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Monday 6.30.14
Today's Trivia: On this date in 1987, the Royal Canadian Mint introduced the $1 coin. It's commonly known as what?

Felix Hernandez allowed one hit over eight innings while striking out nine, and Robinson Cano backed him with a two-run homer in the Seattle Mariners' 3-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians yesterday. Fernando Rodney earned his 23rd save with a perfect ninth inning. The Ms are now off to Houston. Manager Lloyd McClendon says Taijuan Walker is making his season debut, starting tonight's game against the Astros.

Speaking of Taijuan, he received a minor-league honor when he was named Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week today. The league gave Walker the award for the week of June 23rd through the 29th after he posted a nine-inning shutout in the Tacoma Rainiers' 2-0 win against the Oklahoma City RedHawks on June 24th. In a game that took just two hours, the 21-year-old gave up just four hits and one walk, recording a season-high eight strikeouts. Walker is the first Rainiers player to earn the honor this season. It's the second time he has received weekly honors in his career, as the league honored him for the week of August 19th through the 25th in 2013.

By the way, today Kyle Seager today was named the American League Player of the Week award. He batted .583 in six games with two home runs, and eight RBIs for June 23rd through the 29th. This marks the second Player of the Week honor this season for Seager, who shared the award for April 21st through the 27th with Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox. This is the third weekly honor for a Mariner this season (Felix Hernandez won June 2nd through the 8th and marks the first time since 2006 (Raul Ibañez, Ichiro, Joel Pineiro) that the Mariners have had three Player of the Week awards in a season.

The short-handed Minnesota Lynx beat the Seattle Storm 74-69 last night. Sue Bird scored 21 points to lead Seattle. The Storm is now 7-and-11 and returns to action Thursday when they face Los Angeles at KeyArena. Start time is 7.

Today is Meteor Watch Day, a time to look to the skies for meteor showers. With a little luck, you can see a meteor just about any night of the year. But the best time to see meteors is during a meteor shower. There are a number of them each year. The best annual show is the Perseid Meteor shower each August.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1953, the first Chevrolet Corvette rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan. In 1966, the National Organization for Women, the United States' largest feminist organization, was founded. In 1971, Ohio ratified the 26th Amendment to the US Constitution, reducing the voting age to 18, thereby putting the amendment into effect. In 1997, the United Kingdom transfered sovereignty over Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China.

Birthdays: The frontman for The Little River Band, singer Glenn Shorrock is 70; Steve on Married…with Children, actor David Garrison is 62; actor and comedian David Alan Grier is 59; San Diego Padre manager Bud BBlack -- he's from Longview -- is 57; boxer Mike Tyson is 48; and Olympic swimmer -- he's won 22 medals, 18 of them gold -- Michael Phelps is 29.

We lost a couple over the weekend. Legendary soul singer and songwriter Bobby Womack died. Womack, who reportedly had battled both cancer and drug addiction, was suffering from Alzheimer's. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee wrote such hits as It's All Over Now, performed by The Rolling Stones. He also played guitar, backing up stars like Aretha Franklin. After a 20-year span in which Womack charted 36 singles, he disappeared from the music scene in 1990, only to reappear in 2009 and record a song for the Gorillaz's third album. Three years later, Womack released an album of his own, titled The Bravest Man in the Universe. Bobby Womack was 70. And actor Meshach Taylor, best known for his role as Anthony Bouvier in the hit sitcom Designing Women, died Saturday at his California home. Meshach Taylor was 67.

Transformers: Age of Extinction rules the box office.The fourth installment in filmmaker Michael Bay's morphing robots series earned $100 million in North America during its opening weekend, making it the biggest debut for a movie this year, bumping Captain America: The Winter Soldier and its $95 million debut. Rounding out the Top 5 for the weekend: No. 2 was 22 Jump Street; No. 3, How To Train Your Dragon 2; No. 4 Think Like a Man Too; and No. 5, Maleficent.

Trivia Answer: The Canadian one dollar coin is commonly called the loonie. It's a gold-coloured one-dollar coin introduced in 1987. It bears an image of a common loon, a bird which is well known in Canada, on one side and of Queen Elizabeth II on the other. The coin has become the symbol of the Canadian dollar: media often discuss the rate at which the loonie is trading against other currencies. The nickname loonie became so widely recognized that in 2006 the Royal Canadian Mint secured the rights to it. When the Canadian two-dollar coin was introduced in 1996, it was in turn nicknamed the "toonie" a mixture of "two" and "loonie".

Friday 6.27.14
Today's Trivia: He is 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 $3.5 billion in 2012, he is ranked by Forbes as the 134th-richest person in the United States. Who is he?

The Mariners were off yesterday. They kick off a weekend series with the Cleveland Indians tonight. Chris Young on the hill for Seattle.

Team USA lost to Germany 1-0 yesterday yet still advanced to the Round of 16. Art Thiel wrote this morning that the Americans "fell up" in the World Cup competition.  The Americans play the Group H winner, Belgium Tuesday in Salvador.

Yesterday afternoon, Hope Solo addressed her recent arrest for the first time since the Kirkland incident that led to misdemeanor assault charges against her. She took to Facebook to apologize for disappointing fans, teammates, and coaches, calling her alleged physical scuffle with her family last Saturday a "highly unfortunate incident." About the same time, her team, the Seattle Reign FC, issued a statement saying it will take no action against her pending the outcome of her case. However, the team said it will take action against her should she be convicted. Hope pleaded not guilty to two counts of fourth-degree assault Monday afternoon in Kirkland Municipal Court. She was released from custody and ordered not to contact the alleged victims, or possess or consume alcohol. Her next court appearance is scheduled for August 11th.

Birthdays: From The Beach Boys, singer Bruce Johnston is 72; from Designing Women, actress Julia Duffy is 63; writer-director J.J. Abrams is 48; Spider-Man/Peter Parker in the Spider-Man films, actor Tobey Maguire is 39; from Sixpence None the Richer, singer Leigh Nash is 38; and ... whatever she is ... Khloe Kardashian is 30.

Former Senate majority leader Howard Baker -- a key player in the Watergate hearings and once Ronald Reagan's chief of staff -- died yesterday. The Tennessee Republican's wife, former senator Nancy Kassebaum, and two children from his first marriage said this was a "time of sorrow and also a time for the celebration of a remarkable life." President Obama said Baker's role as the Great Conciliator won him admirers across party lines. Howard Baker was 88.

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.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1950, an eight-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, singer 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, who is the oldest baseball player to hit a grand slam home run in the major leagues? 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. In 2007, Tony Blair resigned as British Prime Minister, a position he had held since 1997.

Phil Collins said yesterday his music wealth helped him satisfy a boyhood fascination with the Alamo and that he is donating his extensive collection of artifacts from the 1836 battle for a museum at the Texas shrine. Collins said he became fascinated with the Alamo story when he was growing up in the 1950s watching the television series Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier starring Fess Parker. The series chronicled the frontier legend of Crockett, who eventually died as one of the defenders of the Alamo. Collins went on to amass the largest known private collection of memorabilia from the Texas Revolution and the Battle of the Alamo. The collection includes rare items such as a rifle owned by Crockett, as well as one of the original Bowie knives, made famous by Alamo defender Jim Bowie. The collection will be placed on a rotating-basis display at the Alamo, where the version of the battle often taught in schools holds that Crockett and the rest of the 160 men fighting in the battle for Texas independence were killed in combat. The collection begins arriving in Texas in the next few months.

None of us is getting any younger. Madonna's daughter Lourdes Ciccone Leon joins the student body at the University of Michigan this fall.

With wedding season in full swing, guests everywhere are asking the same question: How much money should I give the newlyweds? Though most guests will spend an average of $109 this year, the average cost nearly doubles to $200 if the recipient is a close family member, that according to the American Express Spending & Savings Tracker.

ABC executives cleaned house on the network's morning talk show, The View, leaving co-host Whoopi Goldberg as the lone holdover. Network management gave co-host Sherri Shepherd the boot in an afternoon meeting. Sources also said that former Playboy Playmate Jenny McCarthy, who replaced Elisabeth Hasselbeck in July but never clicked with viewers, is also out, as is executive producer Bill Geddie.

New in theaters this weekend: Transformers: Age of Extinction (PG-13)

Trivia Answer: Henry Ross Perot who turns 84 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 of 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.

Thursday 6.26.14
Today's Trivia: He's a retired football tight end who played for the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens. He's a Hall of Famer. He's also a former commentator for CBS Sports on its NFL telecasts. Who is he?

The Mariners won the series but couldn't quite complete the sweep against the World Champion Boston Red Sox. They fell in the fanale 5-4 last night. A rare off day at home today before they welcome Cleveland in for a weekend series starting tomorrow night.

Northwest product Tim Lincecum pitched his second no-hitter against the San Diego Padres in less than a year yesterday, allowing only one runner and leading the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 win. Lincecum threw 113 pitches for this win, using a big-breaking curve to set up his fastball. Last July 13th at San Diego, he threw 148 pitches while holding the Padres hitless. The Padres, incidentally, are the only franchise in the big leagues that has never pitched a no-hitter. Lincecum was born in Bellevue, went to high school in Renton, and played college ball for the Washington Huskies.

The US and Germany squared off in the World Cup this morning. The Americans reached the knockout stage of consecutive World Cups for the first time, just not the way the Americans wanted. Germany beat the US 1-0 in soggy Recife on Thomas Mueller's 55th-minute goal to win Group G, but the Americans held onto second place when Portugal defeated Ghana 2-1 in a game played simultaneously in Brasilia. The Germans, three-time World Cup champions, finished with seven points, while the US had four after allowing a 95th-minute goal against Portugal on Sunday in that 2-2 draw. Portugal also had four, but the Americans advanced from the so-called Group of Death because their goal difference was even and the Portuguese were minus three. The Americans play the Group H winner, likely Belgium but possibly Algeria, Tuesday in Salvador.

The Beast is about to be exposed. ESPN said yesterday that Seahawks’ running back Marshawn Lynch is appearing in its The Body Issue next month. Here’s what ESPN had to say: "The sixth annual edition of ESPN The Magazine's The Body Issue will feature 22 athletes posing nude, including five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams, 18-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, and Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder." The issue hits newsstands July 11th.

Birthdays: From The Clash, Mick Jones is 59; singer Chris Isaak is 58; she’s married to John McEnroe, from Scandal, singer Patty Smyth is 57; from Berlin, singer Terri Nunn is 53; Jack on Will and Grace, actor Sean Hayes is 44; actor Chris O’Donnell is 44; singer Gretchen Wilson is 41; baseball’s Derek Jeter is 40; and singer,songwriter, and producer, Ryan Tedder from OneRepublic is 35.

Eli Wallach died yesterday. Wallach appeared on the big screen well into his 90s in such films as Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer, and Oliver Stone's Wall Street sequel, as well as on the stage in more than two dozen Broadway shows. Theater marquees on Broadway are dimming tomorrow for one minute in memory of Wallach, whose first love was the stage. Despite the notable movies, Wallach said it was his portrayal of the villain Mr. Freeze on the Batman television show of the 1960s that generated the most fan mail. Eli Wallach was 98.

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 Greg Allman, but that 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. In 2013, the US Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and in violation of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Malaysia Airlines' missing Flight 370 probably flew south over the Indian Ocean on autopilot until it ran out of fuel and spiraled into the sea, Australian investigators said today. The conclusion has led officials to stake out a vast new search area 1,100 miles off the west coast of Australia. The plane went missing on a March 8th flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. A loss of cabin pressure might have left the crew unresponsive due to oxygen deprivation.

In a strong defense of digital age privacy, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled yesterday that police may not generally search the cellphones of people they arrest without first getting search warrants. Cellphones are powerful devices unlike anything else police may find on someone they arrest, Chief Justice John Roberts said for the court. Because the phones contain so much information, police must get a warrant before looking through them." Roberts said."Modern cellphones are not just another technological convenience. With all they contain and all they may reveal, they hold for many Americans the privacies of life."

In a major victory for cable and broadcasting companies, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that upstart Aereo could no longer stream network shows from a user's antenna to his or her home or mobile device without paying licensing fees. Aereo claimed it had the right to capture the signals and send them over the internet to the owner of each antenna, but the high court ruled that the service amounted to rebroadcasting, a violation of the broadcasters' copyrights.

Trivia Answer: Shannon Sharpe who turns 46 today. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and inducted on August 6th of 2011. Sharpe played 12 seasons for the Broncos (1990–99, 2002–03) and two years with the Ravens (2000–01), winning three Super Bowls and finishing his career as the NFL’s all-time leader in receptions (815), receiving yards (10,060) and receiving touchdowns (62) by a tight end until Tony Gonzalez surpassed all three of these records, including breaking his total yardage record on October 5th of 2008. Sharpe holds the distinction of being the first tight end ever to amass over 10,000 receiving yards. Shannon was also named a member of the NFL's first team All-Decade team of the 1990s. Sharpe was a commentator for CBS Sports, replacing Deion Sanders and co-hosting with James Brown, former NFL quarterbacks Dan Marino and Boomer Esiason, as well as former coach Bill Cowher. His critics said that his broadcasting skills were hurt by his poor grammar and enunciation of words. A satirical article on The Onion joked "CBS Producers Ask Shannon Sharpe To Use at Least 3 Real Words Per Sentence." On February 18th, 2014, it was announced that Sharpe, along with Dan Marino were being relieved of their duties as on-air commentators on The NFL Today and were being replaced by recent NFL retiree Tony Gonzalez. Sharpe now resides in Atlanta.

Wednesday 6.25.14
Today's Trivia: She was an actress and artist. A four-time Emmy Award nominee and six-time Golden Globe Award nominee. She rose to international fame when she posed for her iconic red swimsuit poster and starred as a private investigator a television series in 1976. In 1996, she was ranked No. 26 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV stars of All-Time. Who was she?

