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|Morning Trivia: As both a college coach and an NFL coach, he popularized the West Coast offense. He was named the NFL's Coach of the Year in 1981 and 1984. In 1993, he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Who is he?
The Mariners were off yesterday. They're in Chicago now to play the Cubs for three.
Birthdays: Former US Senator and Scretary of Labor Elizabeth Dole is 80; keyboardist and sole remaining founding member of REO Speedwagon, Neal Doughty is 70; he's a filmmaker, primarily known for documentaries, Ken Burns is 63; from Rush, singer Geddy Lee is 63; Mrs. Bruce Springsteen, E Street band member Patti Scialfa is also 63; Rodney Allen Rippy, he of the old school Jack in the Box commercials, is 48; and half of Gnarls Barkley, musician Danger Mouse is 39.
Today is National Lasagna Day. Today is Rain Day in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. Legend is that it always rains in Waynesburg on July 29th. It all began in 1878 when a farmer casually told drug store clerk William Allison that it always seemed to rain on July 29th in the town. They started to keep an annual tabulation of rainfall on that day. How often does it rain in Waynesburg on this date? Unofficially, as of last July 29th, it has rained 114 out of the last 142 years. Today's forecast? Partly sunny with about a 30% chance of showers and a high of 82.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1965, The Beatles second film Help! debuted at The Pavilion Theatre in London. In 1966, Bob Dylan crashed his motorcycle in Woodstock, New York. The incident immediately passed into myth, with many wondering if Dylan was hurt at all or simply used the accident to disappear from public life. Middletown Hospital admitted him with a concussion and broken neck vertebrae. Dylan continued to suffer from paralysis and mild amnesia for the next month. In 1974, Mama Cass Elliot died of a heart attack in London at age 32. A coroner mistakenly said she died of choking on a ham sandwich. In 1976, in New York, New York, David Berkowitz (aka the Son of Sam) killed one person and seriously wounded another in the first of a series of attacks. In 1981, a worldwide television audience of over 700 million people watched the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral in London. In 1991, the Metallica single Enter Sandman was released. In 1998, in New Orleans, matchbox 20 kicked off their first headlining tour.
Hillary Clinton beamed with emotion as she took the convention stage last night to become the first woman ever to accept a major US party's presidential nomination.
Women are more attracted to men who surround themselves with other attractive women. A study shows the presence of these other women gives men a "halo effect" which confirms he is suitable dating material, and they need look no further. The effect is known as "mate choice copying" in the animal kingdom.
Researchers have finally figured out the exact number of hours you can be sedentary during the day before you increase your risk of developing cardiac problems -- 10 hours. Is it just me or does this sound like s study the was funded by Netflix?
Trivia Answer: Bill Walsh. He died nine years ago tomorrow. He was the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers and the Stanford Cardinal football teams, during which time he popularized the West Coast offense. The West Coast offense is an offense that places a greater emphasis on passing than on running. Originally the term referred to the Air Coryell system popularized by Don Coryell, but it now more commonly refers to the offensive system popularized by Bill Walsh, characterized by short, horizontal passing routes in lieu of running plays to stretch out defenses, opening up the potential for long runs or long passes. After retiring from the 49ers, Walsh returned as head coach at Stanford and later served as Cardinal athletic director. Walsh went 102–63–1 with the 49ers, winning ten of his 14 postseason games along with six division titles, three NFC Championship titles, and three Super Bowls. Bill Walsh died of leukemia on July 30th of 2007.
|Morning Trivia: Skeletal remains of a prehistoric man were found in our state on this date in 1996. The remains became embroiled in debates about the relationship between Native American religious rights, archaeology, and other interested stakeholders. What name has been given to the remains? |
It's tough to win when you walk in runs. Mariner starter James Paxton did it in the third inning last night and then newcomer Drew Storen did it in the seventh. It was all the edge the Pittsburgh Pirates needed in their 10-1 thrashing of the Mariners. Today, thankfully, is an off day for Seattle. They begin a three-game, weekend set against the Chicago Cubs tomorrow. The Mariners return to Safeco Field Monday for a four-game series against the Boston Red Sox.
Birthdays: Former basketball player-turned-politician, Bill Bradley is 72; the creator of the Garfield comic strip, Jim Davis is 71; nown for the song Sunshine, singer Jonathan Edwards is 70; Gloria Stivic on All in the Family, born in Portland, by the way, actress Sally Struthers is 68; TV producer Dick Ebersol is 69; Georgette on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, actress Georgia Engel is 68; Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke is 67; baseball pitching great Vida Blue is also 67; and Happy birthday to the city of Miami, Florida -- incorporated on this date in 1896. The population in 1896? Just over 300.
Today is National Milk Chocolate Day. An important note: Don't be dyslexic about this special day. Today is a day for Milk Chocolate, not Chocolate Milk.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1945, a US Army B-25 bomber crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building killing 14 and injuring 26. In 1951, Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland was released. In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson announced his order to increase the number of United States troops in South Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000. In 1973, Summer Jam at Watkins Glen was held. Some 600,000 people attended a rock festival at the Watkins Glen International Raceway. In 1973, Lee Majors and Farrah Fawcett were married. In 1982, San Francisco became the first city in the US to ban handguns. In 1995, Jimi Hendrix' father James Al Hendrix won back the rights to his son's name, likeness, image and music after a number of companies had profited from them over the years. In 1996, the remains of a prehistoric man were discovered near Kennewick. In 2000, Kathie Lee Gifford made her final appearance as co-host of Live with Regis and Kathie Lee.
Sometimes you see a story and think to yourself, "Really?" A teacher in Britain has quit her job to become a full-time Pokemon GO player. 26-year-old Sophia Pedraza plans to cash in on the craze by pounding the streets to collect virtual characters and then sell her accounts on eBay. Really?
Trivia Answer: Kennewick Man. The remains were found on the bank of the Columbia River in Kennewick. The discovery of Kennewick Man was accidental; a pair of spectators (Will Thomas and David Deacy) found his skull while attending the annual hydroplane races. The debate over the remains was based on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. According to the act, if human remains are found on federal lands and their cultural affiliation to a Native American tribe can be established, the affiliated tribe can claim them. Five Native American groups (the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Yakama, Wanapum, and Colville (cawl ville) claimed the remains as theirs, to be buried by traditional means. Only the Umatilla tribe continued further court proceedings.The Umatilla tribe requested custody of the remains, wanting to bury them according to tribal tradition. Their claim was contested by researchers hoping to study the remains. In February of 2004, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that a cultural link between the tribes and the skeleton was not met, allowing scientific study of the remains to continue. In July of 2005, a team of scientists from around the United States convened in Seattle for ten days to study the remains. The discovery of Kennewick Man, along with other ancient skeletons, has furthered scientific debate over the exact origin and history of early Native American people. The prevailing hypothesis holds that a single wave of migration occurred, consisting of hunters and gatherers following large herds of game, which wandered across the Bering land bridge around 12,000 years ago. Other hypotheses contend that there were numerous waves of migration to the Americas. The apparent diversity of ancient skeletal remains, which may include traits not typically associated with modern Native Americans, has been used as evidence to support these rival hypotheses. Recent (2008) evidence on the genetics of modern populations suggests that they originated in a single migration. In June of last year, scientists at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark determined through DNA from 8,500-year-old bones that Kennewick Man is, in fact, related to contemporary Native Americans, including those from the region in which his bones were found. The international team of scientists had confirmed that finding to the Army Corps of Engineers as far back as 2013. The results did not surprise scientists who study the genetics of ancient people, as almost all Paleoamericans "have shown strong genetic ties with modern Native Americans." Analysis showed that Kennewick Man is “very closely related to the Colville" tribe in northeast Washington. The results were published in Nature magazine. Public officials such as Governor Jay Inslee and Senator Patty Murray have since called on the Corps of Engineers, which retained possession of Kennewick Man, to return the remains to Native American tribes. As of 2014, the remains are at the Burke Museum at the University of Washington, where they were deposited in October 1998. The Burke Museum is the court-appointed neutral repository for the remains and does not exhibit them. They are still legally the property of the US Army Corps of Engineers, as they were found on land under its custody.
|Morning Trivia: In the 80s and 90s, he played Luther Van Dam on Craig T. Nelson's ABC sitcom Coach. He has a famous older brother -- in fact he made his TV acting debut with several guest appearances on his brother's show. Who is he? |
Felix Hernandez settled down after a rough start -- he gave up four runs in the first two innings -- and picked up his first victory in more than two months when the Seattle Mariners topped the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-4 last night. The Ms and Pirates meet up again this afternoon to wrap up their two=game series. First pitch at 4:05.
Birthdays: TV producer Norman Lear is 94; Ode to Billie Joe singer Bobbie Gentry is 72; figure skater Peggy Fleming is 68; Sgt. Lucy Bates on Hill Street Blues, actress Betty Thomas is 68; singer Maureen McGovern is 67; comedian and actress Carol Leifer is 60; comedian Bill Engvall -- he's at The Creek on Friday, September 9th -- is 59; singer Pete Yorn is 42; and baseball's Alex Rodriguez is 41.
Today is Form A Company Quartet Day, a day to find co-workers who like to sing. Today is Walk on Stilts Day, a chance to enjoy a challenge of childhood, no matter your age. Today is Take Your Houseplants for A Walk Day.
Calendar note: On this date in 1940, Bugs Bunny made his official debut in the Warner Brothers animated cartoon A Wild Hare. In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation requiring cigarette packages and ads to display a health warning from the US Surgeon General. In 1974, a House Committee voted to impeach President Richard Nixon. Also in 1974, Eric Clapton's first solo single entered the British music charts, I Shot the Sheriff. In 1976, Tina Turner filed for a divorce from Ike. In 1981, 6-year-old Adam Walsh, son of John Walsh was kidnapped in Hollywood, Florida and was found murdered two weeks later. Also in 1981, Stevie Nicks' first solo album, Bella Donna, was released. In 1994: When Cindy Hartman's phone rang in the middle of the night in Conway, Arkansas, she discovered an armed burglar ransacking her home. She fell to her knees and asked if she could pray for him. The burglar broke down, joined her in prayer, and apologized. He brought her belongings back into the house, borrowed a shirt to wipe away his fingerprints, and left his gun behind when he drove away. In 2003, comdian Bob Hope died in Toluca Lake, California, at the age of 100. Also in 2003, it was reported by the BBC that there was no monster in Loch Ness. The investigation used 600 separate sonar beams and satellite navigation technology to trawl the loch. Reports of sightings of the Loch Ness Monster began in the 6th century.
In the coaching ranks, one out and one to stay in. Sigi Schmid won an MLS Supporters Shield, four US Open Cups, and never missed the playoffs as head coach of the Seattle Sounders. But the team and Schmid are parting ways. The Sounders announced yesterday that Schmid's run as the only coach in the franchise's MLS era has come to an end. Longtime Seattle assistant Brian Schmetzer is taking over immediately as interim head coach. Schmid was 115-79-56 with the Sounders and led them to seven consecutive MLS Cup playoff appearances, and his 228 regular-season wins rank first in league history. But Seattle has struggled this season, currently sitting in ninth place in the Western Conference with a 6-12-2 record. On Sunday, the Sounders lost 3-0 at Sporting Kansas City, and managed just one shot in the game. Schmetzer's first game in charge will be on Sunday when Seattle hosts the Galaxy. The Sounders will start that game 10 points out of the last Western Conference playoff spot.
Meanwhile, The Seattle Seahawks and coach Pete Carroll have agreed on a contract extension, keeping the oldest head coach in the NFL locked up til at least the 2019 season. Team owner Paul Allen tweeted confirmation of Carroll's last night. The move with the 64-year-old Carroll came just two days after the team locked up general manager John Schneider to a contract extension. Both Carroll's and Schneider's current deals were set to expire after the 2016 season, but the tandem pairing that has brought the Seahawks unrivaled success in their franchise history will be teamed together for another few seasons. Seahawks players report for training camp on Friday and start practice on Saturday.
