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Wednesday 8.31.16
Morning Trivia: He began acting in the 1970s, playing a supporting role in Looking for Mr. Goodbar, and a starring role in Days of Heaven. He came to prominence in 1980 for his role in the film American Gigolo, which established him as a leading man and a sex symbol. He went on to star in several hit films, including An Officer and a Gentleman, Pretty Woman, Primal Fear, Runaway Bride, Arbitrage and Chicago, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. Who is he?

When the autopsy is conducted on the Mariners 2016 season, they will doubtless have numerous regrets about the past week. Last night, they fell behind 4-0, rallied largely against Texas ace Cole Hamels to take a 7-6 lead into the ninth, but lost to the Rangers 8-7 when Edwin Diaz gave up a two-run, walk-off homer. Seattle dropped its fourth in a row and seventh in eight contests. The Mariners fell 10.5 games behind the Rangers in the AL West race, which is really no longer a race, and four games behind for the second wild card slot. The series concludes today with a matinee. Felix Hernandez is starting for Seattle.

Fortunately, we're getting close to the start of the NFL season. The Seahawks wrap up their preseason tomorrow night. They're in Oakland to face the Raiders. The regular season kicks off on Sepember 11th as the Hawks host the Miami Dolphins.

Birthdays: Baseball's Frank Robinson is 81; singer Van Morrison is 71; violinist Itzhak Perlman is also 71; former New York Giants football coach Tom Coughlin is 70; Go-Go's drummer Gina Schock is 57; and singer Debbie Gibson is 46.

Today is National Trail Mix Day. Today is Love Litigating Lawyers Day, a time to appreciate the folks we want on our side when push comes to shove.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1900, Coca Cola went on sale in Britain. In 1920, John Lloyd Wright was issued a patent for "Toy-Cabin Construction," which we know as Lincoln Logs. In 1946, Foghorn Leghorn debuted in the Warner Brothers cartoon Walky Talky Hawk. In 1958, the Census Bureau reported that there were 902 female sailors in the US Navy. In 1964, California officially became the most populated state in America. In 1974, The Partridge Family television show ended. In 1976, Beatle George Harrison was found guilty of subconsciously plagiarizing the Chiffons' He's So Fine when he wrote My Sweet Lord. In 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul died in a car crash in Paris.

Donald Trump was at Xfinity Arena in Everett last night. He said that he's going to win Washington. This state has not voted for a Republican candidate since Ronald Reagan.

Samsung is getting ready to roll out a brand new flip phone. The Galaxy Folder 2 has the feel of a gold-plated Motorola Razr. Samsung has smartened up the flip phone form by having the Galaxy Folder 2 run Android. Besides the flip and keypad we're used to seeing, the Folder 2 will have a touch screen and a couple of good cameras.

Trivia Answer: Richard Tiffany Gere who turns 67 today. Gere remains one of the few actors, if not the only actor, to be nominated multiple times for the Golden Globe Award without ever being nominated for an Academy Award. Gere had a relationship with actress Penelope Milford from 1971 to 1978. He had affairs with Priscilla Presley in 1983 and Kim Basinger in 1986. Gere was married to supermodel Cindy Crawford from 1991 to 1995. In November 2002, he married model and actress Carey Lowell. The two separated after 11 years of marriage. The couple is currently involved in highly contested divorce proceedings in Manhattan Supreme Court.

Tuesday 8.30.16
Morning Trivia: He's a business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is widely considered the most successful investor of the 20th century. He is the primary shareholder, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He's consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest people. Who is he?

The Mariners can probably abandon any hopes they may entertained of overtaking Texas in the AL West race after the Rangers pummeled Hisashi Iwakuma in a decisive third inning en route to a 6-3 victory last in Arlington. Seattle has lost three in a row and six of its past seven, and fell 9.5 games behind the Rangers in the division race with 31 games remaining. The consolation: The Mariners remain three back of Baltimore for the second wild card slot after the Orioles lost to Toronto 5-1. But Detroit, Houston and Kansas City are ahead of Seattle for that second wild card. The Mariners are 4-9 against Texas this season and have dropped six of their past seven to the Rangers. They get to try again tonight. The middle game of the three-game set is coming up 5:05. Following the conclusion of the series tomorrow, the Mariners will take Thursday off before starting a three-game set with the Angels. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Friday's game against the Angels at Safeco Field.

The Seattle Seahawks cut ties with one of the founding members of the Legion of Boom secondary for the second time in two-and-a-half years by releasing cornerback Brandon Browner in advance of the team's first round of roster cuts. The team terminated the contract for the 32-year-old Browner yesterday, less than 24 hours before this afternoon's 1 o'clock deadline for NFL teams to trim offseason rosters from 90 to 75 players. Meanwhile, the Hawks wrap up their preseason Thursday night. They're in Oakland against the Raiders.

Birthdays: He was Roger on I Dream of Jeannie and later was on the Bob Newhart Show, actor Bill Daily is 89; Cooter on The Dukes of Hazzard, actor Ben Jones is 75; Julie Barnes on The Mod Squad, actress Peggy Lipton is 70; comedian Lewis Black is 68; actor Timothy Bottoms is 65; actress Cameron Diaz is 44; and former Seattle Seahawk Shaun Alexander is 39.

Gene Wilder, whose wild curls and startling blue eyes brought a frantic air to roles in the movies Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Young Frankenstein, and Blazing Saddles died yesterday. Wilder, whose best work included collaborations with director-writer Mel Brooks and actor-comedian Richard Pryor, died at his home in Stamford, Connecticut, from complications of Alzheimer's disease. Wilder's barely contained hysteria made him a go-to lead for Mel Brooks, who cast him in Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and The Producers in the 1960s and '70s. Besides his classic collaborations with Brooks, Wilder paired memorably with comedian Richard Pryor in the hits Silver Streak and Stir Crazy. Wilder also was active in promoting ovarian cancer awareness and treatment after his wife, comedian Gilda Radner, whom he married in 1984, died of the disease in 1989. Wilder's nephew said the actor had chosen to keep his Alzheimer's illness secret so that children who knew him as Willy Wonka would not equate the whimsical character with an adult disease. Gene Wilder was 83.

Today is Talk Intelligently Day. For those who normally talk intelligently, it's Talk Brilliantly Day. Today is National Toasted Marshmallow Day. And today is Frankenstein Day. There are actually three known days, and as a result, a little confusion. We have Frankenstein Friday, National Frankenstein Day, and Frankenstein Day. Let's clarify. Today -- and every August 30th -- is Frankenstein Day. This day is in honor of author Mary Wollenstone Shelley who was born on August 30th of 1797. She wrote the book Frankenstein in 1818. Frankenstein Friday is the last Friday in October. Then there's National Frankenstein Day. Google posts this as October 29th. We haven't been able to verify that this as a true National Day. The latest research suggests this day is really Frankenstein Friday.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1964, Mickey Mantle struck out for the 1,331st time, breaking Babe Ruth's major-league career strike-out record. In 1990, Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr. became the first father and son to play on the same major-league baseball team. Both singled in the first inning for the Seattle Mariners. In 1993, the first musical guest on CBS's The Late Show With David Letterman was Billy Joel. In 1997, Americans learned of the car crash in Paris that claimed the lives of Princess Diana, Dodi Fayed and their driver, Henri Paul. Because of the time difference, it was August 31st when the crash actually occurred. In 2005, on the day after Hurricane Katrina struck, 80 percent of New Orleans was under water. A massive rescue effort plucked hundreds from rooftops. Many others waited for days to be rescued. Meanwhile, Katrina flattened much of Gulfport and Biloxi, Missisippi, flooded Mobile, Alabama., and heavily damaged smaller towns in between.

The Donald is heading for the Northwest. He's appearing tonight at Xfinity Arena. Don't know that this is going to end well. About 13,000 tickets have been distributed. The venue holds between 8,000 and 10,000.

One year after living in isolation to simulate a mock mission to Mars, six crew members emerged this past Sunday from their 1,200-square-foot solar-powered dome. The three men and three women lived in the bare, rocky slopes of Mauna Loa on the island of Hawaii. They had limited contact with the outside world, including email contact that had a 20-minute delay to simulate communications from deep space. Food and other necessities also were limited. The mock astronauts could only leave their habitat in puffy, heavy space suits with limited oxygen.

Trivia Answer: The Wizard of Omaha, the Oracle of Omaha, the Sage of Omaha, Warren Edward Buffett who is 86 today. He's noted for his adherence to the value investing philosophy and for his personal frugality despite his immense wealth. Time magazine has named him one of the most influential people in the world. Buffett is also a notable philanthropist, having pledged to give away 99 percent of his fortune to philanthropic causes, primarily via the Gates Foundation.

Monday 8.29.16
Morning Trivia: Today is the anniversary of the opening of a military school for officer candidates with a campus located immediately north of Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado. It's the youngest of the five United States service academies, having graduated its first class in 1959. What are we talking about?

Taijuan Walker threw well enough to beat the White Sox, but the Mariners couldn't capitalize on their offensive chances, going 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Had it not been for Taijuan Walker’s sudden spurt of wildness in the fourth inning, and Adam Lind's double-play ball in the seventh, the Mariners might have earned a split of their four-game series Sunday. Instead, the Chicago White Sox nursed a 2-1 lead until the eighth when they broke through for two more runs and a 4-1 victory, handing Seattle its fifth loss in six games. Coupled with Baltimore’s 5-0 win over the New York Yankees in the Bronx, the Mariners fell three games behind the Orioles in their pursuit of the second wild card slot. The Mariners now begin a three-game set at AL West leader Texas this afternoon at 5:05. The Mariners are then off Thursday before beginning a three-game series against the LA Angels Friday at Safeco Field.

Birthdays: US Senator John McCain is 80; actor Elliott Gould is 78; TV personality Robin Leach is 75; actress Rebecca De Mornay is 57; bassist and singer Me’Shell Ndegeocello is 48; and, from Glee, actress Lea Michele is 30.

Wear your colors today. It's National College Colors Day. Today is More Herbs Less Salt Day, because it's healthier and zestier. In the movie The Terminator, today is Judgment Day. Today is Mary Poppins Day. The movie premiered on this date in 1964.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1966, The Beatles performed their last concert before paying fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. In 1967, 72% of American TV viewers watched Dr. Richard Kimbal catch up with the one-armed man on The Fugitive. It was a record that stood until 76% found out who shot JR on November 21st of 1980. In 1973, Judge John Sirica ordered President Nixon to turn over secret Watergate tapes. Nixon refused and appealed the order. In 1990, Sandy the dog, who starred for six years on Broadway in Annie, died in his sleep at age 16. That's 112 in dog years. In 1996, Isaac Hayes wrote Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole and asked him to refrain from using the song Soul Man as his campaign theme tune. The lyrics had been changed to I'm a Dole Man. In 1999, thieves in Melbourne, Australia, stole a truck loaded with toilet paper. Street value: $18,900. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated much of the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, killing an estimated 1,836 people and causing over $108 billion in damage.

Don't Breathe, a twisty story of a group of teenage delinquents who pick the wrong house to burglarize, dominated the late summer box office, debuting to a potent $26.1 million over the weekend and topping charts. It joins a long list of recent horror films such as The Purge: Election Year, The Conjuring 2, Lights Out, and The Shallows that have all found success with audiences. It's a genre that's particularly attractive to studios, because these films don't require much in the way of special effects or star power, making them cheaper to produce than comic book adventures and science-fiction fantasies. Don't Breathe cost less than $10 million to produce. It more than doubled its production budget in a single weekend. Don't Breathe displaced Suicide Squad from its perch atop charts. After finishing in first for three consecutive weekends, the super villain mash-up had to settle for second place this weekend. In third place was Kubo and the Two Strings. Sausage Party nabbed fourth place. Rounding out the top five was Pete's Dragon.

The intense heat from August is now done; Friday's heat blast should be the last for a while as the weather pattern begins to change to a cooler, occasionally wetter one. It's a pattern that's expected to hang around for at least the next two weeks, taking us into mid-September. But what about when those two weeks end? The new long range forecast from NOAA suggests that as a whole, our September and autumn will still end up warmer than normal -- as will the rest of the nation.

Trivia Answer: The United States Air Force Academy. There are five US Service academies:

The United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, founded in 1802
The United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, founded in 1845
The United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, founded in 1876
The United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, founded in 1943
The United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, founded in 1954

Graduates of the Air Force Academy's four-year program receive a Bachelor of Science degree, and most are commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Air Force. The Academy is also one of the largest tourist attractions in Colorado, attracting more than a million visitors each year. Candidates for admission are judged on their academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, athletics and character. To gain admission, candidates must also pass a fitness test, undergo a thorough medical examination, and secure a nomination, which usually comes from the member of Congress in the candidate's home district. Recent incoming classes have had about 1,200 cadets; historically just under 1,000 of those will graduate.[5] Tuition along with room and board are all paid for by the US government. Cadets receive a monthly stipend, but incur a commitment to serve a number of years of military service after graduation.

Friday 8.26.16
Morning Trivia: This actor became widely known for his portrayal of Kevin McCallister. At the height of his fame, he was regarded as the most successful child actor since Shirley Temple. He was ranked No. 2 in VH1's 100 Greatest Kid-Stars, and No. 2 in E!'s 50 Greatest Child Stars. Who is he?

The Seahawks offense finally became productive with three eye-catching touchdowns in a 27-17 triumph last night over the Dallas Cowboys, who had only three plays before Tony Romo was hurt. Russell Wilson must have sensed the unease at the Clink after the Seahawks' No. 1 unit failed to score in its first six preseason possessions. On the seventh try, Wilson unleashed a masterpiece of a touchdown pass. One more preseason game coming up. The final preseason contest is in Oakland against the Raiders next Thursday night. The regular season opener follows on September 11th as the Hawks host the Miami Dolphins.

The Seattle Mariners bullpen couldn't hold a three-run lead in Chicago and the Mariners dropped the opener of a seven-game road trip falling to the White Sox, 7-6, last night. Robinson Cano hit his 29th home run and the Mariners wasted a solid return off the disabled list by James Paxton in their third straight loss. Seattle fell 7 1/2 games behind AL West-leading Texas. A showdown of aces coming up tonight as Felix Hernandez faces off with Chris Sale. First pitch tonight at 5:10.

