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|Today's Trivia: He was born into a show business family. His
father was a producer on many hit films for Paramount Pictures in the
1940s and 1950s. His mother had been a singer and actress who worked with
Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre in Chicago. As a youngster, this guy learned
clarinet, then switched to guitar in his early teens. He developed an
interest in jazz, rhythm and blues, and rock music. In the late 1960s, he
struggled with a variety of marginal bands until 1971, when he was invited
to join Fleetwood Mac, then an erstwhile English blues band that had lost
two of its three frontline members, Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer, within
a few months. Along with fellow newcomer Christine McVie, this guy helped
steer the band in a more melodic direction. He wrote songs for and played
on several Fleetwood Mac albums, including Bare Trees (1972), Mystery to
Me (1973) and Heroes Are Hard to Find (1974). In December of 1974, he
departed the band, citing exhaustion. Who is he?
Seattle manager Eric Wedge knew he was short in the bullpen last night. Prior to the game, he was aware former closer Brandon League was being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Current closer Tom Wilhelmsen had left Safeco Field to be with his pregnant wife. About midway through the game, Wedge learned hard-throwing Steve Delabar was not at his disposal either, because he was being traded down the hall to the Blue Jays in another deal. Mariners' starter Hisashi Iwakuma didn't know it, but a dominant outing was precisely what his club needed with a thin bullpen. Iwakuma struck out a career-high 13 and Michael Saunders and Kyle Seager had two hits apiece to help Seattle win its fifth consecutive game 4-1 over the Toronto Blue Jays. The Mariners and Jays go at it again tonight
While the Tacoma Rainiers' rally last night from an eight-run deficit for an 11-8 victory was impressive, it can't hide the fact Erasmo Ramirez' second start in his current rehabilitation assignment resulted in that eight-run deficit after four innings. Ramirez didn't get the loss because his teammates put together a nine-run rally in the sixth during a 15-hit performance against Tucson. Ramirez, who was starting for the Mariners before a right elbow flexor problem, was shelled for eight runs, seven earned, in 3-1/3 innings. He gave up nine hits, two of them homers. Tacoma wraps up their series in Tucson tonight. They're back at Cheney Stadium hosting Oklahoma City tomorrow night.
Don't spend it all in one place, Paul. London Olympic organizers say former Beatle Paul McCartney and other star performers who took part in Friday's opening ceremony essentially donated their time -- receiving a mere pound ($1.57) -- for their performances. The nominal fee was offered to make the Olympics contracts binding -- but pales in comparison to the millions big names like McCartney can command for a stadium gig. Other performers such as Mike Oldfield, are also thought to have received the nominal fee.
Entering today's action, the medal count;
Private investor Chris Hansen must amend his arena proposal if he wants the approval of the Seattle City Council, the council said yesterday. A letter addressed to Hansen and signed by eight council members states the agreements in the memorandum of understanding "do not represent an appropriate balance of public and private funds, nor do they sufficiently protect the city from the financial risks inherent in the arena's financing." Council members added they remain hopeful they can reach an agreement; however, if their concerns are not addressed, "we do not believe that proceeding with the project would be in the City's or the public's best interest." The council made the announcement on the same day the King County Council approved the memorandum with a 6-to-3 vote. Hansen's proposal calls for the city and King County to cover $200 million of the arena's $490 million cost. The public's investment would later be repaid using 100 percent of the arena revenues. Council members said they are open to sharing a portion of the tax revenues generated by the arena with Hansen's group, but not 100 percent. Instead, the council wants some of the $200 million in arena revenue to go to funding transportation issues and have Hansen agree to cover a greater cost of the arena. Hansen said he is eager to work with the city council to find a solution.
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 U.S. 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. Single Working Womens' Week begins today.
Calendar notes: On this date 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.
Chucking an iPhone through a window will not yield any jail time for Russell Brand. According to ABC News, the comedian agreed to a deal with prosecutors calling for 20 hours of community service and a 500 dollar fine. Brand had been charged with misdemeanor criminal damage to property for tossing the phone back in March. If he completes his community service by the end of August, however, the charges will be dropped.
Katy Perry looks to be recovering from her split with Russell a lot better than he is. Various outlets, including Us Weekly, are reporting that the pop star has rekindled an old romance with John Mayer, and Starpulse.com spotted them getting cozy in Miami over the weekend. Mayer has previously dated Taylor Swift, Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Simpson and many others.
Edward and Bella were on their way to being a real life couple. Reports are that Robert Pattinson was preparing to propose to Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart, up until news broke about her affair with director Rupert Sanders. Sanders was at the helm of Snow White and the Huntsman and is married with two children. He and Stewart have both made public apologies, but for Pattinson, it doesn't seem to be enough. He's moved out of the mansion he was planning to share with his costar and they have reportedly only communicated through angry text messages since. The two are still scheduled to appear together at the VMAs in September.
The Willis family household may be going through an Armageddon of their own. Perez Hilton reports that Bruce Willis is very upset at the way his daughters have chosen to neglect their mother, Demi Moore. The actor is "very disappointed in his daughters, and he's been calling them spoiled and selfish." The Die Hard star is thinking about cutting his daughters off financially unless they start being nicer to Moore. A source revealed to the gossip site, "None of them has money saved, and they all rely on Bruce and Demi to pay their bills."
The oldest general store in the United States closed its doors Sunday after being in business in Adamsville, Rhode Island, for 224 years. Gray's general store, which has been run by a family in Adamsville for six generations, has not been able to keep up with the competition in recent years.
In its 236 years, America has been shaped by legions of intelligent, courageous, and noble characters. Time has singled out 20 as the most influential in history, including George Washington, Steve Jobs, and Muhammad Ali.
Last week we heard Rob Thomas was joining Team Cee Lo on The Voice. Now comes word that Billy Joe Armstrong is joining the show as a mentor as part of Christina Aguilera's team. Armstrong says he's a huge fan of the series and insists he "doesn't care who knows it." The Green Day frontman has already taped a show with Aguilera and said working with her was "a lot of fun." The new season of The Voice debuts September 10th on NBC.
Trivia Answer: Bob Welch who was born on this date in 1946. The Welch-era Fleetwood Mac albums sold moderately well, though Bare Trees included the first recorded version of Welch's song Sentimental Lady, and Mystery to Me featured the Welch composition Hypnotized, both of which received extensive radio airplay. Mick Fleetwood has credited Welch with keeping Fleetwood Mac afloat during some lean years. However, Welch was not included when Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. On June 7th this year, Welch committed suicide in his Nashville home. He was found by his wife with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest; a suicide note had been left behind. According to his wife, Welch had spinal surgery three months earlier and doctors had told him he would not get better, and he did not want her to have to care for an invalid.
|Today's Trivia: She's a television, stage, and film actress,
producer, and author. Her television work includes a leading role as
Suzanne Sugarbaker in the CBS sitcom Designing Women. Who is she?
Even a line drive that left the lower part of Felix Hernandez's left-hand bruised and swollen couldn't knock out the Seattle Mariners' ace. Good thing, since the Mariners' relievers did their best to try and blow a shot at Seattle's first four-game sweep at home in more than a decade. Felix shook off a line drive to his left wrist and threw seven strong innings, and the Mariners overcame bullpen problems (Brandon League problems!) to beat the Kansas City Royals 7-6 yesterday for a four-game sweep. Seattle swept Kansas City in a four-game set for the first time since May of 2001. It was the first time the Mariners recorded a four-game sweep at home since early in the 2001 season against the Angels. Seattle went on to win 116 games that season. X-rays on Hernandez's hand were negative. Seattle improved to 11-6 since the All-Star break, the second-best mark in the American League. The homestand continues as the Ms host the Toronto Blue Jays for three starting tonight.
The Tacoma Rainiers were swept by the Tucson Padres, 5-3 and 2-0 in a doubleheader yesterday. Same two teams again tonight in Tucson.
Hardly dreamy, still dominant. Kevin Durant scored 22 points, LeBron James added eight assists and the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team opened tournament play with a rough-and-ragged 98-71 win over France yesterday. Seeking a second straight gold medal to match the one they won in Beijing four years ago, the Americans expected a tough test from a French team featuring San Antonio guard Tony Parker and five other NBA players. The U.S. was never in real trouble, and after overcoming some major foul issues and sloppy play, the superstar-laden squad finally put France away in the second half. As we started the day today, here's the medal board:
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 by Andre Maurois 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 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, and Carl Perkins, and Charlie Rich, died in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 80.
The Dark Knight Rises earned $64.1 million at US and Canadian theaters during its second weekend, topping box office charts in a sluggish overall market facing Olympic television coverage and the impact of the Colorado shooting. The No. 2 spot belonged to animated children's movie Ice Age: Continental Drift. It beat out comedy The Watch and dance movie Step Up Revolution, both of which made their theater debuts this weekend. The comedy Ted rounded out the top five.
NBC's been catching major flack about not streaming the Olympic opening ceremony and the network's online streaming efforts and delays in broadcasting key competitions. Despite the grumbling, NBC drew a record audience of 40.7 million in the US for Friday's opening ceremony from London. Then NBC announded yesterday that a record 28.7 million US viewers watched its primetime coverage on Saturday's first day of competition, when Michael Phelps was shut out of the medals for the first time in years. That 28.7 million viewers made the night the most watched opening night on record for a summer edition of the Olympics.
Train just filmed the music video for their song 50 Ways to Say Goodbye and David Hasselhoff makes an appearance.
Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe has officially broken Lady Gaga's Billboard Hot 100 record. Jepsen's debut single has topped the chart for seven weeks, which beats Gaga's record of six straight weeks at the top with Born This Way. Gaga took to Twitter and told Jepsen look out. Gaga wrote: "I SEE you just swooped in and broke my BORN THIS WAY record of the most weeks at #1., DONT GET COMFORTABLE IM COMING FOR YOU." Gaga and Jepsen are both signed to Interscope Records.
Trivia Answer: Delta Ramona Leah Burke who turns 56 today. She graduated from high school in 1974, and won the senior superlative Most Likely to Succeed. In her senior year of high school, she won the Miss Florida title for 1974; she was the youngest Miss Florida titleholder in pageant history. Burke was slender when she started on Designing Women in 1986, but as the show gained in fame, she gained weight. She became the most popular cast member, earning two consecutive "Best Actress" nominations from the Emmys in 1990 and 1991. In 1990, Burke publicly expressed dissatisfaction with the show's creators on a televised interview with Barbara Walters and other media outlets. She also said that castmate Dixie Carter, who had once been her close friend and maid of honor at her wedding to Gerald McRaney, wasn't speaking to her as she sided with her bosses. At the end of the 5th season of Designing Women, in 1991, she was let go from her contract due to her contentious relations with Carter and the show's creators. It took more than a decade for Burke and Carter to reconcile, but they did so when Burke guest-starred in an episode of Family Law, on which Carter was a regular cast member. Burke has most recently appeared in a film for Hallmark Channel, titled Bridal Fever, which aired February 2, 2008. She recently starred as Mrs. Meers in the Broadway musical Thoroughly Modern Millie. In March of this year, it was announced Burke had been cast in the upcoming ABC comedy pilot Counter Culture. Burke has been married to actor Gerald McRaney since May 28, 1989. Burke and McRaney's primary residence is in Los Angeles, California; they also own a house in Telluride, Colorado and one in New Orleans, Louisiana. Burke is a very successful designer and manager of the clothing company Delta Burke Design, headquartered in New York City. She and her husband are also the owners of an antique store in Collins, Mississippi. Burke has compulsive hoarding syndrome, for which she received therapy. "At one time I had 27 storage units. I don't have a big enough house!" she said. "My mom had it, it's my mother's fault. She saved the diaper I came home from the hospital in!"
|Today's Trivia: He's a cartoonist, best known as the creator of
the comic strip Garfield. He has also worked on other strips: Tumbleweeds,
Gnorm Gnat, U.S. Acres (aka Orson's Farm) and a strip about Mr. Potato
Head. He has written (or in some cases co-written) all of the Emmy
Award-winning or nominated Garfield TV specials and was one of the
producers behind the Garfield & Friends TV show which aired on CBS
from 1988 to 1995. He continues to work on the Garfield strip to this day.
Who is he?
The Kansas City Royals got just one hit off Seattle pitcher Jason Vargas over eight innings last night and fell 4-1 to the Mariners. The Royals finished the evening with all of two hits. Ms and Royals again tonight.
After snapping their losing streak at seven, the Tacoma Rainiers started another one last night as they were shut out by the Tucson Padres 1-0. How's Justin Smoak doing? He was 2 for 4 with a double. The Rainiers and Padres wrap up their series at Cheney Stadium tonight.
The Gilroy Garlic Festival begins today in Gilroy, California, Garlic Capital of the World. Two tons of garlic are used each year at the festival. Today is Form A Company Quartet Day, a day to find co-workers who like to sing. Tonight is Over the Moon Night, the night each year when legend says cows get really jumpy. Today is Walk on Stilts Day, a chance to enjoy a challenge of childhood, no matter your age. Today is Take Your Houseplants for A Walk Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation requiring cigarette packages and ads to display a health warning from the US Surgeon General. In 1974, a House Committee voted to impeach President Richard Nixon. In 1974, British guitarist Eric Clapton's first solo single entered the British music charts -- I Shot the Sheriff. In 1981, six-year-old Adam Walsh, son of John Walsh is kidnapped in Hollywood, Florida and is found murdered two weeks later. In 1994, when Cindy Hartman's phone rang in the middle of the night in Conway, Arkansas, she discovered an armed burglar ransacking her home. She fell to her knees and asked if she could pray for him. The burglar broke down, joined her in prayer, and apologized. He brought her belongings back into the house, borrowed a shirt to wipe away his fingerprints, and left his gun behind when he drove away.In 2003, comedian Bob Hope died in Toluca Lake, California, at age 100.
The London Games open today. A quick history of the Olympics:
KING-TV (Channel 5) broadcasts the opening ceremony starting at 7:30 tonight.
During the Olympics London betting houses are offering odds on almost anything, including all 26 sports at the Games. One British betting house is offering 11,000 different wagers during the Games, including the weather and whether or not the athletes village in Olympic Park will run out of condoms.
Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe tops the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the seventh straight week. Maroon 5's Payphone holds at number two for the sixth straight week, Katy Perry's Wide Awake stays at number three.
Dave Grohl is set to rock the school house as part of an upcoming television special that honors great teachers. The CBS program features an all-star line-up including Jack Black, Maroon 5's Adam Levine and Meryl Streep as well as performances by Carrie Underwood and Josh Groban. The show airs the evening of August 18th at 8 o'clock with funds raised from the special going to DonorsChoose.org, Feeding America, and Teach for America.
Lollapalooza headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Florence and the Machine, and many more will now be available for your viewing pleasure online, free of charge, thanks to Dell and YouTube. You can see a live stream of the festival at YouTube.com/Lollapalooza from the comfort of your very own home. The site currently displays a trailer for the live stream and a schedule of featured performances.
Facebook is getting closer to the one billion user mark, which is incredible when you consider there are just over 7 billion people on Earth. The actual number is 955 million active users as of June 30.
Kristen Stewart plans to write an apology letter to Liberty Ross, she's the wife of the man Kristen had an affair with, director Rupert Sanders. However, according to Perez Hilton, Stewart is focusing on saving her relationship with Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson first. A source says 'Kristen didn't feel it was appropriate to issue a public apology to Liberty once the story of her affair with Rupert broke. Instead, she's going to do the decent thing and write Liberty a private letter…but Kristen was so desperate to save her relationship with Rob she decided to concentrate on that first.' Sanders and Stewart collaborated together on the film Snow White & The Huntsman. Word now is that Robert Pattinson has moved out of the home he shared with Kristen Stewart
It looks like Ashton Kutcher isn't the only one to move on from his recent divorce. According to Perez Hilton, his ex, Demi Moore, has been secretly dating New Zealand actor Martin Henderson. At 37, Henderson is 12 years younger than Demi, but that's still closer than Ashton, who is 15 years younger than Moore.