Because there was no Jackpot winner in Saturday’s Powerball drawing, tonight’s top prize will be worth at least $422 million. This will be the largest Powerball jackpot since the record jackpot January 13th.
The results of Mars' latest promotional campaign are in and America has chosen Coffee Nut M&M's to become the candy's new permanent flavor. The coffee-flavored morsels will hit shelves nationwide in August after being dubbed “America’s favorite peanut” during a contest that asked consumers to choose between three different varieties of the chocolates -- coffee nut, honey nut and chili nut.
For the sixth consecutive year Iceland has been named the world’s most peaceful country. I'm thinking they must not have elections there.
Last month, Led Zeppelin won a court case alleging that they had plagiarized parts of Stairway to Heaven from a song by the band Spirit. But attorneys representing Michael Skidmore -- a trustee for the estate of Spirit guitarist Randy California -- have filed an appeal challenging the decision. The appeal is notable because besides contesting the overall ruling it takes issue with rulings made during the trial -- namely the judge's refusal to let Skidmore's attorney Francis Malofiy play recordings of the songs in question. Malofiy said that Led Zeppelin "won a technicality."
Trivia Answer: Jerry Van Dyke who turns 85 today. He's the the younger brother of Dick Van Dyke. He made his TV acting debut on The Dick Van Dyke Show with several guest appearances as Rob Petrie's brother, Stacey. He continues to make frequent television appearances and performs stand up comedy in major venues around the country. Van Dyke is an avid poker player and has announced a number of poker tournaments for ESPN.
|Morning Trivia: This singer/songwriter's musical career spanned soul, country, pop, and musical theater. His biggest hit was one of the biggest hits of 1973, sold over one million copies, and remains a staple of radio airplay. The song became a hit again in 2003, when it was covered by Uncle Kracker and featured this guy as a guest vocalist. Who is the singer/songwriter and what was the song?
No Mariners yesterday. They're back in action tonight. They're in Pittsburgh to face the Pirates for two, Game one is this afternoon at 4:00.
Birthdays: Singer Darlene Love is 75; Rolling Stone Mick Jagger is 73; Queen drummer Roger Taylor is 67; actress Susan George is 66; figure skater Dorothy Hamill is 60; actor Kevin Spacey is 57; from Extreme -- and briefly with Van Halen -- singer Gary Cherone is 55; and actress Sandra Bullock is 52.
Today is the birthday of the US Post Office. On July 26th of 1775, the 2nd Continental Congress established the first formal postal system for the US. Benjamin Franklin became the first Postmaster General. Today is National Coffee Milkshake Day. Today is All or Nothing Day. How will your day go? Will you have it all ... or nothing. How would one describe All or Nothing Day. It is certainly a day of extremes. If you're a gambler, it's a day to go for broke. And today is Aunts and Uncles Day, to honors a very special pair of relatives. They are your mom and dad's brothers and sisters. We hope you have a lot of Aunts and Uncles. The more, the merrier. Celebrate Aunt and Uncles Day by spending time with your Aunts and Uncles. If you can't visit, make a phone call or send an email.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1948, Babe Ruth was seen by the public for the last time, when he attended the New York City premiere of the motion picture, The Babe Ruth Story. In 1968, John Lennon and Paul McCartney completed composing the song Hey Jude. In 1975, Van McCoy and The Soul City Symphony hit #1 for their first and only time on the Billboard Hot 100 with the disco hit The Hustle. In 1976, Time magazine profiled actor John Travolta of TV's Welcome Back, Kotter in an article entitled Sweathog Heartthrob. In 1984, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson became the first network television program to be telecast in stereo. In 1997, actress Linda Hamilton and director James Cameron were married. In 2000, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against Napster, Inc. The injunction had been requested by the Recording Industry of Association of America. The website was ordered to cease trade in music covered by RIAA member copyrights by midnight July 28th of 2000.
Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett's agent is reportedly meeting with Hawks' brass this week to discuss an extension. Bennett has been asking for a raise for over a year. And just recently, he's asked for one again. The 30-year-old hired a new agent in the off-season. He's now being represented by Doug Hendrickson. He's Marshawn Lynch's old agent. Hendrickson got Beast Mode a raise after a holdout in 2014. Last year, Bennett didn't holdout because his wife wouldn't let him. But with Hendrickson as his new agent, that may change. Players report for training camp on Friday and start practice on Saturday.
The Seattle Sounders will no longer have its one and only coach. Sigi Schmid is out as the team's coach after eight years. The team is in 9th place, has a record of six wins and 12 losses and had a pathetic loss Sunday to Kansas City in its last game. The team seems unlikely to make the playoffs this year. The 63-year-old Schmid came to Seattle from Columbus Crew SC in 2008 after winning an MLS Cup title in Columbus. Schmid previously claimed the 2002 MLS Cup with the LA Galaxy He is a two-time MLS Coach of the Year and recent National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee. Brian Schmetzer, meanwhile, who has has served as the Sounders’ top assistant since the club's MLS inception in 2009, will be the interim coach.
While retailers are making their own coupons and even manufacturers' coupons available through mobile apps, customers still prefer to clip and carry around paper coupons. For every one online coupon redeemed, 48 paper ones are redeemed.
Trivia Answer: The singer/songwriter was Dobie Gray who was born on this date in 1940. The song was Drift Away. The remake was featured on Uncle Kracker's No Stranger to Shame album. The re-recording peaked at #9 one week to the day after Gray's 63rd birthday and placed at #19 in the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 2003 as well as logging a record-setting 28 weeks atop the Adult Contemporary chart in 2003-2004. Dobie Gray died on December 6th of 2011 from complications of cancer surgery at the age of 71.
|Morning Trivia: This football player spent his entire professional career with the National Football League's Chicago Bears. He's remembered as one of the most prolific running backs ever. He was nine-time Pro Bowl selectee, once held the league's record for most career rushing yards, touchdowns, carries, yards from scrimmage, all-purpose yards, and many other categories. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993. Hall of Fame coach Mike Ditka described this man as the greatest football player he had ever seen -- but even greater as a human being. Who is he?
The Kid's name is now etched on a plaque at the Baseball Hall of Fame. For Ken Griffey Jr., the culmination of his long journey was tinged with tears all around. Staring out at his family and tens of thousands of fans Griffey said, "I stand up here humbled and overwhelmed. I can't describe how it feels." Griffey, the first pick of the 1987 amateur draft, became the highest pick ever inducted. Griffey played 22 big-league seasons with the Mariners, Reds and White Sox and was selected on a record 99.32 percent of ballots cast, an affirmation of sorts for his clean performance during baseball's so-called Steroids Era. A 13-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove Award winner in center field, Griffey hit 630 home runs, sixth all-time, and drove in 1,836 runs. He also was the American League MVP in 1997, drove in at least 100 runs in eight seasons, and won seven Silver Slugger Awards. Griffey, who fell just three votes shy of being the first unanimous selection, hit 417 of his 630 homers and won all 10 of his Gold Gloves with the Mariners. He played the first 11 seasons of his career with the Mariners and led them to the playoffs for the first two times in franchise history. At the end of his speech, Griffey said, "I'm going to leave you with one thing. In 22 years I learned that one team will treat you the best, and that's your first team. I'm damn proud to be a Seattle Mariner." Attendance was estimated at around 50,000 by the Hall of Fame, tying 1999 for second-most all time.
Meanwhile, a day after collecting a season-high-tying 19 hits in a 14-5 romp over Toronto, the Mariners mustered one hit off ex-teammate JA Happ and three relievers yesterday and lost 2-0 to the Blue Jays at Rogers Center. Yesterday’s game lasted two hours, 21 minutes, tied for the shortest of the season. The Mariners are off today and open a two-game set in Pittsburgh tomorrow afternoon. Felix Hernandez gets the start.
Birthdays: David Bowie's widow, supermodel Iman is 61; Joey on Friends, actor Matt LeBlanc is 49; and the first baby conceived by in vitro fertilization, Louise Brown is 38.
It’s National Hot Fudge Sundae Day. It's Culinarians Day -- a special day for anyone who cooks. That means just about everyone of us get to celebrate this day. You don't have to be a chef, or a graduate of a culinary institute to celebrate this delicious day. You simply have to cook, and to enjoy the results. It’s Threading the Needle Day -- It certainly is a day for those who sew. It also has a second meaning. The term "thread the needle" is a saying meaning to either walk a fine and difficult line between two things or issues, or to do something difficult.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1964, The Beatles went to number one in the UK with A Hard Day's Night. In 1965, Bob Dylan went electric as he plugged in at the Newport Folk Festival, signaling a major change in folk and rock music. In 1969, Senator Ted Kennedy pleaded guilty to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident one week after an auto accident at Chappaquiddick had taken the life of Mary Jo Kopechne. In 1970, Chicago released their single 25 or 6 to 4. In 1979, President Jimmy Carter absolved Dr. Samuel Mudd, the physician who had treated John Wilkes Booth's broken leg, of any responsibility in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. In 1980, AC/DC released their iconic album Back in Black. It was their first album without late singer Bon Scott. In 2002, Texas Governor George W. Bush selected Dick Cheney to be his running mate on the Republican presidential ticket.
Star Trek Beyond debuted to a solid $59.6 million this weekend, signaling that after six television series, 13 movies and 50 years in the pop culture conversation, there's still life left in one of Hollywood's most durable franchises. And there are more intergalactic missions to come. Paramount took the unusual step of announcing yet another sequel was in the works even before this latest USS Enterprise adventure sailed into theaters. The latest chapter in the Star Trek saga performed respectably, but its opening is down from the two previous films in the series. Star Trek Beyond couldn't match the $70.2 million launch of 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness nor could it top the $75.2 million bow of 2009's Star Trek nonetheless, Star Trek Beyond finished first at the box office. Second place went to The Secret Life of Pets. It was a tie for third place with Lights Out and Ghostbusters each hauling in $21.6 million. One of the weekend's other new releases, Ice Age: Collision Course place fourth. Finding Dory is still doing well rounding out the top five.
Because US Olympics and NBC officials want swimming finals in prime time -- 10 PM in the East and 7 here in the West -- the US Swim Team needs to catch some sleep when there's daylight. Which is why the team is heading to Rio with pillows from home, blackout curtains, eyemasks and earplugs.
Then there was the guy in Australia who crashed his car into a sleeping couple's bedroom. He allegedly cracked open a beer after freeing himself from his crumpled sedan and declared, "I'd better have another beer. I'm going to jail for sure."
Trivia Answer: Walter Payton who was born on this date in 1954. He was known around the NFL as Sweetness. Payton began his football career in Mississippi, and went on to have an outstanding collegiate football career at Jackson State University where he was an All-American. He started his professional career with the Bears in 1975, who selected him as the 1975 Draft's fourth overall pick. Payton proceeded to win two NFL Most Valuable Player Awards, and won Super Bowl XX with the 1985 Chicago Bears. After struggling with a rare liver disease for several months, Payton died on November 1st of 1999 at the age of 45. His legacy includes the Walter Payton Award, the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, and a heightened awareness of the need for organ donations.
|Morning Trivia: He’s a Canadian-American television personality and game show host. He has hosted numerous game/quiz shows including The Wizard of Odds, High Rollers, and Pitfall, and has appeared in television series, usually as himself. The job for which he is best known is hosting this game show since 1984. Though a native of Canada, he became a naturalized United States citizen in 1998. Who is the guy and what is the show he hosts?
The Seattle Mariners with an off day yesterday. They're back in action later today. They kick off an 11-day, eight-game road trip this afternoon at 4:00 at Toronto.
The Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown inducts the class of 2016 Sunday. This year's class consists of just two players: Mike Piazza AND Ken Griffey, Jr. Junior is the first Mariner player to go into the hall.
