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Tuesday 9.30.14
Today's Trivia: She's a film and television actress, comedian, producer, and activist. She's is best known for her role as Fran Fine, and for her nasal voice and thick New York accent. Who is she?

Turned out it wasn't much of a game last night. On Monday Night Football, Jamaal Charles proved he is back to full speed for the Kansas City Chiefs. Tom Brady is still stuck in neutral for the New England Patriots. The Pats suffered the second worst loss of the Bill Belechick era. Charles returned from an injury to score three touchdowns, Brady was picked off twice by the opportunistic Chiefs, and Kansas City routed New England 41-14.

Meanwhile, Arrowhead Stadium is once again the loudest outdoor venue in sports. After claiming the record last season, and then losing it to the 12s, the fans of the Kansas City Chiefs reclaimed the mark with a reading of 142.2 decibels in the first half of their game last night. Guinness World Records was on hand to record the noise level. The record had been 137.6. Just wait til the 12th -- the Seahawks next home game. Just sayin'.

The Hawks will be without tight end Zach Miller for at least a few weeks after he underwent ankle surgery during the team's bye week. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said yesterday that Miller had been bothered by "loose bodies" in the ankle for weeks and instead of trying to play through pain that was likely to get worse, Miller took advantage of the early bye week and had the surgery now. There is no set timetable for when Miller will return. Carroll said they would give him a "couple of weeks" and then take it on a week-by-week basis. That means Miller would miss the next two games at Washington and versus Dallas before his status is reassessed.

Baseball is back. Tonight on TBS, the American League Wild Card game, the Oakland Athletics play the Royals at Kansas City.

Birthdays: Actress Angie Dickinson is 83; Whitney’s mom, singer Cissy Houston is 81; singer Johnny Mathis is 79; Greg Brady on The Brady Bunch, actor Barry Williams is 60; singer-songwriter-record producer Basia is 60; actress, comedian, producer, and activist best known for her role on The Nanny, actrress Fran Drescher is 57; Helen on Wings, actress Crystal Bernard is 53; Dharma on Dharma & Greg, actress Jenna Elfman is 43; and professional tennis player Martina Hingis is 34;

Today is Monkey Bars Day, a day to go to the park and see if you can still do your old tricks. Be careful. Today is National Lemon Ice Cream and Cake Appreciation Day. Today is Do Something Wacky with a Grandparent Day. It’s suggested that you take pictures. Today is Stapler Day. It was patented today in 1841.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1947, the World Series, featuring the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers, was televised for the first time. In 1955, James Dean died in an automobile accident. His iconic stance in films like Rebel Without a Cause influenced countless rockers. He was 24. In 1960, the first prime-time cartoon for adults, The Flintstones, premiered on ABC-TV. Alan Reed was the voice of Fred Flintstone; Jean Vander Pyl was Wilma and Pebbles; Mel Blanc was Barney Rubble and Dino the Dinosaur; Bea Benaderet was Betty; and Don Messick was Bamm Bamm. In 1971, the Washington Senators played their last game in Washington before moving to Arlington, Texas. They were forced to forfeit the game to the New York Yankees when fans stormed the field trying to take souvenirs. In 1982, Cheers made its television premier. The Boston bar, where everybody knows your name. In In 1993, George Harrison and David Crosby made guest appearances on The Simpsons.

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology found that cowbells worn by Swiss cows could damage their hearing, and the bells may also be affecting the cows' eating habits. The researchers studied more than 100 cows, all of which wore 12-pound cowbells, from 25 farms in Switzerland. The bells can create noise levels of 100 to 113 decibels, roughly equivalent to the noise level of a jackhammer. Some farmers said replacing the bells, which are used to track cows that escape their farms, with GPS chips could damage Switzerland's traditional image.

On TV tonight, The series premiers of the new comedy, Selfie, billed as a retelling of My Fair Lady. The show follows social media addict Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan, Guardians of the Galaxy), who realizes that she doesn't have any real friends. So she enlists her company's marketing guru Henry (John Cho, Star Trek) to re-brand herself. It's tonight on ABC.

There's a new perfume out based on a perfume found aboard a shipwreck from 1864. The perfume is suitable for everyone but it's being marketed to women and children first.

What would you do if you were eating your grub at Chipotle when you looked over and saw a mother changing her toddler's diaper on the table next to you? A Midwestern mom changed her child's diaper on a Chipotle table in front of a restaurant full of people. Her and her husband's reasoning? The restaurant didn't have a changing table in the bathroom.

Trivia Answer:Francine Joy Drescher -- Fran Drescher -- who is 57 today. She was Fran Fine on the TV program The Nanny from 1993 to 1999. Drescher made her screen debut with a small role in the 1977 blockbuster film Saturday Night Fever, and later appeared in American Hot Wax (1978) and Wes Craven's horror tale Summer of Fear (1978). In the 1980s, she gained recognition as a comedic actress in the films Gorp (1980), The Hollywood Knights (1980), Doctor Detroit (1983), This Is Spinal Tap (1984), and UHF (1989) while establishing a television career with guest appearances on several series. In 1993, she achieved wider fame as Fran Fine in her own sitcom vehicle The Nanny, for which she was nominated for two Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress in a Comedy Television Series during the show's run. She received further recognition for her performances in Jack (1996) and The Beautician and the Beast (1997) and reinforced her reputation as a leading sitcom star with Living With Fran (2005–2006) and Happily Divorced (2011–2013). A uterine cancer survivor, Drescher is an outspoken healthcare advocate and LGBT rights activist, and is noted for her work as a Public Diplomacy Envoy for Women's Health Issues for the U.S. State Department. Divorced from writer and producer Peter Marc Jacobson, she currently lives in Malibu, California. On February 4 of this year, Drescher made her Broadway debut in Cinderella as stepmother Madame.

Monday 9.29.14
Today's Trivia: This actress was known primarily for her comedic roles. After some time acting on stage, she made her feature film debut as Ryan O'Neal's hysterical fiancée in 1972 in Peter Bogdanovich's screwball comedy What's Up, Doc? starring Barbra Streisand. Her film career continued with Paper Moon in 1973, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She was cast in the role of Agnes Gooch in the 1974 film Mame, but the star Lucille Ball fired her due to artistic differences. Starting in 1974 she appeared in a series of Mel Brooks films. Who is she?

The Seattle Mariners played the final game of the season in split screen. Part of the attention was transfixed on field and making sure the Mariners closed with a victory in the hope it had postseason meaning. The other was on the out-of-town scoreboard hoping for the result they needed in Texas. The Mariners did their part with a 4-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels as Felix Hernandez put the final notch on what could be a Cy Young Award season by throwing five shutout innings to secure the American League ERA title. Seattle started the day needing a win over the AL West champion plus an Oakland loss at Texas to force a one-game playoff tonight for the AL's second wild card. The Mariners did their part, but the A's completed a 4-0 victory as Seattle was in the fifth inning and finished one game ahead of the Mariners. It made for an awkward afternoon of emotions. The excitement and anticipation of possibly forcing a 163rd game was replaced by disappointment when the Oakland result went final. Ultimately, the Mariners should be satisfied. Seattle's 87 wins in the first season of All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano and new skipper Lloyd McLendon were its most since 2007 and made September baseball relevant in the Pacific Northwest for the first time in a decade. Oakland already led 2-0 when Hernandez threw his first pitch at 1:10. Fans at Safeco Field let out a collective groan and a smattering of boos when the A's took a 4-0 lead in the ninth inning. A brief Let's go Texas! chant started in the fifth inning with Hernandez on the mound. At 2:46, the A's closed out their victory in Texas. The fans at Safeco Field responded with a brief standing ovation in the middle of Kendrys Morales' at-bat after the A's score was shown as final on the scoreboard. The Mariners finish the year at 87 and 75 -- a 16 game improvement over last year.

Down 21-0 on the road in the rain, Washington State mustered one of the better rallies in Cougars football annals behind QB Connor Halliday, who threw for 417 yards and four touchdowns to stun Utah 28-27 Saturday night in Salt Lake City.Halliday connected with WR Vince Mayle on an 81-yard catch and run with 4:58 remaining for the winning score, but the Cougars defense had to repel Utah twice in the late going, ending two drives on fourth-down incompletions.

After a controversial decision by University of Washington head coach Chris Petersen set him up, Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan romped five yards on a rollout for what proved to be the game-winning touchdown with 4:29 to play Saturday at Husky Stadium, lifting the Cardinal to a 20-13 victory that snapped a four-game winning streak and left the Huskies 0-NS-1 in Pac-12 play. With the score tied 13-13 and less than seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Washington faced fourth and nine from its own 47. Petersen decided to run from punt formation, rather than punt and bury Stanford deep in its own territory. The Cardinal snuffed Shaq Thompson’s rushing attempt for no gain and took over at the UW 47. Six plays later, after Stanford ate 3:08 of clock, Hogan executed his decisive bootleg. Petersen subsequently elected to decline a penalty on Stanford for an out-of-bounds kickoff, which would have given Washington a first down at its 35-yard line with 4:29 left. Preferring that the Cardinal re-boot it to the dangerous returner John Ross, the Huskies instead wound up at their 16-yard line, a loss of 19, after Ross was buried on the second kickoff.

No Seahawks this weekend. They're back in action one week from tonight in Washington, DC.

Birthdays: The Killer, singer Jerry Lee Lewis is 79; the composer best-known for his TV theme songs for such shows like Law & Order, NYPD Blue, The Rockford Files, L.A. Law, and Street Blues, Mike Post is 70; the younger brother of sports broadcaster Greg Gumbel, TV personality Bryant Gumbel is 66; Grand Funk singer-songwriter-and-guitarist Mark Farner is 66; comedian Andrew Dice Clay is 57 Vicki Stubing on The Love Boat, actress Jill Whelan is 48; from the NBA, small forward Kevin Durant is 26; and American Idol Phillip Phillips is 24.

Today is Quick Draw Day, always on the birthday of Quick Draw McGraw, the cartoon horse who got elected sheriff in 1959. His deputy, a Mexican burro named Baba Looey, was much smarter than Quick Draw, but never let the sheriff know it. Today is National Attend Your Grandchild's Birth Day. Today is Make a List of the Top Ten Happiest Days in Your Life Day. Jot down details (while you can still remember). Do it, it'll be fun. Today is National Coffee Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1950, Bell Laboratories introduced the first telephone answering machine. In 1963, the TV comedy My Favorite Martian premiered on CBS. In 1989, actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was convicted of slapping a police officer and driving without a valid license in Beverly Hills, California. In 1996, the Nintendo 64 video game system debuted in America. It had been selling in Japan for three months. In 2003, President Bush signed legislation to ratify the Federal Trade Commission's authority to set up a national do-not-call list for telemarketers.

An eventful weekend: Chelsea Clinton had a little baby girl, George Clooney -- the world's most eligible bachelor -- got married, and Major League Baseball's regular season came to a close. It should be noted thet for the first time in two decades, neither the Yankees nor Red Sox are playing October baseball

The Equalizer -- a thriller starring Denzel Washington as a man who helps rescue a teen girl under the control of Russian gangsters -- debuted in the top spot on US and Canadian movie charts over the weekend with $35 million in ticket sales. The Maze Runner dropped to second place after winning the box office race last weekend. Quirky animated movie The Boxtrolls, starring grunting green monsters that wear cardboard, finished third in its opening weekend. The comedy This is Where I Leave You landed in fourth place. Family flick Dolphin Tale 2 settled in the No. 5 slot.

Bang Bang, a collaboration between Jessie J, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande, took the top spot in Britain's singles chart, selling nearly 100,000 copies in its first week. That word from the Official Charts Company yesterday. The single is featured on Jessie J's new album,

Bill and Hillary Clinton's daughter Chelsea gave birth to her first child on Friday, a girl named Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky. The new mom announced the news via Twitter, saying she and husband Marc Mezvinsky "are full of love, awe and gratitude." Chelsea Clinton, 34, married Mezvinksy in 2010, and she announced her pregnancy at a female empowerment forum in New York City, in April. New grandmother Hillary Clinton, who is reportedly eyeing another run for the White House, has nevertheless said that becoming a grandparent would be her "most exciting title yet."

Trivia Answer: Madeline Kahn who was born on this date in 1942. By the way, several Lucille Ball biographies note that Madeline was eager to be released from the role in Mame so she could join the cast of Blazing Saddles, a film about to go into production; whether Kahn was fired or left Mame under mutual agreement is undetermined. Mel Brooks directed her in four films starting with Blazing Saddles in 1974. Then Young Frankenstein in 1974 and High Anxiety in 1977. Their last collaboration would be 1981's History of the World, Part I. For Blazing Saddles, she was again nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In the April 2006 issue of Premiere magazine, her performance as Lili von Shtupp in Saddles was selected as #74 on its list of the 100 greatest performances of all time. In 1983, she starred in her own short-lived TV sitcom, Oh Madeline, which ended after only one season due to poor ratings. In the early 1990s, Kahn recorded a voice for the animated movie The Magic 7. Her most notable role at that time was her role on the sitcom Cosby as Pauline, the eccentric neighbor. She also voiced Gypsy the moth in A Bug's Life. Kahn was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in early 1999. She underwent treatment and continued to work. However, the disease progressed rapidly, and on December 3rd of 1999, Kahn died at the age of 57.

Friday 9.26.14
Today's Trivia: He was an English singer-songwriter and musician. He was known for his sharp dress sense and distinctive voice, and the eclectic mix of musical styles on his albums, combining soul, jazz, rock, pop, reggae, and blues. He found success both in his solo career and with Power Station, and had Top 10 songs in both the UK and the US. Who was he?

Logan Morrison hit two home runs, Mike Zunino also connected and the Seattle Mariners kept their faint playoff hopes alive, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 7-5 yesterday. LoMo hit a three-run blast in the fourth and added a solo shot in the sixth as the Mariners avoided a four-game sweep and snapped a five-game losing streak. The victory means the Mariners go into the final three games of the season trailing wild-card contenders Kansas City by three games and Oakland by two. Yoervis Medina worked one inning for the win and Fernando Rodney, the ninth Seattle pitcher of the game, gave up a leadoff homer in the ninth but finished for his 47th save in 50 chances. Seattle returns home tonight to begin a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels. Hisashi Iwakuma faces the Angels' Jered Weaver.

The Twitter world was all aflutter last night. Derek Jeter was mentioned in over 1.3 million times tweets. The New York Yankee icon smacked the game-winning hit in the final inning of the final home game of his 20-year career. The 6-5 victory against the Baltimore Orioles was Jeter's 1,627th regular-season win in a Yankee uniform. Jeter called his final hit -- his 3,463rd -- "an out-of-body experience." Next, Jeter joins the team for a season-ending series in Boston, but only as a designated hitter. "I've played shortstop my entire career," he said, "and the last time I wanted to play was tonight." Word coming this afternoon that Jeter is sitting out altogether in at least the first game of the Boston series.

Thursday night football: The New York Giants dismantled the Washington Redskins, 45-14. No Seahawks this weekend, or next weekend for that matter. It's the bye week and the Hawks are off until Monday the 6th when they're in the other Washington. They're not back home until Sunday the 12th when they're hosting the Dallas Cowboys.

Here we go again. Kansas City Chiefs fans are trying to reclaim their self-applied title as the NFL’s loudest fans. During the Chiefs’ upcoming Monday Night Football matchup -- this coming Monday night -- with the New England Patriots, the Kansas City faithful will attempt to break the 12th Man’s Guinness World Record for loudest crowd roar at an open-air sports stadium. Seahawks fans, your record is on the line.

The Huskies' homestand continues with the Dawgs hosting Stanford tomorrow afternoon at 1:00. Then tomorrow night at 5:00, the Cougars are in Utah to face the Utes.

Birthdays: Elly May Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies, actress Donna Douglas is 81; from Adam-12, actor Kent McCord is 72;actress Mary Beth Hurt is 68; Sandy in Grease, Olivia Newton-John is 66; actress Linda Hamilton is 58; Mary Ingalls Kendall on Little House on the Prairie, actress Melissa Sue Anderson is 52; and currently the number one ranked player in the world, tennis player Serena Williams is 33.

