1. Forest City Enterprises has found a buyer for its Tower City complex and will sell Post Office Plaza and Skylight Office Tower. In addition the buyer will purchase a 50 percent stake in the Avenue Mall. Can Tower City ever get back to what it once was?
2. Major renovations at Progressive Field will be unveiled today at an Indians press conference which you can hear live at 11 a.m. here on Newsradio WTAM 1100. Reports are the club intends to make interior and exterior modifications stretching from near the Heritage Park area in center field to right field. The remodel project will allow the team to better connect with fans by having additional social areas. The project is expected to take two years with the first phase completed by opening day 2015 and it will be privately financed. Are you excited about changes at the ballpark?
3. The owner of the pit bull who attacked and killed 59-year-old Cindy Whisman at her home in Madison Township on Monday remains may want the dog back. Polo, the pit bull is owed by the victim’s daughter Julie Whisman who says she wants to see the results of the investigation and better understand what happened before making a decision on the dog’s life. Family members do have the option to get ownership back, pending a court hearing and an order by a judge. Would you want to the dog back if it killed a family member? This is the 2nd pit bull attack in the last few weeks. Are they safe pets?
4. A couple thousand dollars was discovered on the turnpike by a driver who called the police in the Hiram area of the pike. The highway patrol says it’s in the process of trying to find the owner. Do you think the majority of people would turn the money in or keep it? What would you do if you found thousands of dollars in cash?
5. Michael Jackson has been dead for five years but there are new sexual abuse allegations against the pop star. Court papers have been filed against Jackson estate by now 36-year-old James Safechuck who claims Jackson abused him over 100 times during a four year period starting when he was ten years old. Safechuck claims they slept in the same hotel beds during Jackson’s “Bad Tour” in 1988. The estate is asking the lawsuit be dismissed. What do you think about the allegations coming out five years after Michael’s been deceased?
6. The President at Kentucky State University gave up $90,000 of his salary to help low paid workers at the school. Raymond Burse voluntarily reduced his salary from $350,000 to $260,000 and the money instead will be used to boost the pay of 24 workers, mostly maintenance and clerical workers at the school. Most of the workers have been earning the federal minimum wage of $7.25 and they will get a pay raise to $10.10 an hour. What do you think of Burse’s actions? Do you think more executives should follow his lead?
7. Democratic State Senator Eric Kearney of Cincinnati has introduced a resolution encouraging the Indians to change their team name and drop Chief Wahoo calling both an affront to Native Americans. Kearny said in a release he also sent a letter to Indians owner Larry Dolan. Should politicians be working on legislation that is more productive than worrying about the Indians team name and mascot?
8. A fisherman in Russia was being attacked by a brown bear and his life was saved when his Justin Bieber ringtone went off on his phone which sent the bear running back into the forest. The 42-year-old fisherman says his granddaughter loaded Bieber’s song “Baby” onto his phone for a joke. What do you make of Bieber’s music saving a man’s life?
9. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have been married for more than 73 days now which eclipses the marriage of Kim Kardashian with basketball player Kris Humphries which lasted just 72 days. Do you think Kim and Kanye will be married forever? Will you tune into to “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” this fall?
10. Toledo Mayor Michael Collins gave the all clear and lifted the water ban on Monday that effected northwest Ohio for three days due a harmful algae bloom buildup in Lake Erie. Despite the problems over the weekend is Lake Erie our natural greatest resource in Ohio? Do you think Ohio legislators need to work quickly to enforce new, more strict regulations on using phosphates in farming?
11. There is always something to do in Cleveland during the summer and early fall including Greek Festivals, Rib Cook-Offs, the Feast of the Assumption, Arts Festivals and Oktoberfests. What is your favorite Cleveland event?
12. 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?
13. 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?