Kyle Seager had an RBI double in the first inning and hit a three-run homer in the fifth off Boston starter Jake Peavy as the Seattle Mariners won their fifth straight, 8-2 over the Red Sox last night. Despite a shaky performance from starter Erasmo Ramirez, the Mariners matched their longest winning streak of the season thanks to another offensive outburst. One night after putting up 12 runs on the Red Sox, Seattle hit two homers and handed Boston its fifth loss in six games. Seager's homer was his 11th of the season, 10 of those coming at Safeco Field. Mike Zunino followed with a solo shot as part of Seattle's four-run fifth inning. It was Zunino's 10th home run. The victory was Seattle's 15th in June and secured consecutive winning months for the first time since 2012. The Mariners at 42-and-36 are six games over .500 for the first time this season.

Art Thiel writing on SportsPressNW.com writes:

After scoring 20 runs in two games, winning five in a row, reaching a seasonal high point of six games above .500 with the best June record (15-8) in the majors despite a hefty chunk of the roster on the disabled list, it is becoming possible for reasonable people to take the Mariners seriously. There. I wrote it. Mock me as you will, and predict an eight-game losing streak.

The Mariners-Red Sox series finale is tonight at 7:10.

Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Pete Carroll, and the Seattle Seahawks themselves have been nominated for ESPY awards for their performances in 2013. Wilson is one of five nominees for Best NFL Player. Sherman is up for Best Breakthrough Athlete, having burst onto the national scene with both his clutch play and his loud mouth throughout Seattle’s Super Bowl-winning season. Carroll was nominated for Best Coach/Manager for his role in leading the Seahawks to their first-ever world championship. The Seahawks as a whole were nominated for Best Team overall, having finished the 2013 regular season with a 13-3 record, powering through the Saints and 49ers in the playoffs, and destroying the Broncos in the Big Game. No members of the Seahawks, however, were nominated for Best Championship Performance. ESPN’s ESPY awards are slated for July 16th. The show is being cablecast on ESPN from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, the new Madden cover was released:

Los Angeles Sparks coach Carol Ross let her team know she was upset after another poor third quarter. By the end of the game she called it their best of the season. The Sparks held the Seattle Storm to a season low in points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, in a 65-57 win yesterday. Seattle is now 6-and-10. The Storm is back in action Friday when they host Minnesota.

Birthdays: Maureen Robinson on Lost in Space, actress June Lockhart is 89; singer Carly Simon is 69; actor and comedian Jimmie Walker is 67; from Split Enz and Crowded House, Tim Finn is 62 Toto keyboardist David Paich is 60; Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is 60; actor Ricky Gervais is 53; singer George Michael is 51; and Nickelback bass player Mike Kroeger is 42.

Today is 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, 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.

The state patrol said yesterday that a couple of women broke into Gov. Jay Inslee's office at the state Capitol but apparently didn't realize whose office they were in. The pair apparently shimmied up a ledge and entered through a second-floor window June 15th. They took a Squaxin Island Tribe blanket, a Native American mask, a bottle of wine, and a ceremonial state patrol hat, according to the patrol. Other high-value items, including computers and cameras, were left alone. One of the suspects, 22-year-old Emily Huntzicker of Beaverton, Oregon, was arrested for investigation of second-degree burglary Monday night after she was pulled over on I-5 in Chehalis.The trooper noticed the ceremonial hat for troopers inside and found the bottle of wine -- empty -- on the floor. Huntzicker made an initial appearance in Thurston County Superior Court yesterday and was scheduled for an arraignment July 8th. She was ordered not to leave the state before then. WSP said the other suspect was arrested yesterday and she was expected to make a court appearance today. The patrol is investigating whether the window was left unlocked. The burglary was discovered the next morning when a state patrol cadet noticed the hat was missing and quickly reviewed surveillance video of two women entering through the window. The patrol says it didn't publicize the June 15th burglary because authorities didn't want to alert the suspects and give them the opportunity to destroy evidence.

Sorry Amazon, a Federal Aviation Administration memo says drones can’t be used to conduct business. Model aircraft are restricted from flying over populated areas, flying above 400 feet, or flying within five miles of airports. A model aircraft weighs 55 pounds or less and, according to the FAA, is flown for hobby or recreational purposes. It must be visible to its operator during flight. The FAA reviewed those restrictions and sought comment. Citing the Miriam-Webster Dictionary, the FAA said a hobby is a "pursuit outside one’s regular occupation engaged in especially for relaxation" and recreation is "refreshment of strength and spirits after work; a means of refreshment or diversion." It uses a small table to show which activities are considered "hobby or recreation" and which are "not hobby or recreation." In the not hobby or recreation column: Delivering packages to people for a fee. A footnote said if an individual offers free shipping in association with a purchase or other offer, the FAA would construe the shipping to be in furtherance of a business purpose, and thus, the operation would not fall within the statutory requirement of recreation or hobby purpose. That means that even if Amazon offered free shipping, as it does to Amazon Prime members, it would still be considered a commercial activity.

Bob Dylan's original, handwritten manuscript for "Like a Rolling Stone" sold for just over $2 million yesterday at Sotheby's rock and roll auction. The price for the 1965 annotated lyrics for "Like a Rolling Stone," considered one of the most influential songs in postwar music, makes it the most expensive rock music manuscript sold at auction. It shattered the previous record set in 2010 when John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for "A Day in the Life," the final track from the 1967 album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" sold for $1.2 million, according to Sotheby's. It was an anonymous private buyer.

Joan Lunden said yesterday she has been diagnosed with breast cancer and has already begun chemotherapy. Lunden made the announcement on ABC's Good Morning America, the show she co-hosted from 1980 to 1997. Lunden said the tumor was found only after an ultrasound exam. She will also undergo radiation treatment and surgery. Lunden said she expects to make a full recovery.

More from the world of ABC, Diane Sawyer is ending her five-year run as the anchor of World News. She's stepping out at the end of August and plans on taking on a new role, conducting in-depth investigations and enterprise reporting for future prime time specials, according to ABC officials. Sawyer is being replaced by David Muir who is expected to take over the broadcast on September 2nd, immediately after Sawyer’s departure and is substituting frequently for Sawyer this summer when she takes time off.

Trivia Answer: Farrah Fawcett. She began her career doing commercials and guest roles on television. Her breakthrough role came in 1976, when she was cast as Jill Munroe in the ABC series Charlie's Angels, alongside Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith. The show propelled all three to stardom, but especially Fawcett -- then married to Lee Majors and billed as Fawcett-Majors. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. She died on this date five years ago today, June 25th of 2009. She was 62 years old. The TV documentary Farrah's Story, chronicling her battle with the disease aired on NBC. For her work as a producer on the documentary, she posthumously earned her fourth Emmy nomination. The red one-piece bathing suit worn by Farrah in her famous 1976 poster was donated to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History on February 2nd of 2011. Also in 2011, Men's Health named Fawcett in its list of the 100 Hottest Women of All-Time, ranking her at No. 31.

Tuesday 6.24.14
Today's Trivia: History was made on this date in 1947 in the sky around Mount Rainier. What was the history making event?

Felix Hernandez threw seven strong innings to win for the first time since June 2nd, Logan Morrison hit two long homers, and the Seattle Mariners used a six-run fourth inning to rout the Boston Red Sox 12-3 last night. Seattle won its fourth straight after a weekend sweep in Kansas City. The Mariners finally provided Hernandez the run support lacking in his last three starts and battered right-hander John Lackey in his shortest outing since September 2011. Seattle had scored one run total while Hernandez was on the mound in his previous three starts. After falling behind early, Seattle blew the game open in the fourth, capped by Endy Chavez's bases-loaded triple off Lackey. Seattle sent 10 batters to the plate and scored three times with two outs. Ms and BoSox again tonight.

Birthdays: Father Delvecchio on Happy Days, actor Al Molinaro is 95; Karen MacKenzie on Knots Landing, actress Michele Lee is 72; guitarist Jeff Beck is 70; Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood is 67; UB40 singer Astro is 57; Tears for Fears bassist Curt Smith is 53; and singer Glenn Medeiros is 44.

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 1916, Mary Pickford became the first female film star to sign a million dollar contract. 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. In 2010, John Isner of the United States defeated Nicolas Mahut of France at Wimbledon, in the longest match in professional tennis history. It was longest measured both by time and number of games. The American 23rd seed defeated the French qualifier after 11 hours, and 5 minutes of play over three days, with a final score of 6–4, 3–6, 6–7, 7–9, 7–6, 7–3, and the final set 70–68, for a total of 183 games.

With a $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers hanging in the balance, a judge suggested yesterday that the terms of a family trust are clear enough to remove Donald Sterling as a trustee and allow his estranged wife to sell the team without his consent. At one point, the judge said the Sterlings' trust agreement is so unambiguous that "I could decide this case in five minutes." At the center of the volatile court battle are reports from three doctors who examined the 80-year-old Sterling and found he shows symptoms of early Alzheimer's disease and dementia. His lawyers argued he should be able to call his own experts at a trial set for July 7th. The judge said the trust agreement provides that if two doctors examined Sterling and found he lacked the capacity to manage his own affairs, he would be removed as a trustee. There is no provision to contest the decision, he said. "I don't know why you want the court involved at all," he told lawyers. But by the end of a hearing in probate court, the judge agreed to allow lawyers to submit written arguments and scheduled a hearing for June 30th ahead of the trial. Sterling's wife, Shelly, is trying to sell the team to former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer, whose offer expires Septemer 15th. NBA owners meet July 15th to vote on the deal.

Now there’s a date: The first group of some 20 retail marijuana stores are opening July 8th ... if it all goes according to the latest plans. The Liquor Control Board is planning to issue the first licenses Monday, July 7th, and those new licensees have to use the first 24 hours getting the marijuana into their store tracing program. Then they can open on the 8th, according to the LCB's Brian Smith.

Fox says it's bringing back the same trio of American Idol judges for the show's 14th season. The network announced yesterday that Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. are judging singers again in 2015, and Ryan Seacrest remains the host.This year's American Idol included the show's lowest-rated finale ever, part of a continuing ratings slide for the once-dominant TV series. Fox has shaken up the judges' panel in past years to try to boost viewership but is deciding to stay the course this time. The network is taking the show's downfall into account in scheduling, saying it's airing fewer hours next season, and in many weeks there will be just one episode instead of two. American Idol auditions are coming up in Uniondale, New York; Nashville, Tennessee; New Orleans; and San Francisco.

Filming has wrapped on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 2, the final chapter in the movie adaption of Suzanne Collins' dystopian young-adult novel trilogy. This marks the end of an era for franchise stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson. Even though film No. 4 is in the can, we still have to wait until November 21st to see Mockingjay -- Part 1.

Trivia Answer: Kenneth Arnold made what is generally considered the first widely reported unidentified flying object sighting in the United States. Arnold was regarded as a skilled and experienced pilot, with over 9,000 total flying hours, almost half of which were devoted to Search and Rescue efforts. On this date in 1947, while flying near Mt. Rainer, Arnold claimed to have seen nine unusual objects flying in the skies. Arnold originally described the objects' shape as "flat like a pie pan", "shaped like a pie plate", "half-moon shaped, oval in front and convex in the rear", "something like a pie plate that was cut in half with a sort of a convex triangle in the rear", or simply "saucer-like" or "like a big flat disk." He also described their erratic motion being "like a fish flipping in the sun" or a saucer skipped across water. From these, the press quickly coined the new terms "flying saucer" and "flying disc" to describe such objects, many of which were reported within days after Arnold's sighting. The US Air Force formally listed the case as a mirage. This is one of many explanations that have been disputed by critics. Researchers Jerome Clark, author of The UFO Book (1998) and Ronald Story, editor of The Encyclopedia of UFOs (1980). both argue that there has never been an entirely persuasive conventional explanation of the Arnold sighting. After his UFO sighting, Arnold became a minor celebrity, and for about a decade thereafter, he was somewhat involved in interviewing other UFO witnesses or contactees. By the 1960s, Arnold had little to do with UFOs, and eventually declined all interviews. On June 24, 1977, however, attended the First International UFO Congress to mark the 30th anniversary of the "birth" of the modern UFO age. Some of his comments there reflect his displeasure at the general ignorance concerning the matter: " … well, right here we’ve seen something, I’ve seen something, hundreds of pilots have seen something … in the skies. We have dutifully reported these things. And we have to have 15 million witnesses before anybody is going to look into the problem seriously? Well this is utterly fantastic. This is more fantastic than flying saucers or people from Venus or anything as far as I am concerned. " Arnold died in 1984 up in Bellevue.

Monday 6.23.14
Today's Trivia: He was an actor, game show host, and announcer. He hosted the original version of the talent show Star Search from 1983 to 1995. He co-hosted TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes with Dick Clark from 1982 to 1986. He also presented sweepstakes for the direct marketing company American Family Publishers. Who is he?

Impressive. The Mariners swept the Kansas City Royals over the weekend. Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon wanted to avoid using Fernando Rodney for a fourth consecutive day yesterday. But after Mike Zunino belted a hanging curve for a 402-foot home run in the seventh to break a 1-1 tie and three relievers kept Kansas City at bay over the next two innings, he had little choice but to tap his closer again. No problem. Rodney recorded his 21st save and third of the series as the Mariners won 2-1 to complete a sweep of the formerly hot Royals. It marked Seattle’s first series skunking in Kansas City since May of 2007, and more than salvaged a road trip that started with two brutal losses to fourth-place, anemic-hitting San Diego at Petco Park. The Mariners are now 40-and-36. That 40th victory didn’t come last season until July 8th. The Mariners are back at Safeco Field tonight to begin a six-game home stand against Boston and Cleveland. Felix Hernandez throws the opener tonight. After three against the Red Sox, the Mariners have a rare off-day at home Thursday before beginning a weekend set with Cleveland.

The US and Portugal fought to a 2-2 draw yesterday in the World Cup. Portugal still has hope for a spot in the second round. The last-second draw denied the Americans a spot in the second round, but it kept Portugal alive in the tournament. The United States now has four points in Group G, the same as Germany. Both Portugal and Ghana have one point. The Americans face Germany on Thursday, while Portugal takes on Ghana at the same time. The US can reach the round of 16 with a win or a draw against Germany depending on the outcome of Portugal and Ghana.