Today is Brady Bunch Day, marking the show’s TV debut on this date in 1969. Stars included Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis, Christopher Knight, Barry Williams, Mike Lookinland, Maureen McCormick, Eve Plumb, and Susan Olsen. Today is also Gilligan's Day. Gilligan's Island premiered on this date in 1964. The series starred Bob Denver, Alan Hale, Jim Backus, Natalie Shafer, Russell Johnson, Dawn Wells, and Tina Louise. Today is National Search for Your Baseball Cards Again Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1969, promoter Bill Graham opened the Fillmore West in San Francisco. In 1975, The Rocky Horror Picture Show premiered in Westwood, California. It’s probably still playing somewhere. The cult classic starred Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Barry Bostwick. In 1981, the Boeing 767 made its maiden flight up in in Everett. In 1984, Prince released Purple Rain. In 1986, Bobby Ewing returned from the dead to take a shower on Dallas in one of television’s more or less memorable episodes. In 1994, jury selection began in Los Angeles for the double murder trial of OJ Simpson. One year later to the day, the prosecution began closing arguments. He was acquitted of both charges. In 2002, a 39-year-old man ordered a limousine to pick him up at a hotel in Moline, Illinois after he robbed a bank there. Unfortunately for the robber, his driver was a retired police officer, who tipped off police that a suspicious passenger had just paid $335 in cash for a ride to Chicago. State troopers arrested the suspect at a nearby truck stop. In 2003, singer Robert Palmer died of a heart attack in Paris. He was 54.

Three retired New York City firefighters died within hours of each other this week from illnesses believed linked to the September 11th of 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Daniel Heglund, 58, Robert Leaver, 56, and Howard Bischoff, 58, suffered from cancer, and died on Monday. Ninety-two emergency workers involved in the rescue and then recovery efforts have died in the years since. Hundreds more continue to suffer from respiratory problems after inhaling dust and smoke at the scene.

Attorney General Eric Holder, a leading liberal voice in the Obama administration and the first African-American in the powerful post, is resigning, the Justice Department announced yesterday. Holder has been a driving force behind the administration's support for same-sex marriage and protecting voting rights. That record, along with controversies such as the so-called Fast and Furious gun trafficking scandal, have made him a focus of conservative ire. He is staying on the job until his replacement -- whom President Obama has not picked yet -- is confirmed.

The price of gasoline could fall below $3 per gallon in 30 states by the end of the year, according to a forecast from Prices typically dip in autumn, and this year the trend is being magnified by falling fuel prices worldwide. The national average has already dropped to $3.35 per gallon, which is almost its lowest point this year and a dime below the same time last year.

A gambler in Germany has been saved from prison by a one-armed bandit. Police said yesterday that two officers carrying out routine checks at an arcade late last week discovered that a man playing a slot machine faced an arrest warrant. He had been ordered to pay a 710-euro ($910) fine or go to prison for 71 days after resisting police during a previous incident. Police say that as officers informed the man that he faced arrest, the slot machine started to flash and the beaming 37-year-old won a jackpot of 1,000-euro (about $1,300). The man paid his fine on the spot -- in cash.

The iPhone 6 bending controversy -- Bendgate -- incited the Internet earlier this week, but apparently Apple hasn't heard from many customers who were actually afflicted by the problem. Yesterday the company said it's only heard from nine people about the issue.

New in theaters this weekend: The Boxtrolls (PG) and The Equalizer (R).

TV tonight, the season premiere of The Amazing Race. Season 25 kicks off from Times Square in New York City. In a new twist this season the team that finishes first in the premiere is awarded an advantage called The Save, which can be used if the team faces elimination. Teams include professional surfer Bethany Hamilton (who lost her arm in a shark attack) and her husband, Boston firefighters Michael Ward and Scott Strazzullo and professional wrestlers Robbie E. Strauss and Brooke Adams.

Trivia Answer: Robert Palmer. Palmer received a number of awards throughout his career, including two Grammy Awards for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, an MTV Video Music Award, and he was twice nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male. Palmer died in a Paris hotel room from a heart attack on this date in 2003 at the age of 54.

Thursday 9.25.14
Today's Trivia: This actress is best known for her television roles as Sammy Jo Carrington on Dynasty, Officer Stacy Sheridan on T.J. Hooker, Amanda Woodward on Melrose Place, and Caitlin Moore on Spin City. She had a recurring role on the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland and a main role on the TNT drama-comedy television series Franklin & Bash in 2013. Who is she?

Taijuan Walker had a brilliant effort and threw his first complete game but alas, it wasn't enough as the offense served up another dud and the Ms get their fifth consecutive loss and 12th in the past 17 games, falling to the Blue Jays in Toronto ,1-0. The Mariners walked away encouraged about one aspect: Walker, the team’s 2010 first round pick. He pitched the best game of his brief major league career. The right-hander held a Toronto squad that scored 24 runs off Seattle pitching in the first two games of the series to just the one run on four hits and a walk in eight innings. With four games remaining, Seattle must record a minimum of three wins and get help to extend its season. Ms and Jays wrap it up this afternoon before the Ms head back to Safeco to host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the final three regular season games of the year.

The NFL announced yesterday that Kam Chancellor was named NFC defensive player the week for his nine tackles, forced fumble and interception in the Seahawks’ 26-20 overtime win over Denver Sunday. Chancellor is the first Seahawk to win one of the weekly honors this season and the first defensive player to be selected since All-Pro CB Richard Sherman in Week 15 last season. Sherman also was honored in Week 2 last season and Week 10 in 2012. Chancellor is the only Seahawks safety with a forced fumble and a 50-plus yard interception return in the same game since 1993, the first year forced fumbles were tracked.

A grand jury yesterday decided there was no evidence to justify filing criminal charges against race-car driver Tony Stewart in the death of fellow driver Kevin Ward Jr. at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York. A toxicology report said Ward had marijuana in his system when he crashed into a wall and got out of his car before Stewart's right-rear tire struck him. Ward's family said "the matter is not at rest."

Birthdays: TV's Barbara Walters is 85; actor Michael Douglas is 70; model Cheryl Tiegs is 67; Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker, actor Mark Hamill is 63; basketball’s Scottie Pippen is 49; actor and singer Will Smith is 46; actress Catherine Zeta-Jones is 45; former Seattle Seahawk, today he's an Indianapolis Colt, Matt Hasselbeck is 39; and from Community, actor Donald Glover is 31.

Today is National One-Hit Wonder Day, honoring all those singers and groups that had just one hit record. Today is Gomer Pyle Day, marking the CBS-TV debut of Gomer Pyle USMC on this date in 1964. An Andy Griffith spin-off starring Jim Nabors and Frank Sutton, the show lasted five seasons and is still in syndication.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1956, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis broke up as a comedy team. They had begun performing together on the same day in 1946. In 1965, at the age of 34, Willie Mays became the oldest major league player to hit 50 home runs in a season. Ten years earlier, he had been the youngest player to accomplish the same feat. In 1971, Cat Stevens released Peace Train. In 1976, Boston’s self-titled debut entered the album chart. It became the fastest-selling debut album in chart history. In 1980, John Bonham, drummer for Led Zeppelin, choked to death on his own vomit after drinking 40 shots of vodka. He was 32. In 1995, Circuit Judge Joseph Wilson in Columbia, South Carolina, refused to allow attorney Heather Smith to enter a plea for her client because the female lawyer was wearing pants. The hearing was postponed. In 1990, Dave Grohl, formerly with Washington DC's Scream, joined Nirvana. In 2003, the US House gave the Federal Trade Commission explicit authority to create a national ‘do not call’ directory.

Apple issued an apology yesterday after some users of its newest iPhones ran into software glitches that prevented them from making or receiving calls. The news came as other users reported the popular iPhone 6 models were vulnerable to bending. Apple said it would stop distributing the software update that caused the blocked calls -- iOS 8.0.1. Some users also reported problems with a feature allowing them to unlock the phones with their fingerprint. Apple said it would issue advice on a fix "as quickly as we can."

Hundreds of Colorado high-school students walked out of their classrooms yesterday to protest their school district's conservative-led school board's proposal "to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism, and respect for authority." The students waved flags and held up signs reading, "There is nothing more patriotic than protest." The Jefferson County school board is considering establishing a committee to review history texts and weed out materials that "condone civil disorder."

Trivia Answer: Heather Locklear who is 53 today. Locklear was romantically linked with several Hollywood personalities including Scott Baio. She was married for seven years to Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee from May 1986 to August 1993. After their divorce, she married Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora on December 17, 1994, in Paris. She gave birth to their only child, daughter Ava Elizabeth, in 1997. As of 2010, Ava is modeling and plans to be an actress. Locklear filed for divorce from Sambora in February 2006. The following month Sambora filed for joint custody of their daughter and enforcement of a prenuptial agreement. Their divorce was finalized in April 2007. In April 2007, Locklear began a relationship with fellow Melrose Place alum Jack Wagner. In August 2011, Locklear and Wagner announced they were engaged, but Locklear's publicist announced that the engagement was called off in November 2011.

Wednesday 9.24.14
Today's Trivia: He's journalist, radio host, television host, and author. He was on CNN until November of 2009 when he announced on the air that he would leave the network. He was born in Texas and lived there and in Idaho during his childhood. After graduating from Harvard University, he worked in government and banking before becoming a news reporter. He moved to Yuma, Arizona and got a job as a police and fire reporter for KBLU-AM. By the mid-1970s he was a television anchor and reporter in Phoenix, and he later joined Seattle's KING-TV. In 1979, he was contacted by a recruiter for Ted Turner, who was in the process of forming CNN. Who is he?

Whatever bug that's going around the Mariner pitching staff causing them to implode -- examples include Hisashi Iwakuma, Chris Young, and James Paxton. That bug has apparently struck Felix Hernandez, as well. Felix was lifted after 4 and 2/3 innings last night after giving up a career worst-tying 8 runs on 7 hits to the Toronto Blue Jays. King Felix also walked three and struck out five. After being humbled three games in a row by the softball scores of 10-1, 8-3 and 14-4, you can now add last night's 10-2. The Mariners fell three games out of the second AL wild-card spot with five games remaining. Despite the win, Toronto was eliminated from playoff contention when Kansas City beat Cleveland. Ms and Jays again tonight and tomorrow night then it's the final three games of the year for Seattle as the Ms host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Russell Wilson's clutch plays in overtime helped the Seattle Seahawks fend off Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. It lso put them on top of the latest AP Pro32 power rankings. The Seahawks topped the Broncos 26-20 Sunday in that rematch of last season's Super Bowl. Seattle had nine first-place votes from the 12-member media panel that regularly covers the league. The unbeaten Cincinnati Bengals received the other three first-place votes. Both the Seahawks and Bengals have their byes this weekend and return in prime-time games. Seattle's next game is on Monday night, October 6th, in Washington, and Cincinnati travels to Foxborough to face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on October 5th. The Broncos slipped to No. 3 after their loss, followed by the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals at No. 4 and No. 5. The San Francisco 49ers dropped from No. 8 to 15 after their 23-14 loss to the Cardinals.

Just how was Kam Chancellor’s performance in Sunday’s overtime victory against the Denver Broncos? Good enough that the Seahawks’ All-Pro strong safety has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week. It was historically good, in fact. The league made the announcement this morning. Chancellor is the first Seahawk to win one of the weekly honors this season and the first defensive player to be selected since All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman in Week 15 last season. Sherman also was honored in Week 2 last season and Week 10 in 2012. But get this: Chancellor is the only Seahawks safety with a forced fumble and a 50-plus yard interception return in the same game since 1993, the first year forced fumbles were tracked. And here’s another nugget: In their past 38 games, including playoffs, the Broncos have been held to 20 or fewer points three times. The Seahawks did it in Sunday’s 26-20 overtime victory at CenturyLink Field and also in their 43-8 romp over the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Birthdays: A bunch of would have beens today. Muppeteer Jim Henson would have been 78; Paul McCartney’s wife Linda McCartney would have been 73; and Phil Hartman from Saturday Night Live would have been 66. Football's Mean Joe Green is 68; Greg Medavoy on NYPD Blue, actor Gordon Clapp is 66; baseball's Rafael Palmeiro is 50; and Olympic gymnasts Paul and Morgan Hamm are 32.

Today is Moose day, honoring Bullwinkle J. Moose from Frostbite Falls, Minnesota, who debuted on this date in 1959 with his best friend, the plucky squirrel named Rocky. Today is Do Impressions of Famous People Around the Office Day. Just remember, a little Elvis goes a long way. Today is National Punctuation Day, a day to salute those commas, semicolons, periods, and exclamation points.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1968, CBS premiered the television news magazine 60 Minutes. In 1976, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was sentenced to seven years in prison for her part in a 1974 bank robbery. She served 22 months before receiving clemency from President Carter. In 1979, the CompuServe Information System began operation as the world's first public computer information service. In 1982, Prince's single 1999 was released. In 1984, actor Neil Hamilton died at age 85. He played Commissioner Gordon on TV’s Batman. In 1986, the Toronto Blue Jays hit 10 home runs against the Baltimore Orioles to set a major league baseball record for most homers in a 9 inning game. In 1991, Nirvana's album Nevermind was released.

A 16-year-old Puyallup boy called the police on his own party last weekend after a throng of drunken teenagers, according to prosecutors, "escaped from the home, broke down his parents' back fence" and "stampeded across a neighbor's yard," The boy decided to throw a party Saturday night when he found out his parents were heading to Portland for the weekend. The party quickly spiraled out of control when as many as 70 kids and young adults from 11 local high schools showed up. The boy got scared when his drunken house guests began to run amok, destroying his parents' property and getting into fights. Ten officers from Pierce County's multi-agency Party Intervention Patrol arrived at the house just after midnight and found roughly 70 kids at the house. When they went inside, they found beer and liquor bottles strewn throughout the house, and the entire place "had a strong odor of marijuana," according to prosecutors. Police arrested 27 people, ranging in age from 15- to 20-years old, for possession of alcohol. They also arrested an 18-year-old who had an outstanding DUI warrant. Several dozen others were allowed to leave because they were over 21 or had not been drinking. Police believe social media turned what would have been a run-of-the mill house party into a chaotic mess.

Pots and pans, and paper airplanes are among the 12 finalists for induction this year into the National Toy Hall of Fame. The humble contenders are up against American Girl dolls, the game Operation and several return nominees including little green Army men and bubbles. The hall of fame at The Strong museum in Rochester announced the finalists earlier this week. Two winners are being inducted November 6th. Anyone can nominate a toy. An internal museum advisory committee narrows down the list and a national committee of history, toy and education experts then votes in the winners.

Police officers often deliver citations, and in urgent circumstances they've been known to deliver a baby or two. Now, here comes pizza. When a Pizza Hut driver hurt his neck and back in a crash earlier this month, two Portland Police Bureau officers heard him call his boss, and they offered to finish the delivery for him.Steve Huckins says he and his wife were a little worried when Officers Michael Filbert and Royce Curtiss showed up at the door September 1st, but when they heard the whole story, they broke out laughing. It turns out the Huckinses had been about to tear into the Hawaiian pie that a Pizza Hut manager brought after they contacted him to see about their order. Then in possession of two pizzas, Huckins made a point of getting a picture, in case there was any skepticism about how the second arrived. "They turn around to leave, and I said, 'whoa, whoa, whoa -- I got to get a picture of this. No one is going to believe Portland police delivering a pizza." He sent the photo on to a police spokesman, Sgt. Pete Simpson. A tweet followed, and the pizza patrol was duly recognized. The delivery driver is reportedly recovering but not yet back on duty.

A small but growing number of iPhone 6 Plus owners have reportedly bent their phones after carrying the devices in their pockets. In one instance, a new iPhone 6 Plus was bent during a day of dancing, dining, and driving to a wedding.

TV tonight, it's the season premier of Survivor: Blood vs. Water. The 29th season brings back the theme of contestants playing with a loved one. This season also brings back Exile Island. Some of the contestants include controversial former baseball relief pitcher John Rocker and his girlfriend, and twin sisters Nadiya and Natalie Anderson from The Amazing Race.

Trivia Answer: Lou Dobbs who is 69 today. He had worked with CNN since its founding in 1980, serving as a reporter and vice president. He was the host and managing editor for CNN's Moneyline, which premiered in 1980 and was renamed Lou Dobbs Tonight in 2003. Dobbs resigned from CNN in 1999, rejoined in 2000, and resigned again in November 2009. He also hosts a syndicated radio show and has written several books since 2001. Dobbs also is a regular columnist in Money magazine, U.S. News & World Report, and the New York Daily News.

