 71; actress Sondra Locke is 71 or 68 depending on what source you go with; from Creedence Clearwater Revival, singer-songwriter John Fogerty is 70; frontman for the Fine Young Cannibals, singer Roland Gift is 54; Eddie Corbett on The Courtship of Eddie's Father, actor Brandon Cruz is 53; from The Presidents of the United States of America, Chris Ballew is 50; singer Kylie Minogue is 47; TV hostess Elisabeth Hasselbeck is 38; singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat is 30; and failed Seahawk experiment Percy Harvin is 27.

Today is Amnesty International Day, a day that recognizes the need to protect human rights around the world. The Amnesty International organization strives to accomplish this goal by providing awareness and recognition of the issues. They work to publicize local and regional problems, and to arouse citizens, governments, and politicians to action.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act which relocated Native Americans. In 1937, Volkswagen, the German automobile manufacturer, was founded. In 1957, National League club owners voted to allow the Brooklyn Dodgers to move to Los Angeles and the New York Giants to move to San Francisco. In 1976, The Allman Brothers Band broke up for the first time after Gregg Allman testified against a roadie accused of drug trafficking. In 1983, Weird Al Yankovic left his job as a mail clerk. In 1985, Gay Mullins, a retiree from Seattle, founded Old Cola Drinkers of America. It was an effort to bring back the original Coca-Cola, instead of the New Coke that the Atlanta-based company had foisted on the American cola-drinking market. By July of 1985, with arms firmly twisted behind their backs, Coca-Cola Company executives relented and returned the old formula to colaholics and with a new name: Classic Coke. In 2002, the Mars Odyssey found signs of large ice deposits on the planet Mars.

A Seattle couple is planning the trip of a lifetime after winning big in the Powerball lottery, but the celebration almost didn't happen. The couple, who has not been identified, bought a lottery ticket in February when the jackpot had climbed to $350 million. They left the ticket in their car when they realized they hadn't won the big prize. The move almost cost them a big payout. They said someone broke into their car a few weeks ago and stole a pair of sunglasses. The stolen sunglasses were actually sitting atop the winning ticket. The couple lost the sunglasses, but will be able to buy new ones. When they finally checked the numbers they discovered they had won $1 million in a second-chance drawing. They said, "Well, we already popped a bottle of champagne. We're also planning a trip to Paris and Iceland for this year. Other than that, I think we'll just take care of our house."

A newly-discovered glitch in Apple's software can cause iPhones to mysteriously shut down when they receive a certain text message. Apple says it's aware of the problem and is working on a fix. But some pranksters are sharing information about the glitch on social media and using it to crash other peoples' phones. The problem only occurs when the iPhone receives a message with a specific string of characters, including some Arabic characters, according to several tech blogs. When an iPhone isn't being used, it typically shows a shortened version of the message on the phone's lock screen. That shortened combination of characters apparently triggers the crash. Affected phones will restart automatically. Owners can prevent the problem by using phone settings to turn off the message "previews" feature.

Trivia Answer: Tony Geary who turns 68 tomorrow. He holds the distinction of winning a record eight Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. He was first nominated in 1980 and 1981, and had his first win in 1982. Geary was nominated again in 1983, before leaving the show in 1984. In 1991, Geary returned to General Hospital as Luke's cousin and look-alike Bill Eckert, due to the actor's desire to play something other than Luke. However, due to poor feedback from the viewing public, the character was killed off and Geary resumed the role of Luke in 1993. He was nominated in 1997 and 1998 for Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actor, and had his second win in 1999, and his third in 2000. He received another nomination in 2003, and had his fourth win in 2004. When Geary won for the fifth time in 2006, he set the record for most lead actor wins. Geary received another Emmy nomination in 2007, and in 2008, he again set a record for most lead actor wins with his sixth Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor. Geary set a record in 2012 with his 7th Daytime Emmy win and again in 2015 for his 8th win for Outstanding Leading Actor in a Drama Series after 16 nominations for the same role of General Hospital's Luke Spencer. Geary publicly announced on this past May 8th that he'll be leaving his role on the long-running daytime drama.

Wednesday 5.27.15
Today's Trivia: This bridge is part of both US Route 101 and California State Route 1. It was the longest suspension bridge span in the world when it was completed. In 1999, it was ranked fifth on the List of America's Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects. What are we talking about?

Kyle Seager swatted a pair of dramatic home runs — a grand slam in the eighth and a solo shot in the 10th — as the Mariners twice rallied to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-6 last night at Tropicana Field. Closer Fernando Rodney frittered away Seager's slam and a 6-3 lead in the ninth by coughing up three. But Seager made an unlikely winner out of Rodney by nailing a shot to dead center as the Mariners improved to 22-and-23 with Felix Hernandez due up in the series finale today. Seager's solo shot off Tampa closer Brad Boxberger provided the winning margin, but his slam in the eighth put the Mariners in position to win. Seager ended up 3-for-5 and extended his hitting streak to 12 games, tops on the club. Seager also had a career-high six RBIs. He has reached base in a career-high 21 consecutive games. Nelso Cruz had two hits, reaching 1,000 for his career. The Mariners have homered in five consecutive games and 10 of 11. They have 32 homers in May. Seager's grand slam marked Seattle's first since Brad Miller whacked one in September of 2013. The Mariners wind up their nine-game road trip with the third of three at Tampa Bay this morning at 10:10. The Ms then begin a four-game set with the Cleveland Indians tomorrow night at 7:10 at Safeco Field.

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Atlanta Hawks 118-88, sweeping the Eastern Conference Finals in four games to reach the NBA Finals. The Cavaliers play either the Golden State Warriors or Houston Rockets. Golden State leads the best-of-seven Western Conference Finals 3-games-to-1. The fifth game is set for tonight.

Birthdays: Actor Christopher Lee is 93; former Secretary of State during Richard Nixon's administration, Henry Kissinger is 92; musician Ramsey Lewis is 80; actress Lee Meriwether is 80; actor Louis Gossett, Jr. is 79; singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn is 70; from Siouxsie and the Banshees, singer Siouxsie Sioux is 58; from Crowded House and Split Enz, singer and guitarist Neil Finn is 57; Roz on Frasier, actress Peri Gilpin is 54; Willis on Diff'rent Strokes, actor Todd Bridges is 50; and from Outkast, Andre 3000 is 40.

Today is Sun Screen Day -- a day to educate and bring awareness to the importance of using sunscreen to protect yourself and your children from harmful UV rays from the sun. The day is held on May 27th, just in advance of the summer and vacation season. The Pop-Up Toaster was released on this date in 1918 It's International Jazz Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1927, the Ford Motor Company ceased manufacture of the Ford Model T and began to retool plants to make the Ford Model A. In 1930. Richard Gurley Drew received a patent for his adhesive tape, later manufactured by 3M as Scotch tape. In 1933, Walt Disney's Three Little Pigs was first released. In 1937, in California, the Golden Gate Bridge opened to pedestrian traffic, creating a vital link between San Francisco and Marin County, California. In 1968, Major League Baseball's National League awarded Montreal the first franchise in Canada and the first franchise outside the United States. In 1968, after 48 years as coach of the Chicago Bears, George Halas retired. In 1986, Dragon Quest, the game credited as setting the template for role-playing video games, was released in Japan. In 1987, during a U2 concert in Rome, the sound system was so loud, emergency services was flooded with calls from local residents who thought they were being hit by an earthquake. In 1995, in Culpeper, Virginia, the actor Christopher Reeve was paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition. In 1997, the US Supreme Court ruled that Paula Jones could pursue her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton while he is in office.

Thieves used an online service provided by the IRS to gain access to information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, the agency said yesterday. The information included tax returns and other tax information on file with the IRS. The IRS said the thieves accessed a system called "Get Transcript." In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer, including Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status, and street address. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said the agency was alerted to the thieves when technicians noticed an increase in the number of taxpayers seeking transcripts. The IRS said they targeted the system from February to mid-May. The service has been temporarily shut down. The IRS has launched a criminal investigation. The agency's inspector general is also investigating. The agency is still determining how many fraudulent refunds were claimed this year using information from the stolen transcripts. Koskinen provided a preliminary estimate, saying less than $50 million was successfully claimed. This year, the IRS stopped almost 3 million suspicious returns, Koskinen said. The IRS said it is notifying taxpayers whose information was accessed.

It turns out that Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will not take part in Netflix's ballyhooed reboot of the classic sitcom Full House. Known for taking turns in the role of Michelle Tanner, the youngest daughter in the house, the Olsens will sit out Fuller House to focus on their careers outside of acting, a rep for the twins told Variety. "It has been exciting to see how they have built their professional careers, and I support their choice to focus on their fashion brands and various business endeavors." That from executive producer Robert L. Boyett, who added that the two "are still very much considered family."

Actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after a Santa Fe restaurant's security complained about a possibly intoxicated driver. The 71-year-old Shepard told a police officer that he had two tequila drinks and was planning to drive home. Santa Fe police Lt. Andrea Dobyns said yesterday. "Our officer could smell alcohol on his breath, and he had bloodshot, watery eyes." Shepherd declined to take a breath test, but he did perform a field sobriety test, which Dobyns said he failed.

A judge in the UK has ruled that since the brain is a muscle then the card game bridge must be a sport. It sounds like he's using the same logic I used on my mother to explain that since cake contained eggs and milk, it was okay for me to eat it for breakfast.

Trivia Answer: The Golden Gate Bridge which spans the Golden Gate -- the opening of the San Francisco Bay into the Pacific Ocean. The bridge connects the city of San Francisco on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula to Marin County. It spans the Golden Gate strait, the mile-wide, three-mile-long channel between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The Golden Gate Bridge was the longest suspension bridge span in the world when it was completed, and has become one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco and the United States. Since its completion, the span length has been surpassed by eight other bridges. The bridge-opening celebration began on this date in 1937 and lasted for one week. No vehicle traffic was allowed on the first day but 200,000 people crossed by foot and roller skate. The next day, President Roosevelt pushed a button in Washington, DC signaling the official start of vehicle traffic over the Bridge at noon. 

Tuesday 5.26.15
Today's Trivia: She's a singer-songwriter. She joined the band she's a famous part of at the end of 1974. Her solo career began in 1981. The two between them, have produced over forty Top 50 hits and sold over 140 million albums. After the release of her first solo album, Rolling Stone deemed her The Reigning Queen of Rock and Roll. Having overcome cocaine addiction, and dependency on tranquilizers, she remains a popular solo performer. As a solo artist, she has garnered eight Grammy Award nominations and, with her band, has a further five nominations. As a member of her band, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Who is she?

Robinson Cano drove in a couple of runs, Roenis Elias threw six solid innings, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 last night. Seattle took a 2-0 lead in the first on RBI singles by Cano and Nelson Cruz. Cano entered the game hitless in his previous 12 at-bats. He made it 3-1 on a run-scoring single in the eighth. Elias gave up one run and six hits. Mark Lowe, Carson Smith and Fernando Rodney, who pitched the ninth for his 13th save, completed an eight hitter. Seattle went up 4-1 in the ninth on Mike Zunino's solo homer. Kyle Seager extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a sixth-inning double. It was the first-ever matchup of major league managers -- Lloyd McClendon of Seattle and Tampa Bay's Kevin Cash -- who played in the Little League World Series. McClendon was with Gary, Indiana, in 1971, while Cash was part of the 1989 Tampa, Florida, team. After the game, reliever Danny Farquhar was sent to AAA Tacoma to make room for CF Austin Jackson, who has been rehabbing in Tacoma. He will arrive in time to play today in Tampa. The Mariners and Rays meet up again at the Trop this afternoon at 4:10.

Birthdays: Sportscaster Brent Musburger is 76; the drummer for The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Garry Peterson is 70; Tubbs on Miami Vice, actor Philip Michael Thomas is 66; singer Hank Williams Jr. is 66; comedian Bobcat Goldthwait is 53; singer Lenny Kravitz is 51; South Park co-creator Matt Stone is 44; singer-songwriter Lauren Hill is 40; and the first son of Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, Kingston Rossdale is 9.

Today is Sally Ride Day, a day that honors the first American woman to go into space. Dr. Ride accomplished the feat as a mission specialist aboard STS-7, the second flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1896, Charles Dow published the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. In 1897, Dracula, a novel by the Irish author Bram Stoker, was published. In 1938, the House Un-American Activities Committee began its first session. In 1959, the word Frisbee became a registered trademark of Wham-O. In 1969, Apollo 10 returned to Earth after a successful eight-day test of all the components needed for the at the time forthcoming first manned moon landing. In 1973, Deep Purple's single Smoke On The Water was released. In 1978, the first legal casino in the Eastern US opened in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In 1994, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley were married in the Dominican Republic. They were divorced in January of 1996. In 1998, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York. In 2004, Terry Nichols was found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.

The numbers are in for the whole weekend. The box office amounts change a little but the rankings essentially stay the same. Tomorrowland had a disappointing debut at the box office over the slow Memorial Day holiday weekend, but still managed to finish in first place. The Disney film starring George Clooney opened with an estimated $41.7 million over four days, just edging out Pitch Perfect 2, which fell to second place with $38.5 million. Mad Max: Fury Road fell to third place, followed by Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Poltergeist, which opened at No. 5.

A Massachusetts woman has used her own obituary to convey a final message on Tom Brady and the Deflategate scandal. Patricia M. Shong, of Auburn, Massachusetts, died recently surrounded by family. Her obituary says the 72-year-old enjoyed scrapbooking, weekly card night, and spending time with her family. The obit continues, "She would also like us to set the record straight for her: Brady is innocent!"

Nevada officials said yesterday they would conduct a homicide investigation into the death of B.B. King who died this month at age of 89, after two of his daughters leveled accusations that the blues great was murdered. The Clark County, Nevada coroner's office said in a posting on Twitter that it had taken jurisdiction over King's body, and that autopsy results would take a minimum of six to eight weeks. Two of King's children, Karen Williams and Patty King, alleged that King was poisoned, ostensibly by two of his longtime associates including one who had power of attorney over his affairs. An attorney for King's estate called the allegations unfounded and disrespectful.

Yesterday kicked off the 100 deadliest days of the year for teenagers. According to statistics released by the American Safety Council, more teenagers die between Memorial Day and Labor Day than the rest of the year. The statistics show that car crashes are the No. 1 killer of teenagers -- especially in the summer, when they're often distracted with friends in the car while driving to unfamiliar areas. Experts have released some tips for parents to help keep their teen from becoming a heartbreaking statistic.

  • Make them pledge to not drink and drive or text and drive.
  • Limit night time driving.
  • Always buckle up.
  • Let them call you for a ride -- no matter what -- so they're not getting in a car if they are impaired or if a friend is impaired.

According to the American Safety Council, eight of the 10 deadliest days on the road fall during the 100 days from Memorial to Labor Day. They are July 2nd, 3rd and 4th; August 3rd, 4th, 6th and 12th; and September 2nd. December 23rd and January 1st round out the top 10.

Trivia Answer: Stephanie Lynn Nicks -- Stevie Nicks -- who turns 67 today. Nicks joined Fleetwood Mac on December 31st of 1974, along with her then-boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham. Fleetwood Mac's second album after the incorporation of Nicks and Buckingham, 1977's Rumours, produced four US Top 10 singles (including Nicks' song Dreams, which was the band's first and only US number one) and remained at #1 on the American albums chart for 31 weeks, as well as reaching the top spot in various countries around the world. To date the album has sold over 40 million copies worldwide, making it the ninth highest selling album of all time. Nicks began her solo career in 1981 with the 8 million selling album Bella Donna, and she has produced seven more solo studio albums to date.

Monday 5.25.15
Today's Trivia: This comedian, actor, artist, musician, writer and humorist is best known for his work as an unconventional standup comedian and as a contributor on The Daily Show. In 2009 and 2010, he hosted and starred in his own show on Comedy Central. Who is he?

