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Friday 5.31.13
Today's Trivia: He's a Canadian musician. He was born in Montreal, Quebec. At 13, he sang for Tom Jones and recorded with Paul Anka in Las Vegas and, at 19, recorded demos with Billy Joel and Eric Clapton before signing to a major label at the age of 20. His first album was recorded in Manchester, England in the spring of 1982 and released in 1983. It featured the Top Ten song Sunglasses at Night. Who is he?

Felix Hernandez, who had two losses and a no-decision in his three previous starts, found his mojo in San Diego yesterday. Aided by a season-high five home runs, including the first two of Nick Franklin’s major league career, Hernandez blew through the Padres, winning 7-1, as Seattle snapped a two-game losing streak. Franklin had two, Kendrys Morales, Endy Chavez, and Brendan Ryan each had one. Seattle recorded its first five-homer game since June 7th of 2006. It also marked Seattle’s first five-homer game on the road since May 2nd of 2002, that was the day Mike Cameron belted four against the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park. The Mariners begin a three-game series at Minnesota tonight with Hisashi Iwakuma getting the start.

The Seattle Storm has their home opener Sunday. They host Phoenix Sunday night at 6.

Today is National Meditation Day. Today is World No-Tobacco Day, a day to discourage people from using tobacco and to encourage governments to do something, sponsored by the American Association for World Health and the United Nations. Today is What You Think Upon Grows Day, a day to remind people of the power of positive thinking. Today is National Speak In Complete Sentences Day. Today is National Macaroon Day. It's also National Save Your Hearing Day

Calendar notes: On this date in 1884, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg of Battle Creek, Michigan, patented "flaked cereal." In 1956, Buddy Holly was inspired to write That'll Be the Day after he saw the John Wayne movie The Searchers. In 1977, Emerson, Lake & Palmer kicked off an American tour accompanied by a 70-piece orchestra. It cost the band 200-thousand dollars a week to keep the circus on the road. In 1990, The Seinfeld Chronicles premiered as a summer series on NBC starring Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Michael Richards, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The pilot had aired in the previous July. Renamed just plain Seinfeld, the show lasted nine years. In 2005: Mark Felt admitted that, while No. 2 man in the FBI, he was Deep Throat, the shadowy contact whose help to Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein on the 1972 Watergate break-in led to President Richard Nixon's resignation.

Mariah Carey says she isn't returning to American Idol. Her publicity firm tweeted yesterday that Carey isn't returning to the Fox series and is planning a world tour. Nikki Minaj is also checking out posting on her Facebook page, "Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn't trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!!" Randy Jackson has announced that he is also leaving the show.

The Associated Press reports that Justin Timberlake is headlining the iTunes Festival in London later this year. He joins Jessie J, Jack Johnson and Thirty Seconds to Mars at the event, which can be streamed on Apple devices like the iPad, iPhone and Apple TV, when it takes place in September.

It’s official. Courteney Cox and David Arquette are just "friends" now that their divorce has been finalized. The two announced their separation back in October of 2010 and officially filed for divorce nearly two years later. The separation was hardest on Arquette, who turned to drugs after his marriage crumbled. He eventually went on to reclaim his sobriety and says that he’s now clean, sober and ready to be pals with his ex. The couple has an eight-yearold daughter together named Coco that they are sharing joint custody of.

Emma Watson still feels inadequate despite her great success. The starlet says she is a victim of the "imposter syndrome." She told Rookie Mag that the better she does in her career, the more inadequate she feels. The 23-year-old actress said she fears people will find out she is a "fraud" and can't fulfill everyone's expectations of her. Emma admits her confidence has slowly evolved since finishing Harry Potter and she doesn’t feel as suffocated. She hopes to write a book after graduating from Brown University.

Johnny Depp is backing out of his role in Black Mass over a salary dispute. Depp was originally quoted 20-million bucks for the biopic on Boston gangster Whitey Bulger, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, after a supposedly soft reception at Cannes, producers wanted to cut his salary. The production company hopes to save the film by replacing Depp. Meanwhile, he's shooting a sci-fi flick and readying the release of The Lone Ranger, which hits theaters July 3rd.

You can't buy everything on EBay. Ari Mandel was selling his spot in heaven to the EBay community. Ari thought he had done enough good deeds in his life to earn a spot in heaven so he thought he would give it up to someone else. He started the bidding price at 99 cents and it eventually reached 100-thousand dollars. However according to the New York Daily News, EBay shut down the auction because their policy dictates items for sale must be "tangible."

Trivia Answer: Corey Mitchell Hart who turns 51 today. That debut album was First Offense. Sunglasses at Night made it to No. 7 on the US Charts. The album went platinum in both Canada and the United States. His follow-up album was the chart-topping Boy in the Box. Boy in the Box reached diamond status in Canada (one million copies sold) in 1986, becoming only the second Canadian album to do so, after Bryan Adams' Reckless the previous year. Corey was considered, though not seriously, for the role of Marty McFly in the Back to the Future trilogy. Fellow Canadian Michael J. Fox eventually starred in the movies. Hart recorded songs even after his commercial success in the United States began to wane. However, he continued to be successful in Canada throughout the 1990s. He amassed 26 Top 30 hits in his native country. Hart has said he intends to keep his website and Facebook page updated with new offerings and video interviews as his schedule allows. He has also indicated the possibility of a tour or new music in the future. However Hart maintains his primary focus is on being a hands-on, full-time father. He and his wife now split their time between the Bahamas and Barcelona, Spain where his daughters attend a prestigious tennis academy.

Thursday 5.30.13
Today's Trivia: He was a voice actor and comedian. Although he began his nearly six-decade-long career performing in radio commercials, he is best remembered for his work with Warner Bros. as the voices of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, Marvin the Martian, Pepé Le Pew, Speedy Gonzales, the Tasmanian Devil and many of the other characters from the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies theatrical cartoons, during the Golden age of American animation He later worked for Hanna-Barbera's television cartoons, most notably as the voices of Barney Rubble in The Flintstones and Mr. Spacely in The Jetsons. Who is he?

San Diego pitcher Eric Stults had never faced the Mariners until last night. He struck out a career-high 12 batters, including six of the first 10 he faced, and the Padres drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to defeat Seattle 3-2 last night at Petco Park. The Mariners had another poor offensive performance, scratching out just four hits, including Nick Franklin's first hit of his major league career. The Mariners conclude the series with San Diego this afternoon with Felix Hernandez getting the start. The Mariners begin a three-game series in Minnesota tomorrow.

Welcome back to the big leagues, Alex Liddi. And sorry, Brandon Maurer. You just weren't ready quite yet. The Mariners yesterday announced optioning pitcher Maurer to Triple-A Tacoma, and calling up utility player Liddi to take his spot on the 25-man MLB roster. It's just the latest major roster adjustment in a flurry of recent moves. Last week, the M's sent down catcher Jesus Montero, designated Robert Andino for assignment, and brought up catcher Jesus Sucre and infielder Carlos Triunfel. On Monday, the team optioned second baseman Dustin Ackley and called up infielder Nick Franklin, and also sent down reliever Lucas Luetge and promoted pitcher Hector Noesi. The Mariners said there will be an additional roster move to replace Maurer in the starting rotation before his next scheduled start, which was slated for Sunday against the Twins in Minnesota.

Dustin Ackley was 5 for 6 with a home run and the Tacoma Rainiers amassed 30 hits in an astounding 25-6 win at Colorado Springs in a Pacific Coast League game last night. The Rainiers had three home runs and seven doubles in the offensive showcase. For comparison, the Mariners have scored 24 runs in their past eight games -- or one less than Tacoma netted in this one.

Today is Loomis Day, honoring Washington, D.C., 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.

In an interview, former Today show anchor Katie Couric said that there was a possibility of her returning to Today. Couric said she talked about a possible return with co-host Matt Lauer but the preliminary talks never produced anything substantial.

Rick Springfield wrote a hit song with Jesse's Girl, and his autobiography, Late, Late at Night, was a best-seller, so now, he's writing some more. He's penning his debut novel. It's called Magnificent Vibration and is due out next May. According to, it's about a guy who receives a 1-800 phone connection with God through a self-help book.

Police were called Monday evening after several motorists said they saw a girl locked in a dog cage, riding in the back of a pickup truck on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. According to the area's Morning Call newspaper, police stopped the truck and found a 10-year-old girl unharmed and sitting in the cage. The parents said they allowed it because their child wanted to be with the dog on the drive home. They were arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

A copy of what's being reported as Kelly Clarkson's Save The Date has hit the web. Tabloid website Radar Online has published the information from the notice, which reports that Kelly and her fiancé, Brandon Blackstock, will exchange vows in Nashville, Tennessee on October 20th.

Daft Punk's new album, Random Access Memories, debuts at number one on the Billboard album chart, selling over 339-thousand copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures. It marks the French duo's first number one album and is the second best sales week of the year after Justin Timberlake's first-week sales of 968-thousand copies of The 20/20 Experience back in March. The album took five years to record and reportedly cost over one-million dollars. The album's first single, Get Lucky featuring Pharrell Williams, has sold over 647-thousand copies since its release six weeks ago.

Trivia Answer: Melvin Jerome Blanc -- Mel Blanc -- who was born on this date in 1908. He died on July 10th of 1989 at the age of 81. Blanc is regarded as the most prolific voice actor in the history of the industry. He was the first voice actor to get credit in the ending credits. Blanc's death was considered a significant loss to the cartoon industry because of his skill, expressive range, and sheer volume of continuing characters he portrayed, which are currently taken up by several other voice talents. Movie critic Leonard Maltin once pointed out, "It is astounding to realize that Tweety Bird and Yosemite Sam are the same man." Blanc trained his son Noel in the field of voice characterization. Although the younger Blanc has performed his father's characters (particularly Porky Pig) on some programs, he has chosen not to become a full-time voice artist. Blanc's will stated his desire to have the inscription on his gravestone read THAT'S ALL FOLKS, the phrase was a trademark of the character Porky Pig, for whom Blanc provided the voice.

Wednesday 5.29.13
Today's Trivia: He's an Indianapolis 500 winner and is the only person with both a sibling and a child as fellow winners of the Indy 500. Who is he?

After 10 starts, the Seattle Mariners may be at a decision point with Brandon Maurer after another outing where the rookie got knocked around. Add in Michael Morse leaving with a strained right quadriceps and it was a rough Tuesday night for the Mariners. Maurer gave up nine hits and five earned runs, San Diego's Edinson Volquez shut down Seattle into the eighth inning and the Padres beat the Mariners 6-1. Seattle manager Eric Wedge went immediately into a meeting that included general manager Jack Zduriencik after the game, with decisions needed on Maurer's struggles and Morse's health. Ms and Padres again tonight -- this time at Petco Park in San Diego -- with the first pitch at 7:10.

Here's a shocker: The NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved the sale of the Sacramento Kings yesterday to the Sacramento group that competed with the Seattle group. The league said in a statement that the "transaction is expected to close shortly." After owners blocked the relocation of the franchise to Seattle earlier this month, the Maloof family reached an agreement to sell a 65 percent controlling interest in the Kings to the Sacramento group at a total franchise valuation of $535 million.

Today is Pink Flamingo Day. It's Honor your Ancestors Day. It's 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 with someone special.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1856, during a speech in Bloomington, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln said, "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time." In 1971, The Rolling Stones' single Brown Sugar his #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. It wasn't enough.

A new season of Arrested Development was released on Netflix on Sunday. According to the data technology firm Procera Networks, Netflix saw an eight percent jump in members on Sunday. Thirty-six percent of Netflix viewers watched at least one part of an episode, while over 10 percent watched the entire season. Procera Networks also reported that two to seven percent of all Netflix traffic on Sunday was derived from Arrested Development.

A plane that once flew as Air Force One is now for sale. She flew in the service of the United Stated government for 30 years, transporting Presidents, Vice-Presidents, First Ladies and thousands of other dignitaries. To bid you have to pay a bid deposit of $50,000.

One lucky bidder just scored a trip into space seated next to Hollywood heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio, but it didn't come cheap. The unusual prize was auctioned off at the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS charity dinner in Cannes on Thursday night for a whopping 1.5-million dollars. DiCaprio and the unnamed bidder will board Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space plane for a short flight into orbit at an undisclosed date sometime in the near future.

Muse frontman Matt Bellamy reveals that his drive and passion to succeed stems from his father being forced to declare bankruptcy almost 20-years ago. Bellamy disclosed what's behind his desire to succeed in an interview with The Sun, in which the singer spoke candidly about his parents' divorce back in the 90's, as well as the financial hardships that he suffered when his father was forced to declare bankruptcy and his mother struggled to get a job. Bellamy credits those difficulties for giving him an outlook that makes him appreciate everything and says, "In a way, that is what drove me to want to be successful. I never want to have to be in that situation again ... ever. I have been lucky to experience a lot of the spoils that can happen in a rock band. But being with the three guys in this band from such a young age, we aren't going to let any of the spoils change us." Muse is currently wrapping up its UK stadium tour with their final performance taking place at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England on Saturday.

As anyone could have guessed, former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland isn't very happy about the fact that his former group has recruited a new singer and decided to still call themselves STP. Weiland recently wrote the following post on his website to let his fans know of his displeasure about the recent events surrounding his former band, "Like everybody else out there, I read about my band, Stone Temple Pilots, and their recent performance this past weekend with a new singer. To tell you the truth, it took me by surprise. And it hurt." The new STP, with Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, recently made their debut at LA radio station KROQ's annual Weenie Roast music festival. Scott went on to claim that his former bandmates can't legally tour under the name STP and that legally, they can't fire him. As for his thoughts on Chester replacing him, Scott doesn't seem to care and writes "I don't give a f--- what they call themselves, but it's not Stone Temple Pilots.” He goes on to end his letter to fans by saying, “Don't give up on STP, I know I haven't."

KT Tunstall's divorce was finalized late last week in London's High Court, in a hearing that lasted only 80 seconds. She married her drummer husband, Luke Bullen, back in 2008 and they announced their split last March.

Allure Magazine determined that women are under more pressure than ever to remain looking youthful. Forty-seven percent of women admitted to considering anti-aging injections or plastic surgery. The magazine's survey also revealed men believe female beauty peaks at 29 years old. Also, both men and women agree that women are sexiest at age 30.

Trivia Answer: Race car driver Al Unser, Sr. who is is 74 today. He is 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 the race.

Tuesday 5.28.13
Today's Trivia: This actor is best known for his role as Eddie Corbett, son of widower Tom Corbett (played by Bill Bixby) on The Courtship of Eddie's Father. He is also a punk rock musician, and works in the drug and alcohol rehabilitation industry as a sober companion and interventionist. Who is he?

Aaron Harang provided the best reason yet why manager Eric Wedge stuck with the struggling starter so long by throwing a Memorial Day complete game four-hitter against San Diego as the Mariners romped 9-0, their second win in 24 hours. The Mariners banged 11 hits, including home runs by Jayson Bay, Michael Morse, and Kelly Shoppach. Harang did the rest, throwing his 14th career complete game and seventh shutout. The Mariners and Padres play the second of two at Safeco Field tonight. The Mariners and Padres then change venues with games at Petco Park tomorrow and Thursday.

The Mariners made a spate of roster moves prior to yesterday's game, optioning Dustin Ackley and Lucas Luetge to AAA Tacoma and calling up Hector Noesi and Nick Franklin. Ackley, hitting .205, was in an 0-for-19 slump. Franklin got into the game as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning yesterday and walked in his first MLB at-bat.

Today is Morning Radio Day. It's 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, German automobile manufacturer Volkswagen 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.

