1. Clevelanders may get to vote on whether to ban traffic cameras this November. A group has submitted petitions to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections that would be the cameras unless a law enforcement officer is present at the location of the device and a personally issues a ticket at the time of the violation. If it makes the ballot do you think Clevelanders will vote the cameras out? Are traffic cameras just a money maker for the city?
2. The City of Cleveland says Muny Lot tailgaters won’t be able to line up early to get their choice spots before Browns home games. Should the city let fans line-up before the lot opens?
3. A video released by ISIS shows the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley and threatens the life of another hostage journalist Steven Sotloff if President Obama does not end air strikes and military operations in Iraq. Should the President continue air strikes against ISIS in Iraq knowing that other hostages could also be brutally murdered if he does not?
4. Mike Trivisonno took the ALC Ice Bucket Challenge last night after being challenged by Indians President Mark Shapiro which has raised millions of dollars to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease. But now some anti-abortion advocates say some of the money is being used to fund embryonic stem cell research which they say is akin to abortion. The ALS Association says “adult stem cell research is important and should be done alongside embryonic stem cell research as both will provide valuable insights”. Do you think everyone who has been taking the ice bucket challenge knows what type of research they are doing?
5. While U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was in Ferguson a source told Fox News that officer Darren Wilson suffered facial injuries, including an eye socket fracture and was nearly beaten unconscious by Michael Brown moments before firing his gun. The Ferguson Assistant Police Chief took him to the hospital with his face swollen on one side says the insider. He was severely beaten. Holder visited the family of Michael Brown. What do you think about this report? What do you think about Holder’s visit?
6. Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is cancer free. The former Buffalo Bill great has battled oral cancer and in April he renewed the effort with aggressive chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Dr. Peter Constantino says “the treatments so far have completely eliminated Mr. Kelly’s pain and his level of function has essentially returned to normal”. Have you ever heard such a heart-warming story not only about his battle but the support he received from fans in Buffalo?
7. The Cleveland Police Foundation is holding their annual gun buyback program on Saturday, September 6th. People can exchange guns for gift cards, no questions asked. The guns are tagged, checked and eventually melted down. Do you think this program really helps get guns off the street?
8. Steelers fans can now buy a limited edition foam finger for $19.33 in honor of Johnny Manziel. Do you think Steeler fans will be all over Johnny Football even if he’s not starting on September 7th?
9. Free-agent forward Shawn Marion is joining the Cavaliers. The 36-year-old veteran averaged 10.4 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Dallas Mavericks last season. Do you think he could be the final piece of the puzzle for the Cavs to win a championship or do they still need to fill out the roster some more?
10. According to the New York Post, Paul McCartney and Kayne West are secretly working on a number of tracks that could develop into an album. West was seen hanging out with McCartney at the former Beatles’ show at Dodger Stadium this past week. Are there any other super stars you would like to hear record together?
11. A judge in California sentenced Jameson Witty to six months in jail for stealing a piece of Paul Walker’s death car. Witty and another guy lifted a panel from the T-top roof of the Porsche as a tow truck was transporting the wreckage. Do you think six months in jail is too harsh of a sentence?
12. 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?
13. 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?
14. 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?
15. 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?