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Friday 7.3.15
Today's Trivia: This Major League Baseball executive works for the New York Yankees. He has been their General Manager and Senior Vice President since 1998. Who is he?

There is now a county-wide outdoor burn ban in effect in Mason County. The Fire Marshal's Office and the Mason County Fire Chiefs' Association determined that current weather conditions have created substantial fire dangers and that there is a need to enact restriction on outdoor burning to all lands regulated by Mason County. This burn ban applies to all outdoor burning, including land clearing, yard debris and recreational fires. The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbeques will continue to be allowed under the ban.

After scoring 12 runs in two games in San Diego, the Mariners apparently exhausted themselves. Or Oakland starter Scott Kazmir is back to being a stud. The A's lefty smothered the Mariners, allowing only two hits --- both for Franklin Gutierrez -- in an easy 4-0 win last night. Ms and As match up again tonight at 6:05.

The Ms continued overhauling their lineup yesterday, designating utilityman Willie Bloomquist for assignment and recalling shortstop Chris Taylor from Triple-A Tacoma. Bloomquist -- a Port Orchard native -- broke the news of his release himself on Twitter, writing "Just want to thank all of you Mariner fans for a lifetime of memories in a mariner uniform. Can't thank you enough for 7 1/2 memorable yrs!"

Birthdays: Attorney and activist Gloria Allred is 74; columnist and author Dave Barry is 68; actress Betty Buckley is 68; Bailey Quarters on WKRP in Cincinnati, actress Jan Smithers is 66; talk show host Montel Williams is 58; actor Tom Cruise is 53; Greg on Dharma and Greg and Daniel Nyland on Chicago Hope, actor Thomas Gibson is 53; the voice of Lisa Simpson on The Simpsons, actress Yeardley Smith is 51; and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is 44.

Dog Days begin today. Traditionally, the hottest 40 days of the year, blamed by our ancient ancestors on Sirius, the Dog Star. The Old Farmer's Almanac lists the traditional period of the Dog Days as the 40 days beginning July 3rd and ending August 11th, coinciding with the ancient sunrise rising of the Dog Star, Sirius. Not surprisingly, Air Conditioning Appreciation Days begin today and continue through August 15th. Today is Stay Out of the Sun Day. Today is Compliment Your Mirror Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1962, Jackie Robinson became the first African American to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1965, singing cowboy Roy Rogers mourned the death of his horse Trigger. The animal was stuffed and put in the Roy Rogers Museum. In 1967, The Doors released the song Light My Fire in the US. In 1970, some 200,000 heard Jimi Hendrix play The Star Spangled Banner as the 3-day Atlanta Pop Festival opened in Byron, Georgia. Two days later Governor Lester Maddox said he would seek legislation to ban rock festivals in Georgia. In 1971, Jm Morrison died of a heart attack in his Paris hotel room. He was in the bath at the time. Fans wouldn't learn of his passing until six days after it happened, by which time he had been quietly buried. In 1986, President Ronald Reagan re-lit the Statue of Liberty's torch in New York Harbor. A $66 million restoration of the statue was completed 100 years after its dedication. In 1989, actor Jim Backus died at age 76. He was the voice of Mr. Magoo and played the millionaire Thurston Howell on Gilligan's Island. In 1992, three performing dolphins escaped from their pen in Key Largo, Florida and showed up several days later in a golf course lagoon in Key Biscayne. They performed for golfers voluntarily at 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m., apparently hoping to be fed.

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll came up just short against the New England Patriots' Bill Belichick. Again. This time the stakes were lower, however, after Carroll was named runner up to Belichick as the league's top head coach this week, according to's Elliot Harrison. Belichick retained Harrison's top spot from last year, with Baltimore's John Harbaugh, Green Bay's Mike McCarthy and New Orleans' Sean Payton rounding out the top five after Carroll.

More than 74 million Americans are barbecuing this July 4th. Over an estimated 150 million hot dogs are being consumed -- that's roughly one dog for every two people in the country. There's a 25 percent chance those hot dogs originated in Iowa, since they raise 17.6 million hogs and pigs each year.

