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Friday 7.1.16
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.