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Thursday 9.3.15
Today's Trivia: He's a stand-up comedian and actor. Noted for his deadpan and slightly stammering delivery, he came to prominence in the 1960s when his album of comedic monologues was a worldwide bestseller and reached number one on the Billboard pop album chart. It remains the 20th best-selling comedy album in history. He later went into acting starring in two long-running and award winning situation comedies. In 2013 he guest starred in three episodes of The Big Bang Theory, one of which earned him his first Primetime Emmy Award. Who is he?

With various media outlets releasing their power rankings ahead of the start of the NFL regular season, expectations are high for the Seattle Seahawks as they try to reach the Super Bowl for the third consecutive season. The Seahawks came in at number one in the eyes of at least two major outlets, as both SB Nation and FOX Sports named Seattle as the NFL’s top squad entering the regular season. The additions of tight end Jimmy Graham and return ace/wide receiver Tyler Lockett as reasons some media members believe will allow the Seahawks to be one of the NFL’s top teams this season. Seattle also fared well in rankings released by CBS Sports, Bleacher Report, and ESPN.com, listed in the number two spot by all three. The final pre-season contest coming up tonight. The Hawks are hosting the Oakland Raiders tonight. They get the regular season going on the 13th in St. Louis.

College ball is back this weekend. Tomorrow, the Washington Huskies are at Boise State. Then Saturday, the Washington State Cougars tangle with Portland State.

A late offensive eruption helped the Mariners win 8-3 and take the series 2-games-to-1 on the road against the AL West-leading Houston Astros last night. Rookie CF Shawn O’Malley, who's from Kennewick, was 3-for-4 with two RBI in his Mariners debut. The Mariners have won seven of their past 11. Logan Morrison slapped his 15th homer of the season in the top of the ninth, a three-run shot. After an off-day today, Seattle facing Oakland in a three-game series starting tomorrow night.

Birthdays: Beetle Bailey creator Mort Walker is 92; Beach Boy Al Jardine is 73; actress Valerie Perrine is 72; Grand Funk drummer Donald Brewer is 67; Charlie Sheen is 50; singer Jennifer Paige is 42; singer-songwriter Andrew McMahon, Cecilia and the Satellite, is 33; two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, snowboarder Shaun White is 29; and the Lava Lamp turns 52 today.

Dean Jones, the go-to Disney actor whose films included The Love Bug, The Million Dollar Duck, That Darn Cat! and The Shaggy D.A. has died. According to his publicist, the cause of death was Parkinson's disease. He had other roles but he had his greatest success as a Disney player, usually playing genial fathers or bemused leading men. His Disney debut was in 1965's That Darn Cat!, in which he played an FBI agent who solves a kidnapping with the help of the title character (and Hayley Mills, another Disney regular). He followed it up with such films like Monkeys, Go Home! (1967), The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit (1968) and the extremely popular The Love Bug (1969), about a Volkswagen with a mind of its own which spawned four sequels. Dean Jones was 84.

Today is Search for Tomorrow Day, marking the soap opera’s TV debut on this date in 1951. During its 35 years, the cast included Don Knotts, Susan Sarandon, and Kevin Kline Today is Uncle Sam's birthday. Uncle Sam's image was first used on this day in 1813.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1967, Sweden switched from driving on the left side of the road to the right side of the road. In 1981, David Brinkley left NBC News after 38 years to join ABC. In 1983, Eurythmics topped the singles chart with Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This). In 1989, Karen and Stan Sutton sailed back into San Francisco harbor 8½ years after leaving on their trip around the world. They made it in a 43-foot ship they built themselves, despite Karen’s chronic sea sickness. Along the way, the couple had two children. In 1999, charges were dropped against nine photographers and a motorcyclist in connection with the 1997 crash that killed Princess Diana. In 2003, in Janesville, Wisconsin, a 40-year-old man was arrested and charged with stealing a computerized tracking device. A corrections officer said the thief apparently "didn't know what he had because he would be awfully stupid to steal a tracking device." To find him, all police had to do was switch on a computer.

A judge let the air out of Deflategate this morning, erasing New England quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension for a controversy the NFL claimed threatened football's integrity. US District Judge Richard M. Berman criticized NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for dispensing "his own brand of industrial justice." Berman said Goodell went too far in affirming punishment of the Super Bowl winning quarterback. Goodell said the league will appeal.

Meanwhile, a defiant county clerk was sent to jail for contempt today after insisting that her "conscience will not allow" her to follow a federal judge's orders to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Kentucky's Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis told US District Judge David Bunning, "God's moral law conflicts with my job duties. You can't be separated from something that's in your heart and in your soul." The judge said she left him with no alternative but to jail her, since fines alone would not change her mind. A federal marshal escorted her, without handcuffs, out of the courtroom.

