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Thursday 8.17.17
Morning Trivia: This opened on this date -- August 17th -- back in 1907. It's one of the oldest continually operated markets in the United States. It's a place of business for many small farmers, craftspeople, and merchants. It's home to nearly 500 residents who live in 8 different buildings throughout the Market. Most of the buildings have been low income housing in the past; however, some of them no longer are, such as the Livingston Baker apartments. It's a popular tourist destination seeing some 10 million visitors annually. What are we talking about?

Recently acquired Yonder Alonso hit his first homer for Seattle and drove in three runs, and Marc Rzepczynski struck out Chris Davis with the bases loaded in the ninth and the Mariners get the win, 7-6, over the Baltimore Orioles last night. The wild card-hopeful Mariners won their second in a row and capped a 2-and-5 homestand, their only games at Safeco Field this month. Seattle opened the month with eight games on the road. Now the Ms head out on a four-city, 12-game trip. After a day off today, the Ms are off to Tampa Bay where Erasmo Ramirez opens a three-game series tomorrow.

The Seahawks are back in action playing their second pre-season game of the year -- the first at Century Link Field -- tomorrow night at 7:00 against the Minnesota Vikings.

Birthdays: Actor Robert De Niro is 74; Go-Go Belinda Carlisle is 59; actor Sean Penn is 57; Chucky -- sportscaster and former coach Jon Gruden is 54; a founding member of New Kids on the Block, now an actor, Donnie Wahlberg is 48; and tennis player Jim Courier is 47.

Today is National Thriftshop Day. Watch for sales and specials today at Thriftshops in celebration. Today is #2 Pencil Day. Today is Drink Coffee at the Office from A Sippy Cup Day, just see if anyone notices.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1970, Christine McVie joined Fleetwood Mac as the group's first female member. In 1987, the movie Dirty Dancing, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey opened throughout the US. In 1992, Las Vegas singer Wayne Newton filed for bankruptcy protection, admitting that he owed some $20 million. In 1994, actor David Caruso quit the ABC drama NYPD Blue and was replaced by Jimmy Smits. In 1996, Ross Perot was announced to be the Reform Party's presidential candidate. It was the party's first-ever candidate. In 2001, a 45-year-old family doctor in London took do-it-yourself to a new level by performing a vasectomy on himself. Dr Jonathan Heatley performed his own surgery with the help of his wife and a nurse. The doctor, who had performed some 400 vasectomies, said everything went well, but advised others not to try it at home. In 2002, down in Santa Rosa, California, the Charles M. Schulz Museum opened to the public.

When Mary Grams lost her diamond engagement ring in her Alberta, Canada, garden in 2004 she thought it was gone for good. This week it was found on a carrot, plucked from the soil on the family farm. Grams has had the ring since 1951, a year before she married her husband, Norman. After it was lost she quickly replaced it. She didn't even tell him. She says the carrot looks a bit like a finger wearing a ring.

Trivia Answer: Seattle's Pike Place Market overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront. Named after the central street, Pike Place runs northwest from Pike Street to Virginia Street, and remains one of Seattle's most popular tourist destinations. The Market is built on the edge of a steep hill, and consists of several lower levels located below the main level. Each features a variety of unique shops such as antique dealers, comic book and collectible shops, small family-owned restaurants, and one of the oldest head shops in Seattle. The upper street level contains fishmongers, fresh produce stands, and craft stalls operating in the covered arcades. Local farmers and craftspeople sell year-round in the arcades from tables they rent from the Market on a daily basis, in accordance with the Market's mission and founding goal: allowing consumers to "Meet the Producer". The Market is run by the quasi-government Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA).

Wednesday 8.16.17
Morning Trivia: This magazine has over 3 million subscribers and is read by 23 million people each week, over 18 million of them are men. It was the first magazine with circulation over one million to win the National Magazine Award for General Excellence twice. Its annual swimsuit issue, which has been published since 1964, is now a publishing event that generates its own television shows, videos and calendars. What is the magazine?

Andrew Albers earned his first major league win in four years, pitching five effective innings as the Seattle Mariners beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 last night to snap a five-game losing streak. Up next, a matinee to complete the series. The Ms and Os meet up today.

The Seattle Seahawks second pre-season game of the year -- the first at Century Link Field -- is Friday night at 7:00 against the Minnesota Vikings.

Birthdays: Catwoman on Batman, actress Julie Newmar is 84; actress Lesley Ann Warren is 71; TV personality Kathie Lee Gifford is 64; director James Cameron is 63; founding member and lead guitarist of INXS, Tim Farriss is 60; Madonna is 59; actor Timothy Hutton is 57; actor Steve Carell is 55; singer Vanessa Carlton is 37; and Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's daughter, actress Rumer Willis is 29.

It's National Bratwurst Day, National Roller Coaster Day, National Rum Day, and National Tell a Joke Day. Today is Wave at Surveillance Cameras Day. Today is Remember What Your Spouse Wore the First Time You Met Day. Can you do it? Perhaps related, today is National True Love Forever Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1975, Peter Gabriel announced he was leaving Genesis. In 1977, Elvis Presley died. Although many suspect Elvis accidentally administered himself a drug overdose, the official verdict was coronary arhythmia. He was 42. In 1978, James Earl Ray, convicted assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., told a Capitol Hill hearing he did not commit the crime, claiming he'd been set up by a mysterious man named Raoul. In 1983, Paul Simon married actress Carrie Fisher in New York. They divorced in 1985. In 1985, Madonna married Sean Penn in Malibu. She wore a leather teddy; he wore boxing gloves. They divorced in 1989. In 1992, tree surgeons Bill Droneburg and Melody Cline of Walla Walla, Washington, were married 20 feet off the ground in a maple tree. In 1999, in Russia, Vladimir Putin was confirmed as prime minister by the lower house of parliament. In 2002, scientists at the University of Glasgow in Scotland published research validating the so-called "beer goggles" effect. In their study of 120 male and female students, those who had drunk a moderate amount of alcohol found the faces of the opposite sex 25% more attractive than their sober counterparts.

Facebook and Reddit have both confirmed that they've shut down numerous hate groups. Reddit says that it shut down the subreddit ‘Physical_Removal’ for content that “incites violence” and thus violates its content policy. Facebook banned several hate groups (including Physical Removal), pulled the event page for the Unite the Right march that conducted the violence in Charlottesville, and removed most links to a Daily Stormer article trying to justify the murder of protester Heather Heyer.

The eclipse is coming up Monday. Here in Olympia, things get started at 9:07 Monday morning when the partial eclipse begins as the moon touches the sun's edge. We achieve maximum eclipse with the moon closest to the center of the sun at 10:19 Monday morning. The whole deal wraps up at 11:38 as the partial eclipse ends as the moon leaves the sun's edge.