Trivia Answer: James Robert Davis -- Jim Davis -- who turns 67 tomorrow. Davis attended the same college as David Letterman, Ball State University. Ironically, considering his fame as a cartoonist who draws a cat, Davis's first wife was allergic to cats, although they owned a dog named Molly. They have a son, James Alexander Davis. On July 16, 2000, Davis married his current wife, Jill. They have three children: James, Ashley and Christopher. Prior to creating Garfield, Davis worked for an advertising agency, and in 1969, he began assisting Tom Ryan's comic strip, Tumbleweeds. He then created a comic strip, Gnorm Gnat, that ran for five years in The Pendleton Times, an Indiana newspaper. When Davis attempted to sell it to a national comic strip syndicate, an editor told him, "Your art is good, your gags are great, but bugs -- nobody can relate to bugs!" On June 19, 1978, Garfield started syndication in 41 newspapers. Things were going well until the Chicago Sun-Times canceled the strip, prompting an outcry from readers. Garfield was reinstated and the strip quickly became the fastest selling comic strip in the world. Today it is syndicated in 2,580 newspapers and is read by approximately 263 million readers each day.
|Today's Trivia: This Colombian soccer player plays for the
Seattle Sounders FC. He was acquired by Seattle in January of 2009. He
scored nine goals in nine preseason games in 2008/09. He made his MLS
debut on March 19th of 2009, in the 2009 season opener against New York
Red Bulls, and scored the first and third goals in Seattle Sounders FC
club history. He gained permanent residency in the United States in 2010.
On December 1st of 2010, Seattle announced that he had agreed to a
contract extension with his rights permanently transferred to the Sounders
club and Major League Soccer. He became the third Designated Player and
the highest paid player on the team with a base salary of $500,000. Who is
Pinch-hitter Jayson Nix lined a three-run double off Seattle reliever Shawn Kelley in the eighth inning, and the New York Yankees rallied for a 5-2 win over the Mariners yesterday. Seattle honored Ichiro before his first at-bat. With Suzuki back in the leadoff spot on yesterday, the Mariners played a video montage of Suzuki highlights before flashing up the message "Ichiro: Thanks for all the thrills." Suzuki acknowledged the standing ovation by tipping his helmet around the stadium before grounding out to second leading off the game. Yesterday could have been Ich's final appearance in Seattle. His contract expires after the season and the Yankees do not make another trip to the Pacific Northwest this season. The Ms host the Kansas City Royals in the first of four tonight at Safeco.
The Tacoma Rainiers got the monkey off their back. They snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Tucson Padres yesterday. Tacoma and Tucson again tonight at Cheney Stadium.
It's one of those stories that we didn't hear about until after it was over. Cal Ripken's mother was kidnapped. Law enforcement officials now say the man who abducted the mother of the Baltimore Orioles legend from her Maryland home restrained her and appeared to have used her credit cards. But authorities in Aberdeen, Maryland, say they're still looking for motives in the case and haven't found evidence of ransom demands for Violet Ripken, the mother of one of baseball's most celebrated players. The 74-year-old Violet was safe and resting with relatives yesterday after a nearly daylong ordeal. Police in Aberdeen said a man with a gun showed up at her home between 7 and 8 Tuesday morning, then forced her into her vehicle and drove off. She was found about 6:15 yesterday morning in the back seat of her vehicle near her home with her hands bound, but she was otherwise unharmed. Investigators are looking for a motive. Aberdeen police said that they have no knowledge of a ransom being demanded or paid, and that Cal Ripken apparently wasn't contacted. Officials say the suspect put sunglasses on the woman and they drove around all day and made stops for gas. The suspect made no mention of Cal Ripken, an indication that he might not have known she is the mother of a famous former baseball player.
Today is National Chili Dog Day. The Great Texas Mosquito Festival begins today in Clute. It includes the Mosquito Calling Contest and the Mr. and Mrs. Mosquito legs Contest. Today is the birthday of the U.S. Post Office. On July 26th of 1775, the 2nd Continental Congress established the first formal postal system for the U.S. Benjamin Franklin became the first Postmaster General. Today is National Coffee Milkshake Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1968, John Lennon and Paul McCartney completed composing the song Hey Jude. In 1975, Van McCoy and The Soul City Symphony hit #1 for their first and only time on the Billboard Hot 100 with the disco hit The Hustle. In 1976, Time magazine profiled actor John Travolta of TV's Welcome Back, Kotter in an article entitled Sweathog Heartthrob. In 1984, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson became the first network television program to be telecast in stereo. In 1997, actress Linda Hamilton and director James Cameron were married.
A mural honoring this week's Paddle to Squaxin 2012 Canoe Journey is set to be unveiled tomorrow. The project is sponsored by the Olympia Downtown Association and depicts Puget Sound and tribal imagery. The mural was completed by Squaxin Island Tribe member and painter Joseph Seymour Jr. and Olympia painter Ira Coyne. The mural honors this weekend's event which will see about 130 tribal canoes complete the journey with a landing ceremony here in Olympia. The mural is next to Percival Landing on the back of the Les Schwab Tire Center. The dedication ceremony includes the artists and is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon at 1:00.
The Olympic fun has begun. North Korea and Colombia were scheduled to start a Women's Olympic soccer match at 7:45 local time last evening in Glasgow, but shortly before the game a stadium screen identified the North Korean team with a South Korean flag. The North Korean team returned to their locker room and refused to play. They later reemerged and the game started. North Korea won the game 2-0. Meanwhile, Michael Phelps will spend his last Olympic Opening Ceremony the same way he spent his first three. The 14-time gold medalist told reporters he won't join his teammates during Friday night's celebration in order to rest for his first event the following morning. The 14-time gold medalist will start his Olympic program with the 400 IM early Saturday, hours after the Opening Ceremony is scheduled to end at Olympic Stadium. If all goes to plan, Phelps will swim a heat at 10 in the morning and the final later that night. Standing for four hours and marching into the stadium isn't believed to be a good training technique for the most rigorous swimming event of the Games. Phelps says, "That's one of the downfalls swimmers have of competing early in the Olympics, but I kind of like going first." The London Olympics Opening Ceremony 2012 schedule kicks off at 9 tomorrow night London time, 4 tomorrow afternoon New York time, and 1 out here in the west. It's being broadcast on NBC at 7 ET. It will run no more than three hours according to the IOC executive director.
Rob Thomas is joining Cee Lo Green on The Voice next season to help mentor Cee Lo's contestants. Rob told Us Weekly, "I'm really excited to work with Cee Lo and love the idea that I may be in the room with a future superstar that the world has yet to discover." Previous artists that have appeared as mentors on the show include Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, Alanis Morissette, and Robin Thicke. The new season is set to launch September 10th.
Watch out eBay users -- if you're seeing too much red, make sure you aren't about to spend too much green. A study published by the Journal of Consumer Research found that eBay users are more likely to aggressively bid on items when the listing's background is red. In one experiment, researchers found that Nintendo Wii bundles that were sold on the site had higher increment bids when the background was red rather than blue.
Babies born in September, October or November may actually outlive us all. Researchers from the University of Chicago examined information on over 15-hundred Americans born between 1880 and 1895 that reached their 100th birthday. Then, their data was compared with the birth months and life spans of those people's siblings and spouses. It turns out that autumn babies have a longer life expectancy and they are more likely to make it over the hill! Researchers still aren't positive why this happens but it may have to do with living or weather conditions at the time.
Peter Jackson has expressed interest in directing a third Hobbit film. According to The Huffington Post, Jackson told a reporter at Comic-Con that he plans on splitting the second Hobbit film into two films, making it a trilogy. The director said, "We have certainly been talking to the studio about some of the material we can't film, and we've been asking them so we can do a bit more filming next year." The first film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, hits theaters on December 14th.
With rumors circulating of Kristen Stewart's affair with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders, the Twilight actress has confirmed the allegations. Yesterday afternoon, Stewart issued a public apology to her fans, friends, family, and most importantly, boyfriend Robert Pattinson. In the apology, Stewart expresses her deepest regrets to those she has affected with her infidelity. She goes on to say, "This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob." Sanders, the man who Stewart had the affair with, is 41 years old and married with children. Stewart says she still loves Pattinson.
Russell Brand could face up to six months in jail for throwing a paparazzi's iPhone through a glass window in March. TMZ reports the New Orleans Parish District Attorney's office will file one charge of misdemeanor criminal damage against Brand. Just after the incident, the former husband of Katy Perry explained his actions on Twitter, writing, "Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iPhone irreverently, what I did was a tribute to his memory." Brand has already hired an attorney.
With vacation season in full-swing, I got the following from my sister-in-law with regards to her travel plans:
Trivia Answer: Seattle Sounder forward Fredy Montero who turns 25 today. Montero has five goals and four assists in 19 MLS games this season. Yesterday. Montero was named an inactive MLS All-Star, earning his third All-Star selection in his four-year MLS career. He married his longtime girlfriend, Alexis Immig, in April this year.
|Today's Trivia: This football player spent his entire
professional career with the National Football League's Chicago Bears.
He's remembered as one of the most prolific running backs in the history
of American football. He was nine-time Pro Bowl selectee, once held the
league's record for most career rushing yards, touchdowns, carries, yards
from scrimmage, all-purpose yards, and many other categories. He was
elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993. Hall of Fame coach
Mike Ditka described this man as the greatest football player he had ever
seen -- but even greater as a human being. Who is he?
Kind of a crazy night at Safeco last night. Felix Hernandez hit three batters. He dinged former teammate Ichiro, Derek Jeter, and he broke Alex Rodriguez's left hand when he hit him with a pitch in the eighth inning. In the end, Felix picked up his fifth straight win as the Seattle Mariners beat the New York Yankees 4-2. victory over the New York Yankees last night. A-Rod was hit with an 88 mph changeup and went down in considerable pain. The Yankees said he has a non-displaced fracture of the hand, and there is no timetable for his return. Suzuki was hit by a pitch for the first time since July 20th of 2010. Hernandez hit three batters in a game for the third time in his career. The Ms and Yanks wrap up the series with a day game today.
Just hours after the team shook up their lineup by trading Ichiro to the Yankees, the Mariners made another move in an effort to bolster the offense. They sent slumping first baseman Justin Smoak to Triple-A Tacoma and brought up outfielder Trayvon Robinson. Smoak, acquired two years ago as the centerpiece in a trade deadline deal with Texas for pitcher Cliff Lee, was hitting .189. Smoak went hitless in three at-bats Monday night and was riding an 0-for-19 streak. He said, "I think everybody has seen what's going on. It's one of those things, go down there, get work in and get back to where I was a couple months ago." The Mariners also activated 1B/DH Mike Carp from the disabled list.
So Ichiro is now in a playoff hunt and Smoak is fighting for his major league future. Smoak reached base twice in his first game since the demotion as the Tacoma Rainiers lost a 4-3 decision to the Tucson Padres. He got on base for the first time in his past 20 at-bats on a single in the third inning. Smoak finished the night 1-for-4 with a single, walk and a strikeout looking. The Rainiers and Padres also have a day-game today.
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.
Calendar notes: On this date 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 1979, President Jimmy Carter absolved Dr. Samuel Mudd of any responsibility in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Mudd was the physician who had treated John Wilkes Booth's broken leg. In 1990, Roseanne Barr sang The National Anthem before a major-league baseball game in San Diego. She spit and scratched herself. The fans booed. In 2002, Texas Governor George W. Bush selected Dick Cheney to be his running mate on the Republican presidential ticket.
George Jefferson has died. Actor Sherman Hemsley who played Geroge Jefferson on the sitcom The Jefferson passed away yesterday at his home in El Paso. He is believed to have died from natural causes. Hemsley got his break in show business in the early 1970s, making his Broadway debut in a production of the play Purlie. It was during his stage stint that he caught the eye of TV writer and producer Norman Lear, who reached out to Hemsley and asked him to star as George Jefferson in new sitcom All in the Family. Hemsley was reluctant to quit the theater and held off on the role for two years before taking Lear up on the standing offer. Although Jefferson was just a secondary character on the show, Hemsley's comedic timing convinced Lear to develop a spin-off series titled The Jeffersons in 1975, allowing the actor to really shine on camera. The program became one of Lear's most successful projects, airing from 1975 to 1985. Sherman Hemsley was 74.
Christian Bale traveled to Aurora, Colorado, yesterday to visit victims of the horrific shooting at a midnight screening of his film last week. A spokeswoman for Warner Bros. said that Bale was "there as himself" and not as a representative for the studio.
Madonna is taking more jabs at Lady Gaga for allegedly copying her music. She jokingly told a Brazilian TV show that she is glad she helped write Lady Gaga's Born This Way, which she says rips off her 1989 single Express Yourself. Madonna has already made numerous comments alleging that Gaga copied her songs, and has also been performing a mash up of the two tracks as part of her MDNA Tour set list to really drive the point home.
More news about judges on television shows. It's not about American Idol this time. America's Got Talent judge Sharon Osbourne announced on Twitter yesterday that she'll be leaving the show at the end of this coming season. It was a decision and announcement that took NBC executives by surprise. Ozzy's wife sent a tweet on her verified feed addressed to fellow judge Howard Stern saying "My darling Howard, money is not the reason I'm not returning," but did not divulge any further details. Entertainment chairman of NBC, Robert Greenblatt, told a group of TV critics in Beverly Hills that the tweet caught the network off guard. He said, "I have nothing to say about Sharon Osbourne. We don't even know what is going on. It is probably much ado about nothing."
Road rage is a guy thing, right? Not so fast. It turns out that more of the rage on the road comes from women. A CareerBuilder survey discovered 61% of women experience road rage, compared to 56% of men.
What's that beverage in your hand? A new Gallup poll says that for 48% of us, it's probably a soda. Half of Americans drink a soda a day and 20% of those drink two or more sodas a day.
It's five months till Christmas.
Carly Rae Jepsen is speaking out to clear up rumors of an alleged sex tape. A video circulated online yesterday featuring a woman with a resemblance to the Call Me Maybe singer. Jepsen quickly took to Twitter to smash rumors, declaring that the woman is "obviously" not her.
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 1st of 1999 at the age of 45. His legacy includes the Walter Payton Award, the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, and a heightened awareness of the need for organ donations.
|Today's Trivia: From baseball, the notorious Pine Tar
Incident nullified a game-winning home run on this date in 1983. What
player hit the homer and what teams were playing?
Say it ain't so, Ichiro. Actually, it's probably a good deal all the way around. Ichiro Suzuki switched teams in Seattle then and singled his first time up as a New York Yankee during the Yanks 4-1 victory over the Mariners last night. In a surprising deal about 3½ hours before the game, Seattle sent Suzuki to the Yankees for a pair of young pitchers. After leaving the only major league team he'd ever played for, the 10-time All-Star held an emotional news conference and then joined his new teammates in the other clubhouse at Safeco Field. Just like that, Suzuki went from last place in the AL West to first in the AL East. And he helped New York beat his former club by going 1 for 4 with his 16th stolen base. The pitching prospects in the deal, were right-handers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar, who are reporting to the Rainiers. The Mariners said "cash considerations" were also included in the trade, but did not elaborate. Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln said in a news release: "On behalf of our ownership group and everyone in the Seattle Mariners organization, I thank Ichiro for the great career he's had here in Seattle. Several weeks ago, Ichiro Suzuki, through his long time agent approached Chuck Armstrong and me to ask that the Mariners consider trading him. Ichiro knows that the club is building for the future, and he felt that what was best for the team was to be traded to another club and give our younger players an opportunity to develop. Ichiro will be missed. He owns a long list of Major League Baseball and Mariners club records, has earned many prestigious awards, and in my opinion, he will someday be a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame." The 38-year-old Ichiro had spent his entire Major League Baseball career in Seattle after joining the Mariners from Japan, where his celebrity is as big as Michael Jordan in the US. In 11 full seasons plus a little more than half of this year, Ichiro posted a career .322 batting average and broke numerous team records.
The Tacoma Rainiers have to be happy about getting out of Colorado. They had their clocks cleaned over the weekend by the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. The cleaning continued in the series finale yesterday when Colorado won 9-1. The Rainiers are back at Cheney Stadium tonight hosting the Tucson Padres. First pitch at 7:05.
Sally Ride, who blazed trails into orbit as the first American woman in space, died yesterday of pancreatic cancer. Ride died at her home in the San Diego suburb of La Jolla. She was a private person and the details of her illness were kept to just a few people. Ride rode into space on the space shuttle Challenger in 1983 when she was 32. After her flight, more than 42 other American women flew in space according to NASA. Sally Ride was 61.
Today is Cousins Day, a time to honor all cousins. 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 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.
It's official: Mariah Carey is a new judge on American Idol. The news was announced at Fox's Television Critics Association event in Los Angeles on Monday. A Fox spokesperson said, that "there's nothing else to confirm" about the judging panel, whether Randy Jackson will return, or any tweaks to the format of the show. Carey released a statement saying, "It is going to be fun and rewarding to help find new talent and give back to American Idol." No word on how much money she's getting for her work on the show. Mariah makes her Idol debut in January.
It's been 11 years since a Jurassic Park film has been in theaters, but according to producer Frank Marshall, the drought may be ending soon. In a recent interview, Marshall confirmed that the series' fourth installment would be coming to the big screen "within two years." The movie will be a continuation of the prior films' story lines, as opposed to being a reboot. The big difference with this latest flick is that Steven Spielberg will not be sitting in the director's chair this time around, having already confirmed he would not be involved.
