1. “A Day Without Woman” protest was yesterday, it encouraged women to take the day off from work, not spend money or shopp unless it is at small and women-owned businesses, and no unpaid labor. Women also wore red in solidarity when striking wasn’t possible. Do you know any women that took part in this? Did you show solidarity with them?
2. The Statue of Liberty lights went out for several hours on Tuesday night, leaving many people confused on social media. An EarthCam live stream caught Lady Liberty with only her crown and torch illuminated in the New York skyline. Many suggested that the outage was a part of the A Day Without Women protest. National Park Service public affairs officer Jerry Willis said The outage was most likely due to work related to an ongoing project to activate a new emergency backup generator that is part of our last remaining Hurricane Sandy recovery projects. Do you think it was a coincidence Lady Liberty went out a day before A Day Without Women on Wednesday?
3. Michigan plane runs off runway and they can't make their Big Ten tournament game. Was the ghost of Woody Hayes responsible?
4. Gary Waters, head coach of the Cleveland State Men’s Basketball team, announced his retirement. Waters had a career record of 194-172 at CSU including a victory in the 2009 NCAA tournament victory over #4 seed Wake Forrest , and overall had 365-307 record at Kent State, Rutgers and CSU. He led Kent State to two NCAA tournament appearances (1999 and 2001) and Rutgers to 3 NIT appearances. What are your thoughts on Gary Waters leaving CSU and his legacy as a basketball coach?
5. The Scripps National Spelling Bee will have their youngest competitor ever during the 90th annual competition in May. Five-year-old Edith Fuller of Tulsa, Oklahoma beat out kids more than twice her age to advance to the finals. John and Triv: Let’s test your spelling:
6. A 19-year-old South Euclid man requested police assistance after he reportedly swallowed a pregnant spider. The spider had now given birth in his stomach, resulting in baby spiders crawling out of his mouth. He could also “feel all 8 legs, crawling around in his throat.” Further investigation revealed that the man had ingested LSD just an hour beforehand and he was transported for medical treatment. Have you ever tried LSD? If you have what, if any, hallucinations did you have?
7. Today, March 9th is National Get Over It Day. Do you have anything you want to get over?
8. According to a new survey by Bankrate.com, just 37% of Americans have enough savings to write a $500 check for an emergency and 63% would have to cut back on spending in other areas, charge it on credit card or borrow money from friends or family to pay for an unexpected expense. Another study found that more than half of Americans, 56.3% have less than $1,000 in their checking or savings accounts combined. What are your thoughts on these numbers?
9. Cleveland’s own celebrity chef, Michael Symon is bringing his airport based eatery, Bar Symon, to Hopkins in April. The restaurant will take over the space on concourse C where Panini’s used to be. Menu items include his famous Lola burger, pulled pork, and rosemary fries. The restaurant will be open at 4:30 am for breakfast and stay open till the last flight leaves in the evening. Have you ever eaten at a Michael Symon restaurant?
10. The Oakland Raiders might be Las Vegas bound after all. After Billionaire Sheldon Alderson and Goldman Sachs pulled out of their financial commitment to the project, the Raiders have found a new funding agent for the $1.9 billion deal for a new stadium. Enter Bank of America, who will put up the $650 million needed to complete the deal. Do you feel any sympathy for Oakland fans? If the Browns played a game in Vegas, would you make a special trip out to see the game?
11. General Motors is calling it quits… in Europe. The maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars has agreed to purchase General Motor’s Opel Unit and UK sister company Vauxhall for 1.8 billion Euros, equivalent to 1.9 Billion Dollars. This deal ends GM’s 90 year ownership of Opel which has reported a total of $9 billion in losses since 2009. Will GM pulling out of their European market be better in the long run for their American market?