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Friday 11.28.14
Today's Trivia: He was a Canadian and naturalized American actor and comedian. He appeared in more than one hundred films and 1,500 television programs over the span of his career, portraying more than 220 characters. He made his television debut in 1948. He made his film debut in 1956, and began collecting roles in dramas, westerns, and romance films from the 1950s to the 1970s. His performances in the films Forbidden Planet and The Poseidon Adventure received positive reviews for his serious acting, although he is primarily remembered for his comedic roles. Who is he?

Richard Sherman provided the moment of the game against the 49ers once again, a mere 10 months after his touchdown-saving deflection in the NFC championship that sent the Seattle Seahawks to the Super Bowl. Sherman set up the only touchdown with another key defensive play in this heated rivalry, then made a second interception with the 49ers driving late, and the Seahawks ended a five-game losing streak on San Francisco's home field with a 19-3 win last night. Richard offered plenty without opening his mouth this time: Blowing kisses to the crowd, then putting a finger to his lips to make the hush sign before waving goodbye. Steven Hauschka kicked four field goals and the Seahawks' stout defense held Colin Kaepernick and Michael Crabtree in check as Seattle overcame 14 penalties for 105 yards, including an offensive pass interference that negated a touchdown. Russell Wilson passed for 236 yards and thoroughly outplayed Kaepernick, who had one of his worst performances for the 49ers in a game with high stakes for the teams' playoff hopes. Kaepernick was 16 for 29 for 121 yards and the 49ers were outgained 379-164. The Hawks are off now until Sunday the 7th at Philadelphia.

It's Apple Cup weekend. The Washington Huskies and Washington State Cougars face off in the 107th Apple Cup at 7:30 tomorrow night in Pullman. It's gonna be a cold one. Highs in the 30s heading down to the teens overnight, The game is being televised on Fox Sports 1

Birthdays: The founder of Motown Records, Berry Gordy, Jr. is 85; composer and musician Randy Newman is 71; the bandleader on the Late Show with David Letterman, Paul Shaffer is 65; actor Ed Harris is 64; actor Judd Nelson is 55; and the host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart is 52.

Today is National Decorate Your Dog Day. Help your pooch get into the holiday spirit.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1974, appearing in concert for the last time, John Lennon joined Elton John at New York's Madison Square Garden to sing Whatever Gets You Through the Night and I Saw Her Standing There. In 1986, actress Phylicia Ayers-Allen accepted when NBC's Ahmad Rashad proposed during half-time at the Detroit Lions-New York Jets game. In 1991, in a panic, a California turkey carver called the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line and screamed that there was no breast meat on his Butterball. Phone helper Jean Schnelle suggested he might have the bird upside-down. She was right, he did. Also in 1991, a man in Waco, Texas, held up a Circle K store after first diverting the clerk's attention by putting a $20 bill on the counter and asking for change. When the register was opened, the robber pulled out a gun and demanded all the money. The clerk put everything in a bag and handed it to the robber -- all $15. The robber fled, leaving the $20 bill on the counter.

Millions of Americans hit the stores before Thanksgiving was over, not waiting until Black Friday today to hunt for deals as the holiday shopping season began. Retailers offered deep discounts on TVs, mobile devices, computers, and other items. Online sales were up 14 percent on Thanksgiving, and 96 million people are expected to go shopping today -- Black Friday. Roughly 140 million are expected to shop in stores or online at some point over this Black Friday weekend.

The first major winter storm of the year left 344,000 customers in northern New England without power on Thanksgiving, after disrupting holiday travel on one of the busiest travel days of the year. Record snowfall piled up across the region, snapping tree branches and downing power lines. Officials said it could take several days to restore all power. Meanwhile, two boys were rescued yesterday two hours after they were buried in a snow bank by a snowplow operator who did not see them as he cleared a parking lot in Newburgh, New York. The boys had been building a snow fort when the plow operator pushed snow over them. The boys, one 11 years old and the other 9, were taken to a hospital. Searchers were alerted by the boys' parents after they failed to arrive home. Searchers found the boys around 2 o'clock this morning after seeing a half-buried shovel.

Maybe some snow for us this weekend. A chance of snow showers tonight and tomorrow, We'll see.

Creed frontman Scott Stapp says he's broke. The 41-year-old lead singer of the Grammy-winning band said in a rambling 15-minute-long video posted on his Facebook page Wednesday that he's living in a hotel. He says in the video, "Right now, I'm living in a Holiday Inn, by the grace of God, because there's been a couple of weeks where I had to live in my truck. I had no money, not even for gas or food." Stapp said money has been stolen from his bank account and royalty payments have not been paid to him. He continues, "Eight weeks ago, I began an audit of not only my record company, but my personal finances. During the course of that audit, a lot of things were uncovered. A lot of money was stolen from me, or royalties not paid, and that's when all hell began to break loose." Stapp denied he's taking drugs or alcohol and said he is "as sober as can be." Creed last toured together in 2012. The band was one of the most successful rock acts of the 1990s, selling more than 40 million albums. Creed won the Grammy for best rock song for "With Arms Wide Open" in 2001.

Jon Bon Jovi appears to have severed ties with former bandmate Richie Sambora after revealing he’d be "hard-pressed" to let the guitarist rejoin the group. After recently insisting he had no hard feelings about Sambora’s decision to quit the band in 2013, the Bon Jovi frontman and his bandmates appear to have decided to make the guitarist’s choice a permanent one. In a new interview, the singer says, "I’d be hard-pressed to (allow him back), so would David (Bryan), so would Tico (Torres). It'd be a lot for us. After a year and a half and you miss 80 shows… I don’t think that's possible." Asked if he considered breaking up the group after his longtime partner quit 18 months ago, Bon Jovi adds, "There was no way that I was gonna break up the band. Why would David or Tico need to suffer and why would I have to suffer? And the record company doesn’t care and the touring company doesn’t care. It’s OK. It’s not a big deal." The frontman reveals he is putting the finishing touches to the songwriting process for the band's next album.

Trivia Answer: Leslie William Nielsen. Although Nielsen's acting career crossed a variety of genres in both television and films, his deadpan delivery in Airplane! marked a turning point in his career, one that would make him, in the words of film critic Roger Ebert, "the Olivier of spoofs." Nielsen enjoyed further success with The Naked Gun film series, based on an earlier short-lived television series Police Squad! in which he starred. His portrayal of serious characters seemingly oblivious to (and complicit in) their absurd surroundings gave him a reputation as a comedian. In the final years of his career, Nielsen appeared in multiple spoof and parody films, many of which were met poorly by critics, but performed well in box office and home media releases. He was recognized with a variety of awards throughout his career, and was inducted into the Canada and Hollywood Walks of Fame. In November 2010, Nielsen was admitted to a Fort Lauderdale, Florida hospital for treatment of pneumonia. On this date that year -- four years ago today -- Nielsen's nephew announced that Nielsen had died in his sleep, due to complications from pneumonia. As a final bit of humor, Nielsen chose for his epitaph: Let 'er Rip.

Wednesday 11.26.14
Today's Trivia: This guitarist, singer, and songwriter is often considered by other musicians and commentators in the industry to be the greatest electric guitarist in the history of rock music. He often favored raw overdriven amplifiers with high gain and treble and helped develop the previously undesirable technique of guitar amplifier feedback. He was one of the musicians who popularized the wah-wah pedal in mainstream rock which he often used to deliver an exaggerated pitch in his solos. He was influenced by blues artists such as B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and Albert King. He was once quoted as saying, "I want to do with my guitar what Little Richard does with his voice." Who is he?

Turkey, yams, pumpkin pie, then the Seahawks in San Franciso -- actually Santa Clara -- to face the 49ers. There's your Thanksgiving. When the Seahawks play San Francisco away from CenturyLink Field, Seattle has a five-game road losing streak against the 49ers. That can change tomorrow night. NBC has the game tomorrow night at 5:30.

Then, it's Apple Cup Weekend. The game is on the other side of the mountains this year. The Huskies and Cougs meet up in the 107th Apple Cup at 7:30 Saturday night in Pullman. The game is on Fox Sports 1.

Birthdays: Impressionist Rich Little is 76; singer Tina Turner is 75; Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie is 69; football's Art Shell is 68; basketball's Shawn Kemp is 45; and singer Natasha Bedingfield is 33.

Today is National Don't Utter A Word Day, a reminder to talkers that listeners usually get tired of listening long before talkers get tired of talking. Today is The Price Is Right Day. The daytime TV show debuted on this date in 1956. Today is Charles Schulz Day, marking the cartoonist's birth on this date in 1922. Schulz's Peanuts comic strip was carried in more than 2,500 newspapers worldwide. Reruns still appear in most of them. Today is John Harvard Day, marking his birth on this date in 1607. The young clergyman died at age 30 and left part of his estate to a local college, which renamed itself Harvard in his honor.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1789. President Washington declared November 26th of 1789 to be Thanksgiving Day, the first US holiday by presidential proclamation. in 1863 President Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving to be the last Thursday in November. In 1939 President Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving to the 4th Thursday in November. In 1864, Oxford University math instructor Charles Dodgson sent an early Christmas message to the daughter of a friend, 12-year-old Alice Liddell. It was a handwritten story entitled Alices Adventures Underground. We know the story as Alice In Wonderland and the author by his pen-name, Lewis Carroll. On this date in 1917, the National Hockey League (NHL) was officially formed in Montreal, Canada. In 1973, President Nixon's personal secretary, Rose Mary Woods, told a federal court she had accidentally erased 18 minutes of a key Watergate tape. in 1995, Miami Dolphin quarterback Dan Marino set an NFL record with his 343rd touchdown pass, breaking Fran Tarkenton's record. But the Dolphins lost to the Indianapolis Colts 36-28. In 1998, Hulk Hogan announced that he was retiring from pro wrestling and would run for president in 2000. In 2000, Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris certified Republican George W. Bush the winner over Democrat Al Gore in the state's presidential balloting. The winning margin: 537 votes.

Mostly peaceful protests spread from Ferguson, Missouri, across the country yesterday following the announcement that a grand jury had decided not to charge Darren Wilson, a white police officer, with the August killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. Americans, calling the case a symbol of racial injustice, held at least 170 separate demonstrations, blocking bridges and highways. Protesters filled New York City's Times Square, holding their hands up and chanting, "Don't shoot."

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A New Jersey college is under review for purchasing a $219,000 conference table. To their credit, they claimed that they saved $50 by putting it together themselves.

An Iowa woman who was locked out of her apartment has been locked up after officers who helped her regain entry found pot plants and drug paraphernalia inside

If you're stressed about the sweet potatoes or Black Friday shopping or travel-impacting weather, I came across an article last night that suggests you stop for a minute, take a deep breath, and choose to give thanks. In case you, like me, are slightly rusty in the gratitude department, here are some ideas about how to do just that.

  1. Write a (hand written) note .
  2. Send flowers.
  3. Shovel snow.
  4. Tag an old friend in a happy throw back photo.
  5. Send a thank you note to a favorite teacher.
  6. Walk the halls of a nursing home, and cheerfully greet the residents you see.
  7. Make pies for the local fire station.
  8. Take a walk with a neighbor.
  9. Call your mom. Or someone who'd been like a mom to you at one point in your life.
  10. Skype with your brother. Or someone you wish was your brother.
  11. Make a list of your blessings.
  12. Color pictures with a young child.
  13. Make a cup of tea for a friend.
  14. Look into the eyes of your child when he speaks to you.
  15. Give your attention, complete and total, to your spouse when she talks about her day.
  16. Write a letter to the editor, not to complain but to compliment.
  17. Send a note to the mayor and tell her what she's doing well.
  18. Think about home.
  19. Fly the flag in appreciation of freedom.
  20. Loan your oven and a helping hand to an overworked hostess.
  21. Vacuum your teen's car without commenting on its contents.
  22. Be the first one to hop up to take the dog out.
  23. Knit a scarf for a loved one.
  24. Volunteer.
  25. Shop for a family who won't have much Christmas this year.
  26. Leave the TV off.
  27. Pray.
  28. Pay for a stranger's order in the drive-through behind you.
  29. Display photos of your ancestors, and talk to your kids about them.
  30. Gaze at a globe and contemplate the bigness of it all.
  31. Recycle.
  32. Sort your closet and give (good) stuff away.
  33. Collect all your extra hotel shampoos and take them to a shelter.
  34. Doodle.
  35. Work out with a keen awareness of the amazing human body.
  36. Polish your spouse's shoes or boots.
  37. Compliment.
  38. Encourage.
  39. Create.
  40. Pause.
  41. Go outside at sunrise.
  42. Go outside at sunset.
  43. Tip the newspaper carrier extra for carrying the heavy Thanksgiving paper.
  44. Tip everyone extra.
  45. Cut out some leaves, get a stick and make a thankful tree.
  46. Hold hands.
  47. Hug.
  48. Kiss your husband longer than you usually do.
  49. Smile.
  50. Share a meal.

Show, don't tell. Act, don’t think. Give, don't take. Be the most grateful person you know this Thanksgiving. It will make all the difference.

Trivia Answer: He was born Johnny Allen Hendrix. His name was changed to James Marshall Hendrix. We know him as Jimi Hendrix. He would have been 68 tomorrow. Tomorrow is his birthday. He was born November 27th of 1942 in Seattle while his father was stationed at an Army base in Oklahoma. He was named Johnny Allen Hendrix at birth by his mother. On his release from the Army, his father, changed his name to James Marshall Hendrix in memory of his deceased brother, Leon Marshall Hendrix. Jimi completed junior high at Washington Junior High School with little trouble but didn’t graduate from Garfield High School. Later he was awarded an honorary diploma, and in the 1990s a bust of Jimi was placed in the school library. Early on September 18th of 1970, Jimi Hendrix died in London. According to the doctor who initially attended to him, Hendrix had asphyxiated in his own vomit, mainly red wine which had filled his airways.

Tuesday 11.25.14
Today's Trivia: She gained fame as a child actress, playing the role of Kelly Bundy on Married... with Children. Who is she?

After dominating the NFC West leaders on Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks are already on to the next one. The Hawks are officially done celebrating their impressive 19-3 win over the Arizona Cardinals, turning the page on the victory with a Thanksgiving night matchup with the rival San Francisco 49ers looming. And according to head coach Pete Carroll, the game will present the defending Super Bowl champs with a physical challenge as they look to carry over some of the momentum from Sunday’s win. San Francisco opened as a 1.5-point favorite.

In the two Monday night games last night, the Buffalo Bills blew out the New York Jets 38-3 in that game that was moved to Detroit, and the Baltimore Ravens got by the New Orleans Saints 34-27.