Birthdays: Half of the songwriting duo of Ashford & Simpson, singer-songwriter Valerie Simpson is 70; musician Leon Redbone is 67; saxophonist, composer and bandleader -- . former Tonight Show bandleader -- Branford Marsalis 56; from Garbage, lead singer Shirley Manson is 50; and actress Melissa McCarthy is 46.

Today is National Dog Day. National Dog Day has two goals: to honor dogs, and to rescue dogs from homelessness and abuse. Today is Woman's Equality Day which commemorates August 26th of 1920 when votes to women officially became part of the US constitution. It's National Cherry Popsicle Day. It's Toilet Paper Day. The first written documentation of toilet paper dates back to 6th century China, but Joseph Gayetty is widely credited as having invented modern toilet paper in the United States. Introduced in 1857, Gayetty’s Medicated Paper was the first commercially available paper and was sold in flat sheets. The first time toilet paper was ever sold on a roll was on August 26th of 1871.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1957, the first Edsel made by the Ford Motor Company rolled of the assembly line. In 1968, The Beatles released their single, Hey Jude. The song, written for the young Julian Lennon by Paul McCartney, went to number one. In 1987, Sonny Bono announced his candidacy for mayor of Palm Springs, California. In 1990, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble played Alpine Valley, Wisconsin. For an encore, the band was joined for a jam by Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan and Robert Cray. Flying to Chicago the next morning, Vaughan was killed when his helicopter crashed. In 2004, ‘80s hit-maker Laura Branigan, who sang Gloria, died of a brain aneurysm at her home in East Quogue, New York. She was 47. In 2011, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner received certification from the EASA and the FAA.

Touch ID from Apple is a great way to safeguard your device, and a newly filed patent suggests it will also be able to help catch thieves. The patent, named 'biometric capture for unauthorized user identification,' is pretty straightforward. If Touch ID detects a fingerprint that isn’t yours, it'll store an image of the scan as a means of catching who may have stolen your phone. It may also take their picture, or a video of them trying to hack your device.

Suicide Squad's run at the top of the box office seems ready to end. The R-rated psychological horror-thriller Don't Breathe is expected to win the weekend with $11 million to $14 million in ticket sales. Also out this weekend, Mechanic: Resurrection (R), Hands of Stone (R), and Southside with You (PG-13).

Trivia Answer: Macaulay Culkin who turns 36 today. Culkin began acting at the age of four. In 1989 he starred in Uncle Buck with John Candy. He rose to international fame with his lead role as Kevin McCallister in the blockbuster film Home Alone in 1990, where he was reunited with Uncle Buck writer and director John Hughes and Uncle Buck co-star John Candy. He reprised the role of Kevin in the 1992 sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Despite the huge success of Uncle Buck, Home Alone, and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, other films Culkin acted in only did reasonably well. Around the time of the first Home Alone movie, Culkin became close friends with pop singer Michael Jackson, making an appearance in Jackson's Black or White music video. Culkin and Jackson went on vacations together to such places as Bermuda and Disney World, and Culkin often stayed at Jackson's Neverland Ranch home. Jackson later asked Culkin to be godfather of his children Prince and Paris. At Jackson's trial, Culkin reported he had slept in Jackson's bedroom on countless occasions, but stated that Jackson's bedroom was arranged over two stories, and that Jackson had never sexually molested him or touched him in improper ways. Culkin referred to the allegations as "absolutely ridiculous". Culkin attended Jackson's burial on September 3rd of 2009.

Thursday 8.25.16
Morning Trivia: He is a Canadian-born MC, producer, actor, singer, sportscaster, and game show host. During the initial run of the show for which we know him, he became well known alongside model Carol Merrill and announcer Jay Stewart. Who is he?

Rookie Gary Sanchez kept up his torrid stretch with his seventh home run in the past nine games, and Masahiro Tanaka won his fourth straight start, leading the New York Yankees to a 5-0 win over the Seattle Mariners yesterday. Tanaka threw seven shutout innings and got the better of the Mariners and his former Japan League teammate Hisashi Iwakuma. The Yankees won their third straight road series. They took two of three from the Mariners, one of the teams they're chasing in the AL wild-card race. Up next, the Mariners open a seven-game road trip tonight at 5:10 in Chicago against the White Sox.

The Seattle Seahawks are set for the third of four preseason games -- what at least one sportswriter calls fake games. The Hawks are hosting the Dallas Cowboys at Century Link tonight. Look for the starters to play a little longer. Kick-off tonight at 7:00.

Birthdays: The first man to portray James Bond on the big screen, actor Sean Connery is 86; media personality Regis Philbin is 85; actor Tom Skerritt -- since 1988 he lives up here splitting his time between his house on Lake Washington and a second home on Lopez Island in the San Juans -- Tom is 83; baseball's Roland “Rollie” Fingers is 70; from KISS, Gene Simmons is 67; from Judas Priest, Rob Halford is 65; musician Elvis Costello is 62; director Tim Burton is 58; Mr. Achy Breaky Heart and Miley’s dad, Billy Ray Cyrus is 55; actor Blair Underwood is 52; TV chef Rachael Ray is 48; model Claudia Schiffer is 46; and actress Blake Lively is 29.

Today is Kiss and Make Up Day. It’s also Wizard of Oz Day, marking this date in 1939 when the movie was first released. Be Kind to Humankind Week is the annual celebration of kindness that is recognized globally from August 25th through the 31st each and every year. It is basically a week of reflection and kind thoughts of others to make this world a better place. Of course, it's suggested to practice kindness daily, but this is the week you can take it to the next level. Today is National Secondhand Wardrobe Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1916, the United States National Park Service was created. In 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the bill appropriating funds for construction of the Pentagon. In 1946, Ben Hogan won the PGA in Portland, Oregon. It was his first major golf title. In 1950, President Harry Truman ordered the US Army to seize control of the nation's railroads to avert a strike. In 1975, Bruce Springsteen's album Born to Run was released. In 1976, Boston released its self-titled debut album. In 1985, 19-year-old Dwight Gooden became the youngest major league pitcher ever to win 20 games in a season. In 1991, Lnus Torvalds announced the first version of what eventually becomes Linux. In 1993, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 3,652.09, an all-time high. In 1994, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page reunited in a London studio to record their MTV Unplugged show. The show was called Unledded. In 1998, a survey was released said that 1/3 of Americans used the internet.

Fallout from the Olympics continues. Hope Solo has been suspended from the women's national team for six months for what US Soccer said is "conduct that is counter to the organization's principles. The heavily favored US team was knocked out of the Olympics by Sweden in a game decided by penalty kicks. Afterward, Solo was critical of the Swedish team, saying "I thought we played a courageous game. I also think we played a bunch of cowards. The best team did not win today. I strongly and firmly believe that." The suspension for Solo is effective immediately. US Soccer said, “Taking into consideration the past incidents involving Hope, as well as the private conversations we've had requiring her to conduct herself in a manner befitting a US national team member, US Soccer determined this is the appropriate disciplinary action." Solo won't be eligible to be on the national team until February of 2017.

This summer, France made a big, bold step to combat email addiction. It’s actually illegal to work on email on weekends if your company has over 50 employees.

Trivia Answer: Monte Halperin -- better known his stage name Monty Hall -- who turns 95 today. Monty was the host of Let's Make a Deal, which he developed and produced with a partner. Let's Make a Deal aired on NBC daytime from December 30th of 1963 to December 27th of 1968, and then on ABC daytime from December 30th of 1968 to July 9th of 1976, along with two primetime runs. It also aired in syndication from 1971 to 1977, from 1980 to 1981, from 1984 to 1986, and again on NBC briefly from 1990 to 1991. Though he retired in the early 1990s, Hall still makes occasional television appearances. He appeared as himself on an episode of That '70s Show in 2001. He played the host of a beauty pageant who schemed to become "the world's most powerful game show host" in the Disney animated series American Dragon: Jake Long. Monty hosted a game of Let's Make a Deal for Good Morning America on August 18th of 2008, as part of Game Show Reunion week. He appeared with his wife on The Newlywed Game hosted by Bob Eubanks on May 18th of 2010. Because of his work on Let's Make a Deal, Hall's name is used in a probability puzzle known as "The Monty Hall Problem," which examines the counter-intuitive effect of switching one's choice of doors, one of which hides a prize, if Monty reveals an unwanted item behind a door the player did not choose. Hall himself gave an explanation of the solution to that problem, and why the solution did not apply to the case of the actual show, in an interview with The New York Times reporter John Tierney in 1991. Because Hall had control over the way the game progressed, he played on the psychology of the contestant. A detailed explanation and rationale for the solution to this problem is presented in The World's 200 Hardest Brainteasers book by Gary Gruber.

Wednesday 8.24.16
Morning Trivia: Nicknamed The Iron Man, this former shortstop and third baseman played 21 seasons in Major League Baseball for the Baltimore Orioles. He's best known for holding the record for consecutive games played, 2,632, surpassing Lou Gehrig's streak of 2,130 that had stood for 56 years and that many deemed unbreakable. Who is he?

Taijuan Walker's return to the rotation didn't go as planned, and the Seattle offense didn't provide help, and the Mariners lost to the Yankees 5-1 last night. Seattle fell to two games back in the AL wild-card race. The series concludes with a matinee today. One of the biggest pitching matchups in Japanese baseball – Hisashi Iwakuma for Seattle and Masahiro Tanaka for New York -- are squaring off this afternoon.

The Seahawks continue their preseason tomorrow night. The Hawks are hosting the Dallas Cowboys. Kick-off coming up tomorrow night at 7:00.

Birthdays: He wrote the piece Classical Gas, guitarist Mason Williams is 78; wrestling promoter Vince McMahon is 71; Frank Fontana on Murphy Brown, actor Joe Regalbuto is 67; retired NFL coach Mike Shanahan is 64; actor Steve Guttenberg is 58; the original host of The Daily Show, Craig Kilborn is 54; actress Marlee Matlin is 51; journalist David Gregory is 46; and actor/comedian Dave Chappelle is 43.

Today is Vesuvius Day marking the date in 79 AD that Mount Vesuvius exploded. It was one of the largest volcanic explosions in recorded history. It destroyed Pompeii and others. Thousands died in the volcano's eruption. On a lighter note, today is National Waffle Day -- celebrating the first patent for a waffle iron, filed by Cornelius Swarthout in 1869. Today is National Knife Day. Today is Weather Cliche Day, marking this date in 1897 when editor Charles Dudley Warner of the Hartford Courant published the sentence, "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it." Many incorrectly attribute the quotation to Warner's close friend, Mark Twain. Today is Flitting Appreciation Day, a time to recognize those who have perfected the art of flitting around.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly non-stop across the US, traveling from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey, in just over 19 hours. In 1978, Bruce Springsteen appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone. In 1979, I Wanna Be Your Lover by Prince was released. It was his first US hit. In 1981, Mark David Chapman was sentenced in New York to 20 years to life in prison for killing John Lennon. In 1989, Pete Rose was banned from baseball for gambling. In 1995, Microsoft released Windows 95. In 1996, four women became students at The Citadel, a military school in South Carolina that had fought in court to remain all male. In 1998, three parties donated 24 beads to the Indian Museum of North America at the Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota's Black Hills. The beads were said to be used in 1626 to buy Manhattan from the Indians. In 2005, the planet Pluto was reclassified as a "dwarf planet" by the International Astronomical Union. Pluto's status was changed due to new rules for an object qualifying as a planet. Pluto met two of the three rules because it orbits the sun and is large enough to assume a nearly round shape. However, since Pluto has an oblong orbit and overlaps the orbit of Neptune it disqualified Pluto as a planet.

In the race to get us our favorite seasonal beverage -- the pumpkin spice latte -- Dunkin' Donuts has announced its version will be available no later than August 29th -- Monday. So take that, Starbucks and McDonald's.

This fall VH1 debuts a new reality show called Martha and Snoop's Dinner Party, starring Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg. Snoop's family and friends are concerned, though. They worry about him spending so much time around an ex-con.

Trivia Answer: Calvin Edwin Ripken Jr. -- Cal Ripken -- who is 56 today. One of his position's most offensively productive players, he compiled 3,184 hits, 431 home runs, and 1,695 runs batted in during his career. He won two Gold Glove Awards for his defense. He was a 19-time All-Star and was twice named American League Most Valuable Player. In 2007, he was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, and currently has the fourth highest voting percentage of all time (98.53%).

Tuesday 8.23.16
Morning Trivia: This actress is probably best known for her role as Diane Chambers on Cheers, for which she won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress and two Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress. Who is she?

Mike Zunino and Kyle Seager each hit a three-run homer and Nelson Cruz added a solo shot as the Seattle Mariners rallied to beat the New York Yankees 7-5 last night. Seattle remained one game behind Baltimore for the second American Leauge wild card. Game two of the three-game series is tonight at 7:10.

Birthdays: Jeannie on I Dream of Jeannie, actress Barbara Eden is 85; political satirist and comedian Mark Russell is 84; football legend Sonny Jurgensen is 82; Les Nesman from WKRP in Cincinnati, actor Richard Sanders is 76; singer Rick Springfield is 67; guitarist Gary Hoey is 56; basketball's Kobe Bryant is 38; and basketball's Seth Curry -- the little brother of Steph Curry -- is 26.

Today is Permanent Press Day, a day proudly to wear polyester and keep the iron unplugged. It was Steven Wright who said, "Ever notice how irons have a setting for permanent press? I don't get it." Today is Hug Your Sweetheart Day. Today is National Sponge Cake Day. Today is Ride the Wind Day -- an excellent opportunity to marvel at all things flying, and perhaps take part in some flying yourself.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1962, John Lennon married Cynthia Powell at the Mount Pleasant Registry Office in Liverpool, England. They were divorced in November 1968. In 1972, the Republican national convention, meeting in Miami Beach, nominated Vice President Spiro T. Agnew for a second term. In 1975, the album Fleetwood Mac entered the Billboard album chart. It was the group's first album featuring Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. In 1993, the Los Angeles Police Department formally announced that Michael Jackson was the subject a criminal investigation. In 2003, a 47-year-old German man lost his driver's license after failing to perform any of the required actions on an alcohol test. The test in Koblenz was noteworthy because the man's dog, a West Highland white terrier, executed all the commands perfectly, including a 360-degree turn as his master staggered and fell.