US stocks surged in early trading today as investors digested stellar economic data that appeared to put the housing and financial crises far in the rearview mirror. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose by more than 200 points, or 1.4%. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 1.4%. The Nasdaq gained 1.6%. One of the reports powering the markets showed that US home prices posted their strongest gains since 2007. According to the S&P/Case-Shiller national index, prices rose 10.2% in the first quarter. In another report, consumer confidence surged to a five-year high in May, fueled by increased optimism about an improving job market. The Consumer Confidence Index, which gauges how consumers feel about the economy each month, rose to 76.2 in May -- its highest reading since February 2008, according to research firm the Conference Board. The Dow ended the day up 106.29 to close at 15,409.39

In a recent interview with England's Evening Standard, Jon Bon Jovi hinted that the reason guitarist Richie Sambora was sitting shows out was because, like in 2011, he needed to go to rehab. Jon said, "It's getting more and more difficult every day to not just sit here and say something… because all I can say is this – it's for personal reasons." Well, Richie has responded, telling The Daily Mail, "I don't have any major problems in my life right now, I love my fans and I feel bad for them at the moment. Bottom line. My opinion is Jon wants to see if he can pull off stadiums by himself. He is making it very difficult for me to come back. Enough with the trash talking. Jon needs to stop talking about me publicly. I am fine and working very hard on my fashion company." So there you have it.

Darius Rucker says he may briefly reunite with his former Hootie & the Blowfish bandmates for a few shows next year. It's all in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the release of Cracked Rear View, which included hits like Let Her Cry and Hold My Hand. Nothing is firm, but Darius told The Hollywood Reporter they "might do a month tour next year," but a full-blown reunion album and longer tour is "a couple years away." Darius just released his second country album, True Believers, and is on his first headlining solo tour.

The action-packed sixth installment of the Fast & Furious film franchise claimed victory at the North American box office for the three-day Memorial Day weekend, and became the biggest opening film in Universal Pictures' history. Fast & Furious 6, starring Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson, grossed an estimated $120 million from Friday thru Monday, making it the second-biggest film opening of the year behind Iron Man 3's $175.3 million earlier this month. The film also rang up an estimated $300 million at the global box office. The Hangover Part III finished second. It made an estimated $51.2 million at the box office over the long weekend. Sci-fi action adventure sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, playing in 3D and Imax theaters, came in at No. 3. Animated family film Epic finished fourth.

Charles Ramsey, the man who saved three kidnapped women in Ohio, was promised free burgers for life and now several restaurants are keeping that promise. Charles told news networks that he was eating a McDonald's Big Mac at home when he heard a girl scream next door and decided to see what was happening. That's when he helped rescue the women and a little girl, who have all returned safely to their families. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the restaurant where Charles worked created a burger in his honor. In addition, a dozen restaurants in his hometown have decided to give him a "Chuck Card" to get free burgers for life.

Trivia Answer: Brandon Edwin Cruz who turns 51 today. He was Bill Bixby's charming and conniving son, Eddie Corbett, on the The Courtship of Eddie's Father. As of April of this year, Cruz is working in the drug- and alcohol-rehab field in Southern California. He is currently writing a book about his life as a child actor, punk rocker, surfer, skateboarder, and getting and staying sober. Brandon Cruz has been married to his wife, actress Liz Cruz, for 19 years, next month. They are the parents of a son and daughter. His son's middle name, Bixby, is in honor of Cruz's co-star and friend.

Monday 5.27.13
With the holiday, Morning Trivia is taking the day off. It's back tomorrow morning at about 8:30.

The Seattle Mariners had several heartbreaking losses during their eight-game losing streak. They ended it with an uplifting win in their last at-bat. Jason Bay hit a two-out RBI single in the 13th inning, lifting the Mariners to a 4-3 victory Sunday over the Texas Rangers. The Mariners had been on the losing end of three walk off victories by the Cleveland Indians in four games and were facing an extra-inning loss after A.J. Pierzynski had given the Rangers a 3-2 lead in the top of the 11th inning with an RBI single. But Raul Ibanez hit a solo home run off Rangers closer Joe Nathan to keep the game going and Bay came through in the 13th after he was denied a chance to win it in the 11th, when David Murphy leaped above the fence in left-center field to catch Bay's drive. The Mariners had moved within a game of .500 after taking two of three from the New York Yankees. Then three losses in the last inning in Cleveland started the eight-game skid. Hisashi Iwakuma had another strong outing for Seattle. He allowed two runs and two hits over eight innings. He struck out eight. Now, it's a four game series with the Padres. Two up here and then two down there. Game one is this afternoon at Safeco.

The Los Angeles Sparks haven't shied away from talking about their championship aspirations entering the 2013 season. Between hot shooting, a diverse offensive attack and an effective defense, they looked the part of a championship-caliber team last night. They had six players in double figures as Los Angeles routed the Seattle Storm 102-69 in their season opener. The Storm hosts Phoenix next Sunday,

The LA Galaxy shut down the Seattle Sounders yesterday, 4-0.

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

  • It's believed that the holiday was chosen to be in May because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.
  • The original Memorial Day was originally set as May 30th, but was changed to the last Monday of the month in 1971.
  • In 1966, Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, New York, the 'birthplace' of Memorial Day.
  • New York was the first state to recognize Memorial Day as a legal holiday in 1873.
  • 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.

It's International Jazz Day. The Pop-Up Toaster was released on this date in 1918

Calendar notes: On this date in1930, Richard Gurley Drew received a patent for his adhesive tape, later manufactured by 3M as Scotch tape. In 1937, in California, the Golden Gate Bridge opened to pedestrian traffic, creating a vital link between San Francisco and Marin County. In 1968, Major League Baseball's National League awarded Montreal the first franchise in Canada and the first franchise outside the United States (the Montreal Expos). In 1987, during a U2 concert in Rome, the sound system was so loud, emergency services was flooded with calls from local residents who thought they were being hit by an earthquake. In 1995, in Culpeper, Virginia, the actor Christopher Reeve was paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition. In 1997, the US Supreme Court ruled that Paula Jones could pursue her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton while he was in office.

Longtime Tonight Show drummer Ed Shaughnessy died Friday in his Calabasas, California, home of a heart attack, according to the Los Angeles Times. Shaughnessy was a three-decade fixture of Doc Severinsen's Tonight Show Band -- in a time in which more of a big-band feel ruled the show. He played drums from 1963 to 1992 in the Johnny Carson era, leaving when Jay Leno stepped in as the show's new host. Shaughnessy was a 2004 inductee to the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame. He was 84.

According to TMZ, Clue and Rocky Horror Picture Show star Tim Curry suffered a stroke Thursday night. The site reports it happened at his LA home. According to his agent, though, the 67-year-old actor is now "doing great" and "absolutely can speak and is recovering at this time and in great humor."

The speed demons of Fast & Furious 6 raced ahead of the hard-partying Hangover gang in a battle between two male-oriented movie franchises, setting up the car chase sequel for a big holiday weekend win at US and Canadian box offices. Fast & Furious 6 rang up an estimated $98.5 million in domestic ticket sales Friday through Sunday and was speeding toward $122.5 million by the end of today's Memorial Day holiday. Comedy sequel The Hangover Part III took in $42.4 million Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates, and was likely to finish with $64 million through today, Last weekend's box office leader, sci-fi sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, fell to third place. The weekend's other new nationwide release, animated family film Epic, landed in fourth place. Iron Man 3 finished in fifth place.

An auctioneer says one of Apple's first computers -- a functioning 1976 model -- has been sold for a record 516,000 euros ($668,000). German auction house Breker said Saturday an Asian client, who asked not to be named, bought the so-called Apple 1, which the tech company's founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built in a family garage. Breker claims it is one of only six known remaining functioning models in the world. Breker already sold one last year for 492,000 euros. It says the computer bears Wozniak's signature. An old business transaction letter from the late Jobs also was included.

E! Online is reporting that Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson are part of the judges' panel on the next season of American Idol. Keep in mind, Clarkson's rep has denied reports she's being courted to judge but Jennifer is confirmed. The outlet also reports that another American Idol alum is joining the ladies on the panel -- either Adam Lambert or Clay Aiken.

Friday 5.24.13
Today's Trivia: This singer-songwriter and musician has been a major figure in popular music for five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when he was at first an informal chronicler, and later an apparently reluctant figurehead of social unrest. A number of his songs such as Blowin' in the Wind and The Times They Are a-Changin' became anthems for the civil rights and anti-war movements. Who is he?

A bizarre incident last night. A portion of an Interstate 5 bridge, reportedly clipped by an oversized truck, fell into the Skagit River about 7 o'clock, plunging two cars and three people into the cold stream. Amazingly, no one was killed.

The Seattle Mariners sent slumping catcher Jesus Montero to the minor leagues yesterday, a year after acquiring him in trade full of potential that hasn't panned out for either side. The Mariners optioned Montero to Triple-A Tacoma. Seattle got Montero from the New York Yankees after the 2011 season. The Yankees traded him and pitcher Hector Noesi to the Mariners for pitcher Michael Pineda and a minor leaguer. Pineda, an All-Star as a rookie in 2011, has been injured and not pitched yet in the majors for the Yankees.

The Mariners are hosting the AL West leading Texas Rangers tonight through Sunday, and then host the San Diego Padres on Monday and Tuesday. First pitch tonight at 7:10.

Today is Morse Code Day. The first message was sent in 1844. Today is Brother's Day, a celebration of brotherhood for biological brothers, fraternity brothers and brothers bonded by union affiliation or lifetime experiences. Today is International Tiara Day, a day for women to celebrate their leadership powers in their own lives. Real or virtual tiara wearing is optional. Today is Thelma & Louise Day. The movie premiered on this date in 1991. It's National Escargot Day. The approved way of celebrating National Escargot Day is by eating a plate of Escargots. Considered a delicacy by some, others find the thought of feasting on snails as just too yucky. For those who can't bring themselves and their stomachs to the table, it's suggested you give Escargot gift certificates to family and friends.

Calendar notes: On this dat in 1970, Peter Green quit Fleetwood Mac. In 1982, Mrs. Christina Samane gave birth to a 22-pound 8-ounce son in Transkei, South Africa, the heaviest baby ever born. According to Guinness, the child weighed 77 pounds at 16 months and 112 pounds at age 5. In 1988, snow fell on the Syrian Desert and Damascus had ten hours of snowfall for the first time in 50 years. In 1998, Philadelphia mayor Ed Rendell proclaimed May 24th Van Halen Day in Philadelphia. In 1999, boxer Mike Tyson was released from a Rockville, Maryland, jail after serving 3½ months behind bars for assaulting two motorists after a fender-bender. In 2003, Paul McCartney had tea with Russian Premier Vladimir Putin. McCartney then played a show for 20-thousand fans in Moscow's Red Square. In 2005, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne put the Beverly Hills house that was featured in their reality hit The Osbournes up for sale.

American Idol is considering going full circle! There are rumors that the show will be bringing back former winners and contestants to be judges during season 13. While no deals are concrete yet, according to E! News, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson are already on board. And former Idol contestant Angie Miller loves the idea. She said, "I'd like to see a past American Idol contestant [be a judge]. They really understand what this process is really like and what you do during the week. [It should be] someone who gets it." Longtime judge Randy Jackson has already confirmed his exit on the show. A rep for FOX denied comment on matters of judging speculation.

Sometimes two is better than one. Forbes' new list of the 2013 World's Most Powerful Couples is now out. It includes entertainment stars, political representatives, media personalities and pure royalty. President Barack Obama and wife Michelle lead the pack, followed by Bill and Melinda Gates. Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi and Brangelina are some of the hot showbiz couples on the list. Political partners Bill and Hillary Clinton and royals Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip also make the rundown.

Morgan Freeman is in need of some rest as evidenced by a recent live TV appearance to promote his new movie, Now You See Me. The 75-year-old actor was seated next to co-star Michael Caine during an interview with Q13 FOX when Freeman closed his eyes shortly before a short clip of his new movie was played. When the cameras came back to Caine and Freeman, the Oscar winner was slumped over in his chair with his chin resting on his chest sleeping like a baby. Freeman awoke a few seconds later but still looked dazed and confused. You can catch Morgan Freeman, along with Michael Caine, fully awake and alert in Now You See Me, which hits theaters next Friday.

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

Trivia Answer: He was born Robert Allen Zimmerman but we know him as Bob Dylan. He turns 72 today. Since 1994, Dylan has published three books of drawings and paintings, and his work has been exhibited in major art galleries. As a songwriter and musician, Dylan has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and received numerous awards over the years including Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy Awards. He's been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Pulitzer Prize jury in 2008 awarded him a special citation for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power." In May of 2000, Dylan was awarded the Polar Music Prize. In May 2012, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. He has toured steadily since the late 1980s on what has been dubbed the Never Ending Tour.

Thursday 5.23.13
Today's Trivia: She's a singer-songwriter, guitarist, actress, and poet. She has received four Grammy Award nominations and has sold over 27 million albums worldwide. She debuted on February 28th of 1995, with the album, Pieces of You, which became one of the best selling debut albums of all time, going platinum 15 times. She was born in Utah although is usually associated with Homer, Alaska. Who is she?

C.J. Wilson struck out 10 in eight innings, Josh Hamilton had a two-run single, and the Los Angeles Angels beat Seattle 7-1 yesterday to hand the Mariners their season-worst sixth straight loss. Wilson allowed a run and six hits in his longest outing since June 8th of 2012. The left-hander won for the first time since May 1st after losing his previous three starts. Brandon Maurer gave up seven runs and 11 hits in three innings for Seattle. An off day for the Mariners today. Then things don't get any easier as they host the division-leading Texas Rangers for the weekend. I am soooo ready for football season.

Today is National Taffy Day. It's Sea Turtle Day and World Turtle Day. Today is Moog Day. I'm told that those in the know pronounce it so it rhymes with vogue. It marks 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. Later, they 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 In 1984, Tina Turner released her album Private Dancer. 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.

Paul Allen isn't just the guy who co-founded Microsoft, owns the Portland Trailblazers and Seattle Seahawks, and is one of the richest guys on the planet. He's also a rocker and along with his band, The Underthinkers, Paul is releasing an album. The 13-track blues-based guitar rock album is called Everywhere at Once. It features some of Paul's friends making guest appearances. Friends like Ann and Nancy Wilson, Chrissie Hynde, Joe Walsh, Derek Trucks, and many others. It hits shelves on August 6th.

How do you pronounce GIFs? They're everywhere. But as prevalent as they are, the acronym's pronunciation remains one of those ongoing internet debates that, for whatever reason, simply refuses to die. And the argument has returned to center stage once again, this time thanks to someone who should know a thing or two about how to pronounce it: the creator. Steve Wilhite created the Graphics Interchange Format in 1987 while working at CompuServe. He was recently honored at the Webby Awards for his sometimes-animated, sometimes-funny creation, which the Times notes is "a triumph of speed and compression," able to "move as fast as Internet culture itself." But is it GIF with a soft G or a hard G? Here's where things get controversial. Per The New York Times: The Oxford English Dictionary accepts both pronunciations. Mr. Wilhite said. "They are wrong. It is a soft 'G,' pronounced 'jif.' End of story." Rebecca Greenfield at The Atlantic Wire succinctly argues that the whole debate is rather pointless: "Fighting over how to say the word is like arguing over the NEEther, NIther pronunciation,  which is just a really silly thing to spend our time doing." 

TV writer Brendan Hay's take on the issue. New York Times' Damon Darlin tweeted that this should settle it.

James Hillhouse High School's in New Haven, Connecticut class of 1943 had their prom cancelled because of WWII, but thanks to the former class president, the event went on. MSN reports that May 19th marked the 70th anniversary for their should-have-been-prom, so the original prom committee got together and invited everyone in their class. The classmates might be reaching their 90's but that did not stop the 70 people that attended from dancing the night away.

Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi have purchased a 26.5-million dollar house outside of Santa Barbara, California. TMZ says the 10,522 square-foot home boasts six bedrooms and six bathrooms. The house sits on 13 acres with a pool that overlooks the ocean. DeGeneres also owns houses in Beverly Hills and Hidden Valley, California

Trivia Answer: Jewel Kilcher -- known professionally simply as Jewel -- who turns 39 today. She was born in Payson, Utah. Shortly after her birth, however, her family moved to Homer, Alaska, where her grandfather had settled after immigrating from Switzerland. That debut album, Pieces of You, produced the singles Who Will Save Your Soul (which reached #11 on Billboard's Hot 100), You Were Meant for Me (which made it to #2), and Foolish Games (which hit #7). Jewel married nine-time world champion pro rodeo cowboy Ty Murray on August 7th of 2008 in the Bahamas after 10 years together. Their son, Kase Townes Murray, will be two on July 11th. 

