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Friday 10.31.14
Today's Trivia: Hall of Fame offensive tackle Walter Jones becomes the 11th member of the Seahawks Ring of Honor this weekend when he’s inducted during halftime of Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders. Jones becomes the ninth player in the Ring of Honor, joining wide receiver Steve Largent, quarterback Jim Zorn, cornerback Dave Brown, running back Curt Warner, defensive end Jacob Green, safety Kenny Easley, quarterback Dave Krieg and defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy. Who are the two non-players in the Ring of Honor?

Thursday Night Football: Drew Brees overcame a shaky start and threw for one touchdown and ran for another and the New Orleans Saints knocked off the Carolina Panthers 28-10 last night to take over first place in the NFC South.

Hall of Fame offensive tackle Walter Jones joins the Seahawks Ring of Honor this weekend when he’s inducted during halftime of Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders. Jones spent 12 years with the Seahawks, earning All-Pro honors four times along with nine Pro Bowl berths. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in July in his first year of eligibility. Jones becomes the ninth player in the Ring of Honor, joining wide receiver Steve Largent, quarterback Jim Zorn, cornerback Dave Brown, running back Curt Warner, defense end Jacob Green, safety Kenny Easley, quarterback Dave Krieg, and defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy. The Seahawks host the winless Oakland Raiders Sunday afternoon at 1:25.

Tomorrow morning at 10:00, the Washington Huskies are in Boulder Colorado to face the Colorado Buffaloes. Tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 in Pullman, the Washington State Cougars host coach Steve Sarkisian and the USC Trojans.

Game 7 of the World Series had a total audience of 52 million. That’s people who watched all or part of the game. It’s the second most-watched baseball game since Game 4 of the 2004 World Series.

Birthdays: Newsman Dan Rather is 83; actor David Ogden Stiers is 72; Bill Murray's brother, and a comedian and writer in his own right, Brian Doyle-Murray is 69; journalist Jane Pauley -- she's married to Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau -- is 64; TV's Wiseguy, actor Ken Wahl is 57;.director Peter Jackson is 53; U2 drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. is 53; actor Rob Schneider is 51; he was born Robert Van Winkle but we know him as Vanilla Ice and he’s 47 today; and the daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith is 14.

Today is Halloween, an out-growth of combining an ancient Druid harvest festival and Christian harvest customs. Tonight is Trick or Treat or Beggar's Night. Today is Scare a Friend Day, a time for innocent fun by watching a scary movie or visiting a haunted house. Today is National Knock-Knock Day, a day for kids of all ages to try out their knock-knock jokes. Today is Sneak Some of the Candy Yourself Before the Kids Start Knocking Day. Today is National Magic Day, observed on the date of Harry Houdini's death in 1926.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1941, after 14 years of work, Mount Rushmore was completed. In 1959, Lee Harvey Oswald told reporters in Russia, "I will never return to the United States." In 1970, singer Michelle Phillips and actor Dennis Hopper were married. They divorced eight days later. In 1990, singer Billy Idol dumped 600 dead fish on his opening act, Faith No More, during a Seattle concert and put four pigs and a goat in their dressing room. The group retaliated by parading naked on stage during Idol's encore. In 1991, at their Halloween wedding, Jayne and Dale Peterson of Madison, Wisconsin, were married dressed as Frankenstein and the bride of Frankenstein. At the reception, the champagne was chilled in a coffin. In 2003, the London Times named Sir Paul McCartney the richest man in pop, with annual earnings of over 40-million pounds. Madonna topped the list of females. In 2011, the global population of humans reached seven billion. This day is now recognized by the United Nations as Seven Billion Day.

Auto-play video ads debuted on Instagram yesterday. Companies like Disney, Activision, Lancôme, Banana Republic and The CW began running 15-second ads on the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network.

Norwegian Air Shuttle was forced to delay a flight to New York by five hours because of a hunt for a mouse in the cockpit. The airline said it had to make sure no cables or wires had been chewed.

The weekend is here. New in theaters: Before I Go To Sleep (R), Nightcrawler (R), and SAW 10th Anniversary (R).

A Michigan couple is expecting their 13th child. The other 12 are all boys.

Police in Northern California say a man robbed a gas station only to return hours later to give the money back and apologize. Cyle Abbott Jr. told officers he needed cash to leave town for a fresh start, but then realized his mistake. Police found Abbott in the gas station bathroom ready to surrender.

A new study from the University of Buffalo in New York found that couples who smoke weed together have a significantly lower rate of fighting and domestic violence. And their main theory why is ... drum roll, please ... marijuana mellows you out and makes you happy. When people are happy, they don’t fight.

Trivia Answer: Former head coach Chuck Knox (he coached the Hawks from 1983 to the end of 1991) and play-by-play voice Pete Gross (he spent 17 years as the voice starting in 1976) round out the group of 11. Gross made it to the Ring just three days before he died of cancer in 1992.

Thursday 10.30.14
Today's Trivia: He was a television personality, musician, composer, actor, comedian, and writer. Though he got his start in radio, he's best known for his television career. He first gained national attention as a guest host on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts. He graduated to become the first host of The Tonight Show, where he was instrumental in innovating the concept of the television talk show. Who was he?

Madison Bumgarner pitched five innings of near-perfect relief and the San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 last night in Game 7 of the World Series for their third championship in five seasons. With both starters chased early, it became a matchup of bullpens. And no one stood taller than the 6-foot-5 Bumgarner, who added to his postseason legacy with a third victory this Series. After Gregor Blanco misplayed Alex Gordon's drive for a single and two-base error, Bumgarner got Salvador Perez to pop foul to third baseman Pablo Sandoval for the final out. The Giants ended a Series streak that had seen home teams win the last nine Game 7s. Pitching on two days' rest after his shutout in Game 5, Bumgarner entered in the fifth with a 3-2 lead. After giving up a leadoff single to Omar Infante, he shut down the Royals. San Francisco chalks up another one after earning titles in 2012 and 2010.

The Seattle Seahawks may be smarting after a lackluster 4-3 start to the season, but according to the betting experts in Las Vegas, the Hawks are still good enough to make it to Super Bowl XLIX. Seattle has 4-to-1 odds to win the NFC championship and advance to February’s big game in Glendale, Arizona, according to betting odds released yesterday by sports book Bovada. The Hawks are back at the top of Bovada's NFC favorites this week after slipping behind the Green Bay Packers a week ago. The Denver Broncos, however, remain the favorites in Vegas to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy, with odds of 5-to-2 to win the Super Bowl XLIX. The Hawks are hosting the Oakland Raiders Sunday afternoon at 1:00.

Coming up Saturday morning at 10:00, the Washington Huskies are in Boulder Colorado to face the Colorado Buffaloes.

Then Saturday afternoon at 1:30 in Pullman, the Washington State Cougars host coach Steve Sarkisian and the USC Trojans.

Birthdays: Hymie the Robot on Get Smart, actor Dick Gautier is 83; retired football player and coach Dick Vermeil is 78; from Jefferson Airplane and its various derivatives, singer Grace Slick is 75; The Fonz on Happy Days, actor Henry Winkler is 68; Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit is 67; Michael Kuzak on LA Law, actor Harry Hamlin is 63; singer, and songwriter, and Mr. Gwen Stefani, Gavin Rossdale is 49; and the host of Cash Cab, Ben Bailey is 44.

Today is National Candy Corn Day. Today is National Buy a Doughnut Day. 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.

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.

An NFL franchise in London could generate more than $250 million a year for Britain, according to a study released yesterday. The study commissioned by the NFL and a London marketing agency, also casts doubt on the feasibility of a Super Bowl in the British capital and warns of a negative reaction from the United States. The prospect of a team being permanently based in London has been growing since the NFL first took regular-season games to the city in 2007. With three games at Wembley Stadium this season, the British government recently offered its backing to persuade a franchise to base itself overseas. The report will be discussed at the next owners' meeting in 2015. That word from Mark Waller, the NFL's executive vice president of the international division who is hoping the obstacles to a London franchise can be overcome.

The company behind that dramatic launch explosion of a space station supply mission promises to find the cause of the failure. Orbital Sciences Corp.'s unmanned rocket blew up just moments after liftoff Tuesday evening from the Virginia coast. Meanwhile, early yesterday, the Russian Space Agency launched its own cargo vessel from Kazakhstan and the spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station six hours later with 3 tons of food. The smooth flight was in stark contrast to the Orbital Sciences' failed launch. The Russian trip had been planned well in advance of the accident. The Orbital Sciences rocket was carrying a capsule loaded with 2½ tons of space station experiments and equipment for NASA. No one was injured when the rocket exploded moments after liftoff, shooting flaming debris down onto the launch area and into the ocean.

Researchers say they are highly confident that they have identified a battered piece of aluminum as a fragment of Amelia Earhart's plane, which disappeared in the Pacific Ocean on July 2nd in 1937, as she attempted a record flight around the world at the equator. The fragment was found in 1991 on the uninhabited atoll of Nikumaroro, where researchers at The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery believe Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, crashed landed, then lived and died as castaways.

A woman who was dressed as a zombie for an Upstate New York Halloween party was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated twice within three hours. Catherine Butler was driving with her headlights off after leaving a party on Saturday. After pulling her over, police took Butler into custody for DWI. A friend came to pick Butler up, and less than three hours later, police arrested her again for DWI.

This morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook came out of the closet. In an op-ed for BusinessWeek, the man who took over the helm of America's storied tech company from Steve Jobs said "let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay." Cook explained that while his sexual orientation wasn't a secret at Apple, coming out publicly could "inspire people to insist on their equality."

The Federal Reserve yesterday ended its longstanding effort to stimulate the economy by purchasing bonds, citing improvement in the job market. The end of the six-year program -- called quantitative easing -- marked a significant milestone in the nation's recovery from the Great Recession. The program contributed to a long-running bull market for stocks, and helped businesses and individuals by keeping borrowing costs low. Fed policymakers said that they still planned to keep short-term interest rates near zero for the foreseeable future.

ABC is bringing back The Great Christmas Light Fight. Each of the six one-hour episodes features 4 families from across America who work harder than the elves themselves in order to out-deck the halls of their competition and possibly win $50,000. The show premieres December 8th.

Trivia Answer: Steve Allen who died on this date in 2000. He created a late-night New York talk-variety TV program in 1953 for what is now WNBC-TV. The following year, on September 27th of 1954, the show went on the full NBC network as The Tonight Show, with fellow radio personality Gene Rayburn (who later went on to host hit game shows such as Match Game) as the original announcer. The show ran from 11:15 til 1:00 on the East Coast. While Today show developer Pat Weaver is often credited as the Tonight creator, Allen often pointed out that he had previously created it as a local New York show. Allen told his nationwide audience that first evening: "This is Tonight, and I can't think of too much to tell you about it except I want to give you the bad news first: this program is going to go on forever... you think you're tired now. Wait until you see one o'clock roll around!" It was as host of The Tonight Show that Allen pioneered the "man on the street" interviews and audience-participation comedy breaks that have become commonplace on late-night TV.

Wednesday 10.29.14
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 in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Who was he?

It's one of those good news-bad news deals. The bad news is there is one more Major League Baseball game this year. The good news is it's freakin' Game 7 of the World Series. Last night, down 3 games to 2, with their backs against the wall, it was all Kansas City. The Royals put up 7 runs in the 2nd inning. All nine starters for the Royals had a hit by the end of the third inning. Twenty-three-year-old rookie pitcher Yordano Ventura went 7 innings and the Royals thumped the San Francisco Giants10-0 to force a decisive Game 7 -- essentially a one-game playoff, a winner-takes-all contest. First pitch at 5:00. Fox TV with the coverage.

Another baseball note: The Toronto Blue Jays claimed Seattle Mariner first baseman Justin Smoak off waivers yesterday. The 27-year-old Smoak appeared in 80 games for the Mariners last season, batting.202 with seven home runs and 30 RBIs. The former first-round pick of the Texas Rangers in 2008 has spent parts five seasons in the majors, recording a .224 average with 74 home runs in 566 games. He'll no longer do it with the Mariners.

The Seattle Seahawks made a franchise-altering trade this month when they shipped wide receiver Percy Harvin to the New York Jets for a conditional mid-round pick. But with the NFL trade deadline coming at 1:00 yesterday afternoon, could GM John Schneider swing another deal? Uhm, no. The trade deadline passed and there were no serious reports of any trades involving the Seahawks.

Birthdays: The guitarist from The Moody Blues and later with Paul McCartney & Wings, Denny Laine is 70; singer and actress Melba Moore is 69; originally with Fleetwood Mac, guitarist Peter Green is 68; actor Richard Dreyfuss is 67; actress Kate Jackson is 66; author Lee Child -- each of his novels follows the adventures Jack Reacher --- is 60; the voice of Homer Simpson amongst others, voice actor Dan Castellaneta is 57; and actress Winona Ryder is 43.

Today is Laugh A Lot Suddenly For No Reason Day. 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 Forgiveness Day, a celebration of unconditional love. Today is National Disgusting Little Pumpkin-Shaped Candies Day. Today is National Oatmeal Day.

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 with 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.

AT&T is back in the government's crosshairs. The Federal Trade Commission announced a lawsuit yesterday alleging that AT&T misled mobile customers with "unlimited" data plans, deliberately slowing their connection speeds in a practice known as throttling. The FTC said AT&T "failed to adequately disclose" the fact that when unlimited customers reached a certain data limit in a billing cycle, it reduced their connection speeds by as much as 90%. As a result, the complaint alleged, many common smartphone applications -- like web browsing, GPS navigation and streaming video -- became "difficult or nearly impossible to use." The commission said AT&T received thousands of complaints about the program, and that the throttling affected at least 3.5 million unique customers. FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez said, "AT&T promised its customers 'unlimited' data, and in many instances, it has failed to deliver on that promise," AT&T called the allegations "baseless" and said it has been "completely transparent with customers since the very beginning." The company pointed to a 2011 press release announcing the throttling policy, and said it had notified the roughly 3% of its customers who were affected via text message. AT&T said, "It's baffling as to why the FTC would choose to take this action against a company that, like all major wireless providers, manages its network resources to provide the best possible service to all customers," Earlier this year, regulators at the Federal Communications Commission criticized a plan by Verizon to throttle the connections of unlimited-data customers. In response, Verizon abandoned the plan. Yesterday's lawsuit comes just weeks after AT&T agreed to pay $105 million for "cramming" unauthorized charges on the monthly bills of its wireless customers. The charges -- typically $9.99 per month -- came from third-party services for things like trivia, horoscopes and love tips. AT&T was accused of keeping at least 35% of the fees, as well as obscuring the charges on bills and preventing customers from securing full refunds.

Pete Townshend has confessed he "hates" his band The Who and cannot stand performing live. The guitarist and his band mate Roger Daltrey are heading out on the road for a massive, yearlong farewell tour from next month to say goodbye to their fans after 50 years. However, Townshend is already regretting the decision before the band has even played a note of music -- because he hates the job. Asked by a journalist from British magazine Event why he agreed to a farewell tour, Townshend replies, "I’m sort of asking myself the same question. It seemed like a good idea about six months ago but I hate performing and The Who and touring. But I’m innately good at it; I don’t find it hard." The Who is bringing its The Who Hits 50 tour to KeyArena on September 27th.

Phil Collins yesterday handed over his vast collection of artifacts related to the Battle of the Alamo and the Texas Revolution to the state of Texas. Collins was in San Antonio to donate what's considered the world's largest private collection of Alamo artifacts. It includes a fringed leather pouch and a gun used by Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie's legendary knife and letters from garrison commander William B. Travis. Phil has joked that he spent all the money he made from music on artifacts related to the 1836 battle in which 1,500 Mexican troops laid siege to 200 Texans. The collection was given to Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, the state steward of the Alamo who is pushing for a new historical center that would house Collins' collection.

Walmart has publicly apologized for listing plus-sized women’s Halloween costumes as Fat Girl Costumes on its official website. The offensive listing was discovered at about 10am Monday and pulled by Walmart 90 minutes later.

Then there's the 500-pound Florida man. He resisted arrest ... by sitting down and challenging deputies to move him.

