WISHING FOR COLD BEER, WARM BALLS

Birthday greetings from pirates on Opening Day

This group of merry folks sang "Happy Birthday" to the upgruv koozie crew.

A group of upgruv staffers and interns are all across the North Shore handing out our new swag. You probably won't need the koozies to keep your beverage cold, but they might help you from getting your hand stuck to the can or bottle!

Click here to follow all the Opening Day antics on Twitter, including tidbits from our resident seamhead Jill Leonard

And ICYMI, what you need to know for the Pirates home opener:

SEXLESS CINEMA

MTV dumps gender-specific categories for Movie & TV Awards

MTV has scrapped gender specific categories for its upcoming Movie & TV Awards.

In place of the Best Actress and Best Actor categories, this year's awards will honor a non-gendered Best Actor in a Movie and Best Actor in a Show.

The move follows the Grammy Awards' decision in 2011 to dump gender distinctions between male and female singers, collaborations and groups.

MTV's May ceremony will also include a nod to social activism by renaming its Best Fight category to Best Fight the System.

This the first year the MTV Movie Awards has been redubbed the Movie & TV Awards. They'll be hosted by actor and comedian Adam DeVine in Los Angeles on May 7.

- Associated Press

RAW DASH CAM FOOTAGE

Police dash video shows police running over gun-toting woman

The Tulsa (OK) Police Department has released dashcam video of an officer using their cruiser to run down most wanted suspect Madison Dickson, according to bluelivesmatter.blue.

The suspect, Madison Dickson, was wanted for shooting a good Samaritan who had stopped to help he after she crashed her car on March 16th. Days earlier, she pointed a gun at a movie theater employee who caught her stealing a license plate. She also shot another person in the arm that same day.

Dickson was well known from two years before when she had stolen a Osage County Deputy's patrol car while handcuffed.

On March 18th, officers attempted to stop Dickson. Dickson pulled out a gun and pointed it at officers, and two officers responded by shooting at her. One officer stayed in his patrol car and when Dickson started running, he drove after her.


LUDE BEHAVIOR?

Watch your mail, you could be on Cosby's sex-assault jury

A jury from Allegheny County will hear evidence in the upcoming Bill Cosby sexual-assault trial and decide the fate of the television star and comedian, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday, the Trib's Ben Schmitt reports.

Cosby's lawyers previously said their client could not receive a fair trial in Montgomery County in eastern Pennsylvania. They had requested a jury come from an urban center with "more diverse and opposing viewpoints."

Last month, Judge Steven T. O'Neill ruled the scheduled June 5 trial will remain in Montgomery County with jurors from another county.

An order Monday by the state Supreme Court said the jury "shall be impaneled from Allegheny County."

The ruling means that Allegheny County jurors will travel to Montgomery County and be sequestered during the trial.

Read more on this story on TribLive.

OILS WELL THAT ENDS WELL

NHL player's wife melts down in 8 texts

The NHL trade deadline is tomorrow at 3 p.m. It's making general managers, players and fans a little anxious.

Edmonton Oiler's Eric Gryba's wife heard a rumor that her husband was traded (he wasn't) on Monday night and her nerves got the best of her:

CLENCH ALERT

Born in 1990? 2x the risk of colon cancer & 4x times the risk of rectal cancer

Colorectal cancer mostly strikes middle-aged and older people, but new research shows a disturbing rise in cases among young adults.

Tuesday's study by the American Cancer Society is a reminder that while this type of cancer is rare in the young, no one should ignore symptoms just because the person is a 20- or 30-something.

"We think these are very important findings," said cancer society epidemiologist Rebecca Siegel, who led the research. "We're not claiming they have a high risk of disease. It's just increasing rapidly."

It's a puzzle in what otherwise has been progress against the nation's third most common cause of cancer. There are about 135,000 new cases of colorectal cancer each year, the vast majority among people 50 and older. Fewer than 15,000 diagnoses are made annually in people younger than 50.

Overall, rates have been dropping in recent decades, by about 3 percent a year since 2003. That's thanks in part to screening tests such as colonoscopies that not only can diagnose tumors early but prevent them by removing precancerous growths. Such screening typically starts at age 50.

The cancer society has long known cases were rising among young people, but the study published Tuesday in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute took a closer look — and found rectal cancer is driving the problem.

Rates of rectal cancer are increasing by about 3 percent a year in 20- and 30-somethings, and by 2 percent a year among the 40- to 54-year-old age group, the study found. Colon cancer rates are rising by smaller amounts in those age groups.

In fact, someone born in 1990 appears to have double the risk of colon cancer and four times the risk of rectal cancer as the generation born in 1950, Siegel said.

"It appears as though the underlying risk of disease is increasing," she said.

No one knows why. Risk factors include obesity, lack of physical activity, a diet high in red or processed meat and low in fruits and vegetables, smoking, heavy alcohol use, having inflammatory bowel disease or a family history of colorectal cancer.