Ryan Lochte lost at least three major sponsors yesterday when swimsuit company Speedo USA, clothing giant Ralph Lauren, and skin-care firm Syneron-Candela announced in quick succession that they were dumping the swimmer over that drunken incident during the Rio Olympics that he initially described as an armed robbery. Speedo also said it would donate $50,000 of Lochte's fee to Save The Children to benefit needy youngsters in Brazil.

Really? KFC introduces sunscreen that smells like fried chicken. Would you slather yourself in a healthy chicken aroma? KFC has created a Kentucky Fried Chicken SPF 30 sunscreen. Yes, the fried chicken giant has decided to get into the skincare game, launching a website and free sun protection product that has the alluring scent of fried chicken. Probably best not to wear it at the dog park.

The FBI released a new app making it easier for the public — as well as financial institutions, law enforcement agencies, and others — to view photos and information about bank robberies in different geographic areas of the country. The FBI’s new FBI Bank Robbers app runs on both Android and iOS and lets users sort bank robberies by the date they occurred, the category they fall under (like armed serial bank robber), the FBI field office working the case, or the state where the robbery occurred.

Trivia Answer: Shelley Long who turns 67 today. She received five Emmy nomination for her role as Diane Chambers, winning in 1983 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Long reprised her role as Diane Chambers in four episodes of the spinoff Frasier, for which she received an additional guest star Emmy nomination. From 2009 to 2012, she had a recurring role as DeDe Pritchett on the ABC comedy series Modern Family. Long has also starred in several films, notably Night Shift in 1982, Irreconcilable Differences in 1984, The Money Pit in 1986, Outrageous Fortune in 1987, Hello Again in 1987, Troop Beverly Hills in 1989, The Brady Bunch Movie in 1995, A Very Brady Sequel in 1996 and Dr. T & the Women in 2000.

Monday 8.22.16
Morning Trivia: He was a fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery fiction writer. Best known for his novel Fahrenheit 451 from 1953 and for the science fiction and horror stories gathered together as The Martian Chronicles in 1950. Who was he?

The Milwaukee Brewers entered yesterday's game with the Mariners with a record of 0-and-59 when trailing after eight innings. The Brew Crew finally found some last-inning magic, against the Ms, of course. With Seattle up 6-3 in the top of the ninth, Keon Broxton and Chris Carter homered as part of a four-run ninth, lifting the Brewers over the Mariners 7-6 to end a six-game losing streak. The Ms do win the series, though. Up next, the Ms host the New York Yankees for three starting tonight.

Birthdays: An 18-time MLB All Star, Yaz, Carl Yastrzemski is 77; actress Valerie Harper is also 77; football's Bill Parcells is 75; 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft is 71; Shirley on Laverne & Shirley, actress Cindy Williams is 69; Tears for Fears frontman Roland Orzabal is 55; Bangles drummer Debbi Peterson is also 55; singer Tori Amos is 53; matchbox twenty guitarist Paul Doucette is 44; actress and comedian Kristen Wiig is 43; and The Late Late Show host James Corden is 38.

Guitarist Matt Roberts, a founding member of 3 Doors Down, has died in Wisconsin. He was in West Bend to perform at a benefit. The West Bend Police Department says someone called authorities around 7 Saturday morning to report an unconscious man in a hotel hallway. Police and firefighters found Roberts dead. The police statement says there were no signs of trauma and the cause of death was not immediately known. Roberts left 3 Doors Down in 2012 for health reasons. He had helped found the band with vocalist Brad Arnold and bassist Todd Harrell. Matt Roberts was 38.

Disgraced boy band producer Lou Pearlman died Friday while serving 25 years in prison for orchestrating a $300 million Ponzi scheme. Pearlman, the music mogul behind ‘N Sync and the Backstreet Boys was serving his sentence in Florida. He founded Trans Continental Records based in Orlando. Lou Pearlman was 62.

Today is Pocketphone Day. British Telecom introduced the first pocketphones on this date in 1989. Today is Be an Angel Day. Be An Angel Day is all about making the world a better place through acts of kindness, care and support. You’re encouraged to do something nice for someone today. Today is Southern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day, a time for everyone in the southern hemisphere to go outdoors at noon at yell, "Hoodie-Hoo!" to chase away winter and make ready for spring. Yep, it is winter down south. Today is National Eat a Peach Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt became the first US chief executive to ride in an automobile. He did so in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1956, Elvis began shooting his big-screen debut, Love Me Tender. In 1970, Eric Clapton entered the studio to begin recording the Derek & The Dominos album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. In 1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival started a nine-week run at number one on the album chart with their fifth album, Cosmo's Factory. In 1989, Texas Ranger Nolan Ryan fired a 96-mile-an-hour fastball to strike out Oakland's Rickey Henderson, Nolan's 5,000th strike out. In 1997, Rossana Giusti won the job of grave digger at a cemetery in Prato, Italy, after the ten men competing against her all fainted and failed the test. The test was exhuming a body. In 2000, Publishers Clearing House agreed to pay $18 million to 24 states and the District of Columbia to settle allegations it had used deceptive promotions in its sweepstakes mailings. In 2007, the Texas Rangers routed the Baltimore Orioles 30–3, the most runs scored by a team in modern MLB history.

Ben-Hur derailed spectacularly at the box office over the weekend, as the latest attempt to revive the chariot racing epic opened to an anemic $11.4 million. That's a disastrous result for the $100 million production, putting Ben-Hur in the ranks of the summer's biggest flops. With Ben-Hur faltering, Suicide Squad managed to snag first place for the third consecutive weekend. In its second weekend, Sausage Party held strong, and managed runner-up status on the box office charts. The weekend also marked the launch of War Dogs, an off-beat comedy about weapons dealers, which finished with a third-place slot. Kubo and the Two Strings, an animated story about a boy and a monkey who try to find a magical suit of armor in Ancient Japan, chalked up a fourth place finish. Pete's Dragon is currently neck-in-neck with Ben-Hur for fifth place.

The US Olympic Team made itself right at home in Rio. The British had a Games to savor as well. The host Brazilians got the soccer gold that they craved. The Russians struggled on the heels of the exposure of a state-sponsored doping program. The Chinese finished well below expectations. So went the medal race at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, where the Americans -- with women leading the way -- dominated both the gold and overall totals. The US finished with 46 golds and 121 medals overall, its 51-total-medal margin over second-place China the largest in a non-boycotted Olympics in nearly a century. For the fourth consecutive games, US swimmer Michael Phelps left with more medals than anyone else. He won six in Rio, while gymnast Simone Biles and US swimmer Katie Ledecky each won five to lead to lead a big haul from American women. US women left Rio with 27 golds -- by far the most among any team of female Olympians at these games -- and 61 medals total. By now, the Americans winning the medal race is almost commonplace. But the significance in Rio were the sheer amounts of hardware. The previous record for US medals at a fully attended Olympics was 110, set at Beijing eight years ago. And the margin between first and second in the overall medals race this year tops all others (the boycotted games of 1980 and 1984 excluded) since the Americans won 67 more medals than Italy did at the 1932 Los Angeles Games.

The Donald apparently won't be going to Portland after all. The Republican Presidential candidate has canceled his Portland campaign stop, which was scheduled for August 31st. Trump's Northwest regional campaign chair confirms that the Republican candidate will still hold events in Seattle on that day but will then immediately move on to battleground states. The spokesperson says Trump intends to visit Oregon sometime during the election, and remains "committed to the Northwest." No date is set for an Oregon visit.

Trivia Answer: One of the most celebrated 20th-century American writers. Ray Bradbury who was born on this date in 1920, Many of his works have been adapted into comic books, television shows, and films. Bradbury never obtained a driver's license. He lived at home until he was twenty-seven and married. His wife of fifty-six years, Maggie, as she was affectionately called, was the only woman he ever dated. They were married from 1947 until her death in 2003. Interestingly, he exhibited skepticism with regard to modern technology by resisting the conversion of his work into e-books and stating that "We have too many cellphones. We've got too many internets. We have got to get rid of those machines. We have too many machines now." When the publishing rights for Fahrenheit 451 came up for renewal in December of 2011, Bradbury conceded that the work could be published in an electronic form -- provided that the publisher, Simon & Schuster, allowed the e-book to be digitally downloaded by any library patron. The title remains the only book in the Simon & Schuster catalog where this is possible. Following a lengthy illness, Bradbury died in Los Angeles on June 5th of 2012 at the age of 91.

Friday 8.19.16
Morning Trivia: He's a Canadian-American actor. He was part of an ensemble sitcom on NBC for ten years, a role for which he earned a Prime Time Emmy Award nomination in 2002. He was raised in Ottawa, and he holds dual US/Canadian citizenship. He's fluent in French. While growing up in Ontario, he took a keen interest in tennis and soon became a top-ranked junior player. He is good friends with Jennifer Capriati. He moved from Ottawa to Los Angeles to pursue acting. In 1993, he played the role of football manager in the classic Rudy, wearing Buddy Holly glasses. He attempted to secure an audition for the pilot Six of One, however, due to previous commitments, he was not initially considered for an audition. When he did eventually get a reading, he landed the part for which he is best known. Who is he?

That Excessive Heat Warning we've been talking about all week is in effect now. It runs until 9:00 tomorrow night. We're up to 91 here in Olympia as this is posted. A big cool down coming Sunday. The forecast calls for a high around 75.

It was not a good night to be a fan of Seattle teams.

Marcus Sherels intercepted Trevone Boykin's pass and returned it 53 yards for a touchdown with 1:23 left and the Minnesota Vikings beat the Seattle Seahawks 18-11 on Thursday night. The Seahawks now host the Dallas Cowboys next Thursday night as the preseason continues.

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim held off a late rally and beat the Seattle Mariners 6-4 last night. The teams split their four-game series. Now the Ms are back home for three with the Milwaukee Brewers starting tonight at Safeco.

Birthdays: Drummer Ginger Baker is 77; singer Johnny Nash is 76; actress Jill St. John is also 76; the 42nd President of these United States, Bill Clinton is 70; actor Gerald McRaney is 69; Tipper Gore, the former wife of the former Vice President is 68; political consultant Mary Matalin -- interesting to note that on May 5th, she announced she has changed her party registration from Republican to Libertarian -- she's married to James Carville, she's 63; the manager of the Kansas City Royals, Ned Yost is 61; actor Adam Arkin is 60; Uncle Jesse on Full House, actor John Stamos is 53; and former MTV News reporter Tabitha Soren is 49.

It's National Aviation Day, in honor of the birthday of aviator Orville Wright. Orville was the first person to successfully fly an airplane. His first flight was on December 17th of 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. This day was selected, as it is Orville Wrights' birthday. He was born on August 19th of 1871. Today is National Potato Day. Everybody loves potatoes whether they are mashed, fried, boiled, baked, whipped, scalloped, or stuffed. More than 45 billion pounds of potatoes are harvested in the US each year. They are the most consumed type of vegetable.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1909, the first automobile race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway took place. In 1934, the first All-American Soap Box Derby was held in Dayton, Ohio. In 1934, the creation of the position Führer was approved by the German electorate with 89.9% of the popular vote. In 1960, in Moscow in the Soviet Union, downed American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers was sentenced to ten years imprisonment by the Soviet Union for espionage. In 1973, in Malibu, California, Kris Kristofferson married Rita Coolidge. In 1980, after Alice Cooper cancelled a Toronto show because of illness, 14-hundred ticket-holders rioted. In 1991, the dissolution of the Soviet Union occured -- known as the August Coup. Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev was placed under house arrest while on holiday in the Ukraine. In 2004, Google Inc. stock began selling on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The initial price was set at $85 and ended the day at $100.34 with more than 22 million shares traded. In 2008, Lady Gaga's album The Fame was released.

Then there was this 19-year-old on Staten Island. He sampled his doughnut while in line to pay at 7-Eleven and realized it was stale so he refused to pay. He was arrested.

It's expected that this will be a lackluster weekend at the box office. Suicide Squad is predicteed to hang on to the top spot for a third straight week, but bring in just $20 million. Out this weekend, Ben-Hur (PG-13) with Jack Huston and Morgan Freeman; War Dogs (R) with Jonah Hill and Miles Teller; Kubo and the Two Strings (PG) with a voice cast including Charlize Theron, George Takei, and Matthew McConaughey.

There are some things you can't unsee. And a naked Donald Trump statue is one of them. Several of the nation's cities got a full-frontal view of an activist group’s newest artwork. Activist group INDECLINE took credit for the installations. The Washington Post reports the group unveiled the project in Seattle, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Cleveland.

Trivia Answer: Matthew Perry who turns 47 today. The show Six of One, of course, later came to be known as Friends and Matthew Perry landed the the role of Chandler Bing. A role he held from 1994 to 2004. Perry co-created and stars in the CBS sitcom The Odd Couple portraying Oscar Madison. On May 16th, CBS renewed the show for a third season. I mentioned that he speaks French. He was one of the three members of the Friends' cast who speak French fluently (the other two are Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc).

Thursday 8.18.16
Morning Trivia: He was an actor, dancer, and singer-songwriter. Having gained fame with appearances in films during the 1980s, he became popular for playing tough guys and romantic lead males, gaining him a wide fan base with female audiences, and status as a teen idol and sex symbol. He starred in films from a range of genres. His breakthrough role came with his performance as dance instructor Johnny Castle in Dirty Dancing in 1987. During his career he received three Golden Globe Award nominations and was named by People magazine as its Sexiest Man Alive in 1991. Who was he?

That excessive heat warning we've been talking about the last few days is scheduled to settle in here in the South Sound -- and Western Washington -- this afternoon and into the weekend.