The Mariners not only botched a shot at sweeping Toronto at Rogers Centre for the first time since 2001, they fell another game back -- now eight -- of Houston in the AL West yesterday by falling to the Blue Jays 8-2. Seattle starter Taijuan Walker breezed through four innings without ceding a hit, but unraveled in the fifth, giving up two two-run homers. Neither Walker's offense nor his bullpen could bail him out. Kyle Seager's home run in the second inning, his seventh of the year, extended his hitting streak to 10 games. He also singled. Seager's solo shot was Seattle's 29th home run in May (third in AL) and 54th of the season. Forty-one of the 54 have been solos. The Mariners evened their record against the AL at 19-19. They are 3-3 on the nine-game road trip . The Mariners begin a three-game set at Tampa Bay tonight that will conclude their nine-game road trip.

Birthdays: Author W.P. Kinsella who wrote the Book Shoeless Joe which was adapted into the movie Field of Dreams is 80 today; Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, actor Sir Ian McKellen is 76; actress and singer Leslie Uggams is 72; puppeteer Frank Oz is 71; actress Karen Valentine, best known for her work on Room 222, is 68; actress Connie Sellecca is 60; Austin Powers, actor and comedian Mike Myers is 52; actress Anne Heche is 46; and Carrie Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie, actresses Sidney and Lindsay Greenbush are 45.

New York-born actress and comedian Anne Meara, known for her opposites-attract comedy routine with husband Jerry Stiller, died over the weekend, her family said yesterday. There were no details about the circumstances of her death. Meara and Stiller, who met in 1953 at an agent's office and married a few months later, worked together in the Compass Players comedy troupe, a precursor to the Second City organization, before forming their own duo. By the 1960s, they had become a popular comedy duo on American television, making 36 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show. Much of their humor was marriage-based and focused on height -- Stiller was 5-foot-4 and Meara was taller -- and ethnicity -- he was Jewish, she was of Irish heritage. Anne Meara was 85.

And the man whose life story was the inspiration for the film A Beautiful Mind died in a car accident Saturday in New Jersey, according to the New Jersey State Police. Famed mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr., 86, and his wife Alicia Nash, 82, both were killed when a taxi in which they were riding went out of control and crashed into a highway guard rail. The taxi driver was hospitalized.

Today is Memorial Day. Today is also National Missing Children's Day, a day to focus on the 2,300 children that will be reported missing in America today (and every day). Visit Today is National Tap Dance Day, marking the birth of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in Richmond, Virginia, on this date in 1878. Today is Star Wars Day. The Los Angeles City Council declared May 25th as Star Wars Day, in honor of the anniversary release date of Star Wars. A separate initiative for observing Geek Pride Day on May 25th is based on the Star Wars connection. The original Star Wars film opened in 32 theaters on this date in 1977. May the Force be with you.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1935, Babe Ruth, playing for the Boston Braves, hit home runs 713 and 714 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, his final home runs. It was a record that stood for 39 years. In 1961, President John Kennedy asked the US to work toward putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade. In 1968, The Rolling Stones released Jumping Jack Flash. Also in 1968: St. Louis dedicated its trademark Gateway Arch, part of the city's Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. In 1970, Boeing Computer Services was founded. In 1973, Mike Oldfield released his Tubular Bells LP. The title track would later become the theme for the movie The Exorcist. In 1974, Pam Morrison, Jim Morrison's widow, died of a drug overdose. In 1977, the movie Star Wars opened in US movie theaters. It set a new box office record that stood until Titanic in 1999. In 1978, Keith Moon performed with the Who for the last time. In 1983, The Return of the Jedi set a new movie record for opening day box office sales by grossing $6.2 million. In 1992, Jay Leno became the new host of The Tonight Show, replacing Johnny Carson, who had hosted the late-night talk show for 29 years.

According to, Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day because it was a time set aside to honor the nation's Civil War dead by decorating their graves. It was first widely observed on May 30th, 1868 to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers. During the first celebration of Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which five-thousand participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20-thousand Union and Confederate soldiers buried in the cemetery. By the late 1800's, many communities across the country had begun to celebrate Memorial Day and, after World War I, observances also began to honor those who had died in all of America's wars. In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday to be celebrated on the last Monday in May. Today, Memorial Day is celebrated at Arlington National Cemetery with a ceremony in which a small American flag is placed on each grave. Also, it is customary for the president or vice president to give a speech honoring the contributions of the dead and lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.


  • It is believed that the holiday was chosen to be in May because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.
  • The holiday was originally known as Decoration Day to allow the decoration of graves with flowers and flags.
  • The original Memorial Day was originally set as May 30th, but was changed to the last Monday of the month in 1971.
  • In 1966, Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, New York, the birthplace of Memorial Day.
  • It was not until after World War I, however, that the day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars.
  • New York was the first state to recognize Memorial Day as a legal holiday in 1873.
  • Many Southern states also have their own days for honoring the Confederate dead. Mississippi celebrates Confederate Memorial Day on the last Monday of April, Alabama on the fourth Monday of April and Georgia on April 26th. North and South Carolina observe it on May 10th, Louisiana on June 3rd and Tennessee calls that date Confederate Decoration Day. Texas celebrates Confederate Heroes Day January 19th and Virginia calls the last Monday in May Confederate Memorial Day.
  • The crowd attending the first Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery was approximately the same size as those who attend today's observance, about five-thousand people.
  • On Memorial Day the Third US Infantry plants flags in front of the tombstones of every soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. That's over 260,000 graves.
  • The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 PM local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.

There weren't as many fireworks at the Memorial Day weekend box office this year as newcomer Tomorrowland disappointed with a $32.2 million debut. The science-fiction adventure stars George Clooney and was directed by Brad Bird of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol fame. That's still good enough for a first place finish, with Pitch Perfect 2 coming in a close second. The weekend's other new wide release, Poltergeist finished third. Mad Max: Fury Road had a solid hold at No.4. Avengers: Age of Ultron rounded out the top five.

The Grant County sheriff's office has identified the man who drove his car into the Gorge Amphitheater campground, injuring three people and himself. Tanner A. Drayton-Williams of Woodland Hills, California was arrested and is facing four counts of second degree assault. Authorities say he hit pedestrians, tents, and parked vehicles at the campground on Saturday. Sheriff's spokesman Kyle Foreman said the 19-year-old Drayton-Williams was under the influence of drugs. The injured, including the driver, were taken to Quincy Valley Hospital. The driver and two others were treated and then released. One person was transferred to another hospital for treatment of multiple broken bones and internal injuries. The Gorge Amphitheater is hosting the Sasquatch! Music Festival over this Memorial Day weekend. Camping at the amphitheater is part of the festival.

Juan Pablo Montoya outdueled Will Power and Scott Dixon over the final five laps to win the Indianapolis 500 yesterday. Montoya, who came into the race Verizon IndyCar Series points leader, won the Indy 500 for the second time -- his first coming in 2000 when he was a rookie. The three drivers traded the lead back and forth after a caution was lifted with less than 20 laps to go, and it wasn't until there were less than three laps left that Montoya pulled ahead to eventually win the race.

Record rainfall was wreaking havoc across a swath of the Midwest yesterday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes, and forcing at least 2,000 people to flee. Tornados struck, severely damaging an apartment complex in Houston, Texas. A firefighter in Oklahoma was swept to his death while trying to rescue 10 people in high water. And the body of a man was recovered from a flooded area along the Blanco River, which rose 26 feet in just one hour and left piles of wreckage 20 feet high, authorities in Texas said. More than 350 homes in the town of Wimberley, Texas were washed away by the flash floods, and several people remained missing.

Trivia Answer: Demetri Martin who turns 42 today. Martin graduated from Yale University in 1995. Despite objections from his family, he dropped out a year before graduating NYU School of Law to pursue a career in comedy. In 2009 and 2010, he hosted and starred in his own television show called Important Things With Demetri Martin on Comedy Central. There was no third season of Important Things. Martin is known for being an unconventional stand-up comic. He uses extensive wordplay, one-liners, drawings on a large pad, as well as accompanying his jokes with music on either guitar, harmonica, piano, keyboard, glockenspiel, toy bells, or tambourine -- sometimes all at once. He has cited comedian Steven Wright as an important influence.

A couple of my favorite Demetri Martin lines:

  • •I used to play sports. Then I realized you can buy trophies. Now I'm good at everything.
  • •'Sort of' is such a harmless thing to say. Sort of. It's just a filler. Sort of -- it doesn't really mean anything. But after certain things, sort of means everything. Like after 'I love you' or 'You're going to live' or 'It's a boy.'
Friday 5.22.15
Today's Trivia: He's an actor, comedian, sports executive, and game show host. After serving in the US Marine Corps and making a name for himself in stand-up comedy, he eventually gained popularity starring on his own sitcom and serving as host of an improv comedy show. Who is he?

In a 5-4, rain-delayed loss to the Baltimore Orioles yesterday at soggy Camden Yards, the Mariners blew one scoring chance after another. In addition to stranding 13, they went 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position, twice failing to capitalize with the bases loaded. By dropping the series 2-1, the Mariners also failed to make up ground on Houston, a 6-5 loser to Detroit, and trail the Astros by eight games in the AL West. Kyle Seager went 2-for-3, extendeding his hitting streak to seven games before his ejection in the fifth for arguing balls and strikes, the first ejection of his career. Seager's absence meant that third-base replacement Willie Bloomquist twice came up -- in the seventh and eighth innings -- with the sacks full. Bloomquist struck out and grounded out. The Mariners commence a three-game, weekend series at Toronto tonight. Felix Hernandez gets the start. Game time 4:07.

Birthdays: Business magnate, financier, billionaire T. Boone Pickens is 87; actor Michael Constantine is also 87; actor Richard Benjamin is 77; former MLB pitcher -- yes, the surgery was named after him -- Tommy John is 72; lyricist Bernie Taupin (Elton John's long time writing partner) is 65; singer Morrissey is 56; Gin Blossoms guitarist Jesse Valenzuela is 53; she's appeared on more than five-hundred magazine covers, model Naomi Campbell is 45; and eight-time Winter Olympic medalist Apolo Anton Ohno was born in Federal Way 33 years ago today.

Today is National Maritime Day, a United States holiday created to recognize the maritime industry. It was on this date in 1819 that the steamship Savannah set sail from Savannah, Georgia on the first ever transoceanic voyage under steam power. The holiday was created by the United States Congress in 1933. Today is Buy a Musical Instrument Day, Isn't it obvious how to celebrate Buy a Musical Instrument Day? If you are a musician in need of a new instrument, today could be a very good day indeed. If you've been considering taking up a musical instrument, today can be your starting point.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1892, Dr. Washington Sheffield invented the toothpaste tube. In 1955: Police in Bridgeport, Connecticut, canceled a Fats Domino concert over fears of an anticipated "rock 'n' roll riot." In 1958, Jerry Lee Lewis told the world he married his 13-year-old cousin Myra. In 1967: Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood premiered on PBS, featuring Rev. Fred Rogers, a Presbyterian minister from Pittsburgh. In 1980, five gold records that belonged to Jimi Hendrix were stolen from the Electric Ladyland studios in New York. In 1986, Sylvester Stallone signed a 10-picture, six-year deal with United Artists for a reported $15 million per film, making him at the time the richest actor in Hollywood. In 1990, Microsoft released Windows 3.0. In 1992, Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show for the final time. Announcer Ed McMahon and bandleader Doc Severinson also retired from the show. In 1999, New Jersey's Continental Airlines Arena sold out of tickets for 15 Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band shows. In 2004, Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, a scathing documentary about White House actions after the September 11th terrorist attacks, won first prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Seattle Seahawks have been topping set after set of NFL Power Rankings, but as far as some are concerned, their fashion sense on the field is still missing its mark. ESPN's Paul Lukas, one of the "foremost uniform reporters" in sports journalism, ranked all 32 NFL team uniforms in his latest Uni Watch Power Rankings and listed the Seahawks at No. 21, one spot higher than last season. Lukas wrote that the Seahawks' current set of Nike uniforms have started to lose their wow factor, so to speak, and have gotten old since they were introduced in 2012. To Lukas, neon green is the one element that should have never been on the jersey and needs to be removed. Lukas ranked the Pittsburgh Steelers' jerseys No. 1. The Cleveland Browns, after unveiling a major uniform redesign in April, were ranked No. 20 just above Seattle.

The drought conditions in Washington that prompted Gov. Jay Inslee last week to declare an emergency are likely to grow worse because of a strengthening El Nino tropical weather pattern in the Pacific Ocean. That according to a weather researcher for Washington State University. El Nino, an ocean-warming phenomenon, typically brings rainfall to central and southern California, but leads to warmer weather and less precipitation in the Pacific Northwest, according to researcher Gerrit Hoogenboom. So it may bring some relief in drought-stricken California, but it's more likely to bring more heat and dryness to the Northwest. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently announced that El Nino has been building strength since March, and that there is a greater than 80 percent chance its climatic conditions will persist through the rest of the year. Hoogenboom said, "El Nino probably has not yet hit its peak. It's likely that it will be stronger in autumn and winter." That's bad news for a state facing an already historically low mountain snowpack and depleted water levels in rivers and reservoirs.

Hundreds of former players have filed a lawsuit claiming all 32 NFL teams, their doctors, trainers and medical staffs obtained and provided painkillers to players -- often illegally -- as part of a decades-long conspiracy to keep them on the field without regard for their long-term health. The lawsuit reprises some of the allegations made in a federal lawsuit last year on behalf of 1,300 former players against the NFL. That complaint was filed in May, 2014 and dismissed in December by Judge William Alsup of the U.S. Northern District in California. Alsup wrote that the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the NFL Players Association was the appropriate forum to resolve such claims. That decision is being appealed. The new lawsuit was filed yesterday. It names each NFL team individually as a defendant and lists 13 plaintiffs. "This lawsuit alleges intentional activity by the teams, not negligence," said plaintiffs' attorney Steve Silverman. "It's another part of a unified effort to provide health care and compensation to the thousands of former players who have been permanently injured or died as a result of playing professional football." Both lawsuits contend NFL teams and their medical staffs withheld information from players about the nature and seriousness of their injuries, while at the same time handing out prescription painkillers, anti-inflammatories and other dangerous drugs to mask pain and minimize lost playing time. The new lawsuit also claims that several former head coaches and assistants -- among them, Don Shula, Howard Schnellenberger, Mike Holmgren, and Mike Tice -- warned players they would be cut from their teams unless they took painkillers and returned to the field.

The weekend has arrived. New in theaters is the PG-rated Tomorrowland and Poltergeist, rated PG-13.

Tom Cruise is missing a tooth -- but not really. The actor flashed his toothless grin to photographers on the set of his new movie Mena, in which he plays pilot-turned-gun-runner Barry Seals. Cruise's missing tooth is really part of the portrayal and make-up magic.

Mark Behrends of Nebraska celebrated a rare milestone this week. He turned 110. As for that inevitable question about the secret to his longevity, Behrends has a pretty good answer: beer. He always tells everybody the reason he has lived so long is that he drinks one can of beer every afternoon at 3:00.

Trivia Answer: Drew Carey who turns 57 tomorrow. His sitcom was The Drew Carey Show. The improv comedy show was Whose Line Is It Anyway?. Both aired on ABC. He has hosted the television game show The Price Is Right since 2007. He's a minority owner of the Seattle Sounders FC.

Thursday 5.21.15
Today's Trivia: He's known for his roles in the 1980s television series The A-Team, as boxer Clubber Lang in the 1982 film Rocky III, and for his appearances as a professional wrestler. He's known for his trademark African Mandinka warrior hairstyle, his gold jewelry, and his tough-guy image. Who is he?