Tuesday 9.23.14
Today's Trivia: He was an actor of film, television, Broadway, radio, and vaudeville. Beginning as a child actor, his career extended over 90 years, making him one of the most enduring performers in show business history. He appeared in more than 300 films and was one of the last surviving stars of the silent film era, having one of the longest careers in the medium's history. At the height of a career that was marked by precipitous declines and raging comebacks, he played the role of Andy Hardy in a series of fifteen films in the 1930s and 1940s that epitomized American family values. A prolific talent, he became a noted character actor later in his career, and could sing, dance, clown and play various musical instruments. Laurence Olivier once said he considered him "the greatest actor of them all", and Clarence Brown, who directed him in two of his earliest dramatic roles, National Velvet and The Human Comedy, said he was "the closest thing to a genius I ever worked with." Who was he?

Mariner pitching is imploding at the worst possible time. Hisashi Iwakuma, Chris Young, and now James Paxton have all experienced uncharacterstic meltdowns recently. Last night, Jose Bautista homered and reached base four times, and the Toronto Blue Jays dealt a blow to Seattle's wild card hopes, routing the Mariners 14-4. Bautista went 3 for 3 with a walk and drove in two runs before getting the rest of the night off. His solo homer off the facing of the second deck in the fifth, against Mariners reliever Tom Wilhelmsen, was his 35th. Seattle gained ground on Kansas City in the wild-card race before taking the field when the Royals lost to Cleveland in a game that had been suspended from August 31st. Not much went right for the Mariners after that. Seattle's James Paxton allowed a career-high nine runs, walked a career-high six and matched a career-high by giving up seven hits in 2 2-3 innings, his shortest career start. Paxton came in not having allowed more than three runs in any of his 15 previous starts. That streak ended quickly when he allowed four runs in the first, three of them on a bases-loaded triple. King Felix faces former Mariner R.A. Dickey this afternoon in game two of the four game set.

Jay Cutler threw two touchdown passes and the Bears used early Jets' miscues to build a lead and hold on for a 27-19 victory on Monday Night Football last night.

Birthdays: Singer Julio Iglesias is 71; actress and singer Mary Kay Place is 66; The Boss, Bruce Springsteen is 65; singer Lita Ford 56; George Costanza on Seinfeld, actor Jason Alexander is 55; and singer Ani DiFranco is 44.

Today is Hug a Vegetarian Day. Be gentle. Today is Love Note Day. Words of love, powerful and poignant, expressed on paper. Today is National Dogs in Politics Day, a day to remember dogs who lived at the White House: Abe Lincoln's Fido, Franklin Roosevelt's Fala, Harry Truman's Mike and Feller, Dwight Eisenhower's Heidi, Lyndon's Johnson's Him and Her, Richard Nixon's Checkers, Ronald Reagan's Lucky and Rex, George Bush's Millie, Bill Clinton's Buddy, George W. Bush's Barney, and Barack Obama's Bo and Sunny.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1946, in the fastest knockout in boxing history, Al Couture landed one blow on Ralph Walton’s chin in Lewiston, Maine. Total time, including the ten-count: 11 seconds. In 1962, The Jetsons premiered on ABC-TV. It was the first program on the network to be carried in color. In 1986, Congress designated the rose as America’s national flower. In 1991, guitarist and songwriter Izzy Stradlin left Guns N’ Roses shortly after the release of their double albums Use Your Illusion I and II. In 1992, the TV sitcom Mad About You, starring Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt, debuted on NBC.

Fall or autumn began last night at 7:29. Spring began in the Southern Hemisphere. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, Fall goes until winter begins on December 21st. The time change -- back to Pacific Standard Time -- doesn't happen until November 2nd

Step aside, pumpkin spice latte. Your cooler, older brother is here to steal your autumnal spotlight. Starbucks is experimenting with a beer-flavored coffee called a dark barrel latte in a "handful" of stores in Ohio and Florida. The coffee tastes like a dark, stout beer but has no alcohol content.

Trivia Answer:Mickey Rooney who was born on this date in 1920. He passed away this past April. Rooney first performed in vaudeville as a child and made his film debut at age six. At age thirteen he played the role Puck in the play and later the film, A Midsummer Night's Dream in an acclaimed performance. He co-starred in Boys Town in 1938 with Spencer Tracy, who won an Oscar for his role. At nineteen he was the first teenager to be nominated for an Oscar, for his leading role in Babes in Arms, co-starring Judy Garland, and was awarded a special Juvenile Academy Award in 1939. Overall, between the age of 15 and 25, while at his peak, he made forty-three pictures and co-starred alongside leading actors, including Judy Garland, Wallace Beery, Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor. Rooney developed into one of MGM's most consistently successful actors, and a favorite of studio head, Louis B. Mayer.

Monday 9.22.14
Today's Trivia: This volunteer program run by the United States Government, as well as a government agency of the same name, was established by an Executive Order issued by President John F. Kennedy on March 1st of 1961, and authorized by Congress on September 22nd of 1961. Can you name the organization?

Marshawn Lynch scored on a 6-yard TD run on the first possession of overtime and the Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 26-20 yesterday in a Super Bowl rematch that lived up to expectations. In fact, many are saying this was the Super Bowl game that should have been. Yesterday, Seattle blew a 17-3 fourth-quarter lead, watching Denver tie the game at 20 on Peyton Manning's 26-yard touchdown pass with 18 seconds left in regulation and his 2-point conversion pass. But Manning never saw the ball in overtime thanks to Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson. After nearly getting sacked for a safety and throwing an interception in the fourth quarter, Wilson was brilliant in overtime. Wilson rushed for 21 yards and was 4 of 6 passing in overtime. Lynch went the final 6 yards. It's the bye week for Seattle now. They're back in action Monday, October 6th, in Washington, DC.

As expected, the Washington Huskies finished their exhibition season 4-and-0. But the route was less than direct. They nearly losing at Hawaii, were challenged by Eastern Washington and Saturday caused massive gastric problems among the purple faithful -- at least for the first half. The 35-point favorites were down 14-0 at the half. They were outgained 231 yards to 73. Hefty boos were heard. Digestive order at Husky Stadium was restored, however, in a stupendous second half, producing a score, 45-14, that looked like what was expected against second-tier Georgia State, just coming off an 0-and-12 season. The homestand continues with the Dawgs hosting Stanford Saturday afternoon.

The Cougars scared the Ducks ... but ended up losing Saturday. Marcus Mariota threw for 329 yards and five touchdowns as No. 2 Oregon held off Washington State 38-31 in a matchup of two of the top offenses in the nation. Connor Halliday threw for 436 yards and four touchdowns for Washington State, which boasts the nation's top passing attack. They came into the game as 24-point underdogs, but stayed close the entire way. Washington State played stout defense in the first half, sacking Mariota five times and recording seven tackles for losses, while holding the Ducks to a total of 210 yards. The score was tied at 21 at halftime. However, the Cougars' offense stalled in the second half, as the Ducks outscored them 17-10 to take the win. Coming up Saturday night, the Cougs are in Utah to face the Utes.

The Mariner's playoff hopes took another hit, as Jake Marisnick had a three-run homer for the second straight game and Alex Presley drove in two runs to lead the Houston Astros to an 8-3 win over Seattle yesterday. Houston took two of three from the Mariners, who entered the day 1/2 game back for the second AL wild card. The Mariners are now off to Canada for a four-game series at Toronto. After that, they're back home for the final three games of the regular season, hosTing the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Birthdays: Baseball's Tommy Lasorda is 87; the frontman for Whitesnake, singer David Coverdale is 63; Harry Belafonte's daughter, actress Shari Belafonte is 60; the You Light Up My Life singer, Debby Boone is 58; opera singer, tenor Andrea Bocelli is 56; singer Joan Jett is 56; actor Scott Baio is 54; actress Bonnie Hunt is 53; actress, model, and princess Catherine Oxenberg is 53; and Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films; actor Tom Felton is 27.

Today is Dear Diary Day, a day to write it down. Today is American Business Women's Day, it marks the 1949 founding date of the American Business Women's Association,. Today is Ice Cream Cone Day, marking Italo Marchiony's invention of the cone, first made of paper then pastry, for his push cart ice cream business in New York City. He filed to patent the cone mold on this date in 1903 and received the patent in December. Today is Elephant Appreciation Day, a day to celebrate the earth's largest, most interesting, and most noble endangered land animal. Did you know elephants are one of the few animals with self awareness? Like humans, apes and (bizarrely) dolphins, elephants can recognize themselves in a mirror. Which means, presumably, that they too can participate in elephant appreciation day by admiring their reflections.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1976, Charlie's Angels debuted on ABC-TV. The crime drama starred Kate Jackson as Sabrina Duncan, Farrah Fawcett-Majors as Jill Munroe, and Jaclyn Smith as Kelly Garrett. David Doyle was Bosley, and John Forsythe was the voice of Charlie Townsend. Cheryl Ladd, Shelly Hack, and Tanya Roberts replaced departing angels during the show's five-year run. In 1985, the first Farm Aid benefit concert was held in Champaign, Illinois. Sponsors Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp helped to raise $10-million to aid the nation's farmers. In 1989, the series Baywatch debuted on NBC. In 1994, the comedy Friends premiered on NBC-TV. In 2004, the Federal Communications Commission voted to fine CBS a record $550,000 for indecency related to the Super Bowl in which Janet Jackson suffered a wardrobe malfunction. The FCC fined each of the 20 CBS-owned television stations the maximum penalty of $27,500.

Back to elephants for just a second. The founder of a Maine elephant sanctuary -- Jim Laurita -- was accidentally crushed to death by one of the animals, the local sheriff's office reported last week. Laurita appeared to have fallen and hit his head while tending to one of the elephants, which then inadvertently stepped on him, causing severe internal injuries. Laurita left a veterinary practice in 2011 to establish the facility, Hope Elephants, which houses abandoned or orphaned animals, and currently is sheltering two elephants.

The young-adult adaptation The Maze Runner raced to the top of the box-office with $32.5 million, giving a budding franchise a quick start out of the gate. It easily outpaced the debut of Liam Neeson's hardboiled private eye thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones which came in at No. 2 and the opening for the ensemble-cast dramedy This Is Where I Leave You which placed third, according to studio estimates yesterday. No Good Dead came in at No. 4, and Dolphin Tale 2 rounded out the top five.

Autumn begins tonight at 7:29 here in the Northwest so it's only fitting that Pumpkin spice Oreos are making their debut in two days (Wednesday). Everything else in the world already comes in pumpkin spice flavor, so why not?

Chelsea could be within the last week and a half of her pregnancy. Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, have been pretty tight-lipped about the pregnancy since it was announced in April. But proud grandfather-to-be Bill Clinton may have let a little news slip. He said during a CNN interview yesterday, "I hope by the first of October, I'll be a grandfather. I can't wait. We're on watch now."

On TV tonight: The Blacklist. Season two begins a few months after the events of the season finale. Mary Louise Parker (RED) and Krysten Ritter (Veronica Mars) guest star tonight on NBC.

Pizza Hut is testing out a lighter pizza in two US cities. The tests of Skinny Slice pies began last week at several dozen restaurants in Toledo, Ohio, and West Palm Beach, Florida. The pies simply use less of the same dough used for regular pies and are lighter on the toppings.

Trivia Answer: The Peace Corps. The mission of the Peace Corps includes three goals: providing technical assistance, helping people outside the United States to understand US culture, and helping Americans to understand the cultures of other countries. Each program participant -- each Peace Corps Volunteer -- is an American citizen, typically with a college degree, who works abroad for a period of 24 months after three months of training. Volunteers work with governments, schools, non-profit organizations, non-government organizations, and entrepreneurs in education, hunger, business, information technology, agriculture, and the environment. As of last year, over 215,000 Americans have joined the Peace Corps and have served in 139 countries.

Friday 9.19.14
Today's Trivia: He's a television host, comedian, actor, singer, musician and producer. He was born in Brooklyn. He's a Catholic and, as a child, wanted to eventually become a priest. He gives credit to troll dolls for his big break. He has appeared in several films, and was best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1998 to 2004. Who is he?

With two outs and two runners on in the ninth inning of a scoreless game, Logan Morrison sent a 1-1 pitch over the high wall in right-center field of Angel Stadium. The 3-0 lead nearly didn't survive another perilous ninth inning from closer Fernando Rodney, but the improbable 3-1 triumph over a stripped-down Angels lineup moved the Mariners within one game of the Oakland Athletics for the second American League wild card -- and provided the first winning season for the Mariners since 2009. The Ms are now in Houston for three starting tonight.

Thursday Night Football turned out to be not much of a game. The Atlanta Falcons slapped one on the hapless Tampa Bay Buccaneers 56-14 last night.

The Washington Huskies continue at home this weekend. The Dawgs are hosting the Georgia State Panthers tomorrow afternoon at 3:00. Then, tomorrow night at 7:30, the Washington State Cougars are hosting the No. 2 Oregon Ducks.

The Super Bowl rematch coming up this weekend. The Seahawks host the Denver Broncos Sunday afternoon at 1:00.

Birthdays: Batman on the 1960s TV series, actor Adam West is 86; Righteous Brother Bill Medley is 74; singer and songwriter Paul Williams is 74; singer Freda Payne is 72; actor Randolph Mantooth is 69; actor John Lithgow is 69; actor Jeremy Irons is 66; actress and model who was born Lesley Homby but we know as Twiggy is 65; TV personality Joan Lunden is 64; guitarist and producer Nile Rodgers is 62; and news anchor Soledad O'Brien is 48.

Today is Slimey's birthday. Slimey, of course, is Oscar the Grouch's pet worm on Sesame Street and was the first worm on the moon. Slimey's baby sister is Sloppy. Today is International Talk lIke a Pirate Day. Today is National Butterscotch Pudding Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1970, The Mary Tyler Moore Show debuted on CBS. The series also starred Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman, Ed Asner, Gavin MacLeod, and Ted Knight. It lasted for 168 episodes through March 1977. In 1976, President Gerald Ford signed a bill posthumously making George Washington a 6-star general, the highest ever US military rank. In 1981, some 400-thousand watched Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel reunite in concert at New York City's Central Park. They had split in 1970. In 1988, at the Seoul Olympics, American swimmer Greg Louganis took the gold medal in 3-meter springboard diving after hitting his head on the board during prelims. In 1995, popcorn magnate Orville Redenbacher died in California at age 88. With a degree in agronomy from Purdue University, he had experimented with thousands of hybrid popcorns before becoming famous in his TV commercials. In 2011, Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees surpassed Trevor Hoffman to become Major League Baseball's all time saves leader with 602.

The planet just had its hottest summer on record, according to data released yesterday by NOAA's National Climatic Data Center. It's also well on its way to having its hottest year ever, beating 2010, said climate scientist Jake Crouch of the data center. The global temperature for summer was 1.28 degrees above the 20th-century average of 61.5 degrees. Records go back to 1880. Climatologists define summer in the Northern Hemisphere as the months of June, July and August. August temperatures set overall records as well, the climate center reported. The world's oceans were also very warm and had the largest departure from average of any month. It was the 38th consecutive August (and 354th consecutive month) that saw a global average temperature above historic averages. The last below-average August was in 1976.

The weekend is here and new in theaters: The Maze Runner (PG-13); This is Where I Leave You (R); Tusk (R); and A Walk Among the Tombstones (R).

One in three Americans is constantly worried about ... money. A new survey found we are still feeling nervous from the recent recession and housing crisis. We are in constant fear of losing what we have today. More people are worried about finances than death or losing a family member. Our main worries when it comes to money is living paycheck-to-paycheck and falling into serious debt.

Have you ever wondered how big the Internet is? Well, the Internet now contains a whopping one billion websites. This figure comes from Internet Live Stats, a real-time monitor that tracks the number of websites on the Internet. As of the afternoon of Wednesday, September 17th, the Internet contained over 1,062,000,000 websites.

Economic forecasters are predicting that our state's legal recreational marijuana market is expected to bring in about $636 million to state coffers through the middle of 2019. The forecast by the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council showed that just over $25 million from a variety of legal marijuana-related taxes -- including excise, sales, and business taxes -- is expected to be collected through the middle of next year. An additional $207 million is expected for the next two-year budget that ends mid-2017. And $404 million is expected for 2017-19 budget biennium. Forecasters warned that with the market still developing, the numbers will continue to change in future forecasts.