Wednesday 5.22.13
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?

Helmeted rescue workers raced yesterday to complete the search for survivors and the dead in the Oklahoma City suburb where that a mammoth tornado destroyed countless homes and cleared lots down to bare red earth. Updated figures say the storm claimed 24 lives, including those of nine children. The death toll was revised downward from 51 after the state medical examiner said some victims may have been counted twice in the confusion. More than 200 people were treated at area hospitals. Scientists also updated their assessment of the tornado. They've concluded the storm was a rare and extraordinarily powerful type of twister known as an EF5, ranking it at the top of the scale used to measure tornado strength. Those twisters are capable of lifting reinforced buildings off the ground, hurling cars like missiles and stripping trees completely free of bark. In revising its estimate of the storm's power, the National Weather Service said the tornado had winds of at least 200 mph and was on the ground for 40 minutes.

Now it's five in a row. The Mariners, after getting swept in Cleveland came back to the left coast last night and were never really in the game down in Anaheim. The suffered their worst loss of the season, a 12-0 blowout to the Los Angeles Angels. It was Seattle's worst loss of the season. Mike Trout hit for the cycle, and at 21, became the youngest player in AL history to do so. Ms and Angels meet up again this afternoon at 4:00.

The NFL is celebrating its 50th Super Bowl in northern California, where its newest, most high-tech venue is being built. Houston was awarded the 2017 championship game. In two separate votes, NFL owners yesterday went with both the San Francisco Bay Area and Houston on the first ballot at their spring meetings. The 49ers' new home is set to open next year in Santa Clara, and hosts the first Super Bowl in the area since 1985.

Former NFL star Chad Johnson was arrested Monday morning in Florida. According to TMZ, the arrest comes after a Broward County judge said that Johnson had violated his probation from a 2012 domestic violence incident with then wife Evelyn Lozada. The warrant for Johnson's arrest was issued earlier in the month after he failed to report to his probation officer twice and he could not provide proof of enrolment in a domestic violence education class.

Brian Urlacher announced his retirement from the NFL after 13 seasons today on his official Twitter account, ending what many believe was a Hall of Fame career as an iconic Chicago Bears linebacker.

Today is National Maritime Day. 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? If you are a musician in need of a new instrument, today could be a very good day. 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.

CBS said yesterday it won this season's ratings race among the 18-to-49 age group most prized by advertisers, claiming its first victory in that audience in 21 years. CBS snatched the title from Fox, which had dominated the age group for eight straight years until it was hurt this season by a ratings slump for American Idol. CBS rode hits like The Big Bang Theory and 2 Broke Girls and was helped by February's Super Bowl broadcast, which attracted the biggest TV audience of the year. Even without the big game, CBS said it would have been first in the key age group. Although three nights remain in the season, results are unlikely to change significantly. According to Nielsen, Fox finished second in the key audience group, followed by NBC and then ABC. All of the networks lost viewers among 18-49 year old demographic as broadcasters fought competition from cable channels and streaming services like Netflix as well as delayed and mobile viewing that Nielsen does not fully measure.

Avril Lavigne is not only getting ready for the release of her fifth album, she's also planning her wedding to Nickelback's Chad Kroeger. Still no date but she says she's making plans for the nuptials. So far, she sys, everything is going really smoothly but wedding planning is almost enough work to be a "full time job." Chad proposed to Avril while they were in the studio together and of their relationship, Avril said, "He came down to write a song with me for the record and then he didn't leave."

R.E.M. fans hoping that the group might reunite after announcing their breakup back in September of 2011 will be disappointed to learn that the group has no intention of getting back together. Bassist Mike Mills revealed the sad news in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, in which he said that the chances of a reunion were slim-to-none. He stated, "We said we're done and we're done. If we honestly thought there was a chance of a reunion tour, we might have said so at the time." Mills added, "I doubt you'll see us touring as R.E.M. again. On the other hand, I just played with Peter [Buck] in New York City the other night, so fun things do happen." Fans can take comfort in the fact that many bands who have said they'd never reunite after dissolving still do, from the Police to The Eagles, when the time is right or there's a need for some cash, they do come back.

This should be fun. Martin Scorsese is presenting Mel Brooks with the American Film Institute's 41st Life Achievement Award at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on June 6th. The show airs on TNT Saturday, June 15th,, and again as part of an all-night tribute to Brooks on TCM on Sunday, July 24th.

Trivia Answer: Bernie Taupin who turns 63 today. 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, Tiny Dancer, Candle in the Wind, Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me, Daniel, and 1970's Your Song, his and Elton's first hit. That separate rooms process, by the way, changed considerably over the years as their collaborations became far more intimate in their creation. 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. Bernie was arrested for DUI a couple of weeks ago (on May 5th) after allegedly driving his truck into a wooden fence in Santa Barbara. No one was injured. Bernie soon has to appear in court.

Tuesday 5.21.13
Today's Trivia: He's known for his roles in the 1980s television series The A-Team, and as boxer Clubber Lang in the 1982 film Rocky III. He's known for his trademark African Mandinka warrior hairstyle, his gold jewelry, and his tough-guy image. Who is he?

A monstrous tornado as much as a mile wide roared through the suburbs of Oklahoma City yesterday, flattening entire neighborhoods with winds up to 200 mph, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. Earlier reports had the death toll at 51. The medical examiner has revised the figure down to 24. Nine of the fatalities are children. President Barack Obama said today he doesn't yet know the full extent of the damage but promised aid. "Oklahoma needs to get everything it needs right away." Block after block of the community of Moore south of Oklahoma City lay in ruins, with heaps of debris piled up where homes used to be. Cars and trucks were left crumpled on the roadside. The National Weather Service issued an initial finding that the tornado was an EF-4 on the enhanced Fujita scale, the second most-powerful type of twister.

A note from The Oklahoman regarding how to help the tornado victims in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Red Cross is asking people to donate by texting Red Cross to 90999 which makes a $10 donation. Donations can also be made to Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK 73157. Designate Oklahoma Tornado Relief on all checks. You can also donate by phone at 800.725.2769 and online at

A walk-off home run, a devastating three-run shot off Charlie Furbush in the 10th inning, gave the Cleveland Indians a stunning 10-8 victory and a sweep of their four-game series with Seattle at Progressive Field. The Mariners suffered three-walk off defeats in the series, and a meltdown by ace Felix Hernandez. Yesterday, they also witnessed Monday a meltdown by their No. 2 starter, Hisashi Iwakuma, but were able to battle back long after he departed to make a game of it, only to blow it. The Mariners had home runs in the eighth (Kyle Seager), ninth (Endy Chavez) and 10th innings (Justin Smoak) yesterday that either enabled them to tie or take the lead. But after taking an 8-7 lead into the bottom of the 10th, Furbush couldn't hold it. The Mariners have lost a season-high four games after briefly moving into second place in the AL West earlier in the week. The Mariners open a two-game series with the Los Angeles Angels tonight, take a day off Thursday, and begin a three-game series with the AL West-leading Texas Rangers Friday night at Safeco Field.

After nearly a week of silence following the rebuke by NBA owners of his offer to buy and relocate the Sacramento Kings, Chris Hansen said he plans to continue with the SoDo arena project and to "work with the League regarding opportunities that may arise to return an NBA franchise to our City." Hansen's statement on contained little new information other than making clear his intent to persevere despite a 22-8 vote to reject relocation in a meeting in Dallas last Wednesday, and the subsequent sale of the Kings for $535 million to a group that emerged after Hansen initially offered $525 million in January to the Maloof family that owned the team. Hansen congratulated Mayor Kevin Johnson and Sacramento fans and said there was "mutual respect" for what both sides went through and that the bidding was never about "Seattle fans versus Sacramento fans." He wrote, "This process was instead about our group and our city putting our best foot forward in an honest and transparent way to return basketball to Seattle, and in that regard our efforts remain undeterred."

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 Victoria Day in Canada, marking the birthday of Queen Victoria in 1819. 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. Today is National Waiters and Waitresses Day, a day that recognizes the value and importance of a good waiter or waitress. Take a memo... Today is National Memo Day. What is it for? Who created it? Why? These are questions awaiting an answer that may never come. Every once in a while, I come across a special day with no known history or description. If it was me, I would have made it National NO Memo Day.

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 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 In 2003, Ruben Studdard won the second season of American Idol. In 2005, the tallest roller coaster in the world, Kingda Ka opens at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey.

Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist and founding member of The Doors. has died. His publicist says Manzarek died yesterday in Rosenheim, Germany, surrounded by his family. His death follows a lengthy battle with bile duct cancer. Manzarek is best known for his work with The Doors who formed in 1965 when Manzarek had a chance encounter on Venice Beach with poet Jim Morrison. Years later we had an opportunity to interview him here on Roxy. Ray Manzarek was 74.

Microsoft thinks it has the one. The company revealed the Xbox One, its next-generation entertainment console, during a presentation earlier today at its headquarters in Redmond. Microsoft's president of interactive entertainment business Don Mattrick called it an "all-in-one home entertainment system." He said the company has spent the past four years working on the next-generation Xbox. Microsoft executives touted the Xbox One as a replacement for the set-top box from your cable provider. It has its own guide and you can change channels by voice command. The console was demonstrated using voice control to seamlessly switch back and forth between watching live TV, listening to music, watching a movie, browsing the Internet, as well as simultaneously running apps.

Here's one to let Mom and Dad say, "I told you so." Research out of Penn State University suggests students are 14 percent more likely to eat healthier and 50 percent more likely to work out on days they talk to their parents. Science Daily reports that 746 students were surveyed. Another interesting fact: "Only a third of college students consume a diet that is consistent with national recommendations." There's a shocker, eh?

That person sitting in the cubicle next to you just might be your BFF. The University of Lancaster studied 40 employees in two companies to find out more about their friendships at work and outside of work. The results, according to the Daily Mail, are that your strongest friendships are likely to be co-workers. Study leader Anne Cronin says, "The demands and stressful environment of the workplace, where employees feel they have little control, shape emotionally close friendships." This sort of bond is more likely to happen in high-pressure jobs like paramedics or firefighters.

Not everyone is a morning person, and everyone has had a case of The Mondays. has compiled a list of apps that could make mornings a little easier to handle:

  • Alarm Clock Extreme – No matter what your alarm clock sounds like, when you hear it, it just sounds…alarming. This app allows you to slowly increase the volume of your alarm sound. You can also set up a basic math problem to dismiss the alarm. It has a feature to decrease your snooze time every time you hit it as well.
  • Sunrise – This is a daily email service which organizes all your social media platforms into a "morning digest" including weather, your calendar, and a list of your friends' birthdays that day. It also taps into your email by 7 AM so you are always on top of things.
  • Sworkit – This app gets your metabolism going and gets your daily workout out of the way first thing in the morning. You can choose circuit training workouts from five to 60 minutes. The founder of Sworkit says, "Anyone can do this in their bedroom, hotel or anywhere you can imagine."

Maroon 5 has had to postpone their upcoming European tour dates. The guys announced the news on their Twitter feed, directing fans to their website, where they have already announced the new dates, which begin in January 2014. Before Maroon 5 heads to Europe, they are heading out on the Honda Civic Tour with Kelly Clarkson. They begin their trek on August 1st. They play the Gorge on September 28th.

Trivia Answer: He was born Laurence Tureaud -- but we know him as Mr. T -- and he's 61 today. At one point, he enlisted in the United States Army and served in the Military Police. After his discharge, he tried out for the Green Bay Packers, but failed to make the team due to a knee injury. He next worked as a bouncer. It was at this time that he created the persona of Mr. T. His wearing of gold neck chains and other jewelry was the result of customers losing the items or leaving them behind at the night club after a fight. A customer, who may have been banned from the club or trying to avoid another confrontation, would not have to re-enter the club if Mr. T wore their jewelry as he stood out front. When a customer returned to claim the item, it was readily visible and available with no further confrontation required. He eventually parlayed his job as a bouncer into a career as a bodyguard that lasted almost ten years. In 1980, Mr. T was spotted by Sylvester Stallone while taking part in NBC's America's Toughest Bouncer competition. Although his role in Rocky III was originally intended as just a few lines, Mr. T was eventually cast as Clubber Lang, the primary antagonist. His catchphrase "I pity the fool!" comes from the film; when asked if he hates Rocky, Lang replies, "No, I don't hate Balboa, but I pity the fool." He later accepted a television series role on The A-Team.

Monday 5.20.13
Today's Trivia: She's a singer and actress with a career spanning five decades. She's known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and for having worked in various areas of entertainment, as well as for continuously reinventing both her music and image which has led to her being called the Goddess of Pop. She became prominent in 1965 as half of a folk rock husband–wife duo. She returned to stardom in the 1970s as a television personality. She became a fashion trendsetter with her daring outfits. After she divorced her first husband in 1975, she experimented with various musical styles, including disco and New Wave, before becoming a top-earning live act in Las Vegas. In the early 1980s, she made her Broadway debut and starred in the film Silkwood, which earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1983. In the following years, she starred in films such as Mask, The Witches of Eastwick, and Moonstruck, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1988. At the same time, she established herself as a serious musician by releasing platinum albums. In the 1990s, she made her directing debut in the film If These Walls Could Talk and released the biggest-selling single of her career, Believe, which featured the pioneering use of Auto-Tune. In the 2000s, she embarked on the successful Living Proof: The Farewell Tour and signed a $60 million per-year deal to headline the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for three years. Who is she?

Felix Hernandez didn't have his best stuff. The rest of the Mariners weren't much better. Cleveland starter Justin Masterson dominated Seattle's lineup with 11 strikeouts in seven shutout innings and the Mariners, who were beaten on walkoffs in the first two games of the series, barely put up a fight in dropping their third straight, 6-0 to the Indians yesterday. Hernandez came in with the AL's lowest ERA, but was tagged for five runs and eight hits in a season-low five innings. He became the seventh former Cy Young winner to lose to the Indians, who have won 17 of 21 and are a baseball-best 20-7 since April 20th. On a positive note, the Mariners have lost just two of their last seven series Ms and Indians wrapped it up at Cleveland earlier today and ... well, The Tribe completed the sweep, winning 10-8 in 10 innings. The Ms are at LA to take on the Angels tomorrow night.

Today is Flower Day. It's Strawberries Day or Pick Strawberries Day. It's Weight and Measure's Day, National Stroke Awareness Day, and 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....just one. Our 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 was issued in the US. New York City taxi driver Jacob German was arrested for speeding. He was driving 12 miles an hour on Lexington Street. In 1916, The Saturday Evening Post published its first cover with a Norman Rockwell painting (Boy with Baby Carriage). In 1927, at 7:52 in the morning Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, on the world's first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. He touched down in Paris at 10:22 the next evening. Five years later, on this date 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, landing in Ireland the next day. In 1985, Radio Martí, part of the Voice of America service, begins broadcasting to Cuba. In 1989, Chinese authorities declare martial law in the face of pro-democracy demonstrations, setting the scene for the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Star Trek Into Darkness, the newest installment in the classic intergalactic franchise, blasted to the top of movie box office charts with $70.6 million in weekend ticket sales in North America. The new 3D voyage for Captain Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise knocked mighty Iron Man 3 into second place. Jazz Age drama The Great Gatsby finished third. Rounding out the top five, dark action comedy Pain & Gain landed in fourth place. Animated family flick The Croods took the No. 5 slot.

Some lucky person walked into a Publix supermarket in the city of Zephyrhills, Florida -- population 13,337 -- over the past few days and bought a ticket now worth an estimated $590.5 million -- the highest Powerball jackpot in history. It's an amount too high for many to imagine. Compare it to the budget for the city of Zephyrhills: This year's figure is just more than $49 million. The winning Powerball jackpot is 12 times that. Whoever has the ticket hasn't come forward yet. Estimates had earlier put the jackpot at around $600 million. But Powerball's online site said yesterday that the jackpot had reached an estimated $590.5 million. The world's largest jackpot was a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot in March 2012.