US women's soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo was arrested at a suburban Seattle home on suspicion of assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew over the weekend, but her attorney insisted that Solo herself was a victim in the altercation. Officers responded to her sister's home just before 1 o'clock Saturday morning after receiving a 911 call that a woman at the Kirkland residence was hitting people and that she refused to stop or leave. The Kirkland Police Department says they found Solo intoxicated and upset, saw injuries on her nephew and her sister, and arrested her after speaking with those present and determining that she was the primary aggressor. She was booked into jail for investigation of two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault. Solo appeared in court today and was released without bail. She was ordered not to have contact with the alleged victims and to not drink alcohol. Solo has won two Olympic gold medals for the US women's national team. She also plays with the Seattle Reign of the National Women's Soccer League. In 2012, she married former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens. Her next court appearance is scheduled for August 11th.

Camille Little scored 22 points and Sue Bird added 21 as the Storm edged the Mystics 89-86 in overtime at home last night.

Birthdays: Gary Ewing on Knots Landing and Dallas, actor Ted Shackelford is 68; Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is 66; from American Idol, Randy Jackson is 58, Marge Gunderson in Fargo, actress Frances McDormand is 57; singer KT Tunstall is 39; and singer Jason Mraz is 37.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1917, in a game against the Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox pitcher Ernie Shore retired 26 batters in a row after replacing Babe Ruth. It was his most famous game, against the Washington Senators, the first game of a doubleheader at Fenway Park. Ruth started the game, walking the first batter, Ray Morgan. As newspaper accounts of the time relate, the short-fused Ruth then engaged in a heated argument with apparently equally short-fused home plate umpire Brick Owens. Owens tossed Ruth out of the game, and the eve more enraged Ruth then slugged the umpire a glancing blow before being taken off the field; the catcher, Pinch Thomas, was also ejected. Shore was brought in to pitch, and came in with very few warmup pitches. With a new pitcher and catcher, runner Morgan tried to steal but was thrown out. Shore then proceeded to retire the remaining 26 Senators without allowing a baserunner, earning a 4–0 Red Sox win. For many years the game was listed in record books as a perfect game, but officially it is scored as a no-hitter, shared by two pitchers. Following the game, Ruth paid a $100 fine, was suspended for ten games, and issued a public apology for his behavior. In 1926, the College Board administered the first SAT exam. In 1969, Warren Burger was sworn in as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court by retiring Chief Justice Earl Warren. In 1969, IBM announced that effective January 1970 it was pricing its software and services separately from hardware thus creating the modern software industry. In 1972, Title IX of the United States Civil Rights Act of 1964 was amended to prohibit sexual discrimination to any educational program receiving federal funds. In 2013, Nik Wallenda became the first man to successfully walk across the Grand Canyon on a tight rope.

The Las Vegas ensemble comedy Think Like a Man Too topped a slow weekend at the summer box office with $30 million, besting blockbuster holdovers from last week and Clint Eastwood's new Four Seasons musical Jersey Boys. The Kevin Hart sequel Think Like a Man Too narrowly edged out 22 Jump Street, which earned $29 million in its second week of release. How to Train Your Dragon 2 slid to third plae. Jersey Boys, Eastwood's adaptation of the Tony-winning Broadway musical about Frankie Valli's group, opened in fourth place. Maleficent rounded out the Top Five. The box office gets a boost next weekend when Transformers: Age of Extinction opens. The film, the fourth in the franchise and featuring a revamped cast led by Mark Wahlberg, is expected to be one of the summer's biggest grossers.

A recent study from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics has found that the average American spends only 19 minutes a day reading. Those 34 and under are reading less than ten minutes a day.

Trivia Answer: Edward Peter McMahon, Jr. -- Ed McMahon -- who is most famous for his work on television as Johnny Carson's sidekick and announcer on The Tonight Show from 1962 to 1992. McMahon and Johnny Carson first worked together as announcer and host on the daytime game show Who Do You Trust? from 1957 to 1962. McMahon and Carson left the show to join The Tonight Show in 1962. For more than 30 years, McMahon introduced the Tonight Show with that drawn-out "Here's Johnny!" Entertainment Weekly named McMahon one of the greatest "sidekicks." McMahon annually co-hosted the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon. He performed in numerous television commercials, most notably for Budweiser. In the 1970s and 1980s, he anchored the team of NBC personalities conducting the network's coverage of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. McMahon appeared in several films, including The Incident, Fun With Dick and Jane, Full Moon High, and Butterfly, as well as briefly in the film version of Bewitched. By the way, it was American Family Publishers not, as is commonly believed, its main rival Publishers Clearing House that Ed worked for. McMahon died on this date in 2009 -- five years ago today -- at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. His nurse said he went peacefully. No formal cause of death was given, but McMahon's publicist attributed his death to the many health problems he had suffered over his final months. Then Tonight host Conan O'Brien paid tribute to McMahon on his show later that night, saying "It is impossible, I think, for anyone to imagine 'The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson' without Ed McMahon. Ed's laugh was really the soundtrack to that show." O'Brien added that McMahon, with Carson, created "the most iconic two-shot in broadcasting history. There will never be anything like that again".

Friday 6.20.14
Today's Trivia: She is best known for her portrayal of Jaime Sommers in the 1970s television series The Bionic Woman (for which she won an Emmy Award), though she has maintained a lengthy career in a variety of other film and television productions since. Who is she?

Rookie Jesse Hahn pitched seven strong innings and pinch-hitter Chris Denorfia singled in the go-ahead run in a four-run seventh for the San Diego Padres, who rallied for the second straight game to beat the Seattle Mariners 4-1 yesterday. The light-hitting Padres salvaged a split of the four-game season series by winning consecutive games. The Mariners beat the Padres in Seattle on Monday and Tuesday. The Mariners are now off to Kansas City where they open a three-game series tonight. Hisashi Iwakuma is starting tonight.

Danielle Adams hit a 3-pointer with 6.5 seconds left in regulation to tie it and scored five points in overtime to lift the San Antonio Stars to an 87-82 win over the Seattle Storm last night. The Storm hosts Washington Sunday. Congrats, by the way, to Sue Bird. She's become the first WNBA player with 2,000 assists and 4,000 points.

The gaudiest memento of NFL success -- a Super Bowl championship ring -- was delivered last night to the Seahawks at a private ceremony at the Experience Music Project in downtown Seattle with Usher as the featured entertainment. Invited were all the members of the championship team, coaches, executives and staffers who had roles in the Seahawks’ first championship. A Seahawks release said the ring design, made by Tiffany & Co., came from several meetings that included owner Paul Allen, coach Pete Carroll, general manager John Schneider, president Peter McLaughlin and others. The three-day mini-camp has concluded and the Seahawks are now off for five weeks until training camp begins July 24th or 25th.


Birthdays: Actor Martin Landau is 86; actress Olympia Dukakis is 83; actor Danny Aiello is 81; Martin on Frasier, actor John Mahoney is 74; Beach Boy Brian Wilson is 72; singer Anne Murray is 69; former host of This Old House, Bob Vila is 68; singer Lionel Richie is 65; actor John Goodman is 62; former bassist and founding member of Van Halen, Michael Anthony is 60; Duran Duran bassist John Taylor is 54; and actress Nicole Kidman is 47.

Gerry Goffin, a prolific and multi-dimensional lyricist who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such hits as Will You Love Me Tomorrow, '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, 'Up on the Roof, and The Loco-Motion, died yesterday at his home in Los Angeles. Goffin, who married King in 1959, penned more than 50 top 40 hits, including Pleasant Valley Sunday for The Monkees, Crying in the Rain by The Everly Brothers, Some Kind of Wonderful for The Drifters and Take Good Care of My Baby by Bobby Vee. King and Goffin divorced in 1968, but Goffin kept writing hits, including Savin' All My Love for You for Whitney Houston. Goffin and King were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three years later. Gerry Goffin was 75.

The summer solstice heralds the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. This year, the solstice for us happens tomorrow at 3:51 in the morning. 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 1893, Lizzie Borden was acquitted of the murders of her father and stepmother. In 1963, the so-called "red telephone" was established between the Soviet Union and the United States following the Cuban Missile Crisis. 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 blockbuster 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.

In theaters this weekend: Jersey Boys (R); Think Like A Man Too (PG-13); The Rover (R, moving to wider release).

Yo now has over 200,000 users. Have you heard of Yo? It's a new app that does one thing: Sends "Yo" notifications to your friends. And it already has over 200,000 users. The app has already received $1 million in funding and is free for iOS and Android users. Despite being released on April Fool's Day the company says it's not a joke.

Trivia Answer: Lindsay Wagner who turns 65 on Sunday. She attended high school in Portland, Oregon, and was a graduate student at the University of Oregon. In 1975, Wagner played the role of Jaime Sommers, a former tennis professional who was the childhood sweetheart of Six Million Dollar Man, Colonel Steve Austin (played by Lee Majors). In a second-season two-part episode, her character is critically injured in a skydiving accident and equipped with bionic implants similar to Col. Austin's, but her body rejects them, ultimately leading to her death. This was intended to be Wagner's last role under her Universal contract, but public response to the character was so overwhelming that the "death" was reworked into a cover story for a near-death secret recovery, and Wagner appeared in a two-part episode which returned her character, followed by a spin-off series The Bionic Woman, which debuted in January 1976. The role earned Wagner an Emmy Award for "Best Actress in a Dramatic Role" in 1977. Following the cancellation of The Bionic Woman in 1978, Wagner continued to act, predominantly in television mini-series and made-for-TV movies. Wagner continued to act in the 1990s and 2000s, though in less prominent roles. In the fall semester of last year, she began to teach at San Bernardino Valley College in southern California, teaching a course called Acting and Directing for Television and Film, Motion Picture Production.

Thursday 6.19.14
Today's Trivia: His and his partner's single reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart last year. It was the first time since 1994 that a song reached number 1 on the Hot 100 without the support of a major record label. Then their second single also reached number one making this guy and his partner the first duo in history to have their first two singles hit the top. Who is he?

What exasperated the Mariners Friday happened all over again last night -- deja vu all over again -- Groundhog Day -- another brilliant outing by their ace wasted. For nearly seven innings, Felix Hernandez was flawless against the Padres. He made one mistake -- a wild pitch in the sixth -- that left a pivotal blemish on his outing. The bad pitch with a runner on third and two outs proved costly for Hernandez and the Mariners in a 2-1 loss in San Diego in the third of a split four-game series. Not only did the pitch tie the score at 1, it changed the momentum of the game. Through five innings, Hernandez was as brilliant as he was in his 15-strikeout performance in Tampa Bay. After allowing a single to begin the game, Hernandez retired the next 15 batters, striking out nine. But in the sixth, a leadoff infield single halted the King’s rhythm....and then came the wild pitch. Hernandez worked one more scoreless frame before manager Lloyd McClendon went to the bullpen. Felix allowed one run on three hits and struck out 10, the fourth time this season he posted 10 or more strikeouts in a game. The Ms and Padres wrap up the series this afternoon.

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw threw a no-hitter last night in an 8-0 win against the Colorado Rockies.

Tempers flared during the second day of the Seattle Seahawks' minicamp yesterday, with cornerback Richard Sherman and wide receiver Phil Bates in the middle of a heated scuffle. Yesterday's practice became more intense after wide receiver Bryan Walters caught a pass and appeared to injure his shoulder falling while being closely defended by safety Earl Thomas. That started heated words between the offensive and defensive players. On the next play, Bates and Sherman locked up, both having their helmets knocked off and arms flailing before teammates separated the pair. Thomas, Percy Harvin and Doug Baldwin were all jawing back and forth as well. Coach Pete Carroll called the team together. By the end of practice, all the players involved were shaking hands and laughing about what happened. Thomas said, "We're all so competitive if you press one wrong button, everybody will clear the benches."

Birthdays: Writer Salman Rushdie is 67; Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show, actress Phylicia Rashad is 66; from Heart, singer Ann Wilson is 64; actress Kathleen Turner is 60; singer and dancer Paula Abdul is 52; and cartoon cat Garfield is 36.

Today is Juneteenth. It commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the US 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 is 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. The celebration was 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 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 In 1997, Bobby Helms, who recorded Jingle Bell Rock, died at age 63. In 1998, Sinead O’Connor opened the second annual Lilith Fair down in Portland.

A developer who mistakenly built a $1.8 million waterfront house on park land has been ordered to remove it. The Rhode Island Supreme Court found that the home, built by developer Four Twenty Corp., was built entirely on land owned by the Rose Nulman Park Foundation, and therefore must be removed. The developer began building the home in 2009, but didn't discover the error until 2011. It argued it should not be penalized for an innocent surveying mistake. The court said the park's property rights outweighed that. It's not known whether the unoccupied house can be moved or will have to be torn down.

Americans ate about 1.1 billion bacon servings during the 12 months ended April 2014. That's a 6% increase in servings over the previous year. That's a pretty nice bump in bacon consumption when you consider that between May 2013 and May 2014, the average retail price for a pound of sliced bacon increased 18.8% to $6.05.

Trivia Answer: Ben Haggerty -- better known by his stage name Macklemore -- who turns 31 today. His partner is Ryan Lewis. Thrift Shop was the first number one and Can't Hold Us was the second. The pair was nominated for seven Grammy awards at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, winning four including Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance. Haggerty was born and raised in Seattle. He attended Garfield High School. He earned a bachelors degree from The Evergreen State College in 2009.

Macklemore is a fan of the Seattle Mariners. He dedicated his song My Oh My as a tribute to sportscaster Dave Niehaus, who died in November 2010, with a performance before 50,000 fans who attended the 2011 Mariners Opening Day at Safeco Field. He has acknowledged baseball and hip hop music as not being intrinsically linked. He said, "a bunch of people that are Mariners fans probably don't consider hip hop, like, real music still. He also supports the Seattle Seahawks. In fact, Russell Wilson tweeted best birthday wishes this morning.

Wednesday 6.18.14
Today's Trivia: He was a film critic, journalist, and screenwriter. He was a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until his death last year. He also published more than 20 books and dozens of collections of reviews. Who is he?

