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Wednesday 7.31.13
Today's Trivia: This actor is most widely known for his role as Clark Kent / Superman in the television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Who is he?

Rookie Brandon Workman struck out nine while picking up his first major league win, allowing one run over six innings as the Boston Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 8-2 yesterday. Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia homered in the second, giving Workman a cushy 5-1 lead that the young right-hander never squandered in just his third start in the big leagues. Joe Saunders allowed six runs over five innings for Seattle, including two in the first as the Mariners set themselves back with an error and a passed ball. Ms and Sox again tonight. Kuma gets the start. Game time is 4:10.

Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin said yesterday afternoon that his hip injury will require surgery. That means the Seahawks could be without one of their most-hyped offensive weapons in 2013, when Harvin was expected to add a dynamic new dimension to a Seattle team favored to reach the Super Bowl. The Seahawks announced just before 6:00 last night that Harvin is undergoing surgery tomorrow.

Eileen Brennan, who went from musical comedy on Broadway to wringing laughs out of memorable characters in such films as Private Benjamin and Clue, has died. Her managers say she died Sunday at home in Burbank after a battle with bladder cancer. Eileen Brennan was 80.

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.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1961, at Fenway Park in Boston, the first All-Star Game tie in Major League Baseball history occurred when the game was stopped in the 9th inning because of rain. In 1969, Moscow police reported that thieves had stolen telephone parts from thousands of phone booths to convert their acoustic guitars to electric. In 1984, reporter Leeza Gibbons made her first appearance on TV's Entertainment Tonight. In 1995, the Walt Disney Company agreed to acquire Capital Cities/ABC in a deal valued 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.

The recent dry weather and firefighting ranks that have been stretched thin due to multiple wildfires in our state have led the Commissioner of Public Lands to ban all outdoor fires. The ban includes campfires in all state, local, and private campgrounds, and all forestlands in Washington state, except federal lands, Peter Goldmark said. The ban will remain in effect until September 30th. The ban also prohibits recreational fires and prescribed burns.

This week, an unnamed celebrity will be the first person to eat a hamburger made entirely out of meat grown in a lab. In London, the 5 ounce synthetic burger makes its first appearance as part of a major culinary festival. Researchers in the Netherlands developed the burger.

Johnny Depp tells NME that his portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow almost got him fired. Depp reveals that Disney executives "were baffled by his eccentric performance" for the first Pirates of the Caribbean film and that they wanted to fire him because they weren't too thrilled with his portrayal of the character, which the actor says he based on Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. The 50-year-old Academy Award nominee reportedly spoke to each executive and said they would have to pay him for his time if he were fired. They decided to keep Depp, and the Pirates of the Caribbean films have gone on to gross over 3.7-billion dollars worldwide. Disney recently revealed plans to make a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie starring Depp and have already set a release date of July 10th of 2015.

The Simpsons may be headed for cable in the near future. According to Variety, Fox is planning on shopping archived Simpsons episodes to a cable channel while still having new episodes on Fox. The deal could land Newscorp over one-billion dollars as each episode would cost a cable network a million bucks.

A giant gold truck was seen driving around Los Angeles earlier this week, bearing details of Katy Perry's upcoming album. Written across it was the album's title, Prism, along with the release date, October 22nd. Katy took to Twitter to announce that the truck is making its way across the country and she encourages fans to snap pictures of it and post them on Twitter. One of the first to post a photo was Adam Lambert. Prism is expected to be more mature than Katy's 2010 album, Teenage Dream, and features songs about her personal life.

Take Back the Night is Justin Timberlake's first single off his upcoming album The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2.

What you do on your computer is your bosses business, too, right? Like it or not, the answer seems to be yes. Two-thirds of employers are using some type of electronic monitoring at the office to watch where you surf and who you communicate with. Oh, and this is now applying more and more to company issued cell phones, too.

There's a new way to spend eternity -- as a record -- a vinyl record. A British company called And Vinyly is offering to press a person's ashes into a vinyl record. The process happens at a pressing plant in London where the ashes are sprinkled into raw vinyl, then audio can be put on the record. However, it isn't cheap – to get 30 records, each with some ash, it'll run you 46-hundred bucks.

Trivia Answer: Dean Cain who turns 47 today. He was born in Michigan. When he was young, hia parents divorced. After his mother reamarried, the family moved to Malibu, California. He played baseball as a child, and Chad and Rob Lowe and Charlie Sheen -- who played on the same team -- were among his schoolmates. Cain graduated from high school in 1984 and was offered athletic scholarships to 17 universities, but decided to attend Princeton. He dated actress Brooke Shields while at Princeton. He graduated from Princeton in 1988 with a BA degree in History. Immediately after graduating, Cain signed on as a free agent with the Buffalo Bills, but a knee injury during training camp ended his football career before it began. With little hope of returning to sports, he turned to screenwriting and then acting, shooting dozens of commercials. In 1993, he landed biggest role to date as Superman in the television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. At the height of its popularity, it would bring in an average of at least 15 million viewers per episode. The series ran for four seasons, ending in 1997. In 1998, Cain started the Angry Dragon Entertainment production company, which produced the TBS Superstation television series Ripley's Believe It or Not!. He has also starred in several films, including The Broken Hearts Club in 2000, Out of Time in 2003, and Bailey's Billion$ in 2004. Cain made a return to the Superman franchise, with a special guest role in a seventh season episode of Smallville as the immortal Dr. Curtis Knox, a character based upon the DC Comics villain Vandal Savage. Cain is #33 on VH1's 40 Hottest Hotties of the '90s.

Tuesday 7.30.13
Today's Trivia: He's a film historian, director, writer, actor, producer, and critic. He was part of the wave of "New Hollywood" directors, which included people like Brian DePalma, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and Francis Ford Coppola. His most critically acclaimed film is The Last Picture Show. Who is he?

Outfielder Michael Morse has been recalled from his rehabilitation assignment by the Seattle Mariners and veteran outfielder Jason Bay has been designated for assignment. The Mariners made the moves yesterday. Morse had been on rehab at Triple-A Tacoma while recovering from a quad injury that landed him on the disabled list for more than a month. Bay signed a one-year deal with the Mariners before the season and his versatility was put to good use in the outfield. But his bat slumped of late. The Mariners are in Boston for a three-game series at Fenway Park starting this afternoon at 4:10. The Mariners then play three in Baltimore Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and then return to Safeco Field for a trio against the Toronto Blue Jays.

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, Carl Perkins, and Charlie Rich, died in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 80.

Robin Thicke is taking his one song, Blurred Lines, to America's Got Talent this week. In a press release, NBC says Thicke is performing on the live results show tomorrow night.

Angelina Jolie has topped Forbes' list of the highest-paid actresses. The magazine looked at the period of June 2012 to June 2013. Forbes says Jolie made about $33 million during that period. Second is Jennifer Lawrence, who made $26 million. Kristen Stewart, who was ranked first last year, slips to third this time around. But $22 million is certainly nothing to cry about.

To mark the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's first child, McMullen Brewery of England has released a special beer. Entitled 'Heir Raiser', the ale is described as a "light colored, crisp refreshing pint with a light, hoppy finish."

We won't have any Heir Raiser but there are over 60 beers from over 30 hand-picked Northwest breweries. There are also five food vendors and live music throughout the day this coming Saturday. Advance tickets are $25. They're $30 the day of the event. Designated drivers are just $5. Military discounts are available. Learn more and get your tickets at olybrewfest.com. The event is the Olympia Brewfest. It's happening Saturday from 1:00 to 8:30 at Olympia's Port Plaza. Ron Harris and The Roxy Road Show are there from 1:00 to 4:00.

In Georgia, a 7-foot tall KFC bucket showed up on Aleena Headrick's front yard. No one knows where it came from -- although it's pretty obvious it probably once sat at the top of a large pole as a form of advertising. The owner of the home Headrick rents says he plans to mount it on it a pole also.

It turns out the folks that save the most on hotel accommodations are the least satisfied with their stay. A study (J.D. Power) discovered that "at every level of hotel, the 'price shopper' segment is by far the least happiest, least satisfied of any group. If they're paying anything for anything, they're unhappy."

Trivia Answer: Peter Bogdanovich who is 74 today. The then 32-year-old Bogdanovich was hailed by a critics as a wunderkind when his best received film, The Last Picture Show, was released in 1971. The film gained eight Academy Awards nominations, including Best Director, and won two statues: Cloris Leachman and Ben Johnson in the supporting acting categories. Bogdanovich also co-wrote the screenplay with Larry McMurtry. The screenplay won a BAFTA award in 1971 for Best Screenplay. Bogdanovich, who had cast the 21-year-old model Cybill Shepherd in a major role in the film, fell in love with her, an affair that eventually led to his divorce from Polly Platt, his long-time artistic collaborator and the mother of his two daughters. Bogdanovich followed up The Last Picture Show with the popular hit comedy What's Up, Doc? starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal. Despite his reliance on homage to bygone cinema, Bogdanovich had solidified his status as one of a new breed of A-list directors that included Academy Award winners Francis Ford Coppola and William Friedkin, with whom he formed The Directors Company. The Directors Company was a generous production deal with Paramount Pictures that essentially gave the directors carte blanche, if they kept within budget limitations. It was through this entity that Bogdanovich's Paper Moon was produced in 1973. Paper Moon, a Depression-era comedy starring Ryan O'Neal that won his 10-year-old daughter Tatum O'Neal an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress, proved to be the high-water mark of Bogdanovich's career. Forced to share the profits with his fellow directors, Bogdanovich became dissatisfied with the arrangement. The Directors Company subsequently produced only two more pictures.

Monday 7.29.13
Today's Trivia: This gentleman started his career early, hosting a Canadian radio show at the age of nine. In 1965, ABC News tapped him to anchor its flagship evening news program. At 26, he was, and remains, the youngest-ever US network news anchor. His inexperience, however, marred his first short stint in the anchor chair, and he became a foreign correspondent in 1968, honing his reporting skills in the Middle East. He returned as one of World News Tonight's three anchors in 1978, and was promoted to the role of sole anchor in 1983. He formed part of the "Big Three" news anchors who dominated American evening news in the 1980s and 1990s. Who was he?

Nick Franklin busted two more home runs and matched his career high with four RBIs as the Mariners, down 2-0, broke out of an offensive dither for a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins yesterday at Safeco Field. The Mariners split the four-game series ahead of a six-game road swing through Boston and Baltimore. The win also gave Seattle its 50th of the season, starter Erasmo Ramirez his second, and put an end to a two-game losing streak. Seattle, which didn't win 50 last year until August 1st has won 10 of 14, is 7-3 since the All-Star break and 15-8 in July. It's Seattle's first 15-win month since August 2012. The Mariners are off today and travel to Boston for a three-game series at Fenway Park starting tomorrow. The Mariners then play three in Baltimore Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and then return to Safeco Field for a trio against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Manager Eric Wedge met with the team privately before Sunday's game, the first time he has addressed them since suffering a mild stroke last Monday. Interim manager Robby Thompson said, "It meant a lot to to him and to all of us. Seeing him standing tall and strong and walking around address everyone was good." Wedge iks not accompanying the team on the trip. The Mariners say they do not have a timetable for his return to the dugout

It took Brek Shea less than a minute to give the United States a goal. And the Gold Cup title. Shea scored 42 seconds after coming into the game as a substitute, and his goal in the 69th minute gave the United States a 1-0 victory over Panama in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final. It is the fifth Gold Cup title for the U.S., but it's first since 2007. The victory also extended the Americans' winning streak to a record 11 games, four more than their previous best.

Six-time Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb is officially retiring as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles today. McNabb played 11 of his 13 seasons with the Eagles, leading them to eight playoff appearances, five NFC East titles, five conference championship games and one Super Bowl loss. The 36-year-old McNabb hasn't played in the NFL since 2011. He was traded to Washington in 2010, started 13 games for the Redskins that season and six for Minnesota the following year.

Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter JJ Cale has died after suffering a heart attack. That word from his official website on Saturday. He was one of the most versatile musicians of his era who played guitar and spanned music genres from rock 'n' roll to blues and jazz. While he never attained great stardom, he had a wide-ranging influence, particularly his style of playing the guitar and the songs he wrote for music legends. Neil Young once described Cale as the best electric guitar player he had ever seen other than the late Jimi Hendrix. JJ wrote many hit songs performed by some of the top musicians of the era, including After Midnight for Clapton, and Call Me The Breeze for Lynyrd Skynyrd. JJ Cale was 74.

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

Calendar notes: On this date in 1965, The Beatles second film Help! debuted at The Pavilion Theatre in London. In In 1966, Bob Dylan crashed his motorcycle in Woodstock, New York. The incident immediately passed into myth, with many wondering if Dylan was hurt at all or simply used the accident to disappear from public life. Middletown Hospital admitted him with a concussion and broken neck vertebrae. Dylan continued to suffer from paralysis and mild amnesia for the next month. In 1974, Cass Elliot of The Mamas & Papas died of a heart attack in London at age 32. A coroner mistakenly said she died of choking on a ham sandwich. In 1976, in New York, New York, David Berkowitz (aka the Son of Sam) killed one person and seriously wounded another in the first of a series of attacks. In 1981,a worldwide television audience of over 700 million people watched the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral in London. In 1998, matchbox 20 kicked off their first headlining tour.

The Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman as Marvel Comics' sharp-clawed superhero, slashed its way to $55 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales to claim the box office crown in a summer that hasn't been kind to some other big-budget action films. The Wolverine fell short of Hollywood insiders' $72 million weekend estimates, the latest in a string of big-budget action films that failed to meet expectations, though it performed* strongly overseas. In recent weeks R.I.P.D., Pacific Rim, The Lone Ranger, and White House Down all fizzled at the box office. This weekend, The Conjuring, the low-budget horror film that led last weekend's box office, slipped to second place. The animated film Despicable Me 2, featuring the voice of comic actor Steve Carell, finished third. Animated film Turbo took the No. 4 slot. Grown Ups 2, captured the fifth position.  The Smurfs 2 opens Wednesday; 2 Guns opens Friday.

Last Wednesday, Bruce Springsteen became one of the first artists ever to perform at the new Leeds Arena in England, and how did the city thank him? Ahead of the gig, they wrote tickets for the trucks carrying his equipment. According to NME, the trucks were cited for being parked illegally on a side street while unloading, however, the City Council has since revoked the tickets, apologized and are investigating how it could happen.

Robin Thicke has had a good summer. He scored a huge hit with his single, Blurred Lines. The song has topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for seven straight weeks and has sold over 3.2-million copies to date. Thicke is nominated for three MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Male Video and the coveted Video of the Year for Blurred Lines. The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards are on Sunday, August 25th.