The Washington Huskies and Washington State Cougars face off in the 107th Apple Cup at 7:30 Saturday night in Pullman -- and the game is being televised on Fox Sports 1.

Kyle Seager has cashed in on the best season of his young career, becoming the third Seattle Mariners player to reach the $100 million threshold. The third baseman and the Mariners have agreed to a $100 million, seven-year contract, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press yesterday. The deal also includes a 2022 option. Seager is coming off his first All-Star game selection and his first Gold Glove. The 27-year-old hit .268 with a career-high 25 homers and 96 RBIs. Seager was eligible for salary arbitration and would have been eligible for free agency after the 2017 season. He made $540,000 last season and now joins pitcher Felix Hernandez and second baseman Robinson Cano as Mariners with nine-figure contracts. Seattle said it was committed to raising its payroll after the team won 87 games and finished one game back for the AL's second wild card.

Former Mariners Randy Johnson (1989-98) and Edgar Martinez (1982-04) are among 34 players on the 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot announced yesterday. Johnson, who retired following the 2009 season, is one of 17 players eligible for the first time, while Martinez is up for election for the sixth time since his retirement in 2004.

Birthdays: Former football coach, NASCAR Championship team owner, and two time NHRA team owner, Joe Gibbs is 74; best known for the song When a Man Loves a Woman, singer Percy Sledge is 74; actor-lawyer-author-economist-and-game show host, Ben Stein is 70; actor John Larroquette is 67; singer-songwriter Amy Grant is 54; actress Christina Applegate is 43; Barbara and Jenna Bush are 33; and competitive eater Joey 'Jaws' Chestnut is 31.

Today is National Parfait Day. A parfait consists of layers of ice cream, whipped cream, and any combination of syrups and fruits. Yes, it's basically a fancy word for a sundae.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1867, Alfred Nobel patented dynamite. In 1966, The Jimi Hendrix Experience made its London performance debut at the Bag O' Nails Club. In 1984, several British and American stars got together as Band-Aid, and recorded Do They Know It's Christmas. The project was planned by Bob Geldof. The proceeds of the record went to Ethiopian famine relief. In 1985, Bobby Brown announced that he was leaving New Edition for a solo career. In 1986, President Reagan and Attorney Gen. Edwin Meese revealed that profits from secret arms sales to Iran had been diverted to rebels in Nicaragua. National Security Advisor John Poindexter resigned and Oliver North was fired.

A Missouri grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the August 9th shooting death of Michael Brown.The incident became a flashpoint for racial tension in the St. Louis suburb; Brown was black and Wilson is white. Brown's father and others had called for calm ahead of the grand jury's decision.

Turkey, yams, and pumpkin pie are just part of the Thanksgiving tradition around the Pacific Northwest -- usually stormy weather is a part of it too, thanks to the holiday coming right smack dab in the heart of the rainy season. Looks like this year will be no different. A series of four storms are set to roll through the Northwest this Thanksgiving week, and the accumulative rainfall may be enough to send some rivers over their banks, especially since snow levels are expected to remain relatively high for the season. The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a flood watch for Lewis, Pierce, King, Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom Counties through late tomorrow night.

Budweiser is putting its Clydesdales out to pasture for the holidays. The country's No. 3 beer brand said the horses will not play a role in its traditional advertising for the season, although the company added later that they will be featured in spots promoting responsible drinking. Anheuser-Busch InBev also said the Clydesdales will return to be part of its upcoming Super Bowl ads. The change comes as Budweiser's share of the US beer market has declined since hitting its peak in 1988. According to Beer Marketer's Insights, Budweiser had 7.6 percent of the market last year, down from 14.4 percent a decade ago. The erosion has been the result of the growing popularity of light and craft beers, said Eric Shepard, executive editor of the industry tracker. Ahead of Thanksgiving, Budweiser has been running ads for its "Holiday Crates" that includes 18-packs of Budweiser bottles. The company says the crates are replicas of those that were used to deliver the beer to retailers after Prohibition. The ads feature younger people dedicating beers to their loved ones. The Clydesdales have been associated with Budweiser since 1933, when the company introduced them to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition for beer.

A Brazilian airline changed one of its flight numbers after a renowned clairvoyant predicted a plane bearing the original number would crash shortly after takeoff. A guy who says he predicted the deaths of Princess Diana and a Brazilian racing legend, told authorities flight JJ3720, set to depart last Wednesday from Sao Paulo, would develop engine trouble and crash. Leaving nothing to chance, the airline changed the flight code to JJ4732.

Trivia Answer: Christina Applegate who is 43 today. In her adult years, Applegate established a film and television career, winning an Emmy and earning Tony and Golden Globe nominations. On August 3rd of 2008, People magazine reported that Applegate had been diagnosed with breast cancer. This was confirmed by her representative. On August 19th of 2008, it was announced that Applegate was cancer free after a double mastectomy, even though cancer was found in only one breast. She has an inherited genetic trait, which often triggers breast cancer. Her mother, Nancy Priddy, is a breast cancer survivor. Applegate said when she was first diagnosed, "I was just shaking and then also immediately, I had to go into take-care-of-business-mode."

Monday 11.24.14
Today's Trivia: After moving from India to England in 1945, this British musician's mother started The Casbah Coffee Club in the cellar of their house in Liverpool. The membership list grew to over a thousand. The club was also where The Beatles (then known as The Quarrymen) played some of their first shows. This guy played there with his first band, The Black Jacks, and later with The Beatles. He officially joined The Beatles on August 12th of 1960, only a day before they were to go to Hamburg to play a season of concerts. He was dismissed from the group two years later but was never given a full explanation as to the reason why. He later worked as a civil servant for 20 years, before starting his own band. Who is he?

Russell Wilson found backup tight end Cooper Helfet for a 20-yard catch-and-run touchdown late in the third quarter, Steven Hauschka kicked four field goals and the Seattle Seahawks handed the Arizona Cardinals their second loss of the season, 19-3, yesterday. Wilson was sacked a season-high seven times by Arizona's ultra-aggressive defense and the assortment of blitzes they called to confuse and fluster the Seahawks quarterback. But when Seattle needed a scoring drive, after squandering advantageous field position throughout the game, Wilson delivered. The victory was a must for Seattle if it had any hopes of getting back into the division race. The Seahawks entered the day trailing Arizona by three games in the NFC West. Seattle held Arizona to a season-low 204 total yards. A short week for the Seahawks. They are at San Francisco to meet the 49ers Thanksgiving night at 5:30 on NBC.

A couple of games tonight. First, at 4:00 this afternoon what's being billed as the New York Jets at Buffalo -- although it's being played in Detroit. This is the game that was snowed out of Buffalo.

Then at 5:30, the regularly scheduled Monday night game on ESPN: the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans to face the Saints.

Turned out there was no lingering hangover from the disappointment of a week earlier for Washington and the momentum of Oregon State's upset victory over Arizona State last week disappeared quickly. Washington scored touchdowns of 54 and 68 yards in the first 11 minutes of the game were ahead of the Oregon State Beavers 17-0 early in the second quarter. The Huskies win 37-13 and are bowl-eligible for a fifth-straight season.

Meanwhile, down in Tempe, the Washington State Cougars led 24-21 at the half but the No. 13 Arizona State Sun Devils dominated the second half and the Cougars lose 52-31 on Saturday.

The official trailer for Jurassic World will debut during the NBC Thursday Thanksgiving Day game between the Seahawks and 49ers. A 15-second teaser was released over the weekend.

The NFL announced late yesterday — after rumors swirled for weeks — that Katy is headlining the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show on February 1st at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. It airs on NBC.

Birthdays: Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue is 74; the original drummer for The Beatles, Pete Best is 73; he was Billy MacGregor on Head of the Class, Scottish actor and comedian, Billy Connolly is 72; singer Lee Michaels is 69; he was Chip on My Three Sons, actor Stanley Livingston is 64; and actress Katherine Heigl is 36.

Marion Barry, the longtime mayor of the District of Columbia who staged a remarkable political comeback after a 1990 FBI sting videotaped him smoking crack cocaine, has died. The D.C. City Council issued a statement confirming Barry's death. Barry's family said the former mayor died shortly after midnight yesterday. No cause of death was immediately specified, but a spokeswoman said Barry collapsed outside his home. Barry had battled kidney problems stemming from diabetes and high blood pressure and underwent a kidney transplant in February 2009. Marion Barry was 78.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1859, Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species. It was the paper in which he explained his theory of evolution through the process of natural selection. In 1871, the National Rifle Association was incorporated in the US. In 1963, Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald live on national television. In 1971, hijacker Dan Cooper, known as D.B. Cooper, parachuted from a Northwest Airlines 727 over Washington state with $200,000 in ransom. In 1991, Freddie Mercury of Queen died of AIDS complications at the age of 45. In 1996, Barry Sanders (Detroit Lions) set an NFL record when he recorded his eighth straight 1,000-yard season.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down from his position, according to a senior administration official. Hagel has served in the position since February of 2013. Several sources say he was forced out by President Barack Obama. However, White House officials are portraying this as a mutual decision.

No big surprise at the box office over the weekend. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 tallied $123 million in ticket sales to top the charts and score the year's biggest US opening. The third installment of the Hunger Games action movie series starring Jennifer Lawrence added a further $152 million at overseas box offices for a global opening weekend tally of $275 million. Mockingjay took in $17 million at Thursday night showings for the year's best Thursday total. Walt Disney's animated Big Hero 6 was second. Director Christopher Nolan's space adventure Interstellar was third. Last weekend's top movie Dumb and Dumber To fell to fourth. Director David Fincher's Gone Girl rounded out the Top Five.

Despite preparations for a weekend decision in the Ferguson shooting case, the grand jurors apparently need more time to deliberate, and the uncertainty just seemed to feed the anxiety and speculation yesterday in a city already on edge. More than 3½ months have passed since police Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, killed unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown after a confrontation in the middle of a street in the St. Louis suburb. The shooting triggered riots and looting, and police responded with armored vehicles and tear gas. Many in the area thought a grand jury decision on whether to charge Wilson with a crime would be announced yesterday, based partly on a stepped-up police presence in the preceding days, including the setting up of barricades around the building where the panel was meeting. The grand jurors met Friday but apparently didn't reach a decision, and they were widely expected to reconvene today. It was announced that a decision is expected this afternoon.

We may say we hate Mondays, but research suggests Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are equally despised. Researchers who looked at a poll of 340,000 people found moods were no worse on Mondays than other working days, except Friday.

Trivia Answer: Pete Best who turns 73 today. He's best known as the original drummer for The Beatles. Having no permanent drummer, Paul McCartney looked around for someone to fill the Hamburg position. Best had been seen playing with The Black Jacks in The Casbah, and it was noted that he had become a steady drummer, meaning that he played the bass drum on all four beats in the bar, which pushed the rhythm. At the instigation of their new manager Brian Epstein, The Beatles played a Parlophone audition at Abbey Road Studios for George Martin on June 6th of 1962. The recording convinced Martin that the group was good enough to be signed to a contract but with one exception; Martin and his engineers did not like Best's playing. When the group heard that Martin did not like Best's drumming, Lennon, McCartney and Harrison asked Epstein—who had taken over as manager in January—to fire Best from the band. Epstein dismissed Best on August 16th of 1962, which was almost exactly two years after Best had joined the group. Ringo Starr took Best's place.

Friday 11.21.14
Today's Trivia: She's an actress, film director, producer, and occasional singer. She's known for her roles in Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Private Benjamin, Foul Play, Overboard, Bird on a Wire, Death Becomes Her, The First Wives Club, and Cactus Flower. Who is she?

The Washington State Cougars are on the road this weekend. They face the No. 13 Arizona State Sun Devils tomorrow morning at 10:00 in Tempe. Then tomorrow night at 7:30, the Huskies are at home hosting the Oregon State Beavers at Husky Stadium.

The Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals meet Sunday at CenturyLink Field. Kick-off is Sunday afternoon at 1:05 on Fox.

Snowed out in Buffalo, the Bills are heading to Detroit to play their "home" game against the New York Jets on Monday night. The NFL announced the location and date of the game last night after a severe lake-effect storm paralyzed much of the Buffalo region. More than 5 feet of snow has fallen in the Buffalo area since Monday, and another 1 to 3 feet was projected to fall by the end of the day today.

Here's why they play the games, and why I don't bet on sports. The Raiders jumped out to an early lead and held off a comeback in the second half to get their first win of the season. The Oakland Raiders beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 24-20. The Raiders beat the Chiefs!

Birthdays: That Girl, actress Marlo Thomas is 77; actress Juliet Mils is 73; singer-songwriter Dr. John is 73; actress Goldie Hawn is 69; actress Nicollette Sheridan is 51; singer Bjork is 49; quarterback turned sportscaster Troy Aikman is 48. The Kid, baseball's Ken Griffey Jr. is 45; football player turned TV host, Michael Strahan is 43; and singer Carly Rae Jepsen is 29.

Today is World Television Day. The day recognizes that television plays a major role in presenting different issues that affect people. Today is Alascattalo Day, to honor humor and particularly Alaskan humor. An Alascattalo reportedly is a cross between a moose and a walrus. Today is World Hello Day, a day to promote peace by offering a friendly greeting to at least ten people. Today is National Clean the Oven If Your Mother Is Coming For Thanksgiving Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1877, Thomas Edison announced he had invented the phonograph. In 1974, the US Congress passed the Freedom of Information Act, over-riding President Gerald Ford's veto. In 1980, having been cliff-hung for five months, an estimated 82-million Americans, 80% of all viewers, tuned in to see Who Shot J.R.? It was Sue Ellen's sister, the jilted mistress Kristin Shepard. In 1993, actor Bill Bixby died of cancer at age 59. His TV series were My Favorite Martian, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, and The Incredible Hulk. In 2004, the NBA suspended Indiana's Ron Artest for the rest of the season following a brawl at the end of a game against the Detroit Pistons. In 2013, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 16,000 for the first time

Roofs began to creak and collapse and homeowners struggled to clear waist-high drifts atop their houses yesterday as another storm brought the Buffalo area's three-day snowfall total to an epic 7 feet or more. Gov. Andrew Cuomo begged drivers "pretty, pretty please" to stay off slippery, car-clogged roads in western New York while crews tried to dig out. Some areas got close to 3 feet of new snow by yesterday afternoon. Things could quickly get worse: Rain and temperatures as high as 60 were forecast over the weekend, raising the specter of flooding and an even heavier load on roofs, where the snow could absorb the downpours like a blanket.

