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Friday 8.29.14
Today's Trivia: This comedian and dramatic actor is a veteran of many television sitcoms. Television executives liked his clean-cut looks and superb comic timing. He’s best known for playing astronaut Roger Healey on I Dream of Jeannie and commercial airline navigator Howard Borden in The Bob Newhart Show. Who is he?

If the Seahawks cared about finishing the preseason with a flourish, they can be a little worried, after the Raiders gashed the defense for 28 consecutive points in the first half. But if the Seahawks cared about a first-team offense in better shape than it’s been, all is sunshine, lollipops and rainbows. In the grand scheme, losing 41-31 in the final preseason game last night in Oakland counts for little, but there were the matters of two turnovers and 12 penalties for 95 yards. Coach Pete Carroll said, "We had a terrible time tonight. I thought the Raiders played great. They tore us up. They did everything well. Just took it to us. Great night for them. But the thing that jumps out to me is the efficiency of Seattle’s preseason offense. I think the first unit scored on 11 of 13 possessions. That’s phenomenal." So now, onward and upward. Coming up Thursday night, it's the Green Bay Packers in the nationally televised NFL season opener at the Clink. That's also when the championship banner is being unveiled.

Washington State football coach Mike Leach never liked playing "home" games in Seattle. last night reminded him why. River Cracraft’s fumbled punt set up a game-winning, three-yard touchdown run by Paul Jones with 3½ minutes left in Rutgers’ 41-38 victory over Washington State at CenturyLink Field.

Meanwhile, the Washington Huskies had their first touchdown of the year when their plane touched down on Oahu yesterday. The Dawgs face the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors tomorrow night at 7:30.

The Mariners open a three-game weekend set with the NL East leading Washington Nationals tonight. Felix gets the start tonight.

Birthdays: Senator John McCain is 78; actor Elliott Gould is 76; TV personality Robin Leach is 73; actress Rebecca De Mornay is 55; bassist and singer Me’Shell Ndegeocello is 46; matchbox twenty lead guitarist Kyle Cook is 39; and actress Lea Michele is 28.

Wear your college colors today. It's National College Colors Day. It's also 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. Today is National Cornbread and Milk Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1958, the United States Air Force Academy opened in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 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 J.R. 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 the age of 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, the average US pump price for a gallon of regular gasoline rose to a record $2.60. Also 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.

Homer Simpson and his clan make a guest appearance on the September 28th season premiere of Family Guy when the Griffins visit Springfield. Bart and Stewie team up for trouble, Lisa teaches Meg how to play the sax, and Homer and Peter shoot the bull over brewskis.

The best studies are the ones that tell us we are not alone. A new survey from an international conference call company finds that when you occasionally zone out on conference calls, you're participating in a national pastime. More than 60 percent of respondents admitted to doing other work or sending an email while on a conference call.

In theaters this weekend: The November Man (R) and As Above/So Below (R).

A mistake by workmen in Bristol, England, has gone viral after painters managed to misspell the word 'bus' on the road. "Bup stop" was painted in large yellow lettering.

Trivia Answer: Bill Daily who turns 87 tomorrow. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa. His most notable post-Newhart role was that of Larry the Psychiatrist on the show ALF in 1986. He currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Though retired, he still does some comedy and occasional TV guest appearances.

Thursday 8.28.14
Today's Trivia: He was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. As a child, he played PONY League Baseball alongside Tony La Russa. He attended Jesuit High School of Tampa where he was an All-American in basketball. After graduation, he attended the University of Tampa where he was an All-American in baseball. At the age of 21 in 1964, he played in his first major league game with the Baltimore Orioles. He joined the Seattle Pilots during their 1969 preseason, but was quickly traded. He played for the Kansas City Royals from 1969 to 1973 and was the American League's Rookie of the Year in 1969. That was followed by 11 years as a member of the New York Yankees. After retiring as a player, he managed for a bit. As a manager, he was known for his often aggressive and sometimes explosive behavior. He was ejected 61 times. Who is he?

If the Mariners fail to become the first American League team since the 1974 Oakland Athletics to finish with an ERA under 3.00 -- they started the day at 2.92 -- they'll probably point to yesterday's abomination by Erasmo Ramirez. Summoned from AAA Tacoma to make a spot start against Texas, Ramirez hurled the Mariners to an ugly 12-4 defeat, needing only 59 pitches, mostly fastballs over the heart of the plate, to get booed off the mound. His brutal line: three innings, nine hits, 10 earned runs, a grand slam, and a hit batter. By the time manager Lloyd McClendon mercifully applied the hook, eight of the nine Texas batters had a hit, and all nine had scored a run. Before yesterday, the Mariners had not allowed 10 or more runs in a game all season after doing so 21 times in 2013. They allowed three or fewer runs in 14 consecutive Safeco Field contests. After an off-day today, the Mariners host three with the Washington Nationals. Felix Hernandez gets the start tomorrow.

Tonight's Washington State Cougars football game at CenturyLink Field will be the last annual Seattle Game for the foreseeable future. WSU athletic director Bill Moos this week said that the university has scheduled no more Seattle games, marking a de facto end to the 13-year tradition. The Cougars have played one of their six annual home games at neutral CenturyLink Field since 2002 (except 2010), and while the event started off highly successful, it has faded in popularity and profitability as the football team has struggled. The Cougars sold out the first Seattle Game, when what was then called Seahawks Stadium had just opened and WSU was ranked No. 11 in the country. While the university continued to make good money off of the Seattle Game, particularly in the early days and after Moos switched it to conference matchups this decade, it appears the pros of playing in front of a sizable community of Seattle alumni no longer outweigh the cons of losing a bona fide home game in Pullman. Besides, WSU spokesman Bill Stevens said, WSU just finished $130 million in upgrades to Martin Stadium and the university’s football facilities. Why continue to take away one of those home games? Tonight’s final game in Seattle, against Rutgers, begins at 7:00 at CenturyLink Field -- the same time the Seahawks and Raiders kick off their preseason game in Oakland.

Speaking of which, second-year running back Christine Michael -- one of the stars of the Seattle Seahawks' offseason -- won’t play in the team’s preseason finale against the Raiders tonight after he suffered a hamstring injury in practice this week. Yesterday, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told reporters that Michael "pulled up a little" in Tuesday’s practice and wouldn’t make the trip to Oakland. The team re-signed rookie running back Demitrius Bronson, who had been waived on Monday. No corresponding roster move has yet been announced. Michael, who drew praise from Carroll as the most improved player on the team this offseason, so far has been unable to unseat third-year back Robert Turbin as the primary reserve behind Marshawn Lynch. Carroll didn’t elaborate on the severity of Michael’s injury, but did update the conditions of several other players. Carroll said wide receiver Bryan Walters will make his case to be the team’s primary punt returner after being cleared to play on yesterday; cornerback Jeremy Lane should return next week after suffering a mild groin strain; and linebacker Bruce Irvin and wide receiver Kevin Norwood could return next week, as well. Coverage on Q13 Fox begins at 6:00 tonight. Kick-off at 7:00.

Birthdays: Hutch -- Detective Ken Hutchinson -- on Starsky & Hutch, actor David Soul is 71; actor Daniel Stern is 57; figure skater Scott Hamilton is 56; actress Emma Samms is 54; singer Shania Twain is 49; actor and singer Jack Black is 45; Brandon Walsh on Beverly Hills, 90210, actor Jason Priestley is 45; singer LeAnn Rimes is 32; and Alana Thompson (Honey Boo Boo) is 9.

Today is Race Your Mouse Around the Icons Day, something to do while waiting for files to load. It was a bigger day prior to the high-speed Internet most of us enjoy today. Remember dial-up? Today is Submarine Day, marking this date in 1965 when 17-year-old Fred DeLuca opened Petes Super Submarines in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He called it Petes because Dr. Peter Buck, his friendly nuclear physicist, loaned him $1,000 to start the restaurant. A year later they changed the name to Subway. Today is National Cherry Turnover Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1837, pharmacists John Lea and William Perrins of Worcester, England, begin manufacturing their Worcestershire Sauce. In 1907, Seattle teenagers Claude Ryan and Jim Casey started a local delivery service called the American Messenger Company. Later, the name was changed to United Parcel Service: UPS. In 1964, The Beatles appeared on the cover of Life magazine. In 1965, Bob Dylan was booed off the stage at Forest Hills Stadium in New York for playing an electric guitar. In 1986, Tina Turner got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1989, Walt Disney Productions bought the Muppets for $100-million. In 1999, after an unarmed man robbed a bank in Hermiston, Oregon, he climbed into the trunk of his getaway car two blocks away to change clothes and accidentally locked himself inside. When he yelled for help, a policeman investigating the robbery came to his rescue ... and arrested him. In 2003, Johnny Cash was hospitalized with stomach pains and cancelled an appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards. He died two weeks later.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in France. ABC News is reporting that Jolie and Pitt wed Saturday in a small chapel in a private ceremony attended by family and friends. In advance of the nondenominational civil ceremony, the couple obtained a marriage license from a local California judge. The judge also conducted the ceremony in France. The couple's children took part in the wedding.

Robert Plant split from his long-term partner Patty Griffin last year. The Led Zeppelin legend was rumored to have married the singer in secret in 2013 after setting up home together in Texas and collaborating on a number of projects, but Griffin denied the speculation saying, "We’re not legally married, no." However, Plant has now revealed the relationship came to an end, telling Britain’s Radar magazine he experienced a shift both "culturally and slightly spiritually" and ploughed his heartbreak into his new music. He adds of a recent trip back to his native U.K. with Griffin, "She didn’t share my penchant for cider and the Black Country (English area) character I became after four pints of Thatchers (cider). My feelings are very much ones of sadness and regret."

Americans everywhere work hard and in honor of Labor Day crunched some numbers and found the metro areas where the hardest-working Americans live. 1) Minneapolis-St. Paul. 2) Madison, Wisconsin. 3) Omaha, Nebraska.

The ALS folks issued a press release yesterday with the news that the Ice Bucket Challenge has brought in over $94 million since July 29th. For perspective, in the same time period last year -- July 29th through August 27th -- the ALS Association raised just $2.7 million.

Just hours before Breaking Bad swept the Emmys Monday night, a fake news organization published an article that said a sixth season of Breaking Bad would be made. The story zipped around the the Internet fast -- and got more than a few BB fans excited. Unfortunately the story is false.

Trivia Answer: Louis Victor Piniella -- Sweet Lou -- who turns 71 today. The newest member of the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame. From 1993–2002, he managed the Seattle Mariners, winning the AL Manager of the Year Award in 1995, and again in 2001 when he led the Mariners to a record-tying 116 wins. After winning the 2001 AL Division Series, the Mariners dropped the first two games of the AL Championship Series, and Piniella held an angry post-game press conference in which he guaranteed the Mariners would win two out of three games in New York to return the ALCS to Seattle. However, the Yankees closed out the series at Yankee Stadium, and the Mariners have not reached the playoffs since. In the Mariners' 33-season history, they have had eleven winning seasons and reached the playoffs four times. Seven of the winning seasons and all of the playoff appearances occurred during Piniella's ten years with the Mariners. Piniella is the only manager in Mariners history to have a winning record in a tenure of at least one season. Atlanta’s Bobby Cox holds the all-time record for ejections in Major League Baseball with 158 (plus an additional three post-season ejections),

Wednesday 8.27.14
Today's Trivia: This actress and model is known as the Bond girl from the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977. She's married to Ringo Starr. Who is she?

James Paxton pitched into the seventh in a bounce-back start, Robinson Cano hit his 12th home run of the season, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 5-0 last night. Paxton threw a career-high 118 pitches and came an out away from tying his career high with seven innings pitched. The rookie lowered his ERA to 1.71, the best mark for a pitcher in his first 11 major league starts since 1990. Cano's towering two-out home run in the first opened the scoring and was his 71st RBI of the year. Danny Farquhar did not allow a hit in the final 2 2-3 innings for the Mariners. Today, Erasmo Ramirez is starting the matinee finale against Texas.

The Seattle Mariners have rewarded general manager Jack Zduriencik with a multi-year extension with the club in playoff contention late in the season. The Mariners announced the extension yesterday, but didn't release details. Zduriencik has served as Seattle's general manager since 2008 and may finally be on the verge of getting the Mariners back into the postseason for the first time since 2001. Jackie Z came to Seattle from Milwaukee, where he was the director of amateur scouting. His tenure with Seattle has been a mix of hits and misses, but the past two offseasons have proven fruitful in getting ace Felix Hernandez signed to a long-term contract, hiring Lloyd McClendon as manager and this past December signing Robinson Cano to a $240 million, 10-year contract.

The Seattle Seahawks are forfeiting two days of on-field minicamp practices next offseason after being penalized by the league for excessive physical contact during their 2014 minicamp. The league confirmed the penalties yesterday. first reported the violation and that Seattle would be fined $300,000 for the infractions. Seattle is being docked the first two days of its 2015 mandatory minicamp and is being permitted one 2 1/2-hour practice on the final day. Seattle's players are being paid for all three days of the camp. Seattle also lost a pair of organized team activities during the 2012 offseason due to excessive contact.

The Seahawks are once again set to appear on TV when they face the Oakland Raiders in their final pre-season game tomorrow night. Thurston County fans are just hoping they can see the game on TV. The second half of last Friday night’s game against the Chicago Bears was almost unwatchable for many Comcast customers. The televised image was choppy, or appeared to streak across the screen, making it difficult to determine what was happening on the football field, and the announcers’ comments were unintelligible. Comcast officials say they are confident there won’t be a problem this time out. Last week Comcast responded to the outrage on social media with "There was an engineering issue in your area that happened at the worst possible time. Many apologies." They also included the hashtag: MurphysLaw. Comcast spokesman Steve Kipp said the problem originated at the Olympia head end, which he described as the brains of the cable system, where signals are received and then pushed out to customers through routers and other equipment. Kipp said it was not a capacity issue -- too many people watching or online at the same time -- and that the fact the technical issues were resolved right at the end of the game was a coincidence. He says, "We are confident that it’s not going to happen again." Seahawks and the Oakland Raiders coming up tomorrow night at 7:00.

