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Friday 6.28.13
Today's Trivia: On this date in 1997, Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield met in a rematch. Tyson was disqualified in the 3rd round. Why?

Washington lawmakers reached a long-sought accord on a new state budget yesterday and hurried to schedule votes that would avert a widespread state government shutdown. Governor Jay Inslee said in a news conference, flanked by lawmakers from both parties, that the Legislature is hoping to approve the measure before state employees leave work today. Washington state has never had a government shutdown but the Legislature has worked close to the end of the fiscal period. In 2001, lawmakers finished the budget on June 20th. Before that, back in 1991 then-Governor Booth Gardner signed a budget just moments before midnight on June 30th.

Here's comes the sun ... in a major way. For the next few days, we'll be living under the searing blaze of that giant fireball in the sky. A major ridge is developing over the western US. Temperatures will climb into the 80s and 90s on this side of the Cascades, with highs reaching into the lower 100s early next week over portions of the other half of the state.

The Seattle Mariners with a day off yesterday. They host the Chicago Cubs for the weekend starting tonight at 7:10.

The Seattle Storm hosts New York tonight at 7:00. The Storm plays in Indiana on Sunday.

Today is Long Letter Day, a time to stop and write that long letter to an old friend. Today is National Try to Find A Pear Sherbet Recipe Day. Today is National Handshake Day. So get a grip.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1969, Neil Diamond released Sweet Caroline. In 1975, Cher married Gregg Allman. They separated nine days later. Also in 1975, David Bowie released Fame, which became his first American number one song. In 1996, the Citadel voted to admit women, ending a 153-year-old men-only policy at the South Carolina military school. In 1999, 52-year-old Worth Delton shot a hole-in-one on the 125-yard par-3 seventh hole at Tipoli Country Club in Milwaukee. He was participating in a charity outing for the Foundation for Fighting Blindness. Delton had been blind since 1980.

The First Lady has joined Instagram. Michelle Obama and the White House joined the photo-sharing app just in time for her big trip to Africa. Mrs. Obama’s first Instagram was a picture of her and daughter Malia from the trip. While Michelle was busy Instagramming photos, the official White House account posted its own first Instagram video. The video shows the Obama family arriving in Dakar, Senegal. Follow the First Lady on Instagram at “michelleobama” and the White House at “whitehouse.”

Fox has released its fall schedule, which kicks off September 11th at 8 with The X Factor. Bones premieres on Monday, September 16th at 8 followed by the series premiere of Sleepy Hollow. Dads premieres at 8 on September 17th followed by the debut of the Andy Samberg comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine. New Girl and The Mindy Project also premiere the same night at 9 and 9:30. Glee premieres on Thursday, September 19th at 9. On Sunday, September 29th, The Simpsons premieres followed by Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy and American Dad.

'Tis the season for drinking beer. And while summer time often means slamming your hand into an icy cooler and popping the top on a cold can or bottle, for peak pleasure consider drinking only bottled beer that's been poured into a glass. The beer experts say much of the taste comes from the aroma and if you drink from the bottle, you won't be able to take in the aroma as well.

The Fourth of July, by the way, is the most popular holiday for beer sales. It wins out over Christmas, Thanksgiving, and even the Super Bowl.

Two of the original stars of the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day, actors Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum, have agreed to reprise their roles in the upcoming sequel. Pullman, who played the heroic President of the United States, and Goldblum, who portrayed the geeky scientist who figured out how to destroy the evil aliens, will both appear in the long awaited sequel when it hits screens on July 3rd, 2015. What about Will Smith you ask? Well, according to producer and director Roland Emmerich, Smith is too expensive for the film. But Emmerich is hoping that he may be able to lure the Fresh Prince of Bel Air into making a cameo in the movie. Independence Day 2 is slated to go into production sometime next year.

Paula Deen has been dropped by Walmart, which has carried Deen-branded products since 2011. Meanwhile, Paula’s supporters are buying up the TV chef's cookbooks, pushing the author to the top of the Amazon's bestseller list. Deen's newest book, Paula Deen's New Testament, won't be released until October 15th, but it is currently the No. 1 best-selling book on Amazon.com and has been one of the 15 most popular books on the site for the past four days.

Trivia Answer: Tyson bit a piece from Holyfield's ear. The fight was originally billed as Holyfield-Tyson II: The Sound and the Fury and was a follow-up rematch of the first Tyson-Holyfield fight. In the previous Tyson-Holyfield fight, seven months earlier, Holyfield, who opened as a 25-to-1 underdog (eventually pulling to 15-to-2), floored Tyson for the second time in Tyson's career in the sixth round, and scored a TKO over Tyson in round 11. Holyfield dominated Tyson throughout the fight, winning almost every round. In the rematch, the fight began with Holyfield dominating Tyson. In round two, Holyfield ducked under a wild right hand from Tyson; with Holyfield coming forward with his head, their heads clashed opening a large cut over Tyson's right eye. Tyson had repeatedly complained about head-butting in the first bout between the two. Holyfield won the first round and won the second. As the third round was about to begin, Tyson came out of his corner without his mouthpiece. The referee ordered Tyson back to his corner to insert it. Tyson inserted his mouthpiece, got back into position and the match resumed. Tyson began the third round with a furious attack. With forty seconds remaining in the round Holyfield got Tyson in a clinch, and Tyson rolled his head above Holyfield's shoulder and bit Holyfield on his right ear, avulsing a one-inch piece of cartilage from the top of the ear, and spitting out the piece of ear on the ring floor. Holyfield pushed Tyson away at which the ref called for a time-out. Holyfield turned to walk to his corner, and Tyson ran up to Holyfield and shoved him from behind. the referee sent Tyson to a neutral corner as an enraged Holyfield gestured for the ref to look at his bitten ear. The fight was delayed for several minutes as the ref, a gentleman named Mills Lane debated what to do. Lane's original inclination was to immediately disqualify Tyson, but after the ringside doctor determined that Holyfield was able to continue despite the bite, Lane announced he would be deducting two points from Tyson and the fight would continue. As Lane explained the decision to Tyson and his cornermen, Tyson asserted that the injury to Holyfield's ear was the result of a punch. "Bullshit", retorted Lane. The fight was resumed. During another clinch, Tyson bit Holyfield's left ear. Holyfield threw his hands around to get out of the clinch and jumped back. Lane did not stop the fight this time, so the two men continued fighting until time expired. The men walked back to their respective corners when the fight was then stopped. After the fight was stopped, Tyson went on rampage at Holyfield and Holyfield's trainer Brooks while they were still in their corner. Tyson took swings at the people in his way, but was taken by to his corner by security. Announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. read the decision: "Referee Mills Lane has disqualified Mike Tyson for biting Evander Holyfield on both of his ears." Later, Tyson was walking back to his locker room when a fan tossed a bottle of water in his direction. Tyson climbed over a temporary railing and up into the stands, made obscene gestures to the crowd, and made his way up the side of a stairway. Tyson was suspended and his license withheld. As a result of biting Holyfield on both ears and other behavior, Tyson's boxing license was revoked by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and he was fined $3 million plus legal costs. The revocation was not permanent; a little more than a year later on October 18, 1998, the commission voted 4–1 to restore Tyson's boxing license.

Thursday 6.27.13
Today's Trivia: He's a businessman who founded Electronic Data Systems in 1962. He sold the company to General Motors in 1984, and founded another company in 1988. The new company was bought by Dell for $3.9 billion in 2009. This gentleman, however, is best known for running for President of the United States in 1992 and 1996. With an estimated net worth of about $3.4 billion in 2011.Who is he?

As the day started, we were once again told that legislators were close but still hadn't reached a deal for the budget. Later in the day today, lawmakers apparently finally reached a long-sought accord on a new state budget and hurried to schedule votes that would avert a state government shutdown. Governor Jay Inslee said in a news conference, flanked by lawmakers from both parties, that the Legislature is hoping to approve the measure before state employees leave work tomorrow. Political leaders declined to discuss details of the plan and declined to make the $33.6 billion spending proposal available for public review.

Pittsburgh busted open a 2-2 tie in the ninth inning, victimizing Seattle relievers Charlie Furbush and Yoervis Medina, and scored a 4-2 win over the Mariners yesterday that gave the Pirates a sweep of their two-game series at Safeco Field. The Mariners, who didn't do much offensively aside from Raul Ibanez's 18th homer, wasted another winnable start by ace Felix Hernandez. The Mariners fell to 34-45, 11.5 games behind the division leading Oakland Athletics. The Mariners take today off before beginning a three-game series tomorrow with the Chicago Cubs.

The Tacoma Rainiers are hosting Las Vegas tonight through Sunday..

The Seattle Storm is hosting New York tomorrow night.

It's Sunglasses Day, a shady day for your eyes. It's Decide to Be Married Day To focus attention on the joy of couples deciding to get married. It's Happy Birthday To You Day in honor of Mildred J. Hill who was born on this date in 1859. She was a songwriter and musicologist, who composed the melody for Good Morning to All, later used as the melody for Happy Birthday to You. Today is National Orange Blossom Day. Today is National HIV Testing Day. It's National Columnists Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1950, an 8-pound bear cub that had been seriously burned three weeks earlier in a New Mexico forest fire left for the National Zoo in Washington where he lived to the ripe old bear age of 26. Originally named Hot Foot Teddy by the firemen who saved his life, he became better known as Smokey the Bear. In 1970, the English band Smile decided to change their name to Queen. In 1977, in a 5-4 decision, the US Supreme Court ruled that lawyers could advertise. In 1988, at the age of 35, Cyndi Lauper received her high school diploma from Richmond High in New York City. In 1993, Lyle Lovett married Julia Roberts. In 2002, The Who bassist John Entwhistle died of a heart attack in his Las Vegas hotel room on the eve of a new American tour. In 2005, the oldest baseball player to hit a grand slam home run in the major leagues did just that. Julio Franco of the Atlanta Braves hit his eighth grand slam on this date to help the Braves knock off the Florida Marlins. He was 46 years old, already the oldest player in major league history to have a two-homer game, and the oldest in the last 96 years to steal a base.

After being accused of being a mere commander, Cap'n Crunch has finally addressed the "mutinous rumblings" and "ridiculous accusations" about his rank. The cartoon cereal spokesman has been defending himself ever since a discerning cereal lover claimed that he is not a captain at all, but a commander. Navy captains wear four stripes on their uniforms, not the three that Cap'n Crunch sports, which is equivalent to the rank of commander. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Cap'n Crunch cereal, yet this is the first time there have been questions about the iconic pitchman's rank. IEarlier this week, the Cap'n held a press conference to clear everything up. In it he says, "You may have noticed a few other things about me. I have four fingers. My first mate's a dog. My eyebrows are attached to my hat."

On Tuesday, former Devo drummer Alan Myers passed away after a battle with cancer. The sad news was announced by former bandmate Ralph Carney, who wrote the following post on Facebook, "I just got some bad news. Alan Myers passed from cancer. He was Devo's best drummer and one of the first people to teach me about jazz." Founding member Gerald Casale was also shocked and saddened by the news and took to Twitter to pay tribute to Myers, calling his former drummer, "The most incredible drummer I had the privilege to play with for 10 years." Alan joined Devo back in 1976 and played on some of their biggest hits including "Whip It," before leaving the group in 1985. Myers was 58.

Katy Perry and John Mayer are reportedly back on after making an appearance together at The Friars Foundation gala in New York City this week. According to Us Magazine, the on-again-off-again couple was photographed leaving the event holding hands. An attendee told the magazine that the pair was seated together and "looked at each other like they were the only people in the room." The source continues, mentioning that they looked very much in love. Katy graces the cover for Vogue's July issue, telling the magazine that John has a beautiful mind and a tortured soul.

Heidi Klum is getting rid of her tattoo of Seal's name. The tattoo currently features her ex-husband's name along with their three children's initials in three stars. It is located on her inner right arm. A source tells People that the America's Got Talent judge is in the process of removing Seal's name but her children's stars "will remain intact." She has reportedly gone through a few treatments so far. Heidi got the tattoo on her and Seal's fourth anniversary. The couple divorced in April 2012 after seven years of marriage.

A 64-year-old man in Australia attempted to steal a woman's car at knifepoint, but he failed to flee the scene quick enough. He apparently took too much time loading his walker into the vehicle.

As a reward for crossing the Grand Canyon on a tight rope, Nik Wallenda has earned a lifetime supply of Buffalo Jeans. Wallenda made the historic tightrope walk wearing a pair of Buffalo Jeans. TMZ reports that in addition to receiving a lifetime supply of jeans for himself, his wife and daughter, Buffalo Jeans also put up a billboard in Times Square recognizing Wallenda's accomplishment.

Trivia Answer: Henry Ross Perot who turns 83 today. In 1974 Perot gained some press attention for being "the biggest individual loser ever on the New York Stock Exchange" when his EDS shares dropped $450 million in value in a single day in April 1970. He sold EDS to GM in 1984. In 1988, he founded Perot Systems Corporation, Inc. in Plano, Texas. His son, Ross Perot, Jr., eventually succeeded him as CEO. In September 2009, Perot Systems was acquired by Dell for $3.9 billion. Beginning in the late 1980s and continuing in the early 1990s, Ross Perot began speaking out about what he described as the failings of the United States government. Perot asserted that the United States "had grown arrogant and complacent after the War" [referring to World War II] and was no longer the world's greatest nation. Instead of looking into what was to come, he argued, America was "daydreaming of [its] past while the rest of the world was building its future." Since 2000, Perot has been largely silent on political issues, refusing to answer most questions from the press. When interviewed, he usually remains on the subject of his business career and refuses to answer specific questions on politics, candidates, or his past activities.

 

Wednesday 6.26.13
Today's Trivia: This is a quotation from 50 years ago today -- June 26th, 1963 -- from a speech by President John F. Kennedy in West Berlin. He was underlining the support of the United States for West Germany 22 months after Soviet-supported East Germany erected the Berlin Wall to prevent mass emigration to the West. The message was aimed as much at the Soviets as it was at Berliners and was a clear statement of US policy in the wake of the construction of the Berlin Wall. What was the phrase?

Joe Saunders will be glad to forget all about this game. Pittsburgh hit five home runs and the Pirates rolled past Saunders and the Seattle Mariners 9-4 last night for their fifth straight victory. Saunders threw 51 pitches and didn't make it out of the second inning. He gave up six runs and six hits in 1 2-3 innings. The Ms and Pirates wrap up the two-game series at 12:40 today. Felix Hernandez gets the start for Seattle.