After a shaky, two-run first inning, spot starter Cody Martin, along with four relievers, shut out the Angels for seven innings until closer Edwin Diaz gave up a run on three hits in the ninth. But the Mariners held on to save a 4-3 win last night -- their 10th win in 12 games. The finale of the four-game series is tonight at 7:05. Hisashi Iwakuma tries to match his career high of 15 victories. The Mariners return home for a six-game homestand starting tomorrow with the first of three against Milwaukee.

Also tonight at 7:00, the Seahawks host last season’s first-round playoff opponent, the Minnesota Vikings, in their second preseason game of the year. Channel 13 KCPQ has the game.

Birthdays: Former first lady Rosalynn Carter is 89; film director, producer, writer, and actor Roman Polanski is 83; actor Robert Redford is 80; comedian Martin Mull is 73; comedian Elayne Boosler is 64; comedian and actor Denis Leary is 59; musician Everlast is 47; actor Christian Slater is also 47; he was Theo Huxtable, actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner is 46; and celebrity daughter Frances Bean Cobain is 24.

Today is Bad Poetry Day -- a day to create some really bad verse. But, why you ask? Perhaps, the answer is simply "because you can". Maybe, it exists to allow us to better appreciate good poetry. Or, perhaps it is to be written to irritate someone. Today's poem:

So, you're a poet
But you don't know it.
Try writing some verse
But, don't be terse.
After it's writ,
It will read like ...

Happy Bad Poetry Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing women's suffrage -- the right to vote. In 1986, Bon Jovi released the Slippery When Wet album. In 1992, Larry Bird, after 13 years with the Boston Celtics, announced his retirement. In 1992, Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love became parents to daughter Frances Bean. In 1997, Beth Ann Hogan became the first coed in the Virginia Military Institute's 158-year history. In 2004, Donald Trump unveiled his board game (TRUMP the Game) where players bid on real estate, buy big ticket items and make billion-dollar business deals.

We're celebrating Tumwater's brewing heritage this weekend. Saturday, it's the Fourth Annual Artesian Brewfest at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course from 1:00 til 8:00. On that note, some food for thought: A 102-year-old woman in South Carolina says her daily 4 o'clock routine has helped her reach such a grand old age. Mildred Bowers turns 103 later this month and has told anyone looking to match her time on Earth that a beer a day goes a long way to keeping her feeling fit and young. Bowers currently enjoys a 4 o'clock beer everyday in her assisted-living facility, and cites it as a “critical part”.

Ryan Lochte and three other US Olympic swimmers apparently lied about being robbed at gunpoint in Brazil over the weekend. Citing Brazilian authorities and sources in Brazil, ABC News is reporting that Lochte and his teammates “fabricated” the robbery story after fighting with a security guard at a gas station. News emerged Sunday that Lochte was held at gunpoint in Rio while on his way to a party he was invited to by a Brazilian swimmer. Lochte’s mother confirmed the story, while other officials denied it. On Wednesday, a judge in Brazil ordered the passports of Lochte and Jimmy Feigen to be seized and told the swimmers to not leave the country. Lochte had already returned home to the U.S., but Feigen remained in Rio. Two other swimmers, Gunner Bentz and Jack Conger, were later pulled off an airplane and detained. Police say the swimmers told them they were too intoxicated to remember many details about the incident, which allegedly involved the taxi they were riding in being pulled over by one or more armed men. A judge wanted to question the swimmers due to differences in their testimonies, and a law enforcement official felt like the athletes were not acting like four men who had just been robbed in this security footage.

Trivia Answer: Patrick Swayze who was born on this date in 1952. His films included the drama The Outsiders in 1983, the war film Red Dawn in 1984, the Vietnam rescue film Uncommon Valor in 1984, the classic hockey film Youngblood in 1986, the action Road House in 1989, the romantic fantasy/crime thriller Ghost in 1990, the action crime film Point Break in 1991, the comedy To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar in 1995, the action film Black Dog in 1998, the supernatural drama film Donnie Darko in 2001, and the drama Jump! in 2003. His breakthrough role came with his performance as dance instructor Johnny Castle in the film Dirty Dancing in 1987, alongside his Red Dawn co-star, Jennifer Grey. In late December of 2007, just after filming the pilot episode of the program The Beast, Swayze began to suffer a burning feeling in his stomach caused by a blockage of his bile ducts. Three weeks later, in mid-January 2008, he was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer. He traveled to the Stanford University Medical Center for chemotherapy and treatment.On March 5th of 2008, a Reuters article reported that Swayze "has a very limited amount of disease, and he appears to be responding well to treatment thus far." Swayze continued to actively pursue his career. Swayze died, with family at his side, on September 14th of 2009, at the age of 57, 20 months after being diagnosed.

Wednesday 8.17.16
Morning Trivia: He was a celebrated 19th century American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier and politician. He is commonly referred to in popular culture as the "King of the Wild Frontier". He represented Tennessee in the US House of Representatives, served in the Texas Revolution, and died at the Battle of the Alamo. Who is he?

The Mariners' recent bedrock, the bullpen, faltered, giving up four runs in a 7-6 loss last night in Anaheim that snapped the Angels' losing streak at 11. The Mariners had leads of 4-1 and 6-5, but three home runs, including a three-run shot by Albert Pujols, the 582nd of his career, stopped the Seattle momentum that reached nine wins in 10 games. The third of the four-game series is tonight at 7:05.

ESPN's preseason NFL power rankings are out and the Seahawks open the season first for the fourth straight year. The preseason continues tomorrow night as the Hawks host the Minnesota Vikings.

Birthdays: Actor Robert De Niro is 73; Go-Go Belinda Carlisle is 58; actor Sean Penn is 56; Chucky -- sportscaster and former coach Jon Gruden is 53; a founding member of New Kids on the Block, now an actor, Donnie Wahlberg is 47; and tennis player Jim Courier is 46.

Today is National Thriftshop Day. Watch for sales and specials today at Thriftshops in celebration. Today is Drink Coffee at the Office from A Sippy Cup Day, just see if anyone notices. Today is #2 Pencil Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1970, Christine McVie joined Fleetwood Mac as the group's first female member. In 1987, the movie Dirty Dancing, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, opened throughout the US. In 1992, Las Vegas singer Wayne Newton filed for bankruptcy protection, admitting that he owed some $20 million. In 1994, actor David Caruso quit the ABC drama NYPD Blue and was replaced by Jimmy Smits. In 1996, Ross Perot was announced to be the Reform Party's presidential candidate. It was the party's first-ever candidate. In 2001, a 45-year-old family doctor in London took do-it-yourself to a new level by performing a vasectomy on himself. Dr Jonathan Heatley performed his own surgery with the help of his wife and a nurse. The doctor, who had performed some 400 vasectomies, said everything went well, but advised others not to try it at home. In 2002, in Santa Rosa, California, the Charles M. Schulz Museum opened to the public.

An excessive heat watch is in effect for tomorrow through Saturday. There's a fire weather watch in effect tomorrow through Friday evening. A period of hot weather is coming tomorrow and continuing into Saturday here in Western Washington. High temperatures will be close to or break records in many locations. Temperatures at night will also be well above normal with lows only dropping into the mid 50s to mid 60s.

Here in Olympia. the records for the next three days are 94 tomorrow (set in 1981), 94 for Friday (set in 1961), and 92 for Saturday (set in 1982). With that said, the forecast highs are 90 tomorrow, 93 on Friday, and 93 on Saturday.

Here's another number for you: 4.6 billion. That's the amount, in dollars, Rio is expected to lose by hosting the Summer Olympics. The last profitable Olympic Games took place in 1984 in Los Angeles, according to a study by Oxford.

It's all fun and games until the litigation begins. A Michigan couple is suing the makers of Pokemon Go for turning their previously quiet cul-de-sac into a nightmare with people blocking the driveway and trespassing.

A mumbling caller dialed a wrong number and left a panicked bank employee convinced that a bomb was on its way. The man had meant to call a company that repaired pumps, but instead dialed a bank. He told the employee who answered the phone that he had sent a pump express delivery and asked for a "diagnosis." However, police said his diction was so poor that the woman believed he was sending a bomb.

Trivia Answer: Davy Crockett who was born on this date in 1786. Crockett grew up in East Tennessee, where he gained a reputation for hunting and storytelling. In early 1836, Crockett took part in the Texas Revolution and was killed at the Battle of the Alamo in March. Crockett became famous in his own lifetime for larger-than-life exploits popularized by stage plays and almanacs. After his death, he continued to be credited with brazen acts of mythical proportion. These led in the 20th century to television and movie portrayals, and he became one of the best-known American folk heroes. By the late 19th century, Crockett was largely forgotten. His legend was reborn in a 1950s TV show by Walt Disney, which also introduced his legendary coonskin cap. Fess Parker portrayed Crocket on the show, first on ABC and then later -- in color -- on NBC. In films, Crockett has been played by -- amongst others -- John Wayne, Brian Keith, Johnny Cash, John Schneider, and Billy Bob Thornton. On MythBusters, they explored a story of Crockett's backwoods exploits: that he could stick an axe into a tree trunk, fire his long rifle from 40 yards away, and hit the edge so precisely that the bullet would split in two. After some practice, they were able to duplicate the feat from 20 yards with the gun resting on sandbags and declared the myth "Confirmed," reasoning that Crockett could have consistently made the 40-yard shot with enough experience.

Tuesday 8.16.16
Morning Trivia: She played Janie's Mother in Aerosmith's video for Janie's Got a Gun. Who is she?

A Nelson Cruz solo home run gave the slightly erratic Felix Hernandez just enough room to help the Mariners to their ninth win in 10 games last night. The Ms with a 3-2 win over the Angels -- it was Anaheim's 11th consecutive loss. The Mariners crept past Detroit in the wild-card standings but remain two games behind the final playoff spot held by Boston. Game two of the four-game series with the Angels is tonight at 7:05.

What Pete Carroll saw beginning to develop in the first two weeks of training camp showed when the Seattle Seahawks finally got on the field. In critical areas like the offensive line, backup quarterback, and Seattle's stable of running backs, that development was far more important than the 17-16 victory over Kansas City in the Seahawks' preseason opener. Carroll said, "We're really pleased with what's happened up to this point because guys are showing in the game like they showed in practice so we're getting good information that really directs us for the things we need to work on." The Hawks preseason continues Thursday night when they host the Minnesota Vikings.

Birthdays: Catwoman on Batman, actress Julie Newmar is 83; TV personality Kathie Lee Gifford is 63; director James Cameron is 62; founding member and lead guitarist of INXS, Tim Farriss is 59; Madonna is 58; actor Timothy Hutton is 56; actor Steve Carell is 54; singer Vanessa Carlton is 36; and Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's daughter, actress Rumer Willis is 28.

Today is Remember What Your Spouse Wore the First Time You Met Day. Can you do it? Today is National True Love Forever Day. It's National Bratwurst Day, National Roller Coaster Day, National Rum Day, and National Tell a Joke Day. Today is Wave at Surveillance Cameras Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1954, the first issue of Sports Illustrated was published. In 1975, Peter Gabriel announced he was leaving Genesis. In 1977, Elvis Presley died. Although many suspect Elvis accidentally administered himself a drug overdose, the official verdict was coronary arrhythmia. He was 42. In 1978, James Earl Ray, convicted assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., told a Capitol Hill hearing he did not commit the crime, claiming he'd been set up by a mysterious man named Raoul. In 1983, Paul Simon married actress Carrie Fisher in New York. They divorced in 1985. In 1985, Madonna married Sean Penn in Malibu. She wore a leather teddy; he wore boxing gloves. They divorced in 1989. In 1992, tree surgeons Bill Droneburg and Melody Cline of Walla Walla, Washington, were married 20 feet off the ground in a maple tree. In 1999, in Russia, Vladimir Putin was confirmed as prime minister by the lower house of parliament. In 2002, scientists at the University of Glasgow in Scotland published research validating the so-called "beer goggles" effect. In their study of 120 male and female students, those who had drunk a moderate amount of alcohol found the faces of the opposite sex 25% more attractive than their sober counterparts. In 2005, at her home outside London, Madonna suffered serveral broken bones in a horse riding accident. She was treated and released after cracking three ribs and breaking her collarbone and hand.

Alice Cooper says Joe Perry had skipped meals days before he collapsed onstage in Coney Island. Last month, the Aerosmith guitarist was playing alongside Cooper, Johnny Depp and their band, the Hollywood Vampires when he suddenly appeared winded and had to sit down on the drum riser. He then walked off the stage and was later taken by the paramedics to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. Cooper said he "didn't know what happened until after the show" but thought it might have something to do with The Hollywood Vampires' grueling schedule and not a heart attack as it was originally reported. Alice told Rolling Stone, "It was not a heart attack; it was pure exhaustion. They checked his heart and said his heart was actually very strong. Aerosmith does two shows a week, but we were on our eighth show in nine days, and I'm used to working like that," said Cooper. "I was in shape and so was Johnny and everybody else. I think Joe was not ready for that kind of pace." He added, "You're in fourth gear, and there's no 24-hour resting period. I think it just caught up with him. He finally got up there onstage, dehydrated. And I think he was exhausted. He told me the night before he hadn't eaten in two days." Perry rejoined the band on the road in late July almost three weeks after his collapse.

During the first half of the Olympics, women dominated the screen on NBC in the evening. Through Saturday night, 58.5 percent of the competition time on NBC's prime-time telecasts involved women's sports. The research was released yesterday by three college professors writing a book titled Olympic Television: Inside the Biggest Show on Earth.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame yesterday disclosed that former Seahawks safety Kenny Easley, whose NFL career from 1981 to 1987 was cut short by medical issues, has been selected as a senior finalist for induction into Canton. In order to qualify, Easley must receive 80 percent of the vote when the Hall of Fame Selection Committee meets February 4th in Houston. The Seahawks selected Easley with the No. 4 overall pick in the 1981 draft out of UCLA. He became AFC Rookie of the Year. The AFC’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1983, Easley hit his peak in 1984 when he was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year (only the second safety so honored), posting 75 tackles, three forced fumbles, and 10 interceptions, tying the franchise record, a record that still stands. The 57-year-old Easley has had a variety of medical issues. He underwent hip replacement surgery a few years ago and, this summer, had triple bypass surgery.

