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Friday 5.30.14
Today's Trivia: This former NFL running back -- he played pro ball during the 1960s and early 1970s -- was nicknamed The Kansas Comet. He played his entire NFL career for the Chicago Bears. After the first nine games of 1968, he was leading the NFL in rushing (again), however, his season ended prematurely in a game against the San Francisco 49ers when he tore a number of ligaments in his right knee. After surgery, he went through a physical rehabilitation program with the help of teammate Brian Piccolo. Who is he?

Erick Aybar hit a three-run homer, Matt Shoemaker pitched effectively into the sixth inning and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 7-5 last night. Recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday, Shoemaker set down the side in order four times in 5 1-3 innings. He allowed three runs on four hits, equaled a career-high six strikeouts and did not walk a batter for the first time in five career starts. Aybar's fourth-inning home run broke open a 2-0 game that Mariners starter Brandon Maurer had labored to keep close. Maurer lasted just four innings, allowing five runs on six hits and four walks. It's the fifth time in seven starts this season that Maurer has failed to reach the fifth inning. Mariners 2B Robinson Cano didn't feel well yesterday and was a late scratch. The Ms host the Detroit Tigers for a three-game set starting tonight.

After the Super Bowl celebration wrapped up, Seattle general manager John Schneider laid out his contract plans to Doug Baldwin. First on the agenda was getting an extension done with All-Pro safety Earl Thomas. Next was figuring out a deal with All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman. And lastly was getting Baldwin locked up. Baldwin said, "It was kind of surprising at the end when he said it. I didn't believe him, to be honest with you. But here it is and it actually happened the way he said it would happen." The former undrafted wide receiver out of Stanford got his reward yesterday when he signed an extension that will keep him with the Seahawks through the 2016 season. Baldwin will play the 2014 season under the second-round tender he received as a restricted free agent then will receive two additional years. The deal, first reported by ESPN.com, is expected to be worth up to $13 million over the three seasons. The second-round tender for 2014 is worth $2.18 million.

Just got word that it's between Cam Newton and Richard Sherman as to who gets on the Madden Cover. That means Sherm eliminated Colin Kaepernick. Oh, darn.

Birthdays: Actor Michael J. Pollard is 75; singer Wynonna Judd is 50; baseball's Manny Ramirez is 42; and rapper, singer, and Voice coach Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, better known as Cee Lo Green, is 40

Good luck with this one. Tomorrow is Saturday is Hug Your Cat Day. Right. Today is Loomis Day, honoring Washington, DC, dentist Mahlon Loomis, who patented wireless telegraphy in 1872. Today is My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It Day, a day for older country music fans to dig out their Hank Williams 78s and try to find something to play them on. Today is Water a flower Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1911, Indianapolis hosted its first long-distance auto race; Ray Harroun was the winner at an average speed of 74.59 miles an hour. In 1967, daredevil Evel Knievel jumped 16 automobiles in a row in a motorcycle stunt at Ascot Speedway in Gardena, California. In 1981, the compact disc was first introduced. In 1992, Paul Simon and Edie Brickell were married on Long Island, New York. In 2006, the FBI said it had found no trace of missing labor leader Jimmy Hoffa after digging up a suburban Detroit horse farm.

The Los Angeles Times reported that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has reportedly won the bidding war to buy the Los Angeles Clippers team from disgraced owner Donald Sterling with a bid of $2 billion. Acording to the Times, Ballmer beat out at least two other bidders who had offered over $1 billion. A $2 billion purchase price would be more than four times the previous record for an NBA franchise sale: $550 million paid for the Milwaukee Bucks earlier this month. The Times says it would trail only the $2.1 billion paid for the Los Angeles Dodgers as the most expensive franchise in North American sports. Ballmer has previously said if he became the owner of the Clippers, he would keep the team in Los Angeles -- a potential blow to efforts to bring an NBA team back to Seattle as Ballmer is one of the chief members of Chris Hansen's investment group. Donald Sterling's attorney, Bobby Samini, said there would be no sale of the team without Donald Sterling's involvement. But a May 22nd letter obtained by The Associated Press and written by another one of Sterling's attorneys says that "Donald T. Sterling authorizes Rochelle Sterling to negotiate with the National Basketball Association regarding all issues in connection with a sale of the Los Angeles Clippers team." It includes the line "read and approved" and Donald Sterling's signature. And so it goes.

Donald Sterling isn't just disliked; he's the most hated man in America. That's according to the results of a poll by E-Poll Market Research that was released yesterday. The company said that, out of the people who were familiar with the Los Angeles Clippers' owner, 92 percent said they disliked him. In the impressionable 13- to 24-year-old male demographic, 97 percent disliked him, according to the poll. Joining Donald Sterling on the list:

Rank Name Percent
1 Donald Sterling 92
2  Bernie Madoff  90
3 O.J. Simpson 88
3 Conrad Murray 88
5 Justin Bieber 86
6. Phil Spector 83
7 Aaron Hernandez 81
8  Michael Lohan  76
Eliot Spitzer  73
10  Jon Gosselin  71

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned today in a personal meeting with President Barack Obama, shortly after publicly apologizing for deep problems plaguing the agency's health care system that Obama called "totally unacceptable." Obama said he accepted the retired four-star general's resignation "with considerable regret" during an Oval Office meeting. Shinseki had been facing mounting calls to step down from lawmakers in both parties since a scathing internal report out Wednesday found broad and deep-seated problems in the sprawling health care system, which provides medical care to about 6.5 million veterans annually. The president named Sloan D. Gibson, currently the deputy VA secretary, to run the department on an interim basis while he searches for another secretary.

For the first time since 1962, two students have been declared co-champions of the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. Ansun Sujoe, 13, and Sriram Hathwar, 14, both got through the entire 25-word list of words without making a mistake in a tense final round last night. Both boys are getting the $30,000 prize. The final word, nailed by Sujoe, was F-E-U-I-L-L-T-O-N — a section of a European newspaper meant to have wide appeal.

The US Department of Transportation fined Southwest Airlines $200,000 yesterday for advertising $59 flights from Atlanta to Chicago, New York, or Los Angeles last year, even though it didn't really offer any tickets at such a low fare. The DOT also reinstated a $100,000 fine from 2013, bringing the cost of the case to $300,000. "Consumers have rights," Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said. Southwest blamed an error in its TV ads.

Trivia Answer: Gale Eugene Sayers who turns 71 today. Brian's Song is a 1971 ABC Movie of the Week that recounts the details of the life of Brian Piccolo (played by James Caan), a player stricken with terminal cancer after turning pro, told through his friendship with teammate and Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers (Billy Dee Williams), who helps him through the difficult struggle. The production was such a success on ABC television (November 30, 1971) that it was later shown in theaters, with a major premiere in Chicago; however, it was soon withdrawn due to a lack of business. Many critics have called the movie one of, if not the finest telefilm ever made.

Thursday 5.29.14
Today's Trivia: He is the only person with both a sibling and a child as fellow winners of the Indy 500. Who is he?

Felix Hernandez took a shutout bid into the ninth inning, coming within one out of his first complete game since August 2012 as the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-1 last. Mike Zunino homered and drove in all of Seattle's runs. Hernandez is now 7-and-1 and became the seventh pitcher in Mariners history with seven victories before June 1st. He won his fourth consecutive start. Zunino gave Hernandez the lead with a two-out, two-run single in the second inning, then he led off the eighth with a home run. Ms and Angels wrap up the series tonight.

Birthdays: He was the lead singer and songwriter for Oingo Boingo, later he wrote The Simpsons theme, composer Danny Elfman is 61; Toto bassist Michael Porcaro is 59; singer LaToya Jackson is 58; actress Annette Bening is 56; singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge is 53; Blair on The Facts of Life, actress Lisa Whelchel is 51; Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher is 47; and, better known as Scary Spice, singer Melanie Brown is 39.

Today is Pink Flamingo Day. It's Honor your Ancestors Day. It's also Learn About Composting Day. 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 and act appropriately.

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 hit #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 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, but it wasn't enough.

More in the Casey Kasem affair. The wife of the ailing radio personality has been ordered to appear in Kitsap County court tomorrow in an ongoing dispute with a stepdaughter who has been given authority to determine whether her father is receiving adequate medical care. The 82-year-old Kasem and his wife, Jean, have been staying with family friends in Kitsap County. The documents delivered Wednesday to Jean Kasem by Kitsap County sheriff's officers warn that her failure to appear tomorrow could lead to a warrant for her arrest. Jean Kasem was not immediately reachable for comment. A spokesman for the stepdaughter, Kerri Kasem, has said she has a Washington state court order that allows her to see her father.

The National Spelling Bee semi-finals and finals are today. ESPN 2 carried the semis this morning. ESPN has the finals tonight.

The Oklahoma City city council has approved a liquor license for a new gun range -- what could possibly go wrong? The 40,000-square-foot business includes 24 firearm lanes, 10 archery lanes and a cafe where food and alcohol will be served. But there will be precautions. Co-owner Jeff Swanson says customers' driver's licenses will be flagged once they order a drink, preventing them from drinking alcohol before entering the shooting facilities.

Apple is buying Beats Electronics for $3 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Cupertino company will pay $2.6 billion in cash and $400 million in equity, according to the Journal. The Santa Monica-based Beats, founded by rapper Dr. Dre and record producer Jimmy Iovine, makes the ubiquitous Beats by Dre headphones. The six-year-old company released a subscription music-streaming service called Beats Music in January. Iovine is leaving his job as chairman of Interscope Records and will work full-time for Apple. Dr. Dre won’t take a formal position at Apple, but will do, he says, "as much as it takes" for Apple.

An Australian man was selling the word 'the' written on a piece of paper on eBay. The bidding reached over $10,000 before eBay pulled the listing.

Trivia Answer: Race car driver Al Unser who is 75 today. After his son Al Jr. joined the top circuit in 1983, Unser has generally been known as Al Unser, Sr. or Big Al. He's the second of three men to have won the Indianapolis 500 four times, and the fourth of five to have won the race in consecutive years. In 1965, Al raced in the Indianapolis 500 for the first time and finished ninth. He won the Indy 500 in 1970, two years after his brother, Bobby. Al won again the next year in 1971. He also won in 1978 and 1987. He is the only person to have both a sibling -- his brother Bobby Unser -- and child -- his son Al Unser Jr. -- as fellow Indy 500 winners. Bobby is a three-time Indy winner winning in 1968, 1975, and 1981. Al Jr. is a two-time winner winning in 1992 and 1994. Al's nephews Johnny and Robby Unser have also competed in that race.

Wednesday 5.28.14
Today's Trivia: This pop singer-songwriter and guitarist is from Malibu, California. Her father co-produced Fleetwood Mac's Rumours and Tusk albums. She took piano lessons as a child, but lacked significant inspiration until she turned 11 years old. That's when she realized that she wanted to be a singer, and began taking vocal lessons, performing onstage for the first time in sixth grade. She began playing the acoustic guitar at the age of 19. She auditioned for American Idol but was rejected at the pre-audition stage and was unable to sing for the judges. The second time she auditioned for the show, she was rejected once again. However, she expressed gratitude at the judges' decision, saying "I was shy. I was nervous. I didn't look the greatest. I wasn't ready for it yet. I was glad, when I auditioned, that they said no." Who is she?

In a match up of starting pitchers who didn't have their best stuff, it was Seattle Mariners left-hander Roenis Elias who came up short. Elias gave up five earned runs, the most the rookie has allowed in his 11 career starts, as the Mariners lost 6-4 to the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night. Elias allowed eight hits over 6 1-3 innings, walking one and striking out five. The biggest trouble came in the second inning, when he gave up three straight doubles to start the inning and another with one out as the Angels took a 3-0 lead. Los Angeles starter Jered Weaver gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out five, but he won for the fifth time in six starts. Ms and Angels again tonight. Felix is throwing for Seattle.

Sue Bird is used to wacky schedules playing basketball year round. Even the veteran point guard was at a loss for the tough start her Seattle Storm have endured this season. The Storm plays10 of their first 13 games on the road — the most in league history to begin a season. The reason for the imbalanced schedule is that the Key Arena, where the Storm play their home games, hosts a lot of high school and college graduations in May, leaving few open dates. Seattle lost for the fourth time in its first five games with a 70-64 defeat to New York last night. Friday, the road trip continues with the Storm at Atlanta.

Apparently Earl Thomas' $40 million extension with the Seattle Seahawks did not mean fewer responsibilities on his plate. Next up for the All-Pro free safety: punt returning? Don't scoff. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday after the first organized team activity of the Seahawks' offseason program that Thomas would be the first up as punt returner right now. That all could change by the time the Sept. 4 season opener against Green Bay arrives. But for now, the job is Thomas' to lose. The question of who will return punts after the departure of Golden Tate in free agency is one of the few the Seahawks must answer this offseason. Tate was a standout for Seattle in that role, but he left for bigger money from Detroit during free agency. Thomas isn't the only one being considered. Carroll rattled off a list that also included Percy Harvin, Richard Sherman and Bryan Walters. But he was quick to say if the season started now, Thomas would be his choice.

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling says he has received offers of up to $2.5 billion to buy his team. NBA officials have been trying to force him to sell because of that secretly recorded racist rant to a woman identified as his girlfriend. Sterling's lawyers, in a written response he sent to the league yesterday, said the effort to banish him was illegal, because there is no NBA rule against "a jealous rant to a lover."

Birthdays: Singer Gladys Knight is 70; former mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani is 70; singer Billy Vera is 70; actress Sondra Locke is 70; from Creedence Clearwater Revival, singer-songwriter John Fogerty is 69; Eddie Corbett on The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, actor Brandon Cruz is 52; frontman for the Fine Young Cannibals, singer Roland Gift is 53; from The Presidents of the United States of America, Chris Ballew is 49; singer Kylie Minogue is 45; and TV hostess Elisabeth Hasselbeck is 37.

Renowned poet, novelist, and actress, Maya Angelou has died this morning at her North Carolina home, according to her literary agent. Affectionately referred to as Dr. Angelou, the professor never went to college. She has more than 30 honorary degrees and taught American studies for years at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Maya Angelou was 86.