Roenis Elias took a four-hitter into the eighth inning, Justin Ruggiano homered and the Seattle Mariners beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 last night. Elias allowed one run, six hits, and no walks in 7 2-3 innings. The left-hander did not permit a runner past first base until the seventh inning and at one point had retired 12 in a row. The Mariners and Orioles wrap up the series with a day game today -- well, day game in Baltimore, a morning game here in the Northwest. First pitch of the finale at 9:35 this morning. Then the rain came providing a lenthy rain delay. Play resumed about 12:45 and continues as this is posted.

Birthdays: Retired major league player and manager -- he holds the all-time record for ejections in Major League Baseball with 158 (plus an additional three post-season ejections) -- Bobby Cox is 74; frontman for The Isley Brothers, singer Ron Isley is 74; from the group Chicago, musician and songwriter Bill Champlin is 68; singer-songwriter Leo Sayer is 67; comedian turned politician, Senator Al Franken is 64; actor Judge Reinhold is 58; and singer Gotye is 35.

Today is Hummel Day, marking the birth in 1909 of Sister Maria Hummel, the German kindergarten art teacher whose watercolor drawings were transformed into the world's finest figurines. Today is I Need a Patch for That Day. You may be wondering what sort of patch is referred to, and the answer is that it is every single type of patch that you can imagine: from patches in clothes to nicotine patches, from software patches to patchwork quilts. Today is National Waiters and Waitresses Day, a day that recognizes the value and importance of a good waiter or waitress. Take a memo... Today is National Memo Day. What is it for? Who created it? Why? These are questions awaiting an answer that may never come.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1819, the first bicycles, imported from England, appeared on the streets of New York City. Within a month, the city banned the new-fangled machines as being hazardous to public safety. In 1945, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were married. They both cried during the 3-minute ceremony. In 1970, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young recorded Ohio. In 1971, Paul McCartney released his solo album Ram. In 1980, the movie The Empire Strikes Back was released. In 1990, iIn a classic final episode of the Newhart TV series, Bob Newhart woke up in bed with Suzanne Pleshette, his wife on a previous series, The Bob Newhart Show. He had been dreaming since 1978. In 1999, soap opera star Susan Lucci won a Daytime Emmy Award for best actress on her 19th nomination. In 2005, the tallest roller coaster in the world, Kingda Ka opened at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey.

From The Olympian: Two men suspected of attempting to steal beer from the west Olympia Safeway were shot by an Olympia police officer early Thursday morning. Police Chief Ronnie Roberts said the two men weren't armed with guns or any other weapons at the time of the shooting, but one of the men is accused of attacking the officer with a skateboard before he was shot. One suspect is in stable condition at Tacoma General Hospital. One is in critical condition at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Roberts said. "It's unfortunate that an officer was involved in a situation where he believed he had to use deadly force," Roberts said. "An investigation will determine whether that was an appropriate use of force." The incident began at about 1 a.m. when employees at the Safeway at 3215 Harrison Ave. W. reported that two men had tried to steal beer and when confronted by employees, threw the items at them and fled, Roberts said. Store employees described the suspects to police as two black men with skateboards, and described the suspects' clothing, height, weight and tattoos. An officer found two men matching the description and made contact about 15 minutes later. Roberts said that when the officer exited the car, he was attacked by one of the men. The officer shot him. The two suspects ran into a nearby wooded area, and the officer reported that shots had been fired. The men walked back to the road a short time later, and engaged in another confrontation with the officer, Roberts said. The second suspect was shot multiple times in the torso. Olympia residents Crystal Chaplin and Jasmine Thompson said they are the mother and sister of the two men who were shot. The women said the two men are brothers, ages 21 and 24. The women said that, around 8 a.m., a law enforcement officer told them the two men had been shot by police. They talked to media at the scene of the shooting before driving to Tacoma to see the younger man in the hospital. Both women said they believe the men were shot because of mistaken identity. Chaplin said she doesn't believe her sons would shoplift. "There are a lot of black men around," Chaplin said. "It could have been anybody." Roberts identified the officer who shot the men as Officer Ryan Donald, a 35-year-old officer who has been with the department for more than three years, and who regularly works the graveyard shift. He said there are no records of the public making complaints about the officer. Donald previously worked as an Army police officer. He has been placed on administrative leave. Roberts said that the department has 68 officers, two of whom are black. The shooting will not be investigated by the Olympia Police Department, Roberts said. It will instead be investigated by the Thurston County Critical Response Team, a group made up of five local law enforcement agencies. The investigation will be led by the Thurston County Sheriff's Office. Roberts said the Olympia Police Department doesn't use body cams or dash cams. Olympia Mayor Stephen Buxbaum said he hopes the community will react to the shooting in a thoughtful, non-violent way. "It deeply saddens me that we have two young people in the hospital as the result of an altercation with an officer of the law," Buxbaum said. "We are committed to open dialogue where people can gather and share their feelings, show their compassion and stand up for what I think represents our values." A group of about 50 people gathered at City Hall at noon and waved signs and shouted, " no justice, no peace." They dispersed without incident by 12:30 p.m. The last police-related shooting in Olympia occurred in May 2012, when Officer Mike Hovda shot 53-year-old Bradden W. Ferber while responding to a call about a drunk driver who had crashed into another vehicle and fled on foot. When police tracked him down, Ferber allegedly raised a handgun in the officer's direction. Although Ferber had suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen, his cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to the coroner. The Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney's Office later ruled that the shooting was a justified use of force by the officer.

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The Seattle Seahawks will enter the 2015 season as one of the favorites to make their third-straight Super Bowl appearance in Super Bowl 50, according to yet another set of offseason power rankings. Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke placed the Seahawks atop his offseason rankings yesterday, just ahead of the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts and Dallas Cowboys. The Seahawks also remain Las Vegas' odds-on favorite to win Super Bowl 50, according to sports book Bovada, who gives Seattle 6-to-1 odds to win their second championship in three seasons. Like Burke's rankings, the Packers finished second with 7-to-1 odds, but Bovada swapped the AFC contenders, with the Colts ahead of the Patriots.

What's a President gotta do to get his own Twitter account? As mentioned a couple of mornings ago, President Obama was finally able to get himself his very own Twitter account, using the handle @POTUS. President Bill Clinton chimed in tweeting "Welcome to Twitter @POTUS. One question: Does that username stay with the office? #askingforafriend." Obama replied, "Good question @billclinton. The handle comes with the house. Know anyone interested in @FLOTUS?"

Despite years of public health messages, barely one third of Americans use sunscreen regularly according to the CDC. Researchers found that sunscreen is most often used by women on the skin of the face, and by people with higher household income.

Scientists have uncovered our state's first dinosaur fossil, in a state park on the San Juan Islands. Paleontologists announced the find yesterday. Researchers found part of the left femur of a theropod dinosaur. The theropod is from a group of two-legged, carnivorous dinosaurs that includes velociraptor and tyrannosaurus rex and modern birds. The fossil is nearly 17 inches long and 9 inches wide. The fossil is believed to be approximately 80 million years old. Washington is now the 37th state where dinosaurs have been found.

Nikon created a custom case for one of its cameras that can be strapped around a dog to take photos from a dog's-eye view. The case is connected to a heart-rate monitor strap, like the ones runners use to track their heartbeat. When the dog's heart rate spikes, the case snaps a photo.

Trivia Answer: He was born Laurence Tureaud -- but we know him as Mr. T -- and he's 63 today. At one point, he enlisted in the United States Army and served in the Military Police Corps. After his discharge, he tried out for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League, but failed to make the team due to a knee injury. He next worked as a bouncer. It was at this time that he created the persona of Mr. T. His wearing of gold neck chains and other jewelry was the result of customers losing the items or leaving them behind at the night club after a fight. A customer, who may have been banned from the club or trying to avoid another confrontation, would not have to re-enter the club if Mr. T wore their jewelry as he stood out front. When a customer returned to claim the item, it was readily visible and available with no further confrontation required. He eventually parlayed his job as a bouncer into a career as a bodyguard that lasted almost ten years. In 1980, Mr. T was spotted by Sylvester Stallone while taking part in NBC's America's Toughest Bouncer competition. Although his role in Rocky III was originally intended as just a few lines, Mr. T was eventually cast as Clubber Lang, the primary antagonist. His catchphrase "I pity the fool!" comes from the film; when asked if he hates Rocky, Lang replies, "No, I don't hate Balboa, but I pity the fool." He later accepted a television series role on The A-Team.

Wednesday 5.20.15
Today's Trivia: He was a rock, blues, and soul singer -- and musician -- who came to popularity starting in the 1960s. He was known for his gritty voice, spasmodic body movement in performance, and cover versions of popular songs, particularly those of the Beatles. In fact, his version of one of their songs became the theme song for the TV series The Wonder Years. Who was he?

Thanks to a three-run homer from Nelson Cruz, the Mariners had a 4-1 lead, but a bad game from starting pitcher Taijuan Walker allowed the injury- and illness-plagued Orioles to revive for an 9-4 triumph last night at Camden Yards in Baltimore, where a nine-game Seattle road trip began with a thud. The final two runs were unearned after an error by right fielder Nelson Cruz and a passed ball by catcher Mike Zunino. The three-game series' second game is at 4:00 this afternoon.

Before the game yesterday, the Ms executed a trade. With the trade, the days of Seattle Mariners fans hearing Tone Loc's Funky Cold Medina at Safeco Field ended. The team traded right-handed reliever Yoervis Medina to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for a new catcher, Welington Castillo. After the game backup catcher Jesus Sucre was sent to the Tacoma Rainiers.

Birthdays: Singer and actress Cher is 69; Doug of Bob & Doug MacKenie, actor and comedian Dave Thomas is 66; from The Go-Go's, guitarist Jane Wiedlin is 57; Balki on Perfect Strangers, actor Bronson Pinchot is 56; Natalie on The Facts of Life, actress Mindy Cohn is 49; race car driver Tony Stewart is 44; and rapper Busta Rhymes is 43.

It's Weights and Measures Day, the anniversary of an international treaty signed on May 20th of 1875, providing for the establishment of an International Bureau of Weights and Measures. It's Be a Millionaire Day. Today is the perfect opportunity to dream big and imagine what life would be like as a millionaire. While a million dollars isn't what it used to be, seeing a seven-figure number in your bank account is still considered a major financial milestone. The term millionaire first appeared in the English language in 1816. There were only a few millionaires at the time, but thanks to the Industrial Revolution, more millionaires were created outside of the aristocracy. Today there are more than 12 million millionaires scattered around the globe.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1874, Levi Strauss began marketing blue jeans with copper rivets. In 1899, the first traffic ticket in the US was issued. New York City taxi driver Jacob German was arrested for speeding while driving 12 miles an hour on Lexington Street. In 1916, The Saturday Evening Post published its first cover with a Norman Rockwell painting (Boy with Baby Carriage). In 1927, at 7:52 in the morning Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, on the world's first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. He touched down at Le Bourget Field in Paris at 10:22 the next evening. In 1932, Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland to begin the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot, landing in Ireland the next day. In 1971, Peter Cetera of the group Chicago was beaten up by four men at a Chicago Cubs-Dodgers baseball game. The men objected to the length of Cetera's hair. Cetera underwent four hours of emergency surgery. In 1982, TV's Barney Miller was seen for the last time on ABC-TV. In 1985, Radio Martí, part of the Voice of America service, began broadcasting to Cuba. In 1989, the Chinese authorities declared martial law in the face of pro-democracy demonstrations, setting the scene for the Tiananmen Square massacre. In 1993, th final episode of Cheers was aired on NBC-TV

He may be in the middle of haggling with Seattle Seahawks brass for a new contract, but quarterback Russell Wilson is almost universally beloved in Washington. That according to polling data released this week. Public Policy Polling, a leading survey research firm, tweeted this week that the 26-year-old nearly became the first person in the company's history to receive entirely favorable ratings. It's not hard so see why. In three years in Seattle, Wilson has led the Hawks to a 42-14 overall record, including back-to-back Super Bowl appearances. He has passed for 11,710 yards and run for another 2,132, throwing 84 career touchdown passes against just 32 interceptions in 56 games. His squeaky clean off-field persona, which includes weekly visits to Seattle Children's Hospital along with dating pop stars, helps as well. However, there is some concern in Seahawks-land regarding a new contract extension as Wilson enters the final year of his rookie deal. Negotiations have apparently stalled, with at least one national reporter writing that Wilson's extension is unlikely to get done this offseason, a report that was refuted later by The Tacoma News Tribune. There's no real danger of Wilson leaving Seattle anytime soon, at least not yet. But if the data from Public Policy Polling is correct, Seahawks fans are likely chomping at the bit for him to re-up.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft will not appeal the $1 million fine and loss of two draft choices the NFL penalized the team for its role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game. Kraft said yesterday at the owners meetings that he was putting the league before his franchise because "at no time should the agenda of one team outweigh the collective good of the 32." The Patriots will lose a first-round draft pick next year and a fourth-rounder in 2017. Star quarterback Tom Brady has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season by the NFL, and Kraft's decision not to appeal his team's punishment does not affect Brady's appeal, which already has been filed by the players' union. Kraft would not take any questions about his decision nor about Brady's appeal.

Yes bassist Chris Squire is bowing out of the group's forthcoming summer tour after he was diagnosed with leukaemia. The 68-year-old rocker is suffering from a form of the disease called acute erythroid leukemia and is preparing to receive medical treatment at a facility in Phoenix, Arizona, where he lives.It will be the group's first live performance without the British star since its 1968 formation and he will be replaced by Billy Sherwood, who was a member of the band from 1997 to 2000.In a statement, Squire says, "This will be the first time since the band formed in 1968 that Yes will have performed live without me. But the other guys and myself have agreed that Billy Sherwood will do an excellent job of covering my parts and the show as a whole will deliver the same Yes experience that our fans have come to expect over the years." Yes kicks off the tour in Mashantucket, Connecticut in August and concludes in Vancouver, BC September. There's a stop in there with Toto at Little Creek Casino Resort on September 10th.

On TV tonight, the series premiere of 500 Questions. In this new game show, contestants try to answer 500 of the most difficult the general knowledge questions ever devised, with no help or multiple choice. If they get three wrong in a row, they're out. It's on ABC tonight. Also tonight -- late night -- after 33 years, it's the last program for David Letterman.

Trivia Answer: John Robert Cocker -- Joe Cocker -- who was born on this date in 1944. It was Cocker's cover of With a Little Help from My Friends that was The Wonder Years theme song. His version of the tune had reached number one in the UK in 1968. He performed the song live at Woodstock in 1969, and at the Party at the Palace concert for the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 2002. His 1974 cover of You Are So Beautiful, reached number five in the US. Cocker was the recipient of several awards, including a 1983 Grammy Award for his US number one Up Where We Belong, a duet with Jennifer Warnes. In 1976, Cocker performed Feelin' Alright on Saturday Night Live. John Belushi joined him onstage doing his famous impersonation of Cocker's stage movements. Cocker died from lung cancer on December 22nd of 2014 in Crawford, Colorado.

Tuesday 5.19.15
Today's Trivia: She's a singer, actress, and all-around entertainer. She first gained popularity as half of a husband-wife duo in 1965. In 1966 she began her solo career releasing her first million-seller song. She achieved further stardom in the '70s as a television personality. In the early '80s she made her Broadway debut and then starred in the film Silkwood and earned a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination in 1983. In the ensuing years, she starred in films such as Mask, The Witches of Eastwick, and Moonstruck, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1988. In 1996 she made her directorial debut. All the while keeping her music career alive. Biographer Mark Bego wrote, "No one in the history of show business has had a career of the magnitude and scope of hers." Who is she?