Didja ever wish your fortune cookie really told you your future? An Illinois man, William Johnson, was having dinner with his wife when he cracked open a fortune cookie with the message: "You will soon come into a lot of gold." Feeling lucky, William bought a ten dollar Massachusetts Millionaire Mania scratch-off ticket, but forgot to see if he won for several days. Finally when he did, he realized he was the lucky winner of one-million dollars! According to ABC News, he took the lump sum payout of 650-thousand dollars. William and his wife plan to buy a lake house with their winnings.

The Lincoln Memorial was reopened today after being vandalized over the weekend. Cleanup crews used a strong chemical paint remover.

Trivia Answer: Peter Jennings who was born on this date in 1938. Having always been fascinated with the United States, Jennings became a naturalized United States citizen in 2003. He passed away on August 7th of 2005. His death, which closely followed the retirements of Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather, marked the end of the "Big Three" era. A high-school dropout, he transformed himself into one of American television's most prominent journalists. He was the sole anchor of ABC's World News Tonight from 1983 until his death in 2005 from complications of lung cancer. 

Friday 7.26.13
Today's Trivia: Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the first 900 on a skateboard being completed in competition. It happened at the fifth annual X Games in San Francisco. Who accomplished this feat?

Hisashi Iwakuma allowed four hits in six shutout innings, and the Seattle Mariners scored six runs in the second en route to an 8-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins last night. Kuma won his third straight decision. He struck out nine and walked one. Nick Franklin hit a three-run home run in the Mariners' big second inning. Dustin Ackley had three hits, including two doubles, and two RBIs. The same two teams tonight at 7:10. Felix Hernandez gets the start tonight.

It didn't take long for the Seattle Seahawks to face a potential injury problem. This one involving their most expensive offseason acquisition, Percy Harvin. The Seahawks' new offensive toy has suffered an unknown hip injury that landed him on the physically unable to perform list when training camp opened yesterday. The injury is in the area of Harvin's labrum, which has immediately drawn concern that it could be a problem that would cause Harvin to miss significant time before ever seeing the field with his new team. Coach Peter Carroll did not rule out surgery as the solution, but felt the team has time to get Harvin ready.

In Los Angeles, Tina Thompson reminded her hometown she can still play at age 38. Thompson scored 23 points to lead the Seattle Storm to a 73-66 win over the LA Sparks yesterday. She also had a team-high eight rebounds and Tanisha Wright added 15 points as the Storm snapped a seven-game losing streak to Los Angeles. Thompson is retiring after this season. Thursday, the Storm is hosting Phoenix.

Today is National Chili dog Day. The Great Texas Mosquito Festival kicked off yesterday 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 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. It was a short-lived marriage that ended in a $50 million divorce settlement in 1999.

Lady Gaga has been named the first performer at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. It's her first performance since her surgery. She's singing the first single from her highly anticipated album, ARTPOP, for the first time ever live at the award's show. The MTV VMAs are on August 25th. Meanwhile, information about Gaga's past cocaine usage is revealed in a new book by the singer's old friend Brendan Jay Sullivan. Radar Online reports that the book describes a number of experiences when Sullivan and Gaga used cocaine together. Sullivan added that the two would lie to their parents about needing money for books and use the money to party. Gaga first admitted to past drug use in the fall of 2010 in an interview with Vanity Fair. And Ms. Gaga has been named the Highest Earning Celebrity Under 30. Gaga earned the top spot on Forbes' list after raking in about 80-million dollars this past year. Gaga also received the top honor in 2011. Even though she cancelled several concert dates due to her hip injury, Gaga's tour still reportedly grossed over 168-million dollars. Lady Gaga's new album, ARTPOP, is set to drop in November.

Jimmy Fallon has announced the name of his newborn daughter -- it's Winnie Rose. The talk show host and his wife, Nancy Juvonen, welcomed their first child together on Tuesday. Winnie came in at five-pounds, nine-ounces. The Late Night emcee thanked the public on his show Wednesday night for all the well-wishes. He added that he's "just so happy."

The new season of NBC's Parks and Recreation includes some familiar faces making guest appearances. Heidi Klum and Henry Winkler are set to be part of the hour-long season six premiere episode. In the season kickoff, Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler, and her crew head to London where she receives an award. Entertainment Weekly reports Klum plays the mayor of a small town in Denmark. Another already announced guest star, Kristen Bell, appears on the show the following week. Parks and Recreation's new season starts September 26th on NBC.

Elton John is being honored at a new event put on by the Brit Awards, the UK's equivalent of the Grammys. The singer is set to be the firstever recipient of the Brits Icon Award which, according to a Brit Awards spokesperson, "recognizes the very highest level of British music achievement." In a statement, Elton said, "It's a tremendous honor and a real thrill for me to have my work acknowledged in this way, and I'm really looking forward to participating in what promises to be a very special occasion." He's being honored at a ceremony on September 2nd. The Brit Awards take place in February.

When do you feel wealthy? When the bills are paid on time or when you win 100 bucks on a scratch lotto ticket? According to Think Progress, rich investors claim a person needs five-million dollars to feel wealthy. Their definition of wealthy is having "no financial constraints on what they do." This seems especially difficult with the declining economy and with the American dream becoming farther and farther out of reach. Currently, three-quarters of the general population is living pay-check to pay-check. Some studies show that the social class someone is born into will determine how much they'll make later in life.

Wouldn't it be nice if your forgetfulness actually became useful? That was the case for one woman in Melbourne, Australia, who forgot she had already bought a lotto ticket for the next drawing, so she purchased a second one with the same numbers. According to The Victoria Age, the woman always picks the same numbers, a compilation of family birthdays. She won double the money for having two winning lotto tickets, for a grand total of 835,149 dollars. For now, the woman plans to keep her job and pay off her home mortgage. She said, "I guess it's a good thing we won twice so there's some prize money left over."

Trivia Answer: On July 27th of 1999, Tony Hawk landed the first 900 -- that's two-and-a-half complete revolutions -- on a skateboard. Nicknamed "The Birdman", he's a former professional skateboarder. He turned 45 in May, Hawk is well known for completing the first documented 900 and for his licensed video game titles. He is widely considered to be one of the most successful and influential pioneers of modern vertical skateboarding. Throughout his career, Hawk made numerous appearances in films, other media, and his own series of video games. He has also been involved in various philanthropic activities, including his own Tony Hawk Foundation that helps to build skateparks in underprivileged areas. The foundation has given away more than $3.4 million to help build over 400 skateparks around the US.

Thursday 7.25.13
Today's Trivia: He was born in Princeton, Indiana. He graduated from Indiana University in 1957, entered the military, and began his broadcasting career with Armed Forces Radio. He became a partner of Dick Enberg on the broadcast team of the California Angels in 1969. He also broadcast the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL, the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers, and UCLA Bruins football and basketball during this period. In 1977, Danny Kaye, part-owner of an expansion baseball team, recruited him to become the franchise's radio voice. Heart problems forced him to undergo two angioplasties in 1996, causing him to give up smoking and change his diet. He was twice named Washington Sportscaster of the Year. Who is he?

It was not to be. The Mariners were attempting to sweep three consecutive series for the first time in a decade but the Cleveland Indians had a different idea. Cleveland pitcher Scott Kazmir allowed just one hit over his eight innings, the Tribe's Michael Bourn hit his first career grand slam and the Cleveland Indians routed the Seattle Mariners 10-1 yesterday. Joe Saunders took the loss. He lasted just 4 2/3 innings, allowing five earned runs on nine hits, walking three, and striking out five. The loss ended the Mariners' eight-game win streak. Manager Eric Wedge, taken to the hospital before Monday's game because of light-headedness, remained hospitalized while undergoing more tests. The Mariners now host the Minnesota Twins in a four-game series starting tonight at 7:10.

Mariners manager Eric Wedge sustained what the club called a "very mild stroke," but he was released from the hospital yesterday and is expected to make a full recovery. The 45-year-old Wedge was hospitalized Monday when he complained about light-headedness during batting practice. He missed the entire three-game series against Cleveland, but after a battery of tests was sent home. Wedge, the Mariners manager since 2011, won't be in uniform for the Mariners' upcoming four-game series against Minnesota and he won't go on the next road trip to Boston and Baltimore. General manager Jack Zduriencik said., "What he needs to do is stay home for a short period of time. We expect him to be back sooner than later. He's excited. He sounds normal. I talked to him and it sounds like everything is fine and he is ready to roll. We are going to err on the side of caution, and I think the common sense thing is to have Eric rest. It makes sense that he doesn't take this trip to the East Coast." Zduriencik said Wedge will be evaluated further the next 10 days.

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman -- a divisive figure, to say the least, for most non-Seahawks fans -- is featured on the cover of the July 29th issue of Sports Illustrated.

ESPN and NFL.com may say the Seahawks are the best team in the NFL, but Sports Illustrated isn't having any of that. The magazine has ranked Seattle third in its preseason power rankings. Ranked above Seattle are the Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens at No. 1, and the Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos at No. 2. Just below the Seahawks, at No. 4, are the San Francisco 49ers. Pre-season game number one coming up on August 8th. The Hawks are at Qualcomm Stadium to face the San Diego Chargers.

Today is Feed the Country Ducks Day, a day to drive into the country and find a pond with ducks you can feed. Today is Louise Brown Day, marking her birth on this day in 1978 in Oldham, England. She was history's first test-tube baby. Today is Be Adamant About Something Day. It's Hot Fudge Sundae Day. It Culinarians Day -- a special day for anyone who cooks. That means just about everyone of us get to celebrate this day. You don't have to be a chef, or a graduate of a culinary institute to celebrate this delicious day. You simply have to cook, and to enjoy the results. It's Threading the Needle Day – It certainly is a day for those who sew. It also has a second meaning. The term "thread the needle" is also a saying meaning to either walk a fine and difficult line between two things or issues, or to do something difficult. Today is Health, Happiness & Hypnosis Day

Calendar notes: On this date in In 1964, The Beatles went to number one in the UK with A Hard Day's Night. In 1969, Senator Ted Kennedy pleaded guilty to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident one week after an auto accident at Chappaquiddick had taken the life of Mary Jo Kopechne. In 1970, Chicago released their single 25 or 6 to 4. In 1979, President Jimmy Carter absolved Dr. Samuel Mudd, the physician who had treated John Wilkes Booth's broken leg, of any responsibility in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. In 1990, Roseanne Barr sang The National Anthem before a major-league baseball game in San Diego. When she spit and scratched herself, the fans booed. Also in 1980, AC/DC released their iconic album Back in Black. It was their first album without late singer Bon Scott. In 2002, Texas Governor George W. Bush selected Dick Cheney to be his running mate on the Republican presidential ticket.

Prince William and Kate Middleton have named their newborn son George Alexander Louis. The news was announced from Clarence House, the Prince's residence, yesterday afternoon, just a day after the proud couple emerged from St. Mary's Hospital in London to introduce their royal bundle of joy to the world. The baby is to be officially known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.

Late Night host Jimmy Fallon and wife Nancy Juvonen welcomed their first child, a girl, on Tuesday night. The New York Daily News reports the couple is excited for the arrival of the baby. The parents have not released the baby's name and in the lead up to the birth, Fallon gave no indication his wife was even pregnant.

With all the baby buzz, we had to share this story. Newborn Addyson Gale Cessna was born weighing in at 13 pounds, 12 ounces and more than two feet long. According to the Huffington Post, doctors at the Pennsylvania hospital where she was born said this is the largest they have ever delivered via C-section. Mom and baby are reported to be fine. Addyson is not the largest baby to be born though -- that honor goes to a boy born in 1879, weighing 23 pounds, 12 ounces, and more than 30 inches long.

The new film Despicable Me 2 won't be released in China, despite it being one of the most talked about movies in America right now. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it might be part of the Chinese government's recent attempts to minimize excitement for imported animated feature films. The first Despicable Me movie wasn't released in China either, nor were other recent flicks like The Croods. However, it looks like Pixar's Monsters University has been confirmed to be released in the country this fall. Go figger.

Sara Bareilles' new album, The Blessed Unrest, has landed at number two on the Billboard Top 200. Sara took to Twitter to thank her fans for buying her disc, saying she is very grateful to land so high up on the chart.

Trivia Answer: Dave Niehaus -- the lead play-by-play announcer for the Seattle Mariners from their inaugural season through his death following the 2010 season. The Ms chose him to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the opening of Safeco Field, on July 15th of 1999. In 2000, he was the second figure to be inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame. In 2008, the National Baseball Hall of Fame awarded Niehaus the Ford C. Frick Award, the highest honor for American baseball broadcasters. Niehaus' signature call was "my oh my!," an unabashed and admitted adaption of his former broadcast partner Dick Enberg's "Oh my!."

Wednesday 7.24.13
Today's Trivia: His signature sketch is the Sledge-O-Matic, a large wooden mallet that he uses to smash a variety of objects, Who is he?

The Mariners have an opportunity today to do something they haven't done in a decade -- sweep three consecutive series. Kyle Seager had three hits, Mike Zunino drove in the go ahead run for the second straight night, and the surging Seattle Mariners won their eighth straight with a 4-3 win over the Cleveland Indians last night. The last time the Mariners posted three consecutive sweeps: May 27th through June 5th of 2003 at the expense of Kansas City (2 games), Minnesota (4) and Philadelphia (3). The Cleveland series wraps with a day game today. Joe Saunders gets the start for Seattle.

Mariner Manager Eric Wedge spent a second night in a Seattle area hospital last night as doctors try and determine the cause of dizziness that sent the skipper to the hospital a day earlier. General manager Jack Zduriencik provided an update on his manager before last night's game. Zduriencik spent time with Wedge earlier in the day, but doctors wanted to continue running tests to determine why Wedge suddenly fell ill.

Today is Amelia Earhart Day celebrating her birth on July 24th of 1897. Today is Cousins Day, a day to honor your Aunt and Uncle's kids. Instant Coffee was introduced on this date in 1938. Today is National Drive-Through Day, marking the founding of America's first drive-through hamburger chain, Jack-in-the-Box, in 1951. Today is Sweet Polly Purebread Day, honoring Underdog's girlfriend. You remember Underdog, the super canine who talked in rhyme, the secret identity of Shoeshine Boy. The TV cartoon character was voiced by Wally Cox.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1965, Bob Dylan released Like A Rolling Stone. In 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts, including the first men to set foot on the moon, splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean. In 1979, evangelist 'Little Richard' Penniman warned at a San Francisco revival about the dangers of rock ‘n' roll. In 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.