Today is Morning Radio Day. It's also 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 1976, The Allman Brothers Band broke up for the first time after Gregg Allman testified against a roadie accused of drug trafficking. 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.

If it was possible for criminals to get sent down to the minor leagues, here's a candidate. This suspected burglar neglected to turn off the stolen cellphone that led police straight to him. According to the Seattle Police Department, a woman sleeping in the 5000 block of 29th Avenue South was woken up Sunday by a strange man standing in her bedroom. The woman reportedly pushed the intruder, who ran off with her cell phone and camera equipment. In what could be considered a completely bush-league move, the suspected burglar left the phone on, and officers used its GPS to track it to a house. Officers called the phone and heard it ringing inside the house. After getting a search warrant, officers entered the house and arrested the suspect. He was booked into King County Jail for investigation of burglary.

Here's your number for the day: 17. That's the percentage of US cab drivers who hold a college degree.

President Obama announced yesterday that the US would withdraw all but 9,800 of its troops from Afghanistan by year's end, ending the longest war in America's history. The residual force will remain for a year to train Afghan police and soldiers, and support their fight against al Qaeda and Taliban militants. Both candidates in next month's runoff to pick President Hamid Karzai's successor welcomed Obama's plan.

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden said in his first US network TV interview that he was "trained as a spy," and not just a low-level intelligence analyst, as some critics have said to discredit him. In an NBC News interview, the first part of which aired Tuesday, Snowden said he had "lived and worked undercover overseas -- pretending to work in a job that I'm not -- and even being assigned a name that was not mine."

Google has unveiled a two-seater prototype of the self-driving car it has been developing. The internet giant posted video of the vehicle in action as co-founder and CEO Sergey Brin publicly discussed the cars at a California conference. Brin said the idea is to make the vehicles "significantly safer" than regular cars. In 700,000 miles of testing, the robo-cars have been accident-free -- but they only go 25 miles per hour.

A 19-year-old's attempt to fly into the record books starts today in San Diego. Matt Guthmiller took off from Gillespie Field to try to become the youngest person to fly solo around the world. He estimates it will take him about 40 days with 20 stops on 5 continents. The current record is held by a 21-year-old. Guthmiller says he'll post updates on his Facebook page.

Trivia Answer: Colbie Marie Caillat who turns 29 today. As an infant, her parents gave her the nickname Coco, which she would name her debut album in 2007. Her debut single -- the song Bubbly -- was the song with which she auditioned for American Idol the second time. The single Bubbly peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the Pop 100.

Tuesday 5.27.14
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?

Chris Young pitched shutout ball until Albert Pujols homered in the seventh inning, Robinson Cano had three hits and two RBIs to raise his average to .332, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Angels 5-1 yesterday. After manager Lloyd McClendon lamented Seattle's production following losses over the weekend to Houston, the Mariners responded with five runs in the first two innings off Angels starter Tyler Skaggs. Seattle scored three unearned runs with two outs in the second. Young kept the Angels without a hit until Kole Calhoun's single with one out in the sixth inning. An inning later, Pujols hit his 506th career home run, pulling within three of Gary Sheffield for 24th on baseball's all-time homer list. The Mariners are now 5-and-1 against the Angels this year. Game two of the four-game series, Seattle and Los Angeles, tonight at Safeco.

Birthdays: Actor Christopher Lee is 92; former Secretary of State during Richard Nixon’s administration, Henry Kissinger is 91; musician Ramsey Lewis is 78; actress Lee Meriwether is 79; actor Louis Gossett, Jr. is 78; singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn is 69; from Siouxsie and the Banshees, singer Siouxsie Sioux is 57; from Crowded House and Split Enz, singer and guitarist Neil Finn is 56; Roz on Frasier, actress Peri Gilpin is 53; and Willis on Diff'rent Strokes, actor Todd Bridges is 49.

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 1968, Major League Baseball's National League awarded Montreal the first franchise in Canada and the first franchise outside the United States (Montreal Expos). 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, 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 was in office.

Mutant superhero movie X-Men: Days of Future Past powered to $302 million in worldwide ticket sales through the Memorial Day holiday yesterday, capping a weekend in which it surpassed Avatar as the biggest global debut for film studio 20th Century Fox. The seventh installment in the X-Men franchise topped US and Canadian movie charts with $111.0 million from Friday through Monday. The film earned an additional $191.0 million at theaters around the world. From Friday through Sunday, X-Men racked up global ticket sales that beat the December 2009 debut of Fox's Avatar, the sci-fi adventure that started with $241.5 million worldwide and became the best-selling movie of all time, grossing $2.8 billion. The stampede of X-Men knocked monster hit Godzilla to second place at US and Canadian theaters. New romantic comedy Blended came in third. The movie stars Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler as single parents on vacation with their kids at an African resort. Seth Rogen comedy Neighbors landed in fourth place, ahead of superhero sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in the No. 5 slot.

The "pretty blonde girl" who alleged Santa Barbara killer Elliot Rodger blamed for his bloodthirsty misogyny is "devastated," her father said yesterday. Rodger, 22, said in a manifesto he sent to his parents and others before the deadly rampage that the girl was his first crush in middle school, and that he had "started to hate all girls" after she teased and ridiculed him. Her father says, "She doesn't even remember this guy."

Many people find home life more stressful than work. In the new study (Pennsylvania State University) researchers had 122 people swab their cheeks three times a day, so they could measure the participants' cortisol levels. Cortisol is a key stress hormone, and rises when we're in stressful situations. They also asked the people to rate their moods at home and at work.

Nigeria's military says it has located nearly 300 school girls abducted by Islamic extremists but fears using force to try to free them could get them killed. Air Marshal Alex Badeh yesterday told demonstrators supporting the much criticized military that Nigerian troops can save the girls. But he added, "we can't go and kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back." He spoke to thousands of demonstrators who marched to Defense Ministry headquarters. Many had been brought in on buses, indicating it was an organized event. Asked by reporters where they had found the girls, Badeh refused to elaborate.

Thousands of people gathered in Gloucestershire, England, over the weekend for the traditional cheese-rolling races on Cooper's Hill. The unofficial event was organized by rebel cheese rollers, after plans for an official event were shelved in 2010. An estimated 5,000 people turned out to watch thrill-seekers chase an 8-pound wheel of double Gloucester cheese down the steep hill. The winner of the first race, Josh Shepherd, said he was "really happy" but "doesn't really like cheese".

Trivia Answer: The Golden Gate Bridge which spans the Golden Gate strait -- the mile-wide, three-mile-long channel between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The bridge connects the city of San Francisco on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula to Marin County. 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.

Monday 5.26.14
Today's Trivia: She was a physicist and astronaut. Born in Los Angeles, she joined NASA in 1978 and, at the age of 32, became the first American woman in space. Who was she?

The Mariners fell again yesterday to the worst team in baseball -- except when they play the Mariners -- the Houston Astros. The Astros took it 4-1. Hisashi Iwakuma was pitching for Seattle. This is amazing to me. Kuma vs the Astros in 13 2/3 innings has a 5.27 ERA. In 24 innings against everyone else, he has a .75 ERA. Meanwhile, manager Lloyd McClendon is tired of making excuses for his offense. He's tired of giving credit to opposing pitchers when Seattle's bats fall silent. He's tired of explaining away the lack of offensive production. Instead, McClendon turned the microscope on his hitters after yesterday's loss. bSeattle managed just four hits and an unearned run against Houston. McClendon pointed his ire at his own players for not being able to deliver offensively. "It had nothing to do with approach," McClendon said. "We had four hits. You don't win games with four hits and one run." The nine hits allowed by Iwakuma were also a season high. Mariner James Jones had his streak of hits in his first 15 starts and last 14 straight games ended with an 0-for-4 performance. Robinson Cano's streak of reaching base in a career-high 31 straight games also ended with an 0-for-4 day. The Ms now host Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for four. Game one is this afternoon.

Birthdays: Sportscaster Brent Musburger is 75;the drummer for The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Garry Peterson is 69; Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks is 66; actress Pam Grier is 65; Tubbs on Miami Vice, actor Philip Michael Thomas is 65; singer Hank Williams Jr. is 65; comedian Bobcat Goldthwait is 52; singer Lenny Kravitz is 50; South Park co-creator Matt Stone is 43; and the first son of Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, Kingston Rossdale is 8.

According to HistoryChannel.com, 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.

Memorial Day Facts:

  • 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 30, 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, 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.

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 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 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.

President Obama made a surprise visit to American troops in Afghanistan yesterday. Obama used the Memorial Day weekend visit to express his gratitude for the "extraordinary service" of US soldiers around the world. The visit came as the US prepares to withdraw almost all of its remaining 32,800 service members and the nation's longest war nears an end. A residual force of up to 10,000 will stay behind to train and support Afghan forces. Meanwhile, the White House inadvertently blew the cover of the Central Intelligence Agency's top officer in Kabul over the weekend. It included the person on a list given to reporters on officials attending President Obama's surprise visit, The Washington Post reports. The person was described as "Chief of Station," a designation for the CIA's ranking officer in a country. The White House quickly released a new list omitting the name.

Trivia Answer: Sally Kristen Ride who was born on this date in 1951. After flying twice on the space shuttle Challenger, she left NASA in 1987. She worked for two years at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Arms Control, then the University of California, San Diego as a professor of physics, primarily researching non-linear optics and Thomson scattering. She served on the committees that investigated the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle disasters, the only person to participate on both. Ride still holds the record for the youngest American astronaut to travel to space. Ride died on July 23rd of 2012 at the age of 61. Her death came seventeen months after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Friday 5.23.14
Today's Trivia: He's a game show contestant and author. He's noted for holding the record for the longest winning streak on Jeopardy! and as being the second all-time leading money winner on American game shows. Who is he?

The speed of Michael Saunders ran the Mariners' record up to .500 as he delivered the deciding runs in a 3-1 win over Houston last night at Safeco Field. With the bases loaded and two outs in a 1-1 tie in the seventh, Saunders sent a slow two-hopper to the right side that looked to be the third out. Saunders narrowly outraced pitcher Tony Sipp, who was covering the bag. The batters were running on the pitch, allowing two runs to score. The play was upheld after a brief replay review. Ms and Stros again tonight at 7.

Birthdays: Actress Joan Collins is 81; Jim on Murphy Brown, actor Charles Kimbrough is 78; comedian and part owner of the Seattle Sounders, Drew Carey is 56; model Karen Duffy is 53; singer Maxwell -- Maxwell is his middle name, he chooses to keep his first and last name private -- is 41; and singer Jewel is 40.

Today is the beginning of National Polka Weekend. Today is also National Taffy Day. It’s Sea Turtle Day and World Turtle Day. Today is also Moog Day, marking the birth on this date in 1934 of Robert Moog. He built the first successful music synthesizer. The first Moog album, Switched On Bach, became a best-seller in 1968. Today is Lucky Penny Day -- See a penny pick it up, all day long you have good luck

Calendar notes: On this date in 1962, the NBA agreed to allow the Philadelphia Warriors to become the San Francisco Warriors. They later became the Golden State Warriors. In 1977, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco called off a Jefferson Starship concert because the park had banned electronic instruments. In 1979, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, without a record contract, filed for bankruptcy. In 1984, Tina Turner released her album Private Dancer. In 1995, the first version of the Java programming language was released. In 1996, the Walt Disney Company announced that for the next ten years the more than 18,700 McDonalds restaurants would promote Disney movies, parks, and videos in 93 countries. In 2013, the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River collapsed up in Mount Vernon.

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman faces off against San Fransisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for the right to advance to the highest rungs of the NFL landscape. The last time Colin Kaepernick tested Richard Sherman ... well, you know what happened. But while Sherman and Kaepernick have had their fair share of epic battles on the field in recent years, this latest contest has only "virtual" implications. Sherman and Kaepernick are both semifinalists in the fan voting to be the cover model for Madden 15, the latest incarnation of the venerable video game franchise. Each advanced to the third round of the contest after taking down a player each faced in the playoffs last season. Sherman defeated New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham 65 percent to 35 percent in the quarterfinals, while Kaepernick edged out Carolina Panther linebacker Luke Kuechly 58 percent to 42 percent. Voting for the latest round kicked of yesterday and continues through next Friday. The winner faces either Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton or Indianapolis Colts signal-caller Andrew Luck in the finals. Some Seahawks fans might be thrilled to see Sherman on the cover of Madden 15, but others are likely wary. The legendary Madden Curse often bodes ill for players gracing the cover. The only Seahawks player to ever appear on a Madden cover was running back Shaun Alexander, who was featured on the cover of Madden 07 after his 1,880-yard, 27-touchdown MVP season in 2005 powered Seattle into its first Super Bowl. Alexander suffered a foot injury in 2006 and never ran for more than 896 yards and 7 touchdowns in a season again.

O.J. Simpson's lawyers submitted a supersized appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court, seeking the former football star's release from prison and a new trial in his 2007 Las Vegas armed-robbery case. The lawyers met a midnight Wednesday deadline to submit a request for the court to review Simpson's claim that his 2008 trial in Las Vegas was tainted by his fame and notoriety following his 1995 acquittal in Los Angeles in the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend. However, the document totaled 19,993 words, a court spokesman said yesterday. That was some 43 percent longer than the 14,000-word limit the court had set. It's up to the seven justices to decide whether to accept it for filing and consideration. Until that time, the document hasn't been made public. The court hasn't decided whether to hear oral arguments.

Players, coaches and executives from the Super Bowl-champion Seattle Seahawks were the toast of the sports world when they were honored by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony on Wednesday. However, there was one rather noticeable absence: notoriously media-shy running back Marshawn "Beast Mode" Lynch. According to his mother, avoiding the Washington media throng wasn’t the reason Lynch decided against making the trip. Lynch simply didn’t want to go. Delisa Lynch told The Seattle Times, "No particular reason was given to me. He just said he didn’t want to go.’’ Lynch has been reportedly mourning the death of a family member, but it’s unknown how much that played into his decision not to travel to Washington with his teammates. President Obama referenced Lynch in his remarks Wednesday, saying: "I just want to say how much I admire his approach to the press. I wanted to get some tips from him." Delisa Lynch says she thought it was "really considerate" for the president to mention her son.