Birthdays: He was the Captain in The Captain & Tennille, Daryl Dragon is 72; Pee-Wee Herman, actor Paul Reubens is 62; from Rush, guitarist Alex Lifeson is 61; and No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal is 44;

Today is Hold A Bubblegum Bubble Blowing Tournament Day with contests for all age-groups and a double-elimination championship Blow-Off. You can do that, right? Today is Petroleum Day, marking the first commercial oil well that began pumping on August 27th of 1859 in Titusville, Pennsylvania. Today is Mother Teresa Day, marking her birth on August 27th of 1910. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and died in Calcutta in 1997. Today is National Banana Lovers Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1912, Edgar Rice Burroughs published his first magazine story about an abandoned English boy raised by African apes. Tarzan, King of the Jungle, became one of the 20th centuries’ best-known fictional characters. In 1963, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom happened. The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his I Have a Dream speech. Also in 1963, the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge, the longest floating bridge in the world, opened between Seattle and Medina, Washington. In 1965, The Beatles, on tour in Los Angeles, visited Elvis Presley at his Bel Air home. They stayed up all night talking and jamming. In 1982, Oakland’s Rickey Henderson stole his 119th base to break Lou Brock’s major-league theft record of 118. Rickey stole three more that day, but Milwaukee still won 5-4. In 1991, Seattle’s Pearl Jam -- formerly known as Mookie Blaylock -- released their blockbuster debut Ten. The album sailed to number two on the Billboard 200. In 1996, Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales divorced. In 2001, Sophie Frith won the Southern Daily Echo baby beauty contest in London. Ironically, her identical twin sister Olivia didn't even make the second round. The twins were dressed alike and their photos were indistinguishable, yet Sophie received hundreds more votes than Olivia. In 2002, Coldplay released their second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head. Critics around the world praised the disc, with Rolling Stone stating, "First-rate guitar rock with some real emotional protein on its bones."

As the day began, it appeared that Shelton’s iconic Paul Bunyan statue might be forced into retirement. From a report in The Olympian, the 21-foot-tall fiberglass figure was being towed to an event last weekend, when its 12-foot ax slipped out of its hands somewhere along Highway 101 near Shelton, according to owner Lloyd Prouty. Prouty called the police and State Patrol to find out if the 50-pound ax may have caused a crash. It didn’t. On Monday, Prouty's daughter Kathleen Otto learned that a woman posted an ad on Craigslist about finding a giant-size ax alongside the road near Shelton. Otto said they were initially hopeful that the ax would be returned after speaking and emailing with the woman. But their last exchange led them to believe that the woman may have decided to try and sell the ax to a third party, Otto said. There was also an incident report filed with the Mason County Sheriff’s Office. Detective William Adam confirmed there is an active investigation. He noted that the Paul Bunyan statue is a part of Shelton’s history. He said, "Anybody who’s grown up in the community, or has been here more than a couple of years, would know about it. It’s usually in the Forest Festival every year." The statue stood in front of the Binger’s Gas Station for years before it was bequeathed to the local high school. About 20 years ago, Prouty helped lead an effort to get the statue restored so that it could travel to festivals, parades and other events. In 2011, a Shelton resident donated $11,000 so that Prouty could commission a fiberglass statue of Babe the Blue Ox to accompany Paul to various events. Prouty said, "I’ve been taking Paul around for 20 years and everything comes out of my pocket." He said if the ax isn’t returned, he plans to retire the statue from the parade and festival circuit. Good news coming late this morning when we received word that The Axe has been found. It reportedly has some scratches and needs to be fixed up a bit. It was found up by Lake Cushman last evening. We're still waiting for more details.

Just broken up with your ex of five years? The bad news is that you won't be fully over the break up until next January. A British study into the psychological impact of rejection has found that, following a break up, people take an average of one month to recover for every year spent in a relationship. One in 12 said they have never recovered from romantic rejection.

Meanwhile, if you are a woman and are in the market to get hitched, find a short guy. A new study found short men marry later, make more money while in the relationship, and divorce less than their taller counterparts.

Trivia Answer: Barbara Bach who 67 today. Bach met Ringo Starr on the set of the film Caveman in February of 1980, and they were married on April 27th of 1981, a few weeks after the film's release. In recent years, Bach has accompanied Starr on his tours and has appeared in some of his music videos. Eagles' guitarist Joe Walsh married Barbara Bach's sister, Marjorie Bach, in Los Angeles in December of 2008.

Tuesday 8.26.14
Today's 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 excuse wasn’t being used by the Mariners after the game, but they certainly couldn't be faulted for showing some weariness last night in their return home from an 11-day road trip after a six-hour flight from Boston. Flat or not, Seattle was held to three hits over eight shutout innings by Rangers rookie Miles Mikolas in a 2-0 loss. The 26-year-old Mikolas showed excellent command of a 93-96 mph fastball and good feel for an assortment of off-speed offerings in quieting an M’s offense averaging five runs per game in August. Logan Morrison, who had two hits, thought the right-hander had a deceptive fastball. Morrison said, "I thought he had good stuff. His fastball jumps on you. His breaking balls were tight and kept us off balance. I think he threw strikes and missed barrels, and even when we did hit him hard, they found gloves. It’s not an excuse, but the six-hour flight probably didn’t help things." On the heels of a 6-3 road trip concluded with a sweep of the Red Sox, Seattle hoped for a soft landing with three games against Texas, the hard luck story of 2014. Game two of the three game set tonight.

The Seattle Seahawks announced eight cuts yesterday as they began trimming their roster to get to the league-mandated 75-man roster by 1:00 this afternoon. The team terminated the contracts of veteran cornerback Terrell Thomas and guard Wade Smith, and waived tackle Corey Brandon, running back Demitrius Bronson, safety Mike Dobson, defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat, wide receiver Kevin Smith and cornerback Thomas Wolfe. Seattle needs to part with seven more players by this afternoon's deadline. Regular-season rosters get finalized by 1:00 Saturday afternoon, when all NFL teams need to get to the 53-man limit. Hawks are in Oakland Thursday night for the final pre-season game of the year. They face the Raiders with a 7:00 kickoff.

Birthdays: Half of Ashford & Simpson, singer-songwriter Valerie Simpson is 68; saxophonist, composer and bandleader -- former Tonight Show bandleader -- Branford Marsalis is 54; from Garbage, lead singer Shirley Manson is 48; Counting Crows guitarist Dan Vickrey is 48; No Doubt drummer Adrian Young is 45; and actress Melissa McCarthy is 44.

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, National Cherry Popsicle Day, 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. It's Lucky You Day or Make Your Own Luck Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1920, the 19th amendment to United States Constitution takes effect, giving women the right to vote. 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, 1980s 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, Boeing's all-new composite airliner, received certification from the FAA.

Breaking Bad capped off last year's final season with six Emmys at last night's 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. Bryan Cranston won his fourth best-dramatic-lead-actor award, tying the record, for his role as chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-king Walter White. Aaron Paul won his third award as White's student-turned-partner Jesse Pinkman. Anna Gunn, as Skyler White, won her second straight Emmy for outstanding supporting actress. The AMC drama also won for outstanding drama series, which it won six of the last seven times.

Billy Crystal did his tribute to Robin Williams during the Emmy telecast:

Another TV note: Two And A Half Men star Ashton Kutcher earned an estimated $26 million this year between June 2013 to June 2014, putting him at the top of Forbes' annual list of TV's top-earning actors.

That 6.0-magnitude earthquake that hit California's Napa Valley wine country could have caused up to $1 billion in insured economic losses, experts estimated yesterday. The quake hit just as the job-generating grape-harvesting season was beginning. Some of the region's wineries reported damages to production equipment, inventories, and barrel-storage areas. The Sunday quake left at least 49 buildings in Napa unsafe to enter, and injured more than 200 people.

California lawmakers have approved a bill requiring new smartphones to be equipped with a kill switch to allow users to shut them down remotely if they're stolen. The law applies only to phones manufactured after July 1st of 2015, and sold in California. The switch is expected to be added to handsets across the world, however, because it would be inefficient for manufacturers to make a special version for California. Apple has already added such an anti-theft feature in its iOS 7 operating system.

The American Academy of Pediatrics called for middle and high schools to start their days 30 minutes later every morning to allow teenagers to get more rest. The policy statement, issued yesterday, said the change would help address chronic sleep deprivation in the nation's teenagers. The organization said that 87 percent of high school students get less than the recommended 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep per night. Twenty-eight percent report falling asleep in class at least once a week.

Prepare to battle the most traffic we've seen in six years on Labor Day, according to AAA. That's 34.7 million cars traveling at least 50 miles from home, the highest since 2008 when the recession hit.

Trivia Answer: Macaulay Carson Culkin who turns 34 today. Culkin began acting at the age of four. In 1989 he starred in Uncle Buck with John Candy. Culkin 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. Culkin stated in a May 27, 2004 interview on Larry King Live that he tends to refrain from disclosing aspects of his personal life, though he discussed his life as a child actor, the conflict in his family life (including his estrangement from his father), and how he retired from acting at 14. Culkin married actress Rachel Miner in 1998, but the couple separated in 2000 and divorced in 2002. Culkin has been dating former All My Children actress Jordan Lane Price since November 2013.

Monday 8.25.14
Today's Trivia: He's 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?

It took nearly 38 years, spanning four ownership groups and 16 managers, but the Mariners finally swept a three-game series at Fenway Park, edging the Boston Red Sox 8-6 yesterday. Dustin Ackley had three hits and scored three runs, Seattle's bullpen was sharp for the second straight day, and the Mariners handed Boston their eighth straight loss. Ackley had a triple, double and single, finishing 13 for 25 in six games against Boston this season. The Mariners completed their first-ever three-game sweep against the Red Sox at Fenway Park (in 63 series there all-time). Kyle Seager drove in two runs for Seattle. Both teams scored three runs in a first inning that lasted 42 minutes. Kendrys Morales, Seager and Logan Morrison each had RBI singles for the Mariners. Mariners: 2B Robinson Cano left the game in the bottom of the third with what team called "dizziness," and he was to be evaluated by a doctor. He walked off the field slowly with manager Lloyd McClendon. Up next, the Mariners open a six-game homestand tonight hosting the Texas Rangers for three before hosting the Washington Nationals for three over the weekend.

Richard Sherman's Campbell's commercial with Mama Sherman:


Birthdays: The first man to portray James Bond on the big screen, actor Sean Connery is 84; media personality and talk-show host Regis Philbin is 83; actor Tom Skerritt is 81; baseballs Roland "Rollie" Fingers is 68; actress Anne Archer is 67; from KISS, Gene Simmons is 65; from Judas Priest, Rob Halford is 63; musician Elvis Costello is 60; director Tim Burton is 56; Mr. Achy Breaky Heart and Miley's dad, Billy Ray Cyrus is 53; actor Blair Underwood is 50; TV chef Rachael Ray is 46; model Claudia Schiffer is 44; and, from Gossip Girl, actress Blake Lively is 27.

British actor and film director Richard Attenborough died yesterday according to the BBC. One of Attenborough's greatest achievements was making the cinematic tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, for which he won an Oscar for best director. But he also won worldwide acting fame for roles such as a theme park owner in Jurassic Park. Attenborough, who longed to act from the age of four, won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1941. That year he made his stage debut in London's West End and in 1942 played his first film part in Noel Coward's In Which We Serve. He later joined the Royal Air Force, qualifying as a pilot, and in 1944 volunteered for a unit filming over Germany. Attenborough played underdogs and misfits in a string of character roles after World War Two. A short, round-faced man, he went on to have a long track record in the British theater and film industry. His fifth film as a director, Gandhi established him as one of Britain's best-known cinema personalities and won him a string of nternational awards. The $22-million epic came out in 1982 and scooped eight Hollywood Oscars, including best director - a record for a British film. He was also a shrewd businessman with interests in commercial radio and television in Britain, and a tireless worker for numerous charities. Attenborough suffered a stroke in 2008 and was confined to a wheelchair. He had been living in a care home for those in the theatrical profession with his wife, actress Sheila Sim. The BBC reported that his family was expected to make a full statement today. Richard Attenborough was 90.

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 begins today. Shouldn’t every week be Be Kind to Humankind Week? Today is National Secondhand Wardrobe Day. And it’s Achy Breaky Day, a day to work on your dancing, always on Billy Ray Cyrus' birthday.

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 down in Portland. 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 1985, 19-year-old Dwight Gooden became the youngest major league pitcher ever to win 20 games in a season. In 1991, Linus Torvalds announced the first version of what will become Linux. In 1993, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 3,652.09, an all-time high. In 1998, a survey was released said that 1/3 of Americans use the Internet.

Marvel's hit space adventure Guardians of the Galaxy returned to win the domestic box office race in its fourth week of release, slaying the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and ending the oversized reptiles' two-week reign at the top of the charts. Guardians, which also became the highest-grossing movie of the summer season, sold $17.6 million worth of tickets at US and Canadian theaters over the weekend. Turtles took in $16.8 million in its third weekend to take second place. If I Stay, a new release about a 17-year-old in a coma and clinging to life, was third with $16.4 million.The R-rated comedy Lets Be Cops took fourth place, while When the Game Stands Tall, a low-budget football film that chronicles De La Salle High School's record-setting 151-game winning streak, opened in fifth place.

The largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years struck before dawn yesterday, sending scores of people to hospitals, igniting fires, damaging historic buildings and knocking out power to thousands of homes and businesses in California's wine country. The magnitude-6.0 quake, which ruptured water mains and gas lines and damaged some of the region's famed wineries, sent residents running out of their homes in the darkness. Three people -- two adults and a child -- were critically injured.