Glee creator Ryan Murphy has revealed the fate of the series after the death of star Cory Monteith. Ryan told The Hollywood Reporter that the best thing for the show is to have Cory's character, Finn Hudson, pass away. He hopes to pay tribute to the character in an upbeat way so that the cast will not have to relive their grief. Ryan said he's spoken to Cory's co-star and girlfriend, Lea Michele, telling her he'd understand if she didn't return to the show. However, Lea said it wasn't an option. Glee has delayed its season five premiere date by a week to September 26th.

Thanks to iTunes, Johnny Carson is making a comeback 21 years after he left the airwaves. The online media store has just started rolling out a series of  best of compilations consisting of 16 edited episodes of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. The Carson Entertainment Group, a company run by the late comedian's nephew, has digitized the entire 30-year catalog of The Tonight Show. In addition to the content available on iTunes, the company has compiled a DVD collection of the late night program's best episodes, which are available for purchase over at JohnnyCarson.com, and has also inked a deal with Turner Classic Movies to air some of Carson's best interviews. Episodes of The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson can now be purchased at iTunes for $1.99 each.

According to Variety, Netflix added over 630-thousand streaming video subscribers in the second quarter, which ended June 30th. The boost is mainly due to the revival of the cult hit Arrested Development, which debuted on May 26th. Last week, Netflix became the first Internet video service to receive Primetime Emmy nominations. The company got 14 nods including nine for House of Cards, which stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.

Fall Out Boy is nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock Video for My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up). Pete Wentz says the band is excited about the nod. Fall Out Boy is against Imagine Dragons, Mumford & Sons, 30 Seconds To Mars and Vampire Weekend for Best Rock Video. See who wins when the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards beam out live from Brooklyn's Barclay's Center on Sunday, August 25th.

The Great Kate Wait is over. Kate Middleton and Prince William welcomed their son into the world on Monday and celebrities are expressing their excitement. First Lady Michelle Obama congratulated the new parents on Twitter, writing that parenting "is the best job of all." Jack Osbourne joked that the birth of the prince is like a real Game of Thrones. Others celebrities tweeting their excitement included Joan Rivers and Cheryl Cole. Kate and William's baby boy weighed in at eight-pounds, six-ounces, making him the heaviest future king to be born in 100 years. The infant did get a name today. The prince shall be known as George Alexander Louis.

Meanwhile, he seemed official. He was wearing that red outfit and his hat had a lot of feathers on it. He had what looked like a very fancy, and official, scroll. He was loud and confident and appeared to know what he was doing. But Royal Crier Tony Appleton tells Yahoo, he crashed the party. "I was not invited, I just crashed the party. I got out of my cab and I stood in front of the steps, because I didn't think I would be allowed on them, and did my bit. It was great," he said. The 76-year-old Essex man stood in front of St. Mary's Hospital and told the world about the birth of the new prince in front of a hoard of journalists. His photo was used in news stories the world over. Appleton refers to himself as the town crier, but his position isn't official. He also says he announced the royal wedding and was involved with the 2012 Olympics closing ceremony and the Queen's diamond and golden jubilee celebrations. After announcing the royal birth he went to a pub and celebrated with a pint.

Trivia Answer: Lee Anthony Gallagher, known professionally simply as Gallagher. He's 67 today. In addition to the Sledge-O-Matic, which he uses most famously to smash watermelons, Gallagher's act features a variety of props, including a large trampoline designed to look like a couch. Gallagher was one of the most popular and recognizable American comedians during the 1980s. He performed 14 comedy specials for Showtime. In the early 1990s Gallagher's younger brother, Ron Gallagher, asked him for permission to perform shows using Gallagher's trademark Sledge-O-Matic routine. Gallagher granted his permission on the condition that Ron and his manager made it clear in promotional materials that it was Ron Gallagher, not Leo Gallagher, who was performing. After several years, Ron began promoting his act as Gallagher Too or Gallagher Two. In some instances, Ron's act was promoted in a way that provided no clue to prospective attendees that they were not seeing the original Gallagher. Gallagher initially attempted to stop his brother from performing these activities by requesting that he not use the Sledge-O-Matic routine. These efforts proved futile, as Ron kept touring as Gallagher Too and using the Sledge-O-Matic routine. In August 2000, Gallagher sued his brother for trademark violations and false advertising.The courts ultimately sided with Leo Gallagher, and an injunction was granted prohibiting Ron from performing any act that impersonates his brother in small clubs and venues. This injunction also prohibited Ron from intentionally bearing likeness to his brother. During a performance on March 10, 2011, in Rochester, Minnesota, Gallagher collapsed on stage, gripping his chest. He was rushed to Saint Marys Hospital, where it was determined that he had suffered a minor heart attack. A year later, on March 14, 2012, just before a performance in Lewisville, Texas, Gallagher began to experience intense chest pains. Gallagher's manager said the comic suffered a "mild to serious" heart attack and was placed in the hospital in a medically induced coma while doctors tried to determine what was wrong with his heart. After replacing two coronary stents, doctors slowly brought him out of the coma on March 18, 2012. He quickly recovered and started talking to his family. His manager, Christine Sherrer, stated that he was breathing on his own, moving, and telling jokes. Gallagher continues to work, and was featured in a GEICO insurance television advertisement last July where he repeated his Sledge-O-Matic bit.

Tuesday 7.23.13
Today's Trivia: He's a former Major League Baseball player and current ESPN analyst. After playing nine seasons as an All-Star shortstop for the Boston Red Sox, he played for the Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Chicago Cubs. He is one of 13 players in Major League history to hit two grand slams during a single game, and the only player to achieve the feat at his home stadium. Who is he?

Other than solo home runs by Kendrys Morales and Mike Zunino, the Mariners didn't do much offensively last night, but an effective outing from Aaron Harang was enough to give Seattle a 2-1 squeaker over the Cleveland Indians at Safeco Field. The Mariners have won a season-high seven in a row and are one win away from their longest winning streak since August. The series continues tonight. Erasmo Ramirez, shelled in his first start after his recall from AAA Tacoma, gets the start.

Seattle was without manager Eric Wedge, who suffered dizziness during batting practice and had to be helped off the field and into the Mariners clubhouse by team personnel. Wedge was examined by team physicians and the team training staff at the stadium. Despite Wedge eventually feeling better, the team decided to have him examined at a hospital. General manager Jack Zduriencik expected the skipper to be back at the stadium today. Bench coach Robby Thompson managed the team in Wedge's absence.

Today is Hot Enough for Ya Day?. Today it's okay to ask it if you can't think of anything else to say. Today is Gorgeous Grandma Day, a time to empower women to age with style.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1955, Chess Records released Maybellene, the first single by a guitarist named Chuck Berry. The song went to number one and the rest is rock & roll history. In 1963, Neil Young participated in his first recording session in Winnipeg, Canada. In 1979, after he became the leader of Iran, the Ayatollah Khomeini banned rock and roll music, in fact he banned all non-religious music. In 1982, the Coca-Cola company introduced Diet Coke. In 1984, Miss America Vanessa Williams relinquished her crown to first 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. Also in 1986, The Bangles released their number one single Walk Like an Egyptian.

We don't know who the judges will be but ... the show must go on. American Idol auditions are underway for Season 13 and in places like Salt Lake City and San Francisco, they've seen a lower-than-usual turnout. However, the Detroit Free Press is reporting a strong eight-thousand singers in attendance for auditions this past weekend in Detroit. One Idol producer told the newspaper, "You have to believe that you're going to win it, and that's why we come to places like Detroit: That attitude is everything." Idol auditions head to Atlanta on Friday.

Childhood sweethearts Bob Humphries and Bernie Bluett are finally getting married after 80 years. While Humphries served in World War II he sent love letters to Bluett, but her parents intercepted the letters and hid them from her because they disapproved of the relationship. Both assumed the other just lost interest. Eventually, she married someone else and moved to New Zealand. After becoming a widow, Bernie's daughter found Bob alive and well in the UK. Bernie and Bob talked over the phone recently and plan to get hitched later this month.

The sequel to Man of Steel also serves as another installment of the Dark Knight series. E! reports that director Zack Snyder officially announced the sequel, which is based on the comic series Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. Those books involve Superman battling Batman. No details about the cast or crew for the movie have been announced yet.

Singer Lauryn Hill took to Tumblr to reach out to fans while she serves her time in prison. In her letter, Hill thanked her fans for all of their support and said she was adjusting to her time behind bars. Hill began her three month prison term a few weeks earlier after being convicted of tax evasion.

John Mellencamp is not just a rocker, he's a painter too, and later this year, you can see some of his works at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. Nearly 40 of John's paintings, some never before seen by the public, go on display November 3rd. It's his first art museum exhibition and it runs through January 12th. Learn more at JohnMellencamp.com.

Trivia Answer: Nomar Garciaparra who is 40 today. His first name is actually Anthony, Nomar is his middle name. It's his father's name spelled backwards. In November of 2003, Garciaparra married Olympian and World Cup Champion soccer star Mia Hamm. The couple has 6-year-old twin girls, Grace Isabella and Ava Caroline. They also have a one-and-a-half year-old son, Garrett Anthony.

Monday 7.22.13
Today's Trivia: He's a Canadian-American television personality and game show host. He has hosted numerous game/quiz shows including The Wizard of Odds, High Rollers, and Pitfall, and has appeared in television series, usually as himself. The job for which he is best known is hosting this game show since 1984. Though a native of Canada, he became a naturalized United States citizen in 1998. Who is the guy and what is the show he hosts?

Nick Franklin hit his first career grand slam in Seattle's big second inning to back up a scoreless start by Felix Hernandez, and the Mariners rolled past the Houston Astros 12-5 yesterday for their season-best sixth straight victory. It's the longest winning streak in the bigs. They also swept their second consecutive series. Franklin's slam, Seattle's fifth this season, came in a seven-run second inning. Felix scattered four hits with seven strikeouts over six innings to lower his AL-leading ERA to 2.43. He hasn't lost since May 25th. The Mariners piled up 13 hits, a day after managing just one in Saturday's a 4-2 win. The Mariners are back home to begin a seven-game home stand tonight with the first three against the Cleveland Indians. Aaron Harang is scheduled to pitch tonight.

The Los Angeles Sparks scored a 65-64 win over the Seattle Storm on Saturday. Los Angeles extended its winning streak to eight games over the Storm. Seattle last beat the Sparks in 2011. The same two teams match up again Thursday as the Storm travels to Los Angeles.

Seattle Seahawk single game tickets for 2013 Seahawks home games go on sale at 10 this morning.

Phil Mickelson won the British Open championship after shooting a 66 in the final round and finishing 3 under par overall. The victory gives Mickelson his fifth career major title.

Today is Rat Catchers Day, marking the legend of this date in 1376 when the Pied Piper piped all the rats out of Hamelin, Germany. Then, when the village refused to pay, he piped all the children out, too. Today is National Squirt a Pigeon Day. Today is Spooner's Day, marking the birth of William Spooner on this date in 1844. The Rev. Spooner's tongue slipped frequently, producing spoonerisms, like "blushing crow' for crushing blow, "swell foop" for fell swoop, and "queer old dean" for dear old queen. Today is Hammock Day, appropriately celebrated right in the middle of the Dog Days of summer (July 3rd though August 11th). There's no better place to slow down and relax, than on a hammock.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1933, Wiley Post became the first person to fly solo around the world traveling 15,596 miles in 7 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes. In 1934, outside Chicago's Biograph Theater, Public Enemy No. 1 John Dillinger was mortally wounded by FBI agents. In 1962, Fruit Loops & Toucan Sam debuted. In 1967, Jimi Hendrix called it quits as the support act for The Monkees. Also In 1967, The Doors made their debut on American Bandstand and performed Light My Fire. In 1979, the Sony Walkman went on sale to the public. In 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in Milwaukee after police discovered human remains in his apartment.

It's a boy! Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has given birth to a son -- the first child for her and Prince William. The baby is third in line to the British throne after Prince Charles and Prince William. He's the first grandchild of the late Princess Diana.

Helen Thomas, the irrepressible White House correspondent who used her seat in the front row of history to grill 10 presidents and was not shy about sharing her opinions, died over the weekend. Thomas had been ill for a long time, and in and out of the hospital before going home on Thursday. Thomas made her name as a bulldog for United Press International in the great wire-service rivalries of old, and as a pioneer for women in journalism. She was persistent to the point of badgering. One White House press secretary described her questioning as "torture" -- and he was one of her fans. Her refusal to conceal her strong opinions, even when posing questions to a president, caused discomfort among colleagues. In 2010, that tendency finally ended a career which had started in 1943 and made her one of the best known journalists in Washington. On a videotape circulated on the Internet, she said Israelis should "get out of Palestine" and "go home" to Germany, Poland or the United States. The remark brought down widespread condemnation and she ended her career. Helen Thomas was 92.

A low-budget horror movie about a haunted farmhouse, The Conjuring, spooked two pricey competitors and the Despicable Me minions to win a crowded weekend box office contest. Conjuring soared past forecasts with $41.5 million in domestic ticket sales in its first three days, the highest take among four new films, according to studio estimates. The strong performance from Conjuring knocked two-time champion Despicable Me 2 to second place. Both movies topped the weak results for big-budget entries Turbo and R.I.P.D., which both fell short of expectations. Turbo, the story of a racing snail, landed in the No. 3 slot, Sci-fi comedy R.I.P.D. floundered in seventh. Rounding out the top of the charts, the Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups 2 took the No. 4 slot, and newcomer Red 2, landed in fifth place.

Robin Thicke's single, Blurred Lines featuring Pharrell Williams and T.I., has logged its sixth straight week on top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has sold over 3.2-million copies to date.

How much would you pay for video and audio footage of Elvis Presley's final performance? It's going up for bids. The material includes four-and-a-half hours' worth of The King singing 27 songs as well as him backstage in a dressing room with his dad and then-girlfriend Ginger Alden. It took place during his final tour and was shot for a one-hour CBS-TV special called Elvis in Concert. The auction also includes Elvis' 1972 Cadillac, rare autographs and photos and his induction and discharge papers from the army. Read more at Billboard.com.

Trivia Answer: George Alexander Trebek -- Alex Trebek – who is 73 today. The program is Jeopardy! Alex is expected to retire from Jeopardy! at the end of Season 32 (2015–2016). The show's production company, Sony Pictures Television, has considered Matt Lauer to be his replacement. The Today show host's name is said to be at the top of a list of candidates for next-generation Jeopardy! hosts, which also includes Anderson Cooper, Brian Williams, and Dan Patrick.