X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters this weekend.

For the first time since 1979 the bullfighting festival in San Isidro, Spain had to be called off after, not one, not two, but three bullfighters were gored by angry bulls.

Just a reminder that Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Trivia Answer: Kenneth Wayne Jennings III -- Ken Jennings -- who is 40 today. In 2004, Jennings won 74 Jeopardy! games (in a row) before he was defeated by challenger Nancy Zerg on his 75th appearance. His total earnings on Jeopardy! are $3,196,300, consisting of $2,520,700 over his 74 wins, a $2,000 second-place prize in his 75th appearance, a $500,000 second-place prize in the Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament of Champions, a $23,600 win in his first appearance in the Jeopardy Battle of the Decades, as well as half of a $300,000 prize in the IBM Challenge, when he competed against Watson. After his success on Jeopardy!, Jennings wrote about his experience and explored American trivia history and culture in his book Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs, published in 2006. He and his wife Mindy, son Dylan, and daughter Caitlin live in the Seattle area.

Thursday 5.22.14
Today's Trivia: In 1967, this guy answered an advertisement for talent placed in the New Musical Express by Liberty records A&R man Ray Williams. Thus began a famous and well-loved songwriting team. The pair has collaborated on more than 30 albums to date. The 1991 film documentary Two Rooms described the duo's writing style, which involves this guy writing the lyrics on his own and his partner then putting them to music, with no further interaction between the two. Who is the guy?

Nick Tepesch helped the Texas Rangers hold off the Seattle Mariners yesterday. Tepesch, back from the minor leagues, earned his first major league victory in more than 10 months and the Rangers edged the Seattle Mariners 4-3. The Rangers' offense had three first-inning runs. James Jones tripled and scored on a Michael Saunders' single. Robinson Cano tied it up with a two run homer -- his second as a Mariner and both of them coming in Arlington, Texas. Shin-Soo Choo's leadoff home run in the bottom of the fifth broke the 3-3 tie. The teams split the two-game series. The Mariners now launch the longest homestand of the season playing host to Houston for four, then four with the LA Angels, then three with Detroit. Ms and Astros tonight at 7:00.

Birthdays: Actor Michael Constantine is 87; actor Richard Benjamin is 76; singer Morrissey is 55; Gin Blossoms guitarist Jesse Valenzuela is 52; she’s appeared on more than five-hundred magazine covers, model Naomi Campbell is 44; and eight-time Winter Olympic medalist Apolo Anton Ohno was born in Federal Way 32 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 National Make a Memory Day. Do something silly with a child. 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 have been considering taking up a musical instrument, today can be your starting point.

Calendar notes: On this date 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 had 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 1992, Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show for the final time. Announcer Ed McMahon and bandleader Doc Severinson also retired from the show. 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.

Memorial Day weekend marks the traditional launch of the summer driving season. The national average for gas going in to the weekend is $3.65 per gallon of regular unleaded. The Washington average is $3.89, which is the fifth highest in the country, according to the American Automobile Association.

Late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon is taking the Tonight Show on a road trip to Florida. The show announced that Fallon's first road trip since taking over for former host Jay Leno is to Orlando next month. The shows are being taped June 16th through the 19th from Universal Orlando Resort. Scheduled guests include Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Tracy Morgan. There will also be a first look at the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios theme park ride.

To celebrate National Doughnut Week, Krispy Kreme UK has unveiled the world's "most expensive" donut. It looks like a lotus flower and costs just under $1,700. The donut was made with Dom Perignon vintage 2002 champagne jelly. The treat has also been "blinged" with 24-carat gold leaf, 23-carat gold dust, and edible diamonds.

A big day for the Seahawks yesterday as they were feted in a White House ceremony. The Hawks received a rousing welcome during a historic visit with the president. President Obama hosted the team and congratulated players and coaches for their triumphs in the field and their contributions to their community. And of course there was a mention of that 43-8 Super Bowl win over the Denver Broncos. The Seahawks broke with tradition, however, by not award the Prez a Seahawks jersey with his name on it. Instead, he was presented with a 12 flag.

The complete text of President Obama's Seahawks speech:

All right, everybody have a seat. Welcome to the White House. (Applause.) Let’s give it up for this quiet, reserved bunch called the Seattle Seahawks. (Applause.) World champions. Best football team in America. (Applause.) I considered letting Sherman up here to the podium today -- (laughter) -- giving him the mic, but we’ve got to go in a little bit. (Laughter.) Obviously we’ve got some big Seahawks fans here today. (Applause.) That includes -- I know there are some members of Congress here who are huge Seahawks fans. We’ve also got the Secretary of Interior, Sally Jewell, who is a big Seahawks fan. (Applause.) We’ve got Seattle Mayor Ed Murray in the house, a big Seahawks fan. (Applause.) I want to congratulate Coach Pete Carroll for his outstanding leadership. I think those of us who are in leadership positions across disciplines, we’re always looking at folks who do things the right way. I think it’s pretty clear that Coach Carroll does things the right way and we’re very proud of him. Seahawks owner Paul Allen, who has done a great job, congratulations to him. (Applause.) We’ve got General Manager John Schneider who put together this outstanding organization, but I’m curious where the championship belt is today, John. (Laughter.) We are here to celebrate the first Super Bowl victory for the city of Seattle. (Applause.) During the regular season, the Seahawks tied for the best record. Suffocating defense led to -- led the league in points allowed, yards allowed, interceptions, takeaways, turnover margin. They beat the rival 49ers -- (applause) -- I knew you guys would clap on that one -- (laughter) -- in the NFC Championship game, and then dominated one of the best offenses in the NFL, beating the Broncos by 35 points. (Applause.) Of course, I don’t need to tell you how outstanding the Seahawks are because they did a pretty good job of describing themselves as outstanding during the year. (Applause.) You may have heard about the Legion of Boom -- (laughter) -- Richard Sherman, and Earl Thomas, and Kam Chancellor, and Byron Maxwell, who combined to form the best secondary in football. You had a dominating defensive line with guys like Michael Bennett and Red Bryant, Brandon Mebane -– and Brandon Mebane’s belly roll dance -- (laughter) -- all combining to -- we can’t do that here in the White House. (Laughter.) There’s Super Bowl MVP Malcom Smith. (Applause.) You’ve got breakout star Percy Harvin. (Applause.) He’s not here today, but we’ve got to give props to Beast Mode -- Marshawn Lynch. (Applause.) I am sorry that Marshawn is not here, because I just wanted to say how much I admire his approach to the press. (Laughter.) I wanted to get some tips from him. (Laughter.) It’s about the action. (Laughter.) And then there’s Russell Wilson, who you may not recognize because his locks are shorn -- he has cut his hair. (Laughter.) Where is Russell? There he is. (Applause.) I was telling him he looks okay this way too. He doesn’t have a peanut head or anything. (Laughter.) So Russell has won more games through his first two seasons than any quarterback in history. (Applause.) He also became only the second African American quarterback ever to win a Super Bowl. And the best part about it is nobody commented on it, which tells you the progress that we’ve made, although we’ve got more progress to make. (Applause.) And part of the reason that I think Russell inspired a lot of folks is he’s been proving the doubters wrong for a very long time. For years, folks said he’d be too short to succeed as a quarterback in the NFL. Five quarterbacks were drafted ahead of him, which is a familiar story for a lot of these Seahawks. You got three starters in the secondary who were taken fifth round or lower. Nineteen players on the roster weren’t drafted at all. Last year, a pundit had the gall to call the receiving corps "pedestrian," which I heard made "Angry Doug Baldwin" even angrier. (Laughter.) So let me just say as a guy who was elected President named Barack Obama, I root for the underdogs. (Applause.) And so seeing folks overcome the odds excites me. But it also excites me when you see the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. And that’s what team is all about. And this is a team. And it’s not just about football. These guys have been overcoming adversity off the field as well. They’ve got fullback Derrick Coleman, who has been legally deaf since he was three years old. I joke about Richard Sherman, but he grew up in Compton amid some wonderful people, but also gangs and drugs and guns. His dad had to wake up before 4 a.m. every day to drive a garbage truck. But because of his dad’s hard work and his family, and his mom, Richard ended up earning a 4.2 GPA in high school. He won a scholarship to Stanford. (Applause.) He showed kids from his neighborhood that they could make it. And if he seems a little brash, it’s because you’ve got to have attitude sometimes if you are going to overcome some of this adversity. And the fact that he still goes back to inspire high schoolers for higher goals and making better choices, that’s all-star behavior. And he’s not the only one giving back. Russell spends every Tuesday -- even during the season -- visiting sick kids at the Seattle Children’s Hospital. Coach Carroll’s "A Better Seattle" and "A Better LA" organization works to keep at-risk youth away from drugs and violence. Paul Allen’s Family Foundation has given millions of dollars for medical research into traumatic brain injuries, which obviously is a concern in the NFL, but also is a concern to our troops and people all across the country. As a team, the Seahawks raised more than $700,000 this year for causes like supporting our troops and strengthening our schools. And that spirit of working hard and giving back has endeared this team to its fans in a way that most cities can’t replicate. Now, part of it is you all have that stadium that is kind of cheating, because it’s so loud. (Laughter.) You hired some physicist to make it so. (Laughter and applause.) There are a lot of really smart people at Microsoft and up in those places that can design these things. (Laughter.) So we can’t talk about the Seahawks without talking about the 12th Man. (Applause.) Last season, "the 12s" set a record not once, but twice, for the loudest crowd noise in history. (Laughter.) Now, history is a long time, so that’s really loud. (Laughter.) So loud on multiple occasions, they’ve actually created minor earthquakes, which is disturbing. And you should think about that. (Laughter.) After the Super Bowl, when they had the chance to celebrate, they let loose in true Seattle style. And while some got a little carried away, there’s actually video of a huge group of Seahawks fans interrupting their celebration to wait for the walk sign before crossing an intersection. (Laughter and applause.) So that’s Seattle for you. (Laughter.) So congratulations to the 12s, congratulations to the players, the coaches, the staff, the owners. Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks and the whole city for an outstanding season. (Applause.)

Trivia Answer: Bernie Taupin who turns 64 today. At the same time Taupin answered the ad, Elton John answered the same ad. Neither one passed the audition for Liberty Records. Ray Williams, however, recognized their talents and put them in touch with each other. The film Two Rooms described the John/Taupin writing style, which has Taupin writing the lyrics on his own and John then putting them to music, with no further interaction between the two. The process is still fundamentally the same, with John composing to Taupin's words, but the two interact on songs far more today. Taupin even sometimes joins John in the studio as the songs are written and occasionally drops in during recording sessions. In 1973, he collected all his lyrics up through the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album into a book entitled The One Who Writes the Words for Elton John. Taupin's lyrics include such memorable tunes as Rocket Man, Levon, Tiny Dancer, Crocodile Rock, Honky Cat, Candle in the Wind, Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting, Bennie and the Jets, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me, Daniel, and 1970's Your Song, his and Elton's first hit. Perhaps the most important influence of Taupin's childhood was his intense interest in the American Old West. The topic is the focus to his lyrics on 1970 Tumbleweed Connection album. When he and Elton decided to write an autobiographical album in 1975, Taupin dubbed himself The Brown Dirt Cowboy in contrast to Elton's Captain Fantastic. Taupin has lived his dream of being a Brown Dirt Cowboy. He moved to southern California in the mid-1970s and he has been living since the 1980s on a working ranch north of Los Angeles.

Wednesday 5.21.14
Today's Trivia: He is an eight-time medallist -- two gold, two silver, and four bronze -- in the Winter Olympics. He also competed in and won the reality TV show Dancing with the Stars in 2007. Who is he?

Kyle Seager had three hits, including a two-run single that sparked a four-run third inning, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 6-2 last night. Robinson Cano, Dustin Ackley and recent call-up Nick Franklin added two hits each as the Mariners, last in the American League in hitting, had every member of the batting order reach base during the first four innings, That backed the pitching of Hisashi Iwakuma, who allowed both runs and six hits through eight innings. Kuma had a streak of 17 consecutive scoreless innings end with a home run by Adrian Beltre leading off the second inning that made it 1-0. Ms and Rangers doing it again with a day game today.

Birthdays: Frontman for The Isley Brothers, singer Ron Isley is 73; actor Richard Hatch is 69; Chicago's keyboardist Bill Champlin is 67; singer-songwriter Leo Sayer is 66; comedian turned politician Al Franken is 63; his real name is Laurence Tureaud but we know him as Mr. T and he’s 62; and actor Judge Reinhold is 57.

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. It’s suggested by the sponsors that since there are patches for nicotine and heart patients, maybe someone could also come up with patches for runny noses and bad hair. Today is Neighbor Day. 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. Every once in a while, we discover a special day with no known history or description. Today is National Waiters and Waitresses Day, a day that recognizes the value and importance of a good waiter or waitress.

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. Both cried during the 3-minute ceremony. In 1971, Paul McCartney released his solo album Ram. In 1990, in 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 2003, Ruben Studdard won the second season of American Idol. In 2005, the tallest roller coaster in the world, Kingda Ka opened at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey.

President Obama is set to be among the lowest-paid people in the room when the Seahawks show up today at the White House. In what has become an American tradition for major sports champions, the Super Bowl winners are being honored by the President today in a ceremony at the Rose Garden. More than a dozen have moved on, but all the players who helped win the Super Bowl are gathering today to be hailed by the chief.

Apparently cold weather Super Bowls are cool. Minneapolis is hosting the 2018 Super Bowl after a vote by owners rewarded the city for its new stadium deal. The owners chose Minneapolis and the $1 billion stadium planned for the site of the old Metrodome to host the championship over New Orleans and Indianapolis. New Orleans bid committee members believed the new Minneapolis stadium, set to open in 2016, swung the vote. The stadium will hold up to 72,000 for the Super Bowl. The big game is being staged in the Twin Cities for the second time. It was there in 1992, when Washington beat Buffalo.