The NCAA has taken away a scholarship for each of the next three seasons and placed Oregon's football program on probation for three years for recruiting violations under previous coach Chip Kelly. The NCAA's Division I Infractions Committee released a report this morning that found Kelly and the university failed to monitor the program. The NCAA has been looking into Oregon's recruiting practices since questions arose over a 2010 payment of $25,000 to Willie Lyles and his Houston-based recruiting service, Complete Scouting Services. Lyles had a connection with an Oregon recruit.

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has left a police station and is due in court after being arrested at his home. He was taken from his Massachusetts house in handcuffs this morning, more than a week after a Boston semi-pro football player was found dead in an industrial park a mile from Hernandez's house. Less than two hours after his arrest, the Patriots announced they had cut him from the team.

Today is Guiding Light Day, marking the show's move to television on this date in 1952, after 15 years on radio. It became the longest lasting daytime show and the longest lasting series on TV. Guiding Light finally was snuffed out on September 18th of 2009 after a 72-year run. Today is Abner Doubleday Day, marking his birth on this date in 1819. Though one study credits Doubleday as the inventor of baseball, some historians believe the game evolved from a similar one played by native Americans. Today is Bar Code Day. The first supermarket bar code was swiped on a pack of Wrigley's Doublemint Gum on June 26th of 1974, in Troy, Ohio. It's Beautician's Day, your chance to show your appreciation to those who make you look beautiful and stunning. It's National Chocolate Pudding Day

Calendar notes: On this date in 1944, in a unique 6-inning exhibition game to raise money for US War Bonds, the New York Yankees played the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants. Final score: Dodgers 5, Yankees 1, Giants zip. In 1975, after 11 years of marriage, Sonny and Cher Bono finalized their divorce. Four days later Cher married musician Greg Allman, but the marriage lasted only nine days. In 1977, Elvis Presley closed his concert at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis with Can't Help Falling In Love With You. It was his last concert. He died seven weeks later. In 2007, a Washington State trooper arrested two men for speeding on I-5 in Snohomish County. The trooper said the 2005 BMW 330i and the 2007 Honda Accord sounded like an airplane whizzing by at 141 miles an hour. He caught up to the pair when they stopped to let a passenger switch cars. Both drivers were jailed on reckless driving charges.

Still no budget deal for the state. Don't you just wanna run down there and box their ears? Negotiators in the legislature yesterday agreed to the large components of a new budget but continued to work through the smaller details. After negotiators agree to a new spending plan, it could still take a couple more days to go through the process of passing the budget through the Legislature. The governor's office hopes the Legislature is able to finish that job before state workers go home for the weekend.

The Army plans to reduce the number of troops at Joint Base Lewis-McChord by about 4,000 soldiers over the next several years. Officials yesterday said it is part of an overall reduction in force prompted by spending cuts and ending of the war in Afghanistan. The Army is deactivating the 4th Stryker Brigade, which has about 4,000 soldiers, including 1,000 remaining in Afghanistan who are due back this summer.

Doctors in South Korea have researched the effects of teenagers using smartphones. According to The Telegraph, there is a surge in "digital dementia" because teens have become so dependent on their electronic devices they don't remember everyday details like their address. The doctors are saying cognitive abilities have been affected by the use of digital devices because the brain is not balanced while developing. The left side is developing more than the right side, the side that deals with attention, memory and emotional development.

A rare two-faced kitten has been born in Oregon. The animal, named Duecy, has been been given a clean bill of health by a vet, although the kitten will have to be hand-reared after being rejected by its mother. Owner Stephanie Durkee is feeding Deucy using a syringe. She said she did a double take when she discovered the newborn.

In Canada, six squirrels got their tails glued together by pine sap. Locals started calling the six squirrels moving as one animal a "squirrel king." The Animal Clinic of Regina successfully separated the squirrels without having to amputate the tails. After careful watch to make sure no infection occurred, the six squirrels have been released back into the wild.

What if that searing headache was actually a nine-millimeter bullet stuck in your head? Bosnian goalie Dusko Krtalica complained of his head hurting right before his soccer game, but he continued to play the entire 90 minutes allowing only one goal. After the game, it was discovered the cause of his troubles was a bullet and he was rushed to the hospital barely able to move his left arm or speak. Fortunately, Dusko had a successful surgery and is in stable condition. So how did the bullet get there? A man who was being arrested fired his gun up in the air and when the bullet came down it got lodged in Dusko's head.

Guess what day it is...

Trivia Answer: "Ich bin ein Berliner." Kennedy used the phrase twice in his speech, including at the end, pronouncing the sentence with his Boston accent and reading from his note "ish bin ein Bearleener", which he had written out using English spelling habits to indicate an approximation of the German pronunciation. The speech is considered one of Kennedy's best, both a notable moment of the Cold War and a high point of the New Frontier. It was a great morale boost for West Berliners, who lived in an exclave deep inside of East Germany and feared a possible East German occupation. The physical Wall itself was primarily destroyed in 1990. The fall of the Berlin Wall paved the way for German reunification, which was formally concluded on October 3rd of 1990. 

Tuesday 6.25.13
Today's Trivia: He's a musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He rose to fame in the 1980s when he formed a pop duo with a school friend. His first solo single was released when he was still in the duo and sold about six million copies worldwide. He has won numerous music awards throughout his 30-plus-year career, including three Brit Awards -- winning Best British Male twice, four MTV Video Music Awards, four Ivor Novello Awards, three American Music Awards, and two Grammy Awards from eight nominations. Who is he?

The Mariners with a day off yesterday.  They host the Pittsburgh Pirates in a quick two-game inter-league series tonight and tomorrow afternoon. They're off Thursday then host the Cubbies for the weekend. Tonight's first pitch is at 7:10.

The Chicago Blackhawks scored twice in a span of 17 seconds to stun the Boston Bruins in the final minutes of Game 6 to win the Stanley Cup

Today is Log Cabin Day. It's National Catfish Day, a day to enjoy some tasty, fried catfish. It was June 25th of 1987 when  President Ronald Reagan began a presidential proclamation with the words "More and more Americans are discovering a uniquely American food delicacy -- farm-raised catfish."   Today is National Fried Okra Day. There's actually a Facebook page. Today is Sense of Humor in Bed Appreciation Day. Today is Please Take My Children to Work Day.  Today is LEON Day (that's NOEL spelled backwards.  Six months until Christmas)

Calendar notes: On this date In 1969, guitarist Mick Taylor first appeared with The Rolling Stones at the Coliseum in Rome , replacing Brian Jones. Jones was found dead a week later. Also in 1969, The Hollies recorded He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother with Elton John on piano. In 1970, Hall & Oates recorded together for the first time. In 1984, Prince's Purple Rain sold a record-setting 1.3-million copies in 24 hours. In 1991, Francis Johnson's world record 8.7-ton ball of twine, which he had been building since 1950, was moved to a prominent place in downtown Darwin , Minnesota , where more people could see it. In 2002, a five-year-old Sicilian boy tore up $1,525 in cash, his father's monthly salary, the day after his grandfather told him money was trash and couldn't buy happiness.  In 2004, Britney Spears got engaged to Kevin Federline. In 2006, Warren Buffett committed $30 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2009,  Michael Jackson died after suffering cardiac arrest at his Los Angeles home, which authorities later declared a homicide caused by the combination of drugs in his body. He was 50.

Just hours after the state sent potential furlough notices to thousands of its employees, Governor Jay Inslee told reporters yesterday afternoon that a state budget deal was "imminent."  The agreement would forestall a partial shutdown of Washington state government on July 1st. Inslee used an afternoon news conference to say that he has seen "very significant breakthroughs" in recent budget talks. He added that it would likely take days to officially wrap up the budget process and get it to his desk. Republicans also indicated that budget talks were going well. Washington 's current two-year budget comes to a close at the end of June, which is Sunday. Those whacky Lawmakers have been struggling for several weeks to reach compromise on how to spend government dollars in the coming two years.

NBC has announced its fall line-up. According to Variety, the network will kick off the fall season with The Voice on September 23rd and will launch their new drama, The Blacklist, directly after the vocal competition show. The Michael J. Fox Show will bow on September 26th after the sixth-season debut of Parks and Recreation, while Chicago Fire and Revolution will start their second seasons on September 24th and the 25th, respectively. The 15th season of Law & Order: SVU will premiere after Revolution on the 25th. Other returning shows include Parenthood, which will air at 10 PM on September 26th, Dateline NBC, which will premiere its two-hour episode at 9 PM on September 27th, while Grimm and Dracula are being held until October 25th, a week before Halloween.

The president of Russia 's Sochi Olympic Committee tweeted yesterday that the Olympic torch is going into space. Cosmonauts are carrying an official Sochi 2014 Olympic torch to the International Space Station, and then out on a spacewalk. It won't be lit during the flight, while on the space station, or on the spacewalk (did they really have to point that out?). Cosmonauts are taking the torch to the space station in early November.

Beverly Hills' newest mom group is the Marijuana Moms. These mothers are prescribed weed for relaxation or coping with chronic pain. They meet for lavish dinners where marijuana is one of the key ingredients in their meal. The dinners include cannabis leaf salad, chicken friend in cannabis oil and marijuana milk shakes. According to the Huffington Post, the moms are also declaring that the use of weed makes them better parents, and one mother claimed it saved her marriage. January Thomas, mom of one, told Barcroft TV, "Marijuana makes me a better and more creative parent."

It's good to give back.  We knew it all along just now we have the science to back it up. Carnegie Mellon University conducted an experiment about the effects volunteering has on the body. The study was conducted over the past seven years with over 11-hundred adults participating. Overall, it was determined that volunteering is good for the heart. Older participants found that they had lower blood pressure, while teenage volunteers reported a  lower body mass index.

A man who was caught last year getting frisky with a couch discarded on a Wisconsin street pleaded guilty Monday to a public lewdness charge. The man's (Gerard Streator) late-night furniture tryst was interrupted by an off-duty cop out for a jog.

Trivia Answer: George Michael who turns 50 today.  That duo he formed?  Wham! His school friend with which he formed it?  Andrew Ridgeley. That first solo single was Careless Whisper. Wham! hit number one here in the states in 1984 with Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go. As one of the world's best-selling music artists, Michael has sold more than 100 million records worldwide as of 2010. His 1987 debut solo album, Faith, has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. Michael has garnered seven number one singles in the UK and eight number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US . In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked Michael the 40th most successful artist on the Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists list.  

Monday 6.24.13
Today's Trivia: On this date in 1922, the American Professional Football Association formally changed its name to this. What is it?

Kendrys Morales hit a game-ending three-run homer in the 10th inning and gave the Seattle Mariners a 6-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics yesterday. Seattle also won the series 2-games-to-1. An off day for the Ms today. They host the Pittsburgh Pirates tomorrow night and Wednesday.

The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 on Saturday night to move within one victory of their second Stanley Cup in four years. Chicago is at Boston for Game 6 tonight at 5:00.

Today is Swim a Lap Day. A day good for your health., and fun, too. Summer has arrived. It's time to enjoy all that summer has to offer, including plenty of time in and around the pool. It's Museum Comes To Life Day, National Go Fly a Kite Day, and Great American Picnic Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1947, Kenneth Arnold made the first widely reported UFO sighting. It happened near Mount Rainier. In 1949, the first television western, Hopalong Cassidy, was aired on NBC starring William Boyd. In 1957, in Roth v. United States, the US Supreme Court rules that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment. In 1981, Diana Ross and Lionel Richie released Endless Love. In 1996, Van Halen announced that Sammy Hagar had left the band, and that David Lee Roth was back as a temporary replacement. In 2004, in New York, capital punishment was declared unconstitutional.

Our state is now just a week away from a government shutdown after no deal emerged yesterday. Legislators from both parties said yesterday they were still searching for a final budget compromise that would avert the temporary layoff of many state workers. Thousands of state employees begin receiving notifications today that they will be temporarily laid off if there is no budget deal over the next seven days. The state's current two-year budget comes to a close at the end of June, and the state believes 34 agencies have to completely cease operations if there is no new spending plan. Another 24 agencies would face partial shutdowns and 25 would remain open.

Monsters University, the prequel to Pixar's 2001 animated blockbuster Monsters, Inc., racked up $82 million in weekend ticket sales to easily outdistance the week's other new movie, the big-budget apocalyptic thriller World War Z, which came in with an impressive haul of $66 million. World War Z, the story of a zombie pandemic starring Brad Pitt, was Pitt's biggest opening weekend ever. It finished second. Last week's top movie, the Superman reboot Man of Steel, was third. This Is the End, the apocalyptic comedy written by star Seth Rogen and his childhood friend Evan Goldberg, tooae fourth place. Now You See Me, starring Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg as magicians who evade the police after high-profile robberies, was fifth.

Famous New Jersey residents respect each other and Bruce Springsteen made that clear during his show in Coventry, England on Thursday night. The Boss performed the entire Born to Run album as a tribute to Sopranos star James Gandolfini, who passed away on Wednesday of a heart attack at age 51. Bruce was 11 songs into his set when he revealed the band would be playing the 1975 album for the actor, whom Springsteen called, "our great friend." E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt starred with Gandolfini in The Sopranos.

Fans of the 1996 blockbuster film Independence Day will be happy to know that after 17 years, producers Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich have finally gotten the sequel green lit. The film, which is being produced and released by 20th Century Fox, already has a release date of July 3rd, 2015 -- one year shy of its 20th anniversary.

According to Us Weekly, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have named their daughter North West. The mag quotes a source that says the birth certificate is out and that the girl, who mom and dad call "Nori," has no middle name. North was born five weeks early on June 15th at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills.

Luis Roberto Ramirez Alvarez is an 11-year-old kid genius from Mexico and he's adding to his list of accomplishments by heading to Harvard University in the fall. He'll be studying quantum physics in hopes of starting his own company to better social networking and technology. According to the Latin Times, Luis was reading by four, taught himself English, French and Mandarin Chinese by the age of five, completed several levels of education in robotics and mechatronics, graduated from high school in three months, and has an IQ between 152 and 160.

A petition to pardon Edward Snowden has reached its goal of 100,000 signatures. The petition asks that President Obama pardon the NSA leaker and under Whitehouse.gov guidelines 100,000 signatures is supposed to bring an official response from the administration. The petition demands that Snowden be pardoned from any crime he may have committed by releasing confidential information belonging to the NSA and all of its government partners.

Hostess -- which went bankrupt last year is back up and running under new owners -- says it plans to have Twinkies and other snack cakes back on shelves starting July 15th. The company says the cakes will taste the same but that the boxes will now bare the tag line "The Sweetest Comeback In The History Of Ever."

