1. There is more information on the death of Robin Williams this time coming from his wife; Susan Schneider. In a written statement she says “Robin’s sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly.” Does it changed your view on what happened to Williams now that it’s revealed he also had Parkinson’s?
2. There is still no end in sight to resolve the unrest in Ferguson after the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown last weekend. Reporters say they have been arrested trying to cover the news, the chief says the teen scuffled with the officer and others are complaining about the militarization of American cops. What are your thoughts about the news coverage, on what happened last weekend and about the police being armed like the military?
3. Browns coach Mike Pettine says Brian Hoyer will start on Monday night vs. the Redskins but adds that it’s a little overblown as to who the starter is going to be but he is going to balance the reps. Do you think the Browns and Pettine are responsible for creating the “overblown” talk about Hoyer vs. Manziel?
4. The Biebes has struck a plea deal. Prosecutors in his Miami Beach DUI case say they have agreed for Justin Bieber to attend a 12 hour anger management course and he has agree to make a $50,000 charitable donation. In return, Bieiber will plead guilty to a lesser charge of careless driving and resisting an office without violence with no probation. Do you think the Biebes got special treatment?
5. The ice bucket challenge has taken social media by storm and in the meantime has help raise more than $5.5 million for the ALS Association compared to just $32,000 a year ago with 150,000 new donors contributing. People have been pouring buckets of ice water over their heads and then challenging others to do the same to help out in the fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease. Can you believe how much money has been raised by people pouring ice cold water over heads? Why haven’t either of you come up with such a simple idea to raise money for charity?
6. Dodge has produced what it claims is the quickest and fastest sedan in the world; the 2015 Charger SRT Hellcat which can cover a quarter mile in 11 seconds flat and hit a top speed of 204 MPH! The car is powered by the 707 horsepower, 6.2 liter supercharged engine. Would you ever like to get behind the wheel of a Dodge Charger Hellcat?
7. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that makes it illegal to sell elephant and mammoth ivory or rhino horns within the state with only a few exceptions such as antiques. The new law was signed on World Elephant Day. Conversation groups say in 1980 there were an estimated 1.2 million African elephants but now the population is down to less than 420,000. Do you think more states including Ohio should ban the sale of ivory? Will U.S. laws have any impact on saving elephants?
8. There is always something to do in Cleveland during the summer and early fall including Greek Festivals, Rib Cook-Offs, Arts Festivals, Oktoberfests and The Feast. What is your favorite Cleveland event?
9. The Yahoo News Twitter account was recently hacked and a tweet went out to 815,000 followers saying, “BREAKING: EBOLA OUTBREAK IN ATLANTA! Estimated 145 people infected so far since Doctors carrying the disease were flown in from Africa,” .The message was retweeted at least 736 times in the 10 minutes it was up before Yahoo News deleted it. Should Twitter hackers be prosecuted for sending out tweets like this on legitimate news accounts?
10. The Huffington Post ranks the list of board games that most of you grew up with. Some of games on the list include Hungry Hippos, Trouble, Chutes and Ladders, Risk, Trivial Pursuit, Candyland, Scrabble, Monopoly, Battleship, Sorry, Life and Guess Who. What was your favorite childhood board game?
11. U.S. teenagers use of human growth hormones more than double between 2012 and 2013. A new poll by Drug-Free Kids says 11% of 3,705 teenagers in grades 9 to 12 polled said they had used HGH at least once, up from 5% in 2012. HGH use was higher among Blacks at 15% and Hispanics at 13% with Whites at 9%. The head of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids says “young people are seeking out and using performance enhancing drugs hoping to improve their athletic performance or body appearance”. Does it surprise you that so many teenagers are using human growth hormones?