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Friday 10.30.15
Today's Trivia: She's a television anchor and journalist, and has been involved in news reporting since 1975. She's best known for her 13-year tenure on NBC's Today program, followed by 12 years as co-host of Dateline NBC. She's married to Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau. Who is she?

Playing their second game in a span of five days, the banged-up New England Patriots appeared to be in a vulnerable spot. It turned out to be anything but. Tom Brady threw for 356 yards and four touchdowns, and the Pats defense forced two turnovers and a safety to keep New England unbeaten as they rolled over the Miami Dolphins 36-7 last night and boosted their record to 7-and-0.

If Dez Bryant is able to play this week for the Dallas Cowboys, it's likely he'll be seeing a whole lot of Richard Sherman. Sherman has been called upon to trail the opposition's biggest receiving threats far more frequently this season. Bryant is one of the league's most explosive receivers when healthy and could be another target of Sherman's increased attention. Seahawks - Cowboys. Sunday afternoon at 1:00.

Huskies and Cougars at it tomorrow. Tomorrow night at 7:30, the Cougars host the Stanford Cardinal. Then at 8:00 the Huskies host the Arizona Wildcats.

In baseball, the Kansas City Royals are rolling. They're up two-games-to-none in the best-of-seven World Series. The action switches from Kaufman Stadium in KC to Citi Field in New York for game three tonight. Games three, four, and -- if necessary -- five are all in New York. The Mets try to make a game five necessary starting tonight at 5:00 on FOX.

Birthdays: Hymie the Robot on Get Smart, actor Dick Gautier is 84; retired football player and coach Dick Vermeil is 79; from Jefferson Airplane and its various derivatives, singer Grace Slick is 76; The Fonz on Happy Days, actor Henry Winkler is 70; Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit is 68; Michael Kuzak on LA Law, actor Harry Hamlin is 65; the soon-to-be ex-Mr. Gwen Stefani, singer-songwriter Gavin Rossdale is 50; and the host of Cash Cab, Ben Bailey is 45.

Today is National Candy Corn Day. Candy Corn was created by George Renninger of Wunderle Candy Company in the late 1800s. Today is National Buy a Doughnut Day. no to be confused with Doughnut Day which is in June. Tonight is Look in the Back of Your Refrigerator Night, also called Haunted Refrigerator Night. Today is Create a Great Funeral Day. It's more fun when you do it in advance. Today is Try On Your Halloween Costume Early Day. Go ahead, see how cool or goofy you look. Tonight is Practice Winter Snuggling Night. On cold nights this winter, you'll be glad you did. And today is the last Friday in October, it's Frankenstein Friday. A day that celebrates Frankenstein and its creator. Frankenstein is one of the best known horror characters, dating back to the 1800's. Hard to imagine the Halloween season without the presence of Frankenstein, lurking somewhere in the darkness.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1938, actor Orson Welles stirred a national panic with his radio drama The War of the Worlds. Listeners believed the simulated news bulletins in the drama were real and that Grovers Mill, New Jersey, actually was being invaded by men from Mars. In 1971, John Lennon’s Imagine was the number-one album in the US. In 1974, Muhammad Ali regained the world boxing title by knocking out heavyweight champ George Foreman in Zaire. Twenty years later Foreman won the title again. In 1984, Freddy Krueger slashed his way across the movie screen in the first Nightmare on Elm Street. In 2000, entertainer Steve Allen died at age 78. He hosted the original Tonight Show and, in his spare time, composed more than 4,000 songs. In 2003, the file-sharing application Napster returned to the Internet as Napster 2.0 and offered a paid-for downloading service.

Our region's first fall storm is blowing through the Northwest just in time for Halloween. WSU says a storm front will park over Washington, Oregon, and Idaho by Saturday morning. Forecasts indicate sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph will ravage much of Washington, with gusts in the mountains possibly topping 50 mph. Showers and drizzle will also blanket the region. Two waves of heavier rain are expected to hit this weekend: Once this morning and again tonight, continuing into tomorrow morning. The chance of precipitation is 95 percent tomorrow morning, but goes down to 55 percent for trick or treating according to the National Weather Service. The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning throughout the Puget Sound region for this weekend.

Phil Collins has ended his retirement and plans to tour next year. The former Genesis frontman tells Rolling Stone magazine he’s been away from the spotlight for too long, while battling hearing and back issues, and now he’s "raring to go" again. The 64-year-old announced his retirement plans in 2011, saying he wanted to focus on being a full time father to his two young sons. But now, just a week after delaying the scheduled reissue of a series of remastered solo albums as he recovers from back surgery, Collins says, "It would be silly to not make more music." He says he's setting up a studio in his home in Miami, Fla., and plans to start work on recording new music next month. And the former drummer has found the perfect person to replace him behind the kit in his band -- Jason Bonham, the son of late Led Zeppelin rocker John Bonham. As for his touring plans, he says, "I don’t think I want a very long tour but I would like to play the stadiums in Australia and the Far East, and that’s the only way to do that. But there’s a part of me that just wants to do theaters, so we’ll see."

A year ago, Laurence Leavy was an eyesore at the World Series. He was the Marlins Man, the guy in that garish orange jersey sitting right behind home plate at Kauffman Stadium. Now, he's getting the Royal treatment. The 59-year-old principal of a Miami law firm has gained national attention for his ability to land the best seats at the biggest sporting events, usually within direct view of television cameras. At NBA games, that's right behind the home team's bench, while at college football games it's in the front row on the 45-yard line. Tonight he'll be perched in all his blaze-orange glory behind the backstop at Citi Field in New York when the Mets try to dig out from an 0-2 deficit to the Kansas City Royals in the World Series. He was similarly situated in the first two games in Kansas City, a city that embraced him after he donated $10,000 earlier this month to the families of two firefighters who were killed when a building's burning wall collapsed onto them. He also briefly donned a blue cap and T-shirt, which are now being sold to raise money for the families. It's a far cry from a year ago, when he says a team security official told him Royals owner David Glass considered him a distraction and asked if he would switch into a Royals jersey instead. Leavy declined. When the offer was sweetened with autograph bats and balls if he would only change his shirt, he refused to budge and was a mainstay for the rest of the series in both Kansas City and San Francisco. Late this past Tuesday night and into Wednesday, Leavy blocked 500 people from his Twitter account for saying what he called "vicious, mean things" to him for focusing so much on his cellphone when he paid big money for his seats. He said, "People who've never met me in their life." Leavy said he's too busy to watch much television, so the only images of himself he sees are on social media. He tries to read every Twitter message that's sent to him, which is why he feels the need to watch his phone constantly. "I figure if it's important enough for them to reach out to me, out of respect I should reach out back," he said. "Sometimes, like during a game last year, they were coming in so fast I couldn't keep up. I was getting like a thousand a minute. It was ridiculous."

Happy Halloween!

Trivia Answer: Margaret Jane Pauley -- better known simply as Jane Pauley -- who turns 65 tomorrow. From 1976 to 1989 she was the co-host of the Today show. With Tom Brokaw and from '76–'81, and with Bryant Gumbel from '82–'89. She and Garry Trudeau live in New York City and have three children.

Thursday 10.29.15
Today's Trivia: He's best known for starring in a number of film, television, and theater roles since the late 1960s, including the films American Graffiti, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Mr. Holland's Opus, and The Goodbye Girl. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1978 for The Goodbye Girl. Who is he?

The Seattle Seahawks gained a couple of spots in most experts' Week 8 NFL power rankings after their 20-3 victory over the San Francisco 49ers last Thursday. The Hawks' convincing win over their division rivals used the same blueprint that Seattle has used for years under Pete Carroll, featuring a dominant run game that opens up the downfield play-action passing attack and suffocating defense. That was enough for ESPN's composite rankings to place the Seahawks back in the top 10, moving up three spots to No. 9. The folks over at ESPN Stats & Information think the Hawks could make the rest of the league forget about their slow start. CBS Sports' Pete Prisco was the only other person to put the Seattle in his top 10, saying the defense's return to form was enough for him to vault them four spots to tenth overall. USA Today, Sports Illustrated, and Fox Sports all had the Seahawks at No. 11, with Fox Sports' Dan Schneier moving them up eight spots from last week despite his concerns about the offense. Yahoo's Frank Schwab and SB Nation's Danny Kelly each placed Seattle at No. 13, with Schwab looking forward to the Hawks' next game after the bye. He says, "If the Seahawks beat the Cowboys next week, they have a bye before a home Sunday night game against the Cardinals. That could be quite the interesting fork in the road for the Seahawks' season." Seahaws-Cowboys Sunday afternoon at 1:00.

Huskies and Cougars are both home this weekend. Saturday night at 7:30, the Cougars host the Stanford Cardinal. Then at 8:00 the Huskies host the Arizona Wildcats.

In baseball, the Royals are rolling -- and they did it in much quicker fashion. Johnny Cueto threw a complete game two-hitter, and Kansas City batted around in the fifth inning on the way to a 7-1 victory over the New York Mets and a 2-games-to-0 lead in the World Series. A night off tonight. The series moves to New York for games three, four, and five starting tomorrow night at 5:00.

Birthdays: Guitarist from The Moody Blues and later with Paul McCartney & Wings, Denny Laine is 71; singer and actress Melba Moore is 70; originally with Fleetwood Mac, guitarist Peter Green is 69; actress Kate Jackson is 67; author Lee Child -- each of his novels follows the adventures Jack Reacher --- is 61; the voice of Homer Simpson amongst others, voice actor Dan Castellaneta is 58; actress Winona Ryder is 44; and Swedish singer/songwriter Tove Lo is 28.

Today is Internet Day, marking the first connection on ARPANET, or what would become the Internet, between computers at UCLA and Stanford Research Center in California on October 29th of 1969. The @ symbol was adopted in 1972 and a year later 75% of ARPANET traffic was e-mail. Today is National Oatmeal Day. Today is Hermit Day, a quiet day to spend quietly in seclusion, all by yourself.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1929, the New York Stock Market crashed as 16-million shares of stock were dumped and investors lost billions of dollars. The boom had ended and America faced a decade of depression. In 1945, the first ballpoint pens went on sale at Gimbels department stores for $12.95. In 1966, the National Organization for Women was formed. In 1995, Jerry Rice of the San Francisco 49ers became the NFL's leading receiver 14,040 career yards. In 1997, comedian Bob Hope, who had entertained American troops overseas for decades, was made an honorary US veteran at age 94. The congressional resolution bestowing the title was the first of its kind. In 2004, Osama bin Laden, in a videotaped statement, directly admitted he had ordered the September 11th attacks and told America "the best way to avoid another Manhattan" was to stop threatening Muslims' security.

Just in time for Halloween, Forbes' has released their annual list of top-earning dead celebs. For 2015, Michael Jackson has been named the top. The administrators of the King of Pop’s estate have brought in an estimated $115 million in the past year, according to Forbes magazine, thanks to deals with Cirque du Soleil and recorded music sales. Jackson beats Elvis Presley, who comes in second with $55 million, while Peanuts cartoonist Charles M Schulz is third with $40 million. Bob Marley and Elizabeth Taylor round out the top five with $21 million and $20 million, respectively, while Fast & Furious star Paul Walker is a new entry in top-earning dead celebrities countdown, coming in at number nine. Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, and Albert Einstein also figure in the top 10.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had the top-selling NFL-licensed products from March through August, according to a report yesterday from NFL Players Inc., which handles the league's licensing and marketing. The data tabbed Wilson as the high seller among NFL stars for the second consecutive cycle. The previous tabulation ran from March of last year through this past February. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady came in second in the latest rankings. Rounding out the list's top five are Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning at No. 3, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers at No. 4 and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt at No. 5.

Singer Rod Stewart is well-known for his love of soccer, especially the Celtic Football Club in Glasgow, Scotland. Hockey, it turns out, is another matter. His 21-year-old son, Liam Stewart says, "All he knows is if my team scores. That's about it, I was like, 'Dad, that's all you need to know -- if we win or if we score.'" Liam is the newest addition to the roster of the Alaska Aces, a development league team affiliated with the Minnesota Wild of the NHL. Liam Stewart was born in London to Rod Stewart and his then-wife, supermodel Rachel Hunter. After the couple split, Liam grew up in the Los Angeles area with his mom. He said his famous dad never pushed him to get into soccer, but he still played the sport until he was 13 or 14, when the hockey bug bit him.

Trivia Answer: Richard Dreyfuss who is 68 today. He has also won a Golden Globe Award, and a BAFTA Award. Dreyfuss's first film role was a small, uncredited appearance in The Graduate. He had one line, "Shall I get the cops? I'll get the cops." Dreyfuss went on to star in the box office blockbusters Jaws in 1975 and Close Encounters of the Third Kind in 1977, both directed by Steven Spielberg. Around 1978, Dreyfuss began using cocaine frequently; his addiction came to a head four years later in 1982, when he was arrested for possession of the drug after he blacked out while driving, and his car struck a tree. He entered rehab and eventually made a Hollywood comeback with the films Down And Out In Beverly Hills in 1986 and Stakeout the following year. Dreyfuss also starred in the Rob Reiner movie, Stand by Me, a 1986 coming-of-age drama/comedy film. Dreyfuss was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his performance as Glenn Holland in Mr. Holland's Opus in 1995. Since then, he has continued working in the movies, television and the stage.

Wednesday 10.28.15
Today's Trivia: He was a painter, art instructor, and television host. He was best known as the creator and host of The Joy of Painting, a television program that aired on PBS here in the United States, as well as Canada, and Europe. Who was he?

An inside-the-park home run. A power failure that blacked out the TV audience. Crazy bounces, great plays and key errors. The longest World Series opener ever had a little bit of everything. And more than five hours after they began, the Kansas City Royals won in the 14th edging the New York Mets 5-4 last night. Game two is tonight on Fox.

Coming up Saturday, the Huskies are hosting Arizona. Also Saturday, the Cougars host Stanford.

Then on Sunday, the Seahawks are in Dallas to meet the Cowboys.

Birthdays: Musician Charlie Daniels is 79; former NBA player and coach, coaching the Seattle Sonics to a championship in 1979. Lenny Wilkens is 78; television comedy writer and producer Susan Harris is 75; Detective Andy Sipowicz on NYPD Blue, actor Dennis Franz is 71; Caitlyn Jenner is 66;. actress Annie Potts is 63; Bill Gates is 60; Conan O'Brien's sidekick, Andy Richter is 49; actress Julia Roberts is 48; singer Ben Harper is 46; actor Joaquin Phoenix is 41; and Seattle Sounder Obafemi Martins is 31.

Today is Flying Baby Day. On this date in 1929, Mrs. T.W. Evans gave birth to a baby in an airplane over Miami, the first baby born in an airplane. Today is Part Your Hair Crooked Just To See If Anyone Will Say Anything About It Day. It's Plush Animal Lover's Day a day to enjoy your plush, stuffed animals.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1886. the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland. In 1904, the St. Louis Police Department became the first to use fingerprinting. In 1955, when singers Marty Robbins and Elvis Presley performed in Lubbock, Texas, a local guitarist, 19-year-old Buddy Holly, opened the concert. Thirteen-year-old Mac Davis was in the audience. In 1961, a customer asked London record store owner Brian Epstein for My Bonnie by the Silver Beatles. Epstein didn’t have it, but he went to the Cavern Club to check out the group and signed them a few days later. In 1965, the Gateway Arch was completed in St. Louis. It’s 630 feet high. In 2007, the game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock was released in North America. In 2014, boxed sets of Led Zeppelin's IV and Houses Of The Holy were released.

A Salem, Massachusetts, woman who calls herself a witch priestess is taking a self-proclaimed warlock to court over accusations of harassment. Lori Sforza, who runs a Salem witchcraft shop and leads a pagan church, filed for court-ordered protection against harassment from Christian Day, whose website calls him the "world's best-known warlock." Sforza accused Day of harassing her online and over the phone for three years. The two will meet in court on today. The 75-year-old Sforza accuses the 45-year-old Day of repeatedly calling her late at night and swearing at her. Storza's attorney also alleges Day made malicious posts about her on social media. Salem, home of the 17th-century witch trials, has a tourism industry built around the occult that reaches fever pitch in October. The city is home to several witchcraft stores, museums dedicated to the trials and Halloween-themed attractions.

YouTube announced yesterday that Adele's single Hello had the most explosive debut of any video this year, having racked up 50 million views in its first 48 hours alone. The video, which bowed early Friday (Oct. 23), attracted as many as 1.6 million views in a single hour and is bound to reach 100 million in its first week.

A business note: Shares of Rite Aid jumped nearly 40 percent yesterday afternoon on a report that it may be gobbled up in the next major acquisition by Walgreens, the biggest US drugstore chain. The Wall Street Journal said Walgreens is in advanced talks to buy Rite Aid. The deal would combine the largest and third-largest US drugstore chains, based on store counts.

Gwen Stefani was left squirming during a live TV interview yesterday when she was asked if her divorce from Gavin Rossdale had inspired her new song. Gwen announced her split from Gavin in August after nearly 13 years of marriage, and earlier this month, she debuted her latest single, Used to Love You, at a concert in New York City. Matt Lauer said, "Your personal life has been in the headlines. Are fans misinterpreting something here or is it all right there in front of us in terms of the song?" Clearly caught off-guard by the question, Gwen blushed, before attempting to tackle the topic. She said, "Oh my God, put me on the spot. What I'll say about that is that I've never put a record out where I'm actually going through things in real time. I wrote that song a couple weeks ago, and then I sat in front of a camera in a dressing room, randomly not making a video, just to do some video for the screens behind me (onstage), and then it went out and it was the (official) video. It's all very real." Gwen's comments emerge days after the singer and her estranged husband reportedly signed off on an agreement to split their assets and share custody of their three sons. A judge is expected to finalize the divorce by the end of the year.