Trivia Answer: The National Football League. It was formed by eleven teams in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association, with the league changing its name to the National Football League in 1922. Back in 1920, the American Professional Football Association's first game was played in Dayton, Ohio on October 3rd of 1920 with the host Dayton Triangles defeating the Columbus Panhandles, 14-0. Today, the National Football League is the highest level of professional American football. The league currently consists of thirty-two teams. The league is divided evenly into two conferences — the American Football Conference (AFC) and National Football Conference (NFC), and each conference has four divisions that have four teams each. The NFL is organized as an unincorporated association of its 32 teams. Today, the NFL has the highest average attendance (67,591) of any professional sports league in the world and is the most popular sports league in the United States.

Friday 6.21.13
Today's Trivia: His was born in Denver. His parents were both jazz musicians. At the age of 16, he began studying classical music after hearing the works of composers such as Ravel and Stravinsky in ballet class. At that time he sent a demo tape to Alan Parsons, from whom he received a personal reply. Years later, when he was chosen to be a vocalist with The Alan Parsons Project, he presented Parsons with that letter from 30 years prior. Who is he?

LeBron James had 37 points and 12 rebounds and the Miami Heat repeated as champions with a 95-88 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals last night. Dwyane Wade added 23 points and 10 rebounds. Lebron made 5 of 10 three-pointers, all the while hounding Spurs star Tony Parker on defense to make the Heat the first back-to-back champs since the Lakers in 2009-10. It's the third championship for the Heat since 2006.

The Seattle Storm is at San Antonio tonight.

Absolutely amazing. The normally inept Seattle offense handed Felix Hernandez 7-0 and 8-1 leads and the former Cy Young Award winner was so stunned he didn't know how handle his rare, good fortune. Hernandez imploded, allowing the Angels to storm back for six runs before he exited shell-shocked, then watched as the Mariners lost 10-9 when reliever Yoervis Medina walked in, on four pitches, what proved to be the winning run in the eighth inning. The Ms are back home hosting the Athletics for the weekend starting tonight.

It's Go Skate Day -- a nationally recognized day for skateboarding. It's a day to hop onto your skateboard and have some fun. It's Baby Boomer's Recognition Day. It's a holiday that's devoted to remembering not just the accomplishments of celebrity Baby Boomers. It also celebrates those who are being successful in business, education, medicine, and many other fields and the contributions they make to society. It's National Peaches and Cream Day. Today is National Daylight Appreciation Day. Perhaps related, the annual Midnight Sun Baseball Game is in Fairbanks, Alaska, tonight and will be played without artificial lights. Because the sun is out for almost 24 hours a day, the game starts at about 10:30 at night and completes around 1:30 the next morning. Famous players who have appeared in the game include Tom Seaver, Dave Winfield, Terry Francona, Harold Reynolds, and Jason Giambi.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1977, an article in the Wall Street Journal revealed that Kellogg had reduced the iron content of its Frosted Rice after consumers discovered they could move flakes of the cereal around with magnets. In 1982, a jury in Washington, DC, found John Hinckley Jr. innocent by reason of insanity in the shootings of President Reagan and three other men. In 1989, Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith remarried. In 1989, the Supreme Court ruled that burning the US flag as a form of political protest is protected by the First Amendment. In 2003, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, fifth book in JK Rowling's blockbuster series about a young wizard, hit the book stores and sold 5 million copies the first day.

Based upon data from the FBI, the annual list of the most dangerous cities in America has been compiled. Number one on the list? Flint, Michigan.

A Florida teen ended his own attempt to steal a car at gunpoint when he realized he didn't know how to drive a stick. The victim identified the 19-year-old in a photo lineup and was picked up by police.

Elsewhere in Florida, deputies say two women were arrested for drinking wine inside a Walmart. According to the arrest report, the women took wine from the shelf and started drinking it while walking around the store.

A 67-year-old man was fined 800 dollars for speeding in Alberta, Canada. He had an unusual defense. He says he was trying to dry off his freshly washed car. The Associated Press reports Canadian Mounties pulled him over doing 112 miles-per-hour. He appeared in court this week and was suspended from driving for 45 days.

Robert Downey, Jr. has officially signed on to star in Disney and Marvel's next two Avengers films. Marvel made the announcement on their website yesterday, reporting that Downey is starring as Tony Stark/Iron Man in The Avengers 2 and The Avengers 3. The Avengers 2 begins production in March of 2014 and opens in theaters on May 1st of 2015. Marvel's The Avengers is the third biggest grossing film in history raking in over 623-million dollars at the box office.

Bravo is going back into its vault to honor James Gandolfini, who died on Wednesday. The cable network is re-broadcasting The Sopranos actor's 2004 appearance on Inside the Actor's Studio on Sunday.

U2 frontman Bono snagged himself a lunch date with the Obama family on Tuesday. Michelle Obama and her two daughters, Malia and Sasha, sat down with Bono and about 60 other guests for an afternoon meal at Finnegan's of Dalkey, a favorite hangout of the singer's in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland. The menu consisted of Irish and English dishes like fish and chips, cottage pie and smoked bacon. When asked about his lunch with the First Family, Bono said, "We talked about everything and nothing. It was a family lunch." Unfortunately for President Obama, he couldn't make an appearance as he is attending the G8 Summit.

When it comes to choosing what stories we like to click on when browsing news websites, research (University of Bristol) shows people love to find out about the latest exploits of their favorite celebrities or read up on the latest fashions. They are not so enthusiastic when it comes to reading about politics or the economy.

You could say British couple Ron and Eileen Everest have been in love since birth. The two were born in the same maternity ward and grew up together in the same town. At age four, the two even posed together as bride and groom for a photo at the town carnival. At 21 years old, the pair were finally married for real. Now, they're celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary at 91 years old. Ron told The Telegraph, "We have been in love from the age of zero."

Trivia Answer: Kip Winger -- born Charles Frederick Kip Winger -- who turns 52 today. He was both a member of the band, Winger, and a solo artist. In 1985, Winger joined Alice Cooper's band. After making two albums with Cooper, Winger left in March 1987 to focus on his own band. Winger the band released five studio albums, one live album, two compilation albums, and eight singles. During the late 1980s, Kip dated actress Rachel Hunter. Kip's first wife Beatrice, who he married in 1991, died in a car accident in December 1996. He married Paula De Tuilio in July 2004. They live in Nashville, Tennessee. Kip has participated, and performed, as head counselor in the Rock Fantasy Camp with other musicians including Roger Daltrey, Steven Tyler, Todd Rundgren, Jack Blades, Steve Lukather, and Duff McKagan. He was featured in an episode of the TV show Pawn Stars this past May helping the host, Rick Harrison, through Rock Fantasy Camp.

Thursday 6.20.13
Today's Trivia: He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He then signed with the Seattle Seahawks in 2012 and this year was traded to the Oakland Raiders. Who is he?

Joe Saunders has made two starts against the Los Angeles Angels since they traded him in July 2010, and both of them have been absolute gems. Unfortunately for Saunders, he's been on the wrong end of a shutout both times. Anaheim's CJ Wilson outdueled the Seattle left-hander with seven innings of two-hit ball and Mike Trout scored on Saunders' first wild pitch of the season, leading the Angels to a 1-0 victory over the Mariners last night. Ms and Angels wrap up the series tonight at 7:05 in California. King Felix gets the start for Seattle.

NBA Finals. Game 7. The Miami Heat host the San Antonio Spurs in one last winner-take-all contest -- tonight in Miami. ABC has the coverage tonight at 6:00.

Tomorrow, the Seattle Storm is at San Antonio.

If you have money in the stock market, I'm sorry. The Dow fell 352 points today in the worst loss of 2013. The drop comes one day after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke raised fears the central bank is preparing to begin winding down its stimulus policies. The S&P and Nasdaq both lost 2% today.

Actor James Gandolfini died in Italy of a possible heart attack. That word from HBO and his managers yesterday. Gandolfini was to have appeared at a film festival in Sicily this week. Gandolfini portrayed Tony Soprano on The Sopranos. He was 51. We also received word yesterday that singer Slim Whitman, famous for his signature yodel, died in Florida. He was 90.

The summer solstice heralds the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. This year, the solstice happens tomorrow at 5:04 Universal time, which is 1:04 in the morning Eastern Daylight Time. So this year, the solstice happens tonight for places in North America west of the Central Time Zone, occurring at 10:04 tonight here in our neck of the woods. Today is Jaws Day, marking release of the film on this date in 1975. It's National Vanilla Milkshake Day. Today is Woman Runs the House Day, marking this date in 1921 when Alice Robertson of Oklahoma became the first woman to preside over the US House of Representatives. She presided for 30 minutes.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1967, Muhammad Ali was convicted in Houston of violating Selective Service laws by refusing to be drafted. Later, the Supreme Court overturned the conviction. In 1969, Jimi Hendrix played the Newport Jazz Festival for a whopping 125-thousand dollars. At the time, it was the largest fee ever for a concert appearance. In 1972, the old Tallahatchie Bridge, made famous in Bobbie Gentry's 1967 Ode to Billy Joe, collapsed in Mississippi. In 1973, American Bandstand celebrated its 20th anniversary with a 90-minute television special featuring Little Richard, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Cheech and Chong, Three Dog Night and, of course, Dick Clark. In 1993, the Chicago Bulls won their third straight NBA championship, the first team to three-peat since the 1966 Boston Celtics. In 1994, a downcast O.J. Simpson pleaded not guilty to the slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend Ronald Goldman.

Men's Wearhouse executive chairman George Zimmer was "terminated" yesterday. Zimmer opened the company's first store in Houston in 1973. He's been the bearded face of Men's Wearhouse in television ads for years, famously promising, "You're going to like the way you look. I guarantee it." The company's press representatives declined to say why it fired the the co-founder. In a prepated statement, the company said, "The Board [of Directors] expects to discuss with Mr. Zimmer the extent, if any, and terms of his ongoing relationship with the company." But in a statement issued by Zimmer, he said he was fired because of disagreements over the direction of the company. The statement said, "Over the past several months, I have expressed my concerns to the board about the direction the company is currently heading. Instead of fostering the kind of dialogue in the boardroom that has in part contributed to our success, the board has inappropriately chosen to silence my concerns through termination as an executive officer."

The City of Tacoma is creating a bit of controversy as it looks for clever ways to pay for renovations to the Tacoma Dome. The city is considering selling naming rights to the dome, but plenty of people don't think that's a great idea. The Tacoma Dome is the largest indoor venue in the state and can hold 23,000 people. But the dome is a little worn around the edges. Kim Bedier is with the City of Tacoma. She says, "It's her 30th birthday this year, so she could use a few gifts -- some interior renovations and some amenities for the fans who have been so loyal over those years." Those renovations would run about $180 million, so the city is now searching for a contractor to figure out who might want to buy the naming rights and how much they'd be willing to spend. The city's also looking to sell naming rights at its convention center and trade center.

Got a note from Tumwater today that the City, Dana Commercial Real Estate, and Falls Development announcedthe removal of a covenant restricting production of alcoholic beverages from the former Miller brewery property. The removal was officially recorded this week. Prior to this action, the covenant limited redevelopment options for new owners restricting production of alcoholic beverages on any of the former brewery site properties. The historic 175-acre brewery site in Tumwater has been linked to the production of Olympia beer and other brands from 1896 to 2003, with the exception of prohibition. When Miller vacated and sold the brewery site in 2003, one of the elements included in the purchase agreements was a restrictive covenant barring future production of alcoholic beverages on all parcels within the site into perpetuity. This restrictive covenant has prevented potential uses that could take advantage of the existing production facilities and the potential to associate this famous brewery site with production of alcoholic beverages, including micro and craft beer operations, wineries, and liquor distilleries. Fortunately, Miller has been cooperative in responding to requests to remove this covenant from the brewery properties. Mayor Pete Kmet said, "This is great news for Tumwater. We are pleased to have this limitation removed and appreciate MillerCoors working with the City and the property owners on its removal. We believe this will open up the property to more options for quality redevelopment.

What's the craziest diet you've ever tried? Here's one we don't suggest. Sixty-five-year-old Naveena Shine decided to find out whether she could live on sunlight, air and water alone... a lot like a plant. According to the Seattle Times, she set up eight video cameras around her trailer to prove she wasn't cheating and after 47 days and a loss of 20 pounds, Naveena called off the Living On Light experiment. Nutritionist Jennifer Adler warns against trying this for yourself, telling the Huffington Post, "Eventually, if we continue not to eat, our body decays from using its own stores, and our heart will stop working."

Trivia Answer: Matt Flynn who turns 28 today. Flynn was drafted by the Green Bay Packers and was signed to a four-year rookie contract through the 2011 season. In 2008, he won the competition for the back-up role to Aaron Rodgers. On March 18th of 2012, Flynn signed a three-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks worth $19.5 million, with $10 million guaranteed. Flynn was brought in to compete with 2011 starting quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and 2012 NFL Draft third round pick Russell Wilson for the starting quarterback position. We all know how that worked out. Once Wilson was named the starter, Flynn and his contract became expendable. On April 2nd this year the Seahawks traded Flynn to the Oakland Raiders for a 2014 5th round pick and a conditional 2015 draft pick. He's expected be Oakland's starting QB. Another rookie named Wilson, however, is in the running. Tyler Wilson might wind up competing to earn snaps at quarterback down the line in 2013. Coach Dennis Allen wants to make it clear, though, that Wilson and backup quarterback Terrelle Pryor have an uphill battle against Matt Flynn.

Wednesday 6.19.13
Today's Trivia: This cartoon character is the holder of the Guinness World Record for the world's most widely syndicated comic strip. He made his debut on this date in 1978. Who or what are we talking about?

It was overtime for everybody last night.

First, in the NBA Finals, LeBron James shrugged off a poor start to get 32 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds. Ray Allen hit a 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds to play in regulation to force overtime. In the end, the Miami Heat staved off elimination with a 103-100 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 last night. That sets up a Game 7 -- one last winner-take-all contest -- tomorrow night in Miami.

Then the Seattle Storm had an overtime win of their own last night. Tina Thompson scored a season-high 30 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead the Storm to a 96-86 OT win over the Washington Mystics. Friday the Storm is at San Antonio.

The Mariners even got into the act. They shouldn't have but Tom Wilhemson's issues continue and he managed to give up the lead. The upside is that Kendrys Morales hit a clutch RBI single in the 10th inning and the Seattle Mariners did manage to escape with a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels. Ms and Angels meet again tonight in Anaheim.