Marijuana growers in Washington, Colorado and other states cannot use irrigation water from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to grow their crops, the agency said this week. Marijuana growing remains illegal under federal law, so irrigation water from its dams cannot be used to grow pot even in states that have legalized recreational or medical use of the drug, the agency said. The Reclamation Bureau provides irrigation water in 17 states, mostly in the West, and the prohibition against using that water to grow pot applies to all of them. It's not immediately clear how many growers, if any, had planned to use federal irrigation water to grow marijuana.

The American Idol finale coming up tonight. It'll either be Caleb or Jena as the new Idol. Meanwhile, it's a star-studded two-hour extravaganza featuring John Legend, Aloe Blaac, Demi Lovato, Phillip Phillips, Paramore, Jennifer Nettles, Darius Rucker, and Kiss, amongst others.

A new graduation policy at a Florida high school is causing outrage. Students at Manatee High School in Bradenton are being required to pay $20 to participate in the event. And if parents want a good view of their child receiving his or her diploma, the school is charging them $200 for a "premium" seat.

Trivia Answer: Apolo Anton Ohno, who was born in Federal Way 32 years ago tomorrow. Ohno's parents divorced when he was an infant, and he was raised in Seattle by his father. His father chose to name his son Apolo after the Greek words "Ap," which means to "steer away from" and "lo," which means "look out; here he comes." As a single parent, Apolo's dad was concerned his son would become a latchkey kid, so he got his son involved with competitive swimming and quad-speed roller skating at age 6, and later inline speed skating, to fill his spare time. Ohno's days were spent with morning swimming practices, followed by schooling, and finally skating practices in the afternoon. When Apolo was 12, he won the Washington state championship in the breaststroke but preferred inline speed skating over swimming. Also when he was 12 years old, after seeing the sport during the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, Apolo became interested in short track speed skating. His father capitalized on this interest by driving him to short track competitions throughout the Northwest and Canada. Ohno currently serves as a Special Olympics Global Ambassador ahead of the 2015 World Summer Games taking place in Los Angeles.

Tuesday 5.20.14
Today's Trivia: He's an English rock and blues singer, who came to popularity in the 1960s. He's known for his gritty voice, his spasmodic body movement in performance, and his cover versions of popular songs -- particularly those of The Beatles. Who is he?

The Mariners managed to avoid the sweep in Minnesota over the weekend taking one of three from the Twins. An off day yesterday. Now they've moved on to Texas. Hisashi Iwakuma gets the start tonight in the first of two against the Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. First pitch tonight at 5:05.

Birthdays; Cher is 68; Doug of Bob & Doug MacKenzie, actor and comedian Dave Thomas is 65; from The Go-Go’s, guitarist Jane Wiedlin is 56; Balki on Perfect Strangers, actor Bronson Pinchot is 55; and Natalie on The Facts of Life, actress Mindy Cohn is 48.

It’s Weight and Measure's Day. It's also Be a Millionaire Day. If you are a millionaire, savor and enjoy the day. If not, do some millionaire things like review your investments and look for ways to improve them. Increase the deposits to your savings accounts. Start or add to your 401K. If all else fails, buy a lottery ticket, but just one. The thought for today: All I ask is for a chance to prove that money doesn't buy happiness.

Calendar notes: On this date 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 per 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 takes off from Newfoundland to begin the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot. She landed in Ireland the next day. 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.

Five middle school students and a bus driver needed medical attention Monday morning when a 13-year-old sprayed pepper spray inside a packed bus. The 46 students were heading from Tumwater to a field trip at Mount St. Helens when one of the students discharged pepper spray inside the bus, according to the Washington State Patrol. The bus driver, a 28-year-old woman, pulled over to the shoulder of I-5 after she began experiencing breathing problems. Medics and troopers responded to the scene just after 9:30 a.m. and treated five students who had been directly exposed to the spray. The driver was the only person who went to the hospital for further treatment, according to WSP. Troopers say the student who discharged the spray handed the container to another student to hide, who then passed it off to yet another student. Those three kids were taken back to Tumwater and released to school officials. The district dispatched another bus driver and the students continued their field trip. The incident remains under investigation.

What happens when you invite Vice President Joe Biden to your prom? Chances are he won't show. But he doesn't ignore it, either. Talia Maselli invited Biden to her high school prom in Newington, Connecticut. She reached out last fall, knowing Biden's dance card likely would fill up. Biden couldn't make it, but he sent a handwritten card and a corsage -- baby's breath, white roses and red, white and blue ribbons. Biden's office says he was touched by the invitation and personally picked out the corsage so Maselli would feel special. When the vice president's package arrived at the Masellis' home last Thursday, a day before the prom, the family thought it was a prank. "But then we called the number that came with it, and it was his personal secretary," said the 18-year-old Maselli. She said, "I was just shocked." Maselli said the invitation to Biden began as a joke between her and her friends and she thought it would get lost in all the other mail he gets. She said she always thought the vice president was funny and she didn't invite President Barack Obama because she thought he would be too busy. Maselli said in her letter to Biden in September that she was inviting him so far in advance because she had to beat other teenage girls to the punch. "I could only tolerate a high school dance if I was to be escorted by the most delightful man in all of America -- Joe Biden," she wrote. "I fear if you turn me down, I may have to invite Speaker John Boehner, and we can't have that now can we." Biden said in his reply that he was flattered by the invitation but his schedule wouldn't let him attend. Masellie didn't go to her prom Friday, as planned. Biden's office is arranging for Maselli to meet him at the White House in July.

Miss Beazley, former President George W. Bush's Scottish terrier, has died. The family made the announcment over the weekend. The dog was 10 years old, and was put to sleep after battling cancer. Miss Beazley is perhaps best remembered for starring in a White House video, A Very Beasley Christmas, that followed the pup around 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue during the holiday.

The power of dogs' noses is well documented, and that reputation continues to improve. Researchers have discovered that our canine companions' snouts may be more accurate than advanced laboratory procedures when it comes to detecting certain forms of cancer. Researchers in Italy (Istituto Clinico Humanitas) trained two dogs that can sniff out the scent of prostate cancer in urine samples with a success rate of 98 percent.

McDonald's unveiled a new mascot Monday. It's called Happy -- and it's an animated Happy Meal box with a set of teeth on the front and a pair of cartoon arms and legs. The character has been around overseas since 2009 but this is the first time Happy is being introduced stateside.

It's scary the people like this are walking and talking amongst us. A man suspected of stealing a BMW from a Fairfield, Connecticut, convenience store parking lot was taken into custody. They got hime when he returned to retrieve the Dodge Neon he left behind.

Trivia Answer: John Robert Cocker -- known as Joe Cocker -- who turns 70 today. His cover of The Beatles' With a Little Help from My Friends reached number one in the UK in 1968, and he performed the song live at Woodstock in 1969. It would later be used as the theme song for the television show, The Wonder Years. The recording features lead guitar from Jimmy Page. His 1975 hit single, You Are So Beautiful, reached number five in the US. Cocker is the recipient of several awards, including a 1983 Grammy Award for his US number one Up Where We Belong, a duet with Jennifer Warnes. Cocker was ranked #97 on Rolling Stone's 100 greatest singers list. In 1976, Cocker performed Feelin' Alright on Saturday Night Live. John Belushi joined him on stage doing his famous impersonation of Cocker's stage movements.

Monday 5.19.14
Today's Trivia: This actor got his first acting job in 1976 when the producers of the movie Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger discovered him from a photograph in a newspaper article about men with large feet, and they cast him in the role of the minotaur. Then when casting roles for his first Star Wars film, producer George Lucas needed a tall actor for this particular role. He originally had 6 ft 6 in bodybuilder David Prowse in mind, but Prowse was instead cast to play the role of Darth Vader. This led Lucas on a search which turned up this actor, who says that all he had to do to be cast in the role was stand up. He played his signature role in four Star Wars films. Who is he?

The Mariners managed to avoid the sweep. After dropping the first two games in Minnesota, Felix Hernandez pitched eight strong innings and Robinson Cano went 4-for-5 the Seattle won the series finale, downing the Twins 6-2 yesterday. Seattle snapped a four-game losing streak. Cano's single in the fourth extended his on-base streak to 26 games, the longest in the major leagues this year. The Mariners have a day off today. They travel to Texas for a two-game set against the Rangers starting tomorrow.

The Phoenix Mercury beat the Seattle Storm 81-64 Saturday night in the Mercury's opener. The Storm had their opener the night before falling to the Los Angeles Sparks 80-69. The Storm is back in action Friday on Connecticut.

Obafemi Martins scored in the eighth minute to give the Seattle Sounders a 1-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night as both teams began a possible two-month stretch with some of the top players in the league off competing at the World Cup. The Sounders take on the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday.

Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome won the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore over the weekend -- moving a step closer to the illustrious and elusive Triple Crown. If California Chrome wins at the Belmont Stakes in New York on June 7th, he'll be the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

Today is Boys and Girls Club Day. It celebrates the invaluable Boy's Clubs and Girl's 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. Today is a day to recognize the importance of these groups for our children and to the community. With more and more parents at work, and broken families, these groups take on added importance. Here in Thurston County, you can find out more at BGCTC.ORG.

Birthdays: Former PBS news anchor Jim Lehrer is 80; from The Who, Rock Hall of Famer Pete Townshend is 69; singer, actress, and model Grace Jones is 66; from ZZ Top, Rock Hall of Famer Dusty Hill is 65; and former football player and football dad Archie Manning is 65

Calendar notes: On this date in 1962, there was a birthday salute to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The highlight was Marilyn Monroe's rendition of Happy Birthday. In 1963, the New York Post Sunday Magazine published Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail, drafted shortly after his arrest on April 12th during the Birmingham campaign advocating for civil rights and an end to segregation in Birmingham, Alabama. The letter was in response to A Call for Unity: a statement made by eight white Alabama clergymen against King and his methods, following his arrest, and became one of the most-anthologized statements of the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

Monster movie remake Godzilla crushed its competitors at US and Canadian theaters over the weekend, stomping its way to the top of box office charts with an estimated $93.2 million in ticket sales for the year's second-biggest debut. The giant lizard trounced second-place finisher, adult comedy Neighbors which topped the chart a week ago. Superhero sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2 finished the weekend in third place. Godzilla faces formidable competition this next weekend from another big-budget action movie, mutant superhero sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past. Rounding out the top five this past weekend, the new Walt Disney movie Million Dollar Arm debuted in fourth place. The comedy The Other Woman took fifth place.

When the votes were tallied at the 2014 Boatswap & Chowder Challenge over the weekend, the People's Choice Award for the South Sound's Finest Chowder went to Little Creek Casino Resort. Fatso's Bar & Grill finished second and Falls Terrace Restaurant took third place.

Swiss voters headed to the polls yesterday to vote on whether to create the world's highest minimum wage. The proposal was for a minimum wage of 22 Swiss francs -- roughly $24.65 -- per hour. Swiss TV reports the voters soundly rejected the proposal and did so in virtually all regions.

AT&T says it is buying DirecTV for $95 per share, or about $48.5 billion, a move that gives the telecommunications company a larger base of video subscribers and increases its ability to compete against Comcast and Time Warner Cable, which agreed to a merger in February. The boards of the AT&T and Comcast met yesterday to approve the plan. The merger would bring 20 million more US television subscribers under AT&T's roof, making it the second biggest TV provider, behind Comcast. The deal is subject to regulatory approval.

Trivia Answer: Peter Mayhew -- best known for playing the Wookie Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies -- who turns 70 today. Mayhew also plays the role in commercials and for hospital appearances for sick children. When cast in the role, he studied the movement of large animals at the zoo to come up with an authentic sense of movement for Chewbacca. When Mayhew grew ill in the shooting of The Empire Strikes Back, a similarly tall stand in was used, but the actor could not match Mayhew's studied movement style and the scenes had to be re-shot upon Mayhew's recovery. Mayhew did not provide the voice of Chewbacca; that was created by the film's sound designer by mixing together the growls of different animals. Despite his recent health setbacks, it has been reported that Mayhew will reprise his role of Chewbacca in Star Wars Episode VII which is scheduled to start filming this month 2014 and feature the return of cast members that appeared in the original trilogy.

Friday 5.16.14
Today's Trivia: She's an American marathon runner who won gold at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, the year that the women's marathon was introduced. As a result, she was the first-ever women's Olympic marathon champion. She still holds the fastest times for an American woman at the Chicago Marathon and the Olympic Marathon. Her time at the Boston Marathon was the fastest time by an American woman at that race for 28 years. Who is she?

The Mariners have a quarter of the season behind them ... and while it's not spectacular, it's probably better than expected. They're at .500 with 20 up and 20 down. They're in Minnesota taking on the Twins. Game one of three is tonight at 5:10.

It was a long, long start for Rochester's pitcher Dylan Fosnacht and it caught the attention of Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price. Fosnacht threw 194 pitches as he took a shutout into the 15th inning of a tournament game Tuesday. The right-hander wound up with a no-decision when his team beat La Center 1-0 in the 17th inning. Fosnacht struck out 17 while allowing seven hits and three walks. Price took notice of the performance on Twitter, telling Fosnach, "you're a beast ... but let's be a little smarter brotha!!" The 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner suggested his coach should be fired for letting the young pitcher risk injury by staying in the game so long. The comments fueled an online debate about the wisdom of the decision. Rochester coach Jerry Striegel told The Associated Press he was amazed by the attention and that while the final pitch count surprised him, he had been checking with Fosnacht every inning to make sure he was OK. The coach said, "Maybe 194 pitches is a little outlandish but in the time and the moment, I thought it was a good situation. He never seemed to be tiring. What I feel bad about is drawing attention to Rochester and Rochester High School for something I did, for something it shouldn't be known for." Fosnacht said he's not a major league prospect or even a regular pitcher. He's an infielder who pitches every now and then, and he's happy he gave his team a chance to win. He said he wouldn't want any other coach.

Birthdays: Actor Pierce Brosnan is 61; gymnast Olga Korbut is 59; Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic is 49; singer Janet Jackson is 48; Carol on Growing Pains, actress Tracey Gold is 45; and actress Tori Spelling is 41.