Considered a bust only five months ago, and still considered one by many including yours truly, and all but written off by GM Jack Zduriencik, Jesus Montero made the first start of his major league career at first base yesterday and muscled a two-run homer in the second inning that sent Roenis Elias and the Mariners on their way to a 6-1 win over the feeble San Diego Padres at Safeco Field. Many contributed to Seattle’s 10th win in 16 games. Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer in the fifth, Kyle Seager added a bases-loaded double in the seventh, Elias rebounded nicely from a 6-3 loss to the Yankees, and rookie James Jones continued to impress at the top of the order. Jones went 3-for-5 (his 10th multi-hit game), stole a base and scored a run. The three-hit game was Jones’ second of the season and the stolen base his 11th, tops among American League rookies. He is batting .349 over his last 10 games. The Mariners and Padres play the first of two in San Diego tonight. Felix Hernandez is pitching tonight. After closing out against San Diego tomorrow, the Mariners head to Kansas City for a three-game weekend series with the Royals.

Russell Wilson had his cooperative nature confirmed by writers who regularly cover the NFL when they named the Seahawk the winner of the 10th annual Good Guy award. The Pro Football Writers of America annually selects a player whose qualities and professional style help pro football writers do their jobs. Wilson is the first Seahawks player to win the award and the sixth quarterback.

By the way, Marshawn Lynch reported for the first day of Seattle Seahawks mini-camp yesterday after reports that he would skip this week’s mandatory practice sessions. He's not practicing, however, because of a sore ankle.

Birthdays: Baseball's Lou Brock is 75; Sir Paul McCartney is 72; actress Isabella Rossellini is 62; actress Carol Kane is 62; singer Alison Moyet is 53; and The Voice judge, singer Blake Shelton is 38.

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. Ice Cream Days begin today in LeMars, Iowa. 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 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 one 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, 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.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled a major new product in Seattle today. He introduced a new smartphone closely tied to the products and services Amazon sells, while adding such touches as the ability to render images in 3-D. The Fire phone shares many characteristics found in other Amazon devices. The home screen has a carousel of recently accessed apps, for instance. There's also X-Ray for supplemental content and Mayday for live tech support. Competing won't be easy, though. Amazon is arriving late to a tightly contested marketplace. Samsung and Apple dominate worldwide smartphone sales with a combined 46 percent share, according to IDC. And in the US, Apple leads with more than 37 percent, with Samsung at nearly 29 percent. Amazon has tried to chip away at Apple's top position in the tablet market with its Kindle Fire HDX tablet, which beats the iPad Air's screen resolution and is lighter and cheaper. Still, the iPad dominates the category while Amazon has seen its market share shrink from 7 percent in 2012 to 2 percent in the first quarter of this year.

Google's YouTube announced yesterday that it plans to start offering a paid streaming music service. YouTube reportedly has signed deals with 95 percent of the music labels included in its existing ad-supported music video site, and said it was partnering with "hundreds of major and independent" labels for the new one. Critics feared that YouTube might keep labels that don't join the paid service off of the free video site.

The US Patent Office has canceled six trademarks belonging to the Washington Redskins football team, saying they are offensive to Native Americans. In a decision released today, the office's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled that the "that these registrations must be canceled because they were disparaging to Native Americans." The board also said it lacked the authority to prevent the team from continuing to use the trademarks. The decision came in response to a suit brought by what the board called "five Native Americans."

After three decades and several children, including singer/songwriter Lorde, Vic O'Connor finally proposed to Sonja Yelich at Niagara Falls on Monday. Lorde took to Twitter yesterday to reveal her dad popped the question to her mom during a trip to Niagara Falls. She writes, "BEST DAY – went to niagara falls – my dad proposed to my mum after almost 30 years together." And, then poking fun at the opening line of her tune Royals, in which she sings "I’ve never seen a diamond in the flesh," she adds, "inevitable response yes i know i have seen a diamond now." O'Connor is an engineer, and Yelich is a a poet. They have three other children together -- Jerry, India and Angelo.

The machines many people use to experience their favorite programs are greedy energy-guzzlers. There are approximately 224 million cable boxes in the United States and, combined, they consume approximately the same amount of electricity as would be produced by four nuclear reactors -- enormous ones, running around the clock. According the LA Times the boxes have become "the biggest single energy user in many homes, apart from air conditioning."

Trivia Answer: Roger Ebert who was born on this date in 1942. Ebert and Chicago Tribune critic Gene Siskel helped popularize nationally-televised film reviewing when they co-hosted the PBS show Sneak Previews, followed by several variously-named At the Movies programs. The two verbally sparred and traded humorous barbs while discussing films. They created and trademarked the phrase "Two Thumbs Up," used when both hosts gave the same film a positive review. After Siskel died in 1999, Ebert continued hosting the show with various co-hosts. In 1975, Ebert was the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. In 2005, he became the first film critic to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Ebert lived with cancer of the thyroid and salivary glands from 2002 that required treatments necessitating the removal of his lower jaw, which cost him the ability to speak or eat normally. Regardless, his ability to write was unimpaired and he continued to publish frequently both online and in print right up until his death on April 4th of last year.

Tuesday 6.17.14
Today's Trivia: It began with the arrest of five men for breaking and entering into the Democratic National Committee headquarters on this date in 1972. The subsequent investigation by the FBI connected the men to the 1972 Committee to Re-elect the President. What is it?

On a somber day for the Padres organization following the death of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn at age 54, San Diego lost 5-1 to the Seattle Mariners last night. Kyle Seager hit a three-run homer in the first inning, Brad Miller added a solo shot, and Seattle's Chris Young threw six shutout innings against his former team. Gwynn died yesterday morning of oral cancer, a disease he attributed to years of chewing tobacco. Game two of the 4-game split series is today then the teams pack up and head to San Diego for the final two games.

Clint Dempsey scored in the first minute and rookie substitute John Brooks scored a late game winner as the US defeated Ghana 2-1 yesterday in the World Cup opener for both. The victory gave the Americans a measure of revenge against the tiny West African country that knocked them out of the previous two World Cups, and put the US and Germany on top of the Group G, with Ghana and Portugal at the bottom. Dempsey's goal came on a low shot just 32 seconds into the match. Dempsey's goal made him the first US player to score in three different World Cups and was the fastest ever scored by an American in the tournament. The US next plays Portugal on Sunday.

Birthdays: Rolitician Newt Gingrich is 71; singer Barry Manilow is 71; comedian Joe Piscopo is 63; Larry on Perfect Strangers, actor Mark Linn-Baker is 60; from No Doubt, keyboardist Eric Stefani is 47, and tennis great Venus Williams is 34.

Disneyland opened for guests in Anaheim, California 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 Waterfate 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 60-mile low-speed highway chase in his Ford Bronco, 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 and then blamed low viewing figures on O.J. Simpson's flight from justice.

The football coaches at the University of Washington and Washington State University were the best paid state employees in 2013. UW coach Steve Sarkisian earned more than $2.6 million in 2013 before quitting late in the year to coach at Southern California. WSU coach Mike Leach earned over $2.3 million, according to data posted online yesterday by the state Office of Financial Management, The only other state employee listed with a salary over $1 million was UW basketball Coach Lorenzo Romar, who earned nearly $1.9 million in 2013. His counterpart at WSU, Ken Bone, who lost his job in 2014, earned $870,143 in 2013. The top-paid state employee who isn't a football or basketball coach is UW athletic director Scott Woodward, who earned $692,323 last year. Although coaches are listed on the database along with office workers and college professors, they are not paid out of the same pot of state money.

The shooting schedule of Star Wars: Episode VII appears likely to be disrupted because of Harrison Ford's broken ankle. The actor, who is returning to update his role as daring pilot Han Solo, was injured on set when a hydraulic door on the Millennium Falcon fell on him. Ford is expected to miss six to eight weeks of shooting.

According to a new poll Bill Clinton is the most admired president of the past quarter century. Asked which president of the past 25 years they admired most, 42% of respondents named Clinton. That was more than twice the share that named any other president. The other three presidents of the quarter century all polled about the same: 18% said they most admired President Barack Obama; 17% named George W. Bush; and 16% named his father, George H.W. Bush.

A wide-ranging report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concludes that teenagers are "choosing health." A survey of 13,000 high schoolers showed that teens are smoking less (36.4 percent in 1997 compared to 15.7 percent in 2013), getting into fewer physical fights, and having less sex. However, of teenagers who are sexually active, one statistic was troubling, as 59 percent reported using condoms, down by four percent since 2003.

Trivia Answer: The Watergate Scandal, named after the complex that contained the Democratic National Committee Headquarters in Washington, DC. The five men arrested were Virgilio González, Bernard Barker, James W. McCord, Jr., Eugenio Martínez, and Frank Sturgis. The five were charged with attempted burglary and attempted interception of telephone and other communications. On September 15th, a grand jury indicted them and two other men -- E. Howard Hunt, Jr. and G. Gordon Liddy -- for conspiracy, burglary, and violation of federal wiretapping laws. As evidence mounted against the president's staff, which included former staff members testifying against them in an investigation conducted by the Senate Watergate Committee, it was revealed that President Nixon had a tape recording system in his offices and that he had recorded many conversations. Recordings from these tapes implicated the president, revealing that he had attempted to cover up the break-in. After a series of court battles, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the president had to hand over the tapes; he ultimately complied. Effects of the scandal ultimately led to the resignation of the United States President Richard Nixon on August 9th of 1974. It also resulted in the indictment and conviction of several Nixon administration officials. Though President Nixon's resignation prompted Congress to drop the impeachment proceedings, criminal prosecution was still a possibility. Nixon was succeeded by Vice President Gerald Ford, who on September 8, 1974, issued a full and unconditional pardon of President Nixon, immunizing him from prosecution for any crimes he had "committed or may have committed or taken part in" as President. In a televised broadcast to the nation, Ford explained that he felt the pardon was in the best interest of the country and that the Nixon family's situation "is an American tragedy in which we all have played a part. It could go on and on and on, or someone must write the end to it. I have concluded that only I can do that, and if I can, I must." Nixon proclaimed his innocence until his death in 1994. He did state in his official response to the pardon that he "was wrong in not acting more decisively and more forthrightly in dealing with Watergate, particularly when it reached the stage of judicial proceedings and grew from a political scandal into a national tragedy."

Monday 6.16.14
Today's Trivia: This thriller film depicts the encounter between a secretary, who is in hiding at a motel after embezzling from her employer, and the motel's owner, and the aftermath of their encounter. It was directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It initially received mixed reviews, but outstanding box office returns prompted a re-review which was overwhelmingly positive and led to four Academy Award nominations. What is the movie?

Kyle Seager had four hits and three RBIs, and the Seattle Mariners stopped a five-game losing streak with a 5-1 win over the Texas Rangers yesterday. Hisashi Iwakuma pitched eight sharp innings for Seattle, allowing one run. Charlie Furbush then got three outs to complete the six-hitter. Kuma struck out six and walked one in his fourth start this season of eight innings. Mariners 1B Justin Smoak (strained quad), OF Corey Hart (strained hamstring) and OF Michael Saunders (shoulder inflammation) are close to being sent out on rehab assignments as they work their way back from stints on the disabled list. The Mariners host the San Diego Padres tonight.

Got word this morning that Tony Gwynn, who banged out 3,141 hits during a Hall of Fame career spanning 20 seasons with the San Diego Padres, has died. The lefty-swinging Gwynn had a career .338 batting average, won eight National League batting titles, and played in the franchise's only two World Series.He had been signed to a one-year contract extension as the baseball coach at San Diego State on June 11th. He had been on medical leave since late March while recovering from cancer treatment. He took over the program at his alma mater after the 2002 season. Tony Gwynn was 54

The San Antonio Spurs won their fifth NBA championship last night by defeating the Miami Heat 104-87. The Spurs were dominant against the two-time defending champion Heat, finishing the series 4-games-to-1.

The Tulsa Shock finished off a four-game homestand with a 4-and-0 mark after an 85-79 victory over the Seattle Storm yesterday.

The Los Angeles Kings netted their second Stanley Cup in three seasons on Friday night, defeating the New York Rangers in double overtime, 3-2.

Today is Fresh Veggies Day. Take a vow to eat healthy today (and everyday), with fresh veggies for every meal, and for snacks, too. Ironically, today is also National Fudge Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1903, the Ford Motor Company was incorporated. In 1911, IBM was founded as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company in Endicott, New York. In 1961, Rudolf Nureyev defected from the Soviet Union. In 1967, the Monterey Pop Festival began. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to Ken Taylor, Canada's former ambassador to Iran, for helping six Americans escape from Iran during the hostage crisis of 1979-81; he was the first foreign citizen bestowed the honor.

Birthdays: Part of the Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting team, Lamont Dozier is 73; Val on Knots Landing, actress Joan Van Ark is 71; boxer Roberto Duran is 63; singer Gino Vanelli is 62; Jackie on Roseanne, actress Laurie Metcalf is 59; and golfer Phil Mickelson is 44.

We lost a couple of the "best at what they do" over the weekend. First, Pittsburgh Steelers icon Chuck Noll, the only coach to win four Super Bowls, died at his Pittsburgh-area home Friday night. He was 82. Chuck Noll won more Super Bowls than any coach in NFL history, Noll went 209-156-and-1, including the postseason, while coaching the Steelers from 1969-91. The hiring of Noll, a one-time assistant coach to Sid Gillman and Don Shula, set the Steelers on a path to greatness. He led the team to four Super Bowl titles from 1975-80 and became every bit as revered in Pittsburgh as stalwarts from those teams such as "Mean" Joe Greene and Franco Harris. Noll was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993, less than two years after he retired. Noll had battled health problems in recent years while splitting time between Sewickley, which is in suburban Pittsburgh, and Florida. The Steelers still listed him prominently in their staff directory as an administration adviser even when he was in ill health and not working for the team. The Steelers went just 1-13 in Noll's first season, but he took Greene, a defensive tackle from North Texas State, with the fourth overall pick of the 1969 draft, and a year later Pittsburgh drafted quarterback Terry Bradshaw with the first overall selection. Those picks laid the foundation for the teams that would dominate a decade like few others in NFL history.