Boxer-turned-movie star Mike Tyson has courted controversy by endorsing divisive presidential hopeful Donald Trump. The star has thrown his weight behind the businessman-turned-politician as he seeks to become the Republican candidate in the upcoming 2016 US presidential election.Tyson is convinced Trump's business acumen will be a huge asset for a US president. "He should be president of the United States," he tells the Huffington Post. "Let's try something new. Let's run America like a business, where no colors matter. Whoever can do the job, gets the job. I like Trump."

You ready for some earth-shattering health news? A new study financed by the National Institutes of Health says obese children who cut back on their sugar intake see improvements in their blood pressure, cholesterol readings, and other markers of health. Duh. The news is that they see these results after just 10 days.

Trivia Answer: Robert Norman Ross -- Bob Ross -- who would have been 73 tomorrow. Bob Ross was born in Daytona Beach, Florida, and was raaised in Orlando. Ross enlisted in the United States Air Force at age 18. Ross later discovered that he was able to earn more from selling his work than from his Air Force position. He then retired from the Air Force after 20 years of service and became famous worldwide hosting The Joy of Painting. Ross was well known for catchphrases he used while painting such as "happy little trees". In most episodes of The Joy of Painting, he noted that one of his favorite parts of painting was cleaning the brush, specifically his method of drying off a brush, which he had dipped in odorless thinner, by striking it against the thinner can and easel. He would smile and often laugh aloud as he "beat the devil out of it". At the end of each episode, Ross was best known for saying, "so from all of us here, I'd like to wish you happy painting, and God bless, my friend." Ross was diagnosed with lymphoma in the early 1990s, which eventually forced his retirement after The Joy of Painting's final episode aired on May 17, 1994. He died at the age of 52 on July 4th of 1995.

Tuesday 10.27.15
Today's Trivia: The NBA season gets going tonight so we go to basketball for trivia this morning. He's a retired basketball player and coach. He's been inducted three times into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, first in 1989 as a player, as a coach in 1998, and in 2010 as part of the 1992 United States Olympic Dream Team, for which he was an assistant coach. He is also a 2006 inductee into the College Basketball Hall of Fame. He was a combined 13-time NBA All-Star as a player (nine times) and as a head coach (four times). Who is he?

It would have been nice for the Seahawks if the Arizona Cardinals had lost on Monday Night Football ... but it wasn't to be. The Cardinals downed the Baltimore Ravens 26-18 and remain atop the NFC West with a 5-and-2 record.

The Mariners yesterday introduced Scott Servais as the club’s 17th full-time manager and announced four coaching staff assignments for the 2016 season, naming Tim Bogar bench coach, Edgar Martinez hitting coach, Mel Stottlemyre Jr. pitching coach and Chris Woodward first base coach. Bogar and Stottlemyre are new, Martinez and Woodward holdovers from Lloyd McClendon’s staff.

Speaking of baseball, the World Series has arrived. The New York Mets are in Kansas City to face the Royals in Game One tonight at 5:00 on FOX.

Birthdays: Actress Nanette Fabray is 95; from Monty Python, John Cleese is 76; singer Lee Greenwood is 73; author J.A. Jance -- it stands for Judith Ann -- is 71; from The E Street Band, bassist Garry Tallent is 66; author Fran Lebowitz is 65; Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon is 57; the drummer for The Presidents of the United States of America, Jason Finn is 48; singer Scott Weiland is 48; and Ozzy & Sharon's daughter, Kelly Osbourne is 31.

Today is Cranky Co-Workers Day, in honor of all the complaining and just plain cranky co-workers we have to endure all year, this is the day to let them go with it and enjoy their miseries. Today is Radio Day, marking the issuance of the first radio broadcast license by the US Commerce Department on this date in 1920 to Westinghouse for station KDKA in Pittsburgh. KDKA starting broadcasting a week later. Today is Navy Day, observed since 1922 on the birthdate of Theodore Roosevelt.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1904, the New York subway system officially opened. It was the first rapid-transit subway system in America. In 1954, Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were divorced. They had been married on January 14th of 1954. Also in 1954, Walt Disney's first television program, titled Disneyland after his soon-to-be completed theme park, premiered on ABC. In 1975, the covers of both Time and Newsweek carried a picture of Bruce Springsteen. It was the first time this happened for a rock star. In 1981, Queen and David Bowie released the single Under Pressure in the US. In 1994, the US Justice Department announced that the US prison population had exceeded one million for the first time in American history. In 1995, a contract was signed that would move the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore, but it wasn't announced until November 6th.

This is the last week of Daylight Saving Time. Fall back before you hit the sack Saturday night.

Outdoor retailer Recreational Equipment, Inc., better known as REI, has announced it will buck Black Friday and close its 143 stores on the Friday after Thanksgiving. The Kent-based co-op told members the plan in an email yesterday, saying instead of working they'll pay their employees on November 27th to be outside.

Jason Mraz is a married man after secretly exchanging vows with his longtime girlfriend in Virginia. The singer wed Christina Carano in an intimate outdoor ceremony at the Historic Polegreen Church in Mechanicsville on Sunday, with an estimated 50 guests in attendance, according to The groom announced the news by sharing a photo of his bride, wearing a long-sleeved, high-collar lace gown, standing in the aisle at the picturesque venue on Twitter. The couple met in 2007, but only began dating in late 2011 after Jason split from his former fiancee, singer/songwriter Tristan Prettyman.

Just we get that note, word comes that Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale are a step closer to finalizing their divorce after signing off on an agreement to split their assets and share custody of their three children. TMZ reports the stars, who filed for divorce in August, will get joint custody of their sons, Kingston, Zuma, and Apollo, but Gavin will look after the youngsters for the majority of the time due to Gwen’s busy schedule. It was also reported that the pair had no prenuptial agreement in place, but they have reached a deal on the division of their assets, and the judge presiding over the case will finalize the divorce by the end of the year.

Yesterday, NBC announced that Matthew McConaughey is hosting Saturday Night Live with musical guest Adele on November 21st.

Some Pop-Tarts will soon taste like bacon. Kellogg's has announced the debut of five crazy new flavors: Chocolatey Caramel, Maple Bacon, Watermelon, Frosted Spring Strawberry and Pink Lemonade. They roll into grocery stores gradually over the next six months, starting in mid-December.

Trivia Answer: Leonard Randolph Wilkens -- Lenny Wilkens -- who turns 78 tomorrow. He was the 1993 NBA Coach of the Year, won the 1979 NBA Championship as the head coach of the Seattle SuperSonics, and an Olympic gold medal as the head coach of the 1996 US men's basketball team. From the 1994–95 season until the 2009–10 season, Wilkens was the winningest coach in NBA history and retired still holding the record at 1,332 victories. Wilkens is now second on the list behind Don Nelson. Wilkens currently is seen around the Northwest as a College Hoops analyst and occasionally appears on College Hoops Northwest at game nights. He is the founder of the Lenny Wilkens Foundation for Children.

Monday 10.26.15
Today's Trivia: He was known for playing Cockneys and gangsters. He had lead roles in The Long Good Friday in 1980, Mona Lisa in 1986, Who Framed Roger Rabbit in 1988, Mermaids in 1990, and Super Mario Bros. in 1993. Who is he?

Last week, Husky coach Chris Petersen said Stanford was the best team Washington would face this season. The Cardinal is likely the best team in the Pac-12 and has a good chance at college football’s four team playoff. So Saturday night, when the Dawgs took to the field in Palo Alto, the game was virtually over before it started. The fact that the final result was merely 31-14 was a small tribute to Washington’s resolute defense, which held Stanford to 10 points fewer than its 41-point average over its past five games, all victories. Coming up this next Saturday, the Huskies host Arizona.

Meanwhile, Luke Falk continued his rampage through the Pac-12, throwing for 514 yards and five touchdowns, in leading Washington State to a 45-42 victory over Arizona Saturday in Tucson. A game that wasn’t decided until WSU recovered an onside kick with 44 seconds to play. The Cougars have won three in a row for the first time since early in the 2013 season and three consecutive conference games for the first time since midway through 2003. The Cougars host Stanford on Saturday.

No Seahawks this past weekend as they played and won last Thursday night. Coming up Sunday, the Hawks are in Dallas to take on the Cowboys.

Monday Night Football features the Baltimore Ravens and the Arizona Cardinals.

Baseball finally sorted everything out for the World Series. The American League Champion Kansas City Royals host the National League Champion New York Mets in game one of the best-of-seven series tomorrow night at 5:00 on FOX.

Speaking of baseball, the Mariners today introduced Scott Servais as the club’s 17th full-time manager and announced four coaching staff assignments for the 2016 season, naming Tim Bogar bench coach, Edgar Martinez hitting coach, Mel Stottlemyre Jr. pitching coach and Chris Woodward first base coach. Bogar and Stottlemyre are new, Martinez and Woodward holdovers from Lloyd McClendon's staff.

Birthdays: Rosario on Will & Grace, actress Shelley Morrison is 79; Kelly Garrett on Charlie's Angels, Jaclyn Smith is 70; long-time Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak is 69; former Secretary of State, presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is 68; Tom Hanks' wife, actress Rita Wilson is 59; singer Natalie Merchant is 52; musician and American Idol judge, Keith Urban is 48; and actor/writer Seth MacFarlane is 42.

Fiery-haired and feisty, Maureen O'Hara could handle anything the world and Hollywood threw at her. Director John Ford punched her in the jaw at a party and John Wayne dragged her through sheep dung -- real sheep dung -- in The Quiet Man. In Miracle on 34th Street she learned to believe in Santa Claus. But first and foremost, she always believed in herself. In a 1991 interview with The Associated Press she said, "I do like to get my own way. There have been crushing disappointments. But when that happens, I say, 'Find another hill to climb.'" The Irish-born beauty was 95 when she died Saturday in her sleep at her home in Boise, Idaho.

Today is National Mincemeat Day, a day to enjoy something that has been found in English recipes dating back to the 15th century, a mixture of meat and fruit used as a pie filling. Today is Mule Day, marking importation of the first Spanish jacks to the US, a gift from Spain, on October 26th of 1785. Today is Workaholic Stop and Smell Something Day, a day for workaholics to consider what they might be missing.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1949, President Harry Truman raised the minimum wage from 40 cents an hour to 75 cents an hour. In 1970, Doonesbury, the comic strip by Gary Trudeau, debuted in 28 newspapers across the US. In 1984, in Loma Linda, California, a baboon's heart was transplanted into Baby Fae, a newborn with a severe heart defect. Baby Fae lived 21 days with her experimental animal heart. In 1990, Wayne Gretzky became the first National Hockey League player to reach 2,000 points. In 1996, prosecutors cleared Atlanta guard Richard Jewell as a suspect in the Olympic Park bombing. In 1997, St. Vincent's Hospital in Green Bay, Wisconsin, issued an SOS after five babies were born and they ran out of green and gold Green Bay Packer caps and booties. Volunteer knitters rushed in to keep newborns warm in Packer colors. In 1998, a federal judge refused to issue an injunction against the sale of MP3 players. The device is used to play music downloaded from the Internet. The Recording Industry Association of America had brought the case to court.

It was a pre-Halloween massacre at the multiplexes. Four new films, including Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension and Vin Diesel's The Last Witch Hunter, crowded into theaters this weekend and were swiftly pulverized and left for dead. Another, Steve Jobs, expanded after a brisk limited run in a few key cities, only to be given the cold shoulder by the general public. Their failures allowed a trio of holdovers -- The Martian, Goosebumps, and Bridge of Spies -- to retain the top three spots on the box office chart. When the dust settled it was Ridley Scott's The Martian in first place. Goosebumps showed some endurance in its second weekend, slipping a mere 35%. And Bridge of Spies, the Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks Cold War drama, got a lift as older crowds caught up with the awards-contender. The top five was rounded out by The Last Witch Hunter sneaking in at number four and Hotel Transylvania 2 at number five.

Russell Wilson dressed up as Batman for girlfriend Ciara's big birthday bash on Saturday. Ciara was celebrating a milestone 30th birthday, so Russell surprised her with a superhero-themed costume party at the Warner Brothers Studio lot according to TMZ. Ciara dressed up as Catwoman for the party. The couple made quite the entrance by arriving in a Batmobile. Wilson also had an impressive three-tiered Catwoman-themed cake to go along with Ciara's outfit.

Adele’s new single Hello is off to a blazing start, and could post the largest ever US digital sales week for a song, according to industry sources. The track, released Friday has reportedly already sold roughly 450,000 in its first two days on sale. The debut week sales of Hello is scheduled to be announced next Monday.

Trivia Answer: Bob Hoskins who was born on this date in 1942. Hoskins was not initially aware that Super Mario Bros. was based on the popular video game of the same name. His son had asked him what film he was working on, and recognizing it, showed Hoskins the video game on the Nintendo video game console. In 2007, Hoskins told The Guardian that he regretted starring in Super Mario Bros.; he revealed that despite being praised for his performance in the film, he was extremely unhappy with the film and greatly angered by his experiences making it, referring to it as the "worst thing I ever did". In August 2012, Hoskins retired from acting due to being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. On April 29th of 2014, he died of pneumonia at a hospital in London at age 71.

Friday 10.23.15
Today's Trivia: He was a best-selling author, physician, producer, director and screenwriter, best known for his work in the science fiction, medical fiction, and thriller genres. His books have sold over 200 million copies worldwide, and many have been adapted into films. In 1994, he became the only creative artist ever to have works simultaneously charting at No. 1 on US television (ER), on film (Jurassic Park), and in book sales (Disclosure). Who was he?

Russell Wilson threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett late in the first half, Marshawn Lynch jumped the pile for an early 1-yard score, and the Seattle Seahawks went on to beat the San Francisco 49ers 20-3 last night. Wilson completed 10 of his first 12 passes and finished with 235 yards passing. There's still some work to do with the offensive line, however. He was sacked five times to push his NFL-leading total to 31. Lynch finished the night with 122 yards rushing despite vomiting on the sideline in the first half as Seattle avoided another fourth-quarter collapse. Seahawks are back at it Sunday, November 1st, in Dallas.

Another London game this weekend in the NFL. The Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars are going at it at Wembley Stadium Sunday morning. The game starts at 6:30 our time Sunday morning and a new twist this time out: Yahoo is streaming the game live online. We're encouraged to watch anywhere free. Watch the game for free across Yahoo apps on your phone, tablet, desktop, and connected TV.

The Huskies and Cougars are both on the road tomorrow. Tomorrow afternoon at 1:00. the WSU Cougars meet the Arizoma Wildcats in Tucson. Then at 7:30 tomorrow night, the Washington Huskies take on the Cardinal at Stanford on ESPN.

Like the rest of us, the New York Mets -- this year's National League champs -- are waiting to see who wins the American League title and who they'll play in the World Series starting Tuesday. The Kansas City Royals lead the best-of-seven ALCS, three games to two over the Toronto Blue Jays. The teams are in Kansas City for Game 6 tonight at 5 on FS1.

Another baseball note, the Mariners today hired Scott Servais as their new manager, replacing Lloyd McClendon. A former major league catcher with no previous managerial experience, Servais has an extensive background with Seattle GM Jerry Dipoto, having worked under Dipoto as an assistant GM with the Los Angeles Angels. According to The Los Angeles Times, Dipoto’s first hire after he became Angels GM in October 2011 was Servais. bIn addition to working for the Angels, Servais spent time as the player development director for the Texas Rangers (2006-11). The 48-year-old Servais also spent two years as the roving catching instructor for the Chicago Cubs.

Birthdays: Golfer Chi-Chi Rodriguez is 80; soccer's Pele is 75, director Ang Lee is 61; actor and musician Dwight Yoakam is 59. Weird Al Yankovic is 56; television host and journalist, former prosecutor Nancy Grace is 56; former quarterback Doug Flutie is 53; and John McCain's daughter, columnist Meghan McCain is 31.

Traditionally, the swallows leave Capistrano today. They’re back again on March 19th. Today is iPod Day. The Apple iPod MP3 music player was unveiled on this date in 2001. The iPod officially went on sale November 10th of 2001 for $399.00. Today is Mole Day -- always on October 23rd, from 6:02 in the morning until 6:02 in the evening. Chemistry majors, teachers, and chemistry buffs, this special day is for you. National Mole Day commemorates Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 10^23) To thoroughly enjoy National Mole Day, one must first understand what a "Mole" in Chemistry is. A "mole" is a basic measuring unit. It equals the atomic mass of a single molecule. It is measured in grams. This measure was discovered by Italian Amadeo Avogadro. Today is TV Talk Show Host Day -- a day celebrates and honors all TV Talk Show hosts. This very special day is celebrated on the birth date of legendary night time talk show host Johnny Carson. Carson is considered the King of late night Television. He hosted The Tonight Show from 1962 to 1992. His reign lasted a record 29 years, 7 months, 21 days. There were 1,859 episodes.