Today is Juneteenth. It commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the State of Texas. Celebrated on June 19th, the term is a combination of June and nineteenth, and is an official annual holiday in 29 of the United States. Today is Eat an Oreo Day. It's World Sauntering Day, a day to saunter here and there, wherever you go.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1910, Father's Day was celebrated for the first time, in Spokane. In 1941, General Mills in Minneapolis created a new dry breakfast cereal called Cheerie Oats. The name was later shortened to Cheerios. In 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience released the single Purple Haze. In 1987, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream and the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia announced a new ice cream flavor: Cherry Garcia. In 1988, some 3,000 East Germans gathered at the Berlin Wall to hear Michael Jackson perform on the other side of the Wall in West Berlin. In 1997, Bobby Helms, who recorded the original Jingle Bell Rock, died at age 63. In 1998, Sinead O'Connor opened the second Lilith Fair down in Portland.

Now that Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson are officially off the American Idol judges' panel, host Ryan Seacrest says he wants to see original judge Simon Cowell make a return to the show. Seacrest told Access Hollywood, "To have a chance to spar with him again, on live national television, would be heaven." He also suggests Idol return to the three-judge format, saying it would make for a "faster moving show." No official announcement has been made about future judges. American Idol is set to return in January 2014.

Farm Aid is happening this year in Saratoga Springs, New York. The event is set for September 21st and as with previous years, sees performances from Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews. Additional artists are being announced soon.

The Terminator famously spoke the line "I'll be back" and it seems he meant it. Arnold Schwarzenegger has confirmed that filming for Terminator 5 is beginning in January. The 65-year-old action star had announced earlier this year that he would be reprising his role in the sci-fi film series. This marks the fourth time Arnold plays the cyborg assassin, having not appeared in the fourth installment. Schwarzenegger says he is happy the studios want him back as the Terminator. Arnold is also reprising his roles of Conan the Barbarian in King Conan and Julius Benedict in Triplets, the sequel to Twins. Of course, don't forget The Expendables 3 coming out next summer.

The members of Fall Out Boy say that Gotye and fun. inspired them to end their three-year hiatus and get back in the studio. Fall Out Boys new album, Save Rock and Roll, is currently out and available.

Gallup recently released a new poll about Americans and their jobs which stated that 70 percent of US employees are either "checked out" at work or are "actively disengaged." I still love that concept: "actively disengaged."

Trivia Answer: Garfield. It's the comic strip created by Jim Davis. Published since June 19th of 1978, it chronicles the life of the title character, the cat Garfield (named after Davis's grandfather); his owner, Jon Arbuckle; and Jon's dog, Odie. As of this year, it's syndicated in roughly 2,580 newspapers and journals, and holds the Guinness World Record for being the world's most widely syndicated comic strip. Though rarely mentioned, Garfield is set in Muncie, Indiana, the home of Jim Davis, according to the television special Happy Birthday, Garfield. Common themes in the strip include Garfield's laziness, obsessive eating, and hatred of Mondays and diets. The strip's focus is mostly on the interactions among Garfield, Jon, and Odie, but recurring minor characters appear as well. Originally created with the intentions to "come up with a good, marketable character", Garfield has spawned merchandise earning $750 million to $1 billion annually. In addition to the various merchandise and commercial tie-ins, the strip has spawned several animated television specials, two animated television series, two theatrical feature-length live-action films and three CGI animated direct-to-video movies. Part of the strip's broad appeal is due to its lack of social or political commentary; though this was Davis's original intention, he also admitted that his "grasp of politics isn't strong", remarking that, for many years, he thought "OPEC was a denture adhesive".

Tuesday 6.18.13
Today's Trivia: She's a singer, record producer, dancer, choreographer, actress, and television personality. In the 1980s, she was a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers and became a much sought-after choreographer at the height of the music video era. Who is she?

Aaron Harang has never beaten the Los Angeles Angels in his lengthy career. During his latest attempt, the Seattle right-hander could barely even slow them down -- and he still did better than his bullpen -- on a rocky night for the Mariners. Albert Pujols had an RBI double among his four hits, Josh Hamilton hit a two-run homer, and Los Angeles pounded out a season-high 21 hits in an 11-3 win last night. Game 2 of the 4-game set tonight.

The San Antonio Spurs are up 3-games-to-2 over the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. Game 6 is tonight at Miami.

The Seattle Storm hosts Washington tonight.

New developments were revealed over the weekend in the fight to make Seattle a hockey city. Mayor Mike McGinn said he believes Seattle is "Plan B" if a deal to keep the Coyotes in Glendale, Arizona, falls through. The mayor says he spoke with the National Hockey League commissioner last week and delivered the message that Key Arena can support an NHL team, with plans in the works to build a new arena. McGinn stressed that the likelihood of a hockey team moving to Seattle any time soon is pretty low. He said, "The good news is the NHL views Seattle as a good NHL market -- and that's great news -- but as to whether we end up with the team in the near future, a lot of things would have to break against Glendale, and all expectations are that they're working their way toward a deal."

Today is Wild Den Dancing Day, a day to play all your favorite old songs and dance wildly in the family room while your children roll their eyes. Perhaps related, today is also National Splurge Day, a day to have fun. It's Go Fishing Day It's International Panic Day. We're not sure what is so big, and so widespread, to create an international incident of this magnitude, but here it is on the calendar. And what's more is that it's not the only day to be panicked. The month of March also has a Panic Day. Interesting to note that today is also International Picnic Day. Makes one wonder if we didn't suffer a typo incident somewhere along the way. Today is International Sushi Day, celebrating one of the original "fast foods." Today is World Juggling Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1948, Columbia Records publicly unveiled its new long-playing phonograph record in New York. It played at 33 and 1/3 revolutions per minute. In 1975, Fred Lynn of the Boston Red Sox hit three home runs, a triple and a single in a game as Boston massacred the Detroit Tigers 15-1. Lynn would go on to become the only player in sports history to be named Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in the same season.. In 1980, The Blues Brothers, starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as the deadpan R&B team, premiered in New York. In 1983, Astronaut Sally Ride became America's first woman in space as she and four colleagues blasted off aboard the space shuttle Challenger. In 1985, Wimbledon made Chris Evert Lloyd and Martina Navratilova co-number one seeds, the first time in the tennis tournament's 63-year history for a co-top seeding. In 2006, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger broke his jaw and nose in a motorcycle crash. He was not wearing a helmet. In 2011, E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons passed away at age 69 from complications from a stroke he suffered a few days earlier.

Alright, Dad, what did you get on Father's Day? Was it that tie with the patterned photos of your kid? A power drill? A home-made card at least? According to a survey by online retailer Littlewoods, this year's number one Father's Day gift was the power washer. The multi-use tool beat out the power drill, which has been the hottest buy for years.

The 2013 National Concrete Canoe Competition begins Thursday at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Twenty-three teams from around the US are competing in a competition which provides students with a practical application of the engineering principles they learn in the classroom. According the competition website, while concrete has become the most widely used building material in the world, it remains a mystery to many. However, the use of concrete in floating vessels is not new. In fact, the history of concrete boat building dates back to 1848, when Joseph Louis Lambot built thin-walled reinforced concrete boats for use at his estate in France. Concrete was also used to build barges during World War II to replace scarce steel supplies.

A paper published in the journal Nature reports on some water that had been trapped 1½ miles below the Earth's surface in Canada for a long while. Scientists believe it to be the oldest isolated water ever studied, at least 1 billion years old and maybe as old as 2.64 billion. One of the paper's authors, Barbara Sherwood Lollar, has tasted it, and says it was "terrible. It is much saltier than seawater."

How much would you pay for a rare demo of The Beatles' first single, Love Me Do? Well one online bidder paid more than ten-grand for it. The 45 was one of only 250 made for radio station airplay in 1962. When it came out, the Fab Four were not well known and rather than crediting the songwriting to John Lennon and Paul McCartney, it was only credited to "McArtney." Another copy of the Love Me Do demo sold for over 17-thousand dollars in 2011.

Trivia Answer: Paula Julie Abdul who turns 51 tomorrow. She has scored six number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, placing her in a tie for fifth among the female solo performers who have reached number one there. After her initial period of success, Abdul suffered a series of setbacks in her professional and personal life. She saw renewed fame and success as an original judge on American Idol in the 2000s, which she left after the eighth season. She went on to star on CBS' short-lived television series Live to Dance, which lasted one season in 2011, and was subsequently a judge on the first season of the American version of The X Factor along with her former American Idol co-judge Simon Cowell, the creator and producer of the show. She was also a guest judge on the All-Star edition of Dancing with the Stars in 2012.

Monday 6.17.13
Today's Trivia: He was the original host of Talk Soup, which he did until 1995, when he left the show for NBC late-night. His first big screen role was as a talk show host in the Damon Wayans comedy Blankman. He later played the lead role in the 1996 comedy Dear God. In 1997, he was cast in James L. Brooks' comedy-drama, As Good as It Gets, for which he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He later was in You've Got Mail, where he played Meg Ryan's significant other. He has appeared in more than 20 motion pictures, Who is he?

The Mariners just refuse to win three in a row. Dominant most of the season, Hisashi Iwakuma failed to bring his best stuff to O.com Coliseum yesterday, and was beat up -- for him -- for four runs in five innings. The Mariners fell to the Athletics 10-2, spoiling their shot at a three-game sweep in Oakland for the first time since April of 2009. The Mariners have not won three in a row since the beginning of May. Iwakuma, who entered the game leading the AL in several important pitching stats, gave up four earned runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and three walks. Kuma matched his season low in strikeouts and tied his season high in walks. His ERA jumped from 1.79 to 2.06. Tonight, the Mariners begin a four-game series with the Los Angeles Angels. The Ms return to Safeco Field Friday for a three-game set with the As again.

The San Antonio Spurs beat the Miami Heat 114-104 last night. The Spurs take a 3-games-to-2 lead in the NBA Finals. Game 6 is tomorrow night at Miami.

Tina Thompson scored 17 points, and Camille Little had 15 points, nine rebounds and five assists to lead the Seattle Storm past the Connecticut Sun, 78-66 yesterday. The Storm hosts Washington tomorrow night.

Disneyland opened for guests down in Anaheim on this date in 1955. Today is Work At Home Father's Day. It's World Juggling Day. Today is also Eat Your Vegetables Day. Strategically created in the middle of National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month. This day is the perfect opportunity to re-introduce a healthy portion of vegetables into your diet.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1971, President Richard Nixon declared the US War on Drugs. In 1972, five White House operatives were arrested for burgling the offices of the Democratic National Committee, in an attempt by some members of the Republican party to illegally wiretap the opposition, the Watergate Scandal. In 1989, Def Leppard's Hysteria album was in the top 40 for 96 consecutive weeks, sharing the record with Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA. In 1994, following a televised low-speed highway chase, OJ Simpson is arrested for the murders of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman. Also in 1994, David Hasselhoff gave a Pay-Per-View concert. The Hoff blamed low viewing figures on OJ Simpson's flight from justice.

Faster than a speeding bullet, Man of Steel raced to the top of the weekend box office. No big surprise here as Man of Steel, the big-budget reboot of the Superman franchise, collected a muscular $113.1 million over the traditional weekend to lead the domestic box office with the year's second largest opening weekend and the biggest June opening ever. The movie now has the best June opening breaking the previous $110 million record set by Disney's Toy Story 3. Man of Steel leaped over the apocalyptic buddy comedy This is the End, written by star Seth Rogen and his childhood friend Evan Goldberg, which collected $20.5 million. The apocalyptic comedy depicting the end of the world stars more than a dozen well-known Hollywood actors including James Franco, Jonah Hill, and Emma Watson. In third place, the comedy heist caper Now You See Me, which continued its stronger-than-expected showing. Fast & Furious 6 which took in $9.4 million in its fourth week in release finished fourth. The Purge, made for $3 million by the producer of the low-budget Paranormal Activity series, rounded out the top five.

Most students might get to enjoy a field day or a pizza party as a way to celebrate the end of the school year. But students at Cascade Community School in Shoreline had a much more unique gathering last week as schools around the Northwest started to wind down the year. Teachers, parents and about 150 students from the school packed into an auditorium at the Shoreline Community Center, where they linked up with astronauts aboard the International Space Station, orbiting high above Earth at 17,500 miles per hour. Over the past few weeks, students in each grade at the school thought of questions to ask of the astronauts. The questions were whittled down and submitted to NASA organizers. Students who asked the questions were chosen after writing a one-paragraph essay, stating why they should ask a question. During the time allotted with the students, Expedition 36 flight engineer Chris Cassidy and European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano were able to answer 14 of the 20 questions submitted.

The Japanese have a new way to show affection. The next step after French kissing is "eyeball licking." One person holds their eyelids really wide while the other person goes in for the lick. According to Gawker, the trend started among 12-year-olds in a public school. A survey was held among those students and one-third of them had partaken in this activity. Unfortunately, eyeball licking is spreading pink eye among the participants so everyone now has to wear eye patches.

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the recent split between 82-year-old media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his third wife, 44-yearold Wendy Deng Murdoch, may have something to do with rumors of an affair Wendy might have had with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The rumor mill went into overdrive earlier this month when it was announced that Wendy and Rupert were filing for divorce after 14 years of marriage. Tony Blair, who has been married for over 33 years to Cherrie Booth, is denying the allegations as rubbish.

The original Willy Wonka is speaking out about the film's 2005 remake. Gene Wilder played the iconic character in 1971's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and says director Tim Burton's adaptation is "an insult." He added there's no reason to have remade the film, saying it's "all about money." According to Moviefone, Wilder made the statements at an appearance in New York late last week. As for Johnny Depp playing "Wonka," Wilder says, "I think [he] is a good actor, but I don't care for that director."

Another movie trailer that piqued my interest. The film is 20 Feet from Stardom and it deals with backing vocalists -- backup singers. Bruce and Mick make appearances.

Trivia Answer: Greg Kinnear who turns 50 today. Kinnear married British model Helen Labdon in 1999. Labdon was previously a former Page 3 glamour model. They have three daughters, 9-year-old Lily Kathryn, 7-year-old Audrey Mae, and 3-year-old Katie Grace.

Friday 6.13.13
Today's Trivia: He's a business magnate, television personality and author. He was No. 14 on the 2012 Forbes Celebrity 100 list. In 2010, he expressed an interest in becoming a candidate for president of the United States in the 2012 election, though in May of 2011, he announced he would not be a candidate. In December 2011, he was suggested as a possible vice presidential selection by Michele Bachmann, if she were to win the Republican nomination. Who is he?

Dwayne Wade saved his best for when Miami needed it the most. He had 32 points and Lebron James had 33 as the Heat won Game 4 of the NBA Finals last night, 109-93. The series is at 2-games apiece. Game 5 is Sunday.

The Seattle Storm is in Atlanta tonight. Sunday, they're at Connecticut.

