1. Hurricane Irma ripped into the Caribbean island of Barbuda on Wednesday morning with the force of a "bomb" going off, its prime minister. The Category 5 storm destroyed 95 percent of the tiny island's structures and vehicles, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne said. Browne said the storm's impact was "horrible" and described how it fired “missiles” of debris at the island's helpless residents. Are people in South Florida taking Irma serious enough?
2. The Indians set a franchise record with their 15th consecutive win and they are only one of two teams in baseball history to win at least 14 games in a row in back to back seasons. Are the Indians a team of destiny?
3. Three Taco Bell employees on the West Side opened fire on two suspected robbers, killing one on Wednesday. Cleveland police said two armed men wearing bandanas over their faces walked into an Edgewater Taco Bell early Wednesday morning and ordered three workers to the ground at gunpoint. The suspected robbers then walked over to the cash register. According to authorities, three other employees in the store, each armed with a gun, opened fire. One robber was shot six times and fell to the floor, while the second robber ran from the fast food restaurant. The owner of the restaurant says the employees that opened fire did so in self-defense. What do you think about store employees packing heat?
4. President Trump tweeted, “For all of those (DACA) that are concerned about your status during the 6 month period, you have nothing to worry about - No action!” Adding to the intrigue of this tweet is the news that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke to Trump by phone on Thursday and asked him to issue a tweet reassuring young undocumented immigrants that they won’t be deported in the next six months. Do you think this is the beginning of bi-partisan cooperation on Capitol Hill?
5. Leslie Van Houten, the youngest of Charles Manson's murderous followers, was granted parole by a California board. Van Houten, who was 19 when she killed for Manson during a series of murders that terrorized Los Angeles over the summer of 1969, appeared before a parole panel for the 21st time. The decision now goes through a process of review in which Gov. Jerry Brown may uphold, reverse or modify the decision. Should Brown grant her parole or keep her in jail? Was she a victim of being brainwashed by Manson?
6. The feds raided Put in Bay and issued search warrants at the town hall, police department, the home of Todd Blumensaadt who owns the Jet Express, the Park Hotel that is owned by Mayor McCann and law director George Wilber, Jet Express offices, and Wilber’s law offices in Port Clinton. No arrests were made and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office says it’s an ongoing investigation. If there is smoke, is there fire?
7. The Q Transformation project is back on. Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena CEO Len Komoroski issued the following statement: “We are excited to confirm our renewed capital commitment of over $70 million to help renovate and transform Quicken Loans Arena - a tremendous publicly-owned asset for our community. At the same time, we’re very pleased to extend the Cavaliers lease with our landlord, Gateway Economic Development Corporation, for seven additional years at The Q until 2034. In other words, the Cavs will be a tenant at The Q in downtown Cleveland for at least the next 17 seasons. We are very eager and enthusiastic to continue working side-by-side with our core civic partners on our shared vision and the numerous civic and community leaders and groups that have worked extremely hard to make sure this project excels and positively impacts downtown and Cleveland's neighborhoods in the full spectrum of ways that we have always believed that this well-thought out development would do. Is this a win-win?
8. Holly Neher, 16-years-old, threw a touchdown pass on the first play of her first varsity game playing on the boys team at Hollywood Hills High School in Florida. She played on the school’s flag football team for two years before making the varsity team. How do you feel about a girl playing on the varsity football team?
9. O'mei Chinese Cuisine in Santa Cruz, California has been shut down after an investigation found out the owner donated $500 to ex-KKK leader David Duke's 2016 senatorial campaign. An article in Indybay, an independent media center, exposed Northern California businesses that donated to Duke. Among those listed was Roger Grigsby, the owner of the Chinese restaurant. Grigsby was forced to close his doors after the news came out and employees and customers began to boycott. The restaurant has been open for 38 years. How do you feel about Grigsby being outed?
10. South Carolina residents Corey Payne and his fiancée, Kayla Harris are suing Amazon claiming the solar eclipse glasses they purchased on line did not prevent their vision from being harmed. Do you think this is just the tip of the iceberg hearing about eye vision problems as a result of the eclipse? Should Amazon be held liable?