Jay Leno has canceled a scheduled appearance at a large firearms trade show on the Las Vegas Strip. Dick Guttman, a publicist for the former NBC Tonight Show host, said Leno made the decision after learning that a group representing victims of gun violence was gathering petition signatures urging him not to attend. Guttman said yesterday that Leno didn't understand the show is hosted by a lobbying group for gun owners and manufacturers. Newtown Action Alliance leader Po Murray says Leno told her he thought the National Shooting Sports Foundation was a sporting group. The foundation says it advocates firearms safety and Second Amendment rights. It expressed disappointment that Leno won't perform at its show in January.

Thousands of frozen turkeys that overturned on a highway off-ramp in San Ramon, California, are being donated to a food bank. A health inspector determined the 15,000 to 20,000 turkeys were still good and said they would be donated.

Trivia Answer: Goldie Jeanne Hawn who turns 69 today. Hawn is now and has been since 1983 in a relationship with actor Kurt Russell.

Thursday 11.20.14
Today's Trivia: He was well known for playing Corporal Peter Newkirk on Hogan's Heroes, being the original host of the Family Feud, and a regular panelist on the 1970s version of Match Game on CBS. Who was he?

Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch is a one-man wrecking ball on the field this season and the subject of speculation off of it, but the Seahawks running back helped make one fan’s day after helping to return his wallet. According to fan Jason Lynch — we’re assuming no relation — Marshawn and teammate Ricardo Lockette returned his wallet to him after he dropped it at a gas station Tuesday afternoon. Jason Lynch wrote Facebook page: Crazy! So I’m at the shell station in Marysville. I’m getting in my car when I see a giant Mercedez van pull up playing music super loud. Marshawn Lynch jumps out and walks into the store. I thought about asking for a picture but was in my work clothes and decided not to bother him … What I didn’t know was that I dropped my wallet. When I got home about 10 minutes later my neighbor knocks on door. She told me I would never guess who brought this to her…. I had no clue, but when she said Marshawn Lynch I was shocked ! I guess I was so distracted by the van pulling up I dropped my wallet. My neighbor said Marshawn, Ricardo Lockette and a cameraman were headed to Marysville Pilchuck and decided to bring it to me on the way there. My neighbor tried asking for a pic but they politely refused and their only concern was that I got my wallet back. I can’t thank them guys enough for bringing it back and for making my neighbor a very happy lady for getting to a chance to meet them."

Meanwhile, the NFL fined Marshawn $50,000 yesterday for violations of the league's media policy. League spokesman Michael Signora confirmed the fine, which will total $100,000 against the Seahawks' standout. Along with the $50,000 for violating the NFL Media Policy this year, the league is collecting the $50,000 fine that was imposed against Lynch for violations last season. The fine from 2013 was held in anticipation of future cooperation from Lynch. The league's media policy mandates that players must be available during the week and in the locker room following all games. Lynch has only spoken to reporters postgame after Seattle's Week 9 victory over Oakland and did not talk the past two weeks after games against the Giants and Kansas City. Marshawn and the rest of the Seahawks host the Arizona Cardinals Sunday afternoon at the CLink.

The Washington State Cougars are on the road this weekend. They face the No. 13 Arizona State Sun Devils Saturday morning at 10:00 in Tempe. Then Saturday night, the Huskies are at home hosting the Oregon State Beavers at Husky Stadium. Kickoff is Saturday night at 7:30.

Birthdays: Smothers Brother Dick Smothers is 76; Vice President Joe Biden is 72; actress Veronica Hamel is 71; musician Joe Walsh is 67; actress Bo Derek is 58; singer Dierks Bentley is 39; and Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes is 38.

A nine-time Tony Award winner on Broadway and the Oscar-winning director of films such as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Graduate, and Carnal Knowledge, Mike Nichols died yesterday. No director ever moved between Broadway and Hollywood as easily as Nichols. He also was one of the few people to win Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy awards in a career. Nichols was married to TV journalist Diane Sawyer. Mike Nichols was 83.

One of Motown Records' most memorable voices is gone, as balladeer Jimmy Ruffin has died. Ruffin's most enduring hit has to be 1966's "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," with its majestic, stately rhythm and Ruffin's deeply soulful, sorrowful vocal. No details surrounding his death at a Las Vegas hospital have been released. Jimmy Ruffin was 78.

The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year -- that would be today. Smokers are encouraged to use today to make a plan to quit. By quitting -- even if it's just for the one day today, smokers are taking an important step towards a healthier life -- one that can lead to reducing cancer risk. Today is National Peanut Butter Fudge Day. Today is National Absurdity Day -- a day to have fun and do crazy, zany and absurd things. Everyone has an excuse today to let the absurd antics that are hidden inside of them out. You can do things that you have wanted to do that make absolutely no sense at all and it will be okay because you will be celebrating National Absurdity Day. Today is Name Your PC Day. If you haven't already given your personal computer a name, today's the day to do it. And though National Teens Don't Text and Drive Week is not on the calendar this week, teens -- and everybody else -- are encouraged to go ahead and drive safely anyway.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1959, WABC Radio in New York City fired deejay Alan Freed after he was accused of accepting payola to play certain records. In 1962, newspapers reported that President John Kennedy had contributed every dollar earned in government salary since 1947 to charity, including his White House salary. In 1967, the US population reached 200-million. In 1975, Ronald Reagan announced he was a candidate for the 1976 Republican presidential nomination. He lost to incumbent Gerald Ford, who was defeated by Democrat Jimmy Carter. In In 1976, George Harrison performed on Saturday Night Live. During the show, producer Lorne Michaels made an appeal for The Beatles to reform. In 1982, actress Drew Barrymore became the first 7-year-old to host Saturday Night Live. In 1994, David Crosby received a liver transplant. In 1997, a Ku Klux Klan group dropped its plans to join an anti-litter Adopt-A-Highway campaign in Fort Worth after the state of Texas filed a lawsuit claiming the white supremacist group was ineligible because it was not a civic organization. In 2003, Wall of Sound producer Phil Spector pleaded not guilty to the murder of actress Lana Clarkson after he was formally charged by a California court.

NBC has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development and TV Land is going to stop airing reruns of The Cosby Show, moves that came a day after another woman came forward claiming that the once-beloved comic had sexually assaulted her. NBC spokeswoman Rebecca Marks said yesterday the Cosby sitcom "is no longer under development." A TV Land spokesperson said the shows will stop airing immediately for an indefinite time. The NBC sitcom and Cosby Show reruns joined a Netflix Cosby standup comedy special, which was indefinitely postponed late yesterday, as mounting evidence of Cosby's faltering career. They occurred a day after actress Janice Dickinson, in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, became the third woman in recent weeks to allege she'd been assaulted by Cosby -- charges strongly denied by the comedian's lawyer.

The good news for Thanksgiving travelers: the price of gas is at five-year lows. The bad news: a lot more people will be on the road. During the long holiday weekend, 46.3 million Americans are expected to go 50 miles or more from home, the highest number since 2007, according to AAA. That would be a 4.2 percent increase over last year. While promising for the travel industry, the figure is still 8.5 percent short of the 50.6 million high point reached in 2007, just before the recession. Like on every other holiday, the overwhelming majority of travelers -- almost 90 percent -- will be driving.

Trivia Answer: Richard Dawson who was born on this date in 1932. He was on Hogan's Heroes from 1965 to 1971. He hosted the Family Feud game show from 1976 to 1985 and from 1994 to 1995, and then was a regular panelist on Match Game on CBS from 1973 to 1978.On the Fued, one of his trademarks, kissing all the female contestants, was one of the things that made the show appear to be a warm and friendly program, and he soon garnered the nickname The Kissing Bandit. On the 1985 finale Dawson explained that he kissed contestants for love and luck, something his mother did with Dawson himself as a child. On June 2nd of 2012, Dawson died at the age of 79 from complications of esophageal cancer.

Wednesday 11.19.14
Today's Trivia: He was born down in Portland. He graduated from Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma in 1967 and accepted a football scholarship at the University of Oregon. Then known as Bobby Moore, he played wide receiver as a sophomore in 1969; then was moved to running back where he was an All-American in 1971 playing with quarterback Dan Fouts. He was the fourth overall pick in the 1972 NFL Draft, drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. He was converted back to wide receiver while with the Cardinals, where he played for two seasons. He then played for the Buffalo Bills (1974–1976), the Seattle Seahawks (1976), and, most notably, the Minnesota Vikings (1976–1982), where he earned four Pro Bowl selections from 1978 to 1981. Who is he?

The Huskies are at home this weekend. They host the Oregon State Beavers at Husky Stadium Saturday night at 7:30.

The Washington State Cougars, meanwhile, face the No. 13 Arizona State Sun Devils Saturday morning at 10:00 in Tempe.

The last time the Cardinals had the NFL's best record at 9-1, there weren't even 50 states -- that was 1948. The Seahawks host the Arizona Cardinals this weekend. Sunday afternoon at 1:00 at Century Link.

Birthdays: Former talk show host Larry King is 81; talk show host Dick Cavett is 78; cable and bison magnate Ted Turner is 76; designer Calvin Klein is 72; from Grizzly Adams, actor Dan Haggerty is 72; TV journalist Ann Curry is 58; actress Meg Ryan is 53; and actress Jodie Foster is 52.

Today is Learn When to Start Thawing the Turkey Day. You can use the USDA hotline at 800-535-4555, or the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line at 800-323-4848. You can also log on to Today is Have A Bad Day Day, Surprisingly, Have A Bad Day Day wasn’t created to recognise that everyone has a bad day. Instead it was created for people who work in a customer service environment and are sick of saying "have a nice day", and those who are equally sick of hearing it. Today is National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day. Not every Food Holiday is in recognition of foods or beverages that are necessarily good for you. National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day acknowledges the importance Americans place on their sweetened, caffeinated soda pop.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on a Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania. In 1965, Kellogg introduced a new pastry called Pop Tarts. In 1990, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences stripped the group Milli Vanilli of its 1989 Best New Artist Grammy because Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan didn't actually sing on their debut album, Girl You Know It's True. It was the first time a Grammy Award was unawarded. In 1993, Nirvana recorded an MTV unplugged concert in New York. In 1996, boating magazine announced the winners of its boat-name contest: Luna-Sea, Fishcally Irresponsible, Lady Go Diver, Fishin Impossible, and Wake, Rattle, & Troll. In 1997, Michael Hutchence arrived in Sydney to rehearse with INXS for their 20th anniversary tour. He was discovered dead in his hotel room three days later. In 2002, Michael Jackson dangled his son over the balcony of a Berlin hotel to the amazement of on looking fans some four stories below. In 2007, the Amazon Kindle was first released.

Movie bosses are planning to continue the Fast & Furious movies without late star Paul Walker, and hope to extend the franchise to 10 films. The seventh installment in the action series, Furious 7, was thrown into jeopardy when the actor was killed in a fiery car crash last year, but production continued and Walker's two brothers stepped in to act as his body doubles. The movie is due to hit theaters next year, and the producers have now confirmed they hope to continue the franchise with three more films. Universal Pictures chairwoman Donna Langley tells The Hollywood Reporter, "We think there's at least three more (films). Paul is, and always will be, an integral part of the story. But there are many other great characters, and it's also an opportunity to introduce new characters"

Netflix is postponing the launch of embattled comedian Bill Cosby's stand-up comedy special "Bill Cosby 77," the company said on yesterday, amid accusations that he sexually assaulted women. Allegations that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted several young women decades ago gained renewed attention after comedian Hannibal Buress called him a rapist during a stand-up comedy routine last month. The move from Netflix comes just days after the airing of a National Public Radio interview in which Cosby, who is married, declined to answer questions about the sexual assault accusations. He has never been charged with any alleged crimes. He is currently developing a new sitcom for NBC. NBC declined to comment yesterday.

Trivia Answer: Emmy award winning sportscaster Ahmad Rashād who turns 65 today. It was 1972 that he converted to Islam and changed his name. The standout catch of his career came in a December 1980 game against the Cleveland Browns. Vikings quarterback Tommy Kramer threw a Hail Mary pass to Rashād that resulted in a come-from-behind 28-23 victory and a Central Division title for the Vikings. This became known as the Miracle Catch. Rashād also has the distinction of the longest play from scrimmage that didn't score a touchdown: 98 yards in a 1972 game against the Rams. Rashād has been married four times and divorced three. In 1985, Rashād married Cosby Show actress Phylicia Ayers-Allen, to whom he proposed on national television during the pregame show of NBC's broadcast of the Thanksgiving Day football game between the Detroit Lions and the New York Jets. It was a third marriage for both. After nearly sixteen years of marriage, Ahmad and Phylicia divorced in 2001. In 2007, Rashād wed his fourth wife, Sale Johnson, the ex-wife of Johnson & Johnson billionaire and New York Jets owner Woody Johnson.

Tuesday 11.18.14
Today's Trivia: He's a retired left-handed baseball pitcher. At the time of his last game, he was the oldest player in the major leagues and had the most wins, losses, and strikeouts of any active Major League pitcher. He has pitched for the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners and Philadelphia Phillies. He made the All-Star team in 2003, while with the Mariners. On April 17, 2012, he became the oldest pitcher in MLB history to win a game. Who is he?

Less than six feet was all the Seattle Seahawks needed to change the tenor of where they stood compared to the rest of the NFC. Instead, the Seahawks were turned away on three different fourth-down attempts Sunday against Kansas City and now sit three games behind division and conference leading Arizona with six games to play. It's not a comfortable spot for the defending Super Bowl champions even with two games remaining against the Cardinals, the first coming this Sunday at home. Seattle's remaining opponents have the highest combined winning percentage that any team will face over the final six weeks of the season.

Seattle Seahawks center Max Unger will likely miss at least a month of the Seahawks’ season after leaving Sunday’s 24-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs with injuries to his ankle and knee. Coach Pete Carroll said during a Monday press conference that he expected Unger to miss three to four weeks while recovering from a high ankle sprain and twisted knee that knocked him out of Sunday’s contest in the fourth quarter.

The five NFL road teams -- including the Seattle Seahawks -- whose medical staffs were interviewed and subjected to spot checks of their bags by federal agents this past weekend may turn out to be simply the first five in line. Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Rusty Payne said that teams were chosen for inspection simply because they were playing away from home. They were the Seahawks, the San Francisco 49ers, the Tampa Bay Bucs, the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Detroit Lions. No arrests were made and the DEA declined to comment whether any potential violations of the federal controlled substances act -- the stated reason for the inspections -- were discovered.