The new study confirms what Dr. John Marshall sees in his Georgetown University clinic, where a growing number of patients are well under 50 and he recently saw a a 17-year-old.

"It's a very serious problem," said Marshall, who directs Georgetown's Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancer. Few have traditional risk factors, he added, saying other suspects include changes in the protective bacteria that line people's digestive tracts.

Too often, younger patients aren't diagnosed quickly.

"If somebody comes in at 28 years of age with some rectal bleeding, most emergency rooms or primary care docs are going to say it's probably a tear, it's probably nothing," Marshall said.

Symptoms include blood in stool; changes in bowel habits such as diarrhea, constipation or narrowing of stool that lasts more than a few days; unintended weight loss; and cramps or abdominal pain.

Even before Tuesday's study, the cancer society had been set to review its screening guidelines this year. Marshall doesn't expect screening to be seen as practical for younger people.

— Associated Press

POST-WHITE HOUSE PROBLEMS

Book deal suggests they're gonna make it after all

Barack and Michelle Obama have book deals.

The former president and first lady have signed with Penguin Random House, the publisher announced Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed, although the deals are likely in the tens of millions of dollars. Both Obamas have published books through Crown, a Penguin Random House imprint.

The bidding war for rights to two memoirs by Barack and Michelle Obama has reportedly reached a record sum of $60 million, according to the Financial Times.

"We are absolutely thrilled to continue our publishing partnership with President and Mrs. Obama," Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle said in a statement.

"With their words and their leadership, they changed the world, and every day, with the books we publish at Penguin Random House, we strive to do the same. Now, we are very much looking forward to working together with President and Mrs. Obama to make each of their books global publishing events of unprecedented scope and significance."

The unique duel arrangement is for books that are among the most anticipated in memory from a former president and first lady. Barack Obama is widely regarded as the one of the finest prose stylists among recent presidents, and his written the million-selling "Dreams from My Father" and "The Audacity of Hope." Michelle Obama has given few details about her time as first lady: Her only book is about food and gardening, "American Grown," released in 2012. Both Obamas are widely popular with the public in the U.S. and abroad.

The publisher did not immediately say which imprint the books would be released through. Titles, publishing dates and other details about the books also were not immediately available.

— Associated Press

TECH
AISLE OR WINDOW SEAT?

SpaceX to fly 2 tourists to the moon

SpaceX said Monday it will fly two people to the moon next year, a feat not attempted since NASA's Apollo heyday close to half a century ago.

Tech billionaire Elon Musk — the company's founder — announced the surprising news Monday.

Two people who know one another approached the company about sending them on a weeklong flight just beyond the moon, according to Musk. He won't identify the pair or the price tag. They've already paid a "significant" deposit, he noted.

Musk said SpaceX is on track to launch astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA in mid-2018. This moon mission would follow about six months later, by the end of the year under the current schedule, using a Dragon crew capsule and a Falcon heavy rocket.

The moon mission is designed to be autonomous — unless something goes wrong, Musk said.

"I think they are entering this with their eyes open, knowing that there is some risk here," Musk told reporters in a telephone news conference, a day after teasing via Twitter that an announcement of some sort was forthcoming.

"They're certainly not naive, and we'll do everything we can to minimize that risk, but it's not zero. But they're coming into this with their eyes open," said Musk, adding that the pair will receive "extensive" training before the flight.

Musk said he does not have permission to release the passengers' names, and he was hesitant to even say if they were men, women or even pilots. He would only admit, "It's nobody from Hollywood."

The passengers would make a long loop around the moon, skimming the lunar surface and then going well beyond, perhaps 300,000 or 400,000 miles distance altogether. The mission won't involve a lunar landing, according to Musk.

It's about 240,000 miles to the moon alone, one way.

NASA will have first dibs on a similar mission if it so chooses, Musk said. The space agency learned of his plan at the same time as reporters, and was busy preparing a statement following the announcement.

"This should be a really exciting mission that hopefully gets the world really excited about sending people into deep space again," he said.

The crew Dragon capsule has not yet flown in space. Neither has a Falcon Heavy rocket, which is essentially a Falcon 9 rocket with two strap-on boosters, according to Musk. He said there will be ample time to test both the spacecraft and the rocket, before the moon mission.

Musk expects to have more moon-mission customers as time goes by.

Just late last week, NASA announced it was studying the possibility of adding crew to the test flight of its megarocket, at the request of the Trump administration. Such a flight to the lunar neighborhood wouldn't happen before 2019 at best — if, indeed, that option is even implemented.

Musk said anything that advances the space exploration cause is good, no matter who goes first.

"This should be incredibly exciting," he said.

SpaceX is also working on a so-called Red Dragon, meant to fly to Mars around 2020 with experiments, but no people — and actually land.

Associated Press