A man who was given a $138 fine for warning drivers they were approaching a police speed trap won't have to pay the fine after all. Daniel Gehlke appeared in court yesterday to fight the ticket, but the Seattle Police officer didn't show. A judge then tossed the case. Gehlke's made the handwritten sign that said, "Cops Ahead! Stop at sign and light!" with a marker and a Rubbermaid top. Normally holding a sign isn't an issue, but an officer came up and cited Gehlke, stating his sign was giving orders to drivers -- the 'stop at sign and light.' A Seattle Police Department spokesman said, "The specific issue is that he was giving instructions to motorists through the words that he chose, like 'slow down' or 'caution,' That's exactly the issue. It's the words that give people orders referring traffic." Gehlke disagreed. He said, "I am a believer that the Constitution, the Bill of Rights are there specifically so they can't be modified or restricted. This clearly is not a stop sign." Gehlke said he believed he was being targeted because of the content of the sign, not because of the crafting of the language. Still he says any future signs won't tell drivers to stop.

While scantily clad selfies may have helped heighten the profiles of social media marvels like Miley Cyrus and Kim Kardashian, they’re probably not the best career move when it comes to those in corporate America. This is a lesson that a 23-year-old Chicago resident learned the hard way. After landing a job at a St. Charles, Ill. company earlier this month, he mistakenly sent two naked selfies over the course of three days to the human resources manager who offered him the position. Immediately upon receipt, the HR manager phoned the police. The local police chief says, "My understanding is they've rescinded the offer of employment."

Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger have separated after two years of marriage. They married in July of 2013 after a whirlwind romance, but they have been dogged by rumors of an impending split for the past year, and yesterday, the couple finally confirmed the news. Lavigne took to Instagram to share a photo from the stars’ wedding day, and captioned it, "It is with a heavy heart that Chad and I announce our separation today. Through not only the marriage, but the music as well, we’ve created many unforgettable moments. We are still and forever will be, the best of friends, and will always care deeply for each other. To all our family, friends and fans, thank you sincerely for the support."

Today's Trivia: Bob Newhart who is 86 on Saturday. His sitcoms were The Bob Newhart Show, in which he played psychologist Bob Hartley, and Newhart where he played innkeeper Dick Loudon. Newhart also appeared in film roles such as Major Major in Catch-22 and Papa Elf in Elf. He provided the voice of Bernard in the Walt Disney animated films The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under.

Wednesday 9.2.15
Today's Trivia: This former quarterback played for the Pittsburgh Steelers. In fact, he played for 14 seasons with Pittsburgh, and won four Super Bowl titles in a six-year period becoming the first quarterback to win three and four Super Bowls. Who is he?

Logan Morrison's pinch-hit two-run homer in the eighth inning was the difference in the Mariners' 7-5 win over the division-leading Astros last night at Minute Maid Park. The beleaguered bullpen actually held a late-game lead. The rubber game of the series is tonight.

The Seattle Seahawks may have been looking to add some veteran depth at the running back position yesterday as they hosted former Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport first reported Jackson's visit early yesterday morning, writing that both Jackson and team expected a deal to get done. The reasoning behind Jackson's visit became somewhat clearer after Hawks' head coach Pete Carroll revealed yesterday afternoon that backup running back Robert Turbin suffered a "significant ankle sprain" versus the San Diego Chargers last weekend. Carroll also made clear that despite Rapoport's report, the team had not yet signed Jackson. He said, "For those of you who have already made the decision on what’s going on, we have not made that decision at all at this point but we love that he's here and we're trying to get our ducks in a row for what may be necessary later on." A fan favorite in Buffalo, the 34-year-old Jackson was released by the Bills in their initial cuts on Monday. An eight-year veteran, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound undrafted free agent led Buffalo in rushing in four out of the last six seasons after serving as a backup to Marshawn Lynch early in his career. Jackson was in attendance in Seattle as Lynch's guest during the BeastQuake run versus the New Orleans Saints in January 2011. The final preseason game of the year is tomorrow night as the Hawks host the Oakland Raiders at 7:00.

College ball is back this weekend. On Friday, the Washington Huskies are at Boise State. Then Saturday, the Washington State Cougars tangle with Portland State.

Birthdays: Former Commissioner of Baseball and former chairman of the United States Olympic Committee, Peter Ueberroth is 78; actor Mark Harmon is 64; a former No. 1 tennis player in the world, Jimmy Connors is 62; actor Keanu Reeves is 51; boxer Lennox Lewis is 50; and actress Salma Hayek is 49.