Scottish voters have rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core. The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing a huge sigh of relief to the British political establishment. Scots voted 55 percent to 45 percent yesterday against independence in a vote that saw an unprecedented turnout.

Trivia Answer: Jimmy Fallon who is 40 today. About that troll doll deal, he was given a troll doll with a graduation cap in his senior year of high school. His mother heard about an impression contest at a Comedy Club in Poughkeepsie, New York. He came up with a stand-up routine that was a commercial for troll dolls. He would impersonate various celebrities auditioning to be the spokesperson. He won the contest and after college he began to do stand-up tours. He currently hosts The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on NBC. Prior to that he was the host of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon from 2009 to 2014.

Thursday 9.18.14
Today's Trivia: He was a professional basketball player in the NBA. He played for the Seattle SuperSonics, Phoenix Suns, and Boston Celtics. He later coached the Los Angeles Clippers. The Celtics retired his #3 jersey. On April 5th of 2010, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame officially announced that he had been posthumously elected to the Hall. He is considered by several sports journalists to be one of the most underrated players of all time. Who was he?

The Seattle Mariners were powerless to stop the Los Angeles Angels from clinching a playoff spot and the AL West title over the past three days. They can only hope their wild-card hopes still have some life after their latest punchless loss to the division champions. C.J. Wilson and two relievers combined on a one-hitter, and the Angels clinched the AL West about an hour after their 5-0 win over Seattle last night (when Oakland lost). Rookie left-hander James Paxton gave up four hits and had eight strikeouts for the Mariners, who have lost six of eight in the middle of a playoff race. Seattle fell two games behind Kansas City and Oakland for the second AL wild card. The Ms wrap up the series in Anaheim tonight then move on for three in Houston and four in Toronto before returning to Safeco for the final three games of the season as they host the Angels.

And it just seems to go on and on for the NFL. Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested yesterday on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in July involving a woman and their 18-month-old child. The Cardinals said they became aware of the situation yesterday and are cooperating with the investigation. In a statement, the team said, "Given the serious nature of these allegations we have taken the immediate step to deactivate Jonathan from all team activities."

Going the other way, Denver Bronco Wes Welker is back on the field. Welker was reinstated after the NFL agreed to a new performance-enhancing drug policy. The widely respected 11-year NFL veteran had been suspended for four games but can return Sunday under the new rules in which players who test positive for banned stimulants in the offseason will no longer be suspended right away. Instead, they will be referred to the substance-abuse program, where it takes multiple positive tests before being banned. We'll see whether Welker is ready to go this weekend.

The Super Bowl rematch coming up Sunday at the Clink marks only the seventh time that Super Bowl participants from one year faced each other the next season. In the six previous encounters, the Super Bowl champs prevailed four times. Coming up Sunday afternoon at Century Link, it's a rematch of the most recent Super Bowl contenders. The Hawks host the Denver Broncos Sunday afternoon at 1:00. The early line has Seattle by 4½.

The Washington Huskies continue at home this weekend. The Dawgs are hosting the Georgia State Panthers Saturday afternoon at 3:00.

Then Saturday night at 7:30 in Pullman, the Washington State Cougars are hosting the No. 2 Oregon Ducks.

Birthdays: Singer and songwriter Jimmie Rodgers -- he did the song Honeycomb -- born down in Camas, is 81; Baretta, actor Robert Blake is 81; actor Fred Willard is 75; singer and actor Frankie Avalon is 74; former guitarist for Kansas, Kerry Livgren is 65; married to Will Smith, actress Jada Pinkett Smith is 43; and disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is 43.

Today is Times Day. The New York Times was first published on this date in 1851. Today is Make A Corncob Rocket Day. Find a cob, break it in half, and stick two chicken feathers in the soft stuff in the middle of the broken end. Each feather should curve out away from the other. Now, throw it as high as you can. Today is Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1927, the Columbia Broadcasting System, a network created by 26-year-old William Paley, began programming with 16 stations. Paley was president or board chairman of CBS for 55 years. In 1965, Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden starred in the first TV episode of I Dream of Jeannie. Captain Tony Nelson and Jeannie's prime-time relationship lasted through September 1970. In 1970, Jimi Hendrix died in London. He was 27. There were various theories as to how he died, but the coroner determined that it was "inhalation of vomit due to barbiturate intoxication." In 1975, Patty Hearst was arrested after a year on the FBI's Most Wanted List. In 1984, Gene Wilder married Gilda Radner. Gilda died of cancer in 1989. In 1985, Late Night with David Letterman presented its first Top Ten List: Things That Almost Rhyme With Peas. In 2009, the 72 year run of the soap opera The Guiding Light ended as its final episode was broadcast.

A large annual event that celebrates the Pacific Northwest's Native American culture with a tribal canoe journey and ceremonies is expected to take a one-year hiatus in 2015 because no tribe has stepped up to host it, according to officials. The Canoe Journey, which draws thousands of participants, will resume in July 2016 for the Paddle to Nisqually in western Washington, according to the Peninsula Daily News. Next year will be the first time since 1993 that there won't be a tribal journey, which attracts Native American peoples from as far as Alaska and Canada. For the journeys, tribes throughout the Northwest gather a team of pullers. They leave their own shores in canoes and visit other tribal lands as they make their way to the host tribe's land. Landings are followed by meals, storytelling and the exchange of traditional songs, dances and gifts. The journey culminates at a different location each year in a weeklong potlatch and celebration of tribal cultures. The first canoe journey was 1989's Paddle to Seattle. Usually, a tribe announces two to three years in advance that they'll host the celebration. But by the end of this year's journey, it was becoming clear there would be no host for 2015, said Vickie Carroll, Canoe Journeys coordinator. She said, "It's a huge, huge undertaking." Carroll said host tribes feed and provide places to stay for as many as 10,000 people for the final week of ceremonies and games, which can take years for tribes to save for and plan.

It was a whirlwind romance that took most by surprise, but now it's reportedly coming to an end. According to an upcoming story in Us Weekly, Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger are headed for divorce. "It's over," says an unnamed source. "He has been going around LA and telling people they're divorcing." A friend of Lavigne's explains, "Chad is just a complete jerk in the way he talks to her, and the way he talks to people in general. A lot of her friends don't like him."

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is suffering from a rare and difficult cancer that will require aggressive chemotherapy, his doctor said yesterday. Dr. Zane Cohen at Mount Sinai hospital said Ford has a malignant sarcoma. Ford has been hospitalized for a week with a tumor in his abdomen. Cohen said mayor will undergo chemotherapy within the next two days and that he will be treated with fairly intensive chemotherapeutic agents. He said the cancer is spreading. The doctor said he was optimistic about Ford's treatment because they have many experts in sarcoma at the hospital. He said there may or may not be surgery involved depending on how the first treatments go.

Trivia Answer: Dennis Johnson -- DJ who was born on this date in 1954. Drafted 29th overall in 1976 by the Seattle SuperSonics, Johnson began his professional career as a shooting guard. He eventually led the Sonics to their only NBA championship in 1979, winning the Finals MVP Award. After a short stint with the Phoenix Suns, he became the starting point guard for the Boston Celtics, with whom he won two more championships. Johnson was voted into five All-Star Teams, one All-NBA First and one Second Team, and nine consecutive All-Defensive First and Second Teams. Apart from his reputation as a defensive stopper, Johnson was known as a clutch player who made several decisive plays in NBA playoffs history. On February 22nd of 2007, at the Austin Convention Center, Johnson had a heart attack and collapsed. After being rushed to a nearby hospital, he could not be revived and was later pronounced dead.

Wednesday 9.17.14
Today's Trivia: The Supreme Court is the highest judicial body in the United States, and leads the federal judiciary. The Court consists of the Chief Justice and eight associate justices who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. Once appointed, justices have life tenure unless they resign, retire, take senior status, or are removed after impeachment (although no justice has ever been removed). A former Associate Justice who retired on June 29th of 2009, David Souter, is celebrating his 75th birthday today. Can you name at least three justices currently sitting on the Supreme Court?

Mike Zunino's two-run double keyed a four-run fifth inning and the Seattle Mariners climbed within a game of the second AL wild-card spot by routing the Los Angeles Angels 13-2 last night. One night after becoming the first team in the majors to secure a playoff trip, the Angels lost for only the fourth time in 21 games. But their magic number for clinching the AL West went down to two because of Oakland's 6-3 loss to Texas. The Athletics still lead the wild-card race by a game over Kansas City, which has a one-game edge on the Mariners for the final postseason berth in the AL. Ms and Angels again tonight in Anaheim.

The MLB post season is taking shape. The Washington Nationals clinched National League East title last night, beating Atlanta 3-0, and the Baltimore Orioles clinched the American League East title, downing Toronto 8-2.

The Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos finished last season as the top two teams in the league. Heading into their Super Bowl rematch Sunday, that's where they are in the latest AP Pro32 rankings. The Broncos moved to the top spot after holding off the Kansas City Chiefs 24-17 at home, and the Seahawks dropped to No. 2 after they lost to the Chargers 30-21. Sunday's rematch is at CenturyLink Field, where the Seahawks have won 18 of their past 19 including the playoffs. Kickoff at 1:00 Sunday afternoon. Early line has the Hawks by 4-and-a-half.

Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins teamed to give the Seattle Sounders their fourth U.S. Open Cup title — at the expense of the Philadelphia Union. Dempsey and Martins scored in overtime in the Sounders' 3-1 victory last night. Seattle also won three straight titles from 2009 to 2011. The Sounders earned one of the United States' four spots in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League.

Birthdays: Lebowski in The Big Lebowski, actor David Huddleston is 84; retired Supreme Court Justice David Souter is 75; basketball coach Phil Jackson 69. Cassandra Peterson -- better known as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark -- is 63; comedian Rita Rudner is 61; and director Baz Luhrmann is 52.

Today is M*A*S*H Day, marking the TV show's premier on this date in 1972. It lasted 11 years. Today is Dog Diaper Day. On this day in 1996 the US issued a patent (#5,555,847) to Wanda M. Kelly for her Disposable Dog Diaper. Today is NFL Day, marking formation of the National Football League on this date in 1920. Today is National Apple Dumpling Day. It's International Eat An Apple Day. Coming up Saturday, it's International Coastal Cleanup Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1920, meeting at a Canton, Ohio, car dealership, 11 teams paid $100 each to join the new American Professional Football League: Akron Pros, Canton Bulldogs, Cleveland Indians, Dayton Triangles, Rock Island Independents, Racine Cardinals, Hammond Pros, Muncie Flyers, Rochester Jeffersons, and Decatur Staleys. Massillion paid the fee, but never fielded a team. The Staleys eventually became the Chicago Staleys, then the NFL Chicago Bears. In 1931, RCA Records introduced the 33-and-a-third long-playing record in England. In 1967, on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Doors performed Light My Fire and People Are Strange. Jim Morrison sang the line "Girl, we couldn't get much higher" even though Sullivan asked him not to. They were banned from the show thereafter. In 1981, Beach Boy Mike Love and Linda Martinez were married in Santa Barbara by the Rev. Wolfman Jack. In 1983, Vanessa Williams became the first black Miss America. She resigned the title nine months later after nude photos of her appeared in Penthouse magazine. In 1988, research results were released indicating that Americans did not want talking cars, cameras, or appliances that told them what to do or how to do it. In 1991, Guns N' Roses did a midnight release of two double albums simultaneously. Slash said the logic behind Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II was that fans could buy one and tape the other off for their friends. Regardless, the band sold half-a-million copies of the two records in two hours. In 1994, Heather Whitestone of Birmingham, Alabama, became the first contestant with a disability to be crowned Miss America. Heather is deaf. In 2003, U2's Bono met with President George W. Bush to discuss giving more money to AIDS initiatives. In a press conference after their talk, Bono said, "I'm not here peddling a cause. Seven thousand people dying a day is not a cause. It's an emergency."

Major sponsors including Anheuser-Busch are adding to the chorus of disapproval over the National Football League's recent scandals, but the companies are stopping short of pulling advertising. Anheuser-Busch said yesterday that it has spoken with the NFL about concerns related to recent incidents that are sparking outcry from fans, including an investigation into how long the NFL knew about a video that shows Baltimore Raven Ray Rice beating his then-fiancee; as well as the Minnesota Vikings' decision to let Adrian Peterson play while he faces an abuse charge for spanking his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch. McDonald's, Visa and Campbell Soup Co. say they have also voiced similar concerns to the league. The statements come after Radisson hotels said Monday that it was pulling its sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings. No other brands have pulled sponsorships from teams or the NFL. The NFL responded to the sponsors' statements late yesterday with a short statement of its own. It said, "We understand. We are taking action and there will be much more to come."

Now comes word that running back Adrian Peterson will not play again for the Minnesota Vikings until his legal issues are resolved. That word from the team earlier today. Peterson has been placed on the NFL's Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list, which requires that he "remain away from all team activities." Peterson was kept out of last Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. He turned himself in to East Texas authorities Saturday, two days after an indictment alleged the 29-year-old father did "recklessly or by criminal negligence cause bodily injury" to his son, a felony. Peterson quickly posted $15,000 in bail and was released. Then yesterday the NFL Players Association appealed Ray Rice's indefinite suspension.

The Oak Harbor Police Department believes a man caught impersonating a police officer last month may have surreptitiously been conducting training and giving lectures around the state for years. It all started when someone called the Oak Harbor Police Department August 6th regarding an off-duty officer needing assistance. When officers arrived, they found no other officers, off-duty or not, at the scene. What they did find was a man named James "Jim" Bailey with another man and a woman. According to police, the man and woman had been arguing, and Bailey intervened, telling them he was a retired police officer. Bailey reportedly told the man and woman to call 911 and report a police officer needing assistance, which they did. The officers explained to the couple that Bailey was not actually a police officer. Detectives launched an investigation into Bailey and found evidence he has likely been impersonating an officer for many years. Detectives believe Bailey may even have made money by conducting training and giving lectures around the state under the guise of being a retired police officer.

A day ahead of tomorrow's Scotland independence vote, polls showed neither side with a significant lead. NO voters, who want to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom, held a four percent lead with 52 percent, but that count excludes undecided voters. When they are included in the tally, the secessionists trail by a narrower margin -- 47.7 percent NO, 44.1 percent YES -- with 8.3 percent still uncertain. British political leaders promised Scotland new powers if it stays in the UK.

On TV tonight, the Season Finale of America's Got Talent. Jennifer Hudson, Lenny Kravitz, Pitbull, Ed Sheeran and Train are all set to perform tonight before the winner is announced.

Watch this commercial out of the Philippines for Coca-Cola. Yes, it's an ad for Coke, but it's much more. You'll get it about half way in.

Trivia Answer: The Court is currently comprised of Chief Justice John Roberts, and Associate Justices Samuel Alito, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, Sonia Sotomayor, and Clarence Thomas. Interesting to note that the average age for the four living members of The Rolling Stones is about two years older than the nine justices of the Supreme Court.

Tuesday 9.16.14
Today's Trivia: This blues guitarist and singer-songwriter is acclaimed for his expressive singing and guitar playing. Critical acclaim and widespread popularity have cemented his reputation as possibly the most respected, successful, and most recognized bluesman, not just in the United States, but around the world. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at #6 on its 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. He was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987. So far, he has won 15 Grammy Awards, ten of which have been Grammys for Best Traditional Blues Album. Who is he?

The Los Angeles Angels became the first team in the major leagues to clinch a playoff spot last night, with Matt Shoemaker pitching five-hit ball into the eighth inning of an 8-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners dropped to two games behind Kansas City for the second AL wild card spot with their fifth loss in six games. Ms and Angels again tonight.

Monday Night Football: One can only imagine what the Philadelphia Eagles would do with four good quarters. For the second week in a row, Chip Kelly's squad fell into a big first-half deficit but crawled back for the victory, this time scoring 10 points in the last four minutes to shock the Indianapolis Colts, 30-27.

Birthdays: Basketball's Elgin Baylor is 80; The bass player with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Ron Blair is 66; actor Ed Begley, Jr. is 65; actor Mickey Rourke is 62; illusionist David Copperfield is 58; singer Richard Marx is 51; comedian Molly Shannon is 50; singer Marc Anthony is 46; former Saturday Night Live cast member, actress and comedian Amy Poehler is 43; and Jonas Brother Nick Jonas is 22.

