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Thursday 7.31.14
Today's Trivia: On this date in 1961, at Fenway Park in Boston, the first All-Star Game tie in Major League Baseball history happened. Why?

In more than a century of baseball dating back to Chief Bender in 1907, only two pitchers have recorded as many as 13 consecutive starts in which they worked at least seven innings and allowed two or fewer runs. The first, Tom Seaver, constructed his streak between July and September of 1971, and entered the Hall of Fame in 1992 with a record 98.84 percent of the vote. The second, Felix Hernandez, entered last night's game tied with Seaver. Felix now sits alone the top of the list having done it again last night to bring his total now to 14 ... and counting. And yet he picked up another loss as the Mariners fell to the Cleveland Indians 2-0. Cleveland Pitcher Corey Kluber had a three-hitter and picked up his first career shutout. The matchup between two of the top pitchers in the American League lived up to its billing. Kluber held the Mariners to three singles and no walks while striking out eight. Felix didn't allow a base runner until Carlos Santana drew a leadoff walk in the fifth. Felix struck out five and walked two. The series finale is this afternoon at 4:05. Mariners right-hander Chris Young gets the start.

Meanwhile, with the MLB trade deadline at 1:00 this afternoon, Twitter was hopping. From @MLB: The @Mariners pick up a right-handed bat for the stretch run. The Mariners have acquired veteran outfielder Chris Denorfia from the San Diego Padres for a pair of minor leaguers -- those minor leaguers being outfielder Abaraham Almonte and pitcher Stephen Kohlscheen.

Then @GregJohnsMLB Tweeted: Source confirms #Mariners acquiring CF Austin Jackson from Detroit and sending Nick Franklin to Tampa as part of 3-way deal. A later report indicated that the Mariners have acquired center fielder Austin Jackson from Detroit in a three-team deal with the Tigers and Tampa Bay Rays, according to reports. In the deal, apparently reached just minutes before today’s deadline, the Ms sent infielder Nick Franklin to Tampa Bay as the Rays sent pitching ace David Price to Detroit. That according to multiple initial reports. Detroit also sent big-league pitcher Drew Smyly and Class-A prospect Willy Adames to the Rays. The Mariners have not yet confirmed the deal but reporters traveling with the team in Cleveland said they have confirmed it with the M’s.

And just so you don't run out of stuff to ponder, @ESPNNFL Tweeted #beastmode will not receive a new deal or added money, but Seattle expected to add some financial concessions to his contract. He's expected in camp within 24 hours.

Today is Mutt's Day, honoring all dogs that are not just one breed. Today is Make Homemade Ice Cream and Invite the Neighbors Over Day. Today is Patent Day, marking the opening of the US Patent Office on this date in 1790. The first patent was granted to Samuel Hopkins of Vermont, inventor of a method for making potash. Today is Jump for Jelly Beans Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1930, the radio mystery program The Shadow aired for the first time. In 1961, at Fenway Park in Boston, the first All-Star Game tie in Major League Baseball history occurred when the game was stopped in the 9th inning because of rain. In 1969, Moscow police reported that thieves had stolen telephone parts from thousands of phone booths to convert their acoustic guitars to electric. In 1984, reporter Leeza Gibbons made her first appearance on TV’s Entertainment Tonight. In 1995, the Walt Disney Company agreed to acquire Capital Cities/ABC in a deal placed at $19 billion. In 1996, Ottawa-born Alanis Morissette kicked off her first Canadian tour before 15,000 fans at GM Place in Vancouver. In 1997, Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago announced that the Teddy Bear Lady, a $15-thousand-a-year secretary who passed out teddy bears to children in the hospital, had left $18-million for research into children’s diseases. Gladys Holm, who never married and had no heirs, apparently had invested wisely in the stock market. In 2006, Fidel Castro handed over power to his brother Raúl Castro. In 2012, Michael Phelps broke the record set in 1964 for the greatest number of medals won at the Olympics.

Birthdays: The singer Lobo is 71; Frontman of Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Gary Lewis is 68; former R.E.M drummer – now a farmer -- Bill Berry is 56; NBA team owner – he owns the Dallas Mavericks -- Mark Cuban is 56; actor Wesley Snipes is 52; author J.K. Rowling is 49; actor Dean Cain is 49; Coldplay drummer Will Champion is 36; and Manny on Modern Family, actor Rico Rodriguez is 16.

Production on a new season of The Big Bang Theory is being delayed because of a contract dispute with its top actors. The Warner Brothers Television studio, which makes television's most popular comedy, said that Wednesday's scheduled first day of work after the summer hiatus was postponed. There's no word on when The Big Bang Theory team will be back at work. The CBS series is heading into its eighth season, and the studio is trying to hammer out new deals. Contract disputes aren't unusual at popular, long-running TV series, and CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler seemed to take it in stride when asked about the negotiations two weeks ago saying "I just love being able to answer these questions year after year, primarily because we have successful shows." She said. "And when you have successful shows, you have renegotiations. We're feeling very confident that everything will work out. These deals manage to get done somehow miraculously year after year." CBS had no additional comment on the negotiations Wednesday. It's considered far too early for such a dispute to affect the timing of a show's season premiere. "The Big Bang Theory" opens its new season on Sept. 22. The show is moving temporarily to Mondays for the beginning of the new season with CBS airing NFL football games on Thursdays for the first half of the season.

On TV tonight, The Quest. It's a new reality show from the executive producers of The Lord of the Rings and The Amazing Race. It's a blend of fantasy and fairytales. Twelve people are transported to a fantasy world (really Austria) where they must compete to save the (imaginary) kingdom of Everealm. It's tonight on ABC.

A Beijing couple turned to the law to help evict their 29-year-old unemployed son, who they say has long outworn his welcome. The court judge told the son to move out.

Trivia Answer: The game was called at 1–1 after nine innings because of rain. The only other rain-shortened game -- called at 5 innings -- was in 1952, then the National League defeated the American League, 3–2. The 2002 All-Star Game, held in Milwaukee, ended in controversy in the 11th inning when both teams ran out of substitute players available to pitch in relief. At that point, Commissioner Bud Selig (a Milwaukee native and former owner of the Brewers) declared that the game would end after 11 innings, and it ended in a 7–7 tie. The crowd booed and threw beer bottles onto the field, and the media were highly critical of this unsatisfactory conclusion. To provide additional incentive for victory, Major League Baseball reached an agreement with the players union to award home-field advantage for the World Series to the champion of the league that won the All-Star Game, for 2003 and 2004. Since then, the agreement had been extended twice, in 2005 and 2006, and now has been made permanent.

Wednesday 7.30.14
Today's 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?

Hisashi Iwakuma kept his road record spotless since last July, pitching seven strong innings to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 5-2 win over the Cleveland Indians last night. Kuma improved to 9-and-0 in his last 14 road starts, the second-longest such streak in club history. He is 5-and-0 outside Seattle this season. Dustin Ackley hit a two-run double in Seattle's four-run fourth, and Mike Zunino homered in the fifth. The Indians are 5-7 since the All-Star break and are trying to decide whether to be active before tomorrow's trade deadline. The second game of the series is thhis afternoon when Felix Hernandez takes on Cleveland.

The Seattle Seahawks began their 2014 campaign with the start of training camp Friday, but all the attention fell on a player who was not on the field, or even in town: Marshawn Lynch. Seattle’s star running back has decided to hold out as he tries to get a better contract, despite signing a four-year, $31 million deal just two years ago. It’s unclear whether he will return anytime soon, but interviews with head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have indicated that the Seahawks aren’t willing to budge. The worst-case scenario for Seahawks fans is that Lynch won’t return for 2014. But barring his release or trade from the Seahawks, he can’t go anywhere else, and he’d be walking away from millions of dollars. Considering he ostensibly wants more money, you just don’t see that happening. But only time will tell what happens with Lynch. After all, he has been unpredictable at times; and he is quite the character. General manager John Schneider discussed Lynch’s ongoing holdout on a SportsCenter special. When asked if he was worried about the absence of Beast Mode, Schneider said the team was concentrating on its long-term ambitions. He said, "We’re just going with our plan, and I know it’s cliche-ish, but next man up. We’ve had a plan in place here for a number of years, and we can’t veer from that plan for one person, because it’s the ultimate team sport."

The distinction of highest-paid cornerback in the NFL now belongs to the Arizona Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson, who signed a five-year, $70 million contract extension yesterday. And he wasn’t afraid to gloat about it to Richard Sherman.

Of course, Sherman, who’s almost always on top of things, responded just 12 minutes after Peterson’s tweet:

The two NFC West rivals have a history of jawing at one another.

Meanwhile, Walter Jones is being honored in his first year of eligibility -- and is set to become just the third player having spent their entire career with the Seattle Seahawks to be inducted into the Football Hall of Fame. Regarded as one of the game's best offensive tackles ever, Jones gets his gold jacket Saturday night. Jones was selected to nine Pro Bowls. He was a four-time All-Pro. Seattle's coaches once put together the numbers that helped state the dominant level at which Jones played: He blocked for more than 5,500 pass plays in his career and gave up just 23 sacks and was called for holding just nine times in 180 career games -- all starts. His No. 71 was retired the day he retired, while Steve Largent (No. 80) and Cortez Kennedy (No. 96) had to wait for their entry to Canton before their numbers were raised.

Today is National Cheesecake Day. Today is Cubbyhole Appreciation Day. Today is Paperback Day, marking the start of the paperback book revolution with publication of Penguin #1, Ariel, A Life of Shelley in London this date in 1935. Books had been published with soft covers in Leipzig, Germany, as early as 1841, but never really caught on.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation creating a health-care program for the elderly called Medicare. It became effective the following year. In 1975, Jimmy Hoffa disappeared from the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, at about 2:30 in the afternoon. He was never seen or heard from again, and was declared legally dead seven years later -- on this date in 1982. In 1987, NBC’s L.A. Law received 20 Emmy nominations, just shy of the Hill Street Blues record 21 received in 1982. In 2002, WNBA player Lisa Leslie became the first woman to dunk in a pro basketball game, jamming on a breakaway in the first half of the Los Angeles Sparks' 82-73 loss to Miami. In 2003, Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, who discovered Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Charlie Rich, died in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 80. Also in 2003, in Mexico, the last 'old style' Volkswagen Beetle rolled off the assembly line.

Birthdays: Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig is 80; guitarist Buddy Guy is 78; film director Peter Bogdanovich is 75; singer-songwriter Paul Anka is 73; actor-politician-and now actor again, Arnold Schwarzenegger is 67; Michael Steadman on Thirtysomething, actor Ken Olin is 60; Suzanne Sugarbaker on Designing Women, actress Delta Burke is 58; musician Kate Bush is 56; Phoebe on Friends, actress Lisa Kudrow is 51; director Christopher Nolan is 44; actress Hilary Swank is 40; and, she was born in Richland, soccer player Hope Solo is 33.

Trivia Answer: Bill Walsh who died on this date in 2007. He was the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers and the Stanford Cardinal football team, 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.

Tuesday 7.29.14
Today's Trivia: She was born in Seattle and grew up in Bellevue. She attended the University of Washington, and Stanford University, earning business degrees. After graduation, she worked as a systems engineer. She was chair of the Washington State Republican Party from 1981 to 1992 and twice -- in 1984 and 1990 -- a delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Elected to the House in 1992, she was Washington's only Republican representative until the Republican Revolution of 1994 when Republicans swept all but two of Washington's nine House seats. She was a prominent Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from1993 to 2005, representing Washington's 8th congressional district. In 1998, she became the first woman ever to run for the position of House Majority Leader. Who was she?

The Mariners are off on a 6-game road trip. They have three in Cleveland starting tonight and then spend the weekend in Baltimore facing the Orioles. Hisashi Iwakuma gets the start tonight. It's a 4:05 start time.

A judge ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling yesterday in his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas sided with Sterling's estranged wife Shelly Sterling, who burst into tears when the ruling was announced. The judge said Shelly Sterling had negotiated a good deal for the Clippers and had the authority to remove her husband as a trustee of the trust that owns the team after two doctors determined he had signs of Alzheimer's disease and was incapable of making business decisions. Also under the ruling, Donald Sterling can't delay the sale from going forward as he appeals the case.

Birthdays: Former US Senator Elizabeth Dole is 78; keyboardist and sole remaining founding member of REO Speedwagon, Neal Doughty is 68; from Rush, singer Geddy Lee is 61; documentarian Ken Burns is 61; Mrs. Bruce Springsteen, E Street band member Patti Scialfa is 61; and half of Gnarls Barkley, musician Danger Mouse is 37.

Today is National Lasagna Day, National Cheesecake Day, Mutt’s Day, and National Photograph Your Children When They're Not Looking Day. Today is also Rain Day in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. It always rains in Waynesburg on July 29th.

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 In 1998, matchbox 20 kicked off their first headlining tour. They started it in New Orleans.