Trivia Answer: Sports Illustrated, owned by Time Inc. Its first issue was published on this date in 1954. At first, it was not profitable (and would not be so for 12 years). The popularity of spectator sports in the United States was about to explode, and that popularity came to be driven largely by three things: economic prosperity, television, and Sports Illustrated. Since 1954, Sports Illustrated magazine has annually presented the Sportsman of the Year award to "the athlete or team whose performance that year most embodies the spirit of sportsmanship and achievement." Roger Bannister won the first-ever Sportsman of the Year award thanks to his record breaking time of 3:59.4 for a mile (the first-ever time a mile had been run under four minutes).

Tuesday 8.15.17
Morning Trivia: This actor was best known for playing private detective Joe Mannix in the CBS television series Mannix from 1967 to 1975, a role which earned him a Golden Globe Award in 1970, the first of six straight nominations, as well as four consecutive Emmy nominations from 1970 through 1973. In addition to his work on television, he appeared in numerous films. Who was he?

Games like last night's debacle with the Mariners makes one thankful that the Seahawks' regular season gets underway September 10th. Last night, Baltimore's Tim Beckham hit the first pitch of the game out for his first career leadoff homer ... and that pretty much set the tone for the evening. Manny Machado hit the sixth grand slam of his career an inning later. Seattle was down 7-2 after two innings. The Baltimore Orioles went on to route the Ms 11-3 last night. Seattle's sudden fade from the wild-card race continued. The Mariners lost their fifth straight -- all at home -- coming off a nine-game road trip where they went 6-3 and were holding the second wild-card spot in the AL. Starting pitching continued to be the primary issue for Seattle. Up next, former Mariner Wade Miley goes for his third straight win tonight. For the Ms, Andrew Albers makes his first start in the majors since September 2016.

A person familiar with the deal says the Miami Dolphins have signed undrafted free agent receiver Trey Griffey, the son of Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. Griffey had 79 catches for 1,241 yards and six touchdowns in four seasons at Arizona. A center fielder in baseball, he was drafted in the 24th round of the 2016 draft by the Seattle Mariners but opted to stay with football.

Birthdays: Sally Rogers on The Dick Van Dyke Show, actress Rose Marie is 94; Marilyn Munster on The Munsters, actess Pat Priest is 81; author and journalist Linda Ellerbee is 73; singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb is 71; Ritchie Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show, actor Larry Mathews is 62; businesswoman and philanthropist Melinda Gates is 53; former player now a coach, Scott Brosius who's spent time with the Tacoma Rainiers and Seattle Mariners this year, is 51; Grace on Will & Grace, actress Debra Messing is 49; actor Ben Affleck is 45; and actress Jennifer Lawrence is 27.

Today is National Lemon Meringue Pie Day. Today is National Relaxation Day, an excuse for every overworked, underpaid person to do what they'd rather be doing. Today's the one day every year when it is acceptable to ignore phone calls, disregard e-mails and take it easy because it's National Relaxation Day. It seems like there is a holiday for everything and sure enough, today is National Failures Day. You're encouraged to be fearless and make failure matter.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1877, Thomas Edison wrote to the president of the Telegraph Company in Pittsburgh. The letter stated that the word, "hello" would be a more appropriate greeting than "ahoy" when answering the telephone. In 1911, Procter & Gamble of Cincinnati introduced Crisco hydrogenated shortening. In 1965, The Beatles played at Shea Stadium for an audience of 56 thousand. The crowd set a record for attendance at a rock concert. A record was also set by the money taken in, a whopping 304-thousand dollars. The event was later regarded as the birth of stadium rock. In 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in a field near Bethel, New York. Almost 400,000 rock fans heard Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, Santana, The Grateful Dead, The Who, Creedance Clearwater Revival, and Sly and the Family Stone. Two children were born during the 3-day festival; three people died. In 1977, eight-year-old Rebecca Chase sank a hole-in-one on the 125-yard par-3 fifth hole at Oak Knoll golf course in The Dalles, Oregon. It was the first hole she ever played. In 2001, astronomers announced the discovery of the first solar system outside our own. They had discovered two planets orbiting a star in the Big Dipper. In 2004, in Athens, the US men's basketball team lost 92-73 to Puerto Rico, only the third Olympic defeat ever for the Americans and the first since adding pro players.

There’s an interesting survey of adult men and women who are right at age 30. Only 38% feel like they’re grown up adults -- the kind who pay mortgages, have retirement accounts, and no longer eat Captain Crunch for breakfast. One in five insist they are not adults. Half are not quite sure where they fit in.

Kind of a cool deal here. Members of the Charlottesville Fire Department got a break yesterday when several fire departments from the surrounding regions voluntarily sent their employees to cover shifts in order to provide Charlottesville firefighters with a day of rest following the events of the past weekend.

Trivia Answer: Mike Connors who was born on this date in 1925. Mannix was originally produced by Desilu Productions. Then-president Lucille Ball pushed for CBS to keep the show on air after a lackluster first season in the ratings. This move enabled the show to become a long-running hit for the network. Connors died earlier this year. He died in Tarzana, California, a week after being diagnosed with leukemia on January 26th of 2017 at the age of 91.

Monday 8.14.17
Morning Trivia: Still in limited release over four decades after its premiere, this movie has the longest-running release in film history. It opened at the USA Theatre in Westwood, Los Angeles, California on this date in 1975. It gained notoriety as a midnight movie in 1977 when audiences began participating with the film in theatres. Can you name the movie?

The smoke is gone! My daughter texted me Saturday night about 8:15 to let me know that it was raining! Temps this week should stay in the 70s! Yay all the way around.

Quarterback Trevone Boykin and wide receiver Kasen Williams came to play and improved their roster greatly. Boykin completed 12 of 15 throws for 189 yards and touchdown, and ran for another score to erase a shoddy start to training camp behind starter Russell Wilson. Williams, a former University of Washington undrafted free agent, broke out with four circus catches for 119 yards. And the Seahawks’ reserves showed how much better they are right now than the Chargers' over the final 3 1/2 quarters of Seattle’s 48-17 romp past the newest sports team in Los Angeles last night in the preseason opener. The Seahawks scored their second-most points in a preseason game in team history. Their only more prolific summer exhibition: 55 points in 1979. Russell Wilson played one series, leading the first-team offense to Blair Walsh’s 42-yard field goal on the opening drive that went eight plays and 51 yards. He completed three of four throws for 41 yards. Two of those completions went for 30 yards to Paul Richardson, the oft-injured wide receiver starting with Tyler Lockett not playing. Lockett is still on the mend from that broken leg he suffered back in December. The only negative for the Seahawks was the only thing no team wants in faux games. Richardson left with a shoulder injury of unknown severity, after those two catches on the first drive. Reserve safety Jordan Simone left with a knee injury covering a kickoff. The Hawks' second pre-season contest is coming up against the Minnesota Vikings Friday night at 7:00 at the CLink.