Arbitrator Shyam Das ruled in favor of the NFL late today saying the league can keep Adrian Peterson on the commissioner's exempt list, effectively ending any chance the Minnesota Vikings running back will play again this season. Earlier today, Peterson was suspended without pay for at least the remainder of this season. The arbitrator's ruling was in reference to a grievance Peterson had filed arguing he should have been reinstated from the exempt list as soon as there was a resolution in his child abuse case, which came with his no contest plea on November 4th.

The Washington Huskies and Washington State Cougars face off in the 107th Apple Cup at 7:30 the evening of Saturday the 29th in Pullman -- and the game is being televised on Fox Sports 1. The kickoff time and TV network were announced yesterday afternoon.

The Miami Marlins are no longer pinching pennies, and Giancarlo Stanton won't be, either. Mami owner Jeffrey Loria says the 25-year-old Stanton agreed to terms with the team yesterday on a $325 million, 13-year contract. It's the most lucrative deal for an American athlete and averages $25 million per season, or $154,321 per game. A news conference is planned for today.

A team of MLB All Stars has been touring Japan and playing against a Japanese All Star squad. The MLB guys lost the first three games of the five-game series but did manage to bounce back and win the final two contests including the finale today by a score of 3 to 1. The MLB All Stars, by the way, including Hisashi Iwakuma and Robinson Cano from the Mariners.

Birthdays: Actress Brenda Vaccaro is 75; actress Linda Evans is 72; actor Jameson Parker is 67; comedian Kevin Nealon is 61; singer John Parr is 60; quarterback turned broadcaster, Warren Moon is 58; singer Kim Wilde is 54; actor Owen Wilson is 46; singer Duncan Sheik is 45; and Big Papi, baseball's David Ortiz, is 39.

Today is Occult Day -- A day for witches, rituals, fairies and more, Occult Day celebrates a world of mystery and magic. Occult Day is a mysterious day, outside the realm of the normal and natural world. Today is Married To A Scorpio Support Day. And an oxymoron today. It is William Tell Day. In 1307, William Tell shot an apple off the head of his son. However, November is also Child Safety and Protection Month. Please don’t shoot an apple off your child’s head this month. If you need to do it, at least wait until Child Safety and Protection Month is over.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1956, Fats Domino appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and sang Blueberry Hill. In 1963, the first push-button telephone goes into service. In 1970, Jerry Lee Lewis divorced his wife (and cousin) Myra Brown. Brown married him 13-years earlier when she was only 14. She later said the couple spent only three nights alone during their years together. In 1985, Joe Theismann (Washington Redskins) broke his leg after being hit by Lawrence Taylor (New York Giants). The injury ended Theismann's 12 year National Football League career. In 1988, the film Buster, which starred Genesis drummer Phil Collins as a British train robber, opened in the United States. In 1993, in the United States, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was ratified by the House of Representatives. In 1991, the U2 album Achtung Baby was released. In 1995, The Rolling Stones became the first band ever to Webcast one of their concerts over the Internet.

Bono has injured his arm while riding a bicycle in New York City. A posting on U2's website over the weekend says Bono "injured his arm in a cycling spill in Central Park" and will require surgery to repair it. The posting by guitarist The Edge, bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen did not say when or how the accident happened. The bandmates also said they'll have to reschedule their planned weeklong appearance on NBC's "Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon. An NBC spokesperson confirmed that U2, which had been booked to appear every day this week, had pulled out due to the accident. Just last week, German authorities said Bono's private plane lost a hatch as it was coming in for a landing at Berlin's airport.

Trivia Answer: Jamie Moyer who turns 52 today. Moyer is one of only 29 players in baseball history to have appeared in Major League games in four decades. Jamie and Karen Moyer are philanthropists here in the Northwest with their work done through the Moyer Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children in severe distress. Moyer, after spending many of his playing years living in Seattle, has now moved to Florida with his wife Karen and their eight children. The Moyers' two youngest daughters were adopted from Guatemala.

Monday 11.17.14
Today's Trivia: This film and television actor was born Roy Harold Scherer, Jr., in Winnetka, Illinois. He was a romantic leading man during the 1960s and 1970s. He was voted Star of the Year, Favorite Leading Man, and similar titles by numerous movie magazines and was unquestionably one of the most popular and well-known movie stars of the time. He is also recognized for dramatic roles in films such as Giant and Magnificent Obsession. In later years, he found success in television, starring in the popular mystery series McMillan & Wife and the soap opera Dynasty. He was also one of the first major Hollywood celebrities to die from an AIDS related illness. Who was he?

The old offensive line coach in Andy Reid could appreciate the way the Kansas City Chiefs pried open holes for Jamaal Charles to run free against Seattle yesterday. He could also appreciate the way their defensive front stepped up. Given a lead thanks largely to the legs of their dazzling running back, the Chiefs held the Seahawks on fourth down three times in the final quarter. The result was a tense 24-20 victory that pushed Kansas City into a first-place tie with the Denver Broncos in the AFC West. Charles finished with 159 yards and two touchdowns. Russell Wilson threw for 178 yards and two TDs for the Seahawks, and Marshawn Lynch had 124 yards rushing. But Lynch, fresh off a four-touchdown game, was stuffed twice by the Kansas City defense with the outcome hanging in the balance. The Seahawks' last-chance drive ended when Wilson threw incomplete on fourth-and-18 at their 20-yard line with 1:13 left. Wilson said, "They had a great defense. They just made a great play." The Hawks are home at the ClLink hosting Arizona on Sunday.

Washington fumbled with 1:23 to play Saturday and a 47-yard field goal gave Arizona a 27-26 victory.

Birthdays: Singer Gordon Lightfoot is 76; director Martin Scorsese is 72; actress Lauren Hutton is71; Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels is 70; former baseball pitcher Tom Seaver is 70. actor and director Danny DeVito is 70; Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Senator Johyn Boehner is 65; entertainer RuPaul is 54; and, from Hanson, guitarist Isaac Hanson is 34.

He was the man behind KITT the talking car, Magnum and Starbuck. Prolific television producer Glen A. Larson passed away on Friday after a battle with cancer. Larson produced many popular and cult favorite shows in the late 1970s and 1980s, including Magnum, P.I., Knight Rider, Battlestar Galactica, The Fall Guy, Quincy, M.E.and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Glen Larson was 77.

Today is Homemade Bread Day, a day to make bread at home. Today is John Peter Zenger Day, marking his arrest on this date in 1734 for libel against the colonial governor. Zenger edited his New York Weekly Journal from jail and was acquitted, an early victory for freedom of the press in America. Today is National Take A Hike Day. Today is Public Restroom Hand Dryer Appreciation Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1968, - NBC cut away from the final minutes of a New York Jets-Oakland Raiders game to begin a TV special, Heidi, on schedule. The Raiders came from behind to beat the Jets 43-32. In 1973, President Richard Nixon told Associated Press managing editors in Orlando, Florida, "People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook." In 1980, John Lennon's album Double Fantasy was released. In 1981, Laura and Luke were married on General Hospital. It was television’s highest-rated daytime program until the O.J. Simpson verdict. In 1996, a Tampa packaging distributor introduced Biofoam, a new grain-based packing peanut more environmentally friendly than Styrofoam peanuts. Biofoam, which smells like popcorn, was originally developed as a snack food, but it didn’t sell. In 2003, two weeks before her 22nd birthday, Britney Spears became the youngest singer to ever get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2006, Sony's PlayStation 3 went on sale in the United States.

Twenty years after the 1994 original, Dumb and Dumber To opened with $38.1 million at the weekend box office. The Universal sequel debuted almost exactly two decades after the Farrelly brothers first introduced the Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels low-IQ duo. Dumb and Dumber To edged out the animated Disney adventure Big Hero 6, which took in $36 million in its second week and finished second for the weekend. Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic Interstellar slid to third. Beyond the Lights finished fourth, and Gone Girl rounded out the top five. This coming weekend will be dominated by the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1.

Bill Cosby's scheduled Wednesday appearance on Late Show with David Letterman has been canceled amid renewed scrutiny of the comedian's alleged sexual assaults of more than a dozen women. It was not immediately clear whether CBS or Cosby canceled the interview. Cosby has never been charged in connection with any of the alleged incidents.

A new study from the Pew Research Center found that 42 million adults married in 2013 had been married before, almost double the number from 1980. Forty percent of all new marriages include at least one previously married spouse. The study credited the results to a rise in divorce rates, but also an aging population, "which not only increases the number of widows and widowers available to remarry, but means people quite simply have more years in which to make, dissolve, and remake unions."

Trivia Answer: Rock Hudson who was born on this date in 1925. He completed nearly 70 motion pictures and starred in several television productions during a career that spanned over four decades. Hudson's popularity on the big screen diminished after the 1960s. He was quite successful on television starring in a number of made-for-TV movies. His most successful series was McMillan and Wife opposite Susan Saint James from 1971 to 1977. Unknown to the public, Hudson had been diagnosed with HIV on June 5th of 1984. During most of 1984 and 1985, Hudson kept his illness a secret while continuing to work and at the same time travel to France and other countries seeking a cure, or at least treatment to slow the progress of the disease. On July 16th of 1985, Hudson joined his old friend Doris Day for a press conference announcing the launch of her new TV cable show. Hudson's gaunt appearance and almost incoherent speech pattern was so shocking that the reunion was broadcast repeatedly over national news shows that night and for days to come. Media outlets speculated on Hudson's health. On October 2, 1985, Hudson died in his sleep from AIDS-related complications at his home in Beverly Hills.

Friday 11.14.14
Today's Trivia: This Senator from Wisconsin became the most visible public face of a period in which Cold War tensions fueled fears of widespread Communist subversion. He was noted for making claims that there were large numbers of Communists and Soviet spies and sympathizers inside the federal government. Who was he?

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch missed practice yesterday, which in itself isn't notable -- Lynch generally missed practice on Wednesday for an extra day of rest, which can sometimes extend to Thursday. What is notable is that in addition to sitting out Wednesday’s and yesterday’s practices with a calf problem listed last week, Lynch was also listed with a rib issue on yesterday. It remains to be seen whether that means anything as the team heads to Kansas City to face the 6-and-3 Chiefs on Sunday, but Lynch rumbled for 140 yards and a career-high four touchdowns against the New York Giants after missing two practices last week. Kick-off Sunday morning at 10.

The Huskies and Cougars are both in Arizona this weekend. The Cougs are in Tempe to meet the Arizona State Sun Devils tomorrow morning at 10. Then the Huskies are in Tucson taking on the Arizona Wildcats tomorrow afternoon at 12:30.

Thursday Night Football last night: The Miami Dolphins dispatched the Buffalo Bills 22-9.

Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout is voted American League MVP. And a day after picking up the NL Cy Young award, the LA Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw becomes the first pitcher to win National League MVP since 1968.

MLB All Stars are touring Japan and playing a Japanese All Star Team. The Americans lost the first game of the 5-game series. Then the MLB squad surrendered six runs with two outs and mustered just six hits while dropping Game 2 of the Japan All-Star Series to Samurai Japan, 8-4, today at the Tokyo Dome. Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, who got the start for the MLB club in his hometown, allowed five runs on 10 hits in four innings and took the loss. He struck out four. The MLB squad turns to Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie tomorrow to try to win their first game of the series.

Birthdays: Singer and accordionist Buckwheat Zydeco is 67; Prince Charles is 66; from Styx, guitarist James "JY" Young is 65; singer Stephen Bishop is 64; pianist Yanni is 60; former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is 60; former Seattle Supersonic Jack Sikma is 59; and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker is 39;

Today is Operating Room Nurse Day, a day that honors those important nurses, who care for patients before, during, and immediately after surgery. Today is Leftovers Trading Day, a day to swap everything in your refrigerator to a friend for everything in their refrigerator. It sets up tomorrow which is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator day. Today is Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day, a time to remind everyone of the benefits of joy and laughter.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1972, a company named Blue Ribbon Sports became Nike. In 1980, Martin Scorsese's film Raging Bull opened in the US It starred Robert DeNiro as boxer Jake LaMotta. In 1987, Cher's appearance on David Letterman's show was interrupted by Sonny Bono’s surprise entrance. Dave cajoled the duo into singing I Got You Babe one more time. In 1988, a survey revealed that 55% of the nation's newspapers did not support either candidate in the Bush-Dukakis presidential race. In 1995, Crayola announced it was replacing its food-scented crayons with new scents parents could be sure their children wouldn't want to eat. Responding to parental complaints, Crayola replaced such scents as Chocolate, Bubble Gum, and Cherry with Dirt, Shampoo, and Cedar Chest. In 1995, a survey reported in George magazine indicated 75% of Americans believed the US government was involved in conspiracies; 50% believed there was life on other planets; 70% believed in angels; and 10% believed Elvis was still alive.

The weekend is here. New in theaters this weekend: The PG-13 rated Beyond the Lights, the PG Kirk Cameron's Savin Christmas, and the one Kris Marshall has been waiting for, the PG-13 rated Dumb and Dumber To.

The 18th annual Hollywood Film Awards are set to be the first ever televised. Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Robert Downey Jr., Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Kristen Stewart and Jonah Hill are all scheduled to appear. Queen Latifah hosts tonight on CBS.

After much speculation about when we might see a Batman v Superman teaser trailer, IMAX has confirmed that fans can get a taste of the blockbuster when The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies comes to theaters this December 17th.

Trivia Answer: Joe McCarthy who was born on this date in 1908. He served as a Republican US Senator from 1947 until his death in 1957. His inability to substantiate his claims led him to be censured by the United States Senate. The term McCarthyism, coined in 1950 in reference to McCarthy's practices, was soon applied to similar anti-communist activities. Today the term is used more generally in reference to demagogic, reckless, and unsubstantiated accusations, as well as public attacks on the character or patriotism of political opponents. McCarthy died in Bethesda Naval Hospital on May 2, 1957, at the age of 48. The official cause of death was acute hepatitis; it is widely accepted that this was caused, or at least exacerbated, by alcoholism.

Thursday 11.13.14
Today's Trivia: Felix Hernandez will have to wait for another year before he gets another Cy Young Award. On this date in 1995, Greg Maddox of the Atlanta Braves became the first major league pitcher to win four consecutive Cy Youngs. Clayton Kershaw won the NL Cy Young yesterday and became the first pitcher with three before the age of 27. The question today is: Who has the most Cy Young Awards of all time?

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was a unanimous choice for his third NL Cy Young Award, and Cleveland's Corey Kluber edged Seattle's Felix Hernandez to win the AL honor for the first time. Kershaw led the majors in victories and ERA and threw a no-hitter, going 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA for the NL West champions. Kluber received 17 of 30 first-place votes and 169 points, while King Felix got 13 firsts and 159 points. A 28-year-old right-hander, Kluber went 18-9 to tie for the AL lead in wins. He had a 2.44 ERA in his first full major league season and 269 strikeouts. Hernandez, who won the AL award in 2010, went 15-6 with a 2.44 ERA. He struck out 248 in 236 innings. Afterwards, Felix said, "I don't know what to say. That was tough. A little disappointed. Just give me more motivation to work harder and harder and be better next year."