Trivia Answer: Bob Ross who was born on this date in 1942. Ross joined the Air Force when he was 17. Years later, Ross discovered that he was able to earn more from selling his paintings than from his Air Force position. He then retired from the Air Force after 20 years of service with the rank of Master Sergeant and became famous worldwide hosting The Joy of Painting. Ross noted that the landscapes he painted—typically mountains, lakes, snow, and log cabin scenes—were strongly influenced by his years living in Alaska, where he was stationed for the majority of his Air Force career. He repeatedly stated on the show his belief that everyone had inherent artistic talent and could become an accomplished artist given time, practice, and encouragement, and to this end was often fond of saying, "We don't make mistakes; we just have happy accidents." When asked about his laid-back approach to painting and calm and contented demeanor, he once commented: "I got a letter from somebody here a while back, and they said, 'Bob, everything in your world seems to be happy.' That's for sure. That's why I paint. It's because I can create the kind of world that I want, and I can make this world as happy as I want it. Shoot, if you want bad stuff, watch the news." Ross was diagnosed with lymphoma in the early 1990s, forcing his retirement; The Joy of Painting's final episode aired on May 17th of 1994. He died at the age of 52 on July 4th of 1995. A few years before his death, Ross filmed several self-parodying MTV spots.

Tuesday 10.28.14
Today's Trivia: He's a former track and field athlete, motivational speaker, socialite and -- more recently -- television personality. He was known principally for winning the gold medal for decathlon in the Montreal 1976 Summer Olympics. Who is he?

An upset in overtime on Monday Night Football as the Washington Redskins knocked off the Dallas Cowboys 20-17 to snap Dallas' six-game winning streak.

Buster Posey was annoyed. Playfully so. The Giants catcher wanted Madison Bumgarner to do more than barely break a smile after a brilliant pitching performance put San Francisco one win from another World Series title. No way, Buster. Because in this postseason full of stars and surprises, who knows? Heck, Bumgarner might still have more work to do. Baseball is ready for the Giants and Royals to settle things. Holding a 3-2 edge, San Francisco tries to claim its third championship in five years tonight when the wild-card matchup resumes at Kansas City. Game time is 5 o'clock. Fox has the coverage.

Birthdays: Musician Charlie Daniels is 78; former NBA player and coach -- he coached the Seattle Sonics to a championship in 1979 -- Lenny Wilkens is 77; Detective Andy Sipowicz on NYPD Blue, actor Dennis Franz is 70; actress Annie Potts is 62; Bill Gates is 59; Conan O’Brien’s sidekick, Andy Richter is 48; actress Julia Roberts is 47; singer Ben Harper is 45; and actor Joaquin Phoenix is 40.

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.

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. Today -- this date in 2014 -- boxed sets of Led Zeppelin's IV and Houses Of The Holy are being released.

If you haven’t stocked up yet for those spooky trick-or-treaters, now is the time to make sure you’re the most popular house on the block. And if you're curious what the kids really want to find in their bags this year, here are the top five candies in America:

At number five, break me off a piece of that Kit Kat Bar. About 275 million of them are sold a year. The name comes from a less sugary source -- mutton pies served at a club in 18th century London.

Number four is the classic Hershey's chocolate bar, which Milton Hershey started making in 1903. It was another four years before his teardrop Hershey's Kisses hit the market.

We've all had one or two or a dozen fun size Snickers bars before. And that makes them the third most popular candy for Halloween. Mars, the company that makes Snickers, first introduced the Fun Size back in 1968 with the tiny version of Milky Ways.

They melt in your mouth but not in your hand, or your trick-or-treat bag. M&M's were sold exclusively to soldiers during World War 2 because they would hold up on the battlefield. And they used to be the top-selling candy. But they have been replaced by #1...

Reese's peanut butter cups. There's still no wrong way to eat a Reese's and a whopping 400 million of them were sold last year, making them the most popular candy.

Toronto has ended the Rob Ford era marked by scandals over his illegal drug use and public drunkenness, and elected a moderate conservative as mayor yesterday, John Tory, a former chief executive of major cable company Rogers Communications, had 40 percent of the vote, compared to 34 percent for Doug Ford, brother of outgoing Mayor Rob Ford. Left-leaning Olivia Chow was third with nearly 23 percent. The results were announced with more than 90 percent of polling stations reporting. Rob Ford's four-year tenure as mayor of Canada's largest city was marred by his drinking and crack cocaine use. He announced last month that he wouldn't seek re-election as he battles a rare form of cancer. His brother, a city councilor, ran in his place. However, Ford will not disappear from Toronto politics anytime soon.Despite the cancer, he opted to seek the City Council seat from where he launched his political career. He won his old seat in a landslide and strongly hinted he may seek to run for mayor again in four years.

Taylor Swift is set to be shakin' it up in New York City's Times Square on New Year's Eve. ABC has announced that Swift is the headliner for New Year's Rockin' Eve, the annual countdown show hosted by Ryan Seacrest. The show plans some 38 musical performances over five and a half hours on the air. No other musical acts have been announced yet. It's Seacrest's 10th year hosting the annual celebration that was originated by Dick Clark.

Trivia Answer: Bruce Jenner who turns 65 today. Following his Olympic victory and the related recognition, his professional career led to new success in television. By 1981, he had starred in several made-for-TV movies and was Erik Estrada's replacement briefly on the top-rated TV series CHiPs. In 1991, he married Kris Jenner (previously Kardashian). Since the 2007 debut of the cable television reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians, he is seen as the stepfather of the Kardashian siblings: Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, and Rob Kardashian as well as the father of Burt, Casey, Brandon, Brody, Kendall, and Kylie Jenner. The Jenners, by the way, announced their separation in October of last year though they had actually separated a year earlier. Kris Jenner filed for divorce last month.

Monday 10.27.14
Today's Trivia: On this date in 2004, this team won the World Series for the first time in 86 years. What team is it?

Russell Wilson still has Carolina's number. Russell connected on a 23-yard touchdown pass to Luke Willson with 47 seconds left, lifting the Seattle to a 13-9 victory over the Carolina Panthers on yesterday and the Seahawks snapped that two-game losing streak. It's the third straight year Russell has brought the Seahawks back from a second-half deficit to beat the Panthers. Wilson finished 20 of 32 for 199 yards with one interception and the one touchdown to Willson on a seam route. Cam Newton was 12 of 27 for 121 yards with an interception and a fumble for the Panthers. Marshawn Lynch ran for 62 yards and Doug Baldwin had six catches for 61 yards for the Seahawks. The Seahawks are back home with the Oakland Raiders Sunday.

In college ball, it was the state of Arizona against the state of Washington over the weekend and it didn't work out so well for us. No. 14 Arizona State beat the Huskies 24-10 on a blustery Saturday night. Across the state in Pullman, No. 15 Arizona got started early. The Wildcats scored 24 straight points in the first quarter and beat Washington State 59-37 on Saturday. Then just for emphasis, Northern Arizona beat Eastern Washington 28-27 Saturday, ending the Eagles' 14-game Big Sky Conference winning streak.

Madison Bumgarner had it all going on last night. He threw a complete game shutout as the San Francisco Giants took Game 5 of the World Series downing the Kansas City Royals 5-0 to take a 3-games-to-2 lead in the series. Bumgarner struck out 8 along the way. A travel day today. The series resumes tomorrow night in Kansas City.

Today is Cranky Co-Workers Day, a day to encourage crankiness at work. 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. In 1995, a contract was signed that would move the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore, but it wasn’t announced until November 6th.

Birthdays: Actress Nanette Fabray is 94; from Monty Python, John Cleese is 75; singer Lee Greenwood is 72; author J.A. Jance -- it stands for Judith Ann -- is 70; from The E Street Band, bassist Garry Tallent is 65; author Fran Lebowitz is 64; Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon is 56; the drummer for The Presidents of the United States of America, Jason Finn is 47; singer Scott Weiland is 47; and Ozzy and Sharon’s daughter, Kelly Osbourne is 30.

Jack Bruce, bassist for the legendary band Cream, died Saturday of liver disease. He was also a founding member of the band Mountain. And was part of the supergroup West, Bruce, and Lang. In a statement, his family said, "The world of music will be a poorer place without him but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts," Jack Bruce was 71.

Actress Marcia Strassman, best known for playing Gabe Kaplan's wife in the '70s sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, has died after a long fight with breast cancer. Strassman played a nurse in the first season of MASH before landing the Kotter role. She also co-starred with Rick Moranis in the 1989 Disney movie Honey I Shrunk the Kids and 1992 sequel Honey I Blew Up the Kids. Marcia Strassman was 66.

Reports of Judd Nelson’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Despite rumors that swept the Internet yesterday morning, the Breakfast Club star is alive and well. His manager and agent even hustled to Nelson’s home yesterday morning to take a photo of the actor with the front page of the day’s newspaper

A second victim -- 14-year-old Gia Soriano -- died last night from wounds she sustained in a school shooting in Marysville. In a statement, her family said, "We are devastated by this senseless tragedy. Gia is our beautiful daughter, and words cannot express how much we will miss her." Another girl was killed Friday when a fellow student opened fire at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. The alleged shooter, Jaylen Fryberg, died of a self-inflicted wound. Three other victims remain hospitalized, two in critical condition.

A horror film inspired by the board said to contact the dead, Ouija, haunted the top of movie charts in the United States and Canada, collecting $20 million in weekend ticket sales and knocking Brad Pitt's Fury out of first place. Another new entry, action thriller John Wick starring Keanu Reeves as a hit man out for revenge, debuted in second. Fury, the World War Two drama about a US Army tank crew, claimed the No. 3 spot. Ben Affleck's mystery thriller Gone Girl finished fourth. Rounding out the top five, was animated movie The Book of Life.

In Toronto, they've apparently had enough of crack smoking, public drunkenness, and outrageous behavior. After four years in which City Hall has sometimes been as entertaining as a circus sideshow, Toronto residents appear eager for something altogether different in their mayor: DULL. Voters head to the polls today to elect a successor to Rob Ford, who announced last month that he would not seek re-election as he battles a rare and difficult form of cancer. His brother, city councilor Doug Ford, is running in his place but is widely expected to lose to John Tory, a wealthy, straight-laced moderate conservative who stands in contrast to the pugnacious, populist Ford brothers.

There’s an ambitious project that’s lifting spirits of those living on the streets of Brisbane, Australia. It’s the country’s first mobile laundry service to give the homeless free access to washing and drying facilities. The co-founders of Orange Sky Mobile Laundry hope to achieve three things: Restore respect, raise health standards, and reduce strain on resources.

Dominican Republic officials arrested a woman who was carrying nearly $140,000. She had $69,000 iin her suitcase and $70,000 in her stomach. The money in the woman’s stomach was divided up among 16 capsules. Authorities saythe cash is likely tied to drug trafficking.

The Military Academy at West Point's football team treated prospective players to a booze-filled dinner and a party bus loaded with cheerleaders, according to documents obtained by The Colorado Springs Gazette. West Point confirmed the report, saying in a statement it "adjudicated this at the highest level of the disciplinary code." The academy punished 20 cadets, two officers, and two coaches, though none were dismissed from the institution for violating NCAA recruiting rules.

Google executive Alan Eustace on Friday set a new record by skydiving from near-space at a height of 135,000 feet, or more than 25 miles above Earth. The leap bested the previous record of 127,852 feet, set by Felix Baumgartner in 2012. Eustace told The New York Times, "It was beautiful. You could see the darkness of space and you could see the layers of atmosphere, which I had never seen before."

Queen Elizabeth had never sent a tweet from the royal family's official Twitter account -- until Friday. Up popped a tweet reading, "It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R." The account sent a followup message confirming that Queen Elizabeth had indeed typed the lines, and it even added a hashtag for other users to pick up: #TheQueenTweets.

Trivia Answer: The Boston Red Sox. It was the 100th World Series and featured the American League champions Boston Red Sox against the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals. The Red Sox defeated the Cardinals four games to none in the best-of-seven series, The Sox win ended the "Curse of the Bambino", which supposedly had afflicted the team ever since the Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees in 1919. After the 2004 series, Boston pitcher Derek Lowe and other players said that the team would no longer hear "1918!" chanted at Yankee Stadium ever again. The 1918 World Series featured the Boston Red Sox, who defeated the Chicago Cubs four games to two. The New York Yankees traded for Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox after the 1919 season, appeared in their first World Series two years later in 1921.

Friday 10.24.14
Today's Trivia: He's a television personality, former weatherman, actor, and talk show host, but he's best known as a game show host. In fact he's been hosting the game show's he's on now since 1983. Who is he?

What a week it has been. It started with the shooting in Canada, there was a tornado in Longview yesterday, and the school shooting in Marysville this morning. Wow.

A student opened this morning at Marysville Pilchuck High School, killing one student and critically injuring four others before fatally shooting himself, according to police and witnesses. Squadrons of police cars swarmed to the school at about 10:45 this morning after reports of an active shooter opening fire. The shooter was later identified as Jaylen Fryberg. He fired several shots at other students in the school cafeteria. Five students were hit by the gunfire, and one of them was killed. The four others were severely injured. The shooter then turned the gun on himself. Dr. Joanne Roberts at Providence Regional Medical Center said four young victims were transported there after the shootings. Three of them -- two girls and a boy -- are in very critical condition with head wounds. The fourth student, a boy, is in critical but stable condition, and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. One student, Alex, said she was in the cafeteria when the shooting started. "I was eating and I hear four gunshots," she said. "So I look behind me and I saw a gun pointing at this one kid who I knew. As soon as everyone saw the gun or heard the gunshots, they ran toward the wall. Some kids ran out the exit that I ran out of." Alex said she estimated about 50 to 60 students were in the cafeteria at the time. Police said they do not know Fryberg's motive. Other students described him as an accomplished athlete on the football team who was "like normal" on yesterday. It would be a good night to give the youngsters in your world a hug.

A tornado swept through Longview yesterday afternoon, ripping the roof off a commercial building, damaging homes, knocking down trees and pelting vehicles with windblown debris. The National Weather Service in Portland confirmed that the funnel cloud touched down and was a tornado. It caused significant property damage in the area of Vandercook Way in Longview. Witnesses said they could hardly believe their eyes as they watched the tornado moving through the center of town. Longview Fire Chief Phil Jurmu said he was notified that a tornado had touched down in town at about 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon. He said at first he was in disbelief. He said the city’s police and fire departments responded to the area and cordoned it off with the help of the National Guard, which has an armory nearby. They then began assessing the damage and worked to find out if anyone was injured. He said it’s likely the trail of damage extended a mile. There were no reports of injuries.

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who was killed in a shootout at Canada's Parliament building, might have been lashing out at the government because a delay in processing his passport was preventing him from traveling to Syria. Zehaf-Bibeau, a Muslim convert, had said he wanted to go to Libya, his father's homeland, but his mother said after he was shot dead that he had planned to go to Syria. Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner Bob Paulson said yesterday that the motive for the attack remains fuzzy, "but radicalization and the passport figured highly."

Thursday Night Football: Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes to Emmanuel Sanders and the Denver Broncos won 35-21 over the San Diego Chargers last night -- they're second consecutive loss. Manning kept his roll going, throwing TD passes No. 511, 512 and 513. The five-time NFL MVP was coming off an emotional four-TD performance Sunday night against San Francisco in which he surpassed Brett Favre as the NFL's touchdown pass king. Manning broke another of Favre's records last night, albeit a much more obscure one: he now has 16 seasons with 20 or more touchdown passes, one more than Favre.

The Seattle Seahawks hope to bounce back this weekend. They meet Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers back east Sunday morning at 10:00.

This is the weekend, we get the earliest NFL game they've put on the air. Things get started at 6:30 Sunday morning as the Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons meet up in Wembley Stadium.

The Cougars and Huskies are both at home this weekend. The Cougs host the Arizona Wildcats tomorrow afternoon at 3:00. Then, at 7:45 tomorrow night, the Huskies are hosting the Arizona State Sun Devils.

The World Series resumes tonight. Tied at a game apiece the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals meet up again tonight, this time in the city by the bay. Game time 5:00. Fox has the coverage.

Birthdays: Former quarterback Y.A. Tittle is 88; former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman is 78; actor F. Murray Abraham 75; actor Kevin Kline is 67; and singer Monica is 34.

Disarmament Week begins today, sponsored by the United Nations. Interestingly, today is United Nations Day, by presidential proclamation. The UN was founded on this date in 1945. Today is Share a Pop-Tart with Someone You Love Day. Today is National Bologna Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1929, US investors dumped more than 13 million shares on the stock market. The day is known as Black Tuesday. In 1940, the 40-hour workweek went into effect here in the US under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. In 1955, Tappan introduced the microwave oven in Mansfield, Ohio. Suggested retail price: $1,200. In 1969, an autopsy of the 3,000-year-old mummy of King Tut of Egypt revealed a blow to the head. The boy pharaoh had been murdered. in 1973, actor Alan Rocky Lane died at the age of 72. He made dozens of low-budget western movies, played Red Ryder in a few, and was the voice of television’s talking horse Mr. Ed. In 1989, actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was sentenced to 72-hours in jail for slapping Beverly Hills police officer Paul Kramer after he stopped her for a routine driver’s license check. In 1992, the Toronto Blue Jays became the first non-US team to win the World Series. In 2003, in London, the last commercial supersonic Concorde flight landed.