Two of kids' greatest icons could be hitting the big screen with a brand new look. Dreamworks, the film company behind all the Shrek and Madagascar movies, has bought Classic Media, which own the rights to both Casper and Lassie. Reuters reports the privately-owned company cost Dreamworks 155-million dollars, but they've acquired the rights to a number of other famous characters like Richie Rich, Rocky & Bullwinkle, and Mr. Peabody. Dreamworks plans to incorporate their new characters in as many forms of media as possible.
You can take a free guided tour along Olympia's waterfront to learn about the public art. One-hour tours include information on Triumph of the Vegetables, Motherhood, Tidepool of Time, The Kiss, and more. Tours leave at 11 every Saturday morning from now through September 29th from the bell in front of the Farmer's Market near the traffic circle.
According to a new survey, 52 percent of respondents feel that they will spend less time on Facebook in the next year, while only 12 percent plan on spending more time.
Years of pop stardom give performers like Madonna the ability to disregard certain requests, even those from entire countries. According to PerezHilton.com, the singer is ignoring requests from Scottish law enforcement to stop using guns on her current tour. Amnesty International Scotland said continuing her use of guns on tour would be insensitive after the shooting massacre in Colorado Friday morning. This had seemingly no effect on Madonna's weekend performance, as she sported pistols and assault rifles during the show. Shabnum Mustapha, the organization's director, said in a statement that "better judgment should have been used." All indications are that Madonna will continue using the weapons as part of her performance on the MDNA Tour.
Todd Harrell, the bassist for 3 Doors Down, was arrested and charged with a DUI following an accident in Mississippi last week. According to Billboard.com, sometime after 7 last Thursday morning Harrell ran a stop sign and collided with a pickup truck. The results from blood and toxicology tests are still pending.
Cee Lo Green is postponing his Las Vegas show, Loberace, to 2013. The Voice coach was scheduled to take the stage at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in August, but now says that filming for the TV show will conflict with the launch of Loberace. New dates are scheduled for February through April of next year.
Surveys about what we would prefer more than sex aren't new, but they're always interesting, and here's the latest: 57% of German women would rather give up sex for a YEAR rather than miss out on their favorite TV shows. On the other hand, 62% of men would wave bye-bye to their TV sets.
From the Center for Obvious Science: Men fall asleep after sex because their brains naturally shut down. A French medical research team scanned the male brain before and after the act and discovered the cerebral cortex, or thinking area, shuts down. A surge of chemicals, such as oxytocin and serotonin, push the brain into sleep mode. Not surprisingly, they found the same effect is not found in women.
Trivia Answer: It was July 24th of 1983 and the Kansas City Royals were playing the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. In the top of the ninth inning, George Brett came up to bat against Goose Gossage, his old rival. Brett hit a two-run homer to put the Royals up 5-4. After Brett rounded the bases, Yankees manager Billy Martin calmly walked out of the dugout and the umpires used home plate to measure the amount of pine tar, a legal substance used by hitters to improve their grip, on Brett's bat. Martin cited an obscure rule that stated the pine tar on a bat could extend no further than 18 inches. Brett's pine tar extended about 24 inches. Earlier in the season, the Yankees had noted Brett's habit of adding pine tar further than the allowed 18 inches, but waited until a crucial time to point it out to the umpires. A few moments later, the home plate umpire, Tim McClelland, who misinterpreted the rule, signaled Brett out. Brett charged out of the dugout, enraged, and was immediately ejected. Said the Yankee play-by-play announcer, "Look at this! He is out, and having to be forcibly restrained from hitting plate umpire Tim McClelland. And the Yankees have won the ball game 4 to 3." The Royals protested the game, and American League president Lee MacPhail upheld their protest and ordered that the game be restarted from the point of Brett's home run. The game was restarted on August 18th and officially ended with the Royals winning 5-4.
|Today's Trivia: The father was a freelance hitman connected with
organized crime. He was convicted of assassinating a federal judge. The
son is an actor whose breakthrough role came in a sitcom. His notable film
roles include those in the films White Men Can't Jump, Kingpin, Natural
Born Killers, The People vs. Larry Flynt, and more. Ironically, the father
and son share July 23rd as a birthdate. Can you name the father or son?
Another Capital Lakefair completed. In fact, it was the 55th Lakefair. From the High School Battle of the Bands to the volleyball tournament on the Capitol Campus to the Grand Parade to the Finale Fireworks, it's all in the books.
The Seattle Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 yesterday. Jesus Montero and Brendan Ryan each had RBI doubles for the Mariners, who took two of three from the Rays to finish a 5-2 road trip. All three games in Tampa were one run affairs. The Ms lost the opener Friday 4-3 in 14 innings and then won Saturday and yesterday 2-1. The Ms are now back home for an extended homestand. They've got three with the Yankees, four with Kansas City, and then three with Toronto. Seattle and New York tonight at 7:10.
The Tacoma Rainiers not having any fun in Colorado Springs they lost both halves of a doubleheader yesterday, losing 9-6 in the first game and 3-2 in the second. They've got one more game in the Springs before they can leave town. The Rainiers and Sky Sox wrap up their series with a day game today.
The famed statue of Joe Paterno was taken down from outside the Penn State football stadium yesterday as the NCAA announced it would be issuing sanctions against the university whose top officials were accused in a scathing report of burying child sex abuse allegations against a now-convicted retired assistant. Workers lifted the 7-foot-tall statue off its base and used a forklift to move it into Beaver Stadium as the 100 to 150 students watched, some chanting, "We are Penn State." The university announced earlier in the day yesterday that it was taking down the monument in the wake of an investigative report that found the late coach and three other top Penn State administrators concealed sex abuse claims against retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. This morning the NCAA announced a $60 million fine today against Penn State University as part of the fallout from the child sex abuse scandal. The university also is banned from bowl games for four years. The NCAA also vacated all of Penn State's football wins from 1998 to 2011, stripping the late Joe Paterno of the title of winningest coach in major college football history.
A terribly sad day for Patches Pals everywhere. Chris Wedes, who played the beloved J.P. Patches and entertained generations of kids and adults during a career spanning more than 50 years, died yesterday. His family was at his bedside at his death and confirmed that he passed away yesterday morning. His widow, who was married to Wedes for 56 years, said "We've lost an institution," The Emmy Award-winning J.P. Patches Show was one of the longest-running locally-produced children's television programs in the United States, appearing on Seattle TV station KIRO channel 7 from 1958 to 1981. J.P. was the Mayor of the City Dump, where he lived in a shack and welcomed frequent guests: Seattle boy scout and girl scout troops, various local and national celebrities, and his cast of supporting characters. He had suffered from a form of blood cancer for the past six years, yet still kept up a schedule of performances at county fairs and other venues. He gave his last performance in September 2011. Chris Wedes -- Julius Pierpont Patches -- was 84
Today is Hot Enough for Ya' Day. Today is a day that 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 1979, the Ayatollah Khomeini banned non-religious music in Iran. In 1982, the Coca-Cola company introduced Diet Coke. In 1984, Miss America Vanessa Williams relinquished her crown to first runnerup 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.
The Dark Knight Rises was on track to earn $160 million, which would be a record for 2-D films, over the weekend following a mass shooting at a Colorado screening of the Batman film. Citing box office insiders, The Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Times, New York Times and other media outlets reported yesterday that the latest Batman film earned $160 to $162 million. The box-office ranking of director Christopher Nolan's final installment of his Batman trilogy won't be official until Warner Bros. and other studios release their final weekend box-office tallies today. Sony, Fox, Disney, Paramount, Universal, and Lionsgate joined Warner Bros in publicly withholding their usual revenue reports out of respect for the victims and their families. The shooting in Aurora, Colorado killed 12 and wounded 58.
The suspect in the shooting, 24-year-old James Holmes, had applied to join a Colorado gun range last month but never became a member because of his behavior and a "bizarre" message on his voice mail greeting, according to the range owner. He said yesterday that he had concluded, "There's something weird here." Holmes is being held without bond on suspicion of multiple counts of first-degree murder. He is scheduled for an initial hearing today and has been assigned a public defender. Prosecutors indicated this morning that Holmes may face the death penalty. The suspect was described as a budding scientist, brimming with potential, who pursued a graduate program even as he planned the attack with "calculation and deliberation," police said. Holmes' apartment was booby trapped with jars of liquids, explosives and chemicals that could have killed "whoever entered it," Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said, noting it would have likely been one of his officers. Investigators spent hours removing the explosive materials over the weekend.
2012 looks like it could be the year of the singer-songwriter with Adele and Gotye taking the top spots atop the album and singles charts. Adele's 21 retains the spot on the album chart with over 3.69-million copies sold so far this year and brings the total sales up to an incredible 22-million since its release. Gotye's mega-hit Somebody that I Used To Know has sold more than 5.50 million copies this year and claims the title of top single of 2012 so far and comes in with 539-thousand albums to date.
Top Albums of 2012 (so far):
An Oregon man was arrested and charged with breaking into homes. Antone Forrest Deedward Owens would break in for one purpose only: to use computers to view porn. Owens -- who is married and has allegedly admitted to his porn addiction -- has been charged with four counts of burglary.
200 million: Amount of beer, in barrels, Americans buy each year.
Tellers at a bank in Mt. Morris Township, Michigan, got an unusual request. A man came up to the drive thru with a duffel bag and asked for $10,000 -- and suckers. Everyone knows about the complimentary suckers at banks but a complimentary 10 grand? Not so much. Unwilling to even grant the lollipop request, tellers left the man standing outside while they dialed 911. He left before police arrived.
A fully-clothed person couldn't possible stand out in a sea of naked bodies, right? Milton Hodges apparently didn't consider that after he stormed a nudist colony NOT in his birthday suit and stole a golf cart. The 20-year-old burglar had just held up a Lowe's store before he scaled the fence at the Cypress Bay Nudist Resort and reportedly threatened colony residents with a knife and made off with a golf-cart. But as you can imagine, he was pretty easy to spot in his shirt and pants. His little crime spree just upped his rap sheet to 10 felony charges.
Tampa, Florida, is putting the finishing touches on its preparation for the GOP convention this August -- and so are all the city's infamous strip clubs. One club plans to turn up the heat a notch for the GOP conventioneers by bringing in a stripper who looks like former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Trivia Answer: The father was Charles Voyde Harrelson. He was sentenced to two life terms for the May 29, 1979, assassination of U.S. District Judge John H. Wood, Jr. Harrelson was convicted of shooting and killing Wood in the parking lot outside of Wood's San Antonio, Texas, townhouse after being hired by a drug dealer from El Paso. After attempting to escape from the Atlanta federal penitentiary in 1996, Harrelson was transferred to a Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado. He was found unresponsive in his cell on March 15th of 2007, having apparently died of natural causes. The son is Woodrow Tracy Harrelson -- Woody Harrelson -- who turns 51 today. His breakthrough role came in the series Cheers in which he played Woody Boyd. Woody Harrelson had attempted to have his father's conviction overturned and secure a new trial, to no avail.
|Today's Trivia: Today is Moon Day, marking man's first landing
on the moon. On this date in 1969, Apollo 11 successfully made the first
human-crewed landing on the Moon in the Sea of Tranquility. The first
moonwalk followed almost 7 hours later. Can you name the three crew
members of Apollo 11?
Congratulations to Macy Allaire who is this year's Capital Lakefair Queen. Macy was coronated last night. She's from Olympia High School. Macy managed to snap an eight-year drought for the high school. Lakefair rolls on through the weekend. The Grand Parade is coming up tomorrow night starting at 5. Roxy's Jerry Farmer pulling emcee duty again this year. The Grand Finale Fireworks wrap things up Sunday night at 10.
Felix Hernandez worked quickly in the rising heat. He won his fourth straight decision, Jesus Montero homered and drove in four runs to help the Seattle Mariners beat the Kansas City Royals 6-1 Thursday. The temperature was 98 at the first pitch and 105 by the time the game ended. Felix is 4-and-0 with a 1.37 ERA in his past seven starts. While he leads the majors with 143 strikeouts, he only struck out three yesterday, tying his season low. The Mariners took three of four against the Royals, who have lost 13 of 17 games. The Mariners are now in Tampa Bay for the weekend.
The Sacramento River Cats lit up former Mariners starter Hector Noesi for 10 runs, including an eight-run fourth inning, on nine hits en route to a 14-3 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers last night. After an 18-inning game the night before, and 13 innings the night before that, I'm thinking that even with the loss, the Rainiers were glad to have an old fashioned 9-inning game. The Rainiers are now off to Colorado Springs for the weekend -- including a Sunday doubleheader to make up the smoked out game from earlier this season.
Today is Moon Day, marking man's first landing on the moon on this date in 1969 when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed their lunar module Eagle. Today is Special Olympics Day, the anniversary of the first Special Olympics, held in Chicago at Soldier Field in 1968. Today is Cleat Dancing Day, a day to see how much fun it is, if any, to tap dance while wearing baseball cleats.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1974, a Dallas narcotics suspect surrendered after police had served a warrant at his "incredibly filthy" apartment two days earlier while he wasn't home. Officers made his bed, washed his dishes, vacuumed, tossed out all the beer cans and trash, and left fresh flowers on his coffee table with a note saying they'd taken his drugs. In 1994, O.J. Simpson offered a $500,000 reward for the capture of his wife's "real" killer. In 2003, a prison guard in Brazil. went to a bar close to his jail and bumped into three inmates who had sneaked out for a drink. The owner said they were regulars who often popped in. The men said they weren't running away, they were only having a beer. The prisoners were returned to jail and an investigation was launched into security.
The void left by Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler leaving American Idol won't be filled by Jon Bon Jovi. Lopez had said she'd like to see someone like Jon take over her role on the show, but TMZ reports there's no way he'd do it. According to a source very close to the rocker, Jon won't do anything he can't commit to 100 percent, and with a tour and new album coming up, Jon is only focusing on the band.
Meeanwhile, Aretha Franklin has expressed interest. Well, on Monday's Today show, host Kathie Lee Gifford said Aretha Franklin might not be the best choice to judge hopeful singers on American Idol because many young people don't know who she is. Now, according to CNN, the Queen of Soul is responding, saying, "My audience and fans span the ages of eight to 90! And are multi ethnic, and I am very well known to young adults, teens, and tweens. [Kathie Lee] should research me before she speaks about me." Franklin went on to discuss her desired candidacy as the newest Idol judge, saying she would love to judge for a season or two. Gifford apologized for her comment during Tuesday's show.
Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe holds on to the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the sixth straight week. Maroon 5's Payphone holds at number two for a fifth week. Katy Perry's Wide Awake rises one notch to number three, Gotye's former eight-week number one Somebody That I Used to Know falls one spot to number four
Willow Hart, daughter of Pink, cameos on her mom's new album, The Truth About Love. According to MTV News, Pink took Willow into the studio and when Willow started banging on bells and plucking a bass guitar, Pink said "record it!" Pink even joked, "She's better on bass than I am!" The Truth About Love is out September 18th.
For the past decade, Rod Stewart has been working on covers of older songs like ones in the great American songbook, but the rocker is ready to get back to his roots. He told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he plans to make a record like his 1970 album Gasoline Alley. Rod revealed he's already working on it and hopes to have it out next year. It's not the only thing Stewart has in store though. In the coming months he will also be putting out a Christmas album and his autobiography.
Katy Perry is facing possible charges for her provocative dance moves while performing in India in April. Reportedly, an outraged lawyer made the indecency complaint, saying Katy's "obscene" dancing was offensive and distracting. Perry won't be required to appear in court unless a judge finds the complaint justified.
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Trivia Answer: Apollo 11 was crewed by Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr. Launched from Florida on July 16th, Apollo 11 was the fifth manned mission, and the third lunar mission of NASA's Apollo program. On this date, Armstrong and Aldrin landed in the Sea of Tranquillity and on July 21st became the first humans to walk on the Moon. Their landing craft, Eagle, spent 21 hours and 31 minutes on the lunar surface while Collins orbited above in the command ship, Columbia. The three astronauts returned to Earth with 47.5 pounds of lunar rocks and landed in the Pacific Ocean on July 24th. Apollo 11 fulfilled President John F. Kennedy's goal of reaching the Moon before the Soviet Union by the end of the 1960s, which he had expressed during a 1961 mission statement before the United States Congress: "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth." Five additional Apollo missions landed on the Moon from 1969 to 1972.
|Today's Trivia: This was originally invented in 1957 by
engineers Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes. Fielding and Chavannes
sealed two shower curtains together, creating a smattering of air bubbles,
which they originally tried to sell as a textured wallpaper. When the
product turned out to be unsuccessful as wallpaper, the team marketed it
as greenhouse insulation. What do we know the product as?