Congratulations to Mariner infielder, outfielder, and designated hitter Brad Miller. The American League yesterday selected Miller as its Player of the Week for May 11th through the 17th. The 25-year-old Miller hit .429 with six runs scored, three doubles, four home runs and five RBIs in two games vs. the San Diego Padres and four against the Boston Red Sox. Miller reached base at a .500 pace. Miller hit four home runs over his past five games after hitting one home run in the first 30 games. Over his last two, Miller has three home runs, including his fifth career multi-home run game Saturday. Miller started three games at designated hitter, two at shortstop and made his major league debut in left field. This is the second career weekly honor for Miller, who also earned the award July 22nd of 2013. Miller is the second Mariners honoree this season, joining Nelson Cruz who was so honored April 13th through the 19th. The Ms a nine-game road trip tonight in Baltimore. First pitch 4:05.

Seahawks reserve defensive tackle Jesse Williams will undergo surgery for a type of kidney cancer, the team announced yesterday afternoon. Williams has Papillary Type 2 cancer, according to a news release. It's unclear when he will undergo surgery. Williams said, "Although disappointing, I am a fighter and will handle this. I am going to focus on my health and fighting this battle with a return to football as my ultimate goal. Thank you for your thoughts and support. Go Hawks!" General Manager John Schneider called Williams an "extraordinarily tough individual." He said. "We will support him in any way possible."

Birthdays: From PBS, journalist and author Jim Lehrer is 81; he was the first host of ABC's Good Morning America and now hosts documentary programs on the History channel and on PBS, David Hartman is 80; best known for playing the Wookiee Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies, actor Peter Mayhew is 71; from The Who, Rock Hall of Famer Pete Townshend is 70; singer, actress, and model Grace Jones is 67; from ZZ Top, bassist, singer, songwriter Dusty Hill is 66; former football player and football dad Archie Manning is 66; Clint Eastwood's boy, jazz bass player Kyle Eastwood is 47; and singer and multi-Grammy award winner Sam Smith is 23.

It's Boys and Girls Club Day celebrating the invaluable clubs around the country. There are clubs all over America providing safe recreational activities for our youth. They teach values and citizenship. They help to keep kids out of trouble and off of the street. With more and more parents at work, and broken families, these groups take on added importance. Today is a day to recognize the importance of these groups for our children and for our community. Today is also National Devil's Food Cake Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1962, Marilyn Monroe performed a sultry rendition of Happy Birthday for President John F. Kennedy. The event was a fund-raiser at New York's Madison Square Garden. In 1965, FBI agents visited Wand Records investigating the lyrics to the song Louie Louie by The Kingsmen. In 1974, Erno Rubik invented the puzzle what would later become known as the Rubik's Cube. In 1975, Elton John's Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy album was released here in the states. It was the first album to be certified a million-seller on its first day of release. In 1979, Eric Clapton and George Harrison's ex-wife, Patti Boyd, were married. In 1986, Peter Gabriel released the album So. In 1992, Vice President Dan Quayle criticized the CBS sitcom Murphy Brown for having its title character decide to bear a child out of wedlock. In 1999, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was released in the US. It set a new record for opening day sales at 28.5 million.

President Obama is facing a new challenge: trying to communicate in no more than 140 characters. Yesterday the president started his own Twitter account, promising to engage personally -- not through a staff member with the American people. His first post included a greeting: "Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really!" And: "Six years in, they're finally giving me my own account."

The conflict that led to David Lynch pulling out of Showtime's planned revival of Twin Peaks has apparently been resolved as the show's creator took to Twitter to announce, in characteristically cryptic style, that he had rejoined the reboot. Lynch "will direct the whole thing which will total more than the originally announced nine hours," Showtime President David Nevins said in confirming the news. Lynch originally dropped out of the Twin Peaks revival under murky circumstances in early April, saying that "not enough money was offered to do the script the way I felt it needed to be done."

Natalie Portman will play Jackie Kennedy in a film which covers the first four days in the First Lady's life after the assassination of her husband, President John. F. Kennedy.

Can you guess the most common job in the US -- at least the field? According to the American Trucker Association, there are 3.5 million professional truck drivers in the US, and an additional 5.2 million people employed within the truck-driving industry who don't drive the trucks. That's 8.7 million trucking-related jobs.

Trivia Answer: Cherilyn Sarkisian -- Cher -- who turns 69 tomorrow. She has won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, a special CFDA Fashion Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and a Cannes Film Festival award, among several other honors. She has sold 100 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She is the only artist to date to have a number-one single on a Billboard chart in each of the past six decades.

Monday 5.18.15
Today's Trivia: He was the owner of Mount St. Helens Lodge at Spirit Lake. The lodge was located at the foot of the mountain, and was in the danger zone at the time of the eruption. He came to fame in the months preceding in the 1980 eruption after stubbornly refusing to leave. Who is he?

A day after King Felix picked up his first loss of the year, James Paxton stretched his scoreless streak to a career-best 20 innings, and the Seattle Mariners knocked off the Boston Red Sox 5-0 yesterday. Brad Miller homered for the third time in two games, and Kyle Seager added a two-run drive in the eighth. The Ms and Sox split the weekend series at 2 games apiece. At one point Saturday night, it was the sixth inning, the Safeco crowd was chanting "Brady cheated." Mariner outfielder Austin Jackson began a rehab stint Saturday night at Tacoma. The Mariners are off today before opening a three-game series with the Orioles in Baltimore tomorrow.

Birthdays: Dobie Gillis on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, actor Dwayne Hickman is 80; baseball great, Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson is 78; Mr. October -- he with five World Series rings -- Reggie Jackson is 69; Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman is 66; Devo co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh is 65; singer-songwriter George Strait is 63; actress, comedian, author Tina Fey is 45; musician Jack Johnson is 40; and from Downtown Abbey, actor Allen Leech is 34.

Today is National Visit Your Relatives Day. Today is National Cheese Soufflé Day. Today is No Dirty Dishes Day, a reprieve from the daily pile of dishes to wash and dry. the objective of this day is to have no dirty dishes. It's not intended to pile them up until tomorrow.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1974, The Streak by Ray Stevens became Americas top single, capitalizing on the streaking fad that year on college campuses. In 1978, the movie The Buddy Holly Story starring Gary Busey premiered in Dallas. In 1980, Mt. Saint Helens erupted killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage. In 1992, the National Archivist quietly certified the 27th Amendment to the US Constitution prohibiting Congress from voting itself instant pay raises. The measure was written by James Madison in 1789, but the ratification process took over two centuries. In 1998, the federal government and 20 states filed a sweeping antitrust case against Microsoft saying the software company had a choke hold on competitors which denied consumer choices by controlling 90% of the software market. In 2004, at age 40, Randy Johnson became the oldest pitcher in major league history to throw a perfect game, retiring all 27 batters to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Atlanta Braves 2-0.

Pitch Perfect 2 hit all the right notes at the box office over the weekend, snagging first place on the charts with a smashing $70.3 million debut despite fierce competition from Mad Max: Fury Road. Universal's sequel earned more in its first weekend than the $65 million that the original Pitch Perfect pulled in during its entire North American theatrical run. Mad Max: Fury Road also put up strong numbers, racking up $44.4 million. The sequels' strong performances pushed Avengers: Age of Ultron from its perch atop box office charts. The Marvel and Disney sequel had to settle for third place. Hot Pursuit clocked in at a distant fourth place. Furious 7 rounded out the top five.

David Letterman's final guest will be the same as his first. Dave has picked Bill Murray to be his last announced interview guest. Murray has been on Letterman's show 43 times over the last 33 years. During his first visit to Letterman -- then on NBC in 1982 -- Bill declared to Dave: "You got out of Indianapolis and didn't look back. I'm just waiting for the other shoe to fall on you, man, and I want to be there when it hits the floor. I had a chance to strangle Richard Nixon and I didn't -- and I regret it!" Other guests during Letterman's final week include Tom Hanks and Eddie Vedder. Murray is set to appear on Letterman's second-to-last episode. Letterman's final show is Wednesday, which CBS says will be an hour filled with surprises and memorable highlights.

For three years, Charlotte Brown has been chasing a medal by trying to jump over a bar she couldn't see. The senior pole vaulter cleared that bar Saturday, earning a third-place finish at the Texas state high school championships. And proudly joining her on the podium as the bronze medal was draped around her neck -- her service dog Vador. Brown is blind, yet that's not stopped her quest to become one of the best in an event that would seem next to impossible. She said, "I finally did it. If I could send a message to anybody, it's not about pole vaulting and it's not about track. It's about finding something that makes you happy despite whatever obstacles are in your way." Brown had qualified for the state meet each year since 2013. She finished eighth as a sophomore, improved to fourth as a junior, and moved to third this year as a senior.

American Pharoah on Saturday won a sloppy, rain-drenched Preakness Stakes to come within one win of capturing horse racing's vaunted Triple Crown. Only 12 horses have ever won the trifecta, with Affirmed being the last to accomplish the feat, in 1978. Having already won the Kentucky Derby, American Pharoah needs only a win in next month's Belmont Stakes to complete the circuit.

On TV tonihgt, it's the season premiere of The Bachelorettd. The 11th season begins with two women, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson competing to see which will go on to find love this season. It's tonight on ABC.

Meanwhile, if you're too chicken to break up with him? A new online service offers to take care of those painful awkward goodbyes. Sorry It's Over was created by a former nurse and will break up with your future ex by text or email for $5.50.

Trivia Answer: Harry Randall Truman. He was born in West Virginia. A few years later, his family settled in Chehalis. Truman enlisted in the United States Army in 1917. He was honorably discharged two years later. He then lived in Riffe -- between Mossyrock and Morton -- until around 1926, when he became caretaker of the Mount St. Helens Lodge. He operated the lodge for 52 years. He became a minor celebrity during the two months of volcanic activity preceding the eruption, giving interviews to reporters and expressing his opinion that the danger from the volcano was "overexaggerated". Truman discarded all of his concerns about the volcano and his situation, at one point stating, "If the mountain goes, I'm going with it." Truman is presumed to have died (along with 56 other people) in the eruption on May 18th of 1980. A pyroclastic flow engulfed the Spirit Lake area, destroying the lake, and burying the site of his lodge under 150 feet of volcanic landslide debris. He was the subject of the book Truman of St. Helens: The Man & His Mountain written by Shirley Rosen and was portrayed by Art Carney in the 1981 docu-drama film St. Helens. The modern day Truman Trail and Harry's Ridge in the Mount St. Helens region are named after him. He was also famous for owning 16 cats whom he referred to in almost all statements he made and regarded them as family.

Friday 5.15.15
Today's Trivia: He's a stand-up comedian, actor, and television host. Although he's best known for his family-friendly roles and as the original host of America's Funniest Home Videos, he's also known for his adult-oriented stand-up routine. Who is he?

All the attention will fall on what happened with Rickie Weeks in left field in the ninth inning, even if the Seattle Mariners blew plenty of chances earlier. Once again, the Mariners were unable to get key hits with runners in scoring position. Brock Holt doubled and scored the go ahead run on Weeks' error with one out in the ninth inning, Shane Victorino hit his first home run of the season and the Boston Red Sox beat the Mariners 2-1 on Thursday night. Seattle lost its second straight because it couldn't get hits with runners on base. The Mariners were 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position a night after going 1 for 13 in a loss to San Diego. Game two of the Boston Series is tonight.

Birthdays: Counterculture icon Wavy Gravy is 79; singer Anna Maria Alberghetti is 79; former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is 78; singer K.T.Oslin is 73; singer, songwriter, producer Brian Eno is 67; musician Mike Oldfield is 62; baseball's George Brett is 62; sports broadcaster Dan Patrick is 59; football's Emmitt Smith is 46; former WSU and NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf is 39; .from The Walking Dead and American Horror Story, actress Alexandra Breckenridge is 33; and singer Mr. Probz is 31.

B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died last night at home in Las Vegas. Although he had continued to perform well into his 80s, the 15-time Grammy winner suffered from diabetes and had been in declining health during the past year. He collapsed during a concert in Chicago last October, later blaming dehydration and exhaustion. He had been in hospice care at his Las Vegas home. For most of a career spanning nearly 70 years, Riley B. King was not only the undisputed king of the blues but a mentor to scores of guitarists, who included Eric Clapton, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, John Mayall and Keith Richards. He recorded more than 50 albums and toured the world well into his 80s, often performing 250 or more concerts a year. King played a Gibson guitar he affectionately called Lucille with a style that included beautifully crafted single-string runs punctuated by loud chords, subtle vibratos and bent notes. B.B. King was 89.

Today is National Bike to Work Day -- always the third Friday in May -- a great opportunity to get some exercise, and save some gas. It's Police Officer's Memorial Day -- a day that honors and remembers police officers who gave their lives while on duty. Today is Relive Your Past By Listening to the First Music You Ever Bought No Matter What It Was No Excuses Day Today is Nylon Stockings Day, It's Over The Rainbow Day and it's also L. Frank Baum's birthday. It's also National Chocolate Chip Day which celebrates and enjoys sweet, tasty chocolate chips.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1941, Joe DiMaggio began his historic major league baseball hitting streak of 56 games. In 1970, A&M Records released Close to You, the Carpenters second album. The title song became the first of six consecutive million sellers by Karen & Richard and led to a Best New Artist Grammy for the duo. In 1970, President Nixon appointed America's first two female generals. In 1974, Mr.& Mrs. Frank Zappa announced the birth of their third child, Ahmet Rodan. He was named after a Japanese movie monster who lived on a diet of 707 jets. In 1978, Willie Nelson released Stardust, an album of pop songs. The LP stayed on the music charts for 10 years and sold over five million copies. In 1988, the #1 selling non-fiction book on the New York Times list was Michael Jackson's autobiography, Moonwalker. In 2010, Jessica Watson became the youngest person to sail, non-stop and unassisted around the world solo.

No big surprise here. Tom Brady appealed his four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate. The expected appeal was filed by the NFL Players Association yesterday about an hour before the deadline. The league's collective bargaining agreement stipulates that it will be decided by Roger Goodell or a person he designates. The players union urged Goodell to appoint a neutral arbitrator to hear the case. Commissioner Goodell, meanwhile, said last night that he will personally hear the suspension appeal. The union did not detail specifics of the appeal in its release.The NFL announced the quarterback's suspension on Monday, also fining the New England Patriots $1 million and taking away two draft picks. Brady's appeal only deals with the suspension and must be heard within 10 days. The team has not said if it will appeal its penalties before a deadline next Thursday -- the 21st.

Conversations at one Bremerton city council member's dinner table may be a little tense as his wife has announced plans to run for his seat. Bremerton City Councilor for District 6 Roy Runyon filed Wednesday to run for re-election. His wife Kim Faulkner also filed. Runyon says he was surprised his wife was interested in running, but said as a taxpayer and citizen she has the right to run. He said, "Who am I to dissuade her from running? I think she's qualified, and she brings different experience, background, and a different method of communicating with people." Runyon and Faulkner both said they want to diversify the economy and attract more living wage jobs to the to the city to help support small businesses. But they say they are different people with different approaches.

An escalating contract dispute suggests that Harry Shearer may be leaving The Simpsons, where he has voiced several of its characters since the Fox series debuted in 1989. In a pair of Twitter posts yesterday, Shearer said re-upping with the show would have denied him "what we've always had: the freedom to do other work." Hours later, Simpsons executive producer Al Jean tweeted, "The show will go on, made by people who love it..." In another post, he resolved to "recast if Harry does not return." Yet another tweet seemed to leave the door open for a rapprochement: "In life I never say never." Shearer voices characters including Ned Flanders, billionaire Mr. Burns and his kowtowing aide, Smithers. Fox recently announced picking up The Simpsons for two more seasons -- its 27th and 28th.