The Seattle Seahawks have placed tight end Zach Miller on injured reserve after he struggled in returning from ankle surgery, essentially ending the year for Zach. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said yesterday that Miller will need a second surgery to get the problems in ankle corrected. Miller underwent surgery during Seattle's bye week after its Week 3 victory over Denver. The hope was that Miller would only miss a few games, but his recovery went longer than planned. Carroll said Miller got to the point of running on the ground, but could never progress any further.Miller is in his fourth season with the Seahawks. He had six receptions for 76 yards in Seattle's first three games this season and has been regarded as one of the best blocking tight ends in the league. The Seahawks -- without Miller -- face the Chiefs in Kansas City Sunday morning.

The Huskies are in Tucson taking on the Arizona Wildcats Saturday afternoon at 12:30.

Meanwhile, the Cougars are also in Arizona. They're in Tempe for a 10 o'clock Saturday morning kick off with the Arizona State Sun Devils.

Birthdays: She was the Reverend Mother Superior on The Flying Nun, actress Madeleine Sherwood is 92; producer, director, actor Garry Marshall is 80; actress, comedian, talk show panelist Whoopi Goldberg is 59; football's Vinny Testaverde is 51; and comedian and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel is 47;

Today is World Kindness Day, a day that encourages us to be kind to others, helping to create a nicer, better world. Today is National Indian Pudding Day. It’s Sadie Hawkins Day. Here’s a holiday that originated from a cartoon. It all began in Al Capp's Lil Abner Cartoon in the 1930's. In the cartoon series, the mayor of Dogpatch was desperate to marry off his ugly daughter. So he created Sadie Hawkin's Day. On this day, a race was held and all the single men were given a short head start. Then, all the single women, including the mayor's daughter, chased the boys. If a girl caught her man, he had to marry her. Sadie Hawkins Day races and events grew in popularity during the course of Al Capp's long running cartoon. This cartoon-made holiday largely died out after 40 years when the cartoon was discontinued. It can occasionally be seen celebrated on college campuses. Sadie Hawkins Day has long been celebrated on November 13 of every year according to The Old Farmer's Almanac. Today is National Reread Old Letters or Magazines Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1789, in a letter to a friend, Benjamin Franklin wrote, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." In 1940. Walt Disney released the movie Fantasia, and it bombed. In 1967, he released it again, and it was a hit. In 1952, the first press-on fingernails were sold in the US. In 1977, the comic strip Li'l Abner by Al Capp appeared in newspapers for the last time. In 1998, Warner Brothers released The Wizard of Oz on the big screen 59 years after its original release. In 2003: Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was thrown off the bench by a judicial ethics panel for having "placed himself above the law." He had refused to remove his granite Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse.

Music producer Randy Jackson is leaving his post on Fox’s American Idol after 13 seasons. The 14th season kicks off in January, but Jackson has announced he will not be part of the returning team. Jackson made the announcement in a statement that reads: "After 13 seasons, I felt now was the perfect time to leave American Idol. I’m proud to have been a part of a series that discovered some incredible artists and will go down in history as one of the most successful television shows ever. A true original, Idol started it all. Onto what’s next." Jackson, alongside Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul, served as a judge when the show kicked off in 2002 and continued his role until last May, when he announced he would be leaving the program. However, three months later, he was invited back in a new role as a mentor to the contestants, replacing music CEO Jimmy Iovine. The current cast of judges -- Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. -- are returning for the 14th season, as well as host Ryan Seacrest, who is the only remaining member of the show’s original team.

Joaquin Phoenix may have turned down the chance to play Tony Stark, also known as Iron Man. In an interview with Playboy, Phoenix said, "There’s only one movie I regret saying no to, except the person who ended up doing it was so good and was absolutely meant to do it, so I don’t have any regrets. I’m not going to say which one but it was a really big hit. It’s getting to the point where they’re making some pretty decent movies. I thought Iron Man was fantastic."

Matt Damon is set to reprise his role as Jason Bourne. Damon said Saturday that he was planning to work on a new film in the series next year, and that it would likely hit theaters in 2016.

Trivia Answer: There have been 17 pitchers who have won the award multiple times. Randy Johnson has five. One with the Mariners and then four with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Roger Clemens currently holds the record for the most awards won with seven.

Wednesday 11.12.14
Today's Trivia: She's a figure skating champion, a two-time Olympian, and a two-time Skate America Champion. In 1991, she won the US Figure Skating Championships and placed second in the World Championships. Known for her strong athleticism, she was the second woman, and the first American woman, to complete a triple axel jump in competition. She later found herself in the international spotlight after her ex-husband conspired to physically assault one of her competitors. Who is she?

Arctic air blowing into the Northwest yesterday knocked out power to tens of thousands of people in parts of Washington and Oregon and dropped temperatures enough for a chance of snow over the next couple of days. Although most of the problem areas were north and south of Olympia, and we were breezy all day, other areas saw winds from 40 to 50 mph toppled trees onto power lines and across roads. Portland General Electric and Clark Public Utilities reported about 28,000 outages in the Portland-Vancouver area by yesterday afternoon. The power losses were reported from Portland's western suburbs to Mount Hood. A large tree — more than 50 feet tall and 3 feet in diameter — blew across tracks near Tacoma, accordimg to Burlington Northern Santa Fe. Clearing the debris delayed three Amtrak passenger trains and five BNSF freight trains. Elsewhere in western Washington, Puget Sound Energy reported more than 23,000 outages, mostly in the south King County area.The Lewis County Public Utility District said more than 5,400 homes lost power. Falling trees caused problems on several roadways. They blocked the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 around the noon in Easton. Trees also blocked the northbound lanes of Highway 167 in south King County and Highway 410 at Crystal Mountain at Mount Rainier. The winds mark a change from fall to winter weather, with some of the coldest temperatures since last winter.

Those strong winds yesterday knocked the Jesus statue from atop the religious monument along Interstate-5 near Winlock. The figure representing Jesus stood high in the center of the Gospodor monuments at milepost 63. The Longview Daily News reports the monuments have been deteriorating for years. They were constructed in 2002 by Dominic Gospodor, a Seattle millionaire who died in 2010. He spent more than $500,000 on the steel columns capped with statues of Jesus, an "eternal" electric flame and Chief Seattle. Chief Seattle was later replaced by a giant weather vane. The collection is meant to be a tribute to Mother Theresa, Native Americans, and Holocaust victims.

When Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said defensive tackle Brandon Mebane had a "really legit hamstring pull," he wasn’t lying. Mebane suffered a torn hamstring Sunday and will miss the rest of the season. It’s a huge blow for the already injury-gutted Seahawks. The Seahawks have announced placing Mebane on season-ending injured reserve. To fill his roster spot, Seattle signed rookie tight end RaShaun Allen from the Minnesota Vikings practice squad after releasing him two weeks ago. Mebane, an eight-year veteran, has arguably been the Hawks’ best defensive player in recent years — a brick wall up front who has helped Seattle limit opponents to just 79.8 rushing yards per game this season. He was a huge contributor to 2013′s historically great defense, and has been called the NFL’s most underrated player. The longest-tenured current Seahawk, 29-year-old Mebane is the last holdover from the Mike Holmgren era, remaining an integral star after Carroll and GM John Schneider took over in 2010. Seahawks on the road in Kansas City on Sunday. Kick-off with the Chiefs at 10:00

Baltimore Orioles skipper Buck Showalter was chosen American League Manager of the Year. This is Showalter's third Manager of the Year award, having previously won in 1994 and 2004. He is the sixth manager with three or more Manager of the Year awards. Showalter received 25 first-place votes. Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia finished second and Kansas City Royals skipper Ned Yost finished third, in the voting conducted by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Lloyd McLendon, the Seattle Mariners skipper? He finished fourth.

Another baseball note: The Cy Young announcement is coming this afternoon.

Birthdays: Cult leader and murderer Charles Manson is 80; he sang the song Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, Brian Hyland is 71; organist Booker T. Jones is 70; sportscaster Al Michaels is 70; he's the sometimes Young in Crosby, Stills, Nash and sometimes Young, Neil Young is 69; Karen on Will & Grace, actress Megan Mullally is 56; gymnast Nadia Comaneci is 53; baseball's Sammy Sosa is 46; skater Tonya Harding 44; and actress Anne Hathaway is 32.

An autopsy report shows that Jimi Jamison, the lead singer on Survivor hits such as Burning Heart and Is This Love, died of a stroke with methamphetamine intoxication. The report released yesterday says the 63-year-old Jamison died September 1st at a home in Memphis. Jamison joined Survivor in 1984, after it had already become known for Eye of the Tiger, Jamison replaced vocalist Dave Bickler.

Today is National Pizza With the Works Except Anchovies Day. Today is National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day. It's a celebration about you. According to the creators of the book series of the same name, Chicken Soup for the Soul Day was created as ".... a celebration of who you are, where you've been, where you're going, and who you will be thankful to when you get there!"

Calendar notes: On this date in 1934, according to Kentucky legend, the cheeseburger was born at Kaelin’s Tavern in Louisville. In 1946, the first drive-in bank opened at the Exchange National Bank in Chicago. It had 10 teller windows with slide-out drawers. In 1955, despite high winds and a temperature of zero, the Washington State-San Jose State football game was played on schedule in Pullman. Total paid attendance was one. In 1972, Don Shula, coach of the Miami Dolphins, became the first NFL head coach to win 100 regular season games in 10 seasons. In 1990, the Internal Revenue Service seized holdings in six states to satisfy a $6.5 million tax judgment against singer Willie Nelson. In 1998, traffic chaos erupted on US 54 in Wichita when $50-thousand in one-dollar bills began flying out of an armored car. Police said several accidents resulted and, though many motorists willingly turned the cash over to police, others had to be encouraged. In 1999, Eddie Van Halen announced he was undergoing hip replacement. In 2003, Phil Collins revealed that he had lost nearly 60 percent of his hearing in his left ear.

The reality series The Osbournes, which followed Ozzy and his family and ran on MTV from 2002 to 2005, is returning to the air. Sharon Osbourne spilled some details on yesterday’s edition of The Talk.

It seemed too good to be true: Wearing caffeine-infused undergarments would promote substantial weight loss around your middle. Not quite, says the Federal Trade Commission. This week the FTC banned two companies, Norm Thompson Outfitters Inc. and Wacoal America Inc, from making those false marketing claims, ordering them to pay $230,000 and $1.3 million, respectively, which the FTC can use to refund customers.

So you’re at the movies and the person in front of you has her phone on and is tapping away merrily. It’s the previews, so who really cares? And now the movie has just started, still annoying, but okay. Five minutes in is kind of pushing it. That’s when witnesses at a theater in Hollywood say one man in the audience politely asked a woman to put her phone away. She allegedly responded by spraying Mace in his face.

Trivia Answer: Tonya Harding who turns 44 today. Her ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, conspired with Shawn Eckhardt and Shane Stant to physically assault Nancy Kerrigan at a practice session during the 1994 US Figure Skating Championships in Detroit. Tonya was born down in Portland. Harding married Jeff Gillooly in early 1990, when she was 19 years old. Their tumultuous marriage ended in divorce in 1994. She divorced her second husband Michael Smith in 1995 and married Joseph Price on June 23rd of 2010. Harding gave birth to a son on February 19th, 2011.

Tuesday 11.11.14
Today's Trivia: He was a writer. His works blend satire, gallows humor, and science fiction. He was a lifelong supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union and a pacifist intellectual. He was known for his humanist beliefs and was honorary president of the American Humanist Association. The New York Times headline at the time of his death called him "the counterculture's novelist." Who was he?

The season's first cold snap has arrived. Western Washington is getting the fringe of a big arctic air mass that is currently working its way into the Midwest and East Coast. It's loosely tied to the super storm in Alaska on Friday in the sense that the storm shifted the jet stream to push arctic air from the polar regions into the Midwest. Aside from the cold and the first hard freeze for the outlying areas, it's going to be bringing some wind for some people. The bulk of the wind should be to the north of us and south of us. Elsewhere, not too much wind, but breezy enough to add a little wind chill.

Days like yesterday are not unheard of in Denver and the Midwest when you've got a massive cold front barreling through... but they're still fun to marvel at. Check out how residents there kicked off their work week: Alarm goes off, they get ready, and step outside at 7:00 to 47 degrees and mostly clear skies. An hour later, it's warmed to 51. But by 9:00. it's getting downright mild for mid-November. The temperature rises to 62 degrees, and then reaches 64 degrees at 9:26 as a strong wind begins to blow. Then the wind REALLY begins to blow... and the temperature begins a dive. Eleven minutes later at 9:37, it's dropped to 50 degrees with winds gusting to 54 mph. Another 16 minutes later we're back down to 46 degrees with winds gusting to 49 mph. The temperature keeps falling, falling, falling. At 12:39., it's down to 25 degrees ... and snowing. This is barely 3 hours since it was 64 degrees. At 2:53, it's a bone-chilling 18 degrees with a 24 mph wind driving the wind chill down to 2 degrees. Visibility is down to a quarter mile in snow and freezing fog. They're expected to stay in the teens through tonight when temps are expected to drop to near zero. By Friday? Back to 41.

Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane suffered a hamstring injury. When Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said defensive tackle Brandon Mebane had a "really legit hamstring pull," he wasn’t lying. According to reports, Mebane suffered a torn hamstring Sunday and will miss the rest of the season. That would be a huge blow for the already injury-gutted Seahawks. The news was first reported today by Fox Sports’ Mike Garafolo. The report was subsequently confirmed by numerous others. Mebane's injury was the biggest blow from Seattle's 38-17 win over the New York Giants on Sunday. Mebane was injured during the first half of Seattle's third straight win. Carroll said veteran Kevin Williams would see his snap count increase, with Tony McDaniel and Jordan Hill also stepping in to help replace Mebane. Tight end Luke Willson suffered a sprained ankle against the Giants and his status for this Sunday's game at Kansas City is unknown. Carroll said the team hopes linebacker Malcolm Smith and safety Kam Chancellor will be back this week, but guard James Carpenter is likely out another week. Sunday morning at 10, the Seahawks meet the Chiefs in Kansas City.

The CBC Canada says the NHL is moving toward a future where the NHL jersey will become a billboard, as the game’s best players advertise goods and services while skating up and down the ice. NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins has publicly stated that ads are "coming and happening."