Birthdays: Politician Bob Dole is 93; actor Orson Bean is 88; singer and actor Bobby Sherman is 73; actor Danny Glover is 70; actor and comedian Albert Brooks is 69; from The Eagles, singer and songwriter Don Henley is also 69; guitarist Al Di Meola is 62; actor Willem Dafoe is 61; singer Keith Sweat is 55; actor and comedian David Spade is 52; and singer and actress Selena Gomez is 24.
Today is Rat Catchers Day, marking the legend of this date in 1376 when the Pied Piper piped all the rats out of Hamelin, Germany. Then, when the village refused to pay, he piped all the children out, too. Today is Spooner's Day, marking the birth of William Spooner on this date in 1844. The Rev. Spooner's tongue slipped frequently, producing spoonerisms, like "blushing crow' for crushing blow, "swell foop" for fell swoop, and "queer old dean" for dear old queen. Today is Hammock Day, appropriately celebrated right in the middle of the Dog Days of summer (July 3rd though August 11th). There’s no better place to slow down and relax, than on a hammock.
Calendar notes: On this day in 1933, Wiley Post became the first person to fly solo around the world traveling 15,596 miles in 7 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes. In 1934, outside Chicago's Biograph Theater, Public Enemy No. 1 John Dillinger was mortally wounded by FBI agents. In 1962, Fruit Loops & Toucan Sam debuted. In 1967, Jimi Hendrix called it quits as the support act for The Monkees. Also In 1967, The Doors made their debut on American Bandstand and performed Light My Fire. In 1979, the Sony Walkman went on sale to the public. In 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in Milwaukee after police discovered human remains in his apartment.
The NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people. The league had expressed its opposition to the law known as HB2 since it was enacted in March, and its decision yesterday came shortly after state legislators revisited the law and chose to leave it largely unchanged. The league said that it hoped to announce a new location for next February's events shortly and that it hopes to reschedule the 2019 game for Charlotte if there is a resolution to the matter.
Fans of the original MacGyver may see a familiar face on CBS' reboot this fall. Original star Richard Dean Anderson is in talks to appear on the new series.
In theaters this weekend, the new Star Trek movie,the PG-13 rated Star Trek Beyond. Also look for Ice Age: Collision Course (PG), and Lights Out (PG-13).
The Seahawks have announced that single-game ticket sales for the 2016 regular season begin Monday morning at 10:00. One thousand and seven hundred tickets for each game go on sale at CenturyLink Field for $66 apiece, the average of the lowest price offered by all 32 NFL teams. Fans are permitted to start lining up for tickets at 3:00 Sunday afternoon, when they will receive wristbands to secure their places in line. Wristbands are being distributed from 3:00 until 8:00 after fans produce valid identification. Overnight camping is prohibited. Fans purchasing tickets will be limited to four tickets each. Seahawks season tickets are sold out, with a renewal rate of 99.5 percent.
Guitarist Joe Perry is returning to the Hollywood Vampires tour tonight following a recent health scare, according to the band's publicist. Bandmate Alice Cooper tweeted the news first. "Joe is back!" Cooper wrote yesterday afternoon. The 65-year-old Perry is reuniting with bandmates Cooper and Johnny Depp tonight in Rohnert Park, California. The tour wraps up Monday in Paso Robles, California, where the band is playing at the state fair. The legendary guitarist was hospitalized July 10th after leaving the stage during a Vampires concert in Brooklyn. A concert video posted on social media showed an ill Perry sitting down on the drum riser during a song before making his way off the stage. The Vampires continued the tour while Perry recovered. The band's publicist did not elaborate on Perry's condition.
Donald Trump accepted the Republican Party's presidential nomination last night. The Democatic Convention coming next week. Is it November yet?
Trivia Answer: George Alexander Trebek -- Alex Trebek -- who is 76 today. The program is Jeopardy! Alex was expected to retire from Jeopardy! at the end of Season 32, which wraps up this year. But he's now signed through 2018.
|Morning Trivia: He played Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show, Ralph Furley on Three’s Company, and Les "Ace" Calhoun on Matlock. Who is he? |
Leonys Martin hit his second home run of the game, a solo shot with one out in the 11th inning that sent the Seattle Mariners over the Chicago White Sox 6-5 yesterday. Martin hit a two-run homer in the second inning. He then drove an 0-2 pitch over the wall in right for his 13th homerun. Seattle ace Felix Hernandez, activated off the disabled list earlier in the day, allowed five runs on 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out two and walked two in his first start since May 27th. Seattle opens an 11-day, eight-game road trip tomorrow at Toronto.
The Cubs added bullpen help by acquiring left-hander Mike Montgomery from the Mariners yesterday for first baseman and designated hitter Dan Vogelbach. The Cubs' Joe Maddon described Montgomery as "big left-hander with a very good arm."
The Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown inducts the class of 2016 Sunday. This year's class consists of Mike Piazza AND Ken Griffey, Jr. -- the first Mariner player to go into the hall.
Birthdays: Former Attorney General Janet Reno 78; the man that submitted the Starr Report to Congress with the intention of having President Bill Clinton impeached, lawyer Ken Starr is 70; the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, Yusuf Islam is 68; Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau is also 68; the guy that put Puttin' on the Ritz on the Top 40, Taco is 61; comedian Jon Lovitz is 59; the frontman for Tonic, singer Emerson Hart is 47; and baseball's CC Sabathia 36.
Today is National Junk Food Day, an opportunity to guiltlessly eat your favorite junk food.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1873, at Adair, Iowa, Jesse James and the James-Younger Gang pulled off the first successful train robbery in the American Old West. In 1925, in the Scopes Trial in Dayton, Tennessee, high school biology teacher John T Scopes was found guilty of teaching evolution in class and fined $100. In 1979, Robert Palmer's Bad Case Of Loving You was released. In 1983, the world's lowest temperature in an inhabited location was recorded at Vostok Station, Antarctica at - 128.6 °F. In 1987, Guns 'n Roses released their debut album Appetite For Destruction. In 2007, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the fastest-selling novel ever, was published. It sold 15 million copies in the first 24 hours of its release. In 2011, Space Shuttle Atlantis landed at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was the last flight of NASA's space shuttle program.
Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor was picked as the NFL's most overrated player for this season by CBS Sports' Pete Prisco. Prisco wrote, "He's a solid NFL safety but his reputation would make you think he's Ronnie Lott in his prime." The 6-foot-3, 232-pound defensive back sat out the Seahawks first two games last season, an overtime loss at St. Louis and a Sunday night double-digit loss at Green Bay. Excluding the holdout, Chancellor has started all but four games in the last five years. Still after he returned, Prisco doesn't think the 28-year-old ever regained his prowess throughout the season as the big-hitting safety he once was. Prisco wrote, "He just wasn't the same player, and had problems at times in coverage, which has been his weakness for a while. Fans and media members get excited about his big hits, but he needs to improve his coverage skills and make more plays on the ball. The game has changed," he wrote. "Some 10 to 15 years ago Chancellor would have been an all-out star. But with offenses spread out, he's becoming more of a liability." We're down to 48 days until the NFL 2016/17 season gets underway.
Trivia Answer: Don Knotts, who was born on this date 1924 in Morgantown, West Virginia. He was also a regular on Search for Tomorrow, The Steve Allen Show, The Don Knotts Show, and What A Country! He won five Emmy awards. He died at the age of 81 in February of 2006.
|Morning Trivia: Today is Moon Day, marking man's first landing on the moon. On this date in 1969, Apollo 11 successfully made the first human-crewed landing on the Moon in the Sea of Tranquility. The first moonwalk followed almost 7 hours later. Can you name the three crew members of Apollo 11?
Adam Lind stepped up with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning again last night and needed to hit a five-run homer. So never mind. Thanks in part to a three-run top of the ninth by the White Sox, the Mariners stumbled to a 6-1 loss. Now, the King’s Court will have to de-rust for Felix Hernandez's first appearance since May 27th. Felix gets the start as the series wraps up today.
Birthdays: Emma Peel on The Avengers, actress Diana Rigg is 78; she of Bette Davis Eyes fame, singer Kim Carnes is 71; Moody Blues bassist John Lodge is also 71; 10-time Grammy winner, Carlos Santana is 69; singer Chris Cornell is 52; Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard is 50; basketball's Ray Allen is 41; and Gisele Bündchen -- Mrs. Tom Brady -- is 36.
Actor, producer, director and writer Garry Marshall has died. Marshall was well known for producing TV shows including Happy Days, Mork & Mindy, and Laverne and Shirley. He also appeared as an actor in The Odd Couple, Hot in Cleveland, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Murphy Brown, and The Dick Van Dyke Show, to name just a few. Among his directing credits: Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, and The Princess Diaries. Reports say Marshall died at 5 yesterday afternoon of complications from pneumonia and had been in and out of the hospital, following a stroke. Garry Marshall was 81.
Today is Moon Day, marking man's first landing on the moon on this date in 1969. Today is Special Olympics Day, the anniversary of the first Special Olympics, held in Chicago at Soldier Field in 1968. Today is Lollipop Day -- our chance to celebrate and enjoy the creation of Lollipops. Today is Ugly Truck Day -- beyond a doubt, a "guy thing". Every guy can appreciate the importance of this day. Not to be left out, a fair number of the ladies appreciate their ugly trucks, too. Ugly trucks are loved and cherished by their owners.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1944, President Roosevelt was nominated for an unprecedented fourth term of office at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. In 1974, a Dallas narcotics suspect surrendered after police had served a warrant at his "incredibly filthy" apartment two days earlier while he wasn’t home. Officers made his bed, washed his dishes, vacuumed, tossed out all the beer cans and trash, and left fresh flowers on his coffee table with a note saying they'd taken his drugs. In 1975, Steve Van Zandt (also known as Little Steven) performed for the first time in concert as a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. In 1994, OJ Simpson offered a $500,000 reward for the capture of his wife's real killer. In 2003, a prison guard in Betim, Brazil. went to a bar close to his jail and bumped into three inmates who had sneaked out for a drink. The owner said they were regulars who often popped in. The men said they weren't running away, they were only having a beer. The prisoners were returned to jail and an investigation was launched into security.
Republicans nominated Donald Trump last night as their presidential standard-bearer, capping the billionaire businessman's stunning takeover of the GOP and propelling him into a November faceoff with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Trump's campaign hoped the formal nomination would both end the discord surging through the Republican Party and overshadow the convention's chaotic kickoff, which included a plagiarism charge involving Melania Trump's address on opening night. The game is afoot.
Acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton thinks he's found the "quietest square inch in the United States." It's marked by a red pebble that he placed on a log in a corner of the Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park here in western Washington (at 47°51’57.5?N, 123°52’13.3?W). The area is actually full of sounds, but the sounds are natural — by quietest, Hempton means that this point is subject to less human-made noise pollution than any other spot in the American wilderness.
Trivia Answer: Apollo 11 was crewed by Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin, Jr. Launched from Florida on July 16th, Apollo 11 was the fifth manned mission, and the third lunar mission of NASA's Apollo program. On this date, Armstrong and Aldrin landed in the Sea of Tranquillity and on July 21st and became the first humans to walk on the Moon. Their landing craft, Eagle, spent 21 hours and 31 minutes on the lunar surface while Collins orbited above in the command ship, Columbia. The three astronauts returned to Earth with 47.5 pounds of lunar rocks and landed in the Pacific Ocean on July 24th. Apollo 11 fulfilled U.S. President John F. Kennedy's goal of reaching the Moon before the Soviet Union by the end of the 1960s, which he had expressed during a 1961 mission statement before the United States Congress: "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth." Five additional Apollo missions landed on the Moon from 1969 to 1972.
|Morning Trivia: Who was the first participant in the OJ Simpson trial to be featured on the cover of Playgirl? |
Another night of anemic offense was forgotten with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning when pinch hitter Adam Lind blasted a three-run, walk-off homer to beat the White Sox 4-3 last night at Safeco Field. After Chicago ace Chris Sale held the Mariners to just one hit over eight scoreless innings, Seattle scored all runs with two outs off closer David Robertson. The Mariners have an MLB-best five walk-off homers. The second game of the series is tonight at 7:10.