In the wake of the controversial police crackdown on protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, President Obama has ordered a thorough review of programs that send military-grade equipment to local police departments. The review is focusing on three key points: Whether local police should have the equipment in the first place, how much training they should receive, and whether Washington is keeping adequate track of the gear and how it is used. The review could significantly alter a decade-old policy which critics contend has led to a dangerous, unnecessary militarization of local police.

The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy awards are airing tonight. They're tonight because of preseason football. Seth Meyers hosts as the best in TV are honored. Billy Crystal pays tribute to his close friend Robin Williams during the In Memoriam segment.

A couple in England was left speechless after a visit to the vet revealed their pet kitten Twinkle had both male and female genitalia. They always thought Twinkle was a female cat so they were amazed when the vet phoned to say she was a he-she. After speaking with the owners the vet removed Twinkle's male parts leaving her female once again.

This is a British survey of male soccer fans, but could it be the same here for football? 40% of men would rather watch sports on a weekend afternoon than have sex.

Trivia Answer: Monte Halperin -- better known his stage name Monty Hall -- who turns 93 today. Monty was the host 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. The puzzle was mentioned in an episode of the first season of the CBS drama NUMB3RS, in the 2008 movie 21, and also in the novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. A detailed explanation and rationale for the solution to this problem is presented in The World's 200 Hardest Brainteasers book by Gary Gruber .

Friday 8.22.14
Today's Trivia: He's an Australian songwriter, musician and actor. He had a #1 single in 1981 which became a blockbuster of 1980s pop-rock and helped establish the emerging music video age. As an actor, he's known for playing on the daytime drama General Hospital. Who is he?

An off day for the Mariners yesterday but they still managed to gain a half-game on the Detroit Tigers in the wild card race as the Tigers fell 2-1 to the Tampa Bay Rays. Seattle is now half a game behind Detroit for that second AL wild card slot. The Ms are in Boston taking on the Red Sox for the weekend starting tonight.

All James Carpenter wanted was to be able to run. That seems an odd wish coming from a 6-foot-5, 321-pound offensive lineman. But for each offseason during his brief NFL career since becoming a first-round pick by the Seahawks in 2011, Carpenter was undergoing or recovering from some surgery. So when the 2014 offseason arrived and Carpenter wasn't in recovery mode, running was a joy. He said, "This time I was really able to run and I was excited about doing it." Carpenter's transformation has stood out during Seattle's training camp. He's down 15 pounds from where he finished last year and his conditioning has improved to where he doesn't need to be in a rotation. Carpenter will get his most extensive playing time of the preseason tonight when the Seahawks host Chicago in the third preseason game for both clubs. He won't be alone as both teams are expected to play their starters for at least the first half and possibly into the third quarter. This is truly the dress rehearsal, especially for Seattle, which is unlikely to let its starters see much of the field next Thursday in Oakland with the season opener against Green Bay seven days later. That includes Marshawn Lynch, who coach Pete Carroll said would get some carries. Carroll said, "We just want guys to play. We want them out there and get them play time just to get adapted to the new season again. As we stage it, this is the game they will play the most." Kick-off at the Clink coming up tonight at 7:00. Q13 Fox has the coverage.

The Seattle Storm won the No. 1 pick in the WNBA Draft lottery last night. It's Seattle's first No. 1 pick since the 2002 season when they selected Sue Bird. The team also had the first pick in 2001, when they chose Lauren Jackson. The 2015 WNBA Draft is scheduled for April.

Birthdays: An 18-time MLB All Star, Yaz, Carl Yastrzemski is 75; actress Valerie Harper is 75; 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft is 69; Shirley on Laverne & Shirley, actress Cindy Williams is 67; Tears for Fears frontman Roland Orzabal is 53; Bangles drummer Debbi Peterson is 53; singer Tori Amos is 51; and matchbox twenty guitarist Paul Doucette is 42.

Today is Pocketphone Day. British Telecom introduced the first pocketphones on this date in 1989. Today is Be an Angel Day. 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 under. 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. Also 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.

Robin Williams' ashes have been scattered in the San Francisco Bay. Williams' cremated remains were released on August 12th, the day after his death, according to a document released by Marin County yesterday. Williams' family has not announced plans for a memorial. Fellow comedian Billy Crystal is giving a tribute to Williams at the annual television Emmy Awards on Monday.

The S&P 500 Index soared to a record and the Dow Jones Industrial Average returned to the 17,000 level yesterday as positive financial news gave stocks a boost. Reports on existing home sales and manufacturing surpassed expectations. The good news overshadowed the release of Federal Reserve meeting minutes earlier in the week suggesting that the central bank might raise interest rates sooner than expected due to signs of a strengthening economic recovery. The Dow backed off some today bet remained over 17,000 -- barely -- closing at 17,001.22.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced yesterday that National Guard troops would begin withdrawing from Ferguson after two days of easing tensions there. Nixon said the troops had helped restore calm following sometimes violent protests over the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, by a white policeman on August 9th. Attorney General Eric Holder visited the St. Louis suburb on Wednesday and promised a fair investigation.

The prisoner exchange that freed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl violated federal law, the General Accountability Office said in a legal opinion sent to Congress yesterday. Under a law passed in February, the GAO said, President Obama should have notified lawmakers 30 days in advance of his plan to swap five Guantanamo Bay detainees for Bergdahl, who was captured by the Taliban in 2009.

Apparently Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp have ended their relationship after three years of dating. One of Mellencamp's friends says the two split "a couple of weeks ago." The pair had kept their relationship relatively quiet. The couple began going out sometime in late 2010, according to People magazine, after Mellencamp separated from his wife of 18 years. The 52-year-old Ryan and 62-year-old Mellencamp kept time on both the East Coast and in Mellencamp's longtime home of Indiana. A souce told People. "It was the distance. She lives in New York and he resides in Indiana. It was the long distance that ultimately was the cause." Mellencamp's friend had a different take saying "I don't think he loved all the attention he got just from dating an actress. I bet he'll stay away from dating another famous person for a while."

New this weekend in theaters: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (R), If I Stay (PG-13), and When the Game Stands Tall (PG).

Trivia Answer: Rick Springfield -- who was born Richard Lewis Springthorpe -- in Sydney, Australia. He's 65 tomorrow. His 1981 blockbuster single was Jessie's Girl. On General Hospital, he played Doctor Noah Drake. He originated the character from 1981 to 1983 and then returned to play him again from 2005 until 2008. In 1981, Springfield became a soap opera star on General Hospital. He had signed a contract with RCA Records and already recorded the album Working Class Dog, which neither he nor his agent had expected would do very well, which is why Springfield took the soap role. But the song "Jessie's Girl" went to #1, and Springfield ended up both playing the role of Dr. Noah Drake from 1981 through 1983, while simultaneously going on tour with his band. The success of the song boosted the ratings of the show, which according to Springfield "became the biggest show on TV for that summer," and the fame from the show likewise boosted the sale of the song. Springfield's autobiography, Late, Late at Night: a Memoir, was released in 2010. In October, it peaked at number 13 on The New York Times Best Seller list. In August 2012, Late, Late at Night was named number 23 of The 25 Great Rock Memoirs of All Time by Rolling Stone.

Thursday 8.21.14
Today's Trivia: He's a a former football player. He played college football at Brigham Young University, where he was a two-time All-American (1980, 1981) and later in the professional ranks with the Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, and Green Bay Packers. He was a first-round pick by the Bears in 1982. Who is he?

A rare display of sloppy baseball ended the Mariners' hot streak. The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 yesterday. The Phillies won for just the third time in their last nine. Kendrys Morales homered for Seattle, which was bidding to move 12 games over .500 for the first time since 2007. The Mariners, who are battling Detroit for the AL's second wild-card spot, lost for just the third time in 10 games. Philadelphia was helped by pitcher James Paxton in the fourth. With a runner on first, the batter hit a liner off Paxton's left foot. Paxton Retrieved the ball but threw it away, putting runners on second and third with no outs. That was followed by a passed ball and then an RBI single which moved the score to its 4-3 final. Paxton had the shortest outing in his 10th start, lasting just four innings while allowing four runs - one earned - on seven hits. Seattle takes today off before heading to Boston for a three-game series at Fenway Park beginning tomorrow afternoon at 4:10. Felix Hernandez gets the start for the first time since snapping his MLB record of 16 straight starts with seven or more innings and two runs or fewer

The Seattle Mariners have begun selling tickets to potential postseason games this fall at Safeco Field. Hopefully that doesn’t jinx them. The Mariners announced yesterday that the MLB has granted the team permission to begin offering seats to season-ticket holders. The average fan will have to wait -- current season-ticket holders get first priority, followed by fans who make a deposit for new 2015 season tickets. The team said single-game postseason tickets won’t go on sale until the M’s officially make the playoffs.

Now that there has been an increase in penalties this preseason -- last year at this stage of the pre-season there were 17 illegal use of hands penalties and this year that number is 71. The increase is due to the NFL’s extra emphasis on illegal contact. Players and even owners are starting to blame the Seattle Seahawks. After Seattle’s historic defense tore through the NFL last season, the league has directed its officials to emphasize penalties on defensive illegal contact and hands to the face, head and neck area. Many football followers, and even Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, have called the added emphasis the Legion of Boom rule. Washington cornerback DeAngelo Hall said yesterday there are "no ifs, ands or buts about it" that the new emphasis is a reaction to the Seahawks’ dominating victory over the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. He said, "(The) Seahawks got their ring, they did it their way. Now we have to pay the consequences." Meanwhile, the ever-vocal Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, plainly stated Tuesday that the Seahawks are to blame. The new emphasis, by the way, was decided by the NFL’s competition committee, a panel composed of eight team coaches and executives, none of whom is from Seattle. He said, "It came about from Seattle, who basically played a style that would risk a holding penalty as opposed to not having an aggressive defender back there. That got a lot of complaints and you’re seeing it reflected during the preseason." Nevertheless, the NFL does appear to be over-penalizing under the new emphasis. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Monday the league told him that two flags against Seattle in last Friday’s preseason victory over the Chargers should not have been thrown -- including the one against cornerback Tharold Simon that nullified his 105-yard pick-six. Pete says, "What I’m really curious to see is what happens in the next two weeks, how do they respond to these numbers, because there’s no way that we want this many penalties called. That’s ridiculous." We get another chance to watch tomorrow night as the Seahawks host the Chicago Bears in pre-season game three. Kick-off tomorrow night at 7:00 at the Clink. Q13 Fox has the coverage.

Birthdays: Singer Kenny Rogers is 76; he was Linc on The Mod Squad, actor Clarence Williams III is 75; singer Jackie DeShannon is 70 ; TV personality Harry Smith is 63; Google co-founder Sergey Brin is 41; and track star Usain Bolt is 28

Today is Crazy Day. It’s not what you think. Patsy Cline recorded the Willie Nelson song Crazy on this date in 1961. Today is Cadillac Day. The first Cadillac was built on this day in 1902. Today is National Spumoni Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1887, Phillies' pitcher Dan Casey struck out in the 9th inning of a game against the New York Giants. The event inspired Ernest L. Thayer to write … Casey at the Bat. In 1976, RCA Victor records announced sales of Elvis Presley records had passed 400 million. In 1991, in Independence, Missouri, the owner of a Domino’s Pizza restaurant, dressed as a giant red rabbit to attract business, was knocked unconscious by Bobo the Clown, who was promoting a Pizza Hut across the street. The rabbit declined to press charges. In 1994, John Denver faced drunk-driving charges after wrapping his Porsche around a tree.

Officials at the Swedish-Norwegian border caught a man trying to drive across with a car filled with half a ton of frozen chicken. The limit is 50 pounds. And this is the 9th time the man has been caught. Have you ever had a hobby that just sort of took over your life?

Beginning this morning FXX is airing air a 12-day 24-hour-a-day marathon of all 500-plus episodes of the Simpsons in chronological order. Somebody calculates the it would take you 202 hours and 24 minutes to watch all 552 Simpson episodes -- without commercials.

Billy Crystal is paying tribute to Robin Williams, his longtime friend and fellow comedian, at next week's Emmy Awards. Crystal is honoring Williams as part of the traditional "in memoriam" segment for industry members who died during the past year. At last year's Emmys, Williams honored his friend and mentor Jonathan Winters during the tribute segment.

If you're an ice cream fan and you find yourself in New York City, get to a restaurant called Bubby's High Line and order the Kitchen Sink Sundae. It includes 16 scoops of ice cream, pretzels, pecans, peanuts, chocolate-chip cookie crumbs, chocolate and caramel syrups, rainbow sprinkles, whipped cream, and, of course, a few cherries on top. This behemoth serves eight to ten.

Trivia Answer: Jim McMahon who turns 55 today. The Chicago Bears selected McMahon in the first round (fifth overall) of the 1982 NFL Draft. New head coach Mike Ditka made McMahon his first first-round selection. McMahon said he was thrilled to be "released" from what he considered a restrictive culture at BYU, strolled into his first public function with the Bears holding a cold beer in his hand. Ditka was unimpressed, as was Bears owner and founder George Halas. McMahon was to find the atmosphere in Chicago almost as challenging as that at Brigham Young, and he would lock horns with Ditka, his coaches and teammates, and journalists routinely during his six years with the Bears. In 1985, the Bears won their first 12 games and finished 15–1 for the season. McMahon became a media darling, not only for his outstanding play on the field, but also for his personality. He appeared in a rap record made by the team, The Super Bowl Shuffle, in which he proclaimed "I'm the punky QB known as McMahon." He ended the season with a strong performance in Super Bowl XX (20), which the Bears won 46–10 over the New England Patriots. In that game McMahon became the first quarterback in the history of the Super Bowl to rush for two touchdowns.

Wednesday 8.20.14
Today's Trivia: He was a songwriter, musician, singer, actor, and voice actor. He was one of the creative influences behind the southern soul music label Stax Records, where he served both as an in-house songwriter and as a record producer. He and his partner David Porter wrote the song Soul Man, which was first performed by Sam & Dave. The song has been recognized as one of the most influential songs of the past 50 years by the Grammy Hall of Fame. It was also honored by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, by Rolling Stone magazine, and by the RIAA as one of the Songs of the Century. During the late 1960s, he began recording music and he had several successful soul albums such as Hot Buttered Soul in 1969 and Black Moses in 1971. Who is he?