Friday 7.19.13
Today's Trivia: He was the first participant in the O.J. Simpson trial to be featured on the cover of Playgirl. Who is he?

Baseball food for thought today: According to Bovada -- an online bookmaker -- only three teams, Miami, Houston, and Milwaukee, are less likely to win the World Series than the Mariners, who are listed at 500-to-1. Only the Astros at 1000-to-1 and White Sox at 500-to-1 are less likely to win the AL pennant than Seattle, which is 250-to-1. But here's a real head scratcher: Although the Mariners at 43-and-52 are only two games behind the Angels in the AL West and lead the season series 7-6, the bookie makes Seattle a 150-to-1 shot to win the division, but lists the Angels at 10-to-1. The second half gets underway tonight. The Mariners are in Houston for a three-game weekend set with the Astros. Game time tonight is 5:05.

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, US Appeals Court Judge John Roberts was nominated by President George Bush to the Supreme Court, replacing the resigned Sandra Day O'Connor.

Sad to say that a two-alarm fire has destroyed one of the oldest seafood restaurants in Washington overnight. The Oyster House here in Olympia caught fire just after midnight. Firefighters raced to the scene after an eyewitness called 911 and reported she could smell smoke coming from the building. Crews say intense flames forced them to back out of the building after they arrived on scene at 12:45 this morning. They eventually declared a second alarm and called for backup to battle the raging blaze, as flames roared from the windows and roof. Reportedly the building's old age is one of the main reasons the fire took off so suddenly and fiercely. Once the fire was extinguished, crews spent the rest of the night and early morning battling stubborn hot spots. One firefighter suffered a burn on the wrist. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

It's been a week here in the South Sound. There was Sunday's all-day hostage situation in Tumwater, the stabbing at Sylvester Park on Tuesday, the bank robbery downtown on Wednesday, and then the Oyster House fire. I'm thinking the weekend has arrived just in the nick of time.

Paul McCartney hits Safeco Field tonight to play before an estimated 45,000 screaming fans at the stadium's first major rock show since its 1999 opening. Paul first came to the Northwest with The Beatles in 1964 and 1966. He returned with his next band, Wings, in 1976 to perform in the Kingdome's first live rock show. Sir Paul returned in 1990 to play the Kingdome once more. He didn't come back until 2002, when he played the Tacoma Dome. His latest stop was at KeyArena, also in 2002.

When you know your favorite donut has 400-plus calories, do you still order? Yes. New research shows no matter how much calorie information is on the menu list, people still choose the food they like, not what's supposed to be healthier.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has launched a fitness-conscious plan that would require new buildings to prominently feature staircases so people will have a clear option to choose the stairs over the elevator. Somebody said that that's like a mother putting broccoli near the Oreos to see which one her kids will eat.

In the next few years, you will definitely not want to drop your cell phone in the toilet – it will dissolve. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are experimenting with building electronics that can dissolve in water. According to the Associated Press, those involved in the school's Born to Die program are determined to design ways for technology to vanish at the end of its life, in hopes of saving space in landfills and reducing waste.

Emeli Sande is performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this Tuesday.

Trivia Answer: Kato Kaelin. His full name is Brian Jerard Kaelin. He was nicknamed Kato as a child after the character played by Bruce Lee in the television series, The Green Hornet. He attended the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, where he was the game show host at the student-run, campus TV station. He subsequently moved to Los Angeles, to pursue a career in baseball. As one of the more colorful figures in the Simpson case cast of characters, Kaelin received considerable media attention. He was the subject of jokes by TV comedians, who made fun of his spaced-out surf bum persona, lack of employment and parasitic habits. One popular joke held that he was proof that Gilligan and Ginger of Gilligan's Island had actually had children. In 1998, Kaelin went on a speaking tour billed as the The Sixteenth Minute, talking about life after his fifteen minutes of fame. Kaelin appeared on the first episode of the Fox sketch comedy MADtv in October of 1995. He's now described as a "radio and television personality."

Thursday 7.18.13
Today's Trivia: On this date in 1976 at the Olympic Games in Montreal, she became the first person to score a perfect 10 in a modern Olympics gymnastics event. Who is she?

The Mariners reached the All-Star break riding the biggest uptick of the season, sweeping the Los Angeles Angels in a rousing three-game series at Safeco Field and demonstrating during a seven-game home stand (also vs. Boston) that, when all meshes, the club can be competitive and entertaining. Question now is, what's next? A Mariner fan might see reason for optimism based on the recent trend. Certainly, though, oddsmakers do not. The Mariners are 43-and-52 as they start of the second half tomorrow at Houston.

The Tulsa Shock found a way to end their six-game losing streak without rookie star Skylar Diggins. Riquna Williams scored a game-high 26 points for the Shock in a 86-59 win over the Seattle Storm yesterday. Diggins, the third overall pick in the draft, was out with an ankle injury she suffered in Saturday's loss to Minnesota. Saturday, the Storm is hosting Los Angeles.

LeBron won big, and Russell Wilson was shut out at the ESPY Awards, LeBron James padded his trophy collection, receiving three more at the ESPY Awards, including male athlete of the year for helping the Miami Heat win a second straight NBA championship. James also won in the championship performance and NBA player categories, completing a sweep of the three awards he won last year. Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers won as breakthrough athlete, beating out Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

The National Baby Food Festival kicked off yesterday 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. Today is Sidewalk Frying Day, a good time to fry something on the sidewalk.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1974, though doctors at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ontario, had ordered that 54-year-old patient Max Matetich was to undergo "no stress whatsoever," they decided to tell him anyway when he won the $1-million Olympic Canada lottery. He handled the stress just fine. In 1992, Whitney Houston married Bobby Brown. 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.

Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine appears to be settling down. The frontman recently announced his engagement to model Behati Prinsloo. Billboard writes that the couple had been dating since last year and after breaking up a few months ago, they recently changed directions with Levine proposing to Prinsloo over the weekend.

Demi Lovato is set to return as a judge on X Factor. We're told to expect a new Demi. AceShowBiz writes that in promos for the new season, Simon Cowell jokingly says Lovato is now respectful of him. Lovato is part of a new group of judges which includes Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio. The new season of the show is set to start September 11th on FOX.

Netflix is playing with the big boys now. This morning, Netflix received the ultimate recognition. One of the company's original series, House of Cards, was nominated for best drama for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards. Another, Arrested Development, received a nod for actor Jason Bateman. A third, Hemlock Grove, got two nominations. Not surprisingly, Netflix is said to be in talks with the cast of Arrested Development for a fifth season after its recent efforts to resurrect the show have been a huge success. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the fourth season of the cult hit has exceeded the expectations of everybody at Netflix and reportedly has execs clamoring for more episodes featuring the dysfunctional Bluth clan. Producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are said to be very interested in extending its relationship with Netflix past the previously agreed upon fourth and final season of the show and hope to keep the Bluth's story going with another run of episodes.

We've read stories about people getting married in Ikea and Walmart because that's where they met. Well now a British couple plans to have their reception under the infamous golden arches at McDonalds's. They will arrive in a stretch limo to a roped-off area and toast their nuptials with lemonade while munching on chicken nuggets and chicken sandwiches. According to the New York Daily News, the couple went on a string of dates there while dating so they thought to make their day "as memorable as possible" they would celebrate at their favorite spot to eat.

94.5 Roxy was on board to help kick off Capital Lakefair last night with The High School Battle of the Bands It was a great show and a great crowd. Thanks for joining us. And a huge thanks to all the bands that performed. Congrats to this year's winners: Recoil finished third and won a $100 gift card from Music 6000. Insuburban Avenue took second place and won a $200 gift card from M6K. The Olson Bros Band was the grand prize winner for the night and won $500 from Shipwreck Beads. Again, thanks for Joining us.

Trivia Answer: Nadia Comăneci. At the age of 14, she became one of the stars at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. During the team portion of the competition, her routine on the uneven bars was scored at a 10.0. It was the first time in modern Olympic gymnastics history that the score had ever been awarded. The scoreboards were not even equipped to display scores of 10.0 -- so Nadia's perfect marks were reported on the boards as 1.00 instead. Over the course of the Olympics, Comăneci would earn six additional 10s, en route to capturing the all-around, beam, and bars titles and a bronze medal on the floor exercise. The Romanian team also placed second in the team competition. Nadia won three Olympic golds at those games. Nadia was the first Romanian gymnast to win the all-around title at the Olympics. She also holds the record as the youngest Olympic gymnastics all-around champion ever; with the revised age-eligibility requirements in the sport (gymnasts must now turn 16 in the calendar year to compete in the Olympics; in 1976 gymnasts had to be 14 by the first day of the competition), it's not currently possible to legally break this record. In November of 1989, Nadia defected from Romania. She initially settled in Montreal. While she was living in Montreal, Bart Conner, whom she had met for the first time in 1976 at the American Cup, contacted her and invited her to live in Oklahoma. They became engaged in 1994. Together with Conner, she returned to Romania for the first time since her defection (and since the fall of Communism), and the couple was married in Bucharest on April 27, 1996. The ceremony was broadcast live in Romania, and the reception was held in the former presidential palace. On June 29, 2001, Comăneci became a naturalized citizen of the United States. She has also retained her Romanian passport, making her a dual citizen. Comăneci and Conner welcomed their first child, a son named Dylan Paul Conner, on June 3, 2006 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Wednesday 7.17.13
Today's Trivia: He's an actor, singer, producer, and businessman. He is best known for his lead roles as Michael Knight in the 1980s series Knight Rider and as LA County Lifeguard Mitch Buchannon in the series Baywatch. Who is he?

Mariano Rivera reported for work an inning early, and walked off to a fitting tribute. Summoned in the eighth to make sure he would pitch in his final All-Star Game, the New York Yankees' closer tossed a perfect inning and soaked up a pair of standing ovations while helping the American League to a 3-0 victory over the National League on last night at Citi Field. Rivera, who took home MVP honors, and nine other pitchers combined on a three-hitter for the AL, which snapped a three-game losing streak and regained home-field advantage in the World Series. Felix Hernandez pitched one inning. In the fourth, he gave up one hit, no runs, no walks, and no strikeouts. The Mariners begin their second half on Friday at Houston with the first of three against the last-place Astros. The Mariners return to Safeco Field Monday for a seven-game home stand against Cleveland and Minnesota.

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

Cory Monteith died from a lethal combination of heroin and alcohol. Canadian authorities released the results of the autopsy and toxicology analysis on the 31-year-old Glee star, stating that he passed away on July 13th from a "mixed drug toxicity involving heroin and alcohol." Cory had struggled with addiction for years and in April, admitted himself into rehab. Meanwhile, the producers of Glee are deciding how to move forward. Producers are scheduling meetings to decide the fate of Cory's character, Finn Hudson. A source says his absence leaves a "hole in the heart of the show." Another source believes the show won't gloss over his absence and may translate Cory's sudden death over to his character. In doing so, the hope is to help the show's actors and audience grieve. Glee was initially set to begin filming season five in mid-August.

Robert Downey Jr. tops the new Forbes list of Hollywood's Highest-Paid Actors. According to the magazine's estimated earnings between June 2012 and June 2013, the Iron Man 3 star grossed $75 million.

Lindsay Lohan is allegedly being paid two-million dollars for an interview with Oprah. Reports are that the Oprah Winfrey Network has been negotiating with Lindsay for four months. The deal includes an eight-part series about her struggles, her career, and her plans for the future. Sources say that the actress signed the deal during her stay at the Betty Ford Center.

Johnny Depp is reportedly in talks to star in a sequel to Alice in Wonderland. The actor is said to be in final discussions to reprise his role as the fantastical mad-hatter. However, Tim Burton will reportedly not return to direct the sequel. Johnny is currently set to play the Big Bad Wolf in the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical, Into the Woods. That flick is set to hit the big screen around Christmas of 2014.

New research indicates sad movies are a dieters best friend. Researchers gave two groups a milk shake. One group watched a happy movie, the other group watched a sad flick. Who sucked down more of their milkshake? The happy movie watchers -- nearly 100 calories more. Concluded the researchers, happy movies make you eat more.

Barbara Walters confirmed that Jenny McCarthy will be added as a co-host on The View. An ABC press release stated that McCarthy will join the show in September to kick off the 17th season. Walters said that she was happy to have McCarthy on board and Jenny added that she was excited to join the show.

The next movie in the James Bond series will be titled Devil May Care. According to England's The Sun, the movie will be based on the 2008 James Bond novel of that name by Sebastian Faulks. The book is set in 1967 just after The Man With The Golden Gun and follows Bond as he combats an evil chemist. Daniel Craig is expected to reprise his role as Bond after playing the British spy in the last three movies.

New in theaters today, the PG-rated Turbo.

It's opening day of Capital Lakefair.  We're topping off the first day with the High School Battle of the Bands.  Six bands are competing for cash, prizes, and fame on the shores of Capital Lake tonight starting around 6:30.  Come on out and join us and cheer on your favorite.

Trivia Answer: David Michael Hasselhoff who is 61 today. Hasselhoff also produced Baywatch for a number of seasons in the 1990s up until 2001, when the series ended with Baywatch Hawaii. Hasselhoff also crossed over to a music career during the end of the 1980s and the early 1990s. He was noted for his performance at the Berlin Wall at New Year's Eve 1989; he enjoyed a short-lived success as a singer primarily in German-speaking Europe. More recently, Hasselhoff has been involved with talent shows. He was the first celebrity eliminated from the eleventh season of Dancing with the Stars on September 21, 2010. He was also a judge on NBC's America's Got Talent from 2006 to 2009. In 2011, he joined the Britain's Got Talent judging panel, alongside Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Michael McIntyre. He appeared as himself in the 2004 film The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.

Tuesday 7.16.13
Today's Trivia: On this date in 1941, he hit safely for the 56th consecutive game, a streak that still stands as a MLB record. Who is he?

Yoenis Cespedes won baseball's Home Run Derby last night, becoming the first player left out of the All-Star Game to take home the crown. The Oakland Athletics slugger beat Bryce Harper 9-8 in the final round at reconfigured Citi Field, hitting the decisive drive with five swings to spare.

Tonight's the night. The American League All-Stars and the National League All-Stars meet up at Citi Field in Flushing, New York for the 84th Mid-Summer Classic, the 2013 MLB All-Star Game. Game time is 5 o'clock on Fox.