A point to ponder. Yesterday was the 24th cosecutive trading day on Wall Street that the Dow has moved at least 100 points in either direction. Never happened before. Today? The Dow closed up just shy of 217 points. Today, the Dow was up just over 127 points so add another day to that record run.

Amazon's shares dropped by nine percent yesterday after the online retail giant reported a third-quarter loss that was much larger than expected, and lowered its projections for sales in the crucial holiday season. Amazon's losses have been fueled by huge investments in its new Fire smartphone, grocery deliveries, and the production of its own video content. Analysts said investors overlooked Amazon's losses when its revenue growth was better than 20 percent, but they're losing patience as that pace slows.

Actor Christian Bale has been tapped to play Steve Jobs in director Danny Boyle's film about the late Apple co-founder and CEO. Aaron Sorkin, who wrote the script based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Walter Isaacson's biography, said that Bale was the first pick for the role after Leonardo DiCaprio dropped out. "We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that's Chris Bale," Sorkin said. "He didn't have to audition."

According to the latest research (American Time Use Survey and Pew Research Center), parents together now spend 27.6 hours a week on chores, down from 36.3 in 1965. Some of their new free time is being spent on their children. They spend 20.8 hours a week on child care, up from 12.7 in 1965.

Melissa Rivers plans to file a lawsuit against the medical center where her mother, comedian Joan Rivers, stopped breathing during throat surgery nearly two months ago, TMZ reports that New York's Health and Human Services department found that the surgical services and staff of the medical facility, Yorkville Endoscopy, were "deficient." Melissa Rivers reportedly has grown frustrated trying to find out exactly what caused her mother's death, and believes the lawsuit will force the staff to answer questions.

Katy Perry has reportedly canceled her planned birthday party in Egypt due to "safety concerns." Katy turns 30 tomorrow. She had intended to mark the milestone with a celebration in the African nation and a trip down the Nile River during a three-week break from her Prismatic World Tour. However, Perry has now axed the planned trip amid rumors her itinerary had leaked and fans could find out her whereabouts, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The weekend is upon us. New in theaters: St. Vincent (PG-13); John Wick (R); Ouija (PG-13); and 23 Blast (PG-13).

Trivia Answer: Pat Sajak who turns 68 on Sunday. He is the host of Wheel of Fortune. In 1981, Merv Griffin asked Sajak if he would be interested in taking over the duties as host on Wheel of Fortune from Chuck Woolery. However, Fred Silverman, then president and CEO of NBC, rejected his hiring, claiming he was too local, and Griffin responded by imposing a moratorium on new tapings until Sajak was hired. The issue became moot when Silverman was dismissed due to repeated programming failures and replaced by Brandon Tartikoff. Sajak, who had already hosted a few game show pilots, accepted the position. He hosted both the daytime and syndicated evening versions of Wheel from 1983 to 1989, and continues to host the syndicated version.

Thursday 10.23.14
Today's Trivia: She is a film and television actress, comedian, and voice artist. Her first professional role was voicing Gloria in the animated series Richie Rich, which she followed with a starring role in the television movie Marian Rose White in 1982, and her first feature film, Twilight Zone: The Movie in 1983. In 2000, she published her autobiography, My Life as a 10-Year-Old Boy, and four years later adapted it into a one-woman play. Who is she?

We've got ourselves a series. A night after the San Francisco Giants opened with a 7-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals, the Royals' Billy Buttler hit a tie-breaking single, Salvador Perez and Omar Infante drove in two runs each with big hits in a five-run sixth inning, and the Royals beat the Giants 7-2 last night to even things up at a game apiece. A travel day today then Game 3 is tomorrow night in San Francisco.

The Sporting News, meanwhile, yesterday named Felix Hernandez the starting pitcher on its 2014 American League All-Star team. Hernandez went 15-and-6 with a league-best 2.14 ERA and had 27 quality starts in 34 outings. King Felix was the only Mariner selected as Houston’s Jose Altuve beat out Robinson Cano at second base and former Mariner Adrian Beltre of Texas edged Kyle Seager at third.

Until now, the Seattle Seahawks hadn’t lost two games in a row since October of 2012. How is a Super Bowl champion to deal with such unfamiliar territory, and under such a bright spotlight? After all, just eight months after blowing out the Broncos 43-8 in the Super Bowl, the Seahawks -- at 3-and-3 through the first seven weeks of the season -- are now facing an uphill battle to even make it to the playoffs. Richard Sherman said yesterday, "I think we’ve handled it fine. We handle wins and losses the same. I think our team’s mature enough to move past those losses and continue to grow and continue to improve." We’ll see this Sunday, when the Seahawks travel to Carolina, whether Seattle actually is able to overcome what could be considered the two most arduous weeks of the Pete Carroll/John Schneider era. Friday's shocking and controversial Percy Harvin trade was only the exclamation point on a challenging stretch that also saw many of Seattle’s key players go down with injuries. Center Max Unger, tight end Zach Miller, middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, cornerback Byron Maxwell and fullback Derrick Coleman all remain sidelined as the Seahawks prepare to face Cam Newton and the Panthers at 10:00 Sunday morning.

Thursday Night Football on tap tonight, the San Diego Chargers are in Denver to face the Broncos. Game time is 5:25.

The Washington Huskies are back in Seattle Saturday night hosting the Arizona State Sun Devils. Kick off at 7:45.

The Washington State Cougars are hosting the Arizona Wildcats Saturday afternoon at 3:00.

Birthdays: Golfer Chi-Chi Rodriguez is 79; soccer's Pele is 74, director Ang Lee is 60; actor and musician Dwight Yoakam is 58. Weird Al Yankovic is 55; television host and journalist, former prosecutor Nancy Grace is 55; former quarterback Doug Flutie is 52; and Senator John McCain's daughter, columnist Meghan McCain is 30.

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 by Steve Jobs 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.

We set an October 22nd rainfall record here in Olympia yesterday with 1.33 inches, edging out the old mark of 1.32 inches from 1951. More wild weather today. A tornado swept through Longview this afternoon, ripping the roof off a commercial building, damaging homes, knocking down trees and pelting vehicles with windblown debris. The National Weather Service in Portland confirmed that the funnel cloud was a tornado. It caused significant property damage in the area of Vandercook Way in Longview.

Consider this. For the past 24 trading days on Wall Street, the Dow has moved at least 100 points in either direction. Never happened before. Today, the Dow closed up just shy of 217 points.

Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. is snuffing out smoking in its offices and buildings. The nation's second-biggest tobacco company informed employees yesterday that beginning next year, the use of traditional cigarettes, cigars, or pipes will no longer be permitted at employee desks or offices, conference rooms, hallways and elevators. Lighting up is already prohibited on factory floors and in cafeterias and fitness centers. According to a company spokesman the no-smoking policy goes into effect once Reynolds builds indoor smoking areas for those still wanting to light up indoors.

A vintage Apple computer that was one of only 50 made in Steve Jobs' garage in 1976 sold for $905,000 at auction yesterday, far exceeding pre-sale estimates and outdoing a previous high price of more than $671,000 paid in Germany last year. Bonhams auction house said yesterday's winning bid, which includes its premium, came from The Henry Ford museum. The computer, which had been estimated to sell for $300,000 to $500,000, has an intact motherboard and a vintage keyboard and monitor. It also has a power supply contained in a wooden box and two tape decks.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offered phony courses that gave 3,100 students — most of them student-athletes — a boost to their grade-point averages, according to a report released yesterday after an eight-month investigation. The university admitted that the scandal was worse than previously acknowledged. Students in the classes didn't have to attend class, or stay awake when they did.

The Navajo Nation's highest court yesterday dismissed an appeal from Chris Deschene, a candidate for tribal president, of a lower court order disqualifying him from the election because he is not fluent in the Navajo language. Tribal law requires the president to be fluent in Navajo because it is central to the tribe's culture. Deschene said he still hoped tribal lawmakers would find a way for him to run.

Trivia Answer: Nancy Cartwright who is 57 on Saturday (October 25). She, of course, is best known for her long-running role as Bart Simpson on The Simpsons. Cartwright voices other characters for the show, including Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, Kearney and Database. After continuing to search for acting work, in 1987 Cartwright auditioned for a role in a series of animated shorts about a dysfunctional family that was to appear on The Tracey Ullman Show. Cartwright intended to audition for the role of Lisa Simpson, the elder daughter. When she arrived at the audition, she found the role of Bart -- Lisa's brother -- to be more interesting. Matt Groening, the series' creator, allowed her to audition for Bart and offered her the role on the spot. She voiced Bart for three seasons on The Tracey Ullman Show, and in 1989, the shorts were spun off into a half-hour show called The Simpsons. For her subsequent work as Bart, Cartwright received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance in 1992 and an Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in the Field of Animation in 1995.

Wednesday 10.22.14
Today's Trivia: She was born in Michigan, where her interest in the criminal-justice system was sparked by vacations with her grandparents. Her grandfather and an uncle were sheriffs; another uncle was the medical examiner; a cousin was the district attorney. After high school, she came west and earned a bachelor's degree in creative writing from the University of Washington. After graduation, she became the youngest policewoman ever hired by the Seattle Police Department. Later, she was a caseworker for the Washington state Department of Public Assistance. Today, she lives outside of Seattle on Puget Sound. She's been writing full-time since, and also teaches seminars to law enforcement groups. Who is she?

In an editorial in 1879, the Cincinnati Gazette wrote in an editorial, "The baseball mania has run its course. It has no future as a professional endeavor." With that said, the 110th World Series got underway last night. And our run of exciting, close ball games came to an end, as did Kansas City's winning streak in this year's post-season. Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants put a sudden stop to it. Bumgarner pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, Hunter Pence homered early and the Giants showed off their October poise, shutting down the Royals 7-1 last night. From the get-go, the Giants simply did everything right to win their seventh straight World Series game. The Royals, meanwhile, looked nothing like the fresh team that had become baseball's darlings by starting the playoffs with eight wins in a row -- pitching, hitting and fielding all deserted them. Just like that, what many figured would be a tight matchup had turned into a mismatch. And it was a good omen for the Giants -- the Game 1 winner has won 15 of the last 17 World Series. The Royals try to get even in Game 2 tonight at 5 on Fox.

The Sporting News, meanwhile, today named Felix Hernandez the starting pitcher on its 2014 American League All-Star team. Hernandez went 15-and-6 with a league-best 2.14 ERA and had 27 quality starts in 34 outings. King Felix was the only Mariner selected as Houston’s Jose Altuve beat out Robinson Cano at second base and former Mariner Adrian Beltre of Texas edged Kyle Seager at third.

It's almost unanimous: The Denver Broncos are the top team in the NFL. Denver received 11 first-place votes yesterday for the AP Pro32 power rankings, which are decided by a 12-member media panel that regularly covers the league. The Broncos are coming off a 42-17 rout of the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night. Peyton Manning had 318 yards passing and four touchdowns, breaking Brett Favre's record for career TD passes. Dallas got the other first-place vote. The Cowboys topped the New York Giants 31-21 for their sixth consecutive victory. They are off to their best start since winning six of the first seven in 2007, when they went 13-3 and were the top seed in the NFC. The Philadelphia Eagles moved up a spot to No. 3, followed by the Indianapolis Colts and the Arizona Cardinals. The 49ers dropped from No. 6 to 11 after the rout in Denver, and the Seahawks went from No. 5 to 12 after their surprising loss to the St. Louis Rams. The Hawks face the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium Sunday morning at 10:00.

Birthdays: Doc in the Back to the Future films, actor Christopher Lloyd is 76; guitarist, singer, and songwriter -- a founding member of the band Mountain, Leslie West is 69; actor Jeff Goldblum is 62; singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding is 48; comedian Carlos Mencia is 47; reggae rapper Shaggy is 46; former Mariner Ichiro is 41; D.J. on Roseanne, actor Michael Fishman is 33; Mariner second baseman Robinson Cano is 32; and the drummer with Hanson, Zac Hanson is 29.

In a charmed life of newspapering, Ben Bradlee seemed always to be in just the right place. The raspy-voiced, hard-charging editor who invigorated The Washington Post got an early break as a journalist thanks to his friendship with one president, John F. Kennedy, and became famous for his role in toppling another, Richard Nixon, in the Watergate scandal. Bradlee died at home yesterday of natural causes. Ever the newsman and ever one to challenge conventional wisdom, Bradlee imagined his own obituary years earlier and found something within it to quibble over. He said, "Bet me that when I die there will be something in my obit about how The Washington Post 'won' 18 Pulitzer prizes while Bradlee was editor." That, he said, would be bunk. The prizes are overrated and suspect, and it's largely reporters, not newspapers or their editors, who deserve the credit. Ben Bradlee was 93.

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" 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, after issuing an official statement denying he was dead, Paul McCartney went to Scotland to enjoy a vacation. 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.

A Canadian soldier standing guard at a war memorial in the country's capital was shot to death today, and heavy gunfire then erupted inside Parliament. One gunman was killed, and police said they were hunting for as many as two others. The bloodshed immediately raised the specter of a coordinated terrorist attack, with Canada already on alert because of a deadly hit-and-run earlier in the week against two Canadian soldiers by a man who police say was fired up with radical Muslim fervor. Witnesses said the soldier was gunned down at point-blank range by a man carrying a rifle and dressed all in black, with a scarf over his face. They said the gunman then ran off and entered Parliament, a few hundred yards away, where dozens of shots soon rang out. People fled the complex by scrambling down scaffolding erected for renovations, while others took cover inside as police with rifles and body armor took up positions outside and cordoned off the normally bustling streets around Parliament. Police gave no details on how the gunman died. But on Twitter, Member of Parliament Craig Scott credited Parliament sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers with shooting the attacker just outside the MPs' caucus rooms. Ottawa police spokesman Chuck Benoit said two or three gunmen were believed to be involved in the attacks. The attack came two days after a recent convert to Islam killed one Canadian soldier and injured another with his car before being shot to death by police. The killer had been on the radar of federal investigators, who feared he had jihadist ambitions and seized his passport when he tried to travel to Turkey. Canada had raised its domestic terror threat level from low to medium yesterday because of what it called "an increase in general chatter from radical Islamist organizations."

America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay's potato chips. Frito-Lay says Wasabi Ginger won its contest that gives people a chance to create a new flavor. It beat out the coffee-flavored chips and the two other finalists — Mango Salsa and Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese. The company says about 1 million total votes were cast online for the Do Us A Flavor promotion, a sales driver it has launched in more than a dozen countries. Here in the US, bags of the four finalist flavors hit shelves in late July and people were able to vote on Facebook and Twitter for their favorites through this past weekend. It was the second year for the US contest, which is designed to send customers to stores in search of the flavors. Last year's winner, Cheesy Garlic Bread, is still on shelves. This year's winner, Meneko Spigner McBeth, was informed at a dinner for finalists in New York City. McBeth is a registered nurse from Deptford, New Jersey. She'll get $1 million or a set percentage of a year in sales, whichever figure is larger.

Police in Stockholm, Sweden, say a boy was home alone when he called emergency services and reported hearing a loud thump, which he suspected could be a burglar. Police arrived and searched the area around the home to verify no one was attempting to break into the residence. The 11-year-old was scared so an officer stuck around ... and helped the boy with his math homework.

Alice Cooper refuses to worry about his nightly onstage "death" stunts going wrong as ending his life in front of a packed house is his ideal way to go. The veteran star always gets ‘hanged’ or ‘beheaded’ as the highlight of his live shows, and he cheated death in 1988 when a safety wire keeping him from danger snapped. However, the "School’s Out" hit maker is adamant he is not scared of the illusion going wrong during a gig because there is no better place for a committed rock ‘n’ roll star to die. He tells Britain’s Notebook magazine, "You mean I might actually get beheaded? C’mon, that’s the way Alice would want to die. Right there on stage in front of 10,000 screaming fans."

Sharknado 3 is now officially a thing. The SyFy Channel announced yesterday that Sharknado 3 is officially coming in the summer of 2015.