If you could have any food in the world what would it be? Well for the people living in the Gaza Strip, they are dying to get their taste buds on Kentucky Fried Chicken. A fast food smuggling service is sneaking KFC in underground tunnels 35-miles from Egypt to Gaza so that people can have their fried fix. One man who finally got KFC again after six years told the New York Times, "It has been a dream, and this company has made my dream come true." The customers are willing to pay triple the price just so they can taste the secret herbs and spices KFC uses on their chicken.

A custom-made electric guitar played by both John Lennon and George Harrison of the Beatles sold at a New York auction on Saturday for $408,000. The semi-hollow-body guitar, manufactured by the VOX company, was sold to an unidentified US buyer at the "Music Icons" event organized by Beverly Hills-based Julien's Auctions and held at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan. Julien's said previously it expected the guitar, which was the centerpiece of Saturday's sale, to fetch between $200,000 and $300,000. Harrison played the instrument while practicing I Am The Walrus, and Lennon used it in a video session for the song Hello, Goodbye, according to a statement from Julien's Auctions. Both songs were on the Beatles' 1967 album Magical Mystery Tour.

It's almost time for a new Xbox. Eight years have passed since Microsoft unveiled the Xbox 360, double the amount of time between the original Xbox debut in 2001 and its high-definition successor's launch in 2005. With the next-generation Xbox expected to be revealed tomorrow, anticipation for the entertainment console's latest evolution is running high. Microsoft is hosting the next-generation Xbox unveiling at its headquarters in Redmond.

Trivia Answer: She was born Cherilyn Sarkisian 67 years ago today. We know her simply as Cher. That husband-wife duo in the 60s as Sonny & Cher. She later was a successful solo artist with million-selling singles such as Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down), Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves and Half-Breed. Cher is is the only artist to have a number-one single on a Billboard chart in each of the past six decades.

Friday 5.17.13
Today's Trivia: He's a retired professional boxer and occasional actor. He was the first boxer to earn more than $100 million in purses. He won world titles in five weight divisions and defeated future fellow International Boxing Hall of Fame inductees Wilfred Benítez, Thomas Hearns, Roberto Durán and Marvin Hagler. He was named Boxer of the Decade for the 1980s. Who is he?

Here's the right cross to follow the left jab delivered by the NBA earlier this week. A person familiar with the deal says the Maloof family has reached an agreement with the Sacramento group to sell a 65 percent controlling interest in the Kings at a total franchise valuation of $535 million. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press late last night because they weren't authorized to talk publicly, said there are about 30 investors in the group put together by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. An update: KJ announced to screaming throngs of Kings fans today that the deal to sell to group led by software tycoon Vivek Ranadive has been signed. The NBA is expected to officially approve the agreement next week. The person said the agreement has to be closed by May 31st.

Michael Morse belted a decisive home run in the sixth inning, Hector Noesi gave the Mariners an outstanding emergency start, and the Mariners held on to beat New York 3-2 last night to take two of three from the Yankees. It marked Seattle's first series win at Yankee Stadium since 2004. With the victory, the Mariners moved percentage points ahead of the Oakland Athletics into second place in the AL West. The Mariners move on to Cleveland for a four-game series starting tonight. In an unusual schedule twist, the series ends on Monday instead of Sunday.

Today is Child Safety Awareness Day (shouldn't every day be?). It's World Telecommunications Day, and Turn Beauty Inside Out Day. It's National Bike to Work Day. The day was originated by the League of American Bicyclists in 1956 and is a part of Bike-to-Work Week, which is in turn part of National Bike Month. Today is Pack Rat Day. Admit it. You're a Pack Rat like the rest of us. Today is Tell An Umpire 'I Love Your Outfit' Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1939, with a single camera near the third-base line, WXBS-TV in New York became the first station to televise a sporting event, a baseball game between Columbia and Princeton. There were only 400 TV sets in America at the time. In 1975, Elton John's Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy became the first record album to sell a million copies the day it was released. In 1978, Philips announced their new creation, the compact disc. In 1985, Bobby Ewing died on the season finale of Dallas on CBS-TV. He returned the following season. It was all a dream. In 1992, bandleader Lawrence Welk died of pneumonia at age 89. His syndicated TV show continues in reruns. In 1999: Makah Indians here in Washington state harpooned a gray whale for the first time in 70 years. In 1999, a Toronto judge dismissed a claim that the Canadian Defense Minister, Citibank, and a number of drug store chains were conspiring to kill a complainant because he was a Martian. The judge ruled that since the petitioner claimed not to be human, he had no status before the court.

The sun has been getting quite active lately, with one sun spot in particular giving off several explosive flares this week, and it could eventually bring some brilliant displays of the Northern Lights to the Pacific Northwest. Since Monday, Sunspot AR1748 has already given off four "X-class" solar flares -- X being the most powerful class of flares that have potential to disrupt radio and satellite signals. In fact, that flare has given off more X-class flares than every other sunspot of the past year combined, according to Up to this point, the spot has been on a part of the sun not directly facing Earth, so the flares have been directed away from our planet and not really giving us much of an effect. But the sun is turning to where that sunspot is coming closer and closer to facing Earth -- already it's on the left edge as we look at it. Over the coming days the sunspot will travel closer and closer to the center of the sun relative to us, putting Earth more in the direct path of any more X-class flares the sunspot has up its sleeve. Our atmosphere and the Earth's magnetic field protects us from any harmful effects of the solar flares, so there's no worries. Instead, solar flares can trigger dazzling displays of the Northern Lights to the polar regions, and if the storm is intense enough, bring those displays much further south than usual. In the past, major solar flares have brought rare aurora sightings to Arizona and Florida, and it only takes a moderately-strong storm to make them visible across the Northwest.

An invitation from the White House robbed Emeli Sande of the chance to celebrate the latest mark of her success in an unstoppable rise to the front ranks of British female singers. The Scottish singer-songwriter's Next To Me won both the best song and most performed work categories at Britain's 58th Ivor Novello awards for songwriting, putting her on a par with some of Britain's biggest music names. Her co-writers accepting the award for her said she was in the United States, preparing to perform for President Barack Obama.

Candice Glover won the 12th season of American Idol.

On Saturday Night Live this weekend, Ben Affleck is the host with musical guest Kanye West

Michael J. Fox is making his triumphant return to television in The Michael J. Fox Show. The 51-year-old actor plays a news anchor who, like Fox, suffers from Parkinson's Disease. The Family Ties actor is being joined by Kate Finnerman of I Hate My Teenage Daughter. The Michael J. Fox Show is set to premiere this fall on NBC.

Robin Williams is returning to the small screen. The Oscar-winner is set to star opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar on the new CBS series The Crazy Ones. According to the Associated Press, in it, Robin plays an unorthodox ad exec and Geller portrays his daughter. It'll start airing Thursdays this fall after The Big Bang Theory.

Emma Watson says that the Kardashian clan has been a huge influence lately. The actress explained that they were the inspiration for her role as a superficial and mindless teenager in the new flick, The Bling Ring. Watson reveals that she prepared for the part in Sophia Coppola's film by watching a lot of Keeping up with the Kardashians and The Hills. The movie is based on the true story of a group of kids who broke into the houses of celebrities like Paris Hilton to steal their personal items and pretend they were actually living the life of a celebrity socialite. Paris Hilton makes a cameo in The Bling Ring.

Those lovely flying birds and their enemy pigs will be making their way to the big screen as an in-your-face 3D feature film soon. According to Reuters, Sony, the company behind The Smurfs movie, plans to release an Angry Birds flick in 2016. The Angry Birds video game is the top paid app of all time with nearly two-billion downloads.

If you could be a fruit, which fruit would you be? Well when it comes to the shape of your body -- a pear might be the best choice. English researchers have determined that women with a pear-shaped figure, which means a small waist and a shapely bottom, may have a longer life expectancy! The news isn't so good for apple shaped men and women. The study shows men with a beer belly could be looking at a shorter lifespan -- 17 years shorter, in fact. A report by MSN recommends this healthy rule: Shoot for a waist circumference that is less than half your height.

Trivia Answer: Sugar Ray Leonard who turns 57 today. He was named Ray Charles Leonard, after his mother's favorite singer, Ray Charles. In October of 1996, the 40-year-old Leonard announced that he was coming out of retirement to fight Héctor Camacho for the lightly regarded IBC Middleweight Championship. Camacho was a light-hitting southpaw who at 34 and as a former lightweight was also considered past his prime. Leonard decided to fight Camacho after commentating on his fight with the 45-year-old Roberto Duran the previous year, in which Camacho had won a disputed decision which Leonard had called "an early Christmas gift." In January of 1997, it was announced that Leonard had been voted into the International Boxing Hall Of Fame in Canastota, New York. The rules state that a boxer must be retired for five years before being eligible for induction. When the vote took place, Leonard had been retired for more than five years, therefore, he was eligible, even though he had a fight scheduled. The induction ceremony was on June 15th of 1997. The fight with Camacho took place on March 1st of 1997 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Camacho applied pressure from the opening bell and started to score well in the third. He continued to score well in the fourth and opened a cut above Leonard's right eye. In the fifth, Camacho dropped Leonard with a right followed by two left uppercuts. Leonard got up, but was unable to ward off Camacho. The referee stopped the fight with Camacho teeing off on a defenseless Leonard on the ropes. It was the only time in Leonard's career that he was knocked out. The Camacho fight was Leonard's last. He finished his career with a record of 36–3–1 with 25 knockouts.

Thursday 5.16.13
Today's Trivia: This actress's first acting role was as Debbie in the 1976 film Slumber Party '57. Her next role was as Diana Prince's younger sister Drusilla (Wonder Girl) on the TV show, Wonder Woman. Her first starring role was in Thank God It's Friday, followed by her role of a cowgirl in Urban Cowboy in 1980 with John Travolta. In 1982 she co-starred with Nick Nolte in Cannery Row and with Richard Gere in An Officer and a Gentleman, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Who is she?

The NBA's governing body yesterday rejected Chris Hansen's planned relocation of the Sacramento Kings to Seattle, effectively ending the effort to bring the pro basketball team to the Northwest and relaunch them as the new SuperSonics this year. The league's Board of Governors, composed of 30 NBA team owners, followed an April committee recommendation to deny the Kings' relocation. The board voted 22-8 in favor of keeping the franchise in California at the end of a long meeting, where the Seattle and Sacramento groups made their final presentations Wednesday in Dallas. The board only voted on Hansen's relocation application, and did not tackle his agreement to purchase the team. But NBA Commissioner David Stern said the Seattle bid effectively ended with yesterday's relocation denial. In a blog post on, Hansen said he and his group are "obviously extremely disappointed" with the vote. He thanked Seattle fans for their support throughout the past year and a half, and said he is waiting to hear back on a backup ownership plan." He wrote, "Our day will come and when it does it will just be that much sweeter for the struggle. I love you Seattle."  NBA Commissioner David Stern displayed a startling amount of callousness when he opened yesterday's press conference by announcing that it would be brief for him because he had to get to the game in Oklahoma City.

In better Northwest sports news, the Mariners crushed the evil empire. Raul Ibanez again treated Yankee Stadium as his personal playground, hitting a grand slam and a two-run homer last night as the Seattle Mariners routed the New York Yankees 12-2. Ibanez's slam came during a seven-run first inning. Every Seattle starter had at least one of its season-high 16 hits and Jesus Montero was the only starter who failed to score a run. Ms and Yanks wrap up their series this afternoon.

Today is Sneeze Without Embarrassment Day. It's a day in honor of the normal springtime high pollen level. Today is Biographers Day, and 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 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.

While the fate of the American Idol judges hangs in the balance, we now know the show's host, Ryan Seacrest, is coming back for another season. He told MTV News, "I am coming back, yes. I will host." Long-time judge Randy Jackson put in his notice recently, saying he won't be returning to the show next season. Seacrest called Jackson's departure "bittersweet." It's rumored that new judges Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, and Mariah Carey may be leaving next. The season finale of American Idol airs tonight on Fox.

The final episode of The Office is also on tonight. It airs on NBC.

As planned, Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera are poised to return to The Voice as coaches. The two left the NBC show for a season to work on new projects, but according to The Wrap, they're looking to come back for Season Five of the singing competition. In their absence, Usher and Shakira have joined Adam Levine and Blake Shelton on the coaches' panel. Aguilera is rumored to have secured a seven-figure deal for her return, while Green says he's "working toward" a deal.

On The Celebrity Apprentice, Donald Trump is usually the one grilling people but this week, it's been him in the hot seat. The real estate mogul was brought into a Chicago courthouse after he was accused of using false promises to entice an 87-year-old investor into buying condos at Trump's tower in the Windy City. According to the Associated Press, the plaintiff's attorney asked Trump hardball questions over allegations he used bait-and-switch tactics on the investor. At times, the questioning became aggressive and Trump got annoyed. The investor is seeking the return of a 500-thousand dollar deposit plus other unspecified damages. A verdict is expected soon.

Cee Lo Green, Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Kelly Rowland, Kid Rock, Miley Cyrus, Ke$ha, Carly Rae Jepsen, Alyssa Milano, Jenny McCarthy, PSY, Alanis Morissette and more are confirmed to present at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday. Prince is performing and accepting the Billboard Icon Award and Madonna is receiving the Top Touring Artist Award at the show, which airs live from Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Sunday night on ABC.

The Associated Press is reporting that Aretha Franklin has canceled appearances in Chicago and Connecticut scheduled for later this month. She was set to play with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on May 20th and at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Connecticut on May 26th but her doctor has told her she will need treatment during that time period. No information has been released about specific treatments or about the issues Franklin his having.

Where in the world would you find the planet's sexiest people? A new survey from says Columbian women and British men are burning up the chart when it comes to hotness. The website asked 44-thousand single Americans where they thought the sexiest people lived and here's what they had to say:

Sexiest Nationalities - Women 

  1. Colombian
  2. Brazilian
  3. American
  4. Spanish
  5. Russian
  6. Dutch
  7. French
  8. Bulgarian
  9. Swedish
  10.  Italian

Sexiest Nationalities - Men

  1. British
  2. Irish
  3. Brazilian
  4. Swedish
  5. American
  6. Spanish
  7. Scottish
  8. French
  9. Greek
  10.  Puerto Rican

Trivia Answer: Mary Debra Winger who turns 58 today. Winger was cast in the lead role in A League of their Own but dropped out and was replaced by Geena Davis. Over the years Winger acquired a reputation for being outspoken and sometimes difficult to work with. She has expressed her dislike of An Officer and a Gentleman, for which she refused to do any publicity, and several other of her films, and has been dismissive of some of her co-stars and directors. Commenting on her past attitudes, Winger said in 2009, "Most bad behavior comes from insecurity. Even though I loved what I was doing, I didn't always know I could pull it off. I took [my insecurities out] on everybody. But in my defense, I never fought about the size of my trailer or things like that; it was always about the work".

Wednesday 5.15.13
Today's Trivia: He's a former NFL linebacker. He played his entire professional career -- which spanned 17 seasons from 1996 to 2013 -- for the Baltimore Ravens . In college, he played for the University of Miami. Drafted by the Ravens in 1996, he was the last player remaining from the inaugural team at the start of the 2012–13 season. He was selected to 13 Pro Bowls and named an Associated Press All-Pro 10 times. He won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2000 and 2003, becoming the sixth player to win the award multiple times. He was also the second linebacker to win the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award and the first to win the award on the winning Super Bowl team. Who is he?

After months of waiting and politicking, recommendations and reversals, and a remarkable amount of money being thrown around, fans in the Northwest should finally learn today whether they will cheer on a team with the SuperSonics name again or whether the Kings will remain in Sacramento. The NBA Board of Governors meets today in Dallas to tackle the issue of whether the Kings stay in Sacramento or are allowed to move to Seattle, where they would be rechristened the SuperSonics. Still no word from Dallas as of this writing (about 2:00 Wednesday afternoon).