It's been no secret lately that the 49ers and Seahawks don't like each other. Couple that with the fact these two teams are among the best in all of football, and the Sunday matchup on Sept. 15 in Seattle is sure to be a riveting spectacle. But great football comes at a cost, and that cost is already making its way up the charts of the NFL's most expensive games. At $418 a seat, the average ticket price for the game at CenturyLink Field already ranks as the 11th priciest NFL game to attend in the 2013 season, according to VividSeats.com. The Seahawks also rank 10th in the league in overall single-game ticket costs, averaging $250 per home game. Call it a simple lesson in economics: High demand and limited supply equals high price. But with the 49ers fresh off a Super Bowl appearance and the Seahawks among the top preseason Super Bowl favorites, fans are sure to get their money's worth. And if you do find the money for a ticket to the much-anticipated game, be ready to lose your voice, as the 12th Man is attempting to break the Guinness record for crowd noise during the game. The most expensive matchup of the season comes when the New England Patriots take on the Denver Broncos on Sunday, November 3rd. According to VividSeats.com, the average price for that game is $575 per seat.

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

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

According to research by the Wall Street Journal, the average 3-hour baseball game contains only 18 minutes of action.

Emily Kraus and her boyfriend were running late to a Dave Matthews Band concert in Hershey, Pa., when they saw a familiar man stranded on the side of the road. It was Dave himself, having popped a bicycle tire during a pre-show ride. And he didn't have a cell phone. The couple offered Matthews a lift to his show and put his bicycle up on Kraus' bike rack. Dave invited the pair to dinner and brought them backstage at the show. He even mentioned Kraus' good deed during his show. Kraus, who's been a Dave Matthews fan since age 9, was psyched about the experience. "My cheeks still hurt from smiling, giggling and laughing all night long."

Katy Perry is reprising her role as Smurfette in The Smurfs 2. This time around, Smurfette is kidnapped by Gargamel, voiced by Hank Azaria, and The Smurfs team up to rescue their damsel in distress. The Smurfs 2 also features the voice of Neil Patrick Harris and opens in theaters on July 31st.

Lady Gaga's latest album, ARTPOP, is set to debut November 11th with the first single to be released August 19th. Gaga announced the news on her website along with word that she will also be launching an app on September 1st, which is the day the album is available for pre-order.

Game maker Rovio announced Angry Birds Star Wars II on Monday. Due to hit app stores September 19, the game will focus on the three "Star Wars" prequels, offering more than 30 characters, most of them new to the Angry Birds Star Wars universe.

While your social media profile can be a great asset in your job search, a new CareerBuilder study shows it can also end up costing you the job. More than two in five (43%) hiring managers who currently research candidates using social media said they have found information that has caused them not to hire a candidate, up 9% from last year.

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

Monday 7.15.13
Today's Trivia: He's a Navy veteran, an actor, former radio and television talk show host, former wrestler, and a former governor. Who is he?.

Hisashi Iwakuma won for the first time in over a month and the Seattle Mariners completed their first sweep of the season, beating the Los Angeles Angels 4-3. Michael Saunders hit a two-run homer and Raul Ibanez had an RBI double as the Mariners topped Los Angeles for the third straight day. The Mariners have now homered in 22 consecutive games, the longest streak in the majors. Seattle's string is the best by an AL club since Texas set the big league record with 27 in 2002. Tom Wilhelmsen pitched a perfect ninth inning to pick up his 19th save of the season. The Mariners completed the first half at 43-and-52 and with eight wins in their past 13 contests. Now, they're off for the All-Star break. The Ms begin the second half Friday at Houston with the first of three against the last-place Astros. The Mariners return to Safeco Field June 22nd for a seven-game home stand against Cleveland and Minnesota.

The All Star festivities have the Home Run Derby coming up tonight at 5 at Citi Field in Flushing, New York on ESPN. The American League and National League All Stars then meet up tomorrow night at 5 at Citi Field for the Midsummer Classic.

The Tacoma Rainiers ended their first half getting shut out by Reno, 4-0, yesterday. Tacoma enters the All-Star Break holding down 1st place in their division.

The Seattle Storm wore down a short-handed Atlanta Dream last night. Tanisha Wright scored 13 of her 21 points in the second half and Camille Little added 19 points and 10 rebounds as Seattle beat Atlanta 73-65. The Storm hosts Tulsa on Wednesday.

Today is Be a Dork Day, Shark Awareness Day, it's Winnie-the-Pooh Day, Respect Canada Day, National Personal Chef's Day, and Toss Away the Could Haves and Should Haves Day. Today is Tapioca Pudding Day. Tapioca Pudding is a cooling, enjoyable dessert, for a hot summer day. Many people have never had Tapioca Pudding. The most popular flavors are vanilla and chocolate. Tapioca, by the way, is the starch from a cassava root. This starch forms the soft, tiny balls in the pudding. It gives tapioca pudding its unique texture. Today is Cow Appreciation Day. Give a cow a hug

Calendar notes: On this date in 1916, in Seattle, William Boeing and George Conrad Westervelt incorporated Pacific Aero Products -- later renamed Boeing. In 1974, Elton John re-signed with the record label MCA. Elton received eight-million dollars for delivering his next five albums to them, which included Captain Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy. In 1983, the Nintendo Entertainment System, the best-selling game console of its time, was released in Japan. In 1986, Colulmbia Records dropped Johnny Cash after a 28-year partnership. In 1988, the film blockbuster, Die Hard, premiered. In 2003, AOL Time Warner disbanded Netscape. The Mozilla Foundation was established on the same day.

Cory Monteith, who played Finn Hudson on Glee, was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room, British Columbia police said late Saturday. The 31-year-old Monteith spent time in rehab early this year, checking into a drug addiction treatment facility in April. He had been frank about his struggles with substance abuse, telling Parade magazine in 2011 that he began using drugs at 13, and by 19 went into rehab after his mother and friends intervened. Monteith had been on the musical comedy show since it began in 2009. The cause of death was not immediately apparent, police said, but they ruled out foul play.

Universal's minions ran away with the box office for the second week in a row. With $44.8 million in domestic ticket sales Friday through Sunday, the animated sequel Despicable Me 2 outdid the debuts of the Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups 2 and the monsters-versus-robots action flick Pacific Rim. Sony said it was pleased with Sandler's second-best movie opening of his career. The third-place finish of Pacific Rim, represented a disappointing start. The Heat starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy finished fourth while Disney's The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp as Tonto, fell into fifth place.

Twinkies return to store shelves nationwide today. However, Walmart on Friday said 1,600 of its stores were already selling the golden spongecakes. The revitalized Hostess is also producing fruit pies, Ho-Hos, Orange Cupcakes, Suzy Qs, Zingers, and more, but some of those won't be available until early next month. Sno-balls are due out in the fall.

Number for the day: 50 million: That's how many Twinkies are shippng in the first two weeks of their return.

July 11th was Kate Middleton's due date and the royal family is awaiting a phone call to confirm her labor. Prince Charles' wife, Camilla, told reporters that the family is excited for the arrival of Kate and Prince William's first child. Us Weekly reports that a framed announcement is being placed on a wood and gold easel behind Buckingham Palace's gates shortly after the birth. It's to feature the baby's gender, weight and time of birth. The baby's name will be announced on a later date. Kate and William's baby will be third in line for the throne.

Game maker Rovio has come out with a teaser for what appears to be a new Angry Birds game. We're to find out today what the new game is.

Trivia Answer: James George Janos -- better known as Jesse Ventura -- who turns 62 today. He was in the Navy UDT -- Underwater Demolition Teams. The UDTs pioneered combat swimming, closed-circuit diving, underwater demolitions, and midget submarine operations. They were the precursor to the present-day Navy SEALs. As a professional wrestler, he is best known for his nickname, Jesse 'The Body' Ventura, and tenure in the World Wrestling Federation as a combatant and color commentator. In 2004, he was inducted into the company's Hall of Fame. In the Minnesota gubernatorial election of 1998, running as a member of the Reform Party, he was elected the 38th Governor of Minnesota and served from January 4, 1999, to January 6, 2003, without seeking a second term. Ventura currently lives in both Dellwood, Minnesota and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Friday 7.12.13
Today's Trivia: He's a screenwriter and film director. Before moving into the film industry, he was a contributing editor at Rolling Stone magazine, for which he still frequently writes. His debut screenwriting effort grew out of a book he wrote while posing for one year undercover as a high school student in San Diego. Who is he?

Daniel Nava hit a two-out single in the top of the 10th inning to score pinch-runner Jackie Bradley Jr., and the Boston Red Sox rallied from a four-run deficit for the second time in a four-game series to beat the Seattle Mariners 8-7 in 10 innings yesterday. The Red Sox took three of four in the series. The Mariners now host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim tonight through Sunday. Then comes the All-Star break.

Former Sounders goalkeeper, Lacey's Kasey Keller, is set to be the goalkeeper coach for the US men's national team through the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The 43-year-old Keller retired in 2011. Keller currently works as the color commentator on Sounders FC broadcasts, and often helps out Seattle's goalkeepers with training. He still lives in the Seattle area with his wife and twin children.

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. Unfortunately, some fans started building their own fires. The White Socks had to forfeit the second game. In 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale chose US 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. In 2004, Apple announced it had sold 100-million songs via its iTunes Music Store, just 15 months after opening.

Eliza Webb did not call the cops when she found a cellphone in her ransacked car. Instead of calling the police, she called the number on the phone marked as "mom." After talking with the culprit's parents, Eliza was invited over to talk with their 19-year-old son about the negative effects he had on her. The teen blamed his wrongdoing on alcohol and boredom. During their talk, he revealed there was an accomplice and they had broken into more cars. Eliza ended up taking the two thieves door-to-door to apologize to each neighbor.

The Twinkie returns on Monday, and Hostess has set up an official countdown clock on their website. They've also started a social networking campaign that encourages people to record a video of their best "cake face," a look of incredible excitement about the return of the Twinkie.

A survey conducted by The Buntin Group found that Americans spend an average of 23 hours each week using technology. 87 percent of Americans logged into Facebook and email weekly as their way of communicating with others. 68 percent communicate with others through text messages. Social media sites like Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest have had usage increases with most users signing in at least once a day. However, according to eMarketer, 54 percent of Americans are trying to use more face-to-face communication and reduce their reliance on technology.

It's been announced that Adam Lambert is joining season 5 of Glee. The show's creator, Ryan Murphy, broke the news on Twitter but didn't reveal what role Adam is playing on the show. Ace Showbiz reports that Adam was initially rumored to join the next season of American Idol as a judge, but thst ow seems unlikely. The new season of Glee is scheduled to launch Thursday, September 19th, featuring new cast members.

American Idol has announced its first step towards revamping the coming season. After banning the use of instruments in season 12, the show will now allow guitars to be brought into audition rooms. Ace Showbiz reports that guitars may only be used after an a capella performance is given. Auditions for season 13 of American Idol kicked off yesterday in Salt Lake City.

According to Billboard, Blurred Lines is just the second song to sell at least 400-thousand copies in three straight weeks. It joins Gotye's Somebody That I Used to Know which reached the mark on the charts back in April and May of 2012.

More firings are taking place within the Paula Deen organization. Only a week after splitting with long-time agent Barry Weiner, Deen has ended ties with her legal team. People magazine reports the team of Oliver Maner was defending her in the case of a former employee that filed a civil lawsuit against her. Deen has now hired a Washington DC based firm, which is touted as one of the best in the country. She's also hired a new publicist in addition to Judy Smith, who is the inspiration behind the main character on ABC's Scandal, to help her bounce back from her recent publicity nightmare.

Sunday is International Nude Day.  Just sayin'.

The Goo Goo Dolls took to Twitter to announce they are performing on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson next Friday night -- July 19th.

Trivia Answer: Cameron Crowe who turns 56 tomorrow. That debut screenwriting effort was Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Later, he wrote and directed one more high school saga, Say Anything, and then Singles, a story of Seattle twentysomethings that was woven together by a soundtrack centering on the city's burgeoning grunge music scene. Crowe landed his biggest hit, though, with Jerry Maguire. After this, he was given a green light to go ahead with a pet project, the autobiographical effort Almost Famous. Centering on a teenage music journalist on tour with an up-and-coming band, it gave insight to his life as a 15-year-old writer for Rolling Stone. Crowe married Nancy Wilson of the band Heart in July 1986. Their twin sons, William James Crowe and Curtis Wilson Crowe, were born in January 2000. Crowe and Wilson separated in June 2008. Wilson filed for divorce on September 23, 2010, citing "irreconcilable differences." The divorce was finalized on December 8, 2010, ending the marriage.

Thursday 7.11.13
Today's Trivia: He was a writer -- a contributor to The New Yorker magazine and a co-author of the English language style guide, The Elements of Style. He also wrote books for children, including Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan. Who is he?

Had different decisions been made, David Ortiz could have spent his career with the club that first signed him, the Seattle Mariners. Instead, Big Papi added the latest milestone to his career against Seattle last night. Ortiz doubled in his first at-bat off Seattle starter Aaron Harang to become baseball's all-time leader in hits as a designated hitter, then added a two-run homer an inning later in Boston's 11-4 victory over the Mariners. Today's series finale -- a 12:40 matinee -- had Erasmo Ramirez making his season debut for Seattle, Ramirez was pulled from his start in Tacoma yesterday, and reliever Carter Capps was seen packing his bags for Tacoma last night, apparently clearing a roster spot.

A quick aside regarding Ortiz. He graduated from Estudia Espallat High School in the Dominican Republic and, in 1992, was signed by the Seattle Mariners, who listed him as "David Arias". He played for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, a Mariners farm team, until 1996, when he was traded to the Minnesota Twins as the player to be named later in an earlier transaction for Dave Hollins. When he arrived in Minnesota, he informed the team that he preferred to be listed as "David Ortiz."

Portland is hosting the 2014 Major League Soccer All-Star game. MLS Commissioner Don Garber, Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson and Portland Mayor Charlie Hales made the announcement yesterday. In recent years, the MLS All-Stars have played premier international teams in the annual match. This year's All-Stars are set to play AS Roma on July 31st in Kansas City. The MLS opponent for the match in Portland will be announced at a later date. The Portland Timbers are known for their fervent supporters and the team has sold out 42 straight MLS matches at its downtown stadium.

Today is Reading Guilt Day, a day to actually start reading an entire book you only read the Cliff Notes version of back in school. Today is National Blueberry Muffin Day. Today is Advice-to-the-Lovelorn Day. In 1896, the first advice-to-the-lovelorn column was published in New Orleans. Known as the Mother Confessor to Millions, Dorothy Dix's column ran in 300 newspapers for 55 years. Her real name was Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer. Today is International Town Criers Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1914, Babe Ruth made his major-league debut with the Boston Red Sox at an annual rookie salary of $2,900. Six years later he signed with the Yankees for $125,000. In 1969, The Rolling Stones released Honky Tonk Women, and David Bowie released his album Space Oddity. In 1971, the US Department of Agriculture was allocated $19,520 to determine if a woman's place was in the home. In 1975, Fleetwood Mac released Fleetwood Mac, their first album which featured the songwriting couple Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. In 1985, Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros became the first pitcher in Major League Baseball to strike out 4,000 batters, 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. In 2004, Lenny Kravitz, Avril Lavigne, Alanis Morissette, Nelly Furtado, The Corrs and Lionel Richie all played the Prince's Trust concert held in London's Hyde Park. In 2005, Victor Edward Willis, better known as the original cop with The Village People, was arrested in California after police allegedly found a gun and drugs in his car.