A promising weekend ended with a resounding thud for the Seattle Mariners. Parker Bridwell threw six strong innings and the Los Angeles Angels completed a four-game sweep, beating the Mariners 4-2 yesterday for their sixth straight win. Bridwell gave up one run on four hits. The rookie has won five decisions in a row, helping the Angels move into the second spot in the AL wild-card race. The Mariners scored twice in the ninth before Keynan Middleton held on for his second save. Ariel Miranda struggled with his control, giving up a career-high six walks. He is winless in seven starts. Up next, the Ms host the Baltimore Orioles for a three-game set starting tonight.

Birthdays: Half of Seals & Crofts, singer Dash Crofts is 77; the Crosby in Crosby, Stills, Nash and sometimes Young, David Crosby is 76; comedian, now a banjo player, Steve Martin is 72; Huggy Bear on Starsky and Hutch, actor Antonio Fargas is 71; Kate on Kate & Allie and she was the wife on McMillan and Wife, actress Susan St. James is also 71; romance novelist Danielle Steel is 70; cartoonist of The Far Side, Gary Larson is 67; basketball’s Earvin Magic Johnson is 57; Cindy Brady on The Brady Bunch, Susan Olsen is 56; actress Halle Berry is 51; Mila Kunis is 34; and football's (baseball's?) Tim Tebow is 30.

Today is National Financial Awareness Day, a day established to educate the public in the basic financial principals needed to form the foundation for financially sound practices from early adulthood through retirement. Today is International Nagging Day, a day to celebrate and remember the gift of positive nagging, particularly by parents. Today is Wiffle Ball Day. Wiffles were introduced on this date in 1953. Today is National Creamsicle Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1935, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, creating a system of federal income insurance for the elderly. In 1971, Rod Stewart released Maggie May. It became his breakthrough single in the United States and went to number one. In 1976, the Gagers beat the Elbows 491 to 467 in a 365-inning softball game at Monticello, New York, the longest softball game on record. Starting at 10:00 the morning of August 14th, the game was called because of rain and fog at 4:00 the afternoon of August 15th. The 70 players raised $4,000 to build a new softball field for a local hospital. In 1981, the BBC recording of the Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana became the #1 album in Britain. In 1992, a health board in Massachusetts briefly closed a Chinese restaurant for the way it drained water from cabbage. The restaurant workers had placed the cabbages in laundry bags between two pieces of plywood in the parking lot and drove over them in a van. In 1999, 765,000 tickets to a Backstreet Boys North American tour were sold in one day. In 2015, in Havana, Cuba, the US Embassy was re-opened after being closed 54 years earlier.

Annabelle: Creation may not be able to save the summer -- which, after this weekend, will only fall farther behind last year's pace -- but it is doing its part to frighten audiences into theaters. The fouurth installment in what has become the Conjuring extended universe, racked up $35 million over the weekend. That's a strong start for the horror flick, which was made for about $15 million. And good enough for the top spot for the weekend. Dunkirk continues to show strong during its fourth weekend, as it holds onto second place. While Landing at number three, the sequel Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature appears to be a miss. It made $8.9 million. That's less than half of the first Nut Job movie. Next is The Dark Tower at number four, and The Emoji Movie rounds out the top five.

Think you have to be young and spry to dribble a basketball down a court? Think again. The San Diego Senior Women’s Basketball Association, which has 14 teams of women over age 50, has one team that stands out. They’re called The Splash, and every member of the team is 80 and over. And the members of The Splash aren't just there to socialize and get some exercise. 91-year-old Meg Skinner says, "We play to win."

Trivia Answer: The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It's a 1975 British musical comedy horror film based on The Rocky Horror Show, a musical stage play. The production is a humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through early 1970s. It introduces Tim Curry and features Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick. The film opened at the USA Theatre in Westwood, Los Angeles, on August 14th of 1975. It did well at that location, but not elsewhere. The cult following did not begin until the film began its midnight run at the Waverly Theater in New York City in April of 1976. Prior to the midnight screenings' success, the film was withdrawn from its eight opening cities due to very small audiences, and its planned New York opening (on Halloween night) was cancelled. It was re-released around college campuses on a double-bill with another rock music film parody, Brian De Palma's Phantom of the Paradise, but again it drew small audiences. With Pink Flamingos (1972) and Reefer Madness (1936) making money in midnight showings nationwide, Rocky Horror was eventually screened at midnight, starting in New York City on April Fools' Day of 1976. By that Halloween, people were attending in costume and talking back to the screen. By mid-1978, the movie was playing in over fifty locations on Fridays and Saturdays at midnight, newsletters were published by local performance groups, and fans gathered for Rocky Horror conventions. By the end of 1979, there were twice-weekly showings at over 230 theatres. In 2005, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Friday 8.11.17
Morning Trivia: He was the author of the book Roots: The Saga of an American Family which was adapted by ABC as a TV mini-series of the same name and aired to a record-breaking 130 million viewers. Who was he?

Mike Trout looped a three-run double just inside the left-field line with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Angels cooled off the Seattle Mariners with a 6-3 victory on last night. Trout's bases-clearing hit off Seattle closer Edwin Diaz came after the Mariners staged a three-run rally of their own in the eighth inning to tie the game at 3. Diaz had major control problems in the ninth, walking three batters. The surging Mariners were coming off a 6-3 road trip to move into the second wild-card spot in the American League -- they're still there but tied with Tampa Bay. In addition to the ninth-inning problems, the Mariners saw their pitching ace James Paxton leave in the seventh inning with a strained left pectoral muscle. Paxton had tied a franchise record by winning his previous seven starts dating to July 2nd, when he beat the Angels. But he was not sharp in his attempt at No. 8 and could be headed to the disabled list for the second time this season. The Ms and Angels match up again tonight.

By the way, it's Edgar Marinez weekend. Edgar Bobble-Head tonight, the retirement of Gar's #11 tomorrow, and Edgar replica jersey day on Sunday.

A road game to open up the pre-season for the Seattle Seahawks this weekend. They're at StubHub Center in Carson, California to take on the Los Angeles Chargers. It's still weird calling them that. Kick-off is Sunday afternoon at 5:00.