Once Felix Hernandez tweaked his back last night, the whole game took an odd twist. Robinson Cano hit a two-run double, Lyle Overbay (from Centralia) delivered a tiebreaking sacrifice fly, and the New York Yankees rallied in the seventh inning after King Felix was forced to make an early exit, beating Seattle 4-3. The Mariners' ace was in the midst of another top outing at Yankee Stadium, outpitching CC Sabathia in the first matchup between the former Cy Young Award winners and taking a 3-0 lead into the sixth inning. But with a runner on first and one out, Hernandez fielded a soft comebacker by Curtis Granderson in front of the mound, quickly pivoted and snapped a throw to second base for a forceout. The swift play, however, came with a price. Hernandez twice kicked his left leg near the mound, trying to get loose, and seemed to say "ouch" a few times. Not a significant setback, yet enough to cause concern. Wedge and a trainer visited Hernandez and left him in. Overbay followed with an RBI double that made it 3-1. After a walk and an inning-ending fly ball, Hernandez was pulled. Ms and Yankees go at it again this afternoon.

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 the 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.

Angelia Jolie has announced that she underwent a double mastectomy. In a letter to the New York Times, the Oscar-winning actress explains that she does not have cancer, but carries a gene that gives her an 87 percent chance of getting either breast or ovarian cancer. Her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, passed away at the age of 56 in 2007 after battling cancer for 10 years. Jolie writes, "I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy… but it is one I am very happy that I made." She adds, "My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under five percent… I can tell my children that they don't need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer." She also goes into detail about her many procedures saying that she finished her last on April 27th and she has been "able to keep this private and to carry on with my work." Jolie ends the letter writing, "Life comes with many challenges. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of."

We've been begging for a peanut butter Pop-Tart ever since the Peanut Butter & Jelly Pop-Tart was discontinued in 1986. Now, after 27 years of waiting, Pop-Tart scientists have created the perfect mix of flavors to bring us Peanut Butter Pop-Tarts and Frosted Chocolate Peanut Butter Pop-Tarts.

When crews arrived at a fire at a Tucson, Arizona senior living complex, they probably didn't expect to find this. Aparently someone tried to dry a soggy roll of toilet paper by putting it in a microwave. An apartment was filled with smoke. Luckily no one was injured. Someone, however, will be responsible for what the fire chief said was hundreds of dollars in damage. Captain Barrett Baker of the Tucson Fire Department said most microwave calls they respond to are about someone getting scalded by food. He says they've never encountered this.

Last month, Fleetwood Mac released Extended Play, an EP of new material, and now, guitarist Lindsey Buckingham is saying that it won't be the only new music they put out. The rocker told Billboard, "It's safe to say there is more than these four songs that you're going to hear from Fleetwood Mac. It's just a question of how and when." Lindsey also revealed that he recently had dinner with former member Christine McVie in LA and while she is "never going to rejoin the band," she seemed open to appearing onstage with them when their tour reaches her homeland, England. Fleetwood Mac is in the Tacoma Dome Monday night.

Trivia Answer: Ray Anthony Lewis, Jr. -- Ray Lewis -- who turns 38 today. After a triceps tear that sidelined him for most of the 2012–13 season, Lewis returned for playoffs and guided the Ravens playoff run and a victory in Super Bowl XLVII. This past March 13th, it was announced that Lewis was joining ESPN as a contributor for their NFL coverage. Following a Super Bowl party in Atlanta back on January 31st of 2000, a fight broke out between Lewis and his companions and another group of people, resulting in the stabbing deaths of two men. Lewis and two companions were questioned by Atlanta police, and 11 days later the three men were indicted on murder and aggravated-assault charges. The fight occurred about 200 yards from the Cobalt Lounge, about two miles north of downtown Atlanta where Lewis had been celebrating. The white suit Lewis was wearing the night of the killings has never been found. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard alleged the blood-stained suit was dumped in a garbage bin outside a fast food restaurant. A knife found at the scene did not have any fingerprints or DNA. Lewis' attorneys negotiated a plea agreement where the murder charges against Lewis were dismissed in exchange for his testimony against his two companions, and his guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice. Lewis admitted he gave a misleading statement to police on the morning after the killings. Superior Court Judge Alice D. Bonner sentenced Lewis to 12 months' probation. One year in prison is the maximum sentence for a first-time offender, and the immediate probation was the judge's decision. Lewis was also fined $250,000 by the NFL, which was believed to be the highest fine levied against an NFL player for an infraction not involving substance abuse. Under the terms of the sentence, Lewis could not use drugs or alcohol during the duration of the probation. Lewis' companions were acquitted of the charges in June of 2000. No other suspects have ever been arrested for the crime. The following year, Lewis was named Super Bowl XXXV MVP. However, the signature phrase "I'm going to Disney World!" was given instead to quarterback Trent Dilfer.

Tuesday 5.14.13
Today's Trivia: He's a retired football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League 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. 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 poor play and injuries. An episode of NFL Top 10 ranked him as the No. 1 draft bust in NFL history. Who is he?

A line of thunderstorms and strong winds plowed through Western Washington yesterday afternoon, toppling trees and ripping down power lines. Much mellower today.

The NBA's joint finance and relocation committee, which held a conference call yesterday to discuss the weekend's developments in Chris Hansen's quest to buy the Sacramento Kings and move them to Seattle, reportedly finished the meeting without making a new recommendation. The Sacramento Bee reported that the 12 NBA team owners did not reaffirm or reverse the seven-member relocation committee's April 29th recommendation that the Kings' move be denied when the league's full Board of Governors meets tomorrow as planned in Dallas. The NBA has declined to comment on yesterday's conference call. The Board of Governors is expected to vote tomorrow on Hansen's proposed acquisition of the Kings. Hansen on Friday voluntarily increased his offer to buy the team from the majority owners, the Maloof family, for an overall franchise valuation of $625 million -- $100 million more than Hansen's offer back in January. A competing Sacramento ownership group's counteroffer reportedly remains at $525 million. On Saturday, ESPN reported that the Maloofs and Hansen reached a back-up deal in case the NBA rejects Hansen's acquisition. Under the back-up deal, the Maloofs would sell 20 percent of the Kings franchise to Hansen, suggesting that the Maloofs don't want to sell to Sacramento at all.

Kevin Durant hasn't forgotten which team drafted him back in 2007. Seattle's first-overall pick in the '07 draft was wearing an old-school SuperSonics hat during warmups yesterday as his team -- the Oklahoma City Thunder, also known as the Former Sonics -- prepared for their playoff game in Memphis.

An off day for the Mariners yesterday as they embark on another long road trip. This trip has three with the Yankees, then three with the Indians in Cleveland, and then two in Anaheim with the Angels. It all gets started in New York this afternoon. Felix Hernandez faces off with Yankees' CC Sabathia

Joyce Brothers, the pop psychologist who pioneered the television advice show in the 1950s and enjoyed a long and prolific career as a syndicated columnist, author, and television and film personality, has died. Brothers died yesterday of respiratory failure in New York City. Brothers first gained fame on a game show and went on to publish 15 books and make cameo appearances on popular shows including Happy Days and The Simpsons. She visited Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show nearly 100 times. In the late 1950s, NBC offered her a trial on an afternoon television program in which she advised on love, marriage, sex, and child-rearing. Its success led to a nationally telecast program, and subsequent late-night shows that addressed such taboo subjects as menopause, frigidity, impotence and sexual enjoyment. She also dispensed advice on several phone-in radio programs, sometimes going live. She was criticized by some for giving out advice without knowing her callers' histories. But Brothers responded that she was not practicing therapy on the air and that she advised callers to seek professional help when needed. Despite criticism of the format, the call-in show took off, and by 1985, the Association of Media Psychologists was created to monitor for abuses. Dr. Joyce Brothers was 85.

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.

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, te 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, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, became the proud parents of a baby girl, Apple Blythe Alison Martin.

A revised version of David Bowie's Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station (just because it's pretty cool):

We know Randy Jackson is officially out on American Idol, but will the remaining judges stay or will they go? Fox Entertainment exec Kevin Reilly says no decision has been made yet and Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban are all "welcome back, absolutely." He told E!, "Everything at this point is on the table, and we'll talk about that starting Friday." He added that Idol is "likely" to return to the three-judge format next season. He also said to expect "a few fresh twists" next year. The two-night season finale of American Idol featuring Kree Harrison versus Candice Glover begins tomorrow night.

Meanwhile, Fox says Jack Bauer is coming back. Fox executives said yesterday that its drama 24 is returning next May for a limited run that will stretch into the summer. The series with Kiefer Sutherland starring as Jack Bauer ended its original run in 2010. Fox programming chief Kevin Reilly said creators had been thinking about doing a feature film with the original cast. But when Fox announced it was interested in doing a big event miniseries, they realized it was the perfect format.

Barbara Walters said yesterday that retirement from her television career is near, but it's not happening right away. Walters began in television news as a Today show girl in 1961, became the medium's best-known interviewer and invented a daytime talk show at an age many people would be going fishing. She said on The View that she will step away from the camera next summer. Before that, her retirement tour will include TV specials looking back at her work. Walters said "I want to leave while people are still saying, 'why is she leaving?' instead of 'why doesn't she leave?"

Kerry Lee Bobo apparently thought that a pistol wrapped in aluminum foil would be undetectable to airport X-ray machines -- and he's now facing a federal criminal charge for allegedly trying to smuggle the loaded weapon on a flight from San Francisco to Europe. In addition to the foil-wrapped gun, TSA screeners also found a taser. During questioning, Bobo said that he was continuing on to Nairobi from Amsterdam and had packed the gun "to protect himself from animals while in Kenya."

Officials at a Massachusetts cemetery have made a monumental decision -- no profanity on headstones. The issue came up because the family of a rapper named Sonny Santiago planned to have a song lyric with a four-letter word chiseled on his epitaph.

They don't call dogs "man's best friend" for nothing! The American Health Association says they've uncovered more evidence that owning a dog could lower your risk of heart disease. Dog owners exercise more, have lower blood pressure and handle stress better. Here are some of the findings:

  • Dog owners are 54 percent more likely to get the daily recommended amount of exercise.
  • Even when they're not around their pets, pet owners handle stress much better.
  • Petting your dog or cat can actually lower your blood pressure.
  • Doctors say it could all boil down to "happiness," in that pet owners tend to be happier people.

Trivia Answer: Ryan David Leaf who turns 37 tomorrow. After his NFL career ended, Leaf completed his degree at Washington State and became an unpaid volunteer quarterbacks coach at West Texas A&M University in 2006. In 2008, he resigned after allegedly asking a player for pain medication. 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 of 2012.

Monday 5.13.13
He was the world heavyweight boxing champion for 140 consecutive months, during which he participated in 27 championship fights, including 25 successful title defenses -- records for the heavyweight division. In 2005, he was named the greatest heavyweight of all time by the International Boxing Research Organization, and he was ranked number one on Ring Magazine's list of 100 Greatest Punchers of All Time. Who is he?

Seattle pitcher Joe Saunders has no idea why he can't win on the road when he can't lose at home. The Mariner starter won his ninth straight decision at Safeco Field, throwing 6 1-3 effective innings yesterday as the Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 6-1. Saunders is 3-0 with an 0.94 ERA in four home starts this year, but is 0-4 with a 12.54 ERA on the road. In 13 career appearances at Safeco, Saunders is 9-0 with a 1.72 ERA. Yesterday, Saunders allowed one run and five hits, striking out six and walking three. Kendrys Morales gave Saunders an early cushion with a three-run homer in the first inning, and the Mariners kept adding more. The defending AL West champs, the As have lost six of seven. A travel day for the Ms today. This road trip has three with the Yankees, then three with the Indians in Cleveland, and then two in Anaheim with the Angels.

This is National Police Week. 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've discovered many links and references to Frog Jumping Day evolving from this Mark Twain short story, we have yet to find a 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 1977, Linda Ronstadt denied a report that she was offered one-million dollars to appear in a Hustler photo spread. 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 begin a hunger strike. In 1994, Johnny Carson made his last television appearance when he popped up on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Tony Stark's superpowers lifted Iron Man 3 back to the top of movie charts in the United States and Canada, beating out a strong debut over the weekend for lavish Jazz Age drama The Great Gatsby. Coming off a gigantic opening a week earlier, Iron Man 3 commanded $72.5 million in ticket sales from Friday through Sunday in its second weekend. Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as millionaire Jay Gatsby in the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald tale, earned a strong $51.1 million, according to studio estimates. Dark action comedy Pain & Gain starring Mark Wahlberg placed a distant third with $5 million. The comedy Peeples, the other new nationwide release, finished fourth. Baseball drama 42 finished in fifth place. Opening Thursday: Star Trek Into Darkness.

Reports are that the NBA's finance and relocation committees are holding a teleconference today to discuss the new bid for the Sacramento Kings from the Seattle group led by investor Chris Hansen. Both the Seattle and Sacramento camps are also expected to present a final pitch to NBA's Board of Governors on Wednesday before the owners vote on the pending sale and relocation. The increased bid from the Seattle group was announced publicly on Friday and increases the valuation of the Kings from $550 million to $625 million in another attempt to sway NBA owners to allow Hansen to buy the franchise and move it to Seattle. If the NBA Board of Governors denies the proposal to sell the Kings to Hansen's group and relocate the team to Seattle, Hansen has one other play he's trying to make. Saturday it came to light that the Seattle group has a backup plan to purchase a limited ownership of the Maloof's stake in the Kings. The group would purchase of at least 20 percent of the Maloof's stake in the franchise. If the backup plan is used, the Maloof's would retain majority ownership of the franchise and continue to run the team in Sacramento. But Hansen's group would hold a two-year right to purchase a majority interest of the franchise at a later date. The Board of Governors is meeting in Dallas on Wednesday and is expected to vote on the matter then. Hansen, in announcing the increased offer Friday, said "While we appreciate that this is a very difficult decision for the league and owners, we hope it is understood that we really believe the time is now to bring the NBA back to Seattle, and that it is paramount that we do everything we can to put Seattle's best foot forward in this process."

Tiger Woods won the Players Championship in Florida. He overcame a double bogey on the 14th hole by making a birdie on the 16th to win. The win is Tiger's 78th in his career, second at the Players Championship.

Taco Bell is testing a waffle taco. Flush off the success of the Cool Ranch Doritos Locos taco shell, the waffle taco has been spotted on the breakfast menu of at least one Southern California Taco Bell location. The breakfast of the future appears to be an Eggo-like waffle folded into a shape like that of a hard taco shell. It's lined with a sausage patty -- also folded into a taco shape -- then filled with scrambled eggs. It comes with a packet of syrup.

A survey of more than 7,000 US mothers reveals that the average mom rates her stress level an 8.5 out of 10. What's got them so stressed? For 46 percent of moms, husbands are a bigger source of stress than kids.

The list of 2012's most popular baby names is out. The Social Security Administration tracks baby name popularity in the US, and its annual list of most popular names is eagerly awaited by expectant parents looking for inspiration as well as by the parents of older children anxious to see whether their name choices are hot or not. Tops in 2012 (boys and girls):

  1. Jacob and Sophia
  2. Mason and Emma
  3. Ethan and Isabella
  4. Noah and Olivia
  5. William and Ava
  6. Liam and Emily
  7. Jayden and Abigail
  8. Michael and Mia
  9. Alexander and Madison
  10. Aiden and Elizabeth

Saturday Night Live veteran Seth Meyers has been chosen as the new host of Late Night when Jimmy Fallon moves to The Tonight Show in 2014. NBC made the announcement yesterday. The show is being renamed Late Night with Seth Meyers. It's to originate from 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York with Lorne Michaels of Saturday Night Live as executive producer.