As Caesar said, war has begun. We all knew it was coming, but now it's official. The next Planet of the Apes movie will be titled War of the Planet of the Apes. This is the third movie in the new series, which began in 2011 with Rise of the Planet of the Apes. War of the Planet of the Apes will be in theaters in 2017.

This is bit disturbing. A new survey shows one in three people would rather lose a finger than their broadband connection.

Thousands have pledged birthday gifts to a British woman turning 100 at the end of the month. The widow has absolutely no family or friends. After a Facebook appeal was made to help Winnie Blagden celebrate her birthday on May 31st, people with kind hearts began pledging birthday gifts to her. The Facebook post Winnie's 100th birthday says "she has no family at all and not much contact with the outside world" and asks for help to make her birthday "really special." The post has now been shared more than 40,000 times and been viewed an estimated 2.5 million times.

Trivia Answer: Bob Saget who turns 59 on Sunday. He was Danny Tanner on Full House from 1987 to 1995.

Thursday 5.14.15
Today's Trivia: He's a singer-songwriter, dancer, and model. He was half of a pop duo that sold multi-platinum albums around the world. However, he was later involved in one of the largest scandals in pop music history when it was revealed that neither he nor his partner had sung on any of the aforementioned recordings. His partner died in April of 1998. Who is he?

The Seattle Mariners had no problem getting on base and into scoring position, only to come up empty nearly every time they needed a key hit. Pitcher James Shields became the first San Diego pitcher since 2007 to start the season 5-0 as the Padres ended the Mariners four-game win streak last night, 4-2. In seven of nine innings Seattle had a runner in scoring position but didn't get a hit until Brad Miller in the ninth. The Mariners finished 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position. The Boston Red Sox arrive tonight for the first of a four-game set.

Birthdays: Star Wars director George Lucas is 71; The Talking Heads'  frontman David Byrne is 63; director of the Back to the Future films, Robert Zemeckis is 63; the Life is a Highway guy, singer Tom Cochrane is 62; Poison guitarist C.C. Deville is 53; from Milli Vanilli, Fabrice Morvan is 49; Goose -- former NFL player now a sideline analyst for Fox -- Tony Siragusa is 48; actress Cate Blanchett is 46; daughter of director Francis Ford Coppola and a director in her own right, Sofia Coppola is 44; former San Francisco 49er now an Indianapolis Colt, running back Frank Gore is 32; and computer programmer, Internet entrepreneur, billionaire, chairman, and chief executive of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg is 31.

Today is Lewis & Clark Day. Captain Meriwether Lewis and Lieutenant William Clark left St. Louis on this date in 1804. Today is National Dance Like a Chicken Day. Today is National Buttermilk Biscuit Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1856, US Secretary of War Jefferson Davis brought the first camels to America to test as military pack animals. The project was abandoned because the camels wouldn't follow orders and they stunk. In 1904, the first Olympic games to be held in the US opened in St. Louis. In 1969, the last Chevrolet Corvair rolled off the Willow Run assembly line in Ypsilanti, Michigan. In 1988, the Atlantic Records 40th anniversary celebration held at New York's Madison Square Garden saw the surviving members of Led Zeppelin reunite with Jason Bonham on drums. In 1998, NBC-TV aired the final episode of Seinfeld, the same day singer Frank Sinatra died in Los Angeles at age 82. In In 2004, Coldplay's Chris Martin and his wife at the time, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, became the proud parents of a baby girl, Apple Blythe Alison Martin.

A Michigan couple who already had 12 sons have kept the all-male streak alive with the birth of boy No. 13 yesterday. Jay Schwandt told The Associated Press that his wife Kateri gave birth yesterday morning, four days after her due date. The couple had said they were sticking to the tradition of not knowing the baby's sex ahead of time. The 40-year-old father confirmed the birth in a text message to The Associated Press, saying the family will release details today on Good Morning America. The Schwandts live in Rockford, north of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Kateri Schwandt, 40, says she has a lot of experience with large families, as one of 14 children herself. I did the math. This woman has been pregnant almost a quarter of her life -- nearly 10 years.

Charlie Sheen regrets falling out with his Two And A Half Men bosses, saying he should have begged for his job back after he was fired from the sitcom. He was replaced on the show by Ashton Kutcher in 2011 after he was unceremoniously dumped following a public spat with creator Chuck Lorre. In the following months, Sheen launched a viral crusade against his former bosses and castmates, hosting an online radio show and even going on tour with a talk show. Now the show has ended, without an expected Sheen return. Charlie admits he was wrong to fire off at his former bosses and feels he should have been more humble. He tells TV's Extra, "I should have been a little more humble, more regretful, shouldn't have attacked them like I did and I probably should have begged for my job back. Beg is a color I don't wear well; I probably should have requested my job back. I think that what went down was fixable and I made it irreparable."

Action man Hugh Jackman has confirmed speculation he will retire as X-Men superhero Wolverine after his character's next blockbuster spin-off is released in 2017. The Australian actor has been portraying the mutant comic book hero since 2000's X-Men and he has reprised the role in seven films, including two stand-alone Wolverine movies. However, in March, Jackman hinted he was ready to step down from the Marvel franchise after sharing an Instagram photo of his hands fitted with his character's signature claws, alongside the caption, "Wolverine... one last time." Now he has made it clear he will not be returning as Logan's alter-ego after Wolverine 3 hits movie theaters in 2017.

If you bite your tongue or stub your toe, your first instinct is probably to yell "Ow!" But have you ever wondered why that is? According to a study, being vocal could actually help you tolerate the pain. Researchers tested how long subjects could keep their hands immersed in very cold water before they couldn't take it anymore. They found that saying "ow" during the experiment increased the subjects' tolerance for pain.

Trivia Answer: Fab Morvan who is 49 today. The duo he was part of was Milli Vanilli. His partner was Rob Pilatus. After the scandal, they tried again as Rob & Fab in the 1990s with limited success. Morvan had a solo comeback in the 2000s releasing his first solo album, Love Revolution. Pilatus later served three months in jail for assault, vandalism, and attempted robbery. He spent six months on drug rehabilitation before returning to Germany. He died of an overdose of prescription drugs at a hotel in Frankfurt on April 2nd of 1998.

Wednesday 5.13.15
Today's Trivia: He's a computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur. He's best known for creating a website. The company behind the site was co-founded as a private company in 2004 by this guy and some classmates at Harvard University. He is the chairman and chief executive. In 2010, he was named Time magazine's Person of the Year. Who is he?

My oh my, indeed! What a night. The Seattle Mariners led 4-0 after the first inning, 7-0 after six, and hit six home runs on the way to a comfortable 11-4 win over the San Diego Padres. It was the largest win margin of the season and only the second time that they won by more than three runs. Kyle Seager had a three-run homer in the first inning. Mike Zunino added two more. The Mariners tied a Safeco Field record of six in a game. Ms and Padres wrap up the two-game series tonight. Taijuan Walker gets the start for Seattle at 7:10.

Birthdays: Singer, songwriter, and 25-time Grammy award winner, Stevie Wonder is 65; retired NBA player Dennis Rodman is 54; from The Colbert Report and soon to replace David Letterman, host Stephen Colbert is 51; frontman for Hootie & The Blowfish, Darius Rucker is 49; Maroon 5 bass player Mickey Madden is 36; and from the Twilight Movies, actor Robert Pattinson is 29.

It's Frog Jumping Day. The roots of Frog Jumping Day go back to Mark Twain's first short story. First published in 1865 as Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog and later published as The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. While we have discovered many links and references to Frog Jumping Day evolving from this Mark Twain short story, we have yet to discover the reason for this particular date. Today is also Leprechaun Day. A day dedicated to the little elves of Ireland. Saint Patrick's day is a huge day in March that celebrates Irish pride and everything about Ireland. But, tiny Leprechauns with their precious, hidden pot of gold, deserve their own day reserved just for them. According to Irish legend, or folklore, Leprechauns have a hidden pot of gold. If you catch a Leprechaun, he must give you his pot of gold. On Leprechaun Day, it's suggested you take a few minutes to admire your own "pot of gold". Or, do something to grow or increase the size of your own pot of gold. Short of those two activities, it's suggested you go out and try to catch a Leprechaun.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1939, the first commercial FM radio station in the United States was launched in Bloomfield, Connecticut. In 1958, the trade mark Velcro was registered. In 1967, Mickey Mantle hit his 500th homerun. In 1978, Jimmy Buffett appeared on Saturday Night Live and sang Son of a Sailor. In 1985, Bruce Springsteen married actress Julianne Phillips in a secret ceremony in Oregon. They divorced in 1989. In 1989, large groups of students occupied Tiananmen Square and began a hunger strike. In 1994, Johnny Carson made his last television appearance on Late Show with David Letterman. In 2003, the US government unveiled a newly designed version of the $20 bill. It was the first to be colorized in an effort to stop counterfeiters.

The Seattle Seahawks will win 11 games in 2015, take the NFC West, advance to Super Bowl 50, and win their second Vince Lombardi Trophy in three years -- if oddsmakers have their way, that is. The Hawks have 11-to-2 odds to win the next Super Bowl, according to new odds from sports book Bovada. That calculates to a 15.38 percent chance of winning Seattle's second NFL title in team history. In fact, the Seahawks have 13-to-4 odds -- a 23.53 percent chance -- of winning the NFC championship for the third consecutive year, the sports book said yesterday. And Seattle is favored to win the NFC West, besting the Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers … in that order. Seattle's most likely opponent in Super Bowl 50, according to Bovada, are the Indianapolis Colts with 7-to-2 odds to win the AFC championship. The New England Patriots, who were tied at 7-to-2 before the NFL handed Tom Brady a four-game suspension for Deflategate, now have 9-to-2 odds to reach the Super Bowl and defend their title.

ABC is bringing the Muppets to prime time in a series with both adult and kid appeal. That word from the network yesterday. The Muppets is a mockumentary style comedy -- in the manner of The Office and Modern Family -- that looks at the famed puppets' personal lives. ABC says it's a grown-up Muppets. The major broadcast networks are unveiling their new season line-ups to advertisers in New York this week.

Seventies heartthrob David Cassidy has been fined $900 and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service in an upstate New York drunken-driving case. The 65-year-old former star of The Partridge family pleaded guilty last September to a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated. He was sentenced in absentia yesterday. Cassidy's sentence also includes a six-month license suspension, installation of an ignition interlock device to prevent him from starting a car drunk, and a waiver of his right to appeal. Cassidy lives in Florida. He was charged in August 2013 while on his annual summer visit to the Saratoga Race Course. A defense attorney said last year Cassidy entered alcohol rehabilitation after a Los Angeles DWI.

American Idol wrapping up the year. The 2-hour finale includes performances by The Jacksons, Chris Brown, Echosmith, Fall Out Boy, Vance Joy, Ricky Martin, Michael McDonald, Janelle Monáe, Nile Rodgers and Prince Royce, New Kids on the Block, Pitbull, Jamie Foxx, and Steven Tyler. Idol returns in January for its 15th and final season. American Idol tonight at 8:00 on Fox.

An unusually large baby boy was recently born at a hospital in Pittsburgh. It weighed 13 pounds, 10 ounces. The boy is healthy, happy, and reportedly just signed with the Huskies.

Trivia Answer: Mark Elliot Zuckerberg who is 31 tomorrow. His website is the social networking site Facebook. His personal wealth as of March this year is estimated to be $35.1 billion. Zuckerberg receives a one-dollar salary as CEO of Facebook. In 2007, at the age of 23, Zuckerberg became a billionaire as a result of Facebook's success. The number of Facebook users worldwide reached a total of one billion in 2012. Zuckerberg was involved in various legal disputes that were initiated by others in the group, who claimed a share of the company based upon their involvement during the development phase of Facebook. Zuckerberg was played by actor Jesse Eisenberg in the 2010 film The Social Network, in which the rise of Facebook is portrayed.

Tuesday 5.12.15
Today's Trivia: At the time of her death, the company she founded and which was named after her had over 800,000 representatives in 37 countries, with total annual sales over $200 million. As of 2014, the company has more than 3 million consultants worldwide and wholesale volume in excess of $3 billion. This woman herself was honored as a leading female entrepreneur in American history. Who are we talking about?

As Art Thiel wrote, this news figures to end dinners and drinks for Roger Goodell at the home of his friend/mentor/senior commissioner, Patriots owner Robert Kraft. The NFL yesterday came down on its biggest star and its championship team, telling Tom Brady and the Patriots that no one is allowed to mess with the rules of the game. The league suspended the Super Bowl MVP without pay for the first four games of the season, fined the New England Patriots $1 million and took away two draft picks as punishment for deflating footballs used in the AFC title game. The Patriots lose next year's first-round pick and a fourth-round choice in 2017. Brady has three days to appeal the suspension to Commissioner Roger Goodell or his designee. His agent, Don Yee, said "the discipline is ridiculous and has no legitimate basis" and that Brady will appeal. The league also indefinitely suspended the two equipment staffers believed to have carried out the plan, including one who called himself The Deflator.

The Seattle Mariners were off yesterday. Actually they were out golfing to raise money for he fight against cystic fibrosis. Back to baseball tonight as the Ms host the San Diego Padres in a quick two-game interleague series tonight and tomorrow night. They host the Boston Red Sox for four over the weekend starting Thursday night.

Birthdays: He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972, former player, manager, and amateur philosopher Yogi Berra is 90; composer Burt Bacharach is 87; the singer best known for his song I Can Help, Billy Swan is 73; Rock Hall of Famer Steve Winwood is 67; actor Bruce Boxleitner is 65; singer Billy Squier is also 65; NBA coach George Karl is 64; once married to Paula Abdul, actor and director Emilio Estevez is 53; one of those Baldwin boys, actor Stephen Baldwin is 49; the first skateboarder to land a 900, Tony Hawk is 47; and Tootie on The Facts of Life, actress Kim Fields is 46.

We are in the midst of Police Week. In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls, as National Police Week. National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. Today is Fatigue Syndrome Day -- quite a tiring day. Today recognizes the fact that sometimes life is just too tiring. Perhaps you're tired because you're not getting enough sleep. Perhaps, you're stressed out. Some people experience chronic fatigue from worrying, or due to problems. These are all common causes of persistent fatigue. Whatever the cause, use today to identify it, and to correct it. Today is Limerick Day, it celebrates the birthday of Writer Edward Lear. It also, of course, celebrates Limerick poems. Limericks were popularized by Lear in 1846 in his Book of Nonsense. This day is a time to enjoy and get your fill of Limericks. A Limerick is a humorous verse or poem. It's five lines longs. It's name come from the city of Limerick, Ireland. The first two lines rhyme with the fifth line rhyme. The third and fourth lines rhyme. By the way, Limerick is the third largest city in Ireland.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1932, ten weeks after his abduction, the infant son of Charles Lindbergh, Charles Jr., was found dead in Hopewell, New Jersey, just a few miles from the Lindberghs' home. In 1935, Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith (founders of Alcoholics Anonymous) met for the first time in Akron, Ohio. In 1965, The Rolling Stones recorded Satisfaction. In 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience released their debut album Are You Experienced? In 1977, Hotel California earned a gold record for The Eagles. In 1978, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that they would no longer exclusively name hurricanes after women. In 1986, NBC debuted the current well-known peacock. In 2002, former President Jimmy Carter arrived in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro becoming the first President of the United States, in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro's 1959 revolution. In 2008, the price of First-Class stamp increased from 41 to 42 cents.