Thanks to everybody involved in this year's Capital Lakefair High School Battle of the Bands. Fair to say a good time was had by all. Check the link on our home page to check streaming video of the night's festivities.
Right pitch, wrong spot. That was Josh Kinney's assessment of Billy Butler's game-winning homer to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning that lifted the Kansas City Royals to an 8-7 victory over the Seattle Mariners last night. Kinney, the fourth Mariners pitcher, started off Butler with a slider. Then, with the count 1-1, he threw a fastball that Butler hit out to left-center for his 18th homer. The Ms wrap up their stay in Kansas City with a day game today.
One of the great things about baseball is that there is no time limit. One of the worst things about baseball is that there is no time limit. Last night/this morning, the Tacoma Rainiers defeated the Sacramento River Cats 2-1 in 18 innings. Yes, 18 innings. It tied a Rainiers record set on Aug. 1, 1999. Scott Savastano, a utility infielder, came in and pitched a scoreless top of the 18th retiring the River Cats in order. Then in the bottom of the 18th, Savastano ripped a 3-2 sort of fastball off of Sacramento outfielder Shane Petersen over the left field wall to not only give him the win on the mound, but the game-winning home run. They wrap up the series tonight.
Today is Deadly Mist Day, the day the deadly mist began rolling across the lake in Stephen King's novel, The Mist. Today is Lord of the Rings Day. The Fellowship of the Ring, the first part of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic, The Lord of the Rings, was published on this date in 1954. Today is Stick Your Tongue Out Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1985, Christa McAuliffe of New Hampshire was chosen to be the first schoolteacher to ride aboard the space shuttle. McAuliffe and six other crew members died when the Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff. In 1993, the Department of Defense announced its "Don't ask, Don't tell, Don't pursue" policy toward homosexuals in the military. In 2005, Appeals Court Judge John Roberts was nominated by President George Bush to the Supreme Court, replacing the resigned Sandra Day O'Connor.
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has now been charged with driving under the influence after he was arrested over the weekend near his hometown of Oakland. Lynch is scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 14. On Monday, after the first reports of Lynch's arrest, a Seahawks spokesperson said the team was "aware of the situation with Marshawn and still gathering information." The incident brings up serious questions about the Seahawks and Lynch's future as a franchise player in Seattle. The team signed a $31 million, four-year contract with Lynch in March despite his past run-ins with the law. When he was with the Buffalo Bills, Lynch received a three-game suspension from the NFL in 2009 after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge in Culver City, Calif. He was sentenced to 80 hours of community service and three years of probation for that conviction. He also pleaded guilty in 2008 to a traffic violation when his car struck a pedestrian in Buffalo and he drove away. Lynch's DUI incident could result in another suspension by the NFL and force him to potentially miss six games in the upcoming season. His charge yesterday increases the likelihood of an NFL suspension, particularly with his criminal history, though until now he had stayed out of trouble during his two years with the Seahawks.
Microsoft says Windows 8 will go on sale Oct. 26. The upgrade to its operating system is designed to work better with touch screens and on tablet computers. Microsoft announced the date in a blog post and at its annual sales meeting yesterday. They had said earlier that Windows 8 would go on sale in October. Microsoft is releasing the software as a downloadable upgrade that day for PC owners, and letting PC makers start selling computers with Windows 8 the same day. As an upgrade for users of Windows XP, Vista or 7, Windows will cost $40. That's much less than Microsoft has charged for previous operating system upgrades. People who bought a Windows 7 computer on June 2 or later can upgrade for $15.
The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are taking Quadrophenia and other Who classics on the road for a US tour this fall, but first plan what Daltrey calls a great finale for the Olympic Games in London. The Who's Olympic performance will be a tuneup of sorts for their American tour, which kicks off November 1st in Sunrise, Fla., and ends in Providence, R.I., on February 26th. The last time they toured the United States was in 2008. There are no Northwest stops on the schedule as of now.
Russell Brand is talking about his divorce from Katy Perry. In an interview, Brand dodged as many questions as he could, but eventually opened up a little about the split. He said he loved her very much when they got married but that it was really difficult to see each other and "it mostly didn't work for practical reasons." Throughout the interview, he kept repeating that he doesn't want to do anything to hurt her and that he doesn't want to be "too glib" and upset her with something he says.
This past weekend, because it went past curfew, officials shut down Bruce Springsteen's show at London's Hyde Park soon after Paul McCartney took the stage with him to perform Twist and Shout. So when The Boss played in Dublin, Ireland this week, he made fun of the Hyde Park gig. He kicked off the set by flipping on a large, fake power generator and said, "Before we were so rudely interrupted," then played the last minute of Twist and Shout. Next, Bruce performed I Fought the Law and later in the show, held up a sign that said, "Only the Boss says when to pull the plug." Finally, near the end of the show, a man dressed as a London cop came onstage and tried to arrest the singer.
Former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson is moving, which means she's selling her ranch house in Mansfield, Texas. If you want to buy Kelly's home, you better save up. The reported asking price is 1.495-million dollars
Lady Gaga is releasing a new record soon ... and she doesn't plan on making it mature. She said recently, "Let's just say I feel, I feel that when I wrote Born This Way, I demonstrated a sense of maturity. And I feel that, on the next album, there's a lack of maturity, it's a tremendous lack of maturity or sense of responsibility." Gaga further announced that recording is in its early stages and the title of the new album is being revealed this September.
Colbie Caillat has had a packed summer touring with Gavin DeGraw, but she somehow managed to squeeze in time to record a Christmas album. She tweeted the news this week, saying the effort should be completed in the next two weeks, just in time for a photo-shoot for the effort. We're not sure what Colbie is calling the record, but she did tweet the hashtag "Christmas In the Sand" with the news. We're thinking that'd be a fine name.
Madonna is raking in the dough, having reportedly made over 49-million dollars so far on her MDNA Tour, according to Digital Spy. And that's just in the first 11 dates of her jaunt,. Madge has sold over 400-thousand tickets at stops like Tel Aviv and Rome. The MDNA Tour continues through the end of the year, hitting North America this fall. She's at the Key October 2nd and 3rd.
Forbes has published the 2012 edition of their highly-anticipated list of highest-paid celebrities under 30. Here's the countdown of who earned what between May 2011 and May 2012: Katy Perry takes fifth place, earning 45-million dollars; Lady Gaga grabs fourth with 52-million; Rihanna sneaks into third place with 53-million, and Justin Bieber clocks in at second with 54-million. And the winner? Taylor Swift, with a whopping 57-million.
Pixar is officially looking into a sequel to their classic 2003 film, Finding Nemo. Deadline.com reports that the film's original director, Andrew Stanton, has agreed to do the sequel, and apparently has a concept the people at Pixar are behind. However, the film studio has yet to comment on anything regarding the matter. The 2003 film that followed the tale of a clownfish trying to locate his son won Pixar two Oscars and grossed 867.9-million dollars worldwide.
Have you ever been on a blind date and wished someone could just save you? Well now there's an app for that and your iPhone is the one doing the rescuing! eHarmony.com released the "Bad Date Rescue" application that can get you out of any downhill date. Whether you're an online dater or not, this free app allows date victims to choose a personal contact to appear on their cell phone screen. Then, it's up to you to come up with a story for a polite getaway. Prerecorded messages from an "antsy boss" or a "needy neighbor" can also be chosen for an urgent escape. Sing it with me now, "Matchmaker, matchmaker, give me that app."
Trivia Answer: Bubble Wrap -- originally known as Air Cap. Bubble Wrap is a trademarked brand of Sealed Air Corporation that includes numerous cushioning products made from bubble wrap. Although Bubble Wrap was branded by Sealed Air Corporation (founded by Fielding and Chavannes) in 1960, it was not until a few years later that its use in protective packaging was discovered. As a packaging material, Bubble Wrap's first client was IBM, which used the product to protect the IBM 1401 computer during shipment. Fielding and Chavannes were inducted into the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame in 1993. There are over 250 Facebook pages dedicated to Bubble Wrap
|Today's Trivia: He's a former professional baseball player and
manager. A nine-time All-Star, he played as a catcher, first baseman, and
a third baseman for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, and the
St. Louis Cardinals. After his retirement as a player, he later managed
all three teams. He managed the Yankees from 1996 to 2007. The Yankees
reached the post season each year and won ten American League East
Division titles, six American League pennants, four World Series titles,
and compiled a .605 winning percentage overall. With 2,326 wins, he is
currently ranked 5th on the list of Major League Baseball all-time
managerial wins. Who is he?
It's Capital Lakefair time again. The opening ceremonies were at noon today. Coming up tonight, 94.5 Roxy again proudly presents the Capital Lakefair High School Battle of the Bands. There are six bands battling it out for cash, prizes, and fame. The finalists are Rastaman Vibration, King Sampson, Shoreline Drive, Outnumbered, Insuburban Avenue, and This is Justis. The show starts at 6:30. Join us on the shores of Capital Lake and cheer for your favorite.
Justin Smoak and Michael Saunders each hit two-run homers. Every Mariners starter had at least one hit. Jesus Montero went 3 for 4 and drove in two runs and the Seattle Mariners beat the Kansas City Royals 9-6 Tuesday night. Blake Beaven, just recalled from Triple-A Tacoma, worked six-plus innings, allowing five runs on seven hits. He logged his first victory since May 30th. Tim Wilhelmsen worked a spotless ninth for his eighth save in 10 opportunities. Wilhelmsen has not allowed a run in 23 innings over his past 19 games. The Royals have lost 12 of 15 to fall a season-low 13 games below .500. They are 15-27 at Kauffman Stadium, the worst home record in the majors. Ms and Royals again tonight.
The Tacoma Rainiers and Sacramento River Cats found themselves in extra innings last night at Cheney Stadium. It was a 13-inning game and Rainiers fell to the Cats 9-8. The same two teams again tonight.
The National Baby Food Festival begins today in Fremont, Michigan, 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.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1974, though doctors at Royal Victoria Hospital in 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 ‘76 Games, she would get six more perfect scores, three gold medals, and a silver and a bronze. In 1997, the owner of the mayor of Guffey, Colorado, said the mayor was totally unaffected by her appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Bruce Buffington said Guffey elected his golden retriever Shanda after Whiffey the cat left town. Two other cats, Smidge and Paisley, also had been mayor. Guffey's 35 residents prefer pets to politicians. In 2001, near Toronto, a teenage girl crashed into six cars and injured one person as she attempted to park after almost successfully completing her driver's test. The girl panicked while trying to park and hit the gas pedal instead of the brake. Her car first struck four other cars, then spun around and hit two more cars, injuring the leg of a woman standing between two of the cars.
Is there a moment of the day when our cell phones aren't within reach? Apparently not because an online address-book site called Plaxo found that 19% of us have dropped our cell phones down the toilet. If that's not bad enough, a new T-Mobile survey discovered 59% of us wouldn't hesitate to 'take the plunge' and grab the phone. Yep, reach right in the toilet and save the iPhone.
The aggregating website RottenTomatoes.com suspended user comments on movie reviews of The Dark Knight Rises after commenters reacted harshly to negative reviews of the film and made profane and threatening remarks about the critics who wrote them. Matt Atchity, the site's editor-in-chief, said yesterday it was the first time RottenTomatoes.com has suspended user comments, adding postings about Dark Knight reviews would likely be restored by the end of the week. The final film in director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy opens Friday. "The job of policing the comments became more than my staff could handle for that film, so we stopped the comments altogether," said Atchity. "It just got to be too much hate based on reactions to reviews of a movie that people hadn't even seen."
During the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, American athletes will be sporting European-style uniforms…made in China. Uniform designer Ralph Lauren has released a statement amid the controversy, responding to harsh criticisms, such as Senate Majority leader Harry Reid's belief that the uniforms should be burned. The designer's statement reads, "For more than 45 years Ralph Lauren has built a brand that embodies the best of American quality and design rooted in the rich heritage of our country. We are honored to continue our long standing relationship…as an official outfitter of the US Olympic and Paralympic teams. Ralph Lauren promises to lead the conversation within our industry and government addressing the issue of increasing manufacturing in the United States." The company apologized and promised that the team's 2014 uniforms will be made in the good ol' U-S-of-A.
Fed up with Facebook? Maybe it's time to give Google's social network sight, Google+, a try. A new survey (American Customer Satisfaction Index) finds that users are much happier with Google+ than they are with Facebook. Facebook scored 61 out of 100 in customer satisfaction (down from 66 last year), while Google+ scored 78.
What do Americans tweet more about... beer or church? The answer was found by aggregating more than 10 million geotagged tweets across the United States from June 22 through June 29th. 17,686 tweets mentioned "church," while 14,405 tweets were about "beer."
Trivia Answer: Joseph Paul Torre -- Joe Torre -- who is 72 today. On February 26th of 2011, Commissioner Bud Selig appointed Joe Torre as the new Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations for Major League Baseball. He resigned from his position with MLB in January this year amid speculation that he was interested in joining one of the groups seeking to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers. In March of this year, he returned to his post after his group failed to buy the Dodgers.
|Today's Trivia: She's a television and stage actress and singer.
Her career has run through through five decades. Having appeared in some
of the earliest major studio films to feature black casts such as Carmen
Jones in 1954 and Porgy and Bess in 1959, she starred in one of the first
series on American television to star a black woman in a non-stereotypical
role. That program was Julia in 1968. Later she created the role of
Dominique Deveraux on the popular prime time soap opera, Dynasty. Who is
The Mariners came out swinging last night. Casper Wells homered and drove in a career-high five runs, all of them against Jonathan Sanchez, and the Seattle Mariners beat up the Kansas City Royals and their beleaguered starter in a 9-4 victory. Justin Smoak also had a two-run homer off Sanchez, who was pulled after allowing a season-high seven runs in a season-low 1 1-3 innings. The left-hander who once threw a no-hitter for San Francisco gave up seven hits and a walk before he was yanked to a chorus of boos. Ichiro Suzuki had an RBI triple, and Dustin Ackley homered in the sixth inning for Seattle. The series continues tonight at Kauffman Stadium.
The Tacoma Rainiers opened a four-game series with Sacramento at Cheney Stadium last night. Despite not one but two Darren Ford home runs, the Tacoma Rainiers fell. The two Ford homers being the only runs for Tacoma. Final: Sacramento 5, Tacoma 2. The series continues tonight.
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence in Oakland over the weekend, Lynch was stopped by the California Highway Patrol in East Oakland on Saturday. Lynch was cited for driving under the influence and driving with a blood-alcohol level of more than the legal limit of 0.08 percent, both misdemeanors, according to authorities. He was released on his own recognizance pending an appearance in court.
British rocker Jon Lord, the keyboardist whose powerful, driving tones helped turn Deep Purple and Whitesnake into two of the most popular rock acts in a generation, died yesterday. Lord co-wrote some of Deep Purple's most famous tunes, including Smoke on the Water, and later had a successful solo career following his retirement from the band in 2002. A statement on Lord's official website says he suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism in London after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jon Lord was 71.
Some other notes of passing: Stephen Covey, author of the top-selling motivational book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, died yesterday at an Idaho hospital from injuries he suffered in a bicycle accident in April. He was 79. Kitty Wells, the Queen of Country Music, passed away yesterday after complications from a stroke. She was 92.
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: On this date in 1941, New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio went 0-3 in Cleveland, ending his record 56-game hitting streak. 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 1995, Forbes magazine listed Microsoft CEO Bill Gates as the world's richest person. Net worth at the time? $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 guy while he sat in his car.
The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Washington is $3.59. That's down a penny in a week and 43 cents lower than a month ago. It's still 19 cents higher than the national average. Some metro prices from yesterday's AAA survey: here in Olympia $3.55; Bremerton $3.52, Tacoma $3.56, Vancouver $3.49, Yakima $3.60, and Spokane $3.60.
After two seasons on American Idol, Jennifer Lopez is calling it quits. J. Lo called into Ryan Seacrest's radio show on Friday to make the tearful announcement, saying, "The time has come." Rumors continue on the web that Randy Jackson is also considering an exit from Idol, but nothing has been confirmed yet. The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, tossed her hat into the ring late last week letting it be known that she'd be interested in being an Idol judge.