Birthdays: Singer Vikki Carr is 75; Commander Cody -- as in Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen -- is 72; author Stephen Coonts is 70; he was with The Eagles, guitarist Bernie Leadon is 69; and Queen guitarist Brian May is also 69.
Today is Deadly Mist Day, the day the deadly mist began rolling across the lake in Stephen King’s novel, The Mist. Today is Lord of the Rings Day. The Fellowship of the Ring, the first part of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic, The Lord of the Rings, was published on this date in 1954. Today is Stick Your Tongue Out Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1982, the US Census Bureau reported that 14% of the population had an income below the official poverty level during the previous year. In 1985, Christa McAuliffe of New Hampshire was chosen to be the first schoolteacher to ride aboard the space shuttle. McAuliffe and six other crew members died when the Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff. In 1993, the Department of Defense announced its Don't ask, Don't tell, Don't pursue policy toward homosexuals in the military. In 2005, US Appeals Court Judge John Roberts was nominated by President George Bush to the Supreme Court, replacing Sandra Day O'Connor.
Feeling left behind in the world of Pokemon Go? If you’ve got $1,500 you can catch up real fast -- and go straight to level 21. Pokemon Go accounts are for sale on sites like Craigslist and eBay. If that's a little too rich, you can always jump to level 16 for $150. Ya know, Demetri Martin says once he figured out he could buy trophies, he was good at everything: baseball, football, tennis, golf.
In its biannual Computer Repair Report the computer repair company Rescuecom says that difficulty with Windows has not eased as much as expected. As for Macs, the report says they’re "extremely reliable" and make up just .7% of the repair calls to Rescuecom.
Trivia Answer: Kato Kaelin. His full name is Brian Jerard Kaelin. He was nicknamed Kato as a child after the character played by Bruce Lee in the television series, The Green Hornet. He moved to Los Angeles, to pursue a career in baseball. As one of the more colorful figures in the Simpson case, Kaelin received considerable media attention. He was the subject of jokes by TV comedians, who made fun of his spaced-out surf bum persona, lack of employment and parasitic habits. One popular joke held that he was proof that Gilligan and Ginger Grant of Gilligan's Island had actually had children. In 1998, Kaelin went on a speaking tour billed as the The Sixteenth Minute, talking about life after his fifteen minutes of fame. He's now described as a "radio and television personality." Since 2011, Kaelin has hosted the TV talk show Tailgating with Kato. Earlier this year, he made a brief appearance on the FX comedy series Baskets, where he performed the national anthem at a rodeo.
|Morning Trivia: On this date in 1976 at the Olympic Games in Montreal, she became the first person to score a perfect 10 in a modern Olympics gymnastics event. Who is she?
Jose Altuve homered among his four hits and drove in three runs, Collin McHugh escaped a pair of bases-loaded jams to pitch six scoreless innings, and the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 8-1 yesterday. Altuve had a two-run homer and three singles in five at-bats to raise his American League-leading average to .346. McHugh allowed four hits and walked four, striking out 10 to win for the first time in eight starts since his last victory on May 30th. Manager Scott Servais called it the worst game the Mariners have played this season. Up next, the Mariners welcome in the Chicago White Sox for three games, the first of which is tonight at 7:10.
Birthdays: The first American to orbit the earth, astronaut turned politician John Glenn is 95; singer Dion DiMucci is 77; Barbra Streisand's husband, actor James Brolin is 76; MLB executive and former player and manager, Joe Torre is also 76; from Martha & The Vandellas, singer Martha Reeves is 75; businessman Richard Branson is 66; actress Elizabeth McGovern is 55; actor Vin Diesel is 48; retired baseball player Torii Hunter is 41; former NFL receiver Deion Branch is 37; actress Kristen Bell is 35.
The National Baby Food Festival kicks off Wednesday and runs through the weekend in Fremont, Michigan (population 4,400) the hometown of Gerber Products. Adults face off in the baby food eating contest, and tots crawl in races. Today is Wienermobile Day, honoring the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile on its birthday. Oscar’s nephew Carl Mayer invented the Wienermobile in Chicago in 1936. And something fishy is going on here. It's National Caviar Day. Caviar is salted fish eggs. It is considered a delicacy.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1974, though doctors at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ontario, had ordered that 54-year-old patient Max Matetich was to undergo "no stress whatsoever," they decided to tell him anyway when he won the $1-million Olympic Canada lottery. He handled the stress just fine. In 1992, Whitney Houston married Bobby Brown in New Jersey. In 1997, the owner of the mayor of Guffey, Colorado, said the mayor was totally unaffected by her appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Bruce Buffington said Guffey elected his golden retriever Shanda after Whiffey the cat left town. Two other cats, Smidge and Paisley, also had been mayor. Guffey’s 35 residents prefer pets to politicians. In 2001, near Toronto, a teenage girl crashed into six cars and injured one person as she attempted to park after almost successfully completing her driver's test. The girl panicked while trying to park and hit the gas pedal instead of the brake. Her car first struck four other cars, then spun around and hit two more cars, injuring the leg of a woman standing between two of the cars.
The Ghostbusters reboot has triggered intense debate over its decision to refashion the proton pack-wielding paranormal investigators as an all-female team. For some, the movie has been a feminist rallying cry; for others, a pop culture desecration. It's also provided ample opportunity for internet trolls to engage in some misogyny. After all the chatter and the gender politics, Ghostbusters debuted this weekend to a solid $46 million. However, Ghostbusters was no match for The Secret Life of Pets which dominated the box office for a second consecutive weekend, topping all challengers with $50.6 million. In third place, The Legend of Tarzan. Finding Dory continued to shatter records, bypassing Shrek 2 to become the highest-grossing animated release on a domestic basis. The Finding Nemo sequel took fourth place. Rounding out the top five, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.
The 2016 Republican National Convention kicks off today. It runs through Thursday. It's happening in Cleveland.
Badwater begins today in Death Valley, California. Billed as The World's Toughest Foot Race, participants run non-stop for 135 miles from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney. Weather conditions are extreme and temperatures over 120 °F, even in the shade, are not uncommon. Consequently, very few people -- even among ultramarathoners -- are capable of finishing this grueling race.
Trivia Answer: Nadia Comaneci. At the age of 14, she became one of the stars at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. During the team portion of the competition, her routine on the uneven bars was scored at a 10.0. It was the first time in modern Olympic gymnastics history that the score had ever been awarded. The scoreboards were not even equipped to display scores of 10.0 -- so Nadia's perfect marks were reported on the boards as 1.00 instead. Over the course of the Olympics, Comaneci would earn six additional 10s, en route to capturing the all-around, beam, and bars titles and a bronze medal on the floor exercise. The Romanian team also placed second in the team competition. Nadia won three Olympic golds at those games. In November of 1989, Nadia defected from Romania. She initially settled in Montreal. While she was living in Montreal, Bart Conner, whom she had met for the first time in 1976 at the American Cup, contacted her and invited her to live in Oklahoma. They became engaged in 1994. Together with Conner, she returned to Romania for the first time since her defection (and since the fall of Communism), and the couple was married in Bucharest on April 27th of 1996. On June 29th of 2001, Comaneci became a naturalized citizen of the United States. She has also retained her Romanian passport, making her a dual citizen. Comaneci and Conner welcomed their first child, a son named Dylan Paul Conner, in 2006 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
|Morning Trivia: He was a football player, professional wrestler, and actor. As an actor he was noted for his role as Mongo, and for starring in the sitcom Webster. Who was he?
Well, they're over .500. The Mariners are set to begin the second half of the season with a 45-and-44 mark. FanGraphs.com gives Seattle a 15.1 percent chance of making the postseason. We'll see what happens starting tonight. The Ms welcome in the Houston Astros to Safeco for a three-game weekend series. Game one is tonight at 7:10.
Birthdays: Actor Jan-Michael Vincent is 72; singer Linda Ronstadt is 70; Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle is 68; Jesse Ventura is 65; from The Ramones, drummer Marky Ramone is 60; guitarist Joe Satriani is also 60; known for his roles on Eight Is Enough and Charles in Charge, actor Willie Aames is 56; model and actress Kim Alexis is also 56; actor and director Forest Whitaker is 55; actress Lolita Davidovich is also 55; she was married to Sylvester Stallone, actress Brigitte Nielsen is 53; the son of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, drummer Jason Bonham is 50; from Mythbusters' Adam Savage is 49; and from Beverly Hills 90210, actor Brian Austin Green is 43.
Today is Be a Dork Day. It's Respect Canada Day. Today is Tapioca Pudding Day. Tapioca Pudding is a cooling, enjoyable dessert, for a hot summer day. Many people have never had Tapioca Pudding. The most popular flavors are vanilla and chocolate. Tapioca, by the way, is the starch from a cassava root. This starch forms the soft, tiny balls in the pudding. It gives tapioca pudding its unique texture. Today is Cow Appreciation Day ... and, that's no bull. Give a cow a hug.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1916, in Seattle, William Boeing and George Conrad Westervelt incorporated Pacific Aero Products -- later renamed Boeing. In 1974, Elton John re-signed with the record label MCA. Elton received eight-million dollars for delivering his next five albums to them, which included Captain Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy. In 1983, the Nintendo Entertainment System, the best-selling game console of its time, was released in Japan. In 1986, Columbia Records dropped Johnny Cash after a 28-year partnership. In 1988, the film blockbuster, Die Hard, premiered. 2003 – AOL Time Warner disbanded Netscape. The Mozilla Foundation was established on the same day. In 2006, Twitter was launched.
A note for anyone who's been bummed about the absence of Jon Stewart during this election cycle: Be sure to watch Monday's edition of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The former host of The Daily Show is appearing on Colbert's show to help kick off two weeks of live editions timed to the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Exactly what he'll be doing Monday remains a mystery, at least to prying reporters -- CBS declined comment. It doesn't seem a stretch to imagine Stewart on location in Cleveland as a correspondent at the Republican National Convention. Of course, It's also possible Stewart's visit Monday could be nothing more than a quick cameo, as he's done before for both The Late Show (on which he serves as an executive producer) and fellow Daily Show colleague Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal. Either way, Jon Stewart + Stephen Colbert + Republican National Convention = is it Monday yet?
Mick Jagger is preparing for fatherhood ... at the age of 72. His girlfriend, ballet dancer Melanie Hamrick, is reportedly pregnant. She's been dating Mick for the past two years, and now sources tell the UK newspaper The Sun that she's about three months pregnant with their first child together. The paper says the couple is "surprised and happy" for the impending arrival, adding that Jagger isn't "fazed" by the baby news, even though the little one will be his eighth child. While the baby will be her first, Jagger has seven children with four other women, including four kids with his former longtime partner, supermodel Jerry Hall. Jagger's surprising baby news comes just two months after his bandmate, 68-year-old Ronnie Wood, welcomed twin girls with his theater producer wife Sally Humphreys.
Power-and-blood fantasy saga Game of Thrones ruled the Emmy Award nominations yesterday with a leading 23 bids, including best drama, while a real-life epic of murder and celebrity, The People v. O.J. Simpson, was close behind with 22 nods. The Emmy show is being broadcast live on ABC on September 18th. Jimmy Kimmel is hosting.
In theaters this weekend, The Infiltrator (R) and Ghostbusters (PG-13).