Birthdays: Guess Who bassist Jim Kale is 74; businessman Fred Smith, founder of FedEx, is 73; singer Eric Carmen is 68; computer pioneer Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple) is 67; from Devo, lead guitarist and occasional vocalist, Bob Mothersbaugh is 65; wrestler and actor Hulk Hogan is 64; singer Joe Jackson is 63; and he hosted the Fear Factor, comedian Joe Rogan is 50.

Elvis Week kicks off today and runs through Saturday the 19th at Elvis Presley's Graceland in Memphis. The week includes the annual Candlelight Vigil. It's an annual gathering that celebrates the life and legacy of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, in Memphis, sponsored by Graceland. Today is Presidential Joke Day, marking this date in 1984 when President Ronald Reagan, during a thought-to-be off-the-record voice test, instead of "testing 1-2-3," said, "My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes." The statement was picked by live TV cameras and carried worldwide. Today is also National Play in the Sand Day. And National Apple Week begins, as proclaimed by The Beatles in 1965 when announcing their Apple record label. And today is Son and Daughter Day -- a day to spend with your children. After all, your son and daughter are the joys of your life.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1929, Babe Ruth became the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1951, the first major league baseball game to be televised in color was broadcast. The Brooklyn Dodgers defeated the Boston Braves 8-1. In 1965, Race riots -- the Watts Riots -- began in the Watts area of Los Angeles. In 1966, The Beatles arrived at Chicago's O'Hare Airport to start their last tour of the US. In 1972, the last United States ground combat unit left South Vietnam. In 1973, The Edgar Winter Group's Free Ride was released. In 1984, Carl Lewis won his fourth gold medal in the 1984 Summer Olympics. In 1992, in Bloomington, Minnesota the Mall of America opened. It was the largest shopping mall in the United States. In 1999, KISS received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2002, Jason Priestly crashed his car during practice for a race in the Infiniti Pro Series. He suffered a spinal fracture, a moderate concussion, a broken nose, facial lacerations and broken bones in both feet.

Lottery players have a choice of games offering jackpots topping $300 million this weekend. The jackpot for tonight's Mega Millions drawing is an estimated $393 million. The top prize for tomorrow night’s Powerball is $356 million. In the seven years since all US lotteries began selling both Powerball and Mega Millions tickets, both games have never offered prizes so large at the same time. The odds of winning both jackpots are one in 75 quadrillion -- that's 15 zeros -- according to data scientists at Allstate.

If a woman finds that the kind and considerate man she has lived with for years suddenly stops helping with the laundry and taking out the trash, it’s probably because the couple got married. Researchers have found cohabiting couples are far more likely than those who are married to split housework evenly — but after the wedding they revert to the typical stereotype, with the woman taking on the great majority of tasks.

In theaters this weekend, the R-rated Annabelle: Creation is expected to take the top spot. Expected to earn between $25 million and $30 million. Also out this weekend, the PG-13 rated The Glass Castle, and the PG-rated The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature.

Trivia Answer: Alex Haley who was born on this date in 1921. Haley died in 1992. It was in 1976 that Haley published Roots: The Saga of an American Family, a novel based on his family's history, going back to slavery days. It started with the story of Kunta Kinte, who was kidnapped in the Gambia in 1767 and transported to the Province of Maryland to be sold as a slave. Haley claimed to be a seventh-generation descendant of Kunta Kinte, and his work on the novel involved ten years of research, intercontinental travel and writing. Roots was eventually published in 37 languages. Haley won a special Pulitzer Prize for the work in 1977. The same year, the miniseries of the same name was aired.

Thursday 8.10.17
Morning Trivia: He was a songwriter, musician, singer, and occasionally an actor. He was one of the creative influences behind the southern soul music label Stax Records, where he served both as an in-house songwriter and as a record producer. He co-wrote the song Soul Man which has been honored by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, by Rolling Stone magazine, and by the RIAA as one of the Songs of the Century. During the late 1960s, he began recording music and he had several successful soul albums. In addition to his work in popular music, he worked as a composer of musical scores for motion pictures and was awarded the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1972. Later, in a rather unexpected career move, he charged back into the public consciousness as a founding star of Comedy Central's South Park. Who is he?

There's a chance of showers this weekend. I don't know that I have ever been this excited about the possibility of precipitation.

Nelson Cruz homered twice, Kyle Seager also went deep and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 6-3 yesterday to complete a two-game sweep. Robinson Cano had two hits and scored twice while Ben Gamel singled and made another sparkling defensive play to help Seattle to its fourth win in five games. The Ms finished 6-and-3 on their road trip and are now a season-best three games over .500.. Edwin Diaz retired three batters for his 25th save. Up next, James Paxton aims at his eighth straight win when he pitches in the opener of a four-game series against the Angels tonight in Seattle.

The Mariners entered the day yesterday tied with Kansas City and Tampa Bay for the second AL wild card spot. With the Rays loss to Boston, and Kansas City's loss to St, Louis, as of this morning, the two AL Wild Card teams are the New York Yankees ... and the Seattle Mariners.

Are you ready for some football? The Seattle Seahawks preseason game one is this weekend. The Hawks face the LA Chargers at StubHub Center in Carson, California, Sunday afternoon at 5:00.

Birthdays: Singer Ronnie Spector is 74; Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson is 70; singer Patti Austin is 67; actress Rosanna Arquette is 58; actor Antonio Banderas is 57; INXS drummer Jon Farriss is 56; and actor, director, and screenwriter Justin Theroux -- he married Jennifer Aniston two years ago -- is 46.

Today is National Duran Duran Appreciation Day. Today is National S’Mores Day. It's appropriately observed in August, campfire prime time. Today is National Lazy Day, a day to take it easy.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1985, Michael Jackson paid $47.5-million for ATV Music, a catalog of the Beatles' copyrights, which included 251 songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Also in 1985, Madonna's Like A Virgin album became the first album by a female to be certified for sales of 5 million. In 1995, Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss was convicted of conspiracy, tax evasion, and money laundering. In 2005, a 48-year-old man in Simi Valley, California, became so annoyed by a noisy car alarm he grabbed a handgun, went out and fired at least three bullets into a Toyota Camry. He silenced the alarm, but also brought out police who hauled him away in handcuffs. The charge was reckless discharge of a firearm and felony vandalism. In 2013, Katy Perry's song Roar was released.

Trivia Answer: Isaac Hayes who died on this date in 2008. His 1972 Academy Award was for the Them from Shaft. He also won two Grammy Awards that same year. On South Park, Hayes provided the voice for Chef, the amorous elementary-school lunchroom cook, from the show's debut in August of 1997 through the end of its ninth season in 2006. On August 10th of 2008, Hayes was found unconscious in his home just east of Memphis. His wife found him on the floor near a still-running treadmill. Medical examiners later listed a recurrence of stroke as the cause of death.