Birthdays: Singer Marshall Crenshaw is 61; actress Demi Moore is 52; Ally McBeal, actress Calista Flockhart is 50; Green Day lead guitarist Jason White is 41; actor Leonardo DiCaprio is 40; and the State of Washington is 125 -- admitted as the 42nd state of the United States on this date in 1889.

Today is Veterans Day in the US. Say thank you to a veteran. It's Remembrance Day in Canada. JFK said it: As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. This is National Hug a Veteran Week. Today is Washington Admission Day. Washington became the 42nd US state on this date in 1889.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1918, at 5:00 am French Army clerk Henri Deledicq finished typing the peace treaty that would end World War I. He had put the carbon paper in backwards. Ten minutes later, in a railroad car in France, military leaders signed copies of an armistice that were completely unreadable. In 1921, the Tomb of the Unknowns was dedicated by US President Warren G. Harding at Arlington National Cemetery. In 1926, the United States Numbered Highway System, including Route 66, was established. In 1940, Willys Motors introduced the first Jeep. The name came from the initials "G-P" in "General Purpose" vehicle. In 1990, Nirvana had it's first show with David Grohl on drums. In 1992, Harry Cunningham died in North Palm Beach, Florida, at age 85. In 1962 in Garden City, Michigan, as president of S.S. Kresge Company, he opened the first Kmart store. In 1993, in Washington, DC, the Vietnam Women's Memorial was dedicated to honor the more than 11,000 women who had served in the Vietnam War. In 1997, the Eastman Kodak Company announced that they were laying off 10,000 employees.

The CEO of Starbucks criticized the way America treats its veterans, saying that Veterans Day "has been turned into a weekend sale," and more needs to be done to understand the military experience. Howard Schultz, speaking at an event for veterans, said, "That’s not respectful for me."

A stream of lava set a home on fire Monday in a rural Hawaii town that has been watching the slow-moving flow approach for months. The molten rock hit the house just before noon yesterday. The home's renters had already left the residence. The lava from Kilauea volcano emerged from a vent in June and entered Pahoa October 26th, when it crossed a country road at the edge of town. Since then, it has smothered part of a cemetery and burned down a garden shed. It also burned tires, some metal materials, and mostly vegetation in its path. Crews have been working on alternate routes to be used when lava hits Highway 130, considered a lifeline for the Puna district. Many residents have evacuated or are ready to leave if necessary.

An Oklahoma judge yesterday ordered Harold Hamm, CEO of oil company Continental Resources, to pay his ex-wife nearly $1 billion in one of America's biggest divorce settlements. The ruling is subject to appeal. If both sides agree to it, it would make Sue Ann Hamm, 58, one of the 100 richest women in the US, according to Forbes. Harold Hamm's stake in the company is valued at roughly $13.9 billion.

President Obama yesterday urged the Federal Communications Commission to adopt the toughest proposed net-neutrality rules on internet service providers, essentially regulating web traffic like a utility. Tight rules would prevent providers offering an internet fast-lane to those who pay more. "We cannot allow internet service providers to restrict the best access," Obama said. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) criticized the plan by calling it "ObamaCare for the internet."

The US Postal Service yesterday told its 800,000 workers that hackers had "potentially compromised" databases containing their names, birthdays, addresses, and Social Security numbers. Cyber security experts said the cyberattack was consistent with the work of Chinese hackers. An attack on White House computers several weeks ago was assumed to have been executed by Russians.

For more than half of Americans, Black Friday is just another day. Last year, 56 percent of Americans stayed home on the big shopping day and over the weekend as well. Why? Mostly because of the maddening crowds. But a third of respondents also felt that the deals being offered were overblown.

Trivia Answer: Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. who was born on the date in 1922. His name appears in print as "Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.", throughout the first half of his published writing career. Beginning with the 1976 publication of Slapstick, he dropped the "Jr." and was billed simply as Kurt Vonnegut. His books include Player Piano; The Sirens of Titan; Mother Night; Cat's Cradle; God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater; Slaughterhouse-Five; Happy Birthday, Wanda June; Breakfast of Champions; Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons; Slapstick; Jailbird; Palm Sunday; and my personal favorite -- a collection of short stories -- Welcome to the Monkey House. At the age of 84, Vonnegut died on April 11th of 2007, from massive head trauma suffered while falling down a flight of stairs in his home.

Monday 11.10.14
Today's Trivia: He's a broadcast journalist most recognized for his coverage of the September 11th of 2001 attacks which occured on his first day on air at CNN. Before that, he spent a number of years on the air in Seattle, first on KING television and then later on KIRO. He then went to work and was a longtime reporter for ABC. He was the founding host of ABC's World News Now and a weekend anchor of World News Tonight. From there he moved on to host CNN's flagship evening program. He is currently an instructor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Who is he?

Marshawn Lynch rushed for a season-high 140 yards and career-best four touchdowns and the Seattle Seahawks overcome their own sloppiness for a key 38-17 win over the New York Giants yesterday. Russell Wilson threw two interceptions, the Seahawks committed three total turnovers, and Eli Manning picked apart Seattle's secondary for the first half. It all didn't matter because of Lynch leading Seattle's unstoppable run game. The 350 total yards rushing by Seattle were a franchise record and the most in the NFL this season. It was the most yards rushing by any NFL team since Cleveland had 351 vs. Kansas City in 2009. Lynch carried 21 times, but there was plenty of running to go around. Wilson added 107 yards on 14 carries and a 1-yard TD run with 5:19 left. Most of Wilson's runs were designed as New York failed to keep him contained. The Hawks are are at Kansas City to face the Chiefs on Sunday.

In then end, Washington didn't have an answer for the UCLA Bruins' potent offense. Brett Hundley threw for two touchdowns to become UCLA's career leader, ran for two more scores and Bellevue High School product Myles Jack added a highlight-reel 28-yard touchdown run and the Huskies dropped their third straight home game falling to No. 18 UCLA 44-30 on Saturday night. The Huskies are in Tucson to face the Arizona Wildcats this upcoming Saturday.

Meanwhile, redshirt freshman Luke Falk made his first start and threw for 471 yards and five touchdowns and Washington State snapped a four-game losing streak with a 39-32 victory over Oregon State on Saturday. Falk was making his first start for the Cougars in place of senior Connor Halliday, who broke his ankle last weekend. The injury ended the prolific senior passer's college career. Like the Huskies, the Cougars are also in Arizona on Saturday. They're in Tempe to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils.

Bithdays: Best known for his work with Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyricist Tim Rice is 70; Allman Brother Gregg Allman is 67; the Lake of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, singer and guitarist Greg Lake is 67; singer and songwriter Dave Loggins -- remember Please Come to Boston? -- Kenny Loggins' cousin -- he's 67; actor Jack Scalia is 64; actor and comedian Sinbad is 58; Julie on One Day at a Time, actress Mackenzie Phillips is 55; actor and comedian Tracy Morgan is 46; and the frontman for Jimmy Eat World, singer and guitarist Jim Adkins is 39.

Today is Windows Day. Microsoft released its Windows computer operating system on this date in 1983. Windows 3.1, the version that would become popular in offices across the nation, was released almost nine years later. Tonight is Sleep Dangerously Night, a night to switch sides of the bed with your spouse. On the switch theme: Today is National Swap Ideas Day, to encourage the use of creative imagination. Today is National Toothpaste Appreciation Day. Today is Forget-Me-Not Day, a day to remember family, friends, and loved ones. People use this day to get in touch with family, friends and loved ones, especially those who we haven't seen in a while. The day is intended to remember the living. But, some people have used it to memorialize a loved one who is no longer with us. Today is Marine Corps Day, marking creation of the Corps as part of the US Navy on November 10th of 1775.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1871, Henry M. Stanley, journalist and explorer, found David Livingstone. Livingstone was a missing Scottish missionary in central Africa. Stanley delivered his famous greeting: "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" In 1908, the first Gideon Bible was placed in a room in the Superior Hotel in Iron Mountain, Montana. In 1951, direct-dial, coast-to-coast telephone service began as Mayor Leslie Denning of Englewood, New Jersey, called the mayor of Alameda, California. Eighty-four area codes were assigned for areas in the U.S., Canada, and many Caribbean nations. In 1960, Gregg Allman received a guitar for his 13th birthday. In 1969, Sesame Street made its debut on PBS. In 1975, the ore-hauling ship Edmund Fitzgerald and its crew of 29 vanished during a storm on Lake Superior. In 1980, CBS News anchor Dan Rather claimed he had been kidnapped in a cab. It turned out that Rather had refused to pay the cab fare. In 1982, in Washington, DC, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was opened to visitors. In 1993, John Wayne Bobbitt was acquitted on the charge of marital sexual assault against his wife who sexually mutilated him. Lorena Bobbitt was later acquitted of malicious wounding her husband.

Walt Disney Co.'s Big Hero 6, the animated superhero film featuring a flying robot, clocked $56.2 million in US and Canadian ticket sales to lead the weekend box office, topping director Christopher Nolan's space adventure, Interstellar. Interstellar, starring Matthew McConaughey, opened on Wednesday and recorded $50 million over the three days from Friday through Sunday, and $52.2 million over its five-day run. If the final figures hold up, it would be only the fourth time in history that two new films had hit the $50 million mark on the same debut weekend, the last time being June 2013 with Monsters University and World War Z. Gone Girl, director David Fincher's hit starring Ben Affleck as a husband suspected of murdering his wife, was third for the weekend. Rounding out the top five: low-budget Ouija, the top film for the past two weeks, finished fourth, while the Bill Murray-Melissa McCarthy comedy St. Vincent was No. 5.

A massive storm that hit parts of Alaska with hurricane-force winds drove arctic air eastward yesterday, sending the first harsh winter blast toward two-thirds of the US. Montana and the Dakotas were the first Western states hit with heavy snow yesterday. Forecasters said the storm would gain strength and dump as much as 18 inches of snow in the Great Lakes region today, with parts of the nation due for record low temperatures.

North Korea on Saturday freed two American prisoners who had been held captive in the country. Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller were released within hours of each other, according to the State Department. Bae, a Christian missionary, had been detained for allegedly trying to convert North Koreans, while Miller was accused of tearing up his visa and trying to stay illegally in the country. Bae is from Lynnwood. He was reunited with his family Saturday night at JBLM.

British crowds greeted Queen Elizabeth II with applause yesterday as she left her residence in central London to lead Remembrance Day ceremonies honoring the nation's war dead. The spontaneous demonstration of appreciation on a day traditionally marked with silence came days after London police, in overnight raids on Thursday, foiled an alleged plot by Islamist terrorists to attack the queen on Remembrance Sunday.

Gift cards have become the can’t-go-wrong present, and like everything else, they're now going digital. And while gift cards are also popular with Millennials, digital gift cards are even more popular with the generation.

Trivia Answer: Aaron Brown who turns 66 today. In the late 1960s, he dropped out of the University of Minnesota as a political science major and signed up for active duty in the Coast Guard. He began his broadcasting career as a radio talk show host in Minneapolis and later in Los Angeles. Before his time at the national news networks, Brown was a Seattle broadcasting staple. He worked as a reporter and anchor for ten years at KING-TV and later moved to KIRO-TV where he anchored the evening newscast. Brown was brought to New York to be the founding anchor of the late-night news program World News Now. He also worked as a reporter for ABC's news operation. He left World News Now to work as a reporter for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, as well as Nightline and various other ABC programming. He became the substitute anchor for Jennings and the permanent anchor of ABC's World News Tonight Saturday and Good Morning America Sunday. Although Brown's first day at CNN was July 1, 2001, his first on-air broadcast was September 11, 2001. He received international recognition for his reporting of the attacks from CNN's rooftop in Manhattan, as well as the World Trade Center site and the areas surrounding the remains of the Twin Towers in New York City. When the South Tower collapsed he interrupted a field reporter and uttered the words "I cannot see the tower." As the second tower fell on live television, Brown fell silent, until he quietly said, "...good Lord...there are no words..." and resumed reporting after several seconds. Brown won the coveted Edward R. Murrow Award for his coverage of the attacks. CNN saw Brown as a protégé of Peter Jennings and wanted to duplicate Jennings' success for their network. CNN branded their flagship evening program NewsNight With Aaron Brown. Brown also served as host of CNN Presents and was assigned the lead anchor during breaking news and special events. On November 3rd of 2005, CNN announced that Brown would be leaving the network, with Anderson Cooper's program Anderson Cooper 360° replacing NewsNight as the flagship program in CNN's evening lineup in an effort to shift toward a younger demographic. The two had shared anchoring duties in the 10:00 PM time slot through the early fall after Cooper's break out success covering Hurricane Katrina. Many said Brown's cerebral "news for grown-ups" style would be missed, while others found him lacking. Brown won three Emmys, including one Emmy for his report Streets of Iraq during the Iraq War. In addition, Brown won a DuPont, two New York Film Society World medals and a George Foster Peabody Award.

Friday 11.7.14
Today's Trivia: He is a writer on business management practices. He's best known for In Search of Excellence (which co-authored with Robert H. Waterman, Jr.). Who is he?

A potent storm blew through Western Washington yesterday, bringing wind gusts over 50 mph in spots and injuring at least two people in separate tree falls.A semi truck driver was critically injured when his cab was struck by a tree as he drove along SR-530 near Oso. In Bellevue, a 60-year-old man suffered minor injuries when he was pinned by branches after a large tree fell on his property. Another tree fell into a Bellevue home. Falling trees and blowing limbs were responsible for most of the more than 14,000 Puget Sound Energy outages, which were worse in Whatcom, Skagit, and Island counties. Here in Olympia, the High Wind Warning originally scheduled until 6 was cancelled around 4. Gusts here in Olympia were 20, 22, 26 miles an hour at the Olympia airport.

Of all the pro prospects playing for Washington, cornerback Marcus Peters seemed to have the most NFL potential. Now when Peters gets scrutinized by NFL teams, he'll have to explain why he was kicked off the Huskies' roster with four games left in the regular season. Peters was dismissed by Washington coach Chris Petersen yesterday as the Huskies get ready to face No. 18 UCLA tomorrow. The dismissal was the conclusion to an eventful season for Peters, who has the talent to be a potential first-round pick in the NFL draft, but had continued run-ins with Petersen and the Huskies' new coaching staff. After the Huskies practice yesterday, Coach Peterson said, "It's unfortunate, but we've got certain standards and operating procedures, We're trying to do something special here. Sometimes it just doesn't work out. Like I said, we wish him the best. It's always a hard thing - worst part of the job, without question. And with all that being said, that's really it. That's it in a nutshell. I know everybody wants the details and other things - we don't go there; we can't go there. But like I said, we wish him the best, and it's hard and painful." Peters was the only upperclassman starter in Washington's young secondary, which will now have two true freshmen starting at cornerback tomorrow against the Bruins. Kickoff at Husky Stadium is at 4 tomorrow afternoon. Fox Sports One has the game.