Calendar notes: on this date in 1915, some 25,000 women marched in New York City, demanding the right to vote. In 1956, the first videotape recording to be broadcast originated at WRCA-TV in New York City for NBC Television. The program introduced comedian Jonathan Winters. In 1964, the US’s Joe Frazier won the gold in heavyweight boxing at the Tokyo Olympics by barely out-pointing Germany’s Hans Huber. Afterward, Frazier admitted he fought the bout with a broken right hand. In 1977, Wesley Paul ran the 26-mile New York City marathon in 3 hours 31 minutes. That was 48 minutes behind the winner, but 15 minutes faster than any other 8-year-old had ever run the race. In 1978, CBS became the first label to start selling their albums for $8.98, raising the price by a dollar. Other labels soon followed suit. In 1987, a Texas burglar, sentenced to seven years in prison, complained that seven as his unlucky number. The judged raised it to eight years. In 1998, a federal judge in St. Louis ruled that the Fort Zumwalt High School marching band was not allowed to play Jefferson Airplane’s White Rabbit in their ‘60s medley. The song was banned by the high school superintendent on the grounds it promoted drug use.

Patricia -- the strongest hurricane ever recorded -- is barreling closer and closer this morning to Mexico's Pacific coast, where residents have been told to brace for its 200-mph sustained winds and torrential rains. The Miami-based meteorological center issed an advisory, warning of a "potentially catastrophic landfall ... in southwestern Mexico" late this afternoon or early evening. They sasy while its strength could fluctuate, "Patricia is expected to remain an extremely dangerous Category 5 hurricane through landfall." Patricia has potential to cause massive death and destruction over a large swath of the Mexican Pacific coast, including the tourist hot spots of Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco.

Trivia Answer: Michael Crichton who was born on this date in 1942. In accordance with the private way in which Crichton lived, his cancer was not made public until his death. According to his brother, Crichton was diagnosed with lymphoma in early 2008. He was undergoing chemotherapy treatment at the time of his death, and Crichton's physicians and relatives had been expecting him to recover. He died at the age of 66 on November 4th of 2008. Crichton's literary works are usually within the action genre and heavily feature technology. His novels epitomize the techno-thriller genre of literature, often exploring technology and failures of human interaction with it, especially resulting in catastrophes with biotechnology. Many of his future history novels have medical or scientific underpinnings, reflecting his medical training and science background. He wrote, among other works, The Andromeda Strain (1969), Congo (1980), Sphere (1987), Travels (1988), Jurassic Park (1990), Rising Sun (1992), Disclosure (1994), The Lost World (1995), Airframe (1996), Timeline (1999), Prey (2002), State of Fear (2004), Next (2006; the final book published before his death), Pirate Latitudes (2009), and a final unfinished techno-thriller, Micro, which was published in November 2011.

Thursday 10.22.15
Today's Trivia: This Japanese-born outfielder is currently on the Miami Marlins roster. Originally a player in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball, he moved to the United States in 2001 to play in Major League Baseball. He spent 11 years with his first MLB team. He's established a number of batting records, including MLB's single-season record for hits with 262. He had 10 consecutive 200-hit seasons, the longest streak by any player, surpassing Wee Willie Keeler's streak of eight. Who is he?

The once-hottest rivalry in sports has chilled into tapioca, but coming in second tonight will assure a lost season for either the Seahawks or 49ers. Of course, as Art Thiel writes Jim Harbaugh's Yosemite Sam is not around to match up with Peter Carroll's Bugs Bunny anymore. Harbaugh, the former 49ers coach, has returned to college at Michigan. Also gone from the 49ers are most of the coaches and many of the players -- Michael Crabtree, Frank Gore, Aldon Smith -- that helped make the series between the teams so entertaining. Seattle has dominated San Francisco is recent seasons, winning five of the last six meetings over their NFC West rivals. The 49ers are also widely thought of as a postseason longshot this year after enduring one of the most catastrophic offseasons in recent NFL memory and are off to a 2-and-4 start of their own. Tonight on CBS and the NFL Network.

The Huskies and Cougars were both home last weekend. They're both on the road this weekend. Coming up Saturday, the Huskies are at Stanford, and the Cougars are at Arizona.

We're still working on coming up with the final contestants for the World Series. We're half way there. In the NLCS, the New York Mets completed the sweep of the Chicago Cubs winning game four last night, 8-3. New York will face either Kansas City or Toronto starting Tuesday. Facing elimination, the Blue Jays fought off the Royals 7-1 last night to stay alive. Kansas City leads the ALCS three games to two. A travel day today as they head back to Kansas City for game 6 tomorrow night at 6.

Birthdays: Doc in the Back to the Future films, actor Christopher Lloyd is 77; guitarist, singer, and songwriter -- a founding member of the band Mountain, Leslie West is 70; actor Jeff Goldblum is 63; figure skater Brian Boitano is 52; singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding is 50; comedian Carlos Mencia is 48; reggae rapper Shaggy is 47; D.J. on Roseanne, actor Michael Fishman is 34; Mariner second baseman Robinson Cano is 33; and the drummer with Hanson, Zac Hanson is 30.

Cory Wells of Three Dog Night -- one of the biggest bands of the early '70s -- passed away Tuesday. A founding member of Three Dog Night, Wells was one of the band's three lead singers. They topped the Billboard Hot 100 three times with seminal classics Joy to the World, Mama Told Me (Not to Come), and Black and White. The band scored 21 top 40 Hot 100 hits and they put 11 albums in the Billboard 200's top 20. After decades with Three Dog Night, Wells stopped performing just last mohth after developing severe back pain. Cory Wells was 74.

Today is National Color Day, a day to consider how color affects you, color in clothes, color in names, color in everything. It’s Caps Lock Day. Is there anything more annoying than someone who types in all capital letters? Do you get aggravated when you accidentally hit the Caps Lock key on your keyboard and unintentionally type the next paragraph in all caps? Caps Lock Day is a tongue-in-cheek campaign to remove the Caps Lock key from computer keyboards. It’s Eat a Pretzel Day. Today is International Stuttering Awareness Day. Today is National Nut Day, either eat one or be one, your choice.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1950, the Los Angeles Rams set an NFL record by embarrassing the Baltimore Colts 70-27. It was a record score for a regular season game. In 1962, President Kennedy announced an air and naval blockade of Cuba, following the discovery of Soviet missile bases on the island. In 1964, EMI Records turned down a chance to sign the group High Numbers. So they changed their name back to The Who and signed with Decca. In 1969, ater issuing an official statement denying he was dead, Paul McCartney went to Scotland to enjoy a vacation. In 1975, Air Force Technical Sergeant Leonard Matlovich was discharged after publicly declaring his homosexuality. His tombstone reads "A gay Vietnam Veteran. When I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one." In 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed The Tax Reform Act of 1986 backwards, writing his last name first. The action was legal, though apparently unprecedented in US history.

George Michael is making a fortune while undergoing rehab in one of the world’s most expensive clinics. The singer, who has a history of drug abuse, reportedly admitted himself into a Switzerland-based treatment facility over the summer in an attempt to battle his demons. But it seems he has no financial issues to worry about as he bids for sobriety because, according to British newspaper The Sun, George earned $6.6 million last year generated from album sales and royalties. Although he's making a fortune without working, sources claim he is eager to make a comeback in 2016. However, his return to the music scene is supposedly dependent on him attaining his sobriety goals. A source tells The Sun, "It’s quite incredible George is still making millions even though he has not been working. We know he’s desperate to get back to work by next year, especially because it will be the 30th anniversary of Wham! splitting up and George going solo. But the absolute priority for him and his team is his health, as there’s clearly no rush about him getting back to work."

According to Variety, Chris Rock is currently in talks to host the 2016 Oscars. The Academy Awards are coming up on February 28th.

Trivia Answer: Ichiro Suzuki -- usually known simply as Ichiro -- who turns 42 today. He, of course, was a Seattle Mariner for 11 seasons. Before playing in the MLB, Ichiro played nine years for the Orix Blue Wave in Japan's Pacific League. Posted by Orix after the 2000 season, Ichiro became Seattle's right fielder. The first Japanese-born position player to be signed to the major leagues, Ichiro led the American League (AL) in batting average and stolen bases en route to being named AL Rookie of the Year and AL Most Valuable Player. Ichiro is a ten-time All-Star and won the 2007 All-Star Game MVP Award for a three-hit performance which included the event's first-ever inside-the-park home run.

Wednesday 10.21.15
Today's Trivia: This actor won a Tony Award for his performance as Song Liling in M. Butterfly. He has also played Dr. George Huang on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Father Ray Mukada on Oz, Dr. John Lee on Awake, Dr. Henry Wu in the first Jurassic Park film as well as the fourth entry, Jurassic World, and he was in the film Seven Years in Tibet. He has also done voice-over work and stage acting. He is speking at SPSCC tomorrow night at 7:30. Who is he?

Seahawks running back Fred Jackson crashed his car near team headquarters last night but was unhurt, according to multiple sources. An initial report from TMZ said Jackson had been drag racing teammate Marshawn Lynch near the team's facility in Renton, but Renton police said there was no evidence to support that. Police said in a new release, "These reports are false. As of this time, there is no indication that Jackson was racing another vehicle." In a Tweet last night tweet, Jackson also denied racing anyone. Jackson remained at the crash scene until officers arrived and was "polite and cooperative," according to police. Skid marks from Jackson's 2016 black Chevrolet Corvette were visible in the bark and gravel in front of the Virginia Mason Athletic Center's sign. The stop sign adjacent to it traveled a few dozen feet across the intersecting street after being dislodged from the ground. Jackson lost control on the road -- aptly named Seahawks Way -- that leads into the facility and crashed before being taken back to the VMAC by Seahawks employees. The Corvette sustained damage to the front end.

Another Seahawks note, the defense should get a major boost tomorrow night against the 49ers when middle linebacker Bobby Wagner returns after missing this past Sunday's loss to the Panthers with a strained pectoral muscle. Wagner, a first-team All-Pro last season, told reporters yesterday at the VMAC that he expects to play against San Francisco. He was a limited in Monday's practice but participated fully yesterday. His return means that K.J. Wright returns to his natural weakside linebacker spot after filling in one game for Wagner on the inside. That should bode well for the Seahawks when they face a 2-and-4 49ers outfit ranked 12th in the NFL in rushing, at 118.3 yards per game. It used to be called the What’s Your Deal? Bowl. Now, we have the No Big Deal Bowl.

After getting lit up 11-8 by the Toronto Blue Jays the night before last, the Kansas City Royal did some lighting up of their own last night winning 14-2 and taking a 3-games-to-one lead in the ALCS. The Royals have a chance to clinch this afternoon. In the NLCS, after beating the Chicago Cubs 5-2 last night, the New York Mets now have a commanding three-games-to-none lead in that series and can also clinch this afternoon at 5:00.

Birthdays: Keyboardist Manfred Mann is 75; guitarist Steve Cropper is 74; Judge Judy -- Judy Sheindlin -- is 73; singer and guitarist Elvin Bishop is 73; the current Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu is 66; Ronald Reagan's daughter. actress and author Patti Davis is 63; Princess Leia in Star Wars, actress Carrie Fisher is 59; Go-Go's guitarist Charlotte Caffey is 58; from Toto, guitarist Steve Lukather is 58; Ben Seaver on Growing Pains, actor Jeremy Miller is 39; and Kim Kardashian is 35.

Today is Humble Yourself By Having Your Picture Made Wearing A Bicycle Helmet Day. Today is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day. Today is Reptile Awareness Day. Today is Babbling Day. On Babbling Day, we celebrate those of us with a glib tongue. You know them when you hear them. They're talking gibberish. They never stop talking. They babble on and on. They can turn a simple one sentence statement into an endless dissertation. It’s Count Your Buttons Day. Aren't you excited!? The very first question you must be asking is "Why!?" Well, we don't know why. And, it might be better that we don't know.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1960, Democrat John Kennedy and Republican Richard Nixon clashed in their fourth and final presidential debate. In 1971, Mick and Bianca Jagger's daughter Jade was born in Paris. She's 44 today. In 1973, Fred Dryer of the then Los Angeles Rams becomes the first player in NFL history to score two safeties in the same game. In 1975, Elton John's star was added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1985, William 'The Refrigerator' Perry, a 325-pound offensive lineman, ran for a touchdown as the Chicago Bears beat Green Bay 23-7. Perry soon became a national folk hero. In 1995, Shannon Hoon, the 28-year-old singer with Blind Melon, died in New Orleans from an overdose of cocaine. In 2004, an Associated Press poll found President Bush and Senator John Kerry locked in a tie for the popular vote for the presidency.

Back to the Future Day has arrived. In Back to the Future Part II, Marty McFly travels to October 21st of 2015, to save his children, yet to be born in Back to the Future's 1985. The plot gets tangled -- by fixing one thing, McFly and Doc Brown (and the villainous Biff Tannen) create a number of new messes -- but what remains is the film's vision of a year that was still more than a quarter-century away when the movie was shot and released in 1989. The entire trilogy is even being rereleased today, so you can see for yourself. The film's record isn't bad, given that director Robert Zemeckis wasn't pleased with setting part of Back to the Future II in 2015. He says in a new book, Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History, "I always hated -- and I still don't like -- movies about the future. I just think they're impossible, and somebody's always keeping score." As with other movies dealing with the future, the predictions of Back to the Future are hit or miss: big-screen TVs, yes; Mr. Fusion, no; virtual-reality goggles, yes; Jaws 19, no. It says something about the popularity of the trilogy that here we are, 26 years after the release of Back to the Future II (and 30 years after Back to the Future), and we care enough to keep score. There's one prediction that could be aced in the next couple weeks. According to the film, the Chicago Cubs win the World Series in 2015.

It turns out not everything is awesome for Lego. The Danish toymaker will run short of bricks this Christmas, meaning it won't be able to make enough toys during the peak holiday shopping season. A spokesman said, "We will not be able to deliver all of the new orders coming from customers in the remainder of the year in some markets in Europe." He did not specify which countries face a shortage. Lego has been popular for years but its business really took off following the success of The Lego Movie. Sales grew 18% in the first half of 2015, following 15% growth in 2014. But the toymaker now admits it is struggling to cope with the surge in demand for its colorful stackable bricks. To try to ease the bottleneck, Lego is expanding its factories in Mexico, Hungary, and Denmark. But the new capacity won't be available until 2020. The family-owned business became the biggest toymaker in the world in terms of revenue and profit in 2014, beating its rival Mattel. The company made 60 billion Lego pieces last year. Its sales across Europe, the Americas, and Asia grew strongly thanks to the success of The Lego Movie. Lego Group has roughly 12,000 employees and is still owned by the Kirk Kristiansen family that founded it in 1932.

The Seattle Mariners have interviewed former Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek for their vacant managing gig. Varitek has been Boston's special assistant to the GM since 2012, a role he assumed after his 15-year big-league career, all spent with the Red Sox, ended in 2011. Part of one of the worst trades in Mariners history, Varitek was a minor leaguer in the Mariner system when he was traded to Boston where he became a three-time, American League All-Star and one of the most popular, cerebral players while helping the Red Sox win the World Series twice. He has never managed in the big leagues or minors. The word came a day after The New York Post reported new general manager Jerry Dipoto had interviewed Tampa Bay Rays third base coach Charlie Montoyo. Word out of Boston today is that Jason said, "Thanks ... but no thanks."

Trivia Answer: B.D. Wong -- Bradley Darryl Wong -- who turns 55 on Saturday. He's at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts. SPSCC opens this season's Artist and Lecture Series with the award-winning BD Wong. Wong's lecture, All the World's a Stage: From Exclusion to Inclusion, traces his journey from rejection and self-hatred to embracing his multiple identities. Tickets are $10 for general admission. The event is free to all SPSCC staff, faculty and students. Tickets are available online at or by calling The Washington Center for the Performing Arts box office.

Tuesday 10.20.15
Today's Trivia: She's known for her best selling novel Postcards from the Edge and the screenplay for the film of the same name, as well as her autobiographical one-woman play and the nonfiction book Wishful Drinking based on the show. She's best known for her role in the original Star Wars trilogy. Who is she?

The Seattle Seahawks said yesterday they're lifting the suspension of fullback Derrick Coleman that was imposed after he was arrested following a car crash. Coach Pete Carroll said it would be done as soon as possible, although the move was not listed on the league's official transactions report. Once the suspension is lifted, Coleman could play Thursday night against San Francisco, but Carroll said the fullback has yet to be examined by team doctors following his involvement in the crash. Carroll said, "We did see him. We've also seen the videotapes of his meetings with the police, and so we feel like we are doing the right thing right now, obviously." Coleman was suspended Thursday after his arrest for investigation of vehicular assault and hit-and-run. Police officers in Bellevue said they arrested him because he left the scene of the two-car accident. Coleman was released from jail on Friday and King County prosecutors said they would wait until an investigation is complete before deciding whether to file criminal charges. Coleman is legally deaf and his football success has made him an inspirational figure. He's been featured in TV commercials and has written a book that was released this year. The Seahawks are in Santa Clara Thursday night to meet the 49ers.