Wednesday 8.9.17
Morning Trivia: In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all-time. She is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170 to 200 million records sold worldwide. She released seven studio albums and two soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum, or gold certification. She is the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 songs. Her self-titled debut album in 1985 became the best-selling debut album by a woman in history. Who is she?

Leonys Martin homered in the top of the 10th inning as the Seattle Mariners rallied from a four-run deficit to defeat the Oakland Athletics 7-6 last night. His second home run of the season pushed the Mariners' record on their nine-game road trip to 5-3. Oakland's gaffe-prone defense figured prominently in the meltdown as they committed three errors that led to two unearned runs. The A's lead the majors with 95 errors and 70 unearned runs allowed. Seattle was 2-44 when trailing after seven innings going into yesterday. With the win, the Ms find themselves is a three-way tie with Kansas City and Tampa Bay for that second wild card spot. Yovani Gallardo is pitching today's series finale against Oakland. It's a matinee.

Birthdays: Comedian, actor, and director David Steinberg is 75; actor Sam Elliott is 73; actress Melanie Griffith is 60; rapper Kurtis Blow is 58; Neon Deion, Deion Sanders is 50; Dana Scully on The X Files, actress Gillian Anderson is 49; and actress and singer Anna Kendrick is 32.

The Rhinestone Cowboy, singer-guitarist Glen Campbell, who went on a farewell tour to play hits such as Wichita Lineman and Gentle on My Mind before Alzheimer's robbed him of his talents, died yesterday. Campbell announced in June of 2011 that he was suffering from Alzheimer's. He then embarked on a nationwide farewell tour that ended in November of 2012. Campbell began his career as a well-regarded recording session guitarist in Los Angeles before becoming a fixture on the US music charts, radio and television in the 1960s and '70s. He won six Grammy Awards and had nine No. 1 songs in a career of more than 50 years. In the early days, Campbell became part of the Wrecking Crew, a group of highly sought-after session players who recorded with Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, The Monkees and Nat King Cole. Campbell also became a touring member of the Beach Boys, filling in for Brian Wilson, who did not like to go on the road. When he set out on his own, Campbell had a breakthrough hit with Gentle on My Mind in 1967, quickly followed by the break-up song By the Time I Get to Phoenix and Wichita Lineman, a song about loneliness that Campbell said was his favorite and one of his many collaborations with songwriter Jimmy Webb. Glen Campbell was 81.

Today is National Hand Holding Day. Today is Book Lover's Day. Today is National Rice Pudding Day. Perhaps more ominous than ever in light of the exchange between our governmet and North Korea the past couple of days, a Moment of Silence is observed today at Peace Memorial Park in Nagasaki, Japan, where an American bomber dropped an atomic bomb on August 9th of 1945.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1944, the US Forest Service and the Wartime Advertising Council created the character Smokey the Bear to plead for Americans to prevent forest fires. In 1974, Gerald Ford became the first non-elected President of the US after Richard Nixon resigned. In 1977, Bachman-Turner Overdrive called it quits. In 1978, Muddy Waters performed for President Jimmy Carter at the White House. In 1988, the Edmonton Oilers traded hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings for two players and $15 million. In 1995, while undergoing drug rehab, Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia died of a heart attack at age 53. In 1999, 14-year-old Ryan Tripp of Beaver, Utah, finished mowing the lawn at the Hawaii state Capitol and announced his retirement. He had mowed the lawns at all 50 state capitols, except Alaska where the capitol had no lawn, so he mowed at the governor's house. In 2003, Gregory Hines died from cancer at the age of 57. He had appeared at the Washington Center here in Olympia not too much before that.

Trivia Answer: Whitney Elizabeth Houston who would have been 54 today. On February 11th of 2012, Houston was found dead in her guest room at the Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills, California. The official coroner's report showed that she had accidentally drowned in the bathtub, with heart disease and cocaine use listed as contributing factors. News of her death coincided with the 2012 Grammy Awards and featured prominently in American and international media.

Tuesday 8.8.17
Morning Trivia: This actor is best known for his role as Ralph Malph on the television series Happy Days. Who is he?

After a day off yesterday, the Seattle Mariners are back in action tonight. They're taking on the Athletics at Oakland Coliseum tonight. That's followed by a day game tomorrow then they're back home for the only homestand of the month. They host the LA Angels for four and then the Baltimore Orioles for two.

The Seahawks will continue to play the waiting game with top pick Malik McDowell, who's currently on the Non-Football Injury list after a vehicular accident in July. Peter Carroll said, "We're going to just see how it progresses down the road. Not looking for him getting back in the immediate (future), not even for the first game of the season. We're going to wait it out and see how it goes." Seattle plays its first preseason game Sunday against the Chargers.

Birthdays: Oscar Goldman on The Six Million Dollar Man, actor Richard Anderson is 91; singer, songwriter, and stutterer Mel Tillis is 85; actor Dustin Hoffman is 80; actress Connie Stevens is 79; Jon on CHiPS, actor Larry Wilcox is 70; actor Keith Carradine is 68; journalist Deborah Norville is 59; from U2, guitarist The Edge is 56; Poison drummer Rikki Rockett is 56; musician, singer and actor Kool Moe Dee is 55; Creed singer Scott Stapp is 44; J.C. Chasez of ‘N Sync is 41; singer Drew Lachey of 98 Degrees is 41; tennis player Roger Federer is 36; and singer Shawn Mendes is 19.

Today is Happiness Happens Day. Today is National Frozen Custard Day, Tonight is Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night, a night for gardeners who grew too much zucchini.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1960, Chubby Checker's The Twist entered the top 40. Fueled by the dance craze, the song eventually rose to number one. A year later, it reached number one again, being the only record other than Bing Crosby's White Christmas to pull off that feat. In 1970, singer Janis Joplin purchased a marker for the Philadelphia grave of blues singer Bessie Smith. Bessie died in 1937. In 1974, President Richard Nixon announced he would resign following new damaging revelations in the Watergate scandal. In 1988, 39,012 fans attended the first night baseball game at Chicago's Wrigley Field. In 1995, Saddam Hussein's two eldest daughters, their husbands, and several senior army officers defected. In 2004, actress Fay Wray, held atop the Empire State Building by the giant ape in the 1933 film classic King Kong, died in New York City at the age of 96. In 2005, Walking in Memphis singer Marc Cohn was shot in the head during a tour bus-jacking in Denver. He miraculously survived.