Trivia Answer: Actress Lesley Ann Warren who turns 70 today.

She's been nominated once for an Academy Award and Emmy Award and five times for Golden Globe Award, winning one. She is known for her roles in films, The Happiest Millionaire, Victor Victoria, Clue, Burglar, Cop, Color of Night and Secretary. She has also appeared in popular TV shows, Mission: Impossible, Desperate Housewives, Will & Grace, and In Plain Sight.

Monday 8.15.16
Morning Trivia: This film premiered on this date in 1939 at Graumans Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Notable for its use of Technicolor, fantasy storytelling, musical score, and unusual characters, over the years it has become one of the best known of all films and part of American popular culture. It also featured what may be the most elaborate use of character makeups and special effects in a film up to that time. Telecasts of the film began in 1956, re-introducing the film to the public and eventually becoming an annual tradition, making it one of the most famous films ever made. The film was named the most viewed motion picture on television syndication in history by Library of Congress, is often ranked among the Top 10 Best Movies of All Time in various critics' and popular polls, and is the source of many memorable quotes referenced in modern popular culture. What is the film?

Kyle Seager drove in four runs with a pair of doubles and Wade LeBlanc tossed five solid innings before faltering briefly in the sixth as the Mariners knocked off the Athletics 8-4 yesterday. Seattle has won eight of its past nine and moved to within 5.5 games of Texas, a 7-0 loser to Detroit, in the AL West race (the Mariners and Rangers play each other seven more times this season). Manager Scott Servais said he expects to start James Paxton tomorrow against the Angels in Anaheim. It will mark Paxton's first start since he took a line drive off his left elbow more than a week ago. The Mariners launch a four-game set against the LA Angels in Anaheim tonight at 7:05. Felix Hernandez gets the start for Seattle. The Mariners return to Safeco Field Friday for a three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Seahawks launched the 2016 preseason with a face mask penalty on the opening kickoff, but ended the opener with a Hail Mary touchdown pass and a two-point conversion with no time remaining to stun the Kansas City Chiefs 17-16 Saturday afternoon. In no way did the outcome seem remotely possible. QB Trevone Boykin, an undrafted rookie free agent out of TCU seeking to become Russell Wilson’s backup, re-entered the game with nine minutes remaining and the Seahawks trailing 16-6. Boykin immediately directed a drive to a field goal. Then, with 67 ticks left and defeat imminent, Boykin orchestrated an out-of-nowhere 88-yard drive in four plays that ended with a 37-yard TD pass to Tanner McEvoy, a 6-foot-6 undrafted rookie from Wisconsin. After that jaw-dropper left them down 16-15, the Seahawks went for two, helped by a penalty on the Chiefs for 12 men on the field. Troymaine Pope, a 5-foot-8 running back out of Jacksonville State, rushed for the conversion and the victory. Asked RB Christine Michael, "How amazing is that? That’s crazy. That was great play by the quarterback. Amazing win, amazing win." Indeed it was amazing but alas it don't mean nothing. It's pre-season. The pre-season continues as the Seahawks play the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field Thursday night at 7.

Birthdays: Sally Rogers on The Dick Van Dyke Show, actress Rose Marie is 93; Joe Mannix on Mannix, actor Mike Connors is 91; Marilyn Munster on The Munsters, actess Pat Priest is 80; author and journalist Linda Ellerbee is 72; singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb is 70; Ritchie Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show, actor Larry Mathews is 61; businesswoman and philanthropist Melinda Gates is 52; Grace on Will & Grace, actress Debra Messing is 48; actor Ben Affleck is 44; and actress Jennifer Lawrence is 26.

British actor Kenny Baker, who played R2-D2 in six of the Star Wars films, has died. Baker was three feet, eight inches tall. His relatives said he had suffered from a long illness. In addition to the first Star Wars film in 1977, he also appeared in Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and three prequel editions. Kenny Baker was 81.

It seems like there is a holiday for everything and sure enough, today is National Failures Day. You're encouraged to be fearless and make failure matter. Today is National Relaxation Day, an excuse for every overworked, underpaid person to do what they'd rather be doing. Today's the one day every year when it is acceptable to ignore phone calls, disregard e-mails and take it easy because it's National Relaxation Day. Today is National Lemon Meringue Pie Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1877, Thomas Edison wrote to the president of the Telegraph Company in Pittsburgh. The letter stated that the word, "hello" would be a more appropriate greeting than "ahoy" when answering the telephone. In 1911, Procter & Gamble of Cincinnati introduced Crisco hydrogenated shortening. In 1965, The Beatles played at Shea Stadium for an audience of 56-thousand. The crowd set a record for attendance at a rock concert. A record was also set by the money taken in, a whopping 304-thousand dollars. The event was later regarded as the birth of stadium rock. In 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in a field near Bethel, New York. Almost 400,000 rock fans heard Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, Santana, The Grateful Dead, The Who, Creedance Clearwater Revival, and Sly and the Family Stone. Two children were born during the 3-day festival; three people died. In 1977, 8-year-old Rebecca Chase sank a hole-in-one on the 125-yard par-3 fifth hole at Oak Knoll golf course in The Dalles, Oregon. It was the first hole she ever played. In 2001, astronomers announced the discovery of the first solar system outside our own. They had discovered two planets orbiting a star in the Big Dipper. In 2004, in Athens, the US men's basketball team lost 92-73 to Puerto Rico, only the third Olympic defeat ever for the Americans and the first since adding pro players.

Suicide Squad wasn't looking as quite as bright in weekend number two. According to studio estimates, the closely watched anti-hero film dropped an estimated 67 percent from its debut last weekend, but it still topped the box office with $43.8 million. Meanwhile, the raunchy animated comedy Sausage Party had reason to celebrate. The R-rated film co-written by Seth Rogen lapped up a hefty $33.6 million in its first weekend to take second place. It cost only $19 million to produce. Disney's Pete's Dragon placed third. Jason Bourne was fourth. Bad Moms rounded out the top five.

Apparently Adele won't be performing at the 2017 Super Bowl after all. She shut down the tabloid rumors during her tour stop in Los Angeles on Saturday. She told the crowd at Staples Center, "I'm not doing the Super Bowl. I mean, come on, that show is not about music. And I don't really -- I can't dance or anything like that. They were very kind, they did ask me, but I said no."

Michael Phelps closed out his Rio Olympics in the only way imaginable. Phelps put the United States ahead to stay on the butterfly leg of the 4x100-meter medley relay and Nathan Adrian finished it off, giving the most decorated athlete in Olympic history his 23rd career gold medal Saturday night. If that was the end, and Phelps insists it is, what a way to go. He has 28 medals overall, having won five golds and a silver at these games. Standing atop the medal podium for the 23rd time, listening the The Star-Spangled Banner as he's done so many times before, Phelps teared up a bit and gave a little nod. Then he and his teammates grabbed a sign that said, "Thank You Rio."

Trivia Answer: The Wizard of Oz , a musical fantasy adventure film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, the film stars Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, and Frank Morgan. Although the film received largely positive reviews, it was not a huge box office success on its initial release, earning only $3,017,000 on a $2,000,000 budget. The film was MGM's most expensive production up to that time, but its initial release failed to recoup the studio's investment. Subsequent re-releases made up for that, however. It was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It lost that award to Gone with the Wind, but won two others, including Best Original Song for Over the Rainbow.

Friday 8.12.16
Morning Trivia: He was a jazz and country guitarist, songwriter and inventor. He was a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar which made the sound of rock and roll possible. He's credited with many recording innovations. Although he was not the first to use the technique, his early experiments with overdubbing (also known as sound on sound), delay effects such as tape delay, phasing effects, and multitrack recording were among the first to attract widespread attention. His innovative talents extended into his playing style, which set him apart from his contemporaries and inspired many guitarists of the present day. He recorded with his wife Mary Ford in the 1950s. Who is he?

An off day for the Mariners yesterday. Now they're looking at a stretch with four different teams none of which are currently above .500. The Mariners play road games against Oakland and the LA Angels before hosting the struggling Milwaukee Brewers and New York Yankees. The stretch of non-contenders ends with a four-game road series against the Chicago White Sox starting on the 25th. Ms get things rolling tonight at 7:05 in Oakland with the Athletics.

it's another Blue Friday today. Blue Friday on the 12th. Coincidence? The Seahawks launch their pre-season tomorrow. They're in Kansas City to take on the Chiefs tomorrow afternoon at 1:30.

Birthdays: Actor George Hamilton -- he of the perpetual tan -- is 77; singer-songwriter-guitarist Mark Knopfler is 67; guitarist Pat Metheny is 62; Seattle's Sir Mix-A-Lot is 53; retired tennis player Pete Sampras is 45; and Ben Affleck's little brother, actor Casey Affleck is 41.

Today is National Toasted Almond Bar Day. It's National Middle Child Day. Today is Vinyl Record Day. Vinyl Record Day is organized by (you guessed it) the Vinyl Record Day Company – a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving vinyl music, its culture, art, and sound. Today is PC Day, marking IBM's introduction of the personal computer on August 12th of 1981. And today is Thumper's birthday. Remember Thumper, Bambi's buddy, the well-fed rabbit with Restless Foot Syndrome? Sorry, I have no idea how old Thumper is, was, or might have been.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1851, Isaac Singer was granted a patent for his sewing machine. In 1877, Thomas Edison invented the phonograph and made the first sound recording. In 1964, Mickey Mantle set a major league baseball record when he hit home runs from both the left and ride sides of the plate in the same game. In 1970, Janis Joplin played Harvard University. It turned out to be her final gig before she died of a drug overdose less than two months later. In 1985, Madonna and Sean Penn got their marriage license. In 1994, Major League Baseball players went on strike. The strike lasted for 232 days. This forced the cancellation of the 1994 World Series. The World Series was wiped out for the first time in 90 years.

The 12th Man will no longer be in in the Ring of Honor at CenturyLink Field. And don't expect to see the Seahawks tweeting about the 12th Man. The team no longer can. Expect to see a lot more "12" and "12s." Those are among the results of new licensing agreement between the Seattle Seahawks and Texas A&M University. A&M claims the 12th Man as its own. The university said in a news release yesterday, "The '12th Man' use by Texas A&M dates back almost a century and directly relates to the legendary actions of the late E. King Gill, a Texas A&M student who came out of the stands at an Aggie football game on January 2nd of 1922, at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas -- ready to enter the game if needed because of injuries to the team’s regular players. Gill was the original 12th Man." A&M and its fans have been none-too-happy about the Seahawks' use of the 12th Man. The team and college entered into a licensing agreement in 2006. The new five-year deal prohibits the use of the the 12th Man in social media and in the Ring of Honor. And outside the Northwest, the Seahawks should pretty much shut up about the whole 12th Man thing. A&M said in a news release, "Texas A&M officials directly involved in the negotiations said the Seattle Seahawks will continue to pay an annual royalty fee under the new agreement. The Seahawks did not desire any expansion of the previous agreement, they said, so the covered territory for use remains in the Pacific Northwest. Also, they said the Seahawks have shifted their branding to '12' or '12s,' with the new agreement primarily for 'incidental use' as it relates to the team’s fan base." The amount of the fee was not disclosed. But ESPN says the Seahawks will pay $140,000 to Texas A&M. That reportedly includes a royalty fee of $18,000 a year for use in the Pacific Northwest and $10,000 a year to help the college protect the trademark. A&M President Michael Young said in the news release, “We appreciate the Seahawks’ management working with us on a mutual agreement for the licensed use of the mark. The 12th Man is a cherished tradition. Keeping it alive is important because it reflects the willingness and readiness of Aggies to fearlessly step in whenever and wherever needed.” Young may know something about the 12th Man in Seattle since he was once president of the University of Washington.

Coming to a Chinese restaurant near you: the “chork,” a combination of chopsticks and a fork. Imagine a plastic fork but with the handle split down the middle, separated enough to act like chopsticks. Fork on one end, chopsticks on the other. One source says Panda Express is considering the chork.

McDonald’s is officially bringing its McCafe Pumpkin Spice Latte back on August 31st, giving PSL enthusiasts the chance to satisfy their fall coffee cravings earlier than ever. The fast food giant is offering the cinnamon-y sweet beverage in stores nationwide for the first time in three years starting later this month.

A Florida doctor is returning a long-overdue book that he checked out from a West Virginia library. As a child in the mid-1970s, Dr. Michael Kelly checked the book out from the Kanawha County Library. Kelly is now a successful plastic surgeon in Miami. He recently found the book in a bookshelf at his home. Kelly is returning the book today along with a $500 check to show gratitude for his success. What was the book? So You Want To Be a Doctor.

New in theaters this weekend: Sausage Party (R), Pete's Dragon (PG), and Florence Foster Jenkins (PG-13).

Trivia Answer: Lester William Polsfuss -- Les Paul. Among his many honors, Paul is one of a handful of artists with a permanent, stand-alone exhibit in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He's prominently named by the music museum on its website as an "architect" and a "key inductee" along with Sam Phillips and Alan Freed. Paul was the guitar instructor for Steve Miller of the Steve Miller Band, to whom Paul gave his first guitar lesson. Miller's father was best man at Paul's wedding to Mary Ford. In 1988, Paul was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Jeff Beck, who said, "I've copied more licks from Les Paul than I'd like to admit." In July of 2005, a 90th-birthday tribute concert was held at Carnegie Hall in New York City. After performances by Steve Miller, Peter Frampton, Jose Feliciano, and a number of others, Paul was presented with a commemorative guitar from the Gibson Guitar Corporation. It was on this date in 2009, that Paul died of complications from pneumonia. Upon learning of his death many artists and popular musicians paid tribute by publicly expressing their sorrow. After learning of Paul's death, Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash called him "vibrant and full of positive energy.", while Richie Sambora, former lead guitarist of Bon Jovi, referred to him as "revolutionary in the music business". U2 guitarist The Edge said, "His legacy as a musician and inventor will live on and his influence on rock and roll will never be forgotten."