Trivia Answer: Ann Rule who turns 84 today. She came to prominence with her first book, The Stranger Beside Me, about serial killer Ted Bundy. At the time she started researching the book, the murders were still unsolved. In the course of time, it became clear that the killer was Bundy, her friend and previous colleague on the suicide hotline at the King County Crisis Clinic. She has also met and interviewed a number of other serial killers in the course of researching her books. In 2003, Rule's publisher released Heart Full of Lies, a book about Liysa Northon, who maintains that she was a battered spouse and that she shot her husband in 2000 to protect herself and her children. Rule's book suggested Liysa Northon premeditated the killing and faked evidence of abuse. A defamation lawsuit filed by Northon against Rule and her publishers was dismissed in January 2011 by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Iin October of 2012, Northon was released from prison, 12 years after killing her husband. Rule filed a libel lawsuit against the Seattle Weekly newspaper in July 2013, saying she was defamed in 2011 when the fiancé of Northon wrote an article accusing Rule of "sloppy storytelling." The suit, filed in King County Superior Court July 2013, argued that damage was done because Rule, to sell her books, relies on her reputation for accuracy. On February 24th and 25th of 2014, a judge made two rulings dismissing the claims, finding that Rule's suit violated a Washington state law barring lawsuits that target the legal exercise of free speech and public participation, and that Rule had not established there were any false, defamatory statements about her in the article. The judge awarded Rick Swart, the newspaper and two other defendants $10,000 each in damages, plus attorneys fees and costs. Swart said, "Rule admitted that she never interviewed Liysa or members of her immediate family."

Tuesday 10.21.14
Today's Trivia: She's an actress, screenwriter, and novelist. She was born in Beverly Hills, the daughter of a singer father and actress mother. It was assumed from an early age that she would go into show business. She began appearing with her mother in Las Vegas at the age of 12. She made her film debut in the comedy Shampoo in 1975. In 1977, she landed the role which made her internationally famous. Who is she?

It's World Series time. The 110th series gets underway tonight in Kansas City as the Royals and San Francisco Giants meet up for Game 1. It's a 5 o'clock start on Fox.

If you want to hear Royals by Lorde, stay out of San Francisco for the duration of the World Series. The radio community has vowed not to play it. Meanwhile, a Kansas City, Missouri, station responded with plans to play the song every hour today until 7 tonight -- here on the first day of the series.

Speaking of baseball, Chris Young of the Mariners was named the American League’s Comeback Player of the Year by The Sporting News yesterday after the 35-year-old right hander went 12-and-9 with a 3.65 ERA. He didn't pitch at all in 2013 after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder, and made only 42 starts from 2009-12 after battling a variety of shoulder issues. Signed by the Mariners following his release by the Washington Nationals at the end of spring training, Young made 29 starts for the Mariners and worked 165 innings, his most since 2007.

In Monday Night Football last night, the Pittsburgh Steelers Steelers scored 24 points in final 3:08 of the first half to come back and knock off the Houston Texans, 30-23.

Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks are attempting to regroup after a tumultuous week that saw the trade of receiver Percy Harvin to the New York Jets, and a second straight loss for the first two-game losing streak since the middle of the 2012 season. The Hawks face the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium Sunday morning at 10:00.

Sunday, we have four football games. There's the 10:00 game, the 1:05 or 1:25 game, and Sunday Night Football at 5:30. But we get an early start this Sunday at 6:30 in the morning on Fox as the Lions and Falcons meet up in Wembley Stadium.

Birthdays: Keyboardist Manfred Mann is 74; guitarist Steve Cropper is 73; Judge Judy -- Judy Sheindlin -- is 72; singer and guitarist Elvin Bishop is 72; Ronald Reagan's daughter. actress and author Patti Davis is 62; Go-Go’s guitarist Charlotte Caffey is 57; Princess Leia in Star Wars, actress Carrie Fisher is 58; from Toto, guitarist Steve Lukather is 57; Ben Seaver on Growing Pains, actor Jeremy Miller is 38; and Kim Kardashian is 34.

Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has died eight years after being diagnosed with cancer. The man -- often described as the "sultan of suave" -- not only dressed every first lady since Jacqueline Kennedy, but also provided the wedding dresses for many of their children as well, including Jenna Bush and Chelsea Clinton. De la Renta had been a fixture in haute couture since the 1960s. Most recently, Amal Clooney wore a wedding dress designed by de la Renta when she married actor George Clooney in Venice three weeks ago. Oscar de la Renta was 82.

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. Mick Jagger has a daughter who's 43 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.

South African double-amputee track star Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison today for killing his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day in 2013. Pistorius said he thought an intruder was in his bathroom when he fired through the door and killed Steenkamp. He was acquitted of murder but convicted on September 12th of the South African equivalent of manslaughter. The judge said the sentence struck a "delicate balance" between mercy and justice.

Apple shares rose by 1.3 percent after hours yesterday after the company forecast a strong holiday quarter after seeing its iPhone sales increase by 16 percent, which was more than expected. Apple also saw its best growth in Mac computer sales in years. Despite the positive news, iPad sales continued a three-quarter slide. Declining demand for all kinds of tablets have raised questions about Apple's growth prospects, and increased pressure from investors for a new device to reinvigorate the company.

U2 frontman Bono is rarely seen without his signature shades, but he revealed during a taping of a BBC program that the reason for his sunglasses is not fashion-based, but medically necessitated. "I've had glaucoma for the last 20 years," Bono said. "I have good treatments and am going to be fine." Those who suffer from glaucoma are often sensitive to light, and they wear dark glasses to alleviate the pain.

A civil lawsuit has been filed against Burger King. The lawsuit stems from an incident last year in New Mexico in which plaintiff Robert DeYapp claims that when he asked employees to reheat his onion rings, the store manager came after him with a switchblade knife and a Taser.

The more parents watch violent or sexual content the more likely they are to allow their children to watch risque content at a younger age. Researchers were surprised at how quickly parents became desensitized to violence and sex after watching only a few scenes from PG-13 and R-rated films.

Trivia Answer: She is Carrie Frances Fisher who turns 58 today. Her dad was Eddie Fisher and her mom, Debbie Reynolds. In 1977, she starred as Princess Leia in George Lucas' Star Wars opposite Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford, a part she sarcastically claims to have obtained by sleeping "with some nerd." The huge success of Star Wars made her internationally famous. The character of Princess Leia became a merchandising triumph; there were small plastic action figures of the Princess in toy stores across the United States. She appeared as Princess Leia in the 1978 made-for-TV movie, The Star Wars Holiday Special. In November 1978 Fisher was the guest host for Saturday Night Live. Dressed in a gold bikini, she reprised her Princess Leia character from Star Wars in Beach Blanket Bimbo from Outer Space, a parody sketch of '60s beach party films. Carrie is set to appear in Star Wars Episode VII which is set for release in December next year.

Monday 10.20.14
Today's Trivia: He attended Milton College -- an obscure and now-defunct small private college in Milton, Wisconsin -- and made the NFL as an undrafted free agent. His NFL career lasted 19 years. He is one of the most prolific passers in NFL history, ranking among the all-time top 15 in most passing categories. Today he's a motivational speaker and real estate investor in Phoenix, Arizona. Who is he?

One of the headlines I came across said, Rams out-wit Seahawks, hold on for 28-26 win. Yup. Given one more chance inside the final two minutes, Russell Wilson might have been able to finish off one of the more remarkable comebacks in franchise history and cap, statistically at least, the premier performance of his NFL career. But Wilson didn’t get that opportunity in a game in which Seattle’s hole was ultimately too deep, its misdeeds too many, St. Louis’s trickery too well-executed. The Seahawks lost to the last-place Rams 28-26 at the Edward Jones Dome yesterday and fell to 3-3, including 0-1 in the NFC West. History tells us that with that record after six games, their chances of a Super Bowl repeat are virtually nil. The Seahawks dominated statistically -- 463 yards of offense to 272 -- and Wilson became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 300 yards (313) and rush for more than 100 (106) in the same game. But . . . There was a 90-yard punt return TD by Stedman Bailey, set up by the smoke and mirrors applied by regular returner Tavon Austin. Austin, faking, moved under the punt toward one sideline while Jon Ryan’s punt actually went left to the opposite sideline awaiting Bailey. No Seahawk checked on the flight of the ball so Bailey caught the ball alone, and practically had solo sailing to the end zone. Later in the 4th quarter, Seattle's defense forced a punt situation with punter Johnny Hekker nearly in the end zone. The Seahawks presumably would have good field position, and Wilson would have had two minutes to work his magic. But the Rams didn’t punt. Hekker, a former quarterback in High School in Bothell, bamboozled the Seahawks with an 18-yard completion for a first down. That leaves Seattle in the poor position of trying to snap a two-game losing streak on the road at Carolina Sunday.

It wasn't any better for Northwest fans in the college ranks. Oregon made another emphatic case that Huskies vs. Ducks is no longer a rivalry by bludgeoning Washington 45-20 Saturday night at Autzen Stadium. In administering their annual beatdown, the No. 9-ranked Ducks rolled to a 28-6 halftime lead behind true freshman Royce Freeman and easily recorded their 11th consecutive victory in the series, just as oddsmakers forecast. The Huskies return to Seattle Saturday night to face Arizona State.

It was an historical weekend in the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys' DeMarco Murray broke an NFL rushing record yesterday by becoming the first running back in history to run for more than 100 yards in the first seven games of the season. Murray tied the six-game record set by Jim Brown in 1958 in the Cowboys' defeat of Seattle last week. Murray then ran for 128 yards in yesterday's Dallas win over the New York Giants. Meanwhile, Peyton Manning threw his 509th touchdown pass last night, setting an NFL record. Manning threw his 508th in the same game against the San Francisco 49ers with a 39-yard score in the first quarter, tying the old record set by Brett Favre. The record-breaker came in the next quarter, when Manning hit Demaryius Thomas to put their Denver Broncos ahead, 21-3. Manning went on to throw for another touchdown, giving him 510 before time ran out, and the Broncos won the game, beating the 49ers, 42-17.

It's an all wild-card World Series. It kicks off tomorrow night in Kansas City as the Royals host the San Francisco Giants in Game 1.

Birthdays: Father Mulcahy on M*A*S*H, actor William Christopher is 82; Tom Petty is 64; actor Viggo Mortensen is 56; the drummer for Hootie and the Blowfish, Jim "Soni" Sonefeld is 50; and he was born Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr. but we know him as Snoop Dogg or Snoop Lion or something and he’s 43.

Today marks the anniversary of the plane crash that forever altered Lynyrd Skynyrd. On the way to Mississippi on October 20, 1977, the pilot of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Convair 240 airplane radioed that the plane was perilously low on fuel. Soon 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 date in 1818, the US and Great Britain established the boundary between the States 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.

Brad Pitt's gritty World War Two drama Fury conquered all box office foes over the weekend, ringing up $23.5 million in ticket sales at theaters in the United States and Canada. Fury kicked two-time box office leader Gone Girl to second place. Animated movie The Book of Life earned the No. 3 spot. Disney's family film Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day came in fourth, while newly released romance The Best of Me finished in fifth.

Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and former SS guards have collected millions of dollars in Social Security payments after being forced out of the US. That according to an investigation by The Associated Press. The Justice Department used a loophole permitting the payments to persuade Nazi suspects to leave willingly, by promising they could keep Social Security benefits if they did not flee deportation.

The joke was on Jay Leno over the weekend as comedians saluted the former Tonight Show host who's receiving the nation's top humor prize. Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld, and Wanda Sykes celebrated and poked fun at Leno last night as he received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Garth Brooks, Kevin Eubanks, and Chelsea Handler also paid tribute. The show is being broadcast nationally November 23rd on PBS.

Halloween season is officially here, and some of the craftier people among us are turning to Pinterest for costume ideas you can make at home. According to Pinterest, there have been 176 million pins dedicated to Halloween so far this year.

Trivia Answer: He is Dave Krieg who turns 56 today. At Milton, Krieg began as the 7th-string quarterback for his school's NAIA team. Given the opportunity to play in the fourth game of his freshman season, he completed four passes -- three of them for touchdowns -- and continued to play well enough to start for the rest of his college career. He tried out for the Seahawks in 1980 and caught on as a third-string quarterback. He saw the field only once, taking a few unremarkable snaps in the final game of his team's dismal 1980 season. He’d play for the Seahawks through 1991. He played for the Kansas City Chiefs in 92-93), the Detroit Lions in 94, the Arizona Cardinals in 95, the Chicago Bears in 96, and the Tennessee Oilers in 97-98. In 19 seasons, Krieg played in 213 games. Krieg retired after the 1998 season. He was inducted into the Seattle Seahawks Ring of Honor in 2004.

Friday 10.17.14
Today's Trivia: He was a daredevil, painter, entertainer, and international icon. In his career, he attempted more than 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps between 1965 and 1980, and in 1974, a failed jump across Snake River Canyon in the Skycycle X-2, a steam-powered rocket. He suffered more than 433 bone fractures in his career, thereby earning an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the survivor of "most bones broken in a lifetime." Who was he?

Former Mariner Michael Morse hit a pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the 8th to tie the game at three and then Federal Way native Travis Ishikawa hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth and the the San Francisco Giants are heading to the World Series. They eliminated the St. Louis Cardinals with a 6-3 win last night. These every-other-year Giants clinched the NL Championship Series in Game 5 and now face the Royals in an all wild-card Fall Classic that begins Tuesday night in Kansas City.

In 2010, the Seattle Seahawks were the 31st-most popular team among the 32 NFL franchises. Last year at this time, they were -- fittingly -- the 12th-most popular club in the United States. Now, after their first Super Bowl title, the Seahawks are the country’s sixth-favorite pro football team, according to a new Harris Poll. The poll was of 2,543 people, surveyed between Sept. 10th and 17th, 55 percent of whom follow the NFL. The Denver Broncos led by Peyton Manning have become the country’s favorite team, jumping from third last year to first. The Dallas Cowboys, who had been "America’s Team" as the No. 1 favorite since 2007 (and most years back to 1998), dropped to fourth. The Top 10:

  1. Denver Broncos (2013 ranking: 3)
  2. New York Giants (4)
  3. Green Bay Packers (2)
  4. Dallas Cowboys (1)
  5. Pittsburgh Steelers (5)
  6. Seattle Seahawks (12)
  7. San Francisco 49ers (8)
  8. New England Patriots (5)
  9. Chicago Bears (6)
  10. New Orleans Saints (11)

The least popular teams in the NFL? The Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars were tied at the bottom of the list.

The Seahawks are in St. Louis Sunday morning to face the Rams.

Last night, the New England Patriots held on to win when the blocked field goal with time expiring. They got by the New York Jets 27-25.

The Washington Huskies are in Oregon this weekend. Kickoff with the No. 9 Ducks is at 5:00 tomorrow afternoon in Eugene.

The Washington State Cougars have a bye this weekend. They're back in action next Saturday hosting Arizona.

Birthdays: Half of Seals and Crofts -- the Seals half -- Jim Seals is 73; from Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, the man himself Gary Puckett is 72; Lenny on Laverne & Shirley, Michael McKean is 67; actress Margot Kidder is 66; Norm on Cheers, actor George Wendt s 66; Kate Hudson’s dad, musician Bill Hudson is 65; the creator of King of the Hill and Beavis and Butt-Head, animator Mike Judge is 52; actor and comedian Norm Macdonald is 51; reggae singer and son of Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley is 46; and he was born Marshall Mathers but we know him as Eminem and he’s 42 today.

Today is International Poverty Eradication Day, sponsored by the United Nations. Today is Mulligan Day, a day to give yourself or someone else a second chance, a day for a do-over. Today is Paint a Mural on a Sidewalk Day. Today is Work on Your Charisma Day. Today is Wear Something Gaudy Day, a chance for you to really stick out in a crowd.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1949, Northwest became the first US airline to serve alcoholic beverages in flight. In 1963, TV defense attorney Perry Mason lost his only trial to district attorney Hamilton Burger. Mason's client refused to reveal the evidence that would save her. But then, of course, Perry found the real culprit and exonerated his client despite herself. In 1967, the musical Hair premiered in New York City and ran for 1,758 performances. In 1978, Frankie Valli was number one on the singles chart with the theme song to Grease. The single went on to sell a staggering seven million copies. In 1991, the California Raisins, the clay versions created in 1986 for TV commercials, left California for their new home at the Smithsonian Institute. In 1995, Reuter news service reported that the 1997 edition of the popular board game Trivial Pursuit mentioned Lady Diana 18 times, more than any other person. In 1995, Rhino Home Video released 58 episodes of The Monkees on 21 cassettes, the largest video boxed set to be released. In 1999, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band played the first rock concert at the brand new Staples Center in Los Angeles. In 2006, the 300-millonth American was born, probably a baby girl at a Chicago hospital.