One day after the Seahawks' latest fourth-quarter collapse came news that some people connected to the University of Southern California football program may be looking to court Pete Carroll for their head coaching vacancy. According to Dan Patrick, two sources "behind the scenes" at USC have Carroll on their short list of potential replacements for Steve Sarkisian, who was fired October 11th. Carroll, of course, coached at USC from 2000 to 2009, racking up an 83-18 record with seven conference titles (one of which was forfeited due to NCAA sanctions) and national championships in 2003 and 2004. According to Patrick, some boosters want to bring Carroll back to Los Angeles, and there's a feeling that there might be interest on Carroll's end as well. Patrick said, "Pete Carroll is on that short list right now. Not that Pete would leave Seattle. The alumni are all-in on trying to get Pete back. The people who help make decisions there, they think Pete Carroll is in play, What I was told, If it goes south in Seattle, they think that there's a chance that Pete would listen to go back to USC." Carroll, however, made clear that he wasn't interested in the opening in his press conference from the Virginia Mason Athletic Center yesterday,.Pete said, "I would say this. I love USC. It's a great place. I appreciate it, Dan, but that's not happening, so we're in good shape here."

Neither the Giants or Eagles were impressive Monday night, but DeMarco Murray did run for over 100 yards and the Eagles scored 27 unanswered points to move to .500 -- good enough to share the NFC East lead with New York. Final score: Philadelphia 27, New York 7.

In baseball, the road to the world serious rolls on. This afternoon it's game four of the ALCS. The Kansas City Royals are in Toronto to face the Blue Jays. Toronto lit up the place last night downing the Royals in game three, 11-8. Kansas City still leads the best-of-seven, two games to one. It's game three for the NLCS. The New York Mets and the Chicago Cubs are in the Windy City this afternoon. The Mets are up two games to none.

Birthdays: Father Mulcahy on M*A*S*H, actor William Christopher is 83; Tom Petty is 65; former Seahawk quarterback Dave Krieg is 57; actor Viggo Mortensen is 57; the drummer for Hootie and the Blowfish, Jim 'Soni' Sonefeld is 51; and he was born Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr. but we know him as Snoop Dogg or Snoop Lion or something and he's 44.

Today marks the anniversary of the plane crash that forever altered Lynyrd Skynyrd. On the way to Mississippi on October 20th of 1977, the pilot of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Convair 240 airplane radioed that the plane was perilously low on fuel. Soon after the plane crashed into a swamp in Gillsburg, Mississippi. Nearly everyone aboard was injured and taken to nearby hospitals. Besides the injured, six lives were lost in the crash including singer/songwriter Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist/vocalist Steve Gaines, his wife and back-up singer Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary and co-pilot William Gray. Ten years after the crash, surviving members teamed up with Ronnie’s younger brother Johnny and Lynyrd Skynyrd continues to tour the world to this day.

Calendar notes: On this day in 1818, the US and Great Britain established the boundary between the US and Canada to be the 49th parallel. In 1947, Hollywood came under scrutiny as the House Un-American Activities Committee opened hearings into alleged Communist influence within the motion picture industry. In 1968, Jackie Lee Bouvier Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis. In 1973, The Joker was released by The Steve Miller Band. In 1991, Clint Black and Lisa Hartman were married near Houston. In 1993, Attorney General Janet Reno warned the TV industry to limit the violence in their programs.

Your number for the day: nine billion. That's how many kernels of candy corn are manufactured for Halloween each year.

A Norwegian hunting party must have been amazed at their luck when they found and shot dead two large moose. But moments later, a horrible realization dawned on them: They'd shot through a fence and killed two zoo animals. According to a Norwegian news site, a group of hunters killed two of Polar Park's five moose (the animals are referred to as elk in Norway, but they're part of the species North Americans would call moose). The zoo is located in a northern Norwegian town and the animals are caged but exhibited in "their natural surroundings." The hunting party self-reported the incident, calling the zoo to let them know about the unfortunate accident. It seems their hunting dogs snuck into the moose exhibit so the hunters didn't realize there was a fence at all. An official said, "It was a fatal error, but everyone understands that it was not done at all on purpose." Polar Park plans on asking the hunting party for compensation.

Oprah Winfrey, who has publicly struggled with her weight for decades, is going on a diet again. But this time she stands to gain a lot of money from her efforts. Weight Watchers said yesterday that it signed a five-year deal with the former talk show host. Winfrey is paying about $43.2 million for a 10 percent stake in the weight loss company. The deal is already paying off: Weight Watchers shares more than doubled after the partnership was announced, earning Winfrey about $45 million on paper. Winfrey will use the Weight Watchers mobile app and work with a personal coach, the company said. She has also agreed to let Weight Watchers use her name, image and likeness for its products and services. Additionally, she will make appearances on the company's behalf.

Star Wars fans were given the longest look yet at the upcoming The Force Awakens film last night in an action-packed trailer which became the top trending topic on Twitter and sparked a rush of bookings which crashed an online ticket seller. The two-and-a-half minute trailer, which debuted during halftime of ESPN's National Football League game, quickly attracted more than 17,000 tweets per minute, according to Twitter. It was viewed on YouTube more than 220,000 times within the first 20 minutes. Tickets for the film's release on December 18th went on pre-sale at the same time as the trailer, with Fandango crashing temporarily.

Internet users increasingly rely on online customer reviews when making spending decisions, whether they're buying an iPhone case on Amazon or hiring an Uber ride in their hometown. But just how much can you trust those reviews? A new lawsuit in which Amazon accuses more than 1,000 people of offering to post bogus glowing write-ups for as little as $5 apiece might give you pause. The case, filed here in in Washington on Friday by the nation's biggest online retailer, casts light on what appears to be a burgeoning practice: the commissioning of paid, fake reviews that masquerade as testimonials from ordinary people. Fake reviews are nothing new to online retailing, and Amazon is far from the only big company affected. Yelp's restaurant reviews and TripAdvisor's hotel ratings have long been a target of critics who claim that merchants can easily post positive reviews of their own businesses. Amazon's legal counteroffensive, however, appears to be one of the most aggressive attempts yet by a major US e-commerce company to fight back. Its lawsuit alleges that individuals would write five-star reviews about products they never even tried, and plotted with product makers to subvert Amazon safeguards that are meant to bolster confidence in the website's reviews. One analyst said, "Suing the reviewers is a way to discourage them from doing it again. They're trying to make a statement that you can rely on the integrity of the reviews on the site."

In Germany an unidentified man was wanted by the cops for a string of burglaries. When the officers came to his house to arrest him, he bolted out the back door and hid in a neighbor’s garden. Unfortunately for him he left behind his Staffordshire bull terrier. When the cops let the dog out, he headed straight for the garden where he stood wagging his tail near the bushes where the crook was hiding.

Trivia Answer: Carrie Fisher who turns 59 tomorrow. She was Princess Leia Organa in the original Star Wars trilogy, and is reprising the role in the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Besides her work in the Star Wars movies, she has had roles in films such as The Blues Brothers, Hannah and Her Sisters, The 'Burbs, When Harry Met Sally, and Shampoo.

Monday 10.19.15
Today's Trivia: She is a retired Czech and American tennis player and coach. In 2005, Tennis magazine selected her as the greatest female tennis player for the years 1965 through 2005. She was ranked as World No. 1 for a total of 332 weeks in singles, and a record 237 weeks in doubles, making her the only player in history to have held the top spot in both singles and doubles for over 200 weeks. Who is she?

It's happened again. The Seahawks squandered a late lead. Some late heroics from Cam Newton showed that the Carolina Panthers being unbeaten is no fluke. Newton threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Greg Olsen with 32 seconds left and the Panthers moved to 5-and-0, rallying for a stunning 27-23 win over Seattle yesterday. Newton led the Panthers to touchdowns on their final two possessions after trailing 23-14, the second straight week the Seahawks collapsed in the fourth quarter. Somebody posted that apparently Fernando Rodney is closing for the Seahawks now.

A good weeekend for the Cougars. Not so much for the Huskies. Luke Falk set a Pac-12 record with six touchdown passes in the first half as Washington State rolled to a 45-17 halftime lead and crushed hapless Oregon State Saturday at Martin Stadium in Pullman, 52-31. Meanwhile, it was a night of the familiar for Washington as the Huskies largely fell flat against the Oregon Ducks 26-20 at Husky Stadium. A defender was ejected for targeting, a young core of players failed to produce meaningful results on offense, and the losing streak to the Ducks was stretched to 12 consecutive games. The only upside was it was closest margin since the one-sidedness began.

NFL last night, the New England Patriots got by the Indianapolis Colts 34-27. Monday Night Football tonight features the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles. By the way, a new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuts during halftime of tonight's game.

In baseball, the road to the world serious rolls on. Coming up tonight, it's game three of the ALCS. The Kansas City Royals have traveled to Toronto to face the Blue Jays. The Royals lead the best-of-seven, two games to none. A travel day for the NLCS. The New York Mets and the Chicago Cubs are moving to the Windy City for game three of their best-of-seven tomorrow night. With last night's 4 to 1 win, The Mets are up two games to none.

Birthdays: Author John LeCarre is 84; illustrator and graphic artist Peter Max is 78; singer George McCrae is 71; singer Jeannie C. Riley is 70; Doobie Brother Patrick Simmons, he was born in Aberdeen, is 67; singer and actress Jennifer Holliday is 55; boxer Evander Holyfield is 53; and he of the bat flip, Toronto Blue Jay Jose Bautista is 35.

Today is Evaluate Your Life Day. Evaluate Your Life Day is a bit scary. It sounds just a little bit too serious. And, what if you evaluate your life, and find out that you don't like it? Well, for starters, you can then make positive changes. Evaluate Your Life Day can be the beginning of a happier and healthier you.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1814, in Baltimore, the first documented performance of The Defence of Fort McHenry with music took place. The work was later published under the title The Star-Spangled Banner. In 1983, the US Senate approved a bill establishing a national holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. In 1998, former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson got his boxing license back after he had lost it for biting Evander Holyfield's ear during a fight. In 2006, the Dow Jones industrial average ended the day at 12,011.73. It was the first close above 12,000. In 2009, the international version of Amazon's Kindle 2 was released.

Goosebumps scared off its competition to claim the top spot at the box office over the weekend. The family-friendly horror starring Jack Black as author R.L. Stine earned $23.5 million. Goosebumps managed to beat The Martian by a hair, pushing Ridley Scott's adventure to the second-place spot. Steven Spielberg's well-received cold-war thriller Bridge of Spies, debuted in third place The R-rated gothic romance Crimson Peak opened in fourth place. Hotel Transylvania 2 rounded out the top five.

A recent survey revealed that 65 percent of couples are failing to factor the honeymoon into their wedding budgets.

Trivia Answer: Martina Navratilova who turned 59 yesterday. She won the women's singles title at Wimbledon a record nine times, including a run of six consecutive titles – the best performance by any professional player at a major event. Originally from Czechoslovakia, she was stripped of her citizenship when, in 1975 at the age of 18, she asked the United States for political asylum and was granted temporary residency. At the time, Navratilova was told by the Czechoslovak Sports Federation that she was becoming too Americanized and that she should go back to school and make tennis secondary. Navratilova became a US citizen in 1981, and on January 9, 2008, she acquired Czech citizenship. She stated she has not renounced her US citizenship nor does she plan to do so and that acquiring her Czech citizenship was not politically motivated.

Friday 10.16.15
Today's Trivia: He's a Canadian stand-up comedian, writer, producer and actor. He's best known for his five seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, which included anchoring Weekend Update for three years. Who is he?

The Seahawks’ starting fullback Derrick Coleman was arrested in Bellevue Wednesday after the truck he was driving struck another car and injured its driver. His attorneys say he fell asleep at the wheel. Coleman was arrested after he walked away from the two-car collision that left the other driver injured. Bellevue police chief Steve Mylett said yesterday that authorities have reason to believe that drugs or alcohol could have played a part in the crash, a notion disputed by Coleman’s attorneys. Coleman remains in the King County Jail on suspicion of vehicular assault and hit-and-run, both felonies. The Seahawks have suspended Coleman. With him suspended, the Hawks signed wide receiver B.J. Daniels to take his spot on the active roster. The Seahawks host the Carolina Panthers Sunday afternoon at 1:00.

Thursday Night Football last night, the New Orleans Saints knocked off the Atlanta Falcons, 31-21.

The Huskies and Cougars are both home this weekend. Tomorrow afternoon at 1:00, the Cougars host the Oregon Beavers. Then tomorrow night at 7:30, the Huskies host the Oregon Ducks.

Major League Baseball has whittled the group down to the final four. In the ALCS, the Kansas CIty Royals host the Toronto Blue Jays in game one of the best-seven series this afternoon on Fox. In the NLCS, it's the New York Mets hosting the Chicago Cubs after the Mets eliminated the LA Dodgers winning Game 5 by a score of 3-2 last night. Game one of the NLCS is tomorrow afternoon on TBS.

Birthdays: Actress Angela Lansbury is 90; actor Barry Corbin is 75; sports broadcaster Tim McCarver is 74; one of the founders of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, bassist Fred Turner is 72; actress Suzanne Somers is 69; Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir is 68; Mr. It's a Fine Fine Day, singer Tony Carey is 62; actor and director Tim Robbins is 57; Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea is 53; from Wilson Phillips, singer Wendy Wilson is 46; singer-songwriter John Mayer is 38; and the Seattle Storm's Sue Bird is 35.

It’s Boss' Day today. It has traditionally been a day for employees to thank their boss for being kind and fair throughout the year. The holiday has been the source of some controversy and criticism in the United States, where it is often mocked as a Hallmark Holiday. Today is World Food Day which is celebrated every year around the world on October 16th in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. It's Dictionary Day in honor of Noah Webster, considered the Father of the American Dictionary. Noah Webster was born on October 16, 1758.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1875, BYU -- Brigham Young University -- was founded in Provo, Utah. In 1923, the Walt Disney Company was founded by Walt Disney and his brother, Roy Disney. In 1971, Isaac Hayes released the Theme from Shaft. In 1976, Stevie Wonder released his double album Songs in the Key of Life, which featured the number-one singles Sir Duke and I Wish. It later won the Album of the Year Grammy. In 1984, Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1995, The Million Man March happened in Washington, DC. In 2002, the Arthur Andersen accounting firm was sentenced to five years probation and fined $500,000 for obstructing a federeal investigation of the energy company Enron.

General Mills, the makers of Lucky Charms, is releasing a limited run the cereal with only its famous marshmallows. But, there is a catch: they are only making 10 boxes of what the company has called "the unicorn of the cereal world." Are you feeling lucky? If so, you'll have to enter a contest for a chance to own one of the coveted boxes.

Released from Vermont custody, actor Randy Quaid and his wife said yesterday they'll now turn their attention to resolving five-year-old criminal charges in California that they squatted in a home they once owned and vandalized the property. A Vermont judge dismissed fugitive-from-justice charges against the couple and released them, citing discrepancies in some dates and saying she couldn't find probable cause to support the accusations. The Quaids are wanted in Santa Barbara, California, on felony charges filed in 2010 after they were found living in a guesthouse of a home they had previously owned. Court papers said the Quaids damaged or destroyed furniture, a fireplace and a mirror. The couple fled to Canada and were arrested in Vermont last Friday while trying to re-enter the US. In a statement yesterday, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's office said it will seek a governor's warrant to mandate the Quaids' return to California, a process that can take months.

Actor John Stamos is to be arraigned on a DUI charge following an arrest earlier this year. The Full House star was pulled over by police officers in Los Angeles after they received reports about a vehicle being driven erratically. During the stop, the Beverly Hills Police Department officials determined Stamos needed medical attention, and transported him to a nearby hospital. This week, Stamos was officially charged with a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of drugs and he is due in court today. It's unclear what drugs were in Stamos’ system at the time. If convicted, he faces up to six months in jail. Following his arrest, Stamos checked himself into a live-in treatment center and subsequently revealed his mother’s death led to the drama. Meanwhile, Stamos’ career is very much back on track – he has a new TV series, Grandfathered, and he’s reteaming with many of his Full House castmates for the upcoming Fuller House.

New in theaters this weekend: Bridge of Spies (PG-13), Crimson Peak (R), Goosebumps (PG), and Woodlawn (PG).

Scientists at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Dundee are trying to take some of the mess out of eating an ice cream cone by developing ice cream that melts slower. Do we really need ice cream that melts slower?

Meanwhile, in Marvel Comics only Thor can lift his hammer. Now a California engineer has created a replica of Thor's hammer that only he can lift. Because apparently, the engineering problem of getting clean drinking water to poor people around the world has already been licked.

Trivia Answer: Norm Macdonald who is 52 tomorrow. in his career, he wrote for the sitcom Roseanne and made appearances on shows including The Drew Carey Show and NewsRadio. He was noted as a favorite talk show guest of David Letterman, Howard Stern and Conan O'Brien.

Thursday 10.15.15
Today's Trivia: After playing several small roles for television, she was cast as a co-star in a sitcom that became a ratings success. The show ran from 1976 until 1983, and this actress received three Golden Globe award nominations for her performance. She progressed to directing films including, in 1988, the first film directed by a woman to gross in excess of $100 million at the US box office. Who is she?

The Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays had a winner-take-all playoff game yesterday, and the level of drama only increased from there. In the seventh inning, with the teams tied at 2, the game reached a whole new level of crazy. The Rangers had a runner on third with a Ranger batter at the plate. The Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin attempted to throw a ball back to the pitcher struck the batter's bat and bounded away, as the runner raced home with the tie-breaking run. The it got wild. The home plate umpire called the play dead as the runner raced home. After the umpires conferred, the run was counted. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons came out to protest, while Blue Jays fans hurled trash, beer and other projectiles onto the field. After a review of the rules, the run was confirmed. For most games, even a tense playoff game, that would be the cherry on top. But not yesterday. The bottom of the seventh only upped the insanity level. The next half inning, the Rangers committed three errors in a row. Cooler heads -- finally -- prevailed. The Blue Jays eventually went on to win 6-3, advancing to the American League Championship Series. They'll be facing the Kansas City Royals in that series as the Royals elminated the Houston Astros last night 7-2 to win that series 3-games-to-2. Now it's the American League Championship series -- a best of seven affair -- with the Blue Jays and the Royals meeting in Kansas City for game one tomorrow night on Fox.