A Texas man whose prized sports car was stolen 42 years ago recovered the vehicle in California after spotting it on eBay. Robert Russell told the Los Angeles County sheriff's officials that he had never given up searching for the 1967 Austin Healy after it was stolen from his Philadelphia home in 1970. The 66-year-old retired sales manager says he paid a friend $3,000 for the car. It had sentimental value to him because it was stolen the morning after he took his future wife out on their second date. Russell said he spent years surfing the Internet looking for the car and didn't have much hope of finding it. He said, "The fact that the car still exists is improbable. It could have been junked or wrecked." He said he checked on eBay periodically and spotted it a few weeks ago. He immediately called a Beverly Hills car dealership that was selling it. He said the vehicle's identification number matched that of his car. He had the original key and car title, but not a copy of the stolen-car report to prove that it was stolen from him. Russell contacted Philadelphia police for help and learned that the stolen-car report wasn't showing up at the FBI's national crime index because one vehicle identification number was entered incorrectly. The report was finally found and the file was reactivated, enabling Los Angeles authorities to impound the car. Russell and his wife, Cynthia, drove to Los Angeles and took possession of the car. It's now valued at $23,000. He says, "It still runs, but the brakes don't work well. We're going to put it back the way it was."
E! News is reporting that Katy Perry and Russell Brand's divorced was finalized Monday. Perry and Brand were married back on October 23rd of 2010 in India. The British comic surprised Perry by filing for divorce on December 30th after 14 months of marriage.
Are you a Beatles fan who'd like to live in a yellow submarine? A British businessman has converted an 80-foot sub into a floating hotel moored at a dock in Liverpool, and of course, he painted it to resemble the Yellow Submarine album cover. According to England's Daily Mail, the interior of the sub's three guest rooms combine a 1969 psychedelic look with modern touches. You can stay in it for 230 bucks a night during the week and about five-hundred on the weekend. The sub was previously owned by Paramount Pictures, who used it for the 1990 Alec Baldwin and Sean Connery film The Hunt for Red October. Interestingly, the scooter from the Who film Quadrophenia is in the sub-hotel's lobby.
Like to rough it without electricity but still like having your iPhone? Order up the new BioLite CampStove. The CampStove is able to charge any USB-powered device such as smartphones, LED lights, GPS, and many others. BioLite says that the device lights quickly and it burns sticks, pine cones, pellets and other "Bio Mass." Boil some water or cook up some meat while the heat from the 2 pound CampStove charges your iPhone.
So, this guy interviews himself either twenty years ago or twenty years later depending on one's perspective. Either way, interesting...
Trivia Answer: Diahann Carroll who turns 77 today. Carroll is best known for her title role in the 1968 television series Julia, which made her the first African American actress to star in her own television series where she did not play a domestic worker. She was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1969, and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress In A Television Series in 1968. In 1984, Carroll joined the nighttime soap opera Dynasty as the jetsetter Dominique Deveraux, half-sister of Blake Carrington (played by actor John Forsythe). Her high profile role on Dynasty also reunited her with actor Billy Dee Williams, who briefly played her onscreen husband Brady Lloyd. Carroll remained on the show until 1987, simultaneously making several appearances on its short-lived spin-off, The Colbys. In 2006, she appeared in the television medical drama Grey's Anatomy as Jane Burke, the demanding mother of Dr. Preston Burke. She appeared as Nana in 2010 Lifetime Movies At Risk and The Front, movie adaptations of two Patricia Cornwell novels. Carroll starred as the crazed silent movie star Norma Desmond in the Canadian production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical version of the classic film Sunset Boulevard.In December of 2008, Carroll was cast in USA Network's series White Collar as June, the savvy widow who rents out her guest room to Neal Caffrey. Carroll was featured in UniGlobe Entertainment's breast cancer docudrama entitled, 1 a Minute, released in 2010. Back in 1973, Carroll surprised the press by marrying Las Vegas boutique owner Fred Glusman. She and British television host and producer David Frost had been dating at the time, and were actually engaged. Several weeks later, she filed for divorce, charging Glusman with physical abuse. In 1975, she married Robert DeLeon, a managing editor of Jet magazine. She was widowed two years later when DeLeon was killed in a car crash. Carroll's fourth and (so far) last marriage was to singer Vic Damone in 1987. The union, which Carroll admitted was turbulent, saw a legal separation in 1991, a reconciliation, and finally divorce in 1996.
|Today's Trivia: This drummer was born in Alexandria, Virginia,
the youngest of four children. His father was a CIA officer and his mother
an archaeologist. The family moved to Cairo, Egypt a few months after his
birth, and this guy spent his formative years in the Middle East. In 1957,
the family moved to Beirut, Lebanon and he attended the American Community
School there. He started drum lessons at age twelve and by thirteen he was
playing drums for school dances. Later he moved to England then later yet
went to college in California. Returning to England, he worked as road
manager for the progressive rock band Curved Air's 1974 reunion tour. In
1977, he was a founding member of the band for which we know him. His
oldest brother founded I.R.S. Records. Who is he?
We're still trying to figure out what all that flashing and booming Friday night was. Thunder and lightning never lasts that long in these parts. The shot at the right was taken here in our fair city on Friday night. Meanwhile, thunder boomers are still in the forecast for this afternoon and evening and then tomorrow, as well.
Yesterday was the 13th anniversary of the opening of Safeco Field and the Mariners marked the occasion with another loss -- this one their 11th shutout of the year. Texas Ranger Matt Harrison tossed a five-hitter for his 12th victory, former Mariner Adrian Beltre had three hits and two RBIs, and the Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0 yesterday. It was the fourth complete-game shutout for Harrison and second this season. Speaking of complete game shutouts, that's exactly what Felix Hernandez threw Saturday night. Felix struck out 12 and only gave up three hits -- all singles -- and he walked none as the Mariners won 7-0. Felix leads the majors in strikeouts with 140. The Ms are on the road again. They're at Kansas City tonight.
At Cheney Stadium yesterday, the Rainiers were up 3-2 before a tying home run in the ninth. Then, each team scored in the 10th. A three-run home run in the 11th gave the Colorado Springs Sky Sox a 7-4 victory over the Rainiers. The Rainiers keep the homestand going as they host the Sacramento River Cats tonight.
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 1963, the US Postal Service began using ZIP codes. ZIP means zone improvement plan. There are 43,000 5-digit zip codes. 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, 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. Also in 1994, 26-year-old Anna Nicole Smith married 89-year-old multi-millionaire J. Howard Marshall II.
Ice Age: Continental Drift, the fourth film in the animated series featuring a woolly mammoth and his prehistoric friends, trampled The Amazing Spider-Man and took the top spot at the box office over the weekend. It pulled in $46 million. Spider-Man, the reboot of the blockbuster series that starred Andrew Garfield as the superhero's alter ego Peter Parker, collected $35 million and placed second for weekend. Ted slipped to third place. Disney's animated fairy tale Brave landed in the No. 4 spot. Magic Mike edged out Oliver Stone's gritty drug drama, Savages, to claim the No. 5 spot.
The Olympics are on the way. They run from July 27th through August 12th. The torch is on the move and as we all get ready for the 30th Olympiad, here are five things you need to know for the upcoming games.
1. London is set to host the games for the third time. The BBC reports that the English capital is the first city to ever host the festivities three times, previously doing so in 1908 and 1948.
2. Have you caught a glimpse at the official logo for the games? British newspaper The Guardian was one of the many to claim the logo looks like Simpsons character Lisa performing a certain unsavory action. Others think it looks like a distorted swastika and many groups have come out against the design.
3. According to the BBC, there are 302 events in 26 different sports scheduled for the Games. That may seem like a lot, but that's two sports less than last time. The International Olympic Committee dropped baseball and softball from the program this time around. Karate and squash were in line to replace them, but didn't make the cut.
4. The 2012 Games' official site estimates that more than ten-thousand athletes from more than 200 different countries – from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe – are participating in the two week competition.
5. The Games' official site reports that Danny Boyle, the director of Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours, is serving as artistic director for the Opening Ceremony, which is called The Isles of Wonder. He hopes the show will celebrate the United Kingdom as a whole.
Stage and film actress Celeste Holm, who won an Oscar for her role in the 1947 movie Gentleman's Agreement, died over the weekend. Holm was born and raised in New York City and began performing as a teenager in school plays and later in college before taking up acting as a profession. Her first major Broadway role came in a 1940 revival of The Time of Your Life, co-starring fellow newcomer Gene Kelly. She went on to work on several movies including 1950's All About Eve, and returned to her first love, Broadway. Over the years, Holm mastered the stage and screen, and worked in numerous television series of the 1970s and 1980s, including Fantasy Island, Falcon Crest, and Archie Bunker's Place. Celeste Holm was 95.
Italians love their espresso. And starting in October, they'll be able to have one on the go in the new Fiat 500L. At the unveiling of the car in Italy this month, Fiat announced that the 500L will be "the first standard-production car in the world to offer a true espresso coffee machine."
Star Wars meets Call Me Maybe ...
Back before Internet we got our best pearls of wisdom off the back of cars, thanks to bumper stickers. Now they show up in your news feed or inbox every ten minutes. Like this one: "My hope for you is that your life is never as bad as you complain it is on Facebook."
Trivia Answer: Stewart Armstrong Copeland who turns 60 today. He's best known as the drummer for the band The Police. In 1977, he along with singer/bassist Sting and guitarist Henry Padovani -- soon replaced by Andy Summers -- founded The Police. Stewart's older brother was Miles Copeland III, founder of I.R.S. Records and manager of The Police. His deceased older brother was Ian Copeland, the pioneering booking agent who represented The Police and many others including The B-52's, The Cure, Simple Minds, The English Beat, and The Go-Go's. His father, Miles Copeland, once worked for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), according to files released by the Central Intelligence Agency in 2008. Copeland has seven children: four sons (Sven, Patrick, Jordan and Scott) and three daughters (Eve, Grace and Celeste). He has one grandchild (Kaya).
|Today's Trivia: Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the day in
1969 that four denominations of bills were officially withdrawn from
circulation here in the United States. The $100,000 bill was discontinued
in 1940. What are the four that were withdrawn in 1969?
Was that rain this morning? What was that about?
The Tacoma Rainiers got back to it last night and their pitching staff turned in a stifling performance. Starter Blake Beavan led the charge for Tacoma from the mound, allowing just two hits over seven scoreless innings and the Rainiers topped the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 5-1 in the series opener between the two clubs at Cheney Stadium. The Rainiers host the Sky Sox through Sunday. Monday, they host the Sacramento River Cats.
The Mariners start their second half tonight as they host the Texas Rangers.
The Seattle Storm is at Phoenix tonight. After tonight's game, the WNBA takes a month-long break for the London Olympics.
Kobe Bryant told reporters in Las Vegas that this year's USA Olympic basketball team could pull out a win against the 1992 Dream Team if they faced each other in their primes. Bryant said this year's team has a bunch of players who are incredibly athletic while the Dream Team consisted mainly of players at the tail end of their careers. Hearing that, Michael Jordan said there's no way Kobe and this year's team could've beaten the 1992 squad. Jordan told The Associated Press Thursday that he laughed -- "I absolutely laughed" -- when hearing Bryant's comments. Jordan said there's "no comparison" which team is better. He says, "For him to compare those two teams is not one of the smarter things he ever could have done." The 1992 team included 11 future Hall of Famers and won its six Olympic games by an average of more than 43 points en route to capturing the gold medal.
ESPN held their annual ESPY Awards this week. At the event, the Miami Heat were named Best Team, and its forward, LeBron James, scored the awards for Best Male Athlete, Best Championship Performance and Best NBA Player. James was not at the ceremony to accept his awards since he is currently in Vegas training with the U-S National Basketball Team for the London Olympics. Meanwhile, the New York Knicks' Jeremy Lin won the honor of Breakthrough Athlete of the Year and Brittney Griner, star of Baylor University's basketball team, was bestowed the awards for Female Athlete of the Year and Best Female College Athlete. Also, Shaun White earned his fifth consecutive ESPY for Male Action Sports Athlete.
Today is Friday the 13th, a date considered to be bad luck in western superstition. If you're afraid of Friday the 13th you suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia, also known as paraskevidekatriaphobia. Today is Childhood Memories Day, a day to try to remember whatever happened to your Hot Wheels, your stuffed animals, your baseball cards, etc., etc. Today is Cow Appreciation Day. Today is Bottled Beer Day. On this date in 1568, the Dean of Saint Paul's Cathedral in London perfected a way to bottle beer. Today is Embrace Your Geekness Day, a day to spend endless hours going to strange places on the Internet. Today is National French Fries Day. Today is Gruntled Workers Day, a day to appreciate workers who are happy in their jobs.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1990, the movie Ghost premiered in the US. It starred Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg. In 1991, Timothy Badyana set a Guinness World Record by running 10 kilometers in 45 minutes 37 seconds in Dayton, Ohio. He ran backwards. In 1993, to keep witnesses from describing his clothing, a 19-year-old man stripped naked to rob a Los Angeles bank and ran out with two shopping bags filled with cash. Nearby sheriff's deputies, noticing a naked man running down the street with two shopping bags full of cash, arrested him immediately.
Steven Tyler has announced his decision to leave his role as a judge on American Idol. The Aerosmith singer served on the judges' panel for two seasons but is moving on, explaining in a press release, "After some long, hard thoughts, I've decided it's time for me to let go of my mistress, American Idol, before she boils my rabbit." Tyler added, "I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith, and I'm back, but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I got two fists in the air and I'm kicking the door open with my band." The rocker revealed that Aerosmith will be spending the next few years on music. They're currently touring and on November 6th, release their new album, Music from Another Dimension. Steven added, "Idol was over the top fun, and I loved every minute of it. Now it's time to bring rock back."
Jennifer Lopez, meanwhile, is reportedly unsure of whether or not she'll return as an Idol judge this fall. According to TMZ, J-Lo has told friends that she will wait until after her summer tour with Enrique Iglesias to decide if she will sign on for the show's twelfth season. Meanwhile, rumors point to Miley Cyrus and Adam Lambert to possibly join the judging panel.
AMC has some good news for Dish Network customers who are being denied their Breaking Bad season premiere this weekend: They will be streaming the show as it airs for the low, low price of $0.00. Here is their statement: "Every cable, phone and satellite company other than Dish carries AMC. AMC wants its loyal Dish viewers to experience the excitement of the Breaking Bad premiere at the same time as their friends and neighbors, and we want to give Dish customers an extra week to switch providers so they can enjoy the rest of the season."
Adele and boyfriend Simon Konecki are sparing no expense for their child's nursery. According to MTV, Adele has spent more than 50-thousand dollars on lighting and sound systems, and is building state-of-the-art nurseries in all of her homes. She's also spent nearly ten-thousand dollars on Bon Point baby clothes, Tiffany photo frames, and three Bugaboo push chairs, among other items. Adele has made no official comment on how far along she is in her pregnancy, but a British tabloid reports the baby is due in September.
Now that everyone knows that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are getting divorced, people have begun to question how it will affect the stars' careers. The Hollywood Reporter conducted polls on how Tom and Katie's jobs will fare from now on. The results show that 79 percent of those surveyed believe that Tom is at fault and 85 percent feel that Katie will win in the long run. In addition, 60 percent of America thinks that Scientology is the main reason behind their breakup, while 52 percent believe it's because of different parenting styles and goals with Suri.
Carly Rae Jepsen tops the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the fifth straight week with Call Me Maybe. Maroon 5's Payphone holds at number two, Gotye's Somebody That I Used to Know featuring Kimbra stays at number three and Katy Perry's Wide Awake stays locked at number four.
Johnny Depp is slated to take on the small screen with a cameo on FOX's Family Guy. Depp will voice an animated Edward Scissorhands, one of his early characters with Tim Burton. Entertainment Weekly reports that the scene will be a cutaway gag featured on an episode in the upcoming season.
Coldplay is known for being experimental and explorative with both their music and videos. Now, they are taking that attitude to a different medium, as the band has given the green light for a six-part comic book series based on their latest album, Mylo Xyloto. The book is being penned by Oscar-nominated writer and director Mark Osborne and is focusing on the character of who is behind the concept for the album. The series debuts at this week's San Diego Comic-Con.
Katy Perry is getting ready to start her own record label. Katy told The Hollywood Reporter she's "preparing for it now" and that she'll fight to help her artists make money. This comes after her personal experience as an artist dealing with record labels. Katy went on to explain, "As people are coming to me with opportunities, I'm thinking, 'How would I want to be treated?'" As yet, the record label has no name.