It's the ultimate guilt trip. Roxy is only six years old but not scared to give some bike thieves a piece of her mind. Roxy said, "It hurt my feelings that my dad was so angry and sad." Thieves broke into her family's garage last month, stealing about a half dozen custom road bikes worth thousands of dollars from their Northeast Portland home. She couldn't stand to see her dad so sad, so she wrote a message to thieves on a sign now displayed front and center in the yard. "Shame on you bike thieves!!!" The sign continues to deliver a low blow to the thieves with several "sad faces," calling the thieves villains who are a disappointment to their own mothers. Roxy's dad said he didn't expect his daughter to do this. "At first, she offered to give me her life savings-- that was a heart melter--then this a couple days later she wants to let the world know it’s not cool." Get that thieves? Not cool. "I want to tell all the people who steal things that it’s a bad idea to steal things ... Why do they even make villains in the world?" Roxy asked. She went on to theorize, "If we didn't have villains the world would be nice and easy."

Evanescence singer Amy Lee has given birth to a baby boy. She took to her account yesterday to announce the news to fans and introduce her first child with her therapist husband Josh Hartzler to the world. She shared a snap of herself cuddling the newborn in her hospital bed, and in the accompanying caption, she wrote, "Our little cub, Jack Lion Hartzler, is here."I have never known the depths of my heart till now. The world just exploded into technicolor." The couple wed in 2007.

It's just been announced that Amazing Spider-Man 3 has been pushed back until 2018. Apparently it's coming out right behind Avengers 14 and Iron Man 27.

Stop wasting your money and buy generic like the smart kids do. A new study (Tilburg University in the Netherlands and the University of Chicago) found 9 times out of 10 doctors buy generic aspirin over the brand-names and the majority of professional chefs buy generic, store-brand sugar and baking powder over the brand name ingredients. The study found Americans waste $44 billion a year on name brands when store brands cost half the price.

Trivia Answer: Jennifer Dunn who was born on this date in 1941. She announced in 2004 she would retire from Congress, choosing not to run for re-election. Dunn collapsed and died of a pulmonary embolism in her Alexandria, Virginia apartment in 2007.

Monday 7.28.14
Today's Trivia: She was the wife of the 35th president of the United States. She was later married to a Greek shipping magnate from 1968 until his death in 1975. In later years she had a successful career as a book editor. Who was she?

The Mariners' chances of grabbing the American League's second wild card spot took another hit yesterday. Manny Machado lifted a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the 10th inning and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2. Former Mariner Adam Jones opened the 10th with a double into the left-field corner off Yoervis Medina. Nelson Cruz and Chris Davis walked to load the bases. The Orioles took three of four in the series, twice winning in extra innings. The Mariners have tumbled to 3-and-7 since the All-Star break. The Mariners, once nine games over .500, are 5-and-11 in their last 16 after going 15-and-6 from June 15th to July 7th. They have played 22 games in July and 14 have been decided by two runs or less. An off day for Seattle today. They go to Cleveland for three starting tomorrow and then face the Orioles again this weekend, this time at their place.

Baseball's Hall of Fame yesterday inducted three of the most iconic players from the past generation -- Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank 'The Big Hurt' Thomas -- along with a handful of managers -- Joe Torre, Tony LaRusa, and Bobby Cox. All three players earned entry on their first year of eligibility. The trio of selections came one year after Hall voters selected zero players in what was widely seen as a symbolic rebuke of the steroid era.

Birthdays: Former basketball player-turned-politician, Bill Bradley is 71; the creator of the Garfield comic strip, Jim Davis is 69; known for the song Sunshine, singer Jonathan Edwards is 68; TV producer Dick Ebersol is 67; Gloria from All in the Family, born in Portland, by the way, actress Sally Struthers is 67; Georgette on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, actress Georgia Engel is 66; Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke is 65; and baseball pitching great Vida Blue is 65 .

Former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell, who led the city during the World Trade Organization protests in 1999,died over the weekend. Schell died yesterday morning at a Seattle hospital surrounded by family, according to Mayor Ed Murray's office. Paul Schell was 76.

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 Day. Today is National Hamburger Day, it's National Chili Dog Day., and it's National Shampoo Outdoors Day. Happy birthday to the city of Miami, Florida -- incorporated 118 years ago today. The population in 1896? 260.

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 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, it was Summer Jam at Watkins Glen. Some 600,000 people attended a rock festival at the Watkins Glen International Raceway. In 1996, the remains of a prehistoric man were discovered near Kennewick. The remains became known as Kennewick Man.

Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson as a woman with a super-powered brain, collected $44 million to win the domestic box office race over the weekend, out muscling Hercules which took in $29 million for second place. Both new films exceeded expectations, pumping some much-needed life into a lackluster summer at North American theaters. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which topped the box office the past two weekends, finished third. Low-budget horror film The Purge: Anarchy was fourth. Walt Disney's animated sequel Planes: Fire and Rescue landed in the No. 5 slot. With few of the hugely successful films that usually propel viewing, this summer's box office is some 20 percent behind last year.

The New York Times editorial board yesterday called on the federal government to repeal its ban on marijuana -- which would effectively legalize the drug nationwide. Calling pot "less dangerous than alcohol," the Times said that though there remained legitimate concerns about legalizing the substance, "on every level -- health effects, the impact on society and law-and-order issues -- the balance falls squarely on the side of national legalization." The Times did, however, add that the drug should only be sold to adults 21 and over.

Trivia Answer: Jacqueline 'Jackie' Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis who was born on this date in in 1929. She died in May of 1994. She was the wife of John F. Kennedy, and served as First Lady during his presidency from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. She was later married to Aristotle Onassis from 1968 until his death in 1975. Onassis's death in 1975 made Mrs. Onassis, then 46, a widow for the second time. Since her children were older, she decided to find work that would be fulfilling to her. She had always enjoyed writing and literature so, in 1975, Jacqueline accepted a job offer as an editor at Viking Press. But, in 1978, the President of Viking Press, Thomas H. Guinzburg, authorized the purchase of the Jeffrey Archer novel Shall We Tell the President?, which was set in a fictional future presidency of Edward M. Kennedy and described an assassination plot against him. Although Guinzburg cleared the book purchase and publication with Mrs. Onassis, upon the publication of a negative Sunday New York Times review which asserted that Mrs. Onassis held some blame for its publication, she abruptly resigned from Viking Press the next day. She then moved to Doubleday as an associate editor. In January of 1994, she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of cancer. Her diagnosis was announced to the public in February. The family and doctors were initially optimistic, and she stopped smoking at the insistence of her daughter. Onassis continued her work with Doubleday, but curtailed her schedule. By April of 1994, the cancer had spread, and she made her last trip home from New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center on May 18th of 1994. A large crowd of well-wishers, tourists, and reporters gathered on the street outside her penthouse apartment. She died in her sleep on Thursday, May 19th, at 64. Her son said, in announcing her death to the world, "My mother died surrounded by her friends and her family and her books, and the people and the things that she loved. She did it in her own way, and on her own terms, and we all feel lucky for that."

Friday 7.25.14
Today's Trivia: This football player spent his entire professional career with the Chicago Bears. He's remembered as one of the most prolific running backs in the history of football. He was a 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 to 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 Mariners yesterday dipped into 2013 by acquiring former Seattle first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Stephen Pryor. Within hours of that, they made three more roster moves. They called up 1B/DH Jesus Montero and SS Chris Taylor from AAA Tacoma, and placed Willie Bloomquist on the 15-day disabled list. Montero and Taylor were in the line-up last night. Morales joins the team tonight.

A few hours after that activity attEmpting to upgrade a slumbering offense, the Mariners made it abundantly clear why they are trying to upgrade the offense a 4-0 loss to the Orioles last night. The loss was the third in a row for Seattle and ninth in its last 13. Seattle, for the first time in nearly two months, finds itself looking up at the Yankees and Blue Jays in the race for the second wild card. Game two of four with the Orioles coming up tonight.

Although the Seahawks have acknowledged nothing, Marshawn Lynch will apparently pull a training camp no-show. Creating a Thursday afternoon Twitter frenzy yesterday, former Seattle fullback Michael Robinson broke the news on the NFL Network. Lynch reportedly also confirmed his decision to at least one Seattle media member. Robinson told the network, "Marshawn Lynch just called me, we just talked. He said he will be holding out from training camp this year with the Seahawks." Lynch, who famously skipped the ceremony when the Seahawks were honored at the White House earlier this year, faces a $30,000 fine for every day he sits out.

Cooperstown, New York, has a little more than 1,800 full-time residents. The population changes dramatically this weekend when one of the largest throngs ever is expected to flood the picturesque little village for the annual induction ceremony for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. A typical induction weekend crowd runs between 15,000 and 20,000. Brad Horn, the Hall's vice president of communications and education, said the best guess is that some 40,000 fans will find their way to the museum and various festivities this weekend. The anticipation for a huge crowd is based on both the fact that there are six honorees this year, a large class, and the popularity of those who are receiving plaques: pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, slugger Frank Thomas and managers Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa. The induction ceremony is coming up Sunday.

The Seattle Seahawks officially begin the defense of their Super Bowl XLVIII title when they kick off training camp today. No more talk about free agency or speculating whom the Hawks should take in the draft; it's time for the players to lace up their cleats, strap on their helmets and get to work. The Hawks begin camp without veterans from last year's squad, including Red Bryant, Chris Clemons, Golden Tate, Michael Robinson and Marshawn Lynch, at least for now. One of the youngest teams ever to win a Super Bowl got even younger in the offseason, and training camp gives unproven players a chance to make their case for preseason playing time and -- eventually -- a roster spot with the world champs.

Birthdays: David Bowie's wife, supermodel Iman is 59; Joey on Friends, actor Matt LeBlanc is 47; the first baby conceived by in vitro fertilization, Louise Brown is 36

Today is Feed the Country Ducks Day, a day to drive into the country and find a pond with ducks you can feed. Today is Louise Brown Day, marking her birth on this day in 1978 in Oldham, England. She was history's first test-tube baby. Today is Be Adamant About Something Day. It's Hot Fudge Sundae Day. It 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 also a saying meaning to either walk a fine and difficult line between two things or issues, or to do something difficult. Today is Health, Happiness & Hypnosis Day.

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 1990, Roseanne Barr sang The National Anthem before a major-league baseball game in San Diego. When she spit and scratched herself, the fans booed. Also 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.

Bourbon may be booming and more wineries are cropping up all over the nation, yet Americans still prefer a cold brew over a glass of wine or whiskey. According to Gallup, 41% of US drinkers say they typically drink beer, compared with 31% who generally prefer wine and 23% who reach for liquor. It's the biggest gap between beer and wine in six years.

A second Northwest Indian tribe says it doesn't want right-wing rocker Ted Nugent performing at its casino. The Puyallup Tribe said yesterday it's canceling Nugent's concerts scheduled for Aug. 2 and 3 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma. The news came three days after Idaho's Coeur D'Alene Tribe canceled Nugent's Aug. 4 show over his "racist and hate-filled remarks." Nugent is known for advocating hunting and gun rights. He has in the past referred to President Barack Obama as a "subhuman mongrel." Nugent later apologized but maintained that Obama was a "liar." All tickets to the shows will be refunded.

New in theaters this weekend: And So It Goes (PG-13), Hercules (PG-13), and Lucy (R).

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 the rare liver disease primary sclerosing cholangitis for several months, Payton died on November 1, 1999, aged 45, from cholangiocarcinoma. 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.

Thursday 7.24.14
Today's Trivia: She was an aviation pioneer and author. She was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She received the Distinguished Flying Cross for the effort. During an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937, she disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean. Fascination with her life, career, and disappearance continues to this day. Who is she?

The young phenom that many of the 36,224 spectators at Safeco Field came to see make his 2014 home debut on a rain-soaked Wednesday afternoon stood in front of his locker. Taijuan Walker spoke about incremental improvements as he prepared to make the short trek down Interstate 5 to Tacoma, where he was optioned shortly after yesterday's 3-2 loss to the Mets. Seattle dropped its eighth game of its last 12. With Walker making his first start since he languished through four innings on July 7th against the White Sox, the Mets sent six men to the plate in the first inning and scored a run. On the other side, the wily veteran Bartolo Colon was sharp. For 6.2 innings in fact, Colon was perfect. Twenty batters up, 20 batters retired without so much as a challenging play. But Robinson Cano delivered a single to left to prevent history. Taijuan Walker, meanwhile, is back in Tacoma where an uncertain future awaits. It gets no easier for the Ms. They host a four-game series against the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles beginning tonight.

UPDATE: The Mariners have reacquired first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales in a trade with the Minnesota Twins for minor-league pitcher Stephen Pryor. Morales spent under seven weeks with the Twins, who signed him to boost their lineup as a designated hitter but have used him often at first base with Joe Mauer injured. Morales hit .234 in 39 games with 11 doubles, one home run and 18 RBIs. Morales had 23 home runs and 80 RBIs last year for the Mariners, both the second-highest season totals of his career.

Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice has announced his retirement from the NFL after an injury-filled career that included issues with concussions. The Seahawks announced Rice's decision yesterday -- just two days before the start of training camp. Rice played seven seasons and is retiring at the age of 27. Rice missed half of last season with the Seahawks after tearing his ACL against St. Louis. Rice re-signed with Seattle in the off season on a $1 million, one-year deal. But he was going to be pushed to make the Seahawks' final roster with the additions of draft picks Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood and a healthy Percy Harvin. Rice recently invested in Wingstop franchises in the Puget Sound region and said he intends on establishing himself as a businessman.

ESPN is gearing up to broadcast a live, two-hour special from Seattle Seahawks training camp on Tuesday, giving an inside look at the team as it prepares to defend its Super Bowl title. Unlike HBO's Hard Knocks, which in multiple episodes takes a more personal view of NFL players, ESPN's SportsCenter Special: Seahawks Training Camp is focusing more on football than the athletes' lives, according to a report by USA Today. ESPN analyst Jon Gruden told USA Today, "The fact we get to watch the champions -- I know I sound like a little kid sometimes -- but what a way to kick off the season, Can't wait to spend the day getting an up-close idea of how intricate their practices are." The show coincides with Seattle's first day practicing with pads after the beginning of training camp tomorrow at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton.

Birthdays: The watermelon comedian, Gallagher is 68; actor Robert Hays is 67; Kramer on Seinfeld, actor Michael Richards is 65; Wonder Woman, actress Lynda Carter is 63; baseball's Barry Bonds is 50; J-Lo, actress and singer Jennifer Lopez is 45; and the daughter of the late Steve Irwin, TV personality Bindi Irwin is 16.

The Great Texas Mosquito Festival begins today in Clute, Texas. It includes the Mr. and Mrs. Mosquito Legs Contest, the Mosquito Calling Contest, and the Skeeter Beaters Baby Crawling Contest. Today is Cousins Day, a day to honor your Aunt and Uncle's kids. Instant Coffee was introduced on this date in 1938. Today is National Drive-Through Day, marking the founding of America's first drive-through hamburger chain, Jack-in-the-Box, in 1951. Today is Sweet Polly Purebread Day, honoring Underdog's girlfriend. You remember Underdog, the super canine who talked in rhyme, the secret identity of Shoeshine Boy. The TV cartoon character was voiced by Wally Cox.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1965, Bob Dylan released Like A Rolling Stone. In 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts, including the first men to set foot on the moon, splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean. In 1979, Evangelist Little Richard Penniman warned at a San Francisco revival about the dangers of rock ‘n' roll. In 1983, George Brett batting for the Kansas City Royals against the New York Yankees, has a game-winning home run nullified in the Pine Tar Incident. In 1993, 82-year-old Dick McDonald married 81-year-old Grace Sims in Pacific Palisades, California. It was their second marriage -- to each other. They had been divorced for 61 years. In 2005, Lance Armstrong won his seventh straight Tour de France victory. There's an asterisk around here somewhere.

Go with me on this: The Disney Company owns Marvel. Marvel owns Thor. Thor is the son of a king. Thor is now female. Thor is now a Disney princess.

In England, David Rainsford is locked in a fight with his optician. David lost his right eye when he was 14 and now, at age 44, he's battling with his optician over the price of his eye tests. David feels that, since he has just one eye, he shouldn't pay the same price as those with two eyes. When David asked for a policy change he was told it's the same price to test one eye as it is for two.

Adele has been awarded substantial damages over pictures taken of her son. Her lawyer accepted the undisclosed five-figure sum on behalf of Adele's 19-month-old son, Angelo Adkins, at the High Court in London yesterday. The payment settles a privacy case regarding pictures taken of the tot between June and November last year. Bosses at photo agency Corbis Images UK Limited agreed to pay damages and legal costs, which Adele and her partner, Simon Konecki, are putting in a trust for their child. Agency officials also vowed to never use the photographs again.

Trivia Answer: Amelia Earhart who was born on this date in 1897. She disappeared on July 2nd of 1937. In addition to setting numerous flight records, she wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences, and was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots. Earhart joined the faculty of the Purdue University aviation department in 1935 as a visiting faculty member to counsel women on careers and help inspire others with her love for aviation. She was also a member of the National Woman's Party, and an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Wednesday 7.23.14
Today's Trivia: This actor and director was prolific in both film and theater from the early 1990s until his death at the age of 46. The New York Times declared him "perhaps the most ambitious and widely admired American actor of his generation". He began his career in 1991 playing a defendant in a rape case in an episode of Law & Order, and the following year he began to appear in films. He gained recognition for his supporting work throughout the 1990s and early 2000s in minor but seminal roles in which he typically played losers or degenerates. Who was he?

If Mariners' general manager Jack Zduriencik needed further impetus to pull the trigger on an offensive upgrade, he got one last night. Zduriencik had to feel like he was being prodded with a hot poker as he watched the Mariners squander another outstanding effort from a starter in a 3-1 loss to the Mets. This time it was Erasmo Ramirez who dazzled in a spot start in front of 18,681 at Safeco Field. For the Mets, Jacob deGrom allowed just five hits and a run in seven impressive innings. Ramirez was optioned to Tacoma after the game to make room for Taijuan Walker, who is starting today's matinee against the Mets.

The Seahawks finished last year atop the NFL. And as far as the Associated Press' NFL poll is concerned, they begin the 2015 season as the team to beat. The AP has released their inaugural AP Pro32 rankings Tuesday and in what should be a surprise to no one, the Seahawks are ranked No. 1. The poll surveys 12 sports writers and broadcasters to rank each team from 1 to 32. In this poll, the Super Bowl champs garnered the top vote from 11 of the 12 writers, with the San Francisco 49ers getting the other first place vote. Speaking of the 49ers, they came in ranked No. 2 with Denver and New England ranked at No. 3 and 4. Green Bay and New Orleans tied for the No. 5 ranking. The Oakland Raiders came in at the bottom of the poll, ranking 32nd.

Speaking of the Hawks, wide receiver Sidney Rice is retiring from the NFL after an injury-plagued career that included issues with concussions. The Seahawks announced Rice's decision today, two days before the start of training camp. Rice missed half of last season with the Seahawks after tearing his ACL against St. Louis. Rice re-signed with Seattle in the off season on a $1 million, one-year deal. But he was going to be pushed to make the Seahawks' final roster with the additions of draft picks Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood and a healthy Percy Harvin.

And apparently when Seahawks' star Marshawn Lynch travels, he takes along his own velvet ropes to protect his most prized possession. Wouldn't you be this careful if you had a Lamborghini? One tweeter caught this picture of Beastmode's car in Oakland, where Fox Sports reports that Lynch is shooting a part in a movie.

Birthdays: Singer David Essex is 67; Katherine Howser on Doogie Howser, MD, actress Belinda Montgomery is 64; actor Woody Harrelson is 53; guitarist Slash, born Saul Hudson, is 49; The Glove, former NBA guard who spent 13 years with the Super Sonics, Gary Payton is 46; singer Alison Krauss is 43; baseball's Nomar Garciaparra is 41; former White House intern Monica Lewinsky is 41; and Harry Potter, actor Daniel Radcliffe is 25.

Today is Hot Enough for Ya Day. The timing here in our neck of the woods is questionable but what are you gonna do? Today it's okay to ask it if you can't think of anything else to say. Today is Gorgeous Grandma Day, a time to empower women to age with style.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1903, the Ford Motor Company sold its first car. In 1955, Chess Records released Maybellene, the first single by a guitarist named Chuck Berry. The song went to number one and the rest is rock n roll history. In 1963, Neil Young participated in his first recording session in Winnipeg, Canada. In 1979, after he became the leader of Iran, the Ayatollah Khomeini banned rock and roll music, in fact he banned all non-religious music. In 1982, the Coca-Cola company introduced Diet Coke. In 1984, Miss America Vanessa Williams relinquished her crown to first runner-up Suzette Charles. Pageant officials had asked Vanessa to give up the title after nude photos of her were published. In 1986, Britain's Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson in Westminster Abbey. The marriage folded in 1992. In 1986, The Bangles released their number one single Walk Like an Egyptian.

Here's your number for the day: 46 billion. That's the estimated spending, in dollars, by students and parents on back-to-school college necessities. Things like bedding, microwaves and mini-fridges, gadgets, etc.

Beginning in late August, FXX is airing a 12-day 24-hour-a-day marathon of all 500-plus episodes of the Simpsons in chronological order. Perhaps related -- but then perhaps not -- Samsung is introducing a 105-inch curved television. A Samsung Field Engineer will even visit your house to help you set it up. The going price? $120,000.

An Irish pub in Waterville, Ireland is being criticized for a sign on its door reading, "No Bus/Coach tours or loud Americans. Thank you." A local business association has responded to the incident, claiming that the sign in the pub "in no way represents the views of the Waterville business community as a whole."

In an experiment, five Paris hotels have launched a plan allowing guests to "pay what you want". The three- and four-star hotels are a little away from the city's tourist centers and hope the novel idea will increase business. The owners of the hotels are optimistic and confident that clients will not abuse the plan.

Trivia Answer: Philip Seymour Hoffman who was born on this date in 1967. Mentioned that he gained recognition for his supporting work throughout the 1990s and early 2000s in minor but seminal roles. Those roles included a conceited student in Scent of a Woman in 1992, a hyperactive storm-chaser in Twister in 1996, a 1970s pornographic film boom operator in Boogie Nights in 1997, a smug assistant in The Big Lebowski in 1998, a hospice nurse in Magnolia in 1999, a music critic in Almost Famous in 2000, a phone-sex conman in Punch-Drunk Love in 2002, and an immoral priest in Cold Mountain in 2003. In 2005, Hoffman portrayed the author Truman Capote in Capote, for which he won multiple acting awards including the Academy Award for Best Actor. His three other Oscar nominations came for his supporting work playing a brutally frank CIA officer in Charlie Wilson's War in 2007, a priest accused of pedophilia in Doubt in 2008, and the charismatic leader of a Scientology-type movement in The Master in 2012. Hoffman struggled with drug addiction as a young adult, and relapsed in 2012 after many years of sobriety. In February of 2014, he died of combined drug intoxication -- an unexpected event that was widely lamented by the film and theater industries.

Tuesday 7.22.14
Today's Trivia: He was born in Linden, Texas. He moved to Los Angeles to record an album with his early band, Shiloh. Shiloh's album was produced by fellow Texan Kenny Rogers. Shortly thereafter, he met one of his future band members. The two became members of Linda Ronstadt's backup band. Touring with her was the catalyst for forming their own group in the first place. In fact, two months later they became their own act. All four original members of this band are featured in the 1970 Ronstadt album Silk Purse. Later, Linda also covered one of their songs. Who is the gentleman born in Linden, Texas, and what band did he co-found?

Kyle Seager drove in two runs, Mike Zunino homered into the second deck at Safeco Field, and Dustin Ackley stole a home run with a leaping catch at the wall in the Seattle Mariners' 5-2 win over the New York Mets last night. After losing two of three to the Angels after the All-Star break, Seattle got a solid start from Roenis Elias and improved to 8-2 all-time against the Mets. Elias threw 5 1-3 innings before leaving with cramping in his left forearm. Seattle's bullpen was stellar the rest of the way, helped by Ackley's outstanding grab to rob a home run in the sixth. Seager had RBI singles in his first two at-bats and Zunino hit his 14th homer of the season, an estimated 415-foot shot into the second deck in left field. After the game in which he was o-for-3 with a walk to drop his average to .208, first baseman Justin Smoak was optioned to AAA Tacoma. He's making roster room for a starting pitcher tomorrow, as yet unnamed. Meanwhile, Erasmo Ramirez starts against the Mets tonight.

Birthdays: Politician Bob Dole is 91; actor Orson Bean is 86; game show host Alex Trebek is 74; singer and actor Bobby Sherman is 71; actor Danny Glover is 68; actor-comedian-and-director Albert Brooks is 67; actor Willem Dafoe is 59; singer Keith Sweat is 53; actor and comedian David Spade is 50; and singer & actress Selena Gomez is 22.

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 here in the middle of the Dog Days of summer.

Calendar notes: On this date 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 of 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 Seahawks are well represented on the list of top jersey sales, claiming two of the top five slots. Word from the ESPN, the Top 5 NFL jerseys sold since April:

  1. Johnny Manziel
  2. Russell Wilson
  3. Colin Kaepernick
  4. Peyton Manning
  5. Richard Sherman

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration said yesterday that last month was the hottest June worldwide since the first records were kept in 1880. The combined average land and sea temperature was 0.72 degrees centigrade higher than the average over the 20th century, and land surface temperatures were 0.95 degrees centigrade over the average. Just sayin'.

Apple has reportedly ordered 70 million to 80 million of its larger-screen iPhones by the end of 2014. If the numbers are correct, the launch of the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will be the biggest ever for a new version of Apple's popular smartphone. The initial order for the 4-inch iPhone 5S and 5C models last year was between 50 million and 60 million, according to people familiar with Apple's plans.