Two winner-take-all Game 5s yesterday ... and another one tonight as the New York Mets and LA Dodgers clash to determine who gets to face the Chicago Cubs for the National League Title. The NLCS starts Saturday.

Thursday Night Football tonight features the Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans to meet the Saints. 5:25 on CBS and the NFL Network.

Seattle Seahawk coach Pete Carroll said yesterday that Bobby Wagner is day-to-day and may be a game-time decision. Carroll remained cautious, while teammate K.J. Wright, who would potentially move to middle linebacker if Wagner is out, thinks his teammate is going to play. Carroll also said he expects Marshawn Lynch will be able to play Sunday with his normal workload after missing the last two games with a hamstring strain. The Seahawks host the Carolina Panthers Sunday.

BREAKING: The Seahawks' legally deaf fullback Derrick Coleman has been arrested following a hit-and-run crash, and the team has suspended him indefinitely, according to official sources. Jail records show Coleman was arrested by Bellevue police and booked into the King County Jail at 1:20 this morning for investigation of vehicular assault and felony hit-and-run. He remains behind bars without bail.

The Huskies and Cougars are both home this weekend. Saturday, the Huskies host Oregon while the Cougars host Oregon State.

Birthdays: Ski and snowboarding filmmaker Warren Miller is 91; former Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca is 91; Alice, actress Linda Lavin is 78; from The Carpenters, musician Richard Carpenter is 69; singer Chris de Burgh is 67; one of the original members of The Jackson Five, singer Tito Jackson is 62; actress Tanya Roberts is 60; TV Chef Emeril Lagasse is 56; and Fergie -- Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York -- is 56.

It's Take Your Parents To Lunch Day. You should totally do this. It won't cost a dime since you know mom and dad will insist on paying. Today is Grouch Day. If you're a grouch then this day is just for you. Today's the day you have an excuse to be grouchie all day long but remember, tomorrow you have to go back to being nice again until next October 15th.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1939, the New York Municipal Airport (later renamed LaGuardia Airport) was dedicated. In 1951, the first episode of I Love Lucy starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley, aired on CBS. In 1973, the Supreme Court voted not to review a 1971 Federal Communications Commission directive that broadcasters ban songs with drug-oriented lyrics. In 1989, Wayne Gretzky became the all-time leading points scorer in the NHL. In 2008, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 7.87%, the second worst day in the Dow's history based on a percentage drop. It lost 733.08 points.

Former Huskies head coach Steve Sarkisian thanked his supporters in his first public comments since his firing from USC on Monday. In three tweets from his official Twitter account (@CoachSark), Sarkisian acknowledged the difficulties facing him and his family as he reportedly enters treatment for alcohol issues. He wrote, "I would like to thank everyone for their huge outpouring of support and well wishes. This is a very difficult time for my family and me. I am facing these challenges the best I can and your support helps immensely. I wish my Trojans the best against Notre Dame and for the remainder of the season. No one will be cheering them on more than me. Fight on!" USC athletic director Pat Haden put Sarkisian on an indefinite leave of absence on Sunday after he reportedly showed up intoxicated to the Trojans' practice that day. One day later, Haden fired Sarkisian less than two years after hiring him away from the University of Washington in December 2013. Sarkisian's firing came less than two months after the 41-year-old appeared to be intoxicated during a Trojans pep rally in August in which he disparaged other Pac-12 schools and used obscene language. ESPN's Joe Schad reported Sarkisian had been fired from USC for cause, meaning the school would not have to pay him the remainder of the five-year deal he signed to return to the Trojans in 2013.

The FBI says agents nabbed a suspected bank robber when he showed up at a coffee shop near the bureau's Portland office. A federal magistrate yesterday ordered that 58-year-old Timmie Lee Smith be jailed following an initial court appearance. The robberies occurred October 7th and 12th in downtown Portland. Authorities say an agent who had seen bank surveillance photos spotted Smith at a coffee shop a few blocks from the FBI's office near Portland International Airport. The agent investigating the robberies arrived and approached Smith. He was taken into custody without incident.

Data compiled by the National Safety Council shows more people get hurt using their cellphones at home than in public. Fifty-two percent of cellphone-distracted walking injuries occur at home, and roughly 10 to 11 percent involve texting.

Trivia Answer: Penny Marshall who turns 72 today. That sitcom she was cast in was Laverne & Shirley; Penny was Laverne DeFazio. Big was the first film directed by a woman to gross in excess of $100 million at the US box office. One of Penny's first jobs was for a TV commercial for a beautifying shampoo. She was hired to play a girl with stringy, unattractive hair, and Farrah Fawcett was hired to play a girl with thick, bouncy hair. As the crew was lighting the set, Marshall's stand-in wore a placard that read "Homely Girl" and Fawcett's stand-in wore a placard that said "Pretty Girl". Farrah, apparently sensing Marshall's insecurity about her looks, crossed out "Homely" on the Marshall stand-in placard and wrote "Plain."

Wednesday 10.14.15
Today's Trivia: He's an actor, screenwriter, director, producer, activist and musician. He is known for his role as Nuke LaLoosh in Bull Durham. He was also in Jacob's Ladder, The Player, and The Shawshank Redemption. He was Dave Boyle in Mystic River, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Who is he?

The Chicago Cubs eliminated the St.Louis Cardinals 6-4 last night and won the series three games to one. They have to wait a little longer to find out who they take on as the LA Dodgers beat the New York Mets, 3-1, last night to tie that series at two games each. A winner takes all contest is coming up tomorrow night at 5:00 in LA.

Meanwhile, both of the American League Divisional Series have gone to the max. The Texas Rangers are in Toronto to face the Blue Jays in a winner takes all game five this afternoon. The Houston Astros are in Kansas City to play the Royals in the other winner takes all game five this afternoon.

Another baseball note, Seattle Mariner second baseman Robinson Cano underwent surgery yesterday to repair both a right side and left side core-muscle injury -- hernia -- according to the club. Cano’s recovery is expected to take six weeks, and he should be ready for the start of spring training in February.

After the NFL Network reported Monday that the Seahawks were going to sign cornerback Crezdon Butler, a 28-year-old vagabond about to join his seventh team, the Seahawks yesterday waived wide receiver B.J. Daniels and rookie running back Rod Smith. With cornerback Tharold Simon placed on injured reserve Saturday because of a toe that needs surgery and cornerback Marcus Burley in a cast after surgery to fix a broken thumb, the Seahawks are desperate for depth in the secondary. The Hawks host the undefeated Carolina Panthers Sunday.

Birthdays: He played James Bond from 1973 to 1985, actor Roger Moore is 88; fashion designer Ralph Lauren is 76; the British Elvis, singer Cliff Richard is 75; from the Moody Blues, singer Justin Hayward is 69; Harry on Night Court, actor Harry Anderson is 63; singer-songwriter Thomas Dolby is 57; New York Yankee manager Joe Girardi is 51; and singer Usher is 37.

Today is Be Bald and Be Free Day, a day to go shiny and be proud. Today is National Frump Day, honoring frugal, responsible, unpretentious, mature people everywhere. Today is Today is National Chocolate-Covered Insects Day. Chocolate is one of the most popular flavors in the world and people will eat it on anything -- even bugs. Perhaps related, today is National Dessert Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1943, RCA sold the NBC Blue radio network to Edward Noble for $8-million. Noble renamed the network the American Broadcasting Company, ABC. In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent resistance to racial prejudice in America. He was the youngest person to receive the award. In 1972, with Motown single #1207, 13-year-old Michael Jackson had his first #1 solo hit song -- about a rat named Ben. Also in 1972, The Temptations released the song Papa Was a Rolling Stone. The song became their fourth number one. In 1977, crooner Bing Crosby died in Madrid from a heart attack. The 74-year-old singer was in Spain on a golfing trip. In 2003, in Game Six of the National League Championship Series, a Cubs fan inadvertently deflected a foul ball away from the outstretched glove of Chicago outfielder Moises Alou. The Florida Marlins, trailing 3-0 at the time, rallied to win the game. The Marlins also won game seven, and then beat the New York Yankees in the World Series. In 2011, the Apple iPhone 4S was released.

Taylor Swift earned six American Music Awards nominations yesterday, and if she wins everything she's up for, she'll become the most-honored female artist in the show's history. Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd had five nominations each, trying to win their first awards. Sam Hunt, Nicki Minaj, Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor, and Walk the Moon had three nominations each. Swift was one of 10 nominees for artist of the year, and her Blank Space was nominated for song of the year. She was also nominated for collaboration of the year for her work on Bad Blood with Kendrick Lamar, and her blockbuster 1989 is competing for album of the year. Taylor has won 16 American Music Awards. Whitney Houston's 21 awards are the most ever among female artists in the show, which was launched in 1974. Michael Jackson's 24 awards are the most of any artist. Nominations, announced yesterday, are based on a metric that includes sales, airplay, and social activity tracked by Billboard magazine and its partners. Winners are determined by fan votes on the show's website or through Facebook and Twitter. Jennifer Lopez is hosting the show, which airs November 22nd from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on ABC.

Donald Trump has signed on to host Saturday Night Live. The Donald takes the reins November 7th. Trump has endured plenty of skewering on the show. Trump is returning to the same network that, ironically, fired him from The Celebrity Apprentice. That show's new host is Arnold Schwarzenegger. Can Trump act? His illustrious credits include Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, The Nanny, and The Jeffersons. The musical guest the night Trump hosts SNL is Sia.

A Connecticut jury yesterday rejected a woman's bid to sue her 12-year-old nephew for injuries she says she suffered from his exuberant greeting at his birthday party four years ago. New York City resident Jennifer Connell claimed the Westport boy acted unreasonably when he jumped into her arms at his 8th birthday party, causing her to fall and break her wrist. She sued in Bridgeport Superior Court for $127,000. The Connecticut Post reports that the six-member jury found that the boy was not liable. Connell, a 54-year-old human resources manager, had testified that she loves her nephew but thinks he should be held accountable. She said when the child jumped she tumbled to the ground as she tried to catch him. Connell argued that her injuries severely disrupted her life in Manhattan. She told jurors last week that she was at a party recently, and "it was difficult to hold my hors d'oeuvre plate," the Post reported. Her lawsuit said: "The injuries, losses and harms to the plaintiff were caused by the negligence and carelessness of the minor defendant in that a reasonable 8-year-old under those circumstances would know or should have known that a forceful greeting such as the one delivered by the defendant to the plaintiff could cause the harms and losses suffered by the plaintiff."

The National Toy Hall of Fame has released a list of 12 toys up for induction this year. The list includes American Girl dolls, Battleship, the coloring book, and Jenga. The hall announces which two toys are part of the Class of 2015 on November 5th.

Trivia Answer: Tim Robbins who turns 57 on Friday. In 1988, Robbins entered into a relationship with actress Susan Sarandon, whom he met on the set of Bull Durham. They have two sons. The end of Robbins' relationship with Sarandon was announced in late December 2009.

Tuesday 10.13.15
Today's Trivia: This actor's most notable role is that of the British secret agent James Bond, whom he portrayed in seven feature films. He remains the oldest actor to have played the character. Who is he?

After being forced to accept an indefinite leave of absence 24 hours earlier after reportedly showing up to practice drunk, USC football coach Steve Sarkisian was fired yesterday afternoon by Pat Haden, the athletics director who poached him from Washington back in November 2013. The university released a statement from Haden saying, "After careful consideration of what is in the best interest of the university and our student-athletes, I have made the decision to terminate Steve Sarkisian, effective immediately. Through all of this we remain concerned for Steve and hope that it will give him the opportunity to focus on his personal well being." Sarkisian was in trouble since late August when, two weeks before USC’s season opener, he slurred his words and used profanity at booster event. Wtinesses said he appeared intoxicated. A day later, Sarkisian apologized in a statement on USC’s athletic website. At a press conference the next day he said he didn’t think he had a drinking problem, but agreed to engage in a program that was not publicly specified. He said the incident was the result of his mixing alcohol -- "not much" -- with medication he did not specify.

Still eight teams alive in the MLB post-season tourney but we'll lose some soon. Two guaranteed bow out tomorrow. Both of the American League Divisional Series have gone to the max. The Kansas City Royals beat the Houston Astros, 9-6, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers, 8-4. Those wins necessitate a pair of winner-take-all game five matchups tomorrow. Rangers-Blue Jays at 1:30 tomorrow afternoon. Astros-Royals at 5:00 tomorrow. Meanwhile, the Cubs can lock things up today. They're up two-games to one over the Cardinals. They play at 1:30 today. The Mets are also up two games to one over the Dodgers. They meet up at 5:00 tonight.

Monday Night Football: The Pittsburgh Steelers downed the San Diego Chargers 23-20.

Birthdays: Actress Melinda Dillon -- Ralphie's mom in A Christmas Story -- is 76; singer-songwriter Paul Simon is 74; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is 73; from the band Chicago, singer-songwriter Robert Lamm is 71; rocker Sammy Hagar is 68; senator Maria Cantwell is 57; singer-actress Marie Osmond is 56; Mrs. John Travolta, actress Kelly Preston is 53; football’s Jerry Rice is 53; from Grey’s Anatomy, actress Kate Walsh is 48; figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is 46; comedian-actor Sacha Baron Cohen is 44; and the US Navy is 240.

Today is National Clean the Crumbs Out of the Broiler Oven Day. Today is White House Day. The cornerstone to the White House was laid on this date in 1792. Designed by James Hoban, the presidential residence was constructed at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest in Washington, DC. President John Adams and his family moved in in November 1800. Today is National Yorkshire Pudding Day. Today is International Skeptics Day, the perfect day for doubting Thomases everywhere. Perhaps the earth isn't really round!? Maybe, the sky isn't truly blue!? Does he(she) really love me!? Words and questions of the classical skeptic. By definition, a skeptic is a person who questions or doubts facts and theories. He, or she, is a mis-believer.

Calendar note: On this date in 1903, the Boston Red Sox beat the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the first World Series, five games to three. In 1962, the Pacific Northwest experiences a cyclone the equal of a Category 3 hurricane. Winds measured above 150 mph at several locations. Forty-six people died. In 1971, 13-year-old Donny Osmond was awarded a gold record for his hit single Go Away Little Girl. In 1992, the Supreme Court decided not to reinstate lawsuits against Ozzy Osbourne alleging that his music prompted the suicide of two teenagers. In 1980, AC/DC's Back in Black went platinum. In 1999, in Boulder, Colorado, the JonBenet Ramsey grand jury was dismissed after 13 months of work with prosecutors saying there wasn't enough evidence to charge anyone in the six-year-old's strangulation.

A routine treasure hunt at Bremerton's St. Vincent de Paul thrift store could turn into windfall for Gwendolyn Atwood. She purchased four paintings there that she initially didn't even like that much. Atwood's appreciation, however, grew when she thought her thrift store score looked like original early storyboards of The Simpson's by creator Matt Groening. The 69-year-old showed the art to the Evergreen State College, where Groening graduated in 1977, and says a past teacher wondered if they were a school project. She said Evergreen wanted her to donate the drawings to them and she said, "I kind of virtually told them eat my shorts." She's a huge fan of The Simpsons. Her daughter is handling the auction transactions and said nobody has authenticated the four drawings. She added that Christie's wouldn't put them up for bid without authentication but the international auction house Bonham's plans to take bids at an auction of animated works in Los Angeles in the spring. Bids are set to start at $2,000 each.

Johnny Depp harbors no interest in courting Hollywood's elite during this year's awards season as he does not care about winning an Oscar. The Pirates of the Caribbean star is hotly tipped to be a contender at the next Academy Awards after receiving critical acclaim for his role as notorious gangster James "Whitey" Bulger in Black Mass. Johnny has never won an Oscar despite receiving three nominations over the years, for roles in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Finding Neverland, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. However, he is adamant he will not be striving for success on the awards circuit this season as he is not interested in taking home an Oscar. He told the BBC, "I don't want to win one of those things ever, you know. I don't want to have to talk (give a speech)." Meantime, there's a groupd that says the President can save taxpayers the $700,000 by simply requiring employees to walk around for a few minutes every hour counteracts the effects of sitting. Researchers say that’s all it takes.

Trivia Answer: Roger Moore who turns 88 tomorrow. Moore was cast as Bond in 1973 and portrayed him in Live and Let Die (1973); The Man with the Golden Gun (1974); The Spy Who Loved Me (1977); Moonraker (1979); For Your Eyes Only (1981); Octopussy (1983); and A View to a Kill (1985). Meanwhile. the twenty-fourth James Bond film is being released the 26th in the United Kingdom followed by a worldwide release starting November 6th.

Monday 10.12.15
Today's Trivia: He's a rock, R&B, and soul singer, keyboardist, guitarist, songwriter and producer. He's best known as the co-founder and lead vocalist of one of the most popular duos of the 70s and 80s. Since late 2007, he has hosted a web series. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004. Who is he?