After that disappointing, series-opening loss to the Phillies on Monday, the Mariners rebounded behind a dominant effort by Hisashi Iwakuma with a 5-2 victory last night. The win was their 11th in the past 14 games. Seattle had some drama in the ninth inning, relievers Charlie Furbush and Yoervis Medina yielding a run apiece to force manager Lloyd McClendon to bring on closer Fernando Rodney. He got the final out for his 36th save. Prior to the ninth, the game belonged to Seattle thanks to a supreme performance by Kuma. Since July 1st, the Mariners have seen a superior Kuma, who missed the first five weeks of the season due to a strained finger on his pitching hand. He notched a season-high 11 strikeouts over eight innings. He gave up four hits and, for the 11th time this season didn’t walk a batter. Seattle seeks the series win today with James Paxton making his fourth start since returning from the disabled list.

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is stepping down from the company's board, closing a chapter on 34 years with the software giant. Ballmer says he plans to devote more time to his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, civic contributions, study, and teaching a business class at Stanford in the fall. Microsoft published Ballmer's resignation letter on its website yesterday. The 58-year-old says he plans to hold on to his Microsoft stock and will continue to offer feedback on products and strategy. With 333.3 million shares worth $15 billion, Ballmer's 4 percent stake in the company makes him the largest individual shareholder. A few institutional investors hold slightly more. Ballmer stepped down as chief executive in February. Ballmer's departure leaves Microsoft's board with 10 members. It has no immediate plans to replace him. In February, co-founder Bill Gates increased the amount of time he spent at Microsoft as a technology adviser, but other than his board seat, Ballmer hadn't had a formal role after stepping down as CEO. Ballmer's resignation from the board came a day after he high-fived and chest-bumped his way through a crowd of 4,500 Clippers fans at a rally at the Staples Center.

The Wall Street Journal reports the National Football League has eyed three possible performers for the 2015 Super Bowl Halftime Show: Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Coldplay.

Birthdays: Journalist Connie Chung -- she's married to Maury Povich -- is 68; a founding member of Chicago, trombone player Jimmy Pankow is 67; Led Zeppelin’s lead singer Robert Plant is 66; singer-songwriter John Hiatt is 62; Gary on Thirtysomething, actor Peter Horton is 61; weatherman Al Roker is 60; Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst is 44; and singer Demi Lovato is 22.

Today is the Moon’s Birthday, according to the ancient Aztecs. It’s Bacon Lover's Day. Today is National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day. Today is National Lemonade Day. Today is National Stop and Smell Your Dog Day. And possibly Give Your Dog a Bath Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1858, Charles Darwin first published his theory of evolution through natural selection in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London. In 1938, Lou Gehrig hit his 23rd career grand slam -- a record that stood for 75 years until it was broken by ... Alex Rodriguez (aargh!). In 1960, singer Connie Francis made her acting debut on the set of the movie Where the Boys Are. In 1965, The Rolling Stones released Satisfaction. It would become their first #1 song in the US. Eight years later, in 1973, The Stones released Angie. The ballad became one of their biggest singles and it also went to number one. In 1990, Ike Sewell died in Chicago at age 87. Ike was an all-America football player at the University of Texas, but is probably better known as the inventor of the Chicago-style deep-dish pizza. In 1998, Canada's Supreme Court ruled that Quebec could not secede without the federal government's consent.

It just goes on and on and gets uglier and uglier. The widow of Casey Kasem has cited her Norwegian heritage as one of the reasons for wanting to bury her late husband in Oslo, a spokeswoman for the funeral service agency there said yesterday. Meanwhile, Casey Kasem's closest friends and family members say the wife has no Norwegian blood and have petitioned officials in Norway to deny his widow's request to bury him there. Kasem died June 15th in Gig Harbor at the age of 82. His death followed a lengthy battle over his care between his wife, Jean Kasem, and his three adult children from his first marriage. A spokeswoman for the funeral service agency in the Norwegian capital, said Jean Kasem also told the agency of plans to move to Norway later this year and said having her late husband interred there would allow her to visit him. Kasem's body is in an Oslo funeral home and has not yet been buried, according to Danny Deraney, a Los Angeles spokesman for the Kasem family members who are disputing Jean Kasem's burial plans for her husband. Deraney said the family members have signed a letter saying Jean Kasem "doesn't have an ounce of Norwegian blood." The burial is being contested as Kasem's kids insist their dad wanted to be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Here's your number for the day: 2.4 million. That's how many things are shared on Facebook every minute.

Google plans to launch an ad-free subscription-based YouTube music service called YouTube Music Key, according to the blog The company will offer a 30-day free trial with subscriptions for the service running $9.99 per month, the blog said, citing leaked screenshots. Eugene Munster, senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray, said such a move is risky, because a paid YouTube service "seems a little bit out of their character."

"Severe" drought covers 99.8 percent of California, according to the latest US Drought Monitor report. The state has held steady for the last two weeks -- in May, 100 percent of the state was in "severe" drought. That does not mean relief has arrived -- 82 percent of the state is in "extreme" drought, up from 77 percent in May, and 58.4 percent is in the harshest category -- "exceptional" drought -- up from 25 percent.

Apple stock yesterday shot to its highest close ever (after adjusting for a seven-to-one June stock split) as investors eagerly anticipated the iPhone 6 launch on September 9th. The company's shares gained 1.4 percent to end the trading day at $100.53, slightly better than the previous record set two years ago, just before the iPhone 5's debut.

Trivia Answer: Isaac Hayes who was born on this date in 1942. In addition to his work in popular music, he worked as a composer of musical scores for motion pictures. He's well known for his musical score for the film Shaft in 1971. For the Theme from Shaft, he was awarded the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1972. During the late 1990s, Hayes gained new popularity as the voice of Chef on the Comedy Central series South Park. He ended up leaving the show. At first it was apparently the Scientology episode of South Park that caused the break. In a 2007 interview, however, Hayes said he had quit because "they -- the shows creators and produceers -- didn’t pay me enough. They weren’t that nice." Hayes was found unresponsive in his home near Memphis on August 10th of 2008, ten days before his 66th birthday. Hayes was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, where he was pronounced dead. The cause of death was not immediately clear, though the area medical examiners later listed a devastating recurrence of stroke as the cause of death.

Tuesday 8.19.14
Today's Trivia: She's a political consultant well known for her work with the Republican Party. She has served under President Ronald Reagan, was campaign director for George H.W. Bush, was an assistant to President George W. Bush, and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney until 2003. She's married to a Democratic political consultant. Who is she?

A potent post-All-Star break Mariners offense was stifled by a journeyman pitcher in a 4-1 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park yesterday. It was the Ms second loss in their past eight games. Seattle dropped into a tie with the Tigers for the American League's second wild card. Jerome Williams held Seattle to three hits and three walks over seven-plus innings. The Mariners recalled Roenis Elias to take the ball yesterday and he struggled with his command. Six walks and a hit batter later, Elias exited after four innings and 90 pitches. The loss was Seattle's first in four franchise games in Philadelphia. It previously swept a series at Philadelphia in 2003. Ms and Phillies again this afternoon. Kuma gets the start for Seattle.

The NFL has confirmed what Seattle Seahawks players and fans knew all along: The illegal-contact call on cornerback Tharold Simon's pick-six Friday shouldn't have been a call at all. In the third quarter of Seattle's preseason matchup against the Chargers on Friday, Simon intercepted a pass by San Diego quarterback Kellen Clemens in the end zone and took it 105 yards the other way for an apparent touchdown. But the play was nullified by a flag on Simon for illegal contact before the pick. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said yesterday that the league office told him the officials should not have thrown a flag on Simon's interception. According to Carroll, the NFL also disagreed with a separate illegal contact call on Seahawks corner Phillip Adams earlier in the third quarter. Hawks host da Bears Friday night.

Birthdays: Drummer Ginger Baker is 75; singer Johnny Nash is 74; actress Jill St. John is 74; actor turned Senator from Tennessee, Fred Thompson is 72; President Bill Clinton is 68; actor Gerald McRaney is 67; Tipper Gore, the former wife of the former Vice President is 66; actor Adam Arkin is 58; Uncle Jesse on Full House, actor John Stamos is 51; former MTV News reporter Tabitha Soren is 47; and Chandler on Friends, actor Matthew Perry is 45.

Veteran television and radio announcer Don Pardo, best known as the voice of Saturday Night Live, has died. Pardo passed away last evening, according to an NBC rep. Pardo retired from NBC in 2004, but continued to provide the introductions for SNL -- most recently, pre-recording them from his home in Arizona. He had only missed one season of SNL -- the show's seventh -- giving him a longer tenure than even Lorne Michaels (who stepped away for five seasons). Pardo -- a 2010 Television Hall of Fame inductee -- also lent his voice to game shows The Price Is Right, Jackpot and Jeopardy! He and entertainer Bob Hope were the only two people to have lifetime contracts with NBC. Don Pardo was 96.

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 December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. This day was selected, as it is Orville Wrights' birthday. (August 19, 1871). It's Sandcastle and Sculpture Day. Today is Potato Day.

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. Also 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, Russia, 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, Kris Kristofferson married Rita Coolidge. In 1980, after Alice Cooper cancelled a Toronto show because of illness, 14-hundred ticket-holders rioted. In 1991, dissolution of the Soviet Union -- the August Coup -- as Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev was placed under house arrest while on vacation in the Ukraine.

Jesse Jones is pulling up stakes after nine years at KING/5 and moving over to KIRO/7, although you won't hear his distinctive sign off on the air for several months. Jones made the announcement over the weekend on his Facebook page. "I leave KING because of a new and exciting opportunity at KIRO-TV," he wrote. "I will begin in October. Because of my contract with KING, I will not be able to appear on air in my new job until April. This is going to be thrilling with lots of hard work in store. But I wouldn't want it any other way." He wrote, "I want to thank the station (KING) for its support of my family and the Get Jesse franchise. Again, thank you."

An Olympia woman was shocked Monday morning when she was cleaning her garage and found a pipe bomb inside a cabinet. Police say the woman called 911 at about 10 a.m. after finding the device, which was six to eight inches long. The woman told dispatchers she was cleaning the garage at her Langridge Loop home when she spotted the metallic-looking object in a cabinet. Olympia police officers arrived at the home soon after and began examining the device. Police say the pipe had caps on both sides and was equipped with a fuse. Officers put the bomb in a safe area outside and called in the Washington State Patrol Bomb Unit, who later disposed of the device. Investigators have no idea who put the bomb in the garage or how long it had been there.

Nearly 40 percent of the jobs created in the last six months have been in construction, manufacturing, professional services, and other sectors with median hourly wages of $20 or more, according to a National Employment Law Project analysis for The Washington Post. Such high-paying jobs accounted for just a quarter of new jobs in the first half of 2013. Economists say that suggests the recovery is getting stronger.

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, introduced himself to thousands of fans on yesterday, and promised to lead the team to its first NBA title. A 26-year season ticket holder named Michael Marks said it was a relief to have someone with Ballmer's energy -- and wealth -- replace former owner Donald Sterling. Marks said, "He's going to be like the Steinbrenner of basketball for us."

Christina Aguilera and fiance' Matt Rutler welcomed a baby girl on Saturday. The 33-year-old singer has a son born in 2008.

A message for new parents: get ready for sticker shock. A child born in 2013 will cost a middle-income American family an average of $245,340 until he or she reaches the age of 18, with families living in the Northeast taking on a greater burden, according to a report out yesterday. And that doesn't include college -- or expenses if a child lives at home after age 17. Those costs that are included -- food, housing, childcare and education -- rose 1.8 percent over the previous year. When adjusting for projected inflation, the report found that a child born last year could cost a middle-income family an average of about $304,480. In 1960, the first year the report was issued, a middle-income family could spend about $25,230, equivalent to $198,560 in 2013 dollars, to raise a child until the age of 18. Housing costs remain the greatest child-rearing expense, as they did in the 1960s, although current-day costs like childcare were negligible back then.

Trivia Answer: Mary Matalin who is 61 today. In October, 1993, she married James Carville, a political strategist for candidates of the Democratic Party. They were married in New Orleans. Matalin and Carville have two daughters together. Both Matalin and Carville have gone on record saying that they do not talk politics at home. In 2008, Carville and Matalin -- at the urging of Scott Cowen, president of Tulane University, where Carville now teaches -- moved their family to New Orleans.

Monday 8.18.14
Today's Trivia: He is a television actor, film director, and musician. He's best known for his role as Theo Huxtable. Who is he?

Chris Young pitched six shutout innings and the Seattle Mariners beat Detroit 8-1 yesterday, winning the weekend series and moving back ahead of the Tigers in the race for the second AL wild card spot. Seattle's Lloyd McClendon, managing his first series in Detroit after serving as Jim Leyland's hitting coach, was ejected for the second straight game. McClendon was tossed by umpire Tony Randazzo for arguing after Detroit's Alex Avila drew a seventh-inning walk. Young allowed four hits and a walk. He improved to 2-0 with a 1.67 ERA in four career starts against Detroit. Tigers rookie Robbie Ray struggled. Ray got into trouble in the first inning, walking Dustin Ackley with one out and then appearing to lose his concentration in mid-delivery. He ended up stumbling off the mound without throwing the pitch — an obvious balk. Kendrys Morales singled home Ackley, and Kyle Seager made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly.Seattle made it 3-0 in the third, scoring on Ray's wild pitch after Victor Martinez's error at first base had kept the inning going.Chris Denorfia's two-out triple gave the Mariners another run in the fifth, and Seattle made it 7-0 with three runs in Jim Johnson's first inning as a Tiger.The Mariners: now travel to Philadelphia to open a three-game series on tonight. Roenis Elias is scheduled to start.