During the Tour de France Saturday, Arnaud Demare of France encountered some gastronomical discomfort during the 14th stage. Luckily, some fans in this sport have RVs. Demare simply pulled over, leaned his bike against the RV, and hopped inside to use the bathroom.

Police in Reykjavik, Iceland arrested a man for the 14th time in two weeks as he attempted to steal from a store. The man has been bungling store burglaries every night for two weeks, and has been busted stealing food from hotel restaurants. Sadly, police say the thief is also accused of being rude to employees of the stores and hotels he stole or attempted to steal from.

Strawberry fields may be forever, but a pine tree planted in memory of George Harrison has to be replanted soon. The original was killed by ... wait for it ... beetles. The tree was planted as a sapling in Los Angeles' Griffith Park in 2004 and had grown to 10 feet in height. We can only hope that once the new tree is in place, the beetles will let it be.

Trivia Answer: Donald Hugh Henley -- Don Henley -- who turns 67 today. The band is The Eagles. Linda Ronstadt covered Desperado -- an Eagles song written by Glenn Frey and Don Henley. It was Glenn Frey that he met when he first moved to Los Angeles

Monday 7.21.14
Today's Trivia: He played Barney Fife, Ralph Furley, and Les 'Ace' Calhoun. Who is he?

Closer Fernando Rodney came up with a blown save yesterday -- his third in 30 chances. The Los Angeles Angels came up with a 6-5 walk-off victory in Anaheim that denied Seattle a series victory. The Mariners blew a 5-3, eighth-inning lead, their bullpen unable to continue its long run of success. That made the Mariners losers of two of three in their first series following the All-Star break -- not the way they wanted to start the second half. But all three were one-run decisions, the first two in extra innings, to the hottest team in baseball. After his club played 37 innings in three days, skipper Lloyd McClendon said, "We came close. That's baseball, it's the way it goes. It was a tough loss, but we've had a lot of tough losses this year. We won't dwell on it. We'll move on. I'm just very proud of how we went about our business here. We were within three outs of taking two out of three from the best team in baseball. We just didn't get it done." With two walk-off losses in their past three games, the Mariners have dropped six such contests this season. Last year, they led the American League with 13 walk-off defeats. The Mariners return to Safeco Field tonight to begin a three-game series with the New York Mets -- only the second time that the Mets have visited the Northwest.

It's not how you start, but how you finish. That Pete Carroll-ism was true for Seahawks cover man Richard Sherman yesterday afternoon at Safeco Field, where he scored what amounted to be the winning run and recorded the final out at his celebrity softball game benefiting his Blanket Coverage foundation. More than 22,000 fans turned out for the second-annual event -- the Mariners average 23, 858. A portion of the game's proceeds went to the All-Pro corner's charity, which provides school supplies and clothing to low-income communities across America. The game featured an abundance of Seahawks blue and green, including quarterback Russell Wilson, defensive end Michael Bennett, free safety Earl Thomas, linebacker Bobby Wagner, wide receivers Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse, and more. Outside of the Seahawks on site, the game wasn't short of all-star talent. Seattle-native hip-hop artist Macklemore, Seattle SuperSonics legends Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp, Denver Nuggets guard Nate Robinson, Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, Portland Trailblazers forward Dorell Wright, and five-time NBA champion and L.A. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant were also in on the festivities benefiting Sherman's foundation. Sherman captained the Blue Team while Wilson managed the Gray Team in a game that ended 19-17 in favor of Sherman's squad after six and a half innings. As Kris Marshall pointed out, of course it's a football score. It was Bryant who capped off the Blue Team's comeback victory, driving in Sherman for the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth. Then, with two outs in the top of the seventh, the Gray Team's Thomas lined a drive to center that was fielded by a crouching Sherman for the game's final out. Former Seahawks and University of Washington safety Lawyer Milloy was awarded game MVP, blasting three home runs in his three at bats.

Birthdays: Former Attorney General Janet Reno is 76; the man that submitted the Starr Report to Congress with the intention of having President Bill Clinton impeached, lawyer Ken Starr is 68; the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, Yusuf Islam is 66; Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau is 66; comedian, actor, and mad man Robin Williams is 63; the guy that put Puttin' on the Ritz on the Top 40, Taco is 59; comedian Jon Lovitz is 57; the frontman for Tonic, singer Emerson Hart is 45; and baseball's C.C. Sabathia 34.

Actor James Garner, best known for his prime-time television roles as the wisecracking frontier gambler on Maverick and as an ex-con turned private eye on The Rockford Files has died. He was found dead from natural causes on Saturday night at his Los Angeles home, according to police. Garner built a six-decade career playing ruggedly charming, good-natured anti-heroes and received the highest honor of the Screen Actors Guild in 2004. James Garner was 86.

Today is National Junk Food Day. It's also Make Your Own Pop Tart Day.

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 1983, the world's lowest temperature in an inhabited location was recorded at Vostok Station, Antarctica at −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F). 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.

Sci-fi sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes beat a new horror flick, an animated family film, and an adult comedy to keep its grip on the North American box office title for a second straight weekend. Apes collected $36 million in domestic ticket sales from Friday through Sunday, only the second summer film to top the box office for two consecutive weekends. Low-budget horror film The Purge: Anarchy finished in second place with $28.4 million. Another new big release, Walt Disney's animated Planes: Fire and Rescue grabbed third place.The comedy Sex Tape took the No. 4 spot. Rounding out the top five, the summer hit Transformers: Age of Extinction.

The Russian government has reportedly been trying to tamper with the Wikipedia page relating to the Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight tragedy. A Russian language page originally said that the plane was "shot down by terrorists of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic." This was subsequently changed to was "shot down by Ukrainian soldiers."

Adam Levine and his supermodel fiancee Behati Prinsloo have exchanged vows in Mexico. The Maroon 5 frontman and the Victoria's Secret model wed at Flora Farms in Cabo San Lucas on Saturday evening. Reports suggest Stevie Nicks, who will join Levine as an adviser on the next season of The Voice, performed at the ceremony. The couple is honeymooning in South Africa, according to E! News.

Is Miley Cyrus dead? A death hoax took over the Internet Saturday night, claiming that Cyrus was found dead in a hotel room in Los Angeles. The alleged cause of death was a drug overdose. The hoax is actually part of a scam intended to get people to click links that lead to surveys despite advertising a video of Cyrus' dead body.

Then there's the New Zealand fan of The Simpsons. He was banned from watching the cartoon as a child. He has now broken a world record after getting covered in tattoos of Homer Simpson. Twenty-seven-year-old Lee Weir has 41 Homers on his body. Doh!

A new survey finds while Americans aren't too fond of instant coffee, Europeans, Central and South Americans, Australians, New Zealanders, and Asians all love it. Instant coffee and soccer -- what is up with these people?

Trivia Answer: Don Knotts, who was born on this date 1924 in Morgantown, West Virginia. He was Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show, Ralph Furley on Three's Company, and Les 'Ace' Calhoun on Matlock. 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.

Friday 7.18.14
Today's Trivia: This Grammy Award-winning Mexican-American rock musician and guitarist became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band which created a highly successful blend of rock, blues, salsa, and jazz fusion. The band's sound featured his melodic, blues-based guitar lines set against Latin percussion. Who is he?

Nobody entered the All-Star break hotter than the Los Angeles Angels, who are looking to carry their success into the season's second half. The Mariners were on a bit of a roll, as well, taking two of three from Oakland. They meet up this weekend for a three-game set starting tonight in Ahaheim. Hisahi Iwakuma starts for Seattle and faces Jered Weaver.

Birthdays: The first American to orbit the earth, astronaut turned politician John Glenn is 93; singer Dion DiMucci is 75; actor James Brolin is 74; MLB executive and former player and manager, Joe Torre is 74; from Martha & The Vandellas, singer Martha Reeves is 73; businessman Richard Branson is 64; actress Elizabeth McGovern is 53; actor Vin Diesel is 47; NFL receiver -- currently a free agent -- Deion Branch is 35; and actress Kristen Bell is 34.

The National Baby Food Festival kicked off Wednesday and runs through tomorrow 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. Today is National Get Out of the Doghouse Day. In trouble with someone you care about? This is the day. Today is Make A List of the People You Love Day. Keep it handy, so you can add to it. Today is Sidewalk Frying Day, a good time to fry something on the sidewalk.

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 1976, in Montreal, 14-year-old Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci collected the first perfect 10 ever recorded at the Olympic Games. At the 1976 Games, she would get six more perfect scores, three gold medals, a silver, and a bronze. 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. Apparently 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.

New in theaters this weekend, the PG-rated Planes: Fire & Rescue, the R-rated The Purge: Anarchy, and the R-rated Sex Tape. On the topic of movies, your number for the day is 200. That's how many calories are burned while watching a horror film -- more than any other genre.

One year after bringing back the Twinkie, Hostess is giving its chocolate-covered variety another run, too. Discontinued in 1999, the Chocodile begins reappearing in stores this week. "We see basic consumer trends for Twinkies and we see trends of everything being dipped or wrapped in chocolate," Hostess CEO William Toler said, "and we thought that by putting the two together we would get a wonderful, fun snack."

We already know that getting enough sleep plays a huge role in health, from maintaining a healthy weight and staving off the common cold, to just plain keeping you sane. Well, new research is showing that getting enough sleep may also slow down the aging process and keep your body younger for longer. Researchers have found that when older adults sleep less, their brains actually age faster.

Then there's the surgeon from Australia who has been suspended ... and rightly so. The suspension came after he allegedly cut out a patient's healthy testicle and removed a wrong kidney.

Trivia Answer: Ten-time Grammy-award winner Carlos Santana who turns 67 on Sunday. Rolling Stone named him number 20 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time in 2003.

Thursday 7.17.14
Today's Trivia: He's a retired freestyle motocross, motorcycle racer, and current off-road truck racer. He is known for the first attempted back flip on a 250cc motorcycle in competition. He and Pink have been married since 2006. Who is he?

The Mariners are off for the All Star break. They're back in action tomorrow night with the first of three against the red hot Los Angeles Angels down in Anaheim.

It was a good night for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks won best team and their All-Pro cornerback, Richard Sherman, won breakthrough athlete last night's ESPY Awards. Former Sonics star Kevin Durant won two ESPY Awards, including male athlete of the year and best NBA player, ending LeBron James' two-year reign in both categories.

Speaking of Richard Sherman, Sunday he's holding the 2nd annual Richard Sherman Celebrity Softball Game at Safeco. In addition to Sherman others scheduled to appear include Russell Wilson, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Kobe Bryant, Macklemore, Percy Harvin, Bobby Wagner, Larry Fitzgerald, Sidney Rice, Chris Hansen, Shawn Kemp, Jermaine Kearse, Michael Robinson, and more.

Birthdays: Actor Donald Sutherland is 79; actress and singer Diahann Carroll is 79; guitarist from The Spncer Davis Group, the man himself, Spencer Davis is 75; the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles second wife, Camilla Parker-Bowles is 67; Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler is 65; The Hoff, actor David Hasselhoff is 62; and German Chancellor Angela Merkel is 60.

Saddened to note that blues guitarist and singer Johnny Winter died yesterday in a hotel room in Switzerland. That word from his representative today. Johnny Winter was 70.

Today is Disneyland Day. America's first theme park, The Happiest Place on Earth, opened on this date in 1955 at Anaheim, California. In the famous theme park's first year of operation, some four million people visited Main Street USA, Fantasyland, Frontierland, and Tomorrowland. On its opening day, Disneyland held a gala TV broadcast featuring Walt Disney, Bob Cummings, Art Linkletter, and Ronald Reagan. Today is Wrong Way Corrigan Day, marking that embarrassing day in 1938, when Doug Corrigan left Brooklyn on a flight to Los Angeles and landed 28 hours later in Dublin, Ireland. The inexperienced pilot claimed he had a compass but mistakenly followed the wrong end of the needle. Today is Wear Crazy Socks to Work Day.

Calendar notes: In 1941, Yankee Joe DiMaggio went 0-for-3 in Cleveland, ending his record 56-game hitting streak. In 1968, The Beatles' animated film Yellow Submarine had its premiere at the London Pavilion. In 1982, 52-year-old Don Bennett of Seattle became the first one-legged mountain climber to hop to the top of 14,408-foot Mount Rainier on crutches. Before losing a leg in a boating accident, he had climbed the mountain 12 years earlier with two legs. In 1986, Run DMC released their single Walk This Way. In 1995, Forbes magazine listed Microsoft CEO Bill Gates as the world's richest person. Net worth: $12.9 billion. In 1997, Woolworth closed its last 400 stores. The five and dime chain lasted 117 years. In 1999, a suspected drug trafficker was arrested in Astoria, Oregon, when the cocaine he had stashed down his pants was burning his crotch so bad he had to ask police to remove it. Police were questioning the suspect while he sat in his car.