Fox is lowering the curtain on American Idol, ending a series that dominated television throughout the 2000s and made stars of the likes of Simon Cowell, Kelly Clarkson, and Carrie Underwood. The network announced yesterday that American Idol will go off the air after its 15th and final season next spring. The cast from the past few seasons, with Ryan Seacrest as host and Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. as judges, will return for a season-long celebration of the show's history. American Idol faded over the past few years, eclipsed in the music competition genre it pioneered by The Voice on NBC. Personnel changes didn't help, and neither did tinkering with the format, as the show fell victim to what usually kills off most television series -- old age. Still, it was a solid performer for Fox. The series averaged 12.69 million viewers during its initial run in 2002, but exploded quickly thereafter, reaching a peak average of more than 30 million viewers each episode in 2006, according to the Nielsen company. It continued averaging more than 20 million viewers an episode through the 2011 season, and that's when the deterioration in its popularity accelerated. So far this year, American Idol is averaging 9.15 million viewers per episode, according to Nielsen.

Since he entered the NFL in the 2011 season, Colin Kaepernick hasn't had many good trips to Seattle. His 49ers have won just once in the Emerald City during Kaepernick's career, and he didn't even make it on the field for San Francisco's 19-17 win in 2011 when he was a rookie. However, Kaepernick apparently enjoyed himself over the weekend in Seattle. TMZ reported yesterday that the 49ers quarterback spent Friday night partying at a Sodo club with friends -- including two Seahawks. After finding out Kaep would be in town over the weekend, Seattle's Aston Manor nightclub reached out to see if he would be the club's VIP guest Friday. Kaepernick agreed, and took a pair of friends -- Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor and wide receiver Ricardo Lockette -- along with him for the night out. According to TMZ, Aston Manor "rolled out the red carpet for Colin," supplying his group with three expensive bottles of champagne. Kaepernick, who is in the middle of training camp with the 49ers, reportedly passed the bottles to a bachelorette party happening in the same VIP area. Kaepernick later wrote on Twitter that Seattleites, even in the shadow of CenturyLink Field, showed him plenty of love during his visit.

Verizon announced today that it had agreed to buy AOL for $4.4 billion (I didn't realize that AOL was still a thing). The acquisition will help Verizon, the nation's largest wireless carrier, enhance its mobile video offerings with AOL's digital content, and give it AOL's online ad-selling platform. AOL investors will get $50 a share, a 17 percent premium over Monday's stock price. The news sent AOL stock climbing by as much as 19 percent in early trading. The deal is expected to be completed by the end of the summer.

The restaurant chain known for unlimited breadsticks now plans on using them for chicken parmigiana and meatball sandwiches starting June 1st. The breadsticks used for the sandwiches will be a bit shorter and wider than the regular breadsticks. And as with all other dishes, the sandwiches will come with unlimited breadsticks.

A new report reveals that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie spent over $80,000 of public money on food at NFL games. That's about three beers and dog, isn't it?

Trivia Answer: Mary Kay Ash who was born on this date in 1918. The company, of course, is Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc. Ash married at age 17. She and her husband had three children. While her husband served in World War II, she sold books door-to-door. After her husband's return in 1945, they divorced. Mary Kay went to work for Stanley Home Products. Frustrated when passed over for a promotion in favor of a man that she had trained, Ash retired in 1963 and intended to write a book to assist women in business. The book turned into a business plan for her ideal company, and in the summer of 1963, Mary Kay and her new husband planned to start Mary Kay Cosmetics. However, one month before they started Beauty by Mary Kay, as the company was then called, her husband died of a heart attack. One month after her husband's death -- on September 13th of 1963 when she was 45 years old with a $5,000 investment from her oldest son and with her youngest son taking her late husband's place -- Mary started Mary Kay Cosmetics. The company started its original storefront operation in Dallas. Mary Kay Ash died in Dallas, Texas November 22nd of 2001.

Monday 5.11.15
Today's Trivia: He's a professional skateboarder who gained significant fame for completing the first 900. Who is he?

A good weekend for the Ms. They swept all three from the Oakland As, Lloyd McClendon on Saturday picked up his 100th win as Mariner Skipper, and yesterday Felix Hernandez became the fourth-youngest player to reach 2,000 career strikeouts.  Felix gave up two runs over seven innings to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 4-3 win against the Athletics. Hernandez, at 29 years, 32 days old, is behind only Bert Blyleven, Sam McDowell, and Walter Johnson, who were all 28 when they reached 2,000 strikeouts. The Mariners are off today. They Mariners host San Diego tomorrow and Wednesday, and then host the Boston Red Sox for four.

Birthdays: Comedian Mort Sahl is 88; minister Louis Farrakhan is 82; from The Animals, singer Eric Burdon is 74; one of the original MTV V-J's, Martha Quinn is 56; and quarterback Cam Newton is 26.

Today is Eat What You Want Day. People spend so much time stressing over their diet, and what they should or shouldn't eat, give yourself a break and eat what you want today. Today is Blow Bubbles For Your Cat Day. Cats need a change of pace just like humans. Today is Ladies Who Don't Swear Appreciation Day. Twilight Zone Day is mysterious, weird, surreal and perhaps a little scary. You can think of many other adjectives, but you get the picture. Every once in a while, you have a day like this. And, today is designed to be that day. Research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. In researching it, there were no logical roots it. The TV show first aired on October 1st of 1959. May 11th marks neither the birth nor the death of the shows's creator Rod Serling. It just is.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1927, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded. In 1947, the creation of the tubeless tire was announced by the BF Goodrich Company. In 1965, The Byrds made their TV debut with Mr. Tambourine Man on NBC's Hullabaloo. In 1981, Bob Marley died in a Miami hospital. He was 36. In 1985, Madonna's single Crazy For You hit #1. In 1990, singer Ritchie Valens received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, almost 33 years after his death. In 1995, Jimmy Vaughan, Eric Clapton, BB King, Buddy Guy, and Robert Cray reunited for a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn. All five had played with Vaughan at his last show on August 26th of 1990 before he was killed in a helicopter crash. In 1997, world chess champ Garry Kasparov lost his first-ever multi-game match to IBM's chess computer Deep Blue, the first time a computer had defeated a world-champion player.

The Age of Ultron is not over. The Avengers sequel topped the domestic box office for the second weekend in a row with an estimated $77.2 million. The film has earned a staggering $312.9 million in just 10 days in theaters, tying with The Dark Knight to become the second fastest film to do so. While a wild success by any measure, the film is still lagging behind the record-setting precedent of 2012's The Avengers, which made $103.1 million in its second weekend in theatres and had a domestic total of $373 million at the same point in the cycle. Hot Pursuit, meanwhile, failed to make a significant mark in its debut weekend, earning a less-than-impressive $13.3 million and landing in second place. The Reese Witherspoon comedy, which cost a reported $35 million to produce, was projected to earn at least $18 million out of the gates. The Age of Adaline finished third with Furious 7 finishing fourth, and Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 rounding out the top five.

Former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens was released from jail yesterday afternoon after being sentenced to a month in jail for driving drunk in a Southern California beach town. It was a big break for Stevens, as he only served three of the 30 court-ordered days behind bars. An LA County Sheriff said Stevens was released for good behavior. Stevens began serving the 30 days on Friday. Stevens was ordered to enter a two-year alcohol program and will be on probation for four years. Stevens also has a 2007 DUI conviction in Arizona.

In the opening scene of Wild, Reese Witherspoon sits down at the edge of a cliff and takes off her too-small hiking boots. Her toes are black and bloody, and she pulls off her right big toenail and throws it over the cliff, knocking one of her boots over in the process. Exhausted and frustrated, Witherspoon throws the other boot after it while screaming a profanity. It's a cathartic moment, one that drew strong reactions when the movie was released in December. Some people thought "Wow, Reese Witherspoon is a brave actress who really got inside Cheryl Strayed's head. I loved the book, and I'm going to love this movie!" Others thought "Whoa, hiking the Pacific Crest Trail is difficult enough with a pack that heavy, and now you're throwing away your boots? Uh, oh." Chris Kesting, a mechanical engineer from Camas, Wash., and an avid hiker, said "Hey, I know exactly where that is. One of these days it might be fun to go up there and see if that boot is actually there." So he did. And it was. Keating recognized the spot immediately because he'd been in the area recently.He and a friend hiked the popular trail on March 8th and had no trouble finding the boot-tossing spot. Kesting now keeps the boot on a bookshelf in his house and laughs at how the Wild crew -- which shot all but seven scenes in Oregon -- violated the "leave no trace" principles with that one stray boot.

An Oregon family -- they live in Keixer -- with a tradition of making epic Halloween costumes for their children who are bound to wheelchairs is launching a nonprofit to build costumes for other kids. It's called Magic Wheelchair. Ryan and Lana Weimer have been making costumes encompassing wheelchairs for their own sons, ages 9 and 3, who have a form of muscular dystrophy. Now, the Weimers are gearing up to build five additional Halloween costumes this year, for other wheelchair-bound children. There's more info at

The sad truth has been confirmed: Tinder users are fibbers. They're not necessarily lying, but according to a new study of user demographics, it appears a large chunk of them aren't being entirely forthright with their intentions. Research found that 42 percent of people using Tinder are already in relationships and many of them are men.

Trivia Answer: Anthony Frank Hawk -- Tony Hawk -- who turns 47 tomorrow. Nicknamed The Birdman, he's widely considered one of the most successful and influential pioneers of modern vertical skateboarding. Raised in San Diego, California, Hawk was described as being "hyperactive" as a child. His parents supported his skateboarding because it served as an outlet for his excessive energy, and as Hawk's skills developed, he became a professional skateboarder at age fourteen. In 1999, he became the first skater to land a 900. Throughout his career, Hawk has made numerous appearances in films and other media, as well as his own series of video games. He has also been involved in various philanthropic activities including his own Tony Hawk Foundation which helps build skateparks in underprivileged areas, and also including collaborations with other athletes in the charity Athletes for Hope.

Friday 5.8.15
Today's Trivia: She's an actress, writer, and producer, primarily in movies and television. From 1974 to 1984, she starred as Laura Ingalls Wilder on Little House on the Prairie. She has also served two terms as President of the Screen Actors Guild from 2001 to 2005. Who is she?

Following yesterday's release of Seattle's 627-page Final Environmental Impact Statement, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said that "no major findings stand in the way" of a new basketball/hockey arena in the Sodo district and that "we're one step closer to bringing NHL hockey and NBA basketball to Seattle." Chris Hansen, whose aim is to partner with the city in building the proposed 20,000-seat facility, wrote on his web site, "It's a major milestone in our journey."

Meanwhile, no Mariners last night as yesterday was a day off. Tonight, the Ms are back at Safeco kicking off a three-game weekend set with the Oakland Athletics. Monday's an off day, Tuesday and Wednesday they host San Diego, then next Thursday through Sunday, the Boston Red Sox are in the Northwest. Taijuan Walker is starting tonight. Game time is 7:10.

Birthdays: Comedian Don Rickles is 89; from The Captain & Tennille, singer Toni Tennille is 75; singer Gary Glitter is 71; from Earth Wind & Fire, singer Philip Bailey is 64; from Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen is 62; former NFL player and coach now a studio analyst for The NFL Today, Bill Cowher is 58; another former player turned coach, Lovie Smith is 57; actress Melissa Gilbert is 51; from Savage Garden, singer Darren Hayes is 43; singer Enrique Iglesias is 40; and blues rock musician, singer and songwriter, Joe Bonamassa is 38.

Today is Iris Day, a day that celebrates the late spring bloomers. It's No Socks Day, a chance to free your feets from socks and stockings and to give your toes a breath of fresh air. In addition to the liberating feeling of the day it has the advantage that it reduces your laundry load, which is environmentally friendly. Today is V-E Day -- Victory in Europe Day -- which commemorates the end of fighting in Europe during World War II on this date in 1945. It's International Red Cross Day. And it's Have A Coke Day. May 8th is always National Have A Coke Day, while July 10th is The Real Thing Day (marking when Coke Classic Debuted). And being the Friday before Mother's Day, today is Military Spouses Day, a day to recognize and honor the real backbone of the military, the spouses of our soldiers.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1886, at Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta, John Pemberton made the first batch of a new health tonic flavored with coca leaves. The mixture flopped as a tonic, but did pretty well as a soft drink called Coca-Cola. In 1956, Alfred E. Neuman first appeared on the cover of Mad magazine. In 1970, The Beatles released the album Let It Be. In 1973, militant American Indians who had held the South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrendered. In 1977, County Commissioners in Parker County voted Buck Naked, Texas, out of existence. They decided that Buck Naked road signs caused too many misunderstandings. Residents had chosen the name as a joke. In 1984, the Soviet Union announced that they would not participate in the 1984 Summer Olympics Games in Los Angeles. Also in 1984, Joanie (Erin Moran) and Chachi (Scott Baio) got married on ABC-TV's Happy Days. In 1985, New Coke was released to the public on the 99th anniversary of Coca-Cola. In 1989, a 23-year-old University of Kansas student died from injuries suffered when a soft drink machine fell on him. He had rocked the machine after it took his money but didn't release a drink. He was the 9th American killed by overturned vending machines in a 3-year period. In 1990, Tom Waits won $2.5 million when a Los Angeles court ruled that Frito-Lay unlawfully used a Waits sound alike in its Doritos ads.

Our state' congressional delegation, showing rare bipartisan unity, plans next week to introduce legislation that would rename the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge in honor of Billy Frank Jr., champion of native fishing rights and a Washington civil rights hero. The bill would create a National Historic Site to mark the 1854 Treaty of Medicine Creek, which took land from natives but did guarantee them the right to take fish "at all usual and accustomed stations . . . in common with the citizens of the territory." US Representative Denny Heck is the principal author of the legislation.

Floyd Mayweather says in an upcoming interview with Showtime that at this moment he's not interested in a rematch with Manny Pacquiao. The interview was recorded earlier this week and is being shown tomorrow night after the network's replay of boxing's richest fight, which Mayweather won by decision last weekend in Las Vegas to stay undefeated Asked if he thought Pacquiao was hampered by the right shoulder injury that later required surgery, Mayweather tells Jim Gray, "Absolutely not." He said later, "Excuses, excuses, excuses." Mayweather acknowledges that he earlier texted ESPN to say he welcomed a rematch. But he said, "I changed my mind. At this particular time, no, because he's a sore loser and he's a coward. If you lost, accept the loss and say, 'Mayweather, you were the better fighter.'"

A dispute over BB King's health and wealth was tossed out of court yesterday by a judge in Las Vegas who said two investigations found no evidence the blues legend was being abused. The ruling in Clark County Family Court keeps the 89-year-old musician's longtime business manager, Laverne Toney, in legal control of his affairs. Three of King's 11 surviving children — Karen Williams, Rita Washington, and Patty King — said outside court they suspect the business manager is stealing money and neglecting King's medical needs while blocking them from seeing their father in home hospice care. They vowed to keep fighting. Toney and her attorney, Brent Bryson, denied the allegations, said visits can be scheduled as they've always been, and called the sisters' efforts a money grab. King's lawyer and his physician said outside court that they saw no neglect or abuse.

The Simpsons program is getting a familiar voice in an upcoming episode: Kristen Bell. Bell will voice a new friend of Lisa Simpson's. Harper, her character, is wealthy and entitled to the point that it threatens the friendship. The episode is called Friend With Benefit and is scheduled to air early next season.

Trivia Answer: Melissa Gilbert who turns 51 today. Half-pint is all growed up. In 2009, her autobiography Prairie Tale: A Memoir, was released. From 2009 to 2010, Gilbert appeared as Caroline "Ma" Ingalls in the touring production of Little House on the Prairie, the Musical. She was married to Bruce Boxleitner from 1995 to 2011. On April 24th of 2013, she married fellow actor Timothy Busfield. He played Eliot Weston on thirtysomething; Mark, Kevin Costner's brother-in-law in Field of Dreams; and Danny Concannon on The West Wing.