Today is Cherokee Strip Day in Oklahoma, marking the great run for Oklahoma land on this date in 1893. Those who cheated and left the day before were called Sooners. Today is National Play-Dough Day, marking its invention on this date in 1956. At last report, over 900 million pounds had been sold. You have to wonder why Play-Dough says "fun to play with, not to eat" then makes 1000 accessories that all make it shaped like food. Wile E. Coyote and The Roadrunner debuted in movie theaters on this date in 1949. Chuck Jones created the characters as a parody of Tom & Jerry. Today is National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1970, Jimi Hendrix made his last live performance when he joined Eric Burdon & War onstage at London's Ronnie Scott Club. In 1977, Marc Bolan of T. Rex died in a car crash. He was 30. Among his hits was the top-ten single Bang a Gong (Get It On). In 1991, the Avon, Colorado, Town Council voted to name the town's new bridge. They selected one of the 84 names suggested by citizens. The name they selected was "Bob." In 2004, Green Day unveiled their new rock opera, American Idiot, in Hollywood on the first date of their national tour. Also In 2004, a coroner's report was released which revealed that Rick James had nine different drugs in his system when he died the previous month. Those drugs included cocaine, methamphetamine, and valium.

Steve Jobs was the father of two teenage girls and a son when he passed away in 2011. These kids grew up with a visionary father who co-founded one of the best-known tech companies. Jobs led the world into the digital age with gadgets that transformed the way we listen to music, watch movies, communicate, live our lives. You would imagine that his children's rooms would have been filled with iPods, iPhones and iPads. That's not the case. In an article in the Sunday New York Times, reporter Nick Bilton says he once asked Jobs "So, your kids must love the iPad?" Jobs response: "They haven't used it. We limit how much technology our kids use at home." The Times article examines the growing trend among the California Silicon Valley tech set to limit children's technology use. Many of the people behind the social media platforms, gadgets and games that are consuming our kids' time and minds aren't actually allowing their own children to waste an entire Saturday afternoon playing Minecraft on the iPad.

TV tonight: Dancing with the Stars is back and the first celeb goes home on tonight's results show.

Senator Maria Cantwell has threatened the NFL with legislation over Washington's nickname, a letter was dispatched to the other 31 team owners, and the issue was linked to the league's others recent troubles today as the anti-"Redskins" movement took its cause to Capitol Hill. In a news conference that featured Native American, civil rights, and religious leaders, Cantwell took aim at the NFL's pocketbook by announcing she will introduce a bill to strip the league's tax-exempt status because it has not taken action over the Redskins name. Wait. The NFL has tax-exempt status? What?

Apple has released a tool to remove U2's new album from its customers' iTunes accounts. Some users had complained about the fact that Songs of Innocence had automatically been downloaded to their devices without their permission. Apple is now providing a one-click removal button. Apple users can go to

A group of scientists now says that what we learned in grade school about how volcanoes work is all wrong. Apparently it has absolutely nothing to do with baking soda and vinegar.

Trivia Answer: Riley B. King -- B.B. King who turns 89 today. His famous guitar is Lucille. Over the past 50-some years, B.B. King has played in excess of 15,000 shows. He's made guest appearances in numerous television shows including The Cosby Show, The Young and the Restless, General Hospital, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Sesame Street, Married With Children, and Sanford and Son. He went into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Legend has it that in the late 1940s, he went to Memphis and worked at the local R&B radio station WDIA as a singer and disc jockey. There he gained the nickname Beale Street Blues Boy which was later shortened to B.B.

Monday 9.15.14
Today's Trivia: This Canadian-American actress is considered by many to be the first "scream queen" beginning with her appearance in the 1932 film Doctor X. She's best known for her role in the 1933 film King Kong. Who is she?

The San Diego Chargers used an old, familiar combo -- Philip Rivers to Antonio Gates -- to upset the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. Gates had three touchdown catches, including a spectacular, one-handed grab, and the Chargers controlled the tempo to keep Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch off the field to beat the Seahawks 30-21 yester The San Diego Chargers used an old, familiar combo - Philip Rivers to Antonio Gates - to upset the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. Seattle was efficient when it had the ball, but it just didn't have it enough as the Chargers dominated time of possession on a steamy afternoon down at Qualcomm Stadium. Meantime, coming up Sunday afternoon at Century Link, it's a rematch of the Super Bowl contenders. The Hawks host the Denver Broncos Sunday afternoon at 1:00.

Shaq Thompson saw daylight, with an open field and no one between him and the end zone. Just as he was breaking clear, Thompson's foot was clipped and he tumbled to the turf after a 13-yard run. Washington's star linebacker had to settle for two defensive touchdowns on Saturday. Thompson returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown, picked up a fumble and rumbled 52 yards for another score, and Washington routed Illinois 44-19, improving to 3-0 under Chris Petersen.Thompson became the first Washington player since at least 1978 to score via fumble and interception in the same game, according to school records. And when Thompson finally got his allotted series on offense, he nearly busted another long touchdown, only to get tripped as he broke into the open field. The Dawgs are home again this upcoming weekend, hosting the Georgia State Panthers Saturday afternoon at 3:00.

After Washington State lost its first two games of the season, Saturday's contest against Portland State suddenly loomed very large. Connor Halliday, the nation's leading passer, threw for 544 yards and six touchdowns as the Cougars beat the Portland State Vikings 59-21. Coming up Saturday night, they host the Oregon Ducks.

Jon Lester couldn't find his command. There was no one pitch he could lean on or one side of the plate he could hit with any consistency. And still the Oakland lefty managed to throw six shutout innings yesterday and helped the Athletics extend their lead in the AL wild-card race. Sam Fuld and Brandon Moss hit solo home runs, Lester combined with three relievers on a seven-hitter and Oakland beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0. Seattle was 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position against Lester. Seattle finished 0 for 13 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on base. The Mariners now beginss a rugged 11-game road trip starting tonight night against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Hiashi Iwakuma is pitching the opener of the four-game series. After four with the Angels, the Mariners go to Houston for three games and close the trip with four in Toronto.

Birthdays: Actor Tommy Lee Jones is 68; movie director Oliver Stone is 68; Seahawks head coach Pete Carrol is 63; former Miami Dolphin quarterback Dan Marino is 53; McGruff, the crime-fighter dog is 34; son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana; Prince Harry (Prince of Wales) is 30; and from The Hills, Heidi Montag is 28.

National Hispanic Heritage Month begins today. Today is Make a Hat Day. And apparently it's our choice, it can be either Make a Serious Hat Day or Make a Goofy Hat Day. Today is USA Today Day, marking the first issue of the Nation's Newspaper on this date in 1982.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1954, during night filming for The Seven Year Itch in New York City, a gust of wind from a subway grating lifted Marilyn Monroe's skirt. Though husband Joe DiMaggio objected, the scene made it to the world's movie screens. In 1965, Lost in Space and Green Acres premiered on CBS TV. In 1978, Muhammad Ali outpointed Leon Spinks in a rematch to become the first boxer to win the world heavyweight title 3 times at the Superdome in New Orleans. In 1998, it was announced that 5.9 million people read The Starr Report on the Internet. 606,000 people read the White House defense of President Clinton.

The thriller No Good Deed, the story of an escaped convict who terrorizes a woman and her children inside their home, seized the top spot on US and Canadian box office charts over the weekend, beating family friendly sequel Dolphin Tale 2. No Good Deed collected $24.5 million in domestic ticket sales from Friday through Sunday. Dolphin Tale 2, the sequel to a 2011 hit about a plucky marine mammal, finished second with $16.6 million. Last weekend's winner, Marvel's hit space adventure Guardians of the Galaxy, came in third. In fourth place was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, based on the series that began with 1980s comic books. The comedy Let's Be Cops rounded out the Top Five.

A ballot initiative to split California into six separate states failed to attract enough signatures to appear on the ballot in November, according to the secretary of state. However, the bid's backers claimed they did indeed have enough signatures -- they said in July they'd accumulated 1.3 million of them -- and would contest the ruling. The campaign seeks to splinter California into six new entities, including Silicon Valley and West California.

Golf legend Greg Norman nearly severed his left hand in a chainsaw accident over the weekend. Norman says he was cutting brush in his yard when the chainsaw slipped and sliced into him. "I was one lucky man today," he wrote on Instagram, adding, "Still have left hand."

Trivia Answer: Fay Wray who was born on this date in 1907. She was born near Cardston, Alberta. Her family moved to Salt Lake City in 1912. She became a naturalized United States citizen in 1935. She's best remembered for her role as Ann Darrow, the blonde captive of the gigantic gorilla in the classic horror/adventure film King Kong in 1933. She wore a blonde wig over her naturally dark hair for the role. She continued in films but by the early 1940s her appearances grew sporadic. Wray was approached to appear in a small cameo for the 2005 remake of King Kong. She met with Naomi Watts who was to play the Ann Darrow role. Before filming commenced, however, Wray died in her sleep on August 8th of 2004 in her Manhattan apartment of natural causes -- 38 days shy of her 97th birthday.

Friday 9.12.14
Today's Trivia: On this date in 1966, The Monkees invaded television. There were four of them. Can you name The Monkees?

After being tortured by the Oakland Athletics in their own division for more than a decade, the Mariners can take a big step toward the postseason this weekend. Even with payrolls far below those of Seattle's, the Oakland Athletics have spent more than a decade embarrassing the Mariners with smarter front-office management, more effective player acquisitions, and better teams. Since 2003, the last year Seattle had a playoff opportunity, the low-rent A's have won four division titles versus none for the Mariners, and finished ahead of Seattle in the standings 10 times in 11 years. Finally, the Mariners can deliver a punch to the snout of the pesky A's. This weekend, the Mariners engage the Athletics in a three-game series at Safeco Field that will go a long way toward deciding American League wild card slots. Game one is at the Safe tonight at 7:10.

The Seahawks have won more regular season games against the Chargers than any other NFL team. They've won 26, and go for 27 Sunday afternoon. Hawks and Charger in San Diego Sunday afternoon at 1:00.

The Baltimore Ravens knocked off the Pittsburgh Steelers last night 26-6.

Former Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, now an ESPN analyst, is joining ABC's Good Morning America as a contributor effective this coming Monday.

The Washington Huskies are home again this weekend hosting the Illinois Fighting Illini tomorrow afternoon at 1:00.

The Washington State Cougars are back in action when they host the Portland State Vikings tomorrow afternoon at 5:00.

Birthdays: Sue Ellen Ewing on Dallas, actress Linda Gray is 74; Rush drummer Neil Peart is 62; from America, singer Gerry Beckley is 62; Ed on Northern Exposure, actor Darren E. Burrows is 48; singer Ben Folds is 48; comedian Louis CK is 47; from Oasis, Liam Gallagher is 42; winner of the second season of American Idol, Ruben Studdard is 36; and singer Jennifer Hudson is 33.

Today is Lassie Day, marking the debut of the TV show on this date in 1954. Through the years, the cast included six different Lassies, Tommy Rettig, Cloris Leachman, and June Lockhart. Today is Josie and the Pussycats Day, marking their debut on this date in 1970. The popular cartoon was spawned from Archie comics. Today is National Chocolate Milkshake Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1910, Alice Wells became the first Los Angeles policewoman with full arrest powers. Even in uniform, Alice was accused of misusing her husband's badge to ride the streetcar free, until LA finally issued her "Policewoman's Badge #1." In 1953, Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in Newport, Rhode Island. In 1966, The Monkees invaded television. The hand-picked-for-TV group lasted until 1969 and continued in re-runs for many years as something of a cult favorite. In 1984, Michael Jordan signed a seven-year contract to play basketball with the Chicago Bulls. In 1992, Eric Clapton's Unplugged album entered the charts. The acoustic album boasted the hit Tears in Heaven, and went on to sell seven-million copies. In 1995, the Harlem Globetrotters' 8,829-game, 24-year winning streak ended when they lost 91-85 in Zurich, Switzerland, to a team led by retired pro Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. It was the Trotters first loss since the New Jersey Generals won 100-99 on January 15th of 1971. In In 2003, The Beatles sued Apple computers and alleged their iTunes store infringed copyrights on the logo of their Apple Corps record label. Also in 2003, country legend Johnny Cash died in Nashville. The Man in Black was 71.

A South African judge has found double-amputee Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, or manslaughter, for killing his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, last year. The conviction carries up to 15 years in prison. Judge Thokozile Masipa had cleared Pistorius of murder charges a day earlier. Masipa accepted Pistorius' assertion that he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder when he fired four shots through a locked bathroom door, but said he "acted too hastily and used excessive force."

The federal government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day in 2008 to get it to hand over user data for National Security Agency surveillance programs, Yahoo said yesterday. The internet firm's general counsel, Ron Bell, announced the news after the company won a fight to release 1,500 pages related to the case, in which a secret surveillance court sided with the government but found the broad data request to be unconstitutional. Bell said the documents show how Yahoo "had to fight every step" to protect user information.

Spinosauraus, a massive meat-eating predator, might have been the first dinosaur to live entirely in water, researchers reported yesterday in the journal Science. The 50-foot-long beast swam in the rivers of North Africa 97 million years ago. The researchers based their conclusion on new fossils found in the Moroccan Sahara, which included a crocodilian snout, paddle-like feet, and dense bones for buoyancy. It also had a small nostril located far back on the head, which would have limited water intake.

A new study from the Institute of the Painfully Obvious. The study shows that if you place germs on a office building's door handle, the germs will spread to people scattered throughout a large scale structure in only hours.

Trivia Answer: The musical acting quartet was Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Davy Jones. The band's music was initially supervised by producer Don Kirshner. Described by band member Micky Dolenz as initially being "a TV show about an imaginary band that wanted to be The Beatles, but that was never successful", the actor-musicians soon became a real band. As Dolenz would later describe it, "The Monkees really becoming a band was like the equivalent of Leonard Nimoy really becoming a Vulcan." The Monkees had a number of international hits, including Last Train to Clarksville, I'm a Believer, Pleasant Valley Sunday, and Daydream Believer. At their peak in 1967, the band outsold both the Beatles and Rolling Stones. As of 2012, their albums and singles had sold over 65 million copies worldwide. On the morning of February 29th of 2012, Davey Jones went to tend his 14 horses at a farm in Indiantown, Florida. After riding one of his favorite horses around the track, he complained of chest pains and difficulty breathing and was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead of a severe heart attack.

Thursday 9.11.14
Today's Trivia: She's an actress best known for her roles as Leticia "Buddy" Lawrence on the television series Family and as Barbara Weston on the sitcom Empty Nest. Her brother was also a former child actor. Who is she?

Jose Altuve had two hits and an RBI and the Houston Astros damaged the Seattle Mariners post-season hopes with a 5-2 victory last night. The Mariners lost two of three in the series and remain a half-game behind Detroit for the American League's second wild-card spot. An off day for the Ms today. They host the Oakland As for the weekend starting tomorrow night as we begin the final 17 games of the season.

Many Seattle Seahawks fans were feeling uneasy about depth on the Legion of Boom after last Thursday's season opener, in which free safety Earl Thomas muffed a punt return and nickel cornerback Jeremy Lane went down with a groin injury. Head coach Pete Carroll addressed both topics in his news conference yesterday, announcing that Thomas will no longer be returning punts. That job will fall to wide receiver Bryan Walters, who returned punts for most of the preseason yet barely made the final 53-man roster. Walters is in his third year as a backup receiver in Seattle. A native of Kirkland and an alumnus of Juanita High School, Walters was waived Aug. 30 in the Seahawks' final roster cuts but re-signed with Seattle two days later. Also yesterday, the Seahawks terminated the contract of Lemuel Jeanpierre after reaching an injury settlement with the veteran offensive lineman. Jeanpierre, who'd been with the club since 2010, was placed on injured reserve last week after suffering a neck injury in the preseason. Hawks and Charger in San Diego Sunday afternoon at 1:00.

The NFL pops up on CBS Thursday nights. James Brown hosts the pregame show, along with analysts Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher. Tonight features the Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore to face the Ravens.

Saw a post yesterday that said the Ray Rice video scandal is now officially no longer about Ray Rice. Yup.

The NFL last night appointed former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III to investigate its handling of the Rice case. The move came after The Associated Press published an account contradicting the league's claim that no NFL official had previously seen the video that surfaced this week showing the former Baltimore Ravens running back punching his wife. A law enforcement official told AP that he had sent the video to an NFL executive shortly after the April incident.