Then, following months of legal family wrangling over his care and access to seeing him, the legendary Casey Kasem, who was literally the voice of a generation as host and co-creator of the American Top 40 syndicated radio show, died on Father's Day at fter complications from Lewy Body Dementia, a degenerative condition similar to Parkinson's Disease. Daughter Kerri Kasem Tweeted yesterday: "Early this Father's Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends. Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken. Thank you for all your love, support and prayers. The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad. With love, Kerri, Mike and Julie." Casey was born April 27th in 1932 in Detroit, Michigan with a given first name of Kemal. He attended Wayne State University in Detroit. He was drafted into the US Army in 1952, He was a DJ for the Armed Forces Radio Network while serving in Korea. Then followed stops in Cleveland, Buffalo, and Los Angeles before his fame would grow exponentially. On July 4th of 1970, American Top 40 was born. Kasem's voice wasn't only familiar for spinning records. He was an accomplished voice-over artist and was heard on numerous commercials and on the NBC-TV promos in the 1980s. But he was predominantly known as the voice of Shaggy on the Scooby-Doo cartoons, a role he maintained for 40 years. In his goodbye to radio fans in 2009, Casey said, "Success doesn't happen in a vacuum. You're only as good as the people you work with and the people you work for. I've been lucky, I've worked for and with the very best." Casey Casem was 82.

In a summertime battle of sequels, a pair of kooky cops beat out flying dragons for the top spot at the North American box office, but the dragons soared internationally. The R-rated comedy 22 Jump Street debuted in first place domestically with $60 million, followed by How to Train Your Dragon 2 which opened with $50 million in ticket sales. Internationally, though, Dragon dwarfed Jump Street with $24.8 million to $6.9 million respectively. Disney's Maleficent claimed third place in its third week of release. The Tom Cruise action romp Edge of Tomorrow took the fourth spot, followed by last week's top film, The Fault in Our Stars.

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek is himself now the answer to a trivia question. Trebek on Friday set a Guinness World Record for "most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter (one show)" when he presided over his 6,829th episode. Trebek is the show's second host, a role he has held since Jeopardy! relaunched in 1984.

Kelly Clarkson announced the birth of her first daughter with a tweet on Saturday. The 32-year-old singer, who won the first season of American Idol, said she gave birth to River Rose Blackstock on June 12th, adding that she and her husband were "on cloud 9."

Trivia Answer: The film was Psycho released on this date in 1960. The secretary was Marion Crane played by Janet Leigh, and the motel owner was Norman Bates played by Anthony Perkins. The film's pivotal scene, and one of the most famous scenes in cinema history, is the murder of Janet Leigh's character in the shower. As such, it spawned numerous myths and legends. It was shot over a period of seven days and features 77 different camera angles. The scene "runs 3 minutes and includes 50 cuts." Most of the shots are extreme close-ups. The combination of the close shots with the short duration between cuts makes the sequence feel longer. The blood in the scene is in fact chocolate syrup, which shows up better on black-and-white film, and has more realistic density than stage blood. The sound of the knife entering flesh was created by plunging a knife into a melon. Alfred Hitchcock's cameo is a signature occurrence in most of his films. In Psycho, he can be seen through a window, wearing a Stetson hat, standing outside Marion Crane's office (seven minutes into the film). Psycho is now considered one of Hitchcock's best films and is highly praised as a work of cinematic art by international critics. The film spawned two sequels, a prequel, a remake, and a television movie spin-off.

Friday 6.13.14
Today's Trivia: She was a child actress, best known as the leading lady in the Our Gang series from 1935 to 1941. Can you name the actress?

The Mariners swept the Yankees at their place. Then the Yankees turned around returned the favor at Safeco. Derek Jeter had a memorable final regular season appearance in Seattle with three hits, two runs scored and two RBIs, and the New York Yankees completed their first three-game sweep of the season with a 6-3 win over the Ms last night. But this night, and much of the series, was about Jeter's farewell tour. His professional start came in Seattle in May 1995 so returning to the Pacific Northwest held extra meaning than some of the other farewells Jeter will make this season. He was given thundering ovations every time he stepped to the plate. Jeter received a standing ovation from the entire stadium on his final at-bat in the ninth. He grounded out on a comebacker to the mound and tipped his helmet as jogged of the field.

Meanwhile, former top prospect Jesus Montero has been recalled by the Seattle Mariners, his first stint in the majors since a 50-game suspension after being connected to baseball's Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug investigation. Seattle made the roster move yesterday after outfielder Michael Saunders was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury. Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said Montero would be mostly used against left-handed pitchers and as a designated hitter, but is an option to play in the field at first base. Montero was the centerpiece of a trade before the 2012 season that sent pitcher Michael Pineda to New York and brought Montero to Seattle. He was a top prospect in the Yankees organization but has not matched that potential in Seattle.

Birthdays: The artist Christo is 79; the Siegfried half of Siegfried and Roy is 75; actor -- he was John-Boy Walton -- Richard Earl Thomas is 63; Tim Allen is 61; actress Ally Sheedy is 52; TV journalist Hannah Storm is 52; singer David Gray is 46; Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo is 44; and those Tanner girls, Ashley & Mary-Kate Olsen are 28.

Jason meets The Werewolf could be the name of the movie they'd make about this evening. Skywatchers get a special treat as a full moon occurs on a Friday the 13th, something that hasn't happened in June since 1919. Known as both the Strawberry Moon as well as the Honey Moon, the actual full moon occurred very early this morning, but will still be nearly full when it rises in the east this evening. This is the first time since October 13th of 2000 that a full moon has occurred on a Friday the 13th of any month, and the last time it will happen until October 13th of 2049.

Today is Kitchen Klutzes of America Day, honoring those who are dangerous in the kitchen.

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 1970, The Long and Winding Road became the Beatles' last US Number 1 song. 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 1994, a jury in Anchorage, Alaska, blames recklessness by Exxon and Captain Joseph Hazelwood for the Exxon Valdez disaster, allowing victims of the oil spill to seek $15 billion in damages. 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.

Harrison Ford has been hospitalized after injuring his ankle on the set of the latest Star Wars film. A representative for Disney confirmed the injury, but insists that it won't affect the filming or scheduling of Star Wars: Episode VII. Yesterday, the rep told The Hollywood Reporter, "Harrison Ford sustained an ankle injury during filming on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII. He was taken to a local hospital and is receiving care. Shooting will continue as planned while he recuperates." A source tells the publication that the actor, who reprises his role as Han Solo in the Star Wars sequel, was injured by the door of the Millennium Falcon, the spacecraft that his character pilots in the original films.

Former president George H.W. Bush celebrated his 90th birthday yesterday by going skydiving in Maine. It was the 41st president's eighth -- and, he says, last -- jump. Bush also jumped out of planes to mark his 80th and 85th birthdays, and, when he was 88, told his granddaughter, "I've got one more in me." Bush floated safely to the lawn of St. Ann's Episcopal Church, to the cheers of hundreds of relatives and friends.

Host country Brazil won the first game of the World Cup yesterday, coming back from an early deficit with two goals from star Neymar to beat Croatia 3-1. Raucous home fans took to the streets after the win. The match went off with no major logistical problems despite fears that the new Sao Paulo stadium, which still lacks finishing touches and hadn't been tested, would not be able to handle capacity crowds.

New in theaters this weekend, the R-rated 22 Jump Street and the PG-rated How to Train Your Dragon 2.

People who buy their own health insurance in Washington state can expect rates to go up in 2015, but probably not as fast as insurance costs increased in the years before federal health care reform took effect. The process of approving insurance rates in Washington has just begun, but the proposed average increase for the more than 320,000 people who buy their own health insurance is 8.25 percent, according to the Office of the Insurance Commissioner. That number is likely to go down during the approval process, said Stephanie Marquis, spokeswoman for the insurance commissioner. Because Washington is the first state to begin the rate-setting process for 2015, what's happening here may offer a glimpse of what other states can implement for the second year of insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

More evidence the there is a higher power, a new study says the "cool kids" in school may not be so cool when they grow up. The research suggests the once-popular teens are at greater risk for relationship and drug problems in adulthood.

Trivia Answer: Darla Hood. Darla's mother introduced her to singing and dancing at an early age, taking her to lessons in Oklahoma City. Just after her third birthday, she was taken to New York City, where she was seen by a casting director for Hal Roach Studios, who arranged a screen test. She was then taken to Culver City, California, to appear in the Our Gang movies. Hood played Darla in Our Gang. She made her debut at the age of four. She continued to play in Our Gang until 1941. She is well remembered for her coquettish character, typically the love interest of Alfalfa, Butch, or (usually) Waldo. One of her most memorable moments was singing "I'm in the Mood for Love" in The Pinch Singer. When she outgrew her role in Our Gang, Hood appeared in a couple of other movies and attended high school in Los Angeles. During the 1960s and 1970s, Hood attended many Our Gang/Little Rascals festivals and conventions, meeting and greeting various generations of fans. Hood was busy organizing a 1980 Little Rascals reunion when she underwent a relatively minor operation at a North Hollywood hospital. Following the procedure, Hood contracted acute hepatitis and died suddenly of heart failure on this date -- June 13th -- in 1979.  She was 47.

Thursday 6.12.14
Today's Trivia: On this date in 1978, David Berkowitz was sentenced to 365 years in prison. What else do we know David Berkowitz as?

The Mariners met Masahiro Tanaka one day later than anticipated, but the show came as advertised. The newest Yankees ace dominated last night in front of a New York-friendly crowd of 28,434 at Safeco Field, sending Seattle to a 4-2 loss. That number would have been more lopsided if not for Robinson Cano hitting his third homer of the season -- his first at Safeco -- in the ninth. Tanaka pitched a complete game, struck out 11 and allowed two runs on six hits and one walk. He improved to 10-and-1 with an AL-leading 2.02 ERA. Ms and Yankees wrap up the series tonight. The Ms host the Texas Rangers for the weekend starting tomorrow.

By the way, the Mariners yesterday placed first baseman Justin Smoak on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 10th, replacing him on the active roster with first baseman/outfielder/designated hitter Logan Morrison. They've also put Michael Saunders on the 15-day DL with a corresponding roster move coming today. Rumors were flying around this morning that the replacement would be Jesus Montero coming back from AAA Tacoma.

The Seattle Storm fell to Indiana last night, 76-68. Camille Little led Seattle in the losing effort with 17points. Tomorrow afternoon, the Storm is at San Antonio.

Birthdays: Former President George H.W. Bush is 90; singer Vic Damone is 86; Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show, actor Jim Nabors is 84; sports announce Marv Albert is 73; Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos is 63; : singer Meredith Brooks is 56; and blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd is 37,

This is a happy note -- researchers discovered, after studying 2 million people, that you're more likely to die on your birthday than any other day of the year. The 'birthday blues' bring a rise in deaths from heart attacks, strokes, falls, suicides and even cancer. They found people over age 60 were 14% more likely to die on their birthdays.

Today is Independence Day in Russia, celebrating the election of 1991, the first popular election in Russia's 1,000-year history. Russians elected 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 opened and 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 1994, the Boeing 777, the world's largest twinjet, made its first flight. 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.

The evening news landscape here in the Northwest keeps shifting. Broadcasting icon Jean Enersen plans to step down from the KING/5 evening anchor desk after tomorrow. However, she is staying on at the TV station to present health news and special coverage. The news comes just weeks after another evening news fixture, KOMO/4's Dan Lewis, left that station's anchor desk. Enersen is a 46-year veteran of the station -- with 42 years at the anchor desk. She announced the decision yesterday afternoon on her Facebook page. KING followed up with its own announcement. Jean wrote, "For the 46 years I have been reporting and anchoring here, in my hometown, you and I have had a special partnership. I treasure that relationship. You send me questions and ideas ... and we try to answer them and bring you the information you want." Her focus now turns to her long-running health coverage series, HealthLink, a regular segment in KING news broadcasts. She is also planning assist with breaking news and election coverage.

In a ruling yesterday, CNN.com says that Superior Court Judge Daniel Murphy reversed his decision from earlier this week and has granted daughter Kerri Kasem the authority to withhold medication, food, and fluids from her ailing father, the legendary Casey Kasem. In his ruling, Murphy determined that giving Casey food and fluids would be harmful and cause more pain for the 82-year-old former radio personality. Kerri said in a statement following the hearing: "The court's decision upheld our father's explicit wishes as expressed by him in his health directive." According to the CNN report, "She was referring to a directive her father signed in 2007, saying he would not want to be kept alive if it would result in a mere biological existence, devoid of cognitive function, with no reasonable hope for normal functioning." TMZ now reports that Casey, with his daughters, son and brother by his side, is listening to old broadcasts of his iconic countdown show in a hospice in Gig Harbor. The family believes the broadcasts give him great enjoyment as he goes through the imminent transition.

Shelly Sterling brokered a deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to sell the Los Angeles Clippers for what would be a record $2 billion if the NBA's owners approve it -- and David Sterling doesn't successfully block it. The terms allow her to remain close to the organization by allowing for up to 10 percent of the team - or $200 million - to be spun off into a charitable foundation that she would essentially run. Under terms detailed in a court filing Wednesday, Sterling also would retain the following perks:

  • 10 tickets in Sections 101 or 111 for all Clippers games in Los Angeles.
  • 2 courtside tickets for all Clippers games in Los Angeles.
  • 6 parking spots in Lot C for each game
  • 12 VIP passes including access to Lexus Club, Arena Club, or Chairman's Lounge and media room or equivalent, for each Staples Game.
  • 3 championship rings following any Clippers title
  • Titles of Owner Emeritus and Clipper's Number 1 Fan for the rest of her life.

Kimberly Aleman was brought to the United States from Mexico by her parents when she was 3 years old. Now in her second quarter at Yakima Valley Community College, she is allowed to apply for a state need grant for the first time, under a law that takes effect today. The law, officially called the Real Hope Act but also known as the Washington Dream Act, expands state financial aid for college students in the country without legal status. It's one of about 200 new laws that take effect this week. Other laws that take effect today are:

  • A measure that allows military veterans to pay in-state college tuition without waiting a year to establish Washington residency.
  • Those under age 18 are prohibited from using tanning facilities unless they have a doctor's prescription. Facilities that allow people under age 18 to use a tanning device could be fined up to $250 per violation.
  • American Indian tribal members who were arrested before 1975 can apply to the court to expunge their misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor or felony convictions if they were exercising their treaty fishing rights.
  • People under a restraining order for domestic violence can be ordered to surrender all firearms after a hearing if a judge rules that person is a credible threat.