Banking remains a thorny issue for legal marijuana businesses, but regulators in Washington state are trying to make it easier for financial institutions to track their pot-related customers. In the last few days, the state's Liquor Control Board has started posting the sales activity of licensed marijuana growers, sellers and processors online -- along with any warnings or fines issued to businesses caught out of compliance. The data shows that two of state's top-selling pot shops are in the southwest Washington city of Vancouver, just across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon. The idea behind posting the information online is to make it easy for banks or credit unions to discover red flags that might indicate illegal activity, officials said. Early this year, the US Justice and Treasury departments gave banks permission to do business with legal marijuana entities with conditions, including trying to make sure the customers are complying with regulations. Colorado, the only other state with legal marijuana sales, does not make such data available online.

New claims for jobless benefits unexpectedly fell to a 14-year low last week, decreasing by 23,000 to 264,000 on the week. That word fromm the Labor Department yesterday. The tally was lower than every projection by economists surveyed by Bloomberg. Analysts said such signs of improvement in the labor market could help curb concern over economic slowdowns in Europe and China. The Dow closed up over 260 points today.

Another announcement yesterday, this one from CBS which announced it is launching a subscription service for streaming video next year. The news, coming a day after HBO unveiled a similar plan, signaled increasing momentum for a shift from broadcast and cable TV viewing to a-la-carte online streaming on mobile devices and personal computers. The CBS service will allow viewers to watch current and archived shows on demand. CBS CEO Leslie Moonves said streaming content is what viewers want. He said, "The world is heading in that direction."

Apple unveiled a thinner iPad yesterday with a faster processor and a better camera as it tries to drive excitement for tablets amid slowing demand. The company also released an update to its Mac operating system and introduced a high-resolution iMac model that might appeal to heavy watchers of television over the Internet. The new iPad Air 2, at a quarter of an inch "thin," also adds many of the features previously available on iPhones. That includes the ability to take burst shots and slow-motion video, and unlock the device with a fingerprint ID sensor instead of a passcode. Meanwhile, Apple made its new Mac operating system, Yosemite, available as a free download starting yesterday. The new 27-inch iMac -- which Apple is dubbing the Retina 5K model -- went on sale yesterday as well. The company also said Apple Pay, its new system for using iPhones to make credit and debit card payments at retail stores, has lined up more than 500 business partners, including American Express and Visa, and makes its debut on Monday. Much of the emphasis at yesterday's product-launch event centered on how Apple's devices work well together because the company makes both its hardware and software. "They're designed to be incredible products individually but they're also designed to work together seamlessly," CEO Tim Cook said. "This is our vision of personal technology, and we are just getting started."

Joan Rivers' death last month was caused by a lack of oxygen to her brain when she stopped breathing due to a "therapeutic complication" during an outpatient procedure, the New York medical examiner's office said yesterday. She was undergoing a laryngoscopy and upper gastrointestinal endoscopy to investigate reflux problems and why her voice was getting raspier. Rivers never regained consciousness after the August 28th procedure, and her daughter, Melissa, had her taken off life support a week later.

Hunter Biden, the youngest son of Vice President Joe Biden, was discharged from the Navy Reserve this year after testing positive for cocaine. That according to a Wall Street Journal report Thursday. The 44-year-old Hunter Biden only began his Navy career in 2013, when he was commissioned as an ensign after deciding a year earlier to become a public affairs officer. He failed a drug test, however, when he reported to his unit. He said it had been an honor to serve and that he was "embarrassed" that his actions led to his discharge.

Trivia Answer: Robert Craig Knievel -- Evel Knievel -- who was born on this date in 1938. ABC Sports was unwilling to pay the price Knievel wanted for the Snake River Canyon jump, so he hired a boxing promoter's company to put the event on closed-circuit television and broadcast to movie theaters. Investors in the event took a substantial loss. The launch was on Sunday, September 8th of 1974. The steam that powered the engine was superheated to a temperature of 500 °F. A parachute prematurely deployed as the Skycycle left the launching rail and induced significant drag. Even though the craft made it all the way across the canyon to the north rim, the prevailing northwest winds caused it to drift back into the canyon. By the time it hit the bottom of the canyon, it landed only a few feet from the water on the same side of the canyon from which it had been launched. If he had landed in the water, Knievel likely would have drowned, due to a jumpsuit/harness malfunction which kept him strapped in the vehicle. He survived the jump with only minor injuries. The jump occurred the same day that President Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon. Since the 1974 launch, seven daredevils have expressed interest in recreating the jump, including Knievel's two sons Robbie and Kelly. To date, no official jump has been announced or attempted. Knievel died of pulmonary disease in Clearwater, Florida, at the age of 69 -- eight years ago. According to the British paper The Times writing his obituary, Knievel was one of the greatest American icons of the 1970s. Knievel was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999.

Thursday 10.16.14
Today's Trivia: She was a film, television, voice, and stage actress. She gained prominence in the 1950s movie The Careless Years. Her best–known role, however, was that of June Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver. Who was she?

Crown those Royals the American League champions. After nearly three decades spent trying to return to the playoffs, Kansas City is taking its perfect postseason ride all the way to the World Series. With more dominant defense, an opportunistic offense that plated two runs in the first inning, and a bullpen that shut down the Baltimore Orioles once again, Greg Holland and the wild-card Royals wrapped up a sweep of the AL Championship Series with a 2-1 victory yesterday. The Royals are back in the World Series for the third time in franchise history, and the first since beating the Cardinals in1985. The World Series starts Tuesday at Kansas City. Fox has the coverage. The Royals' face the winner of the NLCS. In that series last night, Buster Posey drove in three runs and San Francisco took advantage of some clunky defense by St. Louis first baseman Matt Adams, beating the Cardinals 6-4 to move within one victory of the World Series. Chasing their third title in five years, the Giants lead the best-of-seven NL Championship Series 3-1. The Cardinals try to fight their way back tonight. Game 5 at 5:00 this afternoon on Fox Sports 1.

Seattle's Doug Baldwin says his heated postgame comments following the Seahawks' loss to Dallas were understood by his teammates and he "felt like it needed to be said." Baldwin spoke before Seattle's practice yesterday, his first comments since the postgame rant following the 30-23 loss to the Cowboys. Baldwin said he had no regrets regarding his comments, but remained blunt in his assessment of how Seattle has played offensively. Baldwin said the Seahawks "played like crap," in their win over Washington and were bailed out by Russell Wilson's performance. Baldwin said he was frustrated there was no improvement from the win over Washington to the loss against Dallas. Seattle's offense finished with nine first downs and just 206 total yards last Sunday. Hopefully a better outcome this weekend. The Hawks are in St. Louis the meet the Rams Sunday morning.

The Washington Huskies are in Oregon this weekend. Kickoff with the No. 9 Ducks is at 5:00 Saturday afternoon in Eugene.

The Washington State Cougars have a bye this weekend. They're back in action on the 25th hosting Arizona.

Birthdays: Actress Angela Lansbury is 89; actor Barry Corbin is 74; one of the founders of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, bassist Fred Turner is 71; actress Suzanne Somers is 68; Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir is 67; Mr. It's a Fine Fine Day, singer Tony Carey is 61; actor and director Tim Robbins is 56; Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea is 52; singer-songwriter John Mayer is 37; and the Seattle Storm's Sue Bird is 34.

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 as 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.

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.

Disappointing economic news sent stocks plummeting yesterday -- with the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropping as much as 460 points -- before regaining some ground. The Dow closed down 173.45 points, or 1.1 percent. The S&P 500 briefly lost the last of its gains for 2014, and US Treasury yields sank to their lowest point in 16 months as investors sought safe investments. "A lot of people, even the most experienced guys, are dazed by this," said one equities researcher.

Five years after his death, Michael Jackson is generating a fortune and is the top-earning dead celebrity, raking in an estimated $140 million in the past year for his estate, according to Forbes. He earned more than twice as much as singer Elvis Presley, who died in 1977 and came in second with $55 million, and three times more than cartoonist and Peanuts comic strip creator Charles Schulz, who took third place with $40 million. It's Jackson's second straight year atop the list. He regained the title in 2013, a year after being pushed into second place by actress Elizabeth Taylor. Taylor, who died in 2011, came in at No. 4 with $25 million. Reggae singer Bob Marley completed the top five with $20 million in earnings in the year. Marley died of cancer at the age of 36 in 1981. Forbes compiled the list by talking to estate managers, lawyers, and licensors and analyzing estimated posthumous earnings.

HBO plans next year to sell its HBO Go video streaming service as a separate product from its cable channels. The change comes as cable channels adapt to changing viewing habits, with more and more consumers ditching satellite and cable TV and watching their favorite shows online or on mobile devices. Industry analysts said the move would "force a change" in the cable industry, although the impact of HBO's gamble depends on how prices for video streamers compare to those for cable viewers.

When planning your Halloween costume, there are several things to consider. How much time do you want to put into your costume? Followed closely by, how much money? Do you want to shock and awe your social group with your creativity, or just plop on a witch hat and call it a day? Goodwill's first National Halloween Poll asked American adults what their Halloween costumes would be this year. The poll contained three perspectives: a random phone survey independently conducted; a separate national in-store costume poll held in 90 Goodwill stores in Washington, California, Nevada, Texas, Illinois, Wisconsin and Florida; and the opinions of five of the world’s top Halloween costume designers and manufacturers.

The outcome? Americans like easy, humorous and unique costumes. Take a look at the specific data below:

Rank Male Adults % Male Teens % Male Children %
1 Zombie 8.1 Zombie 9.3 Ninja Turtle 7.0
2 Pirate 6.2 Pirate 4.3 Spider Man 6.8
3 Soldier 2.5 Vampire 3.5 Zombie 5.3
4 Clown 2.5 Police Officer 3.2 Ninja 5.1
5 Biker 2.3 Superman 2.6 Batman 4.7
Rank Female Adults % Female Teens % Female Children %
1 Witch 10.8 Witch 7.4 Princess 18.5
2 Zombie 4.6 Princess 5.1 Witch 6.9
3 Pirate 4.3 Zombie 4.2 Fairy 5.9
4 Vampire 3.2 Cheerleader 3.6 Elsa (Frozen) 5.3
5 Nurse 2.4 Cowgirl 3.6 Cat 2.9

Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the Oscars on February 22nd. It will be his first time as host.

Friends is coming back to the small screen, but not as a new series. All 10 seasons and 236 episodes of the popular NBC series are being made instantly available on Netflix beginning January 1st.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and tomorrow is National Mammography Day. Speaking of which, a new special license plate is going on sale here in Washington -- a plate that features a pink ribbon and promotes breast cancer awareness. The plates were approved by the Legislature and go on sale generally in January for $60 through the Department of Licensing. In a special promotion, the first 18 breast cancer plates are being auctioned to help pay for screenings for women without insurance. The online auction runs through the end of this month.

Trivia Answer: Barbara Billingsley. After Billingsley signed a contract with Universal Studios in 1957, she made her mark on TV as everyday mother June Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver, alongside other 1950s family sitcoms such as Father Knows Best, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Make Room For Daddy and The Donna Reed Show. It debuted on CBS in 1957, to mediocre ratings and was soon cancelled. However, the show was picked up by ABC the following year where it became a hit and aired for the next five seasons. The show was featured in over 100 countries. Also starring on Beaver were Hugh Beaumont, in the role of Ward Cleaver, June's husband and the kids' father, as well as unfamiliar child actors Tony Dow in the role of Wally Cleaver and Jerry Mathers as Theodore Beaver Cleaver. Regarding the the idealized TV family on Leave It to Beaver, which continues in reruns on cable more than half a century after its debut, Billingsley had her own explanation for the Cleavers' enduring appeal. "Good grief," she told TV Guide, "I think everybody would like a family like that. Wouldn't it be nice if you came home from school and there was Mom standing there with her little apron and cookies waiting?" When production of the show ended in 1963, Billingsley had become typecast as saccharine sweet and had trouble obtaining acting jobs for years. After an absence of 17 years from the public eye, Billingsley spoofed her wholesome image with a brief appearance in the comedy Airplane! in 1980, as a passenger who could "speak jive". She stated that the role gave her as much publicity as Beaver, and revived her career. Returning to TV work, she appeared on Mork & Mindy and The Love Boat. Billingsley died at her home in Los Angeles on October 16th og 2010, at the age of 94.

Wednesday 10.15.14
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?

It was a different venue as the NLCS shifted to San Francisco yesterday and it ended with a walk off error. A wild throw by St. Louis relief pitcher Randy Choate on a bunt allowed Brandon Crawford to score the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting the San Francisco Giants over the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4. The Giants now hold a 2-games-to-1 lead in the series -- a series that continues in San Francisco this afternoon.

In the American League, the Kansas City Royals are one win from the World Series. The Royals have embraced the bloop, bunt and sacrifice fly all postseason. Billy Butler drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning, and the Royals' steel-curtain bullpen shut down the Baltimore Orioles the rest of the way for a 2-1 win as the Royals won their 10th straight postseason game -- including all seven this year -- took a commanding 3-games-to-none lead in the ALCS. The Royals and Orioles meet again this afternoon.

What a difference a week makes. Last week, the Seahawks had just crept back to No. 1 in most NFL power rankings. Seattle was once again seen as the best team in the league as it prepared to host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Well, after that 30-23 loss at CenturyLink Field, the Seahawks -- renowned for their dominance at home -- have fallen in the Week 7 power rankings. While three of the four major polls still had Seattle in the top five, one did not. CBS Sports slid the Seahawks five spots down from No. 1 last week to No. 6. The Cowboys, meanwhile, crept up from seventh to fourth after asserting themselves as a serious contender this season. Seattle, however, sat at No. 5 in the other three major rankings. The Associated Press, which unanimously ranked the Seahawks first last week, dropped Seattle to fifth place following the loss to Dallas. Above the Hawks were the Broncos at No. 1, Chargers at No. 2, Cowboys at No. 3 and Eagles at No. 4. The Seahawks dropped from first to fifth in ESPN’s poll, which had the same top five as the AP. moved the Hawks from second last week to fifth this week.

Birthdays: Ski and snowboarding filmmaker Warren Miller is 90; former Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca is 90; Alice, actress Linda Lavin is 77; actress and director Penny Marshall is 71; from The Carpenters, musician Richard Carpenter is 68; singer Chris de Burgh is 66; one of the original members of The Jackson Five, singer Tito Jackson is 61; actress Tanya Roberts is 59; TV Chef Emeril Lagasse is 55; and Fergie -- Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, is 55.

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. 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. Today is Dictionary Day. It's My Mom Is A Student Day.

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, a television sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley, aired on CBS. In 1966, former teen idol Rick Nelson performed at an oldies show at Madison Square Garden, but was booed when he debuted some new material. He later wrote the song Garden Party about the experience. 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.

And just like that, Jay Leno is back on the air. Regularly. Doing what he loves. CNBC announced that the former Tonight Show host, who ended his run in February, is hosting a new prime time series for the network. Tentatively titled Jay Leno's Garage, based on his Web series, the program premieres in 2015. CNBC says he'll share his "passion for all things automotive," from classics to supercars, restoration projects to road tests. Leno hosted a one-hour special for the network in August, Jay Leno's Garage: The Ultimate Car Week, which marked Leno's first return to hosting since The Tonight Show.

The father of Governor Jay Inslee has died at age 88. The governor's office said yesterday that Frank E. Inslee Sr. died at an Anacortes hospital late Monday night following an illness. The late Inslee -- who had lived on Lopez Island -- was a retired biology teacher, high school coach, and World War II naval veteran. The governor's mother, Adele, died in 2007. Frank Inslee Sr. is survived by the governor, two other sons -- Frank Jr., and Todd -- seven grandchildren and four great-children. Memorial service plans are pending.

Christina Aguilera is set to return to The Voice as a judge after giving birth to her daughter. She decided to take a second hiatus from the show last year and extended her break after learning she was pregnant with fiancé Matthew Rutler’s child earlier this year. She welcomed Summer Rain Rutler in August, and now she’s planning to return to her spinning chair, which has been filled by fellow pop moms Shakira and Gwen Stefani for the past two seasons. Aguilera will join Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton for season eight of the show which airs next spring.

Mark Zuckerberg -- the Facebook guy -- announced yesterday that he and his wife Priscilla Chan are donating $25 million to the fight against Ebola.

Jim Carrey is hosting Saturday Night Live October 25th. His new movie, Dumb and Dumber To, comes out November 14th. And NBC announced yesterday that Prince and Chris Rock are appearing on Saturday Night Live on November 1st as the musical guest and host.

Netflix is rebooting the iconic Care Bears franchise. The animated Care Bears and Cousins is expected to premiere in 2016.

While most of the world is still using cash for most transactions, four out of five purchases in Sweden are paid electronically. One benefit to a more cashless society: fewer armed robberies. In 2012, a mere five bank robberies were committed in Sweden, the lowest figure in 30 years.

Trivia Answer: Penny Marshall who turns 71 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.