Football season is coming up and there are some changes on the way. No purses any larger than a clutch are being allowed at Seahawks games this season and beyond, thanks to a new stadium security policy across the entire NFL. Only clutch bags "approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap," are being allowed through the CenturyLink Field gates. That word from the Seahawks yesterday. The NFL's new security policy also limits the size and material of other bags that fans can take into the Clink. Other than clutches, the only bags allowed must be made of clear plastic, vinyl or PVC, and can't be any bigger than 12-by-6-by-12 inches. One-gallon freezer bags, such as Ziplocs, are also being allowed. If you plan on going up this year, it's probably a good idea to check the Seahawks website for a complete list of approved and prohibited items.

The Mariners are in Oakland for three starting tonight. They move on to Anaheim for four with the Angels starting Monday.

The Tacoma Rainiers are in Sacramento tonight through Monday.

Today is the Army's Birthday, marking creation of the US Army, the first military service, by the Continental Congress on June 14th, 1775. Today is Flag Day, a part of Flag Week in the US, marking adoption of the Stars & Stripes on June 14th, 1777. Today is Family History Day, time to share recollections with other family members. Today is National Strawberry Shortcake Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower signed an order adding the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance. In 1965, Paul McCartney recorded Yesterday, a song whose working title was Scrambled Eggs. Also in 1965, in New York's Columbia studios, Bob Dylan recorded Like a Rolling Stone. In 1970, Grand Funk Railroad spent 100-thousand dollars on a block-long billboard in New York to advertise their single Closer to Home. In 1971, the world's first Hard Rock Café opened in London. In 1976, The Gong Show debuted on NBC. Host Chuck Barris introduced amateur acts, the worst of which were gonged by a panel of judges. In 1995, the Columbus, Ohio, police received 20 complaints that a Ted Nugent concert there was too loud. Nevertheless, Ted refused to turn down the volume, as he was within the legal noise limits. In 1997, a 1939 comic book that featured the debut of Batman was auctioned in New York for $68,500.

After hearing from Kurt Cobain and Nirvana fans across the United States, Aberdeen is keeping the words "Come as you are" on a welcome sign. Mayor Bill Simpson announced at this week's City Council meeting the sign will stay. The mayor received more than 300 emails after reports that the reference to a Nirvana song would be dropped when the sign is replaced. "Come as you are" was added to the "Welcome to Aberdeen" sign in 2005 following the 10-year anniversary of Cobain's 1994 death in Seattle. Cobain grew up in Aberdeen. While the city plans to replace the aging sign, there are no plans to change the message.

Jennifer Lopez is not returning to the next season of American Idol. Despite telling Ryan Seacrest that she's "always open to infinite possibilities," a source revealed to E! News that it's not going to happen. Season 13 of the competition seems blurry as Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson and Mariah Carey have retired from their judging seats. The show's producers, Nigel Lithgoe and Ken Warwick, have recently been fired as well. Fox is aiming to revamp the show completely due to increasingly poor ratings.

According to Variety, TV nudity is on the rise. A study released from the Parents Television Council shows that between January 1st and April 26th of this year, there was a 70 percent spike in blurred or pixilated nudity on primetime broadcast television shows. The PTC report also indicates that NBC and ABC account for 88 percent of the full nudity on primetime TV.

A church in Sheboygan, Wisconsin is taking a new approach to welcoming worshippers into their flock. The congregation at Wesley United Methodist now allows pets on Sundays. Reverend Ann Bullis explained to the Sheboygan Press, "Dogs go to heaven. What would heaven be without our dogs? Heaven is supposed to be a happy place." A handful of church members started bringing their pups to pray without too many complaints from the non-pet-owning folks. It must be working, as attendance has grown recently.

The writer-actor-director Lake Bell has a love of movie trailers. She admits, "I'm a trailer fanatic." That love is partly what inspired her to write In a World..., a film about the voice-over industry. It debuted at Sundance earlier this year and has gotten positive reviews thus far. So now we get to watch a trailer for a movie about trailers.

Not only does Google know a lot about us by our Internet searches, but they now claim they can predict how well a movie will do at the box office before it hits theaters. The company just completed a study it calls Quantifying Movie Magic with Google Search and in a blog post, they say box office numbers can be predicted with up to 94 percent accuracy starting four weeks out. Google looks for how many searches a movie's trailer gets in addition to how many "paid clicks" the movie's ads get online. Title searches and theater counts are taken into consideration, too. The Hollywood Reporter says this info can help film studios better market their movies.

A recent study (Duke School of Medicine) reports gamers "see the world differently" than non-gamers -- the ability of the eyes and brain to track visual movement, which researchers discovered is much more acute amongst those who called themselves "very intensive gamers."

A new study has found that only five percent of people who use the bathroom washed their hands correctly. Fifteen to 20 seconds of vigorous hand washing with soap and water is required in order to kill the infectious germs. Unfortunately, the average hand washing time is only six seconds. This study, done by Michigan State University researchers, noted that men were particularly bad at correctly washing their hands. Thirty-three percent did not use soap while 10 percent just didn't wash their hands at all.

Hashtags were rumored to be coming to Facebook earlier this year, but the site officially announced yesterday that it has added support for the popular Twitter and Instagram staple. Now whenever a Facebook user puts a hashtag in their status update or comment, it connects it to others talking about the same thing.

Pearl Russ finally had her dream come true. Only making it to eighth grade, she always wanted to get her high school diploma. So Wheatland Manor Care Facility where she lives in Iowa decided to give her a graduation ceremony. Russ -- who's 101 -- even got to dress in complete graduation attire.

Scientists are excited about finding a sixth layer to the human eye's cornea. Previously, it was thought that there were only five. Six layers. Do you realize the importance of this? If so, please explain it to me because I have absolutely no idea.

Trivia Answer: The Donald -- Donald John Trump, Sr. -- who is 67 today. He' the chairman and president of The Trump Organization and the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts. His extravagant lifestyle, outspoken manner, and role on the NBC reality show The Apprentice have made him a well-known celebrity. Trump's net worth is controversial: In 2013, Forbes put it at $3.2 billion. As early as 2005, however, New York Times writer Timothy L. O'Brien questioned the accuracy of the Forbes figure: He quoted a Forbes editor stating that the magazine "work[ed] hard to ensure the accuracy of its data but that it also [relied] on information provided by those whom it surveys", and that Trump would "constantly [call] about himself and [say] we're not only low, but low by a multiple." While the magazine put Trump's 2004 net worth at $2.6 billion, O'Brien's 2005 article references three unnamed business associates of Trump who "thought his net worth was somewhere between $150 million and $250 million." After the publication of the article, Trump unsuccessfully filed a libel lawsuit against O'Brien; it was dismissed in 2009. In the lawsuit it was revealed that in 2005, Deutsche Bank valued Trump's net worth at $788 million, to which Trump objected. In April 2011, amidst speculation whether Trump would run as a candidate in the US presidential election of 2012, Politico quoted unnamed sources close to Trump stating that, if Trump should decide to run for president, he would file "financial disclosure statements that [would] show his net worth [was] in excess of $7 billion with more than $250 million of cash, and very little debt." (Presidential candidates are required to disclose their finances after announcing their intentions to run.) Since Trump did not run as a candidate in the elections, this disclosure did not take place.

Thursday 6.13.13
Today's Trivia: They played Michelle Tanner on Full House. Who are they?

The Seattle Mariners just refuse to win three in a row. They managed to snag defeat from the jaws of victory last night. Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge wasn't ready to make a change at closer in the immediate aftermath of last night's 6-1 loss at the hands of the Houston Astros. But after yet another blown save by Tom Wilhelmsen, Wedge is being forced to re-evaluate his options. Wilhelmsen has blown four saves in his last nine opportunities. It was the first win this season for Houston when trailing after eight innings. The Astros were 0-and-38 when trailing after eight innings entering last night. A travel day for the Ms today as they head to Oakland for a weekend series with the As.

Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer, the principal investors in the prospective Seattle basketball ownership group, have reportedly started "productive" talks with the NBA for securing an expansion team. Expansion seems to be the preferred option for Hansen's group, which lost its bid last month to acquire the Sacramento Kings and relocate them to Seattle. There appears to be a "working plan" to bring the NBA back to Seattle, according to KGO Radio in San Francisco. Hansen had recently said that the process would resume after the NBA Finals, which are currently in progress. Yet it now seems that negotiations may have already started. Or perhaps talks never ceased. After all, reports indicated that even before the NBA's Board of Governors rejected Hansen's Kings acquisition on May 15th

Speaking of those NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs are up 2-games-to-1 over the Miami Heat heading into tonight's game. Game 4 tips off tonight at 6 in Texas on ABC.

Today is Kitchen Klutzes of America Day, honoring those who are dangerous in the kitchen. Ice Cream Days begin today in LeMars, Iowa, the ice ceam capital of the world. From the city's website: Here's the scoop… Le Mars, Iowa - The Ice Cream Capital of the World". Officially designated as such in 1994, Le Mars has been the home to Wells Enterprises Inc. , makers of Blue Bunny® brand ice cream, since the company's founding by Fred H. Wells, Jr., in 1913. Today, more ice cream is produced in Le Mars, Iowa, by a single company than in any other city in the world.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1966, in a case involving 23-year-old Ernesto Miranda, the US Supreme Court granted criminal suspects the right to remain silent and to have an attorney present during questioning. Miranda was retried, convicted, sent back to prison, paroled, and stabbed to death during a 1976 card game in Phoenix. In 1991, an Atlanta firm paid $2.4-million for an original copy of the US Declaration of Independence in New York. A flea market buff had found the document stuffed in the frame of a $4.00 painting. In 1995, Alanis Morissette released Jagged Little Pill. In 1997, Michael Jordan scored 39 points as the Chicago Bulls beat the Utah Jazz 90-86 to win their fifth NBA championship in seven years In 2005, Michael Jackson was acquitted of all charges in his child molestation trial.

Here's the perfect Father's Day gift for dads-to-be in Buenos Aires : a "pregnancy belt" that lets expectant fathers feel their babies kicking in real time. The belt, developed by Huggies Argentina , looks like a typical fake pregnancy belly -- but it replicates a baby's kicks from mom's belly to dad's belly. The belt is synched with an accompanying belt worn by the mother. 

Uber-producer Jerry Bruckheimer is still trying to get a sequel to Top Gun made. The project suffered a setback last year when Tony Scott, the man who helmed the original film back in 1984 and the person charged with bringing a sequel to the big screen, committed suicide by jumping off of a bridge. Bruckheimer says that Tom Cruise is still very enthusiastic about the project and is committed to seeing it fly onto the silver screen in the near future.

Kevin Bacon recently revealed that he turned down a role in the 2011 Footloose remake. According to NME, Bacon, whose career launched into the stratosphere back in 1984 after he played the rebellious dancing teen Rem McCormack in the original Footloose, said at first he was excited about playing a part in the remake. However, he explained that his enthusiasm quickly turned sour when he read the script, saying, "It was a lousy part. I was McCormack's father, which I don't mind, but he was just a miserable prick. I honestly think I would have done a disservice to the film. There was no point to me being in the movie." Although Bacon didn't care for the role that was written for him he did say that he liked the remake overall.

Mel Gibson could be the next action star to sign on to the upcoming Expendables 3 film. According to Showbiz411.com, Gibson was offered a chance to direct the Expendables 3 earlier this year but turned it down, but he is now said to be in final negotiations to board the third film in the popular franchise as the villain. Expendables 3 is shaping up to be the biggest action film of all time with virtually every action star from the 80's and 90's making an appearance. If everything works out, the Academy award winner will be joining fellow new cast members Jackie Chan, Steven Seagal, Wesley Snipes, Nicholas Cage. The Expendables 3 is slated to start production this summer. Sylvester Stallone has reportedly even approached Clint Eastwood about appearing in the Expendables 3.

We all know math can be scary, but to one group of sixth graders it's been taken to another level after being shown the grisly horror film Saw in class. According to a French radio station, the instructor at the French middle school told his class, "This will be your first horror film," before playing the R-rated flick. So far, the teacher has only been suspended for one day because of the incident. A father of one of the 11-year-old students in the class said his son returned home "visibly in some discomfort" and "not well."

Loverboy is on tour again for a trek that keeps them on the road through the fall, and at many of the shows, they'll share the stage with other big named classic rock bands. During the jaunt, the guys are playing with Night Ranger, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, and Pat Benatar. The closest the guys are coming to us -- at least right now -- is coming up August 30th in Salem, Oregon when they play the Oregon State Fair

Sara Bareilles and One Republic are heading out on the road this summer for a co-headlining tour. There are currently 13 dates scheduled and the tour kicks off in Morrison, Colorado on August 29th and plays Monday, September 2nd at the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville.

The Voice revealed its final three contestants on Tuesday night. The show kicked off with a performance by Fall Out Boy of their new single, Light Em' Up. The three finalists battle it out on next week's season 4 finale on NBC.

Daft Punk's Get Lucky as it would have sounded in every decade from the 1920s to the 2020s.

Trivia Answer: Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen who are 27 today. In 1987, at the age of six months, the twins were cast in the role of Michelle Tanner on the ABC sitcom Full House. They began filming at nine months old. In order to comply with child labor laws that set strict limits on how long a child actor may work, the sisters took turns playing the role. The Olsens continued to portray Michelle throughout the show's run, which concluded in 1995. The sisters became co-presidents of Dualstar on their 18th birthday in 2004. Upon taking control of the company, Mary-Kate and Ashley made moves to secure the future of the company by releasing products that appealed to the teen market, including home decoration and fragrances. The Dualstar brand has been sold in more than 3,000 stores in the United States and over 5,300 stores worldwide. The Olsens have appeared on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list since 2002; in 2007, Forbes ranked them -- together -- as the eleventh-richest women in entertainment, with an estimated net worth of $100 million. 

Wednesday 6.12.13
Today's Trivia: He's best known for his role as Eliot Weston on Thirtysomething. Who is he?

A pleasant surprise at Safeco last night. Not that the Mariners won. They were supposed to. They were playing the Houston Astros for cryin' out loud. No, the surprise was tgat Aaron Harang pitched a complete-game two-hit shut-out -- his second shutout of the season. The Ms got a 4-0 win over the Astros. Raul Ibanez hit his team-leading 13th home run -- his second in as many nights -- in the sixth inning. It was his 74th career home run at Safeco Field, the most by any player. The Astros have been shut out a league-high seven times. Ms and Astros wrap up the series tonight at 7:10.