Today is Sneeze Without Embarrassment Day in honor of the normal springtime high pollen level. Today is Biographers Day. It's Wear Purple For Peace Day

Calendar notes: On this date in 1904, the automohorse was patented. The first autos tended to scare horses, so this ingenious invention was an automobile that looked like a horse. In 1965, The Beach Boys sang their hit Help Me, Rhonda on The Ed Sullivan Show. In In 1970, Randy Bachman left The Guess Who. In 1985, Michael Jordan was named NBA Rookie of the Year. In 1996, residents of Williamstown, Massachusetts, voted 165-138 to end their 200-year tradition of opening the annual town meeting with a prayer. Before they voted, they prayed. In 1990, actor and singer Sammy Davis Jr. died of throat cancer. He was 64. In 2000, the New York Democratic Party nominated First Lady Hillary Clinton for the US Senate, making her the first First Lady to run for public office.

Researchers tell us you're least likely to do this between 8 and 11 in the morning. What are they talking about? Telling a lie.

Magma is growing under the crater at Mount St. Helens as the 34th anniversary of its big eruption nears. The anniversary is this Sunday -- the same day of the week as when the blast occurred. Scientists say as the volcanic activity grows, so does the technology to give us a warning. Tourists are flocking to get an up-close look at the volcano as we approach the anniversary of the 1980 eruption. It was 8:32 on that Sunday morning when a 5.1 earthquake shook the mountain. It's north face collapsed sending the eruptive force sideways. A plume of ash poured into the southwest Washington sky and a debris flow filled the Toutle River. Vulcanologist David Johnston lost his life. He and 56 others died including Harry Truman, who refused to leave his lodge. Geologists say they're detecting more and more deep earthquakes that could indicate another eruption, but nothing imminent. Scientists say that with the help of new spider sensors and other technology they believe they'll get plenty of warning should Mount St. Helens decide to do it again. In honor of the anniversary, the monument is open Sunday free to the public.

A new partnership wants to redevelop the historic brewhouse in Tumwater and restore the site’s original purpose: brewing beer. Referred to as the Craft Brewing and Distilling Center, the proposal was announced yesterday as a key step in transforming the vacant area into an economic hub that generates jobs and tourism. The project targets the historic brewery properties north of Custer Way. Located next to the Deschutes River, the old brewhouse was part of the Olympia Brewery, which closed in 2003 after nearly 100 years of making beer. The revamped site would potentially serve as an "incubator" for small craft brewers and distillers, according to stakeholders. The project is still in the early stages, and several studies are already under way. If it comes to fruition, the project will preserve an historic icon while delivering an economic spark to the city’s historic district, said John Freedman of the Olympia Tumwater Foundation, which operates nearby Tumwater Falls Park. He said brewery founder Leopold Schmidt would be proud to see all these entities working together over beer.

Trivia Answer: Joan Benoit Samuelson who is 57 today. In March of 1984, Benoit injured her knee severely during a 20-mile training run, forcing her to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery just 17 days before the United States Olympic Women's Marathon Trials were scheduled here in Olympia. However, she recovered from the surgery much more quickly than expected, and showed up at the trials as the woman to beat. She beat runner-up Julie Brown by 30 seconds, winning in 2:31:04. Three months later, she competed in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and won the first Olympic Women's Marathon in 2:24:52. By the way, Marathon Park at the southwestern corner of Capitol Lake earned its name as the start and finish site for those 1984 US trials for the first Women’s Olympic Marathon. Since her retirement from competitive running, she has written books including Running Tide and Running for Women, and has opened a running clinic. She is also a coach to women's cross-country and long-distance athletes, and is a motivational speaker and sports commentator. Benoit resides in Freeport, Maine. Benoit and husband Scott Samuelson have two children, daughter Abby and son Anders. Just a reminder, the Capital City Marathon is coming up this Sunday.

Thursday 5.15.14
Today's Trivia: He had a successful college career at Washington State University, where he was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy after his junior year. He was selected as the second overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, but his career was short and interrupted by injuries. An episode of NFL Top 10 ranked him as the No. 1 draft bust in NFL history. Who is he?

The Seattle Mariners were unable to solve Tampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi. Odorizzi threw six shutout innings and had a no-hitter going until James Jones singled with two outs in the sixth inning. The Mariners got only one other hit when Dustin Ackley doubled with one out in the eighth. Brandon Maurer and the Seattle bullpen held the Rays to three hits. But Maurer was unable to make it out of the fourth inning when he lost command and the Rays scored both of their runs. That's your final: 2-0 Tampa Bay. An off day for the Ms today. They're in Minnesota starting tomorrow.

The Seattle Seahawks are going to the White House. Officials announced yesterday that the Super Bowl champions are visiting President Barack Obama at the White House on Wednesday the 21st to honor their NFL championship

Birthdays: Counterculture icon Wavy Gravy is 78; singer Anna Maria Alberghetti is 78; former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is 77; singer, songwriter, producer Brian Eno is 66; musician Mike Oldfield is 61; baseball's George Brett is 61; sports broadcaster Dan Patrick is 58; and football's Emmitt Smith is 45.

Today is Flight Attendants Appreciation Day. Today is Relive Your Past By Listening to the First Music You Ever Bought No Matter What It Was No Excuses Day Today is International Sea Monkey Day. Today is Dinosaur Day. It's Nylon Stockings Day, Over The Rainbow Day, International Day of Families, National Employee Health and Fitness Day. Today is Peace Officer Memorial Day, honored by some 21,000 police departments in the US. Police Week begins today. always on May 15th

Calendar notes: On this date 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 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 5-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. She was 16 at the time.

Days after he left a nursing home, radio icon Casey Kasem was located here in Washington -- but his exact location remains unclear. Kitsap County sheriff's deputies performed a welfare check Tuesday at an address provided by California Adult Protective Services. Authorities found Casey and his wife visiting others at a home. The couple told deputies they were on vacation. After determining Casey was not in distress and was receiving appropriate care, the deputies left. Daughter Kerri Kasem said in a statement last night, "We are grateful to local authorities for finding my Dad. We are one step closer to bringing him home." But the statement added that Kasem's exact location "is still being determined." Kitsap County authorities have not released the address where they found Kasem and the family still has "grave concerns about his medical care," the daughter's representative said in the statement. The 82-year-old Kasem is suffering from Lewy body disease -- a common cause of dementia. On Monday, a judge named Kasem's daughter, Kerri, the temporary conservator until a June 20th hearing. But she hadn't been able to take on the responsibility without knowing where he was. .

Here's your number for the day: 83,000. We're told that's the amount, in dollars, that we spend on Amazon every minute.

Trivia Answer: Ryan Leaf who turns 38 today. He was a quarterback in the NFL for four seasons. He played for the San Diego Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys between 1998 and 2001, and also spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Seattle Seahawks. After his NFL career ended, Leaf completed his degree at Washington State and became a volunteer quarterbacks coach at West Texas A&M University in 2006. In 2008, Leaf resigned after allegedly asking a player for pain medication, and Leaf would later encounter legal troubles involving drugs beginning in 2010 after a Texas judge sentenced him to 10 years' probation. Two years later, Leaf pled guilty to felony burglary and drug possession in Montana. After a suspended sentence with a stint in drug rehabilitation, Leaf began serving a seven-year sentence in state prison in December 2012.

Wednesday 5.14.14
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 chief executive and president. In 2010, this guy was named Time magazine's Person of the Year. Who is he?

Hisashi Iwakuma pitched eight innings of shutout ball. The Mariners' alleged closer Fernando Rodney undid it all in less than an inning. Rodney came on in the ninth with the Seattle Mariners holding a 1-0 lead and promptly gave up a leadoff home run to David DeJesus, then a go-ahead RBI single five batters later in the Tampa Bay Rays' 2-1 victory last night. Rodney left with two outs in the ninth to a chorus of boos. Ms and Rays wrap up the series with a day game today.

Seattle Seahawks All-Pro Richard Sherman's reign as the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL lasted less than one week after Joe Haden reportedly agreed to terms on a five-year, $68 million deal with the Cleveland Browns yesterday. Haden confirmed the extension via Twitter. Haden's deal -- which includes $45 million in guaranteed money compared to Sherman's $40 million -- comes one day after fellow All-Pro Patrick Peterson said he believes his upcoming contract negotiations with the Arizona Cardinals should result in a larger extension than the four-year, $57.4 million agreement Sherman signed on May 7th.

Birthdays: From Cream, singer and bassist Jack Bruce is 71; Star Wars director George Lucas is 70; from The Talking Heads, frontman David Byrne is 62; director of the Back to the Future films, Robert Zemeckis is 62; Poison guitarist C.C. Deville is 52; from Milli Vanilli, Fabrice Morvan is 48; actress Cate Blanchett is 45; daughter of director Francis Ford Coppola and a director in her own right, Sofia Coppola is 43; and Los Lonely Boys guitarist Henry Garza is 36.

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 Crazy Day, Motorcycle Day, National Third Shift Workers Day. Today is National Buttermilk Biscuit Day. It's National Chocolate Chip Day, a day that celebrates and enjoys sweet, tasty chocolate chips.

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 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.

Former American Idol singer Clay Aiken yesterday was declared the winner of the still-uncertified vote count in a Democratic congressional primary in North Carolina. His main opponent, textile manufacturer Keith Crisco, died in his home a day earlier from an apparent fall. The rivals had been a few hundred votes apart, with Aiken in the lead. Aiken goes into the general election campaign an underdog against GOP Rep. Renee Ellmers.

At least Conan O'Brien isn't going to retire anytime soon. TBS has given a big renewal to Conan, extending the talk show through 2018. That adds another three years onto O'Brien's previous deal with the cable network. The 51-year-old former host of NBC's Tonight Show averages 862,000 viewers including DVR playback, but TBS says he has more adults 18-34 than some of his bigger competitors -- including CBS's The Late Show with David Letterman and ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Trivia Answer: Mark Elliot Zuckerberg who is 30 today. His website is the social networking site Facebook. As of April 2013, Zuckerberg is the chairman and chief executive of Facebook, Inc.and his personal wealth, as of April 2014, is estimated to be $25.3 billion. Mark Zuckerberg receives a one-dollar salary as CEO of Facebook. Since 2010, Time magazine has named Zuckerberg among the 100 wealthiest and most influential people in the world as a part of its Person of the Year distinction.

Tuesday 5.13.14
Today's Trivia: He's a retired professional basketball player, who played for the Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played at the small forward position in his early years before becoming a power forward. He earned NBA All-Defensive First Team honors seven times and won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award twice. He also led the NBA in rebounds per game for a record seven consecutive years and won five NBA championships. His biography at NBA.com states that he is "arguably the best rebounding forward in NBA history." Who is he?

Felix Hernandez got plenty of run support before his ejection and the Seattle Mariners topped the Tampa Bay Rays 12-5 last night while hitting two early drives off the top of the wall, requiring video reviews on consecutive batters. Hernandez won for the first time in more than a month. He took a shutout bid into the seventh inning, then gave up a three-run double to Ryan Hanigan with two outs and was pulled. As Hernandez was leaving, he complained to plate umpire Mark Ripperger about his strike zone and was tossed for the first time in his career. James Jones doubled, singled and scored in each of the first three innings as the Mariners took a 9-0 lead. Robinson Cano drove in two runs. Stefan Romero homered, doubled and singled for Seattle. Justin Smoak hit a two-run homer and Mike Zunino added a solo shot. The rare back-to-back replays came in the first inning as Cano and then Corey Hart both barely missed home runs on flys that hit the yellow line atop the fence and bounced back. Umpires ruled both balls in play, and their calls were confirmed. Tampa Bay didn't help itself, tying a team record by making three errors in the second inning. The Rays also had an error in the first inning. Ms and Rays again tonight at 7:00.

After taking a crop of relatively unknown prospects in the weekend's NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks are still favored by one Las Vegas bookie to win Super Bowl 49. Vegas sportsbook Bovada gave the Seahawks 6-to-1 odds to win this season's Big Game, which is scheduled for Feb. 1, 2015, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. And while highly unlikely, the odds are in favor of a Seahawks-Broncos rematch. Bovada said there's a 7-to-1 chance Denver will join Seattle back in the Super Bowl. Next most likely to win the 2015 Big Game, according to Bodada, are the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers, tied with a 15-to-2 chance each. The Green Bay Packers rounded out the top five with odds at 12-to-1.

Birthdays: Singer, songwriter, and 22-time Grammy award winner, Stevie Wonder is 64; from The Colbert Report and soon to replace David Letterman, host Stephen Colbert is 50; frontman for Hootie & The Blowfish, Darius Rucker is 48; Maroon 5 bass player Mickey Madden is 35; and from the Twilight Movies, actor Robert Pattinson is 28.

Today is Tulip Day and Windmill Day. It's Cough Drop Day, Astronomy Day, Blame Someone Else Day, and National Babysitter's Day. 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 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.

Your number for the day: 3 billion. That is the amount in dollars in ad sales Fox has made from American Idol over its 13-year history.

A new study says about 80% of us carry less than $50 cash, and 40% carry less than $20 cash on a daily basis. Nearly 1 in 10 of us don't carry cash at all.

Facebook users who receive messages from friends along the lines of, "OMG YOUR PHOTOS ARE BEING USED ON THIS SITE," beware: It's a scam. Clicking the links directs users to fake blogs, which, in turn, lead to fake Facebook login pages. Anybody filling in their details and hitting enter will of course have their user name and password sent to the attacker.

Trivia Answer: Dennis the Menace, The Worm, Dennis Keith Rodman who turns 53 today. On April 1st of 2011, the Pistons retired Rodman's No. 10 jersey. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame later that year. Apart from basketball, Rodman is a retired part-time professional wrestler and actor. He had his own TV show The Rodman World Tour, and had lead roles in the action films Simon Sez and Double Team alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme. Both films were critically panned, with the latter earning Rodman a triple Razzie Award. He appeared in several reality TV series and was the winner of the $222,000 main prize of the 2004 edition of Celebrity Mole. Rodman won the first ever Celebrity Championship Wrestling tournament. In February of 2013, Rodman made a trip to North Korea to host basketball exhibitions. He met North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Rodman and his travel party were the first known Americans to have met Kim. He later said Kim was "a friend for life" and suggested that President Barack Obama "pick up the phone and call" Kim since the two leaders were basketball fans. Some members of the U.S. Congress, the NBA and human rights groups suggested that Rodman has become a public relations stunt for the North Korean government. The United States Department of the Treasury is reportedly investigating whether Rodman broke the law by taking Kim Jong-Un thousands of dollars in luxury gifts on his most recent trip to North Korea.