What a day it was Saturday. Thousands lost power as a strong autumn storm rolled through the Puget Sound region Saturday afternoon. Winds reached as high as 45 mph amid well over an inch of rain that fell in Seattle, just part of a soggy day around the Sound that saw over an inch of rain fall in several spots. The wind and the rain knocked leaves off trees, leading to clogged storm drains and localized street flooding, including I-705 in Tacoma. Wet mud also triggered a mudslide across Tacoma's Schuster Parkway. Also in Tacoma, a gust of wind knocked over a tree where a soccer game was under way near the North Shore golf course.

The Seahawks built a 24-7 fourth-quarter lead at Paul Brown Stadium, but squandered it all and lost 27-24 in overtime at Cincinnati yesterday afternoon. Seattle hadn't squandered a 17-point, fourth-quarter lead since October 10th of 2004, when it led the St. Louis Rams 27-10 and lost 33-27. After building the 24-7 lead on Russell Wilson’s 30-yard TD pass to Jermaine Kearse, a 24-yard Steven Hauschka field goal, a 69-yard TD run by Thomas Rawls, and Bobby Wagner’s 23-yard fumble return, the Seattle offense apparently left the building, its final six drives ending in Jon Ryan punts. In the fourth quarter, the Seahawks managed only 27 total yards. In the fourth quarter and overtime, the Seahawks went 1-for-6 on third down. With the loss, the Seahawks fell to 2-and-3. Last year, they reached the Super Bowl after starting 3-and-3. The Seahawks return to CenturyLink next Sunday to host the Carolina Panthers. Carolina is 4-and-0 and is coming off a bye week.

Saturday was a good day for the Cougars. Washington State stormed back from a 31-21 deficit midway through the fourth quarter, punched in the tying touchdown with one second showing on the clock in regulation, and then outlasted Oregon in two overtimes, shocking the once-mighty Ducks 45-38 Saturday night at Autzen Stadium. The Cougars snapped an eight-game losing streak to Oregon, which last year played for the national championship.

Meanwhile, Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian is taking an indefinite leave of absence, according to athletic director Pat Haden. Haden announced the decision yesterday after Sarkisian didn't attend practice. Offensive coordinator Clay Helton will take charge of the Trojans, who have lost two of their last three games. USC visits Notre Dame on Sunday. Haden wasn't specific about the reasons for Sarkisian's absence, only saying the second-year coach is "not healthy." The Trojans lost 17-12 to unranked Washington last Thursday.

Monday Night Football tonight: The Pittsburgh Steelers are in San Diego taking on the Chargers.

It's another four-game day in MLB's post-season tournament. Eight teams still in. In the American League, The Kansas City Royals are at Houston to play the Astros at 10:07 this morning. The Toronto Blue Jays are in Arlington to face the Texas Rangers at 1:07 this afternoon. On the National League side of the ledger, the St. Louis Cardinals are in Chicago to play the Cubs at 3:07, and the LA Dodgers are in New York to face the Mets and wrap up the day at 5:37.

Birthdays: Comedian-activist Dick Gregory is 83; from Sam & Dave, singer Sam Moore is 80; the current host of Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace is 68; actress and singer Susan Anton is 65; actor Hugh Jackman is 47; from Eight is Enough, actor Adam Rich is 47; from Growing Pains, actor Kirk Cameron is 45; and ski-racer Bode Miller is 38.

Today is Columbus Day. For decades and decades, American history books and school teachings told us Christopher Columbus discovered America. What those books and teachings didn't give credit to was the fact that Native Americans were already here. Native Americans truly discovered America. It also gave little mention to the fact that Nordic explorers had travelled down the eastern coast of Canada thousands of years earlier. Today, we celebrate Columbus Day for what it accurately is. Columbus did discover the existence of the New World for Europeans who until then believed the world was flat and ended somewhere in the Atlantic. Here in Olympia, it's Indigenous Peoples' Day. Last year Olympia Mayor Stephen Buxbaum issued a proclamation, saying in part, "The Indigenous Peoples' Day shall be an opportunity to celebrate the thriving cultures and positive values of the Indigenous Peoples of our region." Today is International Moment of Frustration Scream Day. To share any or all of our frustrations, all citizens of the world will go outdoors at twelve hundred hours Greenwich time and scream for thirty seconds. We will all feel better, or the Earth will go off its orbit. Today is Child Rambunctiousness Appreciation Day -- a time to admire the energy of children. Today is the Day of Six Billion, when the world population reached six billion people on this date in 1999. World population reached one billion in 1804. Now another billion is added about every 12 years.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1938, filming began on The Wizard of Oz. In 1971, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Jesus Christ Superstar debuted on Broadway. In 1988, the Poison single Every Rose Has Its Thorn was released. In 1991, Nirvana's album, Nevermind, was certified gold by the RIAA. In 1997, singer John Denver was killed at age 52 in the crash of his privately built aircraft in Monterey Bay, California. In 2004, the Seattle Storm won their first WNBA title with a 74-60 victory over the Connecticut Sun.

Pan produced no Neverland magic at the box office. The fantasy, which cost an estimated $150 million to produce, earned $15.5 million in its opening weekend -- making it one of the worst bombs of the year. It wasn't all bleak at the box office, though. Ridley Scott's space adventure The Martian earned a solid $37 million in its second week in theaters, nabbing the top spot once more. Hotel Transylvania 2 took second place in its third weekend. Pan came in at No. 3. Nancy Meyers' workplace comedy The Intern was No. 4 and the border thriller Sicario rounded out the top five.

The estate of Jimi Hendrix is suing a Tucson man for a guitar once owned by the legendary guitarist. The Arizona Daily Star in Tucson reported yesterday that Experience Hendrix LLC, the company that runs Hendrix's estate, wants a Pima County Superior Court judge to order the guitar returned. According to the October 2nd. complaint, the estate says Harvey Moltz, owner of Rainbow Guitars, is not the rightful owner of the Black Widow acoustic guitar. Estate attorney Ed McPherson says the guitar is valued between $750,000 and $1 million. The lawsuit is also seeking damages. Moltz says he purchased the guitar in June 2014 from someone who bought it from Sheldon Reynolds, ex-husband of Hendrix's adopted sister, Janie Hendrix. McPherson says Reynolds, a former member of Earth, Wind, and Fire, stole it.

Trivia Answer: Daryl Franklin Hohl -- professionally known as Daryl Hall -- who turned 69 yesterday. With John Oates, he formed the duo Hall & Oates. From the mid-70s to the mid-80s, Hall & Oates scored six No. 1 singles, including Rich Girl, Kiss on My List, Private Eyes, I Can't Go for That (No Can Do), and Maneater from their six multi-platinum albums. The duo was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. Starting in 2007, Daryl Hall has hosted the online show/webcast Live from Daryl's House. The program is also now on Paladium. The program has so far featured appearances by KT Tunstall, Joe Walsh, Rob Thomas, Darius Rucker, Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger of The Doors and others. Hall had a nearly 30-year relationship with songwriter Sara Allen (the inspiration for the song Sara Smile, and a frequent collaborator with Hall & Oates) which ended in 2001 for undisclosed reasons. They were never married.

Friday 10.9.15
Today's Trivia: He's a former quarterback. He was a 20-year veteran of the NFL, having played for the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, and Minnesota Vikings. He was the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 70,000 yards. Who is he?

Both American League Divisional Series got started yesterday. In the first game, the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 5-3. In the nightcap, the Houston Astros got by the Kansas City Royals, 5-2. Both of those series continue today and the National League Division series get started today, The Chicago Cubs face the St Louis Cardinals while the New York Mets and LA Dodgers meet. There are four games today: at 9:30, 12:30, 3:30, and 6:30. As of this posting, the first game of the day -- Texas at Toronto -- is tied and they're in the 14th inning.

On a night where USC coach Steve Sarkisian faced his former team, a late-arriving crowd at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum probably wished it hadn't even bothered. The Dawgs served up an upset. Washington, a 17-point underdog, gave the No. 17-ranked Trojans a stunning 17-12 defeat, marking consecutive home losses at USC for the first time since 2001.

Tomorrow afternoon, the WSU Cougars are down in Eugene to face the Oregon Ducks.

Former Seahawk Matt Hasselbeck led the Indianapolis Colts over the Houston Texans. 27-20.

The Seahawks travel to Cincinnati to face the 4-0 Bengals at 10 Sunday morning on FOX. Got word this afternoon that Marshawn Lynch is out for the second week in a row.

Birthdays: Singer, songwriter, musician, author, actress Nona Hendryx is 71; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jackson Browne is 67; television host and Ozzy's wife, Sharon Osbourne is 63; actor Scott Bakula is 61; former NFL player and coach Mike Singletary is 57; singer P.J. Harvey is 46; the original host of the long-running children's series Blues Clues, actor Steve Burns is 42; the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono -- he was born on his father's 35th birthday -- Sean Lennon is 40; Brad on Home Improvement, actor Zachery Ty Bryan is 34; the winner of season 10 of American Idol, Scotty McCreery is 22; and President Obama's dog Bo is 7 -- that's 49 in dog years.

Celebrated Louisiana chef Paul Prudhomme, who helped popularize Cajun and Creole cuisine in the United States and worldwide, has died. Prudhomme, known for his soft white hat, salt-and-pepper beard and Cajun accent, was a television mainstay who also launched a successful line of spices, sauces and smoked meats and authored cookbooks. K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen is the restaurant Prudhomme and his wife opened in 1979 in New Orleans' French Quarter. The restaurant quickly became a popular destination for Cajun and Creole recipes, including jambalaya, blackened Louisiana drum fish and New Orleans-style bread pudding. He died after a brief illness. Paul Prudhomme was 75.

Today is National Submarine-Hoagie-Hero-Grinder Day. Today is Leif Erickson Day, celebrating his discovery of North America in the year 1000. Today is Moldy Cheese Day. What's all the egg-citement about? No yolk, today is World Egg Day. Today is Curious Events Day. Kinda peaks one's curiosity, doesn't it? Why does this day exist? Who created it? What curious events are held today? The questions go on, and on, and on . . .

Calendar notes: On this date in 1872, Aaron Montgomery started his mail order business with the delivery of the first mail order catalog. The firm later became Montgomery Ward. In 1917, Clarence Saunders patented the self-service grocery store. He called his store Piggly Wiggly. In 1919, the Cincinnati Reds won the World Series. The win would be later tainted when eight Chicago White Sox were charged with throwing the game. The incident became known as the Black Sox Scandal. In 1946, the first electric blanket went on sale. It was in Petersburg, VA. In 1971, Van Morrison released his single Wild Night. It was his final top 40 hit in America, peaking at number 28. In 1980, John Lennon released the single (Just Like) Starting Over on his 40th birthday. The same day, Yoko Ono hired a plane to skywrite Happy Birthday over New York. Starting Over went to number one the next month. In 1985, in New York City's Central Park, Yoko Ono dedicated a 2½-acre memorial garden called Strawberry Fields to John Lennon. In 1986, the musical Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber opened in London. In 1995, recently acquitted of murder charges, OJ Simpson agreed to a live one-hour interview with NBC News. He pulled out two days later, saying he feared he was being set up. In 2003, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the US budget deficit for the 2003 fiscal year would be $374 billion, the largest ever.

The offseason of change continues for the Mariners. Lloyd McClendon won't return as manager for the 2016 season. McClendon moves on after compiling records of 87-75 in 2014 and 76-86 in 2015. His first season as manager produced the Mariners' first winning season since 2009. But this season's team began with lofty playoff expectations and the Mariners never met them, struggling to play with any consistency. When general manager Jack Zduriencik, the man who hired him, was fired August 28th, McClendon's future became tenuous. McClendon is under contract for 2016, but new GM Jerry Dipoto was given the autonomy by team president Kevin Mather and CEO Howard Lincoln to determine whether to keep McClendon or move on with a his own manager to begin his regime. Dipoto had been meeting with McClendon since he was hired as Zduriencik's replacement September 28th. The two met this week with the coaching staff and baseball operations to discuss the organization's future. Both men labeled the early talks productive. But in the end Dipoto decided to go with his own hire. It wasn't unexpected considering Dipoto's tenure with the Angels where he had a series of issues with manager Mike Scioscia. The disagreements and power struggle with owner Arte Moreno siding with Scioscia, ultimately led to his Dipoto's departure. Dipoto begins the search process immediately.

It was just yesterday that the Mariners' front office continued its makeover when Chris Gwynn, the director of player development, resigned from his post after four seasons. Gwynn was the latest departure since Jerry Dipoto was hired September 28th as the organization's new general manager and vice president of baseball operations. Since taking over, Dipoto has chosen not to renew the contracts of Joe McIlvaine (special assistant to the GM), Ted Simmons (senior advisor to the GM), Pete Vuckovich (special assistant to the GM), Duane Shaffer (major-league scout) and Joe Nigro (major-league scout). Gwynn is a former player and the younger brother of the late Tony Gwynn.

The world has been waiting for a sequel to The Incredibles for a long time ... and apparently will be waiting a few more years. Disney and Pixar announced a June 2019 release date for The Incredibles 2 -- that's 15 years after the release of the original.

New in theaters this weekend: the PG-rated The Walk goes to wide release, the PG-rated PAN, and the R-rated 99 Homes is our in limited release.

Taylor Swift is planning to take a long break from music once her current tour comes to an end. She's set to conclude the shows in Melbourne, Australia in December after seven months on the road and she has now decided to take a hiatus once the tour ends so she can focus on spending time with her loved ones. She also admits she fears folks may get bored of her unless she steps away from the spotlight for a while.

Trivia Answer: Brett Favre who is 46 tomorrow. Brett was the first to hit 70,000 yards passing. He holds the record with 71,838 career passing yards. Earlier this year, Payton Manning also hit the 70,000 yard record. Favre is the only quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 70,000 yards, over 6,000 completions, and over 10,000 pass attempts. It's not all roses, though. Favre also holds the records for most career interceptions thrown, most sacks, and most fumbles.

Thursday 10.8.15
Today's Trivia: She is known especially for her role of Ellen Ripley in the four Alien films: Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, and Alien Resurrection. Other notable roles include Dana Barrett in Ghostbusters and its sequel Ghostbusters II, Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey, Working Girl, and Grace Augustine in Avatar. Her 1986 Academy Award nomination for Aliens is considered a landmark in the recognition of science fiction, action, and horror genres. Who is she?

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Mariners' famous win over the Yankees. The game that Edgar Mariniez hit The Double. The team piled up at home plate with Ken Griffey, Jr. smiling out from the bottom of the pile.

The Chicago Cubs won the National League wild card last night when they shut out the Pirates in Pittsburgh, 4-0. The Cubbies now advance to take on the Cardinals in St. Louis in one National League Divisional Series. The New York Mets and LA Dodgers meet in the other Divisional Series. Both series start tomorrow.

On the American League side, the Houston Astros face the Kansas City Royals in a best of 5 series starting tonight. The Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays are meeting in the other ALDS which also starts today.

Tonight, the Washington Huskies are in LA to face USC. The Huskies' visit to No. 17 USC is a reunion with Steve Sarkisian. It's tonight at 6 on ESPN,

Also tonight, the Indianapolis Colts land in Houston to face the Texans. Start time at 5:25.

Saturday afternoon, the WSU Cougars are down in Eugene to face the Oregon Ducks.

The Seahawks travel to Cincinnati to face the 4-0 Bengals at 10 Sunday morning on Fox. The Seahawks return to CenturyLink Field October 18th to host the Carolina Panthers.

Birthdays: Rona Barret is 79; Crocodile Dundee in the Crocodile Dundee films, actor Paul Hogan is 76; the Rev. Jesse Jackson is 74; actor and comedian Chevy Chase is 72; the author of the Goosebumps books, R.L. Stine is also 72 (On October 16 the Goosebumps film comes out.); actress Sigourney Weaver is 66; politician Dennis Kucinich is 69; from Kool & The Gang, singer Robert Kool Bell is 65; singer CeCe Winans is 51; The Martian actor, screenwrite Matt Damon is 45; and singer-songwriter Peter Gene Hernandez better known by his stage name, Bruno Mars is 30;

Kevin Corcoran, who starred as a child actor in the classic movie Old Yeller has died. After Old Yeller, he switched to behind-the-camera work as a producer on The Shield and other TV series. In 1957's Old Yeller, about a post-Civil War family and the brave dog that defends them, Corcoran played Arliss Coates. Corcoran died Tuesday at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California. Kevin Corcoran was was 66.

Today is Fire Prevention Day, the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, when legend says Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicked over a lantern. Over 98,000 people were left homeless by the fire. Today is National Fluffernutter Day -- a fluffernutter is a yummy sandwich made with bread, peanut butter, and marshmallow fluff. It is now a classic American treat enjoyed in school cafeterias, college dorms, and local diners nationwide. Today is American Touch Tag Day, a a day to play Touch Tag -- the child's game of Tag. Not sure why it was titled "American." Tag has been played by children for thousands of years, going back as far as Ancient Egypt. World Tag Day would be more appropriate.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1957, the Brooklyn Baseball Club announced that it had accepted a deal to move the Dodgers to Los Angeles. In 1966, the US government declared that LSD was illegal. In 1971, John Lennon recorded Imagine. In 1988, the Columbia University football team broke a 5-year, 44-game losing streak by defeating Princeton 16-13. Also in 1988, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon dropped out of the Billboard Top 200 album chart, 741 weeks after it first debuted there. In 1997, Frito-Lay announced it had purchased the 104-year-old Cracker Jack brand from Borden Foods. In 2001, President George W. Bush announced the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security. In 2003, some $19 billion in peach-colored, redesigned $20 bills made their official debut throughout the US. In 2004, at Alderson Federal Prison Camp in West Virginia, Martha Stewart began serving a five-month prison sentence, imposed for lying about a stock sale.