Ironically, the majority of the nation's flags and patriotic paraphernalia are produced in China. Nearly $349 million are used each year to import the flags and other decorations.

Some additional Independence Day factoids:

  • John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826 -- the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence
  • The first 4th of July party held at the White House was in 1801; however, the 4th of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941.
  • The National Anthem is actually set to the tune of To Anacreon in Heaven, an old English drinking song.
  • The stars on the original American flag were arranged in a circle to ensure that all colonies were equal.
  • John Hancock was the only person to actually sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The other 55 signers did not sign it until August 2nd or even later.
  • Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest has occurred each July 4th in Coney Island, New York since 1916, the year Nathan Handwerker opened the legendary restaurant.

Have a Happy 4th!

Trivia Answer: Brian Cashman who turns 48 today. He attended The Catholic University of America, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1989. He was a four-year starter at second base and the leadoff hitter for his college baseball team. He set a school record for most hits in a season, which has since been broken. Cashman started with the New York Yankees organization as an intern in 1986. In February of 1998, he was named Senior Vice-President and General Manager. During Cashman's tenure as Assistant GM and VP/General Manager, the Yankees have won seven American League pennants and four World Series championships. Despite the team's success, in 2005 Cashman considered leaving the Yankees due to conflicts with owner George Steinbrenner and organizational disputes between team officials in New York City and Tampa. The Washington Nationals were rumored to be interested in hiring Cashman, which would have brought him back to the city where he attended school. Instead, Cashman agreed to a new contract with the Yankees following the conclusion of the 2005 season which gave him more authority in personnel decisions. During 2013, Cashman was involved with a tweet that Alex Rodriguez composed on Twitter. The tweet Rodriguez composed was regarding that he was cleared to play by his doctors after his hip surgery. Cashman was not pleased about the tweet claiming that the doctors did not give such authority to clear Rodriguez to play after seeking a second opinion with them. In October of 2014, the Yankees signed Cashman to another three-year deal through the 2017 season.

Thursday 7.2.15
Today's Trivia: He was a restaurant owner and philanthropist. He's also known for appearing in more than 800 commercial advertisements for his restaurant chain from 1989 to 2002 -- more than any other person in television history. Who is he?

The Mariners might be a playoff team, instead of division dud, if they played punchless San Diego as many times as they face members of the AL West. Following a 5-0 blanking of the Padres Tuesday, Seattle followed yesterday with a 7-0 romp. Taijuan Walker won his fifth consecutive start and Robinson Cano had four hits and three RBIs as the Mariners recorded back-to-back shutouts for the first time since June 8th and 9th of 2014 at Tampa Bay. Walker didn't allow a base runner until the fourth when he plunked catcher Derek Norris, but had to wait until the sixth to get any run support. Cano provided it, hitting an opposite-field home run for the only run Walker would need. As it turned out, the Mariners got six more, including four in the ninth, highlighted by Nelson Cruz's 20th long ball of the year. In his best offensive day of the season, as well as his best as a Mariner, Cano went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and a run scored. It marked his first game for Seattle with three hits and four RBIs. Celebrating his 35th birthday, Cruz went 2-for-5 with his 20th home run. He is the first Mariner with 20 homers before the All-Star break since Raul Ibanez in 2013. The Mariners had as many home runs in the two-game series (4) as the Padres had hits. The Mariners begin a four-game series at Oakland tonight in what amounts to a weekend battle to avoid last place in the AL West.

Japan defeated England 2-1 last night in the FIFA Women's World Cup semi-final.. That sets up the final with Team USA facing Japan Sunday in Vancouver, BC. It's a rematch of the 2011 final. Japan won that one on penalty kicks. But first, Saturday, Germany and England match up for third place up in Edmonton.

Birthdays: Sam on Quincy, actor Robert Ito is 84; Flo on Alice, actress Polly Holliday is 78; race car driver Richard Petty is 78; actor-writer-director Larry David is 68; actress Cheryl Ladd is 64; model and actress who had a long-term relationship with Mick Jagger, Jerry Hall is 59; actor Jimmy McNichol is 54; baseball's Jose Canseco is 51; singer Michelle Branch is 32; and actress Lindsay Lohan is 29.

