1. March Madness gets started this week as the NCAA Men’s basketball tournament gets underway. Who’s in the Final Four in your bracket? Will there be a loss of worker productivity on Thursday and Friday?
2. St. Patrick’s day is Friday with $5.3 billion expected to be spent on the day everyone is Irish. Wallet Hub as released their list of the top 20 cities for St. Patrick’s Day based on 16 key metrics including Irish pubs per capita. The number one city is Buffalo followed by Madison, Wisconsin; Boston; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Worchester, Massachusetts; Pittsburgh, Akron, Tampa, Philadelphia and Cleveland. Are you surprised Cleveland does not rank higher?
3. Mayor Jackson delivered his state of the city address last week and said the city still has hard work ahead to make the city truly great. Jackson touted that budgets are stable, the school district reform program is working and downtown has been revitalized. He did bring up points like crime, employment opportunities, and quality education for children as ways for Cleveland to improve on for Cleveland to become great. Is Cleveland on the brink of greatness?
4. This year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York has announced the reunion of the cast members of the movies “The Godfather”, “The Godfather Part Two” and “The Godfather Part 3”. Director Francis Ford Copolla, actors Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert DeNiro and Robert Duvall will all attend as well as actress Diane Keaton. The reunion comes 45 years after the release of “The Godfather” which won the Oscar for Best Picture, Best Actor-Marlon Brandon and Best Adapted Screenplay. The sequel “The Godfather Part 2” also won the Oscar for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor Robert DeNiro and Best Adapted Screenplay. “The Godfather” is widely regarded as one of the greatest films in cinema history. Is it? Is “The Godfather” a better film than “The Godfather Part 2”?
5. Actress Scarlett Johansson has filed for divorce from her husband Romain Dauriac. They two have a three-year-old daughter, Rose Dorothy, and a custody battle appears to be forthcoming. Some of her movies include “Captain America: The Winter Solider”, “Chef”, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Captain America: Civil War”. In 2014, she was ranked #2 in Maxim’s “Hot 100” issue and twice she has been chosen by Esquire as “The Sexiest Woman” alive. Is she?
6. The Hooters restaurant chain plans on opening casual restaurants to compete against restaurants like Chipotle and Panera Bread. The restaurant will be called Hoots, and will utilize counter service like other fast casual places. What makes this different from Hooters is that Hoots will hire female and male order takers Has Hooters been discriminating against men by not hiring male waiters?
7. A bizarre story about one of America's most famous fitness personalities continues to get more bizarre. Richard Simmons reportedly hasn't been seen in public in three years, and per an episode of the Missing Richard Simmons podcast that aired last Wednesday, the reason may be disturbing. Mauro Oliveira, who says he's an old friend, alleged during the podcast third that Simmons is being held prisoner by his housekeeper, Teresa Reveles, and that the last time he saw Simmons, in May 2014, the 68-year-old was weak, scared, and possibly suicidal. And, Oliveira claims, once Reveles barged in on their meeting, she demanded he leave, but not before Oliveira asked his friend, "Is she controlling your life now?," to which Simmons reportedly answered, "Yes." What are your thoughts on the Richard Simmons saga?
8. Pope Francis says the Catholic Church might consider ordaining married men to the priesthood. The Pope says those men then could potentially work in remote areas where there are few priests. During an interview with a German magazine, Francis said he was referring to older married men who are already involved in church business. What do you think of this idea? Is it sacrilegious for a Catholic priest to be married?
9. United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions think Guantanamo Bay in Cuba is a very fine place to hold captured terrorists. Sessions says he opposed to closing down Gitmo and a lot of criticisms from the previous administration were totally exaggerated. He adds the U.S. spent a lot of money fixing it up. Should Gitmo stay open or be closed?
10. The cap on doctors working 16 consecutive hour shifts will be lifted starting on July 1st and first-year doctors will be allowed to work 24 hours straight. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education says the change will enhance patient safety because there will be fewer handoffs from doctor to doctor. Will it enhance patient safety? Is it a good idea for doctors to work 24 consecutive hours?