After a flurry of reports yesterday, the Mariners made it official yesterday afternoon, calling up highly touted catcher Mike Zunino.  That  after saying in the past couple of weeks they would not promote the 22-year-old University of Florida product. He was the first player taken by Seattle in the 2012 amateur draft and the third player selected overall. To make room for Zunino on the roster, the Mariners designated Brandon Bantz for assignment. Zunino is the first position player from Seattle's 2012 draft class to reach the big leagues. There's much speculation that Zunino will get the start tonight as Jeremy Bonderman, who spent most of the Spirng at Tacoma being caught by Zunino, starts tonight.

Danny Green made seven of the Spurs' Finals-record 16 3-pointers, Tim Duncan had 12 points and 14 rebounds and the Spurs clobbered the Miami Heat 113-77 last night to take a 2-games-to-1 lead in the series. It was the third biggest victory in Finals history. Game 4 is tomorrow night.

It's official. Tim Tebow is "tebowing" with the Patriots. After being cut from the Jets in April, the 25-year-old has signed with the New England Patriots. According to CBS New York, the deal will reunite him with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. McDaniels drafted Tebow in 2010 when he was head coach for the Denver Broncos. Giants co-owner Steve Tisch told the New York Post that Patriots coach Bill Belichick will find a way to "turn Tim into a huge asset."

Today is Independence Day in Russia, celebrating the election of 1991, the first popular election in Russia's 1,000-year history. Russians elect Boris Yeltsin as the president of the republic. Today is Crowded Nest Awareness Day, to focus attention on adult children returning home for either financial or emotional reasons.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1939, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated in Cooperstown, New York. In 1965, Queen Elizabeth honored the Beatles by making them members of the Order of the British Empire. Several British Army officers were so outraged, they returned their medals. In 1965, Sonny and Cher made their television debut on Dick Clark's American Bandstand. In 1967, the US Supreme Court struck down state laws prohibiting interracial marriages. In 1985, David Lee Roth confirmed he was leaving Van Halen. In 1994, the bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were found in pools of blood in Los Angeles. Miss Simpson's ex-husband, O.J. Simpson, was charged in the stabbings, then acquitted, but held liable in a civil court action. In 2000, a construction worker at a police station in Downey, California, found a wallet in the men's room that had been stolen in 1957. The wallet, wedged between a cast-iron sink and a wall, was in good condition and contained the female owner's driver's license, Social Security card, photos of children and a check for $107. Police had moved into the building in the 1990s.

It's spring and love is in the air. A North Carolina couple is living proof you can find love just about anywhere. Susan and Wayne Brandenburg's love story started as Wayne went through Susan's checkout line at their local Walmart store. Over the next few weeks, Wayne would visit over and over again, bringing her lunch every day once they were officially dating. So, of course, when the two sixty-somethings decided to swap vows they picked the Walmart layaway section to hold the ceremony -- and everything from the cake to the decorations came from the store shelves. Susan told CNN, "I feel thankful to Wal-Mart for bringing us together. It's the best thing that ever happened to me in my life." Then there was the couple from Newark, New Jersey. They said their "I do"s this past weekend in their local IKEA. Shirley and Berkeley Stewart met in the frames aisle of the IKEA eight years ago when her daughter spotted him and told her mom, "Oh, he's cute." They tell NJ.com that for about an hour Shirley and her daughter chased him around to try and find out if he was single. They eventually swapped numbers and just this past weekend they swapped vows at the same place they first crossed paths. The officiant who married the couple said during the ceremony, "They found love in the photo department."


Its been 70 years but Abbot & Costello called it.

Cher is performing on the fourth season finale of The Voice next Tuesday night. It's her first live TV performance in a decade and she's singing her new single, Woman's World. -- the title-track off her upcoming album, which is set to be released on September 24th.

Billy Joel now has one less house but a few million dollars more. According to TMZ, the Piano Man has sold his seven-bedroom, eight-and- a-half bathroom Miami mansion for just under 14-million dollars. It had been on the market for 14.75-million dollars since May of 2012 and was bought by Diego Della Valle, owner of Tod's shoes and a majority shareholder in Saks Fifth Avenue. Billy paid 13.5-million bucks for the place in 2006, but after fees and commissions, he''ll lose some money on the deal.

When Jimmy Fallon joins the The Tonight Show on NBC in February, the show is getting a slightly different name. When Jay Leno steps down, the show will go from The Tonight Show With Jay Leno to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. According to the Huffington Post, NBC may be going "classic" with the change as the show included "starring" as opposed to "with" when Johnny Carson was the lead man. Lorne Michaels is executive producing the new Tonight Show.

That NSA whistleblower was staying in a Hong Kong hotel but checked out and then disappeared.

Want a good night's sleep? It could be time to sleep apart from your spouse. There is a lot of evidence that sleeping apart is gathering popularity -- at least in the U.S. The National Association of Home Builders says it's expects 60% of new homes to have dual master bedrooms by 2015.

Jane Lynch and her wife, Dr. Lara Embry, are getting a divorce. The couple met in 2009 and announced their engagement in April 2010. They were married Memorial Day 2010.

Tom Petty's intimate Saturday night show at LA's Fonda Theatre was shut down early. According to Rolling Stone, 90 minutes into the show, the singer was summoned to the side of the stage and told that the venue was over capacity. He returned to the stage, jokingly asking if a hundred people would voluntarily move to the balcony or leave, and some of the Heartbreakers raised their hands to kiddingly imply they would. The show went on with a rousing edition of Melinda, but after that, the fire marshal shut the concert down. After the house lights came on and the audience was ushered out, angry fans could be seen outside yelling at the fire marshal. Petty later released a statement saying the band was "as frustrated" as fans are and they were investigating the situation.

It turns out Buzz Aldrin hates Tang. Who would have thought that the second man to walk on the moon disliked the orange flavored beverage that was a staple on NASA's space missions during the 60's and 70's? Aldrin revealed his hatred of the drink during the taping of Spike TV's Guys Choice Awards this past weekend while he was presenting an award to Felix Baumgartner, the Austrian skydiver who broke the record for highest altitude skydive last year. During the presentation, Buzz blurted out, "Tang Sucks!" We're thinking Buzz was a little jealous that Baumgartner, who is sponsored by Red Bull, got paid millions by the beverage company for his space jump while Aldrin never got a dime from the makers of Tang for having to slurp up the orange concoction during his space travels.

From our "sometimes people suck" department: three men were arrested with a truck full of copper wire, scrap metal, and other items from homes destroyed by the May 20th tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. The three men told police they came hundreds of miles -- all the way from Virginia -- for the sole purpose of looting in the disaster area.

And more evidence that you need not be smart to be a criminal. A Florida man suffered serious burn injuries Sunday evening while using a shop vac to siphon gasoline from a vehicle. A resulting garage fire caused $20,000 damage to the house.

Trivia Answer: Timothy Busfield who turns 56 today. In 1994, Busfield starred in the film Little Big League. He also appeared in Field of Dreams with Kevin Costner. Point of interest: Busfield is a baseball lover and amateur athlete. He has moonlighted as a semi-pro pitcher for the Sacramento Smokeys. In January of this year, it was announced that Busfield had become engaged to actress Melissa Gilbert (Half-pint on Little House on the Prairie) over the holiday season. They were married this past April 24th in a private ceremony in Santa Barbara, California.

Tuesday 6.11.13
Today's Trivia: Then 34-year-old director Steven Spielberg reportedly drew on his own experiences as an unusually imaginative, often-lonely child of divorce for this film released on this date in 1982. What's the movie?

Hisashi Iwakuma allowed only an unearned run in seven innings and the Seattle Mariners beat Houston 3-2 last night, sending the Astros to their fifth straight defeat. Seattle tries to make it six when the same two teams meet up again tonight at Safeco. First pitch at 7:10.

Of course, last night's game shouldn't have been that close. The Ms were playing Houston after all. And had their number two guy pitching for them. It brought to mind some comments from Art Thiel writing at sportspressnw.com over the weekend after the Ms had dropped one to the Yankees. Art noted that "in the traditional Mariners way of diminished expectations, the 3-1 defeat was actually almost respectable."

Big news around lunch time today -- the Mariners have yet to make it official -- as several reports have the the club calling up catcher Mike Zunino. The 22-year-old University of Florida product was the first player taken by Seattle in the 2012 amateur draft and the third player selected overall. Zunino -- if it pans out -- becomes the first position player from Seattle's 2012 draft class to reach the big leagues. Zunino has played just 91 minor league games and -- again, if it pans out -- arrives in the majors almost exactly one year after the Mariners drafted him.

The NBA Finals betwixt the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs is tied at a game apiece. Game 3 is tonight in San Antonio.

Today is American Idol Day. The show debuted on this date in 2002. The first American Idol was Kelly Clarkson (see more on Idol below). Today is National Feed the Ducks Day. Today is National German Chocolate Cake Day. Today is Corn on the Cob Day. National Auto Service Professionals Week is underway through Sunday.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1969, David Bowie released his single Space Oddity to cash in on that month's Apollo 11 lunar landing. In 1972, Hank Aaron tied the National League record for 14 grand-slam home runs in a career. In 1976, AC/DC kicked off their first headlining tour of Britain. Also in 1976, Wild Cherry released Play That Funky Music. In 1979, actor John Wayne died at age 72 after a 15-year battle with cancer. In 1992, major-league baseball approved the purchase of the Seattle Mariners by a Japanese group headed by the president of Nintendo. In 1998, online retailer Amazon.com announced that they planned to sell music as well as books. In 2002, Paul McCartney and Heather Mills were married in a remote Irish castle.

Swedish producer Per Blankens is taking the lead on a revamped season of American Idol. That word from the show's production company yesterday, after long-time British producer Nigel Lythgoe said he was fired from the show due to falling ratings. Lythgoe, who is the creator and judge of Fox's So You Think You Can Dance competition show, tweeted over the weekend "just had 10 days in the Bahamas, rain everyday. I get back to the States and get fired. Sad!" In a follow-up statement yesterday, Lythgoe said he was sad to be leaving a great team. "If the executives that are now in charge of 'American Idol' believe that the ratings will improve with my departure, I have no complaints. It has been a great ride and I've loved every moment of it." His departure comes after judges Mariah Carey, Nikki Minaj, and Randy Jackson announced they were leaving the show, along with Fox's reality programming chief Mike Darnell, who is leaving the network at the end of June.

The Goo Goo Dolls' new album, Magnetic, is finally in stores and available online today. The disc is the band's first album since 2010's Something for the Rest of Us and includes their hit single, Rebel Beat.

New research claims men don't mature until they're 43 -- 11 years after women. But at least men know they take more time to grow up. In the same study, men were nearly twice as likely to describe themselves as immature than were women, with one in four men believing they are actively immature.

According to a new study, 35% of designated drivers have had something to drink.

Yet another study reports that 77% of workers who have a Facebook account use it during work, and for some that means spending up to 2 hours on the site.

Hillary Clinton launched her Twitter account yesterday. Her bio on the social network reads: "Wife, mom, lawyer, women & kids advocate, FLOAR, FLOTUS, US Senator, SecState, author, dog owner, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, glass ceiling cracker, TBD..."

The longest word in the German language and perhaps the world has been nixed. The 65 letter word, Rindfleischetikettierungsueberwachungsaufgabenuebertragungsgesetz, referred to a law passed in 1999 that delegated beef label monitoring. However, according to the Huffington Post, the law was removed because regulations have changed in the European Union. Now, the longest German word is just 36-letters long. Back here in the US, our longest word is 45-letters long. Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis refers to a type of lung disease.

Trivia Answer: The science-fiction classic E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, which was released on this day in 1982. From the time E.T. had its first showing, on closing night at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival, the film's buzz was overwhelmingly positive. TIME magazine even included the fictional alien in its list of candidates for Man of the Year -- the first film character to receive that honor. Nominated in nine categories at the 1983 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, the film won four Oscars, for Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Original Score and Best Sound. E.T. eventually raked some $435 million. It ranks at No. 9 on the all-time domestic gross list.

Monday 6.10.13
Today's Trivia: He's a retired Hall of Fame football quarterback. He was somewhat of an unknown when he accepted the scholarship offer from the University of Oregon. Things were quite different after the All-Pac 8 quarterback's career where he set 19 school records, including those for career passing yardage (5,995) and total offense (5,871). He was inducted into the University of Oregon Hall of Fame in 1992. He was drafted in the third round out of the University of Oregon in 1973. He played his entire NFL career with the team that drafted him. Who is he?

The New York Yankees had a tiebreaking RBI single in the ninth inning and the Yanks beat the Seattle Mariners 2-1 yesterday. Mariano Rivera allowed two hits and a walk in the bottom of the ninth in finishing for his 23rd save in 24 opportunities this season and majors-best 631st of his career. Rivera has converted 37 of 39 save chances in his career against Seattle. This is Rivera's farewell season. The Yankees won the season series over the Mariners, 4-3. The Ms host the Houston Astros for three starting with game one tonight at 7:10.

Lamar Neagle was everywhere for the Seattle Sounders Saturday night. Neagle set up their first goal, was the man taken down in the penalty area that led to their second, then scored the third one himself -- the game-winner in the 81st minute -- to cap a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps in front of 53,679 fans at CenturyLink Field.

LeBron James overcame a terrible start to finish with 17 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists and the Miami Heat rolled to a 103-84 victory over the San Antonio Spurs last night to even the series at a game apiece. Game 3 is tomorrow night in San Antonio.

Rafael Nadal of Spain made history yesterday, winning his eighth French Open championship, the most Grand Slam men's singles titles at one event. Nadal defeated countryman David Ferrer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1944, in baseball, 15-year-old Joe Nuxhall of the Cincinnati Reds became the youngest player ever in a major-league game. In 1966, Big Brother and The Holding Company performed for the first time with their new lead singer Janis Joplin. In 1975, The Eagles released One of These Nights. In 1976, in Seattle's Kingdome, Paul McCartney and Wings played for a crowd of 67-thousand people, setting an indoor attendance record. In 1977, James Earl Ray escaped from Brushy Mountain State Prison in Petros, Tennessee, but was recaptured on June 13th. In 2003, the Spirit Rover was launched, beginning NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission. In 2004, Ray Charles died of complications resulting from liver disease. He was 73.

Low-budget horror film The Purge scared up $36.4 million in ticket sales to lead the domestic box office in its first week in domestic theaters, zooming past the car-racing action film Fast & Furious 6 which finished second. The Purge was made for $3 million by the producer of the low-budget Paranormal Activity horror series. It's a futuristic story of the United States in 2022 in which the government reduces crime by allowing almost all crime to go unpunished during a 12-hour "purge" period. Part science fiction, part horror film, The Purge was dismissed by critics but eagerly awaited by horror fans. In third place was the comedy heist caper Now You See Me. The Internship, a comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson based on the antics of nerds in search of a job at internet giant Google, finished fourth. Epic rounded out the top five.