Trivia Answer: The $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills. Circulation of high-denomination bills was halted by executive order of President Richard Nixon, in an effort to combat organized crime. Although they are still technically legal tender in the United States, high-denomination bills were last printed in 1945 and officially discontinued on July 14, 1969, by the Federal Reserve System. The $5,000 and $10,000 effectively disappeared well before then: there are only about 200 $5,000 and 300 $10,000 bills known, of all series since 1861. Of the $10,000 bills, 100 were preserved for many years by Benny Binion, the owner of Binion's Horseshoe casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, where they were displayed in a glass case. The case is no longer there, and the bills were sold to collectors. For the most part, these bills were used by banks and the Federal Government for large financial transactions. However, the introduction of the electronic money system has made large-scale cash transactions obsolete; when combined with concerns about counterfeiting and the use of cash in unlawful activities such as the illegal drug trade, it is unlikely that the U.S. government will re-issue large denomination currency in the near future. According to the US Department of Treasury website, "The present denominations of our currency in production are $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100....Neither the Department of the Treasury nor the Federal Reserve System has any plans to change the denominations in use today."
|Today's Trivia: He's a retired basketball player and former NBA
head coach. He attended Creighton University, where he set an NCAA record
for the most rebounds in three seasons and averaged 20.6 rebounds per game
in 1963. In the NBA, he collected more than 10,000 points and 10,000
rebounds during his distinguished 16 year career. He played in two
All-Star games, and won three championship rings (two with the Boston
Celtics in 1974 and 1976, and one with the Seattle SuperSonics in 1979.
Who is he?
Another sunny day -- eventually -- with temps over 80 here in Olympia yesterday. We topped out at 84.
The Atlanta Dream rolled to a 70-59 victory over the Seattle Storm yesterday. The Dream never trailed in the game. The Storm is at Phoenix tomorrow night, then the WNBA takes a month-long break for the London Olympics.
The Tacoma Rainiers get back at it tonight when they host the Colorado Springs Sky Sox at Cheney Stadium.
The Mariners are off until tomorrow when they host the Texas Rangers.
Today is Family Feud Day, marking the debut of the TV game show, hosted by Richard Dawson, on this day in 1976. Today is Relieve Stress by Walking Outside and Calling the Hogs Day. Today is National Pecan Pie Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1942, the owner of The Green Parrot bar in New York City, Max Geller, was murdered. The crime was solved because the victim's pet parrot kept repeating the killer's name. The parrot even testified in court. In 1979, a near-riot erupted between games of a doubleheader at Chicago's Comisky Park when deejay Steve Dahl proceeded to burn records brought by fans for a disco bonfire. Some fans started building their own fires. The White Sox had to forfeit the second game. In 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale chose Rep. Geraldine Ferraro of New York to be his running-mate. Ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a major-party ticket. In 1996, Minnesota favorite Kirby Puckett announced his retirement from baseball because a retina problem was causing him to lose his eyesight.
Earlier this week, it was rumored that Adam Lambert was in the running to be a judge on American Idol next year, and now, some other big names are in the mix as well. According to MTV News, show producers are also looking at Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, and Miley Cyrus to be possible judges. While show producers figure out who will be on the judges' panel next year, auditions continue for Idol. The New Orleans tryouts begin on Sunday. The American Idols Live tour lands at Key Arena on Wednesday.
Half a century after their first live gig on London's Oxford Street, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the rest of the Rolling Stones are marking the band's 50th anniversary today. Keith said this week that the Stones have met up for "a couple of rehearsals," fanning the fire of rumors that a new world tour may be in the works. He wouldn't go so far as to say when the quartet comprising himself, Jagger, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood would be performing in public again. He said, "There's things in the works -- I think it's definitely happening, but when? I can't say yet." A picture book, The Rolling Stones: 50, hits store shelves today to correspond with the golden anniversary. The new book features 700 illustrations, 300 of them in color and many taken from the archive of the Daily Mirror tabloid, which contains the largest newspaper collection of Rolling Stones photography.
Saturday Night Live cast member Seth Myers has no plans of leaving the show to co-host Live with Kelly Ripa. In an interview with the Orlando Sun-Sentinel, the comedian shot down the rumor that he would be Ripa's co-host, stating, "No, no, no, no, no." He also expressed his excitement to head back to SNL, especially since it's election season.
Laughter is said to be one of the greatest medicines known to man, so in attempt to fight the evil that is cancer, the Stand Up to Cancer telethon is returning to the air waves to do just that. Started by movie producer Laura Ziskin, who sadly lost her life to the disease last year, to date, the Stand Up to Cancer telethon has garnered more than 180-million in pledges for research. The third edition of the telethon airs live, commercial free, on September 7th on all four major networks, and has Gwyneth Paltrow stepping into the producer role, replacing the late Ziskin.
We keep hearing about the health benefits from wine, but did you know that almost 10% of women say wine makes them itch? It's called wine intolerance, and the allergy-like symptoms come mostly from a glass of red wine. The most common reactions include having nasal congestion, fleeing flushed, or feeling itchy.
A new survey found women spend $125,000 on clothing in a lifetime. Even with that, 60% say they still struggle to find something to wear on a daily basis.
Trivia Answer: Paul Silas who is 69 today. He was head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers until March of 2005. Prior to his job with the Cavaliers, he coached the San Diego Clippers and Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets. In December of 2010, Silas was named interim head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats, replacing the outgoing coach Larry Brown. In February of last year, the Bobcats removed his interim status. In April of this year, the Bobcats announced that Silas would not return.
|Today's Trivia: He was a Russian stage and film actor, best
known for his portrayal of the King of Siam in the Rodgers and Hammerstein
musical The King and I. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for the
film version. He also played the role more than 4,500 times onstage. Who
Topped out at 75 in Olympia yesterday. As of this writing (about 2:30 in the afternoon), we're already at 78 today.
Pablo Sandoval and Melky Cabrera turned the All-Star game into a Giant blowout. Flashing their bright orange spikes and booming bats, the San Francisco sluggers keyed a five-run blitz against Justin Verlander in the first inning that sent the National League to an 8-0 romp over the American League last night. Cabrera homered and won the MVP award, and Giants teammate Matt Cain started a strong pitching performance for the NL in its most-lopsided All-Star victory. Cain combined with Stephen Strasburg, R.A. Dickey, Aroldis Chapman and the rest of a lights-out staff on a six-hitter. The NL boosted its advantage to 43-38-2 and won for just the third time in the 10 years the All-Star game has been used to determine home-field advantage in the World Series. It was the first All-Star shutout since the NL's 6-0 win in 1996 at Philadelphia. So how did Felix do? He didn't make it into the game. The Mariners are back in action Friday hosting the Texas Rangers.
The Tacoma Rainiers get back to play tomorrow night when they host the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
It's Slurpy Day -- 7/11 today. 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 1971, the US Department of Agriculture was allocated $19,520 to determine if a woman's place was in the home. In 1985, Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros became the first pitcher in Major League Baseball to strike out 4,000 batters, fanning Danny Heep of the New York Mets. In 1994, Shawn Eckardt was sentenced in Portland, Oregon, to 18 months in prison for his role in the attack on skater Nancy Kerrigan.
The Learning Center in Langhorne, Pennsylvania has figured out a way to get around school budget cuts. They decided to auction off the alternative high school on eBay with a starting price at just under 600-thousand dollars. The playful listing jokes that the facility is "pre-owned" and "slightly used," but perhaps the biggest warning is about the presence of teenagers. The Associated Press reports that although the highest bidder will not actually own the school, they will still score some pretty sweet perks including a naming opportunity, a free large pizza, a personalized school coffee mug and the chance to deliver a speech at graduation.
Carly Rae Jepsen is gearing up to hit the small screen with a guest role on 90210 this fall. The Call Me Maybe singer is joining the cast in a cameo for the season five premiere on October 5th. It's just a few days later that she pops up here in the Northwest. She's opening for Justin Bieber in the Tacoma Dome on October 9th.
Meanwhile, Sesame Street has covered Carly's song Call Me Maybe with the help of Cookie Monster. In their version, Share It Maybe, Cookie Monster begs his listeners to share their cookies. The chorus includes the lyrics, "Hey me just met you, and this is crazy, but you got cookie, share it maybe."
Adele might be having her first child earlier than we thought. Though she just announced her pregnancy last month, anonymous reports are surfacing that she is actually due in September. A mysterious insider says that the songstress had actually kept her pregnancy a secret for seven months before the big announcement.
It's been rumored that Adam Lambert might be a judge next season on American Idol and now, Adam is saying that he would love that. He singer talked about the reports recently, describing them as a "beautiful rumor." He went on to say that if he was asked to be a judge on the show, he'd jump at the chance.
Back in September, alleged White House crasher Tareq Salahi reported his wife, Michaele, missing. Well it turned out she had left him for Journey guitarist Neal Schon and she's been with the rocker ever since. Tareq went on to sue his wife and Neal for 50-million dollars, claiming he and his estranged wife had been set to make millions of dollars for appearing on TV shows but Neal ruined that. The complaint was dismissed in April but Tareq got another lawyer and re-filed and this week, the case was dismissed again.
Trivia Answer: He was born Yuliy Borisovich Bryner. We know him simply as Yul Brynner and he was born on this date in 1920. Knowing he was dying of cancer, Brynner starred in a run of farewell performances of his most famous role, The King and I, on Broadway from January 7th to June 30th of 1985. His last performance marked the 4,633rd time he had played the role of the King. Throughout his life Brynner was often seen with a cigarette in his hand. In January of 1985, nine months before his death, he gave an interview on Good Morning America, expressing his desire to make an anti-smoking commercial. A clip from that interview was made into a public service announcement by the American Cancer Society and released after his death. It includes the warning "Now that I'm gone, I tell you don't smoke. Whatever you do, just don't smoke. If I could take back that smoking, we wouldn't be talking about any cancer. I'm convinced of that." Yul Brynner died of lung cancer on October 10th of 1985, the same day as Orson Welles.
|Today's Trivia: He's a musician, radio personality, and
novelist. The band for which he was frontman had their most successful
singles in the early '80s: The Breakup Song and Jeopardy. Who is he?
It finally cleared off yesterday and turned into a decent afternoon. Made it up to 78 here in Olympia.
Prince Fielder made a splash at the All-Star Home Run Derby. The Detroit slugger joined Ken Griffey Jr. as the only players to win multiple titles, thrilling the crowd at Kauffman Stadium with several shots into the right-field fountain and beating Toronto's Jose Bautista 12-7 in the final last night. On a night when the Yankees' Robinson Cano was repeatedly booed and went homerless, Fielder put on the most powerful display among baseball's big boppers. Winner at St. Louis' Busch Stadium three years ago, Fielder had a total of 28 home runs over three rounds to cap the main event. He hit the four longest drives of the night, including a pair at 476 feet.
Detroit's Justin Verlander starts for the American League in tonight's All-Star game. San Francisco's Matt Cain gets the call for the National League. The All-Stars are back in Kansas City for the first time since 1973. Felix Hernandez is the only Mariner in attendance. The Mariners are back in action Friday hosting the Texas Rangers.
The Tacoma Rainiers get back to play Thursday when they host the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
Following an 83-68 win over the Phoenix Mercury Sunday, the Seattle Storm hosts Atlanta tomorrow night.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has given up trying to keep an NBA team and is instead aiming to lure a Major League Baseball franchise to his city. Johnson and his Think Big Sacramento task force announced a plan Monday to market California's capital city as a possible landing spot for a major league team. A plan for a new arena for the Sacramento Kings collapsed earlier this year when team owners backed out, saying it didn't make financial sense for the franchise. Baseball might be an even longer shot. There are already two teams in Northern California, and Oakland's Triple-A affiliate plays in Sacramento. The Athletics have their sights set on San Jose, but the San Francisco Giants hold the territorial rights to that area.
Today is Don't Step On A Bee Day. Today is Wyoming Day. Wyoming became the 44th U.S. state on this day in 1890. 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 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 of 1997.
In what comes as a surprise to many, the divorce between Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes has taken a drama-free turn. The estranged couple announced that they have quietly and privately reached a settlement. Holmes' attorney told E! News that "the case has been settled and the agreement has been signed," and later, the couple released a statement through their reps stating, "We are committed to working together as parents to accomplish what is in our daughter Suri's best interests." No other details have surfaced on what the settlement entails.
After establishing record high ratings with its premiere, the most recent episode of Charlie Sheen's new FX show, Anger Management, saw a loss of 38 percent in viewers. Sounds bad, but in reality, the show still netted 3.37 million viewers and even improved in the 18-49 demographic. So maybe this is still a win for the tiger-blood drinking warlock that is Charlie Sheen.
American Idol may once again be shaking things up next season, adding new judges. E! News is reporting that the show's producers have been courting former contestant Adam Lambert. As an Idol runner-up, Lambert would have great insight in what it's like to compete on the show. It's been previously reported that Jennifer Lopez is not returning to the show. As for Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler, everything is apparently up in the air right now.
The details surrounding this year's Farm Aid have been announced and the 2012 edition of the annual event is being held in Hershey, Pennsylvania on September 22nd. The concert once again features performances from Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews along with special guests. Tickets go on sale Friday. Learn more at FarmAid.org.
In the video for Dancing in the Dark, Bruce Springsteen famously brings a young Courteney Cox on stage to dance with him, and at his show last week in Paris, The Boss brought another young woman up to dance with him -- his daughter, Jessica Springsteen. It's not the first time Bruce danced with a family member to the song. He rocked out with his mother at his show in Philadelphia in March.
Last year, Missouri homeowner Bryan Fite decided to install a brand new central air-conditioning and heating system into an 1850s home, and what he thought might be oddly-shaped insulated pipes turned out to be something much cooler: a stash of century-old whiskey bottles underneath the floorboard ... and they were still full. The Daily Mail says the Hellman's Celebrated Old Crow whiskey was distilled between 1912 and 1913 and bottled in 1917. While wine does in fact go bad, whiskey does not -- if stored under the right conditions. Rare bottles have gone for as much as 200-thousand dollars so Fite could have a fortune on his hands. How did it get there? Well, one former owner is suspect, as he eventually was sent to a sanitarium for alcoholism.
Trivia Answer: Greg Kihn who is 63 today. His band was ... The Greg Kihn Band. The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em) peaked at #15 in 1981 and Jeopardy hit #2 in 1983. Their tune Jeopardy was spoofed by Weird Al Yankovic as I Lost on Jeopardy with Greg making a cameo appearance in the song's music video. In 2007, Kihn was inducted into the San Jose Rock Hall of Fame. In 1996, Kihn became the morning deejay at classic rock radio station, 98.5 KFOX FM, in San Jose, California. He has written four horror fiction novels with the first being 1996's Horror Show (nominated for the Bram Stoker Award) followed by 1997's Shade of Pale. Big Rock Beat and Mojo Hand were subsequently released as sequels to Horror Show. Kihn also released Carved in Rock: Short Stories by Musicians, a collection of short stories written by himself and other well known rock musicians including Pete Townshend, Graham Parker, Joan Jett, and Ray Davies.
|Today's Trivia: Who are the parents of Elijah Blue Allman, also
known by his stage name Phillips Exeter Blue I?
What a weekend. It made it up to 81 on Saturday, and 85 yesterday, here in Olympia. On top of that, the South Sound BBQ Festival at Cabela's rocked.
Josh Reddick hit a game-ending RBI double in the 13th inning to send the Oakland Athletics into the All-Star break with a .500 record by beating the Seattle Mariners yesterday. The As are 43-and-43. The Mariners, meanwhile, drop to 36-and-51. Felix Hernandez started yesterday and allowed an RBI infield single in the first inning and nothing else in 7 2-3 innings. Felix is now headed to the All-Star game in Kansas City. The rest of the Mariners are off until Friday when they host the Texas Rangers.
The Tacoma Rainiers crushed the Salt Lake Bees 13-5 in a Pacific Coast League game Saturday. Then they turned around and did it again yesterday winning 14-9. The Rainiers are now idle for the All Star break. They're back in action Thursday night at Cheney Stadium hosting the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
The Seattle Storm fell to the Sparks in Los Angeles, 83-59 on Saturday. Yesterday, they were back in the friendly environs of Key Arena hosting the Phoenix Mercury. Sue Bird finished with a season-high 31 points and Seattle won, 83-68. The Storm hosts Atlanta Wednesday.
Roger Federer won his record-tying seventh Wimbledon title yesterday, beating England's Andy Murray. Murray dropped to 0-4 in major finals.
Today is National Sugar Cookie Day. Today is Goat Mother's Day, a day for all goats to honor their mothers. 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. It's Nude Recreation Week. Organizers suggest we give nude recreation a try this week by attending special events at a clothing-optional beach, campground, or resort.
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 1985, runningback Herschel Walker of the New Jersey Generals was named Most Valuable Player in the US Football League. In 1997, Mike Tyson was banned from the boxing ring and fined $3 million for biting the ear of opponent Evander Holyfield. 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.