Seattle band Mudhoney graced the stage at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Tuesday night, but that's probably not the thing that's making the guys the most nervous. Today the band is playing the top of the Space Needle. Not the observation deck -- the top of the needle. With harnesses. There won't be an audience or tickets for the event, but Mudhoney's website assures that the nail-biting performance is being recorded. The Space Needle takeover kicks off a weekend of music and comedy in celebration of independent record label Sub Pop's 25th anniversary. Friday night, the Moore hosts a comedy showcase to benefit Northwest Harvest, while Saturday sees the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee, a free day of concerts in Georgetown.

Twenty years after The Cosby Show went off the air, Bill and his TV family still have the moves to make them suitable stand-ins for Robin Thicke's super catchy Blurred Lines video. In a mash-up of the practically saintly and the definitely sexy, a new viral video replaces the opening theme song to the late-'80s sitcom with the 2013 hit from Thicke, Pharrell and T.I.

Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) is apparently a real thing for social media users. In fact, a new survey revealed 56% of social media users are afraid of missing out on events, news and important status updates if they are away from social networks.

New research (Heriot-Watt University in the U.K.) found that the brain enters a meditative state when going through green spaces. The findings don't mean the green space triggered spacing out -- rather, the engagement required to walk through a green space is more effortless.

Your kid's bedtime doesn't matter, just as long as it's the same bedtime every night, according to a new study reported on Boston.com. Every time a child's body clock is disrupted, so is their brain development, and this is especially true for 3-year-olds. Of course, the earlier the better. A separate study two years ago found the earlier kids go to bed, the less likely they'll be a bunch of fatties.

Paramount Pictures has revealed that Star Trek Into Darkness is being released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 10th and sees a digital release three weeks prior on August 20th.

Film buffs are excited this week over an Amazon.com Blu-ray special on the Best of Warner Bros 50 Film Collection. The collection includes a number of Oscar winners and retails for $600. Amazon is now offering up the collection for just under $185.

If you're going to a wedding soon, and are stumped for a gift, this is what brides and grooms want most: electric knives.

Trivia Answer: Elwyn Brooks White -- E.B. White -- who was born on this date in 1899. It was in the late 1930s that White turned his hand to children's fiction on behalf of a niece, Janice Hart White. His first children's book, Stuart Little, was published in 1945, and Charlotte's Web appeared in 1952. Charlotte's Web, by the way, was voted the top children's novel in a 2012 survey of School Library Journal readers, and not for the first time. White received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal from the professional children's librarians in 1970, recognizing his "substantial and lasting contributions to children's literature". In 1978, White won an honorary Pulitzer Prize for his work as a whole. White died on October 1st of 1985 with Alzheimer's disease at his farm home in North Brooklin, Maine. 

Wednesday 7.10.13
Today's Trivia: He was a voice actor and comedian. Although he began his nearly six-decades-long career performing in radio and television commercials, he is best known for his work with Warner Bros. during the Golden Age of American animation -- and later for Hanna-Barbera television productions. He is regarded as one of the most gifted and influential people in his field. Who is he?

Every pitcher gets shelled sooner or later. For Hisashi Iwakuma, his rude comeuppance came in the third inning last night at Safeco. Coasting with a 5-1 lead, the first-time All-Star surrendered a pair of two-run homers and five runs overall as the Red Sox stormed back to take a 6-5 lead and eventually beat the Mariners 11-8. The loss snapped Seattle's two-game winning streak and marked the 11th time since May 4th that the Mariners botched a shot at winning three in a row. The four-game series continues tonight with Aaron Harang starting for Seattle. The Ms have yet to announce their starter for tomorrow's game. Jeremy Bonderman had been scheduled to start, but was designated for assignment Monday.

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

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

Only six months after admitting in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs, Lance Armstrong is returning to cycling. Lance is biking in the upcoming Des Moines Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. This is Lance's 5th time to participate in the event, but his first major public appearance since his confession in January. Ahead of the event, Lance said, "It's not a statement, it's not an experiment." Even though the seven-time Tour De France champion was banned from ever competing in professional cycling again, he says he just wants to ride his bike with a friendly group of people who share the same interests. Of course, around here this weekend is the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic -- it's the 34th edition. Up to 10,000 bikers expected to make the 200+ mile trek.

It looks like Disney is going to take a massive loss on The Lone Ranger. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the movie, which took in an unimpressive 50-million dollars during its first five days, is estimated to lose over 190-million bucks after all is said and done. Luckily for the Magic Kingdom folks, Iron Man 3, with its 1.2 billion dollar worldwide gross, along with Monsters University's projected $600 million in ticket sales, will soften the blow of one of the biggest flops since Water World. But no one should feel sorry for Disney because they'll be raking in the dough thanks to their slate of upcoming Pixar films along with the Avengers sequel and a steady stream of new Star Wars films slated to roll out starting in 2015.

Prince William and Kate Middleton are expecting their baby to arrive any day now, and when the baby does come, it will be given the royal title – His or Her Royal Highness Prince or Princess (Name) of Cambridge. The style of the title reflects that of Queen Elizabeth, who was known as Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth of York. It was earlier this year that the Queen declared the royal baby would be titled HRH Prince or Princess.

The first British royal on Twitter is not one of the younger and perhaps more technically savvy ones -- it's 53-year-old Prince Andrew, the Duke of York. According to the BBC, the Prince and his staff will tweet from time to time @TheDukeOfYork. Within hours of signing up, @TheDukeOfYork earned ten-thousand followers.

What's in a name? Regret, in some cases. Parents put a lot of time into choosing a name for their child, but according to parenting website Netmums.com, some moms and dads might be taking it too far. A poll of six-thousand parents revealed that 1 in 10 are afraid they've given their child an embarrassing name. Another 1 in 20 parents say they've reconsidered a name because another parent had "stolen" it. Some of today's popular "nontraditional" names, according to The Daily Beast, are Seraphina, Maisie and Imogen for girls and Atticus, Phineas and Auden for boys.

Turns out that the members of Fall Out Boy are terrible dancers. There are videos floating around the Internet if you care to Google it.

According to a new Gallup poll, most Americans still get their news from television. Funny thing is that I read that on Twitter. Of those surveyed, 55% said TV was their main source for news and current events.

Trivia Answer: Melvin Jerome Blanc -- Mel Blanc -- who died on this date in 1989 of heart disease and emphysema. His will directed that the inscription on his gravestone read, THAT'S ALL FOLKS. Regarding his nickname -- The Man of a Thousand Voices -- in his autobiography, That's Not All, Folks!, Mel confessed to a minor bit of deception. He said that by his estimate, he had provided only 850 voices. Some of those voices included Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Woody Woodpecker, Cecil Turtle, Tweety Bird, Yosemite Sam, Pepé Le Pew, Sylvester, Foghorn Leghorn, Marvin the Martian, Road Runner, Elmer Fudd, Wile E. Coyote, Speedy Gonzales, The Tasmanian Devil, Barney Rubble, Dino, Cosmo G. Spacely, Hardy Har Har, and the Frito Bandito.

In the Porky Pig short Curtain Razor (above), Mel Blanc appears as a turtle doing only 999 voices out of a claimed one thousand (he actually does only about 7 distinct voices here, which were edited into a rapid-fire montage of short sound bites, thus giving the impression of more voices).

Tuesday 7.9.13
Today's Trivia: He's an actor, television and film director, and producer. His first recorded performance was in the 1987 video Dinosaurs!. He then appeared onscreen in The Boy Who Could Fly and several television shows, including The Twilight Zone and Crime Story before gaining national attention as the grandson in the 1987 film The Princess Bride opposite Peter Falk. In 1988, he landed the role for which he is best known -- a role that resulted in two Golden Globe nominations and two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. He would remain on the show until it ended in 1993. Who is he?

A chorus of 'Let's go Red Sox' chants bellowed methodically throughout Safeco Field last night as throngs of Boston fans dotted the crowd in red. Those chants, however, were but faint murmurs by the sixth inning, giving way instead to the collective rejoice of Mariners fans. When it was all said and done, the Mariners had thumped their way to 10 runs on 15 hits, trumping Boston, the best team in the American League, 10-4. Seattle won for the fifth time in seven games. Boston has lost three straight, matching its season high. Ms and Sox again tonight at 7:10.

Right-hander Jeremy Bonderman's comeback attempt with the Mariners is over after he was designated for assignment following consecutive poor starts. The Mariners made the move yesterday. The team recalled left-handed reliever Lucas Luetge from Triple-A Tacoma to take Bonderman's roster spot but the Mariners still need a starter for Thursday's game against the Boston Red Sox.

CenturyLink Field is known as the loudest and most intimidating stadium in the NFL. But for a group of Seahawks fans, that ain't nearly enough — how about the loudest stadium in the whole world? A fan group called Volume 12 is organizing an effort to break the Guinness World Record for "loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium" during the Seahawks' home opener against the 49ers on September 15th at the CLink. Not officially connected with the team, Volume 12 has successfully applied with Guinness to attempt the new world record, according to the group's Facebook page. Guinness has sent Volume 12 the materials needed to submit proof of the 12th Man's record attempt. The current Guinness record for "loudest crowd roar at a sport stadium" is 131.76 decibels, set during a soccer match in Istanbul, Turkey, by fans of Turkey's Galatasaray S.K. club.

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, a day for bald freedom, to encourage all ages and both sexes to choose bald and be beautiful. Today is Muffler Appreciation Day, a day to enjoy quiet vehicles.

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

Back in 1971, guitarist Bernie Leadon co-founded the Eagles, but left the band in 1975. However, when the band kicked off their History of the Eagles world tour on Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky, the rocker turned up again in the group's line-up. If that weren't enough for fans excited about the trek, the band is also performing some old songs during it. There is some scary news though – in a statement, Don Henley inferred in this could be the Eagles' final tour. He wrote that a major world tour like this will take two years so when it's over, they'll all be in their late 60s, adding, "It's been an incredible experience for all of us, but it may be time to say adios and bow out gracefully." The Eagles are at Key Arena on Wednesday, September 4th.

Good news for Fun. fans as the band has just announced that they're heading back into the studio early next year to start work on the follow up to Some Nights. The band is currently touring North America and is performing tonight in Cleveland, Ohio.

This past weekend -- the 4th of July -- marks one of the highest-selling periods for beer in America. But which states are consuming the most brewskis? The Beer Institute's top beer-consuming states from the past year:

  1. North Dakota
  2. New Hampshire
  3. Montana
  4. South Dakota
  5. Wisconsin

Overall, beer consumption is up in the US over the last year. On average, each American over the age of 21 drank a little less than one 12-ounce beer per day in 2012. That equates to about 300 beers per year.

The maker of Gorilla Glass -- that really tough material used on a lot of phone and tablet screens -- is developing glass technology that is anti-reflective and anti-microbial. That will mean less glare when using your phone outside, and fewer germs.

Trivia Answer: Fred Savage who is 37 today. He was Kevin Arnold on The Wonder Years. He got the Emmy and Golden Globe nominations when he was all of 13 years old. After The Wonder Years, Savage primarily did guest and supporting roles, such as the show Boy Meets World (which starred his brother Ben) and in the film Austin Powers in Goldmember as Number Three. In recent years, he has directed and produced numerous episodes of television series, such as Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, Hannah Montana, and Phil of the Future, as well as the primetime series Ugly Betty, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Modern Family, Happy Endings, 2 Broke Girls and Party Down. On August 7th of 2004, he married his childhood friend Jennifer Lynn Stone. They have three children: two sons and a daughter.

Monday 7.8.13
Today's Trivia: This actor is the subject of a trivia game based on the idea that, due to his prolific screen career, any Hollywood actor can be linked to another in a handful of steps based on their associations with this actor. Name the game and the actor.

After losing his first six road starts, Joe Saunders has won three of his last four, his most impressive performance coming yesterday at the Great American Ballpark as the Mariners not only beat Cincinnati 3-1, but took the series 2-games-to-1, easing their embarrassment of blowing a 3-1 lead Saturday and losing 13-4. The Mariners managed six hits, including homers by Nick Franklin and Justin Smoak. The Mariners return to Safeco Field tonight for their final home stand before the All-Star break, beginning with four against the Boston Red Sox. Following the Red Sox series, the Mariners play the LA Angels in a three-game set. King Felix gets the start tonight.

Speaking of Felix, he and Hisashi Iwakuma were selected to the AL All-Star squad. Hernandez is an All-Star for the fifth time, Iwakuma for the first.

Also, the Mariners on Saturday traded infielder Alex Liddi to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Baltimore's international signing slot No. 2.

Yesterday at Cheney Stadium, it was the Richard Sherman Celebrity Softball game. TeamWilson got past TeamTrufant 23 to 22.  The game was actually tied at the end of regulation and the winner was determined via a homerun contest.  Featured in the game were Sherman himself, of course, plus Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, Sonics legends Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp, Seahawks players Kam Chancellor and Doug Baldwin, and Arizona Cardinals star receiver Larry Fitzgerald. Golden Tate was named the game's MVP Sherman even hired the NFL replacement ref that was part of the Fail Mary call, a gentleman named Lance Easley, to umpire the game.

Today is Don't Put All Your Eggs in One Omelet Day. It's Be a Kid Again Day. Perhaps related, it's Video Games Day which is always on July 8th not to be confused with National Video Games Day which is on September 12th . Video Games Day celebrates popular video games that stormed onto the market, and changed the way your kids play games. From Atari to Nintendo to Xbox, video games provide all too many hours of playing time.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1889, the first issue of The Wall Street Journal was published. In 1932, the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached its lowest level of the Great Depression, closing at 41.22. In 1947, reports were broadcast that a UFO crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico. In 1948, the United States Air Force accepted its first female recruits into a program called Women in the Air Force. In 1995, TLC's Waterfalls went to number one, where it remained for the next seven weeks. In 2011, the Space Shuttle Atlantis was launched in the final mission of the US Space Shuttle program.