Today is I Forgot Day, by definition, not a day to remember. So, just what are you forgetting? Can you even remember? Interesting to note that I Forgot Day is closely related to I'm Sorry Day. Today is World UFO Day, a day dedicated to the existence of Unidentified Flying Objects. The first World UFO Day was celebrated in 2001. Today is Be Nice to People You Don't Like Day. Today is National Baked Bananas Day. Today is National Try to Find Your Slinky Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1897, Italian scientist Guglielmo Marconi obtained a patent for radio in London. In 1932, James Gamble died in Cincinnati. As a partner in Procter & Gamble, he developed Ivory, the first floating soap. In 1937, Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan were last heard from over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first equatorial round-the-world flight. In 1947, (This is why today is World UFO Day) an object crashed near Roswell, New Mexico. The US Army Air Force insisted it was a weather balloon, but eyewitness accounts led to speculation that it might have been an alien spacecraft. In 1962, the first Wal-Mart store opened for business in Rogers, Arkansas. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law outlawing segregation in schools, at the workplace, and other facilities that served the general public. In 1969, consumer crusader Ralph Nader warned that loud rock music threatened to create a generation of hearing-impaired people. In 1981, Foreigner released their album 4. In 1992, Mick Jagger became a grandfather when his daughter, Jade, gave birth to a baby girl. In 1992, the one-millionth Chevrolet Corvette rolled off the assembly line. In 2004, legendary film and stage actor Marlon Brando died in Los Angeles at the age of 80.

TV Land has dumped The Dukes of Hazzard. The network is confirming that reruns of the 1980s action comedy, with its Confederate flag imagery, have been pulled from the schedule. This marks the latest effort to banish the racially charged Stars and Bars from pop culture after various states began debating whether to remove the flag. Warner Bros., which produced the series, last week halted production of toy replicas of the General Lee, the 1969 Dodge Charger stock car that famously features a replica of the Confederate flag on its roof. Retailers including Walmart, eBay, and Amazon have stopped selling merchandise bearing reproductions of the flag.

About 57% of Americans say the Confederate flag symbolizes Southern pride more than racism, a CNN/ORC poll says, though opinions are sharply divided by race. Among blacks, 72% see the flag as a symbol of racism while just 25% of whites agree. In the South, the racial divide is even broader. While 75% of Southern whites describe the flag as a symbol of pride and 18% call it a symbol of racism, those figures are almost exactly reversed among Southern blacks, with just 11% seeing it as a sign of pride and 75% viewing it as a symbol of racism.

Seattle Seahawks All-Pro safety Earl Thomas is best known for his ability to come out of nowhere and make a play. Over the weekend, Thomas displayed the ability to surprise off the field when he blindsided high school sweetheart Nina Heisser, proposing to her at his football camp in his hometown of Orange, Texas. According to Thomas, this sneak-attack was a well kept secret. He said, "Nobody knew. I just felt it. I told my agent, get the ring out of the car, and I did it."

TV tonight, it's the season premiere of Food Fighters. The best amateur cooks in America put their signature dishes to the test against five professional chefs. And this season, kid chefs are also competing. It's tonight on NBC.

Trivia Answer: Dave Thomas who was born on this date in 1932. He was the founder and chief executive officer of Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers. Thomas opened his first Wendy's in Columbus, Ohio, in 1969. This original restaurant would remain operational until March 2, 2007, when it was closed due to lagging sales. Thomas named the restaurant after his eight-year-old daughter Melinda Lou, whose nickname was Wendy, stemming from the child's inability to say her own name at a young age. According to Bio TV, Dave claims himself that people nicknamed his daughter "Wenda. Not Wendy but Wenda. So one day, I looked at her and said, 'I'm going to call it Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers'." Thomas died in January of 2002 at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after a decade-long battle with liver cancer. He was buried in Union Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio. At the time of his death, there were more than 6,000 Wendy's restaurants operating in North America.