Trivia Answer: Alex Karras who was born on this date in 1935. He played with the Detroit Lions from 1958 to 1962 and 1964 to 1970. As an actor, Karras was Mongo and punched that horse in 1974's Blazing Saddles, and starred in the ABC sitcom Webster alongside his wife Susan Clark, as the title character's adoptive father. In his later years, Karras suffered several serious health problems, including dementia, heart disease, and cancer. Karras was among 3,500 former NFL players to have filed lawsuits against the NFL in early 2012, over the long-term damage caused by concussions and repeated hits to the head. On October 8th of 2012, it was revealed that Karras had suffered from kidney failure; doctors gave him a few days to live. After returning to his Los Angeles home with family, Karras died in the morning hours of October 10th of 2012 from complications caused by kidney failure.
|Morning Trivia: The $100,000 bill was discontinued and withdrawn from circulation in 1940. Then on this date in 1969, four other denominations of bills were officially withdrawn from circulation here in the United States. What are the four that were withdrawn on this date?
Beginning the second half of the season at 45-and-44, the Mariners are ... well, the Mariners. A team doesn't get to be 28-and-18 by being bad. But going 17-and-26 thereafter is a strong argument that regains a seat at the discussion about badness. The American League has 10 teams playing better than .500. Seattle is 10th, or four teams back of the second wild card. The margins are surmountable, and this is a veteran team, but . . . it’s still the Mariners, with layers of skepticism baked into the franchise’s tradition. FanGraphs.com gives the Mariners a 15.1 percent chance of making the postseason. We'll see what happens. The second half for Seattle begins tomorrow night when they welcome in the Houston Astros to Safeco for a three-game weekend series.
Birthdays: Actor Harry Dean Stanton is 90; former football player Rosie Grier is 84; the former head of Sony Music Entertainment and former husband of Mariah Carey, record executive Tommy Mottola is 67; she was Sue Sylvester on Glee, actress Jane Lynch is 56; he was Jack on Lost, actor Matthew Fox is 50; the lead singer for the group Bastille, Dan Smith is 30; the lead singer for the group Imagine Dragons, Dan Reynolds is 29; and Irish mixed martial artist Conor McGregor is 28.
Today is Bastille Day. Bastille Day commemorates modern France and French democracy. Bastille Day is a French holiday. But, you can celebrate it, too. Today is Pandemonium Day when nothing can be predicted and everything can go wrong. Embrace the pandemonium. Everyone has a day like this once in while. Its a day when all sort of unexpected things occur. Its a time when everything is happening at the same time, and at a very fast pace. Celebrate and embrace the day. Don't let today, or any other day shake you up. If Pandemonium prevails, just go with the flow in a calm, cool manner. Sanity will return soon enough ... we hope. Today is National Nude Day, a way to keep cool on a hot , sticky summer day. National Nude Day is a serious event. There are a sizable number of nudist groups around the world. Nudists believe that the body is a beautiful thing, and meant to be displayed. Nudist colonies, nude beaches, and other venues exist to cater to the preferences of individuals who seek to walk around au natural.
Calendar notes: On this 1881, Billy the Kid is shot and killed by Pat Garrett outside Fort Sumner. In 1946, Dr.Benjamin Spock's Common Sense Book of Baby & Child Care was first published. In 1967, The Who began their first full-scale US tour ... as the opening act for Herman's Hermits. In 2003, in an effort to discredit US Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, who had written an article critical of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Washington Post columnist Robert Novak revealed that Wilson's wife Valerie Plame is a CIA operative. In 2008, the iTunes Music Store reached 10 million apps downloaded. A year later, on this date in 2009, the iTunes Store had reached 1.5 billion apps downloaded. In 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft became the first space mission to explore Pluto.
Joe Perry, please get ahold of Steven Tyler. He's worried about you. The Aerosmith frontman -- who's touring to promote his first solo album, We're All Somebody From Somewhere, which comes out Friday -- tells Billboard that he's placed calls to check on his bandmate and songwriting partner without any reply. "It's starting to scare me a little bit," Tyler says about Perry, who collapsed onstage and was hospitalized Sunday during a show with the all-star Hollywood Vampires in Brooklyn. Perry is currently off the tour, though a statement earlier this week promised that he'll "rejoin his fellow Vampires on stage again soon." Tyler, however, is "really concerned. I know they're putting out nothing, but he's recovering, he's really good, he fainted, exhaustion. But I know my brother. He's just about the only other guy that's as passionate about his art as I am. He's always asking me to do three, four [Aerosmith] shows in a row, and I can't. I'll blow my voice out. I know how to maintain my career, my health, and Joe's passionate. I don't think he knows how to. I think he's out there and someone's overbooking him. They're doing like eight or nine shows in a row, or five in a row. I think they're all a little burnt. I think they may need to look at that. Not young anymore, y'know?" Initial reports that Perry suffered a cardiac arrest have not been confirmed or denied, and it has generated speculation about the guitarist's ability to not only rejoin the Hollywood Vampires but also to tour South America with Aerosmith starting September 29th.
A federal appeals court has rejected Tom Brady's attempt to get a new hearing on his Deflategate suspension. Brady was asking for the full 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals to hear the case. In April, a three-judge panel said that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was within his powers when he suspended the quarterback four games for his role in a scheme to doctor the footballs used in a playoff game back on January 18th of 2015. The decision yesterday affirms the wide-ranging powers given to the commissioner by the NFL's collective bargaining agreement and was a setback for organized labor groups arguing for due process in employee discipline. Brady's remaining hope is to appeal to the US Supreme Court. The Patriots open the season September 11th at Arizona.
Trivia Answer: The $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills. Circulation of high-denomination bills was halted by executive order of President Richard Nixon, in an effort to combat organized crime. Although they are still technically legal tender in the United States, high-denomination bills were last printed in 1945 and officially discontinued on July 14th of 1969, by the Federal Reserve System. The $5,000 and $10,000 effectively disappeared well before then: there are only about 200 $5,000 and 300 $10,000 bills known, of all series since 1861. Of the $10,000 bills, 100 were preserved for many years in a casino in Las Vegas, where they were displayed in a glass case. The case is no longer there, and the bills were sold to collectors.
|Morning Trivia: He's a screenwriter and film director. Before moving into the film industry, he was a contributing editor at Rolling Stone magazine, for which he still frequently writes. He has made his mark with character-driven, personal films that have been generally hailed as refreshingly original and devoid of cynicism. Michael Walker in The New York Times called him "something of a cinematic spokesman for the post-baby boom generation" because his first few films focused on that specific age group, first as high schoolers and then as young adults making their way in the world. Who is he?
At the All Star Game last night, Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez made sure the Kansas City Royals will start at home, sweet, home if they get a chance to defend their World Series title. The Royals duo homered off former Kansas City teammate Johnny Cueto during a six-pitch span in the second inning. Hosmer later added an RBI single to become MVP of the All-Star Game. The American League beat the Nationals 4-2 for their fourth straight win.
The Mariners, meanwhile, are idle until Friday when they welcome the Houston Astros to Safeco for a three-game weekend set.
Birthdays: Actor Patrick Stewart is 76; Han Solo and Indiana Jones, actor Harrison Ford, is 74; frontman for The Byrds, Roger McGuinn is also 74; cube creator Erno Rubik is 72; the Cheech of Cheech and Chong, Cheech Marin is 70; Frenchy in Grease, actress Didi Conn is 65; retired basketball player Spud Webb -- one of the shortest players in NBA history. NBA.com lists him at 5 feet 7 inches -- is 53; and one of the best in the game, St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is 33.
Today is Bottled Beer Day. On this date in 1568, the Dean of Saint Paul's Cathedral in London perfected a way to bottle beer. Today is Embrace Your Geekness Day, In an age of social media, mobile technology, and gaming consoles, it's impossible to avoid being just a little bit geeky. Don't fight it; jump head first into Embrance Your Geekness Day and show the world how intelligent, technically savvy, and clever you really are. Today is National French Fries Day. Despite being called french fries, no one is really sure if the fry is, in fact, from France. Some food historians say World War I soldiers discovered them in Belgium, but because the Belgians were speaking French, assumed the fried potato was a french fry. Other food historians claim that french fries should really be called Spanish fries or South American fries because the side dish had been seen in those regions as well. Today is Gruntled Workers Day, a day to appreciate workers who are happy in their jobs.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1978, Lee Iacocca was fired as president of Ford Motor Co. by chairman Henry Ford II. In 1982, the MLB All-Star Game was played outside the United States for the first time. They played in Montreal, Canada. In 1990, the movie Ghost premiered in the US. It starred Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg. In 1991, Timothy Badyana set a Guinness World Record by running 10 kilometers in 45 minutes 37 seconds in Dayton, Ohio. He ran backwards. In 1993, to keep witnesses from describing his clothing, a 19-year-old man stripped naked to rob a Los Angeles bank and ran out with two shopping bags filled with cash. Nearby sheriff's deputies, noticing a naked man running down the street with two bags full of money, arrested him immediately.
The Seattle Seahawks have a stable organization with a track record of unearthing talent through the draft and a roster full of standouts at their positions, including a franchise quarterback just entering his prime. Translation: They should be good for a while. That, at least, is what ESPN's 2016 Future Power Rankings concluded this week. Seattle ranked first on the list, in which experts scored teams from 0-100 on their projected strength in five categories: roster (excluding quarterback), quarterback, draft, front office and coaching. The Seahawks ranked near the top of the league in their scores for roster, quarterback and coaching, tying for second in front office score with the Super Bowl 50 champion Denver Broncos, one spot behind the New England Patriots. Seattle's lowest score (86.0) came in the draft category, but even that mark topped the league.
Forty-five years after an unidentified man parachuted from the rear of a hijacked jetliner and into folklore with $200,000 in cash, the FBI is officially closing its investigation into the famous DB Cooper case that has transfixed people around the world ever since. An FBI spokeswoman said yesterday the still-unsolved case was closed "in order to focus on other investigative priorities." She called the DB Cooper hijacking case over Western Washington "one of the longest and most exhaustive investigations in our history." She said that during the course of the investigation, agents reviewed all credible leads, coordinated between multiple field offices to conduct searches, collected all available evidence, and interviewed all identified witnesses. The mystery surrounding the hijacking of a Northwest Orient Airlines flight in November of 1971 by a still-unknown individual resulted in significant international attention and a decades-long manhunt. The suspect, who called himself Dan Cooper, was later misidentified in media reports as DB Cooper, and the name stuck. He boarded the flight in Portland for a flight to Seattle on the night of November 24th of 1971, and commandeered the plane, claiming he had dynamite. In Seattle, he demanded and got $200,000 and four parachutes and demanded to be flown to Mexico. Somewhere over southwestern Washington, he jumped out the plane's tail exit with two of the chutes. Several people have claimed to be Cooper over the years but were dismissed on the basis of physical descriptions, parachuting experience and, later, by DNA evidence recovered in 2001 from the cheap tie the skyjacker left on the plane. In 1980, a boy walking near the Columbia River found $5,800 of the stolen money, in tattered $20 bills. Fascination over the unsolved case continues and thousands of tips have continued to pour into the FBI. However, none to date have resulted in a definitive identification of the hijacker.
Trivia Answer: Cameron Crowe who turns 59 today. Crowe's debut screenwriting effort, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, grew out of a book he wrote while posing for one year undercover as a student at Clairemont High School in San Diego, where he met Geraldine Edwards, who was a student there while he was visiting mutual friends in 1975. He later based part of his Penny Lane character on her in Almost Famous after discovering that she had been going backstage to Rock and Roll concerts. Later, he wrote and directed one more high school saga, Say Anything, and then Singles, a story of Seattle twentysomethings that was woven together by a soundtrack centering on the city's grunge music scene. Crowe landed his biggest hit, though, with Jerry Maguire. After that, he was given a green light to go ahead with a pet project, the autobiographical effort Almost Famous. Centering on a teenage music journalist on tour with an up-and-coming band, it gave insight to his life as a 15-year-old writer for Rolling Stone. This past June 26th, Crowe's latest project, Roadies, premiered on Showtime. The show tells the story of a colorful road crew who work behind the scenes for a fictional rock band, The Stanton-House Band. The pilot episode was written and directed by Crowe. Crowe married Nancy Wilson of the band Heart in July 1986. Their twin sons, William James Crowe and Curtis Wilson Crowe, were born in January 2000. Crowe and Wilson separated in June 2008. Wilson filed for divorce on September 23rd of 2010 citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce was finalized on December 8th of 2010, ending the marriage.
|Morning Trivia: Today is Family Feud Day, marking the debut of the TV game show on this day in 1976. Who was the original host?