Those who speak by packing their sentences with words such as "you know," "I mean," and "like" aren't being ditzy -- they're being conscientious. So suggests a new study in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology whose authors say that such "filler words" tend to be used by people who are more thoughtful than most.

Paula Deen is taking the next step into reinserting herself into your life: The fallen Food Network star is going digital in her quest for a comeback, announcing plans Wednesday for the Paula Deen Network, a paid subscription-based network set to launch in September that will be accessible by computer, smartphone, or tablet.

Trivia Answer: David Berkowitz was also known as the Son of Sam and the .44 Caliber Killer. He was convicted of a series of shooting attacks that began in the summer of 1976. Perpetrated with a .44 caliber Bulldog revolver, the shootings continued for over a year, leaving six victims dead and seven others wounded. As the toll mounted, Berkowitz eluded a massive police manhunt while leaving brazen letters which promised further murders. Highly publicized in the press, the killings terrorized New York City and achieved worldwide notoriety. After his arrest by New York City police in August 1977, Berkowitz was indicted for eight shooting incidents. Berkowitz confessed to all of them and claimed that he was commanded to kill by a demon that possessed his neighbor's dog. In the course of the police investigation, Berkowitz was also implicated in a vast number of acts of arson in the city, all previously unidentified with him. Intense coverage of the case by the media led to a kind of celebrity status to Berkowitz, and observers noted indignantly that he appeared to enjoy it. In response, the New York State legislature enacted new legal statutes, known popularly as "Son of Sam laws", designed to keep criminals from profiting financially from the publicity surrounding their crimes. Despite various amendments and legal challenges, the statutes have remained law in New York, and similar laws have been enacted in several other states. Berkowitz has been imprisoned since his arrest and is serving six life sentences consecutively.

Wednesday 6.11.14
Today's Trivia: She's a television, film, character, and musical theater actress, as well as the author of three books. She came to prominence in the 1970s as Broadway's original Rizzo in the musical Grease, Bea Arthur's divorced daughter in the hit sitcom Maude, and in several early 1980s horror and science fiction films. Who is she?

Jacoby Ellsbury lined an RBI single on a 0-2 pitch to score Derek Jeter with the go ahead run in the eighth inning, and the New York Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 last night. Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 14 games — the longest for a Yankees player since Jeter's 19-game streak in 2012 — and gave New York just its fourth win in the last 11 games. Ellsbury's hit came after Jeter's ground-rule double that ended the night for Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma, who had not been threatened since the first inning. Ms and Yankees again tonight at 7:10.

Derek Jeter's professional debut came in the old concrete Kingdome. After going 0 for 5 on that May night 19 years ago, Jeter and his father tried to find some late night dinner in Seattle. The only place they could find open: McDonalds. Jeter said last night, "He's here again today, both of my parents. Maybe we'll go to McDonalds." Unlike other stops on his final tour around the majors, Seattle has a special place for the New York Yankees shortstop because this is where it all started. His first hit came a day after his debut, May 30th of 1995 when he singled off Seattle starter Tim Belcher. Seattle's pregame ceremony last night to honor Jeter featured current stars Robinson Cano and Felix Hernandez, and past standouts Edgar Martinez and Jay Buhner. Jeter was presented with a chair from the Kingdome, a framed base from Safeco Field, a watch with an inscription from Cano -- his former teammate -- and a donation to his foundation. Jeter is one of 12 active players to have played in the Kingdome and Safeco Field in his career. Says Jeter, "This is where I played my first game so every time I come here that's the memory that comes to mind first. This is where it all began. It's been quite some time but I've always enjoyed coming to Seattle."

Seattle Storm coach Brian Agler didn't find out until just before the game that Chicago would be missing star Elena Della Donne. The league's No. 2 scorer was sidelined with a flareup of Lyme Disease. The Sky fell 80-76 to the Storm last night.

Seahawks star Richard Sherman is already putting his new salary to good use, buying NBA star and Seattle native Jamal Crawford's home in Maple Valley for $2.31 million. Public records show that Friday, Sherman purchased a 9,435-square-foot Mediterranean mansion from Crawford, the Rainier Beach High School basketball icon who went eighth-overall in the 2000 NBA draft and now plays for the Los Angeles Clippers. The three-story home, located in the suburbs south of Renton, has four bedrooms and 6 1/4 bathrooms. According to the property listing on Redfin, Sherman's new home includes quite a few luxurious amenities. Among the highlights are:

  • an indoor swimming pool and hot tub
  • three outdoor water features
  • a billiards room, media room and game room with a wet bar
  • an athletic court
  • two full kitchens
  • a family room with a triple-height ceiling
  • two floor-to-ceiling stone fireplaces
  • a personal beauty salon
  • a private deck for every bedroom
  • Tuscan columns, slate floors, arched windows and a curved grand staircase
  • gated entry and parking for an RV
  • a security system with cameras

Redfin's website has 12 photos of the home, which was built in 2004. The mansion sits on a 4.96-acre, fenced-in lot located on a dead-end street. Check out here: http://www.redfin.com/WA/Maple-Valley/20133-SE-206th-St-98038/home/391304

Today is American Idol Day. The show debuted on this date in 2002. The first American Idol was Kelly Clarkson. 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.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1969, David Bowie released his single Space Oddity capitalizing 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. 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.

Birthdays: Actor Gene Wilder is 81; ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard is 65 (Ironically, he's usually the only member of the band without a beard), .38 Special's Donnie Van Zant is 62; football's Joe Montana is 58; and Dr. Gregory House on House, actor Hugh Laurie is 55.

The number of moles a woman has on her skin might be an indicator of breast cancer risk, according to two new studies. American and French scientists have found that women with more moles are at higher risk — 35 percent higher than women with no moles, one study found, if they have 15 or more moles on a single arm. Still, researchers say more research is necessary to explain the link.

The best-selling Sega video game Sonic the Hedgehog is coming to the big screen. The movie will follow the antics of Sonic, the world's fastest hedgehog. For more than two decades, the billion-dollar Sonic brand has been one of the world's biggest gaming successes, with more than 140 million games sold.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday that it had granted permission for the first commercial drone flights over U.S. soil. The FAA authorized oil giant BP and drone-maker AeroVironment to use a hand-launched Puma drone to survey pipelines and other facilities in Alaska's Prudhoe Bay. The first flight was Sunday. The approval marked the FAA's latest attempt to loosen restrictions on unmanned aircraft.

Trivia Answer: Adrienne Barbeau who turns 69 today. She received a Theater Guild Award and a 1972 Tony Award nomination for playing Rizzo on Broadway. During the 1970s Barbeau starred as the daughter of Bea Arthur's title character in the comedy series Maude which ran from 1972 to 1978. Her more notable film work includes The Fog, Creepshow, Swamp Thing, and Escape from New York. During the 1990s, she was known for providing the sultry voice of Catwoman on Batman: The Animated Series and subsequent Batman cartoon series. In the 2000s, she appeared in the HBO series Carnivàle as Ruthie the snake dancer. Barbeau's autobiography There Are Worse Things I Could Do was published in 2006, rising to #11 on the Los Angeles Times best-sellers list. In July 2008, her first novel, Vampyres of Hollywood, was published. The sequel Love Bites was published in 2010.

Tuesday 6.10.14
Today's Trivia: This figure skater won the Olympic gold medal in figure skating at the 1998 Winter Olympics at the age of 15. She remains the youngest individual gold medalist in the history of the Olympic Winter Games. Who is she?

The Mariners parlayed three singles and a bases-loaded double into three runs off former Cy Young winner David Price in the third inning, received a stellar effort from the bullpen, and defeated Tampa Bay 3-0 yesterday at Tropicana Field, concluding at 6-and-1 the best Seattle road trip in more than a decade. The Mariners won a makeup at New York, swept a two-game set from Atlanta, and took three of four from the Rays. The Mariners are now 34-and-29 for the year. They return to Safeco Field tonight five games above .500 for the first time since the end of the 2009 season. They've won three in a row, eight of nine, and 10 of 16. They haven't allowed a run in 19 innings. In the third, a Robinson Cano opposite-field double scored John Buck and Willie Bloomquist, both of whom reached with singles. Stefan Romero's ground ball out plated James Jones, who was aboard courtesy of a bunt single. By the way, the American League has named Felix Hernandez its Player of the Week for the period ending June 8th. Felix went 1-and-0 with a 1.29 ERA, 23 strikeouts and one walk in starts against the Yankees and Rays. The award is the first for Hernandez since August 20th of 2012, following his perfect game against Tampa Bay. The Mariners return to Safeco Field tonight to begin an eight-game home stand, starting with three against the Yankees. Game time tonight at 7:10.

This week -- starting tonight -- Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter travels through Safeco Field one last time, and Mariner fans have a chance to bid farewell to the star. The Mariners are hosting a pre-game ceremony tonight to honor the iconic shortstop, who is set to retire at the end of the 2014 season. Jeter made his major league debut at 20 years old at the Kingdome on May 29th of 1995. He is one of only 12 active MLB players to have played at both the Kingdome and Safeco Field. In 166 career games against Seattle, Jeter has hit .281 against the M's, including a .316 career average at Safeco. Interestingly, though, in his 20 seasons, the Mariners have been one of the hardest teams for him to hit -- his .281 average is his second-worst against any American League team. Over the course of his career, Jeter has compiled an average of .311 over 20 years. He is ranked first in Yankees history in hits (3,370), games played (2,655), at-bats (10,827) and stolen bases (349) -- a record he broke against the Mariners in 2011. He also has 13 All-Star selections and five Gold Gloves.

Richard Sherman doesn't believe in video game curses. The Seahawks' All-Pro cornerback is set to have his image plastered on the front of the next version of EA Sports' Madden football game. It's an honor that's allegedly been fraught with peril for some past recipients who have either had subpar seasons or suffered injuries the year they were on the cover. Sherm said yesterday, "I don't think about anything like that. It's just something that's been fabricated, I think." The video game cover, the result of winning an online vote, is just another byproduct of what's become an offseason of accolades for Sherman. Whether it was new endorsements or a contract extension that made him the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL, there have been plenty of opportunities for Sherman to become distracted from his job. Yet, whenever the Seahawks were holding a session as part of their offseason program, Sherman was there. Seattle coach Pete Carroll noted yesterday that Sherman has missed "maybe a day" of the voluntary offseason program. Sherman said, "It's voluntary but I'm a ball player. What else am I going to be doing? When you're a ballplayer at the heart and this is what you sleep, breathe and eat, this is where you want to be, I couldn't imagine myself being anywhere else because you just feel the itch to be back on the field, to be back with your teammates, to be back out there getting better."

Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has withdrawn his approval of a deal brokered by his estranged wife, Shelly, to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. Sterling agreed to the deal last week, but now plans instead to revive a $1 billion lawsuit against the NBA, which banned him over secretly recorded racist remarks. Sterling said, "I intend to fight to keep the team."

California Chrome's run for a historic Triple Crown at the 146th Belmont Stakes fell short as Tonalist won the race. The real winner was NBC, which had just over 20 million viewers.

Birthdays: Prince Philip (husband of Queen Elizabeth) is 93; Former senator and presidential candidate John Edwards is 61; former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is 55; from The Smashing Pumpkins, former drummer Jimmy Chamberlin is 50; model and actress Elizabeth Hurley is 49; singer Faith Evans is 41; model Kate Upton is 21; and Presidential daughter, Sasha Obama is 13.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1944, 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. Also in 1977, the Apple II, one of the first personal computers, went on sale. 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.

The driver of that Walmart truck that slammed into a luxury van carrying comedian Tracy Morgan -- killing Morgan's writer, comic James McNair -- had not slept in more than 24 hours, New Jersey prosecutors said yesterday. Under New Jersey law, that means the truck driver, 35-year-old Kevin Roper of Jonesboro, Georgia, can be charged with vehicular homicide. Morgan remains in critical but stable condition after surgery on a broken leg.

Cyber crime costs the global economy more than $445 billion every year, according to a new report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. That's nearly 1 percent of all global income. The U.S. is getting hit the hardest, losing $100 billion a year. The figures are lower than the $1 trillion cited by President Obama, but still mean cyber crime does nearly as much economic harm as drug trafficking.

Facebook has come out with a new app. Slingshot lets you quickly share moments with all your friends. Shoot a photo or video of what you're up to and sling it to a bunch of people. They won't be able to see your shot until they sling something back.

Trivia Answer: Tara Kristen Lipinski who turns 32 today. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She began roller skating at the age of three and later won a number of competitions. She began figure skating when she was six. Her first competition was the 1990 regional championship, where she finished second. At the 1991 United States Roller Skating Championships, she won the primary girls freestyle as a nine-year-old. In March of 1998, Lipinski announced her decision to withdraw from the 1998 World Figure Skating Championships, citing a serious glandular infection that required her to have two molars extracted, constant fatigue, and possible mononucleosis. A month later Lipinski announced her intention to turn professional in an interview with Katie Couric on the Today Show. She cited a desire to spend more time with her family, to have time for school, and to compete professionally against other Olympic champions. In the spring and summer of 1998, Lipinski toured with Champions on Ice. She then toured with Stars on Ice for four seasons. She participated in rehearsals for a fifth season of the Stars on Ice tour in the fall of 2002, but withdrew from the tour before it began. She had been increasingly unhappy with life on the tour. Lipinski was a commentator and analyst on NBC, NBC Sports and Universal Sports during the Sochi Winter Games. Lipinski now spends most of her time in Los Angeles.

Monday 6.9.14
Today's Trivia: California Chrome had a shot at the Triple Crow over the weekend but slogged to a disappointing fifth-place finish Saturday in the Belmont Stakes This thoroughbred racehorse, however, on this date in 1973, became the first US Triple Crown champion in twenty-five years, setting new race records in two of the three events in the Series -- the Kentucky Derby (1:59 2/5), and the Belmont Stakes (2:24) -- records that still stand today. Can you name the horse?