Wednesday 7.1.15
Today's Trivia: He's a Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter and singer. He was an original cast member of the Not Ready For Prime Time Players on Saturday Night Live, an originator of The Blues Brothers and Ghostbusters, and has had a long career as a film actor and screenwriter. In 1990, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Driving Miss Daisy. Who is he?

The US Women's National Soccer team defeated Germany 2-0 last night to advance to the final of the World Cup. Germany entered the match as the No. 1 ranked team. The US had shut out its previous two opponents, defeating Colombia 2-0 and China 1-0. The US team advances to play the winner of today's semifinal match featuring England and Japan. That match is at 4 this afternoon.

In a season mostly void of feel-good stories, pitcher Mike Montgomery continued to buck the trend by throwing a one-hitter last night in the Mariners' 5-0 win over the San Diego Padres. Montgomery didn't allow a hit until there was one out in the seventh inning. Montgomery maintained his second consecutive shutout, following the 25-year-old's complete-game win over the Kansas City Royals, 7-0. Montgomery is the first Mariner to toss back-to-back shutouts since Freddy Garcia did it in 2001. The Mariners cap their miniseries against the Padres with an afternoon game today. The Ms then travel to Oakland for a four-game set to close out their nine-game road trip.

Birthdays: Actress Olivia de Havilland is 99; Klnger on M*A*S*H, actor Jamie Farr is 81; David Prowse -- best known for playing the physical form of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy -- is 80; from Blondie, singer Debbie Harry is 70; from The B-52s, Fred Schneider is 64; best known for her song Shame, disco singer Evelyn Champagne King is 55; Olympic athlete Carl Lewis is 54; actress Pamela Anderson is 48; rapper and actress Missy Elliott is 44; Steven's daughter, actress Liv Tyler is 38; the Sony Walkman is 36; 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. 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. Don'tcha 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: East Germany accepts 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.

As regulars at a local farmer's market, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner and their three young children looked like the perfect Hollywood family. The stars took turns working so they could nurture their careers and their kids -- devoted parents who appeared arm-in-arm at countless industry events. "It's work, but it's the best kind of work," Affleck famously said of his marriage to Garner. Now, it seems the work is done. After weeks of public speculation about their relationship, the couple announced yesterday they plan to end their 10-year marriage with a divorce.

Katy Perry is locked in a property battle over a former convent she wants to turn into her Los Angeles base. Perry has reportedly put in an offer for the former home of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, but the nuns claim the person brokering the deal with the pop star doesn't have the right to sell. Sources tell the Los Angeles Times that Archbishop Jose Gomez wants to sell the estate to Perry, but the nuns who once lived there insist only they have the legal right to sell the property -- and they're interested in handing over the keys to restaurateur Dana Hollister. The Times reports Perry, who grew up in a strict religious family, is so eager to add the former convent to her property portfolio, she recently toured the estate with an architect and even sang the religious song "Oh, Happy Day" for the nuns. But one of the religious ladies, Sister Rita, was clearly not a fan of Perry's -- she told the Times, "I found her videos (online) and… if it's all right to say, I wasn't happy with any of it. We have given many years to this archdiocese and we have served them well. For the archdiocese to… put us under a bus and run over us, I'm sorry, it was just too much for me." The villa-style mansion, which offers breathtaking views of Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Mountains, is expected to sell for close to $15 million.

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.

Trivia Answer: Dan Aykroyd who turns 63 today. He was raised in the Roman Catholic Church and had intended to become a priest until the age of seventeen. As a youngster, he was briefly expelled from Catholic school when he dressed up a pig to look like the pope and took it to school for show and tell. He gained fame on Saturday Night Live, where he was a writer and cast member for its first four seasons, from 1975 to 1979. He was known for his impersonations of celebrities like Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon, Tom Snyder, and others. He was also known for his recurring roles, such as Beldar, father in the Coneheads family; and with Steve Martin as one of the Two Wild and Crazy Guys. Aykroyd originally wrote the role of Dr. Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters with John Belushi in mind, but rewrote the part for Bill Murray after Belushi died. Ghostbusters became a huge success for Aykroyd as a co-creator, co-writer, and one of the lead actors; the film's inspiration came from Aykroyd's fascination with parapsychology.