Make room Juan Valdez, it's time to meet the green-aproned barista. Yesterday, Starbucks made its much-anticipated debut in the country synonymous with coffee after decades of roasting Colombia's Arabica beans for billions of java lovers the world over. The three-floor coffee house in Bogota is the first of 50 that the Seattle-based company plans to open in Colombia in the next five years. In a nod to the country's proud coffee-growing tradition, it's also the only one in the world to serve exclusively locally-sourced coffee. But will Colombians answer Starbucks' siren call and ditch a popular local chain bearing the bushy-whiskered coffee farmer's name? Colombia's coffee federation, owner of the Juan Valdez chain, is outwardly welcoming the competition. It says the arrival of Starbucks will boost the market for gourmet java even if sales at its nearly 200 stores in Colombia take a hit over the short term. The head of the company's international sales teams says, "There's room in the market for us both." He said Juan Valdez's social mission promoting Colombian coffee and contributing to producers' welfare is likely to keep customers loyal.

Ron Howard is set to direct a documentary on The Beatles that focuses on the band's touring years during the early 1960s. Howard announced the project yesterday. The film is being made with the cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Star, Yoko Ono, and Olivia Harrison. The Beatles company, Apple Corps, is co-producing the film. The as-yet-untitled film is the second documentary directed by Howard, who said he's long been a Beatles fan. Howard previously made the 2013 Jay-Z documentary Made in America. The film will run up to the Beatles' final concert in San Francisco's Candlestick Park in 1966. Much footage for the documentary has already been gathered. The movie is tentatively slated for release late next year.

Want to instantly turn back the clock ten years? Get a dog. Researchers found dogs make us more active, helping us feel 10 years younger. Dog owners also have lower levels of depression, which is why researchers suggest getting a pooch for your aging parents.

A huge thank you to everybody that joined us at Capital Lakefair last night for the 10th annual 94.5 Roxy High School Battle of the Bands. A good time was certainly had by all. Congrats in particular to The Straws. They were the top finishers in the Battle and won $500 from Shipwreck Beads. Check our Twitter feed and FaceBook page for pictures.

Trivia Answer: Carey Jason Phillip Hart who turn 39 today. Hart was given his first motorcycle by his father at age 4 in hope of creating a father-son pastime. Riding quickly became Hart's passion and he began competing in races at 6 years old. Hart was among the first riders to begin competing in freestyle motocross in 1996. He was the first rider to publicly perform the BMX trick the "superman seat grab" in 1998 and 1999. He was also the first person to perform the "invert superman" seat grab at the 1999 Gravity Games. During the 2000 Gravity Games, Hart attempted the first back flip on a 250 cc motorcycle in competition. Carey began dating Pink after meeting her at the 2001 X Games. After four years of dating, Pink proposed to Carey in June 2005 via a pit board during one of his races in Mammoth Lakes, California. She was holding a sign initially asking "Will you marry me?" At first he ignored her and completed another lap of the race; it was only when she changed the sign and held it up again with it now saying, "I'm serious!", that Carey pulled out of the race to pick Pink up. They married on January 7, 2006. The couple announced in February 2008 that they had separated. In March 2009, Carey stated he and Pink were "dating". He also said the couple was attempting to work things out. In April 2009, Pink stated that the couple had gone to marriage counseling and were back together -- they were never divorced. On June 2, 2011 their daughter Willow Sage Hart was born.

Wednesday 7.16.14
Today's Trivia: On this date in 1941, he hit safely in his 56th consecutive game, a streak that still stands as an MLB record. Who is he?

Derek Jeter soaked in the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball's national stage, set the tone for the American League with a pregame speech and delivered two final All-Star hits. Mike Trout, perhaps the top candidate to succeed the 40-year-old Yankees captain as the face of the game, seemed ready to assume the role with a tie-breaking triple and later a go-ahead double that earned him MVP honors. The AL kept up nearly two decades of dominance by beating the National League 5-3 in the All-Star game last night for its 13th win in 17 years -- and securing home-field advantage for the American League in the World Series again. No matter what else happened, it seemed destined to be another special event for Jeter. He received a 63-second standing ovation when he walked to the plate leading off the bottom of the first, another rousing cheer when he led off the third, and about two minutes of applause after AL manager John Farrell sent Alexei Ramirez to shortstop to replace him at the start of the fourth. As Frank Sinatra's recording of "New York, New York" boomed over the Target Field speakers and his parents watched from the stands, Jeter repeatedly waved to the crowd, exchanged handshakes and hugs in the AL dugout and then came back onto the field for a curtain call.

So how'd the Mariners participants in the game do? Felix Hernandez gave up an infield single and struck out two in his one inning of work. Robinson Cano went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts. Kyle Seager was 0-for-2 with a couple of groundouts. And Fernando Rodney pitched a third of an inning, threw eight pitches, walked one, and struck out one.

The regular season resumes as the second half gets underway with the Mariners on the road to face the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim coming up Friday night.

Birthdays: Football coach and broadcaster Jimmy Johnson is 71; actor and singer Ruben Blades is 66; Police drummer Stewart Copeland is 62; the Lord of the Dance, dancer Michael Flatley is 56; actress Phoebe Cates is 51; actor and comedian Will Ferrell is 47; football great Barry Sanders is 46; actress Rain Pryor is 45; and actor Corey Feldman is 43.

Today is Orville Redenbacher Day, marking the popcorn king's birth in Brazil, Indiana, on July 16th of 1907. He died in 1995 at age 88. Today is Fresh Spinach Day. Today is Global Hug Your Kids Day. Today is Atomic Bomb Day, marking the first test of an experimental nuclear bomb in the New Mexico desert near Alamogordo. The mushroom cloud rose to 41,000 feet. All plant and animal life within one mile of ground zero ceased to exist. Today is National Closet Space Appreciation Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1966, The Lovin' Spoonful released their number one single Summer in the City. In 1976, The Allman Brothers Band announced they were splitting shortly after singer Gregg Allman testified against a drug-dealing roadie. Also In 1976, Loggins & Messina announced they were going their separate ways. In 1979, Saddam Hussein became president of Iraq. In 1981, singer Harry Chapin was killed when his car and a tractor-trailer collided on New York's Long Island Expressway. In 1994, singers Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, and Jose Carreras performed for 56-thousand in LA's Dodger Stadium and an estimated worldwide TV audience of 1.3 billion. In 1994, 26-year-old Anna Nicole Smith married 89-year-old multi-millionaire J. Howard Marshall II. In 2003, Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde blocked traffic with fellow PETA protesters in front of a Paris Kentucky Fried Chicken. They also covered the restaurant's windows in red blood. Hynde was taken into police custody and released about an hour later.

American palates have changed considerably over the years, but are we ready for cappuccino-flavored Lay's? Frito-Lay is announcing today the coffee-flavored chips as one of the four finalists for its second annual "Do Us a Flavor" contest across the country that gives people a chance to create a new potato chip that is sold nationally and a chance to win $1 million. The other three finalists are Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese, Mango Salsa, and Wasabi Ginger. Frito-Lay says the four flavors are expected to start hitting shelves in late this month. People can then vote online for their favorite through October 18th. Frito-Lay notes that its cappuccino flavor doesn't contain any actual coffee or caffeine. The company last year discontinued a variety of Cracker Jack that contained caffeine after the Food and Drug Administration said it was concerned about the proliferation of caffeinated food and drinks. Frito-Lay says it halted production because of weak demand, rather than regulatory concerns.

Hillary Clinton withstood a grilling by Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, but she avoided shedding any light on whether she had decided to run for president in 2016. The appearance came as Clinton wrapped up a tour to promote her book, but Stewart joked: "She's here solely for one reason: to publicly and definitively declare her candidacy for President of the United States." She, of course, denied that but did did say she wanted an office with "fewer corners."

Investment billionaire Warren Buffett donated a record $2.8 billion in securities to charity this year, according to a report to the Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday. The contributions, which went to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and four Buffett family foundations, brought his contributions to $18.7 billion over the eight years since he pledged to give nearly half of his wealth to the foundations in annual gifts.

Eight-year-old Dylan Spoering from Minneapolis put up a sign on his front lawn to invite the public to his free piano concert July 12th. His neighbor and fellow musician Tommy Rehbein saw the sign and posted it on Facebook to help promote the event, saying "Wouldn't it be cool if a bunch of people showed up for his free concert?" Unbeknown to the little boy, the Facebook event went viral and hundreds showed up for the concert -- in the rain.

Trivia Answer: Joe DiMaggio. Major newspapers began to write about DiMaggio's streak early on, but as he approached George Sisler's modern era record of 41 games, it became a national phenomenon. Initially, DiMaggio showed little interest in breaking Sisler's record, saying "I'm not thinking a whole lot about it... I'll either break it or I won't." As he approached Sisler's record, DiMaggio showed more interest, saying, "At the start I didn't think much about it... but naturally I'd like to get the record since I am this close." On June 29th of 1941, DiMaggio doubled in the first game of a doubleheader against the Washington Senators at Griffith Stadium to tie Sisler's record, and then singled in the nightcap to extend his streak to 42. DiMaggio continued hitting after breaking the record, reaching 50 straight games on July 11th against the St. Louis Browns. On July 17th at Cleveland Stadium, DiMaggio's streak was finally snapped at 56 games. DiMaggio batted .408 during the streak, with 15 home runs and 55 RBI. The day after the streak ended, DiMaggio started another streak that lasted 16 games. The distinction of hitting safely in 72 of 73 games is also a record. DiMaggio's streak is considered by some to be a uniquely outstanding and unbreakable record, and a statistical near-impossibility. The closest anyone has ever come to equaling DiMaggio since 1941 was Pete Rose, who hit in 44 straight games in 1978.

Tuesday 7.15.14
Today's 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 Webster. Who was he?

The choice was obvious, and John Farrell made it official yesterday: Felix Hernandez is the American League's starting pitcher tonight at the All-Star Game in Minneapolis. Farrell, the Red Sox skipper and AL manager this year told reporters at a Target Field press conference yesterday, "There are many deserving candidates to be the starter of this team but given what he's done over his long successful career, what he's doing this year, it's an honor to name Felix our starter." It's the first such honor for Felix in five All-Star appearances, and the first for a Mariners pitcher since Randy Johnson in 1995 and 1997. Felix's major competition for the honor, Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees, is out with an elbow injury. At the All-Star press conference, the Mariners' ace, beaming, expressed his gratitude saying "It's an honor to be here to be part of this. I'll just have to go out there and do what I have to do -- throw zeros out there and help my team to win." He also took great pride in becoming the first starting pitcher from his native Venezuela. He said, "To be the first Venezuelan guy, it's something special." He also becomes only the second player to have played in Tacoma and go on to start the All Star Game. The other was Gaylord Perry. The National League starter is starting Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals. Also starting for the AL is Hernandez's teammate, second baseman Robinson Cano. The Mariners are also repped in Minneapolis by third baseman Kyle Seager and closer Fernando Rodney. Fox has the coverage of the 85th annual MLB All-Star Game tonight at 5:00.

Yoenis Cespedes defended his Home Run Derby title with nine homers to Todd Frazier's one in the fourth and final round last night. Cespedes becomes only the second back-to-back Derby champion. The first was Ken Griffey Jr., in 1998 and 99.

Fox Sports, meanwhile, says longtime reporter Pam Oliver is being "elevated" to senior correspondent and Erin Andrews is taking her place as the sideline reporter for the network's top NFL announcing team. Fox Sports president Eric Shanks says Oliver is continuing to work as sideline reporter this season with the announcing team of Kevin Burkhardt and analyst John Lynch. Oliver's role is expanding to include interviews and commentary on other Fox and Fox Sports 1 shows, such as Fox Sports Live and Fox Sports 1 on 1 and sports beyond the NFL. Oliver has worked 19 seasons as an NFL sideline reporter for Fox. Andrews takes over as the sideline reporter for Fox's top NFL team of Joe Buck and analyst Troy Aikman.

The Brazilian football confederation says it won't keep Luiz Felipe Scolari as Brazil's head coach. The confederation said in a statement yesterday that Scolari will not be coming back after the national team's embarrassing finish at the World Cup. His replacement was not immediately announced.

Birthdays: Actor Jan-Michael Vincent is 70; singer Linda Ronstadt is 68; Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle is 66; former wrestler, Navy SEAL, and governor of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura is 63; from The Ramones, drummer -- not an original member -- Marky Ramone is 58; guitarist Joe Satriani is 58; known for his roles on Eight Is Enough and Charles in Charger, actor Willie Aames is 54; model Kim Alexis is 54; actor and director Forest Whitaker is 53; actress Lolita Davidovich is 53; she was married to Sylvester Stallone, actress Brigitte Nielsen is 51; from Myth Busters, Adam Savage is 47; and from Beverly Hills 90210, actor Brian Austin Green is 41.

Today is Be a Dork Day, Shark Awareness Day, it's Winnie-the-Pooh Day, Respect Canada Day, and Toss Away the Could Haves and Should Haves Day. Today is Tapioca Pudding Day. Moo. Today is Cow Appreciation Day. 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. In 2003, AOL Time Warner disbanded Netscape. The Mozilla Foundation was established on the same day. In 2006, Twitter was launched, becoming one of the largest social media platforms in the world.