Fifteen strikeouts and a couple of triples in the 9th inning is a pretty good formula for success. The most shocking development of the Mariners' 5-0 victory at Tampa Bay yesterday was not the career-high 15 strikeouts by Felix Hernandez, or even that Hernandez came away with a no-decision, but that Seattle launched its five-run, game-winning rally in the ninth with two outs and an 0-and-2 count on Brad Miller, hitting a sub-Mendoza .169. Felix became the second Mariner pitcher to surpass 1,800 career strikeouts. He has 1,809. Randy Johnson had 2,162 between 1989-98 The Mariners close out their three-team, eight-game, seven-day road trip today with the fourth of four against the Rays. The Mariners return to Safeco Field tomorrow to begin a three-team home stand against the Yankees, Rangers, and Padres.

The Seattle Storm has struggled here at the beginning of the season. Well, they finally found a way to finish a game -- and in the process, they finished off Minnesota's season-opening win streak. Tanisha Wright scored 13 points, including a pair of free throws with 10.3 seconds left, and the Storm hung on to hand the Lynx their first loss of the season Friday night 65-62.

Obefemi Martins scored twice before his first-half ejection, Lamar Neagle added the winner and the Seattle Sounders earned their league-high 10th victory, beating the Chicago Fire 3-2 Saturday night.

Needing only a win in the Belmont Stakes to pull off horse racing's first Triple Crown in 36 years, California Chrome slogged to a disappointing fifth-place finish Saturday. Tonalist won the 146th Belmont Stakes instead. None of the top three finishers raced in both the Preakness and Kentucky Derby -- the other two legs of the Triple Crown.

Maria Sharapova defeated Simona Halep in three sets to capture the French Open title on Saturday. It was Sharapova's second French Open trophy and her fifth major title overall. On the men's side, yesterday Rafael Nadal claimed his ninth French Open title by defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia in four sets.

Birthdays: Comedian Jackie Mason is 83; Donald Duck is 80; sportscaster Dick Vitale is 75; the keyboardist with Deep Purple and Whitesnake, Jon Lord is 72; actor Michael J. Fox is 53; Captain Jack Sparrow, actor Johnny Depp is 51; Hootie and the Blowfish bass player Dean Felber is 46; Toad the Wet Sprocket's bass player, Dean Dinning is 46; and actress Natalie Portman is 33.

Dads and grads season upon us. Just a reminder -- says the dad -- Father's Day is Sunday.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1934, Donald Duck made his debut in The Wise Little Hen. In 1959, the USS George Washington was launched. It was the first submarine to carry ballistic missiles. In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a national day of mourning following the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy. In 1972, severe rainfall caused a dam in the Black Hills of South Dakota to burst, creating a flood that killed 238 people and caused $160 million in damage. In 1973, in horseracing, Secretariat won the Triple Crown. In 1978, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opened its priesthood to "all worthy men", ending a 148-year-old policy of excluding black men.

The Fault in Our Stars, a heart-wrenching love story about teens who meet in a cancer support group, won over moviegoers with a stellar $48.2 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters over the weekend, handily beating the new Tom Cruise sci-fi action film, Edge of Tomorrow. Edge of Tomorrow had to settle for third place, Friday through Sunday. Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie took the number two slot. In fourth place was the superhero sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past. Seth MacFarlane comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West, landed in fifth place.

A truck driver from Georgia was charged Saturday in the multi-car crash that killed one man and seriously injured several others, including comedian Tracy Morgan. Prosecutors charged 35-year-old Kevin Roper with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto. Morgan remained in intensive care as of yesterday morning.

For the first time in its 41-year history, the Daytime Emmy Awards are not being broadcast on live television. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced last week that it could not secure an agreement with any network, so it is live-streaming the June 22nd ceremony on its website instead. In the early 1990s, nearly 20 million viewers tuned in to the awards show, but in recent years ratings have dropped drastically, with fewer than two million viewers tuning in each year.

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran hit the top of the British singles chart yesterday with Sing, the 23-year-old's first No.1 track, according to the Official Charts Company. Sing was co-written and produced by Pharrell Williams and is taken from Sheeran's forthcoming second album X, which is due for release on the 23rd.

A woman in the England seaside town of Whitby has finally hit on the perfect ice cream flavor -- and just in time for summer. Are you ready for this? Ready to get your lickin' on with a triple-scooper? Shane Teare, the owner of Teare Woods ice cream parlor, has come up with a fish and chips ice cream flavor.

Look who's on Twitter now.

Trivia Answer: Secretariat, who won the Triple Crown on this date in 1973. The three races that comprise the Triple Crown here in the US: the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes. When he won the third jewel in the Triple Crown -- the Belmont Stakes -- betters holding 5,617 winning parimutuel tickets on Secretariat never redeemed them, presumably keeping them as souvenirs. They only paid $2.20 on a $2 bet. Secretariat was the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and the 9th in history. In recent years, winning a Triple Crown has become a very rare achievement, with most horses specializing on a limited range of distances. In fact, at this year's Belmont, none of the top three finishers raced in both the Preakness and Kentucky Derby. No horse has won the US Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978. Seattle Slew won it in 1977.

Friday 6.6.14
Today's Trivia: He was born in Mississippi but raised in Michigan. In 1987, with his brother Mike, he visited a nightclub in Clawson, Michigan where a turntables competition was occurring. His older brother was competing against a then-unknown musician named Kid Rock. This guy ended up spending a lot of time with Kid Rock, and they became "best friends". In 1994, Kid Rock asked this guy to play turntables for his band. He knew nothing of using turntables, but since his brother was an experienced DJ, he agreed. He only performed at live shows at the time, until he began recording for one of Rock's albums. He was even a featured vocalist on some of the tracks. He then began working on a solo album, but continued being the DJ for Kid Rock. Upon the release of Rock's multi-platinum album, Devil Without a Cause, this guy decided that it was time to release his own solo album. He was born Matthew Shafer but that's not what we know him as. Who is he?

Alex Jackson might not yet have a position in professional baseball, but he has a bat the Seattle Mariners couldn't pass up. The Mariners selected the high school slugger with the No. 6 pick in the amateur baseball draft last night in the hope he can become the right-handed power bat the club has sought. Jackson was mostly a catcher in high school but the Mariners intend on starting him in the outfield.

Meanwhile, the Houston Astros knocked off the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last night which leaves the Mariners and Angels tied for second in the AL West with identical 31-and-28 records. The Mariners east coast swing continues. The Ms have traveled to Florida to face the Tampa Bay Rays in a four-game series starting this afternoon at 4:10.

The only people that still believe in curses these days are Harry Potter fans, Billy goat owners, and NFL players that have been on the cover of Madden. Since 1999 when Garrison Hearst first graced the front of John Madden's video game, things have gotten ugly for the player on the cover. This year, that's either going to be Cam Newton or Richard Sherman. The player who tallies the most online votes will get to grace the cover of the latest Madden game, which is being released on August 26th. The announcement of who it is comes this afternoon.

Birthdays: Singer-songwriter Gary US Bonds is 75; Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street, actor Robert Englund is 67; actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein is 60; actress and comedian Sandra Bernhard is 59; guitarist Steve Vai is 54; and Vinnie on Doogie Howser MD, actor Max Casella is 47.

Today is National Applesauce Cake Day. Today is National Yo-Yo Day, marking the birth date of businessman Donald F. Duncan Sr., who manufactured the popular Duncan Yo-Yo in the early 1900s. Today is Helicopter Day. The first helicopter was tested in Berlin on this day in 1936. 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.

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, one of the best-selling video games of all-time, Tetris, was released. In 1992, Pete Townshend won a Tony for Best Original Score for the Broadway production of Tommy. In 2005, in Gonzales v. Raich, the United States Supreme Court upheld a federal law banning cannabis, including medical marijuana.

New in theaters this weekend: Edge of Tomorrow with Tom Cruise & Emily Blunt (PG-13) and The Fault in Our Stars, an adaptation of John Green's sixth novel (PG-13).

Frozen continues its domination of the DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales chart. It was number one again last week, marking the eighth time in a dozen weeks it's been at the top.

Starting Monday, you can order something called the Quesarito off the Taco Bell menu. It's basically a burrito-quesadilla hybrid, meaning that it's your basic burrito, but with a grilled, cheesy tortilla wrapped around it.

An Air India flight that took off from Delhi was forced to turn around and head back because all four of its toilets were clogged. And it wasn't a short flight. The plane was carrying 241 passengers for the eight-hour journey.

According to Elle Magazine, plastic surgeons are seeing an increase in requests for "hand lifts." A trend that many reports claim is directly related to the desire for better looking hands in engagement ring photos.

Trivia Answer: Matt Shafer -- also known as Uncle Kracker, a stage name adopted from his favorite snack producer, the Kraft Cracker Company of Flint, Michigan. Matt or Uncle turns 40 today. That first solo album was called Double Wide. It was released on June 30th of 2001 and made it to #7 on the Billboard 200 album chart and is his most successful and highest-selling album. Double Wide, by the way, was produced by Kid Rock. The first single taken off the album was Follow Me, which made it to #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album spent ten months on the Billboard 200. Double Wide was certified 2× Multi-Platinum in November of 2001.

Thursday 6.5.14
Today's Trivia: He began a career in filmmaking and later television, making 52 films and gaining enough success to make him a household name. Though largely a B film actor, he starred in both Knute Rockne and Kings Row. He served as president of the Screen Actors Guild, and later as spokesman for General Electric. His start in politics occurred during his work for GE. Originally a member of the Democratic Party, he switched to the Republican Party in 1962. After delivering a rousing speech in support of Barry Goldwater's presidential candidacy in 1964, he was persuaded to seek the California governorship, winning two years later and again in 1970. He was defeated in his run for the Republican presidential nomination in 1968 as well as 1976. Who is he?

Lloyd McClendon's unusual lineup yesterday left the Seattle manager answering questions about his team's scoring potential. As it turned out, Hisashi Iwakuma and the Mariners' stingy bullpen didn't need much offense. Kuma combined with two relievers on a six-hit shutout and the streaking Mariners beat the Atlanta Braves 2-0 yesterday and completed a two-game sweep of the NL East first place team. Cole Gillespie and Kyle Seager hit run-scoring singles. Seattle has won five straight, matching its longest winning streak of the season. Perhaps the most puzzling piece of the lineup was Stefen Romero, who hit cleanup for the first time this season. "Somebody has got to hit there," McClendon said before the game. "I don't have Bonds, so it's going to be Romero." Romero, who hit a pinch-hit homer in Tuesday night's 7-5 win over the Braves, took a .204 batting average into the game yesterday. He came through with two hits, including a triple, and scored a run. Willie Bloomquist had a single and a walk as he started at first base for the first time in four years and hit leadoff for only the second time this year. The Braves were held scoreless in the final seven innings of Tuesday night's loss. The streak of consecutive scoreless innings reached 16 yesterday. Seattle players wore T-shirts honoring athletic trainer Rick Griffin's 5,000th regular-season game. He joined the team in 1983. The Mariners are off today. Seattle's east coast swing shifts to Tampa Bay for the weekend starting tomorrow.

Don Zimmer wasn't a fixture in baseball forever. It just seemed that way. He played alongside Jackie Robinson on the only Brooklyn Dodgers team to win the World Series. He coached Derek Jeter on the New York Yankees' latest dynasty. And his manager once was the illustrious Casey Stengel. Don Zimmer died yesterday. He had been a major league coach or manager every year since 1971. This year, 2014, was Popeye's 66th year in professional baseball. He was signed by then-Brooklyn Dodgers in 1949. He had six World Series rings (4 as coach with the Yankees & 2 as player for Brooklyn and Los Angeles). For decades, Zimmer was a most popular presence at ballparks all over, a huge chaw often filling his cheek. Everyone in the game seemed to know him, and love him. Zimmer played on the original New York Mets, saw his Boston Red Sox beaten by Bucky Dent's playoff homer, got tossed to the ground by Pedro Martinez during a brawl and was Joe Torre's right-hand man as the bench coach with the Yankees. Don Zimmer was 83.

Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling has agreed to the sale of the team to Steve Ballmer. That word from Sterling's lawyer. Efforts to separate Sterling from the NBA began in April, after TMZ posted a recording in which Sterling made racist comments. His inflammatory remarks to his companion, V. Stiviano, spawned outrage among NBA fans, players and executives. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling from the league, fined him $2.5 million and pushed through a charge to terminate all of his ownership rights in the franchise.

Birthdays: Political commentator Bill Moyers is 80; financial guru and TV personality Suze Orman is 63; saxophonist Kenny Gorelick, known simply as Kenny G is 58; and actor and singer Mark Wahlberg is 43.

Chester Nez, the last of the original Navajo code talkers credited with creating an unbreakable code used during World War II, died yesterday at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. That word coming from the Navajo Nation President. Chester Nez was 93.

Today is National Gingerbread Day. It's 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. 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 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. In 1977, the Apple II computer, with 4K of memory, went on sale for $1,298. In 1982, actress Sophia Loren was released from an Italian jail after serving 17 days for tax evasion. 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.

As the controversy continued over the prisoner swap that freed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former POW's Idaho hometown yesterday canceled a rally that was to celebrate his return. Critics say Bergdahl deserted his unit in Afghanistan before being captured by the Taliban, and former comrades called on Hailey, Idaho, to cancel the event. In making the cancellation announcement, the town's administrator said it was unprepared for the crowds it expected.

Sprint is close to an agreement to buy T-Mobile for $32 billion. Sprint would pay about $40 per share in cash and stock -- a 17 percent premium over T-Mobile's share price at yesterday's closing. The merger of the nation's third and fourth largest mobile phone carriers could still fall through, but analysts say the two companies need to join forces to compete with their larger rivals, Verizon Wireless and AT&T.

The Montana Supreme Court yesterday ordered Yellowstone County District Judge G. Todd Baugh suspended without pay for saying a 14-year-old sexual assault victim was as much to blame as her attacker. Baugh sentenced the man, former teacher Stacy Rambold, to 31 days in jail, but sparked eight formal complaints and angry protests by saying that the girl was "older than her chronological age" and as much in control as Rambold.