The Washington Huskies are home again this weekend hosting the Illinois Fighting Illini Saturday afternoon at 1:00.

The Washington State Cougars are back in action when they host the Portland State Vikings Saturday afternoon at 5:00.

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for King, Pierce, Lewis, Thurston, Kitsap, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Clallam & Mason Counties through 5 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. A Red Flag Warning means critical fire weather conditions are occurring or will shortly. Strong winds, low humidity, and warm temps are expected.

Birthdays: Actor Earl Holliman is 86; director Brian De Palma is 74; Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart is 71; Styx guitarist Tommy Shaw is 61;musician Moby is 49; singer and American Idol judge Harry Connick, Jr. is 47; guitarist and founding member of Coldplay, Jon Buckland is 37; rapper Ludacris is 37

Today is Patriot Day. It was on this date in 2001, coordinated attacks resulted in the collapse of the World Trade Center in New York City, destruction of the western portion of The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and a passenger airliner crash in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. In total, 2,974 people were killed in the September 11th, 2001 attacks.

In 1965, The Rolling Stones' (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction went to number one on the English singles chart. This was two months after it became a chart-topper in America. In 1974, Little House on the Prairie premiered on NBC-TV, starring Michael Landon, Karen Grassle, Melissa Gilbert, Melissa Sue Anderson, and twins Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush. In 1977, it was announced that David Bowie would duet with Bing Crosby for a Christmas special. The two later performed a version of Little Drummer Boy. In 1981, First Lady Nancy Reagan spent $200-thousand on new china for the White House. She said they really needed it. In 1987, when a tennis tournament ran overtime, anchor Dan Rather walked off the set of the CBS Evening News and didn't return. When the tennis coverage ended, CBS went black for six minutes. In 1987, at the MTV Video Music Awards, Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer won Video of the Year. In 2003, actor John Ritter died in Los Angeles at age 54. In 2003, two men handed the clerk in a Mishawaka, Indiana, 7-11 store a note that said, "Put it in the bag." The clerk said she didn't understand the note. The two began to argue over how the note was worded, then left the store empty-handed.

Crowds gathered in New York City this morning to mark the 13th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks with what has become a ritual -- moments of silence, and the reading of the names of the 2,753 people who died when hijackers crashed two planes into the World Trade Center's twin towers. For the first time, visitors are able to see the museum at the site, which opened in May. Ceremonies are also being held to remember those killed when hijackers crashed planes at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

As Netflix, Kickstarter, Tumblr and a host of other websites yesterday urged users to chime in on the need for robust net neutrality rules, the FCC said that total public comments on the issue reached close to 1.5 million. That figure is greater than the previous record, the 1.4 million comments that flooded into the FCC following Janet Jackson's infamous "wardrobe malfunction" at the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show.

Richard Kiel, the 7-foot-2 actor who played the villain "Jaws" in James Bond movies, died Wednesday in a California hospital. He was 74. Kiel broke his leg last week, although it was not immediately clear whether the injury played a role in his death. Kiel once noted that he had been working for 17 years when he landed the role as the steel-toothed Bond villain. "I suddenly became an overnight success," he said.

The fragile ozone layer, which protects Earth from cancer-causing ultraviolet rays, is beginning to show signs of recovery. That according to a United Nations report released yesterday. The scientists behind the study attributed the first increase in stratospheric ozone in 35 years to the effort since the 1980s to phase out man-made chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, from use in refrigerants and aerosol cans. World Meteorological Organization Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said the success signaled hope for a concerted fight against climate change.

A giant solar flare that launched yesterday is heading toward Earth, and could interfere with satellites in orbit as well as communications and power systems on the ground. Such a blast hasn't occurred in years, but scientists say not to panic. New calculations from satellite data show that the "worst of the energetic particles" will most likely go above the Earth.

Trivia Answer: Christina Ann McNichol -- Kristy McNichol -- who turns 52 today. Her brother is Jimmy McNichol. Kristy retired from acting when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1992. In March 1999, McNichol was the subject of an episodes of E! True Hollywood Story, in which she spoke candidly about her career, alleged drug problems, and her mental health problems. In June 2001 she stated: "A lot of people have wondered what I've been up to. I retired from my career after 24 years. My feeling was that it was time to play my biggest part – MYSELF! I must say that it has been the best thing that ever happened to me. So many fans are disappointed that I'm not currently acting, however some may not realize that the process I'm in at this time is necessary and vital for my personal happiness and well-being." McNichol resides in Los Angeles, California. Since retiring from the screen, she has taught acting at a private school in Los Angeles and devoted much of her time to charity work. On January 6th of 2012, McNichol came out as a lesbian, and announced she was living with her partner Martie Allen and had been for 20 years. She said she chose to come out now, some 20 years after leaving acting, to help young LGBT people dealing with bullying.

Wednesday 9.10.14
Today's Trivia: He's a former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher. During a 22-year career, he pitched for six different teams. He stands 6-feet-10-inches tall and was celebrated for having one of the most dominant fastballs in the game. He regularly approached, and occasionally exceeded, 100 miles an hour during his prime. He also threw a hard, biting slider. He won the Cy Young Award five times, second only to Roger Clemens' seven. Who is he?

Logan Morrison and the Seattle Mariners have played well enough all season to stay confident even after a tough loss. Jonathan Villar hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning last night to lift the Houston Astros to a 2-1 victory. Morrison homered in the eighth to tie it, but Houston countered in the 9th and dropped the Mariners a half-game out in the race for the second AL wild card. Mariners and Astros wrap up their series tonight at 7:10. An off day for the Ms tomorrow then they host the Oakland As for the weekend. We're down to the final 18 games.

The Seattle Seahawks didn't need a Fail Mary to beat the Green Bay Packers in Week 1. They sure didn't do anything to lose their spot atop the AP Pro32 rankings. The Seahawks ran roughshod over the Packers in a 36-16 rout Thursday night to open the season, showcasing the same dominant defense that led them to the Super Bowl a year ago while also opening up an offense that could leave a lot of teams wondering what hit them. The beat-down persuaded everybody in the 12-member media panel that regularly covers the league to put Seattle on top. Denver had received one first-place vote in the preseason poll. The Seahawks held Aaron Rodgers to just 189 yards with a touchdown and an interception, while Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson threw for two scores without a pick. The Seahawks finished with nearly 400 yards of offense, putting the game away with 19 straight points. The Broncos were the clear-cut second choice, garnering all but one second-place vote. The San Francisco 49ers were third, followed by the Cincinnati Bengals -- a big mover after their win at Baltimore -- and the Philadelphia Eagles. The Seahawks are in San Diego to face the Chargers at 1:00 Sunday afternoon.

The fallout continues for star running back Ray Rice following the release of a security video showing him appearing to knock out his then-fiancée, now-wife, Janay, in a casino elevator this summer. After the Baltimore Ravens fired Rice and the league suspended him indefinitely -- costing him a $4 million salary -- Rice also lost endorsement deals from several companies, including Nike and Electronic Arts, which is erasing his image from the Madden 15 video game.

A 27-year-old former exotic dancer has filed a lawsuit accusing Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones of sexually assaulting her in a local hotel room in June 2009. The woman, Jana Weckerly, says that the 71-year-old Jones fondled her and forced her to fondle him. Weckerly also says Jones made her watch as he received oral sex from one of two other women in the room. Jones' lawyer said the allegations are "completely false," calling the lawsuit a "shakedown." Weckerly is asking for $1 million in punitive damages.

Birthdays: Golfer Arnold Palmer is 85; from Three Dog Night, one of the dogs, singer Danny Hutton is 72; singer Jose Feliciano is 69; TV talker and author Bill O'Reilly is 65; Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is 64; actress Amy Irving is 61; director Chris Columbus is 56; and the former Mr. Madonna, director Guy Ritchie is 46.

Today is Gunsmoke Day, marking the TV debut of Marshall Matt Dillon on this date in 1955 on CBS. James Arness starred for 20 years. Today is National Swap Ideas Day. Today is Gentle Ben Day, marking the premier of a TV show on this date in 1967 about a boy and his bear. Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1953, the Swanson company sold its first frozen TV dinner. In 1966, The Beatles' Revolver went to number one in the American album chart, and stayed there for six weeks. In 1989, Deion Sanders intercepted a pass and scored a touchdown for the Atlanta Falcons. Four days earlier he hit a home run for the New York Yankees. In 1990, the Quincy Jones-produced Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, starring Will Smith, debuted. In 1998, three Miami drug dealers traded a half-million dollars worth of cocaine and heroin for 12-thousand pairs of name-brand blue jeans. It was a good laundering deal except for the fact that the jeans dealers were undercover police. In 2000, NBC's The West Wing won a record-setting nine Emmy awards, including best drama series. NBC's Will and Grace won best comedy. In 2003, scientists announced that they had recorded the deepest musical note ever generated in space at the edge of a black hole. It was a B flat 57 octaves below the middle keys of a piano and one million billion times deeper than can be heard by humans.

Apple unveiled two new iPhones yesterday, along with its long-rumored Apple Watch. The new incarnations of the company's popular smartphone -- the iPhone 6 and the bigger iPhone 6 Plus -- include a mobile payment system called Apple Pay that aims to replace physical credit and debit cards. Analysts will be watching the performance of the Apple Watch. It's the first product developed entirely since Tim Cook took over as CEO in 2011.

Trump Entertainment Resorts filed for bankruptcy yesterday and threatened to shut down the Taj Mahal Casino Resort, which would make it the fifth Atlantic City casino to close this year. The company owns Trump Plaza, which is closing in a week, and the Taj Mahal, which has been experiencing cash-flow problems and had been trying to stave off a default with its lenders. The company said the Taj Mahal could close November 13th if it doesn't win salary concessions from union workers. It's the fourth such filing for the struggling casino company or its corporate predecessors. The company filed in US Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware, saying it has liabilities of between $100 million and $500 million, and assets of no more than $50,000. It missed its quarterly tax payment due last month, and says it doesn't have the cash to make an interest payment to lenders due at the end of the month.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the publication of Roald Dahl's classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Guardian recently for the first time printed a lost chapter from the book. The passage was "deemed too wild, subversive and insufficiently moral for the tender minds of British children," the paper wrote. For instance, the chapter alludes to a Pounding and Cutting Room, into which several wicked characters disappear.

Trivia Answer: Randall David Johnson -- Randy Johnson -- nicknamed The Big Unit, who turns 51 today. Johnson finished his career first in strikeouts per nine innings pitched among starting pitchers (10.67), second all-time in total strikeouts (4,875; first among left-handed pitchers), third in hit batsmen (188), tenth in fewest hits allowed per nine innings pitched (7.24), 22nd in wins (303), and 57th in shutouts (37). He pitched two no-hitters, the second of which was the 17th perfect game in baseball history. He was with the Montreal Expos in 1988 and 1989; the Seattle Mariners from 1989 to 1998; the Houston Astros in 1998; the Arizona Diamondbacks from 1999 to 2004; the New York Yankees in 2005 and 2006; the Arizona Diamondbacks (again) in 2007 and 2008; and the San Francisco Giants in 2009. Johnson has four children with his wife Lisa, and has a daughter from a previous relationship. He is a resident of Paradise Valley, Arizona.

Tuesday 9.9.14
Today's Trivia: She was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and began modeling by age 17. She rose to prominence after posing as a Sports Illustrated model in 1989. She appeared on magazine covers, including Cosmopolitan and on the 1994 "Dream Team" cover of Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit issue. She posed nude for a cover-featured Playboy pictorial published in 2004. She guest starred in a 1997 episode of The Drew Carey Show as herself, the spokesmodel for fictional beer brand, Cap-beer-chino. Trying to develop a career in acting, she has taken a series of acting lessons and appeared in several independent movies. She also played a sultry, bikini-clad mother in the music video for Fountains of Wayne's 2003 song Stacy's Mom. Who is she?

Brad Miller had a tiebreaking two-run triple in the eighth inning and drove in three runs, helping the Seattle Mariners gain in the AL wild-card race with a 4-1 victory over the Houston Astros last night. The Mariners moved one game behind the Oakland As, who lost to the White Sox, for the first wild card and are one game ahead of Detroit for the second playoff spot. Game two with the 'Stros is tonight at 7:10.

One month ago today, the Ms were 11 games behind Oakland. Depending on how things play out tonight, they could end the day tied with the As.

Still in contention for an American League wild card berth this season, the Mariners yesterday announced their tentative regular-season schedule for 2015, which begins with a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels starting April 6th at the Safe. The afternoon opener -- a 1:10 start time -- marks the first season-opening day game since 2010 and the first time the Mariners have opened at home since 2008. The schedule with start times won't be finalized until January.

Monday Night Football: The Detroit Lions destroyed the NY Giants 35-14, and the San Diego Chargers were victims of a St. Louis Cardinals comeback and fell 18-17. The Seahawks meet the Chargers Sunday afternoon at 1:00 at San Diego.

Ray Rice was let go by the Baltimore Ravens yesterday and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video was released showing the running back striking his then-fiancee in February. The grainy video, released by TMZ Sports, shows Rice and Janay Palmer in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino. Each hits the other before Rice knocks Palmer off her feet and into a railing. Months ago, a TMZ video showed Rice dragging Palmer, now his wife, from the elevator at the casino. The Ravens said earlier yesterday that they never saw the new video. Hours later, they sent out a one-sentence release that said: "The Baltimore Ravens terminated the contract of RB Ray Rice this afternoon." The NFL also took action. Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that, based on the new video evidence, Rice has been suspended indefinitely from the league. The Canadian Football League released a statement that they would honor the NFL ban. He won't play in Canada either.

Birthdays: Former quarterback turned sportscaster Joe Theismann 65; Luke Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard, actor Tom Wopat is 63; perhaps best known as one of The Eurythmics, musician Dave Stewart is 62; actor and film producer Hugh Grant is 54: actor and comedian Adam Sandler is 48; and singer Michael Bublé is 39.

Today is Lost Sock Memorial Day. It's also Wonderful Weirdos Day, a day to thank the weirdos in your life. Today is California Day. On this day in 1850, California became the 31st state. Today is Fat Albert Day, marking the TV debut of Fat Albert & the Cosby Kids in 1972. Fat Albert's cartoon friends were Weird Harold, Mush Mouth, and Donald.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1926, NBC -- the National Broadcasting Company -- was formed. In 1947, the first actual case of a computer bug being found. A moth lodged in a relay of a Harvard Mark II computer at Harvard University. In 1956, Elvis Presley made his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Sullivan had Presley filmed from the waist up so that his gyrating pelvis wouldn't corrupt the nation's youth. The King performed Love Me Tender, Hound Dog, Don't Be Cruel, and Ready Teddy. In1971, the four-day Attica Prison riot began, which eventually resulted in 39 dead, most killed by state troopers retaking the prison. In 1992, Van Halen took away the Video of the Year award at the 9th annual MTV Video Music Awards for their clip for Right Now. In 2008, the iTunes Music Store reached 100 million apps downloaded. One year later, on this date in 2009, the iTunes Music Store reached 1.8 billion apps downloaded.

Slash has ruled out any kind of reunion with former Guns N' Roses band mate Axl Rose, insisting he simply cannot picture a get together. After bassist Duff McKagan rejoined Rose and his current incarnation of the band for dates in South America earlier this year, many fans were hoping for an original line-up reunion, but Slash insists that's still unlikely. He tells, "People have been speculating about it for years, but I really have a hard time picturing it."

Cher has rescheduled tour stops in New York and New Hampshire due to illness.A news release yesterday says the singer has been diagnosed with an acute viral infection and has rescheduled opening stops on the second leg of her Dressed to Kill Tour this week in Albany, New York, and Manchester, New Hampshire. Doctors diagnosed Cher with the infection over the weekend in Los Angeles and have ordered bed rest for several days. The release offered no further details about the 68-year-old singer's illness.

Amazon is slashing the price for its new Fire phone from $200 to 99 cents for the 32GB version with a two-year contract. That announcement coming yesterday. The 64GB version of Amazon's first smartphone will cost $100 with a two-year contract, down from $300. The drastic move, according to analysts, suggested that sales of the Fire were weak in the face of stiff competition from Samsung and Apple. By the way, Apple unveiled a new iPhone and more today.