Birthdays: Former first lady Rosalynn Carter is 87; movie director Roman Polanski is 81; actor Robert Redford is 78; actor and comedian Martin Mull is 71; comedian Elayne Boosler is 62; comedian and actor Denis Leary is 57; television journalist Bob Woodruff is 53; actor Christian Slater is 45; actor Edward Norton is also 45; musician Everlast is also 45; Theo Huxtable, actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner is 44; and celebrity daughter Frances Bean Cobain is 22.

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 dedicated to you:

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 . . .

I'll work on that. 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 their 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.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, last weekend's most popular film, collected ticket sales of $28.4 million to top the US and Canadian box office rankings for a second consecutive week, beating Guardians of the Galaxy in a battle of superhero misfits. Guardians had domestic ticket sales of $24.7 million . Let's Be Cops an R-rated action comedy starring Jake Johnson and Daman Wayans Jr. pretending to be Los Angeles police officers, opened in third place, ahead of another newcomer, action film The Expendables 3. The Giver landed in the No. 5 spot.

Nearly 40 percent of the jobs created in the last six months have been in construction, manufacturing, professional services, and other sectors with median hourly wages of $20 or more, according to a National Employment Law Project analysis for The Washington Post. Such high-paying jobs accounted for just a quarter of new jobs in the first half of 2013. Economists say that suggests the recovery is getting stronger.

He may have more than 100 piercings on his face, but it wasn't the metal detectors keeping Rolf Buchholz out of Dubai over the weekend. The tattooed German man, whose 453 piercings earned him a Guinness World Record, claims airport workers told him that Dubai officials were worried he practiced black magic.

Trivia Answer: Malcolm-Jamal Warner who turns 44 today. At the age of 9, Warner demonstrated an interest in show business which led to enrollment in acting schools. With appearances and roles on many television shows and films, he landed his most successful role as Theo Huxtable, the only son of Heathcliff Huxtable, played by Bill Cosby on the NBC sitcom, The Cosby Show from 1984 to 1992. Warner auditioned for the role on the very last day of the nationwide search and was chosen by Cosby himself.

Friday 8.15.14
Today's Trivia: He's a songwriter. His compositions include Up, Up and Away, By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Wichita Lineman, Galveston, The Worst That Could Happen, and MacArthur Park. His songs have been recorded or performed by Glen Campbell, The 5th Dimension, Thelma Houston, The Supremes, Richard Harris, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes, R.E.M., and Chet Atkins, among others. He is the only artist to have ever received Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration. Who is he?

The rumor mill spun at full speed earlier this week after Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo said the Seattle Seahawks had "at least checked in on" free agent Richie Incognito, the guard who was kicked off the Miami Dolphins last season for alleged bullying. The 12th Man need not worry -- according to new reports, Incognito will not be joining the Super Bowl champions. Citing an anonymous league source, The Seattle Times was among those who reported Incognito is not in Seattle's plans. Yet it's no big surprise the Seahawks have apparently been talking to offensive linemen. GM John Schneider tends to explore every option -- particularly when it comes to the team's weaker areas, such as the offensive line -- and was likely willing to at least hear what Incognito or his agent had to say. All eyes will be on the Hawks' O-line tonight as they host the San Diego Chargers in Seattle's first home preseason game. It's a position group under the microscope. Last season, Russell Wilson was the third-most-sacked NFL quarterback. The game is at 7:00 tonight. Q13 Fox has the coverage.

The Seattle Mariners entered their three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday with the two teams tied in the A.L. wild-card standings, sitting one-and-a-half games behind Kansas City for the second slot. The Jays series was regarded as one of the Mariners' biggest matchups in a long time, one that had major significance to the postseason race. Well, the Mariners delivered. They handed Toronto a sweep to push the Blue Jays three games back in the wild-card hunt and propel the Mariners back into it. The Mariners sat sit tied with the Detroit Tigers for the second wild card with a month and a half left in the regular season. Detroit won yesterday so the Ms are now a hal-game back. However, If there's a good time to gain even more traction in the wild-card chase, it's right now. Starting tonight, Seattle is on the road facing Detroit. The Tigers were just knocked out of first place in the AL Central, replaced by the Royals, who have won 13 of their past 15. The Tigers have stumbled abruptly, sitting now at 65-54 after being 15 games above .500 with a seven-game division lead just three weeks ago. The game is afoot. Ms-Tigers this afternoon in the Motor City.

Birthdays: Sally Rogers on The Dick Van Dyke Show, actress Rose Marie is 91; Joe Mannix on Mannix, actor Mike Connors is 89; Marilyn Munster on The Munsters, actess Pat Priest is 78; author and journalist Linda Ellerbee is 70; Ritchie' Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show, actor Larry Mathews is 59; businesswoman and philanthropist Melinda Gates is 50; Grace on Will & Grace, actress Debra Messing is 46; actor Ben Affleck is 42; and actress Jennifer Lawrence is 24.

Today is National Failures Day. Hay Fever Season begins today and runs through September 15th. Today is National Relaxation Day, an excuse for every overworked, underpaid person to do what they'd rather be doing. Today is National Lemon Meringue Pie Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1911, Procter & Gamble of Cincinnati introduced Crisco hydrogenated shortening. In 1939, The Wizard of Oz premiered at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. 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, eight-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 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.

The Colorado mountain town of Montezuma is suing its 61 registered voters in an effort to sort out the results of an April election that the lawsuit says was filled with errors. The Denver Post reports that the lawsuit filed last week commands the voters to appear in court so a judge can examine the election results for mayor and town board. Twelve people ran for mayor and Lesley Davis won by three votes. There are claims that second-home owners participated, and Davis says 13 voters and at least two candidates were not residents of the town. She says the lawsuit is the only option to determine how to move forward. Several town residents have hired an attorney to challenge the lawsuit.

Rob Manfred was elected baseball's 10th commissioner yesterday and is succeeding Bud Selig in January. A labor lawyer who has worked for Major League Baseball since 1998, Manfred beat out Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner in the first contested vote for a new commissioner in 46 years. The third candidate, MLB Executive Vice President of Business Tim Brosnan, dropped out just before the start of voting. The 55-year-old Manfred, who grew up in Rome, New York — about an hour's drive from the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown— must address issues that include decreased interest in baseball among younger people and longer games. He has served as MLB's chief operating officer for the past year.

A new study finds that you can cut your risk of cardiovascular disease by running even a few minutes a day.

Trivia Answer: Jimmy Webb who turns 68 today. Interesting to note that the first record Jimmy Webb ever bought -- he was 14 at the time -- was Turn Around Look At Me by Glen Campbell. He later would write some of Glen Campbell's biggest songs: Wichita Lineman, Galvestorn, and By the Time I Get to Phoenix.

Thursday 8.14.14
Today's Trivia: She's an actress, former fashion model, and beauty queen who has won an Academy Award for Best Actress in 2002 for her performance in Monster's Ball, becoming the first and, so far, the only woman of African-American descent to win an Oscar for a leading role. She was one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood during the 2000s. She's also a Revlon spokesmodel. In October 2008, she was named Esquire Magazine's "Sexiest Woman Alive", about which she stated "I don't know exactly what it means, but being 42 and having just had a baby, I think I'll take it." Who is she?

Kendrys Morales hit a two-run home run in the first inning and starter Hisashi Iwakuma pitched into the seventh and the Seattle Mariners beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 last night, completing a sweep of the three-game series. The Mariners won eight of nine on their home stand and remained tied with Detroit for the American League's second wild card. For the first time in nearly seven years, the Mariners are 10 games over .500. Seattle looks to continue its strong play as the Ms kick off a 9-game road trip tomorrow night in Detroit.

Police have cleared Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch in an assault and property damage case. The Bellevue Police Department issued a statement late last night saying Lynch wasn't involved and that the case remained open. The statement reads: "The Bellevue Police Department has determined that Marshawn Lynch was not involved in this incident in any way. This case remains an open and active investigation. We appreciate the cooperation we have received from Mr. Lynch and the Seahawks organization during this investigation."

Meanwhile, the 14th & final practice of the Seattle Seahawks' 39th training camp officially ended just after noon -- at 12:02 -- yesterday. Tomorrow night at 7:00, it's the home exhibition opener against the San Diego. Chargers.

Birthdays: Half of Seals & Crofts, singer Dash Crofts is 74; the Crosby in Crosby, Stills, Nash and sometimes Young, David Crosby is 73; comedian, now a banjo player, Steve Martin is 69; Huggy Bear on Starsky and Hutch, actor Antonio Fargas is 68; Kate on Kate & Allie and she was the wife on McMillan and Wife, actress Susan St. James is 68; romance novelist Danielle Steel is 67; cartoonist of The Far Side, Gary Larson is 64; basketball's Earvin Magic Johnson is 55; Cindy Brady on The Brady Bunch, Susan Olsen is 53; and quarterback Tim Tebow is 27.

Today is National Creamsicle Day. Today is International Nagging Day, a day to celebrate and remember the gift of positive nagging, particularly by parents. Today is Wiffle Ball Day. Wiffles were introduced on this date in 1953. Today is National Financial Awareness Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1935, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, creating a system of federal income insurance for the elderly. In 1971, Rod Stewart released Maggie May. It became his breakthrough single in the United States and went to number one. In 1976, the Gagers beat the Elbows 491 to 467 in a 365-inning softball game at Monticello, New York, the longest softball game on record. Starting at 10:00 the morning of August 14th, the game was called because of rain and fog at 4:00 the afternoon of August 15th. The 70 players raised $4,000 to build a new softball field for a local hospital. In 1975, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the longest-running release in film history, opens at the USA Theatre in Westwood, Los Angeles, California. In 1981, the BBC recording of the Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana became the #1 album in Britain. In 1992, a health board in Massachusetts briefly closed a Chinese restaurant for the way it drained water from cabbage. The restaurant workers had placed the cabbages in laundry bags between two pieces of plywood in the parking lot and drove over them in a van. In 1994, Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, also known as Carlos the Jackal, wss captured.

Robin Williams was sober, but was struggling with depression, anxiety and the early stages of Parkinson's disease when he died. That word from his widow today. Susan Schneider said in a written statement, "It is our hope in the wake of Robin's tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid."

A California appeals court yesterday rejected longtime Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's attempt to unwind the $2 billion sale of the team, which closed Tuesday. Sterling, who was banned from the NBA over secretly recorded racist comments, can appeal to the state Supreme Court, but a lawyer for the buyer, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, said he was "supremely confident that this is now over."

Singer Celine Dion announced yesterday that she is putting her career on hold indefinitely to focus on her health and that of her husband, Rene Angelil, who had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in December. Dion has an illness that affects her throat muscles, and has forced her to cancel a series of performances in Las Vegas. The last show she was able to do was on July 29th.

One man has been arrested and police are searching for another after a drone carrying marijuana, tobacco, and cell phones was discovered next to the security fence of a prison in South Carolina.

Trivia Answer: Halle Berry who turns 48 today. Before becoming an actress, she entered several beauty contests, finishing runner-up in the Miss USA in 1986, and winning the Miss USA World 1986 title. She also won a worst actress Razzie Award in 2005 for Catwoman and accepted the award in person. Divorced from baseball player David Justice and musician Eric Benét, Berry has a daughter by model Gabriel Aubry and a son with her current husband, actor Olivier Martinez.

Wednesday 8.13.14
Today's Trivia: On this date in 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts were released from a three-week quarantine to enjoy a ticker tape parade in New York, New York. That evening, at a state dinner in Los Angeles, they were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Richard Nixon. Who were the Apollo 11 astronauts?

Kyle Seager and Kendrys Morales hit solo home runs, Dustin Ackley added a key two-out two-run single, and the Seattle Mariners moved into a tie for the second wild card spot in the American League with a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays last night. Seattle won for the seventh time in eight games to catch Detroit in the wild card race. Seattle got another solid performance from veteran Chris Young, who earned his 11th victory, and the Mariners also continued their recent offensive punch. Seager's 18th homer gave Seattle a 2-1 lead in the fourth. Ackley followed an inning later, going to the opposite field to drive in a pair. Morales capped the night with his first homer since being acquired by the Mariners in a trade with Minnesota in late July. The Ms wrap up the Toronto series tonight. Kuma takes the hill tonight.

The NFL keeps records of many things, but it's not clear whether the use of the word "bogus" has been offered by a team in dismissing a police investigation of a player. Let's call it rare. Here is the complete statement from the Seahawks yesterday regarding a pending investigation of Marshawn Lynch by the Bellevue Police Dept.: "While we maintain the utmost respect for the investigative process, after speaking with Marshawn, we are comfortable these accusations are bogus." So there. Lynch was the object of a complaint by an unidentified woman Sunday alleging an assault and property damage at a Bellevue apartment. BPD released a statement Monday about the investigation of the alleged episode, which was unusual from a media standpoint because no arrest had been made, nor were there public accounts from witnesses. The statement did say the allegation was not about domestic violence or sexual assault, and admitted the investigation had not yet determined whether the alleged perpetrator was Lynch. The Seahawks apparently figured out to their satisfaction that Lynch committed no misdeed, particularly in view of the fact that training camp still requires curfew for players at the team hotel. Lynch was a full participant in drills yesterday and might see action Friday in the home exhibition opener against San Diego. BPD said their investigation continues.

The LA Clippers moved on from months of ugliness yesterday, with Steve Ballmer officially becoming the team's new owner in a record $2 billion sale that ousted Donald Sterling as the NBA's longest-tenured owner. Sterling bought the team in 1981 for $12 million and presided over decades of losing seasons before engaging in a fierce legal battle with his estranged wife to hold on to his most prized asset. The team said the sale closed after a Los Angeles court confirmed the authority of Shelly Sterling, on behalf of the Sterling Family Trust, to sell the franchise to the former Microsoft CEO. The NBA Board of Governors had previously approved the sale. Ballmer was nearly an NBA owner last year before owners chose to keep the Kings in Sacramento, rather than allow them to be sold to a group that included Ballmer and moved to Seattle. Now he's got his own team to share with his wife and three sons. He told the AP, "We're a family that likes basketball."