Thursday 5.7.15
Today's Trivia: He was a television journalist and lawyer who appeared for more than 16 years as the longest-serving moderator of NBC's Meet the Press. He was a senior vice president at NBC News, Washington bureau chief and also hosted a weekend interview program. He was a frequent correspondent and guest on NBC's The Today Show and Hardball. Who was he?

For the second night in a row, a late Mariners rally was rendered moot. The Ms managed to tie the game in the top of the ninth only to see the Los Angeles Angels respond in walk-off fashion, with the clincher coming on Johnny Giavotella's RBI double to send the Mariners to a 4-3 loss. The dramatic finishes dropped the Mariners to 4-and-6 on their 10-game trip and to last place in the American League West. The Mariners are tied with the Pittsburgh Pirates for first in the big leagues with five walk-off losses. The Mariners are off today then start a nine-game homestand tomorrow with a weekend series against the Oakland Athletics.

The 243-page report on Deflategate came out yesterday and stopped just short of calling Tom Brady a cheater. It did, however, call some of the Patriots star quarterback's claims implausible and left little doubt that he had a role in having footballs deflated before New England's AFC title game against Indianapolis in January and probably in previous games. In his report, attorney Ted Wells said the quarterback "was at least generally aware" of all the plans to prepare the balls to his liking, below the league-mandated minimum of 12.5 pounds per square inch. Wells said it was "more probable than not" that two Patriots employees -- the officials' locker room attendant and the equipment assistant -- executed the plan. As for Brady's claims that he didn't know of efforts to deflate game balls and didn't know anything about what was going on, the report said, "We found these claims not plausible and contradicted by other evidence." The penalties for all this? To be determined. League executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent is reviewing the report and will hand down the punishment.

Birthdays: Singer Thelma Houston is 69; the son of stunt performer Evel Knievel, and a daredevil in his own right, Robbie Knievel is 53; actress Traci Lords is 47; and singer Eagle-Eye Cherry is 46.

Errol Brown, the lead singer of the band Hot Chocolate, has died in the Bahamas. His manager said the singer, best known for the hits You Sexy Thing and Brother Louie died yesterday of liver cancer. Brown moved to Britain from Jamaica with his mother at the age of 12. In 2003, he was honored by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to pop music and made a Member of the Order of the British Empire. Hot Chocolate released their first record in 1970, and enjoyed numerous chart hits in the 1970s. In 1981, they played at a pre-wedding party for Prince Charles and Lady Diana in Buckingham Palace. Errol Brown was 71.

Yesterday was Tourist Appreciation Day. Today is National Tourism day, a day for municipalities and tourism sites around the country to promote their area or region. Today is the Fire Escape Ladder's Birthday, Joseph Richard Winters on May 7th of 1878 received US Patent number 203,517 for a wagon-mounted fire escape ladder.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1968, Reginald Dwight changed his name to the more chart-friendly Elton John. In 1969, the Canadian Broadcasting Company stopped advertising tobacco products. In 1984, a $180 million out-of-court settlement was announced in the Agent Orange class-action suit brought by Vietnam veterans who claimed they had suffered injury from exposure to the defoliant while serving in the armed forces. In 1987, Shelly Long, as Diane Chambers, made her last appearance as a regular on the TV show Cheers. In 1991, a judge in Macon, Georgia, dismissed a wrongful death suit against Ozzy Osbourne. A local couple failed to prove their son was inspired to attempt suicide by Ozzy's music. Also in 1991, a bandit tried to hold up a Jacksonville, Florida, supermarket wearing a paper bag over his head with eyeholes cut so he could see. But when he moved, the bag shifted and he couldn't see. While he adjusted the bag it tore, exposing his face … which a checker recognized as one of the store's regular customers. In 1998, Steve Perry left Journey for a second time after the band decided to tour without him. He was suffering from back trouble. In 2002, Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew died at age 28. It was 25 years to the day after his victory in the Kentucky Derby. In 2003, a man wanted for trafficking and possession of cocaine was arrested when his parole officer spotted him kissing his girlfriend in a live crowd shot displayed on the scoreboard at a Cincinnati Reds game. The suspect and his parole officer attended the same game when the smooching couple was caught by the Kiss Cam at Great American Ball Park. The parole officer and a police officer arrested the 24-year-old man in his front row seat. In 2006, Rolling Stone magazine published its 1,000th issue.

Tornadoes raked the southern Plains yesterday, overturning cars on an Oklahoma City interstate and destroying dozens of homes. No deaths were immediately reported from the tornadoes that hit Oklahoma and rural parts of Kansas and Nebraska. One story indicated that 46 tornadoes were reported in the three states.

On another weather note, here's more about the winter that wasn't. A sparse snowpack is closing an Oregon ski area 15 days early this month. The Mt. Bachelor ski area won't make it to its Memorial Day close date after receiving about half of its normal snowfall this season. Officials say while this wasn't a dry year, this is the earliest the mountain has closed since 1976-1977 when the resort was closed by April 30th. Mt. Bachelor had a fairly full season compared to some other areas in the state, like the Hoodoo Ski Area that was open for two weeks in January and Willamette Pass, which officially closed for the season in March after a couple of months of being open.

Entering the season, the Seattle Mariners were one of the most highly anticipated teams in Major League Baseball. With the addition of Nelson Cruz to an almost-there 2014 squad featuring Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager, and Fernando Rodney, baseball pundits chose the M's to make a real push for Seattle's first postseason appearance since 2001. That can still happen, of course, but the odds have fallen after the Mariners opened the 2015 season 11-and-16 -- now 11-and-17. At the beginning of April, sports book Bovada gave 12-to-1 betting odds that the Mariners would win this year's World Series. Now, in early May, those odds have fallen to 33-to-1. Bovada released the new odds yesterday now that MLB teams have completed one month of the 2015 campaign. Of course, there's plenty of time left -- there are 162 games in the regular season.

On TV tonight, the season finale of The Big Bang Theory. Season 8 wraps up tonight. The show is returning for a 9th season. It's tonight at 8 on CBS.

Trivia Answer: Tim Russert who was born on this date in 1950. Russert covered several presidential elections. Time magazine included Russert in its list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2008. It was about 1:30 the afternoon of June 13th in 2008 that Russert collapsed while recording voiceovers for the Sunday edition of Meet the Press. A co-worker began CPR on him. when paramedics arrived, they attempted to defibrillate Russert's heart three times, but he did not respond. Russert was then transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was 58 years old.

Wednesday 5.6.15
Today's Trivia: This thoroughbred race horse won the United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing in 1977, the tenth of eleven horses to accomplish the feat. He remains the only horse to win the Triple Crown while undefeated. In the Blood-Horse magazine List of the Top 100 US Racehorses of the 20th Century, he is ranked ninth. Can you name the horse?

After scoring three times in the eighth to take a 4-2 lead, the Mariners' bullpen -- specifically, Danny Farquhar and Dominic Leone -- unraveled and the Los Angeles Angels rallied to defeat Seattle 5-4 last night. The Angels catcher Carlos Perez, in his major league debut, swatted a walk-off home run in the ninth inning. The Mariners have dropped five of their past six and are 4-and-5 on a 10-game road trip that concludes tonight at 7:00 in Anaheim.

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse has signed his restricted free-agent tender and will be back with the team in 2015. ESPN tweeted yesterday that the three-year veteran had signed his offer from the Seahawks, which will result in a one-year deal worth $2.356 million next season. A team spokesman later confirmed Kearse's signing.

Birthdays: The Say Hey Kid, baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays is 84; singer-songwriter Bob Seger is 70; former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is 62; best known as the host of America's Funniest Home Videos in the early 2000s and host of Dancing with the Stars starting in 2005, Tom Bergeron is 60; actor George Clooney is 54; and Hootie & The Blowfish guitarist Mark Bryan is 48.

Ellen Albertini Dow, a feisty character actress best known for her salty rendition of Rapper's Delight in The Wedding Singer, has died. Her breakout rap in The Wedding Singer led to memorable and often foul-mouthed character roles in films. Her numerous television credits include Seinfeld, ER, and Will and Grace. She was 101 when she died on Monday.

It's No Homework Day. Today is also International No Diet Day, a day that encourages us to appreciate the bodies we have. Today is National Nurses Day, celebrated to raise awareness of the important role nurses play in society. Today is Beverage Day -- a chance to kick back with your favorite beverage and enjoy the day. The term "beverage" is broadly defined. So, were talking about celebrating all beverages today. It's National Tourist Appreciation Day. And today is Bike to School Day. The first-ever National Bike to School Day took place on May 9th of 2012, in coordination with the League of American Bicyclists' National Bike Month. Almost 1,000 local events in 49 states and the District of Columbia joined together to encourage children to safely bicycle or walk to school.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1889, the Universal Exposition opened in Paris, France, marking the dedication of the Eiffel Tower. Also at the exposition was the first automobile in Paris, the Mercedes-Benz. In 1915, Babe Ruth hit his first major league home run while playing for the Boston Red Sox. in 1937, the Hindenburg blimp crashed in Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 36 people. A photograph of the disaster was later used as the cover of Led Zeppelin's first album. In 1954, British runner Roger Banister broke the four minute mile. In 1965, Keith Richards said he fell asleep in a Clearwater, Florida, hotel room and woke up in the middle of the night with a guitar riff in his head. Half-asleep, he recorded the riff to his tape recorder; it would become the basis for Satisfaction. In 1984, Tina Turner released her comeback single What's Love Got to Do With It? In 1994, Pearl Jam complained to the US Justice Department that Ticketmaster had a monopoly on selling concert tickets. In 1997, the first Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held in Cleveland, Ohio. Among those inducted were Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Jackson Five, The Bee Gees, Buffalo Springfield, Joni Mitchell, The Young Rascals and Parliament Funkadelic. In 1999, a parole board in New York voted to release Amy Fisher. She had been in jail for 7 years for shooting her lover's wife, Mary Jo Buttafuoco, in the face. In 2002, Spider-Man became the first movie to make more than $100 million in its first weekend.

Google's search engine has hit a tipping point in technology's shift to smartphones. More search requests are now being made on mobile devices than on personal computers in the US and many other parts of the world. The milestone was announced at a digital advertising conference yesterday. It serves as another reminder of how dramatically online behavior has changed since 2007. That's when Apple released the first iPhone, leading to a wave of similar devices that have made it easier for people to stay connected to the Internet wherever they go.

A northern New Jersey man lit his kitchen table on fire by adding lighter fluid and gasoline to a birthday cake recipe so he could post a video of the fiery result on YouTube. The local police chief said the man was trying to record the flaming cake with his iPad. Police and firefighters responded to the house fire Sunday and were greeted by an angry man who demanded they leave. The chief said the man then started yelling at his wife for calling emergency services. The fire was confined to the kitchen table, and authorities say the incident didn't appear to be criminal.

Bellingham is now the least ozone-polluted city in America, according to the American Lung Association's annual State of the Air survey. The silver medal goes to the Bend-Redmond-Prineville area in Eastern Oregon, with Bismarck, North Dakota taking the bronze medal.

Trivia Answer: Seattle Slew. Twenty-five years to the day that he won the Kentucky Derby, Seattle Slew died in his sleep at age 28. Tomorrow is the anniversary of Seattle Slews death in 2002. Not expected to be a great racehorse, he was sold to Karen and Mickey Taylor of White Swan, Washington. They named him for the city of Seattle and the sloughs which loggers once used to transport heavy logs. But Karen felt that the spelling of slough -- a slow-moving channel of the Pacific Northwest -- would be too hard for people to remember, so the spelling was changed to Slew. The 141st Kentucky Derby was this past weekend. This year's winner was American Pharoah.

Tuesday 5.5.15
Today's Trivia:After high school, he attended Brookdale Community College, before transferring to George Washington University, and then to The Catholic University of America. He did not graduate, instead taking an internship with the administration of President Jimmy Carter. He now calls leaving college one of his great regrets. After working in the lobbying arm of the National Association of Broadcasters, he began his broadcasting career at KOAM-TV in Pittsburg, Kansas in 1981. A year later he moved back to Washington, D.C. and worked at WTTG-TV. In 1993 he went to work for NBC and in 1994 became the network's chief White House correspondent. In 2004, he assumed the position of anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News. Who is he?

Felix Hernandez improved to 5-and-0 to begin a season, a career first, striking out eight Angels in a 3-2 victory last night in Anaheim. All the runs comiing the game came on solo homers -- Nelson Cruz, Logan Morrison and Seth Smith for the Mariners, Matt Joyce and David Freese for the Angels. Cruz became the fifth player in MLB history to hit 14 homers in the season's first 26 games. No one has hit 15 in 27. The second in the three-game series is tonight at 7:00.

Once Nelson Cruz started hitting during his first month with the Seattle Mariners, he never stopped. Yesterday, he got a little bit of hardware as a result. Cruz was named April's American League Player of the Month, becoming the first Mariner to take home the award since Ichiro did so in July of 2004.

Birthdays: Sir Galahad in Monty Python & The Quest for the Holy Grail, comedian and actor Michael Palin is 72; former editor of Rolling Stone, MTV News correspondent Kurt Loder is 70; Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward is 67; Jennifer on Family Ties, actress Tina Yothers is 42; singer Adele is 27; and singer Chris Brown is 26.

It's Cinco de Mayo. On May 5th of 1862, the Mexican army defeated the French army at the Battle of Puebla. This single military battle signified defeat of a European colonial power, and a victory for the Mexican people. This single battle was the roots of Cinco de Mayo. Cinco de Mayo is not the celebration of Mexican Independence which is celebrated on September 16th. What Cinco de Mayo has come to be, is much more than one battle in the colonial history of Mexico. Rather, it has come to signify Hispanic and Mexican pride and a time to celebrate the rich culture. Today is National Hoagie Day -- a day created to give us a special day to enjoy and celebrate a big, tasty hoagie, sub, or hero. Today is Oyster Day -- not to be confused with National Oyster Day which is August 5th. Oyster Day is a pearl of a day. Oysters are a shellfish, or mollusks found in both freshwater and saltwater. They often produce pearls, making Oyster Day a real gem. In the ocean (or freshwater for some types), oysters sift food from the water around them. In doing so, they sometimes pick up a piece of sand or grit. If that piece of sand or grit gets lodged in the oyster's system, the oyster reacts to the irritant by slowly secreting a substance called around the sand. Ultimately, it develops into a pearl. Do all oysters develop a pearl? No. Did you know Seattle is the world's largest producer of cultivated pearls? It's known as the Oyster Capital of the World. Thank a teacher. Today is Teacher Appreciation Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1891, the Music Hall in New York City (later known as Carnegie Hall) had its grand opening and first public performance, with Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor. In 1904, pitching against the Philadelphia Athletics at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, Cy Young of the Boston Americans threw the first perfect game in the modern era of baseball. In 1925, John T. Scopes, a biology teacher in Dayton, TN, was arrested for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution. In 1973, Secretariat won the 1973 Kentucky Derby in 1:59 2/5, a still-standing record. In 1978, Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds registered his 3,000th major league hit. In 1984, Chrissi Hynde (Pretenders) and Jim Kerr (Simple Minds) were married. They later divorced. In 1986, it was announced that Cleveland, Ohio, had been chosen as the city where the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame would be built. In 1994, American teenager Michael P. Fay was caned in Singapore for theft and vandalism, a punishment that many in the United States deemed to be excessive for a teenager committing a non-violent crime. However, significant numbers of Americans were also in favor of it. In 2000, the final episode of Boy Meets World aired on ABC. In 2010, mass protests in Greece erupted in response to austerity measures imposed by the government as a result of the Greek debt crisis.