Thursday 8.11.16
Morning Trivia: This musician has been obsessed with music since early childhood. At the age of two, he was entertaining his parents with impressions of Tony Bennett and Johnnie Ray. By age three, he was in the program at the Cleveland Institute of Music. At six, he took violin lessons from a violinist with the Cleveland Orchestra. By age 11, he was playing piano and dreaming about writing his own songs. The arrival of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones altered his dream slightly. By the time he was a sophomore in high school was playing piano and singing in rock 'n' roll bands. Though classically trained in piano, he became a self-taught guitarist. At 15, he started guitar lessons, but since the teacher's approach did not fit with what he wanted, he decided to teach himself. He became serious about being a musician while attending John Carroll University. He joined a band named Cyrus Erie, which recorded several unsuccessful singles for Epic records. Cyrus Erie's guitarist had been playing with some friends in one of Cleveland's most popular bands, The Choir, which scored a minor national hit in 1967 with the single It's Cold Outside. When Cyrus Erie and The Choir collapsed at the end of the 1960s, this guy and remnants from the bands teamed up to form The Raspberries. Who is he?

The streaking Seattle Mariners won their sixth in a row, with Nelson Cruz delivering a tie-breaking solo homer in eighth inning last night at Safeco Field to complete a three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers. Cruz's 25th homer paved the way for a 3-1 win as Seattle moved to within 1½ games of the final AL wild-card spot. An off day today. The Mariners are in Oakland starting tomorrow night.

Birthdays: Guess Who bassist Jim Kale is 73; businessman Fred Smith, founder of FedEx, is 72; computer pioneer Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple) is 66; from Devo, lead guitarist and occasional vocalist, Bob Mothersbaugh is 64; wrestler and actor Hulk Hogan is 63; singer Joe Jackson is 62; and the guy that hosted the Fear Factor, comedian Joe Rogan is 49.

Today is the last Dog Day of 2016. Today is Presidential Joke Day, marking this date in 1984 when President Ronald Reagan, during a thought-to-be off-the-record voice test, instead of "testing 1-2-3," said, "My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes." The statement was picked by live TV cameras and carried worldwide. Today is also National Play in the Sand Day. And National Apple Week begins, as proclaimed by The Beatles in 1965 when announcing their Apple record label. And today is Son and Daughter Day -- a day to spend with your children. After all, your son and daughter are the joy of your life.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1929, Babe Ruth became the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1951, the first major league baseball game to be televised in color was broadcast. The Brooklyn Dodgers defeated the Boston Braves 8-1. In 1965, race riots -- the Watts Riots -- began in the Watts area of Los Angeles. In 1966, The Beatles arrived at Chicago's O'Hare Airport to start their last tour of the US. In 1972, the last United States ground combat unit left South Vietnam. In 1973, The Edgar Winter Group's Free Ride was released. In 1984, Carl Lewis won his fourth gold medal in the 1984 Summer Olympics. In 1992, in Bloomington, Minnesota the Mall of America opened. It was the largest shopping mall in the United States. In 1999, KISS received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham returned to practice yesterday at the team's training camp practice. Graham suffered a season-ending knee injury in Seattle's victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 29th. After undergoing surgery, Graham missed all of the team's offseason program and began training camp on the physically unable to perform list. The team has not officially announced Graham's activation from the PUP list. The Seahawks launch their pre-season campaign Saturday afternoon. They're in Kansas City to face the Chiefs. Kick-off Saturday afternoon at 1:30.

Rare identical triplets were recently born in Oregon. In a strane twist, they had to carefully review the video to see who was born in what order and who should get the gold, the silver, and the bronze.

Trivia Answer: Eric Carmen who turns 67 today. His greatest success came in the 1970s, first as a member of The Raspberries (who scored a major hit with their song Go All The Way), then with his solo career, including hits like All By Myself and Never Gonna Fall in Love Again, then later Hungry Eyes, and Make Me Lose Control.

Wednesday 8.10.16
Morning Trivia: On this date in 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as the US Supreme Court`s 107th justice, and the Court's second female member. Who was the first?

After Kyle Seager twice delivered score-tying hits, in the eighth and 15th innings, Mike Zunino hit a sacrifice fly for the winning run to end the Mariners’ longest game of the season with a 6-5 win over Detroit last night at Safeco. In the 15th, the Tigers took a 5-4 lead on a leadoff homer, but Seager and Zunino countered to end the 4-hour, 51-minute marathon with the Mariners’ seventh win in the past eight. The Ms and Tigers wrap up their series tonight at 7:10. It's worth noting that none of the five teams the Mariners face in the 16-game stretch that follows tonight's game are currently above .500. The Mariners play road games against Oakland and the LA Angels before hosting the struggling Brewers and Yankees. The stretch of non-contenders ends with a four-game road series against the Chicago White Sox.

Birthdays: Singer Ronnie Spector is 73; Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson is 69; singer Patti Austin is 66; actress Rosanna Arquette is 57; actor Antonio Banderas is 56; INXS drummer Jon Farriss is 55; actor, director, and screenwriter Justin Theroux -- he married Jennifer Aniston a year ago -- is 45.

Today through next Tuesday is Elvis Week in Memphis, an annual gathering that celebrates the life and legacy of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, sponsored by Graceland. Today is National Duran Duran Appreciation Day. Today is National S’Mores Day. It's appropriately observed in August, campfire prime time. Today is National Lazy Day, a day to take it easy.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1985, Michael Jackson paid $47.5-million for ATV Music, a catalog of the Beatles' copyrights, which included 251 songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Also in 1985, Madonna's Like A Virgin album became the first album by a female to be certified for sales of 5 million. In 1995, Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss was convicted of conspiracy, tax evasion, and money laundering. In 2005, a 48-year-old man in Simi Valley, California, became so annoyed by a noisy car alarm he grabbed a handgun, went out and fired at least three bullets into a Toyota Camry. He silenced the alarm, but also brought out police who hauled him away in handcuffs. The charge was reckless discharge of a firearm and felony vandalism. In 2013, Russell Wildon's favorite Katy Perry song, Roar, was released.

It could be Tebow Time for the Seattle Mariners organization. There are reports that the Bakersfield Blaze, the club's advanced Single-A affiliate, is interested in Tebow. This is not a joke. Tebow announced yesterday through his agents that he wants to pursue a baseball career. Tebow turns 29 Sunday. He hasn't played baseball since 2005, when he was an all-state player his junior season at Nease High School in Florida. He hit .494 that year and helped them to the semi-finals of the state playoffs. He held a tryout with the Dodgers prior to the season, according to ESPN, and is expected to hold another for major-league teams at the end of the month. It's important to note the Mariners -- not the Blaze -- would have to sign Tebow.

Former supermodel Christie Brinkley and John Mellencamp have called a time out on their year-long romance. Billy Joel's ex-wife began dating the Jack & Diane singer last summer after meeting him at a party in the Hamptons in New York. A representative for the pair has confirmed the split news saying the stars' busy schedules put a strain on the long-distance relationship. Christie lives in the Hamptons, while John is based in Indiana. Brinkley was married to Joel for nine years, and divorced fourth husband Peter Cook in 2008. Mellencamp split from model Elaine Irwin in 2010 and previously dated actress Meg Ryan before they called it quits in June last year.

Even Donald Trump's humble beginnings aren't entirely humble. The Republican presidential candidate's early childhood home in Queens' affluent Jamaica Estates neighborhood recently hit the market with an asking price of $1.55 million. While not yuge, the home does have five bedrooms and five bathrooms.

Trivia Answer: On July 7th of 1981, President Ronald Reagan – who had pledged during his 1980 presidential campaign to appoint the first woman to the Court – nominated Sandra Day O'Connor as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, to replace the retiring Potter Stewart. In several speeches broadcast nationally on the cable network C-SPAN, she mentioned feeling some relief from the media clamor when Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined her as an Associate Justice of the Court in 1993.

Tuesday 8.9.16
Morning Trivia: In the 1936 Summer Olympic Games he won four gold medals becoming the first American to win four medals in one Olympiad. Who is he?

Hisashi Iwakuma turned in another strong start and Edwin Diaz converted his fifth save in as many chances as the Mariners won for the sixth time in seven games. For the second game in a row, the Mariners won without hitting a homer. The 3-0 win over Detroit last night moved Seattle to 2½ games behind the Tigers for the second American League wild-card playoff spot. The Ms try to close that gap a little more when they host the Tigers again tonight at 7:10.

Meanwhile, the Mariners sent Taijuan Walker to Triple-A Tacoma before last night's game. Manager Scott Servais made it clear that the move was performance-based. He said Walker had to pitch better if he wants to stay in the Mariners' rotation. Walker was once the top prospect in the organization and began this year as the No. 2 starter but he's struggled with a foot problem and is 4-and-7 with a 4.10 ERA over his 17 starts.

Birthdays: Comedian, actor, and director David Steinberg is 74; actor Sam Elliott is 72; actress Melanie Griffith is 59; Neon Deion, football's Deion Sanders is 49; and Dana Scully on The X Files, actress Gillian Anderson is 48.

Today is National Hand Holding Day. Today is Book Lover's Day. Today is National Rice Pudding Day. A Moment of Silence is observed today at Peace Memorial Park in Nagasaki, Japan, where an American bomber dropped an atomic bomb on August 9th of 1945.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1944, the US Forest Service and the Wartime Advertising Council created the character Smokey the Bear to plead for Americans to prevent forest fires. In 1974, Gerald Ford became the first non-elected President of the US after Richard Nixon resigned. In 1977, Bachman-Turner Overdrive called it quits. In 1978, Muddy Waters performed for President Jimmy Carter at the White House. In 1988, the Edmonton Oilers traded hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings for two players and $15-million. In 1995, while undergoing drug rehab, Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia died of a heart attack at the age of 53. In 1999, 14-year-old Ryan Tripp of Beaver, Utah, finished mowing the lawn at the Hawaii state Capitol and announced his retirement. He had mowed the lawns at all 50 state capitols, except Alaska where the capitol had no lawn, so he mowed at the governor’s house. In 2003, Gregory Hines died from cancer at the age of 57.

Burger King fans have spoken. A new menu item is gong national after a market test sparked widespread demand. The Whopperrito, a Whopper-burrito hybrid that was created by a local franchisee and was thought to have a slim-to-none chance of a nationwide rollout, will debut at participating Burger King locations nationwide beginning Monday.

If your kids are active over their summer break, they're in the minority. New research shows today's children are far less active during summer break than during the school year, with any fitness gains achieved during school wiped out in just six weeks.

Trivia Answer: Jesse Owens. In 1936, Owens arrived in Berlin to compete for the United States in the Summer Olympics. Adolf Hitler was using the games to show the world a resurgent Nazi Germany. By allowing only members of the Aryan race to compete for Germany, Hitler further promoted his ideological belief of racial supremacy. He and other government officials had high hopes that German athletes would dominate the games with victories. Meanwhile, Nazi propaganda promoted concepts of "Aryan racial superiority" and depicted ethnic Africans as inferior. Owens surprised many by winning four gold medals: On August 3, 1936 he won the 100m sprint, defeating Ralph Metcalfe; on August 4, the long jump; on August 5, the 200m sprint; and, after he was added to the 4 x 100 m relay team, he won his fourth on August 9th. It was a performance not equaled until Carl Lewis won gold medals in the same events at the 1984 Summer Olympics. On the first day, Hitler shook hands only with the German victors and then left the stadium. Olympic committee officials insisted Hitler greet every medalist or none at all. Hitler opted for the latter and skipped all further medal presentations. Meanwhile, Owens was cheered enthusiastically by 110,000 people in Berlin's Olympic Stadium; on the street, Germans sought his autograph. Owens was allowed to travel with and stay in the same hotels as whites, while at the time blacks in many parts of the United States were denied equal rights. After a New York City ticker-tape parade of Fifth Avenue in his honor, Owens had to ride the freight elevator at the Waldorf-Astoria to reach the reception honoring him.

Monday 8.8.16
Morning Trivia: This actor's career in film, television, and theatre has been going since 1960. He has been known for his versatile portrayals of antiheroes and vulnerable characters. He's has been nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning two (for his performances in Kramer vs. Kramer and Rain Man), thirteen Golden Globes, winning six (including an honorary one) and has won four BAFTAs, three Drama Desk Awards, a Genie Award, and an Emmy Award. He received the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award in 1999, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2012. Who is he?

Can't remember a baseball weekend like the one just past in Northwest sports history. The Mariners completed a splendid Ken Griffey Jr. weekend celebration -- more than 130,000 in the house that he built and played a half-season in -- with a 3-1 triumph and a three-game sweep of Los Angeles. It was the fifth win in six games for Seattle, the only loss a 3-2, 11-inning loss Thursday against Boston. The win pushed the Ms to second place in the AL West. On African-American Heritage Day yesterday to wrap up the celebration of Griffey’s Hall of Fame induction, former Sonics star Gary Payton threw out the ceremonial first pitch to catcher Griffey. The number 24 was also retired by the Ms over the weekend. Nobody in the Mariners organization will ever wear that number again. Now, the season goes on. The Ms are hosting the Detroit Tigers for three starting tonight. First pitch at 7:10.

Birthdays: Oscar Goldman on The Six Million Dollar Man, actor Richard Anderson is 90; actress Connie Stevens is 78; singer-songwriter -- Bluer than Blue -- Michael Johnson is 72; Jon on CHiPS, actor Larry Wilcox is 69; actor Keith Carradine is 67; Ralph Malph on Happy Days, actor Donny Most is 63; journalist Deborah Norville is 58; from U2, guitarist The Edge is 55; Poison drummer Rikki Rockett is 55; Creed singer Scott Stapp is 43; tennis player Roger Federer is 35; and singer Shawn Mendes is 18.