Kinky Boots won six Tony awards last night including the top award of best musical and a prize for its composer, Cyndi Lauper, as Broadway presented its top honors. Lauper won best score for her first Broadway musical, an adaptation of a British film about a struggling shoe factory reinventing itself by making boots for drag queens. The hit musical topped the nominations with 13 and also won best actor in a musical for Billy Porter, best choreography, orchestrations and sound design. A tearful Lauper said "I can't say I wasn't practicing in front of the shower curtain for the past couple of days," and went on to "thank Broadway, for welcoming me." The best play Tony was won by "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," a crowd-pleasing comic riff on Anton Chekhov's work by veteran playwright Christopher Durang that stars Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pierce. The show at Radio City Music Hall and broadcast on CBS. It opened with host Neil Patrick Harris leading a lavish, satirical production that ... well, watch it for yourself:

Archie, from the Archie comic book series is making his way to the big screen. According to Deadline.com, the classic comic, which debuted back in the 1940's, is set to get a modern makeover with Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore attached to the live action film. The project is being billed as family comedy and should start ramping up production later this year as soon at the script is completed.

Comedy legend Mel Brooks was honored with the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award at a gala event late last week in Hollywood. According to E! News, special guests Amy Poehler, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and more were on hand to toast Brooks. The 86-year-old is one of the few celebrities to have achieved an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award. A tribute to the comedian airs on TNT on Saturday.

Technology is supposed to make life easier, but hundreds of emails packing inboxes each day are stressing folks out. A study conducted on 30 government employees found that 83 percent of them became more stressed when using their email. That number increased to 92 percent when they were simultaneously using their phones and emails. According to The Telegraph, stress levels peaked when their inbox was nearly full. There is good news though. Organizing emails into specific folders has shown a decrease in stress. Of course, you can do what I do. I set aside about 30 minutes a day and spend that time hitting the delete button ... and unsubscribing.

Trivia Answer: Daniel Francis Fouts -- Dan Fouts -- who turns 62 today. That team that drafted him was the San Diego Chargers. He was one of the most prolific passing quarterbacks during the Golden Age of the 70s and 80s. Fouts helped lead the Chargers to the playoffs from 1979 to 1982 and twice to the AFC title game (1980 and 1981). He led the league four times in passing yards; ending his career with over 40,000, the third player to surpass that landmark. The Chargers were unable to make it to the Super Bowl during his fifteen year career. Fouts was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993. He is currently a color commentator for NFL games on CBS.

Friday 6.7.13
Today's Trivia: Contrary to urban legend, this actor -- following a successful run as a teenage television star on Leave it to Beaver -- did not grow up to become porn star John Holmes or rock star Alice Cooper, or die in the Vietnam War. After his child acting career, he served 18 years as an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, joining in 1970. Who is he?

Aaron Harang was coming off consecutive strong starts that gave the Seattle Mariners optimism one spot in the back end of their rotation might be settled. Then came last night when Harang couldn't make it out of the third inning. Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer and Mark Teixeira followed with a solo shot as part of New York's six-run third inning. The Yankees win it 6-1. Game two tonight at 7:00.

The San Antonio Spurs knocked off the Miami Heat 92-88 in game one of the NBA Finals last night.

The Seattle Storm hosts Tulsa in their second home-game of the year. Tip-off tonight at 7

The Seahawks have declined to be the featured NFL team in this year's Hard Knocks television series by HBO. The program follows an NFL team every summer through training camp. Since 2001, the show has featured the Baltimore Ravens, the Dallas Cowboys, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Cincinnati Bengals and the New York Jets. Last year, Hard Knocks followed the Miami Dolphins as they prepared for the 2012 season. Most NFL teams didn't seem that interested in having a camera crew inside the locker room -- the Seahawks said "no thanks," too, when they were reportedly approached by HBO. No surprise Seattle said no again this year. Hawks' General Manager said, "We understand the interest in this show, but would not want to bring a ton of attention to ourselves." Not like there isn't a ton of national attention on the Seahawks already.

Today is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day. It's also Native American Appreciation Day. Today is National Doughnut Day, always the first Friday in June. National Doughnut Day honors the Salvation Army "Lassies" of WWI. It is also used as a fund raiser for needy causes of the Salvation Army. The original Salvation Army Doughnut was first served by Salvation Army in 1917. During WWI, Salvation Army "lassies" were sent to the front lines of Europe. These brave volunteers made home cooked foods, and provided a morale boost to the troops. Often, the doughnuts were cooked in oil inside the of the metal helmet of an American soldier. The American infantrymen were commonly called doughboys. Salvation Army lassies were the only women outside of military personnel allowed to visit the front lines. look to see if your local doughnut shop, or other organizations, are offering free donuts to solicit donations for the Salvation Army or for another needy cause. If you find them, be generous. Today is Betamax Day, marking Sony's introduction of the first videocassette recorder on this date in 1975. It sold for $995 and eventually disappeared as consumers preferred VHS-format VCRs, introduced later.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1924, the ruthless criminal Joey Chill shot and killed millionaire Thomas Wayne while Wayne's wife Martha watched in horror, then died of a heart attack. The couple's son, Bruce Wayne, dedicated himself to fighting crime as the caped crusader Batman. In 1972, the musical Grease opened on Broadway. The '50s style musical lasted through April 13th of 1980 for 3,388 performances. In 1993, Sam Phillips, Chuck Berry, Billy Joel and Pete Townshend were all on hand as the ground was broken for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Also in 1993, the artist once upon a time known as Prince changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol. In 2004, the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Calgary Flames 2-1 in playoff game seven to win their first Stanley Cup.

Cops do not believe Paris Jackson intended to kill herself, despite her hospital visit being classified as a suicide attempt. Law enforcement sources told TMZ that the 15-year-old simply "wanted attention." The conclusion was reached when it was discovered that Paris called a suicide hotline after taking a large amount of Motrin and cutting her wrists with a butcher knife. The person she spoke to immediately notified 9-1-1. Bullying may have been the cause of this incident. An insider told Hollywood Life that Paris felt like an outsider at school and possessed very few true friends. There are also reports that the daughter of Michael Jackson had been bullied on Twitter as well. After arriving at the hospital around 2 AM, Paris received stitches for her severed wrists and was placed in a 72-hour psychiatric hold.

Al Pacino was this close to playing Hans Solo in the original Star Wars film but decided to pass on the role because he just didn't "get it." Pacino discussed the decision at an event in London last week called, An Evening With Al Pacino. The Academy Award –winning actor told the audience that director George Lucas told him that the role was his for the taking and said he ultimately passed on the part because he didn't understand the script or the concept of "the force." Maybe Al might change his mind about appearing in the popular scifi franchise and pop up in J.J. Abrams' upcoming Star Wars film that's set for release in 2015.

In theaters this weekend: The Internship (PG-13) and The Purge (R). Man of Steel opens in a week and there's a new trailer.

If you're a fan of both Paul McCartney and Stephen Colbert, you better sit down. The Beatle great is appearing on an hour-long episode of The Colbert Report on Wednesday. Paul is not only chatting with the host but also performing songs featured on his current Out There tour and on his recent reissue of Wings Over America. Of his upcoming guest, Stephen said, "I think this McCartney kid's got something special and I'm going to put him on the map." Check it out Wednesday night on Comedy Central.

The TSA previously said it would allow such things as knives and golf clubs aboard planes but has now reversed its position.

Decades of studies show the long-term cost benefits of dollar coins over paper money, but the US still hasn't switched. Once again, lawmakers in the Senate are making the push to gradually make the transition from print. John McCain, Tom Harkin and a few others have introduced -- again -- a plan to phase out the old paper dollar.

Trivia Answer: Ken Osmond who turns 70 today. He's best known for his role as Eddie Haskell on the original Leave It to Beaver television show which ran on CBS in 1957 and 1958 and then on ABC from 1958 to 1963. During his time with on the LAPD, he worked in vice, in narcotics, and as a motorcycle officer. He grew a mustache to help secure his anonymity. He was placed on disability and eventually retired after being hit by three bullets while in a foot chase with a suspected car thief. He was saved by his bulletproof vest and belt buckle. He still receives a medical disability pension from the LAPD. Osmond returned to acting in 1983 reprising his role as Eddie Haskell in the made-for-television movie Still the Beaver, which followed the adult Cleaver boys, their friends, and their families. The Still the Beaver television movie was a success and lead to the revival comedy series The New Leave It to Beaver which premiered the following year. The show ran for four seasons from 1984 to 1989. On the show, Osmond played Eddie Haskell, Sr. while his character's two sons, Freddie Haskell and Edward 'Bomber' Haskell Jr., were played by Osmond's two real-life sons, Eric and Christian. Osmond makes personal appearances at film festivals, collectors' shows and nostalgia conventions. He has been married to his wife Sandy since 1969. Since his retirement, Osmond handles rental properties in the Los Angeles area. 

Thursday 6.6.13
Today's Trivia: He is a former World No. 1 tennis player from Sweden. Between 1974 and 1981 he won 11 Grand Slam singles titles. He won five consecutive Wimbledon singles titles and six French Open singles titles (an Open Era record second only to Rafael Nadal). He is considered by many to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Who is he?

Look at us. Made it up to 81 here in Oly on Sunday. Topped out at 80 yesterday. Should see about 79 this afternoon.

The Mariners and Chicago White Sox went 13 innings without scoring a run and then the Sox erupted for five runs in the 14th seemingly putting the game away. But the Mariners manufactured a run on an Endy Chavez RBI single, then Kyle Seager stunned the baseball world with a grand slam to tie it up at 5. It was Seager's first career slam. In the end, the Sox, who didn't get a runner to second base until the ninth, outlasted the Mariners in a 7-5 16-inning classic at Safeco in front of a few hundred remaining from a crowd of 20,139. Chicago's victory, its first in nine games, denied Seattle a sweep and ended one of the more remarkable games in Mariners history. It lasted five hours, 42 minutes. And the Ms still haven't won three-in-a-row since the beginning of May. The Mariners open a four-game series with the New York Yankees tonight at the Safe. It's the Yankees' only visit this season. The Mariners close out the 10-day, 10-game home stand by hosting Houston in a three-game series Monday through Wednesday.

Game 1 of the NBA Finals is tonight on ABC-TV. The San Antonio Spurs are at the Miami Heat.

The Seattle Storm hosts Tulsa tomorrow night at 7:00.

Today is National Applesauce Cake Day. Today is National Yo-Yo Day, marking the birthdate of businessman Donald F. Duncan Sr., who manufactured the Duncan Yo-Yo in the early 1900s. Today is the anniversary of D-Day. In 1944, before dawn, 2,727 ships of every description converged on Normandy, carrying 2-million tons of war materials, including tanks, armored cars, trucks, jeeps and half-tracks and 155,000 fighting men the first day. Today is Helicopter Day. The first helicopter was tested in Berlin on this day in 1936.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1872, Susan B. Anthony led a group of women to register and vote in a Rochester, New York, election. She was arrested, tried, and sentenced to pay a fine. She refused to pay and was released by a judge who was afraid she'd appeal to a higher court. In 1933, Richard Hollingshead opened the world's first drive-in movie on 10 acres off Wilson Boulevard in Camden, New Jersey. The screen was 40 by 30 feet. Admission was 25 cents per car plus another quarter for each passenger. In 1971, after 23 years, The Ed Sullivan Show was cancelled. Gladys Knight and the Pips were the last musical guests. In 1984, Tetris, one of the best-selling video games of all-time, was released. In 1992, Pete Townshend won a Tony for Best Original Score for the Broadway production of Tommy.

The $590 million Powerball jackpot was claimed yesterday morning and by 84-year-old Gloria Mackenzie, who plans to share the money with her son. Florida Lottery officials say Mackenzie took the single lump-sum payment of about $370.9 million before taxes. Officials say she is the largest sole lottery winner in U.S. history. She did not speak to reporters outside lottery headquarters, leaving in a silver Ford Focus with family members.

Michael Jackson's 15-year-old daughter, Paris Jackson, is said to be "doing okay," after being hospitalized yesterday morning. TMZ was first to report that Paris tried to commit suicide, while Paris' biological mother, Debbie Rowe, told Entertainment Tonight she indeed had "cuts on her wrist." An attorney for Michael Jackson's mom says that Paris is physically fine and is getting appropriate medical attention.

Trish Staine of Duluth, Minnesota, had no idea she was pregnant while she was training for a half marathon recently. After a training run she began having back pain and went to the doctor. They found a second heartbeat. Two days later, Staine gave birth to a baby girl.

A study in the British Medical Journal says if you need an operation, don't schedule it for the end of the week. They analyzed 4 million planned surgeries and found the death rates were 44% higher on a Friday, and 82% higher on a weekend. They can't put their finger on exactly why.

Taylor Haberman has been looking forward to graduation for months, but she has been stuck in a hospital bed in Gainesville, Florida on a waiting list for a heart transplant. Streetlight, a nonprofit organization that helps adolescents with serious illnesses, brought her graduation to her. They set up five cameras in her hospital room so she could see the graduation take place and her classmates could see her. According to First Coast News, one of Taylor's sisters walked a "virtual Taylor" via iPad onto the stage to accept her diploma. Earlier this year, the staff at Shands Hospital cheered up the senior by throwing her a "prom" in her room. Meanwhile, Haberman tells ABC being on the transplant list is a "waiting game."

The National Weather Service says El Reno, Oklahoma, dodged a big one Friday as the widest tornado ever measured in the US took a long detour around the city. The EF5 tornado, 2.6 miles wide and with wind speeds reaching 295 mph, touched down southwest of El Reno, making a semicircle for 40 minutes around the city.

Forecasters have announced the first named storm of the Atlantic season. Tropical Storm Andrea has formed over the Gulf and is approaching Florida.

Trivia Answer: Björn Borg who is 57 today. He was the first "rock star" of professional tennis and the first player to earn more than one million dollars in prize money in a single season (he did it in 1979).

Wednesday 6.5.13
Today's Trivia: He was a fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery fiction writer. Best known for his novel Fahrenheit 451 and for the science fiction and horror stories gathered together as The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man. Many of his works have been adapted into comic books, television shows and films. Who is he?

Made it up to 81 here in Oly yesterday. We're expecting more of the same this afternoon.

Raul Ibanez hit a two-run homer and a two-run double in his first two at-bats, and Felix Hernandez pitched with a comfortable lead for a change as the Seattle Mariners handed the Chicago White Sox their eighth straight loss with a 7-4 victory last night. The Ms have already won the series. Is a sweep in the works? Ms and Sox wrap up the series with a day-game today.