Two gurneys -- one with a dead body on it -- fell out of the back of a coroner's van and into traffic yesterday afternoon in Olympia. The van was on its way back to the Thurston County Coroner’s Office just before 12:30 after responding to a home death. The gurneys fell out of the back of the van at the intersection of Martin Way East and Phoenix Street Southeast. The gurney with a body was found in the middle of the intersection, while the second gurney rolled down Phoenix Street and was found in a parking lot near Pacific Avenue. The coroner’s office was notified and returned to load the gurneys back into the van.

Trivia Answer: We know him as Donny Most but the biography now says Don Most. He's 64 today. Following his role as a regular cast member on Happy Days, Most has appeared in other film and television work. Film credits include EDtv (1999), Planting Melvin (2005) and The Great Buck Howard (2008). He also made guest appearances on many TV shows, including CHiPs, Baywatch, The Love Boat, Sliders, Star Trek: Voyager, Diagnosis Murder and Glee. He also made an appearance on Charles In Charge, alongside his former Happy Days co-star, Scott Baio. He plays a man who has just won the lottery, and as part of the cameo joke, runs up to Scott Baio and waving the winning ticket shouts, "It looks like Happy Days are here again!" He also receives several looks from Scott Baio that suggests familiarity throughout the episode. Most is married to actress Morgan Hart. He has two daughters and lives near Los Angeles. This year, Most is performing in a US tour, Donny Most Sings and Swings, performing a set of 1950s swing tunes with a 7-piece backing band.

Monday 8.7.17
Morning Trivia: In 1973, he saw an article in a copy of Melody Maker, which said that the band Deep Purple was auditioning for singers to replace Ian Gillan. He had fronted a group called The Government, which had played with Deep Purple on the same bill in 1969, so both he and the band were familiar with one another, and after sending a tape and later auditioning, he was admitted into the band. Who is he?

The Mariners and Kansas City Royals were rained out on Saturday. The rainout was the first for the Mariners since April 30th of 2014. They had played 572 consecutive scheduled games, which was the longest streak in the majors, before the washout. The rain out set up yesterday's double-header. In the first game, the Ms jumped out to a 7-nuttin' lead through two innings and then held on to win it 8-7. Things didn't work out so well in the second game. KC Rookie pitcher Jakob Junis pitched eight sharp innings and the Kansas City Royals went on to beat the Mariners 9-1. Junis didn't walk anybody and struck out a career-high seven. An off day for Seattle today. They're back at it tomorrow night in Oakland.

The Seattle Seahawks plays their first preseason game against the Chargers on Sunday.

Kenny Easley, the hard-hitting safety for the Seahawks and a member of the 1980s All-Decade Team, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday night. Easley played only seven seasons and 89 games for Seattle but what an impact he made as an intimidator and ballhawk. The 1981 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, Easley was the league's top overall defender in 1984 when he had a league-leading 10 interceptions. Easley retired after the 1987 season. He had to wait 24 years before being voted into the hall.

Birthdays: He was at the Washington Center last year, humorist Garrison Keillor is 75; singer B.J. Thomas is also 75; Seinfeld’s Newman, actor Wayne Knight is 62; actor David Duchovny is 57; actress Charlize Theron is 42; and baseball's Mike Trout is 26.

Today is Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day, a day to focus on why some packages are so freakin’ hard to open. Today is Professional Speakers Day. Today is National Lighthouse Day, a day that honors and commemorates a beacon of light that symbolizes safety and security for boats at sea. On August 7th of 1789, through an Act of Congress, the Federal Government took over responsibility for building and operating our nation's lighthouses.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1782, George Washington ordered the creation of the Badge of Military Merit to honor soldiers wounded in battle. It was later renamed and became the more poetic Purple Heart. In 1955, Ed Sullivan played host to Bill Haley & the Comets, who performed Rock Around the Clock. In 1959, the Lincoln Memorial design on the penny went into circulation. It replaced the sheaves of wheat design. In 1963, Jacqueline Kennedy became the first wife of a president since the days of Grover Cleveland to give birth while he was in the White House. The infant, a boy, died two days later. In 1971, The Bee Gees got their first number one hit with How Can You Mend a Broken Heart. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter declared a federal emergency at Love Canal due to toxic waste that had been negligently disposed of. In 1985, Ted Turner paid $1.5-billion for MGM, including all the Tom & Jerry cartoons. In 2000, the family of Jimi Hendrix won a case at an international panel to evict the holder of the Internet address In 2003, in California, Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that he would run for the office of governor. In 2005, Peter Jennings, anchor and senior editor of ABC News World News Tonight, who had been fighting lung cancer, died at his New York home at age 67. In 2007, Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants broke baseball great Hank Aaron's record by hitting his 756th home run.

As the dog days of summer drag on, a trio of wide releases kicked off the August box office with a whimper. The weekend's leader is The Dark Tower. The long-time-coming Stephen King adaptation starring Matthew McConaughey. It made a modest $19.5 million over the weekend. Dunkirk, the box office winner the past two weekends, is sliding comfortably into second place adding $17.6 million over the weekend. The Emoji Movie finished third. Girls Trip was fourth. Kidnap -- starring Halle Berry as a mother attempting to rescue her son after he is taken -- rounds out the top five. Meanwhile, Detroit is not faring as well as expected. It picked up $7.3 million over the weekend good enough for an 8th place finish.

Trivia Answer: David Coverdale. He was the lead singer of Deep Purple from late 1973 until March of 1976, when he resigned from the band. After the demise of Deep Purple, Coverdale embarked on a solo career. He released his first album in February of 1977, titled White Snake. Even though the album was not successful, its title inspired the name of Coverdale's future band.

Friday 8.4.17
Morning Trivia: He was an assistant to the President and White House Press Secretary under Ronald Reagan. After nearly being killed and becoming permanently disabled as a result of the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan in 1981, he became an ardent supporter of gun control. Who was he?

Brandon Moss hit two home runs and Lorenzo Cain drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as the Kansas City Royals beat the Seattle Mariners 6-4 last night. The Ms gave up leads of 2-0 and 3-2 for and the Royals scored their 32nd comeback victory. Jarrod Dyson, who was the Royals' 2006 50th-round draft pick and played a key role on their 2014-15 World Series teams, was back at Kauffman Stadium for the first time as a visitor. The Royals traded him to the Mariners in January. Dyson tipped his batting helmet to a standing ovation before singling in the second inning. Ms and Royals match up again tonight. James Paxton, who went 6-0 with a 1.37 ERA in July, will start the second game of the series for Seattle.