Tuesday 10.14.14
Today's Trivia: Tomorrow marks the anniversary of him becoming the all-time leading points scorer in the National Hockey League. Who is he?

Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers answered St. Louis' fast start with a big finish. Kaepernick threw for 343 yards and three touchdowns, helping the 49ers erase an early 14-point deficit and beat the Rams 31-17 on Monday Night Football. The Seahawks are in St. Louis to meet the Rams Sunday morning.

Baseball resumes today after a travel day for the National League and a rainout for the American League. The St. Louis Cardinals are in San Francisco to face the Giants at 1:00 this afternoon. That series is tied at a game each. The American League, weather permitting, has the Baltimore Orioles in Kansas City against the Royals at 5:00 this afternoon. Kansas City is up 2-games-to-none.

Birthdays: He played James Bond from 1973 to 1985, actor Roger Moore is 87; The British Elvis, singer Cliff Richard is 74; from the Moody Blues, singer Justin Hayward is 68; Harry on Night Court, actor Harry Anderson is 62; singer-songwriter Thomas Dolby is 56; singer Usher is 36; and Madonna’s daughter, Lourdes Ciccone Leon, is 18.

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 Ride a Bicycle Somewhere Day. Today is National Chocolate Covered Insect 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, thus was born 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.

What will trick-or-treaters want in their bags this year? Experts say the same as last year -- make it chocolate. In all of 2013 nearly $13 billion was spent on chocolate in the United States. While not all of that was spent for Halloween night, a big chunk of it was. Reese's was the top candy handed out last Halloween.

A gourd weighing 2,058 pounds took first prize and set a new tournament record yesterday at an annual pumpkin-weighing contest in Northern California. John Hawkley won this year's Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off in Half Moon Bay south of San Francisco. Hawkley squashed his competition, beating the runner-up by more than 300 pounds. Hawkley credited his success at least in part to warm weather. He ended up with a total of six pumpkins on a 4,500-square-foot patch of land in his front yard in California's Napa Valley, which is famous for its wine grapes. One of the other pumpkins also weighed more than 2,000 pounds.

So somebody went ahead and made a deep fried version of Starbucks’ beloved pumpkin spice latte. Food blogger Amy Erickson of Oh, Bite It came up with the idea. To create the treats, Erickson suggests using store-bought angel food cake or pound cake. Then you basically just soak them in a pumpkin spice latte, fry them and sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar.

Ed Sheeran is planning to take a long break from music at the end of his next tour. He insists he hasn’t had a proper vacation since his career began so he is planning to take a well-deserved hiatus from the industry after completing his UK dates this winter and releasing a final single from his album X. He tells Britain’s The Sun newspaper, "I haven’t had any time off since before I signed my record deal and I want some! I’ll do what I enjoy and it won’t feel like work."

Trivia Answer: On October 15th of 1989, Wayne Gretzky became the all-time leading points scorer in the NHL. He holds the record of most career points: 2,857 -- the total number of goals plus assists equals total points. He also holds the record for most career goals at 894. Gretzky played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League for four teams from 1979 to 1999. Nicknamed The Great One, he has been called the greatest hockey player ever by many sportswriters, players, and the NHL itself. He is the leading point-scorer in NHL history, with more assists than any other player has points, and is the only NHL player to total over 200 points in one season -- a feat he accomplished four times. In addition, he tallied over 100 points in 16 professional seasons, 14 of them consecutive. At the time of his retirement in 1999, he held 61 NHL records: 40 regular-season records, 15 playoff records, and six All-Star records. After his retirement in 1999, he was immediately inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, making him the most recent player to have the waiting period waived. The NHL retired his jersey number 99 league-wide, making him the only player to receive that honor.

Monday 10.13.14
Today's Trivia: Previously she served in the Washington House of Representatives, and then in the United States House of Representatives from Washington's 1st congressional district between 1993 and 1995, after which she worked as an executive for RealNetworks. Today, she's the junior United States Senator from the state of Washington. She is currently chairwoman of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Who is she?

Those questioning whether the Dallas Cowboys' start to the season was legit got a resounding answer yesterday. Showing no intimidation toward Seattle's hard-hitting defense or the noisy 12th Man, the Cowboys leaned on the 115 yards rushing from DeMarco Murray and a clutch third-down pass from Tony Romo for a 30-23 win over the Seahawks. The Cowboys are 5-1 for the first time since 2007 and beating the defending champions in Seattle gives validity to the surprising start. Murray became the second running back in NFL history to start a season with six straight 100-yard rushing games, matching Jim Brown. And he did it against the league's best run defense, which had not allowed a running back more than 38 yards in a game this season. Seattle will not be No. 1 in any NFL power rankings this coming week, or No. 1 in any NFC power rankings, either. Las Vegas will also remove the Seahawks as favorites to repeat their win in the Super Bowl -- appropriately so. After a stirring, but flawed, win last Monday night, the Seahawks came out uninspired, requiring two unlikely special teams plays just to stay in the game. Even with those, they did so barely. The Hawks try to rebound next Sunday when they travel to St. Louis to face the Rams.

Speaking of the Rams, they host the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football tonight, 5:30 on ESPN.

Cyler Miles threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns, Shaq Thompson returned a fumble 100 yards for a score and Washington overwhelmed California 31-7 on Saturday. The Huskies forced five fumbles, recovering three of them, and sacked Jared Goff four times to quiet the country's second-highest scoring offense. Washington went ahead 28-0 at the half to bury the Golden Bears in a hole they could never dig out of. Washington now travels to Oregon. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:00 Saturday afternoon in Eugene.

Stanford slowed down Connor Halliday and the Air Raid offense in a 34-17 victory over Washington State on Friday night. A week after Halliday threw for an NCAA-record 734 yards in that 60-59 loss to California, the nation's stingiest scoring defense harassed him all over the backfield. Stanford held Halliday to 42-for-69 passing for 292 yards and two touchdowns, forced one interception and had four sacks. The Cougars have lost two in a row, and their chances of making consecutive bowl games under Mike Leach look dim. The Cougs have a bye this next weekend. They're back in action on the 25th hosting Arizona.

Baseball: The visiting team won the first two games of the ALCS. The Kansas City Royals beat the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards 8-6 in 10 innings on Friday, and 6-4 on Saturday. The series now moves to Kansas City where game three was scheduled for tonight at 5:00, however, MLB has announced Game 3 of ALCS is postponed until tomorrow afternoon at 5:00. It's raining and rain is in the forecast. Game 4 is Wednesday afternoon at 1:00. Game 5, if necessary, would be Thursday at 1:00.

On the National League side, the visitors won game one as the San Francisco Giants shut out the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday 3-0. But the home team finally won one yesterday as 2nd baseman Kolton Wong stuck one in the right field seats in the bottom of the 9th giving the Cards a 5-4 walk-off win. The series is now tied at a game apiece. Today's a travel day. Game three is tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 in San Francisco on Fox Sports 1.

Birthdays: Actress Melinda Dillon -- Ralphie’s mom in A Christmas Story -- is 75; singer-songwriter Paul Simon is 73; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is 72; from the band Chicago, singer-songwriter Robert Lamm is 70; rocker Sammy Hagar is 67; senator Maria Cantwell is 56; singer-actress Marie Osmond is 55; Mrs. John Travolta, actress Kelly Preston is 52; football’s Jerry Rice is 52; from Grey’s Anatomy, actress Kate Walsh is 47; figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is 45; comedian-actor Sacha Baron Cohen is 43; and the US Navy is 239.

For decades and decades, American history books and school teaching, told us Christopher Columbus discovered America. What those books and teachings did not 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 cost of Canada thousands of years earlier. 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. 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 truely 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 notes: On this date in 1903, Boston beat Pittsburgh to win the first World Series, five games to three. In 1962, the Pacific Northwest experienced a cyclone the equal of a Cat 3 hurricane -- the legendary Columbus Day Storm. Winds measured above 150 mph at several locations; 46 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

There was a minor 3.5 earthquake rattled the South Sound area late Saturday evening. The Pacific Northwest Seismology Network says the temblor hit at 11:24 and was centered 8 miles northeast of Olympia at a depth of about 35 miles. There are reports of the quake being felt in Puyallup, North Bend, and Issaquah. There are no reports of any damage or injuries. 

Ben Affleck's movie thriller Gone Girl dominated U.S. and Canadian movie charts for a second consecutive weekend, collecting $26.8 million in ticket sales to beat back challenges from new films that fought for moviegoer dollars. New action movie Dracula Untold finished second while Walt Disney family comedy Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day was third. Horror flick Annabelle, last weekend's runner-up, landed in the No. 4 slot. Courtroom drama The Judge debuted in fifth place for the weekend.

Columbus Day often brings to mind the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. Today, some cities and states would rather you think of the Sioux, the Suquamish and the Chippewa. For the first time this year, Seattle and Minneapolis are recognizing the second Monday in October as "Indigenous People's Day." The cities join a growing list of jurisdictions choosing to shift the holiday's focus from Christopher Columbus to the people he encountered in the New World and their modern-day descendants. The Seattle City Council voted last week to reinvent the holiday to celebrate "the thriving cultures and values of Indigenous Peoples in our region." The Minneapolis City Council approved a similar measure in April. In many cities, Columbus Day is a celebration of Italian-American heritage, leading to opposition to the recasting of Columbus Day. A lawyer affiliated with the Order Sons of Italy in America telling The Seattle Times."Italian-Americans are deeply offended. By this resolution, you say to all Italian-Americans that the city of Seattle no longer deems your heritage or your community worthy of recognition." President Benjamin Harrison established a celebration of Columbus Day in 1892, the 400th anniversary of Columbus' landing in the Bahamas in 1492. The holiday started being celebrated on the second Monday in October in 1971. Today, 16 states, including Alaska, Hawaii and Oregon, don't recognize Columbus Day as a public holiday. South Dakota has celebrated Native American Day since 1990.

As Americans, we suck at using our turn signals. In a study by the Society of Automotive Engineers, we’ve learned that 25% of US drivers "improperly use their turn signals" while out on the road. In the same study nearly half of all drivers don’t use their signal to switch lanes.

Trivia Answer: Maria E. Cantwell who turns 56 today. She's our state's second female senator, serving with Patty Murray.

Friday 10.10.14
Today's Trivia: It debuted this weekend in 1975 with George Carlin as the host and Andy Kaufman, Janis Ian, and Billy Preston as guests. What is it?

Thursday Night Football: Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts had a great first quarter and did just enough the rest of the way to hold on for a 33-28 victory over the Houston Texans. The Colts raced to a 24-0 lead after one quarter, but allowed Houston to cut it to 33-28 early in the fourth quarter on J.J. Watt's fumble return for a touchdown. The Texans had two opportunities to take the lead late, but the Colts recovered fumbles by Andre Johnson and Ryan Fitzpatrick in the last five minutes.

The Seahawks are back home this weekend. For all the attention heaped on their talented secondary, right now it's the Seahawks' ability to stop the run that's standing out. Seattle leads the league giving up just 62.3 yards per game on the ground and is the only team giving up less than 3 yards per rush. But that early success is about to get a major test facing Dallas Cowboy DeMarco Murray on Sunday. Some of the success is opponent driven. The Seahawks opened the season with the passing trio of Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers, and Peyton Manning. But each of those teams also wanted to try to establish balance in their offense and couldn't. Green Bay's Eddie Lacy was held to 34 yards rushing. San Diego's Ryan Mathews had just 31, and Denver's Montee Ball was held to 38. And last Monday against Washington, Alfred Morris was limited to 29 yards on 13 carries. It was the second-fewest yards rushing for Morris in his three seasons. But Seattle has yet to see a running back on a roll like Murray is on to start the season. Murray is the first running back to rush for at least 100 yards in each of the first five games of the season since O.J. Simpson in 1975. He can become the first with six straight to start a season since Jim Brown in 1958 if he can solve Seattle's front. If Murray can reach the 100-yard mark, he'll join a rare fraternity. Only five players have rushed for 100 yards in Seattle since the start of Pete Carroll's tenure in 2010: Seahawks-Cowboys Sunday afternoon at 1:25.

Texas prosecutor has asked a judge to revoke the bond and order the arrest of Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson, after the running back told an employee at a drug-testing agency during a urinalysis that he had "smoked a little weed," according to court papers publicized yesterday. The Montgomery County District Attorney's office said drug use would be a clear violation of the terms of Peterson's $15,000 bond that got him freed after he was charged with felony child abuse. There can't be any action on the bond revocation or any arrest warrant issued before a hearing is held on whether the judge hearing Peterson's case should be recused. No hearing has been scheduled and likely won't happen until next week at the earliest.

The WSU Cougars are at Stanford to face the Cardinal tonight. Kick off at 6:00. ESPN has the game.

The Washington Huskies are in Berkeley this weekend. They face the California Golden Bears tomorrow afternoon at 3:00.

In baseball, the League Championship Series get underway this weekend. The American League starts it off with the Kansas City Royals at Camden Yards facing the Baltimore Orioles toight at 5:00. Game two is tomorrow afternoon at 1:00. The National League gets things started tomorrow afternoon at 5:00 with the San Francisco Giants at Busch Stadium facing the St. Louis Cardinals.

Birthdays: Actor and author Peter Coyote is 73; singer and songwriter John Prine is 68; actor and dancer Ben Vereen is 68; author Nora Roberts is 63; former Seattle Supersonic Gus Williams is 61; Diamond Dave, singer David Lee Roth is 60; singer Tanya Tucker is 56; former professional quarterback Brett Favre is 45; and racecar driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is 40.

Today is World Mental Health Day, sponsored by the United Nations. Today is National Floppy Hat Day, a day to wear the floppiest hat you can find for at least a half hour. Today is Really Clean the Sink Day. Whichever sink you want. Today is National Angel Food Cake Day. Today is National Cake Decorating Day. National Ratty Sweater Season begins today.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1962, the BBC banned Bobby Boris Pickett's Monster Mash because it made mention of potentially offensive horror movies. In 1970, Neil Diamond scored his first #1 song with Cracklin’ Rosie. In 1973, Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned after being charged with evasion of federal income tax. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a law authorizing the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin. Also in 1978, Steve Perry joined Journey as their new lead singer. In 1980, actor Billy Thomas died of a heart attack at age 49. He had starred in 89 Our Gang films as Buckwheat. In 1990 an imposter appeared as Buckwheat on ABC’s TV news program 20/20. In 2001, Styx’s Dennis DeYoung sued the rest of the band for going on tour without him and for allegedly misusing the Styx logo. In 2003, Rush Limbaugh announced that he was addicted to painkillers and that he was going to check into a rehab center. In 2005, Angela Merkel became the first woman chancellor of Germany.

The Dow Jones industrial average dropped by 335 points, or 2 percent, to 16,659 yesterday in the blue-chip-stock index's sharpest one-day plunge in more than a year. The Standard & Poors 500 big-stock index also lost 2 percent, and the small-stock Russell 2000 plunged by 2.5 percent. The losses, which came one day after the Dow and the S&P 500 made their biggest daily gains of 2014, came as data suggested Europe's economic growth was slowing. The downward trend continued today with the Dow closing down about 115 points.

Billboard is quoting sources and saying Katy Perry is performing at this year's Super Bowl halftime show. Perry's performance has been speculated since August. The NFL had reportedly shortlisted her along with Coldplay and Rihanna. The news of those three contenders also came with word the league was asking those artists under consideration to pay to play, since last year's broadcast drew a record-setting 111.5 million viewers and previous performers have all seen significant boosts in sales, touring, and public profile. In response, appearing on ESPN's College Game Day this past Saturday, Perry said, "I'm not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl." The NFL has declined to comment.

According to a new study, the more expensive the engagement ring, the shorter the marriage.

Digital retail powerhouse Amazon announced yesterday that it plans to open its first physical store -- in midtown Manhattan -- in time for this year's holiday shopping season. The first brick-and-mortar Amazon outlet is set to function mostly as a warehouse capable of delivering stocked items within the city on the same day they are ordered. It's also ready to process returns, exchanges, and pickup orders.

A marijuana-infused soda was pulled from three Washington state stores after bottles started exploding on the shelves. The manager of Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham said his store received 330 bottles of Legal brand sparkling pomegranate soda, a marijuana-infused beverage, and the next day employees started to notice the glass bottles exploding. The manager said the bottles were placed in a steel box outside the store, where they continued to explode for the next 10 days.

The weekend's here. In theaters: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (PG); Dracula Untold (PG-13); The Judge (R); and Addicted (R).