Today is National Blueberry Popsicle Day. Today is also VJ Day -- Victory over Japan Day or Victory in Japan Day -- which marks the end of World War II. There is a bit of murkiness as three dates are used as VJ Day. August 14th which is the date Japan surrendered. August 15th, the date the surrender was announced to the world. And September 2nd, the date of the ceremony and formal signing of the surrender.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1901, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt uttered the famous phrase, "Speak softly and carry a big stick" at the Minnesota State Fair. In 1969, NBC-TV canceled Star Trek. The show had debuted on September 8th of 1966. In 1985, itt was announced that the Titanic had been found on September 1st by a US and French expedition 560 miles off Newfoundland. The luxury liner had been missing for 73 years. In 1989, Cold Hearted became Paula Abdul’s third consecutive number one single. In 1989, The Cars’ Ric Ocasek married supermodel Paulina Porizkova. In 1992, the US and Russia agreed to a joint venture to build a space station. In 1995, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened in Cleveland, Ohio. The opening ceremonies included performances by Chuck Berry and Bruce Springsteen.

Following more bad news from China, US stocks had another bad day yesterday as investors remained jittery over a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy. The Dow Jones Industrial average, Nasdaq, and S&P 500 all ended the day in the red. The Dow briefly dropped more than 500 points and closed down about 469 points. It was up about 180 points at the open this morning. We'll see what today brings.

Donald Trump is returning to NBC. Not to his old show, The Celebrity Apprentice, but to The Tonight Show, where he'll be a guest on Friday, September 11th. Currently leading the Republican field in the 2016 presidential race, Trump will sit down with host Jimmy Fallon to discuss his campaign and other issues. NBC made the announcement yesterday. Terrence Howard and Pharrell Williams will also be guests that night. Other scheduled guests next week (countering premiere week for CBS' The Late Show With Stephen Colbert) are Richard Gere, Jessica Simpson and Keith Urban on Tuesday. Justin Timberlake, Ellen DeGeneres and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis next Wednesday. Andy Samberg and Carrie Underwood on Thursday the 10th.

The Haggen grocery chain Haggen is suing Albertsons for more than $1 billion, alleging the supermarket giant engaged in efforts to eliminate it as a viable competitor in five states. The lawsuit was filed yesterday in federal court in Delaware. It accuses Albertsons of anti-competitive practices. Haggen is based in Bellingham. It says it was forced to lay off hundreds and close nearly a fifth of the stores it had acquired from Albertsons and Safeway. The Seattle Times says that earlier this year Haggen bought 146 Albertsons and Safeway stores, expanding into California, Nevada and Arizona. It had previously operated in Oregon and Washington. Haggen alleges Albertsons hamstringed its ability to operate those stores. It also says Albertsons gave it misleading and incomplete retail pricing data and illegally accessed Haggen's confidential data. In an emailed statement, an Albertsons spokesman says the allegations in the lawsuit are completely without merit.

A San Francisco Bay Area man won $1 million in the California Lottery after buying a winning ticket with money he found at the airport. The California Lottery said that Hubert Tang had not bought a lottery ticket in 10 years. When he found a $20 bill on the street outside San Francisco International Airport last week, he used it to buy two scratch-off tickets. One of them led to the $1 million top prize. Tang says he may begin leaving $20 bills on the street in random places to spread his good fortune.

If you're one of those people who hates missing the end of breakfast hours at McDonald's, hang on just a little longer: the chain says its breakfast menu will be available all day starting October 6th. Items like Egg McMuffins, hotcakes, sausage burritos, fruit 'n yogurt parfaits, hash browns and biscuits will be available anytime, although the exact menu will vary in different markets.

Today's Trivia: Terry Bradshaw who turns 67 today. He and the Steelers won the Super Bowls in 1974, 1975, 1978, and 1979. He also led the Steelers to eight AFC Central championships. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989, his first year of eligibility. Since 1994, he has been a TV analyst and co-host of Fox NFL Sunday.

Tuesday 9.1.15
Today's Trivia: He's a psychologist, a television personality, author, and host of his own television show. He first gained celebrity status with appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show in the late 1990s. Who is he?

The Houston Astros crushed the Mariners 8-3 last night at Minute Maid Park. In 14 meetings between the teams this season, the Astros have won 10 with a combined total score of 83-50. Astros ace Dallas Keuchel became the American League's first 16-game winner. The series' second game is tonight.

Meanwhile, the Ms yesterday continued their dismantling by trading Austin Jackson to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later and international slot money. Jackson, now a Cubs rental, is a free agent at the end of the season, making him expendable now. The key element for the Mariners is shedding the $1.3 million remaining on his $7.7 million salary.

The Seattle Seahawks are down to the final pre-season contest of the year. They host the Oakland Raiders Thursday night at 7:00.

College ball returns this weekend. On Friday, the Washington Huskies are at Boise State. Then Saturday, the Washington State Cougars tangle with Portland State.