Monday 5.12.14
Today's Trivia: He is a former Major League Baseball player and manager. He played almost his entire career for the New York Yankees and was elected to the baseball Hall of Fame in 1972. He is one of only four players to be named the Most Valuable Player of the American League three times. He's one of only six managers to lead both American and National League teams to the World Series. He's widely regarded as one of the greatest catchers in baseball history. Who is he?

Alcides Escobar had provided a 4-0 lead for the Royals in the second with his first career home run off starter Roenis Elias. But the Mariners rallied behind Dustin Ackley's two homers and Kyle Seager's one to take a 7-5 lead in the fifth. Kansas City took a 9-7 lead in the seventh, scoring four runs off reliever Danny Farquhar. That's your final as the Ms drop the series finale falling to Kansas City 9-7. Seattle now turns its attention to Tampa Bay. The Mariners welcome the Rays for a three-game series starting tonight at Safeco Field. Felix is the starter tonight.

Birthdays: Composer Burt Bacharach is 86; the singer best known for his song I Can Help, Billy Swan is 72; Rock Hall of Famer Steve Winwood is 66; singer Billy Squier is 64; once married to Paula Abdul, actor and /director Emilio Estevez is 52; one of those Baldwin boys, actor Stephen Baldwin is 48; the first skateboarder to land a 900, Tony Hawk is 46; and Tootie on The Facts of Life, actress Kim Fields is 45.

It's National Police Week. Today National Nurses Day providing recognition to nurses for their contributions and commitment to quality health care. It brings awareness to the importance of nurses in the care , comfort, and well being of all of us, and especially our children and the aging, and those in poor health. 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 are 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 Limerick poems. Celebrate Limerick Day in style by writing a Limerick or two of your own. Or, sit down and read a few Limericks. A Limerick is a humorous verse or poem. It is 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, 10 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. They met in Akron, Ohio. In 1986, NBC debuted the current well-known peacock as seen in the NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration. In 2002, former US 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.

It was thirty years ago today that history was made on the streets of Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater. On May 12th of 1984, 238 women lined up at the starting line near the former Westwater Inn (now the Red Lion Hotel) by the Thurston County Courthouse to run in the inaugural United States Women's Olympic Marathon Trials. Women, for the first time, would compete in a marathon at the Olympics, and the three runners who would represent the first US team would be decided here in the South Sound. How did Olympia, with its then-population of an estimated 27,000 residents, host a world-class event that became part of Olympic history and helped shape the area's running community for years to come? It started with the Capital City Marathon and it got a big assist from beer. Given the running community that had developed in the Pacific Northwest over the previous decade, the area was a natural fit to host the trials. To get the trials to actually come to the state, Olympia would have to beat out some major cities vying for the honor of hosting. The competition included New York City, Los Angeles, Kansas City and Buffalo, N.Y. Former State Supreme Court Justice Gerry Alexander was the Capital City Marathon Association's president at the time of the trials selection process and was in the seven-member group that flew to Philadelphia to pitch the merits of holding the trials in Olympia. Then-U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton, a running advocate, presented Olympia to the panel. The Olympia group wowed the selection committee with a presentation unlike the others, Alexander said. The group showcased the area's natural beauty -- including its air quality -- along with crates of apples, salmon, oysters, cheese, and a fir tree named Douglas. The kicker was the local namesake beer, Olympia, which was provided to the selection committee in seven-ounce cans. In a battle of David vs. Goliath, David won: Olympia earned 22 votes to easily outpace the others. New York was second with 14 votes. No city under 120,000 residents has hosted women's or men's marathon trials since. For 16 months, Olympia was in preparation mode. Then-Saint Martin's College dormitories were used as the athletes' village for housing, dining, and other activities. There were 3,700 volunteers and an estimated 50,000 spectators who lined the streets. Even more watched ABC's national-televised broadcast as Joan Benoit -- now Joan Benoit Samuelson -- won, running on the same course as the previous two Capital City Marathons.

Hundreds gathered yesterday to remember Native American leader and environmental advocate Billy Frank Jr., who died last week. Family and friends shared memories of Frank at a memorial service yesterday in Shelton. Frank spent his life trying to protect salmon and their habitat. Governor Jay Inslee, along with Senator Maria Cantwell and Senator Patty Murray, attended the service. During the 1960's and 70's, Frank fought for the right of Northwest tribes to fish in their traditional waters. Frank was an environmental leader and activist for salmon recovery. He died at his home near Olympia. He was 83.

Spider Man didn't spend much time at the top. Raunchy adult comedy Neighbors, starring Seth Rogen as a family man who moves next to a frat house, kicked superhero movie The Amazing Spider-Man 2 out of the top spot on US and Canadian box office charts over the weekend. Neighbors earned $51.1 million in ticket sales. Spider-Man 2, last weekend's champ, took in $37.2 million to finish second. The Other Woman landed in the third slot. The faith-based drama Heaven Is for Real, took fourth place. Captain America: The Winter Soldier rounded out the top five.

NBC, which rebounded this season from a stubborn ratings slump, will try to build on its gains with a dozen new series that include dramas starring Debra Messing and Katherine Heigl and a pair of comedies produced by Will Ferrell. In the 2014-15 schedule announced yesterday before its New York presentation to advertisers, NBC also said it will move its freshman series The Blacklist to Thursday starting in February -- surrendering for now its effort to bring a must-see TV comedy block back to the night that once housed Friends and otherhits. Messing will star as a homicide detective and working mom in The Mysteries of Laura on Wednesdays this fall, while former Grey's Anatomy star Heigl will return to the small screen as a CIA agent in State of Affairs on Mondays starting in November. NBC decided to cancel Dracula, Community, Revolution, Growing Up Fisher, Believe, Crisis, Ironside, The Michael J. Fox Show, Sean Saves the World, and Welcome to the Family. NBC was the first major broadcast network to announce its schedule for next season. NBC presents its new shows to Madison Avenue today followed by the other networks.

Guess we can toss those rumors about this being Ryan Seacrest's last season on American Idol in the round file. According to thewrap.com, a source close to the situation says he's inked a new contract covering Season 14 with an option for 15th season of competition series. And while no official announcements have been made about the judging panel, Harry Connick Jr., Keith Urban, and Jennifer Lopez are said to be all headed back for next season. The wrap says "While it isn't the powerhouse it used to be, "American Idol" is still a solid performer for the network, ranking in the Top 10 most weeks. Auditions dates for Season 14 have already been announced, with the competition series hitting 16 cities across the nation throughout the summer. It all kicks off in Minneapolis on June 18th.

The number of US teenagers who read for fun has dropped dramatically over the last 30 years, according to a report released Sunday by the San Francisco-based nonprofit Common Sense Media. In 1984, nearly one-third of 17-year-olds read a non-assigned book, magazine, or newspaper almost every day; by 2012, the rate was just one-fifth.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler reportedly plans as early as today to announce revised rules on allowing companies to pay for faster internet service. In an apparent attempt to soothe concerns, the revised plan is expected to include assurances that providers won't be allowed to slow down non-paying sites, although they will still be able to charge streaming-video and other content-heavy sites for faster service.

Major League Baseball purchased documents pilfered from Biogenesis, the shady clinic at the center of its huge PED investigation, even though it knew the materials were stolen, according to Newsday. Citing a police report and Florida investigators, the paper claims the league ignored repeated warnings that the documents were stolen, and then failed to notify police of the purchase for eight months. MLB has come under fire for using allegedly extra-legal maneuvers in its fervent pursuit of Alex Rodriguez and other suspected drug cheats.

Trivia Answer: Lawrence Peter Berra -- Yogi Berra -- who turns 89 today. He picked up his famous nickname from a friend, Bobby Hofman, who said he resembled a Hindu holy man (yogi) they had seen in a movie, whenever Berra sat around with arms and legs crossed waiting to bat, or while looking sad after a losing game. Years later, the Hanna-Barbera cartoon character Yogi Bear was presumably named after Berra (the cartoon bear's creators denied it), something Berra did not appreciate after he started being periodically addressed as Yogi Bear. Yogi Berra's number 8 was retired by the New York Yankees in 1972. Berra quit school in the eighth grade and has a tendency toward malapropism and fracturing the English language in highly provocative, interesting ways. Simultaneously denying and confirming his reputation, Berra once stated, "I didn't really say everything I said." Based on his style of speaking, Yogi was named Wisest Fool of the Past 50 Years by The Economist magazine in January 2005.

Some Yogiisms:

  • Berra was excellent at hitting poor pitches. When asked about swinging at bad pitches, Berra said, "If I can hit it, it's a good pitch."
  • As a general comment on baseball: "Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical."
  • On why he no longer went to a popular St. Louis restaurant: "Nobody goes there no more; it's too crowded!"
  • "It ain't over till it's over." - After Berra's 1973 Mets trailed the Chicago Cubs by 9½ games in the National League East; the Mets rallied to win the division title on the next-to-last day of the season.
  • When giving directions to his New Jersey home, which was equally accessible via two different routes: "When you come to a fork in the road, take it."
  • On being the guest of honor at an awards banquet: "I'd like to thank all those who made this night necessary."
  • "It's like déjà vu all over again". Berra explained that this quote originated when he witnessed Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris repeatedly hit back to back home runs in the Yankees' seasons in the early 1960s.
  • "You can observe a lot by just watching."
  • "Always go to other people's funerals; otherwise they won't come to yours."
Friday 5.9.14
Today's Trivia: His first major role was as the hippie boyfriend of Karen Arnold in season 1, episode 4, of The Wonder Years, in 1988. He has since co-starred in two successful television series: Northern Exposure and Sex and the City. He also played the leading male role in My Big Fat Greek Wedding in 2002. He has never been married and has said that he doesn't see himself getting married or having kids but he has been in a long-term relationship with Bo Derek since 2002. Who is he?

Hisashi Iwakuma scattered four hits over eight innings and Corey Hart hit an RBI single to lift the Seattle Mariners over the Kansas City Royals 1-0 last night. Seattle won for the 11th time in 14 games since losing eight straight from April 15th through the 22nd. Iwakuma was making his second start after beginning the season on the disabled list with a strained tendon on the middle finger of his pitching hand. The All-Star right-hander struck out seven and walked none and is now 2-and-0. Ms and Royals at the Safe again tonight.

The Seattle Seahawks traded the final pick in the first round of the NFL draft, picking up an additional second-round selection and a fourth-round pick from Minnesota. Seattle's trade last night was not a surprise considering its relative lack of picks. The Seahawks entered the draft with just six selections and would have had the fewest for the franchise since 2006. Instead, the Seahawks traded the No. 32 overall pick to the Vikings. In exchange, Seattle got the No. 40 overall selection and picked up a fourth-round pick from Minnesota, the 108th selection overall. Seattle became a desirable trade partner when quarterbacks started to slide in the first round of the draft. Minnesota jumped back into the first round and selected quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Seattle is scheduled to have two second-round picks today.

British sports scientists have delivered some new research that says when athletes fear losing, they're more likely to choke. Is this why Denver lost the Super Bowl?

Birthdays: Actor Albert Finney is 78; producer and director James L. Brooks is 74; Murphy Brown, actress Candice Bergen is 68; multi-Grammy Award winner Billy Joel is 65; Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson is 64; and baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn is 54.

Today is Tear the Tags Off the Mattress Day. Today is Hurray for Buttons Day. It's National Train Day. Today is Vast Wasteland Day, the day in 1961 when Federal Communications Commission Chairman Newton Minow challenged network TV executives to sit through an entire day of their own programming. Minow suggested they would observe a "vast wasteland." Today is Lost Sock Memorial Day -- The day recognizes that each unmatched sock in your drawer represents a missing sock. We never throw away our unmatched socks. After all, it may show up someday.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1944, Jimmy Davis became governor of Louisiana. He wrote and recorded the hit song You Are My Sunshine, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1972. In 1984, in Chicago, the White Sox beat Milwaukee 7-6 in the 25th inning of history's longest baseball game: 8 hours 6 minutes. The game began the night before but was suspended because then there was a 1:00 a.m. curfew. In 2000, the owner of a small Dutch tobacco shop won $4.1 million in the lottery by mistake. Having accidentally printed up more tickets than he could sell, he was forced, by law, to buy the remainder himself. One of the extra tickets was a big winner.

The mobile messaging service Snapchat yesterday agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that photos and videos sent through its app didn't always disappear completely, as advertised. The FTC says the messages, or snaps, can be saved via third party apps or screenshots. The FTC also accused the company of collecting sensitive personal data despite saying it wouldn't. Snapchat agreed to set up a privacy program and submit to monitoring.

Don't forget Mom! She's been there for you. Mother's Day is Sunday.

If you're planning on giving Mom flowers or candy for Mother's Day, heads up: That's so 2009. The just-released results of Moms and Media 2014, a survey conducted by Edison Research, show that compared to all respondents 12 and older, moms are more likely to own a smartphone, access Facebook on their phones, and listen to online radio. Since 2010, a greater share of moms have owned smartphones, with the current count at nearly 70% (compared to just over 60% for Edison's 12+ sample). That's a significant cut of the already-whopping 92% of moms owning any mobile phone. So Mom would probably prefer an upgrade to another Whitman's Sampler. The report also suggests that for a modern-day June Cleaver, Facebook friends have replaced the bridge club: 60% of moms have access to the social network site on their mobile phones (ahead of the 49% for the total sample), and they're checking it more often each day, and have more Facebook friends, than dads. They're also more likely to be following companies or brands on social sites. Think Facebook's no longer cool? Mom got that memo too: Edison shows the share of mothers with profile pages declined for the first time this year (from 72 to 69%). What's more, 30% of moms are using Pinterest and nearly 25% are on Instagram.