To say it's been a bizarre week in the weather department would be a huge understatement. To that end, we get letters. In the email today:

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Birthdays: Actor and comedian Richard Belzer is 73; former footballer Jihn Riggins is 68; actor Billy Bob Thornton is 62; gold medal winner, track star Mary Decker is 59; the former president of these United States of America, Barack Obama is 56; former pitcher Roger Clemens is 55; former racecar driver Jeff Gordon is 46; another driver, Kurt Busch, is 39; and the runner up on Season 11 of American Idol, Jessica Sanchez is 22.

It's US Coast Guard Day, a day that honors the military branch that protects our waters and shorelines. On August 4th of 1790, the Revenue Cutter Service was created by the US Congress. Congress authorized the construction of ten cutters. These ships were built to to enforce US tariff laws. The Revenue Cutter Service was the predecessor the US Coast Guard. This date in 1693 is the date traditionally ascribed to Dom Perignon's invention of Champagne, although he actually didn't have anything to do with sparkling wine.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1958, the Billboard Hot 100 was published for the first time. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter signed legislation creating the United States Department of Energy. In 1980, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began recording the album Double Fantasy. In 1984, Carl Lewis won a gold medal in the Los Angeles Olympics. In 1993, a federal judge sentenced Los Angeles Police Department officers Stacey Koon and Laurence Powell to 30 months in prison for violating motorist Rodney King's civil rights.

Krispy Kreme and Reese' Peanut Butter Cups are joining forces to create a brand new doughnut that hits stores today. The doughnut comes packed with Reese’s peanut butter cream, topped with chocolate icing, layered with chips of peanut butter and actual pieces of peanuts, and then some peanut butter and chocolate drizzle is added on top.

The weekend is here. In theaters this weekend, the prediction is that The Dark Tower will make around $22 million and debut at No. 1. The PG-13 rated film is one of a few out this weekend. The others are Kidnap, rated R; and the R-rated Detroit.

I'm thinking this is probably a good thing. Former White House spokesperson Sean Spicer has turned down an offer to appear on Dancing With the Stars. TMZ is reporting that Spicer turned down the offer due to an "overwhelming number of commitments in the Fall."

Trivia Answer: James Brady who died on this date in 2014. Brady was one of four people shot during John Hinckley, Jr.'s attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan, suffering a serious head wound. During the confusion that followed the shooting, all major media outlets erroneously reported that Brady had died. Although Brady survived, the wound left him with slurred speech and partial paralysis that required the full-time use of a wheelchair. Brady was unable to work as the White House Press Secretary but remained in the position until the end of the Reagan Administration with Larry Speakes and Marlin Fitzwater performing the job on an "acting" or "deputy" basis. Brady died in Alexandria, Virginia, at the age of 73. His family announced his death on August 4, 2014. On August 8, 2014, in a controversial decision due to the length of time involved, his death was ruled a homicide caused by the gunshot wound he received in 1981, approximately 33 years after the fact.

Thursday 8.3.17
Morning Trivia: He's a former professional football coach, front office executive, and author. He served as a head coach in the Canadian Football League for the Montreal Alouettes from 1973 to 1977 and in the National Football League for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1978 to 1982, and the Buffalo Bills from 1986 to 1997. He coached the Bills to four consecutive American Football Conference championships. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001. Who is he?

The Ms got the series win but fell short of the sweep as joey Gallo hit another impressively long home run, Andrew Cashner won his third straight start and the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 5-1 last night. Mariners lefty Ariel Miranda struck out five without a walk in 5 2/3 innings. But he allowed three homers as Seattle's four-game winning streak ended. Up next, Yovani Gallardo, who has been a reliever and starter this season, is scheduled to start the opener of a four-game series at Kansas City tonight. Seattle is playing the fourth of 21 road games in a 28-game stretch.

Birthdays: Singer Tony Bennett is 91; actor Martin Sheen is 77; lifestyle guru Martha Stewart is 76; actor Jay North -- he was Dennis the Menace -- is 66; from Metallica, singer James Hetfield is 54; Collective Soul singer Ed Roland is also 54; and actor Isaiah Washington is 54; from the NBA, former Sonics coach now the Indiana Pacers' coach, Nate McMillan is 53; football's Tom Brady is 40; and US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is 33.

Today is National Watermelon Day. Today is Colorado Day, marking this date in 1876 when Colorado became the 38th state.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1900, the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. was founded. In 1933, the Mickey Mouse Watch was introduced for the price of $2.75. In 1943, General George S. Patton verbally abused and slapped a private. Later, General Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered him to apologize for the incident. In 1966, comedian Lenny Bruce died of a morphine overdose. In 1977, after building and testing 25 units, Radio Shack issued a press release introducing its TRS-80 computer. Within weeks, the company had thousands of orders. In 1981, air traffic controllers with PATCO, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, went on strike. They were fired just as President Reagan had warned. In 1986, despite pouring rain, some 82,000 Brits watched the Chicago Bears whip the Dallas Cowboys 17 to 6 in the first All America Bowl in England. The fans seemed especially to enjoy 340-pound William 'The Refrigerator' Perry, and an unknown streaker who dashed across the field wearing only socks. In 1987, Def Leppard released their album Hysteria. In 2004, in New York, the Statue of Liberty re-opened to the public. The site had been closed since the terrorist attacks on the US on September 11th of 2001.

Trivia Answer: Marv Levy who is 92 today. We saw him on TV last year. A lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, Levy was among a select few people in attendance at both the 1945 World Series (which he attended while on furlough from the Army Air Forces) and the 2016 World Series.

Wednesday 8.2.17
Morning Trivia: This film director, writer, producer, and actor is perhaps best known as the director of many horror films, particularly slasher films. He directed the famed A Nightmare on Elm Street, and he also co-wrote A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. He directed the entire Scream series featuring Ghostface. Some of his other films include, The Hills Have Eyes, The Last House on the Left, The Serpent and the Rainbow, The People Under the Stairs, Vampire in Brooklyn, Red Eye, and My Soul to Take. Who is he?

Robinson Cano doubled twice and drove in three runs as the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 8-7 last night. Cano's two-run double in the sixth was the 499th of his career, moving him into a tie with Rusty Staub for 63rd in MLB history. Jarrod Dyson had his 200th career steal in the win and threw out a runner at third from centerfield to end the eighth inning in a one-run game. Nelson Cruz homered and Leonys Martin had two hits and two RBIs for Seattle. Edwin Diaz earned his 21st save after working a 1-2-3 ninth. The win -- the Mariners fourth in a row -- puts the Ms two games over .500 at 55-and-53 and moves them to 1.5 games behind the Kansas City Royals in the Wild Card race. The Mariners and Rangers wrap up their series in Arlington, Texas tonight.