Birthdays: Lawyer Alan Dershowitz is 77; comedian and actress Lily Tomlin is 76; from The Bee Gees, Barry Gibb is 68; from Miami Sound Machine, singer Gloria Estefan is 58; and the guy that won a reality contest to become singer for INXS, J.D Fortune, is 42.

In Latin septem means "the seventh." Originally, back when the new year started in March, September was the 7th month. September's birthstone is the sapphire. September is the busiest month for births in the US, more than 11,000 on an average day.

Today is Emma M. Nutt Day. In Boston on this day in 1878, Ms. Nutt became history's very first telephone operator. She held the job for 33 years. Today is National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day, a celebration of words that don't rhyme with any other words. (orange, purple, and silver). Today is National Cherry Popover Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1952, The Old Man and the Sea, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Ernest Hemingway, was first published. In 1967, Boz Scaggs joined The Steve Miller Band. In 1969, a coup in Libya put Muammar Gaddafi in power. In 1970, the last episode of I Dream of Jeannie aired. It had premiered on September 18th of 1965. In 1972, in Reykjavík, Iceland, American Bobby Fischer beat Russian Boris Spassky to become the world chess champion. In 1995, in Cleveland, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum ribbon cutting ceremony took place. The museum officially opened the next day. In 1998, J.K. Rowling's book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was released in the US. This was the first book in the Harry Potter series. In 2004, the iTunes Music Store reached 125 million songs sold.

The name Mount McKinley has infrequently crossed the lips of Alaskans for the last 40 years, since Alaska’s bush pilot Governor Jay Hammond caused the state to officially recognize North America’s highest peak by its native name Denali, roughly meaning the high one. On Sunday, as President Obama prepared for a three-day trip to the 49th State, US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell used her authority to officially rename the 20,320-foot peak Denali. She put an end to a compromise imposed by Congress in the 1980 Alaska Lands Act, in which the mountain kept the name of McKinley, while 6 million acres of its surroundings became Denali National Park and Preserve.

Around here, many just call it the mountain but for centuries, Mt. Rainier, the most iconic image of the Pacific northwest, went by another name: Mt. Tahoma. The change to Rainier came about after George Vancouver spotted the mountain in 1792 and renamed it after his friend Peter Rainier, a British admiral who fought against Americans in the revolutionary war. There has been debate over that name change for more than two centuries. Now that Denali in Alaska has shed its former moniker Mt. McKinley, the discussion over Mt. Rainier’s European renaming versus its original name has been sparked once again. Puyallup Tribal Culture director Connie McCloud says while different tribes often called the mountain different names, Tahoma was the most widely used. For years, many locals refused to utter the word Rainier. Even in local magazines from 100 years ago. Debate over the best name has raged off and on, and the idea of tossing out Peter Rainier and returning to the original name Tahoma keeps coming back. And now it's back again.

If the Seattle Seahawks become the first team to win three straight NFC titles, they'll likely do so as champions of their division yet again. But the reigning conference champs see a challenge waiting in the NFC West. Linebacker Bobby Wagner saying, "When I first got here Arizona wasn't so good, but now they're starting to become good. I think San Francisco is still strong and St. Louis is trying to find their way. I still think we have the best division in football." The Seahawks are again clear favorites in their division, with Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and the addition of Jimmy Graham to their offense, and a defense that's still expected to be among the best in the NFL. Seattle's closest rival is now likely in the desert, with Carson Palmer returning to an Arizona roster that made the playoffs last season with 11 wins despite Palmer missing the final seven games with a knee injury. St. Louis has one of the best defensive fronts in football with Chris Long, Aaron Donald, Robert Quinn and Michael Brockers, but quarterback is still unsettled after giving up on Sam Bradford and bringing in Nick Foles. And no team has faced as much change as San Francisco. Jim Harbaugh is now coaching at Michigan. Frank Gore is running the ball in Indianapolis. And Patrick Willis and Justin Smith are retired.

Today's Trivia: Phillip McGraw who turns 65 today. He's best known as Dr. Phil. His television show which debuted in 2002 is also named Dr. Phil. McGraw graduated in 1975 from Midwestern State University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. He went on to earn a Master of Arts in experimental psychology in 1976, and a Doctor of Philosophy in clinical psychology in 1979 at the University of North Texas. After obtaining his Ph.D., McGraw joined his father, Dr. Joe McGraw, in Wichita Falls, Texas, where the elder McGraw had established his private psychology practice. Appearing on the Today Show in January 2008, McGraw said that he has made it "very clear" that his current work does not involve the practice of psychology. He also said that he had "retired from psychology". According to the Today Show, the California Board of Psychology determined in 2002 that he did not require a license because his show involves "entertainment" rather than psychology. Magraw's license is currently listed by the Texas State Board of Psychology as "retired" and he holds no other active licenses to practice in any other state.