We have a third big blockbuster flop of the summer: First it was After Earth, then White House Down, and now The Lone Ranger. The small yellow minions of Despicable Me 2 upstaged Johnny Depp at the weekend movie box office. The animated Despicable sequel hauled in an impressive $82.5 million in the United States and Canada from Friday through Sunday, more than double the weak $29.4 million for the big-budget Western The Lone Ranger, which stars Depp as the masked man's Native American partner Tonto. The two films began their box office battle on Tuesday night to grab moviegoers ahead of Thursday's Independence Day holiday. From their debuts through Sunday, Despicable 2 earned $142.1 million, while Lone Ranger grossed just $48.9 million. They finished the weekend one and two. The female buddy comedy The Heat, starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, took the No. 3 slot. Monsters University finished in fourth place. The Brad Pitt zombie thriller World War Z finished in fifth place.

Katy Perry and John Mayer are officially back on. Katy posted a photo of her hugging John on July 4th on her Instagram feed. They were wearing matching patriotic shirts in the picture. John and Katy were in Philadelphia on Thursday for the Fourth of July celebration. The on-again-off-again couple split up last March but since then has been pictured together at several events, holding hands and sharing kisses. People.com has more.

Avril Lavigne rocked a black wedding dress for her nuptials to Nickelback's Chad Kroeger one week ago today. Us Magazine posted a photo of the couple on a balcony, during their wedding at a French castle. Avril wore a bejeweled flower headpiece as a veil. Chad matched his bride, wearing an all-black tuxedo with a black vest and tie.

You need not be a rocket scientist to be a bad guy. James Blankenship's defense after getting caught breaking into his mother's house was, "I thought you could only be arrested for burglary at night." The Ohio man was arrested after breaking into his mom's house through a first story window. He'd been kicked out by his mother three months earlier and she caught him breaking in and called the cops. Blankenship fled the scene of the crime, but was later discovered by police hiding in a crawl space. According to the Scene newspaper, James was fined one-hundred dollars and sentenced to 180 days in prison.

Trivia Answer: Kevin Bacon who turns 55 today. The game is The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. Although it has since been proven that there are "better" centers in the Hollywood universe -- such as Sean Connery, Rod Steiger, Gene Hackman or Michael Caine -- Bacon's name remains the focus because he was the first one selected by the game's creators, and because the name "Kevin Bacon" rhymes with the last word of the phrase "six degrees of separation". A person's number of degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon is known as one's Bacon Number. A couple of examples:

Ronald Reagan's Bacon Number is 2.
Reagan was in The Young Doctors (1961) with Eddie Albert
Eddie Albert was in The Big Picture (1989) with Kevin Bacon.

Elvis Presley's Bacon Number is 2
Elvis Presley was in Change of Habit (1969) with Edward Asner
Edward Asner was in JFK (1991) with Kevin Bacon

Although he was initially dismayed by the game, the concept stuck, and Bacon eventually embraced it. He even formed the charitable initiative SixDegrees.org, a social networking site intended to link people to charities and each other.

Friday 7.5.13
Today's Trivia: She's a film, theater, and television actress. She played Emily Dickinson on Meeting of Minds, as well as such characters as Jessica Tate on Soap, Mona Robinson on Who's the Boss?, Doris Sherman on Coach, and Lois Whelan on Everybody Loves Raymond. Who is she?

Former Mariner Adrian Beltre homered twice for Texas and the Rangers used a four-run seventh inning to beat the Seattle Mariners 5-4 last night. The Rangers avoided a three-game sweep and the Mariners failed to win three-in-a-row again. Raul Ibanez homered for the Mariners, belting a tiebreaking two-run shot in the seventh. It was his 12th homer in his last 28 games, lifting the total for the 41-year-old slugger to 21 for the year. Hisashi Iwakuma, who came in leading the AL in ERA, allowed four runs and five hits in six innings. Kuma is 0-and-3 with a 5.54 ERA in his last four starts. The Mariners now move on to Cincinnati for a weekend series stating this afternoon at 4:00.

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 day in 1968, Bill Graham opened the Fillmore West in San Francisco. In 1978, EMI halted production on The Rolling Stones Some Girls album after some of the celebrities featured in the cover art complained about the use of their images. In 1985, the New York Mets scored five runs in the 19th inning to beat the Braves 16-13 in Atlanta. Game totals: 46 hits, 29 runs, and two rain delays in 6 hours and 10 minutes. Fourth of July fireworks followed the game at 4:00 am. 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 the 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. In 1994, Hootie & The Blowfish released Cracked Rear View. In 1995, the Justice Department announced that it would not be investigating anti-trust charges against Ticketmaster.

The Lacey Fireworks Spectacular on the 3rd and the Thunder Valley Fireworks in Tumwater last night went off without a hitch, to visibly pleased crowds in both locations. Such was not the case in Simi Valley last night.

Bill Cosby's sweater collection is massive, but he's asking fans to decide which of his classic Cosby Show sweaters ranks as number one. In a bracket-style tournament on his website, BillCosby.com, you can vote between 32 different sweaters for your favorite. They're even divided into categories: Argyles, Cashmeres, Cardigans and Pullovers. Visit BillCosby.com/polls to check it out and you could also win an autographed copy of one of Cosby's books.

Richie Sambora hasn't been playing with Bon Jovi since April due to a "personal matter," and while there was a time it seemed he might not ever return, the guitarist has now said that's not the case. Richie told the Daily Star, "I feel very sad for the fans that I won't be performing. I love the fans, I love the band. Jon and I have been tight for like 30 years, so all of this is very sad and it affects so many people around us." Sambora described the situation as a "family drama" but added, "It will be resolved. Let's see what happens at the end of summer. September's looking good. So maybe September." If that happens, Richie will be in attendance when Bon Jovi plays the Tacoma Dome in October.

Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines album arrives in stores on July 30th.

Think you're too old to try something new? Think again. Ohio-native John Lawton has been a pilot for 56 years, but for his 90th birthday recently, he decided to do something a little different. Lawton planned to cross the US-Canada border 90 times for his 90th. He crossed at the Niagara Falls border and performed aerobatic, figure-eight patterns to reach his goal. Reportedly, during his life, Lawton accumulated more than six-thousand hours in the air in more than 40 different models of aircraft.

A mother and daughter gave birth a day apart in the UK, making the mom a grandmother and a mother all at the same time -- and the daughter a mother and a big sister. At 43, Andrea Rafferty had a baby -- and then her 19-year-old daughter, Amber, had her own child a day later.

Trivia Answer: Katherine Helmond who turns 85 today. She gained fame as Jessica Tate, the ditzy matriarch on Soap. She was a lead player on the ABC series from 1977 until it was canceled in 1981. In 1984 she took the role of Mona Robinson on the ABC sitcom Who's the Boss?. The show was a ratings success, running for eight seasons and finishing in the Nielsen Top 10 four straight years. From 1995 to 1997 she starred in the ABC sitcom Coach as Doris Sherman, eccentric owner of the fictional Orlando Breakers professional football team. From 1996 to 2004 Helmond had a recurring role on Everybody Loves Raymond as Lois Whelan (Ray's mother-in-law). 

Thursday 7.4.13
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?

Kyle Seager hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning, and the Seattle Mariners won consecutive games in Texas for the first time in more than a year with a 4-2 victory last night. Felix Hernandez gets another no-decision. Charlie Furbush pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings for the win, and Tom Wilhelmsen was perfect in the 10th for his 17th save. Felix hasn't won at Rangers Ballpark since September 28th of 2010. Game three coming up tonight. The Ms can't seem to win three in a row but a sweep over the Rangers would be sweet. First pitch tonight at 5.00.

The World's Greatest Lizard Races are run today in Lovington, New Mexico. Today is Koko Day, marking the 42nd birthday of Koko the Gorilla at the San Francisco Zoo. Koko speaks sign language, knows some 1,000 signs. Her full name is Hanabi-Ko, Japanese for Fireworks Child.

Calendar note: On this date in 1776, King George III of England noted in his diary, "Nothing of importance happened today." In 1970, Casey Kasem first hosted radio's American Top 40. It was first broadcast on seven AM stations. In 1972, Willie Nelson inaugurated his first 4th of July Picnic in Dripping Springs, Texas. In 1982, in a year which saw him bite the head off a bat and watch his guitarist Randy Rhoads die in a plane crash, metal madman Ozzy Osbourne married his manager Sharon Arden. In 1996, HotMail, a free internet email service, began. In 1997, the 400-millionth person visited Disneyland.

An estimated 150-million plus hot dogs will be consumed today. A bunch of them at Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest. The contest has happened each July 4th in Coney Island, New York since 1916, the year Nathan Handwerker opened the legendary restaurant. In recent years, an estimated 40-thousand fans have made the pilgrimage to Coney Island to watch the contest in person. The live ESPN telecast of the event drew an audience of 1.7-million viewers in 2010. Joey Chestnut of San Jose, California holds the world record for eating 68 Nathan's Famous hot dogs and buns in ten minutes, and he's seeking his seventh straight title this year. Earlier today, Sonya 'Black Widow' Thomas scarfed down nearly 37 franks and buns to narrowly win the women's eating contest. Later in the men's competition, he did it. Joey 'Jaws' Chestnut downed 69 franks to set a new record, and win 7th straight hot dog eating contest

Other Independence Day factoids:

  • John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826 – the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence
  • Ironically, the majority of the nation's flags and patriotic paraphernalia are produced in China. Nearly 349-million dollars are used each year to import in the flags and other decorations.
  • Why were the stars on the original American flag arranged in a circle? To ensure that all colonies were equal.
  • More than 74-million Americans will barbecue today.
  • The first 4th of July party held at the White House was in 1801; however, the 4th of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941.
  • John Hancock was the only person to actually sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4th of 1776. The other 55 signers didn't sign it until August 2nd or even later.
  • When the United States became a country, there were approximately 2.5-million people living in the country. Today, the population is around 313.9-million.
  • Bristol, Rhode Island has the oldest, continuously celebrated Independence Day festivities in the US, dating back to 1777.

Trivia Answer: John Charles Waite who turns 61 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 US 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.

Wednesday 7.3.13
Today's Trivia: This Major League Baseball executive works for the New York Yankees. He has been their General Manager and Senior Vice President since 1998. Who is he?

Kendrys Morales homered twice and tied a career high with six RBIs to lead the Seattle Mariners past the Texas Rangers 9-2 last night. Morales had a solo home run in the first and a three-run shot in the fifth. The switch-hitter added a two-run single in the sixth to help Seattle win for the first time at Texas this season. Joe Saunders won for the first time in eight regular-season starts at Rangers Ballpark. The left-hander allowed two runs — one earned — and struck out five in 6 2-3 innings. Seattle's Raul Ibanez, who hit 10 homers in June, had a solo shot for his 20th homer of the season. Game two of the three game set with the Ms and Rangers is tonight at 5:10.

Former Seattle Mariner Milton Bradley was sentenced yesterday to more than 2 ½ years in jail for abusing and threatening his estranged wife. The 35-year-old Bradley was also ordered to perform 400 hours of community service, half of which will be spent with underprivileged youth in a baseball league. He is also being placed on five years' probation and must complete a year of domestic violence counseling and an anger management program. Bradley is appealing the sentence and remains free on $250,000 bond. He's scheduled to return to court next month.

The Seattle Storm shook off poor early shooting and a 14-point deficit to eventually catch and pass the Chicago Sky on the way to a 69-60 victory last night. The Storm snapped a three-game losing streak. Seattle is at Washington on Saturday.

The Northwest's hopes of landing a professional hockey franchise took a big hit last night when the Glendale City Council ratified an arena lease agreement that will likely keep the Phoenix Coyotes in Arizona. The bad news for Seattle hockey fans was great news for fans of the Phoenix Coyotes. After making a few alterations, the council voted 4-3 in favor on a 15-year, $225 million lease agreement with Renaissance Sports & Entertainment during a special session. The vote clears the way for RSE to purchase the Coyotes from the NHL, which has been running the team the past four years.

Pierce Brosnan's daughter, Charlotte, passed away on June 28th after battling ovarian cancer, the same illness that killed Pierce's first wife, Cassandra, 20 years ago. The 60-year-old James Bond actor told People that his daughter has "fought her cancer with grace and humanity" and "passed onto eternal life." She was surrounded by her husband, two children, and brothers. Charlotte died at the age of 41.

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 11th. Today is Stay Out of the Sun Day. Today is Compliment Your Mirror Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1965, singing cowboy Roy Rogers mourned the death of his horse Trigger. The animal was stuffed and put in the Roy Rogers Museum. In 1970, some 200,000 heard Jimi Hendrix play The Star Spangled Banner as the 3-day Atlanta Pop Festival opened in Byron, Georgia. Two days later Governor Lester Maddox said he would seek legislation to ban rock festivals in Georgia. In 1971, Jim Morrison died of a heart attack in his Paris hotel room. He was in the bath at the time. Fans wouldn't learn of his passing until six days after it happened, by which time he had been quietly buried. In 1986, President Ronald Reagan re-lit the Statue of Liberty's torch in New York Harbor. A $66 million restoration of the statue was completed 100 years after its dedication. In 1989, actor Jim Backus died at age 76. He was the voice of Mr. Magoo and played the millionaire Thurston Howell on Gilligan's Island. In 1992, three performing dolphins escaped from their pen in Key Largo, Florida and showed up several days later in a golf course lagoon in Key Biscayne. They performed for golfers voluntarily at 10:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm, apparently hoping to be fed. In 2002, Elton John was awarded a doctorate from London's Royal Academy of Music, the school he dropped out of in the early ‘60s.

Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger have officially married! People magazine reports that the Canadian duo married on Monday. The Nickelback frontman told the magazine that the date is significant because they began dating on the same day last year. July 1st is also fitting as it is Canada Day and both hail from the Great White North. The two met last February while writing for Avril's latest album, Here's To Never Growing Up. They became engaged in August.

The movies are getting a jump with the holiday. In theaters today are the PG-rated Despicable Me 2 and the PG-13 rated The Lone Ranger. By the way, the reviews for The Lone Ranger are in, and they're not good. A sample: According to the San Jose Mercury news, "In the end, The Lone Ranger is one hot mess -- an entertaining one, to be sure, but still a mess."

Keep digging the backyard shelter, but there's no rush. There's a new date for the end of the world. It's now 2,000,002,013. A Scottish researcher says too little carbon dioxide will cause the death of animals and plants. In a billion years, he believes animals and plants will die-off. Then, another billion years after, with the loss of our oceans, Earth becomes even too desolate for even tiny microbes.