Not 19, 27, or 35, but 42. Esquire says 42 is the sexiest age. They sa 42 is the most alluring age for a woman. Life lasts longer than it ever used to; "so does beauty, fertility, and sex." They point out that Christina Applegate, Jennifer Garner, Maya Rudolph, Cameron Diaz, Sofia Vergara, and Amy Poehler are all 42.

Another number for you today: 37 billion. That's how many hours American spend waiting in line each year.

Trivia Answer: Alexander George Karras -- Alex Karras -- who was born on this date in 1935. He was nicknamed The Mad Duck. He played with the Detroit Lions from 1958–1962 and 1964–1970. As an actor, Karras was Mongo and punched that horse in the 1974 comedy film Blazing Saddles, and he 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 8, 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.

Monday 7.14.14
Today's Trivia: It was on this date in 2003 that the United States Government admitted to the existence of Area 51. What and where is Area 51?

The Mariners closed the first half with a 4-1 loss to the As yesterday, but thanks to brilliant outings from Felix ion Friday and Kuma on Saturday, take the series ... and further the idea that with another veteran hitter, they are playoff quality. We'll see. Of course, the Ms snatching two of three from the As is another example of why I do not bet on sports. I did not see that coming. I expected it to be a l-o-n-g weekend for those Mariners. It's All Star game break time now. The Mariners return to action Friday night at Los Angeles against the Angels.

Meanwhile, Mariners closer Fernando Rodney was added to the American League All-Star team on Saturday after A.L. manager John Farrell named him to replace Tampa Bay Rays starter David Price. Rodney's appointment makes him the fourth Mariner to make the active roster for tomorrow night's game, joining starting pitcher Felix Hernandez, second baseman Robinson Cano and third baseman Kyle Seager, who was added to the team last Monday as an injury replacement. The four give Seattle its most All-Star representatives since 2003, when the team sent Ichiro Suzuki, Edgar Martinez, Shigetoshi Hasegawa, Jamie Moyer, and Brett Boone to the Midsummer Classic.

Late word this morning that Felix is indeed starting tomorrow nights All Star Game. Robinson Cano is starting at second base and will bat third for the AL squad.

The Minnesota Lynx beat Seattle Storm 77-60 last night. Seattle hosts Connecticut tomorrow at noon.

Brazil's embarrassing World Cup is finally over after the host team lost 3-0 to the Netherlands Saturday in the third place game. Brazil entered the tournament as heavy favorites to win it all, but a humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the semifinals dropped them into the consolation match. Then yesterday, Germany was crowned world champions for the fourth time thanks to a stunning extra-time winner from super-sub Mario Gotze. Argentina was preparing for a penalty shootout but in the 113th minute Germany capped an historic victory.

First it was Beast Mode, then the Legion of Boom. Now, it's Harvin and Rice. Seahawks receivers Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice grace this year's rendition of the Seahawks-themed Rutledge Corn Maze in Tumwater, sharing the space with the Lombardi Trophy. It's the third-straight year the Rutledge maze has offered a Seahawks-centric design. Two years ago, Marshawn Lynch bowled his way through the fields, while last season, Seattle's All-Pro secondary was put on display. Harvin and Rice are there when the maze opens on July 19th.

Birthdays: Actor Harry Dean Stanton is 88; former football player Rosie Grier is 82; the former husband of Mariah Carey, record executive Tommy Mottola is 65; Sue Sylvester on Glee, actress Jane Lynch is 54; Jack on Lost, actor Matthew Fox is 48; the lead singer for the group Bastille, Dan Smith is 28; and the lead singer for the group Imagine Dragons, Dan Reynolds is 27

Tommy Ramone, a co-founder of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band The Ramones, died on Friday. Tommy, born Erdelyi Tamas in Hungary, started the band in 1974 with singer Jeff Hyman (Joey Ramone), Douglas Colvin (Dee Dee Ramone), and John Cummings (Johnny Ramone). While The Ramones struggled to gain commercial success, the punk group influenced a number of other artists, including Green Day, Nirvana, and even Bruce Springsteen. Perhaps best remembered for classics such as Blitzkrieg Bop. Tommy Ramone was 65.

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 -- a day of sheer bedlam, and utter chaos. If ever there was a wild and whacky, unorganized day, today it that day. Everyone has a day like this once in while. It's 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 Pandemonium 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. So, take it off ... take it all off. 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 date in 1853, the first major US world's fair, the Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations, opened in New York City. In 1881, Billy the Kid was shot and killed by Pat Garrett outside Fort Sumner. In 1946, Dr Benjamin Spock's Common Sense Book of Baby & Child Care was published. In 1969, the United States $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills were officially withdrawn from circulation. 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 was a CIA operative.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, a sequel about highly intelligent apes that battle with humans for dominance, has knocked the giant Transformers robots out of the top spot on North American movie charts. Apes picks up the story of 2011 film Rise of the Planet of the Apes 10 years later. The 3D Apes movie collected $73 million in ticket sales from Friday through Sunday. Transformers: Age of Extinction, a sequel that ruled the box office the last two weekends, dropped to second place taking in $16.5 million. Tammy, a Melissa McCarthy comedy about a fast-food worker who gets fired, claimed the No. 3 spot. 22 Jump Street finished in fourth place. The animated How to Train Your Dragon 2 claimed the No. 5 slot.

Trivia Answer: Area 51 is a name used in official CIA documents (at least since 1967) for a military base that is located in the southern portion of Nevada, 83 miles north-northwest of downtown Las Vegas. Situated at its center, on the southern shore of Groom Lake -- which isn't really a lake but rather a dry salt flat -- is a large secretive military airfield. The base does not appear on public U.S. government maps; the USGS topographic map for the area only shows the long-disused Groom Mine. A civil aviation chart published by the Nevada Department of Transportation shows a large restricted area. The official aeronautical navigation charts for the area show Groom Lake but omit the airport facilities. The intense secrecy surrounding the base, the very existence of which the US government barely acknowledges, has made it the frequent subject of conspiracy theories and a central component to unidentified flying object folklore. UFOers are sure it is used to hide aliens from us. The state of Nevada designated a barren 98-mile stretch of Route 375, which runs near Area 51, as the Extraterrestrial Highway. The base's primary stated purpose is to support development and testing of experimental aircraft and weapons systems. Skeptics don't doubt that something secret is going on in Area 51. And what is going on may be more sinister than building secret aircraft or developing new weapons. Sixty Minutes did a segment where Leslie Stahl suggested that Area 51 might be an illegal dumping ground for toxic substances. Several former workers at Area 51 and widows of former workers have filed lawsuits against the government for injuries or death resulting from illegal hazardous waste practices. So far the government has been protected from such suits because of national security. The area is still off-limits both to civilians and normal military air traffic.

Friday 7.11.14
Today's Trivia: On this date in 1972, Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky met for what?

Another ugly night at Safeco last night. Instead of starting Felix Hernandez on normal rest, manager Lloyd McClendon trotted out much of his bullpen, spring-training style, to salvage a split in a four-game series with the Twins. Opening with a first-time starter — and using five relievers— the Mariners fell 4-2, dropping s second consecutive series for the first time since May. And it doesn't get any easier as the division leading Oakland Athletics are in the Norhwest for three starting tonight.

LeBron James told Sports Illustrated today he will sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Birthdays: Actor Tab Hunter is 83; designer Giorgio Armani is 80; ventriloquist Jay Johnson is 65; Pointer Sister Bonnie Pointer is 64; boxer Leon Spinks is 61; actress Sela Ward is 58; from Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora is 55; singer Suzanne Vega is 55; singer and rapper Lil' Kim is 40; and the Octomom, Nadya Suleman, is 39 (she has a total of 14 children).

Today is Reading Guilt Day, a day to actually start reading an entire book you only read the Cliff Notes version of back in school. 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. 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.

The Federal Trade Commission is suing Amazon over unauthorized in-app purchases made by children, according to court papers filed yesterday. Amazon last week said it would not agree to a settlement with the FTC because it had already given refunds to parents who complained. The dispute centers on charges racked up by kids playing games on Kindle devices, due to confusion about whether the money they are spending is virtual or real. The complaint cites a woman billed $358.42 for her daughter's in-app spending.

HBO's Game of Thrones led the 2014 Emmy Award nominations with 19 nods. The FX miniseries Fargo was close behind with 18 nominations. Other noteworthy shows included AMC's Breaking Bad with 16 nominations for its final season, and Netflix's House of Cards with 13. PBS's Downtown Abbey and HBO's True Detective each got 12. It was clearly another big year for cable -- HBO piled up 99 nominations, compared to 47 for CBS, 46 for NBC, and 37 for ABC

A wave of unseasonably cold air reminiscent of January's polar vortex is due to hit the North and Northeast next week with temperatures as much as 30 degrees below normal. Morning temperatures could dip into the 40s in some areas as the cold blast from Alaska crosses the Great Lakes en route to the East. Weather Underground's Jeff Masters blames the chill on Typhoon Neoguri, which triggered a chain reaction of weather shifts.

A nine-year-old girl in Minnesota thought the constant marijuana smoke at her house was having a negative effect on her pet dogs so she went to the police station and turned in her parents' illegal operation.

It's been revealed that Star Wars: Episode VII will be released in IMAX.

According to a new travel survey, the most desired place people would like to visit is Australia.

Trivia Answer: They met for the first game of the 1972 World Chess Championship. It was a match between the challenger Bobby Fischer of the United States and the defending champion Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union. The match took place in Reykjavik, Iceland and has been dubbed the Match of the Century. Fischer became the first American born in the United States to win the World Championship. Fischer's win also ended 24 years of Soviet domination of the World Championship. The first game started on this date in 1972. The last game began on August 31st and was adjourned after 40 moves. Spassky resigned the next day without resuming play. Fischer won the match 12˝–8˝, becoming the eleventh undisputed World Champion.

Thursday 7.10.14
Today's Trivia: He won three Grand Slam titles, ranking him among the best tennis players from the United States. He was the first black player selected to the United States Davis Cup team and the only black man ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open. He retired in 1980. Who was he?

With a reliever scheduled to start tonight, the Seattle Mariners were looking for Roenis Elias to pitch deep into last night's game. The rookie did not deliver. A short night for Elias made it a long night for the Ms. Command problems plagued Elias in an 8-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins, and he was lifted after a career-low 3 1-3 innings. He gave up seven runs -- six earned -- and seven hits with three walks. The Mariners had 12 hits but stranded 12 and went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position. Seattle entered hitless in its last 22 at-bats with runners in scoring position. Tom Wilhelmsen, normally a reliever, is starting tonight's series finale.

The Mariners surprised fans yesterday when they optioned their star pitching prospect, Taijuan Walker, to Triple-A Tacoma and called up Stephen Pryor. Walker had started just two games since being promoted less than two weeks ago. Yet there is a likely reason that makes good sense: Seattle wants Walker to keep pitching on his regular schedule through the upcoming All-Star break. And as a bonus, the Mariners are now in position to start their three best pitchers for this weekend's big series against the division-leading Oakland Athletics. Reports from Safeco suggest the Mariners -- who already adjusted ace Felix Hernandez's next start -- will challenge the best team in baseball by starting Hernandez tomorrow, Hisashi Iwakuma on Saturday, and Chris Young on Sunday.

If you weren't a Seahawks season-ticket-holder before 2013, chances are you won't get them this season, as the team announced a franchise-record 99 percent renewal rate for Hawks season tickets. The Seahawks announced yesterday that they have sold out their 2014 season tickets and their waiting list. In a news release, the Hawks said, "The club has capped season-ticket memberships at 63,000, the most in franchise history. The Blue Pride season ticket wait list, which gives fans the option to purchase future season tickets, is also sold out with 12,000 memberships." Today, the team announced the date for 2014 single-game ticket sales, but you might have a better chance of bringing down Marshawn Lynch single-handedly than seeing the Super Bowl winners at CenturyLink Field this year. Only 1,000 upper level tickets, plus "650 bleacher seats, standing-room only and scattered single-game tickets" are being made available for each of the Hawks' 2014 home games, the team said on their website. Sales at 10:00 the morning of Monday the 21st through or by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000. Customers are limited to a total of four tickets, and those tickets are expected to go quickly, with the team's 95-game sellout streak a good bet to continue for the foreseeable future.

Argentina converted all four of its penalty kicks in a shootout against the Netherlands yesterday in Săo Paulo to advance to the World Cup for the first time since 1990. Argentina faces Germany on Sunday. The Netherlands face host Brazil on Saturday in the third-place game. Sunday's final will be a rematch of the 1986 and 1990 finals. Argentina beat West Germany in the first, in Mexico, but it dropped the second meeting in Italy four years later.

The Phoenix Mercury used a 19-0 run in the second quarter to rout the Seattle Storm 78-58 yesterday for a franchise-record eighth straight win. The Storm is back in action Friday at San Antonio and Sunday at Minnesota.