Home Depot confirmed yesterday that hackers had breached its payment database. The home improvement retail chain said customers who paid with credit or debit cards at its US and Canadian stores might have been affected. Last week the company said it was cooperating with banks and law enforcement officials to investigate a report that it had been targeted. The breach appeared to have started in April, potentially making it larger than one that compromised 40 million cards used at Target last holiday season.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer declared a statewide emergency yesterday after parts of the state were doused with a record downpour. Torrential rains prompted flash-flood warnings in Arizona and three other Southwestern states. Two women were killed in separate tragedies in Arizona. Phoenix got a record 3.29 inches at Sky Harbor International Airport, beating a mark of 2.91 inches set in 1939. A community outside the city got 5.5 inches.

Trivia Answer: Rachel Hunter who turns 45 today. In the late 1980s Hunter lived with rock musician Kip Winger. Several Winger songs were written about her. At the age of 21 Hunter met Rod Stewart, 24 years her senior, and they were married on December 15, 1990. Together they had two children, Renee and Liam, but in January 1999 they separated. Stewart filed for divorce in 2005. The divorce took over a year to finalize, and was official on November 2nd of 2006. Having signed a pre-nuptial agreement, Hunter claimed a lump sum plus full financial support of Renee and Liam, on the condition of remaining in Los Angeles, California. It was rumored to have cost Stewart $66 million.

Monday 9.8.14
Today's Trivia: She's a singer-songwriter and musician. Originally a member of the girl group Choice, she rose to fame as an R&B artist with her debut album, Can't Take Me Home in 2000. It was certified double platinum and spawned two Billboard Hot 100 top-ten singles. Although she originally faced opposition from her record label, she took more artistic control and pursued pop rock direction for her second in 2001. It became her best-selling record with 13 million copies sold worldwide and produced three top-ten singles in the United States. Her third studio album in 2003 failed to repeat the success of her previous efforts, but earned her the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. She revived her popularity with her fourth studio album which featured more top-ten hits. In 2008, her fifth studio album, became her third multi-platinum album and contained her second number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100. She concluded the first decade of her career with the compilation album Greatest Hits... So Far!!! in 2010. She has sold over 40 million albums, including over 16 million in the United States, and 65 million singles worldwide as of this year. Who is she?

The Texas Rangers avoided the sweep at the hands of the Seattle Mariners yesterday. Derek Holland pitched seven impressive innings in his second start off the disabled list, and the Rangers beat the Mariners 1-0 to snap Seattle's 5-game winning streak. Texas gave interim manager Tim Bogar his first victory in his third game. Seattle, which had won five in a row, finished a 5-and-2 road trip. We're down to the last three weeks of the regular season. It's the Ms second-to-last home stand. They host the Houston Astros for three starting tonight. An off day Thursday, followed by a three-game series with the Oakland As at the Safe this weekend.

The Seattle Seahawks had the weekend off following the NFL opener Thursday night. The Hawks return to action Sunday afternoon at 1:00 when they meet the Chargers in San Diego.

The Giants at the Lions, and San Diego at Arizona on Monday Night Football tonight.

The University of Washington coughed up a 21-point first-quarter lead, weathered a record seven touchdown passes from Eastern Washington's Vernon Adams, and barely held on to defeat the rambunctious Eagles 59-52 Saturday at Husky Stadium. Although new UW head coach Chris Petersen recorded his first win in the facility, his penalty-prone Huskies nearly handed him a stunning defeat. They host Illinois Saturday afternoon at 1:00.

Watching Mike Leach and his coaching staff rebuild the Washington State football program is not unlike watching a toddler learn to walk. You know: One step forward, two steps backward, one step forward, splat, The spotlight is squarely on Leach. He arrived in Pullman with unprecedented hype, but he has failed to live up to that hype. He says the Cougars lack a winning culture, but he is hardly the first coach to inherit such a malady. For $2.75 million a year, the Cougars expect a minor miracle or two. Following their 24-13 loss to Nevada, the Cougs are back in action when they host Portland State on Saturday.

Birthdays: Actor Dustin Hoffman is 77; singer Aimee Mann is 54; Courtney Cox's ex, actor David Arquette is 43; Elliott in ET, actor Henry Thomas is 43; and Randy on Home Improvement, actor Jonathan Taylor Thomas is 33.

Today is National Nose Hair Maintenance Day. Today is Oprah Day, marking the premier of The Oprah Winfrey Show on this date in 1986. Today is Pardon Me Day, marking President Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon "for all offenses" on September 8th of 1974. Today is International Literacy Day, sponsored by the United Nations.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1892, the Pledge of Allegiance was first recited. In 1930, 3M began marketing Scotch transparent tape. In 1965, the television trade publications Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter ran an ad seeking "Folk & Roll Musicians-Singers for acting roles in new TV series." The final four choices became the stars in the television show The Monkees. In 1966, the first Star Trek series premiered on NBC. In 1973, Hank Aaron hit his 709th home run. In 1997, America Online acquired CompuServe.

Guardians of the Galaxy, already the biggest film of the year, continued its improbable assault on the box office, collecting $10.2 million to lead all films over the weekend after a month in theaters. Featuring a cast of misfit super heroes that includes a machinegun-toting raccoon, Guardians leapt from the pages of Marvel Comics to total $295 million in ticket sales in US and Canadian theaters. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was second for the weekend. If I Stay was third.

Simone Battle, member of the pop group G.R.L. and former X Factor finalist, was found dead on Friday in her West Hollywood home. She was 25. Her body was discovered in the bedroom of her apartment by her father following an apparent suicide. Although she didn't make it far on the competition, she built a following with her music videos that she issued after being eliminated. Last year she was tapped by Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin to join G.R.L., a new girl group she was launching that was reminiscent of the Nicole Sherzinger-led group. The rest of the group took to its official Twitter account to release a statement. "Words cannot express the depth of our loss. Simone's incredible talent was only surpassed by the size of her heart. We will carry her memory with us in everything we do."

Gene Simmons from Kiss has taken aim at record industry chiefs for failing to support the next generation of rockers, boldly declaring: "Rock is finally dead." The veteran bassist believes there is a serious lack of real talent in the charts, and he blames bosses at big labels for not nurturing aspiring musicians like they did in his 1970s heyday. In a candid interview for Esquire magazine, he advises young musicians and songwriters not to "quit your day job," explaining, "When I was coming up, it was not an insurmountable mountain (to become a success story). Once you had a record company on your side, they would fund you, and that also meant when you toured they would give you tour support. There was an entire industry to help the next Beatles, Stones, Prince, Hendrix, to prop them up and support them every step of the way. There are still record companies, and it does apply to pop, rap, and country to an extent. But for performers who are also songwriters -- the creators -- for rock music, for soul, for the blues -- it's finally dead. Rock is finally dead."

Prince George is not going to be an only child for long - the toddler will soon have a baby sister or brother to share his fancy digs at Kensington Palace. British royal officials said Monday that Prince William and the duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton, are expecting their second child.

Trivia Answer: Alecia Beth Moore -- her married name is Alecia Beth Hart -- better known by her stage name Pink, who turns 35 today. Her career accolades include three Grammy Awards, a Brit Award, and six MTV Video Music Awards. In 2009, Billboard recognized Pink as the Pop Songs Artist of the Decade. VH1 ranked ranked her at number 10 on their list of the 100 Greatest Women in Music, while Billboard awarded her the Woman of the Year in 2013.

Friday 9.5.14
Today's Trivia: He's a Scottish singer-songwriter and folk-rock musician. He came to stardom as part of the British folk revival in the 1960s and 1970s, and developed his own unique style of combining folk-rock songs with delicately woven tales of the great characters and events from history. He was a key figure in a fertile era in British music. He played at the first ever Glastonbury Festival in 1970, knew Yoko Ono before she met John Lennon, and shared a London apartment with a young Paul Simon. He has worked with Alan Parsons, Jimmy Page, Richard Thompson, Rick Wakeman, and Tori Amos. He's best known for his song Year of the Cat. Who is he?

Last night was a good night to be a Northwest sports fan.

First, Russell Wilson made sure everyone knew Percy Harvin was healthy. Marshawn Lynch bullied his way to another 100-yard rushing performance. And Richard Sherman? He was just bored. The Super Bowl champs started this season the same way they finished last season, with a convincing blowout win.Lynch rushed for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Harvin had 100 combined yards rushing and receiving, and the Seahawks stymied Aaron Rodgers' up-tempo offense in a 36-16 win over the Green Bay Packers to kick off the regular season. Russell Wilson finished 19 of 28 for 191 yards passing. Seattle had 207 yards rushing as a team and won for the 18th time in its last 20 regular season home games. The most action for Sherman came in the first half when he accidentally blocked Davon House into Earl Thomas on a punt return causing a fumble recovered by the Packers. The Seahawks unveiled the first Super Bowl banner in franchise history during a brief pregame ceremony and then began the process of trying to be the first team in a decade to repeat. Their effort against the Packers -- a popular pick to contend in the NFC -- will only reinforce the belief Seattle is still the favorite. The Hawks are back in action on the 14th when they meet the Chargers in San Diego.

The Seattle Aquarium's big marketing mascot during the Seahawks' ascent to the world championship last season has died. Hermit crab Marshawn Pinch -- teammate of Mussel Wilson, Richard Sturgeon and Golden Skate -- became a Seattle Aquarium icon last year as the 12th crustacean, complete with Twitter and Facebook pages. He also blogged several times, chronicling the Searocks' successes.

And then Robinson Cano drove in four runs for the first time with Seattle, and the wild card-contending Mariners jumped out to a big early lead on the way to a 10-2 victory over the Texas Rangers last ight. Rookie left-hander Roenis Elias allowed one run in five innings to become the fourth Seattle starter with at least 10 wins. While long a forgone conclusion, the Rangers -- with the loss -- their 6th in a row -- became the first team in the majors eliminated from playoff contention. Game two of the 4-game set with the Rangers is this afternoon. Hisashi Iwakuma starts for the Mariners.

Speaking of the Rangers, Ron Washington -- citing a personal matter -- surprisingly resigned as manager of the Rangers today. In a statement, Washington said, "Today, I have submitted my resignation from the job I love -- managing the Rangers -- in order to devote my full attention to addressing an off-the-field personal matter. As painful as it is, stepping away from the game is what's best for me and my family." Washington had a 664-and-611 record in his eight seasons with the Rangers, guiding the franchise to its first two World Series appearances (2010 and 2011). He is the franchise's all-time leader in regular-season wins and games managed. Bench coach Tim Bogar becomes the interim manager for the remainder of the season.

The WSU Cougars are back at it at 7:30 tonight. They're in Reno to face the Nevada Wolf Pack.

The Washington Huskies home opener is tomorrow at noon against the Eastern Washington Eagles.

Birthdays: Comedian and actor Bob Newhart is 85; actor William Devane is 77; actress Raquel Welch is 74; singer Loudon Wainwright III is 68; actor Michael Keaton is 63; and TV personality, musician, and Frank's son, Dweezil Zappa is 45.

Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died yesterday. Rivers died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, surrounded by family and close friends. She was hospitalized August 28th after going into cardiac arrest in a doctor's office following a routine procedure. The New York state health department is investigating the circumstances surrounding Rivers' cardiac arrest during an outpatient procedure. Under the immobile, plastic surgery-crafted veneer that became Joan Rivers' unapologetic trademark as she aged, her wit remained as vibrantly raw and unruly as when she first broke her way into a comedy world belonging largely to men. Regarding age, she once said, "I have never wanted to be a day less than I am. People say, 'I wish I were 30 again.' Nahhh! I'm very happy HERE. It's great. It gets better and better. And then," she quipped, "of course, we die. Rivers was a scrapper, rebuilding her career and life after a failed attempt to make it as a late-night host was followed closely by her husband's suicide. Rivers' style was hard-driving from the start and her material only got sharper. She was ready to slam anyone. A favored target was Elizabeth Taylor's weight ("her favorite food is seconds"), but the comedian kept current with verbal assaults on Miley Cyrus and other newcomers. With her raspy voice and brash New York accent, Rivers turned the red carpet of the Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes into a stalking ground for E! Entertainment. Her familiar query - "Who are you wearing?" - would quickly give way to such snarky commentary as her assessment of Adele's Grammy outfit: The singer looked like she was sitting on a teapot. The barbs could turn inward as well, with Rivers mocking everything from her proclaimed lack of sex appeal -- once quipping, "my best birth control now is just to leave the lights on" -- to her own mortality. She told the AP in 2013, just days after the death of her older sister, "The trouble with me is, I make jokes too often, I was making jokes yesterday at the funeral home. That's how I get through life. Life is SO difficult -- everybody's been through something! But you laugh at it, it becomes smaller." Joan Rivers was 81.

Today is Be Late For Something Day, sponsored by the Procrastinators' Club of America. Today is National Cheese Pizza Day. Today is Jury Rights Day, marking the day in 1670 when William Penn's jurors refused to convict him of preaching an illegal religion (Quakerism) to an unlawful assembly, his congregation. The action provided the bases for the US Constitution's first amendment rights of freedom of speech, religion, and peaceable assembly.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1914, Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run for Providence in the International League. He also pitched a one-hit shut-out against Toronto. In 1987, after 30 years on television, Dick Clark's American Bandstand was canceled. In 1996, research reported in The London Times showed 46% of dogs began watching for their owners up to an hour before their owners returned home each day, even when the owners worked irregular hours. In 1999, La-Z-Boy introduced its new Oasis recliner in Detroit. Designed for TV football fans, the tilt-back chair was equipped with a telephone, heat, a massager, and a cooler large enough to chill a six-pack.

The biggest party in the state, the Washington State Fair, opened its doors this morning. The Fair has been a tradition for Pacific Northwest residents since 1900, and is one of the largest fairs in the country with over one million guests attending the 17-day event. The fair is open now through the 21st.

More than 450 fast-food workers were arrested across the country on yesterday while protesting for higher wages. Sit-ins and demonstrations were held in 150 cities to demand that restaurant chains hike wages to $15 an hour. Organizers said the protests were the largest yet in a series of rallies and demonstrations that have been gaining momentum since late 2012. The fast-food workers also have helped call attention to efforts to raise the federal minimum wage, which is $7.25.

Paleontologists have unveiled a newly discovered dinosaur, Dreadnoughtus, that was one of the largest land animals ever. A team from Drexel University found the fossil -- the most complete skeleton of a giant titanosaur on record -- in Argentina's Patagonia region, and calculated that the beast was 86 feet long and weighed nearly 60 tons. The scientists wrote in an article published yesterday in the journal Scientific Reports that the giant herbivore, once full-grown, would have been "nearly impervious to attack" by predators.

Down in Oregon, the 3-year-old Great Dane was miserable and retching when its owners rushed him to a northwest Portland emergency animal hospital. It turns out it was something he ate. X-rays showed a stomach full of "a large quantity of foreign material." Nearly two hours of surgery later, Dr. Ashley Magee had the answer -- the dog had consumed 43 ½ socks. DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital spokeswoman Shawna Harch said it's perhaps the strangest case in the hospital's history.

Trivia Answer: Al Stewart who is 69 today. He's best known for his 1976 hit single Year of the Cat, the title song from the platinum album of the same name. Here in the states, he also charted On the Border, and Time Passages. Stewart has released sixteen studio and three live albums since his debut album in 1967, and continues to tour extensively around the US and Canada, Europe and the UK.

Thursday 9.4.14
Today's Trivia: He was an Australian wildlife expert, television personality, and conservationist. He achieved worldwide fame from the television series The Crocodile Hunter, an internationally broadcast wildlife documentary series which he co-hosted with his wife. Who is he?

Fail Mary. OK, we got that out of the way. Well, not really, because one of the major focal points of the 2014 season opener between the Super Bowl champion Seahawks and the Packers is what happened the last time Green Bay was in Seattle. For those who don't remember (is there anybody?) -- and for all those Packers fans who have blocked it from their minds -- the Seahawks prevailed 14-12 on Russell Wilson's desperation pass that Golden Tate stole away from Green Bay's secondary on the final play. Two days later, the NFL reached a new contract with its officials, and the replacements were, uh, sent packing. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "Now, we'll all have our own debate about that whenever the time comes when we're retired and gone, That referee was standing right there, looking right there -- right down at it -- and he didn't miss what he saw. He just saw it the way that Golden Tate made the catch. So I know that he wasn't confused." As for this spicy match-up tonight to kick off the schedule, both teams are favored to win their divisions and push each other for the NFC title. Aaron Rodgers testing Seattle's superb secondary is intriguing. So is Marshawn Lynch running against what Green Bay sure hopes is a more stingy defense. The champion Seahawks, No. 1 in the AP Pro32, are 5 1/2-point favorites of No. 4 Green Bay. Kick-off is tonight at 5:30.