Neil Patrick Harris is returning to host the Tony Awards for the fourth time. The How I Met Your Mother star said in a statement, "I'm very excited to be back hosting the Tony Awards at the legendary Radio City Music Hall. It'll be more impressive than ever – if my math is correct, it will be 267 times bigger than last year." E! News reports Harris is also serving as producer on the show, which airs June 9th on CBS

Fox announced its upcoming schedule and it features some interesting shows. Among the network's four new dramas and five new comedies is a series produced by Lost creator J.J. Abrams tentatively called Almost Human. It's described as an action-packed police series set 35 years in the future, when officers are teamed with human-like androids. Also on the slate is Brooklyn Nine-Nine, a comedy starring Andy Samberg about a freewheeling detective who gets a by the book boss who tries to make him an adult. There's also Rake, a legal drama starring Greg Kinnear, Sleepy Hollow, an action-adventure retelling of Washington Irving's novel The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Dads, from Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane, about best friends played by Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi whose lives are disrupted by their new roommates, their dads.

Trivia Answer: Joseph Louis Barrow, better known as Joe Louis, who was born on this date in 1914. Nicknamed the Brown Bomber, he was the world heavyweight boxing champion from 1937 to 1949. Louis's cultural impact was felt well outside the ring. He's widely regarded as the first African American to achieve the status of a nationwide hero within the United States, and was also a focal point of anti-Nazi sentiment leading up to and during World War II. He also was instrumental in integrating the game of golf, breaking the sport's color barrier in America by appearing under a sponsor's exemption in a PGA event in 1952. In 1936, Max Schmeling defeated Joe Louis. The rematch between the pair is one of the most famous boxing matches of all time, and is remembered as one of the major sports events of the 20th century. Following his defeat of Louis, Schmeling became a national hero in Germany. Schmeling's victory over an African American was touted by Nazi officials as proof of their doctrine of Aryan superiority. When the rematch was scheduled, Louis retreated to his boxing camp in New Jersey and trained incessantly for the fight. A few weeks before the bout, Louis visited the White House, where President Franklin D. Roosevelt told him, "Joe, we need muscles like yours to beat Germany." Louis later admitted: "I knew I had to get Schmeling good. I had my own personal reasons and the whole damned country was depending on me." When Schmeling arrived in New York in June of 1938 for the rematch, he was accompanied by a Nazi party publicist who issued statements that a black man could not defeat Schmeling, and that when Schmeling won, his prize money would be used to build tanks in Germany. Schmeling's hotel was picketed by anti-Nazi protesters in the days before the fight. On the night of June 22nd of 1938, Louis and Schmeling met for the second time in the boxing ring. The fight was held in Yankee Stadium before a crowd of 70,043. It was broadcast by radio to millions of listeners throughout the world, with radio announcers reporting on the fight in English, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. The fight lasted two minutes and four seconds. Louis battered Schmeling with a series of swift attacks, forcing Schmeling against the ropes and giving him a paralyzing body blow (Schmeling later claimed it was an illegal kidney punch). Schmeling was knocked down three times, and only managed to throw two punches in the entire bout. On the third knockdown, Schmeling's trainer threw in the towel and referee Arthur Donovan stopped the fight. Louis remained a popular celebrity in his twilight years. His friends included former rival Max Schmeling – who provided Louis with financial assistance during his retirement. Louis died of a heart attack on April 12th of 1981. Ronald Reagan waived the eligibility rules for burial at Arlington National Cemetery, and Louis was buried there with full military honors on April 21, 1981. His funeral was paid for in part by former competitor and friend, Max Schmeling, who also acted as a pallbearer. In 1993, he became the first boxer to be honored on a postage stamp issued by the US Postal Service.

Friday 5.10.13
Today's Trivia: On this date in 1954, the song credited with being the first rock and roll record to reach number one on the Billboard charts was released. Can you name the song?

The Ms were idle yesterday. They host the Oakland As tonight. The As are the closest thing to a rival the Mariners have. The Mariners are as close to .500 at 16-and-19 as they've been since early on. The three weekend games against the A's are the only ones at Safeco in the first 24 days of the month. Will there be a crowd at the Safe? The question comes about because the Mariners recently hit the bottom of the major league baseball attendance standings -- a 17-game average of 17,852 -- a milestone believed to be a first in Safeco's history. And that included crowds of 30,000-plus on giveaway nights for Dustin Ackley bats as well as the beard hats. We'll find out tonight. First pitch at 7:10.

The Vegas odds makers sure seem to like the Seahawks. Here are the spreads for every Seahawks game listed. They don't list the last game against the Rams, for whatever reason.

Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers - Seattle by 3.5
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks - Seattle by 2.5
Jacksonville Jaguars at Seattle Seahawks - Seattle by 14
Seattle Seahawks at Houston Texans - Seattle by 1
Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts - Seattle by 4
Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks - Seattle by 11
Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals - Seattle by 6
Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams - Seattle by 4
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Seattle Seahawks - Seattle by 7
Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons - (Pick 'em)
Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks - Seattle by 6
New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks - Seattle by 3.5
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers - San Francisco by 2.5
Seattle Seahawks at New York Giants - Seattle by 1
Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks - Seattle by 8.5

The Seahawks are favored in all but two games, listed as 2.5-point underdogs at the 49ers, and pick 'em at the Falcons. Taken literally, that's a 14-win season with a chance at a 15th for a team that has never before won more than 13. Of course, lines are not really meant to be taken literally. They're designed to try to attract equal betting action on each side, and in many ways reflecting the public perception of the two teams involved. As such, it appears the overall public perception of the Seahawks is the same as those of Seahawks fans: the team should be pretty darn good this year. Now they just have to play the games, eh?

Today is Trust Your Intuition Day, a day to pay homage to "gut" feelings and "still small voices." Today is Blood Pressure Day. It's Clean Up Your Room Day. Today is donate a Day's Wages to Charity Day. It's Root Canal Appreciation Day. Military Spouses Day the Friday before Mother's Day. It's a a day to recognize and honor the real backbone of the military..... the spouses of our soldiers. This day recognizes the contributions made by military spouses to the spirit and well being of soldiers and military communities. Where would military moral be without their spouses behind them?

Calendar notes: On this date in 1869, a golden spike was driven at Promontory, Utah, marking completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the US. In 1908, the first Mother's Day observance took place in Grafton, West Virginia. In 1963, Decca Records signed The Rolling Stones. The group had been recommended by Beatle George Harrison. In 1974, Eric Clapton recorded I Shot the Sheriff. In 1974, The Who sold out four nights at Madison Square Garden in just eight hours. In 1985, The Go-Go's announced they were breaking up. In 1986, Heather Locklear and Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee were married. In 2002, NBA owners approved the Hornets' move to New Orleans, ending the team's 14-year stay in Charlotte. In 2005, Seal married Heidi Klum on a beach in Mexico.

Mariah Carey has parted ways with her manager, who just happens to be her fellow American Idol judge, Randy Jackson. Mariah said she ended her business arrangement with Randy because of their hectic schedules. Carey is now being managed by Red Light Management, who represents artists like Alicia Keys, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw and Radiohead.

Randy Jackson, the last original judge on American Idol, is leaving the show at the end of this season. Randy said in a statement: "Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol I have decided it is time to leave after this season."

Then again, the decision might not have been Randy's. Rumors have been flying around that the first set of eliminations on next year's season of American Idol might be for the show's judges -- all four of them. The is reporting that the producers of Idol have gone into panic mode and are ready to drop dead weight by cleaning house. The head honchos want start over from a clean slate for the new judging panel and are looking to avoid all of the headaches of hiring divas, including the multi-million diva-sized salaries. Also on the chopping block is longtime producer, Nigel Lythgoe. No word on whether or not Idol host Ryan Seacrest will be out, and replaced with someone a whole lot cheaper.

What they say might be true when it comes to musicians getting all the girls. In fact, a new study by the University of South Carolina says that if you're a guy carrying a guitar can increase your chances of getting a date by nearly a third. Stats show 31 percent of women are more likely to give their number to a guy carrying a guitar than one without. According to the study, the same doesn't apply to the opposite sex. The study reveals women carrying an instrument aren't seen as more or less attractive or appealing.

A forensics examiner from Utah has made a discovery that may make some Snapchat users think twice before sending a photo. Richard Hickman of Decipher Forensics found that it's possible to pull Snapchat photos from Android phones simply by downloading data from the phone using forensics software. He's now testing iPhones for leftover photos.

A team of researchers (University of Vermont) have found a way to gauge Twitter's overall happiness. Their tool tracks the joyfulness levels on a chart. As to be expected, there are clear spikes on holidays and notable dips in moments of tragedy.

As a parent, are you guilty of stealing cash from your own kids? It's more common than you might think. According to England's Daily Mail, nearly half of parents in the US say they've taken money from their kids' savings accounts. Half of those admit to not even feeling guilty about it. Only 17 percent of the 2,578 parents polled said they hadn't "dipped into their kids' financial cookie jar." Most of those who said they had explained they did it to pay bills, family vacations, or birthday presents.

Don't forget, Mother's Day is Sunday. Just sayin'.

Trivia Answer: Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley & His Comets. Rock Around the Clock is a 12-bar-blues-based song written by Max C. Freedman and James E. Myers in 1952. The best-known and most successful rendition was recorded by Bill Haley and His Comets in 1954. It was not the first rock and roll record, nor was it the first successful record of the genre but it was the first to top the Billboard chart and became an anthem for rebellious Fifties youth. It's widely considered to be the song that, more than any other, brought rock and roll into mainstream culture around the world. The song is ranked #158 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Thursday 5.9.13
Today's Trivia: He was a journalist, game show host, actor, and media personality. He interviewed a wide range of prominent newsmakers during his sixty-year career. He was one of the original correspondents for CBS' 60 Minutes which debuted in 1968. He retired as a regular full-time correspondent in 2006, but still appeared occasionally on the series until 2008.

Felix Hernandez had a shaky start in Pittsburgh yesterday. The Pirates bolted to a quick lead and had runners on first and second with one out before the game was 20 minutes old. Then Felix settled down after to lead the Mariners to a 2-1 victory and split of the brief two-game interleague series. Hernandez struck out five and walked one to improve to 4-0 in his last five starts while shaving his ERA to 1.53. Tom Wilhelmsen worked the ninth for his ninth save. The showdown between the two staff aces lived up to its billing. Hernandez entered the game ranked in the top five in the American League in ERA and strikeouts while Burnett came in unbeaten in nearly a month and second in the National League in strikeouts behind New York's Matt Harvey. The Mariners improved to 8-and-4 in their last 12 games as they try to bounce back from a horrific start. The Mariners are off today then host Oakland for a weekend series starting tomorrow

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.  A day that 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 am 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.

Justin Timberlake took to Instagram on Sunday to reveal the release date for part two of his platinum album, The 20/20 Experience. JT tweeted, "The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2) Sept. 30th" with a photo of the same message handwritten on paper. The 20/20 Experience has sold over 1.5-million copies, since it was released in March.

Sources say Robert Downey Jr. is sitting pretty as he begins negotiations to star as Iron Man in The Avenger 2 & 3, the first of which has a May 1st, 2015 release date. The sources say Iron Man 4 has not been part of the discussions, and and it's unclear whether Downey wants to return for another stand-alone sequel.

Production on the latest Jurassic Park sequel has been put on hold to allow director Colin Trevorrow more time to prepare for the shoot. Filming on the fourth dinosaur epic was due to begin in the coming weeks, and the project was scheduled to hit movie theaters in June of 2014.

After playing a hard-as-nails politician in the cable drama Boss, Kelsey Grammer is looking to keep that edge. He has signed on to play a villain in Transformers 4, starring Mark Wahlberg. Plot details are unknown except that it will not be connected to past installments and have a whole new cast of characters.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Steven Spielberg's next movie is American Sniper, an adaptation of the book based on the life of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. The Warner Bros. project stars Bradley Cooper, who also serves as a producer. The book tells the story of how Kyle captured the record for highest number of sniper kills for an American. Sadly, he was killed earlier this year by a fellow vet at a shooting range. Production on the film is set to begin in early 2014.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, John Williams, famous composer of the Star Wars trilogies, may return for Star Wars: Episode VII, due out in the summer of 2015. A new set of movies is coming to a galaxy near you with Episode VIII due out in summer 2017 and Episode IX in summer 2019. J.J. Abrams will be at the helm of the next Star Wars flick and on May 16th, his latest movie, Star Trek Into Darkness, hits theaters. Paramount Pictures has moved the release of Star Trek Into Darkness up one day after IMAX theatres are reportedly selling out of special showings on Wednesday the 15th in selected cities like Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Seattle and San Francisco. In response to the demand, Paramount has decided to release the film nationwide on Thursday the 16th instead of its intended date of May 17th.

IMAX has revealed plans to enter the home theater market with IMAX Private Theatre, which is exactly what it sounds like. But before you get carried away with your fantasies, keep in mind that only serious -- and seriously wealthy -- movie lovers need apply. According to one report, the price tag falls somewhere between $1 million and $2 million.

We're getting close to that 'sexy' time of year. A survey found women feel their sexiest during the summer months. The happiest time of year for 83% of women is between June and August. Sunshine is being credited for bringing out the smiles.

A new study offers evidence to support what many of us have figure out for ourselves: never go grocery shopping when you're hungry. Researchers found that people who hadn't eaten all afternoon chose more high-calorie foods in a supermarket than those who were given a snack just before food shopping.

If you thought mom might enjoy a cheese and onion chocolate bar on Mother's Day, you're out of luck. The limited-edition chocolate bars are all sold out. Irish food company Tayto has created the cheese and onion flavored chocolate bar, and the company has already sold out of the first 100,000.

Trivia Answer: Mike Wallace who was born on this date in 1918. On March 14th of 2006, Wallace announced his retirement from 60 Minutes after 37 years with the program. He continued working for CBS News as a Correspondent Emeritus, albeit at a reduced pace. Wallace's last CBS interview was with retired baseball star Roger Clemens in January of 2008 on 60 Minutes. Wallace's previously vigorous health began to fail and in June of 2008 his son Chris said that his father would not be returning to television. Mike Wallace died at his New Canaan, Connecticut residence on April 7th of 2012. He was 93.

Wednesday 5.8.13
Today's Trivia: She's an actress, writer, and producer -- primarily in movies and television. From 1974 to 1984, she starred as Laura Ingalls Wilder on Little House on the Prairie. She has also served two terms as President of the Screen Actors Guild from 2001 to 2005. Who is she?

Making a surprise spot start, Pirate pitcher Jeanmar Gomez pitched five shutout innings while and the Pittsburgh Pirates downed the Seattle Mariners 4-1 yesterday. Gomez allowed just two hits, striking out five and walking two. He was forced into action after scheduled starter James McDonald was sent to the 15-day disabled list with tightness in his throwing shoulder less than two hours before the first pitch. For the Mariners, Aaron Harang posted his second strong outing, but received little help from Seattle's offense. Raul Ibanez provided a pinch-hit RBI-double in the seventh to prevent the shutout. Seattle and Pittsburgh wrapped up their two-game series earlier today. Felix pitched for the Ms and Seattle won 2-1. An off day for the Ms tomorrow then they are back home hosting Oakland for the weekend..

For the first time in his career, Marcus Trufant will play for a team outside of Washington. The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed the former Seahaeks cornerback as the Jags continue to revamp their secondary. The signing reunites Trufant with coach Gus Bradley. He played the last four seasons under Bradley, the former Seahawks defensive coordinator. Trufant, a first-round draft pick in 2003, is entering his 11th season in the NFL. He has started 125 games, totaling 638 tackles and 21 interceptions. Trufant will help mentor a defensive backfield that includes five rookies.

Carrie Underwood is taking over NFL duties for Faith Hill! During a conference call on yesterday, the singer announced that she will perform the opening number, Waiting All Day for Sunday Night, for Sunday Night Football. Carrie was the only person approached for the job, and she is the third person to sing the introduction. Faith sang the track from 2007 to 2012, while Pink sang it in 2006.