This year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees include some familiar faces and one star who has just returned to the scene. Janet Jackson, NWA, Nine Inch Nails, Chicago, The Smiths, and Cheap Trick are just a few of the acts vying to enter the Class of 2016. They're joined by Chic, Deep Purple, Chaka Khan, Yes, The J.B.'s, Los Lobos, Steve Miller, The Spinners and The Cars. A few have been nominated before, including Chic, which has now been tapped 10 times without yet having been inducted. But it's the first time for Janet Jackson, who recently released her first album in seven years and launched a tour. Other first-timers to the list include Chicago, Steve Miller, Chaka Khan, Cheap Trick, The Cars, The J.B.'s, and Los Lobos. To be eligible for the current ballot, artists or bands must have released their first single or album in 1990 or earlier. Once again this year, fans have the opportunity to vote on who they wish to see inducted by visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website or and casting their ballot. The Class of 2016 is being announced in December and inducted in April 2016 at a ceremony in New York City.

Toyota has spoken with US officials about the prominent use of its vehicles by militants in Syria, Iraq and Libya. Toyota trucks are conspicuous in extremist propaganda and often carry Islamic State group fighters to war, some with large caliber weapons affixed to truck beds. The company says it prohibits sales to anyone who might modify them for paramilitary or terrorist activities. There are procedures in place to prevent vehicles from being diverted for unauthorized military use, but Toyota says it's impossible to control channels through which vehicles may be misappropriated or resold by third parties. The Treasury Department's Terrorism and Financial Intelligence wing monitors monetary transfers and the flow of goods that could aid militants, but the department declined to comment on any ongoing inquiry yesterday.

Actor Randy Quaid has reportedly been arrested in Montreal for a second time this year. He's expected to appear before the Immigration and Refugee Board today. The star's Canadian wife posted an expressive tweet that, among other things, informed the world that she was arrested by "an actual tall midget." Quaid and his wife fled to Canada in 2010 after claiming they were being hunted by "Hollywood star-whackers." The move north hasn't been an easy one for the Quaids, with the star's petition for permanent residency in Canada being denied in 2012.

Trivia Answer: Susan Alexandra Weaver who is 66 today. She began using the name Sigourney Weaver in 1963, at the age of 14, after a minor character (Sigourney Howard) in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby. A seven-time Golden Globe Award nominee, she won both Best Actress in Drama and Best Supporting Actress for her work in the 1988 films Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl, becoming the first to have won two acting Golden Globes in the same year. For her role in the 1997 film The Ice Storm, she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Additionally, she has received three Academy Award nominations, three Emmy Award nominations, and two Saturn Awards.

Wednesday 10.7.15
Today's Trivia: Today is Cats Day, marking the Broadway premier of Cats on this date in 1982. After 7,485 performances, the second longest-running production in Broadway history closed on September 10th of 2000. Cats was the second longest-running production. What is the longest?

The Houston Astros won the American League wild card, ending the New York Yankees season. Last night, the 'Stros shut out the Yankees, 3-0. Houston advances to the American League Division Series round where they face the Kansas City Royals in a best of 5 series starting tomorrow night. The Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays are meeting in the other ALDS.

Meanwhile, the National League wild card gets decided tonight with the Chicago Cubs in Pittsburgh to play the Pirates at 5:08. The winner advances to take on Cardinals in St. Louis in one National League Divisional Series. The New York Mets and LA Dodgers meet in the other Divisional Series.

Tomorrow night, the Washington Huskies are in LA to face USC. It's tomorrow night at 6 on ESPN,

Saturday afternoon, the WSU Cougars are down in Eugene to face the Oregon Ducks.

The Seahawks travel to Cincinnati to face the 4-0 Bengals at 10 Sunday morning on Fox. The Seahawks return to CenturyLink Field October 18th to host the Carolina Panthers.

Birthdays: South Africa's archbishop Desmond Tutu 84; from The View, Joy Behar is 73; Oliver North is 72; Rock & Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp is 64; Russia's Vladimir Putin 63; Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres is 62; cellist Yo-Yo Ma is 60; TV's Simon Cowell is 56; singer Toni Braxton is 48; and the fifth season winner of American Idol, Taylor Hicks is 39.

Today is Try To Start An Argument Over Which Is the Best Muppet Day. Today is If At First You Don't Succeed Day, honoring Frank Sinatra, whose CBS-TV musical variety show debuted on this date in 1950. The first year, Frank couldn't compete with Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows. The second season he couldn't compete with Milton Berle's Texaco Star Theater. In 1957 Frank tried TV again with a variety-drama show, but it lasted less than a year. Today is Cats Day, marking the Broadway premier of Cats on this date in 1982. After 7,485 performances, the second longest-running production in Broadway history closed on September 10th of 2000. And today is Bald and Free Day, a day that honors those among us with a beautiful, shiny top. You don't' have to be bald to celebrate this day. But, it helps.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1918, in history's worst football game, Georgia Tech defeated Cumberland College 222 to 0. Georgia Tech carried the ball 978 yards and never threw a pass. In 1968, the Motion Picture Association of America adopted a film-rating system that ranged from G for general audiences to X for adults over 17. In 1970, Janis Joplin's body was cremated in Los Angeles. Her ashes were later scattered along the Californian coastline from a plane. In 1996, the Fox News Channel began broadcasting. In 2003, Californians voted to recall Democratic Gov. Gray Davis and elected actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, as governor. In 2003, the FCC declared that U2 singer Bono's use of an obscenity during the Golden Globe Awards did not violate broadcast indecency rules. In 2004, Melissa Etheridge revealed that she had breast cancer. She was forced to cancel her autumn tour in order to undergo treatment.

Jay Leno says it's been easy to lure Francis Ford Coppola, Laurence Fishburne, and other famous folks to his new car-centric TV show. All he has to do is assure them that Jay Leno's Garage, debuting tonight on CNBC, won't veer off the road. Leno says he tells potential guests, "'We're not gonna talk about show business or your career, we're just going to talk about cars." He says the usual response is "Great!" The Detroit-born Coppola, for example, is a car enthusiast, with his 1988 movie about an independent automaker, "Tucker: The Man and His Dream," just one indication of that. And there's this fun fact: Coppola's musician-father, Carmine, worked on The Ford Sunday Evening Hour, a radio series sponsored by automaker Ford. In an "old Italian custom of the day, you named your son after your employer," Leno said, hence the filmmaker's middle name. Another guest, Keanu Reeves, is a known gearhead with a start-up motorcycle company, giving Leno a chance to test the bike and hear about the actor's business plans. Despite the celebrities sprinkled into each episode, Leno said, the show isn't designed as a star vehicle. He says, "It's mostly about interesting people and their relationship with automobiles, be it a love story or one about the first female drag racer." The series also looks at the past and future of automobiles and showcases Leno's famed and extensive car collection. Jay Leno's Garage tonight on CNBC.

California is banning advertisers from targeting ads using information collected from high-tech TVs that can eavesdrop on their owners. The state's governor signed a new law yesterday that bans companies from "using or selling" recordings made by SmartTVs in order to customize commercials. Some modern televisions equipped with voice recognition allow viewers to control the TV with audible commands. Samsung issued an unsettling warning in February when it told customers that SmartTVs are constantly listening and transmitting recordings back to the company, whether or not the feature is turned on. Samsung said the information is only used to help improve the voice command feature, but it was unsettling for people who thought their living room conversations were private. It also tipped the public off to a potential for abuse. The new law also requires companies to notify TV owners that they may be recorded.

October's here. It's officially time to begin thinking about your Halloween costume. According to new data from Pinterest, the National Retail Federation and Halloween costume retailer Spirit Halloween, this year's hottest costume trends: With the seventh film being released in December, Star Wars characters are some of the most-popular costume options for this Halloween. The Star Wars franchise made the list for adult, kids and pet costumes this year. Superheroes also landed in the Top 10 costume category for adults, children and animals this year. Minions are among the top Halloween trends with one million people planning to be a minion for Halloween. Pinterest noted that 90s-themed costumes are among the most-pinned Halloween costumes this year. People are throwing it back to 90s favorites from TV shows like Rugrats, The Magic School Bus, and The Powerpuff Girls, to celebs such as the Spice Girls, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. Princesses will once again be ruling the streets this Halloween. Still a popular choice two years after it's release are Frozen princesses Elsa and Anna. According to the National Retail Federation, two million people are planning to dress as their favorite Frozen character this year. Classic Disney princesses such as Cinderella, Snow White, Jasmine and Ariel are also in hot demand.

Despite Instagram's reputation for censoring certain images involving nudity, the company has apparently thought about allowing more sensitive content on the platform. Instagram cofounder Kevin Systrom said yesterday the company has talked about creating an R-rated version of the service. The problem, says Systrom, is "who decides what's R-rated."

On TV tonight, the season premiere of American Horror Story: Hotel, Lady Gaga headlines a cast this season. This cycle is set in Los Angeles in an old hotel that attracts the weird and dangerous. It's tonight on FX.

Trivia Answer: The Phantom of the Opera, the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The Phantom of the Opera opened in the West End in London in 1986, and then on Broadway in 1988. It became the longest-running musical in Broadway history after overtaking Cats in 2006. The Broadway production continues to play at the Majestic theater, where it marked its 25th year on Broadway in January of 2013. With total worldwide box office receipts of over $5.6 billion, Phantom is the highest-grossing entertainment event of all time. The New York production alone has grossed $800 million, making it the most financially successful Broadway show in history.

Tuesday 10.6.15
Today's Trivia: He was a gangster who led a Prohibition-era crime syndicate. The Chicago Outfit was dedicated to smuggling and bootlegging liquor, and other illegal activities such as prostitution, in Chicago from the early 1920s to 1931. Despite his illegitimate occupation, he became a highly visible public figure. He made various charitable endeavors using the money he made from his activities, and was viewed by many to be a "modern-day Robin Hood". He was publicly criticized for his supposed involvement in the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre, when seven rival gang members were executed. Despite all that, what eventually put him behind bars was tax evasion. Who is he?

With one big punch, Kam Chancellor showed his importance to the Seattle Seahawks. And once again, the Seahawks may have received another Monday night break from the officials in the same end zone where the infamous Fail Mary took place. Art Thiel wrote this morning that us mere Muggles can never fully understand what goes on there in Hogwarts Stadium. Chancellor knocked the ball free from Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson at the 1-yard line when it appeared the Lions were going to take the lead, and Seattle held on for a 13-10 win. With Detroit on the verge of capping a 91-yard drive with the go-ahead touchdown with less than 2 minutes remaining, Chancellor came from the side and punched the ball from Johnson's arm as he was being tackled by Earl Thomas. It bounded into the end zone where it was guided over the back line by KJ Wright for a touchback and Seattle's ball at the 20. Wright should have been called for an illegal bat for hitting the ball out of the end zone, NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandino told NFL Network. The penalty would have given the ball back to Detroit at the Seattle 1. But alas, there were no flags. Ugly as it was, a W is a W.

Tonight, it's the American League Wild Card Game. The Houston Astros are in New York to face the Yankees tonight at 5:08. The winner advances to face the Royals in Kansas City in one American League Divisional Series. The Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays meet in the other Divisional Series.

Tomorrow night,it's the National League Wild Card Game. The Chicago Cubs are in Pittsburgh to play the Pirates at 5:08. The winner advances to take on Cardinals in St. Louis in one National League Divisional Series. The New York Mets and LA Dodgers meet in the other Divisional Series.

Birthdays: Actress Britt Ekland is 73; REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin is 64; Los Lobos guitarist David Hidalgo is 61; former NFL coach Tony Dungy is 60; and actress Elisabeth Shue is 52.

Today is Come and Take It Day. This day is here for the taking. Grab it. Take it and run with it. We're sure it's going to be a great day. There is a slight difference between the terms "come and get it" and "come and take it." The first suggests an offer by someone, and therefore, approval to have whatever "it" is. Today is Mad Hatter Day, a great day to be silly and celebrate silliness. Despite being a silly day, the selection of the date was actually quite logical. The Mad Hatter wears a top hat. On the front of the hat is a slip of paper with 10/6 written on it. The paper is believed to be an order to make the hat, and that it costs ten shillings sixpence. Today is National Physician's Assistant Day, celebrating and recognizing the importance and skills of this career. The highly trained Physician's Assistant is an invaluable aide to physicians and general practitioners. And today is National Noodle Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1961, President John F. Kennedy advised American families to build or buy bomb shelters to protect them in the event of a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union. In 1979, Pope John Paul II became the first pontiff to visit the White House. In 1979, Heartache Tonight by the Eagles was released. Also in 1979, Fleetwood Mac's Tusk was released. In 1991, Elizabeth Taylor married Larry Fortensky. The ceremony was held at Michael Jackson's estate near Los Angeles. It was Taylor's 8th marriage and Fortensky's 3rd. In 1992, Ross Perot appeared in his first paid broadcast on CBS-TV after entering the presidential race.

New Zealand mother Emma Taylor had a crazy idea: ask the public for a million dollars and see if it works. The only thing she asked was for individuals to contribute a maximum of one dollar. She's given herself a deadline of six months. Last check she was at $438.91.

Before you post your profile on, have someone check your grammar. According to the Wall Street Journal, many singles are picky about the grammar gaffes they're seeing on dating sites.

Trivia Answer: Alphonse Gabriel Capone -- Al Capone. Tomorrow is the anniversary -- it was October 7th of 1931 -- of his conviction for income tax evasion. Following that conviction, he was sentenced to federal prison. His incarceration included a term at the then-new Alcatraz federal prison. In the final years of Capone's life, he suffered mental and physical deterioration due to late-stage neurosyphilis, which he had contracted as a youth. On January 25th of 1947, he died from cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke.

Monday 10.5.15
Today's Trivia: As the new CEO of the company at the time, he oversaw the development of the iMac, iTunes, iPod, iPhone, and iPad, and on the services side, the iTunes Store and the App Store. The success of these products and services propelled this company to become the world's most valuable publicly traded company in 2011. The reinvigoration of the company is regarded by many commentators as one of the greatest turnarounds in business history. Who are we talking about?

The Seahawks yesterday ruled out Marshawn Lynch and Brandon Mebane for tonight's game with the Detroit Lions at the CLink. Lynch is nursing a hamstring injury and Mebane did not practice all week after a groin injury against the Chicago Bears. The Seahawks also downgraded Bruce Irvin to questionable with an ankle injury following a Saturday walk-through. Thomas Rawls gets an opportunity to build on the 104-yard rushing performance he produced in his first career start last weekend. Jordan Hill is expected to fill in for Mebane. Tonight's game marks only the second time Lynch will sit since he joined the Seahawks in 2010, and the first time since 2011. Hawks-Lions tonight on ESPN and KONG 6. Kick-off tonight at 5:30.

A botched fake punt that went for a touchdown the other way. A missed field goal and giving up the ball on a surprise onside kick. Throw in seven sacks and four turnovers and it became far too much for Washington State to overcome against a ranked opponent. No. 24 California Washington State 34-28 on Saturday.

Lloyd McClendon waved to the fans showing their appreciation behind the Seattle Mariners dugout then tossed his blue cap into the crowd. Time will only tell if that's the final time the Seattle manager takes off a Mariners cap. Seattle closed a disappointing season yesterday beating the Oakland Athletics 3-2. The win had the Mariners to finish at 76-86, 11 games worse than McClendon's first season, when Seattle was in playoff contention until the final day of the regular season. And therein is the biggest question with Seattle moving forward from an underachieving year when they were expected by many to be a playoff team. With new general manager Jerry Dipoto in charge, will McClendon return in 2016? The off season should be a busy one.

All of the Major League Baseball playoff match-ups were set yesterday on the final day of the regular season which was mostly devoid of drama. The Texas Rangers helped lock in the pairings by routing the Los Angeles Angels to win the AL West. The real intrigue begins tomorrow night at Yankee Stadium. That's when the postseason opens with the Astros taking on New York in the AL wild-card game. On Wednesday night, the Chicago Cubs -- still trying for their first World Series championship since 1908 -- visit the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL wild-card match-up. The Astros-Yankees winner plays at Kansas City in the best-of-five Division Series on Thursday. The same day, Texas visits AL East champion Toronto. The NL Division Series begins Friday with the New York Mets at the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cubs-Pirates winner at St. Louis.

Birthdays: Singer and guitarist Steve Miller is 72; from AC/DC, Brian Johnson is 68; Live Aid organizer Bob Geldof is 64; guitarist and founding member of The Counting Crows, David Bryson is 54; hockey great Mario Lemieux is 50; actress Kate Winslet is 40; Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine is 37; Good Charlotte bassist Paul Thomas is 35; Paris' sister, socialite Nicky Hilton is 32.