Birthdays: Schneider on One Day at a Time, actor Pat Harrington is 85; Danny Partridge on The Partridge Family, Danny Bonaduce is 55 (he and his wife maintain homes in both Los Angeles and Seattle), Roger Sterling on Mad Men, actor John Slattery s 52; The Bone, baseball's Jay Buhner is 50; singer Tal Bachman is 46; and Mariner prospect Taijuan Walker is 22.

Lauren Bacall, the longtime Oscar-winning actress, has died, according to reports yesterday. The Humphrey Bogart estate tweeted: "With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall." She died of a stroke at her home. Bacall is best known for her roles in Key Largo, The Mirror Has Two Faces, Designing Woman, and To Have and Have. She was married to Humphrey Bogart from 1945 to 1957, when he died. She later married Jason Robards in 1961 before getting a divorce in 1998. Lauren Bacall was 89.

Today is National Skinny Dipping Day. Today is National Filet Mignon Day. Today is Left-Handers Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1910, nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale died at age 90. She had taken to her bed 34 years earlier, convinced she was dying of heart disease. In 1942, Walt Disney's 5th full-length animated film, Bambi, was released to theaters. In 1952, Big Mama Thornton recorded You Ain't Nothin' But A Hound Dog, almost four years before Elvis did it. In 1953 Big Mamas version hit #1 on the R&B charts. In 1961, East Germany closed the Brandenburg Gate and prepared to start building the infamous Berlin Wall. In 1995, baseball Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle died at a Dallas hospital of liver cancer at age 63. In 2004, the Summer Olympic Games opened in Athens, Greece, with a record 202 countries and 10,500 athletes taking part.

It's ugly and sad and just keeps going. Now. a publicist for Casey Kasem's daughter says the late radio personality's children are working with law enforcement following a report that Kasem's wife is making arrangements to have Kasem's body flown to Europe. Kasem, the radio host of American Top 40, died June 15th at a hospital in Gig Harbor. He was 82 and suffering from dementia. His death followed a lengthy battle over his care between his wife Jean Kasem and his three adult children from his first marriage.TMZ reports that Jean Kasem is trying to have Kasem's body flown to Europe, perhaps Oslo, Norway, from Montreal. A lawyer for Kasem's wife said he had no comment.

Trivia Answer: Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the Moon. On July 20th of 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the lunar surface, Armstrong became the first to step onto the lunar surface six hours later on July 21st. Armstrong spent about two and a half hours outside the spacecraft, Aldrin slightly less, and together they collected 47.5 pounds of lunar material for return to Earth. The third member of the mission, Michael Collins, piloted the command spacecraft alone in lunar orbit until Armstrong and Aldrin returned to it just under a day later for the trip back to Earth. Broadcast on live TV to a world-wide audience, Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface and described the event as "one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind." Apollo 11 effectively ended the Space Race and fulfilled a national goal proposed in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy in a speech before Congress: "before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth."

Tuesday 8.12.14
Today's 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 multi-track 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?

Felix Hernandez allowed one run in seven strong innings and Robinson Cano helped provide him with a jolt of run support as the Seattle Mariners romped to an 11-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays last night. Opening the most anticipated August series in Seattle since 2007, Hernandez -- now 13-and-3 -- made his 16th straight start of at least seven innings while allowing two earned runs or less. Hernandez needed just 96 pitches to get through seven and his only mistake was Jose Bautista's solo home run in the fourth. The only other Toronto batter to get a hit was Colby Rasmus, who had two and is now 7 for 10 against Hernandez. King Felix struck out eight, walked none and lowered his ERA to 1.95 for the season. Hernandez is 9-2 with a 1.41 ERA during the 16-game streak. Seattle remained one game back in the chase for the second AL wild card while Toronto dropped two games back. And for a change, Hernandez wasn't left wondering if Seattle would score enough. Cano ignited a seven-run sixth inning with his 10th homer of the season for a 3-1 lead. That was just the start. Mike Zunino followed with an RBI triple -- the second triple of his career -- and an RBI double by Endy Chavez. Seattle's biggest inning since an eight-run outburst May 3rd against Houston was just getting started. Brad Miller lined an RBI triple and Dustin Ackley brought home two runs with a single. Cano came up again, and after stepping out of the box while a lightning bolt and thunder crackled outside the stadium, just missed a second homer in the inning by inches with a RBI double off the wall. When the inning was done, Seattle had sent 11 batters to the plate, scored seven times, had two doubles, two triples a home run and a single. Ms and Jays again tonight.

The Bellevue Police Department. confirmed yesterday that it's investigating Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch after receiving what it called an "allegation of an assault and personal property damage." The alleged incident occurred at a Bellevue apartment complex early Sunday morning, according to a BPD news release. According to the BPD, the department is not investigating Lynch for domestic violence or sexual assault. The statement, in part, said "The Bellevue Police Department is in the process of gathering the facts of this alleged incident, including verifying whether or not Mr. Lynch was in fact involved, No arrests have been made. There is no further information available at this time." Lynch did not travel with the Seahawks to Denver last week when they opened their preseason schedule against the Broncos. The Seahawks, who did not practice yesterday, host the San Diego Chargers at CenturyLink Field at 7:30 Friday night.

UPDATE: Late this morning, the Seahawks issued statement saying that "after speaking with Marshawn, we are comfortable these accusations are bogus."

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is now the official owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, according to Ballmer's attorney, Adam Streisand. The sale closed today, marking the end of Clippers ownership by billionaire Donald Sterling. In April, Sterling came under fire for making racist remarks against African-Americans in comments to his companion V. Stiviano. The recorded conversation was published online. In response, the NBA banned Sterling for life, fined him the maximum $2.5 million and moved toward terminating Sterling's ownership rights in the franchise. He resisted, but a judge granted his wife the authority to sell the team. The negotiated $2 billion sale price is a record for an NBA team.

Birthdays: Actor George Hamilton is 75; singer-songwriter-guitarist Mark Knopfler is 65; guitarist Pat Metheny is 60; Seattle's Sir Mix-A-Lot is 51; and tennis player Pete Sampras is 43.

Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died yesterday in an apparent suicide. Williams was pronounced dead at his San Francisco Bay Area home, according to the sheriff's office in Marin County, north of San Francisco. The sheriff's office said the preliminary investigation shows the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia. The Marin County coroner's office said Williams was last seen alive at home at about 10 Sunday night. An emergency call from his house was placed to the Sheriff's Department shortly before noon yesterday. Williams' wife, Susan Schneider, said yesterday, "This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin's family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin's death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions." Robin's presee secretary said Williams had been battling severe depression recently. Just last month, he announced he was returning to a 12-step treatment program he said he needed after 18 months of nonstop work. He had sought treatment in 2006 after a relapse following 20 years of sobriety. From his breakthrough in the late 1970s as the alien in the hit TV show Mork and Mindy, through his standup act and such films as Good Morning, Vietnam, the short, barrel-chested Williams ranted and shouted as if just sprung from solitary confinement. Loud, fast and manic, he parodied everyone from John Wayne to Keith Richards, impersonating a Russian immigrant as easily as a pack of Nazi attack dogs. Mrs. Doubtfire, the cartoon genie in Aladdin. He won his Academy Award in a rare but equally intense dramatic role, as an empathetic therapist in the 1997 film Good Will Hunting. 'Dead Poets Society, The Fisher King, Robert Altman's Popeye, Paul Mazursky's Moscow on the Hudson, Steven Spielberg's Hook and Woody Allen's Deconstructing Harry. More recently, he appeared in the "Night at the Museum" movies, playing President Theodore Roosevelt in the comedies in which Ben Stiller's security guard has to contend with was figures that come alive and wreak havoc after a museum closes. The third film in the series is in post-production. His personal life was often short on laughter. He had acknowledged drug and alcohol problems in the 1970s and '80s and was among the last to see John Belushi before the "Saturday Night Live" star died of a drug overdose in 1982. Williams could handle a script, when he felt like it, and also think on his feet. He ad-libbed in many of his films and was just as quick in person. Winner of a Grammy in 2003 for best spoken comedy album, "Robin Williams - Live 2002," he once likened his act to the daily jogs he took across the Golden Gate Bridge. There were times he would look over the edge, one side of him pulling back in fear, the other insisting he could fly. Robin Williams was 63.

This is the show where I first came across the comic genius that was Robin Williams. It's Robin at The Roxy in Los Angeles in 1978. Be advised, there is some questionable language -- after all, it is Robin Williams.

Today is Put Peanuts in Your Coke Day. Today is National Toasted Almond Bar Day. It's Middle Child's 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 recognizing the 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. Today is Thank You Day, a good day to say thank you or send someone a thank you note. 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 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. This forced the cancellation of the 1994 World Series.

We just featured him on Morning Trivia a few days ago -- he turned 54 on the 7th -- and now comes word that David Duchovny and Tea Leoni have brought their on/off marriage to an end by finalizing their divorce. The couple's relationship first crumbled in 2008, when they separated and Duchovny underwent therapy for sex addiction. They subsequently reunited and split several more times over the last few years, and were recently rumored to be giving the marriage another shot. However, it has now emerged the union is over for good. Duchovny filed for divorce in June, citing an irretrievable breakdown of the relationship, and editors at report the split has now been made official after a settlement was reached. Leoni is reported to have primary physical custody of their two children, aged 15 and 12, but the stars share joint legal custody of the kids. Duchovny is believed to be paying just over $8,000 a month in child support, plus around $40,000 in spousal support. The former couple married in 1997.

A North Carolina man celebrated out-eating some police officers, only to find out that he couldn't outrun them. The Camden County Sheriff's Office had been looking for 24-year-old Bradley Herbert Hardison of Elizabeth City, North Carolina in connection with two break-ins. Authorities arrested Hardison on Wednesday, one day after he won the adult division of a doughnut-eating contest at the Elizabeth City Police Department's National Night Out Against Crime. Hardison ate eight doughnuts in two minutes, beating a group that included local police officers and firefighters. In addition to the Camden County charges, Hardison is charged in another county with felony larceny and breaking and entering.

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, former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash called him "vibrant and full of positive energy.", while Richie Sambora, 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."

Monday 8.11.14
Today's Trivia: Lou Piniella is the winningest manager in Seattle Mariners history. In fact, he's the only skipper to have an overall winning record at 840-and-711. He managed Seattle from 1993 through 2002, leading the M's to their first-ever postseason appearance in 1995 and additional trips to the playoffs in 1997, 2000 and 2001. The M's haven't been back to the postseason since. Sweet Lou became the eighth member of the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame on Saturday. Who are the other seven?

Acquired at the July 31st trade deadline from Detroit, center fielder Austin Jackson entered yesterday's series finale with the Chicago White Sox batting .219 with one RBI in eight games for the Mariners. But Jackson turned around that lameness in a big way, going 3-for-4 and driving in all the runs in Seattle's 4-2 victory at Safeco Field. Closer Fernando Rodney nearly made a calamity out of it, allowing an RBI single and loading the bases in the ninth with two outs. But Rodney, charged with the loss Saturday night when he imploded in the ninth, recovered to strike out Jordan Danks swinging to end the game. Rodney's save was his 33rd in 36 chances. The Mariners are now 62-and-55. They improved to 5-and-1 on the nine-game home stand, won for the seventh time in 11 contests and leveled their record at 11-and-11 since the All-Star break. They didn't gain ground on Kansas City for the second wild card spot since the Royals defeated the San Francisco Giants 7-4. Next up for the Ms, a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays starting tonight with Felix Hernandez going for 13th win. Following the Toronto series, the Mariners embark upon a three-city, nine-game road trip through Detroit, Philadelphia, and Boston.

Birthdays: Guess Who bassist Jim Kale is 71; singer Eric Carmen is 65; computer pioneer Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple) is 64; from Devo, lead guitarist and occasional vocalist, Bob Mothersbaugh, Jr. is 62, wrestler and actor Hulk Hogan is 61; singer Joe Jackson is 60; and the host of the Fear Factor, comedian Joe Rogan is 47.

Today is National Assistance Dog Day. Today is the last Dog Day of 2014. 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.

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 1965, race riots -- the Watts Riots -- began in the Watts area of Los Angeles. In 1972, the last United States ground combat unit left South Vietnam.

Cowabunga dude. The return of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles earned $65 million in ticket sales at US and Canadian movie theaters over the weekend, easily winning a box office battle with Marvel's outer space hit Guardians of the Galaxy. Ninja Turtles, a reboot of a franchise born in 1980s comic books and popularized in TV cartoons, rang up another $28.7 million in international markets for a global debut of $93.7 million. That according to distributor Paramount Pictures which wasted no time in announcing a sequel set to open June 3rd of 2016. New tornado-chasing thriller Into the Storm landed in the No. 3 spot. Food romance The Hundred-Foot Journey debuted fourth. Lucy finished fifth and new music drama Step Up All In, about an epic dance contest in Las Vegas, debuted in sixth place.

California officials are warning that lightening strikes could exacerbate a wildfire in Mendocino County that has already subsumed 8,500 acres and forced the evacuation of 60 homes. The fire, which began on July 31st, is only one of 10 blazes wreaking havoc on northern California. Two thousand firefighters have been combating the fire but the steep and rocky terrain has made it difficult to contain. Meanwhile, a handful of wildfires around the South Sound -- at Tenino, Rochester, in Lewis County, and in Mason County. And we have thunderstorms in the forecast starting tonight.

Sixty-six years after it first debuted, Candid Camera is coming back to television for a 10-episode run. The show, which is set to air on the TV Land channel, is being hosted by Mayim Bialik who currently stars in The Big Bang Theory and Peter Funt. Funt's dad, Allen Funt, was the original creator and host of the show.