A Tennessee woman searching for the stranger she kissed while running the Boston Marathon this year says she finally heard back -- from the mystery man's wife. Barbara Tatge says her daughter had dared her to kiss a random, good-looking man as she ran through the town of Wellesley, where the women of Wellesley College traditionally offer kisses to runners. After the April 20th race, her daughter took to social media to try to find the man, who clearly left an impression on her mom. Barbara says a Boston-area news outlet passed on a letter addressed to her Sunday after the campaign generated nationwide attention. The unidentified man's wife said the attention was fun but that the couple wanted to remain anonymous. She writes, "When this story aired on the news we were pretty surprised, For me, I'm not mad. Believe me, our friends have gotten a lot of mileage out of this story and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching them give my husband grief!" The wife continued: "While this may not be the ending that you had hoped for, that spontaneous, silly moment in Wellesley captured the fun, energy and spirit of the Boston Marathon. I greatly admire your spunk and courage and wish you many happy races in the future. Congratulations on your Boston finish!" Barbara says she wrote back to the wife yesterday, thanking her for her graciousness and good humor.

Bono was involved in another bike incident in New York City over the weekend – but this time it was part of a comedy skit poking fun at his Central Park crash last year. Bono was forced to pull out of a series of gigs, including a TV residency on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, after falling from his bicycle, but the fun-loving singer – sporting a new bleached blond look – was back on the saddle in the Big Apple as he joined Fallon for a cycling skit. U2 performs on Fallon's show on Friday, six months after canceling a week-long residency while Bono recovered from his injuries, which included a fractured eye socket and a smashed left shoulder blade.

A movie based on the 1970s hit sitcom Good Times is in the works. Black-ish creator Kenya Barris is writing the script.

Looks like The Simpsons is never going away. Fox just renewed the animated sitcom for not just one more season, but two, bringing it up to 28 seasons. The animated comedy premiered in 1990 and has since won 31 Emmy awards. With a 27th and 28th season, the show will reach a whopping 625 episodes.

Oddly-named festivals are one of the things that make spring and summer so great. Like last weekend's Dorset Knob Throwing and Food Festival event in Cattistock, England, which involves participants chucking a locally made, spherical biscuit as far as they can. The record is held by Dave Phillips with a throw of 96 feet set in 2012. Other games include putt the knob, knob walking, knob archery and guess the weight of the knob.

Trivia Answer: Brian Williams who turns 56 today. He replaced Tom Brokaw on December 2nd of 2004. The year that he succeeded Tom Brokaw, his yearly salary was reported to be $8,000,000. Two years later, Williams' yearly salary was reportedly not less than $10,000,000, according to NBC News President Steve Capus, then chief of NBC News. He appeared on Saturday Night Live on September 30th of 2006 to co-anchor the Weekend Update segment, and then on November 3rd of 2007 he hosted the program. When Brian hosted Saturday Night Live he became the first national news anchor to do so. In February of this year, Williams was suspended for six months without pay from the Nightly News for "misrepresenting events which occurred while he was covering the Iraq War in 2003. Meanwhile, NBC has removed a picture of Brian Williams and the Nightly News with Brian Williams branding from its podcast of the prime-time news program, further fueling speculation that the embattled journalist won't return to the anchor's chair. The change to a generic NBC Nightly News artwork that does not feature Williams was reported Saturday. It's said the revision took place between last Thursday's and Friday's episodes.

Monday 5.4.15
Today's Trivia: This actor, comedian, film director, television producer, chef, and author was the husband of actress Carol Arthur from 1965 until his death. He generally appeared in comedic parts. In the 1970s and 1980s he often co-starred with Burt Reynolds. Together they appeared in the films The Cannonball Run and Cannonball Run II, Smokey and the Bandit II, The End, All Dogs Go to Heaven, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Who is he?

After sweeping a three-game set in Texas to start a 10-game road trip, the Mariners are rapidly burying themselves in the AL West. They were swept in a four-game series by Houston losing yesterday 7-6. They are now eight games behind the division leaders after 25 games. Seattle has lost six of seven to the Astros this season. Twenty-three of Seattle's 25 games have been decided by three or fewer runs this year. The Mariners begin a three-game set in Anaheim against the LA Angels tonight. Felix Hernandez on the hill for the Ms.

Meanwhile. the Mariners are reworking their bullpen: Yoervis Medina and Tyler Olson were shipped out to AAA Tacoma after yesterday's game. The Mariners made no announcement about roster replacements, but likely candidates are veteran relievers Joe Beimel and Mark Lowe.

It was a big sports weekend -- a large Saturday anyway. First, in the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby, the favorite American Pharoah won. Firing Line was second; Dortmund third. Then, Saturday night, unbeaten Floyd Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao by a unanimous decision in that welterweight world championship unification bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in boxing's richest fight ever -- the bout made Mayweather at least $180 million, perhaps as much as $200 million.

Birthdays: Author and political commentator George F. Will is 74; Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars is 64; from Seattle, singer Oleta Adams is 62; singer and actress Pia Zadora is 62; singer Randy Travis is 56; actor and comedian Will Arnett is 45; Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt is 43; sportscaster and Dancing with the Stars celeb Erin Andrews is 37; and from NSYNC, singer Lance Bass is 36.

The Duchess of Cambridge delighted her nation and royal enthusiasts around the world Saturday by delivering a princess. The royal birth was greeted with cheers and elated cries of "Hip, hip, hooray!" outside St. Mary's Hospital in central London, where fans and the world's media have waited for days. The baby -- Prince William and Kate's second child -- was born Saturday morning and weighed 8 pounds 3 ounces. She is fourth in line to the throne, and the fifth great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II. The royal couple revealed the name ths morning. The princess is named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

May is International Respect for Chickens Month and today is International Respect for Chickens Day, a day to stick up for chickens. Today is Renewal Day. It's a day of new, and old, beginnings. Things get old and out of sorts. We lose touch with friends, loved ones, and relationships. For whatever reason, we "let "it" go. Well, whatever "it" is, today is the day to renew it, rejuvenate it, and bring the spark back into it. It's National Candied Orange Peel Day, a day dedicated guessed it.... candied orange peels. Now, just what the heck is a candied orange peel? And, is it edible? Yes, it's edible. If you are a chef or a baker, then you know just what it is, and how to use it. For the rest of us, we likely have enjoyed it in seasonal baked goods all of our lives, without even knowing we have eaten it. Candied orange peels are a boiled, sliced, sugar added treat. You can eat them by themselves. But most often, they are used in holiday cookies, snacks, and fruitcake. Today is May the 4th, Star Wars Day. May the 4th be with you.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1927, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded in Hollywood. In 1959, the winners of the first annual Grammy Awards were announced. In 1964, Another World premiered on NBC-TV. In 1970, Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on students during an anti-Vietnam war protest at Kent State University. Four students were killed and nine others were wounded. In 1975, Moe Howard, the last of the original Three Stooges, died of cancer at age 78. His real name was Moses Horwitz. Moe, with his brothers Curly and Shemp, created the Three Stooges as a vaudeville act. They made 190 short movies. In 1979, Margaret Thatcher became Britain's first woman prime minister. In 1987, Playtex became the first manufacturer to air TV ads featuring live models wearing bras. In 2001, actress Bonnie Lee Bakley was fatally shot while sitting in a car waiting for her actor husband Robert Blake. In April 2002, Blake was charged with the murder, but a jury acquitted him in 2005.

Avengers: Age of Ultron scored the second-biggest domestic opening in history over the weekend, kicking off summer blockbuster season with a mammoth $187.7 million debut. Globally, the film is pulling in an estimated $627 million in 12 days of release. At that pace, it should pass $1 billion, particularly after it opens in China on May 12th. One record remained tantalizingly out of grasp for Captain America, Iron Man and company, however. Going into the weekend many analysts predicted that Avengers: Age of Ultron would top the $207.4 million haul posted in 2012 by the first film in the super-team series. That box office high-water mark will stand... at least until Star Wars: The Force Awakens lands in theaters this Christmas.Earth's Mightiest Heroes didn't leave much left over for other films in the marketplace. There's a vast chasm between the first and second place finishers on the domestic charts, with Age of Adaline placing second with $6.3 million. Furious 7 nabbed third place. Fourth place went to Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. Home rounded out the top five.

The relationship between Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn is over, with both taking to social media to say they were parting ways but even in a breakup, they stuck together in the announcement. Vonn wrote on her Ffacebook page yesterday, "After nearly three years together, Tiger and I have mutually decided to end our relationship, I will always cherish the memories that we've created together. Unfortunately, we both lead incredibly hectic lives that force us to spend a majority of our time apart. He and his beautiful family will always hold a special place in my heart." Vonn is an Olympic ski champion and this year set the record for most World Cup titles. Tiger Woods is set to be in the Northwest next month at the US Open at Chambers Bay.

On TV tonight, David Letterman: A Life on Television. CBS salutes David Letterman and his legendary career with this 90-minute special hosted by Ray Romano. The retrospective of Letterman's career will start from his time as a weathercaster in Indiana to his final nights as host of the Late Show.

Trivia Answer: Dom DeLuise who died on this date in 2009. He's the father of actor, writer, pianist, director Peter DeLuise, actor David DeLuise, and actor Michael DeLuise. DeLuise was probably best known as a regular in Mel Brooks' films. He appeared in The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Silent Movie, History of the World, Part I, Spaceballs, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. DeLuise died at age 75. He was hospitalized at the time, suffering from kidney failure and respiratory problems due to complications from diabetes and high blood pressure. He had been suffering from cancer for more than a year. His family was by his side at the time of his death. Mel Brooks made a statement at the time telling the Los Angeles Times that Dom "created so much joy and laughter on the set that you couldn't get your work done. So every time I made a movie with Dom, I would plan another two days on the schedule just for laughter."

Friday 5.1.15
Today's Trivia: He is best known for co-writing and producing Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill album which won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album, and Album of the Year amongst others, and is ranked by Rolling Stone amongst The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Who is he?

Jose Altuve's RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the Houston Astros to their seventh straight victory -- and snapped the Mariners win streak -- knocking off the Ms 3-2 last night. The Mariners took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Nelson Cruz's double-play grounder with the bases loaded, and Kyle Seager's RBI single. James Paxton went seven strong innings for Seattle. He gave up two runs and five hits while striking out seven and walking two. Tonight, Mariner pitcher Roenis Elias makes his second start of the season since being called up from Tacoma April 26th.

With just eight wins, the University of Washington football team didn't have a banner year. But the less-than-stellar season evidently wasn't due to a lack of talent, as three Huskies were selected in the first round of yesterday's NFL draft. It was a three Dawg night. The first Husky off the board was defensive tackle Danny Shelton, who was picked No. 12 by the Cleveland Browns. Next up was Marcus Peters, who the Kansas City Chiefs selected with the No. 18 pick. The 6-foot, 190-pound Peters was considered one of the top defensive backs in the draft, but he gave many teams pause after he was kicked off the Huskies team last November. The final Husky taken in the first round was Shaq Thompson, who was picked No. 25 by the Carolina Panthers. The 6-foot, 228-pound Thompson was the winner of the Paul Hornung Award, given to the nation's most versatile player.

John Schneider and Pete Carroll can now get down to work using the Seattle Seahawks' 11 NFL draft picks. After being spectators in the first round, the Seahawks have two picks on Day 2 today. Seattle is scheduled to have selections Nos. 63 (second round) and 95 (third round), before having nine picks on the final day. Seattle was without a first-round pick after acquiring tight end Jimmy Graham in the offseason.

Birthdays: Singer Sonny James is 86; singer Judy Collins was born in Seattle 76 years ago; singer Rita Coolidge is 70; Paul Sr. from American Chopper is 66; singer and songwriter Ray Parker, Jr. is 61; Faith Hill's husband, singer Tim McGraw is 48; and Christian Grey, in the film Fifty Shades of Grey, actor Jamie Dornan is 33.

Singer Ben E. King, best known for the classic song Stand By Me, has died. King started his career in the late 1950s with The Drifters, singing on hits including There Goes My Baby and Save The Last Dance For Me. After going solo, he hit the US top five with Stand By Me in 1961. It returned to the charts in the 1980s. The song has charted nine times on the US Billboard 100 over the years - King's version twice and seven times with covers by artists like John Lennon. In 1999, BMI announced that the song, written by King with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, was the fourth most-played track of the 20th Century on US radio and TV. Earlier this year, the US Library of Congress added it to the National Recording Registry, declaring that "it was King's incandescent vocal that made it a classic". Ben E. King was 76.

Today is May Day, originally a festival in honor of Flora, the Roman goddess of spring, May Day has traditionally been a time to gather flowers and welcome warm weather. In the late 1800s, May Day also became a day to honor workers. Today is Labor day in 140 countries. The US, Canada, and Bermuda are the only countries that observe Labor Day in September. The Bahamas celebrates in June. Today is also School Principals' Day. It's Law Day, and New Home Owners Day. It's Save a Rhino Day. It's also Mother Goose Day. The day was created only recently -- in 1987 -- as a day to appreciate nursery rhymes and stories. It's International Tuba Day -- recognizing musicians around the world who struggle with the weight and size of their big instrument.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1889, the Bayer company of Germany introduced aspirin in powdered form. In 1931, the Empire State Building was dedicated in New York City. It was 102 stories tall and was the tallest building in the world at the time. In 1941, Citizen Kane, directed and starring Orson Welles, premiered in New York. In 1967, Elvis married Priscilla, daughter of a US Army colonel, at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. They divorced in 1973. In 1972, The Eagles' Take It Easy was released. It was their first single. In 1991, Rickey Henderson of the Oakland Athletics stole his 939th base, making him the all-time leader in this category. However, his accomplishment is overshadowed later that evening by Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers, when he pitches his seventh career no-hitter, striking out 18 and breaking his own record. In 1992, on the third day of the Los Angeles riots, beaten motorist Rodney King appeared in public to appeal for calm. King asked, "Can we all get along?" In 2011, Barack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11th attacks was killed by United States special forces in Pakistan. Due to the time difference between the United States and Pakistan, bin Laden was actually killed on May 2nd.

Six police officers have been charged in the death of Freddie Gray, Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said this morning. One officer -- the driver of the police van -- has been charged with several counts, including second-degree depraved-heart murder. Another officer has been charged with several counts, including manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. Two other officers have been charged with several counts, including involuntary manslaughter. An additional two officers are charged with several counts, including second-degree assault. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of the six officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray. Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby told reporters this morning that her office's investigation, coupled with a medical examiner's determination that Freddie Gray's death was a homicide, led her to determine there is probable cause to file criminal charges.

Word yesterday afternoon that NASA's Messenger space probe crashed into Mercury after running out of fuel, ending a nearly 11-year journey that provided valuable data and photos. The agency estimates the probe hit the surface at 8,750 miles per hour and created an impact crater 52 feet in diameter. The crash wasn't visible from Earth because it occurred on the far side of Mercury. Messenger was the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury, the planet closest to the sun. It traveled about 5 billion miles -- a journey that included 15 trips around the sun.

Two New Jersey high school baseball teams faced off again yesterday, four weeks after a game between them ended with a lopsided 52-3 blowout. Defending state champion Buena defeated Pleasantville 20-2 yesterday in Atlantic City. Buena coach Harry Grose said he was worried about the rematch. He said, "I don't want to play the damn game. But it's on the schedule. I'm a little worried, because I don't want what happened last time." He said he had loaded the roster the last game with a lot of junior varsity players, but his JV players scored 20 runs in the third inning of the first game. Buena used more than 20 players in the game, but Pleasantville's pitchers gave up about 30 walks. A 10-run mercy rule for New Jersey high school baseball games doesn't kick in until the fifth inning.

Trivia Answer:Glen Ballard who turns 61 today. In addition to Jagged Little Pill, he was involved in the recording and writing of Michael Jackson's Thriller and Bad albums. As a writer he co-wrote songs like Man in the Mirror and Hand in My Pocket. He is the founder of Java Records. He won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture for the song Believe in The Polar Express.