Giancarlo Stanton hit an incredible 24 home runs in 30 swings in his first Home Run Derby round, that was more than enough to eliminate the Mariners' Robinson Cano 24-7. Stanton's second round was impressive in another way. While he didn't hit as many home runs, he crushed the ball. Fourteen of his 17 home runs traveled at least 440 feet. Then Stanton out-homered the reigning champ Todd Frazier 20-13 in the final round to win the 2016 Home Run Derby. When the dust cleared, Stanton had hit 61 home runs, setting a new Home Run Derby record.
Now, it's on to the All Star Game. The biggest names in baseball gather in San Diego for the 87th All-Star Game tonight. David Ortiz, making his final appearance, leads the American League against Bryce Harper, Anthony Rizzo and the rest of the National League’s top stars. Robbie Cano is the lone Mariner in the game. It's tonight at 5:00 on Fox.
Birthdays: Bill Cosby -- he of the legal woes -- is 79; former Major League Baseball player and Seattle Mariner broadcaster Ron Fairly is 78; from Fleetwood Mac, singer Christine McVie is 73; former Seattle SuperSonic Paul Silas is 73; fitness guru Richard Simmons is 68; singer Walter Egan is also 68; and actor Jay Thomas is 68; Kris Munroe on Charlie’s Angels, actress Cheryl Ladd is 65; Hope on thirtysomething, actress Mel Harris is 60; Soul Asylum guitarist Dan Murphy is 54; Gin Blossoms singer Robin Wilson is 51; and Olympic gold medalist, figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi is 45.
Today is Different Colored Eyes Day, a day that offers two reasons to celebrate. First of all, it celebrates diversity of eye color. Wouldn't the world be boring, if everyone had the same color of eyes? Secondly, it recognizes an eye condition called Heterochromia. People who have this trait have two different colors of eyes. One eye may be brown, while the other is blue. Famous people who had or have Heterochromia include David Bowie, Jane Seymour, and Christopher Walken. Today is National Pecan Pie Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1933, a minimum wage of 40 cents an hour was established in the US. In 1942, the owner of the Green Parrot bar in New York City, Max Geller, was murdered. The crime was solved because the victim's pet parrot kept repeating the killer's name. The parrot even testified in court. In 1960, manufacturing began for the Etch A Sketch. In 1979, a near-riot erupted between games of a doubleheader at Chicago's Comisky Park when deejay Steve Dahl proceeded to burn records brought by fans for a disco bonfire. Unfortunately, some fans started building their own fires. The White Socks had to forfeit the second game. In 1982, ET: The Extra-Terrestrial broke all box-office records by surpassing the $100-million mark of ticket sales in the first 31 days of its opening. In 1984, democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale chose US Representative Geraldine Ferraro of New York to be his running-mate. Ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a major-party ticket. In 1996, Minnesota favorite Kirby Puckett announced his retirement from baseball because a retina problem was causing him to lose his eyesight. In 2004, Apple announced it had sold 100-million songs via its iTunes Music Store, just 15 months after opening.
Saw some of the Funtastic Carnival trucks pulling into town on my way home last night. Then, on the way in to work this morning, noticed folks have already set chairs out for the parade Saturday. Yup. Lakefair time again. It opens tomorrow.
Some days ya gotta wonder why even try. In Florida, a guy spotted what he thought was a nice car to break into. As he was working on getting into it, a man with a dog walked up. And not just any man but the police officer who owned the car. And not just any dog, but the police officer's K-9 partner.
Trivia Answer: The ABC and first syndicated versions of Family Feud were hosted by Richard Dawson. As writer David Marc put it, Dawson's on-air personality "fell somewhere between the brainless sincerity of Wink Martindale and the raunchy cynicism of Chuck Barris". Much of Family Feud's popularity was due to Dawson's "glib familiarity" (he had previously played Newkirk on Hogan's Heroes) and "ready wit". When Feud returned to syndication in 1999, it was initially hosted by Louie Anderson, Richard Karn was selected to take over for Anderson when season four premiered in 2002, and when season eight premiered in 2006, Karn was replaced by John O'Hurley. In 2010, comedian Steve Harvey was named the new host for season twelve. Richard Dawson died from complications of esophageal cancer in Los Angeles in June of 2012 at the age of 79.
|Morning Trivia: This actor of stage and film is best known for his portrayal of the king of Siam in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for the film version. He also played the role more than 4,500 times on stage. He was also noted for his shaved head, something he maintained as a personal trademark long after adopting it for his initial role in The King and I. Who was he?
Pressed into a starting assignment when Taijuan Walker was placed on the disabled list, reliever Mike Montgomery delivered one of Seattle's better pitching performances of the season yesterday as the Mariners closed out the first half with an 8-5 victory over Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium. Seattle reached the All-Star break at 45-44, only the second time since 2010 it has done so with a winning record. Montgomery retired the Royals in order in four of the first six innings, allowed one run on five hits, and didn’t walk a batter. The run was a homer by Brett Eibner in the seventh. By that time, Seattle had an 8-1 lead. Now, it's the All Star break. After the four-day break, the Mariners resume play Friday at Safeco Field with the first of three against the Astros.
The MLB Home Run Derby is tonight at 5 on ESPN. Then the All Star Game is tomorrow night on FOX.
Birthdays: Actor Tab Hunter is 85; designer Giorgio Armani is 82; ventriloquist Jay Johnson is 67; Pointer Sister Bonnie Pointer is 66; boxer Leon Spinks is 63; actress Sela Ward is 60; former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora is 57; singer Suzanne Vega is 57; singer and rapper Lil' Kim is 42; and the Octomom, Nadya Suleman is 41 (she has a total of 14 children).
Today is 7/11. It's free slurpee day at 7-11. Today is Cheer Up the Lonely Day -- an opportunity to make a lonely person happy. Any time you can make someone happy, you've done a good thing, and should be proud of yourself. Today is National Blueberry Muffin Day. Today is Advice-to-the-Lovelorn Day. In 1896, the first advice-to-the-lovelorn column was published in New Orleans. Known as the Mother Confessor to Millions, Dorothy Dix's column ran in 300 newspapers for 55 years. Her real name was Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer. Today is International Town Criers Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1914, Babe Ruth made his major-league debut with the Boston Red Sox at an annual rookie salary of $2,900. Six years later he signed with the Yankees for $125,000. In 1969, The Rolling Stones released Honky Tonk Women and David Bowie released his album Space Oddity. In 1971, the US Department of Agriculture was allocated $19,520 to determine if a woman's place was in the home. In 1975, Fleetwood Mac released Fleetwood Mac, their first album which featured the songwriting couple Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. In 1985, Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros became the first pitcher in Major League Baseball to strike out 4,000 batters, fanning Danny Heep of the New York Mets. In 1987, Bo Jackson signed a contract to play football for the L.A. Raiders for 5 years. He also continued to play baseball for the Kansas City Royals. In 1994, Shawn Eckardt was sentenced in Portland, Oregon, to 18 months in prison for his role in the attack on skater Nancy Kerrigan. In 2004, Lenny Kravitz, Avril Lavigne, Alanis Morissette, Nelly Furtado, The Corrs, and Lionel Richie all played the Prince's Trust concert held in London’s Hyde Park. In 2005, Victor Edward Willis, better known as the original cop with The Village People, was arrested in California after police allegedly found a gun and drugs in his car. In 2008, Apple released the iPhone 3G.
The Secret Life of Pets dominated the weekend box office, racking up a massive $103.2 million and launching the first new franchise of the summer. The family film, which explores what dogs, cats and other animal companions do while their owners are busy at work, cost an economical $75 million to produce, roughly half of what most studios spend making animated movies. In second place was The Legend of Tarzan. The Secret Life of Pets easily supplanted Finding Dory from first place on the box office charts -- a ranking it has held for the three previous weeks. The sequel to Finding Nemo slid to third place with $20.4 million, having made $422.6 million to lap Captain America: Civil War as the highest-grossing film of the year on a domestic basis. It also ranks as the highest-grossing animated film in North America, unseating Toy Story 3. The weekend's other new release, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, opened with a fourth place finish. The Purge: Election Year rounded out the top five.
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry collapsed on stage while performing in New York on Sunday and was hospitalized, according to reports. The 65-year-old Perry was playing in Coney Island in Brooklyn with his band the Hollywood Vampires, along with rocker Alice Cooper, when he staggered off-stage and collapsed, media reports said. A publicist for Hollywood Vampires issued a brief statement: "Joe Perry is stable and resting. His brother Vampires and fans wish him a speedy recovery." Meanwhile, Steven Tyler recently said that the next Aerosmith tour would be the band's last, but guitarist Joe Perry isn't so sure about that. He told Rolling Stone, "It could be the last, but it's really hard for me to imagine a last gig. Sorry." Last month Tyler said, "We're doing a farewell tour, but only because it's time. We've never done that." Perry, though, says the idea of a farewell tour is only "an option." He says, "At this point in our lives and our career, maybe it is time to say, 'OK, it's the end of this era, but a new era is on the horizon,' so I don't know if I'm comfortable saying 'final tour' and making a big deal out of it, but we'll see what happens. If it was going to happen, we're closer to it than, say, any other time in our insane career."
Trivia Answer: Yul Brynner who was born on this date in 1920. Brynner died of lung cancer on October 10th of 1985. Knowing he was dying of cancer, Brynner starred in a run of farewell performances of his most famous role, The King and I, on Broadway from January 7th to June 30th of 1985. Throughout his life, Brynner was often seen with a cigarette in his hand. Nine months before his death, he gave an interview on Good Morning America, expressing his desire to make an anti-smoking commercial. A clip from that interview was made into just such a public service announcement by the American Cancer Society, and released after his death; it includes the warning "Now that I'm gone, I tell you, don't smoke. Whatever you do, just don't smoke. If I could take back that smoking, we wouldn't be talking about any cancer. I'm convinced of that."
|Morning Trivia: What problem did Leonardo da Vinci, Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, and General George Patton have in common?
Cruising with a four-hit shutout through seven innings, James Paxton gave up two runs in the eighth and closer Steve Cishek gave up two in the ninth to extend the Mariners' losing streak to four with a 4-3 loss to the Royals in Kansas City last night. The second in the four-game series with the Royals is tonight at 5:15.
Birthdays: Singer and actor Steve Lawrence is 81; actor Jeffrey Tambor is 72; celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck is 67; actress Anjelica Huston is 65; actor Kevin Bacon is 58; Depeche Mode keyboardist Andy Fletcher is 55; singer Joan Osborne is 54; singer Beck is 46; and Will Smith's son Jaden Smith is 18.
Today or tomorrow (depends on your source) is Don't Put All Your Eggs in One Omelet Day. Celebrate as and when you see fit. It’s Be a Kid Again Day. Perhaps related, it’s Video Games Day which is always on July 8th not to be confused with National Video Games Day which is on September 12th . Video Games Day celebrates popular video games that stormed onto the market, and changed the way we all play games. From Atari to Nintendo to Xbox, video games provide all too many hours of playing time. One of the world's largest rodeo's, the Calgary Stampede starts today in Alberta and runs through Sunday the 17th.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1889, the first issue of The Wall Street Journal was published. In 1932, the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached its lowest level of the Great Depression, closing at 41.22. For camparison's sake, the Dow closed today at over 18,000. In 1948, the United States Air Force accepted its first female recruits into a program called Women in the Air Force. In 1969, the US Patent Office issued a patent for the game Twister. In 1995, TLC's Waterfalls went to number one, where it remained for the next seven weeks. In 2011, the Space Shuttle Atlantis was launched in the final mission of the US Space Shuttle program.