Washington growers are expecting another record apple crop, saying this year's harvest could be the largest ever. Growers and packers are forecasting a harvest of 140 million boxes of apples. If that happens, it would easily top the 2012 record of 129 million boxes. That word in The Yakima Herald-Republic Saturday. Jon DeVaney is the executive director of the Yakima Valley Growers-Shippers Association. He says they're expecting a good-sized crop of high quality apples. He credits warm spring weather and more high-density orchards because growers have not increased their acreage in 20 years. The harvest forecast is just an estimate. Plenty can go wrong between now and November, such as an early frost or hail or too much hot weather.

One month into legally selling marijuana, Washington state stores have sold more than $3.8 million-worth of weed. That number is expected to net the state more than $1 million in taxes, still less than Colorado, which collected close to $2 million in excise and sales taxes in its first month of retail marijuana sales. "It's off to a healthy start, considering that the system isn't fully up and running yet," Brian Smith, a Washington Liquor Control Board spokesman, said.

Trivia Answer: Lou joined 1st baseman Alvin Davis, right fielder Jay Buhner, center fielder Ken Griffey Jr., pitcher Randy Johnson, designated hitter Edgar Martinez, broadcaster Dave Niehaus, and catcher Dan Wilson.

Friday 8.8.14
Today's 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?

The Broncos restored a bit of football pride to Denver, thwarting the Seahawks' potential go-ahead touchdown drive with an end-zone interception late in the fourth quarter that sealed a 21-16 victory Thursday night at Mile High Stadium and ended Seattle's exhibition-win streak at nine. In a game fractured by a 46-minute lightning delay and 25 penalties, 12 on Seattle for 131 yards, the Super Bowl entrants stopped their chippiness long enough to get touchdown drives engineered by their star quarterbacks, Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson. Then they settled into full-contact tryouts for second- and third-stringers, as well as officials who appeared to be learning the rules changes as much as the players. Besides a Wilson-led TD drive that went 91 yards in the second quarter and ended his evening, backup QBs Tarvaris Jackson and Terrelle Pryor each led scoring drives. But Pryor's final pass, a 12-yarder as he rolled out to his right, was picked off in the end zone by linebacker Steven Jackson. The two teams meet again on September 21st at Century Link. The Hawks are back in action in one week -- next Friday -- when they host the San Diego Chargers.

By the way, have you seen Russell Wilson's new Alaska Airlines commercial?

The Mariners nearly scored as much as the Seahawks blowing out the Chicago White Sox, 13-3. After the game Endy Chavez wore a wide smile. Partly, it had to do with that thumping of the White Sox. A larger reason was that Chavez, owner of 29 career homers entering last night's game, hit one farther than his teammate, Robinson Cano. Chavez's 30th homer came in the fourth inning. It was the second of four for the Ms, and kick-started an offensive output rarely seen by the home team in Safeco. With 24 runs in the three games of this home stand, Seattle has scored more runs than in its previous nine home games. Kyle Seager and Ackley also hit homers as the Mariners tied a season high with four as part of the 12-hit attack. Game two of the four game set is tonight.

Birthdays: Oscar Goldman on The Six Million Dollar Man, actor Richard Anderson is 88; actress Connie Stevens is 76; singer-songwriter -- he did Bluer than Blue -- Michael Johnson is 70; Jon on CHiPS, actor Larry Wilcox is 67; actor Keith Carradine is 65; Ralph Malph on Happy Days, actor Donny Most is 61; .journalist Deborah Norville is 56; from U2, guitarist The Edge is 53; Poison drummer Rikki Rockett is 53; Creed singer Scott Stapp is 41; and tennis player Roger Federer is 33.

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 note: 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 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. He miraculously survived.

Remember Roxy? The 6-year-old from Portland we talked about a while back? She laid it on thick by shaming bike thieves with a yard sign. She just found out a good guilt trip can work wonders. We first mentioned Roxy a few weeks ago when she poeted a sign in her yard. It said "Shame on you bike thieves!" Followed by about half a dozen sad faces and a few other choice words for the "villains". Roxy wrote "Your mom would be so disappointed. Sincerely, your resident 6-year-old." She was fighting mad a few weeks ago when thieves stole her dad's bikes after breaking into the family's garage. She didn't figure she'd actually get the bikes back. Roxy underestimated her sign. It got a lot of attention and brought in a few tips for police, including one with pictures from someone who spotted a bike just like Roxy's dad's. Policd used those photos to police get a license plate number, tracked down the folks who had the bike and found out they bought the custom road bike off the street for $50. Detective Travis Fields with the Portland Police Bureau made Roxy's day, when after long day of detective work, he hand-delievered that bike to Roxy. Roxy's message to police and everybody who made her sign matter? She said, "Thank you!"

James Corden is replacing Craig Ferguson as the host of CBS' The Late Late Show. The British personality is still relatively unknown in the States. But in the UK and on social media, Corden is a pretty big deal.

Trivia Answer: Dustin Lee Hoffman who turns 77 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. Dustin is a lifelong fan of Archie Comics and owns every single issue ever printed. He was successfully treated for cancer last year.

Thursday 8.7.14
Today's Trivia: He appeared in an advertisement for Löwenbräu beer in 1987. He appears in two scenes in Working Girl in 1988. He had a recurring role as a transvestite DEA agent on the series Twin Peaks and played the narrator/host in the long-running Showtime series Red Shoe Diaries. In 1993, he began starring in the role for which he is best known. Who is he?

Without wavering, Chris Young will say it each time he is asked: Individual wins are not important to him. It's about the team's success, the veteran right-hander says, going to painstaking lengths to get his point across. Young reached his first double-digit win total in a season since 2006 yesterday, but it truly was a team effort this time around as the Seattle Mariners sent the Atlanta Braves to a season-high eighth straight loss with a 7-3 victory. It is the first time since May 2012 that the Braves, who were swept at Dodger Stadium and San Diego before losing two straight at Safeco Field, have lost eight in a row. Young, who allowed all three runs in the third, was immediately picked up by his teammates, as the Mariners responded with a four-run third. Dustin Ackley led off with a home run and Logan Morrison added a three-run shot for a 5-3 lead. After Young protected the 5-3 lead through the fifth, the bullpen took over. After a quick hit, four Seattle relievers combined to throw four innings of scoreless relief, allowing three hits. The Ms open a 4-game series with the Chicago White Sox tonight as the home stand continues. Rookie Roenis Elias makes his second career start against the White Sox.

Are you ready for some football? It's been exactly 186 days since the Seahawks beat the Broncos 43-8 in the Super Bowl. Tonight, the rematch ... sort of. The Hawks are in Denver to visit their old friends the Broncos. Q13 Fox has the coverage tonight. Game time is 6:00.

Birthdays: Writer-producer-humorist Stan Freberg is 88; humorist Garrison Keillor is 72; singer B.J. Thomas is 72; ormer Seattle mayor Greg Nickels is 59; Seinfeld's Newman, actor Wayne Knight is 58; and actress Charlize Theron is 39.

Today is Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day, a day to focus on why some packages are so freakin' hard to open. Today is Professional Speakers Day. Today is National Take Last Winter's Snowballs out of the Freezer and Have a Fight Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1782, George Washington ordered the creation of the Badge of Military Merit to honor soldiers wounded in battle. It was later renamed and became the more poetic Purple Heart. In 1955, Ed Sullivan played host to Bill Haley & the Comets, who performed Rock Around the Clock. In 1959, the Lincoln Memorial design on the penny went into circulation. It replaced the sheaves of wheat design. In 1963, Jacqueline Kennedy became the first wife of a president since the days of Grover Cleveland to give birth while he was in the White House. The infant, a boy, died two days later. In 1971, The Bee Gees got their first number one hit with How Can You Mend a Broken Heart. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter declared a federal emergency at Love Canal due to toxic waste that had been negligently disposed of. In 1985, Atlanta's Ted Turner paid $1.5 billion for MGM, including all the Tom & Jerry cartoons. In 2005, Peter Jennings, anchor and senior editor of ABC News 'World News Tonight,' who had been fighting lung cancer, died at his New York home at age 67. In 2007, Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks baseball great Hank Aaron's record by hitting his 756th home run (where'd I put my asterisks?).

Hawaii is bracing for a rare double blast of hurricanes, with Hurricane Iselle -- Hawaii's first hurricane in 22 years -- expected to hit tonight. Hurricane Julio is due in a few days. Hawaii County was placed under a hurricane warning yesterday. "The surfers get excited about these storms, but everyone else is freaking out," said Chris Owens, owner of East Side Builders. Both storms were expected to weaken before landfall. Meanwhile, A magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck Hawaii's Big Island early today. Talk about piling on.

The NBA champion San Antonio Spurs have announced that they've hired six-time WNBA All-Star Becky Hammon as assistant coach. Hammon is not the first woman to join an NBA team's coaching staff -- Lisa Boyer worked for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2001-2002 -- but her high-profile job is still being called historic. Hammon downplayed the significance of her success.

Walgreens, the largest US drugstore chain, said yesterday that it was dropping a proposal to cut its tax bill by reorganizing overseas. The company had faced a backlash over the move, and said in a statement that the public reaction had something to do with its decision. Walgreens said in a statement that it had changed its mind partly out of recognition of its "unique role as an iconic American" store.

Michael Phelps finished a distant seventh in the 100-meter freestyle final at the US Nationals yesterday. The swimming superstar did his comeback bid no favors in the race, losing momentum when he barely touched the wall in the turn at 50 meters. Still, rivals aren't counting Phelps out. "It's always scary," Olympic backstroke champion Matt Grevers said. "You can never doubt him."

Trivia Answer: David William Duchovny who turns 54 today. The role he's best known for was in the sci-fi series The X-Files as FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder. He has won Golden Globe awards for his work as FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder on The X-Files and also as Hank Moody on Californication. He remained with The X-Files until quitting in 2001, partly due to a contract dispute that occurred after season seven finished filming Duchovny appeared in half of the season eight episodes, but did not appear in season nine until the series finale in 2002. He also provided the voice for a parody of his Fox Mulder character in an episode of The Simpsons, entitled The Springfield Files.

Wednesday 8.6.14
Today's Trivia: She was a comedian, film, television, stage, and radio actress, model, film and television executive, and star of numerous sitcoms She was one of the most popular and influential stars during her lifetime, with one of Hollywood's longest careers, especially on television. She began acting in the 1930s, becoming both a radio actress and B-movie star in the 1940s, and then a television star during the 1950s. She was still making films in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1962, she became the first woman to run a major television studio which produced many successful and popular television series. Who was she?

Felix Hernandez allowed one run in eight innings, extending his major league record streak of games with at least seven innings and two or fewer runs to 15, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Atlanta Braves 4-2 last night. He struck out eight and walked one. His earned run average dropped to a league-leading 1.97. In Interleague play, Hernandez has a 17-7 record and is 5-0 with a 1.20 ERA over his last eight starts against National League teams. He has the best ever ERA in Interleague play 2.54. Ms and Braves again today.

Birthdays: He was Dr. Jerry Robinson on The Bob Newhart Show and went on to direct, Peter Bonerz is 76; ten-time NBA All-Star David Robinson is 49; from The Spice Girls. Ginger Spice, singer Geri Halliwell is 42; and Punky Brewster, actress Soleil Moon Frye is 38

Today is Wiggle Your Toes Day. Those ten extremities at the ends of your feet, are crying out for a little freedom. Cramped up inside a pair of shoes or sneakers all day long, your stinky toes just don't get the chance to move about freely, as they would like to do. Celebrate Wiggle Your Toes Day. Today is National Fresh Breath Day -- a day created to appreciate oral hygiene and it's importance. Dentists and oral care professionals hail this day as a day dedicated to fighting bad breath. The root beer float is celebrated every August 6th with its own special day. Today is National Root Beer Float Day. Today is National Pamper Yourself Day -- I'm thinking you will act accordingly. Today is also Garfiled's dog friend Odie's birthday.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1980, on General Hospital Luke and Laura spent a romantic evening locked inside Wyndham's department store. In 1981, Stevie Nicks released her first solo album, Bella Donna, which went to number one. In 1994, newlyweds Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley made their first public appearance together in Budapest. In 2003, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger used an appearance on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to announce his successful bid to replace California Governor Gray Davis. In 2004, Superfreak singer Rick James was found dead in his Los Angeles home. He was 56.

If you're a fan of The Big Bang Theory then you'll be happy to hear that the show is going back into production today. Things were shut down for a week because of contract negotiations with the show's stars.

It may be time to change those passwords again. Security researchers say that a Russian crime ring has pulled off the largest theft ever of Internet security information, collecting the user names and passwords of 1.2 billion users. The confidential personal data, along with 500 million email addresses, was stolen from 420,000 websites, including both well-known sites and smaller ones, according to Hold Security, which discovered the credential theft.

Rupert Murdoch -- 21st Century Fox -- has given up on its attempt to purchase Time-Warner. Meanwhile, Sprint has given up on taking over T-Mobile, ending the No. 3 mobile phone carrier's attempt to create a major challenger to Verizon Wireless and AT&T. T-Mobile was reportedly willing to move forward if several sticking points on the financial structure of a deal could be resolved, but both companies doubted regulators would approve the deal because of concerns about competition.

Trivia Answer: Lucille Ball who was born on this date in 1911. She passed away in April of 1989. The sticoms she starred in were I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy, and Life With Lucy. The studio she ran was Desilu. She was Emmy-nominated thirteen times, and won four times. Ball met and eloped with Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz in 1940. On July 17, 1951, at almost 40 years old, Ball gave birth to their first child, Lucie Désirée Arnaz. A year and a half later, Ball gave birth to their second child, Desiderio Alberto Arnaz IV, known as Desi Arnaz, Jr. Ball and Arnaz divorced on May 4, 1960. At the time of her death, Ball had been married to her second husband and business partner, standup comedian Gary Morton, for more than 27 years. On April 26, 1989, Ball died of a dissecting aortic aneurysm at age 77.

Tuesday 8.5.14
Today's 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 8-2 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 1B 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. He was a Pac-10 North All-League Designated Hitter. Who is he?