Today is National Noisy Munching Day, a day to annoy others by eating ice, pickles, chips, anything crunchy and loud. It's World Teachers' Day as sponsored by the UN. Today is Long Walk Day. David Kunst walked around the world, beginning June 20th of 1970 and ending October 5th in 1974. It took him 4 years and 21 pairs of shoes, but he accomplished what he set out to do. Go out for a walk today, maybe walk around the park.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1969, Monty Python's Flying Circus debuted on BBC television. In 1975, Harry Chapin released Cats in the Cradle. In 1979, the movie 10 starring Dudley Moore, Julie Andrews, and Bo Derek opened. In 1989, evangelist Jim Bakker was convicted of using his TV show to defraud followers of over $150-million. In 1997, when the First United Methodist Church women's group in Tulsa lit all 95 candles on Mabel McCullough's birthday cake, it set off the fire alarm. It did not trigger the sprinkler system, but five engines and two ladder companies of firefighters showed up for the party. In 2003, a Brazilian mother and daughter who hadn't seen each other for 17 years met up when they were put in the same prison cell in Sao Paulo's Pinheiros prison. The daughter, arrested for robbery, had run away from home at age eight. Mom was doing time for drug dealing.

Opening just days after NASA announced findings showing water on Mars, The Martian soaked up moviegoers at the box office. Ridley Scott's 3-D space epic touched down in theaters with a robust $55 million over the weekend. The results again proved moviegoers' abiding thirst for space adventures, particularly ones that rely more on mathematics than monsters. The movie starring Matt Damon as an astronaut left for dead on Mars, exceeded expectations to nearly rank as the top October debut ever. It's Scott's second best opening behind 2001's Hannibal and Damon's second best after 2007's Bourne Ultimatum. Last week's box-office champ, Hotel Transylvania 2, slid to second. The drug war thriller Sicario starring Emily Blunt shot up to third. Rounding out the top five: The Intern at number four, and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials at number five. Of course, with The Martian being a box office success, we're now in for The Martian Identity, The Martian Supremacy, and The Martian Ultimatum.

Hundreds were rescued from fast-moving floodwaters yesterday in South Carolina as days of driving rain hit a dangerous crescendo that buckled buildings and roads, closed a major East Coast interstate route and threatened the drinking water supply for the capital city. The powerful rainstorm dumped more than a foot of rain overnight on Columbia, swamping hundreds of businesses and homes. Emergency workers waded into waist-deep water to help people trapped in cars, dozens of boats fanned out to rescue people in flooded neighborhoods and some were plucked from rooftops by helicopters. Officials said it could take weeks or even months to assess every road and bridge that's been closed around the state. Several interstates around Columbia were closed, and so was a 75-mile stretch of Interstate 95 that is a key route connecting Miami to Washington, DC and New York. At least seven weather-related deaths have been reported since rains began spreading over the Eastern Seaboard, which appeared to dodge the full brunt of Hurricane Joaquin as it veers out to sea.

The Mariners won their final game of 2015. But that 3-2 win over Oakland does little to ease fans' aggravation over the bigger story -- the Rangers and Astros, after terrible seasons in 2014, leaped over Seattle into the playoffs. Varied are the ways to look at the Mariners' habitual sports agony. They lost nine of their final 11 games in 2015, all to American League West foes. The Texas Rangers were the American League's worst team in 2014 at 67-95 yet they improved 21 games. The once-woebegone Astros also made the AL playoffs as the second wild card with 86 wins -- one fewer than the Mariners last year and 17 better than Houston did a year ago. And that was after three consecutive 100-loss seasons. The Rangers and Astros healed themselves in a single season. In this century, at least after 2001, the Mariners have never healed themselves. They are the open wound of the division, if not for all of MLB, given that their 14-year absence from the playoffs is the game's longest drought. Since the 2001 Seattle season of 116 wins -- with each passing year, it takes on the freakishness of a snowstorm in Panama -- the AL West title has been won six times by Anaheim, five by Oakland and three by Texas. What further galls the remaining fan base is that none of the division franchises have the ballpark, the ownership wealth, or the regional market monopoly the Mariners have. Yet all those advantages have translated into squat. The Mariners aren't terrible -- they had a club-record and major league-high 23 extra-inning games, and 27 of their defeats came in the opponents' last at-bat, also a major league high. They played almost every game close, just not necessarily well. Now comes the off season and we'll see what new General Manager Jerry Dipoto does. Starting with doed Lloyd McLendon get another shot as skipper? If McClendon feels as does Angels manager Mike Scioscia -- Dipoto's skipper in in his previous post -- that games were won and lost for many years before advanced analytics became available, then Lloyd will have to be happy joining Scioscia on a couch this fall watching the playoffs. That means another change of managers in Seattle. As CEO Howard Lincoln has said, it's too much. Then again, as this season and its 13 predecessors have proven, it's never enough.

Trivia Answer: Steve Jobs who died on this date in 2011 at the age of 56. The company, of course, was Apple. Jobs has received a number of honors and public recognition for his influence in the technology and music industries. He has widely been referred to as legendary, a futurist or simply a visionary, and has been described as the Father of the Digital Revolution, a master of innovation and a design perfectionist. Jobs envisioned Apple foreseeing and setting trends, at least in innovation and style. He said, "There's an old Wayne Gretzky quote that I love. 'I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.' And we've always tried to do that at Apple. Since the very very beginning. And we always will."

Friday 10.2.15
Today's Trivia: On this date in 2005, the National Football League played its first regular season game outside of the United States. The Arizona Cardinals beat the San Francisco 49ers 31 to 14. Where was the game played?

On Thursday Night Football, the Baltimore Ravens were at Pittsburgh to face the Steelers and the Ravens rallied for their first win of the season, taking advantage of two missed Steelers field-goal attempts late in the fourth quarter to force OT and then winning on Justin Tucker's field goal. Final: Baltimore 23 Pittsburgh 20.

Seattle Seahawks rookie Tyler Lockett was named the NFC's special teams player of the month for September yesterday. The 23-year-old recorded a touchdown on both punt and kickoff returns through the team's first three games. He registered one of each during the Seahawks' four-game preseason slate, as well. Lockett scored a touchdown in his first-ever NFL game, returning a punt 63 yards for a score in the Hawks' season-opening loss to the St. Louis Rams on September 13th. In Sunday's 26-0 Week 3 win over the Chicago Bears, he returned the second half kickoff 105 yards for touchdown. That was the longest kickoff return in Seattle franchise history. He also added six receptions for 51 yards on seven targets. Hopefully he can keep it going as the Seahawks host the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football.

Marshawn Lynch will likely be a game-time decision for Seattle's Week 4 contest. Marshawn played less than half of Sunday's victory over the Chicago Bears. Lynch couldn't get loose pre-game and came into the contest about halfway through the first quarter. He then sat out the second half after suffering a hamstring injury that required an MRI on Monday. Yesterday, Pete Carroll said he didn't know if the five-time Pro Bowler would be ready for the Monday Night Football matchup with the Lions. Carroll said the Seahawks weren't looking to hold Lynch back in an effort to preserve him for the rest of the season. Undrafted rookie running back Thomas Rawls ran for 104 yards on 16 carries against the Bears, picking up all but 6 of those yards in the second half. If Lynch can't go on Monday, the team will lean on him and veteran free-agent signing Fred Jackson, Carroll said, not that he expected either of them to replace Beast Mode.

College ball tomorrow, the Washington State Cougars are in Berkeley against the California Golden Bears. The Huskies are off until Thursday when they're in LA with USC.

The Mariners are wrapping up the 2015 campaign this weekend. They're hosting the Oakland Athletics in a 3-game series starting tonight. Hisashi Iwakuma starts for the Ms tonight in what could be his last appearance as a Mariner. He's a free agent at the end of the year.

Another baseball note: the New York Yankees got the franchise's 10,000th win last night. They're the first American League club to reach that milestone.

Birthdays: Mr. American Pie, singer and songwriter Don McLean is 70; photographer Annie Leibovitz is 66; guitarist for Genesis and Mike + The Mechanics, Mike Rutherford is 65; Gordon Sumner, better known as Sting, is 64; the first Canadian-born quarterback to start in the NFL -- he went to WSU -- Mark Rypien is 53; talk show host Kelly Ripa is 45; and singer Tiffany is 44.

Today is Peanuts Day, celebrating this day in 1950 when Charles Schulz introduced us to his pals, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Sally, and Charlie's dog, Snoopy. Today is World Farm Animals Day, celebrated on Ghandhi's birthday. Today is National Custodial Workers Day. Today is Name Your Car Day is today. Does your car have a name? And today -- being the first Friday in October -- is World Smile Day, a day that celebrates the ever popular yellow smiley face.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1958, television's Yogi Bear stole his first picnic basket in Jellystone National Park, assisted by his sidekick Boo Boo Bear. In 1959, The Twilight Zone debuted on television. They made 154 original episodes. In 1976, John Belushi went on stage and performed with Joe Cocker on Saturday Night Live. In 1985, actor Rock Hudson died at his home in Beverly Hills at age 59 after a battle with AIDS. In 1994, at the age of age 42, singer John Mellencamp confirmed he had suffered a mild heart attack, that he smoked four packs of cigarettes a day, and his cholesterol level was a dangerous 300. In 1998, Hollywood's original singing cowboy and former owner of the Anaheim Angels, Gene Autry, died at age 91.

Hurricane Joaquin unleashed heavy flooding as it roared through sparsely populated islands in the eastern Bahamas yesterday as a Category 4 storm, with forecasters warning it could grow even stronger before carving a path that would take it near the East Coast of the US. Joaquin had maximum sustained winds of 130 mph and hurricane strength winds extending 45 miles from the eye according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. The storm was predicted to turn to the north and northwest toward the United States today but forecasters were trying to determine how it might affect the East Coast, which was already suffering flooding and heavy rains from separate storms. The National Hurricane Center's long-term forecast showed the storm could near the East Coast along North Carolina and Virginia on Sunday or Monday. The NFL and MLB have both warned that Joaquin could disrupt schedules in the days to come.

Facebook is introducing five big changes to user profiles which are viewed 4 billion times per day. One is the ability to use a 7-second looping video as your profile pic.

Meanwhile, police departments around the world are reminding citizens that they should not call 911 when there's a Facebook outage. Facebook has experienced a couple of sizable outages over the last week or so. Police departments in Houston, Texas; Kingston, England; and Queensland, Australia had to post messages on Facebook that, when outages occur, there is nothing local police can do.

Have you heard of brexting? Because, you know, every activity has to combine two or more words into a new slang word. Brexting describes the practice of using a smart phone while breast-feeding or bottle-feeding. Brexting moms are being warned that it may be interfering with the bonding process.

The weekend is upon us. New in theaters, the PG-13 rated The Martian, the R-rated Sicario goes into wide release, and PG-rated The Walk opens in IMAX theaters only.

Trivia Answer: That game was played in Mexico City, Mexico. Beginning with the 2005 season, the National Football League has hosted regular season American football games held outside the United States in a series known as the International Series. Since 2007 games have been held at London's Wembley Stadium. Wembley continues to be the game site. This year's International Series features three games: the Miami Dolphins meet the New York Jets this Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Buffalo Bills on October 25th, and the Kansas City Chiefs and the Detroit Lions meet up on November. 1st.

Thursday 10.1.15
Today's Trivia: It was on this date in 1971 that Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, Florida. On this date in 1982, EPCOT Center opened in Florida. What does EPCOT stand for?

Marshawn Lynch is 50/50 to play Monday night against the Detroit Lions at CenturyLink because of a hamstring injury, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Lynch saw limited action in last week's 26-0 home win over the Chicago Bears. He didn't make it out of the locker room until about midway through the first quarter after struggling to get loose during pregame, then didn't play in the second half. He finished with 14 yards on five carries and one catch for nine yards, while backup rookie Thomas Rawls had a career day with 104 rushing yards on 16 attempts. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said that Lynch underwent an MRI this week, though a report from NFL insider Ian Rapoport indicated that the 29-year-old's latest injury isn't serious. Regardless, Lynch has started the 2015 season slowly, rushing 38 times for 128 yards (3.4 yards-per-carry) and no touchdowns in three games while playing behind an offensive line that has yet to distinguish itself. Monday Night Football. The Seahawks host the Detroit Lions.

Thursday Night Football tonight the Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh to face the Steelers.

College ball Saturday, the Washington State Cougars are in Berkeley against the California Golden Bears. The Huskies are off until next Thursday when they're in LA with USC.

The Mariners used an all-hands-on-deck approach on the mound and got plenty of offense, but Houston took the lead for good in the seventh-inning and beat Seattle 7-6 last night. The Astros moved back into the final slot in the American League wild-card standings, a half-game ahead of the Angels. For what it's worth, each of the first five pitchers used in the game spent the first two months of the season in the minors; all eight pitchers spent part of this season pitching in the minor leagues. The Mariners are off today before finishing the season with a three-game series against Oakland this weekend.

The only way Felix Hernandez is seeing the field for the final weekend of the regular season is if Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon suddenly decides to let his ace right-hander be a hitter. Hernandez won't be on the mound pitching. McClendon announced yesterday that Hernandez won't pitch in Seattle's final series this weekend against Oakland, saying it wasn't worth the stress on Hernandez's arm to have him make one more start in a game lacking meaning aside from personal statistics. Hisashi Iwakuma starts Friday, Roenis Elias on Saturday and Vidal Nuno will pitch the season finale Sunday. McClendon said he would have changed his thinking if the Mariners were facing a team that was in a playoff chase or Hernandez had a chance for a career-best 20th victory. Hernandez missed out on win No. 19 last Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels.

Birthdays: The 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter is 91; Dame Julie Andrews is 80; actress Stella Stevens is 77; actor Randy Quaid is 65; former baseball player Mark McGwire is 52; and actor and comedian Zach Galifianakis is 46.

"October" means the "eighth month." It has been the 10th month since New Year's Day was moved from March to January.

October is Adopt-A-Shelter Dog Month, National Bake and Decorate Month, Bat Appreciation Month, Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month, Children's Disease Awareness Month, Children's Magazine Month, Church Library Month, Class Reunion Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, National Crime Prevention Month, National Go On a Field Trip Month, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Cookie Month, Roller Skating Month, National Popcorn Poppin' Month, Photographer Appreciation Month, Positive Attitude Month, and National Chili Month.

It's Go Hog Wild-Eat Country Ham Month, National Book Month, National Chili Month, National Cookie Month, National Dental Hygiene Month, National Pajama Month, National Popcorn Poppin' Month, National Roller Skating Month, National Seafood Month, Frozen Food Month, Spinach Lovers Month, Vegetarian Awareness Month

Today is World Vegetarian Day. Squirrel Awareness Month begins today, sponsored by the Squirrel Lovers Club of Oklahoma City. Pudding Season begins today.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1903, in the first game of the first baseball World Series, the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Boston Pilgrims 7-3. Cy Young was the first losing pitcher. But Boston won the series. In 1962, Johnny Carson became host of The Tonight Show. His first guests were Tony Bennett, Joan Crawford, Rudy Vallee, Mel Brooks, and Groucho Marx. In 1970, Jimi Hendrix was buried in Seattle. He died in his London apartment two weeks earlier. In 1971, Walt Disney World opened in Orlando. In 1997, to curtail growing alcoholism, the Congress of the scorching hot Mexican state of Tabasco banned the sale of cold beer. Residents could continue to buy all the warm beer they wanted. In 2001, the US Supreme Court suspended former President Clinton from practicing before the high court. In 2002, police chasing a gang of car thieves in Colombia lost their suspects when they were stopped at a toll booth. The gang flew through the toll booth but workers flagged down the pursuing police car and wouldn't let it leave until officers paid the toll. By that time, the thieves they'd chased 25 miles from Bogata were long gone.

Another horrific morning. The numbers have been very fluid throughout the morning but now they're saying 13 people were killed in a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon earlier today. That according to the Oregon state Attorney General's Office. More than 20 other people are reported to be injured. A Douglas County official says that the shooter has been neutralized and is now in custody. A school official says shots were fired at Snyder Hall around 10:30 this morning and the campus was immediately locked down. All of the dead are in one building that houses six to eight classrooms, the official said. He said there were "multiple patients in multiple classrooms." A student who was in a building adjacent to the shootings told his family more than 30 shots were fired and that "there was no sound" -- indicating that a silencer may have been used. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has a team on the scene. Additional agents are being sent there from Portland, along with a K-9 police dog. Needless to say our hearts go out to the students, their families, and the entire Roseburg community.

The richest sports team owner in the US? Steve Ballmer with a net worth of $21.6 billion. Forbes announced the Los Angeles Clippers owner and former Microsoft CEO earned that distinction for the second straight year. He's 21st overall on the Forbes ranking of the 400 richest Americans. Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen is second with a net worth of $17.8 billion.

Carlos Santana's representative has been forced to confirm the guitar great is alive and well after reports of his death surfaced online Tuesday. The 68-year-old guitarist became the latest victim of an Internet death hoax, when rumors of his demise started swirling around online.His rep Michael Jensen turned to newspaper USA Today yesterday in a bid to assure fans Santana was fine. Jensen said, "He is alive and well and enjoying his morning!"

Here's your number for the day: 1.75 billion. That's how many minutes a day the world is playing Candy Crush.

Washington state's minimum wage will not increase next year, and the state will no longer have the highest statewide minimum wage as of January. State officials announced that the current minimum wage of $9.47 will not increase because inflation, as measured by the national Consumer Price Index, did not increase over the past year. That index decreased 0.3 percent. It's only the second time that there has not been an increase since voters approved an initiative in 1998 to adjust the minimum wage with inflation. Under that law, the minimum wage can't be decreased. The last time the minimum wage was not increased was in 2010. Even though Washington has had the highest minimum wage in the country for years, on the first of the new year, California and Massachusetts will reach $10 per hour.

Trivia Answer: The concept was planned by Walt Disney. EPCOT stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.