This weekend, It's Richard Sherman's Celebrity Softball game. Awesomeness and fun at Safeco Field. You're invited to join Richard and an entourage of local and national celebrities as they take to the diamond to showcase their softball skills for the 4th annual Richard Sherman Celebrity Softball Game. A portion of the proceeds go to Richard Sherman's Blanket Coverage Family Foundation as well as other local charities. This year's game is destined to be bigger and better than last year. It's ciming up Sunday. Gates open at the Safe at 11:30. The Homerun Derby is at 12:30. Game time is 1:30.
Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was named to the 2016 Home Run Derby yesterday in an announcement on ESPN's SportsCenter. Cano is a No. 4 seed. He'll face Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, a No. 5 seed, in the first round Monday at Petco Park in San Diego. Cano won the Home Run Derby in 2011 when he was a member of the New York Yankees. Cano joins a field that also includes Mark Trumbo, defending champion Todd Frazier, Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez, Cincinnati's Adam Duvall, San Diego's Wil Myers and Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager.
The jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery is over half a billion dollars. It's $508 million for tonight's drawing, the seventh largest in US lottery history. The Mega Millions game is played in 44 states, Washington, DC and the US Virgin Islands. The odds of winning this jackpot are one in nearly 259 million.
The weekend has arrived. New in theaters, The Secret Life of Pets (PG) and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (R).
Trivia Answer: They were all dyslexic. Add to that list Pablo Picasso, Muhammad Ali, Harry Anderson, Harry Belafonte, Tom Cruise, Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Jay Leno, Robin Williams, and Henry Winkler. Before the National Institutes of Health began their research in the 1980s, the only definition of dyslexia was an exclusionary one. If a child's difficulty with reading could not be explained by low intelligence, poor eye sight, poor hearing, inadequate educational opportunities, or any other problem, then the child must be dyslexic. That definition was not satisfactory to parents, teachers, or researchers. The simple definition used today is that it's an inherited condition that makes it extremely difficult to read, write, and spell in your native language -- despite at least average intelligence. Revised definition from the International Dyslexia Association Dyslexia is a neurologically-based, often familial, disorder which interferes with the acquisition and processing of language. Varying in degrees of severity, it is manifested by difficulties in receptive and expressive language, including phonological processing, in reading, writing, spelling, handwriting, and sometimes in arithmetic. Dyslexia is not the result of lack of motivation, sensory impairment, inadequate instructional or environmental opportunities, or other limiting conditions, but may occur together with these conditions. Although dyslexia is lifelong, individuals with dyslexia frequently respond successfully to timely and appropriate intervention.
|Morning Trivia: Janis Joplin, Jim Morrrison, and Jimi Hendrix all died at the same age. How old were they at the time of their deaths?
The Mariners fell behind 5-0 after three innings, rallied to tie at 7 in the seventh, but lost in the end last night falling to the Houston Astros 9-8. The Mariners now move on to Kaufman Stadium to meet the Kansas City Royals for a four-game set. Game one tonight at 5:10.
Birthdays: From The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, bandleader Doc Severinsen is 89; Richard Starkey, better known as Ringo Starr is 76; David Hodo of The Village People -- he was the construction worker -- is 69.actress Shelley Duvall is 67; singer-songwriter-actress Vonda Shepard is 53; and figure skater Michelle Kwan is 36.
Today is Chocolate Day. There are a number of dates throughout the year promoting variations of Chocolate Day. Any Chocolate Day is the perfect opportunity to eat you favorite chocolates in ample portions. Chocolate is America's favorite flavor. It's the flavor of choice in candies, ice cream, cakes, breakfast cereal, toppings, and a whole host of desserts. Unequaled in popularity, it certainly deserves a day in it's honor, or any number of days. Today is also National Strawberry Sundae Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1863, the United States began its first military draft; exemptions cost $300. In 1947, The Roswell incident occured. The (supposed) crash of an alien spaceship near Roswell in New Mexico. In 1967, The Monkees opened a national tour with Jimi Hendrix as the opening act. In 1985, Boris Becker became the youngest player ever to win Wimbledon at age 17.
Ciara and Russell Wilson are officially husband and wife. The couple exchanged vows yesterday in a ceremony in front of family and friends at Peckforton Castle in Liverpool, England. Each confirmed their marriage on social media, sharing a photo from the big day captioned, "We are the Wilsons!"
State troopers made 180 arrests for impaired driving statewide over the long July Fourth holiday weekend, according to Patrol reports. State Patrol spokesman Kyle Moore said the number of fatal drunk driving crashes is holding fairly steady across the state, but the number of deadly crashes involving drugged drivers increased by 14 percent in 2015 compared to the year before. The 180 impaired driving arrests and jail bookings over the holiday weekend were made between 8 the morning of July 1st and 5 the morning of July 5th, according to preliminary data from statewide dispatch records. The Washington State Patrol is working toward Target Zero, with the goal of reducing highway deaths to zero by the year 2030.
Mark Hamill shared in a tweet that Star Wars: Episode 8 wraps up filming on Friday, July 22nd. From Star Wars to Star Trek: The United States Postal Service announced that they're celebrating 50 years of Star Trek with new forever stamps this fall. The official dedication ceremony for the stamps takes place at the Star Trek: Mission New York conference on Friday, September 2nd.
Trivia Answer: They were all 27 -- The 27 Club. Their deaths were often as a result of drug and alcohol abuse, or violent means such as homicide or suicide. The number of musicians who have died at this age and the circumstances of many of those deaths have given rise to the idea that premature deaths at this age are unusually common. The club has been repeatedly cited. Several exhibitions have been devoted to the idea; as well as novels, films and stage plays. There have been many different theories and speculations about the causes of such early deaths and their possible connections. Curt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix biographer Charles R. Cross writes "The number of musicians who died at 27 is truly remarkable by any standard. Although humans die regularly at all ages, there is a statistical spike for musicians who die at 27." However, a study published in the British Medical Journal in December of 2011 concluded that there was no increase in the risk of death for musicians at the age of 27. Although the sampled musicians faced an increased risk of death in their 20s and 30s, this was not limited to the age of 27. Other famed musicians who died at age 27 include Kurt Cobain, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, country singer Hank Williams, and blues pioneer Robert Johnson.
|Morning Trivia: He was one of the first American rock and roll musicians. He'is credited by many with first popularizing this form of music in the early 1950s with his group and their hit song Rock Around the Clock. Who is he?
The Houston Astros ripped into an impaired Taijuan Walker for three home runs, including a pair of two-run bombs in the fourth inning, and handed the Mariners a 5-2 defeat last night at Minute Maid Park. A second consecutive loss, following a four-game sweep of Baltimore, dropped Seattle two games behind the second-place Astros in the AL West. The Mariners also tumbled 9.5 behind division leader Texas. Five teams -- Boston, Toronto, Detroit, Houston and Kansas City -- are currently ahead of Seattle in the wild card standings. After scoring 31 runs in their four-game sweep of the Orioles, the Mariners have tallied only three in two games against Houston. The Mariners and Astros conclude their three-game series tonight at 5:10. The Ms begin a four-game set at Kansas City tomorrow that takes the club to the All-Star break.
Birthdays: Actress and singer Della Reese is 85; the 14th Dalai Lama is 81; actor Ned Beatty is 79; Dick Grayson/Robin on the Batman television series, actor Burt Ward is 71; former President George W. Bush is 70; actor and former football player Fred Dryer is also 70; and actor Sylvester Stallone is also 70; actress Shelley Hack is 69; actor Grant Goodeve is 64; Agnes DiPesto on Moonlighting, actress Allyce Beasley is 62; rapper 50 Cent is 41; and actor/comedian Kevin Hart is 37.
Today is Buy Yourself a Toy You Always Wanted As a Child Day. Give it to a poor child. Today is International Kissing Day -- not to be confused with National Kissing Day which is on June 19th. Did you know -- okay, you may not want to know -- but kissing can transmit 80 million microbes of bacteria. Today is National Fried Chicken Day. Today is Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day. If your webmaster feels really loved, he or she might fix all the typos on your site. The famous Fiesta de San Fermin annual festival of San Fermin, which includes the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, officially begins at midday today.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1933, Major League Baseball played its first All-Star Game. It was at Comiskey Park in Chicago. The American League won 4-2. Babe Ruth hit a home run. In 1964, The Beatles' first film A Hard Day's Night had its royal premier at the London Pavilion. In 1965, The Jefferson Airplane was formed in San Francisco. In 1978, Eddie Mahoney changed his name to Eddie Money. In 1981, President Reagan announced he was nominating Arizona Judge Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female justice on the US Supreme Court. In 1989, a study released in Washington, DC, showed that one-third of American adults had dangerously high cholesterol levels. In 1994, Amazon.com, Inc. was founded in Seattle under the name Cadabra. In 1994, the movie Forrest Gump opened in theaters throughout the US. In 2002, Serena Williams beat her older sister Venus to win her first Wimbledon title and second straight Grand Slam tournament.
Robinson Cano's rebound from an off-season was rewarded with his seventh appearance in the All-Star Game, next week in San Diego. Cano is the lone Mariners' representative on the 35-man American League team in the 87th All-Star Game. Cano was selected by players after fan voting put Houston's Jose Altuve in the starting lineup at second.
Someone's started a Change.org petition to try and get the Mariott hotel chain to remove a certain type of artwork from its rooms.The petition page heading is: Boycott Marriott Hotels for their new Chemtrail Room. The art is a large image of a sunny sky with clouds and a couple of chemtrails -- the lines left in the sky by passing jets. Believe it or not, some people believe chemtrails are part of a secret government plot to do ... something. The theories are all over the place.
Trivia Answer: Bill Haley who was born on this date in 1925. His group was Bill Haley & His Comets. In 1953, a song called Rock Around the Clock was written for Haley. He was unable to record it until April 12th of 1954. Initially, it was relatively unsuccessful, staying on the charts for only one week, but Haley soon scored a major worldwide hit with a cover version of Big Joe Turner's Shake, Rattle and Roll. Then when Rock Around the Clock appeared behind the opening credits of the 1955 film Blackboard Jungle starring Glenn Ford, it soared to the top of the American Billboard chart for eight weeks. The single is commonly used as a convenient line of demarcation between the rock era and the music industry that preceded it; Billboard separated its statistical tabulations into 1890-1954 and 1955–present. After the record rose to number one, Haley was quickly given the title Father of Rock and Roll, by the media, and by teenagers that had come to embrace the new style of music. Haley died on February 9th of 1981. His death certificate listed natural causes: Most likely heart attack as the immediate cause of death. Haley was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
|Morning Trivia: He's a musician, songwriter and occasional actor. He sings lead vocals and plays harmonica for his band, in addition to writing or co-writing many of the band's songs. The band is perhaps best known for their third album and their contribution to the soundtrack of the 1985 feature film Back to the Future. Who is he?
Lance McCullers allowed one run and fanned 10 over seven innings, George Springer cracked a 454-foot home run off Wade Miley in the fifth that snapped a 1-1 tie, and the Houston Astros ended Seattle's four-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory yesterday at Minute Maid Park. The win enabled the Astros to move back into sole possession of second place in the AL West over the Mariners. The Mariners missed recording their first five-game winning streak since September of 2015, The Mariners have played 27 one-run games and are 11-16 in those contests. The Mariners and Astros play the second of three tonight at 5:10. After the series concludes tomorrow, the Mariners move to Kansas City for a four-game set with the Royals that concludes the first half of the season and leads up to the All Star break.
Birthdays: Best known for her starring role as the matriarch Jessica Tate on the ABC prime time soap opera Soap and her co-starring role as feisty mother, Mona Robinson on Who's the Boss?, actress Katherine Helmond is 87; from The Band, Robbie Robertson is 73; singer-songwriter Marc Cohn is 57; from Lifehouse, frontman Jason Wade is 36; and Adam Young best known for his Owl City work is 30.