Today is Iris Day. It's National Receptionist Day, which is always held the second Wednesday in May. Don't confuse the day for Administrative Professionals Day or Secretary's Day. Today is Receptionist Day. It's No Socks Day. You are urged to conserve laundry energy by not wearing socks. It's School Nurses Day held the Wednesday of Nurse's Week. Today is V-E Day -- Victory in Europe Day -- which commemorates the end of fighting in Europe during World War II. It's International Red Cross Day. And it's Have A Coke Day. May 8th is always National Have A Coke Day, while July 10th is The Real Thing Day (marking when Coke Classic Debuted)

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. His slogan: "What, me worry?" 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.

Phillip Phillips has postponed his remaining nine tour dates to deal with his recurring kidney problems, which he says have been aggravated by exhaustion and dehydration. Phillips says he plans on rescheduling the dates and will still open for John Mayer's Born and Raised tour this summer.

Paul McCartney kicked off his Out There! world tour with a bang on Saturday. According to, Paul performed some Beatles songs that had never before been played live. Among those songs were Your Mother Should Know, Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite, Lovely Rita, and All Together Now.  He even opened the show with Eight Days a Week, a tune that had only been performed once before by the Fab Four in 1965. McCartney also dusted off some Wings classics, playing Listen to What the Man Said and Hi, Hi, Hi for the first time as a solo artist.  Paul's at Safeco Field on July 19th.

Lindsay Lohan's attempt to pull a fast one on the Santa Monica District Attorney's office has backfired. Lohan is now on lockdown for her 90-day stay at the Betty Ford clinic after her initial attempt to check herself into a sober living facility where she could come and go as she pleased failed. But the Parent Trap star shouldn't be complaining because the treatment center is located in the resort community of Rancho Mirage, California, and is more like a spa than a rehab center. But even in the luxurious setting, Lilo is likely to struggle with being confined and being told what to do. Betty Ford has a strict hour-by-hour schedule that starts at 6 AM every day. And in addition to the random drug tests, intense psychological counseling and group therapy, Lohan is expected to partake in vigorous physical exercise every day.

The Office finale has been extended. The show's creator and producer, Greg Daniels, got his wish: NBC has added 15 minutes to what was going to be an hour-long final episode of the long-running series, which signs off on Thursday, May 16th.

Along with the new Star Wars films, a new line of Star Wars video games is coming soon. According to Variety, Disney has inked a deal with gaming giant EA and LucasArts to develop new games based on Star Wars characters and storylines. The first new Star Wars game will be ready around the release of J.J. Abrams' Star Wars Episode VII in May 2015.

Craig Ferguson is on Jay Leno tonight. I always find it a bit strange when on talk show host is on another talk show. Also on the Leno show tonight is Emeli Sande.

Pizza Compass does exactly what the app's name implies: points pizza-craving users in the direction of the nearest pizzerias, with ratings, restaurant hours, and reviews all provided by Foursquare. If a new pizza spot wins your approval, you can even share your recommendation with friends from the app -- or just gloat that you enjoyed a delicious meal.

New research shows that regular pizza eaters might be cutting their cancer risk by as much as 59 percent. According to the BBC, it's all in the tomatoes -- which contain lycopene, an antioxidant. The study revealed those who ate pizza at least once a week had lower rates of colon, mouth, and esophageal cancer. Scientists say beware, though. Pizza is also high in fat, sodium and calories, so eating tons of pizza shouldn't be treated as a cancer cure. The BBC report reminds us that healthy lifestyles and diets contribute to lowered cancer risk as well.

Mother's Day is Sunday. Just sayin'.

Working Mother magazine has revealed their list of the 50 Most Powerful Moms of 2013 and several A-list mothers are featured. Among several of the country's top business executives are Jessica Simpson, Beyoncé, Gwen Stefani, and Angelina Jolie. Us Magazine notes Simpson and Stefani have both mastered the art of branching outside of music to the fashion world. Other moms on the list include Mariah Carey, Tina Fey, Jennifer Lopez, and Katie Couric.

A survey of expectant mothers indicates dads should be prepared to give Mother's Day gifts this weekend. In the survey of first-time pregnant women, 60% said they expected Mother's Day gifts. However, about six in 10 dads questioned in the survey said they did not realize their partners were expecting Mother's Day gifts while pregnant.

Trivia Answer: Melissa Gilbert who turns 49 today. Half-pint is all growed up. In 2009, her autobiography Prairie Tale: A Memoir, was released. From 2009 to 2010, Gilbert appeared as Caroline "Ma" Ingalls in the touring production of Little House on the Prairie, the Musical. She was married to Bruce Boxleitner from 1995 to 2011. Just this past April 24th, she married fellow actor Timothy Busfield.

Tuesday 5.7.13
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?

It's not often Seattle can go toe-to-toe with Phoenix in the hot weather department for the crown of hottest big city in America, but yesterday, the Emerald City held its own. Seattle and Phoenix both reached 87 degrees -- smashing the daily record of 79 for Seattle; a few degrees cooler than the normal 91 for Phoenix. The National Weather Service says we hit 86 here in Olympia yesterday.

The Mariners had a rare day off yesterday. Back to it today, though. They're in Pittsburgh for a quick two-game set. They're off again Thursday and then host the Oakland As for the weekend. The Mariners haven't faced the Pirates since 2007. First pitch is this afternoon at 4:05.

Margaret Groening, wife of Homer, and mother of Patty, Matt, Mark, Lisa and Maggie, died on March 23rd in her Portland, Ore., home, according to an obituary in The Oregonian. Do some of those names sound familiar? They should. Matt Groening created The Simpsons, which featured parents Homer and Marge (short for Margaret, yes?), and children Lisa, Maggie and, well, Bart (don't know where that came from). Another Simpsons connection: Margaret Groening's maiden name was Wiggum, as in Chief Wiggum and son Ralph. Margaret's parents, Matt and Ingeborg Wiggum, met on the boat coming to America from Norway and settled up in Everett according to the obituary. Margaret was high school valedictorian, Miss Everett and May Queen of Linfield College. She married Homer "because he made her laugh the most," according to the obituary. Margaret Groening was 94.

It's International Tuba Day. Fire Escape Ladder Birthday, Unity in Diversity Day, Great Lakes Awareness Day, and National Teachers Day (always on the Tuesday of the first full week of May).

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. When he moved, though, 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 hiem. 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 and 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.

That wildfire burning through steep, rugged terrain in the Capitol Forest near Littlerock here in Thurston County marks one of the earliest starts to Western Washington's fire season in years, according to officials. The so-called C Line fire in the Capitol Forest is one of several that have broken out in in the region over the past three days as temperatures have warmed and occasionally gusty winds moved through the region. About 100 firefighters are battling the blaze, which is about 50 percent contained and is mostly burning through logging slash that has dried for the past five years. Helicopters also are being used to dump water on the fire from huge buckets. Crews say the good news is that the fire is burning material that is already dead. The bad news is that it is in steep, rocky terrain and it could take up to four more days to extinguish the fire. Another fire in Lewis County has burned about 100 acres near the eastern end of Riffe Lake in Lewis County. About 100 firefighters are at the scene of that blaze, which is burning debris in a recently logged area. Several smaller fires also are burning in Western Washington, mostly near Tenino and La Center. Although the fire danger remains low in the region because green trees are still moist from winter and early spring rains, DNR crews worry that the unusually early start to the fire season could signal a fierce fire season ahead when the terrain dries out under the summer sun

It's a diplomatic failure at the highest level: Bill Clinton couldn't get Led Zeppelin to reunite. The CBS 60 Minutes Overtime webcast reported yesterday that the former president was enlisted to ask the British rock gods to get back together last year for the Superstorm Sandy benefit concert in New York City. He asked, they said no. David Saltzman of the Robin Hood Foundation says he and film executive Harvey Weinstein flew to Washington to ask Clinton to make the plea. Led Zeppelin's surviving members Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page were in Washington just before the Sandy concert for the Kennedy Center Honors. Led Zeppelin last played publicly at a one-night reunion in London in 2007.

What is the No. 1 reason we go see a certain movie? The trailer. Yep, the juicy previews that sometimes reveal the only parts of the movie worth watching. Either way, we love trailers. Nearly 50% of us say that's why we see a movie, while 46% go off a friend's recommendation.

Mission: Impossible 5 is a go. Tom Cruise has just signed to return for the fifth film in the blockbuster franchise, confirming rumblings that began after 2011's Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol was a massive hit.

Thirsty music festivalgoers in South Africa this summer may be able to get beer instantly delivered to them with drones. During the OppiKoppi Music Festival, attendees can order beers from their phones to be delivered to the event's campsite. The beer-equipped drones will swoop down and deliver beer via parachute to the appropriate customer.

A new study found that the three most-visited businesses in the United States for Americans 14 or older were: 3) Subway, 2) Walmart, and 1) McDonald's.

Another new report out says that nearly one out of every two American consumers visits McDonald's in a month.

McDonald's, by the way, is considering rolling out an all-day breakfast, and possibly delivery. When? Hard to say. McDonald's president and chief executive says the fast food chain is always considering new options. Breakfast all day is already available in some countries.

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 11th of 2002, Unitas died of a heart attack.

Monday 5.6.13
Today's Trivia: The Kentucky Derby was over this past weekend thus today's trivia. This thoroughbred race horse won the United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing in 1977, the tenth of eleven horses to accomplish the feat. He remains the only horse to win the Triple Crown while undefeated. In the Blood-Horse magazine List of the Top 100 US Racehorses of the 20th Century, he is ranked ninth. Name that horse.

The Mariners had a lot to shoot for entering yesterday's game in Toronto. They had an opportunity to extend their winning streak to a season-high four games, a chance to sweep their first series, and a shot at pulling within a game of .500. But starting pitcher Joe Saunders made sure none of that happened. Saunders had another dismal road outing and Seattle lost to the Blue Jays, 10-2. Saunders has allowed 16 earned runs in four road starts vs. two earned runs allowed at Safeco Field. The loss, however, was only the third in the past 10 games for the Ms. Former Mariner Brandon Morrow, pitching for Toronto allowed just three hits -- all spread out -- in his eight innings. He struck out eight. The Mariners have a rare day off today and start a two-game series at Pittsburgh tomorrow. The Mariners have not faced the Pirates since 2007.

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.

What a weekend. Made it to 80 on Saturday, and then 84 yesterday here in Oly The forecast says more of the same today. The downside of the fabulous weather we're having is very often wildfires. This weekend was no exception. Two wildfires in Western Washington continued to burn yesterday with smoke visible across Lewis, Grays Harbor and Thurston counties, according to DNR. The C-Line fire was reported about 12:30 Sunday morning and has burned up to 60 acres of trees and logging debris on state trust lands in the Capitol Forest southwest of Olympia. The Dog Mountain Fire is burning in a recently logged area and 8-year-old forest plantation owned by Port Blakely Tree Farms. Firefighters are working on about 10 acres of burning patches within a 100-acre perimeter, the DNR reports. That fire burning on steep terrain in eastern Lewis County near Riffe Lake is also producing a large amount of smoke. Interesting to note that this is Wildfire Awareness Week, it started yesterday and runs through the 11th. This is the first year that governors from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, and California have joined together to proclaim Wildfire Awareness Week.

Superhero sequel Iron Man 3 rocketed to the top of US and Canadian box office charts, kicking off Hollywood's summer movie season with $175.3 million in weekend ticket sales. It's the second-biggest film opening of all time. Combined with international sales, the movie brought its global haul to an estimated $680.1 million. Iron Man 3 finished second on the all-time list behind Avengers and ahead of the July 2011 release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2. Iron Man mania trounced all other movies over the weekend. Last week's winner, Pain & Gain, dropped to second place with $7.6 million. Baseball drama 42 took the No. 3 slot. Tom Cruise's post-apocalyptic thriller Oblivion finished fourth and the animated film The Croods rounded out the top five.

It looks like Lindsay Lohan is avoiding jail by heading to a real rehab facility, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which has confirmed reports that Lohan is heading to Betty Ford. The troubled actress was forced to find other accommodations after TMZ reported that her first choice, Morningside Recovery, wasn't a licensed treatment facility. There's also a surprising twist in the story as TMZ broke the news that Lilo has re-hired her old attorney, Shawn Holley, who she fired just a few months back. Holley helped negotiate a deal with the Santa Monica City Attorney to keep Lindsay out of jail after she violated her agreement with the prosecutor's office.

Boston area musicians are gathering for a special concert to raise money and spirits for those affected by the marathon bombing last month. New Kids on the Block, Boston, Aerosmith, Godsmack, Carole King, Jimmy Buffett, Extreme, James Taylor, and comedians Dane Cook and Steven Wright are performing at the event. It's happening May 30th in Boston. Net ticket proceeds benefit The One Fund Boston, set up to help the people most affected by the tragic events on April 15th.

French electronic duo Daft Punk has held on to top spot for a second week in Britain's singles charts. Daft Punk's Get Lucky, features the guest vocals of Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers on guitar. The track is the lead single from the pair's upcoming fourth album Random Access Memories.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Justin Timberlake is set to star in the film Spinning Gold. Justin is portraying Casablanca Records founder Neil Bogart in the biopic, which is being produced by Timberlake, Matt Damon and others including Neil's son Scott. Casablanca Records was the premier disco label in the 1970s, serving as home to such acts as Donna Summer, the Village People, Curtis Mayfield and more. Timberlake and company are chronicling the elder Bogart's emergence from a poor Brooklyn upbringing to the successful founding of Casablanca and, later, New Wave Records.

There are plenty of summer gigs to choose from, but there's one in particular that's getting some attention from job seekers around the world. The governor's office in the Arctic Svalbard islands is hiring a "polar bear spotter." To get the job, you must like the outdoors, possess the ability to identify polar bears and be able to handle firearms. The job starts July 8th and lasts three weeks. According to an article by, polar bears can be fierce, which is why the government hires the spotters to give researchers and photographers a heads up if one is sneaking up on them. In the area, polar bears outnumber humans.

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

Friday 5.3.13
Today's Trivia: This singer and actor was born in Tacoma. Three years later, his family moved to Spokane. When this guy was 10, his father built the family a house in Spokane -- a house that now sits on the campus of this singer's alma mater, Gonzaga University, and formerly housed the Alumni Association. This singer's trademark bass-baritone voice made him one of the best-selling recording artists of the 20th century, with over half a billion records in circulation. Who is he?

The Seattle Mariners are 13-and-17, good enough for third place in the AL West. The Ms wrapped up their recent homestand with two consecutive series wins and winning five of seven games. Now they're back on the road. They meet the Toronto Blue Jays in the first of three this afternoon at 4:00.

Today is Lumpy Rug Day, a day to encourage teasing bigots for shoving unwelcome facts under the rug. Today is Garden Meditation Day. Today is National Two Different Colored Shoes Day, a day to take a risk and step outside your daily routine. Today is Paranormal Day. Today is World Press Freedom Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1654, America's first toll bridge was competed over the Newbury River at Rowley, Massachusetts. The authorizing legislation set the toll at two shillings per cow, ox, or horse, and a half shilling per hog, sheep, or goat. No toll was permitted on people crossing the bridge. In 1921, West Virginia imposed the first state sales tax in the US. In 1957, the cost of first-class postage for a US letter increased from three cents to four cents. In 1976, Wings kicked off their Wings Over America tour in Fort Worth, Texas. It was Paul McCartney's first American live show in 10 years. In 1991, the final episode of Dallas aired on CBS. Lasting 13 seasons in prime-time, it was second in longevity only to Gunsmoke. In 2003, President Bush told a news conference in Crawford, Texas, it was a matter of when, not if, weapons of mass destruction would be found in Iraq.

The Dow made history today, hitting 15,000 after a strong jobs report. The S&P 500 topped 1,600 for the first time. The US economy added 165,000 jobs in April, according to the government's latest monthly jobs report. The unemployment rate dipped to 7.5% from the prior month's rate of 7.6%. The Dow ended the day up just over 142 and closed at 14,973.96.

Another busy weekend brewing here in the South Sound. The Lacey Alternative Energy Fair is at Huntamer Park tomorrow. The Secondhand Safari is at the Thurston County Fairground tomorrow. Elsewhere, the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby is tomorrow and Sunday is Cinco de Mayo.