Trivia Answer: The NBC sketch comedy/variety show Saturday Night Live. It was created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol. The show premiered on NBC on October 11th of 1975, under the original title NBC's Saturday Night. In 1980, Michaels left the series to explore other opportunities. In 1985, Michaels returned. He has remained since then. Many of SNL's cast found national stardom while appearing on the show, and achieved success in film and television, both in front of and behind the camera. Others associated with the show, such as writers, have gone on to successful careers creating, writing, or starring in TV and film. SNL has aired 770 episodes since its debut, and began its fortieth season on September 27th of this year making it one of the longest-running US network television programs. Throughout more than three decades on air, Saturday Night Live has received a number of awards, including 36 Primetime Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, and three Writers Guild of America Awards. In 2000, it was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. It was ranked tenth in TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time list, and in 2007 it was listed as one of Time magazine's 100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME. At last count, it had received 156 Emmy nominations, the most received by any one show in television history. Meanwhile, former Saturday Night Live star Jan Hooks died yesterdat after a long illness. Hooks did memorable impersonations of everyone from Sinead O'Connor to Nancy Reagan to Diane Sawyer. She was part of an all-star cast that included Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, and Nora Dunn. Her five-year run on SNL ended when she left to join the hit CBS sitcom Designing Women. Jan Hooks was 57.

Thursday 10.9.14
Today's Trivia: She was the first author to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. As of 2011, her novels had spent a combined 861 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List, including 176 weeks in the number-one spot. Who is she?

The Washington State Cougars are in Stanford to face the Cardinal tomorrow night. Kick off at 6:00. ESPN has the game.

The Washington Huskies are in Berkeley this weekend. They face the California Golden Bears Saturday afternoon at 3:00.

The Seahawks are back home this weekend. They host the Dallas Cowboys Sunday afternoon at 1:25.

Thursday Night Football coming up tonight. The Indianapolis Colts are in Houston against the Texans. Kick-off at 5:25.

In baseball, the League Championship Series get underway this weekend. The American League starts it off with the Kansas City Royals at Camden Yards facing the Baltimore Orioles tomorrow night at 5:00. Game two is Saturday afternoon at 1:00. The National League gets things started on Saturday with the San Francisco Giants at Busch Stadium facing the St. Louis Cardinals.

Birthdays: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jackson Browne is 66; actor Robert Wuhl is 63; Ozzy's wife, Sharon Osbourne is 62; actor Scott Bakula is 60; former NFL player and coach Mike Singletary is 56; singer P.J. Harvey is 45; the original host of the long-running children's series Blues Clues, actor Steve Burns is 41; the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon is 39; Brad on Home Improvement, actor Zachery Ty Bryan is 33; and the winner of season 10 of American Idol, Scotty McCreery is 21.

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. 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 later be tainted when eight Chicago White Sox were charged with throwing the game in what became known as the Black Sox Scandal. In 1946, the first electric blanket went on sale. It was in Petersburg, Virginia. 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."

Buckle up, this could get bumpy.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down a couple hundred points a couple of days ago.  Then yesterday, it rebounded closing up 277 points.  Well, today, the Dow closed 334 points lower -- the worst drop of the year -- led by a slump in energy stocks.

Drum roll please … and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees for 2015 induction are:

  • The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
  • Chic
  • Green Day
  • Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
  • Kraftwerk
  • The Marvelettes
  • N.W.A
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Lou Reed
  • The Smiths
  • The Spinners
  • Sting
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • War
  • Bill Withers

Artists or bands must have released their first single or album at least 25 years before the year of nomination. For 2015, the first recording had to be released no later than 1989.More than 700 artists, historians and members of the music industry from around the world will vote to determine the inductees. Fans may also help pick the winners by voting at,, and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015 inductees will be announced in December.

NBC News tried to hire Comedy Central's Jon Stewart to host Meet the Press. One person with knowledge of the wrangling said NBC was ready to offer the host of the Daily Show, "anything" to take the job. The source said, "They were ready to back the Brink's truck up." NBC representatives declined to comment. Newsman Chuck Todd got the show instead of Stewart, and after a brief ratings spike the program has returned to third place among Sunday news shows.

Yikes. A man was killed by a swarm of bees from a hive of more than 800,000 yesterday while he did lawn work in Douglas, Arizona, near the Mexican border. The 32-year-old man was part of a gardening crew. His face and neck were covered with bees. Several other men in the crew ran to a nearby home to escape the bees. One other man was stung more than 100 times, but he was treated and released at a local hospital. A 90-year-old man who lives in the home where the attack occurred was not stung.

Olympia native and Glee guitarist Derik Nelson is back in the South Sound. Derik was the very first contestant in the Capital Lakefair High School Battle of the Bands when we revived it all those years ago. Today, Derik is a singer, songwriter, and producer. He's touring to raise money for high school arts & music programs across Washington, Oregon, and California. Derik's YouTube Channel of original & cover songs has garnered over 2.6 million views. Derik has worked on-screen and off in TV shows such as Glee, Raising Hope, How I Met Your Mother, The Voice, and more. Derik's Take Chances Tour is making a stop at the North Thurson High School Performing Arts Center Saturday night at 7:00. A portion of the ticket sales goes directly to North Thurston High School to benefit the the school's orchestra department under direction of Grant Sears. Learn more and get tickets now

Trivia Answer: We know her as Nora Roberts but she was born Eleanor Marie Robertson. She turns 64 tomorrow. Over 280 million copies of her books are in print, including 12 million copies sold in 2005 alone. Her novels have been published in 35 countries. She has written under the pseudonym Jill March, she writes as J.D. Robb, and by error some of her works were published in the UK as Sarah Hardesty.

Wednesday 10.8.14
Today's Trivia: It was sold, dismantled, and moved to the United States where it reopened on this date in 1971. What is it?

The St. Louis Cardinals tagged Clayton Kershaw in the seventh inning for the second straight time, riding Matt Adams' go-ahead, three-run homer to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on yesterday. With the loss, the Dodgers lose the series 3-games-to-1 and were eliminated and the Cardinals get a a fourth straight trip to the NL Championship Series. The Cardinals, who had an NL low 105 homers this season, hit five homers against lefties in this series. They had just eight in the regular season. At AT&T Park in San Francisco, fans broke into cheers when the rival Dodgers were eliminated.

Then there was more cheering later as the Giants eliminated the Washington Nationals 3-2 in the other NLDS. San Francisco travels to St. Louis for Game 1 on Saturday. It's a rematch of the 2012 NLCS, when the Giants rallied from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Cardinals on the way to their second World Series championship in three years.

Today marks the 19th 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.

It's unanimous: The Seattle Seahawks are once again the top team in the NFL.. A day after the Seahawks' 27-17 win over the Redskins, Seattle yesterday received each of the first-place votes for the AP Pro32 power rankings decided by a 12-member media panel that regularly covers the league. The Denver Broncos jumped back up to the No. 2 spot after routing the Arizona Cardinals 41-20 on Sunday. The San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles and the Cincinnati Bengals complete the rest of the top five. The Dallas Cowboys, tied with the Eagles for first in the NFC East, jumped from No. 12 to 6. The Cowboys face a big challenge on Sunday when they head to CenturyLink Field to face the Seahawks.

Meanwhile, Russell Wilson was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Monday night’s win at Washington. In that game, Wilson threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for 122 which set a team single-game rushing record for a quarterback and was also the most for a QB in the 45-year history of Monday Night Football. It’s the second straight game a Seattle player has been honored as Kam Chancellor was the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for the win against Denver. It’s the third time Wilson has won an NFC Offensive Player of the Week award.

Admitting it was a dream come true, Terry Pegula and wife Kim were unanimously approved by NFL owners today as new owners of the Buffalo Bills. The Pegulas, who already own the NHL's Buffalo Sabres, expect the sale to be finalized by the end of the week. Terry said, "This is a significant step in us owning the team. There's a small matter of having to pay some money and we'll get that done.'' The vote took place in New York City, where NFL owners are meeting. Pegula said he wouldn't take questions after making his statement, however, he did respond to some questions shouted by reporters at the end of his availability. He said, "If you had asked me 10 years ago if I would own the Bills and the Sabres, I'd have called you a liar." The Pegulas finished ahead of competing groups fronted by rock star Jon Bon Jovi and billionaire Donald Trump to buy the Bills, acquiring the franchise from the family of late owner Ralph Wilson, who died in March, for $1.4 billion. Wilson paid $25,000 to buy the Bills in 1959.

Birthdays: Crocodile Dundee in the Crocodile Dundee films, actor Paul Hogan is 75; the Rev. Jesse Jackson is 73; actor and comedian Chevy Chase is 71; the author of the Goosebumps books, R.L. Stine is 71; actress Sigourney Weaver is 65; from Kool & The Gang, singer Robert Kool Bell is 64; singer CeCe Winans is 50; actor, screenwriter Matt Damon is 44; Mr. Mariah Carey, although a couple of months ago he confirmed that he and Carey had separated a few months earlier, actor Nick Cannon is 34; and singer-songwriter Bruno Mars is 29.

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 whey 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 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.

Walmart said yesterday that it would make its 1.3 million workers pay more for health care starting next year, when companies employing more than 50 people will have to start providing coverage to full-time workers under the Affordable Care Act -- aka ObamaCare. Walmart -- the world's largest retailer and America's biggest employer -- also said it would end benefits for part-time US employees working less than 30 hours per week, a move that will affect about 30,000 people. Analysts said other companies were likely to follow Walmart's lead.

A panel of federal judges yesterday ruled that Virginia's congressional map was unconstitutional because it created a single predominantly African-American district, limiting the influence of black voters in other districts. The judges ordered the state to draw up new maps by April of 2015, allowing the current maps to be used in November's mid-term elections. Democrats had challenged the way the districts were drawn, saying Republicans had used "racial gerrymandering" to dilute minority power.

We’ve been hearing about a flying car for decades. Now a company called Aeromobil says it's coming. The Aeromobil 3.0 transforms from plane to car by folding its wings behind the cockpit. They fit alongside a boom that houses a shaft for the rear-mounted propeller, and serves as the mounting point for the flying car’s tail. Despite all of the extra bodywork, the Aeromobil will supposedly fit in a standard parking space, and run on premium pump gas.

Brazil has surpassed the US as the country with the most cosmetic surgeries. Brazil has fewer people and collectively less disposable income than the U.S. but Brazilian patients lean more heavily toward surgical procedures, while American patients favor non-surgical ones.

Trivia Answer: The London Bridge, which is currently in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. It was originally constructed in London in 1831. By 1962, the bridge was not structurally sound enough to support the increased load created by the level of modern traffic crossing it, and it was sold by the City of London. The purchaser, Robert McCulloch, paid $2,460,000 for the bridge. McCulloch was the founder of Lake Havasu and the chairman of McCulloch Oil Corporation. The bridge facing stones were carefully disassembled and each piece was numbered. These were shipped to the bridge's present location and re-assembly -- for another $7 million -- began in 1968. The original stone was used to clad a concrete structure, so the bridge is no longer the original it is modeled after. The reconstruction took slightly over three years and was completed in late 1971. Today, it serves as a popular tourist attraction for the city. By the way, the name London Bridge refers to several bridges that have spanned the River Thames between the City of London and Southwark, in central London.

Tuesday 10.7.14
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. On this date in 1931, he was convicted of income tax evasion. Who is he?

Russell Wilson rushed for a career-high 122 yards and a touchdown last night, and the Seattle Seahawks overcame more than a dozen penalties -- including three that wiped out apparent touchdowns by Percy Harvin -- in a 27-17 victory over Washington last night. Wilson completed 18 of 24 passes for 201 yards and two more scores for the Seahawks. Pete Carroll's team drew 13 flags for 90 yards, keeping the game closer than it should have been. Seattle is now 3-and-1 this year and is an NFL-best 21-and-8 on Monday nights, including nine consecutive wins. The team is 11-and-1 in prime time under Carroll. The Hawks have the short week this week. They're back in action at home Sunday hosting the Dallas Cowboys.

Baseball: The Nationals and Giants found themselves in another pitchers' duel in Game 3 yesterday, and this time, it was the Nationals who won, 4-1, at AT&T Park to remain alive in the National League Division Series. Former Mariner Doug Fister brought his best to the must-win game, throwing seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and striking out three batters as the Nationals forced a Game 4 tonight -- a win or go home game for the Nats -- at 6:00. Meanwhile the St. Louis Cardinals took at 2-games-to-1 lead in their series when they downed the Dodgers 3-1 last night. Game 4 -- a must win for the Dodgers -- is this afternoon at 2:00. The National League Championship Series starts Saturday. The ALCS is set to start Friday with the Kansas City Royals in Baltimore to face the Orioles.

Birthdays: South Africa's archbishop Desmond Tutu 83; Oliver North is 71; Rock & Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp is 63; Russia's Vladimir Putin 62; Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres is 61; cellist Yo-Yo Ma is 59;singer Michael W.Smith is 57; TV's Simon Cowell is 55; singer Toni Braxton is 47; and the fifth season winner of American Idol, Taylor Hicks is 38.

Today is Try To Start An Argument Over Which is the Best Muppet Day. Today is World Smile Day, dedicated to good works and good cheer worldwide. Do an act of kindness and help one person smile. 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.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1916, in history's worst football game, Georgia Tech defeated Cumberland College 222 to 0. Georgia Tech carried the ball for 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.

Creators David Lynch and Mark Frost are bringing back cult TV classic Twin Peaks on Showtime in 2016 after a 25-year hiatus. The show's third season won't be a remake, but a present-day follow-up on story lines from the ABC series' second season. Lynch and Frost are developing the scripts, and Lynch reportedly has signed on to direct all nine of the planned episodes. Under the deal, Showtime is re-running the original two seasons before introducing the revival.

The Latin motto engraved on the wall of a new library in southern New Jersey got lost in translation. Officials had thought the phrase "Nos Secundus Coniecto Omnia" meant "we confirm all things twice." But it actually means "we second-guess all." Moorestown architect Rick Ragan tells the Burlington County Times he learned of the problem from residents who translated it online. Ragan says he'll pay a stone cutter to change the phrase to "We encourage all." He'll also have the Roman numerals fixed to reflect the proper year. Mayor Chris Chiacchio tells the newspaper a mistake is only a mistake if you do not have the courage to correct it.

USA Swimming yesterday suspended Michael Phelps for six months, forced him to withdraw from next year's world championships, and took away his funding from the sport's national governing body as a result of his second DUI arrest. USA Swimming said Phelps violated its Code of Conduct, and cited a section of its 2014 Rule Book in punishing Phelps, the winningest Olympian in history with 18 gold medals. Its executive committee approved the sanctions, which take effect immediately. The suspension won't keep Phelps from training with his North Baltimore club, but the 29-year-old swimmer is banned from participating in USA Swimming-sanctioned meets through April 6th of 2015. Phelps and USA Swimming also agreed that he won't compete in the world swimming championships in Russia next August. His monthly funding stipends will be stopped during the suspension. Over the weekend, Phelps announced he was entering a six-week, in-patient program, a week after he was arrested and charged with drunken driving in his hometown of Baltimore.

The opening weekend for the iPhone 6 was Apple's best ever for a new smartphone, with 10 million sold in just three days. And while Apple hasn't put out any official numbers yet, sources say sales of iPhone 6 and 6 Pluses have likely reached 20 million.

A family preparing to turn in their rental car after a week in Cocoa Beach, Florida, discovered a loaded handgun on the floor of the vehicle amongst their 2-year-old's toys. According to the little girl's father, the handgun his daughter was holding had a round in the chamber and the safety was off. Dad took the gun from his daughter and called the rental agency and briefly spoke with the manager who promised to call him back, but never did. Enterprise has since issued a statement saying, "...The safety of our customers is our top priority, and we are thoroughly investigating this situation..."

Trivia Answer: Alphonse Gabriel Capone -- Al Capone. Following his tax evasion conviction, he was sentenced to federal prison. His incarceration included a term at the 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 10.6.14
Today's Trivia: She's known for her roles in the films The Karate Kid (1984), Adventures in Babysitting (1987), Cocktail (1988), Back to the Future Part II (1989), Back to the Future Part III (1990), Leaving Las Vegas (1995), The Saint (1997), and Hollow Man (2000). She has won several acting awards and has been nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. In February of 2012, she began starring as Julie Finlay in the CBS police drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Who is she?

The Seahawks were off over the weekend. They see action tonight in the other Washington against the Redskins on Monday Night Football. That's coming up at 5:30 on ESPN.

The Washington Huskies had a bye this weekend. They are in Berkeley taking on the California Golden Bears on Saturday.