So here's a great, simple idea: Young Brazilians want to learn English. Elderly Americans living in retirement homes just want someone to talk to. Why not connect them? Ad agency FCB Brazil did just that with its "Speaking Exchange" project for a language school company. The young Brazilians and older Americans connect via web chats, and they not only begin to share a language -- they develop relationships that enrich both sides culturally and emotionally.

In theaters this weekend: Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (PG); Mom's Night Out (PG); and Neighbors (R).

Burger King is rolling out a new Burgers at Breakfast menu that makes selected lunch and dinner favorites available in the morning alongside the chain's regular breakfast items. Some franchisees already had been serving burgers, now corporate has given a formal green light to the practice.

A man caught with a ham and cheese sandwich stuffed with drugs was arrested in Spain. A photo tweeted by police showed slices of bread, ham and melted cheese -- and 3½ ounces of cocaine.

Trivia Answer: John Joseph Corbett, Jr. -- John Corbett -- who turns 53 today. He is best-known for playing Chris Stevens on Northern Exposure from 1990 to 1995 and Aidan, Carrie Bradshaw's boyfriend, on Sex and the City in 2001 and 2002. On "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," John talked about how many people perceive him to be dating a much older woman in Bo Derek. In reality Bo is only 4-and-a-half years older than him. The perception, however, is swayed because her most successful movie, 10, was released over three decades ago, while he has played a romantic lead a number of times in recent years.

Thursday 5.8.14
Today's Trivia: He's best known for his novel Jaws and its subsequent film adaptation. Several more of his works were also adapted for cinema, including The Deep and The Island. Who is he?

Justin Smoak's two-out RBI single helped Seattle overcome a shaky start by ace Felix Hernandez to win, 6-4 over the Oakland Athletics in a doubleheader opener yesterday. Corey Hart and Mike Zunino hit solo homers, and the Mariners got the win in a game in which Hernandez failed to strike out a single batter for the first time in nearly six years. This was just the second traditional doubleheader in Oakland in the past 16 years, with the other in 2011. The makeup game was necessary because a game was postponed April 4th when the field was unplayable after there was no tarp on it overnight. Erasmo Ramirez started the second game for Seattle, with the Mariners seeking their first four-game sweep in Oakland. It was not to be. Oakland's fill-in starter Drew Pomeranz pitched five scoreless innings for his second win in his past 20 starts and the Oakland Athletics salvaged a split by beating the Mariners 2-0 in the nightcap. The Mariners did, however, pull off four straight series wins beating Texas, the Yankees, Houston, and Oakland. The Ms return home tonight and open a 4-game set with the Kansas City Royals.

Richard Sherman has his new deal, and it's a good one -- $57.4 million over four years with $40 million guaranteed. With an average annual value of more than $14 million, he becomes the highest paid defensive back in NFL history. Sherman announced the deal and terms on a post to his blog, which follows:

I am blessed to announce that the Seattle Seahawks and I have reached an agreement on a contract extension. The goal has always been to stay in Seattle and continue to play for the Seahawks. With this chapter closed, I can continue to focus on what is important – defending our Super Bowl Championship and being the best cornerback in the NFL. This is a great moment for my family, foundations, and the people who supported me to this point. Hard work and execution got me to this moment, the Seattle Seahawks have backed up that respect with this contract. The terms of my deal are 4 years for a total of $57.4M with $40M guaranteed. There is no other city or team that I would want to play football for. Greatness is realized from countless hours of work, studying, practice, sacrifice, and courage. This is just the beginning and I will continue to set the bar higher and higher on and off the field. Much appreciation to the Seattle Seahawks franchise, the coaches, teammates, friends, the fans, my family and the 12s. The support does not go unnoticed and I carry that into each snap. From Compton to Stanford, 5th round draft pick to winning the Super Bowl – dare to be great. You get out what you put in!

With the Sherman signing and the NFL draft launching today, purely for your entertainment:

Birthdays: Comedian Don Rickles is 88; from The Captain & Tennille, singer Toni Tennille is 74; singer Gary Glitter is 70; from Earth Wind & Fire, singer Philip Bailey is 63; from Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen is 61; actress Melissa Gilbert is 50; from Savage Garden, singer Darren Hayes is 42; and singer Enrique Iglesias is 39.

Today is No Socks Day You are urged to conserve laundry energy by not wearing socks. Today is V-E Day -- Victory in Europe Day – which commemorates the end of fighting in Europe during World War II. 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)

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 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 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.

Just two and a half weeks after news broke that a Connecticut estate traded hands for $120 million -- becoming the most expensive home sale ever -- an East Hampton, New York, property has shattered that record, selling for $147 million. Hedge fund manager Barry Rosenstein is the buyer.

Trivia Answer: Peter Bradford Benchley who was born on this date in 1940. After graduating from college, he worked for The Washington Post, then as an editor at Newsweek and a speechwriter in the White House for President Lyndon Johnson. He developed the idea of a man-eating shark terrorizing a community after reading of a fisherman catching a 4,550 pound great white shark off the coast of Long Island in 1964. He also drew some material from the tragic Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916. Jaws was published in 1974 and became a great success, staying on the bestseller list for some 44 weeks. Steven Spielberg has said that he initially found many of the characters unsympathetic and wanted the shark to win. Many book critics shared the sentiment but the book struck a chord with readers. Benchley co-wrote the screenplay for the Spielberg film released in 1975. Benchley made a cameo appearance as a news reporter on the beach. The film, starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, and Richard Dreyfuss, was released in the summer season, at that time considered to be the graveyard season for films. However, Universal Studios decided to break tradition by releasing the movie with extensive advertising. Jaws became the first movie to gross over $100 million in US theatrical rentals. It eventually grossed over $470 million worldwide. George Lucas used a similar strategy in 1977 for Star Wars which broke the box office records set by Jaws, and hence the summer blockbuster was born. Peter Benchley died of pulmonary fibrosis in 2006.

Wednesday 5.7.14
Today's Trivia: He was a professional football player in the 1950s through the 1970s. He was nicknamed The Golden Arm He was the National Football League's most valuable player in 1959, 1964 and 1967. His record of throwing a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games -- a feat he accomplished between 1956-1960 – stood for nearly 52 years. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest NFL quarterbacks of all time. Who is he?

Rookie Roenis Elias struck out six while pitching into the seventh to win consecutive starts for the first time, Justin Smoak drove in three runs and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 8-3 last night for their season-best fourth straight victory.-- their ninth win in 11 games. All at once, Seattle is in second place in the AL West, just two games behind Oakland and there's a double-header on tap today. Felix Hernandez is pitching the early game and likely Erasmo Ramirez the nightcap. The teams are playing two after an April 4th game was called because of a soggy field that had mistakenly gone without its tarp during a heavy rainstorm.

Birthdays: From The Temptations, singer Jimmy Ruffin is 75; singer Thelma Houston is 68; daredevil Robbie Knievel is 52; actress Traci Lords is 46; and singer Eagle-Eye Cherry is 46.

Today is the Fire Escape Ladder's Birthday. On May 7th of 1878, Joseph Richard Winters 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 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 were 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 1000th issue.

Jimmy Kimmel's late night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! has been extended for two more years. ABC made the announcement yesterday, sealing the late-night line-ups across the main networks for the next few years. Kimmel has presided over the show for 11 seasons. He moved to an earlier, high-visibility 11:35 time slot in January of 2013, where ratings increased despite head-to-head competition from David Letterman on CBS and NBC's Tonight Show, which Jay Leno left earlier this year.

Monica Lewinsky says there's no question her boss - Bill Clinton - "took advantage" of her when he was president. But she says their affair was consensual and if there was any abuse involved, it came afterward, when Clinton's inner circle tried to discredit her and the president's opponents used her as a political pawn. The former White House intern, now 40, writes about her life in the next issue of Vanity Fair magazine, out this month. In released excerpts, she says she's perhaps the first Internet era scapegoat and wants to speak out on behalf of other victims of online humiliation. Her willingness to step forward may come at an inopportune time as former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton considers running for president. Republicans have signaled they don't consider her husband's scandal from the late 1990s out of bounds in the realm of 2016-style political dialogue. lewinsky writes that she deeply regrets the affair and made a point of staying silent through several presidential campaigns to avoid becoming a distraction. Now, she writes, it's time to stop "tiptoeing around my past -- and other people's futures. I am determined to have a different ending to my story. I've decided, finally, to stick my head above the parapet."

The Atlantic reports on the increasing number of Americans who travel to Mexico to have their dental work done at substantially lower prices. I'm thinking nothing screams vacation quite like a root canal.

And then there's our Overly Obvious Study of the Week: People in their 60s and 70s who regularly engaged in physical activity, such as walking, had the healthiest hearts.

Trivia Answer: John Constantine Unitas -- Johnny Unitas -- Johnny U -- who was born on this date in 1933. He spent the majority of his career with the Baltimore Colts. Unitas record of throwing a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games had stood since December 11th of 1960 … until Drew Brees broke that record on October 7th of 2012. The record now stands at 54. When the NFL celebrated its first 50 years, Unitas was voted the league's best player. On September 11, 2002, Unitas died of a heart attack.

Tuesday 5.6.14
Today's Trivia: As a locally successful Detroit-area artist, he performed and recorded throughout the 1960s. In the early 1970s, he continued to strive for national success as a solo artist. In 1976, he achieved that national fame. A roots rocker with a classic raspy, shouting voice, he wrote and recorded songs that dealt with blue-collar themes. He has a number of hits to his credit. He co-wrote the Eagles number one hit Heartache Tonight. One of his songs was named one of the Songs of the Century in 2001. With a career spanning over five decades, he continues to perform and record today. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. Who is he?

Stefen Romero hit his first major league home run to break a tie in the fifth inning, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 4-2 last night for their third straight victory and eighth in 10 games. Romero is a 25-year-old rookie. He homered in his 53rd career at-bat. He is batting .306 over his last nine games. Seattle earned its first three-game winning streak since sweeping a season-opening series at the Angels. With the win, the Ms are now at .500 -- with a record of 15-and-15. The Ms and As meet again tonight at 7.

Birthdays: The Say Hey Kid, baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays is 83; former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is 61; the current host of Dancing with the Stars, Tom Bergeron is 59; actor George Clooney is 53; and Hootie & The Blowfish guitarist Mark Bryan is 47.

Today is Join Hands Day. It's No Homework Day, Scrapbook Day, and National Nurse's Day. 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. Today is International No Diet Day. A day that encourages us to appreciate the bodies we have. This day is intended for us to appreciate the body we have and to encourage us to recognize that people come in all shapes and sizes … and that's okay.

Calendar notes: On this date 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 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.

Oregon State University has fired President Obama's brother-in-law Craig Robinson as its basketball coach after six seasons in which the Beavers failed to make the NCAA tournament. Robinson became basketball coach just as Hope posters sprouted in the 2008 Obama presidential campaign. He led Oregon State to an 18-win season in the 2008-2009 season, hope for a team that had lost 21 consecutive PAC-12 basketball games. But the Beavers have not become PAC-12 contenders. They have just finished a 16-16 season, with an 8-and-10 conference record. Even in 2011-2012, when Oregon State won 21 games, its PAC-12 record was a mediocre 7-and-11 and the Beavers missed the NCAA tournament. They haven't put a team in the tournament since 1990.

Michael Carter-Williams won the NBA's Rookie of the Year Award yesterday after one of the best debut seasons in league history. The Philadelphia 76ers guard led all rookies in scoring (16.7 points per game), rebounding (6.3), and assists (6.2), a feat only two players -- Oscar Robertson in 1961 and Alvan Adams in 1976 -- have ever accomplished. The award was a bright spot for the team, which was a dismal 19-63 for the season.

Coca-Cola and PepsiCo said yesterday that they would remove a controversial ingredient from all their drinks. The ingredient -- brominated vegetable oil -- is used in flame retardants, and is not approved for use in food in Japan and the European Union. Despite the change, Coke and Pepsi stand by the safety of the chemical, which helps distribute flavors in fruit-flavored drinks, including Powerade, Mountain Dew, and Fanta.

A Southern California school district yesterday canceled an assignment telling eighth graders to write an essay on whether the Holocaust was an "actual event in history," or "merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain wealth." The district at first defended the assignment, then decided to revise it. "This was a mistake," spokeswoman Syeda Jafri said. "We all know it was real. The Holocaust is not a hoax."

Trivia Answer: Robert Clark Seger -- Bob Seger -- who turns 69 today. That song named one of the Songs of the Century was Old Time Rock and Roll. The albums that put him on the national stage were the studio record Night Moves and the record Live Bullet. His backing band from 1975 was known as The Silver Bullet Band; which really wasn't a band but rather an evolving group of Detroit-area musicians. Seger finally achieved his indisputable commercial breakthrough with his 1976 album Night Moves. The title song was a highly evocative, nostalgic, time-spanning tale that was not only critically praised, but became a #4 hit single on the Billboard pop singles chart as well as a heavy album-oriented rock airplay mainstay. The album also contained Mainstreet, #24 hit ballad that emphasized Seger's heartland rock credentials, as well as the anthem Rock and Roll Never Forgets. Night Moves was Seger's first Top 10 album in the Billboard 200, and has sold over 6 million copies in the U.S. Bob's Shakedown, a somewhat uncharacteristic song off the 1987 film Beverly Hills Cop II soundtrack, was his first and only #1 hit on the pop singles chart. The song had originally been intended for Glenn Frey, but when Glenn lost his voice just prior to the recording session, he called in Seger to take his place.

Monday 5.5.14
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 rose to position of anchor and managing editor at NBC. Who is he?

Robinson Cano and Willie Bloomquist each drove in two runs, and the Seattle Mariners broke away in a four-run third inning to beat the worst team in the major leages when they don't play the Mariners, the Houston Astros 8-7 yesterday. The Ms took 2 of 3 from Houston after taking two from the Yankees in the Bronx. The Ms have won seven of their last nine games. After the game yesterday, the club optioned Abraham Almonte to AAA Tacoma. Seattle now moves on to Oakland to meet the As for four games in three days starting tonight. By the way, Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said there won't be any pitch limitations on Hisashi Iwakuma in his next start after he threw 81 pitches Saturday in his first outing after coming off the DL.