Pitching in a September game that meant something for the first time in his career, Felix Hernandez tagged a 2-1 defeat on the Oakland Athletics yesterday at O.Com Coliseum. Returning to form after three sub-par outings, not only did Felix win for the first time since August 11th, the victory was his first in the month of September since 2011. The Mariners moved to within a half-game of the Detroit Tigers for the American League's second wild card spot. The Ms are also within 3 1/2 games of the Athletics and play their next two series against the two worst teams in the AL West, Texas and Houston. Hernandez allowed three hits, struck out four, walked two and lowered his ERA from 2.28 to 2.18. He improved to 19-and-7 lifetime against the Athletics, his most victories against any team. Not only did the Mariners take the series, they handed Oakland its first back-to-back home losses since May 7th. The Mariners are now in Texas for a four-game series beginning tonight at 5:05. They return to Safeco Field Monday to begin a three-game series with the Astros.

The WSU Cougars are back at it at 7:30 tomorrow night at Reno to face the Nevada Wolf Pack.

The Washington Huskies home opener is Saturday at noon against the Eastern Washington Eagles.

Birthdays: The drummer for The Pretenders, Martin Chambers is 63; actor and comedian Damon Wayans is 54; baseball's Mike Piazza is 46; and Beyonce Knowles is 33.

Today is Edsel Day, commemorating September 4th in 1957 when the Ford Motor Company introduced its infamous $350-million disaster car, the 1958 Edsel. It was the first car with a wrap-around windshield, electric door locks, cruise control, and four headlights. Today is Another Look Unlimited Day, a day to survey your possessions and give surplus items to charity or reuse in another project. Slow the flow to landfills. Today is National Newspaper Carrier Day. Today is Beetle Bailey's birthday. He first appeared on this date in 1950. Today is National Macadamia Nut Day. Today is Help! Day, marking this date in 1965 when the Beatles' song Help reached #1 in the US.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1953, the New York Yankees became the first baseball team to win five consecutive American League championships. In 1964, Gilligan's Island premiered on CBS-TV. The cast was stranded for three full seasons and 98 episodes. In 1968, The Rolling Stones' single Street Fighting Man was banned in Chicago, where the Democratic National Convention was being held, because of its political content. In 1972, US swimmer Mark Spitz became the first athlete to win seven Olympic gold medals. In 1976, Kiss released their single Beth. Arguably the first power ballad, the song also became the rockers' biggest hit and peaked at number seven. In 1998, Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University. In 2002, Texas cocktail waitress and aspiring pop star Kelly Clarkson was voted the first American Idol.

Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg tied the knot in Chicago over the weekend, according to family and media. McCarthy, a former co-host of the daytime talk show, The View, and Wahlberg, part of the 1980s boy band New Kids on the Block, held their ceremony in the Chicago suburb of St. Charles on Sunday.

The 40-hour workweek is a distant memory. A new survey found 88% of us work more than 40 hours a week. 7 out of 10 take work home at least once a week. Over half of us would spend more time with family or exercise if we could reclaim an extra 60 minutes a day. Then again, Americans spend 5 hours a day watching TV would we really spend extra time exercising?

The Queen of England's been wearing the same shoes for 50 years. Well, different shoes but the same style. They're super-functional -- and that's all that matters. And every time she buys a new pair there's a junior member of her staff who breaks them in for her. has confirmed in a nationwide survey that women really do love their shoes. 20% admit they're more aroused by new shoes than by their significant others.

Trivia Answer: Steve Irwin -- The Crocodile Hunter. Irwin died on this date in 2006 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming an underwater documentary film titled Ocean's Deadliest.

Wednesday 9.3.14
Today's Trivia: This actress was best known for her role as Doreen Lewis in Private Benjamin, for which she received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She reprised the role for the TV adaptation, winning both a Golden Globe and Emmy for her performance. She also received Emmy nominations for her guest starring roles on Newhart, Thirtysomething, Taxi, and Will & Grace. Who was she?

James Paxton pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning and the Seattle Mariners held off a late rally by Oakland for a 6-5 win last night, handing the Athletics their fifth loss in six games. The A's remained 4 1/2 games back of the first-place Angels, who lost at Houston. Seattle is a game and a halfe behind Detroit in the race for that second wild card spot. The rubber game today between the division rivals and playoff contenders has the makings of quite a pitcher's duel. In a matchup of 13-game winners, Seattle ace Felix Hernandez faces Jon Lester.

According to the experts, the Seattle Seahawks begin the 2014 NFL season where they ended last season -- right on top. The defending Super Bowl champs start the season at No. 1 in several Week 1 power rankings, with one notable exception. But first, the adulation:'s Elliot Harrison has the Hawks topping his list, with the Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots rounding out the top five. "Still the best team in football," Harrison wrote of Seattle. "It was true in early February, it was true after the draft and it's true now." The 80-plus members of ESPN's "Power Panel" of experts agreed, ranking the Hawks above the Broncos, Patriots, San Francisco 49ers and Saints in their poll, while dropping the Packers -- Seattle's opponent to kick off the season tomorrow night at CenturyLink Field -- to No. 6. CBS Sports' Pat Kirwan also has the Seahawks No. 1 in his rankings, discounting the notion that the NFL's new rules emphasis will hurt Seattle's vaunted pass defense. "They have had a very impressive preseason and look as sharp as they did at the end of 2013," Kirwan wrote. "I don't expect the new emphasis on illegal contact and pass interference to hurt the Seahawks. They were the most penalized team last year and won it all." Kirwan's top five is very similar to his and ESPN counterparts, with the Patriots, Broncos, Saints and Niners trailing Seattle. But Pete Prisco -- Kirwan's colleague at CBS Sports -- apparently didn't get the memo regarding the love-fest for the defending champions, placing them all the way down at No. 3, behind Denver and Green Bay. Prisco's explanation? He's not doing his ranking based on last year's success, but on who he think will win it all in the 2014 season. "The Seahawks were in the top spot since they dominated Denver in the Super Bowl in February, but I moved Denver to the top and the Green Bay Packers into the second spot," he wrote. "The reason I have Green Bay over Seattle is because I think the Packers will win the NFC." By the way, the Associated Press also placed the Hawks on top of their rankings, as well. It's a 5:30 start tomorrow night at the Clink.

Meanwhile, the "experts" have chimed in and come up with their predictions for the Hawks on a game-by-game basis. The folks at ESPN came up with the list.

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Forty-five districts in Western Washington resumed classes yesterday. Olympia, Tumwater, and North Thurston joined the party today.

Today is National Grilled Cheese Day. 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 driving from the left 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.

Birthdays: Beetle Bailey creator Mort Walker is 91; Beach Boy Al Jardine is 72; actress Valerie Perrine is 71; Grand Funk drummer Donald Brewer is 66; Charlie Sheen is 49; singer Jennifer Paige is 41; two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, snowboarder Shaun White is 28, and the Lava Lamp turns 51 today. The design of the lamp was created by British inventor Edward Craven-Walker.

One of the two elderly women who were struck by an SUV in a grocery parking lot last evening has died of her injuries, police said. A man in a mid-sized SUV pulled into the parking lot on Whitman Lane at about 7 last night and hit the two women, according to Lacey Fire Battalion Chief Tim Hulse. Witnesses reported the women -- one in her early 90s and the other in her late 80s -- had been walking through the parking lot toward a senior living facility across the street. One appeared to have fallen and was being helped by the other when they were struck, said Sgt. T. Brimmer of the Lacey police. The SUV driver didn't see the women and didn't realize he had hit anyone until he felt the vehicle driving over something, according to Hulse. Both women suffered severe trauma all over their bodies. Both were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center, where one of them later died. The case is under investigation.

Police are investigating after a body was found in the water at Percival Landing in downtown Olympia today. An Olympia parks employee spotted the body at Percival Landing about 10:15 this morning. With the help of the coroner, police pulled the body out of the water. There were no outward signs of trauma. The medical examiner will identify the victim and determine the cause of death.

Joan Rivers' family has confirmed that the comedian is on life support after going into cardiac arrest last week during a procedure at a doctor's office. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, said in a statement yesterday that her mother is on life support "at this time." The 81-year-old comic and red carpet commentator was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan last Thursday.

Trivia Answer: Eileen Brennan who would have been 82 today. Sadly, Brennan died of bladder cancer at her home in Burbank on July 28th of last year.

Tuesday 9.2.14
Today's Trivia: He was an actor known for his roles as a beatnik and then later as a castaway on a deserted island. Who is he?

An ugly 6-1 loss for the Mariners to the Athletics in Oakland yesterday. The Mariners have dropped five of seven games after sweeping the Red Sox in Fenway Park, slipping one-and-a-half games behind the Detroit Tigers in the race for the final American League playoff spot. Oakland, which had its own troubles entering the Labor Day matinee, having lost five of six, was fresh off a lengthy tongue lashing Sunday from manager Bob Melvin in a closed-door team meeting immediately following a sweep by the AL West Division-leading Angels. In response, the A's came out fired up. Starter Chris Young lasted 2/3 of an inning and was down 4-0 before the Ms even got a chance to bat.The blowout loss overshadowed a brilliant outing by Taijuan Walker in relief. The 22-year-old was recalled from AAA Tacoma prior to the game along with six others as part of the annual roster expansion in September. In his fourth appearance with the Mariners, Walker allowed one run on six hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out five while showcasing a simplified delivery. Game two of the three game set with Oakland is tonight.

Last Sunday was the last Sunday without NFL Football until February 8th.

The Seahawks open the NFL season Thursday night. They host the Green Bay Packers at the Clink. That's also when the championship banner is being unveiled.

Sophomore Cyler Miles, penance done, is starting at quarterback in the Huskies' home football opener Saturday against Eastern Washington. Sophomore Jeff Lindquist, who threw a stellar touchdown pass but otherwise was often shaky at the season opener in Hawaii, will be the backup. At his weekly press conference, coach Chris Petersen said, "Cyler will start and we'll see what he can do. I think he's got a pretty good football IQ."

The WSU Cougars are back at it at 7:30 Friday night. They face the Nevada Wolf Pack at Reno.

Birthdays: Actress Julie Andrews is 79; former Super Bowl quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers, now a sportscaster, Terry Bradshaw is 66; actor Mark Harmon is 63; a former No. 1 tennis player in the world, Jimmy Connors is 62; actress Linda Purl is 59; actor Keanu Reeves is 50; boxer Lennox Lewis is 49; and actress Salma Hayek is 48.

Today is Pierce-Your-Ears Day and National Blueberry Popsicle Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1901, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt uttered the famous phrase, "Speak softly and carry a big stick." He was at the Minnesota State Fair at the time. In 1969, NBC-TV canceled Star Trek. The show had debuted on September 8th of 1966. In 1985, it 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.

Forty-five districts around Western Washington returned to classes today. Here in the South Sound, Olympia, Tumwater, and North Thurston are back at it tomorrow.

The campaign to get fast-food workers paid at least $15 a hour resumes later this week. Union organizers say workers will walk off their jobs Thursday in 150 cities nationwide. Restaurants that they say will be affected include McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and KFC. The action would be the latest in a two-year effort to get employers to pay them a minimum wage of $15 an hour and allow them to form unions without retaliation.

Trivia Answer: Robert Osbourne Denver -- Bob Denver -- who died on this date nine years ago today. He was Maynard G. Krebs on the TV series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis from 1959 to 1963. Then, of course, he was the title character on Gilligan's Island. Denver also appeared in the 1964 beach film For Those Who Think Young with Tina Louise prior to the development of Gilligan's Island. After Dobie Gillis ended in 1963, Denver landed the title role on the sitcom Gilligan's Island, which ran for three seasons from 1964 to 1967 on CBS, and became a staple of later syndication. His role as the well-meaning, but bumbling, first mate among a small cast of shipwrecked castaways became the one for which he is most remembered. In 1998, Denver was arrested for having a box of marijuana delivered to his home. He originally said that the box had come from Dawn Wells, who had played Mary Ann on Gilligan's Island, but later refused to name her in court and testified that "some crazy fan must have sent it." The police reportedly found more of the plant and related paraphernalia in Denver's home. He pleaded no contest and received six months probation. Wells herself would be sentenced to six months' unsupervised probation after she was arrested in 2007 for having marijuana in her car. In May of 2005, Denver underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery and was subsequently diagnosed with throat cancer. He died September 2nd of 2005.

Monday 9.1.14
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?

Dustin Ackley homered and drove in four runs and the Seattle Mariners averted a three-game sweep, overcoming a pair of home runs by Bryce Harper to beat the Washington Nationals yesterday 5-3. The NL East-leading Nationals hit 10 home runs in the series, one short of the Safeco Field record for a three-game set established by Cleveland back in 2009. Seattle stopped its three-game losing streak. Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, who missed the previous two games to attend his daughter's wedding in Indiana, returned just before game time and assumed his duties. The Mariners are now a half-game behind Detroit in the race for that second AL Wild Card slot. Seattle opens a three-game series at Oakland beginning this afternoon.

If you're following the AL West, you're probably not surprised to hear that the Houston Astros today fired manager Bo Porter.

The Seattle Seahawks got their roster to the NFL-mandated limit of 53 players over the weekend. Among those released was quarterback Terrelle Pryor. The Seahawks acquired Pryor from the Oakland Raiders in April. Pryor came into training camp as possible competition for backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, but his performance in the preseason didn't warrant a roster spot as the team's No. 3 QB. 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.

Interesting to note that yesterday was the last Sunday without NFL Football until February 8th.

The St. Louis Rams on Saturday cut defensive end Michael Sam, the first openly-gay player drafted into the NFL. The seventh-round pick earned his way through previous cuts, but was left off the Rams' final 53-man roster, which had to be finalized Saturday afternoon. In a series of tweets, Sam thanked the Rams for "giving me this tremendous opportunity and allowing me to show I can play at this level," adding that his "journey continues."

The debut game of the Chris Petersen era at the University of Washington was not a triumph, but rather a 17-16 non-conference win Saturday night over a Hawaii team that was 4-and-20 over the previous two seasons. But a win is a win. The No. 25 Huskies are back in action Saturday at noon as they host the Eastern Washington Eagles at Husky Stadium.

Following their 41-38 loss to Rutgers, the WSU Cougars are back at it at 7:30 Friday night. They face the Nevada Wolf Pack at Reno.

In addition to being Labor Day, today is 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 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. International Enthusiasm Week begins today.

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 brought Muammar Gaddafi to power. In 1972, in Reykjavík, Iceland, American Bobby Fischer beat Russian Boris Spassky to become the world chess champion. Ten years ago today, on this date in 2004, the iTunes Music Store reached 125 million songs sold.

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.

Birthdays: Comedian and actress Lily Tomlin is 75; from The Bee Gees, Barry Gibb is 68; from Miami Sound Machine, singer Gloria Estefan is 57; he won a reality contest to become singer for INXS, J.D Fortune is 41; and retired Seahawk Sidney Rice is 28.

September is National Chicken Month, Baby Safety Month, Children's Good Manners Month, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, National Coupon Month, Happy Cat Month, Hug a Texas Chef Month, National Honey Month, and Mold Awareness Month. September is Backpack Safety Month, International People Skills Month, Library Card Sign-up Month, National Biscuit Month, National Potato Month, National Rice Month, National Velociraptor Awareness Month, and Pleasure Your Mate Month.

The Guardians of the Galaxy misfits reached a new box office stratosphere over this Labor Day weekend, soaring past fellow Marvel hero Captain America to become the highest-grossing domestic movie of 2014. Guardians rang up $16.3 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales, topping weekend charts for the third time since its August 1st debut. For the weekend, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles took the No. 2 slot. The drama If I Stay based on a young adult novel about a girl who has an out of body experience after a catastrophic car accident, claimed third place. Low-budget horror flick As Above, So Below debuted in fourth place. The R-rated comedy Let's Be Cops rounded out the Top Five.

Trivia Answer: Phillip McGraw who turns 64 today. He's best known as Dr. Phil. His television show is also named Dr. Phil and it debuted in 2002. 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 is listed by the Texas State Board of Psychology as "retired" and he holds no other active licenses to practice in any other state.