A new study has burger lovers wondering, "Where's the beef?" Burgers at eight popular fast-food chains were tested to find out exactly what's inside those juicy patties and the results are surprising. Overall, the study by the Annals of Diagnostic Pathology found most burgers contained only 2.1 to 14.8 percent real meat. Around 50 percent is water weight and the rest is tissue, nerves and bone. What's a burger lover to do? Health website RealFarmacy.com suggests eating meat from local farmers with cows that are raised organically in green pastures.

Tomorrow is the date of the annual Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog-Eating Championship. Competitors will try to teat the most hot dogs and buns in ten minutes. The Women's competition starts at 11:30 in the morning while the men chow down at 12:30. Joey 'Jaws' Chestnut holds the Nathan's record with 68.

A new Chinese national law introduced this week requires the offspring of parents older than 60 to visit their parents "frequently" and make sure their financial and spiritual needs are met.

A new study at the University of Pennsylvania finds that people who go to bed late are more likely to gain weight. I'm just sayin'.

Independence Day celebrations get going around the South Sound tonight with the annual Lacey Fireworks Spectacular.  The fireworks are being launched from William A. Bush Park and lighten the sky above College and Yelm Highway starting about 10:15 tonight.  The Tumwater Independence Day Parade is coming up starting at 11:00 in the morning.  Then tomorrow night, it's the annual Artesian Family Festival & Thunder Valley Fireworks Show at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course. You'll find music, food, games and a lot more. Gates open at 6:00 tomorrow night with the fireworks show set to start at 10:15.

As we head into the holiday, remember that thousands are treated in emergency rooms every year for injuries from fireworks. Don't be a statistic ... let your friend light the fuse. By the way, those are fire crackers off to the right.

Trivia Answer: Brian Cashman who turns 46. Cashman attended The Catholic University of America, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1989. He was a four-year starter at second base and the leadoff hitter for his college baseball team. He set a school record for most hits in a season, which has since been broken. Cashman started with the New York Yankees organization as an intern in 1986. In February of 1998, he was named Senior Vice-President and General Manager. During Cashman's tenure, the Yankees have won six American League pennants and four World Series championships. Despite the team's success, in 2005 Cashman considered leaving the Yankees due to conflicts with owner George Steinbrenner and organizational disputes between team officials in New York City and Tampa. Eventually, Cashman agreed to a new contract with the Yankees following the conclusion of the 2005 season which gave him more authority in personnel decisions and paid him an average of $1.3 million more over the following three years. In 2008, he signed a new 3-year contract to stay with the Yankees through the 2011 season. Following that season, when the Yankees failed to make the playoffs, Cashman signed CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, and Mark Teixeira to long-term free agent contracts. These three players played a huge role in the Yankees season, culminating with a victory in the 2009 World Series. The Yankees re-signed Cashman to another three-year deal in November 2011.

Tuesday 7.2.13
Today's Trivia: He was a restaurant owner and philanthropist. He's also known for appearing in more than 800 commercial advertisements for his restaurant chain from 1989 to 2002 -- more than any other person in television history. Who is he?

It didn't get quite as warm as they forecast yesterday. It was still hot, just not as hot as the predictions. The National Weather Service says we reached 88 yesterday afternoon. It should be a little cooler today depending on when it finally burns off.

Late-breaking developments are keeping alive the possibility a National Hockey League team now based in Arizona will play in Seattle next fall. A spokesman for Seattle mayor Mike McGinn has confirmed Key Arena is holding dates for NHL games next fall in case the Phoenix Coyotes move to Seattle from Glendale, Arizona. A Key Arena staffer says the facility will be ready for the team if they need to use it. If the Coyotes do indeed move to Seattle, their stay at Key Arena would likely be temporary. Plans call for moving the team to Chris Hansen's proposed SODO arena -- if the memorandum of agreement can be changed to allow a hockey team to move in there before an NBA team. Glendale's city council votes tonight on a deal that would pay Renaissance Sports and Entertainment $15 million to operate the Phoenix Coyotes' home ice. Some Glendale city council members say the city can't afford that deal, leaving doubts about whether the lease agreement will be approved.

NFL.com revealed the final players last week in its ranking of the league's top 100 players, and much to the chagrin of Seattle fans, no Seahawks were listed among the top 20. Instead, the Seahawks placed six players among the NFL's top 100, with running back Marshawn Lynch ranking the highest at No. 24 -- a fitting number, considering his jersey digits. The six selected Seahawks were Lynch (24), cornerback Richard Sherman (50), quarterback Russell Wilson (51), safety Earl Thomas (66), wide receiver Percy Harvin (90) and center Max Unger (95). Vikings running back Adrian Peterson came in as the NFL's top-ranked player,

The Mariners are deep in the heart of Texas for three with the Rangers. Game one of the set is tonight at 5:05.

The Seattle Storm is at Chicago tonight. Tip-off at 5:00.

Today is World UFO Day, a day dedicated to the existence of Unidentified Flying Objects. The first World UFO Day was celebrated in 2001. Today is Remember to Feed the Hummingbirds Day. Hang the feeder outside a window so the cat can watch. Today is I Forgot Day, a day to make up for all the birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations you forgot during the first half of the year. Today is Be Nice to People You Don't Like Day. Today is National Baked Bananas Day. Today is National Try to Find Your Slinky Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 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 1981, Foreigner released their album 4. In In 1992, Mick Jagger became a grandfather when his daughter, Jade, gave birth to a baby girl. Also 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.

When it comes to having a good reputation, Canada outranks 49 other countries including the United States. This is according to a new study by the Reputation Institute. It marks the third consecutive win for Canada, which received a score of 76.6 out of 100. The study polled 27-thousand people from the G8 countries. It measured each country's level of trust, esteem, admiration and respect. Perceptions of whether or not the country is a safe place to visit, has an effective government and other factors were also taken into account. The top five countries are Canada, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia and Norway. The United States landed in 22nd place out of the 50 countries that were part of the survey. Dead last went to Iraq, only receiving 21.2 points.

Actress Kyra Sedgwick accidentally cut the tip of her finger in a grisly kitchen mishap over the weekend. People magazine reports that the unfortunate incident happened while Sedgwick was chopping up some kale and got a little overzealous with the knife. Kyra's husband, Kevin Bacon, posted photos of his wife in the hospital after receiving treatment for the injury. Bacon used Twitter to thank fans for their well wishes and says that Sedgwick is doing fine but unfortunately couldn't find the missing fingertip.

A woman in New Zealand called police. She sounded like she was gagging or had a medical condition because she could only grunt. Police reported to her home and found that the 64-year-old woman had mistaken glue for lip cream and had glued her lips together.

Kate Middleton and Prince William are expecting their baby in mid-July and Kate just "can't believe it!" Us Magazine reports that the royal couple is anxiously waiting for their first child's arrival. A source close to the Duchess of Cambridge tells the magazine that Kate is enjoying her last few weeks of pregnancy. She plans to give birth naturally at London's St. Mary's Hospital.

Reps for Avril Lavigne and Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger issued a press release Sunday stating that they were not yet married. Rumors spread that the two had wed in Cannes, France over the weekend. Rumors are now surfacing that the couple tied the knot yesterday but again, no official word

Trivia Answer: Dave Thomas who was born on this date in 1932. He was the founder and chief executive officer of Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers. Thomas opened his first Wendy's in Columbus, Ohio, in 1969. (This original restaurant would remain operational until March 2, 2007, when it was closed due to lagging sales.) Thomas named the restaurant after his eight-year-old daughter Melinda Lou, whose nickname was Wendy, stemming from the child's inability to say her own name at a young age. In 1982, Thomas resigned from his day-to-day operations at Wendy's. However, by 1985, several company business decisions, including an awkward new breakfast menu and loss in brand awareness due to fizzled marketing efforts caused the company's new president to urge Thomas back into a more active role with Wendy's. Thomas began to visit franchises and espouse his hardworking, so-called "mop-bucket attitude." In 1989, he took on a significant role as the TV spokesman in a series of commercials for the brand. Thomas was not a natural actor, and initially, his performances were criticized as stiff and ineffective by advertising critics. By 1990, after efforts by Wendy's agency to get humor into the campaign, a decision was made to portray Thomas in a more self-deprecating and folksy manner, which proved much more popular with test audiences. A company survey during the 1990s, a decade during which Thomas starred in every Wendy's commercial that aired, found that 90% of Americans knew who Thomas was. Thomas died at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in January of 2002, after a decade-long battle with liver cancer. At the time of his death, there were more than 6,000 Wendy's restaurants operating in North America.

Monday 7.1.13
Today's Trivia: On this date in 1963, ZIP Codes were introduced for the United States mail. What does ZIP stand for?

According to the National Weather service, we hit 86 on Friday, 85 on Saturday, and then 92 yesterday. We're aiming at 92 again today.

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory through 11 tonight. Today is set to be the warmest day of the heat spell here in the South Sound. Tomorrow will be somewhat cooler but will still be relatively warm. A cooling trend -- smile when you say that -- is set to bring temps back toward normal by Wednesday. Those sensitive to heat spells -- such as the elderly and those working outdoors -- should be prepared. An Excessive Heat Watch means that a prolonged period of hot temps is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Hot weather tends to lure many to area rivers and lakes. Be aware that the water, especially in the rivers, is cold enough to be hazardous. Also, river currents are strong this time of year.

Jeremy Bonderman spotted the Chicago Cubs an early lead too big for a late rally by his Seattle Mariners teammates to overcome. Bonderman left in the fourth inning as the Cubs were building a six-run lead, and home runs by Jason Bay, Raul Ibanez and Kyle Seager weren't enough to finish the Seattle comeback as Chicago held on for a 7-6 win yesterday. Raul, by the way, had 10 homers in the month of June, tying his career high for any month. An off day for the Ms today. They're in Texas tomorrow through Thursday.

The defending champion Indiana Fever pulled away in the fourth quarter and beat the Seattle Storm 71-63 last night. The Storm is at Chicago tomorrow night.

July has arrived. It's National Blueberry Month, National Anti-Boredom Month, National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, National Hot Dog Month, and National Ice Cream Month. Today, in fact, is Creative Ice Cream Flavors day. Summer is in full swing. Its hot and sizzling. You need something to help cool off. What a perfect time for Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day. The day gives you the chance to create a new flavor of ice cream. Today is Canada Day, a celebration of Canadian nationalism, heritage, and pride. Canada became self-governing on July 1st of 1867. It's ZIP Code Day. On this date in 1963, ZIP Codes were introduced for United States mail. Today is National Postal Workers Day. It's National Financial Freedom Day. Today is International Joke Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1967, The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band went to number one in the United States. In 1979, Sony introduced the Walkman, a portable cassette tape player. In 1984, the PG-13 rating was introduced by the Motion Picture Association of America. In 1990, East Germany accepted the Deutsche Mark as its currency, thus uniting the economies of East and West Germany. In 2007, smoking in England was banned in all public indoor spaces.

The animated prequel Monsters University took home its second US and Canadian box office title over the weekend with $46.2 million in ticket sales, fending off a red-hot debut from Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in the female buddy comedy The Heat, which finished second. Zombie thriller World War Z, starring Brad Pitt as an ex-UN crisis specialist fighting the undead, slipped just one notch to third in its second week in release. Big-budget, explosion-filled White House Down fell short of expectations with $25.7 million in its first three days, finishing the weekend in fourth place. In the No. 5 spot was Superman reboot Man of Steel.

Despite their inability to quickly agree on a state operating budget, Washington state lawmakers managed to pass more than 330 bills. Many of those laws take effect at the end of July. So as we get ready for Fourth of July cookouts and family gatherings, consider:

  • Electronic Proof of Driver's Insurance: Drivers in Washington will now be able to use their smartphones to prove they have insurance when they get pulled over. The Legislature added electronic proof of driver's insurance to the list of methods officers can accept as proof.
  • Social Media Passwords: Lawmakers barred employers from demanding passwords for social media sites like Facebook at the workplace and during job interviews. It also stops employers from making workers friend managers so that their profile is viewable.
  • Gender Neutral Language: Washington lawmakers continued their efforts to scrape the state's laws and rules of sexist language. A measure approved by the Legislature this year mandated that references to "his" be changed to "his or her." Other nouns like "clergyman" must be changed to "clergy." Over the past six years, state officials have engaged in the onerous task of changing the language used in the state's copious laws, which includes thousands of words and phrases, many written more than a century ago when the idea of women working on police forces or on fishing boats wasn't a consideration.
  • Liquor, beer and wine: Farmers markets that meet certain requirements will be able to feature wine and beer tasting. The measure makes a pilot program permanent. Meanwhile, movie theaters with less 120 seats per screen will be allowed to obtain a liquor license under another approved measure and lawmakers made sure that grocery stores using self-checkout machines check people's identification when they purchase alcohol.
  • Dropped marijuana: Should a person drop or forget an ounce or less of marijuana at a retail store with a pharmacy, managers need to notify law enforcement and destroy the marijuana under a law approved by lawmakers.

A new study by Bankrate.com finds that 76% of Americans do not have enough money set aside to survive a six-month emergency such as a job loss.

More than half of US employees say they take business calls or check their work emails while on vacation. The convenience of laptops and mobile devices make vacation-time work easier than ever, but researchers say there is such a thing as too much work and it's necessary that we simply unplug from the office.

Trivia Answer: The term ZIP is an acronym for Zone Improvement Plan. It is properly written in capital letters and was chosen to suggest that the mail travels more efficiently, and therefore more quickly, when senders use the code in the postal address. The basic format consists of five decimal numerical digits. An extended ZIP+4 code, introduced in the 1980s, includes the five digits of the ZIP code, a hyphen, and four more digits that determine a more precise location than the ZIP code alone. The term ZIP code was originally registered as a servicemark (a type of trademark) by the US Postal Service, but its registration has since expired. On July 1, 1963, non-mandatory ZIP codes were announced for the whole country. Robert Moon, an employee of the post office, is considered the father of the ZIP code; he submitted his proposal in 1944 while working as a postal inspector. The post office gives credit to Moon for only the first three digits of the ZIP code, which describe the sectional center facility -- a central mail processing facility with those three digits. The SCF sorts mail to all post offices with those first three digits in their ZIP codes. The mail is then sorted according to the final two digits of the ZIP code and sent to the corresponding post offices. In 1983, the U.S. Postal Service began using an expanded ZIP code system called "ZIP+4", often called "plus-four codes", "add-on codes" or "add ons." A ZIP+4 code uses the basic five-digit code plus four additional digits to identify a geographic segment within the five-digit delivery area, such as a city block, a group of apartments, an individual high-volume receiver of mail or any other unit that could use an extra identifier to aid in efficient mail sorting and delivery.