The National Research Council released a report yesterday saying that a NASA plan -- favored by President Obama -- to send astronauts to Mars in the 2030s won't work. The authors of the 300-page study, which was mandated by Congress, instead argues that the US should send astronauts back to the moon. NASA was pushing a moon mission under former president George W. Bush, but Obama said in 2010, "I just have to say pretty bluntly here: We've been there before."

Amazon has a big event scheduled for June 18th, where the company plans to unveil a new ... something. Amazon isn't saying what it is, but it's probably a smartphone. One predicted feature: a 3D user interface that relies on front-facing sensors to track your eye movements and adjust on-screen elements accordingly. Here's Amazon's teaser.

Here's your number for the day: 15. That's the percentage of pet owners who dress up their pet at least once a week.

Trivia Answer: Ronald Wilson Reagan who died on this date 10 years ago today. After losing in the runs for the Republican presidential nominations in 1968 and 1976, he came back and won both the nomination and the election in 1980 becoming the 40th President of the United States. He was also the 33rd Governor of California, serving from 1967 to 1975. As president, Reagan implemented new political and economic initiatives. His supply-side economic policies, dubbed Reaganomics, advocated reduced business regulation, controlling inflation, reducing growth in government spending, and spurring economic growth through tax cuts. In his first term he survived an assassination attempt, took a hard line against organized labor, and ordered military actions in Grenada. He was reelected in a landslide in 1984, proclaiming it was "Morning in America." His second term was primarily marked by foreign matters, namely the ending of the Cold War, the bombing of Libya, and the revelation of the Iran-Contra affair. Publicly describing the Soviet Union as an "evil empire", he supported anti-Communist movements worldwide and spent his first term forgoing the strategy of détente by ordering a massive military buildup in an arms race with the USSR. Reagan negotiated with Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, culminating in the INF Treaty and the decrease of both countries' nuclear arsenals. Reagan left office in 1989. In 1994, the former president disclosed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease earlier in the year; he died ten years later at the age of 93. He ranks highly among former US presidents in terms of approval rating.

Wednesday 6.4.14
Today's Trivia: Three Dog Night was originally formed in 1967 by three vocalists. Can you name at least two of the three?

John Buck downplayed his recent power surge against the Braves as simply taking advantage of the odds. Buck had three hits, including a two-run homer in the seventh inning that gave Seattle the lead, and the Mariners rallied to beat the Atlanta Braves 7-5 last night for their fourth straight win. The homer was Buck's fourth against the Braves since the start of the 2013 season -- including the only three he has hit at Turner Field. No other player has more homers against Atlanta in that span. Asked about his power surge against the Braves, the 33-year-old catcher shrugged and said, "You play them enough, you're bound to get a few." The Braves led 4-0 in the first inning and 5-2 in the second. Right-hander Erasmo Ramirez, recalled from Triple-A Tacoma before the game for his seventh start with Seattle, gave up five runs on eight hits, including two homers, in only three innings. Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon was forced to turn the game over to his bullpen after only three innings. Four Mariners relievers combined for six scoreless innings.

Meanwhile, the Ms concluded their quick two-game series in Atlanta this morning. Hisashi Iwakuma combined with two relievers on a six-hit shutout and the streaking Seattle Mariners beat the Braves 2-0. Cole Gillespie and Kyle Seager hit run-scoring singles. Seattle has won five straight, matching their longest winning streak of the season. An off day for the Ms tomorrow. They're in Tampa Bay Friday through Monday before returning home to face the Yankees on Tuesday.

The Seattle Storm fell to 2-and-6 on the young season after an 87-72 loss to Phoenix last night. Friday, the Storm hosts Minnesota.

Birthdays: Sex expert Dr. Ruth Westheimer is 86; Laura Dern's father, actor Bruce Dern is 78; the last surviving member of the original group, from The Mamas and the Papas, singer Michelle Phillips is 70; Frank Hardy on The Hardy Boys Mysteries, actor Parker Stevenson is 62; Angelina Jolie -- star of the film Maleficent -- is 39; and Katy Perry's ex, actor and comedian Russell Brand is 39.

Today is Applesauce Cake Day. It's also 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.

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 Ranger Jeff Boroughs. 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 USA. 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. Also 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.

Severe thunderstorms swept through parts of the Midwest yesterday, hammering Omaha and other parts of Nebraska with baseball-sized hail. Nebraska residents uploaded photos to social media showing severely damaged cars, including an Omaha police car that was dented and had a shattered windshield. The storms, with winds up to 100 miles an hour, are expected to continue into today.

Former Miami Dolphins star quarterback Dan Marino is reportedly dropping out of a concussion lawsuit against the NFL. The news comes just a day after we got word that he had joined 14 other retired players in filing complaints accusing the league of ignoring links between concussions and long-term health problems. Marino said he had authorized a suit in case he needed future health coverage, but did not know one would be filed now.

Misplace your phone? To save you from frantically searching under sofa cushions and in bags, someone has created an iOS app called Marco Polo that turns this potentially stressful situation into a fun game of find-and-seek. Like the classic summer pool game, simply shout "Marco!" and your phone will respond with "Polo!" You can shout as many times as you need to locate your phone -- it'll keep responding until you find it.

Then there's the Malaysian man who purchased a penis enlargement device online and had a rude shock when he received a magnifying glass instead. To add insult to injury the the instructions that came with the package read "Do not use in sunlight."

Trivia Answer: The singers 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. 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".

Tuesday 6.3.14
Today's Trivia: He was a pathologist, euthanasia activist, painter, author, composer, and instrumentalist. He is best known for publicly championing a terminal patient's right to die via physician-assisted suicide; he claimed to have assisted at least 130 patients to that end. He was often known by the nickname Dr. Death, and famously said, "dying is not a crime". Who is he?

It was a good night to be Kyle Seager. He homered, tripled twice, and doubled, leading Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners past the New York Yankees 10-2 last night. Felix won his fifth straight start to match a career high. He's now 8-and-1. The Mariners broke open a game of odd bounces with a four-run seventh inning, and Seager hit a three-run homer in the ninth. Robinson Cano was again relentlessly booed by Yankees fans, back In the lineup after sitting four straight with a bruised left hand. He went 1 for 3 with two walks. The Mariners are now in Atlanta for a pair the first of which is this afternoon.

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 was released on this date in 1888. It was published in the San Francisco Examiner. Today is Repeat Day, 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 was 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 sent troops to force protesters out of Tiananmen Square after seven weeks of occupation. In 2013, the trial of United States Army private Bradley Manning (later known as Chelsea Manning) for leaking classified material to WikiLeaks began at Fort Meade, Maryland.

Birthdays: Game show host -- remember The Gong Show? -- Chuck Barris is 85; Cuban president Raul Castro is 83; golfer Hale Irwin is 69; singer Suzi Quatro is 64; singer Deniece Williams is 64; the 37th Second Lady of the United States, Jill Biden is 63; known for his song Sometimes When We Touch, singer Dan Hill is 60; newsman Anderson Cooper is 47; and tennis pro Rafael Nadal is 28.

Which scares you more: Hurricane Victor or Hurricane Victoria? A new study finds people are slightly less likely to flee an oncoming storm with a feminine name than a masculine one. But here is Victoria's secret: Hurricanes with feminine names turn out to be deadlier in the United States than their more macho-sounding counterparts. The researchers conclude it's probably because their monikers make people underestimate their danger. In fact, the two deadliest storms to make landfall in the US since 1979, when male names were introduced, were named Katrina and Sandy. The study, which didn't involve any experts in meteorology or disaster science, was published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Atlantic hurricane season started Sunday. In six different experiments, more than 1,000 test subjects told behavioral scientists at the University of Illinois in Champaign that they were slightly more likely to evacuate from an oncoming storm named Christopher than Christina, Victor than Victoria, Alexander than Alexandra and Danny than Kate. They found female names less frightening. Study co-author Sharon Shavitt, a professor of marketing, said "People are looking for meaning in any information that they receive. The name of the storm is providing people with irrelevant information that they actually use."

Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino has filed a lawsuit saying the National Football League "concealed information about football-related brain injuries." The former Miami Dolphins star was one of 15 retired players to file concussion-related lawsuits in a Philadelphia federal court last week. So far 4,800 former players have joined similar suits. The NFL says it never concealed information about brain injuries.

The Pentagon concluded in 2010 that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had been captured by the Taliban after walking away from his unit in Afghanistan, leading to a decision not to mount a high-risk rescue attempt. The U.S. instead initiated negotiations that took years but ended in his release Saturday. Republicans in Congress are demanding public hearings to determine whether the controversial prisoner swap that freed him was legal.

Myspace wants you back -- even if it requires a little blackmail. The social network is emailing users old photos of themselves in hopes of enticing them to return to Myspace. The emails include one or two old photos and a line that reads, "The good, the rad and the what were you thinking..." along with a link that takes users to their profile

A Chinese father is temporarily stuck in South Korea because his four-year-old son drew him an adorable picture -- all over his passport. After the toddler took a Sharpie to his passport the man was told by South Korean officials that he would not be permitted to leave because his passport was unrecognizable.

Trivia Answer: Dr. Jack Kevorkian. He himself died on this date three years ago. In 1999, Kevorkian was arrested and tried for his direct role in a case of voluntary euthanasia. He was convicted of second-degree murder and served eight years of a 10-to-25-year prison sentence. He was released on parole on June 1st of 2007, on condition he would not offer advice nor participate or be present in the act of any type of suicide involving euthanasia, to any other person; as well as neither promote nor talk about the procedure of assisted suicide. Kevorkian had struggled with kidney problems for years. He was diagnosed with liver cancer. Kevorkian was hospitalized on May 18th of 2011 with kidney problems and pneumonia. Kevorkian's condition grew rapidly worse and he died from a thrombosis on June 3rd, 2011, eight days after his 83rd birthday.

Monday 6.2.14
Today's Trivia: He is the only president to wed in the White House. Who was he?

Rookie Roenis Elias pitched a three-hit shutout for the first complete game of his career, leading the Seattle Mariners over the Detroit Tigers 4-0 yesterday. Elias struck out eight and walked one in his 12th major league start, and the first one to last longer than seven innings. The 25-year-old left-hander from Cuba kept Detroit off balance with his curve, striking out five with the breaking ball. The Tigers only put one runner in scoring position. Elias matched a career high with 111 pitches. The Ms win the series 2-games-to-one. Robinson Cano was out of the lineup for a fourth straight game. He is day to day while dealing with a bone bruise on his left hand. The Ms are back to .500 at 28-and-28. The Ms are in New York for a makeup game with the Yankees this afternoon. After that, they move on to Atlanta for a couple of days against the Braves.

Crystal Langhorne scored a season-high 23 points and helped the Seattle Storm beat Tulsa 62-60 yesterday, keeping the Shock winless on the season. Sue Bird and Tanisha Wright added 11 points apiece for Seattle which is now 2-and-5. The Storm snapped a two-game losing streak in its first home game since a season-opening loss to Los Angeles. The Storm is back on the road tomorrow at Phoenix.

Birthdays: Actor Stacy Keach is 73; Rock Hall of Famer drummer Charlie Watts from the Rolling Stones is 73; Beaver Cleaver, actor Jerry Mathers is 66; comedian Dana Carvey is 59; racecar driver Kyle Petty is 54; the original host of the TV show Don't Forget The Lyrics, comedian Wayne Brady is 42; and from Apple's Get a Mac commercials, actor Justin Long is 36.

Alice has died. Ann B. Davis, best known for her role as lovable housekeeper Alice Nelson on the classic TV series The Brady Bunch, passed away yesterday at her home in Texas. A family friend says she suffered a collection of blood on the surface of the brain after slipping and hitting her head in the bathroom, and never regained consciousness. Davis starred in The Brady Bunch until the end of its five-year run in 1974, and went on to reprise her role in a number of spin-off series, including The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, The Brady Brides, and The Bradys. Ann B. Davis was 88.

June is a H-U-G-E events month. First of all, school's out. Then, there's weddings, Therefore, there's a fair share of anniversaries ... we hope. There is no shortage of graduations, from Kindergarten to High School. And, after the graduations, there's the parties. Father's Day also highlights the middle of the month. And, don't forget to honor the flag on Flag Day. By the time we get through the parties and graduations of June, the big party called summer will be in full swing.

Today, is National Bubba Day. A day that honors anyone named or called Bubba. To qualify to be honored today, your name can be formally, or informally "Bubba". You can even take on the name "Bubba" for just the day. That way everyone can celebrate this day. Today is also National Leave The Office Early Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1835, P.T. Barnum and his circus started their first tour of the United States. In 1896, Guglielmo Marconi applied for a patent for his newest invention, the radio. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge signed the Indian Citizenship Act into law, granting citizenship to all Native Americans born within the territorial limits of the United States. In 1997, in Denver, Colorado, Timothy McVeigh was convicted on 15 counts of murder and conspiracy for his role in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was executed four years later. In 2004, Ken Jennings began his 74-game winning streak on the syndicated game show Jeopardy! In 2012, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the killing of demonstrators during the 2011 Egyptian revolution.

Maleficent -- Walt Disney's special-effects laden take on Sleeping Beauty's wicked fairy godmother -- captivated moviegoers, collecting $70 million in ticket sales over the weekend to win at the North American weekend box office. The movie starring Angelina Jolie as the black-robed villain finished far ahead of last week's winner, X-Men: Days of Future Past, which took $32.6 million. Seth MacFarlane's western comedy, A Million Ways to Die in the West, was third. Godzilla, the latest installment of the 60-year-old series about a giant lizard, was fourth. Blended, the romantic comedy pairing Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in their third film, came in fifth.

Trivia Answer: Grover Cleveland. On June 2nd of 1886, he became the first and only president to marry in the White House. After the death of his law partner, he became the guardian of his partner's daughter. The relationship eventually changed into one of romance when she became older. For a time, Cleveland allowed the media to believe that his interest was actually in the widow Folsom instead of Frances Folsom the daughter. After his and the daughter's relationship became public knowledge he again toyed with the media as to the location of the upcoming marriage. They didn't decide to marry in the White House until the last moment. Cleveland and his wife remained devoted to one another until his death.