Birthdays: Retired judge --he oversaw the OJ Simpson trial -- Lance Ito is 67; Eddie on The Munsters, actor Butch Patrick is 64; actress and comedian Victoria Jackson is 58; actress Mary-Louise Parker is 53; and actor Edward Furlong is 40.

Today is Hug A Deejay Day. Today is Make Some Old-Fashioned Lemonade Day, squeezing real lemons and using real sugar and real water. Today is Roller Skating Day, marking the opening of the world's first roller rink, in London on this date in 1875. The first skates had wheels in line.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1876, Jack McCall shot Wild Bill Hickok in the back as he played poker at a saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory. Hickok held black aces and eights, which became known as the "dead man's hand." McCall was hanged. In 1943, PT-109, commanded by Lt. John F. Kennedy, sank after being rammed by a Japanese destroyer off the Solomon Islands. The future president was credited with saving members of the crew. He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for heroism, and the Purple Heart for his injuries. In 1962, Robert Zimmerman legally changed his name to Bob Dylan. Also in 1962, Aretha Franklin appeared on American Bandstand for the first time. In 1975, The Eagles topped the American charts with One of These Nights. In 1984, Charles Schultz' comic strip Peanuts was added to the Portsmouth Daily Times, making it the first comic strip to appear in 2,000 newspapers. In 1987, Disney re-released Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 50 years after the film's original release.

The haze around today is from fires in British Columbia. Visibility in the Northwest is being affected. In fact, SeaTac is suggesting that if you're flying, check on your flight with the airline.

As things heat up around the South Sound, Thurston County Emergency Management is directing people to local libraries, community centers and public safety buildings to escape the heat. Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation is offering a cooling center at The Olympia Center at 222 Columbia Street through Saturday. The fountain at Heritage Park is running until 9:30 tonight and from 9 in the morning until 9:30 at night on the other days. In Mason County, the Shelton Civic Center at 525 West Cota is opening as a cooling center from 8 in the morning to 5:00 in the afternoon today, tomorrow, and Friday.

Nearly one-in-four parents will deny their children some basic school items as they continue to struggle to cover the cost of returning to school. Nearly three-quarters of parents surveyed feel back-to-school spending is a financial burden and 27% say costs will impact negatively on household bills.

Trivia Answer: Wes Craven who was born on this date in 1939. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and had a strict Baptist upbringing. Craven had a letter published in the July 19th of 1968 edition of Life magazine, praising that periodical's coverage of contemporary rock music, in particular Frank Zappa. On August 30th of 2015, Craven died of brain cancer, at the age of 76, at his home in Los Angeles. The 10th episode of Scream was dedicated in his memory.

Tuesday 8.1.17
Morning Trivia: He's a musician, songwriter, record producer, and film producer. He's best known as frontman and vocalist of a rock band for which he is a founding member and principal composer of their catalogue of songs. His work scoring music for film has been recognized by the music industry, notably with an award from BMI for co-writing the song Accidentally in Love for the movie Shrek 2. Who is he and what is the band?

Robinson Cano's two-run single in the top of the ninth off reliever Alex Claudio lifted the Mariners to a 6-4 victory over the Rangers in last night's opener of a three-game set at Globe Life Park. A throwing error on second baseman Rougned (roog-ned) Odor, one of four Texas errors in the game, gave the Mariners life in the ninth, and Claudio's second balk of the game pushed Ben Gamel and Jean Segura into scoring position to set up Cano's tiebreaking hit. The win pushes Seattle past .500 at 54-and-53, just 2 1/2 back of the Royals for the second American League Wild Card spot after Kansas City fell at Baltimore. The Rangers have lost three straight and are 50-and-55. They're 3-and-7 against Seattle. Ms and Rangers in Arlington again tonight.

Birthdays: Singer Ramblin' Jack Elliott is 86; blues singer Robert Cray is 64; singer Michael Penn is 59; from Def Leppard, singer Joe Elliott is 58; rapper Coolio is 54; Vanessa on The Cosby Show, actress Tempestt Bledsoe is 44; and former Seattle Mariner, now a Baltimore Oriole, All Star Adam Jones is 32.

August was the 6th month of the Roman year and was called Sextilis. In the year 8 BC the Emperor Augustus Caesar persuaded the Senate to change the month's name to Augustus in his honor.

August is Happiness Happens Month, Get Ready for Kindergarten Month, Children's Eye Health & Safety Month, Children's Vision and Learning Month, Make Your Reading Be A Haven Month, National Catfish Month, National Inventors' Month, National Toddler Month, Mental & Educational Wellness Month, Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month, National Back-to-School Month, Family Meal Month, and National Goat Cheese Month. August is Family Fun Month and National Toddler Month. Simplify Your Life Week begins today.

Today is Respect for Parents Day. Today is Girlfriend's Day, a day to take your girlfriends shopping, out to eat, to a spa, a movie, and/or to the park. Today is National Raspberry Cream Pie Day. It's also National Ice Cream Sandwich Day. Today is World Wide Web Day, marking the birth of the Web in August 1990 at the Europe Laboratory for Particle Physics in Switzerland. Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau developed a prototype web browser and introduced Hypertext Markup Language, HTML.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1790, the first US census was completed, showing a population of just under 4 million people. In 1964, Hasbro Toys introduced GI Joe, an 11½-inch action figure that sold for $4.00. The doll was inspired by the 1945 Robert Mitchum movie, The Story of GI Joe. In 1973, the movie American Graffiti opened nationwide. It starred Ron Howard, Candy Clark, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Cindy Williams, McKenzie Phillips, and Susan Richardson. In 1981, MTV debuted in some two million homes. The first music video was Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles. In 1987, Bob Seger's song Shakedown, from the Beverly Hills Cop II soundtrack, went to number one. It was the Detroit rocker's first-ever chart-topping single. The tune was originally supposed to be recorded by Glenn Frey, who had contracted laryngitis. In 1994, Lisa Marie Presley confirmed rumors that she had married Michael Jackson on May 26th in the Dominican Republic. They divorced less than two years later.

Trivia Answer: Adam Duritz of The Counting Crows who turns 53 today. He was born in Baltimore, moved to Boston, then El Paso, and finally to Berkeley. Duritz has lived in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Amsterdam and, most recently, New York City. Adam's lyrics have been described as "morose" and "tortured" and as "wordy introspection" and his vocals "expressive." He has also suffered from what he describes as "a dissociative disorder, which makes the world seem like it's not real," which contributes to the length of time between albums and the inspiration for many of his lyrics.