The WSU Cougars, meanwhile, are on the road this weekend. They take on the Oregon State Beavers in Corvallis tomorrow afternoon at 1:00.

The Seattle Seahawks get to enjoy the confines of Century Link again this weekend. They're hosting the New York Giants Sunday afternoon at 1:25.

BNirthdays: Evangelist Billy Graham is 96; singer Johnny Rivers is 72; singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell is 71; singer Nick Gilder is 63; Peter Brady on The Brady Bunch, actor Christopher Knight is 57; and Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor -- we know her simply as Lorde -- the singer is 18 today.

Today is Republican Elephant Day, marking the debut of a cartoon elephant to represent the Republican Party on this date in 1874 in Harper's Weekly. Today is National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day. Today is 4 Term Day, marking election day in 1944 when Franklin Roosevelt became the first and only person elected to a 4th term as US president. President Roosevelt died only 53 days into his 4th term, and Vice-President Harry Truman assumed the Presidency.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1940, the middle section of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapsed during a windstorm. The suspension bridge had opened to traffic on July 1, 1940. In 1960, James Brett Jr. underwent successful hip surgery in Houston. He was 111 years old, the oldest surgical patient on record. In 1965, the Pillsbury Dough Boy debuted in television commercials. In 1988, John Fogerty was victorious in the court case brought against him by Fantasy Records. The label, which owned his recordings with Creedence Clearwater Revival, alleged he plagiarized his own Run Through the Jungle on his 1985 hit The Old Man Down the Road. In 1973, New Jersey became the first US state to allow girls to play on Little League baseball teams. In 1991, Magic Johnson announced he had tested positive for the HIV virus and would retire from pro basketball. Also in 1991, actor Paul Reubens, a.k.a. Pee Wee Herman, pled no contest to charges of indecent exposure. Reubens had been arrested in Sarasota, FL, for exposing himself in a theater. In 2000, Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first president's wife to win public office. The state of New York elected her to the US Senate. In 2002, Guns N’ Roses fans up in Vancouver rioted after Axl Rose failed to show for the opening date on the group’s comeback tour. A band spokesperson said Rose’s plane was grounded in Los Angeles due to bad weather.

New Zealand prosecutors have backtracked by dropping a murder-for-hire charge against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, saying there wasn't enough evidence to proceed. But the 60-year-old drummer still faces a serious charge of threatening to kill, which comes with a maximum prison term of seven years. He also faces charges of possessing methamphetamine and marijuana.

The new Star Wars film has a title. Walt Disney Pictures announced yesterday that the movie previously known simply as Episode VII has been dubbed The Force Awakens. Disney also said that principal photography has wrapped up on the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel six months after it began. The shoot was one of the most closely followed productions in recent memory, with constant rumors emanating from the tightly guarded set. Shooting shut down for several weeks in July after Harrison Ford broke his leg during filming at the Pinewood Studios outside London. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is being released in December of 2015. The company also announced that Toy Story 4 hits theaters in 2017, directed by John Lasseter, who created the blockbuster franchise and directed the first two movies.

Speaking of Disney, their PG-rated Big Hero 6 is in theaters this weekend. Also out this weekend, the PG-13 rated Interstellar with Matthew McConaughey.

Home Depot says hackers who stole payment-card details of millions of customers also stole 53 million email addresses. The company had previously revealed that 56 million debit and credit card details were also stolen in the hack. It is one of the largest data breaches on record, surpassing a similar incident at Target.

Trivia Answer: Tom Peters who is 72 today. In Search of Excellence was published in 1982. It became a bestseller, gaining exposure in the United States at a national level when a series of television specials based on the book and hosted by Peters appeared on PBS. The primary ideas espoused solving business problems with as little business-process overhead as possible, and empowering decision-makers at multiple levels of a company. In later books Peters has encouraged personal responsibility in response to the New Economy. Peters currently lives in Vermont with his wife Susan Sargent, and continues to write and speak about personal and business empowerment and problem-solving methodologies.

Thursday 11.6.14
Today's Trivia: She's an actress, singer, producer, director, and screenwriter. She got her start on television as a boy-struck surfer girl for two seasons in a mid-1960s surf culture sitcom. She went on to become a two-time Academy Award-winner. In each decade of her career, she has been known for major roles in American TV and film culture. Who is she?

Halfway through the regular season, the Seattle Seahawks have slipped more than expected for a Super Bowl championship team. The Seahawks are now 5-and-3. They've brought an added layer of drama, complete with injuries sidelining key starters, rumblings of locker room divides, and the stunning trade of wide receiver Percy Harvin to the New York Jets. And while the second half of the schedule is difficult, there's optimism based on the past couple of weeks that all the chaos is in the past. Sometimes Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch have been part of an unstoppable unit. At other times, Seattle's offense has gone backward. Same goes for the vaunted defense that has struggled with getting a consistent pass rush and creating turnovers, but remains statistically among the NFL elite.Red-zone efficiency and third downs are concerns - on both sides of the ball. Last season, Seattle was the best in the league, allowing only 13 touchdowns on 36 red-zone possessions. This season, the Seahawks have already allowed 15 TDs -- 65.2 percent of red-zone possessions -- to rank 26th in the league. Conversely, Seattle is scoring touchdowns on its red-zone trips barely 50 percent of the time, with 16 TDs on 31 possessions. Seattle ranks 22nd in third-down conversions and 16th in third-down conversions allowed. Coach Peter Carroll said, "I think we'll continue to emphasize third-down work continue to emphasize what's going on in the red zone. We've not been as good as we've been and we need to get better in those areas on both sides of the ball," While the Seahawks may be optimistic with two straight wins, they have left themselves little room for error. They are two games behind Arizona in the NFC West and while there are two games remaining against the Cardinals, it's the rest of Seattle's schedule that makes the last couple of months so difficult. While facing Arizona twice could help make up ground, two games against San Francisco, trips to Kansas City and Philadelphia and a home finale against St. Louis make for quite the challenge. Sunday, the Hawks host the NY Giants. Kick-off at the Clink at 1:25.

Birthdays: Director Mike Nichols is 83; singer Glenn Frey is 66; journalist, author, and former First Lady of California as the wife of former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Maria Shriver is 59; actor Peter DeLuise is 48; actor Ethan Hawke is 44; and actress Emma Stone is 26.

Today is Meet the Press Day. honoring television's oldest program. The news program made its TV debut on November 6th of 1947. It had been on radio from 1945. Today is Saxophone Day, the birth anniversary of Adolph Sax, who invented the instrument. Today is National Nachos Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1861, the inventor of basketball, James Naismith, was born. In 1923, Jacob Schick was granted a patent for the electric shaver. In 1965, The Rolling Stones’ Get Off Of My Cloud was number one in both the United States and Britain. In 1993, the Evander Holyfield-Riddick Bowe boxing match in Las Vegas was interrupted in the seventh round when an intruder, using a paraglider, tried to fly into the ring. Holyfield won the 12-round bout. In 1995, Art Modell, the owner of the Cleveland Browns, announced plans to move his team to Baltimore. In 1997, almost a hundred drunk migrating song birds crashed into store windows in downtown Iowa City, Iowa. The birds had stopped to dine at a nearby berry tree where the berries were beginning to ferment. Local bird lovers quickly closed the saloon by spreading a tarp over it. In 2005, US gasoline prices fell an average of 23 cents per gallon -- to pre-Hurricane Katrina levels. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline was $2.43, about 20 cents lower than it had been a few days before August 29th storm.

The drummer for AC/DC, Phil Rudd has been charged with attempting to have two men killed. The 60-year-old appeared in a New Zealand court facing a count of attempting to procure the murder of two men. He was also charged with threatening to kill, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of cannabis. The names of the men he allegedly wanted killed and the name of the alleged potential hitman have been suppressed. Rudd entered no plea to the charges at the Tauranga District Court, and was bailed until November 27th according to local media.

Hold the presses. Earlier this week came the news that the Gingerbread Latte was no longer going to be available in Pacific Northwest Starbucks. Well, Starbucks heard our cries. Yesterday, they announced that they will be bringing back the iconic favorite after multiple emails, tweets, and phone calls from disgruntled fans. A new blog post from Starbucks states: "This week you let us know through email, tweets, and phone calls that these drinks are an indispensable part of your holiday traditions. These messages were emotional, personal. We’re honored you care so much -- and chagrined we risked dimming your holiday brightness, even a little." Starbucks wrote, "We heard you, and we’re taking action.We are pleased to announce we’re bringing back the Eggnog Latte just in time for the holidays. It should begin arriving in most stores beginning the week of Nov. 17. And to our customers in the Pacific Northwest who also made it known you wanted your Gingerbread Latte back, we also are working quickly to deliver. "

The NFL announced next year's London games. On October 4th, the New York Jets face the Miami Dolphins. On October 25th, the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars square off. The Detroit Lions and the Kansas City Chiefs meet up on November 1st. The Seahawks are once again staying here in the good ol' US of A.

The National Toy Hall of Fame announced their newest members today. For Little Green Army Men, it's mission accomplished. The molded plastic must-haves for generations of pretend soldiers were inducted into the Hall today, along with the 1980s stumper Rubik's Cube, and bubbles. The trio of toys takes its place alongside other classics including Barbie, GI Joe, Scrabble, and the hula hoop after beating out nine other finalists including Fisher-Price Little People, American Girl dolls, and My Little Pony.

Baskin Robbins has announced that its flavor of the month will be "First Class Camouflage" in honor of Veterans Day to pay tribute to the troops. It's a combination of chocolate, salty caramel, and cake-flavored ice cream.

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel reportedly are set to become first-time parents. Rumors suggesting the couple is expecting have been rumbling for weeks, and the speculation was recently fueled after Instyle magazine editor-in-chief Ariel Foxman publicly congratulated the actress on the baby news. Alongside an photo of Biel and Foxman from 2012, he wrote, "Congrats @jessicabiel on your impending motherhood… Looking forward to the red carpet maternity style pix to come." Biel remained silent about the rumors, and the post was subsequently deleted, but now multiple sources tell Us Weekly the news is true.

Not long after Bono said "sorry ’bout that" for forcing millions of people to download Songs of Innocence, news comes that U2 will once again invading your home with a weeklong visit on The Tonight Show as musical guest. Bono and Company will join Jimmy Fallon for the week of November 17th.

Forbes has once again named Vladimir Putin as the World’s Most Powerful Person. Don't know if it's related or not but Putin just announced that he’s moving Russian clocks backward to permanently put them on what’s called in Russia winter time.

Trivia Answer: Sally Margaret Field who turns 68 today. Her first television role was as Gidget. She became a household name when she landed the role of Sister Bertrille in The Flying Nun.

  • In the 1970s, she was known for her roles in Sybil, Smokey and the Bandit and Norma Rae.
  • In the 1980s, for Absence of Malice, Places in the Heart and Steel Magnolias.
  • In the 1990s, for Not Without My Daughter, Mrs. Doubtfire, Forrest Gump and Eye for an Eye.
  • In the 2000s, for her roles on the TV shows ER and Brothers & Sisters.
  • In the 2010s in The Amazing Spider-Man and Lincoln.

She has also performed in numerous other roles. Coming up on Tuesday, November 11th, , Sally appears on Henry Louis Gates' PBS series Finding Your Roots. She found out that she descends from William Bradford, who sailed to America on the Mayflower, while another ancestor was a loyalist who helped the British.

Wednesday 11.5.14
Today's Trivia: This Academy Award-winning actress is best known for her film work as a child actress in the 1970s. She remains the youngest actor, at the age of 10, to win a contended Oscar. Who is she?

Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager won his first Gold Glove yesterday. Rawlings announced the winners. Managers and coaches voted for the awards in their own leagues. The Society for American Baseball Research's Defensive Index factored about 25 percent into the results. There were six first-time winners including Seager.

Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson avoided jail yesterday by reaching a deal with Texas prosecutors to resolve a child abuse case that revived a national debate about corporal punishment. Peterson was sentenced to a form of probation after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault for using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son. It was not immediately clear how the plea deal would affect his playing status or whether he might be subject to a new NFL policy that calls for a six-game suspension without pay for a first domestic violence offense.

We've reached the midpoint of the Seahawks’ season, and the football world is finally starting to accept that Seattle isn’t the dominant team it became by the end of 2013. Now at 5-and-3 and trailing the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC West, the Seahawks are struggling through 2014. But that doesn’t mean they’re not having success. After Sunday's 30-24 win over the Oakland Raiders, the national football media are catching up to the local folks and are now talking about the Seahawks' ability to push through a ton of injuries. Seattle has been finding ways to win despite missing more than a handful of Week 1 starters. Sunday, they're back at the CLink, this time hosting the New York Giants. Kick-off Sunday afternoon at 1:25.

Birthdays: Actress Elke Sommer is 74; singer Art Garfunkel is 73; actor and playwright Sam Shepard is 71; the frontman for Herman’s Hermits, Peter Noone is 67; divorced from lawyer Robert Kardashian, she has been married to Bruce Jenner since 1991, but is currently separated, Kris Jenner is 59; singer Bryan Adams is 55; the original Annie in Annie, actress and singer Andrea McArdle is 51; and singer Ryan Adams is 40.

Today is Roy Rogers Day. The King of the Cowboys was born Leonard Sly in Cincinnati on this date in 1912. He died in 1998. Today is the 37th wedding anniversary of former President George W. and Laura Bush. They were married in Midland, Texas, on Nov. 5, 1977. Twin daughters Barbara and Jenna were born in 1981. Today is Gunpowder Day in England, marking a plot to blow up Parliament in 1605. The plot failed when 20 barrels of gunpowder were discovered under Parliament. Guy Fawkes and seven other conspirators were beheaded.

I must say the Capitol Campus looked just a shade redder as I drove by on my way in to work this morning.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1935, Parker Brothers introduced the board game Monopoly. In 1946, Chuck Connors of the Boston Celtics became the first basketball player in history to shatter a glass backboard during an NBA game. Connors later starred as TV's Rifleman. In 1959, the American Football League was formed. The original eight teams included the Houston Oilers, New York Titans, Buffalo Bills, Boston Patriots, Los Angeles Chargers, Dallas Texans, Oakland Raiders, and Denver Broncos. The AFL merged into the NFL in 1967. In 2003, Green River Killer Gary Ridgway pleaded guilty to 48 counts of murder. In 2004, the Texas Board of Education approved middle school textbooks after publishers made changes defining marriage as being between a man and a woman. In 2007, the Android mobile operating system was unveiled by Google.