It's National Gingerbread Day. Today is World Environment Day, a day that focuses attention on important environmental issues. According to the United Nations World Environment Day is commemorated each year on June 5th. It is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action. Today is also National Attitude Day. It's National Shut Up Day, a day to give quiet people a chance to talk. Today is Family Yahtzee Day. You're encouraged to play at least one game.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1968, Senator and presidential candidate Robert Kennedy was shot and killed by Sirhan Sirhan in Los Angeles. The next day, The Rolling Stones amended their new song Sympathy for the Devil to reference the event. David Crosby was also inspired to write Long Time Gone in memory of the senator. In In 1975, The Ramones released their self-titled debut. In 1977, Alice Cooper's boa constrictor was bitten by a live rat it was being fed for breakfast. The snake died. Also in 1977, the Apple II computer, with 4K of memory, went on sale for $1,298. In 1989, Toronto's Sky Dome opened, but the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Blue Jays 5-3. In 1993, a New Jersey court ruled that a father had to pay for the legal defense of his two teenage sons, who were charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill him.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, several dates of the American Idol Live! Tour have been canceled. Nine dates on the tour have been either scrapped or rescheduled due to "production scheduling changes." Affected cities include St. Louis, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Detroit, Tulsa, Broomfield, Las Vegas, and Oakland. The tour begins on July 19th at ShoWare Center in Kent.

There may be hope for American Idol, which has been suffering from some lackluster ratings. Executives are working to revamp its judging panel and Jennifer Lopez wants in on it. The finale of season 12 was followed by news that Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson would not return as judges next season. A source told Radar Online that J.Lo's manager, Benny Medina, is in negotiations with Fox to bring Jenny back to the judge's table. Just last month, Jennifer told Entertainment Tonight that the door is not closed for an Idol return, following her gig as a judge on season 11. Other rumored judges include previous competitors Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, and Clay Aiken. Whether these celebrities will be judges or not, a network insider says the show is in need of an "overhaul."

A North Carolina woman discovered a long-lost love letter from the World War II era in her mailbox just a few days ago. The letter, written by Lt. Joseph O. Matthews, was addressed to his wife right around the time he was about to be shipped to Okinawa from North Carolina. Because both the man and his wife have since passed, the woman who found the very personal note got in contact with their son via Twitter! He's of course ecstatic to receive the letter, in which his father shared a reassuring message to his mother saying, "God is with you. I love you."

Jennifer Love Hewitt and Kate Winslet are both pregnant. It's Hewitt's first and Winslet's third.

According to The Associated Press, Bruno Mars' mother, Bernadette Hernandez, suffered a brain aneurysm and passed away Saturday. She was 55. Bruno is supposed to kick off his Moonshine Jungle World Tour on June 22nd. You too can send kind words to Bruno by tweeting @BrunoMars.

Tom Hardy, the actor who's best known for playing the brawny bad guy Bane in the most recent Batman movie, is being eyed to play Elton John in the upcoming biopic, Rocketman. HitFix.com says that the producers of the film are set on the English actor donning the singer's outrageous stage outfits and glasses but have yet to make an official offer. Rocketman is being produced by Elton John's film company, Rocket Pictures, and is set to enter production some time later this year.

The countdown continues for the Goo Goo Dolls' anticipated June 11th release of their new album, Magnetic. The band recently posted a photo to their Twitter promoting the album that reads, "out on my own, take me home," quoting one of their new songs, Caught in the Storm. Magnetic features their latest single, "Rebel Beat" in addition to 10 new songs and two bonus tracks. This will be the Goo Goo Dolls' 14th album.

Taco Bell has fired two employees involved in a picture that went viral showing one of them licking a stack of taco shells. The fast food giant issued a statement saying the employee who took the photo "no longer works there" while the guy in the photo has been suspended and is in the process of being fired.

Trivia Answer: Ray Douglas Bradbury who died one year ago today at the age of 91, after a lengthy illness. Bradbury is credited with writing 27 novels and over 600 short stories. More than eight million copies of his works, published in over 36 languages, have been sold around the world.

Tuesday 6.4.13
Today's Trivia: Three Dog Night was originally formed in 1967 by three vocalists. Can you name at least two of the three?

Lefty Joe Saunders -- Safeco Joe -- yielded one run over 6.1 innings and 41-year-old Raul Ibanez clubbed his 10th home run as the Mariners rebounded from that 10-nuttin' shellacking in Minnesota to pin a 4-2 defeat on the Chicago White Sox last night at Safeco. The Mariners and White Sox play the second of three tonight. In a match up of former Cy Young award winners, Felix Hernandez opposes Jake Peavy.

The Miami Heat beat the Indiana Pacers 99-76 to advance to NBA Finals for third straight year.

David 'Deacon' Jones, the original sackmaster, has died. The Hall of Fame defensive end was credited with terming the word 'sack' for how he knocked down quarterbacks. Jones died of natural causes at his home in Southern California last night. Jones was the leader of the Rams' Fearsome Foursome unit from 1961-71 and then played for San Diego for two seasons before finishing his career with the Washington Redskins in 1974. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980 and made the league's 75th anniversary all-time squad. Because sacks didn't become an official statistic until 1982, Jones' total is uncertain. His impact as a premier pass rusher and team leader is not. Deacon Jones was 74.

Today is Applesauce Cake Day. It's Old Maid's Day. The year was 1946 (or thereabouts). WWII was over, and millions of soldiers were returning home. There was a huge increase in marriages. Somewhere during this time, it was noted that there were plenty of Maidens waiting for the returning GIs. And, the ladies were not getting younger. The long war had disrupted and put on hold many relationships. And, many GIs did not return home. Dances and socials were held to bring together returning soldiers and the many available, unmarried ladies. It is from this occurrence that Old Maid's Day emerged. Today is National Hug Your Cat Day. I'm told cats need affection even though they act like they don't want it.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1967, Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz, and Mike Nesmith won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series for their TV show, The Monkees. In 1974, when the Cleveland Indians rallied to a 5-5 tie in the 9th, Cleveland's 10-cent beer night promotion resulted in chaos at the ballpark. More than 30 fans were arrested after a naked fan ran onto the field and picked a fight with one of the Texas Rangers. The Indians forfeited the game and most teams discontinued beer night promotions after that. In 1975, The Rolling Stones became the first Western rock group to actually collect royalties on albums sold in the Soviet Union. In 1984, Bruce Springsteen released the album Born in the U.S.A. In 2003, Martha Stewart was indicted on federal charges of using illegal insider stock information and obstructing an investigation. She immediately resigned as chairman and chief executive officer of her company. In 2003, Amazon.com announced it had received more than 1 million orders for the book Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which wouldn't even be released for two more weeks. 

It shouldn't come as a major shock to find out exercise fights off depression. A study out of Belgium found that the longer participants sat around doing nothing, the more their moods became negative. The reason is simple -- the more at rest we are, the more we self-analyze, and that's a recipe for depression flare ups.

Want to exercise but feel there's just not enough time? No more excuses. Another new study shows that just 12 minutes of intense exercise per week is enough to increase your fitness. According to a Yahoo report, this can even be split up into three weekly sessions of four minutes each. If you can do more, you should of course. The study suggests longer workouts of 16-minutes, three times a week as a better choice for those who really want to slim down.

I was proud when I got my one gallon pin but I pale by comparison.  A Florida retiree has donated 100 gallons of blood since 1977. Harold Mendenhall, who's 84, started giving blood when his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer decades ago, and he has never stopped.

According to a new study, one out of 13 people have ape-like feet.

If you have some time to kill, Google "atari breakout" then click "Images" on the results page.  Enjoy..

The Goo Goo Dolls hit a milestone late last week. The band now boasts two-million LIKES on their Facebook page.

Ten-year-old Tyler Schaefer received the shock of his young life after sliding open a drawer in his Kansas City, Missouri hotel room. The young man, staying with his father at the Hilton Airport hotel, found ten-thousand dollars left in the room. Tyler tells the Kansas City Star he looked through the drawers hoping "somebody might have left something cool." The boy and his dad turned the money into police, but according to Missouri state law, if no one claims the cash in seven months, the money is all theirs.

The Metro St. James Café in Sydney, Australia, has an interesting promotion for the month of June -- free coffee for kisses. The Pay With A Kiss promotion requires that couples kiss each other in order to receive their coffee for free from 9 to 11 each morning.

Many have noted that Daft Punk's Random Access Memories album has a distinct disco-era sound and feel to it (after all, on guitar is Nile Rodgers, perhaps best known as the lead guitarist and founding member of the band Chic). Well this confirms it: Get Lucky laid over clips from Soul Train. Daft Train has been birthed.

Trivia Answer: The three were Danny Hutton, Chuck Negron, and Cory Wells. Danny Hutton and Cory Wells are still with the group. The rock and roll lifestyle took its toll on Negron, and by 1976, Negron had a serious heroin addiction which began in the early 1970s. In July of 1975, the British music magazine, NME, reported that Negron had been arrested for cocaine possession in Kentucky. He overcame his addiction in September 1991. He also wrote a 1999 autobiography, Three Dog Nightmare. In the book, Negron attributes his recovery from heroin addiction to his turning to God in desperation, after dropping out of over 30 drug treatment facilities. Regarding that name, the official commentary included in the CD set Celebrate: The Three Dog Night Story, 1965–1975 says that Danny Hutton's then-girlfriend suggested the name after reading a magazine article about indigenous Australians, in which it was explained that on cold nights they would customarily sleep in a hole in the ground while embracing a dingo, a native species of wild dog. On colder nights they would sleep with two dogs, and if the night was freezing, it was a "three dog night".

Monday 6.3.13
Today's Trivia: This journalist, author, and television personality's mother is artist, designer, writer, and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt. During college, he spent two summers as an intern at the Central Intelligence Agency. Although he technically has no formal journalistic education, he opted to pursue a career in journalism rather than stay with the agency after school, having been a self-proclaimed life long "news junkie." After his first correspondence work in the early 1990s, he took a break from reporting and lived in Vietnam for a year, during which time he studied the Vietnamese language at the University of Hanoi. Who is he?

The Mariners had to make multiple roster moves in order to clear room on the major league roster for Kennewick native Jeremy Bonderman. All the flurry got them was a 10-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins yesterday at Target Field. Bonderman, making his first start since October 1st of 2010, and working on 975 days of rest, just wasn't up to it, sustaining a seven-run shelling that leaves his future with the club in doubt. The combination of Bonderman's ineffectiveness -- he allowed three home runs -- and anemic hitting throughout the lineup put this one out of reach by the fourth inning. The Mariners fell behind 3-0 in the second inning and watched Minnesota tally two more in each of the fourth, fifth and seventh innings and add a single in the sixth. Seattle has been blanked five times this season. Sunday's throttling was the second-largest margin of defeat in a shutout, following a 12-0 setback to the Angels May 21st. To make room for Bonderman, the Mariners placed Justin Smoak on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 30th, designated Vinnie Catricala for assignment, and traded minor league outfielder Francisco Martinez to the Detroit Tigers for cash considerations or a player to be chosen later. Closer Tom Wilhelmsen got the day off yesterday after suffering his third blown save in four chances Saturday. The Mariners start a 10-day, 10-game home stand tonight. The Chicago White Sox are in first for three.

Tanisha Wright scored 20 points to lead the Seattle Storm past the Phoenix Mercury 75-72 last night in Seattle's home opener. The Storm is back in action Friday night when they host Tulsa.

Actress Jean Stapleton, best known for her Emmy-winning role as the good-hearted housewife Edith Bunker in the groundbreaking 1970s television comedy All in the Family, died on Friday. The actress won three Emmys for her role as Edith, the long-suffering, unsophisticated but understanding wife of the reactionary and often racist Archie Bunker, played by the late Carroll O'Connor, in the hit TV sitcom. Stapleton appeared in All in the Family from 1971 to 1979, and continued her role for a time in the 1979 spinoff show Archie Bunker's Place. After All in the Family, Stapleton played former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt in a 1982 television movie, and had a supporting role in the 1998 romantic comedy You've Got Mail. She maintained a lifelong love of the theater, and in 1990, received the Village Voice newspaper's Obie Award for her performances in Harold Pinter's Off-Broadway plays Mountain Language and The Birthday Party. She spent a number of years living and working in Los Angeles, but returned to her native New York in 2002 to live permanently. Jean Stapleton was 90.

Today is Leave the Office Early Day. Today is National Doughnut Day and National Egg Day. It's National Itch Day, National Cancer Survivors Day, and National Trails Day, It's Casey at the Bat Day, the poem released on this date in 1888. It was published in the San Francisco Examiner. Today is Repeat Day. Repeat Day is an opportunity to do things over and over again. Repeat Day is an opportunity to do things over and over again. Hopefully you'll choose to repeat things you enjoy doing.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1889, the first long-distance electric power transmission line in the United States is completed, running 14 miles between a generator at Willamette Falls and downtown Portland, Oregon. In 1967, Jefferson Airplane appeared on American Bandstand and performed White Rabbit and Somebody to Love. In 1989, the government of China sends troops to force protesters out of Tiananmen Square after seven weeks of occupation.

Fast & Furious 6 kept racing at US and Canadian box offices, outpacing rival movies for a second straight weekend and finishing far in front of Will Smith's new sci-fi film After Earth. Fast & Furious racked up $34.5 million from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates. Comedy heist caper Now You See Me yielded a stronger-than-expected $28.1 million in its debut finishing second. The post-apocalyptic After Earth, starring Will Smith and his teenage son, Jaden Smith, placed third. Tied for fourth were the sci-fi sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, and animated family film Epic. The Hangover Part III captured fifth place.

Is your dog left- or right-pawed? Left handed dogs are more likely to be aggressive to strangers than those that are right-pawed. Australian researchers tested a group of dogs to see which paw they preferred to use for basic tasks and then analyzed their behavioral traits. They found while there was no link with levels of excitability or attention seeking, the animals which were 'left-pawed' were much more likely to act aggressively towards people they did not know.

The New York Office of Mental Health is selling on eBay a used morgue refrigerator from a Manhattan psychiatric ward. Last check on the auction website, the price was at $1,825. The eBay listing describes the refrigerator as "used" with "signs of cosmetic wear" but "fully operational." 

Trivia Answer: Anderson Hays Cooper who turns 46 today. He is the primary anchor of the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360°. The program is normally broadcast live from a New York City studio; Cooper, however, often broadcasts live on location for breaking news stories. Cooper has been a correspondent for the CBS News program 60 Minutes since 2007 while concurrently working at CNN.