After entering the race as a 2-1 favorite, California Chrome lived up to the hype by winning the 140th Kentucky Derby on Saturday. The horse has now won five straight races. He'll continue his pursuit of the first Triple Crown since 1978 with the Preakness Stakes later this month.

This is why the folks in the City of Portland were grinning all weekend.

During the White House Correspondent's Dinner, President Barack Obama had some fun with Richard Sherman's rant infamous rant. Sherman was also in attendance.

Birthdays: Sir Galahad in Monty Python & The Quest for the Holy Grail, comedian and actor Michael Palin is 71; former editor of Rolling Stone, MTV News correspondent Kurt Loder is 69; Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward is 66; Jennifer on Family Ties, actress Tina Yothers is 41; singer Adele is 26. and singer Chris Brown is 25

Efrem Zimbalist Jr., who portrayed the indefatigable Inspector Lewis Erskine on the long-running television series The FBI, died on Friday. According to his daughter, actress Stephanie Zimbalist, he died at his home in California, From the late 1950s to the mid-1970s, Zimbalist was one of the top stars on television, playing a private detective on the ABC series 77 Sunset Strip from 1958 to 1964 before his stint on The FBI on the same network from 1965 to 1974. During its nine seasons on the air, The FBI dramatized the Federal Bureau of Investigation as its agents solved murders, kidnappings, and bank heists. Its episodes -- inspired by real cases -- required FBI approval. The actor said the FBI's larger-than-life director J. Edgar Hoover was initially reluctant to give his permission for the series and "was not a lover of Hollywood." The two eventually met and had a steady correspondence. In 2009, the FBI honored Zimbalist, at age 90, in a ceremony in Los Angeles in which they presented him with an honorary special agent badge. Efrem Zimbalist Jr. was 95.

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 also Oyster Day. Oysters are a shellfish, or mollusks found in both freshwater and saltwater. They often produce pearls, making Oyster Day a real gem. 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 "nacre" around the sand. Ultimately, it develops into a pearl. Do all oysters develop a pearl? No, but wouldn't it be great to open one up to find a sparkling pearl!? Seattle is billed the world's largest producer of cultivated pearls and is known as the Oyster Capital of the World.

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, leading to the Scopes Trial, an arrest warrant was served on John T. Scopes for teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act. In 1973, Secretariat won the 1973 Kentucky Derby in 1:59 2/5, a still standing record. In 1994, American teenager Michael P. Fay wa 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 2010, mass protests in Greece erupted in response to austerity measures imposed by the government as a result of the Greek debt crisis.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2, a sequel about the web-slinging superhero, snared $92 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales over the weekend, taking the top spot on movie box office charts at the start of Hollywood's lucrative summer blockbuster season. The big-budget, effects-filled movie starring Andrew Garfield is expected to rank as one of the year's highest-grossing films. With international sales, it has rung up nearly $370 million around the globe through yesterday. The Other Woman, a comedy about three women out for revenge on af cheating husband, finished a distant second on domestic charts with $14.2 million. Heaven Is for Real, a faith-based drama grabbed third place. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, another superhero sequel and previous box office champ, landed in the No. 4 slot. Rounding out the top five was animated sequel Rio 2, about a family of rare Brazilian birds.

We just crowned the start of boating season. Summer vacation is just six weeks away for school kids. And it was almost 90 degrees last week. But if we measured the calendar by amount of rain that has fallen this year, we should already have our Jack O'Lanterns carved and costumes picked out, as we should be just a couple days away from Halloween. With the soggy start to May on the heels of a record wet March and much-wetter-than-normal February, Seattle has already collected over 25 inches of rainfall this year. In a typical year, Seattle doesn't reach 25 inches of annual rain until October 28th. Normal rainfall through the beginning of May is just under 16 inches.

On TV tonight 24: Live Another Day. Set and filmed in London, this 12 episode "event series" once again follows Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) who has been a fugitive for 4 years, and everyone is trying to track him down.

Trivia Answer: Brian Douglas Williams who turns 55 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.

Friday 5.2.14
Today's Trivia: This rock vocalist and songwriter is best known for his role as the lead vocalist and co-writer of many of the songs for a particular rock band. He's also had a successful solo career. He's the lead vocalist for many top-40 hits including Cold as Ice, Waiting for a Girl Like You, and I Want to Know What Love Is. What's the band and who is the singer?

Robinson Cano doubled and drove in two runs, Roenis Elias struck out 10 in seven impressive innings and the Seattle Mariners beat the New York Yankees 4-2 last night. Michael Saunders had three hits, including an RBI double, to help the Mariners win for the fifth time in six games following an eight-game skid. Seattle won both games in a rain-shortened series that marked Cano's return to New York after signing a $240 million, 10-year contract with the Mariners during the off-season. The All-Star second baseman was booed again and finished the series 2 for 9 with three RBIs. Seattle has won four straight at Yankee Stadium dating to last season. The Ms are now off to Houston to meet the Astros for three starting tonight. Felix Hernandez gets the start for Seattle, and Hisashi Iwakuma is slated to make his season debut tomorrow.

NBA owners seem as committed as commissioner Adam Silver to ending Donald Sterling's ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers. The league's advisory/finance committee held its first meeting about Sterling yesterday, two days after Silver said he would urge owners to force a sale of the team. The 10-member committee held a conference call to discuss "the process for termination of Donald T. Sterling's ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers," NBA executive vice president Mike Bass said in a statement. "The committee unanimously agreed to move forward as expeditiously as possible and will reconvene next week."

Birthdays: Singer Engelbert Humperdinck is 78; Mick Jagger's ex, Bianca Jagger is 69; it's her party and she'll cry if she wants to, singer Lesley Gore is 68; The Rock, wrestler and actor Dwayne Johnson is 42; soccer celebrity David Beckham is 39; and from The Office, actress Ellie Kemper is 34

Today is No Pants Day. Do with that information what you feel is appropriate. Today is also National Rowdy Friends Day, a time to check up on your old rowdy friends to see if they're okay. It's Sibling Appreciation Day. Today is National Babies Day, a day to celebrate babies. Babies Day is observed on the birth date of Dr. Benjamin Spock. Today is the Great American Grump Out, All Americans are asked to go 24 hours without being grumpy, Crabby, or rude.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1939, not hitting well and not feeling well, Ironman Lou Gehrig took himself out of the Yankee line-up after playing 2,130 consecutive games. The Yankees destroyed Detroit 22-2, and Gehrig never played baseball again. In 1964, The Rolling Stones appeared on US charts for the first time with Not Fade Away. In 1975, The Beatles closed down Apple Records. In 1977, Eric Clapton recorded Wonderful Tonight. In 1988, Melissa Etheridge released her self-titled debut album. In 1997, 44-year-old Tony Blair became Britains youngest prime minister in 185 years. In 2007, Iowa spent $6,000 to change the locks at one of its state prisons after someone paid $12 on e-Bay for a set of keys belonging to a guard who retired in the 1970s. The warden said he did not know if any of the old keys actually opened any of the locks in the 135-year-old prison -- but he was not sure they didn't. The prison housed a number of violent criminals.

In Maryland at a national conference on food safety, attendees were taken ill with food poisoning.

It's one of those weekends where you wonder why the other movies even try. As it turns out, they don't. Only one new movie in theaters this weekend: The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Your umbrella may one day turn you into a mobile weather station. A researcher in the Netherlands has created an umbrella which has a built-in sensor that registers rainfall by measuring vibrations on the canvas. The information is sent via Bluetooth to an app on the umbrella holder's smartphone, which in turn uploads information into the cloud. His idea is to turn people into mobile weather stations.

For more than three decades, you couldn't find Pac-Man or Space Invaders in Marshfield, Massachusetts. But a local 1982 bylaw banning coin-operated video and arcade games has finally been struck from the books.

Trivia Answer: The band is Foreigner and the singer is Lou Gramm who turns 64 today. Lou, by the way, is at the Little Creek Casino Resort coming up on Thursday the 15th. Gramm began his musical career in his mid-teens, playing in local Rochester bands. Gramm went on to sing and play drums, and to eventually become front man for the band Black Sheep. Black Sheep had the distinction of being the first American band signed to the Chrysalis label. They were the opening act for KISS when an icy accident with their equipment truck on the New York State Thruway suddenly ended the band's tour on Christmas Eve of 1975. Unable to support its albums with live performances, Black Sheep came prematurely to a screeching halt. A year earlier, Lou Gramm had the opportunity to meet his future bandmate Mick Jones. It was early in 1976, not long after Black Sheep's truck accident, when Jones, in search of a lead vocalist for a new band he was assembling, expressed his interest in Gramm and invited him in a phone call to audition for the job of lead singer. With the blessings of his Black Sheep bandmates, Gramm flew down to New York to audition for the still-unnamed band. With his powerful vocals, he easily got the job. The band was initially known as Trigger, and was later renamed Foreigner. Gramm became one of the most successful rock vocalists of the late 1970s and 1980s.

Thursday 5.1.14
Today's Trivia: He's a guitarist, songwriter, producer, and recording artist. He's a Detroit native. In the mid-1970s he was a sideman in Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra before creating an R&B group called Raydio in 1977. Raydio scored a series of chart hits and then broke up in 1981. This guy is primarily known for the theme song to a mid-80s motion picture. Who is he?

Yesterday's game between the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees was postponed because of rain. It's being made up June 2nd which had been an off day for both teams. For the Yankees, that date falls between home series against Minnesota and Oakland. But the Mariners must start a road trip one day early, stopping first in New York before playing two games in Atlanta and four at Tampa Bay. They do have an off day between those two series. Due to the rainout, the Yankees won't have to face Mariners ace Felix Hernandez this week. Hernandez had been slated to pitch the series finale tonight, but Seattle pushed him back. Rookie left-hander Roenis Elias, originally scheduled to start yesterday, will now pitch tonight instead. The game was called nearly 5 hours before it was supposed to begin, with rain falling in New York throughout the day and a forecast for heavy showers all night. The Mariners canceled their buses to the ballpark, and the Yankees kept the stadium closed to fans and reporters. By late afternoon, the storm had also washed out scheduled night games in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Boston. It was the second rainout of the season for the Mariners, who had their April 4th game in Oakland postponed due to poor field conditions. That game is scheduled to be made up as part of a doubleheader on May 7th, the final day of Seattle's current road trip.

An advisory committee of the NBA's governing board meets today to analyze the league's options in forcing Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling to sell his team because of his recent racist remarks. Two of the NBA's 29 other team owners said they believed there would be enough support for the three-fourths vote required to fully kick Sterling out, an unprecedented move.

If Donald Sterling does end up being compelled to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, the list of potential buyers will have more stars than the team's roster. Oprah Winfrey leads the list of wealthy luminaries who announced their interest in purchasing the club. Winfrey's spokesperson confirmed yesterday she is already in discussions with record-label mogul David Geffen and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison to pool their vast resources for a bid. They won't be alone, either. Music mogul Sean Combs tweeted his interest in going after the Clippers, and boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. wants to form a group to buy the team. Celebrities ranging from Matt Damon to Oscar De La Hoya expressed interest in joining an ownership group.

Birthdays: Singer Sonny James is 85; singer Judy Collins was born in Seattle 75 years ago; singer Rita Coolidge is 69; Paul Sr. from American Chopper is 65; and Faith Hill's husband, singer Tim McGraw is 47.

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 Keep Kids Alive, Drive 25 Day, a time for everyone to commit to safe driving on neighborhood streets. Today is School Principals' Day. Today is also Law Day, and New Home Owners Day. It's Save a Rhino Day, Stepmother's Day, and Worthy wage Day. It's Frequent Flyer Day, and Couple Appreciation Day. Today is also Mother Goose Day. The day was created only recently -- in 1987 -- as a day to appreciate nursery rhymes and stories.

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. In 1967, Elvis married Priscilla, daughter of a US Army colonel, at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. They divorced in 1973. 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 pitched 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, President Barack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11th attacks was killed by United States special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Due to the time difference between the United States and Pakistan, bin Laden was actually killed on May 2nd.

Welcome to the month of May. The May birthstone is the emerald. May's flower is the lily of the valley. May is National Bike Month, National Barbecue Month, Clean Air Month, Allergy/Asthma Awareness Month, Arthritis Month, Family Wellness Month, Heal the Children Month, Get Caught Reading Month, National Mental Health Month, National Hamburger Month, Egg Month, Moving Month, Motorcycle Safety Month, Womens Health Care Month, Victorious Woman Month, Older Americans Month, Teen Self-Esteem Month, Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, Jewish American Heritage Month, Vinegar Month, Salad Month, Salsa Month, and Smile Month.

Want to be more creative today? Strap on some comfortable shoes and take a walk. A new study from Stanford researchers found that a person's creative output can increase by as much as 60% when walking.

Kwasi Enin held a press conference at his Long Island, New York, high school to announce he's taking his talents to Yale. Enin scored a 2250 out of 2400 on the SAT, and was accepted to Duke and all eight Ivy League colleges.

Trivia Answer: Ray Parker, Jr. -- who turns 60 today. The band Raydio was spelled R-A-Y-D-I-O. The song Ray is most famous for was the theme from Ghostbusters, the movie starring Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. The song was #1 for three weeks on Billboard's Hot 100 chart and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1984 but lost to Stevie Wonder's I Just Called to Say I Love You from The Woman in Red. Parker was accused of plagiarizing the melody from the 1984 Huey Lewis and the News song I Want a New Drug. The Ghostbusters theme was released only six months after Lewis' hit reached #6 in the Billboard Hot 100. The accusation ended with Lewis suing Parker, and the pair settled out of court in 1985. They returned to court once again in 2001, as Parker sued Lewis for breaching a confidentiality agreement forming part of their original out of court settlement which prohibited either side from speaking about it publicly. Lewis had implied in a VH1 Behind The Music special that Parker had paid a financial settlement as part of the original agreement.