The Spew Topics for August 30, 2018

1.      Browns linebacker Mychal  Kendricks was popped by the Feds for insider trading.  In a statement  he said, “Four years ago, I participated in insider trading, and I  deeply regret it.  I invested money with a former friend of mine who  I thought I could trust and who I greatly admired.  His background as a  Harvard graduate and an employee of Goldman Sachs gave me a false sense  of confidence.   I also apologize to my family, who I have failed in  this.  You all deserve better.”  The Browns said Kendricks did not  travel with the team to Detroit for tonight’s game.  What are your  thoughts on Kendricks?

2.      The Indians placed relief pitcher Andrew Miller on the 10 day disabled list  due to a left shoulder external impingement.  Can the Indians count on  Miller for the playoffs?

3.      Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer suggested a federal framework for  legalized sports betting. Schumer is calling for the individual sports  leagues involved to determine what types of bets will be accepted.  States now have the option to institute and regulate sports betting on  their own after a landmark ruling by the courts.  Schumer is focused on  ensuring that those under 21 cannot place bets, that sportsbooks  advertise away from youths and that suspicious activity regarding sports  betting is reported. Schumer also believes federal laws are necessary  to protect against potential conspiracies within the sports world. Do  you think it's necessary for the government to get involved in sports  betting?  Should sports teams have any say on what bets can take place?

4.      Former  Ohio State wide receivers coach Zack Smith took to Twitter calling out  media members and once again denying allegations of domestic abuse  against him. "Hey  @Brett_McMurphy @finebaum & EVERYONE @espn - Look at these faces.  You heartless and moral-less clowns. Every LIE or dramatic version of  the truth you report, you hurt THESE precious children! Just like their  mom has and continues to. Do you have families? Kids?" Smith tweeted  while posting a picture of his children. "Let’s  talk FACTS since so many people (mainly opposing fanbase’s fans) want  to talk. 1. My kids are suffering because of all of this (most  important) 2. I never beat my wife 3. OSU botched the investigation and  worse off the 'punishment.”  How do you feel about Zack’s tweets?

5.      Canadian  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that a deal to rework the North  American Free Trade Agreement may be possible by the United States'  Friday deadline, but that he'd rather leave the table than accept a  subpar proposal. "We recognize that there is a possibility of getting  there by Friday, but it is only a possibility because it will hinge on  whether or not there is ultimately a good deal for Canada," Trudeau told  reporters. "No NAFTA deal is better than a bad NAFTA deal," he added.  Do you think a deal can be struck by Friday? Has Trump's method of  negotiating worked with Mexico and Canada? 

6.      To  commemorate “National Women’s Equality Day” a “Go Topless Rally” was  held in Ashville, North Carolina. says on its website:  “If men are allowed to go topless in public women should have the same  constitutional right”.   What do you think?  Should women be legally  allowed to go topless?

7.      Nature Valley granola bars will no longer claim to use 100% natural oats in  order to settle a lawsuit that claimed the bars contained small amounts  of a pesticide. Three consumer groups said tests proved the granola bars  contained zero-point-45 parts per million of the pesticide Roundup.  Even though that is well below the EPA's maximum allowed of 30 parts per  million, the groups argued that the "Made with 100% Natural Whole Grain  Oats" label was misleading. How much do you trust the labeling of food  products?  

8.      A  school district in South Carolina is getting rid of “snow days” and is  replacing them with eLearning Days.  When classrooms are closed because  of the weather, teachers will send parents digital assignments their  children will have to complete at home.  If for any reason students have  a problem accessing the internet, they will still be required to  complete the assignment within five days on their own time.   What you  like to see eLearning days be implemented in Northeast Ohio schools?

9.      A  marketing company is Minneapolis is offering fur-ternity leave.  The  company will allow employees to work at home for a week if they get a  new pet to help them adjust to their new surroundings.  Their company  CEO said, "Part of embracing employee satisfaction as a business  priority means recognizing important life events that happen outside of  the office.” Do you think this will start a new trend with other  companies? 

10.   The  former Canton human trafficking victim who helped kill her pimp will  remain in prison.  The Ohio Supreme Court upheld Alexis Martin's life  sentence despite finding Summit County Juvenile Court should have  invoked the state's safe-harbor law.  The law protects children whose  crimes are tied to being a victim of human trafficking.  Martin was 15  when she helped orchestrate the murder of Angelo Kerney in 2013.   How  do you feel about the Ohio Supreme Court ruling?

11.   U.S.  Steel has announced at least $750 million in investment in its Gary,  Indiana mill in what's being hailed as a "renaissance" for the steel  plant.  Company and government officials said the major investment would  help preserve the 3,875 good-paying steelworker jobs there. U.S. Steel  plans to modernize machinery at the mill and bring in state-of-the-art  production equipment. What's your take on the U.S. steel industry  today?  

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