Ernest Borgnine, whose bulldog appearance made him a natural for tough-guy roles in films like The Wild Bunch but won an Oscar for playing a sensitive loner in Marty, died yesterday. Borgnine also starred as a maverick World War Two patrol-boat skipper in the popular 1960s television comedy McHale's Navy. With his gruff voice and gap-toothed leer, Borgnine was on the verge of being typecast early in his career. But Borgnine broke the stereotype with a rare leading-man role in 1955's Marty, playing a warm-hearted New York butcher who lamented, "One fact I gotta face is that, whatever it is that women like, I ain't got it." Some critics hinted that Borgnine was a Marty in real life, but the actor, who was married five times, took exception by saying, "I'm no playboy, but I'm no dumb slob either." Much of Borgnine's other work was as a character actor in more than 60 movies. Ernest Borgnine was 95.
The Amazing Spider-Man snared an easy win at the box office over the weekend, though the web-slinger slowed after his blistering start. The film earned $35 million Tuesday. The $200 million film has made $140 million since its release Tuesday, a solid debut for the new franchise. Spidey has two weeks to plunder the box office until The Dark Knight Rises arrives July 20th. Ted, the comedy starring Mark Wahlberg, fell to second place, followed by Pixar's Brave. Another major newcomer, Oliver Stone's drama Savages, took fourth place. The male-stripper story Magic Mike rounded out the top 5.
If you saw The Amazing Spider-Man and left before the end credits stopped rolling, you may have missed an exclusive sneak-peek of the sequel. At the very end of the flick, which stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, a scene shows the captured Dr. Curt Connors alone in a prison cell. A shadowy figure emerges and asks, "Did you tell the boy the truth about his father?" Dr. Connors says no and the shadow replies, "Well that's very good. So we'll let him be for now." Dr. Connors shouts, "Leave the boy alone!" but not before the shadow disappears. This ending has caused an explosion of theories among fans -- some say the mystery man could be Chameleon or Mysterioso.
Doing some traveling by air this vacation season? Hang on to your smart phone, iPad, Kindle and the like. According to a new survey, more than 8,000 devices are left at seven of the largest airports in the United States, including: Chicago O'Hare, Denver International, San Francisco International, Charlotte Douglas, Miami International, Orlando International and Minneapolis/St. Paul. We're leaving behind laptops, iPads, phones, and USB keys.
Parents are getting clever about sneaking nutritious foods into their kids' diets, and there's an entire collection of books, websites, and forums dedicated to the pursuit. Popular tricks include baking low-sugar carrot bread, using spiral cutters to turn zucchini into long, pasta-like strands, and replacing mashed potatoes with pureed cauliflower. For more tips there's a website that's a good source of ideas: TheSneakyChef.com.
Oooh! It's a new reality singing show! From American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe comes this new talent show where performers seen on the Internet are given a chance to open for artists such as Rod Stewart and Nicki Minaj. A team of experts including Martina McBride and Pete Wentz help find the acts. It's on E! tonight.
Chances are high that Saturday Night Live star Seth Meyers will fill seat next to Kelly Ripa on Live With Kelly after Regis Phillbin's departure last November. Seth co-hosted all of last week and producers feel that he is blowing the competition away. However, we'll have to wait until September for the official decision. Other possible candidates include New York Giants legend Michael Strahan and singer Josh Groban.
Adele's six-time GRAMMY-winning album 21 has sold over 3.6-million copies, topping the mid-year charts, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Meanwhile, Gotye's Somebody That I Used to Know featuring Kimbra is the year's biggest-selling digital song, shifting over 5.5-million copies. Through July 1st, Adele's 21 is the only album that has sold over one-million copies this year, with Lionel Richie's Tuskegee in second place with 912-thousand copies. It marks first time the industry has seen just one album sell a million mid-way through the year in the 21 years SoundScan has been tracking sales data.
Bruce Springsteen has been named the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year. The honor recognizes The Boss for his creative accomplishments as well as his charitable work and philanthropy. He will be given the title at a ceremony and tribute concert on February 8th, during the same week as the Grammys. Sales from tickets to the event benefit MusiCares, which offers emergency financial assistance, educational workshops and more to members of the music community. This year's honoree was Paul McCartney.
It looks like No Doubt's next album returns the band to its horn-infused ska roots. In a behind-the-scenes webisode at NoDoubt.com, horn players Gabe McNair and Stephen Bradley foreshadow the brass-heavy sound of the new album by playing The Imperial March from Star Wars as Gwen Stefani and bass player Tony Kanal enter the studio. Guitarist Tom Dumont tells viewers that when he joined the band, they had five horn players and he's excited to have that big-band sound back in their music. The new album, Push and Shove, is scheduled for release on September 25th.
Trivia Answer: He is the son of Cher and Gregg Allman. He's the half-brother of Chaz Bono. He turns 36 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." He's currently working as a contemporary artist, and is living in Germany.
|Today's Trivia: He's an actor and television host, best
known for playing the oldest son on Eight Is Enough from 1977 to 1981. He
sang the theme song for the show, as well. In the late 1980s, he and his
wife moved to the Pacific Northwest and he began appearing on KING
television. Who is he?
With the off day yesterday, the Seattle Mariners did some rearranging. They optioned pitcher Hector Noesi to Tacoma, and called up outfielder Carlos Peguero to take his roster spot. The Mariners are in Oakland for the weekend leading up to the All Star break next week. The Ms and As face-off tonight at 7:00.
Last week, Tacoma Rainiers starter Andrew Carraway pitched a complete-game two-hitter. Things were a little different last night in Salt Lake City. Carraway allowed eight runs in the first three innings, and Tacoma went on to lose to the Salt Lake Bees, 9-5. The Rainiers are in Salt Lake through Sunday, then they're off for the All Star Break.
The Seattle Storm is at Los Angles tomorrow, they host Phoenix Sunday, and host Atlanta Wednesday.
Today is Buy Yourself a Toy You Always Wanted As a Child Day ... and give it to a poor child. Today is National Fried Chicken Day. Today is Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day. If your webmaster feels really loved, he or she might fix all the typos on your site. One of the world's largest rodeo's, the Calgary Stampede begins its 100th anniversary today in Alberta. It runs for 10 days. They expect 1,218,000 to attend. The annual Running of the Bulls begins today in Pamplona, Spain.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1933. Major League Baseball played its first All Star Game. It was at Comiskey Park in Chicago. The American League won 4-2. Babe Ruth hit a home run. In 1964, The Beatles first film, A Hard Days Night, had its royal premier at the London Pavilion. In 1989, a study released in that other Washington showed that one-third of American adults had dangerously high cholesterol levels. In 1994, the movie Forrest Gump opened in theaters throughout the US. In 2002, Serena Williams beat her older sister Venus to win her first Wimbledon title and second straight Grand Slam tournament
It looks like The Amazing Spider-Man managed to live up to its name. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the action film reached the number one spot in the box office on Tuesday, debuting with sales of 35-million dollars. That broke a record for the biggest Tuesday debut, a record that was originally held by 2007's Transformers, which earned almost 28-million dollars, also on the Fourth of July. The Amazing Spider-Man, starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, has been praised so far by both fans and critics alike. By the end of the weekend, it's expected to have made in the neighborhood of 140-million dollars during its first week in theaters.
Nicole Kidman is staying mum about ex-husband Tom Cruise and his estranged wife Katie Holmes, who filed for divorce last week. Nicole and Tom were married for 11 years before their split in 2001. This week, Nicole was seen in public for the first time since the news broke. She and her current husband, country star Keith Urban, were shopping and dining in Naples, Florida on the Fourth. Nicole and Keith have been married for six years.
Well, that didn't last long. Newlywed Alec Baldwin, the 30 Rock star, is back on Twitter after an incredibly brief hiatus. He deactivated his account earlier this week, but is now using a new one to express his feelings, 140 characters at a time. Anyone who wants to follow the polarizing actor can monitor the A-B Foundation's handle, @ABFAlecBaldwin, to keep up with him.
Baseball's All-Star Game is coming Tuesday, and NBC is apparently drawing inspiration from it for their next show idea. Perez Hilton reports the network is trying to get Donald Trump on board for a season of Celebrity Apprentice: All Stars. They want all the big names from past seasons to return, including Gary Busey, Dennis Rodman and former champions Piers Morgan, Joan Rivers, and Brett Michaels. NBC reportedly targeting a premiere date next February.
Cops showed up to Howie Mandel's Fourth of July party after figurative fireworks went off in his bathroom. According to TMZ, Howie called 9-1-1, worried that sounds coming from his bathroom might have been sexual assault. Once police arrived, they interviewed a pair of 21-year-olds who admitted to having too much to drink and expressing their independence in Mandel's john. While the young man and woman had a happy holiday, Mandel may decide to just have a quiet barbecue next year.
Trivia Answer: Grant Goodeve who turns 60 today. His character on Eight is Enough was David. After a February 1977 screen test, he signed up as a cast member of Eight Is Enough, taking over a role played in the show's pilot episode by Mark Hamill. When Eight Is Enough ended in 1981, Goodeve appeared in guest roles in series such as The Love Boat, T.J. Hooker, Dynasty, and Fantasy Island, among others. Goodeve moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1989 with his wife and three children. Soon after moving here, he began appearing in the recurring role of Rick Pedersen, the ill-fated bush pilot in Northern Exposure. He also began contributing to KING-TV's Evening Magazine and started hosting the station's travel show Northwest Backroads in 1998. He continues to live here in Washington state with his wife.
|Today's Trivia: He's a musician, songwriter, and occasional
actor. He sings lead vocals and plays harmonica for his band, in addition
to writing or co-writing many of the band's songs. The band is perhaps
best known for their third album and their contribution to the soundtrack
of the 1985 feature film Back to the Future. Who is he?
Former Mariner Chris Tillman pitching against his old team gave up just two hits in 8 1-3 innings in his first start of the year. Another former Mariner Adam Jones hit his 20th home run into the upper deck in left field. The Baltimore Orioles beat the Mariners 4-2 yesterday. Tillman was once a top prospect in the Mariners' farm system before being shipped along with Jones and three others to Baltimore in 2008 in exchange for Erik Bedard, a trade that backfired on the Mariners. Jones has developed into an All-Star, while Bedard spent four injury-plagued seasons in Seattle's organization. Meanwhile, Seattle catcher Jesus Montero left yesterday's game in the fifth inning after taking a foul ball off the facemask. Montero was down on a knee for several minutes and was wobbly when he first stood up. Manager Eric Wedge said Montero had a mild concussion. The Mariners are off today. They're in Oakland for three starting tomorrow night leading up to the All Star Break
The Tacoma Rainiers spent their 4th in Salt Lake City where they celebrated with a victory. Tacoma jumped out to a 5-0 lead over the Bees in the third and then managed to hang on to win 6-5. The Rainiers are in Salt Lake through Sunday, then they're off for the All Star Break.
The Seattle Storm is at Los Angles on Saturday, they host Phoenix Sunday, and host Atlanta Wednesday.
Today is Leftover Burping Day, a day for those who ate too much barbecue and potato salad on the 4th to try to regain some semblance of belly control. Today is International Bikini Day. The skimpy two-piece swim suit, created by Louis Reard, debuted on this date in 1946 at a Paris fashion show. It was named for a Pacific atoll where the atomic bomb was first tested. Today is National Feed the Ducks Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1985, the New York Mets scored five runs in the 19th inning to beat the Braves 16-13 in Atlanta. Game totals: 46 hits, 29 runs, and two rain delays in 6 hours and 10 minutes. Fourth of July fireworks followed the game at 4:00 in the morning. In 1989, the pilot episode of Seinfeld premiered. NBC originally called the show The Seinfeld Chronicles. In 1993, Dave Lampson of Centreville, Virginia, received a tax statement from IRS claiming he owed $68-billion. He was instructed to pay $500 a month for 11-million years. An IRS official said it was a computer error.
International superstar and soon-to-be-mom Adele has more exciting family news. A source tells Rolling Stone that Simon Konecki, Adele's boyfriend of nearly a year, is planning on proposing and had been even before the announcement of their first child. The insider went on to say that Adele wants a small wedding where her mother can give her away, and all she wants most of all is "to be a wife and mom."
Meanwhile, Adele's classmate at The Brit School, Jessie J, is being sued for copyright infringement. According to Billboard, the suit, filed by Will Loomis in Newport, California, claims that significant parts of his song, 2008's Bright Red Chords, were used in Jesse's hit, Domino. Loomis states he never consented to the use of his song, which sounds strikingly similar to "Domino." Jessie J's tune spent 24 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and peaked at number six
Alec Baldwin is taking some time away from the Twitterverse after shutting down his account on the social networking site on Monday. He posted his final message to fans just days after making headlines for his altercation with a photographer in New York and his recent marriage. The 30 Rock star previously took a break from Twitter last year after getting kicked off a commercial flight for clashing with a crew member.
A musical based on the life of legendary Motown Records founder Berry Gordy is expected to open on Broadway next year. According to The Associated Press, the music used in the show will include songs from Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Temptation, Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five. The show is expected to open in the spring of 2013.
Rod Stewart found huge success performing classics in his Great American Songbook series and now, he's giving yuletide tunes a shot. This fall, Rod plans to release his first holiday collection, Merry Christmas, Baby. It includes duets with the likes of Michael Buble and Cee Lo Green and was produced by David Foster.
Jon Bon Jovi is going unplugged, but not with a guitar. The singer has inked a deal with Avon to promote the company's new fragrance, Unplugged. JBJ will appear in ads for both Unplugged for Her and Unplugged for Him. Avon told the Associated Press that the inspiration for both scents is the unique feeling one has listening to a favorite song. You can pick up Unplugged for Men with its "woody floral musk" aroma in November while the floral oriental perfume that is Unplugged for Women will be available online in October.
Trivia Answer: Huey Lewis -- who was born Hugh Anthony Cregg III -- who turns 62 today. The band is Huey Lewis & The News. That third album was Sports. In 1971, Lewis joined the Bay Area band Clover. Around this time he took the stage name "Hughie Louis", although he would tinker with the spelling in the forthcoming years. Lewis played harmonica and sang lead vocals on a few tunes. In 1976, after playing in the Bay Area with limited success, Clover went to Los Angeles. They had their "big break" in a club there when their act was caught by Nick Lowe, who convinced Clover to travel to Britain with him. However, Clover arrived in Britain just as their folk-rock, known as pub rock in Britain, sound was being replaced by punk rock. The two Clover albums produced by Robert John Mutt Lange were not successful. By this point, the spelling of Cregg's stage name had changed to "Huey Louis"; it is under this spelling that he is billed on both of Clover's albums. Clover -- without Lewis -- backed Elvis Costello on his 1977 debut album My Aim is True. In 1978, the band returned to California, and Clover disbanded. Under the name "Huey Harp" Huey Lewis played harmonica on Thin Lizzy's 1978 landmark album Live and Dangerous. That same year, after recording the song Exo-Disco (a disco version of the theme from the film Exodus) as Huey Lewis an the American Express, Huey landed a 'singles contract' from Phonogram Records, and Bob Brown became his manager. The band played a few gigs (including an opening for Van Morrison), before adding new guitarist Chris Hayes to the line-up. On Brown's advice, they changed their name again, to Huey Lewis and The News.After a failed self-titled debut in 1980, the band finally broke through to Top 40 success with the gold album Picture This (1982). It rose to #13 on the Albums chart thanks to the Mutt Lange-penned Do You Believe in Love, the band's first hit. The band's third LP, the #1 Sports, is one of the best-selling pop releases of all time. It has sold ten million copies in the US alone.It was followed up by Fore!, another #1 multi-platinum smash. Lewis has made appearances in several movies. The first was a cameo in Back to the Future in 1985, as a judge in the Hill Valley High School band audition. The band also recorded two songs for the film soundtrack, Back in Time and The Power of Love.
|Today's Trivia: He was lead vocalist for The Babys and Bad
English. Additionally, as a solo artist, he scored several international
hits. Who is he?
Robert Andino homered in the ninth off Seattle reliever Charlie Furbush to give the Baltimore Orioles a 5-4 win over the Seattle Mariners last night. The Ms and Os wrap up their series today.
The MLB All Star Game is coming up Tuesday in Kansas City.
The Tacoma Rainiers wrapped up their series with the Fresno Grizzlies with an exclamation point last night downing the visitors 8-2. The Rainiers are spending their 4th in Salt Lake.
The World's Greatest Lizard Races are run today in Lovington, New Mexico. Today is Koko Day, marking the 41st 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. Today is the 236th Independence Day in the United States.
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 1982, Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne married his manager, Sharon. In 1996, HotMail, a free internet email service, began. In 1997, the 400-millionth person visited Disneyland.
Katie Holmes will get almost nothing in her divorce from Tom Cruise due to their pre-nup. According to sources close to the actress, she's totally okay with that since she married Tom for love, not for his money. However, there is one thing Ms. Holmes definitely wants from Tommy – child support. If Tom refuses, it could become a very big dispute in the divorce. Katie has said she felt the marriage is "irretrievably" broken and was seen in New York on Monday without her wedding ring on.