Speaking of the Golden Bears, they were in Pullman this past Saturday night. WSU quarterback Connor Halliday broke the NCAA single-game passing record throwing for 734 yards and six touchdowns. However, Cal quarterback Jared Goff threw for 527 yards and five touchdowns and California held on to beat Washington State 60-59 Saturday night. Washington State kicker Quentin Breshears attempted a 19-yard field goal with 19 seconds remaining and was wide right, preserving the win for California. Washington State has the nation's No. 1 passing attack, while Cal's is No. 8, and the teams did not disappoint, combining for 1,400 yards of offense. Washington State looks to rebound next week against Stanford. The Cougars face the Cardinal Friday night at 6.

Baseball. We went into the weekend with eight teams. We're come out the other side with six. The Detroit Tigers are gone. The Baltimore Orioles dispatched them 2-1 yesterday concluding the sweep and advancing to the American League Championship Series. Then last night, the Kansas City Royals swept the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim downing them 8-3, so they now advance to the ALCS. Game One Friday in Baltimore.

The National League continues today with the San Francisco Giants trying to complete the sweep as they host the Washington Nationals this afternoon at 2:00. Then the LA Dodgers are in St. Louis to face the Cardinals at 6:00. That series tied at a game apiece.

Birthdays: Actress Britt Ekland is 72; REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin is 63; Los Lobos guitarist David Hidalgo is 60; and former NFL coach Tony Dungy is 59.

Paul Revere, the organist and leader of the Raiders rock band, has died. Roger Hart is the manager for Paul Revere and the Raiders. Hart said Paul died Saturday at his home in Idaho, from cancer. The group launched its career in 1963 with a popular rendition of Louie, Louie before releasing its own hits, such as Kicks, 'Hungry, and Good Thing. The band's biggest smash came in 1971 with Indian Reservation. While the band's line-up changed over the past 50 years, Revere remained a constant presence with the group and he continued touring until earlier this year. Paul Revere was 76.

Today is Come and Take It Day. This day is here for the taking. Grab it. Take it and run with it. 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. Also in 1979, Heartache Tonight by the Eagles was released and 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.

Movie thriller Gone Girl starring Ben Affleck as a man suspected of causing his wife's disappearance, overcame a demonic doll named Annabelle to win a tight weekend race at US and Canadian movie box offices. Gone Girl pulled in $38 million over its first three days in domestic theaters. Horror flick Annabelle followed close behind with $37.2 million. Last weekend's No. 1 film, thriller The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington, dropped to third. Animated movie The Boxtrolls took fourth place, and young adult thriller The Maze Runner finished fifth.

As of this past weekend, a 50-year-old American institution, the Saturday morning cartoon, is no more. The CW network debuted a new slate of programming called One Magnificent Morning on Saturday, aimed at teenagers and their parents. The network was the last to broadcast children's programming on Saturday mornings -- NBC switched its lineup in 1992, ABC in 2011, and CBS last year. What's the cause? Robert Thompson is the director of Syracuse's Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture. He says, "Cable TV" and, he says, "a lot more kids get up on Saturday morning now and actually do stuff like play soccer ... or maybe they're just playing video games."

Redbox Instant announced over the weekend that it would discontinue its streaming service tomorrow, October 7th, one year after it went live. The service, a partnership between Verizon and the company Outerwall, was envisioned as a potential competitor to Netflix in the digital streaming game. In a joint statement, the companies said, "The service had not been as successful as either partner hoped it would be."

Seven months after the plane went missing, search crews have resumed their hunt in the Indian Ocean for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Reconnaissance crews had taken a month-long break to map the search area, which lies about 1,800 miles off the coast of Australia. The plane went missing March 8th. Months of search efforts have turned up no sign of the wreckage.

Trivia Answer: Elisabeth Shue who turns 51 today. Known to her friends and family as Lisa, Shue is married to film director Davis Guggenheim. Their son, Miles William, was born on November 11th of 1997. She gave birth to her first daughter, Stella Street, on March 19th of 2001. Her third child, Agnes Charles, was born on June 18th of 2006. Her son's middle name is in honor of her oldest brother, William, who died in 1988 at the age of 26 in a swimming accident while on a family vacation.

Friday 10.3.14
Today's Trivia: This recording artist and fashion designer is known as a fashion trendsetter. In 2003, she debuted her clothing line. She is known as both the lead singer of a group and as a solo artist. She was born and raised in Fullerton, California. Her mother named her after a stewardess in the 1968 novel Airport, and her middle name, comes from The Four Tops' 1968 cover of The Left Banke's 1966 hit song Walk Away Renée. Who is she?

The Baltimore Orioles are up one-game-to-none over the Detroit Tigers after scoring 8 runs in the eighth inning and coasting to as 12-3 win in their first ALDS game last night. They play again in Baltimore today. UPDATE: Baltimore won again today edging the Tigers 7-6. Baltimore takes a two-games-to-none lead in the series.

In the other ALDS, the Kansas City Royals took the Los Angeles Angels to extra innings and notched a 3-2 win in the 11th. The same two teams meet again tonight at 6:30 in Anaheim.

Meanwhile, the National League gets things going today today with the San Francisco Giants meeting the Nationals in Washington, and the St. Louis Cardinals in LA to face the Dodgers. As of this writing, the Giants are up 2-0 in the 5th inning.

All eight remaining teams play today.

The Green Bay Packers struck early and coasted past the Minnesota Vikings last night, 42-10.

College ball: The California Golden Bears are at Pullman to face the WSU Cougars Saturday night at 7:30.

The Washington Huskies are off this weekend. They're at Berkeley taking on the California Golden Bears on Saturday the 11th.

The Seahawks are also off this weekend. They're coming up on Monday Night Football against Washington.

Speaking of the Seahawks, you can likely still visualize it: After the Broncos' scored that safety on Seattle on September 21st, punter Jon Ryan booted his free kick a whopping 79 yards. As the ball soared high above the turf at CenturyLink Field, Denver's Emmanuel Sanders had to backpedal at least 20 yards from where he had expected it to land. It was a jaw-dropping achievement from one of the game's best punters. That free kick and numerous powerful punts in September have earned Ryan some recognition -- yesterday he was named NFC special teams player of the month.

Birthdays: The guy that brought us The Twist, singer Chubby Checker is 73 ; the Roy portion of Siegfried & Roy, magician Roy Horn is 70; from Fleetwood Mac, singer-songwriter-guitarist Lindsey Buckingham is 65; Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee is 52; from No Doubt, singer Gwen Stefani is 45; Backsreet Boy Kevin Richardson is 43; actress Neve Campbell is 41; singer India.Arie is 39; and singer Ashlee Simpson is 30.

The Nottiingham Goose Fair is underway in England. It runs through Sunday. It's been held every year since 1284, except during the Great Plague in 1665 and the two world wars. They expect a half million goose lovers during the 5-day fair. Today is Mickey Mouse Club Day, marking debut of the first TV series starring Annette Funicello and Shelley Fabaras on this date in 1955. A later version starred Keri Russell, Christina Aguilera, and Britney Spears. Other TV premiers on this date include:

  • Ozzie and Harriet 1952
  • Captain Kangaroo in 1955
  • The Andy Griffith Show in 1960
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show 1961
  • Quincy 1976
  • The Scarecrow and Mrs. King 1983
  • LA Law 1986
Calendar notes: On this date in 1980, Bruce Springsteen, launching his US tour in Ann Arbor, Michigan, forgot the opening words to the song, Born to Run. In 1991, a burglar who looted a Newark, New Jersey, home left behind an important clue, his 4-year-old daughter. When police arrived they found the child in the house crying for Daddy. In 1995, a Los Angeles jury found OJ Simpson not guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown and waiter Ronald Goldman. Some 107 million people watched TV news coverage of the verdict. Simpson was later found liable in a civil trial. In 1996, David Lee Roth was given the sack from Van Halen after rejoining the band in June. Roth later claimed that he was only welcomed back by the band as a publicity stunt for that year's MTV Video Music Awards. In 2000, Benjamin Orr, bassist and vocalist with The Cars, died of cancer in Atlanta. He was 53. In 2003, Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy was in critical condition on his 59th birthday following a tiger attack during a performance. The tiger, a 7-year-old male, was debuting in his first show.

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have officially announced the arrival of their baby girl. On Thursday night, Kutcher took to his website to share her name: Wyatt Isabelle Kutcher. The baby girl is the first child for both.

A cyberattack on JPMorgan Chase that was disclosed in July exposed personal information from 76 million households, the company said in papers filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday. The information included names, phone numbers, and email addresses. Data from seven million small businesses also was compromised. JPMorgan said it found no evidence that the hackers had acquired account information, such as account numbers, passwords, or Social Security numbers.

Google has responded to the threat of a $100 million lawsuit for allegedly facilitating the posting of leaked nude photos of actress Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities. A Hollywood entertainment lawyer representing the affected celebrities sent Google a letter accusing it of not trying to remove the pictures from search results even though it knew they were stolen private property. Google said it had removed tens of thousands of photos from its websites within hours of being notified they were there.

Lawyers for Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are threatening legal action against a photographer if he doesn't "cease harassing" Prince George. The palace said in a statement that the paparazzi, Niraj Tanna, appears to have placed the 14-month-old royal baby "under surveillance" and monitored his daily activities to plot opportunities to snap photos to sell. Tanna's lawyers say he is "fully entitled" to take pictures of George in a public park.

The weekend is here. New in theaters: Gone Girl (R); Annabelle (R); and Left Behind (PG-13).

In the aftermath of Rosie O'Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg yelling and cursing at each other in front of the studio audience, The View is thinking of creating nearby individual quiet rooms where the hotheaded co-hosts can retreat during commercial breaks.

Trivia Answer: Gwen Renée Stefani who is 45 today. The band is No Doubt.She is the second oldest of four children; she has a younger sister, Jill, a younger brother, Todd, and an older brother, Eric. Eric was the keyboardist for her band but left the group to pursue a career in animation on The Simpsons. No Doubt and the Goo Goo Dolls went on tour opening for the band Bush. Stefani met Bush guitarist and lead singer Gavin Rossdale. They married on September 14th of 2002. They have three sons, Kingston James McGregor, who was born May 26th of 2006, Zuma Nesta Rock who was born August 21st of 2008, and just this past February, Apollo Bowie Flynn was born.

Thursday 10.2.14
Today's Trivia: He's a retired professional football player -- a quarterback in the National Football League. He accepted a football scholarship to Washington State University in Pullman. He was selected by the Washington Redskins in the sixth round of the 1986 NFL Draft, the 146th overall pick and the eighth quarterback selected. He is the first Canadian-born quarterback to start in the NFL and win the Super Bowl MVP award. Who is he?

A long night for the Pittsburgh Pirates. A long and empty night as they were eliminated from post season play 8-0 by the San Francisco Giants in the National League Wild Card Game. It's all American League tonight with the Kansas City Royals in Anaheim taking on the Angels, and the Detroit Tigers at Baltimore facing the Orioles. Four games tomorrow. Royals and Angels, Tigers and Orioles in their ALDS games two. The National League gets going with San Francisco in Washington to face the Nationals, and the St. Louis Cardinals in LA taking on the Dodgers.

The Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers are on Thursday Night Football tonight.

The California Golden Bears are at Pullman to face the WSU Cougars Saturday night. The Washington Huskies are off this weekend. They're at Berkeley taking on the California Golden Bears on Saturday the 11th.

The Seahawks are off this weekend, as well. They're coming up on Monday Night Football against Washington.

Microsoft has launched a new series of TV commercials for Xbox One, and one of them features Seattle Seahawks favorite Marshawn Lynch ... and a stuffed raccoon. Don't ask. We have no idea .. but we do know that Lynch generally shies from the spotlight, so this ad is a rarity.

Birthdays: Mr. American Pie, singer and songwriter Don McLean is 69; photographer Annie Leibovitz is 65; guitarist for Genesis and Mike + The Mechanics, Mike Rutherford is 64; Gordon Sumner, better known as Sting, is 63; talk show host Kelly Ripa is 44; and singer Tiffany is 43

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 Guardian Angels Day. Today is World Farm Animals Day, celebrated on Ghandhi's birthday. Today is National Custodial Workers Day. Tonight is Go for a Stroll After Dinner Night. No Salt Week begins today. National Carry a Tune Week begins today.

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 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 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.

Two ladies had a big birthday celebration in Portland, Oregon. Ruby Harris and Ruth Cox are twins and they turned 102 years old. Ruby offered some simple advice: "Behave yourselves, stay away from the beer joints and don't smoke. And be good kids."

The Twilight movie series isn't over. A series of short films will appear next year on Facebook. Speaking of movies, Tetris, the block-stacking game that comes in near the top of many lists of greatest games ever, is being made into a live-action, feature-length, sci-fi epic motion picture. Really?

After a Florida man swiped a cell phone from a store's counter, the victim used another phone to contact him. The thief responded by text and tried to sell the phone back for $50, claiming he bought it from somebody for that price. Cops were able to nail him for the theft. Then there was a witness in a murder trial in New Zealand. She began her court visit by stealing a court officer's cell phone. She was caught when the phone went off while she was testifying.

Trivia Answer: Mark Rypien who is 52 today. He was born in Calgary, Alberta. He moved to the United States in 1965 and was raised in Spokane. Rypien's best season was in 1991. He threw for 3,564 yards and 28 touchdowns with 11 interceptions, leading the Redskins to Super Bowl XXVI (26) after recording a 14-and-2 regular season record. He was named the MVP of the game, passing for 292 yards and two touchdowns and leading his team to a 37-24 win over the Buffalo Bills.

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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?

Ain't October baseball grand ... even in September? The Kansas City Royals stormed back twice and then won with a walk-off in the 12th eliminating the Oakland As, 9-8 in the American League Wild Card Game. Tonight, it's the National League Wild Card with the San Francisco Giants in Pittsburgh to meet the Pirates.

It's all American League tomorrow with the Kansas City Royals in Anaheim taking on the Angels, and the Detoit Tigers at Baltimore facing the Orioles.

There was no change in the top three spots in the latest AP Pro32 power rankings. That's hardly a surprise since the Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals, and Denver Broncos all had byes last week. Seattle again had nine first-place votes from the 12-member media panel that regularly covers the league. The Seahawks travel east and face Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins on Monday night.

"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.

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

Birthdays: The 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter is 90; Dame Julie Andrews is 79; actor Randy Quaid is 64; and former baseball player Mark McGwire is 51.

Today is World Vegetarian Day. Squirrel Awareness Month begins today, sponsored by the Squirrel Lovers Club of Oklahoma City. Today is Child Health Day. Pudding Season begins today. Tonight is National Popcorn and Tears Movie Appreciation Night. Men can stay home and vacuum.

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, in an attempt 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 Bogotá were long gone.

Did you know your dog gets jealous when you pet another dog? That's according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego, who watched 36 dog owners interact with an animated dog. While the owners petted the fake dog, their real dogs started showing signs of jealousy, including pushing at their owner or the rival dog. The dogs were trying to break up the connection between the owners and a rival.

He's such a goood boy... but he costs how much? A new report maps out the true cost of dog ownership, and it comes out to about $2,000 a year. Yes there's food and grooming, but when you add training, vaccinations, spaying, and flea and tick medication, you can start to see how the bill adds up.

Stop thinking she'll never leave you because you're so amazing... she will, and she has someone waiting in the wings. 43% of women say they have a Mr. Plan B, according to a new survey, and the most likely candidate is an 'old friend.' Yes, the guy she claims is 'just like a brother to her.' Other candidates are an ex-boyfriend, ex-husband, colleagues, or someone she met in the gym. To make you feel better, one in 10 have already confessed their undying love for her and say they would 'drop everything for her' and she's still there with you.

If we want to ensure that humanity has a future, we need to put a million people on Mars. That's according to Elon Musk, the rich dude behind Tesla cars, SpaceX, and other successful companies. Musk says, ""If we can establish a Mars colony, we can almost certainly colonize the whole Solar System, because we'll have created a strong economic forcing function for the improvement of space travel." Musk says we must put a million people on Mars if we are to ensure that humanity has a future. Any takers? I've got a couple of nominees in mind.

Trivia Answer: That first 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 will continue to be the game site at least through 2016. There are three London games this year. The Miami Dolphins beat the Oakland Raiders 38-14 at a sold-out Wembley this past weekend. Still to come, the Atlanta Falcons host the Detroit Lions on October 26th, and then the Jacksonville Jaguars' home game against the Dallas Cowboys on November 9th. The NFL announced that the Detroit–Atlanta game is starting at 9:30 (that's 1:30 in London and 6:30 in the morning here in the west), the first time in league history that a game has started that early in the morning in the US. This will thus provide a quadruple-header on an NFL Sunday rather than the normal three windows. That Sunday, we'll have the early game at 6:30 here, then the 10:00, 1:00 and Sunday night games.