Tonight is Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Night, a night for gardeners who grew too much zucchini. Today is Happiness Happens Day. Today is National Frozen Custard Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1960, Chubby Checker's The Twist entered the top 40. Fueled by the dance craze, the song eventually rose to number one. A year later, it reached number one again, being the only record other than Bing Crosby's White Christmas to pull off that feat. In 1970, singer Janis Joplin purchased a marker for the Philadelphia grave of blues singer Bessie Smith. Bessie died in 1937. In 1974: President Richard Nixon announced he would resign following new damaging revelations in the Watergate scandal. In 1988, 39,012 fans attended the first night baseball game at Chicago's Wrigley Field. In 1995, Saddam Hussein's two eldest daughters, their husbands, and several senior army officers defected. In 2004, actress Fay Wray, held atop the Empire State Building by the giant ape in the 1933 film classic King Kong, died in New York City at the age of 96. In 2005, Walking in Memphis singer Marc Cohn was shot in the head during a tour bus-jacking in Denver. Miraculously, he survived.

Despite suffering some of the worst reviews of the year, Suicide Squad smashed records, scoring a colossal $135.1 million debut over the weekend. That sets a new high-water mark for an August launch, lapping Guardians of the Galaxy's $94.3 million bow. It also ranks as a new personal best for star Will Smith, trumping I Am Legend's $77.2 million debut in 2007. Suicide Squad had been one of the most hotly anticipated films of the summer. Buzz on the film had built steadily since Warner Bros. released a teaser trailer at last year's Comic-Con. However, the studio was caught off guard by the fusillade of withering reviews and there were concerns that the poor reception would dampen the opening numbers. And boy were those reviews awful. The Wall Street Journal's Joe Morgenstern called the film " all-out attack on the whole idea of entertainment," New York's David Edelstein branded it "the worst of the worst," and MTV's Amy Nicholson dismissed the picture as "two hours of padding." Audiences appeared to like the film better than the critics. Last weekend's champ, Jason Bourne finished this weekend in second place. Bad Moms snagged third place in its second weekend. The Secret Life of Pets nabbed fourth place. Star Trek Beyond rounded out the top five. The weekend's other new release, Nine Lives, died a quick death. The story of a ruthless executive (Kevin Spacey) who gets transformed into a cat, coughed up $6.5 million, and managed to score even worse reviews than Suicide Squad.

Ichiro Suzuki got his 3,000th career hit in the major leagues, becoming the 30th player to reach the milestone. He did it yesterday with a triple in the seventh inning against Colorado at Coors Field. The 42-year-old Ichiro joined Paul Molitor as the only players whose 3,000th hit was a triple. Suzuki is in his 16th season in the majors. He got 1,278 hits while playing nine years in Japan before becoming the American League Rookie of the Year and MVP with Seattle in 2001.

Alex Rodriguez is set to end his playing career this week. The New York Yankees announced yesterday that he's playing his final game Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays. The club will is then releasing A-Rod, and then signing him as a special adviser and instructor with the team through the end of next year.

Three-time doubles gold medalists Serena and Venus Williams lost an Olympic match as partners for the first time, stunned in the opening round of the Rio de Janeiro Games by the Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4. The Williams sisters entered yesterday's match with a 15-and-0 career record in the Olympics, winning the gold medal in women's doubles every time they entered the event: in 2000, 2008 and 2012.

The official return of pro football will have to wait another few days. The NFL canceled last night's Hall of Fame game because of poor field conditions. The Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts are headed back home.

Trivia Answer: Dustin Hoffman who turns 79 today. Hoffman's career has largely been focused on cinema, with sporadic returns to television and the stage. His most notable films include Midnight Cowboy,The Graduate, Little Big Man, Straw Dogs, Papillon, Lenny, Marathon Man, All the President's Men, Kramer vs. Kramer, Tootsie, Rain Man, Hook, and Wag the Dog. Hoffman had his directorial debut in 2012, with Quartet. Hoffman is a lifelong fan of Archie Comics and owns every single issue ever printed. Hoffman was successfully treated for cancer in 2013.

Friday 8.5.16
Morning Trivia: This former Major League first baseman is a three-time Gold Glove winner. He was an excellent defensive first baseman and part of Sports Illustrated's Greatest Infield Ever. In 1987, playing for Washington State University, he hit .414 with 5 HR and 20 RBIs. As a pitcher, he went 8-and-2 with a 3.00 ERA and was a freshman All-American. In 1988, he hit .464 with 23 HR, 81 RBIs. As a pitcher, he had an undefeated 15-and-0 season, and threw 113 Ks with a 2.49 ERA. He was a consensus All-American at both first base and pitcher and Baseball America College Player of the Year. In 1989, while recovering from a brain aneurysm, he hit .359 with 5 HR and 30 RBI in 78 plate appearances. He threw for three wins, two losses, and a 6.68 ERA. Who is he?

The Mariners rallied from a 2-0 deficit with a two-run fifth inning but couldn’t generate much offense after that, eventually falling 3-2 in 11 innings to the Boston Red Sox last night to split the four-game series. Now the Ms host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for the weekend. Game one tonight at 7:10.

Birthdays: Jennifer Marlowe on WKRP in Cincinnati, actress Loni Anderson is 70; singer-songwriter-guitarist Rick Derringer is 69; singer Samantha Sang is 65; Marcia on The Brady Bunch, actress Maureen McCormick is 60; novelist David Baldacci is 56; and basketball's Patrick Ewing is 54.

David Huddleston, the character actor best known for portraying the title roles in The Big Lebowski and Santa Claus: The Movie, has died. He also hilariously played the mayor in Blazing Saddles. Other credits in Huddleston's 55-year career include the films Fools' Parade, Family Reunion, and Bad Company, as well as guest appearances on such TV series as Gunsmoke, The West Wing, Gilmore Girls, and The Wonder Years. Huddleston's wife says he died Tuesday of advanced heart and kidney disease in Santa Fe, New Mexico. David Huddleston was 85.

Today is Work Like a Dog Day, a day that honors and recognizes the hardest working among us. Some people skate by, doing as little as possible. Others, do only what they have to. Others work like a Dog. Today is Take a Walk on the Moon Day. It’s Neil Armstrong's birthday. He was born on this date in 1930. The world's first electric traffic signal was put into place on the corner of Euclid Avenue and East 105th Street in Cleveland, Ohio, on this date in 1914. Today is National Underwear Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1861, the United States Army abolished flogging. Also in 1861, in order to help pay for the Civil War effort, the United States government levied the first income tax as part of the Revenue Act of 1861 -- 3% of all incomes over $800. It was rescinded in 1872. In 1957, American Bandstand, a show dedicated to the teenage baby-boomers by playing the songs and showing popular dances of the time, debuted on the ABC television network. In 1962, Nelson Mandela was jailed. He wouldn't be released until 1990. In 1972, Clive Davis signed a young band called Aerosmith to CBS Records after seeing them play Max's Kansas City in New York. They received 125-thousand dollars at the signing. In 1981, Ronald Reagan fired 11,359 striking air-traffic controllers who ignored his order for them to return to work.

It's time for the Summer Olympics Games in Rio de Janerio. Opening ceremony is tonight. The games run through the Closing ceremony on August 21st. Once every four years, the world's top athletes meet, to compete in the games of the Summer Olympics. The Next Summer Olympics: The 2020 Olympics are being held in Tokyo, Japan from July 24th of 2020 through August 9th of 2020.

On TV tonight, Brazil's Maracana Stadium hosts the Opening Ceremony for the Olympics in Rio -- the first-ever Olympic Games to be held in South America. More than 10,000 athletes from more than 200 countries are competing in over 300 events in 42 different sports. The games go until August 21st. Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira host tonight's coverage. NBC is providing an unprecedented 6,755 hours of programming during the Games starting tonight on NBC.

At the Olympic swimming pool, the world's best swimmers are never more than a few strokes from the pool wall and always within reach of a buoyant lane marker. They are constantly watched by countless coaches and assistants. And lifeguards. The Olympic swimming pool has lifeguards, just in case someone like Michael Phelps, winner of 18 gold medals, needs to be rescued. The lifeguards are on duty during competitions as well as practices.

Football makes its return this weekend in the form of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. It's coming up Sunday evening at 5:00 and features the Green Bay Packers and the Indianapolis Colts. The Seahawks preseason launches a week from tomorrow. They'll be in Kansas City to face the Chiefs.

New in theaters this weekend: Despite poor reviews the experts say Suicide Squad (PG-13) could make as much as $135 million this weekend. Also out is Nine Lives (PG).

Trivia Answer: John Olerud who turns 48 today. He was born in Seattle, by the way. After his stellar career at WSU, Olerud jumped directly to the majors. He never played in the Minors. In the big league, he played with the Toronto Blue Jays (1989–96), New York Mets (1997–99), Seattle Mariners (2000–2004), New York Yankees (2004) and Boston Red Sox (2005). He was known for wearing a batting helmet in the field as a precaution since he had suffered a brain aneurysm while playing in college. On December 6th of 2005, Olerud announced his retirement from baseball. At the time of his retirement, his 2,239 career hits represented the 143rd-highest total in Major League Baseball history. His career .398 OBP ranks 65th all-time, and his 500 doubles are good for 44th all-time. In 2007 Olerud was inducted into the College Baseball Hall Of Fame.

Thursday 8.4.16
Morning Trivia: On this date -- August 4th -- this woman's father and step-mother were murdered in the family home in Fall River, Massachusetts. This woman -- a New England spinster -- was the central figure in the case. The fame of the incident has endured in American pop culture and criminology. Although this woman was acquitted, no one else was ever arrested or tried, and she has remained notorious in American folklore. Who is the woman?

Hisashi Iwakuma dominated from the start, rookie Edwin Diaz closed with his second save, and the Mariners had solo home runs from Nelson Cruz, Mike Zunino and Adam Lind to deliver a 3-1 win over the Boston Red Sox last night. Seattle only had four hits ... but three of them counted for the maximum. The series finale with the Bosox is tonight at 7:10 at Safeco.

Birthdays: Actor and comedian Richard Belzer is 72; former footballer John Riggins is 67; actor Billy Bob Thornton is 61; gold medal winner, track star Mary Decker is 58; the president of these United States of America, Barack Obama is 55; former pitcher Roger Clemens is 54; semi-retired racecar driver Jeff Gordon -- he's filling in for Dale Earnhardt right now -- is 45; another driver, Kurt Busch, is 38; and the runner-up on Season 11 of American Idol, Jessica Sanchez is 21.

It's US Coast Guard Day, a day that honors the military branch that protects our waters and shorelines. On August 4th of 1790, the Revenue Cutter Service was created by the US Congress. Congress authorized the construction of ten cutters. These ships were built to to enforce US tariff laws. The Revenue Cutter Service was the predecessor the US Coast Guard. This date in 1693 is the date traditionally ascribed to Dom Perignon's invention of Champagne, although he actually didn't have anything to do with sparkling wine.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1958, the Billboard Hot 100 was published for the first time. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter signed legislation creating the United States Department of Energy. In 1980, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began recording the album Double Fantasy. In 1984, Carl Lewis won a gold medal in the Los Angeles Olympics. In 1993, a federal judge sentenced Los Angeles Police Department officers Stacey Koon and Laurence Powell to 30 months in prison for violating motorist Rodney King's civil rights.

On TV tonight, Bob Costas hosts an Olympics preview that covers all of the topics related to the Rio Olympics and introduces the host city and country. There are also featured profiles of athletes, including Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky, Kerri Walsh Jennings, Usain Bolt and more. It's tonight on NBC.

Did you know that 75 countries have never won a single Olympic medal? That’s more than a third of the countries taking part in this year's Rio Olympic Games.

Interesting. Disney is moving forward on a remake of the 1984 film Splash with a twist: Channing Tatum is starring as the mermaid character that was played by Daryl Hannah.

Trivia Answer: Lizzie Borden. The murders occured on August 4th of 1892. On that morning, Borden's father, Andrew Jackson Borden, and her stepmother, Abby Durfee Borden, were murdered in the family home. The only other people present at the residence at the time were Lizzie and the family maid, Bridget Sullivan. The Borden sisters' uncle, John Vinnicum Morse, brother of Andrew Borden's first wife, was visiting at the time, but was away from the house during the time of the murders. Emma Borden, her sister, was also away from home. That day, Andrew Borden had gone into town to do his usual rounds at the bank and post office. He returned home about 10:45 in the morning. About a half-hour later, Lizzie Borden found his body. According to the maid's testimony, she was lying down in her room on the third floor of the house shortly after 11:00 when she heard Lizzie call to her, saying someone had killed her father, whose body was found slumped on a couch in the downstairs sitting room. Shortly thereafter, while Lizzie Borden was being tended by neighbors and the family doctor, the maid discovered the body of Mrs. Borden upstairs in the guest bedroom. They were both killed by blows from a hatchet. Lizzie Borden was arrested on August 11th of 1892, with her trial beginning ten months later in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Her stories proved to be inconsistent, and her behavior suspect. She was tried for the murders. During the police investigation, a hatchet was found in the basement and was assumed to be the murder weapon. Though it was clean, most of its handle was missing and the prosecution stated that it had been broken off because it was covered with blood. However, a police officer stated that he found it next to a hatchet handle. No blood-soaked clothing was found as evidence by police. A few days after the murder, Borden tore apart and burned a light blue Bedford cord cotton dress in the kitchen stove, claiming she had brushed against fresh baseboard paint which had smeared on it. Despite incriminating circumstances, Lizzie Borden was acquitted by a jury after an hour and a half's deliberation. The fact that no murder weapon was found and no blood evidence was noted just a few minutes after the second murder pointed to reasonable doubt. Some have suggested the all-male jury did not like the idea of acknowledging that a respected man's daughter could possibly have committed such an act. Another axe murder in the area which took place shortly before the trial was a great stroke of luck for Borden. After the trial the Borden sisters moved to a new houset. In June of 1905, the two argued over a party Lizzie gave. Shortly after that, Emma moved out of the house, and Lizzie Borden began using the name "Lizbeth A. Borden." Lizzie Borden died on June 1st of 1927 in Fall River, Massachusetts. The funeral details were not made public and few people attended her burial. Borden was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery under the name "Lizbeth Andrew Borden", her footstone reading "Lizbeth". The case was memorialized in a popular jump-rope rhyme:

Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks.
And when she saw what she had done
She gave her father forty-one.