The well-reviewed Iron Man 3 has opened across North America with midnight shows last night. Before it did it had already amassed $307.7 million in foreign ticket sales. Iron Man kicked off Hollywood's summer blockbuster season with $15.6 million in ticket sales late Thursday and early Friday. The opening night sales fell short of the $18.7 million earned a year ago by The Avengers, which brought together Iron Man, The Hulk and other Marvel superheroes. Avengers went on to earn $207 million in its first three days, a record for the North American market. By the end of this weekend Iron Man 3 could cross the $600 million mark worldwide.

Tomorrow night on Saturday Night Live, Zach Galifianakis hosts with musical guests Of Monsters and Men

Amy and Katie were newborns when they broke a world record. Their mom, Maria Jones Elliott, gave birth to Amy four months early, but Katie wasn't ready to come out and arrived three months later. The chubby-cheeked babies were born a remarkable 87 days apart in Ireland. Their extraordinary birth is making it into the Guinness Book of World Records for "the longest interval between the birth of twins." The previous record was 84 days, according to the British Mirror. Who even knew this was possible?

Earlier this week, because they wouldn't let her smoke, Lindsay Lohan decided to ditch the rehab facility that the court ordered her to enter as part of her plea deal with the LA District Attorney's office. She then decided to check herself into Morningside Recovery in Newport Beach, California. It looked as if Lohan might end up in jail for violating her parole by entering a facility not approved by the court, but Lilo got a reprieve when the judge in the case said that the treatment center looked legit, but told the prosecutor's office he would give them one week from Friday to investigate. Well, TMZ did some digging and found out that Morningside isn't a real rehab center at all. In fact, it had its license revoked back in 2012 after a patient suffering from bulimia died at the facility, which was not licensed to treat people with eating disorders at the time. So as it stands now, Morningside is a sober living facility with no license to operate as a rehab medical clinic. It looks like Lindsay has some explaining to do.

Reese Witherspoon took part in her first interview since she was arrested in Atlanta for disorderly conduct for not listening to police as they arrested her husband for DUI. The actress told ABC's Good Morning America that she had had "one too many" glasses of wine that night and panicked after she and her husband were pulled over. She explained, "I have no idea what I was saying that night. I literally panicked. I said all kinds of crazy things. I told them I was pregnant. I'm not pregnant." While Reese will be in court on May 22nd, she explained, "there are so many lessons learned" from the experience, like "when a police officer tells you to stay in the car, you stay in the car."

Slayer guitarist and founding member Jeff Hanneman died yesterday. The cause of death was liver failure. He was 49.

Katy Perry recently opened up to OK! Magazine about her new album. The singer said that while the album will deal with some of her personal life, she is not naming names. She explained, "Maybe I'm not specific with names, but that's my lockbox where all my secrets go," adding, "Writing is my therapy. My songs stem from the truth inside of me." Perry has a lot of inspiration from the past three years of her life which include a high-profile divorce from Russell Brand and her split with John Mayer.

Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe-winner Adele turns 25 on Sunday. She was born Adele Laurie Blue Adkins in 1988 in London, England. She became a mother earlier this year.

Trivia Answer: Harry Lillis Crosby -- Bing Crosby -- who was born on this date in 1903. The Crosby House in Tumwater was Bing Crosby's grandfather's house. A multimedia star, from 1934 to 1954 Bing Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses. Crosby won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Father Chuck O'Malley in the 1944 motion picture Going My Way, and was nominated for his reprise of the role in The Bells of St. Mary's the next year, becoming the first of four actors to be nominated twice for playing the same character. In 1963, Crosby received the first Grammy Global Achievement Award. Crosby is one of the 22 people to have three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The biggest hit of Crosby's career was his recording of Irving Berlin's "White Christmas", which he introduced through a radio broadcast during the 1942 Christmas season, and the movie Holiday Inn. Crosby's recording hit the charts on October 3, 1942, and rose to #1 on October 31, where it stayed for 11 weeks. A holiday perennial, the song was repeatedly re-released by Decca, charting another 16 times. It topped the charts again in 1945, and for a third time in January 1947. The song remains the best-selling single of all time. According to Guinness World Records, Crosby's recording of "White Christmas" has "sold over 100 million copies around the world, with at least 50 million sales as singles." Crosby's recording was so popular that he was obliged to re-record it in 1947 using the same musicians and backup singers; the original 1942 master had become damaged due to its frequent use in pressing additional singles. Though the two versions are very similar, it is the 1947 recording which is most familiar today.

Thursday 5.2.13
Today's Trivia: He currently plays soccer for French Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain but he has played for Manchester United, the Los Angeles Galaxy, and the England national team, amongst others. In July of 2007, he signed a five-year contract with Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy. When joining the MLS in 2007 he was given the highest player salary in the league's history of $6.5 million per year. He has twice been runner-up for FIFA World Player of the Year and in 2004 was the world's highest-paid soccer player -- or as they say in Europe, footballer -- when taking into account salary and advertising deals. Who is he?

Michael Morse hit his third home run in four games, and Aaron Harang pitched six solid innings for his first win. With that, the Seattle Mariners won their second straight series with an 8-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles last night. Michael Saunders had three hits and scored three times, while Kendrys Morales had three RBIs, including a two-run double in the sixth inning. Morse became the first Seattle hitter to have nine homers in the team's first 30 games since Mike Cameron in 2002. A travel day for the Ms today. They open a three-game set with the Blue Jays in Toronto tomorrow.

This could get ugly. The majority owners of the Sacramento Kings, the Maloof family, still want to sell their 65 percent share of the team to the Seattle group led by investor Chris Hansen, Reuters reports. That's despite an NBA committee's recommendation Monday that the Kings be blocked from relocating to Seattle, and despite a counteroffer from the Sacramento group that NBA commissioner David Stern has described as "in the same ballpark" as Hansen's league-record offer for the Kings. "There is no acceptable deal possible" with the Sacramento group, a Maloof family spokesperson told Reuters, "and no serious desire by the Sacramento group to arrive at one. It has become too onerous for us to continue spending time and resources on a process that cannot succeed." Wow. Perhaps this thing ain't over. After all, Hansen declared Monday that he remains "fully committed to seeing this transaction through." Now we have both parties -- Hansen and the Maloofs -- trying to fulfill their binding agreement. Moreover, we now know Monday's NBA recommendation did not come from the 12-member joint finance and relocation committee, but simply from the seven-member relocation committee. They voted unanimously to recommend that the league's full Board of Governors reject Hansen's application to relocate the Kings to Seattle, but apparently did not consider his purchase agreement with the Maloofs. When the Board of Governors, composed of the league's 30 team owners, meets again on May 13th, it will take up both issues: the sale and the relocation.

Today is 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 feeling bad, 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.

All there is on the horizon is sunshine. That's the outlook for at least the next seven days. Temps expected to be in the 80s for the weekend.

Well, Olympia made it through May Day fairly unscathed. The day has been characterized as "tense but peaceful." A different story in Seattle where things turned a bit violent and there were a handful of arrests.

Chris Kelly, half of the 1990s kid rap duo Kris Kross who made one of the decade's most memorable songs with the frenetic Jump, has died. Investigator Betty Honey of the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office said Kelly was pronounced dead around 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the south campus of the Atlanta Medical Center. Authorities are unsure of the cause of death. An autopsy has yet to be performed. Chris Kelly was 34.

Some are calling her the best boss of the week after Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer doubled the company's maternity leave policy to 16 weeks for women, and 8 weeks for men. Then there's perhaps the worst boss of the week. A pregnant woman who says her boss at a T-Mobile Call Center in Nashville made her clock out every time she needed to use the bathroom. Kristi Rifkin's doctor ordered her to drink more water, which increased her trips to the bathroom. Her employer has a policy which allows two 15 minutes breaks and a 30 minute lunch. Rifkin ended up using vacation time to use the bathroom and go to doctor's appointments. And to top it off, she was fired a month and a half after returning to work from maternity leave.

The nominees for the 40th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were announced yesterday, and CBS came out ahead of all the other networks. Their hit soap, The Young and the Restless, was nominated 23 times, which is impressive since there are only 50 nominations total. As for talk shows, The Ellen DeGeneres Show got 10 nods, including one for Best Talk Show - Entertainment. Others in that category include Live!, The View and The Talk, while The Doctors, Dr. Oz and Katie Couric's show Katie are vying for the award for Best Talk Show - Informative. The awards are being given on out June 16th at the Beverly Hilton in LA.

Two And A Half Men's Jon Cryer will bring home 620-thousand dollars an episode when the show comes back for an 11th season. That's a pay raise of at least 20-grand per episode over last season. The CBS show's newest star, Ashton Kutcher, won't be getting a raise, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, he continues to be the highest paid sitcom actor on TV at 700-thousand dollars per episode. That's 15.4-million bucks over 22 episodes. Regular cast member Angus T. Jones, who pocketed 300-grand per episode last season, will only return sporadically this season.

Emeli Sande is performing at both Lollapalooza and the Made in America festival this summer. She's perform in Chicago at Lollapalooza on August 2nd and in Philadelphia over Memorial Day Weekend at the Made In America festival.

Students at Bloomington High School in California were sorely disappointed when they arrived for their prom and there was no music, no chocolate fountain, and no prom at all. According to CBS News, the date was April 27th, but to the kids' surprise, the prom was actually scheduled for May 5th. Apparently, the school gave students the wrong date. They were able to throw together some music in an empty room and make the best of it, but the school has promised to make it up to them by throwing a second prom next month with refreshments, carriage rides, and a casino night.

A New York City company claims they've created a shirt that will stay odorless for 100 days without the need for washing. According to Mashable, even after a sweaty five-mile run, the shirt won't stink. The wool in the men's button-down has been put through a process that makes it soft, but resistant to wrinkles and odor. The shirt, made by Wool & Prince, isn't available just yet but you can secure one by putting 98 dollars toward the company's Kickstarter campaign

Trivia Answer: David Robert Joseph Beckham who turns 39 today. He is married to Victoria Beckham -- Posh Spice in the Spice Girls -- and they have four children. In 2009, the couple's joint wealth was estimated at $163 million. Interesting to note that Beckham never personally appeared in the 2002 film Bend It Like Beckham, except in archive footage. He and his wife wanted to make cameo appearances, but scheduling proved difficult, so the director used lookalikes instead. Mr. Beckham likes the ink, He has at least 20 tattoos adorning his body, including recent black-and-white image of Christ drawn on his right side, based on a painting called The Man Of Sorrows done after the death of his grandfather in 2009. There are also names of his sons Romeo, Cruz, and Brooklyn, and the name of his wife Victoria, written in Hindi, because he thought it would be "tacky" to have it in English. On his right shoulder, there's an angel with the text 'In the face of adversity'. Another tattoo is a Bible verse written in Hebrew, which translates to: "I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine, that shepherds among the lilies." In his autobiography "David Beckham: My Side", Becks reveals some of his thoughts on tattoos: "Mine are all about the people in my life, my wife and sons, who I want with me always. When you see me, you see the tattoos. You see an expression of how I feel about Victoria and the boys. They're part of me."

Wednesday 5.1.13
Today's Trivia: He is best known for co-writing and producing Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill album which won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album, and Album of the Year amongst others, and is ranked by Rolling Stone amongst The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Who is he?

Brandon Maurer thought the first-inning woes that hampered the first two starts of his career were in the past. The last three outings had been an impressive turnaround for the Seattle rookie in his first month in the majors. Trouble with the first inning returned last night. Baltimore battered Maurer for four runs in the first inning and the Orioles went on to beat the Mariners 7-2. The Ms and Os wrap up the series tonight at 7:10.

The Seahawks were ranked No. 1 in ESPN's post-draft NFL power rankings yesterday, retaining their spot atop the league from the March offseason poll. Seattle used last week's draft to bulk up its already impressive roster with more depth at key positions. Surprisingly, the Seahawks drafted two running backs to join a depth chart topped by Marshawn Lynch and backup Robert Turbin. Yet they also focused on plugging holes on the defensive line -- selecting defensive tackles Jordan Hill and Jesse Williams -- and got a couple more receivers for quarterback Russell Wilson in wideout Chris Harper and tight end Luke Willson. That bulking up of the D-line and the running corps kept the Seahawks strong at No. 1, according to ESPN. Ranked second were the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle's biggest foe in the NFC West. The rankings remained steady through the Denver Broncos at No. 3 and the Atlanta Falcons at No. 4, though the Green Bay Packers jumped from sixth to fifth, switching spots with the now-No. 6 New England Patriots.

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 is 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 steals his 939th base, making him the all-time leader in this category. However, his accomplishment is overshadowed later that evening by Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers, when he pitches his seventh career no-hitter, striking out 18 and breaking his own record. In 1992, on the third day of the Los Angeles riots, beaten motorist Rodney King appeared in public to appeal for calm. King asked, "Can we all get along?" In 2011, Barack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden had been 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.

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.

May Day has a checkered past here in Olympia. Received a note from the Olympia Police Department this week. OPD says that over the last few weeks, they've been receiving information that there may be increased criminal activity in and around May Day events. The Olympia Police department takes threats of criminal activity seriously and are preparing staff to respond to crimes if they occur. According to Police Chief Ronnie Roberts, "We are working closely with our law enforcement and community partners to provide a safe and welcoming city for all our citizens." As the capitol city, Olympia is frequently a venue for peaceful protests as well as celebrations of all kinds. Occasionally, individuals will insert themselves into these legal activities for the purpose of committing criminal acts. In some past events, vandals have seized the opportunity to damage and deface property. However, no specific threats have been made with regard to May Day activities. The Olympia Police Department encourages anyone who has information about criminal activity to contact the Department and to report suspicious activity. As of lunch time today, it seemed to be a peaceful May Day here in the South Sound.

Well, here's a shocker. is reporting that Two and A Half Men's Angus T. Jones has just gotten the boot from the show's upcoming 11th season. Jones recently proved he was even crazier than his former co-star, Charlie Sheen, when a religious video of the young star surfaced last year in which he badmouthed his own series and encouraged his fans not to watch it. Angus would go on to apologize for his comments shortly thereafter but the damage was done. Jones apparently will make the occasional guest appearance on the show but he won't be a regular and he won't be bringing home that steady 300-thousanddollars-an-episode paycheck.

This week, Fleetwood Mac released their first new music in ten years. The band put out an EP, aptly called Extended Play. The set boasts the new songs Sad Angel, It Takes Time, and Miss Fantasy, which Lindsey Buckingham wrote. Also on the EP, Without You, a rediscovered and revamped track originally written by Stevie Nicks for her project with Lindsey, Buckingham Nicks. The band will likely be performing some of the new music live during their current tour. They're in the Tacoma Dome on May 20th.

Daft Punk is a French act. They've just landed their first UK number one with 155-thousand downloads of their single, Get Lucky. The group racked up the UK's biggest weekly singles sales total for any act in 2013. Get Lucky is on Daft Punk's Random Access Memories album, which gets its British release on May 20th.

Tonight is the Season Premiere of Mythbusters on Discovery. The team celebrates the show's 10th anniversary by re-testing the JATO Rocket Car, which was the first myth they tested, and they plan to lay the myth to rest once and for all with more rocket power, more gadgets and a large rolling bunker.

All we ever talk about is how much it costs to throw a wedding party. But what about how much it costs to attend a wedding? That's pretty expensive, too, right? A new American Express survey found the average wedding guest will spend, on average, $539 this year. That includes the price of a new outfit, travel, and gift for the couple.

Here's your number for the day: 350. That's the speed, in feet per second, at which pain travels through the body.

Trivia Answer: Glen Ballard who turns 60 today. In addition to Jagged Little Pill, he was involved in the recording and writing of Michael Jackson's Thriller and Bad albums. As a writer he co-wrote songs like "Man in the Mirror" and "Hand in My Pocket". He is the founder of Java Records. He won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture for the song "Believe" in The Polar Express. He was born in Natchez, Mississippi.