Aerosmith is talking more about why they decided to push their album release back from August to November. Steven Tyler said that "too many [other notable artists] are releasing [new albums] those weeks [in late summer]." He added, "We don't wanna step on their release dates so we said, ‘You know what? We've got the goods, ain't no doubt about it. We'll wait another couple of months."
Where do broken hearts go? Apparently, to the doctor's office. New research is proving what many of us have believed for a long time – that the post-breakup or grieving pain in your heart or mind can actually be causing your body physical pain. Medical journal Current Directions in Psychological Science has the evidence to back it up, noting similarities in brain activity when people talk about moments of social rejection and moments of physical pain. According to a study by the University of California, some of the same brain regions process both physical and emotional pain. Researchers found in another study that people sensitive to physical pain also feel social pain more deeply. And in another study, researchers found that people who took Tylenol for three weeks were also less likely to report having any hurt feelings during the time period than people who took a placebo – but doctors aren't so sure that it's wise for people to pop pills for social pain just yet.
While watching your local fireworks display, you'll probably hear Bruce Springsteen's song, Born in the USA. Many think the tune is incredibly patriotic, but it's actually a protest song with a chorus that serves as an ironic counterpoint to the verses.
Well, it's the Fourth of July. Eat, drink, and be merry -- for tomorrow the stores start decorating for Christmas.
Trivia Answer: John Charles Waite who turns 60 today. Waite was born in Lancaster, England. He first came to attention as the lead singer and bassist of The Babys, a British group which had moderate chart success, including Everytime I Think Of You in 1979. Over the course of five years, the band produced five albums ending with their final album in October of 1980, after which the group broke up. Waite subsequently launched his solo career. His second solo album, No Brakes, resulted in international attention -- and was a Top 10 Billboard album in the US -- due to the smash Missing You which went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. In 1988, Waite joined former Babys bandmates Jonathan Cain and Ricky Phillips along with Neal Schon from Journey and drummer Deen Castronovo, to form the supergroup Bad English. In 1989, the Bad English ballad When I See You Smile (penned by Diane Warren) went to #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 and earned a Gold-certified single. A longtime resident of New York City, Waite currently resides in Santa Monica, California. He is currently divorced.
|Today's Trivia: He's a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and
columnist. He 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 Seattle Mariners have struggled to score at home this season, so this one was particularly nice. Casper Wells hit a go-ahead, three-run double with two out in the seventh inning, and Miguel Olivo and Dustin Ackley added back-to-back homers in the eighth, as the Mariners rallied to win their first game of the season against Baltimore. The Mariners beat the slumping Orioles 6-3 last night. The same two teams again tonight at 7:10 at the Safe.
The Mariners signed first-round draft pick catcher Mike Zunino, who was taken with the No. 3 overall selection in June's amateur draft. The Mariners announced Zunino's signing last evening. Zunino is from Florida. He was considered the best college position player available in the draft. Zunino was the Southeastern Conference player of the year in 2011 and was a first-team All-American in 2012 despite seeing his numbers slide from his stellar sophomore season. Zunino won the Johnny Bench award as the top college catcher and is a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award given to the top player in college.
After getting blown out 12-3 the day before, the Tacoma Rainiers last night scored a run in the bottom of the 12th to get past the Fresno Grizzlies, 4-3. They'll wrap up the series and the homestand tonight at 7:05. Tonight's game followed by a Fireworks Extravaganza at Cheney Stadium.
Saturday, the Seattle Storm is at Los Angeles.
Dog Days begin today. Traditionally, the hottest 40 days of the year, blamed by our ancient ancestors on Sirius, the Dog Star. 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 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 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, 2:00, and 4:00, apparently hoping to be fed.
A sad note late this morning when we got word that Andy Griffith had died. He made homespun Southern wisdom his trademark as the wise sheriff in The Andy Griffith Show and the rumpled defense lawyer in Matlock.
Details are still sparse but he died this morning at his coastal home in North Carolina. Griffith had suffered a heart attack and underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2000. Griffith's career spanned more than a half-century on stage, film, and television, but he would always be best known as Sheriff Andy Taylor in the television show set in a North Carolina town not too different from Griffith's own hometown of Mount Airy, N.C. Griffith set the show in the fictional town of Mayberry, N.C., where Sheriff Taylor was the dutiful nephew who ate pickles that tasted like kerosene because they were made by his loving Aunt Bee, played by the late Frances Bavier. He was a widowed father who offered gentle guidance to son Opie, played by Ron Howard, who grew up to become an Oscar-winning director. Don Knotts was the goofy Deputy Barney Fife, while Jim Nabors joined the show as Gomer Pyle, the unworldly, lovable gas pumper. On Matlock, which aired from 1986 through 1995, Griffith played a cagey Harvard-educated defense attorney who was Southern-bred and -mannered with a practice in Atlanta. In his rumpled seersucker suit in a steamy courtroom (air conditioning would have spoiled the mood), Matlock could toy with a witness and tease out a confession like a folksy Perry Mason. The character -- law-abiding, fatherly and lovable -- was much like Sheriff Andy Taylor with silver hair and a shingle. In a 2007 interview with The Associated Press, Griffith said The Andy Griffith Show, which initially aired from 1960 to 1968, was seen somewhere in the world every day. A reunion movie, Return to Mayberry, was the top-rated TV movie of the 1985-86 season. Andy Griffith 86.
Gotye had to deny his own death. Over the weekend, someone posted an unvetted iReport on CNN.com that the singer had committed suicide with a 9mm handgun and was pronounced dead at a Melbourne Hospital. The report even stated that his family had confirmed his death. Many fans believed the report to be true, especially after the singer had become despondent over the recent theft of his van. The news of his own death reached Gotye and he quickly released a statement via Twitter stating "I'm not dead."
Katie Holmes doesn't share the same religious fervor as her husband. According to TMZ, one of the biggest reasons the actress filed for divorce with Tom Cruise was an ongoing argument over exposing their daughter to Scientology. Cruise wants to send six-year-old Suri to the Sea Organization, a zealous Scientology group where children as young as five can be sent to live and learn the fundamentals of the religion. Even ex-Scientologists have criticized the organization's boot camp teaching style. For Holmes, this was reportedly the final straw. TMZ reports the actress believed the only way to prevent Suri from being shipped away was file for divorce and gain legal custody of her child.
Congratulations are in order for Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill. He and his wife recently welcomed baby girl Dixie Pearl into the world. This is the first baby for Caleb and his wife, Lily Aldridge, a Victoria's Secret model. (Why do rock stars marry models? Because they can!) Now, Caleb's older brother is about to become a father, as well. Nathan Followill and his wife, singer Jessie Baylin, have announced they're expecting their own bundle of joy in December, which is good timing because the band is currently on hiatus.
Hoping his personal life makes less news than the stories he covers on a nightly basis for CNN, Anderson Cooper has come out as quietly as possible. The journalist sent an email to friend and blogger Andrew Sullivan that he allowed to be put on The Daily Beast's website for public view. In the lengthy message, Cooper talks about toeing the line between being a private citizen and a public figure. He stressed that, while he never discussed his sexual orientation, he was never hiding it, explaining that he "couldn't be any more happy, comfortable with [himself], and proud." Cooper has no intentions of becoming an activist, however. He says his responsibility and love for his journalism will always take priority.
Although American Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez did not capture the show's coveted title, she did end up with a pretty sweet deal because of it. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 16-year-old has landed a record deal with Jimmy Iovine's Interscope Records. Interscope is also home to American Idol's season 11 winner, Philip Philips. Although details about her first album are vague at the moment, it is expected out in October and will have an urban-flavored sound to it. Sanchez is also getting ready for the Idol summer tour, which kicks off on Friday in Detroit. The American Idols Live tour lands at Key Arena on Wednesday the 18th.
Oliver Stone's 1989 Oscar-winning film Born on the Fourth of July arrives as a Blu-ray and DVD combo pack today (7/3). The combo pack includes a Blu-ray disc, a DVD and a digital copy of the film. Both the DVD and Blu-ray feature commentary from Stone and a documentary about the true story of Ron Kovic, the Vietnam War veteran played by Tom Cruise in the film. The film tells the story of Kovic, who comes home from the war paralyzed from the waist down and struggles to adjust to the life as a civilian in a country deeply divided by the conflict in Asia.
Carly Rae Jepsen has ruled the summer with Call Me Maybe, and now it seems she wants to rule the fall. She sys the release of her debut album is "pretty close." The Canadian singer revealed that the album is coming out just before she begins touring as the opening act on Justin Bieber's upcoming tour, which begins in September.
Trivia Answer: Dave Barry who turns 65 today. While with the Miami Herald, he created a band with his colleagues and named it the "Urban Professionals." He played lead guitar. He currently plays lead guitar in the The Rock Bottom Remainders. Other members include Stephen King, Amy Tan, Ridley Pearson, Scott Turow, Barry's brother Sam, and Mitch Albom. 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. His books have frequently appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List. On October 31, 2004, Dave Barry 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. He said that he would continue writing humor and children's books and working on filming the screen adaptation of his book, Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys, which was released in 2005; it premiered at several film festivals, and is available on DVD, though a theatrical release seems unlikely. On December 28, 2005, Barry said in an interview that he will 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. CBS broadcast the situation comedy Dave's World for four seasons, from 1993 to 1997, based on the books Dave Barry Turns 40 and Dave Barry's Greatest Hits. It starred Harry Anderson as Barry. In an early episode, Barry was cast in a cameo role. The program was canceled shortly after being moved from Monday to the "Friday night death slot".Barry has defined a sense of humor as "a measurement of the extent to which we realize that we are trapped in a world almost totally devoid of reason. Laughter is how we express the anxiety we feel at this knowledge." The phrase "would be a good name for a rock band" is an observation Barry often applies to phrases that pop up in his writing, such as "The Moos of Derision", "Decomposing Tubers", and "Hearty Polyp Chuckles". In keeping with this, Barry's website contains a fairly sizable list of phrases that he claims would be good names for a rock band. His novels typically feature numerous initially unrelated subplots, many related to criminal activity, which slowly intertwine over the course of the story. Many critics explicitly compare this style to that of Elmore Leonard, though with a more comedic tone.
|Today's Trivia: She's a model and actress, known for her
long-term relationship with Mick Jagger and her four children with him.
Who is she?
David Ortiz hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 2-1 yesterday. Chone Figgins hit a sacrifice fly in the 11th and the Seattle Mariners beat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 Saturday. The BoSox leave the Northwest with a split with the Ms. The Mariners now host the Baltimore Orioles6 for three starting tonight.
Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton is starting for the American League in the All-Star Game after drawing a record total of more than 11 million fan votes. The All-Star Game is in Kansas City one week from tomorrow. The rosters were announced yesterday. The Rangers and New York Yankees each had three players picked in fan balloting. Shortstop Derek Jeter, second baseman Robinson Cano and outfielder Curtis Granderson were chosen from the Yankees. Catcher Mike Napoli and third baseman Adrian Beltre also made it from the Rangers. Prince Fielder of Detroit starts at first base. He was the MVP of last year's All-Star Game while playing for Milwaukee. Toronto outfielder Jose Bautista and Boston designated hitter David Ortiz also were chosen.
Despite struggling in late May and early June, Seattle's ace pitcher Felix Hernandez has been named to the American League All-Star team. It is the third midsummer classic for King Felix. He becomes the sixth Mariner to go to three or more All Star Games. He joins Ken Griffey Jr., Ichiro, Edgar Martinez, Randy Johnson, and Alex Rodriguez.
The Tacoma Rainiers are in the midst of a 4-game set with the Fresno Grizzlies. Tacoma won the opener 9-1 Saturday and then fell 12-3 yesterday. That's why they play the game. You just never know. The series continues tonight and tomorrow night – game time both nights is 7:05 – then the Rainiers head to Salt Lake for the final series before the All Star break.
Camille Little scored five of her game-high 27 points in overtime and added nine rebounds and the Seattle Storm beat the Connecticut Sun 89-83 yesterday. It was the sixth win in seven games for the Storm (7-8). Seattle fell to the Liberty in New York 77-59 on Saturday. The Storm is back in action Saturday in Los Angeles.
Just like that, the month of July has arrived. July is National Hot Dog Month, National Grilling Month, National Ice Cream Month, Family Reunion Month, National Baked Bean Month, National Blueberries Month, National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, Women's Motorcycle Month, and National Doghouse Repairs Month.
Today is UFO Day, marking the Roswell Incident on this date in 1947. A rancher near Roswell, New Mexico, found debris puportedly from a flying saucer. The Air Force claimed the debris came from weather balloons, but other observers reported seeing alien bodies. The Roswell Incident is the most famous of UFO sightings. 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. Today is Be Nice to People You Don't Like Day. Today is National Baked Bananas Day. Today is National Try to Find Your Slinky Day.
Calendar notes: On ths date in 1932, James Gamble died in Cincinnati. As a partner in Procter & Gamble, he developed Ivory, the first floating soap. In 1969, consumer crusader Ralph Nader warned that loud rock music threatened to create a generation of hearing-impaired people. 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.
Adult comedy Ted, starring a foul-mouthed teddy bear who comes to life for its owner, grabbed the No. 1 spot on movie box office charts in the United States and Canada over the weekend with $54.1 million. Ted is directed by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane and stars Mark Wahlberg. Male stripper movie Magic Mike finished second. Last week's No. 1 film, Disney's animated fairy tale Brave dropped to third place.
The new Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, is expected to rake in over 150-million dollars in its domestic debut weekend. Fellow comic flick The Avengers is currently North America's most successful debut, making over 200-million dollars in its opening weekend, but that movie was originally forecast to hit the same conservative estimate as Batman. Time will tell if Dark Knight Rises' star cast of Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, and Tom Hardy are enough to break records when it hits theaters July 20th.
It's already been confirmed that Iron Man 3 won't be setting up any sequels to The Avengers, but that doesn't mean it's not providing a tease for the next superhero to hit the big screen. PerezHilton.com reports next summer's blockbuster could introduce us to a new comic book crusader. Rumor has it that Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright is working on footage to "test the potential look and tone" of Ant-Man, another Marvel hero who's expected to march into theaters in 2014. Perhaps we'll see a sneak peek of film's next crime-fighter in Iron Man 3, which blasts the box office next May.
Roseanne Barr is joining the likes of Donald Trump, Pamela Anderson, and Charlie Sheen. She's being roasted on Comedy Central next month. The 59-year-old starred in the sitcom Roseanne from 1988 to 1997. She won Emmys and Golden Globe Awards for the role. Comedy Central's Roast of Roseanne is being taped in Los Angeles on August 4th, and airing on August 12th.
Adele is expecting her first child with boyfriend Simon Konecki. She posted the announcement on her official website on Friday. The 24-year-old Adele and Konecki, who is divorced, have been dating since January.
Alec Baldwin married his fiancée, Hilaria Thomas, on Saturday in New York City. The 54-year-old Baldwin and the 28-year-old yoga instructor announced their engagement back in April. The couple has been dating for over a year and has appeared together at numerous events. Baldwin was previously married to actress Kim Basinger for eight years, but that union ended in a bitter divorce in 2002. Their daughter, Ireland, was at her father's wedding on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Katie Holmes filed for divorce from her superstar husband Tom Cruise ending a six-year marriage that produced a daughter and captivated celebrity watchers worldwide. Holmes filed papers in New York City on Thursday, citing irreconcilable differences and seeking sole custody of the couple's six-year-old daughter Suri. A spokesman for Cruse called the move "out of the blue." The source said Cruise is out of the country filming a movie in Iceland and the filing came as a surprise. Cruise was previously married to actress Mimi Rogers and actress Nicole Kidman, with whom he has two children. Holmes' marriage to Cruise was her first.
Trivia Answer: Jerry Hall who is 56 today. By 1977, Hall had been on forty magazine covers including Italian Vogue and Cosmopolitan. She was earning modelling fees in excess of $1000 per day. Her trademark long blonde hair and height of six feet quickly made her one of the most visible and photographed models in the industry during that period. That same year, Hall started dating Mick Jagger, after first meeting him in 1976. She married him on November 21st of 1990 in an unofficial Balinese ceremony consisting largely of Hindu ritual. The common-law marriage to Jagger ended in 1999. They have four children together: Elizabeth (born 1984), James (born 1985), Georgia May (born 1992) and Gabriel (born 1997). The couple lived together at Downe House, Richmond Hill in Greater London, which Jagger bought in the early nineties. By the way, word is The Rolling Stones song Miss You was written by Jagger for Hall.