Some say they haven't felt this betrayed by Starbucks since Howard Schultz sold the Sonics. Ok, that might be a stretch but folks were still very saddened to hear about the retirement of the Gingerbread Latte in Pacific Northwest Starbucks stores. After a week of exciting Starbucks news (a delivery service was announced last Friday and Red Cups arrived in stores on Saturday), this slipped through the cracks. Turns out, those in the Puget Sound area who love Gingerbread Lattes are the minority. Although the flavor is a hit in the rest of the country, here in our corner of the world sales are low. So what's the Northwest's most preferred holiday drink? The data says we gulp down more Eggnog Lattes by far than anywhere else in the country. So with a country split in half, Starbucks split the difference. They retired Gingerbread Lattes in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, northern Idaho and pockets of Canada – and retired Eggnog Lattes in the rest of the country.

Of a dozen toy contenders, two are being inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame at the National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York tomorrow. The finalists are American Girl Dolls, Bubbles, Fisher-Price Little People, Hess Toy Trucks, Little Green Army Men, My Little Pony, Operation Skill Game, Paper Airplane, Pots and Pans, Rubik's Cube, Slip ‘N Slide, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The new winners to be announced tomorrow morning.

A new report says that last year over $2 billion in US lottery winnings went unclaimed. Sort of in that vein, jewelry, coins, stamps, and other valuables from unclaimed safe deposit boxes are being auctioned November 19th and 20th at the James G. Murphy auction house in Kenmore. The 2,400 items were turned over to the state Department of Revenue after financial institutions lost touch with the owners and fees went unpaid for five years. State law requires the Department of Revenue to auction off the contents if the owners haven't been found within five years of receipt. The department holds the proceeds for the owners or heirs to claim. The department is currently holding more than $1 billion in a variety of unclaimed treasures. Bidders for the safe deposit boxes can view auction items online.

New York State Police stopped a guy on suspicion of speeding on Interstate 95 early on Sunday morning. The man, who appeared drunk, was arrested and taken into a trooper station. When troopers printed out the results of his breathalyzer results, which showed a blood alcohol level well above the New York state legal limit, he grabbed the paper printout and attempted to eat it.

Trivia Answer: Tatum Beatrice O'Neal. She’s 51 today. She’s the daughter of actor Ryan O'Neal. In 1974, she became the youngest person ever to win a competitive Academy Award, a record that still stands. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Golden Globe Award for New Star Of The Year -- Actress for her performance in Paper Moon. She played the role of Addie Loggins, a child con artist being tutored by a Depression-era grifter played by her father, Ryan. She was 10 years old at the time she won the award. O'Neal's acting career took a backseat to her 1986 marriage to John McEnroe, the professional tennis player, for many years. They separated in December 1992 and were divorced in 1994. Following the divorce, O'Neal's drug problems reemerged and she developed an addiction to heroin. As a result of her drug problems, McEnroe obtained custody of their children in 1998. In 2011,Tatum wrote a new collection of memoirs titled Found: A Daughter's Journey Home, which dealt with her tempestuous relationship with her father, volatile marriage to John McEnroe, and her 2008 drug arrest.

Tuesday 11.4.14
Today's Trivia: He was a broadcast journalist. He was often cited as "the most trusted man in America" after being so named in an opinion poll. He reported many events from 1937 to 1981, including bombings in World War II; the Nuremberg trials; combat in the Vietnam War; Watergate; the Iran Hostage Crisis; and the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and John Lennon. He was also known for his extensive coverage of the US space program. Who was he?

Monday Night Football: Andrew Luck threw for four touchdowns and the Colts' defense kept Eli Manning and the Giants off balance in Indianapolis' 40-24 romp last night. With his franchise-record seventh consecutive 300-yard game, Luck led the Colts to a lopsided win just a week after that 51-34 loss to Pittsburgh. It was New York's third straight defeat ... and we're hoping the Seahawks add one more loss to that streak. Hawks and Giants at the CLink on Sunday. Seahawks are favored by 9.

The baseball awards season continues and the Mariners picked up a couple of deserving winners in the annual MLB Players’ Choice Awards, which aired last night on MLB Network. Felix Hernandez was given the award for most outstanding pitcher in the American League, beating out Cleveland’s Corey Kluber and Chicago's Chris Sale -- his likely competition for the AL Cy Young Award. Hernandez is a finalist for a Gold Glove award, which is being announced this afternoon, and he’s the favorite to win the AL Cy Young which is being announced on the 12th. Chris Young was also recognized. He was named the American League Comeback Player of the Year by his fellow players in the annual Major League Baseball Players Choice Awards.

Birthdays: Hotlips Houlihan on M*A*S*H, actress Loretta Swit is 77; ; former First Lady Laura Bush is 68; Christine Sullivan on Night Court, actress Markie Post is 64; pianist Yanni is 60; actress Kathy Griffin is 54; the host of Survivor Jeff Probst is 53; The Karate Kid, actor Ralph Macchio is 53; actor Matthew McConaughey is 46; and rapper/producer Sean Combs, also known as Puff Daddy, Diddy, and P. Diddy, is 45.

Today is Will Rogers Day in Oklahoma, marking his birth on this date in 1879. Today is Use Your Common Sense Day, always on Will Rogers' birthday. Rogers said, "Common sense ain't all that common." Today is Honeymoon Day, a day to celebrate honeymoon memories. Today is Reverse Bite Day, a day to tilt your head in the other direction to eat your taco. Today is National Candy Day. Today is also Election Day!

Calendar notes: On this date in 1861, UW opened as the territorial University of Washington. In 1939, air conditioners in cars were introduced in Chicago by Packard Motor Company. In 1961, Bob Dylan earned $20.00 for his first concert at Carnegie Hall. Only 50 people showed up. Tickets were $2.00. In 1963, during a Beatles' appearance in the Royal Variety Performance in London, John Lennon cracked, "Those of you in the cheaper seats clap -- the rest of you can rattle your jewelry." In 1978, Boston played their first show in the city of Boston. In 2010, Microsoft's Kinect was launched worldwide.

Red Lobster plans to revamp its menu to focus more on ... ready for this? Seafood. Red Lobster says upcoming changes to its menu in all 705 stores emphasize offerings from beneath the sea, removing items that stray from its history as a seafood brand.

Here we go. This year, Kmart is sticking with its dubious tradition and opening on Thanksgiving Day. Like last year, they’re opening at 6 that morning and will keep the doors open until midnight on Saturday. According to a press release, Kmart has opened its doors on Thanksgiving morning to Black Friday "early birds" for the last 22 years.

It was clearly a slip of the tongue, but many Austrians were not amused because they hear it all too often: Expressing his gratitude for the hosting of a major conference in Vienna, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon offered his thanks to -- Australia. Ban recovered yesterday about 20 minutes into his news conference. Tipped off by aides, he apologized, noting he knows full well that there are "no kangaroos in Austria." Ban was addressing a pet Austrian peeve: Tourists often say Australia when they mean Austria. Cashing in on the mistake, many Vienna souvenir shops stock t-shirts with a crossed-out picture of the bouncy marsupial and the slogan "There are no kangaroos in Austria."

Picking out a quality wine is tough. You can use an app or a list, but in a pinch, try judging the quality of the label. The food site The Savory says that a cheap label on the outside may mean inferior wine on the inside. The Savory says: "If a producer has opted to print on noticeably cheap paper you can be fairly certain that corners might well have been cut in other areas too."

Trivia Answer: Walter Cronkite who was born on this date in 1916. He was best known as the anchor for the CBS Evening News for 19 years. Cronkite is well known for his departing catchphrase "And that's the way it is," followed by the date on which the appearance aired. He died on July 17th of 2009 at the age of 92. He is believed to have died from cerebrovascular disease.

Monday 11.3.14
Today's Trivia: He's stand-up comedian, political commentator, actor, sports commentator, and television and radio personality. He's known for his critical assessments laced with pop culture references. He rose to fame as a cast member of Saturday Night Live in 1985, and subsequently hosted a string of his own talk shows on HBO, CNBC and in syndication. Although in his early years of fame he was perceived to be quite liberal and anti-Republican, in recent years, he's become known for his right leaning political opinions. Who is he?

Marshawn Lynch rushed for two first-half touchdowns, Bruce Irvin tipped and intercepted Derek Carr's pass and returned it 35 yards for another score and the Seattle Seahawks beat the Oakland Raiders 30-24 yesterday. The Seahawks won their second straight behind a strong first half, three field goals from Steven Hauschka and a defense that made Carr look like a rookie much of the afternoon. Not all was perfect for Seattle. Russell Wilson struggled through one of his worst passing games and the Seahawks failed to capitalize on numerous chances to rout the winless Raiders. Lynch finished with 67 yards rushing and another 76 receiving as the Seahawks handed Oakland its 14th straight loss dating to last season. A couple other scores of note. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots shredded the Denver Broncos 43-21, and the San Francisco 49ers fell to the St. Louis Rams 13-10. The Seahawks play at home again this upcoming weekend as they host the New York Giants Sunday afternoon at 1:00.

The NFL in prime time: Sunday Night Football featured Ben Roethlisberger tossing six touchdown passes -- to go along with the six he had last week -- to lead the Steelers over the Ravens 43-23. Tonight on Monday Night Football, we get a preview of the Hawks' next opponent as the NY Giants host Indianapolis Colts tonight at 5:30 on ESPN.

Saturday, the Washington Huskies bulldozed the Colorado Buffaloes 38-23. The Huskies overcame a 20-17 halftime deficit to snap a two-game skid. The Buffaloes lost their fifth straight game. The Dawgs host UCLA Saturday afternoon.

Southern California crushed Washington State 44-17 Saturday. Southern Cal, coming off a last-second 24-21 loss at Utah the previous weekend, had 527 yards of total offense to 442 for Washington State. The Cougars now look to bounce back with a road game against Oregon State on Saturday.

Birthdays: From F Troop (Capt. Wilton Parmenter) and elsewhere, actor Ken Berry is 81; former Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis is 81; the singer Lulu is 66; boxer Larry Holmes is 65; actress and comedian Roseanne Barr is 62; Steven Spielberg’s wife, actress Kate Capshaw is 61; Mimi on The Drew Carey Show, actress Kathy Kinney is 60; singer Adam Ant is 60; player turned sportscaster Phil Simms is 60; actor Dolph Lundgren is 57; and San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick is 27

One woman took her 84th birthday celebration to new heights. Dodie Bruening of Irmo, South Carolina, went skydiving last week. Skydiving has been on the top of Bruening's bucket list since she was a child. She was all geared up to go for her 80th birthday when an accident kept her from checking the item off her list but she got 'er done last week.

Today is National Sandwich Day. Today is Cliche Day. Urge everyone to use as many clichés as possible today. Today is National Housewives Day -- a day that recognizes the importance of stay at home wives and moms. Also referred to as Retro Housewife Day. Today is Today is Let Someone Have the Last Word Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1952, a supermarket in Chester, New York, offered history's first frozen bread for sale, using a Birdseye quick-freeze process. It didn't catch on, but Clarence's frozen peas, introduced the same day, are still selling. In 1972, James Taylor and Carly Simon were married in New York City. In 1975, Good Morning America premiered on ABC-TV. In 1998, Minnesotans elected former pro wrestler Jesse 'The Body' Ventura to be their governor.

A dark crime thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a freelance cameraman in the high-speed world of siren-chasing journalism, Nightcrawler topped sluggish weekend domestic box office charts with $10.9 million in ticket sales. Ouija, last weekend's box office leader, was second by a razor-thin margin, selling about $9,000 fewer in tickets. The World War Two war film Fury was third. The Ben Affleck thriller Gone Girl, which led the box office for two weekends in October, continued its strong play finishing fourth.

More than a decade after New York City's twin towers were demolished in a terrorist attack, the World Trade Center is again open for business. The new building -- a 104-story skyscraper -- standing at 1,776 feet tall cost almost $4 billion to build and is about 60 percent leased.

Despite high winds and frigid temperatures, daredevil Nik Wallenda completed two skywalks in Chicago and in the process broke two world records. The first walk was on a wire with a 19-degree slant, set the record for steepest incline for tightrope walking between two buildings. For the second stunt, Wallenda was blindfolded as he traversed a wire more than 500 feet in the air. That set the record for the highest blindfolded walk ever recorded.

I'm thinking tonight will be when we really notice the time change as we're back into our regular routines. Sunset tonight is coming up at 4:52 this afternoon.

NBC has canceled its comedies Bad Judge and A to Z due to poor ratings. Both shows will remain on the air through their 13-episode orders, but no new installments will be taped beyond that. Meanwhile, Fox has canceled Utopia.

Dancing With the Stars pays tribute tonight to well-known twosomes, both real and fictional, during dynamic duo night tonight. And for the first time this season, the couple with the highest overall score for the night will be granted immunity from elimination. It's tonight on ABC.

Virgin Galactic on Saturday identified 39-year-old Michael Alsbury as the pilot who died Friday when SpaceShipTwo broke apart during a test flight and crashed in the Mojave Desert. Meanwhile, the National Transportation Safety Board said its investigation into the crash could take a full year to complete. Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson said at a Saturday press conference, "We are determined to find out what went wrong,"

The Sistine Chapel is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, attracting thousands of visitors a day. That traffic is wreaking havoc on the 500-year-old ceiling, but Vatican officials are hoping a new lighting and HVAC system will help keep Michaelangelo's famous fresco from deteriorating. Sensors and cameras mounted in the chapel will keep humidity levels in check while the 7,000 LED lights illuminate the artwork without emitting too much heat.

On Saturday a guy in Australia decided to board the carcass of a dead whale that had been floating in the water for several weeks. He was filmed 'surfing' it for fun until he noticed that the waters all around him were spotted with hungry sharks. His friends, who had dared this guy to do it, came to his rescue with their nearby boat.

Trivia Answer: Dennis Miller who turns 61 today. In 2000, Miller landed the job as color commentator on ABC's Monday Night Football. His commentary was sprinkled with esoteric references. A common Miller-ism was after a Hail Mary pass fell incomplete, he would say "Hail Mary is denied – separation of church and state." After two seasons, Miller and former San Diego Chargers' quarterback Dan Fouts (who worked alongside play-by-play man Al Michaels) were replaced by the veteran football commentator John Madden. In 2010, TV Guide listed Miller's stint at #12 on its list of the 25 Biggest TV Blunders.