The anonymous rhyme was made up by a writer as an alluring little tune to sell newspapers even though in reality her stepmother suffered 18 or 19 blows, and her father 11.

Wednesday 8.3.16
Morning Trivia: He's a film director, screenwriter, actor, and producer. He is known for his comedy films, his horror films, and his music videos with singer Michael Jackson. After some earlier failures elsewhere, in 1978, he directed his first film for Universal Studios, National Lampoon's Animal House, which was both critically and financially successful and opened countless doors for him. Who is he?

Getting their hearts broken the night before last, last night the Mariners did some heartbreaking of their own. Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run eighth inning, Edwin Diaz got his first major league save and the Seattle Mariners overcame a four-run deficit to beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4. The Mariners had just three hits off starter David Price through seven innings and trailed 4-0. Price was struck in the right thigh by a line drive in the sixth, though, and struggled after. Mike Zunino opened the eighth with a home run to left off Price. That was followed by three consecutive singles to chase Price. Tied at a game each, the series continues tonight. Ms and Bosox at 7:10.

Birthdays: Singer Tony Bennett is 90; actor Martin Sheen is 76; lifestyle guru Martha Stewart is 75; actor Jay North -- he was Dennis the Menace -- is 65; from Metallica, singer James Hetfield is 53; Collective Soul singer Ed Roland is also 53; actor Isaiah Washington is 53; from the NBA, former Sonics coach now the Indiana Pacers' coach, Nate McMillan is 52; football's Tom Brady is 38; and US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is 32.

Today is National Watermelon Day. Today is Colorado Day, marking this date in 1876 when Colorado became the 38th state.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1900, the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. was founded. In 1933, the Mickey Mouse Watch was introduced for the price of $2.75. In 1943, General George S. Patton verbally abused and slapped a private. Later, General Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered him to apologize for the incident. In 1966, comedian Lenny Bruce died of a morphine overdose. In 1977, after building and testing 25 units, Radio Shack issued a press release introducing its TRS-80 computer. Within weeks, the company had thousands of orders. In 1981, air traffic controllers with PATCO, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, went on strike. They were fired just as President Reagan had warned. In 1986, despite pouring rain, some 82,000 Brits watched the Chicago Bears whip the Dallas Cowboys 17 to 6 in the first All America Bowl in England. The fans seemed especially to enjoy 340-pound William 'The Refrigerator' Perry, and an unknown streaker who dashed across the field wearing only socks. In 1987, Def Leppard released their album Hysteria. In 2004, in New York, the Statue of Liberty re-opened to the public. The site had been closed since the attacks on September 11th of 2001.

Michael Phelps has been selected as the United States' flag bearer in his fifth, and final, Olympics. The legendary swimmer was selected by a vote of US athletes. Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 medals. He's the second swimmer to serve as flag bearer after Gary Hall did so in Montreal in 1976. Rio's opening ceremonies are Friday.

There's new research out that addresses what's really throwing your diet off track. And the first thing that's messing you up is the weekend. Most people eat at least 115 more calories on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday than they do the rest of the week. And without extra exercise, that can add up to 5 pounds a year. 40% of the extra calories you consume on the weekend come from alcohol.

Trivia Answer: John Landis who is 66 today. In 1979, Landis co-wrote and directed The Blues Brothers with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. In 1981, Landis wrote and directed An American Werewolf in London. Landis next directed the opening teaser and first segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie in 1983. It was during the filming of Twilight Zone, actor Vic Morrow and child extras Myca Dinh Le and Renee Shin-Yi Chen were killed in an accident involving an out-of-control helicopter. Landis and several crew members were subsequently charged with involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment. After an extended jury trial, Landis and other crew members were acquitted. Trading Places starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy was filmed directly after the Twilight Zone accident. After filming ended, Landis and his family went to London: then he was approached by Michael Jackson to make a video for his song, Thriller. Thriller forever changed MTV and the concept of music videos; it has won numerous awards, including the Video Vanguard Award for The Greatest Video in the History of the World. In 2009 (months before Jackson died), Landis sued the Jackson estate in a dispute over royalties for the video; he claims to be owed at least four years' worth of royalties.

Tuesday 8.2.16
Morning Trivia: This film director, writer, producer, and actor is best known as the director of numerous horror films, particularly slasher films. He directed the famed A Nightmare on Elm Street, and he also co-wrote A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. He directed the entire Scream series featuring Ghostface. Some of his other films include, The Hills Have Eyes, The Last House on the Left, The Serpent and the Rainbow, The People Under the Stairs, Vampire in Brooklyn, Red Eye, and My Soul to Take. Who is he?

In what's likely to be his final appearance as closer for a while, Steve Cishek delivered again -- for the other team. This time Cishek gave up a solo home run in the ninth as the Mariners blew another lead, as well as an outstanding performance from starter James Paxton, losing 2-1 to the Boston Red Sox last night. Afterward, manager Scott Servais said Cishek won't serve in the closing role for the time being. Game two of four with the Bosox is tonight at 7:10.

Birthdays: Retired judge -- he oversaw the OJ Simpson trial -- Lance Ito is 66; Eddie on The Munsters, actor Butch Patrick is 62; actress and comedian Victoria Jackson is 57; actress Mary-Louise Parker is 52; and actor Edward Furlong is 39.

Today is Hug A Deejay Day. Today is Make Some Old-Fashioned Lemonade Day, squeezing real lemons and using real sugar and real water. Today is Roller Skating Day, marking the opening of the world's first roller rink, in London on this date in 1875. The first skates had wheels in line.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1876, Jack McCall shot Wild Bill Hickok in the back as he played poker at a saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory. Hickok held black aces and eights, which became known as the "dead man’s hand." McCall was hanged. In 1943, PT-109, commanded by Lt. John F. Kennedy, sank after being rammed by a Japanese destroyer off the Solomon Islands. The future president was credited with saving members of the crew. He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for heroism, and the Purple Heart for his injuries. In 1962, Robert Zimmerman legally changed his name to Bob Dylan. Also in 1962, Aretha Franklin appeared on American Bandstand for the first time. In 1975, The Eagles topped the American charts with One of These Nights. In 1984, Charles Schultz' comic strip Peanuts was added to the Portsmouth Daily Times, making it the first comic strip to appear in 2,000 newspapers. In 1987, Disney re-released Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 50 years after the film's original release.

Questions about the weather -- thunder and lightning were in the forecast -- prompted the Seahawks to cancel their public practice today. They still practiced, they just moved it inside and didn't allow the public to attend.

Jerry Dipoto wasn't ready to sell. That, in essence, was the Mariners general manager's reasoning for opting not to make any deals before yesterday's non-waiver trade deadline. He said, "The greatest opportunities were to sell off, and that's just not something we were willing to do. We feel like the core of this team is still very good. Very difficult for us, here a game over .500. We're realistic about where we are in this playoff push. We feel like we have a chance with August and September, but obviously a lot of things are going to have to break right for us." The Ms are on the cusp of playoff contention, but could just as easily play themselves out of the race over the current 10-game home stand. Depoto said, "The best things we can do is focus on the good parts of our roster and how we're going transition to (2016), (2017) and (2018). So many good things are happening in our organization below the big-league level, and we don't want to forsake that, either. I think we did the right thing. We kept the pieces that made the most sense for us and we found value where we could find value."

An Alabama bartender who was checking to see if a woman was legally old enough to drink was handed her own stolen driver's license. The bartender called police and they came to the bar to pick up the thief.

Trivia Answer: Wesley Earl Craven -- Wes Craven -- who was born pn this date in 1939. He born in Cleveland, Ohio, and had a strict Baptist upbringing. Craven had a letter published in the July 19th of 1968 edition of Life magazine, praising that periodical's coverage of contemporary rock music, in particular Frank Zappa. On August 30th of last year, Craven died of brain cancer, at the age of 76, at his home in Los Angeles. The 10th episode of Scream was dedicated in his memory.

Monday 8.1.16
Morning Trivia: On August 1st of 1981, at 12:01 am, this launched with the words "Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll" spoken by original Chief Operating Officer John Lack followed by a crunching guitar riff and a montage of images of the Apollo 11 moon landing. What are we talking about?

A day after perhaps their most stirring win of the season, given place and opponent, the Mariners last night had their most agonizing loss. After getting two-run homers from Nelson Cruz, Robinson Cano and Dae-Ho Lee and a wildly effective start from Felix Hernandez, the Mariners gave back the 6-0 lead and lost 7-6 in 12 innings to the Cubs at Wrigley Field in the Mariners' first ESPN Sunday night game in 12 years. Methinks it's time to promote Diaz to the closer role and thank Cishek for being here but ... The Ms are back at Safeco for four against Boston starting tonight at 7:10.

Baltimore is hoping Wade Miley can turn his solid July into a big finish with the AL East leaders. The Orioles acquired Miley in a trade with Seattle yesterday, giving manager Buck Showalter an experienced lefty for his rotation as the team tries to hold off Toronto and Boston for the division title. Miley pitched seven innings of one-hit ball in Seattle's 4-1 victory against the major league-leading Chicago Cubs on Saturday. Miley was shagging fly balls before yesterday's game against Chicago when he left the field while Seattle continued taking batting practice. Servais soon followed him into the dugout.

Birthdays: Singer Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is 85; blues singer Robert Cray is 63; singer Michael Penn is 58; from Def Leppard, singer Joe Elliott is 57; rapper Coolio is 53; from The Counting Crows, singer Adam Duritz is 52; Vanessa on The Cosby Show, actress Tempestt Bledsoe is 43; and former Seattle Mariner, now a Baltimore Oriole, All Star Adam Jones is 31.

August was the 6th month of the Roman year and was called Sextilis. In the year 8 B.C. the Emperor Augustus Caesar persuaded the Senate to change the month's name to Augustus in his honor.

August is Happiness Happens Month, Get Ready for Kindergarten Month, Children's Eye Health & Safety Month, Children's Vision and Learning Month, Make Your Reading Be A Haven Month, National Catfish Month, National Inventors' Month, National Toddler Month, Mental & Educational Wellness Month, Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month, National Back-to-School Month, Family Meal Month, and National Goat Cheese Month. August is Family Fun Month and National Toddler Month. Simplify Your Life Week begins today.

Today is Respect for Parents Day. Today is Girlfriend's Day, a day to take your girlfriends shopping, out to eat, to a spa, a movie, and/or to the park. Today is National Raspberry Cream Pie Day. It's also National Ice Cream Sandwich Day Today is World Wide Web Day, marking the birth of the Web in August 1990 at the Europe Laboratory for Particle Physics in Switzerland. Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau developed a prototype web browser and introduced Hypertext Markup Language, HTML.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1790, the first US census was completed, showing a population of just under 4 million people. In 1964, Hasbro Toys introduced GI Joe, an 11½-inch action figure that sold for $4.00. The doll was inspired by the 1945 Robert Mitchum movie, The Story of GI Joe. In 1973, the movie American Graffiti opened nationwide. It starred Ron Howard, Candy Clark, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Cindy Williams, McKenzie Phillips, and Susan Richardson. In 1987, Bob Seger’s song Shakedown, from the Beverly Hills Cop II soundtrack, went to number one. It was the Detroit rocker’s firstever chart-topping single. The tune was originally supposed to be recorded by Glenn Frey, who had contracted laryngitis. In 1994, Lisa Marie Presley confirmed rumors that she had married Michael Jackson on May 26th in the Dominican Republic. They divorced less than two years later.

Audiences turned out in force to see Matt Damon in Jason Bourne, pushing the spy sequel to a sterling $60 million debut and a number one finish for the weekend. The film marked the actor's return to the action franchise after a nine-year hiatus. In holdover news, Star Trek Beyond, its second weekend, grossed $24 million and nabbed second place. Even with Bourne's resurgence commanding most of the attention, the weekend's other major new wide release managed to score a respectable debut. Bad Moms opened to a healthy $23.4 million and a third place finish. The Secret Life of Pets continues to be one of the biggest hits of the summer. The animated offering took fourth place. Lights Out, a horror film, rounded out the top five.

As Washington voters, we have a lengthy ballot to consider ahead of tomorrow's primary election, where we'll narrow the choices for offices ranging from US Senate to the governor's office and dozens of legislative races. More than 4 million of the state's registered voters started receiving their ballots in the mail weeks ago for the primary, in which the top two vote-getters advance to the November ballot, regardless of party. Under Washington's top two primary system, voters do not have to pick a party ballot, and instead vote for their favorite candidate for each office on a consolidated ballot, regardless of party preference. The fact that of the nine statewide offices on the ballot, five have open seats - without an incumbent - is noteworthy. Voters will decide between 11 candidates for governor, though Democratic incumbent Gov. Jay Inslee and Republican challenger Bill Bryant are expected to easily advance. The open seat for lieutenant governor also has drawn 11 candidates, including three Democratic state senators. Other open statewide races are auditor, lands commissioner, treasurer, and superintendent of public instruction. You have until tomorrow to have your ballot postmarked or dropped off at a local drop box.

Following the powerful words from the father of a fallen Muslim American soldier at the Democratic National Convention last Thursday in Philadelphia, a pocket version of the US Constitution has become a best-seller on The 52-page pamphlet printed by the National Center for Constitutional Studies sells for $1 and was in the Top 10 best-selling books over the weekend on Amazon.

Trivia Answer: MTV -- which stood for Music Television. At the moment of its launch, only a few thousand people on a single cable system in northern New Jersey could see it. It's a cable television network based in New York City. The original purpose of the channel was to play music videos guided by on-air hosts known as VJs. Today, MTV still plays a limited selection of music videos, but the channel primarily broadcasts a variety of pop culture and reality television shows. Appropriately, the first music video shown on MTV was Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles. In the early days, the screen would sporadically go black when an employee at MTV inserted a tape into a VCR. The original five MTV VJs in 1981 were Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, J.J. Jackson and Martha Quinn. The early music videos that made up the bulk of MTV's programming in the 1980s were often crude promotional or concert clips from whatever sources could be found. As the popularity of the channel rose, and record companies recognized the potential of the medium as a tool to gain recognition and publicity, they began to create increasingly elaborate clips specifically for the channel.