Some interleague action coming up at the Safe tonight. Felix Hernandez looks to extend his Major League record-setting string of 14 straight starts of seven or more innings with two or fewer runs allowed as he squares off against the Atlanta Braves.

Marshawn Lynch returned to practice yesterday for the first time since reporting to training camp late last week, but who will block for him at right tackle this season remains in question. The Seahawks released Michael Bowie on Saturday after it was determined his injured shoulder would require surgery. Bowie, who started eight games as a rookie for the Seahawks, was the favorite to win the team's starting right tackle job entering training camp. However, he reported to camp 20 pounds overweight, according to head coach Pete Carroll, and he injured his shoulder again on the first day of practice. The search for answers goes on. The preseason opener coming up Thursday night as the Hawks are in Denver visiting their good friends, the Broncos.

Birthdays: Jennifer Marlowe on WKRP in Cincinnati, actress Loni Anderson is 69; singer-songwriter-guitarist Rick Derringer is 67; Marcia on The Brady Bunch, actress Maureen McCormick is 58 ; actress Tawny Kitaen is 53; and basketball's Patrick Ewing is 52.

Former White House press secretary James Brady, who suffered a gunshot to the head in the 1981 assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan, died yesterday at the age of 73. Brady was erroneously pronounced dead after his injury, which left him partially paralyzed. He became a leading advocate of gun control after his injury, helping to pass the landmark Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act -- or the Brady Bill -- in 1993.

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 also Green Peppers Day. It's Take a Walk on the Moon Day. It's Neil Armstrong's birthday. He would have been 84 today. 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.

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; rescinded in 1872). In 1957, American Bandstand, a show dedicated to the teenaged 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.

Scrabble's ultimate arbiter -- Merriam Webster -- is updating the classic word game with 5,000 new terms, including many of the trendiest words in pop culture. "Bromance," "selfie," "frenemy," "buzzkill" — will all be fair game when the new Merriam-Webster's Official Scrabble Players Dictionary hits stores August 11th. Peter Sokolowski is the editor at large for Merriam-Webster. He says "These are words that have become part of the culture."

How many friends do you have? According to a feature in New York magazine, how popular you are may very well depend on your age. And the magic one seems to be 29. The company that conducted the study explains that at 29, people are still in touch with school friends but have also forged new bonds with work colleagues.

Don't know what you can do with this information, just please don't use it for evil. Just so you know more people use blue toothbrushes than red ones.

Trivia Answer: John Olerud who turns 46 today. 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 6, 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.

Monday 8.4.14
Today's Trivia: On this date -- August 4th -- this woman's father and her 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?

The Mariners continued to pay the price for their misguided acquisition of Erik Bedard in 2008 when Chris Tillman, part of the package with Adam Jones that they sent to Baltimore in exchange for Bedard, tossed seven effective innings and blanked Seattle 1-0 at Camden Yards yesterday. Unable to provide Hisashi Iwakuma with any semblance of offense, the Mariners fell to 57-and-54 and 6-and-10 since the All-Star break. Kuma made one critical mistake when he allowed a leadoff home run to Nick Markakis, the only run the Orioles required to take the three-game series 2-games-to-1. Tillman took it from there, holding the Mariners to four hits, none for extra bases. He fanned six and didn't walk a batter. Seattle has been shut out 14 times this season compared to 11 last year. The Mariners are two blankings away from matching the highest single-season total in the last 20 years — 16 in 2011. The Mariners have also lost 21 games this season by one run. A day off for the Ms today. They begin a nine-game homestand tomorrow when they host the Atlanta Braves in a two-game interleague series.

Birthdays: Actor and comedian Richard Belzer is 70; actor Billy Bob Thornton is 59; the 44th president of these United States of America, Barack Obama is 53; former pitcher Roger Clemens is 52; and racecar driver Jeff Gordon is 43.

Today is National Chocolate Chip Day. It's US Coast Guard Day, a day that honors the military branch that protects our waters and shorelines. Today tentatively is National Underwear Day. I figure even if it's not, I'd go ahead and wear some anyway.

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. 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 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.

Guardians of the Galaxy -- the Walt Disney Co's offbeat space adventure featuring extraterrestrial misfits and a talking raccoon -- made $94 million in ticket sales this weekend, setting a record for an August film opening. The 3D movie, which stars lesser-known characters in Disney's Marvel comic book universe, added $66.4 million from international markets, for a global debut of $160.4 million, Disney said yesterday. Guardians outgunned last weekend's leader, the science-fiction thriller Lucy that collected another $18.3 million in sales at North American theaters and finished second for the weekend. Get On Up, a biography of James Brown, landed in the third spot. Hercules, starring Dwayne The Rock Johnson as the legendary muscle man, finished fourth. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes rounded out the top five.

Soundgarden is playing at CenturyLink Field on September 4th when the Seattle Seahawks kick off the 2014 NFL season by hosting the Green Bay Packers. Soundgarden and Pharrell Williams are performing at a free concert for the 12th Man outside the stadium gates before the Seahawks' season-opener at 5:30 that evening. The music begins an hour beforehand, at 4:30, and is being broadcast on the NFL Network for the league's festivities beginning at the home of 2013′s Super Bowl champions. The outdoor concert is free, with the CenturyLink Field North Plaza opening to the public at 2:30. The Hawks begin the defense of their Vince Lombardi Trophy on Thursday, September 4th, playing the Packers in the first game of the NFL season. Seattle will have already played four preseason games, the first of which is this Thursday, against the Broncos in Denver.

A note from Pete Carroll in my inbox this morning (maybe in yours, too).  If you missed it, here's the note from Coach.

Hey Football Fans -

Football season is quickly approaching and, like you, we couldn't be more excited. There truly is nothing like this time of year!

It has been a full offseason for us, and within the last month, we were very pleased to release a 20-minute film teaching our unique tackling system, one that emphasizes "taking the head out of the play."

Our defense has become known for toughness and physicality, and we're proud to share the ways we've done it in a safe manner.

We are passionate about maintaining the physical part of football while emphasizing safer techniques that feature shoulder tackling. We want to play the game as tough as it is meant to be played, while also making it safer through a renewed emphasis on taking the head out of play.

Our players have totally owned this thought. They understand the game can be played at a championship level without using the head. We are seeing this change throughout football at all levels, advanced in part by USA Football and its Heads Up Football program, which the Seahawks and the NFL proudly endorse.

Our coaching staff put together a film to show our tackling system. Inspired in part by rugby techniques, we've taught this system for the last four years with the Seahawks and since our days at USC. We found our "shoulder-tackling" style to be successful in the NFL and college and wanted to share it with you.

If you are a parent, we encourage you to make sure your child's coaches are teaching the proper fundamentals and are certified by USA Football. Watch the video here. Check out to learn more.

Best wishes for a great season.

-Coach Carroll

Mariners Hall of Famer Alvin Davis, 11-time Gold Cup winner Chip Hanauer and ex-University of Washington and NBA standout Detlef Schrempf headline a class of seven voted into the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame. The newest class raises the total of inductees in the Tacoma-based HOF to 189. Joining the trio in the 2014 class are softball "king" Eddie Feigner, the "Throwin' Samoan" Jack Thompson, former Indy 500 winner Tom Sneva, and retired sportscaster Keith Jackson. Davis played eight of his nine major-league seasons with the Mariners and was American League Rookie of the Year in 1984 and an all-star that season. He was the first inductee into the Mariners Hall of Fame. A lifetime .280 hitter, "Mr. Mariner" hit at least 20 home runs in a season three times. Hanauer, a graduate of Bellevue's Newport High School, attended Washington State University. He recorded 61 unlimited hydroplane victories, including a record 11 Gold Cups. He entered the Motorsport Hall of Fame in 1995 at 40, the youngest active racer ever inducted. Schrempf was a foreign exchange student when he led Centralia High School to the 3A (then AA) state title in 1981. He made All-Pac-10 at the University of Washington, and then played in the NBA from 1985-2001 with Dallas, Indiana, Seattle and Portland. He made three NBA all-star teams and played in two Olympics, one for West Germany in 1984 and the other in 1992 for united Germany Feigner traveled the world with "The King and His Court" and dazzled softball audiences starting in 1946. Feigner, who grew up in Walla Walla, served as the king, and his court consisted of a catcher, shortstop and first baseman. They performed for more than 20 million fans in 104 countries. Thompson, who received his "Throwin' Samoan" nickname from late Spokane Spokesman-Review columnist Harry Missildine, was the most prolific passer in NCAA history with 7,818 yards when he concluded his Washington State career. He is only one of two players to have his WSU number (14) retired. He was the third player taken overall in the 1979 NFL draft (by Cincinnati) and played six seasons in the league. He starred at Evergreen High School in White Center. Sneva won the 1983 Indianapolis 500 and captured season Indy car championships in 1977 and 1978. In 1977 he became the first driver to qualify for the Indy 500 at a speed of more than 200 mph. Sneva is a graduate of Lewis & Clark High in Spokane. After graduating from Eastern Washington University, he was a school teacher and junior-high principal before becoming a full-time racer. The Georgia-born Jackson got his start in broadcasting at Washington State University and worked for KOMO radio and then KOMO-TV from 1954-64. He is best known for his enthusiastic ABC telecasts of college football. Davis, Hanauer, Schrempf, and Feigner are being honored August 10th at Safeco Field prior to the White Sox-Mariners game. Thompson, Sneva, and Jackson are being honored Augiust 28th in Seattle when Washington State plays Rutgers in the WSU football season-opener.

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 1, 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.

Friday 8.1.14
Today's Trivia: Seahawk great Walter Jones is being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio tomorrow. He's set to become just the third player having spent an entire career with the Seahawks to be inducted. Who were the first two?

Mike Zunino's two-run homer in the eighth inning lifted the Seattle Mariners to a 6-5 win over the Cleveland Indians last night. Earlier, Dustin Ackley had a two-run homer for the Mariners while Jason Kipnis hit a two-run shot for the Indians. Both home runs came in the third when the teams exchanged three-run rallies. The Ms are now in Baltimore for a three-game set with the Orioles starting tonight.

The Ms will have a couple of new faces in Baltimore tonight. The Ms acquired veteran outfielder Chris Denorfia from the San Diego Padres for a pair of minor leaugers before the trade deadline yesterday. Seattle sent outfielder Abraham Almonte, their opening day starter in center field, and right-hander Stephen Kohlscheen to the Padres. The Ms were also part of a blockbuster three-team trade that brought center fielder Austin Jackson to Seattle and sent former Cy Young pitcher David Price from Tampa Bay to Detroit. As part of the deal, the Mariners sent infielder Nick Franklin to Tampa Bay, the Rays sent Price to Detroit, and Detroit sent Jackson to Seattle and pitcher Drew Smyly to Tampa Bay. Word this afternoon that James Jones and Stefen Romero have been optioned to AAA Tacoma.

Marshawn Lynch's holdout came to an end yesterday, ending one distraction so far for the Super Bowl champions. Lynch arrived at the Seattle Seahawks practice facility yesterday afternoon following the team's morning practice. The team confirmed Lynch had reported, ending a holdout that spanned a week. Lynch must still pass his physical and be added to the active roster. Seattle's roster is currently at the 90-man limit. Seattle made it clear on the first day of training camp that it had a plan in place before Lynch signed his extension and it was not inclined to stray from those plans. The dispute was building throughout the offseason with Lynch staying away from organized team activities and rumors that he would skip June's mandatory minicamp in protest of his contract structure. Lynch showed up for the minicamp in June to avoid a hefty fine. But he finally decided to make a stand with the start of training camp. He could be fined by the team $30,000 per day for each day of camp missed, plus a percentage of his prorated signing bonus.

Birthdays: Singer Ramblin' Jack Elliott is 83; blues singer Robert Cray is 61; singer Michael Penn is 56; from Def Leppard, singer Joe Elliott is 55; rapper Coolio is 51; from The Counting Crows, singer Adam Duritz is 50; Vanessa on The Cosby Show, actress Tempestt Bledsoe is 41; and former Seattle Mariner, now a Baltimore Oriole, All Star Adam Jones is 29. 

Back in the day, 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. 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. The numbers from 2012 show a population of 313.9 million. In1964, 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 1981, MTV debuted in some two million homes. The first music video was Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles. 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.

For stock investors, the red flags were everywhere yesterday. There were weak corporate results, the looming end of stimulus from the Federal Reserve and tensions between the West and Russia. On top of that, some investors feared that stocks have become too pricey after three years without a significant downturn. The confluence of worries sent the Dow Jones industrial average tumbling more than 300 points, its worst one-day drop since February. The plunge snapped a string of five straight monthly gains, and pushed the blue-chip index to a slight loss for the year. Today was a little better. The Dow was only down just under 70 points.

With the weekend upon us, new in in theaters: Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13) and Get On Up (PG-13).

Congratulations, Cheesecake Factory - of all the fat-delivering franchise restaurants in the US you are the best! The Center for Science in the Public Interest's annual Xtreme Eating survey has named Cheesecake Factory America's most unhealthy restaurant. On the other side of things. Critters were eating healthy. The elephants, giraffes, and bears at California's Oakland Zoo got to nosh on African jackfruit and bananas this week thanks to an overturned big rig that dumped 60,000 pounds of fruit. About 35,000 pounds fed humans at a food bank, and another 15,000 pounds fed the animals.

Trivia Answer: The first was Steve Largent in 1995. Cortez Kennedy followed in 2012. Interesting to note that Walter's No. 71 was retired the day he retired. Largent's No. 80 and Tez's No. 96 weren't retired until they had entered Canton. It's Walter's first year of eligibility. Regarded as one of the game's best offensive tackles ever. Jones was selected to nine Pro Bowls. He was a four-time All-Pro. Seattle's coaches once put together the numbers that helped state the dominant level at which Jones played: He blocked for more than 5,500 pass plays in his career and gave up just 23 sacks and was called for holding just nine times in 180 career games -- all starts.