Birthdays: He was Portrayed by Robert DeNiro in Raging Bull, boxer Jake LaMotta is 93; from The Staple Singers, singer Mavis Staples is 75; Moby Grape guitarist Jerry Miller was born in Tacoma and he's 71; Detective Ron Harris on Barney Miller, actor Ron Glass is 69; singer Arlo Guthrie, who recently played the Washington Center here in Olympia, is 67; singer-songwriter Greg Kihn is 65; from The Pet Shop Boys, singer Neil Tennant is 60; Elijah Blue Allman -- Greg Allman and Cher's son, is 38; and singer Jessica Simpson -- who just married retired NFL tight end Eric Johnson on July 5th -- is 33.

Today is Don't Step On A Bee Day. Today is Disney Animation Appreciation Day, a time to remember all your favorite Disney movies, like possibly The Fox and The Hound, released on this date in 1981. Four years in the making, this Disney production required 360,000 drawings.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1964, the album A Hard Day's Night by the Beatles was released. In 1965, The Rolling Stones had their first number one single with (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction. In 1975, Cher filed for divorce from Gregg Allman, a mere ten days after they were married. A year to the day later, she gave birth to Allman's child, Elijah. In 1984, Huey Lewis & the News sang the national anthem at the All-Star baseball game in San Francisco. In 1989, The Monkees received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1991, Millie Bush, America's First Dog, became a millionaire as royalties from her book about a dog's life in the White House reached $1.1-million. Millie gave the money to First Lady Barbara Bush's family literacy foundation. Millie died in May, 1997.

The Republican National Committee announced Tuesday that it had selected Cleveland to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. The pick, made by the Site Selection Committee, still has to be ratified at a meeting of the full RNC membership in August. The competition was down to two finalists -- Cleveland and Dallas. Choosing Cleveland gives the GOP the chance to nominate its next presidential ticket in a key swing state. No Republican has won the White House without carrying Ohio.

Trivia Answer: Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr. -- Arthur Ashe -- who was born on this date in 1943. In the early 1980s, Ashe is believed to have contracted HIV from a blood transfusion he received during heart bypass surgery. Ashe publicly announced his illness in April of 1992 and began working to educate others about HIV and AIDS. He founded the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS and the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health before his death from AIDS-related pneumonia in February of 1993. On June 20th of 1993, he was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton.

Wednesday 7.9.14
Today's Trivia: Who are the parents of Elijah Blue Allman, also known by his stage name Phillips Exeter Blue I?

Mariner Manager Lloyd McClendon only wanted to heap praise on Minnesota's pitcher Phil Hughes and in the process deflected concern about Seattle's growing struggles at the plate. Lloyd isn't worried yet even though the Mariners' offensive numbers over the past five games are ugly. Hughes pitched into the eighth inning and the Twins beat the Mariners 2-0 last night. Seattle has scored six runs in the past five games and is 2 for 36 with runners in scoring position during that stretch. Ms and Twins game three of four tonight.

Germany humiliated Brazil in the World Cup semifinals yesterday, eliminating the host team 7-1 in the most lopsided semifinal in World Cup history. The defeat devastated soccer fans across Brazil, which spent a record $12 billion to stage the tournament. Brazil's team never had a chance after Germany scored four goals in six minutes early in the game. Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari called it the worst day of his career. The Germans advanced to Sunday's final and face the winner of today's contest between Argentina and the Netherlands.

Pete Carroll is going back to Southern California -- as a member of the school's Athletic Hall of Fame. The former Trojans football coach is one of 16 people who have been named to the hall's 11th class. They're being introduced at halftime of USC's game against Oregon State on September 27th at Los Angeles Coliseum. Carroll coached the Trojans from 2001-09. They won two national championships, going 13-0 in 2004, and won seven straight Pac-10 titles under him. USC won a record three straight Rose Bowl games during his tenure, when he had a career mark of 97-and-16. Carroll left USC in 2010 to coach the Seahawks.

Borthdays: Actor James Hampton is 78; best known for playing Shaft, actor Richard Roundtree is 72; OJ Simpson is 67; TV personality-turned-musician John Tesh is 62; actor Jimmy Smits is 59; Tom Hanks is 58; from Simple Minds, singer Jim Kerr is 55; Courtney Love is 50; and from The Wonder Years, actor Fred Savage is 38.

Today is National Sugar Cookie Day. Today is Diet Coke Day. The soft drink was introduced on this date in 1982. Today is Bald In Bald Out, day for bald freedom, to encourage all ages and both sexes to choose bald and be beautiful. Today is Muffler Appreciation Day, a day to enjoy quiet vehicles.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1956, Dick Clark debuted on Philadelphia TV with an afternoon show called Bandstand. He was told about the show that same morning. In 1958, Johnny Cash signed with Columbia Records. In 1985, runningback Herschel Walker of the New Jersey Generals was named Most Valuable Player in the US Football League. In 1996, for the first time, Deep Purple played Smoke on the Water in the Swiss city that inspired it. The band wrote the song after surviving a nightclub fire in Montreux. In 1997, Mike Tyson was banned from the boxing ring and fined $3 million for biting the ear of opponent Evander Holyfield. In 2002, it was announced that Eddie Van Halen and his wife Valerie Bertinelli were separating after 21 years of marriage. Also in 2002, to the boos of disappointed fans, the All-Star game in Milwaukee finished in a 7-7 tie after 11 innings when both teams ran out of pitchers.

Rosie O'Donnell has reportedly struck a deal to return to The View, the long-running ABC talk show she left in 2007 after a heated argument with fellow co-host Elisabeth Hasselback. Nothing had been announced as of early today, but rumors were that O'Donnell had been offered a "one-year, seven-figure deal." O'Donnell would join Whoopi Goldberg as the producers rebuild the team of hosts following the departure of co-creator Barbara Walters and the firing of co-hosts Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy.

Author J.K. Rowling surprised fans yesterday with a new chapter in the Harry Potter saga. In the 1,500-word story on her website, Pottermore, the boy wizard reappears all grown up, with a wife, two sons, and "threads of silver" in his hair. The new piece, appearing seven years after the publishing of the last Harry Potter novel, is presented in the form of a gossip-column item on the nearly 34-year-old Harry's attendance at the 2014 Quidditch World Cup Finals.

Trivia Answer: He is the son of Cher and Gregg Allman. He's the half-brother of Chaz Bono. Elijah turns 38 tomorrow. Like his parents, he's a musician and performer. He was given his first guitar by Kiss bassist Gene Simmons. At the age of 13, he went on to tour as a guitarist with Cher. In 1994, he auditioned for the spot of guitarist for Nine Inch Nails but ended up losing the spot to Robin Finck. He appears as a guitarist in the music video of If I Could Turn Back Time. In an MTV interview for a program about children of famous rock musicians, he commented that "I respect The Allman Brothers Band very much, but I've always been more into Black Sabbath, David Bowie, and Metallica." In 2010, Elijah Blue had his first solo exhibition at Kantor Gallery in Los Angeles. He is currently working as a contemporary artist. He's living in Beverly Hills, California. As of this past November, he's engaged to his British/German girlfriend, Marieangela King.

Tuesday 7.8.14
Today's Trivia: What problem did Leonardo da Vinci, Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, and General George Patton have in common?

Hisashi Iwakuma struck out a season-high 10 in seven strong innings, Mike Zunino and Michael Saunders hit solo home runs, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Minnesota Twins 2-0 last night. Kuma has not allowed an earned run to the Twins in five career starts, which spans 33 2-3 innings. After allowing a combined 10 runs in two consecutive starts to close out June, Iwakuma has given up just one in his two outings in July. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his American League-leading 26th save in 28 chances. Ms and Twins again tonight.

After the game last night, the Mariners surprisingly announced that reserve catcher John Buck was designated for assignment -- on his 34th birthday. Buck played in 27 games and hit .227 in 84 at-bats. A corresponding roster move is expected today ... but nothing yet.

A day after he failed to make the American League All-Star team through regular channels -- fan vote, selection by players or manager, and online poll -- Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager was added to the squad yesterday as an injury replacement for Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion. Boston manager John Farrell, who is leading the AL All-Stars July 15th at Target Field in Minneapolis, made the announcement. The Blue Jays placed Encarnacion, an All-Star for the second consecutive year, on the disabled list yesterday with a right quadriceps strain. Seager didn't make the top eight in fan balloting. The left-handed hitting 26-year-old Seager, in his fourth major league season, is making his first All-Star appearance. He joins Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano as Seattle's representatives. This marks the first time since 2011 with Hernandez, Michael Pineda, and Brandon League, that Seattle has featured three All-Stars. Seager is the first Mariner third baseman in the All-Star game since Edgar Martinez in 1992. Adrian Beltre has made four All-Star teams at third base -- with Boston and Texas since leaving Seattle -- never made the All-Star team while playing for the Mariners.

A federal judge yesterday preliminarily approved a deal requiring the National Football League to compensate thousands of former players for health claims related to concussions suffered on the field. The NFL agreed just over two weeks ago to remove a $675 million cap on damages after the judge questioned whether that would be enough to pay all potential claims. With money for testing and lawyers' fees, the landmark deal will cost the league more than $870 million.

Birthdays: Actress Anjelica Huston is 63; actor Kevin Bacon is 56; Depeche Mode keyboardist Andy Fletcher is 53; singer Joan Osborne is 52; singer Beck is 44; and Will Smith's son Jaden Smith is 16.

Today is Don't Put All Your Eggs in one Omelet Day. 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 your kids play games. From Atari to Nintendo to Xbox, video games provide all too many hours of playing time.

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. In 1947, reports were broadcast that a UFO had crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico. In 1948, the United States Air Force accepted its first female recruits into a program called Women in the Air Force. 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.

Rescuers plucked 22 people from the Ninja roller coaster at Southern California's Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park after the first car hit a tree branch and derailed. Four people sustained minor injuries. Some of the riders were trapped for nearly three hours 20 to 30 feet above ground as rescue crews removed people one by one. The park's website boasts that the Ninja cars, which reach speeds of 55 mph, "blast through the trees" to give riders a thrill.

A fresh Pink Floyd album is on the way -- 20 years after the band last released new material. Spokesman Doug Wright confirmed yesterday that The Endless River is being released in October. It's described as consisting of "mainly ambient and instrumental music" based on 1993-94 recording sessions for the group's last album, The Division Bell. The Endless River features band members David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright, who died in 2008. Roger Waters, who left the group in 1985, is not involved.

Dubai's next large construction project is a shopping mall with climate-controlled streets, the world's largest indoor theme park, and 100 hotels and apartments. The Mall Of The World, as the United Arab Emirates city is calling it, will occupy 48 million square feet. The major draw for this Persian Gulf attraction is the completely air-conditioned shopping experience. In the cooler months the ceiling will open.

Jessica Simpson's romantic wedding to Eric Johnson cost approximately $1.4 million from start to finish. That's the guess, anyway.

A Finnish couple (Ville Parviainen and Janette Oksman) have won 19th World Wife Carrying Championships. The couple finished the 278-yard obstacle course in 63.75 seconds on Saturday.

Trivia Answer: All were 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 1980's, 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. A 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, as indicated by the list we went over earlier.

Monday 7.7.14
Today's Trivia: Janis Joplin, Jim Morrrison, and Jimi Hendrix all died at the same age. How old were they at the time of their deaths?

Former Seattle Mariner Hector Noesi pitched five-hit ball into the seventh inning against his formet team for his first win in a month, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 1-0 victory over the Mariners yesterday. Noesi struck out five and walked two in 6 2-3 innings. Noesi pitched for Seattle for parts of three seasons before he was cut in April. Seattle right-hander Taijuan Walker lasted just four innings in his second start of the season. The 21-year-old Walker, one of baseball's top pitching prospects, struggled with his control in his first loss in five major league appearances. The White Sox used Walker's wildness to grab the lead in the first when Walker threw a wild pitch with a runner on third. It was the first of his two wild pitches. The Ms head back home now for a seven-game homestand leadin up to the All Star break. They host the Twins for four then the division leading Oakland As for the weekend. Hisashi Iwakuma is set to start tonight.

Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano are representing the Mariners in the 85th Major League All-Star Game July 15th at Target Field in Minneapolis, but third baseman Kyle Seager and closer Fernando Rodney, both of whom had strong cases to make the squad, suffered snubs. Had either made the team, the Mariners would have had three All-Stars for the first time since 2011. Cano starts for the AL at second base while Hernandez has a chance, since he pitches Friday against Oakland, to make the first All-Star starting assignment of his career. His main rival for the start is Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees.

Birthdays: Designer Pierre Cardin is 93; from The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, bandleader Doc Severinsen is 87; Richard Starkey, better known as Ringo Starr, is 74; actress Shelley Duvall is 65; singer-songwriter Vonda Shepard is 51; figure skater Michelle Kwan is 34; and Seattle Mariner backup catcher John Buck is 34.