Today is Leftover Burping Day, a day for those who ate too much barbecue and potato salad on the 4th to try to regain some semblance of belly control. Today is International Bikini Day. The skimpy two-piece swim suit, created by Louis Reard, debuted on this date in 1946 at a Paris fashion show. It was named for a Pacific atoll where the atomic bomb was first tested.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1968, Bill Graham opened the Fillmore West in San Francisco. In 1978, EMI halted production on The Rolling Stones Some Girls album after some of the celebrities featured in the cover art complained about the use of their images. In 1985, the New York Mets scored five runs in the 19th inning to beat the Braves 16-13 in Atlanta. Game totals: 46 hits, 29 runs, and two rain delays in 6 hours and 10 minutes. Fourth of July fireworks followed the game at 4:00 in the morning. In 1989, the pilot episode of Seinfeld premiered. NBC originally called the show The Seinfeld Chronicles. In 1993, Dave Lampson of Centreville, Virginia, received a tax statement from IRS claiming he owed $68-billion. He was instructed to pay $500 a month for 11-million years. An IRS official said it was a computer error. Ya think? In 1994, Hootie & The Blowfish released Cracked Rear View. In 1995, the Justice Department announced that it would not be investigating anti-trust charges against Ticketmaster. In 2002, Jimi Hendrix's family won an injuntion against a New York-based music production company from releasing recordings that Hendrix had performed.
Hats off to Lacey and Tumwater for the fireworks shows over the weekend. And Happy Birthday Lacey!
Despite the current pleasant weather pattern out there kicking off July and forecasted temperatures to remain in the comfortable 70s well into the first week of the month, climate forecasters are once again suggesting the Pacific Northwest has a better than even chance of having a warmer than normal July. In fact, it's not just the Northwest, but the entire nation is in the same boat. The weather folks say El Nino is dead and as we await La Nina, it seems the warm weather will hold until the end of the year. Odds are still trending toward a cooler/wetter than normal winter in the Northwest, but their super long range forecasts are trending warm again for next summer.
Kevin Durant is joining All-Stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson with the Golden State Warriors. Durant announced his decision yesterday morning. He can't officially sign until July 7th. His decision has been the most highly anticipated move of the summer. The 2014 MVP and four-time scoring champion led the Oklahoma City Thunder to the NBA Finals in 2012, and to the Western Conference finals in four of the past six years and he's only 27.
Trivia Answer: Huey Lewis -- who was born Hugh Anthony Cregg III -- who turns 66 today. The band is Huey Lewis & The News. That third album was Sports.Huey Lewis also played with the band Clover from 1972 to 1979. After a failed self-titled debut in 1980, Huey Lewis & The News finally broke through to Top 40 success with the gold album Picture This in 1982. It rose to #13 on the Albums chart thanks to the Mutt Lange-penned Do You Believe in Love which went to #7: the band's first hit. The band's third LP, the #1 Sports in 1983, is one of the best-selling pop releases of all time. It has sold ten million copies in the US alone.It was followed up by Fore! in 1986, another #1 multi-platinum smash. In 1985, Huey Lewis sued Ray Parker, Jr. over similarities between Parker's theme for the 1984 movie Ghostbusters and Lewis's I Want a New Drug. The case was settled out of court, with both parties agreeing to keep the settlement secret. In 2001, Parker sued Lewis, alleging that in a VH1 - Behind the Music Episode, Lewis had discussed the settlement in violation of their nondisclosure agreement. Lewis has made appearances in several movies. The first was a cameo in Back to the Future in 1985, as a judge in the Hill Valley High School band audition. The band also recorded two songs for the film soundtrack, Back in Time and The Power of Love.
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A career-first grand slam by Seth Smith helped complete a four-game rout of the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles, who came in riding a seven-game winning streak and left shaking their heads. It’s been four years since the Mariners have swept a four-game series against anyone, much less a division leader that showed up for the weekend packing MLB’s fourth-best record after a seven-game winning streak. But after yesterday afternoon’s 9-4 wallop of the Baltimore Orioles, the rare deed was done. Here it is, midseason, and the Mariners are 43-and-39, tied for second in the AL West. They’re still more than a touchdown behind the division-leading Texas Rangers. But they remain engaged in the wild-card pursuit and, for the moment, they have contributions flowing from nearly everywhere. After 31 runs that included 10 home runs in the series, the Mariners, in terms of energy, looked like Grand Coulee Dam. Mentioned that the Ms are tied for second in the AL West. Well, they're tied with the Houston Astros, the team they face for the next three days starting today.
Birthdays: Actress Eva Marie Saint is 92; actress Gina Lollobrigida is 89; playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon is also 89; singer Bill Withers is 78; talk show host Geraldo Rivera is 73; the lead singer for The Babys and Bad English, John Waite is 64; and first daughter Malia Obama is 18.
Today is Koko Day, marking the 45th birthday of Koko the Gorilla at the San Francisco Zoo. Koko speaks sign language, knows some 1,000 signs. Her full name is Hanabi-Ko, Japanese for Fireworks Child.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1776, King George III of England noted in his diary, "Nothing of importance happened today." In 1802, the US Military Academy officially opened at West Point, New York. In 1970, Casey Kasem first hosted radio's American Top 40. It was first broadcast on seven AM stations. In 1972, Willie Nelson inaugurated his 4th of July Picnic with his first in Dripping Springs, Texas. In 1982, in a year which saw him bite the head off a bat and watch his guitarist Randy Rhoads die in a plane crash, metal madman Ozzy Osbourne married his manager Sharon Arden. In 1995, at Lollapalooza in the Gorge at George, Courtney Love hit Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill. Love received a suspended one-year sentence and was required to take courses in anger management. In 1996, HotMail, a free internet email service, began. In 1997, the 400-millionth person visited Disneyland. In 2009, the Statue of Liberty's crown reopened to visitors. It had been closed to the public since 2001.
Finding Dory dominated the Independence Day box office, overcoming a trio of new releases to provide the weekend's biggest fireworks. Dory swam to the top of the charts for the third consecutive weekend, picking up $41.9 million to bring its domestic total to $372.2 million. The follow-up to Finding Nemo should end the four-day holiday with another $50.5 million in receipts. It's on pace to surpass Toy Story 3 as the highest-grossing Pixar film in history on a domestic basis. The July 4th weekend is traditionally one of the movie business' biggest, but this national holiday suffered from a weak crop of new releases, as costly adventures such as The Legend of Tarzan and The BFG failed to excite audiences. The influx of new releases did lift industry-wide grosses, and the weekend should be among the five biggest. The Legend of Tarzan might rank as a hit. But Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow spent lavishly to update Edgar Rice Burroughs' jungle king stories, shelling out a reported $180 million to produce the picture and millions more to market it. Despite the high costs, the film did better than projected, earning $38.1 million for the three-day weekend to take second place. It should make $44 million for the holiday, roughly $10 million more than analysts expected it would generate. The weekend's biggest disaster was Disney's The BFG, Steven Spielberg's $140 million adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic children's book. The story of a friendly giant who befriends an orphan, got solid reviews, but it collapsed at the box office, eking out $19.6 million over the weekend and should earn a paltry $23.6 million over the four-day holiday for a fourth place finish. One new release did score with audiences. The Purge: Election Year debuted in third place to $30.9 million and should make $34 million over the holiday. In its second weekend of release, Independence Day: Resurgence rounded out the top five, earning $16.5 million. The follow-up to the hit alien invasion thriller has made $76.3 million domestically and should close the holiday with more than $20 million in receipts.
Independence Day Facts:
|Morning Trivia: On this date in 1984, the PG-13 rating was introduced by the Motion Picture Association of America. The MPAA's film-rating system is used in the United States and its territories to rate a film's suitability for certain audiences. The MPAA rating system is a voluntary scheme not enforced by law and films can be exhibited without a rating, though many theaters refuse to exhibit non-rated films. Since the late 1990s, the MPAA has had five ratings which they apply. What are they?
Taijuan Walker's return last night went a lot better than Wade Miley’s return Wednesday. Walker allowed one run over 6.1 innings to lead the Mariners to a 5-3 win over Baltimore at Safeco Field, snapping the Orioles' seven-game winning streak. Walker showed neither rust nor discomfort in his first game back from a sore foot. Game two of the four-game set is tonight. Ms and Os at 7:10.
Birthdays: Actress Olivia de Havilland is 100; Klnger on M*A*S*H, actor Jamie Farr is 82; David Prowse -- a bodybuilder and weightlifter best known for playing the physical form of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy -- is 81; from Blondie, singer Debbie Harry is 71; from The B-52s, Fred Schneider is 65; comedian and actor Dan Aykroyd is 64; best known for her song Shame, disco singer Evelyn Champagne King is 56; Olympic athlete Carl Lewis is 55; actress Pamela Anderson is 49; rapper and actress Missy Elliott is 45; Steven’s daughter, actress Liv Tyler is 39; the Sony Walkman is 37; and Seattle Mariner Nelson Cruz is 35.
Today is Canada Day, a celebration of Canadian nationalism, heritage and pride. Canada became self-governing on July 1st of 1867. It's ZIP Code Day (Zoning Improvement Plan). On this date in 1963, ZIP Codes were introduced for United States mail. Today is National Postal Workers Day. It’s International Joke Day, a very funny day. There's plenty of problems, trouble and unhappiness in the world. Dontcha think the world would be a far better place if we'd all just chill out a little and laugh a whole lot more?
Calendar notes: On this date in 1940, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge was first opened to traffic. The bridge collapsed during a wind storm on November 7th of that year. In 1943, the Government began automatically withholding federal income tax from paychecks. In 1967, The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band went to number one in the United States. In 1973, in New York City, Jesus Christ Superstar closed after 711 shows on Broadway. In 1979, Sony introduced the Walkman, a portable cassette tape player. In 1984, the PG-13 rating was introduced by the Motion Picture Association of America. In 1990, German re-unification occured. East Germany accepted the Deutsche Mark as its currency, thus uniting the economies of East and West Germany. In 2007, smoking in England was banned in all public indoor spaces.
Ah yes, the Fourth of July, Independence Day. A day to mark the freedom of all Americans. Unless, of course, you are talking about freedom of travel over the holiday weekend. That could get a bit dicey. They're predicting and early rush hour and long commutes. The worst travel time expected to be this afternoon, with a big uptick in congestion between 2:00 and 3:00.
Welcome to July. It's National Blueberry Month, National Anti-Boredom Month, National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, National Hot Dog Month, and National Ice Cream Month. Today, in fact, is Creative Ice Cream Flavors day. Summer is in full swing. Its hot and sizzling. You need something to help cool off. What a perfect time for Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day. The day gives you the chance to create a new flavor of ice cream. Maybe, your new creation will be a hit, and become wildly popular.
The weekend is here. New in theaters: The BFG (PG); The Legend of Tarzan (PG-13); and The Purge: Election Year (R).
Google has the fastest undersea cable ever built. Google flipped the switch yesterday on the fastest undersea cable, designed to speed up internet access. Google teamed up with five Asian telecom companies to fund the $300 million underwater cable network connecting the US and Japan. To give you some idea of how fast this undersea cable is, they say it's about ten million times faster than your average cable modem. Really?
Trivia Answer: Since the late 1990s, the MPAA film ratings have been as follows: G – General Audiences - All ages admitted. This movie contains little or no content that would offend parents for viewing by children. PG – Parental Guidance Suggested - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents are urged to give parental guidance as the motion picture contains some material that parents might not find suitable for their pre-teenagers. PG-13 – Parents Strongly Cautioned - Parents are urged to be cautious as the motion picture contains some material that parents might consider inappropriate for children under 13 years. R – Restricted - People under 17 years may only be admitted if accompanied by a parent or guardian. NC-17 – No One 17 and Under Admitted - This film is exclusively adult and people under 18 are not admitted.