Today is Chocolate Day. Chocolate Day is the perfect opportunity to eat your 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. Today is also National Strawberry Sundae Day -- your opportunity to indulge yourself in this delicious dessert. Strawberries are one of America's favorite fruits. When the strawberries ripen each year, it's time to celebrate. Celebrate today, with a Strawberry Sundae.

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 1981, President Ronald Reagan appointed Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female member of the Supreme Court. In 1985, Boris Becker became the youngest player ever to win Wimbledon. He was 17.

Transformers: Age of Extinction collected another $36.4 million in North American ticket sales over the three-day July 4th weekend, storming ahead of new films Tammy, Deliver Us From Evil, and Earth to Echo to lead the U.S. and Canadian box office for a second consecutive weekend. The special effects-laden blockbuster had the year's biggest opening weekend a week ago with $100 million in sales. The comedy Tammy, starring Melissa McCarthy as a fast food worker who has a very bad day, was second with $21.2 million. Deliver Us from Evil generated sales of $9.5 million for third place. The buddy comedy 22 Jump Street, starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as undercover cops in college, took the No. 4 spot. Rounding out the top five was the animated How to Train Your Dragon 2.

An historical week here in the Northwest. The clock is ticking down to the start of legal marijuana sales. The state issued licenses via email overnight. Store owners are consumed by details as they hope to start selling tomorrow.

A survey of college women found a man with one to two ex girlfriends is much more desirable than a dude with no exes. So if a guy with two relationships was attractive, how about a guy with 5 or more relationships? He must be off the charts, right? Not really. Men with many women in their past were perceived as likely to stray.

Trivia Answer: They were all 27 -- thus becoming members of the so-called 27 Club. 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 the age of 27 include Kurt Cobain, Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones, country singer Hank Williams, and blues pioneer Robert Johnson.

Friday 7.4.14
Today's Trivia: He began writing comedy scripts for radio and some popular early television shows. Among them were The Phil Silvers Show and Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows in 1950, where he worked alongside other young writers including Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks. He began writing his own plays beginning with Come Blow Your Horn in 1961. It was followed by two more successful plays, Barefoot in the Park in 1963 and The Odd Couple in 1965, for which he won a Tony Award, making him a national celebrity and "the hottest new playwright on Broadway." Who is he?

The Seattle Mariners with an off day yesterday. They try to keep the ball rolling when they face the White Sox in Chicago for a three-game weekend set starting this afternoon at 4:00.

The Seattle Storm fell to the LA Sparks last night, 70-56. They're home again tomorrow night hosting Chicago.

Birthdays: America is 238 today; actress Eva Marie Saint is 90; actress Gina Lollobrigida is 87;singer Bill Withers is 76; talk show host Geraldo Rivera is 71; the lead singer for The Babys and Bad English, John Waite is 62; reality star Michael Paul Sorrentino -- The Situation -- is 32; and first daughter Malia Obama is 16.

The World's Greatest Lizard Races are run today in Lovington, New Mexico. Today is Koko Day, marking the 43rd 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 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. He held the 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 1996, HotMail, the free internet email service, began. In 1997: The 400-millionth person visited Disneyland.

Joey 'Jaws' Chestnut is a double winner today. The seven-time hot dog-eating champion successfully proposed to his girlfriend on stage at prior to the Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest, and then half an hour later, he successfully defended his title and was crowned the champion again. He didn't break his record though. Chestnut devoured 61 hot dogs in 10 minutes, eight hot dogs short of his previous record, 69. Meanwhile, earlier in the day, the three-time champ Black Widow lost the women's hot dog eating contest today. She lost to Miki Sudo, who ate 34 franks.

Some random Independence Day facts:

  • John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4th of 1826 -- the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.
  • The majority of the nation's flags and patriotic paraphernalia are produced in China. What's wrong with this picture? Nearly 349-million dollars are used each year to import in the flags and other decorations.
  • 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.
  • Why were the stars on the original American flag 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 4th of 1776. The other 55 signers didn't sign it until August 2nd or even later.
  • When the United States became a country, there were approximately 2.5-million people living in the country. Today, the population is just over 318-million
  • More than 74-million Americans are barbecuing today.
  • Over an estimated 150-million hot dogs are being consumed today.
  • Recipes for iced tea go back to 1904. It was the 1904 World's Fair that popularized it. Now Americans drink nearly 100-million glasses of iced tea every day.

Trivia Answer: Neil Simon who turns 87 today. He has written over thirty plays and nearly the same number of movie screenplays, most adapted from his plays. He has received more Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer.

Thursday 7.3.14
Today's Trivia: He's a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and columnist, who wrote a nationally syndicated humor column for The Miami Herald from 1983 to 2005. He's also written numerous books of humor and parody, as well as comedic novels. Who is he?

The Mariners are on a run unseen in the Northwest in seven years -- nine games above .500. After five unanswered runs in the sixth and seventh innings provided a 5-2 win yesterday for a three-game sweep of the Astros in Houston, the Mariners also picked up three games in three days on the AL West-leading Oakland A's. Seattle now trails the division leaders by 4˝ games. After the Astros took a 2-0 lead on a pair of solo home runs off Chris Young — the only hits he gave up in seven innings — Seattle rocked the sixth inning for the second game in a row. The Mariners loaded the bases with one out on a single, hit-batter, and a walk. James Jones scored and Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager moved up on a wild pitch. Logan Morrison followed with a double down the right-field line to give the M's a 3-2 lead. Reserve catcher John Buck, starting in place of Mike Zunino, singled home Morrison. Seattle added a run in the seventh when Seager singled home Cano. In came Danny Farquhar and Yoervis Medina to work a scoreless eighth inning before Fernando Rodney worked a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up an AL-leading 24th save. The last time the Mariners were as much as nine over .500 was when the 2007 team finished 88-74. Since April 23rd, the Mariners' 40-and-25 record is the best in the majors. The Mariners have a day off today before opening a three-game series with the White Sox in Chicago.

More good news for the Ms. Felix Hernandez, who went 3-and-1 with a 1.22 ERA in six starts while striking out 54 batters, was named the American League Pitcher of the Month for June, the fourth time in his career that he has been so honored. No other Mariners pitcher won more than two such awards. Edgar Martinez, who retired following the 2004 season after 18 years with the club, won five Player of the Month Awards.

Birthdays: Actress Betty Buckley is 67; Bailey Quarters on WKRP in Cincinnati, actress Jan Smithers is 65; talk show host Montel Williams is 58; actor Tom Cruise is 52; Greg on Dharma and Greg, actor Thomas Gibson is 52; the voice of Lisa Simpson on The Simpsons, actress Yeardley Smith is 50; and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is 43.

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 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 1965, singing cowboy Roy Rogers mourned the death of his horse Trigger. The animal was stuffed and put in the Roy Rogers Museum. 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, Jim 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 am, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm, apparently hoping to be fed. In 2002, Elton John was awarded a doctorate from London's Royal Academy of Music, the school he dropped out of in the early ‘60s.

Ed Sheeran has scored his first top album on the Billboard 200 chart yesterday as X debuted at the top spot.

This may ruffle some Northwest feathers. The I Love Coffee blog says the most coffee obsessed city is Portland, Maine. On the other end of the spectrum, the least caffeine obsessed city in America is Jackson, Mississippi.

Trivia Answer: Dave Barry who turns 67 today. Barry won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1988, "for his consistently effective use of humor as a device for presenting fresh insights into serious concerns." In 2002, Barry poked fun at the city of Grand Forks, North Dakota; the city responded by naming a sewage pumping station after him. Barry was a good sport and appeared in Grand Forks for the dedication. In October of 2004, Dave announced that he would be taking an indefinite leave of absence of at least a year from his weekly humor column with the Herald in order to spend more time with his family. In December of 2005, he said in an interview that he would not resume his weekly column, although he would continue such features as his yearly gift guide, year in review, as well as an occasional article or column.

Wednesday 7.2.14
Today's Trivia: His nickname is The King. He's a former NASCAR driver. He's best known for winning the NASCAR Championship seven times, winning a record 200 races during his career, and winning the Daytona 500 a record seven times. Statistically he is the most accomplished driver in the history of the sport and is one of the most respected figures in motorsports as a whole. Who is he?

It was another good night to be a Mariner or a Mariner fan. Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager had three RBIs apiece, James Jones added two and a seven-run sixth inning propelled the Seattle Mariners to score a season high in a 13-2 win over the Houston Astros last night. Cano drove in two to give Seattle the lead in the first and hit the first of the five doubles in the sixth ining that tied a franchise mark and pushed the lead to 10-1.The Ms are now 8 games over .500. Hisashi Iwakuma went six innings, giving up a run on seven hits while striking out seven ti pick up the win. Jones' three hits included a triple. Seager doubled and hit a solo homer in the ninth as the Mariners also set a season-high with 18 hits. They wrap up the series in Houston today.

Despite a record-setting performance in goal by Tim Howard, the United States lost to Belgium 2-1 in the World Cup knockout round yesterday in Salvador, Brazil. Belgium scored twice in extra time, eliminating the USA a step shy of the quarterfinals for the second consecutive tournament. Howard collected 16 saves, the most in World Cup history, but couldn't thwart two shots. The Americans captured the eyes and hearts of a suddenly awakened soccer nation, who gathered in unprecedented numbers to watch the world's game. In the end, though, the end came at the exact same point as four years ago: with a loss in extra time in the round of 16. Howard said after the game, "The dream falls short, but this is an incredible group and we'll never forget this night." Belgium plays Argentina in the quarterfinals.

The National Weather Service says we reached 93 at the Olympia Airport yesterday.

Birthdays: Sam on Quincy, actor Robert Ito is 83; Flo on Alice, actress Polly Holliday is 77; actor-writer-director Larry David is 67; actress Cheryl Ladd is 63; model and actress who had a long-term relationship with Mick Jagger, Jerry Hall is 58; actor Jimmy McNichol is 53; baseball's Jose Canseco is 50; singer Michelle Branch is 31; and actress Lindsay Lohan is 28.

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 Remember to Feed the Hummingbirds Day. Hang the feeder outside a window so the cat can watch. Today is I Forgot Day, a day to make up for all the birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations you forgot during the first half of the year. It's Be Nice to People You Don't Like Day, National Baked Bananas Day, and 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 1962, the first Wal-Mart store opened for business. It was in Rogers, Arkansas. In 1964, President Lyndon 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 age 80.

Facebook has announced that there have been more than 1 billion interactions on the social network about the World Cup games.

Here's your number for the day: 3,472. That's how many images are pinned on Pinterest every minute. Here's your other number for the day: 34,625. That's how many messages were posted on Twitter in the time you took to read this sentence.

Trivia Answer: Richard Lee Petty who turns 77 today. He raced in the Strictly Stock/Grand National Era and the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Only two people have won the NASCAR Championship seven times, Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt. Petty is a member of the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Hall in 2010. Richard is a second generation driver. His father, Lee Petty, won the first Daytona 500 in 1959 and was also a 3 time NASCAR champion.

Tuesday 7.1.14
Today's 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?

Robinson Cano had a three-run shot in the seventh inning, one of the Seattle Mariners' season-high four homers in a 10-4 win over the Houston Astros last night. Mike Zunino had a two-run drive in the second, Michael Saunders added a pair on his long ball in the fourth and Brad Miller homered two batters later to help the Mariners to their eighth win in 10 games. The Ms are now a season-high 7 games over .500 at 45-and-38. Heralded prospect Taijuan Walker gave up a couple of homeruns early before settling down to strike out six in six innings in his season debut after dealing with a shoulder problem. Rookie James Jones had a career-high four hits and his second three-steal game. He's the second player in franchise history -- the other was Ichiro Suzuki in 2004 -- to have at least four hits and three steals in a game. The series continues this afternoon with Hisashi Iwakuma.throwing for Seattle.

The United States faces Belgium in the second round of the World Cup this afternoon.

July has arrived. 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.

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 National Financial Freedom Day. Today is International Joke Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1967, The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band went to number one in the United States. 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, 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.

Birthdays: Actress Olivia de Havilland is 98; Klnger on M*A*S*H, actor Jamie Farr is 80; David Prowse -- best known for playing the physical form of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy -- is 79; gospel singer and choir leader Andrae Crouch is 72; from Blondie, singer Debbie Harry is 69; from The B-52s, Fred Schneider is 63; actor and comedian Dan Aykroyd is 62; Olympic athlete Carl Lewis is 53; actress Pamela Anderson is 47; rapper Missy Elliott is 43; Steven's daughter, actress Liv Tyler is 37; and the Sony Walkman is 35.

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are taking The Who on the road for a series of shows in the U.K. celebrating the band's 50th anniversary. Daltrey referred to the tour as the start of the Who's "long goodbye" during a news conference yesterday. The 70-year-old Daltrey said. "We can't go on touring forever, but we don't know how long we will go on touring. It's an open-ended kind of thing. But it will have a finality to it. We'll stop touring, I'm sure, before we stop playing as a band. It's just like Eric Clapton's just said: It's the grind of the road, it's incredibly tough on the body this age. The singing is free; you pay us for the bloody traveling. "

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.